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Serena: ‘I am not a cheat’, accuses tennis of ‘sexism’

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “I just texted Patrick, like, What is he talking about? Because we don’t have signals. We have never discussed signals,” said Williams.Williams said women players are treated differently to their male counterparts in the sport.“I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things. I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality,” said the 36-year-old.“For me to say ‘thief’ and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. “He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief’. For me it blows my mind. But I’m going to continue to fight for women.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Osaka: I didn’t know what was happening View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams (R) of the United States argues with referee Brian Earley (L) during her Women’s Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFPSerena Williams insisted she was not cheating in the US Open final on Saturday before accusing the sport which has made her a global icon of sexism.Naomi Osaka won the final 6-2, 6-4 to become Japan’s first ever Grand Slam singles champion.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Williams made reference to the incident last week when French player Alize Cornet was warned for removing her shirt on court.Cornet was accused of “unsportsmanlike behaviour”.“Cornet should be able to take off her shirt without getting a fine. This is outrageous,” said Williams warming to her theme.“I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions, and that want to express themselves, and want to be a strong woman. “They’re going to be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe it didn’t work out for me, but it’s going to work out for the next person.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown It also delayed Williams’s bid for a record-equalling 24th major title.However, the final was overshadowed by the American’s angry and tear-filled meltdown in the second set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’She was handed a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling umpire Carlos Ramos a “liar and a thief” and insisting “you owe me an apology”.Williams insisted that her coach Patrick Mouratoglou had not been coaching her even though the Frenchman told ESPN that he had and that all coaches do it. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READlast_img read more

L$5 billion New Banknotes Printed

first_imgAmid conflicting accounts and speculations on the actual amount printed by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), the Executive Governor of the CBL has announced that five billion Liberian dollars (L$5bn) were printed.Governor Milton Weeks said the Bank printed L$5bn by the approval of both houses of the Legislature, but the denomination, design and composition of the new banknotes were decided and recommended by the CBL Board of Governors to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who subsequently approved in accordance with the CBL revised Act.Though Governor Weeks did not state whether the new banknotes would be different in size the notes are expected to be in similar size to their predecessors and also retain their respective colors, as published in several newspapers by the CBL. Noticeably, the L$500 new banknote would be purple and will be the same size as the others.Governor Weeks said that the key difference would be in the textures of the currencies, making them recognizable even by the visually impaired.He made the announcement yesterday at a public hearing in the House’s first floor conference room regarding the printing of the new L$500 banknotes. Weeks stated that the new L$500 banknote has high-tech measures and security features, which would be very difficult to counterfeit. He did not elaborate as of the quality of the high-tech measures and how much was printed in each denomination, arguing that money policy cannot be developed in public.“People on the new L$500 banknotes are common Liberians, whose names the CBL does not even know. We choose their features because the CBL did not want to get involved in politics,” Weeks explained.The chairman of the 7-man Special Committee, Margibi County Representative Ben Fofana; co-chairman, Rep. Saah Joseph and members, Reps. Garrison Yealue and Rev. Dr. Isaac Roland, argued that the new L$500 banknotes did not meet the approval of the House of Representatives.The Committee argued that the letters from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Acting Executive Governor Charles Sirleaf only stated the replacement of mutilated banknotes, with the understanding of printing new L$5, L$10, L$20, L$50 and L$100, not a new denomination of banknotes, the L$500.However, Governor Weeks also argued that the constitution provides that the Legislature will approve the quantity of new money, while the denomination, design and composition are decided by the Board of Directors and recommended to the President for approval.“Let’s say for the record that it is our understanding that the Legislature approves the quantity of the printing of additional money, while our act mandates us to decide the denomination, design and composition of the new money with approval from the President.“We cannot assure the Legislature,” he continued, “that the withholding of the new banknotes, which have already been printed, will be in the market.” Meanwhile, another public hearing is expected next week between the CBL and the Special Committee, which would be behind closed doors.It may be recalled that on Thursday, August 4, during the 49th day sitting, a 7-man Committee was constituted to investigate whether the printing of the L$500 specimen banknotes was based on the authority of the House, which has the sole constitutional approval power before the printing of currency.During that sitting, the House plenary unanimously reached the decision which allowed the Speaker J. Alex Tyler to appoint the Committee owing to a letter from Maryland County District #4 Representative, Rev. Dr. Isaac Roland.Roland indicated in his letter that contrary to what was authorized by the Legislature, the CBL is currently carrying on an educational campaign to showcase new Liberian banknotes in higher denominations.The Committee is expected to make a formal report on Thursday, August 11.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LIPO Takes Awareness to Artists and Inventors

