‘Don’t write off Man United’s Champions League hopes’

first_imgAshley Young has warned people not to write off Manchester United as they attempt to rekindle their Champions League hopes.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men head to Paris St Germain for the second leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday evening trailing 2-0 after a humbling experience at Old Trafford last month in what remains the only defeat they have suffered to date under their interim manager.PSG will run out as hot favourites to progress to the quarter-finals, but 33-year-old Young has advised them to take nothing for granted after seeing his team-mates revive their season since the Norwegian’s arrival.He said: “We know what we’re capable of. People can write us off. People were writing us off at the start of the season and people are writing us off now. It’s no different.“Obviously it’s going to be tough. It’s not going to be easy. We’ve got to go over there, win the game and score goals.“I’ve got every faith if we defend well and if we create the chances that I know we can do, we can win the game.”Asked what United need to do better to turn the tie around, Young added: “Win the game.“That’s exactly what it is. We’ve got to go out there and win the game. We can’t worry too much about them, it’s all about us.”Paul Pogba’s red card in the first game means he is unavailable for the return, a major loss given his resurgence in recent months, while the names of fellow midfielders Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard appear on a casualty list which also includes Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez.It has been reported in Chile that Sanchez could be out for between six and eight weeks with a medial ligament injury in his right knee.Despite those problems, Young is confident the spirit which fuelled Saturday’s 3-2 fightback victory over lowly Southampton will serve his team well once again.He said: “That’s the club’s way, the United way. Never say die.”If the odds are stacked against United, Solskjaer at least has striker Romelu Lukaku back in lethal form in front of goal after he claimed a fine double to help see off the Saints.The Belgium international has scored four times in his last two outings after a nine-game barren run to underline his enduring quality.Young said: “I wouldn’t want to play against him. He does give us a different presence.“It’s good to see all the strikers in form, the whole team. It’s not just 11 men on the pitch, it’s a squad game.“Everyone has got to be ready. Everyone has got to be prepared and ready to play when the manager calls on you. When you’ve got competition for places, it can only help.”last_img read more

‘Ricketts is the right man to build on Burrell’s legacy’

first_img RIGHT PERSON “The former president (Burrell) and us had a good working relation as a family network, and we see it fit to continue on that trend. We feel Mike is the right person and we are going to give him 100 per cent support on all that we have been planning. “We have no intention of changing, the plans (started under Burrell) they are good plans, they are workable and can have a big impact on the future of Jamaica’s football, so on that basis we had to give Mike the nod,” he insisted. Gregory Daley, the St James FA president, had similar views. “In the view of St James, Michael Ricketts was the right person. We knew what he was about and there are a lot of things on the table that we need to put forward, and we didn’t want to change from that, as then we would have to be charting a completely new path. “So even though Ambassador’s ideas are good … we had to make a conscious decision as to who is the best person … and in the near future, everyone will see why the majority voted that way,” Daley said. Ricketts’ campaign manager and Hanover FA president, Sheridan Samuels, said the transition process was very important and that it was crucial to have someone from the inside who understood the difficulties and what needs to be done. “Captain set the bar at a level … and as directors, we were understudying his whole movement… So to get someone from outside to come in was going to be difficult because we know exactly what we want to do. “We know the problems and we have persons who have contacts with CONCACAF and FIFA and we need all of that to move the federation and to continue moving it forward. We want to continue the whole process that is in place now, and Mike is the best person to do it. He is one of us, he knows what is happening, he’s somebody from within,” he noted. The majority of Mike Ricketts’ support at yesterday’s Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) presidential elections came from western Jamaica parish associations, and the general consensus from the presidents of the Hanover, Westmoreland and St James Football Associations is that he is the right man to continue building on the legacy left behind by the late Captain Horace Burrell. According to them, Ricketts knows the issues and challenges affecting the federation and is aware of what needs to be done. Westmoreland FA president Everton Tomlinson noted that he is close to both candidates but believed Ricketts is the man to improve on what Burrell left behind.last_img read more

