Snug return to the tracks of Novak Djokovic after profitable his eighth Australian Open in January. The Serbian reappeared in the Dubai Responsibility Free, ATP 500 on exhausting observe, and in a bit greater than an hour he threw Tunisian Malek Jaziri (6-1 and 6-2), 260 of the world that has been collaborating in Challenger tournaments and performs with an invite in the emirate. With this, there are already 14 wins in a row to date this season (6 in ATP Cup and seven in Australia) for Nole. His subsequent opponent can be German veteran (36 years outdated) Philipp KohlschreiberIt was a sport with no extra historical past than stable service (70% of first and 83% of factors received with them) and energy to the remainder of Belgrade, weapons already identified. With two breaks in a row, he began 5-Zero in the first set and ended up profitable 6-1 in 27 minutes. At the starting of the second he put away his garments and Jaziri may rating two providers in a row earlier than the Balkan re-activated the cannibal mode (22 profitable strokes for 17 unforced errors in opposition to the 5 and 12 of his African rival) and he broke the serve twice to finish sealing the contest in 6-2. With this triumph, Djokovic is already in the second spherical and two extra victories to overcome the quarterfinals, the barrier to demolish if you would like to keep the quantity one in the face of the push of Rafa Nadal, which debuts this Tuesday in Acapulco. If Nole didn’t cross the quarter and take the Balearic together with his third trophy in Mexico, the quantity one would return to his arms.
Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases View comments QUOTABLEYoung, on stepping up in the second half: “I could have done that the whole game. I wasn’t attacking as much. I was thinking too much in the first half. I didn’t play my game in the first half. That came back and bit me. I just didn’t play my game in the first half but I did in the second.”REMEMBER THE 10Oklahoma State held a pregame moment of silence to honor the 10 people affiliated with the school’s athletic program who died in a plane crash on Jan. 27, 2001.UP NEXTOklahoma hosts Kansas on Tuesday.Oklahoma State visits Texas Tech on Tuesday. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Oklahoma State led by two points late in overtime when Carroll missed a free throw that gave the Sooners a chance with 7.4 seconds remaining. Young struggled to get the ball up the court and was forced into a poor shot.Oklahoma (14-4, 4-3) was coming off a loss to Kansas State. The Sooners had beaten Oklahoma State 109-89 in Norman on Jan. 3.The Cowboys played a nearly flawless first 10 minutes and bolted out to a 25-6 lead. The Sooners slowed the surge with an 8-0 run, but Oklahoma State held strong. Smith’s 3-pointer as time expired in the first half gave the Cowboys a 42-30 lead. The Cowboys held Oklahoma to 30 percent shooting before the break. Young scored 14 points in the first half, but he made just 4 of 15 shots.“Got to start out the game better,” Young said. “That’s the one thing. I’m going to get back and watch film. Just being ready to go from the beginning. That starts with me. I didn’t bring the energy from the beginning. So just do that and we will get better.”Oklahoma scored the first seven points of the second half to force an Oklahoma State timeout. A dunk by Brady Manek on an assist from Young cut Oklahoma State’s lead to 44-41. The Sooners tied the game at 53 on a long pass from Young that led to a layup by Kameron McGusty, and a 3-pointer by Young gave the Sooners the lead for the first time.Smith’s 3-pointer at the end of regulation gave the Cowboys a chance to regroup.“He is, in a lot of ways, the epitome of what our team is,” Boynton said. “We’ve had a lot of tough moments, for whatever reason at different times, and those kids don’t quit. They don’t give up, they don’t feel sorry for themselves.”BIG PICTUREOklahoma: The Sooners had a backbreaking week. Two losses to unranked teams, even on the road, won’t look good for the Sooners on Selection Sunday when it comes time to consider the highest seeded teams.Oklahoma State: The Cowboys have had several close calls against good opponents this season and finally got their breakthrough. It’s exactly the kind of boost they needed to strengthen their NCAA Tournament resume. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I knew it wasn’t going to go in,” he said. “No, I didn’t feel comfortable.”Young, who leads the nation in scoring, had 34 points after halftime. He matched the fifth-highest scoring effort in Sooners’ history after also missing a 3-point try at the end of regulation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkYoung shot 14 for 39, including 8 for 20 on 3-pointers, and made all 12 of his free throws. ESPN Stats & Info said the 39 shots and 20 3-point attempts were both Big 12 records.None of Young’s teammates scored more than eight points. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Cilic posts 100th Grand Slam match win, makes Aus Open quarters Oklahoma State guard Lindy Waters III (21) and guard Tavarius Shine, right, celebrate at the end of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Oklahoma State won 83-81 in overtime. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)STILLWATER, Okla. — Trae Young had a sinking feeling when his final shot left his hand.The freshman point guard scored 48 points, but he missed a deep 3 at the buzzer in overtime as No. 4 Oklahoma fell to Oklahoma State 83-81 on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We’ve got to work harder on getting more motion away from the ball and get the ball moving a little bit,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “Again, obviously what Trae is doing with the ball is pretty special, but we need to get a little bit of movement, too.”Jeffrey Carroll had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Kendall Smith added 20 points for Oklahoma State (13-6, 3-4 Big 12). Smith’s 3 with 8 seconds left in regulation tied it at 73.“It’s a game of runs,” Smith said. “They were playing well, but we fought and did what we were capable of. We’re fighters, and that’s what it came down to.”The Cowboys went on to post their first win over a Top 10 team for first-year coach Mike Boynton.“Really happy for my kids as they continue to show what they’re about and who they are as people,” Boynton said. “Guys that keep fighting for each other, keep fighting for the culture that we’re trying to build, keep fighting to try to help people understand that we’ve got a pretty good basketball team. We can compete with anybody in the country.”ADVERTISEMENT
In the wake of the ongoing drawdown of peacekeepers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) from the country the Vice Chairperson of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) has emphasized the need to implement the Report submitted to the government by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). At a phase two clarification of the INCHR’s mandate in relation to the TRC Recommendations, held at the National Elections Commission (NEC) in Monrovia, Mr. Boakai A. Dukuly said if the peace is to be maintained in the absence of UNMIL, the TRC Report must not be ignored by the government and its partners. The TRC Report should be implemented, he emphasized. It is the responsibility of everyone to keep the peace in the wake of the UNMIL drawdown.Mr. Dukuly called on civil society organizations, representatives of political parties and other human rights institutions to remain focused as they go about preaching the necessary messages that would maintain the peace.He also provided an overview of the history, core mandate and functions of the INCHR, including the Palava Hut Project. He then called on the CSOs to play their role to ensure that human rights are upheld across the country when UNMIL has departed.“The rural women are also part of the process of keeping the peace. We are mandated to working with CSOs that are involved with human rights advocacy, the economy and other aspects of national life,” Mr. Boakai added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
No administration in the history of Liberia has received so much support from the international community and goodwill from its citizens than President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s Unity Party-led government. Equally, no administration in the history of Liberia has caused so much short and long term damage to the future of Liberia and the mindset of the Liberian people than the Sirleaf-Unity Party-led government.The damage in the short term is that our nation has become a dishonest, greedy, unpatriotic and distrustful society where lies, crime and deceit are its visible characteristics. In the long term, Liberians will end up being slaves, paupers and strangers in their own country, and the time is fast coming. More than that, our neighbors would have been far developed while we would still look like a dark nation.From North America to Europe and some parts of Asia, Liberia’s image as an ungovernable, messy and useless nation has never being higher. Apart from rogue foreign investors and money launderers, no serious investors and credible investment institutions take Liberia seriously. In diplomatic circles, our country is considered a parasitic state, which is another form of being a nation of beggars, con-artists and hopelessness. This is so serious that no low level analyst at the United States State Department and no Congressional support staffer on Capitol Hill remember Liberia except when they are reminded about matters of misery and humanitarian assistance for poor, struggling and mismanaged nations. In view of this pathetic state of affairs, our president and corps knowingly pretend as if something normal is unfolding inside Liberia.Five years are basically enough to turn around a broken nation if a leadership establishes itself as one with a moral authority. Since 2006, President Sirleaf and the Unity Party-led government have had more than a decade in power, and yet, the stats are more dire and worrisome then they have ever been under past Liberian administrations, including even warlord Charles Taylor’s.Despite over $16 billion dollars in direct foreign investments in addition numerous international aid and a debt relief package, Liberia is ranked 126 amongst nations with dismal unemployment, according to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) World Fact-book. Total population dependency ratio in Liberia is 82.9%, among youth it is 77.4% high. 83.1% of the total Liberian population has unimproved access to sanitation; among rural inhabitants it is 94.1% and 72% among urban residents. In 2006, an estimated 63.8% of Liberians were living below the poverty line. This was a period when Liberian refugees were returning home from