Hamilton wins Italian GP to move ahead of Vettel

first_imgBishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monza racetrack, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. (Photo by LUCA BRUNO / AP)MONZA, Italy — Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix virtually unchallenged from pole position Sunday and moved ahead of Sebastian Vettel to take the lead in the drivers’ standings.Hamilton finished nearly five seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas while Vettel came third in his Ferrari, more than half a minute behind.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ San Beda downs TIP in 4 sets Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Hamilton now has 238 points, three more than Vettel with seven races remaining in what has developed into a riveting Formula One season.Vettel had led the standings all season but Ferrari struggled in rainy qualifying conditions Saturday and couldn’t match Mercedes’ race pace, either, on a Monza circuit featuring long straights and high speeds better suited to Mercedes’ power.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Fly-away races make up the rest of the F1 calendar, starting with the Singapore GP in two weeks. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies View comments Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasaylast_img read more

Security Watch

first_imgI have a concern I have not been able to put out of mind. Roughly two months ago, I heard Benoni Urey give a speech. In it, he stated that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf did not have the country at heart. (Patently hypocritical, I would say, coming from Charles Taylor’s right hand man.) The part that bothered me, however, was when he said this:”If we allow this woman to finish her term in office, it will not be good for the country”.I am wondering whether the government’s security apparatus and/or the Justice Ministry took note of that statement. I would think it was tantamount to treason, as it suggests that she not be allowed to end her term in office. No one is 100 percent or even 70 percent satisfied with the performance of this or any administration for that matter; but we are a civilized people and MUST follow the democratic process.Relatedly, I’ve also noticed the longing for the return of Charles Taylor in this country. He is still very much revered, with Liberians fond of calling him “our Papay”. Only a few short years ago, Taylor was awaiting a shipment of arms via the Freeport of Monrovia. He had a diabolical plan to go “from street to street, house to house,” threatening to empty Monrovia. Liberians cried out to God for mercy. The arrest of the shipment forced him to leave the country, hence the peace we now enjoy.   How is it now that today, Liberians are praying for his return? Even so-called ‘pastors’ held a prayer service for his release on the eve of the announcement of his appeal verdict. After having cried out to God for an end to the war, are we now wanting Taylor back? Do we realize it is a slap in the face of the God who heard our cry and moved so powerfully on our behalf?We sound like the Israelites: “This Moses fellow brought us here into the wilderness to starve… At least we had meat in Egypt!”So we have some economic hardships. Is that a reason to wish for Charles Taylor’s return? So that rice can return to $30? Who says the dynamics will be the same this time around?But not to worry. Benoni Urey is standing by to take full advantage and scratch that Taylor itch……Which leads me to my next question: Why did the UN take Urey off the travel ban list? AND the assets freeze list?“Urey’s business activities, and the profits gained from them, would appear to suggest that civil conflict in Liberia would have a significant negative financial impact on him”, the UN Panel of Experts concluded in 2013.I have to laugh out loud at this one. Yes, but of course. The same “significant negative financial impact” it had on him, DURING the civil conflict. Let’s see… Maritime, LRC, the diamonds, wow. Civil conflict is not good for Mr. Urey. It really left him broke, poor and starving. His family is really catching hell!Does the UN really think that people are stupid?Who let Taylor out of a maximum security US prison? Why would you take a man like Benoni Urey off the travel ban AND unfreeze his assets even as YOU pull your troops out AND just before an election? Knowing that he is fully capable of destabilizing this country, thanks to the thousands of guerrillas they left here standing by for a return? Do you now hear the kinds of statements he is making?Word of advice to the UN as well as the US: you are fond of throwing the rock and hiding your hand; creating Frankensteins you then have to put away. If you continue to play games with Liberia’s security, the chickens will come home to roost for you, and history will judge you accordingly. Oh yes, you will play the victim like an Oscar winner, completely ignoring the cause-and-effect factor. But we know better. Sadly, it is the innocent people who tend to suffer the consequences of your “didibah” (Liberian parlance for shady dealings).Of course, our government and people have been too blind to see that we will NEVER grow our own rice if USAID has anything to do with it because it means they can no longer sell that US$50 bag of rice. As has been said before, a nation-state is a huge business. Why would our overseas supplier want us to start growing our own rice? Steady stream of revenue lost!So you see, Liberians, the answer to our problem is not Charles Taylor. The answer is growing our own food. Taylor did not have a magic formula. He just had manipulation and a little luck which then proceeded to run out. It is as simple as ABC that if you produce it at home, it is cheaper. If you import it, it’s much more expensive. Unless the opportunity cost is too high, which is not the case here.“To the faithful, you show yourself faithful… but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd” (Psalm 18:25-35).So my people, do not be ungrateful and put God to the test, lest He answer you in full.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taxi driver further remanded on illegal gun, ammo possession

