Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The race will begin on Acea Beach, before traversing the roads of Subic and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and finishing at the Subic Bay Convention Center.As daunting as the task is, lofty prizes await the winners, with a total of $25,000 professional prize purse up for grabs, but more importantly, 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 Ironman World Championship set to be staged in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.Finishers will also have the opportunity to be a part of the rare club of full distance Ironman conquerors, a right only a hundredth of the population has accomplished.Czech triathletes Ruedi Wild and Radka Kahlefeldt ruled the 2017 Ironman 70.3 race in Subic, with August Benedicto topping all local bets and finishing 19th overall. JPVADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “The brand of Ironman is like having the holy grail for triathlon. We’ve been holding the Ironman 70.3 for the 10th year and it just continues to be fantastic,” said Uytengsu on Tuesday at the New World Hotel in Makati City.“It’s the process of triathlon, it gravitates to the people because you really have to prepare for these races. It takes time, physically, mentally, and socially for these people to prepare for these races. So, (what’s) really significant for us is to be able to bring that full Ironman race to the Philippines,” Uytengsu said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Banzon added: “Challenging yourself to push your physical and mental limits to the extreme will seem like a painful task. But you forget all of that once you cross the finish line and hear the announcer say that you’re an Ironman. It’s really indescribable.”From the usual 70.3-kilometer race over the past years, the 2018 edition will see the track double its distance, extending the legs to 3.86-kilometer swim, 180.2-kilometer bike, and 42.2-kilometer run to further put to the test the participating athletes’ endurance. Cramming Gilas out to ‘shock the world,’ says Reyes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and Century Pacific Food Inc. vice president and general manager Greg Banzon. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonAs if the race isn’t grueling enough, the road is about to get tougher as Ironman—deemed as one of the most physically demanding sports in the world—brings its full distance race to the Philippines for the first time next year.Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and Century Pacific Food Inc. vice president and general manager Greg Banzon announced the staging of the 2018 Century Tuna Ironman Philippines in Subic Bay on June 3, 2018, commemorating a decade of hosting Ironman races in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’
The Government of Liberia says it is expecting two distinguished guests today in the persons of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah and Foreign Minister of Norway, Børge Brende to assess the Ebola situation in Liberia and other infected countries in the sub-region.According to a US State Department release, Mr. Shah is currently on a 5-day visit to West Africa, specifically Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Senegal from October 13-17, to meet with national and local officials, aid organizations, and staff coordinating the international response to the Ebola outbreak in the sub-region. USAID is helping to coordinate an aggressive U.S. Government response to the Ebola outbreak that leverages broad expertise and personnel from several federal departments and agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, and State, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Administrator Rajiv Shah began leadership of USAID a few days before the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010. He is generally credited for leading a very successful effort in assisting Haiti recover through a very swift and effective response. It is expected that Administrator Shah will bring the same vision and strategic response to the fight against Ebola. Rajiv Shah previously served as Under Secretary of Research, Education and Economics (REE) and Chief Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Norway’s Foreign Minister Brende, for his part, will get a firsthand look and briefing on the outbreak and its effect on the country. He is expected to renew Norway’s commitment to assisting Liberia with Ebola, as well as his country’s partnership beyond Ebola. Minister Brende, who is also Councilor of State, presides over the Ministry which is responsible for trade, foreign aid and cooperation with international organizations, among other things. He belongs to the Conservative Party and previously served in the Norwegian government as Minister of the Environment and as Minister of Trade and Industry.During a high-level Ebola Crisis Event held in connection with the World Bank annual meetings in Washington, D.C. last week, Minister, Børge Brende on Thursday, October 9, pledged well over US$10 million toward a new multi-donor fund for