Sharapova comeback, teen’s dream run end at US Open

first_img“The emotions were high when it was 5-2,” she said. “I wanted to close it so much.”‘Unbelievable’ for StephensSpanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta advanced to his second Grand Slam quarter-final with a 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/3) victory over Shapovalov.The Canadian would have been the youngest Slam quarter-finalist since Michael Chang at the 1990 French Open, youngest US Open quarter-finalist since Andre Agassi in 1988 and first US Open qualifier in the last eight since Gilles Muller in 2008.“The biggest lesson is that I’m able to compete with these guys,” Shapovalov said. “I still think I have a lot of work to do.”Stephens, who was a 2013 Australian Open semi-finalist, missed 11 months with a foot injury that required surgery in January and returned only at Wimbledon, but has won 12 of her past 14 matches for her deepest US Open run in six tries.“I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better comeback,” Stephens said. “Making it to the quarter-finals here is unbelievable.”Wimbledon and Australian Open runner-up Venus Williams, the US ninth seed seeking her eighth Grand Slam title and third US Open crown, was to meet Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro for a quarter-final spot.Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, the third seed from Spain and leader in a fight for world number one, also was to face Czech 13th seed Petra Kvitova later.‘I just play perfect’Carreno Busta, the first player in Grand Slam history to face four qualifiers, has not dropped a set at the tournament.In a draw half assured of producing a first-time Slam finalist, he has a Tuesday quarter-final against either French 16th seed Lucas Pouille or Argentine 29th seed Diego Schwartzman. LATEST STORIES Sharapova, whose five Grand Slam titles include the 2006 US Open, made 51 unforced errors to only 14 by Sevastova, whose 21 winners were half the 30-year-old Russian star’s total at Arthur Ashe Stadium.“She played unbelievable throughout the first and second set and I just kept fighting, running for every ball,” Sevastova said. “The third set could have gone either way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Sevastova matched her best Slam run from last year’s US Open while 146th-ranked Sharapova served notice her game remains formidable, having defeated second-ranked Simona Halep in her dramatic opener on the New York hardcourts.Sharapova tested positive for the banned blood booster meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open and only returned from her suspension in April. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Road Warriors sink Batang Pier Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles View comments Maria Sharapova of Russia (left) waves to the crowd after her women’s singles fourth round match loss to Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia (inset) on Day Seven of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2017. AFPNEW YORK, United States — Maria Sharapova’s Grand Slam comeback after a 15-month doping ban ended in defeat Sunday at the US Open, as did the dream run of Canadian 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov.Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova rallied to eliminate former world number one Sharapova 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 and book a quarter-final berth against American Sloane Stephens, who ousted Germany’s Julia Goerges 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Carreno Busta won his third career ATP title in May on Estoril clay then reached his first Slam quarter-final at the French Open, where he retired against Rafael Nadal with an abdominal injury that kept him out of Wimbledon.Shapovalov’s bid collapsed thanks to going 3-of-13 on break points and making 55 unforced errors against 54 winners, Carreno Busta with 25 winners against 29 unforced errors.“At the beginning I was a little bit discouraged, maybe nervous,” Carreno Busta said. “In the tie-breaks I just played perfect. It was an amazing victory for me.”Later men’s matches pitted South African 28th seed Kevin Anderson against Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi and German 23rd seed Mischa Zverev against US 17th seed Sam Querrey. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu She was snubbed for a French Open wildcard, missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury but received a wildcard for the US Open despite only one hardcourt tuneup match due to a left forearm injury.Sharapova blasted a backhand down-the-line winner to break for a 3-1 edge. Sevastova broke back in the seventh game but Sharapova broke again in the last, taking the first set after 27 minutes with a forehand crosscourt winner.But Sharapova hit a forehand wide to surrender a break to put the Latvian ahead 2-1 in the second set and Sevastova held from there, aided by Sharapova’s 16-2 edge in unforced errors in the set.Sharapova double faulted to hand Sevastova a break to open the final set and the Latvian broke again at love for a 3-0 lead.Sharapova then had a blistered right middle finger taped by a trainer and immediately broke back and held. But Sevastova held at love, broke again and took the match on a service winner.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respitelast_img read more

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Philadelphians take to the streets to celebrate Super Bowl

