McIlroy and Spieth share top billing at PGA Championship

first_imgBy Mark Lamport-StokesThe return from injury by Rory McIlroy to defend his title at this week’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits gives the year’s final major extra spice as Jordan Spieth aims to carve out another slice of golf history.World number one McIlroy and second-ranked Spieth have between them won four of the last five majors played and, aged just 26 and 22 respectively, they are likely to dominate the game at the highest level for some time to come.Much of the focus at Whistling Straits will be on the remarkable Spieth, who will be seeking to join fellow Americans Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods as the only players in the modern era to have won three majors in a single year.Hogan was the first to complete the hat-trick, in 1953, and Woods followed suit in 2000.Having claimed the Masters in April and the US Open in June, Spieth fell agonisingly short in his bid to land the first three majors of the season as he tied for fourth in last month’s Open Championship at St. Andrews one shot short of joining a playoff.“I recognise there’s only been a couple times that people have won three majors in a year, and that would be just such special company,” Spieth said while preparing for Thursday’s opening round at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.“But just like at The Open Championship, when I get there, it’s just going to be about that tournament, and that’s all that will be on my mind … not thinking about three in a row (or) grand slam.“It will take a little bit off my shoulders, and it will be very easy for me to just focus on it as a tournament.”Four-time major champion McIlroy will also draw intense scrutiny at Whistling Straits as he returns to competitive golf after an absence of more than seven weeks.The Northern Irishman, who tied for ninth in the US Open at Chambers Bay in his most recent start, has been out of action since he ruptured a ligament in his left ankle while playing football with friends on July 4.However, McIlroy has been diligent with his recovery and his arrival at Whistling Straits on Saturday to play 18 holes of practice at the PGA Championship venue, folowing by another 18 on Sunday, was warmly welcomed by his peers.“It’s huge,” said English world number six Justin Rose. “Any time a tournament misses its defending champion, it’s a shame.“He had such an amazing spell this time last year,” Rose added, referring to McIlroy’s wins in the last two majors of 2014 – The Open and PGA Championship.“I think it’s fantastic for golf that he’s back, back playing. Obviously, he’s in a great pairing next week, him and Jordan and Zach (Johnson).”Traditionally, the winners of the season’s first three majors have always been drawn together and McIlroy, Spieth and Open champion Johnson are set to start on the first tee at 2:20 p.m. ET (21.20 Cyprus time) in Thursday’s opening round.The PGA Championship has often been the most unpredictable of the four majors, in part because it attracts the strongest field, and this week is no different with 97 of the world’s top 100 players entered.Among other early favourites are third-ranked American Bubba Watson, who was beaten by Germany’s Martin Kaymer in a playoff for the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, fifth-ranked Australian Jason Day and American Rickie Fowler (seventh).The ability to hit greens in regulation will be a major factor on a par-72 layout measuring 7,514 yards, marking Americans Jim Furyk and Johnson, Swede Henrik Stenson and Australia’s Adam Scott among those to watch.Host venue for the PGA Championship in 2004 and 2010, Whistling Straits is modelled on an Irish seaside links and will once again provide a stiff test with its soaring sand dunes, fast-running fescue fairways and deep pot bunkers.Eight of the holes hug the Lake Michigan shoreline and the heavily bunkered layout, which includes three par-four holes in excess of 500 yards, is among the longest in major championship history.“It’s a ball striker’s golf course,” said Spieth. “Tee to green, you just have to be very special. Greens in regulation might be the most important stat next week.“Around the greens, they’re not too tricky to putt. They’re subtle. There’s not crazy ridges.“It’s a phenomenal golf course.”last_img read more

Sister of Celtics star Thomas dies in road accident

first_imgMOST READ Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas gestures during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas’s sister Chyna Thomas was killed Saturday in a single-car road accident, the Tacoma News Tribune reported.The Celtics confirmed the death with the release of a statement later in the day.ADVERTISEMENT Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska towncenter_img It was not immediately clear if he would be available for the team’s first-round series opener against the Chicago Bulls in Boston on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Leonard drops 32 as Spurs rout Grizzlies in game 1 View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We are terribly saddened by the tragic loss of Chyna Thomas,” the NBA team said. “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Celtics organization are with Isaiah and his family.”​The Washington State Patrol said Chyna Thomas, 22, died at the scene of the accident at around 5 a.m. in Federal Way, Washington, located between Tacoma and Seattle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWitnesses told authorities that her car was moving normally before drifting into a barrier then hitting a post head-on.Isaiah Thomas was instrumental in Boston’s emergence as the top seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs.last_img read more

