Errani beats Svitolina to reach Dubai final

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP):Sara Errani of Italy, advanced to her second Dubai Tennis Championships final with a 6-4, 6-4 win over 21st-ranked Elina Svitolina of Ukraine yesterday.The 22nd-ranked Errani was a 2013 finalist, losing to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic.The match was a one hour, 51-minute battle of long rallies and games, featuring eight service breaks.Errani prevailed with a final break in the ninth game of the first set and seventh game of the second set.”It was really tough,” said Errani, who will seek her ninth WTA title. “Every point, every game was really long. It’s unbelievable for me to be playing in another final”.Errani will play the winner of the semi-final between 38th-ranked Caroline Garcia of France and 47th-ranked Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic.last_img read more

History-making Olympian Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn

first_imgConsidering herself an unyielding soul, history-making double Olympic silver medallist Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn had no doubts that she would win a parliamentary seat as throughout life – in athletics as well as everyday pursuits – she has never settled for anything but the best.Cuthbert-Flynn earned double Olympic silver medals in the 100m and 200m at the 1992 Barcelona Games in Spain and copped bronze four years later in Atlanta, United States, as a member of Jamaica’s 4x100m women’s team.”I didn’t settle for second (1992 Olympics). It is what it is. Anything that I do, anyone who knows me knows that I am going to try to do the best that I can and not going to ever do anything half and half. Never!” she stressed.The 51-year-old on Thursday became Jamaica’s first Olympian to win a seat in Parliament.She emphatically upstaged two-time parliamentarian Paul Buchanan for the St Andrew West Rural constituency.Cuthbert-Flynn, running in her first election, polled 9,742 votes to Buchanan’s 7,517.ALWAYS CONFIDENT”I was always confident of victory because I was putting in the work. I was walking sometimes six, seven days a week, and I was walking for five to six hours a day. I walked off two pairs of sneakers. The bottoms fell off,” she told The Gleaner in an interview.Though many would consider her a celebrity and international star, Cuthbert-Flynn contends that she still joins lines in public places like banks and lives a low-key life.”Representing your country in track and field, it’s little bit different. I think it’s going to be little bit different representing the people of the country in Parliament because when you are running, you’re running for yourself in a lot of ways and the country gets the glory, but I think in this race and in this instance, it is a little bit different. It’s not just for me. It’s not really about me, It’s really about the people. That’s how I look at it,” she pointed out.Cuthbert-Flynn describes her journey in life as an Olympian and politician as an important one, one that has inspired and motivated people, but she adds that she now considers herself a public servant.”I think just seeing the things that I’ve seen on my journey, it gives me that extra push where I must give a hundred per cent and I must do for the people. I must work for the people. There is no half and half … I want to leave a legacy just like I have in track and field,” she remarked.”I have left a legacy in track and field that no one can ever take away from me. They can tell me that I got second, but I am in the history books forever and ever,” she added.last_img read more

Dysfunctional political atmosphere

first_imgDear Editor,It is very clear that Guyanese who historically vote for the APNU (PNC) are primarily in control of important institutions like GECOM and it is obvious that they are doing whatever they can to give APNU an unfair advantage in the upcoming elections.Just within this week, allegations surfaced that GECOM has been secretly modifying the NRR (National Register of Registrants). This is dead wrong. GECOM can only engage in secret transactions like these because it is saturated with Guyanese from mainly one political party.Also, there are APNU supporters beyond GECOM who have been engaging in hostility as a means of propelling the APNU back to power. Such hostility not only affects the elections but it also negatively influences visitors. Many within the diaspora have refused to visit Guyana during this election season. And Guyanese from rural communities have also expressed fears about visiting Georgetown. This kind of dysfunctional political atmosphere not only affects the elections but it also affects lives.The Guyanese people have also witnessed how the lawless APNU supporters have openly harassed PPP/C associates on Laing Ave in broad daylight. And, as I watched the dysfunction on Laing Avenue, I remember this is exactly how young girls who were perceived to be from families who support the PPP/C were treated on the streets of Georgetown. They were targeted, blocked, harassed and fondled on the streets in the most humiliating ways. These are my childhood experience and memories. And I hope that the Editor gives me a chance to share my memories with the entire world for the betterment of humanity. The world must hear of our pains in this country. We cannot continue to suffer at the hands of ignorant bullies.We have also witnessed APNU supporters demanding the removal of the PPP/C flags from the streets of Georgetown. They have also been caught destroying PPP/C flags all across Guyana on several occasions during this election season. These are serious and chronic behavioural problems. The State news agency (NCN news) has even unfairly covered the launching of the political campaigns. For example, the PPP/C campaign was live-streamed on Facebook for one minute while APNU was live-streamed for 60 minutes by NCN. The NCN has even shut out free speech in an effort to give APNU an unfair political advantage. Also, Guyanese will never forget that during the 2015 elections, a female APNU supporter who is said to be related to a high-ranking Government official deliberately urinated on the PPP/C flag.Sincerely,Annie Baliram (PhD)last_img read more

