US rule the World

first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania:Jamaica had to play second fiddle to the United States in the Nike USA versus The World events on yesterday’s final day of competition at the 2016 Penn Relays.Jamaica’s only success came in the men’s 4×100 metres, where they took advantage of a big mistake by a strong USA Red team to win the event in 39.70 seconds. Jermaine Hamilton, Julian Forte, Rasheed Dwyer and Oshane Bailey were the members of the winning Jamaica quartet. USA Blue placed second in 39.02, with third going to St Kitts in 39.49. The USA Red team included the likes of Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers.Jamaica were second in three women’s relays the 4x100m in 42.90, 4x200m in 1:31.34, and 4×400 m in 3:29.00. The Americans won five of six relays contested.- R.Glast_img read more

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Pacquiao gets record 12th world title in 8 weight divisions

first_imgIt was his 12th world title in record eight weight divisions and something that proved that he still got gas on his tank as his phenomenal career considerably declined through the years.“I hope I brought a convincing victory and honor to the country,” said Pacquiao, who decked Matthysse for a third time with a left uppercut that forced referee Kenny Bayless to wave off the Argentine champ at 2:43 of the round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Knocked down twicePacquiao knocked down Matthysse twice before, sending some 9,000 spectators at Axiata Arena to their feet. After a training camp that allowed him to recover and not totally “push myself to the limit,” Pacquiao said after the fight that he feels like he’s only 27 years old.Already, there were talks of him fighting Olympic double champion Vasyl Lomachenko. Even a return fight against fellow megastar Floyd Mayweather Jr. was brought into the conversation.“First, let’s not disturb Floyd because he’s not in boxing anymore,” said Pacquiao, who reportedly earned $100 million from their superfight in 2015.“Second, if he wants to return to boxing, we can talk. But if not, there are more opponents out there.”His purse was kept under wraps as he solely promoted the fight through his MP Promotions, while Matthysse reportedly went home with $2 million.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao (R) fights Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANKUALA LUMPUR — Manny Pacquiao made the Filipinos feel like champions once again.In a performance that he hoped brought honor and pride to the country, Pacquiao on Sunday cut down a hard-punching Lucas Matthysse to win the WBA welterweight championship via technical knockout in the 7th round. (More stories in Sports, Pages A2-1 to A2-3)ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Duterte to side with US if Filipinos are harmed in Middle East ruckus03:59Duterte’s drug war barely nicked surface of society’s menace – Robredo02:14Carpio 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 That included President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who both witnessed the first fight to be held in this nation since Muhammad Ali and Joe Bugner clashed in 1975.“Thank you, Filipino people, thank you, President Duterte,” he said from the ring.After a solid exchange of punches in the third, Pacquiao unleashed a left uppercut that caught Matthysse squarely, sending him to the canvas while grappling the ropes.That was enough for the crowd to anticipate a knockout win—something last done by Pacquiao nine years ago when he floored burly Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto.“From the beginning, in the first round, I knew in my mind that I can control the fight,” Pacquiao said. “But we stayed with the strategy and stayed patient.”ADVERTISEMENT Matthysse refused to yield and in the fourth and fifth rounds leaned on his jabs to fend off Pacquiao, but the Filipino boxing great tagged him with hooks that staggered the champ just before the round ended.Beating the countLate in the fifth, Pacquiao fired another left uppercut that forced Matthysse to his knees only to beat the count.“Matthysse has power also, and you can’t underestimate him,” said Pacquiao. “He throws strong wild rights and uppercuts.”In the sixth, Pacquiao unleashed combinations while taking fire from the Argentine’s continuous jabbing.By the seventh, Pacquiao smelled bloodand totally abandoned his plan to counterpunch, throwing shots to the head and body before another left uppercut dropped Matthysse for good.Frustrated and disheveled, Matthysse hinted at retirement while still in the ring.‘My time to lose’“It’s just like any fight, you win and you lose, today is my time to lose,” said the 35-year-old Matthysse, who never had the chance to corner Pacquiao and unleash his vaunted turbo-charged punches.“Sometimes, you lose and it’s an honor for me to lose to a legend,” he added. “I will go back to my country, my family. 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US Open to AP: Umpire at Kyrgios match will keep working

