Novak Djokovic opens in Australia giving a set to Struff

first_imgPhoto: Reuters Even so, the Serbian got his best tennis in the decisive momentsDel Ito against Gunneswaran will leave his rival in the second round The Serbian Novak Djokovic, number 2 in the world, gave a set in its opening at the Australian Open against the German Jan-Lennard Struff, who beat him 7-6 (5), 6-2, 2-6 and 6- one.The Belgrade tennis player, who achieved his 900th victory in an official match, knew how to suffer to lay the first stone on what could be his way to the eighth crown at Melbourne Park.Djokovic, who reached the first ‘major’ of the year after proclaiming himself champion of the ATP Cup with Serbia in Sydney, will play the second round against the winner of the match that will face the Japanese on Tuesday and invited to the Tatsuma Ito tournament with the Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran, player recovered from the previous phase.last_img read more

Suarez on target twice for Barça

first_img Early header In yesterday’s other quarter-final match, Arturo Vidal’s early header was enough for Bayern Munich to beat Benfica 1-0 at home for a slender advantage. The Chilean midfielder struck in the second minute, heading home from five metres after being picked out by Juan Bernat. Vidal had most of the chances for the rest of the game, with Benfica’s defenders doing well to stifle Robert Lewandowski and Thomas M¸ller, the home side’s top-scoring forwards. Lewandowski missed the best opportunity to wrap it up in the final minutes, when he sent a wayward pass for Philipp Lahm with an open goal beckoning. Bayern are bidding to reach their fifth consecutive semi-final, while the Portuguese league leaders are hoping to reach their first since 1990. BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Luis Suarez scored two second-half goals to lead Barcelona to a 2-1 comeback victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final yesterday. Fernando Torres opened the scoring in the 25th minute, but quickly went from hero to villain for Atletico when two reckless tackles saw him sent off in the 35th. Atletico resisted the defending champions’ push for an equaliser until Suarez finally levelled with an opportunistic goal in the 63rd. Suarez then put Barcelona ahead in the 74th when he played Dani Alves wide before sending the Brazil defender’s cross past goalkeeper Jan Oblak with an unstoppable header.last_img read more

President Granger has exposed the State to incursions from Russians, others

first_imgDear Editor,The allegation by the Russians that the UK and others are building a military base in Essequibo to be used by Venezuelans, underscores the dangers that President Granger and the coalition have exposed Guyana to by refusing to call timely elections.By having a defeated, fallen, or illegal Government managing Guyana’s affairs, the State is made vulnerable and exposed, especially in light of what is happening in Venezuela.The State must be governed by a stable, legal Government that enjoys the confidence of the people. This is precisely why the Constitution dictates that fresh elections are needed “within three months” following the valid passage of a No-Confidence Motion.The PNC and its coalition partners, however, have shown that they are willing to sacrifice the security of the State in the interest of the coalition. The idea of a secured and safe State has evaporated among all the talks of registration.Moscow recognised this. It has seized upon the occasion made possible by President Granger’s exposure of the State, and has committed its first incursion.Indeed, the Russians may have laughed when Government said it abides by the principles of the United Nations Charter. They know that President Granger and coalition members cannot abide by the United Nations Charter when they are busy flouting Guyana’s Constitution.They also know that Government does not have the support of a majority of the people.All that the Russians have to do is to ask Government exactly on whose behalf it is speaking, and Moscow would have further exposed the State and threatened the integrity of the Instruments of Independence acquired in 1966.Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertablast_img read more

