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first_imgSOCHI, Russia (AP):Valtteri Bottas fended off hard-charging Sebastian Vettel and outshone Lewis Hamilton to claim his first Formula One win on Sunday in the Russian Grand Prix.As Mercedes responded to Ferrari’s strong early-season pace, it was Bottas, often viewed as the number two driver of the team, who delivered a calm, precise win when his more illustrious teammate Hamilton struggled in the Sochi heat.Bottas started third but beat second-placed Kimi Raikkonen off the start and slipstreamed past Vettel’s Ferrari to lead at the end of the first straight.The Finn looked on course for a straightforward win until a rare slip saw him damage a tire. That helped Vettel to close in, but Bottas held on to cross the line 0.6 seconds ahead of the Ferrari. Raikkonen took third, 10.3 seconds further back.”Took quite a while, more than 80 races,” said Bottas, who had his debut with Williams in 2013. “Worth the wait.”The 27-year-old Finn joined Mercedes after last year’s champion, Nico Rosberg, surprisingly announced his retirement.GREAT OPPORTUNITY”There was this strange opportunity that happened in the winter that made this possible,” Bottas said. “You never know in life what’s going to happen and it was a great opportunity.”Vettel, who had started on pole, hunted Bottas down in the latter part of the race. However, he was left fuming after his hopes of passing him on the last lap were dashed by having to lap the Williams of Felipe Massa. “What was that?” Vettel asked over the team radio in frustration that Massa hadn’t moved out of his way swiftly enough, though the German was in conciliatory mood afterward.”It doesn’t matter,” Vettel said of the incident with Massa. “This is the man of the race today, big congrats to Valtteri.”Vettel’s second place meant the German extended his standings lead to 13 points over Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who trailed in fourth after suffering overheating trouble. Bottas is third, 10 points further back.last_img read more

first_imgSubmittedThe District of Tumbler Ridge is proud to announce the launch of its newly renovated website: With a totally fresh appearance and format, the new web site is a reflection of the community itself – clean, modern and easy on the eyes.  In addition to an aesthetic overhaul, the website furthers the District’s continued efforts at enhancing its communications and providing better service to its residents. “This version of our site is infinitely more user friendly,” reports Economic Development Officer Ray Proulx, “We undertook a one-click navigation approach this time around. In other words, we wanted to ensure that people could reach exactly what they wanted through one mouse click on the homepage.”  Examples of new, convenience-based site features include service request forms, business license registration forms, as well as the payment of bills and fines.  Interactive communication features include website feedback forms, e-newsletter subscription and a discussion forum where site users can share their views on local issues.  Local businesses in particular will benefit from their inclusion in the online business directory, which actually pinpoints their location on a town map.   While the launch of is a considerable feat in itself, according to Ray Proulx, there is no time to rest. “The municipal site is part of an ambitious program to redefine the community’s presence on the web,” he adds,  “In early 2009 we will be launching two additional websites; the first focused on promoting Tumbler Ridge as a tourism destination, the second will be dedicated to investment and business development.  We’ve got a lot to share as a community, and we hope these new sites will shine a virtual spotlight on everything we have to offer.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Marco Asensio and Spain were in scintillating form against Croatia © AFP / JOSE JORDANPARIS, France, Sep 12 – After the first two rounds of fixtures in the UEFA Nations League concluded on Tuesday evening with Spain’s stunning 6-0 win over Croatia, AFP Sports takes a look at some of the key talking points from the start of the brand new competition:– A breath of fresh air – Many fans were still struggling to understand the idea behind the Nations League as it got under way. Even the players were too, with England defender Harry Maguire admitting last week: “It is confusing, but we are trying to get our heads round it.” But while the process that offers up qualifying berths for Euro 2020 is not entirely straightforward, the basic concept of promotion and relegation is easier to comprehend. It is also an exciting and overdue addition to international football. Replacing meaningless friendly matches, marred by endless substitutions, with competitive matches between well-matched teams is already proving a great move by UEFA.England defender Harry Maguire has hopefully now got his head around the Nations League concept © AFP / Paul ELLIS– France riding crest of a wave –Didier Deschamps’ decision