Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Del Potro reaches first French Open quarterfinal in six years Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LATEST STORIES Croatia’s Marin Cilic reacts during his men’s singles fourth round match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini on day nine of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERGThird seed Marin Cilic overcame a typically colourful fightback from Fabio Fognini to make the French Open quarterfinals on Monday with a 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 win.Cilic fired 44 winners past Fognini who twice needed treatment on an ankle injury.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The former US Open champion next faces fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro who brushed aside John Isner 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2012.Cilic trails the big Argentine 10-2 in career meetings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development’s recent US$14 million loan to Liberia will help boost the physical infrastructure of the seaport of Greenville, National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director Matilda Parker has observed. The loan agreement was consummated between the government of Liberia and the Kuwaiti Fund last year, but it requires a legislative ratification before implementation in line with the Liberian constitution. According to the loan agreement, the repayment period is 22 years with a four-year grace period.Providing some details of the agreement on SKY FM Phone-in Talk Show yesterday, Madam Parker declared that the interest rate on the loan is highly concessional at 1.5 percent interest rate and 0.5 percent service fees.The NPA boss assured the public that the return on investment on the loan is 22 percent conservatively. She noted that the Kuwaiti loan is directly for the development of the port of Greenville, Sinoe County and the purchasing of tugboat for that port.“This loan could not have come at a better time,” the NPA boss added as she praised the government of Liberia for contracting the credit from the Fund, which as she put it, “will help improve the economy of the southeastern region.”The NPA Managing Director declared that part of the money will be used to build a container park, fishing ram and other infrastructure for the port to enhance increase shipping activities.She noted that as part of the agreement, the government of Liberia through the NPA has completed the design and dredging of the port of Greenville. The US$14 million Kuwaiti loan is currently before the national legislature for approval.Madam Parker, who was expected to appear before a legislative committee for public hearing yesterday, announced that that the work on Greenville Port is expected to be completed in two years if the agreement is ratified.“We will advertise an international bid for tugboat which will take few weeks,” she stated. Greenville port currently handles 14 logging concessions and two oil palm concessions namely Equatorial Oil Palm and Golden Veroleum.Majority of the callers on the talk show praised Madam Parker for her excellent managerial style, which they observed, has led to improvement and gains including improved security, good wage structure for employees and port infrastructure development at the Freeport of Monrovia and other seaports in Buchanan, Greenville and Harper.The NPA boss also assured the public that her management team is operating with plans and that the loan will not be a burden that NPA would not repay.“I pray that I have plan in place to not only repay the Kuwaiti loan, but to replace myself as Managing Director of the NPA,” she said.Madam Parker, however, admitted that implementation is a challenge everywhere in Liberia, but expressed confidence that with the port will be strong enough to repay taking clue from the level of development at the port authority.She made specific reference to the port of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, which she disclosed is handling 60 percent of Liberia’s thorough put (imports and exports).“Ports infrastructures are very expensive to build and so it is a challenging job to manage a port,” she stated. The NPA boss, who took over the NPA as Managing Director in 2009, noted that her dream is to improve Liberia’s port infrastructure in order to encourage more vessels to come to Liberia. Meanwhile, the Kuwait Fund only extends loans on concessionary term to finance development projects in developing countries. The Fund also provides technical assistance to finance the costs of the feasibility studies of projects, as well as the training of nationals of the borrowing countries.In addition, the Fund subscribes in the capital of international and regional development institutions. The Fund makes loans and provides guarantees, makes grants by way of technical assistance and providing other types of technical assistance and contributes to capital stocks of international and regional development finance institutions and other development institutions and representing the State of Kuwait in such institutions.The Port of Greenville is located in the southeastern region of the country, about 673.6 kilometers from the Freeport of Monrovia. The harbor is protected by a 400 meters long breakwater, and on its inner side, by two quays.There are two berthing facilities, 70 meters and 180 meters respectively, with an existing depth 8/9 meters below chart datum. With the signing of fourteen (14) logging, one (1) iron ore, and two (2) oil palm concessions, we anticipate high vessel traffic at this port in the coming years.The Port of Greenville is located in the southeastern region of the country, about 673.6 kilometers from the Freeport of Monrovia. The harbor is protected by a 400m long breakwater, and on its inner side, by two quays. The Port of Greenville is an International Ship & Port Security (ISPS) certified Security Level Two port.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
