MAN CITY 1, SOUTHAMPTON 1 HOPES DASHED Any hope Mourinho had of this game being a contest ended after 30 seconds. A speculative long ball from Marcus Alonso drifted past hesitating defenders Daley Blind and Chris Smalling and landed at Pedro Rodriguez’s feet. United goalkeeper David de Gea was already committed far from his goal line at the edge of the penalty area, and Pedro nipped around him and put the ball in the net. It was another mistake by Smalling that allowed Chelsea to extend their lead in the 21st. A Chelsea corner was flicked on at the near post by United’s Antonio Valencia, then hit teammate Ander Herrera before the lethargic Smalling allowed Cahill to evade him, and the Chelsea defender netted via Blind’s back. Eden Hazard started the incisive move that ended with a third goal just after the hour. N’Golo Kante then squared to Nemanja Matic, who returned the ball for Hazard to turn Smalling before dispatching the ball into the corner of the net. There was worse to come for Mourinho in the 70th. Pedro, who started the rout, set up Kante to complete it. Kante waltzed through United’s brittle defence with ease, going past Smalling – who else? – before slotting beyond de Gea. Antonio Conte was savouring such an emphatic score that lifted Chelsea to fourth, with exuberant celebrations next to Mourinho. Mourinho, who was fired by Chelsea for a second time last year, was incensed by the conduct of his permanent successor. “You shouldn’t celebrate like that when it’s 4-0,” Mourinho reportedly told Conte after the game in comments picked up from television footage by Italian media. “You can do so at 1-0, otherwise it’s humiliating for us.” Neither manager disputed the account, but Conte defended his conduct. “If we want to cut emotion, then we can stay at home and change our job,” Conte said. Mourinho, meanwhile, declared himself “delighted” with everything apart from the “mistakes”. John Stones’ attempt to pass to Vincent Kompany, instead, managed to set up Nathan Redmond for Southampton’s opener in the 27th minute. City only had their first shot on target 10 minutes into the second half, although Kelechi Iheanacho did make the most of it by equalising. “I know when you start (at a new club), it is always difficult,” said Guardiola, who began work at City in July. “We start quite well. Now, in that moment, we are not in that rhythm we had before. We didn’t have 90 bad, bad minutes, but when we are not perfect, we concede a lot.” LONDON (AP): When Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola meet in their second Manchester derby on Wednesday, they’ll now have something in common. Both have prepared with humiliating 4-0 losses on their return to former clubs. After Guardiola’s Champions League embarrassment at Barcelona with Manchester City last Wednesday, Mourinho saw his Manchester United side brutally taken apart by Chelsea in the English Premier League yesterday. Before United’s collapse at Stamford Bridge, City experienced another of their Premier League setbacks with a 1-1 home draw to Southampton. One of either teams’ trophy quests will end on Wednesday when City and United meet in the League Cup. The Premier League is the priority, though, and City are top of the standings on goal difference despite their setback, while United are six points back in seventh.
The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) cell site tower at Diamond, East Bank Demerara, collapsed in the wee hours on Friday, causing disruption to mobile customers in the area.The damaged GTT towerA release from the telephone company stated that the tower came crashing down at about 03:00h during bad weather conditions.Up to late Friday afternoon, the company was still assessing the damages, but they have confirmed that no one was injured because of the incident. This had, however, caused a traffic build-up along the East Bank corridor.Members of the Guyana Police Force worked to ensure that there was an easy flow of traffic. As such, commuters were urged to proceed with caution since one of the lanes was blocked as a result of the collapsed tower which ended up on the roadway.The telephone company is already in talks to reconstruct the tower and is working assiduously to restore mobile service to its customers.
