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In a much anticipated match, world number one Naomi Osaka and defending US Open champion, handily defeated the 15-year-old Delray Beach tennis phenomenon Coco Gauff in straight sets 6-3, 6-0. Not only did Osaka’s amazing performance on the court capture the audience but her selfless and classy actions after the match to console Gauff completely won them over. Osaka hugged a sobbing Gauff and invited her to join her for the encore interview.During the interview, both players were in tears as was the audience as Coco lamented her loss but congratulated Naomi. .@Naomi_Osaka_ completes the @usopen Round of 16!The defending champion moves on with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Gauff–> https://t.co/Dj7Hnvt1Cc pic.twitter.com/q1WnaJ8Z5a— WTA (@WTA) September 1, 2019 Naomi congratulated Gauff’s parents for raising such an amazing daughter and tennis player. The sportsmanship is a sharp contrast to Osaka’s experience in the final last year against Serena Williams who had a meltdown with the chair umpire.Williams unsportsmanlike conduct overshadowed Osaka’s win. Osaka excepted the winning trophy with tears streaming down her face as the crowd booed with the President of the USTA Katrina Adams stating…”perhaps it’s not the finish we were looking for today “. Osaka apologized to the crowd for winning and thanked the crowd for watching the match.Tennis world awaits a possible rematch between Williams and Osaka in New York.
Hair Club for Men founder and longtime South Florida resident Sy Sperling died Wednesday at the age of 78.Sperling, who lived in Boca Raton, found fame in the 1980s and early 90s with his commercials that featured before and after photos of his clients. He would end the spots with the statement, “I’m not only the Hair Club president, but I’m also a client” while showing a picture of his previously bald self.The commercials were spoofed on the “Tonight Show” as well as on “Saturday Night Live.”Sperling began the business in New York before taking it national. He sold it for $45 million in 2000.
JOCKEY QUOTES JOEL ROSARIO, RAGING BULL, WINNER: “He broke well and it looked like there was a good pace, he was very controlled. He just came with his run like he does all the time. He put in a nice run.“It is beautiful, nice to be back here and be back in action.” JOHN VELAZQUEZ, NEXT SHARES, SECOND: “The plan was to be mid-pack with this horse, but we got wiped out at the start, so we were way back. He still ran a great race.”TRAINER QUOTES JUAN HERNANDEZ, ASSISTANT TO CHAD BROWN, RAGING BULL, WINNER: “He ran a super race and he always runs good. He had trained well here and he was acting good. He’s just a very special horse.”NOTES: The winning owner is Peter M. Brant.
2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine Volcanoes will be very active when their even kicks off. And the men’s team is threatening to erupt anew.The Philippine Rugby 7s men’s and women’s teams will start their Southeast Asian Games duty Saturday at Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya Stadium, Kelana Jaya here.ADVERTISEMENT The Volcanoes will be bannered by Christopher Hitch, Justin Thomas Coveney, Vincent Francis Young, Jason Ritchie Lynch, Harry Morris, Jonel Madrona, Rupert Dian Zappia, Harrison Blake, Evan Spargo, Ricky Kucha, Jake Letts and Christopher Everingham.Dixie Star Yu, Sylvia Tudoc, Angella Camille San Juan, Madille Salinas, Rassiel Sales, Camilla Maryam Maslo, Helena Roxanne Indigne, Kaye Llanie Honoras, Gelanie Gamba, Tanya Louise Bird, Hayes Monica Bolofer and Ada Milby comprise the Lady Volcanoes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ The men’s team, which swept its way to the gold during the sport’s maiden appearance in this biennial meet in 2015 in Singapore, will take on Indonesia (11:06 a.m.), Cambodia (1:22 p.m.), and host Malaysia (4:26 p.m.) in a busy start to its title defense.The Volcanoes, who are coming from the Asian Rugby 7s win in Doha, will complete their assignments Sunday against Singapore and Thailand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Lady Volcanoes, bronze winners last time around, will battle Thailand (10 a.m.), Laos (3:16 p.m.) and Singapore at 5:32 p.m. They will round up their matches Sunday against host Malaysia at 11:28 a.m.Rugby 7s will only have two days of competition where top two teams after a round robin will vie for gold and the next two fight for bronze. Despite Flying V’s failed bid, Teng grateful for run with Thunder MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments
…a closer look at Govt’s parallel appointmentsPresident of the United States of America (USA) Donald Trump, campaigned and won his elections, in part, on a promise to ‘drain the swamp’ but became the laughing stock of the international community when he instead surrounded himself with Wall Street big wigs, bankers and billionaire executives.In Guyana, the David Granger administration campaigned and won, in part, on a promise to eradicate corruption but what has instead obtained is a complete removal of professionals in the employ of the health sector to be replaced with stooges.Chairman of the PAC, Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali chides GPHC CEO Allan Johnson (left) and Finance Director Ronald Charles during the PAC meeting on Monday last (Parliament Office PR photos)A CLOSER LOOKTime has since revealed that this move on the part of the David Granger administration has since facilitated – deliberately or otherwise – massive and seemingly unfettered corruption at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).A closer look at the Government appointments reveal an interesting layout of an organisational chart for a government funded entity – funded to the tune of billions each year.It reveals parallel appointments serving in positions that essentially usurp the authority of the office holders in order to wield control over the entity’s finances and procurement systems.Michael Khan, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GPHC was sent on paid leaveMichael Khan, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) was sent on leave but remains in the employ of GPHC, even as a coalition appointee Allan Johnson continues to perform the functions as acting CEO.In keeping with the slew of appointments of former military personnel to high office, George Lewis, the recently retired Army Brigadier was recently installed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer at GPHC.One of the more glaring parallel appointments at the GPHC that led in part to the recent brouhaha at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is the position of Finance Director; in fact there are two Finance Directors at GPHC.Ronald Charles was appointed by the coalition government as Director of Finance but despite the substantive portfolio, he is in charge only for procurement – as was told to Public Accounts Committee recently.FINANCE BROUHAHAMohamed Karimullah was originally sent home but rehired under murky circumstances and he also serves as Director of Financial and General Services.The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament recently heard that Karimullah had been relieved of his duties, creating a vacancy for which Charles was appointed Finance Director.George Lewis, the recently retired Army Brigadier was recently installed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer at GPHCHospital CEO, Johnson, told the Committee, “The last Board brought back Mr Karimullah as director and therefore, Mr Charles, was shifted to procurement.”Despite being in charge of procurement, Charles was presented as the Finance Director to the Public Accounts Committee.Vijai Balgobin continues to be the Assistant Director of Financial & General Services but the administration has appointed Karen Cumberbatch – Assistant Director of Finance, Materials Management.This essentially means that some of the existing positions are being executed by parallel appointments, a situation that has led to the Hospital being unable to account for millions in cash and supplies.BULK ALLOCATIONSThe Ministry of Public Health with effect from September, 2015 commenced providing a subvention under chart of accounts 6321- Subsidies and Contributions to Local Organisations, to GPHC. The hospital had previously been treated as a Budget Agency.This essentially means that the National Assembly would no longer scrutinise the details of the expenditure for the GPHC since billions would be turned over from the treasury in a bulk sum for the Granger administration appointed officials to expend.This led to the Auditor General finding that in the first year of this practice under the new administration, GPHC flouted the laws and failed to submit its financial reports for the period.GPHC is required to produce audited accounts not later than six months after the expiry of each calendar year, and have same laid in the National Assembly not later than nine months after the expiry of the calendar year to which it relates.This matter was raised by the Public Accounts Committee where it was discovered that more than a year later the officials appointed by the David Granger administration are yet to comply with the laws of Guyana.BREACHESThe Audit Report indicates a response from the Ministry of Public Health indicating that efforts are being made to rectify this situation, this was in 2015 but this past week the Hospital CEO repeated that efforts are still being made to rectify this situation.The Auditor General had found that there was a breach of the provisions of Fiscal Management and Accountability Act when GPHC failed to refund to the Consolidated Fund thirteen cheques valued at $19.941M that were drawn on the Appropriation Account for the year 2015.As such, the Appropriation Account would