Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “I would like to make up my mind ahead of time so I can plan my buildup, my fitness schedule, even the way I would approach my December practice sessions,” Federer said. “It could benefit the clay-court season.“This is something that is obviously a big deal. If you play the clay, it changes everything.”Federer has won a record 20 Grand Slam singles titles but clay has been his least favorite surface. His haul of Grand Slam titles includes only one victory at Roland Garros, in 2009, when he completed his career Grand Slam.He last reached the French Open final in 2011, when he was beaten in four sets by Rafael Nadal.ADVERTISEMENT Team Europe Roger Federer of Switzerland and Team Europe Novak Djokovic of Serbia talk prior to their Men’s Doubles match against Team World Kevin Anderson of South Africa and Team World Jack Sock of the United States on day one of the 2018 Laver Cup at the United Center on September 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for The Laver Cup/AFPWorld number two Roger Federer says he is mulling a return to the European clay-court season in 2019 following a two-year absence.Federer, speaking to ESPN on the sidelines of this weekend’s Laver Cup, has skipped the clay-court segment of the season since 2017 in order to conserve energy for Wimbledon and hard-court seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dirk Nowitzki accepts bench role with Mavericks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title However, the 37-year-old revealed he is rethinking his scheduling for next season, and may yet play on clay.“The clay-court season is under review,” Federer told ESPN. “It’s not off the table. I will know by the end of the year.”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 ChrissThree ATP Masters events are held on clay as well as several smaller tournaments in the build up to the French Open.Federer said if he does opt to play the clay-court season it will require a significant tweak of his training regime. View comments
The head of the Women and Children Protection Section of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Vera Mendy, has disclosed that there is an increase in sexual and gender-based violence, including domestic abuse even as the Ebola virus loses ground in the country.Making the disclosure during last Thursday‘s MICAT press briefing, Ms. Mendy described gender-based violence as cruel. “Rape against children is also on the increase,” she added. At least 85 percent of those victimized, are between the ages of 3 and16 or perhaps even younger, according to Ms. Mendy.From January to November of this year the administration of Women and Children Protection Section has received 2,267 violence-related cases against women, emanating from all depots in the country, including 382 cases of sexual and gender-based violence, she said.“These gender issues include rape, statutory rape, gang rape, corruption of minors and sexual assault. Out of the 382 court cases pending investigation, we have been able to send 114 alleged offenders to the judiciary,” she says.“We have also had persistent reports of nonsupport to mothers of children, simple assault, and battering of women by their male partners, resulting in minor injuries, terroristic threats, amongst others. This has amounted to 1,111 cases, of which we have sent 233 to magistrates; while 283 others are pending investigation and 595 cases have been withdrawn.”Giving out more troubling statistics, Ms. Mendy reported that there were 760 cases of lost-and-found runaways, interfering with child custody, endangering child welfare and abandoned children. 108 of those cases were sent to various courts while 216 cases are pending investigation, with the rest withdrawn,With all the constraints of handling these cases amid the deadly Ebola virus, WACPS will continue to be vigilant in its mandate to investigate and arrest perpetrators, she warned.Highlighting the challenges, Madam Mendy explained that officers responding to the scene of an assault must take precautionary measures to ensure not only their safety, but the safety of persons being arrested given the Ebola epidemic in the country.“The process of intervening at a crime scene and carrying out investigations amid the Ebola crisis are major challenges for the police,” she said.Madam Mendy said it is advisable for both the perpetrators and victims of gender-based violence to take preventive measures to help reduce the risk of contracting the virus through close physical contact with infected persons.Urging the general public to controll their tempers and violent emotions, she observed that people ought to desist from verbal and physical assault, reporting all offenses to the police or seeking immediate medical assistances, should the need arise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
With just six days remaining before the 90-day deadline expires to host national elections, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has written several international bodies requesting that they do not recognise the Coalition Government after March 21.Speaking at his weekly press briefing on Thursday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo disclosed that letters have been written to the Commonwealth, the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (Caricom).“In all three cases, we are requesting that these agencies not recognise the Government of Guyana after March 21. There are other issues we’ve raised in the letters; we give them a detailed briefing as to how the Government has deliberately been slowing down the process of complying with the Constitution; how they’ve acted in bad faith throughout, even at the engagements we’ve had; and so we’ve brought the international organisations up to speed on those things, and we’ve requested non-recognition of the Government,” Jagdeo asserted.He noted that these international bodies have acknowledged receipt of the letters but did not indicate their positions on how they will treat the Government post March 21.Nevertheless, Jagdeo said, they will be following-up with these bodies. In fact, he disclosed that he had already contacted the Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, and plans to do the same with the heads of the other organisations.In