Aces outlast Hotshots

first_img‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books MOST READ 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Calvin Abueva goes up for a shot. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe defense that Alaska hopes to ride to get back in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals again did the trick last night as the Aces shut down Star in overtime to win, 97-90, and  climb into the upper half of the standings at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Shorthanded with one of two legitimate centers out for the rest of the conference and the other slowly being broken in, the Aces held fort using a gung-ho style full court press that held the Hotshots to just four points in the extra five minutes.ADVERTISEMENT It was the fourth win in seven games for the Aces, who will have to make do for the rest of the conference without backup center Noy Baclao and with starting slotman Sonny Thoss playing just a shade over six minutes in his first game of the season.Calvin Abueva scored five of his 23 points in overtime and Vic Manuel scattered 25 as the undersized duo more than held the fort for the Aces against Star’s formidable frontline.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAlaska thus stayed alive in the hunt for a top two berth.The losing finalist to San Miguel Beer here in the last two seasons, coach Alex Compton wants his Aces to be able to start playing right heading into their last four games and actually doesn’t care what position they end up in. Azkals, Asian teams to benefit from broadened World Cup field Paniamogan made seven triples inside the final three periods.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES They play Blackwater on Sunday and then Mahindra on Jan. 22, and Compton just couldn’t help but marvel at the Floodbusters, who ripped Meralco in the first game, 105-92, after getting a career-high 25 points from Philip Paniamogan.“Mahindra looked like a brand-new team out there today,” Compton said after RJ Jazul and JV Casio combined for 23 points and actually beat the prolific Star guard tandem of Paul Lee and Mark Barroca.Allein Maliksi led the Hotshots with 15 points. He was responsible for forging overtime at 86-all but missed a string of shots in extension.“That’s his job, that’s what he has been doing his whole career,” Compton said of Maliksi.Mahindra won a second straight game and coach Chris Gavina believes they are starting to lay down the foundation of a team that looked like it didn’t belong at the start of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Deal reunites NLEX with rising big man

first_imgView comments “We did not want to give up Juami, but NorthPort insisted that he be the one included in the deal. We offered our second round picks but they insisted on Juami,” Guiao added.Miranda played for the Road Warriors before being included in the three-team that netted NLEX center Poy Erram. —MARK GIONGCOFEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 Read Next Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ Michael Miranda, whose career was on the rise with NLEX before he was traded away, found his way back to the Road Warriors in a deal that sent point guard Juami Tiongson to NorthPort.“It so happened that Mike was available. Since Mike came from our team before and knows my system, he became a natural consideration,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her F2 Logistics marches to PSL finals LATEST STORIEScenter_img Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor?last_img read more

Bluey Day hoping to reach mammography fundraising goal

first_imgThis year’s fundraising goal is $100,000, which if raised, would compete the fundraising for the purchase of the new mammography machine.The fundraiser’s Be Brave & Shave participants have agreed to raise at least $500 through sponsorship of family, friends and businesses, them come Saturday, will shave their heads in support of those affected by cancer.To meet the $100,000 target, organizers of the fundraiser hope to have at least 75 head shavers each actively participating in the search for sponsors.- Advertisement -As of now, there are 62 participants who will be shaving their heads, and despite that number being a bit less than 75, Ashley Bentley, Executive Director of the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, says shes in hopeful that amount of shavers will help the foundation reach its goal.The event will be running from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will be taking place at the B.C. Ambulance Station.There will also be a group of local firemen showing their support for cancer patients and survivors, who will gather at noon to shave their heads.Advertisement Since its conception in 1998, Fort St. John’s Bluey Day has become an established fundraiser, raising over $1 million worth of funds which have stayed within the community to support the fight against cancer.The foundation’s goal is to provide as much medical equipment as possible so patients can remain in their community, alleviating the additional stresses of travel arrangements during an already stressful time.last_img read more

