first_imgSpain’s Carla Suarez Navarro wipes sweat from her face during her fourth round match against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro blitzed into the Australian Open quarterfinals with a stunning 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 win over Anett Kontaveit Sunday.The Estonian 32nd seed blew a set and 4-1 lead with two breaks to allow the 39th-ranked Spaniard back into the match.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases – Lifeline –When she double-faulted on break point, Suarez Navarro had a lifeline at 4-2.The Spaniard easily held for 4-3 and levelled the set as Kontaveit went wide with another misdirected forehand.The momentum shift was completed when Suarez Navarro held again and Kontaveit had to serve to save the set at 4-5, having been 4-1 up.Anxiety took over the young Estonian. A double fault and another forehand error helped Suarez Navarro create two set points.Kontaviet regathered to save those but, when a second double fault brought up a third, Suarez Navarro’s stunning comeback sent the match went to a decider.A ripping winner crosscourt brought up a break for Kontaveit to lead 5-4 but as in the second stanza nerves prevented her getting over the finish line and Suarez Navarro broke back.At 6-7 Kontaveit’s capitulation was complete when she conceded match point on her serve, the Spaniard taking her chance when the Estonian went long.The reward for the former world number six is a clash against either second seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark or Slovakia’s 19th seed Magdalena Rybarikova. Djokovic meditates to ‘lose fear and stress’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Suarez Navarro was ranked in the top 10 less than two years ago but has been on a downward slide and had no answer to the pace of Kontaveit’s early ground strokes.The 22-year-old made the decisive break in the fifth game and secured a 5-3 lead with the standout shot of the first set, a superb running forehand pass that flew around the net post to bring the Rod Laver Arena crowd to their feet.Kontaviet served out after 42 minutes and in the second, a bullet-like backhand gave her a second break of serve to 4-1 up with one foot in the quarter-final.But 29-year-old Suarez Navarro, whose first Grand Slam quarter-final at Melbourne Park was nine years ago, drew on her experience and began to play a patient game, extending the rallies.Nerves set in for Kontaveit as she neared her first Slam quarter-final and a forehand which had powered 15 winners in the first set alone faltered.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparccenter_img Read Next MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year She also stumbled when serving for the match at 5-4 in the third, as the experienced Suarez Navarro reached her third Australian Open last eight after 2hr 15min.“Was tough today. She started really well,” said the Spaniard who has also reached the quarter-finals twice at Roland Garros and also at the US Open, but never progressed further.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 folk“I always have to fight to the end,” she added. “I just tried to play my game and stay really focused. I just run and run. That’s it.”Oozing confidence after despatching French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the third round, Kontaveit was on the front foot from the off. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

first_imgAvurel Roberts, 37, of Riverstown Village, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam), was on Friday granted bail when she appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court.After the charge was read she pleaded not guilty.It is alleged that on May 12, 2016, she unlawfully hit the minor in her head.The injured child’s mother was present in court and a medical report showed that the child received a blunt blow to her ears. Prosecutor Haimraj Ramsewack had no objections to bail and it was set at $10,000.However the unrepresented housewife told the magistrate she does not have the money to post bail and as such it was reduced to $5000.The case will continue on June 3.last_img

first_imgDSRSG Waldemar Vrey says dedicated efforts and commitment are required to address challenges to the protection of human rightsUnited Nations Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for Rule of Law Waldemar Vrey said in spite of the progress made, Liberia human rights protection system remains weak with a number of past and present human rights violations across the country.DSRSG Waldemar Vrey says dedicated efforts and commitment are required to address challenges to the protection of human rightsMr. Vrey made the remarks over the weekend at the official launch of the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platforms – Resolution 2017 held at a local resort in Monrovia, pointing out that the situation remains unaddressed, thereby contributing to a prevailing sense of impunity.The purpose of the newly launched platform, among other things, is to consolidate human rights advocacy around Liberia to ensure its timely redress and change.Mr. Vrey said many of the recommendations of the Truth and Recommendation Commission (TRC) remain unimplemented, adding that, “the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) remains under-resourced and incapacitated to effectively discharge its responsibilities.”He also noted that “shortfalls within the Liberia human rights situation continued to (be characterized) by rape, sexual and gender-based violence, harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation, forced initiation into secret societies, accusations of witchcraft and determent of the freedom of speech,” Mr. Vrey said.According to him, this situation calls for dedicated efforts and commitment to address these challenges facing the country and the people. These efforts, he said, must come from all sectors to address the situation, especially civil society organizations or actors.