Maria Sharapova campaign off to tough start in Shenzhen

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? James Harden has Rockets rolling with visit to Warriors looming Sharapova, who won the last of her five Slams at Roland Garros in 2014, has endured a disappointing return to the majors since the end of her drugs ban in April of 2017.She will next face 17-year-old Chinese wild card Wang Xinyu.Meanwhile, France’s Caroline Garcia lost in straight sets to Serbia’s Ivana Jorovic 6-4, 6-2.The tournament, which runs until Saturday, will see players battling for $750,000 in prize money.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 file photo, Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Carla Suarez Navarro, of Spain, during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Maria Sharapova returned to competitive tennis with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) win against Timea Bacsinszky in the first round of Shenzhen Open on Monday, Dec. 31. Sharapova cut short her campaign in September to recover from shoulder complaint. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, file)Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova had a tough start to her 2019 tennis season Monday at the Shenzhen Open, edging out Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).In a battle of former Top 10 players, Sharapova’s serve faltered early in the match but she regained composure to take the first set, cheered on by the spirited crowd at the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bacsinszky put up a strong fight in the second set, claiming the first two games and forcing Sharapova to step up her game.The Russian powered through to take the match in one hour 42 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“It’s been a few months since I’ve been out of playing competitively,” Sharapova said in a post-match interview, calling Shenzhen a “warm-up tournament” for next month’s Australian Open.“Considering the opponent and everything I had to go through today I think it was a great practice for me.” TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View commentslast_img read more

Dutee Chand Confident of Making Olympic Cut

first_img 2020 Olympics2020 tokyo olympicsathleticsdutee chand First Published: August 22, 2019, 3:18 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Mumbai: Dutee Chand, India’s first openly gay sports star, has fought many battles off the track in recent years but for the next 12 months, the sprinter is hoping to focus entirely on her running as she builds towards the Tokyo Olympics.From her battle against the IAAF gender testing rules to coming out as a lesbian in what is still a highly conservative country, Chand is used to making headlines but she hopes over the next year they will mainly be about her sporting prowess. India’s fastest woman, Chand holds the national record for the 100 metres with a time of 11.24 seconds and is a former Asian junior champion as well as Asian Games silver medallist in the blue riband event.The jump from national or continental success to global contender is a big one, however, and her season’s best time of 11.26 ranks her only joint 78th in the world.Still, with a year to go until Tokyo, the 23-year-old from Jaipur is confident she will make the qualifying mark of 11.15.”I believe that hard work always pays off and I am working diligently to win more laurels for my country in the upcoming competitions,” Chand told Reuters in an interview.”My training schedule is pretty tough at the moment … but I have seen that my timing has improved a lot compared to before. I am working really hard and am sure it will pay off. I feel I will qualify for the Olympics this year.”Given the events ahead of her maiden appearance at the Olympics in Rio in 2016, Chand could be forgiven for a little relief that qualifying times are all she has to worry about.Her hyperandrogenism – a medical condition that naturally produces high testosterone levels in women – thrust her to the forefront of the debate over gender in athletics and she was barred from competition for a year in 2014.It was Chand’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport that saw contentious International Association of Athletics Federations rules struck down in 2015, paving the way for hyperandrogenic athletes to compete in sprints.COMING OUTChand went on to become the first Indian woman since 1980 to compete in the 100m at the Olympics, although she was unable to progress beyond the heats in Brazil.Comments aimed at her about a perceived lack of femininity by some in her homeland continued unabated, however, and in May she laid herself open to more abuse from social conservatives.Chand caused a shockwave when she revealed she was dating a woman from her village in eastern Odisha state. She was praised for her courage but the revelation soured ties with her family.Last year the Supreme Court scrapped a colonial-era ban on gay sex but while it no longer carries a punishment of up to 10 years in prison, same-sex relationships are still considered taboo by many in the country.The revelation did not discourage sponsors – she signed a two-year deal with German sportswear company Puma this month – and Chand said her overwhelming feeling after coming out was one of relief.”I don’t feel there has been any pressure on me since I have discussed my personal life openly,” she added.”In fact, I have received a lot of support and encouragement for speaking up about my choices.”I felt pressured when I was in the hiding. Not anymore.”I am sure my achievements have made things easier for me but I also feel that people in our country have a greater acceptance level now and appreciate honesty over false identities.”In July, Chand clinched gold in the 100m sprint at a global meet when she clocked 11.32 seconds at the World University Games in Naples.”The World University Games Gold medal was a great confidence booster for me. It highlighted my talents, my performance and dedication,” she said.”I received a lot of appreciation and support after this win and I look forward to winning more competitions such as these in the future and making my country proud.”Gold medal always feels great. In fact, any appreciation or acknowledgement is a great morale booster. The more medals I win, the more my ambitions and confidence levels increase.” last_img read more

