Wozniacki into Aussie Open quarterfinals vs Suarez Navarro

first_imgView comments 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 Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki blows kisses to the crowd after defeating Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — Caroline Wozniacki is continuing to cash in on her second chance at the Australian Open, reaching the quarterfinals here for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova on Sunday.After her close call in the second round — she had to save two match points and come back from 5-1 down in the third set — No. 2-ranked Wozniacki said she was “playing with the house money” and had nothing to lose.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Paul, Rockets end Warriors’ streak Wozniacki could return to the top ranking if she reaches the semifinals and a combination of other results go her way.She has never won a Grand Slam singles title but lost the U.S. Open final twice — to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and to Serena Williams in 2014.Suarez Navarro has reached the quarterfinals at a major five times, but is yet to make the semifinals.She has won two of their seven career head-to-heads, which date back to a match on a lower-tier tour in 2006.“Well, we play a lot of times,” Suarez Navarro said. “I know how she plays. I know how tough she is. She’s fighting every ball, but at the same time she can play aggressive. She has a lot of experience on these rounds.”ADVERTISEMENT She has won both matches since in straight sets and will next play Carla Suarez Navarro, who came back from a set and 4-1 down to beat No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.After a tight tussle in the opening four games against No. 19-seeded Rybarikova, a Wimbledon semifinalist last year, Wozniacki dominated the fourth-round match and conceded only six points in the second set. She even tried a between-the-legs “tweener” from near the baseline for the first time in a tour-level match. She didn’t win the point, but said it was progress.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think you can tell my confidence is high,” Wozniacki, who finished last season by winning the WTA Finals title, said in an on-court TV interview. “I tried a tweener today and it went in.”She looked at a replay on the stadium screen and joked “I’m admiring myself there.”last_img read more

Nabong gets biggest fine for GlobalPort-Rain or Shine melee

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tautuaa was fined P10,000 for shoving the ball at Ahanmisi’s direction.Rain or Shine’s Jay Washington, Globalport’s Ryan Araña and Bradwym Guinto were also fined P2,000 each for entering the playing court during the commotion.Before the melee happened, Malcolm White and Tiu nearly came to blows when the Batang Pier’s import whacked the Elasto Painter in the mouth that resulted in a P20,000 fine.Although White argued the hit was inadvertent, Rain or Shine big man Raymond Almazan retaliated with less than a minute remaining in the game.Almazan hit White in the face and that strike cost the lanky forward P10,000.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Even the referees weren’t spared from the league’s judgment.Rommel Gruta, Nol Quilinguen and Janine Nicandro are suspended for one rotation while Mike Flordeliza for two rotations.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio tries to control big man Kelly Nabong in an attempt to pacify the situation. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe PBA on Thursday dropped the punishments to those involved in the melee between Rain or Shine and Globalport that saw three ejections and a bloodied Chris Tiu.Globalport center Kelly Nabong received the worst of sanctions as the league slapped him with a P30,000 fine–P20,000 for a flagrant foul 2 and P10,000 for displaying the middle finger.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Bucks’ Maker, Dellavedova join Australia in Fiba qualifiers vs Philippines View comments MOST READ Nabong was ejected with 3:40 left in the Elasto Painters’ 96-90 win on May 20 at Smart Araneta Coliseum after getting shoving Rain or Shine guard Maverick Ahanmisi, who was also slapped with a P15,000 fine after pushing down Sean Anthony.The scuffle began when Rain or Shine center Beau Belga and Globalport forward Moala Tautuaa dove for the loose ball.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 crownAlthough Belga was able to secure the timeout, Anthony didn’t hear the whistle that signaled the stoppage of play and he joined the pileup.Ahanmisi took this the other way and shoved Anthony down, prompting Nabong to push off the Elasto Painter from behind. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

UST wins double championship; Rondina, Tigresses make UAAP beach volley history

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The celebration didn’t end their for UST after Requinton and Barbon were also named Rookie of the Year in their respective divisions.RELATED VIDEO The Tigers on the other hand, regained the men’s crown after Krung Arbasto and Jaron Requinton dashed the perfect run of Far Eastern University’s Jude Garcia and Richard Solis, 21-13, 22-24, 15-10. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aguilar, Brownlee lead quarterfinals-bound Ginebra over Meralco Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments  “I was able to prove to myself that I can do it,” Rondina, who won her fourth season MVP award, said in Filipino.“I started my first year thinking that I won’t be able to prove what I can do because I don’t have the height. But it changed when we started winning. The MVP is just a bonus for me. My goal is to help UST win,” Rondina added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss MOST READ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUniversity of Santo Tomas pulled off a double championship in the UAAP Season 81 beach volleyball tournament Sunday.Sisi Rondina and Babylove Barbon made history after delivering UST’s third straight women’s beach volleyball championship and a perfect season following a 21-7, 21-16, win over Mich Morente and Tin Tiamzon of La Salle in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

