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first_imgTo boost Olympic hopes, Fiba-sanctioned 3×3 tournaments in PH eyed In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Many years from now these children will remember that their parents’ love story began during the World Cup in Russia in 2018,” Degtyaryov said, according to Tass. “I hope to God that there would be more love stories, more children, more mixed unions.”“We welcome fans from all countries, skin colors, all religions, all genders and all (sexual) orientations,” Degtyaryov added.The Kremlin weighed in, reluctantly, on the controversy.Asked about Pletnyova’s comments, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters Thursday that the Kremlin has nothing to do with the matter.“As for our Russian women, they will make their own judgment,” Peskov said. “They are the best women in the world.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peskov noted that spectators attending matches receive special World Cup identification cards that have the phrase “Say no to racism” written on them.“This is probably the best way to characterize the atmosphere of this holiday and Russia’s approach to it,” Peskov added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial “The more love stories we have connected to the world championship, the more people from different countries fall in love, the more children are born, the better,” state news agency Tass quoted parliament member Mikhail Degtyaryov as telling reporters Thursday.Degtyaryov appeared to be doing damage control after lawmaker Tamara Pletnyova warned Russian women Wednesday to think twice before entering into casual relationships with foreign tourists because they may end up rearing their children alone. Pletnyova, who heads a parliamentary committee on children and families, also suggested that Russian women should marry local men and said that children born from mixed-race marriages are unhappy.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 crownThe comments prompted criticism on social media, with some saying that Pletnyova’s views were racist and archaic.Degtyaryov, who heads a parliamentary committee overseeing sports, promoted a totally opposite view Thursday. Women look over from the Krymsky Bridge, adorned with banners of the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. A senior Russian lawmaker advised Russian women Wednesday to be vigilant during any romantic encounters with foreign fans flocking to Russia for the World Cup so as not to end up raising their children alone. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)MOSCOW — Russian women and visiting World Cup soccer fans: be fruitful and multiply.After a lawmaker caused a backlash on social media by advising Russian women against getting involved with foreign soccer fans, one of her colleagues is urging love and procreation during the tournament.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgA lone gunman on Friday morning terrorised and robbed a Corneila Ida, West Coast Demerara family of close to $800,000 in cash and other valuables, before escaping in a car belonging to the family. Jenny Bacchus, 42, told Guyana Times she and her 12-year-old daughter were at home when the tall, fair-skinned man barged into her home. She recalled that at the time she was speaking with her cousin on the telephone, and out of fear, she dropped the device.The perpetrator then told her if she complied he would not hurt her, but at the same time, he pointed a gun at them and began to tie them up with the phone cable.The woman said the perpetrator then ransacked the house. She said she attempted to get a glimpse of his face, but could not, since he had a hat pulled in his face.Whilst the perpetrator was searching the home, Bacchus’s cousin turned up to check on her and her child. He, too, was bound, and was subsequently relieved of his mobile phone and the jewellery he was wearing.The perpetrator then escaped with the car belonging to Bacchus’s cousin, a Toyota 212, which was later recovered in the vicinity of the Den Amstel Police Station.A report was made at the Leonora Police Station, and an investigation has been launched. No arrest has as yet been made.last_img read more


first_imgA senior Conservative party member says Prime Minister Stephen Harper could call a federal election as early as September 2nd.The well-placed party official says no decision has been made yet, but an election call is highly likely sometime within the next 2 to 4 weeks. According to this official, Harper could pull the plug on his minority government immediately after the Labour Day weekend, or wait until shortly after Parliament resumes on September 15th.The Prime Minister will not make a final decision until after he meets with opposition leaders to determine whether there’s any chance his government will be able to forge ahead with its agenda during the fall. The tete-a-tetes have not yet been scheduled but our contact says Harper would ideally like to meet the three opposition leaders sometime next week.- Advertisement -Harper has been blaming opposition parties in recent days for paralyzing Parliament and Tory insiders say there’s little chance opposition leaders will be able to change his mind.last_img read more


first_imgAiming to set the stage alight for the Prime Minister’s Cup 2, which they are staging, and which is set to commence on October 19, 2018 at various venues in the city, the Georgetown Softball Cricket League (GSCL) Inc have now added another sponsor to their list in the form of Ink Plus.Ink Plus-GSCL Inc Secretary Telesha Ousman (right) accepts the cheque from Ink Plus sales representative Raveena MohanRepresentative of Ink Plus Sales, Raveena Mohan, has presented, as that company’s sponsorship, a substantial amount of money towards the GSCL Inc. Receiving on behalf of the GSCL was Telesha Ousman, at the entity’s location in Laluni Street, Queenstown.Mohan said, “We are happy to be given the opportunity to come on board, since this tournament only comes once a year. It is nice to see teams coming from overseas to rub shoulders with their Guyanese counterparts, and this will lift the level of the competition”.Mohan then wished the teams well, and said she is looking forward to an exciting and successful tournament.In a statement, Ousman said, “Teams will start arriving shortly, and Guyanese teams have already started their preparation”. The GSCL Inc secretary informed fans to expect some exciting cricket throughout the tournament, as there would also be off-field entertainment and promotional giveaways.Some of the venues identified for the preliminary matches are: the GNIC Sports Club ground; Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) ground; Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO) ground; Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC), Police Sports Club ground at Eve Leary, and Everest Cricket Ground ground.In the Open segment, the winning team will take home $700,000 while the runner-up will receive $100,000. In the Masters’ category, the champion team will be awarded $600,000 and the runner-up $100,000. The tournament will feature some of the most modern technologies to grace cricket, such as lighted bails in the competition. Added entertainment will be provided by the Crossover Band and cheerleaders during the finals.The teams battling for supremacy in the All-stars (Open) segment are Wales Challengers, Enterprise Rebels, Hill Foot Vipers, Farm All-stars, Speedboat, Success, Regal Allstars, Corriverton, Bartica Allstars, SVC, and Booths XI. The Masters category will include Albion Masters, Regal Masters, Mike’s Wellman, Enterprise Masters, Ontario Masters, Narine Masters, Florida Guyana, Tropical Spring Masters, Parika Defenders and Fishermen Masters. The tournament will commence on October 21 at the Everest Cricket Club, Regal Masters and Speedboat (open) are the defending champions.last_img read more


first_imgScotland travel to Metz for a friendly against France, nine years after a very memorable meeting in Paris.In 2007, James McFadden’s 30-yard screamer secured a second successive victory against France in their Euro 2008 qualifying group.As usual the Tartan Army support was there in its thousands, though Scotland still failed to qualify. However, for a moment fans were dreaming of a first appearance at a major international tournament since 1998.Here, talkSPORT looks at that wonderful strike.last_img read more


first_imgTo celebrate the year of The Gathering, the Donegal Gathering and Earagail Arts Festival have teamed up to commission a new signature tune by some of Ireland’s well loved artists that reaches beyond its birthplace in Donegal.Written and produced collaboratively by Donegal native Mickey Joe Harte, Strabane’s global folk star Paul Brady and North American musician and producer John Condron.With its inspiration and soul drawn from the composers’ and performers’ sense of their home place and nurtured with the support of many people in the community, Come Gather All was recorded in the hills of Donegal and thus has a unique Donegal flavour to it. Commenting on the recording, the driving force of the project Mickey Joe Harte said “There was a little bit of magic in the air, and a fair wind filled the sails during the recording of “COME GATHER ALL” considering most of the artists had never worked together as a unit, it seemed that in studio there was a common understanding and determination to do what was best for the song.“That energy and cohesiveness from everyone involved can be enjoyed for all now. You can here these contributions all over the recording.. And to help you pick them out here’s some names you might recognise and some you might not… YET!! The Henry girls ( Karen, Lorna and Joleen Mc Laughlin), Pat Gallagher ( Goats Don’t shave), Declan & Kieran Mc Clafferty (In Their Thousands) Martin Tourish, Paul Tully, Gary Porter and Rory Gallagher.”About the ethos of the song he added “Being Irish was always something that brought mixed emotions to me as a kid growing up in the turbulent, sometimes confused and troubled climate that was Lifford, a town that borders Northern Ireland.