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Pelicans’ Davis misses 2nd straight game with sprained elbow

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first_imgNew Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) slam dunks over Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. The Pelicans won 117-115. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)DENVER — New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was held out for a second straight game because of a sprained right elbow.Coach Alvin Gentry said Monday night before the game against the Denver Nuggets that while Davis still experienced some pain, the injury wasn’t considered “any big deal.” Gentry added that it’s early in the season and the team doesn’t want to take any chances.ADVERTISEMENT Ronaldo says rape allegation affecting his personal life Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES 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 awardcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Davis also sat out Saturday’s loss to Utah. He’s averaging 27.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists for New Orleans this season.In addition, the Pelicans were without guard Elfrid Payton because of a sprained right ankle. Payton is averaging 11.6 points and 6.4 assists.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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Dwyane Wade helps Heat top Mavs in likely final Dallas game

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first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Fans probably still remember the video of Wade and LeBron James faking coughs while leaving the Mavericks’ arena after losing Game 4 of the 2011 Finals when Nowitzki, who was sick before the game, hit the winning shot. Dallas took Game 6 in Miami to win the series.For those who forgot, there were plenty of Twitter posts before the game noting the irony of Wade missing Miami’s shootaround because of an illness in what should be his final Dallas appearance.Wade, who went on to win two more titles with James, was healthy enough to play, and had some vintage moments in the first half. He hit a 3 over Nowitzki before the smooth-shooting 7-footer answered with his familiar one-legged fadeaway over Wade at the other end.“There’s a great karma to each one of them,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “As soon as Wade got his opportunity to go one-on-one against him in the corner, you just knew that somehow Dirk was going to get him with an opportunity on the other end.”Some of the loudest boos for Wade came with him dribbling out the final seconds of the first half isolated on Dallas rookie Jalen Brunson. Wade swished a jumper over the two-time NCAA champion from Villanova to finish the half with a team-high 14 points.The Heat took control without Wade in the third quarter, with Josh Richardson scoring six of the first eight points on a 12-0 run that extended a one-point lead and put Miami ahead by double digits for good.Richardson scored 14 points, and Dion Waiters had 20. Justise Winslow had 11 points and 11 rebounds.Dallas rookie sensation Luka Doncic had 18 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. The only teenager in NBA history with multiple triple-doubles just missed his fourth. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 20 points.ABOUT THAT RE-ENACTMENTWade and Nowitzki ended up next to each other at the scorer’s table waiting to enter the game for the first time. They shared a laugh. Turns out Nowitzki was giving Wade a hard time about recreating his 2006 ball toss. Heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua to make US debut against Miller Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments “I said, ‘You have those days, right?’ But those are the scary days, those days that you can mess around and be like, ‘Well, I can keep playing.’ And then it’ll be a day that you’re like, ‘No, there’s a reason why I’m retiring.’”Nowitzki and Wade, both added to this weekend’s All-Star game to recognize their decorated careers, entered the final game before the break together midway through the first quarter , which eased the boos on a Wade farewell tour that has been well-received everywhere else.There were some boos as they took the court, but those were quickly drowned out when many in the crowd stood and cheered two players mostly relegated to supporting roles on mediocre teams after so many years of leading championship-chasing franchises.“There was a lot of obviously Wade fans in the building, well-deserved,” Nowitzki said.The true reaction of Dallas fans to Wade came later when they booed the 13-time All-Star whenever he touched the ball. The Mavericks have always thought Wade was the beneficiary of questionable calls in the 2006 NBA Finals, which the Heat clinched with a Game 6 win in Dallas.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki, left, and Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, second from left, talk as they swap jerseys after an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — Dwyane Wade finished his pregame warmups by re-enacting his launch of the basketball toward the rafters from the moment he won his first championship with Miami on the home floor of the Dallas Mavericks nearly 13 years ago.The Heat star closed his night on the bench, with a win secure and many of his fans wearing or holding No. 3 jerseys standing and chanting, “We want Wade,” in the closing minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “We just had a little laugh about it,” Wade said. “It’s moments when you go through this, for me this is the last dance and there are certain games, there’s certain ones that are a little bit more special.”Nowitzki smiled when asked about the exchange after the game. “I was like, ‘That’s bringing some bad memories back.’ He had to laugh. He’s like, ‘Yeah, I had to do it man. This is the building where everything started for me.’”TIP-INSHeat: Finished with seven players in double figures. The others were James Johnson with 12 points and Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo with 10 apiece. … Richardson and Winslow had six assists each.Mavericks: C Salah Mejri returned after missing three games and made his second start of the season. The 7-foot-2 Tunisian was re-signed after getting waived as part of the trade that sent Harrison Barnes to Sacramento. Brunson started the second half instead of Mejri, who had two points and one rebound in eight minutes.UP NEXTBoth teams are headed into All-Star break. The Heat return to finish the second of two season-long six-game road trips at Philadelphia on Feb. 21. The Mavericks are home against Denver on Feb. 22.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Wade had done enough already in what was almost certainly his last game in Dallas, scoring 22 points in one his better games of the season to help the Heat to a 112-101 victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday night.The 37-year-old who has already said this is his final season was a little better despite a gallant effort from Dirk Nowitzki, his two-time NBA Finals foe whose record 21st season with the same franchise has the feel of an unofficial farewell tour.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 40-year-old German finished two points shy of his season high with 12, although most of the highlights in their first meeting of the season came in the first half before the Heat outscored the Mavericks 32-16 in the third quarter and led by as many as 21 points in the fourth.“Talking to Dirk at the end, he was just like, ‘Man, you look good,’” said Wade, relating their conversation while surrounded by cameras during a jersey swap at midcourt after the game. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 awardlast_img read more

