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 LATEST STORIES 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “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 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 folk“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. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments
Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan is calling on Liberian students to put Liberia above personal interest as they develop their dreams and ambitions.Minister Ngafuan made the call while serving as a keynote speaker at the Tubman University’s First Career Day Fair in Maryland County on February 21. He said that while it is not bad to have personal ambition and dreams, the fact is Liberia remains the common denominator for all. Minister Ngafuan: “We should never pursue our personal ambition or objectives to the detriment of national ambition. Our dreams and visions should be in sync with the national vision; a vision for national development and prosperity, a vision for unity and reconciliation, a vision for peace and security within our borders, the sub-region and our entire world.”He explained it was important Liberians did not lose sight of the nation where they live; because if the vision of Liberia is not achieved, it would be difficult for anyone to achieve his/her individual ambition.He also urged students of the Tubman University and others across the country to utilize time properly because it is, “the most valuable asset you can have. Do not squander it”.“You have what many old people crave–time. The old crave the opportunity to reverse the hands of the clock and go back in time for the opportunity to correct past mistakes; mistakes that have led to depressing outcomes they cannot easily disentangle themselves from. Whether you end up in the Whitehouse or in the Dog House, whether you end up as a beggar or a giver, whether you end up as a success story or a sob story, time is still largely in your hands,” Minister Ngafuan added.Disclosing his secret of success to the students, Minister Ngafuan— who once served as a student leader of the University of Liberia— noted that hard work and God’s grace are the two things that make a man or woman successful in life. According to the Minister, these factors worked for him during his academic sojourn.“Maintain your focus and keep your eyes steady on your objective”, he said amidst rousing applause from the students.Making a biblical analysis of the reality of life, the Minister recounted the Apostle Peter’s walk on the water by faith. While taking part in this miracle his eyes were fixed on Jesus as he (Peter) proceeded toward him. He used the biblical reference to explain to the students that in spite of whatever difficulties they encounter in life, they must be attentive and hold steadfast to their dreams.“If your dream is to be a medical doctor, or a pilot, or the Minister of Foreign Affairs, or the Governor of the Central Bank, or the future President of Tubman University, keep focused on that dream; regardless of whether you are going to bed today with an empty stomach,” he noted.Corruption and self interest are destructive customs in Liberia that many current students plan to engage in when they find themselves in public office.This brings a popular saying to mind that says, “Just as our predecessors handled Liberia with massive corruption, so will I; because I alone cannot change everything.”Minister Ngafuan’s cautioned students to oppose this belief that many upcoming Liberians hold, and if the advice is to be adhered to, the Minister and others with patriotic spirits and good morals must take the message to other universities including the state run University of Liberia. Tubman University is the only university in the south-eastern region granting degrees from the five colleges contained therein.It was formerly called the William V.S. Tubman College of Technology but became a full university in 2009 during the first term of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.It currently runs under the leadership of Dr. Elizabeth David-Russ, with instructors from Liberia and abroad, and has an enrollment of over 1,000. Its first graduation is expected in June of this year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Ranks of a joint patrol on Thursday last stumbled upon a landmark in Region One (Barima-Waini) which confirms the boundaries of the border existing between Guyana and Venezuela.GPF ranks stand alongside the boundary markerThis discovery was made by a group of officers attached to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) during regular rounds in the Amakura River in Region One.A closer look at the Guyana-Venezuela boundary markerThe patrol, which was led by Sergeant Herschel Gilead, who, along with ranks of the coastal battalion and the GPF, was at the time deployed to establish a Joint Services presence in the White Water Village/Amakura area.The patrol members are all based in the Maburuma area, and have been conducting regular joint patrols in Region One, with the aim of ensuring the safety of residents of various communities within the Region.According to a statement by the GDF, the boundary marker serves to define the border between Guyana and its neighbour to the North-West, and is believed to have been erected during the border demarcation exercise conducted by the British Government during the 1900s after the border was unanimously settled in 1899 by an international tribunal Venezuela had caused to be convened and whose ruling all parties agreed to accept.
