Kyrgios cruises into fourth round of Miami Open

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. His 6-3, 6-3 victory here Monday against the Italian world No. 18 Fabio Fognini certainly suggested a return to peak form is attainable.The Australian took just 29 minutes to win the first set and although Fognini battled hard in the second, it wasn’t enough to stop the 22 year-old who was powerfully crashing the ball around the court from all angles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownYet afterwards Kyrgios, who will face either David Ferrer or Alexander Zverev for a place in the final eight, insisted his injury problems are refusing to go away.“I came here not expecting too  much,” he said. “I have been having back spasms and am nowhere close to 100 percent. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina With the likes of Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka still out with injuries and Novak Djokovic desperately trying to return from a persistent elbow problem, Kyrgios isn’t alone when it comes to playing through the pain barrier.“I have had a couple of niggling injuries during my career though no surgery yet touch wood,” he added.“I am working hard in the gym but I still need to tick some boxes when it comes to professionalism.”Kyrgios began the match confidently, getting an early break to storm to a 3-0 lead.Fognini was cutting a frustrated figure in the afternoon sun, his inability to make inroads into the rapid fire Kyrgios’ serve causing the 30-year old to angrily lay bare his frustrations on more than one occasion.The Australian, however, was far more consistent and when he broke again early in the second set, the writing was very much on the wall for an opponent who simply didn’t have any answers.His serve was clocked at an impressive 137 mph but Kyrgios, who never seems too far away from a meltdown, had to dig deep in an attempt to close out the match.Fognini however was unable to pull himself back into the match and another break of serve put the seal on a good afternoon’s work for Kyrgios who was boosted by having Boston Celtics star Gordon Hayward in his box here in Key Biscayne.“It’s been great to have him around,” says Kyrgios, who is a huge NBA fan and follows the Celtics.Fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis failed to build on his win over Roger Federer in the previous round, falling 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, while Canadian Denis Shapovalov outlasted American Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Key dates for the upcoming baseball season Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “So winning matches like this are a great confidence boost for me. I am only at 70 percent so I am just trying to get through and take it very slowly.“I haven’t been able to train hard. I am just slowly building myself up.”Kyrgios was serving and hitting powerfully, a sure sign that the elbow problem which has hampered him so far in 2018 seems to be on the mend.“I am trying to keep everything lose, the elbow was feeling better a couple of weeks ago.“I was feeling good and then I started having back spasms. I just have to keep my body moving and feel warm and loose.”ADVERTISEMENT Verdasco’s win was a fiery affair with the Spaniard accusing Kokkinakis’ father of talking between points in the deciding set.Verdasco also called out Kyrgios, who before the match suggested on Twitter that the Verdasco is “the saltiest dude” because of his past experience playing Australians.“When you have the courage to put a tweet insulting another player you need to have the same to don’t delete it,” countered Verdasco.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img KEY BISCAYNE, FL – MARCH 26: Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates his win over Fabio Fognini of Italy during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 26, 2018 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPNick Kyrgios moved into the fourth round of the Miami Open despite admitting he’s lacking the match fitness to properly compete for the title.Kyrgios arrived in south Florida having not played for two months thanks to a troublesome elbow injury which forced him to withdraw from tournaments in Rotterdam, Delray Beach, Acapulco and Indian Wells in recent weeks.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Manuel’s heroics save Alaska, send San Miguel to 0-3 start

first_imgManuel finished with 23 points to lead the Aces while Calvin Abueva finished with a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double.Balkman put up 32 points and 13 rebounds in his PBA return while rookie Christian Standhardinger had 22 points and six boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PVL: BaliPure soars to 2nd place after taking down Tacloban Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Alaska held a lead that ballooned to as much as 22, 72-50, in the third before the Beermen went on a relentless attack and tie the game at 100 on a Chico Lanete three-pointer with 2:05 left in the game.After JVee Casio scored on a jumper to give the Aces a 103-101 lead with 57 seconds left, Renaldo Balkman countered for the Beermen and tied it at 103 just three seconds later.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAntonio Campbell made a crucial swipe to steal the ball from Balkman’s hands with 19 seconds left on the clock to ensure Alaska’s possession that led to Manuel’s winner.Alaska streaked to their fourth straight win to get to a 4-1 record and tied TNT and Rain or Shine atop the standings while the Beermen dropped dead last with a 0-3 card. MOST READ View comments Vic Manuel saved Alaska from collapse after his buzzer-beating jumper lifted the Aces over winlesss San Miguel, 105-103, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday in Dumaguete City.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

