Novak Djokovic kept his juggernaut rolling at the China Open by improving to 26-0 with a 6-2 6-1 win over local hope Zhang Ze on Thursday which tied him with Jimmy Connors for the second-longest unbeaten record at an ATP Tour event.The Serbian top seed, a five-time winner at the China Open, is now only behind Rafa Nadal who had a 31-0 run in the French Open at Roland Garros.The world number one was unable to identify any particular reason for his performance at the tournament and said the conditions here were just in sync with his game.“The conditions are definitely suitable to my game,” Djokovic was quoted as saying by the ATP website.“I feel very pleasant playing on the centre court. I guess as I keep coming back each year with that positive record, obviously it gives me more confidence knowing that I played so well in the past on this court.“I just keep on going. That’s all. There is no particular reason. There are a few things that play in my favour.”Next up for Djokovic in the quarter-finals will be American John Isner, who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Australian qualifier John Millman.The Australian was serving for the match at 6-5 in the second set but Isner broke back then won the tiebreak and then the deciding set for a 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4 win.In other men’s matches, Fabio Fognini reached the last eight after a 6-2 2-6 6-2 win against number seven seed David Goffin while Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay beat Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5) 7-6(7).In the women’s draw, Spanish rising star Garbine Muguruza made her 22nd birthday one to remember by sealing her spot for the WTA Finals in Singapore with a nervous 1-6 6-2 6-1 win over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.“I was really nervous before the match, because I knew I could get to Singapore and it was also my birthday,” the 2015 Wimbledon finalist said.But U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta had her hopes of qualifying for the season-ending tournament in Singapore dented when she lost 3-6 6-4 6-3 to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Pennetta, who is engaged to Fognini, has already announced her decision to retire at the end of the season.Her compatriot and opponent in the US Open final, Roberta Vinci, also went out with a 6-1 3-6 6-2 defeat to American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands.Pavlyuchenkova’s opponent in the quarter-finals will be Ana Ivanovic who edged out Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5 4-6 6-2 in a thrilling battle.
LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The IOC board could decide in May to drop boxing from the Tokyo lineup, or plan for men’s and women’s tournaments and qualifying events without AIBA’s involvement. The full IOC membership could vote to derecognize AIBA at their June 24-26 meeting in Lausanne.The IOC barred AIBA from contacting Tokyo Olympic officials when it opened the inquiry in November. That followed weeks after AIBA member federations defied IOC warnings by electing Rakhimov at a meeting in Moscow.Rakhimov, who has held senior positions with AIBA and the Olympic Council of Asia over the past 20 years, has consistently denied allegations linking him to organized crime in Uzbekistan. The claims helped prevent him from attending the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2012 London Olympics.He is currently on a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list that bars U.S. citizens and companies from doing business with him. It has created problems for AIBA to use banks in Switzerland.Last week, Rakhimov moved to ease IOC concerns by stepping aside from the presidency, although he did not resign. AIBA statutes allow him to return within months.In Kremlev’s letter, he asked Lalovic and IOC president Thomas Bach “to support boxing and save AIBA in the Olympic movement.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far View comments Spurs retire Manu Ginobili’s jersey during emotional ceremony Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs The Russian boxing federation released extracts Thursday at the same time the International Olympic Committee executive board discussed the ongoing AIBA inquiry. Issues include elected AIBA president Gafur Rakhimov, who American authorities say is an international heroin trafficker.“I am ready to close all the debts of AIBA in full, so long as our favorite sport remains in the Olympic program,” Kremlev wrote, according to the statement, which did not specify a source for the money.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKremlev has been secretary general of the Russian boxing federation since 2017, according to a biography on the AIBA website. Kremlev previously held a prominent role in the Night Wolves, a Russian motorcycle club with nationalist political views and links to the Kremlin, and has also managed professional Russian boxers Dmitry and Fyodor Chudinov.Company registration data lists Kremlev as the former owner of a security company using the Night Wolves brand and a jewelry firm. 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 MOST READ International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, left, from Germany, speaks with International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice-President Zaiqing Yu, right, from China at the opening of the first day of the executive board meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A Russian official has offered to pay the International Boxing Association’s $16 million debt if the IOC keeps the sport in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Umar Kremlev, an AIBA executive committee member, made the offer in a letter to senior IOC officials overseeing an investigation into the embattled Lausanne-based boxing body.