Wolf, Thornton Announce Bids for State House

first_imgWolf: “It concerns me when our elected officials don’t address our current spending levels. That’s what kind of lit me up, when they decided we’re not going to go to taxes, we’re not going to cut the budget, we’re just going to go after the PFD. That’s what they did and tried to do in 2004, and that’s what made me, on April 15 Tax Day, decide, ‘Enough, I’m going to throw my feet back in the fire, like it or not, and we’ll see what happens.’” Wolf isn’t new to the arena, having held that seat in 2003-05. This time, he says it’s the PFD making him run… Democrat Shauna Thornton is the first from her party to file a letter of intent for the seat currently held by Rep. Kurt Olson, and Republican Kelly Wolf joins an increasingly crowded primary race. Wolf: “I know a friend that has 11 children and then him and his wife, well that’d be a $13,000 tax on them.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A third and fourth candidate have been named in the race for the Kenai/Soldotna House District Seat 30. Wolf says proposed changes to the Fund’s structure would unevenly impact Alaskan families… The former K-Beach Assemblyman says the Legislature needs fiscal conservatives who can work across party lines, a feat he has previously accomplished.last_img read more

Here we go again! – STATHS, JC set to meet in repeat of 2017 Manning Cup final

first_imgSt Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) and Jamaica College (JC) booked their place in the final of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup following semi-final penalty-kick wins over Wolmer’s Boys and Kingston College, respectively, at the National Stadium yesterday. In the opening encounter, STATHS defeated Wolmer’s 4-2 on penalties, this after the teams had played to a 1-1 scoreline in full time. The second semi-final saw Jamaica College getting the better of Kingston College 5-4 on penalties after the teams could not find a goal in regular time. STATHS, who won their only Manning Cup title in 1987, were booking their second final in three years, however, it wasn’t an easy run for the Philip Williams-coached team. They went in front in the 10th minute when Steven McQueen headed in a right-sided short corner from close range. Five minutes later, Wolmer’s would chalk up the equaliser as Orlando Russell capitalised on a through pass and outfoxed his defender to slot past goalkeeper Ricardo Laing in the STATHS goal. The teams could not find the winner in full time, and it was left to the dreaded penalty shoot-out to determine a winner. STATHS were the team that blinked first as Noel Walker missed his effort, but the Wolmer’s pair of Revaldo Mitchell and Rushane Mitchell also failed to score, allowing the team from Bumper Hall to book their spot in the final to the delight of coach Philip Williams. “It was a very good game. Wolmer’s did their homework and nullified our front three, but we practised a lot of penalties in training yesterday because we know that is one of the eventualities of the game, and our boys held their nerve and came up trumps today,” said Williams, who will be looking to, this time, guide his team past JC after falling to the ‘Dark Blues’ in the 2017 final. FIGHTING SPIRIT Losing coach Alex Thomas credited his team’s fighting spirit throughout the game. “Praises most go out to my boys. They played their hearts out. It’s unfortunate that we came out on the wrong end of the penalties, but such is football,” said Thomas. The second semi-final was less dramatic as the teams nullified each other’s attacks. The defensive duel continued for the majority of the encounter, however, some excellent goalkeeping by JC’s custodian, Daniel Russell, denied KC’s attacking trio of Jamari Morrison, Ronaldo Robinson, and Dwayne Atkinson. The game did see some drama as KC’s Khalifah Richards was caught on camera biting JC’s Shadane Lopez, who retaliated by slapping Richards in the face, in an incident that was missed by the officiating crew. With time running out and ­penalties looming, both teams substituted their starting goalkeepers. However, it was Jamari Morrison, who would have the only blemish on the night as his first kick went sailing over the post to the delight of the JC supporters. Tajay Grant would be the man who would send the 29-time champion into the final as he calmly slotted past Hasani Barnes in the KC goal. Winning coach Davion Ferguson, who was in his first season on the JC bench, was pleased with his team’s achievements. “I must lift my hats off to my boys. It was a very tactical game. We saw KC over the weekend, and we know they are a counter-attacking team. What we did today was limit those attacks, and it paid off for us,” said Ferguson. KC’s Ludlow Bernard praised his team’s effort. “It’s mixed emotions for me right now. I think we had a good season. Unfortunately, it came to an end by penalties, but we will be back,” said Bernard. Both teams will meet on Friday, November 29, at the National Stadium.last_img read more

