LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna “Davis Cup was an important part of my life and career, a chance to represent your country,” he said, adding that the competition founded in 1900 was only recently “on life support.”Then came a flurry of team formats.“(This) radical change finally took place after way too long,” McEnroe said. “Now they have this, what’s it called, ATP Cup. So we have three of them when it almost seemed like there was none.”Players need an invitation to be part of the Laver Cup, where they get to be around 1960s great Rod Laver and play with or against Federer.“They’ve gotten their heart and soul involvement here,” McEnroe said, adding the competition “should be something to survive.”The ITF governing body has a 25-year Davis Cup deal with the Kosmos agency, whose investors include Gerard Pique, the celebrated Spain and Barcelona soccer player.Federer said tennis players enjoy being in a team, and he is curious how the relaunched Davis Cup and the ATP Cup debut are received.“Is it (the calendar) still going to be like that in 10 years? We don’t know,” Federer said. “We’ll have more information in six months.” LATEST STORIES Team Europe’s Roger Federer returns a ball during a training session for the Laver Cup in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. The competition will pit a team of the best six European players against the top six from the rest of the world. The Laver Cup edition is scheduled for Sept. 20-22, 2019 at the Palexpo in Geneva. The Cup is named after the Australian tennis legend Rod Laver. (KEYSTONE/Martial Trezzini)GENEVA — Team events are having quite the resurgence on the men’s tennis circuit, with three different competitions scheduled in the next four months. What’s still unclear, though, is whether they can all co-exist in the long term.“Something’s got to shake out,” John McEnroe acknowledged Thursday, ahead of captaining a six-man world team in the annual Laver Cup event.ADVERTISEMENT The three-day Laver Cup, co-owned by and starring Roger Federer, started in 2017 while the International Tennis Federation sought a new format for the historic but ailing Davis Cup. It pits a team of European stars against a selection of players from the rest of the world.The revamped Davis Cup arrives in November with 18 nations — though not Federer’s Switzerland — playing over seven days in a single city, Madrid, to end the 2019 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Another team event launches the 2020 season — the inaugural 24-nation ATP Cup played Jan. 3-12 in Australia. Then there’s the Tokyo Olympics as well, another addition to an already packed schedule.Federer has committed to playing at the ATP Cup but hasn’t made up his mind yet on the Olympics. He is confident, though, that there is room in the calendar for all three team events. Barcelona says it will surpass 1 billion euros in revenue “Absolutely,” Federer said Thursday, at the Europe squad’s Laver Cup news conference in Geneva.“There were places in the past for four different Davis Cup matches,” Federer said, recalling the February-April-September-November fixtures he and Stan Wawrinka played to lift the 2014 trophy. “Now it’s less than that” for the three separate team tournaments.Since Switzerland won its first and only Davis Cup title, Federer has only played a single fixture to gain eligibility for the 2016 Olympics.Few expect the 38-year-old Federer to fit a Davis Cup comeback into his selective schedule. He would likely get a wild-card exemption for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, if he decides to play there.McEnroe noted there was no Olympic tennis for most of his career, during which he committed to the Davis Cup more than most peers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees ‘People evacuated on their own’ Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Students who signed an agreement for loans at the University of Guyana during the period when public education was “constitutionally free” cannot be held accountable for defaulting on payment, says General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Lincoln Lewis.Veteran trade unionist Lincoln LewisLewis, in a letter, stated that the Constitution of Guyana had within it free public education from nursery to university, but this was excised with constitutional reform during the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) time in office. He stated that neither the University of Guyana nor the Government could hold these persons accountable for an act “which was clearly in violation of the supreme law”.“The Constitution is explicit that any act that contravenes it is null and void,” he said, reiterating that the Constitution was the nation’s supreme law and every government official, more so the “elected representatives”, should take time to acquaint themselves with it.The Government is wrestling with manoeuvres to recoup loans provided by the University’s Student Loan Agency. One strategy, as highlighted by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, was to restrict the graduates from travelling outside Guyana until they made arrangements to settle their debts.On the flip side, Citizenship Minister Winston Felix and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge have openly stated that they were unaware of any such plan. President David Granger had also come out to say any restriction would be against the law and his Administration would not implement such a measure.