to keep faith with the team that won the World Cup final in July — with the exception of Alphonse Areola replacing the injured Hugo Lloris in goal — paid off as France returned to action with a 0-0 draw in Germany and a 2-1 win at home to the Netherlands. They are obvious contenders to win the inaugural Nations League title, with a four-team final tournament to be played next June, but the priority here was celebrating their World Cup success with their fans. The scenes at the Stade de France after Sunday’s win over the Dutch, as Deschamps’ young side partied with adoring supporters, showed the extent to which Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and co. are now national heroes.Kylian Mbappe and his France teammates parade the World Cup trophy after their win over the Netherlands © AFP / FRANCK FIFE– Spain recover mojo –Watching Spain’s scintillating display in their 6-0 demolition of Croatia on Tuesday and it was impossible not to think back to their performance against Russia at the World Cup, when they bowed out on penalties. Luis Enrique’s side, containing a blend of old and new faces, played at a frightening tempo and with a more direct style that was in stark contrast with the sleep-inducing sideways passing that put paid to their World Cup dreams. Crushing the World Cup runners-up, three days after beating England at Wembley, was a reminder that Spain are still right up there with the best teams on the planet.– Croatia struggle to build on World Cup –Just two months after reaching the World Cup final, Croatia were humbled in a 6-0 thrashing in Spain, despite starting six of the players who took on France in Moscow. Strength in depth looks to be an issue, with Ivan Santini a downgrade on the retired Mario Mandzukic, and the defence was taken apart without the injured Dejan Lovren and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic. Zlatko Dalic’s men next face a rematch of their World Cup semi-final against England, needing a quick response to quell any thoughts that they may have been one-tournament wonders.– Mancini yet to make mark –Roberto Mancini has a big job on his hands trying to revive Italy’s fortunes © AFP / Francisco LEONGItaly’s performances in labouring to a draw with Poland and losing in Portugal showed that the four-time World Cup winners remain a shadow of their former selves. Roberto Mancini is trying to revive the Azzurri after their failure to qualify for this year’s World Cup, but it seems the crisis is only deepening. Could relegation from the top tier of the Nations League be next? “We’ll wait and see, but our objective is to form a squad for Euro 2020,” insisted Mancini.– Minnows keen to seize chance –The expansion to 24 teams saw five countries make their European Championship debut in 2016, and the advent of the Nations League will likely open the door to more newcomers for the 2020 edition. Finland, in League C, and League D trio Georgia, Luxembourg and Macedonia took maximum points from their opening two games to underpin their hopes of reaching the play-offs that will determine the final four qualifiers. Kosovo also top their section after claiming a first competitive win in the team’s brief history by beating the Faroe Islands 2-0 on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Monday, July 1st, 2019, come downtown to celebrate the national day with the community of Fort St. John for Canada Day.An exciting day has been planned for this Canada Day with multiple events held around the downtown core. Start your day with a pancake breakfast and end your day with a bang at the fireworks display.These are free family-friendly events to celebrate Canada turning 152 years old.- Advertisement -The Canada Day schedule is as follows;  8 am Free Pancake Breakfast at the Fort St. John Firehall10 am – 11 am Pre Parade Entertainers (100 St) including performers from HulaHoop Circus.10 am – 4 pm Classic Car Show & Shine on 100 Street10 am – 4 pm Farmers Market located at the Old Visitor Centre lot11 am – 12 pm Parade (scroll down to view parade route map)11 am – 4 pm Food Trucks12 pm Mayor`s Kick Off & Opening ceremonies in Centennial Park – Opening Remarks, National Anthem, Land Blessing, Mayor’s remarks, Thank you to our sponsors (bring your lawn chair or a blanket to sit and enjoy)12 pm- 4 pm Family Activities in Centennial Park – Bouncy castles, balloon animals, face painting, Mini Golf with the Fort St John Public Library, roving entertainers, live entertainment, carnival games, spray park and more!10:45 pm Tim Hortons Canada Day Fireworks at Surerus Park(Parking at this location is crowded, please do your best to carpool, walk, bike, or watch from an alternate location)On July 1, 1867, Canada became a new federation with its own constitution by signing the Constitution Act – formerly known as the British North America Act.To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERElast_img

