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Shaq on his Hollywood plans: ‘I want to be the next Rock’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. AP: Have you ever talked to Kyrie Irving about his flat Earth beliefs ?O’Neal: No, because I said it too. But I was playing.AP: You were in make-up for four hours a day for “Uncle Drew.” How did you pass the time?O’Neal: Sleep. When I woke up, it still wasn’t done.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown AP: That’s a shame. I’d love to see you and Charles Barkley play one-on-one.O’Neal: Yeah, Charles would lose.AP: Your post-NBA career has been uncommonly busy. Why?O’Neal: Seventy percent of all professional athletes have nothing, not even a job, after they’re done. The fact that I couldn’t even call a franchise to get an interview to be a coach frightened me. So nothing was simple. Educate yourself, be nice to people and save your money. If you do that, you should be OK.AP: You have numerous TV shows and films in development. What are your Hollywood aspirations?O’Neal: I want to be as big as Rock.AP: Dwayne Johnson is the biggest movie star on the planet. That’s setting a high bar.O’Neal: We come from the same place: athletes that transition. That’s my goal. I want similar type movies. I want to get thrillers. I want to get dramas. I want to do comedies. I want to be the next Rock. I want to do a thriller where I’m like a hero and beat up all the bad guys.AP: It’s been 24 years since your big-screen debut, “Blue Chips.” Do you feel like a veteran actor?O’Neal: Well, I have shot 15 movies. I always tell my friends I shot 15 movies but they say, “Yeah, but if you play Shaq in nine of the movies, that’s not really acting.” I say, “You make a good point.” I’m just happy to have the opportunity. View comments Kyrgios fined for inappropriate behavior at Queen’s Club But post-NBA life has been far more successful for the four-time NBA champion. He’s an analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” a popular pitchman and an active entrepreneur and investor. He has dabbled in everything from professional wrestling to law enforcement. He’s even a voice setting on the Waze navigation app. This summer he will tour under the name DJ Diesel.“Uncle Drew” is just one of the projects that the 46-year-old O’Neal has going. Among his favorites is a TBS show he’s developing with Ken Jeong. Comparing their chemistry to Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, O’Neal says it will be “‘Seinfeld”-epic-ish.”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 crownIn an interview, O’Neal spoke about his big plans in Hollywood, why the NBA has gotten soft and where he hopes LeBron James lands this off-season.AP: What do you miss about playing in the NBA? This image released by Lionsgate shows Shaquille O’Neal as Big Fella in a scene from the film, “Uncle Drew.” (Quantrell Colbert/Lionsgate via AP)NEW YORK — Shaquille O’Neal is already known by many names. Superman. The Diesel. The Big Aristotle. But he would like to add another to the list: Movie Star.In “Uncle Drew,” which opens Friday, he plays one of the former basketball stars (all of them real pros under heavy old-man makeup) reunited by Kyrie Irving’s titular character (first created for a TV ad) to compete in a street-ball tournament at Harlem’s Rucker Park. Shaq’s character, known as Big Fella, is found running a martial arts dojo.ADVERTISEMENT O’Neal: I miss all of it. I miss interacting with the fans. I miss having the unexpected adrenaline rush, the doubts, the fear, overcoming the fear. I miss everything.AP: Do you play anymore?O’Neal: No, not at all.AP: How come?O’Neal: I ain’t got it. Right now, I’m relinquishing all my powers to my son who’s going to UCLA .ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial AP: Favorite movie?O’Neal: Oh, “Stepbrothers.” All day, every day. I know that movie by heart.AP: What else do you like?O’Neal: I just got done watching “Justice League.” I thought it was pretty good. But they held Superman out too long.AP: In vogue in today’s NBA are big men who can shoot from the perimeter . Could you have developed a three-point game?O’Neal: No, I would have played the same way. Because you can’t score 40 points a night shooting jumpers. Nobody has, nobody will. But you can score 40 points a night shooting 60, 70 percent inside the paint. The fact that guys are shooting jumpers, that’s just telling me they don’t like physical contact. Shooting jumpers is easy. Anybody can shoot a jumper. But can you bang a guy four of five times and then still have enough to score two points for your team?AP: You think the league has gotten soft.O’Neal: Of course.AP: The Lakers are rumored to be a likely landing spot for LeBron James. Do you want that to happen?O’Neal: I just want the Lakers to be like they were back in the day. I want somebody that can beat Golden State. Golden State has turned into madness. The thing that would make me very excited is if LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard came to the Lakers. Then you’d have problems in the West. Then basketball would be fun again. 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Fury sets up Wilder fight after winning 2nd comeback bout

