No regrets for Corpuz, Racal after giving it all in finale Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo paced San Miguel with 22 and eight rebounds while Charles Rhodes had a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double.Arwind Santos also had his double-double as he finished with 11 points and 10 boards while Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot had 15 and 14 points, respectively.Jameel McKay led Phoenix with 21 points and 16 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ June Mar Fajardo against Phoenix defenders. PBA IMAGESSan Miguel seems to have found the groove early in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after dumping Phoenix, 110-88, for its second straight win Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Beermen now possess a 2-0 card while the Fuel Masters slipped to 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte View comments After finishing the opening period with a slim 24-23 lead, San Miguel caught fire and started the second quarter on a 15-0 run capped by a Marcio Lassiter 3 to gain control of the game for good. Beermen head coach Leo Austria, who is often criticized for his players’ heavy minutes, had the opportunity to play his bench for much of the game, thanks to their early lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We need to have a good start so I can rotate the players properly,” said Austria. “The bench have been working hard in practice lately.”Bench players Keith Agovida and Rashawn McCarthy suited up in the early stages of the game while seldom-used big man Arnold Van Opstal got to close the match for the Beermen.
The left-handed Bravo, the region’s premier Test batsman with an average of 40 from 49 Tests, was sorely missed during the recent three-Test series against Pakistan which West Indies lost 2-1, to hand the visitors their first-ever win on Caribbean soil in nearly six decades. Only last October, he made a superb hundred and a half century in the opening Test against Pakistan in Dubai, nearly helping West Indies to avoid defeat. His replacement in the recent Test series – 20-year-old Shimron Hetmyer – proved inadequate managing a paltry 96 runs from six innings. West Indies are set to play three Tests away to England starting in August and Browne said his panel would continue to focus on players who were available. “We can just work with the people that we have now as a selection panel and if and when Darren decides to come back, we will look at that,” the former Test wicketkeeper said. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): With the critical tour of England looming, chief selector Courtney Browne has said there is still no timetable for Darren Bravo’s return to the West Indies side. In fact, Browne told the Massy United Insurance Line and Length TV show that the responsibility was now on the 28-year Trinidadian to indicate his availability, with a solution to the impasse already on the table. “I’m not sure [when he will be available for selection again], as I have said many times,” Browne said. “There was some agreement between both parties (the West Indies Cricket Board [WICB] and Bravo), but I think the ball really is in Darren’s court now to determine that (availability).” Bravo and the WICB have been locked in an impasse ever since the player was sent home ahead of the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe last November for a controversial tweet in which he labelled WICB president Dave Cameron “a big idiot”. Last month, newly appointed WICB chief executive Johnny Grave said a deal had been struck with Bravo’s representatives, but that move stalled because of legal action the player initiated against the board. “I thought everything was agreed with his legal advisers,” the Englishman said recently. “We didn’t want this to play out publicly but yes, it is true, his attorney is asking for damages, and West Indies supporters deserve an explanation as to why he is not in the [West Indies] squad.” However, a week later, Bravo’s lawyers refuted Grave’s assertion, contending no agreement had been reached while stressing that the player remained committed to playing for West Indie, but “in an environment of mutual trust, confidence, and respect.” SORELY MISSED
Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake Dewey and Jimmy are not alone: Over the past six years, participation in youth baseball has been on the rise.While no one is saying the erstwhile national pastime is returning to its glory years, Major League Baseball is encouraged that kids are returning to baseball and sticking with it. Between 2013 and 2018, the number of U.S. kids playing baseball and softball combined increased by nearly 3 million, according to annual surveys by the Sports Fitness & Industry Association. During that same period, participation in soccer and football declined and basketball increased only slightly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“The increase in baseball participation is real, there’s no question about it, and it’s substantial. It’s statistically significant without a doubt,” said Tom Cove, president and CEO of the SFIA.More than 25 million kids played baseball or softball in 2018, and nearly 15 million of those were “core” players who played 13 or more times in a year. The number of participants in youth football — including tackle, touch and flag — was down by nearly 1.7 million over the same stretch, and soccer participation dropped by nearly 900,000. Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ Nadal, Federer, Djokovic remain ones to beat at US Open It’s clear, too, that some parents are looking at baseball as a safer option than football, given research that shows the vulnerability of younger players to brain injuries.“That’s definitely part of the appeal,” said Emily Cichy, who has two boys who played in Capitol Hill Little League before the family moved to Seattle. “Although both soccer and baseball have their own concerns, we are not interested in our kids playing football. If they really expressed an interest, we’d have a conversation about it.”Baseball participation has also benefited from the growth of travel ball, said Tony Reagins, who leads MLB’s development group for baseball and softball. But travel ball is much more expensive and time-consuming than Little League or other recreational leagues, and there is concern about baseball becoming a niche sport for wealthier families that can afford to put their kids in travel programs and pay for private coaching.“I would be naive to say the cost of playing in a travel ball program is not insignificant. There is a cost associated with that,” Reagins said. “We need to continue to create programs that eliminate the cost factor.”The increase in participation correlates with several youth baseball programs MLB has launched or sponsored in recent years. For the Play Ball program, MLB joined with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to introduce kids to the sport. Another initiative, Fun At Bat, from MLB and USA Baseball, provides free baseball gear to physical education classes to help kids learn basic skills. Fun At Bat could reach up to 3 million kids in the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom during the upcoming school year, according to MLB.MLB also has the long-running RBI program, which stands for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities. It has more than 175,000 participants in 217 leagues in underserved communities.Whether these efforts can turn kids into devoted baseball players will be a factor in the sustainability of youth baseball’s growth.