Clarke tells WI stars to focus on international cricket

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Former Australia captain Michael Clarke believes West Indies players should place more emphasis on playing international cricket rather than campaigning in the various domestic Twenty20 leagues around the world.He was speaking amid the raging debate surrounding the plethora of West Indies players currently signed with franchises in the ongoing Big Bash League, even as the Caribbean Test team faced off in a three-Test series against Australia here.”I think international cricket has to be the priority. T20 tournaments are important and fantastic to watch, but I think there’s nothing more special than representing your country,” said Clarke, who quit international cricket earlier this year.He added: “The players that are here playing in the BBL, I think it’s really disappointing they’re not part of the West Indies Test team. There’s a number of players in Australia who would be in their number one picked Test team.”I think it’s disappointing for the game and Test match cricket. I’d like to see that changed. That will come down to the ICC and West Indies Cricket Board trying to get together to make it work.”Fielding a largely inexperienced side, West Indies were annihilated inside three days by an innings and 212 runs in the opening Test in Hobart.They will play the second Test in Melbourne starting on Boxing Day while the likes marquee opener Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo, Samuel Badree and Lendl Simmons turn out in the Big Bash.last_img read more

Tiger Woods misses cut at Riviera; Cantlay, McDowell lead

first_imgTiger Woods tees off on the fourth hole during the second round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)LOS ANGELES — Tiger Woods waited 12 years to get back to Riviera and lasted only two days.Woods had three straight bogeys early on the back nine Friday and didn’t play well enough to make up for his misses. He had a 5-over 76 and missed the cut in the Genesis Open for the first time in nine appearances as a pro.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Paul Lee hopes return could spark run for Hotshots Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Then, after a brilliant play off the tee that set up a rare tap-in birdie on the reachable 10th, he three-putted the par-5 11th from 40 feet and the 12th from 80 feet, followed by a pulled tee shot on No. 13 that clanged off the trees and left him a 3-iron into the green instead of a wedge. He pulled that left and made a third straight bogey.Woods three-putted the 16th from about 25 feet.During an 11-hole stretch starting with No. 3, he made only one par. He hit good shots, but his game was not nearly sharp enough to atone for far too many mistakes, especially on a track like Riviera.“I haven’t played golf in years,” Woods said after his third PGA Tour event since August 2015 because of back surgeries. “I’m starting to come back and it’s going to take a little time. I am progressing, I’m starting to get a feel for tournament golf again. I just need to clean up my rounds.”Rory McIlroy overcame a few short misses on the front nine for a 69 and was at 2-under 140.“He is very close,” McIlroy said about Woods. “Give him a little bit of time.”Cantlay was coming off a three-putt bogey when his tee shot at the par-3 sixth — the hole with a bunker in the middle of the green — landed above the flag and to the right, and then rolled back down the slope just over the right edge of the cup.“I actually missed a little to the right, but it’s a bowl back there so as long as you get the number right, it should be pretty close,” Cantlay said.He followed with a short iron into 5 feet for birdie, a 15-foot birdie on the next hole and then a wild drive that led to a bogey on his final hole.McDowell has gone 59 starts worldwide since his last victory and has fallen out of the top 200 in the world. He had missed four straight cuts dating to late last year, though he felt he was hitting it well in practice. What helped was seeing some good scores. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES View commentscenter_img 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 “All I’m missing is a couple little numbers and a little bit of confidence,” McDowell said.Defending champion Dustin Johnson shot a 69 and gets to stick around for the weekend. He was at 1-over 143. Bubba Watson, who won in 2014 and 2016, has fallen out of the top 200 in the world after a two-year drought. He shot a 70 and was at 4-under 138, and then headed for the NBA All-Star weekend to play in the celebrity game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He was at 6-over 148, one shot worse than his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old at Riviera.“I missed every tee shot left and I did not putt well, didn’t feel very good on the greens,” Woods said. “And consequently, never made a run. I knew I had to make a run on that back nine, and I went the other way.”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 folkPatrick Cantlay ran off three straight birdies toward the end of his morning round, starting with a tap-in on the par-3 sixth when he missed a hole-in-one by a fraction of an inch, and shot a 69. He was tied with Graeme McDowell (66), the former U.S. Open champion who is trying to work his way back from a two-year slump.They were at 7-under 135. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sam Saunders also was at 7 under, making back-to-back birdies until it was too dark to continue. He had three holes remaining in his second round. Ryan Moore bogeyed his final hole for a 68 and was one shot behind at 136.Woods plans to stick around for the weekend because his TGR Foundation hosts the event, one reason he played Riviera for the first time since 2006. Just as his second round was starting, the Honda Classic announced he would be playing next week at PGA National in Florida.“I need some tournament rounds,” Woods said.Riviera was tough on everyone with the firm conditions under two days of full sunshine. Woods started on the cut line, and sandwiched a pair of 20-foot birdie putts around a bogey at the par-3 fourth. But there were two stretches where he fell apart.He came up well short of the green — with the pin in a bowl to the back left — and took bogey on No. 6. From a fairway bunker on the next hole, he hit the lip and the ball caromed off to the side. And with a wedge in hand from 117 yards on the ninth, he put it in a front bunker and dropped another shot.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citylast_img read more

