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Quick learner Halep ready for Slam crown number two

first_imgMelbourne, Australia | AFP | World number one Simona Halep Saturday admitted losing the 2018 Australian Open final was a painful moment, but it taught her how to better handle pressure situations which she has since put to good use.The Romanian was targeting a first ever Grand Slam title in that match against Caroline Wozniacki and looked on track to win before folding in the third set.Halep had won her service game and then broke the Dane to get a 4–3 lead.She served for what would have been a 5–3 advantage but Wozniacki broke then held serve for lead 5–4. The fired-up Dane went on to break again and win 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-4, leaving Halep crushed.“I didn’t want to think that much about that match because it was really painful to lose it,” she said at Melbourne Park when asked to reflect on what went wrong.“But I learned some things from that match. That break (at 4-3) broke me a little bit in that moment.“Now I know how to manage better if that happens again.“She was better at that moment and maybe fresher than me because I played so many long matches before. She was actually less tired than me and deserved to win. She was stronger,” she added. A gutsy Halep took what she learned into the next major of the year, the French Open, and made no similar mistakes, romping through the third set of the final 6-1 against Sloane Stephens to finally clinch her maiden Slam title.“It made a big difference (because) I can say inside myself I did what I wanted to do. I won a Grand Slam finally,” said the 27-year-old.“Now I can say I’m a real number one Before I said without a Grand Slam, you are not a real number one.“I’m happy. I’m enjoying the time. Everything I’ve done last year made me be more relaxed,” she added.– Chill out –The stellar year saw Halep end 2018 as the world number one, despite her season ending early in October when she suffered a herniated disc in her back.She called the injury “very scary” and literally did nothing for six weeks to get over it.But the lay-off means she will start her Australian Open campaign against Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi with limited court time after crashing out of the warm-up Sydney International at the first hurdle.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Drilling for Region 9 wells to commence in October

first_img– Brazilian Commander inspects ongoing reconnaissance workAs the Government of Guyana, in collaboration with the Government of Brazil through its respective Armies prepare to wrap up a ten-day reconnaissance mission in Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region Nine), which will pave the way for the drilling of eight wells in eight villages, the Commanding Officer of the 6th Construction Engineering Battalion of the Brazilian Army, Lieutenant Colonel Vandir Pereira Soares Junior and Director General of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, today, wrapped up a three-day visit to the identified locations to finalise the preparations for October, 2018. The wells are intended to ensure water supply through cyclical dry seasons.During the drilling phase, the Brazilian Army will be working closely with the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and this collaboration will see the drilling of artesian wells in the villages of Aishalton, Chukrikednau, Shea, Maruranawa, Awarawaunau, Karaudarnau, Achiwib and Bashraidrun. The reconnaissance mission commenced on March 19 and will run until March 29, 2018. Already, on the ground testing has been completed for more than half of the communities identified.During the three-day visit to the communities, Colonel Vandir and his team along with the team from the CDC were able to visit the proposed locations and to meet with some of the village leaders and residents to identify any potential challenges with regard to access to the communities, particularly the remote villages.In an invited comment, Colonel Craig said that the drilling of the wells is an important part of disaster response and preparedness, particularly during the El Nino season. Importantly too, Guyana is benefitting from the transfer of knowledge and technology with the beneficiaries being the main stakeholders, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) and the GDF.“The well driving operation is a comprehensive disaster risk management approach to reduce the identified communities risk to the impact of drought. These wells, which are being drilled to approximately 100 meters and the best identified locations would seek ensure that the communities have potable water during prolonged dry seasons and drought conditions. Further, the operation would seek to build the country’s well drilling capacity and ensure valuable knowledge is transfer to the national and local players, which is key for sustainability and drilling of other wells not only in Region Nine but in other vulnerable communities in Regions 1, 2, 7 and 8,” he said.In an effort to stay within the stipulated 60-day project duration, the Brazilians will be bringing three drilling machines and two teams from both Armed Forces will be dispatched to work in conjunction.Mr. Raymond Almando, Toshao of Bashraidrun, a border community with a population of 142, in an invited comment said that the wells will bring significant relief to the residents of the communities identified. Given its remote location, Mr. Almando said that he is pleased that the community has been included in the project.This project follows President David Granger’s State visit to Brazil in December 2017, where the Complementary Agreement to the Basic Agreement on Technical Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Guyana and the Federative Republic of Brazil for the Implementation of the Project Technologies to Reduce the Effects of the Drought in Region Nine of Guyana, was inked.last_img read more

