Roger Federer survived a stern test from Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the Miami Open quarter-finals on Tuesday, while top-seeded Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka was eliminated on his birthday.Federer clinched the 7-6(5) 7-6(4) victory on his third match point, shortly after Wawrinka fell 4-6 6-2 6-1 to 16th-seeded German teenager Alexander Zverev.Bautista Agut played the match of his life, hitting the ball deep with relentless precision in an effort to keep Federer pinned to the baseline, giving the 18-times grand slam champion everything he could handle.But Federer’s class proved the difference in the tiebreaks as he improved to 6-0 lifetime against Bautista Agut and advanced to a showdown against Czech 10th seed Tomas Berdych.Wawrinka, who turned 32 on Tuesday, lost to Federer in the Indian Wells final nine days ago and was denied a chance of setting up a possible rematch in Miami.A day after saving three match points against John Isner, the 19-year-old Zverev dominated the final two sets against Wawrinka, breaking twice in the second and three times in the third to earn a quarter-final encounter Nick Kyrgios.“One bad game to start the second set and then it was tough for me,” Wawrinka told reporters. “I completely went down physically and mentally, and also my tennis was completely out. I had no more gas.”Zverev played more aggressively after dropping the first set and the German prospect improved to 2-0 against Wawrinka.“I had to be aggressive. I felt like he was the one controlling all the points all the time, so I had to change that. It worked out well for me,” Zverev said.The last eight match against the 12th seeded Australian brings the pair together for the second time in two weeks, after Kyrgios won their previous encounter in Indian Wells.Big-serving Kyrgios looked ominous as he warmed up for the match by not dropping serve in a 7-6(5) 6-3 victory over Belgian eighth seed David GoffinAll the top seeds had competitive matches on Tuesday, with Japanese second seed Kei Nishikori taken to three sets before ousting Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-3 4-6 6-3.Fifth seed Rafa Nadal won in straight sets, but had to work hard to beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-4 7-6(4).Next up for Nadal is American Jack Sock, while Nishikori meets Italian Fabio Fognini.
Dear Editor,It is a great shame when a man of the Holy Cloth betrays his congregation. It is an even greater shame that he has betrayed his Creator.Jesus Christ, upon whom be Peace, spoke of such individuals in the past and into the future. He warns the people of this earth in Mathew 7:15, to beware of false prophets, who may come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.He knew persons would use his name to create trouble and turmoil, and Pope London is such an example.I was utterly disgusted when I saw photos all over the internet and heard reports of this heinous act by a proclaimed man of God. How could a man charged with leading persons to righteousness allow his own selfish desires to take charge and stray from the will of Our Heavenly Father?Since the story broke the internet, I have since been told that the aforementioned “Pope” has been involved in these activities for a number of years with many different women in his church, some of whom were married.I am glad that this issue has come to light once again in society, so that persons can learn from this tragic example.It must be noted that this issue is not only isolated to Guyana’s Christian Community. There have been many reports from across Guyana throughout the years where Pandits, Pastors, Sheiks, Swamis and other religious leaders have been involved in many compromising situations with members of their various institutions. This problem is even more prominent in many countries outside our borders.I am hereby advising the general public, regardless of whatever religions we may be part of, to be cognisant of the people we look toward for spiritual guidance. I urge you all to learn to understand your own discipline, and do not willingly accept everything that is being spoon-fed to you by someone you know nothing of.Every day, many women and children are being taken advantage of from various religious bodies because they do not seek the knowledge of God on their own, but only accept any and everything that their so called leaders say is right. These so-called leaders then forget the spirit and only seek to fulfil their selfish desires without thought of the damage they are doing to vulnerable individuals.I pray that each of the women whose lives were deeply affected by this individual, seek much counselling and know that God does not work in the manner in which they were taught. I hope that each of them find peace and a new leader who will not ask you to sacrifice their dignity to a man for a blessing.To the self-proclaimed Pope Emmanuel, you will be dealt with on the Day of Judgement. It was written in the Holy Scriptures that not everyone who says “Lord, Lord” shall enter into heaven. For he shall say “I never knew you: depart from me ye workers of iniquity”.Sincerely,Roshan Khan