When Liberians Become Desperate for Economic Change: Is Slavery An Option?

first_imgI could not stop laughing my guts out from what I heard few months ago. As Liberians anxiously trooped their way in huge quantity to play Diversity Visa (DV) nationwide, one of the applicants who is a Liberian, said he would prefer going to America as a SLAVE than to live in his own country. Another citizen said he is willing to walk in the street naked if only he is given an assurance to obtain a US visa. These are the funniest, but most serious and embarrassing remarks I have ever heard since last year. These statements are making me to ponder and wonder about where our country is going.  How could anyone stoop so low? I guess besides these men, who have made known their frustrating intentions, many others have similar thoughts. This shows how desperate our people are to detach themselves from poverty. It also means they have had enough and cannot continue to suffer in a small rich country of their own where hardship is eating them up. Anyone can easily predict Liberia’s future judging from present day reality.How could our people be brought so low? Don’t they deserve to reap a better living condition? Aren’t they human beings? Must they continue to undergo deep destitution even when they live in a nation of abundant natural resources? Were they borne to endure poverty and economic inequality? Or don’t they deserve the socio-economic dividends of the taxes they pay? I really don’t intend to answer these critical questions now, but I shall endeavor to do so after our current fight against Ebola. The collective destiny of our people seems hopeless and to even think about becoming slaves in a foreign land creates a dark cloud over Liberia. Their persistent pursuit of better livelihood remains unrealistic as a small portion of self-seeking extortionists and elitists continues to amass illegal wealth. The primary goal of these imported bureaucrats and opportunists is to keep our people far below the economic ladder and compel them to always be followers. The chain of poor governance must be broken in order to engender democratic sustainability. An equal and just Liberia can no longer be overemphasized!Ebola would not have overrun us if those we stood in long queues to elect yesteryears were working in our interest. Sadly, this brutal virus has taken advantage of our poor health system by putting an end to several lives. It is unfortunate that we have lost 4,057 persons so far to this destructive disease. This could not have happened if we had patriotic public servants. Regrettably, such is a time when an unforeseen disaster is threatening our mutual existence. Our people must not give up even during this difficult period of uncertainty. The fight against ebola depicts a new era of economic and political transformation. We shall use this situation to decide the fate of those who are playing gamble with our future. No one goes to the Executive Mansion or Legislature without the permission of our people. Therefore, it is important for all of us to rise above Ebola by taking all necessary precautions and disengaging from complacency. I know it may seem difficult for some of you to live by the rules, but please do whatever little you can to stay safe. This national crisis will soon be over!From what I see and hear every day, most of our people are willing and ready to sell their self-respect in order to untie themselves from long-standing adversity in Liberia. The shackle of poverty has overcome their determination and endurance. As Ebola increases their existing trauma, nothing seems more essential to them right now, other than leaving Liberia to a better destination. No wonder why some of them would prefer going to the United States as SLAVES. This preference is not only painful, but very humiliating. All of these frustrations being expressed by our people simply points to bad governance and lack of public trust. I hope the status quo will shift towards equality and justice for all when we finally defeat ebola. If only we were not depending on our oppressors to ignite economic revival since 1847, Liberia would have been an equal and just society. However, it is never too late to demand inclusive change from a cartel of economic migrants. The power is in our hands to either remain where we are or to advance ourselves.I want to disabuse the minds of all Liberians who feel that reducing yourself to nothing in order to have an American Visa is an option. Slavery is not a choice. It keeps your mind, body, and soul in chain till death. It should not be an option for any Liberian. You are above it and you must live beyond it. Even though times are hard to an extent our people lack access to minimum basic social services, but this must not be a reason to trade human dignity. Unacceptable and Unthinkable! This nation can rise above its current condition if and only if everyone begins to protect one another’s interest. Liberia can become a better place if no one group of people considers it as an inheritance or family farm. This country can only cultivate tangible developments if the down-trodden masses become up-trodden. Of course, it is their right to have access to good food, safe drinking water, better housing, quality education, improved health care, security, etc. No one, not even those at the helm of national leadership should see this as a privilege. The outcry of our people has been given deaf ears for too long to an extent that they have been considered ‘noisy minority’. The voices of those who have power to institute a legitimate government as per our constitution sound useless even when the realities are glaring. How could this be?  I can imagine the misery our people go through everyday just to survive. They move up and down daily on empty bellies in search of survival.  With Ebola creating an extra economic burden on them, their hope for a brighter future is gradually crumbling. Panic and fear have become their closest companions. Self-pity is eating most of our people up, and if we refuse to take appropriate measures to guarantee pubic happiness, generations to come will hold us responsible.The change we have been yearning for since the very formation of our nation must begin with the fight against Ebola.  After this countrywide fight, I am confident that our people shall use every opportunity available to chart a new course. I hope they will make good use of their ballots to protest and take control of their own destiny. The lessons learnt from this current Ebola crisis will be used as a conscious barometer to reshape Liberia and all who live in it. The cradle of African democracy (Liberia) must lead this continent by exceptional examples. This can only be realized if transparency replaces corruption, if merit substitutes nepotism, if patriotism surpasses pretense, if justice overcomes injustice, if economic freedom suppresses political oppression, if equality succeeds inequality! Liberians are potential people with unique attributes, as such; slavery is not an option for anyone of them to prefer.  As we continue to combat Ebola together, I hope no one will use this unfortunate situation to pay his/her mortgage bills in the USA.  This is not time to divert public resources to private accounts. We are watching with eagle eyes and we will resist any dishonest attempt to exploit our people’s ignorance this time around. About The Author: Martin K. N. Kollie is a Liberian youth activist, student leader, an emerging economist, and a young writer.  He is currently a student at the University of Liberia reading Economics and a member of the Student Unification Party (SUP).  His passion is to ensure a new Liberia of socio-economic equality and justice for ALL. He can be reached at: martinkerkula1989@yahoo.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Social Cohesion Ministry aiming to promote inclusivity – Norton

