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first_imgPARIS (AP): Novak Djokovic will be celebrating his 29th birthday when the French Open starts today. If nothing else, it underlines just how frustrating it has become for the top-ranked Serb to win the only major to elude him. Djokovic, who has lost the past two finals here and three altogether, is playing his 12th tournament and would set a record for most appearances at Roland Garros before winning the title in the Open era. Four players – Stan Wawrinka, last year, Roger Federer, in 2009, Andre Agassi, in 1999, and Andres Gomez, in 1990 – all won on their 11th appearance. Goran Ivanisevic holds the Open era Grand Slam record of needing 14 attempts before winning Wimbledon in 2001. Although Djokovic insists he is not “obsessed” with winning the elusive title, he may never get a better chance because nine-time champion Rafael Nadal is still finding his best form on clay, Wawrinka has been erratic and the 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer is skipping the tournament to protect his troublesome back. Second-seed Andy Murray could pose a serious threat, having beaten Djokovic in the Italian Open final last weekend. Achievements “Of course, I anticipate myself, as everybody else (does), to try to get my hands on this title this year,” Djokovic said. “Even if my career was done tomorrow, I made some achievements that I must be proud of, so that’s how I approach things. I don’t try to approach them from a point of view of being obsessed with this tournament or with any other tournament, for that matter.” Since the start of 2015, he’s 119-9 overall, winning four majors and 16 titles – including a tour-leading five this year. He has won 11 majors and could yet equal Nadal’s haul of 14 by the end of the year.last_img read more

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first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers00:50Trending 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames University of Santo Tomas once again finished on top of the UAAP Season 80 to take home its 42nd overall championship.The Growling Tigers dominated the field with  283 points, 14 points clear of runner-up La Salle, which finished with 269 points.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ UP snares UAAP men’s football title MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident UST took home six golds, seven silvers, and three bronze medals to become the best performing school in the league for the third time in three years.University of the Philippines claimed third place with 234 points, edging fourth-placer Ateneo which had 230 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNational University placed at fifth with 179 points built on eight golds, followed by University of the East (168 points), Far Eastern University (151 points), and Adamson (101 points). View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgMore than 150 families along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway are benefiting from potable water for the firstGWI Executive Director for Infrastructure Planning and Implementation Ramchand Jailaltime. This is after a well was drilled and a water supply system was installed in their community.Guyana Water Inc (GWI) Executive Director for Infrastructure Planning and Implementation, Ramchand Jailal, told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that GWI is moving aggressively to serve communities not receiving water.Jailal explained that GWI is also in the process of setting up a water supply system at Silver Hill, another community along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway. “That one is presently being tested and works are ongoing and we’re hoping to have that well completed within another two weeks for residents in the area to benefit from potable water supply,” he said.Drought earlier this year resulted in residents of Silver Hill being without access to water in their community. The residents, including school children, had to access water from tankers or creeks far away.“It is expected that when the new well is drilled, residents will be relieved from their burdens,” Jailall said, adding that works should be completed within the next two months.Additionally, works are ongoing in several communities on the East Coast of Demerara, including Dazzle Housing Scheme, Lusignan, the railway embankment and President’s College road.GWI is installing additional transmission mains for persons who have no access to water in those communities. Residents of Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam, Berbice are also to benefit from water supply.last_img read more

