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first_imgTNT acquires Onwubere as Phoenix makes moves Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “I guess my job as the coach is to put them in the right frame of mind. The excitement will always be there, but it’s a matter of channeling it to positivity. We’re more excited than nervous, to be honest,” he said.“We know it’s our first time to be in this level and it’s really an unchartered territory for us. But rather than being scared, we should be excited. We know that we got nothing to lose and we’re happy where we are. We know we wanted to be in Finals and we did everything in the best way that we can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRobinson knows how the Red Lions operate, and he even served as an analyst for the clash between San Beda and San Sebastian in the final level of the stepladder semis on Tuesday.And the third-year mentor could only derive one thing from their Finals date. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “It’s obvious that (San Beda) is determined to win,” he quipped. “At the end of the day, they’re the stronger team, they have more experience than us and it showed against San Sebastian. With coach Boyet (Fernandez) there, and they have a good group of guys that are motivated to show that they are the defending champions, we know what we have to face.”Robinson had only one more reminder for Lyceum: to stay the course and continue what it has been doing all season long — playing to inspire.“I just remind them of our vision, which is to inspire others. Of course, we want to be on the winning side, but victory or not, our vision will not stop,” he said. “We’ll still do what we have do and our dedication will never change. It’s really an opportunity for us to inspire people. That will never change.”ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee PLAY LIST 01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:14Carpio 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum coach Topex Robinson is well aware of the monumental task he has to face entering the NCAA Season 93 Finals.After steering the Pirates to their first ever playoff appearance, the youthful mentor has been stern in keeping his wards in check  for the best-of-three championship clash against San Beda, which starts on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more


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first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, goes up for a dunk on Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Even Cleveland’s late rally couldn’t rattle the confident Trail Blazers.CJ McCollum scored 29 points and Portland won its NBA-best 11th straight game with a 113-105 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Cavs made it uncomfortable for Portland late, when they closed the gap to three points.“It came at a time when we would have liked it not to come,” Damian Lillard said. “We cut it really close. But you can’t complain about how you get it — and we got another one.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLillard added 24 points for the Blazers, on their longest run since also winning 11 in a row in 2013. It was the Blazers’ eighth straight win at home.LeBron James had 35 points, including a highlight-reel dunk in the first quarter that had the fans at the Moda Center momentarily stunned. He also had 14 rebounds. Kyle Korver added 19 points. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Trail Blazers: Host Detroit on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentscenter_img Embiid, Simmons rally 76ers past Knicks Kevin Love, who grew up in nearby Lake Oswego, missed his ninth game with a left hand fracture. Love could return to the Cavaliers as early as next week.“We just need to continue to keep building. We’ve got a lot of injuries, a lot of guys down, so we’ve just got to have that next man up mentality,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said.Lillard, the reigning conference player of the week, made his first attempt of the game, a 3-pointer. But the highlight of the first quarter was easily James’ monster dunk over Jusuf Nurkic that pulled Cleveland in front 15-14.McCollum’s 3-pointer gave the Blazers their largest lead of the half, 55-46. James made a turnaround jumper at the buzzer to pull Cleveland to 59-54 at the break.McCollum hit consecutive 3-pointers and Lillard made another that stretched Portland’s lead to 81-66 midway through the third quarter.“I don’t know about momentum but I think we’re playing well,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Each game is a challenge. But obviously, to string together the wins that we have been, we’ve been doing good things at both ends of the floor and I think tonight was an example of that as well.”TIP-INSCavaliers: James became the sixth active player with 400 double-doubles. … It was the fifth game of a six-game road trip for the Cavs.Trail Blazers: Lillard went 0 for 5 from 3-point range in the first half, but he led all players with five assists. … With nine assists, Lillard became the third player in league history have 1,500-plus points and 400-plus rebounds in each of his first six seasons. … The Blazers have won five straight against the Cavs at the Moda Center.PRAISEJames was asked at shootaround earlier in the day if Lillard was unappreciated. “Give me Damian Lillard. I’ll show you how appreciated he’d be,” he said.UP NEXTCavaliers: Conclude their road trip on Saturday against the Bulls. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism “We sustained our energy, we sustained our effort and we left everything out on the floor,” James said. “Even being short-handed we still wanted to play the caliber of basketball we are accustomed to playing, and I think we did that.”The Blazers, currently sitting in third in the Western Conference standings, led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter. Portland kept the margin at double digits well into the final period, but James and George Hill made layups to get the Cavaliers within 105-99 with 3:25 to go.Hill’s 3-pointer pulled Cleveland within three points but Al-Farouq Aminu answered with a 3 and Evan Turner added a jumper to hold off Cleveland’s rally. Jordan Clarkson’s 3-pointer made it 110-105 with 1:34 left, but James missed a layup with 33 seconds to go and Lillard made three free throws to seal it.“We’ve had some teams make pushes but we’ve always kept it at eight, nine, so it wasn’t really dangerous. Tonight they cut it to three. And they did that with momentum, and with LeBron James on the floor,” Lillard said. “So that’s a dangerous situation for us, but we got some bounces, we hit a few shots, made free throws down the stretch, and when we needed to get one or two stops we got them.”The Cavaliers, third in the East, didn’t have Larry Nance Jr. because of a hamstring injury he sustained early in the third quarter of Cleveland’s 129-107 victory over the Suns on Tuesday. Tristan Thompson missed his sixth game with a right ankle sprain.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