M&CC addresses City Constabulary misconduct cases

first_img…seeks to engage officers in trainingThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has announced a more holistic approach to dealing with reports of assault and misconduct levied against officials of the City Constabulary.Town Clerk Royston KingTown Clerk Royston King told Guyana Times that discussions have been facilitated with Chief Constable Andrew Foo to address the issue.Additionally, the M&CC’s Human Resources Management Committee now has the responsibility of recording these cases.“We have since had discussions with the Chief Constable. The second thing we’ve done is: we have removed reporting responsibilities, particularly in the area of human resources, from under the Legal Affairs Committee to the Human Resources Management Committee,” King told this publiation.King also announced that additional consultations would be held with the City Council to emphasise the focus being placed on the way the public is treat by Constabulary officials.“It has to come up to Council for a discussion; we want to have a more focused approach, (especially in regard to) how we manage the Constab human resources, particularly in terms of discipline and sanctions against misconduct,” King posited.It was also related that the Council is seeking to implement training for all officers attached to the City Constabulary.“I have engaged a training officer of the City Council to provide a schedule of training activities for officers and ranks of the Constabulary. I have written the Chief Constable to ask him (about) reports on some allegations [that] I have been receiving with respect to misconduct of some of the ranks,” King detailed.There have been, in the past, numerous reports of City Constabulary officers being involved in acts of misconduct with citizens.In one instance, a taxi driver who allegedly was unlawfully arrested by the City Constabulary has accused the officers of assaulting him. The man had allegedly parked his vehicle outside the National Hardware building on Water Street when he was approached by three officers of the Constabulary and accused of obstructing the flow of traffic. An eyewitness at the scene, who subsequently spoke to this publication, revealed that Mohabir was not guilty of the accusations levelled against him, since his vehicle, HB 3474, was parked within the demarcated lines.It was also noted that there was, in the area, no traffic buildup which could have caused a disturbance in traffic.Mohabir was subsequently released on $5,000 bail.last_img read more

Friend of deceased testifies at Coroner’s Inquest yesterday

first_img– Advertisement -Todd Gobout, a friend who had been staying with McPherson during the days leading up to his encounter with police, appeared before the inquest via videoconference. Gobout, who was on crutches, said he had become an acquaintance of McPherson when he had dated McPherson’s sister 2 or 3 years ago, but that the two only became friends in the last year.Gobout testified that he and McPherson had been working for Whitebear Industries and living in camp at Sikanni Falls when they grew unhappy with their foreman and quit. He said the two had planned to return to Fort St. John and “party” for an evening, then return to Terrace the next day. However, he said the two ended up staying in Fort St. John for what he described as two or three days, hanging out at the mall and local bars and waiting for their paycheques. When they did get paid on August 25th, Gobout said the two went to a nightclub called The Wet Spot, where they met someone who promised to deliver them crack cocaine later at their room at the Caravan Motel. Inquest Council Mitch Houg asked Gobout about McPherson’s drug history. Gobout stated that McPherson was a frequent user of crack cocaine. Gobout said he and McPherson went back to their hotel room to await the delivery of the drugs, but the person who arrived at the door was not the person they had ordered the drugs from, so they threw him out. Minutes later, the man returned with the person they had ordered drugs from and an exchange of money and drugs took place. Gobout testified that over the next two hours, McPherson had consumed the majority of the “eightball” of crack cocaine. Gobout added that this was an excessive amount to consume in short a short time, saying, “I wouldn’t be able to do that much in two hours.” He stated that McPherson had a tendency to be paranoid when high, but that he was unable to get a sense of McPherson’s demeanor after doing these drugs, because he had been in the bathroom most of the time. Gobout said that approximately two hours after the delivery of the drugs, there was a knock on the door. Gobout said that when he responded, the two men from earlier, plus another man, came in and began threatening to assault McPherson. Gobout then remembered McPherson swinging a TV around by its cord, smashing a window in the process but also intimidating the three men, who quickly left. Gobout said that McPherson then left to hide his money, as he was afraid the men would return. Gobout said he was still being questioned by police about the broken window at the hotel when McPherson returned. The two then moved hotels to the Cedar Lodge, where Gobout says they stayed for two days. Gobout remembered McPherson as still being unduly paranoid during this time; he says McPherson thought that someone was trying to poison him. He also said that during those two days McPherson had spoken with his mother and sister and planned on returning home to Terrace.Gobout testified that the two had obtained a payday loan during their stay at the Cedar Lodge, and that they used this money to buy more drugs. Gobout said that McPherson had smoked nearly an “eightball” of crack and had also consumed some alcohol when they two noticed bright headlights and a large man at their window. Gobout said McPherson then fled from the room into the hallway of the motel. Gobout testified that he pursued McPherson into the lobby, where he said he was knocked down by McPherson when he tried to stop him from running. Gobout then said McPherson exited the building through a fire escape. Despite getting in a cab and driving around to look for McPherson, going to a mutual friend’s house and waiting, and calling police, hospital and McPherson’s mother, Gobout said he never saw McPherson again.When asked if McPherson had any injuries when Godbout last saw him, Godbout insisted that McPherson was in “top shape.” Yesterday, jurors at the inquest into the death of Larry McPherson while in police custody were able to gain more knowledge of his actions in the days before his death.last_img read more

