After scoring drop, Andre Paras admits he’s still ‘out of shape’

first_imgAlmazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak The second-generation star attributed the dip in his performance to splitting his time between training and taping afternoon fantasy series Sirkus, but Paras made it clear that he’s more than capable to juggle multiple responsibilities.“I guess I’ve just been working a lot,” he said. ““I committed myself here, so no excuses,” he said.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 folkParas, though, still couldn’t hide his frustrations after being a non-factor offensively for the Titans, leaving most of the scoring responsibilities to newcomers Michael Cañete and Kris Porter.“It hurts to say that we’ll make up for it next game because we could’ve contributed today. I was able to get rebounds, but that’s not enough. So I need to up my game offensively,” he said. PBA IMAGESAndre Paras was the first to admit that he wasn’t at his peak form in AMA Online Education’s conference-opener in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“I’m kind of out of shape,” he said after posting nothing but 11 rebounds in 22 minutes on the floor in the Titans’ 93-75 defeat to Wangs Basketball-Letran on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:16Rouhani: Iran ‘deeply sorry’ about downing of plane00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Injured Nadal set to return in three weeks Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Fortunately, the 22-year-old slotman can quickly make the turnaround as AMA takes on contender Zark’s Burger-Lyceum on Thursday.“I know I have to be in shape always, and I’m working hard in our trainings. I make sure that I catch up to our team after work,” he said as he seeks to atone for this lackluster showing.“For sure, I’ll be looking to bounce back. Hopefully, I can make an impact offensively.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right tracklast_img read more

Ravena comes up clutch anew, NLEX takes 1-0 lead vs Alaska

first_imgChris Banchero had 20 points and five rebounds, while Abueva wound up with 18 markers, 13 boards, three assists, and two blocks for the Aces.The scores:NLEX 105 — Ravena 25, Fonacier 18, Alas 17, Quiñahan 12, Miranda 10, Baguio 8, Al-Hussaini 4, Soyud 4, Taulava 4, Tiongson 3, Gotladera 0, Mallari 0.ALASKA 99 — Banchero 20, Abueva 18, Enciso 16, Thoss 11, Casio 8, Magat 4, Racal 4, Teng 4, Baclao 1, Cruz 0, Exciminiano 0.Quarters: 24-22, 50-40, 74-72, 105-99.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Haruna regaining old form coming off season-ending injury GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena weaved his magic in the endgame anew as NLEX came away with a 105-99 victory over Alaska in Game 1 of their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals series Monday at Mall of Asia Arena.The super rookie first setup Michael Miranda for the go-ahead basket with 22.7 seconds left to give the Road Warriors a 98-96 lead, before converting a layup off a jump ball to make it, 100-96, with 18.8 ticks remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Simon Enciso kept the Aces in the game with a triple with 8.8 seconds left, but Ravena iced the deal with a pair of foul shots in the last 7.8 for a 103-99 cushion.Ravena, the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, finished with 25 points and eight assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGame 2 is set on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum with No. 3 Alaska looking to force a deciding Game 3.“I’m just relieved that Game 1 is over,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao as the franchise got its first ever playoff victory. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “The good news is we won this one. The bad news is we have to go through this again and it will be harder on Wednesday.”Guiao, though, did warn his wards against complacency.“This series is not over. Of course we have an advantage, but with Alaska, they’ve been through a lot more difficult situations and they’ve come out of those situations pretty good.”Larry Fonacier drilled 18 markers, built on four treys, including a huge four-point play from the right corner with 2:40 to play that knotted the score at 96 and set up the wild finish. He also got nine boards.Kevin Alas added 17 points, six assists, and five rebounds off the bench, while JR Quiñahan registered a double-double with 12 markers and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Senator Dagoseh Wins TV AFRICA Award

