Gael Monfils of France holds the winner’s trophy after winning against Russia’s Andrey Rublev in the ATP Qatar Open tennis competition in Doha on January 6, 2018. Monfils won the Qatar Open final in straight sets, brushing aside Rublev in a one-sided final, 6-2, 6-3. / AFP PHOTO / KARIM JAAFARDOHA, Qatar — Gael Monfils won the Qatar Open title on his fourth appearance in the final with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Andrey Rublev of Russia on Saturday.The 46th-ranked Monfils, a former top-10 player, lost previous finals at the tournament to Roger Federer in 2006, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2012, and Rafael Nadal in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Frosty feelings: Browns fans protest 0-16 season with parade MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rublev countered his 21 winners with an equal number of unforced errors, while Monfils posted 29 winners to only 10 unforced errors in the one-hour match.“I think I was completed tired today,” Rublev said. “We played only one hour and the match was almost without chances for me.”Monfils broke his opponent’s serve to go ahead 3-1 in both sets. The Frenchman faced two break points in the match, but saved both which came in the fifth game of the second set.In the first set, Monfils broke Rublev a second time in the final game. In the second set, he had to serve out the match in the ninth game.Monfils reached the final without hitting a ball in the semifinals when top-seeded Dominic Thiem withdrew from the tournament because of illness.ADVERTISEMENT Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I’ve been very close and finally I get it,” Monfils said after winning his seventh career title.Monfils was playing in his first tournament since a right-knee injury forced him to retire during his U.S. Open third-round match in September.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I had a long rest and I’m a lot stronger for 2018,” Monfils said. “I didn’t expect to win the first tournament, but I’m happy I did.”The 39th-ranked Rublev nervously rushed on many shots against the more experienced Monfils. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives View comments
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger left Sutton United with a deeper respect for non-league football after watching his Premier League charges being pushed hard by their far less illustrious opponents in the FA Cup fifth round.Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners at Sutton’s tiny Gander Green Lane ground on Monday, but Wenger was full of admiration for Sutton’s spirited display.”I didn’t really enjoy tonight because we absolutely had to do the job and it is tricky,” Wenger told the media after goals from Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott ended Sutton’s dream Cup run.”If we had come here in a relaxed mood we would have gone out tonight because they produced quality.” (Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says future will be decided “in March or April”)Sutton are 17th in the National League, 105 places below Arsenal in the English football pyramid, and while Wenger enjoyed the romance of the tiny club punching so far above their weight, he said he would never be able to manage at their level.”It is basically division five, and they are 17th out of 24,” the Frenchman added. “I will never go down there to manage because it is too difficult.”I come from a club that is smaller than that so it reminds me of my childhood. The changing rooms for me were fantastic — the closer you are, the more united you are when you go out there. (Title is Chelsea’s to lose, says Arsene Wenger)”They were organised and had a huge desire. If we were not mentally prepared we would not have gone through today.”advertisementArsenal have been drawn against non-league Lincoln City in the quarter-finals, a team that became the first minor league side to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in 103 years when the beat the Premier League’s Burnley in the last round.
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Harry Kane kept his cool from the penalty spot to give Tottenham a 1-0 win in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against rivals Chelsea.Spurs surged to a thrilling 3-1 win in the most recent Premier League meeting between the sides but Wembley played host to a more cagey contest on this occasion.Kepa Arrizabalaga’s ill-advised challenge on Kane allowed Tottenham to claim their slender advantage ahead of the return clash, as the England captain converted from 12 yards with typical aplomb. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? N’Golo Kante hit the post for Chelsea, who controlled large spells of the second-half only to gain little change out of a miserly Spurs backline.Callum Hudson-Odoi brought a vibrancy to the Chelsea attack and forced Paulo Gazzaniga into a routine save before life became more complicated for the Spurs goalkeeper’s opposite number.Kepa hared off his line as Kane chased Toby Alderweireld’s raking ball and, once a VAR referral confirmed the England captain was onside, a penalty and booking were inevitable.Chelsea’s number one guessed correctly but could not redeem himself as Kane’s spot-kick beat him for pace.160 – Harry Kane is now the outright fourth highest goalscorer for Tottenham Hotspur. Climbing. pic.twitter.com/Ri9nAnporn— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 8, 2019The post twice