“However, it was by no means all bad, and mostly good, and there were many invisible support networks in the small community that made life in the most part interesting, enjoyable and definitely colourful. Thankfully these networks are characteristic of the Irish landscape at large, no matter what side of the divide you happen to fall on.” “That divide is thankfully closing and this is in no small part down to the effort of local communities on both sides of the border. These communities have inadvertently helped to shape this new song and as one of the writers and producers, I hope the sentiment will ring true across all divides. This is our way of saying that we are collectively proud of all the good things that being Irish means. This song and the “gathering” of performers was an opportunity to come together and offer something that is true to us and where we come from – and something we are proud to be part of.”Paddy Harte, Chairman of The Donegal Gathering steering group, said the song has at its heart an inclusiveness which reaches out to everyone who feels a connection with Donegal and to those who embrace their Irish identity across the globe.“This has been very much a team effort culminating in the final recording in Termon. It has enjoyed generous support from the Riverine Project, the Earagail Arts Festival, the Arts Council of Ireland and the Donegal Gathering as well as a range of local businesses from across the county including The Bank Bistro in Dungloe, the Mount Errigal Hotel and Arena 7 in Letterkenny, who all provided sponsorship. This is Donegal at its very best, working together to better our home-place and to encourage all of us to stay connected at home and beyond as part of the larger Irish Diaspora.”Paul Brown, Festival Director with the Earagail Arts Festival added “There could be no more fitting homage to the 25th anniversary of the Earagail Arts Festival, than through the medium of a new music commission by some of Ireland’s most established musicians and one that features so much emerging Donegal musical talent. It’s a fantastic piece of music with significant international appeal and a song that connects with all Irish people at home and abroad, whether in the home of Donegal native or the workplace of our Irish diaspora – wherever they are in the world. Recorded in the heart of Donegal at the incredible Attica Audio in Termon “Come Gather All” will be a celebration of the culture and heritage of Ireland to the world.”“Come Gather All” will and available to listen to via www.donegalgathering.com and www.eaf.ie and from Friday 5th April 2013. For more information visit on the Earagail Arts Festival 25th anniversary programme , the Donegal Gathering and the national year of The Gathering visitwww.eaf.ie / www.donegalgathering.com / www.thegatheringirleand.comTHE DONEGAL GATHERING RELEASES ITS MUSICAL ANTHEM was last modified: April 4th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Mickey Joe HartePaul BradyThe Donegal Gatheringlast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: KILLYBEGS soccer star Seamus Coleman would love nothing better than running out at Croke Park this weekend with a Donegal jersey on him.And he says he will be watching the match on TV – and cheering on Donegal against Mayo.In this video he also answered questions sent to Everton via Twitter.He revealed he picked No23 for the team because it was available when he was on a pre-season tour to Australia – saying he ditched his No31 jersey and opted for a number also worn at the time by David Beckham and Michael Jordan. Seamus shares his surname with a famous brand of mustard….but does he actually like mustard? Has he ever even tasted it?Click Play to Watch and find out. DDTV: SEAMUS COLEMAN FEATURES IN EVERTON TWITTER Q&A was last modified: August 2nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:everton tvseamus colemantwitter questionslast_img read more


first_imgThere may be some light at the end of the tunnel for Lifford Community Hospital.A North South Committee is to look at the possibility of extending the scope of the hospital to cover the Strabane catchment area.Health Minister James Reilly and his Northern counterpart Minister Edwin Poots have discussed the matter recently. And a decision has been taken to explore the future of the hospital.A memo issued by the the HSE’s Head of Acute Services, John Hayes, said a report on the cost of care is now being examined.That report is due to be published in September.Chairman of the OIreachtas Good Friday Agreement Implementation Committee, Deputy Joe McHugh, has welcomed the move. “Today’s HSE memorandum on Lifford Community Hospital notes that the consultation process regarding future service delivery at the hospital is to be deferred, to allow for a number of reasons including exploration of cross-border options for service delivery. This deferral of the commencement date for the consultation process regarding future service delivery at Lifford Community Hospital is welcome.