Indian Wells: Serena Williams, Simona Halep win; Sloane Stephens ousted

first_imgINDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 08: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates her women’s singles second round match victory against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day 5 of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 08, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images/AFPINDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-3 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Friday night.Both players returned from maternity leave a year ago at the desert tournament. Since then, Williams has reached two Grand Slam finals and returned to the world’s top 10.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Stephens wasn’t the only seed to be ousted on the women’s side.No. 14 Daria Kasatkina, a finalist last year, lost to Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 6-1; No. 19 Caroline Garcia lost to Jennifer Brady 6-3, 3-6, 6-0; No. 27 Su-Wei Hsieh was beaten by Johanna Konta 6-0, 6-2; and No. 29 Mihaela Buzarnescu lost to Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 6-2.Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, beat No. 32 Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2.In men’s opening-round matches, Steve Johnson beat fellow American Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-3, and Stan Wawrinka edged Daniel Evans 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3. Also advancing were Feliciano Lopez and Hubert Hurkacz.American Mackenzie McDonald got by Joao Sousa 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked player, won his first-round doubles match with Fabio Fognini. They beat Jeremy Chardy and Milos Raonic 7-6 (5), 6-1. “As much as she’s the toughest opponent I have ever played in my life, she’s my favorite person to play against,” Azarenka said. “Why I still play is because I enjoy the challenges. If it’s easy, if it’s boring, I don’t want to play.”The two women shared an embrace at the net afterward.Earlier, Sloane Stephens lost to Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland 6-3, 6-0 in just more than an hour.The fourth-seeded American committed 32 unforced errors, while Voegele had four aces playing in windy conditions. Voegele improved to 4-1 against the 2017 U.S. Open champion.No. 2 seed Simona Halep beat Barbora Strycova 6-2, 6-4. Other seeded winners were: No. 7 Kiki Bertens, No. 12 Ashleigh Barty, No. 16 Elise Mertens, No. 20 Garbine Muguruza, No. 22 Jelana Ostapenko and No. 18 Qiang Wang.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard scores 31, Raptors rout Pelicans Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifyingcenter_img 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “It’s been an arduous road,” Williams said. “I think we both really appreciate both of our efforts to do the best that we can do.”Azarenka is still seeking to restore order in her personal life, having been involved in a legal tussle over her young son.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWilliams needed just over two hours to close out the match. She had four aces and nine double faults and saved 11 of 15 break points.Williams and Azarenka were meeting for the first time since their 2016 final at Indian Wells, which Azarenka won. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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City Hall grants amnesty for tax defaulters

first_imgAmid financial woes…Finances Committee proposes cutting staff to save moneyBy Lakhram BhagiratA decision has been taken by the Mayor and City Council of Georgetown (M&CC) to offer a one-month amnesty period to defaulting ratepayers on the accumulated interest on unpaid property rates. In addition, Chairman of the Finance Committee Oscar Clarke suggested that the municipality consider downsizing its number of staff since salaries account for 68 per cent of the Council’s revenue.The option of amnesty was flouted so that the Council could accumulate monies toCouncillor Oscar Clarke making his presentationpay staff members for the months of October, November and December. The amnesty period runs from November 15 until December 15.Clarke disclosed that at the start of 2017, it was agreed that workers will be paid between the 25th and 27th of every month and that workers will be given a multiyear salary increase from 2016-2018. However, the Council was unable to meet its obligation last month due to lack of funds.The Chairman suggested that as it moves into the New Year, the Council should begin looking to reduce its 800 staff. He noted that the current financial state will remain if the Council continues to pay 68 per cent of its revenue for staffing. He noted that the Mayor and City Council will have to undertake a review of the entire staff structure in 2018 and this was communicated to the union, adding that the workers of the Council are paid higher than those in the public service.“We will have to discuss with them (union) the way forward in terms of reducing the number of people we have on staff…it’s not that we don’t think the Council needs the workers, the Council need the workers but the Council got to get money to pay the workers… I can make reference to a couple of positions, for example an Office Assistant here gets $74,000 per month, the Government pays about $60,000 now… Clerk 2 General is $90,266 per month, the accountant gets $184,966 as opposed what the Accountant in the public service gets, maybe $109-$110,000,” he informed.In addition to high salaries, Clarke told the Councillors that City Hall has about 260 pensioners and that number is rapidly increasing since every year workers are going into retirement. However, Mayor Patricia Chase Green said that the City is not in the habit of putting families on the breadline and a number of Councillors agreed to it.“If you cut staff then a number of families are going to be put on the breadline… we are in a crisis and we have to deal with it,” she said.‘Think-tank Committee’In order to look at ways to broaden and increase the Council’s revenue base, the M&CC decided to formulate a new committee to brainstorm ways of increasing revenue stream. After some debate, the majority of the Councillors agreed to the proposals.Meanwhile, the ‘Think-Tank Committee’ will consist of members of the Finance Committee and other Councillors who volunteer to deliberate on various ways in which the Council can either collect monies owed or embark on new revenue earning initiatives. Sitting on the committee are Councillors Monica Thomas, Akeem Peter, Jameel Rasul, Phillip Smith and James Samuels.Councillor Clarke revealed that the Council’s income was $395,720,364 in January of which $157,728,245 came from taxes. In February, the Council’s revenue was $222,066,000 of which over $168 million was from taxes. In March, the Council raked $239 million of which $186 million was from taxes.last_img read more

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Travis Eggers wins 2013 NAPA Auto Parts Peace Country Open Championship

first_imgBelow are the winners, and second place finishers from the 2013 NAPA Auto Parts Peace Country Open:Championship Winner: Travis Eggers (217), Runner-up: Ritch Hosker (225).1st Flight Winner: Stefan Brandmann (225), Runner-up: Peter Debryun (243).2nd Flight Winner: Dave L’Hirondelle (244), Runner-up: John Tanchuk (261).Advertisement 3rd Flight Winner: Brett Young (246), Runner-up: Blair Karasiuk (251).4th Flight Winner: Morris Paquette (254), Runner-up: Derek Moore (259).5th Flight Winner: Robin DeRose (271), Runner-up: Vince Trudgeon (287).Senior’s Champion: Greg Pallister (231), Runner-up: Larry London (243).Ladies Champion: Pearl Pimm (268), Runner-up: Kelly Smeeth (285).Advertisement Eggers points to his practice with his short game as making the difference throughout the tournament.“It was a good weekend, it was very rewarding that all the time I spent on my short game paid off,” Eggers says. “Without my short game, I wouldn’t have won this weekend, because I hit it poorly, but chipped well and putted well.”He adds that the conditions made things difficult on the course with all the rain in the region as of late. – Advertisement -“It was a tough weekend. Conditions were hard, it was wet and hard to make putts,” he explains. “It makes all shots [difficult]. We spend so much time practising, expecting a certain result. Now, instead of the ball rolling out on chips, they stop and grab, and shots coming onto the green spin, instead of hitting and releasing, they sometimes spin back off the green, so you have to completely change your game to get through.Troy Knight, General Manager at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club says that all the golfers who came out were looking forward to coming back for next year’s tournament.“A lot of people were shaking my hand, saying ‘thank you very much’, they had a good time,” Knight says. “They said they’d be back next year.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Hudson’s Hope RCMP publishes policing report for June

first_imgFailure to license your vessel, failure to have a license on board, or allowing the unlicensed vessel to be operated by another, may result in a fine of $287.50 being issued. Proof of Competency Going out on the water requires basic boating safety knowledge and a good understanding of the “rules of the road” for Canadian waterways. That’s why everyone who operates a motorized pleasure craft must carry proof of competency on board. This includes all types of motorized boats, no matter their size or horsepower of the engine (this includes small boats with electric motors.) What are the Accepted Forms of Proof of Competency? Proof of competency can be any of the following:Advertisement Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 Anonymously you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit http://crimestoppersnebc.ca/  for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the area’s “most wanted” page.The following are Safe Boating Tips;Licensing and RegistrationAdvertisement    a Pleasure Craft Operator Card;    proof of having passed a boating safety course in Canada before April 1, 1999;    a specified marine certificate; or    a completed rental boat safety checklist (good only for rental period). A Canadian pleasure craft may be licensed or registered. Pleasure Craft Licence If you operate or keep your boat mostly in Canada, and it is powered by one or more motors adding up to 7.5 kW (10 hp) or more, you must get it licensed, unless you register it. You must also license dinghies or tenders you carry aboard or tow behind a larger boat. Licence numbers need to be displayed in contrasting colour, as close to the bow as possible, on both sides of the vessel. A pleasure craft license is a free document giving your boat a unique license number that is valid for 10 years. The Pleasure Craft Licensing System allows Search and Rescue personnel to access information about your boat 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the event of an emergency. This could mean the difference between life and death! If your boat does not need a pleasure craft license, you can choose to get one for safety reasons. CLICK HERE or call 1-800-267-6687 for more info. Advertisementcenter_img HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Cst. William McKenna with the Hudson’s Hope RCMP has published a policing report which says that police responded to approximately 36 calls for service between May 18th and June 18th.Three check-stop roadblocks were conducted in an effort to deter impaired driving and enforce the Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations.  42 written violations and warning tickets were issued to drivers in April. On May 20th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP, Fire and Rescue and Provincial ambulance services responded to an ATV accident neat Canyon Drive.  An ATV operator had crashed and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash and the patient was transported to the hospital for treatment. – Advertisement -On May 29th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP were called to the Peace River for a missing fisherman that had been swept away in quickly rising water.  Extensive searches by land, water and air were conducted for the missing person but unfortunately, the searches were unsuccessful. Boaters are asked to be vigilant while on the river and to contact RCMP. The file is still under investigation and further searches will be conducted. On June 2nd, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to a theft from a local convenience store, where a female was seen stealing scratch tickets from behind the counter before leaving in a pick-up truck.  The truck and female were later located at another location in town and the female was arrested. The accused faces several Criminal Code and Motor Vehicle Act charges including Theft under $5000; Obstruct Police officer (x2); Assault Police Officer (x2); Uttering threat; Possess prohibited weapon; Possess property obtained by crime; Failing to comply with recognizance, and driving while prohibited MVA.  On June 12th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP were called to the Peace Canyon Dam by employees concerned about people actively fishing in waters close to the dam spillways.  The fishermen refused to leave the area after several attempts to get their attention with emergency horns. The fishermen were spoken with once returning to their vehicle and stated they were allowed to fish where they want based on Treaty 8 stipulations.  The fishermen were issued verbal warnings for trespassing. Hudson’s Hope RCMP wish to remind fisherman that concerns for personal safety supersede Treaty 8 stipulations in this context, and fishing is not permitted between the Peace Canyon Bridge and the dam. Water can be released from the dam without warning causing a serious danger to anyone along the shore and those trying to remove violators from the area.  Violators could be issued violation tickets for trespassing, and face Criminal Charges for Mischief for interfering with the Dam operations. Please adhere to the posted signs in the area. Advertisement Operating a vessel without prescribed competency, failure to have proof of competency on board, or allowing a person without prescribed competency to operate a vessel, may result in a fine of $287.50 being issued. Boat operators must ensure they comply with all safety requirements and have all required safety equipment.  Non-compliance with Canada Shipping Act and Small Vessel Regulations may result in fines being issued to the operator. As always, impaired operation of a vessel is a Criminal Offence. Visit www.tc.gc.ca for complete information on all requirements related to licensing and safety equipment. 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Arsenal to reject Juventus’ £30m bid for star forward

first_imgArsenal are set to snub a £30m offer from Juventus for Alexis Sanchez, according to reports in Italy.The Italian giants are eyeing a swoop for the Chilean star if they sell Paul Pogba to Manchester United for a world-record £100m.While Juve are still trying to keep hold of the French midfielder, they are unlikely to turn down such a mega fee and have pledged to spend a large chunk of it on a marquee signing.According to Tuttosport, Juventus have made contact with Arsenal over Sanchez’s availability but have been told their projected offer is nowhere near the Gunners’ valuation.Sanchez, 27, has been a talismanic figure at Arsenal since he signed for the club two years ago, but reports this week have hinted he would be open to a move to Juve. 1 Alexis Sanchez is yet to return to Arsenal after the Copa America last_img read more

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REGISTRATIONS TODAY FOR SUMMER PARKS TENNIS ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgPARKS TENNIS are coming to Donegal next month and are set to serve up a summer of fun for budding young tennis stars in the county.Parks Tennis Camps are renowned nationally for providing top-class training programmes and coaching tips. With Wimbledon just around the corner it’s the perfect opportunity to nurture the next Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic or Maria Sharapova or Ana Ivanovic.The programme is being rolled out at locations all over Donegal with registration taking place today June 27th from 12 noon to 1.30pm.The programme will run for FOUR weeks starting from July 6th right through until the 31st of July.The prices are superbly competitive with the four week course costing just €30 per child or €80 for a family.  The list of venues where the programmes take place and where you can register are outlined below.All registrations at the venues take place from 12 noon to 1.30pmBallybofey, Butt Hall Tennis Club – Contact – Frances – 0862401059Buncrana Tennis Courts – Contact – Scott – 0860714999Culdaff Tennis Courts – Contact – Eilish –  0877963396Letterkenny Tennis Club – Contact – Gerry – 0863809Ramelton Tennis Club – Contact – Mary – 0879773957Rathmullan Tennis Club – Contact – cormacfriel@gmail.comREGISTRATIONS TODAY FOR SUMMER PARKS TENNIS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: June 26th, 2015 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:donegalParks Tennisregistrationlast_img read more

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PUBLIC INVITED TO ST CONAL’S MASS FOR THE DECEASED

first_imgThe annual mass of remembrance for deceased service users, staff and benefactors of St Conal’s Hospital in Letterkeny and the Donegal Mental Health Service will take place in the Education Centre at St Conal’s Hospital on Friday 9th November at 3 p.m.All are invited and welcome to attend.  PUBLIC INVITED TO ST CONAL’S MASS FOR THE DECEASED was last modified: October 21st, 2012 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:massSt Conalslast_img read more

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Major MeerKAT tender awarded

first_img7 August 2009 South Africa’s Square Kilometre Array project team has awarded a R46-million contract to build a specialised overhead power line and fibre-optic cable system for the MeerKAT radio telescope to local company Optic 1. The MeerKAT (also known as the Karoo Array Telescope) will operate 24 hours a day for 20 to 30 years, and will need up to four megawatts of power when the instrument is fully operational. “The power line has required a unique design, sophisticated hardware and metering equipment, as well as novel insulation and bonding methods, to suppress any radio waves that may interfere with the sensitive receivers of the MeerKAT,” SKA South Africa infrastructure manager Tracy Cheetham said in a statement this week. The transition from wooden pole structures to steel pole structures provides better earthing, an important design consideration to reduce sparking that could cause unwanted radio frequency interference. Optic 1 is a leader in the field of supplying and securing power lines. Installation of the power line will kick off with the construction of 73.5 kilometres of wooden pole structure from Carnarvon to the site, followed by 35 kilometres of steel monopole structures to the core of the SKA site. The Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University, along with a team from Hatch Africa, are currently doing a feasibility study on supplying concentrated solar power to MeerKAT. “We are investigating a hybrid final power solution for MeerKAT that will combine the use of grid power with solar energy,” Cheetham said. The new 33 kV power line will run from the Karoo substation just outside Carnarvon in the Northern Cape to the SKA site about 80 kilometres away. Once complete, the new overhead line will be operated and maintained by state company Eskom.center_img Fibre optic connection The telescope will be connected to a control centre in Cape Town by an optical fibre cable, and this tender includes the construction of the optical fibre from Carnarvon to the site. The fibre-optic cable will be operated by state-owned connectivity provider Broadband Infraco. The new transmission line will initially be operated at 22 kV and should be complete by December 2009. The second phase of the project entails the upgrade of the Karoo substation from 5 MVA to 10 MVA, and operating the new transmission line at 33 kV. Karoo substation upgrade Completion of the construction of MeerKAT is scheduled for December 2012, with commissioning in 2013. The MeerKAT telescope is a precursor instrument to the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which will be built either in South Africa or Australia. “This is a great challenge and one of our most remarkable projects ever,” said Dirk Van der Westhuizen, technical director of Optic 1, which is based in Brits in North West province. “We are delighted to be a part of building the MeerKAT telescope, a project that all South Africans can be proud of.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Geocaching.com Presents: Space Coast Geocaching Store

