The Latest: Horse track near Dallas shuts down mid-card

first_img July 5, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Lone Star Park, a horse track about 15 miles west of downtown Dallas that has been allowing fans to attend races, canceled eight of its nine scheduled races Sunday because of coronavirus concerns. The Chicago White Sox say two players have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation.The team said Sunday that the two unidentified players are asymptomatic, and contact tracing for both was conducted. They are being monitored by team medical staff and will receive follow-up testing in the coming days.They will be allowed to return to baseball activities after they test negative twice and pass other appropriate COVID-19 protocols.The White Sox say both players requested privacy, meaning the team isn’t able to comment further.___ Associated Press The UK government says selected sports stars are to be exempt from quarantine requirements when competing in England.However, those involved will instead live and work in “bubbled” environments behind closed doors, UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden announced on Sunday.The new measures will allow Formula One, international soccer, golf and snooker events to take place. Competitors involved in these events will be granted quarantine exemptions.International cricketers are also now formally exempt, although individual special arrangements have already been made for the touring West Indies and Pakistan teams this summer.Other people essential to the staging of events such as officials, coaches, medics, mechanics and incoming members of the media will also be permitted to travel without quarantine. In return, sporting authorities and event organizers must put in place stringent protocols to ensure that they have a minimal impact on public health during the coronavirus pandemic.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportscenter_img Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez says two players out of 60 tested turned up positive for the novel coronavirus.Martinez says the two players took their tests Wednesday before reporting to Nationals Park and that some are still awaiting their results. Reliever Sean Doolittle minutes earlier lamented not having his COVID-19 test results back from Friday and implored baseball to “clean this up.”Doolittle, who was part of Washington’s World Series-winning team last season, said he’s still debating whether to play this season, weighing safety concerns and physical and mental health. The 33-year-old said the Nationals still haven’t received the respirator masks they were told were coming and expressed concerns about the situation.— Stephen Whyno reporting from Washington___ The Oakland Athletics’ first full-squad workout was pushed back from Sunday following the July 4 holiday given the club hadn’t received results from position player intake testing done Friday, according to general manager David Forst. “We all know that being flexible and adjusting to the unknowns is going to be part of everything we do this season,” Forst said. Manager Bob Melvin is eager to get everybody on the field together at the Coliseum while understanding he must be flexible during this fluid time. ‘“It feels like we’re five days behind with position players,” said Melvin, who has slated the first live batting practice during a longer workout Tuesday.___ The Latest: Horse track near Dallas shuts down mid-card “Due to an abundance of caution, all racing operations at Lone Star Park have been suspended due to (COVID-19),” read a statement on the track’s Twitter account. “Racing will resume at a date to be determined.”The announcement was made about 45 minutes after the first race was completed. Racing had been scheduled to resume Monday. There was no immediate announcement on a specific restart date or if the rest of the season, scheduled to run three or four days a week through Aug. 11, will be called off.Lone Star Park had been mandating that fans attending all must wear masks, except when eating or drinking.Texas reported a record daily increase of 8,258 confirmed coronavirus cases Saturday and has been retreating from what had been one of the country’s swiftest reopenings. Some officials in major cities such as Austin and Houston have been asking state leaders to restore previous stay-at-home orders.___last_img read more

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NFF: Inyama Backs Amaju

first_img*Says: Those asking him to quit are not fairA former board member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chief Emeka Inyama, has declared that those calling for the resignation of the President of the nation’s soccer federation, Amaju Pinnick, following the failure of Nigeria to qualify for AFCON 2017 are not being fair to the youthful football administrator.Inyama stated yesterday that as a person who only left the NFF board some few months back, he knows how passionate the NFF president is about Nigeria football and his desire to take the game to the next level in the country.The Abia Warriors boss said the fact that Nigeria did not qualify for the 2017 Nations Cup does not mean we should rock the boat, especially for a board that has recorded several successes before now.“We all know that Nigeria has before now qualified for virtually every international tournament under this same board. Beyond qualifying for major tournaments, we have won in places like Chile (FIFA U-17), in Senegal at the U -23 Nations Cup and African Women Championship. The truth remains that we can’t win all the time. And when we fail to win, it should serve as an avenue to take stock and re strategize and not to make selfish calls for people who are working hard to quit.”Continuing Inyama said: “The Amaju that I worked with on the NFF board is very passionate about our football. He is one young man who is ready to put in everything in an effort to get result. What he needs now is our support and encouragement ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.”Inyama whose side Abia Warriors has started this season’s Nigeria  Professional  Football League on a bright note also gave a pat on the back to the League Management Company (LMC) organisers of the league.“Our league is getting better with every season. This informs why the fans are getting back to the various league venues. The officiating has improved a great deal and this is why clubs now get results on the road. The LMC is getting it right and this is good for Nigerian football,” Inyama said.He was quick to add that the target of Abia Warriors this term is to finish in the top bracket of the league log and pick a ticket to continental campaign. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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UFC Nate Diaz: Fighter’s salary, net worth and next UFC fight