With Guyana just months away from General and Regional Elections, Norway has decided to release some $393.4 million Norwegian Kroner or $9.1 billion in climate-related funds, to the David Granger-led caretaker Government.Norway has released the final tranche of money pledged for Guyana based on its forest coverThis was announced by Head of the Project Management Office in the Ministry of the Presidency, Dr Marlon Bristol, in a statement on Monday. According to Bristol, the money will go into the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF), which is administered by the World Bank.According to Bristol, the funds were released last Wednesday to the World Bank, which issued a confirmation on Monday that the funds, which represent the remainder of the country’s 2009 pledge, were received. According to him, the funds will be used in a number of areas, including the European Union Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT).“The funds will be used for projects in areas such as renewable energy, ‘green’ tourism, biodiversity, strengthening of Indigenous mechanisms, and the European Union-FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) Partnership, which is a legally binding trade agreement between the European Union and a timber-producing country outside the EU,” Bristol was also quoted saying.It is unclear how readily the Government should have access to these funds, since they fell to a No-Confidence Motion since December 2018 and will not be holding elections until March 2020 – well over a year after it was defeated by the motion. The Constitution of Guyana stipulates that elections must be held within three months of the passage of a No-Confidence Motion.The constitutional deadline for holding elections, as set out by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), had expired as of September 18. When it made its July 18 ruling on the no-confidence cases, the CCJ had said that the effect of the No-Confidence Motion was on pause while the cases were being litigated.That process, CCJ President Adrian Saunders had said, was no longer on pause following the court’s June 18, 2019 ruling, which upheld the validity of the No-Confidence Motion and thus triggered the need for fresh elections.In their ruling, the CCJ had also made it clear that the Government continued in office as a caretaker Government. The parliamentary Opposition and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, have made it clear that as a caretaker, the Government should only carry out routine functions and set the stage for new elections.
Moments later Wolves had an equaliser scored by Pedro Neto disallowed by VAR for the tightest of offside decisions.An 18th win in 19 Premier League games this season reestablished Liverpool’s 13-point lead at the top of the table and they have a game in hand over closest challengers Leicester.Wolves were angered even before kick-off with the scheduling that meant they travelled to the European champions just 45 hours after a thrilling 3-2 win over Manchester City.Nuno Espirito Santo responded by making four changes with all three goalscorers from Friday — Raul Jimenez, Adama Traore and Matt Doherty — starting on the bench.Liverpool made just one alteration from the side that thrashed Leicester 4-0 in a top-of-the-table clash on Boxing Day to open up a seemingly unassailable lead in the title race.An extra day’s rest for the hosts showed in the early stages as Mohamed Salah, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mane and Roberto Firmino all came close.– Finest of margins –Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo was booked for his protests at two VAR reviews that went against his side© AFP Paul ELLISThe deadlock was finally broken when Mane swept home his 14th goal of the season.Referee Anthony Taylor ruled the goal out for handball as Lallana knocked the ball into Mane’s path, but the English midfielder had instead used his shoulder and the goal was given after a lengthy VAR review.If Wolves felt hard done by for the opener, they were rightly infuriated again in first half stoppage time when Neto’s equaliser was ruled out.Jonny was adjudged to be offside by the tiniest of margins to add to a number of Premier League goals over the past two days ruled out for the most marginal of offside calls.Nuno was booked among the Wolves protestations, but the Portuguese coach’s starting line-up meant he had weapons up his sleeve come the second half with the pace of Traore unleashed on the hour mark.Wolves’ top scorer Jimenez followed, but only after Diogo Jota’s fierce strike forced Alisson Becker into a smart save.The visitors had lost just once in their previous 14 league games to move into contention for a top-four finish and they did not go down without a fight in the final stages.Jimenez had the best chance to claim an equaliser, but was denied by a block from Joe Gomez before Joao Moutinho, Romain Saiss, Ruben Vinagre and Traore fired off target.0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sadio Mane (left) celebrates the only goal as Liverpool beat Wolves 1-0© AFP Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 29 – Liverpool continued their relentless march towards a first Premier League title in 30 years, but Jurgen Klopp’s men needed the benefit of two VAR reviews to see off Wolves 1-0 at Anfield on Sunday.Sadio Mane scored the only goal three minutes before half-time as the Senegalese’s strike was allowed to stand after initially being ruled out for handball against Adam Lallana.