neighboring countries to begin rebuilding their lives. Today, after almost 12 years under the Sirleaf-Unity Party-led administration, an estimated 96.2% of Liberians live below the poverty line, and several hundreds are running away from the country to seek asylum and residency abroad due to hardship and poor healthcare conditions.Even an internationally isolated Liberian regime once headed by jailed warlord Charles Taylor had a better fiscal policy than the Sirleaf-Unity Party-led administration. According to the scoreboard of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. Government agency that has given over half a billion dollars to Liberia since 2006 Liberia ranks terribly when it comes to economic freedom. From fiscal policy (48%) to regulatory quality (44%), and land rights and access (22%), Liberia is in the red. When it comes to the agency’s ruling justly indicators, Liberia is also in the red. Liberia also does poorly in terms of government efficiency (23%) and the rule of law (48%). When it comes to the agency’s investing in people’s indicators, the Sirleaf-Unity Party-led government is also pathetic. Immunization rate is 12%, primary education expenditure rate is 15%, natural resource protection rate is 19%, child health rate is 47%, and girls’ primary education completion rate is 18%. Important to note that our president is a woman, and she was once a beautiful girl who became president as a result of education, an opportunity denied most beautiful Liberian girls today under her administration.Countries like Lesotho and Cambodia surpassed Liberia when it comes to better fiscal policy’s indicators, at 92% and 66%, respectively. Compared to our neighbor, the Ivory Coast, which experienced brutal civil wars too around similar times, our nation is a joke. Ivory Coast has a 62% rating on the MCC’s fiscal policy indicator, 56% in government efficiency, and 88% in controlling corruption. The Ivory Coast also does well in other areas, such as 71% in rule of law, 65% in primary education expenditures, 92% in business start-ups, and 100% in natural resource protection. For Liberia, our resources are mortgaged and the proceeds are choked by widespread systemic corruption and insatiable greed by a few inter-connected bedfellows. Our so-called National Oil Company of Liberia’s (NOCAL) funeral service and wake keeping were held before its death announcement, with millions flown out to individual’s personal accounts. Now our government is broke and the super stars, who came from poverty to overnight wealth, are heading for the doors. Others parade our wealth in our faces with glamour and pageantry as would-be 2017 political saviors while persistently abusing the power we gave them.Consistent U.S. State Department’s reports since 2006 paint Liberia as bleak, to say the least. From corruption to callous governance practices and abuse, our country is polling undesirably. Recent 2015 State Department’s report illustrates a realistic picture of what Liberia has turned out to be under the Sirleaf-Unity Party-led government. A month prior to the release of this latest report, I was at the State Department and on Capitol Hill pitching about the poor situation and outlining these concerns about Liberia, thinking that these realities were perhaps unknown to the Americans. My sense was that they already knew and, luckily too, no public relations firm in Washington, D.C. or New York City could have overturn or polish these realities no matter how much money is paid to them from our government as part of its routine and needless ‘image building’ tendency.The most alarming irony is that the Sirleaf-Unity Party-led administration has managed to game and outsmart the Liberian progressive old-timers with perks, comfort and affluence. Everyone benefits, even though some people chop more, and no one says anything.As one common-sense African leader once put it, “Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed”. Apparently, the Sirleaf-Unity Party-led administration does not share this view this is why our leaders in the Liberian government see their role as an opportunity to satisfy their personal greed and establish their fortunes.”There is no doubt that our president is an educated and intelligent woman, a Harvard graduate, internationally and politically seasoned. Testament to her smartness is the fact that she has used and continues to cajole all the old fashioned PhDs and progressives’ old-timers in her orbit. It is therefore impossible not to believe that she does not grasp the dire situation that millions of ordinary Liberians faced daily, from physical insecurity to food insecurity. Combined, Liberia has a national security time-bomb, especially as Burkinabe and others are encroaching on our territory in the southeast. The real factor here is that the president and the entire Unity Party-led government are out of step with the real and serious needs of the vast majority of the Liberian people this is why in a time of great need and excruciating deprivation among 97% of our population, they continue to offer business as usual.The president and I have a love-hate relationship, and it is hard to criticize the person you cherish. I love and respect our president, perhaps more than many of the white-collar criminals in her administration, but I also vehemently despise her administration’s policy and vices they endanger our nation and people. I despise the administration’s