Maria Sharapova retires with injury, Aryna Sabalenka reaches semifinals

first_imgCarpio 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Sharapova received off-court medical treatment between the two sets.“I think we both played well and then she got injured,” Sabalenka said. “Hopefully she will get well soon.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSabalenka will next face Wang Yafan, who beat qualifier Monica Niculescu 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1.“I will do my best in the season to get to the finals here,” Sabalenka said. “Last year I was so close, and so upset in the beginning when I did not make it, but this year I’m going to do my best, even better than last year.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Team Lakay eyes sweep in ONE: Hero’s Ascent in Manila Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after scoring a point against opponent Wang Xinyu of China during their match in the Shenzhen Open tennis tournament in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong Province, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Sharapova reached the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open on Wednesday after Chinese teenager Wang Xinyu retired in the second set with cramps. (Mao Siqian/Xinhua via AP)SHENZHEN, China— Maria Sharapova retired from her match at the Shenzhen Open with an injury on Friday, giving top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka a spot in the tournament’s semifinals.The fifth-seeded Sharapova was trailing 6-1, 4-2 when she stopped because of a left thigh injury.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Alison Riske will face Vera Zvonareva in the other semifinal match.Zvonareva defeated Veronika Kudermetova 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, while Riske beat Sorana Cirstea 7-5, 6-1.last_img read more

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Chronicles Of A Child Soldier

