Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Andy Murray of Britain chases a ball to return against Mackenzie McDonald during the first round of the Citi Open tennis tournament, Monday, July 30, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON — Andy Murray let out one yell, then another, and violently pumped his right fist. Quite a reaction, considering this was merely a first-round victory over an inexperienced opponent who recently cracked the top 100 for the first time.Still, this meant something to Murray. It was a test of his surgically repaired hip, and he put aside a deficit and some real rust to win his first hard-court match in nearly 1½ years, coming back at the Citi Open to edge Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I enjoyed getting through that one — obviously, you see by the celebration,” Murray said after a match that began a little past 10 p.m. Monday because of a rain delay, and ended at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday.“It was great to get through that one,” he said, “but in terms of the actual way that I went about the match and played the match, I wasn’t that happy with it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’There were stretches when Murray looked very much like exactly what he is at the moment: a guy working his back from an operation in January. Particularly when he was failing to convert any of the five match points he held while serving for the win at 5-4 in the final set. He won on his seventh, though.Murray is a former No. 1 who owns two Wimbledon trophies plus another from the U.S. Open. But he’s ranked just 832nd now, on account of so much time away. He sat out the second half of last season because of the bad hip, and then didn’t compete this year until June. PBA fines San Miguel, Ginebra players for Game 2 spat LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs This match was only Murray’s fourth of 2018. No. 5 will come in the second round of the Citi Open against Kyle Edmund, the man who overtook him as Britain’s top-ranked man during Murray’s injury absence.“I’ll certainly have to play better tennis,” Murray said.He pulled out of Wimbledon on July 1 because, he said at the time, it “might be a bit too soon in the recovery process” for his hip to try to compete in best-of-five-set matches.Against McDonald, he said, “the movements and stuff were fine. I chased balls down. Obviously lasted pretty well.”Murray played just fine for the opening 10 minutes, breaking for a 2-0 lead. And then his game devolved for quite a lengthy spell into a ragged display, filled with six double-faults — two in a row to get broken to 2-1 — and shots that missed the mark.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The 23-year-old McDonald, a Californian who won NCAA singles and doubles titles at UCLA, made it to the fourth round at the All England Club this month, the first time he had made it that far at a major tournament. That put him into the top 100, and he’s now 80th.He took six of seven games in one stretch and was actually one point from serving for the victory, holding a break point while already ahead by a set and 4-3 in the second. Eventually, Murray righted himself, just before rain returned.That forced the postponement until Tuesday of a match involving another three-time major champ: Stan Wawrinka, who was scheduled to face American qualifier Donald Young.In other matches, Noah Rubin got past Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-4, Tim Smyczek beat Ricardas Berankis 7-6 (4), 6-2, and Malek Jaziri defeated Evgeny Donskoy 6-4, 6-1. Rubin now faces No. 2 seed John Isner, Jaziri plays No. 1 seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev, while Smyczek meets Zverev’s older brother, No. 15 seed Mischa.In women’s results, two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Kristie Ahn 6-2, 6-1, Katie Boulter eliminated No. 5 seed Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 6-0, and Andrea Petkovic defeated Jamie Loeb 6-1, 6-1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
Public Procurement CommissionPresident David Granger is awaiting the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to finalise the remuneration packages, Terms of Reference and other administrative arrangements before swearing in the members of the much-anticipaIfraan Alited Public Procurement Commission (PPC).Minister of State,Joseph HarmonPresident David GrangerThis is according to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who explained during the post-Cabinet briefing on Thursday that the work of the PAC was preliminary to the appointment of the members. He noted that before the members of the PPC are sworn in, the PAC needed to finalise certain terms and conditions.“As soon as the Public Accounts Committee sits, there are some proposals which will go before it in so far as salaries and things like that. The law requires the Chairman of the (Public Procurement) Commission is a full-time employee of that commission, which means that those persons who are named – one of them will be a chairman and another will be a vice chairman, and if they are working somewhere else, one of those persons will have to leave their job,” the Minister of State outlined.Harmon continued, “So, if you are working somewhere and going for another job, at least you must know what the salary you will be getting before you leave your job, and so it is some of these terms and conditions that have to be settled by the Public Accounts Committee.”At the end of July 2016, the PAC agreed on the nominees for the PPC, and that list was subsequently approved by a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly on August 8.The approved members include Attorney Emily Dodson, Carol Corbin, University of Guyana lecturer Sukrishnalall Pasha, educator Ivor English and former Labour Minister Nanda Gopaul.This list was subsequently sent to the Head of State for the members to be sworn in, but this is yet to be done, as Government is awaiting the finalisation of the terms and conditions for the Commission.However, PAC Chairman, Opposition parliamentarian Irfaan Ali recently pointed out that the President could go ahead with swearing in the members of the Procurement Commission, as he did not have to necessarily wait for the Committee to finish its work on the PPC.Nevertheless, Ali assured that the PAC, “after the Parliament comes out of recess, would be moving to have this issue as a priority on its agenda in setting out the administrative mechanism to support the work of the Public Procurement Commission, so there is nothing that is stopping the President from swearing in the members of the Public Procurement Commission”.Meanwhile, Harmon said on Thursday that Government was also supportive of fast-tracking the process at the level of the Parliamentary Committee.