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first_imgReport: Sammy still West Indies T20 captain PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): West Indies selectors have retained T20 captain Darren Sammy for the upcoming International Cricket Council World T20 tournament, according to reports in the Trinidad and Tobago media. The reports come amid speculation that selectors may have replaced Sammy with ODI captain Jason Holder for the premier tournament scheduled for India in March. The Guardian newspaper reported on Monday that selectors opted for experience going into the T20 World Cup but the report contained no official confirmation from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Sammy, an all-rounder from St. Lucia, has presided over West Indies rise to number one in the ICC rankings. He led the team that won the title in 2012 in Sri Lanka and reached the semi-finals in 2014 in Bangladesh. Bravo happy with role in Red Force title win PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): West Indies middle order batsman Darren Bravo says he is pleased with the role he played that inspired Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to retain their NAGICO Super50 title on Saturday. Bravo missed his century on three occasions, but his prolific batting propelled Red Force into the finals where they dominated Barbados Pride with a one-sided 72 run win to remain champions. “It’s a good feeling. Obviously, when you contribute to a winning cause, it’s always a good feeling. And I’m always happy about that,” said Bravo, who returned to Red Force’s lineup towards the end of the competition after the West Indies tour of Australia. “It’s just a matter of continuing believing in myself. At the end of the day, I put in a lot of work so it’s always good to know that whenever you go out there, and you get that opportunity, it’s good to know that you’re reaping the rewards”. Coach hails Grenada’s new stadium ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC): Former American track athlete and now Coach to Kirani James, Harvey Glance, has described Grenada’s new Chinese built athletic and football stadium as ‘mind blowing’. The US$40 million stadium, with a seating capacity of nearly 8,000, was declared open amid much pomp and pageantry in an official ceremony carried live on national television on Saturday. The new facility replaces the original athletics stadium which was destroyed when Hurricane Ivan ravaged the country in 2004. “This is my first time seeing the stadium in its full capacity not only crowd wise but also building wise because I came down to recruit Kirani when he was 16 and a half years old and the stadium had been hit by the hurricane,” said Glance. “So I am truly, truly impressed with what the Chinese people have done”. Glance attended the opening alongside James who was invited to perform the ceremonial lighting of the torch.last_img

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January 20, 2020 | by

Furutani wins most votes in 55th Assembly race

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“It’s a real advantage to be able to run again and get a second chance,” Furutani said after his victory speech Tuesday night. “I hope the voters realize I’m gonna bring some experience and understanding to the position.”Furutani spoke in Lakewood before a large labor crowd, which included Maria Elena Durazo, the secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.“We worked very hard for Warren Furutani,” said Omah Kirby, a Los Angeles janitor with Service Employees International Union Local 1877, who walked precincts as part of an independent expenditure campaign.“We put in a lot.”Furutani accepted congratulations by phone from Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, and numerous Assembly members were on hand at his victory party at the union hall for Laborers and Plasterers Local 507. This time, experience won.Warren Furutani, who lost his bid for the 55th Assembly seat last year, won on his second try Tuesday as he defeated newcomer Mike Gipson, a Carson councilman.Furutani, a Los Angeles community college district trustee, captured 49.2 percent of the vote to Gipson’s 38.4 percentTurnout was low in the Carson-to-Long Beach district. Furutani said he is interested in seeking a post in the Assembly leadership, but first he will have to formally win the seat in a Feb. 5 general election against two minor-party candidates. Had he collected more than 50 percent of the vote, Furutani would have won the seat outright and been sworn in as soon as the election tally was declared official.Trailing Furutani and Gipson in the voting were Libertarian Herb Peters with 5.8 percent, American Independent Charlotte Gibson with 3.9 percent and Democrat Mervin Evans with 2.7 percent. No Republican candidates were on the ballot.The primary campaign pitted Furutani’s experience against Gipson’s fresh face, as both sought to serve out the term of Laura Richardson, who was elected to Congress last summer. Richardson beat Furutani for the Assembly seat last year, and backed Gipson in his campaign.The two candidates unloaded thousands of negative mailers on each other in the final days. Gipson sent out a mailer depicting Furutani in a Stetson hat, and accusing him of supporting the interests of tobacco companies.Furutani sent out a mailer with Gipson’s picture on the side of a nuclear power reactor, in an effort to link him to energy companies that had contributed to his campaign.“Basically they’re trying to define me, and I’m defining him,” Furutani said. “You gotta put a shot across their bow, too.”In the days leading up to the vote, independent expenditure groups poured money into Gipson’s campaign, funding mailers, door hangers, phone banks and a get-out-the-vote effort.Alliance for California’s Tomorrow – a group whose donors include various corporate interests – spent $235,000 trying to elect Gipson, more than Gipson raised in direct contributions. About $115,000 of that was spent in the last week of the race.Minorities in Law Enforcement also spent $13,800 supporting Gipson’s campaign.Furutani was the beneficiary of $251,000 in independent spending, most of it from the Service Employees International Union. Equality California, group that advocates for gay marriage, also sent out a mailer supporting Furutani.The state Democratic Party also contributed about $61,000 directly to Furutani’s campaign, expanding Furutani’s wide fundraising advantage.Furutani had the support of most of the area’s lawmakers, while Gipson drew on his support from Richardson and the Legislative Black Caucus.But Gipson suffered a blow when the chair of the caucus, Mervyn Dymally, endorsed Furutani. Dymally was introduced Tuesday night to the theme from “The Godfather.”“This victory is historic, it put an end to race politics,” Dymally said. “I’m a happy man.”ELECTION RESULTS 229 of 229 precinctsVotesPct. Warren Furutani (Dem)8,62049.2% Mike Gipson (Dem)6,72738.4% Herb Peters (Lib)1,0075.8% Charlotte Gibson (AI)6763.9% Mervin Evans (Dem)4772.7% 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! read more

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December 29, 2019 | by

Rush Holt to Leave Congress

first_imgOne of two physicists in the U.S. House of Representatives announced today that he is retiring at the end of the year.Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ), a plasma physicist, didn’t reveal why he has decided to leave Congress after eight terms, or what lies in his future. “This is not the time to discuss next steps in my career; that can come later,” said Holt, who was assistant director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory before coming to Washington in 1999.However, one science lobbyist who knows him well speculates that Holt, who was beaten badly in the Democratic primary last year for an open Senate seat, could still harbor statewide ambitions. “If you wanted to run for governor [in New Jersey in 2017], getting out of the House is probably a good idea,” says Mike Lubell, head of the Washington, D.C., office of the American Physical Society. “At least, that’s what I’d advise him if he asked me.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Holt was once part of a triumvirate of Ph.D. physicists in the House. But longtime Representative Vern Ehlers (R-MI) retired in 2010, and Representative Bill Foster (D-IL) returned to the House only last year after losing his one-term seat in 2010.Despite his background, Holt didn’t play a major role in science legislation, even when the Democrats were the majority party. Instead, he preferred to use his scientific training to inform his views on other major issues, notably banking and education. “He was one of the most thoughtful people in Congress,” Lubell says, “someone who could approach decision-making from a fact-based perspective rather than simply politics.” Toward that end, Holt has tried for several years to restore the tiny but well-regarded Office of Technology Assessment, which Republicans eliminated shortly after they seized control of the House in 1995.In his ill-fated primary attempt to defeat Cory Booker in a race to succeed the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, Holt billed himself read more

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December 3, 2019 | by