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first_imgINSPORTS/Chubby Portmore PrimarySchool FootballPortsmouth Primary advanced to the semi-finals of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Chubby Portmore Primary School Football competition on Tuesday, with a 3-1 victory over Gregory Park Primary.The win pushed Port Henderson in the runner-up spot in Group One, which was topped by Portsmouth Primary.In another Zone One match on Tuesday, Southborough Primary beat Kensington Primary 4-2. Also securing their spot in the semis on Tuesday were Naggo Head Primary, which beat Greater Portmore Primary 2-0 to cement their place atop Zone Two. Belmont Park Primary clipped Ascot Primary 1-0 in the other group game earlier this week.The semi-finals will take place next Tuesday at Cedar Grove Community Field, with Portsmouth Primary tackling Waterford Primary at 10:00 a.m., followed by the second semi between Naggo Head Primary and Port Henderson Primary at 11:30 a.m.The final will be played at the same venue on Thursday, December 3.FIFA to host coaching courseFIFA will host a coaching course from November 30 to December 4, which will focus on the coaching of female players. The course will be under the instruction of well-known former England international footballer, Hope Powell. The course, which will be held at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Football Centre, UWI, will have as participant coaches from the Sherwin Williams Women’s League, selected former national female players, national coaches, and representatives of parish associations.The JFF has also invited G.C. Foster College, the University of Technology and the Ministry of Education to send representatives.Powell, who has parental roots in Jamaica, is a former international football player who was the coach of the England women’s national football team and the Great Britain women’s Olympic football team up until 2013. She won 66 caps for England, making her debut for England at the age of 16, and played in the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup. At 31, she became the youngest ever coach of an England national football team, as well as the first woman and first black person to hold that position.The JFF’s coaching development programme is supported by the Joan Duncan Foundation of the Jamaica Money Market Brokers.Intercol table tennis finalsTeam and individual finals in the intercol table tennis competitions will be played today at G.C. Foster College, starting at 9:00 a.m.In the men’s team final, three-time defending champions University of Technology (UTech) will face University of the West Indies (UWI), while in the women’s final, UTech will oppose G.C. Foster College. The female winners will be new champions as six-time defending champions UWI did not enter a female team this year.Individual events to be contested are male and female singles, male and female doubles and mixed doubles.last_img read more

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Stephens creates history by winning Hi-Pro senior title

first_imgTennis history was created at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre last Sunday when 13-year-old Michaela Stephens, a student at Liberty Academy in Kingston, became the youngest player to win the female singles section of a Tennis Jamaica senior All-Jamaica tournament. Stephens defeated 28-year-old Pauline Henry 6-1, 6-1 in the final of the Hi-Pro All-Jamaica Senior Tennis Championships. In the male section, the No. 1 seed, Damion Johnson, who was runner-up last year, defeated Dwayne Pagon 7-6 (7-4), 6-4. Stephens, who will be 14 years old in October and is also the All Jamaica Junior champion, controlled the game from the start and used her superior service to set up winners, while staying aggressive throughout the match. She also adjusted to the windy conditions much faster than her opponent, who served a spate of double faults. Henry, who is an entertainment coordinator at the Holiday Inn Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, had been off the tennis scene for some time. She told The Gleaner that her last tournament was two years ago and she was coaxed into entering this tournament, thus, she was only able to practise for a few weeks. She was disappointed at not taking the top prize, but took consolation in the fact that she had reached the finals, which will encourage her “to return to the game and play as much as my work schedule will allow me”. Stephens’ mother, Jacinth Bryant, toasted her daughter after the victory with a bottle of sparkling grape juice. “I am a happy woman today,” she told The Gleaner. “Michaela works very hard, and it is good to see her achieving this type of success.” In the men’s Class Two, Barry Hazel defeated Leighton Burton 6-2, 6-2 and in Class Three, Sean Martin defeated Marlon Hosang 7-5, 4-6 and 10-6 in the Super tie-breaker. In the men’s doubles, Pagon and Matthew Rodriguez defeated Jeremy Miller and Cliff Dwyer 6-4, 3-2 and in the women’s doubles, Stephens and Jenna Harrison defeated Gina Delisser and Pauline Harrison 10-5.last_img read more