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first_img“I lost everything” – mother of 4Some 40 persons who were affected by the Mash Day fire that destroyed an apartment complex and two houses at Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD), received cash and other items on Monday, but some recipients were hopeful that the Central Housing and Planning Authority would fast-track their housing applications as they have no place to live.Government, in collaboration with private entities, handed over beds, mattresses, table-model stoves, kitchen utensils and food vouchers to the families, while other individuals received kitchen utensils and food vouchers. Recipients also received cash ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.Some of the victims have beds to sleep on, but some are desirous of having houses in which they could put the items donated to themSome of the beneficiaries told Guyana Times that while they were thankful, they were hopeful that Government would provide them with a house and land, so they could have somewhere to call their own. Mother of four, Robin Bollers said that while the donation was a start, she was hopeful to move into her own home, as she was living in the back house which was owned by her grandmother.“I lost everything and I would like a house for me and my children, because I don’t have anywhere to live. I staying at my grandmother with two of the children while my husband staying at the shelter, but my father staying with me so it’s like four of us on a bed,” she observed.Her spouse, Dywane Bollers, clutching his 15-month-old baby, told this newspaper that he was feeling better though still dealing with the loss from last Friday’s fire.Meanwhile, Kerwin Johnson, who says he discovered the body of his 82-year-old neighbour in the rubble, explained that he too has no place to live and noted that many residents were staying in a shelter.“I was expecting something more, because the least people would want to rent a place is three months’ rent in advance and I have no cash ‘cause all my stuff burn up,” he stressed.The fire reportedly started about 14:30h in the apartment building located at Victoria Road, Plaisance.last_img read more

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first_img…commemorative stamp launchedA commemorative stamp was on Friday launched at the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s South Road, Georgetown office as Guyana celebrated 50 years of bilateral relations with Brazil. In attendance at the event were subject Minister Carl Greenidge, Telecommunications Minister Catherine Hughes, Deputy Head of Mission of the Brazilian Embassy Paulo Silos, and several others.The stamp will also be launched in Brazil on October 26, although it is currently available in two denominations at the cost of some $200 and $80 locally.Greenidge reminded that Guyana established formal relations with the neighbouring country on August 26, 1986, and the two countries have since closely collaborated in the areas of education, health and technical cooperation, among other areas.Greenidge said, “Over the subsequent 50 years (since establishment of relations), our two countries have solidified relations through close collaboration… These matters are being pursued, (and) continue to be pursued under the variety of mechanisms that were established over the years”.He added that, in recent years, the two countries have intensified their bilateral relations through a series of “high level encounters”.The Deputy Head of Mission of the Brazilian Embassy, Paulo Silos, endorsed Minister Greenidge’s statement and added that the stamp has a powerful message attached, as it is available to all.“A stamp is not just a tiny stamp or a strip of paper. We should not be fooled by small size, as it portrays its true importance and significance. The stamp, in many ways, is better than the visible monument, because a monument is erected in one place, a stamp however has its own powerful impact, as it is not restricted spatially,” he said.Telecommunications Minister Catherine Hughes told the gathering that the stamp is a testimony of the good relations existing between the two countries. “Today’s official launching of the commemorative stamp is one more symbol of the good, strong, neighbourly relations between the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Cooperative Republic of Guyana,” she noted.This stamp happens to be third one produced in recent years to celebrate bilateral relations with Brazil. The first one was launched in 2003 to observe the countries’ 35 years of partnership; the second was produced in 2009 to mark the official commissioning of the Takutu Bridge, which links Guyana and Brazil.Also released on Friday was a 15-minute documentary on the two countries, which captures various aspects of the two nations.In observance of the 50-year-long relationship, a safari will be heading to Brazil next month. This happens to be the first time that the South Rupununi Safari, organised by Rainforest Tours, will be leaving the country.last_img read more