…as influx of thousands of Haitians for 2019 alarmingly suspiciousOne of the Georgetown hotels where Haitian immigrants were tracked to by this publication on TuesdayOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoReports of over 8000 Haitian immigrants entering Guyana for the year but only a handful leaving and concerns relating to collusion with Government officials have prompted calls by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo for investigations into the immigration department and the General Registration Office (GRO).According to Jagdeo, the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic has for some time expressed concerns over the large influx of Haitian immigrants and reports that they are being helped and chaperoned by persons connected to the Government.He alleged that the surge of immigrants and the ongoing House-to-House Registration being conducted by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) are more than mere coincidences. Jagdeo compared the number of Haitian immigrants arriving and departing from Guyana over the past few years.“For a while now we have been speaking about the massive influx of foreign nationals. We believe a lot of it is for people’s smuggling, that it is a very lucrative, criminal enterprise. But recently, after the passage of the No-Confidence Motion, we saw a surge in the numbers. This surge has to do something with the registration process that is going on now,” the Opposition Leader said.He added, “If you look at the numbers that we have, in 2013: 188 persons came and 99 departed. In 2014: 227 came and 113 departed. In 2015: 770 came, 136 departed. In 2016: 722 came, 451 departed. (In) 2017: 3,515 came 291 departed. Up to April 30, 2018, we had 1, 238 came and 85 departed. So this headline today is a shocking one. In the first seven months of the year, 8,600 persons came in. And we gather less than 25 departed”.ProbeThe former President went on to call for investigations into the General Registration Office (GRO), which falls under Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, as well as the Immigration Department. Jagdeo was sceptical that these large numbers of immigrants could pass unbeknownst to these officials.“When you come into Guyana, they have to fill up an immigration form. And it says intended address. I’d like to see what these 8,600 placed on their forms to say where their addresses are. You can’t have every day, every two days, people putting on their address Sunflower hotel, when the place has maybe 25 rooms and 80 will say they’re living there every two days”.Clearly, he added, there has to be some collusion with some official at immigration.“They must have seen this pattern every single day. This is more than hotel rooms they have. That alone should say to immigration, you’re coming to Guyana, you don’t have an intended address, it should raise a red flag. But nothing has happened”.Last year, the Citizenship Ministry had revealed to the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament that over 22,000 persons entered Guyana from January to April. The Ministry had revealed that of this number, only 6, 170 had departed. In addition, it was shown that there are no records of 17,615 immigrants departing from 2013 to 2018.Back in March of this year, it was revealed that despite having thousands of Haitians enter Guyana unaccounted for last year, the coalition Government had sought to extend the time that Haitians spend in Guyana to an automatic six months.This was detailed in a letter dated January 31, 2019, addressed to Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and copied to Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.The correspondence sent by the President’s Senior Confidential Secretary was titled “Immigration Order 2019”. It noted that under the Immigration Act, Chapter 14:02, amendments were made to “allow Haitian nationals to be entitled to an automatic stay of six months”. The amendment was made by Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams.
He squares off this evening in Toronto, in the campaigns first party leaders debate, hosted by Maclean’s magazine, with the New Democrats, Tom Mulcair, the Liberals Justin Trudeau, and the Green Parties Elizabeth May. It should also be noted there are limits for election advertising expenses incurred by third parties and for this, the country’s 42nd general election, that limit in any given electoral district is $8,788.22, and the total election advertising expenses limit is $439,410.81.Expense Limits are established in accordance with the Canada Elections Act and these are preliminary ones, based on the number of names on the preliminary lists of electors.They are increased for election periods longer than 37 days.This will be an extended eleven week campaign and many pundits believe Prime Minister Harper opted for the long run-up, more than double the norm, in order to maximize the Conservatives war chest advantage.Advertisement The Chief Electoral Officer has released the preliminary expenses limits for political parties and candidates for the October 19th federal election.As a result of 2012 electoral redistribution, based on population, the number of constituencies in BC is up to 42 from 36.That noted, in this province, the party limits range from a low of just over $131,000 in a Mission area riding in the Fraser Canyon, to just under $203,000, the only riding over $200,000, in North Okanagan, in the Shuswap.- Advertisement -The Prince George-Peace River riding is situated pretty well in the middle of the pack at $161,619.12.However, the candidate limits are slightly higher and they range from about $197,000, the only one under $200,000, in Surrey-Newton, to a high of about $275,000 in Kootenay-Columbia.Once again Prince George Peace River candidates find themselves in middle ground at $259,460.73.Advertisement
