Billions released for roads rescue

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Alonso satisfied after Daytona spin

first_img0Shares0000Fernando Alonso has spoken of his desire to take a crack at the “Triple Crown” of motor-racing – winning the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans © AFP/File / NELSON ALMEIDAMIAMI, United States, Jan 29 – Fernando Alonso believes he has gained vital experience for a future crack at the Le Mans 24 Hours after finishing 38th in the Daytona endurance race on Sunday.The Spanish former Formula One world champion’s campaign in Florida was derailed by mechanical problems that included two brake failures in his United Autosports Ligier JS P217. The 36-year-old admitted however he had been unnerved by the experience.“You’re scared a little bit, no doubt,” Alonso said. “It happened two times in the first corner – you’re right there at 300-310 kilometres an hour then you hit the brakes and there’s no brakes.“At night, you don’t see clearly the tire wall or the escape road, so there was even a little more of a scare.”The McLaren driver took to the track in Florida this weekend to gain experience for racing Le Mans.Alonso has spoken of his desire to take a crack at the “Triple Crown” of motor-racing – winning the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans.Only one other driver — Graham Hill — has successfully achieved that hat-trick. Alonso has two wins in Monaco, and impressed at the Indy500 on his debut last year.Alonso, who posted the 13th fastest qualifying time in Daytona this weekend, said his experience in Florida would be invaluable when he eventually races in Le Mans.“It is a positive feeling despite the issues and reliability. It was a very nice experience the whole event,” Alonso said.“If and when I will be Le Mans, it will be the second time at least,” he added. “So I will be much more prepared for the practice, the race, driver changes, communication, driver preparation between the teams, how much rest you need to have.”Alonso said last week his chances of racing in Le Mans this year are “50-50”.McLaren have indicated Alonso will be free to race at Circuit de la Sarthe on June 16-17 should he wish to do so as it does not clash with his F1 commitments.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Gooners rally to thwart Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, January 31 – Two goals in the space of three minutes allowed Arsenal to share the points in a 2-2 Premier League draw with Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.Liverpool had appeared on course for a memorable victory after Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson had both taken advantage of some terrible defending by the home side. But Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott were both on target directly after the hour mark.The result did little to enhance either side’s European qualification prospects and both clubs remain adrift of the Europa League spot as well as the Champions League places.Both had faced lower league opposition at the weekend in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with Arsenal winning 3-2 at Championship side Brighton on Saturday and Liverpool losing at Oldham of third-tier League One by the same scoreline a day later.Not surprisingly perhaps, Liverpool had been the busier club in the transfer market in the run up to the game and clinched the £8.5m signing of Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan, although the 20-year-old was not involved in this game.Arsenal, by contrast, were waiting to discover if they could agree a late deal with Barcelona for forward David Villa.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made six changes; his Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers, seven.The supporters in the away end also had a comment about Arsenal’s ticket prices with a banner that read: ‘£62 a ticket: a working-class sport? Football without fans is nothing’.Those supporters were in a better mood within five minutes however when Suarez fired Liverpool ahead.Arsenal had only themselves to blame however as a slip from Bacary Sagna had made them vulnerable in the first place and Thomas Vermaelen made a mess of a seemingly straightforward chance to clear.That let in Daniel Sturridge at the back post but although Wojciech Szczesny was able to parry the shot that followed Arsenal again failed to react, allowing Suarez to find the net via a deflection off Sagna.Arsenal almost equalised straight away but Pepe Reina pulled off a fine save to deny Walcott and Giroud fired wide after Sturridge had also failed to hit the target at the other end having been set up by a superb pass with the outside of his boot from Suarez.Walcott was again foiled by Reina as the Liverpool goalkeeper dived to deflect a curling effort but Arsenal’s defensive deficiencies returned when a poor pass from Per Mertesacker put them needlessly under pressure and Lukas Podolski had to clear Daniel Agger’s header of the line from a corner.Arsenal were forced into a defensive change when Andre Santos replaced the injured Kieran Gibbs and Szczesny soon had to make a diving save to keep out another Agger header, this time from a free-kick.Liverpool went 2-0 ahead on the hour mark through Henderson, who was able to muscle his way past Mertesacker and Santos and beat Szczesny with the help of a deflection off Aaron Ramsey.Arsenal needed a response and Giroud pulled a goal back almost straight away with a firm header from Wilshere’s free-kick.Then the Frenchman set up Walcott for a blistering finish from the right of the box; Arsenal had required just seven minutes to draw level.Reina had to dive to tip a low Giroud drive round a post but the France forward headed over from the corner.Suarez almost secured victory for Liverpool, failing to hit the target two minutes from time before seeing a shot saved by Szczesny.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