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Foton faces stern test vs F2 Logistics

first_imgMOST READ View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Season 93 ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ for Lyceum Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Defending champion Foton and unbeaten leader F2 Logistics clash with lightweight foes Saturday hoping to gather enough momentum for the pivotal phase of the Chooks To Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at De La Salle Lipa Sentrum.Foton, stung by Petron last time around, is expected to vent its ire on Sta. Lucia at 4 p.m., while F2 Logistics deals with winless Victoria Sports-UST at 6 p.m. in the double-header that is dubbed ““Laro Para Sa Marawi.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Rondina is with Petron, while Laure suits up for Foton.“Good things happen when you work hard,” said Doloiras. “They may be taller and stronger than us, but rest assured that we will go there to work hard and give our best.”After all, all the Tigresses have to do is make sure they don’t finish last among the nine teams as the top eight squads make it to the do-or-die quarterfinals.With the pressure of a winning streak removed, the Tornadoes hopes to blow away the Lady Realtors’ shaky campaign.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Cargo Movers took a hiatus but it hardly showed after they thrashed the Generika-Ayala Lifesavers (25-21, 25-17, 25-17) last Thursday.American import Kennedy Bryan and Venezuelan Maria Jose Perez led the Cargo Movers in that match along with locals Aby Marano and Majoy Baron.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneNaturally, they will be the focus of the Tigresses who are sharpening their skills ahead of the UAAP competitions slated next year.Victoria Sports-UST coach Jan Paul Doloiras is not bothered by the 0-3 start as he is not expecting too much from his team that is seeing action in the league minus stars Cherry Rondina and EJ Laure. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Good for bauxite workers: good for sugar workers

first_imgDear Editor,Please grant me the opportunity to flag for the attention and consideration of all my fellow Guyanese, the article in the State newspaper of Wednesday, September 10, 2018, entitled, “Task force works out severance pact for RUSAL workers.”In these times of rapid evolution in technologies and capabilities, taste and fashions, and in the relationships across a world trending to be more and more interdependent and more and more one, and at the same time, activating and encountering social and political forces aiming at resisting and reversing such trends, we must all be concerned that there might be great and rapid changes in the work we do and by which we earn our living. These do seem to be turbulent times and for more of us than ever before, the job we now have may leave us and for some time we may be seeking another.Workers in our traditional bauxite and sugar sectors have been facing such turbulence, more or less intensely from time to time, at least since the 1970s, starting with the nationalisation of those sectors at that time. It has been a rough ride since then for most of our citizens working in bauxite and sugar, and every one of us would be aware of what is ongoing presently.We cannot but be sympathetic to the workers of RUSAL’s bauxite operations in the Berbice River, whose jobs seem to be about to be ended through events in the world at large. And, therefore, I am supportive of and urge support to those workers: in particular what has been revealed in the article of the recommendations of the Task Force headed by the Honourable Minister Simona Broomes and including the General Secretary of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union, Lincoln Lewis (also formerly President and General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Council, and my bauxite colleague of five decades).The article states that the Task Force recommends that these RUSAL bauxite workers facing termination be paid “a similar package that was applied in the case of LINMINE in 1993 and onwards, BERMINE in 2002 and onwards and OMAI Gold Mines in 2004, which means that the minimum (severance) pay for each year of service shall be equivalent to six weeks for each year of service to the maximum of two years’ pay in benefits”.Allow me to say that this is roughly twice what is required in the “Termination of Employment” law which we the PPP/C Administration enacted around 1997 as the consensus between Unions, Employers and the Government.The PPP/C person that I am, allow me the indulgence to flag that the recommendation quoted above acknowledge how favourably the PPP/C Administration treated with bauxite workers from 1993 onwards, through 2004 onwards: from 1993 when there was no law, and twice as well in 2004 and onward as the consensus law required.I call on all my fellow Guyanese to at least question the impression which was so often given and which they may have entertained, that we PPP/C have been heartless when it came to bauxite, bauxite workers and bauxite communities. Further, join the demand for similar, equitable treatment for all sugar workers, who are no more or no less Guyanese than bauxite workers and whose communities are just as much Guyanese communities. Prompt payment of severance is not haemorrhaging of our nation but our law and the humane and fair thing to do.The PPP/C in much more difficult times, empathising with bauxite workers, losing their jobs paid promptly twice what the law required. So, today we support the call for RUSAL workers to be treated similarly and with no question, no hesitation, we call for similar equitable treatment for sugar workers and sugar communities.We appreciate the acknowledgement of Mr Lincoln Lewis of the generous severance payment of the PPP/C Administration to bauxite workers. We expect the support of Mr Lincoln Lewis in our struggle for similar treatment for sugar workers; what is good for bauxite workers must be good for sugar workers also.Yours sincerely,Samuel AA HindsFormer Ministerresponsible for minesand minerals includingbauxiteFormer PrimeMinister andPresidentlast_img read more