Pet neuter plan draws some howls

first_img“If what (the proponents) are saying were true, you’d see dozens of dogs running around in packs without collars,” said Bob Yarnall Jr., president of the American Canine Association. A former animal-control officer, Yarnall contends that most dogs euthanized at shelters are old or sick. “Responsible people should have the right to pursue their hobbies and interests. “It’s their dog.” For guidance in drafting his bill, Levine looked to Santa Cruz County, which in the mid-1990s enacted a mandatory spay and neuter program. Animal intake in shelters dropped by nearly two-thirds, officials said, and the percentage of cats and dogs that have been euthanized also dropped significantly. (916) 441-4603160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Get Fido fixed or pay a hefty fine. A state lawmaker wants to force pet owners to spay or neuter nearly all cats and dogs by the time they’re four months old, part of an ambitious plan to reduce the hundreds of thousands of pets he says are euthanized at shelters in California each year. Owners who fail to comply face a $500 fine. The proposal, set to get its first legislative hearing in an Assembly committee today, would exempt only dogs and cats used for breeding by a licensed breeder, as well as guide and police dogs. The bill would “address the needless slaughter” of as many as 500,000 animals in California each year, said Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, the author of the bill, AB 1634. “There has to be a better way.” Few quibble with Levine’s motive, but some critics say the bill would impose a financial hardship on hobbyist breeders, who would have to pay to obtain permits. The fees would be set by local jurisdictions, but permits could cost from $50 to $100 per animal, according to Levine’s office. “Who knows how much it’ll cost,” said Andrea Ansell, a small-scale breeder of Shih Tzus in the Sacramento area. “I think they’re punishing the reputable breeders.” Others accuse proponents of exaggerating the problem, and say the bill would deprive people of the right to breed a dog or cat they’ve grown to love. last_img read more

Minnows Panama up to task against star-studded Belgium

first_img“We are not favourites but if we have a good day anything can happen,” said Gomez, Panama’s veteran Colombian coach who is usually known by his nickname ‘Bolillo’.While Panama’s squad contains no real household names, and half a dozen players well into their 30s, Roberto Martinez’s Belgians have come to this World Cup with a golden generation led by the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.“The squad is prepared to come up against a team of many carats, and a great coach who is also a great person,” said Gomez.“They have the best players in the world, except for Messi and Cristiano. Belgium are candidates to win the title, and we are proud to be facing them.”Iceland followed their run to the quarter-finals at Euro 2016 by holding Argentina to a 1-1 draw in Moscow on Saturday, although they were helped by Lionel Messi’s second-half penalty miss.Gomez is hoping his side can take inspiration from that performance to claim their first World Cup point in Group G, even if he did not want to compare his group of journeymen with a more experienced Icelandic outfit.“Iceland qualified ahead of Croatia and did well in the Euros as well, and they were coming up against an Argentina side who are not on the same level as Belgium just now.“There is a bigger gulf between Belgium and Panama. Nobody denies they are the favourites, but if we have a good day we can get something.”Gomez, a former Colombia and Ecuador coach, called on his side to have “warm bodies and cool heads” for their bow on Russia’s Black Sea coast.The heat and humidity here in southern Russia could help them against Belgium, but their recent record is a source of concern, particularly in front of goal.The Panamanians scored just nine in 10 qualifiers, and they arrived in Russia after scoring just one goal in their last five matches.That included a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Switzerland and a 1-0 reverse in Norway 10 days ago. It is a worrying outlook, especially with England to follow next weekend.“Panama are not a team who score a lot of goals. We are working hard as a team, but we come into the World Cup with problems putting the ball in the net.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Panama players train in Sochi on Sunday, in the shadow of the Caucasus mountains © AFP / Adrian DENNISSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Hernan Dario Gomez leads minnows Panama into their World Cup debut on Monday mindful that Iceland’s efforts in holding Argentina have shown that “anything can happen”.Panama caused a sensation by qualifying for Russia from the CONCACAF zone at the expense of the United States, but they have been handed just about the toughest start imaginable — a star-studded Belgium await in Sochi on Monday evening.last_img read more

