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first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson No rollercoaster ride for Kyrgios, more even keel at Open Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals On the mendDjokovic, who once ruled these hardcourts for six Australian Open titles, comes into this year’s event seeded 14 after an injury-chequered 2017.The Serbian former world number one has been out of action for six months, but he feels he’s on the mend.“It hasn’t been 100 percent yet healed. But right now it’s at the level where I can compete, and every day is getting better,” he said.“Throughout the tournament, I don’t know how it’s going to behave. Even if it’s 100 percent healed, after six months of no competition, you never know how you’re going to react.“I still know what I’m capable of, and I believe in my own abilities to win against the best players in the world,” he added ahead of his opening round clash against American Donald Young, also Tuesday.Nadal, who is gunning for a 17th major title but only his second Australian Open crown, is making up for lost time from a knee injury at the tail-end of the 2017 season.“Is the first time I am here without playing an official match in my career. It’s a new situation for me. But I feel good,” said the 31-year-old, who played his first Australian Open in 2004.He gets his tournament underway on Monday against Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic.If there is to be a winner outside the top guns in Melbourne, those who look most likely are Bulgarian Dimitrov, third in the rankings behind Nadal and Federer, Germany’s Alexander Zverev and tempestuous Australian Nick Kyrgios. LATEST STORIES But while others have a troubled buildup to the year’s opening Grand Slam, Federer is enjoying an unruffled lead in to the Open and is at peace with the world.“It just seems that it’s nice that it’s never actually gone away, the fun aspect of actually enjoying the travel, coming back to Australia,” Federer said ahead of his first round clash on Tuesday against Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene.“Yeah, it’s great times in my life and in my career that we can make it all work, that I can still play tennis.”Federer is returning to where he lit the fuse on his late-life tennis renaissance this time last year, beating Tomas Berdych, Nishikori, Mischa Zverev and Wawrinka before downing great rival Nadal in a five-set final classic.“Yeah, it was the tournament of the year for me, no doubt about it. All the five-setters, as well,” Federer said.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone FILE – Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after defeating Germany’s Mischa Zverev during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Roger Federer says tennis is “definitely a lot of fun” as he embarks on an Australian Open shrouded in mystery over the fitness and mindset of his major rivals in the next fortnight.The Swiss, rated as the favourite to win his 20th Grand Slam title even at the venerable age of 36, is still in love with the game that has made him a recognisable global celebrity and fabulously rich.ADVERTISEMENT Federer is coming off an extraordinary 2017, when he won a fifth Australian Open title and a record eighth at Wimbledon, and the way things are shaping there could be yet more glory with his main threats scrambling to be ready.Five-time finalist Andy Murray and Japan’s Kei Nishikori are already out with injuries, while 12-time major champion Novak Djokovic is working his way back from elbow trouble.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWorld number one Rafael Nadal withdrew from his first tour event of 2018, in Brisbane, with continuing knee problems, and has been trying to catch up on the court in Melbourne ahead of the Open.The 2014 winner Stan Wawrinka says his knee is holding up well after surgery but there was still pain and he is miffed that he longer has coach Magnus Norman in his player’s box. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:18New 3-digit US suicide hotline number02:14Carpio 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 View commentslast_img read more


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first_imgScott Layden will remain the general manager overseeing the basketball operations and assistant coach Ryan Saunders will be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.“We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt them necessary to move our organization forward.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Athletic first reported that Thibodeau, who was also the president of basketball operations with full authority over the roster, had been let go. Saunders is the son of the late Flip Saunders, who’s the winningest coach in club history.Thibodeau finished 97-107 with the Wolves, who returned to the NBA playoffs last spring after a 13-year absence. As Butler, Thibodeau’s prized acquisition who played for him in Chicago, forced his way out of Minnesota, however, he found himself in a tenuous spot. 