Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings FILE – This is a Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 file photo of the French captain Yannick Noah, center, holding the cup after France won the Davis Cup at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille, northern France. France won the Davis Cup for the first time in 16 years after beating Belgium 3-2. The Davis Cup is set to be transformed into a one-week, 18-nation World Cup of Tennis in a major overhaul of the international team event in men’s tennis. The International Tennis Federation says it has unanimously endorsed a proposal to create a new season-ending event in November starting in 2019. The World Cup of Tennis would be played over seven days in the traditional week of the David Cup final and comprise a round-robin format followed by a quarterfinal knockout stage. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)The Davis Cup could be transformed into a one-week, one-location, 18-nation World Cup of Tennis in a major overhaul aimed at enticing the best men’s players to play.Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are among the stars to have reacted positively to the creation of an annual season-ending event, starting in 2019, that will have a total purse of $20 million.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 “I have to say that I haven’t spoken to them directly, but I know that Gerard has had some conversations over the last few days and had positive comments from Andy Murray, from Novak Djokovic.”The ITF board unanimously endorsed the proposal, which will be submitted at the ITF’s annual general meeting in Florida in August.Haggerty said a decision on the venue for the inaugural competition will be taken in four to six weeks. There has been interest in the United States and Asia, among others.It will be on a hard court to begin with, so players featuring in the ATP Finals in November don’t have to change surfaces.“We want to find a relevant city that is world class,” Haggerty said, “where sport and entertainment can come together, where fans will travel.”Haggerty said the ITF’s long-term goal is to turn the Fed Cup into a similar one-week event.“This is a complete game-changer for the ITF and for tennis,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Europa League or bust for Arsenal after feeble cup loss UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer “In November 2018, players will know who is playing in November 2019 and they’ll be able to factor that into their plans, travel, and prioritize it,” Haggerty said in a phone interview. “Now, you may know where your first tie is, but you’re not sure where your second would be. You’re not sure of the surface.“There are some uncertainties and this will bring some clarity to it to help make the commitment to play.”The event has been devised in conjunction with investment group Kosmos, which was founded by Barcelona and Spain soccer player Gerard Pique. The partnership is worth $3 billion over 25 years.Pique has been a big driver behind the overhaul. He personally presented the proposal to the ITF board in Barcelona on Saturday, a few hours before playing that night for his team in the Spanish league.“He has had conversations with players, and the players council,” Haggerty said of Pique. “The players are very supportive of this idea.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “We think the change we are making will make it so much more appealing and tangible to the top players,” David Haggerty, president of the International Tennis Federation, told The Associated Press on Monday.Established in 1900, the Davis Cup has struggled for relevance at times in a crowded sporting calendar in recent years because many top players have chosen not to play.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 folkIn this revamp, the World Cup of Tennis would be played over seven days in the traditional week of the Davis Cup final, rather than across four weekends in February, July, September, and November. It would comprise a round-robin format followed by a quarterfinal knockout stage. Each tie would be best-of-three sets and consist of two singles and a doubles.Sixteen teams would automatically qualify for the finals, and two more would be selected. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a condolence message to the Government and People of the Republic of Ghana following the death of Madam Hajia Abiba Nnaba, mother of President John Dramani Mahama. A devout Muslim, Madam Hajia Abiba Nnaba, 85, died at the Trust Hospital in Accra on Tuesday, June 14. Her remains will be interred in her hometown of Busunu in the West Gonja District in the Northern Region today.According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, President Sirleaf extended heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, and in her own name, to the Ghanaian President, the Government and people of Ghana, especially the bereaved family, for the irreparable loss sustained. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Four men and a woman were arrested in the wee hours of Friday at a popular nightspot in West Ruimveldt, Georgetown with two illegal firearms, several rounds of ammunition and a quantity of ganja.Reports are that Police swooped down on the Ballaz Wash Bay Bar between 01:30h and 02:30h and conducted a search on the occupants. During the search, a .38 revolver with six live rounds of ammunition, one air gun and a quantity of marijuana were discovered.Guyana Times understands that one of the men who was arrested was fingered in a shooting during a football game in West Ruimveldt. The five persons are expected to be charged shortly.On Thursday, an Annandale, East Coast Demerara, man was taken into custody after he was found with two illegal handguns and several rounds of ammunition.According to reports, the unemployed man, 24, was arrested in South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, after Police received a tipoff.Police at about 12:40h went to a house in the area where they found a .38 revolver and a 9mm pistol, along with three rounds of ammunition.