PNG reaches out to District of Taylor to build on relationship

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Pacific Northern Gas is entering the 50th year of offering services and the new President of Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. wants to help continue to build partnerships with communities.Ann Shoji-Lee assumed the President position when Greg Weeres retired recently. She sent a letter of introduction recently to the District of Taylor outlining what PNG does and would like to continue to do in the community.“PNG has built a strong foundation from which we continue to meet the needs of our customers and pursue potential growth oppurtunities as they emerge. As a long standing. stable employer in your area, we work hard to instill in all of our employees a sense of involvement and feeling pride in their community and workplace.It is our belief that working in collaboration through open communication with the communities that we serve, including yours, that we can build trusting relationships leading to better working partnerships.”Shoji-Lee has offered to meet with the District to better understand the community’s needs. She also says the manager of Business Development and Stakeholder Relations, Peter Schriber would gladly meet with the District as well to discuss where PNG can play a “greater role in assisting you and your leadership to achieve goals and objectives.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Pastor hopes to spotlight genocide

first_imgGLENDALE – The Rev. Vazken Movsesian sees grim similarities between recent genocides around the world and the stories he heard from his grandmothers about their escapes from death more than 90 years ago in the Ottoman Empire. Movsesian, senior pastor at St. Peter Armenian Church Youth Ministry Center in Glendale, will leave for Rwanda on Friday to chronicle the African country’s 1994 genocide and to bring attention to the ongoing mass killings in the Darfur region of Sudan. Movsesian, 49, said survivors’ accounts from Rwanda and Darfur resemble what Movsesian’s grandmothers told him about escaping the Ottoman Empire around 1915: the men being separated from the women, the women being raped and the children growing up as orphans, with acts of barbarism along the way, he said. In 1915, it marked the start of eight years of mass killings that resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “It’s exactly, exactly the story of 1915,” Movsesian said. “It’s basically (that) we haven’t evolved as a species. It’s an incredible story, and … as a religious leader, that’s what I want to point out.” Movsesian will join the Rev. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray, the retired pastor from First AME Church, on the Rwandan trip. Also in the 10-person delegation are Rabbi Susan Laemmle, USC’s dean of religious life, USC professor Donald Miller and his wife, Lorna Touryan Miller. The Millers have previously visited Rwanda, which lost nearly 1 million people in a 1994 genocide that grew out of conflict between two ethnic groups. The Millers have written two books about Armenia, including “Survivors: An Oral History of the Armenian Genocide.” When Movsesian attended the graduate studies program in religion at USC, Donald Miller was one of his professors. “He was deeply affected, personally, by his grandmothers,” Donald Miller said of Movsesian. “Both his grandmothers are survivors of the genocide and he himself in his own ministry has really attempted to communicate, particularly to young people, the tragedy of genocide.” Movsesian said all members of the delegation to Rwanda have varying reasons for going, and there is no single group mission. But Movsesian and the Millers plan to talk to orphan survivors who raised their siblings, and they both plan to observe how charities in Africa operate. Movsesian will describe his 10-day trip to Rwanda – as it happens – with either a Podcast or a blog on his church Web site, at He also wants to bring back photos and video of the experience. “Whatever we can get our hands on, just anything to make people aware of the tragedy,” he said. Last weekend, young people at Movsesian’s church fasted for 30 hours and raised money for famine relief in the developing world. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 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