Teachers should not expect pay hike anytime soon

first_imgDear Editor,Teachers are entrusted with sculpting the human resource capital of a nation and should not only be afforded the best tools available in preparing a country’s human capital, they should also be remunerated in direct proportion with their contribution to a country’s economic capital, growth, and wellbeing. May Day 2018 will forever be remembered as the day the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government put its contempt on display for the Guyanese teachers, when in one breath, Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams trumpeted his Government’s move to give teachers duty-free concessions for vehicles and minutes later the President told teachers “my heart is in the right place”. President Granger told teachers that salary increases will be decided by recommendations made to him and submitted to the Finance Minister. According to the President, the Ministry, after crunching the numbers, will supposedly make an announcement. The Education Ministry’s wages bill for this year is already $5.1 billion and with the current economic climate, it is clear to see there is no money left in the ‘kitty’ to give teachers an increase in salary much less the much deserved 40 per cent being asked. We cannot forget this Government gave themselves 50 per cent pay raise weeks into taking office.The President should have been upfront with the teachers – persons no doubt competent enough to read between the lines – that his Government has not only depleted the National Reserves and increased the debt, but have also decimated productive income sectors. “My heart is in the right place” is perhaps a confession from the President had he only continued with ‘but the Treasury is empty.’Teachers should not look forward to any announcement to be made by the Finance Ministry any time soon. Mr Granger, ever wanting to look like the knight-in-shining-armor, would have been happy to announce to teachers on Labour Day, an increase –however meager – but the numbers don’t lie, and based on the statistics, Finance Minister Winston Jordan would be hard pressed to, at this point to sustainably provide any, as there is no revenue stream or productive sector poised to provide any enhanced returns.Perhaps President Granger is waiting for oil and gas before being able to tell teachers anything about a pay increase.An examination of the figures proves Jordan and President Granger are disingenuous and demonstrate there was no real commitment on the part of the APNU/AFC Administration to pay teachers an increase and have found themselves hiding under the pretext of collective bargaining.Teachers are demanding a 50 per cent increase in wages and salaries having been left out of annual increases – a result of negotiations between the Guyana Teachers Union and Government; negotiations started under the People’s Progressive Party, inherited and seemingly parked by Granger.The APNU/AFC having depleted the country’s gold and cash reserves; increased public debt and decimating producing sectors will be hard pressed to find another $2 billion annually to pay the increases demanded. This does not even take into account putting a price to other promised concessions such as duty-free concessions. The Guyanese teachers should not wait with bated breath for a positive announcement from the Granger Administration. The kitty is now empty, there will be no pay increases for teachers anytime soon. The numbers don’t lie.Sincerely,Peter R Ramsaroop,MBA,PhDEconomic Advisor tothe politicalOppositionlast_img read more

Liberian Fishermen and Women Sound SOS

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Mixed Reactions on Return of ‘Hurricane Broh

