20 Jan

Nadal wins 10th Barcelona Open title

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP) Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 to win his 10th Barcelona Open title yesterday.It was the second consecutive week that Nadal had won a tournament for the 10th time. He had become the first men’s tennis player in the Open era to win the same title 10 times at the Monte Carlo Masters last Sunday.”It means a lot to me to win 10 titles here in Barcelona as well,” Nadal said. “To win in Barcelona and Monte Carlo gives me a dream start to the clay season.”It was Nadal’s second title of the season and 71st of his career. The fifth-ranked Spaniard had lost his previous three finals, including to Roger Federer in the Australian Open.Next month he will try to win a 10th French Open title. The last of his 14 Grand Slams was three years ago in Roland Garros.BREAK POINTNadal broke the ninth-ranked Austrian late in the first set and early in the second, then cruised to close out the match for his 51st career title on clay. He saved the only break point he conceded to Thiem at the “Rafa Nadal” center court. He was only broken twice in 47 service games throughout the week.”It was vital for me to win the first set,” Nadal said. “It was difficult. I had a few more chances than him, but it was very even.”The 30-year-old Nadal has won 10 consecutive matches and is 21-1 in his past 22 sets.Thiem, who had upset top-ranked Andy Murray in the semi finals on Saturday, was trying to win his second title of the season. He won in Rio de Janeiro in February.Nadal won five straight titles in Barcelona from 2005-09, then three consecutive from 2011-13, and now two in a row in 2016 and this year. He has a 10-0 record in finals in Barcelona, losing only one set.Nadal improved to 53-3 at the ATP World Tour 500 event.last_img read more

17 Jan

Cabinet’s ‘no-objection’ role to be phased out – Sharma

first_imgThe establishment of the five-member Public Procurement Commission (PPC), which is currently marred by delays before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), will see the phasing out of Cabinet’s role in giving its ‘no-objection’ to the procurement process.Junior Finance Minister, Jaipaul SharmaThis is according to Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma, who noted that before this could come into effect the Public Procurement Commission would have to be in place.However, he pointed out that in the absence of such a Commission, then in accordance with the laws, Government would now have to increase the ceiling on contracts’ value that Cabinet is required to give its no-objection on.As it is presently, the Procurement Act provides for Cabinet to review contacts exceeding the value of $15 million. However, the Junior Finance Minister hinted that this amount could increase to $40 million to $50 million.According to the law, Cabinet and the Public Procurement Commission, upon its establishment, shall review annually, the Cabinet’s threshold for review of procurement, with the objective of increasing that threshold over time so as to promote the goal of progressively phasing out Cabinet’s involvement and decentralising the procurement process.“In the interim, if the Public Procurement Commission is not established, Cabinet should have been increasing (the ceiling) every year… The law stipulates that Cabinet’s role should be phased out and by Government increasing the limit, is an indication that we are going to phase out,” he stated.Sharma noted that when contracts were before Cabinet for its ‘no-objection’, Ministers were very vocal and objective about their positions and this often resulted in the process being stymied.“If a Minister objects to (a contract), the project will have to go back to the tender board and be re-evaluated and then returned back (to Cabinet) and that in itself is holding it up. So the Public Procurement Commission is needed,” he stated.Minister Sharma was at the time speaking with reporters after the opening ceremony of a one-day sensitisation workshop on public procurement hosted by CARIFORUM and the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) on Tuesday.During his remarks to the gathering, the Junior Finance Minister outlined that the delayed establishment of the Public Procurement Commission was not preventing Government from taking appropriate steps to ensure that there was a transparent and accountable procurement process.He noted that among the measures put in place by Government, in the interim, was increasing the limit on contracts processed at various levels, starting from the ministerial boards to the regional tender boards and then the National Tender Board.“Increasing limits assist the various boards to process larger amounts in terms of contracts so that they don’t have to send it to the National Board for considerations. So, at their level, they can facilitate that process,” he stated.Additionally, Sharma noted that Cabinet also looked at the proposal of increasing the number of evaluators available to Government. Currently, evaluators are made up of public servants such as Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Department.The Minister explained that “by increasing the number of evaluators, you make it possible for persons to meet on a regular basis so that they can evaluate and report to the various boards on that evaluation and the award will be made. So it’s an effort to speed up the process so contracts will be awarded …more speedily…”The Junior Finance Minister went on to say another step taken by Government to ensure transparency and accountability was the implementation of the ‘Bid Protest Committee’, which allows contractors who were not satisfied with the evaluation to make an objection to the process.He pointed out that already one company has made an objection to the Committee. That company is Cevon’s Waste Management Inc which filed objections to the award of the $221 million contract to Puran Brothers Inc for the management of the Haags-Bosch Landfill site at Eccles, East Bank Demerara.last_img read more