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first_imgLos Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives against Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) of Germany during the the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS— A challenge from their head coach gave Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball motivation. All they needed was an opening.The cold-shooting Dallas Mavericks provided it.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ball was held scoreless against Minnesota but responded with some clutch baskets in the second half. His fast-break dunk gave the Lakers their first lead of the game at 82-80 late in the third quarter. And he hit his only 3 of the second half with 4:23 to go to give LA a 100-89 lead.“I just tried to be more aggressive,” Ball said. “I shoot when I’m open. I just tried to force the issue a little bit more.”Ingram scored 15 of his 29 in the second half and had six assists for the game. With Dallas cutting a 14-point Lakers lead to seven twice in the final minutes, each time Ingram drew the defense to him and dished to JaVale McGee for dunks.Dallas fell for just the fourth time at home this season. The Mavericks entered the day tied for the fewest home losses in the NBA.TIP-INSLakers: Josh Hart scored 14 points, led the team with 12 rebounds and five steals and tied Ingram for a team-high six assists.Mavericks: J.J. Barea played his 800th game, becoming the 11th undrafted player from a U.S. high school or college to play 800 games since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. … Numerous Dallas Cowboys, including running back Ezekiel Elliott and linebacker Jaylon Smith, attended the game, drawing an ovation from the sellout crowd.KUZMA RETURNSWith James still out, the Lakers got Kyle Kuzma back in the lineup after missing the past two games with a lower-back contusion. Kuzma missed his first eight shots and didn’t score until midway through the second quarter, but he hit two 3s early in the third quarter to spark the Lakers’ comeback. He finished with 13 points.OUT OF THE FLOW MOST READ LATEST STORIES Spurs overcome slow start to beat Pistons; Popovich ties Sloan on NBA’s career wins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ingram scored 29 points and Ball added 21 as the Los Angeles Lakers handed the Mavericks a rare home loss, 107-97, on Monday night.After a blowout loss to Minnesota on Sunday, Lakers coach Luke Walton called for the two to bring more passion and fire. The duo responded, helping Los Angeles rally from a double-digit halftime deficit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I put so much responsibility on them because that’s what I believe they’re capable of doing,” Walton said.Ball and Ingram said they talked after the loss Sunday and agreed they needed to step up in the absence of LeBron James and veteran point guard Rajon Rondo. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said a lack of ball movement has slowed the team in its losses this season, and on Monday, they had only 12 assists for a team that averages almost 23 a game.Barea could only laugh when told he led the team with three assists, saying, “You can’t win the game like that. Hopefully it won’t happen again.”UP NEXTLakers: Host Detroit on Wednesday.Mavericks: Host Phoenix on Wednesday. Two of the Suns’ nine wins this year have come against Dallas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “With the guys out, (we were) trying to take over and be the leaders of our team,” Ingram said.The Lakers won for just the second time in seven games since James strained his groin on Christmas Day, and they swept the season series from the Mavericks 3-0.Dallas led 67-54 at halftime but had its worst-scoring half of the season with just 30 points after the break – fewer than it scored in either of the first two quarters. The Mavs were 11-of-43 from the field in the second half and had 11 turnovers.Luka Doncic led the team with 27 points, and he had six of their 11 made field goals in the second half, including their only two 3-pointers.“I think they played way better defensively in the second half,” Doncic said. “We didn’t move the ball as well as we did in the first half. That was it.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


