Matter of when Man City wins title and how many records fall

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Beleaguered Mutko steps down as president of Russian Football Union It will be tough for Guardiola to win the title that early in England as he chases a quadruple after finishing his first season at the club without a trophy. City is already through to the League Cup semifinals, into the Champions League last 16 and begins its FA Cup campaign in two weeks.Man United is in second place, with defending champion Chelsea three points further back in third. United manager Jose Mourinho says the title race is still on, but the rest of his peers among the chasing pack don’t see City faltering now.It will be intriguing how Mourinho reacts to be seeing his title ambitions further fade in his second season at United, having already opted to publicly call out his “childish” players after a draw at Leicester on Saturday.PICK OF THE PLAYERSKevin De Bruyne is playing in a deeper role for City this season, virtually as a center midfielder, and it is bringing the best of out the Belgium midfielder.He has provided many of this season’s wow moments, from scoring the winning goal at former club Chelsea in September with a fierce left-footed strike from outside the area to the assists for goals by Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling in the 7-2 win over Stoke in OctoberDovetailing perfectly with fellow playmaker David Silva, De Bruyne has six goals and eight assists but it’s more than just his statistics. His prodigious work rate, range of passing and crossing ability — arguably the best in the Premier League since the days of David Beckham — that make him a strong contender for the player of the season awards.No wonder City is determined to nail down the 26-year-old De Bruyne to an improved, longer contract.EMERGING TALENTAmid an offseason of record spending in English soccer, little was made of Watford signing Richarlison from Brazilian team Fluminense for 13 million pounds ($17 million). Alexis Sanchez is a superstar performing well below expectations this season, perhaps as a result of failing to secure a move to Man City from Arsenal during the summer.That transfer could be revived in January — Guardiola cut an awkward figure recently when asked about making a new bid for the Chile forward — to potentially leave City with an even greater wealth of attacking riches.Sanchez has five league goals. By this stage last season, he had already scored 12 on his way to career-high haul of 24 for a single league campaign.In the dugout, these are testing times for two British managers: Alan Pardew and Mark Hughes.Pardew succeeded Tony Pulis a month ago with a mission to keep West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League. Then the Baggies were two points above the bottom three. Now they are next-from-bottom after collecting only two points from Pardew’s first five games.Hughes’ future appears on a knife-edge at Stoke despite a pressure-relieving victory over West Brom on Saturday that hauled the team three points from the danger zone.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours ‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man PLAY LIST 01:28‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew City has already reeled off the most consecutive English top-flight wins — a record extended at the weekend to 17 games.Manchester United’s record Premier League title-winning margin of 18 points from 2000 could also be under threat. And England could be looking at its third unbeaten “Invincibles” team after Preston in 1888-89 and Arsenal in 2003-04.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSo it doesn’t bode well for a compelling second half of the Premier League season? Think again.The chase for the other three Champions League spots should be fierce with eight points separating second-place Manchester United and Arsenal in sixth. Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham are in the mix among them. Two leading sides will fall by the wayside and be denied a place among the European elite. The battle to stay in the world’s richest soccer league is also intense. No team is stranded at the bottom, with Swansea in 20th place only six points behind Southampton in 13th.A closer look at the first half of the season:TITLE RACECity leads by 13 points at the halfway stage after winning 18 of its 19 games and drawing one in the best ever start to a Premier League season. The only dropped points came at home to Everton in the second game on Aug. 21, when City played more than a half with 10 men following Kyle Walker’s sending-off.Guardiola won the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich in late March in 2014 — aided by a winning streak of 19 games never before seen in a major European league.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Yet the 20-year-old forward is proving a bargain, settling in quickly to the pace and intensity of the Premier League and being one of the key factors in Watford’s impressive start to the season that, at one stage, saw them challenging around the top four.Direct, skilful and quick, Richarlison already has five goals and keeps getting himself in great positions to score more, with his finishing sometimes letting him down. Opponents have cottoned on to his impact, with Richarlison telling ESPN Brazil this month: “Teams are already marking me individually, they are putting two players there on my side.”Chelsea and Tottenham have been linked with the Brazil under-20s player, who has yet to earn a call-up to the senior squad. That appears only a matter of time.Other players to break through this season are Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen, the Danish center back who has ousted David Luiz, and Liverpool’s Joe Gomez, the right back who has ensured long-term injury absentee Nathaniel Clyne hasn’t been missed.SURPRISE TEAMAn unfashionable club is mixing it with the heavyweights of the Premier League against all the odds. We’ve heard this before, right?Two years ago, it was Leicester delivering a soccer fairy tale by somehow winning the league. Now it’s Burnley’s turn to provide the feel-good story of the season.Widely regarded as a relegation candidate at the start of the season, Burnley is currently seventh. Don’t rule Burnley out of staying in the tussle for the Champions League qualification places, with Liverpool only three points better off in fourth. The northwest team hasn’t finished a season higher than sixth place in the top flight since 1974.Burnley, which has conceded just 15 goals in 19 games, has already beaten Chelsea away and drawn at Tottenham and Liverpool. Not bad for a team that returned a profit of about $20 million in summer player sales when most of the rest of the Premier League was spending freely.POINTS TO PROVE Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his second goal, his side’s third, during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Bournemouth at Etihad stadium, in Manchester, England. APEnglish soccer has never seen a team so utterly dominant as Manchester City entering the packed Christmas program.There seems little doubt Pep Guardiola will be raising the Premier League trophy for the first time in May. It is just a question of when City will wrap up its third title since 2014, and how many records will tumble on the way.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Mike Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year MLB deal