Jose Mourinho offers worrying update on Paul Pogba’s hamstring injury

first_img1 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has bracketed Paul Pogba’s injury as “long-term” – comparing it to those Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo are recovering from.The severity of the hamstring issue that caused the 24-year-old to limp off early in the club’s Champions League return against Basel has been shrouded in mystery.Mourinho has repeatedly claimed not to know how bad Pogba’s injury is as the club continued to assess him in-house, as well as seeking specialist advice.The United manager is still unwilling to put a timescale on the injury, but 17 days on from the France international’s setback the Portuguese has revealed it is a long-term issue.“He’s injured, he cannot play tomorrow and it’s not an injury that I can have the hope like I have with (Antonio) Valencia or (Phil) Jones,” Mourinho said of Pogba.“I have the hope to see them in training and to have a positive answer, so long-term injuries I don’t speak about them.“So Ibra and Pogba and Rojo, these players I don’t think about them.”Pogba, Rojo and Ibrahimovic are joined on the sidelines by Michael Carrick, while Jones and Valencia are to be assessed having missed the midweek Champions League match at CSKA Moscow.Marouane Fellaini also missed out with an ankle injury that is still under assessment, while Anthony Martial went off in the 4-1 win in Russia.“We have to train and to make decisions after training, but I hope some of the players that couldn’t play in Moscow (can play),” he said.“I hope maybe not all of them but some can recover.“They were out and tomorrow some will be out.“What I am saying is that from all the injuries we have, I hope we can have some players available tomorrow.” Paul Pogba is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines last_img read more

Traffic to unclog as pipes are installed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“The traffic really backs up because the road is closed,” said Herb Williams, a 40-year resident of Carley Avenue off of Beverly Boulevard. “You can’t take a right from my street and it’s impossible to take a left in that traffic. “But it’s OK. They’re working pretty fast,” he added. Mike Corcoran, vice president of E.J. Meyers Co., the engineering contractor for California Domestic, said the corner of Beverly and Norwalk boulevards is close to where the new pipes will tie into the existing pipelines. Once they reach the old pipes, the water can begin to be diverted into the new lines, he said. “It’s always difficult with these kinds of projects in residential or urban areas, but our infrastructure, all over, needs to be rejuvenated and renewed,” Corcoran said. “It’s difficult but water is one of our most critical infrastructure needs.” WHITTIER – Relief will come within a week for those motorists growing tired of sitting in traffic at the intersection of Norwalk and Beverly boulevards, project officials said Friday. Numerous intersections around Whittier have been clogged recently as the California Domestic Water Co. replaces its antiquated pipes. Eastbound Beverly Boulevard near the corner of Norwalk Boulevard was reduced to two lanes Friday morning. On nearby residential streets, residents said they have noticed heavy increases in traffic as drivers seek alternate routes around the construction site. Corcoran said the old pipes will be abandoned but because of their size they would make good corridors for recycled water, gas lines or other similar uses. The next site for new pipes will be along Mar Vista Street down to Whittier Boulevard. “California Domestic is one of the oldest \ companies in Whittier,” Corcoran said. “It’s way ahead of the curve in maintaining its facilities. The project is moving right along. It’s within a couple of months of being finished.” from four lanes (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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

