“Why has Amnesty International turned to denouncing the celebration of the Super Cup in Saudi Arabia?”—The celebration of sporting events in countries where there are serious human rights violations tends to aggravate those violations. I remember the World Cup in Argentina and the enormous repression there was. Or the China Games, in 2008. They made promises that it was going to be an opening, it wasn’t like that … You can’t make an abstraction of playing a football game without knowing where it is. The Saudis do not deserve it. It is necessary that the suffering of the Saudis be known outside of Saudi Arabia.—You wanted to see Luis Rubiales and sent him a letter. He said he answered it and you, no. What happened?“The fact is that Rubiales lied.” We sent him on October 11 a letter asking for an interview. It is not enough just for women to go to the stadium. That is a curtain that covers the same women who fought there for rights, such as driving or freeing themselves from male guardianship, are imprisoned. Rubiales talks about women’s football, has a corporate social responsibility committee … But can’t we sit down and talk about human rights? He never answered us.“Can it be extracted that it is a purely economic decision?”-Fundamentally. Like all events held in places where there are very serious violations of human rights. Rubiales talks about the Equality Super Cup, but how can you talk about that in a country that uses decapitation as the death penalty. In 2018, they executed 149 people. You cannot do abstraction from this.– It will be, by the way, an event practically without Spanish fans …– At the presentation of the Super Cup was the Saudi sports minister and the ambassador. They use sporting events to invite foreign investment. They came and said that everyone is invited to travel to Saudi Arabia. If you go, you have to stick to their laws. It is an arbitrary regime. Any decision made by a police officer, for example, cannot be reviewed.–What will those traveling find?“I will tell you what you will not see, but that it is there.” They will arrive, first, at a country at war with the Yemeni rebels and to which Spain has sold weapons worth € 1 million a day since 2015. That country at war also bombs civilian targets, such as markets and hospitals. It is a country where women activists protesting some of the current conquests of Saudi women, such as being able to have a passport, are in jail. Many of them have suffered abuse there. It is a country, Saudi Arabia, where it is difficult to find more human rights violations inside or outside its borders. – What could happen to a player of the four teams that play the Super Cup that had declared himself publicly gay?—A few months ago, in a promotional video from the state security agency, Saudi Arabia described homosexuality, feminism and atheism of extremist ideas. They did it the same day that the Saudi prince and Minister of Sports spoke of the opening of his country. The same day. Talking about equality between men and women, saying that you are an atheist or that you are homosexual, are criminal acts … And they use corporal punishment. A blogger questioned Islam six years ago and was punished with a thousand lashes. He is still in jail and during the Supercopa, he is eight years of imprisonment.“So, could a gay footballer be arrested?”-Could. Another thing is whether they do it or not, because they are a dictatorial regime.“Isn’t it shocking that the women’s Super Cup does not contemplate taking her, for now, to Saudi Arabia?”– It must be said that many players, including the National Team, have expressed their opposition. They do not want to go. We are waiting for Spanish soccer players to join. Playing football does not inhibit you from having an expression about human rights. It’s easy, we just want the Federation, clubs and soccer players to join the campaign for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. It is about giving your opinion about something that humanity resolved seventy years ago with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, nothing more. The Equality Super Cup will not be such if you do not make an effort to do so and it is not enough just for women to go to the stadium. There were also many people in ’78 to see Kempes score goals, but underneath there was a huge repression.“Are protests expected from activists on Saudi soil?”– Saudi Arabia is so repressive that in the last four years it has ended all independent activists. They are in jail or on probation. There is no independent press, there is no political opposition … Who will protest in that context? There cannot even be an organized germ in defense of human rights. If someone is going to protest during the Super Cup, life is played …
View comments 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 In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery FILE – In this Dec. 27, 2017, file photo, Washington Wizards’ John Wall, left, puts up a shot against Atlanta Hawks’ Ersan Ilyasova, of Turkey, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta. Wizards point guard John Wall says he feels good after a pair of full-contact practices but is not sure when he will return to game action for his struggling team. Wall spoke to reporters on Monday, March 26, 2018, his first remarks in Washington since having surgery on his left knee Jan. 31. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is not planning to change his style whatsoever when he returns from his latest knee surgery — whenever that might be.“I’m just going to be John Wall,” he said Monday after the second full-contact practice of his comeback from an operation on Jan. 31. “That’s all I know how to do.”ADVERTISEMENT “It’s been good. It’s been bad. We’ve played well, at times. Sometimes, we haven’t played well. Like when everybody was saying that they (were) playing better without me, that was great. The good thing is, I’m glad we did we did win those games when we did, because if we didn’t, right now, we would be in a situation where we might not be in the playoffs,” Wall said. “I feel like everybody should have given those guys credit for playing well.”Wall’s session with reporters on Monday was his first in Washington since having surgery on his left knee. He said he lost about 10 or 15 pounds during his rehab, without intending to.The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft out of Kentucky had surgery on both of his knees before last season.This time, Brooks said, Wall has been able to do pretty much everything as usual in his pair of full-fledged practices, including dunk.“He’s getting his rhythm back. He can get to gaps and seams and angles not a lot of guys can get to. There’s only a handful of guys — maybe not even that — that can do it in the NBA,” Brooks said. “He’s one of the best players in the league.”ADVERTISEMENT Markelle Fultz returns to lineup for 76ers Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims The All-Star declared himself “feeling great” but said he is not sure when he will be able to play in a game for the Wizards, who desperately need help at the moment. Washington has lost three consecutive games heading into Tuesday night against the visiting San Antonio Spurs; coach Scott Brooks said Wall will not play in that one.“It’s getting close. He’s had two really, really good days. His energy level is high. He’s anxious. You can tell. He wants to get out there,” Brooks said. “We still want to be patient.”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 crownWashington has dropped to sixth in the Eastern Conference at 40-33 and will only have eight games remaining after facing the Spurs.The Wizards are 14-11 without Wall during his current absence — he last played on Jan. 25 — and 19-17 overall this season without him. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters As for Wall himself?He figures he’s ready.Just waiting for the official clearance from team doctors.“When I’ve had an injury in the past, I don’t think about it. I go out there and play the same way I played before, and that’s with a lot of aggression, a lot of attacking mode, a lot of fast pace. And I’ve been doing that,” he said. “All I had to do was show that glimpse and that showed me I was being myself again.”Washington’s latest loss was 101-97 at home against the lowly New York Knicks on Sunday night.“We just thought it was going to be a cakewalk,” Bradley Beal said, “and they smacked us in the mouth.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
— residents calling for dam, bridges to be fixedResidents of Barabina, Region One (Barima/Waini), are now benefitting from a rehabilitated road in their community.According to information reaching Guyana Times the road was in a deplorable condition for a long time and was rebuilt by the Public Infrastructure Ministry.In keeping with government’s policy to facilitate greater connectivity between coastland and hinterland regions, the infrastructure ministry rebuilt the road.Currently, government has embarked on habilitating hinterland roads.The collapsed bridge in Port KaitumaCurrently villages, not only Barabina but also other surrounding areas are being flooded because of sinking dams in the region.Approximately $3 million was spent on dam repairs in the region but as soon as the high tide came, those dams were overtopped and the place flooded.According to information from the region’s Vice Chairman Sarah Browne, the $3 million allotted was not sufficient for the job that had to be done: “That was a waste of money; they have to now carry out work on the entire revetments that sunk.”According to Browne, since the Public Infrastructure Ministry has refused to acknowledge the many letters sent to them and other ministries, the Regional Democratic Council is exploring other means at a regional level by which the dams can be rebuilt.“In Barabina we are exploring to cut a new road through Khan’s Hill (nearby area in Barabina). It would be cheaper and the soil type can hold more, so we are looking to work something out that way” she disclosed.According to the vice chairman, the RDC is at its wits end as there are not sufficient resources available in the budget for the works to be carried out.“We do not have money in the RDC budget so we cannot really do anything. The Public Infrastructure Ministry is not responding to the many articles that are being published regarding our plight so I am now thinking that it is useless to write them. We have also sent dozens of letters to various ministries but nothing was ever acknowledged or replied to” she remarked.She relayed that the dams were budgeted by the region but the money was not granted.In the meanwhile, in Port Kaituma money was granted for roads to be rebuilt but was not granted for bridges to be redone.Recently a bridge in the region collapsed and has not been fixed since.According to Browne, the RDC is collaborating with the NDC for the bridge to be repaired, and calling on government “is useless”, she said.A picture of the collapsed bridge surfaced on Facebook and frustrated residents were seen venting their frustration.According to some of the comments, the residents are in fear that an intervention will only come after something horrible happens.This publication made numerous attempts to get a response from the Public Infrastructure Ministry but was unsuccessful.
My encounter with the great beyondAt about 11:45 pm I went to bed and began surfing my social media page. I fell asleep and found myself walking into my village, a very old and historic one, out of who had come a great region and county. There I saw the ancestors-old and new, old arrivals and ‘just come’! One after the other they recounted their journey home. So, we began talking about a place called Gbarpolu. Yes, they talked about the good stones of their days. The silent ones spoke of days when people from other tribes and regions, even foreigners were dispatched and unleashed on them as leaders. They ruled over them to their liking and dislikes. They had no option. My great grand spoke of the hard labor experienced from the Barclay, Tubman and Tolbert eras. “But we continued praying that one day the situation would change! Our own children will benefit from a leadership of their choice and making. They will rise and lead their own people. Our people’s children will learn and know book. They will use their book and love for the land to open the eyes of their fellow countrymen. Oh yes! God will answer our prayers.” Another echoed “Gbarpolu County will be the name of our land; it will be in the law book. A ray-head leader will rise out of the fire, storm, wind, and rain. “The Kolubahs (messengers) that will announce his coming will hold fire cutlasses (traditional guns) in their hands. By the time they scattered around the big land, death, hunger, suffering and trouble will be plenty just like dirt. They have to sweep them every day.” Another elder recalled, there, the silent ones’ conversation was organized and well meaningful. So, another one picked up the story. “I remember now, for the hard head of the ray-head man and for the sake of the suffering, other counties will send their good children-boys and girls to come to our big land, Liberia. They will help us to stop killing each other. Because you see, during that time of the fire cutlasses working all over, we in the land of the silent ones will receive a lot of displaced people. But here, there will be no NGOs, because crooks don’t use us here for making riches out of our suffering.” Stop there! Another one said, then he remarked, “Children who left our villages in search of good things and life will return home to the land to see and experience what we go through. The fire cutlasses will be all over, nowhere will be safe for them. After the fire finish, God will make the same children who ran to us leaders so that they will be able or be in the better position and frame of mind and vision to help us. The ray-head man will be forced to go away, a new group will be over the big land. White head people will be plenty in the big land. Oh yes! Our own children at that time will go into the house of law, mansion and courts. The land will be ready for leadership harvest for our children.” He concluded. A dark, tin old one said, “we welcome in our meeting sao Boso Kamara, Armah Kpissay, Gehtee, Jallah Lone, Kolo, Charlie Konneh, Zoe Folly, Gbenday Wenta, Dogba Konah, Kolsee Goeto, Gbumblee, Mbagulomeh Yongar, Tarsiah Kembolor, Sengbe Karpu, Lieutenant Jango, Bambu Zinnah and Samolu Kamara. The rest are on their way. As soon as they arrive, we will recognize them, thank you!”The usual protocols were followed. The new arrivals asked “What news?” They were briefed. “You who have come from the land, what news have you brought?” asked an older man. One old lady shouted “We live in peace and harmony here as you can see. The Kpelles, Golas, Belles, Gbandis, Mandingos, and others, we are all one. All of us speak one language, but our voices are sound of bass, you have to listen carefully to hear and understand us.After the meeting, we will find you food and lodging. Things are different here, people. If people know how beautiful here is, they will come in their numbers. Thanks.”Said Jallah Lone, “Well, we left them there well. We were there when the ray-head man left and the book people went Accra, Ghana, for one word meeting. They came back and gave Gbarpolu County one seat in the law house.”“Wait! What do you call Gbarpolu County?”Jallah Lone continued, “Sorry old ones, when you all travelled here we took Gbar (out of Gbarma) and Polu (out of Bopolu) put them together to name the land Gbarpolu County; and it was given to us by the ray head man’s government. That was good for us. We moved from under Lofa. We got two seats in the Senate and three seats in the House. After the meeting in Accra, they gave us one seat. We put one Daniel Flomo Naatehn on it. Henry Seward, Dogba Kollie Naklee, Dogba Konah and others brought Naatehn to us. So they made votes. Belle, Bokomu and Bopolu all made votes for Naatehn. Armah Kpissay was there. Naatehn win the Gola man and our son Armah Sarnor sat down. I told them Naatehn that trouble they brought, but no one heard me!”“That my son,” old one Flomo Kpailee (Daniel Flomo Naatehn’s biological father) cried. “Why he did not take my name?”Hearing the good news, the ancestors broke into jubilation; singing, dancing and hugging. In the land of the silent ones, joy is expressed through crying, while sadness is greeted with laughter. That is how they do. So the jubilation lasted throughout the night. They slept at day and carry about at night. Their activities are mainly at night; the opposite to ours. The following night they met the new ones to continue the briefing. Jallah Lone took the floor. “Samuel Tormetie knows what I’am talking about. After two years the book people government made election. Gbarpolu County people too voted. Samuel Tormetie, Daniel Naatehn, Armah Sarnor, Dickson Yarsiah and Gbonojever Quiah were elected. They beat my own son Armah Jallah, but we told them to work for the land. My son knows how to find money because I gave him my power. The time finished, we made election again; this time, Armah Jallah, Gertrude Tene Lamin, Alfred Koiwood and Malai Gbogar were elected to go in the house for our people. But we left them working.” “Wait,” said Joseph Matthew, “things have changed.” “Ok, let the Ebola people who just came tell us what has changed.”An old one all burnt out but was only recognized by his voice, spoke. “The land is on fire, the land is on fire oooo, we are finished, we finish oo,” he laughed, for that is how they show sadness. “I say the land is spoiled. Naatehn and Armah Jallah can’t pull together. They fought each other for the Senate’s bigman (pro Temp) job instead of working together for the big name of the land. Those boys started practicing how to come here. They slept in the small houses (caskets) that took us here.”“What! Why?” another one inquired. “Gertrude and Naatehn were not talking. Armah wants to move Koiwood and Malai. Malai and her uncle Naatehn are bitter with each other. Her uncle Naatehn told her in 2011 to sit down, but she disobeyed and ran. She is now honorable and is frisky on her uncle. Naatehn wants to move all of his friends and be king for the land. Armah Jallah, too, says ‘no, he will be the only rooster in the land.’ They all have made the land a foolish place. Our people are crying, they are suffering, no understanding ooo.” One veteran, who had been sitting quietly and observing the briefings, did a traditional whistle, thus signaling total disbelief. The other silent ones burst into laughter for that is how they express sadness.One of the Ebola men spoke, too. “We heard that Lewis McCay was calling them together. Before their meeting we need to cite the leaders and other people here for a brief chat. But, what are Willie Marwolo, John Try and Dogba Kollie Naklee doing?” Jallah Lone was quick to respond. “Willie Marwolo go Mecca and come back, but he got in the cro crogee palava again so no respect for him. As for Naklee, Naatehn moved him from the seat before I came. John Try is running behind ‘small small’ contracts to sell Kongba land before he comes. So it is hard! I’m sure that is why small boy like McCay wanted to call meeting. I suggest that we send for Marwolo, John Try and Naklee to come be with us now. Their time is over, right?”The crowd said “yeaaaaa!” The silent ones sent for McCay, Gertrude, Naatehn, Jallah, Koiwood and Malai and warned them that if they can’t find peace they will be summoned for a “NTR” meeting.At the meeting, Tormetie spoke: “I was there and all that you have said is true. Trust is the main problem among our leaders. One of them is determined to destroy everyone that is his way. He does not have conscience. I cannot understand how Armah and Naatehn are part of the Knights of St. John and still undermine one another. All the societies we left are led by weak people who money has blinded. Not even our native traditional ones; they go to Russia and still come out fighting each other. Up the hill self can’t hold these days. The children don’t respect anything. They don’t respect the church and the leaders. They sit in the church in front of pastors and lie to God. Wicked hearts, dirty souls, vain ambitions and jiving tongues they have for one another. They are what we book people call incorrigible. So let McCay try and see.”“Thanks, you spoke like a real teacher. We enjoyed you,” Junior Mulbah and Mack Mcgee said in a corner.So the elders, instead of Rev. McKay, called the meeting. The Senators and Representatives appeared. Traditional leaders and religious leaders, too, were seated. Senior citizens also sat there. The silent ones stood in a ring but they are not seen. Speakers, Senators and Representatives traded blames against each other. Then they began insulting each other. It extended to a fight among supporters. Then it extended to the lawmakers. There was complete confusion and chaos and everyone ran for precious life and safety. The silent ones whispered among themselves: “They are all walking corpses and clays preparing for departure soon. They have failed our people. Now we see, now we know. We understand who the problem is. Why are these wicked children spoiling our names and the land? They will pay for it. We will send for Armah Jallah, Daniel Naatehn, Alfred Koiwood, Gertrude Lamin, and Malai Gbogar. If they don’t take time, they will get an ‘NTR’ writ. Our people will choose new ones to take over our land.”I was shouting upon hearing the sweet whispers of the silent ones, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” My son knocked at the door and I came to myself. He asked, “Papa, are you ok?” I answered in a gloomy tone, “Yes, my son.” I sat up recalling all that I saw and wished it could happen again. A voice from above echoed, “Patrick you were in a trance; get up, find food to eat. Gbarpolu County’s reconciliation is deeply rooted. No one will look at the leaders and brave the storm to say the God-given truth to the leaders. All of you have been compromised by money, favor, blind loyalty, family or regional connection, tribal linkage and dirty politics. Leave this thing with the silent ones. They will fix it!” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Although the Guyana Government fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, it did not provide adequate protection and shelter outside of the capital city or for child and male victims.US State Department 2019 TIP reportThis is according to the US Department of State report released on Thursday last which stated that Guyana has remained on Tier One and continues to demonstrate serious and sustained efforts during the reporting period.The report also revealed that in Guyana, the number of trafficking investigations and new prosecutions decreased and that the number of successful convictions remained low.As such, it has been recommended that the Government finalise, implement, and train law enforcement officials and front-line responders in written victim assistance, victim identification and referral procedures, fund specialised victim services, particularly for child, adult male, and Venezuelan victims.The report also recommends that the Guyana Government “vigorously investigate and prosecute sex and labour trafficking cases” including those involving child victims, hold convicted traffickers, including complicit public officials, accountable by imposing strong sentences, hold police and law enforcement officials accountable for intimidation of victims in shelters including restricted movement, lack of access to family visits or telephone services, provide additional protection for victims to testify against traffickers in a way that minimises re-traumatisation and to investigate and report on the cases reported to the trafficking hotline and by labour inspectors.However, the US report did acknowledge that there has been a demonstration of serious and sustained efforts by increasing funding for victim assistance, identifying and assisting more victims for the third consecutive year, and opening and operating a trafficking shelter outside of the capital area.ProsecutionIt was noted that there was maintenance of law enforcement efforts and reference was made to the Combating Trafficking of Persons Act of 2005 which criminalised sex trafficking and labour trafficking as well as the prescribed penalties of three years to life imprisonment. According to the 2019 report, these penalties were sufficiently stringent and, with respect to sex trafficking, commensurate with those prescribed for other serious crimes, such as rape.In 2018, the reported noted, the Government reported 30 new investigations, prosecuted 11 suspected traffickers (two initiated in prior periods), and convicted one trafficker for sex trafficking, compared with four investigations, 17 prosecutions (12 initiated in prior periods), and two convictions in 2017. The Government reported investigating 11 cases of child trafficking (10 sex trafficking and one labour trafficking).The court sentenced the convicted trafficker to three years’ imprisonment and required the trafficker to pay restitution to one victim. Meanwhile, the appeal of a 2017 case in which the Government required the trafficker to pay restitution without imprisonment, which was a penalty inconsistent with the law, was still pending at the end of this reporting period.However, the report pointed out that Government did not report any new investigations, prosecutions, or convictions of Government employees complicit in trafficking offences.Meanwhile, the appeal of a police officer convicted of sex trafficking and released on bail in 2016 was still pending at the end of the reporting period.ProtectionVictim assistance remains a concern, especially in areas outside of Georgetown and for child and male Venezuelan victims living in the outskirts in spite of the Administration increasing its efforts to identify and protect victims country-wide.According to the report, in 2018 there were 156 victims identified (106 for sex trafficking and 50 for labour trafficking) in comparison to 2017’s statistics of 131 victims.“The Government referred 93 victims to shelter and psychological services, compared with 115 in 2017. The Government screened 11 potential child trafficking victims (10 sex trafficking and one labour trafficking) in 2018. Despite the noticeable increase of victims from Venezuela, the Government lacked standard operating procedures for protecting foreign trafficking victims,” the US report stated.It was also emphasised that Guyanese law protects victims’ identities from release to the media and that while the present Administration reported that victims could leave shelters; observers reported police and other authorities intimidated victims into staying at shelters against their will, did not allow family visits until trials were completed, and cut short some foreign victims’ phone calls if they spoke in their native language.The US State Department report also revealed that the Government had reported multiple cases of delivering foreign victims to their respective embassies at the request of the foreign missions before the conclusion of prosecutions but failed in reporting whether it facilitated or funded the repatriation of Guyanese nationals victimised abroad.TraffickingConsistent with data retrieved over the last five years, this 2019 report acknowledged that human traffickers exploit domestic and foreign victims in Guyana while traffickers continue to exploit Guyanese victims abroad.It was further noted that while both sex trafficking and forced labour occur in interior mining communities, limited Government presence in Guyana’s interior renders the full extent of trafficking unknown.Additionally, the report states that in Guyana, children are particularly vulnerable to sex and labour trafficking while traffickers exploit Guyanese in sex and labour trafficking in Jamaica, Suriname, and other Caribbean countries.In response to this report, Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan on Friday last stated that the Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons accepts the Tier One Placement and believes it is testament to the work of the Task Force, Guyana’s anti-trafficking units, Non-Governmental Organisations, the general public through increased reporting and significant contributions made by partners beyond the shores of Guyana, including the United States Department of State.
Up next, Team Tardi will be taking on Team Mouat on Friday in the final round robin of the Championship.The 2019 Grand Slam of Curling Champions Cup is taking place now until April 28 in Saskatoon.For more information, you can visit thegrandslamofcurling.com. SASKATOON, S.K. – Sterling Middleton and his team, Team Tardi, are in Saskatoon as they continue to play at the 2019 Grand Slam of Curling Champions Cup.This afternoon, Thursday, Team Tardi faced Team Carruthers in their third game of the Championship.This game didn’t go the way Team Tardi were hoping for as they only managed to score one point throughout the game, falling to Carruthers 7-1 in the 7th end.- Advertisement -So far while at the Championship, Team Tardi has not won any of the three games played.Earlier on Thursday, Tardi fell 6-5 to Team Bottcher in the extra.On Tuesday, Tardi took on Team Dunstone in their first game of the Championship where they lost 7-6 in the extra.Advertisement
“I think it shows definitively that we are America’s ports,” said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, whose district includes San Pedro. “When we say we want our fair share of federal security and infrastructure and environmental money coming to this port, it’s because what happens here affects every other region of the country.” email@example.com (562) 499-1466 It’s been called an economic engine, a global trade gateway and an international job machine, but just how financially important is the sprawling seaport of Long Beach-Los Angeles? According to a new report, it is so vital that 3.3million people from Maine to California depend on local docks for their livelihood, from auto manufacturers in Detroit to farmers in Kansas. If the ports shut down for a year, businesses in Illinois, for example, would lose a trade gateway supplying $11billion worth of imports to customers, the report shows. Even more, local, state and federal tax collectors rely on cargo arriving and leaving here for $28billion in annual revenue, including assessments exceeding $6billion in California alone. “This study proves what we’ve been claiming and what most people already know,” said John Doherty, chief executive officer at the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, which helped fund the study along with both ports. “These ports support the national economy.” The Trade Impact Study, released today, examines where imports moving through the ports are destined, where exports leaving here originate, and combined incomes tied to port trade and the location of retailers and wholesalers benefiting from local waterways, roadways and rail lines. In Ohio, for example, annual wages topping $800million are tied to containerized exports shipped out of the twin ports. Businesses in Texas, meanwhile, moved about $29billion worth of goods through Los Angeles-Long Beach in 2005, despite Houston and the proximity of nearby New Orleans – two key regional international seaports. Even New York state, home to the East Coast’s largest seaport, depends on the Western ports for an estimated $7billion in trade. To localize the report, authors highlighted the ports’ economic impact into all 435 U.S. Congressional districts.
SAN FRANCISCO – Despite complaints from University of California officials that the system has suffered severe cuts in state funding, prompting tuition and fee increases, many faculty members and administrators get paid thousands more than is publicly reported. In addition to salaries and overtime, university employees received a total of $871 million in bonuses, stipends, relocation packages and other cash compensation last fiscal year, according to payroll records reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle. More than 8,500 employees each received at least $20,000 over their regular salaries, the newspaper reported in Sunday’s edition. However, none of those figures was included in a consultant’s report released by the university in September that said UC executives’ salaries are 15 percent below those of their peers at other major universities. The report, by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, sought management, faculty and staff pay raises from UC’s Board of Regents. “Given today’s fierce competition for talent, getting and keeping the best people for certain positions sometimes requires compensation packages that may look excessive on the outside, but that reflect true competitive realities,” said UC President Robert Dynes. UC spokesman Paul Schwartz added that the university funds its payroll from a variety of sources, including state funding, research grants, private donations and tuition. However, UC officials couldn’t say how much of the compensation came from tax dollars or other sources. The university’s payroll database lists employees’ base salaries and total compensation, but does not show what the extra compensation was for. Meanwhile, student fees over the last four years have jumped from $3,429 a year to $6,141. The UC Regents are expected to vote Wednesday on a proposal to raise fees an additional 8 percent.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week While the compensation is not uncommon in higher education, some say the university should be more transparent in its disclosures. “In my mind, there is absolutely no question it should be disclosed,” said UC Regent John Moores, owner of the San Diego Padres baseball team. “The university should be transparent. We are not transparent.” The Mercer report, which focused largely on employees’ base salaries, excluded some other forms of cash compensation, such as relocation stipends. “We should be comparing full compensation, including the perks, not just the salary, because when you look across the country, you shouldn’t be comparing apples to oranges,” said Velma Montoya, an economist who served on the UC Board of Regents for 11 years until her term ended in January. UC officials defend the payments and say they are needed to attract talented staff in competitive fields.
SAN FRANCISCO — For the last week, it appeared the Giants were down to three candidates to succeed Bruce Bochy as the team’s next manager.Former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, current Astros bench coach Joe Espada and current Royals quality control coach Pedro Grifol all remained in the mix before the calendar turned to November.Kapler and Espada are still under consideration, but a new report from the San Francisco Chronicle indicates that Grifol is longer under consideration while Tampa …