March 17, 2020
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first_imgPhoto by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERKiefer Ravena may be the youngest player in the Gilas Pilipinas roster, but he showed on Monday that he can already hang with the big boys.Ravena was vital in the Philippines’ comeback victory over Chinese Taipei as he was part of the second group that got the team going after trailing by as much as 14 points early in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “I just try to contribute in whatever way I can, whether it be playing defense with the point guard or making sure that when kuya Jayson (Castro) rests, there won’t be any let-ups,” he said. “We’re just about giving energy, us Calvin (Abueva) and (Roger) Pogoy. That’s our role in this team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Even I was surprised,” he said. “But I knew that I had to suck everything up and try to contribute. If I can’t score or I’m not the main scorer of the team, I have to make stops, try to get steals, try to get easy points on lay-ups.”It also helps that Ravena is familiar with majority of the Chinese Taipei players, whom he had faced in the 2017 Jones Cup last July.“Most of these guys, we’ve played against in the Jones Cup in Taipei. They just turned it up a notch, especially knowing that they lost their first game so it was practically a must-win for them here,” he said.“They practically surprised us at the start. Our game plan was to make Quincy Davis shoot from outside, but he was making it. It was a good thing that he got in foul trouble and our bigs played well, especially June Mar.”Ravena’s showing against Chinese Taipei could be considered as his breakout game in the senior’s level, but he doesn’t want to get lost in the glitter of his performance.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set National team coach Chot Reyes wasn’t suprised with Ravena’s showing considering that the 24-year-old guard already has vast international experience.“I’m not surprised because Kiefer is already ripe. He was a part of that second group, that energy group that really gave us a lift and got us back in the ball game,” said Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneRavena, the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft collected nine points, five assists, two rebounds, and a steal as he and his fellow substitutes June Mar Fajardo and Calvin Abueva sparked Gilas’ rally.The former Ateneo Blue Eagle didn’t expect to have such an impact in the game after coming off a silent outing against Japan. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Davis thinks his foul woes ‘cost’ Taipei the game vs Gilas LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The missed call led to Cone charging the court and ultimately confronting Hodge. The multi-titled coach was called with a technical foul for his actions.“He got on the court and I just told him to get off the court and that’s pretty much it,” said Hodge Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I was like [talking to the referees] ‘hey he’s not supposed to be on the court’ so I told him to get off the court. Then he got mad at me because I told him that.”Hodge, though, downplayed the incident as just a normal occurrence that frustrations bring to a game.“It’s part of the game, I know he was kind of frustrated.”“We really don’t see each other often but if he wants to talk to me he can,” said Hodge who had four points and four rebounds in the game. “Honestly it’s just part of the game and I think he’s probably thinking the same thing. No one takes it personally after the game is over.”ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls The game was marred with scuffles here and there like the minor ruckus between Meralco’s Anjo Caram and Ginebra’s LA Tenorio and the exchange between Mark Caguioa and Cliff Hodge when the former hit the latter in the face for a Flagrant 1 foul.But nothing compared to when Ginebra head coach Tim Cone had a heated confrontation with Hodge midway through the third quarter of the Bolts’ 93-82 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCone blew his top over what he thought was a goaltending violation by Meralco center Arinze Onuaku on Justin Brownlee’s shot attempt.Meralco, which had ever trailed the whole game, was holding a 56-47 lead at that point and had already irked Ginebra because of its defense. MOST READ Tempers flared between Meralco and Ginebra, one of the budding rivarlies in the league, in their the PBA Commissioner’s Cup match.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Williams’ return gives KaTropa additional boost Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

