It was a boost coming off a troubled end to 2015, when Raonic missed the last three weeks with a back problem, having missed the French Open earlier in the season with a foot injury, parted company with Ljubicic and finished out of the top 10. “It does great things – it signifies within the team how concrete and good the work we’re doing is,” Raonic said of his win. “At the same time, with the difficulties I’ve had last year, it’s maybe a good way for me to show the other guys I will face going in Melbourne, you know, I’ve got my stuff back together and I can play some good tennis again.” Raonic attacked top-seeded Federer with his booming serve and forehand, as expected, but also went to the net 13 times in the first set and won 10 of those points to put him on course for the win. Federer, who went 6-5 in finals in 2015 – with all five losses coming to top-ranked Novak Djokovic – struggled earlier in the week with lingering flu-like symptoms, but improved with four matches in four days, including wins over Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals and Dominic Thiem in the semis. Raonic “did well. It was a tough match – (my) legs were a little bit wobbly,” Federer said. “Still, considering the week I’ve had, I’m actually quite happy. That’s why I’m not down or anything or disappointed. “If I would’ve known I would’ve made the finals five days ago I would’ve been unbelievably happy.” BIG BOOST BRISBANE, Australia (AP): Milos Raonic got one back on Roger Federer to start the new season. After losing coach Ivan Ljubicic to the Federer camp leading into 2016, Raonic achieved something nobody else born in the 1990s has managed to do against the 17-time major winner – beat him twice. The 25-year-old Canadian broke Federer’s serve once in each set of a 6-4, 6-4 win yesterday in the Brisbane International decider, reversing the outcome of their meeting in last year’s final at the Australian Open warm-up tournament. Ljubicic was in Federer’s corner for the final. Carlos Moya, who will join Raonic’s coaching crew, doesn’t arrive in Australia until next week. He’s got a good base to work off, starting with Raonic’s eighth career title and only his second win in 11 matches against Federer.
The Daily Observer has received with dismay reports of alleged extortion of money from drivers by some officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) deployed at Water Side border checkpoint between Bong and Lofa counties.According to eyewitnesses, AFL officers stationed at Water Side Bridge on Monday, August 11, impounded over 20 commercial vehicles including trucks loaded with food items from Lofa County, demanding L$500 from each of the truck drivers. Assistant Defense Minister David K. Dahn has, however, denied soldiers’ involvement with extortion or taking bribes from drivers. Speaking with our defense correspondent via mobile phone Thursday, August 14, Mr. Dahn maintained that the Ministry has not received any complaint of such, insisting that AFL soldiers will never involve themselves in bribes taking from drivers or anyone for that matter. AFL soldiers were recently deployed at the border to enforce the State of Emergency declared by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the wake of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. The eyewitnesses at the county-border checkpoint told our reporter that tension erupted between the soldiers and drivers on August 11 after the drivers refused to give them (soldiers) money. According to the our sources, over 20 vehicles were denied from entering Bong County by the AFL soldiers. Lofa County is one of the counties that have been badly hit by the Ebola outbreak and thus quarantined by the government since the State of Emergency was declared recently. “Movement of goods from Lofa County is very difficult,” eyewitnesses said. They explained that the vehicles were held by the soldiers until Wednesday and were only released after the intervention of officers from the Bong County Police Detachment of the Liberia National Police (LNP). “The drivers and some of the commuters took the soldiers’ complaint to the Paramount Chief of Zota Chiefdom Madam Lorpu Kollie, who fruitlessly pleaded with the soldiers to allow the trucks through,” said business woman Madam Annie Tokpa. When contacted yesterday, Zota Chiefdom Paramount Chief Madam Lorpu Kollie confirmed the incident saying it was only on Wednesday that the vehicles, which were loaded with food supplies including oil, rice, pepper and bitter ball, amongst others, were allowed to leave for Monrovia. “I went to Water Side on Wednesday and saw the trucks being released,” said the Paramount Chief. “I met the drivers and advised them to beg the AFL soldiers to release their vehicles. But they stood their grounds that they were not going to give money to any security officer [not even AFL soldiers] at the gate.” According to the Paramount Chief, it was the intervention of LNP officers from Bong County that led to the resolution of the impasse between the soldiers and the drivers. There have been no reports of extortion, however, by AFL in Western Liberia. According to eyewitnesses and commuters, army officers have been giving humanitarian assistance to hundreds of poor people in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties. “The army has been very helpful to our people,” said Sando G. Morlu. “They help our people when they are in need.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“We are peaceful citizens who are worthily contributing to the growth and development of post-war Liberia, to the extent that many of the towns and villages destroyed during the country’s civil crisis have returned to their pre-war status.” The speaker was evangelist Prince Y. Johnson who yesterday angrily reacted to a recent newspaper report stating that “all citizens in Nimba County were manufacturing arms in the county.”Senator Prince Y. Johnson (PYJ) chairs the county’s Legislative Caucus. He is also a born-again Evangelist preaching the Gospel with special emphasis on the peace and stability of the nation.In his strongly worded reaction given in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, Senator Johnson termed the report as “diabolical lies against peaceful Nimbaians, intentionally (manufactured) by agents of the devil to tarnish the good reputation of the citizens of Nimba County.”Senator Johnson, however, commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her regime’s tolerance of press freedom, but added, “This freedom has often been abused by agents of the devil who conceived evils against the state.”