Defending champion Serena Williams stuttered to a low-key and error-strewn 6-2 6-4 first-round victory over Swiss qualifier Amra Sadikovic on Tuesday.Looking ill-at-ease, as though her quest for an elusive 22nd grand slam title was weighing heavily on her shoulders, Williams struggled with her serve and sprayed balls wide on both sides of the court. She served three double faults in the fifth game of the first set.It was Williams’ first match since she lost the French Open final to Garbine Muguruza this month and the American should have had few problems against Macedonian-born Sadikovic, ranked 148th in the world and with little main tour experience.By turns urging herself on and telling herself off, Williams eventually secured match point when her opponent just missed a lob and sealed victory after challenging a wrong call when her shot landed on the far baseline.
Saturday’s third round at Royal Port Moresby Golf Club was the hottest day of the week so far making Beaufils round of 5-under 67 all that more impressive.“I don’t know if I handled the heat, I felt pretty flat on the back-9,” said Beaufils, who struggled through the stifling hot day.“I said to my playing partner Dan (Nisbet) on 10 I’m not sooking, I’m just not feeling good. I made some great saves and just hung in there. I was just thinking about breathing and concentrating on everything but the shot and then just committing. That is what got me there in the end.”Beaufils started the day three shots behind the leaders on 5-under par, he fired 5-under the card in his final hive hole to hold a comfortable three shot buffer heading in to the final round.“I’m very happy with the finish there, it’s probably the best finish I’ve ever had. Adding the heat to it and how I was feeling, it was easily the best finish I’ve ever had to a round of golf.”Here in the field as a tournament invite and with no status on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, Beaufils said he’s given no thought to possibly securing a spot to play through to the end of 2018.“To be honest the only thought on my mind is just how I’m going to hydrate and cool down, it’s just too hot to think about anything else,” Beaufils added.The lead changed hands several times in a day where the where top spot was shared by up to six players at one point.Four Professional are tied 2nd on 7-under par; Queenslander’s Brett Rankin, Tim Hart and Cory Crawford as well as New South Welshman Adam Stephens.Mitch Brown (NSW) shot 5-under 67 to be tied 6th with Josh Younger (VIC), Daniel Nisbet (QLD), Anthony Quayle (QLD), Damien Jordan (QLD) and James Marchesani (VIC).The final round of the SP Brewery PNG Open tees off at 9:45am AEST with the final group of Ray Beaufils, Brett Rankin and Adam Stephens on course at 11:15am AEST.The SP Brewery Papua New Guinea Golf Open will be played from 4-7 May at Royal Port Moresby Golf Club in Royal Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea with the field vying for a prize purse of AU$142,000.The winner will receive Official World Golf Ranking Points and become fully exempt on to the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia for the remainder of this season plus a further season.Photo credit: PGA of Australia.
Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Eagles brace for do-or-die MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH “There’s no question that we have the talent, but I’ve been telling them we can’t win with just talent,” said Alab coach Mac Cuan. “There were stretches that we played well and there were stretches that we played really, really bad.” FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliFormer NBA D-League campaigner Bobby Ray Parks proved solid in his ABL debut, finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. But his pass to Korean import Lee Seung-jun in Alab’s final play was intercepted by Justin Howard, leading to Leon Kwek’s insurance free throws for the final count. Carrying the momentum of their 80-62 demolition of defending champion Westsports Malaysia Dragon last Friday in the season opener, the Slingers rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half behind Howard, who had 22 points and 20 rebounds. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Newcomer Alab Pilipinas quickly found out that having a talented roster just won’t cut it against the team to beat in the Asean Basketball League. The Singapore Slingers, last season’s losing finalists, spoiled the Filipinos’ home debut with a 71-66 decision Sunday night for their second straight victory at Alonte Gym in Biñan, Laguna. ADVERTISEMENT Senators to proceed with review of VFA We are young The burly import gave the Slingers a 67-64 lead after hitting a jumper with 1:24 remaining only for Parks to cut the deficit with two free throws. Singapore’s other import, Xavier Alexander, finished with 15 points including a dunk on Parks, who had blocked the American’s attempt in the first period. Alab missed its other reinforcement, Lee Dong Jun, who is still recovering from illness.Over at Kaohsiung Senior High School Gymnasium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions repulsed Kaohsiung Truth, 90-79, in a battle of expansion teams. Marcus Elliot fired 30 points, while Patrick Sullivan contributed 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Lions, who used their full-court press to take the Truth out of their rhythm for a 39-17 early in the second period. ADVERTISEMENT View comments
MODEST PLAYING CAREER BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): President of the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association (BABA) Derrick Garrett died at his home on Friday, following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 53. Garrett, also the uncle of West Indies Test and One-day International captain Jason Holder, headed the association for six years and was credited with sparking a revival in the sport in the island, following a few tumultuous years in the previous decade. “He really did a lot for basketball, staying with the sport throughout, from a junior national player to Division 1 and straight into administration,” said Anton Lovell, a former national junior teammate of Garrett, in a tribute carried in the Daily Nation newspaper. “His leadership was exemplary. When he picked up basketball, it was going downhill, but Garrett managed to stabilise the sport, and you could see every year, the administration of the game started to improve.” After a modest playing career that saw him represent the island at the youth level and help Station Hill Cavaliers, one of the island’s leading clubs, to the title, the lanky Garrett made a smooth transition from playing to administration and was elected organising secretary of the BABA between 2007 and 2011. On his elevation to the post of president, he put initiatives in place to revive the sport in the lower divisions of the club competition and got national teams to return to participation in the Caribbean Championships following a spell of absence. The local association has postponed all matches which were scheduled for the weekend as a mark of respect to Garrett.