first_imgThe return of Madam Mary Broh to clean up Montserrado County as head of the Presidential Cleanup Taskforce has sparked mixed reactions.The former acting mayor of Monrovia resigned in the wake of numerous controversies surrounding her duties at the Monrovia City Corporation and her encounter with the National Legislature. Following her appointment as head of the cleanup taskforce, Madam Broh said she and her team will move in various communities “like a hurricane, sweeping and cleaning up all and everything that looks like debris.” She dubbed herself “Hurricane Mary Broh.”Over the weekend, our reporter witnessed the arrest of three persons who were badly handled on orders of Madam Broh for unruly behavior against her, as well as the breaking down of filthy, unauthorized warehouses and market stalls in Central Monrovia.Madam Broh also claimed that the building housing the Ministry of Gender is dirty.Mohammed Bah of the Mohammed A. Sall Foreign Exchange Bureau, located on Gurley Street, said the destruction of their warehouse was improper and Madam Broh should have warned them instead of tearing it down.He stated that the “manhandling” of one of their customers for speaking up against Broh for breaking down their store was wrong.Martha Diggs, a street peddler said, though Monrovia needs someone like Mary Broh to clean up the city, her approach in destroying things and ordering assaults on persons should not be tolerated.Another street peddler, Saah Tamba argued: “I think it is a positive decision by our President to bring Madam Broh back in the system and we really want to see some transformation, but she must act respectfully.”Other onlookers who our reporter spoke to mostly welcomed the return of hard worker Broh, popularly known as General Broh for the initiative, but said they were afraid of her attitude towards people.They argued that Madam Broh should control her emotion as she goes about dealing with Liberian citizens, while “destroying” their properties.Meanwhile, an employee of the Gender Ministry who begged for anonymity said the “threats and insults of Madam Broh against the Gender Ministry is unwelcome” and as a government institution and a friend to Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell she should have civilly expressed her dissatisfaction with the Ministry ‘s appearance.“To be frank, Mary Broh was missed by everyone in the county because when Monrovia was clean all of us felt good. So Mary Broh was actually missed and if she’s coming back it’s going to be a good one. People will admire the government for that especially the president, but she must act like a professional worker along with her colleagues. The government is one so must be the people who work for it,” the employee said.Known as Mary Break It by many residents of Monrovia, Madam Broh, upon getting the appointment from the President, began operation in Fiamah, where she ordered makeshift structures near the street broken down.She extended her charge to Old Road, where people selling near the road were forced out and structures broken down for being near the road.In Central Monrovia on October 30, 2015, residents of McDonald and Benson Streets were seen moving helter-skelter upon hearing that Madam Broh was somewhere along the Camp Johnson Road heading to their end.Having made the surroundings filthy with empty water plastics and other trash, the residents were seen sweeping the streets, while food sellers were packing their wares in order to avoid arrest or being fined.Although they were doing it in a rush and out of fear, residents spoken to in the wake of the event said they were pleased with Mary Broh’s approach to cleaning Monrovia.“For me, I like the way she is doing it. If you don’t hold the Liberian man with a hard hand, he won’t do anything. See how the appointment of the woman in recent days has made Monrovia clean again? I like her for her hard work,” a woman said.“Go see Fiamah, how she’s broke down all the makeshift structures that were along the road. The whole area is clean, and people don’t have difficulty walking on the side of the road again,” a man eating at a restaurant said.“The only thing I want her to do now is to get to my community, so the landlord I rent from can build a septic tank, as throwing feces in the bush has made the entire place nasty,” another woman said.“The President did well to bring Mary Broh back. The only thing I want her to do now is to get those street sellers who sit right near the road with their goods out of the way. People cannot find their way to pass, and the sellers will be cussing people whereby they sit right on the places we are supposed to pass,” another woman complained.It may be recalled that when Mary Broh was acting City Mayor, she restricted street vendors from occupying Front Street and areas extending to Waterside, leaving Ashmun, Broad and the rest of the streets free of marketing activities.“Our so-called lawmakers are the ones who caused the woman to be sent to GSA. Just go and see GSA how it looks. It is clean and everybody there enjoys working with her. It is the same she did while at the Passport Division at Foreign Affairs. Everything there is straight and it takes you less time to get your passport. The government needs to give three agencies to this woman because she is competent,” a man passing by contributed to the talk.“Monrovia, while Mary Broh was a Mayor could not see dirt. Even if you buy banana or peanut you will wrap the peelings in paper and carry it with you. But see how dirty Monrovia looks now,” a food seller said.The Monrovia City Corporation under Clara Doe-Mvogo is working daily to clean the city; however, she unlike Mary Broh, is quiet and seems not to be educating the public on littering and other ordinances that are to be observed.As a result, the custom of throwing dirt in the street has become a way of life even as sanitation workers are seen cleaning the streets.The duration of the taskforce Madam Broh is heading is not known; however, regardless of the time it will exist, residents are hopeful that Monrovia will be clean for the time she will be in charge of City BeautificationShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Phebe Hospital Board, Health Stakeholders Brainstorm on Challenges