first_imgNick Kyrgios, of Australia, talks to himself during a match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, of France, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — The chair umpire who climbed out of his seat to talk with Nick Kyrgios during a second-round match will continue to officiate during the U.S. Open.A “comprehensive review conducted by a number of tournament officials” determined that chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani’s mid-match chat with Kyrgios went “beyond our protocol,” U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier told The Associated Press on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View comments Canelo Alvarez intends to start ‘new chapter’ in GGG rematch Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “I mean, like, I don’t have a coach. I haven’t had a coach for, like, years. Of course he wasn’t coaching me. Like, what are you talking about?” Kyrgios said.“He said he liked me. I’m not sure if that was encouragement. He just said that it’s not a good look,” Kyrgios said. “Look. I wasn’t feeling good. I know what I was doing out there wasn’t good. I wasn’t really listening to him, but I knew it wasn’t a good look.”Kyrgios has run into trouble in the past for not giving his all during matches, even drawing a fine and suspension from the ATP men’s tour in 2016.As Herbert put it: “Just sometimes he’s mentally not here.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ But Widmaier said that Lahyani would not be sanctioned, on account of his “exemplary track record as an international tennis official.”“He now has a better understanding of what our protocols are and was informed that he needs to stick to those protocols for the rest of the tournament,” Widmaier said. “Each of his matches will be monitored.”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’Lahyani was assigned to umpire a men’s doubles match on Court 13 on Friday.On Thursday, Kyrgios, a 23-year-old Australian, did not appear to be putting forth much effort while dropping the first set and falling behind 3-0 in the second against Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France. During a changeover, Lahyani left his chair — a rare sight in Grand Slam tennis — to speak to Kyrgios, leaning with hands on knees while saying, “I want to help you.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The 30th-seeded Kyrgios wound up beating Herbert 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-0 and will face Roger Federer in the third round Saturday.Widmaier said tournament referee Brian Earley and chief umpire Soeren Frienel were among those who “met with Mohamed several times following yesterday’s match” as part of the review.Herbert said Thursday he thought Lahyani should be sanctioned in some way.“This was not his job,” Herbert said. “I don’t think he’s a coach, he’s an umpire, and he should stay on his chair for that.”During an occasionally confrontational and sarcastic exchange with reporters after the match, Kyrgios laughed at the suggestion that he had received coaching or a pep talk from Lahyani.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Thailand pulls out of 2020 Olympic weightlifting over doping

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Thailand’s doping cases were a fresh embarrassment for weightlifting, which is under pressure from the International Olympic Committee. Weightlifting has only a provisional place on the program for the 2024 Paris Olympics on condition it cracks down on doping.Dozens of weightlifters who competed at the last three Olympics have later tested positive. Russia and China were among nine countries banned from international competition for a year in 2017 after racking up numerous doping cases.Russia and Bulgaria also missed the 2016 Olympics over doping, and countries with major drug problems will have fewer qualifying place for next year’s games in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Sopita Tanasan of Thailand competes in the women’s 53kg weightlifting event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 21, 2018. (Photo by MONEY SHARMA / AFP)BUDAPEST, Hungary — Thailand has volunteered to ban itself from Tokyo Olympic Games weightlifting next year because of doping, another blow to a sport whose place on the Olympic program is precarious.The self-imposed ban also means Thailand will still stage the world championships in Pattaya in September but with no home competitors, the International Weightlifting Federation said on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The decisions follow eight failed drug tests for the Thai team that competed at the last worlds in November, including doping cases against three women who won world titles.Among the eight lifters facing bans are Sopita Tanasan and Sukanya Srisurat, who won Thailand’s two weightlifting gold medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThailand is a traditional power in weightlifting, especially in the lighter classes, and the IWF says the cases have “potential consequences that seriously damage the integrity of the sport.”All of the doping cases involve at least one substance of the banned adiol type, with some lifters testing positive for multiple drugs. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra UAAP softball: Adamson goes 7-0 after rout of UST LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying 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 awardlast_img read more

