Almazan, Rain or Shine earn morale-boosting win over San Miguel

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The former Letran stalwart was huge in the endgame, pouring in eight of his career-high-tying 25 points in the overtime period to finally put the game away.“All of us are involved in our offense. Our mentality is whoever is open, they can take the shot. If you feel like you can get a shot, go for it. It’s a total team effort,” said Almazan, who also grabbed 14 rebounds.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 crownWhat mattered more to Almazan was Rain or Shine staying on the top of the standings, improving to 4-1 to grab solo leadership early on in the conference.And after this huge conquest of the Beermen, the Elasto Painters sure are approaching their next games with a heightened credence. LATEST STORIES 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 View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations “Our coaches always tell us that we have a strong team. The question is how we’ll use it and how we can compete,” said Almazan.“You can see that our lineup has the talent, so especially with how we’re playing now, I can say that we can definitely compete with any team in this league.”Rain or Shine goes for back-to-back wins on Sunday against GlobalPort.ADVERTISEMENT Santos concerned after Beermen loss to Painters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Raymond Almazan knows how big of a confidence-booster Rain or Shine’s 123-119 overtime win over San Miguel was on Sunday.“It’s big for us to beat a powerhouse team like San Miguel. It was a big break for us,” he said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Advocating for free and fair elections on behalf of all Guyanese

first_imgDear Editor,The APNU/AFC Government must accept the fact that on the night of December 21, 2018, 33 of the 65 members of the National Assembly voted in favour of a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) brought against the coalition Government by the Parliamentary Opposition, People’s Progressive Party/Civic. It is pellucid that the now partisan agenda of the GECOM Commission runs counter to its constitutional role. In addition, pensioner Patterson is merely a tool of the PNC for a simple majority in the Commission while Alexander and his cabal are deliberately attempting to illegally and unconstitutionally keep the fallen APNU/AFC cabal in power by ensuring that the Commission keeps GECOM at an unready state for elections.The PNC-APNU/AFC coalition Government is hell-bent on rigging the next General and Regional Elections and needs time to conjure up their clandestine mechanisms. The cabal is well aware that no major disruption or disenfranchisement of voters will occur if the current list is updated via the approved Continuous Registration process for the elections. The call for house-to-house registration, therefore, is just another delaying attempt that we must resist with full strength and total togetherness.Patterson has proved that he is open to manipulation by the PNC and being effectively receptive to dragging on the process of holding elections, and worst, that he is likely to be a conduit for facilitating all skulduggery if allowed the time and space.The CCJ has before it, arguably the most significant case that will likely impact regional judicial harmonisation and its own integrity. There is also abundant evidence of precedence and relevance regarding regional States restructuring to avoid the possible tie result regarding what constitutes a majority when it involves an even number parliamentary seat setting.Only recently, the eminent former Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Electoral Organisation, Professor Emeritus Errol Miller convincingly articulated and presented his now circulated discussion on the matter by the cases of Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. In these instances, the States purposefully changed their election constituency structure to an odd number to avoid parties winning equal seats. This is very instructive and must be given due consideration. One expects, therefore, that logic and facts along with the intent of the constitutional framers will be closely looked at, as the judgement will be looked at and have far-reaching effects.I believe that there is an absolute basis, as well as strong and sufficient evidence to support the CCJ’s upholding of the NCM and that this should inform the instructive decisions to puncture the wheels of the ‘rigging’ clique who are busy working around the clock to postpone elections in Guyana.I am advocating for free and fair elections on behalf of all Guyanese.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

