Super Falcons Arrive Abidjan for WAFU Cup of Nations

first_imgEight –time African champions Falcons will play their first match of the competition on Thursday against the senior women national team of Benin Republic, starting from 3pm Cote d’Ivoire time (4pm Nigeria). They will then tackle Senegal on Saturday, 17th February and Togo on Monday, 19thFebruary.THE SQUADGoalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels); Rita Akarekor (Delta Queens); Onyinyechukwu Okeke (Edo Queens)Defenders: Mary Ologbosere (Rivers Angels); Joy Jegede (Delta Queens); Glory Ogbonna (Ibom Angels); Lilian Tule (Bayelsa Queens); Ujunwa Okafor (Delta Queens); Opeyemi Aiyenibereun (Sunshine Queens); Oluwakemi Famuditi (Confluence Queens)Midfielders: Osarenom Igbinovia (Bayelsa Queens); Ihuoma Onyebuchi (Sunshine Queens); Peace Efih (Edo Queens); Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons); Ogechi Ukwuoma (Delta Queens)Forwards: Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo Queens); Chioma Wogu (Rivers Angels); Aminat Yakubu (Bayelsa Queens); Alice Ogebe (Rivers Angels); Anam Imo (Nasarawa Amazons); Chinaza Uchendu (Rivers Angels)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s senior women national team, the Super Falcons, have landed in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan for the 2018 WAFU Cup of Nations tournament starting on Wednesday.New Coach Thomas Dennerby was at the head of the contingent, which also had assistant coaches Wemimo Mathew and Maureen Madu, the team doctor and the physiotherapist. Assistant Coach Omobolanle Taiwo and Team Administrator Modupe Shabi will join the team on Wednesday.Veteran midfielder Osarenoma Igbinovia, who turns out for Bayelsa Queens FC, led the playing body that also included Joy Jegede, Rasheedat Ajibade, Chioma Wogu, Amarachi Okoronkwo, Glory Ogbonna, Kemi Famuditi and Anam Imo.last_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse beats Hofstra, 4-3, in SU Soccer Stadium-opener

first_img Published on September 3, 2018 at 12:37 am Contact Max: Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (2-1) snuck by Hofstra (0-3-1), 3-2, Sunday at SU Soccer Stadium. The Pride kept on the Orange’s heels, never leading but equalizing the game three times, the latest coming in 86th minute of the game. But a goal by Tajon Buchanan — his second of the game — a minute later gave the Orange a lead it didn’t lose.Here are the best shots from Sunday’s action. Commentslast_img

STS adds Liga Siatkówki to Polish sports portfolio

first_img Share STS has signed a sponsorship agreement with Polska Liga Siatkówki (PLS) which will see the Polish betting operator become the official partner and bookmaker of the league.The deal, which will last four seasons running until 2023, will see STS benefit from an advertising presence throughout the league’s fixtures, with its logo appearing during all matches as well as on LED perimeter boards and on press walls.Furthermore, the agreement also strengthens the firm’s presence in volleyball and Polish sport. Mateusz Juroszek, CEO of STS, commented: “The agreement between STS and PLS is the next stage in the implementation of the strategy of supporting domestic sport and Polish volleyball. We are currently an official partner of, among others, the Asseco Resovia team, seven Ekstraklasa clubs and the Polish national football team.“As the largest private sponsor of Polish sport, we also support many organisations and players throughout the country. The agreement with Polska Liga Siatkówki is part of the plan of cooperating with the most recognisable sports brands; PlusLiga is definitely such a brand. Our agreement will translate into a number of benefits for STS, the league, and, above all, the fans.”STS has built a reputation as an active sponsor, carrying out many unique projects in cooperation with clubs and fans from all over Poland, such as measuring the loudness of cheering fans and placing the Sport Twoją Szansą Foundation emblem on match shirts. Moreover, proceeds from post-match auctions of these unique match shirts are then donated back to the charity to aid in the care of individuals that the charity is responsible for.Juroszek concluded: “At STS, we have always focused on people who are passionate about sport. This is because they are the ones who create a unique atmosphere during competitions. For this reason, a large part of our cooperation will be activities aimed at volleyball fans.”The agreement will also see the STS logo featured on the league’s website and across its social media platforms. STS is also set to organise activities which will be aimed at clubs and fans, with the bookmaker additionally granted its own pool of tickets which it will in turn distribute to fans of individual teams. Submit Related Articles Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

