Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep honored by ITF as World Champions

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, celebrates after defeating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the men’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament on Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)LONDON — Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were named the 2018 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation on Thursday after each won Grand Slam titles and finished the year atop the world rankings.Djokovic, recognized by the ITF for the sixth time, won the Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles a year after undergoing surgery on his right elbow.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. All hands on deck MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img 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 The champions are determined by the ITF according to a system that weighs each player’s results during the calendar year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I am particularly proud of this achievement after all that I’ve been through physically this year, but part of me always believed I could make it back to the top,” Djokovic says.Halep, who won the French Open in June, earned the honor for the first time despite being unable to compete at the WTA Finals because of a back injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“To be recognized in this way is really special and provides extra motivation to keep working for next season,” Halep says.Mike Bryan and Jack Sock were named the winners in men’s doubles, and Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova claimed the women’s doubles honor. View commentslast_img read more

President Sirleaf Makes Additional Appointments in Government

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made additional appointments in Government affecting the Ministries of State for Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Industry, Labor and Internal Affairs.Other government parastatals include the National Commission on Higher Education, Liberia Refining Company, Central Bank of Liberia and the University of Liberia.According to an Executive Mansion release, these appointments are subject to confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate, where applicable. Those appointed include:Ministry of State for Presidential AffairsMr. Jordan Solunteh,  Director General of the CabinetNational Commission on Higher EducationDr. Momo Rogers, Deputy Director GeneralMinistry of Foreign AffairsMr. Elias Shoniyin, Deputy Minister of the Foreign AffairsMr. Thomas Kaydor, Deputy Minister for International CooperationMinistry of Commerce & IndustryMr. Franz Sawyer, Deputy Minister for AdministrationMr. Andrew G. Paygar, Flangiah, Sr. Deputy Minister for Small Business AdministrationMr. Pewee Reed, Assistant Minister for Bureau of Small Business AdministrationMinistry of LaborMs. Moriah Kou Yeakula , Assistant Minister for AdministrationMr. Emmett M. Crayton ,  Assistant Minister for Trade UnionMs. Marion N. Wreh  , Assistant Minister for StandardsLiberia Petroleum Refining CompanyMr. Edwin Sarvice, Deputy Managing Director for Operations (replacing Mr. Aaron Wheagar who  is being retired after having served the Company for more than 20 years)Central Bank of LiberiaMr. Milton Weeks, Member, Board of Governors (replacing Mr. David Vinton)Ms. Melisa Emeh, Member, Board of Governors (replacing Ms. Mildred Reeves)Ministry of Internal AffairsMr. Allen Kromah, Assistant Minister for Research, Development & PlanningThe President has established a Tourism Exploratory Committee which will assist in the formation of a Tourism Agency which will evolve into an autonomous agency after separation from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.Tourism Exploratory CommitteeDr. Dawn Barnes, ChairMs. Barku Tubman, MemberMr. Jacqueline Capehart ,  MemberAdditionally, the President, based upon recommendation from the Chief Justice, also constituted an independent committee of experts from the civil society to start the process of nominating a member of the Independent National Human Rights Commission:Mr. James Yarsiah, ChairmanMs. Roseline Toweh, Co-chairpersonMr. Roosevelt Woods , SecretaryMs. T. Thompson Adebayor , MemberMr. Varney Jersey, MemberMs. Finda Salay,  MemberAttorney Jura A. Lynch , Member  Please note that all assistant ministers’ posts at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection will continue with full compensation until the end of the fiscal year when the new changes at the Ministry will be implemented.Mr. Rameses Kumbuyah nomination for the post of Deputy Minister for Administration has been withdrawn as he has been asked to retain his current position as Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Education.  Dr. Nancy Freeman has been nominated for the post of Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.Finally, Mr. Norris Tweah has been appointed Vice President for University Relations at the University of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

QPR v Hull: Dunne urges Londoners to follow Tigers’ blueprint for success

first_imgRichard Dunne has urged QPR to follow Hull City’s blueprint for success.The Tigers visit Loftus Road this weekend for the first game of the season, fresh from progressing to the next qualifying round of the Europa League, and Irishman Dunne knows they will provide a stern test.The no-nonsense defender knows a number of current Hull players, like Paul McShane and David Meyler, through the Republic of Ireland national team, and he appreciates the quality of new faces like Tom Ince and Robert Snodgrass, who were added over the summer as they look to build on last term’s success.“The players they signed [last summer] were what we’re trying to do, in terms of knowing the league and at a good age,” Dunne said.“They got them in early [last summer], played well and probably surprised a few people, but over the course of the season they did brilliantly.“They’ve got European football this season which might make it more difficult for them, but again the manager has strengthened with more British players coming in. They are going to be a good side again.” 1 Richard Dunne in pre-season action for QPR against Leipzig last_img read more

