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Bottas set to remain at Mercedes for next season

first_imgValtteri 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.last_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George finalists for NBA MVP and defensive award

first_imgAntetokounmpo 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 cardlast_img read more

Who is Granger’s “we”?

first_imgDear 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 Morganlast_img read more

MLA Davies hosting Energy Literacy Roundtable in Fort St. John tomorrow

first_imgCORRECTION: 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.Advertisementlast_img read more

7 hostages killed, Taliban claims; more threatened with death

first_imgQari Yousuf Ahmadi, one of several people who claim to speak for the Taliban, announced early in the afternoon that the two German captives had been killed because Berlin had not heeded a deadline for announcing the removal of its 3,000 troops from Afghanistan. The unidentified hostages, described in the German news media as engineers, were kidnapped Wednesday with five Afghan colleagues as they traveled on a main highway southwest of the capital. Though Ahmadi offered no proof of his claim, he said that the first German had been executed at 12:05 p.m. and the second at 1:20 p.m. The five Afghans, he said, were killed at 2 p.m. “We are holding 23 South Koreans, and 18 of them are women,” he said, referring to a group of Christian volunteers whose bus was hijacked at gunpoint on Thursday in Ghazni province. “We know that these people have come here to convert our good Muslims away from Islam. If they were not women, we would have killed them on the spot.” For days, officials in Berlin have been dealing with contradictory statements from the Taliban. “One person said, `We don’t have any German hostages,”‘ said Amelie Utz, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry. “The other said, `We have German hostages and we’re going to kill them.”‘ Still, she said, Germany is taking the reports of the killings seriously. Chancellor Angela Merkel postponed an interview on Saturday with the state broadcaster, ARD, citing the situation in Afghanistan. German officials are increasingly concerned that their citizens, especially those working in Afghanistan, could be the targets of attacks because of the nation’s participation in the NATO-led military force. The interior minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, said last month that Germany faces a heightened threat of terrorism because of its presence in Afghanistan. In October, the parliament is scheduled to vote on extending the mandate of its 3,000 troops. If the hostages have indeed been murdered, that would deepen an already tense debate over Germany’s continued participation.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KABUL, Afghanistan – A man identifying himself as a Taliban spokesman said the insurgents had killed two German and five Afghan captives on Saturday, adding that they also intended to kill 23 South Korean captives if their demands for the release of an equal number of Taliban prisoners were not met within 24 hours. The claim that seven hostages were dead could not be verified, and Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry denied the report, insisting that one of the German hostages had died of a heart attack and that the other was still alive. “Our efforts at negotiations are ongoing and the government will use every legal means available to get the remaining hostage released,” said Sultan Ahmad Baheen, a Foreign Ministry spokesman. As is the case with many rapidly developing news events here, the truth was difficult to determine. last_img

Ex-DOD worker stole from Army

first_imgA 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!last_img read more