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Return of old reliables JVee Casio, Kevin Racal sparks Aces playoff bid

first_imgJVee Casio. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Losers of three games in a row, Alaska got a much-needed shot in the arm with the return of its key veterans on Wednesday.JVee Casio and Kevin Racal returned just in time from their injuries to help the Aces get back on track and resuscitate their flatlining quarterfinals bid.ADVERTISEMENT Block party: Maddie Madayag surprised by record-setting showing in tough Ateneo win Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “Obviously, for me and for the whole team, it’s nice to see JVee and Kevin Racal back,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton after his team’s 92-77 win over Meralco in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.READ: PBA: Alaska arrests skid, trumps Meralco to keep playoff hopes aliveFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“They’re obviously a little rusty and out of shape but I thought JVee came in and made some plays, K-Racs made some plays in the way that he usually does—hitting some open shots and being a really good defender.”Casio had 12 points and Racal added nine points, two assists and a steal as both provided quality minutes off the bench. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The Aces, who momentarily claimed sole possession of eighth place with a 4-5 record, also got a boost from old reliable Sonny Thoss.Thoss had a throwback performance with 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists.““How about Sonny Thoss? I thought Sonny was great today. We needed a basket he scored. We needed somebody to create for us he created that Racal corner three,” Compton commended.“He did a good job on defense I just think Sonny this conference has been great. He’s been a leader for us and it’s just so nice to see him playing like that.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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42-year-old charged for sexual activity with teen girl

first_imgA jetman called “Pharaoh” was on Wednesday slapped with a sexual misconduct charge and appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Feron Hernandez, 42, of Port Kaituma, North West District, denied the charge against him.It is alleged that he engaged in sexual activity with the 14-year-old by kissing and touching her breast.Reports indicate that the teen was fetching water on June 2, 2018 at Canal Back, Port Kaituma when the incident occurred.After fetching the water, the teen visited her grandmother’s home to change her clothes when the man, who is known to her, reportedly barged in, ripped off the teenager’s bra and forcibly kissed her and touched her breast. The teen managed to escape his grip and reported what had occurred to another relative.That relative reported the matter to the Police and Hernandez was arrested and later charged.In court on Wednesday, Attorney Dexter Todd made a successful bail application. Hernandez was released on $250,000 bail on the condition that he stay 200 feet away from the Virtual Complainant (VC) and any other relative involved in the matter.The case will continue on June 15, 2018.last_img read more

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Bruins’ Afflalo is in a class of his own

