Finally! Djokovic beats Federer for 1st Cincinnati title

first_imgBertens has worked on her hard-court game and her confidence on the surface. In three previous appearances in Cincinnati, she won a total of one match. She became the first unseeded player to win in Cincinnati since Vera Zvonareva in 2006.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Djokovic leads their all-time series 24-22, doing better in the biggest matches. He’s 3-1 against Federer in Grand Slam finals and 12-6 overall in championship matches, including wins at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2015.Djokovic completed a long comeback from elbow problems by winning his fourth Wimbledon title last month, then set out to get his hard-court game in order for the U.S. Open. He got better as the rainy week went on in Cincinnati, playing his best at the end.“This seems to be a bit unreal, to be honest, to be back at this level,” he said.Federer’s serve had been untouchable all week — held for 46 consecutive games. Djokovic broke that streak to go up 4-3 in the opening set, prompting Federer to mutter angrily. Djokovic served out the set, and then traded breaks with Federer early in the second set.Federer’s game was off — 28 unforced errors — and Djokovic took full advantage. He broke him again to go up 4-3 and served it out.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ In the women’s bracket, top-ranked Simona Halep let a match point slip away during the second-set tiebreaker, and Kiki Bertens rallied for a 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory in her first hard-court final.Bertens served a 109 mph ace, flipped her racket away, fell to her knees and raised both arms. Moments later, she covered her face for a joyous cry, wiping the tears away with her sweat-soaked blue wristband.One point away from another loss, she had pulled off her biggest win, one that left her as stunned as everyone else.“I cannot find words for this moment,” she said.The Dutch clay-court specialist ended Halep’s streak of nine straight wins, including the title at Montreal a week earlier. She’d never beaten a top-ranked player, but wore down Halep at the end of her two draining weeks.During the week in Cincinnati, Halep had one match suspended overnight by rain and wound up playing twice in one day to reach the semifinals. She controlled the first set on Sunday and had a chance to close it out, leading 6-5 in the tiebreaker.When that slipped away, she never recovered, playing her worst in the final set — 13 unforced errors that gave Bertens a chance to pull away.“I had a match (point), so I was there,” Halep said. “I didn’t take my chance. In the third set, I was empty and I couldn’t fight anymore.”Halep will be ranked No. 1 through the U.S. Open. She fell to 0-3 in Cincinnati finals, finishing as the runner-up in 2015 and each of the last two years.“I need a little bit of rest because I’m exhausted,” Halep said. “But I also take the positive from these two weeks. It’s a great confidence (boost).” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginscenter_img He got the better of a nostalgic rematch — they hadn’t played in two years because of injuries — and broke through in a tournament that Federer has won seven times, never losing a title match.“Thank you for letting me win once in Cincinnati,” he told Federer as they stood on court for the trophy presentation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’After reaching the final five times and losing every time — three to Federer — Djokovic jumped and punched the air in celebration of his breakthrough. He’s the first to claim all nine ATP Masters 1000 events since the series started in 1990, something that had become his quest after so many close calls.“That’s what the headline should be about — this is such an amazing accomplishment,” Federer said. “He’s the first to do it. I think it’s very difficult to win Masters 1000s. These performances don’t come easy.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MASON, OH – AUGUST 19: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his win over Roger Federer of Switzerland during the men’s final of the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 19, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPMASON, Ohio — Novak Djokovic gave his racket to a fan and tossed his sweatbands into the stands. No need for mementos from this victory. The long-awaited Rookwood pottery trophy would be plenty.Djokovic finally mastered the one tournament that’s eluded him, beating nemesis Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday for his first Western & Southern Open championship.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Publicity stunt: Indonesia leader gets lift from motorbike skitlast_img read more

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Spurs rally from 19 down to overcome Mavericks