first_imgMash 2019…as 2019 costume band launchedAs Guyanese prepare for Mashramani 2019, which will be celebrated on February 23, the Social Cohesion Ministry on Thursday launched its Mash band on Main Street, Georgetown in front of dozens of exhilarated spectators.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton was present as the costumes were unveiled to the public. He noted that what was unveiled was a small preview of what would unfold during the Republic Day celebrations. Norton said that the Social Cohesion Ministry was aiming towards inclusivity in the event, noting that the activities have been decentralised.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton and Permanent Secretary Melissa Tucker flanked by costumed band members in front of the Ministry’s Main Street office“One of the main aims this year is that we take a bit of the Mash frolic and fun into every region of Guyana. It is part of our Ministry’s agenda to ensure inclusivity and equality at all levels, including during the celebration of our nation’s journey to become a cooperative republic,” said the Minister.Social Cohesion Ministry Permanent Secretary Melissa Tucker explained that the Ministry was looking to bring out the six different peoples but depicting them as one to demonstrate cooperation.“Guyana’s beauty and cultural diversity are amplified and made possible through the unity of its six peoples. Six races contributing six cultures which in turn contribute to one voice. A singular Guyanese expression of cultural diversity enshrined in the unity of its people,” Tucker said.This year, over 300 revellers are ready to partake in the Ministry’s costume parade through the streets of Georgetown. All of the costumes were designed by Neilson Nurse, who has created art pieces for other Ministries and is known for his show-stopping costumes.The design focused on the colours of the Golden Arrowhead – red, black, gold, white and green – and is aimed at placing emphasis on the cooperative aspect of Guyana.With just one week left before the official celebrations, there are still a few activities left to complete.Other exciting events are expected to take place within the month of February including the Children’s Costume and Float Parade at the National Park on February 16, the Carib Soca Monarch final, also on February 16 at D’Urban Park.The Masquerade Jamboree will be held at the Stabroek Square on February 21 while the Flag Raising Ceremony will be hosted on February 22 to usher in February 23 and the headline event – the Costume and Float Parade. The Mashramani festivities do not end on February 23 this year, as a Champions in Concert activity is slated for March 9, in Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).last_img read more

