Venus beats Vinci to reach Wuhan final

first_imgWUHAN, China (AP):Venus Williams did what her sister Serena couldn’t do, beating Roberta Vinci yesterday after saving a match point in the semi-finals of the Wuhan Open.The unseeded Williams won 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) after Vinci came from 4-1 down in the final set but failed to serve out the match when leading 6-5, 40-30.”Roberta played so well today – she had match point – so it was lucky for me to win this match,” Williams said.The No.15-seeded Italian sliced a backhand into the net on her match point and Williams pounced, hitting a pair of huge groundstrokes in the next two points to break back.Williams ripped a forehand volley to go up 6-4 in the tiebreaker and clinched the victory when Vinci missed a forehand wide.Before yesterday’s match, Williams, who earned her 700th career victory to reach the quarter-finals, had never dropped a set against the Italian veteran – who ended little sister Serena’s chances of a calendar-year Grand Slam in the US Open semifinals.”Definitely watching the match at the US Open, I learned a lot from Serena,” Williams said. “If I could, I’d give my win to Serena at the US Open. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that.”The former top-ranked American will face fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza in today’s final. Muguruza beat sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber 6-4, 7-6 (5).”It was a really tough match and I had to struggle today,” Muguruza said. “Venus is a legend. I’ll have to go out there and do my best to win against her, and I think it’s going to be a great final.”last_img read more

MMA star Conor McGregor heads to court for melee charges

first_imgFILE – Ultimate fighting star Conor McGregor heads to a vehicle to leave Brooklyn Criminal Court, Friday, April 6, 2018 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor is due in court for a hearing on charges stemming from a backstage melee that was caught on video.He’s expected to be joined in Brooklyn on Thursday by friend and co-defendant Cian (KEE’-uhn) Cowley.ADVERTISEMENT Video showed what appeared to be McGregor hurling a hand truck at a bus full of fighters after a news conference for the UFC 223 event at Barclays Center in April. Two fighters hurt by broken glass were unable to compete.Cowley said on Saturday that he hoped to get the case “out of the way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownProsecutors wouldn’t say if they expected a resolution. McGregor’s lawyer didn’t return a message.Cowley and McGregor have been free on bond. They took a private jet together from Ireland for the hearing. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volleyball national team final 12 to be revealed soon China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

With ONE title shot within reach, Edward Kelly motivated more than ever

first_img“I hope this fight would be my big opportunity, I will do whatever it takes to get this win,” said Kelly in Filipino at Studio City here in Macau. “I know I’m near the championship. I hope I get a chance.”Martin Nguyen, who once beat Kelly back in 2015, is the reigning featherweight and lightweight champion and is one of the busiest fighters in ONE Championship as he also plans to add the bantamweight title to his already filled waist.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBibiano Fernandes, the reigning World bantamweight champion, though, is sidelined with an injury and this predicament forced Nguyen to face Kelly’s Team Lakay stablemate Kevin Belingon for the interim belt in July.Despite the things on Nguyen’s plate, Kelly still hopes he would be given a shot at one of the double champion’s belts. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95center_img Edward Kelly. Photo from ONE ChampionshipMACAU—Edward Kelly has always maintained a demeanor fit of a championship contender in ONE Championship, and he hopes his status as a fighter would ultimately become one.Kelly (10-4) is hell-bent on getting into the featherweight title picture in the promotion and he eyeing a convincing win in his next fight against former champion Narantungalag Jadambaa in ONE: Pinnacle of Power on Saturday to put him into the conversation.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine fans weep as World Cup dream fades View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “Martin’s been pretty busy, he’s fighting at lightweight, featherweight, and now in bantamweight, I just hope I get a chance,” said Kelly.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

No definite date for students’ results

first_imgAnnandale Secondary School’s SBA glitchA source within the Education Ministry on Friday disclosed that there was no definite timeline for the resolution of the Annandale Secondary School “technical glitch”, which has caused a delay in several students entering university or Sixth Form.The students, who were issued with incorrect grades and, in some instance, no grades following their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, were expecting that the situation would have been corrected on Thursday. However, Thursday passed and the students were left questioning their fate as many of them are waiting to enter the University of Guyana or Sixth Form.According to reports, this expectancy had tempered the vexation of many parents who were planning to hold a public demonstration to vent their frustration over the error.However, the Ministry source revealed that an official met with the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) on Friday and they were in the process of resolving the issue.Acting Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson had previously disclosed that the teachers at the Annandale School did not err with respect to the submission of the School Based Assessments (SBAs) to CXC.This followed a report that many of the students were unable to obtain passes in certain subjects on account of the school’s alleged non-submission of the SBAs, but the Education Ministry had sought to clear up the issue and had contacted CXC.“This is not a situation that the teachers did not do what they had to do, it was a technical glitch,” Hutson had indicated.Guyana Times had reported that the school’s teachers had received the requisite training in sending the SBA grades online to CXC, but even so did not stick to the deadline.The exact number of students affected was not disclosed.Hutson had stated that the Ministry was prepared to do everything in its power to ensure that those children are enrolled in university or Sixth Form.“We will have it rectified,” he said.When the CXC results were announced last month, it was revealed that there was an overall pass rate of 64 per cent of students who scored between Grade One and Three across the Caribbean.last_img read more