With that investment, there will be jobs for more than 130 new staff — including 100 additional social workers.$152 million has been allocated to strengthen programs and services that provide for the welfare of children and youth, including child protection, children and youth in care, and family supports, $11 million to support child care centres, $51 million for children and youth in care with special needs, as well as specialized programs, and $3 million over three years to support adoption service and facilitate the adoption of children in care.To support the goal of the B.C. government to be most progressive province in Canada for people with disabilities, Budget 2016 provides $170 million over three years to increase income assistance rates.This increase in rates will take effect on Sept. 1, 2016. Also effective that day, irrespective of where they live, those on disability assistance will be receiving an increase — up to $77 per month and the freedom to make their own choice about how to meet their own transportation needs.The budget announcement turned to housing affordability, a growing problem in B.C. — specifically the lower mainland. Beginning in the summer, people who purchase property in B.C. will need to disclose if they are citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and, if they are not, their citizenship and country of residence.“Let me be clear however: Our laws allow non-residents to own property and our government continues to welcome, indeed encourages, those who choose to come to our province to invest, create new jobs, and hopefully make their lives here and contribute to the social and economic fabric of our communities,” de Jong said in his address.“We are proud of the diversity in our communities. That diversity makes us stronger.”Since it was introduced by Bill Vander Zalm’s government in the 1980s, the basic calculation and thresholds for the Property Transfer Tax haven’t been changed — despite dramatically increased property values.Effective tomorrow, Feb. 17, 2016, the purchase of a qualifying new home valued at up to $750,000 will become totally exempt from the Property Transfer Tax.The cost of this measure to the Treasury will be offset by adding a third tier to the property transfer tax rate. This move will increase the rate from two per cent to three per cent on the value of property above $2 million.Finally, the awaited B.C. prosperity fund announcement. LNG was hardly mentioned in the address, save for one passage.“Today there are 20 LNG proposals in B.C. at various stages of development, and we will continue to work with the private sector to move forward on projects.We are, however, prudent in our forecasts, and though we have seen important and substantive progress in the development of an LNG industry in B.C., we have not included LNG projects in our revenue projections at this time, pending the announcement of a final investment decision.The fundamental advantages that have attracted LNG proponents to B.C., including the enthusiastic participation of so many First Nations, has not changed.The forecasts for growing worldwide demand for a reliable supply of LNG remain unchallenged.”The Prosperity Fund will be started with a deposit of $100 million from the forecast surplus.It will be a ‘long-time legacy’ to help eliminate the Province’s debt over time and make investments in health care, education, transportation, and family supports.The first priority will be to ‘continue to be reducing our borrowing requirements and retiring taxpayer-supported debt.’To achieve this, de Jong says a minimum of 50 per cent of each year’s allocation to the fund will be devoted to reducing the burden of taxpayer-supported debt on future generations. A minimum of 25 per cent will remain in the fund to grow and serve for future generations. VICTORIA, B.C. — Finance Minister Mike de Jong announced B.C.’s 2016 budget on Tuesday afternoon, before other members of the B.C. legislature in Victoria, B.C.De Jong posted the fourth-consecutive balanced budget, adding that B.C. plans for 2016-17 to spend $47.5 billion, and earn $48.1 billion in revenue. He says a forecast allowance of $350 million, and a budget surplus of $264 million.As B.C. is ‘poised to lead the country in economic growth,’ de Jong notes the third quarter of 2015 saw the highest quarterly level of net inter-provincial migration since 1995.