Serena Williams loses in most lopsided defeat of career

first_imgWhen the 52-minute match ended on Williams’ forehand into the net, she quickly grabbed her gear and headed off the court. She had never won only one game — she won her serve for the initial game Tuesday then not another. She got two games at the 2014 WTA finals in Singapore, falling 6-0, 6-2 to Simona Halep.“I know I can play a zillion times better so that kind of helps out, too. I have so many things on my mind I don’t have time to be shocked about a loss that clearly wasn’t at my best right now,” Williams said. “When I was out there, was fighting. That’s the only thing I can say, I wasn’t just like giving it away and I was moving a lot better. So I’m just trying to take the positives out of it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’While Williams was encouraged by her court coverage, she hardly looked like herself on a cool summer evening. She double-faulted and landed drop shots in the net. Williams missed returns and sprayed her groundstrokes long and wide.Konta, who captured her first WTA title two years ago at Stanford, got on a roll with a quick first set and didn’t take a chance in letting Williams get back in it. Konta closed the first game of the second with consecutive aces under 100 mph. 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(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)SAN JOSE, Calif. — Serena Williams walked off the court offering waves to a supportive Bay Area crowd that certainly didn’t expect to see the 23-time Grand Slam champion’s early exit.In the most lopsided defeat of her career, Williams’ disappointing night ended in less than an hour as she lost her opening match of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic on Tuesday night to Johanna Konta, 6-1, 6-0.ADVERTISEMENT “I think she played well in the second set,” Williams said. “I wasn’t sharp at all in the first set and I think she got confident and clearly ran away with it.”The sixth-seeded Williams is a three-time champion in the Bay Area. This marked the fifth tournament for the 36-year-old Williams since giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, last September. It’s her first tournament since her straight-set Wimbledon loss to Angelique Kerber.Williams shrugged in disbelief when things went well, and when they didn’t. She gestured with her hand when the ball hit the lowest part of the net.Williams had moments of brilliant shot-making to win long rallies, then would put a drop shot into the net and sigh in disappointment.The good shots were to be celebrated.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ She pumped her left arm and yelled “yes!” after winning the first point of the second game in the second. Williams then outlasted Konta for a long third point but was unable to hold serve.“It’s difficult, I guess. It’s not I guess, for sure,” she said of trying to find that consistency again.Williams, wearing a long-sleeved red dress and headband and cheered by the pro-Williams crowd, lost her second service game in the initial set and Konta then held for 3-1 as Williams made unforced errors with her timing not quite consistently there on the serve and ground game.In the sixth game of the first set, Konta hit a 101 mph ace for ad then Williams got it back to deuce before Konta held for 5-1.Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, returned to the Bay Area event for what is the former Stanford WTA stop that moved to San Jose State University for the first time.Big sister Venus is also playing here this week.From here, Serena Williams goes to Montreal next week as she received a wild card into the Rogers Cup.Following her loss in the Wimbledon final to Angelique Kerber, Williams said she had proven to herself that she could still compete to win Grand Slams.Her next Grand Slam title would tie her with Margaret Court for the most with 24. She already has the most major trophies in the professional era.Williams was treated for frightening blood clots after having her baby. At the All England Club, she wore special compression leggings as a precaution.center_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump sowing divisions, says basketball’s LeBron Jameslast_img read more

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USAID- Liberia RG3 Project Donates IT Equipment to LRA

first_imgLRA and USAID officials at Donation ceremony of IT Equipment in MonroviaThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Project for Revenue Generation for Governance and Growth (RG3), or RG3 Project, has donated sets of information technology (IT) equipment to the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), a release has said.According to the release, the equipment is intended to augment the capacity of the LRA’s data center, including its IT infrastructure.Laura Garnett, USAID Liberia’s Good Governance Team Leader, made the presentation at the entity’s headquarters on Thursday, February 21, 2019. She said those equipment are part of efforts aimed at supporting the work of the LRA, to enhance its tax collection and domestic resource mobilization program.Some of the equipment on display.LRA Commissioner General Thomas Doe Nah thanked USAID-Liberia and the RG3 for their contribution, adding that the equipment will help improve LRA’s operation in serving the Liberian people better than in previous situations.Alexander Kitain, RG3 Project Chief of Party (CoP), said that the LRA has made significant progress in improving tax policies and procedures through its services rendered to taxpayers over the years.Kitain named the launch of the e-filling payment platform and the mobile money tax payment service as key achievements of the RG3 partnership with the LRA.Items donated include six pieces of 10 generation servers, an ASA firewall valued at US$180,000.USAID-Liberia, through its RG3 Project, has been working with the LRA, to facilitate its tax modernization processes and activities, the release added.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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Mason charged for murder of taxi driver

first_imgA mason was on Tuesday charged for the murder of a taxi driver who was stabbed to death while plying his trade in Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Forty-eight-year-old Kwayana Fernandes of Lot 475 Cemetery Road, Mocha Arcadia, EBD, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Kwayana FernandesFernandes was required to plead to the indictable charge which alleged that on August 6 last, at Mocha Arcadia, EBD, he murdered Owayne Lynch.It was reported that on the day in question, Lynch picked up Fernandes in Sophia, Greater Georgetown, who requested to be taken to Mocha.According to reports, at around 21:45h, the taxi driver and the passenger got into an argument over payment and it was at this time that Fernandes pulled out an icepick from his pocket and dealt Lynch several stabs about his body.Lynch was later seen lying motionless on Cemetery Road, Mocha. His body bore multiple wounds and an ice pick was found close by.He was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Lynch, of Stevedore Housing Scheme, Georgetown, was employed at Swift Cabs, located at Dennis Street, Sophia.Fernandes was remanded to prison until August 27, 2019.last_img read more

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Accused serial robber remanded to prison

first_imgCarlton Bourne, a 24-year-old man who is accused of four armed robberies, along with discharging a firearm at one of the victims was on Monday charged for the offences when he made his court appearance before Magistrate Leron Daly in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The first charge stated that on July 26, 2019, at Norton Street, Lodge, while being in the company of others and armed with a knife, he robbed John Nedd of two phones and other items valued at $314,000.The second charge stated that on July 23, at Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Nicholas Jones of a phone valued at $55,000, a ring valued at $100,000, and other items valued at $189,000. Additionally, it is alleged that on August 13, at Middle Road, La Penitence, he discharged a firearm at Sherryann Persaud with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or cause her grievous bodily harm. Another charge stated that on August 13, at Middle Road, La Penitence, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Sherryann Persaud of two phones valued at $343,000. The final charge stated that on August 2, at Lodge, Georgetown, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Jomo Paul of a chain valued at $250,000 and $220,000 in cash.Police Prosecutor Adduni Inniss objected to bail being granted to the defendant on the grounds of the serious nature of the offences and the penalty the charge attracts. The prosecutor also highlighted the fact that Bourne has similar offences before the court.Magistrate Daly, after listening to the facts, remanded Bourne to prison. The case will continue on September 23, 2019.last_img read more

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PAHO issues US$3.5M donor appeal for humanitarian health response in Bahamas

first_imgThe Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) is requesting an initial US$3.5 million from donors to cover short-term health care and other needs for the population in The Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian.The devastating Category Five Storm made landfall one week ago (last Sunday) in north-west Bahamas, and severely affected the health sector, with significant destruction of equipment and medical supplies and electrical and water supplies in Abacos Islands and Grand Bahama.Some 73,000 persons were affected by the storm, and there are hundreds of people in shelters in the disaster zone. While 43 deaths have been officially reported thus far, mass casualty numbers are expected to rise significantly as more areas become accessible and search-and-rescue operations continue.PAHO’s Director of Health Emergencies, Dr Ciro Ugarte, said, “Our priority concerns are to restore access to essential health services and continued medical care delivery, to ensure water quality in affected communities and health facilities, and to restore proper hygiene and sanitation.”He said adequate waste management and control of disease-causing vectors such as mosquitoes is key, along with increasing epidemiological surveillance to support early detection and timely management of disease outbreaks.The US$3.5 million being requested by PAHO is a preliminary estimate to cover short-term health care, water and sanitation, epidemiological surveillance and vector-control needs in the Bahamian islands most affected by Hurricane Dorian for the next six months, Dr Ugarte said, adding that needs will likely increase as damage assessments are completed.PAHO/WHO activated its emergency teams for surge capacity and had pre-deployed Rapid Response Team experts to The Bahamas before Hurricane Dorian struck to support health authorities and humanitarian response as needs were identified. So far, 14 PAHO experts are in the disaster zone to provide surge capacity in logistics, civil, and military coordination, information management, epidemiological surveillance, communications, and coordination.Dr Ugarte said PAHO was acting quickly to support the Bahamas Health Ministry in the response, setting up an Incident Management system and co-leading the health cluster with the national health authorities to coordinate health and humanitarian support to the affected population.The funding requests include US$1.3 million to restore healthcare delivery in affected areas; US$500,000 for surveillance to detect and manage disease outbreaks; US$800,000 for safe access to water, emergency sanitation and control of disease vectors, as well as US$671,000 to coordinate humanitarian assistance and manage information to address the most urgent humanitarian needs.last_img read more