first_imgAfter being awarded the win, Fury paraded in the ring with Wilder’s WBC belt.“I think it was a calculated boxing performance,” Fury said. “We came here to get the rounds in with a tough man, quite durable. We were happy with the performance. I thought that was a step-up and a better boxing display. It’s no secret that I need the rounds.”Wilder, who is 40-0 with 39 knockouts, has been in Northern Ireland for the last few days and on a charm offensive with fans and the British media.His team had been negotiating to fight WBA, WBO and IBF champion Anthony Joshua but talks fell through.“I can’t wait to fight you because I am going to knock you out,” Wilder said to Fury. “You are going to feel the experience of being knocked out by the Bronze Bomber.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fury, the former world heavyweight champion, cleared the way for a fight with Wilder, the current WBC titleholder, by winning the second bout of his comeback on Saturday.Wilder was ringside at Windsor Park in Belfast to see Fury taken the full 10 rounds by Italian journeyman Francesco Pianeta before being awarded the victory on points, 100-90.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Wilder then entered the ring and said: “We are ready now. This fight will happen. It is on. This fight is official. It’s on. It’s the best fighting the best.”Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, who was standing near the two fighters in the ring, said an announcement will be made next week. Djokovic into Cincinnati final, Federer in his way again 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Tyson Fury, left, and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder face each other saturday, after Tyson Fury beat Francesco Pianeta during their Heavyweight fight, at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday Aug. 18, 2018. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Tyson Fury says he has signed the contract. Deontay Wilder said the fight is “official.”All it needs now is a time and a place.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “They called, I answered. I said send me a contract, they sent me a contract. I said yes and now he gets a chance to fight the lineal champion of the world,” said Fury, who now has a 27-0 record. “One thing I promise in Las Vegas is that I am knocking you out.”After shocking the boxing world by beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to become WBA, IBF and WBO champion, Fury was out of the ring for 2 1/2 years because of mental health and drug problems. He regained his boxing license in January after accepting a backdated two-year doping ban the previous month for elevated levels of nandrolone in urine samples.The first fight of his return was an almost comical bout against Albanian cruiserweight Sefer Seferi in June, which ended after the fourth round when Fury’s opponent quit.Pianeta offered better but still limited opposition and didn’t have the power to worry Fury, who was light on his feet and showed good movement and reflexes. Fury took this fight more seriously but still showboated at times, like in the first round when he held onto the rope with one hand and aimed punches with the other.His ringwalk was to the song “Sweet Home Alabama.” Wilder was born in Alabama.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View commentslast_img read more

