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Danica Patrick to end racing career at next year’s Indy 500

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “I met with her and her agent once,” Ganassi said. “I think it is a good idea for her to do, in fact I think it’s a great idea. The business-side of the deal still has to work.”Ganassi already has Cup star Kyle Larson in his camp practically begging for a shot at the Indy 500. Would he enter one-off entries at Indy for both Patrick and Larson?“I’d have to talk to Larson about that,” Ganassi smiled.Larson and Patrick are close friends, and he posted on Twitter he was happy for her following her Friday announcement: “She’s done so much for Motorsports. I’m excited for her and her future adventures!! #Namaste.”Patrick is the only woman to have led laps in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Patrick ran the Indy 500 from 2005 through 2011. Her highest finish was third in 2009, and she was the first woman to lead laps in the race when she paced the field for 19 trips around the Brickyard as a rookie.Patrick was highly marketable early in her career even though wins were rare. She won the pole for the Daytona 500 in 2013, but finished 24th in the standings the last two seasons. She won her only IndyCar race in 2008, in Japan.Sponsorship trouble surfaced this year, too. When no strong opportunities for next season presented itself, Patrick decided to call it a career next Memorial Day weekend.“I think it’s awesome and it will make for a huge month of May that she’s back there,” said Stewart, who spent half of his career trying to win the Indy 500. “It would be really cool to see her face on the Borg-Warner Trophy, if she can pull that off.”Patrick had been adamant she would never return to IndyCar or the 500, but changed her mind as she realized her competitive options were dwindling.“I know I always said I’d never go back to Indy, and I was always being honest,” she said. “Well, things change. I know now you can never say never. I’d been going through this in my head and kept asking myself, ‘How am I going to get the words out and say it’s over?’ And trust me, I lost my (stuff) a few times over that. Danica Patrick cries he speaks with the media during a news conference before Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Patrick will end her full-time racing career after running in next year’s Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. ( AP Photo/Darryl Graham)HOMESTEAD, Fla. — She started in go-karts when she was 10, and was a national champion two years later. By the time Danica Patrick turned 16, she was on her own in Europe, pursuing a racing career.Patrick was a fearless woman in a sport almost exclusively comprised of male drivers. She raced hard, sparred with her rivals off the track and rarely flinched while becoming one of the most recognizable athletes in the world.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Murray splits with coach Ivan Lendl for second time Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race02:14Carpio 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Patrick has known for at least a month that she will end her career next season at the Indianapolis 500, a decision that will bring her full circle and return her one last time to the storied track that made her famous. Discussing her decision with The Associated Press a few hours before her announcement, Patrick was giddy with excitement and thrilled at the chance to take one more spin around Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Patrick told AP it took her many months to come to the realization her career is all but over. Once she accepted it, she began putting together plans for “The Danica Double” over the last several weeks.