Slaven Bilic confident ‘Liverpool target’ Aaron Cresswell will stay at West Ham

first_img West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell in action against boyhood club Liverpool West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says in-form defender Aaron Cresswell has no intention of quitting the club despite being linked with boyhood club Liverpool.Cresswell has reportedly attracted interest from Anfield, where he began his career as a youth player before being released.He then moved on to Tranmere and then to Ipswich before completing a reported £3.75million switch to Upton Park.The 26-year-old has been a virtual ever-present since arriving at the London club has even been touted for a potential England call-up.But Bilic insists Cresswell has told him he wants to stay with West Ham ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium next season and beyond.“He is having a great season,” said Bilic. “First of all he is a great professional, it’s a privilege to have a player who is always available.“Last year he was our player of the year. He played every game last year, this year I think he’s missed one.“He’s improved a lot. With the ball, and on the ball with crosses and his technique, he’s almost a playmaker on the left side of the pitch.“But defensively he has improved so he became a great full-back and a complete footballer. He gets the interest of so many big clubs.“I spoke to him. First he is under contract. Second, more important than the length of the contract, is that he is really happy here, he loves it here and he can’t wait for the new season and all that hype.“Those clubs can try to talk to him but I spoke to him a couple of times, he is very happy and he is going to stay with us for a long time.” 1last_img read more

SHOCK REPORT! Abramovich meets Messi’s dad to discuss sensational Chelsea move

first_img Lionel Messi celebrates scoring for Barcelona 2 2 Chelsea are weighing up a sensational swoop for Lionel Messi, according to reports.Messi and his father, Jorge, were convicted of tax fraud on Wednesday and ordered to pay close to £3million in fines.They were also handed 21-month prison sentences but will not serve any time in jail as Spanish law dictates that a sentence under two years can be served under probation.Messi, who is appealing the verdict, is said to be unhappy with the support shown to him during the court case by Barcelona and feels victimised by the Spanish authorities.There are rumours he could now look to leave Spain – and Chelsea are set to be at the front of the queue to sign the five-time world footballer of the year if he does become available.According to The Sun, Messi’s father, who represents his superstar son, has already met with the Premier League side’s owner Roman Abramovich to discuss a potential move to Stamford Bridge.The meeting is claimed to have taken place in the last ten days on Abramovich’s superyacht, the Eclipse [below]. Any fee for the 29-year-old would smash the £100million mark but that would not deter mega-rich Abramovich, who has spent well over £1bn on the club during his time at the helm.Chelsea are now waiting to see whether Messi will push to leave Barcelona and, if so, will be in pole position to land the Argentina legend.Manchester City have also been linked with a move for Messi but Pep Guardiola said last week he fully expects him to remain at the Nou Camp for the rest of his career.last_img read more