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US AIBA said Wednesday it has “significant debts of over $16 million” and needs Olympic revenue from the IOC to survive.The IOC declined to give details of the interim report given to board members Thursday.A final report should be delivered on May 22 by a three-person panel, chaired by IOC board member Nenad Lalovic, the Serbian president of wrestling’s governing body.The boxing body questioned why a decision was not made Thursday , noting it had given the IOC several reports in the past year. They included steps to improve management, finances and improving fight judges.“This further delay has a direct impact on our athletes,” AIBA executive director Tom Virgets of the United States said in a statement, adding “it is a complete disaster for boxers around the world who are being left in limbo without any support or access (to) funding.”ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart
LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MANILA, Philippines—Justin Brownlee is one of those rare imports who despite the different height limits in the reinforced conferences has thrived in the PBA given his natural physique and God-given talent.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ It’s this kind of respect that ultimately led Brownlee to verbally relinquish the Best Import award to Jones.Both imports had similar numbers throughout the series with Jones averaging 23.8 points, 15.5 rebounds, and 7.8 assists while Brownlee was at 22.3 points, 12 rebounds, and 6.3 assists.Still, Jones was the one who advanced to the finals and not Brownlee.“He made it to the finals so he gets it that’s how I usually see it happening,” said Brownlee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsEver the consummate professional, Brownlee said the semifinals loss to the KaTropa would just motivate him further going into the third conference.“Hopefully this would give us some fuel going into the next conference,” said Brownlee after the 103-92 loss in Game 4 that ended their campaign. “We definitely didn’t want it to end like this but things happen. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We just got to bounce back and see what we did wrong in this conference, even though it’d be a lot different because of the imports. We’d just build on what we’ve got and what we did this conference.”Brownlee was matched up against 6-foot-9 Terrence Jones during the semifinals and admitted to have experienced difficulties during games.Jones is not only bigger than Brownlee but he’s also a legitimate NBA player after playing six seasons in the league with the Houston Rockers and the New Orleans Pelicans.Throughout his stay, Jones averaged 10.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks.“He’s got guard skills and he’s 6-foot-9 and he’s pretty heavy and I’m defending him and whether he’s inside or outside he can still give you problems,” said Brownlee.ADVERTISEMENT OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 At 6-foot-5, Brownlee is Barangay Ginebra’s resident Governors’ Cup import during the third conference with an impressive resume in the past three years.But it’s in the Commissioner’s Cup, though, that Brownlee won his only Best Import award in 2018 after leading the Gin Kings to the title, which the crowd favorites failed to defend after a 3-1 loss to TNT in the semifinals this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night? ONE: Edward Kelly absorbs technical decision loss to Chinese foe View comments
Dear Editor,In 1959, Perry Como made popular a song called “There’s no place like home for the holidays”, that is commonly associated with the Christmas season. In Georgetown in 2017, I think this song should be rewritten and called “There is no place like the City Council for the holidays.”All year, the Council workers had to live a beggarly life pleading with their landlords, the furniture stores and other creditors as their salaries are always paid very late each month even when Guyana celebrated its Jubilee celebrations last year, but to have to do this at Christmas time is just too much to ask.But to add salt to an already gaping wound, the finance chairman has suggested that the municipality consider downsizing the number of these very battered staff members, since salaries account for 68 per cent of the Council’s revenue.He does not suggest that the ‘Fantastic Four’ put a freeze on their frequent travel that is costing the city millions of dollars almost every month; he does not suggest letting go of the contractors that are costing the city tens of millions of dollars each month (and I am not referring to the garbage contractors); he does not suggest that they stop buying sports utility vehicles for the highfalutin at City Hall; he does not suggest that they cut back on expensive retreats, fancy dinners and profligate use of cellphones and the making of overseas calls and the attachment of bodyguards. He does not mention the guards, gardeners and drivers that are provided by the Council to a former Mayor. Instead he suggests that the poor workers take the fall. How cruel.To justify his callous approach, he then makes reference to the salaries received by two low-level positions; for example, an Office Assistant and a Clerk 2 General and a mid-level position such as the Accountant but keeps studiously away from mentioning the heads of departments and sections and other top tier positions, many of whom receive hundreds of thousands of dollars each month, but whom he will never fire as they are seen as kith and kin.Persons have been complaining in the press for two and a half years now about the featherbedding at the Council, where nearly two hundred family members, friends, church pals and paramours have been hired to top flight positions – many recently created and sectional heads made into departmental heads after their sections were inflated into large useless departments, but no one listened and now suddenly the Finance Chairman has an epiphany.At least the Madam Mayor is not so insensitive and duplicitous, as she knows that downsizing would mean many relatives and friends getting pink slips.Best regards,Sambu Jacobus
