Federer, Williams rule in Cincinnati

first_img third win MASON, Ohio (AP): Roger Federer jutted his right index finger toward the summer-blue sky to celebrate his latest Cincinnati title. He would have needed both hands to count all of them. Might as well just rename it the Federer Open. Or maybe subtitle it the Djokovic Heartbreak. Federer remained perfect in Cincinnati finals, winning an unprecedented seventh championship yesterday, while denying Novak Djokovic the one title that always eludes him. Federer never faced a break point during a 7-6 (1), 6-3 victory at the Western and Southern Open. Serena Williams got her name on the Rookwood trophy for the second time, beating third-seeded Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6 (5) for back-to-back Cincinnati titles. She heads off to the US Open trying to become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to pull off a calendar Grand Slam sweep. “I’m ready,” Williams said. “I don’t care if I win or lose or break-even. I’m ready to start it, get it over with and be done, and go on to the next event, but I’m so ready for New York. Let’s go, right?” It took Williams six tries before she got her first Cincinnati title. Federer has never failed. The Swiss star is 7-0 in the finals, which always brings out the best in him. He loves the fast-playing courts and the small-town atmosphere in suburban Cincinnati heading into the big-city pressure of the US Open. “I don’t know how many years I can come back, but I’ll try my best to be here many more years to come,” Federer said. No surprise there. Federer is the undisputed king of this court. “He’s very good on this centre court,” Djokovic said. “He’s more confident each year.” By contrast, the world’s top-ranked player is 0-5 in Cincinnati championship matches, never winning so much as one set. Djokovic covets the title – the only one he needs to become the first to win all nine of the current ATP Masters events. “The fifth time I’ve been in the title (match) and never won this title, so I guess I have to wait for Roger to retire,” Djokovic said. “I’ve been coming back each year wanting it more.”last_img read more

AFC identity is completely lost

first_imgDear Editor,It is now the foregone conclusion of the masses in Guyana and the Diaspora that the Alliance for Change has long become subservient to the PNC-dominated coalition Government to the point of being totally consumed. The identity is completely lost. They further opined that the leaders, namely, Moses Nagamootoo and Khemraj Ramjattan have been relegated to “rubber stamps” status, merely regurgitating the views, utterances, opinions and policies of the PNC. We have seen numerous examples: when Granger illegally appointed Patterson as GECOM’s Chairman, when the four estates were heartlessly closed and when the PNC wilfully embarked on a course of violating the Constitution and flout the CCJ’s rulings among others. This is in stark contrast to the coalition in 1964 between the UF and the PNC.Let us take a look at the first coalition which was formed between the UF and the PNC to oust the PPP from Government. The United Force was formed by Peter D’Aguiar on October 5, 1960, and won 16.38 per cent of the votes in the 1961 elections, but a point of vital importance is the fact that the elections were won by Dr Jagan’s PPP by a “slim majority” when compared to the totality of votes garnered by the UF and the PNC. This aroused the dictatorship instinct in Burnham and gave him the opening he needed. This “slim majority” by the PPP indicated that a coalition by Burnham and D’Aguiar could win if the electoral system was changed to proportional representation. The same mindset prevailed in 2015.Then the manipulators, the UK and the US, gave Burnham exactly what he needed to begin his quest for absolute power – proportional representation just in time for the 1964 elections. This move saw the coalition of the PNC and UF, who together won 52.9 per cent of the votes. This resulted in Burnham getting the prime ministerial post and D’Aguiar, the Finance Minister as agreed. However, D’Aguiar was not a corrupted person, he was used to wealth and its accompanying opulence and in September 1967, he resigned from the Cabinet because of blatant corruption by the PNC faction. He became totally disgusted by the corruption of Burnham’s PNC. He even went further. In October 1968, D’Aguiar joined hands with Jagan and walked out of the National Assembly and in January 1969, D’Aguiar appeared in a documentary, “The Making of a Prime Minister”, in which he expressed deep regret and disappointment about coalescing with the PNC. But the damage had been done and it took more than two decades of suffering and anguish to finally rid the nation of the PNC scourge which he was duped to install. Ironically, the elections in 1992 was held on October 5, the same day that the UF was formed, and the PPP emerged victorious as it always did. However, D’Aguiar must be given full credit for making such a hasty departure from the PNC and his total rejection of that party and its leader!Now let us look at the Alliance for Change which was formed in 2005. It was formed by three disgruntled members of Parliament who claimed that both the PPP and the PNC destroyed the socio-economic fabric of the country and cannot be trusted to be in Government. The people needed change, they claimed. The AFC’s message appealed to some and in 2006 it won 6 seats and in 2011 it won 7 seats or 10.3 per cent of the votes. However, the leadership of the AFC, influenced by the arch enemies of the PPP, Moses Nagamootoo and Khemraj Ramjattan, created an unholy alliance with the PNC, not spurred by change but by greed for power and material gains. Nagamootoo and Ramjattan saw an opportunity when the PPP gained a slim majority in 2011, not unlike the 1961 elections. After joining forces in the National Assembly to frustrate the Donald Ramotar Administration, the AFC signed the Cummingsburg Accord on Valentine’s Day 2015 and handed Guyana on a platter to the Burnhamite PNC.Unfortunately, Ramjattan and Nagamootoo are no Peter D’Aguiar, these people are thirsty and greedy for power as well material gains and they made no effort to mask this as the coalition plundered and pillaged the Guyanese nation day after day. They immediately transformed themselves into the “fat cats” and began to live the “Cadillac lifestyles”, which Nagamootoo had vehemently advocated against. The AFC shamelessly forsook their founding principles and the “rubber stamps” were born on May 11, 2015.Today, these two “rubber stamps” are vying for the title of “Best Rubberstamp”, but the caretaker President has made it clear that the AFC cannot select the prime ministerial candidate and that prerogative belongs to him. It now seems that the titles of First and Second Vice Presidents and prime ministerial portfolio will be snatched from the AFC and they will have to settle for the crumbs which the master would fling at them. Unlike D’Aguiar, the unprincipled and self-seeking duo, Nagamootoo and Ramjattan, is holding on to the PNC for dear life! They cannot depart in honour! It’s a shame to see how low some people can stoop – people who were once thought to be heroes of the people!But time will dictate an ignominious and humiliating end for this duo who sold their souls and misled the people who unwittingly believed in them.Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