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak It was time for a celebration 58 years in the making.On Sunday evening, just as Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to a surprise Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in Minneapolis, the scene more than 1,000 miles away in Philly was jubilation and pandemonium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFireworks were set off. Car horns blared. And Philadelphians young and old descended on Broad Street, the iconic thoroughfare that will soon host a parade to commemorate the city’s first major pro sports championship since the Phillies won the 2008 World Series. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Patriots defense pushed around in Super Bowl loss to Eagles Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases A Philadelphia Eagles fan celebrates the team’s victory in the NFL Super Bowl 52 between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in downtown Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The rain and hail that pelted Philadelphia for much of the day dissipated just as people across the city spilled out of sports bars, apartments and houses.They all had one destination: Broad Street.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track 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 awardcenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearlast_img read more

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Investigate rape allegation in Region 2

first_imgDear Editor,The Regional Democratic Council of Region Two calls for urgent action by the relevant authorities to address the recent allegations of rape of a young lady in the presence of her boyfriend at the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground by GDF ranks stationed at the Anna Regina Base.The entire region, known for its peace, is very much concerned about the allegations raised.The RDC further reiterates its call for all the relevant authorities and agencies to be involved in addressing these serious allegations, so that a timely, fair, and just process can be achieved.Regards,Devanand RamdattRegional Chairman,Region Twolast_img read more

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Case adjourned to October 8

first_imgLAA legal challenge– as parties given leave to file affidavitsThe legal challenge against Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan’s creation of new Local Authority Areas (LAAs) has been adjourned until October 8, as the showdown got underway before Justice Gino Persaud in the High Court on Friday.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall and Attorney Marcia Nadir appeared on behalf of the applicant, Guyana Elections Commissioner Bibi Shadick. In addition, Solicitor General Kim Kyte appeared on behalf of Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan and Attorney Roysdale Forde represented Chief Elections Officer KeithFormer Attorney General Anil NandlallLowenfield.In his arguments, Nandlall emphasised the urgency of concluding the matter before Local Government Elections which are due on November 12. Leave was therefore granted to the respondents to file their Affidavits of Defence within 14 days. “I am to file a reply if necessary,” Nandlall explained to this publication, after the case was heard. “And all three sides are to put their submissions and legal arguments in writing before October 5.”In the writ which was seen by Guyana Times, the Applicant is seeking a several orders which seek to bring the Communities Minister’s alterations into the conformity with Local Democratic Organs Act, Chapter 28:09. The applicant is also petitioning the court to have Bulkan’s orders declared null and void. The Applicant made an application for an Order or Writ of Certiorari to quash Bulkan’s order of holding elections of seven NDCs without first issuing an Order under the LocalJustice Gino PersaudDemocratic Organs Act, to identify the NDCs by name, boundaries, and number of members. These NDCs are Moruka/Phoenix Park; Kitty/Providence; Nile/Cozier; Lamaha/Yarrowkabra; Hauraruni/Yarrowkabra; Plegt Anker/Kortberaad; and Wyburg/Caracas.The Applicant is also seeking two Orders of Certiorari against GECOM CEO Lowenfield. The first moves to quash the Commission CEO’s decision to fix the exterior boundaries in respect to the said seven NDCs, adding that the move was an abuse of power, illegal and constitutes a “usurpation of the statutory functions” of Minister Bulkan.A second Certiorari order seeks to quash his decision to demarcate constituency boundaries within the said seven NDCs on grounds that his actions did not first involve the consultations of electors and stakeholders which include political parties. In this regard, Shadick views Lowenfield’s actions as irregular or improper exercise of discretion, in bad faith, or having cited irregular consideration, adding that it has no legal effect since this would be a violation of Article 13 of Guyana’sCommunities Minister Ronald BulkanConstitution.Shadick is also seeking an Order or Writ of Mandamus to compel Minister Bulkan, under the Local Democratic Organs Act, to establish the boundaries and number of members in respect to the municipality of Mahdia and eight other LLAs so that elections could be held by November 12.The Applicant is seeking another Order of Mandamus for Lowenfield to compel him to hold consultations with stakeholders on the establishment of constituency boundaries within the said Local Authority Areas. The Applicant’s final Order or Writ of Mandamus seeks to have Lowenfield also hold consultations in relation to the re-demarcation of constituency boundaries in Rose Hall and Rose Hall and 13 NDCs.Shadick is also seeking the State to pay her court costs in addition to seeking other orders, directions or writs as the court sees fit. The writ also outlines that the purported establishment of seven NDCs without complying with the provisions ofGECOM Commissioner Bibi Shadickthe Local Democratic Organs Act is unlawful, ultra vires, null, void and of no effect. She said too that Lowenfield acted with authorisation in this regard, while adding that Minister Bulkan unilaterally made changes to the number of seats in 14 Local Authority Areas. (Jarryl Bryan)last_img read more