“The APNU/AFC Administration has to be mindful it does not continue sending the signal that the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing or decisions are being made without due diligence,” Lewis said, opining that the business of government is managed by “time-honoured principles, established rules and laws, not gut feelings,” and so to entertain the idea of barring persons’ freedom of movement, without examining the legal implications, should not have happened.He stated that any repayment approach must also factor in that the Government has failed to build the enabling environment to keep its people, and provide employment and economic opportunities for them. He noted that it should consider examining the fees being paid in kind in various forms of national service.Considering that 85 per cent of Guyana’s tertiary graduates migrate and approximately 40 per cent of its young people are unemployed, coupled with a national unemployment rate of 21 per cent, Lewis stated, Guyana has a serious problem on its hands.Thus, outside of ensuring that the “Constitution is not violated, in its present form and considering when student loans were introduced, the Government has to look at this matter through holistic and sober lens”. This, he said, must include recognition of the reality that among the student population are those who in accessing advanced education did so because they saw it as a stepping stone for better, yet betterment seems elusive.Meanwhile, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has stated that in the Constitution there were enforceable and unenforceable provisions – free tertiary education being one of the unenforceable ones.He stated that there were ideal goals that a country would aspire to achieve in terms of free education from nursery to university, but it did not mean that these provisions would be enforced.He stated that every citizen enjoyed the right to freedom of movement, which included the right to enter and leave Guyana and so a ban imposed on any citizen, unless it falls into one of the exceptions provided for by the Constitution itself, would be in contravention of the citizen’s constitutional right of movement.“Failure to pay one’s debt is not one of the exceptions provided for by the Constitution as an exception to freedom of movement.Therefore, the imposition of a travel ban for the non-payment of student loans would amount to a deprivation of that student’s freedom of movement as is guaranteed by the Constitution,” Nandlall stated, adding that the same Constitution provided for the establishment of private schools, where fees are chargeable.
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is charging there is massive and entrenched corruption by the incumbent Administration with regard to the Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown property it has decided to rent from Larry Singh’s Linden Holding Inc.Jagdeo made the pronouncements on Wednesday when he met with members of the local media corps for a press briefing at his Party’s Freedom House Headquarters.Public Health Minister, Dr George NortonThe former President told media operatives that there was more than met the eye with the $12.5 million monthly rental agreement for the property to be used for the storage of Government’s drugs and medical supplies.Linden Holding Inc has its registered office in Middle Street, Georgetown, in the same building that housed the Sidewalk Café which is owned by Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes and its bond is located at Lot 69 Sussex Street.Jagdeo told media operatives that the entire sordid affair went beyond Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, who is essentially now being thrown under the proverbial bus.“Find out about the people who have been frequenting this place in Middle Street…You will find how deep the connections run,” he said.Jagdeo was adamant that Minister Norton was in fact directed to do what he did, but nonetheless he would not escape, since the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) was committed to having him placed before the Committee of Privileges, since he lied to the members of the National Assembly.Cover-up committeeThe Opposition Leader was also highly critical of the Cabinet Sub-Committee that has been set up by Head of State David Granger to investigate the sordid affair.According to the former President now Opposition Leader, the PPP/C was open to giving the Committee a fair chance to see what it would have come up with following its investigations, but the Party was now of the view that it was merely a “cover-up committee”.Jagdeo said while the Opposition “thought it would not be really objective, but we were prepared to give them a chance”.That Committee was chaired by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.Jagdeo in giving his initial assessment of the findings of the report of the Committee queried when the Natural Resources Minister—an Attorney-at-Law – become a specialist in assessing the standards required by the World Health Organisation and the Pan American Health Organisation (WHO/PAHO) for the storage of drugs and medical supplies.The Opposition Leader has lamented the public position adumbrated by Trotman that the building did in fact meet WHO/PAHO standards and pointed out that at the time of Minister Trotman’s visit, the facility had still been under renovation.He pointed to the fact that the ‘cover-up committee’ said in its recommendations that Larry Singh’s company should be given a year to rake in $150 million if Government were to terminate the contract.This, he said, results in a situation where Larry Singh’s Company bought a building for $25 million and would be paid $150 million per year in rental and the drugs would not be stored properly.