came to Tottenham’s aid late in the first half, with Kante side-footing Marcos Alonso’s cross against Gazzaniga’s right-hand upright before Hudson-Odoi’s deflected cross also bounced to safety.Kane was unable to get the better of Kepa from further afield in the 52nd-minute – the Spain international making a superb stop from his 25-yard piledriver.Kante tested Gazzaniga from similar range before Blues defender Andreas Christensen missed a glorious chance when Ross Barkley flicked on Eden Hazard’s corner.Tottenham’s back-up goalkeeper dangerously fumbled an 86th-minute cross from Hazard, while a crunching stoppage-time challenge from Danny Rose left the full-back with an apparent hamstring injury as Mauricio Pochettino’s men held out. What does it mean? Advantage Spurs but all to play forDespite Pochettino’s talk of prioritising the Premier League and the Champions League, this competition and the prospect of a major honour clearly matters a great deal to him and his players. That much was clear from the team-sheet, with Kane able to score a first goal in this competition since 2014. The weight of the occasion also weighed on a Spurs team who showed none of the freewheeling destructiveness that saw them take Chelsea apart two months ago. It was a stifled affair, particularly after half-time, but Tottenham got the job (half) done.Hudson-Odoi shines as Bayern rumours swirlWidespread reports of being the subject of a £35million bid from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich might be expected to weigh heavily on an 18-year-old winger. But Hudson-Odoi romped around Wembley without a care in the world, his direct play bringing pace and purpose at odds with a sometimes dreary contest. He looks made for this stage.Jorginho comes up short against Tottenham againThe sight of Jorginho flailing in pursuit of Son Heung-min was a defining image of Chelsea’s defeat in the league encounter on this ground. Although there were no causes for viral embarrassment this time around, Chelsea’s deep-lying playmaker was unable to exert his usual control on the contest, even when the visitors were in the ascendancy after half-time.Key Opta Facts- Tottenham have won three successive games against Chelsea in all competitions for the first time since a run of five between March 1961 and September 1963.- Chelsea have lost on each of their last three trips to Wembley, this after losing just three of their previous 11 visits to the stadium (W7 D1 L3).- Spurs have kept three consecutive clean sheets in all competitions for the first time since October 2017.- Kane has scored in each of his last six games in all competitions for Tottenham, equalling his best ever streak for the club (6 games between Oct-Nov 2015). – Pochettino took charge of his 250th match for Tottenham in this game – his record stands at 143 wins, 53 draws and 54 defeats.- Eden Hazard was fouled on seven occasions; the most fouls he has won in a single game this season – winning seven of Chelsea’s 10 free-kicks. What’s next?Tottenham and Pochettino face up to another Wembley blockbuster when they host Manchester United on Sunday, while Chelsea welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge a day earlier. read more
Next India Today Web Desk Kuala LumpurJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 19:17 IST Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap won their first-round matches at Malaysia Masters on Wednesday (@parupallik Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina Nehwal needed three games to beat unseeded Geng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong in the first roundParupalli Kashyap defeated Rasmus Gemke 19-21, 21-19, 21-10 of Denmark at the Malaysia MastersStar Indian shuttlers, Parupalli Kashyap and Saina Nehwal tied the knot on December 14, 2018Saina Nehwal managed to survive a tough test in the opening round of the season-opening Malaysia Masters tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday as she came back from behind to beat unseeded Deng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong 14-21, 21-18, 21-18.Saina had a tentative start to her campaign in the World Tour Super 500 tournament but she came back strongly to win a tightly-fought second game. The Indian shuttler managed to stay ahead of her opponent in the third and final game and even kept her cool to survive a late fightback from Deng Xuan to seal a second-round berth.Despite spending more than an hour on court, Saina returned to coach her compatriot and husband Parupalli Kashyap. The former Commonwealth Games gold medallist, who has finally managed to recover from long-standing injury concerns, survived a stiff test against Rasmus Gemke 19-21, 21-19, 21-10 in the first round earlier in the day.Kashyap, who tied the knot with Saina last month, took to social media after the hard-fought first-round win and thanked his “coach”.Saina also shared a picture of herself and husband Kashyap after their wins on Wednesday. While the seventh-seeded Saina will face another tough test against unseeded Yip Pui Yin, qualifier Kashyap will take on sixth-seeded Anthony Ginting of Indonesia.Through to the second round at the #MalaysiaMastersSuper500 after a three set win against #rasmusgemke . Looking forward to a good match tomorrow against @sinisukanthony . ???? Thank you coach @NSaina ?????? pic.twitter.com/nGBi4vb5kzParupalli Kashyap (@parupallik) January 16, 2019Good first round wins for both of us #MalaysiaMastersSuper500 ??? .. Looking forward for the pre-quarters tomorrow ?? #kualalumpur pic.twitter.com/5T4nVsCFbMadvertisementSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) January 16, 2019Notably, Saina had revealed that she has benefited a lot from the way Kashyap has been able to help her with the technical aspects of the game. While praising coach Pullela Gopichand for his efforts, Saina told India Today that her husband has been able to influence her game in the recent past.”Frankly speaking, he [Kashyap] also started helping me, I am able to see a change in my game,” Saina said during her appearance on Jab We Met along with Kashyap.”It’s not easy to be top-level players at the stage because all of them [contemporaries] are playing well. It takes a little bit of time to understand. I was struggling to understand that after my knee surgery. But Gopi sir and Kashyap have helped me out,” Saina added.Also Read | Never had a fight with Pullela Gopichand, says Saina NehwalAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Saina NehwalFollow Malaysia Masters 2019Follow Badminton scoresFollow Saina Kashyap marriage Saina Nehwal turns coach, helps husband Parupalli Kashyap at Malaysia MastersUnseeded Parupalli Kashyap, who will face sixth seed Anthony Ginting in the second round, shared a picture of himself being coached from the sidelines by Saina Nehwal. Kashyap and Saina tied the knot on December 14, 2018.advertisement
He informed that the major areas of focus for the agency during the 2018/2019 financial year are digitisation and digital asset management, intellectual property management, and relocation of the television department. Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 27. The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is to secure cutting-edge information and communications technology (ICT) systems and equipment to enhance its performance in the delivery of services as well as ensure compliance with records management best practices. The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is to secure cutting-edge information and communications technology (ICT) systems and equipment to enhance its performance in the delivery of services as well as ensure compliance with records management best practices.Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 27.He informed that the major areas of focus for the agency during the 2018/2019 financial year are digitisation and digital asset management, intellectual property management, and relocation of the television department.“The JIS is far advanced in preparation for a digitisation project, which, bolstered by the newly adopted intellectual property policy, is expected to protect assets, improve efficiency in production and boost revenues,” Mr. Henry said.He noted that the agency was successful in its application to the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund for funding to fully digitise the photo, television, radio, research and publications archives.“The JIS was approved for $28.78 million to purchase digitising equipment and software, and engage professional support services, and will employ young people through the Housing Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme. Procurement of the equipment and software has already begun,” Mr. Henry informed.The relocation of the television department from Arnold Road to South Odeon Avenue will facilitate the department’s transition from an analogue format to a fully digital platform.The new facility will utilise state-of-the-art digital cameras and studio equipment, producing high-definition (HD) digital footage for Jamaicans here and abroad.
New Delhi: A 24-year-old married woman was stabbed multiple times by her spurned lover at her residence in the capital’s Chirag Dilli area on Friday morning. According to the police, the woman, identified as Pinkey was in an extramarital relationship with the accused Sunny. Pinkey moved into a rented house in Chirag Dilli with her husband and a son recently. On Friday, Sunny visited the victim’s residence when she was alone. It is believed that Pinkey and Sunny got into a heated argument over their relationship which irked Sunny. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkPinkey allegedly told Sunny that she would not carry on with their relationship. Enraged, Sunny stabbed her multiple times. The police was immediately informed about the incident at around 9.50 am on Friday. After Sunny stabbed Pinkey he also tried to commit suicide and injured himself with the same knife during the incident. Both Pinkey and Sunny were rushed to the AIIMS. While Pinkey succumbed to her injuries, the accused is presently being treated at the hospital. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”When the police reached the spot, they found the woman lying in the pool of blood and had multiple stab wounds. The accused also had injury marks on his neck, As per preliminary investigation it comes out that alleged was having a relationship with the girl and on her refusal for further relation took this step,” said Vijay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South). The knife, which was used to stab the victim, was recovered from the spot, police said, adding that further investigation was on. Police is waiting for him to be fit for a statement so that the exact sequence of events becomes clear. Pinky’s body is sent for the post mortem. A case under section 302 of IPC ( murder) has been registered at Malviya Nagar police station.