England’s Mark Clattenburg to referee Euro 2016 final

first_imgEngland’s Mark Clattenburg will be the referee for Sunday’s European Championship final between France and Portugal at the Stade de France, governing body UEFA said on Friday. (Full Euro 2016 coverage )The 41-year-old also officiated in the Champions League final, won by Real Madrid over city rivals Atletico in May. (Full Euro 2016 coverage)He becomes the second man to take charge of both major European occasions in the same year after Pedro Proenca of Portugal in 2012, UEFA said in a statement.Clattenburg was also the referee for the FA Cup final won by Manchester United over Crystal Palace in May, after which Palace manager Alan Pardew said he was frustrated by two of his decisions.Sunday’s final will be Clattenburg’s fourth appointment at the finals following Belgium v Italy, Czech Republic v Croatia and Switzerland v Poland. He was also a fourth official when Iceland played Austria.last_img read more

iOS 12 beta 5 hints iPhone 2018 may come with dual-SIM support, will make Indian users happy

first_imgAs long back as November last year, rumours began doing the rounds that Apple will finally bring out iPhones that support dual-SIM cards. Things have been pretty quiet on that front for a while, but we finally have some hints that dual-SIM support maybe true following the latest iOS 12 beta 5 release for the iPhone and iPad. The new beta update also means we are nearing the final stable version of iOS 12.iOS 12 beta releases so far have impressed us largely because this feels like the first major OS update from the company that looks stable and focussed on improving performance, especially for older devices. Apple has sprinkled some features and improvements in its beta releases and the latest beta 5 also brings some improvements such as improved Screen Time presentation, new FaceTime tones and Battery Health no longer labeled as beta, among other things.But hidden away deep within the latest beta software and inside the diagnostic reports are references to a second SIM slot. There are references like “second SIM status” and a “second SIM tray status” that suggest iOS 12 is being updated to support dual-SIM slots. This does not confirm anything just yet, but it does make it likely that the upcoming 2018 iPhones will support two SIM cards as past rumours have suggested.As of now, there is no clarity as to whether all three rumoured iPhones this year will support dual-SIM or whether this will be a feature specifically for the low-cost 6.1-inch LCD iPhone or for the high-end 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus model. Dual-SIM support for iPhones has been a long-requested feature, especially from consumers in India which is one of the biggest markets for dual-SIM phones. Today, almost every Android phone launched in the country supports either a hybrid dual-SIM slot or a dual-SIM slot with a dedicated slot for microSD card.advertisementApart from India, other countries popular for dual-SIM devices include Nigeria, Brazil and Egypt, according to a 2017 report by Device Atlas. But if a dual-SIM iPhone is indeed true, it could help Apple improve its position in India, a country where the company is slowly losing its ground to its Android competitors.Back in November, popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that all three iPhones will come with support for dual-SIM and that at least one of them will sport modems from Qualcomm. Things have slightly changed since then with Qualcomm recently acknowledging that it will not provide modems for the upcoming iPhones.It is likely that the Intel will be the sole modem provider for the 2018 iPhones, a possibility that may worry some consumers following the Ookla Speedtest report that found Android phones with Qualcomm modems to have faster internet download speeds compared to iPhones with Intel modems.ALSO READ: iOS 12 hands on: Apple fixes ghost of iOS 11 pastlast_img read more

Alli hits out at ‘noise’ from critics

first_imgEngland Alli hits out at ‘noise’ from critics Guy Atkinson 17:23 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dele Alli - cropped Getty Images England Friendlies Tottenham Hotspur Premier League World Cup As he prepares for his first World Cup, the England international is refusing to listen to criticism of his Spurs form during the 2017-18 campaign Dele Alli is not fazed by criticism of his form this season, insisting he is only motivated by the standards he sets for himself.The Tottenham midfielder – who played 82 minutes in England’s 2-1 win over Nigeria on Saturday – scored nine Premier League goals in 2017-18, half the amount he managed in the previous campaign.However, Alli has a different view of how his season has gone and is refusing to be distracted by the “noise” around his form ahead of the World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Everyone has different opinions,” he said. “If this is a ‘bad season’ for me then I’m happy to take that as a compliment.”The only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself.”I am my own biggest critic. If you have the right focus, everything else is just noise.”My focus is on being the best player I can be – when you expect that from yourself no one can expect more from you.”I’ve worked hard to get this far but there’s always room for improvement.”I’m sure if you asked ­Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, the two best ­players in the world, they would say they can improve on something.”I want to keep on ­improving, I’m working with a good manager in Mauricio ­Pochettino who is hungry to help every player.”Alli has gained a reputation as someone who plays on the edge, but insists he will have no issues keeping a cool head at Russia 2018.”I wouldn’t say it’s something I’ve worked on,” he said. “I am a big believer that you have to make mistakes to learn from them anyway.”And, yeah, I feel I learned from the things I did before, but it’s not ­something I worry about at all.”Obviously, I’ve done some things ­before and people seem to think that will be a problem – but it’s not.”I feel I’ve got ­everything under control.”last_img read more