AC Milan great Maldini returns to club in director role

first_imgMaldini, whose number three shirt has been retired by the club, made a record 647 appearances in Italy’s top flight, winning 26 trophies including seven Serie A titles and five European Cups.He also played 126 times for his country, finishing as a runner-up at the 1994 World Cup and Euro 2000.“There are few words to describe what Paolo Maldini represents for AC Milan,” club chief executive Paolo Scaroni said in a statement on Sunday.“Today’s appointment is yet another sign of Elliott’s commitment to build a strong foundation for long-term success.“It will not be easy and it will take time, but we have ambitious objectives, and Paolo’s appointment is an important step toward returning AC Milan to where it belongs.”Milan splashed out over 200 million euros ($231 million) on players last summer but finished sixth in Serie A and failed to qualify for the more lucrative Champions League.The club was taken over by US hedge fund Elliott last month after the Chinese owners of the Italian giants failed to repay debt.Milan signed Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus in a three-player swap deal on Thursday that saw Leonardo Bonucci return to Turin with Mattia Caldara moving in the other direction.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paolo Maldini won seven Serie A titles and the European Cup five times in a glittering playing career with AC Milan © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVMILAN, Italy, Aug 5 – Former Italy defender Paolo Maldini, who spent his entire 25-year playing career at AC Milan, is returning to the club as their sporting strategy and development director.The appointment of the 50-year-old Maldini in the new role is part of Milan’s attempt to restore the club to past glories having finished no higher than sixth in Serie A since 2013.last_img read more

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink slams Aston Villa’s Remi Garde

first_imgGuus Hiddink has hit out at Remi Garde after the Aston Villa boss revealed his interest in Loic Remy.Chelsea manager Hiddink feels Garde should have spoken to the Blues before announcing he wanted to sign the France international.Villa want to take striker Remy on loan for the rest of the season to boost their survival hopes, with the club bottom of the Barclays Premier League and 11 points from safety.Garde confirmed his interest on Wednesday to leave Hiddink, who returned to Stamford Bridge to replace Jose Mourinho this month, unhappy.“From our point of view, I don’t think we or the management will go into a similar situation,” Hiddink said.“You have to respect where the players are. If you are interested, talk first to the people with whom they are contracted. You cannot go into details.“The player has signed a contract here and must be fit for us. He’s having a difficult time regarding his injuries. He has to prove first of all that he’s a good Chelsea player. He has had a calf problem for several days.”SEE HERE: Chelsea news: Guus Hiddink rubbishes Cesc Fabregas exit rumours but stays silent on Loic Remy to Aston Villa reports 1 Chelsea’s Guus Hiddink last_img read more

County offers $10,000 for information on suspect

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The victim was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where she was treated for a broken eye socket, a broken nose, contusions and a possible concussion. She remains hospitalized, but is expected to make a complete recovery. Scott said that Pierce, who also goes by the names Anthony Pierce and Kevin Erby, is a habitual parole violator and has been convicted of sexual acts with children under age 14 as well as narcotics violations. “We don’t know where he has gone, he has no car or job and no ties to this community,” Scott said. “Because of his other sexual assaults, we consider him extremely dangerous. We’re not putting anything past him.” Millie Jones, senior deputy for county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, said the supervisor was offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to Pierce’s arrest and conviction. “He hopes that the reward will serve as an incentive for people to come forward with information, regardless of how irrelevant they think it might be,” she said. A copy of the sheriff’s bulletin with Pierce’s photo and description was posted in the staff room at La Mesa Junior High School in Canyon Country, but no notices were sent home with the students. “Because it appears to be localized and not someone who has kidnapped children off the street, we are not sending anything home at this time,” said William S. Hart Union School District spokesperson Pat Willett, adding that it wasn’t known if the girl is a student in the district. Anyone with information about Pierce’s whereabouts or with further information on the incident is asked to call the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau at (866) 247-5877. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The public’s help is being sought – with a $10,000 reward for information resulting in a conviction – to find an ex-convict who authorities say attempted to rape his niece Monday afternoon in Canyon Country. Marcus Fennell Pierce, 38, a registered sex offender, was released from prison Feb. 2 and moved into his sister’s Canyon Country apartment. Monday afternoon, he forced the woman’s 12-year-old daughter into a bedroom, beat her severely and attempted to rape her, said Sgt. Dan Scott of the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau. “The victim was home alone, doing her homework, when the suspect came home. He got the girl into the bedroom by telling her she had a phone call,” Scott said. “He pushed her on the bed and locked the door and started punching and beating her around her face and body, attempting to remove her pants. She courageously fought back and never gave up, kicking and biting him.” Scott said that Pierce then left the room for a moment, giving the victim a chance to lock the door behind him and escape through a window to the apartment management office, where a worker summoned the sheriff and paramedics. last_img read more