vices and corruption enabled policies because at any time in history, but especially in this time, it is awfully immoral for a president and the folks in his or her government to offer themselves as leaders of the nation while blatantly disregarding the survival needs of the nation. This is acting immorally. Here is the most appalling aspect about everything that is wrong with our government and our leaders: The refused to change knowing that only two people cannot change—God and a fool, and they are not God. The good news is we will not only continue to pray for them, we will also speak out against their political and economic immorality while still remembering that God is still in control.Williams is a Catholic educated philosopher and a U.S. trained public policy professional. He can be reached at email@example.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The lifeless body of a young father of two was found hanging with a rope tied around his neck hours after a row with his reputed wife on Sunday.Dead: Johnny HenryDead is 24-year-old Johnny Henry of Baramita. He was discovered by his mother at about 16:00h about half a mile from his house. It is believed that he committed suicide after a confrontation with the mother of his two children hours before the discovery.His reputed wife reportedly left the home about three weeks ago and despite him asking her to return, she refused.However, he reportedly went to her again on Sunday and after she refused, he was seen running in the bushes. Out of concern, his mother went in search of her son only to find him handing from a tree. Investigations are ongoing.
“When I was nine-years-old, I got into dance,” Beard explains of his experience with bullies at a young age. “And because I did something different – something that very few other kids did – there were quite a few kids that looked at me different, but the truth is, each and every one of you is different – not one of you is the same.”Beard went on to dance professionally on cruise ships for 7.5 years, and during that time, he told the students of all the amazing things he’s experienced as a result of chasing his dream.He also spoke on the power of standing-up against bullies and the need to look out for each other.- Advertisement -“The kids that I saw, that I grew-up with where the bullying really affected [and] changed who they were and who they became, were the kids who really internalized it,” Beard goes on to say. “They buried it; they allowed the bullies to decide who they were inside.”Beard adds, “We all know that unfortunately bullying goes into adulthood for lots of people, but laying the foundation at this age is important.”Students are encouraged to wear a pink shirt on Wednesday February 25, 2015 in support of the anti-bullying campaign Pink Shirt Day. Advertisement
There was confirmation Wednesday from Alliance Pipeline that it will initiate a resumption to operational service on its mainline pipeline system today with the intention of resuming full contract firm service Thursday.Earlier this week it started burning off the poisonous gas around the clock at two Saskatchewan flare sites as it moved to dispose of the hazardous hydrogen sulphide gas which last week mistakenly got into the pipeline running from here in Northeast B.C. to Chicago.As reported earlier, Keyera Corporation, the pipeline operator, has confirmed a brief operational error which occurred during maintenance activity allowed the H2S to enter the main line.- Advertisement -It occurred a week ago today, at a gas plant about 60 kilometers southwest of Valleyview, and forced the Alliance shutdown of the nearly 4,000 kilometre system on Friday.The tainted gas, stopped in Southeast Saskatchewan, was targeted for flaring east of Estevan, and reports indicate four shipping companies were forced to make alternative short term arrangements to move their natural gas, including Crew Energy which halted production in the Montney.The pipeline, jointly owned by an affiliate of Enbridge and Veresen, ships 1.6 billion cubic feet of gas a day.Advertisement
SECURITY: Texting and Facebook are used to get the word out quickly at universities. By Verena Dobnik and Ryan J. Foley THE ASSOCIATED PRESS This week’s incidents at St. John’s and UW-Madison – both of which ended without bloodshed – underscore how campus security has changed since Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus in April. Cho shot his first two victims just after 7 a.m. More than two hours later, he massacred 30 people in a classroom building across campus. It was not until 9:26 a.m. that the school sent the first e-mail to students and faculty. An investigative panel concluded that lives could have been saved if alerts had been sent out earlier and classes canceled after the first burst of gunfire. Since then, hundreds of schools’ administrations have installed text-messaging systems to communicate with students. Omnilert, a company based in Leesburg, Va., saw its business surge after the Virginia Tech rampage. It is now supplying more than 250 colleges and universities around the country with instant messaging capability – a system called e2Campus. St. John’s purchased its inCampuAlert text-messaging system from a California company called MIR3 Inc. over the summer, also in response to the Virginia Tech slayings. The system sends a message not only to cell phones, but also to digital signs in public places like student