Danny Welbeck scores Arsenal’s winner v Leicester 1 An injury-time winner from substitute Danny Welbeck gave Arsenal a 2-1 victory over Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium as Arsene Wenger’s side closed the gap to just two points on Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes.Returning hero Welbeck’s winner came 25 minutes after Theo Walcott had levelled the match, cancelling out Jamie Vardy’s penalty – scored just before half-time.But it was Danny Simpson’s unnecessary dismissal which Leicester fans will be cursing long into the night, as the 29-year-old right back picked up two yellows in quick succession while his side were 1-0 up.The Gunners started brightly as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain surged down the right wing and won a corner for his side within the first minute. Alexis Sanchez headed the resulting set piece narrowly wide of Kasper Schmeichel’s right-hand post; however Chamberlain would continue to give Leicester left-back Christian Fuchs problems for the duration of the half.In the ninth minute, having beaten Fuchs, Chamberlain appealed for handball against N’Golo Kante, although referee Martin Atkinson’s decision to wave this appeal away seemed justified in hindsight.Leicester’s first real chance of the match came after 16 minutes as Jamie Vardy’s header forced a brilliant stop from Petr Cech. The Arsenal goalkeeper would later save his side’s blushes again as he clawed N’Golo Kante’s excellent curling effort away from the top corner of the Gunners’ goal.And then came the defining moment of the first half as Kante initiated a Leicester breakaway amid Arsenal appeals for a foul by Wes Morgan on Mesut Ozil. Kante was then harshly fouled himself by Laurent Koscielny, but play was waved on by Martin Atkinson as the ball fell to Jamie Vardy who burst into the penalty area and drew a silly challenge from Nacho Monreal.Despite the Spanish left-back’s desperate proclamation of innocence, referee Atkinson signalled for a 45th minute penalty.Vardy picked himself up, dusted himself down and smashed the ball past Cech to give the Foxes a vital lead with one of the last kicks of the half.Having not been able to respond straight after the goal, Arsenal started the second period as they’d started the first – at an electric pace. Efforts from Ramsey and Giroud threatened Kasper Schmeichel’s goal, with the problems Alexis Sanchez was causing Leicester right-back Danny Simpson helping to change the course of the game.In the 49th minute Sanchez drew a foul from Simpson, which saw Leicester’s right-back awarded a yellow card and, just five minutes later, Olivier Giroud did the same, sending Leicester down to ten men.Claudio Ranieri’s decision to replace Riyad Mahrez with defender Marcin Wasilewski temporarily appeared to have solved the problem as Leicester initially soaked up Arsenal’s pressure. But, in the 70th minute, Hector Bellerin’s ball in from the right was cushioned perfectly by Olivier Giroud into the path of Theo Walcott, whose side-footed finish levelled the game.From then on, it was 25 minutes of constant Arsenal pressure as Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and Per Mertesacker all missed fantastic chances to win the game for their side.With time running out, Arsene Wenger made the decisive call and introduced Danny Welbeck to the action after 83 minutes, for the Englishman’s first appearance after nine months on the sidelines.It looked as though Leicester would escape with a hard-earned point, when Arsenal were awarded a free-kick around 35 yards from goal. Mesut Ozil took this opportunity to float a perfectly-weighted ball into the area which Welbeck was able to head past a devastated Schmeichel.There were jubilant scenes at the Emirates as Welbeck and everyone connected with the home side celebrated what felt like a decisive moment in the title race.Only time will tell how important Welbeck’s goal will be in the context of this season’s top spot, but for now it leaves Arsenal just two points behind Leicester City.With 12 matches remaining, the title race is well and truly on.