addition, the Opposition Leader pointed out that over the coming days the Opposition will also be re-engaging the diplomatic community to discuss, among other issues, non-recognition of the Coalition Government. The first meeting is expected to be held sometime today.But even as the PPP Opposition continues to lobby the international community, questions were raised about the party’s past attacks on diplomats here.Referring to the controversial ‘feral blast’ delivered by the PPP administration against the United States (U.S.) envoy back in 2014, Jagdeo explained that “It was not the concern about a statement on local government elections that triggered what may seem as a harsh response from the Government at that time. It was the personal comments in relation to (former) President Donald Ramotar, and that we take strongly… The international community has always been involved in Guyana on the democracy front…so urging them to be involved now is nothing new.”Further, he reminded that back in 2016, President David Granger, as Opposition Leader then, had called for international sanctions against Guyana if the PPP administration did not reconvene Parliament after the prorogation, to face the no-confidence motion.“He called for sanctions against Guyana (in 2014), and today he’s saying, when the external forces say that you have to have elections and you have to respect the constitution… he’s lecturing about “mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs”,” Jagdeo noted, while referring to the Head of State’s comments during the accreditation ceremony of new U.S. Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah Ann Lynch, who said on Wednesday that her country will continue to support “genuinely free and fair” elections in Guyana.The Opposition Leader further spoke about the “non-interference” versus the “non-indifference” concept adopted in the Constitutive Act of the African Union.“They have a new principle of non-indifference as opposed to the non-interference in the domestic affairs of member states… When there is a serious threat to legitimate order… the world and the African Union will not have an indifferent approach… and we all recognise that in Guyana there is a threat to legitimate order; that the Government will become unconstitutional…” he asserted.Meanwhile, during the media briefing, Jagdeo disclosed that last week he received a telephone call from former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and took the opportunity to update him on the looming political crisis.“I did not mention it last week that we had a conversation because President Carter said to me he was trying to get onto President Granger, and did not want, as soon as I get the call, go in the media and talk about. So I give him enough time for that, and I thought it was necessary for Guyanese to know that I received a call and I spoke with him, but I prefer to keep a little quite on the content at this point in time, until I hear back from him as to whether he had spoken to President Granger,” the Opposition Leader noted.While it is still unclear whether the former U.S. President had since contacted the Guyanese Leader, the Government, in a statement on Thursday, said that Jagdeo’s interpretation of the Constitution is flawed, and that President David Granger will remain President until the new president is sworn in. More so, the release stated that the members of the Coalition Government have not resigned.“There is no provision in the Constitution of Guyana which requires the President to resign or demit office following the passage of a no-confidence motion… [Jagdeo’s] statement is patently flawed and must be rejected outrightly,” the missive from the Government stated.Since the December 21, 2018 passage of the motion of no- confidence against the APNU+AFC Coalition, calls have been made by various stakeholders, including foreign diplomats here, for the Government to abide by the Constitution and set a date for elections.In fact, earlier this week, British High Commissioner Greg Quinn, in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times, reminded that the clock is ticking on the constitutional three months’ deadline for holding elections. This deadline expires next Thursday.Representatives from the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) have also echoed similar calls in February for the Guyana Government to adhere to the Constitution.
1 Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will face each other in the Champions League quarter-finals after the rivals were paired together at the draw in Switzerland.The Spanish sides played in the final of the competition last year with Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos overcoming Diego Simeone’s team 4-1 after extra-time.And now the Argentine will be looking for revenge as Atletico attempt to win the trophy for the first time.Elsewhere, Chelsea’s conquerors Paris Saint-Germain take on Barcelona, who defeated Manchester City 3-1 on aggregate.Bayern Munich will face Porto as they try to win the competition for a sixth time, while Juventus play Monaco.Champions League quarter-final draw:Paris Saint-Germain v BarcelonaAtletico Madrid v Real MadridPorto v Bayern MunichJuventus v Monaco Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid to meet in the Champions League again
1 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed Serge Gnabry will join West Brom on loan.The 20-year-old has returned to full fitness after missing most of last season due to injury and Wenger is keen for the youngster to gain regular first-team action.talkSPORT revealed on Thursday that the Baggies were close to concluding a deal for the German.And Wenger admitted on Friday, ahead of his side’s Premier League opener against West Ham: “He is going to West Brom. I think he had the medical on Thursday, we will confirm it today,”Gnabry will become Albion’s fourth summer signing, following Rickie Lambert, James McClean and James Chester in moving to the Hawthorns. Serge Gnabry
