first_img“It’s never easy playing the first round,” said the American, who turns 37 this year and is competing in her 73rd Grand Slam, extending her Open-era record.“I was just trying to find my rhythm. She didn’t make it easy so I’m happy to be through.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWilliams pulled out of the lead-up Auckland Classic with an arm injury following her first-round match, setting back her Grand Slam preparations, but she was still too good for the unseeded 22-year-old Kozlova.The seven-time Grand Slam champion — the oldest woman in the draw and seeded 13 at Melbourne Park — battled back in a seesawing first set to take it to a tiebreaker on Rod Laver Arena. Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Venus Williams of the US serves against China’s Peng Shuai during their women’s singles first round match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOURVeteran campaigner Venus Williams dug deep to grind her way into the Australian Open second round Monday, beating plucky Ukrainian youngster Kateryna Kozlova in two gruelling sets.The world number 17, who played her first Australian Open in 1998 and turned professional in 1994, the year her opponent was born, came through the near two-hour marathon 7-6 (7/5), 7-5.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View comments Australian Open: Nishikori survives five-set dogfight to advance Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ She narrowly got the upper hand to win it with an ace after a tough 67 minutes in hot conditions, pumping her fist in relief before wrapping herself in an ice towel at the changeover.The second set was equally tight before Williams got a break to make it 6-5 then wrapped up the match, to the delight of the centre court crowd.She next faces either Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele or Japan’s Kurumi Nara. ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more

first_imgChina has announced $60bn (£40bn) of assistance and loans for Africa to help with the development of the continent, the BBC has reported.President Xi Jinping said the package would include zero-interest loans as well as scholarships and training for thousands of Africans.The Chinese leader made the announcement at a major summit between China and Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa.The momentum of rapid growth in Africa was “unstoppable,” Mr. Xi told more than 35 African heads of state including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, who is joint host at the summit, welcomed Africa and China’s deepening partnership.“China has become Africa’s largest trade partner, and Africa is now one of China’s major import sources and fourth largest investment destination. This partnership can only yield further positive results for Africa’s development,” Mr. Zuma said.China’s announcement of grants, loans and development funds, according to the BBC, was widely anticipated, although the figure exceeded expectations.Much of this additional assistance is likely to be focused on infrastructure projects, to help boost economic development, but more details on the deal are yet to emerge. President Zuma said that China and the African continent each made up a third of the world’s population, bringing the possibility of new markets and production possibilities.But perhaps one of the biggest challenges African countries face is youth unemployment and leaders are under pressure to come up with development plans which create more jobs.Despite a major slowdown at home, which has seen Chinese demand for African exports plummet – a vital source of foreign exchange earnings for the continent – the main message is that despite economic challenges, China’s commitment to Africa is long term.The two-day Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is the second time China has brought together African leaders since the forum was launched in Beijing in 2000.According to China’s official Xinhua news agency, the assistance over three years will focus on 10 areas, including industrialization, the modernization of agricultural, financial services, green development and peace and security.Mr. Xi said this was his seventh visit to Africa and his second as Chinese President and on each trip he saw progress and change.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMost often, before you leave home to follow your dreams, find food to put in your stomach or earn any amount of money that can provide any of the above, you’ll probably be kicked to the ground a hundred times by people who aren’t happy about life or recognize your hustle. Some people get a tease out of testing you before they respect you; that’s just how it is.What makes it worse for many individuals, including 24 year old Abade (pronounced Ah-Bah-Day) is the fact that Madam Ellen Johnson predicted that the hardships in Liberia would increase. Balancing the reality of not having it already to possibly not being able to get anything at all because of Liberia’s economy, is devastating.And for Abade, who recently came from Guinea after hearing from friends that opportunities abound in Liberia, where he said he was born, he finds himself “’looking for it” anyway he can. Even if that means allowing men to ask him for favors that he refused to define for this paper.“Liberia is tough, oh! Now, now, I am selling suitcase that is not for me; it is for a friend of mine who allows me to sleep in his room. Sometimes I have to do favors for him to make him happy so I don’t suffer,” he shared.Abade is one of the few that see life as it is, a struggle that will never change. To make sure he lives through what appears normal to him now, all he feels he has to do is go with the flow, doing favors here and there.But in the case of an unidentified man who mysteriously dropped dead on the streets of Point Four last month, he seemed tired of his situation, said witnesses, who could only assume. It appeared that he sat down for weeks, near where his body was removed by the coroner, before he passed out of his depression and desperation.