Sunday 8th April 2018Lidl Ladies NFL Division 1 – Round 5Westmeath (H) v Galway, 2.00pm, St Lomans, (G Carmody, Roscommon)Galway know what they have to do ahead of Sunday’s visit to Westmeath – and that’s to claim maximum points.If they do that, and Donegal beat Cork, they’ll finish ahead of Donegal in the standings under rule, provided that Mayo don’t draw with Monaghan to make it a three-way tie.A win for Cork against Donegal on Saturday would lessen the pressure slightly on Galway manager Stephen Glennon and his Tribeswomen, who will have a better idea of the permutations following Saturday’s pivotal game.But all things considered, Galway still have to win and that might not be straightforward against a Westmeath side that ensured survival with victory over Kerry last weekend.With the shackles off, Westmeath can go and express themselves and an interesting tie lies in store at St Lomans. It’s two from three also in Division 2 to join Tipperary and Waterford in the last four, with Ulster trio Tyrone, Armagh and Cavan in the running.At the bottom, Sligo need to beat Laois and hope that Clare gain a positive result in their game with Armagh to avoid relegation.The main issues in Division 3 have been decided but the final round of re-fixed round 5 games will determine the semi-final pairings.In Division 4, three semi-final slots have already been decided, while Antrim have their fate in their own hands, knowing that victory over Derry will see them edge out Fermanagh, who currently occupy fourth spot.Antrim’s game with Derry is pencilled in for next Tuesday, with ten other matches to be played before then. In the top flight, holders Cork and TG4 All-Ireland champions Dublin are safely through to the last four, where they’ll be joined by two other counties, with Galway, Mayo and Donegal in the hunt. Lidl Ladies NFL Division 2 – Round 5Clare (H) v Armagh, 12.00pm, Miltown Malbay, (K O’Brien, Limerick)Clare are currently third from bottom of the Division 2 standings, level with Laois and three points clear of Sligo.But even if the Banner County do get dragged into a three-way tie, their superior scoring difference will see them safe.Even a point at home to Armagh will be good enough for Clare but the visitors need the points desperately as they’re still in the hunt for a top four finish.Even a point might be good enough for Armagh, provided Tyrone beat Cavan, but a win would guarantee a semi-final place for the Orchard County. Dublin (H) v Kerry, 4.00pm, DCU, St Clare’s, (N McCormack, Laois)Dublin are safely through to the semi-finals and manager Mick Bohan may take the opportunity to run the rule over some fringe players ahead of the semi-finals.But top spot is also up for grabs and Dublin can put the pressure on Cork, who also play on Saturday evening, by taking care of business against Kerry.A win for the Sky Blues would take them back to the summit, temporarily at least, before Cork’s visit to Donegal.If Dublin and Cork both win, they’ll be level at the head of affairs on 18 points each, but Dublin would finish the group stages at the head of affairs, having beaten Cork at Croke Park at the start of the campaign.So there’s still a lot to play for as already relegated Kerry make the trip to DCU, St Clare’s, on Saturday afternoon.In a lovely gesture, Dublin have also confirmed that gate receipts from the tie will be sent to the Fatima Centre in Bangkok, visited recently by members of the TG4 All Star touring party.Bohan and the Dublin players who travelled to Bangkok have also confirmed a contribution from themselves.Kerry will play for pride at the end of a week that saw manager Graham Shine vacate his role. Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 – Round 5Offaly (H) v Wexford, 2.00pm, Clonbullogue, (K Delahunty, Tipperary)Offaly can’t make the top four while Wexford are safely through.Anthony Masterson’s Wexford can’t be caught either at the head of affairs but they’ll be anxious to sign off the group stages with maximum points.Offaly, for their part, will want to produce a positive display before thoughts turn to championship. Tyrone (H) v Cavan, 2.00pm, Drumragh, Clanagogan, (D Carolan, Down)A straight shoot-out for a top four place. Tyrone will start the day two points clear of Cavan, who make the trip to Drumragh.The destiny of both counties is in their own hands and this promises to be a fiercely tense and exciting battle.Both sides have been scoring heavily but Tyrone have leaked more than Sunday’s opponents.Cavan were beaten Division 2 finalists last year, after a replay with Westmeath, but they might not even make the semi-finals this time. A nervy weekend lies in store for many counties with the race for semi-final spots and the outstanding relegation issue (in Division 2) to be decided in the Lidl Ladies National Football Leagues. Mayo (H) v Monaghan, 2.00pm, Swinford Amenity Park, (M Farrelly, Cavan)A home win for Mayo will ensure a League semi-final spot for last year’s TG4 All-Ireland senior final runners-up.It’s been a mixed bag of a campaign for Peter Leahy’s charges, who’ve won three, lost two and drawn one.But they were awarded three points when Kerry fielded an unregistered player and that’s boosted Mayo’s table