Epic! – Federer beats Nadal in classic Aussie final

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP): So here was Roger Federer, down a break in the fifth set in a Grand Slam final. Across the net was his nemesis, Rafael Nadal, the left-handed Spaniard he hadn’t been able to beat in a major final in almost a decade. The 35-year-old father of four was back in his first tour-level tournament after six months off letting his injured left knee recover, and he hadn’t won any of the big four events in tennis since Wimbledon 2012. Nadal was returning from injury, too, and somehow the pair had renewed the Roger-Rafa rivalry in a throwback Australian Open final that transcended sport. At that moment, an 18th Grand Slam title didn’t feature in Federer’s thinking. Don’t play the player, he reminded himself, just play the ball. Attack the serve. With that, Federer recovered the break, and seized momentum in a roll of winning 10 consecutive points that helped propel him to a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win yesterday. His fifth Australian title extended his buffer to four atop the list of all-time Grand Slam champions. Nadal remained tied with Pete Sampras in second place with 14. “For me, it’s all about the comeback, about an epic match with Rafa again,” Federer said, ” … that I can still do it at my age after not having won a slam for almost five years. “That’s what I see. The last problem is the slam count – honestly, it doesn’t matter.” Federer had lost six of the previous eight Grand Slam finals he’d played against Nadal and was 11-23 in their career meetings. His last win over Nadal in a major final was at Wimbledon in 2007. “It remains for me the ultimate challenge to play against him,” Federer said. “It’s super sweet, because I haven’t beaten him a Grand Slam final for a long time now. “This one means a lot to me because he’s caused me problems over the years.” By winning in Melbourne, where he first played in 2000 and where he kicked off his long reign at No. 1 with the title in 2004, he became the oldest man since Ken Rosewall in 1972 to win a slam. After four sets of a final where the momentum alternately swung, the fifth had all the tension and drama that these two players are famous for. “Congratulation to Roger … Just amazing, the way he’s playing after such a long time of him not being on the tour,” Nadal said. “For sure, you have been working a lot to make that happen.” “I fight a lot these two weeks,” he added. “Today, a great match, probably Roger deserved it a little bit more than me.” ULTIMATE CHALLENGElast_img read more

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Agriculture Can Save Liberia, But How?