Young mum who used bank card to steal €27,000 from pensioner is jailed

first_imgA young mother of three who took a pensioner’s bank card before stealing her life savings of almost €27,000 has been jailed for 18 months.Heartless Alicia Shaw, now 24, befriended elderly Brid Murphy and went for shopping for her. However, when she got hold of her bank card and pin number she went on a theft splurge that lasted weeks.Shaw regularly withdrew up to €700 a day without out the knowledge of Ms Murphy.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how Ms Murphy, who is now 82 years old, had worked hard all her life with both the ESB and in a legal firm and sent all her children to third-level education after her husband Frankie died aged just 51.However, she has been now left a recluse in her own home in Buncrana after she was preyed upon and robbed by Shaw from Kingscourt in Cavan between February and March in 2015.She became so frustrated by the thefts that she suspected everyone including her children and grandchildren.The massive fraud was first noticed when Ms Murphy received her six-monthly bank statement she became aware that a huge sum of money was missing from her account and notified Gardai.Gardai launched an investigation and downloaded CCTV footage from the bank from February and March in 2015.A woman in her 20s was observed in the footage withdrawing money on a regular basis at times that matched the withdrawals of Ms Murphy money.Garda Caroline Whelan lived on the same housing estate as the accused and noticed that she was friendly with the victim and she was arrested on suspicion of the thefts.Shaw initially denied the thefts and said she was using her own card.She then claimed that her friend gave her the card and asked her to withdraw the sums of cash but did not know the card was stolen.However, she later admitted her part in the deception.Ms Murphy’s daughter Ruth Jackson spoke on her mother’s behalf and told of the devastation the theft had brought to her mother and their entire family.She told how her mother is still of sound mind but that she could not face coming to court because her pride kept her away.Her daughter fought back tears as she told how her mother fought through disabilities to ensure all her children were given a third level education.However, since her account and her life savings were taken, Ms Murphy no longer trusts anyone, according to her daughter.She referred to one occasion when just €4.04 was left in her mother’s account because the thief had taken the €250 of her old age pension money which had just been lodged.Terrified Ms Murphy now locks all the doors in her home, has become a virtual recluse despite previously always being out in the town and even takes her handbag to the toilet with her.Ms Jackson added “She lives with suspicion of everyone including her whole family which is a tragedy.”She also added how Bank of Ireland had refused to reimburse her mother for the money which was stolen from her account.Barrister for the accused, Ms Catherine Taffe outlined Shaw’s upbringing and how her mother and father split up when she was young and her mother had brought her children to live in Donegal from Glasgow.She went back to Glasgow to try to reunite with her father but that did not end well.She became dependant on alcohol and also suffers from ADHD, a personality disorder and dyslexia.“Nothing we can say will minimise the impact this has had on the elderly victim and her family,” said Ms Taffe.She said her client, who wants to train to become a nurse, was hugely upset and the tears she cried in the courtroom were not “crocodile tears.”Passing sentence Judge John Aylmer said Shaw had pleaded guilty to nine out of 57 charges of theft.He said the thefts were devastating for Ms Murphy and her family.He said the particularly aggravating factor was that the money was taken from such a vulnerable person in such a systematic way.He said such offences carry a maximum prison sentence of ten years and he placed these particular thefts in the mid-range of such crimes and said they merited 5 years on each charge.He took into account Ms Shaw’s age, the fact that she had no previous convictions, suffered from ADHD, chronic low self-esteem and dyslexia and was remorse.He said he was sentencing Shaw to three and a half years in prison on each charge.He said he had the option to suspended part or all of this sentence and did suspend the final two years of the sentence meaning Shaw will serve 18 months in prison.He said that although he did consider the fact that she had young children but said he had to find a balance in order to protect the elderly in our society.Young mum who used bank card to steal €27,000 from pensioner is jailed was last modified: July 26th, 2019 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:Alicia Shawbank cardbuncranacourtdonegaltheftlast_img read more