“The man was tired, you can tell. He had no teeth, his whole face was swollen from probably eating all kinds of food and trash; and he didn’t talk to anyone who asked him what his problem was,” explained Ma, a cook shop owner near where the body was removed.So many people fall into depression when they do not know what is happening to them, about their situation and being powerless to change it. With that being said, there have been more details of self hanging suicides, drug abuse and in some cases, disappearances. Some relatives just walk away from it all, not leaving a single clue as to where they went.Meanwhile, crime rates have intensified, especially in places like Bushrod Island and Red Light. Gone are the days of robbers kicking your door down, which have now been replaced with them climbing on roof tops, cutting round holes in the zinc and dropping down into their victims’ houses.“If they can’t get anything from you, best believe they will rape you,” stated Massa, a victim of a minor burglary in the Momboe Town Community two weeks ago.“They cut holes in your mesh, room windows, use these very long sticks that are specially made to hook anything they touch; and they easily pull it out of your window,” she added.As more and more people are receiving pay at work very late, or not receiving it all, the family that had adapted to these unpredictable pay periods feels the weight the most. In some instances, they have to sell their belongings, shoes and children’s toys. With the rise of hardship, things are going to get harder for everyone, not just those who have always had it bad.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgArriving less than 24 hours before the game, Zamboanga zoomed to a 46-31 lead, before extending the gap to 23 points in the final period on its way to improving to 17-10 for sixth spot in the South division.Former Ateneo stars Aaron Black and Anton Asistio also shone for Zamboanga. Black had 13 points and seven rebounds while Asistio chipped in 12 points from four triples.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Gerald Anderson tallied 14 points and five assists while Jeric Nacpil had 13 points and eight boards for Imus, which dropped to 6-21.Meanwhile, Sen. Manny Pacquiao came through with a triple-double as Team Pacquiao/MPBL All-Stars cruised past Casem Calgary, 116-99, in an exhibition game. ‘People evacuated on their own’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ It didn’t take long for Zamboanga star Alvin Pasaol to heat up in freezing conditions in Canada.Pasaol pumped in 21 points to propel Zamboanga Family’s Brand Sardines to an emphatic 88-72 victory over Imus Bandera last Friday in the Chooks to Go MPBL Lakan Season at Seven Chiefs Sportsplex in Calgary, Alberta.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pacquiao finished with 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to lead his squad’s 17-point rout of the Calgary squad, which was composed of several overseas Filipino workers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations When Pops met Martin’s son Santino Trapped in a paradox NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_img… slated for Parliament by month-endThe Juvenile Justice Bill, slated for Parliament by July month-end, would see the abolishment of truancy and wandering as crimes, according to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan. He added that the Bill would also pave the way for more ‘stringent’ methods when dealing with juvenile matters.“The Bill would be taken to Parliament by the end of July and then debated in October. Truancy, wandering, all those economic crimes are going to be abolished and they are not going to be made crimes anymore because the days for those are long gone,” Ramjattan told stakeholders at the University of Guyana Turkeyen-Tain Talks on Wednesday at the Pegasus Hotel.“Also the policing authorities will have far more stringent methods before they can put a juvenile into the lock-ups with big people. But, we must have in the Police Station a room that will take care of those persons,” he added.The rehabilitation process for the juvenile justice rooms is already ongoing, according to the Minister. He further stated that the Bill was expected to be taken to Cabinet very soon, but before he took it, he would like to ensure he had the ‘costing’. He revealed that UNICEF was assisting with the process, which was expected to be completed very shortly.“Every new bill there is a cost attached to it. This new Juvenile Justice Bill when it is passed in Parliament would mean that we would have to have training for Magistrates – probably a Magistrates’ Court for only juvenile justice matters; we have to have halfway houses and a number of infrastructure to take care of juveniles. That costs a lot of money. Then, social workers will have to be employed in these institutions, that cost and the electricity bill and everything else and each would have to be done in a line item,” Ramjattan stressed.During the consultative period, Ramjattan expressed his support for the exclusion of status offences such as truancy, wandering, running away and vagrancy, noting that laws were discriminatory since the same acts perpetrated by adults were not considered illegal. “These are acts which are often the result of psychological or socio-economic problems,” he was quoted as saying.The Bill is also expected to address the age of criminal responsibility. Overall, the Bill aims to “have a more modern system of dealing with juvenile justice”, to stand in conformity with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Guyana is a signatory state.Article 37 (Detention and Punishment) of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that no one is allowed to punish children in a cruel or harmful way. Children who break the law should not be treated cruelly. They should not be put in prison with adults, should be able to keep in contact with their families and should not be sentenced to death or life imprisonment without the possibility of release.Article 40 (Juvenile Justice) says that children who are accused of breaking the law have the right to legal help and fair treatment in a justice system that respects their rights. Governments are required to set a minimum age below which children cannot be held criminally responsible and to provide minimum guarantees for the fairness and quick resolution of judicial or alternative proceedings.The draft Bill was conceived in 2004 under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration with the support and input from UNICEF. The first draft was produced in 2007 after a series of consultations and submissions by stakeholders, inclusive of the Rights of the Child Commission; however, progress was delayed and efforts to revive the process began in 2014. The 11-part Bill makes provisions for the establishment of facilities to enable the rehabilitation and education of juvenile offenders. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

first_imgHis 28 points accounted for all of the scoring by Cleveland reserves.“I was just trying, if anything, to take good shots,” Smith said. “I got in a rhythm early and just stayed aggressive.”Smith’s long-range bombs came in bunches, including three in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter as he helped Cleveland build an 18-point lead.He broke James’s prior Cavaliers record for three-pointers in a playoff game by one. James made three against Washington in game four of the 2006 Eastern conference quarter-finals.“Those who know J.R. know when he gets hot, he gets smoking hot,” said Cavaliers coach David Blatt.“He was terrific. Probably overlooked is how well he defended and that he got eight rebounds.”Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James scored 31 points, pulled down eight rebounds and handed out six assists for the Cavaliers.He said defense was the key to the victory.“We’re the number one defensive team in the playoffs. In order for us to win, ultimately we have to defend,” said James, who is playing in his fifth straight Eastern Conference finals after four appearances with Miami.“Tonight we shot 44 percent from the field, but we defended. We gave ourselves a chance. When you defend at a high level you’re going to give yourself a chance to win every night.”James has won two titles with the Heat and returned to his home state and first NBA team the Cavaliers, vowing to bring Cleveland a championship.He sealed Wednesday’s victory with a thundering dunk in the final minute.Tristan Thompson added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win and Kyrie Irving had 10 points and six assists in 27 minutes.– Brotherhood – Jeff Teague scored 27 points to lead Atlanta, but the Hawks lost starting forward DeMarre Carroll to a left leg injury in the fourth quarter.Carroll, who appeared to hyperextend his left knee when he planted his foot to take a shot, crumpled to the floor in pain.Rival James gave him some encouraging pats as Hawks personnel helped him from the court.“At the end of the day, we’re all a brotherhood,” James said. “You never want anyone to get injured, even in combat.”Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said Carroll would have an MRI exam on Thursday to assess the severity of the injury.“At this point, I think the doctors are saying it’s a knee sprain,” Budenholzer said. “We’ll know tomorrow.”The Cavaliers will try to strengthen their grip on the series in game two on Friday.The winners of the series will take on the Western Conference champions in the NBA Finals.Golden State, the best team in the regular season, leads Houston 1-0 in the Western Conference championships.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LeBron James (R) of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates with his teammates after a victory against the Atlanta Hawks in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals.CLEVELAND, May 21- LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 97-89 on Wednesday to open the NBA Eastern Conference finals.With a berth in the NBA championship finals on the line in the best-of-seven series, J.R. Smith set a Cavaliers club record for three-pointers, draining eight from beyond the arc.last_img read more

first_imgHer backing adds to growing support for Clinton in California, which recently moved its primary up to Feb. 5. Clinton already has the endorsement of Villaraigosa, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez and others.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Feinstein lashed out when a television reporter asked Clinton how she felt about Villaraigosa endorsing her amid his recently exposed marital infidelity with Telemundo reporter Mirthala Salinas. “This is Dianne Feinstein,” California’s senior senator interrupted. “I’m surprised at you for that question. My goodness, Hillary is running for president of the United States. She doesn’t need to get into this.” When the reporter did not back down, Clinton offered her own perspective – not as the cheated-upon wife she has been, but rather as the politician she is. Noting she has spoken with Villaraigosa since the affair became public, Clinton said: “I think his work on behalf of the many issues that I care about is very significant, and I will continue to welcome his support.” Feinstein, California’s senior senator and a centrist Democrat, is one of the state’s most powerful and popular politicians. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s marital infidelity generated new controversy Wednesday as California Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced her endorsement of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. In a conference call with reporters, Feinstein – who became San Francisco’s first female mayor in 1978 – praised Clinton for her potential to become the country’s first female chief executive. “Today women are serving at every level of government,” Feinstein said. “One great barrier remains and Hillary Clinton is the woman to shatter that barrier.” Clinton thanked Feinstein, calling her “a friend, an adviser and a mentor.” last_img read more