“Nothing that was being presented excited me, then about three weeks ago, I just blurted out, ‘What about Indy? Let’s end it with the Indy 500,’” she said. “This ignites something in me. But I am done after May. Everyone needs to put their mind there. My plan is to be at Indy, and then I’m done.”Patrick would not reveal who she will drive for in either race next year, but Chip Ganassi Racing is the likely ride at Indy. Ganassi has room to field additional cars — he’s scaling down from four full-time cars to two next year — and would give Patrick a car capable of winning. Roger Penske and Michael Andretti both have full lineups announced for next year’s Indy 500.Patrick will not be driving in the Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas Racing, team co-owner Tony Stewart told AP. Patrick moved from IndyCar to NASCAR after the 2011 season, and has been racing Cup cars for SHR since 2012.  She is being replaced after Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway by Aric Almirola.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Her tough-girl persona almost never cracked in public.When it came time to announce her retirement, with her mother, father, sister, brother-in-law, boyfriend and support team watching from the back of a crowded room at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday afternoon, Patrick broke down in tears.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“I feel like this is where my life should be headed, and sometimes we just get kind of nudged there,” she began. “Sometimes it’s big nudges and sometimes it’s little.”The 35-year-old Patrick paused several times to compose herself to announce that she will race only in the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 next year and then she will walk away from a sport where success was elusive even as she grew into a superstar with multiple labels, not the least of which was savvy businesswoman. MOST READ “But this seems right, and this seems good.”Patrick told AP she had only informed about 10 people of her decision prior to Friday’s announcement. Everyone had been extremely happy with the path she’s chosen. She said longtime boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. “has never been more excited about something about me in his life.”Stewart praised Patrick for her time at SHR, and said his team would never have expanded to four cars without her assistance. Kevin Harvick will try to win a second championship in four years for the organization on Sunday, and Stewart said Patrick has been a huge part of the team’s success.He was disappointed to learn she’s ready to stop driving.“I am happy that she is doing it on her terms, but I am sad because I feel like there are wins under her belt that she can still get,” Stewart told AP. “I thought she’d go road racing or back to IndyCar or something along those lines, because I think that’s where she can be successful.”Patrick’s fame was launched in IndyCar, and her relationship with former sponsor GoDaddy made her one of the most recognizable female athletes anywhere, from Super Bowl commercials to race days in the green-and-black firesuit. She has a winery in California, a line of athletic wear and an exercise and fitness program. Patrick said she’ll have more time to spend on those ventures after the Indy 500.Her career crossroads was put in motion when GoDaddy left auto racing after 2015, then new sponsor Nature’s Bakery was unable to fulfill its three-year commitment to SHR and Patrick. The team pieced together sponsorship all year, but the deal for Almirola next year made Patrick expendable.“I didn’t want to be pushed into anything, and everyone can relate, sometimes things just shift and change around you,” she told AP. “Especially with me and the sponsor situation. I’ve never been there before. I’ve always had a sponsor. It forces you into thinking about things and nothing was lining up easily. If I don’t feel like I can run better than where I am, then I don’t want to do it. And, there have been times that I could not have been more miserable.“That’s not why I come, and I feel like it takes away from everything else I accomplished. I don’t want to be remembered for the things that didn’t go as well. I want to be remembered for the things that went well.” View commentslast_img read more

