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Tsitsipas sweats into French Open fourth round

first_imgGreek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas dug deep to book his place in the French Open fourth round on Saturday, completing a 7-5 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(6) victory against Serbian Filip Krajinovic after play was suspended on Friday night.The match resumed at 5-5 in the third set and Tsitsipas looked wobbly in losing the tiebreak before finally winning in four sets thanks to his opponent’s nerves on Court Philippe-Chatrier.A runner-up in Madrid and semi-finalist in Rome in the run-up to the claycourt Grand Slam, Tsitsipas had breezed through the first two sets and appeared on the brink of a no-nonsense win when play resumed in searing heat on Saturday.But Krajinovic threw everything he had at Tsitsipas, which unsettled the 20-year-old.Two straight double faults handed a break to Krajinovic in the fourth set, but the Serbian let his guard down and allowed Tsitsipas to get another crack at a tiebreak.The Greek saved a set point as Krajinovic lost his composure, hitting long on the first match point.Tsitsipas next faces either 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka or Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.last_img read more

Rescuing Liberia’s Abandoned Chimps

first_imgAs the New York Blood Center (NYBC) remains adamant with its decision not to support the chimps that it has used for research purposes; local organizations in Liberia are beginning to intervene in rescuing the chimps and are preparing to legally engage the center to live up to its commitment. One of the non-governmental organizations, locally ensuring that NYBC live up to its commitment to the chimps is the Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia (SCNL).SCNL has begin holding series of consultations with other NGOs involved in conservation to ensure that steps are taken locally to have NYBC reconsider its decision not to support the chimps.SCNL is one of Liberia’s oldest conservation organizations whose foundation dates back to the 1980’s.The executive director of SCNL Michael Garbo said, his organization decided to quickly intervene upon hearing through the media that the chimps were abandoned by NYBC. Garbo said a team from SCNL visited the Liberia Institute for Bio-Medical Research (LIBR) to obtain the facts surrounding the chimps’ abandonment, adding that it was established that NYBC did abandon the chimps.“Upon hearing the story, my institution (SCNL) immediately begun creating awareness and raising alarm by taking to the airwaves to get the public informed about what is happening to Liberia’s chimps.”The SCNL Executive Director said a meeting for NGOs involved in conservation was held, where action points have beed adopted to pursue the NYBC.According to Garbo, SCNL and other NGOs have begun gathering all the agreements between NYBC and the government. He said the body has agreed to begin the process by writing the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and will be followed by a communication to the U.S Embassy.Garbo continues: “one of the key resolutions is to mainly get the FDA involved; FDA is the legal body responsible for wildlife management.” “We want to let the world know that there is some local action being done, we want to thank our international partners for the step taken so far,” Garbo said.According to him, for the survival of the chimps, the blood center should see the need to continue its support, adding, “The lives of the chimps are at stake, they are chimps from Liberia, they have nowhere else to go, and if they decide to get wild, it will be dangerous for the community.”A Representative of the Humane Society of the United States in Liberia, James Desmond, said currently, his organization has funding for the up-keep of chimps, noting that it is not sometimes sustainable.Desmond said the original agreement between NYBC and the government of Liberia dates back to 1974, which talks about five percent royalty will be given to Liberia from money generated from the research and an endowment fund will be set up.Giving the status Phoebe, McKinney of ISPARE said in March of this year that the NYBC decided that it was going to stop its financial support to the chimps.Phoebe said currently it is not about the chimps that have been abandoned but also the staffs that were abandoned. The Chimps were used in research for the development of the hepatitis B vaccine and also contributed to the validation of a sterilization method that eliminates transmission of Hepatitis B and C and HIV viruses through blood products. The Chimps are left with the underfundedLiberia Bio-medical Research Institute to take care of, a burden the institution is finding it difficult to handle. Dr. Borlay said the agreement between U.S Institution and the Government of Liberia provided that NYBC will provide care for the chimps in “retirement.” “Care has to be provided for these animals in retirement on the islands where they are safe from human predators and local people and animals which have lost their fear of people can be vicious”, he said. Dr. Borlay added that NYBC initially began implementing the agreement, adding that it has stopped its support to the chimps. “Because they were raised in captivity, the chimpanzees have to be fed by handlers whom they have come to know and trust and provided with other care at a cost of about $ 30,000 per month,” Dr. Borlay added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