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first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appointed members of the National Governing Council (NGC) of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Country Program.The NGC comprises stakeholders from various sectors of Liberian society, and provides policy and strategic direction for the rollout of the APRM County Program. They are appointed for a two-year term.According to an Executive Mansion release, those appointed include the following sectors and representatives:Sectors                                  Representative                                     Agencies/InstitutionsGovernment Institution       Mr. Emmanuel B. David                      General Auditing CommissionCivil Society                        Mr. Malcolm Joseph                            Center for Media Studies and Peace BuildingWomen’s Organization       Ma Kebeh Monger                                Rural Women AssociationPrivate Sector                      Mr. Dee-Maxwell Kemayah                 Liberia Business AssociationMarginalized & Disabled    Rev. Fallah Boima-Cymbianoh            National Union of Organizations of the DisabledTraditional Council             Mr. Janjay A. Jacobs                            Traditional CouncilAcademia                            Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn                          National Commission on Higher EducationAppointees from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Political Parties, Youth and Religious Council will be announced later following further consultations which are still ongoing.Liberia formally acceded to the APRM in January 2011, and in May 2013, President Sirleaf was elected Chairperson of the African Peer Review Forum. Upon taking office, the Liberian leader appointed the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr. Amara Konneh as National APRM Focal Point, and in 2013, he assumed the Chairmanship of the Committee of APRM Focal Points, which oversees the APRM administration, and the oversight responsibility for the implementation of Liberia’s Country Program.The process to implement the Country Program began with the recent recruitment of a National Secretariat to support the activities of the NGC, which is the Mechanism’s highest domestic decision making body.Launched in 2003 by the African Union (AU), the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is a mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded to by the Member States of the AU as an African self-monitoring mechanism. The APRM is a bold, unique and innovative approach designed and implemented by Africans for Africa. The mandate if the APRM is to encourage conformity in regard to political, economic and corporate governance values, codes and standards, among African countries and the objective in socio-economic development within the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. The objectives of the APRM are primarily to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration through experience sharing and reinforcement of successful and best practices, including identifying deficiencies and assessment of requirements for capacity building. 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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first_imgSomewhere between thinking Abigail Breslin is cute, deciding who’s hunkiest — George Clooney, Hugh Jackman or Daniel Craig — and checking out Jennifer Lopez’s neckline, you may start wondering who is going to win best picture at the end of the evening. After all, in a show that may last four hours, you’ll have a lot of time to ponder it, particularly since all of the major races seemed to have been decided long ago. In fact, by the time “Little Miss Sunshine’s” Breslin takes the stage as a presenter, she likely will have lost to Jennifer Hudson as best supporting actress. Helen Mirren is the foregone queen of actresses, while Forest Whitaker and Eddie Murphy have likewise overwhelmingly taken all preliminary heats. Even Martin Scorsese is expected to finally get his golden statue. So the only suspense tonight — unless your Oscar pool is turning on best animated short — is in the best-picture race where there is no clear-cut front-runner. “Babel,” “The Departed,” “Letters From Iwo Jima,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “The Queen” all have their passionate advocates and confirmed detractors. This isn’t like a year ago, when last-minute surger “Crash” beat longtime front-runner “Brokeback Mountain,” or when certifiably great movie “Saving Private Ryan” lost out to enjoyable romp “Shakespeare in Love.” Every best picture nominee has a good shot at the statuette this year. So here are the pluses and minuses of each contender. Just don’t wager money because of anything you read here. It’s that freaky out there. ‘BABEL’ For: Has more nominations (seven) than any other candidate. All elements of filmmaking (cinematography, editing, music, et al.) of highest quality and perfectly orchestrated together, artistically exemplifying the movie’s interconnection theme. Though mostly in foreign languages, folks tend not to really notice, and lots of them tear up at the end. Against: Called pretentious, heavy-handed, too downbeat — and preachy. Some evidently resent the film’s premise that we should strive to communicate better. Perhaps there’s a link between that and having the least amount of critical support among the contenders. ‘THE DEPARTED’ For: Great cast, great dialogue and great cinematic energy, ndplus the only nominee that’s grossed more than $100 million (or even come close). With “The Queen,” it’s the top choice among critics. Against: For all its entertainment value, not a great Scorsese film, mainly due to implausible plot that hijacks every scene. Perhaps too foulmouthed, nihilistic and violence-happy for older academy members, of which there are many. Actors, the academy’s largest branch, didn’t support it much, nominating only Mark Wahlberg out of a stellar cast. ‘LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA’ For: Made by a guy who’s 76, in a language