first_imgHealth Minister Whelimina Jallah addresses the meeting with the administration of Phebe HospitalOn April 29, 2019, the Phebe Hospital Board of Trustees, authorities of the Ministry of Health senior staff and administration met in an emergency session to brainstorm on the current challenges, confronting the institution in Suacoco, Bong County.According to the Phebe Hospital administration, the facility has been encountering challenges that range from electricity outages, provision of drugs and remittances of the government financial contribution.At the head of officials from the Ministry of Health were Minister, Dr. Whelimina Jallah, Deputy Minister of Health and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh, as well as Deputy Minister of Planning and Development A. Varfee Tulay.Lutheran Church in Liberia Bishop Daniel Jensen Seyenkulo Making remarks at April 29, 2019 Phebe Hospital board Meeting with Health Ministry officials in Bong CountyDuring the first of the official discussions, the Medical Director of the Phebe Hospital, Dr. Jefferson Sibley, gave a powerpoint presentation that highlighted most of the challenges and the state of the hospital’s finances.After his presentation, Dr. Sibley also informed the gathering that on many occasions, owing to delays in the delivery of the needed drugs, patients are asked to buy their drugs at the various pharmacies in Gbarnga City.He also added that some delays in paying vendors for services created problems for the institution, which sometimes led to the delays in the procurement of fuel for the generators.As of the solar panels installed at the hospital intended to enhance power supply; Dr. Sibley said that the installation does not not provide the kind of electricity needed to do the required services.He however pledged the medical and administrative support to work with the County Health Team to ensure efficiency and productivity in the country’s health delivery system.In a special statement, Dr. Jallah called on the staff and administrators to begin thinking outside the box to bring the services to all ailing Liberians.“I really don’t want to be hearing about doctors and nurses working with flash lights and candles to render medical services to our people,” Dr. Jallah said.She then stressed the need for the staff to work with the County Health Team in a drive that will be proactive and responsive in the health delivery system. She also underscored the need for the total involvement of the church, as previously done over the years, that helped buttress government’s effort to providing efficient health delivery services.Minister Jallah pledged the current government’s support and cooperation with faith-based organizations to deliver the medical services.A. Varfee Tulay called on the staffs to consider as critical the presentation and delivery of reports regarding the operations of the Phebe facility.“Our government is in the business of ensuring health services are provided to our people in all parts of our country as we at the ministry are ever determined to work with all health stakeholders to ensure an effective health delivery services,” Minister Tulay said.Lutheran Bishop, Dr. Daniel Jensen Seyenkulo, recommended setting up a small team that will be charged with the responsibility to ensure a detailed report is prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Health and stakeholders of the Phebe Hospital.Bishop Seyenkulo also stressed the need for the health stakeholders to work with the church and faith-based entities to ensure that the required services are rendered to Liberians.He also extended gratitude to Minister Jallah and team for their timely response to the emergency meeting with the Phebe Hospital.Bong County Chief Health Officer, Dr. Adolphus T. Yeiah, called on the medical staff and administrators of the hospital to get involved in other income generating activities that will support continuous medical services at the facility.“I want to state that as we begin to make use of our land for agricultural activities, such as oil palm and cocoa,” Dr. Yeiah said.Minutes after the presentation of the financial and managerial breakdown of the operations of the hospital, the Chairman of the Board, S. Tornolah Varpilah, underscored the need for an effective collaboration between the Phebe Administration and Ministry Health.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Baraza upbeat he can guide Sofapaka to title

