Federer to lose No. 1 ranking after shock loss to Kokkinakis

first_imgThanasi Kokkinakis of Australia celebrates match point against Roger Federer (inset) of Switzerland in their second round match during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 24, 2018, in Key Biscayne, Florida. AFPMIAMI, United States — Roger Federer’s latest reign atop the world rankings will end after the Swiss great’s shock loss to Australian qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round of the Miami Masters on Saturday.Kokkinakis, ranked 175th in the world, needed a wild card just to get into qualifying. But he showed nerves of steel in a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) triumph over 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Rising Tide Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback But Kokkinakis seized upon a lackluster service game from Federer to break for a 3-1 lead in the second, holding firm on his own serve to force the decider.Federer was again impenetrable on his serve in the third, but he was unable to capitalize on his only two break points, both in a marathon sixth game, as they went on serve to the tiebreaker.Two errors from Federer gave Kokkinakis a 4-3 lead. A stinging forehand winner put the young Aussie up 6-4, and he closed it out when Federer netted a backhand service return. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Federer, who won his 20th Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open, regained the number one spot in February after winning the ATP title in Rotterdam, needed to reach the quarter-finals to remain at the summit.Instead he’ll be replaced by Spain’s Rafael Nadal when the rankings are released at the end of the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe 21-year-old Kokkinakis, who has battled injury in his young career, became the lowest-ranked player to beat a world number one since Spain’s Francisco Clavet was 178th when he upset top-ranked Lleyton Hewitt in the second round at Miami in 2003.Federer appeared firmly in control when he breezed through the first set without facing a break point, dropping just six points on his own serve. His lone break for a 3-1 lead was all he needed to pocket the set. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Pelicans’ Holiday playing with ‘rage’ after finding peace

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “I know what type of player he’s been since he’s been here, but I think this has been a great year for him,” Davis said. “People are really starting to notice.”Davis and fellow teammates have been particularly amused by the transformation of Holiday’s on-court persona, and won’t say a word to discourage it.Holiday has rarely been all that animated on the court or much of a trash talker. But against Portland his gesticulations — or his eagerness to sprint into scuffles under the basket — were impossible to miss.“I have no idea where that came from, talking smack to the fans. I’ve never seen it,” Davis said. “I love it. If he can keep getting 40 for us then I’ll make him mad every game.On a more serious note, Davis added, “I think everybody just recognized the type of team that we have and realized that we can be something special, so it just brings a lot out in everybody.”Veteran guard Rajon Rondo, long known to exchange verbal barbs with opponents, grinned when he recalled Holiday pointing at Jusuf Nurkic after Davis had dunked on the Portland center in Game 3.“It’s just a different side of him. He’s playing with a lot of rage,” Rondo said. “He’s overlooked a lot. What he’s doing now, the world’s finally seeing the real Jrue Holiday and I love every minute of it.“He’s still a smooth player,” Rondo continued. “But when he has a mentality of attacking and no one can stay in front of him and he can score against anyone, I think that’s when we’re at our best.” ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ “I got a bonus this year, so that’s awesome,” Holiday added, drawing some chuckles as he referred to his whopping, five-year, $126 million contract last offseason. “I mean, yeah. I feel pretty good.”Once upon a time, Holiday was a young Eastern Conference All-Star guard with Philadelphia who seemed to possess a world of potential. A draft-day trade in 2013 paired him with emerging star big man Anthony Davis in New Orleans, but during the next four years, one thing or another conspired against him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDuring his first season with the Pelicans, he developed a stress fracture in his lower leg that required surgery, but one of the screws used to repair the fracture became an irritant, forcing additional procedures. That wiped out much of his first two seasons. He returned on minute restrictions in his third season and showed promise, only to have that campaign cut short by a fluky eye injury caused by an inadvertent elbow to the head.Holiday was finally healthy heading into his fourth season in New Orleans — but his wife, former U.S. Soccer star Lauren Holiday, was not. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor while pregnant with the couple’s first child, and Holiday took an extended leave of absence to attend to family. FILE – In this April 21, 2018, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday gestures during the first half of Game 4 of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in New Orleans. “I’m in a really good place. Everything in my life is pretty good–family, basketball, financially,” Holiday began after practice this week, as the Pelicans prepared for a second-round playoff match-up with Golden State.“I got a bonus this year, so that’s awesome,” Holiday added, drawing some chuckles as he referred to his whopping, five-year, $126 million contract last offseason. “I mean, yeah. I feel pretty good.” (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld, File)NEW ORLEANS — If it looks like the normally low-key Jrue Holiday has been having the time of his life in the NBA playoffs — from interacting fans after big shots to, in one instance, mocking an opponent who’d been dunked on — the Pelicans’ guard offers an explanation.“I’m in a really good place. Everything in my life is pretty good — family, basketball, financially,” Holiday began after practice this week, as the Pelicans prepared for a second-round playoff match-up with Golden State.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES Like GlobalPort, Pringle gets back up and breaks out of slump Now the 6-foot-4 Holiday looks reinvigorated by a recent convergence of positive trends in his life.In addition to being content with his family life and career trajectory, he’s also about as healthy as he’s been in half a decade, and his team is in the playoffs for the first time since 2015. Now he can focus purely on winning, and being as feisty as it takes to do so.“I always feel like I’m aggressive, but (playoff) games are a little different where you can key in on a certain team and be able to study them for a long time because you know you have at least four games,” Holiday explained. “Mentally, just locking in to the matchup or the schemes or whatever it is, brings out a little more intensity.”Holiday was a big reason the sixth-seeded Pelicans swept third-seeded Portland in the first round of the postseason. He scored 33 points in Game 2 and 41 points in the clinching Game 4. His performances have been dynamic. He’s made big perimeter shots, such as his late 3 in Game 4, and he’s been a strong finisher at the rim — a big reason he shot about 57 percent for the series.Defensively, he helped hold Portland All-Star guard Damian Lillard in check and came up with pivotal, late-game steals or blocks.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Seismologists clarify Mexico soccer fans didn’t cause quake