0Shares0000LONDON, England, April 26 – Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has not lodged an appeal against a 10-match ban for biting an opponent, England’s Football Association (FA) governing body said on Friday.Uruguay striker Suarez, 26, was suspended on Wednesday after he was shown to have bitten Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic on the arm last weekend. The Anfield club had said they were shocked at the severity of the ban, which rules him out for the rest of the season and into the next, and had until 1100 GMT on Friday to lodge an appeal.But the FA said on its website thefa.com: “Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has not appealed the suspension issued to him by an Independent Regulatory Commission this week.“The suspension begins with immediate effect and applies to Liverpool FC’s next ten domestic first-team fixtures.”Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had expressed dismay at the length of the ban and on Thursday slammed the FA for indicating ahead of the hearing that the suspension would top the statutory three matches, the organisation regarding that as “insufficient” on this occasion.Rodgers said: “If you are an independent panel and yet the day beforehand the FA come out and say he (Suarez) will serve more than three games it is not independent because they are already putting pressure on the sanction.“There is a prejudice there straightaway. Everyone has their opinion — which is normal.”Suarez — currently the Premier League second top scorer with 23 goals, one behind Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie — will miss the rest of this season and the first six games of next season.He is reportedly considering whether to quit English football in protest at the severity of the punishment.Liverpool have pointed out that previous instances of violent conduct were dealt with more leniently and they feel the FA has been inconsistent amid claims from Anfield that Suarez has paid the price for his controversial personality.Rodgers referred to the 2006 cases of Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, who escaped with just a booking for biting West Ham’s Javier Mascherano, and Chester’s Sean Hessey, who was banned for five matches for a bite on Stockport’s Liam Dickinson.“There have been two incidents of this type of scenario. One player received no ban and continued to be chosen by the FA as part of the England squad,” Rodgers noted.Suarez incurred a seven-game ban for biting PSV midfielder Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax and also an eight-match suspension last season for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.“It is the severity of the ban that has hurt most,” Rodgers said on Thursday.“I can’t help but look at it and look at the sanction which has been put on Luis and I honestly feel the punishment has been against the man rather than the incident.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
UPDATE #2: BC Hydro says that as of 3:00 p.m., there were still 92 customers on the northeast side of Fort St. John without power. The outage is currently stretching from 112th Ave. south to 101st Ave, and from 90th St. east to 86th St. A cable fault is being blamed on the outage, which started this morning, and it is estimated that power will be fully restored by 5:00 p.m.UPDATE: BC Hydro crews are currently on site working to restore power, which is expected to occur at approximately 9:30 a.m. The cause of the outage is still under investigation.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 200 BC Hydro customers are without power in Fort St. John this morning.- Advertisement -The outage occurred at around 6:20 a.m. and is affecting 264 customers on the city’s northeast side.The outage stretches from 112th Ave. south to 101st Ave, and from 90th St. east to 86th St.BC Hydro says that crews have been assigned to restore the power outage, the cause of which is currently under investigation.Advertisement
The Rockies did manage to rough up Lowe for two runs on four mostly seeing-eye hits in the third, and that was the game on a night when the Dodgers went hitless in four at-bats with runners in scoring position and the Rockies ran their winning streak to a franchise record 10 games. It has been that kind of season for Lowe. “He was as good as I have ever seen him,” said Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday, the likely National League Most Valuable Player, who struck out twice in three at-bats against Lowe but also drove in a run with a third-inning single. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BASEBALL: L.A.’s ace is sharp, but again gets no support in 2-0 loss. By Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER At the end of an evening that capped, and perfectly encapsulated, his season, Derek Lowe stood at his corner locker in the Dodgers clubhouse and reflected on the past six months. It was a difficult thing to do for a player who still remembers what it was like three years ago, when he ended a season feeling the sting of champagne in his eyes. That was when he wore a different uniform. It must have seemed like a different lifetime, too, after his latest hard-luck loss, a game when he struggled for one inning and dominated for six others and the Dodgers fell, 2-0, to the streaking Colorado Rockies before 45,036 Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. The only sting Lowe feels now is the one that comes with a lost season. And in the wake of a stretch in which the Dodgers have dropped nine of 10 games, fallen completely out of playoff contention and seen their festering clubhouse disharmony become public knowledge, Lowe can only hope that all that is forgotten by next spring, when he reports to camp for the final season of his four-year, $36 million contract and what could be his last hurrah with the club. “The thing we have to do is make sure this doesn’t happen next year,” Lowe said. “If you look at the guys who are under contract (for 2008), it’s going to be pretty much the same team. We’ll have to put aside our differences, and we’ll have to play as a group, as one. We can’t have this group over here and that group over there. It’s up to us as players to figure that out, and I know we will.” There also is too much talent in Lowe’s sinkerballing right arm for him to be 12-14 at the end of a season in which he posted a 3.88 ERA. Lowe isn’t the type to point fingers, to point out the fact the Dodgers scored a grand total of 30 runs in those 14 losses, or the fact they scored a total of 14 runs in 12 of them. He would rather point to the two starts in which he lasted just three innings, or to the fact he had six starts in which he failed to go five, all of which conspired to leave him just two-thirds of an inning short of reaching 200 for what would have been the fifth time in the past six years. But as much as Lowe tried to be the standup guy, there is no getting around the fact he was easily the unluckiest man on a roster rife with misfortune. And for the perfect example of that, one need look no farther than his final start of the season, a game in which he went seven innings and faced the minimum in six of them.
One of the most underrated footballing heroes, Rivaldo is often overlooked when discussing the greatest stars to ever play the game.And – after the 43-year-old netted in the same game as his son, Rivaldinho – we thought it fitting to bring you the highlights of the evergreen playmaker’s sensational career, which includes league titles in Brazil, Spain, Italy and Greece, as well as Champions League and World Cup triumphs.He loves an overhead kick, too.Check it out in the video above!
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When it was time to ship out, Mejia went into hiding. For the next five months he didn’t use his cell phone or his computer. He stayed away from his family and friends. Eventually, with the help of anti-war advocates, he found a lawyer and turned himself in. But his request to be a conscientious objector – which he filed after he went on the lam – was denied. Mejia spent nine months in military prison and was dishonorably discharged in February. Mejia was among the first from Iraq to request to be a conscientious objector, and he now speaks at antiwar rallies and conferences, counseling other would-be resisters. “As this war continues, we’re going to see more refusals, disobeying of orders, stop-loss lawsuits,” said Marti Hiken, who co-chairs the National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force. “There’s going to be more and more resistance.” Conscientious objection, as defined by the military, is a “firm, fixed and sincere objection to war in any form or the bearing of arms” because of deeply held moral, ethical, or religious beliefs. A soldier cannot be a conscientious objector just because of opposition to a particular war. To apply as a conscientious objector is a labyrinthine process that includes a written application and interviews with a psychiatrist, a military chaplain, and an investigating officer. “Being a conscientious objector is not an easy way to get out of the military and not a fast way to get out of the military,” said JE McNeil, executive director of The Center on Conscience & War, a 65-year-old Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization that supports the rights of conscientious objectors. The organization runs the GI Rights Hotline, and McNeil said it received more than 36,000 calls this year from soldiers interested in how to get out of their required service. That’s up from fewer than 1,000 a year before the war in Iraq, she said. McNeil said her counselors usually get calls from soldiers who are already considered AWOL (absent without leave) or even deserters. She said they often counsel soldiers away from trying to be conscientious objectors, pointing them instead toward other types of discharge requests: hardship, parenthood, health problems, drug or alcohol use. These are usually more appropriate reasons, she said. Military studies show the main reason deserters cite for leaving the service