Back on top: Djokovic wins fourth Wimbledon title

first_imgLONDON (AP):Novak Djokovic acknowledged that he was worried. His coach was, too.Could Djokovic ever return to the top of tennis? To the heights he had already reached? Could he put aside the time lost to a painful right elbow that required surgery and the disappointment of poor-for-him results? Could he end a Grand Slam drought that lasted more than two years?All of that fretting seemed misplaced yesterday. Back at his best, Djokovic became Wimbledon’s champion for the fourth time, grabbing a lead right away against a weary Kevin Anderson in the final and holding off a late challenge to win 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3).”There were several moments where I was frustrated and questioning whether I can get back [to the] desired level or not. But that makes this whole journey even more special for me,” Djokovic said.”It’s easy to talk now and look back at it and be kind of grateful, but I really am grateful to go through this kind of, so to say, mixed emotions, turbulences as well, mentally, moments of doubt and disappointment and frustration, anger.”It is Djokovic’s 13th major trophy, the fourth-highest total in the history of men’s tennis, trailing only Roger Federer’s 20, Rafael Nadal’s 17, and his childhood idol Pete Sampras’ 14.But it is also Djokovic’s first since he completed a career Grand Slam at the 2016 French Open.”It was a long journey,” the 31-year-old from Serbia said. “I couldn’t pick a better place, to be honest, in the tennis world to peak and to make a comeback.”last_img read more

Rooney’s agent in China for transfer talks

first_img0Shares0000Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford held talks in China today amid mounting speculation over the Manchester. PHOTO/MAIL.LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 23 – Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford held talks in China on Thursday amid mounting speculation over the Manchester United captain’s future, British media said.Rooney, 31, has been sidelined by manager Jose Mourinho heightening expectations he could leave United for the mega-rich Chinese Super League. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Guangzhou Evergrande, Beijing Guoan, Jiangsu Suning and Tianjin Quanjian are said to be among those interested in United’s all-time top scorer.British media have reported that he could earn up to $1 million a week, making him the world’s best paid player.However it remains unlikely that any move would be complete before the transfer window shuts next Tuesday.Rooney missed Wednesday’s Europa League last-32 second leg in Saint-Etienne through injury, but dominated conversation in France.Mourinho said that Rooney’s future was in his own hands in comments at his pre-match press conference that only fuelled the speculation.“You’ll have to ask him,” Mourinho said. “You have to ask him.“Of course I can’t guarantee (he will be here). I can’t guarantee that I’m here next week, how can I guarantee that a player is here next season?“What I can guarantee is that if Wayne one day leaves the club it is not because I want him to leave the club. That’s the only thing I can guarantee.“I would never push – or try to push – a legend of this club to another destiny.“So you have to ask him if he sees himself staying in the club for the rest of his career or if he sees himself moving.“It is not a question for me because I am happy to have him.”Pushed on whether it was possible Rooney could leave in the next week, Mourinho retorted: “You have to ask him, not me.“I was very open with you in the answer. I don’t want him to leave.”Rooney’s deal at Old Trafford runs until mid-2018, with United holding the option to extend it by a further year.He is United’s record goalscorer and has won five Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy since joining as an 18-year-old for £27m from Everton in 2004.A return to boyhood club Everton and move to Major League Soccer could be other avenues for Rooney, but are unlikely to offer wages anywhere near that available in China.Former United team-mate Carlos Tevez, ex-Chelsea midfielder Oscar and former Watford striker Odion Ighalo are among those to have recently made big-money moves to the Far East.However, a switch to China could bring Rooney’s England career to an abrupt end.The country’s all-time top scorer has won 119 caps and is closing in on Peter Shilton’s record of 125 appearances.Rooney has already announced plans to retire from international football after the next year’s World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