NFL free agency news: Steelers sign LB Mark Barron

first_imgBarron was one of the unsung stars of the Rams defense last season, finishing fourth on the team in combined tackles (60) and solo tackles (43). He performed especially well in the postseason, notching nine combined tackles in the NFC championship game against the Saints and then eight tackles and a pass defensed in the Super Bowl.The 29-year-old Barron, a former safety, was selected No. 7 overall by the Buccaneers in the 2012 but was traded to the Rams in 2014.ESPN noted the Rams released him March 5 with the intention of re-signing him at a lower rate. Pittsburgh spoiled that plan. The Steelers reportedly have reached an agreement with free agent linebacker Mark Barron, the team announced Tuesday.According to ESPN, terms of the deal were reported at two years and $12 million.last_img


first_imgRACE IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS ARCADIA, Calif. (May 28, 2106)–Nick Alexander’s homebred Enola Gray, a runaway first-out maiden winner sprinting here on April 10, made short work of her competition as she stretched out to   1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes at Santa Anita, winning in dominating gate to wire fashion by 2 ¼ lengths under Tyler Baze. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 3-year-old filly by Grazen out of the More Than Ready mare Unsung Heroine, covered the distance in a solid 1:42.64.“Today it was about seeing if she could go a mile and a sixteenth and it was about getting her out there, getting her to relax and take some breaths,” said Baze. “She did. She learns so fast and she only continues to get better. She’s mature but she’s still got a lot to learn. She’ll only get better. She’s a petite filly and I’m really excited about seeing what she could become.”With a staggering $346,016 bet to show on her ($388,932 was the total show pool), Enola Gray was the 1-9 favorite in a field of six sophomore fillies bred or sired in California and she paid $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10.Now undefeated in two starts, Enola Gray picked up $110,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $143,600.“I was extremely nervous this morning, but this shows me that she can overcome some adversity. I’m quite relieved. Phil and I were both (trying to decide) between running her at six or seven furlongs after her maiden win, but she was coughing a lot on the morning we were going to enter, so we waited and ran here.”Ridden by Joe Talamo, Allsquare sat second the entire trip and outran Cheekaboo the final quarter mile to be second by 4 ¼ lengths. Off at 29-1, Allsquare paid $7.60 and $5.00.Cheekaboo, who loomed boldly three-wide at the top of the stretch, proved third-best under Rafael Bejarano. Off at 7-1, she paid $2.60 to show.Fractions, all set by the winner, were 23.97, 47.72, 1:11.88 and 1:36.26.last_img read more