11 Jan

Johnson’s image makes him tough to hate

first_imgIf you hate Jeff Gordon, you probably can’t stand his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, either. Therefore, Dale Jr. fans – who make up the majority of rooters in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series – are somewhat committed to booing Jimmie Johnson’s every move. “He’s a guy that people can look up to, he’s a guy that people respect, he’s a guy that you expect to do the right thing, and he will do that as our reigning champion. And by the way, he would do it if he wasn’t our reigning champion.” Of course, that’s exactly what some people hate about Johnson: Like Gordon, his image is a bit too perfect. It’s a direct contradiction for those who love NASCAR for being a family-friendly sport, then choosing to dislike a good family man and role model. But here’s the thing – Johnson’s appearance at the track doesn’t necessarily reflect his true self. He actually does have a personality. “It is tough to have my real personality show up on camera, in articles and on the radio because when I go to work, I put on my work shoes and that is what I do,” Johnson said. “I have just as much fun as anyone when I am away from the track, but I have had this labeling put on me being too PC or too correct … because I take my job seriously when I am at the track. “That is what I am focused on. That is what I do and I am going to say the right thing and do the right thing because that is my job.” When Johnson wins – and he’s done so 23 times since he entered the Cup Series in 2002 – he doesn’t do a backflip or snow angels or somersaults. Sometimes, he seems rather surprised or bewildered at what exactly just happened. Reporters were puzzled at August’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, when Johnson had an amazing comeback to win one of the biggest races of the season but seemed a bit subdued in the post-race news conference. Caught in the moment, Johnson can’t always wrap his arms around what just happened. While winning Daytona, the Brickyard, the All-Star Challenge and Nextel Cup last year, Johnson put together one of the best seasons ever. And he often showed as much disbelief as joy along the way. “I am just … I can’t believe I am standing there,” he said of his post-win reactions. “That is just the way that I respond to things. “It is weird. You expect it to be all of these overwhelming feelings and emotions and this massive celebration, but I get to that point and I am like, `Holy crap, I am in Victory Lane and this is rad.”‘ So far, Johnson has made few missteps since becoming champion. Except for one little golf cart incident. In December, Johnson was horsing around on the roof of a golf cart when he fell off and broke his right wrist. Fortunately for him, it was during the off-season. “The timing could not have been better and bottom line, I was out screwing around having fun and it got the best of me,” he said. jeff.gluck@sbsun.com (909) 483-8551 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FONTANA – Here’s some simple logic. Make sure to follow along: If you like Dale Earnhardt Jr., you probably don’t care for Jeff Gordon. center_img It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances for the 31-year-old Southern California native. On the other hand, no amount of jeers can slow his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet. For those who insist on booing Johnson, the defending Nextel Cup champion, and don’t want any reason to like him, stop reading now. You probably won’t want to hear about what a good guy he is, or how he’s earned the respect of seemingly everyone in the garage. It would mess up your perception to know that Johnson is humble, friendly and appreciative of his opportunities and success. “Jimmie’s a quality guy,” driver Jeff Burton said. “It doesn’t matter if he’s a champion or finished 50th in points, he’s still a quality guy. last_img
28 Dec

Joe’s Butchers crowned All Ireland Junior Sausage Champion

first_imgJoe’s Butchers have been crowned the All Ireland Junior Sausage Champion!Their breakfast fry sausage was created by Lurgybrack student Ellen Bridgeman, which contains black/white pudding, smoked bacon, and egg!After winning the award, Joe presented the award to Ellen. Ellen’s creation is available in all Joe’s Butchers outlets.Joe’s Butchers crowned All Ireland Junior Sausage Champion was last modified: December 4th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:butchersJoe’s Butchersletterkennylurgybacklast_img read more