first_imgLIPO’s Acting officer in Charge Prince Decker, speaking at the IP Clinic yesterday, at the YMCA. A group of artists and inventors, comprising of 20 individuals, has urged the Liberia Intellectual Property (IP) to engage in more awareness, which will help to educate them and their peers about the intellectual property, its legal framework and benefits.The artists and inventors noted that low levels of IP awareness among them has made it easier for their works to be infringed upon because said works have not been protected to enable them seek redress when needed.The appeal was made during the questions and answers period of the “Intellectual Property (IP) Clinic,” organized by the Liberia Intellectual Property Office, to discuss the importance of IP, the value of it as an asset in commerce and economic development, and the present status of IP in Liberia. Among the participants were a large number of artists and inventors as well as users of IP.Held at YMCA on April 25, 2018, the IP Clinic, the first of its kind since the establishment of LIPO, aimed to enlighten them on the legal framework of intellectual property and the essence of the moral and economic rights.DJ Weezy, CEO of Naymo Record and manager of PCK and L’ Frankie, two of Liberia’s finest artists, said the IP clinic was indeed an eye opener for them in the creative sectors because they are now understanding the country’s IP law and its legal framework, which is crucial to creation of an enabling environment and a society knowledgeable about IP.Weezy added this IP clinic has enlightened him and the members of the creative sector about the benefits of IP, which they were not educated about before.  He noted that the continuation of this awareness is crucial to help them to avoid the losses they incur on a daily basis.“You can believe that as CEO of a record label, which owns two of Liberia best artists, none of their songs are copyrighted because I never had the knowledge about this whole IP thing.“This lack of knowledge is affecting many of us, so we are kindly appealing for an extension. We need this kind of discussion frequently for the betterment of the industry. Today, we have learned a lot and now going home to apply it,” DJ Weezy added.“From today’s seminar we have been educated about our rights as IP holders and how we can go about benefiting when our works are registered,” said Joseph S.K Pambu, an ICT trainer and consultant. “Not only my inventions but also to care about other people’s inventions and the penalty for infringement.”LIPO’s Acting officer-in-charge, Prince Decker, said the seminar comes at a time when the problems caused by lack of IP awareness among artists and inventors continue to have a disturbing financial effect on their trade. Because they lack a basic understanding of the law, they don’t register their works, he noted.Mr. Decker added that in order to curb these financial losses, the players in the industry need to firstly understand IP and its legal framework; and once they understand it they will start to reap the benefits.“If we are to build a society that will be knowledgeable about IP, it is essential that we reach out to the creators, to ensure that they are equipped with the IP knowledge needed to succeed in their field and avoid people exploiting them.“While it is the truth that IP has the potential to help reduce poverty, create employment and accelerate economic growth, this can only be done through comprehensive public awareness campaigns, to boost understanding of the system and its potential benefits, which we are doing now,” Decker said.“Educating the industry’s players about IP is crucial in harnessing the economic benefits of IP, which is vital to the longevity of creative industries; they will be their own security by suing people who pirate or infringe on their creations.”Decker added that in a recent study by LIPO, it was discovered that 80% of creators know that IP is important, but don’t have the knowledge needed to support them in their future careers. So to give them this knowledge, LIPO decided to host the IP Clinic and beef up the year-long nationwide awareness campaign that it started.The seminar yesterday was part of LIPO’s celebration of World IP Day, observed today (April 26), under the theme: ‘Piracy is a Public Enemy for our Economic Growth, Stop Piracy to Empower Innovation and Creativity.’World IP Day is a day on which the global IP community joins with others to acknowledge the fundamentally important role of IP in promoting innovation and development throughout the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BCB launches DDL Pepsi 50-over 1st division tournament