first_imgThe Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) released some grim statistics last week, showing a drastic rise in the country’s trade deficit.Our Business Correspondent, George Kennedy, quoting CBL’s figures for the first quarter of 2014, reported that Liberia’s trade deficit widened by a staggering 86.9 percent to US$77.0 million from US$41.2 million as at December, 2013.Total trade volume amounted to US$382.1 million with import receipts alone accounting for US$226.9 million. The CBL blames the widened trade deficit on a 4.2 percent decline in merchandise export earnings, couple with a 14.6 percent decline in merchandise import payments.Commodities export receipts declined by 25.1 percent to US$152.5 million in the review quarter, from US$159.1 million at the end ofDecember, 2013, which the CBL attributes largely on account of a 25.1 percent fall in rubber export earnings to US$30.2 million in March, 2014, from US$40.3 million in December, 2013.The CBL warned that weaker than expected growth prospects in the United States and struggling recovery in the Euro zone may perpetuate the decline in rubber prices in the near term.This drastic decline in earnings from the rubber sector was expected, as Liberia’s rubber planters, including the giants, Firestone, Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC), Salala Rubber Company (SRC) and Morris American Rubber (MAR),  recently reported huge losses due to sudden drop in world rubber demand.The iron ore sector also suffered heavy losses, owing to the corresponding decline in the demand for this commodity.  We recall that several months ago Sesa Goa, the Indian company which operates iron ore in Liberia’s Western Cluster, reported that it had reduced its operations by 80%, owing to drastic drop in demand for this commodity.What does all this tell us?  It tells us that we need to start focusing again on farming, which has consistently declined since the outbreak of the Liberian civil war, when there was massive destabilization and farmers found it impossible to work their farms.The situation has, most unfortunately, not improved over the past eight and a half years of the current government.  Why? Because President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has had bad luck with her Agriculture Ministers.  This is not because of the lack of money.  The international community, realizing how much devastation the war inflicted upon this country, including its farms, rallied enthusiastically to the rescue not only with food aid but with finances, too, to help revive Liberia’s agriculture.  Barely two months before he was let go by President Sirleaf, her first Agriculture Minister, Dr. Chris Toe, told the nation that a staggering US$100 million was available to boost Liberia’s agriculture.  That led the socio-political commentator, Mother Mary Brownell, to ask angrily in a letter to the Daily Observer Editor, “Where is the money?  We see no evidence of it anywhere.”  She was right.  At that point the nation was still importing most of its food.Under Ellen’s second Agriculture Minister, Dr. Florence Chenoweth, the situation has worsened, as Liberians continue to import  almost everything they eat, including bitterball!This newspaper has frequently pleaded with the Agriculture Ministry to flood the nation’s farms with agricultural extension agents, who would help the farmers utilize the benefits of research conducted at the Central Agricultural Research Institute CARI).  Nearly four years ago Minister Chenoweth said she was training extension agents to do just that.  Alas, the agents are nowhere to be found; andLiberia is still importing most of the rice it consumes, and meat and even vegetables!How shall agriculture SAVE Liberia?  By growing our own rice, meat and vegetables; and by investing heavily in tree crops, such as coffee, cocoa and rubber.  Ellen needs to find an Agriculture Minister who BELIEVES THAT LIBERIA CAN GROW HER OWN RICE, A MINISTER WHO POSSESSES THE KNOWLEDGE AND ENERGY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. This alone would save the US$300 million we spend importing rice, and almost erase our balance of payments deficit.Our people already know how to grow bitterball, peanuts, pepper and other veggies.  We could even start growing carrots in Foya, Lofa County, and cattle in the southeast, beginning in Grand Cess, Grand Kru County and Foya.But you need an Agriculture Minister with the ENTHUSIASM seriously to engage our farmers and put them back to work: THAT’S HOW!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Prisoner, wardens busted with ganja

first_imgA prisoner at the Lusignan Prison on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) was on Saturday busted with 71 grams of marijuana, which was hidden in his slippers.Police information reveals that the discovery was made after it was noticed that the slippers he was wearing was not the one he had on when he went to serve meals at the holding bay.As such, ranks on duty conducted a search on him at about 13:45h and the packets of ganja were unearthed. He is serving one year in prison for a larceny charge.The cut out slippers in which the ganja was foundMeanwhile at the New Amsterdam Prison, a delivery driver was detained after a search conducted on the truck which he was driving uncovered four packets of cigarettes behind the driver’s seat. Guyana Times understands the man would usually deliver dietary items to the prison on a frequent basis.Earlier this week at the Lusignan Prison, two ranks were busted with 398 grams of marijuana as they attempted to smuggle the illegal substance into the penitentiary.According to information received, the gatekeeper of the prison became aware of the fact that one of the ranks had the marijuana along with a quantity of cigarettes in his possession at about 20:04h.At that time, he opened the gate to allow the rank to get rid of the contraband; they were both confronted and confirmed that such actions on their part were indeed true. The prison officers then reportedly tendered their registrations while the matter was reported to the Police. An investigation was launched to determine the charges.In recent times, several attempts to smuggle contrabands into the prison were averted while many items have also been unearthed from within the penitentiary. In June, an unknown person attempted to throw a black wrapped parcel over the North-eastern fence of the holding area. Ranks immediately opened fire and the person made good his escape, leaving the package behind.When opened, it contained 1002 grams of narcotics, a large quantity of tobacco leaves, four cellular phones without SIM cards, one charger, one earpiece and 33 packets of Bristol cigarettes.last_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Salesperson sought by well-established Donegal company

