Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MIDFIELDERSHirving Lozano, who has scored 16 goals for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch league, should start on the left wing. Carlos Vela, who joined Los Angeles FC from Real Sociedad last year, currently has the edge to start on the other flank rather than Porto midfielder Jesus Corona.Andres Guardado is another player who is injured and his status is uncertain. If Guardado can’t play, Erick Gutierrez will be called from the reserve squad to take over alongside Hector Herrera.Gutierrez did not make the final roster but is traveling and training with Mexico in case Guardado can’t play.Diego Reyes, a Herrera teammate who plays in the midfield, is also injured, allowing veteran Rafael Marquez to make the team despite being retired at 39 years old.If Marquez, as expected with all the injuries, plays in his fifth World Cup, he will join Antonio Carvajal and Lottar Matthaeus as the only players in history to play at five World Cups. Former Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made the roster five times, but only played in four.FORWARDSJavier “Chicharito” Hernandez remains the main striker heading into the tournament, but Raul Jimenez is having a strong season with Benfica.Oribe Peralta, who led Mexico to the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, is the third striker.Osorio likes to use a formation with a withdrawn striker, a position where Giovani Dos Santos and Marco Fabian are contesting the starting position. 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 Mexico’s Colombian coach Juan Carlos Osorio (C) oversees a training session of his players at FC Strogino Stadium in Moscow on June 12, 2018 ahead of the Russia 2018 football World Cup. AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZMEXICO CITY — Mexicans can never be sure who will be playing for the national team under Juan Carlos Osorio.A different lineup has been deployed by Osorio in all 46 games in charge and now players are starting to question the tactical tinkering going into the World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT GROUP GAMESMexico opens Group F against World Cup champion Germany on Sunday in Moscow, where it has its tournament base. The team will then head to Rostov-on-Don to face South Korea on June 23, followed by a match against Sweden in Yekaterinburg on June 27.SQUADGoalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla)Midfielders: Rafael Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy)Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (America), Jesús Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Osorio’s success in Colombia, where he won the championship with Once Caldas and three times with Atletico Nacional, was based on the same tactical fluidity that he brought to Mexico.His 46 games with Mexico have seen 30 wins, nine draws and seven losses.GOALKEEPERSGuillermo Ochoa, who has made 93 appearances since his international debut in 2005, is renowned in Mexico for an outstanding save from Neymar’s header at the 2014 World Cup.The 32 year-old “Memo,” who plays for Belgian club Standard Liege, will be making the World Cup trip but he might not be guaranteed to start every game. Osorio is considering using either Jesus Corona or Alfredo Talavera in the final Group F game against Sweden because Ochoa can struggle dealing with crosses.DEFENDERSThe defense is probably the weakest link on the team.Hector Moreno, who plays for Real Sociedad after a brief stint with Roma, is the strongest component of the back line and is nursing an injury that has kept him out of the last two friendly matches.Osorio likes to play with three center backs, but only Moreno — when healthy — is a guaranteed starter. The other one was Nestor Araujo, who did not make the team after sustaining a knee injury in a friendly against Croatia in March. Carlos Salcedo injured his collarbone in the same match and is hoping to be fit for Russia.Hugo Ayala and Edson Alvarez could take over but all lack international experience. LATEST STORIES “It’s time to stop with the experiments,” Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa said. “We have to focus on how we play as a team.”Osorio, who replaced fan favorite Miguel Herrera in 2015, isn’t budging. The Colombian has no plans to change his strategy because it carried Mexico to the World Cup as the top-placed team in CONCACAF qualifying for the first time in two decades.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut changing formations depending on the opponent hasn’t fared well in all competitions.“A lot of people said that the past few years have been good, but I’m not so sure about that,” Manuel Lapuente, who coached Mexico at the 1998 World Cup, told The Associated Press. “We were a failure in the Copa America Centenario. We failed at the Gold Cup and in the Confederations Cup. We did well in the qualifiers, but, guess what? We are not going to play against that kind of rival in Russia.” China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Mexicans were consigned to their worst-ever loss in the 2016 Copa America Centenario quarterfinals, trounced 7-0 by Chile. In a pair of semifinals last year they were beaten 4-1 by Germany in the Confederations Cup and lost 1-0 to Jamaica in the Gold Cup.Progress for Mexico at the World Cup would be reaching the quarterfinals after failing to advance from the round of 16 at six successive editions. Only when the Mexicans hosted the World Cup did they make the last eight — in 1970 and 1986.Here’s a closer look at the Mexico team:COACHOsorio, a former conditioning coach at Manchester United under Alex Ferguson, won four league titles in Colombia and was managing Sao Paulo before taking over his first job as a national coach with Mexico in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations WORLD CUP: Since 2014 highs, a struggle for Colombia, James View comments