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 Azkals take first steps View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Wolves barely reached the postseason, needing to beat Denver in overtime at home in the final game of the regular season, and were beaten by Houston in five games in the first round. Butler pushed the organization into a corner when his stance that he wouldn’t sign a new contract with the team became public two weeks before training camp began.The insistence of Thibodeau and Layden to hang on to Butler as long as possible, shrugging off the distraction as simply part of life in the league, backfired as Butler protected his health by playing in only select games. The Wolves started 4-9, and after a winless five-game road trip, the awkwardness was too much for even Thibodeau and Layden to ignore. Butler was sent to Philadelphia in a package that brought Robert Covington and Dario Saric, two promising players who’ve fit relatively well in the rotation.The Wolves are only 15-12 since the Butler deal, though, in a Western Conference that is as stacked as ever. With Taylor’s commitment to maximum-salary contracts for both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, there’s no more room for patience with a franchise that has had to start over so many times since Kevin Garnett led the Wolves to the Western Conference finals in 2004. The most recent setback was the death of the beloved Saunders, who served as coach and president of basketball operations in the 2014-15 season before his death from cancer.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau directs his team against the Orlando Magic in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves fired coach Tom Thibodeau on Sunday, halfway into his third season with the team that began with the turmoil surrounding the eventual trade of All-Star Jimmy Butler.Thibodeau was dismissed about an hour after the 108-86 victory over the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers .ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more


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first_imgDear Editor,President David Granger, according to an October 12 Newsroom report, told an activity on the occasion of National Tree Planting day on October 11 that his Government would be “…using petroleum revenues to modernise the agriculture sector”. This is now the latest promise regarding the use of our finite oil proceeds towards national development. Apart from that undertaking, the President has promised free education from nursery to university. Also, his Finance Minister, according to an October 13, Demerara Waves report, said that “…the governing coalition’s general election campaign will not be pegged on the immediate benefits of oil money next year, but will list a number of tax concessions leading up to 2025 as more oil revenues pour in”. Of course, some monies, the Government has said, will have to be deposited into the Natural Resources Fund (NRF) for future generations. And then, soon, we may hear about other plans for oil monies such as infrastructure development. Bearing all that in mind, we wonder whether we are not being led into wonderland. It also brings into question the credibility and sincerity of the Government’s statements and how much weight could be put into believing what is being said.But on the issue of agriculture specifically, during the President’s time at the wicket, this important, mainstay sector of the economy has been badly mishandled and mismanaged. The functioning of the Ministry of Agriculture has been, in our view, far from stellar. Though now staffed by two (2) Ministers, one responsible for rural affairs and the other axiomatically having responsibility, probably, for urban agriculture, if this really exists, the sector has been facing the most trying of times. As we now observe Agriculture Month, the celebrations of this important month have, from our perspective, taken on more pageantry than substance though many issues require attention.In the more recent of times, we have seen the implementation of clearly unsuitable and ill-advised policies which have not been helpful to the sector and those who depend on it for a livelihood. Of course, it is not to say they have been repercussions, as we can see from the undermentioned table:- Source: Budget 2019We must point out that the 2019 figure was an estimate at the time of preparation of the Budget. Here we must note that the 2019 Mid-Year report indicated, not unexpectedly, that “[i]n the first half of 2019, the Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry sector is estimated to have contracted by 0.3 per cent, compared to growth of 4.9 per cent for the 2018 half-year”. It seems to us that the estimate will not be realised but time will ultimately tell.So now we have the President coming to tell us his Government will use oil revenues, among other things, to bolster the sector. This, given the importance of the sector, would be a welcome plus. But the reality is that the policies implemented by the Granger Administration during its stint in office, thus