first_imgBishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns a shot from Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — The question was rather simple after Angelique Kerber became only the second defending U.S. Open champion in the professional era to lose in the first round.The surprisingly lopsided 6-3, 6-1 loss to 45th-ranked Naomi Osaka of Japan under the closed roof in Arthur Ashe Stadium at a rainy Flushing Meadows on Tuesday was former No. 1 Kerber’s latest in a long list of disappointing performances in 2017, so she was asked what she thinks went wrong this season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles “I know that I’m strong and I know that I will come back stronger, for sure. I know that I will not (be) giving up,” said Kerber, the first defending champion to lose in the U.S. Open’s first round since Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005.Showers showed up before noon Tuesday and led to the postponements of dozens of matches. The only court used in the afternoon and evening was Ashe, thanks to the retractable cover constructed ahead of last year’s tournament.Pliskova, who is seeded No. 1, easily advanced by beating Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko got past Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in a match that started on Court 17 then was moved indoors at Ashe, and No. 23 Barbora Strycova defeated Misaki Doi 6-1, 6-3. Yet another seeded woman was eliminated when No. 28 Lesia Tsurenko lost to Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-1.At night in Ashe, No. 15 Madison Keys was to face Elise Mertens of Belgium.The only men’s matches completed were at Ashe, where No. 1 Rafael Nadal overcame a first-set hiccup before overpowering Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2. Nadal’s possible semifinal foe and chief rival for the title, Roger Federer, was to face 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe at night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img She sighed, shrugged her shoulders and began to answer: “I don’t know.”Moments later, her eyes darting around the room, she added, “This year is a completely different year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Talk about an understatement. In 2016, Kerber broke through to the top of tennis in a spectacular way. A player with only one previous Grand Slam semifinal appearance reached the first three major title matches of her career, winning two of them: She stunned Serena Williams in the Australian Open final, lost to Williams in the Wimbledon final, and then beat Karolina Pliskova in the U.S. Open final to rise atop the WTA rankings for the first time.Her follow-up has been quite a flop. Kerber, a 29-year-old German, hasn’t won any title of any sort this season. She is only 25-18 overall, 0-9 against opponents ranked in the top 20, and Monday’s loss assured her of falling out of the top 10 for the first time since October 2015. At Grand Slam tournaments she is 6-4, including another first-round loss in May at the French Open, where she became that tournament’s first No. 1 seed to lose so early. 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Three of the top seven seeded women were gone before dinnertime on Day 2, with No. 6 Kerber joining Monday’s losers, No. 2 Simona Halep — beaten by Maria Sharapova in her first Grand Slam match since a 15-month doping suspension — and No. 7 Johanna Konta.While Kerber’s quick departure was stunning in and of itself, that Osaka would be the one to do it might not be quite so remarkable, even if she is just 19 and never won before against a top-10 woman.Osaka is comfortable around the grounds at Flushing Meadows, where she has been spending time, and even occasionally practicing, since she was a kid: She was born in Osaka, Japan, so represents that country, but moved to the U.S. when she was 3, has dual citizenship, and used to live on Long Island.“The site,” Osaka said, “feels really familiar to me.”She nearly upended Keys in the U.S. Open’s third round last year, leading 5-1 in the third set before losing in a tiebreaker, a collapse on her mind in the latter stages Tuesday.This time, Osaka held steady, using her powerful baseline game to bully Kerber.Osaka accumulated a 22-9 edge in winners, broke in half of Kerber’s eight service games and saved all four break points she faced.“It was not my day,” Kerber summed up. “Completely not my day.”Hasn’t been her year, either. 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first_imgThe Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Academy in partnership with Foundation for Women (FFW) has launched a new sport known as skateboarding.During the launch at the ELWA Academy Gymnasium last week Friday, trainers from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and staff of ELWA Academy admonished students to take advantage of the sport as an extracurricular activity.Some of the ELWA Academy students who spoke to the Daily Observer expressed their gratitude to the founder of the Foundation for Women for the new sport.Pastor Arthur Williams said the sport is the dream of the founder of the Foundation for Women in Liberia, Madam Debra Lincoln.“It is our hope that skateboarding activities will not be restricted to the ELWA Academy because we intend to extend same to other schools in Monrovia,” Pastor Williams said.He also indicated that the ELWA Academy staff will train the students to gain skills before they can start the extension program to other schools in Paynesville and Monrovia.For his part, the Data Analyst at the Foundation for Women, Morris Tamba, disclosed that the ELWA Academy was chosen first because of its contribution to the overall development of Liberia.Tamba said the FFW has over the years provided microloans to hundreds of women and some of them have become successful entrepreneurs in the country.The Dean of ELWA Academy Moses Wesseh said the administration was impressed with the introduction of skateboarding at their institution.Wesseh said skateboarding is going to form part of the school’s academic extra-recreational activities. “I am very grateful to the donor for having thought about the ELWA Academy for the introduction of skateboarding and pledging to extend it to other schools in Paynesville and Monrovia,” he said.At the close of the skateboarding program, some of the trainers from the MYS and students owing to their excitement started practicing with the new sport’s materials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img1 Liverpool are awaiting the results of a scan to discover the extent of Steven Gerrard’s hamstring injury.The Reds captain came off in the second half of Tuesday’s victory over Tottenham after complaining of tightness.“Unfortunately he felt his hamstring towards the end of the game and he is having a scan this morning and we are just waiting for results to come back,” Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe said.Forward Raheem Sterling missed the midweek game with a foot injury but Pascoe is hopeful he will be fit for the weekend.“We are monitoring Raheem. He missed a game the other night but we will see how he is,” he said.Pascoe also said there was no indication how serious the injuries were to both players.“Not at the moment. Hopefully they will be fit for the weekend,” he added.“Hopefully the scans (on Gerrard) won’t show too much but as we’ve not got the results I can’t say too much.”Pascoe was standing in for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers at a press conference ahead of the FA Cup fifth-round tie at Crystal Palace on Saturday.“He had to get off sharpish after the game for a meeting in Europe. It is a club matter and none of your business,” he said.last_img read more


