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Midnight run: Garbine Muguruza edges Konta at 3 a.m. in Australia

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Not ideal. Not ideal for anyone. I don’t think it’s ideal for anyone to do any physical activity when it’s bedtime,” Konta said with a chuckle. “Both of us were in the same boat, so both of us had to deal with the same challenge.”A few hundred spectators dotted the stands at Margaret Court Arena, which has a seating capacity of 7,500.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsOne woman took up three seats to herself for a bit of a snooze.“I seriously can’t believe there’s people watching us at 3:15,” two-time major champion Muguruza said in an on-court interview, then joked: “Like, who cares?” Muguruza, a former No. 1-ranked player who is seeded 18th, managed to convert the only two service breaks of the match, including in the last game.Asked afterward what she planned to do, Muguruza had a simple plan: breakfast.The biggest beneficiary of the timing of it all might very well wind up being Timea Bacsinszky, the Swiss player who will face Spain’s Muguruza on Saturday for a spot in the fourth round.Bacsinszky’s victory on Thursday ended more than 10½ hours earlier than Muguruza’s win did.“I will recover as much as I can, because it was a tough match,” said Muguruza, who won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017, but has never been past the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. “Tomorrow is a day off, but I have to be (focused). The tournament is not over.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ CJ Perez raring to test his mettle vs Chris Ross, Beermen in PBA debut Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The second-round match was delayed because the day session ran longer than expected — Venus Williams needed three sets to win her match there — and the first contest of the night session was a men’s match that lasted five sets. Konta said there was discussion of moving her match to Court 3, but that the seagulls that dot the tournament grounds had left their, um, mark there.According to an Australian Open spokeswoman, Muruguzu and Konta were given the option of having Court 3 cleaned; it should have taken 15 minutes. But the players heard there was rain in the forecast, so decided to stay put, because Margaret Court Arena has a roof and Court 3 does not.The tournament said the previous latest start on record in Melbourne was 11:59 p.m. for a women’s match between Elise Mertens and Daria Gavrilova a year ago.The record for latest finish? That’s 4:34 a.m., for a 2008 men’s match between Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis.“It was actually a very good match,” Konta said about her low-attendance loss. “It’s unfortunate more people couldn’t enjoy it during the day.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, left, is congratulated by Britain’s Johanna Konta after winning their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)MELBOURNE, Australia — Better late than never, right?Garbine Muguruza finally won what is believed to be the latest-starting match in Australian Open history, edging Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-5 in an after-midnight marathon that began at 12:30 a.m. and concluded at 3:12 a.m. on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ 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 View commentslast_img read more

‘Provide Modern Technology to Insurance Sector’

first_imgParticipants at the just-ended 36thAnnual General Meeting and Education conference of the West African Insurance Companies Association (WAICA) have called on the Government of Liberia (GOL) to provide modern technological infrastructures that will help facilitate efficient business transactions in the insurance sector.The participants, most of whom had come from English-speaking West Africa, were very clear on the issue relating to the provision of affordable and stable Internet and other modernized services that will help boost business transactions among insurance companies operating in the country and its partners as well as the West African Region.In a seven-count resolution adopted by the participants, it was unanimously agreed that, if the sector is to function effectively and efficiently in the country, there is the need for the present technology to be up-graded to enable swift business transactions among clients.The meeting was held on the theme, “Modern Technological Advances and the Development of the Insurance Industry in West Africa,” from May 5 to 6, 2014. Participants were drawn from countries in the region, especially English-speaking.Count one of the resolution calls on the government to provide modern technological infrastructure to facilitate business transactions.WAICA membership, among other things also called on local insurance service providers to also deploy appropriate technologies to enable customers interface easily with their operations.Also among the resolutions, WAICA also stated that member companies should be encouraged to invest in modern technology to assist government agencies in implementation of policies that bring benefits to the insurance industry.“Whereas, WAICA member companies be encouraged to employ right personnel,” the 36th conference participants also agreed.Meanwhile, Mr. Wale Onaolapo, managing director and CEO of Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc. Lagos, Nigeria, has said that technological advances and the advent of the ‘Smart’ Customer are shaping businesses, and institutions in the 21st Century.“Customers are becoming smart and they require smart products and services to satisfy their needs. Processes required producing these smart products and services are based on smart architecture and know-how,” he said. Mr. Onaolapo made those statements when presented a paper on the topics, “Are We Aware of the Huge Opportunities Being Created by Modern Technological Advances in the Financial Services Sector Especially in Insurance? Are We Equipping Our ICT Departments and Personnel with the Right Tools, Training and Skill to Identify Modern Technological Advances and Their Impact on Our Operations?” he asked rather rhetorically. He also raised the issue of operations or regulators in the sub-region being in alignment with modern technological advances.In another development, the General Manager and CEO of Mutual Benefits Assurance Company, H. Momo Fortune, has been installed into office as the new president of WAICA.Mr. Fortune is expected to stir the affairs of the association for the next two years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Lofaians Must Help Gov’t Fix Bad Roads’