- Advertisement -“We had a net inflow of more than 6,315 people from other regions of Canada, and yes, more than one-third of those arrived from Alberta.”Among all the announcements of funding and changes he addressed, changes to MSPs stand out at some of the most significant among the bunch.Starting on January 1, 2017, children will be exempt from MSP premiums, and the monthly rate will be based solely on the number of adults per household. For example, a household with one parent and two children will be charged the single adult rate, rather than the three-person rate as they are today.Advertisement The B.C. government is investing $70 million for this change. This is pocket change compared to the announcement of $3.2 billion in additional funding to the Ministry of Health over the next three years.The Ministry forecasts an increase of $560 million in the third year alone compared to the previous year, bringing the annual forecast ministry budget to $19 billion in the 2018-19 fiscal year.“By comparison, when I arrived in this place exactly 22 years ago tomorrow, the health budget was $6.4 billion,” de Jong said.In response to wildfires that scorched much of the province this past summer, de Jong announced commitments to emergency preparedness efforts and disaster prevention — more than $160 million in commitments, in fact.$85 million will be spent to establish the Forest Enhancement Society of BC. This organization will work towards wildfire prevention and mitigation through forest fuel management, reforestation and habitat restoration.Advertisement De Jong noted that this move benefits single parents in the province, who often ‘have to work harder to do more with less.’“I know that some people have advocated eliminating separate MSP premiums altogether,” he said.“But burying MSP into instruments of general taxation doesn’t make them go away, it merely hides them and may create for some the illusion that health care is free, which it certainly isn’t.”A family with one adult and two children would save $864 per year at the very least and could save up to $1,224 per year depending on their income.Advertisement The Minister of Finance also announced $10 million for plans and strategies to prevent wildfires, and another $10 million in one-time funding to help bolster training, administrative support and equipment renewals of volunteer ground search-and-rescue organizations.$55 million will be allocated in emergency preparedness and prevention initiatives, such as upgrading dikes and flood protection in vulnerable communities.De Jong also noted there will be a $3 million increase over three years in funding provided to Emergency Management B.C.The budget also allocated $673 million over the next three years to the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, to help families — and individuals — in need.In response to the recommendations in the Plecas report, an extra $217 million over three years will be provided to the Ministry of Children and Family Development to go towards helping our most vulnerable children and families.Advertisement
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Government announced today a program called the “fix-it-fund” aimed at helping fix the top priorities in schools.The Government has invested a total of $45 million to the project.The following local schools will be receiving funds:Robert Ogilvie Elementary school (Fort St. John) – $1,562,000 Phase 2: Furnace replacement and classroom ventilators installationBert Ambrose Elementary school (Fort St. John) – $1 million Phase 2: Furnace replacement and classroom ventilators installation- Advertisement -Further South, the following schools will also receive funds:Central Middle school (Dawson Creek) – $288,900 for dust extractor replacementEcole Frank Ross Elementary school (Dawson Creek) – $1,060,725 Phase 1: Boiler ventilation upgradesWindrem Elementary school (Chetwynd) – $700,000 for roof replacement
0Shares0000Paris Saint Germain’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is the subject of a corruption probe by Swiss investigators examining the sale of World Cup media rights © AFP/File / Thomas SAMSONGENEVA, Switzerland, Oct 12 – Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal corruption probe targeting the head of Paris Saint-Germain football club Nasser Al-Khelaifi and disgraced former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke over the sale of media rights for upcoming World Cups.The Swiss attorney general’s office (OAG) said the probe opened in March and centres on allegations including bribery, fraud, criminal mismanagement and forgery of a document. Prosecutors indicated that Al-Khelaifi, a powerful Qatari sports executive who is also head of beIN media, was under suspicion only for actions taken as the head of the sports media group, which operates on five continents.The Qatar broadcaster issued a statement denying any wrongdoing while confirming French authorities had raided the company’s Paris offices following a Swiss request.“beIN Media Group refutes all accusations made by OAG. The company will fully cooperate with the authorities and is confident as to the future developments of this investigation,” it said in a statement.PSG, which grabbed headlines in August for its record signing of Brazilian superstar Neymar, is not implicated in the investigation.Valcke, who was Sepp Blatter’s right-hand man at FIFA, denied the allegations in an interview with French sports newspaper L’Equipe on Friday.