TATHAM JOINS RAPTORS 905 COACHING STAFF

first_imgPrior to her time with the senior women’s national team, Tatham’s basketball career blossomed at the University of Massachusetts (2004-2007). Named team captain in her final two seasons, she became just the 11th player in program history to surpass 1000 career points.Tatham earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management and interned with the UMass athletics department.After graduation, Tatham traveled overseas playing with various international clubs from 2008-2017 including Lappenranta Catz (Finland), Halle Lions (Germany), Piestanske Cajky (Slovakia), Townsville Fire (Australia), and Dynamo Novosibirsk (Russia).For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.  Print Friendly Version She was hired by Raptors 905 head coach Jama Mahlalela, who also has ties to U of T, having served as an assistant coach with the Blues men’s team from 2005-09.Tatham, who joined the Blues as a full-time assistant coach last season, is a two-time Olympian, having represented Canada at both the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. She has also donned the red and white at two Pan American Games, six FIBA Americas championships, and two FIBA world championships.She will continue her position with the Blues, while also working with Raptors 905 for practices, team meetings and home games.  Story Links Her esteemed national team career is highlighted with a gold medal from the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, where Canada defeated the United States, 81-73, to claim the first ever Pan Am gold medal in basketball, men or women. The 6-1 power forward and her teammates parlayed that success into a second championship at the 2015 FIBA Americas, where they defeated Cuba in the final to earn their ticket to Brazil. “I’ve played basketball my entire life, started coaching, so I know a lot about the game and I know what I can give to the game, and to the younger generation,” Tatham said. “I’m really excited to have this opportunity to really showcase, not just for women, but for the Canadian culture. Jama’s given me a huge opportunity as a Canadian coach to learn from some of the best, and that’s something I really am excited about.” University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s basketball assistant coach Tamara Tatham becomes the first Canadian woman to join a North American men’s pro staff as the Toronto Raptors 905 finalized their coaching staff on Wednesday.last_img read more

Two commit suicide in Regions 6, 2

first_imgAn 11-year-old student of the St Therese’s Primary School, in New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) died on Monday after allegedly ingesting carbon tablets.Guyana Times understands that Trashana King of Fort Ordinance, East Canje, a Grade Six student, ingested the poison sometime between Sunday evening andDead: Kemraj SinghMonday morning. She was rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital where she later died. Carbon tablets are commonly used as a form of pesticide.While details surrounding the incident are sketchy, this publication understands King was expected to sit the National Grade Six Assessment on April 12 and 13.The young lady also represented her school at football and was considered one of the leaders in the Children Mashramani Costume Parades, which the school participated in over the past years.A post-mortem examination was conducted on the body on Monday, and confirmed the cause of death as poisoning. Police are investigating the incident and have since questioned the child’s father who is a Prison officer.Meanwhile, in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) a differently-abled man from Hibernia village on the Essequibo Coast tragically ended his life on Friday night, after allegedly experiencing prolonged domestic problems.The deceased, Kemraj Singh, also known as Lanka, reportedly lived with his his wife Dhranie Ramdar, and his mother Hymwattie Primlall. He was said to have been an alcoholic. According to information received, Singh retired to bed at around 23:00h Friday night, and when his wife left to use the washroom, he locked her out. The couple were reportedly married last year.After repeated calls went unanswered, the woman then proceeded to remove the panes of a nearby window and saw the man hanging from a rafter.An alarm was raised and neighbours, as well as detectives visited the scene. Singh’s body was cut down and later taken to the Suddie Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead; the body was transported to the Suddie mortuary for a post-mortem examination.Only recently, a soldier from Marlborough, Lower Pomeroon, ended his life after consuming a quantity of poison.last_img read more