“This is a cover up by the Cabinet, huge cover-up by the Cabinet; they are all involved…,” said Jagdeo.Deep connectionsHe threw out a challenge to the media representatives present, saying, find out about the people who have been frequenting this place in Middle Street and you will find how deep the connections run into the Cabinet”.The Opposition Leader said the contract that has been entered into between the Public Health Ministry and Linden Holding Inc, “is not about Norton…Norton was directed to initiate that”.Jagdeo observed too that Government spokespersons to date were yet to tell the nation how Dr Norton knew about the availability of the Sussex Street bond.“They haven’t answered that question, but Norton was directed by members of that Cabinet to negotiate this deal with this individual (Larry Singh) and they all knew about it when it went to the Parliament,” the Opposition Leader claimed.He recalled that Prime Minister Nagamootoo, “said to me it was fully debated at the Cabinet”.On the matter of the promised public apology on the part of the Public Health Minister, Jagdeo asked “if this Cabinet debated that issue, why must Norton apologise”?The former President was referring to another of the recommendations coming out of the Cabinet Sub-Committee that Minister Norton make a public apology over the misleading statements he made to members of the National Assembly.The Opposition Leader was firm in his supposition that “they are throwing Norton under the bus”.The brouhaha came to the fore when the National Assembly scrutinised the advances made from the Contingency Fund to meet unforeseen expenditures and found that $25 million in a security deposit had been fronted to Linden Holding Inc, in addition to $12.5 million for the first month’s rental.It was later discovered that not only did Linden Holding Inc not have any experience in the storage of drugs but that the decision was deliberately taken by Cabinet to sideline the NEW GPC INC which incidentally had been accommodating the storage of drugs and medical supplies purchased from it by Government – free of cost.NEW GPC had taken a decision to request a rental fee from Government since it ended its arrangement with the local drugs manufacturer.NEW GPC’s asking price was calculated to be $237 per square foot in a state-of-the-art facility while Government opted instead to pay in excess of $1200 per square foot for a substandard facility under questionable circumstances.
Constable Biller of the Fort St. John RCMP says the victim still remains in hospital in stable condition, and the RCMP is working to obtain the identities of the two assailants who entered the house un-invited while wearing ski masks.The RCMP’s forensic unit continues to investigate the situation, and as of now have no suspects in custody.Anyone with information pertaining to this situation is encouraged to call the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8100. – Advertisement –
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Deputy Joe McHughDONEGAL Deputy Joe McHugh has welcomed a multi-billion euro in payments to farmers.Minister Simon Coveney announced tonight €12.5 Billion in support for the Agricultural sector, sanctioned through the Irish Government and the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Pillar II Funding programme “I welcome today’s announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Simon Coveney, T.D., that €12.5Billion of funds will be sanctioned through the Irish Government and the CAP’s Pillar II programme,” said Deputy McHugh. “With approximately 85% of produce from Irish farms being exported, it was imperative that our allocation was in line with these requirements in order to maintain and sustain our farming sector.“Over the Christmas period, I was in regular contact with both large and small farmers, and in particular the suckler and beef famers, who are experiencing serious challenges at the moment and need considerable encouragement and support over the coming months. But one thing that all farmers have in common across the sector is a clear and consistent message – distribute the money to farmers and they will spend it!“I have been working closely with Minister Coveney over the past year to ensure a fair distribution of funds are sanctioned for Pillar II and I am grateful to the Minister for all the hard work that has been involved in securing this funding.“I particularly welcome the focus on encouraging young farmers to participate in the agriculture sector, as per the following provisions: the full 2% of the national ceiling will be allocated to young farmers, providing for a 25% ‘top-up’ on direct payments on up to 50 hectares for farmers under 40 years of age (worth more than €16,000 over the period where payment is made on the maximum area for the full five years of the scheme); educational criteria will ensure payments are made to genuine young farmers; young farmers will be prioritised in the allocation of payment entitlements from the national reserve. “The funding includes €1.9 billion in national funding and €2.2 billion of EU funding, including €8.5 billion in EU money, which will be distributed in direct payments to farmers, and also includes around €4 billion allotted for the Rural Development Programme until 2020.” McHUGH WELCOMES MULTI-BILLION EURO WINDFALL FOR FARMERS was last modified: January 14th, 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:agriculturebillions of euroJoe McHughwindfall
1 Ezequiel Garay in action for Zenit St Petersburg Manchester United and Inter Milan are tracking Zenit St Petersburg defender Ezequiel Garay.The centre-back has been impressing in Russia since moving there from Benfica in the summer of 2014.The Argentina international has made 70 appearances in two seasons to become a regular of the Zenit team.But now, according to Tuttosport, Inter Milan and Manchester United are lurking.The pair have scouted Garay since January and believe he could be available for around £15m.