“All civil society actors are well placed with such tasks to sensitize the citizenry about government policies and playing the important role of supporting and empowering the people of Liberia. Because of this reason, civil society actors must consider themselves as one and place your various organizations in the position to contribute to Liberia’s peace and stability by exercising accountability to human rights issues,” Mr. Vrey said.He said many reports indicate that civil society activities continue to improve, but there exist limited capacity to monitor and report on human rights violations or to undertake initiatives on human rights issues.Mr. Vrey said it is also clear that many of the human rights organizations are only based in Monrovia, while harmful practices continue to take place in the rural areas.He further challenged civil society organizations in Liberia to focus on happenings in the rural areas and increase the positive impacts of civil society organizations in the country. Civil society organizations have a huge responsibility and duty to help Liberians continue to heal the wounds from the past by working together to find peaceful ways forward in difficult areas, he said.Mr. Vrey said the United Nations will continue to stand with all civil society organizations to improve their capacities, expressing his extreme delight at being able to join the CSOs at the official launch of the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platforms – Resolution 2017.Reading the resolution, Adama K. Dempster said the platform will also ensure enhanced human rights advocacy in a manner and form that is more inclusive of the different human rights organizations and that strengthens human rights advocacy through partnership, coordination and solidity among human rights actors throughout Liberia.The platform, he said, aims to also “amplify human rights advocacy for timely redress and change and to consider advocacy on any and all human rights issues, including women’s human rights issues, sexual and gender-based violence, child rights protection, business and human rights, freedom of expression, building a democratic space, human rights in prisons and land and property rights among others.”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_imgA fifty-eight-year-old West Coast Berbice (WCB) man had his driver’s licence suspended on Tuesday when he appeared at the Blairmont Magistrate Court charged for driving under the influence of alcohol.Krishna Sandarson of Lot 14 Cotton Tree Village, WCB, stood before Magistrate Renatta Singh and pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on January 27, 2019, he drove his motorcar while the alcohol level in his system was above the legal limit.Police stated that on the day in question Sandarson was stopped by Police ranks on patrol and upon recognising his state, they performed a breathalyser test.In addition to the suspension of his licence, he was fined $7500.last_img

first_img– highest since its existenceEntering into its 57th year of existence, the University of Guyana (UG) has recorded an estimated 4000 student enrolment for the new academic 2019/2020— which is the largest since its establishment.Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paloma Mohamed delivering her addressThe students present at the ceremonial openingIt is against this backdrop that the new batch of students were formally welcomed into the tertiary educational facility during a simple but significant ceremonial opening on Monday, as they embark to pursue advanced studies.The students were welcomed to the facility by the recitation of poems and the singing of songs, but most importantly, they were informed about the significance of attaining a university education.Much emphasis was placed upon same by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paloma Mohamed during her keynote address to the University’s newcomers.“A university education will set you immediately from others who have not had this opportunity, a university education is the first of all life changing indicators and this confers mobility and lifelong opportunities that are not available to others, a university education really is an opportunity because for every one of you sitting there, there’s an average of about four others who applied and did not gain entry, for several reasons,” the Professor said.On this note, Mohammed charged the students to take advantage of the opportunities offered to them, given the sacrifices of others which make the existence of the University possible.“Your university education is funded in large parts by the people of this country, many of those people on whose backs we stand will never see the inside of a university. They work hard, they pay their tax and those taxes come to us, and so for that reason, we must take every opportunity, we must suck up iota of knowledge. And we must never forget upon whose back-breaking toil we receive our mark of distinction,” she noted.Held at the George Walcott Lecture Theatre (GWLT), the ceremonial opening was part of a packed week of orientation activities for those pursuing their tertiary education.last_img read more