“To be a baseball player you have to be on a team, have to be in a league. The big question about these numbers in baseball is how are they going to translate this new interest, this new exposure, to sustainable leagues,” Cove said. “If it’s too expensive, there’s clearly going to be an issue.”Fox said Capitol Hill Little League, based in a wealthy urban neighborhood, is not as diverse as it should be. The league uses fields belonging to neighborhood schools that only supply a handful of players.“We need to work harder at reaching out to more minority families and more families that need a little bit of help paying the registration,” he said. “We will never turn a child away from playing. We have money to use for scholarships. What we need to do is make sure the community knows money is no object. If you want to play baseball, you can play baseball.” LATEST STORIES WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery According to the Aspen Institute, which promotes youth sports participation and uses SFIA data, 13.6% of kids ages 6-12 played baseball in 2018, a 3% increase from 2015. Baseball was the second-most popular sport for kids in that age group, after basketball, which had a 14.1% participation rate.The 2018 numbers were released this month as 11- and 12-year-old ballplayers gathered in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for their annual ESPN-televised showcase at the Little League World Series.David Fox coaches and his kids play in Washington’s Capitol Hill Little League, which didn’t even exist a decade ago. It was founded in 2011 and has grown from 120 players in its initial season to more than 640 baseball and softball players this spring.Fox said a well-run Little League with engaged parents can build loyalty to the sport.“My son’s group of friends are all baseball players, all kids he has ever played baseball with or continues to play baseball with, so I think the thing I love about Little League is it’s community-based. Everybody lives on Capitol Hill, goes to their local schools and lives within a few minutes’ drive,” Fox said. “Our circle of friends are the families I coach with, the parents we’ve played with for the last five or six years. We’ve vacationed with them, go to restaurants with them. We hang out.”ADVERTISEMENT David Fox, from left, with his sons Dewey and Jimmy put their hands together as they wrap up practicing baseball at a nearby baseball field in northeast Washington, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. David Fox and his wife, Mary Ann, have a rule for their sons, 11-year-old Dewey and 8-year-old Jimmy: They have to play a team sport. The kids get to choose which one. Dewey tried soccer and Jimmy had a go at flag football, but every spring and fall, their first choice is baseball. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON — David Fox and his wife, Mary Ann, have a rule for their sons, 11-year-old Dewey and 8-year-old Jimmy: They have to play a team sport. The kids get to choose which one. Dewey tried soccer and Jimmy had a go at flag football, but for them, nothing compares to baseball.“They always came back to baseball,” David Fox said. “Every spring or fall we ask, ‘Do you want to try something else?’ And they say, ‘No.’”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The Communities Ministry has been given the green-light to immediately start the construction of over 700 housing units across the country for low-income and State employees, a project that will see the Guyana Government expending billions of dollars.This was announced by Cabinet Secretary and Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Friday. He told reporters at a post-Cabinet press briefing that approval was given for some 758 units to be constructed in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Seven (Cuyuni-Some 700 housing units are expected to be constructed across the country within the next 12 monthsMazaruni) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).“These Units are going to be at the cost of $5 billion and is the first phase of a programme to develop low-cost housing, particularly targeting public sector employees, the youths and low-income earners,” Harmon explained.Some of these units will be duplexes and some town houses. This initial phase of the project, the Minister of State added, is expected to start almost immediately and is anticipated to be completed within the space of 12 months.“The important distinction which we want to make is that we are not just distributing house lots, we are building homes within communities for the citizens of this country,” he asserted.According to the Cabinet Secretary, over the next two years, Government will be rolling out more housing developments in several other communities within the country.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan is on record saying that over the next five years, Government intends to build approximately 4000 houses in cohesive communities to benefit more than 4000 families and approximately 16,000 persons.This move comes as Government attempts to expedite the processing of applications for house lots. In fact, Minister with responsibility for Housing, Valerie Sharpe-Patterson late last year explained that there was an issue with the availability of land in the country and that Government would be moving to begin the construction of apartment complexes by the first quarter of 2017.However, former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali had pointed out to this newspaper that Guyana has enough land across the country, but one of the problems was that persons did not want to relocate from places they grew up or live other locations where the lands are available.Moreover, Ali criticised the project, underscoring the importance of a needs assessment before implementing such a plan. “I don’t think that a proper study has been done in relation to the project, and the idea that we don’t have enough land is because the thinking of Government is concentrated in one area. If you put infrastructure and investment, you are going to open up new opportunities to develop new land. That is a lazy excuse for not continuing to expand the housing sector,” he had related to this publication.According to Ali, if such decisions are going to be made, then some study or analysis of the markets must be carried out.“First of all you need to ensure that people are inclined to go in this direction,” he argued. According to Ali, this new project will most definitely move away from what has been in existence for some time, including the Young Professional Scheme, which had allowed persons to even move to the construction of their own homes.
But the the Portuguese football federation (FPF) defended the Fenerbahce player, claiming there was nothing vulgar about the gesture.“He was passing on to teammate Bruno Alves the instructions being relayed by coach Paulo Bento,” said a FPF statement.Ro-NIL-do blastedMwenahile, Cristiano Ronaldo’s poor performance for Portugal in their 4-0 defeat to Germany at the World Cup won him few friends in the media as his German nightmare continued.Monday’s Group G drubbing was the fourth time in a row Ronaldo has lost to Germany after defeats at the 2006 World Cup, plus the 2008 and 2012 European championships.The 29-year-old World Player of the Year endured an afternoon to forget at Salvador’s Arena Fonte Nova where he was over-shadowed by Thomas Mueller’s hat-trick.Ronaldo’s fortunes were summed up when one of his trademark free-kicks cannoned off the German wall in the second-half leaving the Portugal captain with his head in his hands.He stormed through the mixed zone after the game refusing to answer reporters questions.“Until his free-kick, he didn’t really do anything,” said Germany right-back Jerome Boateng, who was marking Ronaldo.The world’s media were equally unimpressed.“CR kept himself well hidden,” judged Portuguese daily newspaper Publico, “A shadow of himself” summed up Spain’s El Mundo Deportivo.German daily Bild went with the headline: “Ron-NIL-do”, failing to hide their glee after he was unsuccessful in any of his five shots on goal.Portugal coach Paulo Bento was terse when asked about Ronaldo’s condition, both physically and mentally, after the match.“From a physical perspective, we can only say that he’s doing well,” said Bento after Ronaldo came into the Salvador game on the back of knee and thigh injuries.Boateng also revealed how the Germans dealt so effectively with the Real Madrid star.“The whole team worked together, with a player like that, he’ll always beat his man, so you have to make sure the next one is there, that was the key,” said the Bayern Munich defender.Portugal have injury concerns ahead of their next match against the USA on June 22 with striker Hugo Almeida and defender Fabio Coentrao both having suffered leg injuries.Bento will also be without centre-back Pepe, who is suspended after aiming a head-butt at Mueller in the first-half.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000RIO DE JANEIRO, June 17- Portugal denied midfielder Raul Meireles gave a World Cup referee the finger in his side’s stormy 4-0 defeat to Germany, insisting that he was merely gesturing a tactical switch.Pictures on social media show Meireles, who sports a distinctive Mohawk hairstyle, raising the third finger on both hands to referee Milorad Mazic who had sent off Real Madrid defender Pepe.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – FSJ Dance Society is hosting their 20th Annual Ladies Day Out fundraiser at North Peace Secondary School December 1st and 2nd from 10 am – 4 pm.The Fundraiser has supported dancers in the North Peace area for the past 20 years by way of costuming, competitions and bringing choreographers to FSJ for Workshops. This event is one of the larger Fundraisers hosted by the Dance Society raising $20,000 for the year.Ladies Day Out started as a craft fair with 20 tables and has grown to be a two-day event, with 90 tables and the largest home-based business, small business and local artisan fair in the Peace region, approximately 4000 people view the event- Advertisement -The fair features a wide range of items for purchase, from clothing, home decor, jewellery, art, children items. There is something for everybody and lots of items on site to purchase directly from the vendors.There is a three dollar admission fee, each paid admission is entered into a draw for a door prize from one of the 90 vendors. The fair is also collecting non-perishable items for the Woman’s Resource Society and each food item donated gets an additional entry into the door prize draw.Weather is expected to cooperate, parking can be a bit tricky so make sure to come early, grab your friends and come to see what is available to purchase for your holiday season list.Advertisement To view the FB Page CLICK HERE