Westbrook fined $15,000 for profanity after Game 2 loss

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook walks down the court in the final seconds of Game 2 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston. Houston won 115-111. APNEW YORK—Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Friday for using inappropriate language during a post-game interview session, the league announced.Westbrook uttered a profanity in comments following the Thunder’s 115-111 playoff loss at Houston on Wednesday, a defeat that gave the Rockets a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first round series that continues Friday at Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Westbrook was fined $25,000 last year for cursing at a spectator who was heckling him during a first-round playoff series against Dallas.Westbrook led the NBA in scoring this season with 31.6 points a game and also averaged 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per contest, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple double for an entire season. He also had 42 triple doubles this season to break Robertson’s record for the most in a single campaign.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoscenter_img Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Thomas, top-seeded Celtics bounce back against Bulls MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test READ: Rockets overcome Westbrook’s 51, take 2-0 lead over ThunderWestbrook scored 51 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and passed off 13 assists in the loss, setting a club playoff one-game scoring record and producing the most points in any triple-double in playoff history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBut when asked about his statistics during a post-game news conference televised live by several media outlets, Westbrook said, “I don’t give a f*ck about my line.”Asked about the fine after practice Friday, Westbrook said, “If somebody is cussing me, I hope they get it too. I’m OK with it. I’ll take it.” Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out View commentslast_img read more

Start with Smashing One

first_imgSMASHING ONE has shown significant improvement over the past two months and is handicapped to have a strong say in tomorrow’s opening race of the Sunrise-6. The Anthony Ferguson-trained five-year-old mare ran no race last time out over 1700 metres but was much too high in the handicaps to figure. She has dropped 7kg to meet tomorrow’s engagement and will be a very dangerous contender. In a previous race at this level, and over tomorrow’s distance on August 6, SMASHING ONE was slowly out but was doing her best work in the final 100 metres of that 1300 metres race. PHOTOGENIC and MR DOITBETTA were also in that race but SMASHING ONE is just too light to be ignored. Female apprentice Natalie Berger has the ride. Race Two should see American-bred SUPER SPARKLE making it three straight. The three-year-old filly led all the way over 1700 metres on August 11 and with the distance reduced to 1500 metres it should be an afternoon stroll for the Ian Parsard-trained filly. NUCLEAR LAVA ran extremely well on debut on August 15 but ran into a super-fit Kingswood. The three-year-old filly, by Nuclear Wayne – Molten Lava, has trained really well to meet her second engagement, pacing 1800m in 2:04.3 x 1:35.2 on August 25. Shane Ellis has retained the ride so look for NUCLEAR LAVA to go all the way in this third event over 1820 metres. Race Four is tailored for UNCLE WAL. The Anthony Nunes-trained ICE COLD won impressively while making her debut on August 25 but did not beat much while posting a a very slow time over 1000 metres round. UNCLE WAL, on the other hand, tracked Chrisanli in 23.2×46.3 splits on August 18 and should be well clear of rivals coming into the final straight tomorrow. Newcomer CASUAL DRINK is well advanced and is the pick for the fifth, the Front Runner Sprint for two-year-olds while the fast AWESOME CAT is favoured to capture the sixth. 1. SMASHING ONE 2. SUPER SPARKLE 3. NUCLEAR LAVA 4. UNCLE WAL 5. CASUAL DRINK 6. AWESOME CAT SUNRISE-6 SELECTIONSlast_img read more

Phagwah – Breaking ethnic barriers

first_imgYou know Phagwah is around the corner when you see brightly coloured powders for sale but nothing puts you in the mood better than hearing the distinctive voice of Bollywood legend Amithab Bachan singing “Rang barse bheege chunar wali, rang barse”.The song from the movie Silsila is synonymous with Ohagwah celebrations in Guyana and even further afield. Basically translating to “colours are showering,” rang barse is perhaps the most well-known phagwah song among Guyanese despite their ethnic or religious background.Phagwah is a community’s exuberant expression of joy to welcome the warmth of spring. In a reflection of nature’s abundance, Hindus celebrate with bursts of colour, camaraderie and shared abandon. It begins on Purnima, full moon day, in the Hindu month of Phalguna (February/March) and lasts for as long as 16 days.On the day of Holi, people celebrate by playing, dancing and running in the streets. Water pistols are filled with coloured water and squirted on family, friends and strangers alike. Dye powders and water balloons are a big part of the play. The wise wear old clothes, usually white, in anticipation of the mess! Virtually anything goes.Etiquette on Holi requires that one accept all overtures with an open heart, burying grievances to begin relationships afresh. People of all walks of life mingle and greet, applying vermilion on each other’s foreheads in an uninhibited exchange of goodwill.Love, positive values and goodness are celebrated on Holi. Their triumphs over divisiveness and negative forces have been reinforced in legends, such as that of Holika and her brother Prahlad. The famous king Hiranyakashipu had earned a boon that made him virtually indestructible.Blinded by this power, he thought he was God, the only being worthy of worship. His young son Prahlad was devoted to Lord Vishnu and refused to obey his father.Infuriated, the king devised the cruellest punishments. In one attempt, Prahlad’s evil aunt Holika, who possessed the power to withstand fire, tricked him into climbing a burning pyre with her. Prahlad’s love for true Divinity protected him from the flames. Holika burned while Prahlad lived. The bonfire of Holi is symbolic of this victory of good over evil.Coinciding with the advent of spring, the festival symbolises growth and fertility of the land for many Indians. Some Jains and Sikhs also partake in the festivities. The vibrant pigments used were traditionally made of ground vermillion, turmeric and neem, but synthetic pigments are common now.Legend has it that Krishna noticed one day how much lighter Radha’s complexion was than His own. His mother playfully suggested that He smear Radha’s cheeks with colour to make Her look like Him, which Krishna did. The strong-willed Radha gleefully retaliated, and merry chaos ensued.Another legend has it that Krishna celebrated this festival with His friends and the gopis. They danced and frolicked, filling the air with colour in a joyous welcome of spring.In keeping with the essence of Phagwah, Guyanese across the spectrum take the time out to enjoy this festival. It is a time when the motto “One People One Nation One Destiny” is truly lived. Despite differences throughout the year, Phagwah day is one that would see Guyanese smearing each other with colours or dousing with water as they all celebrate the triumph of good over evil.Evidence of the ability of Phagwah to break the ethnic barriers can be seen at the different melas, street corners and even in the homes. It is truly a Guyanese thing to see non-Hindus preparing sweetmeats and having a ball of a time as Hindus would.last_img read more

VP Boakai Lauds Samaritan’s Purse, Others

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai has lauded Samaritan’s Purse for its support to Liberia, particularly the building of the new ELWA Hospital.At the re-launch of the project yesterday in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, Vice President Boakai said the government is pleased to have Samaritan’s Purse as one of its partners, particularly a development partner, living up to its name, Samaritan’s Purse.According to him, Samaritan’s Purse is providing support to Liberia at a time when the country is in need and Liberia remains very grateful to the organization as well as the United States for helping Liberia achieve its goals.“Samaritan’s Purse is giving us a first class hospital to be compared to any hospital in the world, which can be considered a blessing for us as a country. The United States has been very compassionate in allowing Samaritan’s Purse to come and work with us.  We hail them for that also,” he declared.The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in the country halted the construction of the hospital, causing delays in its completion and dedication.“But with the recommencement of the project and support of all partners, Liberians can celebrate this great project that will contribute to supporting the health sector of Liberia,” Ambassador Boakai noted.Providing the historical overview of the project, Samaritan’s Purse Administrator, Bev Kauffeldt, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve the people of Liberia over the last twelve years. “Our mandate is always to go to places that are hard to reach. We responded to the crisis in Liberia, the transition program and also the Ebola situation.”According to her, “The greatest asset of Samaritan’s Purse is not what we have but serving people. God has brought us together regardless of race, gender, tribe and passport to do His work and His work alone.”She said Samaritan’s Purse is committed to working with the Liberian people to rebuild the country. “We are also focusing on protection, social mobilization, leadership training, nutrition and health as well as re-engaging donors for healthcare in River Gee,” she disclosed.She confirmed her organization’s commitment to supporting the Government of Liberia in delivering and building the health sector. “We hope that young Liberians will remember those who lost their lives during the outbreak of the virus. Jesus will be crafted in this hospital physically,” she maintained.In remarks, Rep. Edwin Snowe hailed Samaritan’s Purse for the initiative to ensure that Liberia has one of the best medical facilities.“We believe in your work during the Ebola crisis, including working with Dr. Brown and others and today we can celebrate the high reduction in Ebola cases,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LIBA President Extols US Embassy