first_imgJOB VACANCY: One of Donegal’s most established and reputable Plumbing and Heating companies are looking to add new sales staff to their dynamic and innovative workforce. Management at Donegal Plumbing and Heating Supplies Ltd in Donegal Town are keen to expand their team and are looking for an experienced sales professional to join their company.The award-winning business is renowned for its competitive rates and excellent customer service skills. JOB REQUIREMENTS:The successful candidate needs to be reliable, hardworking and flexible.Previous experience in either trade preferred, but not essential in order to get the role.Good communication skills essential.Personable demeanour.Good sales techniques and skills.Remuneration package depends on experience.If you’re interested then apply now by sending your CV to : sales@donegalplumbing.ieClosing date for applications is Saturday 15th September 2018Job Vacancy: Salesperson sought by well-established Donegal company was last modified: September 3rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Plumbing & Bathroom Supplies Ltddonegal town jobsJob Vacancysalessalespersonsouth donegal jobslast_img read more

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DEAF MAN 3 TIMES OVER LIMIT HAS DRINK-DRIVE CONVICTION OVER-TURNED

first_imgA CO DONEGAL man who is deaf has had a drunk-driving conviction overturned after claiming he didn’t understand gardai after his arrest.Gerard Doherty, who is 42 and from Glentain Manor in Letterkenny, was banned from driving for two years when he was found guilty at Letterkenny District Court in 2014.He was almost three times over the drink-driving limit. However at a District Court Appeals hearing at Letterkenny Circuit Court, Mr Doherty’s barrister Peter Nolan argued that his client should have been provided with a sign language interpreter and that he didn’t understand all the garda procedures.Garda Alan McKenna told Judge John O’Hagan that he arrested Doherty in Spackburn Drive in Letterkenny on January 14, 2012 after the motorist failed to stop.The garda said Doherty got out of the car and tried to run off but that he had detained him.He said he then realised Doherty was deaf, unable to speak and he wrote out on a piece of paper that he was arresting him on suspicion of drink driving and he showed the piece of paper to Doherty who nodded.During the following hour another garda had made numerous phone calls to garda stations in Dublin and to deaf charities but they failed to locate a sign language interpreter.Mr Doherty, who was in court, had the proceedings relayed to him by a sign language interpreter.The court heard Garda McKenna and Garda Tom Regan used gestures and wrote notes to Mr Doherty throughout the next two hours as the case was processed and a blood sample was taken by a GP. Both gardai said they hadn’t received any training in dealing with someone with a deafness disability.Mr Doherty had responded by writing ‘ok’ to a number of questions although Garda McKenna said he didn’t write down the caution.Garda McKenna said that when he was giving Doherty the option of a giving a blood or urine sample he had pointed to two boxes – one marked B and one marked U.Barrister Peter Nolan said however that his client did not understand most of what was going on.“Mr Doherty’s first language is sign language. He is basically illiterate in English and he did not and could not understand what was happening,” he said.He said his client had not been clear as to whether he was offered the services of a solicitor.The court heard Doherty, a delivery driver, had written down a response where he said he didn’t understand a question.Judge John O’Hagan said that while he believed the arrest was valid there was a “puff of smoke” over the case.He said it was clear gardai had tried their very best to get a sign language interpreter and when they hadn’t they had tried their best to deal with Mr Doherty.He said citizens using Letterkenny Garda Station were met with signs offering them a service in Irish but not one offering sign language facilities.The judge said that despite going to great lengths to get across the information to Mr Doherty “it is clear that on occasion that he did not understand” everything that was going on.“I feel to convict on the evidence would be dangerous,” said the judge.“I have a suspicion about the case but a suspicion is not good enough.”DEAF MAN 3 TIMES OVER LIMIT HAS DRINK-DRIVE CONVICTION OVER-TURNED was last modified: May 8th, 2016 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:courtdeaf drink driverdonegallast_img read more

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NOW LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL HIT WITH FLU VIRUS

first_imgTHE ongoing crisis at Letterkenny General Hospital took another twist today with the outbreak of the flu virus restricting access there.The HSE said in a statement that management in Letterkenny wish to advise that visiting the Short Stay Ward in the hospital has been suspended for the time being due to cases of norovirus on the ward.It came just hours after it emerged that ambulance-bound patients were sent to Sligo on Monday due to a shortage of junior doctors in the Emergency Department. There is ongoing criticism of management – with staff said to be over-stretched due to shortages in several departments.Following the flu outbreak, the HSE said: “If relatives are concerned about patients on this ward, a nominated person from each family can liaise with the Clinical Nurse Manager on the ward regarding planned visiting. The contact number is 074 912 5888, extension 4084.“People who have vomiting and diarrhoea symptoms should not attend the hospital but should contact their GP in the first instance if they have serious concerns.”The statement added: “We would like to thank patients and the public for their cooperation.”  NOW LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL HIT WITH FLU VIRUS was last modified: August 5th, 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:fluhospitalletterkennyward closedlast_img read more

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Eagles expect big things this summer

first_img“We’re finally to the point where we truly do have what is essentially a county all-star team,” Andersen said. Now in their fourth year, this summer for the … The Humboldt Eagles are not shying away from expectations this summer.In fact, according to manager Justin Andersen, the players are embracing them.And so they should.Last year the Eagles finished second in state among American Legion 19-under clubs, and this year, on paper at least, they look like they could be even better.last_img

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Loggers off to good start after win

first_imgMakaila Napoleon had seven kills, Peyton Suchanek had five aces and Eureka beat Yreka in straight sets, 25-14, 25-16 and 25-16, Thursday night at Jay Willard Gymnasium.“I was a little nervous heading into this game because we didn’t get to play in a preseason tournament so we just had one game under our belts before against Yreka, who has played quite a bit more this season,” Loggers fourth year head coach Rachel Evans said. “But, our girls rallied and really came together as a team for this …last_img

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Maybe Neanderthals Were Artists After All

first_imgRevised dating of human bones near figurines has cast an assumption about early humans into doubt, reports Nature Science Update.  Aurignacian artefacts, like horse figurines and other carved images, have long been thought to be telltale indicators of modern man.  Vogelherd cave near Ulm, Germany was considered the best example, because sandwiched between modern human bones was one of the richest deposits of Aurignacian artefacts ever found.  But now those same bones, earlier dated at 30,000 to 40,000 years old, yielded a more rigorous radiocarbon date of only 5,000 years.1    The researchers now believe the modern bones represent recent intrusive burials, rather than in situ emplacements of skeletal remains corresponding to the same period as the artwork.  These figurines had been earlier radiocarbon dated at 30,000 to 36,000 years BP (before the present), a crucial era when (according to the most popular theory), modern humans were moving into Europe and displacing Neanderthals.  The new Holocene (recent) dates for the bones thus unravels the best example of a correlation between modern humans with Aurignacian artefacts.  Michael Hopkin laments,For years archaeologists have clung to the idea that only truly modern humans were artists, and that our Neanderthal cousins spent their entire evolutionary lifetime as boorish philistines.  But fresh analysis of a prized set of human bones has dealt a body blow to this cherished theory.Anthropologists had thought that the artwork represented the earliest modern human intrusion into Europe during a time the Neanderthals in were in decline.  Now the story is up in the air.  “The discovery leaves experts without a concrete link between art’s origins and modern man,” says Hopkin, and it cannot be ruled out that Neanderthals were the craftsmen.  Whatever the impact, the revised dates ruin the proof that modern humans made the figurines, and “now no one knows the real story.”  In the words of the scientists who published in Nature,The Holocene age of the human skeletal remains from Vogelherd places the question of who made the earliest Aurignacian in Europe in doubt.  At present the hypothesis that the Neanderthals gave rise to the early Aurignacian, as has been argued by some colleagues including Richter, cannot be refuted.  Additionally, the Danube Corridor model for the early colonization of central Europe by modern humans, although still plausible, can no longer be demonstrated on the basis of associations between modern humans and the early Aurignacian at Vogelherd.  With the new dates from Vogelherd one of the most widely held assumptions of paleoanthropology—that the Aurignacian is uniquely associated with modern humans—seems more uncertain than ever.  These results also create the possibility that the figurative art found at Vogelherd was produced by Neanderthals.  New excavations providing unequivocal associations between human skeletal remains and the early Aurignacian will be necessary to address these issues.1Conard et al., “Unexpectedly recent dates for human remains from Vogelherd,” Nature 430, 198 – 201 (08 July 2004); doi:10.1038/nature02690.The finding does not claim that Neanderthals made the artwork, but it removes a prejudice that they could not have because they were too dumb.  Where did that prejudice come from?  It dates way back to Darwin and Huxley, who used Neanderthal man as a prop for the evolution of man.  This one measurement strikes down “one of the most widely held assumptions of paleoanthropology.”  That’s the problem with assumptions: they are assumed, not proved.  They are not scientific results, but rather hunches that stimulate a scientist to pursue a certain line of investigation.  Repeated mismatches of assumptions to measurements should lead an investigator to consider the possibility that he is on the wrong track.  The thing that keeps making paleoanthropologists stumble over each new discovery is the assumption of evolution.  The second stumblingblock is reliance on shaky dating methods.  The measure of persistence in spite of repeated stumblings is a function of the will to believe something regardless of the evidence.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Fast Flight Specializations in Birds and Bats