the fight against Ebola set up by the World Bank. “It is positive that the World Bank is setting up a fund to put the health sector in the affected countries in a better position to deal with the crisis. Norway will contribute NOK 70 million (well over US$10 million) to the fund,” said Minister Børge Brende at the event. Earlier that week, the Norwegian Government doubled its funding for the fight against Ebola, bringing Norway’s contribution up to a total of NOK 184 million. With the addition of this pledge to the new fund, Norway’s support will amount to NOK 254 million (nearly US$40 million).According to Liberia’s Information Minister Lewis Brown, the Government of Liberia intends to engage both officials regarding support to communities in terms of community care centers, increase public awareness, and to seek continued support for rebuilding of the nation’s public health system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
United States oil giant ExxonMobil on Thursday announced positive results from its Payara-1 well offshore Guyana.The Texas-based oil and gas company said the Payara is the second oil discovery on the Stabroek Block and was drilled in a new reservoir. The Payara-1 well targeted similar aged reservoirs that were proven successful at the company’s Liza discovery.The well was drilled by ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, and encountered more than 95 feet of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs. It was safely drilled to 18,080 feet in 6660 feet of water. The Payara field discovery is about 10 miles North-West of the 2015 Liza discovery.“This important discovery further establishes the area as a significant exploration province,” said Steve Greenlee, President of ExxonMobil Exploration Company. “We look forward to working with the Government and our co-venturers to continue evaluating broader exploration potential on the block and the greater Liza area.”In addition to the Payara discovery, appraisal drilling at Liza-3 has identified an additional high quality, deeper reservoir directly below the Liza field, which is estimated to contain between 100-150 million oil equivalent barrels. This additional resource is currently being evaluated for development in conjunction with the world-class Liza discovery.“These latest exploration successes are examples of ExxonMobil’s technological capabilities in ultra-deepwater environments, which will enable effective development of the resource for the benefit of the people of Guyana and our shareholders,” Greenlee said.Drilling on Payara began on November 12, 2016, with initial total depth reached on December 2, 2016. Two sidetracks have been drilled to rapidly evaluate the discovery, and a well test is underway to further evaluate the successful well results. The well data will be analysed in the coming months to better determine the full resource potential.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometres). Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is operator and holds 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds 30 per cent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 per cent interest.Back in October 2016, the company made its third significant discovery in its drilling explorations offshore Guyana, with its partner, Hess Corporation, noting that the Liza 3 exploratory well’s net value could be US$6.2 billion based on calculations from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets.In late June 2016, Exxon’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The well was drilled to 5475 metres at 1692 metres water depth. Drilling results confirmed recoverable resources to be between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Data from the Liza 2 well test is being assessed.In May 2015, Exxon confirmed its significant oil discovery at its Liza 1 exploration well, where more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs was encountered.The Liza wells are being drilled with the Stena Carron harsh environment drillship.On September 8, ExxonMobil announced that its third exploratory well, Skipjack (the third well drilled and not Liza 3 as reported in the local media) was unsuccessful since it did not yield commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. ExxonMobil spud Liza 3 after Skipjack turned up unfavourable results. Skipjack was a separate prospect 25 miles North-West of the Liza wells. The Liza 3 well, like Liza 2, will be focused on testing the flank of the Liza structure to determine the aerial extent of the reservoir.In July 2016, ExxonMobil submitted a development plan for Liza to Guyana’s Environmental Protection Agency to begin the environmental review process.That plan calls for a pair of rigs to drill development wells from two drill centres, each with a corresponding water injection site to the East.Business site Bloomberg, in June of this year, reported that ExxonMobil’s oil discovery off the coast of Guyana may hold as much as 1.4 billion barrels, twice the size of the previous estimate, making it potentially worth about US$70 billion based on current prices.