first_imgGrand Cape Mount County Senator, Edward Dagoseh was among key African statesmen to win the 2015-2016 TV Africa Awards.The award, a certificate of recognition, was presented to Senator Dagoseh on behalf of TV Africa by its representative Mr. Isaac Nketia at a brief ceremony held at Capitol Hill on Thursday.Mr. Nketia said Senator Dagoseh’s preferment was based on an independent assessment of his activities over the years by TV Africa reporters covering the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease.He disclosed that during the survey, it was proven that Senator Dagoseh played an important role in saving the lives of his people during the outbreak.The television station correspondent further indicated that as a result TV Africa was left with no alternative but to consider him for the award intended for Africans who strive to make the continent a better place to live.He pointed out that the award which coincided with TV Africa’s anniversary celebration was also awarded to several African statesmen including those in Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.Responding to the gesture, Senator Dagoseh lauded TV Africa for the recognition and said it would go a long way in helping to stimulate others to do their utmost for their people and the continent.He stressed that the award would motivate him to intensify his humanitarian activities toward the eradication of poverty, support for education and the improvement of health care delivery system throughout in Liberia.Senator Dagoseh was among many Liberians who used their personal resources, to step up the fight against Ebola through the provision of logistical support to hospitals and Ebola Treatment Units.The Senator donated a Land Cruiser Jeep for use to convey patients to treatment units at the remote Cape Mount District of Porkpa.He also made available over five hundred buckets, one thousand cartons of soap and several liters of sanitizers for distribution to rural communities in the county as well as making frequent visitations to areas in the county, despite the risks associated with it.Prior to the outbreak of Ebola, Senator Edward Dagoseh was engaged in the implementation of sustainable development projects to improve the living standard of people in his county including the rehabilitation of roads, linking Jenewunde and the District Headquarters of Bambala in Porkpa District, as well as the construction of health centers and schools to beef up education and health care delivery throughout Cape Mount.Senator Edward Dagoseh was a University Professor, when he was requested by citizens to run for the county Senatorial seat in 2011. He presently chairs the Senate Committee on Ways, Means and Finance.TV Africa is a popular television channel in Africa with audiences in all countries on the continent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“We will not be dragged into the gutter” – NTC official

first_imgOne week after a junior Government minister accused Amerindians of being greedy because they have requested security in the lands they have held since time immemorial, an official from the National Toshaos Council (NTC) has said he did not feel inclined to respond.NTC Vice ChairmanLenox ShumanVice Chairman Lenox Shuman told Guyana Times on Monday that the inflammatory statement was not the type of discussion the NTC planned on having, because it was childish and was not well thought out.“We don’t intend on being in the gutters. We will not be dragged into the gutter with anyone. What we intend to do is elevating the discussion to what not only is fair and just but also what history has done to the indigenous peoples,” Shuman said.Minister Keith Scott had said in the National Assembly that sovereignty now belonged to the State, when responding to the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) motion to halt the presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the issues surrounding lands belonging to Amerindians and freed African slaves.Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection Keith ScottMeanwhile, speaking on the recent meeting held between the NTC, other Amerindian rights groups and President David Granger, the NTC Vice Chair said it was a meeting long overdue.“The discussions we thought were very constructive in finding a way forward in addressing this issue in relation to the Commission of Inquiry in lands,” he told this publication.Asked whether the NTC was confident coming out of those recent discussions that things would happen in its favour, Shuman said that that was yet to be realised, but the body remained positive and hopeful.“We look forward to seeing what more the President could offer,” he added.Shuman said all parties invited to last Thursday’s meeting listened to the President and his five-point plan. That plan has not yet been revealed by any of the parties.According to the NTC official, the executive council will meet next week to discuss the issue at greater length with the intention of putting forward a general view to the President.“We only had one engagement with the President and he has made some commitments and so far we look forward to the NTC position and other Amerindian rights organisations’ position to be respected.”On June 16, in Parliament, the Opposition was free to press through its motion – a debate weeks in the making – calling for the immediate suspension of the CoI that was established by the Head of State.During the course of the debate, which began on Thursday and culminated on Friday evening, Government Speaker to the motion – specifically Minister Scott – rose and told the National Assembly that Amerindians were avaricious in their request for more land.He was peddling the same line as African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA) head and now Presidential Advisor, Eric Phillips, that Amerindians, while being a small population in Guyana, were looking to own 24 per cent of the country, including sub-surface rights.This position was vehemently argued against by the political Opposition.Opposition members quickly took umbrage to this position, pointing to the supreme law of Guyana, which says that sovereignty lies in the people of the country and the elected leaders were merely representatives of the people.The NTC had called for the establishment of two separate entities to deal with the two different issues, as it voiced its refusal to cooperate with the current lands CoI.The NTC also complained of “severe” lack of consultations on the matter, an assertion which President Granger has denied. The Head of State told reporters that the statement was “inaccurate”. He said, “The proposal to establish a body was announced by me in August last year at the National Toshaos Council meeting.”last_img read more