DDTV: Christmas cracker as Coca Cola truck caught doing ‘doughnuts’ in Letterkenny

first_imgVideo Playerhttps://www.donegaldaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/video-0-02-04-68c2fa3b978852f967de06b9dc555e3c02234d9ea5f743db6cd2fd8394134777-V.mp400:0000:0000:58Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Letterkenny man Boyd Robinson certainly knows how to bring Christmas traffic to a standstill.The well-known estate agent and his friends thought they would liven up their town with a bit of festive fun.So they built their own Coca Cola truck and brought it onto the streets of the Cathedral Town last night. Not only did they treat Christmas revellers to a spectacular light display in their brilliant new ‘four person’ vehicle.But they also even managed to do a ‘doughnut’ or two at the Courthouse Junction.Party-goers screamed in delight as Boyd and the lads officially go the town into the festive mood.Boyd said he was just thankful that local Gardai took the stunt in the good humour it was meant. “We decided to have a bit of fun so we spent a while getting the truck ready. Bringing it out on the town was a bit of a risk.“But the reaction was amazing. I’m not sure if we broke the speed limit on the Main Street but the one thing I do know is that I’m suffering today,” laughed the businessman.DDTV: Christmas cracker as Coca Cola truck caught doing ‘doughnuts’ in Letterkenny was last modified: December 18th, 2016 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:Coca ColaDDTVFunnyletterkennylast_img read more