Sister Jean helps bring basketball to an otherworldly place

first_imgLATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. More than any single player or coach, it is the 98-year-old nun , Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, who has left an indelible mark on this year’s NCAA Tournament, with her scouting reports and T-shirt-ready advice — “Worship, work and wisdom” — lending an almost otherworldly credence to the idea that, in sports, anything is possible.And for those seeking a deeper meaning to Loyola’s improbable trip to the Final Four, her presence raises questions that would normally be out of bounds in most mainstream sports conversations: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 crownDo Sister Jean’s prayers carry more weight than, say, those of the Michigan fans who will be rooting against Loyola on Saturday?Is it OK to pray for something as pedestrian as, say, your team to win the big game? “She’s showing that, yes, nuns are regular people with a special calling,” says Rebecca Alpert, a religion professor at Temple whose book, “Religion and Sports,” looks at ways those two facets of life intersect. “She’s photogenic. She’s media savvy. It’s a great story. I like hearing it. I’ll buy a bobblehead.”It also brings up this awkward dissonance: Villanova is also accompanied by a person of the cloth, the Rev. Rob Hagan. And yet, because he represents a school that is better known, top seeded, a champion only two years ago and the furthest thing from a plucky underdog, Father Rob is a supporting player in this drama — no bobblehead as of yet — who is receiving his 15 minutes in large part because Sister Jean has gotten hers on the other side of the bracket.Which brings up the question: If Father Rob’s and Sister Jean’s teams square off in an all-Catholic final Monday night, who wins?Another way to ask it is whether Sister Jean’s prayers hold any more weight than those of others, including secular fans who may want Kansas or Michigan to win on Saturday — to say nothing of the poor folks who were pulling for Kansas State or Texas Tech last weekend in the Elite Eight.“It’s a legitimate question,” Price says. “It’s about discipline and it’s about frequency (of praying), and that doesn’t necessarily mean (Sister Jean’s) prayers are heard better. But they’re articulated in ways that are not about self-gratification. Cheering for a bunch of young men to play their best and fulfill their dream is different from, let’s say, a stock car racer who prays to the Lord for a caution flag to come out so he can win the race.”The idea of divine intervention in sports goes way back, even decades before Al Michaels famously asked “Do you believe in miracles?” as the seconds ticked down in the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team’s seminal victory over the Russians — a bunch of amateurs unbelievably beating a bunch of professionals.And yet, the so-called “Miracle on Ice” hardly stands alone in sports, where the never-ending search for the upset, the unexpected, the unexplainable, is, in fact, “the reason we play the game.”Miracle in the Meadowlands.Music City Miracle.The Immaculate Reception. Hail Mary.The winner of the first three women’s national titles: Immaculata College . That was no miracle.But if little Loyola-Chicago is cutting down nets come Monday night, well, that might be — even if God is in no way connected to the actual result.“The word ‘miracle’ is very important because what it signals is something intruding on your day-to-day reality and reminding you that the world is a much more complicated and beautiful place,” Alpert says. “You don’t have to make the assumption that there’s an all-knowing God intervening and making this happen.”Though no harm if you do.From all the corruption that’s been unmasked in college basketball to the sex-abuse scandals involving Larry Nassar and gymnastics to the Russian doping scandal at the Olympics, sports has become an ugly, ungodly sort of place of late.Miracle or no, who’s to say an 89-year-old superfan and her 11th-seeded team from out of nowhere can’t help drag some sports fans from that abyss?“We can’t possibly forget the kinds of questions and issues that are being raised,” Alpert says. “But this has … pulled us away from things that are hurting sports today. If you look at it that way, then we can all be very grateful to Sister Jean.” MOST READ FILE – Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt celebrates with the Loyola Ramblers after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament South Regional at Philips Arena on March 24, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Loyola defeated Kansas State 78-62. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPSAN ANTONIO — On the night before Easter, a night when Sister Jean could reasonably be contemplating more consequential affairs, she will instead be festooned in her maroon and yellow letter jacket, sitting in her wheelchair on the floor of one of America’s greatest sports cathedrals, praying for an entirely different sort of miracle.She’ll be trying to will the underdog, 11th-seeded Ramblers from the Jesuit school of Loyola-Chicago another step along the road to a national championship. It’s a road even the most pious fan wouldn’t have dreamed of a mere three weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japan’s former MLB stars looking to make it back home Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Do miracles really happen in sports?To sum them all up: Does God really care about basketball?“Because God cares about the whole health of a human being, and because play is an element of the human experience, God cares about play,” says Joe Price, an ordained minister who teaches classes on sports and religion at Whittier College. “Now, whether God cares about competitive sport at a professional level is perhaps a different question.”Big-time sports has been long familiar with enthusiastically religious athletes and ultra-successful programs from religious colleges. Tim Tebow, Carson Wentz and Kurt Warner; Notre Dame, BYU and, yes, another Final Four participant this weekend, Villanova. They and others have come to the fore and brought their religion with them, front and center.And yet, Loyola feels like something different. Instead of a player or coach who stands out as the main catalyst for all this success, it’s a nun who is not only bringing added attention to her beloved players but doing it in a way that unravels stereotypes about the elderly to say nothing of the millions of women who have chosen her calling over the centuries.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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