first_imgDevon Porter of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, who was nabbed by Police during a high-speed chase through the streets of Charlestown, Georgetown on August 9th, was on Friday further remanded to prison by Magistrate Leron Daly when he made his second court appearance in relation to the charges he faces.Slapped with firearm and ammunition possession charges, Porter, who claimed to have been a taxi driver, had previously denied both charges when they were read to him by Magistrate Judy Latchman.The court was informed that on August 9, 2018, while in the vicinity of Howes Street, Charlestown, Georgetown, Porter had in his possession a .38 revolver without being a licensed firearm holder.It has also been alleged that on the same day and at the same time, he had in his possession one live round of .38 ammunition.The prosecution informed the court that the 38-year-old Porter was arrested after a high-speed chase with Police through the streets of Charlestown, Georgetown.According to Police, upon observing the “suspicious movements” of motor car PWW 149, the lawmen signalled the driver to stop the vehicle. As Police approached the car, they allegedly observed Porter throwing the said firearm through the window of the vehicle and into a nearby drain. The car then accelerated and eventually crashed into a light pole in Lying Street, Charlestown.The matter will continue on October 19 for a report.last_img read more

Region 2 truck drivers decry long wait at Parika Stelling

first_imgTruck drivers on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) are frustrated at the long delay in boarding the ferry at the Parika Steeling, East Bank Essequibo.A truck disembarking the ferry at Parika StellingThe delay is as a result of the docking of MV Sabanto which makes it difficult for MV Kanawan to transport all the Heavy-Duty vehicles. As such, there is a back-up of vehicles at the Parika Stelling.Several drivers told Guyana Times that as a result of the present situation, the staff at the Parika Stelling are demanding money from drivers to book them early thus securing their place on the ferry when it arrives.“If you don’t pay up you surely get left for days,” one driver stated.The drivers further stated that over 70 trucks use the Ferry Service to transport goods to and from Georgetown on a regular basis and it is risky for them to park more than a mile away from the ferry stelling for long hours.Getting a parking space closer to the stelling proves even more difficult. “The minute you go next to the stelling to park, the Police come and charge you but we have to think about our security”.One driver said that he is in the trucking business for over 25 years and the situation at the stelling has gotten worst when compared to the past.He recalled about two weeks ago, his truck was broken into and a quantity of items stolen including money and clothing.“Me had to borrow money from a relative to pay for the truck to get on the Ferry”, he stated. The drivers suggested that the MV Malali which is plying the Wakenaam and Parika route divert to Supenaam to assist with transporting the smaller vehicles.“The MV Malali goes to Supenaam once per week, but due to the MV Sabanto not in service why not use the MV Malali to go to Supenaam every day to ease the congestion at Parika”, the driver added.With the present situation, the drivers are calling on Transport and Harbour Department (T&HD) to look into the matter with the hope of finding a solution until the MV Sabanto becomes operational.last_img read more