Stable Notes By Ed Golden & Mike Willman – Sunday, March 22, 2020

first_imgREMATCH LOOMS IN SANTA ANITA DERBY 40% 37% HONOR A.P. ON COURSE FOR SANTA ANITA DERBYHonor A.P., a leading contender for the Santa Anita Derby, continues to train well for Santa Anita’s marquee three-year-old event on April 4, offering 100 qualifying points to the 146th Kentucky Derby Sept. 5.“He came out of the San Felipe really well,” said trainer John Shirreffs, referring to the ridgling’s second behind unbeaten Authentic in the Grade II event on March 7. “We’re pointing for the Santa Anita Derby.”Authentic, too, is set to run in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles, thus forming the likelihood of an appealing rematch.Authentic, an Into Mischief colt trained by Bob Baffert, led throughout the San Felipe with Drayden Van Dyke aboard, winning by 2 ¼ lengths under a long hold.Honor A.P., a son of Honor Code, was making his first start in five months, so Shirreffs was pleased considering the circumstances. “He ran really great,” the trainer said. “I was very happy with him.” 13 Win% 26% 12 $2,423,014 8 26% 48% 18 WOUND TIGHT SHORTENS UP FOR SENSATIONAL STARAs a former Major League baseball hopeful who played college ball at Stanford with eventual Big League stars Jack McDowell and Mike Andrete, Bob Hess Jr. knows that sports can be a game of hit and miss.That includes horse racing, where the 54-year-old native of Chula Vista has been hitting more than missing, earning his keep as a trainer since 1987.Hess acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree at Stanford, then learned the intricacies of horsemanship from his father, trainer Bob Sr., still winning races at age 84 in the Bay Area.Today, Bob Jr. has a horse that might appear to be somewhat misplaced in the $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for California-breds four and older at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, but he could outrun his odds.The horse is Wound Tight, a five-year-old gelded son of Coil who is coming off seven straight races at a mile or longer, including the last two at a mile and an eighth, winning the Cal Cup Turf Classic on the front end by 3 ½ lengths on Jan. 18.Last out at a mile and an eighth in an overnight race against open company, Wound Tight prompted the pace before finishing a distant third.“We’re in against Cal-breds today and he has sprinted twice, once on dirt (in his debut race in March of 2018, finishing seventh of 10) and once at five furlongs on turf (June of 2019, when he ran sixth but beaten just over two lengths),” Hess pointed out.“That was a throw out race,” he added. “He wasn’t ready. I think maybe 5 ½ is too short for him, but he’s sharp, so we’re taking a shot.”Asked about the rags-to-riches mare Zuzanna, an $8,000 claim that posted a 23-1 upset in the Grade III Red Carpet Stakes last September at Del Mar for a partnership that includes TVG’s Kurt Hoover, Hess said, “She’s training at Gulfstream and should run within a month.“We’re just trying to figure out where.”The field for the Sensational Star: Grinning Tiger, Ruben Fuentes, 10-1; Wound Tight, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Brandothebartender, Umberto Rispoli, 5-1; Just Grazed Me, Geovanni Franco, 4-1; Tigre Di Slugo, Flavien Prat, 12-1; The Hunted, Mario Gutierrez, 10-1; Lieutenant Dan, Drayden Van Dyke, 7-2; Castle, Abel Cedillo, 8-1; Steal Thediamonds, Agapito Delgadillo, 5-1; Loud Mouth, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; and also eligible Tap the Wire, Jose Valdivia Jr., 30-1. 10 2nd 12 64% 6 $745,236 32 34 DISTANCE ACE SIBERIAN IRIS RETURNS IN SANTA ANAIn her last four races, Siberian Iris has run a combined total of 5 ¼ miles, so there’s little doubt the Irish-bred mare trained by Richard Mandella will fancy the mile and a quarter on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ana Stakes for older fillies and mares.“She hasn’t run in a while but she’s training great and we expect her to run a good race,” Mandella said. Rafael Bejarano, who has ridden the six-year-old bay three times previously, including to victory in the CTT & TOC Stakes at Del Mar last Aug. 16, will be back aboard.“The distance will be no problem for her,” Mandella said. “She can go three miles if needed.”Owned by Calumet Farm, Siberian Iris was third in the Grade III  Astra at a mile and a half last out on Jan. 19; fourth in the Grade I Rodeo Drive at a mile and a quarter Sept. 28; won the aforementioned Del Mar stakes at 1 3/8 miles; and fourth in an overnight race at 1 1/8 miles last May 27.In other news from the Mandella barn, the Hall of Fame trainer recently received a two-year-old colt named Q B One, the first foal from the champion mare he trained, Beholder.“They always called Beholder the Queen Bee,” Mandella said when asked the significance of the colt’s name, “so I guess that explains Q B One. I thought it meant Quarterback One, but that’s not it.”Meanwhile San Marcos Stakes winner United, who was scheduled to run in the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic on March 28, is on standby in the Middle East as the Dubai World Cup event was cancelled early today Pacific Time due to the coronavirus pandemic.“We’re trying to figure out how to get him home now,” Mandella said.United was runner-up by a head at 51-1 to Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. 