Fed’s cash doesn’t quash investor jitters

first_imgStill, the Fed has not indicated that it will free up more cash by making an interest rate cut at its Sept. 18 meeting, a move that many on Wall Street believe could stoke a stock recovery. Inflation has been keeping the central bank from lowering rates; the Labor Department said Wednesday that its Consumer Price Index rose a mild 0.1 percent in July, as expected, but energy prices remain high. “Yes, the market would probably move dramatically higher if they made a cut,” said Linda Duessel, market strategist at Federated Investors in Pittsburgh. “But I think it’s more prudent to allow this correction to continue to unfold. After all, we’re in the month of August and coming into September – historically, the weakest months of the year. The market has been in need of a correction.” A correction is defined as a 10 percent drop in stock prices. The Dow is now more than 8 percent below its record close of 14,000.41, reached July 19. The Dow fell 167.45, or 1.29 percent, to 12,861.47, closing below 13,000 for the first time since April 24 and continuing a weeks-long pattern of triple-digit moves. Broader stock indicators also fell. The S&P 500 index dropped 19.84, or 1.39 percent, to 1,406.70. The Nasdaq composite index lost 40.29, or 1.61 percent, to 2,458.83. Bonds rose, moving in the opposite direction as stocks. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell to 4.72percent from 4.73 percent Tuesday. NEW YORK – Wall Street tumbled again Wednesday after the Federal Reserve added more cash to the banking system but failed to quash investors’ jitters about problems in lending. The market traded nervously, jerking the Dow Jones industrial average above and below the 13,000 mark throughout the day as investors wrestled with reports about potential trouble at Countrywide Financial Corp. and KKR Financial Holdings LLC. By late in the day, investors saw little reason to buy beyond the fact that stocks are at bargain prices right now, and the Dow closed down nearly 170 points. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index also dropped sharply, and it is now down for the year. Central banks worldwide have supplied billions of funds to banks during the past week to make cash available for lending and keep interest rates stable amid signs that credit was drying up. On Wednesday, the Fed said it would accept a “repo” of $7 billion, in which it buys that amount in securities from dealers, who then deposit the money into commercial banks. The Dow also rose as many as 90 points Wednesday, as investors searched for bargains amid hard-hit stocks. The Chicago Board Options Exchange’s volatility index reached another 4-year peak. “The most savvy investors are seeing an opportunity with the increase in volatility. Individuals not as used to this are having trouble navigating through it,” said James Smothermon, Charles Schwab’s active trading and investing strategist. He said clients have been changing their strategies through tactics such as buying insurance on their portfolios and buying put options, or contracts that let an investor sell part of an asset at a set price within a certain time period. In another sign that the market’s lending woes are far from over, KKR Financial said it sold about $5.1 billion in residential mortgage loans in a move that will result in a $40 million loss for the specialty finance firm. KKR fell $4.76, or 31 percent, to $10.52. Meanwhile, the housing market outlook remains grim. The National Association of Home Builders said its housing market index, which tracks builders’ perceptions of current market conditions and expectations for home sales over the next six months, dropped this month to the lowest reading since January 1991. It was the sixth straight monthly decline. Not all mortgage-lending headlines were dire Wednesday. Thornburg Mortgage Inc.’s shares rebounded after its president said in a CNBC interview that while financing has been difficult, the company will pull through soon. Thornburg rose $3.05, or 33 percent, to $12.30.160Want 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