Implications of Granger’s, GECOM’s actions do not augur well

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first_imgDear Editor,After doing everything to stymie and suppress the Constitution, Vincent Alexander and his cohort Commissioners are attempting to justify why elections should be held at a date beyond April 30, 2019. They are very much aware that the validity of the list will expire creating a situation that necessitates the strongest sanctions. At the same time, the implications for Mr Granger and his cabal of Ministers cannot and must not remain of the same order and it will not be business as usual.We are witnessing bribery and corruption increase exponentially as the Granger Administration plunders and squanders, making this behaviour the order of the day. After four years, the coalition Government failed to show any improvement in the country and is now trying to do damage control through bribery. Instead, our youths are without jobs and our pensioners are being cheated and robbed every day. At all of the public offices, citizens transacting business are being asked to leave a ‘lunch’ or a ‘raise’ in order to get the simplest of transactions done. Our Constitution is clear and with all the forces in and out of the country fully behind the constitutional requirements, it is time for us to demand free and fair elections.The implications of the President’s actions and that of GECOM to date do not augur well for the necessary cohesion among our peoples. GECOM must be fully prepared to hold free and fair elections. Guyanese citizens must not accept an illegal Government and we must unite and stand up to protect our constitutional rights. Unless things change drastically by March 21, 2019, we must use the necessary measures to demonstrate, march and protest vehemently against this corrupt APNU/AFC cabal. This column supports heavy pressure and strong resistance to assert the rights of our citizens to this illegal APNU/AFC Government.March 21, 2019 happens to be a blessed day, as Guyanese will be celebrating the national Hindu festival of Phagwah. Let us, therefore, have a peaceful day and be ready to support the imminent and seemingly inexorable revolution as we demand urgent free and fair elections.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

21-year-old charged for robbing iNews reporter

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first_imgTwenty-one-year-old Albert DeFreitas Jr was on Thursday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on three counts of simple larceny, wherein it is alleged that on November 25, on Battery Road, Kingston Georgetown, he smashed a window of a car belonging to the fiancé of iNews reporter Ramona Luthi to gain entry into the vehicle, and carted off therefrom thousands of dollars in valuables.The accused,Albert DeFreitas JrThe vehicle was reportedly parked while the couple was conducting a pre-wedding photo-shoot at the Georgetown Marriott Hotel, a short distance away.Unrepresented by legal counsel, DeFreitas denied that he had broken into the car and stolen several electronic items, a quantity of cash, and other possessions which belong to the couple and their cameraman. Altogether, these items carry a value in excess of $500,000.The Prosecution is contending that shortly after the incident, DeFreitas attempted to sell a laptop which was stolen from the car, but the prospective buyer, a woman, cancelled the transaction because of the suspicious actions of the perpetrator, and instead contacted the Police, allowing for ranks to intercept the suspect, who was nabbed with the stolen items in his possession.One of the hard drives which were taken from the car was retrieved.DeFreitas has further been charged with stealing a quantity of colognes and a handbag from Dexter Cummings on October 19, 2017 in Georgetown. He denied that charge also.DeFreitas has been placed on $20,000 bail, and is expected to return to court of December 11, 2017.last_img read more