position considerably.Instead of being in a position where they had to rely on results elsewhere, Mayo’s top four destiny is now in their own hands.Visitors Monaghan staved off the threat of relegation for another season and will be looking to finish their League campaign on a high, ahead of the summer’s championship campaign. Sligo (H) v Laois, 1.00pm, Sligo IT, (D Callaghan, Donegal)Sligo need to win and hope that Clare gain a positive result against Armagh to avoid relegation.Sligo are currently bottom of the pile, without a point from six outings, but they’ll face off against second from bottom Laois, who are three points ahead of them.However, even if Sligo do win, they’re likely to go down if the Yeats County, Laois and Clare all finish on three points, due to an inferior score difference.A victory for Sligo, and at least a draw for Clare, would leave Sligo and Laois level at the bottom on three points each.In that case, Sligo would survive on the head to head rule, with Laois going down. Saturday 7th April 2018Lidl Ladies NFL Division 1 – Round 5Donegal (H) v Cork, 6.00pm, O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, (G. McMahon, Mayo)Donegal, beaten Division 1 finalists last year, must beat champions Cork in Letterkenny on Saturday evening and hope that Galway slip up against Westmeath on Sunday.A Donegal win will take them three points clear of Galway, before the Tribeswomen take to the field less than 24 hours later.If Galway and Donegal finish level on 13 points each after the weekend, Galway will go through having kicked more points (16) in their draw with Donegal in round 2.Matters could be complicated further if both Galway and Donegal win, and Mayo draw at home to Monaghan.In that case, three teams will be level on 13 points each, meaning that score difference will come into play.Donegal currently boast the best score difference of the trio (+50), compared to Mayo (+9) and Galway (+8) ahead of the weekend’s games.Donegal’s weekend meeting with Cork is the first time that the counties have clashed since last year’s classic League final at Parnell Park, which the Rebelettes won by just a point. Tipperary (H) v Waterford, 2.00pm, Sean Tracey Park, (E Moran, Kerry)Both of these sides are safely through to the semi-finals but this head to head clash will determine who finishes on top.A win for Waterford would see them pip Tipp, who themselves are hoping to make it seven wins from seven by securing victory against their neighbours on home soil.These are two counties who have found Division 2 to their liking this season and they could yet meet in novel TG4 Munster senior final later in the summer, as both are on opposite sides of the draw.For now, though, there are important League points at stake and there’s also a distinct possibility of a repeat meeting in the knockout stages. Lidl Ladies NFL Division 4 – Round 5Fermanagh (H) v Kilkenny – Conceded by Kilkenny Tuesday 10th April 2018Lidl Ladies NFL Division 4 – Round 5Antrim (H) v Derry, 7.00pm, (K Bogle, Tyrone)Antrim are another county with their fate in their own hands, knowing that a victory over Derry next Tuesday evening will see them into the last four.It’s an anxious wait for the Saffrons to play the outstanding fixture in the group stages of Division 4 but they do know what’s required.They’re three points behind Fermanagh as things stand but victory over Ulster rivals Derry would see them edge out the Ernesiders on the head to head rule.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Novak Djokovic’s vice-like grip on grand slam silverware will be put to the test at Wimbledon next week but such is the world number one’s dominance few look capable of loosening it.The insatiable Serb’s stunning level of consistency has left his rivals running out of ideas at how to stop him and made real the possibility that the 29-year-old could even threaten Roger Federer’s record total of 17 grand slam titles.In Paris earlier this month he became the first player since Jim Courier in 1992 to win the year’s first two majors — swatting away chief rival Andy Murray in ruthless fashion.It also completed his career slam, took him to equal fourth on the all-time list with 12 majors and means he holds all four of the game’s most cherished trophies at the same time.What is more he has not lost at Wimbledon since Murray beat him in the 2013 final and has has appeared in eight of the last nine title matches in the slams, winning six of them.“Everyone is chasing Djokovic, there’s no question about it,” three-times Wimbledon winner John McEnroe said this week looking ahead to Djokovic’s attempted defence of the crown.“At the majors, if you look at his records, he’s approaching Roger’s records, which would seem insurmountable. It’s amazing.”With seven-times Wimbledon champion Federer finally starting to succumb to injuries at the age of 34, he missed the French Open after 65 consecutive majors, his chances of snatching back the trophy from Djokovic seem to be receding.Although writing him off a year after his mesmerising semi-final defeat of Murray would be foolhardy.Rafael Nadal is missing with a wrist injury, which leaves Murray as the main threat, especially now he has Ivan Lendl back in his coaching corner — the man who guided the Scot to his two victories in grand slam finals, both against Djokovic.World number two Murray warmed up with a fifth title at Queen’s Club where he beat Canada’s Milos Raonic in the final.McEnroe, who is working with men’s sixth seed Raonic at Wimbledon got a close-hand view of Murray at Queen’s and was impressed with what he saw.