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) breaks away between Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes (40) and forward Luka Doncic (77) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)DALLAS — Gregg Popovich is glad NBA games are 48 minutes long.His San Antonio Spurs needed every last one Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Stephen Curry scorches with 41 as Warriors hold off Pelicans After trailing by 19 during the first half, San Antonio tied it at 80 on Belinelli’s driving layup with 11:06 to play. DeRozan gave the Spurs their first lead 27 seconds later, setting up a three-minute stretch in which the lead changed hands seven times.DeRozan hit back-to-back mid-range jumpers for a 94-90 lead, and he fed Aldridge for a dunk that extended the Spurs’ advantage to six. Doncic answered with two baskets and an alley-oop pass to DeAndre Jordan that tied it.Dallas has lost five of seven, and three of its last four at home after losing only three of its first 18 at American Airlines Center. The Mavericks are also 0-6 in games without J.J. Barea, who is out for the season after Achilles tendon surgery.SMITH OUT AGAINMavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. missed his fourth consecutive game amid trade rumors, this time with coach Rick Carlisle saying Smith was sick and away from the arena. Smith missed the previous three games with what was listed as back tightness.Told of a Twitter exchange between Smith and a couple in a restaurant at lunch earlier in the day, Carlisle said, “I don’t have any knowledge of that. My trainer told me he was sick and he’s going to be out tonight. I’ve told you what I’m going to tell you about it.”DONCIC TO DIRKThe 19-year-old Doncic assisted on both of 40-year-old Dirk Nowitzki’s field goals – a pair of 3-pointers. They were the first two times Doncic assisted on baskets by Nowitzki.“I knew he was going to make it when I passed to the corner (for the first 3),” Doncic said. “It was very special.”15K FOR RUDY GAY Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers The Spurs spotted the Dallas Mavericks an early 19-point lead, clawed back to even in the fourth quarter, then survived a see-saw finish for a 105-101 victory.Davis Bertans and DeMar DeRozan scored 17 of the Spurs’ 30 points in the fourth quarter, with Bertans hitting a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:41 left. The Spurs blew a six-point lead in the final period, but Bertans made his third 3-pointer of the quarter for a 99-96 lead, and San Antonio led the rest of the way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We spotted them 12 minutes and didn’t really compete, just followed them around,” said Popovich, whose team was behind 23-4 just eight minutes into the game. “I thought in the second, third and fourth quarters, we competed.”Bertans finished with 12 points. Six Spurs scored at least 12 points, led by Marco Belinelli’s 17. View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 After Bertans’ 3, LaMarcus Aldridge scored on a tip shot with 1:07 left to extend the lead to five. Wesley Matthews’ 3 brought Dallas within two, but DeRozan hit a 20-footer at the other end and Belinelli sealed it with free throws.DeRozan finished with 14 points and nine assists, scoring or assisting on nine of the Spurs’ 12 field goals in the final quarter.“I get caught up in just trying to find guys while my first natural strength is to score the ball,” DeRozan said. “It was on me to be aggressive first and try and score, then make reads from there.”Luka Doncic led Dallas with 25 points, adding eight rebounds and eight assists. He became the first rookie since Stephen Curry in 2010 to score 25 or more points in five straight games.“Every day I know the league more,” Doncic said. “At the end of the day, it’s just basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title San Antonio’s Rudy Gay reached the 15,000-point mark en route to 14 points after missing the last five games with a sprained left wrist.“Individual things, it is what it is,” Gay said. “I’m past that. Right now, I’m just trying to win. Early in my career, I wanted these things. I just realize that things are more feasible when you don’t worry about it.”TIP-INSSpurs: Belinelli came back after missing one game with a left knee contusion.Mavericks: The team sold out its 700th consecutive regular-season game, dating to Dec. 15, 2001. … Matthews became the sixth player in Mavericks history to make 600 3-pointers when he drained one at 9:06 of the first quarter.UP NEXTSpurs: At Minnesota on Friday.Mavericks: At Indiana on Saturday. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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Effectively Protecting Liberia’s Borders