10 months agoGuardiola admits Man City must take ‘big opportunity’ against Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Guardiola admits Man City must take ‘big opportunity’ against Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City have a big opportunity to chase down Liverpool with a victory on Thursday night.A victory will see City reduce the gap to the league leaders to four points.And Guardiola knows all three points will go a long way to keeping their title hopes alive.”I have the feeling it is a big opportunity for us to reduce the gap but our focus is the same,” Guardiola added. “Everybody asks what we are going to do if we lose, but we are going to try to make our game and to win it.”At the moment Liverpool are the best team in Europe for the way they play and control the details in their game. It’s a good challenge for us.” last_img read more

Dabo Swinney Reacts To Clemson’s No. 1 Overall Ranking

first_imgA closeup of Dabo Swinney standing with his players.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on against the Miami Hurricanes in the first quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Associated Press preseason top 25 was released earlier today. Not surprisingly, Clemson checked in at No. 1 overall.It is the first time ever that the Tigers are the preseason No. 1, which accounts for another milestone they’ve achieved under Dabo Swinney. They were the preseason No. 2 team in 2016 and 2018.Clemson picked up 52 first-place votes, with Alabama garnering the other 10.Coming off an undefeated season and the program’s second national title in four years, how does Swinney feel about his team being ranked first in the nation?He doesn’t feel much about it at all, it seems.Dabo Swinney on #Clemson being ranked preseason No. 1: “I guess that means that people think we’ve got a good team coming back, and that probably means that we were a good team last year.” Adds that he doesn’t care all too much about preseason rankings.— Alex Maminakis (@alexmaminakis) August 19, 2019Swinney went on to expound on his thoughts on preseason rankings, which he doesn’t put too much stock in.“Unless they bring us a trophy and tear the concrete out over there and put the preseason champs up there, I don’t think we’re going to do that,” he told reporters. “So it just doesn’t matter. That’s probably the only con is it just creates conversation that’s unnecessary because it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on. All you’ve gotta do is take the last 10 years the preseason polls and a lot of those teams in the top five don’t even finish ranked. A lot of the teams in the top 10 don’t even finish in the top 25. So I just have a perspective of it. And I’ve been on the other side of it when we haven’t been ranked in the top 25 and finished ranked.”Of course, Dabo is going to downplay the hype and expectations going into this season. He’s a typical head coach in that respect.Behind the scenes though, you can bet the Clemson players and staff members recognize the responsibility that comes with that No. 1 ranking. They aren’t likely to surrender it easily.[ 247Sports ]last_img read more

This is Real: Plaxico Burress Socks

first_imgWhat does a Super Bowl Champ, Pro Bowl wide receiver and one time first round draft pick do after being released from prison for shooting himself in the thigh at a NYC nightclub with a Glock 9mm? If said baller happens to be Plaxico Burress (who it is), then he launches a serious line of luxury socks.Unexpected and we’re not usually the kind to go for the whole “celebrity designer” thing, but…gimmickry and bullet wounds aside, um, the collection of socks actually isn’t that bad. No…wait…Plaxico Burress socks are stylish. There, we said it. We like them.They just launched on June 1st and as of now there are four different styles that, er, take aim at the favorable target of formal-casual. They range from psychedelic ostentation, cheeky prints and a healthy load of polka dots and stripes. They’re not in the over-designed world of trying too hard and they’re not so dull as to make your toe nails audibly snore.We’d wear any of them with a nice pair of bucks or even wingtips. They’re made of desirable materials—cotton/spandex blends for cooler weather, and more breathable 100% cotton or cotton/rayon blends for warmer months.And Plax had enough of a sense of humor to throw the launch party at a New York night club, which makes us love these even more.Plaxico Burress socks are availalble starting at $24 at 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game 4 Reasons Why You Should Visit Bowling Green, Kentucky Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play Applast_img read more