CARACAS, Venezuela — When Jose Humberto Vivas needs to trade dollars for Venezuelan bolivars, he usually flouts the nation’s rigid exchange controls by turning to illegal currency traders.But last week, Vivas put a few hundred dollars in his wallet and headed to an exchange house regulated by Venezuela’s socialist government, lured by the seemingly improbable prospect of an official rate that is more inviting than the black market rate.“I haven’t been here in years,” Vivas said as he stood in line outside Italcambio, a normally lifeless exchange house in downtown Caracas protected by tinted windows and an armed security guard who inspects customers’ IDs.“There’s a long wait here . and it takes days to get the money transferred to your account, but it might be worth it,” said Vivas, who makes a living from selling dairy products.Little noticed amid the turmoil unleashed by the opposition’s renewed push to oust President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s central bank devalued the country’s currency on Jan. 28 by 50 per cent, eclipsing the parallel black market rate.The government now buys $1 for 3,303 bolivars, while the informal market buys them at 3,120 bolivars, according to the website DolarToday. It is the first time the official exchange rate has been higher than that of the black market since currency controls were put in place more than a decade ago, analysts said.The controls were implemented in 2003 by Hugo Chavez, the late president who initiated Venezuela’s socialist system, and have frequently made the simple task of exchanging money into a stressful ordeal that involves searching for illegal currency dealers, logging into websites banned by the government, and sending wire transfers to foreign banks.But as Maduro’s government runs out of hard currency amid an onslaught of international pressure and economic sanctions, it is tacking in a markedly capitalist direction, encouraging Venezuelans to sell their greenbacks to the local financial system.In a statement issued Jan. 29, the Central Bank described the devaluation as an economic stabilization measure aimed at controlling hyperinflation by undermining the black market.Analysts called it a desperate gambit to raise hard cash in a country now beset by severe U.S. oil sanctions that could cost the government up to $11 billion in revenue over the next 12 months. Without one of its most important sources of income, Venezuela will be hard-pressed to purchase food and other imports, potentially worsening shortages and deepening its economic collapse.Russ Dallen, CEO at Caracas Capital Markets, said dollars could now come into Venezuela’s empty state coffers through state-regulated wire transfers from the estimated 3 million Venezuelan migrants who have fled the country’s instability. Up until now, they have mostly used black market traders to an estimated $1 billion a year to loved ones, but could be enticed into the official system if the official exchange rate stays favourable.“They are going for the diaspora dollars,” Dallen said of Maduro’s administration.The government is also attempting to gain more dollars from rich Venezuelans and a few straggling tourists who use their foreign credit cards at the official exchange rate, something that would have been unfeasible a few weeks ago.But the strategy is controversial.Maduro’s opponents argue that selling dollars to the government is tantamount to funding repression. Others say the move will not eliminate the longstanding spread between the two rates, which has often allowed richer Venezuelans to take advantage of the distortion and pocket juicy profits.Asdrubal Oliveros, an economic consultant based in Caracas, predicts the amount of money the Venezuelan government can raise through currency markets will fall short of what it needs to remedy its financial woes. Strict requirements mandated by U.S. sanctions could also force some foreign banks to stop funding credit card transactions in Venezuela altogether, as Bank of America recently announced.The government and its state-owned entities currently owe around $150 billion to creditors around the world, while the country’s foreign currency reserves have fallen to just $8 billion.Forced to meet interest payments on the few remaining loans and bonds the government hasn’t yet defaulted on, the Maduro administration must finance its huge budget deficit by printing even more bolivars, further accelerating prices.Last year, inflation in the South American country hit 1 million per cent.“Hyperinflation is a fiscal problem,” Oliveros said. “If you don’t control your expenditures and reduce deficits, you will not be able to tackle it.”Meanwhile, other obstacles could limit the central bank’s efforts to raise dollars.Currently, it takes four days — an eternity in today’s Venezuela — for the bolivars purchased at state-regulated exchange houses to be deposited into a person’s account. Cash exchanges have been impossible for months due to shortages of bolivar bills.“Reliability, speed and convenience carry a lot of weight in currency exchanges,” Oliveros said.Last week, dozens of people trying to sell small amounts of dollars and euros at the official rate were turned away from exchange houses after trading was suspended due to a glitch with the central bank’s currency platform.“It’s so frustrating,” said Adolfo Estanford, a lawyer who had hoped to get $20 worth of bolivars. He said he needed the money for food and transport.“Everything here is so improvised,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been made a fool of.”___Manuel Rueda on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruedareportManuel Rueda, The Associated Press
There is finally some good news for Hamilton’s Pan Am Stadium. The city got word Friday night that the facility is “substantially complete” and the keys will be handed over.Now the stadium needs to be prepared for upcoming scheduled events and the Pan Am Games.Infrastructure Ontario notified the city Friday night that the construction was substantially complete. There are still a few minor things to be done, but most of the $145 million stadium is finished.A number of construction delays and a small fire brought completion down to the wire with an international soccer match scheduled for May 29th. and an open house May 21st. The Pan Am Games start in july.Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger was at the Stadium Saturday, and says he’s elated that it’s ready to roll.