27 Dec

GAA NEWS – GLENSWILLY TO HOLD IMPORTANT MEETING FOR UNDERAGE SET-UP

first_imgThe Clubs successful annual dinner dance rounded of a wonderful year for Glenswilly GAA. Attended by 400 people, the night celebrated all that made 2013 a memorable year for our Club. The awards on the night went to a very delighted Caolan Kelly for Senior player of the year. The reserve player award was shared with the daddy of the team “Big” Gerard McGrenra and twenty years his junior Oisin Crawford. Young player of the year went to Ryan Hunter and third team player of the year went to another rising star of the future, Padraig Boyle.Clubman of the year went to Mr All-rounder George Simmons, the man who cooked, washed, kitted, lottoed and painted his way to this much deserved award. Well done George. Cultural award went to one of the most valuable members within the Club, Mr Dietmar Goepport. The value of this mans contribution to anything happening, especially in the Club Hall, cannot be underestimated. A fitting winner. Michael Murphy received a special recognition award for Captaining Ireland to success in the International Rules Test against Australia.Appreciation awards were made to Finnbar Glackin, James Pat McDaid and Jim Gallagher for their commitment and dedication to their beloved Glenswilly Club.The Ulster Council President Mr Martin McAviney made the trip from Monaghan to award the seniors with their Championship medals and the Div.2 all county league medals. The reserve team were also presented with their reserve league medals.County Chairman Mr Sean Dunnion was also present on the night and spoke highly of Glenswilly’s year. The presence of the Dr Maguire, the Sandy Harper and the Cormac McAnallen cups made it a memorable night for photographs. The club acknowledged Joe Gibbons and his wife Suzanna on their wedding this year and not to forget the Glen’s adopted son Mr Eamonn Ward, who showed his romantic side by taking his beau Sinead Doherty off to Rome and proposing to her in front of the Tivoli fountain recently. Thankfully for Eamonn she said Yes.Thanks to Mr Charlie Collins who was MC for the night and kept us all entertained with his usual craic and wit and kept the night flowing smoothly.A meeting concerning Underage development within the Club will take place in the Club House this coming Friday, 10th of January at 7 o’clock. All coaches, managers, parents and any club member who wishes to contribute and get involved with underage in the coming year are urged to come along.The Clubs AGM will take place in the Club House this coming Saturday evening the 11th of January at 8 o’clock.Congratulations to Gary”copper McFadden who started and played alongside club colleague Michael Murphy for Donegal in the McKenna Cup game v Tyrone on Sunday past. Although the result didn’t go Donegal’s way, it was a great run out for our lads. GAA NEWS – GLENSWILLY TO HOLD IMPORTANT MEETING FOR UNDERAGE SET-UP was last modified: January 7th, 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

25 Dec

COUNCIL TO HONOUR ‘HAVE A GO’ RIVER HERO

first_imgA teenager who jumped down a 40ft ravine and pulled two trapped motorists from a car in a river is to be honoured.Inishowen man Jason McClay, 18, jumped into action after a car left a road and crashed into the Crana River outside Buncrana last week.Jason was at the home of his girlfriend Danielle O’Donnell (both pictured here) when he heard the commotion. He then jumped into the pitch-dark river and pulled two out of four passengers from the submerged car.Tow of the young people in the car were unable to swim and Jason, from Kinnego, pulled them to safety.He then bravely dived back into the water to check if there was anyone left trapped in the car.Modest Jason said “I was just doing what I thought was the right thing. Happily nobody was hurt.” However Buncrana councillor Peter McLaughlin said Jason’s bravery needs to be recognised.“He saved two lives and simply said “sure anybody would have done it”. To me he is a hero.“As far as I am concerned if someone does something like that then they should be recognised,” he said. COUNCIL TO HONOUR ‘HAVE A GO’ RIVER HERO was last modified: June 14th, 2012 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:Cllr Peter McLaughlinCrana RiverhonourJason McClaylast_img read more

22 Dec

Council must do more to encourage recycling and stamp out illegal dumping – Ó Fearraigh

