Djokovic wins record 29th Masters title

first_imgMADRID (AP):A decade after their first match, when they were a couple of promising teenagers, Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray again in Madrid, this time to win a record 29th career Masters title.The top-ranked Djokovic defeated the second-ranked Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the Madrid Open final yesterday 10 years after their rivalry started in the round of 16 of the tournament in Spain.”Ten years (later), we are the two best players in the world, which at that time maybe it seemed like something that will be very challenging for us to achieve,” said the 28-year-old Djokovic, who beat Murray in three sets in that 2006 meeting.”But we both thrived to be at the top and we’ve known each other since we were 12. I think you can see already in those junior days that both of us have serious intentions to conquer the tennis world.”Djokovic saved seven break points in the final game and converted on his third match point of the night to secure the win over the defending champion yesterday, moving one victory ahead of Rafael Nadal in Masters tournament victories.The loss kept Murray from winning his 12th Masters title and will drop the British player to No. 3 in the ranking today, when he will be surpassed by Roger Federer, third in the list of Masters winners with 24 titles.GREAT RIVALRY”I’m very pleased that I have developed a great rivalry with somebody that I’ve known since very long time and somebody that I have a very good and friendly relationship with on and off the court,” Djokovic said.Djokovic has won 12 of the last 13 matches against Murray since 2014 and is 23-9 overall against the 28-year-old British player.It was Djokovic’s second title in Madrid and fifth of the year this season. He reached 33 wins, the most on tour in 2016. The win leaves the Serb tied with Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras for sixth on the Open Era titles list with 64.”It’s obviously very flattering to be alongside such legends of the sport, tennis players that I was looking up to,” Djokovic said. “It’s an achievement that I’m very proud of.”last_img read more

‘No Indictment against NPA’

first_imgThe Joint Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Liberian Legislature has disclosed that it has no corruption charges against the Management of the National Port Authority (NPA) as had been widely speculated in the public.The Committee clarified in a statement issued on November 15, that the recent report it submitted to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the Auditor General’s Audit of the National  Port Authority did not reflect any charges of corruption or malpractices by the entity’s management.This clarification by PAC contradicts media reports last week that the Joint Legislative Committee had indicted the NPA Management for alleged corruption or malpractices covering the period 2006/2007 and 2007/2008, respectively.The audit was conducted by the General Auditing Commission (GAC) which is the government of Liberia’s supreme auditing institution. But according to the Act establishing the GAC, the Auditor General shall conduct audits of public institutions and submit findings to the National Legislature for recommendation to the President for prosecution of those indicted in the audit.The PAC, however, noted that although the current management of the NPA was not in position during the audit period, it is responsible for implementing the recommendations of the AC and will be held accountable for any unfulfilled corrective actions.  At the level of the national legislature, the joint PAC Secretariat, which is run by senior accountants, economists and public administrators, reviews the audits conducted by GAC and subsequently advises the legislators on the next course of action which include a recommendation to the President to prosecute or dismiss those held liable by the audit.The PAC has meanwhile recommended to the President that further actions be taken to address the issues of the collection of arrears and illegal occupancy of properties owned by the NPA.The PAC also clarified that the illegal occupation of NPA’s properties by squatters was caused by past management of the NPA, not the current administration headed by Managing Director, Madam Matilda W. Parker.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PS placed on $200,000 bail

first_img…SOCU Head says money laundering, tax evasion investigations being done Head of the Special Organised Crime Unit Sydney James on Friday confirmed that Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency, Omar Shariff, is being investigated for money laundering and tax evasion since it was discovered that he has several billions of dollars in a number of accounts at local banks.Permanent Secretary Omar ShariffJames told Guyana Times that the public official was arrested on Thursday and was released on $200,000 station bail following the intervention of his lawyer, Sanjeev Datadin.However, when questioned about the inference by the lawyer that the matter was more or less “personal”, James stated: “There is nothing personal when it comes to money laundering and tax evasion.”The Head of SOCU noted that while he cannot reveal details about the probe, he reiterated that the matter is being investigated.Shariff, who is a former senior member of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and a former head of that party’s youth arm, the Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO), was arrested by for questioning in relation to a multimillion-dollar financial irregularity.In a letter to Shariff, Minister of State Joseph Harmon requested that he should proceed on his annual leave from July 1, 2016, to enable him to fully cooperate with the investigation. In the meantime, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Communities Ministry Abena Moore will take up the role of Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of The Presidency (MOTP).However, it was reported that the permanent secretary had over $10B in several accounts at local banks which was deposited over a five-year period.Sharriff claimed that he rakes in almost $100 million a year from his business for the past seven years but SOCU is not buying into it. In addition, there were no evidence that taxes were paid for the past eight years.Attorney Datadin when contacted had stated that the issue is more or less personal and has to do with his client not filing his income tax returns for a number of years. He further explained that his client and the relevant authorities have been in discussions in resolving the matter.He also noted that his client was not involved in any corruption, as it is perceived, following the statement issued by the MOTP about him being sent on leave. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