first_imgTaal victims get help from Kalayaan town Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina A geological institute reported Sunday that seismic detectors had registered a false earthquake that may have been generated by “massive jumps” by fans.READ: Mexico shakes with excitement over Germany World Cup winFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMexico’s Seismological Service explained Monday that the city’s normal bustle of traffic and other movement causes vibrations that are detected by sensitive instruments.It says those vibrations notably quieted during the match as people gathered in front of TVs to watch, and rose after the goal. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial A reporter and fans are covered in foam during the celebration of Mexico’s 2018 World Cup win over Germany at the Angel of Independence in Mexico City, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mexico won it’s first match against Germany 1-0. (AP Photo/Anthony Vazquez)MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s National Seismological Service says there was seismic activity around the country’s capital Sunday, but it wasn’t linked to soccer fans celebrating their country’s game-winning goal vs. Germany at the World Cup.The service says in a report that there were two small earthquakes at 10:24 a.m. and 12:01 p.m. The goal came around 11:35 a.m. local time.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Turkey charges father of NBA’s Kanter as terror group memberlast_img read more

ONE: Rene Catalan puts streak on the line against former champion Yoshitaka Naito

first_imgLady Chiefs complete three-peat, beat Lady Altas in 4 sets Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The 40-year-old Catalan believes he is primed for a world title shot.“Fans can expect a strong performance from me on fight night. I am hungry to challenge for the ONE strawweight world title.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Joshua Pacio is the new ONE Strawweight world champion PLAY LIST 04:36Joshua Pacio is the new ONE Strawweight world champion01:10Maguindanao massacre victims’ kin eagerly awaiting justice, says lawyer06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The bemedalled Wushu specialist aims to keep his winning trend going.“I am looking to showcase my best form yet against Naito, a former World Champion,” said the 2006 Asian Games gold medallist.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Our focus in training is how to stop his takedown attempts. Naito will surely want this fight on the ground, it is my job to make sure he doesn’t get a submission when we are on the mat.”Catalan remains unfazed by the daunting task of facing Naito (13-2), who has beaten former world champions including Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio, Thailand’s Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and Brazilian Alex Silva. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rene Catalan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino Rene Catalan stakes his fight streak on the line in his toughest challenge yet against former ONE strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito in ONE: Reign of Valor on March 8 at Thuwunnna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.Catalan, who has been on a resurgence after starting his ONE Championship campaign with two losses and one no contest, is currently 5-0 in his last five bouts.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Urey, Pointing an Accusing Finger Is Not Enough