Americans dream again

first_imgFrom news services LAS VEGAS – The Dream Team comparisons, and the boasts of living up to them, were starting to return to U.S. basketball at the FIBA Americas tournament. And through two games, the United States looked worthy of them. But perhaps it’s best to show caution. Even while going without a major gold medal since the 2000 Olympics, the Americans have had games in which they looked like they used to. Those stretches haven’t lasted. The Americans were off Friday, the day after their 123-59 victory over the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was the most points they scored in this event since the famed 1992 team had 127 against Venezuela in the final game of that qualifier. “They’re that good,” said former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson, who is coaching Mexico in this event. “They’re like the Dream Team that came with Magic and Bird and those guys. They have that kind of a chance to put the USA back where they belong on top of the map.” Only if they keep hitting from 3-point range. The Americans were 25-for-56 (45 percent) from behind the arc through two games, leading the tournament in a statistic where the U.S. usually has been closer to the bottom in recent years. They shot 31 percent in the 2004 Olympics, which was 10th in the 12-team field and a primary reason they came home with only a bronze medal. But if they shoot 3s as well as they did against the Virgin Islands, when they made 15 of 30, Carmelo Anthony said he can’t see the Americans losing. “I don’t think so, especially when we space the court out like that,” Anthony said. “When everybody’s making 3s, from the point guards to the shooters to the big men knocking down shots, it just opens up things for everybody.” The biggest difference now is the additions of Michael Redd and Mike Miller, two of the NBA’s top 3-point shooters. Redd hit half of his 14 attempts in the first two games, tying Anthony for the team scoring lead with 19.5 points per game. Miller has five 3s, though he’s only at 33 percent thus far. Argentina 87, Puerto Rico 75: Luis Scola, who has signed with the Houston Rockets, had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead Argentina (2-0), which trailed by 14 points in the first half. Larry Ayuso had 22 points for Puerto Rico (1-2). Brazil 101, Venezuela 75: Marcelo Machado hit five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead Brazil (2-0) past winless Venezuela (0-3). Leandro Barbosa, who plays for the Phoenix Suns, scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half. Panama 95, Mexico 90: Danilo Pinnock scored 30 points to lead Panama (1-2) to its first victory. Romel Beck had 28 points to lead Mexico (1-1). Canada 93, U.S. Virgin Islands 83: Sam Dalembert had 15 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots to lead Canada (2-1). Dalembert, the 6-foot-11 center for the Philadelphia 76ers who became a Canadian citizen last month, was helped inside by 6-7 Juan Mendez, who had 22 points and seven rebounds. 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

Hazard to return for Chelsea in must win game? Line up for Stoke match predicted

first_img 11 11 22. Willian (right wing) – Where would Chelsea be without his goals this season? He has become a free kick king and has dug his teammates out of so many holes. The Brazilian is the Blues’ player of the season so far, not that there are many candidates for that accolade that is. 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) – Cahill was rested for the Champions League victory in midweek but should return to the team for Saturday’s trip to Stoke. Although it is difficult to tell given current form but he is Mourinho’s first choice defender and, given that he is one poor result away from the sack, the manager will want to call on his most senior players. 7. Ramires (central midfield) – Ramires scored against Liverpool and, despite speculation he would leave during last summer’s transfer window, he has stayed and played his way into a new contract. His never-stop-running attitude is what Mourinho needs to get Chelsea out of this slump. 11 11 11 8. Oscar (left wing) – Eden Hazard has done nothing to persuade Mourinho, or the fans, that he deserves his place in the team back. It is not as if the Chelsea boss has not tried with his star player, giving him the central number 10 role, but he has failed to impress meaning Oscar will continue on the left for the time being. 6. Baba Rahman (left back) – Again he is likely to start for Chelsea on Saturday given the on-going injury situation with Bransilav Ivanovic. The experiment with playing Zouma as a full back is a failed one so with Azpilicueta moving to right back, Baba Rahman is the only other natural left back in the squad. Stoke v Chelsea is live on talkSPORT at 5.30pm on Saturday 7 November.Was Wednesday night’s late 2-1 win against Dynamo Kiev a turning point for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho?The Blues manager was visibly moved as the Stamford Bridge faithful sang his name and said he would do everything he could for them.As they conceded a late equaliser against Kiev, many thought it would be the same old story, but a Willian free kick minutes later gave Mourinho a much-needed victory and showed a character that hasn’t been seen by Chelsea all season.So will Mourinho keep the same side as he fights to keep his job and raise Chelsea from their lowly position of fifteenth?Click the arrow above, right, to see a predicted XI to avenge the League Cup loss to Stoke two weeks ago. 26. John Terry (centre back) – Given Stoke’s physicality, Terry should get the nod to don the captaincy and start at the back this weekend, despite Kurt Zouma’s emergence as Mourinho’s preferred centre half. 11 11 21. Nemanja Matic (central midfield) – Matic was dropped for the visit of Liverpool last week but was recalled in midweek and should see himself recalled to deal with the robust fashion of Stoke’s midfield. 1. Asmir Begovic (goalkeeper) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Chelsea line-up against Stoke in squad number order – Begovic has made some outstanding saves this season but is his lack of commanding presence the reason the Chelsea defence is malfunctioning so badly? Either way Mourinho has no choice but to start the Bosnian until Thibaut Courtois returns. 11 19. Diego Costa (striker) – Like the majority of his teammates, he has been truly awful this season, appearing both unfit and overweight. However Mourinho has to play the Brazilan-turned-Spaniard, simply because, who else is there? 4. Cesc Fabregas (central attack) – Expect Fabregas to start a little further forward than usual and be relieved of all defensive duties so he can focus on what he is really good at – creating chances. The former Arsenal man has had a pretty awful season so far but don’t be surprised if he gets back to his best at the Britannia. 11 11 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (right back) – Agree with the team? – Azpilicueta has been in and out of the team recently as well as being shoved in both full back positions but given the success with him on the right on Wednesday, the Spaniard should keep his place.last_img read more