first_imgWho should know better than Defense Minister Brownie Samukai that Liberia’s borders are NOT secure, especially as we witness the final draw down of the United Nations Military in Liberia (UNMIL) forces? The Defense Minister is UNMIL’s closest government collaborator in Liberia.  UNMIL is a military force.  And who is in charge of the military in Liberia? Defense Minister Samukai. So when he speaks about military and security incapacity, everyone should listen.Our Presidential Correspondent, William Harmon, quoted Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai as saying last week that the security apparatus of Liberia “is not prepared to take charge of protecting the nation’s territorial integrity and people as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) gradually takes its exit from the country.”We consider this a very serious warning.The Defense Minister said his concern stemmed from the porous state of the Liberian borders being manned by ill-equipped immigration and police officers who he said could not defend themselves in case of any eventuality.Speaking at the turning over ceremony of two small arms and light weapons making machines donated by the European Commission (EC) and other partners to the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiCSA), Minister Samukai, in a keynote address, told the nation, “If we do not provide those capacities to the security agencies, it would limit our ability to carry on the kind of confident actions that one would expect from law enforcement agencies.He explained that there were immigration officers currently assigned at very porous borders in areas prone to conflict doing their jobs totally unarmed.”We have police officers from the PSU —and in some cases the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), “who are responding to security situations at those borders without weapons; it is not advisable for this situation to continue.”Minister Samukai noted that as Liberians consider the development of their country, they need to consider the fact that, “Security officers that we all rely on for protection cannot protect themselves when they are challenged.”The question is, how long will it take for this government to heed the call of our Soldiers, Police and Immigration Officers for appropriate arms, communication and transportation equipment?The needs of these vital personnel at our borders are nothing new. Since the incipience of this administration, and long before, these security officers–Police, Immigration and Army–have been complaining about the lack of logistical equipment and facilities to empower them properly to execute their assignments.  Their problems are not strange to the government.  These personnel have over many years complained about the lack of equipment, including communications, transportation and arms to do their work; and as long as they complain, nothing happens.No one has to ask why these military paramilitary personnel need these supplies.  Nearly two years ago when armed Ivorian rebels attacked their government posts on their side of the border and fled into Liberia, the Ivorian government immediately blamed the incursions on Liberian soldiers, until it became clear that Liberians had absolutely nothing to do with the problem.  Liberia was forced to close the border with Côte d’Ivoire for more than a year.  Most recently again, the same thing happened, and that government again blamed Liberia.There is another very serious problem: immigration. Does this government not know that thousands of foreign nationals cross our border each month and eventually consider themselves as Liberians? This is a very serious security risk. The problem is that so long as our border security personnel are not equipped, so long will they be exposed to cross-border insecurity, so long will other nations blame Liberia for cross-border troubles; so long will Liberia be threatened by foreign incursions and unwanted aliens that will threaten our internal security and exacerbate our immigration problems.We call on the Liberian government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in particular and her finance people to provide the financial resources to equip our border personnel with the necessary equipment and other logistics in order to effectively man our borders.  We should not wait for a major crisis before we take the necessary action.We have enough experience to realize that this business of emergency reaction to crises will not do.  That certainly is not the way an old independent republic–the oldest on the block–should behave. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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PPP Executive Committee to decide on PM candidate soon – Jagdeo

