Stephens tells best friend Keys: ‘I wish it could have been a draw’

first_imgStephens only returned to the tour at Wimbledon after missing 11 months having undergone left foot surgery.Her world ranking slid to 957 before semi-final runs at US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati.“I had surgery on January 23 and if someone had told me then that I would be the US Open champion, I would have said that would be impossible,” said Stephens.“My journey to get here, I wouldn’t change it for the world.“I should retire now — I’m  never going to be able top this.”ADVERTISEMENT Both women embraced at the net before sitting next to each other courtside as they waited for the post-match ceremony to start.“Maddy is one of my best friends, if not my best friend on tour and I told her I would not have wanted to play anybody else,” said the 24-year-old.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s a special moment. I said to her that I wished it could have been a draw.“If the situation was the other way around, Maddy would have said the same thing. It’s incredible. It’s what true friendship is all about.” Winning start Break new ground MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Sloane Stephens (L) of the US embraces compatriot Madison Keys after winning during their 2017 US Open Women’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 9, 2017.Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s US Open final. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADUS Open champion Sloane Stephens said she wished her US Open final triumph over close friend Madison Keys could have been a draw rather than the rout it turned out to be.Stephens, the world number 83, raced to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over her 15th seeded American compatriot in just over an hour.ADVERTISEMENT Evacuated Miami Dolphins arrive in LA for extended stay A costly, catty dispute finally settled Stephens also praised her mother for her support.“When I was a child she took me to a tennis coach who said that I would be lucky to be a division two player.“But here I am. So parents never give up on your kids.”Keys too had fought injury battles in recent months, undergoing a second left wrist surgery after the French Open before winning a July title at Stanford.“I didn’t play my best tennis today and I’m disappointed in that but Sloane was very supportive and if there’s someone I have to lose to today I’m glad it’s her. Sloane is truly one of my favorite people,” said Keys.“If you told me two months ago I’d be holding a US Open finalist’s trophy I’d have been really happy and proud of myself.”“It has been a very interesting year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Seward Cooper’s Challenges

first_imgWe think the President has made a fine appointment of Seward Cooper as Chair of the National Oil Company (NOCAL).He is well-educated, well-mannered and highly experienced as a corporate lawyer and international public servant. He is patriotic and hails from one of Monrovia’s most distinguished families. He has vast experience in public service and knows a lot about governance and statesmanship.We think we can say with certainty that Seward’s is not a confrontational character. He is more an establishmentarian (someone who believes in working within the system, not against it; an advocate of the state).  One could see that in Seward as he served President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Legal Advisor. There were many decisions made that caused people to wonder what the President was thinking.  As a good lawyer, Seward had to raise eyebrows at some of these decisions; but being the perfect gentleman, one could imagine him flashing his characteristic smile and offering a few cultured, diplomatic questions and perhaps carefully conceived comments, but not more. He was not the type to balk (draw back) or resign if things did not go his way—no!  He would live to serve another day.But we suspect that Counselor Cooper will soon discover on his new job the need to shun some of that mild-mannered disposition as he increasingly confronts the sharks in the petroleum business. Who are they? The oil companies—the Chevrons and Exxon Mobiles of this world; the goods and services providers who will insist on their way or no way; who will not understand initially that this man is not one that will be bullied by money or other gifts. Not honest, straightforward and selfless Seward Cooper.He will need his diplomatic and legal skills and principles nerve in his confrontation with the Legislature, whose members in both Houses are accustomed to making selfish and unreasonable demands in the grasping pursuit of power, influence and ah! the big one: money.There is where the man will have to shed some of his Cooper aristocracy and quickly learn to fight, if indeed he must ensure that the nation’s newly found petroleum resource will benefit not a few foreigners and a handful of locals, but THE PEOPLE OF LIBERIA.What do we mean?  Look at the new Oil Bill currently before the Legislature.  We are told that this bill, which the former NOCAL Chair Robert Sirleaf, the President’s son, takes credit in crafting, has nothing in it for the average Liberian, or for any serious Liberian participation. Chairman Cooper will need to carefully examine the oil blocks to find out how many Liberians have a stake in any of them.  He must reflect upon all the other concessions that this administration has allowed to gobble up our natural resources lock, stock and barrel—the iron ore, the gold, diamond and now the petroleum, WITHOUT ANY LIBERIAN PARTICIPATION.  Chairman Cooper, the lawyer, the patriot who loves his country and people, the man of principle, must revisit that Bill, refashion it and make SURE that this God-given resource, petroleum, will make Liberians rich too; not just the foreign concessionaires and a handful of others.This is definitely not a scenario at which Mr. Cooper will deem it enough to flash a smile. No! He must know that the people are watching very closely and expectantly, and that every single Liberian is asking THE QUESTION of the hour: “What is in it for Liberia and Liberians?Seward Cooper must seriously consider what legacy he plans to help President Sirleaf—and himself—leave behind. Surely it cannot be a Liberia Mining Company, a LAMCO, a Bong Mine, a China Union, a Western Cluster legacy, where there was no Liberian participation; concessions that allowed foreigners to walk away with billions of United States dollars, leaving Liberia and Liberians impoverished and powerless in their own country.Chairman Cooper, along with  NOCAL President, Dr. Randolph K. McClain, are called to work their hardest to ensure that this newly found resource, petroleum, will this time be, far  from the case in so many African countries, a blessing, not a curse.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drivers, Commuters Ponder Number of Occupants in Vehicle