Sat Feb 03Dawson Creek at Fort St JohnTue Feb 20Dawson Creek at Grande Prairie Thur Feb 08Fort St John at Dawson CreekSat Feb 24Fort St John at Dawson Creek Tue Feb 06Grande Prairie at Fort St JohnThur Feb 22Grande Prairie at Fort St John Sat Feb 10Dawson Creek at Grande PrairieTue Feb 273rd Place at 2nd Place if necessary Thur Feb 01FSJ 4OT at GP 3 summarySat Feb 17Grande Prairie at Dawson Creek Tue Jan 30Grande Prairie 6 at DC 2 summaryThur Feb 15Fort St John at Grande Prairie FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Senior Flyers will host the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks Saturday night in the second game of the playoffs for the Flyers.The NPHL moved to a round-robin playdown format for the 2017/2018 playoffs. Each team will play eight games against other teams in their division. First place will get a bye with the third and second seed teams meeting in a one-game showdown on February 27th. The winner of that contest with play the first place team with the victor advancing to the best of seven series final versus the Eastern Division champion.The Flyers won their first game of the playoffs 4-3 in OT against Grande Prairie Thursday night. The game Saturday will be played at the North Peace Arena with the puck dropping at 8:30 p.m.- Advertisement – Here is the full West Division Playoff Schedule from Discoverthepeacecountry.com Tue Feb 13Dawson Creek at Fort St JohnThur Mar 1Winner of Feb 27 at 1st Place if necessary
Jerry Falwell was a man who wrapped himself in the cloak of right- eousness, but was full of judgmental prejudice, arrogance and hypocrisy. Rather than preaching the gospel of love and salvation, he used his pulpit to preach the politics of self-righteousness. Rather than condemning the evils by politicians he turned a blind eye on the sins committed by the far right and saw only the sins of the left. Rather than being one of the peacemakers Jesus spoke of, he was a divider among God’s people. Rather than being meek as Jesus said we should be, he was arrogant, self-aggrandizing and prideful in his own righteousness, and there was no mercy anywhere in him. May God have mercy on him. – Gary Helm Lancaster Not about hate Re “Falwell’s death” (Your opinions, May 17): I was never a great fan of Jerry Falwell, but I found Marie Robert’s letter accusing him of hatred and ignorance to be quite offensive. His belief that abortion and homosexuality are sins may not have been politically correct, but they do not constitute hatred or ignorance. Why do those on the left insist on labeling anyone who disagrees with them as hateful idiots? – Sharon Hess Sherman Oaks Just not funny Re “Left relies on anger, not logic” (Their opinions, May 17): I have been consistently amused by the comedy stylings of right-wing water-carrier Thomas Sowell, but his latest screed just wasn’t funny. Does he not remember that the civil-rights movement was born of courageous people, emboldened with righteous indignation? Today the American people are faced with an administration so rich in contempt for the rule of law, so incompetent and unethical that members of the administration provoke justifiable outrage on nearly a daily basis. The time is now for a reckoning, and again it will be led by the courageous. The sad reality for Mr. Sowell is that, no matter how much he parrots the neocons’ talking points, he will never be welcomed in their exclusive pantheon. That fact should make him angry. – Theodore Kerhulas Sherman Oaks Mad about Sowell Re “Left relies on anger, not logic” (Their opinions, May 17): Every time taxes have been lowered, government revenues have increased by a significant amount. Government income increased as a result of tax cuts under Presidents Kennedy, Reagan and George W. Bush. Please look it up. – Gregg Frazer Castaic It’s nasty Re “Immigration deal struck” (May 18): The immigration bill as it now is written should be spelled “am nasty.” Any senators or representatives who support this bill should worry about the next time they are up for re-election. They may think that voters forget, but they are dead wrong. – Gene Goodwein Van Nuys Leadership void It seems there are a lot of people angry at Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William Bratton for their lack of leadership. Both Bratton and the mayor immediately condemned the Los Angeles Police Department officers in the May 1 rally, and they both have embraced the same illegal aliens who are tearing this city apart. I knew that Villaraigosa’s leftist views and liberal ideas would take over. As for Bratton, he has just become another puppet for the mayor and L.A. City Council, and he needs to move on. His first job is to stand up for his men and women under his command and to make sure they all receive due process. He has failed miserably. – Joseph Dillon Chatsworth So much sense! Re “House homeless, not the elephants” (Their opinions, May 18): Thank you for the article from Daniel Guss. He makes so much sense. He, rather than the dum-dums currently in office, should be running this city. My prayer is that some of those officials will see the light, cancel the zoo elephant exhibit and use that money to build affordable housing for people. – Sandra Malone Los Angeles 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Recently the FSJ Tourism Board made a presentation to City Council regarding their role working with the City as well as their desire to change a bylaw to allow them to become a society.In 2010, Tourism Fort St. John board was developed with a bylaw that has prevented and limits potential growth opportunities for the tourism organization to operate efficiently in Fort St John.The Board made a request to Council to rescind the bylaw and allow the board to incorporate as registered Society in BC rather than a Board of Council as well as retaining ownership of the branding and name ‘Tourism Fort St. John’.- Advertisement -The Tourism Board also requested a financial commitment in the amount of $52,000.00 annually for a three year period (2020 – 2022). The annual funding would continue to provide Fort St. John with tourism services and capacity development through the creation of a business plan, a Tap Know & Go development study, professional development, stakeholder engagement, marketing, administration costs and would take over the NE BCTourism Marketing Cooperative, currently undertaken by the Visitor Centre.Council approved the motion and a repeal bylaw will be drafted for Tourism Fort St.John Bylaw No. 2049, 2010 and a fee for service agreement developed.