first_img…work on manifesto already commencedNow that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has already elected its presidential candidate the focus is now on who will the party choose as its Prime Ministerial candidate as it completes its ticket in preparation for the constitutionally mandated March 2019 General and Regional Elections.According to the party’s General Secretary and Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, the party’s PM elected would be determined by the Central Executive Committee. The process is expected to commence as early as next week, Jagdeo said at his weekly press conference on Thursday.“When the executive meets, we will not meet this week, so probably next week we will start the discussion. We have put that on the agenda what timeline we need for this to resolve…We have to go through that process and that takes time and that is why we have to move it along simultaneously. Now that the presidential candidate has been sorted out the Prime Ministerial candidate will be sorted. I will put it on the agenda next week, but I do not know what timeline the Executive will set, but I will definitely put it in the agenda,” Jagdeo informed.He stated that at this time the party is simultaneously compiling its lists since the regional structures have been submitting names for those to be added on the regional list. He noted that the process is an extensive one since it includes vetting hundreds of names to ensure that those who make it on to the list are reflective of what the party stands for.Jagdeo noted that the PPP slate is one of the most diverse slates, adding that it is committed to promoting diversity and representing all of the people. When asked about speculations that he may have influenced the January 19 vote that saw the CEC electing former Housing and Water Minister Irfaan Ali as its presidential candidate, Jagdeo noted that the process was a democratic one, which by no way was influenced.“We had a secret ballot and 35 members voted and Irfaan Ali got 24. I have one vote and I spoke subsequently about the qualities of Irfaan Ali of how he will make a great president. He would not be a President who is aloof. I never publicly stated my preference…” Jagdeo noted.Jagdeo has earlier indicated that based on the formula the PM candidate will come from the Civic side party. However, Jagdeo noted that the Central Committee does have the power to change the methodology used to select the prime ministerial candidate. According to the General Secretary, however, no one has indicated that the model of selecting the prime ministerial candidate from the Civic side of the Party needs changing.ManifestoOn the issue of developing the ideal manifesto to lead the party into the elections, Jagdeo said that the Manifesto Committee was primarily the core committee, but that has since changed and expanded to approximately 20 persons.“The Manifesto Committee is not the Executive of the party. It was core group and now it grown, and we have assigned responsibilities to people so now it has grown to include about 18-20 people for various sectors and we have already been receiving views,” he explained.He notes as the party goes ahead and prepare its manifesto, it intends to include all of the Guyanese people by meeting with representatives from various areas to ensure that the issues affecting their development are addressed.Giving an insight of some of the intended tasks, Jagdeo said that rolling back taxes would be a big part of the PPP’s plan of action if elected to office following the elections.“Reversing harmful decision this Government has taken and resuming the social programmes and so on will happen when the PPP resumes office and we have already started talking about what we will be doing in the future because clearly job creation is important,” he said.“You heard our presidential candidate even gave a number because we have looked at this internally and that is entirely doable. The 50,000 new jobs in five years and we have started looking at the reality…” the former president said.last_img read more

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GECOM breaches constitutional timeline

first_imgCourt-ordered Art 106 March 19 elections…as technical staff give July 2019 timeline…work plan being padded to extend time – PPP CommissionerTechnical staff of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) are claiming the entity will be unprepared to hold General and Regional Elections, which are constitutionally due in March 2019.The Guyana Elections CommissionOn Monday, the Commission’s technical staff made presentations to the seven commissioners and have advised that the earliest elections could be held is July 2019.Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield has presented copies of work plans detailing what needed to be done in preparation for General Elections, to the operations subcommittee on Monday. This timeline is a blatant breach of the Constitution of Guyana, which outlines that following the passage of a no-confidence motion, an election must be held in 90 days. The constitutional requirement was upheld by acting Chief Justice Roxane George on Thursday last when she held that the no-confidence motion was validly passed in the National Assembly.Extend timeGECOM Chairman, Retired Justice James PattersonHowever, according to People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C)-nominated Commissioner Sase Gunraj, the position taken by the technical staff was all a ruse. Gunraj expressed his belief that elections could be held sooner and that the work plan was being padded.“They have not justified to us all the timelines that they have included in their document. As a consequence, I would not rely on that timeline until I have had enough time to go through the document and scrutinise it.“They have padded up the timelines with a whole set of things. As a consequence, it is not a realistic timeline that gives a true reflection of what is needed. For example, they’ve now moved training which they previously said would take 90 days; they’ve arbitrarily put 105 days now. They’ve given no reason for the increase.”Gunraj said the number of days allotted for training could be reduced. In fact, he believes that several activities could be compressed to achieve an earlier date for elections. But he made it clear that if the constitutional timelines were not followed by the Secretariat, that was tantamount to dereliction of duty.Following last Tuesday’s meeting at GECOM, the Secretariat had agreed to provide members of the Commission with several work plans detailing the various options and the timelines regarding the holding of General and Regional Elections.Even this was initially not done, with a PPP/C-nominated commissioner complaining that despite promises of receiving the work plans by Friday, they were yet to receive them as of Saturday. It had been the Commissioners’ hope that they could be given the weekend to properly analyse the timelines before a meeting scheduled for today.The parliamentary Opposition, sections of the diplomatic community, Private Sector, civil society and other observers have called the Government out on its attempt to delay the holding of the constitutionally-mandated elections following the no-confidence resolution of December 21, 2018. The three-month time frame in which the polls should be held was validated in last Thursday’s interpretation by acting Chief Justice George, who declared that the motion was validly passed by 33 votes to 32.GECOM CEO Keith LowenfieldThe complaint has been that GECOM was not forthcoming about its preparedness for the mandatory elections.In fact, during a previous meeting with the Opposition and Government Chief Whips, the GECOM Chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson abruptly ended a meeting on the Commission’s preparedness after he was pressed for answers.On Sunday, PPP/C GECOM Commissioner Bibi Shadick called out CEO Lowenfield for his part in the entire dilemma.Shadick explained that Lowenfield must bear some responsibility for the status of GECOM, since he knew since last year that elections were due in three months after the passage of the no-confidence motion.last_img read more