Woman crushed to death at Eccles, EBD

first_imgA woman was on Friday afternoon crushed to death by a motor lorry along the Haags Bosch Dump Site Road, Eccles, East Bank Demerara. The unfortunate incident occurred at about 14:00h.The woman of mixed race is yet to be identified but Guyana Times understands her husband works in an interior location.The woman’s body lying on the roadwayBased on information received, the woman who was clad in a pair of blue jeans and a white blouse was heading towards the East Bank Highway when she came into contact with the rear wheel of the motor lorry, which bore registration number GPP 1637.While some persons at the scene refused to divulge information, a few related that the driver of the truck was on his mobile phone and did not see the woman who was on the left hand side of the road.She had just exited Norton Street and walked onto the main access road when the accident occurred.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, the woman’s body was covered while one slipper was in close proximity of the body and the other was under the motor lorry. Soon after, crime scene experts arrived and started their investigations. During their investigation, they searched the woman’s belongings with the hope of making a positive identification but no form of ID was in her bag.The driver of the truck, Lloyd Williams, who was still traumatised by the accident, explained that he was heading out of the Haags Bosch dumpsite and stopped at a small snackette to collect a spoon. “When I pulled off, the same man who gave me the spoon shout hold! hold! hold! And then is when I see the woman on the road through the mirror,” he noted.Williams also related that when he came out of the truck, he was told the woman was caught in the back wheel of the truck. She reportedly spun several times and then dropped onto the roadway after which the wheels ran over her. The driver is however holding out that the woman was on her mobile phone as she exited a nearby street.However, after the accident occurred, he advised those who rushed to the scene to collect her phone and dial the last number she called, noting that in that way, they will be able to know her identity. But persons at the scene told Guyana Times that they attempted to do so, but the phone was locked.Meanwhile, the driver of the motor lorry who is employed with Chung Noble Establishment for the past year-and-a-half was taken into Police custody as they continue their investigations.last_img read more

Post prints claims against its own editor

first_imgThe Post acknowledged the last charge was partially true. It said Johnson received a “Christmas gift” of $1,000 cash in 1997. He confessed the gift to Allan and was reprimanded, the paper said. It did not say when Johnson came forward to Allan, who did not take over the Post until 2001. Allan, meanwhile, insisted that his behavior several years ago at the club, Scores, was “beyond reproach.” A Post spokesman said the tabloid would not respond to the other allegations point by point. “They’re branding them generally as false,” Howard Rubenstein said Saturday. In an apparent pre-emptive strike Friday, the Post published the charges made in a four-page statement by a former Post reporter, Ian Spiegelman. The rival Daily News jumped on the story in Saturday’s paper, with the front page tease, “Ex-Post Reporter Alleges Seedy Shenanigans.” Spiegelman’s assertions, if true, would bolster any legal action against the tabloid by another ex-Post writer, Jared Paul Stern. The allegations involving billionaire media mogul Murdoch also could complicate his News Corp.’s offer to buy Dow Jones & Co., which owns The Wall Street Journal. NEW YORK – Strippers! Sex acts! Illicit gifts! A typical day for the New York Post’s salacious Page Six – except this time, the bold-faced names in the widely read gossip column included the paper’s owner, its editor and the editor of the column itself. Post editor Col Allan, according to a one-time Post employee, received sexual favors from dancers at a well-known Manhattan strip club. Owner Rupert Murdoch spiked stories that were bad for his business ventures, the ex-employee alleges. And longtime Page Six honcho Richard Johnson accepted a cash gift from a Manhattan restaurateur for a favorable mention – typical, the fired worker claims, of an operation where graft and freebies flowed freely. Murdoch specifically spiked any “unflattering stories about Chinese officials” over concerns they might have “endangered Murdoch’s broadcasting privileges” in the country, Spiegelman said. Murdoch has insisted his reputation as a meddler is overstated and he would preserve the Journal’s independence if his bid to buy Dow Jones is successful. Stern, a Page 6 freelancer, was suspended last year amid allegations he tried to shake down billionaire Ronald Burkle in exchange for favorable coverage. He no longer works for the paper. Spiegelman, who also worked for Page Six, was fired in 2004 – a point noted by Allan in his response to the charges. “Spiegelman’s claims are a tissue of lies concocted by an embittered former employee I fired,” the editor said in Friday’s paper.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


first_imgTHE sun shone for Sam Maguire as the famous old trophy’s World Tour of Donegal made it to Tory Island.It was a special day for the 160 or so inhabitants of the beautiful island off the Donegal coast came out in force to welcome Sam home!Next stop….Australia!    PICTURE SPECIAL AS THE WORLD TOUR OF SAM MAGUIRE FINALLY MAKES IT TO TORY ISLAND was last modified: June 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:PICTURE SPECIAL AS THE WORLD TOUR OF SAM MAGUIRE FINALLY MAKES IT TO TORY ISLANDlast_img read more