Footballer Adam Johnson has been charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming.The 27-year-old Sunderland winger attended a police station to answer his bail, where he was charged, Durham Police said.He was initially arrested on Monday March 2, and will appear at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court in County Durham next month.The winger, who has played 12 times for England, was initially suspended and then reinstated by his club after being arrested at his mansion in leafy Castle Eden, County Durham.Born in Sunderland, Johnson began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City and then Sunderland for £10 million in 2012.After his bail was previously extended by police, the decision was taken to allow him to return to play for Sunderland while the investigation continued.Gerry Wareham, CPS Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North East, said he believed there was a realistic prospect of conviction and it was in the public interest for him to be charged.“Following an investigation by Durham Police, I have today authorised police to charge Adam Johnson, aged 27, with four offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The offences are alleged to have been committed on one girl aged 15 at the time,” he said.“Adam Johnson was arrested on 2 March this year.“We have reviewed the available evidence in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and concluded that there is a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to charge Adam Johnson with one offence of meeting a child following sexual grooming, contrary to Section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and three offences of sexual activity with a child, contrary to Section 9 of the Sexual Offence Act 2003. The alleged offences date from 30 December 2014 to 26 February 2015.“Durham Police have charged the defendant accordingly and he is due to appear before Peterlee Magistrates on 20 May.“May I remind all concerned that the defendant has a right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.“I would also remind people that the complainant in this case is entitled to lifelong anonymity under the law. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further.” 1 Adam Johnson in action for Sunderland
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLUMBUS, Ohio – A judge ordered Ohio’s county elections boards Thursday to preserve ballots from the 2004 presidential election – a move activists hope will help prove allegations of fraud. Federal law requires the counties to keep the ballots for 22 months after the election, which was this week. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by plaintiffs ranging from the Ohio Voter Rights Alliance for Democracy to the head of a Columbus neighborhood association that accuses Secretary of State Ken Blackwell of depriving many blacks of the right to vote in 2004 by distributing fewer voting machines per person in black neighborhoods.
KILCAR BOOKED a place in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Donegal SFC thanks to a seven-point win over Bundoran.Kilcar 1-20 Bundoran 1-13Ryan McHugh scored the first half goal as Kilcar led by eight points at half-time. Paul Brennan was sent off after a second bookable offence, but Jamie Brennan struck a goal for the hosts to give the hosts something of a glimmer of hope.Kilcar, though, were able to see the game out with relative ease.Early points by Patrick McBrearty and Matthew McClean gave Kilcar an early advantage and they ticked along through Eoin McHugh, Conor Doherty, Andrew McClean and Matthew McClean.The goal came when Ryan McHugh took a pass from Conor Doherty and McHugh riffled home past Conor Carty. Bundoran tacked on a few points, but Kilcar led 1-11 to 0-5 at half-time.Paul Brennan was given his second yellow card in the 43rd minute and it felt as if it was going to be a long remainder for the home side.However, Jamie Brennan surged in for a goal and the deficit, suddenly, was down to four.Stephen McBrearty and Patrick McBrearty dampened the expectations of the natives and Kilcar closed out comfortable victors.Bundoran: Conor Carty; Matthew Duffy, Paul Murphy, Adam Gallagher; Johnny Boyle, Shane McGowan, Oisin Walsh; Michael McEniff, Paul Brennan; Tommy Hourihane (0-1,1f), Alan Russell, Diarmuid McCaughey; Brian McHenry, Jamie Brennan (1-2), Gary Clancy (0-10, 9f). Sub: Matthew Ward for McHenry (39). Kilcar: Eamonn McGinley; Barry McGinley, Conor McShane, Pauric Carr; Ryan McHugh (1-2), Pauric McShane, Brian O’Donnell; Mark McHugh (0-2,1f), Stephen McBrearty (0-2); Andrew McClean (0-1), Conor Doherty (0-2), Eoin McHugh (0-1); Matthew McClean (0-3), Patrick McBrearty (0-7, 6f), Mark Sweeney. Sub: Odhran Doogan for Sweeney.Referee: Mark Dorrian (Gaeil Fhánada)Kilcar seal quarter-final spot with win in Bundoran was last modified: September 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:2019 Donegal SFCbundoranEoin McHughJamie BrennankilcarPaul BrennanRyan McHugh
