Real Madrid’s Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best football player in the world for the second year running at Fifa’s The Best awards gala on Monday.The four-time Ballon d’Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format.Barcelona’s Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d’or five times, and Paris St Germain’s Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans.The Best Fifa Men’s Player award and the Ballon d’or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards.Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club’s success.Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected.Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman’s scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper.The Netherlands’ Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women’s national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team’s triumph at Euro 2017.
EDITORS’ PICK “I won’t guarantee a knockout,” said Roach during Pacquiao’s media workout Wednesday at Wild Card Gym here. “If it comes, it will be a bonus. No guarantee.”Roach is sure, though, that Pacquiao will become champion again. And he’s not basing it just on the senator’s impressive showing in training, but also on Pacquiao’s pronouncements.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“I want to become the first active senator to become champion,” said Pacquiao. “I want the belt.” Roach, a seven-time trainer of the year, believes Vargas will be a good counterpuncher who may eventuallyrun away from Pacquiao on fight night. BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Phelps secretly took plunge in June, marrying girlfriend Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 We are young FILE: Manny Pacquiao works the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach inside the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California on Saturday afternoon. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORAHOLLYWOOD—He’s been burned several times predicting a Manny Pacquiao knockout victory. And Freddie Roach is no longer making predictions that a nine-year wait for a stoppage will end on Nov. 5, when Pacquiao takes on WBO champion Jessie Vargas for the welterweight belt at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise But if Vargas chooses to be aggressive, Roach said it will work in Pacquiao’s favor.“Vargas (27-1, 10 knockouts) is not a puncher,” Roach said. “But I think he will come out instantly to test Manny’s power.”Pacquiao shrugged off Vargas’ boast that he’d be the faster guy on the ring.“I will prove him wrong,” said Pacquiao.ADVERTISEMENT Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFancied Creamline and BanKo Perlas shook off the rust of a two-month layoff on Sunday night as they brought down different foes at the start of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre.BanKo needed a big jolt in the second set to get fired up, blasting Reinforced Conference champion PetroGazz, 25-20, 11-25, 25-21, 25-18, and sending a message to the field that it will be a force to be reckoned with here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chris McCullough wants PBA title not Best Import award Creamline setter Jia Morado also bested her counterpart, veteran Wendy Semana, tossing 25 excellent sets compared to Semana’s 11.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? MOST READ “We had a slow start; it was not our usual pace but we managed to focus on our game and not on our opponents’ game,” said Gumabao. “We were able to defend better and find solutions to our errors.”Valdez said they’ll take the win despite their opening set struggle. It was their first opening day win in three conferences.“We are really happy. But we still look forward to correcting our mistakes,” said Valdez. “Honestly, we are still feeling heavy but I’m confident we’ll get to 100 percent in the coming games.”Risa Sato helped with 11 points for the Cool Smashers, had 48 points coming off attacks compared to the Lady Jet Spikers’ 38.“But this is just the start, we hope for better games,” said Gumabao. “We’re here to defend the title.”ADVERTISEMENT Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian “Coming from the loss in the second set, we just told ourselves that we play happy and light-hearted, and fortunately we clicked in the next two sets,” said BanKo Perlas captain Dzi Gervacio.She finished with 13 points, including the finishing hit, while teammate Nicole Tiamzon fired two aces in succession down the stretch to wind up with 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsEarlier, Creamline put a faulty opening set behind to rout Philippine Air Force, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15.Creamline spiker Michelle Gumabao led the squad with 14 points, while Alyssa Valdez added 13 to jump-start their team’s title-retention bid. TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 View comments
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kevin Federline doesn’t want ex-wife Britney Spears behind the wheel when their two sons are in her car, and a court commissioner said he wants her to respond faster when a drug lab calls to set up appointments for testing. Los Angeles Commissioner Scott Gordon ruled that he would not modify existing custody orders except to emphasize that a drug testing lab must be able to reach Spears at a single phone number. The driving restriction will be discussed at a Nov. 26 hearing.