first_imgFILE – In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is greeted in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Seattle. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press Tuesday, March 19, 2019, that Trout and the Angels are close to finalizing a record $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)Mike Trout is about to cash in.Big time.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The deal was disclosed Tuesday by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been finalized. The contract was likely to be announced by the end of this week, the person said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHours later, news broke that Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros have agreed on a $100 million, six-year deal that keeps the All-Star third baseman under contract with the team through 2024, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.Trout would set a baseball record for career earnings at about $513 million, surpassing the roughly $448 million Alex Rodriguez took in with Seattle, Texas and the New York Yankees from 1994-2017. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Trout’s latest deal would top the new $330 million, 12-year contract between Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies, and Trout’s $36 million average annual value would surpass pitcher Zack Greinke’s $34.4 million in a six-year deal with Arizona that started in 2016. The contract also would best Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez’s $356 million deal with sports-streaming service DAZN.Progress toward an agreement was first reported by ESPN.Whether Trout’s contract is the largest in the world for a team athlete is difficult to determine. Forbes estimated Lionel Messi earned $84 million from Barcelona in 2017-18 and Cristiano Ronaldo $61 million from Real Madrid, but precise details of their contracts are not known.A 27-year-old entering what should be his prime years, Trout is considered baseball’s top player and would have been coveted as a free agent after the 2020 season. He lives in southern New Jersey, and Harper said he was excited about trying to recruit Trout to join him in Philadelphia.Although Trout recently built a home in his native New Jersey, he is staying on the West Coast with the Angels, who are coming off three straight losing seasons and haven’t won a playoff game during his career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Trout and wife Jessica have made no secret of how much they enjoy living in laid-back Southern California, and the low-key outfielder apparently decided to skip the pressure of free agency entirely.Trout has been an All-Star in each of his seven full big league seasons and hit .312 with 39 homers, 79 RBIs, 24 steals and 122 walks last year. He has led the major leagues in OPS in each of the last two seasons.Bregman’s agreement includes this season, buys out three years of arbitration eligibility (2020-22) and pushes back his opportunity to become a free agent by two years.The person who spoke about that deal did so on condition of anonymity because details had not been released by the team. The agreement was first reported by KRIV-FOX 26.The 24-year-old Bregman made his first All-Star team last season and was selected MVP of the game after hitting a home run to help the American League win. He set career highs with a .286 batting average, 31 homers, 103 RBIs and a major league-leading 51 doubles, finishing fifth in AL MVP balloting.The second overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft out of LSU, Bregman has hit .282 with 58 homers and 208 RBIs in 2½ seasons with the Astros, helping them win consecutive AL West titles and the 2017 World Series. He was limited early this spring after having arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in January.MORE FROM AROUND SPRING TRAININGYANKEES 6, RAYS 2Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced that setup man Dellin Betances will begin the season on the injured list due to right shoulder inflammation. Betances got an MRI after he continued to lack velocity with his fastball.Cashman also announced that starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez had passed his physical. If added to the 40-man roster, the 