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first_imgLinden businessman Lloyd Thomas, accused of discharging a loaded firearm at Anthony Rogers with intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or cause him actual bodily harm, was on Wednesday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Annette Singh, charged with the offence.Lloyd ThomasUnrepresented by legal counsel, the 43-year-old defendant denied the charge, allegedly committed on August 17, 2017 at Sand Hills on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, and explained to the court that he was on the road when he was attacked by a bandit who attempted to snatch a gold chain that he was wearing at the time. Thomas said he put up a fight, during which he was able to disarm the bandit of his gun, and he used it to shoot the bandit.Because the Police Prosecutor did not object to the defendant being placed on bail, Thomas was placed on $50,000 bail, and was ordered to report to the police station nearest to his home until the conclusion of this matter. The case will continue on September 11.last_img read more


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first_imgWazito remained second from bottom with 28 points, four away from Chemelil Sugar who play bottom side Thika United on Thursday. If Chemelil win, then both Thika and Wazito will be officially relegated from the Kenyan Premier League.Meanwhile, Vihiga United all but assured themselves of a place in next year’s top flight after beating champions-elect Gor Mahia 2-0 at the Mumias Complex to move to 11th in the standings with 37 points with two rounds of matches left.If Thika loses to Chemelil on Thursday then they will be officially relegated from the top tier while the sugar belt side will hope to maintain a slot in the play-off 16th slot. Wazito now need to win both their remaining games to survive.Wazito FC forward Derrick Onyango shields the ball away from Kariobangi Sharks defender Geoffrey Shiveka during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on September 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWazito will now need Chemelil to lose both their matches, including Thursday evening’s against Thika and them to win their two remaining games to have any hope of surviving.In their match against Sharks on Wednesday, Frank Ouna’s men did not show much of a side eager to remain in the top flight.Sharks got into the lead after 24 minutes when Shaphan Oyugi headed down between Martin Musalia’s feet connecting to an inviting cross from Bolton Omwenga who had landed the ball after a poor Wazito clearance fell his way.It seemed like a routine training session for Sharks who made no changes from their side that walloped Ulinzi Stars 4-0 in the FKF Shield semis on Sunday.They had a chance to double their tally two minutes to half time when Golden Boot chasing Eric Kapaito did well to arrive first to the ball before keeper Musalia, but his touch away from the sliding goalkeeper was too heavy rolling out of play.Kariobangi Sharks forward Duke Abuya attempts to dribble past Wazito FC skipper Oliver Kilonzo during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on September 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the second half, Ouma made changes, Piscas Kirenge coming on for Simon Mburu, but the new man did not last more than a minute as he went down, surprisingly, even without touching the ball.He was replaced by John Katua.Wazito were better offensively especially with the introduction of Edwin Lavatsa and they suddenly gave the Sharks backline plenty to think about.Substitute Sidney Lokale should have eased the pressure off his mates on the hour mark when he was picked out by a well laid down cross from Duke Abuya, but his point blank effort was saved by Musalia.Wazito brought themselves hope with quarter of an hour left when Lavatsa’s ferocious shot from a short start to a corner found keeper Gad Mathews off guard rifling into the roof of the net.Despite increased bid to land a winner, Wazito were made to pay from their own mistakes, Jackson Saleh’s attempted clearance cut out and Mwendwa lifting the ball simply over an advancing Martin Musalia.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks players celebrate one of their two goals against Wazito during a Kenyan Premier League clash in Machakos on September 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Sep 26 – Harrison Mwendwa scored an 89th minute winner as Kariobangi Sharks picked their sixth consecutive win across all competitions beating Wazito FC 2-1 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday to send them deeper into relegation.Edwin Lavatsa had stepped off the bench to score a second half equalizer as Wazito FC looked to earn a crucial point, but a defensive error late on meant their hopes are dashed with only two matches remaining.last_img read more


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first_img Ben Pearson in action for Man United Under-21s 1 Manchester United youngster Ben Pearson is hoping that Louis van Gaal makes him the latest academy player to break into the first-team.Pearson was United’s Young Player of the Year last season and has also started the season well for the under-21s.And the central midfielder believes there is no reason why he can’t follow in the footsteps of fellow academy graduates Tyler Blackett and Reece James by breaking into United’s first-team.“The manager has played a few youngsters already”, Pearson told United’s official site.“Tyler has been playing regularly and Reece James has played. A few of the lads were involved against MK Dons and, hopefully, all of us can come through.“The manager has done it previously at Ajax and Barcelona and I hope he can do it here. There are a few young lads pushing for first-team places.“It is all about getting an opportunity. There are always lads going up and training with the first team. You’ve just got to impress in those training sessions.”last_img read more