Liukin, Johnson earn world titles

first_imgThis medal, along with her somewhat disappointing silver on bars and the U.S. team’s gold, give Liukin nine medals to tie her with Shannon Miller as the most decorated American gymnast in the history of world championships. The U.S. women won seven medals this week, including Alicia Sacramone’s silver on the floor exercise after a small skid on a landing cost her in the microscopic 0.025-point loss to Johnson. College women’s soccer Senior Danesha Adams scored two goals to lead the seventh-ranked UCLA women’s soccer team to a 3-0 victory over San Francisco in the UCLA Women’s Cup at Drake Stadium. Christina DiMartino also had a goal for the Bruins, who improved to 2-1. UCLA goalkeeper Valerie Henderson made two saves as the Bruins outshot the Dons, 21-5. Adams, who had a hat trick in Friday’s 4-2 victory against Illinois, is second on the UCLA career scoring list. The Dons (0-1-2) are coached by Mark Carr, who is in his first season at San Francisco after serving as an assistant coach at UCLA from 2003-06. Illinois beat Cal State Northridge, 4-0, in the other UCLA Women’s Cup game. ETC.: Leigh Anne Cummings tied the score with less than a minute in regulation, and Kristin Arnold scored the winning goal in overtime to give the Indiana Hoosiers (2-1-1) a 2-1 victory over No. 19 USC (3-1) in the final of the Hoosier Classic at Bloomington, Ind. Amy Rodriguez scored USC’s only goal, in the first half. … Maryland (2-1-1) scored three second half goals for a 3-0 victory over Loyola Marymount (0-3-1) at the Hoosier Classic. … Host Cal State San Bernardino scored with 1:01 left in regulation and then battled Cal State Dominguez Hills through two scoreless overtimes, settling for a 1-1 tie. Both teams are 3-1-2, 0-1-1. College men’s soccer Central Florida’s Matt Luzunaris scored the game’s only goal in the 65th minute as the Knights beat Loyola Marymount, 1-0, in the final of the New Mexico Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. LMU falls to 1-2 while UCF improves to 2-1. ETC.: No. 22 CSDH beat host Cal State San Bernardino, 4-1. Hiram Rangel, Jordan Rover, Jose Serpas and Sammy Rivas scored for the Toros (4-1, 2-0 CCAA). College men’s water polo Senior Reid Tomassi scored a career-high seven goals to lift Long Beach State to a 19-5 win over Pomona-Pitzer at the Inland Empire Classic in La Verne. Later, the 49ers (4-0) racked up a season-high 22 goals as they defeated La Verne, 22-3. The seven goals by Tomassi is one off the school record of eight. Jeff Greenwood had four goals in each game. College men’s tennis USC sophomore Andrew Piotrowski won all three of his matches over the weekend as Trojan players competed at the Napa Valley Tennis Classic. On Sunday, Piotrowski defeated California’s Ken Nakahara, 6-3, 6-0. Horse racing Oprah Winney rolled to an easy win in the $104,700 Schenectady Handicap at Belmont Park in New York in her final tuneup before the Breeders’ Cup. Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. has targeted the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on Oct. 26 as her next start. Cycling Italian Leonardo Piepoli won the ninth stage of the Spanish Vuelta, edging 2005 champion Denis Menchov, who took the overall lead in Cerler, Spain. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson each bring a distinct brand of brilliance to the U.S. gymnastics team: One’s a tightrope-walking ballerina, the other a high-flying acrobat. And now, you can call them both reigning world champions. Johnson practically jumped out of the gym to add a gold on floor to her all-around title at the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, while Liukin steadied herself on the beam to take her first individual gold of the meet and make up for her disappointing fall in the all-around. “I’m still a world champion,” Liukin said. “Yeah, it’s not as big or prestigious as the all-around, but a world champion is a world champion and I’ll never lose that title.” last_img read more