33-year-old left-hander would get a $3 million salary while in the major leagues and the chance to earn $9 million in performance bonuses: $300,000 for each start through 30. Gary Sanchez hit two run-scoring doubles for New York, and Aaron Judge singled in a run and scored twice. Greg Bird hit a solo drive for his third spring homer.Yankees right-hander Luis Cessa struck out five while pitching four scoreless innings.Tampa Bay’s Tyler Glasnow struggled in his fourth start. The right-hander issued four walks in 3 2/3 innings and was charged with five runs, sending his spring ERA to 11.00.NATIONALS 3, BRAVES 2Collin Cowgill capped Washington’s three-run ninth with a two-run homer. Anibal Sanchez pitched five innings of two-run ball.Austin Riley, one of Atlanta’s top prospects, hit a solo drive for his first spring homer. Bullpen hopeful Max Fried made his third start, striking out seven in five scoreless innings.PIRATES 3, TIGERS 1Josh Bell, Adam Frazier and Corey Dickerson had two hits apiece for Pittsburgh, and Steven Brault pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings.Detroit left-hander Matthew Boyd allowed three runs, two earned, and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.The Tigers also announced that right-hander Michael Fulmer may need Tommy John surgery. The operation was recommended following an MRI exam and a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. MOST READ Shane Bieber struck out six in five innings for Cleveland. He permitted five hits and walked none. Dodgers newcomers A.J. Pollock and Russell Martin homered off Bieber. Pollock also had a double.Walker Buehler threw 46 pitches over 2 2/3 innings in his long-awaited Cactus League debut for Los Angeles. He allowed three hits and one earned run. The young right-hander was slowed by shoulder soreness earlier this spring.PADRES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3Eric Hosmer homered and Bryan Mitchell struck out four over two scoreless innings to close it out. Manny Machado went 1 for 4 and is batting .161.Adam Jones was 0 for 3 in his Cactus League debut for Arizona. He batted leadoff and played five innings in center field.REDS 6, WHITE SOX 5Prized prospect Nick Senzel doubled twice and scored three times for Cincinnati. Joey Votto got two hits and Yasiel Puig had a two-run single.Luis Castillo will start on opening day for the Reds, rookie manager David Bell announced.Chicago slugger Jose Abreu connected for a pair of home runs. Reynaldo Lopez allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings.ANGELS 9, ROCKIES 7 UAAP men’s volleyball: Ateneo ends FEU’s unbeaten run, NU gets share of top seed Justin Upton hit his first homer of the spring for Los Angeles. Peter Bourjos and Taylor Ward also went deep, and Kole Calhoun had two hits.Colorado starter German Marquez was tagged for eight runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Daniel Murphy homered and Nolan Arenado got two hits.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fulmer, who experienced elbow soreness during a recent bullpen session, will seek a third opinion.CUBS (SS) 6, MARINERS 4Yu Darvish made his fourth start for Chicago’s split squad, pitching 4 2/3 innings against a team of Mariners minor leaguers and allowing two runs — one earned — and five hits, striking out six and walking two. Darvish also had an RBI single. Ian Happ and Jason Heyward had RBI doubles and Wilson Contreras singled in a run.Kyle Lewis, Seattle’s No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, hit his third home run — a solo shot off reliever Carl Edwards Jr. — and his third double, scoring twice and raising his average to .429.ROYALS 8, CUBS (SS) 6Ryan O’Hearn homered, doubled and drove in five runs for Kansas City. Jorge Soler added two hits, and Jakob Junis gave up two runs in five innings.RANGERS 3, BREWERS 2Willie Calhoun had two singles, driving in all three runs for Texas. Lance Lynn made his third start, pitching five innings and allowing two runs, four hits, while striking out nine.Jesus Aguilar hit his third double, driving in a run for Milwaukee. Chase Anderson made his fourth start, allowing two runs and six hits, in four innings.INDIANS 4, DODGERS 2 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View commentslast_img read more