Photo gallery: Little League District 4 9-10 Minor Baseball Tournament

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Ravens keeping tabs on McKinnie as New Orleans shows interest

first_imgJust a couple days after saying the Ravens were “very open” to bringing back Bryant McKinnie, head coach John Harbaugh reached out to the 33-year-old on Thursday to say he’d like him to return to Baltimore this season.Whether it happens remains to be seen as the tackle said in a text message that the New Orleans Saints are showing the most interest in his services with their left tackle position currently unsettled following the free-agent departure of Jermon Bushrod, who signed with the Chicago Bears on the first day of free agency last week. Former Ravens guard Ben Grubbs signed a five-year, $36 million contract with the Saints last offseason after playing his final season in Baltimore next to McKinnie on the left side of the offensive line in 2011.McKinnie said that Harbaugh was simply checking in with the 6-foot-8 offensive lineman but wanted him to know he wants him back with the Ravens, who have already lost center Matt Birk from their offensive line due to retirement. The Ravens haven’t had any contact with McKinnie’s agent Michael George.“They have other things they are working on, so it’s no rush,” said McKinnie, who joked with Harbaugh to tell general manager Ozzie Newsome to pick up the phone. “We will see how things go.”The Bears showed some interest in McKinnie prior to signing Bushrod away from the Saints. However, McKinnie might be the top left tackle remaining on the open market as teams are now focusing on the best right tackle options available such as Eric Winston, Sebastian Vollmer, and Andre Smith.Many have regarded McKinnie as no more than a backup plan for the Ravens at this point as they could look to the draft to potentially find their left tackle of the future. However, Harbaugh told reporters at the league meetings in Phoenix that Michael Oher and Kelechi Osemele would also be considered for the position if they do not add another veteran tackle.The mention of Osemele’s candidacy for the left tackle position is intriguing after Brian Baldinger of the NFL Network mentioned on AM 1570 WNST earlier this week that new run-game coordinator and former Eagles offensive line coach Juan Castillo told him the second-year lineman might be a fit to play on the blind side.“I think Juan is the single-best developer of talent on the offensive line in the entire league,” Baldinger said. “If Juan tells me he thinks that Kelechi Osemele can play left tackle, I want to see it. I want to see what he looks like if he lines up there.”The 2012 second-round pick was a three-year starter at left tackle for Iowa State and split time between right tackle and left guard last season.last_img read more

“I am loving my time at this club.” – Anthony Martial Extends Contract at…

first_imgForward Anthony Martial has signed a new contract at Manchester United until June 2024, with the option to extend for a further year.The 23-year-old, who joined United from Monaco in September 2015 for £36m, has scored eight Premier League goals this season, has been in talks for a while.United’s interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: For a young man, he has a good footballing brain, which, when coupled with his exceptional talent, makes for a player with an exciting future ahead of him.”In June, Martial’s agent said his player wanted to leave Old Trafford and it was known former boss Jose Mourinho was happy to sanction his departure.But United’s hierarchy instead opened fresh negotiations and Martial said on Thursday: “I would like to thank Ole and his coaching staff for their belief in me and for helping me to take my game to the next level.“I am loving my time at this club.“From the day I joined I have been made to feel part of the United family and I have been incredibly humbled and overwhelmed by the warmth and love of our fans, who continue to amaze me with their support.”Martial has started five times under Mourinho’s successor Solskjaer, and scored after coming on as a substitute in the FA Cup win at Arsenal on Friday.He missed Tuesday night’s home draw with Burnley after picking up “a slight injury” in training but has managed 10 goals in 25 matches in all competitions this season.Relatedlast_img read more