Memories of coach are strong

first_imgRandom thoughts for a Tuesday morning, wondering whatever happened to Jose Aguilar, the state 215-pound wrestling champion in 1996 from Don Lugo High School. … Jeff Clark , who graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1963, never forgot the lessons … in basketball and in life … he learned from coach John Dowd . “John Dowd was a super leader who made playing basketball about as fun as it can be and gave us all a tremendous role model to inspire us throughout our lives,” Clark wrote. “He’s a throwback to a simpler time in America where a man’s word was his bond.” Clark also recalled the Eagles practiced and played games at either San Bernardino or Pacific from 1959 through 1962 before former President Dwight D. Eisenhower traveled to Rialto to dedicate the new gym in 1963. The Rialto school was the first in the country to be named after Eisenhower. On a recent trip to San Diego, and quite by chance, Clark ran into Dowd. “Most everyone thought he had passed on,” Clark said, “but at 80 years, he’s going strong.” As a result, Clark is planning a reunion for Dowd on Feb. 18. Former Ike greats such as Jackie Lucas , Duane White and Jerry Kock have made plans to attend and fete the man they so well remember. “He did all the stuff that needed to be done because he had a passion for the game,” Clark said, “and knew how important athletic competition could be in the life of a teenager. I can’t tell you how excited we are to have this opportunity to thank Coach Dowd.” … It’s been six days since Texas beat USC in the Rose Bowl for the national championship, and time for Trojan fans to get over it and get on with life. Yes, Pete Carroll made the correct call in running LenDale White on fourth down. If he would have made it, fans would say it was his greatest call. No, it wasn’t all Vince Young , he had a massive front line that just wore out the Trojans. … Five athletes from San Bernardino County have earned Big West Conference all-academic honors. To be eligible, student-athletes must maintain a 3.2 GPA, complete one full academic year at the member institution and compete in at least 50 percent of their team’s contests. In volleyball, those honored included Long Beach State sophomore Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga), pre-med, and junior Robin Miramonte (Upland), psychology. Also honored were Cal State Northridge sophomore Tryna Tafoya (Rialto), sociology, and UCR senior Danielle Geiger (Claremont), business administration in women’s soccer; Cal State Fullerton sophomore Leslie Kirby (Upland), biological sciences in women’s cross country. … High school all-star games are fun for players and fans. However, the U.S. Army All-Star game over the weekend took it to a different level with players announcing their college plans. Back in the day, players would schedule news conferences at their respective high schools to announce their decisions. At the game in San Antonio, the prospective recruits played a hat dance in making the decision. Cute, but old hat (forgive the bad pun) after the first two times. Hopefully, game organizers and the television production team can find a better, and more dignified, way to do so next year. … According to highly reliable sources, a prominent Inland Valley sports figure was seen celebrating in Las Vegas over the weekend. After a bit of investigation, it was determined the high-profile figure had reason for smiles. Turns out the mystery person reached the final table of a poker tournament at a casino located just off the Strip and made more than 10 times the buy-in amount. … It wasn’t a good week at all for Anthony Munoz , perhaps the greatest football player ever to come out of Ontario. In football, USC lost to Texas in the Rose Bowl with Munoz on the sidelines along with ex-teammate Ronnie Lott . Later in the week, the Cincinnati Bengals lost in the NFL playoffs, their first such venture since Munoz played. But the biggest loss was the passing of former USC baseball coach Rod Dedeaux . Not many remember that Munoz pitched for the Trojans … what an imposing sight coming off the mound … and was part of the 1978 national championship team, the last of Dedeaux’s 11 championships. In that season, Munoz met up with Chaffey teammate Joey Bruno , who was roaming center field for Texas at the time. Although Munoz did pitch on the Trojans’ trip to Austin, he never got to face Bruno. … Chino Hills senior Chris Parmelee was selected as the MVP at the World Wood Bat Fall Championship last month in Jupiter, Fla. All he did was go 7-for-10 with three homers and 11 walks. The event is a good indicator of the spring draft. Parmelee is a first baseman/right fielder but projected as a high draft pick if he can play outfield due to his consistent hitting as a lefty. … Rose Bowl, part 2: When the spotlights, located just outside the stadium, crossed a certain way, it looked very close to the new California Speedway logo. Exactly what the designer wanted to achieve. To some, the logo is all about Hollywood and the spotlights for an important event. For others, it’s about the San Gabriel Mountains that serve as a backdrop for the Fontana track. Either way, NASCAR returns to the track on Feb. 24. … It may not be a sport in the traditional sense, but Michele and Jack Mulligan of Diamond Bar will be in a very competitive situation this weekend at the fifth AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Tampa, Fla. The world’s best show dogs will be competing for $225,000 in cash prizes. Louis Brewster is Sports Editor for the Daily Bulletin. His column appears on Tuesday. He can be reached at (909) 483-9363 or l_brewster@dailybulletin.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