Sanchez cuts Hispanic Caucus ties

first_img“I hope that by making this announcement now, we can end the continued attention on internal (caucus) deliberations that have distracted time and effort from the issues that are more directly relevant to our constituents.” Erica Werner of Associated Press contributed to the story (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rep. Linda Sanchez announced Thursday that she is suspending her membership in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, with complaints about its male leadership. Sanchez, D-Lakewood, joins her sister, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, who quit the caucus in January and accused the group’s leader of calling her a “whore.” The chairman, Rep. Joe Baca, also a Democrat from Southern California, has denied saying that. But other women also have complained about his leadership. When Baca was elected chairman in November, he was supported by only one of the six women in the caucus. Since January, the 21-member, all-Democratic group has been meeting to try to resolve the dispute but has not announced any changes. Baca survived a confidence vote in March. “I believe that the current leadership has not made needed structural reforms to ensure that the caucus is more equitable and inclusive of all its members,” stated Sanchez in a statement she released. Jim Dau, spokeswoman for Sanchez, said she would like more of a power-sharing structure, similar to that of other caucuses. For example, the Blue Dog Caucus has a person in charge of its caucus, but also someone in charge of communication and another who heads up policy debates, Dau said. Sanchez said she would continue to serve on the Board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, a non-profit organization that plays an important role in training the next generation of Hispanic leaders through its scholarship, fellowship and internship programs. Sanchez said she hopes to resume full membership in the caucus in the future. last_img read more

Political leader dies of cancer

first_imgRep. Juanita Millender- McDonald, a seven-term congresswoman from Southern California, has died of cancer, her top aide said Sunday. She was 68. Millender-McDonald died at her home in Carson late Saturday, said her chief of staff, Bandele McQueen. The congresswoman had asked for a four- to six- week leave of absence from the House last week to deal with her illness. McQueen couldn’t immediately provide details on what form of cancer Millender-McDonald had, but said she had been receiving hospice care. “Juanita Millender-McDonald was a trailblazer, always advocating for the full participation of all Americans in the success and prosperity of our country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “The dignity with which she faced her illness was an indication of the determination with which she always served the people of her district.” Millender-McDonald represented a heavily Democratic Southern California district that includes Compton, Long Beach and parts of Los Angeles. Millender-McDonald is the second member of Congress to die this year of cancer. Republican Rep. Charles Norwood Jr. of Georgia died in February after battling cancer and lung disease. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Price-gouging bill less than perfect

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Responding to high costs at the pump, the House approved legislation Wednesday that would outlaw gasoline price gouging. Many lawmakers said that may be easier to say than to detect or enforce. The legislation would penalize individuals or companies for taking “unfair advantage” or charging “unconscionably excessive” prices for gasoline and other fuels. Opponents said the language is too vague and that the Federal Trade Commission, which would enforce the law, has not clearly defined price gouging. “I don’t know what `unconscionably excessive’ means,” said Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas. The bill’s chief sponsor, Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan, said he had no doubt the FTC will be able to determine price gouging once the agency has a law to uphold. The measure would establish the first federal law against energy-price gouging. The FTC now can investigate price manipulation under antitrust laws. Currently, 29 states have price-gouging statutes. Stupak’s proposal would go into effect only if the president declares an energy emergency – and then for just 30 days. The bill calls for penalties of up to $150 million for companies and up to $2 million and 10 years’ imprisonment for individuals engaging in price gouging. last_img

Wilshere allays new injury fears

first_img0Shares0000The England international suggested on Thursday, however, that the problem is minor and shouldn’t prevent him from returning to action at former employers Bournemouth on Sunday.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 12 – Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has played down concerns that he could be set for another spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury against Chelsea on Wednesday.The 26-year-old is starting to rediscover his best form now that he’s back to full fitness, having recovered from a fractured leg that saw him miss the start of the season. But new fears arose when Wilshere was forced off in the 57th minute of the EFL Cup semi-final, first-leg clash at Stamford Bridge, which finished goalless, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger claiming afterwards he had sprained an ankle.The England international suggested on Thursday, however, that the problem is minor and shouldn’t prevent him from returning to action at former employers Bournemouth on Sunday.“Thanks for all the messages and support after last night,” Wilshere said on Twitter. “Good news is I should be back in a couple of days.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man City blow! Pellegrini expects Kompany to be out for ‘a minimum of one month’