first_imgThe Naomh Conaill 5k run/walk takes places this Friday 9th August at 7pm starting from the clubhouse. Come out and support your local club by running/walking or take along the buggy. Small kids are welcome to take their bikes to cycle along with a walker. Registration is from 6pm.There is ample parking and full changing/shower facilities. Tea and refreshments will be served immediately after the run/walk. A bouncy castle will also be on site to keep the children busy. Entry fee is €8 for adults and €3 for under 16’s.  There was no winner of last weeks lotto. The numbers drawn were 4,13,15 and 17. Two prizes of €50 went to Packie Mc Gettigan Doochary and The Brown kid.. Next weeks jackpot is €3,300.The July draw in the 200 plus club took place last Tuesday night at the community centre bingo. 1st prize €500 Anthony Thompson Ard Mc Gill. 5 prizes of €100 each Eamon Boyle Meenalaragan, Catherine Mc Gintey Brockagh, Leo Mc Loone Snr Main Street, Breidin Keeney Kilraine and Michelle Bennett Ardara.The senior reserve championship quarter final between Naomh Conaill and St Eunans takes place this Saturday 10th August in Mac Cumhaill park Ballybofey at 6.00pm.The seniors are in league action this Sunday 11th August away to Ardara at 3pm. In their second game of the championship the Naomh Conaill senior ladies won at home against St Nauls with a final score of 4-08 to 1-11.The Naomh Conaill 5k run/walk takes places this Friday 9th August at 7pm starting from the clubhouse. Come out and support your local club by running/walking or take along the buggy. Small kids are welcome to take their bikes to cycle along with a walker. Registration is from 6pm. There is ample parking and full changing/shower facilities. Tea and refreshments will be served immediately after the run/walk. A bouncy castle will also be on site to keep the children busy. Entry fee is €8 for adults and €3 for under 16’s.GAA NEWS: NAOMH CONAILL CLUB GEARS UP FOR 5K was last modified: August 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)last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal taxi-driver has been remanded in custody charged with raping a woman in Derry last Thursday.Kieron Brian Coyle, 39 from Forest Park in Killygordon, denied raping the woman and sexually assaulting her in Galliagh.A police office described Coyle as a “predatory attacker” who posed a risk to women. Officers also seized the defendant’s car and forensic tests have been fast-tracked.The officer said as a result of his arrest the police were also reviewing a number of allegations of a similar nature.She added that two previous allegations of a sexual nature made against him by two other women were not proceeded with.Bail was refused and the defendant was remanded in custody.DONEGAL TAXI DRIVER ACCUSED OF RAPING WOMAN IN DERRY was last modified: December 19th, 2011 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:KIERON COYLEKillygordonlast_img read more

Africa investment ‘must be shared’

first_img13 November 2012Investment in Africa must not only be for the benefit of the rich, South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said at the Institute of International Finance’s inaugural Africa Financial Summit in Cape Town on Monday.Gordhan said lessons could be learnt from the “dark side” of the global financial crisis of 2008-09, and that there were several principles that Africaq should consider when looking at financial development.“The financial crisis has illustrated the destruction that can occur when underlying incentives are misaligned and risky behaviour is encouraged. We have seen that economic gains are often privatised, accruing to the wealthy, while losses are socialised, and must be carried by all,” Gordhan said.“This is particularly important within the context of deep inequality on our continent. It is important to ensure the gains brought about by the financial sector and financial development accrues not only to the privileged few, but to the majority.”Gordhan said the continent should avoid spill-overs associated with financial crises, with European banks withdrawing capital from their African operations leading to reduced lending and economic activity.There was a need for a shift in how banks operated and behaved, he said. “This value shift is a not only needed for banking, but for society generally. Rapid profit maximisation at the expense of society ultimately harms everyone and, as the crisis has shown, leaves us all poorer.”Gordhan said most people on the continent did not apply for or were denied credit due to insufficient collateral. “Collateral requirements in Africa are extremely high compared with other regions. As a consequence of these challenges, banks tend to favour large enterprises and government assets to minimise risk.“A determined effort will have to be made to increase competition in the financial sector.”Gordhan said that high levels of concentration led to excess liquidity and risk aversion. The World Bank estimates that the average market share of the three largest banks in Africa is about 73%.“These oligopolistic banking sectors have a number of negative consequences, including high interest rate spreads and banking fees which crowd out credit to the private sector by making loans too costly.”Gordhan added, however, that the continent was one of hope.“Africans have a new determination to leverage their recent economic success into sustained growth and development, which must result in a better life for a billion Africans.”Source: read more