Equestrian area pushed for Tapo

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Neighbors are circulating a petition urging Ventura County officials to rebuild an equestrian center at Tapo Canyon Park, which has been closed since the fires and floods of 2003. Led by Jennifer Grosskopf, Friends of Tapo Canyon will ask Supervisor Judy Mikels, who represents Simi Valley, to support their efforts to include horse arenas as part of the park’s final design, which includes $1 million worth of improvements. So far, the group has collected more than 200 signatures, she said. “We want it back the way it was,” Grosskopf said. “We don’t want it turned into camping. Even if I die tomorrow, I want it to be horse property.” The group offered to repair the horse arenas at no cost to the county. “I feel bad about it,” said Juanita Brooks, a neighbor who lives on Tapo Canyon with her 30 horses. “There’s no other park like it. “I hate to see it go because once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. We hope we can stop it.” Neighbors also have raised concerns about the addition of septic tanks to accommodate campers. Some fear people will be living there for months for a camping fee. The plan must be approved by the county Parks Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The 211-acre county park north of the city limits on Tapo Canyon Road has been closed twice to the public: after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, and after the wildfires in 2003. Now, county officials are gearing up to renovate the park with enhancements that include picnic areas, a children’s play area and camper hook-ups for overnight stays. What is not being included in the redesign is the equestrian center. The park is expected to reopen later this year. Jarrod DeGonia, an aide to Mikels, said the supervisor will be meeting with the neighbors in the next couple of weeks. He said the equestrian center likely will not be part of the final design because the new park should reflect the interests of the community. “No one has been using (the horse center) since 1990,” he said, adding that Mikels will consider the suggestion. last_img read more

Neymar’s hair is surely not as bad as some of these World Cup barnets?

first_img 9 After beating England in the group stages of the 1998 World Cup, the entire Romania side bleached their hair Neymar’s ‘noodle head’ drew some attention Ronaldo decided to shave his hair like this in order to distract from the injury he was carrying. “I’m not proud of the hair because it was pretty strange, but it was a good way to change the subject,” he said CHRIS WADDLE (ENGLAND) 9 9 RONALDO (BRAZIL) Beckerman’s dreadlocks made him instantly recognisable Look, it’s not a proper World Cup unless someone does something new/different/downright bonkers with their hair.This edition it appears as if Neymar has take it upon himself to ensure it’s his barnet that gets talked about, thus being remembered for years to come. 9 9 9 9 9 ROMANIA IN 1998 Valderrama was Colombia’s playmaker extraordinaire who is fondly remembered for his playing style as well as his wonderful barnet There were grown men who copied Becks’ style in 2002. Yep, walk into a pub and there you’d find a bloke with a highlighted mowhawk DAVID BECKHAM (ENGLAND) Ney, can call you Ney? Regardless, we salute you, pal because look at some of the characters we are all still talking about today.CARLOS VALDERRAMA (COLOMBIA) Don’t really know where to begin with this KYLE BECKERMAN (USA, 2014) TARIBO WEST (NIGERIA) ALEXI LALAS (USA, 1994) 9 What a mane and what a beard Just look at that mullet. It has to be one of the most wonderful and iconic hairstyle in football, doesn’t it? last_img read more

