Spurs ace Ginobili retires from NBA

first_imgKarate, silat take over Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “For 16 years, we were fortunate to watch a legend compete at the highest level. Thank you, Manu, for a career that inspired millions of people around the world.”Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr added: “One of the all time greats. Fearless, funny, compassionate and competitive as hell. Thank you Manu!”German legend Dirk Nowitzki saluted Ginobili for “an amazing career.”“Great player. Fierce competitor. Winner. Next stop: HOF (Hall of Fame),” Nowitzki wrote.Ginobili appeared in 1,057 games during his career, averaging 13.3 points, 3.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.32 steals.He also appeared in 218 playoff games, averaging 14 points per game. Ginobili and LeBron James are the only two players in postseason history to have amassed at least 3,000 points and 300 three-pointers in the playoffs. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts during a game.  AFP FILELOS ANGELES, United States – San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili confirmed his retirement from basketball on Monday, bringing down the curtain on a 23-year career that included four NBA Finals victories.The 41-year-old Argentine star, widely seen as the most successful foreign player in the history of the NBA, confirmed his retirement in a brief posting on social media.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments He also helped Argentina score a shock gold medal victory at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.He is one of only eight players in history — and the only non-US born player — to have won four NBA championships and an Olympic gold.Ginobili’s retirement signals the final end of an era at San Antonio where he was a key pillar of championship-winning teams alongside Tim Duncan (retired) and Tony Parker, who left the team last month.Tributes to Ginobili quickly swept across social media on Monday following his retirement.The NBA said in a posting on Twitter signed by commissioner Adam Silver that Ginobili was “a pioneer who helped globalize the NBA … one of basketball’s greatest ambassadors.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “Today, with a wide range of feelings, I’m announcing my retirement from basketball,” Ginobili wrote.“IMMENSE GRATITUDE to everyone (family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans) involved in my life in the last 23 years. It’s been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The veteran shooting guard was a key part of the San Antonio teams which won four NBA crowns between 2003 and 2014 after joining the league in 2002 from Italian team Virtus Bologna.As well as the four NBA titles, Ginobili was twice selected for the All Stars in 2005 and 2011. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Broner looking at Pacquiao bout as career-defining

first_imgNo.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Now 40, Manny Pacquiao’s life should be just beginning. But Adrien Broner, at 29, feels he’s the one at the crossroads, calling his duel with the Filipino ring icon a tipping point in his career.“I always knew that one day I will be having fights like this,” Broner said in a report by Philboxing. “Honestly, I thought [Pacquiao] would be done with boxing by now but I always knew I would have a fight of this magnitude on this platform, pay-per-view and all, and now I’m here.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Who will take home crown? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentscenter_img “We’ve studied tons of Pacquiao footage and he pretty much fights the same every fight,” Cunningham was quoted as saying. “Manny’s a rhythm fighter and it’s about getting his rhythm.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia That’s why Broner is preparing furiously for the fight, expecting to face “the best Pacquiao” on Jan. 19 in Las Vegas.Broner has carved his own niche in boxing for his undeniable talent. His boxing style—counterpunches, shoulder roll and all—mimics that of the great Floyd Mayweather Jr., the man who Pacquiao is really eyeing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut the flashy, hard-partying American has a dark past: He had faced assault charges before, missed the weight for fights and is known to thrash-talk opponents.However, on Wednesday in Miami, the 29-year-old Broner (33-3-1 with 24 knockouts) hosted an open workout where he made it apparent to media people present that he has nothing but respect for Pacquiao. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Broner calls the bout “the biggest fight of my life.”Training thrice a day and holding his workout right at the famed Fifth Street Gym, where Muhammad Ali once trained, Broner brushed off the fact that his opponent just turned 40.He said his focus was laser-like and wasn’t letting the pulsating Miami nightclub scene distract him.“I’m not focused on the clubbing and stuff, all that stuff will be here after the fight,” he said. “I don’t care about stopping him or whether it’s a unanimous decision, as long as I’m victorious.”His chief trainer, Kevin Cunningham, offered a more specific fight plan.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Senate Rejects House’s US$73M District Development Bill