UG fees hikeFollowing the decision to raise tuition fees at the University of Guyana over the next three years, the UG Student Society (UGSS) is rallying to the challenges that will be faced by students who will have to deal with the tuition fee increases.The fees’ hike, which took students completely by surprise, has already been greeted with protestsIn a phone interview with this publication, UGSS President Ron Glasgow revealed that the next three weeks would see the students’ representative body consulting and soliciting feedback from the student population on the best way forward.He said the initial fee hike of 15 per cent would take effect in September of this year, so there was some leeway in terms of time.UG’s Council had approved the 15 per cent increase in fees, as the first step in its move to see an overall 35 per cent tuition increase over a three-year period, at a March 30 extraordinary meeting of the Council. That meeting was picketed by students of the institution.The meeting, which was chaired by Chancellor Eon Nigel Harris, made the decision following an examination of the University’s projected budget deficit, the pressing needs of the institution, and projected alternative income streams.The University had stated that even with the “unavoidable adjustments”, fees at the institution would still be comparatively lower than regional counterparts.According to UG, the Council’s decision will be applied to tuition fees for all programmes and for both continuing students and new students in the 2017-2018 academic year.However, it said input from the UGSS was considered, leading to an incremental rollout, where continuing students would now pay an increase of 15 per cent (about $2500 a month), and new students an increase of 18 per cent (about $3000 a month).The decision to raise fees has not been a popular one, with several observers raising concerns about the financial challenges many students and their families already face. When asked about the increases on Friday, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had downplayed the concerns.The Minister said it was irrelevant what the per capita income was (the average amount of money being earned per person). He also noted that if students wanted quality education, they would have to pay for it.Meanwhile, while the decision to increase tuition has been made, the University is still battling with its senior staff with regard to negotiations for their salary increase.At the same meeting, the Council also authorised the UG Administration to commence negotiations with the two unions at the tertiary institution for remuneration packages based on what the University could afford.The Council said it also received clarification from the Finance Ministry that the claim by the unions that the Government of Guyana had provided a fixed sum of money for salaries, which would amount to a 15 per cent salary increase, was inaccurate.In this context, the UG Administration will continue to analyse the University’s budget to determine the fullest possible extent of affordability. It also was stressed that staff performance would be a key factor in determining salaries and benefits, whether monetary or non-monetary.
The Anfield club are currently fifth in the table, five points behind United in fourth and six adrift of Arsenal in third.“We’ve made it difficult for ourselves because of our last performance and result, but it’s certainly achievable,” he said of their top-four chances.“Over the course of the last three months, apart from the last game, we’ve performed very well and we have got results.“I think people might look at it (the trip to Arsenal) as a must-win game. For me, it is a must-perform game, we want to perform well and we know that when we do that we’ve got every chance of winning, whether that’s at home or away.“We’ve had a long two weeks, it’s probably one of the few games where after the international break we’ve had to suffer a little bit, because we didn’t perform and lost, but there is extra motivation there to get something from the game and that is something that we clearly want to achieve.“These final eight games are going to be exciting games and there is still every possibility for us to make the top four.”Liverpool have been boosted by striker Daniel Sturridge’s return to training after a hip injury, while fellow England international Adam Lallana is also expected to be fit after pulling out of Roy Hodgson’s squad.However, they will be missing centre-back Martin Skrtel, a virtual ever-present in the league this season, as he begins a three-match suspension alongside captain Steven Gerrard.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, April 3- Another slip-up against a direct rival this weekend could prove fatal to Liverpool’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League, but manager Brendan Rodgers was remaining optimistic as to his side’s chances on Friday.The Reds head to Arsenal on Saturday looking to bounce back from the 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United two weeks ago that ended a run of 13 league games without defeat.
“The suggestion that we were somehow engaging in profiteering is offensive.” Nahai called the ruling preliminary. “Immediately, we don’t think it will have an impact,” he said. “If the courts ultimately determine that DWP has to pay these amounts, we’ll abide by the courts’ decision.” The $222 million would be a one-time payment. Last year former Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, D-Los Angeles, passed legislation that allows the DWP to maintain its current rates for public-agency customers. If the decision is upheld, the payment could have a one-time effect on the DWP’s annual cash transfer to the city’s general fund. “Because this affects a proprietary agency, any effects on the city budget are limited,” said Thomas Saenz, counsel to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Still, attorney Eric Havian, who represented the six agencies that sued the DWP, said the judge’s ruling appears to limit how much the utility can charge its public customers going forward. In particular, the judge prohibited the DWP from charging its public-agency customers for the power revenue transfer to the city’s general fund, an annual cash hand-over worth $185 million this year. Public-agency customers had complained that the DWP ratepayers are essentially being taxed and subsidizing city government through the transfer. “You’re not allowed to charge more for electricity and then turn around and use it for parks and the city budget. The law requires you to be very straightforward about that,” Havian said. Los Angeles Unified School District board member David Tokofsky has battled the city over the DWP reimbursement and said Tuesday he was pleased with the ruling. “I hope that City Hall will not pursue its fantasies of appealing, and instead dedicate these resources immediately to the families and children of LAUSD, the county, UCLA, and the other educational and public agencies victorious in this litigation,” he said. Last year, the DWP tentatively agreed to pay $900,000 to the LAUSD under a proposed settlement over a similar lawsuit related to water rates. LAUSD General Counsel Kevin Reed said he hoped the two agencies could settle again rather than pursue an appeal. “But once we get this money, it’s general fund money. It goes straight to the classroom,” he said. email@example.com (213) 978-0390 Ruling breakdown Under the ruling, the DWP will have to pay roughly: $95 million to Los Angeles Unified School District $45 million to Los Angeles County $39 million to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority $31 million to California state agencies $8 million to the Los Angeles Community College District and $5 million to the University of California, Los Angeles.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power overcharged the school district, county and other government agencies for more than a decade and now must return more than $220 million, a judge has ruled. Six government entities sued in 2000, saying that under state law the DWP can only charge them for the cost of producing the electricity they use – less than what the utility had billed them. Among their concerns was that the DWP was overcharging them and using the funds to essentially subsidize the city budget through an annual transfer that this year totals $185 million. In his ruling Monday, San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge John P. Wade agreed that the DWP ignored state law and he ordered the utility to refund $222 million in overcharges from 1997 through 2006. “Basically (the DWP) ripped off a number of agencies,” said California Attorney General Jerry Brown. “It was a political move. This way the City Council gets more money to spend on their special projects. This takes money away from the schools, the colleges, the Highway Patrol.” Brown’s office joined the lawsuit on behalf of state agencies in Los Angeles that were overcharged $31 million by the DWP. The ruling is a significant loss for the DWP – and potentially Los Angeles ratepayers – if the utility has to dip into its savings to repay the public agencies named in the judgment. But DWP officials said they will appeal, and they disputed the judge’s ruling and assertions that the utility was bilking customers. “We are a public agency. We’re a municipal utility. We’re not a profit-making entity,” said Board of Water and Power Commission President H. David Nahai, adding that the DWP’s rates are among the lowest in the state.
Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah’s representatives will meet with Fiorentina bosses today to discuss his future, according to reports in Italy.The Egyptian failed to win over Jose Mourinho following his move from Basel to Stamford Bridge in January 2014.In February this year Salah was sent on loan to Serie A side Fiorentina where he was a raging success.The 23-year-old used his social media accounts to share photos of himself with the fans in Italy and express his enjoyment during the loan.Across 16 league appearances for Fiorentina, Salah scored six goals and club legend Gabriel Batistuta recently backed a move to make his switch permanent.The ex-Argentina striker said: “I really liked Salah during the time he spent with Fiorentina, his form dipped a little but he remains a great player.” Mohamed Salah in action for Fiorentina 1
McElhinneys Department Store will be holding an awareness and fundraising day for the Donegal Branch of Diabetes Ireland.The fundraising events takes place this Saturday, the 8th of November and a large crowd is expected to descend on the popular store to support such a great cause.In-store there will be lots of great activities to raise awareness and fundraise for Diabetes Ireland. 1 in 20 people in Ireland have diabetes, and 1 in 8 people over the age of 60 being effected.Diabetes Ireland is very close to McElhinneys heart, as one of their valued team members has a daughter Lucy Parke (13) from Raphoe who has been suffering with diabetes since she was three.Lucy has been involved immensely in raising funds over the last few years, in September this year Lucy wrote the song “Just One Day Free”, the song is about living with diabetes and how it won’t stop her following her dreams.Lucy’s CD has been a great success and has raised such vital funds for this charity. Whats going on in-store?• McElhinneys will have two Diabetes nurses available from 11am – 3pm providing free screening and offering confidential advice.• There will be a coffee morning instore from 11am – 12pm.• From 12pm Gerard Gallagher who is a senior Chairman of Donegal Diabetes branch will be available to offer information or answer any questions.• Lucy Parke will also be instore selling her CD for €5 along with making her debut appearance singing her single “Just One Day Free”. All proceeds from the CD go to Donegal Diabetic Branch. Come along for great coffee and delicious treats and get your diabetes screen free of charge.All proceeds on the day will go to the Donegal Diabetic Branch.This promises to be a great day, with lots of fun activity and all for such a worthwhile cause.MCELHINNEYS TO HOST FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR DONEGAL BRANCH OF DIABETES IRELAND was last modified: November 3rd, 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:BusinessDiabetes Irelandfundraiserhome-page featuresMCELHINNEYSnews
Make your way to Donegal Town on Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd December for a special shopping extravaganza. Come and capture the festive mood, soak up the atmosphere with joyous choirs on the Diamond, mulled wine, in-store promotions and our €1000 mega prize draw.The stunning Christmas lights display will create the ultimate festive experience, while discounts, promotions and bargains will be the order of the day in Donegal Town. To celebrate the Christmas Shopping Spree, the Donegal Town Business Focus Group are giving away a wonderful prize! Junior Suite at the Mill Park HotelThe prize includes:Two nights stay for two people in a Junior Suite of the Mill Park Hotel, Donegal TownFull Irish Breakfast on both morningsOne evening meal at the Mill Park Hotel Granary RestaurantFor a chance to win, just watch this video below and answer the question in a comment on our Facebook post: CLICK HERE TO ENTER.What colour jacket did the lady try on in this video? Answer on our Facebook post here. €1,000 Mega DrawIn addition, spend €10 in a participating Donegal Town store on the 1st or 2nd December, fill in a coupon and you will be entered into a draw for one of three gift voucher bundles with a combined value of €1,000! All vouchers have been kindly donated by local business owners.The Donegal Town traditional market towns boasts a selection of shops, boutiques and award-winning eateries. With a wide variety of beauty products, giftware, toys hardware, jewellery and clothing available, you will easily find a unique gift for that person.This Christmas, Donegal Town promises to be the shopping capital of the North West.Hope to see you there.Competition T&Cs: The prize of 2 Nights B&B in a junior suite at the Mill Park Hotel is valid to end of March 2018 excl 27-31 December. COMPETITION: Win a mini-break with Donegal Town’s Shopping Spree! was last modified: November 28th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CHristmascompetitionDonegal Townmill park hotelTHE DIAMOND