GAA NEWS: CATHAL MCGETTIGAN ON FIRE AS MILFORD DEFEAT AODH RUADH

first_imgMilford GAA News:Urris v CLG BnaGCrampsey Park, Sunday @ 1.30 & 3pmOur Seniors and Reserves have two more tough games this weekend when they make the trip to Clonmany on Sunday.Having come away with a great win from Ballyshannon last Sunday the Seniors will be hoping to build on that result with another victory, while the Reserves will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season to Aodh Ruadh at the weekend. Throw in times on Sunday are 1.30pm for the Reserves and 3pm for the Seniors. All support greatly appreciated. *Seniors*Aodh Ruadh 1-7 CLG BnaG 0-14Aodh Ruadh’s winning run in division three was brought to an end in Father Tierney Park, after a powerful Milford side took the honours winning by four points. Ballyshannon were first on the board, Diarmaid McInerney slipping over the first point from a free in the first minute. The next spell of play was very defensive from both sides, but great work from Johnny Gallagher created some space and he slipped a great fist pass across the face of goal to the unmarked Shane McGrath who palmed home. Milford got off the mark after nine minutes, with Cathal Mc Gettigan landing a placed ball from 30 metres, but Diarmaid McInerney answered with an excellent free from the right wing. The visitor’s first score from play came from the boot of Pauric Curley after 12 minutes and was followed four minutes later by a spectacular free from McGettigan. A routine Kane Barrett free after 22 minutes closed the gap to just a point. Barrett then added his second a minute later to tie the game up. Aodh Ruadh struck from the kick out with the ball being raked up the pitch and David Dolan powering over a point. Then after 27 minutes Kyle Black and Ronan Drummond had a clash of heads and Cathal McGettigan capitalised on the confusion in the Aodh Ruadh defence to drop a shot just over the crossbar to level the game again. The hosts sneaked back into the lead with the last kick of the half, Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward firing over an elegant shot from the left wing to make the half time scores Aodh Ruadh 1-4 Milford 0-6. Cathal McGettigan opened the scoring in the second half with a long range free. Aodh Ruadh hit back immediately though with David Dolan lofting over. Milford won the kick out and found Joey Cullen who swung over to make it a draw game at 1-5 to 0-8. Then at 38 minutes Cathal McGettigan took the visitors into the lead for the first time. Aodh Ruadh needed a score and Sticky Ward kept his composure to hit another leveller on the next attack. Pauric Curley then capitalised on a refereeing blunder which saw Milford awarded a free after an Aodh Ruadh player was clearly pulled to the ground. The visitors worked the ball quickly up the pitch and Curley pointed. Tj Evesson then pushed the visitors two points into the lead with 12 minutes left. Aodh Ruadh passed up a couple of decent placed ball scoring chance before Christopher Barrett pointed from play and Cathal McGettigan added a free to put four points between the sides. Diarmaid McInerney popped over a free, but Milford won the kick out and strolled the ball up to Pauric Curley for the insurance point a minute into added time. A disappointing defeat for the hosts, but there were good performances from Johnny Gallagher at centre back where he got good defensive cover from Michael Ward and Callum O’Halloran. Meanwhile Diarmaid McInerney and Sticky Ward both worked hard front. Cathal McGettigan was star of the show for Milford with his six points. Caolan Mc Gettigan; Gavin Grier, Gary Merritt, Brandon Toye; Kieran Mc Laughlin, Enda McHugh, Tomas Evesson (0-1); Jonny Logue, Joey Cullen (0-1), Pauric Curley (0-3), Christoper Barrett (0-1), Kyle Black; Paddy Peoples, Kane Barrett (0-2, 1f), Cathal McGettigan (0-6, 4f). Substitutes: Sean Black for Kyle Black 28m blood sub; Adam Serrinha for Kyle Black 49m. Match report courtesy of Aodh Ruadh.*Reserves*Aodh Ruadh 7-12 CLG BnaG 2-5Aodh Ruadh hit seven goals as they cruised past Milford in this reserve clash in Father Tierney Park. Aodh Ruadh got the ideal start with James Kelly pointing and then finding the net after good work from Aidan Murray. Milford hit back with a point from Hugh Mc Menamin, but Aodh Ruadh continued to dictate with Anthony Coughlan and Matthew Maguire pointing and passing up a number of excellent goal chances. One finally fell to Anthony Coughlan and he dispatched it with great polish. However Milford’s Adam Serrinha went straight upfield and hit the net. Aodh Ruadh still had the wind at their back though and hit a series of unanswered points from Coughlan (2), Slevin (free). Milford hit back shortly before the break with a point from Jamie Heena, but the last say of the half went to James Kelly who pointed at the referee’s short whistle to make it 2-7 to 1-2 at the turn over. Immediately on the restart Niall Thomas went on a mazy run and sold a lovely dummy before rifling in low and