Pat Ferris leads the Blizzard spring race

first_img**SubmittedPat Ferris leads the 25th Blizzard Spring Stage Race, after a weekend of racing. Pat won 4 of the 5 races held from Thursday to Sunday. He currently has 22 points with George Gamble in second at 17, Les Elliott 14 and Bob Andrews 8.Jolea Bilodeau leads the women’s Spring Stage Race after winning 4 of the 5 stages and has 24 points. Barb Polehoykie was 13 for second spot.- Advertisement -Stage #1: Pat Ferris won the 16 km Baldonnel time trial opener with a time of 27:18. Les Elliott was only 2 seconds back and Bob Andrews was third at 27:44. Jolea Bilodeau won the Women’s with 28:59 and Barb Polehoykie second at 30:42.Stage #2: Pat Ferris won the 3.5 km Beatton River hill climb with 23:00, George Gamble second at 23:21 and Richard Howes third at 23:29. Jolea Bilodeau won the women’s at 24:38.Stage #3: The 28 km new Frozen John loop was hilly, gravelly and difficult. Pat Ferris was first at 1:00:29, George Gamble 1:00:36 and Les Elliott third at 1:01:08. Jolea Bilodeau won the 2 lap Women’s’ at 32:21.Advertisement Stage #4: Les Elliott won the long and hilly 78 km Mile 62 road race with a time of 2:05:30, edging out Kevin Shaw and George Gamble by a bike length. Barb Polehoykie won the Women’s with 2:16:54.Stage 5: Pat Ferris won a close sprint with George Gamble, Kevin Shaw and Les Elliott. Jolea Bilodeau was in the group sprint as well. Their time was 1:15:00 for the 40 km Cecil Lake circuit.Coming up: Tuesday’s Stage 6 from Beatton park at 6:15 pm. Stage 7 is a Baldonnel time trial at 6:15 and Sunday is the final Stage #8 in Taylor for the Rocky Road Race at 1 pm.www.ferrisfastcycles.com Advertisementlast_img read more

Effects of a minimum wage increase

first_imgB.C.’s minimum wage may be getting an increase.The wage has been a topic of discussion for some time now, and has been getting a boost from at least one candidate running to replace Gordon Campbell as leader of the Liberal party.- Advertisement -Sitting at $8 per hour, B.C. currently has the lowest minimum wage out of the whole country. There is currently also an exception to the minimum wage law, allowing employers to pay only $6 per hour to anyone who is entering the workforce for the first time. That wage can be given for an employee’s first 500 hours of work.The proposed increase would bring the minimum wage to $10 per hour.In Fort St. John, the Chamber of Commerce has sent out a survey to its members asking how each business feels it might be affected if the minimum wage is increased.Although Chamber President-elect Andrew Tylosky says he believes most employers in the area are currently paying above the regulated minimum wage, the Chamber has sent out the survey to judge local businesses reactions to the proposed increase.Advertisement [asset|aid=3332|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5b291a4f77751cbdf70ec59ec71b157d-Tylosky minimum wage 1_1_Pub.mp3] Tylosky says there are potential benefits and drawbacks to any sort of wage increase, which can affect small businesses.[asset|aid=3333|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5b291a4f77751cbdf70ec59ec71b157d-Tylosky minimum wage 2_1_Pub.mp3] Tylosky also says another potential negative aspect of a minimum wage increase could be that workers making more than the current minimum wage may expect their own wages to increase in line with an increase in minimum wage.Advertisement A list of other province’s and territory’s minimum wages is provided below:Alberta $8.80Manitoba $9.50New Brunswick $9.00Newfoundland $10.00NWT $9.00Nova Scotia $9.65Nunavut $10.00Ontario $10.25PEI $9.00Quebec $9.50Saskatchewan $9.25Yukon $8.93last_img read more

Chaos at Georgetown, Vreed-en-Hoop Stellings after barge slams into Demerara Harbour Bridge