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first_img“Two and a Half Men” nominee Ferrell says if she wins, she’s going to “put it on a chain and wear it around my neck.” “I’m gonna take a picture of me holding it, and I’m gonna send it to all those people who wouldn’t marry me all those years ago (laughs). Look at me now!” Big-screen icon Caron made a rare TV appearance last season in an episode of “Law & Order: SVU,” and it won her an Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a drama series. “It was a good part, a very good part – a meaty part,” she says. “I’ve had good comedy parts and great partners, great directors. But a really meaty dramatic part, that’s quite rare.” She didn’t know that she would win, but Caron decided to make the trip from Paris anyway to attend last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys, where the guest-acting Emmys are presented. She will present on tonight’s Emmy telecast. “I’ve learned to say yes to all good things,” Caron says. “I think it’s good to be adventurous and just to say yes to life in general.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “To be a working actor is already a dream, and to be on a great show is like winning the lottery. But to be on a phenomenon and to be here (as an Emmy nominee), it’s like, `How lucky are we?’ It’s absolutely surreal.” Nominated for her role in “Law & Order: SVU,” Hargitay says the pressure is off after winning last year. “It is much easier,” she admits. “This is a stress-free year. I came in, had fun playing with (son) August. It’s just a cakewalk now (laughs).” Bracco received her fourth nod for her role as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on “The Sopranos,” but it was her first since 2001. “It’s a very nice way to end it, really,” she says. “I’m very honored and touched.” When you’re nominated for an Emmy, life is one big party. Among the soirees around town this weekend was the Television Academy’s tribute to acting nominees Friday at Wolfgang Puck at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. It drew nominees Leslie Caron, Robert Duvall, Lorraine Bracco, T.R. Knight, Mariska Hargitay, Masi Oka, Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Panquin, August Schellenberg, Denis Leary, Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson, Judith Light, Conchata Ferrell, Holland Taylor, Kate Burton and Tim Daly, among others. Oka drove up in an old Honda, sputtering with 140,000 miles on it. The “Heroes” star, nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a drama, wonders if it’s finally time for some new wheels now that the NBC hit is heading into season two. The young actor says landing a key role on a hit show still feels a bit surreal. last_img

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first_imgThe community of Carndonagh has been plunged into utter shock this morning, following the double-murder of a couple in their 70’s.Gardaí made the grim discovery this morning, shortly after 9am.Gardaí found the husband and wife lying dead in their own homes. A man in his 40’s has been arrested in connection with the incident, and is currently being detained at Buncrana Garda Station.Detectives are currently preserving the scene, and are waiting for forensic experts to arrive to carry out their investigations into the deaths of the pensioners.The sleepy village of Carndonagh are struggling to come to terms with the shocking news.Simply click play on the video above, to get the reaction from the scene of the incident. DDTV: LOCAL COMMUNITY STUNNED AT DOUBLE-MURDER IN CARNDONAGH was last modified: October 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CarndonaghDDTV: FeaturesDEATHSDouble-murdernewsReactionlast_img read more