VICA against new telephone-use tax

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe current tax on telephone calls is 10percent and generates $270 million a year for the city. The proposal would lower the tax rate to 9percent, but expand the tax to new telephone-like communications technology. It is expected to generate $243 million annually. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Council members have declared a financial emergency in putting Measure S on the ballot and warn that the city would have to cut services without the telephone tax. “Clearly there are small-business leaders and big-business leaders who are also supporting Proposition S because they recognize it would be bad business for Proposition S to fail, and bad for the local economy,” said Steve Barkan, consultant to the Yes on Proposition S campaign. 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! San Fernando Valley business leaders decided this week to oppose the city’s proposed telephone users’ tax on the February ballot. The board of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association overwhelmingly voted Thursday to oppose Measure S, saying that the tax would be expanded to include services such as Voiceover Internet Protocol that are used by businesses but not taxed under the current law. “VICA is concerned with the way Measure S has been presented as a tax reduction when it is really a new tax,” said VICA Chairman Bob Scott. “The city needs to seriously consider that another new tax makes L.A. less competitive and less desirable to the business community.” Measure S would rewrite the city’s current telephone users’ tax, which has been challenged in court by telephone companies. last_img read more

FA panel criticise Manchester City after club broke anti-doping regulations

first_img Manchester City received a £35,000 fine in February 1 Manchester City broke the Football Association’s anti-doping regulations three times in less than five months last year and failed to heed a written warning sent three weeks before the final breach.City were charged with breaking the FA’s ‘whereabouts’ rules in January and a three-man panel gave the club a £35,000 fine in February and the written reasons for the sanction were published this week.Under anti-doping regulation 14D, clubs must provide the FA with accurate information about training sessions and players’ addresses so doping control officers can find them for no-notice drugs tests. If clubs fail to provide this information – or testers are unable to find the players they are looking for – three times in a rolling 12-month period then they are deemed to have breached the rule.So far this season, City, Fleetwood and Bournemouth have been charged for doing so, with the latter still waiting for their sanction.City’s ‘three strikes’ were:– Failing to inform the FA of an extra first-team training session on July 12, 2016– A first-team player missing a test on September 1 of last year because the hotel address provided was no longer correct– Anti-doping officials being unable to test reserve players on December 7 because six of them had been given the day off without the FA being informedThe final breach occurred despite the FA writing to City on November 14 to remind them clubs must notify the governing body if five or more players in a particular squad are given a day off from a scheduled session. They were also warned in writing after the second strike in September.City told the FA the two training-session breaches were “administrative errors” related to the club’s new management team under Pep Guardiola being unfamiliar with the system.The Premier League club said they believed they had grounds to challenge the hotel mix-up but the FA rejected this and City did not contest the point. That acceptance of guilt was welcomed by the panel and resulted in a smaller fine than it was “minded to impose having noted all the other applicable considerations”.But the panel was critical of City’s failure to meet their obligations and heed warnings.“It is no less concerning that in this case, despite the club being made aware of their breaches on two previous occasions (and) the resources available to the club, they failed to deal with these and implement a system to correct this,” it said.last_img read more