Heatwave toll rises to 101 in Bihar

first_imgPatna: The death toll from severe heatwave rose to 101 in Bihar, an official data showed on Friday. However, unofficially the heatwave has claimed more than 250 deaths across a dozen districts. According to the State Disaster Management Department website, 101 deaths have been recorded till 11 a.m. on Friday. Of these, Aurangabad recorded 48 deaths, Gaya 39 and Nawada 14. Death were also reported from Patna, Begusarai, Arwal, Jamui, Bhojpur, Buxar, Rohtas districts where temperatures hovered above 49 degrees Celsius since last week. Prohibitory orders have been imposed in the wake of extreme weather conditions under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in Gaya, Begusarai, Darbhanga, Gopalganj, Madhubani and Sitamarhi districts. The state Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar told the media here that the government will conduct an enquiry on the intensity of the heatwave between 3-5 p.m. on June 15 which resulted in the highest number of deaths in a day due to heatstroke. “Chief Minister had directed the concerned departments to find out the reasons behind the sudden escalation in heat wave last week,” an official said. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the victims. On Thursday, Nitish Kumar visited the state-run Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital in Gaya where dozens of heat stroke patients were being treated. The hospital Superintendent Vijay Krishna said 206 patients were undergoing treatment. The government has also issued a heat alert and advised people to avoid going out during the day time.last_img read more

MNS activist kills self party links it to ED notice to Raj

first_imgThane: An activist of the MNS allegedly committed suicide in Maharashtra’s Thane district, with some party leaders on Wednesday claiming he was “depressed and worried” over the Enforcement Directorate’s notice to MNS chief Raj Thackeray. However, the police said no suicide was found and a probe was underway to ascertain why he took the extreme step. A state spokesperson of the MNS said the deceased, Pravin Chowgule (27), was a loyal worker and fond of Thackeray, and his death was a “major loss for the party”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ However, police sub-inspector Mahesh Kawde said Chowgule was an alcoholic and used to be frequently depressed. He allegedly doused himself with kerosene and set himself afire at his residence in Kalwa township around 10 pm on Tuesday, Kawde said. When some of Chowgule’s neighbours saw smoke emanating from his house, they rushed there and took him to a local hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, he said. “No suicide note was found at the spot,” Kawde said, adding that the police registered a case of accidental death and a probe was underway. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He said Chowgule lived alone and used to work as a tourist car operator. “He used to be frequently depressed and was a liquor addict. He had earlier also attempted suicide on two-three occasions,” the official said. However, MNS Thane unit spokesman Nainesh Patankar said Chowgule took the extreme step as he was “depressed and angry” over the ED’s notice to Raj Thackeray. Prior to committing suicide, Chowgule expressed concern over this in posts on his Facebook page, he said. Another party worker said Chowgule was “worried” and constantly talking about Thackeray getting the ED notice. “We told him to calm down and take rest, but it did not work. We came to know of his extreme step on Tuesday evening and took him to a local hospital. Doctors told us he had 85 per cent burns and died before reaching to hospital,” he said. Meanwhile, a state spokesperson of the MNS said Chowgule was a loyal party worker and fond of Thackeray. “The party men knew him for his enthusiasm and he would paint his body in the party colour during every political event organised by the MNS…it is a major loss for the party,” he said. After getting information of his death, several MNS leaders and activists rushed to the hospital around midnight. Thackeray has been summoned by the ED in connection with a money laundering probe. He will appear before the ED on Thursday, the MNS earlier said. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Thackeray said he would “honour” the summons, and appealed to his party workers to maintain “peace and harmony” and not to indulge in violent protests. The ED is probing alleged irregularities related to loans and equity investment worth over Rs 450 crore by Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) in Kohinoor CTNL Infrastructure Company, which is developing Kohinoor Square tower in Mumbai’s Dadar area.last_img read more

Father tells BC judge that happy loving girl 8 taken for no

first_imgNEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — The father of an eight-year-old girl who was smothered by her mother says a happy, empathetic, sensitive and loving child was taken away from the world for no reason.Gabe Batstone told a British Columbia Supreme Court judge at Lisa Batstone’s sentencing hearing that the worst part has been seeing the impact on her two young half-brothers, who live with “profound grief.”Lisa Batstone, of Surrey, B.C., faces an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 10 years for smothering her sleeping daughter, Teagan, with a plastic bag in December 2014.Crown lawyer Christopher McPherson asked the judge to make the woman ineligible for parole for 16 to 18 years because Batstone abused her position of trust to kill a child and has continued to attempt to deflect blame.Gabe Batstone’s current wife, Stephanie Batstone, told the judge through tears that her eldest son has lost his ability to be a kid because Lisa Batstone took his sister, his best friend and his childhood.The defence has not yet had the opportunity to make sentencing submissions, but it argued at trial that her mental state at the time of her daughter’s death was unclear.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

“Banana Spleen” Solo Exhibition by Alëxone Dizac kicks off on Oct….