It’s time to charge, prosecute litterbugs

first_imgDear Editor,There is a growing garbage dumping problem which is getting worse daily. Streets, roads, playgrounds, school compounds, trenches, canals, and every conceivable place have become the dumping grounds for these litterbugs. These people have no conscience and no sense of civic responsibility. They feel that society, the NGOs, the NDCs, the municipalities, and the Government should be cleaning and disposing of their filth and garbage all the time and they have no responsibility to dispose of their garbage.This littering problem is caused by human beings and is a serious environmental problem in Guyana. It can seriously affect our quality of life. This Government and the previous Government have been waging a continuous and never-ending battle against this man-made problem.On October 30, 2013, the then Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment signed the legal supplement to the Environmental Protection Act 1996 (No 11 of 1996), which appeared in the Official Gazette on November 16, 2013.According to this EPA Litter Regulation, it became an offence to commit certain acts. Regulation 3 makes it an offence to deposit litter in a public place without reasonable excuse. The penalty for committing this offence is ,000 in case of an individual and 0,000 in case of a company.Regulation 2 deals with disposal of litter from motor vehicles or trailer. It states that a person who transports in or on a motor vehicle or trailer along any motorway, road, street, alley, lane, mall or thoroughfare, any substance or material which is likely to fall off or blow off the motor vehicle or trailer is guilty of the offence of littering. The fines are the same as above.Regulation 3 states that if the owner of a bus or taxi fails to provide in a convenient place in his vehicle one or more receptacles for the deposit of litter, he is guilty of an offence and the fine is ,000.Regulation 4 states that a person who throws down, drops or otherwise deposits and leaves any litter in or into any premises owned or occupied by another without consent of that person is guilty of an offence and the fine is ,000. The Regulations also state that it shall be the duty of all officers and constables of the Guyana Police Force to assist in carrying the provisions into effect. The Regulations also provided for the use of wardens to enforce the same. However, to my dismay, some of the Police Stations are not even aware of the existence of these EPA Regulations and how they can prosecute alleged offenders.Therefore, I would like to see the relevant authority educating the Guyana Police Force and the other agencies about their roles in charging and prosecuting offenders. This will go a long way in keeping our environment clean, healthy and litter-free. It costs us a fortune to keep our environment garbage-free and it is time that the perpetrators of this nastiness are made to pay.Lastly, I would like to compliment Mr Amarnauth Jaggernauth, a businessman of Chesney, who have spent thousands of dollars to clean the trench in the area which was so full of garbage and filth dumped by some residents in the said area. I do hope that the residents will keep the place clean in the future and that other businessmen can assist to clean their respective areas.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufChairman (Kilcoy/Hampshire NDC)last_img read more

Subprime scheme to spread out balance sheet losses delays reckoning

first_imgWASHINGTON – A lifeline banks are extending to owners of mortgage-backed securities that have plunged in value will avert a near-term crisis but not necessarily a painful reckoning long term. At some point, banks and others will have to update their balance sheets to reflect huge losses from the collapse in subprime mortgages extended to risky borrowers during the housing boom. Yet Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp., with approval from the Treasury Department, have devised a scheme to spread out the balance sheet losses over time and prevent dramatic swings in asset valuations that could unbalance financial markets. The banks hope the creation of the Master Liquidity Enhancement Conduit or M-LEC, will prevent turmoil in mortgage-backed securities from further spilling into other parts of the credit market. Not controlling the spillover could force a fire sale of distressed assets, making borrowers more reluctant to lend. The result: higher interest rates and slower economic growth. At the same time, M-LEC gives the market some time to assess the extent of the problem in asset-backed securities. No one is quite sure how many of the securities are in trouble. Part of the reason is because about $400 billion of the securities are held by banks in off-balance sheet funds, known as structured investment vehicles or SIVs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The jury is out on whether M-LEC will be successful, especially over the long haul. Some analysts argue it simply delays the inevitable, as banks will eventually have to mark down the value of securities backed by subprime mortgages now in default. “They’re just trying to buy time,” said Christopher Whalen, managing director of Institutional Risk Analytics, a consulting firm. Others, though, say M-LEC is a crucial step in restoring calm to a market near chaos. In just the past few months, leading banks and investment houses, such as Citigroup and Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., have already reduced the value of asset-backed securities on their books by approximately $30 billion, said Brian Bethune, U.S. economist at Global Insight, a consulting firm. More writedowns are coming but “it’s just not appropriate to have it all in two months,” he added. last_img read more