unions or dorms, as well as to computers, PDAs and beepers. “Nearly every major college and university in the country is either in the process of implementing a text-message warning system or seriously considering doing it,” said S. Daniel Carter, senior vice president of Security on Campus, a nonprofit organization based in King of Prussia, Pa., that pushes for safer college campuses. School officials have not completely given up more traditional ways of communicating with students. Last week, after two students were shot and wounded at Delaware State University, campus police and residence hall advisers knocked on doors and told students to stay in their rooms, and warnings were posted on the school’s Web site and at dorms. But it is clear that schools are taking advantage of every innovation they can. In Wisconsin, officials paid the popular social networking site Facebook $100 to post a flier on the UW-Madison social network. The ad asked users to click on a link for an update on the campus emergency. That took them to the university’s home page, which carried the latest information on the search for a suicidal gunman. Authorities still had not located the man as of Thursday. In the St. John’s incident, text messages were sent so quickly that a student who helped subdue the suspect felt his cell phone vibrate with the information while he was restraining the gunman. The message to students read: “From Public Safety. Male was found on campus with rifle. Please stay in your buildings until further notice. He is in custody, but please wait until the all clear.” The text messaging “worked like a charm,” New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said a day later at a ceremony to honor the student, a police cadet, who helped restrain the suspect. “Young people today are incredibly wired, and administrators have the technology at their fingertips – once they put it in place,” said Amanda Lenhart, a researcher for the Pew Internet and American Life Project, a Washington-based nonprofit organization. More than 70 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds own a cell phone, and 92 percent of them text message, according to a 2006 Pew survey. “What better way is there to get in contact with people who always carry technology, or are within shouting distance of it?” Lenhart said. “This is a huge development in terms of school security.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – When a masked freshman came to campus at St. John’s University with what police said was a loaded rifle sticking out of a bag, the school alerted students via cell-phone text messages within 18 minutes. And when a suicidal gunman was reported to be on the loose at the University of Wisconsin, the school sent out mass e-mails and took out an ad on Facebook to warn students. As the school year starts, colleges around the country are applying the lessons of Virginia Tech and using high technology to get the word out fast in a crisis. “This was certainly a surprise. No one thought that we would be testing this latest technology this quickly for an emergency,” said James Pellow, executive vice president of St. John’s. The 20,000-student Roman Catholic school in Queens activated its new text-messaging system just three weeks ago. The scare came on the same day that the student paper ran a front-page story on the system, under the blaring headline: “In case of emergency.”
“While we are clearly disappointed with the outcome, this tells us that collecting on this judgment, against this guy, is really tough,” Goldman lawyer David Cook said after Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg ruled Friday that he must return the watch. Cook had hoped it might be worth as much as $22,000, but an appraisal from San Francisco jeweler Shreve & Co. concluded it was worth only about $100. Simpson had told his lawyer, Ronald Slates, he paid $125 for it. Cook told Rosenberg he had a buyer willing to pay as much as $10,000 for the watch because it was Simpson’s. But Slates argued that didn’t mean Simpson was obligated to let Cook sell his watch, and the judge agreed. “We don’t want to create a precedent where they can do that and we’re forever faced with it,” Slates said. By The Associated Press O.J. Simpson is getting his fake Rolex watch back. The timepiece, seized earlier this week by attorneys for Fred Goldman, was ordered returned to the former football star after it was determined to be a knockoff made in China. Although Goldman has won a multimillion-dollar wrongful death judgment against Simpson, the watch has so little value it falls under an exemption excluding jewelry worth less than $6,075. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DDTV: Adrenaline junkie Iain Miller has brought us another superb video this time from the beautiful, rugged island of OWEY.In the video Miller scales the STAG ROCKS which are located just off OWEY ISLAND. Miller has created some stunning videos exploring all the beauty Donegal has to offer and his latest instalment is another cracker. Miller’s work have done wonders for the Donegal tourism industry with his videos showcasing all the beauty and adventure our beautiful county has to offer.Simply click on the video above to watch and enjoy.DDTV: WATCH IAIN MILLER EXPLORE THE STUNNING STAG ROCKS OFF BEAUTIFUL OWEY ISLAND was last modified: June 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVFeaturesIain MillernewsOwey Island