first_imgIn the wee hours on Monday morning, notices were sent out that the structure would be closed for emergency works and the only alternative to cross the Demerara River was via the speedboat service, operating at Stabroek and Vreed-en-Hoop stellings.Whilst the boat service would usually commence operations at 06:00h every morning, provisions were made for the commuters to cross earlier. However, both stellings saw an influx of passengers in a rush to meet their destinations.When Guyana Times arrived at the Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), the area was cordoned off from the Vreed-en-Hoop junction and persons were forced to walk to the docking area as Police ranks tamed the situation. School-aged children hurried to make it into the next available boat as they feared reaching late on the very first day of school. Several boats were lined up as a swarm of passengers trickled into the vessels amid the confusion.A mother of three explained that she was unaware of the situation and two of her kids were already late to school. She too, lamented about the inconvenience faced after having to use the boat service.“I was planning to use the bridge as usual, but we just got wind of the fact that the bridge is not working. Now, I just dropped off my daughter and I’m going to carry the other two. With all the trouble to cross, they will be late and it’s the first day of school,” she expressed.Over at the Stabroek Stelling, a similar scenario was observed as multiple boats loaded dozens of passengers and escorted them.Officials of the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) fixed themselves to organise the crowd in orderly lines. Police Commissioner Leslie James was present on site, along with other senior ranks, as he positioned that the situation was brought under control.“We have the Deputy Commissioners [of] Administrations and Operations, Commander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara), the Traffic Chief, another person in charge of impact base and other officers. We’re all here to make an assessment as to what is taking place. So far, reports and what we’re witnessing, everything is under control,” he told this publication.While the morning hours eventually got somewhat organised, there was a complete shift in the afternoon proceedings.Passengers fainted after waiting for some time to board speedboats at the Stabroek Stelling while some complained that the movement was stagnant and complained about the toxic air.One woman was even seen hyperventilating. Adding to that, persons with baggage were given preference over school children, who were lost in the crowd.Preliminary reportsGeneral Manager of the Bridge Corporation, Rawlston Adams and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson provided clarity on the seriousness of the issue.The Public Infrastructure Minister told the media that preliminary investigations revealed that the barge was beyond its anchorage location. After the vessel started drifting, a distress call was sent out but no one on-board spoke English. The crew members were detained as investigations continued.“The crew and the barge have been detained by the Police…The preliminary assessment from MARAD suspected that the barge was outside its anchorage point. They also suspected that the barge was not properly manned. When the barge became adrift, the crew was manned by Cubans and Panamanians. Apparently, it’s a Panamanian-registered vessel. They issued a mayday because it was drifting from Diamond-Grove. Very late, they gave the mayday and it was received by the Light House,” Patterson asserted.He insisted that introspections should be made to prevent such occurrences in the future and they might have to mandate operators to have all barges powered by a tugboat. According to him, 55 water taxis came to the rescue and aided the massive undertaking.DamagesMeanwhile, Adams said that the barge came into contact with the bridge at two locations, and the structure was shifted from its aligned position between the high and retractor spans. During the collision, it was loaded with a gravel-like material.“The barge came into contact at two locations, span 13 and again at span 16. We saw some severe damages. The bridge is completely out of alignment between the high span and the retractor span,” he said.Emergency actions were deployed to remedy the situation but it was hindered by unfavourable tidal conditions for a few hours. For the morning period, workers managed to install temporary decking and some of the connecting posts. In total, nine connecting posts were to be changed along with nine anchor chains.“This morning, we managed to replace the connecting post at span 13. That was to facilitate us moving over to span 16. We had to put in some temporary decking…We had to suspend all works due to the tide. The tide is really against us. We expect that to change,” Adams stated.He later added that all marine transits were also suspended since the unaligned structure presents unpredictability to the operation of the retractor span.“The reason we have had to suspend all marine transit is the fact that you see the bridge is out of align. For the retractor span to close, it has to be in line. We cannot take the chance to open the retractor span”.The total cost attached to the damaged bridge has not been ascertained. However, it was related that the connecting posts will cost $5 million, while the chains are in vicinity of $4 million.The Bridge is the main thoroughfare for commuters to drive across to the capital city. An estimated 11,000 persons would use the structure in the morning hours, but the DHB management was expecting maximum traffic Monday morning, since it was the beginning of a new academic year.Provisions were made for the boat service to be extended until 22:00h along with four emergency vessels on standby. Authorities are hoping to facilitate light traffic on the bridge by this evening. …thousands stranded as vehicular traffic haltedBy Rupa SeenaraineOn the first day of the new academic year, a catastrophe happened when a barge and tug slammed into the southern side of the Demerara Harbour Bridge just after midnight, thus shifting the spans which connect the structure and causing a shutdown to vehicular traffic.Commuters bustling to cross the Demerara RiverOne of the points of impact on the Harbour Bridgelast_img read more