VENTURA – Authorities arrested a man they say tried to claim a $530,858 lottery prize with a stolen ticket. Sam Grair, 42, was charged with felony counts of grand theft, burglary and filing a false claim after his arrest Friday, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office said Monday. Authorities say the episode began in February when Robert Sehested scanned several Mega Millions lottery tickets at Camarillo’s Crossroads Market and Liquor to see whether he had won anything. They say Grair, a clerk at the store, told Sehested his winning ticket was worth only a few dollars and suggested that he use the proceeds to buy more tickets. Grair is accused of keeping the winning ticket for himself and then trying to claim the prize by presenting it to the California Lottery Commission office in Van Nuys. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Investigators from the lottery’s Security and Law Enforcement Division concluded that Grair had not bought the ticket after they interviewed him and reviewed surveillance videos from the store, which is standard procedure when large winnings are claimed. Grair was being held on $500,000 bail at the Ventura County Jail. He faces 19 years in prison if convicted of all counts. Sehested, who was unaware he had been cheated, was found by lottery officials in April and paid the winnings. “He was one of the happiest people I ever met,” said California Lottery spokeswoman Cathy Doyle Johnston. 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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesWith so much at stake – houses, communities, traffic and funding – the one-year timeline hardly seems long enough to take on what is likely to be a litany of concerns from community members likely to oppose it. Some worry that real-estate speculators will swoop into Los Angeles, which already has some of the nation’s most expensive housing. Others fear that developers will be able to fast-track shoddy projects without sufficient oversight from the public or private sectors. “The devil is going to be in the details,” said Darrell Clarke, co-chairman of Friends 4 Expo, a citizens light-rail advocacy group. “We have a lot of developers that build boxes. The question is, will they really be transit-oriented development or put more cars on the street? Will they have amenities or will they fit into the neighborhoods?” Villaraigosa initially plans to focus on areas around the Expo Line, a $640 million rail system on which the Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to break ground this month. It is this route that will eventually serve l.a.live, a multibillion-dollar entertainment and convention complex planned near Staples Center. While publicly touting his vision for a “subway to the sea,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been quietly crafting a far-reaching plan to reinvent the city by rezoning massive swaths of land and creating “urban villages” along L.A.’s transit corridors. Behind closed doors, the mayor and planners have been creating a “blueprint” for development that would provide residential and commercial opportunities within a half-mile of public transit systems, including the Orange Line busway in the San Fernando Valley. “The goal is to produce urban villages with high-quality developments that would encourage pedestrian and transit-oriented design,” said Jaime De La Vega, who has a master’s degree in urban planning and works as Villaraigosa’s transportation deputy. Villaraigosa wants to have hundreds of parcels rezoned within the next year to facilitate construction of high-density residential projects in locations that would encourage the use of public transit, aides say. But the mayor also has visions of chains of “urban villages” along the Orange Line in the Valley; the Gold Line that runs from Pasadena to Boyle Heights; and the Red Line subway between Union Station and North Hollywood. He’d also like to extend the concept along the Green Line between Norwalk and the South Bay and the Blue Line from downtown to Long Beach, although he doesn’t have jurisdiction over land outside L.A.’s boundaries. MTA and city executives met within the past few months and agreed to find ways to ease the approval process for residential developers seeking zone changes or variances near subway or light-rail routes. And last week, planners began asking banks to underwrite an extensive study of all publicly owned properties along transit lines that could be available for development. The MTA, for instance, has already lined up about two dozen of its properties along rail and subway lines for development, including the NoHo Commons. MTA officials hope to use the parcels to build at least 2,800 apartment and 385 condominium units, along with 285,200 square feet of retail space. “This creates an enormous economic engine,” said Roger Moilere, the MTA’s executive officer of real estate. The former land acquisition and development attorney says, however, that the city’s convoluted permitting process has slowed the MTA’s progress in building residential and commercial projects along the transit lines. Critics point out that zoning regulations are often the only way residents can protect and preserve their communities. Some homeowners and tenants claim that existing city regulations already favor developers and they fear what could happen if rules are relaxed further. “This sounds like a really ambitious agenda,” said Genevieve Giuliano, director of the National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research. “In some of these areas, there are going to be issues with existing neighbors that are not going to want high-rise development. This will really be challenging.” De La Vega insisted that the communities will continue to have a role in deciding the future of their neighborhoods. “Any proposed changes to the city’s zoning will go through a comprehensive public hearing so that local residents who might be affected will have the opportunity to voice their opinions,” he said. With the Los Angeles Basin expected to grow by 6.3 million people by 2030, bringing the region’s population to 23 million, there is increasing pressure to allow denser residential development