Ricks Institute Reopens March 2

first_imgRicks Institute Principal and Chief Administrative Officer, the Rev. Dr. Olu Q. Menjay, says his administration is pleased to announce the resumption of school since its official closure during the 2013-2014 academic year due to the Ebola outbreak.The outbreak led to the closure of all schools in the country by the government.“While students and staff at Ricks are excited about the reopening of the school, the Ricks administration has been putting measures in place for the continuous fight against the deadly EVD during the school year and beyond,” Dr. Menjay told the Observer Education Desk.Ricks boarding students, he said, are scheduled to arrive on campus on March 1 and classes will resume on March 2. “No student will be allowed on campus after 5:30 p.m. Due to the Ebola menace, all students will be medically screened,” said Rev. Menjay. Meanwhile, each student has been advised to bring a gallon of chloride as well as his or her own bottle and hand sanitizer on campus. At the same time, Ricks has adjusted its school uniform policy while strengthening Ebola prevention measures.“All Ricks Institute students are required to wear blue jeans/ long skirt and long sleeve, buttoned down solid color shirts.  There will be no skinny jeans and stripy shirts,” Dr. Menjay declared.Also, dark colored tennis   shoes and black or brown belts    will be accepted as part of the uniform. Solid white or maroon shirts are reserved for 12th graders.Meanwhile, all teachers and administrative staff are required to wear long sleeve shirts and trousers or skirts as part of the Ebola preventive measures. “The temperature of students in the dorms will be tested twice a day, while commuting or day students will be tested prior to entering campus each morning. Teachers and other staff are required to undergo temperature tests,” the new policy states.According to Dr. Menjay, the   decision to adjust its uniform policy was the administration’s way of remaining sensitive and proactive in the collective fight against the deadly Ebola virus. “Since blue jeans are easily accessible or owned by students, parents do not need to worry about securing extra money to purchase blue jeans.”Ricks Institute, a grade school from K to 12 Grade, is a learning and faith community of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Inc. (LBMEC).HistoryRicks Institute, formerly called “Zodokai Mission,” began through the generous contribution of Mr. Moses U. Ricks, a Liberian Baptist farmer from Clay Ashland, Liberia. Mr. Ricks donated the highest amount of US$500 which was used to purchase the property where the institution is currently located, about 1000 plus acres of land. The campus is located in the beautiful and scenic area of Virginia, about 16 miles east of Monrovia, Liberia’s capital. The Ricks campus has limitless space for expansion. Designed as a co-educational residential campus, the school’s boarding facilities have the capacity, once in full operation, of hosting about 620 students as well as housing for staff and faculties. Ricks academic level runs from kindergarten through Grade 12th.Since academic year 2007-2008, Ricks Institute restarted both the boarding school and the day school (with students from the nearby community and villages.) The school attracts students from all over Liberia and beyond. The school, in 2010, reopened its elementary boy’s dormitory.According to Dr. Menjay, the school has renovated and subsequently reopened its elementary girls’ dormitory.  “As Ricks aims to resurrect from the ashes of destruction, looting, bloodshed and pains, it is in desperate need of financial assistance” since the civil war that ravaged its facilities.“We believe that Ricks Institute, although scarred by immense struggles, has again under our administration, become a beacon of realized hope and possibilities for Liberia through providing holistic educational opportunities for young lives, which in turn will provide future [service] to Liberia and the society beyond.”Meanwhile, many other schools in and around Monrovia, including faith-based and privately-owned as well as government-run institutions are gradually reopening their doors for academic activities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tubman and Lee Kuan Yew: How Did the Asian Tiger Get So Far Past…