400 Iraqi police possibly poisoned

first_imgThe Iraqi contractor hired to provide food for the base was also detained for questioning along with a number of other people, al-Moussawi said, without providing details. Authorities were still investigating what substance may have been used in the case of a poisoning. Meanwhile, Baghdad was torn by new violence. The brother of Iraq’s Sunni Arab vice president also was assassinated Monday by gunmen who broke into his home, the third of the politician’s four siblings to be slain this year. Sunnis blamed Shiite militias and demanded a crackdown to stop the capital’s raging sectarian violence. A car bomb ripped through a market in a Shiite district, killing at least 10 people and wounding 23 – an attack likely carried out by Sunni insurgents. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Authorities knew something was wrong when as many as 400 mainly Shiite policemen fell ill after eating the meal to break their daily fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Investigators were pursuing two possibilities – the first that spoiled food was used, perhaps as part of a corruption scheme by the contractors or officers at the base to skim off funds for the food, said Iraqi military spokesman Brig. Qassim al-Moussawi. “The stronger possibility is that it was intentional sabotage,” he said, raising concerns it may have been the first known attempt by insurgents to carry out a mass poisoning against police. Iraqi authorities on Monday arrested the head of the mess hall at a base where the Iraqi policemen suffered food poisoning while eating their iftar, the meal that ends the sunrise-to-sunset fast during Ramadan, at their base in the southern town of Numaniyah. Gunmen also kidnapped 11 policemen in a brazen assault on their checkpoint in Sadr City, a Baghdad neighborhood dominated by the Mahdi Army, the country’s most powerful Shiite militia. Elsewhere in Iraq, the U.S. military announced that three Marines died Sunday after fighting in the western region of Anbar, a hotbed of Sunni insurgents, bringing to 32 the number of American service members who have died in Iraq this month. The death of the brother of Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi – the country’s most prominent Sunni Arab politician – alarmed Sunnis and fueled their demands that the government crack down on Shiite militias. Critics of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accuse the Shiite leader of hesitating on reining in the militias because many of them – like the Mahdi Army – belong to parties in his government. “The clock is starting to strike after today’s events,” Khalaf al-Alayan, a Sunni parliament member, told The Associated Press. “They (Shiite militias) consider Sunnis terrorists who must be killed. If the zero hour is coming, we will take the decisions needed to defend ourselves.” “We say to the government, you still did not disarm the militias,” Salim Abdullah Tawfiq, a Sunni politician, said in a statement read in parliament. “And here is what it has led to.” Al-Maliki condemned Monday’s killing as an “ugly, terrorist crime.” Al-Hashimi’s brother, Lt. Gen. Amir al-Hashimi, a Defense Ministry adviser, was slain when gunmen wearing military uniforms broke into his north Baghdad home, al-Moussawi said. The gunmen also abducted six of the general’s guards and a neighbor – who is also an official in Tariq al-Hashimi’s Iraqi Islamic Party, according to party officials. The vice president already has lost two other siblings to violence: His sister and another brother were killed within two weeks of each other in April, both in shootings in the Iraqi capital. Two militiamen were arrested in the slaying of al-Hashimi’s sister, but the government did not say to which militia they belonged. Al-Hashimi has one other brother, who is believed to be living abroad. Tariq al-Hashimi heads the Iraqi Islamic Party, the biggest Sunni Arab party in parliament and part of the Accordance Front, a Sunni bloc. The Sunnis joined in al-Maliki’s government alongside Shiite parties – including that of radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, which heads the Mahdi Army. But that national unity government is showing deep strains amid the Shiite-Sunni killings that have bloodied Baghdad for months, with thousands killed and victims’ bodies often dumped bound and tortured in the river or streets of the capital. Shiites accuse Sunni parties of links to insurgents who have targeted Shiites in deadly bomb attacks for the past three years. They insist militias are needed to protect their community because the national security forces cannot.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