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Winners in GBTI Christmas promotion receive prizes

first_imgThree lucky winners in the GBTI’s Christmas ‘Celebrate in Style’ promotion were on Thursday presented with their prizes at the banking institution’s head office in Kingston, Georgetown.“I am overwhelmed with joy,” said Olinka Adams, first place winner, who won herself a trip to Trinidad and Tobago, compliments of the bank and LIAT.She said she applied for a loan in December and was overcome with emotions to find out that she had won the first prize. According to her, she has been using GBTI for some time now, and will continue to do so.Ms Patricia Ann Mitchell, the second place winner, won a trip for two to the AruwaiThe winners pose with staff after receiving their prizesResort. She, too, was elated.“I did not expect to win anything. I took a loan to do some things…and so was very surprised,” she said.She will be taking her husband with her to enjoy the all-inclusive overnight trip for two at the local tourism destination in the Mazaruni River.Krystle Lee and Ariane Chung, two sisters, were excited with their third place prize, especially being new customers of GBTI. They share a joint account, saw the promotion, and applied for a loan.“The weekend at the Marriot sounds good,” they said, noting it’s a good start to the New Year and a good start to a long and loyal customer relationship with the bank.The Celebrate in Style Christmas promotion was intended to provide rewards for customers who took loans between October and December 2018. To be eligible, customers were required to apply for a loan of $250,000 and more during the period.Customers responded well to the promotion, and GBTI thanks all those who participated and LIAT for being onboard.We look forward to doing more for our customers this year.last_img read more

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Marcelo to re-unite with Ze Maria at Tirana

first_imgTirana have loaned him out to fellow second tier side KS Kastrioti for a period of six months before they free up one foreign player slot in their squad during the mid-year transfer window.“I have always respected Ze Maria and will always remember the platform he gave me at Gor hence I couldn’t turn down an opportunity to work with him again. Georgia gave me a platform to adapt to European style of play, I picked massive lessons that will help my Albania experience,” Ouma said.Kastrioti eye a slot in the Albanian Superliga as they top Group A of the second tier with a seven point gap over closest opponents Egnatia Rrogozhinë and Ouma hopes he can use the six months he has at the club to push for their promotion.Tirana also leads Group B of the second tier and in the event the two teams finish the season in the same positions, then they will earn qualification to the top tier. They will also clash n a play-off to decide the winner of the Second Division.Former Gor Mahia players Musa Mohammed and Kenneth Muguna during a training session with KF Tirana.The left back who broke into the limelight during his first season at Gor Mahia straight from Kakamega High School is hoping the ladder at Tirana will help launch his career into bigger heights.His move to Georgia especially after a stellar season at Gor had attracted huge backlash from fans and football stakeholders led by then national team first coach Stanley Okumbi who argued that Georgia was not a step up for him and his potential.Once it became clear that he was leaving Potti, Ouma was also a prime target for Iranian top tier side F.C. Pars Jonoubi Jam who had tabled a hefty deal with salaries rumoured to be close to Sh1mn and bonuses adding to another Sh500,000.“I felt it wasn’t time for me to play in Asia. I believe I still have a lot to offer in Europe for career progression,” Ouma said on his reasons for turning down the lucrative Iranian deal.Meanwhile, sources close to Capital Sport intimate that two other Kenyans playing in Poti, midfielder Amos Nondi and winger John Macharia will also be on the move before the Georgian transfer window closes on March 31.According to the source, a change in ownership at the club brought with it a change in coaching personnel which seems to threaten the duo’s playing time.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma in action in a past Kenyan Premier League match at the Thika Stadium.PHOTO/Gor MahiaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 4- Former Gor Mahia left back Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma is set to become the third K’Ogalo player to re-unite with former head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira at his Albanian base with KF Tirana after Musa Mohammed and Kenneth Muguna.Ouma who has left Georgian top tier side Kolkheti Potti is currently in the country to finalize on paperwork before travelling to Albania.last_img read more