‘Beware of Detractors’, Senator Wotorson Cautions President Sirleaf

first_imgAn influential member of the 53rd Legislature has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to remain steadfast and beware of detractors as she steers the affairs of the State, especially in this critical period of the country’s history.Speaking at the head of a high level Senate delegation to the office of President Sirleaf where they had gone to identify with her on the occasion marking her 76th birth anniversary last week, Senator Cletus Wotorson, told the Liberian leader that there would be many detractors, as it has been in the past.  But he urged her to remain focused and do what is right for the Liberian people.The delegation, which included Senators  Frederick Cherue of River Gee County;  Alphonso Gaye, and Isaac Nyenabo of Grand Gedeh County; Joyce Musu Sumo of Montserrado County and others, met the Liberian President in the Cabinet Room of the Foreign Ministry.Senator Wotorson, who is also a former President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, did not indicate what triggered his admonition, but since the Ebola outbreak, there have been sentiments of public opposition to government’s leadership of the response.Many called on the Liberian leader to relinquish her post as head of the National Taskforce on Ebola and at the same time outsource the response initiative to a reputable global health organization such as Médécins Sans Frontieres and the World Health Organization.But President Sirleaf said the fight would not be outsourced, indicating that Liberians are capable of handling the situation if they received the needed support and that the handling of the fight by Liberians would give them the requisite experience to handle any future outbreak of the virus.The calls for outsourcing  the fight came at a time when MSF and WHO were already heading major response components, leading several, including the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health,  Dr. Peter Coleman, to wonder, “What else do these critics want for government to outsource?”The Liberian leader was also recently criticized when she sent a letter to the Liberian Senate requesting ‘additional power’ to curtail some rights and privileges in an attempt to curtail further spread of the Ebola virus.But Senator Wotorson, speaking on behalf of the Senate said, “Madam President, we have come to wish you a happy birthday. We want you to be steadfast as you lead us through this difficult period. We want to let you know that there are many detractors and there  will continue to be, but do not give them heed as long as you are doing the right thing for the Liberian people.The Senate promised that despite hiccups now and then, they will continue to work with the Liberian leader in forming a common front to foster the country’s development.The Grand Kru County Senator said the Senate had recently passed into law four financial bills in preparation for the post-Ebola era. He noted that the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, Gbehzongar Milton Findley, would have loved to be present, but was en route from his home county, Grand Bassa.President Sirleaf expressed appreciation to the Senators for their visit and called on them and all Liberians to unite and not to give up the fight against Ebola as signs are beginning to show progress being made.She admonished all Liberians to brace up for the post-Ebola era as the outbreak has placed lot of development projects on hold and it will only take a united front to catch up with projects delayed by the Ebola outbreak.She noted that the commemoration of her birthday should be a moment of reflection for all Liberians and partners standing up together in the difficult period to fight Ebola.Others officials and functionaries of government who visited President Sirleaf on her birthday included the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, members of the Cabinet, staff of the Ministry of State, Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), the Land Commission, the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) Alumni Association, Guaranty Trust (GT) Bank, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