Marrakech – On October 31, the David Bloch Gallery in Marrakech will present the solo exhibition of the French artist Alëxone Dizac entitled “Banana Spleen.” The exhibition will be held until November 22, 2014.Featuring works on fabrics and paper, Alëxone Dizac arrived at the David Bloch Gallery as if it was his playground.Using different fabrics, expert Moroccan craftwork, and the world of his characters, Dizac delivers his own vision of the spleen. Inside this intimate exhibition, viewers travel through a universe populated by strange and familiar animals. Dizac’s creation allows the spectator to get lost in a visual maze of dimension that these animals— dark and colored, violent and childish— portray. Through these portrayals Alëxone Dizac expresses his colorful melancholy and humor. His work depicts contemporary social satire with latent irony.Paris, early 90?s: the streets of the capital are adorned with the “Oediperies.”  Their author, the young Alëxone, spray paints color, writing and unique characters onto its streets. Some call Dizac a graffiti artist, yet he has developed his style through using other mediums besides urban spaces.Although willing to experiment, Dizac maintains the street spirit. Alëxone’s style is distinct. Between colors, materials, words, and atypical characters, the thirty year old artist depicts urban poetry and subtle majesty. His surrealist characters exist in a world of sweet craziness.Haloed penguins, flame-spitting horses, and cross-eyed dogs create an absurd and chaotic animal world. These animals change form and meaning from one artwork to another. Viewers can see how graffiti, pop art, and byzantine art inspire his art pieces. Alëxone merges mundane icon and classic masterpiece with a touch of humor and irony. Alëxone teases the viewer and couples lightheartedness with a serious intention. There is no single artistic interpretation, as everything is possible.Alëxone works with superposition, transparence, volumes, and different mediums. He works on high-quality textiles or on photographs. His unpredictable mix in style is an integral part of his overall talent.One can find his work on printed t-shirts, kids’ slippers or in chocolate, thanks to Dizac’s collaboration with gourmet chef Christophe Roussel on an artistic chocolate creation. In Dizac’s collaboration with Yomek, they created two bronze sculptures, Michto and Bruno.Using Oxmo Puccino’s words, Alëxone is a “one of the big names of this world,” with a rare and special personality. read more

Special cabinet meeting on Avant Garde next week

The JVP leader said that Senadhipathi had also sought a meeting with him but he refused to meet him. (Colombo Gazette) The Government was this week accused of deceit in its probe on fraud and corruption, including in several high profile cases. Dissanayake said that even investigations into the Avant Garde floating armory has not progressed as far as one expected.He claimed that the chairman of Avant Garde, Nissanka Senadhipathi has met some members of the Government, raising suspicion of a hidden deal. A special cabinet meeting will be held on Avant Garde next week, President Maithripala Sirisena said today.When cabinet met yesterday the issue had been discussed and a special cabinet meeting will be held next week to discuss the issue in full. Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, in an adjournment motion debate, told Parliament that the Government gave the impression to the public it was fighting corruption but was really doing the opposite. read more

Hamilton woman stabbed to death

A 56-year-old Hamilton woman was stabbed to death Saturday night in the city’s second homicide of 2014.The victim has been identified as Margaret Elizabeth Steer.The woman accused of killing Steer is Karen Flynn, 43, of Hamilton.Both women lived in the public housing units on 500 McNab Street North in Hamilton.Flynn will appear in a Hamilton court tomorrow to face a second degree murder charge.

Heads of 25 UN agencies to discuss support for Africa

In its discussion of Africa, the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC) – which brings together the heads of UN organizations, funds, programmes and specialized agencies – will focus on coordination among UN bodies at the country level as well as support for the New African Initiative. On Friday and Saturday, at Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s suggestion, the agency chiefs will review the progress so far in fulfilling the pledges in the landmark Millennium Declaration, and discuss ways of raising funds to move the implementation process forward. read more

