View comments The 32-year-old had surgery on his ankle in November to remove a loose intra-articular body and only resumed training a month ago.He played the opening round at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi to start his season, where he lost to South African Kevin Anderson, and had a first round bye in Brisbane before withdrawing ahead of the second round.Asked by reporters if he considered himself a genuine title contender in Melbourne despite his injury problems, he replied: “Why not?”“You can’t predict that. Of course it would be better if I had the chance to play a full tournament in Abu Dhabi and a full tournament in Brisbane, but the big importance is I am feeling good with the ball,” he said“The only thing is that I didn’t play matches since a long time ago.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rafael Nadal of Spain speaks during a press conference at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane on January 2, 2019. (Photo by Saeed Khan / AFP)Injury-plagued world number two Rafael Nadal insists he is healthy and in no pain after coming through an exhibition game in Sydney, just days after pulling out of the Brisbane International.The Spaniard teamed up with Canadian Milos Raonic to defeat Australians Nick Kyrgios and John Millman in the FAST4 Showdown on Monday evening — a shortened, quicker format of the game often described as the tennis equivalent of Twenty20 cricket.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Nadal will now head to Melbourne, where he was the champion in 2009, to get in as much practice as possible before the opening Grand Slam of the year begins on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadal said that he was “feeling better” after withdrawing from Brisbane, when an MRI revealed a slight strain of his left thigh, casting doubts over his fitness for next week’s Australian Open.“I did not feel the pain here,” the 17-time Grand Slam champion said. “I think it was a good start for me, a good comeback to the action in front of a fantastic crowd in Sydney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I really enjoyed playing here. I’m happy to be back on court and happy that I’m healthy again.”Nadal has not played a main tour event since a knee problem forced him to retire during his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in September. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:13New Year: Sydney celebrates start of 2020 under toxic cloud00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? China, South Korea, Iran open Asian Cup with victories Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history
Ateenager, who is responsible for stabbing a taxi driver to death in Berbice during 2016, was on Wednesday given a three-year jail sentence.Justice Brassington Reynolds ordered that he be held in a juvenile facility until his 20th birthday, which will be January 5, 2022.The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter and probation was ordered before he was sentenced on Wednesday.On June 5, 2016 the teenager stabbed taxi driver, Deonarine Laljit, called “Baba”, of Number 72 Village, East Berbice, Corentyne.Dead: Deonarine LaljitThe prosecution contended that at about midday, the teenager entered Laljit’s car in the vicinity of the Number 69 Village, Corentyne and was r heading to Baul Street, Corriverton. Reports are that the teen waited until he was alone in the car with the driver, after which he stabbed the Laljit in his neck.Residents of Line Path, had stated, that they saw Laljit’s car stopped at Baul Street, Line Path ‘E’, Corriverton at about 12:30h. However, they subsequently saw a teen rushing out of the car after which they saw the driver exiting said car with blood gushing from his throat.According to probation report presented by Probation and Welfare officer Vooneshewarie Gopaul, the taxi driver was in the habit of telling the teenager taunting things about his elder sister. On one occasion the driver reportedly told the teen he was “pretty” and if he was a girl he would have had a relationship with him.According to the probation report, on the day in question, he was a passenger in the car and as they were at Linepath Laljit and the teen were reportedly involved in a heated argument. After some minutes, the irate teenager reportedly whipped out a knife and stabbed Laljit to his left side neck and face.At the time he was 15.Justice Reynolds said it was a “crazy task for the court in such circumstances in enforcing the law in a way that can see our society comfortable with our daily lives and balancing it with submission s which were earlier made by Attorney at law Chandra Sohan on behalf of the teenager.”Sohan had submitted that the teenager was remorseful and was provoked. He also mentioned his tender age at the time of the crime and noted that the teenager had engaged himself in developmental programs while being incrassated.In imposing the sentence, the judge said that there were certain conditions to be attached. The judge said that upon his release the teen who would by then turn 20, must visit the probation officer within 72-hours. He was also ordered to continue visits to the probation officer as recommended by the probation officer and that officer must approve his place of work. If he is to move to another location it first must be approved by the probation officer.
