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Novak Djokovic avenged his only loss of 2016 with a ruthless 6-3 6-3 victory over Feliciano Lopez as the Serbian top seed eased into the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday.An eye issue forced Djokovic to retire against his Spanish opponent at the Dubai Duty Free Championships last month but he had his sights set firmly on victory for their rematch in California.The world number one needed just 66 minutes to prevail as he won 75 per cent of his points on serve and broke Lopez three times.“I have respect for his game, which definitely made me very cautious of approaching this match and made me very determined to impose my game plan from the very beginning,” Djokovic told reporters.“I was very solid. I didn’t allow him to come to the net too many times. It was a good performance.”Djokovic enjoyed his best performance of the tournament to date and next meets Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who defeated Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-2, as the defending champion seeks an unprecedented fifth title at Indian Wells.Earlier in the day, third seed Stan Wawrinka was sent packing in the fourth round and the Swiss was very nearly joined by Rafa Nadal, who pulled off a Houdini-like escape to reach the last eight.Fourth seed Nadal, three times a champion at Indian Wells, rallied from 5-2 down in the final set, saving a match point on the way, before battling past 18-year-old German prospect Alexandr Zverev 6-7(8) 6-0 7-5.The power-hitting Zverev had been bidding to become the youngest quarter-finalist at the event since 1989 and led 40-30 when serving for the match in the ninth game but his nerve deserted him at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.“This is painful right now, but it doesn’t change anything about the process,” Zverev said.Spanish left-hander Nadal won the last five games of the deciding set to advance and was delighted with the fightback.“I am especially happy about the mentality on court, the fighting spirit during the whole match, believing that I can win a match during the whole time even in the tougher situations,” Nadal said.Wawrinka was ousted by Belgian David Goffin, who sealed a 6-3 5-7 7-6(5) victory when his Swiss opponent netted a forehand in a closely contested tiebreak after a wildly fluctuating match that lasted nearly two-and-a-half hours.It was only the second time in his career that Goffin had beaten a player ranked in the top 10 and it earned him a spot in the last eight of an ATP Masters 1000 event for the second time.Also advancing to the last eight was 12th-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic, who overpowered sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4 7-6(7).
Detailed proposals aimed at reducing the financial gulf between the continent’s richest clubs and the rest were put forward by the European Leagues group (EL) on Friday.The umbrella group representing Europe’s domestic football leagues said it wanted to reverse some of the changes which were introduced to European club competition this year and distribute revenue from those competitions more evenly.However, it said it supported UEFA’s plans to introduce a new third tier European competition, with 32 teams in the group stage and reduce the size of the second-tier Europa League from 2021.“Our fundamental principle is to improve competitive balance in domestic and international competitions to protect the unpredictability of sporting results,” Eredivisie — Dutch League — chairman Jacco Swart told reporters.However, officials said it was not realistic to return to the days when teams such as Ajax Amsterdam, Porto and Red Star Belgrade were crowned European champions.“It is a question of going forward in time, not looking backwards, and of having attractive tournaments,” said Claus Thomssen, chief executive of the Danish league.The EL said it hopes UEFA will consider its proposals when it decides of the format for European competitions in the 2021-24 cycle, a decision expected in December.The Champions League is dominated by a handful of elite clubs and the group stage has been marked by increasingly one-sided matches in the last few years.EL general secretary Georg Pangl said that in the last 26 years, a total of 15 billion euros ($17.2 billion) in revenue had been handed out, with 14 clubs receiving 7 billion of that amount.It was projected that 12 billion euros will be distributed over the next six years and, under the current model, another seven billion would go to the 14 top-ranked clubs, Pangl added.In its proposal, the EL said it wanted to reverse a change introduced this year which guarantees four Champions League group stage slots to Europe’s top four leagues — currently England, Spain, Germany and Italy.This should be reduced to three places, at most, plus one playoff place each, the EL said.It also wanted to undo a rule that revenue distribution is partly distributed according to a club’s historical record – something which favours big clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan.A further suggestion was that at least 36 national champions were involved in the group stages of European competitions.Swart said the EL were opposed to any increase in the number of dates allocated to UEFA club matches or for them to be played at weekends, apart from the Champions League final.Andrea Agnelli, the head of the powerful association representing European clubs, suggested this year that the continent’s top teams should play more European games and fewer domestic ones.