Former manager George Graham claims Arsenal MUST sign a world class striker if they want to challenge for the Premier League title this seaon, but has warned boss Arsene Wenger he will have to spend big to land his targets before the window shuts.The north London side’s need for more firepower has been abundantly clear already this season, having scored just two goals in their opening three games, while they spurned a number of good chances in Monday night’s goalless draw with rivals Liverpool.Arsenal have been linked with a move for Real Madrid frontman Karim Benzema all summer, but they were dealt a blow in their long-term pursuit with the Frenchman insisting he will not be leaving his Madrid ‘home’.talkSPORT brought you news last week back in August that a move for Benzema was off the table with Real unwilling to sell, leading to the Gunners instead turning their attention to Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani.Latest reports on Tuesday suggested Arsenal are now fully committed to their pursuit and are plotting a late swoop for the UruguayanAnd Graham, who won two First Division titles during his time in charge of the side, claims Wenger needs a 25 goal-a-season frontman to lead the Gunners’ title charge.Speaking on the Alan Brazi Sports Breakfast: “Arsenal need an out and out goalscorer.“They’re not making enough chances up front and they’re not taking their chances either“They need a striker who can get 25 league goals a season if they want to win the Premier League – but where are they?“We’re all looking around the country looking for the great strikers and great centre halves – they’re already with top clubs and they’re not available.”The ex-Gunners boss believes Wenger needs more than just a striker, however, adding that there are no Patrick Vieira-esqe personalities in the side to help with the ‘nitty gritty’ side of the game.“I don’t know whether there’s a lack of mentally strong players missing in teams nowadays,” he added.“It’s all lovely beautiful football, but sometimes you’ve got to dig deep and I just think Arsenal need a couple of payers in their side that need that mentality.”
LAHSA, created in 1993 to basically pass through funds from other sources, has been limited to an incremental approach to homelessness rather than a comprehensive strategy that would identify how best to combine county social services with cities’ shelter and permanent housing programs, Yaroslavsky said. Yaroslavsky described LAHSA as “nipping at the edges” of the homeless problem, saying governments throughout the region need to attack the problem of homelessness on a “whole new level.” “Since LAHSA was created, homelessness has exponentially increased in the county. It used to be about 30,000 and now it’s near 90,000,” he said. “It’s produced more homelessness.” Yaroslavsky said he envisions the county taking the lead in providing mental health and other wrap-around social services – possibly through a county department of homelessness – with cities partnering to provide any permanent housing that might be needed. With a fiscal 2006 budget of about $50 million, the authority has a staff of 65, aiding dozens of nonprofit agencies helping the region’s nearly 90,000 homeless. “Of course it will cost more money … but we’re already spending tons on emergency care and other costs,” Yaroslavsky said. “This is a horrible situation.” Chick – who with county auditors issued a scathing report in June that said LAHSA owed providers $5 million but had only $700,000 in the bank – echoed Yaroslavsky and said LAHSA distributed funds without an “overarching integrated plan.” “I’m very interested in the supervisor’s proposal to bring the disparate (pieces) we have today into an overarching integrated plan where the city and county work together,” Chick said. She said LAHSA hasn’t made a dent in the growing homeless problem, while also failing to practice sound fiscal management. “LAHSA basically has grown because the dollars have grown,” she said. “But in the dollars growing, the funding has outgrown the original concept and structure.” Villaraigosa, who on Friday said the “status quo” at LAHSA had become increasingly difficult to defend, supports the concept of “structural change” at the agency, according to a source. Some LAHSA commissioners also said a new model should be explored. “We have to do better than we’re doing today,” said Estela Lopez, a new appointee of the mayor’s and executive director of the central City East Association that includes downtown’s Skid Row. She said there is growing frustration with how LAHSA services are delivered, including among her constituents. “How are the issues that plague Skid Row different today because of LAHSA?” she asked. Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will seek to dismantle or “fundamentally reconfigure” the embattled Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, saying Friday the agency is flawed and has failed the region’s homeless. The effort was immediately embraced by City Controller Laura Chick and several LAHSA commissioners and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office. “LAHSA as we know it cannot stand,” Yaroslavsky said. “LAHSA is not the model to make a dent in the homeless problem. The structure does not allow it. Its mission is too limited and constrained.” The move comes after the Daily News reported that the city-county authority had made about $1.7 million in improper transfers in fiscal 2004 and 2005 when staffers used U.S. Housing and Urban Development grants to make “temporary loans” to pay emergency bills. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card It also came as pressure mounted on the authority’s executive director, Mitchell Netburn, who met with the commission in closed session to discuss his performance following recent disclosures of extensive financial mismanagement. Following the meeting, Netburn said he has no immediate plans to leave his $150,000-a-year post, but agrees the authority needs to be restructured to reflect changes in officials’ philosophies, from “managing” homelessness to trying to end it. “LAHSA needs to change to accommodate that,” Netburn said, adding that he has been talking with commissioners about the issue. He said LAHSA has been limited in setting broad policies regarding homelessness because many services – such as mental health – are controlled by other government entities. “We don’t control the large systems,” Netburn said. “We’re very limited under the current structure … we only have persuasion to influence those policies.”