“Murray is playing great. He’s obviously put himself in position numerous times,” McEnroe said. “But at the moment there’s no question that the level that Novak is at is something that you rarely, if ever, see.”With McEnroe in Raonic’s box, eight-times major champion Lendl working with Murray again, Boris Becker plotting for Djokovic and now Richard Krajicek fine-tuning Stan Wawrinka’s grasscourt game, the battle of the super-coaches looks like being as compelling as the on-court action.Wawrinka, seeded four at Wimbledon, has never been past the quarter-finals at the All England Club, but has proved previously that he can beat Djokovic — as has Japan’s Kei Nishikori who will be seeded five.While Djokovic stands in a league of his own and Murray is positioned ahead of the pack, there are signs that a new generation could soon be breaking up the status quo.Austrian Dominic Thiem, a French Open semi-finalist and winner on grass in Stuttgart where he beat Federer recently, will be seeded eighth while Australian Nick Kyrgios, quarter-finalist two years ago, will be dangerous at 15.Germany’s Alex Zverev also beat Federer in Halle last week.“Thiem, Zverev, these guys can see light at the end of the tunnel. It’s an exciting time for men’s tennis,” McEnroe said.
Tottenham Hotspur must beat West Ham United on Friday night to reduce the gap with Chelsea and hope the Premier League leaders falter under pressure, striker Harry Kane has said.Second-placed Tottenham can keep their title chase alive and cut the lead at the top to one point if they beat West Ham and Chelsea fumble against Middlesbrough three days later.“We just have to try to finish strong,” Kane told British media.“We’ve got another game Friday night and it’s good to play first. Hopefully, we can drop the gap to one point and then see what happens.”Kane said that Tottenham knew the pressure of playing later as they often played after champions Leicester City in the closing stages of last season and eventually faltered.“We know what it’s like from when Leicester were playing last year before us, and even today, that it’s good to play first and put the pressure on,” he added.“It will be a tough game away from home but hopefully we can get that win, put that pressure on and just wait and see.”Tottenham lost 1-0 at West Ham last year but beat their London rivals at White Hart Lane earlier this season.
Derrick Keith, the agent for champion and leading jockey Omar Walker, said his client is devastated after breaking his right arm on the exercise track at Caymanas Park yesterday. Walker, a five-time champion jockey, reportedly fell off a horse at the four-furlong post during workout at the track. He was rushed to the Spanish Town hospital before he was later transferred to the Andrews Memorial hospital, where he was scheduled to undergo surgery yesterday. Walker, who is affectionately called ‘Champo’ by his peers, leads the jockey’s standings with 69 winners from 273 rides this year. Former champion jockey Shane Ellis is second in the standings with 45 winners from 209 mounts. Keith said Walker is very saddenned by the injury, which could sidelined him for up to six months. “It was a nasty spill and so he was taken to the Spanish Town hospital, and X-rays showed that he had a broken arm,” said Keith. “His arm is broken top-side is right wrist and so we don’t know how long he will be out of action ,” Keith said. “He was in a lot pain because doctors had to give him an injection to ease the pain.” Keith said Walker, who had 10 rides on today’s ten race programme, is also very unhappy with the fact that he will not be able to get onboard any of his mounts today. “He is very disappointed because we have some very good rides on the card tomorrow (today),” said Keith. “We have 10 rides on the card, Four or five of them are very good rides and so this a very disappointing time for Omar,” he said. Among Walker’s live rides on today’s eleven race programme are LEGENDARY PLEASURE in the second race, QUEEN OF BAGDAD in Race Two, SUPERTRONICS in Race Four and SIMPLICLASSICAL in the ninth event.