…on racism chargeLet’s lay some facts on the table before the issue de jour. In 2015, APNU courted the AFC to go into the election on a common slate. By that time, the PNC had absorbed five putative “parties” to form APNU. But none of them, the WPA, NFA, GAP etc, had any significant followings to buttress the PNC. With Nagamootoo coming aboard the AFC in 2011 – and Trotman suddenly stricken with some mysterious physical and spiritual ailments and conceding the leadership to Ramjattan – the party had picked up in 2011 significant support in Berbice.The PNC-led APNU craved sugar and rice farmers’ votes to beat the PPP but claimed it wanted to form a “national unity government” of all ethnic groups. It so badly wanted the AFC it promised them 40% of the Cabinet and the Prime Ministership to Nagamootoo, to get them to tie the knot on Valentine Day, 2015: the Cummingsburg Accord. The PNC thus explicitly recruited AFC for their 11% sugar workers and rice farmers’ vote and the coalition duly won the elections. The PNC, however, immediately began flexing its muscle unilaterally.And we arrive at the latest flexing when Granger unilaterally appointed (Chief?) Justice Patterson as the GECOM Chair. While we now know Ramjattan and the newly returned (and healed) leader of the AFC, Trotman secretly agreed with Granger, the membership balked because the former publicly claimed they weren’t “consulted”.The Chairman of the AFC NY Chapter, Dr Somar wrote the AFC leadership: “This unilateral appointment by the PNC Executive President of an Afro-Guyanese GECOM Chairman, whether right or wrong, rips open the scars of PNC rigging the election. You have just thrown red meat to the notion of ‘PNC rigging election’ which, in my view, will cause [the government] to forever lose Indo-Guyanese support at the polls.”Now how dare he try to be the boy who pointed out Emperor (Granger) had no clothes??!! The “Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy” (CGID) indignantly protested: “Dr Somar’s suggestion that an African-Guyanese Chairman of the GECOM will automatically cause the multi-ethnic coalition government to lose Indian votes is the textbook definition of racism and racial profiling.”!!Now, if the AFC was overtly courted for its “race” vote and an action by Granger will cause that “race” vote to vanish, how can Somar’s analysis be racist??And what about Minister Cathy Hughes crudely summarising the response to Granger’s Unilateralism?…on the colour greenIs Adam Harris, editor of the Muckraker, playing the fool or what – on the colour green which Granger first daubed on the Office of the President and now State House? Of course, it all has to do with the colour! While the National Trust has to invoke its narrow mandate about tenants altering its protected sites, citizens aren’t constrained to point out the wider symbolism of the chosen new colour.As a columnist in the Muckraker repeatedly and correctly points out, context is critical when evaluating statements or actions. “Green” is the PNC’s colour as well as APNU’s, and one has to be both historically and colour blind not to make the connection between Granger’s symbolic action and the PNC’s historic insistence on party paramountcy. In addition to the historical context, there’s Granger’s vow to continue the legacy of Burnham and his insistence on Executive Supremacy to interpret the Constitution.Guyanese don’t need flambeau to see the significance of “green” in broad daylight!…on oilIs only now discovered what the Eyewitness has been saying for over a year? That when the contract with Exxon was renegotiated by Trotman, oil was already discovered.There was no risk like when Janet made the contract in 1999.
TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists As PBA title looms, Chris McCullough raring to get the job done for Beermen Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm 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 Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? “I just try to do my best to help this team win,” the Filipino-German, who was the top pick two drafts ago, told reporters shortly after San Miguel pulled ahead 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We were right on the line of losing it but we kept on fighting. That’s what what we stand for—to keep on fighting,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsStandhardinger has been making contributions off the bench but made sure he brought more than scoring as the vaunted Beermen moved closer to a title in the series that could wrap up on Friday night again at the Big Dome.But his minutes don’t concern the versatile forward one bit. MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MANILA, Philippines–Christian Standhardinger put all the hurt on TNT when it mattered, clamping down on import Terrence Jones to help pave the way for the Beermen—most especially Chris McCullough—in their 99-94 win in Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT For his part, Standhardinger said he was just simply looking for other ways to contribute.“Coach puts me in and I try to give it my best,” he said.“[Tonight], it wasn’t about scoring because we have many great scorers—it’s about playing defense and I tried my best to do just that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “I think every player cares about his minutes, but that doesn’t change the fact that the team comes first,” Standhardinger said.He finished with just four points—his lowest in the duel, but his presence was felt the most in the final seven minutes of the affair, where held Jones to just three points, all of which coming from the free-throw line.Mark Dickel, TNT’s other shot-caller, said the San Miguel forward simply caught their prized import depleted, but eventually gave credit where it’s due.“Standhardinger hardly plays, hardly been a factor in the whole series,” KaTropa’s active consultant said.“He’s got a lot of energy sitting down the rest of the games, so he came in and did a good job. He was active on Terrence,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT
No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist “I can’t hit the masse shot anymore,” he added. “I can’t use my left anymore.”It wasn’t evident, though, to the people who still milled around the pool shark, whose mere appearance used to be enough to shake opponents’ confidence. Fans, volunteers and even fellow athletes still lined up for photos with the guy everyone calls the “Magician.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Over at social media, fans ranted at the lack of a better livestream link to his duel with Thailand’s Thongchai Punyawee, a foe he beat easily, 100-37, in the one-cushion carom event of billiards in the Southeast Asian Games.“I wasn’t nervous at all,” he said shortly after the victory which earned him a ticket to the semifinal—and brought him closer to a SEA Games gold medal–something missing in his vast trophy case. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down “The old magic,” Reyes said with his trademark toothless sheepish smile, “it won’t work anymore.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday SEA Games: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi View comments NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Efren “Bata” Reyes during the men’s 1-cushion carom event at the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Denison Dalupang/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–As Efren “Bata” Reyes wrapped up what could be his last tour of duty for the Philippines, the beloved pool icon feels that he has used up his bag of tricks.“The magic is gone now,” Reyes said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China ‘People evacuated on their own’ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations LATEST STORIES Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) He dominated the Thai ace like the Bata of old, the one with the penchant for crafting shots from almost impossible angles.And fans were thrilled.“It’s crazy how he still has it,” said a man in his 50s, who was tried to keep his voice down as he cheered every time Reyes put together successive shots.“I was in elementary the last time I saw him,” a lady cop securing the venue’s makeshift stands told her parter on duty at Manila Hotel, where the billiards competition was being held.But Reyes admitted that he was near the end, and that this Games may be a final love letter to his fans.ADVERTISEMENT
Following the tragic death of Orvin Tiwari at St Cuthbert’s Mission on Sunday, news emerged that the youngDead: Orvin Tiwariman had jumped off a tree into the creek to win a bet he had made with another man, but a friend who was with him at the time refuted the claim.The mechanic, of Lot 137 Block X, Good Hope, East Coast Demerara, took the fatal plunge into the black water creek at St Cuthbert’s Mission just after 15:00h on Sunday. He was reportedly in the water with his friends, but was swept into the deep as his friends turned their backs.At the Tiwari home, Sanjay Annirood, a friend of the now deceased young man, refuted allegations that Tiwari jumped from a tree into the creek.“Orvin never went up on no tree… it had a sudden drop and he fall in the drop and the water (current) is what pull he down… we tried to save him, a girl who went with us tried to save him, but the water was too strong so instead of getting him up, he was pulling her down with him,” the friend explained.He further related that after the drowning pair called out to him, he rushed to their assistance and grabbed the female friend’s arm and pulled. “When I was coming up, I thought was both of them, but when we reach up, the girl said that Orvin loose off.”At this time, they raised an alarm, and persons plunged into the water in search of the young man. About 15 minutes later, his body was pulled from the creek and taken to the Diamond hospital. The post-mortem conducted on his body on Monday morning proved that he drowned.The young man’s father, Mahendra Tiwari, in tears, told Guyana Times that he was not aware that his son was heading to the Mission to partake in the festivities. He recalled seeing his son on Sunday morning when he collected a piece of equipment that he had left in his car.The grieving father, a taxi driver, recalled receiving a call from someone urging him to return home at once. “I already had someone in my car to drop off at Buxton, but after I get the call so I asked the dispatcher to let another driver drop off the customer and I went home.”As he arrived home, he saw everyone in tears and it was then he was given the news. He travelled to the Diamond hospital where he saw his son’s motionless body lying on the table.Upon enquiring, he was reportedly told that his son and others were playing in the water and suddenly, he went into the deeper area causing him to be swept away. Guyana Times understands that this was the second time the now dead young man and his friends travelled to the Mission for the heritage celebration, but it was the first time they went into the water.The young man leaves to mourn his parents and two brothers, among other relatives and friends. The family is preparing for his funeral later in the week.