first_imgThe political leader of the All Liberian Party (ALP), Benoni Urey, is one politician who has in recent days accused the Unity Party led government of corruption.  At the ALP’s recent political rally in Ganta, Nimba County, where he selected Alexander Duopue as his running mate, Mr. Urey called on Liberians to ensure that Unity Party does not win the upcoming election.  “Let’s Remove this corrupt system,” he insisted.The statement in Ganta is not the first that Urey has expressed in his determination to prevent the ruling Unity Party from securing a third term in Liberia.  Early this year, Mr. Urey, in an interview with the Daily Observer stated, “I am not wishing that I become President of this country at all cost, but to ensure that this corrupt government does not get a third term in office.”There have indeed been reports of corruption in the Unity Party-led government and by many public officials, most without trial. Of the few that have gone to trial, government prosecutors have lost those cases.The truthfulness of corruption in this government is indisputable, as confessed by President Sirleaf in her last Annual  Message last  January.  Earlier, the President even took responsibility for the bankruptcy of the National Oil Company (NOCAL) under her son Robert Sirleaf’s leadership. Whatever the case, it is expected in this election that the ruling party will face serious accusation of corruption especially during the campaign period.  This will definitely be one of the charges which the UP standard bearer, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, will have to contend with.  He must first, if at all he can, attempt to distance himself for the widespread corruption that has taken place under the watch of President Ellen Sirleaf and his watch.  He must go further to convince the Liberian people, again if at all he can, that his administration will be different.Nevertheless, as politicians, including Benoni Urey, criticize, they must also be realistic enough to tell Liberians the main cause(s) of corruption and provide way forward as to how to go about eliminating or minimizing it.  Urey and the rest of the politicians need to realize that the very officials of this government are related to them and are perhaps part of the corrupt system.Let us see the instance with Benjamin Sanvee, former Chairman of the Liberty Party and a beneficiary of the Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) fund intended to help Liberian businesses.  He took the money, did not pay and kept silent for years until his name surfaced just in recent days.The most frustrating and deceptive aspect is that when the same corrupt officials defect from the ruling party and join oppositions, they are embraced and praised to be some of the good people on earth.  Does this not imply hypocrisy and dishonesty?  Greek Philosopher, Socrates wrote this about deception:  “Man’s mind is so found that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.”   While we cannot dispel that this government engaged in widespread corruption,  people that wishing to grab the presidency and other elective positions should be fair and honest in presenting their platforms, citing in them definite measures to combat corruption and doing everything possible to convince the public that those seeking office are determined and serious about repeating the terrible mistakes of the past.  Criticizing the past is definitely not enough.Now that Mr. Urey is aiming to ascend to the highest position of the land, Liberians will be happy to know what his economic and social platforms are for Liberia.  More importantly, he needs to come clean with Liberians and tell them when and how he started business to become the wealthy man that he is.  What business did Mr. Urey engage in prior to the ascendancy of Charles Taylor as President of Liberia.People are anxious to know how, now that Mr. Urey anxiously seeks the presidency, how he managed the Bureau of Maritime Affairs during the regime of Taylor.Explanation is needed from Mr. Urey about his connection with Sanjivan Ruprah (alas Samir NASR), an arms dealer named in the United Nations Security Council Report on Liberia.  The report states that Mr. Urey was the direct supervisor of Mr. Ruprah, and both of them played key role in arm procurements starting in the summer of 2002.The UN Security Council Resolution 1343 placing travel restriction on officials of the Taylor Administration names Benoni Urey for being one that secured money at Maritime and facilitated purchase of arms through Ruprah.  Can Urey make his side clear to the Liberian people in this matter?  If he realistically wants to see Liberia moving forward without rampant corruption, can Urey evaluate and tell the Liberian people which of the two governments, the one he served in and the current one, was impactful?  In a state of an ethical dilemma wherein one needs to compare the two evils to choose the lesser, what conclusions can Urey draw between the regime he served in as a Commissioner of Maritime and this government of corrupt public officials?We bring all these concerns to remind Mr. Urey and other politicians about the past and present so they may adequately be able to defend themselves to win the minds of Liberians.The challenge is, therefore, yours, Mr. Urey, to convince Liberian voters on things that make you different from current officials who have instituted a corrupt system that has grossly mishandled the affairs of the Liberian people.  Pointing the accusing finger is not enough, but dealing forthrightly and convincingly the rest of your own fingers pointing at you is what truly matters.How different are you from the accused? 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Not all CID ranks have access to firearms while on duty – Crime Chief