“Integrity has been relegated as an insignificant requirement in a world of immediate gratification,” the Chairman of Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), Angelique Weeks, said over the weekend. Addressing the 86th Founders Day audience at the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) last Saturday, Ms. Weeks spoke of the urgent need for Liberians, irrespective of status, to maintain integrity, in order to minimize the high level of gratuity seeking in society.She said after 10 years of sustaining peace, Liberians have succeeded in putting their lives back together and reintegrating the country into the comity of nations. But there remains a serious element that continues to derail and undermine the collective efforts being made to regain the sanctity of trustworthiness and credibility not only at home but also abroad, Weeks contended. The issue of graft has clouded our national effort to enhance a system of financial accountability and tainted the country’s record of fiscal discipline, she charged. Saturday’s well-attended ceremony was held under the theme, “Working for Her Interest and Good.”The LTA Chairperson, however, acknowledged that the government has not been sitting idly by while corruption eats at the fabric of the Liberian society. GOL, she said, has set up control mechanisms by revitalizing and establishing “integrity institutions” such as the General Auditing Commission, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, the Public Procurement and Concessions Commissions, and the Governance Commission, among others. She spoke on the topic, “Promoting and Encouraging Integrity in our Youth: A Positive Approach to Fighting Corruption.”“I believe that how one lives is based on the set of values you establish, which determine your thoughts, actions, and choices. In one word those values determine your integrity.”Some scholars define integrity as choosing one’s thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain, Ms. Weeks explained. “Integrity means being true to ourselves and being honest, upright, and decent in our dealings with others. When we are guided by integrity, our thoughts and words are in line with each other; our actions align with our principles. Our conduct speaks for us, more eloquently than words ever could. It becomes the basis for both reputation and self-respect.”“I am convinced,” the LTA Boss continued, “that although the battle against corruption will continue, we are more likely to achieve more positive results by focusing instead on promoting and encouraging integrity.” “When I reflect on Founders Day at BWI, what comes to my mind immediately, is the great philanthropic energy that gave birth to this sprawling 1,000 acre campus, the passionate vision which fueled the early years, attracting students from across West Africa and faculty from all over the world to this bastion of historical, vocational, learning.”The Booker Washington Agricultural and Industrial Institute (BWI) was founded in June 1929 when its first principal, an American named James Longstreet Sibley, opened the school’s doors in Kakata in what is now known as Margibi County. But shortly thereafter, during that same month, Mr. Sibley became afflicted with yellow fever, for which at the time there was no cure. In 48 hours he died. But he willed all his earthly possessions to BWI and asked that his remains be buried on the campus.Among those considered the founders was President Charles D.B. King who during a visit to the USA in 1921 visited Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. He later said if it were possible to transfer Tuskegee to Liberia that would be his wish.Another founder, according to Kenneth Y. Best in his book “The BWI Story,” was Olivia Phelps Stokes, an American philanthropist, who gave the first US$100,000 for the founding of the school. A third founder was President W.V.S. Tubman who, according to “The BWI Story”, pushed through a reluctant Liberian Senate the bill for the establishment of the School.The great American educator Booker T. Washington, who founded Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University), the institution which inspired President King’s vision, is also considered one of BWI’s founders. Present at the occasion were several eminent BWI graduates, including Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan (Class of 1989, his classmate, Mr. Kennedy Gee, president and CEO of Chicago Global Health Alliance, which works to improve healthcare systems in the USA in Liberia; and two Commissioners of the Liberia Telecommunication Authority, who accompanied their boss, Ms. Weeks, to the occasion—Mr. Harry Yuan (Class of 1962) and Henry Benson. Both of them are engineers. Events marking the anniversary were kicked off on Friday with all-day sporting activities on the campus, during which the Foxes of College of West Africa took on the 86-year-old Tigers of BWI. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Caldwell dwellers in the Fofee Town community over the week jubilated after a newly constructed and furnished school was handed over to the Ministry of Education (MOE) by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for use by students in the town and neighboring communities.Students of the Fofee Town Primary School, which has 180 pupils, (83 males and 96 females) from six communities say they will benefit tremendously from the new school.“Every month my mother spends L$1,500 for me to cross the river in a canoe to be able to attend school. As you can see, the school was in a poor condition with no bathroom. But this new school that has everything inside will give us all the zeal and something to look forward to when we come to school now,” added Princess Khran, a student of the 6thgrade.Principal Morris Dixon Fofee says that he is overwhelmed by the commitment of the government and looks forward to working with the MOE further. “This is a dream we’ve had. The school started with a study class and the people saw the need to build a school here. PLAN International had a quick impact project and built this school in 2008. Due to the poor condition we wrote the government and told them that there was a need for a new school to be built and luckily for us it happened,” he said.UNICEF managed the construction of the new school, which was funded by the government of Japan. The school has chairs, black boards, desk, library room, teachers lounge, administration office, bathroom and equipment.