Venus loses in Hong Kong semis

first_imgHONG KONG (AP): Venus Williams saw her chance of qualifying for the season-ending WTA Finals slip away yesterday after losing in straight sets to Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open. Seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams, seeded third, was defeated 6-4, 7-5 in a tense encounter which lasted two hours and four minutes in front of a packed centre court at Victoria Park. “It is disappointing. I had an off day, while she probably played one of her best matches this year,” Williams said. The 35-year-old Williams needed to reach the final today to boost her chances of playing in the lucrative WTA Finals, starting October 25 in Singapore. The last time Williams played in the WTA Finals – where only the world’s top eight-ranked singles players qualify – was in 2009 in Doha. Fourth-seeded Jankovic was helped by a wayward opponent whose usually strong serve deserted her. Williams also failed to take her chances, only converting two of 16 break points in the match. Last-minute wild card entry Jankovic will now meet Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the final. Kerber moved within one win of cementing her place in the WTA Finals after beating Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-2, 6-2. Second-seeded Kerber is presently ranked fifth in the Road to Singapore leaderboard and can book her ticket if she adds the Hong Kong Open title to her wins in Charleston, Stuttgart, Birmingham and Stanford. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic has made winning so routine this year that even when he dominates one of his biggest rivals, he takes it in stride. The top-ranked Serb broke Andy Murray five times en route to a 6-1, 6-3 win in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters yesterday, one of his most lopsided victories ever over the two-time major winner. Afterward, Djokovic said he would only allow himself to enjoy the victory for a moment before turning his attention to today’s final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 winner over Rafael Nadal in the other semi-final.last_img read more

US$200K Bridge Dedicated in Duo Tiahyee

first_imgDuring a recent tour of Nimba County, northern Liberia, Vice President Joseph Boakai dedicated a bridge connecting over 24 towns and villages in Duo Tiahyee, Nimba County Electoral District #2. The bridge, according to the residents, was reconstructed at the cost of about US$200,000.The brain behind the construction of the project, Representative Prince O. Tokpa, said the bridge was destroyed during the administration of former President Charles Taylor.During the dedicatory ceremony, the Daily Observer learned that due to the important link the damaged bridge served, residents requested Rep. Tokpa to help reconstruct the facility, which he implemented in collaboration with the office of the Vice President and other prominent citizens.Tokpa explained that when the bridge was in a deplorable condition, it deprived many of the citizens of access to health, education, and smooth transaction of businesses.He said the completion and subsequent dedication of the bridge has brought relief to the citizens of that part of Nimba County.“We thank God first and  through  me and the citizens of Duo Tiahyee along with our  friends who ensured the successful completion of this bridge in two months so that our people can move freely,  carry on their economic development as well as create a learning environment for our children,” Rep. Tokpa told the gathering.Vice President Boakai lauded the efforts of the citizens and local officials of government who contributed to the reconstruction of the bridge.He said that their collective and individual contributions to complete the project was a sign of things to come when real development programs start to flow.VP Boakai urged the women to join their male counterparts to undertake projects that will bring development to their county.He also dedicated several other projects while in Nimba County including the Chief’s Compound in Karnplay, a 14-bedroom Weato Memorial Health Center in Bayleglay, and a school built by the Liberia Legislative Support Project in District #8.Several citizens appreciated the Vice President for his endless contributions to peace and for helping to develop the country.They also requested the Unity Party standard bearer, if elected, to prioritize roads and agriculture among his foremost priorities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Errant business owners paying owed taxes – M&CC’s PRO

first_imgFollowing an announcement by the Mayor of Georgetown that over 140 businesses in Georgetown owed taxes to City Hall, several of these errant business persons have since settled their accounts with the Mayor and City Council.This is according to the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), Debra Lewis. She told Guyana Times on Saturday that the Council has embarked on a campaign and has been engaging the Private Sector on the issue.Several business owners have also enquired about the possibly of setting up payment plans to reduce the taxes owed to the Council.“As it relates to rates even as the information is out there, persons are coming in and if it’s not to pay the rates they are seeking information as to how they can liquidate their accounts in this regard,” she explained.Lewis noted that the M&CC looks forward to a growing partnership with the Private Sector.She nevertheless reminded that some $8 billion is collectively owed by those business owners.Earlier this month, Georgetown Mayor Ubraj Narine called a press conference where he disclosed that just about 144 business proprietors have failed to pay taxes which attributes to the build-up of garbage in Georgetown.“There is only one tractor we have at this moment to remove all those skip bins and that tractor is currently down; however, we can do better but only if we get the resources from the taxpayers then we would be able to have two more tractors. There is a list with 144 business entities that due us tax and if these taxes can be paid up to the City Council, we will get the additional tractors so that we will be able to do a better job… they owe us billions, these high-end businesses,” he said.President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Nicholas Boyer, in response said he is cognisant of the fact that some businesses in the city may run away from paying their taxes; however, he believes that direct appeals should be made to those establishments, rather than label every organisation with the same title.“Before you got to that stage of just calling out high-end businesses and so those comments may start to create a more contentious atmosphere… we understand why he is doing it because he may feel like these businesses have not been paying taxes over such and such a period so maybe he feels frustration,” Boyer explained.He added that the Chamber could have played the part of a mediator between those errant businesses and City Hall and seized the opportunity to encourage businesses to pay up their dues to M&CC.last_img read more

$35M Family Fun Park opens in Canje

first_imgThe spanking new Outback Adventures Family Fun Park and Resort located at Gangaram, East Canje Berbice has officially opened its doors to the public. The resort is a 10-minute drive from New Amsterdam and a few minutes from the Berbice River Bridge.Young businessman, Havendra SookrajThe $35 million project is a 23-year-old University of Guyana student’s brainchild. Since its official opening three weeks ago, Outback Adventures has become the premier hangout destination in Berbice.Havendra Sookraj, the young entrepreneur, stated that the resort offers the public a spacious swimming pool for both adults and kids, a swim-up bar and poolside space, both indoor and outdoor dining facilities, a restaurant with the most appealing line of cuisine, spacious benabs and boat rides.“It is one of a kind in Berbice. We decided to introduce this Fun Park in Berbice because we saw that it was a market opportunity and also because of the lack of recreational facilities in here,” he explained.The young businessman further stated that “We wanted to create an atmosphere where persons can go and unwind.”According to the young man, with the availability of a large plot of land owned by his parents, he began drafting several designs before approaching them with his final plan for the park. After several months, his parents decided to commence the construction works.The Business Economics major student told Guyana Times that it is just one of several plans his family has in the works that will tremendously boost tourism opportunities in Berbice. The resort currently does not offer stay-in accommodations, however, it is in the pipelines.“Because of the nature of the project we realise that some persons would want to come and overnight so we decided that in the future we want to work on creating some sort of accommodation.”“Contraction of the facility began in November 2017. The weather and construction material somewhat delayed the execution of the project,” he explained.Sookraj noted that while Outback Adventures will now satisfy Berbicians, it has been built to also attract visitors from outside the ancient county.last_img read more

Income tax windfall arrives at budget time

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Just as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s run of financial good fortune seemed to be on the wane, billions of extra dollars unexpectedly flowed into state coffers last month. The surge likely will spare Schwarzenegger from a protracted budget battle with Democrats that had threatened to sidetrack his sweeping agenda this year. That’s not to say that the budget debate will be easy. As annual deliberations get under way today with the release of Schwarzenegger’s revised budget, Democrats are protesting his plan to freeze welfare payments, Republicans are clamoring to hold the line on spending, and a slack housing market is dampening the outlook for next year. Heading into April, personal income taxes – which account for more than half the state’s $100 billion-plus general fund – were running $1.3 billion below expectations. Budget experts feared the shortfall would grow. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Instead, tax season was more boom than bust. During a three-day span in late April, personal income tax receipts surged and the state ended up with about $200 million more in personal income taxes than the governor had estimated in January.last_img read more

New skipper Shakava vows to steer Gor to bigger heights

first_img0Shares0000The 25-year old, four years later has now risen to be the captain of the record 16-time league champions, taking over from Musa Mohammed who has since joined Albanian side KF Tirana. Photo/FILENAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 25- Harun who? Everyone asked when a then little known Harun Shakava was linked, and ultimately penned an initial two-year contract with Gor Mahia from Kakamega Homeboyz back in 2014.Though having played sparingly for Homeboyz under coach Fred Serenge as they were relegated from the Kenyan Premier League, Shakava had done just but enough to attract K’Ogalo’s attention. The 25-year old, four years later has now risen to be the captain of the record 16-time league champions, taking over from Musa Mohammed who has since joined Albanian side KF Tirana.“It is a big challenge because Gor Mahia is a big club and as a leader, you have to be on the right way so as to make a good example for the others. As much as it is an enormous challenge, it is a motivation for me that the club and coach have seen something positive in me,” Shakava told Capital Sport.“I like central defenders as captains and I really like Shakava. He is a tall, young centre half, with a good career ahead of him and I really like his potential,” Kerr said.Gor head coach Dylan Kerr has disclosed that with merely six months at the club, he had already fallen in love with Shakava and for him, the soft-spoken defender was a natural pick to succeed Mohammed.“I like central defenders as captains and I really like Shakava. He is a tall, young centre half, with a good career ahead of him and I really like his potential,” Kerr said.The tactician further says the opportunity will give Shakava who he describes as shy and quiet to burst out of his potential and show what he is really made of to open up doors for the opportunity to sign for a bigger club.“He needs to come out of his shell abit. I am hoping this will give him the opportunity… that’s the big thing for him, he has responsibility for team, technical bench and a bigger one for the fans. He has a big strong character; he has a chance to play out of Kenya. As captain this will set him in a very good standard to go to Europe,” the coach further states.Gor Mahia defender Harun Shakava (centre) celebrates his goal against Kariobangi Sharks with team mate Timothy Otieno at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on March 12, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluShakava picks up from Mohammed, a player he has partnered with at the centre of the Gor defense for the last two seasons consistently, their highlight being winning the league title unbeaten in 2015.The defender admits it will be a big blow to be without the centreback, but reckons he will have to get used to a new partner quick enough as he looks to help Gor scale more heights than his predecessor.“Our combination was great. We played together for long in comparison to other clubs which change their centre backs often and brought in very many trophies,” Shakava says.“We were used to each other because apart from being partners in defence, we were friends, roommates and to find a new person with whom you have to start from the bottom is a challenge. We haven’t had a lot of time to gel together but I am hopeful we will click in as soon as possible,” the defender further stated.Gor Mahia have been crowned the 2017 KPL champions. Photo /RAYMOND MAKHAYAHis first assignment with the band around his left arm will be the KPL Super Cup against arch-rivals AFC Leopards on Sunday in Nakuru and he hopes this will provide a positive start as he plans to lift his first piece of silverware as skipper.“It is a very big match because it is against our arch rivals and of course being my first match as captain it is a benchmarking venture for me. I am confident with the quality of players we have, we will start off the season with a trophy,” he added.Top on his agenda ahead of the New Year is to guide the club to the group stages of the CAF Champions League, something that no Gor Mahia captain has done since the 1987 Mandela Cup winning squad.The new skipper is also confident the team will defend their KPL title as well as sweep the entire local scene with the KPL Top 8 and the FKF Cup also on the plate for contention.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Athletes honor coaches who made difference

first_imgYou hear a lot about San Pedro High football and baseball, but the truth is that from 1949 to 1965, no Pirate sports program was as consistently successful as gymnastics. Gymnastics may never have attracted the crowds or the headlines of other sports, but to those who competed during those years, there was nothing “minor” about it. Under the tutelage of John Balen, the Pirates dominated the Marine League in John Wooden-esque fashion, winning 13 titles and 67 consecutive dual meets. To honor “Coach,” now 84, a group of alumni, no spring chickens themselves, got together last weekend and presented him with his own tile at the San Pedro High Walk of Honor under the bleachers at Pirate Stadium. Among them were those who played for him in his fall role of Bee football coach. Balen is known by an entire different generation, mine specifically, as a P.E. teacher. I remember him as laid back and witty. Those were the days when a teacher could crack wise over the foibles of students without fear of being sued. He could bark, but he left most of the yelling to colleagues such as Bill Seixas and Mickey Teora. Seahawk central Balen wasn’t the only coach paid homage in recent weeks. There were even more examples of the positive impact sports can have on society at Harbor College’s inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame banquet at Simon’s Restaurant in San Pedro. It not only brought together some of the greatest athletes in Harbor Area history, it showcased how quality coaches can affect the lives of individuals and how those same individuals, working together as a team, develop a camaraderie that transcends race, ethnicity, social status and all the other artificial barriers that tend to divide us. And while the event was ostensibly to honor sports heroes, the most common theme of the night was family. There was the Harbor College family in general, with an outpouring of affection for coaches Floyd “Scrappy” Rhea, Jim White and Jim O’Brien, but beyond that, love for specific families. The honorees all paid tribute to wives, parents, siblings, children, grandchildren and even aunts. In introducing O’Brien, Tony Bloomfield, the former Seahawk now coaching baseball in Northern California, said that one of the many things he learned from his mentor is that winning is important, but what he really wants to do is mold his players into being great husbands and fathers. From those present, it appeared there were some quality role models for Harbor College athletes. The family theme was emphasized when Hall of Fame medallions were presented to the widow of John Montagne, a member of the 1956 state championship baseball team, and the son of the late Victor Prieto, a pitcher on the 1978 state title baseball team. O’Brien made sure to give proper recognition also to two nonathletes who were mainstays of the Seahawk sports family for decades, team managers Earl Webb and Gene Curtis. Webb, who started at Harbor College in 1957, died in 1994. Kenny Anderson, who played basketball at San Pedro High in the late ’60s, was there to accept the Hall of Fame medallion on behalf of his late brother, Dennis Johnson. And longtime San Pedro High teacher/coach Wayne Rhea accepted the medallion for his dad, who is now 86, noting the love and affection shown by his former football players. Scrappy, never too big on speechmaking, ended up at the lectern surrounded by his 1964 Seahawks and told the crowd he was flattered to be honored. Joe Morgan, World Series champion and Hall of Fame baseball player, was one of the last speakers. He prefaced his remarks on former Seahawk Enos Cabell by saying, “As I’ve gotten older, I realize the most important things in life are friends and family.” He then choked up when introducing his “best friend” from their years together with the Houston Astros. The only individual honoree unable to attend was the former Fermin Lasuen great, Haven Moses, who was a JC All-American under Rhea. A last-minute business engagement kept him in Denver. Athletic Director Larry Johnston, who doesn’t look much older than the students on his campus, said he was inspired to create the Hall of Fame as he walked around and saw all the pictures of former Seahawk greats. Even he couldn’t imagine, however, the overwhelming response the event would engender. More than 300 people, twice what he expected, attended. He has a tough act to follow. Steve Marconi, a lifetime resident of San Pedro, is a freelance journalist. He can be reached at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Balen was not someone to cross, however. He had an athlete’s build even then. Herman Moreno, who was on Balen’s 1951 gymnastics team, says, “The girls used to go goo-goo over him. He always stayed in good shape.” He’s a lot thinner now, and the dark hair has gone gray, but the hairline remains the same. Moreno, who put together the gathering with the help of Leon Callaway, another Balen student, admires Balen for being “very sincere, a wonderful person, like a father.” He also remembers the story about Balen taking some of Seixas’ favorite snack, dates, and replacing the pits with Ex-Lax. Some 20 former athletes, including one who came all the way from Las Vegas, showed up to honor their mentor, which tells you something of what they thought of him. In addition to the tile, he got a T-Shirt with his name on it and the words, “The Best.” That just about says it all. last_img read more

Shop gears up for holidays

first_img• Photo Gallery: Tiskit A Taskit While most families are recovering from Thanksgiving and just beginning to think about the holiday season, Christmas is in full swing at Tiskit A Taskit, a gift basket and novelty store at 13100 Philadelphia St. in Uptown Whittier. Christmas music is wafting through the store, and the smell of cinnamon is hanging in the air. Red and green baskets of Christmas candy, wine and other gourmet foods fill the tiny shop. Owner Alma Aguirre said the season is hectic, but necessary for the business. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“It’s labor-intensive, because everything is by hand,” Aguirre, 38, said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun, too.” Aguirre said the shop begins preparation for the holiday season in July, when they order materials. Business slows to a crawl in the summer, and Tiskit A Taskit does about 75 percent of its business between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Aguirre has owned the shop for three years, leaving teaching to buy the store. “I used to shop here,” Aguirre said. “I called to see if the old owner was interested in some seasonal help.” That owner wasn’t looking at the time, but kept Aguirre in mind when she decided to sell the business and retire. Tiskit A Taskit provides supplemental income to Aguirre’s husband’s career in management for Nestle. For Aguirre, her employee Debra Valdez, and the seasonal workers who help during the holidays, being one of Santa’s helpers is rewarding. Valdez, 53, said she left her job as a bookkeeper to work at the shop four years ago. “I wanted to do something creative and something different, away from the corporate world,” Valdez said. Aguirre said she and the employees make 700 to 800 packages during the holiday season, ranging from large gift baskets to smaller items, wrapped and ready to go under the Christmas tree. This week, the team is working an order for 73 gourmet food and wine baskets, placed by a pet food company, to be shipped in the next few weeks. Baskets for display in the store, for a local company to give to employees, and custom baskets requested by shoppers are also in the works. Baskets usually cost $50 to $60. “But we custom make baskets, too, so if people are on a budget and they request something, we’ll do that for them,” Aguirre said. Customer Sherry Draxler said she lives in La Habra, but came to visit the store at her daughter’s recommendation. “They have beautiful things, nice gift items,” Draxler said. “I’m sure I couldn’t put together these baskets.” Aguirre said she is hoping for a big holiday shopping season, not just for her store, but for other shops in the Uptown area. Valdez agreed. “I love Uptown,” Valdez said. “I want it to thrive.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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

Revealed! Every Premier League club ranked by net spend this transfer window

first_img 10. Brighton – Net spend: £9m (spent: £9m, received: £0m) 20 20 5. Huddersfield – Net spend: £36.4m (spent: £36.4m, received: £0m) 18. Tottenham – Net spend: -£16m (spent: £0m, received: £16m) 20 20 20 20 1. Manchester United – Net spend: £105.8m (spent: £105.8m, received: £0m) 20 20 15. Stoke City – Net spend: -£2m (spent: £0m, received: £2m) 8. West Brom – Net spend: £19.8m (spent: £19.8m, received: £0m) 20 20. Chelsea – Net spend so far (correct on 10 July 2017): -£34.5m (spent: £31m, received: £65.4m) 13. Crystal Palace – Net spend: £0m (spent: £0m, received: £0m) 11. Swansea City – Net spend: £8.5m (spent: £11m, received: £2.5m) 19. Burnley – Net spend: -£28m (spent: £2m, received: £30m) 20 20 20 20 16. Southampton – Net spend: -£7.2m (spent: £5m, received: £12.2m) 9. Watford – Net spend: £16m (spent: £16m, received: £0m) 20 2. Manchester City – Net spend: £58.3m (spent: £78.3m, received: £20m) 20 12. Newcastle – Net spend: £4.1m (spent: £14.9m, received: £10.8m) 20 20 17. West Ham – Net spend: -£8m (spent: £0m, received: £8m) 14. Everton – Net spend: -£1.3m (spent: £91.9m, received: £93.2m) 20 4. Liverpool – Net spend: £38m (spent: £39.9m, received: £1.9m) This summer’s transfer window looks set to break all manner of records.So far Premier League clubs have spent £571million making it the fifth biggest window on record – and there’s still 50 days to go.But, which club has splashed the most cash in this window according to net transfer spend?Scroll through the gallery above to see who the league’s biggest spenders are this summer.Figures from Sporting Intelligence correct as of 10/7/17. 3. Arsenal – Net spend: £50.7m (spent: £52.7m, received: £2m) 6. Bournemouth – Net spend: £30m (spent: £30m, received: £0m) 20 20 7. Leicester City – Net spend: £27.6m (spent: £27.6m, received: £0m) last_img read more

Plenty of fans are laughing at West Ham as Samir Nasri closes in on shock move

first_imgSamir Nasri is the most West Ham signing I could imagine. Vintage.— Tom Rennie (@thomasjrennie) November 12, 2018 At 31 years of age, time may not be on the former France international’s side. Especially when you consider he will not be able to play until 2019 after the conclusion of his 18-month drugs ban.With youngster Declan Rice bossing Premier League games yet still on his academy wages £3,000-a-week, it really begs the question as to where the priorities of David Gold and David Sullivan lie.As you can imagine, plenty of fans were quick to ridicule the east London club on Twitter – mocking them for signing yet another Premier League veteran on exorbitant wages with their best days seemingly behind them.Check out the best Tweets below! Nasri was sent off during his last appearance in England for Sevilla Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Player who peaked earlier this decade and also has just come back from a long term football ban signing for West Ham? Imagine my shock— Cartlon Cole (@_CarltonCole9) November 12, 2018 West Ham signing Samir Nasri in November is the real life version of using your FPL wildcard.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) November 12, 2018 targets LIVING THE DREAM LATEST West Ham signing a 31-year-old Samir Nasri on a £100k-a-week contract and who can’t play until the new year is probably the most West Ham signing of all time.— Dylan Walsh (@dylanwalsh_) November 12, 2018 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January center_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest Transfer News Samir Nasri is reportedly closing in on a move to West Ham United in what is being descried by many fans as ‘the most West Ham signing of all time’ by fans.The former Arsenal and Manchester City man is due for a medical in the capital ahead of sealing an £80,000-a-week deal back to the Premier League. Not sure what all the Nasri fuss is about. Refusing to give a talented youngster a contract he deserves, then handing a 80k-a-week contract to an unfit 31 year old with a drug ban is the classic West Ham banter I’ve grown up with. #COYI ⚒ #banterera #WHUFC— Frank Anderson (@F_Anderson11) November 12, 2018 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED Samir Nasri having a medical with West Ham.A man currently banned after his visits to the “Drip Doctor”, signing for a club run by the Dildo Brothers.A match made in heaven.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 12, 2018 IN DEMAND Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father RANKED targets Samir Nasri, Mark Noble, Jack Wilshere and Marko Arnautovic all at the same Christmas party? I support West Ham now. #COYI #ForeverBlowingBubbles— Dipo Faloyin (@DipoFaloyin) November 12, 2018last_img read more