first_imgIn light of the recent spike in criminal activities in Regions Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), several senior ranks attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) are of the view that they should be granted access to firearms as a safety measure.Deputy Police Commissioner and Crime Chief, Lyndon AlvesA few of them told Guyana Times that their jobs, by nature, leaves them exposed to criminal elements and can result in them losing their lives while executing their duties.One of the officers explained that at some police stations, there are CID ranks who are in charge of their department and are granted access to firearms. Meanwhile, at others in the same region, ranks of the same level are not being allowed to access any.“It seems like it is based on who you know and who knows you. I mean, some of those CID police get the access to the firearms to have on them whereas others who hold the same rank at other police stations and doing the same job don’t get that granted to them. At the end of it all, we are all doing the same work and, therefore, if you give some it looks bad that others cannot have that privilege which is to protect yourself and your life,” he told this publication.However, Crime Chief Lyndon Alves in an interview explained that not every police officer can be given access to firearms simply because that provision is made based on the roles of the policemen on a daily basis.“We have ranks who would uplift firearms from the station to perform duties and that is based on the determination of Station Sergeant or Officer-In-Charge based on the duty that they are going on. Well, you have ranks based on their role and function and their duty and you will have protection because of what the duty that you are doing, that is for specific duties. So they will need for them to have access to firearms at any point in time.”He further stated there are also police officers who have applied for firearms in their personal capacities and would have received the relevant documentation to own one privately.“They might have personal firearm being given permission to purchase and license. You have policemen who have their personal firearm. I don’t know if that is the case they are referring to.”Nonetheless, the Crime Chief noted that in the recent shoot-out between Police and bandits in Berbice, each rank present at the scene was armed.“They were all sent out and every single one of them had a firearm in their possession because of the nature of that duty. It was a specific duty and, therefore, each police rank that was deployed there had to be armed. So it is not like we would have sent them out in such a situation without being prepared,” Alves added. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

$18M worth of cane spoils at Uitvlugt factory – source

first_img…“shredder negligence” being considered in probeBy Shemuel FanfairSome $18 million worth of sugar cane produce at the Uitvlugt Estate, West Coast Demerara, was left to spoil, a source close to the estate has revealed.Guyana Times understands that an investigation has been launched by senior management of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) in the spoilage and also to understand just how 64 out of 70 knives were sent flying when the Estate’s cane shredder lost control. A source familiar with the probe told this newspaper in a recent interview that from preliminary investigations, management is considering that it may be “negligence” that was responsible for the damage that wrecked Uitvlugt’s number two turbine on Saturday, August 11, 2018.“I think someone should answer for that, but we can’t say yet… the investigation will determine if anyone will be sanctioned,” a GuySuCo source told this newspaper.Uitvlugt Estate (Agriculture Ministry photo)From images that surfaced last week, well over 300 tonnes of sugar canes in punts were seen waiting to be processed and according to the source, this amounted to $18 million in value. Guyana Times was told that the sugar canes were in line since two Saturdays ago. It was disclosed that tonnage lost in sugar canes would have yielded 220 tonnes of produced sugar for the second crop.An official attached to GuySuCo said on Saturday that the losses at Uitvlugt will adversely affect the entity achieving its 2018 target, which was set at 10,780 tonnes. Reports coming out of Uitvlugt state that some of the canes began to smell which suggested that the produce was losing viability. There was a trial on Friday, but this did not yield the desired results and up to Saturday, the cane shredder was still not performing its indented functions. However, it is expected that another trial could commence soon to crush canes.It is not clear if any of the produce can be saved for sugar production. However, it is understood that the management at Uitvlugt attempted to salvage the situation by opting to produce molasses; a key ingredient in the manufacture of alcoholic beverages.According to information sourced from the GuySuCo investigation, it was unearthed that 10 components from the turbine were destroyed. The Estate Manager, Yudhisthira Mana, is still to disclose the full cost to repair the shredder machine which is expected to be in the millions. Guyana Times understands that the number two turbine was completely damaged, and it was replaced with a turbine from the defunct La Bonne Intention Estate (LBI). It was said that the turbine from LBI has to get “a new sharp” because the current one was bent. The sharp is a part of the machine used to set the knives and its issues were only discovered when workers checked it on Monday last. The original sharp from the Uitvlugt Estate was completely damaged in the recent mishap.It was around 09:30h on August 11, 2018, that workers started up the number two turbine. However, a section called the “governor” was reportedly not maintained properly in the out of crop period. The turbine has 70 knives on the sharp which spins to shred the canes. However, on the day of the mishap, when worked started the machines, it overspun, and the knives flew out several feet away, forcing workers to take cover. The workers were shouting praises that no one was injured or killed via the raining knives.Mana told another section of the media that at the start of the second crop, the knife turbine had not been tested at the time other sections of the factory were tested. These knives, which are made out of carbon steel, weigh 20lbs each. One observer recently called for a probe into the procedures that GuySuCo uses for testing its turbines, trip-speed tests and on-site verification by qualified engineers.The Uitvlugt Estate is the lone Demerara Estate, with Wales and East Demerara having been shuttered. The Special Purposes Unit assumed control of all of the closed estates. Many of the former workers of the Wales Estate which numbered over 1000 obtained employment at Uitvlugt.last_img read more