first_imgMomo Cyrus, CEO, SEGALThe Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL), Momo T. Cyrus, has said that Lofians must take responsibility for the construction of Lofa’s roads, saying that it would encourage government to join and ensure that the county is liberated from bad roads.Cyrus spoke to the Daily Observer on December 27 at his hometown in David Selma Town, Lofa County, during a celebration with farmers for providing adequate support that led to the cultivation of over 150 acres of upland farm rice for the last two years.He said he is ready to provide his contribution to the construction of the road in order to alleviate bad road conditions in Lofa County. “We can’t wait for government to do everything for us so we private citizens must take initiative to have the roads fixed because the bad road condition is a nightmare and an impediment for all of us,” he said.Commenting on Agriculture, Cyrus attributed the lack of buyers of the farmers’ produce to the bad roads, which he said need the effort of every well-meaning citizen.“Today I was at a youth program and expected vice President Boakai to be there, but he was not there. I contributed US$5,000 and LD$35,000 and was waiting to pledge to the construction of the road,” he said.“If the road is paved, buyers will come for the farmers’ produce. This a serious challenge that farmers and buyers can’t solve. If we start, the government can come into the picture later and Lofa County can get a paved road.”Talking about the celebration with the farmers, Mr. Cyrus said based on the good news of harvesting the previous 150 acres of farmland, farmers were encouraged to support this year’s farming activities, which he believes merits celebration.“This group is here today because coming from nowhere, 21 towns in the Boni Clan participated in harvesting of rice this year. You need to imagine how people left their homes early in the morning to help harvest the rice,” he said.He said the message to the people, particularly the farmers during said gathering, is unity, for the fact that they can assemble together in one place.“So, during this Christmas season, we decided that people have done extremely well and we came to appreciate them. We decided that each of those towns will receive LD$10,000 as a way of appreciation as well as we killed a cow for them,” said Cyrus.He said in previous years, they concentrated in rice production, and said that cassava, coffee, eddo, palm, potato and vegetable farming activities will commence in the upcoming farming season.“We are now using the rice plots to plant other corps like cassava, palm and coffee. Lofa County was considered before as the breadbasket of Liberia and we have to go back and reclaim that history,” he said.Cyrus said he is in good working relationship with the youth, as their role in maintaining peace is cardinal and has always motivated them to remain focused and engaged in activities that would promote their activities in the county.The SEGAL boss said the residents of the county have the land space and the energy required for the county to be the breadbasket of the country, and that he is excited that the people are feeding themselves from their own production.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CCJ scheduled to hear presidential term limits case next week