“We will like that to be a top priority as well, and we will give that our full support to ensure that it is fast tracked,” he stated.On the other hand, the Minister of State outlined that once the PPC was set up, it would pave the way for the establishment of the Public Procurement Tribunal – a process which the Commission would need to have a say in. “The Public Procurement Commission has a role in the selecting of that tribunal – one has to be set up before the other so that the one that is set up before can have a say in the setting up of the other. So, we got to get the Public Procurement Commission up and running and then the Tribunal will be set up,” he explained. The issue of establishing the PPC predated the holding of the General and Regional Elections in May 2015, as the then Opposition had insisted that Cabinet should cease the practice of giving its ‘no objection’ to contracts for State projects and services, in favour of the PPC.
Lofa County District#4 Representative Hon. Mariamu B. Fofana has submitted for enactment a bill entitled, ‘An act to establish the National Disaster Management Agency, Republic of Liberia.’The bill was presented Tuesday, November 11, the 19th day sitting of its extraordinary session on Capitol Hill.The draft law intends to create an independent institution that will manage disasters, including wars, epidemics, landslide, flood, fire, sea erosion, windstorms, and rainstorms.“Having realized the numerous occurrences of natural disasters in Africa and the increased frequency and magnitude of hazards such as floods and sea erosion in Liberia, have given the impetus for a National Disaster Risk Management Policy for Liberia,” Rep. Fofana’s letter said.“This impetus is also driven by a need to reduce the risk related to these hazards as results of high vulnerability from over 14 years of war, poverty and low human and physical capacity.”The letter added: “Unfortunately, the level of preparedness to such disasters is inadequate leaving the country highly vulnerable to the consequences of disaster.”After the Act’s submission in plenary, a motion was filed by Montserrado County District#10 Hon. Julius F. Barrian that the Bill be turned over to the committees on Ways, Means and Finance, Judiciary and Internal Affairs as lead committee for an advisement in about two weeks. The motion was unanimously carried.Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has extended its Constituency Break by one month, beginning Tuesday, November 12 to Friday, December 12, 2014.The Certificate of Extension from the Lower House was moved.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) has sent out a stern warning about a fake Facebook profile under the name of President David Granger, which has been extorting monies from persons in exchange for land.According to the Authority, the sham was set up through a profile named “His Excellency President David Granger” and has been informing persons that the Ministry of the Presidency is distributing housing units to interested persons. Persons are being asked to make a down payment through the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company’s (GTT) Mobile Money system and the money disappears, the CH&PA said on Saturday.“We are asking members of the public to be wary of scammers who may want to rob them of their hard-earned monies. The operation of a fake Facebook profile in the name of His Excellency President David Granger, informing the public that the Ministry of the Presidency is allocating 20 housing units to interested persons was brought to our attention. Interested persons are being asked to make a down payment of $350,000 through GTT’s Money Mobile System to an unknown account,” a statement said.The CH&PA has denied its involvement in any such programme under the Ministry of the Presidency or other agencies. Further, legitimate programmes do not require payments through Money Mobile transfers, but rather through the Central Housing and Planning Authority’s Brickdam office or its regional offices.Persons have been reporting these fraudulent matters and the Authority has encouraged for such to be done in any future matters. Just two months ago, First Lady Sandra Granger had cautioned about her name being used under the pretext of scholarships.Addressing the issue, the First Lady said, “All scholarships offered by the Government are offered through the Department of Public Service… If you are informed that you are to get a scholarship, check it out, call and find out…These crooks are taking advantage of the naivety and the sensitivities of the people they are approaching… It is really a scam of the worst order because people are taking advantage of other people’s vulnerabilities. These people are going from one extreme to the next to make easy money out of vulnerable people.”In April, a fraudster, Muhammad Ali, was arrested and placed before the court for impersonating the First Lady and tricking citizens into transferring money to him. The fraud managed to obtain 12 pennyweights of gold, worth $139,000 and $30,000 in GTT and Digicel phone cards, while pretending that he was in the position to grant scholarships to a young woman.