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Similar efforts have been mounted in the past – and have fallen short – and all three proposals next year are likely to attract intense lobbying, predicted San Jose State political scientist Larry Gerston. The tobacco industry aggressively protects its interests, he noted, and some Democratic and Republican lawmakers have libertarian leanings and instinctively reject so-called “nanny government.” Opponents, led by tobacco interests, spent more than $80 million to narrowly defeat Proposition 86, a cigarette tax for health care, last month. And they spent nearly $1 million on Sacramento lobbying last year, when lawmakers eventually rejected an attempt to bar smoking in cars with children age 6 or younger. The year before, an effort to bar smoking on beaches controlled by the state parks department – such as Santa Cruz’s Natural Bridges and Lighthouse Field – died in the Legislature. “Any time you have a big interest whose well-being is threatened, they can gear up very well and toss around the money and lobbyists very well,” Gerston said. “I’m not going to say it’s impossible, but anytime you’re treading on the income stream of huge interests, they will fight all they can.” A former high school health teacher, Torlakson said he knows his bill is a long-shot – even though it’s a lower tax than Proposition 86 and would pay for two appealing health care programs. Because the governor and lawmakers all say they want to improve health care this year, “it could come together,” Torlakson said. “I’m not saying I’m wildly optimistic.” A month after voters rejected a ballot initiative to raise tobacco taxes, California lawmakers are shrugging off long odds against them and proposing new costs for Californians to light up and curbs on where they’re allowed to puff. At least three smoking-related bills have been introduced in the Legislature so far. One bill that could attract attention during the so-called year of health care would raise cigarette taxes by $1.90 a pack to generate almost $2billion for children’s health care and smoking-cessation programs. Two other measures seek to limit the effects of secondhand smoke on non-smokers. They would impose a fine of up to $100 on anyone who smokes in a cars with children under the age of 18, including on private property. The third would make it illegal to smoke in state parks or on state beaches, where discarded cigarette butts can befoul the sand and water. “We can do more to stop smoking, to save lives and end suffering,” said Sen. Tom Torlakson, the Concord Democrat who proposes to raise the tobacco tax with SB 24. “We can do more to save billions that are going down the drain in health care costs.” That’s because it takes two-thirds support, and a handful of GOP votes, to raise taxes. Most legislative Republicans consider a pro-tax vote heresy. “I feel like we always rush to do a tax on something to pay for something else,” said Assembly Republican Leader Mike Villines of Clovis. “I understand their desire to include that in the debate, but I don’t see a tax going through the legislature this year” as part of a health-care plan. Sen. Jenny Oropeza, D-Redondo Beach, is more optimistic about her bills’ chances. She’s carrying the measures to limit smoking in cars with kids and in parks and beaches controlled by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. A liver cancer survivor, Oropeza said she is particularly concerned about children being exposed to carcinogens in cigarette smoke. Recent medical studies have shown that children are more susceptible to secondhand smoke than adults. They can suffer long-term health problems such as lung cancer and more immediate ailments including bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma. A more narrow measure – affecting children up to age 6, rather than 18 – failed final passage by four votes in the Assembly in the final hours of the 2005 legislative session. Many moderate Democrats abstained or voted no along with nearly every Republican. With more time to build support, “I think this will be supported by my colleagues because I think it’s supported by the public,” Oropeza said of SB 7. “I don’t think the tobacco industry will really fight this. This is about kids and a vulnerable age of their lung development.” The bill is also an homage to former Assemblyman Marco Antonio Firebaugh, who first tried a similar measure in 2004. Firebaugh died in March, of influenza and liver failure, at age 39. Oropeza also hopes to make smoking in state parks and beaches punishable by a fine of up to $250 through SB 4. More than 300,000 cigarette butts were collected along California’s thousand-mile coastline during the 2003 Coastal Cleanup Day. Several cities, including Santa Monica, Malibu and Solano Beach, have made their sands do-not-puff zones. Calabasas has barred smoking in all public areas, including parks. In the Bay Area, Dublin has deemed secondhand smoke a nuisance, potentially allowing lawsuits over secondhand smoke exposure. Belmont city officials are in the final stages of drafting a ban on smoking in public places. Ned Roscoe, who ran as the “smokers’ candidate” in the 2003 recall election, said it’s a no-brainer to protect kids from smoke and leave beaches and parks pristine. But the ways to improve smokers’ behavior are through personal responsibility and peer pressure, he says, not more laws. firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 441-4602 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!