Halep: “If Muguruza played like that every day it would be number one”

first_imgSimona described Garbiñe, who has received, with this, 4 instances on onerous monitor, as “an excellent champion”. “He is aware of the right way to win the Grand Slams, the right way to win titles. It’s OK now. All of us have troublesome durations and he or she. She had performed properly right here earlier than. “Halep was very sorry for the defeat, for having misplaced his serve within the twelfth recreation of the second set: “Shedding like that hurts extra, undoubtedly. I’m harm now, I’ve to confess it. However life goes on. I believe perhaps I might have been a bit of braver on the details.”he acknowledged. “Possibly I received a bit defensive on these balls and I couldn’t take over the purpose,” he continued. “She took off very properly within the vital moments. My stays weren’t superb. I believe it was a superb match for each of us, however in the long run she was stronger. Within the vital moments, he played with a bit of extra braveness, “he concluded. Simona Halep acknowledged the prevalence of Garbiñe Muguruza after falling defeated by the Spanish within the semifinals of the ladies’s crew of the Australian Open. The Romanian was very blunt when speaking about her rival’s efficiency: “If I played like this every day, it would most likely be number one.” Then he clarified his assertion: “However it is troublesome to know. Consistency within the circuit is a very powerful and essentially the most troublesome.”last_img read more

13 Disqualified from LAF Elections

first_imgThirteen members have been disqualified and are ineligible to participate in the November 29 leadership elections of the Liberia Athletics Federation while 15 others have been declared eligible. Six out of the seven athletics clubs were barred including Success 2000, Fast Track, Zoyah, Liberty, Fast Spikes and Ndolor. Only Conquerors Athletics Club was endorsed.The head of the ad-hoc elections commission Cllr. Sylvester Rennie who made the announcement did not give reasons for their exclusion, but reports said they were barred for being inactive over the years as well as their non-participation in tournaments, meetings, and payment of dues amongst others.Other ineligible voters are John Henries, the Chairman on Veteran Committee, Madam Carmella Smallwood, the Women’s Commission Chairlady, Assistant Secretary General James W.S. Wrokpoh and member Roland Barclay.Eligible voters include President Mulbah Zaza, Vice President for Administration Gbour S. Wilson, Secretary General D. Winston Cole, I and Treasurer Frederick Krah.Others are Financial Secretary Korkulo Roberts; Cllr. Sylvester Rennie, Arbitration Chairman; Protocol John T. Pettiquoi; Public Relations Chairman Horatio B. Willie, Medical Committee Chairman Morris S. Dukuly and the chairman for the technical committee, Kesselee Kanneth, Daniel Forkpa, chairman on membership, Coach Massaquoi president, Coaches Association and representatives from Athletes’ Commission and ISSA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Housing Minister’s husband given contracts to build Govt houses

first_imgThe husband of Junior Minister of Communities with responsibility for housing, Valerie Adams-Yearwood, has been awarded contracts to construct homes for a Government-spearheaded housing project.Guyana Times understands that the project falls under the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA). However, efforts by this newspaper to contact the Minister with responsibility for the housing sector proved futile.This issue of the award of the contract to the Minister’s husband was revealed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who told reporters at his weekly press conference on Wednesday that the matter came to the fore after a construction worker, who was sub-contracted by the Minister’s husband, complained of not being paid as yet.The construction worker from Victoria Village, East Coast Demerara, has since written President David Granger as his last hope, seeking the Head of State’s intervention in the matter since he too owes his workers.According to Jagdeo, the desperate man came to his office, showing him all the correspondence he had sent out, but only got letters of acknowledgement from the President’s Secretary.“(Godfrey) Yearwood sub-contracted these guys from the villages to do the work and then refused to pay them for the work done. So he came here and he showed me… Four times he addressed the matter (to the President) and four acknowledgment of his complaints and until now, he can’t get (any recourse).“Over a year of trying, he sought help from the President and no help has been given. He can’t pay his workers from the village of Victoria; they’re harassing him, because the Minister’s husband refusing to pay for contracts he got from the Ministry his wife runs,” Jagdeo said.last_img read more