first_imgConstitutional challengeThe Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is set to hear the Guyana Government’s appeal of the constitutional challenge to presidential term limits. According to information posted on the CCJ’s website, a hearing on the matter is scheduled to begin at 10:00h on March 12, and will be done via audio-visual recording.Former Speaker Raphael Trotman and Attorney General Basil Williams were the named respondents in the original constitutional challenge, which was filed by Georgetown resident Cedrick Richardson in the High Court. This court action, among other things, challenged the constitutionally of the National Assembly-sanctioned two-term limits on the Presidency.Guyana’s Court of Appeal ruled in February 2017 that the constitutional amendments by Parliament to limit the amount of times a person can serve as President were unconstitutional. During that February decision, then acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl Singh, was supported by Justice of Appeal B.S. Roy in upholding then acting Chief Justice Ian Chang’s decision that the amendments were unconstitutional.The decision which the Appellate Justice upheld signalled that an amendment to the Constitution on presidential term limits, which was enacted when the National Assembly altered Article 90 via a two-thirds vote in 2000, needs a referendum to make a final decision.This enactment was recommended by an across-the-board Constitutional Reform Committee of 2000/2001. This Committee included both Government and Opposition input, and the reform received bipartisan support.Many observers contend that if the CCJ rules in favour of former CJ Chang’s original ruling, it would allow for former Head of State Bharrat Jagdeo to run on the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C’s) ticket at presidential candidate for the 2020 elections. Despite this scenario, the party is seemingly undecided on who will be their presidential candidate for next electionsJagdeo, who now serves as Opposition Leader, had in fact told the press that he is more interested in building his party’s base than being bothered by an ongoing court matter. Jagdeo declared: “When the right time comes, we will decide on a presidential candidate.”His comments followed speculation over his future, he having formerly served as President from 1999 to 2011, and having re-entered the field of active politics.Jagdeo has stressed that he is mostly concerned about ensuring that his party is victorious at the nation’s next polls. “I made it clear that the PPP is not decided on a presidential candidate for 2020.I’m General Secretary of the party, I took over in January last year after the congress, and my job as General Secretary is to work hard to transform the party, to widen its base, and prepare it to win the elections regardless of what position I serve in,” he noted.Attorney General Basil Williams had appealed the Appeal Court’s landmark ruling in February 2017 that declared that sovereignty resides in the people and not in the Parliament; and as such, certain fundamental clauses in the Constitution that serve to define its substantive nature can be altered only by a referendum of the people. AG Basil Williams and colleague Raphael Trotman challenged the ruling in the CCJ. The decision to refer the matter to the CCJ was presided over by acting Chancellor Yonette Cummings-Edwards, Appellate Judge Dawn Gregory and then High Court Judge Rishi Persaud.If that appeal is unsuccessful, then the voters of Guyana would have a choice of four classes of persons that were barred by Art 17 of 2001. These classes are: (A) only a citizen by birth or of parentage can qualify to be the President; (B) a person must be residing in Guyana on the date of nomination for election, (C) a person must have been a resident for seven years immediately before that date, and (D) Citizens of Guyana who have served for two terms as President.Last elections, back in 2015, saw former President Donald Ramotar serving as the PPP’s presidential candidate, while his running mate was Diplomat Elisabeth Harper, who served as the party’s prime ministerial candidate.last_img read more

McKeon takes aim at college loan industry

first_imgIn the wake of revelations of deceptive practices in the college loan industry, U.S. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon introduced a bill Monday to reform the way private lenders operate. The bill from McKeon, a Republican from Santa Clarita who is on the House Committee on Education and Labor, aims to establish codes of conduct for the college lending industry and improve disclosure for students. “This is an issue that there’s going to be a good amount of bipartisan cooperation on,” said Steve Forde, a spokesman for McKeon. Two months ago, committee chairman Rep. George Miller, D-Concord, introduced a bill similar to the one McKeon introduced Monday. The committee’s examination of the sometimes-cozy ties between lenders and universities comes as New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has publicized the results of his investigation on the topic. Interest rates on private loans can be as high as 19 percent, compared with 6.8 percent for the federal loans, according to Miller. The code of conduct McKeon presented in his bill would limit gifts and payments that lenders could offer financial aid officers at schools. Schools that recommend lenders would have to explain to students why it chose those lenders. “After months of revelations highlighting the extent of corruption in the student loan industry, we’re pleased to see that Mr. McKeon is now ready to work with us in protecting the interests of students and families,” said Rachel Racusen, a spokeswoman for Miller. McKeon lost the chairmanship of the Committee on Education and Labor when the Democrats won a majority in the last election. (661) 257-5253 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