first_imgFollowing an hour of heated debate, the Senate Plenary at its 30th day sitting Thursday, May 15, voted unanimously to reject the Bill passed by the House of Representatives for a budgetary allocation in the tone of US$73 million for Electoral District Development Fund (EDDF).The bill was sent to the Senate for concurrence after it underwent a “fast track passage” recently by the Lower House.It may be recalled that House Speaker Alex Tyler during delivery of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Annual Message to the National Legislature, announced that the House has agreed to allot the amount of US$73 million in the 2014/2015 fiscal budget as developmental fund for the 73 electoral districts of the National Elections Commission (NEC).Making remarks at the joint program held in the rotunda of the Capitol Building, House Speaker Alex J. Tyler, promised that lawmakers of the 53rd legislature will be more robust during this seating.Speaker Tyler said his comment is a result of what the lawmakers experienced during a nationwide tour in December on the draft petroleum law of Liberia.The Senate’s rejection of the Bill Thursday followed a verbal report to the plenary by a member of the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor suggesting that instead of the US$73 million, the committee was suggesting an increment in the current County development Fund (CDF) from US$200,000 to the amount of US$1 million each   for the 15 counties.Senator Taylor briefed her colleagues citing Constitutional provisions that by law, budgetary allocations are made to Statutory Districts and not electoral district that can be created for election purposes.Prior to the motion for rejection, several Senators, who welcomed Senator Taylor committee’s recommendation/suggestion, however, wondered as to which area of the budget the amount of US$15 million would come from, in the wake of the persistent budget shortfalls.However, Senators including Dallas Advertus Gueh of River Cess County reminded their colleagues that the Senate has the Constitutional mandate to approve monetary allotment for national development, by virtue of the fact that they are the direct representatives of the people.Another group of the plenary, too, recalled that during the 2nd Session of the 53rd Senate, a Bill calling for the allotment of 15 percent of the National Budget as County Development Fund (CDF) was brought to the Chamber.The bill was sponsored by River Cess Senator Jay Jonathan Banney, and signed by 15 Senators of the joint committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget in a prepared report which recommended that 15 percent of the fiscal national budget be appropriated annually for the development of the 15 political subdivision of the country, describing the current US$200,000 as inadequate to address the many development needs of the counties. But the Senate is yet to build a consensus on that Bill.Before making the motion that was unanimously agreed on, Grand Gedeh County Senior Senator Isaac Nyenabo, declared that the bill must be totally rejected, saying it is a violation against the law.There is a law in the House of Representatives and was passed and is before us, it is in abeyance and let’s reject it.He then made his motion: “Ladies and Gentlemen of the Liberian Senate, I move if I can be seconded, that the Bill presented before this body for US$73 million Electoral District for development purposes be rejected by this body.” The Senate voted yea, with no nae.Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley then requested the Secretary of the Senate that the Senate’s leadership was going to set up a conference committee, because of the difference in the two Bills from the House of Representatives and Senate; and the one suggested by the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, and Finance & Budget.Senator Findley further instructed the Secretary to inform the House of Representatives “that we are returning this Bill to the House of Representatives that the Senate has rejected said Bill.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Would WPA really walk away from the Govt?

first_imgDear Editor,There is no doubt that the Working People’s Alliance is a legitimate member of the Coalition Government, but after reading the party’s threats to perhaps walk away from the Government because of perceived maltreatment, I wonder whether its leaders fully understand what they are talking about.I recall similar mumblings when Dr Roopnaraine had stepped down as Minister of Education sometime last year. The party had said then that it was not consulted on a replacement, and had fully expected that a leader of the party would have automatically taken Dr Roopnaraine’s place as a Cabinet Minister. This was not done, and its leaders had complained bitterly back then.The Granger Administration must, however, take some of the blame for the way the WPA is feeling and seeing things. It is my firm belief that a system of ‘upfrontness’ with Coalition partners would go a long way in easing the feelings that the bigger parties have little regard for the smaller ones like the WPA.No one really believes that the WPA would walk away from governance, with all the talk that the party is a mere shadow of what it used to be up to the time when its founder and leader, Dr Walter Rodney, was killed in 1980. Many observers also believe that the party would have brought very little votes to the coalition during the campaign, because I think that two generations of Guyanese would have grown up hardly hearing or knowing anything about the WPA.I therefore think that it might be prudent for the leaders of the WPA to fight their battles internally, rather than in the press, as this can indeed harm the coalition. I also would argue that the latest public display of anger by the leadership team has to do with the decision by the management of the Chronicle Newspaper to dispense with the services of WPA leader David Hinds as a columnist, and the belief that this decision was made by high authorities.The little I know as a follower and sympathizer is that the AFC also has its grouses, but, to date, has not made any comments similar to the WPA’s. I suggest the WPA take its lead from the AFC.Sincerely,Peter Josephlast_img read more