Fee cuts for community colleges will be put before voters on Feb. 5

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – An initiative that would provide California’s community colleges with hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding while cutting student fees has qualified for the state’s Feb. 5 presidential primary ballot, election officials said Wednesday. The measure, backed by a coalition that includes community college leaders, students and employees, would cut fees from the current $20 per unit to $15 a unit and limit annual fee increases to 10 percent or the percentage growth in personal income, whichever was lower. It also would boost state funding for the 109 colleges by $910 million over the next three fiscal years, according to an analysis prepared for the initiative’s supporters. last_img read more

House passes bill to fund Iraq War

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Democratic-controlled House voted Thursday night to pay for military operations in Iraq on an installment plan, defying President Bush’s threat of a second straight veto in a fierce test of wills over the unpopular war. The 221-205 vote was largely along party lines and sent the measure to a cool reception in the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is seeking a compromise with the White House and Republicans. Under growing political pressure from Republicans, Bush coupled his veto threat with a sign of flexibility. Visiting the Pentagon, he said he was willing to sign a military money bill that includes political and military goals for the Iraqi government. “Time’s running out, because the longer we wait, the more strain we’re going to put on the military,” said the president, who previously had insisted on what he termed a “clean” war funding bill. Bush and key lawmakers have expressed increased frustration with the government in Baghdad in recent weeks, and Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh spent his day appealing to key senators for patience. In a brief interview with The Associated Press, Saleh said he had sought to convey the “imperative of success against terrorism and extremism” in the Middle East. Bush vetoed an Iraq funding bill last week, objecting to a timetable for troop withdrawal that was included as well as several billion dollars for domestic programs. After failing to override the veto, Democrats began work on a replacement measure, hoping to clear a bill the president will sign within two weeks so the flow of money to the troops is not interrupted. That will require the party’s rank and file to make additional concessions. The withdrawal timetable already has been jettisoned. But for the time being Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California has decided to defy Bush before negotiating with him. “Democrats are not going to give the president a blank check for a war without end,” she said, advancing two bills for votes during the day that challenged the commander in chief’s conduct of the war. The first would have required the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq within nine months. It fell, 255-171, with almost all Republicans in opposition along with 59 Democrats. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., was among them. “This war is a terrible tragedy and it is time to bring it to an end,” said Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., the leading advocate of the withdrawal measure. “For four long, deadly years, this administration and their allies in Congress have been flat wrong about Iraq.” Republicans argued that a withdrawal would be disastrous. “Now is not the time to signal retreat and surrender. How could this Congress walk away from our men and women in uniform,” said Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif. A few hours later, the House passed legislation providing funds for the war grudgingly, in two installments. The first portion would cover costs until Aug. 1 – $42.8 billion to buy equipment and train Iraqi and Afghan security forces. Under the bill, it would take a summertime vote by Congress to free an additional $52.8 billion, the money needed to cover costs through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. The House also passed, by a 302-120 vote, legislation providing about $4.5 billion in emergency domestic spending, including $3.5 billion in crop and livestock disaster payments for farmers and ranchers. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., said the war bill was an attempt to provide accountability for a war gone wrong. He said the last four months have been the deadliest of the war for U.S. troops. But Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the Republicans leader, argued the bill “is designed to bring failure in Iraq” which he said “means chaos in Iraq. It means genocide in Iraq.” Democratic officials, speaking privately, said Pelosi had agreed to allow the vote on the withdrawal measure in the hope that her rank and file would then unite behind the funding bill. But in an increasingly complex political environment, even that measure was deemed to be dead on arrival in the Senate, where Democrats hold a narrow advantage and the rules give Republicans leverage to block legislation. In a speech in January, Bush listed several goals for the Iraqis, including legislation to share oil revenue among all Iraqis, spending $10 billion on job-creating reconstruction projects, holding provincial elections, overhauling de-Baathification laws and creating a fair process for considering amendments to the constitution. Republicans say it is unlikely Bush would sign legislation that makes war funds contingent on progress by the Iraqi government. But several Republicans have suggested withholding reconstruction funds if benchmarks go unmet, and it seems likely the White House will face intense pressure to agree. Republican lawmakers have growing increasingly restive about a war that they believe cost them their congressional majorities in last fall’s elections. In a private meeting with Bush and several key administration officials at the White House, 11 moderate GOP lawmakers bluntly told Bush that the status quo was unsustainable and could mean further election losses next year. But Pelosi and Reid face obstacles of their own. They are determined to make sure that essential funding for the war is not cut off. At the same time, they are laboring to keep faith with their own rank and file, with the war-weary voters who installed them in power, and with MoveOn.org and other groups whose goal is to force the withdrawal of the U.S. combat troops.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