Encana gets oily with US31billion acquisition in Eagle Ford shale

Encana gets oily with US$3.1-billion acquisition in Eagle Ford shale by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted May 7, 2014 4:10 am MDT CALGARY – Encana Corp. is spending US$3.1 billion to enter the oil-rich Eagle Ford shale in Texas, marking yet another big strategic shift under new CEO Doug Suttles.“This acquisition, I think, represents a significant step towards repositioning the company for success,” Suttles, who took the reins just under a year ago, told analysts during a conference call Wednesday.Shares in Encana were up more than four per cent at $25.58 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Calgary-based company (TSX:ECA) has long been known as a dominant North American natural gas producer, having spun off its oil operations to create Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) in 2009.The deal with Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas, a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., tilts Encana more towards oil, roughly doubling its output of the lucrative commodity.Suttles said he believes Encana can improve performance on the newly acquired properties, which cover about 18,400 net hectares.“One of the reasons we’ve acquired this position is we see the opportunity to apply our resource play expertise and extend the recoveries,” he said.Last fall, Suttles unveiled a new strategy for Encana, which had for years struggled with low natural gas prices, and juggled operations in dozens of different regions.The company honed in on five core areas: the Montney and Duvernay in Western Canada; the DJ Basin in Colorado; the San Juan Basin in New Mexico and the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale in the southeastern United States.Once the deal closes, the Eagle Ford becomes a sixth.Encana could focus on up to eight core areas, Suttles said.The Eagle Ford purchase is “fully aligned” with the new strategy laid out in November, he said.“And, in fact, we believe it accelerates our plan that we laid out at that time.”The new strategy also involved Encana cutting 20 per cent of its staff and spinning off some of its Alberta land holdings into a separate publicly traded business called PrairieSky Royalty Ltd.Encana also has recently sold dry gas assets in Wyoming and East Texas, which are less attractive than ones that produce oil and natural gas liquids.“Fundamentally, what we’ve done here is exited a couple of dry gas positions and converted that into a significant oil position, which I think is completely consistent with our strategy,” said Suttles.Encana said the Texas property has an estimated drilling inventory of more than 400 locations in the heart of the Eagle Ford.In the first quarter of 2014, production from the acreage to be acquired by Encana included approximately 46,000 barrels per day of total liquids production and 44 million cubic feet per day of natural gas, which generated an operating cash flow of US$327 million.Suttles said there are enough pipelines in the Eagle Ford area to get the crude to market, adding that the oil fetches an attractive Light Louisiana Sweet price.As for whether Encana would look to pick up more acreage in the area, Suttles said: “If the right opportunity were available, we’d clearly look at it.”Fellow Canadian oil and gas company Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM), also in the midst of a big restructuring, has been selling many of its assets. One of those was rumoured to be the Eagle Ford, but Talisman CEO Hal Kvisle said his company isn’t actively looking for a buyer.“It is one of the hottest and most active plays in the U.S. — there are always people inquiring and expressing interest in assets like that,” he told reporters following Talisman’s annual meeting. “We’re not closer to a deal in the Eagle Ford today than we ever have been.”Freeport-McMoRan said about half of the proceeds from its Eagle Ford sale will go toward repaying debt, with the rest to be invested in the Gulf of Mexico.“Our team built a solid position in the Eagle Ford, which will enable Encana to build on our success,” CEO James Flores said in a release.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A worker adjusts hoses at an Encana Corp. gas well, near Mead, Colo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Brennan Linsley read more

UN torture prevention body urges Kazakhstan to enhance prisoner rehabilitation

“We note that Kazakhstan has significantly reduced the number of people deprived of their liberty and improved conditions of detention, but the prison system continues to overemphasize restrictions and punishment, rather than reintegration and rehabilitation,” said Victor Zaharia, who headed a first visit to the country by the Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT), in a news release.According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) the SPT delegation presented its confidential preliminary observations to the Kazakh authorities at the end of the 20 -29 September visit. Among the places the experts visited were prisons, prison camps, remand centres, police stations, guardhouses, correctional rehabilitation centres, psychiatric and forensic institutions and other detention facilities.“We welcome the fact that we were granted prompt access to information and documents, as well as to places of detention where we were able to conduct private interviews with persons deprived of liberty,” Mr. Zaharia said in the release.Highlighting the importance of granting similar access to the national independent monitoring body, known as National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), he added that “full access to all places where people are or might be deprived of their liberty is key to the effectiveness of the NPM, and hence preventing the torture or ill-treatment of detainees.”SPT members carried out private and confidential interviews with law enforcement officials, medical staff and persons deprived of their liberty. The delegation also met Government officials and representatives of civil society, and held discussions with the country’s Human Rights Commissioner, who has been designated to function as a national preventive mechanism.The SPT will submit a full report to the Government, containing its observations and recommendations on prevention of torture and ill-treatment of persons deprived of their liberty. As with all other States, the SPT is encouraging Kazakhstan to make this report public.The other members of the delegation were Arman Danielyan, Marija Definis-Gojanovich and Paul Lam Shang Leen. read more

Highpriority targets to drive Azumahs gold exploration push in Ghana

first_imgAzumah Resources has received an updated targeting study from geological consultants CSA Global that has confirmed 18 very high-priority and 32 high-priority target areas within a total of 140 at the company’s 2,400 km2 Wa gold project in Ghana, West Africa. Thirty-eight of the target areas are totally new.The study will underpin Azumah’s post-seasonal rains exploration push to increase Mineral Resources to over 3.0Moz and Ore Reserves to over 1Moz gold. The majority of the target areas are ready for initial low-cost auger and aircore drill testing and subsequent RC testing.Azumah’s Managing Director, Stephen Stone, said the CSA study and its exceptionally large number of priority target areas confirmed his view that there remains considerable opportunity to take the Wa gold project to the next level.“Whilst we have sufficient Ore Reserves to firmly underpin a seven-year, 100,000 oz/y gold mining operation with robust operating margins, we recognise the need to increase Ore Reserves to reduce the establishment capital cost assigned to each reserve ounce and to enhance overall project metrics.“Given what we can already see, our excellent track record of discovery plus our enviable regional-scale footprint of prospective Birimian geological terrain, we are confident in our ability to grow resources and reserves,” he said.last_img read more