Money for Muskwa-Kechika area

first_imgThe province is providing another $500,000, to support collaborative land-use planning and government-to-government relations in the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area.About 80 percent of the funding will go to the area’s advisory board, to support its mandate to provide government advice on the environmental and economic management of the region.A government release says, the board is working to increase awareness of natural resource opportunities, so they can be fully realized for the benefit of the entire province.- Advertisement -To that end, it will hold government-to government discussions with First Nations, to ensure what Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell calls, a balance between a stable economy and environmental management.last_img

Michelle Kelly finishes in 13th place

first_imgBy Adam ReaburnAfter four runs down the Whistler Sliding Centre track, Michelle Kelly of Fort St. John has finished her Olympic Run with a 13th place finish.With a time of 3:40.79, she was 5.15 seconds behind the winner in Women’s Skeleton. – Advertisement -Canadian Mellisa Hollingsworth finished in 5th place with a time of 3:36.60.  The third Canadian in the event Amy Gough from Williams Lake, finished with a time of 3:37.01 and came in 7th place.Gold in the Women’s Skeleton went to Amy Williams from Great Britian, Silver to Kerstin Szymkowiak from Germany and Bronze went to Anja Huber also from Germany.last_img

Memorial is set for Connie Meairs

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Her husband passed away in 2002. Both Red and Connie are members of the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame. Carmina (Connie) Baldassarre met Red, a Wilson High and Long Beach City College grad, during World War II and they were married in 1947. When Meairs became owner- coach of the Nitehawks, Connie worked the concession stands at games to raise money for the well-known championship softball team. Connie has four siblings, brother Rocky, sisters Mary and Phyllis, and brother Charles, who is deceased. She has eight nephews and nieces and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. center_img A memorial service for Connie Meairs, the wife of legendary Long Beach Nitehawks softball coach Red Meairs and a legend in her own right, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Midcities Baptist Church, 19391 Newland in Westminster. Meairs passed away last month from Alzheimer’s at the age of 83 while living with a sister in Boulder City, Nev. last_img read more

Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United starlets form impressive England Under-25 XI

first_img 1 England Under-25 side? 1 What’s your view? Is this the team to lead England into Euro 2020? Leave your comments below… England’s future in international football is not as bleak as first feared, according to former Arsenal star Perry Groves.Gareth Southgate’s Young Lions crashed out of the Under-21 European Championship, after disastrous showings against Portugal and Italy, and many fear the youngsters coming through the youth-set up are not at the standard required for the national side.But ex-Gunners winger Groves believes there is enough talent in the Under-25 bracket for Roy Hodgson’s side to go on and enjoy success at Euro 2020.“It’s not all doom and gloom,” he told talkSPORT. “We’re either rubbish or brilliant. Realistically, we’re somewhere in-between.“The team I have picked are all 25 and under. It’s a very strong team and people will think it’s not as bad as first thought.”Perry Groves’ England Under-25 sidelast_img read more


first_imgAlmost 1,000 homes were left without electricity across the county today as the first signs of winter bit today.As well as driving rain and gales, there were even the first reports of snow falling in West Donegal. Drivers were surprised to find roads covered in sleet between Glenveagh National Park and Dunlewey early this morning.One driver revealed ‘I thought I was seeing things. The road was white with sleet. It’s not a good sign if we’re getting this kind of thing so early in the winter.”But it wasn’t just snow which surprised many householders.Almost 1,000 homes were left without electricity for periods of time as strong gales lashed the county as a result of Hurricane Ophelia More than 700 customers were left without power in the Killybegs area for more than two hours while another two hundred lost supply in Buncrana and Carndonagh.ESB spokesman Brian Montayne said crews were on standby in the event of outages.“We had a number of outages but power was returned as quickly as possible. The forecast would suggest that the worst of the storm is behind is“Most of the lines are brought down by falling trees and repair crews are on the ground in such an event,” he said.* Pic sent in by Aine in Port na BlaghALMOST 1,000 HOMES LEFT WITHOUT ELECTRICITY AS RAIN, GALES AND SNOW HITS DONEGAL was last modified: October 6th, 2011 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:donegalESBgalesrainsnowlast_img read more