West Demerara man gets 18 years for statutory rape of teen

first_img…says he thought victim was 17Thirty-eight-year-old Dhanraj Persaud, of West Bank Demerara (WBD), who had an unlawful relationship with a teenage girl was on Wednesday jailed for 18 years after the court rejected his claim of believing the girl was 17 at the time.Jailed: Dhanraj PersaudThis comes nearly one month after a 12-member jury found him guilty of raping the then 15-year-old at a WBD village.His sentence was handed down by Justice JoAnn Barlow at the Sexual Offences Court. He learnt his fate following the reading of a probation report that his attorney, Maxwell McKay had requested.In that very report, Persaud outlined that he and the victim were involved in a relationship and he thought her real age was 17. He held out that the victim told him that she was 17.The court, however, found that Persaud knew the girl since she was about 10 years old, growing up in the community. Through her victim impact statement, the teen told the court that she was living in a waking nightmare as a result of what happened to her, further saying that her pain has contributed to her having frequent suicidal thoughts. She asked that Persaud be punished for his crime. Persaud, then 33, committed the act on October 23, 2013, in the county of Demerara.Justice Barlow ordered the offender to utilise programmes available in prison for sexual offenders. Persaud was said to have dropped out of school in Grade Six (Primary Four) and soon after, he started to work as a labourer.State Counsels Tiffini Lyken, Seeta Bishundial and Abigail Gibbs prosecuted the case.last_img read more

Manchester United sign massive £750m kit deal with adidas

first_img1 Manchester United’s Old Trafford Manchester United have agreed a mammoth £750million sponsorship deal with adidas.The German sportswear giant has stepped in after Nike pulled out of negotiations over a new deal last week because it felt United were demanding too much money.The adidas agreement, described in a statement as “a global technical sponsorship and dual branded licensing deal”, will run for 10 years from the 2015-16 season.The deal with Nike, United’s kit manufacturer since 2002, runs out at the end of the forthcoming season.last_img read more