“The More You Love a Memory” coming to Peace Gallery North

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace Gallery North is set to debut a new exhibit starting May 5.“The More You Love a Memory” by Kathy Gurthie will be in Fort St. John from May 5 to May 27. There is no cost and the exhibit will be available during gallery hours (Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00).Gallery Coordinator, Alan White says that Gurthie, who is From Victoria, has been here in the past and the gallery is excited to have her return once again.- Advertisement -The More You Love a Memory is a series of mixed media works on paper, canvas, wood, Mylar film, and glassine.Gurthie explained her process of the exhibit in a statement to the gallery.“Stumbling upon this photograph of my sister in our family archives was a starting point for these works. Memories flooded to the forefront of my mind. Some moments from our years together are very clear; others are muddied from the passage of time.Advertisement I edited the original image, increasing its original size from miniature to larger- than-life, focusing on her face and bringing her into the present. This created blurred and pixilated prints that evoke a deeply enigmatic quality.Using acrylic, collage, image transfers, and gestural calligraphic mark-making, I have applied different treatments to each piece. In some of the works I have layered sheets of Mylar film over the photograph which creates an undulating reflective surface to represent hazy memories of her. It is my desire to remain connected to the memory of my sister yet it is an endless struggle since we are forever separated in this world.After completing the above body of work using my sister’s image, my focus has broadened to include new works on canvas. These are lens-based images of my three sisters and I. These images are printed on canvas and then developed with a variety of mediums. They express my memories of the past in the context of the here and now.”For more information visit or call (250) 787-0993.Advertisementlast_img read more

Paris Hilton returned to Lynwood jail

first_img Hilton’s case has caused a firestorm of criticism over whether the celebrity was getting special treatment because the sheriff sent her home her after serving just three days of her sentence. When Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer sentenced Hilton last month, he ruled she would not be allowed any work release, home detention or use of electronic monitoring to track her whereabouts. The judge gave no explanation on June 8 of his ruling to send her back to jail but his comments throughout the hearing showed he was affronted by Sheriff Lee Baca’s decision to set aside his instructions and release the heiress to do her time in the luxury of her Hollywood Hills home with an electronic ankle bracelet. Hilton left the courtroom in tears shouting, “It’s not right!” Attorneys who have handled similar cases have said her treatment was neither special nor unusual. The Los Angeles County jail system is so overcrowded that thousands of prisoners have been released early, many serving only 10 percent of their sentences for nonviolent crimes. In Hilton’s case, though, the sheriff’s decision was based on an unspecified medical condition. Baca said he had learned from one of her doctors that she was not taking a certain medication while in custody, and that her “inexplicable deterioration” puzzled county psychiatrists. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has launched an investigation into whether the multimillionaire received special treatment because of her wealth and fame. The Rev. Al Sharpton met with Baca on Monday and said Hilton’s situation exemplified an unfair legal system. At least one person has filed a claim against the county alleging she “had serious medical issues” but was treated much worse than Hilton. Hilton’s path to jail began Sept. 7, when she failed a sobriety test after police saw her weaving down a street in her Mercedes-Benz. She pleaded no contest to reckless driving and was sentenced to probation for three years. In the months that followed she was stopped twice by officers who discovered her driving on a suspended license. The second stop landed her in Sauer’s courtroom, where he sentenced her to jail.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Paris Hilton was transferred back to an all-women’s jail because her condition was declared stable after a week in a medical ward, a sheriff’s official said this morning. She was taken late Wednesday to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, and placed in the medical unit there. If all goes well, she will be returned to the jail’s special needs unit and released June 25, spokesman Steve Whitmore said at a news conference. Hilton, 26, began her 45-day sentence June 3 at Lynwood, where she was confined to a solitary cell in the special needs unit away from the other 2,200 inmates. At the treatment center where she was taken a week ago after being returned to jail from home detention, she underwent medical and psychiatric exams to determine where she should be held.last_img read more

Drag-racer strikes crowd, kills four

first_imgSELMER, Tenn. – A drag-racing vehicle lost control during a parade and spun into a crowd of bystanders on Saturday night, killing four adults and injuring up to 15 people, authorities said. Investigators were trying to determine what caused the vehicle to careen into the crowd at the Cars for Kids charity event in Selmer, located about 80 miles east of Memphis. Scott Henley of Selmer witnessed the crash and said the vehicle started burning off its tires, then began to fishtail and slammed into a light pole before spinning around into the audience. Selmer Police Chief Neal Burks said, “bodies were flying into the air when it happened.” Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Browning said authorities did not know how many people had been brought to area hospitals to be treated for their injuries. The identities of the victims and the driver, or the driver’s condition, were not immediately known after the accident. Browning said the vehicle has been described as a drag-racing car, but he did not have more details yet about the vehicle. McNairy County sheriff’s officials and Selmer police began to close down the festival shortly after the crash. About 40,000 to 60,000 people were expected to attend the weekend event. Cars for Kids holds several events throughout the nation and raises close to $200,000 per year for charities that help children in need, according to the charity’s Web site. 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