Letter to the editor: Here’s my thoughts on what led up to the Florida school shooting

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (33) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +25 Vote up Vote down mel hamburg · 129 weeks ago John, I couldn’t agree more with your thinking, was beginning to wonder if I was the only one left. Report Reply 1 reply · active 129 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down justme · 129 weeks ago Absolutely, positively AMEN! Report Reply 0 replies · active 129 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Larry Williams · 129 weeks ago Thanks John, you said everything that I have been thinking. It’s to bad that nobody really thinks about what’s going on in the world anymore. Report Reply 0 replies · active 129 weeks ago -15 Vote up Vote down blythe · 129 weeks ago well, i must say this ltte is refreshingly thoughtful… though i find little that i can agree with. i’ll try to address the outline point by point, though not all at once ’cause there’s a monkey loose in my house =) 1) it’s true that there’s been an overall decline in formal religion and their associated practices. however, spirituality is on the rise which has given way to humanitarianism. this allows for many doctrines and denominations to come together in support of worthy causes. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/01/21/a… also, we can’t really discuss this trend without considering why some are leaving their flocks, or simply choosing not to join in the first place. a few ideas stick out to me; a) religious scandals and/or perceived hypocrisy. b) a more diverse nation fosters broad tolerance and lessens social pressure to conform. c) the politicization of religion is really unappealing to young people and those with more libertarian leanings. we shouldn’t be legislating from the pulpit and we shouldn’t be favoring one religion over another. freedom of religion is only realized if we also have freedom from religion. more later. Report Reply 0 replies · active 129 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Robert Escandon · 129 weeks ago Times change and not always for the better. Thank you for sharing your thoughts — good article. Report Reply 1 reply · active 129 weeks ago -16 Vote up Vote down Dave · 129 weeks ago Guns don’t kill people, bullets of whatever projectile comes out of the gun does. Ban bullets not guns. Report Reply 1 reply · active 129 weeks ago -15 Vote up Vote down Dave · 129 weeks ago After watching time ant time again of the republicans and the NRA lack of support on making “common sense” regulations that would help stop or at least slow down the mass murder of our citizens, old or young, students or movie goer’s is just disgusting. Time and time again, right after a mass murder by some nut with a semiautomatic gun, they have their proper little speech about guns rights and “now is not the time to talk about this”. Then they go run and hide until the next mass murdering of more of our citizens, old and young, students or movie goer’s by some nut with a semiautomatic gun, then the same Groundhog Day routine follows. With the NRA and republicans not doing one thing to try to stop or at least slow down this crime against it’s citizens with “common sense” laws, then I have come to the conclusion that the NRA and republicans must support the mass murder of it’s citizens with these types of weapons.. Time and time again they do the same thing, they must support it. Report Reply 8 replies · active 128 weeks ago -19 Vote up Vote down Luther · 129 weeks ago You’re absolutely correct. We don’t need gun control. We just need to stop all those liberal atheists from going crazy, buying assault rifles and shooting up schools full of innocent children and crowds of people. No, I’m sorry. I’m backwards. It’s white christian conservatives who have decided that following an outdated document and having whatever guns they can compensate their small thinking and tiny “buttons” with, is more important than insuring the safety of our children. You justify the death of children in whatever fashion let’s you sleep at night. The NRA, the right wing, the GOP are all American terrorist. And your generation has failed this country and your children and grandchildren children. But it will be them that finally fix everything you have destroyed in this country. Report Reply 1 reply · active 128 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down taxpayer · 129 weeks ago Excellent John. Nice to see a letter to the editor on the cow that makes sense. Report Reply 0 replies · active 129 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down Charlie Jeffries · 129 weeks ago John, right on, right on. The majority of people agree with you, but the mainstream media with their made up surveys will not stand for your ideas. The governments fix to no guns in schools was a sticker on the door which keeps, you and I, 1000 feet from the school, but killers walk right on in. If you’ve ever been to a federal courthouse,airport, or most buildings in DC, you know the drill. Different priorities. Most Liberals are afraid of guns, so it is easy for them to stand on their soapbox against them. Gun owners do not fear guns and enjoy shooting them. Gun owners feel more secure from home invasion which seems to be on the rise. You keep writing, John. The press has made killing people popular news, but they are pretty selective. Lots of people die every day. It’s a society problem, like climate change. Report Reply 0 replies · active 129 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments The following is a letter to the editor written by John Munro.To the editor: Here it is, the day after the latest school shooting.  The news networks are a constant buzz about everything we really don’t care to know about, but their pushing it anyway.  Almost immediately after the shots starting ringing out, the ultra far left harpies started in on the need for more gun control.I’ve always wondered, if these people were really sincere, why haven’t they called for banning cars because some drunk ran into a load of school kids and killed them.  I guess it’s OK to call for banning something you don’t like, regardless that it’s an inanimate object that can’t act on it’s own, if it serves your purpose and goals. At least that’s what they think.  It’s all about control, you see, not about the guns.Even since the Columbine school massacre in 1999, it seems that there is no shortage of copy cat shoot-em-ups.  Whether it be another school, movie theater, church, mall or anywhere else that people congregate in large numbers, there is someone in the shadows waiting for the right time to make a big name for their selves. As of lately, some of these shootings have been linked to radical Muslim terrorism, which is somewhat in a league of it’s own as it tends to be non discriminate in who the targets are, anybody will do.  Another area which pretty much stands alone is the acts perpetrated by outfits such as Black Lives Matter, or the New Black Panthers which seems to target law enforcement in general, white law enforcement in particular.But the main ones I wish to consider are those acts brought about by young students, or former students against other students.  While all acts of terrorism are particularly gruesome and horrifying, this last area seems to be the worse.I’m sure everyone has a belief as to what the reasons are for these kind of things.  It can run an entire football field of different opinions, some of which are legitimate and actually make sense, to the otherwise crazy off the wall ideas dreamed up by those who I would consider 2 cans short of a six pack.  I would like to briefly explore some of the ideas that I consider to be paramount.  Obviously, one could probably write a book about any of these I’m going to present, but I’m going to try to limit the amount account of space and time.1.  A breakdown of religious beliefs and practices.  Over the last 50 or so years, less and less people seem to belief in the Christian religion.  Or if they do belief in it, they tend to not actively participate any more, by not attending church services. This, of course, can vary from region to region, but when one looks at the large population centers, it’s pretty obvious.  Also, the media, which is controlled by the far left socialists, tends to discourage Christianity altogether, while pretty much ignoring other religious groups such as Jews and Muslims.2.  A breakdown of the family nucleus.  When I was a kid growing up in the 50’s and 60’s single parent families did exist, but at least around here, there didn’t seem to be very many of them.  Now it seems that complete two adult families are getting harder and harder to find.  Oh sure, there are a lot of couples that raise children from either one or both sides of failed marriages or other relationships, but it doesn’t seem like they want to actually get married anymore.And, of course, there is an abundance of single mothers out there trying to raise children on their own, some with support of their families, but some are totally on their own.  I could go on and on with this topic, but I’m sure it’s time to move along.3.  A lack of proper punishment for children who break the rules.  I can remember when I was growing up that if you threw a fit when in public, mom or dad would likely swat me a time or two to get me to shut up.  It usually worked.  I wasn’t the most perfect child growing up, back in that time I guess I could have been called rather rowdy.  In today’s world, probably more along the lines of felonious.  I guess I was probably more than a handful back then, but I lived through it, as did my parents.You see, in that time if you got out of line in school bad enough, you got a spanking, at the very least with a yardstick but more than likely with a paddle,  I received this “corporal punishment” more than once, but if always seemed to work pretty well, as I would shut up and do what was expected.  If memory serves me correctly, the last time I got a good whipping was in junior high. Interesting enough, according to one of my former teachers, that was about the time this sort of punishment was discontinued.4.  Political Correctness.  At one time Texas A&M university used to have a yearly contest to define the latest contemporary term.  I don’t know if they still do this or not.  Anyway, the contemporary term for 2007 was Political Correctness, and the winning definition was as follows: “Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”I couldn’t agree more.  What this means in school settings is it is absolutely forbidden to talk about just about anything that might cause someone to be uncomfortable, which would mean that they might have to think about something. Also, don’t even think about showing affection to that cute little girl that you met last week, or refusing to congregate with other children that may be somewhat different than you.Where we seem to be at now, if little Johnny doesn’t want to pay attention and act by the new normal standards, they schedule a visit to the local head doctor who loads him up with Ritalin and turns him into a zombie, then later loads him up with some psychotropic drug that turns him into a murderous monster.  What a bonus.Anyway, I’m just an over-the-hill old geezer that clings to living in the past.  What do I know.  I’ve left you all a pretty good stack of rocks for you to throw, and I welcome the feedback. However, being a cranky old fart, I have a few rules of my own. If you want a response from me, you must sign your name to the comment.  I don’t believe in hiding behind some handle or alias, however I do enjoy reading all the responses.John MunroWellingtonFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Boxing: Tyson Fury confirms Negotiations onging for Deontay Wilder fight

first_imgAdvertisement xfqqNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E17t4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) uqWould you ever consider trying this?😱djkfCan your students do this? 🌚49byRoller skating! Powered by Firework TYSON FURY has revealed he is in “deep negotiations” with Deontay Wilder over a December world title fight – and he’s fired a shot at rival Anthony Joshua to boot.Advertisement Fury made his comeback after more than two years out vs Sefer Seferi in June and is now set to face Francesco Pianeta in August, though the German is not likely to cause Fury problems.Advertisement Should he come through that, Fury will then look to jump several levels to face the ‘Bronze Bomber’ after Anthony Joshua failed to strike a deal to decide the undisputed heavyweight champion.Asked whether Fury would face Whyte or Chisora after the bout with Pianeta, Warren told talkSPORT: “Well, actually they’re two competitive and very good fighters but, with due respect to them, we’re actually trying to make the fight with Deontay Wilder.Advertisement “First of all we want to see what he looks like on the August 18. Hopefully, he will come through it well, but reports from the gym are that he’s looking well.“Tyson, as he’s said himself, has been talking about Wilder in the last few weeks and it’s a fight I think the British fans would like to see.“It wouldn’t happen in the autumn, if it happens it will be sometime in November or December.“That’s where I would like to see him, providing he comes through okay and that’s no disrespect to anybody. He’s the lineal champion. He’s the guy who hasn’t been beaten. He lost his belt outside the ring.And despite Anthony Joshua struggling to get a bout with Wilder, Warren reckons he can bring the American and Fury together.He added: “I’m pretty confident we can make it happen. It takes two to make a deal and if you really want to make a deal you will make it happen.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Galway Team Named To Face Offaly

first_imgIn attack Joseph Cooney has a hamstring injury and his place is taken by Niall Burke who starts his first championship game since last year’s Leinster Final. The game will be live from Portlaoise on Gbfm with a 2.00pm throw in.1 Colm Callanan2 Adrian Tuohy3 Daithi Burke4 John Hanbury5 Padraig Mannion6 Gearoid McInerney7 Aidan Harte8 Johnny Coen9 David Burke10 Jason Flynn11 Joe Canning12 Niall Burke13 Conor Whelan14 Cathal Mannion15 Conor Cooneyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email 16 April 2017; The Galway squad before the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final match between Limerick and Galway at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile Cruciate victim Paul Killeen is ruled out for the season and his place in defence is taken by John Hanbury, who replaced Killeen in the quarter final win over Dublin.center_img There are 2 changes on the Galway Team that meets Offaly on Sunday in the Leinster SHC Semi Final.last_img read more