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EXPOSED BY LOCAL BUSINESS: CREDIT CARD SCAMSTERS TARGET DONEGAL

first_imgEXPOSED BY LOCAL BUSINESS: CREDIT CARD SCAMSTERS TARGET DONEGAL was last modified: September 7th, 2012 by gregShare 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)last_img

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Cresting rivers, mudslides ravage wine country

first_img “We are just very strongly recommending that people living in the lower areas lock up everything and go to higher ground,” said Linda Eubanks of Sonoma County’s Office of Emergency Services. “Just because it stopped raining doesn’t mean the water is going down.” Elsewhere in Sonoma County, firefighters rescued two people from a mobile home park, where 4 feet of rushing water washed at least one home off its foundation, said Division Chief Bob Norrbom with the Sonoma Valley Fire Authority. Rick Diaz went out into a flooded Petaluma neighborhood in a 14-foot Zodiac boat on his own to ferry residents to dry ground and rescue their pets. “He’s a hero,” said a tearful Suzi Keber after the wetsuit-clad Diaz rescued two pet lizards from her home. In downtown San Anselmo, the creek overflowed into as many as 70 businesses, said town administrator Debbie Stutsman. Two people rescued from the rising water there were hospitalized with hypothermia, she said. “I’m looking out of my office now at merchants bringing their damaged goods out into the street,” Stutsman said. “The entire downtown area was under 4 feet of water.” “It’s pretty bad all across town,” she said. In St. Helena, the Napa River was at record levels, seven feet over flood stage. The last record flood there in 1986 destroyed dozens of homes and businesses. Mudslides closed several major roads, including Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada about 25 miles west of Reno. Six tractor-trailer rigs were caught in one slide on I-80 early Saturday, but no injuries were reported. The interstate, the major corridor linking Northern California and points east, was expected to remain closed for at least two days, said California Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Dinger. “No work can be done until the slide stabilizes and we don’t know when that will occur,” Dinger said. Further east, I-80 westbound near Fairfield, about 45 miles outside San Francisco, sat under 4 feet of water and was shut down. Authorities were leading traffic in the opposite direction to break up the gridlock. “It’s a mess, everything’s a mess,” said Officer Darren Carrington of the California Highway Patrol. One woman suffered a broken leg when a mudslide destroyed her home in Santa Rosa late Friday. It took firefighters nearly an hour to free her from the debris, said Santa Rosa Fire Battalion Chief Andy Pforsich. Flooding also prompted evacuations of at least five mobile home parks in Nevada’s Reno-Carson City area. Flash flooding and landslides closed Interstate 5 both ways over the Siskiyou Summit near the Oregon line between Hilt and Ashland, Ore., but Oregon officials said three of the four lanes were reopened by midday. U.S. Highway 101 was closed by fallen trees and mud south of Crescent City. 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson In the city of Napa, near the heart of wine country, the river was 5 feet over flood stage, as water surged into a several-block area of downtown. Forecasters expected water levels to begin falling later Saturday, and rise again slightly this morning. “We had so much water in such a short amount of time that manhole covers were popping all over the city,” said Napa City Councilman James Krider. Napa officials estimated that about 1,000 homes in the area were flooded. Further inland, Reno, Nev., was seeing its worst flooding since a 1997 storm caused $1 billion in damage. At least six helicopter rescues were performed in Sonoma County, where officials warned that the Russian River in the town of Guerneville was expected to rise as high as 11 feet above flood stage Saturday evening. NAPA, Calif. – A powerful storm set off mudslides that blocked major highways and sent rivers and creeks over their banks and into cities across Northern California on Saturday. More than half a dozen people had to be rescued from the rushing water. Forecasters warned of another storm today, but flood levels were not expected to exceed Saturday’s deluge. Rain also moved into Southern California on Saturday, and flash flood watches were issued for large areas burned by the year’s wildfires in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. State officials urged residents along the Napa and Russian Rivers and on hillsides to collect their valuables, gather emergency supplies and get out. last_img read more