Panthers power their way past Capitals

first_img Kolnik and Van Ryn scored in the second period when the Panthers broke a 1-1 tie and set a franchise record with 28 shots. Florida outshot Washington 49-31 overall. Canucks 3, Coyotes 2 : Matt Cooke scored a disputed goal 4:21 into the third period to give Vancouver the victory. Anthony Stewart and Mike Van Ryn scored power-play goals, and Juraj Kolnik added a short-handed tally to give the Florida Panthers a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. The Panthers entered the game with the 29th-ranked power play in the NHL. Their penalty killing had allowed three goals in each of the last two games, losses at the New York Rangers and New Jersey. Rookie Alexander Ovechkin scored both goals for Washington. The top pick in the 2004 draft has a point in each of Washington’s eight games, the longest scoring streak in the league. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After being stymied by goaltender Curtis Joseph all night, the Canucks broke a 2-2 tie by pushing him and the puck into the net. Joseph stopped Ed Jovanovski on a breakaway, but momentum carried both of them into the net while a charging Cooke knocked the puck in just as the net was dislodged. Predators 3, Blues 2 (SO ): Tomas Vokoun turned away both shots he faced in the shootout and Nashville won its sixth straight to open the season. The Predators have won half of their games by shootout and own the NHL’s best mark (6-0). Steve Sullivan and Marek Zidlicky both scored past St. Louis goalie Patrick Lalime in the new tiebreaker, and Vokoun turned away Petr Cajanek and Doug Weight as the Blues fell to 2-4-1. Islanders 5, Rangers 4 : Mark Parrish scored twice and Arron Asham had a short-handed goal and an assist as the New York Islanders overcame Jaromir Jagr’s first hat trick with the Rangers and beat New York to sweep a home-and-home series. Sabres 4, Bruins 3 : J.P. Dumont deflected Teppo Numminen’s shot into the net to break a third-period tie and Buffalo scored two power-play goals to snap an 0-for-27 slump. center_img Devils 6, Penguins 3 : Brian Gionta scored two goals for the second time in as many games against Pittsburgh this season, and New Jersey ran the Penguins’ start-of-season winless streak to a franchise-record seven games. Maple Leafs 5, Hurricanes 4 (OT ): Ken Klee scored a power-play goal 4:44 into overtime and Toronto won its fourth consecutive game. Eric Lindros scored his sixth goal for the Maple Leafs, undefeated since going winless in their first three games. Lightning 6, Thrashers 0 : Fredrik Modin scored two goals, John Grahame posted his first shutout. The Thrashers have lost four straight games by a combined score of 22-2. Flames 3, Oilers 1 : Chuck Kobasew scored two goals, including the winner, to lead Calgary. Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves to record his second victory in six days over the Oilers. Edmonton has dropped five straight after starting the season with a three-game winning streak. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

UCLA uncovers autism defect

first_imgChildren with autism lack a key brain activity that would normally help them understand the feelings and intentions of others, according to a groundbreaking study by UCLA researchers. New magnetic imaging research has shown that, unlike in normal children, the mirror neuron system in autistic children fails to work while they imitate and observe emotions. The UCLA study, published Sunday in the journal Nature Neuroscience, supports evidence that social problems associated with autism are caused by a neurological defect. “We’re really excited,” said Mirella Dapretto, the study’s lead author and assistant professor in residence of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at University of California, Los Angeles. What UCLA researchers found was that the more autistic symptoms a high-functioning autistic child demonstrated, the less his or her mirror neuron system functioned. Researchers at the Semel Institute compared 10 high-functioning autistic children ages 10 to 14 with 10 normally developing peers using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure brain activity. During the study, each child was asked to imitate and observe 80 photographs depicting various emotions – anger, fear, happiness, sadness. Unlike the developing children, those with autism had virtually no significant activity in the part of the brain where the mirror neurons function. “This study proves that the system is dysfunctional in autism and children with autism,” Dapretto said. “It opens the way for new ideas and treatments and insights into autism.” Educators of autistic children lauded the new study, saying it will help in the early intervention of autism. They also said its findings could help fund further research into autism spectrum disorders. “It allows people to understand what it is that stands in the way of (autistic) children,” said Laura Stephens, a psychologist who heads the autism spectrum disorder program at The Help Group, which administers three schools for children with autism in Sherman Oaks. “What it really does show is that what these children are capable of is imitating facial expressions. What they’re not doing is processing their emotions. They can do the basics, but they can’t understand (them).” The Help Group – which runs Village Glen, Bridgeport and Sunrise campuses – is one of the few schools in the nation to train students in such social skills as eye contact, facial expressions, tone of voice and body language to “rewire” the child’s brain. Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “This supports a theory that really accounts for the wide range of core symptoms of autism.” Normally, mirror neurons fire when a person takes action or observes the same action taken by others. For example, when a girl skips rope, her mirror neurons fire in the inferior frontal gyrus of the brain. When observed by a nonautistic friend, his mirror neurons become active, as well. New studies suggest such brain activity leads us to automatically understand what people intend and how they feel. Autistic children, however, often misunderstand verbal and other cues suggesting anger, joy or other emotions in others. In short, they lack a mature sense of empathy. last_img read more