P. Ferris wins Wed. night BBC race

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first_img-submitted Pat Ferris won the Wednesday night mountain bike race with a time of 29:18 minutes in the 2 lap, 3 k event. George Gamble was second at 31:36 and Adam Currie third at 36:47. – Advertisement -Wim Kok was 4th at 37:18 and Ken Nix 5th at 38:28. Next up is a new event for the club – a Thursday night mountain bike time trial at 6:30 pm, on the new Cactus Beatton Circuit.Photo – Pat Ferris on his way to victory Wednesday night – Submitted photoAdvertisement last_img

Huskies outgun Blades

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first_imgIt took a couple of periods to pull away, but the Huskies outplayed Beaverlodge on Friday night, and got the two points they wanted.It was the Blades who opened the scoring, when Taylor Jones picked up the puck in his zone, on a Huskies powerplay.  Jones poked the puck around Linden Apsassin, soared down the left wing, and buried a shot low to the glove side on Ty Gullickson. But, the Huskies still had time remaining on the powerplay, and evened the tables just 16 seconds later, when Tyson Pederson found the puck on his stick in the slot, and rang it off the back bar.  “I had lots of time and lots of room after a good pass from Darcy Bell” Pederson said.   The defenceman fired the puck home like a natural goal scorer, and says his confidence is riding high early in the season. “I’m totally healthy now, and good to go” he said.- Advertisement -A few minutes later, Pederson again found himself alone in the slot.   This time, the pass was in his skates, so he calmly dished it to Cody Kalb, who deposited it past Beaverlodge goalie Cody Gayse.  Before the second period was out, Beaverlodge evened the score on the powerplay, when Aaron Dumas fired a point shot through traffic and past Gullickson, to make it 2-2 after 20 minutes.In the second period, the Huskies seemed to find their groove, and controlled the vast majority of play.  For extended periods, the pups cycled the puck, and almost made even-strength hockey look like a powerplay.  But, the Blades goaltender and defence withstood the attack, and it remained 2-2 after two periods.Finally, in the third period, the flood gates opened, and the Huskies pulled away.  Cam MacKinnon got things going, when he took a Robbie Sidhu feed and fired it past Gayse.  Seven minutes in, Sidhu set up another, when he brought the puck into the Blades zone, and delayed long enough to find Cody Hildebrand driving to the net.Advertisement After Hildebrand’s goal, Huskies Captain Payden Wongstedt fought Blade Josh Majoros. Majoros fought well, but was favouring his left arm afterwards.  He was eventually treated by paramedics, diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder.On the ice, the Huskies continued to pressure.  Cody Kalb scored his second of the game when Dylan Apsassin stole a puck in Beaverlodge territory, and gave it to Kalb, who banked it off Gayse and in.  Kole Norris and Kyle Porter added two more quick goals, sending Gayse to the bench, and Beaverlodge backup Brett Hommy into the game.Hommy allowed just one goal, when Brighton Campbell busted down the left side, and found trailer Carter Sali, who notched the first goal of his rookie season.  Beaverlodge would add a late consolation goal, when Bobby Bailey banged a rebound past Gullickson for Beaverlodge’s second powerplay goal of the game.And, as the final horn sounded, Cody Kalb squared off with Blade Nick Fitzpatrick, giving Kalb a ‘Gordie Howe hat-trick’, and giving the North Peace Arena crowd one last reason to cheer.Advertisement The Huskies won the game 8-3, in a game that was likely their best so far of the season.  Their coaching staff seemed duly impressed with their performance.  “I thought it was a good effort for 60 minutes” said Coach Bob Kalb after the game.   “They battled hard” he said, “but we’re so much bigger and stronger that I think they just wore down finally.” [asset|aid=1978|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=341b4f482c3b0f17317596e068d3b182-bob-inevitable_1_Pub.mp3]Coach Kalb was also happy with Tyson Negus’ effort, in his first game as a Husky.  “He was a little excited at times, running around and out of position, but he did some good things” said Kalb, adding “I like the way Tyson skates, and competes, and he’ll only get better.”The Huskies will hope to match Friday’s performance when they visit Whitecourt on Saturday for their first matchup of the season against the vaunted Wolverines.  Whitecourt beat Slave Lake 6-4 on Friday, meaning the Wolverines (5-0) remain one point ahead of the Huskies in the NWJHL standings.  Coach Kalb knows Saturday’s game in Whitecourt is a big test for his club, though he thinks his team is prepared. [asset|aid=1979|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=341b4f482c3b0f17317596e068d3b182-bob-tomorrow_1_Pub.mp3]In other Huskies news, Payden Wongstedt has been officially named the team Captain. Brennan Billey is also expected to join the team soon, likely next weekend.last_img read more