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JOE TO MARRY MAYO SWEETHEART JUST HOURS BEFORE CROKER SHOWDOWN

first_imgA Donegal man is crossing enemy lines tomorrow when he marries his Mayo sweetheart – just a couple of days before the All Ireland final.What makes matters worse is that Joe O’Donnell is a huge Donegal supporter and was even the mascot for the All Ireland team back in 1992.However Joe has put aside his love of Donegal GAA and will marry Fiona O’Toole at the Radisson Hotel in Sligo tomorrow. The happy couple are planning to head to Westport for the after-party on Saturday before making it to the big game on Sunday.Joe’s close friend Thomas Kane said the couple are looking forward to a great weekend and a great start to married life.However, Thomas said there is only one condition that many of the Donegal guests have agreed to go to the wedding and that’s the guarantee that ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ is played at the reception!    JOE TO MARRY MAYO SWEETHEART JUST HOURS BEFORE CROKER SHOWDOWN was last modified: September 20th, 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)last_img read more

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DONEGAL SCIENTIST CONQUERS ANTARCTICA WITH AMAZING BALLOON RECORD

first_imgThe Super Tiger Balloon getting ready for its releaseA scientist from Glenties has set a new NASA long duration balloon record in Antarctica today.Dr. John E Ward, an Astrophysicist at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, has been in Antarctica since October getting ready for the record attempt.Dr. Ward is part of a NASA research project called Super-TIGER (Super Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder), a two-ton machine that collects cosmic-ray particles at the top of the atmosphere. The Northern lights, which were visible in Donegal last year, are made by cosmic rays colliding with the earth’s magnetic field.Dr Ward is pictured first on the left before the Super Tiger’s releaseAlthough cosmic rays were discovered over 100 years ago, physicists still do not know where in the Universe they come from.Dr. Ward and his team are trying to show that cosmic rays come from explosions within groups of enormous hot stars, known as OB associations.The Super-TIGER instrument is about the size of a snooker table and weighs in at around two tons. It was launched from the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica on a NASA high-altitude balloon on the 9th December 2012.The balloon itself is massive, weighing some 5,000 lbs. It is made of plastic a little thicker than cling film and when fully inflated could easily fit Croke Park inside it!The balloon has circled the South Pole twice, at an altitude of around 130,000 feet. So far the team have collected over 50 million cosmic-ray particles.This morning Dr. Ward’s balloon flight surpassed the previous record of 42 days, set in 2004 by another Donegal man, Jojo Boyle from Dungloe with the CREAM cosmic-ray project.It is expected that Dr. Ward’s balloon will stay in the air for another 10-14 days. When the balloon is back close to McMurdo Station, it will be brought down by a remote controlled explosion triggered from a NASA satellite that will rip a massive hole in the balloon and allow the Super-TIGER instrument to fall back to Earth on a parachute. Dr. Ward will then fly in a small Twin Otter ski plane to where ever in Antarctica that the parachute lands.His first job will be to secure the valuable data disks before dismantling and recovering the two ton instrument. Dr. Ward is expected to leave Antarctica at the close of the summer season in February.An image of the two and a quarter turns taken around the South Pole by the Super TigerDONEGAL SCIENTIST CONQUERS ANTARCTICA WITH AMAZING BALLOON RECORD was last modified: January 20th, 2013 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:AntarcticaDr John E WardGlentiesNASASuper Tigerlast_img read more

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