VANCOUVER — Lululemon Athletica Inc. says its revenue increased 22 per cent in the second quarter from last year to beat analyst expectations.The company, which reports in U.S. dollars, says net revenue came in at $883.4 million, compared with $723.5 million for the same quarter last year.Net income came in at $125 million, or 96 cents per share, compared with $95.8 million or 71 cents per share for the same quarter last year.Analysts had expected revenue of $845.7 million and earnings per share of 89 cents, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.The Vancouver-based company once again raised its guidance for the year and now expects to pull in $3.8 billion to $3.84 billion in revenue, and earnings per share of $4.63 to $4.70.Last quarter the company had raised its forecasted revenue to between $3.73 billion and $3.77 billion, and earnings per share of $4.51 to $4.58.The Canadian Press
Even though humanitarian agencies still cannot reach all the locations where displaced people are residing, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told reporters in Geneva today that relief workers can now move into the town of Muttur, which has been at the centre of military operations in Trincomalee District. A joint UN mission to the area is gauging security and the immediate needs of local residents to ensure that the appropriate aid reaches them in the coming days. Ms. Pagonis said conditions in Kanthale, which hosts most of the individuals who fled the fighting in Muttur, have improved, with Colombo playing an active role in relief efforts. Local authorities have identified new sites where displaced communities can be housed in emergency shelters, freeing up the schools and other public buildings where they have been sheltered. Earlier this month, UNHCR estimated that more than 162,200 people had fled their homes but remained within Sri Lanka, while 6,672 had crossed the Palk Strait to become refugees in India’s Tamil Nadu state. UNHCR now puts the number of Sri Lankan refugees that have arrived in India since the start of this year at 8,742. In the north, the recent relaxing of daytime curfews has given the residents of Jaffna town five hours to leave their homes and buy food and other essential items. However, many displaced persons trapped on the islands off Jaffna peninsula need help, and UNHCR is trying to gain access to these areas.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related30 Enmore Estate foremen/women yet to receive severance payments- GAWUDecember 19, 2017In “Business”More sugar workers to be terminated, says GAWUDecember 12, 2018In “latest news”$30B loan: GuySuCo lays out direction without concrete plan, GAWU pleasedApril 20, 2018In “Business” In addition to the over 4000 sugar workers who were made redundant by the state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) following the closure of several estates, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is reporting that a large number of the several hundred workers retained at Skeldon, Rose Hall, East Demerara and Wales Estate, after the recent deluge of dismissals, would soon be made additionally redundant.GAWU President Komal ChandAccording to GAWU, it was informed by GuySuCo that the workers were retained as the company was seeking to provide certain services to the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA). However, that arrangement has since fallen through and the workers will soon join the thousands already retrenched.“In fact, that sad process of informing the identified workers would begin sometime soon with their redundancy becoming effective not too long from now” said GAWU.The Workers Union in a statement on the further dismissals said that “The further expansion of the unemployed in the sugar belt is without a doubt making a really bad situation even worse. Given the absence of any plans to deal with the fallout from the miniaturization of the industry and the fiasco that has surrounded the workers severance payment, this furthering retrenchment is heart-rending to say the least.”The government recently moved to the National Assembly and received approval for $1.93B – initially $1.75B – to pay some, not all, sugar workers the full sums of monies owed for their severance payments.The move by the Administration to obtain supplementary funding to pay sugar workers their severance payments in two tranches months after it was decided that the workers’ last day of employment would be in December of 2017 was criticized by the political Opposition.GAWU in its statement today said that from all appearances, “the Government and the GuySuCo are ill-prepared and clearly incapable of dealing with the consequences that have flowed from these callous decisions they made…The Government needs to be constantly reminded, it would seem, of its responsibility to all its citizens, to safeguard their interests and to enhance their living standards along to the road to that promised ‘Good Life’. The treatment of thousands of workers in the sugar industry is certainly contrary to such a universally accepted practice.”The Workers Union also believes that it’s still not too late to reverse the decisions and re-open the estates “especially given the situation that we are seeing playing out with the workers at this time. We call on the Government as President David Granger reportedly said recently, to “put people before profits”. The GAWU believes that rather than displacing the workers, the NDIA could utilize the workers services and accordingly compensate GuySuCo.”In what is described as the largest retrenchment by a private or public corporation in recent history, GuySuCo as part of its plans to restructure the sugar industry has dismissed in excess of 4000 sugar workers from Skeldon, Rose Hall, East Demerara and Wales Estates. Only three estates, Albion in East Berbice, Blairmont in West Berbice and Uitvlugt on the West Coast of Demerara are being kept in operation.