House control a key GOP issue

first_imgCASHIERS, N.C. – Facing a strong re-election challenge from Democrat Heath Shuler, veteran Republican Rep. Charles Taylor is going after a candidate who gets an “F” from the National Rifle Association and a perfect score from a leading abortion-rights group. But that’s not Shuler, a former NFL quarterback who hopes his pro-gun and anti-abortion positions appeal to swing voters and social conservatives alike in this mountainous district in western North Carolina. Instead, Taylor’s target this summer is Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the California congresswoman who has emerged as a “boogey-woman” of sorts for Republicans campaigning this year on the idea that Democrats can’t be trusted with control of the House. “Rookie Heath Shuler is following the playbook of San Francisco liberal Nancy Pelosi,” an announcer intones as the noise of a stadium crowd and marching band plays in the background of a 60-second Taylor radio spot. “The Pelosi game plan: Elect Heath Shuler and others like him, and take over Congress with the votes of illegal immigrants.” For Taylor, it is so far the only issue the eight-term incumbent is talking about. It’s been years since the timber and banking magnate faced a tough re-election challenge. He has rarely been pushed hard enough to have to campaign actively and almost never advertises until the final weeks of a race. But with some polls showing Shuler running ahead of the incumbent and the race considered a toss-up, Taylor jumped into the campaign this summer with the spot linking Shuler to Pelosi. Shuler’s campaign calls Taylor’s ad dishonest, noting that Shuler has repeatedly said he opposes illegal immigration and supports effort to strengthen the nation’s borders. “I’m a Democrat,” Shuler said. “I feel that (Minority) Leader Pelosi and I certainly have different viewpoints on the social issues, but I feel like as a whole … I’m a Democrat, kind of the old, Southern-style Democrat, certainly a more moderate-style Democrat.” Asked whether he would vote to make Pelosi the House speaker if he is part of a Democratic takeover of the House, Shuler responded: “Just as I was interviewed to run for this office, I will also do my interview process and pick the person that not only fits the best for our district, but also fits our party best.” Taylor often declines to speak with reporters, and calls to his campaign headquarters seeking comment about the ad were not returned. But Collegio, who pointed out Pelosi’s campaign committee has given $4,000 to Shuler’s campaign so far, said the ad “shows Charles Taylor is taking this race seriously.” Jack Pitney, a government professor at California’s Claremont McKenna College, wonders how much good it will do. Citing a Gallup poll released earlier this summer, Pitney noted 40 percent of Americans surveyed either didn’t know Pelosi, or had no opinion of her. Those who knew her were roughly split between positive and negative feelings, he said. “Congressional leaders usually don’t provide much ammunition to the other party,” Pitney wrote in an e-mail interview. “In most cases, voters have only a hazy picture of the top Republicans and Democrats in Congress.” Conservative Democrats so far seem immune to claims that Shuler – with his anti-abortion positions and blaze orange “Sportsmen for Heath Shuler” bumper stickers – is a closet liberal. “I say Heath Shuler is a man with his own mind made up,” said John Leopard, a Cashiers, N.C., resident who attended a recent Shuler speech. “If he needed to vote with Nancy Pelosi, he would vote. If he had to vote against her, he would. That’s the reason I would vote for him.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThese rugged, rural mountains, which couldn’t be more different from Pelosi’s San Francisco, aren’t the only place Republicans want to make the specter of a Democratic House a key campaign issue. In South Carolina’s 5th District, state Rep. Ralph Norman is challenging 12-term Democratic incumbent John Spratt and has repeatedly linked Spratt to Pelosi, saying voters should elect Norman if they want the GOP to maintain control of the House. Before announcing in April that he would leave Congress, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay criticized the Democrat lined up to run against him as a tool of “liberal activists” like Pelosi, Barbra Streisand and financier George Soros. House Republicans recently released a document claiming that a Democratic House takeover would lead to committee chairmanships for several prominent liberal Democrats, including California’s Henry Waxman, New York’s Charles Rangel and Michigan’s John Conyers Jr. “Nancy Pelosi is one of the most stridently liberal politicians in recent memory, and insofar as candidates can draw a contrast between their record and Pelosi’s record, (she) could emerge as a campaign issue,” said Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. last_img read more