… sale to begin with Skeldon Sugar Factory – Finance MinisterGovernment has created a Special Purpose Unit to be housed at the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) to lead the sell-off ofSkeldon Sugar Factoryassets belonging to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).That information was disclosed during consideration of the first Financial Paper for 2017 requesting a Supplementary for the $250 billion Budget for 2017.Included in the more than $6.3billion request was a sum of $130 million earmarked as a subsidy for contribution to local organisations.According to the explanatory remarks accompanying the request, the money is “to provide for the establishment of a Special Purpose Unit to manage the reform of the sugar industry.”According to the Financial Paper, the amount includes provision for employment costs, utilities, professional and legal fees, advertisements, operating supplies furniture and equipment.”The information was disclosed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who was at the time responding to queries raised by Members of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) in Parliament.Minister Jordan, in seeking to apprise the House, indicated that Government was unclear as to what it is looking to rake in from the sale of the GuySuCo assets since they still need to be properly evaluated.He explained that the purpose of the Special Purpose Unit under the rubric of NICIL will be for the divestment and privatisation of certain parts of GuySuCo.According to the Minister, monies have been earmarked – some $60 million to hire an accounting firm in order to lead the divestment process, including updated valuations of the assets.Responding to PPP/C Member of Parliament and Sugar Unionist, Komal Chand, Minister Jordan insisted that GuySuCo will be playing a major role in the divestment process since there are a number of items still to be done by the Sugar Corporation.“This is a Special Purpose Unit designed purely for what I indicated… the focus of this Unit is privatsiation and divestment of identified assets one of which is Skeldon Estate, that is their top priority.”The Finance Minister told the House that other identified properties will soon be transferred to the Special Purpose Unit for divestment by that outfit.GuySuCo, he said, will identify the lands or assets to be divested after which it will be transferred to the Special Purpose Unit.“In other words, we pulling out this whole exercise from GuySuCo so GuySuCo can continue with its operations,” according the Minister Jordan.According to the Finance Minister, some $30 million has been set aside for the payment of salaries for the Unit which he expected to be headed by a Director and deputy along with support staff.Trade Unionist and PPP/C MP, Gillian Burton-Persaud, in response to her queries, was told that none of the money allocated for the Unit will be used for the retraining of displaced sugar workers as a result of the divestment moves by the Administration.Former Junior Finance Minister, Bishop Juan Edghill questioned why Government would want to transfer money to NICIL, itself not a budget agency that has over the years generated billions in revenue.Minister Jordan told the House, that the money is not being transferred to NICIL per say but rather for the Unit.He told the House that NICIL simply did not have the money to fund the operation since any money it holds is being turned over to the Consolidated Fund.The Minister did point out that the outfit will expand its scope as a unit within NICIL when it has completed its GuySuCo related transactions.Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee, Irfaan Ali, in his contribution to the Committee of Supply scrutinising the expenditure sought to query whether there was any social or economic impact assessments undertaken before any such decisions was taken.Jordan was further queried on what will obtain with the proceeds Government will raise by selling off GuySuCo assets.The Finance Minister insisted that all transactions will be above board and in fact will be subjected to a public tendering process. The Minister reminded that Government is unable at this time to speak specifically to the level of revenues to be raised since the valuations are yet to be completed.He assured however that the proceeds emanating from the sale of GuySuCo’s assets will be pumped back into the industry.According to the Finance Minister, the revenues emanating from the sale of these assets will go to GuySuCo towards defraying its debts, financing the costs of divestments as well as to be used in the operations of the entity.
“It’s not only maintaining our current level of production, but it’s allowing us to triple our production in the next three years.” Habitat is just one of dozens of agencies scrambling to apply for money from Proposition 1C, approved by voters last November. Some economists question whether the bond allocation should be expedited, noting that the current housing slump provides an opportune time to fund construction. “I think they should (move more quickly) because you have a window of opportunity because of the slowdown in housing construction,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. But advocates and developers said the state Housing and Community Development Department appears to be disbursing the funds as quickly as guidelines allow. Public agencies that receive school and transportation bond funds generally do more long-term planning and so have projects in the pipeline for years, said Janet Huston, spokeswoman for Housing and Community Development. Private developers, however, are more dependent on market conditions and so need more time to prepare. “We are in the position of needing to wait for the private sector to find a piece of land, assemble the financing, get the architecture and engineering done, and then they come to us,” Huston said. “So for folks who are stepping up to the plate to put these kinds of projects together, it takes time.” Proposition 46, a $2.1 billion housing bond approved by voters in 2002, helped get more than 5,000 units built in Los Angeles and thousands more in Los Angeles County. City and county officials hope for similar results with the new bond. The San Fernando Valley affiliate of Habitat is working on a 62-unit project in Pacoima. About half the estimated cost of $7 million to $9 million is expected to come from bonds and other government programs, said Jack Shine, the group’s president. The Valley chapter also owns land at Cobalt Street and Foothill Boulevard, where it hopes to build at least 11 units, Shine said. “I have to believe that having that money, so that the Housing Department can give us the funding we want, is made easier by having bond money available,” Shine said. The disparity between housing prices and median income in L.A. is second only to New York City, according to Mercedes Marquez, general manager of the city’s Housing Department. In Los Angeles County, the median home price last month was $616,230, up 9 percent from the same month in 2006, according to the California Association of Realtors. Statewide, the median price was $564,700, up 5.7 percent from the prior year. The association estimates only 19 percent of first-time buyers can afford a home in Los Angeles County, the lowest level in the state. The California average is 25 percent, while the national average is 61 percent. “In Los Angeles, we have a perfect storm,” Marquez said. “We have very high land prices and very low median income, so it creates a very large affordability gap. “We have to subsidize that gap, which is very difficult for us.” harrison.sheppard@ dailynews.com (916) 446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Despite California’s desperate need for affordable housing and homeless shelters, it will take at least a year for work to start on scores of projects funded by $2.8 billion in recent voter-approved bonds. While billions of dollars from school and transportation bonds already have been allocated, red tape will keep housing funds from being disbursed until this summer. But Los Angeles developers are already lining up for the money, with some saying it will allow them to build three times more housing than they would have been able to otherwise. “It’s really important to us because if this funding had dried up, our production would have come to a standstill,” said Erin Rank, president of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, which hopes to build 90 below-market units in 2008 and 2009.
Sterling had been forced to apologise to his England team-mates after turning up to their training camp a day late following a flight mix-up on his way back from a holiday.Adding to Sterling’s woes, the 23-year-old endured criticism for unveiling a new tattoo of an M16 assault rifle on his calf that he said was a tribute to his father, who was shot dead when the City star was a child.Southgate had considered dropping Sterling for the Nigeria clash, but after what the England manager perceived as unfair criticism of the tattoo, he decided it was right to stand by his man.Sterling partially repaid Southgate’s faith with a lively first-half display which included setting up Harry Kane for England’s second goal.But that was overshadowed when he was booked for an embarrassing dive in a failed attempt to win a second-half penalty.Southgate said he hadn’t clear seen the incident so he didn’t want to publicly reprimand Sterling.