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first_img…says move from Housing Ministry not a demotionFormer Housing Minister Valerie Patterson-Yearwood does not believe her reassignment from the Communities Ministry to the Agriculture Ministry is a demotion stemming from a recent controversy involving the award of a multimillion-dollar contract to her husband.Former Housing Minister Valerie Patterson-YearwoodEarlier this month it was revealed that the Minister’s husband, Godfrey Yearwood, was awarded a contract to build homes for a project spearheaded by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA); an agency which she had responsibility over as Housing Minister.However, one day after President David Granger announced a reshuffle of his Cabinet which saw Minister Patterson-Yearwood being removed as Housing Minister and placed at the Agriculture Ministry with responsibility for Rural Affairs, she told reporters that this move is not a demotion since there were no chances to her remunerations.“What is a demotion? My salary is not affected, my allowances (or) anything not affected. Nothing is affected so why would it be a demotion? I see it as a promotion because I’m going into new and exciting areas,” Minister Patterson-Yearwood told reporters on Friday.Godfrey Yearwood, husband of Minister Valerie Patterson-YearwoodHowever, even as the Minister denied that her reassignment had nothing to do with the issue involving her husband, local transparency watchdog, Transparency International Guyana Inc (TIGI) said it supports calls for the multimillion-dollar contract to be reviewed.This issue came to the limelight earlier this month when Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo disclosed that the Minister’s husband had sub-contracted the project to a contractor from Victoria (East Coast Demerara), who claims that he is yet to be paid for the works done more than a year ago.According to TIGI, this situation is particularly pernicious since it comes at a time when Guyanese workers are struggling for fair treatment.“We are learning that a local company – even one connected to a Minister of Government – is failing to pay its workers… This is another issue that causes us to wonder whether the persons who end up as our leaders appreciate the vast responsibility placed upon them to ensure the interests of our society as a whole are properly safe-guarded,” the missive added.Jagdeo had disclosed at a press conference earlier this month that the construction worker went to him after he had exhausted efforts to collect his payments from the Minister’s husband. According to the Opposition Leader, the man had written President Granger four times over the past year for the Head of State’s intervention but only got acknowledgement responses so far.Chief Executive Officer of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), Lelon Saul had revealed that he was aware of this issue of non-payment.“A complaint was lodged at the Ministry, I think it was sometime last year, and we would have called in both parties and we advised them to settle the issue,” Saul told reporters earlier this month.Furthermore, the CH&PA Head had also noted that the award of the contract to the Minister’s husband for works under a Ministry she was heading, was a clear conflict of interest even if the contract was awarded through a competitive bidding process.“If the contractor in question is the spouse of the Minister, certainly it would be a conflict of interest,” he posited.To this end, the CH&PA head called for a review of the awarding process so that there is no reoccurrence of such a situation.“The award of contract is above my level. But I think the (CH&PA) Board should review that (awarding process) based on recommendations coming from the agency,” Saul asserted.It was noted that while the contract was a one-off award, the project is still ongoing.last_img read more

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first_imgFB Event page; CLICK HEREFire Department FB page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fire Prevention Week begins Saturday, October 5th, 2019, with a kickoff BBQ at Home Hardware.Fire Prevention Week is an annual event that runs from, October 6th through to the 12th, a campaign to raise awareness around fire safety and prevention by providing education and tools to educate residents of safety measures to keep themselves fire safe.- Advertisement -Plan and Practice your escape reminds residents knowing what to do in the event of a fire is essential, by planning what you would do, can save lives.When a fire happens, just a few seconds can mean the difference between safety and tragedy.The city of Fort St. John Fire Department is keeping its FB page current with tips, contests, and apps to inspire children and adults to stay safe.Fire Escape Template; CLICK HERE Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgA MEETING of creditors of Mountain Top Quarry Limited has been called for next week, donegaldaily.com has learned.The company, based on the Ramelton Road in Letterkenny, has its registered office at Grand Canal House, 1 Grand Canal Street, Dublin.A meeting of creditors will take place at the Morgan Hotel, Fleet Street, Dublin at 9am next Friday, February 11th. EndsCREDITORS MEETING ANNOUNCED FOR MOUNTAIN TOP QUARRY LIMITED was last modified: February 3rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgFEW doubted the stamina of local man Johnny Patterson’s Rise to the Challenge project to cycle 26 counties for cancer.But not even the fanatically-fit Johnny could have completed that challenge on an empty stomach!So it’s just as well that Kavanagh’s SuperValu of Ballybofey and Donegal Town generously donated €300 worth of food for the event. Dedicated to “Real Food Real People”, SuperValu stepped up to nutritionally support the team and keep them fed and watered throughout their long trip home.Charlie Ferry, Manager of Kavanagh’s SuperValu Ballybofey said they were delighted to help Johhny out.“It was a pleasure to help out our local Donegal man Johnny Patterson to complete his mammoth task in aid of cancer. We were more than happy to donate food to fuel Johnny and his team along their journey”Putting their physical, mental and emotional determination to the test Johnny, accompanied by Darren McNamee mounted their bikes and took the road for their seven day  26-County Cycle for four cancer charities: Irish Cancer Society, Marie Keating Foundation, Donegal Hospice and the Oncology Unit at Letterkenny General Hospital. From an early morning start in Castlepollard on Friday 11th of March the boys rallied against the rain through Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, and Meath before navigating through Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Carlow and Wicklow.They journeyed to Wexford, Kilkenny, Waterford, Tipperary and Cork on Sunday. Monday brought them to Limerick, Kerry and Clare as they began the steep cycle back to the Northwest. They were off to Galway, Offaly and Roscommon on Tuesday and Wednesday saw them arrive in Mayo.With the Hills of Donegal in sight last Thursday they cycled through Sligo and Leitrim and finally home to Ramelton on Friday.Family, friends and neighbors took to the streets of Ramelton at 7p.m. Friday evening to warmly welcome the boys and the Rise to the Challenge team home.They were greeted by the Town Band playing their All Ireland Fleadh selection as they cycled the last of their grueling 1000 miles. After a fantastic overview of the boys accomplishment by Danny Cullen, and presentations to both Darren and Johnny the community joined in the O’Donnell Arms to share their journey through video footage.Johnny set out as one man with one goal and he extended many thanks to all those who helped him achieve his goal.“The level of support our initiative has received has been outstanding and has inspired me to complete the huge task we set out to do so many months ago.“ I would like to thank all involved especially to my family and friends, to Darren for travelling the long road home with me, to Michael Black for getting me on the bike, to all the Rise to the Challenge team for the help and support throughout the whole way and to Kavanagh’s SuperValu for the much needed and greatly appreciated meals at every stop” He also extended thanks to Aileen Boyce, Helen Crerand and the Donegal GAA team, and to Kevin and Marie McFadden for all their help in fundraising and organizing the 26-County Cycle for cancer.EndsSUPERVALU GETS JOHNNY ON HIS BIKE! was last modified: March 28th, 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:charityKavanaghSuperValulast_img read more