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12 Political Parties Support December 16 Election

first_imgAmid the ongoing debate about whether or not to hold the special senatorial election come December 16, a majority of the political parties has pledged support to the National Elections Commission (NEC) for the election to be held as scheduled.During a press conference held at the NEC headquarters in Monrovia, Cllr. Joseph K. Jallah, read the position statement on behalf of the twelve political parties wanting the elections to go ahead. He said the group twelve had no part in what he described as “the unwarranted and unjustified action” by the Movement for Progress Change (MPC), National Democratic Coalition (NDC) and Blamo Nelson and others referring to themselves as “Eminent Citizens.“We cannot reverse the democratic process.  All political parties, including NDC and MPC participated fully in the consultations leading to the new date for holding elections.  The petition does not therefore represent the view of the majority of registered political parties,” Cllr. Jallah argued. Cllr. Jallah said, in voicing the genuine wishes of the critical mass of the Liberian people, the Supreme Court needs to expeditiously dispose of the matter pending before it.   He urged the Supreme Court to listen to the voice of the majority of political parties and the citizenry of Liberia.“Moreover, we caution the highest court in the land against what seems to be an attempt by some unprepared individuals, the MPC and the NDC, to drag the Supreme Court into what could be construed as interference with functions that the 1986 constitution of Liberia has rightly assigned to the Executive and legislative branches of Government.”The statement by the group of 12 also called on all political party leaders, the rank and file, foot soldiers of all political parties and citizens en masse to assemble on the grounds of the Temple of Justice today at 8am.The statement also denied the petitioners’ reference using the outbreak of the Ebola virus as a justification for cancelling the Special Senatorial Elections as “illogical and baseless at this time”.It emphasized that the twelve parties are of the firm conviction that holding of the special senatorial elections will prevent an even bigger constitutional crisis when the tenures of 15 senators expire in January 2015.The statement reminded the public that the various political parties participated in all of the consultations during which the vast majority of the parties and civil society organizations agreed for the special senatorial elections to be conducted on December 16, 2014 in order to save the democratic process.“We see no rationale for a national conference when, the people have spoken through their representatives in the legislature. Their voice was echoed loudly through a Joint Resolution of the legislature mandating the National Elections Commission to conduct the Special Senatorial Election on December 16 this year.”Cllr. Jallah argued that the lifting of the State of Emergency, which had prevented the holding of the elections on October 14, 2014, is sufficient proof that the atmosphere does exist now for holding the delayed elections.The Lofa Senatorial aspirant said, “Facts available to us suggest that this process can be conducted with adherence to the safety measures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH&SW) and other international partners to prevent the spread of the disease.“According to him, the undersigned political parties are committed to adhering to all of the Ebola prevention measures instituted by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and its international partners.Witnessing the conference were, Unity Party, Wilmot Paye, National Patriotic Party, Andrew Peters, Congress for Democratic Change, Nathaniel Mcgill, Alternative National Congress, O. Gould, Liberty Party, All Liberia Coalition Party of Liberia (ALCOP) and People’s Unification Party (PUP) among others.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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World class! No wonder Man United and Liverpool desperately want this attacker

first_img1 Marco Reus was sensational for Borussia Dortmund Marco Reus may have silenced all talk of his immediate future by agreeing a new contract with Borussia Dortmund, but that won’t stop reported suitors Manchester United and Liverpool dreaming about signing him, especially when he does things like this.The German international – whose season has been blighted by a string of injuries – has played a huge role in Dortmund’s mini-revival following the winter break, and he was back at it again, inspiring the Schwarz-Gelb to a 4-2 victory over Mainz in the Bundesliga on Friday night.Reus found the net himself, but it was this sumptuous ball for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that captured the imagination.last_img read more