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Rio Hotel strippers fined for overstaying in Guyana

first_imgSix Dominican women, all strippers at the popular Rio Hotel, Queenstown, were on Monday charged with overstaying in Guyana and fraud when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The women were also fined for fraudThe women were also fined for fraudAll six women, accompanied by a translator, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Adriana Rodriquez, Yosenia Holigan, Hope Perez, Estafania Yoroko, Elizabeth Rosario and Shakira Alsantana all pleaded guilty to the charges, which stated that between May 8, 2016 and July 14, 2016 at Georgetown, they all failed to comply with the condition of their permit to stay in Guyana.The second charge stated that the six women with intent to defraud forged an extension of stay in their Dominican passports, reporting that same was issued by the Central Immigration and Passport Office.Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones told the Court that on April 8, 2016 via the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the defendants were all granted one month’s stay in Guyana.During their stay, they were all lodged at the Rio Hotel located in Queenstown, Georgetown.On July 14, 2016, the Prosecutor said, a raid was carried out by the Social Protection Ministry and the women were all arrested.Upon investigation, it was discovered that the women were all in receipt of forged extensions on their passports; as such, they were all taken to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters.The women pleaded guilty to the offences; however, their Attorney, Mark Waldron told the Magistrate that the women had already bought their airline tickets and would be ready to depart Guyana as soon as today.They were all fined $20,000 each for overstaying and $30,000 each for fraud.last_img read more

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Dr. Jones: ‘Right Leadership Will Motivate, Challenge Liberia for Success’

first_imgFormer Central Bank Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones has called on Liberians to welcome the train, identified as the Movement for Economic Empowerment that has already left the station and is on its way filled with hope, endurance, justice, opportunity, unity and inclusiveness.Speaking at the induction ceremony of the Cuttington University Students Union last weekend, Dr. Jones said “Change is coming and I have a simple appeal to Liberians: Get on board.”The man described as “poverty doctor,” told a large body of students “You don’t need any baggage, only a ticket of patriotism written on a paper called Liberia,” to get on board and be part of the movement.He spoke about a better tomorrow from God, “If only we are prepared to pursue it with the right leadership; a leadership that will effectively lead and motivate us, work to create an enabling environment for all Liberians and will challenge us to climb the ladder of success and prosperity.”Dr. Jones said Liberians need a leadership that will work tirelessly to ensure that Liberians have their basic needs met after 169 years as an independent nation that must have better healthcare, safe drinking water, improved access to electricity, a good educational system, and the opportunity to continuously raise their standard of living.“That’s what we mean when we talk about the new Liberia, a nation on the path of inclusive development which is within our grasp and the future of our children,” he stated.Describing 2017 as another critical hour of decision, Dr. Jones said “It is not about who steps into the shoes of the presidency; but about the type of leadership we want at the helm of the nation.”He said it matters for a country that for so long seems unable to extricate itself from the scourge of widespread poverty and underdevelopment. “Since independence we have had our share of the leadership letdown, leadership that had eyes but did not see, ears but did not hear, leadership charged with the primary responsibility to care for the people but did not care much.”Dr. Jones said around the world people are tired of the same-old politicians, and while commending United States President-elect Donald Trump, who defied conventional wisdom and got elected without the blessing of the status quo, said it is clear that “When you speak to the needs of the poor and act accordingly, the people will listen.”He explained at least five important areas that his administration, if elected, would work to complete the change he said is coming. Firstly, Dr. Jones said Liberia spends US$200m annually on the importation of rice and technology, which should change as Liberia has the climate to become self-sufficient in food.Secondly, he said his administration will ensure that over 3,000 carpenters are mobilized to produce furniture and other products from Liberian wood, including rubber wood, at reasonable cost, along with jobs and its multiplier effects of generating and saving foreign exchange for the country.Thirdly, Dr. Jones said his administration will invest in both the public and private sectors to provide low cost housing for the people, and this comes with direct and indirect job creation.Fourthly, he said research has indicated that access to finance is critical for building a domestic entrepreneurial class and while the so-called free market is unlikely to bring about the desired allocation of financing, Liberians can no longer wait; and so his administration will give priority to financial inclusion and expand access to finance for Liberian businesses, including ‘little businesses’ in rural areas.The final area of change, he said, is strengthening the National Investment Commission (NIC) by changing it into a Private Sector Development Authority that would revise investment incentives and broaden beneficiaries. “Attention should also be given to policies that will encourage Liberians in theDiaspora to invest in the country including, possibly, through Diaspora Bonds.”Dr. Jones also mentioned mobilizing domestic resources to improve the country’s financial landscape, along with investment in infrastructure and prioritizing the original mandate of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI).“We want to be clear that a vibrant, inclusive and diversified economy is key to stability and to creating conditions for Liberia being at peace with itself. And when it comes to the economy, Liberia needs a leadership that is prepared to hit the ground running,” Dr. Jones said, adding that “Voting is the weapon to bring the change that is in our interest and the interest of the country.” Therefore, he wants Liberians to “register to vote and then go to the polls on Election Day. Don’t vote for tribe, or county, or just for party, but for the person who has shown you that they care for you and for our country, Liberia.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Guyana to revive coconut industry

first_img…coordinator dubs prospects “good so far”Stakeholders recently participated in a discussion to tackle the challenges of the coconut industry as well as lay out their plans to revitalise same with the aim of earning additional revenues. A formal stakeholder platform meeting was conducted among the various persons and entities who plant and export coconuts, whereby future plans for the industry were discussed.Regional Coordinator Maurice Wilson highlighted that the project constituted four components – market development, financing and additional funding, niche product development, and production intensification – which will be executed in phases. As the sector develops, other mechanisms will be put in place to expand the horizons of the products.“We have some positive feedbacks that if we are successful in accessing some additional resources, we could defy some more details later on as we get formal communication from the European Union and CARIFORUM,” Wilson stated.“We’re anxious to address the matter of financing for all small and medium-scale entities and we’re anxious to address, to some extent, the broader representation of the issues related to risk management and mitigation,” he added.Wilson further explained that national stakeholder platforms were created from the inception when the project was founded with the aim of coordinating and accelerating the pace of the developmental phase.However, there will be some modifications as the sector progresses.“Over time, we understand that there will be some transitioning issues to improve the maturity and effectiveness of the management and coordination of the project.”Many stakeholders were given a chance to share their views on the way forward for Guyana’s emerging coconut industry and their experiences during production and exportation.As part of the Coconut Project, Guyana will be assisted, along with 10 other countries who share an interest in coconut production. The project was started in 2013 at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture and is funded by the European Union (EU) and the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).There are also plans to further establish a formal body by appointing a Coconut Board.last_img read more