hard at the keeper’s right post. Then Anthony Coughlan fed James Kelly who was unceremoniously upended in the area for a penalty, but Dermot Slevin’s spot kick was well saved. The keeper had to be smart a couple of moments later when Jamie McDonald drew another fantastic stop from Gavin McFadden. There was no stopping McDonald 39 minutes in though. He hit a rocket of a free kick straight to the net from a good 25 metres out to put 14 points between the sides and the hosts in total control. Nickey Sheerin got off the mark in 41st minute with a free and then seconds later capitalised on a poor kick out to blast to the net for the Ernesider’s fifth major. It was 13 minutes into the second half before Milford opened their account with a long range point from the boot of Dean Burgess. Not long after that Mark Flood hit the net and Hugh McMenamin popped over a point as Aodh Ruadh took their foot off the gas. Still, as the game moved into the final quarter fortune was still smiling on the Ernesiders. A howler from Milford netminder Gavin McFadden seeing him fumble an Aidan Murray shot into his own net. Hugh McMenamin swung over a point shortly after, but that was to be as good as it got for the visitors. Aodh Ruadh responded emphatically with a goal from Dorrian 13. Then Matthew Maguire added a point and then a rasping goal. There was a free from Aidan Murray and then a point from play by Niall Thomas. That was to be the final scoring action as Aodh Ruadh dominated through to the final whistle. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Matthew Maguire who impressed on his return to club colours. Ryan Patton and Darren Gethins also starred in the defence. At midfield Aidan Murray and Niall Thomas were totally dominant and the whole Aodh Ruadh attack with in fine form. Gavin McFadden; Dean Boyce, Eddie Boyce, Emmet Conaghan, Dean Burgess, Shay Durning, Caolan Bolton, Mark Flood, Adam Serriha, Hugh McMenamin, Jamie Heena, Paddy Mc Carron, Ciaran McHugh, Patrick Ferry. Match report courtesy of Aodh Ruadh*Senior Ladies*A depleted Senior Ladies team lost out to Termon in the Preliminary Round of the Championship on Sunday. With a lot of girls injured and two away to the US for the summer it was always going to be a tough ask against the All Ireland Champions but they put up a good performance.*Minors*CLG BnaG 2-17 Muff 2-8Our Minors got their Championship campaign off to a winning start  last night with a very good performance against Muff. Bar Adam Serrinha getting the first score of the match on 2 minutes it was a fairly slow start with both teams going for a route one approach which yielded little result in the first 10 minutes, however Muff did have an effort come back off the post early on. Luke Trearty and Connor Gormley began to get on top as the game progressed and won some great ball too set up scores for Kane Barrett and Gavin Grier. Na Galloglaigh were 0-5 to 0-1 up with 5 minutes of the half remaining before 2 Muff scores and a late free from distance ended up in the back of Gavin McFadden’s net to put the Muff men into the lead for the one and only time in the match. The boys rallied well to this setback and more scores from Gormley, Barrett and Serrinha left the half time score 0-8 to 1-3. Kane Barrett added a score immediately after the restart and a few minutes later Shane McNamee had an effort come back off the post, but a minute later Adam Serrinha did have the ball in the back of the net with a fine strike. Muff came back into the game with 3 unanswered points while in the meantime Barrett smashed another effort off the crossbar. Kieran Sheridan in full back alongside Shay Durning and Patrick Ferry coped well with whatever Muff threw at them, while the breeze was picking up in favour of Na Galloglaigh. Ronan Docherty and Cormac Toland used this breeze to take some impressive scores from distance, while the runs of Ryan Mcmahon were constant threat. Odhrán Coll and Conor Mc Hugh were as tireless as ever in the half forward line and covered a lot of ground, while Martin Doyle also came off the bench to score. Na Galloglaigh will be disappointed with the second goal they conceded when they completely switched off for a free which Muff took short and finished to the net with 8 minutes left, which closed the gap to a handful of points. Once again though the boys reacted very well and points from Gormley, Barrett, Serrinha and a Barrett goal sealed the deal for the boys and set them up in a good position in their group. Ryan Toye, Andreas Afxentiou and Hayden Curran also came off the bench late on to see out the match. Next up for the boys is another home game against Naomh Colmcille on the 13th of July. Team: Gavin McFadden, Patrick Ferry, Kieran Sheridan, Shay Durning, Cormac Toland (0-1), Ronan Docherty (0-1), Ryan McMahon, Connor Gormley (0-3), Luke Trearty, Conor McHugh, Adam Serrinha (1-3), Odhran Coll, Shane McNamee, Kane Barrett (1-6), Gavin Grier (0-2). Subs: Martin Doyle (0-1) for Ferry (40m), Ryan Toye for McHugh (45m), Andreas Afxentiou for McNamee (58m), Hayden Curran for Coll (59m), Ryan Spike Flood, Jamie-Lee Blaney, Peter Curran, James Mc Callum, Paddy Mc Carron, Kyle Macaulay, Dane Dunworth *Minor Ladies*Dungloe 2-5 CLG BnaG 2-14The Minor Ladies also got their Championship campaign off to a winning start with a good win away to Dungloe. The girls are in a group along with Fanad Gaels, Cloughaneely, Gaoth Dobhair and Naomh Mhuire and will now play Cloughaneely at home this Thursday at 6pm.