near transit routes, with a strong mix of commercial and retail projects to help create jobs. The developments, De La Vega says, will help cope with a housing crunch while creating a new class of urban transit riders. The team is looking at relaxing rules that keep building heights at a minimum and lessening requirements for parking spaces. Still, even with the proposed incentives, developers are wary. They complain that it’s difficult to embark on large-scale mixed-use developments because of resistance from neighbors and problems acquiring land from multiple owners. “There’s a lot of land-banking and speculation purchase along these corridors because investors know agencies or private developers will look at that parcel to make a development really work,” said Katherine Perez, vice president of residential development at Forrest City Enterprises in Cleveland and the former director of the Transportation and Land Use Collaborative of Southern California. “It makes it difficult to do development at a meaningful scale. A lot of developers will just drop out. You have landowners that are holdouts and developers who say they can’t wait.” A study commissioned by Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke and City Councilman Herb Wesson found that the city would have to allow for more density – sometimes up to twice what’s currently permitted – to make development around the Expo Line profitable for developers. But the city could also entice developers by lifting parking space and height requirements on buildings. All of these possibilities are being looked at by Villaraigosa’s team. But critics note that in car-crazy Los Angeles, building high-rises next to subways or rail lines isn’t going to automatically create the transit culture Villaraigosa and his planners hope for. Right now, just 5 percent of the county’s residents regularly use public transit. “The idea is that the level of car ownership will be lower because people will not need cars because they have such transit access. But there is not a lot of evidence that tells us car-ownership levels are lower in transit-oriented development,” said the NCMTR’s Giuliano. “In Los Angeles, we don’t have a dense transit network and we probably never will,” she said. “The influence of being near transit is not going to be as significant as in New York.” Moreover, others say building new homes and shops near a transit hub – even below-market units – is out of reach for the low-income Angelenos who actually ride buses and trains. “We are building condos like mad throughout the Valley and people want to continue building them when the market is going to be saturated at these price points. But you are not going to be getting more transit riders,” said Joel Kotkin, a Valley Village resident who wrote “The City: A Global History.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
LANCASTER — Residents of a middle class east Lancaster neighborhood say the changes started a few years ago. Some who’d lived there for years say they recently noticed acts of vandalism, and altercations breaking out in the middle of the streets. They suspect drug dealing and gang activity have become pervasive. But despite their neighborhood’s troubled circumstances, residents were jolted by news Friday that a man had been shot to death the night before in the 43700 block of Santa Rosa Circle. Lancaster sheriff’s deputies responded to the call of a neighbor who heard gunshots shortly before 10 p.m. A neighbor who asked not to be named said the body was discovered on the lawn in front of a home. A pickup truck with a flat rear right tire was parked in the home’s driveway Friday morning. The incident is under investigation by county sheriff’s homicide detectives — and marked the fourth fatal shooting in Lancaster in five days, and the fifth in the Antelope Valley in eight days. “For this to happen so close to home, it’s a bit of a shock, and to hear that we’ve had four of these in the last week is even more upsetting,” said Edgar Ramos, a college-aged neighbor. Ramos said his family moved to the east Lancaster home from Los Angeles 13 years, hoping to escape the dangers of urban life. He said he and his brother have both had their vehicles burglarized on the street within the last week. He said the neighborhood “started to go downhill about three or four years ago.” “It seems like we’ve had more violence and more police,” he said. “We’ve had fights in the middle of the street.” A neighbor who wished not to be identified said the emergence of what several residents believe to be gang activity has created an environment of fear. The neighbor said the individuals suspected of gang involvement typically congregate openly on the 27th St. E., between Santa Rosa Circle and Ave. K, just a few blocks away from the site of Thursday’s shooting. Garth Dill, a neighborhood resident for 21 years, said his daughter heard about five gunshots shortly before 10 p.m. “It’s supposed to be a neighborhood, not a war zone,” Dill said. “I guess it’s like that everywhere but it seems like there’s an awful lot of it here, and I’m not sure why.” Lancaster Mayor Henry Hearns said the recent rash of violent crime around the holidays is especially troublesome. “I’m very concerned about what’s going on and how it makes people feel, but we’re doing everything possible,” Hearns said. “There’s no question we have a problem, but it’s not just in Lancaster.” Dill said he was uncomfortable about the neighborhood’s rapid deterioration. “There are a lot children in the neighborhood and you shouldn’t have to worry about that, but we do, and that was before last night,” he said. Ramos said his family never expected the urban-style crime in what he remembers as a quiet neighborhood. The family, hd said, is considering selling their home. Ramos plans to pursue a career in law enforcement. “I want to help out the community, and this (incident) makes me want to do it even more,” Ramos said. — Gideon Rubin (661) 267-7802 email@example.