1 Yannick Bolasie and Yohan Cabaye goals were enough to send Crystal Palace third in the Premier League as they beat West Brom in the weekend’s early kick off.The first half was a cagey affair with neither side creating anything of note but wingers Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha looked dangerous.The goal from Bolasie came with 20 minutes remaining as he headed in Cabaye’s cross before the latter converted from the spot on 88 minutes.The defeat means West Brom remain four points clear of the bottom three.It was a very slow start to the action at Selhurst Park with only a hopeful Saido Berahino chip amid a number of wasted opportunities in promising positions for both sides.Palace stepped up and looked dangerous whenever Zaha was on the ball as he terrorised Chris Brunt, playing at left back for West Brom, all afternoon.Brunt went off briefly when an accidental clash left him with a claret mask as blood gushed from the gash on his nose, and Zaha revelled in the temporary extra space.Cabaye had a chance with a vicious volley but it was straight at Boaz Myhill in the Baggies goal before Jason Puncheon fired over.Five minutes before half time Zaha continued to exploit the right-hand side and he twice cut inside and got shots off but was twice denied by Myhill.The frustration for Palace fans continued after half time as Bolasie and Zaha continued to run riot but their final ball often let them down, allowing the West Brom defence to clear.Cabaye had a shout for a penalty on the hour mark when his free kick looked like it hit Craig Gardner’s arm in the wall the referee waved away the protestations.However, on 67 minutes the hosts finally broke the deadlock and again Cabaye was involved as he cut inside from the left before floating in a lovely cross to the back post for Bolasie to nod in.The goal was the first West Brom have conceded on the road this season and the first Bolasie has scored at Selhurst Park since New Year’s Day 2013.On 88 minutes, the second goal arrived, Brunt driving in on the tricky Zaha in the box which gave Cabaye the opportunity to score from the spot – which he duly dispatched.And despite a more energetic West Brom for the remaining 20 minutes, they were still unable to create anything clear-cut as Tony Pulis was dealt his first away defeat of 2014/15. Yannick Bolasie
Moreover, the fire service costs charged to each city could be based on a formula that accounts for the number of emergencies and safety inspections that take place in each city. To save money, the consolidated department could offer a single training system for firefighters, as well as a single fire prevention bureau. And a headquarters for the new agency could be located at the geographic center of the service area. Not all attempts to consolidate such public services have been successful or cost-effective, but the circumstances in the beach cities could create a model for local government cooperation. Hermosa officials should press ahead, talk to their constituents and build the political will to put in action something that has only been talked about for decades.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Beach cities should consider a consolidated department. Hermosa Beach officials last week called for more study into the idea of consolidating the fire departments of the three beach cities. Taxpayers should welcome this discussion, which has been going on for decades and could lead to improved service at a better cost. Consolidation in the private sector has been a driving force to create efficiencies, control costs and provide a better return to stockholders. It also creates problems and uncertainties, but on balance local taxpayers should embrace it when conditions are right. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHermosa has been studying several options to improve staffing disparities in its Fire Department. Cooperation among the departments in Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo Beach has increased over the years, and consolidation would be a natural next step. According to a document on the U.S. Conference of Mayors Web site, the reorganization effort that merged the fire departments in the Alameda County cities of Livermore and Pleasanton in 1996 has proved successful. No fire stations had to close their doors, but management and support staff were streamlined through employee attrition. Overall savings from the consolidation was estimated in 1999 to be about $270,000 annually. The consolidated department serves about 140,000 residents in the Bay Area. A consolidated fire department in the beach cities would about 120,000 South Bay residents. The homogeneous populations in the beach cities and their similar service needs would likely make the transition relatively seamless. Under a consolidated department, a joint powers authority made up of one or two elected council members from each city could oversee fiscal and labor-related decisions. Such an authority could appoint the fire chief, or delegate that power to the three city managers.