“The report of this newspaper is intended to scare away investors and paint citizens of the county black in the eyes of other Liberians and the international community. “They are doing this because Nimba is [endowed with immense resources and investment opportunities], PYJ said. In its Wednesday, May 27 edition Vol. 3, No. 199, a local newspaper (not the Daily Observer) quoted the chairman of the Community Watch Forum, Isaac Nyenati Kaffey, as alleging that citizens of Nimba County are presently involved with the production of arms in the county.According to the newspaper, Mr. Kaffey allegedly told a reporter of the paper that small arms being used by armed robbers in various communities have been produced in Nimba County. He did not say specifically in which part of the county the arms are being manufactured, but insinuated that citizens of the county are involved in the mass production of firearms.Based on that assertion by Mr. Kaffey as reported by the newspaper, Senator Johnson challenged the national security apparatus to compel Mr. Kaffey to locate the site of the manufacturing plant where the arms are produced, and directly identify citizens that he claims are involved in the arms production.“This is not just about Nimba,” the Senator insisted, “but the allegation undermines the security of the state because this allegation is baseless, since Mr. Kaffey of the so called Community Watch Forum did not indicate the exact location of the manufacturing plant, nor could he identify any one of the citizens who is involved with the deal,” Senator Johnson added.Nimba County, he said, is in the north-central portion of Liberia. It is one of 15 counties that comprise six districts the first-level of administrative division in the nation. Sanniquellie serves as the capital with the area of the county measuring 11,551 square kilometers (4,460 sq mi), the largest in the nation. The 2008 Census put the population of Nimba County at 462,026, making it the second most populous county in Liberia after Montserrado County.With this geographical description of the county, Senator Johnson wants to know, in which part of the county is the manufacturing plant located. He also wants to know the specific number of citizens involved in the arms manufacturing, since the writer of the article quoted Mr. Kaffey as saying that Nimba citizens were manufacturing arms.He then wondered what Mr. Kaffey was thinking about when he made such an unsubstantiated claim against the peaceful people of Nimba without citing any proof of his allegation.Meanwhile, Evangelist Johnson has challenged authorities of the various security agencies to seek further clarifications from Mr. Kaffey about the reasons for his “baseless allegation.”“Why would anyone want to manufacture arms in Nimba? What is the reason and who those behind the idea, if any are?” he asked. Senator Johnson wants national security to probe the report and make the findings public to shame those that are undermining the peace and stability of the country.Nimbaians, irrespective of status, he said are “peaceful and hard-working, whose only thought is to see the county and the country developed, but not destroyed.”Himself, a former leader of the erstwhile Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia; a rebel sprinter group opposed the leadership of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), captured former President Samuel K. Doe, and tortured him to death.He is now a senator and Evangelist heading the newly constructed Chirst Chapel Church in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Canadian oil and gas exploration company CGX has awarded the Rowan jackup Ralph Coffman, a one-well contract offshore Guyana.The contract has an estimated duration of 60 days. According to Offshore, it is expected to start in second quarter of 2019.The Ralph Coffman, a 240-C Class harsh environment jackup rig, is currently under contract with GulfSlope Energy in the Gulf of Mexico through its current well, which is estimated to conclude in mid-January 2019.In August, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had announced that CGX was set to commence drilling on the Corentyne block as early as the end of this year.The oil company has already appointed a drilling engineer, who will be in charge of designing its offshore exploration well on the Corentyne Block offshore Guyana. According to Trotman, the Government is excited about the project.Also in August, CGX announced its next exploration well with an Indigenous naming and blessing ceremony by the historic Aleluya Indigenous Group.The well named “Utakwaaka” is expected to be drilled in November 2019 in the company’s Corentyne Block offshore Guyana. CGX Executive Chairman, Professor Suresh Narine had said that giving the well an Indigenous name was a departure from the norm in the oil industry.In late 2017, CGX had said that as part of the renegotiation of its contract with the Government of Guyana, it would relinquish to the Government 25 per cent of the acreage of both the Corentyne and Demerara blocks.The new work commitments include drilling an exploration well on the Corentyne Block by November 27, 2019; acquiring additional seismic or conducting seismic reprocessing by November 27, 2020; drilling an exploration well by November 27, 2022 in the Demerara Block; completing any additional data processing and planning, and securing all regulatory approvals for the drilling of an exploration well by February 12, 2020; drilling an exploration well by February 12, 2021, and another by February 12, 2023 in the Berbice Block; completing a geochemical survey of a minimum area of 120 square kilometres and commencing a seismic programme defined by the aforementioned geochemical survey by February 12, 2020; completing the seismic programme and completing all processing and interpretation of data by August 12, 2021; and drilling an exploration well by February 12, 2023.
Once implemented, the updated Water Sustainability Act will provide a variety of policy directions. Some key directions outlined in the policy include protecting stream health and aquatic environments, regulating ground water usage, improving water security and efficiency and measuring and reporting water usage. The third phase will start this spring when the new legislation will be drafted.Finally, the fourth phase will be when the bill is introduced into the legislature and will be voted on for approval.Council discussed the importance for this type of legislation in the province. The province’s water supply is affected by numerous factors including climate change, a growing population and the government’s inability to accurately measure how much water is being used.At the local level, Shopland says there are several factors that affect water usage in Fort St. John. These demands include competing water interests, the effect that land and resource development has on the city’s water supply as well as an increasing demand for groundwater, which is not regulated in B.C.Advertisement A presentation given to Fort St. John’s City Council Monday, outlining how the province is updating its Water Sustainability Act.The City’s Director of Infrastructure and Capital Works Victor Shopland gave a presentation on the province’s modernization of the act.- Advertisement -The provincial water act dictates who can use available water and how much of it can be used. It also outlines how the Province is working to monitor the resource’s usage.The Province will be reviewing its water laws in order to improve how it uses water and monitors water usage. Some changes to the act will include increasing community involvement in decision making and regulating the use of ground water in priority areas.The process to modernize the water act will go through four key phases before being approved. The first phase required a review and background research on provincial water usage, which has already been completed.The second phase involves policy development. This phase has already begun with the 2009 launch of the Living Water Smart Blog. The blog allows residents to voice their ideas and concerns with regards to water usage.Advertisement
WHITTIER – Deputies arrested an 8th grader at Katherine Edwards Middle School on Thursday for allegedly bringing a loaded gun on campus and hiding it in a planter. The 14-year-old Whittier boy was arrested on suspicion of being a minor in possession of a firearm, a minor in possession of ammunition and for bringing a gun to school, said Sgt. Sal Munoz of the sheriff’s Operation Safe Streets Bureau, which is the department’s gang unit. He said OSS is exploring the possibility that gangs could be involved in the incident. He didn’t say if the teen has ties to gangs. The teen was taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey and will appear in juvenile court Monday, Munoz said. The weapon, a small automatic that wasn’t fully loaded, was in a bag of some sort and placed in a planter, said Lt. Jeff Cavanaugh of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station. “We were called by the school. There was a rumor floating around that somebody at school had a firearm,” he said. “Somehow they found out there was a gun on campus.” He said a school employee saw several individuals hanging around an area of the school. They began to disperse but were stopped. He said these kids were in the school office when deputies arrived. Deputies searched the area and found the gun. “We are very proud that a courageous student came forward and reported this incident. We are committed to a safe learning environment for all of our students and will not tolerate any behavior that puts that in jeopardy,” said principal Monica Sena. A letter will be sent home today, according to district spokeswoman Anne Turner. School officials also said that the district is moving forward with an expulsion hearing and the boy won’t return to Edwards Middle School. Lisa Mata-Uribe, 40, who has an eighth-grade son at Edwards Middle School called the district Thursday to ask what was going on with the incident because her son had called her to say there was a kid with a gun on campus. She said she was told by Franco that there will be no additional security on campus today because it’s being treated as an isolated incident. “It’s a good thing I have a good relationship with my son, and that he got home and called me immediately about this,” Mata-Uribe said. “But it may not be like that for all Edwards parents, and that’s what I’m most concerned about.” “I’m not happy, and I’m not comfortable, but unfortunately I guess he’s going to have to go to school tomorrow,” she added. “There are kids who aren’t going to go to school tomorrow and this is the excuse they’re going to give.” She said she knows it’s short notice, but thinks something should have gone out Thursday to the parents. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Deputies don’t know yet the reason he brought a gun to the school at 6812 S. Norwalk Blvd. Another student who heard the teen mention the gun reported the incident to school officials, according to a statement released by Whittier City School District. No one was injured. All students were kept in their classrooms and dismissed two minutes late as a safety precaution, said Superintendent Carmella Franco in the statement. “We are viewing this as an isolated incident and the staff will be extra vigilant,” she said. Deputies found the gun around 2 p.m.