have been overstated by that amount and at the time of audit inspection the cheques were still on hand at the Corporation in contravention of the laws of Guyana.The Auditor General had found too that the Corporation had not observed Stores Regulations and circularised instructions in relation to efficient controls, operations and proper maintenance for machinery, equipment and vehicles under its control.DRUG SCANDALMore recently GPHC was embroiled in another procurement related scandal when information surfaced that the management moved to sideline local companies for the purchase of emergency pharmaceuticals worth in excess of $605 million from a Trinidadian firm, ANSA McAL.That company subsequently made a multi-million-dollar donation to the administration in the form of an Arch which was erected on the East Coast Demerara highway at Cummings Lodge.The emergency at the Hospital leading to the ‘emergency’ purchase was found to have been a manufactured incident since the officials appointed by the Granger administration had delayed and cancelled four out of its five public tenders in the preceding months, creating a situation where there is a massive shortage of pharmaceuticals, which was initially denied by the authorities, and which would have caused deaths and aggravated illnesses in patients lacking medication.It was found that GPHC CEO, Johnson, on February 28 last, wrote a letter to the Chairman of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), Berkley Wickham, requesting approval for the procurement of these “emergency drugs” in light of the shortage, from ANSA McAL to the tune of $605,962,200.This request to bypass the procurement process to sole source drugs from a foreign firm speaks loudly of some public official’s intent to sideline local companies which could have supplied the same pharmaceuticals at cheaper prices.PHARMA-WAREHOUSEIt raises the issue of motive and possible corruption, which is reminiscent of the earlier decision to rent a non-existent pharma-warehouse.The owner of the controversial Sussex Street property that was rented as a ‘Drugs Bond’ by the Ministry of Public Health for in excess of $14M monthly has also now begun supplying drugs to Government.This is another of the glaring revelations the People’s Progressive Party Civic ((PPP/C) unearthed recently when it probed the Ministry of Public Health over drugs’ purchases in that sector recently.It was unearthed recently too that the very officials appointed by the David Granger Administration spent 77 per cent of the Hospital’s total allocation for the year in the first two months of 2017.Of the total $8.5 billion allocated to the entity for the year, employment costs account for $3.1 billion; capital expenditure has been budgeted at $527million; dietary and meals at $537 million; and other purchases, such as cleaning supplies and security, have been budgeted at $579 million.RAPE TREASURYThis means there is about $2.6 billion for the year for the procurement of drugs and medical supplies.With $2 billion of that money already spent in the first two months of the year — representing some 77 per cent of the total allocation for the year – Government will undoubtedly be heading to the coffers for more money.Spending to be presided over by the Organisational Structure put in place by the David Granger administration after taking office in 2015 – the first course of action being to allocate the Hospital its money in a lump sum without any scrutiny from Parliament before it is approved.At least one opposition Member of Parliament has since opined that a “raping of the treasury will take place” during the August recess, and the full amount would not be made known until October, when Government is made to lay a Supplementary Financial Paper in the National Assembly, detailing the expenditure.Another incident of note, in taking a closer look at the possibility of structured corruption at GPHC and Granger’s parallel appointments, was occasioned when the Hospital officials denied the Chairperson and members of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services entry to the drug bond controlled by GPHC in light of the countrywide reports of drug shortages.