Even without Williams, Aussie Open women’s field still tough

first_imgUnited States’ Sloane Stephens smiles during a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — With no Serena Williams in the draw at the Australian Open, there’s certainly an opportunity for another women’s player to go on a surprising run and emerge as a first-time Grand Slam champion, as Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko did last year.Just don’t describe the first Grand Slam of the year as “more open” than usual.ADVERTISEMENT Indeed, any number of women could be holding the trophy at Melbourne Park in two weeks. The No. 1-ranking changed seven times in 2017, with five different women assuming top spot — three for the first time.One of those women, Simona Halep, is looking to finally break through and win her first major after twice finishing runner-up. She won the season-opening Shenzhen Open in China, but has had mixed previous results at Melbourne Park, losing in the first round the last two years.“I don’t feel pressure. I feel OK. I feel fit. I feel ready to start,” she said. “I have one more goal: to win a Grand Slam.”Stephens came out of nowhere to win the U.S. Open last year after a lengthy time out with an injury to her left foot. She’s struggled to adjust to the sudden stardom that’s come with being a Grand Slam champion — she’s lost seven straight matches since September — but believes she can find her game again in Melbourne.“I think it’s always a tough transition when you go from not playing tennis for 11 months to winning a Grand Slam,” she said. “I like to just stay in my own little bubble and do my own thing. … It’s kind of been what I’m trying to do.”ADVERTISEMENT There are plenty of other contenders, too. Ostapenko has rocketed up the rankings after her stunning win at last year’s French Open. Venus Williams is a threat again at 37 years old, and 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber is playing well after a subpar year, capturing the Sydney International title on Saturday.Garbine Muguruza is the reigning Wimbledon champion, though her health has been in question at the start of the new year. Caroline Wozniacki had a career-reviving season in 2017 and could return to the No. 1 ranking for the first time in six years with a strong showing in Melbourne.And then there’s Elina Svitolina, who just captured her 10th tour-level title last week at the Brisbane International and has a shot at No. 1 herself at the Australian Open.“I had a great week in Brisbane. Of course, I’m confident,” she said.But she added this alone isn’t enough in today’s constantly shifting, ultra-competitive women’s game.“Everyone wants to win a Grand Slam. … So, I try to find my way, what can help me to be there, to be ready for the fight. Just one match at a time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “Whenever I get asked that question, it always comes across in really kind of an almost negative way instead of acknowledging how many great players we have,” Johanna Konta, who reached the semifinals of Wimbledon last year, said in her pre-tournament news conference Saturday.“The depth in women’s tennis I really do believe in the last few years has gotten so strong,” she added. “There’s no straight sailing to the quarters or semis. It doesn’t exist.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkStephens agrees the Australian Open field is still extremely tough, even with Serena Williams, the defending champion and 23-time major winner, skipping the tournament as she continues her recovery from a complicated childbirth in September.“There’s a lot of great players,” she said. “It’s up for grabs.” Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone North Korea offers talk on art troupe’s visit to Olympics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Senator Tengbeh Seeks Redress

first_imgLofa County Senator George Tengbeh has communicated an official complaint to the plenary of the Liberian Senate, regarding recent verbal exchanges between the Senator and authorities at the Ministry of Finance.Senator Tengbeh at two recent official functions blamed Finance Minister Amara Konneh for being personally responsible for the budget shortfalls the country has experienced over the past two years, and called for his resignation or dismissal.In the communication to the plenary Thursday, May 1, dated April 30, 2014, Sen. Tengbeh pleaded with his colleagues for contemptuous action against Minister Konneh for a release issued against him on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, “using adjectives on me such as comical, reckless and irresponsible while performing my Legislative duties in fulfillment of Rule 57 Sections 1&2 of the standing rules of the Liberian Senate…”Senator Tengbeh who Chairs the Senate Committee on Maritime, and co-chairs Rules, Order & Administration, continued in his communication that: “In addition to the adjectives against me, the Minister of Finance’s release further stated that the National Legislature is the one that has failed to utilize the expertise of the Legislative Budget Office (LBO) to give technical advice on issues relating to the budget.”Senator Tengbeh quoted the Ministry of Finance release against him as saying that Minister Konneh and his team had mobilized close to US$200 million to support small tree crops growers mainly in Lofa County, which he said he knew nothing about as a key stakeholder of the county.The Lofa County lawmaker said he considers the release by the Ministry of Finance against him as disrespect.The Senator noted: “In view of the above, distinguished colleagues, it is clear that the Ministry of Finance obstructed or impeded on my Legislative functions…I therefore beg your indulgence to have the Minister of Finance appear before the Plenary on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 to give reasons as to why he cannot be held in contempt and further clarify the US$200 million he claimed to have raised for the support of small tree crops growers in Lofa.”However, immediately after the reading of Senator Tengbeh’s communication, the plenary went into executive session and no outcome of deliberations was released to the Legislative Press Corps.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Building climate-resilient community among topics for discussion

