Tivoli Gardens FC’s resurgence continued under the technical leadership of Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey when they edged Harbour View FC 2-1 in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football match at Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. Jamaica College schoolboy star Donovan Dawkins opened the scoring for Tivoli in the second minute, and defender Barrington Pryce got the winning goal in the 81st minute. Jorginho James netted for the losers in the 27th minute. Tivoli started with more purpose as they ran at the visitors. The home side went ahead early when the 18-year-old Dawkins scored his first goal for the club. However, Harbour View picked up the pace and equalised courtesy of James in the first half. On the resumption, Tivoli continued their spirited play, but were let down by wasteful shooting from former Reggae Boy Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson, who missed three sitters. Not to be denied, however, they went ahead for good when Pryce climbed high and headed a right-side free kick taken by Junior Flemmings past goalkeeper Mark Bryan. Tivoli’s assistant coach, Damion Gordon, was pleased with the overall performance of his team. “I’m very excited about the win today. It is our second since ‘Admiral’ returned. We dominated the game and should have won by a bigger margin,” Gordon told The Gleaner. Gordon, a former Tivoli defender and captain, spoke highly about Bailey’s influence on the team since he (Bailey) returned last month and took over as technical director. “He (Bailey) knows the club, as he spent many years here and won two Premier League titles, so it was a good move,” the assistant coach said. Flemmings, who is Tivoli’s leading scorer on eight goals and who failed to get on the scoresheet despite working hard, also praised Bailey for his leadership. “Well, first and foremost, it was a crucial win for us. The coach (Bailey) made the difference. He has been working on some things in training, and we followed his instruction and won the game,” Flemmings said. On the other hand, Harbour View’s coach, Ludlow Bernard, was disappointed that his team came out losers. “It was a disappointing loss as we wanted to move into the top four. The windy conditions made it difficult for us. However, it was a spirited performance from Tivoli. We will have to move on from this defeat,” Bernard reasoned. Tivoli moved to 26 points, but remained in 10th position, just above the drop zone, while Harbour View stayed in fifth position on 33 points.
The Red Bluff Round-Up is seeking volunteers who would like to be involved in the biggest event in Northern California and want to make a difference in the community, meet new people and have fun.In its 96th year, the Round-Up is one of the largest rodeos in the nation and volunteers are needed to help produce the three-day event. Help is needed with ticket sales, merchandise sales, the fan fair area, autograph sessions, hospitality, livestock, grounds maintenance and the first aid booth.Anyon …
The legislature of the state of New York has infamously earned a reputation for gridlock and theatrics. But the reality is that both the Assembly and the Senate in Albany have been moving ahead with the business of the day, including programs designed to help New York address both its economic and ecological issues.One step in that direction is the Senate’s passage last week of the Green Jobs/Green NY Act of 2009 (S5888), which has already passed in the Assembly and almost certainly will be signed by Governor David Paterson.The Green Jobs initiative, which is designed to provide upfront financing for energy-efficiency retrofits to both homeowners and businesses, is similar to programs already offered by other jurisdictions, including municipalities in California, Colorado, and Virginia, and the city of Babylon, New York, on Long Island. Even in the U.K., the city of London is trying to address the energy inefficiencies in its aging housing stock by offering homeowners subsidies for weatherization improvements.Selling emissions creditsFunding for the statewide Green Jobs program will come from sales of carbon emission credits offered through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, for which several states in the Northeast are developing a cap-and-trade program for power-plant emissions. A summary of the initiative by State Senator Bill Stackowski notes that the legislation allocates $112 million from RGGI cap-and-trade auctions, which have raised $126 million over the past two years.The loans will be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which focuses primarily on the reduction of petroleum consumption but also