Cemex disputing claims in EPA suit

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Cemex-USA disputed claims made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a lawsuit filed this week, saying the expansion of its massive Victorville cement plant not only didn’t skirt the rules, it’s also environmentally friendly and received the blessing of state officials. The company – whose aggregate mine planned outside Santa Clarita’s borders is on hold – said it followed a transparent and thorough permitting process, and state officials reviewed the improvements every step of the way. “The EPA was aware of our plans a decade ago, as we worked with (California) regulators to secure the right permits,” Cemex spokeswoman Susana Duarte said Thursday. “They did not make any requests for us to obtain federal permission at the time.” The company spent $181million improving the cement-making plant in 1999 and an additional $16million a few years later on a storage building that diminishes the release of fugitive dust from the plant, Duarte said. The EPA’s lawsuit, filed Monday, says Cemex CaliforniaLLC failed to follow federal regulations when it expanded the Victorville facility – one of the largest cement-making plants in the country – in 1997 and 2000. “We stand by the legal filing made Monday,” EPA spokesman Francisco Arcaute said. Should the EPA prevail in court, Cemex could face fines of up to $27,500 a day for violations prior to March 2004 and up to $32,500 per day for violations after that time. (661) 257-5255last_img read more

Crown petroleum and natural gas rights sale results expected today

first_imgBarring a tender bonus disaster yesterday, the total for the first half of the calendar year should remain well ahead of the 2012 pace, as the June sale last year resulted in little more than $2 million. However, being ahead of last year’s pace doesn’t really represent much of an achievement, considering the province finished 2012 with less than $140 million in bonus bids. That was the lowest calendar year total since the Liberals took control of the provincial government in 2001. To find one lower than that, you must go all the back to 1998, and 96 point three million.- Advertisement –last_img

Iran secure place at 2018 World Cup with 2-0 win over Uzbekistan

first_img1 Carlos Queiroz has guided Iran to two successive World Cup finals Iran have become the second team to advance through qualifying to reach the 2018 World Cup finals after a 2-0 win over Uzbekistan in Tehran.Goals from Sardar Kazmoun and Mehdi Taremi earned a victory which secures the Iranians top spot in Asian qualifying group A with two games still to go.Led by former Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz, Iran booked their place in next year’s finals alongside Brazil and hosts Russia.Kazmoun opened the scoring in the 23rd minute and then produced the cross from which Taremi sealed the victory in injury time.It marks the fifth time Iran have qualified for the World Cup finals and the first time they have achieved the feat twice in succession.last_img


first_imgFRIENDS of a teenage student who was the victim of a sex attack in Co Donegal have said she is “just relieved” after her attacker was jailed for nine years today.Forty-year-old Mark McAnaw, from, Harrow View, Harrow, Middlesex denied the charges during a 10-day trial at the Central Criminal Court.He was convicted unanimously by the jury last month of attacking the girl and sexually assaulting her on October 30, 2010. We have not gone into further details of the horrific attack at the request of the victim.A friend of the victim told “She (the victim) is just relieved that the case is over and that McAnaw is going away to prison for a long time.“She wants to thank the Gardai for all the work they did to bring this man to justice and she now wants to move on with her life.”During the case the court heard the victim had asked McAnaw if was going to kill her and he replied: “If you are a good girl, I won’t kill you.”Jailing the Englishman for nine years Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said there had been ‘a very significant’ violence used by the Londoner and the attack had lasted ‘a considerable period of time’.He added: “She was visiting this country as a young student and so she was more vulnerable. She was alone in Ireland and this is a serious factor.”Mr Justice McCarthy refused a defence request to consider suspending part of the sentence.© 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on’S ‘RELIEF’ AS RAPIST JAILED FOR NINE YEARS was last modified: March 5th, 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)last_img read more