“They say there have been payments from Nasser to me in return for the sale of rights at a preferential rate. But I’ve received nothing from Nasser”, he told the paper.“There has never been an exchange between Nasser and me. Never.”Valcke left the Swiss attorney general’s office on Thursday evening after being interviewed as a suspect and “disputes all the allegations”, his lawyer told AFP.“He came out free, there is no coercive measure against him nor any bail payment,” Stephane Ceccaldi said.The OAG said there was a third suspect in the case but identified him only as “a businessman in the sports rights sector”.Prosecutors said they had evidence indicating that Valcke “accepted undue advantages” from the businessman “in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030”.The Swiss attorney general’s office also alleged that Valcke had illegal dealings with “Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2026 and 2030”.The 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be played in Russia and Qatar respectively, while the 2026 and 2030 tournaments have not yet been awarded.– Questioned in Geneva –Valcke, a French national who also holds South African citizenship, was sacked from his post as FIFA’s secretary general last year amid the corruption scandal that brought world football’s governing body to its knees.He became the subject of a separate Swiss corruption probe in March 2016 over criminal mismanagement during his FIFA tenure.The previously disclosed allegations triggered his dismissal from FIFA and a 10-year ban from football.Valcke was in Switzerland this week arguing an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, where he was trying to overturn the ban.While Valcke was being questioned, authorities in France, Greece, Italy and Spain searched properties as part of the probe, Swiss prosecutors said, adding that no suspect in the case was currently in custody.Unlike Valcke, whose career in world football is generally seen as finished, Al-Khelaifi’s prominence in the sport has soared in recent months, especially following the Neymar signing.PSG paid Barcelona a record 222 million euros ($264 million) for Neymar and Al-Khelaifi vowed that the acquisition would bring the Champions League title to the Paris side within two years.PSG was bought by Qatar Sports Investments in 2011.The new probe is the latest in a complex web of scandals that has rocked world football over the last two and a half years.Dozens of corruption investigations are ongoing in Switzerland, the United States and elsewhere.Many relate to the sale of broadcast and marketing rights, with FIFA insiders accused of taking kickbacks in exchange for sweetheart deals with broadcasters and promoters.FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who took over from the disgraced Blatter last year, has vowed to clean up the game.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Tuesday’s stalemate at Old Trafford was their fourth consecutive match without a win.Many players avoided the post-match mixed zone interview area after the game to avoid awkward questions.Pogba was among those to go through but told reporters “I’ve been told I’m not allowed (to talk).”The French World Cup winner, who was last week told he would not captain the side again, appeared to get under Mourinho’s skin after their recent draw with Wolves by saying United should attack more.Captain Antonio Valencia and midfielder Marouane Fellaini have both backed the manager despite the growing crisis at the club.Valencia insisted he is “fully supportive” of Mourinho after appearing to back calls for the under-fire manager to leave.The 33-year-old ‘liked’ an Instagram post from a fan account which said that “recently Mourinho has made watching us a punishment” and “it’s time for Mourinho to go”.But he attempted to explain and apologise on Wednesday.“Yesterday, I liked a post on Instagram without reading the text that accompanied the picture,” the right-back wrote on Twitter.“These are not my views and I apologise for this. I am fully supportive of the manager and my teammates.”“Everything will calm down when we get some wins,” the Ecuadoran added. “We are 100 per cent behind the manager.”The players attempted to show a united front before kick-off by breaking with tradition and taking part in a pre-match huddle.“Everyone is going in the same direction to try to improve and to do better,” Fellaini said of the on-pitch huddle. “I think we wanted to show that we are together.”“I think we showed improvement and we have to keep going,” he added. “Everybody (was behind the idea). I think everybody is behind the manager.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been stripped of the vice-captaincy of the club by Jose Mourinho© AFP/File Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 3 – Paul Pogba said he was not allowed to talk after Manchester United failed to arrest their recent slump with a drab 0-0 Champions League draw against Valencia.Jose Mourinho’s United have made their worst start to a league campaign in 29 years after an embarrassing 3-1 loss at West Ham and are already out of the League Cup.