first_imgThe Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) is forging ahead with the hosting of competitions for this year. Eight tournaments have already been completed, with another eight expected to be completed in a few weeks.BCB President Hilbert Foster receiving the sponsorship cheque from DDL’s Marketing Executive Larry WillsOn Thursday, the BCB joined hands with beverage giants Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) to launch the Pepsi 50-over cricket tournament for first division teams in the Ancient County.The tournament was launched at the DDL office in Georgetown, and BCB President, Hilbert Foster, hailed the launching of the tournament as another day in the remarkable rebirth of Berbice Cricket.Foster hailed the investment of DDL and Pepsi into Berbice Cricket, and said the BCB is delighted to be associated with the popular international brand.The tournament will be contested by eleven clubs, including the recently reformed Young Warriors Cricket Club, and contesting clubs are to be divided into two zones.Ramnaresh SarwanWest Berbice, Blairmont Community Centre, Police Sports Club, Young Warriors, Rose Hall Canje and Tucber Park are slotted in Zone A, while Zone B consists of Albion, Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets, Port Mourant Cricket Club, Skeldon Cricket Club and Upper Corentyne Cricket Club.The tournament is round-robin-based with the top two teams in each zone advancing to the semi-finals.This tournament bowls off on Saturday, October 6, with five matches across BerbiceThe Berbice Cricket Board is planning to complete the tournament by the end of November, 2018.Featuring in the tournament will be players like Clinton Pestano, Veerasammy Permaul, Anthony Bramble, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, Keon Joseph, Javed Karim, Raun Johnson, Kevlon Anderson and Alex Algoo.Marketing Manager of DDL, Larry Wills, has said that DDL and Pepsi are pleased to be associated with Berbice Cricket. He said that Pepsi is known around the world for its support of sports, and expressed confidence that the tournament would be a great success.Wills also said that DDL invests heavily in sports, as it views this as an investment in the development of youths.The winning team and the runner-up team would each receive attractive prizes and trophies. Teams are reminded that only one non-Berbician is permitted to play for the entire tournament for a club.The BCB has also extended its gratitude to former West Indies Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, who played a great role in the board acquiring the sponsorship.last_img read more

Metallic balloons can darken Valentine’s Day

first_imgWhen metallic balloons and power lines kiss, the result can be explosive and leave hundreds of people in the dark. That’s according to Southern California Edison, local power provider, which issued a Valentine Day’s warning to hold on to metallic holiday balloons. Last year, drifting Valentine’s balloons caused Feb. 14 outages in Lancaster and seven other Southern California communities. “Unfortunately, we’ve been plagued in recent years on Valentine’s Day with clusters of power outages caused by metallic balloons floating into power lines and electrical equipment,” said Ron Ferree, SCE’s director of grid operations. “All of these outages could have been prevented if people had simply handled their balloons properly.” Do not attempt to retrieve a balloon or any foreign object tangled in power lines. Instead, call SCE at (800) 611-1911 and report the problem. Keep metallic balloons indoors, and never release them outside. Never attach metallic streamers to any balloon. Never bundle metallic balloons together. Secure a helium-filled balloon with a weight heavy enough to prevent it from drifting away. It is unlawful to sell metallic balloons without a string weight. Never go near a downed or dangling wire. Keep others away and contact the police or fire department, and call SCE for help.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The number of metallic balloon-caused power outages has risen sharply in the state in recent years and spikes around Valentine’s Day, he said. Even nonmetallic balloons can cause problems when they get tangled in power lines, according to SCE. With 37 balloon-caused outages last February, SCE experienced a total of 403 balloon-caused problems in all of 2006. A record 414 service interruptions occurred due to balloons in 2005. Between 2000 and 2006, SCE customers experienced a total of 2,223 balloon-caused outages. Electricity can arc across balloons, causing a short circuit, which can burn wire, damage equipment and interrupt service. SCE recommends these safety rules for handling helium-filled balloons: last_img read more