Chester vs Liverpool live stream, team news and kick-off time

first_imgWhen is Liverpool vs Chester?The game will be played on Saturday, July 7. Kick-off will be at 3pm.The last time these two teams clashed was in the 1945/46 FA Cup third round, when Liverpool ran out comfortable 4-1 winners on aggregate.What TV channel is it on and is there a stream?Liverpool’s pre-season fixtures are broadcast exclusively on LFCTV. Coverage of Liverpool vs Chester will start at 2pm.You can add LFCTV to your subscription if you are a Virgin Media or Sky TV customer.Supporters outside the UK/ROI or are on the move can access LFCTV GO for a monthly fee of £4.99 or £49.99 for an annual membership.What is the latest Liverpool squad news?Many of Liverpool’s stars are away on World Cup duty. Despite Egypt and Senegal being knocked out at the group stage in Russia, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will not feature as they take a break before heading back to Merseyside.It could, though, be a first opportunity for Liverpool supporters to get a glimpse of Keita and Fabinho. Adam Lallana, who missed out on selection for England’s World Cup due to fitness concerns, could feature, along with Adam Robertson, Daniel Sturridge and Loris Karius. Liverpool have already returned for pre-season training – minus those World Cup action – and will play their first friendly match against Chester this weekend.Fans will be eager to see their two big-money summer arrivals in action, Naby Keita and Fabinho, and they may get to do so at the Swansway Chester Stadium. Jurgen Klopp will run the rule over his Liverpool squad against Chester First day for Naby Keïta. 👋#LFCPreSeason— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 2, 2018What other matches are Liverpool playing in pre-season?Liverpool will play nine games in total before they kick off their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on August 11.The pick of the matches will take place in America, with the Reds facing Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Manchester United.See the full schedule here. 1last_img read more

What’s your money style?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Does that mean we should never splurge? Not at all. My wife, Georgina, and I have spent far more than $5,000 on many memorable trips, including expeditions to Antarctica and the Amazon. I have happily spent thousands of dollars over the years to build a 7,000-song digitized music library and a computerized collection of a million-plus master chess games. The difference is that these expenditures actually give me pleasure. I’ve been thinking about this topic after a reading numerous books and articles on behavioral finance. (Among recent ones, check out the article “What Money Type Are You?” in the August 2005 issue of Money magazine, and the book “How Much Is Enough,” by Diane McCurdy, published by Wiley in September.) Details differ, but the basic premise is the same: We all have distinct money personalities that shape our approach to saving and spending. Some of us, myself included, are natural savers who value and enjoy financial security and prefer to make rational decisions about money (but, as you’ve seen, can succumb to irrational urges). Others, with more of an entrepreneurial bent, thrive on taking risks in pursuit of big riches and/or doing great things with their money. Others want to spend every cent they make, now. For others, their greatest pleasure is giving their money away, such as donating it to charity. No one money personality is “better.” They are just different. Many of us exhibit traits from more than one personality type. The important thing is to know what we are and compensate for it when necessary. Twenty-five years ago, when another newspaper hired me for a job I thought was more “prestigious,” I felt the need to dress the part. With utter disregard for the south Florida heat – and my own predilection for cool, comfortable clothing – I splurged on a couple of wool three-piece suits. Emboldened by a higher salary, I also bought other expensive stuff, including an organ and a “state of the art” chess-playing computer. But with my new hellacious hours at work, I never found time to play the organ and ended up selling it for a fraction of what I paid. The chess-playing computer quickly became obsolete and one day stopped working. The new job? It wasn’t a good fit and I resigned after eight months. My barely worn suits, too hot for comfort, hung in the closet for years before I donated them to a charity-run thrift shop. Altogether, I spent at least $5,000, more than I got for switching jobs. But my loss was far greater. Had I invested the money and matched the return of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, I would be sitting on about $120,000 today. A saver, for example, needs to learn to loosen the purse strings. Risk takers can use a fallback plan. Spenders and givers need to make sure they don’t jeopardize their financial well-being. But all of us can be financially successful – and happier – if we recognize and acknowledge our own money personalities. Doing so is much more likely to work than following rules that may appeal to rational savers but not other types. For example, rational savers are likely to be put out by findings that 85 percent of American recreational golfers can tell you the score of their last round but only 52 percent know the value of their portfolio (based on a just released survey by Nationwide Financial and Golf Digest). But even though I am not a golfer, I recognize the pleasure a hobby can bring and why it can be important. And going well beyond hobbies, major life decisions cannot be judged merely on dollars and cents. “Many of the important decisions we make are so inexplicable or illogical or even impossible from a financial standpoint,” said Mari Adam, a certified financial planner in Boca Raton, Fla., who, like me, considers herself a rational saver. Adam is talking about couples who struggle to save money to adopt, or who debate having one parent stay home with the children knowing the financial sacrifice such a choice entails, or think about quitting a job they hate without knowing how they’re going to pay the bills. “What drives these decisions is a very personal search for happiness, not the maximization of wealth,” Adam said, and I think that’s how it should be. How about you? I invite all readers to write and share what you think have been your best and worst spending decisions. I’ll pick the ones I consider the most interesting and include them in a future column. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice each Thursday and answers readers’ questions each Saturday. Write him at 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