*U14 Ladies*Our U14 girls beat Urris in the County Semi Final on Friday night in Milford. It was a comprehensive win & an excellent team performance. This is a great squad of girls with a brilliant attitude and totally deserve to be in County Final. They will now play Gweedore in the final on 12th July in MacCumhail Park*Donegal*Hard luck to Kane Barrett and the rest of the Donegal Minor panel who bowed out to Derry in cruel circumstances on Saturday evening. Well done however to the Seniors who advance to yet another Ulster Final against Monaghan in a few weeks time. Well done also to Paul Fisher of Paul Fisher Strength& Performance who has been doing great work with both panels for the guts of the last year.*Gaelic Life Team of the Week*Having scored 2-9 in Donegals All Ireland U21 Final victory over Longford at the weekend it is probably no great shock that Amber Barrett has once again found herself on the Gaelic Life Team of the Week! Amber is corner forward and is joined by fellow Donegal player Rose Boyle in the half back line.Well done Amber!*TG4 Visit Moyle Park*The Donegal U14 Girls team trained in Milford recently and were filmed by TG4 News in a preview to their upcoming All Ireland Final against Tipperary on the 4th of July. The pitch as always is looking well and it is always great to see Donegal teams using our facilities with the Donegal Senior mens team having trained here several weeks ago. We have 5 girls in the Donegal panel for the All Ireland with Megan Ryan, Maria Afxentiou, Claudia Ward, Kellyann Buchanan and Bronagh Durning pulling on the green and gold on Saturday. In the clip from TG4 news we can also see the girls getting a pep talk from Donegal U21 and Senior star Amber Barrett who is also on the Gaelic Life Team of the Week having scored 2-9 in the U21 All Ireland Final. Best of luck to the Donegal team and management on the 4th *Donegal U14 Ladies in All Ireland Final*Good luck to the Donegal U14 Ladies team and management and especially our own Maria Afxentiou, Kellyann Buchanan, Claudia Ward, Bronagh Durning, and Megan Ryan as they prepare for their All Ireland U14B Final this Saturday 4th July. The venue for the Final v Tipperary is the Ballymahon GAA Club in south Longford with a 4pm throw in. Good luck to all involved*U8s & U10s – Summer Break*U8 and U10 training has now finished until late August. We hope everyone enjoys their summer break.*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 1-6-10-23. No jackpot winner, 6 match 3 winner win €15 each. John Martin, Martin Barrett, Jason McCann, Mark Farren, Malachi Eastwood and Joan O’Donnell. Next weeks Jackpot is €620. Don’t forget you can enter the lotto from the comfort of your own home by playing through our own FREE Club App. Usual rules apply, pick 4 numbers per box, €2 and €5 options available. Numbers must be entered before 10pm or else they roll over to the next week. Perfect way for our many supporters and exiles overseas who would like to continue to support their Club.*Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others*Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others resumes training next Monday, 9th March at 8.15pm. Open to all newcomers and past players who are over 18 and not currently playing competitive football. These trainings are fun orientated with the focus on learning the skills of the game and interacting with other women/mothers in the community and providing opportunity to be physically active. *Training Schedules*Seniors – Tues & Thurs @ 7pm (Pitch)Senior Ladies – Mon & Wed @ 7pm, Sat @ 10am (Pitch)Minors – Fri @ 8pm, Sun @ 10am (Pitch)U16s – Fridays @ 7pm (Pitch)U16 Ladies – Mon & Wed @ 7pm, Sat @ 10am (Pitch)U14 Ladies – Mon @ 5pm (Pitch).U12 Mixed – Wed @ 6pm (Convent Gym)*Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169*Lotto Database*Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2014 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:– Full family membership for 2014 included– Entered into every draw every week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw*Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Contact Us*For all information and queries contact MilfordDonegalGAA@Gmail.com, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.clgbnag.com*CLG BnaG Club Gear*A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751GAA NEWS: CATHAL MCGETTIGAN ON FIRE AS MILFORD DEFEAT AODH RUADH was last modified: June 30th, 2015 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:GAAMilfordNoticesSportlast_img read more

