Japan’s tennis player Naomi Osaka speaks during a press conference ahead of WTA Finals in Singapore, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. U.S. Open champion Osaka was drawn in the same group as Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens for her debut appearance at the WTA Finals. (Kyodo News via AP)SINGAPORE — Naomi Osaka and Sloane Stephens, the last two U.S. Open champions, will make their career debuts at the WTA Finals by playing each other in their first match in Singapore on Monday.The initial stage of the eight-player WTA Finals field is a round-robin competition with two teams of four players. The two players with the best record from each round-robin group advance to next Saturday’s semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Stephens, 25, who won the U.S. Open in 2017, is looking forward to this second outing against Osaka. She won their first meeting in the 2016 Acapulco quarterfinals in straight sets.“I think it will be super fun and it’s a great matchup,” Stephens said. “Obviously everyone works all year long to get here. It’s my debut here as well as hers, so it’s new territory for both of us. We both have had amazing accomplishments so we’ll be looking forward to the match and we’ll see what happens.”Both are hoping they handle this new experience of qualifying for the year-end tournament with ease.For Stephens, the biggest concern is adjusting to the unfamiliar round-robin format.“I haven’t played a round-robin since I started playing tennis at Sierra Sport and Racquet Club, and you had to play the round robin to advance in your ladder,” Stephens said. “Yeah, I was, like, 10. So I’m really not sure how it works. But I think you just play and try to win and whatever happens happens.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jerebko hits dagger vs former team as Warriors escape Jazz It’s been a whirlwind six weeks for Osaka, a dual Japanese-American citizen who plays under the Japanese flag, since winning the U.S. Open.Her Open victory — the second title of her career with the first coming at Indian Wells in April — was marred by controversy as opponent Serena Williams initiated a number of run-ins with umpire Carlos Ramos during the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“For me, I think I’m playing tournament after tournament, so I don’t really have time to think about, like, my life changing or anything,” said Osaka, of her new celebrity status. “So, yeah, I feel like I would need the year to end to maybe process more.“I mean, with the recognition part, I do feel a bit different,” she added. “Like before it was only Japan I felt like people know me. But now like even here, I guess this is Asia, too, though, so it doesn’t really count, but like in the airports and stuff. I just think that that’s kind of funny.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Osaka is hoping that just being part of the WTA Finals won’t give her the jitters.“I hope I don’t get overwhelmed,” Osaka said. “You never really know how you’re gonna feel until you’re in that moment. So I can only hope that I’ll play well and I won’t get, like, nervous or anything, which I’m sure I will, but I feel like that’s all part of the process.”The two join Angelique Kerber, the reigning Wimbledon champion, and Kiki Bertens, who qualified for the tournament when No. 1 Simona Halep withdrew with a herniated disc in her back, in the Red Group. Kerber and Bertens play Monday’s second scheduled match.The competition gets under way with White Group action on Sunday.Petra Kvitova, the 2011 WTA Finals champion, will play Elina Svitolina, who debuted here last year, in the opening match. Caroline Wozniacki, the defending champion, faces Karolina Pliskova, making a third consecutive appearance here, in the second match.Despite not being able to play here, Halep is in Singapore and received the WTA Player of the Year award at the black-tie WTA Finals Gala on Friday night. The Romanian won her first Grand Slam title at this year’s French Open and was an Australian Open finalist.“Winning a Grand Slam and finishing No. 1, I think it’s the most that I could ask for,” Halep said. “I had also tough moments, because Melbourne, it was really tough to get over and to come back stronger.“I’m proud that I could come back stronger and I could make a better result. 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The man who was driving the car which ran under a lorry on Monday morning at Number 58 Village, Corentyne, killing one of the three passengers was remanded Wednesday morning on a dangerous driving charge.Twenty-five-year-old Navindra Premnauth, also called Avinesh, of Crabwood Creek, Corentyne, is accused of driving motor car HC 1722 in a manner dangerous to the public causing the death of Soorajine Surjraj.Premnauth, who appeared before Magistrate Charlyn Artiga, was not required to plead to the indictable charge.He will have to return to court on April 20, 2018 when the matter comes up again.It had been reported that the accident occurred at Number 58 Village about 07:30h on Monday when the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel which resulted in him losing control of the vehicle and driving into a parked lorry, GMM 9207, which was parked on the eastern parapet.The impact sent the lorry forward about two metres, causing it to hit another lorry and move it about one metre.The 52-year-old Surjraj, a gas station pump attendant, was at the time travelling with her mother, Khemnie Surjraj, 70, and her only child, Nesa Sukhra, 15.They were all in the back seat of the taxi and were returning from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport after taking the pump attendant’s sister to board a flight to the US.The car was being driven by a family friend who worked as a mechanic but was moonlighting as a taxi driver.The car reportedly left Crabwood Creek on Sunday afternoon at about 17:00h.