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Wanyama’s younger sister joins Spanish side

first_img0Shares0000Sports director Amalio Álvarez and Mercy Wanyama pose with the club shirt. PHOTO/elcomercio.esNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 6- MacDonald Mariga and Victor Wanyama’s younger sister Mercy has made history by becoming the first ever Kenyan player to sign for a professional team in Spain, joining top basketball side side Adba Aviles.The former Equity Hawks and Storms center was officially introduced to the team on Wednesday having started training with them on Monday. According to Spanish portal elcomercio.es, Wanyama joined Adba under the recommendation of the Duran Liga Ensino head coach where she had been on trial from last November. Having not been considered by the club, they recommended her to Adba.“I wanted to play in Spain. My brother McDonald spoke very well of Asturias and I am very excited about this opportunity. I want to try European basketball and I hope to give my best,” Mercy is quoted as saying by elcomercio.esMercy Wanyama in conversation with Adba coach during a training session. PHOTO/elcomercio.esShe adds; “Right now I only think about the six remaining matches, but I would like to do things well and stay here longer. I am aware of what the club is playing and that on Saturday we have a final against Arxil, but I get very well physically, I have not stopped training and I hope to help as many as possible to my teammates on the court.”Wanyama travelled to Spain at the beginning of November to try out with Duran Liga having played for Storms for a short period of time.The Lang’ata High School alumni helped Equity Hawks to back to back league titles and was also named best player at the play-offs.“We needed people inside and she is a 1.85 player, very athletic and can help us a lot,” said Sporting Director Amalio Álvarez.Coach Juanjo Garcia added; “The team needed a breath of fresh air, renewed illusions and the arrival of Mercy shows that the club has made a great effort and will certainly be a motivation for the other players.”0Shares0000(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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LIVE MUSIC EVERY NIGHT AS MILFORD VENUE CELEBRATE TEN YEARS IN BUSINESS!

first_imgOwner of The Traveller’s Inn, Milford, Michael McBride pictured along with some members of The Traveller’s Inn team. The 10th birthday celebrations will take place from Monday 17th – Sunday 23rd August with live music every night and a Family Fun Birthday Party on Saturday 22nd August. Pic: Francis Diver.FEATURES: The Traveller’s Inn, Milford is celebrating their 10th birthday this week.To mark the key milestone, the family run bar and restaurant is hosting a week-long celebration, running from Monday 17th – Sunday 23rd August.The Traveller’s Inn birthday celebrations will have something for everyone, including live music every night, as well as a ‘Family Fun Birthday Party’ on Saturday 22nd August from 2-4pm.  The ‘Family Fun Birthday Party’ is an event that all the family can attend and promises to be a jam-packed day of fun for kids of all ages.There’ll be bouncy castles, face-painting, a birthday cake, balloon modelling, disco games and a DJ, as well as a special visit from Mickey and Minnie Mouse.Throughout the week-long celebrations, there’ll be live music every night from 10pm. The entertainment line up includes a Big Country Night with Martin Orr, Best of Karaoke with Samioke, Highland Radio’s Gary Gamble, The Brambles, Mystery Shoppers and Half A Stray.The Traveller’s Inn was established in 1867 and has a heritage going back almost 150 years. Local man, Michael McBride took over the venue in 2005 and, shortly afterwards opened The Traveller’s Inn restaurant. In that time, the venue has become a well-established and popular spot among locals and visitors to the town.Commenting on the 10th birthday, Michael McBride, said, “We’re delighted to be celebrating our 10th birthday at The Traveller’s Inn.“It’s been a tough road over the years, with the recession hitting just a few years into the business, but with the support of the local community, family and a great team of staff, we’ve built something quite unique in the northwest.Since 2005 we’ve been working really hard to continuously improve our customer offering and earlier this year, the hard work paid off when we were awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, 2015.We were acknowledged for our excellent quality and service and for having consistently great reviews on the Trip Advisor website”. Michael added: “Over the years, we’ve undertaken significant renovations and improvements to the building including extending the restaurant, opening a newly refurbished beer garden and restoring the stone walls on the outside building.“It’s been a real family and team effort and the 10th birthday celebrations is our way of thanking our customers for their support.“We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone over the course of the week-long celebrations and we really hope to see you there.”The Traveller’s Inn restaurant is open daily from 12-9.00pm and serves delicious snacks, lunches and evening meals. Since opening, the team has been committed to serving the very best of good food and prides itself on offering guests a delicious meal at exceptional value, making it the perfect choice for those looking to enjoy a quality dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere.With ample car-parking, free wifi and an enclosed beer garden, the Milford venue is the ideal place for meetings, birthdays, christenings and anniversaries.Enjoy live music every weekend and a warm welcome by booking your table today – call The Traveller’s Inn on 074 9163 499 or visit The Traveller’s Inn Facebook page for all the latest offers.LIVE MUSIC EVERY NIGHT AS MILFORD VENUE CELEBRATE TEN YEARS IN BUSINESS! was last modified: August 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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SENSATIONAL OFFERS AVAILABLE ON MICHAEL KORS WATCHES AT STEVENS JEWELLERS

first_imgBUSINESS: Are you still looking for that perfect Christmas gift – then why not drop into Stevens Jewellers and check out their fabulous and vast range of offers on top designer brands.Stevens Jewellers has a huge selection of gifts to pick from this Christmas – and the hugely successful business also celebrates its FIFTH year on Letterkenny Main Street. They are stocking top watch brands such as Michael Kors, Daniel Wellington, Storm, Lipsy London, Citizen, Superdry, Police and Ben Sherman and more in Store!Rose Gold is the top trend this Christmas and Stevens Jewellers is stocking Rose Gold Jewellery in Michael Kors, Dyberg/Kern and this years top Irish Brand Knight and Day Jewellery as well as the top selling Chrysalis stacking bangle range available in Rose Gold, Yellow Gold and Silver in many different symbols and designs.SENSATIONAL OFFERS AVAILABLE ON MICHAEL KORS WATCHES AT STEVENS JEWELLERS was last modified: December 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessnewsStevens Jewellerslast_img read more

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GOP backs governor’s re-election

first_imgSAN JOSE – Republicans from throughout California gathered Friday for the state convention, where they will try to overlook their differences with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and unify behind his re-election effort this fall. While a number of key party members are disappointed with several moves the governor has made recently – most notably his hiring of Democrat Susan Kennedy as chief of staff and his support for increasing the minimum wage – most said they could put them aside for the sake of the GOP. “OK, so I disagree with that,” said Marvin Jones, former chairman of the party’s San Benito County committee. “I’m still going to vote for him. I am going to campaign for him. I am going to walk precincts. I am going to make phone calls on his behalf.” For the most part, delegates feel they have no choice. As another noted, “I’m not happy about it, but who else am I going to vote for?” Two former GOP chairmen had authored a resolution asking the party to withdraw its pre-primary endorsement of Schwarzenegger because of Kennedy’s hiring, but that effort failed to gain much support. Conservative critics were told they would get a chance to air their grievances in exchange for not seeking to pull the endorsement. Most of the other resolutions to be debated this weekend praise the governor for his fiscal and public safety policies, though a few disagree with his positions on increasing the minimum wage, borrowing to fund his infrastructure program and failing to pay down the budget deficit. But Mike Spence, president of the conservative activist group California Republican Assembly, said his latest discussion with party officials indicate he and other critics may not get much chance to speak. “The way it’s been twisted around we won’t have as much time as we would’ve liked, if we get time at all,” Spence said. “We wanted to express our concerns, so we know the governor heard us about some of these things. I’m not sure he’s going to hear us.” Party Chairman Duf Sundheim said debate is “healthy” for the party and leaders are not trying to squelch dissenters, although he was uncertain how much time the critics would have. “If the issue is are we united behind this governor? The answer is absolutely yes,” Sundheim said. “Do we agree with the governor on every position he has taken on every issue? Obviously that’s never been the case for any elected official.” The governor spoke to convention participants in a sold-out dinner banquet Friday night, but is not scheduled to stay for the rest of the convention. Schwarzenegger, who declared a state of emergency Friday over the state’s levee system, is scheduled to fly today to Washington, D.C., where he expects to meet with President Bush to talk about levees and other issues. He is also attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association. In his speech to the party, Schwarzenegger harkened back through the party’s history, citing Abraham Lincoln for eliminating slavery, Teddy Roosevelt for fathering the environmental movement and Dwight Eisenhower for building interstate highways. “We will continue to fight for recovery and for reform,” Schwarzenegger said, according to excerpts released in advance of the speech. “For pension reform, education reform, redistricting reform and for budget reform.” In general, the mood on the convention’s first day was festive, as activists greeted colleagues they hadn’t seen since the last convention, and browsed among tables hawking political merchandise. At one table, bumper stickers proudly declared “Charter Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” and “Gun Control Is Using Both Hands.” Nearby, brochures urged people to support the “drafting” of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to run for president in 2008. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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

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