WCC Union COP Underscores Importance of Water

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Chief of Party (COP) of the infamous World Council Credit Union (WCCU), Patrick Muriuki, has underscored the importance of a clean water supply to all communities across Africa. Mr. Muriuki’s comment was contained in speech he delivered recently at a ceremony marking  the official launch of Liberian Village Water and Sanitation training program Held in Bellemue Town, Panta District, Bong county-central Liberia.The program was launched under the theme, “Water is Life.” The ceremony was held in partnership with the RC Gridley – USA, Rotary Club Sinkor, and the Liberian Children’s school project in collaboration with the Bong County Health Team. According to Mr. Muriuki, the launch of the project gave him great pleasure. He said to be with residents of the district and to join hands with the Rotary Club International in addressing the challenges facing water and sanitation was a good way to serve his country. He said that challenges affecting the water sector affected all Liberians irrespective of status. “We all know that access to clean drinking water has been our dream for many years. When we drink unsafe water we get sick and have no energy to attend to our day to day duties or take care of our families,” Mr. Muriuki said.The Liberian Villages Water and Sanitation program will begin drilling wells as deep as 100 feet in areas with clean water. Mr. Muriuki said he believes this would make sure that anyone who drinks water from the new bore holes would not get sick, “because when we get sick, we will not have the strength to go to the farm.”During the launch, the participants were taught proper sanitation practices such as washing hands with soap before meals so that they would remain protected from water-borne diseases. The program also witnessed the installation of a new pump.To maintain the pump installations, every house will contribute L$5 per month.Meanwhile, Mr. Muriuki has called upon other like-minded groups, such as the WCCU and other institutions or individuals to follow the example of Rotary International and support programs that improve the livelihood of rural dwellers.last_img read more

KAVANAGH CALLS FOR COUNCIL TO REVIEW ALL OF DONEGAL’S SPEED LIMITS

first_imgCouncillor Jimmy Kavanagh has called for a full review of speed limits currently in place in Donegal.He was speaking following the launch of a new document entitled ‘Guidelines for Setting and Managing Speed Limits’, which has been produced by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD.“This document provides advice and guidance to those charged with responsibility for speed limits across the country, including the local authorities,” Councillor Kavanagh explained. “With this document for reference, now is an opportune time for Local Authority Engineers to audit the speed limits currently in operation in Donegal. It is likely that some changes need to be made. We need to ensure that greater consistency is applied where speed limits are concerned. It is also recommended that speed reviews be carried out every five years.Today’s Guidelines address a number of areas and sees the introduction of new road signage to deal with speed limits in rural areas on minor local roads and for the implementation of new urban ‘Slow Zones’ in residential areas to reduce the speed limit to 30 km/h.They are also relevant to An Garda Síochána, who must be consulted in relation to any proposed bye-law applying a special speed limit; the National Roads Authority, who must consent to a Special Speed Limit on a National Road or motorway and to other interested parties such as the Road Safety Authority, the general public and motoring organisationsKey points addressed in the Guidelines include:- • New criteria for setting speed limits for rural and urban roads• This will be based primarily on road width in rural areas• In urban areas it will be based on movement function (arterial road, link road, local road) and place context (commercial centres, suburban housing areas, out of town industrial areas).• New rural speed limit signThis generic sign is the ‘white circle with black diagonal stripes’ which is in use internationally. Its use is recommended on narrow country roads instead of the numerical 80km/h sign. This sign means that drivers must use their judgement when using the road in question but must not exceed 80km/h in any event. The new alternative ‘rural speed limit’ sign is being supported by an associated Road Safety Authority awareness campaign.• New Urban ‘Slow Zones’ (30km/h) for housing estatesLocal Authorities and community groups are encouraged to consider the implementation of ‘Slow Zones’ in self-contained areas that consist of local roads with low traffic volumes and minimal through traffic. It is envisaged that each such zone should be a self-enforcing, reduced-speed area with speed bumps, markings or other traffic calming treatments as required. They should be developed and implemented as a local authority supported by a community based approach to reduce the speed limit to 30 km/h and to add safety measures within a select area in order to change driver behaviour. The ultimate goal of a ‘Slow Zone’ is to lower the incidence and severity of crashes and to enhance quality of life. New signage is also being unveiled tomorrow to support Slow Zones.“A speed limit is the maximum speed at which vehicles may legally travel on a section of road between speed limit signs. Nobody knows our area’s roads as well as our roads engineers, and I would urge the commencement of a review at the earliest opportunity. That said, it is the responsibility of a driver to obey speed limits at all times – and a speed limit should never be seen as a target speed for drivers.” Councillor Kavanagh concluded. KAVANAGH CALLS FOR COUNCIL TO REVIEW ALL OF DONEGAL’S SPEED LIMITS was last modified: March 19th, 2015 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:COUNCILLOR JIMMY KAVANAGHdonegalspeed limitlast_img read more