1 Barcelona are still waiting to receive offers for former Arsenal man Alex Song, who is free to leave the Nou Camp.The La Liga side have already got rid of the likes of Victor Valdes, Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez and Bojan Krkic this summer but new boss Luis Enrique wants to streamline his squad even more before the start of the new season.And he wants to cash in on Cameroon anchorman Song, who has struggled to make an impact at the Catalan club since his £15m move from Arsenal back in 2012.However, sources in Spain claim the 26-year-old has not attracted firm interest from any clubs this summer, despite the fact he was linked with a return to the Premier League earlier this year.Song, who also endured a miserable World Cup campaign with Cameroon, still has three years left to run on his contract at Barcelona. Alex Song
0Shares0000US boss Dave Sarachan will be happy for his side to face Wayne Rooney in a friendly at Wembley on Thursday © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 15 – Wayne Rooney believes he left Manchester United at the right time, even though he wanted to finish his career at Old Trafford.The 33-year-old, who is set to make his final England appearance against the United States in a friendly international at Wembley on Thursday, is now playing for North American club side DC United in Major League Soccer. But there is no denying his place in United’s history books, with Rooney the club’s leading goalscorer in a career that also saw him win five Premier League titles, the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and three League Cups with the Red Devils.In total, Rooney made 559 appearances for United from 2004-2017 after joining from boyhood club Everton.But he started a mere seven of the final 19 Premier League appearances of his United career, with Rooney no longer a first-choice player under manager Jose Mourinho.Rooney returned to Everton before leaving English club football completely when he joined DC United earlier this year.“Of course you miss it,” he told MUTV, United’s in-house television station, of his time at Old Trafford.“It was the highlight of my career, playing for Man United and I was there for so long. But it was the right time.“I wasn’t playing, first of all. I have always been a player who wants to play,” he added. “Obviously I spoke to the manager (Mourinho) and it didn’t look like I was going to play, so it was the right decision and the right time for me to go.“Obviously, you wish, the ideal situation was staying there and finishing your career there, but football changes. Different things happen and things happen for a reason.”Rooney was denied the kind of United farewell he is set to enjoy with England as his last appearance for the club was as a substitute against Dutch side Ajax in a Europa League victory,“It would have been nice to have done it at Old Trafford,” he said. “But I have been back there a few times and I will be back over the Christmas period, at a game to watch them.“I left with great memories. I had a new opportunity to go and play in the States. I had a great time at United, though, and again I am looking forward to going back and seeing a few of my team-mates, and a few friends from the staff who I have made along the way.“The fans have been brilliant to me and it will be nice to see a few familiar faces when I go to a game over Christmas,” Rooney added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Volunteers are needed to help Meals On Wheels deliver meals to shut-ins in the Whittier area. If you can give two hours a day, once a week, once a month or help as a substitute, call or stop by the office at 7702 S. Washington Ave. between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.To volunteer or for more information, call (562) 698-2750 or 696-8650. Parks department has special events WHITTIER – The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation offers special events – seasonal parties, excursions, dances, birthday parties, movies and guest speakers.Programs such as hot and nutritious daily meal, bingo loteria, fitness, and arts and crafts are available for the seniors at Mayberry Park Senior Center, 13201 E. Meyer Road.For more information, call (562) 944-9727. Whittier Narrows tours available SOUTH EL MONTE – Whittier Narrows Natural Area and Nature Center offers “Field Trips in Nature” to elementary school-age children from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays.Children are given an overview of the ecosystem and shown various live animals that can be found in the park, then taken on a hike through the natural area of the park (wear appropriate shoes). The staff discusses native plants, mammals, reptiles, insects and other topics.For more information, call (626) 575-5523. Neff Site open for free tours LA MIRADA – Free tours of the Neff Historic Site are available from 2 to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays each month.Neff Historic Site is at 14300 San Cristobal Drive. For information, call (562)943-7277. Sanchez Adobe open to public MONTEBELLO – The Sanchez Adobe, Montebello’s historical museum is open to the public from noon to 3p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays each month at 946N. Adobe Ave.Museum curator Bud Sanchez, grandson of Juan Matias Sanchez, who built the adobe’s east wing, is seeking volunteer docents.For more information, call Maggie at (323) 728-3765. Sheriff’s Museum admission is free WHITTIER – The Sheriff’s Museum at STARS Center, 11515 S. Colima Road, exhibits items spanning 154 years, from L.A. County’s first Sheriff, George Burrill, to the current, 30th sheriff, LeRoy “Lee” Baca.Numerous items, including artifacts, pictures, weapons, Hall of Justice items, riot squad shields, K-9 exhibit and others are available for public viewing.Admission is free from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For group tours, call (562) 946-7859. Thrift shop aids Crisis Shelter WHITTIER – Sacks on the Boulevard, the Shelter’s Right Hand thrift shop that benefits the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter, needs to add to its staff of volunteer workers.Sales from the shop generated $50,000 for the shelter last year. Now the Shelter’s Right Hand is considering adding a boutique to the existing store, but must first find more volunteer workers to sort and sell the donated merchandise.If you can give a few hours one morning or afternoon a week, or even once a month, call (562) 696-1399 or (562)699-1558. – From staff reports
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Descanso Gardens will feature a special program about roses, 7-9 p.m. at Descanso’s Van de Kamp Hall, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Caada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-7984. The San Fernando Valley Audubon Society will present Dr. Stephen Rothstein in a program about cowbirds, 7:30 p.m., Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Free. Call (818) 360-1438. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Teen volunteers will run a camp for children with special needs, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Chabad of the Conejo, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills, and at the Jewish Milken Community Center, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. Call (818) 865-2233 or (818) 601-0075. Flower arrangement workshop, 10-10:45 a.m. at Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Media Arts show and reception, 2 p.m. at the Moorpark College Art Gallery, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. Call (805) 378-1431. Calabasas will offer a Young Rembrandts program for children, 3-4 p.m. at Juan Batista de Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Road, Calabasas. Call (818) 880-6461.
A man with a phobia of dogs twice tried to run over a woman out walking her dog.Mark Kenny, of Ballyness, Falcarragh, appeared at Falcarragh District Court charged with dangerous driving.On August 14th last, local woman Marie Sharkey was out walking her dog when sh was approached by a car being driven by Kenny, 45.On one occasion she had to jump back into a hedge to avoid being struck by Kenny’s car and on a second she had to jump back into the doorway of a house.She was so shaken by the incident that she reported th matter to local Gardai.Solicitor for Kenny, Mr Cormac Hartnett, said his client had no recollection of the incident.He said his client had mental health issues but though medication, his condition had improved considerably.He said the only explanation his client could offer for the incidents was that he has a phobia of dogs and this may have led to his actions.Judge Paul Kelly said he was satisfied to hear that Kenny’s medication had now helped to stabilise him.He ordered that a probation report be carried out on the accused and adjourned the case.MAN WITH DOG PHOBIA TRIED TO RUN OVER WOMAN OUT WALKING DOG TWICE was last modified: July 16th, 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:DOGdonegalFalcarraghMark Knnyphobia
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Malik Metivier (Toronto, Ontario) broke a 7-year-old Drake University school record in the men’s 400-meter hurdles in 50.16 at the NCAA Track & Field West Preliminary Round Thursday evening. Metivier’s time was the third-fastest time at the NCAA West Preliminary to advance him to Friday’s quarterfinal round with the opportunity to qualify for next month’s NCAA Championship.His performance is also the 12th fastest in the nation this season and bettered his previous personal best by nearly a full second.Metivier ran in the sixth and final heat of the first round and finished second in his heat behind Rai Benjamin of USC’s time of 50.12. Benjamin is the current national leader in the event as well.Jon DeGrave set Drake’s previous school record in the 400-meter hurdles in 2011 at 50.59.Metivier was one of four Bulldogs to compete Thursday evening, but the only one to advance. Senior Hudson Priebe (Chamberlain, S.D.) also competed in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing 46th in 54.23.Junior Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) capped her terrific season by finishing 38th in the women’s 400-meter hurdles in 1:00.50. Two weeks ago, she ran the third-fastest time in school history en route to a runner-up finish at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.Drake’s final competitor of the evening, Kundai Maguranyanga (Harare, Zimbabwe) was disqualified from the men’s 100 meters as a result of a false start. However, the reigning MVC Freshman of the Year will compete again Friday evening in the 200 meters, an event which he owns the second-fastest time in school history at 20.67.Senior Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) will also compete Friday in the women’s 100-meter hurdles.Print Friendly Version
There has been yet another twist in the on-going saga between CAREDOC and NOWDOC’s plans to cut services in Derrybeg and Carndonagh. Donegal Daily revealed through a statement by TD Thomas Pringle that plans to suspend the ‘Redeye’ services in Derrybeg and Carndonagh had been reversed after widespread condemnation at yet more cuts to the vital NOWDOC service.The news was heralded as a huge success for those who reacted furiously to CAREDOC’s plans to implement more cuts to the NOWDOC services in the areas mentioned.However, Donegal Daily can reveal that instead of reversing the decision to suspend the ‘Redeye’ services in Derrybeg and Carndonagh, management are simply delaying it by one month. A well-placed source told Donegal Daily, “It was reported yesterday that CAREDOC and NOWDOC had abandoned plans to curtail services on the red-eye shifts in Derrybeg and Carndonagh.“At Friday’s meeting with public representatives CAREDOC said that they would look at the situation again.“They reviewed their position very quickly and e-mailed the Doctors working for them and told them that plans to implement the new rotas from June 15th were cancelled and that the date was being pushed back to the 6th of July.“CAREDOC’s plan to curtail the service has NOT been abandoned as reported but only changed to a different date. “There is a public meeting organised by Gweedore Chamber of Commerce regarding Nowdoc in Teach Jack, Glassagh, Derrybeg on Monday 8th of June at 8.30NEW TWIST IN NOWDOC SAGA AS CAREDOC PLANS TO REVERSE DECISION UNTRUE was last modified: June 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CaredocHome-page NewsNowDocRedeyeServicesSuspend
Ruhama, a charity that helps women affected by prostitution and sex trafficking, has released a video containing real voicemails left to a fictitious prostitute.The ‘Andreea’ project was launched as part of the Penny For Your Thoughts campaign which is a European multi-city art project designed to raise awareness of sex trafficking across Europe and beyond.‘Andreea’ – a silhouette image posed seductively above a phone number – was ‘advertised’ in a variety of busy locations across Dublin and beyond. Callers were greeted by a voicemail of a bubbly young woman with an Eastern European accent who says she’s “sensual” and “available for loads of fun.”The voicemail takes a dark turn when she reveals that she was trafficked into Ireland’s sex trade, and says that if she defies “the man who brought her here”, she’ll be in trouble. She goes on to say that the man promised her a childcare job in Ireland, only to coerce her into prostitution.She closed the voicemail with a plea for help before asking the caller to leave her a message with their thoughts. Despite making it clear that she has been trafficked, 68% of those who called wished know more about her “services”.In just 20 days, ‘Andreea’ received 759 calls, 314 texts, and 37 voicemails. An analysis into 209 of these contacts revealed that 82% of callers were concerned about the sexual services ‘Andreea’ provides, and enquired about her prices.Sarah Benson, CEO of Ruhama, said: “We were immediately struck by the extent to which sex buyers saw ‘Andreea’ more as a service or a product, rather than an actual person. The language they used and the way they communicated with ‘Andreea’ just confirms to us the dehumanising nature of prostitution that so many of the women we support describe experiencing.“Shockingly, 68% of those who left voicemails, who had the opportunity to listen to ‘Andreea’s’ message and learn that she had been sex trafficked, still persisted in enquiring about the services she was offering. They displayed a completely callous disregard for a victim of Ireland’s vicious sex trade. These buyers were only concerned with their own sexual gratification and getting the kind of sex acts they wanted, and did not seem to care that this was at the expense of a vulnerable woman in a clearly difficult situation.”An analysis of the calls shows that the most popular requests included explicit photos, threesomes, anal sex, various sex acts specifically without a condom and ‘sex chats’.Sarah Benson concluded: “If we really want equality for women and girls then we must fight against the proliferation of the sex trade and the culture of male sexual entitlement it is predicated upon. This includes holding sex buyers to account for their actions and challenging their view of women as mere commodities.” Ruhama urges anyone who finds themselves in a difficult situation in Ireland’s sex trade, or who is concerned about someone they know, to contact them for support on (01) 836 0292, or text the word REACH for free to 50100Charity reveals real voicemails from Irish men to distressed fictitious prostitute was last modified: February 10th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:prostitutionruhamasex traffickingvoicemails