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AT&T puts brand on iPod service

first_imgGoodbye, Cingular. Hello, iPhone. AT&T officially steps up the rebranding of Cingular Wireless this week, a month before the highly anticipated launch of the Apple iPhone. San Antonio, Texas-based AT&T acquired Cingular and its deal to be the exclusive wireless provider for the iPhone when it purchased BellSouth for $67 billion last year. In marketing campaigns, the company will replace the phrase “Cingular is now the new AT&T” with “Wireless from AT&T, formerly Cingular.” The Cingular “Jack” will also be used less prominently. “As we move to one brand, we thought it was important to have our AT&T brand associated with the launch of the iPhone,” said Jace Barbin, AT&T’s newly appointed vice president and general manager for the Rocky Mountain Region. “We’ve already had over 1 million people sign up on our Web site just to be notified when the iPhone is going to be released.” Barbin, formerly AT&T’s national vice president of direct marketing, will be based in Colorado, where the company employs about 550 people. The iPhone is expected to hit stores in late June. It is billed as a three-in-one gadget: a mobile phone, a widescreen iPod and an Internet device with full Web-browsing capabilities. With a two-year service contract, the iPhone will cost $499 for a 4-gigabyte model and $599 for an 8-gigabyte model. “I’ve heard stories about AT&T forbidding its sales folks from taking a vacation between mid-June and mid-July during the launch of the iPhone because they think demand is going to be so high for it,” said Joe Laszlo, senior analyst for Jupiter Research. “I think they’re probably right. It’s going to be really big.” AT&T Mobility, which is what the company internally calls its wireless division, is the nation’s largest cell phone carrier with 63 million subscribers, just ahead of Verizon Wireless. Laszlo said the iPhone may help AT&T widen its lead. “At least in the early months, AT&T is going to get a fair number of people changing cell phone providers for the phone, which almost never happens,” he said. Apple expects to sell 10 million phones globally in the first 18 months after launch, according to UBS analyst John Hodulik. “We believe competitive intensity will kick in to high gear in late June when AT&T launches the Apple iPhone,” Hodulik wrote in a recent research note. “We do not expect Verizon to take this push lying down and expect the company to defend its market share with greater subsidies, upgrade activity, promotion and advertising.” A Verizon spokeswoman said no special plans are in place. As part of the rebranding initiative, Cingular customers will start seeing AT&T on their cell phone screens and billing statements.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Observers: Writers strike talks won’t begin until pain is felt

first_imgPressure mounted Friday for stalled negotiations to resume in the Hollywood writers strike, with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calling for a deal before the financial toll climbs higher. But as the walkout logged its fifth day, with production shut down on more than a dozen prime-time shows, some observers say it could take weeks or even months before writers and producers had enough incentive to break their deadlock. “I think you need to see more time, more posturing and possibly more pain inflicted,” said Carole Handler, an entertainment lawyer who specializes in new technology issues such as those involved in the labor dispute. Negotiations broke off late Sunday after the Writers Guild of America dropped its demands for more money from DVD sales but no agreement could be reached on payments from shows offered on the Internet. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers won’t consider returning to the table until writers go back to work, according to one report. On Friday, a crowd that police estimated at 3,500 people converged on the gates of 20th Century Fox studios for the biggest rally yet by striking writers. It was part of twin protests in Los Angeles and New York targeting News Corp., which owns the movie studio and the Fox TV network. In the latest setback for workers, NBC told the non-writing staff of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” that they face layoffs next week because of the strike, according to a network executive. The show has been in reruns since the walkout started. Using guest hosts is one thing being considered to restart production and avoid layoffs, the person said. Schwarzenegger said he had urged both sides to reach a deal so thousands of behind-the-scenes workers already idled by stalled TV production could return to their jobs. “I think that’s the sad story, because the studio executives are not going to suffer, the union leaders are not going to suffer, the writers that are striking, they are not going to suffer. Those are all people that have money,” the actor-turned-governor said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Letterkenny developer freed from prison after agreeing not to trespass