STUNNING PICTURE SPECIAL: IAIN MILLER’S GREAT OUTDOORS: THE DUNAFF HEADLAND

first_imgIn this second article on the Donegal great outdoors, hidden gem series Ian Miller has chosen the little known and seldom visited ‘Dunaff Headland’ on the west coast of the Inishowen peninsula.Living on a northwest tip of the Inishowen Peninsula is the 230 meter high Dunaff Hill. This hill is hemmed in by Dunaff Bay to the south and by the lonely Rocktown Bay to the north, which in turn creates the dramatic Dunaff Headland.The seaward face of the headland is a 4 kilometre stretch of very exposed outrageous sea cliffs running its circumference to a high point of 230 meters which overlooks the isolated sea stack Bothanvarra.The Dunaff headland is a miniature mountain massif which sits marooned on the seaward side of the glacial flatlands containing Dunaff village.Underfoot on Dunaff lives a thick carpet of normally sparsely found flora and fauna. With a thick red undergrowth of the fly eating Sundew and in the damp gullies a mini forests of insect eating Butterworts.In many ways the headland is a botanist time capsule with many of the rarer Irish bog plants in residence.What the headland provides the recreational walker is outstanding coastal views towards Fanad Peninsula and Fanad Head Lighthouse to the west and Malin Head to the north.A highly recommended walk starts from the wee pier at Sudan Port and finishes on the b road at Dunaff Bay just beyond Colum Point.This walk hugs the coast line by following the cliff top path and affords the walker unforgettable panoramas in all directions as far as An Grianan of Aileach over Leenan and Dunree Heads to the south.What Dunaff head provides for the perhaps the more adventurous rock climber is a world class sea stack called Bothanvarra. Bothanvarra is a 70m high chubby Matterhorn shaped sea stack which sits in the most remote, inescapable and atmospheric locations on the Inishowen coastline.Access is by a very committing sea passage along the base of the unescapables or by a scary descent of one of the steep gullies overlooking the stack.After four attempts Bothanvarra has only been climbed once by one person, so it is safe to say it is not yet a very popular rock climbing location.But with a 50 meter high seaward face of currently unclimbed immaculate rock it is a future adventure climbers playground, with off course, suitably entertaining access issues. Access to Bothanvarra requires mirror calm seas, no wind and mid summer sun as the stack sits so close to the overlooking cliffs that it is rarely dry.What is guaranteed is it will receive several visits next summer and it sea ward faces will be explored by visiting rock climbers.Reference Linkshttp://www.uniqueascent.ie/sp/directory/details/dunaff-headhttp://www.wildflowersofireland.net/plant_detail.php?id_flower=272#gloshttp://www.wildflowersofireland.net/plant_detail.php?id_flower=52#gloshttp://iain-miller.blogspot.ie/2014/08/dunaff-head-inishowen.htmlhttp://iain-miller.blogspot.ie/2013/10/inishowen-rock-climbing.htmlSTUNNING PICTURE SPECIAL: IAIN MILLER’S GREAT OUTDOORS: THE DUNAFF HEADLAND was last modified: November 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Dunaff HeadIain MillerNEW! THE GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORSlast_img read more

Missing hiker’s remains found

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Coroner’s officials were expected to identify the remains in a few days, Quinata said. Day and Allen were visiting the desert east of Los Angeles for a convention when they wandered off a mountain trail during a two-hour stop with other tourists. Prepared for a brief hike, they wore light windbreakers and tennis shoes and had no food, spare clothing or cell phones. When they came across the deserted campsite, they found identification showing the camper was Donovan, a 60-year-old retired social worker and experienced hiker. The items he had left behind included a warm sweater, dry socks and matches that the couple used to light a signal fire. They were rescued after the flames from the fire were seen from a helicopter. “Even in his death, he was helping people,” Donovan’s longtime friend, Chris Hook, of Richmond, Va., said at the time. PALM SPRINGS – Deputies searching an area where two lost hikers were found last month discovered remains they believe may be those of a missing man whose abandoned supplies helped save the couple. Brandon Day, 28, and Gina Allen, 24, of Dallas were found last month after spending three nights in the rugged San Jacinto wilderness. The third night they came across a backpack of supplies at the deserted campsite of John Donovan, a Virginia man who vanished while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in May 2005. Deputies returned Sunday by helicopter to the desolate area, where they found the remains. “It gave us the location because the backpack belonged to the missing hiker,” Sgt. Earl Quinata said Monday. “It gave us a better location to begin a search.” 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

‘I can’t be obsessed with Celtic’, says new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard

first_img Latest Scottish football news on talkSPORT.com “In terms of changes the ball is already rolling, we have targets we are trying to bring in. The work has already begun and I am excited to get going.“We’re trying to add some personnel to help the current players who are there and yet my priority is the fitness levels in pre-season.“I need to get the team fitter and stronger and ready for a big campaign. In terms of adding people to that, it will happen.” But first on the agenda is pre-season where he will finally get to know his squad, having already met some of them during the summer, when they fly out to a Spanish training camp on Sunday.Recruitment is already well under way with Croatian defender Nikola Katic and Brighton centre-back Connor Goldson this week added to the permanent signings of Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield, goalkeeper Allan McGregor and Jamie Murphy.Gerrard also returned to former club Liverpool for a loan deal for youngster Ovie Ejaria.And he vowed there will be more signings before the window shuts, especially after a fan group raised £1million to add to his transfer kitty.“I bumped into some players on holiday so I am ahead of the game in terms of meeting them and I’ve spoken to some players on the phone,” Gerrard added. The Liverpool legend met up with his full squad for the first time on Friday as they returned for pre-season training.His priority is to get them fit for his debut Premiership campaign, with Aberdeen confirmed as his first league opponent.And the former England captain said there is too much work for him to do at Ibrox to be focused on closing the gap to the Rangers’ Old Firm rivals.“I think for me it is important not to be obsessed with Celtic – I have to sort Rangers out,” he told Press Association Sport.“There are things we need to improve on and my focus is on Rangers.“Brendan [Rodgers, Celtic manager and Gerrard’s former manager at Liverpool] sent me a message just after the announcement and we exchanged a few messages.“I think it is very disrespectful just to focus on one team in the league, especially when you finish third [behind Aberdeen] and Hibernian were breathing down your neck as well. 2 The first Old Firm derby of the season has been confirmed for September Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos center_img Steven Gerrard insists he can’t afford to be ‘obsessed’ with catching Celtic as he starts his Rangers career 2 scrap 🗣️Manager on transfers: “In every area if I think we can improve, we will pounce and we will do it.”📖READ: https://t.co/tYImHeXH88📺WATCH: https://t.co/Kv2ZJFJr6V pic.twitter.com/PdWWyRNBKY— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) June 14, 2018“There are some good teams in the league but for me I wouldn’t be doing my job properly if I was focusing on the other teams.“Obviously there will be a time and a place to focus on those teams when we come up against them but right now my priority is Rangers and trying to improve certain things about Rangers so I can take the challenge to everyone.”Gerrard will face Celtic in his fourth match of the campaign, making his debut at Aberdeen after the fixtures were released today. Steven Gerrard has insisted he can’t allow himself to be obsessed with catching Celtic as he begins his tenure as the new Rangers manager.last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: PEARSE DOHERTY HANDED MORE ANGLO TAPES

first_imgPearse Doherty TDDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty says he and his party have been sent more Anglo Tapes – and they are offering them to Gardaí and the Government for further investigation.Deputy Doherty said a short time ago: “Sinn Féin was anonymously sent a copy of secret recordings involving senior Anglo officials majority of recordings are not currently public.“We have Anglo tapes available to the Gardaí and the Governor of the Central Bank and we have also retained a copy with my solicitor.” The new tapes come after the publication and airing of several of them in a newspaper earlier this year.The Gaoth Dobhair politician went on: “It has always been my view that the Fianna Fail Government had more info in relation to the bank prior to the guarantee than they previously disclosed.“On the advice of Senior Counsel, we have taken the decision not to release the tapes at this time.”  BREAKING NEWS: PEARSE DOHERTY HANDED MORE ANGLO TAPES was last modified: November 6th, 2013 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:anglo tapesPearse Dohertylast_img read more

LADIES FOOTBALL: STAGE SET FOR GIRLS U13 FINALS

first_imgSATURDAY sees a showpiece finals day for the county’s U13 girls as THREE finals go ahead on the fabulous new pitch at Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny.First up in the County C Final are Glenswilly versus MacCumhaills.Both teams have impressed this year and both teams had huge battles in their semi-finals. It’s a final which could go either way. The C Final throws in at 11am.That is followed by what promises to be a cracking County B Final between Naomh Muire and Buncrana. (throw-in 12.15pm)The Inishowen side have impressed all year, while Naomh Muire were involved in an incredible semi-final comeback against St Naul’s in their semi-final.The A Final throws together Moville and St Eunan’s (throw-in 1.30pm) in what is another mouth-watering clash. The sides drew in the earlier rounds before finishing joint top of their group.All six young teams have worked hard since the summer – so get out and support them at Coláiste Ailigh tomorrow. LADIES FOOTBALL: STAGE SET FOR GIRLS U13 FINALS was last modified: November 14th, 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:Colaiste Ailighdonegal ladies footballfinalsU13slast_img read more