“I’m with Luis (Suarez), I like the best players to play, I train with the best and I want the best players to play,” said Muslera.Doubts persist over Salah’s fitness but the Egyptian star said from the team’s base in Grozny on Monday that he was “well-prepared” for the tournament.On May 30, Egypt officials said Salah would be out for “not more” than three weeks, which would rule him out of the Uruguay match but put him in the frame for Russia on June 19 and Saudi Arabia on June 25.Back in Nizhny Novgorod, Uruguay’s training session, overseen by veteran coach Oscar Tabarez, was their first since arriving in Russia 24 hours before.Following an exhausting 16-hour flight, the team faces another four hours on a plane for the game against Egypt, which will be played in Ekaterinburg.Muslera, who plays for Turkish club Galatasaray, shrugged off travel fatigue being a problem, saying Uruguay had five days to prepare for the game.Defender Jose Maria Gimenez said the Egypt game was the “most important” as it would set the tone for the rest of the tournament.Uruguay are the favourites in Group A, which also includes hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, who kick off the World Cup on June 14.Russian schoolchildren were allowed into the training session, and unsurprisingly shouted out for Uruguay’s two biggest stars — Barcelona’s Suarez and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Uruguay’s most influential player Luis Suarez trains ahead of their World Cup opener against Egypt © AFP / MARTIN BERNETTINIZHINIY NOVGOROD, Russian Federation, Jun 11 – Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera said Monday that he hopes Egyptian star Mohamed Salah will be fit to play when the two countries clash in their opening World Cup match on Friday.Following an hour-long training session for the Celeste at their humble Bor training camp just outside the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Muslera said he wants Salah to fully recover from the shoulder injury sustained in the recent Champions League final.
1 Burnley players celebrate scoring against Charlton Burnley won the Championship title on Saturday afternoon as they thrashed Charlton 3-0 at the Valley.Sean Dyche’s side had already earned promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking as they beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 on Monday, but they sealed top spot by easing to victory in London.Sam Vokes, who grabbed the winning goal against QPR, notched the opener for the Clarets after 20 minutes, easing any pressure on the table-toppers.It was one-way traffic for the rest of the first half but it took until the 50th minute for Burnley to double their lead.George Boyd volleyed home at the back post from Andre Gray’s cross to make it 2-0, while just two minutes later they added a third with Gray scoring a goal of his own.Play was stopped on several occasions as Charlton fans protested against the way their club is being run.Several smoke bombs and a pitch invader delayed proceedings but the incidents could not dampen the mood of the Burnley players and supporters who will return to the top-flight next season.
Christina Galbraith’s picture of Sliabh Snacht Inishowen on SaturdayMANY roads across Donegal are icy this evening.Gardaí are once again calling on all motorists to drive carefully overnight.Temperatures dropped below 0C in many inland areas around 7pm. The latest warning comes after a day of downpours left surfaces wet.“Clouds are clearing and it will be a cold night in the North West,” said a Met Eireann spokesman.“This will lead to ice on untreated roads as temperatures fall to around -3C.”The warning is in effect until early morning. ICE WARNING ON DONEGAL ROADS OVERNIGHT was last modified: November 10th, 2013 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:Christina Galbraith’s picture of Sliabh Snacht Inishowen on SaturdayICE WARNING ON DONEGAL ROADS OVERNIGHT