Southern Africa is running dry

first_imgForty one million people in the SADC region of Africa are in need of humanitarian food aid. The worst drought in 35 years is a result of a changing climate and Africa will need to adapt to this new normal. Africa needs to start planning for a world where extreme weather is the new normal. (Image: World Vision)Sulaiman PhilipAcross the Southern African Development Community (SADC) fields are barren, rivers have long dried up and livestock is left neglected and bedraggled as the territory suffers the worst drought in the last 35 years.Four SADC states – Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe – have declared national emergencies. Mozambique has declared a 90-day red alert in some areas. Seven of South Africa’s nine provinces are drought disaster areas. According to a recently released SADC report, Vulnerability Assessment Results, 2.7 million children are suffering from acute malnutrition; 41 million people face food insecurity and of those, 21 million people need immediate assistance.In June, Botswana’s president and SADC chairperson, Ian Khama, called on the international community to provide humanitarian aid. At the beginning of August he will begin the formal process of declaring the region a disaster area.The designation as a disaster zone unlocks substantial humanitarian aid and funding from the international community. This shock funding allows governments to pay for disaster relief without tapping into national reserves or borrowing.In a statement released by SADC he said that the 2016 harvest would not feed the region and 23 million people faced imminent starvation. Khama will appeal for $2.7-billion (R38-billion) worth of humanitarian and drought relief, and to help strengthen the region’s safety net.“The appeal will be a formal request to the international community to provide assistance to affected member states,” he said. “The severe drought conditions have already taken [their] toll on lives and livelihoods and the situation could deteriorate further if urgent assistance is not provided.”Drought effectsIn 2015, South Africa – traditionally the bread basket of the region – received the lowest rainfall since records began in 1904. It has been a century since South Africa’s pastures have been this dry. In Malawi half of all children under five are malnourished and President Peter Mutharika has declared a national disaster.Despite the drought, South Africa produces more grain than it did two decades ago but harvests are half of what they were two years ago. The last harvest was 9.9 million tons, this year it is expected to be even lower, with just 7.4 million tons available.Maize, the staple food of the region, is now so expensive it is a luxury. The region has also depleted its stockpile of grain reserves. For landlocked countries such as Zimbabwe and Malawi, food costs will double as a result of transport costs from ports in South Africa and Mozambique.In villages in Zimbabwe’s Chivi District and the Neno District in Malawi families are resorting to desperate measures to fill their empty stomachs. A story in Britain’s The Guardian newspaper highlighted the plight of Chidyamakondo High School in southern Zimbabwe. For three years the schools girls’ football team have been national champions. Now Morrison Musorowegomo, the school’s head teacher, told the newspaper’s correspondent: “Students are fainting, struggling to concentrate in lessons, dropping out of school… We’re having to shorten our assemblies and cut back on sport.”Students are also dropping out of school to help families scavenge for food. Even more heart-breaking for Musorowegomo, his students are vulnerable enough to be coerced into exchanging sex for food or cash.Food is a human rights issue, says Malawi’s deputy director for school health and nutrition, Virginia Kachigunda. “We are really at a point where we need support. This is a situation which will eventually recycle poverty in these families. It’s a serious problem.”Climate changeAfrica faces challenges caused by the changing global climate. The environment of SADC is especially fragile and is being affected by higher land and ocean temperatures. In coming decades these changes will alter the weather and will affect when the rainfall season begins; in turn, this will change the agricultural cycle.Historically there was one regional drought every decade, then every five years. The cycle has now sped up and SADC countries are affected every three to five years. Mary Robinson, UN special envoy on El Niño and climate, says El Niño affected by climate change is the new normal. She believes that humanitarian disasters will get worse as the climate changes.Aid workers say that the response should be built on longer term planning. World Vision’s Beatrice Mwangi says this latest drought has shown the need to help affected communities plan for the new reality. Communities need food aid, she adds, but more importantly they need help adapting to the changing climate.The leaders of SADC countries understand that economic development will be hamstrung by more frequent floods, droughts and cyclones. They understand that climate change will damage agricultural infrastructure and that they need to adapt to preserve the progress the region has made. SADC has signed commitments with the World Food Programme that recognise adapting to climate change is an area of co-operation.The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (Amcen) has developed a framework for the region to deal with the challenges it could face. The aim, it says in the report, is “to unlock resources for promoting strategic interventions that sustain productivity and livelihood improvements for millions of climate-vulnerable people in the region”.last_img read more