61% 3rd Abel Cedillo254 10 Flavien Prat185 33 $967,422 44% 13% Money Won 14% Bob Baffert86 15% 39% Jeff Mullins56 $749,800 3rd $1,532,262 ITM% 25 22% Michael W. McCarthy46 $1,659,916 24 23% 16% Geovanni Franco94 $1,848,492 1st 6 12 20% Philip D’Amato83 $400,482 45% Drayden Van Dyke122 $1,113,896 $1,646,041 19% 21 15 9 18 19 JockeyMts 43 Jorge Velez185 51% Money Won 37% $868,451 10 13 Steve Knapp51 $814,285 37 37 $1,040,459 14 1st LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: Bob Baffert Gives An Update on Authentic, Nadal, Thousand Words and CharlatanDay in the Life With Jockey Valet and Exercise Rider Augustine LuraDay in the Life With Exercise Rider and Valet Manny AvilaWORKOUTS:Two Thirty Five (Outside) and Del Mar May (Baltas) 3-21-20Authentic (Baffert) 3-21-20Le Tub (Outside) and Lazy Daisy (O’Neill)  3-21-20Zellda (Inside) and Daniela Bella (Shirreffs) 3-19-20Dark Prince (Baffert) 3-19-20True Valor (Callaghan) 3-19-20Donna Veloce (Callaghan) 3-19-20Dessman (Outside) and McKale (Baffert) 3-19-20 Umberto Rispoli166 17 MARATHON MARE IS SET FOR SANTA ANA 9 $706,665 22 Tiago Pereira129 11 $2,424,040 46% 12 John W. Sadler83 TrainerSts 20% Peter Miller73 24% 65% CHRB TELECONFERENCE SET FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 26The California Horse Racing Board will conduct a teleconference meeting 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 26. Consistent with the Governor’s recent Executive Order N-29-20, the meeting will be teleconference only and no physical location will be provided.The public is encouraged to participate in either of two ways: The webcast audio link on the CHRB website will continue to provide a way for the public to listen to the meeting. Furthermore, those wishing to speak during the meeting may dial 888-392-4564 and enter 6896291# when prompted. The operator will provide instructions to those wishing to speak on any agenda item.Note that for agenda item #17, Public Comment, each person will be limited to two minutes, and no further comments will be permitted after 30 minutes. The agenda and package of materials for this teleconference meeting are available on the CHRB website. Ruben Fuentes90 19 18 5 15 2nd ITM% 33 13 Win% 49% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 26 14 11 36 12% 48% 11% Joel Rosario145 Richard Baltas116 22 52% (Current Through Saturday, March 21) 23 21% 24% 19 $2,393,096 41 $576,941 Doug F. O’Neill107 FINISH LINES:  Department of Corrections–Contrary to what had been stated here regarding 9-year-old gelding Ashleyluvssugar running for the fourth time in yesterday’s Grade III San Luis Rey Stakes, this was not the first time a horse has appeared in the same Santa Anita stakes on four occasions.  Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman advises that a pair of Hall of Famers have completed the quad.  Ron McAnally’s John Henry, ran in two different stakes four times each and Buster Millerick’s Native Diver actually ran in the San Carlos Handicap five years in a row.  And a third horse, Bruce Headley’s Eclipse Award winning sprinter Kona Gold, ran in the Grade I Ancient Title Stakes (now Santa Anita Sprint Championship) a total of four times…Jonathan Hardoon with the Ragozin Sheets, reports Bob Baffert’s Charlatan earned an incredible 3 ½ “Sheet” number in winning a one mile allowance here on March 14 and that his stablemate Nadal earned an 11 in taking the Grade II Rebel Stakes on the same day…Baffert’s Authentic, winner of the Grade II San Felipe on March 7, drilled five furlongs over a fast main track yesterday morning in 1:01.80. 21 HESS HOPES FOR HIT WITH WOUND TIGHT $1,354,859 44% 36 41% 12% 23 11 16% 8 5 6 50% 16 12last_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgManchester football season to open Oct 29The 2015-16 Manchester Football Association (MFA) season will kick-off on Thursday, October 29, with the Brumalia House Knock Out competition.The draw took place at the MFA offices at the RADA Complex earlier this week and 16 teams will compete. Defending champions Porus United will feature in the lone October 29 match against Old England.A date is yet to be finalised for the other seven opening round games. Those games are: Alligator Pond vs Plouden; Hillstars vs Star Zone; Downs vs NCU; Ricam Academy vs Villa United; Mile Gully vs Greenvale; Comfort vs Technical Strikers; and Georges Valley vs Land Settlement.The newcomers are NCU, Star Zone and Technical Strikers.Porus begins Peter Bunting defence with winPorus began their defence of the Central Manchester Sports Development Football League on a winning note last weekend, with a 6-2 victory against Top Coffee Grove Community team.The league, which is sponsored by Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting, kicked off with two games at Comfort Community Centre. The second game saw hosts Comfort defeating neighbours New Hall 5-1. Thirty teams are contesting the League. Top Coffee Grove number among four newcomers in this the third season. The others are Belair Strikers, Bombay and May Day.The opening round also saw Land Settlement scoring the highest margin of victory – a 10-0 shut-out of Kendal. A summary of other results saw Albion outscoring Old England 4-2, Inverness stomping New Vision 5-0, Mandeville United welcoming Belair Strikers 3-0 and the Police team drawing 2-2 with Bonito Strikers.Matches will resume tomorrow with double-headers at five venues. Opening games kick-off at 1:30 p.m., with the final games set for 3:30 p.m.Belair win in Howie Chin Prep LeagueKyode Smith’s goal proved decisive as Belair shocked defending champions Mount St Joseph 1-0 in last week’s second round of the Howie Chin Memorial Cup for Preparatory Schools in Manchester.Belair have now moved to six points, following their opening round 3-0 shut-out of Charagape. It was also a tough second round for Mountt St Joseph in the female category, where they are also the defending champions. They were held to a 0-0 draw by Emmanuel, who were previously beaten 2-0 by Belair.In other boys matches, Knox completed a 3-1 win over El Instituto, while in a surprise result, Yabnel edged Sacred Heart 1-0 on a Ramone Henry strike.The most impressive scoreline of the second round came in the girl’s competition, when Timika Scarlett’s four-timer gave Belair a 4-1 win over Knox Prep.Manchester to host inaugural Knox 7KManchester will host its fourth road race for runners and walkers, when Knox Community College hosts its inaugural Knox 7K on October 31.The day’s events will be hosted at its Cobbla campus, near Spaldings. The event will form part of Knox’s commemoration of 40 years as an institution which caters for primary, high school and community college education.The High Mountain Coffee 10K is the first on the Manchester calendar each year. Earlier this month, the parish saw the debut of the Church Teachers’ College 5K. The Burger King 5K will take place on October 25.Age categories for both events will be 19 and under, 20-39 and 40 and over, for which the organisers are offering prizes. Interested athletes and enthusiasts can go to the school’s website at to register.last_img read more