…admin officer gets $2.5M, Exec assistant $1.8M per monthThe question of super salaries has raised its head once again, with the revelations that State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) officials earn almost $5 million a month in salary and benefits and the wage bill was over $200 million in one year for the Agency.This came to light in the National Assembly on Monday during the consideration of the budget estimates for the Legal Affairs Ministry. Attorney General Basil Williams was interrogated by his predecessor, Anil Nandlall about various allocations.One that stood out was the sum of $285 million allocated under line item 6321, ‘subsidies and contributions to local organisations’. Asked to explain which organisation the money was going to, Williams revealed that it was earmarked for SARA.He noted that $10 million of the amount was for capital expenses, while the remaining would be for current expenditure. An incredulous Nandlall requested a breakdown of this amount. It was then that Williams revealed of the current amount, $225 million would be spent on wages and salaries for SARA employees in just one year.“The post of Director, the salary and benefits is $4.7 million per month,” Williams revealed. “The special assistant, that amount is $3.3 million; executive assistant, $1.86 million; Deputy Director, $3.3 million.”Williams also noted that another executive assistant was earning $688,000, while the Chief Administrative Officer was carrying home $2.5 million. In addition, SARA’s Legal Adviser earns $3 million, while a lawyer in the Agency earns $1.4 million and an administrative officer, $679,000.The Director of SARA is Professor Clive Thomas, who was at one time also Chairman of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). Thomas was also appointed a Presidential Advisor when the coalition Government came to office in 2015. SARA’s Deputy Director is Aubrey Heath-Retmeyer.It was just recently that audit firm Ram and McRae suggested that SARA be scrapped altogether and its functions transferred to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), in its published ‘budget focus’ review of Budget 2019.The firm had cited some qualms with SARA, including the Agency’s failure to have its annual plan and Code of Practice tabled in the National Assembly. Pointing out that the $285 million the agency is set to receive in 2019 is an increase from last year’s amount, Ram and McRae was critical of this lapse.Also, the firm had been of the view that SARA has failed to live up to its expectations of even recovering assets.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Villaraigosa, who was joined by council members Bill Rosendahl and Wendy Greuel, said other proposals to be studied and unveiled in coming months include creating more one-way streets across the city. Earlier this year, county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky had proposed one-way designations for Olympic and Pico boulevards, but the move ran into immediate opposition from Los Angeles and Beverly Hills officials. “We have to look out for what is in the best interest of everyone,” Villaraigosa said. “There are going to be some areas with ones who oppose what we do, but we have to find a way to get it done. We need to ask what is for the greater good.” Fourteen left-turn signals are scheduled to be installed at six San Fernando Valley intersections. They include: Ventura Boulevard and Woodman Avenue; Tampa Avenue and Ventura Boulevard; Reseda Street and Rinaldi Boulevard; Sherman Way and Tampa Avenue; Riverside Boulevard and Vineland Avenue; and Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Riverside Drive. The program marks a return by Villaraigosa to a campaign promise he made two years ago to improve traffic flow throughout the city and show specific accomplishments to a skeptical public. After months of political and personal turmoil, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa started to refocus his administration on practical accomplishments Thursday as he prepares to drum up support from neighborhood councils this weekend for a phone tax and utility-rate hikes. Under the “30-30” program launched Thursday, Villaraigosa and his new transportation chief, Rita Robinson, said the city will install 30 left-hand-turn signals at 13 intersections across Los Angeles over the next 30 workdays. “Make no mistake about it,” Villaraigosa said, shouting over the noise of traffic at an intersection near Los Angeles International Airport where the announcement was made. “This is a start of reinvigorating the Department of Transportation and us looking at bold measures to improve traffic. “Some of them will work, some of them may not. But we are going to be trying to do something positive to deal with traffic congestion. There is no silver bullet, but we are going to look at everything we can.” It also marked a significant step in moving forward for Villaraigosa, who has been seen as being wrapped up in national politics and personal issues involving his separation and impending divorce from his wife, Corina. “I think these are the sort of things he needs to do to re-establish himself with voters,” said Jaime Regalado of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. “If he is going to