Granger toys with Ramjattan as PM candidate

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first_img…insists will select PM after elections…hours later calls him “my PM candidate”…embarrassed AFC says President’s statement “gratuitous”, “confusing”The tit for tat over the coalition’s Prime Ministerial position seems never-ending with the Alliance for Change claiming that their candidate is the substantive choice, while President David Granger claims the right to choose who would serve as his chief minister.President David GrangerPresident Granger, on Wednesday, told reporters that he is yet to decide on who his running mate is, although AFC announced Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan as the coalition’s Prime Ministerial candidate.“We have completed our review of the Cummingsburg Accord and I have started to campaign as you know from the 3rd January with Mr Khemraj Ramjattan who has been nominated by the Alliance For Change. As you said, it is not a constitutional requirement and I have not named a Prime Ministerial candidate but I know what I am going to do and my partners…I reserve the right to choose and nominate a Prime Minister. I will nominate all ministers including the Prime Minister, who is my chief minister after the elections,” Granger said in response to questions posed by reporters.Khemraj RamjattanHowever, hours later, at a party rally at Hopetown, Region Five, he referred to Ramjattan as his Prime Ministerial candidate. However, at the very rally, Ramjattan was not introduced as the Prime Ministerial candidate but rather simply as AFC leader.Concerns have been raised as to who is the APNU/AFC coalition’s PM candidate when it launched its campaign on January 3. At the launching, Ramjattan was introduced as Leader of the AFC and not the PM candidate as well as he was noticeably absent from the campaign posters.Meanwhile, when contacted, Ramjattan told Guyana Times that he has “no comment to make” and promptly disconnected the call.Meanwhile, AFC later released a statement where it reiterated its position that the President naming the Prime Ministerial candidate is in direct contradiction with provisions of the recently signed Revised Cummingsburg Accord, which embodies the agreements between the two political organisations.“The assertion that he will choose and nominate the Prime Minister after the election is gratuitous and confusing to our supporters and the wider electorate,” said the General Secretary of the AFC David Patterson.The statement added that AFC is well aware of the constitutional steps regarding appointments once the election results are known. However, the party said the process does not change the fundamental agreement that the AFC names the Prime Ministerial candidate and have named its leader, Ramjattan.“Consequently, the AFC is not confused by the comments, which we notice has subsequently been clarified by the General Secretary of APNU. The AFC said it hoped clarity has been brought to the issue, which was carefully considered and agreed during the Cummingsburg Accord discussions,” the statement added.The AFC and APNU have been at loggerhead over the selection of a Prime Ministerial candidate since the 2015 Cummingsburg Accord gave the PM slot to the AFC.However, the revised agreement was signed on December 24 but details surrounding the agreement have not been made public. The signing was done at State House, with President David Granger and Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, representing APNU as the party’s Chairman and General Secretary respectively.On the other hand, the smaller party was represented by Ramjattan (as AFC leader) and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson (as AFC General Secretary).Ramjattan was elected at the AFC’s last National Executive Conference to be the PM candidate, effectively overthrowing current Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.There has been much speculation in the public domain on whether the AFC would have been able to reclaim its previous Cummingsburg Accord concessions after its showing at Local Government Elections (LGE) last year. In the revised Accord, AFC seats have been downgraded to a mere 30 per cent of parliamentary seats while the APNU will get 70 per cent. In the previous agreement, AFC had 40 per cent while APNU had 60 per cent.last_img read more