He could have another eight years or more at the highest level

first_img Short URL Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM ‘He could have another eight years or more at the highest level, which is scary!’ From second-choice scrum-half to world-class 13, Garry Ringrose’s rise has been extraordinary. Share37 Tweet Email1 By Murray Kinsella Ringrose returns for Ireland against France today. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“He adds an extra dimension,” says Ireland captain Rory Best. “Garry has that X-factor, there’s no doubt about it. He just has the ability in a really, really tight game like we’re going to get against France to potentially unlock something from nothing.“I’ve played with a few players in an Irish jersey who had that ability and whenever it comes to tough moments that’s really important.“To see how hard he’s worked to get back quickly, it’s a real bonus for us. Garry is just a little bit different. He doesn’t have the sheer size but his footwork is just electric.”Oddly enough for a player who is so perfectly suited to the 13 jersey now, Ringrose was mainly a scrum-half up until he was in fifth year in Blackrock College and only became an outside centre in sixth year, via a stint at fullback.Ringrose wasn’t a star in his early school days, but he eventually shone in Blackrock’s Leinster Schools Senior Cup success in 2013, when he was a goal-kicking influence who scored a long-range solo try in the final against St Michael’s College.Since then, he has excelled consistently but it wasn’t always the case that Ringrose looked destined for the top of the game. Far from it.Justin Vanstone, the current Blackrock senior team coach, was in charge of the school’s ‘House’ team – a development side for the senior team – when Ringrose was in fourth year but initially sent him to play with the Colts, a step below.Ringrose hadn’t been able to get onto the Junior Cup team as a scrum-half in third year, playing for the seconds. However, when he was dispatched to the Colts, something began to stir.“He was too good and got sent back to me,” recalls Vanstone. “I actually taught Garry in third-year Maths as well. As well as being a coach’s dream, he was a teacher’s dream. Ringrose playing Senior Cup rugby for Blackrock in 2013. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“Very self-driven, very self-aware, he knew what he was good at and what he wasn’t so strong at.“When I sent him to the Colts, he listened, he was never a guy who questioned why others were ahead of him. He focused on making himself better and made sure that it was clear I’d made a mistake. That’s Garry in a nutshell.”There was something about Ringrose’s subtly clever play that suggested to Vanstone that he would thrive with more space, despite his relatively small stature at that stage. A move to fullback bore fruit.“Garry has a great sense of space, great spatial awareness,” says Vanstone. “He’s a good footballer, makes really good decisions and is very calm.“We realised we needed to get Garry on the ball more and more. He wasn’t the biggest guy at that stage but I liked how he made up for it in other ways. Technically, he was very sound.”And yet, Ringrose still wasn’t marked out as a future professional when he reached sixth year, but an injury at 13 saw him making the move into midfield and suddenly his potential kicked into full gear.His catch-pass, kicking, defensive and decision-making skills were perfect at outside centre and he was a vital figure as the Peter Smyth-coached Blackrock side won the Cup.Only months later and after leaving school to join Leinster’s sub-academy, Ringrose was selected for the Leinster U20s despite being a year young for that level.He played in a game against Leicester Tigers’ academy at Ashbourne, where then Ireland U20s coach Mike Ruddock was watching.“He got the ball out in the five-metre channel close to the touchline,” recalls Ruddock. Ringrose in his first season with the Ireland U20s. Source: Photosport/Andrew Cornaga/INPHO“There were three young Tigers looking to hunt him down but with the most incredible bit of footwork I’ve seen – other than Shane Williams – Garry managed to dance through these three would-be tacklers and come out the other side without any of them touching him.“Not only that but he ran on and scored. It was standout stuff and you’re looking for that when you’re putting a national squad together.”With that major green tick alongside his name, Ringrose was brought into the Ireland set-up a year early, starting the first two Six Nations games before Ruddock dropped him for the remainder of the 2014 championship.Ruddock felt the 18-year-old wasn’t quite suited to the heavier, more physical games in the Six Nations – when the weather can be poor – but kept Ringrose in his plans for that summer’s Junior World Championship.“I left him out and I remember saying that he needed to keep working hard on becoming a little bit more physical with his defensive duties. He did that, went away and worked hard with a real focus on it.”Ringrose proved to be a sensation in New Zealand in 2014, excelling as Ireland finished fourth. He was nominated for World Rugby Junior Player of the Year after a string of performances that included a two-try showing against Wales in Pukekohe.