MONACO (AP):Standing in the way of a ninth Monte Carlo Masters title for Rafael Nadal is Frenchman GaÎl Monfils, an opponent the Spaniard has beaten every time they’ve met on clay and who has a dismal 5-18 record in finals.Nadal has waited two years to win a Masters title and four years to get his Monte Carlo crown back, so losing today would be a particularly bitter blow.Nadal beat Andy Murray 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 yesterday to earn a shot at a record-equalling 28th Masters title – with Novak Djokovic – and a 68th overall.”It’s been a very important week for me,” Nadal said. “I increased the speed of the ball and played a little bit more inside the court because Andy had control of the point too many times in the first set.”Monfils has lost the only two Masters finals he has played – both in Paris – the last of which was in 2010.”I expect an enormous match, a huge match. I need to try to have him play badly, or walk all over him,” said Monfils, who has lost 11 of 13 career matches against Nadal. “To beat him, I need to take many risks and I need to have some luck.”FRESHMONFILSAt least Monfils will be fresh, having eased past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-3 in an all-French semi-final, breaking Tsonga’s serve six times in less than half the time Nadal spent turning the table on Murray.The last French player to win here was Cedric Pioline in 2000 – who was also the last French finalist – and Monfils is even more of an outsider considering he is 0-4 against Nadal on clay.The 29-year-olds first played each other 11 years ago and that was also at Monte Carlo – with Nadal beating Monfils in the second round – and their last meeting on clay was a quarter-final win for Nadal in Barcelona in 2011.For Murray, meanwhile, it was a missed opportunity to become the first British player in the final in 56 years and to beat Nadal for only the second time on clay – having routed him 6-3, 6-2 in the Madrid Masters final last year.”I missed some shots, but you have to take chances against the best players,” Murray said. “If you don’t do that, you’re going to lose anyway.”
Neved Kortu, President Weah’s nominee to head the National Lotteries Authority-Claims Constitutional breaches and subsequently ordered police to immediately remove blockade at National Lotteries Authority’s officeFollowing Associate Justice Jamesetta Howard Wolokollie’s decision not to allow President George Weah’s nomination of a deputy commissioner and permanent representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, United Kingdom, to take his seat, Wolokolie has again blocked another appointment by President Weah, this time to the National Lotteries Authority (NLA).Wolokolie, currently serving as Justice presiding in Chambers of the Supreme Court, also ordered the Liberia National Police (LNP) that were deployed at the offices of NLA to replace one Agnes Effiong, the deputy director general of the entity, with Weah’s nomination Neved Kortu, to leave immediately.In addition to her order, Justice Wolokolie mandated the parties to stay all proceedings and to return to status quo ante pending her conference with them on Tomorrow, July 10, at 3:p.m.Her action resulted from Madam Effiong’s request for a Writ of Prohibition challenging Weah’s appointment of Kortu to her position as illegal and unconstitutional.Effiong’s lawyer Stanley S. Kparkillen argued that the appointment of the deputy director general at the NLA was not within the appointing power of President Weah, but rather one that is reserved to the board of directors, “and that the appointment of Neved Kortu to the post of deputy director general was illegal and unconstitutional.”Under the Act that created the National Lotteries Authority, the board of directors has the power and authority to appoint a deputy director general for operations as the principal deputy to the director general for an initial term of two years. Consistent with the mandate, the chairman of the board of directors of the NLA, Claude J. Katta, pursuant to a resolution of the board upon review of the record appointed Madam Effiong on September 20, 2015, as deputy director general.By that act, it means that Madam Effiong has the right to the office up to and including September 19, 2018.However, in June this year, President Weah appointed Neved Kortu to her position, while she still had three months left to the expiration of her tenure. Cllr. Kparkillen alleged that he visited the NLA office and informed the Human Resource there about his preferment by President Weah, as deputy director general.Later, Kortu went to the office with three pick-ups loaded with police that blocked the entrance to the NLA’s office and demanded access for the purpose of installing him as the new deputy director general.