On September 17, the Local Government Commission (LGC) issued a statement, which, inter alia, declared: “Consequent on the receipt of several complaints on the administration and operations of the Mayor and City Council of Georgetown (M&CC), the Local Government Commission has constituted a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) that will examine, advise and report on any or all irregularities that may exist within this local government body.”It announced that the Town Clerk Royston King had been sent on “administrative leave” and that the Terms of Reference (ToRs) of the one-man CoI, in the person of past Chancellor of the Judiciary, Retired Cecil Kennard were to:“1. Investigate the administration and operations of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown;2. The reason for and the process by which a motion of no confidence on the Town Clerk was dealt with by the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown; and3. Generally, to investigate any matter that may be brought to the attention of the Commissioner during the Inquiry that would adversely affect the administration and operation of the Municipality of Georgetown.”Most citizens of the country breathed a sigh of relief that at long last some relief might be forthcoming from the daily litany of scandals and corrupt practices exposed in the media, but invariably swept under the carpet. From the time of their election, M&CC had operated as if they were a law unto themselves, even as billions were transferred from the Consolidated Fund by the coalition Government to bail them out.After three months of hearings, which were riveting for their sordid and salacious details of venality and corruption, Justice Kennard submitted his Report to the Chairman of the LGC, Vibert Mingo. Citizens would now be turning their eyes to the LGE to take action since Justice Kennard did not mince words in his recommendations.It was also a further indictment on the M&CC that the CoI recommended that the previous recommendations of the Keith Burrowes Report and those of the consultant firm, Sandra V Jones and Associates be implemented immediately. It is clear that the M&CC had no interest in running City Hall on sound management principles, but rather saw it as their private money cow. Kennard recommend a forensic audit be conducted into all transactions between April 1, 2015, and October 31, 2018.Noting it was “the easiest of recommendation to make”, the CoI cited Town Clerk Royston King for gross misconduct, abuse of office, recklessness, dishonesty, conspiracy, and misappropriation of funds and recommended he be terminated, and criminal charges be laid against him in respect of his actions. It noted that the former Mayor, Patricia Chase Green appeared to have committed the tort of misfeasance and should be dealt with condignly.The Acting Town Clerk, Sharon Harry-Munroe was cited for dereliction of duty and incompetence; Assistant Town Clerk Sherry Jerrick for dereliction of duty and incompetence; Internal Auditor Omodele Umojo-Newton for incompetence and conspiracy; Chief Constable Andrew Foo for dereliction of duty and incompetence; Human Resources Manager Paulette Braithwaite for incompetence; City Engineer Colvern Venture for incompetence and dereliction of duty; and Rashid Kelman for conspiracy.The CoI found evidence that contracts were awarded to friends and associates of key officials of the Council, such as the son of the Mayor, the son of the Chairman of the Finance sub-committee, the friend of the son of the Mayor, and friends of the Town Clerk and the Mayor. It noted that under the Companies Act, Section 93, contracts can be set aside for the failure to disclose interest in same.Finally, the Report charges that, “It also appears as if there is collusion between the Mayor, the Town Clerk and the Chairman of the Finance and Human Resource Management Committees”. Because of this we believe the former Mayor should be asked to resign immediately from the Finance Committee to which she had again being appointed.The cleaning of the Augean Stables at City Hall must now begin forthwith.