Murray and Robson shine as Stakhovsky falls off his cloud

first_imgBy Martyn Herman and Toby DavisSergiy Stakhovsky tumbled from cloud nine at rainy Wimbledon on Friday as the man who dethroned Roger Federer returned to relative obscurity, but number two seed Andy Murray and British teenager Laura Robson were in no mood to waste the spotlight.The sweet spot of Murray’s racket was put through its paces as he signed off his first week by stylishly dispatching Spain’s Tommy Robredo 6-2 6-4 7-5 to move into the last 16.No prizes are awarded for hitting top form in the third round but Britain’s number two seed can be satisfied with the way he outplayed 29th ranked Robredo with his aggressive ball striking.Murray broke for the first time in the third game of the first set against the number 32 seed and followed that with two more to close out the opener.A rasping backhand pass delivered another break at the start of the second set and, apart from a brief moment of vulnerability as he was serving it out, the Scot never looked like relinquishing control.The 31-year-old Robredo, who had never been past the third round in 12 appearances at Wimbledon, upped his aggression levels in the third set but found Murray’s defences watertight.Murray, aiming to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936, broke in the 11th game and wrapped up the win when Robredo netted a backhand on his second match point.Waiting for Murray will be the winner of the match between Russia’s number 20 seed Mikhail Youzhny and Serbia’sViktor Troicki.Wimbledon’s Centre Court roof operators were busy as Day Five of the championships began in soggy fashion and the canopy was in place for Robson as she served up a tasty starter.Robson, who along with Murray was one of only two home players to reach the second round of the singles, had been upgraded to the main show court after her match with Colombia’s Mariana Duque-Marino was delayed the night before.A powerful 6-4 6-1 victory justified her top-billing and made sure Murray, bidding to become the first British man to win the title since 1936, did not have to shoulder the hopes of a nation alone yet.Two days after Stakhovsky caused one of Wimbledon’s greatest upsets by taking out Federer in a ‘Wednesday Wipeout’ of seeds and former world No.1s, he failed to hit the heights in a 6-2 2-6 7-5 6-3 third-round defeat by Austrian Jurgen Melzer on a drizzly Court Three.The shelf life of giant-slayers has proved a short one so far at the championships with Ukraine’s Stakhovsky, the world No.116, going the same way as Rafa Nadal’s conqueror Belgian Steve Darcis who withdrew injured from his next match.Portugal’s Michelle Larcher De Brito, who stunned former women’s champion Maria Sharapova on Wednesday, was unable to avoid a similar anti-climax when she lost 7-5 6-2 to Italy’s Karin Knapp in her third round match.Sharapova’s vocal chords were still working yesterday though as she continued to support Bulgarian boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov in his rain-interrupted battle against Slovenian Grega Zemlja.“At a few points I heard Maria screaming behind my back which wasn’t very pleasant!” Zemlja, the 26-year-old son of a former ski jumper, told reporters.“It was after the points not during the points though.”He was not distracted and held on to beat 29th seed Dimitrov, winning 3-6 7-6(4) 3-6 6-4 11-9, having resumed at 9-8 ahead in the decider after rain had delayed the start of play on the outside courts.World number four David Ferrer avoided any mishaps as he moved into the third round with a straight sets victory over fellow Spaniard Robert Bautista Agut. He will face Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the third round.Pole Jerzy Janowicz, the 24th seed lurking dangerously in the bottom half of the draw, gave a vivid demonstration of his talent on Centre Court to reach round four for the first time, overpowering Spanish 15th seed Nicolas Almagro to set up a clash with Melzer.last_img read more