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October 19, 2020

Brazil sets another record for daily coronavirus deaths

first_img“We lament all deaths, but it’s everyone’s destiny,” Bolsonaro said in front of the presidential residence in Brasilia earlier on Tuesday.Even in states and cities where leaders had previously instituted lockdown orders, authorities have been rapidly loosening restrictions in recent days, despite the number of daily new cases continuing to grow in most regions.Topics : Brazil registered another record number of novel coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Tuesday evening, as the pandemic in Latin America’s largest country shows no signs of slowing down.The nation registered 28,936 additional cases of the novel coronavirus, the ministry said, and 1,262 deaths. There are now 555,383 total confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil and 31,199 coronavirus deaths.The fresh record comes as some Brazilian leaders, including right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, continue to belittle the virus, warning that the economic fallout from quarantine measures will be worse than the virus itself.last_img read more

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September 17, 2020

Experts, panelists discuss the impact of local politics

first_imgFormer Riverside, Calif. Mayor and long-time public policy figure Ronald Loveridge joined Raphael Bostic of the Bedrosian Center on Governance on Wednesday afternoon for a discussion on local government and sustainability in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Forum.Politicized · Former Riverside Mayor Ronald Loveridge (left) and the Bedrosian Center on Governance director Raphael Bostic talk Tuesday. — Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanThe Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Sol Price’s Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and Sol Price’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise hosted the weekly Student Talk Back series. This week’s was focused on Los Angeles municipal politics in light of the upcoming Los Angeles mayoral race.Loveridge, who entered politics in 1979 when he was elected to serve on Riverside’s city council, currently teaches in the political science department at UC Riverside. He spoke to students on the importance of city governance, particularly the significance cities had and the immediacy of policy changes at the local level.“As mayor of a city, you see the consequences of everything you do,” Loveridge said. “You see the potholes that don’t get filled. You meet people who are directly affected by every action you take. That isn’t necessarily true for leaders in Washington and Sacramento.”Much of the discussion was dedicated to Loveridge’s own experience running for public office and serving the mayor of Riverside from 1994 to 2012. He recalled approaching a political consultant soon after making the decision to run and being told to come back when he’d developed an agenda of what he wanted to accomplish.“As mayor, you can advocate in ways that you can’t as a city council member,” Loveridge said. “I ran on the platform of safe streets, good jobs and great neighborhoods for the city. I distributed a pamphlet called ‘Renewing Riverside’, with my plan clearly mapped out so that people could hold me accountable.”Riverside, which doubled in population from 150,000 to 300,000 during Loveridge’s 18 years as mayor, has been recognized on national and international levels for its development and programs. The wide-reaching recognition is fitting considering Loveridge’s past efforts to gain inspiration from other municipalities.“I traveled to other cities and made it my goal to bring back three to five new ideas from every place I went,” Loveridge said.Sustainability became of tremendous importance for Riverside as the city grew. Loveridge spearheaded issues of environmental protection, health, clean air and clean water.“We regard ourselves as a green city,” Loveridge said. “I’m not sure that it’s a left or right cause. I think it’s about how people see their city and the aspirations they have for it. Sustainability can have tremendous consequences and opportunities for citizens.”Loveridge made a point of defining local government as “friends-and-neighbors politics.” He stressed the importance of meeting directly with constituents.“The next mayor of Los Angeles will have a huge responsibility. L.A. is one of the capitals of the world, and the person who leads it can have a tremendous impact not only on the city, but on all of Southern California,” Loveridge said.Loveridge’s talk provided students with the type of practical background that frequently goes unmentioned in textbooks.“Oftentimes in school you read a lot of academic, theoretical articles about running a city, but it’s really great when you see a mayor who can talk about the implementation process of real-life policies from the ground perspective,” said Yolanda De La Paz, a first-year graduate student in USC’s master of public policy program. “I think he really brought it home with the reminder that all politics is local and when you connect with people on that regional level, you can really make things happen.”The mayoral primary election takes place March 5. The municipal election is on May 21.last_img read more