A broken koker door is to be blamed for the flash flooding that occurred in Albouystown, Georgetown on Saturday last, resulting in the streets in the ward being under some six inches of water.City Councillor Malcolm Ferreira, who has responsibility for the wards of Albouystown and Charlestown, detailed his experience to his fellow councillors at Monday’s statutory meeting of the Council as follows:Mayor Patricia Chase Green“On Saturday night into Sunday morning, I saw the level of water started to come up in Albouystown; but in Charlestown it remained how it was. I went to the koker and, unfortunately, I was told by the attendant that the door wasn’t closed properly; and this was like around 2:30 in the morning, and you could see the water bubbling, and the place started to become flooded even though there was no heavy rainfall.”Ferreira was seeking clarity from City Engineer Colvern Venture, who related that he had been aware of the situation but did not know it had resulted in flooding.“That (the situation with the door not closing properly) was reported to me by the foreman, and he reported that the door was not closing; and I did indicate to him to monitor the situation and report if the water affects persons; and he did not report back to me, so I assumed the water was contained to the drain,” Venture explained.Councillor Malcolm FerreiraExpressing her dissatisfaction at the incident, Mayor Patricia Chase-Green explained that she became aware that two pumps in the city were not functioning after an inspection had been carried out on May 1. She said that upon her inspection she discovered that the Kingston Pump had not been working for a number of weeks, and another pump at Princess Street, Albouystown was also not functioning.She added that she informed Town Clerk Royston King and City Engineer Colvern Venture of what she had discovered, and the City Engineer indicated to her that he was not receiving the support of his officers.“After I would have visited the pumps and kokers, things that could not have been done in weeks (were) done within 48 hours… But what I am saying (is) that it should not have been brought to this level after weeks — that these officers are given tasks to ensure that this work was done,” she said.“I would like to ask that this matter be deferred to the Human Resource Management Committee, where some disciplinary action should be taken. Why should we wait for someone senior to visit these pumps for action to be taken to have them working? It is unfortunate, and the persons (who) suffer are the citizens,” Chase-Green added.City Engineer Venture, however, informed the Council that all the pumps and sluices are now fully functional. “The forestry (Kingston) pump: there were some issues with the batteries, and that was corrected; the Princess Street pump: that pump was out of operation since the 26th of January, 2017 because a piece of wood went into the propeller and it caused severe damages to several components of the pump. And we were able to receive those components in April, and since then we were working to have that pump working,” he related.“In addition to that, there was an issue with the Cowan Street (Kingston) sluice. That sluice was out of operation for a few weeks, and that was fixed on May 6, and all the sluices and pumps are in operation,” Venture informed.Town Clerk Royston King, explaining that he was aware of the issue of officers not executing their duties, said he had brought the matter to the attention of the Human Resources Manager, and that disciplinary action would be taken.“I have already instructed the Human Resources Manager, and I have fixed a special HR meeting for the following Tuesday (May 23), to have those officers placed before that committee to answer charges of negligence,” he said. Sometime in March, Mayor Chase-Green had warned the City Engineer (Venture) to take control of his department, or the Council would be forced to take action.