are “dissatisfaction with Army life, family problems and homesickness.” Simple desertion has been decreasing in the military in recent years – about 2,500 troops last year simply didn’t show up for work, down from almost 5,000 in 2001, according to the Pentagon public affairs office. Some of these men and women are in hiding in Canada, where about 20 have applied for refugee status. About a dozen reservists have filed “stop loss” lawsuits, arguing that it is illegal to make them stay in the military once their required term of service is complete. The Bush administration has argued with success so far that under federal law the Pentagon can involuntarily extend the deployment of any reserve officer who’s on active duty, if the president believes it’s essential to national security. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “You sign a contract and you’re required to serve for whatever time period you’ve agreed to,” said a Pentagon spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke. “There are certain standards the enlistment contracts oblige soldiers to, and they are required to fulfill them.” But Pentagon policies do have exceptions, and soldiers are increasingly challenging their mandatory service. Requests for conscientious objector status, which can qualify someone for an honorable discharge, have steadily increased since 2000 – about 110 soldiers filed the complex paperwork in 2004, about four times the number in 2000. Of those, about half were approved. Those who were rejected either went back to the war or refused to serve. Some are now on the lam. Others have been court-martialed and done time. Former Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia, 30, of Miami Beach, Fla., says he had change of heart while on a two-week leave last year after spending a year in Iraq. “Going home gave me the opportunity to put my thoughts in order and to listen to what my conscience had to say. People would ask me about my war experiences and answering them took me back to all the horrors, the firefights, the ambushes, the time I saw a young Iraqi dragged by his shoulders through a pool of his own blood or an innocent man was decapitated by our machine gun fire,” he said. Kevin Benderman spends his days sitting in a plastic chair in the stockade at Fort Lewis, Wash., completing a 15-month sentence for “missing movement” with his unit. Jeremy Hinzman is raising his baby boy in Toronto, awaiting a court date when he hopes the Canadian government will grant him political asylum. Aidan Delgado is back in school, studying religion at the New College of Florida and practicing Buddhism. All three are among a small but growing number of soldiers who have become disillusioned with the war in Iraq and are trying to get out of their required service. Increasing numbers of men and women in uniform are seeking honorable discharges as conscientious objectors. Others are suing the military, claiming their obligation has been wrongfully extended. Many have simply deserted, refusing to appear for duty. Some are more desperate: Last December, Army Spc. Marquise J. Roberts of Hinesville, Ga., persuaded a cousin to shoot him in the leg. The cousin was sent to jail, Roberts to the stockade.
14 14 Ederson – 7 – In all seriousness the Manchester City stopper could probably have gone for a coffee and no one would have noticed – Feyenoord were that poor. Still a clean sheet is always good for the ratings. Gabriel Jesus – 9 – At £27million the Brazilian is looking like more of a bargain each time he steps onto the field. Exciting, energized and found the back of the net yet again. The kid is a star in the making. 14 Substitute: Fabian Delph – 6 – Yes he does still play for City. The ex-Aston Villa midfielder was given some first team action by Guardiola but did nothing special in what had effectively become a training exercise by that point. Don’t expect to see him work his way into the starting XI any time soon. John Stones – 9 – You have to blink twice to fully comprehend it – yes, John Stones did score two goals. He wasn’t tested much defensively but the centre-back was there when needed at the other end as he grabbed the opener and City’s fourth. A good night for the former Everton man. 14 Nicolas Otamendi – 8 – Again Otamendi didn’t exactly face much of a defensive test but he excelled on the ball and played some excellent passes. 14 David Silva – 8 – Despite his new look we are still seeing the Silva of old – he glides across the pitch with the ball. It was the same story tonight and the stand-in captain led superbly. Substitute: Leroy Sane – 6 – Came on for the final 18 minutes but wasn’t able to have quite the impact that he did against Liverpool. Kevin De Bruyne – 8 – Such a key component in making City tick the Belgian continues to revel under Pep Guardiola. Excellent footwork, link-up play and threads through those all-important passes. Fernandinho – 7 – The sitter in midfield, Fernandinho’s passing was on point. Does his job very well in the centre of the park allowing the rest of City’s creators to run free. 14 14 Sergio Aguero – 9 – Kept up his astonishing scoring record for City with another excellent strike after just ten minutes. What a deadly duo the Argentine, combined with Jesus, are. As starts go a 4-0 win isn’t too shabby.Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City cruised to victory against Dutch champions Feyenoord thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and a brace from John Stones.MATCH REPORT: Feyenoord 0-4 Manchester City: John Stones double helps Pep Guardiola’s side cruise to emphatic victory in Champions League openerGiovanni van Bronckhorst’s side didn’t exactly do themselves justice, as they allowed City to pass and move around the field with ease, but how did each of Guardiola’s stars perform?Scroll through the gallery above to see talkSPORT’s player ratings. 14 Substitute: Raheem Sterling – 7 – Brought on for the final half an hour after missing the Liverpool game the winger slotted in nicely without being too spectacular. In truth the game was done by then. 14 Kyle Walker – 7 – He may be a right-back but the new man from Tottenham played so far up the pitch he was essentially a winger. Brought vital width to the City team and was very impressive. 14 14 14 Bernardo Silva – 8 – The former Monaco man showed his quality as part of City’s fluid midfield. Excellent passing and movement – not that there was much pressure put on him by Feyenoord. 14 14 Benjamin Mendy – 7 – His attacking ability as a full-back is well known but, like Walker, Mendy played essentially as a winger. Helped to stretch the Feyenoord defense excellently.
WASHINGTON – West Coast ports that handle much of the nation’s shipped goods – and which are considered prime terrorist targets – praised a law signed Friday that aims to reinforce the safety of the 11 million containers entering the country each year. President George W. Bush signed the SAFE Port Act that aims to prevent terrorists from smuggling a nuclear bomb or other weapons in cargo containers from overseas. “Our seaports are a gateway to commerce, a source of opportunity, and a provider of jobs,” Bush said. “Our ports could also be a target of a terrorist attack, and we’re determined to protect them.” Bush said the new act requires radiation-detection technology at 22 of the nation’s busiest ports by the end of next year. In addition, background checks and credentials will be required for workers at the nation’s 361 ports. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The bill is “a great step forward in enhancing port security,” said Jim McKenna, president and CEO of the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents 75 shipping companies doing business on the West Coast. He said port security must rely on new technology, and the law authorizes the development of high-tech inspection equipment so customs agents can check cargo containers without having to open them. Pilot programs would be established at three foreign ports to test the technology. “You need to stop it from ever getting on a ship, from ever getting into the country,” McKenna said. The Port of Los Angeles already scans some containers for radiation and has a pilot program for worker identification and background checks, spokeswoman Theresa Adams Lopez said. Coast Guard and other agents also board cruise ships and some cargo vessels for inspection before they arrive in port. “Definitely it’s something we’re happy about,” she said of the new law. The adjoining ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the fifth busiest port complex in the world, handling more than 43 percent of the nation’s cargo containers – about 14.3 million each year. Arif Ghouse, security director for the Port of Seattle, said the port would be able to detect radiation leakage from any container, as required under the law, by December. “We’ve been waiting for this for quite a while, so it’s nice to see it’s gone through,” Ghouse said of the act. The Port of Oakland plans to apply for the federal grant money to invest in new screening technology. According to a Rand Corp. study released in August, a nuclear explosion at the Port of Long Beach could kill 60,000 people immediately, expose 150,000 more to hazardous radiation and cause 10 times more economic loss than the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Meanwhile, there were hints of the economic damage an attack could cause in the 2002 dockworker lockout, Lopez said. The 10-day action shut down 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle and cost the nation’s fragile economy up to $2 billion a day. Congress approved the bill two weeks ago before lawmakers left to campaign for the Nov. 7 midterm elections in which national security, the war in Iraq and terrorism are major issues. Democrats favored the bill, but said it failed to address rail and mass transit, other areas considered highly vulnerable to terrorists. AP reporters Terence Chea in San Francisco and Robert Jablon in Los Angeles contributed to this story. The text of the bill, H.R. 4954, may be found at http://thomas.loc.gov.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!