Also Wednesday, GM said that as part of the GMAC sale, it will pay $1 billion to GMAC by the end of the month to raise its equity to where it was on Nov. 30, when the deal closed. The payment is necessary because of deterioration in GMAC’s residential mortgage results due in large part to subprime loans, and earnings restatements by GMAC, GM said. David Healy, an analyst with Burnham Securities and a GM shareholder, said that despite the GMAC loan problems, GM is poised to have more profitable quarters in 2007. “I think the recovery is still intact,” he said, adding that GM will see a full year of its North American cost cuts, plus its new pickups and luxury sport utility vehicles are selling well. “Cost-cutting and a richer mix of launch vehicles through at least the first half of 2007 should help maintain this positive trend,” Merrill Lynch analyst John Murphy said in a note to investors. Henderson said GM’s automotive operations performed better than expected for the quarter with increased revenue in North America due to higher transaction prices and higher sales volumes and revenues overseas. Worldwide, the company said it made $228 million selling cars and trucks for the quarter and $422 million for the calendar year. Its North American automotive operations lost $14 million for the quarter and $779 million for the year, but the annual figures were $5 billion better than the previous year, Henderson said. GM also cut structural costs by $6.8 billion last year due mainly to buyouts and early retirement offers accepted by more than 34,000 hourly workers. It expects to reap the results of $9 billion in cost cuts this year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – In a region battered by the loss of thousands of automotive jobs and whose primary industry has been awash in red ink, news of a $950 million fourth-quarter net profit from General Motors Corp. should have been met with a parade. But the bad news of the past year or so has even GM reacting cautiously, with Chief Financial Officer Fritz Henderson a little reserved about saying the profit is a sign that its dark times are coming to an end. “I would say no one’s declaring victory, though, at this point at General Motors. Nobody,” Henderson said after its 2006 earnings were announced Wednesday. “The objective is to build a successful, profitable enterprise going forward.” Yet Henderson and some industry analysts say the profit is a foundation for the world’s largest automaker to recover from a $10.4 billion loss in 2005 and a $2 billion overall net loss for the full year in 2006. “An important step is where I’d put it, but just that, and we’re focused on ’07,” Henderson said. He wouldn’t predict whether GM, which is undergoing a massive overhaul that includes shedding thousands of jobs and closing plants to become more competitive with Asian automakers, would make money this year. But he did promise that the company would continue to improve its year-over-year performance. GM’s positive fourth-quarter results included $770 million in special items attributed mainly to the sale of a 51 percent stake in its financial arm, General Motors Acceptance Corp., to an investment group led by Cerberus Capital Management. But GM said it would have made $180 million in the quarter without the GMAC proceeds and other items. Subprime loan problems had a negative impact on GM’s balance sheet, though, with the company taking a $284 million loss from GMAC to its bottom line in the fourth quarter. GM’s financial results were delayed by accounting troubles and last year’s sale of the GMAC stake. Overall, its fourth-quarter revenue declined to $51.2 billion from $51.7 billion in the last quarter of 2005, and GM attributed the drop to the exclusion of GMAC revenue starting Dec. 1.
0Shares0000Arsenal have not been contacted by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) over the missed test yet, said Wenger.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 26 – Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alexis Sanchez missed a drugs test on the day he moved to Manchester United, and that the responsibility lies with Arsenal.Arsenal have not been contacted by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) over the missed test yet, said Wenger. The Frenchman defended Sanchez and Arsenal over their co-operation with anti-doping procedures, but admitted the error lies with his club.Wenger said: “Honestly on the admin side it would still be our responsibility because on the day he had not moved so maybe it will be down to us, our responsibility, I don’t know what happened but usually we try our best to get players available.”Sanchez’s whereabouts were unknown to anti-doping authorities as he finalised his transfer to Manchester United on Monday, and Wenger insisted his absence from his test was down to special circumstances.“I’m quite relaxed because we have nothing to hide here and we always try to do our best to cooperate with doping control,” he said. “I’ve pushed for football to do more for doping. This was a special day.