EHF EURO 2012HC PartizanTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Anders Eggert scored 18 goals against Gummersbach! Next Story → Captain stays with his Team, Vedran Zrnic in VfL Gummersbach until 2015 Openning match of Round 6 in the EHF Champions League is in Belgrade, where Serbian Champion, HC Partizan will host German THW Kiel. The Match start at 7p.m. “Zebras” came to Belgrade in Tuesday afternoon and already had two training session. This morning, Gislason and his team have tried “Pionir” Hall, where will also take place EHF EURO 2012 Preliminary Round with Serbia, Poland, Denmark and Slovakia.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nihwV9TRiaU[/youtube]
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 3 Nov 2014 – This as The Bahamas is moving on its new legislation which requires all migrants to have a passport from their country of origin and proper legal status in The Bahamas or face being deported. “No high drama, just keeping the law explained Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday upon arriving home in Nassau from an anti-piracy conference in Dubai. Minister Mitchell has confirmed that 300 illegal migrants were picked up and 77 detained since the activation of that new policy on Saturday November 1. Mitchell explained children are being handled in concert with Social Services department as he aimed to diffuse partisan and anti-Haitian arguments and factions on the matter. It’s volatile and eyewitness video posted at my FB page shows children being quietly taken into custody. The Minister said this is not a Haitian targeted initiative and said it is not an event… that is the law, apart now of a regular routine in an effort to protect Bahamian borders. There are 496 illegal migrants at the detention center in Nassau, Bahamas. Haitians in the majority at 396 with 43 Cubans, 21 Jamaicans and 20 Dominicans. Turks and Caicos Islanders are watching this effort in the Bahamas with keen interest… Related Items:bahamas, Fred mitchell, minister of foreign affairs Recommended for you Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now
CHURCHES HAVE A CHOICE TO REGISTER SAYS FSC COMPLIANCE Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Jan 2015 – Information coming yesterday on how much the Churches will have to pay the government and the FSC in order to be compliant with a new law by February 20th; the Financial Services Commission of the TCI has been appointed in the Supervisor of Non Profit Organizations or NPOs. Paul Coleman, leader of the Compliance Unit in the FSC says he was not chairing that meeting but attending with Compliance Officer, Melissa Thomas as they aimed to bring even more clarity to the Providenciales Ministerial Fellowship on Monday. Magnetic Media reported that some churches reported to us that the cost to comply could run up to $1,500; in our report it is explained this would be all costs including lawyers’ fees. In December it was Gazetted that the new law which requires all NPOs to be registered and to report on their financials every year takes effect in 90 days; the deadline is February 20, 2015. The FSC sent us a break down of the charges. First a church may have to make some changes in the organization’s description, legally. If the church wants to do that, because apparently they can chose not to, the next course of action is for them to make a request to change with the Registrar of Companies. That alteration will cost $200. There is a one-time registration fee with the FSC as an NPO of $150; there are two annual fees; one paid to the FSC as the Supervisor of NPOs for $100, the other paid to the Registrar of Companies and that amount is $150 – both are for the same thing, to file the annual returns of the NPO. When we add it all up, that could mean an upfront $600 for the FSC and the TCI Government. When legal fees which could run upward of $700 are added to the mix – a church or any non-profit organization may pay in in this first year up to $1,500. IMF recommends tougher laws, tougher FSC Related Items:churches, finacial services commission, paul coleman Recommended for you CHURCHES DEADLINE TO REGISTER WITH FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMISSION NEARING
Related Items:kevino smith, robbie been Patty Smith dreading holidays, says ‘Bah’ killers still out there Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Conrad Howell autopsy complete Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – Two TCI Families count March 4 a very hard day. The family of slain businessman Robbie Been remembered his violent death on Friday. Been was gunned down March 4 2014 at his Turquoise Point Plaza; police have made no arrests and no substantial information has been given to authorities despite a $40,000 reward. The other family has been grieving a year now and still has not received the remains of their son, Kevino ‘Bah’ Smith who was reported missing on March 5 2015 and found in a shallow grave in Breezy Brae, Grand Turk in mid-April last year. Patty Smith, Kevino’s mother has made it a habit to comment daily on her heartache on Facebook. She has even led a protest and has approached both the Governor and Police Commissioner on the case, where her 25 year old son was killed. Patty Smith on Kevino Smith murder investigation Recommended for you