Corrigan picked for state’s top court

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated San Francisco appellate Judge Carol Corrigan to the California Supreme Court on Friday, deciding on a moderate Republican and former prosecutor to fill the post of conservative jurist Janice Rogers Brown. “This is the best of the best that we have in the state,” Schwarzenegger said during a Capitol news conference called to introduce her. Corrigan, 57, an associate justice on the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, succeeds Brown, who resigned in June after the U.S. Senate confirmed her to the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. Brown was the only black on the seven-member court, prompting speculation that Schwarzenegger would name another black to maintain the court’s ethnic balance. He also was said to have closely considered Vance Raye, a black Republican sitting on the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento. Corrigan is white. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Schwarzenegger said his only concern in naming a successor was finding the most qualified person and making a decision that “was best for California.” He praised Corrigan as being someone of “unimpeachable character.” “Justice Corrigan is careful, thoughtful, quick-witted and brings a deliberate, detail-oriented approach to the law,” he said. “She will bring honor to California’s high court and serve the people with dignity and integrity.” Several black leaders criticized Schwarzenegger’s decision not to replace Brown with another black jurist. State Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, chairman of the California Legislative Black Caucus, said Corrigan’s appointment means the court will not accurately reflect California’s ethnic makeup “and therefore is lacking in the much-needed diversity to make accurate rulings.” Alice Huffman, head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in California, said a black justice would provide “a perspective that nobody else can deliver for us in many of the cases. … We need both African-American and Latino justices on the bench. There’s always a void whenever we’re not there.” Corrigan was a Superior Court judge in Alameda County when she was appointed in 1994 to the appellate court by one of Schwarzenegger’s political mentors, former Gov. Pete Wilson. She previously had been a Municipal Court judge and deputy district attorney in Alameda County, across the bay from San Francisco. Court watchers had predicted the governor would tap Corrigan or Raye because of their party affiliation, seniority and judicial philosophies. The pressure on Schwarzenegger to name a conservative to the bench had grown in recent days, after he angered many Republicans by appointing Susan Kennedy, a longtime Democratic activist, to be his chief of staff. But on Friday, the governor said politics played no role in his decision to nominate Corrigan. “That’s the last concern I have,” Schwarzenegger said, responding to a reporter’s question. “You don’t worry what is best about for the Republicans or you don’t worry about anyone who is concerned about Susan Kennedy or anything like that. … She is really the most qualified for this job.” Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, a conservative group that has been sharply critical of Schwarzenegger’s appointment of Kennedy as his chief of staff, said he was relieved that the governor picked a Republican for the court. On Thursday, the group asked the state Republican Party to reconsider its endorsement of Schwarzenegger in next year’s re-election bid. “Obviously, our membership would have been closer to Vance Raye,” he said. “He seemed to be the more conservative of the two. … We’ll have to see how she rules on cases.” Corrigan spoke briefly, saying the cornerstone of her judicial philosophy is that “the law doesn’t belong to judges; it belongs to people.” She declined to answer a question about same-sex marriage, an issue that is likely to come before the state Supreme Court, and said the topic never arose in her conversations with Schwarzenegger. The last vacancy on the state’s highest court was filled in 2001 by Carlos Moreno, the court’s only Democrat and a Hispanic who replaced Justice Stanley Mosk upon his death. If Corrigan is confirmed, the court will consist of two white men, a Hispanic