run for a second term, he has to deal with the perception there is no real record of achievement. The more potholes he fills, the more traffic signals he installs, the more the public will see that he is trying to do things. “That’s why he needs to prove himself with schools and the anti-gang programs. People want to see results.” It also comes as Villaraigosa prepares for a major effort to win over the neighborhood councils to help balance a financially difficult budget. Amid the budget squeeze, the city faces a potential loss of more than $200 million in telephone taxes and a transfer of funds from the Department of Water and Power. Villaraigosa will address neighborhood council leaders on Saturday at their annual budget day and lay out the city’s problems. “Given the daunting challenges we must confront, it is important to hear from neighborhood councils on their budget priorities and thoughts on the telephone-users tax,” Villaraigosa said. The 10 percent phone tax has been challenged in court and city officials believe they could lose the case, resulting in the loss of $270 million a year. The mayor has proposed placing a 9 percent tax on the ballot next February and wants to declare it an “emergency” issue – which would allow it to be approved by a simple majority of voters. Ken Draper, editor of CityWatch LA, a newsletter to neighborhood councils, said the mayor will have a tough sell. “We are living in uncertain times and people are sensitive about what the city is doing,” Draper said. “The housing market is unstable and people are suspicious of what the city is doing. We hear about the financial problems, but then see the city making big payouts to unions, to workers, to others.” email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIt could be a statistical variation, she said. Maybe more people know to call the county when they spot a bat, creating an increase in the number of rabid bats counted, Beler said. It’s possible more bats have rabies, too. Drought could also be the culprit, she said. “One guess given to us by a bat biologist is the drought makes all animals look farther for water and food,” Beler said. “And that may stress their immune system and makes them more likely to get sick with rabies.” But while the drought affects animals statewide, the rabid bat increase seems to be fairly localized. Statewide, 128 rabid bats have been found year-to-date, compared with 158 total last year, according to Ken August, a spokesman for the California Department of Public Health. Neighboring counties did not see a dramatic jump, and their officials were at a loss to explain why Los Angeles County alone saw the increase. A startling increase in the number of rabid bats found in Los Angeles County has public health officials stumped. More than three times as many rabid bats have been found in the county so far this year compared with 2006, when seven were found. Of the 24 found year-to-date, one each was found in Alhambra, Downey, La Verne and Pico Rivera. Two were found in Glendora, two in Glendale, and three each in Santa Clarita and Tarzana. It’s unclear what’s causing the increase, said Emily Beler, a zoonosis veterinarian with the county’s rabies control program. “To be honest, we really don’t know,” she said. “It certainly looks like an increase. Does it mean a trend? We’re not convinced yet.” Six rabid bats were found in Orange County this year, compared with three last year. “Technically double,” said Orange County Animal Care Services spokesman Ryan Drabek, but called it a small increase. In Riverside County, 13 percent of bats tested had rabies this year compared with 7 percent last year – but by the numbers, that’s six rabid bats this year compared with four last year. In Ventura County, the numbers dropped from nine bats to five. Bats transmit rabies by biting, but bites are rare and so small they might not even be felt, Beler said. In Los Angeles County, a few people are bitten every year, she said. One woman in the San Gabriel Valley was bitten in October while picking up leaves bare-handed. In one handful, she found a bat – and a small cut on her hand. The bat tested positive for rabies, and the woman got rabies shots, Beler said. “The important thing was that she paid attention,” Beler said. “She did not ignore it, and she had the bat tested.” Part of what makes rabies so dangerous is that by the time the symptoms show up, it’s too late to cure the fatal disease. “Never touch bats or other wildlife,” Beler advised. “If a bat is flying in daylight, or is on the ground, or is spending time in living spaces, that could be a sick bat because that’s not normal behavior for a bat and it could be rabies.” But despite the 24 rabid bats found, people shouldn’t be concerned, she said. Rabies makes bats weak, not aggressive. “They don’t fly around attacking,” she said. But they do pop up all around the county. Online, at www.lapublichealth.org/vet, under “Mapping Local Animal Disease,” two maps show where the bats were found. At least 16 have been found in the greater San Gabriel Valley since 2000, five of them this year. “The last time L.A. County had 24 positive bats was in 1982,” noted Norma Arceo, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Public Health. It’s a good opportunity to remind people how to stay safe, Beler said. “Keep your pets vaccinated,” she said. “Don’t touch bats. Talk to your doctor if you’re bitten.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