“The alleged conduct of the police under these circumstances are not only patently pre-judicial to her, but they are tantamount to assuming responsibility for the installation of persons appointed by the President through limitation, use of force and threat of force,” Effiong’s lawyer contended.He continued, “The action taken by the police is illegal and inimical to our democratic governance and for which it does not have any statutory mandate or support but the one without legal effect.”Kparkillen argued that the appointing power of the President is expressly limited to positions enumerated under Article 54 and 55 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.Article 54:The President shall nominate and, with the consent of the Senate, appoint and commission — cabinet ministers, deputy and assistant cabinet ministers; ambassadors, ministers, consuls and the Chief Justice and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and judges of subordinate courts; superintendents, other county officials and officials of other political sub-divisions; members of the military from the rank of lieutenant of its equivalent and above and marshals, deputy marshals, and sheriffs.Article 55:The President shall appoint and commission Notaries Public and Justices of the Peace, who shall hold office for a term of two years but may be removed by the President for cause. They shall be eligible for appointment.Cllr. Kparkillen contended further that it is not within the power of the President to appoint any person to the office of deputy director general of the LNA.Only the board of directors consistent with the act has the power to make that appointment, hence, “the appointment by the president of Kortu to the post of deputy director general was in violation of the constitution and the act promulgated by the legislature,” he argued.Kparkillen added that the President, consistent with democratic values, must be seen to preserve, protect, defend and faithfully execute the laws of the country, “and not to violate its provisions.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Missing: Lisa – Can You Help?THE husband of a missing Co Tyrone woman has made a heartfelt plea to the people of Donegal: “Please help me find her.”Lisa McGowan, who is 44, was last seen at her home in Drumquin in Tyrone more than a week ago.There were unconfirmed reports she was in Fanad and local people have been trying to find her. Her weeping husband Paddy said: “She really is a strikingly beautiful woman, at 6ft tall, you won’t be able to miss her.“Please, please please, if you know anything, go to the Gardai. I just want her back with me, I want her home.”He said the “spirit of generosity” from friends and neighbours had been overwhelming.Mr McGowan said his wife didn’t take anything with her when she left home last week and that someone out there “must know something”. “She has nothing but the clothes on her back. No purse, no handbag – they were all left behind.”He added: “In all honestly, she could be anywhere on this island. She could hop on a bus, or be taken to anywhere at all.“Knowing where she is – that she’s safe, that’s when I’ll find peace.”Mr McGowan last saw her before heading to Dublin, where he works as a university lecturer. Lisa was last seen at her home address in the Drumquin area on Monday July 8 at 10.30pm. Police believe she went missing from her home after 1.30pm the next day. TEARFUL HUSBAND OF MISSING LISA IN PLEA TO PEOPLE OF DONEGAL TO HELP FIND HER was last modified: July 16th, 2013 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:TEARFUL HUSBAND OF MISSING LISA IN PLEA TO PEOPLE OF DONEGAL TO HELP FIND HER
7 November 2013African and East Asian wildlife experts gathered for a workshop in South Africa on Monday to be trained in the identification of rhinoceros horns, DNA sampling of horns and wildlife crime scene investigation.Law enforcement officers from South African National Parks, all 11 African rhino range countries, as well as from China, Thailand and Vietnam participated in the two-day workshop in Limpopo province.The workshop was hosted by Department of Environmental Affairs and the University of Pretoria’s Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, in collaboration with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC).The workshop included training in specific investigative techniques and use of forensics, specifically for follow-up actions when seizures are made, crime scenes investigated, information gathered or evidence presented in court. Participants were taught how to collect samples from animals that had already been poached.Also introduced at the workshop was the recently developed eRhODIS mobile application, which will provide the information technology backbone to support the Rhino DNA Index System (RhODIS).RhODIS was developed by University of Pretoria’s Veterinary Genetics Laboratory to help tackle rhino poaching and horn smuggling by creating a database of DNA samples of all live and poached rhinoceros across the country, as well as of all stockpiled horns.The database presently includes over 10 000 samples from black and white rhino collected over the last three years from all over Africa. According to the RhODIS project website, these have provided forensic evidence leading to a number of successful prosecutions.Workshop participants were also taught how to use the ICCWC’s analytic toolkit, a technical resource in the fight against illegal trade in wildlife, to enhance their investigation capabilities.The deputy director-general of biodiversity and conservation in the Department of Environmental Affairs, Fundisile Mketeni, said that South Africa welcomed the hosting of workshop, since the country was most seriously affected by rhino poaching.“This workshop supports the decision by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora at the 16th Conference of Parties in Thailand in March 2013 that all range states, transit and consumer states should strengthen compliance and enforcement,” said Mketeni.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter
India has not donated land to Myanmar to keep the pro-China neighbouring country in good humour, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said on Monday.The Congress had on Sunday criticised the BJP in New Delhi and the State for “sacrificing” swathes of land in Manipur’s border areas to “appease” Myanmar, which is “inching closer to China.”Mr. Singh said the India-Myanmar boundary is clearly demarcated in old maps and neither his State nor New Delhi would remain silent if Manipur loses a part of its territory during the erection of border pillars demarcating the boundary. At the centre of the controversy is a border pillar erected on June 22 by Myanmar authorities at Kwatha Khunou in the newly-created Tengnoupal district. After an inspection last week, the district’s Deputy Commissioner Tombikanta Singh said the pillar stood at least 3 km inside Indian territories.“Myanmar and Indian teams surveyed the area jointly. Some locals raised a dispute. Work on the border has not been finalised. Investigation is on,” he said.Mr. Singh admitted there was some dispute over a pillar at Kwatha Khunou.But the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), which had sent a team to the disputed area, is not convinced.“The BJP government in Delhi is ignoring the threat to India’s territorial integrity on the Myanmar border because the borders with Pakistan and China matter more. If they are so serious, why are Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who heads the Cabinet Committee on Security, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj silent on the aggression on the Northeastern front?” Ningombam Bupenda Meitei, MPCC spokesperson, told The Hindu from State capital Imphal.Mr. Meitei said “incursions” by Myanmar happened even during Mr. Modi’s visit to that country. “The Centre’s indifference is yet another instance of double standards on the external threat to the Northeast,” he said.India shares a 1,643 km border with Myanmar. The Manipur part of this border is 398 km long. The other States on this border are Arunachal Pradesh (520 km), Mizoram (510 km) and Nagaland (215 km).
Days after a Chandigarh-based 22-year-old woman alleged sexual assault by at least 40 men over four days in the Morni Hills area of Haryana’s Panchkula district, the police have arrested her husband under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.Panchkula DCP Rajender Kumar Meena on Wednesday said that the Special Investigating Team, which was set up for probing the case, found information during the probe that led them to suspect the role of the victim’s husband.“The probe revealed that the victim, her husband and the accused had telephonic conversations during the period of the incident. We have arrested the husband and invoked several sections under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act besides Section 370 of the IPC,” said Mr. Meena.Kept captive“The victim’s husband was produced in the court today and sent to police custody for three days. We are probing the matter from all possible angles,” he added. The woman in her complaint had alleged that she was kept captive at a guest house in Kaimbwala village in the Morni area and raped by at least 40 men in turns between July 15 and July 18.
Thirteen persons were killed and two others injured on Monday when a tempo traveller fell into a 200-metre deep gorge in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district following landslide. The incident occurred at Shanglai, about 8 km beyond Bhatwari in the district on the Rishikesh-Gangotri highway, when the tempo traveller, carrying 15 passengers, was returning from Gangotri, District Disaster Management officer Devendra Patwal said. The vehicle fell into the gorge as the driver lost control over it following landslide which brought a heap of debris on the road, he said. The tempo landed just a few yards of the Bhagirathi river, which flows near the spot. All the 13 bodies, including three of women, have been recovered, the official said. Two girls, aged 13 and 15 years, who were injured in the incident, have been referred from a district hospital Uttarkashi to a hospital in Dehradun, he said. They were brought in an ambulance to Dehradun as they could not be flown in a chopper due to bad weather, he said, adding that all the victims were locals.
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A dominant India spared Sri Lanka the ignominy of a follow-on but Virat Kohli and Abhinav Mukund struck fluent half-centuries to tighten the touring side’s grip on the first Test on Friday.The world’s top-ranked Test team shot out their depleted hosts for 291 to take a 309-run first innings lead and were 189-3 after third day’s play at the Galle International Stadium.Sri Lanka, already a batsman short after Asela Gunaratne fractured his thumb, received a new setback when Rangana Herath, leading the side in absence of ailing regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal, left the field with a hand injury.India captain Kohli was unbeaten on 76 at stumps, after adding 133 runs with Mukund whose dismissal for 81 signalled the end of the day’s play.Earlier, Sri Lanka resumed on 154-5 and could have been in bigger trouble but for Dilruwan Perera’s gutsy 92 not out.Angelo Mathews held the key to Sri Lanka’s survival and the former captain made 83 before Ravindra Jadeja (3-67) sent him back.The spinner sent down a flighted delivery and Mathews moved towards leg and slapped it straight to Kohli at short cover. Mathews hit 11 boundaries and a six.Perera enjoyed an eventful stay at the crease.Two balls after an appeal for a catch off his boot was turned down, Perera was adjudged lbw to Jadeja. The decision was overturned after replays suggested the ball would have sailed over the stumps.Perera hit Ravichandran Ashwin for a six and took a single off the next ball to bring up his fifth Test fifty.advertisementJadeja dismissed Herath for nine and debutant Hardik Pandya castled Nuwan Pradeep for 10 to claim his first Test wicket.Perera was eight runs away from his maiden Test century when he ran out of partners. His belligerent knock included 10 fours and four sixes.Perera then returned to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan for 14 after India opted against enforcing the follow-on and Lahiru Kumara sent back Cheteshwar Pujara for 15.Kohli and Mukund shared a century-plus partnership for the third wicket as India moved 498 runs ahead and in a commanding position to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.
Adelaide, Dec 5 (IANS) Making light of the obsession surrounding him ahead of the Australia Test series, India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday said every batsman in the side has the ability to win games single handedly and the hoopla around him is something he cannot do anything about.”This (obsession) is something that I don’t believe in, at all. Whatever batsmen we have, all of them have so much ability that every one of them can single-handedly turn any game,” Kohli told reporters on the eve of India’s first rubber here. “This is something I believe in 120 per cent, and even they have faith in themselves. On the outside what people think, we cannot control. I cannot tell people to not to talk about it or write about it,” he added.A lot of talk has been on how to stop Kohli from getting runs in this part of the world where the World’s No.1 batsman has enjoyed enormous success in his last visit.At Adelaide Oval, Kohli has three hundreds from two Tests.”I love coming to this ground, the city in general. I really enjoy the city, I don’t know what the connection is, but I just feel really good here. Not to say that the performances are always guaranteed in a certain place but yes, coming to Adelaide I feel different from places that I have gone in the world and that’s been the case,” said Kohli.The right-hander added that this ground is his favourite outside India.”It happens to every cricketer, they have a favourite ground away from home. For me, Adelaide has always been special, because I scored my first Test ton here. So, from then on the connection started.”It’s a great place to play cricket in general; the stadium has been redone, the pitch has always been good. So it’s about which team plays better, it’s been that kind of pitch. They are no-givens on the Adelaide pitch. I have enjoyed my cricket here.”Kohli further stated that good memories here certainly helps build confidence.”Familiarity certainly will help the fact that we have played quite a few Test matches here before and scored runs. So I think it’s even more important to know that you have performed in a place and you know how to get runs there.”It’s all about remembering those good things that we did and applying it here. I know England and South Africa were tougher. Australia can be a great place to bat if the batsmen apply themselves well. But it takes character. It takes grinding out tough situations,” he said.Line won’t be crossed but competitiveness will remain: KohliKohli feels the line won’t be crossed by either of the teams.”I don’t see stuff happening, which has happened in the past where both teams have crossed the line. But still it’s a competitive sport at the end of the day and it’s international cricket. We don’t expect guys to just come, bowl and walk back,” Kohli said.Kohli hinted that there could be healthy banter but the Code of Conduct’ won’t be violated like the previous series.”Obviously, there are going to be times when you have to put the batsmen under pressure. Not necessarily crossing the line, but just get into their heads which you expect from any side in the world, not just Australia. It’s going to be there, but it’s not going to happen at the level, which has happened in the past, where both teams have lost control,” Kohli said.Asked about the Australian team’s mindset post the ball tampering saga, Kohli said: “I don’t think, personally, any team should be totally negative after something like that happens (ball-tampering scandal).”But the competitiveness will be there because you eventually want to get the guys out. If the situation is going your way, and you understand against the important guy in the opposition, you will go hard at that person. Be it your body language or putting in a word or two.”–IANSdm/gau/sedadvertisement