first_imgHow people can be so similar and yet so different!  We refer today to Liberia’s 19th President, William V.S. Tubman, and Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.He was Prime Minister when Singapore achieved self-government from Britain in 1959.      Lee Kuan Yew, who died on Monday at 91, was, like Tubman, a charismatic leader.  Like Tubman, too, Lee was an authoritarian, who did not allow too much freedom of expression or of the press.  Lee ascended to leadership in 1959 just as Tubman was about to end his third term as President (1959).   Also like Tubman, Lee initially led a largely impoverished, illiterate country.   But that is where the similarities stopped!Unlike Liberia, Singapore has no natural resources, except the strategic Strait of Singapore through which ships pass to important world markets.  Singapore has no diamond, gold, iron ore and very little land.  It is only an island city-state in Southeast Asia with about 5.2 million people; yet they live and work within only 700 square kilometres (270 sq mi), making her the world’s third most-densely populated country . The entire island functions as a single metropolitan area.  Liberia, on the other hand, is a far bigger and richer country.  Its coastline alone—350 miles along the great Atlantic—is far bigger than Singapore!  But more than that, Liberia has 43,000 square miles, which boasts millions of fertile green acreage on which anything can grow—fruits, rice, rubber—one of the world’s most valuable agricultural and industrial products—other tree crops, vegetables and livestock of all kinds.  Yet unlike Singapore, Liberia imports most of its food, including its staple, rice.  But unlike Tubman, who was apparently interested in political power for power’s own sake, Lee Kuan Yew used political power to transform Singapore from an impoverished and backward city state into a modern nation, one of the world’s financial centers, an industrial Mecca and one of the world’s richest nations, with a per capita income in 2013 of US$36,897.87! And Liberia, 55 years following 1959: is still one of the world’s poorest countries, its 4,000,000 people living on a dollar a day or roughly US$400 per year!  Just last week the United Nations announced Monrovia one of the world’s five poorest capitals!Yet, in the early 1960s under President Tubman, Liberia was one of the world’s fastest growing nations, far outpacing even Singapore and richly endowed, unlike Singapore, with diamond, gold, iron ore and vast swathes of green acreage.      Without Natural Resources, however, Lee turned an   impoverished city state into one of the world’s richest nations.  It has for several decades now been 100 percent literate and before the end of the 1990s achieved 100% computer literacy.   What happened to Liberia?  How did Lee Kuan Yew surpass Tubman as a leader, causing Singapore to be so rich, and Liberia, so abjectly poor?The answer lay in the CHARACTER of Lee Kuan Yew: he was TOALLY committed to Singapore and exerted ALL his energies to ensure her growth and development.  In this mission, he was ruthless: he warned his coworkers that if anyone were found cheating or stealing from the country, he or she would be ruthlessly dealt with, including imprisonment and paying back every cent.The result: Singapore became one of the four rich, successful Asian Tigers—the others, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea.  Hong Kong’s Chief Executive,  Leung Chun-Ying, said of Lee Kuan Yew: “He was a leader of integrity, tenacity, vision and drive,” adding that the former Prime Minister had “laid the most solid foundation possible for the impressive economic development, prosperity and social harmony that epitomizes Singapore today.”Can we say the same thing about Liberian leaders, from Tubman on up to the present?  What has been their attitude to development and to corruption?The answer lies in our abject failure as a nation state so richly endowed, yet so vastly poor, so near the bottom of the human development index.We hope that Lew Kuan Yew’s passing will signal a wake-up call for us all, especially our leaders to consider what Liberia could have been had we had Lee’s “integrity, vision and tenacity and drive.” It is not yet too late for us! But . . . Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senate Receives UCMJ Bill for AFL

first_imgThe Senate yesterday received for enactment into law a Bill titled “Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).” President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her letter dated July 25, informed the Senate plenary that the purpose of the Bill is to provide the legal framework for jurisdictional authority for dispensing justice and the right to due process within the AFL. The National Defense Act provides that, “All members of the AFL shall be subject to the UCMJ whether on duty or off duty;” and consistent with the National Defense Act of 2008, the Bill relates to military personnel. President Sirleaf’s communication further explained that the bill relates to other personnel “including those awaiting discharge after expiration of their terms of enlistment, volunteers from the time of their muster or acceptance into the armed forces; inductees from the time of their actual induction into the armed forces; prisoners of war in custody of the armed forces and several other categories of persons connected to the military activities.”President Sirleaf recalled that over the years, personnel of the AFL were subjected to the UCMJ of the United States, as well as recommendations of the AFL Board of Inquiry and its corresponding Disciplinary Board. “This due process mechanism needs institutional affirmation, which has informed this decision to legislate the UCMJ for the AFL. In view of the foregoing and consistent with the National Defense Act of 2008, which provides that all members of the AFL shall be subject to the UCMJ of the AFL– which provides for legal obligations and protection for members of the AFL, as other citizens of Liberia, I ask for timely enactment into law of this instrument by the National Legislature.”The Bill was sent to the Committee on Judiciary chaired by Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney G. Sherman and the H. Dan Morais-chaired Committee on Foreign Affairs to report to Plenary in two weeks. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Motion to be moved to adopt recommendations