first_imgSinn Fein Councillor John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh has called on Donegal County Council to radically enhance civic amenity sites and recycling facilities across the county in an effort to encourage the public to recycle more and to deter illegal dumping.Cllr Ó Fearraigh, who is expected to table a motion on the subject at the next meeting of Donegal County Council, says that the local authority needs to do more if it is to successfully tackle the problem of waste being disposed of illegally.Cllr Ó Fearraigh said “Thanks to RTÉ and the fantastic undercover journalism undertaken by its ‘Investigates’ programme, we’re all too aware of the problem of illegal dumping happening here in this county. “And while this problem is down to the shameful and criminal actions of a small minority of individuals, it is nonetheless incumbent on the local authority to do more to actively encourage the public to dispose of their waste properly, particularly their recyclables.“While there are a number of recycling points dotted around the county, there is a feeling amongst the public that some of these sites are inadequate, are often unkempt and poorly maintained, and are not adequately monitored to ensure that users are disposing of their waste correctly.“In Gaoth Dobhair for example, many constituents have reported being unable to deposit their recycling at the local recycling facility due to bins not being emptied frequently with the result that waste often piles up and the bins overflow.“To make matters worse many people have complained that these sites, while necessary, are often littered and very untidy and many people are discouraged from using them because of this. “Also, illegal dumping at these sites is not uncommon and question marks remain over the levels of monitoring which is carried out to ensure that all users are adhering to rules and are disposing of their recycling responsibly.“This is why I will be tabling a motion at the next meeting of the council calling on the local authority to carry out a review of its existing facilities with the view to increasing the services currently being offered, including examining the possibility of extending the number and types of materials which may be recycled.“My motion will also seek a plan being adopted by the council to urgently clean up existing civic amenity sites, and to introduce greater levels of monitoring at these sites in a bid to crack down on illegal dumping.“I have no doubt that, should these measures be approved and implemented, then together we can greatly reduce the scourge of illegal dumping throughout the county while further incentivising the general public to correctly dispose of their household waste and to increase their individual levels of recycling.“That’s why I am calling on all Councillors to back this initiative and to support my motion.” Council must do more to encourage recycling and stamp out illegal dumping – Ó Fearraigh was last modified: July 11th, 2018 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:Donegal County Councildumpinglast_img read more

21 Dec

ISPCA welcomes plans to ban Irish fur farms

first_imgThe ISPCA has warmly welcomed a government move to ban fur farming in Ireland, saying the “cruel” practice should be consigned to the history books.Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed gained cabinet approval this week to proceed with the phasing out of fur farming.Three mink farms exist in Ireland, including one operating outside Glenties. An estimated 200,000 mink are killed in the farms each year. The Government will now bring forward a Bill to introduce a phased ban on current fur farming in Ireland. The Bill will also make it illegal for any new fur farms to be established.ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly said: “The ISPCA has been campaigning hard on this issue and I am delighted that the Government has announced a phased ban on fur farming.  It is very welcome news and we would like to congratulate Minister Michael Creed and his officials for this progressive step for animal welfare in Ireland, which now becomes the 15th EU Member State to introduce a ban on fur farming.“We would also like to thank Deputy Ruth Coppinger for her Prohibition of Fur Farming Bill which helped bring this issue to the fore and received cross party support and also thank Veterinary Ireland, who’s Policy Statement in December was a pivotal moment.  We were pleased to have worked with Deputy Coppinger, Veterinary Ireland and Fur Free Alliance on this issue.“The ISPCA believes that fur farming is cruel and has no place in a modern and progressive Ireland that is committed to the highest possible animal welfare standards and it is right that it is being consigned to the history books where it belongs.” ISPCA welcomes plans to ban Irish fur farms was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:fur farmingmink farmlast_img read more