Flames scorch 2 acres

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first_imgThe temperatures hit 94 Monday in Santa Clarita and 87 in the Antelope Valley, with gusty winds out of the northeast. The north county region has received just a fraction of its normal seasonal rainfall – 5 inches in Santa Clarita compared to the season average of 18, and less than an inch in the Antelope Valley compared to the usual 4 or 5 inches, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. The dry year has prompted worries that parched brush will become volatile fuel should flames break out. High winds add to the concern. pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AGUA DULCE – A small brush fire Monday morning near Vasquez Rocks drew a full response from firefighters worried that wind, low humidity and high temperatures would whip it into a wildfire. The blaze broke out shortly before 9 a.m. and burned just two acres near the southbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway between Escondido Canyon Road and Agua Dulce Canyon Road, Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Bill Minick said. Six engines and two helicopter crews doused the fire within an hour. Nobody was injured and no damage was reported, but traffic backed up on the northbound freeway where two lanes were closed to accommodate firefighting equipment. A Red Flag warning – meaning heightened fire danger – was issued Sunday by the National Weather Service and will continue through at least this evening. “It’s warm here, and windy and dry – not a good combo,” Minick said. Staffing is up at local fire stations because of the Red Flag warning, Minick said. In addition to water tenders and patrols, a five-engine strike team was assigned to the area because of the increased fire danger. “They stand by in case they’re needed,” he said. last_img read more

Bush backs down on Iraq

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first_imgTwo Republicans joined in that effort, which failed by a 255-171 vote. Still, the plan attracted more support than anticipated. Speaker Nancy Pelosi was among those voting in favor. Fifty-nine Democrats, including Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the majority leader, opposed the proposal, along with 196 Republicans. “We finally got to vote for what we believed in,” said Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., a sponsor of the withdrawal plan. Report on progress The bill the House approved would provide $42.8 billion total, with about $30 billion of that directed to the war effort for the next two months. It requires the president to report by July13 on how the Iraqi government is performing in building its military and moving toward achieving political unity in the battered country. Congress would then vote a second time on whether to give the administration the remainder of the money – $52.8 billion – to maintain operations in Iraq through Sept. 30 or to restrict that money to deployment. “No more,” said Hoyer, who backed the plan. “No more blank checks.” Republicans derided the Democratic approach as war on the installment plan, and they and Bush said the two-stage funding was unworkable. Congressional leaders say the new proposal will never reach the president’s desk because the Senate, where negotiations with the administration are proceeding, is likely to take a different approach. Bush, who on Tuesday received a blunt assessment from Republican moderates about rising voter unrest over Iraq, acknowledged the public’s impatience with the war. But he said he cannot allow political considerations such as “the latest opinion poll, or how we can get our members elected” to drive his thinking. “My message to the members of Congress is, whatever your beliefs may be, let’s make sure our troops get funded, and let’s make sure politicians don’t tell our commanders how to conduct operations,” the president said. Though Republicans voted solidly with the president, many made clear the administration had until September – the deadline for a progress report from Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander in Iraq – to prove its war strategy was working. While it was Republican moderates who took their complaints directly to the president this week, others in the party expressed similar misgivings on Thursday. “There is a significant undercurrent that is looking for a reasonable way forward in Iraq,” said Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., a conservative. Troubled by policy Several Republicans are considering bipartisan legislation aimed at changing the war’s course. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine and Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee have introduced separate proposals aimed at bringing a gradual end to the war. “We are troubled by the current policy,” Snowe said Thursday. “The White House needs to hear it.” While the White House has not opposed setting general goals for progress in Iraq, it has resisted any attempt to tie war funding or troop withdrawal plans to the benchmarks. On Thursday, Democrats welcomed the president’s new willingness to authorize negotiations on benchmarks but said any failure by Iraq to meet specified goals must result in penalties or they would be meaningless. “There is a recognition that things are not going well,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said about the president’s new position. “The only person who doesn’t believe there needs to be a change is the president.” The Senate hopes to consider its version of the war spending measure sometime next week. Lawmakers and senior administration officials say the most likely course is that the Senate would approve a new measure dropping the withdrawal date Bush objected to in vetoing the initial legislation, but retaining other restrictions, while providing the president the ability to waive them.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – As the House approved a plan on Thursday to finance the Iraq war only through midsummer, President George W. Bush offered his first public concession to try to resolve the impasse on war spending, acknowledging rising pressure from his own party and the public. After a briefing at the Pentagon, Bush said he had instructed Joshua Bolten, the White House chief of staff, to reach “common ground” with lawmakers of both parties over setting firm goals, or benchmarks, to measure progress in Iraq. Bush had previously insisted he wanted about $95billion for the military with no strings attached. “It makes sense to have benchmarks as a part of our discussion on how to go forward,” Bush said, even as he threatened to veto the House plan, approved on a 221-205 vote Thursday night, to require him to seek approval in two months for the balance of the war money. Before that vote Thursday, House Democrats demonstrated their opposition to continuing the war when 169 of them voted for a separate plan that would have required the withdrawal of U.S. troops to begin in 90 days, with most forces out within another six months. last_img read more