first_imgRodney CoI ReportBy Devina SamarooA motion will be moved in the National Assembly by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira for the recommendations made in the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report to be adopted.During a news conference on Thursday, Teixeira said it is imperative that the National Assembly have a debate on the report with the aim of arriving at a consensus to take the necessary steps, based on the recommendations, to ensure that such events do not happen ever again in Guyana’s history.The Rodney Report was handed over to the Speaker of the House, Dr Barton Scotland on May 11, 2016 – some months after it was submitted to the government, after close to two years of public hearings on the matter.The report compiled the findings of the CoI, which was established by former President Donald Ramotar to probe the circumstances surrounding the death of renowned Guyanese Historian and Leader of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Dr Walter Rodney who died when a bomb exploded in his lap in his car on June 13, 1980, during a time of intense political activism in the country.Government officials, including President David Granger and Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams have both discredited the findings of the report, indicating that there was some agenda to target the People’s National Congress (PNC).A great debate has since erupted on what purpose these revelations really serve, with many contending that millions of taxpayers’ dollars were wasted to uncovered a truth all Guyanese already knew.Others, however, argued that the contents of the reports equates to justice finally being served.Meanwhile, the Rodney Report had recommended that every effort be made to have a well-trained and highly professional Police Force and Army, loyal only to the interests of the country.Consequently, the report recommended there be considerable investments in training at every level of the Force on an ongoing basis, with particular focus on the importance of values and etiquettes.“It was conceded by the Police in the course of the Inquiry that a thorough investigation was not done into Rodney’s death. In fact, the evidence is that the Police did not act with professionalism, thoroughness or speed. The recommendation is that the department in the Police Force tasked with the responsibility to investigate crimes like murder, should, at all times, strive to do so with thoroughness and urgency…” a section of the report stated.Additionally, given that important documents could not have been found to be presented during the Inquiry, a recommendation was made for there to be a thorough review of the systems in place to store records of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force.Other recommendations were based on the need for ethnic harmony and for the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to be an individual of integrity.last_img read more

Teen beaten, robbed by gunmen

first_imgA 16-year-old girl is now a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital after she was attacked, beaten and robbed by two gunmen a short distance from her Garnett and Delph Streets, Georgetown home.The young woman was reportedly attacked about 18:00h on Thursday night as she was making her way home.Guyana Times understands that two men rode up on a motorcycle and attempted to relieve the teen of the bag she was wearing around her shoulder.After the young woman put up some resistance, she was dealt one blow to herface with a pistol one of the men was carrying. The young woman reportedly then fell to the roadway in an unconscious state.The duo then dragged the teenager a short distance from the scene before making good their escape. Further, relatives were outraged that the Police went to the scene after an hour, took the young woman who was still in an unconscious state to the hospital and left her there without making contact with them.It was only until the woman regained consciousness was her family contacted by doctors and told of what had transpired.The entire robbery was reportedly caught on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage; however, Police are also yet to review same.The family is fearful, since the perpetrators are roaming the streets freely and as such, they are calling on the relevant authorities to urgently look into the matter.last_img read more

BC Government announces support for proposal of LNG ship-refuelling facility

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The B.C. Government has announced that it is joining the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and FortisBC to establish the first ship-to-ship LNG marine refuelling, or bunkering, service facility on the west coast of North America.According to the Government, the use of LNG to power the world’s ocean-going vessels is forecast to expand and B.C. is well-positioned to benefit from this growth.Premier John Horgan says establishing this facility will allow B.C. to have a direct impact on global emissions by reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from visiting vessels.- Advertisement -Horgan says it will also create more jobs and opportunities for British Columbians.“This will allow B.C. to have a direct impact on global emissions by reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from visiting vessels. Working together, we can meet the increasing global demand for energy solutions that reduce air pollution and protect our climate, while creating more jobs and opportunities for everyone in B.C.”Once the bunkering service is complete, it is estimated that it could have an annual economic impact of $930 million and facilitate about 3,170 full-time equivalent person years of employment.Advertisementlast_img read more

Will new car maintain its value?