on research into the environmental effects of energy consumption, the development of renewable resources, and other technology innovations. The loan limit for each residential customer is $13,000, and $26,000 for each business. Loan costs will be added to participants’ monthly energy bills, although the energy savings from each retrofit – which should reduce usage by 30% to 40% – is expected to be larger than the loan payment.NYSERDA also will collaborate with the Department of Labor on developing a training program for retrofit workers that will help to create as many as 14,000 jobs in that sector. A recent Green Inc. blog post in the New York Times points out that even though research shows that retrofitting buildings is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to reduce overall energy use, it has been relatively slow to catch on, particularly in the commercial building realm, where obtaining financing for large-scale improvements is the biggest barrier to getting the work done.Other retrofit initiativesIn the residential arena, meanwhile, progress on retrofits is advancing not only with municipal and statewide initiatives like those mentioned above, but also with the stimulus-funded Weatherization Assistance Program and private alliances such as one announced last week between Habitat for Humanity and electric-utility giant Exelon Corporation, which have teamed up to retrofit 70 low-income homes in Exelon service territories in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas.Exelon, whose nuclear power plants serve 5.4 million customers in the mid-Atlantic states and the Midwest, has donated $300,000 to fund the program, will provide technical and training expertise over the next 10 months, and will donate about 7,000 Exelon employee volunteer hours for the program.The cost of the retrofits will range from about $2,000 to $8,000 per home and include improvements such as weatherstripping, caulking, adding or replacing door seals, installing low-flow toilets and showerheads, replacing water heaters and furnace filters, installing CFL bulbs, and insulating attics, basements, and outer walls. The program partners estimate the improvements will save homeowners between 12% and 25% on their energy bills.
Large-scale rescue operations continued on Saturday to pull out the two-year-old boy who fell into an over 150-feet-deep borewell near his house in Punjab’s Sangrur district almost 48 hours ago. Fatehvir Singh, who would turn three next week, fell into the unused borewell in a field while he was playing near his house around 4.00 pm on Thursday, officials said. The borewell was covered with a cloth and the boy accidentally stepped on it. His mother tried to rescue him, but failed. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Army experts, assisted by the police, civil authorities, villagers and volunteers, were carrying out the rescue operations. The toddler is stuck around 110 feet deep in the borewell which is seven inches wide. Officials said a parallel shaft of 36 inches in diameter was being installed to bring out the child safely. So far, rescuers have dug about 90 feet by taking out soil manually, officials said.
India might have crashed out unceremoniously from the Twenty-20 World championship in the Super Eight stage, but star batsman Virat Kohli was honoured for his stellar batting displays during the tournament in Sri Lanka.Kohli was the only Indian player to be picked for the Team of the Tournament list comprising the best 11 from the championship.All-rounder Suresh Raina was, however, included as the 12th man in the team.Kohli scored 185 runs with his highest score of 78 not out against Pakistan. He was the most successful Indian player in the tournament.Though the hosts’ loss to the West Indies in the final led to Mahela Jayawardene quitting as the Sri Lankan captain, he was named as the skipper of the Team of the Tournament.2012 World T20: Team of the TournamentChris Gayle (West Indies)Shane Watson (Australia)Marlon Samuels (West Indies)Virat Kohli (India)Luke Wright (England)Ross Taylor (New Zealand)Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)Sunil Narine (West Indies)Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka)Dale Steyn (South Africa)Steven Finn (England)