New Releases: The Wedding Ringer and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are among some of the new releases at Eclipse Cinemas.The popular cinema located in Lifford/Strabane is also screening some modern day classics like Mama Mia (2008).Details on the new releases are outlined below. The Wedding RingerTwo weeks shy of his wedding, a socially awkward guy enters into a charade by hiring the owner of a company that provides best men for grooms in need.Released 20th Feb: Certificate 15A: Run Time 102minshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3TeI9jPPuA The Second Best Exotic Marigold HotelThe Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai).Released 26th Feb: Certificate PG: Run Time 110minhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3REYWGRmLnQAlso Showing Fifty Shades of Grey, Project Almanac, Peppa Pig, Shaun the Sheep, Theory of Everything, Selma, Jupiter Ascending, The Interview, Big Hero 6, American Sniper, Into the Woods, Annie, Tinkerbell: Legend of the Neverbeast, PaddingtonGet all our times at www.eclipsecinemas.comEclipse ClassicsMonday 23rd Feb @ 8pm Mamma Mia (2008) NEW RELEASE: THE WEDDING RINGER NOW SHOWING AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS was last modified: February 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Eclipse CinemasEntertainmentFeaturesNotices
Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 1 REVEALED And according to The Sun, Hart, 31, is on his way to Turf Moor to undergo a medical ahead of the proposed move.Burnley will be keen to get this deal wrapped up as the club are in the midst of a goalkeeping crisis with both Nick Pope and Tom Heaton injured.Pope, who made England’s World Cup squad was ruled out for up to three months earlier this week with a dislocated shoulder.And Clarets boss Sean Dyche, who is braced for a huge season both domestically and in the Europa League, is turning to Hart despite the veteran’s unsuccessful loan spell at West Ham last season which led to him missing out on a place in England’s World Cup squad. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest Transfer News targets targets Hart spent last season on loan at West Ham LATEST moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Joe Hart looks set to sign for Burnley in a permanent £4million deal, putting an end to his summer of uncertainty.The former England no.1 has been trying to secure a move away from Manchester City after loan spells at Torino and West Ham. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND It is understood the deal could even be announced as early as tonight.Hart has been a City player since 2006 and was the first choice keeper in two of the club’s three Premier League title-winning campaigns.However, after being told he was not in the plans of current City boss Pep Guardiola two years ago, Hart has been looking for other clubs to sign him up.Hart did take part in the Citizens’ pre-season tour of the USA but that appears to have been his last contribution as a City player. RANKED
SINGER David Oliver is becoming a YouTube hit…with his new single ‘My Donegal Doll’.And donegaldaily.com is joining the campaign to drive those hits through the roof. So tell your friends to log on and watch and listen.And to our Donegal readers in 93 other countries around the world…ENJOY!HELP US MAKE ‘MY DONEGAL DOLL’ A YOUTUBE HIT! was last modified: June 18th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
DONEGAL Creameries has today bought one of Scotland’s biggest seed potato producers.After an autumn which has seen more than half of the Co Donegal seed potato crop hit by bad weather, it will be seen as a shrewd move by the local company.The company bought by Donegal Creameries is A.J. Allan, based in Brechin, Angus. The deal was done through Donegal Creamerie’ subsidiary Irish Potato Marketing.No details were released on how much was paid for the business – but it looks like the company is already investing the money it got from Connacht Gold for its milk business.AJ Allan grows 12,000 tons a year of certified seed potatoes which will add to Donegal’s existing 50,000 annual tons.It was founded in late 1960s and established as a family business by the late Ian Allan. The company website states: “A complete range of up to date equipment from stone separators and harvesters to temperature controlled stores means A. J. Allan can confidently offer healthy damage free seed potatoes. These potatoes can be graded into a variety of size bands and treated efficiently with whatever chemical the customer requires.“Constant attention to detail using integrated crop management systems assures quality, meeting with the aims of the Assured Produce Scheme and the requirements of Tesco’s Nature’s Choice – providing effective control of all Virus and Fungal Disease.“Reliability and continuity are secured by an experienced, closely-knit team, the majority of whom have been with the business for years.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDONEGAL CREAMERIES BUYS SCOTTISH SEED POTATO COMPANY was last modified: November 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL CREAMERIES BUY SCOTTISH SEED POTATO COMPANY
BREAKFAST with Hector was never so good as the 2FM star brought his radio show to Donegal Town this morning.He’s off to Mayo tomorrow – let’s hope he keeps that jersey on!Said Hector: “We had a fantastic time here in Donegal today.” He also visited Abbey Vocational School, remarking: “A big thanks to the principal, teachers, staff and pupils. They were incredible.” HECTOR TAKES DONEGAL BY STORM – WEARING HIS DONEGAL JERSEY! was last modified: September 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:HECTOR TAKES DONEGAL BY STORM – WEARING HIS DONEGAL JERSEY!