first_imgHe averaged 11.5 points, and played his typical strong defense, in six NCAA Tournament games last season as UCLA reached the title game. Yet, he is best remembered for consoling weeping Gonzaga trash talker Adam Morrison while the rest of the Bruins celebrated a 17-point comeback in the regional semifinals. Afflalo’s mother, Gwendolyn Washington, said she rarely worried about her son, despite growing up amid gang violence and drug abuse on the streets of their Inglewood home. Washington said the most trouble Arron got in as a kid was in the fifth grade, when he disconnected with his teacher and wasn’t doing his school work. That was the absolute worst, she said. “My parents did a great job of raising me,” Afflalo said. “I remember talking to my best friend in class, and you get caught talking so you get this little pink slip, I didn’t get away with that. I’d get a whippin’ for it. It’s part of life, and it’s why I have my respect factor for women, and everything else. “I’m definitely a product of those two. I have my individuality, but the way I interact with people comes from the way I was brought up.” Afflalo, who lived with his mother until his teenage years, said he was raised with strict discipline. If he got out of line for even a small transgression, he was punished. He said the most trouble he got in as a kid was a few fights in grammar school, but “that was usually over something competitive.” When Afflalo moved in with his father, Benjamin Afflalo, the core values remained steadfast, and the relationship blossomed. Today, Arron and Benjamin are best of friends. “He was always someone I could depend on,” Washington said. “Even when he was a teenager, if he said he was going to go somewhere and I said for him to be back at a certain time, he was there. That’s just him.” It wasn’t much different during his playing days at Centennial High of Compton. As a senior, Afflalo was a McDonald’s all-American and led Centennial to its first Division III state title. Yet, he is best remembered for his work ethic and team-first approach. In fact, Centennial coach Rod Palmer wracked his brain for the worst thing Afflalo did, and finally came up with a doozy. “He didn’t do an assignment, in history or English, and he got in trouble for that,” Palmer said. “Honestly, I can’t think of anything bad Arron has done. He’s a great kid.” Maybe that is illustrated by what could be categorized by Afflalo’s worst decision during his UCLA career. It came last Thursday after the Bruins were knocked out in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament. Afflalo scored three points, fouled out in overtime and stood at the end of the bench the final two minutes. He walked straight into the locker room when the game ended, failing to shake hands with the California players. About a half-hour later Afflalo apologized for doing so, adamantly stating he did not mean to slight the Bears. He said the move was born out of his own humiliation from the disappointment of letting his teammates down. When asked why he took only seven shots in the game, Afflalo said he wasn’t sure. But he didn’t stop there. “I apologize for not being able to give you a better answer,” Afflalo said. And those who know Afflalo well know it was sincere. “He’s a leader, and he sets an example,” UCLA sophomore point guard Darren Collison said. “He never gets into trouble. That’s something you always want from your captain. We don’t have any seniors on our team, but I think everyone on the team looks up to Arron like he is a senior.” Each time the Bruins play the rest of the season, it could be Afflalo’s last game in a UCLA uniform. Although he has one year of eligibility remaining, Afflalo is eyeing a move to the NBA. His play as both UCLA’s defensive stopper and leading scorer (16.7 points per game) – not to mention being the “heart and soul” of the team, according to Howland – has improved his standing among NBA scouts, sources said, although it is yet to be determined whether it is enough to move him into the first round. If Afflalo returns, which sources said has 40 percent chance of happening, he has an opportunity to cement a legacy as one of the top players in school history, which he said is important to him. Either way, though, Afflalo’s legacy off the court is already in place. “Arron is the kind of kid, and I say this all the time,” Palmer said, “if I had a daughter who was looking for a husband, I would want her to find him.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UCLA was getting its biggest commitment in a decade, and Arron Afflalo wanted to be there to lend his support. That Kevin Love was making his announcement in Las Vegas seemed like a perfect summer getaway, but that was not part of Afflalo’s agenda. It was three months shy of Afflalo’s 21st birthday, so who could blame him for sneaking into a casino? “No, man,” Afflalo said. “I’d never even think about it.” Skeptical? Well, if it were most college kids, it would be understandable, but Afflalo is a refreshingly different breed. The next time Afflalo sips an alcoholic beverage will be the first, and drugs have never entered his body. About the only thing missing from the r sum of UCLA’s junior All-American guard is a milk mustache, and an “aw, shucks” or a “golly, sir.” “It’s refreshing, isn’t it?” Bruins coach Ben Howland said. “He’s just a really, really good kid.” Howland knows Afflalo well because, well, Afflalo plays basketball just about better than any other collegian in the country. That skill will be on display Thursday when the second-seeded Bruins (26-5) open play against No.15 seed Weber State (20-11) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Sacramento. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Afflalo is the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year, already a first-team All-American selection on five teams, and the driving force in UCLA’s repeat as Pac-10 regular season champions. Yet, it is not Afflalo’s basketball ability that stands out. It is everything else about Afflalo that makes him special. last_img read more

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E-mail forwarding mandate is on the table