TORONTO – If you’re sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for a Kawhi Leonard announcement, you might want to settle in and get a little more comfortable.According to The Athletic‘s Jabari Young, it may still be a few days before the much sought-after free agent makes his decision.On the Kawhi front, told he’s not making a decision tonight and it may not be until the next few days. He and his reps are going through the process and taking their time before deciding the next move. No 2-year deals have been discussed. #NBA @TheAthleticNBA— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) July 4, 2019The two-time Finals MVP, fresh off a historic championship win with the Toronto Raptors, reportedly met with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers earlier this week and touched down in Toronto to meet with Raptors brass Wednesday.So MLSE’s plane has landed at Pearson … and I can confirm Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster are already in Toronto so .. https://t.co/IW9poAIib6— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) July 3, 2019Another interest note, per Young, is that no two-year deals have been discussed.And so, the wait — and the intrigue — continues.Sportsnet’s Michael Grange goes over the hysteria that hit Toronto as Kawhi Leonard’s free agency continues to loom over the city.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
LeBron James201214.313.021.914.8✔✔ PLAYERSEASONPTS.REBS.ASST.ALLWONMVP Wilt Chamberlain197010.423.67.413.5 LeBron James201313.013.317.713.7✔✔ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar197113.518.66.614.1✔✔ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar197417.314.111.315.5 Michael Jordan199319.29.812.816.0✔✔ Kobe Bryant201016.110.011.313.8✔✔ Shaquille O’Neal200217.914.88.415.8✔✔ Michael Jordan199184.108.40.2064.4✔✔ Shaquille O’Neal200117.018.011.616.6✔✔ Dwyane Wade2006220.127.116.115.3✔✔ LeBron James201519.0%13.6%23.0%18.0%–– Hakeem Olajuwon199514.812.910.213.7✔✔ Jerry West196918.104.22.168.5✔ Tim Duncan200322.214.171.1245.9✔✔ Tim Duncan199916.617.87.015.8✔✔ Does it get any better than this? The best player in the world, under pressure that would break lesser men, appears to be using it somehow to make himself even better. LeBron James’s NBA Finals performance so far is the kind of thing we like to dream great athletes can do.Unfortunately, he’s probably going to lose.Monday on FiveThirtyEight, my colleague Neil Paine discussed how both James’s basic and advanced stats point to his being one of the all-time great finals series. On the mothersite, Kevin Pelton argues that James should win the MVP based on WARP (wins above replacement player), and it seems that the idea that James should win the MVP even if the Cavs lose is getting popular.So I’d like to look at James’s production from a slightly different angle. Rather than just look at how James’s production stands on its own right, let’s see how much impact James has had on the series relative to everyone else — combined.Through the first five games, James has gathered an incredible 18 percent of all the points scored, assists dished and rebounds collected by anyone in this series. If that stands, it will be 1.1 percentage points higher than the next highest over the past 46 years (since they started having a finals MVP in 1969). Here are the top 20, plus James: Michael Jordan199116.28.824.315.6✔✔ Shaquille O’Neal200018.020.25.416.9✔✔ Michael Jordan199718.58.615.115.3✔✔ Michael Jordan1998126.96.36.1994.1✔✔ Kobe Bryant2009188.8.131.524.9✔✔ The player closest to James who didn’t win the MVP was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had a 15.5 percent share in the 1974 finals. Abdul-Jabbar and the Milwaukee Bucks lost the finals that year to the Boston Celtics, and the MVP went to John Havlicek. The only person to win the finals MVP in a losing effort was Jerry West in 1969, and he happens to be right around the fringe where players any more dominant almost always get the MVP trophy.Meanwhile, regular-season MVP Stephen Curry — the most likely candidate to deny James (again) — presently has the second-highest share in the finals with 11.5 percent of all points, rebounds and assists. If it holds, this 6.5 percentage point gap between first and second would be the second-largest ever (since 1969):The only player with a greater than 4 percentage point gap who didn’t win the MVP was James last year, when the winner was Spurs breakout star and current Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard.In other words, not only has James been the most dominant player in these finals, he has also been one of the most dominant “most dominant” players in finals history.Of course dominating production isn’t necessarily the same as “value,” and I’ve dabbled in esoteric theories of value myself (like, say, how Dennis Rodman might have been more valuable than Michael Jordan).Still, this gap between James and most other finals MVPs — barring any substantial changes — is so wide that unless you rule out the defeated on principle, it will be hard to argue that he doesn’t belong in their company.
February 9, 2018 $900 million affordable housing measure one step closer to ballot Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman Posted: February 9, 2018 Updated: 5:50 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA proposed $900 million bond measure to build low-income housing got one step closer to the November ballot this week when a San Diego City Council committee voted 4-1 to have city staff further evaluate it.The proposal would raise taxes on city of San Diego property owners an average of $72 per year to pay for roughly 7,500 subsidized apartments for the chronically homeless, veterans, senior citizens, the disabled and low-income families.Supporters say the measure, which needs support from two-thirds of voters to pass, would simultaneously help solve the city’s homelessness problem and affordable housing crisis.In addition to the local money it would raise, the measure would help San Diego secure a greater share of state money devoted to homelessness and affordable housing by providing local matching funds typically necessary for such assistance.Without such local funds, San Diego will be eligible for less state assistance than other California cities and counties that have approved similar tax hike measures addressing homelessness in recent years.“I think you’ve presented very compelling arguments — both compassionate ones and financial ones,” Councilwoman Barbara Bry of La Jolla said during Wednesday’s meeting of the council’s Rules Committee. “The state is likely to pass a bond measure and we won’t get our fair share of the money unless we have local matching funds.”Councilman Chris Cate of Mira Mesa said he was concerned about the impact on middle-income and low-income property owners.“I appreciate that this is definitely for those who are most in need, and I can respect that, but there are also people who own homes that are struggling every day too, and this is an additional tax on them,” Cate said.Cate voted in favor of having the proposal analyzed further, but said he plans to scrutinize the final version thoroughly before the full council decides this summer whether to place it on the November ballot.Councilman Mark Kersey of Black Mountain Ranch, who cast the lone “no” vote on Wednesday, said one of his key concerns was that affordable housing is a countywide problem, but only city property owners would face property tax increases under the proposal.“Our city voters are basically being asked to shoulder a fairly large burden,” Kersey said.Stephen Russell, head of the San Diego Housing Federation and the man spearheading the bond measure, said polling showed a bond measure covering the whole county would be unlikely to pass.But he said a November poll of 600 likely voters living within the city showed 71 support for the measure, even after people were told how much property taxes would increase.The bond measure would increase property taxes $19 a year per $100,000 of a property’s assessed valuation, which is often much lower than a property’s market value because of the protections of tax-limiting Proposition 13.While the average sale price of a home in San Diego has surpassed $500,000, supporters say their calculations indicate the average homeowner would pay $72 per year if the bond measure passes.Kersey also questioned whether the measure might conflict with a separate November measure that would raise hotel taxes to expand the waterfront convention center, repair roads and address homelessness.Russell said the $30 million to $50 million per year that measure would devote to homelessness could fund counseling and other support services at the 7,500 apartments that the bond measure would fund.“We see these as complementary and potentially synergistic measures that are up to the scale of the problem,” he said.Councilman Chris Ward of University Heights said he was pleased the measure would divide the money equally among three priorities.Based on the 7,500 estimate of housing units it would fund, the measure would build 2,500 units for the chronically homeless, 2,500 units for low-income families and 2,500 units for veterans, seniors and the disabled.No members of the public spoke against the measure, while a large coalition of housing developers, social service groups and community organizations praised it.Lori Holt Pfeiler, chief executive of Habitat for Humanity’s San Diego chapter, said the bond money is crucial. “The market can’t produce housing for low-income families — there has to be a subsidy,” she said.Homeless advocate Michael McConnell and several others said the bond measure would do more to end San Diego homelessness than any other proposals being considered. “Here’s the measure that will actually really do something about real solutions,” he said.Councilwoman Myrtle Cole of southeastern San Diego said she was upbeat about the proposal but needs more information before July about how quickly the units could be built and other concerns. “There are a few details that I would like clarified before really, fully committing to the proposal,” she said.City Attorney Mara Elliott’s staff is scheduled to bring back to the Rules Committee this spring potential ballot language and other information.The council is expected to vote in late July and early August on which proposed measures to place on the November ballot. Ed Lenderman,