‘The best transfer window in history!’ Man United fans excited by latest news

first_img1 Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba Manchester United may well have had an opening bid for Paul Pogba turned down, but this hasn’t stopped fans whipping themselves into frenzy.An offer of around £87million plus £13million in add-ons was reportedly slapped into Juventus, in the way only a transfer bid can be.Juve director Beppe Marotto though, has rejected this proposal from Man United CEO Ed Woodward, demanding £100million up front and £8million in add-ons, according to the Guardian.The ball is back in the Red Devils’ court as they prime another deal, but how are supporters reacting as the transfer edges close to a conclusion?You can see for yourself below…last_img read more

Text of President Bush’s speech on immigration Monday night

first_imgText of President Bush’s speech on immigration Monday night: Good evening. I have asked for a few minutes of your time to discuss a matter of national importance: the reform of America’s immigration system. The issue of immigration stirs intense emotions and in recent weeks, Americans have seen those emotions on display. On the streets of major cities, crowds have rallied in support of those in our country illegally. At our southern border, others have organized to stop illegal immigrants from coming in. Across the country, Americans are trying to reconcile these contrasting images. And in Washington, the debate over immigration reform has reached a time of decision. Tonight, I will make it clear where I stand, and where I want to lead our country on this vital issue. Despite this progress, we do not yet have full control of the border, and I am determined to change that. Tonight I am calling on Congress to provide funding for dramatic improvements in manpower and technology at the border. By the end of 2008, we will increase the number of Border Patrol officers by an additional 6,000. When these new agents are deployed, we will have more than doubled the size of the Border Patrol during my presidency. At the same time, we are launching the most technologically advanced border security initiative in American history. We will construct high-tech fences in urban corridors, and build new patrol roads and barriers in rural areas. We will employ motion sensors infrared cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles to prevent illegal crossings. America has the best technology in the world and we will ensure that the Border Patrol has the technology they need to do their job and secure our border. Training thousands of new Border Patrol agents and bringing the most advanced technology to the border will take time. Yet the need to secure our border is urgent. So I am announcing several immediate steps to strengthen border enforcement during this period of transition: One way to help during this transition is to use the National Guard. So in coordination with governors, up to 6,000 Guard members will be deployed to our southern border. The Border Patrol will remain in the lead. The Guard will assist the Border Patrol by operating surveillance systems analyzing intelligence installing fences and vehicle barriers building patrol roads and providing training. Guard units will not be involved in direct law enforcement activities that duty will be done by the Border Patrol. This initial commitment of Guard members would last for a period of one year. After that, the number of Guard forces will be reduced as new Border Patrol agents and new technologies come online. It is important for Americans to know that we have enough Guard forces to win the war on terror, respond to natural disasters, and help secure our border. The United States is not going to militarize the southern border. Mexico is our neighbor, and our friend. We will continue to work cooperatively to improve security on both sides of the border, to confront common problems like drug trafficking and crime, and to reduce illegal immigration. Another way to help during this period of transition is through state and local law enforcement in our border communities. So we will increase federal funding for state and local authorities assisting the Border Patrol on targeted enforcement missions. And we will give state and local authorities the specialized training they need to help federal officers apprehend and detain illegal immigrants. State and local law enforcement officials are an important resource and they are part of our strategy to secure our border communities. The steps I have outlined will improve our ability to catch people entering our country illegally. At the same time, we must ensure that every illegal immigrant we catch crossing our southern border is returned home. More than 85 percent of the illegal immigrants we catch crossing the southern border are Mexicans, and most are sent back home within 24 hours. But when we catch illegal immigrants from other countries, it is not as easy to send them home. For many years, the government did not have enough space in our detention facilities to hold them while the legal process unfolded. So most were released back into our society and asked to return for a court date. When the date arrived, the vast