An unlikely competitor, Barnes & Noble is carving its own niche in the tablet space. The NOOK Color (the original NOOK was initially designed as an e-reader for books) has been updated in recent months to compete with tablets. The device now has internet capabilities, email access and over “100 top magazine titles” on its newsstand. Barnes & Noble is seeing a strong return on its digital investments, as the company’s financial statements report digital sales were up 37 percent to $198 million in the first quarter.With Barnes & Noble’s NOOK showing this kind of growth in digital downloads, as well as an Amazon tablet that is likely to debut this fall according to Rotman, the iPad may not have to be publishers’ only path to download payoff in the near future. As cheaper tablet options arise, and consumers continue to transition their reading to the digital scape, publishers like Hearst may see that “20 to 30 percent” circ prediction come to light. Digital Sales: More Tablet Blues for Publishers Though magazines releasing digital editions have provided plenty of headline fodder over the past months, sales of those editions have been another story. More publishers (including Conde Nast, Time Inc., Hearst and now Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia) have submitted to Apple’s subscription terms in order to access sales on the iPad, seemingly the only tablet game in town. But, as WWD reports, publishers are still hoping for a tablet option with “more media-bottom-line-friendly business models”. Sarah Rotman, a Forrester senior analyst, tells WWD relief may be coming soon, “Amazon is expected to come out with something. Our data show there is demand among consumers for a tablet that’s not the iPad. But so far, there are no good alternatives.”But even if Amazon does release a tablet comparable to Apple’s iPad, it doesn’t necessarily mean publishers will get a break in rev share or user information sharing. In late 2010, Amazon changed its policies, as publishers kept 70 percent of revenue from Kindle sales. Previously, the retailer took as much as a 70 percent cut.Some publishers are tapping out of the Apple game, with Playboy and Financial Times releasing web-based apps for a similar in-app content experience found in the iTunes store. Due to lack of compliance with Apple rules, FT’s main content app was pulled from the App Store this week; its advertising-sponsored apps (such as the Little Books of Business Travel) are still available for purchase through iTunes. Playboy’s content was deemed too risqué for sale in the Apple store, so the publisher created an HTML app formatted for viewing on the iPad instead. Apple’s sub rules are only a part of publishers’ struggles to create a solid business out of digital edition sales, as digital subscriptions haven’t been the big draw publishers initially hoped for. Conde Nast claims 242,000 digital downloads of its tablet editions since signing on with Apple in May; but as WWD cites, production of a digital edition can cost $20,000 to $40,000 per issue.Hearst president David Carey predicted earlier this year that tablet sales could represent 20 to 30 percent of magazine circ for the publisher. It seems as if this number isn’t a reality quite yet, as Carey said earlier this week, “Well, I didn’t give a timetable.” Carey would only comment on tablet sales as “strong”, as Hearst is set to officially reveal its digital download numbers this fall.The Economist is experiencing its own set of digital woes; the publication recently announced its highest North American sub number in its history, with 844,387 subscribers. Unfortunately, digital subscriptions are slower moving. Though the publisher says digital subs are four times higher than last year’s number, only 5,245 have been purchased so far.Time Inc. is making sure its titles are available everywhere they can be downloaded, with digital magazines on the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color, the iPad and the Android platform. According to Steve Sachs, executive vice president of consumer marketing and sales with the publisher, “Hundreds of thousands of current print subscribers have upgraded their subscriptions to include the tablet editions for free. We’re partnering with every major tablet manufacturer, and ultimately consumers are going to choose the winners here.”Sachs cites 11 million downloads for digital editions and other Time Inc. apps to date.