Neymar can take PSG to ‘next level’ – Zlatan

first_img0Shares0000Neymar has scored three goals and been credited with three assists in his first two appearances for Paris Saint-Germain © AFP / Bertrand GuayLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 25 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes that in signing Neymar, his former club Paris Saint-Germain have acquired the only player capable of taking them to the “next level”.PSG smashed the world transfer record by paying Barcelona Sh27.4bn (222 million euros) for Neymar, who has produced three goals and three assists in his first two appearances. Ibrahimovic won four consecutive Ligue 1 titles with PSG, but never went beyond the Champions League quarter-finals and he suggested Neymar could be the man to change their fortunes in Europe.“It’s difficult to not follow the news when a transfer like that happens,” said Ibrahimovic, who rejoined Manchester United on a one-year contract earlier this week.“I follow my old teams and I’m happy for PSG that they made a transfer like that. Because he’s the only player you bring that could bring them to the next level. That’s what they did.”Asked if he had any advice for Neymar, who has inherited his old number 10 shirt, Ibrahimovic told ESPN UK: “He doesn’t need advice. To go out and show his magic.“And the rest will follow because he came to a fantastic team and he just needs to keep playing and make the fans enjoy (themselves).”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: England Euro 2016 squad as narrated by David Attenborough

first_imgEngland manager Roy Hodgson has revealed which players he thinks offer the best chance of winning Euro 2016.It is always a huge talking point and provides people with a chance to discuss and usually moan about the lack of players from their team.‘HODGSON’S A FOOL!’ – FANS REACT TO THE MANAGER’S PICKSHere, talkSPORT has a bit of fun at the players’ expense and for more great videos, you can check out the talkSPORT YouTube channel here.How far do you think this group of players team can take England at Euro 2016?last_img

Donegal businessmen enter the world of sustainable energy solutions

first_imgArthur McMahon and Rory Kennedy have joined forces to establish Smart Renewables – a sustainable energy solutions company that helps businesses save energy and money.These two gentlemen are no strangers to the energy business and have been friends and business colleagues for many years. Rory Kennedy a well known Rally Co-Driver in his own right both locally and internationally is a former owner and MD of OBT Heating who specialised in Heating and Plumbing supplies and installations based in Co. Donegal.Rory built the company to become market leaders across the region over 25 years. The business evolved with the ever changing market from Solid Fuel to Oil and Gas, and then in more recent years, with the onset of renewable energy such as Solar and Air/Ground source Heat Pumps. Rory has been involved in managing many complex fast track commercial projects, where missing the deadline wasn’t an option! Rory also worked with Bassetts / Saint Gobain as a business development manager for over 10 years, which involved establishing the brand across the region, developing the market, as well as managing a core team.Arthur McMahon and his team run Donegal Oil Company. A well known, reputable and long established fuel and lubricants distributor based in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal with depots in Killybegs and Falcarragh.His business is active in all sectors of the fuels market and they have a long established reputation for integrity and service. Arthur who is also a motor enthusiast and in recent years an accomplished outdoor endurance athlete, competing both locally, nationally and globally and he has also has been fascinated by the gradual shift in the energy market towards fuel efficiency and renewable energy technologies and he has been taking his current businesses on their own energy journey in recent months.So, it’s no surprise when these two gentlemen decided that the renewable energy market would be the next phase in their business careers. Their vision is all about taking their commercial clients on an “Energy Saving Journey” by offering their clients the full energy saving packages available in today’s market.Their services start with an initial consultation and assessment of the individual needs of their customer then providing them with Energy Monitoring, Auditing, Energy Brokering, Supply and Installation of LED Lighting, Solar Thermal, Solar PV, Smart Heating Control Systems, Air Source Heat Pumps, Electric Vehicle Chargers and Industrial and Commercial Heating Solutions.They are keen to work with businesses who are serious about reducing their energy consumption, costs and carbon emissions through the delivery of energy saving projects and initiatives.Visit to find out more.Donegal businessmen enter the world of sustainable energy solutions was last modified: December 18th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Arthur McMahonBusinessEnergyrory kennedySmart Renewables.last_img read more