first_imgA well-known Donegal developer who spent the holiday period in Mountjoy Prison has walked free after he agreed not to trespass on land where 50 social housing units are to be built.The Irish Times reports that Brendan Gildea from Brookside, Magheranan Letterkenny, was jailed shortly before Christmas after he was found to be in contempt of High Court orders not to trespass or prevent access to land in Kiltoy, Letterkenny. The property is owned by CR Renaissance Properties Ltd who are selling it to Cluid Housing Association in a €6.2m deal, which intends to build 50 social housing units.The court heard the land was purchased by Brendan Gildea Ltd, a company owned and operated by Brendan Gildea, in 2006.A receiver was appointed over the assets of Brendan Gildea Ltd in 2011, who sold the land to CR Renaissance in 2014.Represented by Niall O’Neill BL, the owners and a related company Roarty Developments Ltd obtained orders against Mr Gildea and his son Noel of Glenview Close, Lismonaghan, Letterkenny.The injunctions were sought after the Gildeas allegedly placed a container on the lands, which put the proposed sale of the property at risk, in June of last year.A ‘no trespass’ sign, allegedly signed by the Gildeas, was also placed on the site, it was claimed.The applicant’s solicitors further received letters from Noel Gildea alleging that parts of the lands had been purchased by his father.Last July, the High Court granted various orders, including injunctions compelling the Gildea’s to remove the container and cease trespassing and blocking access to the land or from interfering with the sale process.However, the applicants returned to court in September claiming that the Gildeas had made no effort to comply with the order and were in contempt of Court.The matter was mentioned before the court on several occasions, but on December 18th, the Gildeas were committed to Mountjoy Prison after Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds found them in contempt of court.Letterkenny developer freed from prison after agreeing not to trespass was last modified: January 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:BRENDAN GILDEAdeveloperfreedletterkennyprisonlast_img read more

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LOCAL NEWS: LETTERMACAWARD NOTES

first_imgLETTERMACAWARD NOTESCommunity Sports Fest 50+ The  Community Sports Fest 50+ will take place in  St Bridgid’s hall, Leitir and outside on 14th July starting at 10.30am We invite you to join us for this event to try out a variety of activities, lead by excellent tutors from Donegal Sports. Costs for the day are €10 including light refreshments. The numbers of participants are limited. Please contact Angela on 086 373 7502.LOCAL NEWS: LETTERMACAWARD NOTES was last modified: July 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LOCAL NEWS: LETTERMACAWARD NOTESlast_img read more

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Men’s Basketball Celebrates Regular-Season Title

first_imgThe Drake University men’s basketball team celebrated its 2018-19 Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship by welcoming fans to the Knapp Center for a ceremonial net-cutting celebration Tuesday evening.The Bulldogs, coaches and support staff were cheered on by fans as they climbed the ladder to claim their piece of the traditional, sentimental trophy following a historic regular season.”I thought it was really important to give our guys the opportunity to do this and cut down some nets,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “It’s not something that is easy to do [win a title] and I want them to celebrate together and with our fans. And then we’ll get back to work tomorrow.””We’ve had a goal on our locker room board the entire year that says ‘2018-19 MVC Champions.’ We kept that goal up for the entire year,” DeVries added. “These guys came here because they wanted to win a championship.”The Bulldogs aim to add to that title this week at the annual Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis. Drake enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed and will face either No. 7 Illinois State or No. 10 Evansville Friday at 6 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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