Liverpool’s Glen Johnson 1 The Champions League draw is guaranteed to get everyone excited but one man who might not relishing the prospect of facing Real Madrid is Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson.The Reds were pitted with Los Blancos on their return to Europe’s top competition and it immediately left supporters laughing at the prospect of the much maligned England defender facing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and many more.Manchester City were handed arguably the toughest group alongside 2013 winners Bayern Munich, plus CSKA Moscow and Roma, with many taking to Twitter to remind the Premier League champions they would struggle.There were also many fans questioning just how Chelsea got such an easy group again as they face Schalke, Sporting Lisbon and Maribor.Arsenal were also dealt a tricky group and will again play Borussia Dortmund, leaving fans to question just how Yaya Sanogo will manage to score against the Germans.And lastly, there was no shortage of supporters once again laughing it up at the lack of Manchester United’s presence in the draw.Check out the best reaction on Twitter below.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champUnder the Clean Air Act, the state needed a federal waiver to implement the rules. “It is disappointing that the federal government is standing in our way and ignoring the will of tens of millions of people across the nation,” said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “California sued to compel the agency to act on our waiver, and now we will sue to overturn today’s decision and allow Californians to protect our environment.” Twelve other states – Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington – have adopted the California emissions standards, and the governors of Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Utah have said they also plan to adopt them. The rules were also under consideration in Iowa. With Wednesday’s denial, those other states are also prevented from moving forward. In explaining his decision, Johnson cited energy legislation approved by Congress and signed into law Wednesday by President Bush. The law requires automakers to achieve an industrywide average fuel efficiency for cars, SUVs and small trucks of 35 miles per gallon by 2020. WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday slapped down California’s bid for first-in-the-nation greenhouse gas limits on cars, trucks and SUVs, refusing the state a waiver that would have allowed those restrictions to take effect. “The Bush administration is moving forward with a clear national solution – not a confusing patchwork of state rules,” EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson told reporters on a conference call. “I believe this is a better approach than if individual states were to act alone.” The long-awaited decision amounted to a serious setback for California and at least 16 other states seeking the new regulations to achieve their anti-global-warming goals. It was a victory for automakers, who contended they would have been forced to reduce their selection of vehicles in the states that adopted California’s standards. The tailpipe standards California adopted in 2004 would have forced automakers to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in new cars and light trucks by 2016, with the cutbacks beginning in the 2009 model year. Johnson said Congress’ approach would be better than a “partial state-by-state approach.” He said California’s law would have yielded a 33.8 mpg standard, but California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols said Johnson’s math was “just wrong.” She said the California regulations would have resulted in a 36.8mpg average and would have taken effect sooner than the federal standards. “EPA is now trying to hide behind the passage of (fuel economy) legislation,” Nichols said. “This is really unconscionable.” Environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers also denounced the decision. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who chairs the Senate’s environment committee, said she’d question Johnson at a hearing. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the government oversight and reform committee in the House, vowed to investigate, alleging the decision was dictated by politics – something Johnson denied. “This federal agency blunder is bad policy and worse law,” Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said. “We will take the EPA to court if necessary and once again demonstrate that no one is above the law. If the EPA won’t obey the law or take the lead, at least it should get out of the way so states can protect our environment.” Automakers applauded the outcome. General Motors Corp. said in a statement that “by removing the disproportionate burden of complying with a patchwork of state-specific regulations that would divert our resources, automakers can concentrate on developing and implementing the advanced technologies in ways that will meet America’s driving needs.” Wednesday’s decision was further confirmation of the Bush administration’s adamant opposition to mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions, even after a string of court decisions affirming the right of states and the federal government to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. It was the first time the EPA had fully denied California a Clean Air Act waiver since Congress gave California the right to obtain such waivers in 1967. The auto regulations were to have been a major part of California’s first-in-the-nation global warming law, which aims to reduce greenhouse gases economy-wide by 25 percent – to 1990 levels – by 2020. The auto emission reductions would have accounted for about 17 percent of the state’s proposed reductions. Nichols said California expects to win on appeal and does not plan to shift its strategy to meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals. Despite the Bush administration’s opposition to mandatory greenhouse gas limits, some congressional Democrats hope to craft a federal law. Earlier this month Boxer’s committee passed a bill with mandatory caps on greenhouse gases although approval by the full Senate next year is far from certain and there are no immediate plans for the House to act. California had been waiting for Wednesday’s decision for two years. The EPA put it off while a Supreme Court case was pending on whether the agency could regulate greenhouse gases. In April, the Supreme Court said it could.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!