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August 28, 2020

Kotoko CEO wants Nyantakyi to spell out vision for local league

first_imgAsante Kotoko Chief Executive Officer Opoku Nti says clubs are ready to cooperate with re-elected Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi to improve the state of the local top flight.Nyantakyi, after his re-election, revealed that he plans to improve crowd attendances at local Premier League matches. He advanced his determination to get the fans back to the stadia before his tenure comes to an end in 2019.But Opoku Nti wants more specifics, especially for clubs and other stakeholders. “He should outline his vision, what he wants to do and also consult us on how best we can help him,” he told Joy Sports.“He carries the vision so he must make the move to ask for our help so we can also be at his service.“I believe Nyantakyi has something good for Ghana football but in all these he must tell us what exactly he wants to do so we can help make that dream become a reality.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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August 26, 2020

Whicker: Dodgers’ Muncy has taken this opportunity to the max

first_img“When I got this opportunity, I wasn’t going to do that again,” he said. “I’ve just been trying to enjoy every day up here. I’m not going to worry about what might happen. It’s been pretty exciting.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.This was also the soundtrack to Chris Taylor’s career. Trapped in the Seattle system, dismissed after a small sample of major league work, Taylor was traded to the Dodgers even though he had once been the Mariners’ minor league player of the year. Taylor’s 2017 was good enough to earn him a major league bobblehead this week.The Dodgers did the same thing in 2016. They needed a lefty reliever with handcuffing stuff. They found Grant Dayton in the Marlins’ system and traded Chris Reed, a former first-round draft choice, to get him. Dayton had a gaudy 0.759 WHIP for the Dodgers and struck out 39 in 26 innings. He got hurt and was waived and is now healing with the Braves.But it again showed that, sometimes, the Dodgers front office knows its neighbors’ infrastructure better than the neighbors do.Andrew Toles, released by Tampa Bay and leading off for the Dodgers in the 2016 National League Championship Series, is on that list too.Farhan Zaidi, the Dodgers general manager, was in Oakland’s front office when Muncy’s name up. Scouting director Eric Kubota thought Muncy could go in the third round and wound up taking him in the fifth.“Eric really liked the bat and the approach,” Zaidi said via e-mail, “and identified him as a sneaky good athlete for a first baseman. The whole group was high on him.”At Baylor, Muncy set the freshman record for home runs (11) and had a .501 slugging percentage for his three-year career. He also hit a walk-off grand slam against Rice in a regular-season tournament. The victim was JT Chargois, who began this season in the Dodgers’ bullpen.“He could always hit, which is why he was so highly recruited in high school,” said Steve Smith, Muncy’s coach at Baylor and now an assistant coach at Auburn. “The question was always going to be what position he’d play.“I think he can be one of the best defensive first basemen around. And he’s battled to play third base. I remember one scout was asked where Max would play and he said, ‘As far away from the ball as possible.’ I don’t think that’s the case anymore.”Muncy grew up in Keller, Texas, near Fort Worth, and was coached almost exclusively by his father, Lee, a geologist.“Wiffle balls in the garage, you name it,” Muncy said. “He’s taught me what I know about hitting. But when I was in Oklahoma City last year, I tweaked a lot of things about my approach. It’s made me feel more comfortable.”The major tweak was in Muncy’s shoulder. It’s hard to hit when you’re looking over it. Through Tuesday, Muncy was 8-for-23 with Dodgers in scoring position. His OPS was a healthy .887. He had six home runs, and he had cashed his few opportunities against southpaw pitching (.364).“I’ve gone through this once before,” Muncy said. “And I think I learned my lesson.”Muncy was promoted by Oakland in 2015 and 2016. The first year, he got into 45 games and hit .206. The second year, he got into 51 games, hit .186 and compiled a puny OPS of .565.“It was the first time I’d had to deal with failure,” Muncy said. “I didn’t deal with it very well. I started second-guessing myself on a lot of things. I was too worried about being sent down, about what might happen.”The consequence came at the end of 2017 spring training. The Athletics welcomed new prospects into their infield. They released Muncy. Not until late April did he find a new gig with the Dodgers, but he spent the entirety of 2017 at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES — Every base hit delays the plane.Every time Max Muncy takes the short stride and delivers the authoritative stroke his father taught him, and every time it works, he puts off the second half of the round trip to Oklahoma City.He came up April 17, with Logan Forsythe freshly on the disabled list, with Justin Turner working his way through rehab.The Dodgers threw Muncy into the lineup without a great deal of choice. Most of the time, the stand-in serves his time and hesitates to send out his dry-cleaning. But when Forsythe came back and Turner came back, somebody else went down. Muncy is still there. He even batted leadoff Tuesday night. A live bat can change a lot of plans.last_img read more

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