he doesn’t speak, in barely a month — right after he made a totally different movie about the same subject. And if that’s not impressive enough, everyone loves Clint, and for extra sauce Spielberg produced it. Shows great restraint for a war movie, and sympathy and respect for oft-demonized former enemies. Against: The positives are also negative. Clint’s won too much and his other Iwo movie (“Flags of Our Father”) didn’t do well, this one’s in Japanese, and it may be a little too restrained for a war movie. People respect it more than love it, and in a five-way race, passion can be crucial. ‘LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE’ For: Despite themes of suicide, drug addiction and abject failure, it’s the only nominee that leaves people feeling good.It’s a modest film’s own long, uphill struggle to get made good for loads of underdog cred. Top performer at guild preliminaries. Feels naughty while it reassuringly appealings to universal family values. Against: Slightest entry in the race. Contrived situations undercut claims it’s a realistic, character-driven comedy — and comedies almost never win best picture anyway. Lack of directing and below-the-line nominations indicate narrow support. ‘THE QUEEN’ For: About changing times, culture and media irresponsibility, which pretty much every academy member can relate to (not to mention they all probably consider themselves some kind of royalty). With “The Departed,” top critics choice. And it’s English, which the academy associates with classy. Against: Some think it’s just a really good TV movie. — Bob Strauss, (818) 713-3670bob.strauss@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. PICO RIVERA — James M. Casso, who had served as Pico Rivera’s city attorney for the past six years, has resigned, Casso confirmed Wednesday. Casso released a statement saying he is leaving to pursue other opportunities. He said he was proud of the work he has done for the city. “For the past six years, I have proudly served the city of Pico Rivera as its city attorney. Under the guidance of the City Council, much has been accomplished during my tenure. While I have enjoyed my service in Pico Rivera, I have been presented with other opportunities that I have chosen to pursue.” Casso has assisted Pico Rivera city officials in numerous projects involving planning and zoning issues, redevelopment projects and the environmental remediation of the Krikorian Theater site. He also coordinated the negotiated settlement in a federal lawsuit involving the Imperial Showgirls strip club.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000England’s midfielder Raheem Sterling attends a press conference following a training session at Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground in north London on March 26, 2018, ahead of their international friendly football match against Italy © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 27 – Raheem Sterling has vowed to finally emulate his blistering Manchester City form in an England shirt as the electric winger eyes redemption at the World Cup.Sterling’s last taste of a major international tournament was a bitter one, but the forthcoming World Cup in Russia has the potential to be a far more uplifting experience. Sterling endured vitriolic abuse for his tame performances at Euro 2016, a witch-hunt that peaked when he posted a social media message appearing to flaunt his wealth just hours after playing in England’s humiliating last 16 loss against Iceland.His problems carried over to City as Sterling struggled to impress new boss Pep Guardiola last season, sparking rumours the winger would be sold.But Sterling has a fiercely competitive streak burning between a largely placid demeanour and he rose to the challenge of proving Guardiola and his critics wrong.The 23-year-old won back his place despite Guardiola’s pre-season signing of winger Bernardo Silva and has emerged as a key figure in City’s charge to the Premier League title.“When there is doubt or I’m under pressure, that’s when I’m at my best,” Sterling told reporters on Monday.“When you see stuff like you might not be in the squad, you think ‘Ok we’ll see’.“It was the same thing in the summer when Bernardo signed and we already had Leroy (Sane).“I thought to myself when I get back for pre-season, make sure I’m on it. I was looking forward to it.“I wasn’t aware of some of the stuff around Euro 2016. But if I’m getting judged on football and I’m doing bad I accept that.“I’ve always had belief I can get better.”Sterling credits Guardiola for seeing potential in the raw youngster who arrived from Liverpool convinced he had to win games all on his own.– Sage advice –Guardiola has mixed sage advice with some tough love to get Sterling to buy into his team-first philosophy.The results have been remarkable, with Sterling scoring a series of vital goals in City’s march to the brink of winning the Premier League.“He gives me a lot confidence. Before I was more raw, every time I got the ball I wanted to take someone on,” Sterling said.“For me, the main thing is he makes everyone do the simple stuff, play the easy pass.“He told me to open my body up when I dribble to get momentum rather than dribbling with the outside of my foot.“But he lets you know when he’s not happy. I gave the ball away three times against (Crystal) Palace and I thought I wouldn’t play again for the rest of the season!”Now Sterling, who has 20 goals for City this season, hopes to find his scoring form with England after a long international drought.His next opportunity comes on Tuesday when England face Italy in a friendly at Wembley.