majority did not show up. This practice, called “catch and release,” is unacceptable and we will end it. We are taking several important steps to meet this goal. We have expanded the number of beds in our detention facilities, and we will continue to add more. We have expedited the legal process to cut the average deportation time. And we are making it clear to foreign governments that they must accept back their citizens who violate our immigration laws. As a result of these actions, we have ended “catch and release” for illegal immigrants from some countries. And I will ask Congress for additional funding and legal authority, so we can end “catch and release” at the southern border once and for all. When people know that they will be caught and sent home if they enter our country illegally, they will be less likely to try to sneak in. Second, to secure our border, we must create a temporary worker program. The reality is that there are many people on the other side of our border who will do anything to come to America to work and build a better life. They walk across miles of desert in the summer heat, or hide in the back of 18-wheelers to reach our country. This creates enormous pressure on our border that walls and patrols alone will not stop. To secure the border effectively, we must reduce the numbers of people trying to sneak across. Therefore, I support a temporary worker program that would create a legal path for foreign workers to enter our country in an orderly way, for a limited period of time. This program would match willing foreign workers with willing American employers for jobs Americans are not doing. Every worker who applies for the program would be required to pass criminal background checks. And temporary workers must return to their home country at the conclusion of their stay. A temporary worker program would meet the needs of our economy, and it would give honest immigrants a way to provide for their families while respecting the law. A temporary worker program would reduce the appeal of human smugglers and make it less likely that people would risk their lives to cross the border. It would ease the financial burden on state and local governments, by replacing illegal workers with lawful taxpayers. And above all, a temporary worker program would add to our security by making certain we know who is in our country and why they are here. Third, we need to hold employers to account for the workers they hire. It is against the law to hire someone who is in this country illegally. Yet businesses often cannot verify the legal status of their employees, because of the widespread problem of document fraud. Therefore, comprehensive immigration reform must include a better system for verifying documents and work eligibility. A key part of that system should be a new identification card for every legal foreign worker. This card should use biometric technology, such as digital fingerprints, to make it tamper-proof. A tamper-proof card would help us enforce the law and leave employers with no excuse for violating it. And by making it harder for illegal immigrants to find work in our country, we would discourage people from crossing the border illegally in the first place. Fourth, we must face the reality that millions of illegal immigrants are already here. They should not be given an automatic path to citizenship. This is amnesty, and I oppose it. Amnesty would be unfair to those who are here lawfully and it would invite further waves of illegal immigration. Some in this country argue that the solution is to deport every illegal immigrant and that any proposal short of this amounts to amnesty. I disagree. It is neither wise nor realistic to round up millions of people, many with deep roots in the United States, and send them across the border. There is a rational middle ground between granting an automatic path to citizenship for every illegal immigrant, and a program of mass deportation. That middle ground recognizes that there are differences between an illegal immigrant who crossed the border recently and someone who has worked here for many years, and has a home, a family, and an otherwise clean record. I believe that illegal immigrants who have roots in our country and want to stay should have to pay a meaningful penalty for breaking the law to pay their taxes to learn English and to work in a job for a number of years. People who meet these conditions should be able to apply for citizenship but approval would not be automatic, and they will have to wait in line behind those who played by the rules and followed the law. What I have just described is not amnesty it is a way for those who have broken the law to pay their debt to society, and demonstrate the character that makes a good citizen. Fifth, we must honor the great American tradition of the melting pot, which has made us one Nation out of many peoples. The success of our country depends upon helping newcomers assimilate into our society, and embrace our common identity as Americans. Americans are bound together by our shared ideals, an appreciation of our history, respect for the flag we fly, and an ability to speak and write the English language. English is also the key to unlocking the opportunity