first_imgIn three months’ time, another hurricane season will approach and given last year’s widespread devastation especially in the region, the Caribbean Community’s push to build a more climate-resilient Community is among top matters for deliberation by Caricom Heads of Government at the upcoming 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting.The two-day conference will be held in in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from February 26 to 27, 2018.Irma and Maria, two back-to-back Category Five hurricanes, swept across the Caribbean in September, cutting a swathe of destruction, taking lives, devastating infrastructure and rolling back years of economic development in several CARICOM Member States. Dominica and Barbuda (Antigua’s sister isle) were decimated.Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands were also devastated. The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands were severely affected and Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis also suffered damage.Caricom, with its Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) at the forefront, has been helping to lead the recovery and rebuilding effort. CARICOM, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) also staged a High-Level Pledging Conference at UN Headquarters in New York last November which realized over US$1.3 billion in pledges.The region however still needs significant levels of financing for recovery and building resilience. And, with just three months to the June start of the next hurricane season, Heads are also expected to examine measures to ensure adequate preparation and to facilitate quick responses to any emergency needs.The high incidence of crime and violence across the Community will also be examined. Heads at their last meeting discussed key initiatives directed towards combatting transnational organized crime which, they noted, continues to be one of the most immediate and significant threats facing the Region. They also directed their focus towards the development of a CARICOM Counter terrorism Strategy which is being finalized for adoption.The Meeting will seek to advance plans to further strengthen key elements of the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) including those related to travel and trade. Discussion will also focus on key transportation issues including Regional Air Services, and on advancing regional initiatives in Tourism aimed at stimulating further sustainable growth in the sector.Heads will look at the impact on Caricom Member States of blacklisting actions. Last December the EU included four Member States on a list of countries it deemed non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. There is also ongoing concern about the de-risking strategies by global banks and the labelling of Caricom Member States in some quarters as tax havens.The meeting, at the Mariott Port-au-Prince Hotel, opens on Monday with a brief Opening Session at which remarks will be presented by Caricom Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; the immediate-past CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and the current Chairman, President Jovenel Moise of Haiti.President David Granger has now cancelled his attendance of attending the two-day high-level regional meeting, opting to stay in Guyana to focus on “domestic issues”. Guyana’s three-member delegation to the Community’s Inter-sessional Meeting will be led by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, who is also performing the duties of Prime Minister.last_img read more

Navy sonar exercises to continue

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HONOLULU – The Navy says it won’t comply with sonar training restrictions that aim to protect marine mammals off the California coast, arguing that the commission that imposed the rules does not have the jurisdiction to do so. The U.S. Pacific Fleet said in a statement that the California Coastal Commission’s rules cannot be applied beyond the scope of state waters, three nautical miles from shore. “The Navy does not take lightly our responsibility to the environment and marine life,” said Vice Adm. Barry Costello, commander of the U.S. 3rd Fleet in San Diego. “And we can be responsible environmental stewards while our sonar operators receive realistic training and experience at sea they need.” The Navy has been using sonar during training exercises off the California coast for decades, a practice that critics say can injure whales and other sea mammals.last_img read more

Chelsea boss Conte’s weight-loss secret? Touchline passion

first_imgBut the former international midfielder also quickly won a reputation for displaying his full range of emotions on the sidelines, including jumping into the arms of Chelsea fans to celebrate goals.He admits he will need to tone down his behaviour one day.“I finish the game and I’m destroyed. I think I lose 2-3 kilos (over six pounds) during the game,” he told reporters in Singapore, where Chelsea are on a pre-season tour.“I try to transfer all my passion into my work. I know that in the future it will be very difficult to continue to have this because to stay on the touchline and have this passion, you must have a lot of strength.“In the future my strength will be less and then maybe I will try to keep myself calm and more seated.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea coach Antonio Conte is renowned for his touchline antics © AFP/File / Paul ELLISSINGAPORE, Singapore, Jul 29 – Passionate Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he loses up to three kilos during games because of his touchline antics and often feels “destroyed” afterwards.The 47-year-old Italian made a stunning impact in guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in England after arriving last year.last_img read more


first_imgGardai found a man sipping a can of beer after the car in which he was a passenger crashed after a high-speed chase.Letterkenny court.The car crashed into a telegraph pole after it has reached speeds in excess of 140kph outside Letterkenny. Garda Sean McDaid told Letterkenny District Court he went to investigate reports of two men who were stealing diesel from cars at Ballymacool Woods.When they went to investigate they came across Tommy Connors driving past them.They followed him and when they activated their sirens and flashing lights he increased his speed in excess of 140kmh on narrow roads.The car was going that fast that sparks were coming from it when it hit bumps on the road, the court heard.“He took a number of corners blind and if anything was coming the other way there would have ben a head-on collision,” said Garda McDaid.The Gardai eventually lost the Volkswagen Passat car they were pursuing but then noticed a telegraph pole in the middle of a road and the car crashed into a ditch.“We ran up to the crashed car and the driver’s door was open. Danny Connors was in the passenger seat sipping a can of beer with both airbags deployed. We searched the area but couldn’t find Tommy Connors.Tommy Connors, 31, of Canal Road, Letterkenny, denied being the driver of the car on March 2nd, last year.He gave evidence that he had never driven in his life and that he was on disability benefit as he suffered from depression.However Judge Paul Kelly said he was satisfied from the Garda evidence that Connors was driving the car.Connors was charged with driving without insurance, dangerous driving, having no insurance and being involve din a hit and run at Kirkstown, Letterkenny.Garda Inspector David Kelly revealed the accused had 23 previous convictions including one for the unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle.Judge Paul Kelly ordered a probation report on Tommy Connors and adjourned the case until September 15th.PASSENGER FOUND SIPPING CAN OF BEER AFTER HIGH-SPEED GARDA CHASE was last modified: June 17th, 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:beerdonegalGardaiJudge Paul KellyLETETRKENNY DISTRICT COURTTommy Connorslast_img read more

Teacher says student threatened his life

first_imgPuttler filed a police report with the Los Angeles Police Department, he said. The LAPD later dropped the case, telling Puttler they had more pressing cases to pursue, the teacher said. When school officials searched the locker of the suspected culprit, they found a gory story called “Untitled,” notes confessing she had “tormented” one of her teachers and a book about becoming a serial killer, Puttler said. School officials declined to confirm or deny the details of Puttler’s accusations. “\ complaint was heard and we will be following it up with an investigation by \ Human Resources \,” said Gene Kerr, assistant superintendent of human resources for Montebello Unified School District. “The results of the fact-finding will be presented to him. HR will get someone without connections to the school to do the investigations so it will be independent.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Montebello High School biology teacher filed a complaint Tuesday against the school, claiming his reports of death threats and harassment by students were ignored by administrators. In a lengthy letter to the Montebello Unified School District, Jerome Puttler related more than two years of death threats, including bloody sketches of him, sent in a series of e-mails, letters and cartoons. “At first it looked like \ was going to investigate it and that he took it seriously,” said Puttler, who did not know the motive behind the harassment. “Then when they found very incriminating evidence in the locker of a girl I suspected was behind it, they wouldn’t give me any information.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The girl was suspended for three days, but apparently for something unrelated. “They don’t seem to take the issue of harassment of a teacher seriously. But when a student accuses a teacher of it, then they’re right there,” he added. Saying the case had been sent to the Personnel Department for investigation, Schwartz declined to comment further, saying only that the school had followed district policies in its handling of Puttler’s complaints. Puttler, 45, said he at first did not make a connection between his students and a string of e-mails he began receiving in October 2003 from someone claiming to be a romantically interested woman who found his personal profile on AOL. A month or so later, a detailed death letter called “Untitled” arrived in his postal mail box containing geographical information about his residence and the layout of his apartment building, he said. last_img read more

Derryman said he would ‘sort out’ bouncers in Clonmany, Court hears

first_imgAn 18-year-old Derryman who said he would ‘sort out’ people who ejected him from a Donegal pub was found in possession of cannabis.Jason McGuinness from 96 Lettershandoney, Dromahoe, Derry, appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged with public order offences and of unlawfully possessing a controlled drug, cannabis, on August 12 last during the Clonmany Festival. Inspector Barry Doyle told the Court that Garda McLaughlin was on foot patrol in Clonmany at 1.05am when he received of a report of a male, who had been removed from a premises, attempting to gain entry again.Garda McLaughlin went to the front door where he came upon the defendant.“He became abusive and said he wouldn’t be leaving,” Inspector Doyle said. “He said he would ‘sort out’ those who had ejected him. He was directed to leave and failed to do so, so he was arrested under the public order act.”McGuinness – who has completed the first year of a mechanical engineering course – was found in possession of a small bag of cannabis and admitted it was for his own personal use.Solicitor for McGuinness, Patsy Gallagher, said his client had attended the festival with college friends and was ‘eeply remorseful for the embarrassment to his family in coming before the court’.Mr Gallagher said: “He has no previous convictions and he has learned from his stupidity, He was extremely drunk and he dealt with this in a very stupid, immature way.”Judge Deirdre Gearty said the word ‘stupidity’ jumped out at her. “That was bravado of the highest order,” Judge Gearty said.“That’s hardly behaviour of a gentleman who thinks he will go on in life and maybe work around the world. Does he understand how serious this is? Being extremely drunk is no excuse – and he had an illegal substance on him.“There is no excuse in telling me how drunk you were.”McGuinness was ordered to make a €250 donation to the Garda Benevolent Fund.“Keep your nose clean, Mr Mcguinness,” Judge Gearty warned.Derryman said he would ‘sort out’ bouncers in Clonmany, Court hears was last modified: August 16th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:clonmanyClonmany FestivalJason McGuinnessJudge Deirdre GeartyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtPatsy Gallagherlast_img read more