man, an Asian man, an Asian woman and two white women. Assemblyman Jerome Horton, D-Inglewood, a member of the California Legislative Black Caucus, supported Schwarzenegger’s selection of a woman, but said it also is important to maintain a racial balance on the court. But he noted that the court’s departing justice, Brown, disappointed many blacks with her decisions. “I think it’s wise to have an ethnic balance on the court of the land, but a person’s judicial philosophy takes precedence over that balance,” Horton said. “However, Justice Janice Rogers Brown’s (was) inconsistent with the views of the majority of California. Just because you wear the same colors doesn’t mean you’re on the same team.” Corrigan’s nomination will be considered Jan. 4 by the state Commission on Judicial Appointments, a three-member body composed of Chief Justice Ronald M. George, a Republican, Attorney General Bill Lockyer, a Democrat, and 2nd District Court of Appeal Justice Joan Klein, a Democrat from Los Angeles. California’s top court nominees do not need the approval of lawmakers. If confirmed by the commission, Corrigan would become the court’s 112th justice since statehood. The state Supreme Court is based in San Francisco. Also Friday, Schwarzenegger nominated his former legal affairs secretary, Peter Siggins, to fill Corrigan’s seat or another vacancy on the 1st District Court of Appeal. Siggins, 50, also needs approval from the Commission on Judicial Appointments. Corrigan, who lives alone in Oakland, is a Catholic who grew up in the San Joaquin Delta port city of Stockton, where her father was a journalist and held a variety of other positions with The Record newspaper. Her mother was a librarian. She has joined the appellate court in issuing several conservative decisions but also is seen as a moderate. In 1997, she joined an opinion reversing the convictions of several abortion activists who had been arrested for violating a court order while protesting outside an abortion clinic in Vallejo. In her ruling, Corrigan said the government had failed to prove that the protesters were part of a raucous group that had been barred from picketing outside the clinic. In one of her most noted decisions in 2001, Corrigan ruled that local governments can seize the vehicles of people suspected of dealing drugs or soliciting prostitutes from a car. In 2003, she joined the court in reversing the murder convictions of five defendants accused of killing a manager at Fremont’s Wintec Industries in 1998. The appeals court said the suspects were denied a fair trial because the trial judge refused to admit testimony that a sixth person was actually to blame for the killing. At the news conference Friday, she said her nomination is a tremendous honor and thanked Schwarzenegger for the consideration. “I will do my very best to live up that expression of your confidence,” she said. Associated Press legal affairs writer David Kravets contributed to this story from San Francisco. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said Brian Cowen’s comments in the media today highlight the cocky and arrogant mentality that marked his and other Fianna Fáil led governments.Speaking today Deputy Doherty said: “Brian Cowen’s comments highlight the cocky and arrogant mentality that marked his and other Fianna Fáil led governments.“Sinn Féin and others continually highlighted the weakness of our economy, the folly of an over dependence on the property market and the likelihood of a crash only to be told by Fianna Fáil that we were cribbing and complaining. “Bertie Ahern even went as far as to suggest that ourselves and others who were warning of the dangers facing the economy should just go and kill ourselves.“It is this type of arrogance, typified by Brian Cowen’s failure to listen to anyone who didn’t agree with him, that ultimately meant we had no plan B as we collapsed into crisis.“Brian Cowen and his Fianna Fáil colleagues, including Mícheál Martin, have a lot to answer for. His refusal to apologise to the Irish people shows he has not lost his arrogance.“Unfortunately Fianna Fáil has been replaced by Fine Gael, a party that shares Fianna Fáil’s ideology and is gaining a level of arrogance to compete with its predecessor.”  COWEN’S COMMENTS SHOW ‘ARROGANCE’ – DOHERTY was last modified: August 28th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more