“The children of Fofee Town will be able to continue their education in a safe learning environment designed for their needs in mind. The school includes seven new classrooms, toilets for boys and girls, hand washing facility and a separate hand pump for clean water,” stated UNICEF’s brief media briefing note.Also, the facility, which is the latest to be launched under a grant from the Government of Japan who is facilitating the construction or rehabilitation of 90 schools in 11 counties across Liberia, has a unique feature.“For the very first time, the school also features a reading room, and a principal’s office and a teachers’ lounge which will serve to enhance the school administration and provide teachers with a dedicated workspace,” the briefing stated.Meanwhile, UNICEF’s representative during the handover ceremony, Sheldon Yett, stated that UNICEF looks forward to further working with the dynamic leader in the educational sector and is optimistic and looking forward to it.Mr. Yett, who said he was present during another handing over ceremony in the same Louisiana months earlier, said:“We have a whole new set of buildings here, buildings where an old school existed before, a school that had no working doors, no plumbing, no toilets, no water and sanitation. This week with the MOE we’ll be distributing over 700,000 kits of basic teaching supplies for all the schools because UNICEF believes in the future of education.“Thanks to the generosity of Japan. Parents do whatever you can to keep these girls in the classroom, make sure that they’re fit and given time to study because studying is essential. Teachers have an important role to play, teach them, ask them questions; the future of this country is in your hands,” Mr. Yett added.Furthermore, the Minister of Education, Hon. George K. Werner added that the Fofee community gave the land free of charge to the GOL and holds it accountable in making sure to deliver on the promise of education.“We have a shared responsibility, the community owns what’s on the land and that means you should protect it along with your students so they can have a conducive atmosphere for learning. We thank the community for giving the free piece of land to educate children in this community,” he said.Meanwhile, Minister Werner added that MOE is interested in promoting education for all, especially for girls.“The enrollment here is more girls than boys, I’m happy to see that. We need to empower our girls and help them to stay on course until graduation. MOE will be monitoring this school to support these girls through graduation,” he disclosed. “We’re at the point of this coalition to change the direction of education. We’ll work with Fofee Town Primary School to make this school what it was meant to be.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — A house in Dawson Creek sustained serious damage after a fire erupted over the weekend.Dawson Creek Deputy Fire Chief Bob Fulton said that crews were called out to the home in the 1700 block of 93rd Avenue just after 8:00 Sunday evening. Fulton said that the fire, which initially appears to have started at the home’s rear, had spread to the roof when crews arrived. All of the home’s occupants were able to escape without injury.Despite firefighters’ best efforts to battle the flames, the home suffered extensive damage to the roof and rear side, while the interior suffered extensive smoke and water damage. Fulton added that though he has yet to hear back from the homeowner’s insurance company, he estimates that the building appears to be a total loss.- Advertisement –Photo by Dawson Creek Fire Fighters Association Facebook pageAccording to Fulton, though the initial investigation appears to show the fire’s ignition source was located on the home’s exterior, no cause has yet been determined. Investigators are continuing their investigation today to determine the exact cause of the blaze.
PASADENA – The mother of a man accused of killing his grandmother – her mother – in an arson at the family’s Glendale home testified Monday that her son was carrying a gasoline container hours before the fire and got into a car and drove off after smoke detectors sounded. Investigators found a red gas container in the bathroom across the hall from the room where Arpine Demerjian, 92, had been sleeping the night of the fire. She died in the blaze at the family’s Wonderview Drive home in the early hours of March 1, 2005. Armine Kacharian told the Pasadena court – where her 38-year-old son Antranik Khajarian is on trial for murder – that she loves him and that testifying in the case is difficult. Her son had a sixth-grade education and a history of mental illness, said Kacharian, who spells her name differently than her son. Khajarian had been gone for more than three days when he showed up in the family’s kitchen Feb. 28, hours before the fire, she said. Kacharian testified that her son was not acting normal and that he walked out of the house to his car and put gas into it from a red container. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I told him, ‘Why are you not taking gas from the gas station?’ and he left,” Kacharian said. Speaking in Armenian and through an interpreter, Kacharian said that later that night she tucked in her mother, who was sick, and went to bed. Kacharian was awakened by the smoke alarm in the middle of the night and looked out the window to see Khajarian get in his car and drive off, she said. Glendale police Officer Patrick Hamblin arrived at the home before firefighters at about 3 a.m. on March 1. Hamblin and Kevork Kacharian, Khajarian’s brother, approached the burning room from a back patio. Kevork Kacharian broke through the room’s sliding glass door to try to get to his grandmother. But there was too much smoke and heat coming from the room to get in, Hamblin said. Firefighters arrived within minutes and extinguished the blaze, and found Demerjian’s body inside. Kacharian testified that her son, whom she called Anton, had been seeing a psychiatrist in Syria before the family immigrated to the United States. On a Sunday weeks before the fire, Khajarian showed up at the family’s home in a taxi and said he had lost his car, Kacharian said. He then started putting furniture out in the street, called 911 for his grandmother and told the Fire Department paramedics that she was sick. “But one of them told Anton, ‘You are sick.’ And I told Anton to go with them. I told him, ‘You are sick,”‘ Kacharian said, breaking down into tears. Khajarian is charged with murder, two counts of arson and possession of flammable material. He was detained by Border Patrol agents March 2 as he tried to return to the United States from Mexico, and he was later taken to jail. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Proposition 86, for example, calls for a $2.60-per-pack tax on cigarettes that would generate about $2.1 billion a year to benefit emergency care and health insurance for children. That puts two wealthy sectors – the health industry and Big Tobacco – on opposite sides of the measure. Proposition 87, which would tax California oil producers up to $380 million a year, is backed by venture capitalists and alternative-energy companies that would benefit from the alternative-energy research funded by the measure. But the chamber opposes those measures, as well as Proposition 89, which would increase the corporate income tax rate by 0.2 percent to fund public financing of political campaigns. “I don’t think, certainly, it is the appropriate use of the ballot box for one business to tax another,” Zaremberg said. While the chamber supports the four infrastructure bond measures that were part of the agreement between lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, it has yet to take a position on a fourth tax measure, Proposition 88, which would place a tax of $50 on every property to generate up to $500 million a year for schools. But other groups argue the tax measures that big business may not like could be good for average Californians. Doug Heller, executive director of the Santa Monica-based Foundation for Consumer and Taxpayer Rights, said his group supports the public campaign financing and oil tax measures. “There are some opportunities for the little guy here that don’t show up that often,” Heller said. “The big guys, the well-heeled lobbying interests, always have their day in government. This ballot gives the regular citizens the chance to have their day.” Analysts are reluctant to yet predict how expensive the campaign could get, but note that during last year’s special election, one industry alone, pharmaceuticals, spent more than $80 million to defeat a measure aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs. At the same time, the education lobby, which has also proved the ability to raise and spend tens of millions of dollars, is expected to get behind several measures that benefit schools, including a $10 billion bond for school facilities and a $500 million parcel tax for educational programs. Other measures on the ballot include five bonds, totaling $43 billion: $19.9 billion for transportation; $2.85 billion for housing; $10.4 billion for school facilities; $4 billion for flood protection; and $5.4 billion for water quality and supply. The measures that do not involve new spending include: Proposition 1A, to protect transportation funds from raids for other state budget purposes; Proposition 83, or Jessica’s Law, which cracks down on sex offenders; Proposition 85, to require parental notification before a minor’s abortion; and Proposition 90, which restricts the government’s ability to seize private property through eminent domain. But supporters of the bond and tax measures may have gotten a bad omen last month when voters rejected Proposition 81, a $600 million library bond, and Proposition 82, a tax on the wealthy to fund universal preschool. If voters rejected those two