Millions in Katrina aid wasted, audits show

first_img 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 Separately, the Justice Department said Monday that federal prosecutors had filed fraud, theft and other charges against 212 people accused of scams related to Gulf Coast hurricanes. Forty people have pleaded guilty so far, according to the latest report from the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force. Many defendants were accused of trying to obtain emergency aid, typically a $2,000 debit card, issued to hurricane victims by FEMA and the American Red Cross. The GAO report found that up to 900,000 of the 2.5 million applicants who received aid under the emergency cash assistance program – which included the debit cards given to evacuees – based their requests on duplicate or invalid Social Security numbers or on false addresses and names. In other instances, recipients improperly used their debit cards intended for food and shelter on $400 massages, a $450 tattoo, a diamond engagement ring that cost $1,100 and products that cost $150 at Condoms to Go. The reports called for stronger controls to verify the eligibility of future disaster victims who apply for aid over the phone and Internet, better planning of emergency supplies for hurricanes and improved accounting of FEMA’s vast inventory of temporary housing. Senators decried the problems. “Once again, FEMA failed to adequately plan for the very type of disaster that occurs virtually every year,” said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who chairs a Senate panel reviewing the government’s response to the storm. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., said hurricane victims and taxpayers alike were being ripped off. “It’s unacceptable and ultimately infuriating. We need to do everything we can to insist that FEMA and DHS prepare for the next disaster,” he said. White House and Homeland Security officials defended the actions of President George W. Bush’s administration against criticism that is still going strong more than five months after Hurricane Katrina. “I reject outright the suggestion that President Bush was anything less than fully involved,” White House homeland security adviser Frances Fragos Townsend said. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff denied that his department was preoccupied with terror threats at the expense of natural disasters. Chertoff announced the creation of a full-time FEMA response force of 1,500 new employees and the establishment of a more reliable system to report on disasters as they unfold. The audits released Monday do not try to estimate a total dollar figure on waste and abuse, but GAO auditor Gregory Kutz told senators during a hearing that it was “certainly millions of dollars; it could be tens or hundreds of millions of dollars.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The federal government squandered millions of dollars in Katrina disaster aid, including handing $2,000 debit cards to people who gave phony Social Security numbers and used the money for such items as a $450 tattoo, auditors said Monday. Federal money also paid for $375-a-day beachfront condos and 10,777 trailers that were stuck in mud and unusable. Overcharges, poor accounting and abuses will take months or years to rectify, the Government Accountability Office and the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general concluded in preliminary reports on how billions of dollars in taxpayer money is being spent. Officials in the Federal Emergency Management Agency recognize that FEMA “made many, many mistakes” and they are working on improvement, said Homeland Security inspector general Richard Skinner. “But they’re not where they should be. In some cases, the government will have little legal recourse to recoup payments to contractors for payments.” last_img read more

‘I’d rather watch Salford’ – Manchester United legend bored of Premier League

first_img1 Paul Scholes in action for the Class of 92 XI Former England midfielder Paul Scholes claims Premier League clubs are so obsessed with making money they are sacrificing the quality of football being played on the pitch.The 41-year-old is a co-owner of Salford City and said he would rather watch his National League North side than the English top flight.In an extract published by the Guardian from new book Class of 92: Out of our League, former Manchester United player Scholes said: “I don’t find elite football as interesting to watch any more, especially in England.“There needs to be a real step up in quality in England. Other than Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, we don’t have the best players.“I probably do enjoy watching Salford more. I don’t know if it’s as much that I don’t like the hassle of going to the game, getting in, sitting in traffic. Going to Salford, I park up behind the goal and get out of my car. But I genuinely get more enjoyment from watching even my son’s team, Royter Town. It’s just entertainment.”Scholes wrote the new book alongside his old United team-mates Nicky Butt, Phil Neville, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, who are also co-owners of Salford. The five of them featured in Sir Alex Ferguson’s famed Class of 92 alongside former England captain David Beckham.Scholes believes the decline he senses in attractive football in England comes down to the pressures on managers to get results.He added: “If you lose three or four games on the trot obviously you’re under big pressure and you’re sacked. The money’s the most important thing these days about football because owners, the majority of them, are just interested in making money for their football club.”last_img read more