first_img LIVE TV FOLLOW US 10 months ago UFC 244 becomes the second most attended UFC event in New York WATCH US LIVE Written By Nate Diaz sat by the sideline post-McGregor showdown after a trilogy between these two did not play out. He was on a three-year layoff after the fight yet his star status has only grown amongst the MMA community and fans. Consequently, few fighters have had the same influence on the game of mixed martial arts as Nate Diaz.Also Read | UFC 244: Conor McGregor Requests The Infamous Masvidal Meal At BKUFC News: When will Nate Diaz compete next?The Stockton native lost the Saturday night’s ‘BMF’ showdown against the surging veteran, Jorge Masvidal. Nate Diaz wants to run it back after a controversial medical stoppage in their main-event fight. Both fighters are calling for a rematch but it has been suggested that the UFC is not interested. Diaz, however, warned the promotion that he would not settle for anything less. COMMENT Danish Ansari 10 months ago UFC Salaries: Conor McGregor, Khabib, Nate Diaz salary revealed WE RECOMMEND First Published: 6th November, 2019 17:21 IST Nate Diaz – Current net worthAccording to multiple reports, his net worth currently stands at an estimated $8 million. However, his overall worth would be significantly higher if we factor in the sponsorships and fight bonuses he has earned recently.Also Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov: Fighter’s Salary, Net Worth, Next UFC OpponentNate Diaz – His recent paychecksJorge Masvidal (UFC 244)Nate Diaz reportedly made $500,000 which was his second-biggest payday for his fight against Jorge Masvidal over the weekend.Anthony Pettis (UFC 241)His earlier battle against Anthony Pettis which took place in August this year earned him $250,000 which was half his recent encounter.Conor McGregor (UFC 202)Nate Diaz had the biggest payday in the UFC in his rematch loss against Conor McGregor where he made a staggering $2 million.Also Read | Conor McGregor: Fighter’s Salary, Net Worth And Next UFC Opponent Last Updated: 6th November, 2019 17:21 IST UFC Nate Diaz: Fighter’s Salary, Net Worth And Next UFC Fight UFC: Nate Diaz is one of the most popular MMA superstars in the UFC. The fighter is the fastest growing in the sport. Check out Nate Diaz’s UFC worth and more. Nate Diaz joined the biggest MMA promotion in 2006 and had also participated in various other promotions. Nate also competed for World Extreme Cagefighting, Strikeforce and Pancrase. He made a name for himself by sharing the cage with the likes of Josh Neer and Conor McGregor.Nate Diaz has grown in popularity for his gangster gimmick in the sport and very few fighters in the business have successfully done whatever they wanted as the younger Diaz brother which includes publicly feuding with UFC President Dana White. SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago UFC 244: Doctor faces online threats after Diaz vs Masvidal fight Also Read | UFC Salaries: Conor McGregor, Khabib, Nate Diaz Salary Revealed 10 months ago UFC: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson plans to make a biopic on Mark Kerr 10 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor shows off his lean physique on Instagramlast_img read more