5 – Arsenal and Tottenham both have five winners – Liam Brady (1978-79) and Dennis Bergkamp (1997-98) were the Gunners first two winners before Thierry Henry became the first back-to-back winner of the award in 2002-03 and 2003-04. Robin van Persie picked it up in his last season at Arsenal (2011-12). On the other side of north London Pat Jennings (1975-76), Clive Allen (1986-87) and David Ginola (1998-99) won it before Welshman Gareth Bale won it twice in three years in 2010-11 and 2012-13. 6 1 – Leeds United, Derby County, Nottingham Forest, Ipswich Town, Southampton and Blackburn Rovers have all provided one recipient of the PFA Player of the Year award. Find out which clubs have had the most winners – just click the arrow above, right – Norman Hunter won it for Leeds in 1973-74, Colin Todd for Derby in 1974-75, Peter Shilton for Forest in 1977-78, John Wark for Ipswich in 1980-81, Kevin Keegan for Southampton in 1981-82 and Alan Shearer for Premier League winning Blackburn in 1994-95. 6 3 – Aston Villa have provided three winners – Andy Gray won it in 1976-77 and became the first player to win both the main award and the PFA Young Player of the Year in the same year. David Platt (1989-90) and Paul McGrath (1992-93) made it three Villa winners. 6 6 2 – Everton, Newcastle and Chelsea have each had two winners – Peter Reid and Gary Lineker won back-to-back awards for Everton in 1984-85 and 1985-86, as did Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer in 1995-96 and 1996-97 for Newcastle. John Terry became the Blues first winner in 2004-05 before Eden Hazard won it in 2014-15. 6 6 6 – Liverpool have had six winners – The Reds had a good run with the award in the 1980s with Terry McDermott (1979-80), Kenny Dalglish (1982-83), Ian Rush (1983-84) and John Barnes (1987-88) all being recognised. Steven Gerrard (2005-06) and Luis Suarez (2013-14) are the other two Liverpool recipients. The PFA awards take place on Sunday with, among others, the PFA Player of the Year, Team of the Year and Young Player of the Year announced.Competing for the top award this year are Leicester City trio Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante, Tottenham’s Harry Kane, West Ham’s Dimitri Payet and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.The first PFA Player of the Year was announced in 1974 and since then there have been 37 different winners, with only five players winning it twice (Mark Hughes, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale).Shearer is the only player to be recognised while playing for two different clubs while Ronaldo and Henry are the only two to win it in two consecutive seasons.Ronaldo’s remarkable 2007-08 season so him become one of only three to win the main award and the Young Player of the Year in the same season, along with Bale and Andy Gray.Unsurprisingly, England are the country with the most winners with 18, followed by Wales (six) and France (four).But which club has the most recipients of the award? talkSPORT reveals all…Click the arrow above, right, to see the countdown! 11 – Manchester United have a massive 11 winners of the PFA Player of the Year award – Any surprise that the most dominant force in Premier League history also dominates this award? Mark Hughes (1988-89, 1990-91) became the first player to win the award twice before Gary Pallister (1991-92), Eric Cantona (1993-94), Roy Keane (1999-00), Teddy Sheringham (2000-01) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (2001-2002). Cristiano Ronaldo (2006-07, 2007-08) started a trend of four consecutive Manchester United winners with Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney following suit in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
A Donegal petrol station has been ordered to close for 24 hours in November after the owner’s conviction for selling marked mineral oil.McD Fuels in Burnfoot has been told to stop trading for one day, on November 10th, next. Owner Damian McDaid was also fined €3,500 after he appeared at Buncrana District Court.Revenue officer Bernadette Murray told the hearing she stopped a woman driving a 4×4 at Ballyderowen, Burnfoot on April 7 last year.The vehicle’s tank was dipped and it tested positive for marked mineral oil, namely a blue dye.The woman said she had just filled her vehicle at McD Fuels, known locally as McDaid’s.DONEGAL PETROL STATION DONE FOR SELLING DODGY FUEL was last modified: September 10th, 2011 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)