first_imgThe government of Liberia’s policy on drivers to take not more than three passengers at the backseat of vehicles is said to be enjoyed by most of the drivers and commuters who are now indicating the regulation does not only promote passengers’ safety, but also protects vehicles.The government put the measure into place during the second quarter of the year when the Ebola virus was spreading like a wildfire in the country. The policy was criticized from the beginning, when it was first announced. Many people at the time complained that the government’s action was anti-poor, especially, in a country where most of the people are poor.Monrovia was taken by fire in the first week of the announcement, as some commuters even engaged each other in fist fights for a seat on the bus or taxi. The situation has changed and people are now said to be getting along well with the policy.A cross section of drivers and commuters are beginning to reevaluate their earlier positions,  asking the government to ensure that the measure remains in place even after the Ebola epidemic ends. “It saves the under carriage of my vehicle because I am not allowed to overload it any more as I did prior to the coming into force of this regulation,” said Mr. Omaru Bah.  “You know what? We [drivers] use to take four in the backseat and some of the people use to sit on one another’s laps.” Mr. Bah runs traffic on Bushrod Island, mainly from Duala to Broad Street. He is married with five children and resides on the island.“I enjoy running traffic now because I spend less on servicing  my vehicle now, compared to the past, even though the road is not too good for now.” The fare from Broad Street to Duala is L$45. It was L$30 prior to the announcement of the policy.The government says it took the measure in order to reduce congestion of commuters in vehicles and avoid people coming into physical contact  with each other, a situation it is  said, that could help curtail the spread of the Ebola virus. Coming in physical contacts with infected persons, the World Health Organization (WHO) says, is a major means of transmitting the Ebola virus disease (EVD). But many commuters are now enjoying their rides, especially in taxi cabs, where they admit sitting comfortably without being squeezed to the doors or against each other as they [commuters] did prior to the Ebola outbreak. “It was so good that the government took this decision allowing only three people to the backseat. Little did I know that this policy was in my very interest,” said Mr. Daniel Jackson. Mr. Jackson, a resident of Barnersville Estate, told our reporter that the new policy has helped many to enjoy their ride,  especially commuters travelling fairly long distances. Despite the increment in fare by the government as a result of its three-to-backseat policy, Mr. Jackson and a number of commuters told our Business Desk the increment is reasonable and fair enough to justify. “I don’t have much of a problem with the new fare structure, even though money it is difficult to get money. With God above all, I can afford to transport myself up and down and what is important is that I feel so comfortable when I ride a taxi cab nowadays, especially when I ride a brand new cab.” Even though Jackson and others are enjoying their town ride to town and back, others are feeling the pinch.“To spend also L$150 to and from Redlight everyday is not easy,” said Andrew Kollie, a resident of Crown Hill. Andrew told our reporter that he has his small business at Redlight.But he finds it extremely difficult spending nearly L$150 everyday just on transportation. “The government needs to step in,” he said. “Even though the taxi cabs are sweet to ride nowadays, the new fare structure is eating deep into my profit.”Whatever the case, it appears many people want the policy to remain, but they also want the government to subsidize petroleum products at the end of the Ebola crisis in order to  reduce fares.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Loan Program Helps Rural Women Improve their Farms

first_img“We have saved and loaned money among ourselves to enable us to invest more in our farms to improve our lives and increase food security,” said Mary Diayeah, manager of the Zoedoah Farmers Association in Nimba County.The ability to access loans for people in Liberia is a difficult circumstance especially for farmers as there are limited or no financial institutions in rural parts of Liberia to provide the opportunity to borrow money.To improve agricultural productivity, in 2013, members of the Zoedoah Farmers Association, which comprises 28 farmers, predominantly women, joined the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) program supported by USAID’s Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) program for Liberia.VSLA is a loan program where rural people who lack access to banking institutions for credit pool their savings to generate the ability to loan money to one another. The money is then loaned out to members on ten percent rate over a three month period. At the end of the cycle, usually 9-12 months, the savings from the interest is then redistributed to borrowers to reinvest in their farms.For the first cycle from October 2013 to June 2014, the women raised the sum of LD$1,350,000 or USD $16,071.The group distributed the money with interest to the members to further develop individual farms. The interest received, which was LD$250,000 or USD $2,976 from the loans, was used to hire laborers from February to March 2015 to prepare the group’s farm comprising 8.5 hectares of upland rice, 1 hectare cassava and a plot of vegetable garden. All of these projects are currently under cultivation.Alice Tweh, the record keeper of the Zoedoah farmers said, “Five years ago, women farmers struggled to make farms, but USAID FED and the VSLA program have now improved our farms.” Alice in 2014 bought tools and paid workers to develop her five hectare cassava farm with LD$18,000 or USD $215 which was part of her savings from the VSLA. She also used some of this amount to take care of some household problems and pay her children’s tuition. USAID FED is currently partnering with a few financial institutions in Liberia to create financial assistance groups in six counties of which most of the beneficiaries are women. From 2013 until May 2015, USAID FED’s VSLAs have raised a total of US $508,792 from loans accumulating US$50,879 interest that was returned to benefit its members.Over the coming year USAID FED will increase the VSLAs they work with from 373 to 723 to reach an expected total of 12,675 women with its program.The USAID Food and Enterprise Development Program targets organized farmers and provide resources and knowledge to improve production and profitability.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘They just defend’: Klopp frustrated as Utd hold Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000VARcial: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not happy with the Premier League’s use of the VAR system © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 20 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp bemoaned Manchester United’s defensive tactics and a controversial VAR call as the European champions’ 17-game winning run in the Premier League came to an end in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.Marcus Rashford’s controversial goal handed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggling Red Devils a 1-0 half-time lead, but they could not hold out for a much-needed victory as substitute Adam Lallana levelled five minutes from time. Liverpool move six points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table, but Klopp still felt his side missed an opportunity to inflict more pain on a United side sitting 13th in the Premier League.“Pretty much everything went against us. Our own performance in the first half as well,” said Klopp, who was left baffled by the VAR decision not to rule out Rashford’s goal for a foul on Divock Origi by Victor Lindelof in the build-up.“I was 100 percent sure VAR will overrule it,” he added. “The ref let the game run because he has VAR but then VAR says then ‘it is not clear’ so we could say it is not a foul. It’s a clear VAR issue in how we deal with it in the moment.”The two most successful sides in English football could not have come into the game in more contrasting form.However, United answered Solskjaer’s calls to rise to the occasion as his switch to a 3-5-2 formation restricted the league leaders to precious few chances.“When we come here this year, last year and the year before they just defend. It’s not criticism, it’s just a fact,” added Klopp.“The quality they have, (when they) set up like that, it’s really difficult. It’s no excuse, we needed to do better.“We are a good team and it’s normal people think about how they stop us.”– ‘It’s not basketball’ –United had not scored in their two previous matches prior to the international break, but finally produced a moment of quality going forward to take the lead, even if fortune was also on their side for the goal to stand.Marcus Rashford’s controversial goal put Manchester United in front against Liverpool © AFP / Oli SCARFFAfter Lindelof and Origi’s coming together, Daniel James’s cross perfectly picked out Rashford to prod past Alisson.“No chance,” said Solskjaer when asked if he thought it was a foul by Lindelof.“It’s not basketball, he touched him but it’s not a clear and obvious error. I don’t think it’s a foul.”United are now off to their worst league start in 33 years as a point leaves them still just two points above the relegation zone, but Solskjaer is hopeful holding the league leaders proves to be a turning point.“I’m disappointed I can’t sit here and talk about a win, but the performance is very positive,” said Solskjaer. “One point today is the start of something. We need to start winning games.”Liverpool’s frustration only grew before half-time when Sadio Mane outmuscled Lindelof to turn in what he thought was an equaliser, only for VAR to this time rule the goal out for a handball by the Senegalese.Klopp sprinted down the touchline at the half-time whistle, but was unable to change the pattern of the game after the interval as Liverpool continued to dominate possession without creating many chances.Their lack of a cutting edge was not helped by the absence of Mohamed Salah who was missing with an ankle injury.However, Lallana, who had played just 10 minutes in the Premier League this season prior to coming off the bench 20 minutes from time, was in the right place at the right time to make a telling contribution in the title race as he tapped home at the back post from Andy Robertson’s cross.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

ANTE-NATAL PROTESTORS DEMAND MEETING WITH LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT

first_imgProtestors at Dungloe Community Hospital today.Protestors have called on the management of Letterkenny General Hospital to come and meet them to discuss the future of antenatal services at Dungloe Community Hospital.Around 40 people gathered at the gates of the Dungloe hospital at lunchtime.It follows what organisers say was an email from the management of Letterkenny General Hospital was circulated at the meeting which did not give any commitment to reinstate the clinic. They say this comes despite announcements by local politicians that they had received assurances from hospital management that the clinic would be reopened as soon as the consultant returned from sick leave.Protestors now want hospital management to come and met with them to discuss the issue.Local independent TD Thomas Pringle and independent Cllr Micheâl Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig attended today’s the protest.‘It is really important that the community make their voices heard about the loss of this vital clinic to expectant mothers and their families and ensure that the HSE do not get away with withdrawing this service. If they remove this service what will be next’ commented Mac Giolla Easbuig.  ANTE-NATAL PROTESTORS DEMAND MEETING WITH LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT was last modified: January 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)last_img read more

Half-time: Bolton 0 QPR 0

first_imgConor Washington came close to scoring his first QPR goal in an otherwise dreary first half in wet and windy conditions at the Macron Stadium.Washington beat his man and forced a fine save from Ben Amos with a powerful drive the Bolton keeper did well to push away.Earlier, Amos kept out an effort from Junior Hoilett after the Rangers wide-man had exchanged passes with Massimo Luongo.At the other end, Liam Feeney and Jay Spearing sent shots wide of the target and Zach Clough went close with a spectacular overhead kick.Washington started up front after shaking off an ankle knock, replacing Sebastian Polter, while Karl Henry came in for Daniel Tozser in midfield.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Phillips, Henry, Luongo, Hoilett; Mackie, Washington.Subs: Ingram, Angella, Chery, Tozser, , El Khayati, Petrasso, Polter.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

QPR v Norwich: Holloway names first line-up

first_imgConor Washington will start up front in Ian Holloway’s first QPR line-up since returning to Loftus Road for a second spell as manager.Holloway, without the injured Steven Caulker and suspended Karl Henry, has included Joel Lynch, while Sandro is among the Rangers substitutes.Norwich, meanwhile, are without defender Ivo Pinto, who has a groin injury.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Hall, Lynch, Perch, Cousins, Luongo, Robinson, Chery, Washington, Polter.Subs: Ingram, Borysiuk, El Khayati, Ngbakoto, Shodipo, Sandro, Sylla.Norwich: Ruddy; Martin, Bennett, Bassong, Olsson; Tettey, Dorrans; Ja. Murphy, Naismith, Brady; Oliveira.Subs: McGovern, Whittaker, Jerome, Hoolahan, Klose, Lafferty, Jo. Murphy.Click here for the latest QPR transfer gossipClick here for today’s QPR quiz   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Anthony Wayne FFA busy with spring CDEs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Tuesday March 13th, several Anthony Wayne FFA members competed in General Livestock Judging, Poultry Management, Equine Management, Meats Evaluation, and Wildlife Management Career Development Events at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. The Equine team consisting of Maggie Burkett, Reegan Kehres, Emily Queen, and Paige Miller placed 3rd in their contest. The General Livestock team consisting of Lila Common, Lauren Swartz, Tayler Common and Patrick Miller placed 4th in the district. Haley Schmersal placed 4th as an individual in the Wildlife CDE, Lila Common placed 11th as an individual in the General Livestock CDE, and Maggie Burkett placed 16th as an individual in the Equine CDE. Junior FFA member Emily Queen said “We had new team members and improved a lot from last year’s contest.” Overall, this was a great experience for FFA members and each team did very well in their contests.Anthony Wayne FFA is a satellite program of Penta Career Center.last_img read more