Hontiveros returns to action, joins Alab Pilipinas

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The 40-year-old guard, one of the deadliest sharpshooters in the PBA, fortifies the Philippines’ roster that already features the likes of import Ivan Johnson and Bobby Ray Parks Jr.Hontiveros, who had a colorful 17-year career in the pros, is just one of six former PBA players in the lineup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJoining Hontiveros are ex-PBA veterans Rico Maierhofer, Josh Urbiztondo, Pamboy Raymundo and Rob Celiz. Oping Sumalinog, who briefly played for TNT is also part of the team.Completing the team are gritty point guard Pao Javelona and the returning Lawrence Domingo.center_img MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Cavs, Warriors gear up to begin championship quests again Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene PBA legend Jimmy Alapag, who replaced Mac Cuan, is also making his head coaching debut for Alab Pilipinas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Alab Pilipinas new recruits Oping Sumalinog (left) and Dondon Hontiverors. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netBarely a month after announcing his retirement from the PBA, Dondon Hontiveros is lacing up his kicks again to write the next chapter of his basketball career.Hontiveros has been tapped to play for Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Proficiency and Power with the Pen: Who will be the New Harry Greaves?

first_imgMrs. Precious Andrews Greaves, widow of the powerful and courageous agitator with the pen, Mr. Harry A. Greaves, Jr., is this week beginning to organize funeral arrangements for her late husband. Last weekend the government of Liberia (GOL), without precondition, handed over to her the remains of her husband, which she returned to the St. Moses Funeral Parlor.A little over a week ago the GOL issued the report of the hastily executed “autopsy”, which gave a verdict that nobody believed—that Mr. Greaves died by drowning. The report gave no convincing explanation of the injuries which were visible on Greaves’ body, from head and face down, nor even the rectal injuries which people who saw the body observed.Precious may not be inclined to ask for a criminal investigation, and may instead settle only for the opportunity to allow her husband to rest in peace. Yet even so, the burning question, what happened to Harry, will linger on for decades to come, and the present government will forever be haunted with suspicion, due not so much to what really happened to this Liberian icon as to why the GOL failed to undertake a comprehensive investigation into the mysterious death of one of its prominent citizens, but rather arranged a hurried “autopsy,” the report of which nobody believes.Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh, should not forget that this has happened under his watch.The public, most especially Liberian journalists and those interested in letters, must now confine themselves to the question of who will be the next Harry Greaves—a man who was not only proficient in the speaking and writing of English, but who was also courageous and powerful with the pen. Who, able to communicate efficiently and effectively in the English language, will have the courage of conviction and be able to use that English to call a spade a spade, regardless of the consequences.The Daily Observer and Harry Greaves go way back. Over three decades ago in the mid-1980s he was a frequent contributor to our Letters and Features columns. At one point Harry wrote a letter to the editor raising concern about some national issue. The government of the ruling military junta, the People’s Redemption Council (PRC), led by Head of State Samuel K. Doe, promptly put Harry in jail. A little over a week later we wrote an Editorial entitled, “Let Harry Go.” That afternoon, he was released.Let us also never forget that there were many agitators both with the tongue and the pen, especially dating back to the 1970s and 1980s. Many of them are still around, but guess what: they and some of their close relations are now in power—or close to people in power—enjoying “all the rights,privileges and opportunities appertaining thereto.” So they have chosen to ignore or treat with benign neglect the glaring corruption taking place before their very eyes—that includes the disappearances, the hasty “autopsies” and the pain and plight of the grief-stricken families. Sometime ago we published an editorial in which we noted ruefully that most of the people who bitterly complain about corruption in government today are so vocal only because they feel excluded—not “inside” to take and enjoy their part. Some of those who were vocal in the 1960s and 1970s, once they tasted power in the 1980s, became rich or powerful—or both— and, basking in the wealth of the noveau riche (the newly rich), they totally forgot their past crusades.How then shall we ever make progress in Liberia, when we are so envious, so hypocritical, so selfish, so bereft of patriotism? During the Tubman regime some people often said in total resignation, “Liberians have the government they deserve.” With envy, hypocrisy, selfishness and total lack of love for one another and for our country—with these negatives entrenched as the principal elements of our national character—shall we ever deserve an honest, upright, progressive and forward-looking government, totally committed to transforming Liberia into a land of development and prosperity for all? Liberians, we cannot resign. We cannot throw in the towel. We cannot, we must not surrender to evil. We must rise up and fight for a better Liberia, where truth, justice and patriotism will prevail, where all of us will unite in working for the good of our country, for the development and advancement of all of us. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aids to Navigation to Be Installed at Freeport

first_imgThe Management of the National Port Authority (NPA) has announced the installation of Aids to Navigation at the Freeport of Monrovia by a world renowned supplier, PHAROS MARINE, in compliance with the International Association of Light House Authority (IALA).Aids to navigation are special structures such as lighthouses, lightships, beacons, buoys, etc., that are used to enhance safety by providing more opportunities to the shipping industries.According to NPA statement, the installation will be completed and installed by April 30; and consequently, the Freeport, in three decades, will operate on a 24/7 basis effective May 2016.The installation of the Aids to Navigation at the Freeport of Monrovia will make it the second port in the country to receive the facility; Buchanan is the first to receive Aids to Navigation installed there by ArcelorMittal Liberia.NPA statement revealed that after the installation of the Aids to Navigation at the Free Port, it will help increase economic activities, which would culminate into increased government revenue and additional job opportunities for Liberians, adding: “This means we have taken a step toward becoming a competitive port in the region.”The NPA management also used the medium to express gratitude to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the support in the modernization of the port sector, including the milestone event which is a game changer in the shipping world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chief Justice rejects Govt’s delaying manoeuvres

first_imgNo-confidence resolution… to complete “majority” and “dual citizen” cases by January 31Chief Justice (acting) Roxane George on Tuesday rejected Government’s attempts to extend its time in office on the grounds of the ongoing no-confidence vote case, informing the court that these matters will all be expedited owing to their national significance.Former Attorney General Anil NandlallGovernment had sought a conservatory order to stay the enforcement of the no-confidence resolution pending the court case. But Chief Justice George told Attorney General Basil Williams that she intended to make her ruling by January month end and, therefore, such an order was unnecessary.According to the Chief Justice, the entire country is awaiting the resolution of the cases and as such, there will be no delays.She gave the sides a date of January 18 to exchange submissions, January 21 for rebuttal submissions and in the case of Christopher Ram vs the Attorney General and Speaker of the National Assembly, submissions will be heard on January 23.Oral submissions for Compton Reid vs the Attorney General, former MP Charrandas Persaud and the Speaker of the National Assembly will be heard on January 24.Chief Justice (acting) Roxane GeorgeAnd finally, in the case of the Attorney General vs the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Opposition Leader, oral submissions will be done on January 25.The Attorney General also informed the court of his wish to have additional arguments included in claimant Compton Reid’s claim. When the narrow time frame was pointed out to him, Williams held his ground.Chief Justice George informed Williams that since it was a legal issue, an affidavit was not needed. However, Williams was eventually granted permission by the Chief Justice to make submissions in two of the three cases which relate to Article 70 of the Constitution of Guyana.Williams, who was seeking relief under the Constitution, had wanted the court to rule on whether the Speaker’s decision that the December 21, 2018 motion was indeed carried by a majority of all elected members, and whether or not the 33-to-32 breakdown means it was validly passed.Attorney Neil BostonIn his petition, which was filed separately from the dual citizenship challenge, Williams argued that the current total of elected members of the National Assembly is 65, and the majority of members legally prescribed by Article 106 (6) of the Constitution is tantamount to an absolute majority that legally requires a vote of 34 or more.In his request for a conservatory order, Williams had said it was necessary to preserve the status quo as Article 106 (7) of the Constitution requires that the President and all Ministers of the Government remain in office and hold elections within three months.Justice George’s decision to expedite the cases was lauded by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who noted that the court deserves credit for its impartiality in the matter. He did not rule out that the Chief Justice may have taken into account the 90-day deadline for elections after the passage of a no-confidence motion.“It is one of the first times, actually, that I’ve seen a court demonstrate a true appreciation of the fact that certain types of matters of national importance should be heard and determined with every convenient speed. I think this court should be roundly complimented for appreciating that reality.Police on Tuesday cordoned off streets surrounding the High Court“I’m also happy that all attempts made by lawyers in this matter to stall and delay was rejected by the court and the court was firm that the matter must be determined by the end of the month and has given appropriate directions.”Attorney Neil Boston, who appeared on behalf of claimant Compton Reid, acknowledged that the Chief Justice’s decision superseded the conservatory order and thus, it has been rendered unnecessary.“The conservatory order at this time is not important, because the final issue will be determined by the end of the month. So, what are we conserving? Even on the date of ruling, the three months would not have expired, pursuant to [Art] 106.”On December 21, 2018, the no-confidence motion brought by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo brought down the entire Government by a 33-to-32 vote majority when then Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament, Charrandas Persaud defected and supported the motion.Persons have for some time argued that the Cabinet should have resigned by now, pursuant to the laws of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”Even though less than 90 days remain in which elections must be held, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has made no significant moves towards preparing for holding elections.last_img read more

Open fire restrictions in the region

first_imgThe Prince George Fire Center has issued two open fire restrictions throughout the region.Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited beginning Monday, June 8th, until further notice.Category 2 is a fire that burns piled material no longer than two meters high and three meters wide. This includes grass areas larger than 0.2 hectares in size, as well as all resource management burns. – Advertisement -Category 3 means an open fire that burns material larger than two meters high and three meters wide, or grass over an area of 0.2 hectares in size, which also includes all resource management burns. The Prince George Fire Center is restricting these burns to help prevent person-caused wildfires. The ban will be in effect in all BC Parks, and to all public and private land.This, however, does not apply to municipalities or regional districts, because they have their own burning bylaws. Advertisement The Prince George Fire Center is reminding everyone to check with local authorities before starting a fire.last_img read more

Klopp and Tuchel meet again, this time on even playing field

first_img0Shares0000Klopp and Tuchel shake hands after Liverpool’s win over Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League in 2016 © AFP/File / OLI SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Sep 17 – The last time Thomas Tuchel went to Anfield, he was in charge of a Borussia Dortmund side who were dumped out of the Europa League after a stunning Liverpool comeback.On Tuesday he returns with Paris Saint-Germain looking to finally get one over Jurgen Klopp in one of the most enticing ties in the Champions League group phase. Klopp and Tuchel are the highest profile German coaches around today, with both men having followed strikingly similar paths at home before taking up jobs with two of Europe’s biggest names.At 51, the genial Klopp is six years Tuchel’s senior and his CV features two Bundesliga titles and two Champions League finals, while his opposite number was appointed by PSG in May despite having only won one German Cup as a coach.– ‘An outstanding coach’ –Klopp has won eight, and lost just one, of 12 previous meetings with Tuchel. He is quick to play down that record, however, pointing out that Tuchel was not in charge of a side containing the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe before.Jurgen Klopp in good spirits at Monday’s pre-game press conference © AFP / Paul ELLIS“When I was at Dortmund I had a pretty strong side and he was at Mainz, he did an outstanding job there so it’s not really fair to bring that up when you talk about the records,” Klopp said on Monday.“He is an outstanding coach, I really thought it was a smart decision of PSG to sign Tuchel.”The svelte 45-year-old is the man PSG’s Qatari owners are hoping can finally lead them to Champions League glory, despite his past experience amounting to one quarter-final exit with Dortmund in 2017.A year before that, at the same stage of the Europa League, Dortmund were 3-1 up at Anfield before losing 4-3.That was part of the learning curve for the economics graduate Tuchel, a native Swabian like Klopp, and also a defender during his playing days.While Klopp was a stalwart for Mainz on the field before becoming coach in 2001, Tuchel’s own playing career was cut short by injury.– Contrasting approaches –But since moving into coaching he has followed in the footsteps of “Kloppo” — taking over at Mainz in 2009 a year after Klopp’s departure for Dortmund, and then directly replacing him at the Signal Iduna Park in 2015.The two men got their coaching badges together in Cologne in 2006, but it is the differences between them that have stuck with Erich Rutemoeller, their instructor.Klopp “was more motivated than anyone and was especially interested in the psychological aspect,” Rutemoeller told Le Parisien, while stressing the more introverted Tuchel’s great respect for Pep Guardiola.“When I read that he spent a whole evening talking about tactics with Pep Guardiola, a few years ago in Munich, moving around the salt and pepper, I thought to myself: ‘He’s not changed’.”Thomas Tuchel oversees PSG’s training session on Monday ahead of their trip to Anfield © AFP / FRANCK FIFEAs for a Tuchel win against Klopp, you have to go back to April 2010, when Mainz beat Dortmund 1-0 at their old Bruchwegstadion thanks to an Adam Szalai goal.In two years at Dortmund, Tuchel could not repeat Klopp’s successes, his path to the Bundesliga title blocked by Guardiola’s Bayern Munich. But he enjoyed the greater success at Mainz, leading them into Europe in 2011.Liverpool’s start to this season has raised hopes of a genuine Premier League title challenge, with Klopp overseeing five wins out of five.But PSG rock up with a perfect domestic record too, and Tuchel has become the first ever coach of the club to win his first five Ligue 1 matches.“For this kind of team with unbelievable individual quality, you still need a manager who can teach or educate them in playing together and they brought in one of the best I know,” Klopp added.“That makes them quite a big challenge for us. Individual quality mixed with a really good manager makes it a threat.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Supervalu soaks up Albertson’s

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS – Supervalu Inc. completed its acquisition of more than 1,100 Albertson’s Inc. stores Friday, making it the nation’s third-largest supermarket chain by revenue. Shareholders from both companies approved the purchase on Tuesday. The deal gained approval from 98 percent of voting Albertson’s shareholders and 92.6 percent of Supervalu shareholders. Supervalu led a consortium that included drugstore chain CVS Corp., private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management and others to buy Albertson’s for $9.7 billion in cash and stock, plus assumed debt, bringing the total transaction to about $17.4 billion. Supervalu has been a strong presence in grocery sales and distribution in the Midwest and East. With the new stores, it moves into the Western U.S. and trails only Kroger and Safeway in size. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2However, Wal-Mart Inc. sells more groceries than any of them. With closure of the deal, Supervalu has 2,500 stores, up from 1,381 before. It also has 900 in-store pharmacies. The newly acquired store brands include Aceme Markets, Bristol Farms, Jewel, Shaw’s Supermarkets, Star Markets and Albertsons banner stores. Jeff Noddle, Supervalu chairman and chief executive officer, said the deal creates a company with leading positions in several major markets and a supply chain to fuel both its own retail operations and independent customers. “Today, we are a stronger retailer that’s well-positioned for the future,” he said in a prepared statement. CVS said it acquired 700 standalone Sav-On and Osco drugstores and a distribution center in La Habra in the deal. CVS CEO Tom Ryan said in a prepared statement: “This acquisition strengthens our position in key Midwest markets and provides an immediate leadership position in the fast-growing Southern California markets.” Shares of Supervalu fell 35 cents, or 1.1 percent, to close at $29.40 on the New York Stock Exchange, while shares of CVS rose 67 cents, or 2.35 percent, to $29.24 on the same exchange.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

League One news: Portsmouth appoint Kenny Jackett as new manager

first_imgPortsmouth have appointed Kenny Jackett as their new manager.The 55-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the newly-promoted Sky Bet League One club, two days after former boss Paul Cook quit to take charge of Wigan.“This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to getting started. It’s an exciting challenge,” Jackett told Pompey’s official website.“This club has a passionate fanbase and they can be a 12th man for us. Hopefully we can build on the momentum of last season and continue to progress.“I can promise that I’ll work as hard as I possibly can to make sure that we can bring success to Portsmouth.”The club said they were “in advanced talks” with Joe Gallen about him becoming assistant manager.Jackett, who has won promotion from League One with both Millwall and Wolves, had been out of work since resigning as Rotherham boss in November.Cook left Fratton Park on Wednesday after guiding Pompey to the League Two title with victory over Cheltenham on the final day.“We’re delighted to announce Kenny as our new manager – he ticks so many boxes for us,” Pompey’s chief executive Mark Catlin added.“He’s managed big clubs with big expectations in the past and has plenty of experience of getting sides out of League One.” 1 The 55-year-old replaces the departed Paul Cook last_img read more

DONEGAL DUO FLANAGAN AND DOHERTY STAR IN IRELAND’S WIN OVER DUTCH

first_imgInternational U19 Men – Ireland 1 v 0 HollandAn outstanding performance and result for the U19 last night in the Tallaght Stadium as Ireland beat Holland by 1 goal to nil with the goal coming from Eoghan Stokes in the 25th minute.An excellent achievement for the group, only coming together for the new season with 4 days training camp prior to the match. A special evening for all involved and especially for two boys from Co.Donegal who represented Ireland on previous occasions making their debut at U19 level, a massive achievement.Chris Flanagan (Derry City) and Harry Doherty (Brighton Hove Albion) from Letterkenny and Cockhill respectively, both played against the impressive Dutch. Peter Burke (Sunderland) from Moville, was more unfortunate having to pull out of the squad due to injury.This squad are off to Sweden in 3 weeks for further preparation, with the UEFA Qualifiers commencing in November in a group including Switzerland, Gibraltar & Malta. Good Luck to all the boys & Well Done to Harry & Chris.  DONEGAL DUO FLANAGAN AND DOHERTY STAR IN IRELAND’S WIN OVER DUTCH was last modified: September 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Cockhillderry cityFAIIrelandletterkennylast_img read more

Charles, Camilla end visit to United States

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – It might not be a fairy-tale romance, but most people seem to agree that the prince is charming. As Prince Charles and his new wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, wrapped up their first U.S. tour together, the weeklong diplomatic mission and charm offensive seemed to have paid off. Among many Americans, the eco-friendly prince and the down-to-earth duchess were a hit. “It’s so nice to see a public figure speaking out for something good,” said Ann Leonard, 41, waiting for the couple Monday outside a school in Berkeley, where they were inspecting an organic vegetable garden. “It’s a breath of fresh air,” said Leonard, who had brought her 6-year-old daughter, Dewi, and a handmade sign declaring “Make gardens, not war.” A visit to see Hurricane Katrina’s devastating aftermath lasted less than three hours but still attracted a large crowd of enthusiastic and grateful residents. “I thanked him very much for remembering us, because we very much feel forgotten down here,” said Dee de Montluzin, who greeted the couple in the city’s French Quarter. The prince’s strong environmentalist message got a warm reception in California, where the couple lunched at an organic farm, visited two farmers markets and had a private dinner with leading foodie figures, including Eric Schlosser, author of “Fast Food Nation.” At a farmers market in Marin County, north of San Francisco, stall-holders and shoppers looked on approvingly as Camilla heartily sampled much of the produce. “She’s really down-to-earth,” said Wendy Earl, 58. At some stops, placards praised the prince’s organic credentials and entreated him to speak out against the war in Iraq. In a speech Monday to about 300 business, government and academic delegates, Charles appealed for action in the face of the “almost complete global scientific consensus” on climate change. Environmentalists say the U.S. government has been slow to recognize the threat of global warming, and the prince urged the United States to “use its power and influence to help create a sense of unity in common cause” on the issue. Also on Monday, the last full day of the trip, the couple visited the “edible garden” at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, a kitchen garden converted from waste ground where students grow and prepare their own food. Charles and Camilla were greeted by Maria Shriver, wife of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Berkeley chef Alice Waters as they met pupils preparing food in the school kitchen. The couple joined pupils in offering thanks before sampling a harvest soup made of vegetables from the school garden. “I’m thankful for all nature’s gifts,” Charles said. “I’m going to be very thankful when I’ve eaten this soup,” Camilla added. The British media have long held that many Americans remain in thrall of the glamour of Princess Diana and the fairy-tale romance of her marriage to the prince. Camilla is the villain of that story – the woman Diana meant when she said “there were three of us in that marriage.” But only a handful of Diana die-hards dogged the tour, vastly outnumbered by Camilla well-wishers. Many Americans – especially women – seemed won over by the middle-age royals’ long-burning love. “I think it’s a fairy tale that they got together finally,” said P’Nina Campbell, a cashier waiting to catch a glimpse of the couple outside the National Institutes of Health near Washington. In Point Reyes Station, Cari Lee, 45, waited outside a farmers market holding a sign reading, “We love Their Royal Highnesses Charles and Camilla.” “I’m a newlywed as well, so I understand their bliss,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Charles and Camilla were to fly back to Britain today after a trip intended to underscore trans-Atlantic ties, promote Charles’ environmentalist causes and burnish the profile of the middle-age royals, who married in April after an on-off relationship lasting more than 30 years. Charles’ Clarence House office said the prince and duchess were “delighted” with the reception they received on the trip, which included stops in New York, Washington, New Orleans and the Bay Area. The couple hobnobbed with stars including Sting and Yoko Ono in New York and had lunch and dinner with President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush at the White House. The once-frumpy Camilla swapped her tweeds for an array of designer dresses and glittering accessories – including a sequined Union Jack handbag. But it was away from the centers of power – among schoolchildren, farmers and hurricane victims in New Orleans – that the tour took off. last_img read more