first_img‘Do you want a Pep story? I know you do.’That’s how Benjamin Mendy started his piece for The Players’ Tribune and he was right, of course we did. 2 The article is filled with praise for the Spanish coach, who Mendy believes is the best in world football.He added: “My life has been shaped by managers. Maybe you’ve noticed. I think this is true for most footballers — for good and bad. For me, I have just been lucky to have played under some of the best. And there is nobody better than Pep.“Of course, Pep is the kind of manager players always dream of playing for. But what I’ve learned about life from Pep has been more important than anything I’ve learned about football.“When I was considering signing with Man City last year, Pep and I started to message each other on WhatsApp. I was not only chatting with Pep, but also with his wife — because she was helping him with his French. With Pep, it felt like I was talking to family, not to a coach.“When I got injured in November, I didn’t expect Pep to stay in communication with me. But he never forgot about me, and it meant a lot. It motivated me to want to be the best teammate I could be from the sideline. Maybe I took it too far sometimes. In November, when I ran on the field to celebrate Raheem’s goal against Southampton, after I’d been forbidden from running. I should have been resting.“Was it a risk? Maybe, maybe not. But after the match, I think I saw Pep smiling about it.” The French left-back signed for Manchester City from Monaco last summer and couldn’t wait to meet his new boss.Their first encounter was more memorable than he possibly could’ve hoped as Guardiola planted a big ol’ kiss on his new man’s head.Mendy recalled: “After I signed with Manchester City last summer, I met up with him in Los Angeles during our preseason tour. I was expecting him to say hello and immediately start talking to me about tactics or something. He’s the genius, you know? So intense. So professional.“But this is how he greeted me: He walked up to me with a big smile, he reached out and took my head in his hands … and he kissed me on my forehead.“Bissou.“That is Pep.” Mendy suffered an injury-stricken first season with City Mendy has a special relationship with Guardiola 2last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: YOU’VE read our great story about a pod of whales in Lough Swilly.You’ve seen the incredible pictures.Now sit back – and watch the superb video. Pod of killer whales were filmed as they travel from Dunaff Head, Inishowen towards Fanad lighthouse. Four whales filmed close together while another two were also visible in the distance. Filmed by Kevin Doherty using a GoPro hero 2 on the afternoon of 6th June 2012.With thanks to VisitInishowen  Advertisement DDTV: INCREDIBLE VIDEO FOOTAGE OF THE LOUGH SWILLY KILLER WHALES was last modified: June 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: INCREDIBLE VIDEO FOOTAGE OF THE LOUGH SWILLY KILLER WHALESlast_img read more


first_imgLorraine Gallagher on Channel Four Television News tonightTHE mother of bullied schoolgirl Erin Gallagher has made an emotional TV appeal for the closure of the site Ask.fm.Lorraine Gallagher gave her first ever television interview to Channel Four this evening.She wept as she told the station about the loss of Erin and her sister Shannon to suicide. The presenter of the programme warned viewers they would find the interview distressing. “They were so close but they were so different,” said Lorraine of her two teenage girls.“I asked myself questions. You just go around in a circle because with suicide you have no answers.”Erin, who was 13, took her own life last October after being tormented on Ask.fm. Her 15-year-old sister ended her life six weeks later.For the first time Lorraine revealed that Erin had mentioned being bullied on the Ask.fm site in her suicide note. “When Erin died I ran for help,” said Lorraine.“I knew she was dead. I ran next door to get help. It (the note)…she apologised. She said I’m sorry I have to do this but I’m fed up of the bullying, Ask.fm and she mentioned a name.“Thousands and thousands of children are getting bullied every day on that site.“I want Ask.fm shut down because I don’t want to turn on the TV again and see that another kid has killed herself because they have been bullied on Ask.fm.”Ms Gallagher said Erin was also being bullied at school and the abuse on the site was the last straw. “That’s what she wrote; to tell me that she killed herself for,” said Lorraine.Lorraine also spoke emotionally about the suicide of Shannon last December.She said Shannon missed her sister.“Shannon was the oldest; she never lived a day of her life without Erin. Everybody thought that because Shannon was tomboyish and outspoken that Erin needed Shannon. “That was wrong – it was Shannon who needed Erin.”She said Shannon had also left a note, wrapped inside a Christmas present she had bought for her mum.Said Lorraine: “Shannon just said ‘Hi mum, I just want you to know how much I love you’ and she said ‘negative things happen for positive reasons and I hope to see you again very soon’.”Lorraine said she now had good days and bad days; sometimes she was ok and sometimes she just broke down.“I want to get justice for Shannon and Erin,” she said.“Even if they can’t shut down Ask.fm, they can bring in a wall for the people who are bullying so maybe then there wouldn’t be as much bullying on Ask.fm because they would be too scared to.”The heartbroken mother said she was haunted by finding Erin dead in her home.“Every time I walk through the front door I see Erin,” said Lorraine.“It is one of the memories you will never forget.”ERIN’S MUM IN TV APPEAL: PLEASE CLOSE DOWN ASK.FM TO SAVE LIVES was last modified: August 14th, 2013 by John2Share 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:ask.fmErin GallagherLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagherlast_img read more


first_imgMore than 190 children took part in St Eunan’s GAA Cul Camp in Letterkenny this week.Donegal players Hugh Mc Fadden, Jamie Brennan, Caolán Ward, Éamonn Doherty and Shaun Patton were in attendance to make sure all the children were getting the best of coaching help.All the children will receive their kits tomorrow (Friday.) This was the largest group ever at a GAA Cul Camp at St Eunans.Many thanks to Geraldine Diver for the pictures. Record numbers at St Eunans’ GAA Cul Camp – Pic Special was last modified: August 1st, 2019 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:Cul CampGAAletterkennySt Eunanslast_img read more


first_imgEureka >> The Del Norte Warriors couldn’t have picked a better time to break a long dry spell against the Eureka Loggers.Warriors midfielder Aaron Mignon scored in the 46th minute and goalkeeper Jorge Landeros made it stick as Del Norte downed Eureka 1-0 in the first round of the Humboldt-Del Norte League Tournament Tuesday evening at Albee Stadium.“I think its been long in coming,” said Del Norte head coach Olufemi David Sanyaolu, whose team was 0-4-2 entering the match against the Loggers …last_img


first_imgHaryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday said the government has decided to discourage paddy crop sowing as the State was staring at a water crisis due to depleting groundwater level.He said a pilot project will be launched in seven blocks of Yamunanagar, Ambala, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Sonipat districts, where sowing of maize and ‘tur’ pulses would be promoted by giving incentives to farmers.“The scheme has been formulated keeping in mind the interest of farmers and water conservation. By diversifying the area of non-basmati paddy into maize under this scheme, the total saving of water is expected to be 0.71 crore cm (1 cm = 1 lakh litres of water),” he said, adding that water depletion has led to 60 dark zones in the State, including 21 critical ones in 10 districts.Saves water, powerMr. Khattar said crop diversification is need of the day for the State as it saves water, electricity and improves soil health. “During the 1970s, maize and pulses were major crops in Haryana, but they have been replaced by water-guzzling crops such as paddy and wheat. To revive the old maize or pulses area, immediate crop diversification of paddy by maize and pulses is our priority,” he said.“Under the new scheme, the identified farmers will be provided seeds free of cost. Apart from this, a financial assistance of ₹2,000 per acre will be provided in two parts. The maize crop insurance premium of ₹766 per hectare will also be borne by the government under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. Also, the maize produce will be procured by government agencies such as HAFED, Food, and Supply Department at Minimum Support Price. Likewise, ‘tur’ seeds will also be provided free of cost to the farmers along with financial incentive,” he said.The Chief Minister also attacked the Delhi government, saying that arrears of ₹100 crore were outstanding against it for the supply of surplus water through the Yamuna river.last_img read more