Schwarzenegger’s new game plan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“The following year,” he said, “I was unbeatable.” He went on to win the Mr. Olympia title seven times. Now, by nearly all accounts, Schwarzenegger is incorporating the lessons from another terrible loss to stage a dramatic comeback. Emphasizing centrism has carried Schwarzenegger to the brink of a sequel just one year after his partisan special election plunged the box office giant’s popularity into straight-to-video territory. Now, polling shows him leading California Treasurer Phil Angelides by double-digit margins. “Success is everything to him,” said Don Sipple, who was Schwarzenegger’s media strategist for years. “Re-election will mean he was a successful political figure. That’s what drives him.” Arnold Schwarzenegger, who became an icon by personifying machismo, isn’t much inclined toward public introspection. But he does relish a strongman parable. As a young bodybuilder in Europe, Schwarzenegger said he ate whatever he wanted, lifted weights obsessively and triumphed as Mr. Universe twice. But his first contest in America delivered a devastating setback: The Austrian Oak lost to a better, leaner, tanner competitor. After some reflection, Schwarz- enegger “shifted gears” on his training – focusing more on diet and muscle definition. On the road to redemption, the Republican governor relied on a personal philosophy of constant self-improvement; an actor’s ability to shift personae; advice from a new cadre of advisers; and the public’s willingness to forgive – or, perhaps, forget – the past and embrace him again. The change has dizzied some political consultants and voters. Even as the governor’s job performance ratings have improved, voters aren’t sure what motivates him – his beliefs or a desire for approval. A September Field Poll found that nearly half of registered voters now believe the governor chooses what is politically popular rather than what he believes is right. “The question is on the table about who Governor Schwarzenegger will be in a second term,” said Phil Trounstine, who runs the Survey and Policy Research Institute at San Jose State. “If past is prologue, we truly don’t know.” Analysts, including Trounstine, say Schwarzenegger has transformed in office, although disputes exist over whether the governor’s core beliefs have shifted or whether his tactics have just evolved. Schwarzenegger has never been a “belief politician,” said Joe Mathews, author of “The People’s Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy.” “He has always kind of moved around,” said Mathews, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, “trying to find the sweet spot.” Swept into office as an outsider vowing reform, Schwarz- enegger now looks to many like a consummate insider. He has raised more than $100 million in campaign cash for his political causes – more than former California Gov. Gray Davis did – in half the time. Most of that money comes from business interests, including oil and pharmaceutical companies. “Gov. Schwarzenegger has not just pioneered new fundraising techniques and shattered records, but has also inspired millions in outside spending by his business allies,” said Ned Wigglesworth of California Common Cause. “None of which has put the California voter back in charge, as promised.” Schwarzenegger says his recall election-era comments about being “rich enough that I don’t have to take anyone’s money” have been misinterpreted. His attempts to limit fundraising during budget season have fallen flat in the Legislature. “What I said is I’m financially independent,” he said earlier this month. Anyone who contributes, the governor contends, “buys into my philosophy,” not vice-versa. Schwarzenegger has done many things that help his business backers, such as revamping the workers’ compensation system, but he did buck some donors this year by signing bills on global warming and prescription drugs. On the policy front, Schwarzenegger has notched some successes, passing a bond- and-balanced-budget package, sealing new revenue-generating gaming compacts with Indian tribes and rolling back the so-called car tax. He has refused to raise new taxes, but the governor and lawmakers have repeatedly suspended a tax credit for teachers. And Schwarzenegger has increased some fees, including those on university students. Angelides, his opponent, likens that to a tax on the middle class. Other goals have been downsized or abandoned. Schwarz- enegger didn’t have the stomach – or the legislative cooperation – to slash government spending. The general fund has grown 27 percent, to $101.6 billion, during his tenure. Revenues have swelled too, due to an improving economy. The ongoing state deficit still lingers, but it has shrunk to about $4.5 billion. The governor has offered no plan to eliminate it. And, of course, voters rejected Schwarzenegger- backed initiatives to rein in state spending, redraw legislative districts, make it easier to fire novice teachers and limit public employee unions’ clout in politics. The governor insisted on taking those to the special election ballot last year after lawmakers didn’t act on the concepts – a fateful decision Schwarzenegger now rues. After that rebuke, the governor quickly changed priorities, staff and tactics – an election-year move that alienated some conservatives, but won back many moderates. He embraced much of the agenda pushed by legislative Democrats: a multibillion dollar public works plan, an increase in the minimum wage (without an escalator clause Democrats had sought) and a mandatory drug discount plan. The governor also settled a lawsuit over education funding, helping defuse one of last year’s most potent issues, placating opponents and depriving Angelides of a campaign plank. The successes show Schwarz- enegger’s pragmatic, cooperative side, said senior adviser Bonnie Reiss, a longtime friend of the governor and first lady Maria Shriver. She points to a landmark bill to curb greenhouse gas emissions. It has a cap on emissions sought by environmentalists. But it also allows for a system of emissions trading the free-market governor wanted. “He’s a balanced guy, not an extreme guy,” Reiss said. “He kind of is the soul of the center.” The governor’s critics take a less charitable view. “At first I felt really good. He’s going to make a difference for California, blah, blah, blah,” voter Gail Fiock, a nurse and mother of five, said. Now, “I don’t know what he really stands for.” The governor rejects as “hype” the notion of political inconsistency. He describes himself as a fiscal conservative, a social moderate and an environmental progressive. “It’s the same Arnold. Nothing has changed. It’s just that I learned from those kind of events.” This year, Schwarzenegger replaced several advisers from the recall and special election eras. On the campaign side now are Steve Schmidt and Matthew Dowd, seasoned hands from the Bush administration. The governor also hired an experienced Democrat from Davis’ administration, Susan Kennedy, as his chief of staff. The over-the-top campaign pyrotechnics have disappeared. Railing against “special interests” and labeling opponents “girlie men” has ceased. A flood of public events and bill signings have ensued. The governor talks effusively of bipartisanship. “His highest value has always been the will of the voters,” said Republican strategist Rob Stutzman, the governor’s first communications director. “He has demonstrated a unique ability to train his ear to the whims of the electorate. There are few things more fickle than the electorate. They wanted the Terminator to be the reformer. But eventually, they wanted a conventional governor.” kfolmar@mercnews.com160Want 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