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first_imgLos Angeles city and county are losing out on hundreds of millions of dollars that could be used to aid the region’s mentally ill homeless, officials said Friday. The money involves federal disability payments homeless people aren’t receiving, as well as a tax on millionaires for mental health services that generates about $600 million a year statewide but only $89 million for the county. Councilman Bill Rosendahl said the city and county should be getting double to triple the $38 million designated for mentally ill homeless people provided annually by the Mental Health Services Act, or Proposition 63, which voters approved in 2004. “For the first time we’re hearing about hundreds of millions of dollars in SSI benefits that are sitting on the table in Washington that could be used for supportive, assisted therapeutic housing for people who have mental illnesses,” Rosendahl said. The steps to find additional funds for the homeless come as Southard’s department is facing a $50 million shortfall next fiscal year, which officials say will probably require some cuts in mental health services. Under Prop. 63 rules, funds from the tax can be spent only on services to help the mentally ill, and cannot be used to backfill budget shortfalls in county mental health agencies. At the hearing, Victor Geminiani, executive director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, said he’d like to see the county set up a partnership with nonprofit organizations to help increase the rate of successful applications or appeals of homeless people eligible for federal disability benefits. The county currently provides 65,000 disabled and homeless people with a monthly general relief check of $221. In the last three years, an average of 4,199 of these people applied for SSI benefits while only 2,170 were approved on an application and 795 were approved at the hearing stage. By paying nonprofit organizations a contingency fee to help more people qualify for SSI benefits, Geminiani said thousands of homeless people could obtain at least $812 a month, which they could use for affordable housing. This would save the county $2,652 annually for each general relief recipient converted to SSI, freeing up additional funds to help the homeless. “This is a no-brainer,” Rosendahl said. “We are looking at hundreds of millions of additional dollars to deal with the homeless problem in a dramatic way. Everybody wins in a situation like this and the federal government will finally have to give L.A. its fair share of its tax dollars.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“And out of Sacramento … if we can get that formula changed to truly reflect our needs we will have a huge victory and frankly be able to set up a real program that shows how we can eliminate homelessness.” County Department of Mental Health Director Marvin Southar said the 1 percent tax on incomes of more than $1 million has in the last two years generated $1 billion more than originally expected, further boosting the amount of funds the city and county could be getting. The Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness directed staff to explore what could be done to change the statewide formula on Friday. The panel also agreed to work with Southard and legal aid groups to help homeless people apply for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Supplemental Insurance Income benefits they qualify for but are not receiving. The moves to seek ways to obtain more funds to help the nation’s largest concentration of homeless people follow the release of a landmark three-year study in April that found the cost of solving the county’s homeless problem could cost $12 billion or more. In addition to the availability of some Proposition 63 funds for mentally ill homeless, Southard said some of the $2.8 billion targeted for housing in a $37 billion state bond package set to appear on the November ballot could be used for homeless housing. last_img read more


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first_imgMUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan – Desperate residents mobbed trucks carrying food and water in the capital of Pakistan’s portion of Kashmir. To the south, dozens of bodies lay by roadsides and residents appealed for heavy machinery to help remove debris. Four days after the quake that killed and injured tens of thousands, rescue efforts were giving way to relief to help those still hungry and homeless. Some roads to the stricken Himalayan region were reopening and trucks with aid from dozens of countries rumbled in to crumbled Kashmiri towns. President Gen. Pervez Musharraf sought to allay criticism, acknowledging in a nationally televised address that there had been initial delays in his government’s response, but saying the relief operation was now in full swing. “No country is ready for such a disaster,” Musharraf said. He said authorities initially had no idea of the breadth of the disaster, at first focusing on an apartment building in Islamabad that collapsed, burying dozens of people. “There was a delay in removing the debris, in pulling out bodies, in shifting the injured, in providing treatment,” Musharraf said. Now aircraft are flying missions and the Pakistani military has mobilized troops for relief work, he said. At least two dozen aftershocks have hit since the initial quake, including a 5.6-magnitude temblor this morning that emphasized the urgency of rescue efforts. The 7.6-magnitude quake Saturday demolished whole towns, mostly in Kashmir, divided by a cease-fire line between Indian and Pakistani territories. The death toll was believed to be more than 35,000, with tens of thousands injured. U.S., Pakistani, German and Afghan helicopters delivered tents, blankets and medical equipment and brought back dozens of badly injured people on each return flight. The choppers flew in clear skies after stormy weather forced the suspension of flights Tuesday. “The problem we are seeing right now is that there’s so many injured Pakistanis, we just can’t take back everyone. We are limited for space,” U.S. military spokesman Col. James Yonts said at a base near Islamabad. At a landing zone in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan’s portion of Kashmir, doctors selected only the most severely injured for evacuation. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Islamabad, where Pakistani leaders appealed for tents, water, blankets and clearing equipment. “We will be with you in your hour of need. We will be with you not just today but also tomorrow,” Rice said at a news conference with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. Aziz said small aircraft were able to land at the airport in Muzaffarabad, but C-130 transport planes still were only able to airdrop equipment and supplies. The United Nations estimated that some 4 million people were affected, including 2 million who lost homes, and warned that measles, cholera and other diseases could break out. Some 50,000 Pakistani troops joined the relief effort. Washington has pledged $50 million in relief aid to Pakistan, a key ally in its fight against terrorism. On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced an additional $17.5 million, on top of $3.5 million already promised. The World Bank said it would double its initial commitment of aid to Pakistan to $40 million and said the long-term amount could run to hundreds of millions of dollars. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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