first_imgThe President of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA), Dee Maxwell Kemayah has lauded the United States Embassy near Monrovia and Ambassador Deborah Malac for initiating programs to showcase Liberian small business entrepreneurs in the Arts & Crafts Industry.In his remarks at the 2015 Holiday Arts & Crafts fair on December 5, Mr. Kemayah said that with the help of the US Embassy, small indigenous businesses in the Arts & Crafts industry are able to grow to attract buyers.He said “One critical thing in business is marketing, and the fact that the US Embassy can help the struggling small Liberian businesses to expose their products to buyers is development we are under obligation to laud the US Government for.”He commended Ambassador Malac in a special way for her role in encouraging Liberian owned businesses to invest in their own country to enhance development.Mr. Kemayah said Ambassador Malac on many occasions attended to LIBA’s invitations and pleaded with the Liberian government to prioritize private sector investment.“Madam Ambassador, we understand you are leaving the country very soon. We highly commend you for your role in the Liberia Business Association, and we pray that God be with you. We at the Liberia Business Association can boldly say that you did excellently well in your stay here,” Mr. Kemayah said.He then suggested to the business community and the government that Liberian businesses should learn to organize a national trade fair where all businesses, including those in the Arts & Crafts industry, will showcase their products.In a brief remark, Ambassador Malac gave a historical synopsis of the fair that has been held for the last six years and done twice a year.She recalled that the fair could not be held in 2014 because of the Ebola virus disease.She said the Arts & Crafts Fair is especially organized so that Liberian vendors will learn from one another in developing quality control and marketing strategies.Furthermore, it is meant to display Liberia’s cultural heritage and traditional style, and to compare and differentiate Liberian artifacts from those of other African countries.The representative of Vendor Association and proprietor of Resurrection Bags, Florence Smith, also commended the US Embassy for assisting them to have a fair where they can showcase their products.“So far this fair is the only time I can have the largest sale in my business. We thank the embassy for organizing and we hope, Madam Ambassador as you leave, the next person will do the same to help us sell our goods,” Mrs. Smith said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Defensive zap

first_imgTaal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a test of our character. We were just mentally [tougher] in the end,” said Hotshots coach Chito Victolero, whose charges improved to 2-1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In full force, Philippines opens Grand Prix by whipping Vietnam Coming in to replace an injured Justin Watts, House only had eight points. Alaska, which dropped its fourth straight game, got the goods from Chris Banchero and Simon Enciso, who each tallied 15 points.Not only did the Bolts make a statement defensively, but Black felt like his wards were also able to get back on their usual form and prime themselves up for a Sunday showdown against Phoenix.“We felt we let ourselves down in the last game,” he said. “It’s a big weekend for us … Even though Phoenix lost their [previous match], they played quite well against TNT.”“They had a chance to win the game, particularly up until the last six minutes of the game. So we’re really expecting a tough … and a very physical game,” Black added.Magnolia also flashed its might on defense when it mattered to hold off Rain or Shine, 69-68, in the second game.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdowncenter_img ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES “Our defense in the second half was very, very good, particularly in the third quarter,” Black told reporters in the postgame chat. “Combine that with the fact that Baser Amer got really hot.”Amer finished with a team-best 27 points built on a 6-for-11 shooting clip from deep. Allen Durham tossed in a near triple-double with 25 points, 15 boards and nine assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We really wanted to focus on trying to establish ourselves as a good defensive team,” Black said after Meralco rose to 2-1 for the tournament.Meralco’s defense, one that its mentor rued was barely felt in their losing stand against NLEX, was especially harsh to the Aces’ starters and their new import, Frank House. Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Baser Amer leads Meralco. PBA IMAGESCoach Norman Black simply wanted his charges to recover from a letdown against NLEX last week.The decorated mentor got exactly that and more in the Bolts’ 101-75 drubbing of hapless Alaska in Friday’s PBA Governors’ Cup contest at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