Canning: Business as usual at Accies after chairman change

first_imgManager Martin Canning expects it to be business as usual at Hamilton despite the club changing chairman.Ronnie MacDonald stepped down from the role on Tuesday, with former manager Allan Maitland taking the reigns.MacDonald returned for a second spell in the role a year ago to help stabilise the club after the Lanarkshire outfit were victims of cyber fraud which cost them close to £1million.Maitland, latterly director of youth development, is now taking over as chairman but Canning doesn’t expect the winds of change to sweep through the club. “It’s continuity, it’s something the club does well, everyone works together. “Both have been here for 15 years and Allan has done a great job as the youth director so it is great for Allan to step up and become chairman and I am looking forward to working with him as well.”Canning added: “It shouldn’t make a difference in terms of the way we work.“Allan has been here a long time as well and nothing should change in the way the club works going forward, I don’t anticipate that. “I spoke to Ronnie, I spoke to Allan and I think things will continue as they were.“Obviously it is a new working relationship with Allan. I have known him a long time, I get on really well with him so I don’t see any issues.” “Ronnie stepped back as chairman previously but stepped back in when the club lost the money,” said Canning.“He stabilised and led and that is Ronnie down to a tee, he is a great leader and he feels the club is stable enough that he can take that step back.“His involvement in the club won’t change, he will still be at every game as he always had been.“Ronnie has been brilliant with me since I took over, I have learned a lot and that will continue. He will pass it on to Allan who will do a great job.”last_img read more