Valtteri Bottas is poised to be confirmed as Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate at Mercedes for next season ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.The Finn, who turned 30 on Wednesday, has seen off the team’s French reserve driver Esteban Ocon, and British rookie George Russell, to get the nod alongside Hamilton for 2020.Team principal Toto Wolff has decided to take up the option on keeping Bottas for a fourth consecutive season.The PA news agency understands an announcement could be made by Mercedes as early as Thursday ahead of Bottas’ appearance in the official press conference to preview Formula One’s return to action following the summer break.Mathematically, Bottas is Hamilton’s closest challenger for a sixth world championship, having won twice this year.But the former Williams driver is 62 points behind his team-mate with only nine rounds remaining. His second place in the championship is also under threat from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen following the Dutchman’s impressive campaign.Bottas last tasted victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in April, and failed to take advantage of Hamilton’s poor showing at last month’s rain-hit German Grand Prix when he crashed out.He then finished a disappointing eighth at the last round before the summer break in Hungary following contact with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.But the inoffensive Finn provides stability at Mercedes following Hamilton’s fractious relationship with former team-mate Nico Rosberg. The all-conquering Silver Arrows also remain on course to become the first team to win six consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championships this year.Russell, the 21-year-old British driver, is on the books at Mercedes, and hoped to be in contention to partner Hamilton next year following the impressive start to his grand prix career for Williams.But Wolff ended Russell’s hopes of a drive when he admitted that an early promotion could thwart, rather than hinder, his progress.The season resumes in Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday, with Hamilton looking to edge closer towards a sixth world championship which would move him to within one of Michael Schumacher’s record.
Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee to the best record in the league and a berth in the Eastern Conference finals. Oklahoma City was eliminated in the first round as George struggled with a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery.The other finalist for the league’s top defensive award was Utah’s Rudy Gobert, who won the award last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe winners will be announced June 24 during the NBA Awards, when LeBron James will finish outside the top three of the MVP voting for just the second time in the past 11 years.The other award finalists: NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books MOST READ Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) tries to chase down Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the first half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference final in Milwaukee on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)NEW YORK — Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George have a chance to be both the NBA’s MVP and its Defensive Player of the Year.Reigning MVP James Harden is the other finalist for the league’s top award. The NBA announced three finalists for six individual award categories Friday, based on voting results from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.ADVERTISEMENT Rookie of the Year: Deandre Ayton, Phoenix; Luka Doncic, Dallas; Trae Young, Atlanta.Sixth Man Award: Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams, Clippers; Domantas Sabonis, Indiana.Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee; Michael Malone, Denver; Doc Rivers, Clippers.Most Improved Player: De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento; D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn; Pascal Siakam, TorontoADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Bucks dominate Raptors for 2-0 East finals lead LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card
Dear Editor,In a Stabroek News article carried on October 6, 2019 under the heading “‘Give us a chance’ Granger in re-election appeal to Linden voters”. It was reported that President Granger said, “From the time we were born, we were born to lead and we are leading the country to greater independence now in 2019”.I need the President to explain to me who is the “we” he is referring to? Is it the PNC? If this is so, then it therefore means that his government has no need for the AFC, the WPA and the other parties that make up the coalition.Or is the “we” he is referring to Afro-Guyanese? What does this, therefore, mean to the members of the coalition that are of other races?What is most troubling about his statement is that his inference is that only this “we” he referred to is capable of providing leadership in this country and that those outside of this “we” can’t contribute anything towards the development of Guyana. It is this kind of divisive thinking that has the country in the current sad state it is in. It is therefore incumbent upon Mr Granger to clarify who is the “we” that he is referring to.Sincerely,Todd A Morgan
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that the roundtable session would be starting at 4:00 p.m. Davies has clarified that the roundtable is taking place throughout the day today, and that Davies will be speaking to the media at 4:00 p.m.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace River North MLA Dan Davies announced today that he’ll be hosting an Energy Literacy Roundtable series in Fort St. John with industry leaders, government officials, and First Nations stakeholders. The first event in the series takes place tomorrow.The first event in the roundtable series will be a working session to discuss what can be done to raise the awareness and understanding of B.C. residents when it comes to the issues, opportunities, and benefits of the energy sector.“Energy is a driver of our economy and a resource that is central to our lives; despite this our fundamental knowledge of how and where our energy comes from is still not fully developed in our Province,” said Davies.- Advertisement -Among the event’s confirmed attendees are: Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman, Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier, as well as representatives from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, Clean Energy BC, Progress Energy, TransCanada, Enbridge, Encana, Ferus, the First Nations LNG Alliance, and others.Davies and other event attendees will be speaking to the media at the Pomeroy Hotel’s Sterling Room at 4:00 p.m.Advertisement