far, has served to weaken the sector and place it in the state it finds itself in nowadays. Can we really take at face value what the President is saying?From the report we saw, the President told his arranged audience “…notwithstanding the advances made over the past four years, [he] recognises the need to catalyse the agro-industrial sector”. What are these advances he is speaking of? In his tenure as President, the abovementioned data speaks for itself. Contrary to the President’s point-of-view, there has been retrogression not progression in the sector, like in other areas of national life.We need not remind about the destruction of the sugar industry, which has seen some 7000 workers put on the breadline as the Government adamantly pressed on, in a foolhardy manner, to shutter sugar estates. The repercussions have begun to show themselves. Already, the NIS is complaining about the loss of contributions and the exchange rate has slid markedly. Then there is the heartrending situation in the communities where many are experiencing the most difficult time of their lives. We have heard the stories of children not being able to go to school, or families not having sufficient food. Today, thousands are struggling while the fat cats sit in their ivory towers enjoying the fancifulness of life.We have also seen the incomprehensible hiking of land rental and drainage and irrigation charges. Those increases, according to reports, are several times more than what was previously charged. They are a major disincentive to production and whittle away the already small margins of our farmers. We have seen too, the attack on farmers through the arbitrary withdrawal of land leases. While we are also aware that the courts have brought justice to some of those affected, it is a costly and colossal waste of time. It, at the same time, takes away from those farmers, their attention in the tasks of tilling and cultivating the land.The President, according to the Ministry of the Presidency’s statement, is quoted to say “[a]gro-processing could add value to primary products and help to make the country more prosperous”. Indeed, it is hard to disagree with the President. But it is the same President, under whose leadership agricultural implements became taxable which has served to hike the cost of production. It is not a surprise, but saddening to know, that between December 2014 and June 2019, the cost of food has risen by nearly 19 per cent.So while the President rightly emphasises that agriculture can take us along the road to prosperity, his and his Government’s actions, in all fairness, have not demonstrated that commitment. We saw, in a report titled “Budget 2019: A disturbing trend and vision for Guyana’s future” produced by the Guyana Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI), that in the 2019 Budget “[f]unding for the agriculture sector was cut by more than 29 per cent…”. That report went on to point out that “[s]tarving agriculture of much-needed investment is an indication that the sector and the wellbeing of farmers are not a priority of the Government. This is in direct contrast to its multiple campaign promises of a better life for farmers and agriculture workers”.Today, according to the most recently available Bureau of Statistics Labour Survey report, employment in the sector has fallen from 18.9 per cent of the employed population at the last quarter of 2017 to 17.5 per cent during the last quarter of 2018. Notwithstanding the decline, the sector remains the country’s largest employer. Undoubtedly, focused attention is required to nurture and develop the industry. As the President correctly told his audience “[w]hen value is added to primary production, its export value is increased, exports are stimulated and foreign exchange and employment are generated”. But while the President is apparently not short on words, he is very much lacking in actions as we have seen with sad consequences.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWU Agriculture as % of GDP19.55%19.40%16.86%16.57%15.71%16.04%center_img Year201420152016201720182019last_img read more


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first_imgDefence for Children International- Liberia, has begun the distribution of food and anti-Ebola items to several communities in Montserrado and Bomi counties, respectively.The distributions started in Low Cost Village in Bensonville, where 18 persons died of the Ebola virus. DCI will focus on communities most affected by the epidemic.The DCI executive director, Atty. Foday M. Kawah, said the organization was identifying with orphans and others affected by the deadly Ebola virus.The items distributed included anti-Ebola buckets, chlorate, rice, sugar, oil and ovaltine for the children and women as well as men who have lost parents, guardians and care givers to the Ebola virus.”DCI is targeting 89 households but will pay more attention to the orphans.“We are doing this because we are a child rights institution and need to ensure that these orphans are provided food; we believe in the rights of our children and women’s rights as well; so, our targeted beneficiaries are orphans.  