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Ismaila Sarr had given the Hornets the lead at St Mary’s appointed Getty Images Hornets captain Etienne Capoue volleyed Kiko Femenia’s throw-in over the top and Sarr outpaced Jack Stephens before coolly slotting beyond McCarthy.For all of their early possession, Saints had little attacking threat and every loose pass or poor decision increased the considerable anxiety among the restless home support.Boos echoed around the stadium at half-time following an uninspiring opening 45 minutes which passed without a meaningful Saints chance being created.The hosts would have been further behind had the right leg of McCarthy not repelled a stinging volley from the lively Sarr with half an hour played.Hasenhuttl tried to spark his team into life by introducing Sofiane Boufal and Shane Long in place of ineffectual pair Nathan Redmond and Michael Obafemi. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 2 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 2 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship VAR then dismissed a Saints penalty claim after Moussa Djenepo tumbled under pressure from Capoue, while Ings earlier had another spot-kick appeal turned down by referee Michael Oliver after a tangle with keeper Foster.Southampton still had a major late scare to survive when Hornets substitute Gray volleyed wide deep into six minutes of added time, before the final whistle was greeted with cheers of relief.The result leaves the Hornets six points adrift at the bottom, while Saints moved to within two points of 17th placed Everton – although they have played a game more. Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son stalemate Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti rookie error latest Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ismaila Sarr’s first top-flight goal looked to have set the Hornets on a course for three precious points on the south coast before the late comeback eased mounting pressure on Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.Quique Sanchez Flores’ visitors remain six points from safety, while Saints climb above midweek opponents Norwich to 18th position and are only two points below Everton following a first success at St Mary’s since mid-April.The teams began the day as the division’s bottom two clubs after each enduring dismal starts to the season.Saints almost gifted the away side an opener inside two minutes but Hornets record signing Sarr fired straight at Alex McCarthy after seizing on a sloppy pass from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.Senegal forward Sarr, recalled in place of Andre Gray following last week’s 3-0 home loss to Burnley, was not so wasteful with his next opportunity and opened the scoring in the 24th minute with a maiden league goal since a reported £30million move from French club Rennes. statement Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ on target A David Beckham esque free-kick saw Southampton snatch all three points from struggling Watford’s grasp in a 2-1 win at St Mary’s on Saturday evening.Saints were in danger of replacing their relegation rivals at the foot of the division until Danny Ings scrambled a 78th-minute equaliser and Ward-Prowse curled home a fine free-kick five minutes later. targets Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future update MOST READ IN FOOTBALL James Ward-Prowse was Southampton’s match winner on Saturday Getty Images James Ward-Prowse with a sublime free-kick take a bow!👏👏👏 #SOUWAT pic.twitter.com/r6JnOeTpKb— Sports News (@FIFAWCGoals) November 30, 2019Watford defender Craig Cathcart hooked off the line to deny Long as the pressure increased, before Saints top scorer Ings sparked the turnaround by prodding his seventh league goal of the season into the roof of the net from close range following fine work from Djenepo.And the comeback was complete just five minutes later when Ward-Prowse curled into the top right corner from 20 yards following Capoue’s foul on Hojbjerg.The substitutions almost had the desired effect when Boufal, who had been doubtful for this game after stubbing a toe in his kitchen at home, cut the ball back from the left and Long’s shot was turned on to the crossbar by Ben Foster.
“Electric linemen do not often receive the recognition they deserve,” said Danny L. Arnold, Orange County REMC General Manager. “They work all hours of the day, often in hazardous conditions far from their families, going above and beyond to restore power to their communities. Our linemen, as well as linemen from all across the nation, truly deserve this special day of recognition.”These highly skilled men power your homes and business every day. They endure harsh weather and long hours, all to make your lives better. Today (and every day), please take a moment to thank them. Orange County REMC’s 10 line workers are the heart of the Co-op Nation, proud and strong.Use #ThankaLineman to show your support for the men and women who light our lives. Orange County REMC is recognizing April 18, 2014, as National Lineman Appreciation Day to honor the hardworking men who work often in challenging conditions to keep the power on.They wake before the sun, pour steaming cups of coffee, and kiss their families goodbye. After assembling at the headquarters for a daily briefing and to get the day’s orders, our 10 linemen and apprentices climb into their trucks and head out. REMC’s line workers form a solid team with one job: to deliver safe, reliable electricity to our members. But, their job can change in a million ways when rough weather steps in.
Indiana Conservation Officers have recovered the body of a missing wakesurfer that went missing in Clear Lake Thursday June 27. Utilizing a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) sonar unit, officers were able to search the area and locate the victim. A Conservation Officer diver was then able to recover the victim from a depth of 56 feet.The victim has been identified as John I. Adams, age 20 of Lake Forest, IL. Family notification has been made and an exact cause of death is pending autopsy results. Conservation Officers were assisted by the Angola Fire Department, Fremont Fire Department, Hamilton Fire Department, Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, Fremont Police Department, and Steuben County EMS, Steuben County Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team.