first_imgHowever, Baraza who was elevated to the post of coach after the Ugandan’s exit believes they will be a force to reckon in the race to this year’s title despite currently sitting six points off the leaders.“He might have had his reasons to say that. But I have been with these players from the beginning of the season and I know their potential. They have the experience and if we do things in the right way, we are strong contenders for the title,” Baraza told Capital Sport.Baraza, suited for the occasion took charge of his first match in charge of the club on Sunday but his charges were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Sony Sugar who played almost half the match with 10-men.Baraza was pleased with the point, but was left ruing the missed opportunities.New Sofapaka head coach John Baraza was well suited for the occasion on his first match in charge against Sony Sugar on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“We fought well, but my problem is the scoring. We did just like I had asked them to do; possess and pass the ball around. But we couldn’t convert the chances we had. This is work in progress and we will work on it. We will get it soon,” a confident Baraza added.The draw left Batoto ba Mungu six points off leaders Mathare United who suffered their second defeat of the season, losing 2-1 to Posta Rangers at the Camp Toyoyo.Two goals from Kennedy Otieno and Jockins Atudo off set plays in the opening 13 minutes saw Mathare tackle a mountain and though Clifford Alwanga halved the deficit before thehalf way mark in the opening half, it proved to be tough for them.“If we can keep the momentum that we saw in the second half and correct some few mistakes. We gave way too many balls. If we can work on that then we can create more and force a good start,” the coach said after the game.“You have to be disappointed for not getting the three points but not extending the lead at the top. I think what is important is that the disappointment can be a huge learning lesson from the youngsters,” the coach further noted.The loss saw them retain a one point lead over Gor Mahia who have a three-match deficit owing to their participation in the CAF Confederation Cup.For Posta though, it was a priceless win that took them fourth on the log, a welcome result especially after their loss away to Zoo Kericho.AFC Leopards forward Ezekiel Odera celebrates his goal, mourning his Mother. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMeanwhile, AFC Leopards remained third after Zoo scored late to deny them a win, the visitors fighting for a 2-2 draw at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.Interim coach Dennis Kitambi who is on his final month at the den was disappointed with the result especially in the manner they conceded the equalizer late on in the game.“We have to fix our defense and a bit of goalkeeping because we conceded such a soft goal. But there has been improvement in the team hopefully we can fix the small areas of weakness and we will be good,” Kitambi said.Sony Sugar FC head coach Patrick Odhiambo issues out instruction to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sofapaka on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaElsewhere, Chemelil Sugar started life without head coach Patrick Odhiambo on a good footing beating new boys Wazito FC 3-1 at their Chemelil Complex backyard. Odhiambo decamped to neighbors Sony at the beginning of the week.The win saw Chemelil move to sixth on the log with a match at hand.KPL weekend results:Kariobangi Sharks 0-0 Nakumatt, AFC Leopards 2-2 Zoo FC, Posta Rangers 2-1 Mathare United, Tusker FC 0-0 Vihiga United , Sofapaka 1-1 Sony Sugar FC, Nzoia Sugar 1-0 Bandari FC, Chemelil 3-1 Wazito FC, Ulinzi Stars 0-0 Thika United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sofapaka FC head coach John Baraza issues out instruction to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sony Sugar on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 16- His immediate former boss Sam Ssimbwa might have ruled out Sofapaka’s chances of fighting for the Kenyan Premier League title just four games into the new season, but the man who takes up his boots, John Baraza, bears different sentiments.After their 3-1 loss to leaders Mathare United on February 25, Ssimbwa who resigned last week on the back of sabotage claims said that the team had not yet shown tenets of being champions and would only be playing to finish the season in a respectable position.last_img read more