Women who lost their husbands as well as men who lost their wives to Ebola will also benefit from the donation,” said Mr. Kawa.The DCI executive director further pledged his organization’s commitment to providing legal representation for women and children who are victims of gender based violence amid the Ebola crisis in the country as well as old folks who are vulnerable in the society.Pastor Johnson H. Kollie thanked DCI-Liberia for the donation, describing it as timely for the orphans and others affected by the epidemic in the area.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgA miner was on Wednesday evening stabbed at least 12 times after he intervened in an argument between his colleague and woman at Takutu Landing, Puruni Road, Mazaruni River.The dead man has been identified only as “Black Boy”, while the suspect is a 37-year-old miner of Enterprise, Lower Pomeroon River.Based on information received, on the day in question at about 20:30h, the now dead man and the suspect were consuming alcohol at a popular shop in the area.At 01:20h, it is alleged that the suspect concealed himself in the sleeping quarters of a female employee unknowing to her. As she entered, she was confronted by the man and she raised an alarm. The woman and the suspect were however engaged in a heated argument and it was this time the victim intervened, held onto the suspect’s shirt and pulled him out of the room.The woman reportedly went back into her sleeping quarters and left the two men arguing in front of the shop.Guyana Times understands that about five minutes later, the woman heard a commotion and upon checking, saw “Black Boy” lying on his back in a pool of blood and motionless. Upon enquiring, the suspect admitted that he stabbed the man with a bayonet for tearing his shirt.Police have since confirmed that the victim was stabbed 12 times to the back. The suspected murder weapon was recovered at the scene and taken as evidence.“Black Boy’s” body was transported to the Bartica Regional Hospital Mortuary where it awaits a post-mortem examination. The suspect is expected to be charged with the heinous crime.last_img read more


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first_imgWEST SACRAMENTO – Thousands of spectators took advantage of the first weekend since two whales took a wrong turn and swam 90 miles inland to California’s capital to catch a glimpse of the deep sea creatures. The wayward pair – dubbed Delta and Dawn by the state’s lieutenant governor – did not disappoint. Crowds shrieked every time the mother and calf surfaced for air. “I see it, I see it, I see it,” screamed 4-year-old Eliyas Charles, wide-eyed and pointing at the water from atop his grandfather’s shoulders. “That black spot was the whale. I can see it.” “Our plan is to wait out the weekend,” Wilson said. “Of course, if they start moving, we’re ready to mobilize.” A marine mammal rescue crew plans to resume efforts Monday to lure the pair by playing recorded sounds of other humpbacks feeding. A similar strategy worked in 1985 with a humpback nicknamed Humphrey, which swam in the delta for nearly a month before returning to the Pacific. But the situation near Sacramento is more complicated, experts say. It involves a mother and calf, rather than a single whale, and the mother’s concern for her baby may explain why she hasn’t responded to the scientists’ efforts to appeal to her stomach. If scientists have not made progress by Tuesday, they plan to begin herding the animals down river with a gauntlet of 50 boats that would provide a less-pleasing underwater soundtrack of banging on pipes. Whether the animals begin moving on their own, the trek promises to be complicated, Wilson said. The whales will have to negotiate four potential roadblocks – the pylons of four bridges – to reach the San Francisco Bay. Then they will have to swim under the Golden Gate Bridge to return to the ocean. Some aren’t looking forward to saying goodbye. An estimated 10,000 people have visited the port’s banks over the past three days, according to West Sacramento police. “It’s just so neat, it’s right in our backyard,” said Karen Wilhelm, 41, of Sacramento, who is studying wildlife biology at American River College. “People are coming from all over,” Wilhelm said. “They’re quite the attraction.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The dusty riverbank along the Port of Sacramento took on the air of a carnival Saturday as cops directed traffic into makeshift parking lots, vendors sold ice cream and lines formed outside Port-o-Potties. The whales seemed content to command the crowd’s attention. For the fifth day since they were first spotted in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the two mostly swam looping half-mile laps around the port, where the sprawling inland waterway essentially comes to an end. Scientists have been hoping the whales – which both appear to have been wounded by a ship’s propeller – would begin swimming westward toward the Pacific Ocean on their own. But Carrie Wilson, a biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game, said experts are content with the animals remaining in the isolated port area for the weekend since heavy recreational boat traffic in the delta could complicate rescue efforts. The whales swam in peace with the help of a Coast Guard escort on Saturday. The Coast Guard enforced a 500-yard safety zone around the whales and authorities closed the north port channel and a nearby public boat ramp for the weekend. last_img read more