…after grass fire near school Some 23 secondary students were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital on Thursday morning after they were affected by smoke originating from grass burning nearby.The fire started about 11:00h at the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Ground on Thomas Lands, Georgetown. At the time, persons were burning dry grass on the ground which had been previously sprayed with a weedicide.Guyana Times understands that 22 students from Tutorial High School and one from Richard Ishmael Secondary School, both located on Woolford Avenue, had to seek medical attention.According to reports reaching this newspaper, the smoke started to affect students at St Joseph High, who were out in the school’s ground for their Inter-House Sport activities. The students had to eventually retreat back to their classrooms to escape the smoke.However over at the neighbouring Tutorial High, students were in their classrooms when the smoke started to affect them. This prompted an evacuation and the students were taken to a nearby field. However, the smoke became heavier and this affected the students’ breathing causing some of them to collapse and others to throw up.The affected students were then rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where they were given oxygen to regulate their breathing. Most of them were sent away after being stabilised. However, about seven students are still at the medical institution for further observation. These were mostly asthmatic cases.When this publication visited the Georgetown Public Hospital, most of the students had been treated and sent away, but concerned parents and teachers flocked outside the Accident and Emergency section checking up on those who were still being treated.Guyana Times spoke with one of the students who related what transpired. Third former Shereza Ibrahim related that they had ignored the smoke initially, but it persisted and eventually got thicker.“The teachers didn’t tell us anything; they just told us to go out to the tarmac but when we got there, it was foggy. The whole school was surrounded by smoke and then we went over to the ground and we heard that the dry grass on the field behind us caught fire,” the teenager related.Meanwhile, one of the students who were rushed to the hospital, Akela Mckenzie, told this publication that after they were evacuated to the field across the road from the school, some students took ill.“Some children start falling down, some start coughing, some starting vomiting and so they rushed us to the hospital, where they put us in the emergency room and give us oxygen to breathe,” the young woman, who suffers from asthma, recalled.Additionally, Guyana Times understands that one of the fire fighters who had responded to put out the grass fire was also rushed to the hospital. Efforts to contact officials from both the Guyana Fire Service and the Education Ministry for comments on the incident were futile.