first_imgJOB VACANCY: A Donegal company is on the hunt for a Financial Accountant to join their hard-working and dynamic workforce.Mantis Cranes LTD want a Financial Accountant for a 12 – 14 month fixed term contract to cover maternity leave to commence mid April with a view to extension.Candidates will hold a qualification from a recognised accountancy body and will have at least 3 years PQE in a commercial environment. Familiarity with SAGE Accounting systems and good knowledge of Excel and other office systems is a requirement.A competitive salary is offered.Please apply by e-mail to attaching a current CV by 31st March 2015.Only applications received directly from applicants will be considered.  JOB VACANCY: DONEGAL COMPANY SEEKING TO RECRUIT FINANCIAL ACCOUNTANT was last modified: March 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Financial AccountantJob VacancyjobsMantis Cranesnewslast_img read more

La Liga: Can Villarreal compound Atletico Madrid recent misery?

first_img Tags: Atletico MadridDiego SimeoneSpanish La LigaVillarreal Atletico are without a victory in their last two La Liga games. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Villarreal vs Atletico MadridEstadio de la Cerámica, VillarrealFriday, 06-12-2019 @11pmRef: Alejandro HernandezVillarreal looked set to home in on the European qualification spots after securing five wins from seven throughout September and October; however, things have since taken a pretty significant turn for the worse for Javier Calleja and his side.Last weekend’s 2-1 loss against Valencia in the Derbi de la Comunitat marked their fourth La Liga defeat in five and saw El Submarino Amarillo drop to 13th in the standings.They have been beaten by three teams in the bottom five in recent weeks (2-1 vs Eibar, 3-1 vs Mallorca and 3-1 vs Celta Vigo), with a 0-0 home stalemate against Athletic Bilbao on Matchday 12 the only mild relief for Calleja’s charges amid a truly wretched run.While clearly low on confidence and struggling defensively after leaking 10 goals in their last five matches, Villarreal will at least take heart from the fact they have lost just one from seven at home this season going into Friday’s game; they have the attacking tools to test Atleti with 28 goals notched in their 15 games thus far.Atletico Madrid finished a relatively distant second to Barcelona last season and they are already six points behind the Catalan giants after losing 0-1 when the teams met at Wanda Metropolitano last Sunday night.Los Rojiblancos played extremely well after a run of just one win from six in all competitions and arguably deserved a share of the spoils, but they ultimately failed to take their chances and succumbed to a Lionel Messi strike four minutes from time.Diego Simeone’s side were consequently shuffled down to sixth in the table following Matchday 15 wins for Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad, and they desperately need to hit back this Friday night at la Ceramica to stay in touch at the top of the standings.It’s quite possible, though, that recent exertions and last weekend’s sucker punch may have left their mark on Atleti and they will hardly go into this contest with all guns blazing, having failed to win any of their last six away fixtures in all competitions.Both of these teams will feel on edge going into Friday’s clash and are likely to prioritize avoiding defeat as they seek to stop the rot. That could lead to quite a cat and mouse affair.The other Spanish La Liga match-day 16 fixturesSaturday, 07-12-2019-Real Madrid vs Espanyol @3pm-Granada vs Deportivo Alaves @6pm-Levante vs Valencia @8:30pm-Barcelona vs Mallorca @11pmSunday, 08-12-2019-Eibar vs Getafe @2pm-Getafe vs Athletic Bilbao @4pm-Valladolid vs Real Sociedad @6pm-Leganes vs Celta Vigo @8:30pm-Osasuna vs Sevilla @11pmComments last_img read more