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini expects Vincent Kompany to be out for “a minimum of one month” after the defender suffered a recurrence of a calf injury against Dynamo Kiev.City skipper Kompany limped off in the sixth minute of the Champions League last-16 second leg at the Etihad Stadium, which ended 0-0 to see Pellegrini’s side go through with a 3-1 triumph on aggregate.And the manager said after the contest: “Vincent unfortunately again has a muscle injury in his calf, the same problem as he had before.“We will know maybe tomorrow or the day after how important it is, but always a muscle injury is a minimum of one month.He added: “Having this problem in his calf and it being the middle of March, at least three-quarters of the rest of the season he will not play.“I think he must be very strong with his mentality.“It is very difficult to accept it, but there is nothing he can do. So we must see tomorrow with the examinations.”Kompany has repeatedly suffered with calf problems this season and throughout his City career.The Belgian was on Tuesday making only his seventh appearance since his last spell on the sidelines, and his sixth in a row, with all of them having been starts.The first of those last six appearances was as recently as February 24, and Pellegrini was asked after Tuesday’s match if he felt he had taken a risk with Kompany’s fitness that had backfired.The Chilean replied: “You always take a risk – the work during the week is also a risk. But he had recovered without any problem.“It was the sixth game, but he had not felt any problems before the games, so I think it was not a risk and bad luck only.”A further worry for City ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League derby clash with Manchester United was another of their centre-halves, Nicolas Otamendi, hobbling off in the 23rd minute with what was subsequently confirmed to be a dead leg.Pellegrini said of the Argentinian: “He has an important kick.“I think that will just be a couple of days and he may recover – we will see the way it develops over the next days.”While the injuries were the main talking points from an insipid encounter, the significance of the result was not lost on Pellegrini.The Chilean said: “I am happy with the achievement. It is important for the club to be improving every season.“In the last two seasons we have been unlucky in the round of 16 – we were unlucky to play Barcelona. This year we have arrived and it is history.“It was a tactical game, we didn’t take any risks, just [played] to qualify and waited to see if they gave any space – but they played a quiet game.”last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgMONTEBELLO – A California Highway Patrol officer was struck and injured by a vehicle Thursday while writing a ticket on the side of a freeway in Montebello, a CHP officer said.The officer, a 49-year-old resident of Covina, was issuing a traffic citation to a motorist on the northbound Long Beach (710) Freeway north of Floral Drive.Three vehicles collided on the freeway and one of the cars crossed two lanes and struck the officer’s patrol car, then continued up a grassy slope to where the officer was standing.The motorist receiving the citation was the first to assist the officer, who was taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries. He was listed in stable condition.The motorist who hit the officer was also taken to a hospital for treatment. No citation will be issued as a result of the collision, said CHP Officer Bill Preciado.Hazardous waste roundup slatedSANTA FE SPRINGS – Get rid of household hazardous waste and e-waste from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Rio Hondo Fire Academy, 11400 Greenstone Ave.Household items that will be accepted include brake fluid, paint, paint thinner, cleaners with acid or lye, pesticides and herbicides, household batteries and car batteries, pool chemicals, motor oil, oil filters, old prescription drugs and antifreeze.Unwanted electronic gear including computer monitors, televisions, computer CPUs, keyboards, printers, cell phones and other items also can be dropped off.Do not bring trash, old tires, refrigerators, stoves, washing machines and hazardous or electronic waste from a business.For more information, call (562) 902-2385.Al’s Rubber Stamp has new ownerWHITTIER – Betty Zito, following the recent death of her husband Al Zito, has sold Al’s Rubber Stamp, 13208 E. Whittier Blvd., the business they founded together when they were married 43 years ago, she announced this week.She said Tom Seleinske has purchased the business to expand his company, Encore Awards of Pasadena. Encore Awards took over the Whittier location Thursday, she said.“I just wanted to say goodbye to all of our friends,” said Zito.Amateur radio club to meetSANTA FE SPRINGS – The Rio Hondo Amateur Radio Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Police Service Center, 11576 E. Telegraph Road.All licensed amateur radio operators and their spouses are invited.For more information, call (562) 699-5195.Home upgrade loans availableWHITTIER – Low-income and disabled homeowners in Hacienda Heights, South Whittier and Rowland Heights can apply and get pre-qualified for home-improvement grants of up to $5,000.Learn how at a workshop sponsored by the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission, taking place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Resource Center, 10750 Laurel Ave.Pre-registration for the workshop is requested. To pre-register, or for more information, call (562)946-2425. – From staff reports 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