2 remain in custody for CI murder

first_imgAs investigations continue into the murder of Bibi Keneiz, whose semi-nude body was found in her Ball Field Street, Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara home, two persons remain in custody. D Division (West Demerara) Commander, Leslie James told Guyana Times that the two men were arrested hours after the woman’s body was discovered.At the time of the discovery, the woman’s skirt was pulled to her chest and she was not wearing any underwear which left investigators to believe that she was brutally raped before her life was snuffed out. Her body was reportedly found in a hammock in her shack.However, James added that a post-mortem examination, which was conducted, proved that the woman died as a result of multiple stab wounds to the body. Keneiz, 65, was found just after midday on Monday by her son, who went to drop off food at her home.Upon entering the house, he reportedly saw his mother’s lifeless body in the hammock and raised an alarm. The woman was last seen on Sunday afternoon at the seawall. Guyana Times understands that the woman was reportedly raped two years ago and although the suspect was arrested, he was never charged.Last September, a mother of seven was brutally raped and murdered along the Vreed-en-Hoop Jetty Area, West Bank Demerara. Megon Jones Cox, 68, of Lot 14 Stanleytown, West Bank Demerara, whose tongue was also severed from her mouth, was found on July 22, 2015 in an unconscious state and was taken to West Demerara Regional Hospital.Due to the severity of the injuries she sustained, Jones Cox was referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she subsequently succumbed on July 25. One man was arrested and charged for the murder.last_img read more

Teacher commits suicide

first_imgA school teacher on Monday took her own life after a misunderstanding with boyfriend. Dead is 17-year-old Cynthia Seth of Vryheid Village, West Canje Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Dead: Cynthia SethShe was a teacher at the St Theresa Primary School. The death of the young teacher has sent shockwaves throughout the close-knitted community and more so the teaching fraternity.Based on reports received, the teenager and her boyfriend were involved in a heated argument.Her lifeless body was discovered in the family’s home by her younger brother on Monday evening. The young man raised an alarm and the teen was picked up and taken to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital where she was pronounced dead.The young teacher was described as a very reserved person. Hours before her demise, she took to her social media page to congratulate her parents on their wedding anniversary.The young teacher leaves to mourn her parents and two siblings.In September, it was reported that a total of 141 persons would have taken their own lives by various means.According to statistics, young people between the ages of 20 and 29-years-old accounted for the most suicide deaths during 2017 and 2018, with the majority of them were a result of pesticide use, followed by persons hanging themselves.According to the National Suicide Plan 2015-2020, Guyana ranked at the top worldwide with an estimated suicide rate of 44.2 per 100,000.If you or someone you know are having thoughts of committing suicide, you can seek help from the Inter-Agency Suicide Prevention Helpline through the following means:Telephone: 223-0818, 223-0009 and 223-0001; Mobile: 600-7896 or 623-4444; Email:; Facebook: Guyana Inter-agency Suicide Prevention Helpline Whatsapp: 600-7896 or 623-4444 Twitter: @guyanaagencylast_img read more

Indian High Commission observes Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

first_imgThe High Commission of India celebrated the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) – Indian Diaspora Day – at its cultural centre, Swamy Vivekanand Cultural Centre in Georgetown, on Thursday.A section of the gathering at the Indian Cultural Centre on ThursdayThe key part of the event was the interaction of Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India, with the Indian Diaspora across the Globe from the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi through a live video conference.The live streaming of the interaction with the Indian Diaspora was arranged from 8.30a.m. in Georgetown. During the video interaction, the Honourable Minister of External Affairs directly addressed the Indian Diaspora and interacted with the Indian community in 8 selected cities, viz Perth, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Doha, Mauritius, London, Paramaribo and New York. It was followed by a live question-and-answer session wherein Dr. Jaishankar responded to questions from the Diaspora members on important Diaspora issues.A video presentation at the eventThe PBD-2020 in Guyana was attended by approximately 150 invitees, including Indian Diaspora members, Indian nationals and their families, Indian students, etc.During the event, the High Commissioner of India, H.E. Dr. K.J. Srinivasa, addressed the gathering, and spoke about the significance of marking the PBD and the important role of Indian nationals and Diaspora in the overall development of India.The High Commissioner also encouraged the Indian community in Guyana to maintain regular contact with the High Commission for mutual benefit, as well as to partner with the High Commission in furthering the existing friendly bilateral relations and cooperation between the Governments and peoples of India and Guyana.Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9th January to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India.January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi, returned to India from South Africa, led India’s freedom struggle, and changed the lives of Indians forever.PBD is an important occasion for India to connect more closely with the Diaspora and engage them in the ongoing transformation in India, while also being responsive to their aspirations and concerns.PBD conventions have been held since 2003 to connect India to its vast overseas Diaspora of over 30 million across the world, and bring their knowledge, expertise and skills on a common platform. These conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and people of the land of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activities.These conventions are also very useful in networking among the overseas Indian community residing in various parts of the world, and enable them to share their experiences in various fields.During the event, individuals of exceptional merit are honoured with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award to appreciate their role in India’s growth. The event also provides a forum for discussing key issues concerning the Indian Diaspora.The Government of India also organises Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (RPBD) to allow participation of the Indian Diaspora who are unable to attend annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in India. So far, eight Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas have been held in New York, Singapore, The Hague, Durban, Toronto, Mauritius, Sydney and Los Angeles. These have elicited enthusiastic support from the Indian Diaspora and the local government, and have been highly successful.It may be recalled that former President Donald Ramotar, when President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, was the Chief Guest of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas held at Gujarat in January, 2015. Presently, Indian ITEC scholarships, local IT training center and other programs are available to all Guyanese.last_img read more