Warm weather causing forest fires to flare up

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first_imgHere is the area under an evacuation alert in the Cecil Lake/Goodlow area:244 Road from the Alces River west to 223 Road223 Road between 244 Road and Cecil Lake Road221 Road between Cecil Lake Road and just north of the 252 Road221 Road off of the 224 Road250 Road and 252 Road off of 221 Road217 Road between 244 Road and just north of the Cecil Lake RoadCecil Lake Road between 2895 Cecil Lake Road and the Alces River219 Road off of Cecil Lake RoadHere is a map of the Cecil Lake/Goodlow evacuation alertThis map shows the area that is under an evacuation alert in Cecil Lake.This map shows the area that is under an evacuation alert in Cecil Lake.A total of 17 firefighters and one helicopter are working the Clearview fire and 15 firefighters and one helicopter is working the Voight fire.Officials continue to stress that residents can play an important role in preventing forest fires at this time of year.  There is still a fire ban in place for all category 2 and 3 fires.  The only fires allowed at this time are camp fires that are less than half a metre in size.Advertisement Residents should also check old burn piles to make sure they were properly extinguished.  This even includes old fires from last fall that were put out before winter.  These fires can still flare up and cause a large fire.Environment Canada doesn’t predict any relief for this area anytime soon.  On Monday they predict the temperature will reach 26 degrees and then 27 on Tuesday.  Things will cool off on Wednesday and Thursday with highs near 18 and 16.  Then the weather will warm back up again by the weekend up to 21 and 24 on Friday and Saturday.  There is no rain in the forecast.The good news is there were no new forest fires on Sunday and crews have been successful with both the Beatton Airport Road Fire and the fire 2km north of the Doig River First Nation.  The Beatton Airport Road Fire is now fully contained and crews working the Doig Fire made good progress on Sunday.If you spot a forest fire, make sure you first call #5555 on your cell phone or 1-800-663-5555.  Also send us any information you have about local fires to news@moosefm.ca.  This includes any pictures or video. The evacuation alert for the Siphon Creek fire is as follows:256 Road from the 221 Road to the Alberta border, 22 km north along the Alberta border,west to the Osborn River, south along the Osborn River to the intersection of the SiphonCreek Road and 243 Road then east to the 256 RoadIncludes all civic addresses on:Siphon Creek RoadOsborn Road268 RoadDoig Road to the Osborn RiverBuekert AvenueMcTavish TrailPDR Osborn ACCOsborn Dump RoadHere is a map of the evacuation alert in the Siphon Creek area:This map show the area under an evacuation alert because of the Siphon Creek fire.This map show the area under an evacuation alert because of the Siphon Creek fire.The other evacuation alert covers the Cecil Lake/Goodlow area.  There are two fires burning in that area.  The latest estimates put the Voight fire at 10 hectares and the Clearview fire is 12 hectares.  The evacuation alert was issued for this area after forecasts were issued that show the fires could grow over the next couple of days.Advertisementcenter_img UPDATE:  As of 9 p.m. Sunday, the Voight Creek fire is now 85 per cent contained and 31 hectares in size.  The Clearview fire is now 75 per cent contained and 48 hectares in size.  Power has been restored to residents in the area of those fires.  Crews continue to fight both fires.ORIGINAL STORYFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Warm weather and strong winds have forced the Peace River Regional District to issue two evacuation alerts.- Advertisement -The alerts are in place for the Cecil Lake/Goodlow area and the Siphon Creek area.As of 8 p.m. Sunday, the fire causing the most concern is the Siphon Creek fire.  That fire has grown from 1,400 hectares on Friday to over 4,000 on Sunday.  According to the Forest service, the fire activity has increased to such extreme levels, it is unsafe for crews to fight the fire.The fire is moving in the direction of the Alberta border and crews will continue to monitor the fire from the air.  At this point air tankers and helicopters cannot be used to fight the fire as officials believe they would be unsuccessful in bringing the fire under control.Advertisementlast_img read more