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NPFL: Plateau to Begin Title Defence against Nasarawa

first_imgLast season, Pillars and Katsina United reignited a long drawn rivalry in the Premier League.Pillars won at home last term, before Katsina United avenged the defeat in Katsina.In other opening day fixtures, Rivers United will be home to El Kanemi Warriors, Kwara United against Niger Tornadoes, Akwa United versus Enugu Rangers and Lobi Stars square up against Enyimba in Makurdi.The first week action will also see FC Ifeanyiubah clash with newly promoted Yobe Desert Stars in Nnewi, newly promoted Heartland hosts Sunshine Stars and Abia Warriors will take on MFM FC in Umuahia.WEEK 1 FIXTURESKatsina United vs Kano PillarsRivers United vs El Kanemi WarriorsKwara United vs Niger TornadoesAkwa United vs Enugu RangersFC Ifeanyiubah vs Yobe Desert StarsLobi Stars vs EnyimbaNasarawa United vs Plateau UnitedHeartland vs Sunshine StarsAbia Warriors vs MFM FCWikki Tourists vs Go Round FCShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Champions Plateau United will begin their title defence at next-door neighbours Nasarawa United, while Katsina United will welcome Kano Pillars in another epic northern derby on the opening game of the 2018 NPFL season on January 14.This followed Sunday’s fixtures draw in Kano.Plateau United made history last season when they won the NPFL crown for the first time.last_img read more

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Jamaica Lose 3-1 to USA in CONCACAF Gold Cup Semi-Final

first_imgUnited States midfielder Christian Pulisic (10) moves the ball past Jamaica defender Michael Hector (3) during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal soccer match Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) NASHVILLE, Tennessee – In a match interrupted by several minutes by lightning, and a rainstorm the USA defeated Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz on Wednesday night (July 3) in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in their semi-final at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.Weston McKennie first scored for the USA in the ninth minute. After which, Christian Pulisic scored in the 52nd and again in the 87th minute to put USA at three goals to one.The only goal from Jamaica came from Shamar Nicholson who scored in the 69th minute.The game was then held up for roughly 90 minutes because of the bad weather. This may have been a reprieve for Jamaica as the US repeatedly attacked the Jamaican goal, but was kept aby by excellent goalkeeping by Andre Blake.The Reggae Boyz appeared much more confident and aggressive when the match resumed but failed to capitalize on several opportunities. First Leon Bailey missed a shot at goal, then Mattocks fired wide from the top of the box, and in the 22nd minute US goalkeeper Zack Steffen valiantly saved a 30-yard scorcher from Junior Flemmings.The Jamaicans started the second half aggressively but were thwarted when Blake muffed a shot from Jordan Morris’ shot and Pulisic shot in the loose ball from close range.The Reggae Boyz rebounded and four minutes later, Bailey passed deftly to substitute Shamar Nicholson, who scored with a header.Jamaica, led by Bailey, then put the US under a wave of pressure, but again couldn’t capitalize. Just three minutes before the game ended, Pulisic scored his second goal and the third for the US.The United States will now face 10-time Gold Cup champions, Mexico in Sunday’s final in at Soldier Field in Chicago.last_img read more

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MICHO: Uganda’s return to Cup of Nations is ‘destiny’

first_imgMicho  at Uganda’s first press conference at AFCON 2017. Uganda return to the Nations Cup for the first time since 1978, by taking on Ghana. PHOTO AFPPort-Gentil, Gabon | AFP | Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic says it was Uganda’s destiny to make their long-awaited return to the Africa Cup of Nations against Ghana as the teams prepare to meet on Tuesday.The Cranes have not appeared at the tournament finals since losing 2-0 to hosts Ghana in the final in Accra in 1978, and after a 39-year absence the Black Stars will once again be their opponents in Gabon.“I feel honoured, pleased and privileged to be here. We have worked very hard in Uganda to make this happen. Thirty-plus million people have dreamt to have us here,” said the Serbian Sredojevic, better known by his nickname “Micho”.“So many things you can escape but destiny you cannot — the last game of Uganda was in the final of the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana. Our first match back after 39 years is against Ghana so there is that symbolic aspect.” “Coming back is not an easy step but I believe we have prepared very well. This is a measure of how far we have come. We want to build our football to reach among the top 10 in African football.”Uganda saw their star goalkeeper Denis Onyango come off in their 3-0 warm-up defeat to the Ivory Coast in the Middle East last week but the coach allayed any fears about the Mamelodi Sundowns man’s fitness, describing it as a “precautionary move”. Uganda’s national football team“Uganda has no experience in final tournaments. Ghana has. We have watched 19 Cups of Nations since 1978 on television, now we are there. Uganda, who will also face Egypt and Mali in Group D, may not boast a record like that of Ghana at the Cup of Nations but they can draw confidence from their recent performances against Avram Grant’s men.The Cranes took four points off Ghana in their ultimately unsuccessful bid to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and also held them to a 0-0 draw in Tamale in World Cup qualifying last October.“Every match we go into with the intention of showing that we are close to them. It is not easy,” said “Micho”, in charge since 2013, ahead of their game in Port-Gentil.“The law of averages tells you — three matches the last two years and what happened has happened, but history will not play tomorrow. Past sentiments we must put out. Yes. A source tells me he should make it though. We wait. @Jadwong https://t.co/sdMXy6UMVk— KABUURA (@andrewkabuura) January 16, 2017 Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 @Jadwong @glugalambi @andrewkabuura And he is the tallest defender in our back line. Majority of goals come from crosses and corner kicks— David Lumansi (@DavidLumansi) January 16, 2017last_img read more