For years, there’s been conflict between the Alaska Republican Party’s establishment wing and its more hard-line faction of Ron Paul supporters. Those tensions bubbled to the surface on Friday when the party’s U.S. Senate candidates took the stage at the state convention. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports from Juneau.Up until the very end, the Republican Senate candidate forum was a mostly a kumbaya-type affair. The candidates avoided personal attacks, and they stuck to their message of beating Democratic incumbent Mark Begich. Dan Sullivan, a former attorney general and natural resources commissioner, sprinkled the word “unite” throughout his speech. He hammered that point when the moderator asked if he would support the party’s nominee even if he lost the primary.“We need to unite,” Sullivan told the audience. “What I’ve been trying to do for the last six months is unite all Republicans.”Mead Treadwell, the sitting lieutenant governor, also promised to support the nominee, if Republican voters don’t choose him.“We as a party need to stick together,” said Treadwell.But then the moderator got to Joe Miller. “I think that when we make such a commitment, it takes a baseline of trust. Both of my opponents who are sitting here today supported Lisa Murkowski in her war on the Republican nominee in 2010,” said Miller. “Without that baseline of trust, I cannot make such a commitment.”Miller won the party’s Senate primary back in 2010, defeating Murkowski in an upset. While Murkowski had initially said she was going to support the party’s choice, she ended up launching a write-in campaign and beating Miller in the general.Sullivan and Treadwell are seen as representing the party establishment in the current Senate race. Neither one publicly endorsed a Senate contender in 2010.After the forum, Miller reiterated that he did not feel comfortable promising to support Sullivan or Treadwell. “We’re unwilling to unilaterally disarm and make a pledge when they supported who looked the Alaskan people in the eye and lied to them about what she was doing,” Miller told reporters. “That really questions, in my mind, how trustworthy they are as well. So, we’re unwilling to make sure a pledge.”In April, Politico magazine published a piece by University of Alaska Anchorage Professor Forrest Nabors suggesting that Miller could run as an independent candidate should he lose the Republican primary. Miller responded with a piece on Thursday saying that he had no intention of running as anything but a Republican. The Alaska Senate race is one of the mostly closely watched races in the country. It is considered a toss-up, with polls showing voters split between the Democratic and Republican candidates.
WWE is on the fast lane to WrestleMania and it is that time of the year when the company leaves no stone unturned in making sure they serve up a match card that is full of dream bouts. Thus, speculations are rife about the company’s former golden boy John Cena and who his potential opponent could be, at the ‘showcase of the immortals’.It was previously reported that Cena could be shaping up for a match against Roman Reigns in WWE’s marquee pay-per-view. These rumours were floating around following Reigns’ return to Monday Night Raw for the first time since putting his cancer into remission. But the ‘Big Dog’ is now set to face the ‘Scottish Psychopath’ Drew McIntyre at the ‘show of shows’.There was also a brief tease that Cena might be squaring off against R-Truth after the latter called the Hollywood movie star his inspiration. But even that storyline looks unlike at the moment given Cena’s potential in a particular storyline involving Kurt Angle. Will Cena be wrestling Kurt Angle at WrestleMania?JP Yim/Getty ImagesNow, the Olympic gold medallist has already announced that he will be wrestling his last match at WrestleMania before drawing the curtains on an illustrious career. But his choice of opponent was received with tremendous backlash on social media as most fans were not pleased with the choice of Baron Corbin as his final opponent.But WWE has thrown many a curveball at their fans before and its latest example was finding a way to include fan favourite Becky Lynch in the Royal Rumble which she subsequently to unanimous delight. With regards to Angle’s hitherto scheduled match against Corbin, the commentators have dropped plenty of hints that an eleventh-hour replacement is not beyond the realms of possibility.If the change is to happen and it seems likely that it will, the 16-time World Champion will replace Corbin to set up a WrestleMania match that will lend an exclamation point to a story that started in 2002. Cena’s debut match in WWE was against Kurt Angle and it will be fitting if Angle’s swansong comes against the man who answered the Olympic gold medallist’s open challenge with “Ruthless Aggression” all those years back. Kurt Angle was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017 by John Cena.There are various ways in which this could go down and one of them is Cena turning up in his mid-2000s ‘Doctor of Thuganomics’ look to take Corbin out before the match. Claiming to be the aggressive self he used to be back in the day, Cena can subsequently send Angle into retirement. It will definitely be a moment for the ages and WWE’s way of finishing the circle of life for both wrestlers.The 2019 iteration of WrestleMania will be the show’s 35th edition and it will be held on April 7 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductee Kurt Angle Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:10/0:47Loaded: 0%0:10Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:37?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …