‘I cried’: Serena Williams misses baby’s first steps at Wimbledon

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Williams became a mother in September and missed last year’s Wimbledon because of her pregnancy. She’s back looking for her eighth title at the tournament and reached the fourth round on Friday.She has brought Olympia with her, and a photo on the baby’s Instagram account last week showed her sitting on one of the grass courts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ADVERTISEMENT Serena Williams says she missed her daughter Olympia’s first steps while she was practicing at the All England Club on Saturday.Williams tweeted: “She took her first steps… I was training and missed it. I cried.”She took her first steps… I was training and missed it. I cried.— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 7, 2018ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jayson Castro asks for time to ‘recover,’ skips TNT’s final elims game Playing at Wimbledon comes at a price when you’re a new mother. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View commentslast_img read more

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MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgAnother countdown to an Ebola free country commenced yesterday, but before then and for always, there is a need to recommend a joint strategy for hygiene education in our schools. Going to school at St. Teresa Convent, Monrovia was not easy and before then; going through the rigours of elementary at St. Mary Catholic High School, Bushrod Island, and Monrovia, Liberia was equally as challenging in terms of imbibing hygiene education and provision of hygienic facilities including water and sanitation.Whether we like to accept it or not, Liberia is a country in crisis as the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) of 2014/2015 not only threatened to cut off an already limited access to hygiene facilities, but severely impact on our education system as well, contributing to increase rates of water borne diseases, particularly amongst the very vulnerable school children.While Hygiene education is included in the primary curriculum, it is not yet clear if this is the case in both secondary and tertiary syllabus and the quality of the programme even in primary schools, in general is poor. The lack of water availability combined with generally poor sanitation and hygiene practices among school children and youth are predisposing factors to the escalation of Ebola virus.The response to the Ebola epidemic over the past months has been primarily financial and technical involving a lot of international support and guidance. It is our opinion at Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, that the response to the Ebola virus should factor in long term preventive measures that introduces hygiene education in all learning institutions, both private and public.Our (Peace Messengers) discourse on introducing hygiene education centers on whether the outbreak of the Ebola virus in our midst stimulate a greater , or perhaps different type of, hygiene education programme that prevent the spread of Ebola Virus and other food/water borne or zoonotic diseases among children and youth in Liberia.Introducing or the reintroduction of Hygiene education programme in schools requires us to plan and develop guidelines of hygiene education programming. This effort requires a work plan of collaborative activities and not necessarily that of the Government of Liberia. We all have a part to play in developing hygiene education materials that are appropriate to our social economic context. Training and capacity building for hygiene education programming must take place within the context of our cultural values and beliefs.We must teach young people to live in peace and in hygienic environment, we must also try to instill in them the practice of hand washing which must and should be supported with the provision of adequate water supply and sanitation facilities in our schools.Peace in Liberia, especially as we cope with the aftermath of and a resurgence of the Ebola Epidemic remains fragile and concerning. Our Ebola Educates programme continues and we seek your support.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates: Introducing Hygiene Education in Schools – Part 2-Crafting Hygiene Education Curriculum in Schools”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mayor to seek Council’s approval to release list of delinquent businesses

first_imgMayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine has told media operatives that the Council will have to decide on whether the list of businesses that owe taxes to City Hall should be released in the public domain.Mayor Ubraj NarineHe made this comment on Wednesday in light of remarks emanating from the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce (GGCI) that a list should be provided after Narine pointed out that some 140 enterprises are delinquent tax payers.The GCCI expressed disappointment at the “public and broad brush attack on the integrity of the entire business sector” by the Mayor. In fact, the body said it was looking forward to being briefed on the Mayor and City Council’s (M&CC) plan for the city as well as its financial position.On Friday last, Mayor Narine called a press conference where he complained that over 140 city business proprietors have failed to pay taxes, which results in the build-up of garbage in Georgetown.The Mayor had complained that the overflow of garbage in the city was as a result of damages to the tyres of the lone tractor owned by the City Council.A replacement of the tyres is difficult to obtain locally, he said, which saw the garbage bins throughout Georgetown being left unattended for the past three days. Further, it is expensive to buy new tractors, the Mayor noted.GCCI President Nicholas BoyerThe Mayor then lambasted some 144 “high-end businesses” in Georgetown which have failed to pay their taxes and who owes City Hall billions.According to Narine, City Hall is willing to procure two additional tractors, however, this is difficult since the finances are unavailable.However, the GCCI, which represents businesses in the city and on the outskirts of the country, said that the remarks shared by Narine were rather “displeasing”.“The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) notes the recent public comments of His Worship, The Mayor Ubraj Narine, which it finds displeasing to the intended spirit of a recent meeting convened with the new Mayor at which the Chamber extended an olive branch to discuss issues, not limited to but including those, which may be hindering the City Council’s collection of taxes,” the body stated.According to the Chamber, all of its members are mandated to adhere to its code of conduct which includes respect and adherence to all legislative framework, inclusive of tax payments.“The GCCI has always stood on the side of the rule of law and will continue to encourage all businesses in Georgetown, both members and non-members of the GCCI to be responsible in their civic duty of paying taxes,” the Private Sector body assured.It further stressed the importance of businesses, noting that they create employment and economic activities to benefit everyone.As customary, 30 Councillors would vote on decisions to be taken by the Council, where the majority would determine what action should be taken. This process would be spearheaded by the Mayor and overseen by the Town Clerk.last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger laments Arsenal’s poor finishing in goalless draw with Southampton

first_img1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was unimpressed by his side’s ability to find the back of the net as they drew 0-0 with Southampton in the Barclays Premier League on Tuesday night.The Gunners were met by boos from frustrated fans as they saw their side unable to beat Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster, despite 11 shots on target.Wenger said: “We produced quite a good performance, especially in the second half when we created 10 goal chances.“At the end of the day we came out with no goals.“I believe the performance we wanted to produce was there, but we cannot be happy with the way we finished our chances.“I think what’s most disappointing is some players missed some chances that usually they would take.“Our finishing is very bad at the moment – we have played three (league) games now without scoring a goal. In all those three games we had chances that we didn’t take. At that level it’s important.”Arsenal were the only team in the top six of the Premier League who failed to win on Tuesday night, and Wenger was frustrated at the result because he knew his side could do better. He said: “We started slowly but in the first half, a bit nervous because we lost our last game at home but in the second half it was one-way traffic.“We still couldn’t score. We didn’t make enough of our set pieces, we didn’t take them well, we didn’t finish well.“It’s just that our finishing was very poor.“It’s maximum frustrating, when your team puts the energy in and creates the chances.“When you have no chances you come out of the game thinking ‘Okay, there was not more in it.’ When you come out and you think there was much more in the game like that (tonight), when you have our ambition of course it’s frustrating.” Laurent Koscielny missed an easy header last_img read more

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Lakers win minus Bryant

first_imgBy Elliott Teaford STAFF WRITER The marquee attraction was absent Friday night, stuck at home in Southern California with a sprained right wrist that needed attention. Kobe Bryant wasn’t the only player missing in action when the Lakers concluded their injury-riddled training camp with a 101-97 victory over the Sacramento Kings in front of 10,089 fans at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Lamar Odom and Maurice Evans also sat out because of shoulder and hamstring injuries, respectively. Opening night is Tuesday at Staples Center, but getting a handle on the bruised and battered Lakers has been a chore. Even Lakers coach Phil Jackson didn’t know what to say when asked how he would assess their progress during camp, launching into a tongue-in-cheek political rant. “I think we should go and bomb Iraq,” Jackson said, perhaps meaning Iran rather than Iraq. “Personally, I don’t like any of the candidates running in the presidential contest. Other than that, basketball is going just as it should.” Asked what he would keep his eye on during the game, Jackson at first declined to give a straightforward answer. “Gary Vitti’s bald head,” he said, referring to the Lakers’ athletic trainer. “That’s what I’d like to watch.” Jackson then added, “You look at the young players to see what they’re doing correct and incorrect. You see how your team is functioning on the floor.” Andrew Bynum scored 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Lakers (3-4 in exhibition games) past the Kings. Ronny Turiaf had 18 points and eight rebounds. Jackson grew more serious when asked about his own health. Jackson underwent hip replacement surgery during the summer and has been using a cane to get around, leaning on it on the sidelines as he conducts practice. “I had a goal to get off this cane by the beginning of the season and I think I might be able to do it,” he said. “I’m progressing along. It’s become my carriage. It’s going to be tough to leave it behind, though. “It’s one of the things Alex (McKechnie, the Lakers’ physiologist) has been on me about, not relying on the cane. I’ve actually left it behind the last couple of days when I’m around the house. I’m feeling much more confident without it.” Evans injures hamstring Evans injured his left hamstring in practice Wednesday. He probably could have played, but decided to rest so he can be fit for opening night against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. “I sat out (Thursday) in practice,” Evans said. “(Resting for opening night is) exactly why I’m not playing. It’ll give me five days. Hopefully, this won’t be a recurring thing. I haven’t had too many issues.” Evans sat out several days when he strained the same hamstring in the opening days of training camp in Hawaii. He said rest and rehabilitation solved the problem the first time and expects it will do the trick this time, too. Clippers fall to Warriors Monta Ellis scored 27 points and Golden State blew a 23-point lead before Michael Pietrus hit a 3-pointer with 64 seconds left to help beat the Clippers, 109-103, at Staples Center. Corey Maggette scored 23 points and Sam Cassell and Chris Kaman added 20 each for the Clippers, who ended the preseason 4-4. Brevin Knight did not play because of a strained left hip flexor, and Ruben Patterson sat out with a dislocated pinky on his right hand. But both are expected to be ready for next Friday’s rematch against the Warriors. Around the league Kings: Point guard Mike Bibby will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season after tearing a ligament in his left thumb. Sonics: Kevin Durant missed his second consecutive preseason game. The second overall pick in June’s draft was back in Seattle shooting and walking on a treadmill to test his sprained left ankle. Then Jeff Green, the fifth overall pick, sprained his left ankle during the third quarter of a preseason game with the Phoenix Suns. Miscellany: David Stern said there’s no immediate plans for a new franchise in the NBA, and he didn’t promise Las Vegas would be first in line for a team. The AP contributed to this notebook.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

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FIFA ethics committee recommends ban for former German FA president

first_img1 Wolfgang Niersbach, former president of the DFB FIFA’s ethics committee has recommended a two-year ban from all football activities for former German FA president Wolfgang Niersbach for an alleged bribe paid to secure the right to host the 2006 World Cup.Niersbach, a member of the FIFA Council, resigned as the boss of German football in November, saying he took “political responsibility” for the scandal but denied any personal wrongdoing.FIFA’s ethics chief Dr Cornel Borbely opened the investigation in March and last month passed on his report to the adjudicatory chamber, which has now decided to proceed with “formal adjudicatory proceedings against Mr Niersbach”.In his report, Borbely has called for a two-year ban and a £21,000 fine for breaches of four articles of the FIFA Code of Ethics.The decision to proceed with the case was taken by the deputy chairman of the ethics panel, Alan Sullivan, and Niersbach can now ask for a hearing and submit his own evidence.The payment at the centre of this controversy was made in 2005, when Niersbach was an executive vice-president of Germany’s organising committee for the 2006 World Cup.He has always claimed that it was part of a FIFA financing deal to unlock a £173m grant for World Cup staging costs.But a 2015 report by German magazine Der Spiegel has alleged it was pay-back for a loan made by former Adidas boss Robert Louis-Dreyfus to bribe voters to choose Germany when the decision was made in 2000.Allegations of corruption have surrounded that vote from the moment it became known that Oceania delegate Charlie Dempsey abstained in the final round.The New Zealander was supposed to have voted for South Africa, which would have made it 12-12, giving the casting vote to then FIFA boss Sepp Blatter who wanted to take the World Cup to Africa.Dempsey said he abstained because of the “intolerable pressure” he had been placed under by both the German and South African bids.The claims did not stop there as reports emerged in the German media that the government and leading domestic businesses appeared to be trying to influence FIFA voters from Asia with arms sales and commercial investments.Niersbach, now 65, has always vigorously defended his and the bid committee’s actions, and he has remained prominent at FIFA, including during last week’s congress in Mexico City.Niersbach is also a member of UEFA’s executive committee and UEFA issued a statement which read: “UEFA has taken note of the opening of proceedings by the FIFA Ethics Committee against Mr Niersbach and will closely follow developments in this respect. There are no further comments to be made at this stage of the proceedings”.last_img read more

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Donegal socialisers to reunite to recall memories of famous London pub

first_imgA Donegal reunion is on the cards for former regulars of famous west London pub, the Hop Poles. The charity event aims to bring back both fond and hazy memories of the Hammersmith bar, and will take place on Saturday 15th October at the Tara Hotel, Killybegs.The Hop Poles was taken over by Dungloe couple Jackie and Mary Greene in July 1968 and became a focal point for Irish men and women in London over the next 20 years. Jackie was heavily involved with Tir Chonaill Gaels GFC at the time, becoming chairman in 1970, and Donegal Gaels were to hold many meetings at the venue, from club AGMs to much less formal occasions.Alongside the Gaels, all classes of tradesmen and women, especially tunnellers, carpenters, ground workers and gas workers, converged on the Hop Poles around this time.This continued after Jackie’s sister Elle and her Galway husband Gerry Curley took over the running of the pub in the mid 70s, and up until the pub changed hands in 1975.Anyone who was about London around that time are invited to come to the Tara Hotel and share memories of drinking with friends on the Hammersmith Broadway. There will be a buffet on the night and music by Eunan McIntyre, commencing at 7.30pm.There will be a cover charge of €20 on the night, and also a raffle, with all proceeds going to the Donegal Cancer Bus and Solace Cancer Support Group, Donegal Town.Accommodation is available at the Tara Hotel (0749741700), Bayview Hotel (0749731950), Fleet Inn (0749731518), The Ritz (0749731309) & Seawinds B&B (0749732003).For further information please follow @hoppolesreunion on Facebook.Follow @hoppolesreunion on Facebook for more information. Donegal socialisers to reunite to recall memories of famous London pub was last modified: September 5th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalLondonpubREUNIONThe Hop Poleslast_img read more

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More than 300 laid off at Warner

first_img “We had to take some difficult measures to position the company for the future,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “We acknowledge that these decisions have affected people’s livelihoods and to that end, we examined every aspect of our business in order to cut costs responsibly and to keep staff reductions to a minimum.” Studio sources said the timing of the layoffs were not designed to coincide with Wednesday’s earnings announcement by the parent company but instead were timed to give employees the required 60 days notice before the end of the year. Time Warner easily surpassed Wall Street expectations due as the number of subscribers to high-speed Internet and digital phone services increased during the third quarter and online advertising was also on the rise. The quarter’s earnings rose to $897 million, or 19 cents a share, from a year ago when earnings were $499 million, or 11 cents a share. Revenue rose by 6 percent to $10.5 billion. “In short, our company is strong and getting stronger,” Time Warner Chairman and CEO Dick Parsons said. Time Warner executives said they planned to spend $12.5 billion to buy back shares from investors, more than double the $5 billion buyback promised after the value of the shares plummeted by 75 percent following the disastrous 2000 merger with AOL. “Our solid third-quarter results and expanded stock repurchase program program highlight the fundamental operating strength of our businesses and their growing momentum,” Parsons said. Time Warner properties include HBO, CNN, a cable company, the WB broadcast network, Time, People and Sports Illustrated magazines, as well as Warner Bros. studios. Shares of the company’s stock climbed 33 cents closing at $17.90 on the New York Stock Exchange. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They may have peaked in home video sooner than some of the others have,” observed media analyst Dennis McAlpine. “They have pushed an awful lot of product through both in movies and television.” An executive, speaking on the condition of anonymity, expects at least 100 more layoffs to come from within its international division within the next few days. “It’s sad,” the executive said. The company said the layoffs affect all divisions of Warner Bros. Entertainment, including feature films, home video, television, consumer products and corporate. Among the most high-profile layoffs is that of Michael Andreen, president of production of Warner Independent Pictures. Also being let go is Andrew Kramer, the unit’s vice president of business affairs. This represents two of the unit’s top five executive positions. BURBANK – Time Warner Inc. may have announced an unexpected 80 percent jump in quarterly profits Wednesday, but the mood was far from celebratory on the Warner Bros. studio lot where more than 300 employees have been given pink slips this week. Film studio revenue was up by 6 percent to $2.7 billion with the summer hits “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Batman Begins” and New Line Cinema’s “Wedding Crashers,” all which reached more than $200 million in domestic grosses. Warner Independent Films also had the biggest hit of its short history with the unexpected hit “March of the Penguins,” which had taken in $76.5 million domestically as of Sunday. Despite these successes, the layoffs came as the Warner Bros. Entertainment division aims to dramatically reduce its costs. The DVD boom – which had been largely led by Warner Bros. during the first eight years of the format’s existence – is finally leveling off and the company is making cuts in anticipation of a slowdown in revenue. last_img read more