first_imgThe movement of the index over the past few months mirrors the volatility of the financial markets, said Aaron Smith, senior economist with Moody’s While July’s pickup is in line with the 3.4 percent growth of U.S. economic output in the spring, the main drivers for the latest index – consumer confidence and jobless claims – could be temporary and dip in August, Smith said. The recent crisis in the financial markets “has yet to manifest itself in the data,” Smith said. Monday’s upbeat report follows the Federal Reserve’s decision Friday to cut its key discount rate by a half-percentage point, a dramatic move meant to stabilize financial markets pummeled by a rapidly spreading credit crisis. In a statement explaining the action, the central bank said while incoming data suggest that the economy is continuing to expand at a moderate pace, “the downside risks to growth have increased appreciably.” The Fed said it was “monitoring the situation and is prepared to act as needed to mitigate the adverse effects on the economy arising from the disruptions in financial markets.” The credit crunch started with rising defaults in subprime mortgages – home loans made to people with weak credit histories. Analysts believe these problems, along with declining consumer confidence, could lead to a recession. Overall U.S. economic output, as measured by the gross domestic product, jumped in the spring to an annual rate of 3.4 percent, the fastest pace in more than a year and up sharply from 0.6 percent growth in the first three months of the year. The Conference Board report tracks 10 economic indicators. The advancing components in July were consumer expectations, vendor performance, unemployment claims, real money supply, stock prices and manufacturers’ orders for consumer goods and materials. The negative contributors were housing permits, manufacturers’ new orders for nondefense capital goods and interest rate spread. Weekly manufacturing hours held steady.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – A closely watched gauge of future economic activity edged up in July, reversing the previous month’s decline. The recent erratic pattern reflects uncertainty in a U.S. economy roiled by a credit crunch. The Conference Board said Monday that its index of leading economic indicators rose 0.4 percent in July, as analysts were expecting. The index fell 0.3 percent in June, after rising 0.2 percent in May. The report is designed to forecast economic activity over the next three months to half a year. The index has bounced up and down over the past few months, suggesting that economic growth is likely to continue but at a slower pace. With the latest report, the cumulative change in the index over the past six months has increased 0.1 percent. last_img read more

first_img1 Mattia Perrin in action for Genoa Liverpool target Mattia Perin has admitted it would be ‘difficult’ to turn down the chance to join Inter Milan.The 22-year-old Genoa goalkeeper has been tipped as a star of the future, attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal and Bayern Munich.Liverpool are reportedly very keen on the Italian too, as doubts remain over the future of Simon Mignolet at Anfield.But, Inter Milan are hoping to snatch the Genoa man away from Liverpool by offering him the chance to continue his development in Italy.Inter boss Roberto Mancini is said to be on the hunt for a new goalkeeper in the summer and now Perin – who has been dubbed the new Gianluigi Buffon – has given the ex-Manchester City manager a boost in his pursuit.“Inter are a great team,” Perin told Gazzetta TV.“It would be difficult for me to refuse them, but I am looking to finish the season strongly at Genoa at the moment.”last_img read more

first_imgThe group catch up on the latest new on Donegal Daily.The people of Creeslough say they are looking forward to reading Donegal Daily – after receiving funding for computer courses.John Curran, a local election candidate for FG in the Glenties Electoral area, has secured funding for the delivery of basic IT courses to adult learners across Donegal under the Benefit4 scheme.To date in Donegal twenty courses have been delivered to more than 160 people. Classes currently on offer in Creeslough, Dunfanaghy, Falcarragh, Dungloe and Tory to name but a few. Mr Curran from Falcarragh stated “I am delighted to have been able to secure this funding as technology is now a vital part of life, it’s great to see people arriving at centres with their own IPADs, tablets and Laptops and walking out more confident and with the websites and apps they want to use added to their own computers”.The group pictured are taking a class in the Creeslough Day Centre, and one of the aims they had at the beginning of the session was to have a look at Donegal Daily.Course are available to community venues and participants across Donegal, if you would like to access a course for your area contact John Curran on 0868186035.  DONEGAL DAILY COMPUTES FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY USERS IN CREESLOUGH was last modified: March 3rd, 2014 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:computer coursesCreesloughDonegal DailyJohn Curranlast_img read more