“I’ve not had a chance to see that back again, it looked a very tight call from where I was sitting. He was travelling at such speed,” he said.Asked whether he was relieved to see Sterling give a committed performance following his difficult week, Southgate said: “It wasn’t about getting a response, I knew with the form he was in he would play well.“I had a decision about whether to play him when he turned up late, but once he started coming under fire from all directions it wasn’t a difficult decision.“The most important job for me is to protect the players. The lateness was 10 days ago, how long do you go on with something?“The situation was one we didn’t want to happen and one we don’t want to see again.“But I think that was the best way to deal with it. You have to balance the message to the group.”A contrite Sterling insisted he had no complaints about Southgate’s handling of the incidents.“He is honest. I completely understand where he’s coming from. I have to go out there and show him what I’m capable of,” Sterling said.“People will see stuff in the wrong way. It’s a distraction you don’t need, but it’s one of those I’ve learned to deal with now.”– ‘Real competition’ –England have only one more friendly against Costa Rica in Leeds on Thursday before they jet off to Russia and Southgate hinted the team that started so well against Nigeria — with Kane’s goal proceeded by a Gary Cahill header — could be the one that opens the World Cup.Southgate’s men face Tunisia in their first group match on June 18.“We were pretty clear for a fair while, but there is real competition for places in certain areas of the pitch. Everyone has to maintain their level,” he said.“My experience of these tournaments is these things will evolve as the matches progress.“It won’t necessarily be that the team that played today will play Tunisia but it won’t be far away.”Southgate was especially encouraged by the solid showings from Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Sterling.“We were really good with the ball. Dele and Jesse made some fantastic runs. That was as good a half as we have had,” Southgate said.“Second half, it took us seven or eight minutes to come to terms with their change of formation.“It was a really good test for us. It could have gone against us, but we got our composure back.“We have to learn from it, because in a tournament that spell could be enough to put you out.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England boss Gareth Southgate will protect troubled star Raheem Sterling © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 2 – Gareth Southgate claims Raheem Sterling justified his decision to protect the troubled England star despite his booking for diving against Nigeria.Southgate kept faith with Sterling after a troubled week for the Manchester City winger and he responded with a mixed performance in Saturday’s 2-1 win in the World Cup warm-up at Wembley.
Tammy Abraham starred on loan at Bristol City 1 Tammy Abraham has joined Swansea on a season-long loan from Chelsea.The 19-year-old striker signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League champions on Tuesday before sealing his temporary switch to the Swans.Abramah, who was also wanted by Newcastle, was a man in-demand after a hugely succesful loan spell in the Championship with Bristol City last season.He scored 26 goals in 48 games for the Robins and has also been a standout performer for the England Under-21s.He has just returned from international duty at the European U21 Champioship in Poland, and becomes Swansea’s second summer signing following the arrival of Dutch goalkeeper Erwin Mulder from Heerenveen.Swansea had emerged as favourites to sign Abraham, with head coach Paul Clement knowing the Camberwell-born teenager from his time on the Chelsea coaching staff.“I’m really excited,” Abraham told the official Swansea website.“I enjoyed my time at Bristol City last season, playing regular first-team football and scoring goals. Hopefully I can do the same at Swansea.“I watched Swansea a lot last season when they played Chelsea and on TV.“I know it was a difficult season for them at times, but you could see that they always try and play nice football.”Abraham said he had sought advice from Swansea defender Alfie Mawson, an England Under-21 team-mate in Poland, before committing himself to the club.“Alfie is a great lad and told me a hell of a lot about Swansea,” Abraham said.“He said it was a good club and a great place to get your head down, work hard and concentrate on your football. He said it would be a great move for my ongoing development.”