19 Dec

SA’s double Everest triumph

first_img3 June 2003South Africa joined the rest of the world in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest last week, and two South Africans made sure the flag flew on top of the world. Game ranger Sibusiso Vilane made history in the process, becoming the first black African to summit the world’s highest mountain.32-year-old Vilane, who holds joint South African and Swaziland nationality, reached the summit of Everest with the rest of his international team on 26 May – in the face of extremely hostile weather conditions. Claire Keeton, reporting for the Sunday Times from Everest Base Camp, said that wind speeds were in the region of 80km/h, and temperatures down to minus 30 degrees Celcius.Vilane and his team spent 24 hours “in Everest’s ‘death zone’ above 8 000m, much of this time in the dark and fatal cold”, Keeton wrote. “Sibu had not only reached the top of Everest, he had survived it at its worst.”“When I reached the summit, I felt as though I was stepping onto a very sacred place and could not contain myself. I fell to my knees weeping”, Vilane told Keeton. “… I wanted to show the world that nothing could stop black people from standing on top of the world, given the opportunity.”Sibusiso Vilane on the Lhotse Face. (Photo copyright Rodrigo Ponce, Jagged Globe Mountaineering)Four days later, on 30 May, 36-year-old filmmaker Sean Wisedale reached the same 8 848m high spot. “As I look down, I can see Sibusiso’s flag, right here. The Swaziland and South African flags, right beneath me”, Wisedale told Patricia Glynn, who was reporting on the Discovery Everest expedition from Base Camp.Wisedale was the only member of the six-man Discovery team to reach the summit. Having made two attempts on the summit only to be forced back by the weather 350 metres from their goal, team leader Alex Harris reluctantly decided that the team had run out of the time and supplies they needed for a further attempt.Wisedale still felt strong enough for a third push, however, and was able to join another climbing party, with further backing from sponsor Discovery. The weather “window” finally opened, and Wisedale grabbed his opportunity. “I’m at the top of the planet now, the closest point to God”, he told Glynn from the summit. “If you want to get to the top, you’ve got to go to the top. God bless South Africa, God bless Discovery, and God bless our families.”‘All Africans stand 8 848 metres tall’“Sibusiso Vilane has made all of us – of all colours, cultures and stations in the continent – stick out our chests in justifiable pride and wonder”, President Thabo Mbeki said in a statement last week.“His example of sheer grit and optimism, not alone but in the closest partnership with others, is exemplary as we Africans face the Everest-like challenges ahead of us, notably to revive our continent and free it from past socio-economic subjugation”, said Mbeki, who is also chairman of the African Union (AU).Mount Everest, alone among the Seven Summits in having what mountaineers refer to as a “death zone” – anything higher than 8 000m. (Photo copyright Discovery Everest Expedition)“Years ago, in 1953, when the same Everest (named after a colonial surveyor-general in India) was first climbed, the splendid news broke over an imperial nation celebrating a coronation and a new life under a new monarch, in a changed world and a changing Commonwealth.“In not-incomparable circumstances”, Mbeki said, “Sibusiso has achieved fame just as a new era dawns in Africa – with the post-imperial strivings and struggles of Africans being recalled and lauded during the 40th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).“The spirit of the new African Union, which has arisen in strength from the OAU, inspires us all to march on to a sustainable life of success and plenty for Africa. In this we are in deadly earnest, and we can rightly see Sibusiso Vilane’s achievement as a very special inspiration to this end.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

16 Dec

W3i’s New Mobile Platform Rewards Users for Installing Apps

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#apps#mobile#news App recommendation service W3i has just launched a new platform which targets mobile, to complement its existing PC and Web application recommendation services. The obtusely named W3i “Ad-Funded Payment Platform,” aims to help developers achieve both their discovery and monetization goals, the company says. To do so, it will reward users with virtual currency within free mobile applications for installing apps from W3i’s advertisers (i.e., other developers).At present, the platform focuses on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad apps only.According to W3i in a recent company blog post, the revenue from virtual goods is expected to pass $2 billion in the U.S. in 2011. Its new mobile platform will tap into that growth trend by providing developers access to iOS gamers.The mobile platform will use W3i’s proprietary InstallIQ software, which has already seen 500 million downloads elsewhere on its network.How W3i’s Mobile Platform WorksInstead of purchasing virtual goods directly using actual cash payments from their own personal bank accounts, iOS gamers can now choose to install a mobile application from an advertiser.For the participating advertisers, there’s an opportunity to acquire more users for an app on a pay-per-install basis. It also allows them to access the large (W3i estimates 97%) market of users who do not pay for mobile applications. Included in the program are analytics tools and campaign dashboards, allowing advertisers to fine tune, monitor and manage their ads. For the app publishers, there’s an opportunity to monetize usage of an app, not installs, which allows publishers to offer their apps as free downloads instead of paid ones.For end users, gameplay is more fun because they don’t have to pay with cash for the necessary virtual goods and upgrades – they can just install a new app in lieu of payment. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Payment Through Offers Still an Emerging MarketW3i is not the first company to offer this sort of program. A similar program is provided by Tapjoy, which incidentally just raised $21 million, money which will be used to fund growth across new mobile app ecosystem both in the U.S. and abroad, the company said.Like W3i, Tapjoy offers a pay-per-install ad network, but one that works on not just iPhone, but also Android, as well as on other social gaming platforms from Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, MySpace and hi5. Tapjoy is used by developers and publishers like GameDuell, Tapulous, Glu, Pinger, Playdom, Kayak, Barnes & Noble, MTV, Bing, Fandango, Groupon and Intuit.While neither company may end up being a household name known by the consumers they target, the offers provided by both will likely be heavily used by the growing group of mobile gamers.As we noted earlier this week, the in-app purchase market is expected to increase this year. Since June, app store analytics firm Distimo found that free apps saw in-app purchases go from 14% to 34% on iPhone and from 7% to 15% on iPad. And the share of revenue more than doubled on both iPhone and iPad ?within the highest grossing apps. (You can read more findings from that report here.) sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more