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – A Nevada couple who planted a severed finger in a bowl of Wendy’s chili to extort money from the fast food chain were sentenced Wednesday to prison terms of at least nine years. Anna Ayala, 40, who said she bit into the digit, was sentenced to nine years. Her husband, Jaime Plascencia, 44, who obtained the finger from a co-worker who had lost it in a workplace accident, was sentenced to more than 12 years. “Greed and avarice overtook this couple,” said Judge Edward Davila in Santa Clara County Superior Court, adding that the pair “lost their moral compass.” The two pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to file a false insurance claim and attempted grand theft with damages exceeding $2.5 million for the finger fraud, and unrelated additional charges. In a tearful plea for leniency, Ayala apologized to the gallery and said the incident was “a moment of poor judgment.” Ayala had said she retched March 22 after biting into the fingertip while dining with her family at a Wendy’s in San Jose. Forensic testing later showed Ayala never chomped on the finger, but she described the incident to television news crews. “There’s no words to describe what I felt, it’s sick, it’s disgusting,” she said in one clip played before sentencing. “Just knowing there was a human remain in my mouth is tearing me apart inside.” Although authorities suspected a hoax – in part because the finger wasn’t cooked – word of the stomach-turning find quickly spread around the world. The Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy’s International Inc. claimed it lost $2.5million in sales because of the bad publicity and dozens of workers at the company’s Northern California franchises were laid off. No Wendy’s employee was missing a digit at the San Jose restaurant, and no chili suppliers reported finger injuries at their plants. “I felt so bad for the fear of what people would think of me,” testified Hector Pineda, who made the chili and initially came under suspicion. “We are the ones that have suffered.” Denny Lynch, senior vice president for Wendy’s, asked the judge to send a message that “consumer fraud is a serious crime that demands a severe penalty.” The couple must pay about $170,000 in restitution for workers’ lost wages. The judge also ordered them to pay nearly $21.8 million to Wendy’s International and JEM Management, which owns the restaurant. Both corporations agreed not to collect from the couple, provided they never benefit from the ruse. In April, Ayala was arrested at her suburban Las Vegas home for filing a false claim against the restaurant chain. Investigators found a pattern of legal claims she brought against businesses in her name or for her children. A lengthy search for the finger’s owner eventually pointed to one of Plascencia’s co-workers, who lost it in an accident at the paving company where they worked, police said. Plascencia bought the tip of Brian Rossiter’s right ring finger for $100 and told him what he and Ayala were plotting, according to court documents. Rossiter later told police the couple offered him $250,000 to keep quiet. During a recorded jailhouse phone call, Ayala bragged about how other inmates were asking for her autograph, according to a transcript of the call. Ayala was also convicted of defrauding a woman by selling a motor home she didn’t own and Plascencia was convicted for failing to pay child support.
Tim McNulty has held his nerve to win the Donegal International Rally.Huge crowds met the Meath man as he arrived back at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny this evening. McNulty kept his cool over the day’s final eight stages in Inishowen to finish one minute and nineteen seconds ahead of Alastair Fisher and his Letterkenny co-driver Rory Kennedy in second place.The event, which saw a crowd of more than 50,000 attend the three days, has been hailed as a huge success with no accidents.A Garda spokesman said the vast majority of rally followers were impeccably behaved.“The message of keeping the race on the road really got home. We had very few incidents of a serious nature. “The organisers did a terrific job and the crowd really behaved themselves. It was a really good event form our point of view,” he said.Eventual winner McNulty and co-driver Paul Kiely lead the event from the fourth stage on day one and increased their lead yesterday before driving a steady race today to ensure the title.The wet conditions earlier on today did not prove a problem for McNulty and the victory never looked in doubt.He stayed over a minute clear of Fisher’s Fiesta throughout the day and going into the final two stages, set in Buncrana Town, McNulty was leading by 1 minute and 16 seconds.McNulty held his nerve on the final two short town stages to win his second event in this year’s Irish Tarmac Rally Championship following his victory in Galway earlier this year.Fisher and Kennedy held off the challenge of Daragh O’Riordan for second, with O’Riordan fastest on half of today’s stages. Kevin Barrett finished in fourth with Garry Jennings taking fifth place. PICTURE BY CLIVE WASSON PHOTOGRAPHYEndsMCNULTY WINS HUGELY SUCCESSFUL 40TH DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY was last modified: June 20th, 2011 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:McNulty wins Donegal rally
MET Eireann has warned that “significant accumulations” of snow will hit Donegal this weekend.The snowfall is predicted to hit the county on Saturday night and into Sunday, said a spokesman.The BBC however says we will get “significant snow” as early as Thursday night and into Friday with “a potential to cause travel problems.” It will probably be the first serious snowfall of this winter after some minor snowfalls – mainly on higher ground – earlier this week.“Rain will spread from the west on Saturday night with a high probability of snow overnight and some significant accumulations possible. There will be further wintry showers on Sunday,” donegaldaily.com was told.However the BBC in the North said tonight there would be significant snow falls on Thursday night and into Friday.There are current gale warnings for the county with wet and very windy weather throughout Wednesday. Similar weather is predicted for Thursday. But temperatures will plummet on Friday with Met Eireann saying there will be snow on higher ground over Donegal. There will be a sharp frost on Friday night, making road conditions treacherous overnight and again on Saturday – before those significant accumulations on Saturday night.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comSIGNIFICANT SNOW ON WAY TO DONEGAL – MET EIREANN was last modified: December 7th, 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:donegal snowdonegal weathergale warningsnow warning
The Donegal County Council Cultural Services Regional Cultural Centre is presenting two exceptional outreach events on Sunday July 27th to mark the end of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival.Following a series of great Earagail concerts in the RCC over the past two weeks the Centre is organising the launch of an architectural installation at Ards Forest Park and presenting a gala fiddle concert at An Grianán Theatre.‘Jeffry’s House’ by architect Thomas O’Brien, artist Emily Mannion and thatcher Ivor Kilpatrick will be Officially Launched by Councillor John Campbell, Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council at Ards Forest Park, Creeslough on Sunday July 27th 2014 at 3.00 pm. Later that evening the Donegal Master Fiddlers gala concert, a celebration of the lifetime achievement of three of the county’s greatest living traditional fiddlers, Vincent Campbell, Dinny McLaughlin and Danny Meehan, will be held at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny at 8.00 pm. Concert tickets priced €15 and €12 concession can be booked at An Grianán Theatre Box Office on 00353 74 9120777 or online at www.eaf.ieJeffry’s HouseIreland’s first architectural installation in a forest park, ‘Jeffry’s House’ is a folly/shelter made from thatch on a wooden frame.It is commissioned by Donegal County Council Public Art Programme in partnership with Coillte, the Irish Architecture Foundation and the Earagail Arts Festival. ‘Jeffry’s House’ stands at the edge of the forest, offering shelter and views of the sea, sand dunes and mountains beyond. Sensitive to the natural beauty of the landscape around it, the structure combines traditional thatching with a slender geometric form and is designed to allow for nature to reclaim the ground beneath.The vision for this groundbreaking project is to demonstrate the exciting potential of asking artists and architects to create interventions in the natural landscape. Donegal County Council, Coillte and the Irish Architecture Foundation hope to initiate further commissions like this in the future.Everyone in invited to attend the Official Launch of this magical structure at Ards Forest Park on Sunday at 3.00 pm. ‘Jeffry’s House’ can be quite easily found by following the Sand Dune Trail from the main car park.The Launch is taking place outdoors so appropriate clothing for a Donegal summer’s day is recommended. If you require further information please contact the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny on 00353 749129186 or email email@example.com.A Donegal Fiddle Feast The Donegal Master Fiddlers concert at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny on July 27th will provide a rare opportunity to see several generations of leading Donegal fiddlers on stage at the same time.In addition of having a chance to witness the larger than life personalities and distinctive fiddle style of Vincent Campbell, Dinny McLaughlin and Danny Meehan there will be a host of other Donegal fiddlers who have been influenced by them.Each Master Fiddler will be introduced in turn by a younger renowned fiddler, Vincent by Martin Mc Ginley, Danny by Aiden O’Donnell and Dinny by Roisin Harrigan. This feast of traditional Irish music will also feature the Campbells (Vincent, his brother Jimmy and nephew Peter), Dinny McLaughlin’s group and Aidan O’Donnell and Damien McGeehan from the renowned group Fidil.The opening performance of this incredible night of music will come from an even younger generation of musicians drawn from Paul Harrigan’s Ceol na Coille music school. A TREAT OF FOLLY AND FIDDLERS FROM THE EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL was last modified: July 19th, 2014 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)