Williams-Mills wins Walsh Award

first_imgFour-time national 400 metres champion Novlene Williams-Mills is the 11th winner of the prestigious Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence.The announcement was made at a ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday night.Williams-Mills walked away with the award ahead of fellow nominees Rodolph Austin, captain of the Reggae Boyz; national netball representative Sasher-Gaye Henry; and many-time national chess champion Warren Elliott.”I will cherish this award for all my life because I know that I have worked hard. So thanks to everyone who has supported me over the years,” an emotional Williams-Mills said after accepting her award and cash incentive.”It is truly a honour to be recognised for hard work. Champions and winners were not created overnight, but through years of work,” she said.Williams-Mills hails from the Gravel Hill community in St Ann and has kept Jamaica’s name at the forefront of international competition in the 400 metres.She ran a brilliant anchor leg as Jamaica won the 4×400 metres gold medal at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.The performance reflected the character and determination of the athlete as she had been below her usually high standard all season while battling fitness concerns.In 2012, Williams-Mills was diagnosed with breast cancer, but instead of quitting the track she battled on and her gold medal in Beijing was a fitting reward.Natalie Neita-Headley, minister without portfolio with responsibility for sports, spoke at Thursday’s function in the absence of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.Neita-Headley spoke of the importance of the award and encouraged all youngsters to aspire for greatness.”We are working on improving the infrastructure for sports in Jamaica in order to gain more recognition in other sports,” Neita-Headley stated..”You do not have to win to bring honour to your school but you must bring your best effort,” Neita-Headley said.Meanwhile Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical and Javauni Garwood of Wolmer’s Boys copped the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence student awards.last_img read more