first_img[Click CC for Subtitles][vsw id=”n5dkVyZZAPw” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Click to watch a rare geocaching adventure. It’s part club house, part dream destination for avid geocachers. Space Coast Geocaching Store is the only full-time walk-in geocaching store in the United States. The Space Coast Geocaching Store is the hub of activity in eastern Florida. Caching supplies, from Geocoins to cache containers, stretch wall to wall. Plus the store offers one of the largest active geocaches you’ll find in plain sight.Cache Containers at Space Coast Geocaching StoreDale n Barb own Space Coast Geocaching Store. The Florida geocachers also hosts events and have been nominated as Featured Geocachers of the Month on the official Geocaching.com Blog.They have worked with parks and the geocaching community, including numerous CITO events.  They are the owners of “A Cool Cache” (GC15RQB)Subscribe to the Official Geocaching.com YouTube channel for the latest tips and tricks in geocaching. Watch the more than 50 videos produced by Geocaching.com on our video page. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related”Sputnik 2010: A Geocache Odyssey” GC2JPJJ GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK December 20, 2010December 20, 2010In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 7, 2011July 27, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”December Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentJanuary 7, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

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So Long “Intro” — Meet the Geocaching® App

first_img SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 3): Geocaching® app & retirement of Classic appMay 10, 2018In “Community”The Classic app is retiringFebruary 2, 2017In “News”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 14): Geocaching® app updatesMay 21, 2018In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Geocaching Intro, the baby app we first introduced to the world in 2013, is all grown up! In the time since it said its first ‘hello’, we’ve added a host of great features to the app for players of all experience levels.With today’s addition of Lists, ‘Geocaching Intro’ has officially outgrown its name. So we’re renaming it. Nothing too out there. We’re kind of traditional that way.Without further ado, we are excited and proud to introduce the Geocaching® app!Here are 4 things you may not know about the newly named Geocaching® app:The updated design actually makes using the app outside, better. A crazy expectation for a game played outdoors, we know. The visual contrast and updated styling make reading geocache details easier wherever you are.The app is best with Premium. Premium members can find any geocache in the world. Plus, they gain access to tools for sorting and filtering geocaches as well as more intuitive workflows for finding all geocache types.Players can move seamlessly between Geocaching.com and the app. For example, lists that you create on Geocaching.com will automatically appear in the Geocaching® app. Same goes for conversations in the Message Center.We are not done with this app. We are actively seeking feedback from the geocaching community to help us improve it. Together, we think we can make this app the ultimate mobile tool for geocachers!Don’t yet have the Geocaching® app or haven’t checked it out in a while? Here are just a few of the cool, new features you’ll find:Live Search for GeocachesThe world is full of hidden delights. With Live Search, the geocache map automatically displays geocaches near you — even when you’re on the move! Fun with TrackablesOn a future geocaching escapade, you’ll likely uncover a trackable. The Geocaching® app makes logging trackables easy and fun.A Better Way to Find GeocachesFinding a Multi-Cache or EarthCache can be a good challenge! Thankfully, new tools for advanced geocaches, like adding waypoints or sending photos to geocache owners, leave the challenge where it belongs — in the thrill of finding a geocache.last_img read more

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