Stakes rise as shares zoom up

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Is Google Inc.’s incandescent stock a golden opportunity or fool’s gold? Investors have been arguing that question since Google’s initial public offering in August 2004. But the stakes have grown progressively higher over the past 11 months as the online search engine maker’s shares zoomed past $200, then $300 and, most recently, $400, as Google firmly established itself as the gold standard in Internet advertising. “With every $100 that goes by, the risk/reward ratio gets less appealing,” said Hoefer & Arnett analyst Martin Pyykkonen. “I think Google is a great company and it has been a great stock, but I don’t have a lot of confidence the shares will continue to ramp up,” Kessler said. Google’s shares, in fact, would probably tumble badly if the company were to miss the lofty earnings expectations being set by analysts with no guidance from management. Other thorny issues could easily prick the stock. The company already is locked in a series of legal battles over the search engine’s alleged abuse of trademark and copyright laws while mighty Microsoft Corp. – armed with $40 billion in cash – continues to invest heavily in a strategy aimed at toppling Google. Some analysts also are worried about Google’s ability to manage a rapid expansion that might include a substantial investment in Time Warner’s AOL. Nevertheless, betting against Google so far has proved to be a bad idea. When the company first went public, Google’s skeptics believed fierce competition from formidable rivals such as Microsoft and Yahoo Inc. would erode the company’s search engine leadership and, ultimately, retard its earnings growth. But Google has been widening its lead, giving it more opportunities to serve up moneymaking advertising links alongside its search results. Through October, Google held a 39 percent share of the U.S. market for online search, up from 34.8 percent at the same time last year, according to comScore Networks. Yahoo’s share has meanwhile declined to 29.2 percent from 32 percent a year ago while Microsoft’s has decreased to 14.6 percent from 15.8 percent last year, comScore said. That’s just one reason most analysts remain optimistic about Google’s prospects. As Google has introduced more intriguing products to complement its search engine, prominent securities analysts such as Benjamin Schachter of UBS Securities and Safa Rashtchy of Piper Jaffray have become convinced the company is bound to become an indispensable hub in a global economy increasingly driven by the Internet. Google “is a paradigm-changing company,” Schachter wrote in a research report that outlined why he believes the company’s shares could soon reach $500. Rashtchy, who currently values Google’s shares at $445, also is confident that even more riches lie ahead for the company. In a research report released just before Google’s shares first breached $400 two weeks ago, Rashtchy praised a new database for listing merchandise and information as a potentially lucrative effort designed “to create a new worldwide Web.” To veteran investors such as venture capitalist Nick Sturiale, the unwavering enthusiasm for Google’s stock is being fueled by “the madness of crowds.” “The only way you should touch the stock now is if you think the crowd is still crazy,” said Sturiale, a general partner with Sevin Rosen Funds in Palo Alto. Other high-profile stocks in the technology industry generated tremendous returns even after tracing a trajectory similar to Google’s. Since its IPO, Google’s shares have more than quadrupled from their IPO price of $85. Sixteen months after Microsoft Corp. went public, its stock traded at a split-adjusted 30 cents per share – more than quadrupling from the March 1986 IPO price of 7 cents. Microsoft’s shares now trade in the $27 to $28 range, meaning someone who invested $10,000 16 months after the company’s IPO would own a stake worth roughly $900,000 today. There are a few notable differences between Microsoft then and Google now. For one, Microsoft’s market value remained below $10 billion 16 months after its IPO, leaving plenty of upside for investors. On the flip side, Microsoft was nowhere near as profitable as Google is today. In its first full year as public company, Microsoft earned $72 million on revenue of $346 million. Adjusted for inflation, that translates, into a profit of about $121 million on sales of $582 million. Google is expected to earn about $1.6 billion on revenue of $6 billion this year, quadrupling its profit from 2004. The impressive earnings growth distinguishes Google from the throng of unprofitable dot-coms with stocks that soared during 1999 and 2000, only to crash after investors concluded the valuations were based on goofy math. “Google’s value is based on reality,” Moran said. “It’s not based on the number of eyeballs looking at its Web page or other bubble metrics.” Even so, Google’s stock remains fairly expensive by one widely used measure – its price-to-earnings multiple. An abnormally high p/e multiple is usually interpreted as a sign that a stock has become overpriced. Google is expected to earn $8.53 per share next year, based on the mean estimate among 29 analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial. That gives Google a p/e multiple of 49, much higher than most stocks. For instance, the p/e multiple of the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 index is hovering around 15. But Google’s p/e looks more reasonable compared with its closest peer, Yahoo, which recently has been trading at a multiple above 50. Whatever happens next, Kessler thinks it would be a mistake to presume that things will continue to go as smoothly for Google as they have over the past 16 months. “It’s really dangerous to think a company will have long-term staying power in technology, where things can change so fast and so dramatically,” he said. “Investors will respond to any chink in Google’s armor by selling.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Just seven years after the company’s inception in a Silicon Valley garage, Google’s market value has soared above $100 billion – eclipsing a long list of business icons that includes Coca-Cola Co., Pepsico Inc., Time Warner Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Home Depot Inc. While hordes of investors have been hungrily buying Google’s stock, company co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have been busily cashing in on the craze. Through November, Page and Brin, both 32, had each made $1.3 billion by selling a slice of their controlling interest in the Mountain View-based company, according to data compiled by Thomson Financial. But Google’s rapid run-up is making it more difficult to figure out how outside investors can make money on the stock, said Stanford Financial Group analyst Clayton Moran. “I think the current price is justified, but I just can’t go out and tell my clients to buy the stock now,” said Moran, explaining why he downgraded Google’s shares to a “hold” earlier this week. Moran values Google’s shares at $425 – higher than more pessimistic analysts such as Standard & Poor analyst Scott Kessler, who believes $364 is a more realistic price. Google’s shares closed at $417.70 Friday, up $3.61. last_img read more

Raiders game-by-game glance: From Seattle in London to a biggie against Pittsburgh

first_imgBreaking down the Raiders’ schedule, one game at a time…Sept.10vs. Los Angeles Rams (7:20 p.m., ESPN)The Rams are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. The Raiders … are not. This is a solid measuring stick to open the year.Sept. 16@ Denver (1:25 p.m., CBS) The must-watch in this game is the punts, where Marquette King will face his old team. Bruce Irvin has tweeted his desire to play punt team (Psst: He doesn’t like King). We can only hope it actually happens.Sept. 23@ …last_img read more