“It’s because the gaffer takes me off!” he joked of his barren run.“It’s a different environment, but I should be scoring for England.“I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well. It was the same with City and then there was a turn around.“I do have a feeling its going to come soon.”England manager Gareth Southgate has noticed the change in Sterling over the last year and he believes the player deserves as much credit as Guardiola for the transformation.“I can see the confidence in him. That’s where Raheem has to take credit, if a player isn’t willing then all those messages from the manager are wasted,” Southgate said.“You can see the positions he has taken up, his belief in front of goal.“He’s scored more goals in training this week than I’ve ever seen. He’s thinking about the type of shot more, not snatching at things.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_img Former Port Vale manager Micky Adams Micky Adams has resigned as Port Vale manager.Adams’ second stint in charge at Vale Park ends after just under three and a half years at the helm, following a miserable run of six straight defeats in all competitions.The 52-year-old has made the decision to leave after discussions with club chairman Norman Smurthwaite on Thursday morning.He said via a statement on the club’s official website, www.port-vale.co.uk: “It is with great sadness that I have decided to leave Port Vale but I believe I am leaving the club in a stronger position than when I joined.“I have spent five years in Burslem, punctuated by a spell at Sheffield United, and although the role of a football manager brings with it a roller-coaster of emotions, I will never forget my time at Vale and the many happy memories I will take away with me.“This has not been an easy decision to make, which has been made even more difficult by the strong relationships I have forged during my time at the club.“I would like to thank my immediate team, all of the staff at Vale Park and the many players I have worked with throughout my two spells. I have met some truly fantastic people.“In addition, I would like to thank all of the Port Vale fans for their fantastic support. I hope that the club has only bright times ahead.“I believe now is the time for another manager to take the helm and I would like to thank Norman Smurthwaite and his wife Lorraine for their fantastic support. I wish the club every success for this season and the future.”Adams first became Vale manager in the summer of 2009 but in December the following year the opportunity to take charge at his boyhood club Sheffield United was too good to turn down and he left Vale Park for Bramall Lane, with the Valiants second in the League Two table.His stay in South Yorkshire was shortlived and Adams was sacked at the end of the 2010/11 season following the Blades’ relegation from the Championship. He immediately returned to Vale and got the club promoted in 2013.The Valiants finished a respectable ninth during their first campaign back in League One but their start to this season has brought only one league win.After a 2-1 loss to neighbours Crewe last weekend, Adams said he knew “the consequences of losing too many games.” A 3-0 home defeat to Bristol City followed on Tuesday night, prompting Adams to consider his future and ultimately call time on his stay at Vale Park. 1last_img read more

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first_img Manuel Pellegrini 1 Manuel Pellegrini is adamant his job as Manchester City manager will be safe whatever happens this season.City are facing up to the prospect of a trophyless campaign, with defeats to Barcelona and Liverpool in the past week leaving their Champions League and Premier League hopes in tatters.Pellegrini has come under-fire for his tactics in the two games, and there has been intense speculation that he could be on his way out of the Etihad Stadium unless he can somehow salvage their season.The Chilean, however, insists he is not feeling the pressure, and is convinced he will still be in charge beyond this summer even if he fails to win any silverware.“I never have any pressure to win an amount of titles and to win a title every year if I want to continue here,” said Pellegrini.“I don’t feel any pressure, especially from the media. I feel pressure only when I don’t see my team playing the way I want to do it.”Prior to Pellegrini’s appointment, chief executive Ferran Soriano spoke of an ambition to win five trophies in five seasons.Pellegrini won two in his first season, the Premier League and the League Cup, but he insists he has not been told of any minimum requirement per year.He said: “When I signed the contract, I was never told I must win a title every year or that I must win five trophies in five years.“That was a sentence of Ferran. That is perfectly normal. But maybe you can win two in one year and one in another, the other another two.“You never know in football. There are different ways to analyse the season. The title is important but it is not the only important thing.”Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti have already been identified as potential successors to Pellegrini in various reports, but he is not concerned about the conjecture.He said: “I only think about the present. You never know what will happen in the future.“You don’t know if we are going to win against Barcelona or be out of the Champions League. Maybe last year nobody would say we were going to win the Premier League.“To think about the future is the worst thing because you are just speculating about a lot of things. It is important to live life in the present.“I have 25 years’ experience of management at important clubs and I never feel the pressure.”As for critical analysis of his team’s performance – by many players turned pundits – Pellegrini was indifferent.“It is not my duty to tell the media what they must think,” he said. “Everyone has his opinion and the right to give their opinion.”last_img read more

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first_imgDanny McDaid runs through the tape to mark the official launch of the Donegal Marathon 2014 this evening.The countdown has officially started to the Donegal Marathon for 2014.The event, which takes place in Letterkenny on August 24th, was launched this evening at the local Town Council offices.Former Olympic athlete and event ambassador Danny McDaid officially ran through the red tape to launch the event. The chairman of the event, Cllr Dessie Larkin, told Donegal Daily he hoped this year’s event was just the start of what will become an annual event.The Donegal Marathon logo which was designed by LYIT Art and Design student Samantha McGinley from Letterkenny.“The amount of people out walking and jogging on the streets of Letterkenny and across Donegal is remarkable.“If we can harness that energy and entice them to come and take part in the Donegal Marathon, event to try the half marathon, then it’s going to be a huge success.“It’s hard to predict numbers but I would be hopeful of hundreds of people taking part in some shape or form be that the full marathon or half marathon,” said Cllr Larkin. The well-known and affable Letterkenny man admitted that he has never managed a marathon but quipped that he has managed a few Snickers in his day!His hopes for the event were echoed by fellow speakers including the Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Ian McGarvey, and Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Pascal Blake.Legendary runner Danny McDaid, the last person to win a marathon in Letterkenny when it was staged back in 1983, said he couldn’t believe it was 31 years since the last event.“It was a very proud moment for me running past my house and even better because I was alone,” laughed Danny.He paid tribute to the Donegal Marathon committee and encouraged as many people to take part as possible. Councillors and council officials help Danny launch the Donegal Marathon for 2014.Plans for the event are still gathering pace but Cllr Larkin promised a “completely professional approach” to the event right down to the quality of t-shirt and goodie bags for competitors.The event’s official website www.donegalmarathon.ie gives a complete breakdown of all that is needed for competitors from the actual route to tips for training as well as the vital registration forms.Donegal Daily will bring you regular updates on the Donegal Marathon for 2014 as the committee release them to us.HIGH HOPES FOR DONEGAL MARATHON 2014 AS LAUNCH ‘RUNS’ TO PLAN! was last modified: February 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:August 24Danny McDaidDonegal Marathon 2014letterkennylast_img read more

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first_imgLos Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday defended his use of a private corporate jet to fly to Detroit last week for the funeral of civil-rights leader Rosa Parks. “Because of the short notice, the mayor has to use a private plane to fly back there as the city’s representative,” spokeswoman Janelle Erickson said. “It did not violate any city or state laws, and the mayor is reimbursing the company for his fare and that of (Deputy Mayor) Carolyn Webb de Macias.” Villaraigosa was invited to give a eulogy, joining former President Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and others to pay tribute to Parks. Erickson said the $438 that would have been paid for a commercial flight for Villaraigosa and De Macias will be paid to Ameriquest to cover their air fares. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The money will come from the mayor’s officeholder account, she said. “This was a unique situation, and there wasn’t time to book a commercial flight,” Erickson said. “And it might happen again in the future if the mayor is asked to be somewhere at a moment’s notice.” Erickson said two Los Angeles police officers, who are part of the mayor’s security detail, were also on the flight. Their fares will be covered by the LAPD travel budget, she said. Ameriquest is a financial services firm that contributed to Villaraigosa while he was Assembly speaker and it hired him as a consultant in 2001 and 2002. The company – which is facing lawsuits on allegations of inflating costs to borrowers – recently hired former Assemblyman Mike Roos as a lobbyist to the city. Roos was one of the first city commissioners removed by Villaraigosa after he took office July 1 as part of his campaign pledge to remove lobbyists from city panels. Roos had been serving on the Recreation and Parks Commission. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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