Ballyliffin Lodge race to win two top wedding awards

first_imgThe Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa Hotel is calling on the community and couples to help them win two coveted awards. There are just hours left to vote for this year’s WeddingDates awards.The luxury 4* Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa is shortlisted for the title of Best Wedding Venue Ireland and Wedding Coordinator of the Year. As competition heats up, the Lodge team are relying on their past customers to help them to the top. Any couple who celebrated their wedding in the hotel and loved the experience is asked to leave a review to help Ballyliffin Lodge win ‘Best Wedding Venue Donegal & Ireland 2018′.Click here to vote in this category: ➡️ https://bit.ly/2Qr62vPThis is a chance for people to say ‘thank you’ to the Lodge team for helping them make unforgettable wedding memories.At the same time, Wedding Coordinator Madeleine McLaughlin is calling on everyone’s vote so she can be crowned Wedding Coordinator of the Year 2018. Madeleine is known as an exceptional wedding planner who puts couples at ease as they design their dream day.  Ballyliffin Lodge Wedding Coordinator Madeleine McLaughlinMadeleine has also revealed a competitive streak as she eyes the WeddingDates prize! She is currently in second place, and the only person in her way is a Mayo-based coordinator. Now it’s getting personal as the old Donegal v Mayo rivalry crops up again.Two seconds to vote for Madeleine could give her an edge over the opposition. Anyone (not just couples) can vote in this category by clicking here: ➡️ https://bit.ly/2TUKYg1The Ballyliffin Lodge Wedding Team would like to thank all couples and supporters who have cast their vote so far. The WeddingDates contest closes at midnight on Friday 30th November 2018. Ballyliffin Lodge race to win two top wedding awards was last modified: November 29th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:ballyliffin lodge and spa hotelweddingdateslast_img read more

Missed Dimitri Payet’s fluky goal for France? Watch it here!

first_imgDimitri Payet scored a fluky goal for France on Friday, with the West Ham star netting in Les Bleus’ win over Bulgaria.With France tied at 1-1 – Kevin Gameiro pulling them level after Mihail Aleksandrov had scored from the penalty spot – Payet curled in a cross from the left wing which somehow found its way into the back of the net.Evading everyone in the penalty area, the ball curled into the far corner, putting the hosts 2-1 ahead – which soon became 4-1 with Antoine Griezmann and Gameiro netting to secure victory.You can watch Payet’s goal below… Watch Dimitri Payet’s France goal below… 1last_img read more