Spain’s Champions League reign under threat

first_imgSpanish clubs have dominated the competition in recent seasons. Madrid have lifted the trophy in three of the last four years with that run only interrupted by Barcelona’s success in 2015.However, that dominance has been put under threat by the riches of not only PSG, but a Premier League resurgence with England boasting five teams in the group stage for the first time.PSG will be assured a red hot atmosphere to begin their European campaign at Celtic with the Scottish champions looking to spring an almighty upset.Javier Tebas, president of Spain’s La Liga © AFP/File / ROSLAN RAHMANHowever, it is German champions Bayern Munich, who start at home to Anderlecht, who will provide an early test of PSG’s title credentials in the battle to top Group B.Neymar’s departure provoked a summer of institutional chaos at Barcelona with a public split between the club’s beleaguered board and leading figures in the dressing room.Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has claimed the Catalans will have a “more competitive” side this season than last despite losing Neymar after splashing out a fee that could rise to 145 million euros on 20-year-old French winger Ousmane Dembele to replace the Brazilian.Dembele impressed in a cameo appearance as a substitute on his debut with an assist for Luis Suarez as Barca thrashed Espanyol 5-0 on Saturday.However, Bartomeu’s theory will be put under the spotlight straight away with the visit of Juventus, who dumped Barca out at the quarter-final stage 3-0 on aggregate last season.Real shouldn’t be troubled as they begin their defence of the competition at home to Cypriots APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday.– English Renaissance –Bayern Munich players warm up during a training session in Singapore, on July 26, 2017 © AFP/File / ROSLAN RAHMANTottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have the toughest tasks of England’s five-strong contingent looking to reassert the cash-rich Premier League on the European stage after several years of disappointing results in the Champions League.Spurs are looking to end their Wembley hoodoo against Borussia Dortmund in a clash that will go a long way to deciding who will be Real’s closest challengers in Group H.Mauricio Pochettino’s men have won just one of their last 11 outings at their temporary home before moving into a new stadium next season.Dortmund, though, have bitter memories of Wembley themselves having lost the Champions League final in 2013 there to rivals Bayern.Fresh from a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester City, Liverpool are seeking revenge for their defeat to Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League final when Champions League football returns to Anfield for the first time in three years.Jose Mourinho also leads Manchester United back into European football’s premier club competition at home to Basel.Tottenham Hotspur (pictured) are looking to end their Wembley hoodoo against Borussia Dortmund in a clash that will go a long way to deciding who will be Real Madrid’s closest challengers in Champions League Group H © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKCity travel to Feyenoord for the Dutch champions’ return to the Champions League for the first time since 2001, whilst Chelsea host Azerbaijani newcomers Qarabag.Chelsea face stiff competition to make the knockout stages with Atletico Madrid and Roma making up Group C.Atletico travel to the Italian capital on Tuesday to begin their latest attempt at finally landing the Champions League having fallen to cross city rivals Real in the final stages of each of the past four seasons.Two of the revelations of European football last season go head-to-head in Group G as Leipzig welcome Monaco on their Champions League debut.Backed by energy drinks giant Red Bull, Leipzig emerged as Bayern’s closest challengers in Germany.Unlike Monaco, who have raked in over 300 million euros in transfer fees for Mbappe, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva, Leipzig have maintained their young core in Liverpool-bound Naby Keita, Emil Forsberg and Timo Werner.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000(From L) Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani celebrate a goal during their French Ligue 1 match against Metz (FCM), at the Saint-Symphorien stadium in Longeville-les-Metz, on September 8, 2017 © AFP/File / Jean-Christophe VERHAEGENMADRID, Spain, Sep 11 – Neymar and Kylian Mbappe headline free-spending Paris Saint-Germain’s quest to knock Real Madrid off their perch as the Champions League group stages begin on Tuesday under the shadow of infighting at the top of the European game.La Liga president Javier Tebas has lambasted PSG’s 222 million euro capture of Neymar from Barcelona as “financial doping” with the French giants also set to splash another 180 million on 18-year-old Mbappe next summer to make his loan move from Monaco permanent.last_img read more