first_imgBy Saah MillimonoChapter FortyKollie stood stock still, not daring to move a muscle and afraid for his life. Soon somebody would recognize and point him out to be the NPFL child soldier who once killed their relatives. But as desperately as he felt about it, like a patient dreading to be operated on, for some reason it just did not happen. Nobody had, of course, paid him any attention. Instead, the crowd had its gaze still fixed on the man dancing in the vacant lot. Kollie sighed then wiped the sweat from his forehead with the back of his hand. Slowly, he started to pick the money up off the ground, looking up every now and again and wondering if he were being watched.Later, when the crowd had dispersed, the reggae dancer among them, Kollie stood for a long while in the vacant lot. His palm felt hot and damp, holding too tightly the one-dollar coin which the reggae dancer had given him for helping to pick and collect the money as the crowd threw it. The feel of it reassured him and made him wonder if he was imagining it. His own money had gone missing. He had been feeling hungry all day but could now have a meal. The thought made his mouth slobber. And although he felt an urge to look again at the one-dollar coin, if only to assure himself that it was his, he dared not open his hand, as if the gesture would cause it to disappear. So he stood and watched the crowd, men, women, children and the elderly, each going his or her own way as they went to or from the market or sold assorted goods by the roadside. Then a thought struck him. He remembered that he ought to be hiding in fear for his life and not standing here where everyone could recognize him. True, the people looked harmless and innocent enough. But was it not his same crowd that had burned alive the two men suspected of being NPFL rebels? Indeed, innocence could be misleading. He turned and walked away.He walked quickly. He must reach where the makeshift stalls where huddled close together so he could disappear among them and wait until dark. Behind him, the sun went down, turning the sky red-orange, like the color of fire. Somewhere a car horn honked loudly then died away. Music still played from the cassette booth by the roadside, merging with the sound of footsteps along the tarmac and the voices of people nearby. The rusted corrugated zinc of makeshift stalls creaked in the breeze, and roadside hawkers advertising their wares shouted at the top of their voices.Kollie bumped into something. It could have been a makeshift stall, or somebody or something he could only imagine. But he did not even pause, walking as he did with his head bowed, his heart pounding hard, and suppressing the urge to run. A hand gripped him by the back of his shirt and spun him around so violently he was almost thrown off his feet. He staggered, like a drunken man. He looked wide-eyed into the face of a man holding him by his shirt.“You stupid boy,” the man screamed, “you blind or what?”“Sorry my fren,” Kollie said, “ahna see you-o.”“You say you na see me?” the man said, and looked at Kollie as if he would punch him.“I swear my fren I na see you,” Kollie said. “Sorry.”The man shook him. Then he looked at him, as if for the first time, and saw the dirty, navy-blue t-shirt the boy had on, the even dirtier pair of denim shorts, and thin, yanny-pappy legs beneath which stuck out a pair of mismatch sneakers, one brown, the other red.“You one of de yanna boys who pick people’s pockets in de market,” the man said. “And you running because you steal something.”“Ahna steal anything,” Kollie said.“Then where are you running to?” the man said.“Who told you I wuh running?” Kollie said.The words came out suddenly, without restraint. Kollie looked defiantly at the man in front of him. And suddenly he was angry. Here was a man who accused him of stealing. Pleading with him would only make matters worse because it would show he was guilty. Soon there would be a crowd. It would not matter whether he had only bumped into the man or actually stolen something because no questions would be asked. They would beat him and probably killed him.“Leave me,” he shouted, struggling to extricate himself.“Oh,” the man said, and tightened his grip on the boy’s shirt. “Y’all come see this pekin! He hit me and refused to say sorry, and now he’s cussing me.”“Ahna no cuss you,” Kollie shouted.They had attracted a small crowd that was beginning to swell, like garri in water. Kollie grabbed hold of the man’s arm and tried to dislodge it, twisting it as hard as he could. But the man pointed a threatening finger in his face and shook him harder. The crowd moved closer, as if it had sat shiftless for a long time and now wanted something exciting. Kollie felt tears welled up in him but suppressed the urge to cry. The crowd burst out laughing at the same time Kollie turned himself with all the force he was capable of. The man’s hand came free, rending his t-shirt from behind. He fell to the ground, collected himself, and with a cry that sounded like a bark, launched with both his fists at the man in front of him. The man stepped back in surprise. But then he recovered and swung a fist.  Kollie ducked and caught him in a bear hug round the lower half of his body. He bit into the man’s side, sinking his teeth until he tasted blood in his mouth. The man screamed at the same time a gunshot sounded and the crowd scattered.Kollie felt somebody pulling on his shoulder and heard a soft, gentle voice behind him. “Let him go pekin.”Kollie held on for a while then stood away from the man. He turned and saw an INPFL rebel and his eyes almost popped out in fear. But the fighter only smiled at him. The rebel was dressed in camouflage army uniform and held in one hand an AK-47 rifle and a cutlass in the other.The rebel turned to the man, who was holding his side, his face twisted in pain. “Big man like you fightin a small boy. You don’t have shame?”The man tried to say something but the fighter slapped him. He cringed and held the side of his face with one hand.Kollie said, “I wuh walkin and na see him and hit him wif my head. I tell him sorry but he grab me and say I yanna boy running ‘way because I steal something.”“He stupid man,” the rebel said, and brought the butt-end of his rifle down on the man’s head. The man fell to the ground, covered his head with his hands, and burst out crying. “Lookin to end your frustration on somebody when the pekin na do natin to you. Get out of here or I will fire you.”The man rose to his feet but the rebel kicked him in the behind. He fell to the ground again, promptly picked himself up, and ran across the tarred road.The rebel turned to Kollie. “Dammit pekin you tough-o. You my fren, eh?”Kollie nodded his head and broke into a smile.“Wuh your name?” the rebel asked.Kollie hesitated. “John. My name John.”“My name  Baby Face,” the rebel said. “Here, take this,” he added, handing over to Kollie a five-dollar bill.“Thank you,” Kollie said.The rebel smiled and stroked Kollie’s head. He turned and walked to the tarred road.The people standing at the nearby makeshift stalls, including some bystanders, looked at Kollie, with their mouths opened. They had laughed and looked excited when the man had tried to strangle him and nobody had tried to stop the fight. But he had won, and now they were ashamed, probably jealous even, of his new-found favor with the fighter. He pretended not to notice them and made his way into the market.To be cont’d.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Digicel’s CEO dies suddenly