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Redemption for St Jago in 4x800m

first_imgOne of the most talked about events going into last Saturday’s 41st Gibson McCook Relays was the 4×800 metres open for high school boys. Defending champions St Elizabeth Technical were out but a close battle was expected among Kingston College who were in terrific form, Calabar High, Jamaica College and St. Jago High. St Jago’s Leon Clarke lost a commanding lead and his school was beaten by STETHS last year. This year he wanted to make amends. Joel Jean Pierre, Keenan Lawrence and Clarke along with newcomer to the team, Anthony Cox, were determined to go one place better. It was close going on the first leg as Cox gave them a slight lead ahead of KC but it was Lawrence on the second leg that put the team in a commanding position. Pierre maintained that lead to give Clarke another big lead. This time, however, he would not be beaten. He pulled away from his rivals for a convincing win in 7:32.76 to beat the two-year-old record, 7:33.87 which was held by KC. Lawrence said they wanted to win to give Pierre, now in his last year, a grand send off. “When I got the baton in first place I was determined to extend the lead as I wanted to ensure we won the race for John Pierre,” said Lawrence. Clarke said he went into the event very confident. “I got the baton in a similar position like last year. I knew that the coaching staff had confidence in me as I was allowed me to run in the same position and I am happy I was able to redeem myself,” he said. John Leiba who ran the distance programme at St Jago for many years before he gave it up some time ago was really happy with the performance of the team. “Three years ago some old students asked me to come back in the programme and get involved and the results over the period is a culmination of the hard work. We have had the three fastest times at the Penn Relays despite other teams winning the event over the years and I am happy that Michael Williams is also back to help with the programme. He has been motivating Clarke and he is very confident that the young athlete can break Neville Myton’s national 800m junior record”, said Leiba. Williams who flew down from New York for the Gibson McCook Relays was happy with the team’s win. “Last year I spoke to Clarke and gave him instruction how to run the race but he did not go through with that and I was determined to come back this year and motivate him once again , as before the race I told the boys that they are already winners and all they had to do was just stick to the plan and keep out of trouble,” said Williams.last_img read more

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Dr. Russell’s Recipe for a More Peaceful, More Prosperous Liberia

first_imgTubman University President Elizabeth Davies Russell, in her enlightening, inspiring, instructive Independence Day Oration last Saturday, exhorted her fellow Liberians to meet all of the nation’s foes “with valor unpretending.”And what are these foes?  Dr. Davies did not forthrightly   enumerate them; she only implied them.  And she closed her stirring Oration by stating emphatically that we as a people must change our ways by practicing personal responsibility, instead of passing the blame for not doing what we were supposed to do.She then gave this parting  warning: “If we do not change, Liberia will become obsolete as the dinosaurs while others speed by.”How many Liberians want to see Liberia become obsolete?  Surely, none of us.  But in order for that NOT to happen, we must combat, “with valor unpretending” all the foes that haunt and threaten our nation.Speaking not as a politician, but as a psychologist which she has been for over 40 years, Dr. Russell declared that Liberia needs, more than anything else, the transformation of our minds, attitudes and behaviors. She listed 10 characteristics by which this may be accomplished.  They are the attributes which a “servant leader” possesses.  A servant leader is one who performs not as a master, but a SERVANT, serving in the highest interest of his/her people.The first of the 10 characteristics is listening: the ability to listen to the views, opinions and cries of the people.  What is the leader that does not listen?The second is empathy, having sympathy, concern, compassion on one’s people, neighbors, citizens.  What is the leader that is not actively, responsively concerned about the people’s plight, suffering, despair, distress?Healing is the third—healing oneself and one’s relationships—in the case of the leader, the people—healing them of their ills, including poverty and deprivation.  What is the leader that does not do that?The fourth characteristic is general and self-awareness, which means taking care of oneself, others and the environment.  What is a leader who fails to do that? Fifth, persuasion, moving the people along in positive directions, not through coercion or dictatorship, but through urging, convincing. What is a leader that acts  dictatorially?Sixth, conceptualization, going beyond the day-to-day engagements, but looking beyond, thinking big, viewing the future.  The Bible says “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”Foresight is the seventh.  This, according to Orator Russell, means “understanding the lessons of the past, the realities of the present and the consequences of a decision for the future.  What is a leader who fails this all important test of foresight?Stewardship is the eighth  characteristic of the servant leader.  This means pursuing the greater good for the greater society.  What is the leader that neglects the people in favor of the already rich and powerful?The ninth characteristic of the servant leader is commitment to the growth and development of the people—deeply committed to their development and advancement.  What is the leader that does not seek this for the people?Finally, building community—giving rise to urbanization, or improving the people’s living conditions—housing, health, sanitation and endowing them with the blessings of modernity and modern technology and all the good that it brings.  What is the leader that denies the people that?To each of these characteristics we have asked what is the leader who denies the people this?  The answer is  obvious.  Remember all the leaders of the world and of our own country who have performed, not as servants, but as masters of the people, neglecting, or failing to adhere to any of these 10 characteristics which Dr. Russell outlined in her Oration?The Orator implicitly (unspokenly) replied that such leaders are, wittingly or unwittingly, foes to their own   peoples and nations.She called on Liberians to transform our minds, attitudes and behaviors if we truly want to see Liberia move forward. We pray that all of us—not just our leaders—will work so conscientiously, so farsightedly and so patriotically that we will meet our country’s every foe “with valor unpretending” and move Liberia forward into a brighter, more peaceful, more prosperous future.     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Alleged Sindicato gang member killed during standoff at mining camp

first_imgOfficers attached to a private security firm on Wednesday night shot and killed a suspected member of the notorious Sindicato gang during an almost two-hour standoff.The incident occurred sometime around 22:00h when a group of the alleged gang members attacked SSS Mining Camp at Blackwater, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).The security firm, Sheriff Security Services, in a post on its Facebook page disclosed that the guards stationed at the mining camp came under heavy fire but were able to defend themselves, returning shots at their attackers, who they claim are members of the notorious Venezuela-based gang.The guns and ammunition that were found in the bandit’s possessionDuring the shootout, one of the suspected gang members was fatally shot. The security firm also revealed that two illegal handguns along with matching ammunition and a loaded AK 47 magazine were recovered close to the body.Divisional Commander Kevin Adonis told reporters that the alleged robbery was reported via Whatsapp messenger sometime around 05:00h on Thursday morning and that a team was dispatched to the area.“From my information, the water is very low in the Cuyuni River. To go into that creek, it takes about four hours and basically, we’re looking at seven hours for the ranks to reach in there. They had left about 05:30h after receiving the report, they gathered and went in,” Adonis related.While he could not say definitively whether the attackers were from the Sindicato gang, the Commander did note, however, that from initial reports the perpetrators spoke Spanish.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of the security firm, Amir Ahmad confirmed that the dead man appeared to be of Spanish descent. He added too that only the Sindicato gang has access to such high-profile weapons.Ahmad told Guyana Times on Thursday that the ordeal lasted for about one hour and 45 minutes. He said six armed guards were at the camp when they came under fire and without hesitation, they returned fire.According to the CEO, the workers at the camp had wash down over 300 pounds of raw gold two days prior and as such, they believe the attack might have been an attempted robbery. However, he said that the perpetrators, who were approximately 100 to 150 feet away from the camp, were taken off guard as they did not expect the security guards to return fire.He explained that there is a tower at the camp and this helped the guards to locate where the shots were being fired from and focused their attack in that area. The counter-attack by the guards prevented the perpetrators from closing in on the camp and as such nothing was stolen and fortunately, no one in the camp was hurt.Ahmad noted that these guards are ex-military and Policemen as such they are well-trained for such situations. He added that about three hours after the shooting, the guards went to investigate and found the body of the dead gang member with the weapons nearby.With the worsening economic conditions in neighbouring Venezuela, communities and mining camps along the border have been under constant threat from members of the Sindicato Gang. Local authorities have since beefed up security at these areas.last_img read more

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Arnold calls special session on health care reform

first_img“So we are working on this right now. We’re going to have an extended session, a special session that we are calling today.” Schwarzenegger hopes a special session will result in a framework for financing health-care reform that could then be followed up with a ballot initiative next year, when voters would be asked to impose fees on hospitals, force most employers to provide insurance for their workers and possibly raise the sales tax. But a ballot initiative would carry huge risks as well, exposing the governor’s plan to well-heeled opponents who could spend tens of millions of dollars to defeat it. Schwarzenegger, in turn, would look to team up with Democrats, large businesses, senior-citizen groups and other reform proponents to try to persuade voters to back a complex set of reforms. “There’s a lot of money floating around the health care system, and you can bet every interest group will be trying to have their say in that campaign,” said Larry Levitt, a vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit research organization based in Menlo Park. SACRAMENTO – With his universal health care proposal stalled in the Legislature, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday he will call a special session of lawmakers to craft a framework for statewide reform. With the special session, the governor hopes to break the stalemate over his plan to extend medical coverage to the 6.6 million uninsured Californians. The governor’s top priority has bogged down in partisan bickering, with the Senate passing a Democratic plan that Schwarzenegger has vowed to veto, Republicans refusing to back the governor’s plan, and lawmakers facing a Friday deadline to end their session. “What everyone wants – and what we all want – is access to health care so it is affordable and so that everyone can have health care,” Schwarzenegger said at a press conference announcing a stem-cell grant to the University of California, Los Angeles. “So it becomes a very expensive, very polarizing debate.” Both sides are proposing what would be the nation’s most ambitious health-care reform proposal since the failure of the Clinton plan nearly 15 years ago. But before the governor can proceed with a ballot push, he must come to terms with Democrats on some thorny issues. One is his idea to require all residents to carry insurance, which Democrats and consumer advocates say would punish working-class people who would not qualify for subsidies. Democrats want to limit workers’ health-care premiums to 5 percent of their wages. Democrats are also at odds with the governor over how to treat businesses in providing insurance for employees. Democrats would require them to spend 7.5 percent of payroll on health-care plans for employees or pay an equivalent amount into a state health insurance pool; Schwarzenegger’s plan sets a 4 percent fee. “This 7.5 percent tax is going to make sure that many hundreds of businesses across this state are going to close their doors, because they can’t afford it,” said state Sen. Sam Aanestad, R-Nevada City. “This plan does absolutely nothing to contain costs.” The Democrats’ bill would raise fees on employers and expand public programs to cover about 3.4 million of the 4.9 million people who have no insurance throughout the year. The governor’s plan has a broader funding base and would cover more people, about 4.1 million. Funding would come from hospitals, doctors, employers and the federal government. Mark DiCamillo, director of the California Field Poll, said the mix of taxes could be key to deciding the measure’s fate. Voters are much more likely to endorse narrowly targeted taxes for specific purposes, DiCamillo said, than they are to back broad tax increases that affect everyone, such as a sales tax hike. “The more people that are included, the higher levels of opposition,” DiCamillo said, “because it affects their own pocketbook.” Still, according to a Field poll in August, the conditions may be ripe for a health reform initiative. Nearly seven out of 10 voters said they are somewhat or very dissatisfied with the state’s health-care system, while just 28 percent said they are satisfied. Proponents of a ballot initiative would also have to educate voters about complicated issues that can be easily distorted. In 2004, voters narrowly rejected a much less expansive health care proposal after business interests spent more than $18 million to defeat it. Schwarzenegger, who opposed that plan, was seen as a factor in its defeat. “The truth is sometimes a victim” of ballot battles, said Peter Harbage, an independent health-care consultant who advised the governor on his plan. “At the same time, health care isn’t free. There has to be new revenue, and if there’s no way to get it out of the Legislature, you have to go to the ballot.” The Associated Press contributed to this report. mzapler@mercurynews.com (916) 441-4603160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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