Store-based health clinics catching on for minor ills

first_imgThe so-called retail-clinic movement is under way in California, where those such as MinuteClinic provide what the founders call a resourceful remedy to alleviate long emergency-room and urgent-care waits for minor illnesses. So far, MinuteClinic owners say their model is catching on with consumers who can seek care in 15 minutes or less for such illnesses as allergies, pink eye and swimmer’s ear, as well as skin conditions such as cold sores, minor burns and wart removal. This month, flu shots are available for $30. The company has logged a million visits since the first MinuteClinic opened in Minnesota in 2000, officials said. “It’s about access and convenience,” said Michael Howe, CEO of MinuteClinic. RESEDA – Curiosity led hair stylist Luann Jarvis into her neighborhood CVS drugstore Tuesday morning, where she found two nurse practitioners eager to answer her questions. Jarvis, 58, wondered about the kind of health care services available to her at the Reseda store’s newly opened MinuteClinic. Another one is in Glendale. The company, owned by a partnership that includes two doctors, is expected to announce today that 11 more MinuteClinics will open in Orange County before the end of the year. “I think this is a great idea,” Jarvis said, after asking for a handful of pamphlets to share with her friends. “I don’t get sick that often, but it’s right around the corner from me and I have no insurance.” “We’re able to make it much more affordable. And this is high quality, very affordable, convenient access for simple health care solutions.” A menu of ailments and costs can be found on an electronic board in front of the MinuteClinic examination room, positioned near the CVS pharmacy. Treatments range in cost from $30 to $90. All are administered by a nurse practitioner, who can write prescriptions. But while some praise the emergence of retail clinics as a valuable response to consumer demand for quick, easy, health care, others say they are concerned about the quality, or that consumers will come to rely on retail clinics as their permanent medical home. “It’s too soon to really tell if they catch on, because at the end of the day, people want a physician who knows their medical history,” said Kimberly Wyard, CEO of Northeast Valley Health Corp., which operates 10 community clinics in the San Fernando Valley. “Retail clinics won’t be gearing toward chronic, complicated diabetes, and other problems,” Wyard said. “We could see some shifts to the kind of patients we see, if the easy stuff goes to MinuteClinic.” The American Medical Association has listed guidelines aimed toward retail clinics that will ensure proper medical care. “Store-based health clinics can offer patients an option for routine health care services and AMA guidance will help ensure quality care,” said Dr. William Hazel of the AMA. “For patients to receive optimal care, store-based health clinics should provide a limited and well-defined list of health care services and take steps to ensure continuity of care with a physician in the local community.” Some ongoing studies are tracking the demographics of all the retail clinics now in operation, including those that are not operated by MinuteClinic. Preliminary results show that most consumers are being referred to physicians or emergency departments in a timely manner if the ailment appears to be more serious, which is a positive sign that the clinics are effective as an important first contact. “I think a really important question is if you go to a retail clinic with a basic acute need, are you going to be treated appropriately?” said Margaret Laws, who works with the underserved for the California Healthcare Foundation. Some studies are finding positive results. “It’s been interesting to watch,” Laws said. “As we’ve talked to a lot of players out there, everyone acknowledges that having more sites where people can go is a positive. People want and need that.” MinuteClinic nurse practitioner Elizabeth Rowe said the company is working on helping patients understand the role the facilities play. By law, a nurse practitioner who prescribes medication within a retail clinic inside a drugstore cannot lead the consumer toward purchasing a certain brand of medicine. And all the patient’s medical records are electronic, so that if a Reseda client visits another state, he or she’s current file can be easily found. “What we want people to know is we are not a replacement for those seeking a primary medical home,” she said. “We provide referrals to physicians who have space. “This works because our society has come to the point where we need convenient health care,” Rowe said. (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Job Vacancies: Busy restaurant seeks commis chef and waiting staff

