Serena loses in exhibition comeback after giving birth

first_imgLATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Australian Open, the year’s first Grand Slam tournament, begins Jan. 15.“I don’t know if I am totally ready to come back on the tour yet. I know that when I come back I definitely want to be competing for championships. I am definitely looking forward to getting back out there,” Williams said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Williams struggled with her serve in the 67-minute match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. But, after nearly a year away from the game, she did win a set against the world’s No. 7 player“I don’t think I am going to rate my performance,” Williams said. “I have plenty of comebacks, from injuries, from surgeries, but I’ve never had a comeback after actually giving birth to a human being. So, in my eyes, I feel it was a wonderful, wonderful match for me.”Williams insisted she has a lot more tennis to play.“Knowing that I have won 23 Grand Slam titles and several other titles, I don’t think I have anything more left to prove,” she said. “But I am not done yet.”Williams won her opening game, breaking Ostapenko. But she was nowhere near her best in the first set before fighting back and winning the second.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Serena Williams, of the U.S., reacts in an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko, of Latvia, during the final day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Serena Williams lost in her return to tennis after giving birth in September, beaten by French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition Saturday and still unsure if she will defend her Australian Open title.Williams called it a “wonderful” match despite the defeat — she took the second set in a score of 6-2, 3-6 and 10-5 in a super tiebreaker.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson After the initial break, Ostapenko latched onto Williams’ weak serves and capitalized on several unforced errors to go up 4-1 with two breaks.Williams again struggled with her serve in the second set. But she went ahead 3-0 with a couple of early breaks and hit with more confidence, including several crowd-pleasing double-handed passing shots. Another break in the ninth game gave her the set.“In the beginning, it felt a little tough. But as the match moved on, I was less afraid. I knew I was not going to fall over and break,” she said. “The more I played, the more confident I felt that I would be able to go for shots that I was afraid to go for in the first set.”In the super tiebreaker, Ostapenko raced to an 8-2 lead before halting a brief recovery by Williams.“For me, it is all about physical, how I am feeling physically. … I am just proud being out here and playing in Abu Dhabi and to be able to just compete,” Williams said. “I have had a tough few months and I am just excited to be able to play again.”It was the first time a women’s match had been played in the traditionally men’s only exhibition.U.S. Open runner-up Kevin Anderson defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the men’s final. The 14th-ranked Anderson immediately broke Bautista Agut and was never in danger of losing serve in the first set.In the second set, Bautista Agut broke in the second game, but the South African broke back immediately. An aggressive Anderson swept the tiebreaker.Serena loses in exhibition comeback after giving birth Chelsea overwhelms Stoke in 5-0 win in Premier League Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I am taking it one day at a time. I am going to assess everything with my team before deciding.”The 36-year-old Williams took time off after winning the Australian Open last January while pregnant. She gave birth to her first child, a girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on Sept. 1. She married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November.last_img read more

Sophia man charged for assaulting man who picked his coconuts

first_imgA Plum Park, Sophia resident was on Monday charged for assaulting a man whom he claimed picked all of his coconuts from his farm.Tyrone Fordice, 63, appeared before City Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and initially admitted to the offense.He pleaded guilty to the charge, and explained that on March 23, 2018 at Plum Park, he unlawfully assaulted Mark Stephens.He told the Court that he and the virtual complainant (VC) had a misunderstanding when threats were issued to him.He noted that he armed himself and the VC left. However, later that day, he went to his farm to find that the VC had chopped down all of his coconuts.Following his explanation, a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore had no objections to bail being granted, and this was granted in the sum of $10,000.Fordyce is expected to return to Court on April 16, 2018.last_img read more