As we neared the gates of a California League stadium last weekend, we could hear a woman shouting over the public-address system. It seemed as if she were in pain. Or was that anger? Her caterwauling was distressing. Discordant. Finally, through the aural pollution, dimly recognizable. That was the national anthem she was butchering. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 For that reason, and others, we have a suggestion: Let’s take the national anthem out of everyday sports events. There’s the performance issue, front and center. Many (most?) high school bands cannot make it through the music without beating it beyond recognition. Most anthem singers have tin ears or inferior voices and can’t muddle their way through a correctly pitched version of the song … over the octave-and-a-half the tune requires. How many times a day in this country does that ugly scene play out? At ballparks, gymnasiums, football stadiums? A singer or musician of modest talent and enormous ego, assaulting the eardrums of innocent people with a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” not fit for human consumption. Many singers seem to believe the national anthem is a chance to live out their “American Idol” fantasies, and riff into vocal gymnastics that usually degenerate into vocal contortions, turning the hymn into a three-minute dirge of such exquisite wretchedness it can’t help but trigger the listener’s gag reflex. Others don’t bother to learn the lyrics. If we had $1 for every “perilous night” and “for the ramparts” we’ve heard … well, we could afford professionals do get it right. Another problem: If we feel compelled to perform the anthem before the most modest sports event, where do we get the money to pay for real singers? Answer: We don’t. We turn loose rank amateurs. It shows. It’s not just the music. What connection does the national anthem have with sports? Why do we feel compelled to pair them? Francis Scott Key was watching an 1814 naval bombardment when he wrote the lyrics and matched them to an English drinking song. Baseball hadn’t been invented. Neither had football or basketball. It seems to most of us the expression “play ball” is allowed only after “home of the brave.” But it wasn’t always so. Not until 1918 was what to become the national anthem (in 1931) played at a baseball game. And then it was at the World Series, during World War I. The anthem remained an irregular sports-event prelude till the 1940s, when it returned to baseball in time for World War II. With some cynics suggesting owners’ eagerness to stage the song was an easy display of “patriotism” – as they hoped to keep patrons from wondering, “Hey, why aren’t these ballplayers off at the front?” Since WW2, the anthem has become reflex, knee-jerk, and often performed with all the dignity that implies – while TV breaks for a batch of commercials. Other issues: Some Americans are sticklers for anthem etiquette. Hats off, stand up straight, no talking, no moving, no eating, no concession sales anywhere in the stadium … and become agitated when people around them don’t comply. Others assign political weight to the anthem, and can be troubled by appearing to endorse a federal government they disagree with … before they can enjoy boys playing ball. And why should one have anything to do with the other? In times of political upheaval, it seems only a matter of time before we have a fight in the stands, an anthem stickler and a conscientious objector getting into it. The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world where the anthem is routinely connected to just-another-game sports. We play the anthem everywhere and anywhere. Right down to the high schools. The idea of performing “God Save the Queen” before an English Premier League soccer match would strike the British as absurd. Ditto for the rest of Europe and planet, and their various anthems. International events? Sure. Get busy. Olympics, World Cup, all that. Fourth of July, other national holidays, you bet. Play it, Uncle Sam. During the World Series? The Super Bowl? Bring it on. With serious musicians, rehearsals and sound systems that work. We do not need the anthem before the Angels play the Blue Jays in the middle of August. We do not need it at Cal League or Citrus Belt games or Little League games. Not if it’s going to be done poorly and on the cheap, and received halfheartedly. Give the anthem a sports timeout. Make it distinct. Special. Both how it’s done, and when. Paul Oberjuerge’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Readers may contact him at email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!