€26M FOR DONEGAL FARMERS

first_imgDinny McGinley TDFine Gael TD Dinny Mc Ginley confirmed the beginning of advance payments to farmers. A total of €26,823,264.60 will be available for farmers in Donegal.“€26,823,264.20 have begun issuing to farmers in Donegal. The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, was very aware of the need to maximise cash flow and so has ensured these payments started issuing as soon as possible,” said Deputy McGinley.“Payments to farmers under the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) Scheme also continue to issue and the initial advance of the BPS and Greening Payment, together with ANC payments, means approximately €775 million will have issued to Irish farmers under these Schemes in the last month alone. “Budget 2016 has introduced a series of agri-taxation measures including the extension of the general stock relief, stock relief for young farmers and stamp duty exemptions for young trained farmers up to the end of 2018. There will be a tax credit of €5,000 per annum for five years for farmers who transfer their land to successors over a period of time, making it easier for farms to be passed from one generation to the next. These measures make farming more attractive to younger people and to families.“Farmers in Donegal will now be able to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit of €550. It will also apply to a spouse where a couple both work on the farm. This will begin the process of tax equalisation for the self-employed and PAYE workers, including farmers.“Minister Coveney has also launched the second tranche of GLAS, the new agri-environmental scheme which replaces REPS and AEOS.“The first tranche of GLAS, which closed on 26th May this year, proved a huge success, attracting almost 27,000 applications. The second tranche will increase this to at least 35,000 and up to 40,000. The overall target for GLAS is to attract 50,000 farmers into the new scheme over its lifetime and Minister Coveney commented that it was clear that GLAS was well on its way to meeting that target. “Fine Gael is standing up for rural Ireland and last week’s budget contains an extra €109 million investment agriculture and agri-food.“The last few budgets have been hard, but they made it possible for Ireland to exit the bailout, reduce our debts, and move into a real recovery.“The top priority this year is to keep the recovery going in all parts of the country, while providing relief and better services. This budget is affordable, responsible and consistent with the Government’s plan to eliminate Government borrowing by 2018 and to promote regional economic growth, jobs and future recovery.“ €26M FOR DONEGAL FARMERS was last modified: October 20th, 2015 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)last_img read more

MY DONEGAL ……….WITH CHARLIE MULGREW

first_imgOne of Donegal’s most prolific gaelic football talents Charlie Mulgrew is this week’s choice for ‘My Donegal’. Having captained Donegal to success in the Mc Kenna Cup in 1991, Charlie Mulgrew was then a member of the heroic panel in the 1992 All-Ireland Final.His managing career has led St. Eunan’s to a county championship final and Fermanagh to the All-Ireland semi-final in 2004. With both football and business endeavours in the county, Charlie Mulgrew has great love and respect for Donegal. By Caoimhe Ni ChathailWhat is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Forland Heights , Gweedore , it overlooks Tory Island ; great view over west coast of Donegal. If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The weather!Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?Dr. Jimmy McDaid, he has been a great doctor for Letterkenny and surrounding areas, also Minister for Tourism and Sport, did a lot of good for the county.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Daniel O Donnell.What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years? Winning the Ulster Championship 2011.What was Donegal’s saddest moment?The day mum died.What is your favourite Donegal-made product? Highland Bakery potato bread.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Anthony Arthurs, no matter where he goes, he always brings a smile to everyone’s faces.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Jerry McCarter.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Daniel McDaid.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Yellow Pepper.Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Golden eagles.Your nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?Brian McBearty.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“How’s she cutting?”MY DONEGAL ……….WITH CHARLIE MULGREW was last modified: July 4th, 2012 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:CHARLIE MULGREWMY DONEGALlast_img read more

