Vanna White proud of Alex Trebek’s “very positive attitude”

first_imgFilmMagicWheel of Fortune co-host Vanna White shared some encouraging news on her longtime friend Alex Trebek’s battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer.“He’s doing good. He really is,” White recently told Us Weekly. “He looks good. I talked to him recently and he’s got a very positive attitude.”The 62-year-old White, who’s currently filling in for her Wheel of Fortune co-host Pat Sajak while he recovers from emergency surgery for a blocked intestine, tells the magazine that she particularly admires the way Trebek is “honest and open with his fans.”“He is definitely keeping everybody updated on how he’s doing, and I am so proud of him. He’s still working, he’s obviously doing chemotherapy but working through it, and has that strong will to, as we say, the show must go on,” she adds.Trebek, 79, announced his cancer diagnosis in March, saying in a video message that he was determined to “fight this and…keep working.”  He underwent chemotherapy and returned to work in August, but revealed on Good Morning America a month later that he had to “undergo chemo again.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tom Brady moves past Peyton Manning for most total passing yards in NFL history

first_imgTom Brady has yet another feat to add to his already impressive resume as he became NFL’s new leader in total passing yards.  Tom Brady (79,280) moves past Peyton Manning (79,279) for the most total passing yards in @NFL history (regular and postseason). #NEvsNYJ | #GoPats— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 25, 2018The five-time Super Bowl champion finished Sunday’s game with a career total of 79,416 passing yards after completing 20 of 31 passes for 283 yards in a 27-13 victory over the Jets. Manning previously held the record with 79,279 passing yards.Brady ranks fourth in regular-season passing yards behind Drew Brees, Manning and Brett Favre. Brees passed Manning for the No. 1 spot on Oct. 8. Related News WATCH: Jaguars’ Leonard Fournette, Bills’ Shaq Lawson ejected after brawlcenter_img The Patriots quarterback surpassed Peyton Manning on Sunday with 79,280 yards, which includes both the regular season and playoffs. He reached the record during his 301st career game as he led the Patriots past the Jets with a 27-13 victory. last_img read more

Utah golfer Tony Finau to give back through Foundation, makes papa proud

first_imgPROVO — Even before he hit the big time and won a couple of million dollars, Tony Finau had a strong feeling about giving back.So even though he is just 25 years old and a rookie on the PGA Tour, Finau is starting the Tony Finau Foundation to help underprivileged kids achieve their goals.“When we were young, we didn’t come from much money and needed a lot of help,’’ Finau said Friday at Riverside Country Club as he took a break in his schedule from the PGA Tour. “We feel like through this foundation we can help kids achieve any goal that they want. We’ve had visions of this for awhile and I’m grateful and feel blessed to be in the position that I’m in. There’s never a bad time to start.’’The Foundation will have a two-day kickoff next month at Thanksgiving Point Golf Club in Lehi. On Sept. 29, there will be a luau and a silent auction featuring several items from professional athletes. Then on Sept. 30, a pro-am will be played and Finau will conduct a clinic along with local golfers from the PGA Tour —Daniel Summerhays, Zac Blair and Scott Pinckney — with a banquet to follow. The Foundation has several sponsors and is looking for more as well as golfers for the tournament.”We want to empower kids and families to provide them with the funds, through education and golf, and through any sport,” Finau said. “We want to work with the community and the Salt Lake area specifically. We feel like we can help a lot of kids with the resources that we have.”Tony’s father, Gary, who will be the president of the foundation, said the family is happy to give back after receiving help from many people over the years when they lived in the Rose Park area and Tony and his brother, Gipper, got their start in golf.“I always told my sons, ’Don’t forget where you came from,’’’ Gary Finau said. “I’m proud that Tony has the vision and the heart to know who he is and I’m grateful for him to be able to hold onto his values and to be able to give back.’’ Related Lashley’s back in familiar spot, atop Utah Open leaderboardcenter_img Tony Finau’s rise on PGA Tour remarkable — and he’s just getting startedlast_img read more

Local Government and City Hall’s politics

first_imgThe existence of local government has always been defended on the basis that it is a crucial aspect of the process of democratisation and intensification of mass participation in the decision-making process. No political system is considered complete and democratic if it does not have a system of local government.Local government, therefore, serves a two-fold purpose. The first purpose is the administrative purpose of supplying goods and services; the other purpose is to represent and involve citizens in determining specific local public needs and how these local needs can be met.Back in 2016, former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister and the current Political Leader of the United National Congress (UNC), Kamla Persad-Bissessar recognised the important role that local governance played in the wider scheme of things. In October 2013, her coalition Government lost the Local Government Elections (LGE). Soon after, her Government was booted from office by the people who had complained over the highly unpopular policies being pursued by their elected local officials, the continuous problems being faced in their communities with respect to crime and the sad state of affairs there in relation to drainage and irrigation, and the road network.It was also learnt from her post-mortem after being defeated, that one cannot underestimate the power of local democracy and the ballot, especially when people feel put upon or discontent with some policies.She now remarked that “it is through Local Government that we understand the things people feel, not only what is reported in the news. It is through Local Government that we can touch the lives of people individually, encourage them, help them, support them and stand and fight with them. This Local Government Election will be most important in taking down the face of arrogance that the Rowley PNM is hiding behind. We must show them that they will not be allowed to use political power as a weapon against people in the way they have… It will be challenging, difficult at times, and even discouraging.” Her words and experience should serve as a lesson to those Councillors and officials who are currently serving at the helm of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, which has for the past few years, being dogged by a string of controversies relating to its mismanagement and poor administration of the affairs of Georgetown.The situation has reached such a low that the city’s chief politician, Mayor Patricia Chase Green and her associates — Town Clerk Royston King and Treasurer Ron McCalmont – are now expending their energies to fight the citizens, who elected them to office as they seek to ramrod two controversial projects down the throats of the electorate. But at every level of the struggle, the citizens, who have united against the questionable Parking Meters Project and the plan to transfer lands at Bel Air Park in Georgetown, are winning.The integrity of the Town Clerk and Mayor is being questioned daily as citizens voice their discontent with the mismanagement, misallocation and misuse of the Council’s scarce resources by the elites at City Hall. The fact that persons have already started to lobby the ruling People’s National Congress-led A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government to have King and Chase Green removed is also indicative of the level of widespread concern about their conduct and ability to perform. And the coalition Government has already signalled its disapproval of many decisions by the utterances of Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.Moreover, the recently-released Audit Report for 2016 has not helped in boosting the image of those at the helm of City Hall. It must change course. It must perform better. Those officers who continuously stand against the residents of Georgetown must step down especially if the public does not hold confidence in them.last_img read more