UK doctors must ditch ties, long sleeves, jewelry to block infections

first_imgLONDON (AP) – British hospitals are banning neckties, long sleeves and jewelry – and the traditional white coats – for doctors in an effort to stop the spread of deadly hospital-borne infections, according to new rules published Monday. Hospital dress codes typically urge doctors to look professional, which, for male practitioners, has usually meant wearing a tie. But as concern over hospital-born infections has intensified, doctors are taking a closer look at their clothing. “Ties are rarely laundered but worn daily,” the Department of Health said in a statement. “They perform no beneficial function in patient care and have been shown to be colonized by pathogens.” The new regulations taking effect next year mean an end to doctors’ traditional long-sleeved white coats, Health Secretary Alan Johnson said. Fake nails, jewelry and watches, which the department warned could harbor germs, are also out. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Johnson said the “bare below the elbows” dress code would help prevent the spread of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, the deadly bacteria resistant to nearly every available antibiotic. Popularly known as a “superbug,” MRSA accounts for more than 40 percent of in-hospital blood infections in Britain. Because the bacteria is so hard to kill, health-care workers have instead focused on containing its spread through improvements to hospital hygiene. A 2004 study of doctors’ neckties at a New York hospital found nearly half of them carried at least one species of infectious microbe. In 2006, the British Medical Association urged doctors to go without the accessories, calling them “functionless clothing items.” Infection control societies in the U.S. don’t recommend similar dress restrictions because there is no strong evidence that health-care workers who don’t wear ties or jewelry reduce the risk of infection, said Dr. James Steinberg, an Emory University infectious disease specialist. Steinberg said that doctors and nurses who don’t adequately wash their hands pose a far bigger risk to patients and that hand-washing should be the focus of infection-control efforts in hospitals. last_img read more

People leave, but population grows

first_imgDaniel Blake, an economics professor and director of the San Fernando Valley Research Center at California State University, Northridge, said land costs and traffic are propelling more employers to the Inland Empire, particularly in logistics industries – storing and moving goods from the ports – and residents are following the jobs. “One of the things that’s driving it right now is the high price of rental units. And there’s also traffic congestion that we haven’t really stepped up and solved yet,” Blake said. While immigrants from all over the world are attracted to L.A. because of its size and cultural diversity, they tend to move out once they learn more about different U.S. regions, Blake said. “Once they get more comfortable with U.S. culture and acclimated and perhaps more skilled in the language, they can move out and take advantage of lower living costs and opportunities that are growing elsewhere.” harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – While more people left Los Angeles than moved to it this year, the birth rate pushed the county’s population up by 0.6 percent to 10.3 million, population figures released Wednesday show. Los Angeles County’s growth has slowed steadily over the past several years – it was more than 1 percent just two years ago – a trend experts attribute to high housing costs and slowing birth rates. About 27,000 more people moved out of the county than moved in this year. But births exceeded deaths by almost 91,000, leading to the modest population growth. Ventura County’s population grew by 0.9 percent to 821,698, making it the state’s 11th-most populous county. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeThe state overall is experiencing a similar slowdown in population growth. The state’s population reached 37,444,385 this year, an increase of roughly 1.25 percent, or almost 500,000 people. The Inland Empire continues to be the state’s fastest-growing region, as people flee the more expensive coastal areas for booming Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Both passed the 2 million population mark this year for the first time. Riverside added more people than any other county – more even than L.A. County, which has five times the population – and was second overall in growth at 4.14 percent, behind tiny Yuba County. San Bernardino was the 14th-fastest-growing county at a rate of 2.13 percent. Los Angeles remains the state’s most populous county, with more people than the next four combined. Its residents make up 27.5 percent of the state of California’s total population. Linda Gage, senior demographer with the state Department of Finance, said the growth will probably continue to slow, but it will not experience a year-to-year drop in population because it still has a solid birth rate and remains a popular destination for foreign immigrants. last_img read more