“The potential benefits of cross-border cooperation in healthcare are obvious, and increasing collaboration in healthcare provision is a key policy objective of the Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.“I met with Minister for Health James Reilly last Wednesday, shortly after he had participated with NI Minister for Health Edwin Poots in a North-South Ministerial Council meeting that discussed mechanisms for increased cooperation between Enniskillen, Sligo, Letterkenny and Altnagelvin Hospitals.“Last Wednesday Minister Reilly also updated me on discussions that had taken place at that day’s North-South Ministerial Council meeting about potentially utilizing Lifford Community Hospital as a service provider for the Strabane district.“Today’s HSE announcement follows on from those discussions. Minister Reilly and Minister Poots are serious about examining this link between Lifford and Strabane as a way of keeping the Community Hospital open in Lifford,” he said LIFFORD COMMUNITY HOSPITAL THROWN A POSSIBLE LIFELINE was last modified: July 25th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Joe McHughLIfford Community Hospitallast_img read more


first_imgRe “Delivering on promises” (Editorial, Oct. 7): Your editorial this morning regarding the mayor’s first 100 days in office qualifies the Daily News as Villaraigosa’s official shill. Assume the mayor spent six days a week on the road; he traveled about 280 miles a day. At an average speed (surface streets and freeway) of 45 mph the mayor spent about six hours a day on the road. This doesn’t leave the mayor much time to conduct city business. Perhaps the cynics are correct; this is all just show, political glad-handing, and baby-kissing. As for his support of using nonunion engineer to design the 405 HOV lanes, Caltrans engineers do not contribute to local campaigns, but local construction workers do. Gus Smyrnos Newbury Park In circles Re “Should mayor run schools?” (Oct. 7): Mayor Villaraigosa says “Since I took office, I have put more than 24,000 miles on my car going to 350 different communities.” Big deal; so have his photographers. Lavina Suarez Sylmar Close it down Re “Should mayor run schools?” (Oct. 7): I am totally against this action, or even the thought of it. For years, I have been against the LAUSD system altogether. I continue my suggestion that the LAUSD should be declared ineffective and closed down, eliminated, scrapped. Villaraigosa is right about the LAUSD, but not the solution. Solution: Declare all of L.A. city schools as charters and do away with the LAUSD. Charter schools have been more effective than the LAUSD, at a lesser cost, and generally higher scholastic grades. Building new charter schools is less expensive, more practical, and under the control of the principle, taxpayers and the California budget people. Forget the unions – think children. Billions will be saved, and our children will have a better education. Charles Dusheck Chatsworth To what end? Re “Road to Splitsville” (Business, Oct. 10): You have to admire the multitasking abilities of Americans. Planning their divorce while planning their wedding – what a timesaving concept. Now all we need to be able to multitask is showering while dressing, completing work assignments while sleeping and arriving at travel destinations while cleaning our houses. What will we do with all our free time? Marilyn Dalrymple Lancaster Perfect emissary Re “Leap of faith right over the cliff” (Their Opinions, Oct. 7): If Maureen Dowd knew anything about militant Islam’s history of aggression, repression and genocide, she’d know that Bush “crony” Karen Hughes is the perfect emissary to radical Islam precisely because “she doesn’t understand the first thing” about it. If she did, she wouldn’t be able to stomach the job. Charles Sergis Calabasas Call it compromise Re “Longer, costlier” (Your Opinions, Oct. 6): In today’s world, faster and faster is the mode of everything. Sharon Kedar, I think, fails to understand that life is a series of compromises. Yes, it might take a bit longer on the bus and it may cost a bit more, depending where gasoline prices settle. But, what about the amount of cars taken off the roads? If you as a business person can now leave your car at home, work on your laptop or cell, and sit comfortably while being taken to work, you are helping disperse a fraction of the gridlock, and are helping reduce emissions and the use of fossil fuel. Think of the ramifications if we could all embrace a change of behavior, even if it put us out just a tiny bit. Compromise is something we all need to think about. Joan Kofsky Studio City A great pity Re “Defend this” (Your Opinions, Oct. 7): Claire Magid is indignant that as a non-Catholic she must deal with the unfortunate