UAW re-elects chief

first_imgAlso elected were Vice Presidents Terry Thurman, Cal Rapson, James Settles Jr., General Holiefield and Bob King. Bunn, Rapson and King were incumbents. Settles, Thurman and Holiefield replace Gerald Bantom, Nate Gooden and Dick Shoemaker, who are all retiring. Gettelfinger, a Frenchtown, Ind., native, joined the union in 1964 as a chassis line repairman at Ford’s Louisville, Ky., assembly plant. He gave no acceptance speech. On Thursday, Gettelfinger will name the vice presidents who will lead what may be contentious negotiations with the Big Three automakers in 2007. He also must deal with corporate downsizing plans and continued efforts to move labor to countries with lower wages. Ford and General Motors Corp. already have announced plans to reduce their hourly work forces by 60,000, and suppliers represented by the UAW also are cutting jobs. Delphi Corp., GM’s largest supplier, plans to close 21 of its 29 U.S. plants and shed thousands of hourly workers. Delphi also is seeking wage reductions. If successful, other suppliers and the Big Three surely will follow in upcoming contract talks. Gettelfinger thus far has been cooperative with Ford, GM and DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group. After examining the finances of Ford and GM last year, he negotiated concessions to reduce the companies’ retiree health care costs. Such moves have angered some in the union, but many others support them as necessary to help the domestic automakers through tough times. “We’re not here to get everything we can out of the big corporations,” said Kevin Capelle, a delegate from a Toro Co. parts distribution facility in Plymouth, Wis. “We’re here to work with them.” Workers at his plant already agreed to a 28 percent reduction in wages and health benefit costs, Capelle said. Calvin Tyson, a worker at a Collins & Aikman parts plant in Westland, Mich., knows that companies will seek concessions in future contract talks. “The best thing that we can do is try to keep the givebacks to a minimum,” he said. Even though his plant is slated for closure, Tyson agrees with negotiating and cooperation. But he said Gettelfinger will know the right time to call a strike. Gettelfinger won’t “accept being stonewalled, being lied to or being ignored,” Tyson said. Before his first term began in 2002, Gettelfinger was a union vice president and headed the UAW’s Ford department, where he made his mark in leading negotiations during contract talks that year. Gettelfinger and his vice presidents quickly will have to begin planning for talks on national contracts with the Big Three, all of which expire in September 2007. The same convention delegates will reconvene in the spring to shape the UAW’s bargaining strategy. Gettelfinger also will preside over an unprecedented organizing drive. Earlier in the week, delegates approved a constitutional change allowing the union to take $60 million from its $914 million strike fund to spend on recruiting new members. The change also allowed the UAW to take an additional $50 million from the strike fund to pay for its operating expenses.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Ron is the guy, and it’s a good team that he’s got on board,” said Jeff Washington, president of Local 900 at a Ford Motor Co. plant in Wayne, Mich. During a floor speech Tuesday, Washington called for a march on Washington, D.C., and shutting the country down with a strike to protest anti-labor policies. But after Wednesday’s election, he said he agreed with Gettelfinger’s negotiate-and-cooperate approach with manufacturers who are losing money. “It’s always better to sit down and work your differences out,” he said. If the companies don’t bargain, though, Washington said Gettelfinger will know what to do: “Ron’s tough. Believe me. He’ll know when to come out fighting.” Delegates cheered after the elections amid thousands of red, white, blue and yellow balloons, some with “Elect Ron’s Team” printed on them. Then there was a large receiving line in a ballroom at the MGM Grand Hotel that lasted more than two hours. LAS VEGAS – With four of the most challenging years in the United Auto Workers union’s history in front of him, Ron Gettelfinger was elected Wednesday to a second term as UAW president. Gettelfinger, 61, faced no opposition and was re-elected by the 1,400 delegates to the union’s constitutional convention, which is held every four years. He faces turbulent times and difficult decisions as U.S. automakers and suppliers continue to reduce their manufacturing work forces and drive down union membership. After Gettelfinger’s election by acclamation, delegates re-elected Secretary Treasurer Elizabeth Bunn and picked five vice presidents. All were unopposed and on a slate backed by Gettelfinger. last_img read more

Border bill sought

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleJim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada, accused Frist of playing politics by seeking to blame Democrats. Frist’s move is an attempt to cover up his failure to push through more comprehensive changes, Manley said. “The Senate spent almost a month debating and then passing tough and smart immigration reform that included border security, but Republican obstructionism has prevented us from completing that bill,” Manley said in a statement. In December, the House passed legislation that concentrated on border security and enforcement of laws banning employment of undocumented workers; the Senate in May then passed its broader bill. Since then, there’s been no progress in efforts to reconcile the two bills. With no prospects this year for passing broader immigration changes, House GOP leaders said taking action to seal the border was a matter of urgency. Some GOP lawmakers including Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., however, have said they’re not sure immigration could be addressed “on a piecemeal basis.” Frist said he is willing to push ahead with a narrower bill favored by House Republicans that would require the building of a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border at a cost of billions of dollars. Even so, action may not be possible before the November elections, he said, blaming Democrats. WASHINGTON – Maneuvering toward a pre-election showdown on immigration, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Sunday said he would seek passage of legislation to secure the borders and predicted Democrats would resist. “Right now I got a feeling the Democrats may obstruct it,” said Frist, R-Tenn. The bill is all that is left of a comprehensive immigration proposal generally backed by President Bush that included provisions for a guest worker program and ways for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to work toward legal status and eventual citizenship. Frist led a bipartisan effort to pass that measure this year, but House Republicans opposed it as too lenient on immigrants in the country illegally. “If you’re going to address immigration reform, you have to first and foremost secure our borders,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”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