first_imgAlex Matuschka von Greiffenclau, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of telecommunications company Digicel, died suddenly on Thursday while on holiday with his family in his native Germany.A report from the online edition of the Irish Times stated, “No words can adequately express our sadness at Alex’s passing or our gratitude for having worked with him,” Digicel Chairman Denis O’Brien said, who stepped in as interim CEO following Matuschka von Greiffenclau’s death. “Digicel has lost a committed hard-working and exceptional Chief Executive,” he added.The 47-year-old joined Digicel last February, succeeding former Digicel Chief Executive Colm Delves, after working with another Dutch company, Veon and serving as a senior executive with Nokia out of Finland.No further details were provided regarding how the CEO met his demise; however, he leaves to mourn his wife and three teenage children.“Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know him on a personal level have lost a dear friend,” O’Brien is quoted by the Irish Times as saying.“Over the coming days, we will share our thoughts for a suitable commemoration of Alex and his enormous contribution to the transformation of Digicel.”Von Greiffenclau is said to have been a key figure to the Digicel group and played an important role in negotiations with bondholders on a debt refinancing, which concluded last week.“It involved the majority of holders of US$3 billion (€2.6 billion) of bonds in the heavily-indebted company agreeing to swap their notes, which were due in 2020 and 2022, for long-dated securities… On joining Digicel, Mr von Greiffenclau inherited a group restructuring plan, known invariably as either Digicel 2030 or ‘Project Swan’, which included a plan, outlined in February 2016, to cut more than 25 per cent of the group’s staff – or more than 1500 roles – over 18 months” the Irish report revealed.Von Greiffenclau also spearheaded an initiative expected to reduce Digicel’s debt to 5.7 times earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (ebitda) from a ratio of 6.7 times at the end of the group’s last financial year in March.The blueprint is predicated on boosting earnings by 10 per cent to about US$1.1 billion (€960,000) for the current financial year, and generating about US$500 million (€480 million) from asset sales.last_img read more

Heritage Month 2019 launched

first_img…“Look for markets, partnerships” at Heritage – MinisterMinister within and Ministry of Amerindian Peoples’ Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, unveils the theme of Amerindian Heritage Month 2019The Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister, Sydney Allicock, believes that Heritage month activities provide the perfect space for persons to market their products and secure partnerships. As such, the Minister has urged locals to take advantage of this during this year’s Indigenous Month events.Allicock made this appeal at the media launch of Heritage Month, hosted on Friday at the Indigenous Village in the Sophia Exhibition Centre, Greater Georgetown.“We’d hope that in this celebration it’s not only about having a nice time in consuming the alcoholic beverages but it’s to meet and greet. Look for markets, look for new partnership and most of all, I am hoping that this celebration this year will allow us to have that interaction whereby we would be able to begin the process of proper documentation of our history…,” he said.Against this backdrop, Allicock spoke briefly on the significance and objective behind Heritage Month, which is formally called Amerindian Heritage Month. The month of activities to honour Amerindians in Guyana was launched on September 10, 1995, by the then President Cheddi Jagan.Meanwhile, Allicock on Friday said that the vision is to promote traditional culture and customs of the Indigenous peoples for cultural pride and identity. Further the mission, he said, is to support the preservation and safeguarding of Indigenous historic practices.This year, Heritage Month is being celebrated under the theme “Maintaining traditional practices while promoting a green economy”. The launch was specially set for Friday given that it has been designated International Day of Indigenous Peoples.Meanwhile, Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe urged Guyanese to celebrate the month of activities.Patamona dictionaryThis year, as part of the celebrations, a Patamona dictionary will be launched on September 10. Patamona is one of the nine tribes of Indigenous people that live in Guyana. They speak their own language. The dictionary will play a vital role in bridging the language barrier and helping persons on the coastlands to better understand this special group of people.September 10 was chosen to do the launching as it also marks the day that Guyana’s first Indigenous Member of Parliament, Stephen Campbell, was appointed.Heritage Month will officially kick off with a religious ceremony on August 31 at the Umana Yana. On September 1, Heritage exhibition and activities will be ushered in with a ceremonial launch at the Indigenous Village in Sophia, Greater Georgetown. This activity will show off cultural dances, songs and most importantly, Amerindian delicacies. A host of other activities are lined up for this special event.A section of the gatheringlast_img read more

Cattle farmer jailed for possession of unlicensed gun, ammo

first_imgA 37-year-old cattle farmer who told the court he bought a gun to protect his cows was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.Shemroy NeddShemroy Nedd of Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates Courts on Friday, and pleaded guilty to the two charges on which he was arraigned.The charges allege that on August 28, 2019, at Cornhill Street, Georgetown, Nedd had in his possession a .38 revolver and two matching rounds of ammunition when he is not a licensed firearm holder.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that on the day in question, at about 10:00h, Police received certain information and went to Cornhill Street, where they confronted Nedd. A search was conducted on his person, and the loaded firearm was found in his pants crotch.Nedd told the court that he bought the gun in Venezuela, and brought it here because people were stealing his cows.The Magistrate fined Nedd $100,000 and sentenced him to serve two years’ imprisonment on each charge. However, the sentences will run concurrently.last_img read more