first_imgWhen you are moving rapidly, you need to see things differently.Hummingbirds“Hummingbirds see motion in an unexpected way,” says Science Daily based on a paper in Current Biology. Think about that tiny flyer darting this way and that at your feeder, then speeding off in a flash. How does the world look to the bird? A key area of the brain in hummingbirds processes visual information in a “unique and unexpected way,” scientists at the University of British Columbia found.“In all four-limbed vertebrates studied to date, most of the neurons in this [motion-detecting] brain area are tuned to detect motion coming from behind, such as would occur for an impending collision or when being attacked from behind by a predator,” says Douglas Altshuler of the University of British Columbia. “We found that this brain area responds very differently in hummingbirds. Instead of most neurons being tuned to back-to-front motion, almost every neuron we found was tuned to a different direction. We also found that these neurons were most responsive to very fast motion.“One doesn’t often see bruised hummingbirds lying on the ground from collisions, so the adaptation works well. It’s obvious even to children that these little birds are very special.Earlier studies showed that the LM [lentiformis mesencephalic] in hummingbirds is enlarged in comparison to that of other birds. Scientists also knew that hummingbirds monitor and correct for any minor drift in their position as they hover.Altshuler’s assistant Adrea Gaede added, “This study provides compelling support for the hypothesis that the avian brain is specialized for flight and that hummingbirds are a powerful model for studying stabilization algorithms.”BatsEver heard of an “acoustical field of view”? We’re used to our visual field of view, but in addition to sight, bats rely on sound to see their surroundings. A paper in PLoS One explores “Coordinated Control of Acoustical Field of View and Flight in Three-Dimensional Space for Consecutive Capture by Echolocating Bats during Natural Foraging.” How can bats go bam-bam! and catch two insects in succession while darting about in the dark? The scientists found out how:The results showed that when the bats successively captured multiple airborne insects in short time intervals (less than 1.5 s), they maintained not only the immediate prey but also the subsequent one simultaneously within the beam widths of the emitted pulses in both horizontal and vertical planes before capturing the immediate one. This suggests that echolocating bats maintain multiple prey within their acoustical field of view by a single sensing using a wide directional beam while approaching the immediate prey, instead of frequently shifting acoustic attention between multiple prey.Annie Oakley could hardly do better. So now you know; “echolocating bats coordinate their control of the acoustical field of view and flight for consecutive captures in 3D space during natural foraging.”Interested readers may wish to follow another batty story from Science Daily about what Israeli scientists are learning from bat brains.  “Scientists have now identified the neurons that point bats in the right direction, even when their destination is obscured.” What they are discovering about grid cells in bats may lead to treatments for Alzheimer’s, they say.Teach children to marvel at design in nature. It’s a crime to take such things for granted. (Visited 80 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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