More traffic cameras OK’d for the Valley

first_img 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 MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Officials said warning signs will be posted before the cameras are activated. New San Fernando Valley intersections to receive cameras include: Balboa Boulevard and Vanowen Street; Sepulveda and Victory boulevards; Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Oxnard Street; Louise Avenue and Sherman Way; and Terra Bella Street and Woodman Avenue. (213) 978-0390 A city panel Wednesday approved adding red-light cameras at 22 more intersections, including five in the San Fernando Valley. The $1.09 million move by the City Council’s Transportation Committee expands the enforcement program to 32 intersections. “What we are trying to do is affect motorists’ behavior to drive more safely and, hopefully, improve the driving conditions throughout the area,” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said. With the cameras, photos are taken of both the front and rear of vehicles that attempt to either beat yellow lights or run red lights. last_img read more

Canyons expands its cyber lineup

first_imgThree-quarters of online students are from the Santa Clarita area, since the college is barred from marketing outside the area. Students might be taking online classes to save on gas money, to juggle family and work obligations – or just because they like the online format better. “We want to open the doors as much as possible, whether you’re a firefighter, a flight attendant, you have four kids at home, you have some sort of disability,” Glapa-Grossklag said. “The college wants to create a way for you to access education.” What began in 1999 as a program with two courses has grown to a program with 150 courses this semester. The budget has also expanded, and the annual budget for the college’s online division is $150,000. Students taking online courses interact with fellow students and the instructor via online messaging. Instructors can post lecture notes, required reading and assignments – but they can also post video clips or Power Point notes. Art History students get CD-Roms with their textbooks that they can pop into their computers to see great works of art. Fire Technology students see photos of different kinds of technology. Deanna Riveira, professor of psychology at the college, said that there’s a difference teaching online classes compared to traditional classes. “I feel like I’m a little bit more of a research director, I guess, directing students to a lot of information,” she said. “Which in a way is nice because students are able to get more information about an area of interest for them.” Even though he’s in the age range of students who educators expect would relate well to a computer, College of the Canyons student Christian Pineda, 21, has not taken an online course. “There’s no emotion like in a computer,” he said. “You can’t really, like in a situation where it explains something you can’t understand it so clearly.” But Bailey Campbell, 17, who is taking one class at College of the Canyons this semester, said she liked a previous online class she took – even though she found herself more likely to procrastinate. “I think it was different in a good way because I was able to kind of read at my own pace,” she said. The college’s online division is a way to keep up with students, Glapa-Grossklag said, since many younger students don’t see computers as high-tech gizmos. “Kids look at a computer and they see a toaster,” he said. “It’s not technology at all. It’s a perfectly normal part of their lives.” (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – College of the Canyons officials had some misgivings before offering two online classes this semester: British Literature and American Literature. It wasn’t the class material – it was how the material would be delivered. Instructors wondered how many students would take the advanced classes over the Internet, since many of the college’s previous online offerings were the more in-demand introductory classes. “Everyone needs English 101,” said James Glapa-Grossklag, dean of distance learning programs and training. Students have more options as they advance in their studies, so instructors thought students might shy away from the online versions of British Literature and American Literature. But they didn’t – the classes are packed, Glapa-Grossklag said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Offering the two classes is part of an initiative by the college not only to expand its menu of online classes but also to make it easier for students to complete their entire associate’s degree online. “Those are the higher-level courses we’re offering for the first time in that department, and we’re very excited to see there’s a population for those classes,” Glapa-Grossklag said. Students can get online degrees in “transfer studies” through the college, meaning they can complete all the general education course requirements they need to transfer to universities entirely through online courses. The college plans to add more online degrees in the coming year. In the spring, it will start offering online degrees in international business. Some 1,700 students took online courses this past spring, and college officials expect more students online this fall. last_img read more