The will of late Donegal man Hugh Green has been declared invalid by the High Court in New Zealand in a major victory for his eldest daughter in a fight for control of his $400 million empire.The late Hugh Green.Green died, aged 80, in 2012 and had been awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for services to philanthropy six months before he passed away.The empire he built over decades included the Hugh Green Group, a family-owned property company, and the Hugh Green Foundation, a charitable organisation that supports causes such as medical research or individuals living with disabilities or serious illness. The philanthropist’s eldest daughter, Maryanne, had been chief executive of the Green Group but she left the business in the 12 months before her father died.Hugh Green’s final will dated April 2012 – signed months before he died – added two of his five children, John and Frances Green, and lawyer Michael Fisher as executors.This small change had a big impact as the executors have power of appointment for the trusts that control the entire Green Group.The year after her father’s death Maryanne brought action in the High Court at Auckland challenging the validity of the new will. She also challenged her father appointing John, Frances and Fisher to Green Group trusts and as directors of Group companies while removing her from both of these positions.She argued he did not have the capacity to understand the effects and implications of these moves and that his exercise of power was caused by the undue influence of John and/or Fisher.QC Harry Waalkens said the decision would be appealed. Speaking on behalf of Hugh Green’s wife Moira and children Frances, John, Gerard and Eamonn he said they felt “bound to fight to see their father’s wishes respected”.In a 197-page decision released publicly today, Justice Helen Winkelmann ruled that Hugh was subject to undue influence when he executed his final will.“It follows that the will is invalid,” the judge said. Justice Winkelmann said Maryanne failed to establish that her father lacked capacity when exercising powers to appoint John, Frances and Fisher as trustees or directors and removing her.But the judge found that when Hugh removed Maryanne as a trustee and voted to remove her as a director he was subject to undue influence by his son John “such that he was not exercising his own free will when exercising those powers and making those decisions”.This was also the case when Hugh appointed Fisher as a trustee and voted to appoint him as a director, she said.The judge also said that resolutions by three trusts appointing John and Frances as directors were not validly passed. “I have also held that grounds are made out for the removal of John and Frances as trustees on the grounds that the level of hostility they feel and exhibit toward Maryanne and [her daughter] Alice is sufficient to undermine the execution of the trusts for the benefit of all beneficiaries,” Justice Winkelmann said.The practical effect of these findings are expected to be known when Justice Winkelmann releases a set of orders that were discussed in the High Court at Auckland this week.WILL OF LATE DONEGAL MILLIONAIRE HUGH GREEN DECLARED INVALID was last modified: June 29th, 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:donegalHugh GreenNew Zealandwill
James Brown and Bob Mills bring you a light-hearted look back on a busy day of sporting action.This week, the boys chat to former Hull and Bradford striker Dean Windass, and film director Ron Scalpello.Get all that and MORE in the latest Late Tackle Podcast!Have a listen, above, or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.
BY EMMET RUSHE: The All Ireland Championship 2014 has now been and gone.There was joy, there was heartache and there was huge disappointment for the 35,000 Donegal fans that travelled to Croke Park and for the 125,000 back in Donegal who were glued to their televisions.This collective heartache however is nothing compared to the near grief that the Donegal squad themselves would have felt at the final whistle. How many of you reading this knows what it takes to become a champion?The post-mortems were done in every home and in every pub in the county last night. We all have our opinions on whom or what was to blame for our “loss” yesterday. However, we should remember that every single man, on the pitch, on the bench and in the backroom team, is a champion. They have done us proud. The only post mortem that matters is that of the team. Its function will not be to assign blame. It will be to reassess; to look forward to next year.I’m sure some of you think that you know what it takes to become a champion, but I would hazard a guess that what you think it takes to become one, and what the reality actually is, are two very different things.Most people would have an idea of the training and the games and the travelling involved, but that is only a small part of it. What the Donegal squad put themselves through day in and day out is on par with any professional team.The difference is that our 26 man Donegal squad are not professionals.They are amateurs who are playing at a professional level.Under the direction of Jim Mc Guinness, the past 4 years have been some of the best that Donegal GAA has ever seen.The level of professionalism that Jim has brought to the squad and has instilled into the players is simply outstanding. To quote Joe Brolly;“Jim Mc Guinness has taken a stag party and turned them into a well oiled machine”This level of professionalism comes at a price however.They do not have the luxury of being able to train when it suits them. They do not get paid for what they do.They sacrifice time with their partners and wives.They sacrifice time with their families and children.They have to fit training around their jobs and their college work.They play for clubs and college teams who need these guys to field out for them also.Their off season is