Simon Jordan in amazing rant at British media over Mourinho treatment

first_img🤷‍♂️ “What exactly do journalists know!?”📰 “The media need to be put back in their box!”Watch as @Sjopinion10 launches into an incredible rant about the British media and their treatment of Jose Mourinho 😮[📻 @JimWhite on talkSPORT] pic.twitter.com/KHFf6K6xJV— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 29, 2018“I do not know a journalist that has ever bought a football club, that has ever managed a football club, ever sold a player, ever bought a player, ever picked a team, or ever been first-hand in any experience which gives them the opportunity to be able to put certain parts of football to the sword.“A journalist’s job in my view is to give an objective opinion, not to write what they think is a fact and to represent it as fact and to create news, rather than to report news.“I look at some of those journalists and I listened to Henry Winter [on the Jim White show on Tuesday] and in no point did I think I was ever going to ask a journalist about how Jose Mourinho should manage his football club, in no more order than I would expect Jose Mourinho to tell Henry Winter how to write a book or to write an article.“If I were Mourinho, I would have sat in that press conference [after the Tottenham match] and rammed it down the throat of every single journalist the level I was on  and how far and away above I was in terms of my experience. Jose Mourinho took a pop at the press following Manchester United’s defeat to Spurs Following Jose Mourinho’s demand to be shown more respect by journalists, Simon Jordan launched into a passionate rant about the British media on talkSPORT.Here’s what the former Crystal Palace owner said as he stunned Jim White and Bob Mills into silence… 1  ‘Respect, respect, respect!’ – Everything Jose Mourinho said in his press conference after Manchester United’s defeat to Tottenham“I would have kept them there until 2 o’clock in the morning to make sure that I addressed every single issue.“The media need to be put in their box a little bit, with respect to the media because I sit on that side of the fence now, to some extent. But I sit on it with a degree of authenticity and a degree of experience which is predicated upon not thinking I know more, not thinking I know less, but having an advantage point of a balanced and educated point of view.“When certain journalists or certain segments of the media advance things for their own agenda, I find that distasteful, disquieting and I am uncomfortable with it.“If you haven’t bought, owned, managed a football club, sold a player, sat in the boardroom, sat in the dressing room, what exactly do you know? I tell you what you know. Something somebody else told you. That’s what you know.”last_img read more

Pablo pitches, Giants stung by history, why openers could be on the way

first_imgCINCINNATI — The San Francisco Giants are holding a “Let Pablo Pitch” bobblehead day on Saturday, May 12 at Oracle Park.On Monday, the Giants didn’t just let Pablo Sandoval pitch, they needed the right-hander to give them an inning at the end of an exhausting series against the Cincinnati Reds.With the Giants trailing 12-4, Sandoval entered to face the Reds in the bottom of the eighth for his second career pitching appearance. Sandoval hit the first batter he faced, Jose Peraza, but induced a …last_img

Kurtenbach: Three takeaways from the Raiders’ joint practices with the Rams

first_imgNAPA — NFL training camps are a set-up.When you watch a team practice against itself day after day — in limited reps and without the benefit of being able to review the ever-vaunted tape — it becomes difficult to contextualize what you are seeing. Is that a good defensive line or just a bad offensive line? The quarterback might have missed the throw, but was the coverage any good? I think it was. I dunno. These guys move really fast.In the end, it’s hard for opinions to not bubble up off of …last_img