first_imgA busy café and restaurant in the Ballybofey area require a Commis Chef and Waiting Staff for an immediate start.Candidates must have:Professional Cooking ExperienceExcellent Customer Service SkillsExcellent Communication SkillsThrive in a busy, fast-paced environmentThe salary is negotiable and will be based on qualifications and experience. References are required.To apply for this position, please forward on a copy of your recent CV and copies of your Certificates and Qualifications to or by post to HR Department, Get Fresh Catering, Dunwiley, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal.All CV’s received will be kept strictly confidential and only visible to our HR Department. Your application will be retained up until the post has been filled.Closing Date for Applications is Friday 30th November 2018. Job Vacancies: Busy restaurant seeks commis chef and waiting staff was last modified: November 23rd, 2018 by StephenShare 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:BallybofeyCommis Chefdonegalget freshjobsVacancieswaiting stafflast_img read more


first_imgTG4 Senior Championship Qualifier Round 2 Match ReportDonegal v Kildare on Saturday 11th August in Kingspan Breffni Park, CavanDonegal secured a good win over Kildare today to secure a place in the All-Ireland Quarter Finals v Cork on Saturday 25th August. Kildare started the stronger as they kicked four points inside the opening 8 minutes and Donegal were finding it hard to get the ball past the half forward line.  On the 9 minute mark, Termon ace Geraldine Mc Laughlin pointed from play and followed it up with a free to leave it Donegal 0-2 Kildare 0-4.  Kildare had all the possession in the opening 15 minutes but were unable to split the posts on numerous occasions.  Kildare played with a sweeper in front of Geraldine Mc Laughlin and it paid dividends as Donegal found it difficult to get Geraldine on the ball.  However, captain Aoife Mc Donnell scored two points from play after driving froward from midfield to leave the minimum between the sides.A goal in the 20th minute by Ardara girl Ciara D Shovlin put Donegal in front for the first time.  An excellent diagonal ball by Karen Guthrie into the square and Ciara D netted it home to leave Donegal 1-5 Kildare 0-6.  Roisin Friel overturned possession twice and resulted in setting Mc Lauglin up for 1-1.  Halftime score Donegal 2-7 Kildare 0-8.Mc Laughlin pointed the first score of the second half as Roisin Curran  overturned possession in the full back line.  Ciara D Shovlin was again in on the scoring act as she slotted home her second goal of the day to leave Donegal with a nine point cushion.  Great defensive work by Aoife Watters in the full backline, in what was a near Kildare goal resulted in a point by sub Alanah Mc Donnell.  But it was not all going to plan for Donegal as corner back Nicole Mc Laughlin was sinbinned after she was deemed to have deliberately fouled a Kildare player who was through for goal.  Aoife Mc Donnell slotted home another point and with Roiisn Curran cooly slotting over a point form a very tight angle off the left foot it left Donegal with a 10-point advantage.  Kildare continued to run at the defence in the closing minutes in search of goals but with Kelly Wilson, Aoife Watters and Therese Mc Cafferty continuing to dominate the play in the backs, Kildare were denied time and time again.  Aoife Mc Donnell and Karen Guthrie put in player of the match performances in the midfield area.  There were also good perfomances from Emer Gallagher, Ciara D Shovlin and Geraldine Mc Laughlin with Roisin Friel working hard to overturn ball an set up many scores.  Final score in Breffni Park was Donegal 3-13 Kildare 0-13.Best wishes to Kate Keaney who had to retire before halftime due to an injury.  Donegal will now face a tough assignment against Cork in the All-Ireland Quarter Final on Saturday 25th August but with Cork as clear favourites, the Donegal girls will go in happy as the underdogs.DONEGAL TEAM – Niamh Mailey, Orlagh Carr, Kelly Wilson, Nicole Mc Laughlin, Aoife Watters, Breda Mc Ginty (replaced by Tara Khan), Therese Mc Cafferty, Aoife Mc Donnell, Karen Guthrie, Kate Keaney (replaced by Alanah Mc Donnell), Roisin Friel, Emer Gallagher, Roisin Curran, Geraldine Mc Laughlin and Ciara D Shovlin (replaced by Rose Boyle).DONEGAL LADIES THROUGH TO ALL IRELAND QUARTER FINALS was last modified: August 12th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Sex-offender drive launches

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The initiative needs 373,816 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot, with backers saying it most likely would be ready for the November 2006 election. “It’s time for new laws and tough laws that not only prevent our children from being victimized, but also deal appropriately with those who prey on our children,” said Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Antelope Valley. Runner, who with her husband, state Sen. George Runner, R-Antelope Valley, introduced a legislative version of “Jessica’s Law,” joined the governor in kicking off the signature drive. The ACLU of Southern California hasn’t taken a formal position on the measure. In supporting the effort Assemblywoman Runner said authorities currently can’t locate 17,000 sex offenders – about one in five – who are registered in California. BURBANK – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked off a signature drive Thursday to place an initiative on next year’s ballot for what would be the nation’s most comprehensive sex-offender punishment and control reform. “We will send a very clear message to all the sexual predators out here, the cowards who want to victimize innocent Californians, that we will stop you, we will catch you and we will punish you,” Schwarzenegger said. The measure – called “Jessica’s Law” after a package of similar laws being pursued around the nation following a case in Florida – would require all paroled and newly registered sex offenders to wear a locator bracelet that would track their whereabouts at all times. It also would strengthen punishments for sex offenders, increase parole periods and toughen punishments for anyone convicted of using “date rape” drugs or the Internet to lure children into sex crimes or pornography. The initiative would not apply retroactively, but would require those on parole, as well as those entering the system, to wear bracelets that would be networked into a global positioning system. Sen. Runner said there’s still a “small window of opportunity” for the Legislature to act. In lieu of that, the initiative drive – which already has raised about $400,000 – will press forward with a massive mailing and other outreach efforts. He said the cost of the entire program, which could run into the tens of millions of dollars when fully implemented, could be partially offset by tapping offenders for some of the cost of tracking them. Schwarzenegger, in a heated battle over a series of his own initiatives to reform the state’s budget and other practices on the Nov. 8 ballot, said he remains confident that momentum is building. He downplayed a visit Thursday by U.S. Sen. John Kerry, who’s stumping against Proposition 75, a measure on the Nov. 8 special-election ballot that would place limits on public employee unions’ use of member dues. Schwarzenegger said he and Kerry differ on the issue, even though they do “ice skating and hockey” together. In his opposition to the measure, Kerry said the initiative is “nothing more than yet another recycled attempt to limit the power of the people who work the hardest to educate our children and keep us safe and secure – our firefighters, our teachers, our nurses and our police officers.” But Schwarzenegger said he’s reframed the debate over the issue. He said nurses, teachers, firefighters and other members of public employee unions are beginning to understand the measure is not targeting them but rather “union bosses.” Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more