MET Eireann has issued a weather warning for the North West overnight with more snow, hail or sleet – and ice on the road by the morning.There will be more wintry weather on Thursday – but it is nothing like the sort of weather we saw a year ago.Met Eireann has also issued a gale warning as howling winds batter Co Donegal overnight before clouds clear to allow temperatures to drop to -2C in inland areas. There were a number of minor accidents this morning but there were no serious injuries reported.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comMORE WINTRY WEATHER ON THE WAY was last modified: December 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:donegal snowdonegal weathergale warninghailsleet
DONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Free Pint or Glass of Wine with all Josper Grill Main Courses today and every Wednesday.Today’s Donegal Daily Weather: Our lovely spell of weather will finally come to an end shortly after dawn when a band of light showers hits the county turning to rain. Forecasters are again giving varying possibilities but the consensus appears to be that we will have showers throughout the day, with warm sunny spells in between.It is going to stay mild as at the light south-easterly winds veer southerly in the afternoon, temperatures hitting 14C to 16C.Any showers will die out soon after dusk, giving a cloudy and mild night overnight into Thursday. Thursday morning is looking very good at the moment with bright, clear and sunny skies, giving way to showers and sunshine on Thursday afternoon.Sources: BBC NI, Met Eireann, Sky. DONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Free Pint or Glass of Wine with all Josper Grill Main Courses today and every Wednesday. MILD, LIGHT SHOWERS, SUNNY INTERVALS: THE DD WEDNESDAY WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 22nd, 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:Cloudydonegal daily weatherletterkennymildMount Errigal Hotelshowerssunshinewarm
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Pearl Portillo’s family has been homeless since being evicted from their apartment a few months ago.So the 11-year-old never dreamed she would receive a brand new bicycle for Christmas.“I will ride it to school, in my neighborhood – everywhere,” she said.About 2,000 needy families, who lined up for blocks outside the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station, also received unexpected Christmas gifts at the station’s annual toy giveaway Wednesday. Some of the children arrived at 6 a.m. to await Santa’s arrival aboard a Sheriff’s Department helicopter.Every year, the line only seems to get longer, said Sgt. Steve Sanchez, who has been organizing the event for 11 years.“It’s obvious there are a lot of families struggling out there,” Sanchez said.Participating families are referred by local schools, churches and deputies.The bikes are saved for children whose families are in particularly difficult situations, he said. This year 100 bicycles were donated by Brookvale International and California Cartage Co. Other toys came from Mattel and were collected by deputies outside Wal-Mart stores, Sanchez said.“Most people come … out with baskets laden with toys and only a few things for themselves,” he said.This year, Santa’s helpers included Pico Rivera City Councilman Carlos Garcia, Councilman Ron Beilke, and Starbucks.Families also received free dental, hearing and vision screenings provided by the USC School of Dentistry and the Lions Eye Foundation of Southern California. email@example.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028
SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University sophomore Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week for the fifth time this season, the league announced Tuesday, Feb. 2.Timmer, a member of the men’s basketball team, scored 19 points in back-to-back games with eight assists in action last week. At Illinois State, he was 6-of-15 from the field and 7-of-7 from the free-throw line and added four assists to one turnover.In the win over Bradley, Timmer got to the free-throw line 12 times and made 11 to again finish with 19 points while adding four more assists to one turnover. The 19-point performances were his fourth and fifth of the season in addition to his seven 20-point games. He currently ranks second in the MVC in scoring at 17.6 points per game.Academically, Timmer maintains a 3.57 grade point average in his pharmacy curriculum. The now five-time MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week previously won the award on Jan. 12 and in three-consecutive weeks on Dec. 8, 15 and 22.Timmer’s honor continues Drake’s extensive collection of MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week awards. A Drake student-athlete has won the award 17 times in the 24 weeks the honor has been awarded in 2015-16 including three weeks in which the Bulldogs swept the men’s and women’s honors.The men’s basketball team has led that charge with a student-athlete earning the honor eight times this season.To qualify for Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing.Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.2015-16 Drake Scholar-Athlete of the Week WinnersReed Timmer – Men’s Basketball, Feb. 2Emma Huston – Women’s Track & Field – Jan. 26Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Jan. 12Maddy Dean – Women’s Basketball – Jan. 12Graham Woodward – Men’s Basketball – Jan. 5Kale Abrahamson – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 29Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 22Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 15Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 8Rai Ahmed-Green – Women’s Track & Field – Dec. 8Kale Abrahamson – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 1James Grunert – Men’s Soccer – Nov. 24Paul Ciszewski – Men’s Soccer – Nov. 16Steven Enna – Men’s Soccer – Oct. 19Emma Huston – Women’s Cross Country – Oct. 19Reed Fischer – Men’s Cross Country – Oct. 6Ben LeMay – Men’s Soccer – Sept. 22Print Friendly Version