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Martin O’Neill responds when asked whether he’ll become Aston Villa manager

first_imgMartin O’Neill has responded to questions concerning his future as Republic of Ireland manager, following Remi Garde’s departure from Aston Villa.The 63-year-old is currently contracted with the Irish FA until the end of Euro 2016, when he will assess his future with no new deal lined up to remain in charge.He has been linked with a return to Villa Park, where he worked as manager between 2006 and 2010, but O’Neill has quickly laughed off speculation that he could be set to leave his current job to take charge of the Premier League strugglers.When asked about the vacancy, O’Neill replied: “I have a job to do here. I am delighted with the job. How dare you ask me?”Early frontrunners for the role include former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, as well as David Moyes, who is out-of-work since having been sacked by Real Sociedad in November.Roy Keane, who currently works as O’Neill’s assistant, has also been touted for a return to the Midlands club, having fulfilled a similar role under Paul Lambert.The current Irish boss spoke on these rumours, responding when asked if Keane could be a candidate.“Well, if he leaves tomorrow, I will be very disappointed,” O’Neill added.Earlier today, former Villa striker Andy Gray told talkSPORT that the club need to hire a boss like Graham Taylor to lead them on a revival up the leagues. Martin O’Neill is currently in charge of the Republic of Ireland 1last_img read more

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Datebook

first_imgSATURDAY: Graduate school information forum, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., California State University, Northridge, Student Union, 18111 Nordhoff St. Call (818) 677-2138 or see www.csun.edu/graduatestudies. Exploration of Sycamore Canyon, 9 a.m., Point Mugu State Park, four miles west of the Ventura County line from Pacific Coast Highway. Enter at Sycamore Canyon campground. Call (805) 488-1827. Introduction to Mountain Bike Skills, 9 a.m., Malibu Creek State Park. Helmet required. Take 101 Freeway to Las Virgenes Road, exit south to Mulholland Highway. Park entrance is a quarter-mile past intersection. Call (805) 558-1606 or visit www.corbamtb.com. Ranger-led hike, “From California to Korea,” to the old “M*A*S*H*” movie set, 9:30 a.m., Paramount Ranch. Take 101 Freeway to Kanan Road, exit south, then left on Cornell Way and veer right. Head south 2.5 miles; entrance is on right. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Kite-making workshop, 10:30 a.m., Stough Canyon Nature Center, 2300 Walnut Ave., Burbank. Cost $3. Call (818) 238-5440. Undiscovered Chinatown tour, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Los Angeles Chinatown. Cost $20. For more information, call (213) 680-0243 or see www.chinatownla.com. Silver Rose Debutante Ball, 6:30-11 p.m., Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City. Call (661) 253-8082. Royce Hall Organ and Film Silent Comedy Classics featuring Charlie Chaplin and others, 2 p.m, Royce Hall, University of California, Los Angeles. Tickets $25 adults, $15 UCLA students and children 12 and under. Call (310) 8825-8101 or visit www.uclalive.org. Campfire program, 7 p.m., Leo Carrillo State Park, 35000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Park is at Pacific Coast Highway and Mulholland Highway. Call (805) 488-1827. he Gerald Wilson Orchestra will perform, 7:30 p.m., Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2101 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets $35-$40, $31.50 students and seniors. Call (805) 493-3900. San Fernando Symphony Orchestra concert, 8 p.m., Pierce College Performing Arts Theater, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. Tickets $25, $15 students and seniors, $12 children. Call (818) 347-4807 or see www.sfvsymphony.com. The Soweto Gospel Choir of South Africa performs, 8 p.m., College of the Canyons, Vital Express Center of the Performing Arts, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets $25-$50. Call (661) 362-5304. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DD Motoring: Something old, new, borrowed, and blue

first_imgI’m the “old” in the heading this week. For most that’s a subject that we try to avoid. But if I can borrow your time, as the fire service did mine you might see the benefit of my journey as I wait with anticipation with my fingers crossed that the baton will be successfully handed over to the new kids on the block.Fire Service Recruits, 2017. Who are presently on a three week training course at Fire Head Quarters in Letterkenny. Included, seated from left, Eoin Murphy, Bundoran ,Instructors, SSO Eugene Mc Cafferty, SSO Frank Mc Dermott, Acting Chief Fire Officer Dermott Brady, ACFO, Michael Scott, SSO James Mc Kenna and Diarmuid Mc Inerney, Ballyshannon.Back row from left. Adam Enright, Donegal Town, Eamon McGee, Gweedore, Shaun Boylan, Fallcarragh Ronan O’Donnell, Letterkenny Stephen Kelly, Letterkenny David McCauley, Arranmore .David Sweeney, Falcarragh. Photo Brian McDaidBluesIf you live in Letterkenny you might have noticed a lot more fire engines heading around Letterkenny this last few weeks with their blue lights flashing. Don’t be alarmed, they are only training. Advertisement All going well at the end of this week, Co. Donegal will have nine new fire-fighters who will soon start as retained firemen in their native towns. Over the last three weeks these men have undergone their basic training which will introduce them to the fire service. If they are successful in passing the three-week training course they will become firemen and over the coming years they will undergo specialized training in all aspects of the job of a retained firefighter.Delta-Lima 1132 years ago I went through my fire service training. Then sat at home waiting for the siren to blow on the roof of the old fire station on the High Rd. for my first fire call. The three new faces on Delta-Lima 11 (Letterkenny’s fire engine call sign) in 1985 were Eddie Curran, Eamon “Sam” O’Donnell and myself.At the time we always felt we had big shoes to fill as years of experience was making way for the new boys. Eddie Curran replaced his father Bobby, who was the station officer. Eamon “Sam” O’Donnell replaced the Sub Station Officer, Willie Peoples and I replaced my next door neighbour from Wolfe Tone Place, Jim Tease, the driver of the fire engine who retired the year before, all of whom were there from the start of the fire service proper in Letterkenny. Advertisement Lettereknny Fire Fighters at their annual dance in the Devlin Hall in 1957, Included are seated Bobby Curran, Paddy Curran, Jim Mc Glynn, Station Officer, Tommy White, Paddy Doherty, and Eddie McGlynn, back row from left, Willie Sweeney, Jim Tease, Jim Ferry, Willie Peoples, Kevin Mc Glynn and Hugo Coyle.Know the drillFor anyone that had worked as a member of the retained fire service in Co. Donegal or ever had a member of their family in the service they will all well know how their whole life rotates around the call of the siren or the rattle of the bleep. Fire calls are never 9 to 5 , never planned.An evening out or a planned day away could come to an abrupt end with the sound of the siren. Family and friends knew the drill to bail out of a car as quick as possible to let the one on call away to attend the fire call. With the bleep and siren the adrenaline soon kicked in and you focused on getting to the station as quick as possible, get your fire gear on and get to the call.A old original brass fire branch and nozzle which were made into a memorial in memory of Letterkenny’s Fireman Eamon Sam O’ Donnell. Photo Brian McDaidEasy singlesOne of the first big fires that us new recruits attended was a house fire out in the country. When we got the fire under control we had to stay and monitor the scene for hours after. The fire call was on a bank holiday and everything in the nearest town was closed. An elderly lady who once had tea rooms in the town offered to make all of the firemen something to eat. We were all welcomed into the old tea rooms and served with the finest of china cups and saucers.Everything was going fine until we tucked into the freshly made sandwiches only to find that in the rush to get the tea ready the kind lady forgot to take the plastic wrapping off the easy singles cheese slices. We all managed to pocket the Cheese slices and eat the sandwiches without causing to much concern to the kind offer from the lady with the tea rooms.Over the years Letterkenny Fire Brigade attended its fair share of difficult fires and car accidents, and rather than dwelling on the harder times in them years. Events like the small mishaps like the easy singles became happy memories.Firefighter in the 80’s as they take Santa to the children’s ward at Letterkenny General Hospital. Included seated are Benny Daly RIP, Eamon Harvey RIP, and Michael Herrity, back row from left, Eddie Curran RIP, Louis Bradley, Danny Greive Station Officer, Eamon Sam O’ Donnell, RIP, Tony Coyle and Brian McDaid.Fireman SamIn November 1987 a new children’s program started on TV called Fireman Sam. It was to take the world by storm. This animated children’s program follows the adventures of the title hero and his colleagues as they protect the citizens of the Welsh town of Pontypandy. Fireman Sam who first appeared on our TV screens on November 1987 two years after Letterkenny’s own Fireman Sam Eamon O Donnell started with Letterekenny Fire Service.Whenever the alarm sounds, brave Sam and his fellow fireman can be counted on to jump into a fire engine, to battle blazes, mount rescue missions, or provide medical attention to those in need. The tv program not only taught valuable lessons on fire safety to young viewers but reinforced the importance of staying calm during an emergency.Letterkenny was ahead of its time in the 80s as they had a Fireman Sam of their own in Eamon “Sam” O’Donnell, years before it was ever an idea for a TV program. Our Sam took great joy in introducing himself as Fireman Sam when we were out on fire calls or giving fire safety talks at the station. But unfortunately, unlike the TV programme our Fireman Sam’s story did not have a happy ending, well not yet!At the end of this week fingers crossed Letterkenny’s two latest recruits, Stephen Kelly and Ronan O’Donnell will hopefully come through their three-week basic training successfully to replace the last two members of Letterkenny Fire Brigade who recently retired, Michael Molloy, and myself.Big ShoesOne of the new hopeful recruits, Ronan O’Donnell’s late father Eamon “Sam” O’Donnell would have been 57 past in July this year had he not got the call so young from this life at the turn of this century. He would have so much enjoyed the couple of years together with his son Ronan as fellow firefighters for the Letterkenny Fire Brigade. Life is not like that unfortunately and like the fire service we don’t know when we will get our call from this life. Sam was just in his early 40s and a member of the Letterkenny Fire Service when he passed away, that was also the case with Eddie Curran who also started in on the same day in 1985 and who also passed away earlier this year also a very young man in his late 40s.In my own mind I would like to think that Sam’s son Ronan (if successful) is not only taking over the baton in the fire service for his late father “Sam” but along with the other new Letterkenny recruit, David Kelly they are also representing us all as the new kids on the block to give fire cover night and day in the unofficial capital of Co. Donegal, Letterkenny.Here’s wishing all the new recruits all the best this week as they sit their final exams before they take up the roles as firefighters.Happy Motoring Folks.DD Motoring: Something old, new, borrowed, and blue was last modified: November 9th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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:brian mc daideamon sam o donnellFIRE SERVICEfireman samletterkennymotoringlast_img read more

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Sanral to raise R25bn for roads

first_imgAccording to Sanral, accounting and financial management of tolled and non-tolled roads were separate because toll fees were not used to cross-subsidise non-tolled national roads, which were funded by government. “People are responding well to the disruptions due to major road works on such a large scale. We are confident that the ultimate result will be worth the wait for motorists.” Alli explained that the new Gauteng freeway network would be operating on the “user pays” principle after October 2010, with an Open Road Tolling System requiring each vehicle to carry an electronic tag. Briefing investors in Pretoria last week, Sanral CEO Nazir Alli said the agency remained on track to raise the funds needed to undertake its current programme, of which much of the civil works are scheduled to be completed by October 2010. 2 February 2009 The agency is responsible for the design, maintenance, operations and rehabilitation of South Africa’s tolled and non-tolled national roads. The country’s network of national roads currently stands at about 16&nbps;170 kilometres, and Sanral is responsible for extending the network to 20&nbps;000 kilometres by 2010. It raised more than R4.6-billion last year to fund current projects, including the major Gauteng Freeway Improvement Programme (GFIP), which will cost an estimated R20-billion. Apart from the freeways in Gauteng, Sanral’s capital investment programme includes the N2 Tsitsikama Toll Road in the Eastern Cape; the N17 East road extension in Gauteng province; the N1 South and R30 Bloemfontein-Kroonstad road; the N1 Polokwane bypass in Limpopo province; and the Marianhill extension and Dube Trade Port interchange, both in Durban. “Economic conditions are certainly tougher than they were when we began issuing debt to finance the major projects now underway,” he said. “However, indications are that investors will continue to be assured by our good market ratings and track record of efficiently maintaining the network and settling debt.” Source: BuaNews The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is to raise a further R25-billion in debt finance for upgrades and freeway construction projects over the next two years. He said he also expected the agency to complete its projects on budget, although close attention was being paid to the price of bitumen, one variable aspect that was influenced by the oil price determined by international markets. “Tolls will be deducted each time a vehicle passes under one of 38 overhead gantries set about 10 kilometres apart across the Gauteng Freeway System,” he said. “Sanral envisages that tags would be linked to bank accounts, or could be recharged at retail outlets, or through the internet.” Gauteng freeway improvement programme Alli told investors that the Gauteng freeway improvement programme was proceeding well and largely according to plan: “In any road project, there are always weather issues. However, the recent heavy rains in Gauteng have not caused any major setbacks,” he said. Alli was confident that there would be solid participation from capital markets in the company’s debt offerings. Good market ratingslast_img read more

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