Chelios downplays gays in sports

first_imgDETROIT – Henrik Zetterberg said it’s inevitable he has played with a homosexual teammate. Chris Chelios doesn’t care if he has. It didn’t escape notice of some Red Wings that former NBA player John Amaechi revealed last week he is gay in advance of discussing the subject in his book, “Man in the Middle,” to be released Feb. 20. No NHL player publicly has admitted such a thing. Chelios, 45 and in his 23rd season, said he wouldn’t care if one did so. “I don’t consider it any issue at all,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s a non-issue. I don’t care if a guy comes out and says he’s not gay or he comes and says he’s gay. Who cares? I don’t know who made that an issue.” Chelios, told Amaechi did, said it was Amaechi’s choice to bring on the subsequent attention. “He wants to go public with it, that’s fine,” Chelios said. “I don’t see people coming out and saying, `I’m not gay,’ so to me, I never got that. To me, it’s a non-issue. I don’t understand it; why there are gay marches. Why aren’t there not-gay marches?” Given there are some 700 NHL players and thousands more hockey players all over the world, Zetterberg, 26, pointed out odds are that some of those players are gay. “I’ve probably played with a gay guy during some point in my career, but I didn’t know about it,” he said. “I think that if you are gay, you would probably keep it to yourself until you stop playing. I think in games and such, I think they would be on him a lot. “Unfortunately right now, I don’t think you can play when you’re (openly) gay. But they have the right to play hockey, too.” center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Local lawmakers divided along party lines on surge

first_imgEmmy Aprahamian, whose 35-year-old daughter, Army Spc. Carla Babayan Stewart, died earlier this month in Iraq, said she doesn’t feel it is her place to decide what direction the war should take. “I don’t know who’s right and who’s wrong,” Aprahamian said. “I don’t want to say, `No, we don’t need more troops.’ What if our troops need them?” But local lawmakers generally came down strongly along party lines, with Republicans accusing their political rivals of sending a disheartening message and offering no alternative. “The impact that it has on troops is a great concern,” said Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks. “Is there not a contradiction when you say `We support our troops,’ and the way we support them in the next breath is not to give them reinforcement?” Added Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora: “It tries to shroud their lack of support in our troops with platitudes. You cannot claim to support our troops without supporting their mission.” WASHINGTON – Southern California lawmakers split along party lines Tuesday as Congress opened debate on the Iraq War and a Democratic resolution opposing President George W. Bush’s plan to add more than 21,500 troops to the effort. But many local families most closely touched by the war said they are torn over the proposed troop increase and what Congress’ response should be. “If the troops get extra help, great,” said Carolyn Steinbacher of La Crescenta whose 22-year-old son, Nicholas, an Army specialist, was killed last December by a roadside bomb in Iraq. But, Steinbacher added, “If you send more troops, you put families in the situation that I’m in – the loss of a child. We’re caught between the fire and the frying pan.” While some Republicans like Dreier and Gallegly expressed support for the troop increase, other GOP lawmakers avoided the topic altogether and instead focused on attacking the resolution as harmful to morale. “(There are) some serious doubts about the military strategy, but this resolution is silliness,” said James Geoffrey, a spokesman for Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita. “You’re sending troops into battle with one house of the Congress saying, `We support you; we just don’t support what you’re doing.’ That’s not helpful.” Democrats, meanwhile, stood their ground in opposition. “The current situation in Iraq proves what we’ve been saying all along. The Iraq war has not and will not make America safer,” said Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino. “I’m going to strongly support the House resolution,” added Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, who voted in favor of the 2003 invasion, but feels that increasing troop levels is the wrong direction. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, said he will vote for the resolution because “the surge is a mistake. “We’ve tried it four or five times already,” Sherman said. He also took issue with GOP allegations that Democrats have no alternative. “Nobody has a plan that gets you a great result,” he said. “We don’t and they don’t. We have followed this president into a bad situation.” Schiff said he does not believe that troops in Iraq see the resolution as an abandonment of U.S. support. “The troops are very sophisticated about what’s going on back home. Many of them also have mixed feelings about the direction of the war, just as the American public does,” he said. But Ed Blecksmith of San Marino – whose 22-year-old son J.P., a U.S. Marine, died in Iraq during the 2004 battle of Fallujah – said he is convinced the resolution undermines troop morale and the cause behind his son’s death. “I don’t like what Congress is doing. They’re playing rather frivolously with the lives of our troops over there,” Blecksmith said. “If we pull out now, then J.P. will have died in vain.” lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img