May celebration marks 50 years of Bert Bowes Middle School in Fort St. John

first_img“We’re going to invite any community member that feels they have a connection to the school,” says Principal of Bert Bowes Wade Hart. “It will just be a celebration of 50 years of a pretty special school.”The night is going to be a mix of old and new, with plans to have the current student band and art work displayed alongside newspaper clipping and yearbook photos from years past. There will also be guest speakers, refreshments and possibly a Bert Bowes trivia game.For alumni and former staff who can not make it to the event, there’s also an online option for sharing stories and photos of their time spent at the school.- Advertisement -“That will be part of the evening as well,” says Hart. “We’ll have that on display for people to take a look back.”The celebration is being held Wednesday May 27, 2015 – running 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.A look at the history behind Bert Bowes Middle SchoolAdvertisement Bert Bowes Middle School is named after a pioneer of Fort St. John.Mr. Bowes was the co-owner of Bowes and Herron Garage and was also an early mail carrier – having served in the Second World War. He had also served as a school board trustee.“They had asked to make it [the school] in his name, and I think at first he may have declined that – I think he was quite humble and didn’t necessarily want the extra recognition,” explains Hart. “It was decided after he passed away that the school should be named in his honour.”Bert Bowes Middle School officially opened its doors on November 27th, 1964Advertisementlast_img read more

Klopp says Liverpool ‘back at the top’ after Bayern triumph

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen KloppMUNICH, Germany, Mar 14 – Jurgen Klopp said his Liverpool side proved they are “back on the European stage” after an impressive 3-1 win at Bayern Munich on Wednesday put them into the Champions League quarter-finals.Sadio Mane scored twice at the Allianz Arena to put last season’s finalists Liverpool through with a 3-1 aggregate last-16 win. “It’s a big step to get this club back on the European stage and I am really happy,” said Liverpool’s German manager.“If Barcelona, if Real Madrid come here, they know this is a hard place to win.“It’s a big step for us, let’s see what we can do with it, but we have a set a bar for this wonderful club that we really are back on the landscape of top international football.“We think that is where this club should be, but let’s carry on, we have a lot to learn, a lot to improve, but we’re back.”Having missed the goalless first leg at Anfield three weeks ago through suspension, Virgil van Dijk’s long pass led to Mane’s excellent first-half goal.“His first goal was ridiculous, the calmness with how he’s finished it off,” Liverpool midfielder James Milner told BT Sport.“He’s on fire at the minute and let’s hope it continues for the rest of the season.”Dutch centre-back Van Dijk then headed Liverpool into a 2-1 lead from a Milner corner on 69 minutes after Joel Matip’s own goal had handed Bayern a first-half equaliser.Mane made sure of Liverpool’s place in the quarter-final draw by nodding in six minutes from time.Liverpool’s victory means they join Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Manchester United in the quarter-finals, completing a clean sweep of English sides reaching the last eight for the first time since 2008/09.“It is good for English football — that’s what you want,” added Milner.“We have good feelings from last year, so hopefully we can carry that on and go as far as we can.”Van Dijk headed home the crucial goal which put Liverpool 2-1 ahead © AFP / Christof StacheIt is a bleaker picture in Germany as Bayern’s exit leaves no Bundesliga club in the quarters for the first time since 2005/06, as Borussia Dortmund and Schalke also bowed out in the last 16 — to Tottenham and Man City respectively.“Both teams were very cautious for a long period, but the second goal took the belief out of us,” said Bayern defender Mats Hummels.“Jurgen Klopp is good at neutralising the opponents’ strengths and he did that once again.“We didn’t play well enough to create enough clear chances at this level.”This is the first time since 2011 that Bayern have failed to make the quarter-finals.“We have the right to be bitterly disappointed, it’s tough not being part of the Champions League anymore,” said Bayern head coach Niko Kovac.“We have to be positive, we have a good run in the Bundesliga and we have to focus on that.”– Henderson forced off –Milner was preferred to Fabinho in Liverpool’s midfield, but Klopp was forced into an early change when captain Jordan Henderson hobbled off on 12 minutes.Brazilian Fabinho made an early entrance and Milner took the skipper’s armband.“It doesn’t look so serious for Jordan’s ankle, but it’s always a bad sign when you have to make a change, especially in midfield,” said Klopp.Klopp had urged his side to “be brave on the ball” and it was that, combined with an amazing piece of skill by Mane, which gave them the lead.Van Dijk’s pin-point pass over 40 metres found Mane in the Bayern box with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer off his line.Mane spun away and looped his shot inside the far post to give the visitors a valuable away goal in the 26th minute.Kovac defended Neuer’s decision to come off his line.“Mane was in the inside track, Rafinha was outside, so it was the right call for Manu to come for the ball,” said Kovac.“However, it shows Mane’s quality that he saw where Neuer was and was able to take advantage of it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more