A former Defense Department civilian employee pleaded guilty to helping bilk the Army out of more than $320,000, federal authorities said Wednesday. Jesse D. Lane, who was also a former member of the California National Guard, entered pleas Monday in federal court to one count of conspiracy and one count of wire fraud. He could face up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced in September, according to a Department of Justice news statement. Lane and four co-conspirators were members of the 223rd Finance Detachment, a unit of the California National Guard, and were deployed together to Iraq and Kuwait from March 2004 until February 2005, when they returned to their home post in Compton. Prosecutors alleged Lane accessed a Defense Department pay-processing computer system starting in March 2005 and put in for more than $320,000 in unauthorized pay and entitlements for himself and the others. The four then gave Lane $150,000 of the money they received, the government alleged. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett has accused Liverpool star Mohamed Salah of diving to win a penalty during the Reds’ win over Newcastle on Boxing Day.He says people are forgetting football is a contact sport and has blasted the slipping standards of current officials. Salah converted to score the Reds’ second goal, but some outraged fans were calling for the Liverpool star to be hit with a retrospective ban for simulation after the incident.‘PATHETIC’ – Fans call for Mo Salah to be BANNED after ‘dive’ against NewcastleOn Thursday morning, Sports Breakfast hosts Alan Brazil and Dean Saunders both agreed that there was enough contact to correctly award a penalty.But former man in black Hackett disagreed, and said people – and some referees, it appears – are forgetting that football is a contact sport.He told talkSPORT: “No, it wasn’t a penalty for me.“What really concerns me is the inconsistency that we see from referees on incidents inside the penalty area.“We see defenders grabbing, hauling, tugging and grappling and we see that go unpunished week-in, week-out. Salah went to ground after feeling contact from Paul Dummett “We’re talking about a contract sport and there’s no way I’m going to buy it.“It’s easy to give a penalty kick at Anfield and yes there is contact, but if I was in the middle I would want to be 100 per cent certain that I’m giving the home team a penalty kick that is worthy of one, and it would have to be a little bit more than what I saw yesterday.“I can remember Sam Allardyce talking to me and saying, ‘If there’s contact my player is going to be instructed to go down’, and I think that’s the nature of the game now. “You two [former strikers Alan and Dean] would have continued to play and head for the ball, but the modern game is different – if there’s a touch, they’re going to ground.“There’s a huge debate around it, about if it’s worthy of a penalty kick, but it’s a contact sport.“When we get a penalty kick like this we all question the referee’s decision because it’s soft. Well it’s either a penalty or it’s not and for me it’s not enough, it’s really not enough.” Sam Allardyce apparently told his players to look for a penalty if they felt contact Liverpool went six points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a thumping 4-0 victory at Anfield, as title rivals Manchester City lost to Leicester.But there was controversy against the Magpies when Salah went down in the box under a challenge from Paul Dummett.The Magpies defender tugged on Salah’s arm as he ran past him in the penalty area, with the Egyptian going to ground and the referee pointing to the spot. 4 4 Salah has been accused of going to ground too easily against Newcastle Salah stepped up to slam home the resulting spot kick 4 4
At 7:11 AM this morning, Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents was off duty and was southbound on US231 just north of the Haysville bridge, when he observed the headlights of another southbound vehicle approaching him extremely fast. Lents activated the rear antenna of his radar speed timing device and clocked the approaching vehicle at 101 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. Lents pulled to the side of the road and allowed the silver Chevrolet Impala to pass.Lents activated his emergency lights and stopped the Chevrolet in Haysville. Lents asked the driver, 36-year-old Matthew Jeter of Bedford to step from the car, and placed him into custody. Jeter was lodged in the Martin County Jail on a single count of reckless driving, a Class B Misdemeanor. An off-duty State Trooper jailed a Bedford man Friday morning on reckless driving charges after clocking him traveling over 100 miles per hour.Arrested and Charged was Matthew T. Jeter, 36, Bedford, IN– Reckless Driving, Class B Misdemeanor
A 39-year-old Chatham man is facing charges after fleeing from Chatham-Kent police early Wednesday morning.Police said the accused, who was released from court in July with several conditions including to obey an 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and not possess weapons, was seen by an officer on patrol while riding a bicycle with no light around 3:45 a.m. On West Street in Chatham.The officer stopped the accused on Harvey Street for this offence and learned he had a curfew.While placing the man under arrest, police said he pulled away and fled on foot.He was taken into custody following a short foot chase and struggle, police said.During a search while he was being arrested, police said the accused was found with brass knuckles in his possession.He was charged with resisting arrest, being in possession of a prohibited weapon and two counts of failing to comply with his release conditions, police said.He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.Off-duty officer helps nab theft suspectAn off-duty police officer helped some employees of The Loft who were trying to deal with a woman accused of stealing items from the store.Chatham-Kent police said the accused, a 31-year-old Chatham woman, was seen by employees stealing items from the downtown Chatham store on Tuesday.Police were called and a struggle ensued as employees attempted to prevent the accused from leaving the store.Police said luckily an off-duty officer was in the area and offered assistance.The woman was arrested and charged with theft and possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000.She was released with a Dec. 3 court date.Crashes in ChathamChatham-Kent police were called to two separate motor vehicle crashes that happened in Chatham Tuesday afternoon.Police responded to a three-vehicle crash on Park Avenue East near Queen Street, which resulted in a 38-year-old Chatham man being charged with failing to yield the right of way.Police said there were no injuries in the crash, which caused an estimated $21,000 damage.A driver was charged with disobeying a stop sign after police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Sandys Street near Oxley Drive.No one was injured and the total damage was estimated at $5,000, police said.