The opening of the Medical 5 unit at Letterkenny General Hospital is now expected to take place on Tuesday next.Letterkenny General HospitalThe 18 bed unit was due to open almost a month ago but management have blamed a lack of staff for the delayed opening.However Donegal Daily understands the unit will now open on Tuesday bringing much-needed relief to the struggling hospital. Staff at the hospital have been trying to cope under severe pressure in recent days with a number of patients being treated in corridors and on wards.The hospital was yesterday named the busiest hospital in the country by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.One staff member with two decades experience at the hospital said she had never seen the hospital so busy. OPENING OF ‘MEDICAL 5’ TO RELIEVE PRESSURE AT LGH NEXT WEEK was last modified: July 31st, 2014 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:donegalLetterkenny General HospitalMedical 5
Margo: Honest and frank account of her lifeSINGER MARGO O’Donnell has revealed how a man sexually assaulted her when she was 20 and recovering after a road traffic accident.The shocking revelation comes in her autobiography ‘Margo Queen of Country & Irish: The Promise and the Dream’ released today by O’Brien Press.The Donegal singer was taking medication after suffering injuries in a car crash; however this led to her having blackouts. “After singing one night I felt dizzy and had one of my blackouts and as I was coming round, this man, whom I knew, was performing a lewd act in my presence and though I was never physically raped, I was forced to perform a sex act on this person,” she writes, saying she was teetotal at the time.“Abuse can take many forms and this event affected me very badly,” she writes in her book.A decade later she was told her career would take off if she had sex with a showbiz contact.“I ran so scared I wanted to die. I believe that sort of thing happens right up to the present day, but I am proud to say I never slept my way to the top,” she said. Her brilliant book is a heartfelt and honest appraisal of her life, dealing with her battle with alcohol after she began drinking at the age of 23.Now aged 63, she says she was able to read her entire book to her mum Julia before she died and her mum had backed her decision to publish it. MARGO: ‘I SUFFERED SEX ATTACK WHEN I WAS YOUNG SINGER’ was last modified: September 24th, 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:bookdrinkMargo O’Donnell
Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Arsenal’s record goalscorer was linked to the Aston Villa job this month 3 highlights ALTERED 3 But Villa instead backed current boss Steve Bruce to continue.Henry has coaching experience with Arsenal’s youth academy but has never held a senior managerial role.The Egypt job, which former Mexico and Atletico Madrid boss Javier Aguirre has also been linked to, is available after Hector Cuper was sacked following a disastrous World Cup campaign.Struggling to offer an attacking threat with Mo Salah not fully fit, Egypt lost all three Group A games, against opponents Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? who plays? Henry was Roberto Martinez’s Belgium assistant coach in Russia Thierry Henry has agreed terms to become the Egypt manager after his agent met with bosses from the African nation’s Football Association, according to reports.The Arsenal legend is still deciding whether to take the role as he considers the direction the Egyptian FA (EFA) wish to take the team in. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Former international keeper Nader El-Sayed told Egyptian outlet King Fut: “We had a meeting with Thierry Henry’s agent in London, and (EFA board member) Hazem Emam was present.“Henry is waiting for the EFA’s project for the team before deciding on the offer, apart from the economic aspect.”Henry, 40, recently assisted Belgium manager Roberto Martinez at the World Cup in Russia, helping to guide them to a third-place finish.The Frenchman then left his Sky Sports punditry role to pursue a full-time managerial post, and was linked with the Aston Villa role after their recent takeover. NEW ERA possible standings How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 3 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade A capitulation at the World Cup saw the Egyptian FA sack former boss Hector Cuper How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? LATEST TRANSFER NEWS silverware possible xi impact gameday smart causal Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes The Egyptian squad, nicknamed ‘the Pharaohs’, included Salah, Arsenal man Mohamed Elneny and West Brom’s Ahmed Hegazi.Wigan Athletic’s Sam Morsy was also in the side that finished as one of only two teams not to pick up a point in Russia.
Gardai and the fire service at the scene of the bus fire. Pic by Donegal Daily.Dozens of schoolchildren had to be evacuated from a schoolbus this morning after it caught fire.The emergency services including fire tenders have rushed to the scene of the incident close to Mountaintop in Letterkenny.The bus, which belongs to Marley’s coaches, caught fire just before 8.30am. The bus catches fire. Pic by Donegal Daily.The children were rushed off the coach as flames caught hold of the bus.It is not understood that any of the children were hurt in the blaze.The children, who were coming from Creeslough to Loreto and St Eunan’s College, were taken to safety and then transferred to school on other buses.Gardai and the emergency services are at the scene and are redirecting traffic. It is not known how the bus caught fire.“Smoke was flying out of he bus for a while. We first noticed it a we were coming up to Mountaintop and as we passed Kelly’s of Mountaintop, the bus driver pulled out and told us to get out that the bus was on fire,” said one of the St Eunan’s pupils.We will bring you more on this story as it develops.BREAKING NEWS: CHILDREN EVACUATED FROM SCHOOLBUS AFTER IT CATCHES FIRE was last modified: November 26th, 2014 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:bus firedonegalletterkenny
After putting on an offensive show in just about every single game thus far this season, the Huskies outdid themselves Wednesday night and nearly broke the scoreboard with 106 points.Drew Gillette had 25 of them, a team-high, and the Fortuna Huskies boys’ basketball team found zero trouble in the first round of the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs, hammering visiting No. 15 Fort Bragg 106-73 Wednesday night on Bob Orr Court at Fortuna High.As many of the Huskies’ games this season …