Culture reigns at Miss Asia USA

first_img Karina Garine, 20, is representing Lebanon. Her friend Nanor Kaoulakian is representing Syria. “I’ve never done anything like this, but I wanted to represent my country to show people there are nice girls from there, and to let them learn about my culture,” Garine, a Northridge resident, said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Kaoulakian, 23, said that in addition to representing countries often not seen in the media, the pageant allows participants to learn about each other. “I’m happy because I’ve learned a lot,” the Pasadena resident said. “It’s amazing. I’ve met people from a lot of places and they are so nice.” Glendale resident Marina Hovhannisyan, 18, is representing Armenia. She said she hopes her participation will encourage others to gain confidence in themselves. “I would suggest to everyone to not look at themselves like they are not good enough,” she said. “Whether they win or not, from the inside you will change because of this experience.” Some, such as Daisi Pollard, are experienced in the beauty-pageant circuit. Pollard, a Sherman Oaks resident who has won various contests, is representing her mother’s country of Yemen. Her father is from Jamaica. “It’s very rare that you would see someone like me,” the Sherman Oaks resident said. “I think people are definitely going to see a lot of diversity among the girls.” Vilegas, who bought the rights to the pageant three years ago, said her goal is to one day have the 58 countries of Asia represented. She also said she runs a rigorous training program. In the next few weeks leading up to the pageant, the women will take lessons in everything from public speaking to mannerisms at a formal dinner party. In addition to scholarship money, the winner will be crowned Ambassador of Culture and Goodwill. “I put a lot of emphasis on the training of the girls,” Vilegas said. “I feel like a mother to 30 girls, but they will be walking testimonials that this training is good for them.” Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 susan.abram@dailynews.com 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 MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Organizers said 80 percent of the contestants this year come from California, proof, they say, that the state boasts one of the most diverse populations in the world. Others come from Canada. The pageant will be held April 29, once again inside Glendale’s Alex Theatre and will be taped for rebroadcast by Charter Communications, one of two dozen sponsors. Some of the participants said this will be their first pageant. Many hope learning to walk, speak and pose for cameras will lead to modeling careers. But most agree that while being chosen queen would be ideal, the real prize is in the experience itself. This weekend, the women took part in a fashion show, highlighting the traditional dresses from the countries they represent. It was the first time many had met each other. “The fact that it was a cultural pageant, I really liked that,” said 19-year-old Natasha Amir of North Hollywood. The Pierce College student said her father is from Israel, but the chance to represent her mother’s birthplace appealed to her. “I get to represent Palestine, which hasn’t been represented in a long time,” Amir said. “I wanted to represent my country because of everything that’s going on, because of all the negativity that’s been heard. A lot of these countries represented are Islamic countries, and they are looked down upon because people don’t think women there have freedom.” GLENDALE – Exquisite young women with cultural ties to a continent that stretches from Turkey to Papau New Guinea will cast a spotlight on some of the world’s most mysterious lands next month as they compete for the Miss Asia USA title. Women representing almost 30 of the 58 countries that make up the Asian continent will don traditional garments from their ancestral homelands as they compete for the queen’s throne in a beauty pageant that also rewards poise and public-speaking skills. “This is the first time we’ve had women from some of the Middle Eastern countries,” said Virgilia Vilegas, chairwoman and producer of the pageant, which was first held 18 years ago. “Many people do not know that the Middle East is part of the Asian continent. (Their participation) says even though we may be different in politics or religion, we can all agree on beauty.” last_img read more

‘Zaha should leave if he doesn’t like it’ – Palace star slammed on talkSPORT

first_img impact MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Speaking after his team’s 1-0 victory at Huddersfield, he said: “I don’t even know what to say anymore.“I feel like before anyone has to get a red card I’d have to get my leg broken or something, which is why I lose my head.”However, talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham does not think the Premier League should change for Zaha, and told him to go elsewhere if he doesn’t like the physicality of English football.He said on Drivetime: “If you don’t like the competitive nature of the Premier League, then go and play in Europe. Go and play in Spain where Lionel Messi might be getting protected. Wilfried Zaha has been told he should consider playing elsewhere in Europe if he wants more protection from referees.The Crystal Palace winger was the Premier League’s most fouled player last season and has claimed he would have to suffer a broken leg before opposition defenders are shown red. Zaha wants more players to see red “Just go and play somewhere else where you feel you may get the protection you think you deserve.“But you’ve just signed a new contract, you’ve signed up to be in the Premier League. So you can’t turn around and start crying about it. Surely that’s hypocrisy?”Sunderland legend Micky Gray, who co-hosted Monday’s show, added that the Ivorian has only drawn a target on his back by complaining. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 2 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS possible standings Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade silverware Zaha feels he is treated unfairly REVEALED BEST OF Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack RANKED smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Gray said: “If I’m manager in the opposition dressing room to Crystal Palace, and you hear those comments, first thing I’d be saying to my players is ‘look, you’ve heard what he said, make sure you’re physical with him’.“I’m not saying go out and two-foot him, I’m saying go out there and just be physical with Zaha. Let’s see how he reacts.”last_img read more

ANGER AS BILL TO PROTECT HOMEOWNERS IS ‘BLOCKED’

first_imgThere has been widespread condemnation after the government blocked a bill designed to protect homeowners. Fine Gael and Labour have refused to support proposals to allow families in mortgage arrears to stay in their homes and avoid repossession.Commenting after coalition Senators voted down the Family Home Bill, Senator Brian O’Domhnaill said: “The Family Home Bill put forward by Fianna Fáil would have provided legal protection to families in mortgage arrears to allow them to stay in their homes.“This is a positive piece of legislation which would have made an enormous difference to the lives of so many people around the country who are struggling with their mortgages. “But just because it wasn’t Fine Gael and Labour’s idea, they decided to stop it from happening.”Director at Frost Debt Solutions, Ryan Stewart, was equally critical of the decision.“While some criticism of Fianna Fail is justified for not bringing into effect the proposals on debt relief from the Law Reform Commission sooner, this bill was needed by hundreds of thousands of homeowners around the country. These proposals have been on the table since 2009.”“Although the bill was designed to protect homeowners, it was part of a larger document that would have enabled anyone in financial difficulty to have a real solution to their debt problems. “Mortgage arrears are only part of the problem, and people must ensure that they prioritise their debts. Credit card companies are aggressively chasing debt, and in many cases we find that people are neglecting to pay their mortgage to get some breathing space from unsecured creditors.“This is completely wrong, and people should seek advice if they are having trouble balancing their payments correctly.”“Families are at breaking point, yet more property taxes are coming in, under the instruction of the IMF. The IMF gave the same instruction to this government to bring in personal insolvency legislation. So while we wait on a solution from the government which is not forthcoming to ease the debt burden on people, the government is contributing to the personal debt crisis by increasing the taxation on ordinary families.”“The lives of ordinary citizens are being used as a political football by this government, whether it is in the absence of their own solution to the personal debt crisis, or simply a manoeuvre to further discredit the Seanad. The bill should have been passed. It had the support of all of the opposition, and while it had some flaws, these would have been ironed out at the Committee stage before being finalised.”“If people are in difficulty, solutions are still available however, and I would urge people to seek help at the earliest opportunity by contacting Frost Debt Solutions on 1800 200 900 or visit www.frost.ie.” ANGER AS BILL TO PROTECT HOMEOWNERS IS ‘BLOCKED’ was last modified: July 29th, 2011 by gregShare 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:frost debt solutionsRyan Stewartlast_img read more