first_imgRussia first intervened in the Syrian conflict in 2015, staging air strikes in support of President Bashar al-Assad which targeted both IS and other jihadists as well as rebels fighting government troops.As many as 40,000 fighters travelled from all over the world, including Russia, to join IS in Russia after the 2014 declaration of its self-styled “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq.In 2015, Russian security services estimated that 2,900 Russian citizens had joined IS, as well as “several thousands” from Central Asia.Now that IS’ “caliphate” has all but collapsed, its “leaders and fighters are looking for ways to continue their terrorist activities in the territory of other countries, including Russia”, FSB director Alexander Bortnikov was quoted by Russian agencies as saying.“The return of former members of illegal armed groups from the Middle East to Russia poses a real danger” as they can form sleeper cells and recruit new members, he added.– Attacks thwarted –Bortnikov said the security services had ensured the Confederations Cup ran smoothly this year.They will draw on this experience to ensure they prevent attacks on venues in 13 cities hosting the World Cup from June 14 to July 15 next year.“Our priority is to secure locations where crowds will gather, as well as energy infrastructure sites … and sports venues that will host the 2018 football World Cup, to ensure they are not targets for terror attacks,” Bortnikov said.The FSB has thwarted attacks, including a suicide bombing, that an IS cell from southern Russia was planning for the upcoming New Year holidays and early next year, a statement carried by Russian news agencies said.Another assault was being planned for the presidential campaign, it added.Security forces in a raid arrested three people and seized explosives and automatic weapons, it said.Russia will hold a presidential election in March 2018, with the campaign officially expected to start later this month, following an announcement by Putin that he will stand for a fourth time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000With Russian backing, Syrian troops have regained control of vast swathes of territory previously held by IS © AFP/File / JOSEPH EIDMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Dec 12 – Russia’s security service on Tuesday said it was on alert for the possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the presidential election in 2018.The FSB’s warning came after the Russian military last week declared Syria “liberated” from the Islamic State group, and after a visit on Monday by President Vladimir Putin to Russia’s airbase in the war-ravaged country.last_img read more

first_img Daniel Sturridge was involved in all three of the Reds’ goals Daniel Sturridge dismissed any concerns about his desire to play for Liverpool with a stunning performance to send the Reds into the Europa League final.Liverpool beat Villarreal 3-0 on the night to overturn the 1-0 deficit from the first leg with a Bruno own goal followed by Sturridge and Adam Lallana finding the net.The England forward was dropped to the bench for the first leg in Spain last week but was restored to the starting XI to partner Roberto Firmino, and the two caused havoc for the Yellow Submarine.Sturridge was involved with all three of Liverpool’s goals and is hitting form at the right time with a final against Sevilla, who have won the tournament for the past two years, waiting on May 18th in Basle.See below for the best reactions to Sturridge’s performance on another famous Anfield night! 1center_img [View the story “‘Struggling to put into words how much I love Daniel Sturridge!’ – Liverpool fans react to match-winning performance” on Storify]last_img read more

first_imgTHERE’S not many Donegal men can say they got to star with Natalie Portman in her latest film.But then it takes a lot to impress the lads from the Donegal Mountain Rescue.Several of the lads took part in Miss Portman’s latest film Your Highness – a sci-fi fantasy film (and why wouldn’t it be with Miss Portman in it?!) Several of the scenes were shot around the hills of Antrim and involved the members of the DMR getting kitted out to pose along Natalie.The lads can be seen in their full splendour on the big screen at century Cinemas in Letterkenny tomorrow night (TUES) when a Premiere of the film has been scheduled.The film starts at 8.15pm and tickets (which are almost all sold) are priced at a ridiculously keen €10 each.Ends DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE COME TO THE AID OF FILM STAR NATALIE PORTMAN was last modified: April 10th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Mountain RescueNatalie PortmanYour Highnesslast_img read more

first_imgTHEY love their world record attempts in Glenties.And next month they’re going for another one – in The Glen Tavern at Greenans.Organisers are hoping to set a new World Record for the most number of fiddlers, violinists, cellists etc. to play in a barn for a barn dance! It will take place in the barn behind legendary Glen Tavern.Organisers have invited musicians from all over the world.Th event on Saturday May 18th which just happens to be World Fiddle Day.  WORLD RECORD FIDDLE BID SET FOR GLENTIES BARN! was last modified: April 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:WORLD RECORD FIDDLE BID SET FOR GLENTIES BARN!last_img read more