A Donegal company has demonstrated its commitment to the area by buying the factory it current leases from Udaras na Gaeltachta.Randox Teo will continue to develop its Diagnostic and R&D facility in Dungloe.The Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dinny Mc Ginley TD, met the company’s CEO Peter Fitzgerald in Dungloe today where the official documents were being signed. “The decision by Randox Laboratories Ltd to acquire this sizeable asset in Dungloe is a vote of confidence in the area and the company’s future in Dungloe,” said Minister McGInley.Three years ago Randox Laboratories Ltd announced that it was to establish a diagnostic manufacturing and R&D facility in Dungloe with a total investment of €7.5 million with assistance from Údarás na Gaeltachta.Randox Teo currently employs 20 people at this facility and the company expects this number to increase substantially in the next 12 months.Peter Fitzgerald, CEO of Randox Teo said “We are delighted with our facility here in Dungloe. We expect, as we ramp up our manufacturing and R&D departments, that we will substantially increase our levels of employees.” Randox Laboratories manufactures a range of products that are used in over 145 countries worldwide by hospitals, research and forensic laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, sports testing authorities and veterinary clinics.The Randox facility in Dungloe currently supplies the company’s clinical analyser product and houses one of the company’s main R&D laboratories.Randox Teo will begin to manufacture biochips in the in the next few months and is awaiting the arrival of specially constructed manufacturing line for this purpose.These revolutionary biochips will be used in hospitals worldwide to aid in the diagnosis of disease conditions. Randox were the first company in the world to produce an automated protein biochip, used for multi-analyte testing. The biochips allow clinicians and researchers to screen for multiple conditions in a single patient blood sample.Ends DONEGAL COMPANY HAS BRIGHT FUTURE AFTER BUYING FACTORY was last modified: September 26th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RANDOX TEOUDARAS NA GEALTACHTA
Irish Water will not install water meters on the Churchill Group Scheme until such time as it is taken over by Donegal County Council, according to villagers.A water meter.Meter installers had already arrived the Pines Estate at Churchill last week to begin their work and despite no objections being raised they departed soon afterwards.The Tirconail Tribune reports it took place after what is being described as ‘updated information’. Preparations had just got under way to begin the installation of meters when the workmen suddenly packed up and left.This has led to speculation that Irish Water had overstepped their remit with claims they had no legal rights to carry out any works on this scheme.This point has been made vehemently on a number of occasions by Cllr. Ian McGarvey who has contended that the new utility company did not have any legal right to acquire group schemes not in the full possession of Donegal County Council.This latest move also raises very fundamental questions about who has responsibility for upgrading group schemes. Cllr. McGarvey again has claimed that it is the sole responsibility of the Council to find the finances to bring these systems up to EPA standards. In that context he’s also argued that consumers on some group schemes may not see any improvements in the next ten years.It is now claimed that Irish Water’s decision to abandon their plans in Churchill came after intervention by the Council.‘There seemed to be a flurry of activity before the contractors packed up and left without a single meter installed – much to our delight, ’ said one local resident from the scene.Local householders who’d been monitoring the situation at first hand said they were mystified at the swiftness of the departure of the contractors, as they were by their arrival. However we’ve been told that consumers on the scheme had already been informed of the meter installation some time previously.Irish Water had said they were installing water meters in Donegal in line with the information initially provided by Donegal County Council which included Group Water Schemes taken in charge by the Council and ones in the process of being taken in charge. “Churchill is one such scheme in the latter category. As work was commencing in Churchill on Tuesday 10th of March 2015, Donegal County Council advised Irish Water that it should not be metered at this point in time. Irish water have updated our systems accordingly,” said a spokesperson for the water utility company.Cllr. James McDaid said that as recent as two months ago he was informed in wiring by Irish Water that regardless of the status of the supply the metering process would go ahead. He says he was also informed that it was perfectly legal for these schemes to be connected to the system and as such there was no plan to exclude Churchill or any such group scheme not yet taken over by Donegal County Council.It is not now clear what might happen next on the Churchill scheme or on many others of similar nature in Donegal.IRISH WATER HALTS METER INSTALLATION IN CHURCHILL OVER COUNCIL ISSUE was last modified: March 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ChurchillDonegal County CouncilIrish Water