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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The government is giving Peace River South BCSARA (B.C. Search and Rescue Association) $85,500 dollars as part of the Province’s $10 million in one-time funding commitments.The money will be used towards training, administrative support and equipment renewals.The South Peace Emergency Response Team, Tumbler Ridge Search and Rescue and Chetwynd Search and Rescue will be using this funding for technical search and rescue response training, personal protective equipment to ensure their members are safe, and other equipment that supports search and rescue operations.- Advertisement -Mike Bernier, MLA for Peace River South says this is important for those who help save peoples lives.“We are fortunate within B.C. to have such a dedicated group of individuals who make serving the safety of others their passion. Although personal safety is everyone’s responsibility, it is comforting to know these dedicated volunteers are here to help.”last_img read more


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first_img1 Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert Paul Lambert will step up his search for a creative player or two after Aston Villa’s miserable run of form continued with a 1-0 defeat at Leicester.Villa are without a win in six Premier League games following their loss to the bottom club and have found the net just once in that period.And with his side sitting just three points above the relegation zone, Lambert admits he is badly in need of some attacking additions.“I think we need a bit more creativity,” he said. “It is up to us to try and get a couple of guys in that can do it and if the football club can do it, we will look to do it.“The last third of the pitch we didn’t do enough [against Leicester] and that has been our problem.”last_img


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first_imgNuala Moore and Anne Marie Ward after their amazing swim.A Donegal woman has conquered the freezing waters of the Bering Strait from Alaska to Siberia.Well-known swimmer Anne Marie Ward, from Portnablagh, is believed to have completed the daring swim yesterday.The 43 year old posted a message on her Facebook site saying she was exhausted but elated after completing the challenge. Among the first to congratulate her was Everest hero Jason Black.Anne Marie said “Finally made it to dry land… can’t even begin to process or articulate what we have just been through, a tough challenge!“Just tired and so humbled to have been part of this.. just resting the body to day in Nome and will begin the journey home tomorrow, thank you so much for all the good wishes.”Anne Marie was part of a team from a dozen countries who took part in the relay event in numbing water temperatures. It took the group three days to cover the 96 km swim.Along with Anne Marie was her training partner Nuala Moore, 42, who has many relations in Killybegs.Both women are to leave for home later today and can expect a ‘very warm’ welcome home after their shivering experience! S-S-S-SHE’S DONE IT! ANNE MARIE CONQUERS THE BERING STRAIT was last modified: August 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AlaskaAnne Marie WardBering StraitSiberiaswimlast_img read more


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first_imgThe scene this evening in the car park at the Emergency DepartmentBREAKING NEWS: FIRE crews and volunteers are working to pump thousands of gallons of water from the car park at the new Emergency Department of Letterkenny General Hospital tonight as water poured into parts of the hospital.Devastating downpours sent torrents of water gushing through the area at teatime.It comes a year and a week after €25M worth of damage was caused at the hospital. Some flood defences have worked this evening.However they haven’t been able to cope with up to 35mm of rainfall in the past hour.The hospital has activated a full scale emergency response.There are reports that water has got through a rear door of the hospital. Two fire brigade units and DS Environmental Services are working at the scene.They are attempting to clear the drains; with a JCB bringing sandbags down to the site.It appears at this stage that water came down from the road and into the car park. The scene this evening at the Emergency Department – doengaldaily.comBREAKING NEWS: LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL FLOODED AGAIN was last modified: August 6th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:floodedhospitalletterkennylast_img read more