Wenger admits no progress on Sanchez talks

first_imgSanchez, who played under City manager Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, is presently injured with an abdominal strain which will keep him out of Saturday’s game against Stoke City and prevented him from playing in the opening 4-3 win over Leicester City.“He (Sanchez) is a player who goes into the final year of his contract. We have not progressed on that front,” said Wenger on Wednesday.“Let’s not be wrong, it’s not an ideal situation on the financial side and it demands some sacrifice.“But first of all it doesn’t mean the players who are in the final year of their contract will not extend their contract. You have still that possibility and we work on that as well.”If no contract extension is agreed and Sanchez stays at the Emirates, he could leave for free at the end of the season.“That is a consequence of what I say, yes, unfortunately,” added Wenger.“But we have to make a choice between efficiency on the field and financial interest, and most of the time if you can find a good compromise, it’s better.“But in this case, I think I prioritise the fact that he will be useful on the sporting side.”However, Wenger took the positives out of the fact neither Sanchez nor England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain — who has been linked with a move to champions Chelsea — had handed in a transfer request, unlike Liverpool’s Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho who wants to move to Barcelona.“Yes, I am very happy about that,” said Wenger.“It’s important you have a serene atmosphere inside and clarity about your commitment.“It’s important the players aren’t half in and half out, and they are completely in.”Wenger is adamant Oxlade-Chamberlain will remain and predicted great things for him.“I’m convinced that he will be in the next two or three years the English player everyone looks at,” said the Frenchman.Wenger, who signed a new contract of his own after Arsenal salvaged a disappointing last season by beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final, said he agreed with the likes of Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp that the transfer window should close prior to the season beginning, rather than August 31, as is currently the case.“I would support it,” said Wenger.“It’s better for the season, for our psychological comfort as a manager.”Meanwhile, German defender Shkodran Mustafi and Frenchman Francis Coquelin are in contention for a place in the side to play Stoke.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2014 © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSENLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 16 – Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal remain at an impasse over new contract talks, manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday.Wenger’s admission will only heighten speculation the 28-year-old Chile international forward will join Premier League rivals Manchester City.last_img read more

Platini admits ‘skulduggery’ to rig 1998 World Cup draw

first_img0Shares0000Sepp Blatter ran the World Cup draw in the Velodrome in Marseille in 1997. © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSPARIS, France, May 18 – Disgraced Michel Platini has sensationally admitted to a “little skulduggery” in rigging the draw to ensure Brazil and France could not meet until the final of the 1998 World Cup, where he was organising committee president.“We organised the schedule so, if we finished first in our group and Brazil first in theirs, the teams could not meet before the final,” France great Platini told Radio Bleu Sport in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday, highlights of which the station tweeted on Friday. The revelation comes at a time when Platini is banned from football for receiving a “disloyal payment” of two million Swiss francs (1.7 million euros, $2 million) when he was head of UEFA from disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.The draw took place in Marseille on December 4, 1997 and was presided over by FIFA’s then-general secretary: Blatter.“Look, we were at home, you have to make the most of things, we weren’t going to go through the bother of six years organising the World Cup if we could not pull off a few little tricks,” said Platini, a former midfield star for Saint Etienne, Juventus and France. “Do you think other hosts didn’t do the same at their World Cups?”A France-Brazil final “was everyone’s dream”, said Platini.Brazil were placed in Group A and France in Group C, ensuring they wouldn’t meet until the final, as long as both won their group.– ‘European conspiracy’ –Not everyone was happy with the fairly transparent plan, though.At the time, the selection process of top seeds for the eight groups had provoked accusations of a “European conspiracy” by then-Brazil coach Mario Zagallo.Following frantic negotiations behind the scenes, six European countries and two South Americans — Brazil and Argentina — were picked, with Africans Nigeria missing out.Ahead of the draw, Zagallo had complained that French organisers would “do everything to ensure Brazil are not world champions”, insisting the seeding process was fixed to ensure the Selecao would face two European sides in the group stages: they drew Norway and Scotland, as well as Morocco — a fairly easy draw by anyone’s standards.But their bitter rivals Argentina drew the only group with just one European team, Croatia, as well as Jamaica and Japan.France got Denmark, South Africa and Saudi Arabia, finished top and then beat Paraguay, Italy (on penalties) and Croatia on route to the final, playing both their quarter-final and semi-final at the Stade de France national stadium where the title-decider would also be held.Brazil won their group and beat Chile, Denmark and the Netherlands (on penalties) before losing the final 3-0 to France.While teams had been allocated to specific groups at previous tournaments, it had typically been to keep apart countries from the same continental federation.At Italia 1990, when there were just 24 teams in six groups of four, the top seeds were assigned in an way that kept Italy in Rome and had the added bonus for organisers that England, and their notorious fans, were isolated on Sardinia.England were placed in the “London group” at both the 1966 World Cup and Euro 96, ensuring they would play all their games at Wembley.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Ham blow! Sakho out for THREE MONTHS with thigh injury