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Hamilton dismisses ‘silly’ Formula One title talk

first_img0Shares0000Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 19, 2017 in Austin, Texas © Getty/AFP / CLIVE MASONAUSTIN, United States, Oct 19 – Lewis Hamilton dismissed talk of him wrapping up a fourth world title at the United States Grand Prix this weekend as “silly”.The 32-year-old Briton can claim the 2017 crown if he is triumphant for Mercedes and nearest rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari fails to finish in the top five in Sunday’s race at the Circuit of the Americas. “Honestly, I don’t know, all of the talk of a championship win here is silly really –- Sebastian won’t have the same difficulties and he will be very quick.“For me, it (the title) will be done in the last four races so my focus here is on winning.“I don’t mind if it is done here or at the last race, but the most important thing here is to win, in the midst of all that is going on in the country and that is a priority for me -– and you know what I am talking about.”Hamilton declined to elaborate on his plans or the significance of his comments about why winning is such a priority for him. He suggested that a member of the media audience understood, without explaining.When he was asked directly if he intended to take a knee in support of the protests by NFL players against racial injustice and police brutality, he distanced himself from some of his earlier comments on the subject.“I’ve not given that much thought,” he said, adding that when he had referred to a “gentleman at the front” who understood his thinking he was not considering the protest action.“I’ve worked hard to be here today and I have feelings about the whole situation, but at the moment I have no plans to do anything.”He added that if he was not to win the title in the United States, he would be happy to win it in Mexico, Brazil or Abu Dhabi.“I’m looking forward to going to Mexico as you can always feel the love and the support there and it is an awesome event to go to and it is growing every year.“Winning is the goal and all my drive and energy goes on that mission. I don’t mind where it happens –- here or in Mexico of Abu Dhabi. In Mexico, they know how to celebrate and so I’ll get a sombrero and party if it happens there.”Given a chance to talk about his likely duel with Vettel, he said he was planning to continue in the same concentrated mode as he has all year.“I am anticipating he will be strong in the last four races, as he has been strong all year,” he said.“So, nothing changes for me -– there is no backing out and I’ll just keep pushing forwards.”In earlier comments, he had revealed his feelings and respect for the protest.“I know a lot of people in America so I get to speak to a lot of black and white people that live here,” he said.“I get quite a good view of what’s happening here in the States and I get opinions from the Americans here about the movement, which I think is pretty huge.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Van Gaal admits frustration at Red Devils throwing away lead against West Ham

first_imgLouis van Gaal has admitted he was frustrated at how Manchester United threw away a lead against West Ham on Tuesday, which has meant their chances of qualifying for the Champions League remain out of their own hands.A 3-2 loss to the Hammers meant the Red Devils wasted the chance to wrest fourth spot from local rivals Manchester City, which would have made them favourites for a top four finish.United now need to win against Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Sunday, whilst also hoping City fall at Swansea, with the far superior goal difference of Manuel Pellegrini’s side meaning a draw would be enough for the Blues.Considering Van Gaal’s men were leading the game at Upton Park, he is understandably frustrated that his players failed to see out a win.The Dutchman said: “We are dependent on Manchester City, that’s the difference and that’s also frustrating when you had the chance two matches before the end to keep that advantage.“We were 2-1 ahead with 15 minutes to play and then we gave it away (against West Ham).“That is frustrating and now we are dependent (on what City do), but still it is possible so we will fight until the end.”Van Gaal’s position will come under increased scrutiny should United fail in their task of reaching the top four, and the Dutchman has questioned how he could have improved his team to guarantee Champions League football.“Still, I have to remind you that we can qualify ourselves,” he added.“Okay, so we are speaking ‘if’ and I don’t like ‘if’ – it has to be facts.“But I can say what we have to improve still, because I don’t think we have to improve defensive organisation too much because we are doing well.“We have to score more in our attacking organisation. That is what I have said before this season – that we need creative, fast players in attack.“We have to change that and that is very important.” 1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal last_img read more