Reward offered in death of 92-year-old

first_imgMISSION HILLS – Just before dawn Feb. 2, as she had nearly every morning for a decade, Mama Sofie shuffled her 92-year-old frame around her Panorama City block, trying her best to stay young. Sofia Gomez, a Guatemalan immigrant with a penchant for Las Vegas’ nickel slots, dyed her hair red, polished her nails and pointed out all the “old” people in the neighborhood – many of them 20 years her junior. “She always thought of herself as young, and worked hard to look that way, too,” said Sonia Salgado, one of Gomez’s 10 grandchildren. Gomez was also a loving and gentle woman, which makes it impossible for her family to understand why she was killed Feb. 2, fatally beaten as she returned home from her early morning walk. 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 “It’s a horrible person who would do that,” said Gina Hernandez, another granddaughter. “You live there for 10 years, you think it’s safe. Everybody liked her. Everybody knew her. She was defenseless.” On Monday, relatives, politicians and police offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution in the slaying. “We refuse to accept that nobody saw anything,” said City Councilman Alex Padilla, who secured the reward from the council. “It doesn’t make sense to us, at this time of day in a working-class neighborhood, that nobody saw anything, nobody heard anything and nobody knows anything. It’s clearly a cold-blooded person that would attack a 92-year-old woman.” Gomez came to the United States in 1973 from Guatemala, where she turned her love of children into a full-time job, working as a baby sitter. She also served as the matriarch of a huge family, including three children, 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson. She organized family gatherings and cooked for everyone, often making Chinese food, especially barbecued chicken. She played with the children, ruffling their hair and making sure they had enough to eat. “She took care of every one of us,” Salgado said. “She loved to see all of her grandchildren.” Police have no idea why she was attacked that Thursday morning. A neighbor found her lying on the sidewalk and, thinking she’d fallen, called 911. It wasn’t until she arrived at a hospital that doctors discovered she’d suffered blunt-force trauma to the head and realized she had been beaten. Police have no witnesses, even though it happened at a time when people are often leaving for work. They don’t believe Gomez was robbed or that her death was gang-related. “This was a tragic and brutal murder,” LAPD Detective Jim Freund said. Anyone with information on the case can call Mission Area homicide detectives at (818) 838-9810 during business hours, or (818) 838-9800 after hours. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 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


first_imgA Judge has slammed a counterfeiter for “cheating” young artists out of making a living.Killackey had almost one thousand bogus DVDs and CDs.Damien Killackey was caught on two occasions with almost ONE THOUSAND pirated CDs and DVDs. He was stopped by Gardai on two occasions, on October 20th, 2013 and also on December 8th, 2013 with pirated goods.On the first occasion he was stopped in a car outside Clonleigh Community Centre in Lifford and then inside the community centre where he was operating a stall.On the first occasion he was caught with 349 copies of 64 different titles in his car and then a few weeks later he was observed selling 622 CDs and DVDs inside the community centre.Killackey of 41 Croaghan Heights, Lifford admitted having the counterfeit goods.Judge Paul Kelly said this was a “huge issue” for young performers.“He had almost a thousand discs. This is a huge issue. We read on regular occasions about these cases. These are sometimes struggling young artists and they are being cheated by these people who sell these items.“This man had 349 discs and a few months later he had another 600. He was totally unrepentant as he went back and out and tried to sell even more of them later.”Solicitor Kieran O’Gorman said his client was not making much money as he was at the bottom of chain which had been organised by others.Judge Kelly said it appeared that Killackey was in danger of going to prison but appeared to be taking the charge very lightly.Judge Kelly adjourned the case to see if Killackey was suitable to do community service.JUDGE SLAMS COUNTERFEITER CAUGHT WITH 1,000 BOGUS DISCS FOR ‘CHEATING’ YOUNG ARTISTS was last modified: April 13th, 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:bogusCDscourtDavid KIllackeydonegalDVDsLiffordlast_img read more