A Cloudy Future for Coal

first_imgThe largest bank in the U.S., JP Morgan Chase, says that it will stop financing new coal-fired power generating plants in this country, putting more pressure on the industry and pointing to what one analyst calls a “downward shift that is permanent.” The New York Times reports that JP Morgan’s announcement follows similar statements from the Bank of America, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley that they also are backing away from coal.Chiza Vitta, a metals and mining analyst with the credit rating firm Standard & Poor, told the newspaper: “There are always going to be periods of boom and bust, but what is happening in coal is a downward shift that is permanent.”Coal remains an important source of energy, especially outside the U.S., so JPMorgan’s decision on coal-fired power plants here won’t stop the bank from lending for plans in the developing world. But in the U.S., tougher environmental regulations aimed at limiting carbon emissions, along with cheaper natural gas and other the rise of other energy sources, are making coal look like an increasingly bad bet for financiers.Three of the country’s big coal companies have filed for bankruptcy protection, and last week Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private-sector coal company, said that it also might have to do the same, The Times reported. Peabody had been trying to sell mines in Colorado and New Mexico, but the deals apparently have foundered over the buyer’s difficulties in lining up financing. Coal is still an important source of powerDespite growing troubles in the industry, coal still generates more power than any other single energy source in the U.S., according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, amounting to 39% of the U.S. electricity supply in 2014. Natural gas was a relatively distant second at 27%. (Wind and solar together were less than 5%.)U.S. financial institutions may be backing away from King Coal, but the move won’t happen overnight. An abrupt retreat would not only threaten the financing that coal companies need to keep their thousands of workers employed, but it could also threaten the industry’s ability to pay for mine reclamation in the future, The Times said.That helps explain why financial institutions are backing away gradually. Deutsche Bank, for example, is signaling an end to financial support for mining that involves the removal of mountaintops, but isn’t giving up on the industry altogether.Dialing back financial support also can be difficult for U.S. bankers who have been serving the coal industry for years.“It put them in a difficult position to say to the companies they have worked with for years, ‘We are pulling back,’ ” Bank of America’s James Mahoney told The Times. “It runs counter to everything we do as a client-focused company.” Move away from coal is a ‘structural shift’According to the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI), which describes itself as a nonprofit think tank, the decline of coal is part of a fundamental shift in U.S. power generation.In a report published last year, the organization said that power generation remained the same between 2005 and 2013 even as the mix of energy sources underwent significant change. Over that eight-year span, the amount of energy from gas-power plants rose 8.7% and renewables were up 4.1%. Energy from coal-fired sources, however, dropped 10.5% and electricity derived from oil was down 2.3%. Even in China, coal showed a 2.9% drop in consumption in 2014.“The Dow Jones Total Market Coal Sector Index is down 76% over the last five years, compared to the Dow Jones Industrial Average that is up 69% over the same period,” the report said.At the time the report was written, more than two dozen coal companies had gone into bankruptcy.One problem in the coal industry, CTI said, was that company executives were unrealistically betting on an upswing in prices and demand that never happened.The report noted: “The largest coal producer in the U.S., Peabody Energy, appears to treat the signals that have led to such huge financial pain as an aberration, rather than the new normal. In their quarterly report for 2014, Peabody reveals their expectation that in the U.S., ‘utility coal usage is projected to increase 10 to 30 million tons over 2014 levels.’ Furthermore, Peabody expects ‘global coal demand to rise 500 million tonnes by 2017… [with] an estimated 8 to 10% increase in seaborne thermal coal demand.’ There are few signs that suggest that either forecast will come close to fruition.”The prediction seems to have been borne out with an announcement last week from Peabody that its ability to operate as a “going concern” was in doubt, Bloomberg reported.Peabody shares have lost 97% of their value in the last year.last_img read more

Duterte tells PSC to include IPs, out of school youth in recruitment

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Phoenix open to more trades after failed PBA Govs’ Cup bid MOST READ President Rodrigo Duterte congratulates athletes who participated in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in a ceremony held in Malacañang on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Photo from an RTVM video)President Rodrigo Duterte urged on Wednesday the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to widen its scope of recruitment ahead of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, following the sixth place finish of Filipino athletes in the recently concluded edition of the biennial sporting meet.“I enjoin the PSC to widen its scope and recruit nationwide,” Duterte said in a meeting with SEA Games medalists in Malacañang. “Look for them in nontraditional places and include members of the indigenous tribes and out-of-school youth.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Nextcenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES READ: Duterte hands out cash incentives to 2017 SEA Games medalists“I express my heartfelt gratitude to the athletes who have represented us in the recently concluded Southeast Asian Games,” Duterte said. “Through hard work and discipline, you have prevailed and made our nation proud.”Duterte urged the athletes “to focus on improving and to strive to do better in the next SEA Games.”“Rest assured that the government and the Filipino people will support [you] every step of the way,” he said. “Continue to represent the best of what the Philippines has to offer, here and abroad. Make us proud again.”/atmADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Let us give them a chance to hone their talent and live up to their fullest potential,” he added.The President said the country’s hosting of the 30th SEA Games in 2019 would be “an opportunity for us to look for talented Filipino athletes from all over the country.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippines bagged 121 medals, including 29 golds, in the 11-country regional sporting meet.The medalists received cash incentives and a presidential citation.last_img read more