The Late Tackle Podcast on talkSPORT – Saturday, September 2

first_imgOn today’s show James Brown and David Preece bring you a light-hearted look back on a busy day of sporting action.Guests include former Man United forward Ben Thornley and ex-Human League and Heaven 17 member Martyn Ware.Have a listen, above, or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.last_img

Killybegs Coast Guard honoured on ‘Late Late Show’

first_imgThis weekend’s ‘Late Late Show’ on RTÉ paid a special tribute to the brave members of the coastguard and RNLI who face treacherous conditions to help those in need.A panel of coastguard and RNLI volunteers were invited along to the ‘Late Late Show’, where they recounted situations they have faced while on duty. Shane McCrudden, the deputy officer of Killybegs Coast Guard station (pictured above) was in attendance, and told of the New Years Day rescue in 2013.Over thirty rescuers went to Slieve League to rescue a 28-year-old man who fell 400 feet down a cliff, including Killybegs Coast Guard, Arranmore RNLI, Donegal Mountain Rescue, local people, and members of Sligo/Leitrim Mountain Rescue.The rescue took twelve hours to complete.An airlift was not possible on that evening due to the weather, so rescuers had to carry climbing gear to the top of the cliff by hand. Two climbers abseiled down to retrieve the man, however when they reached 400 feet they realised that the man was 150 feet to the left of them, so they had to climb back up, re-set, and go down again.Shane said that “the locals are just as important as us” when it comes to a successful rescue.Shane said; “It was a massive multi-agency rescue, we’ve learned so much from it. There’s parts of it that we use.”“It’s a good outcome, except for the man having mild hypothermia, and being hungry! That was a good rescue for us.”Thankfully the man, who was originally from Carlow, made a full recovery; albeit feeling a bit hungry!“For me it’s an addiction. Being on call outs, giving back to the community, I love being in [the station], there’s administration work, the climbing aspect, boating operations, searching operations, there’s an endless amount of jobs there.” Also in attendance was Cationa Lucas’ husband Bernard.Catriona Lucas was the first member of the coastguard to lose her life during a rescue mission in County Clare in September 2016.In an emotional interview, he told of how it had been a very difficult Christmas, but that they have a great support network of friends and neighbours, and had received heartfelt letters from people around the country.Catriona’s son Ben said that “it hasn’t hit me yet, I haven’t realised the enormity of the situation, I’ve been in autopilot since September.” Heroically, just a couple of weeks after losing his wife, Bernard was back out with the coast guard.“It’s just what we do, it’s what Catriona did and loved.” He also said that he finds great comfort in it.He added that “you don’t realise how much it means to bring someone back.”To watch the full interview you can view it on the RTÉ player by clicking here.Killybegs Coast Guard honoured on ‘Late Late Show’ was last modified: January 15th, 2017 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:coast guardRNLIshane mccruddenlast_img read more

Water outages reported across Inishowen

first_imgSeveral areas of South Inishowen are without water this morning due to a major burst pipe which is causing a water outage across the peninsula. Muff, Newtowncunningham, Burt, Bridgend and parts of Buncrana are reported to have been affected by the ruptured pipeline.Irish Water crews are working on fixing the issue but it is unknown when the water outage will be restored. If you need to contact Irish Water about this supply and services alert, you can use this unique alert reference number: DON027947.More to follow. Water outages reported across Inishowen was last modified: October 13th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:buncranaBurnfootBurnfoot and NewtowncunninghamBURTIrish Watermufflast_img read more