first_imgAssassination of President plot…Public Security Minister refutes claims of police involvementOne day after Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, revealed that the police are investigating a possible plot to assassinate President David Granger, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud has confirmed that, apart from the person who had made the complaint, the police have been able to find a witness to corroborate this allegation.He explained that the matter has been investigated and the case file has been sent to the appropriate legal minds for advice on the way forward.He also noted that the file had been sent back to the police with the recommendation that a confrontation be set up with this witness with the aim of clarifying some issue pertaining to his statement.The commissioner explained that police are expected to do so over the weekend, and the file would again be dispatched to the appropriate legal minds for advice.He further explained that it is up to the legal advisor to determine whether there is substance to the allegation or if the allegation is just a ploy to create mischief.However, he stated that if the allegation is indeed true, the party involved could be charged for treason; but if the allegation is merely a ploy to create mischief, the author of the allegation could be charged for providing false information to the police.DenialIt had been reported that senior officials of the Guyana Police Force were part of the plot to assassinate the President, but in an invited comment on Friday, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan refuted the claims, noting that no such information had been brought to the attention of the GPF during its investigation of the allegation.Ramjattan, however, declared that the security of the duly elected President is of paramount importance, and the duty of the Guyana Police Force is to protect the President at any given time. Further, he charged media houses to be responsible in reporting highly sensitive stories, as in this instance.The Police Commissioner also concurred with the view that the media are a powerful element and have to show some form of maturity and journalistic ethics in reportage. He made reference to a situation in an African nation wherein a reporter had made a statement that had caused a civil war.In regard to rumours that the persons who had allegedly planned to shoot the President are closely associated with the Guyana Police Force and the Judiciary, the top cop had this to say: “We live in a small society. A lot of people know a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean that anyone will act unprofessionally.”PlotMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, confirmed on Thursday that presidential security has been beefed up following allegations that a group of high-profile individuals were planning to shoot President David Granger should he step out of his secure zone in one of his public outreaches.Harmon has, however, expressed confidence in the ability of the security service to keep the Guyanese Head of State and all the ministers safe.The probe into this allegation was launched following the recent revelation of a young man who appeared on a local televised interview claiming that he had been offered some $7 million and a high profile weapon to assassinate the President. This allegation was reported to the police some three weeks ago, and several persons have since been questioned in connection with it.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK – A deluge of banks earnings on Tuesday took the pulse of the industry at a time growing mortgage and credit woes were forcing banks to charge off more loans or raise reserves against future defaults. Rising core deposits and loans boosted first-quarter income at Wells Fargo & Co. 11 percent, despite growing problems in its subprime mortgage portfolio. Washington Mutual Inc. reported a 20 percent drop in earnings and the second consecutive quarterly loss in its housing division on subprime mortgage write-downs. The earnings still beat analysts’ estimates, however. Wells Fargo, the nation’s fifth largest bank, said that deterioration in subprime mortgages forced it to slash revenues by some $90 million as it wrote down those loans and set aside money for defaults. Subprime mortgages are loans to borrowers with blemished credit or low credit scores. Wells Fargo posted first-quarter profit of $2.24 billion, or 66 cents per share, up from $2.02 billion, or 60 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue at the San Francisco-headquartered bank was $9.44 billion in the quarter, up more than 10 percent from $8.56 billion a year earlier. Borrowers’ problems showed up in the bank’s report that credit losses totaled $715 million in the first quarter, up from $533 million a year earlier. Washington Mutual Inc., the nation’s largest thrift, said its net income was $784 million, or 86 cents a share, in the first quarter, down from $985 million, or 98 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue in the January-March period, including net interest income and noninterest income, was $3.62 billion. Kerry Killinger, Washington Mutual’s chairman and chief executive, the home loan market – particularly the subprime segment for consumers with high-risk credit histories – remained a serious challenge. The Seattle-based institution said its home loan group lost $113 million in the first quarter, slightly less than the $122 million loss registered in the fourth quarter, mainly on write-downs of subprime mortgage loans. It also said that subprime mortgage production was 51 percent lower in the first quarter than a year ago. 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_imgOrganizers of the fair say the event is something employers have been asked for, for some time.In a release show manager Kevin Hilgers says “We’ve operated these job fairs in Grande Prairie for some years – and more than a few have asked we do the same in Fort St. John. The idea is it puts multiple employers under one roof. This makes it more attractive for job seekers and more effective for the employers.”Those attending the event are asked to bring copies of their résumé and dress to impress.- Advertisement -The list of the employers attending the job fair can be seen by clicking here.last_img