The lesser known rides at Universal Orlando

first_imgE.T. AdventureFor longtime Universal fans the E.T. Adventure ride probably isn’t considered a lesser known attraction, in fact it may be a favorite of some. It is actually one of the few attractions at Universal for which I have an affinity. The queue is incredibly themed, the bicycle ride vehicles are unique, and it is one of the few rides with practical sets and figures (as opposed to projection screens).Rumor has it that E.T. and his friends will soon be heading back to the Green Planet without a return ticket. This is the only ride still standing that has been there since opening day. I recommend that even if you prefer more exciting rides that you at least pay this one a visit, if only for its classic appeal.Storm Force AccelerationThis ride is the essentially the same as Magic Kingdoms teacups, but doesn’t get as much love since it’s no where near as cute. There are some halfway decent lighting and sound effects to give this ride a little bit of character. But, given that it is tucked into a back corner of Marvel Super Hero Island, it doesn’t get a whole lot of attention.One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue FishSeuss Landing at Islands of Adventure is one of my favorite lands. It is chock full of whimsical details. All the rides here are easygoing, perfect for families and those that prefer milder experiences (like me). One such ride is One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, a spinner ride with a splashy-splashy surprise.You will get a little wet on this ride because playful fish figures are poised and ready to squirt you. This added touch is much more fun when you listen to the words of the song that plays as you spin through the air. It will instruct you to either fly your fish high or low in order to avoid getting wet.The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley TrainThe Trolley Train is one of my favorite rides in Universal Orlando. As the TTA People Mover is to the Magic Kingdom, the Trolley Train is to Islands of Adventure. Rising above Seuss Landing you’ll get a bird’s eye view of not only Seuss Landing, but essentially the entire park.There are two tracks, each with different onboard audio and a slightly different path. Typically during slower periods only one track is running, usually the one of the right hand side as you wait on the loading platform. This track runs through the Circus McGurkus quick service location. The audio on this side involves making sounds based on the sights along the ride path.The track on the left is my preferred track. It tells excerpts of the stories that are represented through the ride path, ending with peculiar residences in near miniature scale situated on top of the buildings the train passes over.Both tracks have an alternate audio track, I am not sure what causes this track to be used, but I find it quite boring because it does not really correspond with the ride path. It is a song of sorts involving the alphabet. Anytime I am unfortunate enough to be on the train with this version of the audio I feel I have set foot inside a preschool classroom. Other than this one potential downfall, the Trolley Train is one of my favorites.Flight of the HippogriffThis “kiddie coaster” is a great example of reclaiming an existing ride and converting it to a different theme. Back before Hogsmeade Village took over most of Lost Continent, a mythical forest, the stuff of medieval fairy tales welcomed guests at Islands of Adventure. The Flying Unicorn provided young guests looking to earn their coaster cred a ever-so-slightly thrilling ride without being too much to handle.Not much has changed about this coaster with its Harry Potter theme change over. The ride vehicle resembles a training Hippogriff (since riding an actual Hippogriff takes lots of skill and patience) and the queue is set in the glen of Hagrid’s hut. A walk through this short, but well themed queue is a fun little trip even for non-riders.Pteronodon FlyersThis ride has captured the imagination of many. It’s the one that got away, the unachievable. You see adults cannot experience this ride without accompanying a young child. It also has a dreadful hourly capacity making the wait time quite long, typically.Every time I see one of the ride vehicles swoop through the air along the track I feel a pang of longing. Wouldn’t it be cool to see Islands of Adventure from the view? It is quite the tease. Rumor has it that the track and ride system were simply the prototype and not originally intended to be the finished product. It is an easy rumor to believe considering the weight / age limit, the poor hourly capacity, and the bare bones appearance of the track. Share This!It’s clear that Universal Orlando has cornered the market on thrilling, exhilarating rides. When you want exciting experiences, Universal Orlando is the clear choice. But there is more to Universal than thrill rides, and we often overlook the smaller, more minor attractions here. Especially with the closure of two of Universal Studio’s minor attractions: Disaster! and Twister Ride It Out! (both names ending in exclamation points I might add), it can be easy to forget the small collection of less thrilling rides.Kang and Kodo’s Twirl ‘n’ HurlIt seems that the spinner style ride is a must-have when building a theme park. It all started with the iconic Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Disneyland in 1955. Ever since that time it has become a staple of theme parks to have at least one of this type of ride in its line-up.At Universal Orlando two spinner rides are offered, both with a little added touch. Twirl and Hurl came onto the scene when the World Expo area received a makeover courtesy of The Simpsons. After The Simpsons Ride took over for Back to the Future, the turf of the Simpsons was expanded to include multiple eateries, midway games, and this spinner ride.Pay close attention to the signage throughout the ride’s queue and exit, as well as the audio messaging. I love the names of the ride vehicles, each flying saucer has a unique, pun laden name such as Mai Tai Fighter or Ronald Ray-gun. Additionally, the extra touch here are the targets around the circumference of the ride. As you spin through the air aim, your vehicle up or down to line up with the targets of varying heights. If you line it up just right you’ll cause the targets to spin accompanied by silly sound effects. Universal Orlando’s bread and butter are big coasters and big attractions, all meant to attract thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. But as you can see there are plenty of other rides to fill in some of the gaps. Not everyone wants to do one big ride after another so thankfully Universal offers a fairly well rounded collection of milder, lesser known attractions. Make sure you pay one or two a visit next time you’re in Universal Orlando.last_img read more