“The most important is that the intention is right. The intention of Alexis was not to hide, neither was ours. We have nothing to hide.”Manchester United and the FA have so far declined to comment on reports that Sanchez missed a drugs test.Sanchez is set to make his debut against Yeovil in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday after Jose Mourinho named the player in his squad.-By Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Tori Pena was in sensational form in New Mexico.Tori Pena (Finn Valley AC) was in record breaking form over the weekend as she set a new Irish pole vault record of 4.46m at a meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Pena jumped clear all the way through her series and had no faults before just missing at the next height of 4.52m.The 4.46m clearance added one centimetre to the old record held by Pena which she set in January 2012. The height was also over the required qualification standard for the European Indoor Championships in Prague, scheduled from the 6th-8th of March FINN VALLEY AC ATHLETE TORI PENA IN RECORD BREAKING FORM IN NEW MEXICO was last modified: February 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticsFinn Valley ACNoticesSporttori pena
Go hard or go home! This fan went all out These fans couldn’t believe Russia advanced to the quarter-finals The Russian team pile on the hero Akinfeev 8 8 “Lots of beer, whiskey and vodka.” This Russia fan is planning a BIG night after beating Spain 😂😂#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/1UMpdBfq0i— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 1, 2018 There were colourful scenes outside the ground pre-match 🙌 Moscow goes mad! 🙌The #RUS fans enjoyed Dzyuba’s goal so much they even got the smoke bombs out! 💨Do you think Russia will go on to beat #ESP?📻 https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/8znZdD7RHS— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 1, 2018 Madness!! 😂😂Look how this #RUS fan celebrated the win over Spain 🍺😂#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/OMJBR4P736— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 1, 2018 These fans kept the faith The Luzhniki Stadium crowd started a Mexican Wave halfway through the first-half This boy always had faith Russia could upset Spain Earlier, the hosts got off to the worst start when Sergei Ignashevich diverted a free-kick into his own net but Sergio Ramos was happy to claim the goal…However, Artem Dzyuba’s spot-kick just before half-time levelled the game after Gerard Pique was penalised for an ill-judged handball which he received a lot of stick on Twitter for.It was a tense game in what has been a terrific tournament so far as Russia came out on top.Below you can see some of the best pictures and videos of fans before, during and after the Spain v Russia last 16 clash. 8 8 8 The party continues 😂Loads of Russia fans have jumped into the fountain in Red Square 👀#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/PK9kGYJjIN— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 1, 2018talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. The Luzhniki Stadium was bouncing after the game 8 On an 11 hour train across Russia…The moment @talkSPORT told these Russia fans they’d beaten Spain 🙌#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/ObS4Ndsmjd— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 1, 2018 Akinfeev SAVES 🙌Inside the fan park the moment Russia knocked Spain out! 👏#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/Xf1wumRqne— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 1, 2018 I hope you’ve got your breath back after that nail-biting penalty shootout which saw host nation Russia book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals at Spain’s expense.Igor Akinfeev pulled off two great saves to deny Koke and Iago Aspas in the shootout to shatter the 2010 World Cup winners’ hopes of glory in 2018. 8 Roo-si-ya! 🎶 #RUS fans making plenty of noise on the metro to the #ESP match 🙌#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/tsi1aU6DnS— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 1, 2018 8
Smith arrived having spent 19 years as the voice of the Yankees’ AAA farm club in Columbus, where the Clippers won six International League titles during his stay. He was also the play-by-play voice of prestigious Ohio State football and basketball from 1986 to 1997. The Angels’ good karma perhaps began when Mr. Smith came to Anaheim. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I’m sort of used to this,” Smith said from Chicago before returning for Game 3 of the ALCS tonight against the White Sox. “I’ve been involved with a lot of championship teams. I don’t know if I’m lucky or not. I just know you never get tired of it. It’s great being a part of the Angels franchise during what’s become their glory years. “When I was interviewed by (Angels’ Communications Vice-President) Tim Mead for the job, he told me about the history of the franchise and how it had not enjoyed a whole lot of playoff success.” Whether he’s a good luck charm or not, Smith and his partner Rory Markas have given stability and professionalism to the Angels’ radio booth for the first time in more than a decade. The radio package jumped around the dial for several years in the ’90s and no one since Dick Enberg and Don Drysdale were ever able to capture the fancy of fans. Enberg is in a class by himself, but Smith, who grew up idolizing the work of Phillies great Harry Kalas and the legendary Lindsey Nelson, embraces all of the basic and necessary qualities one wants in an announcer. He calls a very clean game, he provides good insight into the team, fleshes out the personalities of the players, doesn’t openly root, and handles the often difficult task of callers to the postgame show, the catch-basin of sports talk. “I don’t feel I’m the most talented guy or a know-it-all,” Smith said. “But I don’t know anyone who outworks me. I’ve been doing baseball professionally since 1977, and I like to do my homework. I like getting out to the park early and knowing the players and team and being able to talk with knowledge about the game. The Angels may have this comeback mojo all wrong. Maybe the credit should go to Terry Smith and not Anaheim’s favorite simian, the Rally Monkey. After all, the Angels were just the other team in greater Southern California the year (2002) the radio play-by-play man arrived, one with a vexing history, casual fans and limited postseason success. Now they have a World Series win in hand, back-to-back AL West titles, and are driving interest in the 2005 postseason. “I don’t have an air about myself. I’m a common guy who grew up in Philly. My mom and dad were teachers and I saw how hard my dad had to work, and he coached high school football in addition to teaching.” Smith wasn’t looking for a new job when the Angels’ opportunity came up. He had won several area awards and was firmly entrenched. A few major-league opportunities had come and gone, and he had decided he wasn’t going to pursue any more unless he felt he would be considered a serious candidate. The person most responsible for his arrival is another Angels’ voice, the irrepressible Rex Hudler, the TV analyst on KCAL and Fox Sports West. Smith was in his rookie season at Columbus the same time Hudler was there as a Yankees’ minor leaguer. They became friends, Hudler married a local girl, and he and Smith would get together a few times each offseason. When the Angels radio jobs became open, Hudler encouraged Smith to pursue it. “I was reluctant,” Smith said. “I didn’t have family in Southern California. I was from the East Coast and my wife from the mid-south. There were a lot of reasons why I thought it wasn’t the right thing to do, but Rex kept prodding me.” His meeting with Mead went extremely well, in part because Smith and Mead respected each other’s loyalty. The Angels may have not enjoyed much success, but it had been a family operation under Gene Autry and Arte Moreno was determined to maintain that tone. Mead respected Smith’s loyalty for almost two decades in Columbus. “I’d had other opportunities and stayed. There was a stretch of about 10 years there where I never applied for another job,” Smith said. “Even though doing major-league baseball was my dream, I didn’t feel the need to look elsewhere. “When I met with Tim, he put me totally at ease and I felt I didn’t have to put on any front. I could just be myself. And I told him that I wasn’t looking at the Angels job as a stepping stone. I wanted to anchor myself and do a good enough job that I would have a long career with the Angels. if I took this job, it would be my last stop.” The Angels haven’t stopped winning since he arrived, so it’s safe to say he’s not going anywhere soon. Why monkey around with success? And now the news Game 1 of the ALCS Tuesday earned a 7.7 Nielsen rating on Fox, a solid number but predictably far off the 10.0 for Game 1 in 2004 between the Yankees and Red Sox. The game did a 25.0 rating in Chicago and 17.3 in Los Angeles. Game 2, a split national telecast, earned a 9.1. Game 4 of the Angels-Yankees division series Sunday earned Fox a 9.7, up 45 percent from Fox’s ALDS 2004 telecast, and Game 5 Monday posted an 8.9. ESPN also posted big ratings gains for their division telecasts, up nine percent for ESPN telecasts and 36 percent for those on ESPN2, including an all-time high of 4.1 for the White Sox-Red Sox Game 2 telecast. … Fox Sports West premieres “Crowning Moments’ next Wednesday, a special one-hour documentary that reviews the network’s 20 year-association with the Los Angeles Kings. Bob Miller narrates and the special is produced by Bob Borgen. … The CIF Southern Section and KCAL have agreed to televise the Division I football championship game from Home Depot Center in December, and the section has a tentative deal to televise four football playoff games and four girl’s championship events on KVMD. … NBC has the USC-Notre Dame game Saturday (11:30 p.m.) with Tom Hammond and former Trojan quarterback Pat Haden in the booth. Haden, who won a pair of national titles at USC, has an interview with two-time national champ Matt Leinart that runs in two parts, in the pregame show and halftime. … Showtime has the Diego Corrales-Jose Luis Castillo II replay Saturday at 9 p.m. … NBC airs Michelle Wie’s official pro debut tourney this weekend (Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.). … Through four weeks, CBS is averaging a 9.4 rating for its NFL telecasts, up 12 percent and better than Fox’s 9.2, the first time this late into the season that CBS and the AFC package has outdrawn Fox and the NFC. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Schwarzenegger is pushing four of the eight initiatives in the special election, which he called in June and which is expected to cost the state between $52 million and $55 million. The four measures are: Proposition 74, which would extend the probationary period for teachers and make it easier to fire veteran teachers; Proposition 75, which would require public employee unions to obtain written permission from members before dues could be used for political purposes; Proposition 76, which would implement a state spending cap and give the governor authority to make midyear cuts; and Proposition 77, which would strip lawmakers of their power to draw legislative and congressional districts. “These are very partisan initiatives,” said Bill Carrick, a longtime Democratic strategist who is consulting on the “No on Proposition 77” campaign. “(Shriver) comes out of a tradition of support for the labor movement and, obviously, strong support for Democrats. It’s awkward.” About 11,000 participants have registered for the conference, which will feature dozens of celebrity speakers, including TV journalist Barbara Walters and hip hop singer Mary J. Blige. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – The California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women and Families is designed as a high-profile celebration of women’s accomplishments and female empowerment. It’s part networking event, part “go girl” affirmation, all organized by first lady Maria Shriver, who has attracted such celebrities as Jane Fonda and Tom Brokaw, as well as retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, to this year’s gathering. But today’s event at the Long Beach Convention Center also will be colored by the special election called by her husband, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Shriver has so far made no public statements about her husband’s divisive “year of reform” ballot initiatives, which target public employee unions and the power Democrats hold over state politics. Nor has she addressed the widespread protests against the initiatives or the union-financed television ad campaign that has caused her husband’s popularity to plummet over the last year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week With the Nov. 8 special election less than two weeks away, the political spotlight is certain to intensify on Shriver, a Democrat and a Kennedy, whose family ties to the Democratic Party have reached iconic status. Last week, the Republican governor hinted that his wife might break her silence at the women’s conference. “You will hear from her,” he told reporters. “I think she’s going to talk about that there. … And you will see what she thinks about my work and the initiatives and what we are trying to accomplish here.” Shriver is declining all interview requests during the women’s conference, said Ashley Kirkendall, who is handling publicity for the event. Shriver’s press secretary, Terri Carbaugh, said she didn’t expect the first lady to express her views on the initiatives at the conference or anywhere else. “This is not a forum for speakers to campaign for or against measures placed on the Nov. 8 special election ballot,” Carbaugh said. “As of now, there are no plans for her to campaign on behalf of the special election. As a journalist, she’s going to choose to keep her ballot choices private.”
Brentford trailed at the break at Turf Moor to a Michael Keane header.The goal, on 25 minutes, came against the run of play after the Bees had looked the better side in the opening stages.Burnley keeper Tom Heaton turned away an Alan Judge free-kick and was then equal to a shot from Lasse Vibe, who looked the brightest of the Brentford players.Vibe also latched on to a Konstantin Kerschbaumer through ball but delayed his shot and allowed Heaton to block with his legs.Burnley then scored with their second serious attempt on goal, a corner nodded in by Keane at the far post.That settled the home side down a little and quelled Brentford’s bright start, with Scott Arfield blazing a good opportunity over the bar.Alan McCormack forced Heaton into a save at his near post before being booked for a strong challenge on Burnley left-back Ben Mee.Burnley: Heaton; Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee; Boyd, Jones, Arfield, Kightly; Hennings, Jutkiewicz.Subs: Gilks, Ward, Anderson, Taylor, Vokes, Vossen, Sordell.Brentford: Button; McCormack, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; Judge, Diagouraga, Kerschbaumer, Gogia; Hofmann, Vibe.Subs: Bonham, Barbet, Colin, O’Connell, Udumaga, Clarke, Senior.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook