Thomas to retire from Congress

first_imgBAKERSFIELD – Republican Rep. Bill Thomas, the House Ways and Means Committee chairman who helped push some of the president’s most ambitious social policies through Congress, said Monday that he will retire after more than a quarter century in office. Thomas said he will serve only the remainder of his term, which ends this year, but then continue to lobby for government reform in entitlement programs, the tax structure and other areas of keen interest to him. “I’m not walking away into the sunset; I’m going to work,” Thomas said during a news conference at his district office. “Just because I won’t be in office doesn’t mean I won’t have any influence.” For the past five years, the 64-year-old former college government professor has played a key role in shepherding President George W. Bush’s tax cuts and writing legislation on Medicare, Social Security and pensions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant His deep knowledge of such complicated issues has made him indispensable to party leaders, despite complaints that he is not conservative enough, because of some votes for abortion rights and gun control, and can be difficult to work with. Some colleagues believe Thomas rescued Bush’s tax-cut proposal in 2003 after the Senate refused to go along with its initial cost. He was instrumental in securing congressional passage of Bush’s Medicare prescription drug bill and “fast track” trade-promotion authority. Even Thomas’ efforts, though, could not keep alive Bush’s bid last year to overhaul Social Security. In a television interview last month, he said Congress’ failure to address broad entitlement reform was “a personal failure and very disappointing.” Bush called Thomas a friend and an effective leader. “As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, he helped pass legislation that has brought about strong job creation and economic growth, improved health care for people of all ages and ensured that America continues to benefit from free and fair trade,” the president said in a printed statement. Thomas also helped steer the Medicare prescription drug overhaul, a program that has been widely criticized since it took effect Jan. 1. Government mix-ups left millions of low-income senior citizens to pay skyrocketing prices for prescriptions and forced states to take emergency action to cover their medications. California alone has allocated $150 million to cover those costs, and state officials have asked the federal government for reimbursement. The Santa Monica-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights has been a frequent critic of Thomas’ tax policies and his handling of the Medicare prescription drug benefit overhaul. The group’s president, Jamie Court, calling Thomas the “poster child for everything that has gone wrong with the Republican revolution,” welcomed his retirement. “He has literally been the ideological godfather of the privatization of health care and fiscal irresponsibility with regards to the budget deficit,” Court said. “Bill Thomas to me as a Republican is an embarrassment.” Thomas’ retirement was widely expected because, under House Republicans’ self-imposed term limits for committee chairmen, he cannot serve after this year as head of the influential committee that writes tax laws. At the same time, Thomas’ clashes with other lawmakers, usually Democrats, became famous on Capitol Hill. He called out the Capitol police three years ago to break up a meeting of Democrats on his committee, then expressed regret in tears on the House floor. Thomas’ 22nd Congressional District at the southern end of California’s agriculture-rich Central Valley is expected to stay firmly in GOP control. Fifty-two percent of registered voters in the district are Republicans, while only 30 percent are Democrats. 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

Ranji Trophy quarter-finals, Day 2 wrap: Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Agarwal score half tons as Karnataka peg Mumbai further back

first_imgKarnataka took control of their Ranji Trophy quarter final against Mumbai by taking a commanding 222-run lead over the 41-time champions on day two of the five-day game at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha.Half centuries by opener Mayank Agarwal, M Kaunain Abbas, C M Gautam and Shreyas Gopal helped Karnataka to the dominating position as they closed out the day at 395 for 6 in 122 overs with Shreyas Gopal unbeaten on 80 off 151 balls along with skipper R Vinay Kumar (31 not out).Karnataka had yesterday bundled out Mumbai for a partly 173 and finished the opening day at 115 for 1.Agarwal, who is the top run getter this Ranji season, made 78 off 104 balls, striking 11 fours and a six while one down Abbas (50), Gautam (79) and Shreyas played their roles to perfection.Debutant right arm medium pacers Shivam Malhotra, who grabbed the wicket of Agarwal this morning, and Shivam Dube (5 for 79) were the wicket takers for Mumbai.In fact, the two first-timers took four wickets in good time to leave Karnataka at 218 for five and the game in balance before the batting side recovered through two big partnerships for the sixth and seventh wickets, with Shreyas Gopal involved in both of them.Shreyas, unbeaten after facing 151 balls and hitting seven fours, put on 103 runs with keeper Gautam to steady the innings.Later, he added 74 runs with skipper Vinay Kumar, who took six wickets yesterday including a hat-trick, for the unfinished seventh wicket to put his team on top and for Karnataka to press on further.For Mumbai, Dube caught the eye in his first Ranji game and his victims included opener R Samarth (40), Abbas, Karun Nair, Pavan Desphande and Gautam.advertisementSenior pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, youngster Akash Parkar and left-arm spinner Karsh Kothari were unsuccessful.Brief Scores: Mumbai 173 all out v Karnataka 395 for 6 (M Agarwal 78, K Abbas 50, S Gopal 80 not out, CM Gautam 79, R Vinay Kumar 31 not out; S Dube 5-79.DELHI, MADHYA PRADESH NECK-AND-NECK ON DAY TWOHarpreet Singh struck a gritty hundred to lead Madhya Pradesh’s fightback before Delhi came up with a strong reply to leave the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal nicely poised at stumps on day two.MP, resuming the day at 223 for six, did extremely well to reach 338 with Harpreet scoring an unbeaten 107 off 200 balls. The tail too gave him good support, especially Puneet Datey (35).Frustrated with MP’s late resistance, Delhi batsmen came out to bat a determined lot and finished the day at 180 for two.Rookie Kunal Chandela, a product of university cricket, gave a good account of himself with an unbeaten 73, his second half century plus score in only his second first-class game.Chandela and Dhruv Shorey (78) shared a 145-run stand for the second wicket after senior batsman Gautam Gambhir fell in the first over of the innings.Chandela collected five fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 154-ball effort while Shorey smashed 10 boundaries before falling to Ankit Sharma in the 43rd over.Nitish Rana (17) was batting alongside Chandela at close of play and the duo will look to get as close as possible to MP’s first innings total.Earlier, Manan Sharma cleaned up the tail taking four wickets after Harpreet’s hundred took MP towards a competitive total.Brief scores: MP 338 all out in 124.1 overs (Harpreet Singh 107 not out; Manan Sharma 4/46). Delhi 180/2 in 51 overs (Kunal Chandela 73 batting, Dhruv Shorey 78).VIDARBHA FIGHT BACK AGAINST KERALA ON RAIN-HIT DAYVidarbha came back with two wickets after being bowled out for 246 on the second day of their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match against Kerala.Overnight 45 for three, Vidarbha lost wickets at almost regular intervals, and wicketkeeper Akshay Wadkar top-scored with 53 off 147 balls. He struck seven boundaries during his stay in the middle.Aditya Sarwate (36) and Karn Sharma (31) hung in there for a while, while Akshay Wakhare and Lalit Yadav chipped in with 27 and 24 runs, respectively.Left-arm spinner K C Akshay did bulk of the damage for Kerala with impressive figures of 5/66, and he was ably supported by Jalaj Saxena (3/52), at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium.In reply, Kerala lost Mohammed Azharuddeen (8) early, to Lalit Yadav, while S Sandeep Warrier was bowled by medium pacer Rajneesh Gurbani before he could open his account.At stumps on the second day, Kerala were 32 for two, with Saxena (13) and P R Prem (5) batting.Kerala trailed Vidarbha by 214 runs with eight wickets remaining in the first innings.Only 24 overs of play was possible on a truncated first day owing to wet outfield.Brief Scores: Vidarbha 1st innings: 246 all out in 105.3 overs (Akshay Wadkar 53; K C Akshay 5/66). Kerala 1st innings: 32 for two in 7 overs.advertisementB AMIT, AAMIR GANI LEAD BENGAL TO COMMANDING SPOT vs DEFENDING CHAMPIONS GUJARATB Amit’s all-round prowess and Aamir Gani’s useful contribution at the rear propelled Bengal to a commanding position against defending champions Gujarat after the second day of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final.In reply to Bengal’s respectable first innings score of 354, beefed up by Aamir (49) and Amit (34), Gujarat were in a spot of bother at 180 for six.After his contribution with the bat, Amit picked up three for 46 with his gentle medium pace to put the Ranji champions on the mat. He was ably supported by India U-19 Ishan Porel (2/55).Gujarat lost their dependable opening duo of Priyank Panchal (4) and Samit Gohil (0) to Porel and Ashok Dinda, respectively, with only 17 runs on the board, but then controlled the proceedings due to Parthiv Patel (47) and Bharghav Merai (67).The duo added 107 runs for the third wicket in only 30 overs. Patel hit seven boundaries in 95 balls while Merai faced 116 balls for his eight fours.Things went downhill after Parthiv got dismissed as Gujarat lost four wickets for 20 runs during that phase of play.Porel induced an edge off Parthiv, straight into Shreevats Goswami’s gloves.Former IPL and India A player Manprit Juneja (10) was deceived by an incutter from Amit, being trapped in front of the wicket.Merai, well set by then, was bowled by Amit and he also removed Chirag Gandhi, who nicked an outswinger into Shreevats’ gloves.Gujarat required 175 runs more to get a first innings lead with four wickets in hand.The experienced pair of Rujul Bhatt (13 batting) and Piyush Chawla (22) were at the crease at stumps on day two.With three days left, the defending champions still have a good chance of making a comeback, considering that Bengal batting in the past have faltered in big games despite getting first-innings lead.The day started at 261 for six and the pair of Amit and Aamir added 58 invaluable runs for the seventh wicket to take the team past 300-run mark.Amit scored 36 off 59 balls with seven fours before he became Ishwar Chaudhary’s (5/87) fourth victim.Gani, who missed his half-century by a run, hit eight boundaries off 109 balls, before being the last man dismissed.Brief Scores:Bengal 1st Innings 354 in 111.5 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 129, Anushtup Majumdar 94, Aamir Gani 49, B Amit 36, Ishwar Chaudhary 5/87)Gujarat 1st Innings 180/6 in 59 overs (Bharghav Merai 67, Parthiv Patel 47, B Amit 3/46).last_img read more

Persons Urged to Cooperate at State of Public Emergency Checkpoints

first_img The joint security team, which is operating in the State of Public Emergency (SOPE) in the St. Catherine North Police Division, is imploring members of the public to cooperate with the soldiers and police personnel at the various checkpoints. Story Highlights Speaking with JIS News at a recent stakeholders meeting in Spanish Town, Acting Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Dahlia Garrick, outlined the procedures for civilians at the SOPE checkpoints. “When you are approaching the checkpoint, check your speed, roll down your windows, turn on your roof light (at night) and be compliant when asked questions,” she informed. The joint security team, which is operating in the State of Public Emergency (SOPE) in the St. Catherine North Police Division, is imploring members of the public to cooperate with the soldiers and police personnel at the various checkpoints.Speaking with JIS News at a recent stakeholders meeting in Spanish Town, Acting Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Dahlia Garrick, outlined the procedures for civilians at the SOPE checkpoints.“When you are approaching the checkpoint, check your speed, roll down your windows, turn on your roof light (at night) and be compliant when asked questions,” she informed.She said the police and the soldiers will do a quick scan to assess the situation, and “if you are required for a further search, more than just an observation, you are being urged to comply with the instructions given”.ASP Garrick said it is important to answer the questions promptly and comply with any instruction given by a member of the security forces, as that will help the process to go smoothly.She further instructed that persons should have a valid form of identification in their possession, because that will also help to speed up the process.ASP Garrick appealed for understanding as the security forces carry out their work, noting that everyone has a part to play in creating and maintaining safer communities. “All of this is intended to ensure the safety of the communities” she added.ASP Garrick explained that in a SOPE, it is the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) that takes the lead role.She noted that the joint team of JDF and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) members have been working well together. “We know the objective of this operation, and the collaboration with the JDF has been tremendous,” she said.“We hold our members accountable to the highest level of professionalism, and, so far, the feedback has been that the security forces have operated with the highest level of courtesy and respect,” she added.Since the imposition of the SOPE in the St. Catherine North Division on March 18, 1,515 persons have been processed. Of that number, 1,431 have been released, 17 detained and 67 arrested. Of those arrested, 19 remain in custody and 48 have been released on bail.last_img read more

Akshay Wakhare picks up fifer as India Red beat India Green to

first_imgBengaluru: Vidharbha off-spinner Akshay Wakhare returned with a five-wicket haul to help India Red beat India Green by an innings and 38 runs and clinch the Duleep Trophy title here on Saturday. Wakhare (5/13) spun the web around India Green batsmen to bowl them out for 119 in 39.5 overs in the second innings on the fourth day. India’s Red’s title triumph was the only outright result in the four matches played in the season opening tournament. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhEarlier, India Red extended their lead to 157 runs as Aditya Sarwate (38) and Jaydev Unadkat (32 not out) batted in a resolute manner, resuming at the overnight score of 345 for 6. Ankit Rajpoot and left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja finished with three wickets each. India Green’s second innings fell apart apart openers — Faiz Fazal, the captain and Akshath Reddy (33) — were separated when the former nicked one from Unadkat to keeper Ishan Kishan on 10. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMumbai batsman Siddhesh Lad was the highest scorer with 44 (80 balls, 6 fours) as India Green batsmen fell in quick succession to Wakhare, who bowled impressively. Besides Wakhare, pacer Avesh Khan (3/38) took three wickets. Mayank Markande, top-scorer for India Green in the first innings, did not bat. He did not take the field on Friday due to a glute strain. Abhimanyu Easwaran, who made a brilliant 153 for India Red, was named player of the match. Brief Scores: India Green: 231 all out in 72.1 overs (Mayank Markande 76 not out, Ankit Rajpoot 30; Jaydev Unadkat 4/58, Sandeep Warrier 2/38, Avesh Khan 2/56) and 119 all out in 39.5 overs (SD Lad 44, Akshath Reddy 33, A Wakhare 5/13) lost to India Red 388 all out in 135 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 153, Ishan Kishan 39, Priyank Panchal 33; Aditya Sarvate 38, Ankit Rajpoot 3/101, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 3/93, M Markande 1/24, Tanveer ul-Haq 2/66).last_img read more

Iconic Toronto drag performer Chris Edwards dead at 54

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Remembered as a “brilliant entertainer” and “mentor,” members of the LGBTQ community are mourning the loss of Chris Edwards, a popular Toronto drag entertainer, after his passing on Tuesday.“(He) was a very special person, that I have had the pleasure of knowing for over 27 years,” Dean Odorico, general manager of two Church St. bars — Woody’s and Sailor — told the Star.On Aug. 26, Edwards was performing at the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre when he collapsed during the show, theatre staff told the Star. He was rushed to Toronto General Hospital Twitterlast_img read more


first_img8th Annual Vancouver Digital Entertainment Career FairWhen: April 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East, Ballrooms A, B and C, 999 Canada Pl. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Tickets and info: Free at Vancouvereconomic.comSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film means even more global focus is turned toward Vancouver’s digital entertainment sector. The oft-reported pace of growth in film, TV, animation, VFX and gaming business in B.C. is indeed exceptional. Oscar love for locally based Sony Pictures Imageworks means even more business.The global entertainment industry backs winners. B.C. has them. And there are a lot of plans in motion to keep the machine well-oiled.According to the Vancouver Economic Commission, from 2012-2018 the VFX and animation sector nearly tripled from around $342 million to $960 million annually. The VEC projects that by the end of 2019 that figure will exceed 1 billion. These figures are preliminary as the final audits aren’t in, but little variation is expected. Setting right rumours that the B.C. film industry spending only recently surpassed Ontario’s, the VEC reports that it was 2012 when that happened (Ontario spent $1.28 billion versus $1.6 billion for B.C.).VEC film commissioner David Shepheard and animation and VFX expert Nancy Basi discussed some of the plans in place to keep growing the industry.First up is the first Animation FAM (familiarization) Tour. Titled the Vancouver-London Animation Business Exchange, it’s the first of its kind in the city’s history March 13-17, which sees representatives from such U.K. studios as Axis Animation (League of Legends, The Elder Scrolls); Lupus Films (The Hive Series, Ethel and Ernest); and Jellyfish Pictures (Star Wars) coming to Vancouver for a look around. This is the first outbound trip Film London has taken in five years. Shepheard previously was involved in the inbound versions of these FAM events. Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse. Miles gets his Spider-sense. ~ SONY PICTURES ANIMATION / PNG Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Sept exports fall 2433 in 10th straight monthly dip