How Chelsea star can achieve a feat managed only by Ronaldo and Dele Alli

first_img Tammy Abraham is closing in on equalling records set by Cristiano Ronaldo and Dele Alli With the Blues legend replacing Maurizio Sarri in the midst of a transfer ban, it became apparent youngsters would be presented with the chance to prove themselves in the first team.It seems the days of sending an army of starlets out on loan are no more at Stamford Bridge, with Abraham profiting the most.A double at Carrow Road against Norwich City was followed instantly by another, this time at the Bridge against Sheffield United.And if Abraham can replicate the feat once again, he will put his name amongst esteemed company. Ray Parlour says Tammy Abraham should reject an approach by NigeriaChelsea’s No.9 is aiming to follow in Drogba’s powerful footsteps by cleaning up on the domestic and European stage. The Ivory Coast international won four titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and scored the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League Final.And Abraham has set about emulating his hero’s achievements.He added: “Just looking at him he had that appearance about him. And I’ve always wanted to add that to my game. So to follow in his footsteps [as the club’s main striker] is always nice.” The striker can become only the third player aged 21 or younger to score at least two goals in three consecutive Premier League matches, after Cristiano Ronaldo, in December 2006, and Dele Alli in January 2017.Perhaps the 21-year-old’s desire to score goals can be intrinsically linked to his idol; none other than west London legend Didier Drogba.Abraham said: “I have so many stories from when I was younger watching him, growing up watching such a talented striker.“I’ve always wanted to be like him, always hungry to score goals.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:24Loaded: 11.75%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen AFP or licensors 2 2 Tammy Abraham could equal a record set by Cristiano Ronaldo and Dele Alli this weekend, when Chelsea face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.The England Under-21 international was one of a host of loan stars given the chance to prove themselves under the tutelage of Frank Lampard this season. Getty Images – Getty Ronaldo achieved the record in the 2006/07 season last_img read more

Celtic 5-0 Motherwell: Dembele and Rogic doubles in five-star show

first_imgIn the 28th minute after a swift break led by Sinclair, Samson saved two left-footed efforts from Rogic, one either side of Dembele’s shot which was deflected on to the bar by Motherwell defender Ben Heneghan.Rogic had yet another left-footed drive punched clear by Samson but moments later the over-worked Fir Park keeper was beaten by Dembele’s penalty after Well defender Richard Tait bundled Sinclair to the ground in the box for referee Kevin Clancy to point to the spot.Samson then made a double save from Sinclair and another stop from Rogic before Marvin Johnson missed the far post from the edge of the box as Well tried to rally.Normal service was resumed soon after the break with the Motherwell keeper saving a powerful Sinclair drive.Dembele missed the target with another chance before Samson foiled Hoops skipper Scott Brown – but it was only a matter of time before the third arrived and it came just after the hour mark when Sinclair showed some fancy footwork in the box before curling the ball into the far corner.Four minutes later, with the visiting defence in disarray, Dembele added a third when he fired in through a packed penalty area.Rogic’s second was a simple tap-in from a few yards after Samson had parried a drive from James Forrest, who had earlier in the day signed a new deal to keep him at the club until 2019, and it put the seal on what was a hugely impressive Hoops performance. The Steelmen were demolished 7-0 in the Ladbrokes Premiership in their last visit to the east end of Glasgow on the final day of last season and it was a scoreline which could easily have been repeated had it not been for some poor finishing and good goalkeeping from Craig Samson.Sinclair, Dembele and Callum McGregor had early drives saved by the former Kilmarnock keeper – and it was no surprise when the hosts took the lead.A clever dink into the Well penalty box by McGregor found Rogic in space and he controlled the ball with one touch before rattling it high past Samson from 12 yards.The home side kept driving forward. Moussa Dembele and Tom Rogic each scored twice as Celtic cruised into the quarter-finals of the Betfred Cup with a 5-0 thrashing of Motherwell at Parkhead.Brendan Rodgers’ side hit top form with midfielder Rogic, who signed a new three-year deal on Tuesday, scoring with a drive in the 20th minute, before the French striker doubled the home side’s lead from the spot 13 minutes later.The Hoops rampaged for most of the second half and in the 61st minute new signing Scott Sinclair, who scored a debut winner off the bench against Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday, grabbed his first goal on his first start.Dembele notched his second with a drive through a ruck of players and all-action Rogic made it five from close range in 76 minutes as Motherwell toiled.last_img read more