Even amid fire losses, residents thankful for lives

first_imgWhen she went back inside, after watching the home next door burn, she found a message: “Saved.” It was signed “Long Beach Fire Department.” She sought out the firefighters to thank them and opened her arms to the crew’s chief. “He said, `You don’t want to hug me.’ I said, `You bet your butt I want to hug you.’ And I hugged every one of them.” In Latigo Canyon, fire crews and water trucks waited patiently for Southern California Edison crews to clear downed power lines from the narrow roads. Rick Hernandez, 50, of Agoura Hills had come to help rescue two horses on his friend’s property in the canyon. At midday, Hernandez waited his turn to move his horse trailer up to his friend’s home. He said an official told him: “If you’re going to evacuate horses, I’ll let you go up, but you may not get very far.” Malibu City Councilman Ken Kearsley, who had weathered earlier firestorms, said he refused to evacuate because he had cleared a wide area around his home, which is along a creek. “You figure what your life is worth,” Kearsley said. “It’s not worth a house. I got the car out and was ready to go. I figured if it got to my trees, I was outta here. But it never did.” Kearsley said he beat back embers flying through the air from the main fire. “You fight it,” he said. “You’re out with buckets, and you’re out with hoses, and you’re out with burlap bags, and you fight it.” As she stood on the beach side of Pacific Coast Highway, Wendy Kappas knew her home was gone because she could see the retaining wall built behind it. She and her husband, Michael, had been building their Tantalus Drive home for three years. “We just put the roof on this week,” she said. The doors and windows were to be installed in two weeks. The couple planned to move into the house in February or March. Now they will start all over again. “You have to do it,” she said. “It is an absolutely gorgeous property.” She heard from a neighbor that her guest house, also under construction, survived. The couple will stay at their Malibu condo until they rebuild. The condo itself burned in a 1998 electrical fire and the couple rebuilt it. “Maybe we aren’t supposed to be here,” Kappas said halfheartedly. “Maybe someone is trying to tell us something.” Deborah Congdon-Abrams, a 53-year-old mortgage broker, lives next to Kappas and said she woke about 4 a.m. to the smell of smoke in her Sycamore Meadows Drive home. She told her husband, Harold Abrams, to pack a suitcase while she grabbed financial records and photos. Congdon-Abrams is no stranger to wildfires. She lost everything – including her children’s scrapbooks, her great-grandmother’s rag doll and her grandmother’s jewelry box – in a 1993 Laguna Beach fire. “You have your life,” she said. “Everything else is replaceable.” The important thing is that her husband and their two Briard dogs, Dudley and Nikki, are fine, she said. At first, she was anxious about her home after a neighbor who stayed at his home told her that her garage had been damaged. But from where she stood on Pacific Coast Highway, once the smoke cleared, she could see her home’s red tile roof and it had survived. “Wow, look at that!” she exclaimed, watching helicopters dump water in the neighborhood. Tamara Noland and her 13-year-old daughter, Mathilda, woke about 3:30 a.m. to sounds of sirens on Corral Canyon Road, not far from where the fire started. “When you hear two or three (sirens), you think it’s a car accident,” Noland said. “When you hear six, seven, eight, then it’s a fire.” Noland said she and her daughter took nothing but the clothes they were wearing. “We just knew we had to get out of here fast,” she said. “And look at the shape of our house – obviously, we did have to get out of there.” Fire ate its way through half of their rented, single-story house. The Nolands will spend the night with friends, then return today to try to sift through the smoldering remains. Sea Breeze Drive in Corral Canyon was among the hardest-hit areas, with at least a dozen homes destroyed. But residents of the canyon community were well-prepared for fire. Victor Calandra, 48, used an industrial fire hose connected to a hydrant across the street to extinguish the smoky remains of his neighbor’s home to the left while firefighters mopped up the home to his right. Calandra’s own home survived. “I feel pretty lucky,” he said. Across the street, neighbor Derek Tabak saved his house from fire for the fifth time. “This is number five, much to my dismay,” he said, with eyes red from the smoke. “I have stayed here each time and always kept it from burning down. But this was the worst. We’ve never lost a house in this area.” Still, Tabak plans to stay put in Malibu. “This is a great place to live,” he said. Across the way, part of the Long Beach Fire Department, Engine One company, mopped up. Firefighter Jose Salazar spent the entire day on the street, spraying homes already engulfed and fighting off flames from dozens of others. Most of the residents had evacuated before Salazar and 20 other firefighters arrived around 6:30 a.m. As Calandra lent a hand, the worn-out crew admired his work. “We found some cats and a mule down there behind the home,” Salazar said. “We just said `Hi’ to (the mule) and let it go on its way.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Even as flames scorched the area just days after Thanksgiving, Latigo Canyon resident Fern Lea Peter found much to be thankful for. Peter’s Latigo Canyon home, with a sweeping view of the Pacific, was saved by firefighters’ quick action. The 76-year-old said she awoke at 3 a.m. and found her wooden deck engulfed in flames, but firefighters were soon on the scene. “I have been here 48 years and have never seen a fire like this,” she said. “I grabbed my purse and my pillow – it’s what I like to sleep with. At that point, you’re not thinking. You’re absolutely out of it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“The Fire Department came, and I said, `Please save my house.”‘ After the fire had passed, Peter acknowledged the loss of a portion of her home but was optimistic. “But I had Thanksgiving before, and I have my home – and that’s a nice thing.” At a Malibu mobile home park on Pacific Coast Highway, a woman who gave her name only as Cynthia mourned the loss of her greenery, but praised firefighters for saving her mobile home, three dogs and six cats. “I lost my backyard, my beautiful English garden … but I’ve got my house,” she said. last_img