of America. English allows newcomers to go from picking crops to opening a grocery from cleaning offices to running offices from a life of low-paying jobs to a diploma, a career, and a home of their own. When immigrants assimilate and advance in our society, they realize their dreams, they renew our spirit and they add to the unity of America. Tonight, I want to speak directly to members of the House and the Senate: An immigration reform bill needs to be comprehensive, because all elements of this problem must be addressed together or none of them will be solved at all. The House has passed an immigration bill. The Senate should act by the end of this month so we can work out the differences between the two bills, and Congress can pass a comprehensive bill for me to sign into law. America needs to conduct this debate on immigration in a reasoned and respectful tone. Feelings run deep on this issue and as we work it out, all of us need to keep some things in mind. We cannot build a unified country by inciting people to anger, or playing on anyone’s fears, or exploiting the issue of immigration for political gain. We must always remember that real lives will be affected by our debates and decisions, and that every human being has dignity and value no matter what their citizenship papers say. I know many of you listening tonight have a parent or a grandparent who came here from another country with dreams of a better life. You know what freedom meant to them, and you know that America is a more hopeful country because of their hard work and sacrifice. As President, I have had the opportunity to meet people of many backgrounds, and hear what America means to them. On a visit to Bethesda Naval Hospital, Laura and I met a wounded Marine named Guadalupe Denogean. Master Gunnery Sergeant Denogean came to the United States from Mexico when he was a boy. He spent his summers picking crops with his family, and then he volunteered for the United States Marine Corps as soon as he was able. During the liberation of Iraq, Master Gunnery Sergeant Denogean was seriously injured. When asked if he had any requests, he made two a promotion for the corporal who helped rescue him and the chance to become an American citizen. And when this brave Marine raised his right hand, and swore an oath to become a citizen of the country he had defended for more than 26 years, I was honored to stand at his side. We will always be proud to welcome people like Guadalupe Denogean as fellow Americans. Our new immigrants are just what they have always been people willing to risk everything for the dream of freedom. And America remains what she has always been the great hope on the horizon an open door to the future a blessed and promised land. We honor the heritage of all who come here, no matter where they are from, because we trust in our country’s genius for making us all Americans, one nation under God. Thank you, and good night. END160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals We must begin by recognizing the problems with our immigration system. For decades, the United States has not been in complete control of its borders. As a result, many who want to work in our economy have been able to sneak across our border and millions have stayed. Once here, illegal immigrants live in the shadows of our society. Many use forged documents to get jobs, and that makes it difficult for employers to verify that the workers they hire are legal. Illegal immigration puts pressure on public schools and hospitals, strains state and local budgets, and brings crime to our communities. These are real problems, yet we must remember that the vast majority of illegal immigrants are decent people who work hard, support their families, practice their faith, and lead responsible lives. They are a part of American life but they are beyond the reach and protection of American law. We are a nation of laws, and we must enforce our laws. We are also a nation of immigrants, and we must uphold that tradition, which has strengthened our country in so many ways. These are not contradictory goals. America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time. We will fix the problems created by illegal immigration, and we will deliver a system that is secure, orderly and fair. So I support comprehensive immigration reform that will accomplish five clear objectives. First, the United States must secure its borders. This is a basic responsibility of a sovereign nation. It is also an urgent requirement of our national security. Our objective is straightforward: The border should be open to trade and lawful immigration and shut to illegal immigrants, as well as criminals, drug dealers and terrorists. I was the governor of a state that has a 1,200-mile border with Mexico. So I know how difficult it is to enforce the border, and how important it is. Since I became president, we have increased funding for border security by 66 percent, and expanded the Border Patrol from about 9,000 to 12,000 agents. The men and women of our Border Patrol are doing a fine job in difficult circumstances, and over the past five years, we have apprehended and sent home about 6 million people entering America illegally.last_img read more