Direction of evacuation alerts not clear just yet: Deputy CAO

first_imgNecessary items, like eye glasses, medication and documents should be gathered and in a safe place to be grabbed if an order is issued. Anderson also urges families to have a plan if they need to evacuate, and if they will be out of their homes longer than 72 hours.Information on where people can report to, should an evacuation order come through, will be established and distributed to affected residents.Right now, there are six orders in place in the area, near Mile 80, Cecil Lake, Siphon Creek, Doig River First Nation, Blueberry River First Nation, and Beatton Airport Road. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — There’s no indication just yet on whether or not evacuation alerts will be lifted, or full evacuation orders will be issued, says the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of the Peace River Regional District.Shannon Anderson, filling in for PRRD’s CAO Chris Cvik today, says it’s still too early to tell.“We’re in contact with the Wildfire Management Branch a couple of times a day, and they provide those recommendations,” he said.- Advertisement -During a press conference on Wednesday, Executive Officer Ian Lightbody with Emergency Management BC said that 325 residences were affected by the alerts — which means 325 homes, and not necessarily 325 people.While the alerts in place don’t mean people have to vacate their homes just yet, Anderson stressed that people should be ready to if an order comes in.“We want to make sure that if they do get an alert, they should check the map, have a look at it — make sure whether you’re inside that alert are or not … Then, you should be making plans,” he said.Advertisementlast_img read more

Van Gaal admits Manchester United’s interest in Dutch star

first_imgManchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed he retains an interest in signing Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman once he has recovered from a serious knee injury.The Dutchman is reviewing his current playing squad at the moment as he ponders the areas which require new signings but has hinted he will move for his compatriot in the January transfer window.Strootman is out until the autumn and Roma boss Rudi Garcia confirmed he will not leave the Italian club this summer. But Van Gaal remains keen on a player, who is a firm favourite and that he intended to have a big role for the Netherlands at the World Cup prior to his knee injury.The ex-Netherlands boss told reporters on United’s pre-season tour of the USA: “I never usually say anything about individual players. It is my vision that we talk about a team and not individual players.“But Strootman I can judge. He is injured for more than six months. We have to wait and see how he comes back. It is not easy to say how he comes back from injury, but we will wait and see.” Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman 1last_img read more

Exclusive – Arsenal have been disappointing all season, claims McLintock

first_imgFormer Arsenal captain Frank McLintock claims the Gunners have been disappointing all season – and says the performance against Anderlecht was no surprise.The north London side required two late goals to clinch a 2-1 victory at the Belgian side in their Champions League clash.And McLintock insists Arsene Wenger’s side must improve if they’re to make any impact this season.“It was a very poor performance [against Anderlecht],” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “I’ve been a bit disappointed with Arsenal this year. The balance of the team isn’t quite right.“They’ve got a lot of good players there. They played Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla on the wings [against Anderlecht] but both of them seem to want to play in central midfield all the time.“I’m quite looking forward to [Theo] Walcott coming back.”last_img