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first_imgSinn Féin Spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty has welcomed the Government’s commitment to reverse the cut to the Minimum Wage – but then claimed that Fine Gael are using this promise as a political cover for wage cuts on the lowest paid.Speaking at Leinster House the Donegal South West Deputy said he welcomed the new Government pledge.However he went on to claim: “Fine Gael have also made clear their intention to cut the wages of hundreds of thousands of low paid workers.  The European Commission and IBEC are pressurising the Government to force down the cost of labour by slashing the wages of the lowest paid – those covered by the Joint Labour Committee agreements and Registered Employment Agreements. “The JLC and REAs cover more than 300,000 of the very lowest paid workers in our society.“They are based mainly in services industries, hospitality and trades, many of whom are part-time and the majority of whom are women.“Many of these workers are living on or below the Governments own poverty line. These are the people who Fine Gael, supported by IBEC and the European Commission, want to target in their quest to drive down wages.”Mr Doherty said it was clear to him that the reversal of the minimum wage cut, although welcome is being used by Fine Gael as political cover for wage cuts on the lowest paid. He said he expected such a policy from Fine Gael – but not Labour.“Workers have a right to know where Labour leader Eamonn Gilmore stands on this issue and I would ask him to make his position known,” he said.“Driving down the wages of the lowest paid will push thousands of families further into poverty. It will also create poverty traps and in some cases a disincentive to work. Crucially it will also damage the economy, as people will have less money to spend in the local economy, resulting in even more unemployment.”He added: “If  Fine Gael are serious about protecting the low paid they will not only reverse the cut to the minimum wage but will also protect the wage rates agreed under the JLCs and REAs.“However if they proceed then it is up to the Labour Party to stand by working people, do the right thing and stop the race to the bottom in terms of wages. “For our part Sinn Fein will continue to campaign alongside trade unions and other campaign groups to make sure that the already poor wages and conditions of low paid workers are protected from further attack.”DOHERTY CLAIMS MINIMUM WAGE PLEDGE WON’T STOP CUTS TO LOWEST PAID was last modified: April 13th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal South West TDminimum wagePearse Dohertylast_img read more

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