first_imgKate Dean, executive director of the U.S. Internet Service Provider Association – a trade group whose members include AOL, Verizon and Comcast – said it will respond to Mortenson’s petition but declined to make any comments until then. Some companies, such as Yahoo and Google, allow their e-mail users to forward incoming mail to another address. There are other companies, such as Pobox.com, that also provide an e-mail forwarding service. Richi Jennings, an analyst with San Francisco-based Ferris Research, said he imagines the FCC could mandate that companies provide a free e-mail forwarding service, but he doubts that it would. “Such a forwarding service would cost the service providers money in network bandwidth, server utilization and operational overhead,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Service providers typically operate with low margins, relying on volume to make acceptable profit.” Art Brodsky, spokesman for Public Knowledge, a public interest group, said there’s ample consumer competition in the market and doesn’t think the FCC will do anything further. The company closed Mortenson’s account in December soon after the company learned it was actually opened by her son several years earlier when he was a young teenager. The account was still in his name, although Mortenson was paying for it. AOL spokeswoman Anne Bentley wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press that AOL is still investigating the facts of Mortenson’s petition, but she said it has “strict policies to prevent minors from creating paid AOL member accounts.” She also said the company doesn’t think circumstances related to Mortenson’s account “present any issue of public policy.” Mortenson said she wasn’t given any warning and lost personal and professional e-mails, documents, contact information and other materials associated with her AOL screen name. She said the action hurt her business at the time and is considering a civil lawsuit against the Dulles, Va.-based company. Mortenson, who now has two e-mail accounts from different companies, said she complained numerous times to the company before filing the petition with the FCC. “`Many people think it’s a very stupid idea,” she said. “My reason for doing this is to get AOL’s attention. They didn’t care about the adverse effects this was going to have on me.”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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.FCC spokesman Clyde Ensslin said he wasn’t aware of previous petitions regarding e-mail address forwarding or portability. While mainstream consumer groups have not taken up the cause, it is starting to gain some attention in Congress. A representative from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, contacted Mortenson on Monday to say they were watching to see how the FCC handles her complaint. A committee spokeswoman would not say whether it planned to take further action. Internet providers, including Time Warner Cable Inc., Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc., as well as Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., which provide e-mail services, declined to comment. Several said it’s the first time they’ve heard about the issue. WASHINGTON – The post office forwards letters when a person moves, and telephone companies do likewise with calls. Should Internet companies be required to forward e-mails to customers who switch providers? There is no mandate governing e-mail forwarding, and industry officials say imposing one would be costly and unnecessary. But federal regulators are looking at the issue more closely after a complaint from a former America Online customer who claims an abrupt termination of service devastated her business. Gail Mortenson, a Washington-based freelance editor, in July filed a six-page petition with the Federal Communications Commission, which opened a 30-day public comment period that ends Friday, followed by another 30-day period for replies. Mortenson said in her complaint that she lost potential clients because they couldn’t reach her, and she requested that Internet service providers, such as Time Warner Inc.’s AOL LLC, be required to forward e-mail traffic from a closed account to a new e-mail address designated by customers for at least six months. last_img
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Citizen advice panel pushed

first_img Though such groups are being talked about worldwide, California would be the first U.S. state to try the idea. Under term limits, Richman and Canciamilla will leave office this year – but both said they will pursue the concept of a Citizens Assembly even if it fails this year in the Legislature. “Right now we’re focusing on the legislative process. If that doesn’t work, then we’re going to have to address it through an initiative,” Richman said. But Bill Hauck, head of the California Business Roundtable, said that while he supports the idea he doubts it can succeed because it challenges a powerful status quo. Others question whether regular citizens would be politically sophisticated enough to produce a plan that voters would embrace. In British Columbia, proposals by the Citizens Assembly went to voters but fell short of the required 60 percent approval. The proposals are expected to be placed on the ballot again in two years. Still, the proposal has gained the support of several groups, including the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles and the Institute of Governmental Studies at University of California at Berkeley. “A Citizens Assembly would be one of the most innovative reforms in the past 100 years,” said Robert Stern of the Center for Governmental Studies. “It would allow nonplayers to have important input into how our government works and operates.” “Californians broke the grip of the Southern Pacific Railroad 100 years ago when they adopted direct democracy,” he said, referring to creation of the initiative process. “Now is the time to strive once again for another year of reform like 1911.” Steve Geissinger, (916) 447-9302 sgeissinger@angnewspapers.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Taking a cue from Canada, Assemblyman Keith Richman, R- Northridge, introduced a constitutional amendment last week that would establish a panel of citizens to suggest sweeping government reform. The move – co-sponsored by Assemblyman Joe Canciamilla, D-San Francisco – is patterned after a British Columbia system and would establish a Citizens Assembly of randomly chosen California voters to suggest reform on everything from redistricting and term limits to campaign finance and open primaries. The move comes after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s reform efforts were handed a stinging defeat by voters, and years of efforts by the Legislature have made little progress. “Should we give up on trying to reform and restore our democracy when everybody knows it’s not working?” Richman said of the proposal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Under the Citizens Assembly plan, some 200 names would be randomly chosen from voter registration rolls in each of California’s 80 Assembly districts. No politicians would be allowed to be involved, and all 16,000 voters would be able to decide whether to participate. From that group, one woman and one man would be randomly chosen from each district for a total of 160 members. Ten more could be added to balance demographics. The assembly would have a $20 million budget and members would receive $1,000 a month and travel expenses. Members would meet two weekends every month for a year to study various issues and conduct hearings. The group’s suggestions could be critiqued for three months by the Legislature, although lawmakers would not have the power to make changes. The assembly would have the power to make its own changes to its recommendations, which would then go before voters. last_img read more

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