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd Fire Department responded to a townhouse fire Wednesday night.On June 15, 2016 at about 9:45 pm, the Chetwynd Fire Department responded to a townhouse fire at 5100-53rd Street.It was reported that one person remained in the house and a second person had thrown herself from the upstairs window. The fire department found the upstairs totally ablaze and extinguished the fire before entering the home.- Advertisement -No person was found in the house after extensive searches and the woman who threw herself from the window was taken to the hospital.The fire was extinguished and it was later revealed that the youth who was reported missing returned to the home and was arrested by police. The fire is of suspicious and the RCMP are investigating.last_img

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka bench led by head coach John Baraza (center) during a past Kenyan Premier League clash. Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7- With Gor Mahia losing for the first time this season after going down 2-1 away to Bandari FC in Mombasa on Tuesday afternoon, chasing teams have revived hopes of doing the gigantic task of bridging the gap and shocking K’Ogalo for the 2018 Kenyan Premier League title.Sofapaka, the 2009 champions, are 13 points behind the leaders while Bandari are now 11 points close to the record 16-time champions who nonetheless have a two-game deficit. Batoto ba Mungu head coach John Baraza says his side will not give up on the chase for the crown and will wait to make the most of any slip ups by Gor.“We have nine matches remaining this season and that is 27 points to fight for. Definitely, fate is not on our hands, but this is football you never know. Gor will drop points along the way and if they do, we have to make sure we are in a position to benefit. We have to ensure we try win all the remaining games and see what happens,” Baraza told Capital Sport.Baraza though has bemoaned two losses they picked before last weekend’s 1-0 win against Ulinzi Stars, saying those were six vital points dropped. Sofapaka lost 2-0 to Kariobangi Sharks and 2-1 to Tusker, slowing down their march to catch up with Gor.“They were very unfortunate losses and I think if we picked those two wins, we would have a very good chance. Against Sony we didn’t play very well. They outplayed us. Against Tusker, we were the best team and played a brilliant game but lost. However, that is behind our backs and we focus ahead,” the tactician added.Sofapaka strikers Umaru Kassumba, Piston Mutamba and Stephen Waruru celebrate one of the goals in their 3-0 win over Baba Dogo United in the FKF Shield Round of 32 match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn their quest, Sofapaka can hand themselves a huge favor if they BEAT k’Ogalo when the two sides lock horn on the 22nd of this month, the tie tentatively set for the Kinoru Stadium in Meru.They came inches close to beating the league leaders when they met in the first leg having come from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 but conceded a last minute goal.The other side with a probably realistic chance of catching up with Gor is AFC Leopards who are fourth with 42 points. Ingwe were 1-0 winners over Mathare United over the weekend, a result that injected some hope of fighting for the title.Mathare started the season as one of the title prospects, but have since slumped after a brilliant start and have gone eight matches without enjoying victory. They are now placed seventh in the standings with 35 points.Meanwhile, while the battle for the league looks more of a chance battle, the one at the extreme end of the table promises to shape down to a battle down to the wire.Wazito are bottom of the pile with 20 points, same as Thika United but with an inferior goal difference. Vihiga United occupy the play-off slot with 23 points, four behind the safe zone occupied by Chemelil Sugar.Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna quenches his thirst during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluLeague debutants Wazito have not won a league game since their 1-0 victory over Sofapaka on April 29 and have lost nine of their last 12 outings. They played to a 0-0 draw with Nzoia Sugar over the weekend, but they look far from convincing especially after massive exits in mid-seasonThika United survived the chop last season after winning 1—against Ushuru in the promotion and relegation play-off, but if their form this season is anything to go by, it looks like a tall order.Just like Wazito, Thika have been forced to do some serious rebuilding after most of the first team players left in mid-season and have lost four of their last five games. Losses against Nakumatt and Sony Sugar have had massive blows on their survival bid.Vihiga have lost three matches on the trot and new boss Mike Mururi has a tall order to rescue the side from the snare of relegation. Their closest rivals to safety, Chemelil, beat them 1-0 last weekend to move three points clear.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more