Bell Named MVC Postgraduate Scholarship Winner

first_imgST. LOUIS – Drake University’s Kayla Bell has earned a Missouri Valley Conference Postgraduate Scholarship, the league announced Thursday, June 16. Bell is one of four MVC student-athletes to win the prestigious scholarship.Bell, a native of Bolingbrook, Ill., recently completed her senior season as a member of the Drake women’s track and field team and earned an undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in sociology while maintaining a 3.92 grade point average.The academic standout has been admitted to the Drake University master’s degree program in counseling with a concentration in clinical mental health counseling. A two-time member of the MVC’s Scholar-Athlete Team, Bell was also named the MVC Elite 18 Award winner following the MVC Outdoor Championship. On campus, she was honored as the psychology department’s Most Outstanding Junior in 2015 and Most Outstanding Senior in 2016.STORY: Read more about Bell’s academic honors and future goalsAthletically, Bell owns the Drake school record in both the indoor and outdoor triple jump while ranking in the top three all-time in both in the indoor and outdoor long jump. At the 2016 MVC Outdoor Championship she earned All-MVC honors in both events and finished her senior season with 20 top-three performances. She also scored in six-straight MVC Championship meets. Joining Bell in winning the scholarship was Alexandra Arguello (Evansville/women’s soccer), Keagan Potts (Loyola/men’s track) and Jonny Rigby (SIU/men’s tennis). Her award marks the second straight year a Bulldog has earned an MVC Postgraduate Scholarship. In 2015, men’s track and field’s Brogan Austin was a recipient.To be eligible for consideration, recipients must have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.40, participated with distinction in a Missouri Valley Conference championship sport for at least two seasons at the nominating institution and must graduate from their institutions within 18 months following selection at the spring meetings of the Faculty Athletics Representative Committee.Also, the recipients must be accepted for postgraduate studies at an institution of higher learning at the time of receipt of the scholarship. And, the recipients must have completed eligibility for participation in intercollegiate athletics in the academic year in which nominated.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgGardaí in Buncrana investigating the sudden death of a 68-year-old man at his home in Buncrana on Saturday say they are no longer treating it as a suspicious incident.“The deceased had been removed to Letterkenny General hospital, the Office of the State Pathologist was informed,” said a Garda spokesman.“The post mortem has concluded and the Gardai are not treating the death as suspicious.”  MAN’S DEATH: NO LONGER BEING TREATED AS SUSPICIOUS – GARDAÍ was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by John2Share 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

Half-time: Chelsea 2 Shakhtar 1

first_imgOscar’s superb goal meant Chelsea led at the interval in their Champions League Group E clash.Their defence endured some difficult moments at Stamford Bridge, where Shakhtar Donetsk hit back after Fernando Torres’ early opener to level though Willian.Torres opened the scoring.But Oscar showed brilliant technique to embarrass hapless keeper Andriy Pyatov by scoring from 35 yards five minutes before half-time.Torres put the European champions ahead in fortuitous circumstances after only six minutes.Pyatov’s clearance following Raroslav Rakitskiy’s shoddy back-pass was charged down by the Blues striker, with the ball ricocheting into the net.But Shakhtar equalised three minutes later – and there was nothing fortuitous about their goal.The outstanding Fernandinho got the better of John Obi Mikel and Ryan Bertrand before pulling the ball back from the right for Willian.And the Brazilian forward, consistently linked with a move to Chelsea, fired home from just inside the penalty area.Roberto Di Matteo’s side then survived a scare when Bertrand headed Darijo Srna’s corner against his own post.Shakhtar continued to demonstrate the kind of slick, one-touch football which helped them beat Chelsea 2-1 in Ukraine a fortnight ago.They again came close to going ahead when Fernandinho created another opening, this time finding Luiz Adriano who flicked the ball into the path of Alex Teixeira, whose low shot flew inches wide.But Oscar’s brilliance – and another gaffe by Pyatov – enabled Chelsea to regain the lead.Juan Mata, who passed a pre-match fitness test along with David Luiz, aimed a cross towards Torres.Pyatov raced from his goal to head away the Spaniard’s delivery and the ball dropped to Oscar, who chested down just outside the centre-circle and walloped a shot over the keeper and into the net.Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Bertrand, Ramires, Mikel, Hazard, Mata, Oscar, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Moses, Marin, Sturridge, Terry, AzpilicuetaClick here for the Chelsea v Shakhtar quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more