Closings 02/15/2016

first_imgTHE BLUE RIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL BE CLOSING AT NOON TODAY, MONDAY FEBRUARY 15TH.  THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL REMAIN ON THEIR REGULAR SCHEDULE.THE JV BASKETBALL GAMES AT TUSCOLA SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY NIGHT FEBRUARY 15TH HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.Updated: 11:20:2016Buncombe County Schools: TWO HOUR DELAY – NO BUSES ON ICY ROADSClyde First Baptist Church Preschool: OPEN AT 8AMGraham County Schools: CLOSED/OPTIONAL WORK DAYHaywood Christian Academy: TWO HOUR DELAYHaywood Comm. College (Day) [WEB]: OPEN AT 10AMHaywood County Head Start: TWO HOUR DELAYHaywood County Schools: TWO HOUR DELAY – NO BUSES ON ICY ROADSHaywood Public Transit: TWO HOUR DELAY – NO BUSES ON ICY ROADSHighlands School [WEB]: TWO HOUR DELAY – NO BUSES ON ICY ROADSJackson Co. Schools – Blue Ridge Dist.: SCHEDULE BJackson Co. Schools – Smoky Mountain Dist.: TWO HOUR DELAY – NO BUSES ON ICY ROADSJackson County Head Start: TWO HOUR DELAYMacon County Schools – Franklin Districts [WEB]: CLOSED/OPTIONAL WORK DAYSwain County Schools [WEB]: CLOSED/OPTIONAL WORK DAYTri-County Community College – Graham Co.: CLOSEDWestern Carolina University (Day): CHECK WEB SITE FOR DETAILSlast_img read more

Watch: Trevor Noah, new host of the Daily Show

first_imgSouth African comedian Trevor Noah is to replace the legendary Jon Stewart as host of the US Daily Show when Stewart steps down later this year after 15 years. The news has surprised many, with Noah having made only three appearances on Comedy Central network’s flagship late-night satirical show. Trevor Noah will be the new host of The Daily Show in the US after Jon Stewart retires later this year. (Image:• US TV debut for Trevor Noah • The South African who dresses the walkers • Nelson Mandela in film • Be good brand ambassadors for South Africa • ‘Don’t underestimate South Africans’ Melissa JavanThe Daily Show announced yesterday that South African comedian Trevor Noah will take over from Jon Stewart when the latter retires later this year. Noah made his debut on the the Emmy and Peabody award-winning Comedy Central flagship show in December 2015, and so far has appeared only three times.Reaction to the news took over social media across the world yesterday. We bring some you the best responses – and video of Noah’s best performances.“Trevor Noah is an enormous talent,” Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless said in a statement. “He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny. For the next host of the Daily Show, we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America, and we are thrilled to have him join Comedy Central.”On Twitter, Noah paid tribute to Stewart, who has hosted the Daily Show for 15 years.No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 30, 2015 Watch Noah’s debut on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Another of Noah’s contributions to the show: Noah discusses his background in comedy, in a Comedy Central interview: Fans of South Africa’s best comedy export – local and international – soon took to Twitter to voice their delight. Thank you president Obama— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) March 30, 2015 Very proud of you Trevor and thank you on behalf of my son and daughter @Trevornoah #WeWereAlmostGreat — IG : TfromtheV(@TumiMolekane) March 30, 2015 Comrade Hlaudi must broadcast The Daily Show on free to air channel. The masses of our people need to see Comrade @Trevornoah in action— Ranjeni Munusamy (@RanjeniM) March 30, 2015 Well. The man set the bar, raised it at every turn and now, well, hayino words. Hats and weaves off to Trevor Noah. Dayum! ??????— TumiMorake(@tumi_morake) March 30, 2015 Congratulations @Trevornoah – South Africans are proud of you. Good luck. @lead_sa— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) March 30, 2015 Noah is known not to be afraid of controversial issues. Here he discusses the Ebola epidemic: Noah in action at the Apollo in London: Noah roasts Steve Hofmeyr and others on Comedy Central: He tells CNN how he prepares for comedy: Noah shares his views on South African politicians Helen Zille and Julius Malema:last_img read more