Liverpool starlet Jordon Ibe appears set to leave the club after the Reds reportedly accepted a £15million bid from Bournemouth.The 20-year-old struggled for regular game time under Jurgen Klopp last season, despite the departures of fellow wingers Raheem Sterling and Lazar Markovic.While he made 41 appearances for the Reds last season, only 12 of those were starts and reports towards the end of last season claimed he had fallen out with his German manager over his squad role.The England Under-21s forward scored four goals last term, including winning strikes against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League and Stoke City in the League Cup.Ibe has made 58 appearances for the Reds since signing from Wycombe Wanderers in the summer of 2011, but he must now decide where he wants to leave Anfield in search of more regular first-team football.According to the Liverpool Echo, the youngster has been given permission to enter discussions with the Cherries over a summer move after a their bid of £15m was accepted.The news of Liverpool accepting a bid for him comes after they recruited winger Sadio Mane from Southampton last month. 1 Jordon Ibe looks set to leave Liverpool in search of more regular first-team football
9 7. Sign at least one cheap defender and midfielder – At some stage youre going to sign an expensive player, you need to if youre going to be up there at the top of your mini-league. So, to ensure you have the money, we advise going for one dirt-cheap defender (like Simon Francis above) and midfielder to create funds for a superstar. Itll be worth it, and the players could potentially make an impact off the bench. 9 5. Set-piece specialists are your friends – Anyone mounting any serious title charges last season had Christian Fuchs and Dimitri Payet in their teams. The Leicester City man got big points from his assists, while West Hams hero had a knack of scoring direct from free-kicks. Get a specialist in your side, and look at who is likely to take a teams penalties wed avoid Simone Zaza if he moves to the Premier League. 8. Diversity is the key – Dont sign three players from the same team at the start of the season. Sure, when the Premier League has shaken down and we know the in-form clubs and players, it might be a good idea but at the beginning its a no-no. Fantasy Premier League is back for the 2016/17 season.It’s time to get excited, check all the statistics, and spend that £100million transfer budget on a squad you’ll inevitably need to use a wildcard on by Matchday 3.Well, unless you keep following talkSPORT’s handy tips throughout the season.Last year, we provided you with some of best transfer advice around and we’re going to do the same again as we attempt to help you win your mini-leagues.So, to kick things off, we’re handing out nine suggestions which we reckon will stand you in good stead for the upcoming campaign.Click the right arrow above to find out nine top Fantasy Premier League tips… 3. Don’t sign three expensive strikers – Its going to be pretty tempting to front-load your squad. Who wouldnt want an XI with Jamie Vardy, Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane. The problem is youll be stuck with too many players who lack quality in other positions. Plus, if youre trio dont get off to a good start you could be playing catch up very early on. 9 2. Buy a cheap goalkeeper who makes lots of saves – You always want at least one golden glove contender in your squad but we recommend also having a player in a lower quality side who makes saves. The likes of Heurelho Gomes, Lukasz Fabianski and Jack Butland reaped the rewards as they earned bonus points for the amount of stops they made. 9 9 9 4. Look at who is likely to get bonus points – Sometimes you need to delve a little deeper to gain more points. If you want to go down the Moneyball root, check out which players got plenty of bonus points last season and familiarise yourself with the Bonus Points System you can thank us when youre riding high in your mini-league. 9. Always look three fixtures ahead and check their difficulty ranking – Click the right arrow above for more Fantasy Premier League tips… – In the same way Andres Iniesta is always three passes ahead of an opponent, you need to be looking at least three fixtures ahead. Dont be caught out by a tricky early run which renders a players useless and dont miss out on an easier group of fixtures thats worth bringing a player in for. If another team plays like Aston Villa this season, youll want to ensure you have players against them. 9 1. Don’t sign too many new boys – Its going to be tempting to throw Zlatan Ibrahimovic in your team, we know, but avoid it until you know hes on form and the same goes for other new signings. Dont pack your team with them, just grab the odd one and transfer in others when they hit form. People who plumped for Christian Benteke and Memphis Depay early doors last year will testify. 6. Get a good team name – If we see another team with Pjanic at the Disco, Inter Menan, or other such classics well scream. We love puns but come on, we know you guys can do loads better. Think witty, think original, and youll have a winner. 9 9
LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 6 The man was led away by the authorities Grealish went on to score the winning goal in the derby clash, securing a priceless 1-0 victory for Villa.Prosecutor Jonathan Purser told the court that Grealish, who was not present in court, felt lasting pain after the incident but had suffered no substantial injury from a punch to the right side of his jaw.On Sunday, the EFL condemned the incident while Villa and Birmingham both released statements on the disturbing incident.“A red line has been crossed by this cowardly on-field assault on a player, which is unprecedented in English football,” Villa’s club statement read.“We trust the perpetrator will feel the full force of the law and the authorities investigate the circumstances surrounding today’s deplorable incident.“Local rivalries are part of the fabric of the game. However, as we are sure our friends at Birmingham City would agree, to have a player’s personal safety placed under such jeopardy is a serious cause for concern for the entire football community.”The Blues apologised to their local rivals and have vowed to issue a lifetime ban from St Andrew’s to the man. REVEALED 6 It sparked a huge melee involving both sets of players The man was restrained by a steward as it happened Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury “We deplore the behaviour of the individual who committed this act and rest assured he will be banned from St Andrew’s for life,” a club statement read.“The club will also support any further punishment this individual may face in the eyes of the law.“The club will be working with the relevant authorities to investigate all the circumstances and we will be reviewing our stadium safety procedures.“What happened has no place in football or society. Jack is a Birmingham lad and regardless of club allegiance should not have been subjected to this – there are no excuses.“Again, we apologise to Jack and all at Aston Villa Football Club.”Birmingham have since released a further statement fully supporting the action taken against Mitchell.It read: “Birmingham City Football Club welcome the sentence handed down to Paul Mitchell by Birmingham magistrates today. 6 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 6 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card A fan invaded the pitch at St Andrew’s and punched Jack Grealish from behind Jack Grealish celebrates his match-winning strike no dice ADVICE 6 The Football Association said on Monday afternoon that “a line had been crossed” with this incident and a similar one later the same day where a supporter came onto the pitch during the Arsenal v Manchester United match and pushed United defender Chris Smalling.“This weekend a line has been crossed in terms of fan behaviour. On Sunday we saw two separate incidents, at Birmingham City and Arsenal, of individuals entering the field of play and assaulting players,” the FA statement read.“Not only is it an offence to enter the pitch, which could result in a club ban and criminal charges for the individual, but it also puts the safety of the players at risk. This is entirely unacceptable and we strongly condemn both incidents.“We will be working with the clubs, the leagues and the police to discuss what collectively needs to be done to protect players and officials on the pitch.“In addition, we have written to both Birmingham City and Arsenal to seek their observations and examine the security measures they had in place.” RANKED huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED “What he did was unacceptable and has no place in football.“The Club can confirm that Mr Mitchell is banned from our home ground, the St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium, for life.“And nor will he have access to purchase tickets for away games involving Birmingham City Football Club, or have tickets purchased on his behalf.“The Club has also banned another supporter for life for a series of vile and malicious Tweets on social media, relating to Jack Grealish and his family.“The individual in question remains the subject of an ongoing investigation by West Midlands Police.“Birmingham City FC rejects all forms of anti-social behaviour. We will not tolerate the kind of incidents we have seen during and since Sunday’s derby fixture against Aston Villa Football Club.“Any further comment from the Club on other issues will be released in due course.” Grealish was knocked to the floor in the incident Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 6 Pub worker Mitchell, wearing a grey T-shirt, pleaded guilty to assault and a charge of invading the pitch at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday.He was sentenced in the afternoon to 14 weeks and was also banned from all football stadiums for ten years.In a statement read into the court record by prosecutor Jonathan Purser, Grealish said: “I cannot help but feel how lucky I was in this incident.“It could have been so much worse had the supporter had some sort of weapon.”Mitchell’s solicitor told the court: “He cannot explain what came over him yesterday morning. His initial foolish intention was to just go onto the pitch and whip up the crowd.” MONEY Birmingham City fan Paul Mitchell has been jailed for 14 weeks for assaulting Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.Mitchell, 27, ran on to the pitch and struck Grealish on the back of the head in the ninth minute of the Second City derby on Sunday. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions