Czech tennis player Jana Novotna, a Wimbledon champion in 1998 and 16-time grand slam winner in doubles and mixed doubles, has died at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer, the Women’s Tennis Association said on Monday.Novotna, who entered the tennis Hall of Fame in 2005, died surrounded by her family in the Czech Republic, the WTA said.In a career spanning 14 years on the professional circuit that included 24 WTA singles titles and 76 doubles titles, Novotna finally won her only singles grand slam at Wimbledon in 1998 after losing in the final in 1993 and 1997.She won the hearts of fans around the world when she burst into tears after throwing away victory against Steffi Graf in the 1993 final when on the verge of victory and was consoled afterwards by a British duchess.“Jana was an inspiration both on and off court to anyone who had the opportunity to know her. Her star will always shine brightly in the history of the WTA,” WTA Chief Executive Steve Simon said in a statement.Novotna was a three-time Olympic medalist and a member of Czechoslovakia’s 1988 Fed Cup championship team.“She always supported us from the stands when she could. We will miss her,” the Czech Fed Cup team said on its Facebook page.
Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 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 UAAP Volleyball Preview: Lady Bulldogs aim Finals breakthrough Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims “Right now, we just have to wait,” GlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren said after getting a career-high 44 points from Romeo and 28 from Pringle that had the Batang Pier closing out the elimination round with a 6-5 record. “Hopefully, we can land in a best-of-three [series],” he went on. “It doesn’t matter to us if we are No. 3, 4, 5 or 6 [in the final rankings]. It will be hard if we end up seventh or eighth.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnRomeo torched the Painters in the second and fourth quarters, tossing in 39 of his total, while Pringle dropped all but eight of his in the middle two quarters to form a two-sided battering the physical Rain or Shine defense didn’t have an answer to.It was the third straight defeat for the Painters, who, just two weeks ago, were looking very good in the race for the No. 2 spot but are now in danger of missing the playoffs altogether. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards LATEST STORIES Barangay Ginebra formally advanced to the playoffs after scuttling NLEX, 90-80, in the nightcap. Like GlobalPort, the Gin Kings would need to await the results of the final playdate this Wednesday to know their ranking.Rain or Shine battles Alaska this Wednesday in a game that not only closes the elimination round but will also determine who will own the second twice-to-beat privilege, a race that’s now down between the Aces and the Hotshots.The Hotshots clash with the Floodbuster also this Wednesday.Should Star win, it would have to hope that Rain or Shine turns back Alaska for it is the Hotshots’ only route to second seeding. ADVERTISEMENT View comments Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGlobalPort’s prolific backcourt of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle ridiculed the Rain or Shine defense all game on Sunday night and towed the Batang Pier to a 117-99 ripping of the Elasto Painters to seal a quarterfinal berth in the PBA Philippine Cup.After getting the job done on the floor, the league’s modern day version of the most lethal guard combination and the rest of the Batang Pier will now await the results of three more games at Cuneta Astrodome to know where they really stand.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal
‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community The Spanish second seed — US Open champion in 2010, 2013 and 2017 — needed barely two hours to see Millman off 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 at Arthur Ashe Stadium with the world number 60 from Australia unable to reproduce the magic that saw him stun Roger Federer here a year ago.“The beginning, the first match, is always a little bit new even if I’ve played here plenty of times,” said Nadal, who meets Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis next. “I think I played well and in general am very happy with the way I started.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“He (Millman) showed last year what he’s able to do when he’s doing well and I came on court with a lot of respect.”Two-time French Open runner-up Thiem was upset by Italian giant-killer Thomas Fabbiano 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, the Austrian fourth seed slumping to another first-round exit, having lost at the same stage at Wimbledon. Barcelona ‘closer’ to Neymar deal, club official says Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery Osaka struck by nerves Russian ninth seed Khachanov lost to Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in five sets, with 10th seed Bautista Agut of Spain succumbing in similar fashion to Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan to leave that quarter of the draw wide open for Nick Kyrgios.The volatile Australian eased past American Steve Johnson 6-3, 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 in a match that finished at 1:12 a.m. local time.Alexander Zverev, seeded sixth, outlasted Moldova’s Radu Albot 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, while Marin Cilic, the 2014 champion, advanced in straight sets over Slovakia’s Martin Klizan.Reigning women’s US Open champion Naomi Osaka confronted severe nerves as she overcame Russia’s Anna Blinkova, the world number 84.Osaka suffered a first-round exit last month at Wimbledon and the Japanese star struggled to put away Blinkova before prevailing 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2.“I have a lot of really good memories here because I grew up in this area. I don’t think I’ve ever been this nervous in my life,” said Osaka, sporting a black brace on her left knee.“You want to do well after you did well last year. I definitely didn’t want to lose in the third set.”The top seed goes on to face Poland’s Magda Linette.Osaka must retain her US Open crown to have a chance of remaining world number one and was tested extensively by 2015 Wimbledon junior finalist Blinkova, who raced 4-1 ahead in the first set and saved a match point in the second to force a decider. Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates after defeating John Millman, of Australia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)Rafael Nadal launched his tilt at a fourth US Open title Tuesday with a swift defeat of John Millman as other leading seeds in his half of the draw tumbled out in the first round.Four players in the world’s top 10 — Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Karen Khachanov and Roberto Bautista Agut — lost Tuesday to ease Nadal’s potential path to the final.ADVERTISEMENT Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft LATEST STORIES Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? 3 young volunteers die in car crash after giving aid to Taal evacuees Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ MOST READ “I got very tired and exhausted after two sets. I’m far away from 100 percent,” an ailing Thiem said. “It was not the real me there on the court.”Greek eighth seed Tsitsipas struggled with cramps and accused umpires of having “preferences” after he fell to a 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (9/7), 7-5 defeat by Next Gen rival Andrey Rublev in a grueling four-hour slog.Tsitsipas, for whom it was also a second successive Grand Slam opening-round defeat, was hit with a point penalty for a time violation in the final set.“This chair umpire, I don’t know, he has something against me. I don’t know why,” said Tsitsipas, who snapped “you’re all weirdos” at French official Damien Dumusois during his match.“I wish that all the chair umpires were like Mohamed Lahyani because I believe he’s the best out in the game, and we need more like him in tennis because he’s fair to everyone. I feel like some of them have preferences when they are on the court.”ADVERTISEMENT Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu PLAY LIST 03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake02:44Gatchalian wants arrest for residents returning to Taal danger zones View comments Taal Volcano’s quakes, cracks send more people fleeing Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, ousted in the opening round the past two years at Flushing Meadows, beat US lucky loser Nicole Gibbs 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.“I feel much better that I could win a match finally in this tournament,” Halep said. “I feel like my game, it’s there.”Sloane Stephens, the 2017 champion, slid to a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Russian qualifier Anna Kalinskaya, while 15-year-old Wimbledon sensation Coco Gauff edged past Anastasia Potapova, 18, in three sets on her US Open debut.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Dear Editor,In another section of the media, Freddie Kissoon incorrectly penned that then Democratic controlled US Senate changed the two-thirds (67) majority rule to a simple majority (51) to approve President Barack Obama’s nominees. He misleads readers. I have taught American constitutional law for over two decades and am very familiar with the voting procedure. Freddie is out of depth on the voting rule. What Democrats changed was the rule for ending debate and not the majority rule to approve of nominees (except for judicial nominees).Historically, Senators could speak for an unlimited time on a bill or a nominee up for confirmation. Bills or appointments were filibustered, talking them to death. The rule was changed in 1917 to require a two-thirds majority to end debate or stop someone from speaking forever on a bill. Since it was almost impossible to get 67 Senators to end debate (Cloture Rule) or end a filibuster, the rule was changed in 1975 to 60 Senators favoring an end to debate. The Democrats had 60 Senators during Obama’s first two years in office in 2009 and his nominees were not filibustered because of the filibuster-proof majority.The Republicans filibustered Obama’s picks in 2013 after his re-election. In 2013, because of Republicans’ obstinacy, Democrats decided to change the debate rules requiring a simple majority of 51 to end debate on presidential nominees except for appointees to fill vacant Federal judgeships. The 51 majority rule came to be known as the nuclear option to fast-track confirmation of appointees (except Judges).The Republicans (52-48) used the nuclear option for Trump’s nominees. It is not clear if they will also force the nuclear option for Trump’s nominee on the Supreme Court.For all appointments, a simple majority of 51 was/is required for confirmation and has not been changed. The cloture rule of 60 (3/5 and not two thirds) only applies to ending debate and not confirmation.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisram
Dear Editor,The Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice (retired) James Patterson, recently stated thus: “Elections count for nothing if not free and fair”. This is indeed most welcoming.Notably, however, in the absence of necessary and definitive, transparent actions at the Commission’s level, the credentials and acceptability of such statements become quite shallow.There are widely known numerous factual positions regarding the rigging of past elections in Guyana, influenced by the People’s National Congress under previous GECOM management. It cannot be denied that GECOM conducted the 2015 Regional and National Elections which lacked the measures of authenticity to validate any level of acceptance by most. ‘Words of Wind’ must therefore not be used superfluously to camouflage the need to adequately address obvious shortcomings exercised in or by this organisation. Among the huge questions are the selection procedure and the role of the selected staff.The PPP filed an elections petition which challenges the validity of the outcome of the 2015 General and Regional Elections, and this gives testimony. Significant in the claims is that the elections were not held in conformity with the Constitution of Guyana.The numerous electoral irregularities for which there have been no prosecutions overwhelm the credibility of the results. It is very much totally unacceptable and insufficient to have summary pronouncements from the responsible conductor of the elections to the effect that there have been few spatial occurrences, and those may not have impacted the final results. There is need for stiffer penalties, and laws must be put in place to prohibit blatant irregularities.The evidence of procedural errors and numerous instances of fraudulent and/or suspicious actions during the elections are proof that cannot be denied. The seriousness of fake statements of poll, and let us not forget that the Chief Elections Officer, on the night of Wednesday, 13th May, 2015, said he could not announce the Elections results because he discovered “fake statements of poll”. On that night he was very clear that the amount was too much for him to accept.Further, the former Chairman of the Elections Commission, at his last press conference, said there were 33 fake statements of poll, and they were not counted, and those votes went against the PPP/C. The petition also makes reference to the presence of “big and vicious mobs” at several polling stations and other strategic places, which led to multiple voting, particularly in Region #4.The Chairman of GECOM accepted that the PPP had exceptionally good results from the last 2016 LGE. He talks of the PPP winning the popular votes and dominating the vote count in rural areas, while also raising concerns about intimidation and fear on Election Day.The fact that the GECOM Chairman is not yet walking the talk is a matter of serious concern.The Chairman’s obvious knowledge about all the bungling by the Secretariat, which caused the last period of Continuous Registration to start two weeks late, raises serious questions. Information received confirms there was an understanding that two additional weeks would have to be accommodated. However, when the PPP Commissioners advanced the discussion for the extension, it was denied. It means that citizens of this country are being denied the opportunity to do their registration transactions, as the Chairman joined with the PNC Commissioners and voted down the agreed request to have the two weeks of extension.It is known that the Commission, at a statutory meeting, agreed that the criticism against the GECOM staff is a matter of serious concern. Further, the meeting agreed that all the applicants for the “Training of GECOM” trainers to work for the Election Commission will be called to the official training. It is very worrying and most ridiculous to know that more than one hundred persons who applied were not called to the official training.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
Darren Fletcher did his bit for charity when he took part in the Ice Bucket challenge to raise money for the James McCarthy Foundation.The Manchester United vice-captain got drenched and nominated former team-mates Cristiano Ronaldo and Wes Brown to go next.Check out the brilliant video above.
MONTEBELLO – Former Montebello Mayor Kathleen Salazar and other city residents opposed to turning over the city’s Fire Department to county control suffered another legal setback Friday. Salazar filed a complaint Dec. 21 asking for a court order directing the Montebello City Council to hold a special election on her group’s initiative petition, which would require voter approval before the Montebello Fire Department could be turned over to the county. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe ruled Feb. 22 that Salazar’s complaint did not state sufficient facts to show notice of the initiative petition was properly published as required by the state Elections Code. Yaffe gave Salazar time to file an amended complaint, which she did March 22. However, Friday, Yaffe ruled that the second complaint also was deficient. Salazar has until the end of this month to file another amended complaint. The City Council declined to set a date for a special election when the issue came before the panel Nov. 22. Nearly 3,700 names submitted on the initiative petition were validated – more than the minimum needed, according to Salazar’s lawsuit. Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid and council members Bob Bagwell and Jeff Siccama rejected the petition initiative, however, saying its wording did not follow Election Code. Bagwell has said the city merely wants to investigate how much it might save by contracting for fire and emergency services through the county. He said no decision has yet been made on whether to actually contract with the county. Nevertheless, the decision by the three to explore th county option has prompted a recall effort by residents strongly in favor of keeping the Montebello Fire Department intact. City Council members were scheduled to meet Wednesday behind closed doors to discuss Salazar’s lawsuit. The council’s regular meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 1600 W. Beverly Blvd.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho 4 One way or another, despite the small rise of optimism in southwest London after their convincing defensive display at White Hart Lane, the predictabilty of Chelsea’s forward play must change; soon no side will fear Mourinho’s men.Should Mourinho stick with his current formation and personnel or alter the shape to help the club out of their sticky situation over the festive period? Let talkSPORT know by leaving a comment below. Mourinho’s style is not centred upon masterminding a team irresistible in its play, rather, it’s to construct an unbeatable side. His persistence with 4-2-3-1, however, may be the very reason this season’s Chelsea are being defeated so often, with his two key players unreliable.The main problem with their current system is that it allows too many to hide when the going gets tough.Could Mourinho be doing more to help his side, therefore?With wingers Willian, Pedro and Hazard, a diamond formation – which reaped unprecedented success with midfield generals such as Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and Michael Ballack in previous seasons – may not be currently suited to the Blues.But the flexibility of a 4-3-3 structure might.With Chelsea’s current form questionable, setting up with a 4-3-3 system would allow the Blues to start on the offensive, but offer the option of switching to a 4-5-1 should the defence – which it has done so often this season – require extra support.On paper, this could – or rather should – be Chelsea’s strongest XI in such a formation.Football, though, isn’t played on paper.And, alternatively, one player who arguably hasn’t been given a fair chance to impress this season during the club’s slump is Loic Remy. The Frenchman has found life at Stamford Bridge tough going, with Mourinho seemingly unconvinced that he possesses the quality to lead the line for a side that should be competing for every piece of silverware available.What Remy does, however, that Costa certainly hasn’t of late, is express a desire to run in behind the opponent’s defenders. He has, admittedly, gained a slight reputation for mistiming his runs and inexplicably being caught offside; but the former Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United man is the kind of out-and-out frontman that Chelsea have missed this season.Remy’s desire, in contrast to Costa, isn’t to drop deep and get on the ball but, simply, to get into goalscoring positions.He might not be a 15-plus goals a season man for Chelsea but, at present, neither does Costa look to be. 4 4 4 As the Premier League champions, Chelsea’s dire form this season has been a major surprise, and the longer it continues, the more it confounds considered opinion.Surely, goes the thinking in many quarters, it is only a matter of time until the Blues go on a winning run of the kind football fans have been conditioned to expect from the club – and manager Jose Mourinho – over the past decade. Indeed, there had been signs that Chelsea were finally turning what has been a long, debilitating corner.The victory over Norwich City, despite the narrow 1-0 scoreline, appeared to have shaken a few players into life – particularly Eden Hazard – and a 4-0 Champions League thrashing of Maccabi Tel Aviv, along with a 0-0 draw away at tough-to-beat Tottenham Hotspur, looked to have eased the pressure on Mourinho.But the 1-0 defeat to newly-promoted AFC Bournemouth has brought the champions crashing back down to earth.While the team’s defending had shown considerable improvement – certainly the goalless draw at White Hart Lane impressed observers – it’s Chelsea’s attack that remains the most worrying aspect of the club’s play. Scoring against Norwich City and Maccabi Tel Aviv should be par for the course for Chelsea; not so long ago, the Carlo Ancelotti-led Blues would have cut such opposition to shreds. Meanwhile, failing to score against the Cherries at home was simply inexcusable. Remarkably, this season Chelsea haven’t even reached double figures in goals scored from open play, netting just seven, with six also – courtesy of Willian’s growing reputation as a dead-ball specialist – coming from set pieces. Last term for Mourinho it was easy deciding his attack; Costa and Fabregas’ on-field relationship was proving formidable, while Hazard provided an unpredictable route to goal that opposition defenders found difficult to halt.But what was their deadliest weapon only months ago, has now become their weakest – Chelsea’s creative brain has almost perished. And there’s one ever so important aspect that may be key to their struggle.4-2-3-1.The Portuguese manager has remained loyal to the successful 4-2-3-1 of their title-winning campaign – a formation that saw the partnership of Nemanja Matic and Fabregas blossom in the centre of the park – yet this could now be the very root of the current problems. The poor performances of the midfield pair has been pivotal; they have left an ageing defence exposed, and it’s their inability to protect the back four, combined with their lack of ideas going forward, that has thwarted the Blues’ attack.
Spurs will go into their third round match with Leicester trying to go one better than last year.The White Hart Lane clash – which is live on talkSPORT after Chelsea vs Scunthorpe – sees the two Premier League sides square up in the cup, before facing off in the league three days later.Spurs were knocked out of the competition last January in the fourth round, when Leicester scored two late goals to leave north London victorious.In terms of team news for Sunday’s clash, the home side will be without midfielder Mousa Dembele, who is expected to be out for around four more weeks with a groin problem.Clinton N’Jie is a long-term absence and Alex Pritchard is nearing a return, but he is not back to fitness. Danny Rose has been kept out of the side in recent weeks with Ben Davies impressing at left-back, and Mauricio Pochettino must decide whether to rest star striker Harry Kane.Meanwhile Claudio Ranieri’s high-flying Foxes will be without main man Jamie Vardy, who had minor surgery this week.The games come thick and fast at this time of year and, with Spurs still in the Europa League, Pochettino will eventually have to rotate his squad accordingly.Who will the Argentinian boss select and trust to book their place in the hat for Monday’s fourth round draw?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Tottenham line-up by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.Earlier this week, Tottenham and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris tells talkSPORT they ‘need to add experience’ to become a ‘great team’ 11 3. Danny Rose – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 22. Nacer Chadli – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 23. Christian Eriksen – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 16. Kieran Trippier – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 28. Tom Carroll 6. Nabil Bentaleb – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11. Erik Lamela – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 13. Michel Vorm – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 4. Toby Alderweireld – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 10. Harry Kane – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 27. Kevin Wimmer – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 11
COAST LASHED BY HIGH TIDE WAVES was last modified: January 26th, 2014 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:Mullaghderg BeachNarinstormwavesweather warning Narin Pier today – Brian Boyle for donegaldaily.comCOASTAL areas of Donegal are being lashed with high tide waves driven by the latest storm.Our pictures show the scene on Sunday afternoon at Narin (Pictures Brian Boyle) and at Mullaghderg Beach (Picture by Hugh Bonner).Mullaghderg today – Picture by Hugh Bonner for donegaldaily.comWaves hit Narin – picture by Brian Boyle for donegaldaily.com