first_imgAs the primary officer assigned to keeping track of the city’s 79 registered sex offenders, Montebello Detective Julio Calleros wouldn’t mind some help. “Sex offenders should always be monitored, especially those on parole or probation, because they are just out of jail and are either rehabilitated or are going back to their old ways,” he said. Now, two new proposals at the state level could provide help for Calleros and dozens of other officers at smaller police agencies who are charged with keeping tabs on dozens of local registered sex offenders. One proposal would track high-risk offenders with global positioning technology. The other bill would create regional task forces to monitor sex offenders. Locally, law enforcement officials have differing views on the proposals. Some officials who track sex offenders say any help they can get from the state would be useful. But other officers say they could be better off tracking local offenders on their own, without interference from outside agencies. “Any type of enforcement or program we could have is a benefit to us, even if we don’t have a problem,” Calleros said of Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia’s bill to fund Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) teams. Los Angeles County currently has a SAFE team, but it works only in conjunction with the county Sheriff’s Department, the state Department of Justice’s Bureau of Investigations, the state’s parole office and the county’s Probation Department. Garcia’s bill would fund nine new regional teams, providing each with $1.6 million annually. “Everybody’s short on resources,” said Steve Utter, a state DOJ special agent in charge of the Los Angeles regional office of California Bureau of Investigations. “A task force is a multiplier, as opposed to an agency having to create a whole team on their own. SAFE teams will do sweeps to confirm offenders are living where they say they are – monitoring, tracking and parole- and probation-compliance checks.” Last year, he said, his team arrested 90 people. “Any sex offender who is not being monitored is a greater risk because they know they’re not being watched,” Utter said. The second major proposal involving sex offenders is state Sen. Jackie Speier’s bill to fit high-risk sex offenders on parole or probation with electronic tracking devices. She introduced her bill into the Legislature on Jan. 13. It could be heard by the Senate Public Safety Committee as early as mid-February. “This technology is giving us a second set of eyes,” Speier said. “We can observe a parolee 24 hours a day. I don’t think you can do any better than that. It’s high time we use technology in a way that makes our streets safer.” In the Whittier area, both in the city and unincorporated areas, 11 percent of 169 sex offenders who were required to register with police have not done so, according to the Megan’s Law Web site. In Montebello, 38 percent of 79 sex offenders are currently unregistered with the Police Department. In Pico Rivera, 15percent of 85 offenders have not registered. “We have to question their motives for not registering,” said Whittier police Officer Jason Zuhlke. “It shows they have more of an intention to defy the law.” Whittier police send out yearly notices to registered sex offenders, alerting them that they need to report to the agency. Whittier police also make home visits to verify that offenders are living where they say they are and are in compliance with parole and probation requirements. Officers who track sex offenders at local agencies said that the Megan’s Law Web site is not always accurate. Some offenders listed on the site have left the state. Joe Walker, a crime analyst at the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station who tracks that city’s sex offenders, said there is no fool-proof monitoring system that can keep sex offenders from re-offending. “By registering, it doesn’t mean they’re going to stay out of trouble,” Walker said. “I think the best way is to do it locally. We know all these guys. We keep track of where they live, work, who their next of kin is, what kind of car they drive, any tattoos they have, their phone numbers, where they were born.” Both ideas are picking up growing support as sponsors tour the state promoting them. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Donald Trump hand picks apprentices on his popular television series, but the true apprentices — the ones destined to lead the Trump Organization — have much closer ties to the boardroom. They are Donald J. Trump Jr., 28, and Ivanka M. Trump, 24, and they are slowly carving out a role in their famous father’s real estate business while fashioning their own identities. In cramped offices located on the 26th floor of Trump’s Fifth Avenue headquarters, Ivanka and Donald Jr. have been learning the art of the deal from their father. “They are very formidable, very smart,” Trump said. “They will promulgate the brand throughout the world. I have no doubt about it.” The siblings are positioning themselves to run the company one day, hoping to build on their father’s successes, avoid his failures and bolster the company’s fortunes. “That’s the intention,” Ivanka says. “Ultimately, it’s a family business.” But it hasn’t been the straightest of paths to the family business for Donald Jr. and Ivanka. Donald Jr. graduated from the prestigious Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania but spent time as a ski bum in Colorado prior to joining his father about five years ago. His father wanted him to focus on his profession, not the slopes. “He was not happy about it,” Donald Jr. recalled. Ivanka, too, decided to do something a little different after attending Wharton. She worked for New Jersey Nets owner Bruce Ratner on a massive retail development. Ivanka, who studied real estate and finance, took the suggestion of Peter D. Linneman, a Wharton professor she respected, to go out and prove she could succeed on her own merits. About a year ago, Ivanka left Ratner. Her father’s towering condo-hotel in Chicago beckoned. Today, she travels the country, inspecting property and sifting through business pitches. At night, she takes classes in construction management at New York University. Paperwork containing potential deals clutters her desk alongside a pamphlet: “A Pocket Guide to Trump: How to Get Rich.” Her title is vice president of development, but she plays it down. “We’re not so big on roles around here,” she said. “It’s pretty much my father and the rest of the company.” But don’t typecast Ivanka, a former model. “Ivanka was one of the smarter, better students,” Linneman said. “She worked hard, did her fair share and then some. She’s well-grounded and very genuine. She was not a limelight grabber.” Apparently she and her brother have bought into their father’s philosophy that they need to earn their keep. “If he didn’t think we were doing a good job, he would fire us without hesitation,” Ivanka said. Donald Jr. put it more bluntly: “In my father’s own words, he would fire us like dogs.” Donald Jr. has been with the Trump Organization longer than his sister, starting in 2001. Two years later, he began renovating a building, eventually overseeing the project. The condos are almost sold, and he’s still with the company as Trump’s executive vice president of development and acquisitions. At the moment, Donald Jr. is running his father’s biggest developments in Las Vegas and Chicago, projects worth about $2.2 billion, currently under construction. His most important moment since taking a job with his father — other than his recent marriage — came when he formed Trump Mortgage LLC. This was the first deal the son had finally brought to the company from start to finish. Getting his father to sign off wasn’t easy. “You had to have every answer worked out,” Donald Jr. said. “The second you start stammering in front of him, he’s got you.” Trump, who is not known for lavishing anyone with praise, singled out his son in front of hundreds of people at a news conference earlier this month. People who have spent time with Trump say he trusts his children and their judgment. When he opened his books to Forbes magazine to prove his wealth, Trump left his lawyers and children to answer questions — important questions. Despite the pressures of being Trump progeny, Ivanka and Donald Jr. say there are advantages in having the same last name as the boss. When people negotiate with them, they know they’re negotiating with a principal. They know the children have Trump’s attention. “They have my ear,” Trump says. “I respect them.” They can also challenge their father forcefully at times. They respect him but they’re not intimidated by his outsized personality. “There’s an openness we can have with him,” Ivanka said. If their father makes a decision and the children disagree, they can step behind closed doors and make their case again. Sometimes Trump changes his mind; other times he doesn’t. But if Trump takes the advice and it’s wrong, “you’ll never hear the end of it,” Donald Jr. says with a smile. Soon, another Trump will join the family business. In the fall, Eric, 21, a senior at Georgetown University, will arrive in New York. Donald Jr. says all three siblings have type A personalities, and all three are ambitious. And all three have the same mother, Ivana, from their father’s first marriage. Trump has two other children — Tiffany and Barron William — from his other two marriages. Tiffany is only 12 years old and Barron William was born in March. Like Ivanka, Donald Jr. was diplomatic when asked to say who will take the helm when the boss steps down. He downplayed a sibling rivalry as did Ivanka, who described her relationship with Donald Jr. as more camaraderie than competition. That’s probably true. But they’re also Trumps. “When we want something, we go for it,” Donald Jr. said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more