first_imgKilcar GAA NotesOur reserves exited the championship last Saturday afternoon at the Quarter Final stage following a 2-10 to 0-07, both our seniors and reserves and scheduled to play Termon away this Sunday.Hard luck to our Under 16’s girls team who were defeated by Aodh Ruadh in the county final last Friday. Scór na nÓgTá muid ag glacadh ainm an cluine an bhfuail suim acu páirt a glacadh i Scór na nÓg an blain seo. Tá ort a bheith Seacht mbliaina déag do aoin ramh an chead lá do Eanáir 2014.We are taking names of anyone interested in taking part in Scorn a nÓg this year. You must be 17 years of age before the 1st January 2014.Categories are: Solo Singing, Ballad Group, Quiz Team, Novelty Act, Instrumental Music, Set Dancing/Ceili and Storytelling. For more information contact Sharon on 087-9100821 or Honora on 087-7925603 before the 25th October.Training Ground DevelopmentOngoing works continue on the new training pitch in Towney ongoing progress can be viewed on our website.Club AppWe have now 140 members signed up to our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha. 1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.Ten Week DrawThe annual Club Development Ten Week draw starts on Sunday 26th October tickets are available from any of the club officer’s there’s a prize fund of €25,000 to be won. You can also buy tickets online via our website.Condolences We wish to pass on our condolences to families of the following: the family of Brigid Carr Kilcar/Louth, to the family of the late Bríd Carr, Glencolmcille and to the family of Mamie Kennedy, Ardara. May they rest in Peace.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €7,600 this week’s numbers were 5, 20, 24 and 27 winners were: €50 John J Gallagher, €30 Darragh & Cliodhna Byrne (Roxbro) and €20 Mary B O’Donnell (Straleel). Lotto Plus numbers 5, 7, 13 and 23 there was no winner.BingoClub Bingo winners were €100 Letty Doherty, €80 Ann Maguire, Eileen Curran, €70 Mary Breslin, Margaret Doherty, Patricia O’Gara, Anna Byrne (Teelin), Eithne Boyle, Joe Haughey and Margaret McGinley. The Jackpot on Sunday is €3,050 on 45 numbers.GAA NEWS: KILCAR U16 GIRLS NARROWLY DEFEATED BY AODH RUADH IN COUNTY FINAL was last modified: October 20th, 2014 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:GAAkilcarNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgMARY HARPERThe death has occurred of Mary Harper, Meenlougher, Killygordon. She passed away at Brindley Manor Nursing Home, Convoy, in her 100th year. Much loved mother of Jack, Charles, Hugo and May. Sadly missed by her sons, daughter, daughters-in-law Kathleen and Mary, son-in-law Lawrence, grandchildren, nephews and nieces, relatives and friends. Removal from McCool’s Chapel of Rest, Navenny Car Park, Ballybofey, on Wednesday evening at 6.30pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Crossroads, to repose overnight. Funeral mass on Thursday morning at 11am with interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu, if desired, to The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland c/o any family member. The house is private, at the request of the deceased.BRIDIE BRESLIN The death has occurred of Bridie Breslin (nee O’Donoghue), Glen Road, Carrick. Late of Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry. Reposing at her residence. Removal tomorrow, Thursday morning, to St. Columba’s Church, Carrick, for 2pm Funeral Mass. Burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House private please from 11pm tonight, Wednesday, and tomorrow morning.FRANK CONLONThe death has occurred of Frank Conlon, Townparks, Raphoe. Formerly of Crosskeys, Cavan. Reposing at his late residence. Funeral Mass tomorrow, Thursday, at 11am in St. Eunan’s Church, Raphoe. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.SHEILA PEOPLES The death has occurred at Letterkenny General Hospital of Sheila Peoples, 280 Ardbaithin, St Johnston. Reposing at the residence of Sheila and Paddy Wilson. Removal tomorrow, Thursday, at 10.30am to St Baithin’s Church for RequiemMass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to Gynecology Ward, Letterkenny General Hospital.AIDEN REDDENThe death has taken place at his residence in Florida, USA of Aiden Redden, formerly of Muff. His remains will repose at his residence in Kilderry, Muff from 3pm today. Funeral from there on Friday at 10.30am for 11am Requiem Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Muff, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012 was last modified: May 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAYMAY 9last_img read more