measures, they may not be in the mood to approve measures that are far more expensive, analysts said. “People like Schwarzenegger and supporters of these bonds should be concerned that the amount of spending is going to be problematic for voters,” said Elizabeth Garrett, a law professor at University of Southern California and board member of USC’s Initiative and Referendum Institute. She noted that earlier in Schwarzenegger’s term, voters showed a willingness to support bonds and a tax on millionaires to fund mental health services – but that feeling may have faded. Supporters of some of the November measures remain unfazed. Chuck Idelson, spokesman for the California Nurses Association, which authored the campaign finance measure, said his group isn’t worried about the crowded ballot. “I think voters in California are able to pick and choose in an election the issues that are really important to them,” Idelson said. “There is a lot of voter frustration with all the money that’s spent in campaigns, with how the initiative process has in many cases been abused by some of the wealthiest interests. We’re pretty confident that they are desirous of change.” Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said he expects a lot of voter confusion because there are so many measures. When that happens, frustrated voters are more likely to simply reject all the measures. Voters also have already proven this year – in polls and voting trends – that they are frustrated with politicians and are not in any mood to authorize more spending. “I think the voter rejection of Props. 81 and 82 probably sent shivers down the spines of all the proponents of the measures appearing on the November ballot,” Coupal said. “We are certainly sensing a lot of voter cynicism, frustration and residual anger.” harrison.sheppard@ dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Despite rising voter fatigue and the growing political risks for ballot initiatives, California voters in November once again will be faced with sifting through more than a dozen measures that would add up to $43 billion in state borrowing and $3 billion in annual tax increases. Los Angeles voters also could face two extra measures as city officials weigh whether to tack on a $1 billion housing bond and a $1 billion street-paving bond. And even though the deadline for placing measures on the statewide ballot has passed, some state lawmakers are considering whether to go ahead and add measures aimed at reforming term limits and redistricting. The sheer dollar value of the 13 measures on the ballot so far and their potential effects on deep-pocketed special interests – combined with a highly competitive governor’s race – also mean that once again airwaves and mailboxes will be inundated this fall. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Californians need to reinforce their mailboxes and get ready for the TV blitz,” said Bob Stern, president of the Los Angeles-based Center for Governmental Studies. Experts said the campaign efforts could be even more aggressive than in the past because California voters have indicated a weariness with political campaigns and there are so many expensive measures on the ballot they will have to work harder, and produce more advertising, to cut through the clutter. Several of the statewide ballot measures also take aim at wealthy corporate interests, including taxes on the California oil industry, the tobacco industry and a hike in the overall corporate income tax rate. And that means businesses are expected to break out their checkbooks – in some cases on both sides of a measure. California Chamber of Commerce President Alan Zaremberg said some of the tax measures pit different elements of the business community against each other.
Esther Snyder, who with her husband, Harry, founded the popular In-N-Out Burger chain and served as its president since 1999, died Friday in Baldwin Park. She was 86. She was born Esther Johnson in 1920 in Illinois and graduated in 1947 from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in zoology. She served as a surgical nurse in the WAVES during World War II. She met Harry Snyder in 1947, when she was working as a day manager at a Seattle restaurant, where he sold baked goods. They married the next year and moved to Baldwin Park, where they opened the first In-N-Out. Esther Snyder initially helped with the cooking and later took over the bookkeeping and paperwork for the expanding chain. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The Snyders had two sons, who later helped run the family business. After Harry Snyder died in 1976, son Rich took over the company, with his older brother, Guy, serving as vice president. When Rich was killed in a plane crash in 1993, Guy Snyder became chairman. Esther Snyder continued as president after Guy died in 1999. In 1984, Esther and Rich Snyder founded the Child Abuse Foundation, which later became the In-N-Out Burger Foundation. She was also active in other philanthropic organizations. Private services are planned. Memorial contributions can be made to the In-N-Out Foundation, 13502 Hamburger Lane, Baldwin Park, CA 91706. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!