When the lane is closed, Rukavina said signs will be posted. The Garvey Avenue Bridge, a significant route in the Valley that runs east to west and connects Rosemead and South El Monte, was built in 1937. “In 2000, it was determined that it was structurally deficient,” Lazzaretto said. The project will include the addition of sidewalks, a median, retaining walls and lighting, as well as channel improvement. The bridge will be widened to 100 feet, although no new lanes will be added. ROSEMEAD – A $10.8 million improvement project of the Garvey Avenue Bridge over the Rio Hondo Channel began earlier this month, and drivers should try to avoid the area within the next several weeks, officials said. One of the four lanes on the bridge will be closed beginning in early to mid-March and will remain so for the majority of the 10-month process, said City Manager Andrew Lazzaretto. “The real activity hasn’t begun yet,” said Ken Rukavina, city engineer, “but when it does, try to avoid this area for awhile.” Construction is scheduled to be completed in January 2008. Pomona-based Reyes Construction, the company that won the bid, started building retaining walls Feb. 5. “The heart of the project is the complete replacement of the existing bridge and roadway,” Rukavina said. The bridge now is unnecessarily long, spanning 655 feet, but once completed it will be 420 feet, according to Reyes Construction. City officials hope the new bridge will serve as a gateway to the community. City Councilwoman Margaret Clark said the bridge will improve traffic flow and will be more pedestrian-friendly. “It will provide better access to the community center and nearby parks,” Clark said Monday. “And, it will look better.” The bridge previously sparked at least one resident to question whether nearby fault lines, including the Alhambra Wash fault line, were adequately examined. City officials, however, said that is not an issue and the fault lines have been fully studied. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The median sales price of a new home fell to $217,800 in October. That is down 13 percent from a year ago, marking the biggest annual decline in prices since September 1970. The median price is where half sell for more and half for less. In October, sales rose in all parts of the country, except for the West, where they tumbled 15.7 percent from the prior month. The slight increase in monthly sales nationwide didn’t change the grim housing outlook. And, the big pickup in GDP didn’t change the picture forming in the current October-to-December quarter. That scenario is somewhat grim, with indications the economy will lose considerable steam. Growth is expected to slow to a pace of just 1.5 percent or less in the final three months of this year. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials extended a two-day rally, stoked by the hope the Federal Reserve will lower interest rates again. The index gained 22.28 points to close at 13,311.73. GDP is the value of all goods and services produced within the United States and is the best measure of the country’s economic health. The economy barreled ahead in the summer, growing at a 4.9 percent pace. The performance was the strongest in four years but isn’t expected to last through the current quarter amid the housing slump and credit crunch. Sales of new homes edged up in October, but sales activity still hovered near an 11-year low. The Commerce Department’s new reading of the gross domestic product from July through September, released Thursday, was even better than the government’s initial estimate of a brisk 3.9 percent growth rate for the period. Stronger U.S. exports to overseas buyers and more inventory investment by businesses were the main reasons for the improvement. A second report from the department showed that new-home sales increased 1.7 percent in October from September. That left sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 728,000. Even with the nudge up, sales have plunged 23.5 percent during the past 12 months. In September alone, sales dropped to a pace of 716,000, the lowest since 1996. The upgraded GDP figure for the third quarter matched economists’ forecasts. The strong showing suggested the economy was resilient even as the housing market plunged deeper into turmoil and credit problems intensified. Federal Reserve officials and other economists – looking at fresher barometers of economic activity – have warned that the economy is in for a rough patch. In another report, the number of new people signing up for jobless benefits last week jumped sharply, suggesting employment conditions are softening as national economic activity slows. The Labor Department reported that new applications filed for unemployment insurance mushroomed by a seasonally adjusted 23,000 to 352,000. It was the highest level since Feb. 10. There have been signs in recent weeks that the housing and credit problems are affecting the behavior of consumers and businesses alike.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Carlos Bacca is reportedly considering a move to West Ham 1 AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca has met with his agent to discuss an offer from West Ham, according to reports in Italy.The Hammers are in the market for a new forward this summer as they look to hit the ground running at their new home, the London Stadium.The club are willing to meet Milan’s £24million asking price for the Colombian but as of yet they have failed to agree personal terms.But that could be about to change as, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Bacca has met with his agent to discuss West Ham’s offer.The 29-year-old is currently on holiday in Ibiza, but with the season fast approaching he has flown his agent out for crunch talks.Bacca had been hoping for an offer from Paris Saint-Germain, but with no deal on the cards he is ready to reassess his situation.
I’ve noticed this week the gardens have taken a real leap forward in both growth and colour. There are lots of flowers starting to peak out, such as Snowdrops, Winter Aconites, Viburnums, Rhododendrons and Witch Hazels.The lines between Spring and Winter have been blurred by the unusual warm soil which the growth is benefiting from. Indeed current soil temperatures of 6C are common, with covered soil (ie covered in black plastic) reaching 10C. This warm soil has been encouraging strong root growth on plants, aswell as activating the fertility in the soil, which in turn has led to this early growth and flowering on many garden plants.Oakfield Park in Raphoe has a substantial display of snowdrops coming into flower at the top of the main lawn, in a lovely combination with yellow flowering Winter Aconite. Likewise Dunmore House in Carrigans has avenues of Snowdrops coming into flowering up their main driveway, and then large clumps throughout the garden.Snowdrop displays like these don’t happen overnight, it takes many years to get sizeable displays. Many years have been spent lifting and dividing these clumps, spacing them out to encourage naturalising.Snowdrops also reproduce from seed, dropping their seeds in the Spring for germinating the following year – in turn this process can take 5-7 years for this seed to flower. Also any displays of Snowdrops you’re like to enjoy won’t like sitting under 10” of leaves, so removing a heavy leaf-fall in December is vital so that the snowdrop flowers are able to be enjoyed.2 plants heavy in perfume I was drawn to this week was a Sweet Box in Rathmullan House, this 3’ tall evergreen shrub produces a small, almost unnoticeable flower, which is wonderfully scented when you stick your beak in! Sweet Box is a glorious plant for a large container outside a window.Another great scented plant that stopped me in my tracks this week was a glorious Witch Hazel, just outside the walled garden in Dunmore House.The colour and perfume was wonderful. Witch Hazels make great garden specimen trees/large shrubs and are especially suited to small gardens, and if the garden is enclosed or sheltered their scent can hang about.You’ll find Witch Hazels, Snowdrops, Sweet Box and loads of winter/spring flowering shrubs for sale now in your local garden centre.Remember if the plant has been kept outside in the garden centre then it’s suitable for you to plant straight away, but if the plants has been kept in a polytunnel or under protection then you should follow good practice and gradually harden the plant off before planting in its final position. The three gardens mentioned- Oakfield Park, Dunmore House and Rathmullan House are all closed for the season (but don’t worry Rathmullan House re-opens shortly! And Dunmore and Oakfield reopen in Spring).Next WeekThe Lenten RoseGARDENING WITH GARETH – DONEGAL GARDENS ARE COMING TO LIFE! was last modified: January 29th, 2016 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:columnGardening with GarethgardensGareth AustinLifespringwinter
Bridget McDyerCongratulations to our athletes who competed in the Antrim Forum at the weekend where Bridget McDyer took silver in the shot and bronze in the javelin, Fodhla McFadden took bronze in the long jump and Thomas Marry was fourth in the shot putt.Well done to all athletes from the Rosses who took part in the Community Games in Milford on Sunday.Good luck to Nicole Boyle who is competing this weekend at the Mary Peters track in Belfast. Ranafast school are holding a 5k this Thursday evening 13th June starting at 7pm.Good luck to Roshine NS, Acres NS and Keadue NS who head to the Aura in Letterkenny for the Cumann na mBunscol Small Schools Athletic Championships.Training at the new track at RSC on Monday evenings is now finished for the summer. Sportshall and Cross Country will be starting up again in later August or early September.A number of our adult club athletes are targeting the Lifford 5K which is on this Friday with a start time of 7.15pm. The course is fast and always draws a large number of runners. Due to the travel distance it is suggested to carpool. With this regard let Aidan Gillespie know who intends to travel and he can forward the list back to work out a travel plan. Entry fee is €10 euro. Club Vests to be worn Fit4Life group in Carrickfinn on Monday and Wednesday at the earlier time of 6pm. Walkers and new members welcome. Coaches: Elise Gillespie and Sinead Diver. ATHLETICS NEWS: GREAT WEEKEND FOR ROSSES AC AT THE ANTRIM FORUM was last modified: June 11th, 2013 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:ATHLETICS NEWS: GREAT WEEKEND FOR ROSSES AC AT THE ANTRIM FORUM