GLENSWILLY retained their Division One status today with a fine victory over Malin in the relegation play-off – and were then stunned when joint managers John McGinley and Gary McDaid said they were stepping down.The duo had led the small parish side to the county championship just a few weeks ago.And they finished their fine season with the superb seven point win over Malin in the play-off at MacCumhaill Park Ballybofey this afternoon. Glenswilly showed what the top flight status meant from the start with a point from McFadden after just 40 seconds before Neil Gallagher fisted a goal to the back of the Malin net.The Inishowen men saw Seamus Doherty point but Glenswilly hit back with more scores from McFadden and Murphy, playing at half-forward.The county champions quickly had a five point lead – which they were never to surrender.Murphy, Gallagher and McFadden were in fine form throughout the game and despite the best efforts of Declan Walsh and Matthew Byrne, Glenswilly were just too good on the day. The final score Glenswilly 1-13 Malin 0-09 – was a fair reflection on the game.But the Glen must be wondering how they can repalce John McGinley and Gary McDaid who stepped down from their roles tonight.GAA: SHOCK AS GLENSWILLY MANAGERS QUIT AFTER INCREDIBLE SEASON was last modified: November 20th, 2011 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:glenswillyMalin
Donegal is set to feel the biggest impact of Storm Caroline today as strong winds and snowfall strike the county. Atlantic Storm Caroline is due to pass over Ireland today and bring severe weather. Two status yellow weather warnings have been placed by Met Eireann – including a wind alert and snow-ice warning.North and northwest counties will be most at risk of snow showers which will occur later today. Snowfall is expected throughout Thursday night and into Friday morning, bringing possible accumulations of up to 3cm in areas, more likely on higher ground. Icy conditions are forecast right through to Friday afternoon. Motorists are urged to take care on the roads.Severe winds are expected in Donegal throughout today, with gusts of up to 100 to 110 km/h and winds strongest at the coasts and higher ground.Donegal is in for a cold few days. Temperatures are expected to fall as low a 2 degrees this evening and reach lows of -2 degrees tonight.Friday is set to be a chilly day too as the winds ease and occasional wintry showers fall. Met Eireann’s overall outlook for the weekend is that it will be staying very cold with wintry spells and frosty nights. North west set to be the worst affected by Storm Caroline was last modified: December 7th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Some of the largest dinosaur tracks ever found have been uncovered in France. The BBC News has a picture of tracks nearly 5 feet across made by sauropods that weighed 30 tonnes. Tracks of ornithischian dinosaurs in South Africa are being analyzed for clues to dinosaur behavior, reported Science Daily. The team believes that tracks are sometimes more useful than skeletons. They can provide information about locomotion, stance, behavior and direction. Speaking of skeletons, a “bizarre” tyrannosaurid was discovered in Mongolia. Science Daily reported that the meat-eater had similarities to its giant relative but was more gracile and long-snouted. “A new wrench has been thrown into the family tree of the tyrannosaurs,” the article said, because this species “shared the same environment with larger, predatory relatives.” It also means that “there is a lot more anatomical and ecological variety in tyrannosaurs than we previously thought.” Some news reports like New Scientist call it a “ballerina” of the dinosaur family. The animal, named Alioramus, had pneumatized bones like other tyrannosaurs. Mark Norell said, “This fossil reveals an entirely new body type among tyrannosaurs, a group we thought we understood pretty well.” The South Africa footprint article and the Alioramus articles mention bird evolution. New Scientist stated matter-of-factly, “Alioramus had air sacs running through the vertebrae in its neck and spine which it used for ultra-efficient breathing. Modern birds – descendants of the order of dinosaurs to which tyrannosaurs belong – are similarly designed.” That article failed to say that the order of dinosaurs was the saurischian (lizard-hipped) group, not the ornithischian (bird-hipped) group. It also neglected to mention a recent article that said the moving hips of dinosaurs would have been incompatible with the one-way breathing of birds (see 06/09/2009). The trackway article hinted at the theory that dinosaurs learned flight by holding out their arms running up slopes (see 12/22/2003) – a cursorial hypothesis that runs counter to the latest feathered-dinosaur stories (see 10/01/2009). The reporter also speculated, “But because their lineage is believed to have given rise to birds, the possibility that their gripping claws played a key role is interesting to consider,” because it would be necessary to grip the ground of an incline while running.Update 10/09/2009: National Geographic News raised the possibility that “a third of dinosaur species never existed.” Members of a species may undergo dramatic morphological changes during maturation. These could be misinterpreted by paleontologists as separate species.The bones and tracks are real, but the stories are fake. Round up the storytellers and help them learn science. The scientific method does not include making up stories of chance miracles and playing games of connect the dots. If they want to do real science, they should run up slopes in crampons with their arms outstretched and see if flight evolves.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0