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TPP poised to move forward

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Numerous agricultural organizations, after reviewing the text of the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, expressed strong support for the TPP deal and called on the U.S. Congress to expeditiously pass the agreement.Initiated in late 2008, TPP is a regional trade deal that includes the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, which account for nearly 40% of global GDP.“Past U.S. free trade agreements (FTAs) have demonstrated the importance to our industry of opening international markets,” said Dr. Ron Prestage, a veterinarian and president of the National Pork Producers Council. “TPP will provide benefits to our producers that dramatically exceed those of prior trade agreements. I assure you that pork producers across this great nation will do whatever it takes to get TPP passed by Congress and implemented.”Previous agreements have increased U.S. pork exports by 1,550% in value and almost 1,300% in volume since 1989 — the year the United States began using bilateral and regional trade agreements to open foreign markets — and now are valued at nearly $6.7 billion.“The United States now exports more pork to its 20 FTA partners than to the rest of the world combined,” Prestage said. “Free trade agreements work,” he stressed, “not just for pork producers and U.S. agriculture but for the entire U.S. economy. As a nation, we export almost as much to our FTA partners as we do to the rest of the world combined.”More than a quarter of total U.S. pork production now is exported, and those exports add more than $62 to the price pork producers receive for each hog marketed. Pork exports help generate an estimated 110,000 pork-related U.S. jobs.Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes, who said a final TPP agreement would be “the most important commercial opportunity ever for U.S. pork producers,” estimates the TPP will exponentially increase U.S. pork exports and help create more than 10,000 U.S. jobs tied to those exports.“Without the TPP agreement, U.S. pork exports to the Pacific Rim region would be at a serious competitive disadvantage,” Prestage said. “Competitors such as the European Union, which are negotiating FTAs with countries in the region, will leap at the opportunity to fill the void that congressional delay would create. It is important that Congress act swiftly so that we don’t fall behind.”The TPP has the potential to provide even greater trade benefits if and when it is opened to additional countries, such as Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, all of which have expressed interest in joining the trade bloc.“NPPC deeply appreciates the efforts of U.S. trade officials in achieving an outcome from the TPP negotiations that will provide enormous new market opportunities for high-quality U.S. pork products,” Prestage said.Not everyone in agriculture, however, is as pleased with the TPP.“This agreement has been peddled to farmers and ranchers as a potential goldmine for farm exports. But as with other trade deals, these benefits are likely to be overshadowed by increased competition from abroad, paired with an uneven playing field that will not only reduce revenues for farmers and ranchers but will also speed the loss of U.S. jobs,” said Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union.
“This agreement looks to be particularly bad for the nation’s ranchers. The beef export opportunities are very modest. Japan included a snapback provision that will allow them to fully reinstate the current high levels of tariffs if it deems that beef imports are hurting its domestic farmers. Japan’s protection, coupled with the very generous access the U.S. gave the rest of the world, will likely push down domestic prices.“While NFU will continue to analyze the text of the agreement, we already know TPP includes no enforceable language to address currency manipulation, an effective maneuver used by our competitors to immediately tilt the playing field in their favor, even after signing an agreement of this scope and magnitude, having the potential to completely wipe out any gains.”last_img read more

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