choice of names the founders of California chose for various areas, which make reference to the Catholic Church. It is, indeed, a great pity that so many non-Catholics must cope with these city and street names. What a misery their lives must be. Since California became a state there has been no confusion about any specific church being the official church of the U.S. or California. The area’s names – like the small cross on the real county seal – are symbols of the founders who happened to be Spaniards and Catholic. There has never been and never will be an official church of the U.S. or California. Terri Andrews Castaic Unnecessary proposition Proposition 75 purports to “protect paychecks” from public-employee unions, but it is really a Trojan-horse attack on unions. Employees who do not wish to fund union political activities can already opt out. By contrast, business interests do not need the permission of customers or investors who fund them to do their lobbying, and we can not even opt out of having our money that goes to these interests being used for political purposes. Of course, those special interests are supported by the governor, so he will do nothing about that unequal situation. David Holland Northridge Learned nothing Given the circumstances (and despite his poll numbers), Governor Schwarzenegger is doing a good job. The circumstances are twofold. First is the fact that our Legislature is still controlled by the same politicians (or their like thinking replacements) who bankrupted California in the first place. They have learned nothing. Second are the special-interest groups who care only about themselves and not about California. They are bent on destroying Governor Schwarzenegger and defeating ballot propositions in November. Propositions 73 through 77 are excellent and deserve strong yes votes on November 8. Robert S. Kennedy Jr. Camarillo Not an assembly line Many jobs in private industry are production-orientated. For example, a worker must meet a quota for completion of a product within a specific time frame. An educator, on the other hand, has a more diverse job. Proposition 74 would allow administrators to terminate teachers based on the number of students that pass their class, personal bias against the instructor and his/her teaching style, and many other factors that should not be included within the evaluation of a teacher. Our simpleminded governor is categorizing teachers with factory workers. The classroom is simply not an assembly line where the products are exactly the same. David Shulman Lake View Terrace In the mold When someone sponsors an associate for a larger role after a lengthy association, it is reasonable to expect them to have similar outlooks. This is particularly true in the case of our president, who is known for his intolerance of disagreement. Harriet Miers has been so closely allied to President Bush that we can assume she would be in the mold of his two favorite justices (Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas) and should therefore not be confirmed. Ira Skutch Beverly Hills Where’s our money? The U.S. national debt is almost $8 trillion. What happened to the money needed for other things? Overpricing: Eight cents for a three-cent candy is only five cents; $8 billion for $3 billion worth is $5 billion. Paper research projects: They charge millions, it costs them thousands, it’s worth zero. Overruns: Prearranged payments if the project is more expensive than estimated. Without overpricing, they could do it five times. Contingency contracts: If the worst doesn’t happen, they get paid anyway. And other gimmicks. All this many times over in billions. Michael Aron Weinberg Reseda It’s fantastic The schools are still failing our children, the hospitals are still closing or cutting back services, public employees are up in arms, the new special interests have replaced the old special interests, we are spending millions of dollars to hold a referendum election that few really understand or care about, but, thank goodness, the beautiful people are now protected from the paparazzi. In the words of Arnold, “it’s fantastic.” Marshall Barth Encino AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake But the state has collected higher revenues than expected this year, meaning the governor might have room to increase funding in some areas despite earlier deficit projections of $6 billion. “Given the state’s improved revenue picture, the governor believes it’s an appropriate time to ease the financial burden on students and their families,” said a high-ranking administration official who requested anonymity. State Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill reported recently that revenues in the first four months of this fiscal year are $1.5 billion above projections. She estimated that the state’s overall budget would grow from $90.2 billion in 2005-06 to $95.1 billion in 2006-07, an increase of 5.5 percent. She also expects the state to end the year with $5.2 billion in reserve, or about $4 billion more than estimated, helping to cover the previously anticipated deficit. SACRAMENTO – In one of the first glimpses of next year’s state budget, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to add more than $140 million to higher education, postponing fee increases that were expected next fall, administration officials said Wednesday. Schwarzenegger, who is expected to submit his 2006-07 budget Jan. 10, will propose adding about $75 million to University of California funding and $54.4 million to the California State University budget – above other increases already anticipated, according to officials. He also plans to add almost $12 million to the Cal Grant scholarship program for California students attending private universities, raising the current ceiling of $8,322 to $9,078. Officials declined to discuss funding plans for kindergarten through 12th grade or for community college districts. Nor would they release figures about overall funding for higher education or the overall budget. Education advocates – including many still angry at the governor over what they say is his broken promise to fully fund K-12 education this year – reacted with cautious optimism to the news. “I’ve been around this town long enough to know that until it’s in writing and you see the whole package, nothing is certain,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said in a written statement. “But, based on what I’m hearing, additional funding in the budget for higher education is good news.” O’Connell also said he would like to see more money added to the K-12 budget. Schwarzenegger struck compacts with UC and CSU officials in the spring of 2004, when he committed to future funding increases in exchange for concessions in that year’s budget. Those compacts would add about $35 million to the projected increases in the higher-education budget in fiscal 2006-07, according to Hill. The governor’s new proposal comes on top of the $35 million. Earlier this fall, UC regents approved plans for fee increases of 8 percent for undergraduates, 10 percent for graduates and 5 percent for students in law schools, medical schools and other professional schools. The CSU board of governors similarly planned an increase of 8 percent for undergraduates, 8 percent for teaching-credential candidates and 10 percent for other graduate students. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez, D-Los Angeles, a member of the UC Board of Regents, opposed the fee increases, and he praised the governor’s decision. “I am heartened that the governor is stepping up to the plate to make sure that UC and CSU students don’t get hit with an unfair and unwarranted boost in their tuition,” Nuez said in a printed statement. “Returning CalGrant to where they were two years ago also sends a strong message that California is serious about investing in our future.” The governor needs legislative approval for his proposed budget, with a nominal deadline of July 1. CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed said the news was a “terrific Christmas or New Year’s present for CSU students.” “We have had a compact with the governor for the past three years, but the governor always said it was a floor, not a ceiling, and if the budget had the resources to buy back the fee increases, he would,” Reed said. Reed predicted that the additional funds would generate a slight increase in enrollment, and that fewer students would have to drop out because of costs. Murray J. Haberman, executive director of the California Post Secondary Education Commission, said the commission’s position is that tuition should be affordable, and any fee increases should be “gradual, predictable and moderate.” Too often in the past, the state has reduced fees or held them steady when economic times were good, then walloped students with 30 percent and 40 percent increases when the state’s coffers ran dry, Haberman said. The state hasn’t had a consistent fee policy for higher education since 1996, and fees have fluctuated, depending on the state’s economy, analysts said. Fees remained stable or even declined in the middle to late 1990s. But in the budget crunches that started in 2002, fees began rising again. “It’s hard for families to prepare when they don’t know what the costs are going to be a year or two out,” Haberman said. Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, chairman of the Senate’s Education Committee, recalled that the education community had to fight hard against the governor’s proposal two years ago to cut freshman enrollment at CSU and UC by 10 percent, and said his decision Wednesday was good news for students. “I think it’s a decided relief to hard-pressed students who often end up having to bear the burden of increased educational costs,” Scott said. Staff Writer Lisa M. Sodders contributed to this report. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com 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