On the Town

first_imghospital’s rehabilitation center. Today, it is one of 34 support groups at the world-renowned medical center and its members come from throughout the Southland. “Fake dirt.” That was the hot topic in the august Directors Room on the opening day of the 39th Oak Tree Racing Season at Santa Anita on Sept. 26. The buzz was about the debut of the new synthetic “cushion track” – installed this past summer to the tune of $10 million – that will increase the safety of the surface for the thoroughbreds. So what did they do with the old soil? Part of it was embedded in 15,000 clear plastic souvenir paperweights and distributed to the opening-day crowd. Jockey Corey Nakatani waltzed to victory aboard Dancing Eddie to win the Grade III $114,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap, a traditional feature at the Oak Tree opener. Among the guests seen grazing at Santa Anita Chef Eric Maranowski’s lavish hot and cold buffets were Oak Tree President Sherwood Chillingworth; Santa Anita President Ron Charles; Del Mar President Joe Harper and his wife Barbara; George Haines; Jack Robbins; Randi and Richard Mandella; John Harris; F. Jack Liebau; Betty and George Nicholaw; Kjell Qvale; Colleen and Richard Shapiro; Alan Landsburg; Sally and William Pascoe; Robert Zamarippa, Sr.; Marie and Lou Jones; Julie Krone and Jay Hovdey; Alyce and Spud Williamson; and Don Valpredo. Still more were Karen and Cliff Good- rich; Diane Johnson; Marilyn and Randall Stoke; Andrea and John Van de Kamp; and Arcadia city officials Peter Amundsen; Christine and Bill Kelly; Marie and Bob Sanderson; Mickey Segal; Tony Trabbie; and John Wuo. OAK TREE OPENER `JENUFA’ OPENER For those of us who like our opera mit schmaltz – sparkling chandeliers, swishing silk and lots of swashbuckling – Czech composer Leos Janacek’s “Jenufa,” the Metropolitan Opera original production now at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, is not a crowd-pleaser. The sets are grim, the costumes drab. And the plot is gruesome. The heroine, Jenufa, is unwed and pregnant. Her timid lover, who happens to be her cousin, jilts her when her face has been mutilated by a jealous suitor; her newborn son is spurned by his father and the infant is subsequently drowned by Jenufa’s stepmother to save Jenufa’s “reputation” in a morally rigid village. The work is sort of “Dostoevsky: the Musical,” but it’s one of the most beautiful-terrible operas I’ve ever seen. The wisdom is to just close your eyes and listen. The music and the voices are glorious – especially the amazing Finnish soprano Karita Mattila – and in spite of the Grand Guignol twists, the opera ends in a spirit of redemption and peace. The black-tie opening-night crowd partied with the cast past midnight in the Grand Hall following the final curtain call. There, Patina chefs created a stick-to-the ribs Moravian menu: chicken paprika; potato latkes, moussaka, colorful vegetables and apple torte. Among the attendees were L.A. Opera conductor James Conlon and his wife Jennifer; chorus director Grant Gershon and his wife, Elissa; Placido Domingo; Eva and Marc Stern; Nancy Baxter; Helen Posthuma; Alyce Williamson; Alicia and Ed Clark; Diana Palmer; Gerri Lee Frye; Alice and Joe Coulombe; Daniel Catan; Rebecca Bowne; Blake Lindsley; Brigitta Troy; Carlos Mollura; Alan Edmiston; Daniel Catan; and Finnish Consul General Manu Virtamo. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! She coordinated its centennial celebration and co-chaired three major hospitalwide theater fund-raising events. She continues today as chairman of CHLA’s Chaplaincy Advisory Board, co-chairman of the Saban Research Institute Committee and is an active member of its new Spiritual Care Guild. Larchmont Florists created the decor for the party. Roses in jewel tones were arranged in stone urns on tables draped in a unique chocolate-brown faux-snakeskin fabric. Patina’s chefs served tomato and sweet pepper soup with parsley cream; grilled chateau steak with risotto cake and a melange of grilled vegetables followed by apple crumble with vanilla ice cream. Like so many good things about CHLA, Childrens Chain was founded in 1958 by the late Mary Duque to support the The garden of Robin and Marion Riley Campbell’s beautiful San Marino estate was the setting for the always-elegant Childrens Chain dinner dance to benefit Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Nancy Foster chaired the black-tie evening held Sept. 29 that honored CHLA lodestar Bonnie McClure for her lifelong dedication. More than 300 guests turned out for the swank event that raised in excess of $50,000. The funds are earmarked for CHLA’s orthopedic endowments and new hospital building in tribute to McClure, whose volunteer affiliation with CHLA began when she was just 17. Over the years, her tireless efforts have led to her appointment as chairman of the Associate & Affiliate Groups. She has been a member of Childrens Chain since 1971, serving as its president in 1975 and continuing as an adviser ever since. In addition to leading the A & A groups, training the hospital’s tour docents and managing CHLA’s archives, McClure served on the Board of Directors for 19 years. last_img

Liverpool star Mo Salah dived to win penalty against Newcastle, says former top ref

first_imgFormer 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 4last_img read more

Off Duty Trooper Jails Bedford Man for Reckless Driving

first_imgAt 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 Misdemeanorlast_img read more

Chatham man flees police, found with brass knuckles

first_imgA 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.last_img read more