first_imgHowever, vehicles with radical interiors and exteriors will likely lose more of their value, as they will not appeal to the mainstream public after five years, he said.160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champNerad said vehicles that maintain their value best are quality-built and have brands that generate a lot of excitement among consumers. Volkswagen, the best resale brand on the list, has an enthusiasm around its brand that’s atypical in the industry, he said.“Volkswagen owners are evangelistic about their vehicles and this translates into good resale value,” Nerad said. “That’s because as you buy a Volkswagen, even as a used vehicle, you’re kind of joining a club that’s excited about the vehicle.”On average, a vehicle will retain just 35percent of its original value after five years of use. In other words, buying a new car today for $20,000 will mean you’ll get just $7,000 for it in five years.When buying a car with an eye to resale value, Nerad said shoppers should consider choosing a popular color and optimal equipment.“Vehicles that have really compelling styling, something interesting or remarkable about them do very well in resale value and do very well in the marketplace overall,” Nerad said, while choosing a traditional or classic style will generally stand the test of time. By Christopher HintonMarketWatchNEW YORK – A new car can be a rotten investment, losing a chunk of its value when the buyer drives off the lot. But some autos hold their value over time better than others – even among sports cars like the Chevy Corvette, a new survey shows.Irvine, Calif.-based Kelley Blue Book named General Motor’s Corvette, BMW’s Mini Cooper and the Volkswagen Jetta among the top 10 models that should retain more of their original value by 2013 than the average vehicle.Japanese economy cars like ToyotaZZTO Motor Co.’s Scion tC and Scion xB and HondaZZTO Motor’s popular Civic also made the list. But so did luxury cars like Nissan’s Infiniti G37, said Kelley, which provides estimates for used car prices.Many domestic vehicles, and some second-tier imports such as Kia and Suzuki, were found at the bottom of the list, said Jack Nerad, executive market analyst with Kelley Blue Book in an interview with MarketWatch.last_img read more

Iowa caucuses lure area activists

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“I wanted to experience something new,” Carrillo said, while her older sister characterized it as a “once-in-a-lifetime experience.” “This is interesting – it’s interesting to learn about this process,” Aguilar said. “It’s a lot better than just sitting at home and watching it on TV.” The Iowa caucuses, to take place Jan. 3, are the way political party members select county convention delegates, who each support one presidential nominee. For Republicans, those attending simply vote, by a show of hands or ballots, on their delegates. But Democrats divide into “preference groups” according to the presidential candidate they support, and the caucus chairman decides how many delegates each group can elect. Ultimately, the Democratic presidential candidate with the most delegates at the county conventions is considered the “winner” of Iowa. The Iowa caucus gets a national spotlight because many believe it’s a good indication of which candidate will eventually get the presidential nomination of their party at the national convention. “You can’t get this in California,” said Mendez, 38, of Santa Fe Springs. “The primary caucuses are a fascinating event in the democratic process, and the Iowa caucus is the first and one of the most important primaries.” Mendez, Carrillo, Aguilar, Vietnam veteran Ruben Treviso, 61, of Alhambra, Rio Hondo student Ramon Quintero – the group’s driver – and East Los Angeles College student Cesar James volunteered Saturday at a toy giveaway in South Whittier before climbing into a white van to pick up the rest of the group for the trip. Others in the group include senior citizens Erna and Oscar Esparza of Montebello and Pasadena City College student Greg DeRossi. “I’ve been active locally on campaigns, but to be on a presidential campaign is awesome,” DeRossi said. Mendez said he organized the group after a call by Richardson’s campaign in Iowa. “I was surprised to find that there is a significant Latino community there,” Mendez said. “There are 26,000 Latinos in Iowa, and many of them are Spanish speakers. “So there was a huge rush for Spanish speakers to be part of the effort to organize, recruit and get Latinos out to the caucuses on Jan. 3,” he said. The group is due to return next week, but is chronicling the trip on a blog at http://richardsonscat.blogspot.com. “It’s going to be an exciting ride in the snow,” said Quintero, 30. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They missed their family Christmas celebrations and they’ll be ringing in the New Year thousands of miles away from their loved ones, withstanding below-freezing temperatures while trekking from one house to another to talk about the nation’s next leader. But participating in the Iowa caucuses on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson will be worth the sacrifice, says Rio Hondo College trustee Gary Mendez. Mendez arrived in Des Moines this week with about a dozen political activists from the Whittier, El Monte and Pasadena areas. The group includes retirees and students from Rio Hondo, Pasadena City College and East Los Angeles College, as well as Arroyo High School freshman Neomi Carrillo, 15, who is accompanying her sister, Erika Aguilar, 26, of El Monte. last_img read more