Exxon pegs recoverable oil at 5.5 billion barrels

first_imgUS oil giant ExxonMobil has revised the estimated gross recoverable resource from the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana to approximately 5.5 billion oil-equivalent barrels.This was announced by Senior Director, Public and Government Affairs of the company’s local affiliate, Esso Exploration & Production Guyana Ltd, Deedra Moe.In a statement on Thursday, Moe said this increase in recoverable oil includes the recent Tilapia-1 and Haimara-1 discoveries – Exxon’s 11th and 12th finds in the Stabroek Block last month. These discoveries in the southwest section of the Stabroek Block reinforce the country’s potential to be able to produce more than 750,000 barrels of oil daily by 2025. Energy Department Director, Dr Mark Bynoe had said in a statement, “This continues to be positive news for the people of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, but the real substance of these finds will come when all Guyanese are able to benefit from these discoveries, whether directly and/or indirectly.”According to Dr Bynoe, the rate of these discoveries remains well above industry standards and continues to allow for further de-risking of the deep and ultra-deep blocks, but he noted that there is still a substantial way to go before confidently saying one has been de-risked.“The Department continues to work assiduously with its partner institutions towards setting the requisite framework in place to ensure the benefits from these discoveries redound to the benefit of all Guyanese,” the Director had stated.Guyana is now home to the world’s biggest new deep-water oil discovery and with ExxonMobil keen on pushing the development of the oil reserves, the US oil giant is expected to commence production early next year.In the meantime, exploration activity in the Stabroek Block is continuing. The Noble Tom Madden drillship will next drill the Yellowtail-1 well, approximately six miles (10 kilometres) west of Tilapia-1 in the Turbot area while the Stena Caren will return to the Longtail discovery to complete a well test.Additionally, baseline 4-D seismic data acquisition is also underway.Exxon noted that there was potential for at least five floating, production, storage and offloading vessels (FPSO) on the Stabroek Block producing more than 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025.The Liza Phase 1 development is progressing on schedule and is expected to begin producing up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day in early 2020, utilising the Liza Destiny FPSO.Furthermore, the Liza Phase 2 is awaiting Government and regulatory approval to use a second FPSO designed to produce up to 220,000 barrels per day. Start-up is expected by mid-2022.Meanwhile, a third development, Payara, is being planned, with start-up expected as early as 2023.last_img read more

Local First Nation first to receive high-speed Internet

first_imgThrowing the switch to turn on High Speed Internet access for the Doig River First Nation. Photo: Kyle Thomas – Energeticcity.caThe Doig River First Nation is the first of several remote aboriginal areas across the Province to receive funding for broadband Internet service.In B.C., the Pathways to Technology project will be improving or even initially connecting various First Nations communities to high-speed Internet services.- Advertisement -The B.C. government and the federal government are providing a combined $40.8 million, with $23 million of it coming from the Province through a project contract with Telus to provide Internet access to the majority of the First Nations communities. The project is being managed by the All Nations Trust Company.Minister of Labour, Citizen’s Services and Open Government Stephanie Cadieux was in Fort St. John, Tuesday, to make the announcement.Cadieux says the Internet has changed how people do business, interact with the world and, more specifically, with their families.Advertisement She says there has been a huge shift in how we interact with each other and younger generations, in particular, rely on the Internet for gathering information and making decisions.Cadieux also says that with technological improvements come certain benefits as well as challenges. She says outside larger urban centres where certain amenities are close by, Internet access provides educational opportunities, healthcare advances and quick access to information.She says there are several ways technology can now be used to impact people’s health, well-being and access to opportunities; opportunities that were unavailable 20 years ago.Until Tuesday, the Doig River First Nation only had access to satellite and dial-up Internet. Broadband Internet service was connected at the Doig at approximately 12 p.m. Chief Norman Davis says the new Internet service will connect the community’s members to the world. Advertisement Davis says he expects one of the many future opportunities with the new service will be for community members to hold teleconference calls with doctors.  He also says he hopes the new, faster Internet will allow the Doig River First Nation to post more than 50 years of archive data online, providing people with information about their culture.Through the Pathways project, high-speed Internet is expected to be introduced to more than 50 First Nations communities over the next three to five years. Overall, Cadieux says the Province hopes to raise the number of B.C. residents connected to the Internet from 93 per cent to 98 per cent within the next 10 years.last_img read more

Cairo women take to the American football field

first_img0Shares0000The version played by the Egyptian women is non-contact, with players seeking to snatch flags tucked into opponents’ waistbands © AFP / KHALED DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, Apr 10 – It’s a spectacle that few would imagine in Cairo — an American football field full of Egyptian women.From humble beginnings in 2016 with only three teams, Egypt’s all-female informal “flag football” league now has eight clubs vying for supremacy in the capital. The version played by women here is non-contact, with players seeking to snatch flags tucked into opponents’ waistbands.For the young women who have taken up the game, which faces stiff competition for attention in a nation mad about soccer, it’s a chance to escape the many pressures of city life.Habiba Mohamed, 19, says her friends and parents were surprised about her new passion.For the young Egyptian women who have taken up the game, American football is a chance to escape the many pressures of city life in Cairo © AFP / KHALED DESOUKI“When I told them at home I will practice American football, my father and mother told me: ‘How is this possible? You need to be careful,’” she says.Mohamed is kitted out in the green-and-yellow jersey of her team, Gezira Thunder, which is playing rivals the AUC Titans at the Maadi Olympics Centre, a stadium that normally functions as a soccer venue.It proves a good day for her, as Gezira storms to victory, albeit in a largely empty arena, save for a smattering of cheering friends and family.A teammate is keen to emphasise the non-contact nature of flag football.“My friends thought it was a violent sport but it is not, as I have told them, and when they came to watch the games, they liked the sport a lot,” says 20-year-old quarterback Yara Tawheed.“The level of violence in this sport is similar to that in ballet,” she adds.– Release for stress and anger –In a socially conservative country, playing a spectator sport can be a radical departure from the norm for women © AFP / KHALED DESOUKIBut some would prefer to play the full contact version. Alia Haytham, 22, a student at Cairo’s American University, says she hopes to play the undiluted game, to help her release anger and energy.“But this does not detract from flag football being fun,” she says. “All of us here have problems at university and at home, but as soon as we enter the pitch we forget everything that preoccupies us.”The coach of another female team, the adventurously named Hell Hounds, is proud of his players.“If you see how hard these girls work, I think you would really admire what they put into it,” says 30-year old American Matthew Kershey.Some of the women would prefer to play the full contact version of the sport © AFP / KHALED DESOUKIEgypt became a member of the International Federation of American Football in 2014. The federation is leading a drive to register teams outside Cairo and expects several new clubs will be up and running in time for next season.But the game “is not new in Egypt, where it was initiated among men in 2007”, Asmaa Marie, a spokeswoman for the Egyptian Federation of American Football, tells AFP.Marie, who wears the Islamic hair cover and plays regularly, cites similar motivations to Haytham. “The game has helped me control my anger and release stress.”– International games –Games have even been organised against teams in other countries. Last year, Cairo Warriors, another of the capital’s teams, played a Moroccan outfit in a friendly, and early this year they took part in a tournament in the US.Games have even been organised against teams in other countries © AFP / KHALED DESOUKIIn a socially conservative country, playing a spectator sport can be a radical departure from the norm for women — especially games traditionally associated with Western men.But Marie believes that “the game’s popularity in Egypt will surpass that of many team sports, like volleyball and handball”.“The American football community in Egypt has grown, and we feel that we all know each other,” she says.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ragins, Lee for Torrance school board

first_imgThe four candidates running for two seats on the Torrance school board voice many of the same goals, such as rebuilding Hull Middle School from the ground up, fiscal accountability if voters pass a new bond measure, a safe environment for students and revamping school maintenance. The candidates in the Nov. 6 election are para-educator and PTA veteran Irmi Lake; former City Councilman Don Lee, who co-chaired last year’s campaign to pass a school bond measure; incumbent Terry Ragins; and G. Rick Marshall, who has led campaigns against past bond measures and vows to be a taxpayer watchdog if elected. Marshall criticizes the school district over decisions that allowed a sex offender to volunteer at an elementary school. He’s also concerned about the district’s pre-kindergarten day care program, which drains the budget of $300,000 annually. Saying that Hull should be rebuilt at its former site within two years or less, Marshall contends spending priorities must change and the district should consider selling surplus property under certain conditions. He favors a “phased approach” to a school bond measure, starting with a $75 million measure to address only immediate needs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.While Marshall brings up some worthy concerns, we believe that the district has made strides in the past four years to strengthen its financial position and restore the reserve fund. The district has also revised procedures for handling visitors at school sites and plans to make changes in the training of security personnel. And board members made a point of hiring a superintendent and chief business officer with bond and school construction experience. We feel that electing Ragins and Lee, both of whom have long records of community service and the support of many community leaders, would continue to move the district in a positive direction. As a former councilman and parks and recreation commissioner, Lee favors pushing for city-school district partnerships that make better use of surplus land in the district. He also says the district and city could save money by working together in areas such as maintenance, buses, libraries and information technology. Lee says he would not take any money away from K-12 education to fund programs such as preschools or adult schools. Both he and Ragins are open to the idea of splitting a future bond measure into immediate needs, such as the rebuilding of Hull, and “desirable” items such as rebuilding gyms and athletic fields. This would give voters more options. Lee suggests having an exclusion in any future bond measure for property owners who are seniors. We also like Ragins’ proposal of building up a “preventative maintenance fund” by setting aside half of 1 percent of any cost-of-living increase the district gets from the state. That would provide a cash flow for the upkeep of campus improvements. Clearly, whoever is elected should push for revenue-producing uses of surplus land and keep the district focused on core K-12 programs. Such a show of fiscal responsibility would likely generate more voter support for the next bond measure. We think Ragins and Lee would work constructively with other district officials to accomplish these goals, and they have our endorsement on Election Day. 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

Men’s Pac-10: Stanford tops Cal

first_imgat Stanford 75, Cal 61 Chris Hernandez made all six of his field goals with five 3-pointers on the way to 20 points and Matt Haryasz had 24 points as the Cardinal (7-6, 3-2) won its third in a row and sixth straight against the rival Bears (9-5, 3-2). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want 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

YOUTHREACH OFFERS COURSES TO HELP TAKE YOUR CAREER FORWARD

first_imgAre you aged between 15-20 years? Have you left school early? Do you have little or no qualifications? If so, you may be interested in joining your nearest Youthreach programme? What is Youthreach?Youthreach is the Department of Education and Skills official education, training and work experience programme for early school leavers. In Co Donegal the programme is managed by Donegal ETB. There are six centres across the county in Ballyshannon, Buncrana, Glengad, Gortahork, Lifford and Letterkenny (which celebrates its 25th anniversary this October!).What Does Youthreach Offer?Youthreach offers young people a wide range of learning and training opportunities.A range of national QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland – formerly FETAC) qualifications are provided including Levels 1 or 2 General Learning, Level 3 General Learning or Employability Skills and Level 4 General Learning. Subjects, varying from centre to centre, include art and craft, catering, computers, childcare, hairdressing, health and fitness, literacy, numeracy, office skills, outdoor pursuits, personal development, woodcraft and many more. Work experience is also an important part of the Youthreach programme. Other qualifications include basic food hygiene, ECDL, First Aid and Gaisce Awards.Centres also provide an extensive health promotion programme covering areas such as positive mental health, sexual health, alcohol and drugs, road safety, citizenship and money management.Fun is also an important part of Youthreach and regular trips and events such as an annual county-wide table quiz, masterchef, pool, bowling and football competitions also take place throughout the year.Once you’ve completed a Youthreach programme you can progress to employment or other further education opportunities – our career Advocates will help you on your way.You’ll receive a weekly training and meal allowance (16-20 year olds) and a travelling allowance if appropriate. Youthreach enrolment takes place all year round so you don’t have to wait until September – call your nearest centre now!You can also check out each centre on Facebook or our Twitter account @DonegalYR or website www.donegaletb.ie/youthreachBallyshannon (Antoinette) – 071 98 51286; Buncrana/Glengad (Jayne) – 074 93 62466; Gortahork (Pat) – 074 91 35218; Letterkenny (Gillian) – 074 91 22585; Lifford (Aidan) – 074 91 42114YOUTHREACH OFFERS COURSES TO HELP TAKE YOUR CAREER FORWARD was last modified: April 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsYOUTHREACHlast_img read more

Palestinians, Israel inch closer to conflict

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But Hamas has less maneuvering room as a governing power than it did as a mere militia. Open confrontation with Israel would deepen its isolation at a time it is struggling to overcome a crippling international aid boycott. GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip An Israeli airstrike killed two Hamas militants Sunday, and Palestinian militants bombarded southern Israel with homemade rockets as a 16-month-old cease-fire unraveled and the two sides moved closer toward a broader conflict.The violence complicated Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ efforts to persuade the Hamas-led government to endorse a document implicitly recognizing Israel. In a new blow to Abbas, a Hamas prisoner who helped draft the proposal withdrew his name from the document, deepening internal Palestinian divisions ahead of a July 26 referendum on the plan.Hamas militants called off the truce late Friday after Israel assassinated a leading commander in the Hamas-run security forces and an explosion blamed on Israeli artillery fire killed eight Palestinian beachgoers.Hamas has largely honored the February 2005 cease-fire, and the group’s latest statements raised concerns it could carry out a new wave of attacks. 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

Everton star wanted by Roma to replace Liverpool signing Mohamed Salah

first_imgRoma want Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu to replace Mohamed Salah.Salah recently left the Italian club for Anfield after the Reds completed a deal worth an initial £35m.Roma are now working hard to bring in a replacement and they are tracking Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi.But, according to Mediaset Premium, Deulofeu is the main man on Roma’s summer shopping list.Sporting director Monchi has identified the Spaniard as the perfect replacement for Salah and he now wants to hold talks with Everton.Deulofeu is returning to Goodison Park after a loan spell at AC Milan, but he could yet be snapped up by Barcelona if they exercise their buy-back option. 1 Gerard Deulofeu in action for AC Milan last_img read more