practically non-existent.They go through early morning weight sessions and late night field conditioning sessions.But that is what they signed up to.The 26 man Donegal squad do not see this as a problem.They see it as the honour and a privilege that it is to play for your county.This is something that some people simply don’t get.People can’t understand what drives them; why they sacrifice so much for so little.That, however, is the difference between a recreational sports person and a champion.A champion has a mind-set that is single minded and all encompassing.Their focus is on one thing and one thing only; the win.As the teams progress further into the All Ireland football championship, their focus becomes greater; the taste for victory becomes sweeter.Then on the day the All Ireland final finally comes, these guys step out in front of 83,000 noisy fans and pour their hearts out for 70 minutes until one team is raised to the heights of joy and the other team are slammed into the depths of despair.We could see this at the end of yesterday’s game; pain etched on the faces of the players.It is said that you should be gracious in victory along with defeat.This afternoon, Michael Murphy stayed on the pitch until after the presentation of the Sam McGuire and went over to each of the Kerry players as they came down the steps and shook each of their hands.That is the mark of a true champion.#TrainSmartEmmet Rushe is Donegal Daily’s health and fitness columnist.EMMET RUSHE: EVERY MEMBER OF THE DONEGAL SQUAD IS A TRUE CHAMPION was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalemmet rushefitnessKerry
The tenth anniversary of World Suicide Prevention Day will be marked and recognised throughout the world on Monday, 10th September. The aim of this international event is to highlight the fact that suicide can be prevented.The phrase ‘suicide prevention is everyone’s business’ is often used to emphasise the message that we can all play a part in preventing suicide. Being aware of the signs of distress, having a positive understanding of mental health and mental health problems, and knowing how and where to signpost someone for help are practical ways we can all contribute to preventing suicide in our community.According to Anne Sheridan, Suicide Resource Officer, HSE Donegal; “Reducing suicide rates in Donegal will require a collective, concerted effort from all groups and organisations, such as health and other statutory services, community and voluntary groups, sports clubs, business, parents, friends, neighbours and individuals. Everyone can do their bit to develop a culture in Donegal where people in distress don’t hesitate to ask for help. Many communities and groups in Donegal are already working to promote these important messages.” The theme of World Suicide Prevention Day 2012 is ‘strengthening protective factors and instilling hope’. Important protective factors include resilience which is the ability to cope with and adjust to difficult life events, a sense of personal self-worth and self confidence, effective coping and problem-solving skills and help-seeking skills.Other factors, such as belonging to your community, faith or social groups and having a strong connection to family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, are all helpful in reducing risk to suicide. Being able to seek help and support from family and friends as well as the health or other support service when you need it is also important. In addition, a healthy lifestyle, which includes good diet and getting enough sleep, regular physical activity and safe use of alcohol, is also associated with reduced risk of suicidal behaviour.Many of the factors that can protect against suicide can be nurtured in families, school life, work life and communities.If you are worried about yourself or someone close to you, contact your GP or NoWDOC (after hours and week-ends) on 1850 400 911.If you have been bereaved by suicide, support is available from: Living Links 087 9286007Donegal HSE Bereavement Service 074 9123670Pastoral Centre, Letterkenny 07491 21853 Tips for Building Your Resilience:HAVE THE COURAGE TO BE IMPERFECT – Try to aim for “not bad at all” or “really quite good” instead of “perfect. TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF – Allow yourself time to do things that you enjoy. If you create boundaries around your time and stick to them, others will respect them.SIGN UP FOR THAT COURSE / JOIN THAT CLUB – Getting involved in community activities can create skills and improve physical and mental well being.BE ACTIVE EVERY DAY IN AS MANY WAYS AS YOU CAN – being physically healthy is an important foundation for your resilience (see www.getirelandactive.ie)SPEND TIME WITH PEOPLE WHO MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD – Having supportive relationships is a key factor in resilience. Good friendships are as important as romantic or family relationships. LAUGH OUT LOUD EACH DAY – Laughing reduces stress levels, so look for opportunity to introduce some humour into your day.GET YOUR SLEEP – You will feel more resilient and be able to handle the stresses of the day when you have had a good night’s sleep. Go to bed earlier and learn some tips on how to improve the quality of your sleep.IT’S ALL ABOUT TEAM WORK – Tackle difficult tasks first. Learn to ask for help and accept all offers!REMEMBER – “This Too Shall Pass” – Keep things in perspective. Avoid being overly negative about things. Try to focus on the things you can control.TALK OUT YOUR TROUBLES – If you let friends and family know when things are tough, they may be able to provide a range of support. This could be listening, giving advice or providing practical support. Sometimes you may need to talk to a professional.HELPING TO PREVENT SUICIDE IN COUNTY DONEGAL was last modified: September 4th, 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:HELPING TO PREVENT SUICIDE IN COUNTY DONEGAL