NBL: Rhinos overcome eleven point deficit to defeat Our Saviour in overtime

first_img Tags: Charging RhinosFUBA NBL 2018Javon Lady PhenomsMagic StormersOur Saviourtop This was Rhinos’ fifth victory of the season (Photo by FUBA Media)FUBA National Basketball LeagueCharging Rhinos 88-84 Our SaviourMTN Arena, LugogoWednesday, 01-08-2018Charging Rhinos had to do it the hard way in order to earn a win over Our Saviour in one of the two FUBA National Basketball League (NBL) games played at the MTN Arena on Wednesday evening.The Rhinos required overtime with the scores tied at 74 all after normal time to win the game 88-84.They (Rhinos) had four players reach double figures on the night in terms of points with Abel Omomgin (21)top scoring for them. Swaibu Kalungi (10), Abraham Isiagi (16) and Francis Kasekende (15) were the others who reached double figures for the Rhinos.The Rhinos got off to a flying start, racing into a 4-0 lead with just over two minutes played, thanks to layups by Kasekende and Daniel Higenyi.Our Saviour who eventually won the quarter 19-11 registered their first points on the night through Owen Majok’s won layup.Saviour increased their lead by half time to 11 points as they went into the dressing room leading 38-27.It was in the third that Rhinos should their intentions of winning the game, scoring the first points of the quarter through Isiagi and eventually winning it 25-14 to level the scores at 52-52 with 10 minutes to play.At the start of the fourth, the Rhinos took their first lead in the game since the first quarter when Omomgin sank a three off a jump shot but relinquished it with just over two minutes to play. Wilberforce Pirworth threw down a two for Our Saviour to take a one point lead with the score board reading 70-69.It was a cat and mouse game from there on wards as both sides traded baskets and the lead changed hands two more times before Our Saviour took a healthy four point lead with 1:29 to play.Rhinos called for time out and what a decision it proved to be as Samuel Wacha scored the last four points of normal time, the first two being free-throws  after he was fouled by Pirworth and then a layup with 13 seconds on the clock.Wacha continued his fine display late on in the game when he sank two more free throws at the start of Overtime off a foul by his name sake Josep to enable his side take a two point lead.Our Saviour replyed instantly with six points of their own to swing the game in their favour with just over two minutes to play, leding 82-78.Rhinos then ran riot, scoring 10 of the last 12 points of the game and in process won the game 88-84.This was Rhino’s fifth win of the campaign and now seat 9th on the 12 team log with a 5-13 record after 18 games.For Our Saviour who suffered a ninth loss of the season, remain in 7th with a 7-9 record after 16 games.Their guard, Pirworth top scored on the night with 22 points, adding six rebounds, three assists and two steals despite conceding five turnovers on the night.  Joseph Wacha (19), Owen Majok (12), Brian Ssentongo (12) and Steven Mwesigye (19) were the others who reached double figures for Our Saviour in the losing effort.In the other game, Rachel Nanyongo top scored on the night with 21 points, despite her team (Magic Stormers) losing the game 51-52 to Javon Lady Phenoms.The low scoring game saw Stomers win the first two quarters 9-14 and 19-14 before losing the game by a single point.Remmy Nakito and Captain Grace Kusaba top scored for the Phenoms with 13 points each.The win was Javon Lady Phenoms’ third for the season and they move to 8th on the 10 team log with a 3-12 record.Stomers remain 7th with a 4-11 record after their first 15 games of the season.Action in the FUBA NBL resumes on Friday with two games in the Men’s category as JKL Dolphins host leaders, BetWay Power while title contenders KIU Titans and City Oilers collide in the late kick-off.Comments last_img read more

Birds Need Beaver

first_imgThings go better with Beav around.  Science Daily has a delightful entry about the ecological benefits that beaver ponds provide for migratory birds.  It says that beaver are not just beneficial for our feathered friends; they are vital.  Because of the rich streamside habitat that grows around beaver ponds, the formula is simple: the more dams, the more birds.    The Wildlife Conservation Society studied this subject in Wyoming and along the eastern Sierra Nevada of California, where mountain streams rush down steep rocky canyons.  The beaver ponds help slow down and soak up the water.  This helps maintain wetland habitats for a wide variety of animals and plants.“Beaver are an essential ecosystem engineer,” said co-author Steve Zack of the Wildlife Conservation Society.  “Beavers help repair degraded stream habitats and their dams and associated ponds recharge local water tables and create wetlands.  With our changing climate likely to mean increasing droughts in the West, managing ways to allow watersheds to act more like sponges will be a challenge.  Beaver are a powerful tool to be considered for that, and the associated benefits to other wildlife add to their value.”Early American pioneers valued beaver for their fur.  The “beaver wars” among competing trapping outfits in the 1800s nearly led to their extinction in the Rocky Mountains and Sierras.  Fortunately, beaver have made a strong comeback in many areas, but some still consider them a pest, the article said, when they gnaw down trees and flood property.  The study hoped to show that “beaver are very important to wildlife and to reviving the natural function of streams.”  Humans also benefit from their work (see 02/25/2008, 06/08/2006 and 07/16/2005).  Beaver also provide recreational value.  It’s fun to watch the little engineers at work in our national parks and forests.The article includes a picture of a beaver dam in Lundy Canyon along the eastern Sierra.  For a little visual vacation, your trusty reporter has posted a picture he took in August a few miles south of there along McGee Creek.  Note the lush habitat all around the pond.  Can you spot the beaver house?Quiz questions: (1) What is the plural of beaver?  (2) What are the young called?  (3) How big was the largest beaver in the fossil record?*(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more