first_imgContracting for the 10th month in a row, India’s merchandise exports dipped 24.33 per cent in September to $21.84 billion, mainly due to steep fall in shipments of petroleum products, iron ore, and engineering goods amid tepid global demand.The imports too shrank 25.42 per cent to $32.32 billion in September on yearly basis, thus narrowing the trade gap to $10.47 billion from $14.47 billion recorded in the same month of 2014. Exports in September 2014 were valued at $28.86 billion. The cumulative exports during the first half of 2015-16 have been valued at $132.93 billion versus $161.39 billion in the same period of last year. Exports were down 17.36 per cent yera-on-year in the first half of 2015-16. Also Read – Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis pointsAs per the data released by the Commerce Ministry, the trade gap or trade deficit during April-September 2015-16 has narrowed to $67.99 billion as against $72.69 billion in the same period last fiscal. The data further showed that oil imports during September were valued at $6.62 billion, down 54.53 per cent year-on – year. Oil imports during April-September stood at $48.128 billion which were 41.58 per cent lower than that of $82.378 billion in the corresponding period last year.  On export front, shipments of petroleum products shrank 60.35 per cent to $2.44 billion while that of iron ore declined by 40.37 per cent to 9.47 million. A sharp decline in exports of engineering products was also witnessed in September. The shipments declined by 22.81 per cent to $5 billion from $6.5 billion in the year ago period.  Also Read – ‘The great gold bull market has begun’The decline in exports in September is the steepest since March 2015 when the shipments shrunk by 21.06 per cent. Expressing disappointment over the September numbers, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) President S C Ralhan said the decline of 17.6 per cent in first six months of the fiscal will put enormous pressure even in realising the export figure which India achieved in 2014-15. “As against seven sectors which were in positive out of 30 for which disaggregated data is available for August, the number of sectors has further compressed to six only for the month of September,” he said.Ralhan however, expressed the hope that export numbers in coming months would be better following cut in interest rate by the RBI and encouraging IIP and manufacturing data of August. The data showed that non-oil imports during September were estimated at $25.697 billion which were 10.68 per cent lower than $28.76 billion in the same month of 2014.last_img read more

Where is Sunwing headed next Brand new Sun destination just announced

first_img Share Where is Sunwing headed next? Brand new Sun destination just announced Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — Sunwing’s newest destination is a tiny island known for its crystal-clear waters, vibrant marine life and pristine beaches, all of which are must-haves on Canadians’ vacation checklists.The sun-soaked island of Tobago has just been announced as the tour operator’s latest destination for this winter season. Upon launching from Toronto, the new direct service will mark the first time Sunwing is offering the Caribbean island, and will also make it the only Canadian leisure carrier to offer direct service.Flights will operate on Thursdays between Dec. 20, 2018 and April 18, 2019 inclusive.“We are delighted to be offering our customers even more choice from Toronto this winter with the addition of the island of Tobago,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations. “Offering beach relaxation, warm Caribbean hospitality and a wide range of tours and excursions to experience, we’re sure that Tobago will prove to be a popular addition to our roster.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterOn the impact Sunwing’s flights will have on the island, Nadine Stewart-Phillips, Secretary for Tourism, Culture and Transportation for Tobago, said: “The Tobago House of Assembly welcomes Sunwing to Tobago. Sunwing’s flight and hotel package offering will significant enhance our efforts in tourism at all levels.”Sunwing will offer a number of resorts on the island to complement the new flights, including the upcoming Starfish Tobago Resort, opening this December. This family-friendly resort combines an enviable beachfront location with varied accommodations, complimentary sports and activities such as sailing, and two on-site restaurants. There’s also Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort located on a beautiful stretch of Pigeon Point Beach, which features luxury accommodations, three pools, hiking trails and an on-site PGA-designed, 18-hole, 72-par golf course.All Sunwing packages to Tobago include return airfare and airport transfers, accommodations and the services of a Sunwing representative. Groups of 10 adults can receive special prices, added values and reduced deposits. For more information on Group deals, go to Tags: Sunwing, Tobago << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, October 18, 2018 last_img read more