Angels’ lineup in good shape

first_img oe Haakenson can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239, or by e-mail at 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Steve Finley will play center field and Figgins will play third base against right-handed starting pitchers. If Garret Anderson’s back is sound enough for him to play left field, Scioscia can choose Juan Rivera or Casey Kotchman as his designated hitter. If Anderson can only DH, then Rivera will play left field. Against left-handed starters, Figgins will play center field and Robb Quinlan will play third base. Rivera and Anderson will fill the left field and designated hitter spots, based on Anderson’s health. Darin Erstad gave Adam Kennedy some good-natured ribbing before Sunday’s game by saying Kennedy asked for the day off so he could finish the season at .300. Kennedy, who did not ask for time off, finished the season 125 for 416. If he had pinch-hit and made an out Sunday, he still would have technically finished with a .300 average (.2998). Either way, Kennedy did not have the required 502 plate appearances to qualify as a league-leader. He finished with 455. Tentative pitching matchups for the American League Division Series (game times TBA): Tuesday — RH Bartolo Colon (21-8, 3.48 ERA) vs. RH Mike Mussina (13-8, 4.41); Wednesday — RH John Lackey (14-5, 3.44) vs. RH Chien-Ming Wang (8-5, 4.02) or RH Shawn Chacon (7-3, 2.76); Thursday — Jarrod Washburn 8-8, 3.20) vs. Randy Johnson (17-8, 3.79); Friday (if necessary) — Paul Byrd (12-11, 3.74) vs. either Wang or Chacon. “The whole lineup’s much stronger,” Scioscia said. “We were missing guys at the end of last year. We didn’t have (second baseman) Adam (Kennedy, knee surgery), or (left fielder) Jose (Guillen, suspended by team), (third baseman Dallas) McPherson was inexperienced. One of our best lineups was (Alfredo) Amezaga at second and (Chone) Figgins at third. I think we’re in better shape now than we had been at any point toward the end of last year.” Scioscia will put together his lineup in the playoffs similarly to how he lined them up in the final month of the regular season. center_img ARLINGTON, Texas — The Angels are much more confident entering the playoffs this season compared to last season, when they were swept by the Boston Red Sox. Last season, the Angels clinched the division on the second-to-last day of the season. This time, they clinched with five games remaining, which allowed them to set up their pitching rotation and rest many regulars. last_img read more

County health vote delayed

first_img The proposal comes more than three decades after Public Health – which has an annual budget of $650 million and employs 4,000 people – was merged with the larger health department, which has a $3.7 billion budget and 23,000 employees. If the supervisors are forced to close hospitals and make other cuts in the health department in the coming years, the creation of a separate Public Health Department would help shield it from those cuts. “It means there would be a direct way for the director of public health to talk to the board about issues, as opposed to having a director of DHS – most of whom don’t have a background in public health – making decisions about how much public health should be cut,” Fielding said. Supervisor Gloria Molina, who voted against the plan, said she didn’t see any value in the split. “It seems like a lot of administrative chairs moving around at the top level,” Molina said. “I see a lot of potential problems. There is a turf and territorial situation that goes on. I see no benefit for the public.” The public will be allowed to comment on the plan Feb. 7 before the board votes on whether to give final approval to the split. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The plan is also designed to create a more efficient public health system, which would help officials manage care as the Department of Health Services eyes an $889 million shortfall within three years. In recent years, separate public health departments have been created in New York City, Boston, Houston, Miami and Seattle. “We have epidemics of diabetes, obesity, violence and a whole bunch of things that are serious public health problems,” Fielding said. “And my view is we are going to be more nimble, more flexible if we control priorities in terms of how we hire people, what contracts we approve – the nitty-gritty stuff.” Under the plan, the Department of Health Services would continue to run hospitals and clinics and the new Department of Public Health would still track and treat diseases with prevention programs and awareness campaigns. But it would help safeguard Public Health money from likely cuts to the Department of Health Services budget. Los Angeles County supervisors decided Tuesday to postpone a vote on whether to split the Department of Health Services in half to better prepare for threats such as bioterrorism and bird flu, and tackle diabetes, obesity and other existing epidemics. The supervisors voted 4-1 to continue the matter, expressing concerns that a contract outlining the relationship between the two agencies would not be ready until Jan. 19. Under the proposal, which faces a final vote after a Feb. 7 public hearing, the Public Health portion would become the Department of Public Health and would no longer be a division of the massive Department of Health Services. This would give Public Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding greater control over programs to protect the county’s 10 million residents, supervisors said. last_img read more