Coleman says that when visited Asia in May, it was more of a question if they were going to be open in Canada for business.But with the federal approval from the Liberal Government, he says that partners in Asia as well as others, are now seeing that Canada could be successful when it comes to LNG development in the country. Coleman isn’t concerned from recent reports that Petronas could try to sell their stake in the project and get out of the LNG market in Canada.At a speech in Calgary last week, Coleman estimated that 3 major projects and 3 or 4 smaller ones would be taking next steps, according to the article.Original story: http://calgaryherald.com/business/energy/varcoe-lng-projects-stuck-in-limbo-but-b-c-still-confident-of-success by Chris Varcoe of the Calgary Hearld.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Minister of Natural Gas Development, Rich Coleman is in Asia meeting with officials regarding the many LNG projects that have been proposed in Canada.According to an article by The Calgary Harold, Coleman has meetings in Kuala Lumpur with senior officials from Petronas to talk the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.Coleman says the permit was an important step to get to. He points out that a lot of people globally were watching the situation and wondering if anything would get done and how long it was going to take.- Advertisement -Around 20 LNG projects have been proposed but none have been built as of now.Some are wondering if Canada has missed the opportunity to be a major player in the LNG industry, with some projects being put on hold because of low LNG prices and oversupply.Pacific NorthWest LNG had been in a long federal review since 2013, with the decision to move forward coming just recently from the Justin Trudeau government.Advertisement
The rankings take into account dollar volume of sales, sales at each outlet and growth rates. Despite the flurry of sales, many in the city of 180,000 drive over the hill to patronize restaurants and shops that don’t have a presence in Santa Clarita. The city is aiming to stem the flow, Crawford said. “We see an opportunity to increase our retail sales by attracting those retail and restaurants that residents are leaving to patronize,” he said. “You have continued population growth, a lot of the home prices have moved up so it’s growing in the middle- to upper-income family ranges, and the city is growing its business base,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the L.A. County Economic Development Corporation. “That’s important to a lot of retailers because people can stop in at lunch or stop in after work and do some shopping.” Santa Clarita was among five finalists last year when the EDC, a business advocacy group, named it the county’s most business-friendly city. email@example.com SANTA CLARITA – Vigorous sales have propelled Santa Clarita into the ranks of the top 25 retail markets in the state – topping Pasadena, Thousand Oaks and Santa Monica – according to a market survey issued this week. Santa Clarita was among the 100 cities surveyed with sales of more than $1billion annually. “Santa Clarita’s retail sales exceeded $2billion,” said Jason Crawford, the city’s interim manager of economic development. “The city’s retail market is very strong, and we expect it to continue increasing.” Each year, the California Retail Survey evaluates the states’ nearly 500,000 retailers and issues its report, which is relied on by private sector and government leaders. (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WHITTIER – Aspiring gardener Bobbi Gonzalez was so thrilled to have her own pine tree to plant that she plans to dig it up and bring it to her new home when her family moves next month. The 9-year-old Mulberry Elementary School student joined 74 other children Tuesday at the Boys and Girls Club of Whittier to decorate their trees for Valentine’s Day as gifts for their families. It was all sponsored by the It’s Garden Thyme garden club of Whittier, a new nonprofit community service organization that donated 75 of the small pine trees to Boys and Girls Club members. Volunteers from the garden club and Boys and Girls Club helped teach the children how to plant and care for the trees. “I thought this was good fun because I like to plant, but at the same time you must take it seriously, since \ can poke you,” Gonzalez said. “My manager at my apartment lets me plant, but when we move, I’m going to take it with me.” The children carefully wrote messages of love or drew pictures on tiny, brightly colored foam hearts, then tied them all over their trees. Marie Zimmerman, president of the garden club, created the organization as a way to put her gardening passion to work while performing community service. “I wanted a club that could give back to other organizations while providing a learning experience for people,” said the 57-year-old Whittier resident. “I did this project to teach the kids about living things.” Zimmerman’s garden club donates flowers to the Whittier Library and several convalescent homes every week. Other activities include donating plants for fund-raisers, helping to clean up the Hathaway Ranch Museum grounds in Santa Fe Springs and providing gardening service for people who are ill. “I hope to get a small section of the Whittier community gardens for the kids to plant some vegetables,” Zimmerman said. “Many of them don’t realize where vegetables come from. They just go to the grocery store to buy them. Most kids don’t like vegetables, but when they grow them, they’ll eat them.” Boys and Girls Club Director Samantha Ridout said her organization, which provides numerous services to its members, welcomed Zimmerman’s tree project offer as a chance to help children connect with nature. “It’s a great way for these children to be introduced to gardening,” Ridout said. “Many of them live in apartments and don’t get the opportunity to dig in the dirt. It’s good for the soul.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AGUA DULCE – A Palmdale woman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of battery of a police officer after injuring two Highway Patrol officers during a traffic stop, a CHP official said. Cecilia Hammond, 33, was driving south about 9:15 a.m. on the Antelope Valley Freeway when she was stopped near Escondido Canyon Road for speeding, Officer John Lutz said. A short while later, near Vasquez Canyon Road, Hammond was stopped again for speeding, following too closely and crossing the double yellow lines, Lutz said. When she was asked to step out of her vehicle, Hammond became belligerent and physically abusive, Lutz said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “It took both officers to wrestle her to the ground,” Lutz said. Hammond was arrested and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station and is scheduled to appear Friday in court, sheriff’s Lt. Larry Gump said. The CHP officers involved suffered minor injuries and were treated at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. email@example.com (661) 257-5252