View comments 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 award In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery FILE – In this Dec. 27, 2017, file photo, Washington Wizards’ John Wall, left, puts up a shot against Atlanta Hawks’ Ersan Ilyasova, of Turkey, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta. Wizards point guard John Wall says he feels good after a pair of full-contact practices but is not sure when he will return to game action for his struggling team. Wall spoke to reporters on Monday, March 26, 2018, his first remarks in Washington since having surgery on his left knee Jan. 31. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is not planning to change his style whatsoever when he returns from his latest knee surgery — whenever that might be.“I’m just going to be John Wall,” he said Monday after the second full-contact practice of his comeback from an operation on Jan. 31. “That’s all I know how to do.”ADVERTISEMENT “It’s been good. It’s been bad. We’ve played well, at times. Sometimes, we haven’t played well. Like when everybody was saying that they (were) playing better without me, that was great. The good thing is, I’m glad we did we did win those games when we did, because if we didn’t, right now, we would be in a situation where we might not be in the playoffs,” Wall said. “I feel like everybody should have given those guys credit for playing well.”Wall’s session with reporters on Monday was his first in Washington since having surgery on his left knee. He said he lost about 10 or 15 pounds during his rehab, without intending to.The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft out of Kentucky had surgery on both of his knees before last season.This time, Brooks said, Wall has been able to do pretty much everything as usual in his pair of full-fledged practices, including dunk.“He’s getting his rhythm back. He can get to gaps and seams and angles not a lot of guys can get to. There’s only a handful of guys — maybe not even that — that can do it in the NBA,” Brooks said. “He’s one of the best players in the league.”ADVERTISEMENT Markelle Fultz returns to lineup for 76ers Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims The All-Star declared himself “feeling great” but said he is not sure when he will be able to play in a game for the Wizards, who desperately need help at the moment. Washington has lost three consecutive games heading into Tuesday night against the visiting San Antonio Spurs; coach Scott Brooks said Wall will not play in that one.“It’s getting close. He’s had two really, really good days. His energy level is high. He’s anxious. You can tell. He wants to get out there,” Brooks said. “We still want to be patient.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWashington has dropped to sixth in the Eastern Conference at 40-33 and will only have eight games remaining after facing the Spurs.The Wizards are 14-11 without Wall during his current absence — he last played on Jan. 25 — and 19-17 overall this season without him. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters As for Wall himself?He figures he’s ready.Just waiting for the official clearance from team doctors.“When I’ve had an injury in the past, I don’t think about it. I go out there and play the same way I played before, and that’s with a lot of aggression, a lot of attacking mode, a lot of fast pace. And I’ve been doing that,” he said. “All I had to do was show that glimpse and that showed me I was being myself again.”Washington’s latest loss was 101-97 at home against the lowly New York Knicks on Sunday night.“We just thought it was going to be a cakewalk,” Bradley Beal said, “and they smacked us in the mouth.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Bartica Massacre TrialCelbert Reece pled guilty to 12 counts of manslaughterEight years after the brutal slaying, a trial will finally proceed after three accused in the Bartica massacre pleaded not guilty, while two others pled guilty on a lesser count. Celbert Reece – one of the five men charged with the February 2008 massacre which left 12 persons dead – on Tuesday pleaded guilty to manslaughter, which makes him the second person to enter a guilty plea in as many days.This jarring revelation was made after Defence Counsel Madan Kissoon indicated that his client wished to enter the not guilty plea. The defendant who was clad in white, pleaded not guilty to the first indictment of the murders, but guilty on the lesser count for his involvement in the deaths which included three law enforcement officers. Lead Prosecutor Diana Kowlessar who read out the defendant’s statements, noted that Reece, called “Chi Chi” explained that on the day before the murderous acts were carried out, he received threats against him via a telephone call from “Fine Man” and he was later held up by fourmen armed with AK-47’s and a car driver who carried a hand gun at East La Penitence. The court heard that this car took him to the Parika bus terminal in Georgetown where he and two other men travelled by bus to Parika. The defendant further claimed that he was “forcibly contracted” to drive the gunmen by boat from Parika to Bartica and to and from a resting place on a nearby island. During the period of his many “forced” transits, he had driven the boat which had two drums of gasoline, to an old wharf in Tiger Bay where he met up with a woman before he briefly saw his family. Reece stated that co-accused Dennis Williams called him via phone and he along with seven other men later boarded a boat once again and “Sad Man” put an AK to his back. He was not released because, according to him, he was the one to fix any problems that arose with the boat’s engine.The court later heard that the gang bought more fuel after they returned to Tiger Bay after he bought food with a male and female.The men returned to the getaway island.Recalling the fateful night of the massacre, the defendant said that he and seven other men left the island at 18:00h for Bartica and he docked the boat. Reece also claimed that he heard gunshots and even witnessed five of the 12 victims being shot to the head by “Fine Man”. The court heard that after Reece set the boat adrift at a camp, two safes were opened which contained gold and jewellery. The defendant added that all men were paid six ounces of gold each.He said he later escaped from “Fine Man” and his henchmen some three months later after which he was captured by Police on May 27, 2008, when he was pointed out in a car while accompanying his friend, “Randy” who was also wanted for murder.Reece’s not guilty plea comes just one day after co-accused Michael Caesar also pleaded guilty to 12 counts of manslaughter. Caesar on Monday claimed that after the boat docked, he was dressed in a soldier’s uniform and carried an AK-47 and two handguns.Justice George ordered a probation report for the two accused and they will make their next court appearance on December 16 for sentencing. Meanwhile, the three other accused, Mark Williams, Dennis “Anaconda” Williams and Roger Simon, all pled not guilty to 12 counts of murder and their trial will start this morning at 09:00h.Over 30 witnesses are expected to testify in the High Court trial of the three accused.The five, allegedly being a part of the Rondell “Fine Man” Rawlins’ gang attacked the town and fatally shot 12 persons, namely Police Lance Corporal ZaheerZakir and Constables Shane Fredericks and Ron Osborne. Additionally, Edwin Gilkes, Dexter Adrian, Irving Ferreira, Deonarine Singh, Ronald Gomes, Ashraf Khan, Abdool Yasseen, Errol Thomas and Baldeo Singh were the civilians killed.
Fort St. John, Taylor, and Charlie Lake have all expanded a province-wide ban on campfires to their municipal boundaries.The bans are in effect until further notice, and no campfires or fire pits will be allowed as hot and dry conditions continue to scorch the province.Both Charlie Lake and Taylor have also banned the use of fireworks.- Advertisement -Earlier today, the province issued a province-wide ban on all campfires in BC Parks, Crown land, and private lands.“We work very closely with the Ministry of Forests, and they are the experts on wild land fires,” said Taylor Fire Chief Alan Stebbing.“If they’re going to institute a ban around the district, we tend to feel it’s important to support them in that and extend the ban within the district as well.”Advertisement “We’re going to be doing education more than enforcement to let people know the ban is back on and includes campfires,” said Charlie Lake Fire Chief Terry Truchan.“Any place we see an open fire, we’re just going to ask them to extinguish it, and give them a copy of the ban, and explain the consequences if we have to come back.”Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs. * the use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for rifle target practice); and* the use of air curtain burners (forced-air burning systems).The bans do not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. It also does not apply to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, with a flame length of 15 centimetres or less.A ban on all Category 2 and 3 open fires was put in to effect earlier this week.Municipalities usually have discretion over extending fire bans within city limits under fire prevention bylaws and fire department services.Advertisement This ban includes:* open fires of any size, including campfires;* the use of fireworks, sky lanterns and tiki torches;* burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description;Advertisement