first_imgWest Ham have been dealt another cruel blow with news striker Diafra Sakho will be out for three months with a thigh injury.The Senegal international, who has scored five goals this season, will undergo surgery on Saturday to fix the problem.Sakho suffered the injury as he attempted to shoot during the second half of West Ham’s 1-1 draw with West Brom last Sunday.The 25-year-old joins fellow attackers Dimitri Payet and Enner Valencia on the sidelines with injuries beginning to bite at Upton Park.“It’s a big blow,” said manager Slaven Bilic. “Those three injuries happened to three key players, especially in the offensive part of our game.“Of course Carroll is important. It’s him and [Nikica] Jelavic and [Michail] Antonio.“With the three of them it’s a massive blow, but it’s a good chance for some of the other guys to step in and show their class.”Bilic is hopeful that Ecuador forward Valencia will be available in a couple of weeks after an ankle injury, but French playmaker Payet is set to be sidelined until February. Diafra Sakho 1last_img read more


first_imgA Ballybofey based writer has been announced as one of the prize winners in this years RTE PJ O Connor Awards.Conor Malone won RTE prize.Conor Malone, who manages the Balor Arts Centre in Ballybofey, has received third prize in the prestigious award for new radio drama writing for his play The Fund.The 40 minute long piece is based on the true story of Davison Budhoo, a Grenadian born economist who worked for the IMF in the ‘80’s. It details his increasing crisis of conscience in his place of work culminating in his decision to resign and pen an open letter criticising and exposing the secrets of his former workplace. Commemorating the late head of RTE Drama, the PJ O’Connor Award is an annual award given to the best of new Irish writing for radio drama.As one of the winning entries The Fund will be produced by RTE Radio and broadcast on Drama On One in July.Says Conor: “The eternal questions for every writer are a) Is this any good? And b) Where will I find an audience for my work? To have my writing chosen by a panel of experts and for The Fund to be afforded the platform of a national radio broadcast is fantastic news.”BALLYBOFEY WRITER WINS RTE DRAMA AWARD was last modified: May 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardBallybofeyConor MaloneRTElast_img read more

‘Worst day ever’ – Some Man United fans in meltdown after seeing Fellaini’s new hair

first_imgMarouane Fellaini sent plenty of Manchester United fans on Twitter into meltdown after showing off his brand new haircut on social media.The Belgium international, famed for his trademark afro, finally got himself down to the barbers after years of growing it out. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Most Popular Football Stories latest Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Fellaini has shaved off the small footballing ability he has. He’s now a complete farmer 😂— Jamie (@jamiekop227) November 14, 2018 SORRY Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Deforestation— Farzad Wadia (@WadiaFarzad) November 14, 2018 Like Samson, Fellaini may now lose all his powers— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) November 14, 2018 LATEST Marouane Fellaini in action for Everton in 2012 2 revealed Check out some of the best Tweets from Manchester United fans keen to let the midfielder know exactly what they think of the new look! gameday cracker Wait what? There was a human under there the whole time? 😱 #mufc #Fellaini— David Munday (@DavidMunday815) November 14, 2018 2 scrap— gvd (@Gregapalooza) November 14, 2018 Having started this season with a blonde dye job, the former Everton man has decided to go for a smart short back and sides job.Naturally, plenty of fans were amazed and horrified in equal measure at the sight of the 30-year-old without his trademark ‘do.In fact, plenty of fellow pros were also quick to make fun of Fellaini’s new look.Manchester City captain and Belgium teammate Vincent Kompany wrote on Instagram: “It’s photoshopped, it can’t be true!” tense Fellaini had started this season with a blonde afro Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Well that’s it, liquidate the club.— Keith Russell (@Keith_Russell) November 14, 2018 BEST OF The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos— Charlie Stuart (@charliestuart95) November 14, 2018last_img read more