DONEGAL TO GET WIDESPREAD eFIBRE BROADBAND AS EARLY AS APRIL

first_imgWidespread broadband is to be installed across the majority of Donegal as early as April, Eircom has revealed.The red parts of the map indicate the areas of Donegal which will get eFibre broadband between April and June while the green areas already have it.The country’s biggest telephone provider has revealed on its website that more than thirty telephone exchanges locally can expect to have eFibre broadband available between April/June.This will include a heavy concentration of telephone exchanges in South, West and North Donegal and in the Inishowen area. Parts of Letterkenny, Inishowen and Donegal Town are already eFibre enabled. Some parts of Donegal cannot get regular broadband yet and many other exchanges have low output.Some of the county’s exchanges have an ASDL2 system enabling current speeds of up to 24mb, whereas the exchanges that came on stream in the early broadband days have the older ASDL1 system with maximum download speeds of 8mb.The introduction of eFibre will see these speeds increase to a maximum 100mb download depending on proximity to an exchange or eFibre cabinet.Eircom’s latest interactive map shows a work schedule where the 34 Donegal exchanges can expect eFibre work to be completed between April and June of this year. Although unconfirmed, the map seems to indicate that Tory island will come under the eFibre broadband from Falcarragh.Meanwhile, Arranmore Island does not seem to be included in the upgrade according to the map, but bizarrely a check on Eircom’s website indicates that areas in Aphort and Leabgarrow on the island are eFibre enabled despite the island having no broadband availability.The community of Arranmore has been campaigning for better internet access for some years now. The island’s telephone system is connected to an exchange on the mainland that cannot accommodate broadband.In November last a London based islander said his plans to move his technology company to the island cannot happen because of the unavailability of broadband. DONEGAL TO GET WIDESPREAD eFIBRE BROADBAND AS EARLY AS APRIL was last modified: January 2nd, 2015 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:AprildonegaleFibreEircomInishowenletterkennylast_img read more

DONEGAL GARDAI AND SPORTSTARS GET READY FOR POLAR PLUNGE!

first_imgMembers of the Gardaí with Olympian Danny McDaid, endurance swimmer Anne Marie Ward, Special Olympic Gymnast Patrick Quinlivin with locals on Rathmullan beach, urging people to sign up to The Polar Plunge, taking place on December 12th, raising funds for Special Olympics Ireland.LOCAL Donegal gardai and some well-known sporting personalities have joined forces with Special Olympics Ireland to call on people to get freezin’ for a reason this December.Endurance swimmer Anne Marie Ward from Portnablagh, athletics legend Danny McDaid, from Letterkenny, and members of the gardai stationed at Milford Garda Station were on-hand to help launch the sport’s charity Polar Plunge fundraiser which istaking place at Rathmullan beach on December 12th.This unique event sees plungers plunge into the icy waters at the picturesque beach whilst raising money for Special Olympics athletes through sponsorship. Special Olympics Ireland is hoping for a strong cturn-out of plungers on Saturday December 12th with all of the funds raised going towards supporting the organisation’s athletes.Sgt Paul McGee, Garda Zofia Esaul, Garda Austin Marron with endurance swimmer Anne Marie Ward and Patrick Quinlivin, Special Olympics gymnast on Rathmullan beach, urging people to sign up to The Polar Plunge, taking place on December 12th, raising funds for Special Olympics Ireland.To encourage people to get in the mood for plunging, Garda Sergeant Paul McGee, Garda Austin Marron and Garda Zofia Esaul, along with local Special Olympics gymnastics athlete Patrick Quinlivan, who brought home four bronze medals from the recent World Summer Games in Los Angeles, and endurance swimmer Anne Marie Ward, the first Donegal woman to swim the English Channel, took an icy plunge at the picturesque strand.Members of the local community were out in force to witness the plucky plungers take their dip.The Rathmullan Polar Plunge is being spearheaded by Garda Sergeant Paul McGee, as part of his role with the Law Enforcement Torch Run, an organisation that has been in partnership with Special Olympics for many years. “Whilst the Polar Plunge has become an annual event across Ireland with An Garda Síochána and PSNI Law Enforcement Torch Run, it will make its debut in Donegal to raise vital funds for Special Olympics Ireland.Sgt Paul McGee, Garda Zofia Esaul, Garda Austin Marron with endurance swimmer Anne Marie Ward and Patrick Quinlivin, Special Olympics gymnast in Rathmullan beach, urging people to sign up to The Polar Plunge, taking place on December 12th, raising funds for Special Olympics Ireland.“This will help the organisation to continue to develop its inclusive sports training and competition programme for children and adults with intellectual disabilities via volunteer-led local clubs. The money raised will support Special Olympics Ireland inits mission to transforming the lives of its athletes through sport.”Also speaking at the launch was Special Olympics fundraising co-ordinator, John Kivlahan, who commented: “The Rathmullan Polar Plunge will not only help to raise much needed funds, it will also raise awareness about the fantastic work of athletes, coaches, andclubs all over Ireland. We are hoping that over 100 plungers will takepart in the event on December 12th and I would urge people to sign uptoday.”It is hoped the event will raise thousands of euros for SpecialOlympics Ireland.Separate plunges are also taking place in seven other locations around the country on December 12thand 5TH as part of a fundraising drive to support the charity that recently sent 88 athletes to the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. Sgt Fergus McGrory, Garda Zofia Esaul, Sgt Paul McGee, Garda Austin Marron and Sgt John Forkan with endurance swimmer Anne Marie Ward, Polar Plunge Bear and Patrick Quinlivin, Special Olympics gymnastics athlete on Rathmullan beach, urging people to sign up to The Polar Plunge, taking place on December 12th, raising funds for Special Olympics Ireland.The icy challenge is being run in conjunction with the Gardai as part of their role with the Law Enforcement Torch Run.Organisers in Rathmullan say they are hopeful of a strong turn-out with the firstplungers due to take their icy leap of faith from the pontoon at 11am.Those interested in signing up for the Polar Plunge can register atwww.specialolympics.ie/polarplunge. Registration costs €15 andplungers are asked to raise an additional €35 which goes directly tosupporting athletes with intellectual disabilities through sport andcompetition. Plungers who raise more than €50 will also receive acomplimentary ‘Ice Cool’ Polar Plunge t-shirt. Polar Plunges arehappening at the following locations: Would be plungers are encouragedto register early online at www.specialolympics.ie/polarplunge tosecure their place!Location Date/start-timeForty Foot, Sandycove, Dublin12th Dec 2015 – middayBelfast Marina, Titanic Quarter (Behind SSE Arena)12th Dec 2015 – 11amBlackrock Beach, Salthill, Co. Galway12th Dec 2015 – 2pmClogherhead Beach, Co. Louth12th Dec 2015 – 11amBlackpool Shopping Centre, Cork City5th Dec 2015 – middayRathmullan Strand, Letterkenny, Co Donegal12th Dec 2015 – 11amThe Quay, Athlone, Co. Westmeath12th Dec 2015 – 11amUL Activity Centre, Killaloe, Co. Clare12th Dec 2015 – middayDONEGAL GARDAI AND SPORTSTARS GET READY FOR POLAR PLUNGE! was last modified: November 11th, 2015 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:donegalGardaiPolar PlungeRathmullansportstarslast_img read more