Roger Federer wins opening match at ATP Finals

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sock is one of four players to qualify for the tournament for the first time. Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin also qualified, though Goffin played in the tournament last year as an alternate after Gael Monfils withdrew.After the Federer match, Rafael Nadal was given his trophy for finishing the year as the No. 1 player in the rankings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Spaniard will play his first match at the tournament for the top eight players in the world on Monday against Goffin. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Irving-less Celtics hold off Raptors for 12th straight victory View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44SEA Games: Philippines thumps Malaysia in ice hockey opener03:01PH’s Eumir Marcial win by KO middleweght final (Highlights)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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READcenter_img Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates at match point after beating Jack Sock of the United States in their singles tennis match at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Federer has won a record six titles at the ATP Finals, including two in Houston, two in Shanghai and two in London. His last one came in 2011.In 2017, he has won a tour-best seven titles, the most he has won since taking eight in 2007.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Former GCCI President lashes back at Minister Gaskin

first_img– for telling Private Sector to stay out of politicsBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskin’s advice that the Private Sector should stay out of politics until elections time has been rebuffed, with a former Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President reminding him that politics is very much the Private Sector’s business.Addressing the second day of the Business Development Forum, former GCCI President Vishnu Doerga pointed out that the business community is, by virtue of paying its taxes, already involved in politics. At the same time, he noted the importance of the Private Sector ensuring it is in compliance with the laws.“We (the business community) understand that we’re all in politics,” he related. “Who funds all of this? It’s your taxpayers’ money that funds all of this, so that actually means that we’re all involved in politics…,” he contended.“Make sure that you comply; pay everything that you need to pay, so that you can actually open your mouth. If you don’t, that’s why the Minister said to stay quiet. Because if you’re not paying the levels, you shouldn’t be talking. But if you are, and you meet all your obligations, it is your responsibility to (have a) say,” Doerga charged.Business Minister Dominic GaskinHe cited an example wherein businesses would have to interact with regulatory agencies such as the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) due to the importance of ensuring they are selling and consuming products safely.“And is that politics? If it is where the money is coming from, and how we’re being taxed, and how it’s being used, then I’ll say yes, do get involved!” Doerga related.Stay outAt the opening of the forum on Friday, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin had advised the Private Sector to stay clear of politics until the time comes to fund the elections, and to place their focus on business.He was addressing the inaugural Business Development Forum hosted by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) at the Pegasus Hotel.The Minister managed to raise eyebrows at the launching with his pronouncement that he believes the business sector ought to stay out of politics until the election period, and should rather concentrate on what it does best.“I believe that the Private Sector should concentrate on business, and stay out of politics, at least until the election season comes around, when you can decide which parties you want to support or which candidates you want to fund, because funding is of course a very key component of the election campaigning process. But certainly, in the off season, you need to concentrate on business, and Government is supportive of that… let the Private Sector do what it does best: compete, comply and get compensated,” he said.He went on to say that, for far too long, Guyanese have been blaming bad politics in Guyana for bad business practices, as he compared Guyana to other countries.last_img read more


first_imgEverton manager David Moyes has said he’s putting his shirt on Killybegs soccer sensation Seamus Coleman becoming the Premiership’s Young Player of the Year.The huge endorsement from the canny Scot is recognition of the Donegal man’s meteoric rise over the past few months.The 22 year old joined Everton just over two years from Sligo Rovers for just £60,000. And Moyes said that is the reason why Coleman must be considered for the PFA award.‘The level of where he has come from means he must be close to young player of the year,’ said Moyes.‘He’s had no real footballing experience at this level, or any level at all, very little full-time training and very little technical work so we hope there is going to be more improvement.‘He’s a right-back playing one on and he might be better one on; we don’t know yet. ‘One of his biggest strengths is his lack of inhibitions carrying the ball. You won’t get him to be the best passer and keeper of the ball, but he’s given us something else and coming from deep will help him improve as a defender in years to come,” gushed Moyes.He hailed Seamus Coleman’s adaptability, with the player exceeding expectations this season.Coleman, a goalscorer in the Toffees’ victory over Fulham at the weekend, is likely to play for the Republic of Ireland in Saturday’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Macedonia at the Aviva Stadium.Moyes admits they are fortunate to have benefited from Coleman’s swift progress.‘He was sixty grand and he’s done a brilliant job for us. ‘He’s been up and down but he’s going to be up and down – you don’t find an absolute diamond for that money.‘It’s very rare that happens so there will be times when he doesn’t look completely comfortable,” he said.EndsEVERTON BOSS PUTS HIS SHIRT ON COLEMAN GETTING YOUNG PLAYER OF YEAR was last modified: March 23rd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Night At 9pm In St Marys Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome. Club Iorras July : €50 – John Friel Dunaff, €30 – Mary & Patsy Devlin Annagh, €20 – Colm Toland Fahan.Match & Win for 26/07/2012 No jackpot winner last week this weeks jackpot will rise to €3,940.00 Numbers drawn were 4,13,16,17 €15 consolation prizes went to Susan McCarron Roxtown, Neil Doherty (JS) Letter, Phil Pat Doherty Cloontagh, Nial Casey Annagh, M.Devlin Straid. URRIS GAA BIG BREAKFAST SATURDAY 11th AUGUST 2012, from 8.30am to 1.00pm in St Marys Hall Clonmany, Breakfast €5.00. Anyone who would like to donate breakfast items or baking for this event please contact John Friel at the hall or call on 0860523550 or David Hession 0860538537.RESULTS:The Seniors kept their good recent run going with a hard fought draw in Downings on Saturday evening. Downings is always a tough place to go and given the weather conditions on Saturday evening a draw was a very creditable result.The Reserves also kept the run going and maintained the pressure on Naomh Columba who lead their division by two points from Urris and Aodh Ruadh.Results: Downings Reserves 0 – 07 Urris Reserves 1 – 07, Downings 3 – 06 Urris 2 – 09.Next up will probably be Championship but this may depend on how Donegal do next weekend in their quarter final.Under 14 Boys Northern Board Championship Result- Termon 6-14 Urris 11-1.FIXTURES This Week:The U12 boys play Malin in Straid on Tuesday evening at 6.30pm in the Inishowen 15-a-side competition. Under 14 Boys Div 3 Semi Final: Moville v Urris 7.30pm Wednesday 1st August.The Minor boys play St Eunan’s in the quarter final of the Northern Board Championship; the first leg is in Straid on Wednesday, August 1st at 7.30pm, the second leg will be at St Eunan’s on Wednesday, August 15th also at 7.30pm.The U16 girls will travel to Moville on Friday 3rd evening for their first match of the season – game throws in at 7.00pm. David will confirm travel arrangements etc at training.Club Meeting – Next meeting is on Wednesday 22nd August at 9pm, all members old and new welcome. Milford Bread- Jerseys for your club collect and return 20 milford sliced white or wholemeal pan wrappers to be in with a chance to win one of ten sets of Azzuri Jerseys for your club contact David for an entry form to send off your 20 wrappers 0860538537.Lucozade Club Challenge.The club is registered for the Lucozade Club Challenge and is asking club members and supporters to collect the tops off Lucozade Sport and Lucozade Sport Lite bottles. The club which can collect the most bottle tops over the next few months has the chance to win up to €10,000. Tops can be given to any club committee member or left in at Straid on match or training days. For more information check out the Club Challenge website.Underage Training Times -Under 14s Fridays at 5.30pm Straid David Hession. Under 16s Tuesdays 5pm Straid John Friel. U12s Friday 4pm Straid John Canny.U8 Boys & Girls Saturday at 11am Straid Susan McCarron & Sandra McGonigle.Club Merchandise – Contact Alan 0879029672.New Club Website items for the notes please send to or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.GAA NEWS: URRIS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA NEWS: URRIS GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

San Francisco proclaimed ‘a perfect fit’ for top-of-the-list free agent

first_imgThe Bryce Harper sweepstakes moved into a new and interesting phase this week — the phase where super-duper agent Scott Boras attempts to charm the money belt off suitors for his client’s services.Speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle at the general managers meeting in Southern California, Boras employed Eddie Haskell-grade ingratiation. Eddie Haskell? If you never had the pleasure, more’s the pity. Here is a short primer:Anyway. As anyone worth his fantasy baseball …last_img

SA second for budget transparency

first_img13 February 2009 Twenty-five countries surveyed provided little or no budget information. These included Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nicaragua, the Kyrgyz Republic, China, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. “The worst performers tend to be low-income countries that often depend heavily on revenues from foreign aid or oil and gas exports, and that have weak democratic institutions or are governed by autocratic regimes,” Idasa said. A low score on the Open Budget Index suggested that decisions about public spending were made behind closed doors, which excluded meaningful participation by citizens, Wildeman said, adding that governments that restricted access to budget information could be hiding unpopular, wasteful and corrupt spending. Only the United Kingdom gained a higher score, with 88 points, while France also scored 87. “Providing the public with comprehensive and timely information on the government’s budget and financial activities empowers people and allows them to judge how their government is managing public funds,” Wildeman said in Pretoria this week. “It also creates opportunities for citizens to participate in decision-making, which can strengthen oversight and improve policy choices.” South Africa has been placed second only to the UK on the Open Budget Index, an international measure of public spending transparency. The survey is directed by the International Budget Partnership, based in Washington DC, and is conducted by independent civil society organisations in the participating countries. The Institute for Democracy in SA (Idasa) is the index’s partner in South Africa. Access to information The least transparent countries were mostly located in the Middle East and North Africa, with an average score of 24, and in sub-Saharan Africa, with an average score of 25. Source: BuaNews According to Idasa, the index is a comprehensive survey of 85 countries that evaluates whether governments give the public access to sufficient, reliable budget information and opportunities to participate in the budget process and hold their governments accountable. Only five countries of the 85 surveyed – France, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and the US – make extensive information publicly available, as required by generally accepted good public financial management practices. The International Budget Partnership described the state of budget transparency around the world as “deplorable”, with the average score for the survey being 39 out of 100 – an indication that, on average, countries surveyed provided minimal information on their central government’s budget and financial activities. Good financial management Idasa economic governance programme head Russell Wildeman explained that transparency in budget decision-making meant that citizens had access to information about how much revenue was being collected and how it was allocated to different types of spending. South Africa scored 87 out of a possible 100 points on the Open Budget Index, which is based on responses to a set of survey questions and assess eight key budget documents that international good practice requires all governments to publish.last_img read more

Why You Want Your Sales Manager to Ride Along

first_imgYou can’t see your own swing. Because this is true, some of the best feedback you can get will come from someone who is observing you making a sales call. Because they are there with the intention of observing with the idea of providing constructive criticism, and not responsible for making a call, they can offer you suggestions and choices to help you sell better.My first real sales manager went on calls with me. We had review meetings on the sidewalk after the call as we were walking to the car. He was able to share with me the things that I hadn’t noticed. Things such as leading with things that didn’t matter to the client, but that I was familiar with enough to talk about intelligently. Later he taught me that I didn’t need any resources in a sales call with me, even when presenting a solution. Before that, I was dependent on presentations and proof providers. I became more conversational as a result of having him observe my calls.In one case, while I was working for a particular company, I was required to have a prospective client agree to allow me to videotape myself making the sales call. You will not do anything that makes you feel worse than watching yourself on video in a room full of your peers. And it wasn’t all that easy to find a prospect willing to allow me to videotape the conversation either.What’s important is to ensure your sales manager knows that her role is to be an observer and to offer constructive criticism. By letting them know that you’re going to run the sales call, they can shift their focus to helping improve what you do in front of a client. Once you have this agreement, there are a few other things you still need to do.You are going to have to explain to your client why your sales manager is with you and why they are not an active participant in the call. You’ll have to let them know that your sales manager is there to offer you feedback on how you might better perform your job of creating value for them. This doesn’t have to be awkward. You just have to let the client know that as part of your development your sales manager has agreed to join you to help offer you advice on how you can deliver greater value to your clients.If there are areas you believe you need to improve, you may want to let your sales manager know this so they can assess how you do in that particular area. But you also want to be careful about making this decision until your sales manager has made a number of calls with you so you can discover the things about your swing that you can’t see for yourself.If you want to get better faster, ask your manager to ride along on calls and to provide you with actionable feedback. Even if it can be uncomfortable, it speeds up your development. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more