Under Fire Deputy Finance Minister Clarifies

first_imgDeputy Finance Minister for Administration, Jordan Sulonteh, has rejected media reports that the Ministry owes four months’ salary arrears to its contractors.Mr. Sulonteh clarified that though the Ministry owes some of its contractors, it does not owe any of them for four months as is being speculated in the media.Sulonteh disclosed that the Ministry has begun paying the contractors for January and February, 2014. He blamed the delay in the payment of the contractors, however, to funding and policy issues.“There were budgetary constraints,” he said on Wednesday.  In its Wednesday edition, this paper, quoting anonymous contractors of the Finance Ministry, reported that the Ministry has not paid its contractors for four months.Speaking under the condition of anonymity on Monday, Finance Ministry contractors told our reporter they had not been paid since October, 2013. The contractors shifted the delay of their four-month salary arrears payment to the failure of Deputy Minister Jordan Sulonteh, whom they accused of doing little to pay them.The contractors disclosed that Deputy Minister Sulonteh was in the habit of making fruitless promises to them.“We are disappointed at the level of delays in our payment process,” they said. “Deputy Minister Sulonteh has always made promises that are not forthcoming. Just imagine, we didn’t take pay for the Christmas and New Year seasons, but worked.” But in a statement issued late last night, Deputy Minister Sulonteh noted that the Ministry of Finance does not owe any contractor four month salary arrears as claimed in media reports. According to him, payroll for employees including contractors is on track.Minister Sulonteh explained the Ministry is on target as it is currently paying all employees including contractors for the month of January and February 2014, respectfully. He said the delay was due to some funding and policy issues. “There were budgetary constraints, which we’ve dealt with and we are taking care of it as we speak,” he said and added that employees are already receiving money in their respective bank accounts.In a meeting with a cross-section of consultant and contractors at his office Monday, Minister Sulonteh challenged the contractor to prove him wrong. “We do not owe you four months, we are currently settling the January and February arrears.”In a meeting with the contractors Wednesday, February 12, Minister Sulonteh frowned at those who provided what he called “misleading information” to the media. “I am disappointed, but not discouraged…” he said and emphasized that the Ministry of Finance payroll is up-to-date in keeping with Minister Amara Konneh’s mandate to pay employees, including civil servants and normal employees’ salaries.Minister Sulonteh described the media report as propaganda intended to undermine the administration. He said the Ministry has instituted measures to close loopholes in the system, which he said is making more difficult for people to abuse the employment process. As a result of the rigorous payroll validation process, Sulunteh added, the ministry was able to establish which employees were actually working and which names were simply draining the government’s coffers, taking pay and not showing up for work.Minister Sulonteh told the employees that contractors who are currently working with the Ministry are legitimate staff whose performance and evaluation process were carried out before they were even certified.“The Ministry of Finance will protect the rights of contractors who are legitimate; but for those who are not legit, you don’t belong in this building,” warned Minister Sulonteh. Meanwhile, Finance Ministry sources have hinted to our reporter that the Ministry has begun paying all legitimate contractors; including some of the Ministry’s employees who have not been paid for a couple months.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senate OKs guest-worker provision

first_imgMartinez said they “could live with” a separate amendment to scale back the program to 200,000 workers, as proposed by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Senators from both parties said it was likely that this second proposal would pass. Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the chief Republican architect of the bill, said public opinion on the measure was being shaped by “misconceptions, misunderstandings and misinformation.” Kyl said he received a mixed reception Tuesday when he described the bill at a meeting of House Republicans. “A lot of them are pretty skeptical,” Kyl said. More skepticism and fierce criticism of the bill could greet lawmakers when they return home for the weeklong Memorial Day recess. WASHINGTON – A comprehensive immigration bill survived a significant test Tuesday as the Senate voted to keep a provision that would let hundreds of thousands of temporary foreign workers enter the country each year. If the guest-worker program, part of the “grand bargain” negotiated with the Bush administration by a bipartisan group of 12 senators, had been stripped from the bill, the fragile deal could have collapsed. Despite the vote Tuesday, supporters of the bill were clearly on the defensive. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., who helped write the bill, said eliminating the guest-worker program would be a “huge problem” for the architects of the proposal. Martinez said supporters of the bill could use the time to rebut criticism and correct misinformation about it. Senators of both parties said their offices had been flooded with telephone calls from constituents criticizing a provision of the bill that would offer legal status to most of the 12 million illegal immigrants. “It’s so hard to grapple with this amnesty argument,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., co-author of the bill, said. “Amnesty is absolute forgiveness of transgressions. This bill is not amnesty.” The Senate Democratic whip, Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, said: “This bill is drawing opposition from business, labor, Democrats, Republicans, theists and nontheists, American League and National League baseball fans. What I’m trying to say to you is there’s more opposition to this bill than support.” Among the Democrats voting to kill the guest-worker program were the majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada; the majority whip, Durbin; Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia; and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Two other Democratic presidential hopefuls, Barack Obama of Illinois and Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, were absent. So was Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who is seeking the Republican nomination.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