“He was fantastic and put in a great physical shift in defence,” says Ruddock. “Straight away, we were all talking about him as a potential senior player.”Advancing into the Leinster academy proper for the 2014/15 season, Ringrose had another year with the Ireland U20s under Nigel Carolan, helping them to seventh place in Italy in the 2015 World Championship.His senior Leinster debut came at the start of the 2015/16 season – a campaign in which he made 20 starts – and he was an Ireland international by November 2016, making his debut against Canada at the age of 21. Throughout the rise, Ringrose has looked unflappable and remained unfailingly level-headed. One couldn’t meet a more polite interviewee. Ringrose on his senior Ireland debut in 2016. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“He’s got a lovely set of parents,” says Vanstone of Ringrose, who still helps out in Blackrock whenever asked. “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, and his younger brother Jack [who plays for UCD in the AIL] is the same.“What was really impressive with Garry and Jack was the way they supported each other. Garry talks about his family a lot in interviews and he very much lives that life too – he’s so supportive of Jack.“Garry lives things that some teenagers might not see as being very important – he’s very polite, respectful, intelligent and he had all those traits as a 15-year-old and he’s just carried it on.” Ruddock has always been similarly impressed with Ringrose’s character, enjoying a chat with the Leinster midfielder whenever they bump into each other now.“He was the same with the U20s – humble, respectful, unassuming,” says Ruddock. “Let’s be honest, he’s a good-looking guy, a bit of a film star profile, but he doesn’t walk around with any sort of cockiness about him and you’ve got to love that about the guy.“Every time I see him he doesn’t seem to have changed at all. He’s at ease in anyone’s company and I think he’s a great ambassador for Irish rugby. I’ve met his mum and dad and he’s from a lovely family, so it’s very easy to see why he’s like that.”Ringrose – who many people feel was hard done by not to tour with the Lions in 2017 – is already a vital figure for Ireland and he will be even more important in the post-Schmidt era after this year’s World Cup when there will be an inevitable sense of transition.“He is the kind of guy you can build a side around,” says Vanstone. “He’s an excellent role model. Ringrose is a key figure for Ireland at the age of 24. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“He could have another eight years or more at the highest level, which is kind of scary!”Best, who will vacate his position as Ireland captain after the World Cup, also has respect for Ringrose’s unfussy style of leadership.“The way Garry leads is a wee bit similar to the way Earlsy [Keith Earls] leads, it’s not so much talking in big groups but it’s managing people around him,” says the Ulsterman.“When you’re training and playing, he manages the forwards, drags us around the place. He’s so fit, he sets so early and puts pressure on you to set too. It’s that little bit of talk too.“He leads, firstly, by his actions on and off the pitch.”- This article was updated at 11.52am to correct ‘team’s’ to ‘teams” in the second paragraph. IF YOU WERE to have a debate about the best outside centres in world rugby at present, Garry Ringrose’s name would be very much in the mix.Still just 24, the Dublin man has become a key cog for Leinster and Joe Schmidt’s Ireland, a player of intelligence and decision-making class, essential to both teams’ defences and capable of delivering crucial cutting edge in attack.He makes his return from a hamstring injury for Ireland against France in the Six Nations today and his team-mates are happy, perhaps even a little relieved, to see him back in the 13 shirt. Mar 10th 2019, 7:01 AM Andy Dunne joins Murray Kinsella and Ryan Bailey to discuss Joe Schmidt’s undroppables and how France might attack Ireland’s predictability in The42 Rugby Weekly. 32,472 Views 10 Comments Subscribe Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Wine Cellar CARIFTA Team to be revealed changes for anglers

first_img Recommended for you 11th Annual Conch Festival set for November 29th to feature popular food competition and other activities Related Items:carifta team, desmond williams, fishing and golf tournament, Wine Cellar Dominican Republic rum a fine favorite at Caribbean Food & Wine Festival, Turks and Caicoscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Mar 2015 – Some changes made to this weekend’s Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament; moving the two days of sport fishing to Saturday and Sunday due to some suspect weather conditions. Desmond Williams, PR and Marketing Executive for Wine Cellar said: “We will now be fishing this Saturday & Sunday as the weather seems to improve quite a bit on these days. We will start a little earlier 7:30 am and boats must be back for weigh in by 5:00pm.” Tonight, the Captain’s Meeting & Calcutta is all set for the Tiki Hut from 5:30pm; Williams revealed that the 2015 CARIFA Team members will be announced at that event… tonight. The fifth Golf & Fishing Tournament will see proceeds to go the Edward Gartland Youth Center and the TCI Carifta Team, which is headed to St. Kitts and Nevis for the Games this Easter.last_img read more