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MAN WHO HIJACKED TAXI IS SENT TO JAIL

first_imgA LIFFORD criminal with 39 previous convictions has been jailed for two and a half years after pleading guilty to assaulting a taxi driver and hijacking his cab which was later found burnt out.Joseph Colhoun, 30, from Beechwood Grove, offered his “sincere apologies” in a letter to Judge John O’Hagan at Letterkenny Circuit Court.He said he accepted that he had to be punished for his crimes. On January 7th this year – a year after the death of his mother – Colhoun had gone on a drinking spree in Letterkenny, DPP barrister Dara Foynes told the court.At the time his brother David was also missing after falling into the River Foyle.At 5.30am on the morning of January 8th, Colhoun was with three other men in Letterkenny when they spotted a taxi and waved for it to stop.Clement Adu, who had just finished his shift and was on his way home, stopped.Colhoun and another man got inside the taxi and asked Mr Adu to take them to a 24/7 garage, the court heard.At the Dry Arch complex, Colhoun and the other man went inside the shop, returning a few minutes later and asked Mr Adu to take them to Lifford.Addressing the court Mr Adu said that Colhoun and the other man appeared friendly.“He (Colhoun) had bought him me a bottle of water at the garage. I thought he was a very very good man,” said Mr Adu.He asked for €25 up front for the fare to Lifford, but Colhoun had assured him he would be paid.On the way to Lifford Colhoun and his friend asked Mr Adu to stop near Ballyhooley so they could go to the toilet.But then Colhoun returned to the driver’s side of the door.“He was hugging me, I thought he was a homosexual,” said Mr Adu before he realised Colhoun was stealing his car keys.Mr Adu was then punched several times in the head, suffering a fractured cheekbone.He said he pleaded with Colhoun to take whatever he wanted, his money and his possessions.But Colhoun drove off in Mr Adu’s car. The victim was picked up by the side of the road by a passing bus driver who raised the alarm.The taxi driver said he out of work for four months as a result of the theft of his car which was found burnt out half a mile from Colhoun’s home.He said the insurance company didn’t pay out for the full costs of his losses.Mr Adu also addressed Judge O’Hagan on the issue of Colhoun’s state on the night of the incident.Turning to Colhoun and pointing to him, Mr Adu said: “He is a very very bad person. This was not drink.”He said he believed there had been a plan all along, that Colhoun had initially said he wanted to go to a 24/7 garage and he offered to take him to Mountain Top which was closer but Colhoun had insisted on going to the Dry Arch garage which was on the road to Lifford.Gardai admitted they wouldn’t have caught Colhoun except for excellent CCTV footage at the Dry Arch garage and Colhoun was arrested later that afternoon.Judge O’Hagan said mitigating evidence on Colhoun’s behalf in relation to the deaths of his mother and brother didn’t apply as Colhoun had a series of 39 convictions going back to 1999, nine of them for assault.He told Colhoun that had he been convicted by a jury he would have jailed him for five years for the hijacking.Judge O’Hagan said the incident had involved “sheer brutality” and he was satisfied the hijacking was planned.“He was not charged with burning the car and I have to ask why they did this; something they read in the papers in the hope they would hide the forensics,” said the judge.“I do not accept that drugs or drink was a mitigating factor, proved by the fact he was able to drive back the whole way safely to Lifford.“It wasn’t a clever way of keeping his mother in memory by carrying out this particularly offence. But I do accept he has been remorseful for what he has done.”He ordered that Colhoun continue treatment for alcohol addiction in prison and sentenced Colhoun to two and half years in prison on each of the two charges of hijacking and assault, suspending the last six months of the concurrent sentences.MAN WHO HIJACKED TAXI IS SENT TO JAIL was last modified: October 31st, 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:CIRCUIT COURTdonegalJoseph ColhounletterkennyLiffordMAN WHO HIJACKED TAXI IS SENT TO JAILlast_img read more

GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. Club The €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 14 were Derek Mc Ginty, Clarcarricknagun and Michael Martin, Rossylongan. The numbers drawn were 15, 16, 17 & 23 with the jackpot now standing at €2,500.  Tickets for the Neven Maguire Christmas Cookery Demonstration on Wednesday November 7th are now on sale from Bord na nOg committee members, underage managers and at Reception in the Abbey Hotel. GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: October 16th, 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:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

HARPS SIGN THREE NEW PLAYERS TO PUSH FOR PROMOTION

first_imgThree new players have arrived at Finn Park today while the club has said goodbye to another three.Defender Marty Owens arrives at Finn Park on loan for the remainder of the 2013 season from neighbours Sligo Rovers.Shane Buchannan, who was a member of Harps youth teams in the past, joins from Ulster Senior League side Fanad United. The third new arrival is Greencastle native Matty Henry – the midfielder makes the move to Finn Park from Derry City.Going the other way are Stephen O’Donnell, Hugh Carlin and Chris McBride.Finn Harps would like to place on record their thanks to all three players and wish them well in the future footballing careers.  HARPS SIGN THREE NEW PLAYERS TO PUSH FOR PROMOTION was last modified: July 31st, 2013 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:finn harpsnew signingslast_img read more

CURRAN ON THE SPOT FOR HARPS AS THEY EARN PRECIOUS WIN OVER LONGFORD

first_imgHarps earned a superb result against Longford Town tonight at Finn Park.FOOTBALL: A second-half penalty from Ryan Curran ensured Finn Harps secured a vital three points at a wet and windy Finn Park this evening.Harps had failed to beat Longford in any of their six previous League and FAI Cup matches.However, Harps ended that dismal run and deservedly so thanks to a well-taken penalty from former Derry City striker Curran. Curran was lively throughout and perhaps could’ve scored a couple of goals earlier in the game, but was thwarted due to a mixture of some superb defending and wasteful finishing.Harps were keen to record a home win following a narrow defeat to Shamrock Rovers last time out.That coupled with an away defeat to Dundalk and a stalemate at The Showgrounds meant it was an important fixture for Ollie Horgan’s side against a Longford side that have struggled thus far this season.In truth, Harps bossed proceedings throughout this game, and really took the game to Tony Cousin’s side right from the get go. After a lovely through ball from McNamee, Curran raced clear and while his effort beat the Longford keeper it was cleared off the line.That was the best chance of the half with Harps struggling to create clear cut chances despite their dominance.Adam Hanlon then had a great chance to score early in the second-half but he squandered his effort.However, just two minutes later Ethan Boyle was fouled inside the box and the referee awarded the penalty.Ryan Curran made no mistake from the spot and Harps got the lead they deserved. Longford pressed hard for an equaliser but never really troubled Richard Brush, and Harps earned another vital three points.CURRAN ON THE SPOT FOR HARPS AS THEY EARN PRECIOUS WIN OVER LONGFORD was last modified: March 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:finn harpsFinn ParkLongford TownnewssoccerSportlast_img read more

Vasquez finance report probed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office has reported Grisel Vasquez, who was elected in November to the Los Nietos School Board, to the Fair Political Practices Commission for not submitting her campaign finance reports.The Political Reform Act, passed in 1974, requires all candidates to turn in reports that disclose who contributed to their campaigns and what the money was spent on.In the recent local races, two reports were due before the Nov. 8 election, but Vasquez as of Thursday still had turned nothing in, according to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office files.Vasquez has been reported to the commission for not turning in a report due Sept. 29.She also hasn’t turned in a report that was due Oct. 27. Officials from the Registrar-Recorder’s Office say they expect to refer that case to the commission sometime next week.Vasquez blamed her own inexperience for not following the law, but said she will be turning in her reports soon.“As a first-time runner, I wasn’t really sure how everything worked,” she said. “Now that I have the information, I gave it to my campaign manager and I will be filing soon.”The commission now will open an investigation, which could include interviewing witnesses and issuing subpoenas.Eventually, the commission could levy fines that would come on top of the penalty of $10 for each day the report is late.Chris Espinosa, spokesman for the commission, said he has no idea how long the investigation will take.Violations such as Vasquez’s defeat the purpose of the campaign disclosure laws, said Theis Finlev, policy advocate for Common Cause, a political reform group.“The campaign disclosure law exists so the voters can see who’s funding what campaigns, where the money is going and get a sense of who’s behind the candidates,” Finlev said.Violation of the Political Reform Act is a misdemeanor. These cases typically are referred only to the commission because the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has chosen not to prosecute them in the past, said Deborah Wright, executive liaison officer for the Registrar-Recorder’s Office.Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office, said the office is willing to review any cases submitted to them.“We’ve never told anybody `don’t bring us the case,”‘ Robison said. “In reality because it’s just a misdemeanor, the (commission) can levy far heavier fines than if we prosecuted them,” Robison said.Vasquez is the only candidate to be referred to the commission, but several other Whittier-area school board candidates have been fined for turning their statements in late. Geri Guzman, who was re-elected to the Montebello Unified School District Board of Education, has been fined $190. She turned in Oct. 18 a statement that was due Sept. 29.Victor Juan, an unsuccessful candidate for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education, was fined $100. His Sept. 29 statement was turned in Nov. 17. He wasn’t fined at the $10 per day rate because the maximum fine for a candidate filing a statement saying he will spend less than $1,000 is $100.Three other candidates have been fined for turning in late the second campaign finance statement before the election due Oct. 27.Louis Reyes, an unsuccessful candidate for Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees, was fined $400. He submitted his report Dec. 6.James Roybal, an unsuccessful candidate for El Rancho Unified School District board, was fined $320. He turned in his statement Nov. 28.Ana Valencia, who was re-elected to the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education, has been fined $410. She submitted her statement Thursday.Valencia has been fined $800 during the past four years for turning in late statements. mike.sprague@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img

Midfielder ‘considers future’

first_imgRaul Meireles is considering his Chelsea future, according to The Sun.It is claimed the Portugal midfielder was unhappy at being substituted against Stoke and with the way Andre Villas-Boas was undermined before being sacked as manager.Meireles is now said to be contemplating his next move – just seven months after moving to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool for £11m.Fulham boss Martin Jol is keeping tabs on 23-year-old Lens left-back Zakarya Bergdich, the Daily Mirror sayMeanwhile, the Daily Telegraph and The Sun’s showbiz section report Joey Barton’s anger at his new home apparently being occupied by squatters.The QPR captain made his disgust clear on Twitter yesterday.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more