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Health care bill loses steam in Senate

first_img“It’s ironic because he’s long been a supporter of health-care reform,” Barbara O’Connor, director of Sacramento State’s Institute for the Study of Politics and Media. “Here is the opportunity to get it done and he’s putting the brakes on.” O’Connor added that she understands Perata’s desire not to rush something through, but “the longer you wait, the harder it gets,” she said. “I think it has a much better chance of succeeding if everyone gets on the bandwagon and starts campaigning for it.” The bill, AB X1, would extend insurance to more than two-thirds of the state’s uninsured with new requirements on businesses and a hefty tax increase on cigarettes. Most individuals would be required to carry insurance, and insurance companies would be barred from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Because the proposal involves raising taxes, a ballot initiative containing financing for the reforms would have to be approved by voters, probably in November. Supporters say they would need to collect more than 1 million signatures in a matter of months in order to meet election deadlines; the longer the Senate postpones the vote, the more money it will cost to ensure enough signatures can be gathered in time. But a bigger risk of waiting may be that by the time the Senate debates it, presumably sometime next month, the political climate will be much more treacherous. Schwarzenegger plans to call the Legislature into a special session to grapple with a projected $14 billion deficit, and Perata himself is stoking doubts about whether the sprawling health-care proposal would widen that gap. Perata, for his part, insists he’s committed to passing health-care reform; he just wants to do it right. The only hearing on the bill passed by the Assembly this week was held the morning of the vote. Perata believes it needs a fuller vetting to avoid a mistake like energy deregulation in the mid-’90s, which received little legislative scrutiny and came back to haunt the state years later. “We cannot make decisions in the dark,” Perata said in a letter to his supporters last week. But it also seemed clear that Perata wants assurances that the governor won’t move to slash health programs for the poor in upcoming budget talks. The senator is also trying to muster support for a water conservation and infrastructure plan. Holding up the health-care proposal, which the governor wants badly, gives him a huge bargaining chip. In the end, even Republicans expect Perata will scare up the votes to pass the bill sometime in January. But they have enjoyed hearing the senator talk their talk. “I love it,” said Assembly Minority Leader Mike Villines, R-Fresno. “I’d love to see it happen throughout the year.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Despite a last-gasp effort in the Assembly this week, the Legislature is about to finish the “year of health-care reform” without passing a health-care plan. While that outcome had become expected, what was surprising to many observers was the person responsible for blocking action: Don Perata, the Senate leader and a liberal Democrat from Oakland who co-authored the bill. Perata announced he would not allow the Senate to vote on the Assembly-approved bill – not until he knows more about how the $14 billion measure would affect existing health programs and the state’s overall finances. But hearing Perata question a measure that bears his own name has left Capitol observers wondering what exactly he’s up to. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIs he seeking leverage on some other issue? Exacting revenge on his Assembly counterpart and occasional rival, Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles? Or simply taking more time to vet a proposal with far-reaching and potentially unintended consequences? The best answer might be all of the above. Still, by pushing Senate consideration of the bill into next year, some proponents privately fret that Perata may stall its momentum and kill the measure’s already slim chances of being enacted. At one point this week, the blunt-spoken Perata said in a TV interview that the health plan was “DOA” – a remark his office quickly said he didn’t mean literally. But at the same time, Perata is raising some of the same arguments Republicans have used to cast doubt on the proposal – and providing ammunition to opponents rallying to defeat it. last_img read more

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