The changes to high-risk driving behaviour require changes to the ICBC Basic Insurance Tariff. The government said it will issue directions to both ICBC and the B.C. Utilities Commission about the changes, which will be in effect beginning March 1, 2018. VICTORIA, B.C. — The provincial government announced today that distracted driving will be labelled as a high-risk driving behaviour under the ICBC Driver Risk Premium program.That means a driver with two distracted driving tickets in a three-year timeframe will see their total financial penalties rise to as much as $2,000 – an increase of $740 over the existing penalties. Driver Risk Premium charges are separate from vehicle insurance premiums and are billed even if an individual does not own or insure a vehicle. Currently, two distracted driving tickets in one year will cost $1,256. The changes mean that drivers with two tickets for driving while using an electronic device will have to pay an extra $370 per year for three straight years.“Distracted driving continues to put people in danger and significant pressure on insurance rates for all drivers. Today, we are taking action to curb the behaviour and improve safety for all B.C. road users,” said Attorney General David Eby. “Once implemented, this change will treat distracted driving as the serious high-risk behaviour that it is; one that is on par with impaired driving and excessive speeding. Taking action to improve safety and penalize dangerous behaviours benefits all British Columbians and is another step in the right direction.”According to statistics, distracted driving is a factor in more than 25 percent of all fatal car crashes in B.C., killing an average of 78 people each year. Currently, there are approximately 12,000 drivers in B.C. that have multiple distracted-driving tickets over a three-year period.- Advertisement -When fully implemented, the changes will result in about $3 million to $5 million in additional premiums collected annually, which will be used to offset ICBC’s overall basic insurance rate pressures, benefiting drivers around the province.“B.C. already has some of the toughest distracted-driving penalties in Canada and these changes make our rules even tougher,” said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth. “In the continuing fight against distracted driving, even a single death is one too many.”Advertisement
Officials also worry the virus might spread from wild birds to the nearly 10 billion chickens raised each year in the U.S. Authorities say cooking kills the virus and it is safe to eat properly handled and cooked poultry. Commercial poultry companies already test every flock for bird flu. If the deadly virus shows up in a commercial bird, the entire flock would be quarantined and killed, and the area would be disinfected. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said the government would compensate farmers for their destroyed flocks. Unlike in many of the countries affected by bird flu, the U.S. has a highly consolidated, $29 billion poultry industry that raises the majority of its birds in controlled, indoor facilities. That minimizes contact between wild and domestic birds. “Our producers are as eager as we are to protect the safety of our poultry,” Johanns said. While the deadly strain of the virus has not yet been found in the U.S., other strains have. Birds, like humans, have a flu season. Less virulent “low-pathogenic” flu viruses are common. But three times – in 1924, 1983 and 2004 – a lethal, “highly pathogenic” strain has emerged in the U.S. Also Monday, the government banned veterinarians from using human antiviral drugs, such as Tamiflu, to treat animals. The goal is to ensure the drugs remain effective in people. A spokesman for the National Chicken Council said the industry does not use the drugs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Bird flu is likely to arrive this year in the United States, with the increased testing of tens of thousands of wild birds expected to reveal dozens of suspected cases, the Bush administration said Monday. Officials will test 75,000 to 100,000 wild birds this year, or nearly six times the number screened since 1998, according to a government plan finalized Monday. The government also plans to quarantine and destroy any poultry flocks where the virus appears. The wild bird testing could reveal 20 to 100 suspected cases of bird flu, although follow-up testing is likely to reveal that dozens were false alarms, Interior Secretary Gale Norton said. The emphasis will be on Alaska and other spots along the Pacific flyway, a common route that migratory birds follow into the U.S., possibly carrying the virus as they do. Tests will also be run on 50,000 water and bird dropping samples from waterfowl habitats, the government said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt stressed that people are not yet at risk from the virus, which has ravaged wild and domestic birds alike in Asia, Africa and Europe. “At this point, if you’re a bird, it’s a pandemic. If you’re a human, it’s not a pandemic,” Leavitt said. Norton cautioned that while officials plan to announce any positive tests for bird flu, it will take another five to 10 days for the Agriculture Department’s laboratory in Ames, Iowa, to confirm the results. “This is a disease of birds and not humans, at this point. Finding a bird with the disease does not signal a pandemic,” Norton said. Human cases of bird flu have been rare, but scientists fear the virus could mutate into a form easily spread among people, sparking a worldwide epidemic. For now, wild birds are getting much of the government’s attention.
A short program from Dr. Mike Neary, Purdue Extension Sheep Specialist, over “Weaning Management,” will follow. Details about the association’s upcoming events will be presented and association business will also be conducted. Door prizes willalso be given.Association annual dues of $10 may also be paid.All sheep producers (whether you raise a couple of sheep or have a large flock) are encouraged to attend. Reservations should be made by calling 883-4601 by Friday, February 1.Anyone unable to attend who would like more information about the Washington County Sheep Association should contact one of the Association’s officers/directors: President, Bronie Brown; Vice President – Dixie Carter, Secretary/Treasurer, Brenda Hash;Directors, Dave Embree, Rachel Lengel, Aaron Walker, and Jason Webster or the Washington County Extension Office at 883-4601. All sheep producers in the area are invited to the Washington County Sheep Association’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 7.It will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room on the lower level of the Washington County Government Building locatedat 806 Martinsburg Road, Salem.The meeting will begin with a meal sponsored by the Washington County Sheep Association.