Overjoyed Sharapova shares court with ‘GOAT’ Nadal

first_imgRussia’s Maria Sharapova reacts during her match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty during the Rome’s WTA Tennis Open tournament at the Foro Italico, on May 15, 2018 in Rome. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABIRussian star Maria Sharapova giggled with delight as she revealed how she plucked up the courage to pop the question and got to practice with Rafael Nadal at the Italian Open.The two former world number ones hit balls together on the red clay of the Foro Italico where they are both multiple winners.ADVERTISEMENT “I saw he was practicing on the court right before me,” explained Sharapova, after advancing to the second round on Tuesday past Australian Ashleigh Barty.“And I said to my team ‘wouldn’t it be amazing if I just came up to Rafa and said ‘would you hit a couple balls with me?’ FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“And they’re like, yeah, what’s wrong with that? And I was like, a lot of things. There’s a lot of things wrong with just coming up to Rafa. “They’re like, no, you should. It’s not like you’re asking him to go on a date. And so I did. View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ “He probably thought I was really weird. I think he still thinks I’m really weird.”The Russian was overjoyed at being able to rally with the 16-time Grand Slam champion, tweeting: “Two minutes on court with the GOAT @RafaelNadal #BucketList Was so nervous.”In Tuesday’s match played in rainy conditions, five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova needed two and a half hours to master 18th-ranked Barty 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 in their first round game.She next meets Slovak Dominika Cibulkova as she bids to recapture the title she won three times in 2011, 2012 and 2015.“This tournament has been special in my career,” said the 31-year-old, who received a wild-card entry last year as she made her comeback from a 15-month doping ban.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Mariners All-Star Cano suspended 80 games for drug violation Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial She retired injured from her second round match to end her hopes of qualifying on merit for Wimbledon’s main draw after being denied a wild-card entry to Roland Garros.“It’s brought me a lot of great matches and a lot of match play toward the Grand Slam that we all look forward to playing.“And usually it’s the last tournament I play before Roland Garros. So, it is an important one,” said two-time French Open winner Sharapova who reached the quarter-finals in Madrid last week. “But, I’ve also had very tough moments here, as well. Last year was a very difficult situation to be in and going into that match. “I’m just a little bit more relieved this year. I feel like I’m not thinking about things and just playing and not worrying about anything else. Which is nice.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Tribute to an Outstanding Scholar, Banker, and Friend – Theophilus Totee Bettie

first_imgI first met Theo, as we called him while he was a student at Monrovia College in the early 1980s. He played basketball with two of my good friends: Trokon Karmo and Sam Wlue, the latter would later become my brother. Trokon and I shared a room on the Old Road, and spent many days visiting with Theo, and he, with us. We played basketball together frequently.Later on, Theo enrolled at the University of Liberia. He majored in Economics. It was not long that we consolidated our friendship, when we discovered that we had a mutual friend – Chris Moore, who along with myself, majored in economics. Theo quickly impressed us as a brilliant thinker and a prolific communicator. Theo was a founding member of the Student Integration Movement – SIM – and was its first Standard Bearer.Among Theo’s contemporaries are the likes of Senators Mobutu Nyepan and Abel Massalay, the late Teah Farcharty, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sando Wayne, Supreme Court Justice Kabineh Janneh, Information Minister Lewis Browne, Former Public Works Minister, Samuel Kofi Woods, current Deputy Public Works Minister Zack Sharpe, NEC Commissioner Sam Joe, and Assistant Foreign Affairs Minister Chris Moore. Others include Saye Gbalazeh, now the Vice President for an Insurance Company in the U.S., James Snyder, a U.S-based businessman married to Theo’s sister-in-law, Jimmy was a former student leader at Cuttington University College. The list also includes businessman Curtis Findley, former Commerce Minister Samuel Wlue, and Mining Company CEO Debba Allen. Clearly this is a loss that will be felt painfully across a broad number of us from this generation.An important gift that Theo possessed was a sense of humor. During most of our time together, whether studying, playing sports or socializing, he made us laugh a great deal. Theo’s prowess at scholarship became much clearer while a junior student’ he taught those of us who were his seniors, statistics and econometric.When I graduated from the University of Liberia, I traveled to the US, and later lived in the same house with the woman that Theo later married, Enid Darby, as well as her brother in-law James Snyder and her sister Chanesia Darby, now Mrs. Snyder. My brother, Samuel Wlue and I were a privileged few who braved the messy weather to attend his graduation from Yale University as a Fulbright Scholar with a Master of Science in Economics. I also vividly recall Theo’s wedding to Enid, which followed the birth of their daughter – MM. MM would later become Chris’ goddaughter and the best friend of Chris’ daughter Tracy. The two girls traded visits between Atlanta and Montgomery, Maryland where their parents lived.While in exile, our friendship grew stronger as Theo, Chris, and I would discuss Liberian politics, even write articles and ask one or the other to edit it. In addition, Theo was Chris’ best-man in his wedding. When Theo’s father died a few years back, I wrote a tribute to the elder Bettie, and little did I know that I would have to write one to my friend.Theo returned home and became an Adviser to the Central Bank Governor, and we remained in contact off and on. I returned home, and we met occasionally until I moved to Duport Road, where he lived prior to his present move to the ELWA community. We would meet and have chats about a variety of subjects – always reminding me of how far we had come. He quickly established himself as a banker of note, and then received a promotion to the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank. This announcement was one of our proudest moments. Younger Economists, including my cousin MacDonald Guannu and his cadre of peers were always in awe of his genius and so were we, his buddies.Although Theo died while still working as the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, the sky was the limit for what he would have accomplished at home and abroad in the banking field. Although an academic, Theo never lived in an ivory tower. He always wanted to share his knowledge with the “Joe Blow” including his students at the University of Liberia. As a person with significant humility and self-respect, Theo was not afraid to express a dissenting opinion even when his was a lone voice and he was speaking back to power. Ironically, looking back at Theo’s life closely, especially in his latter days, one gets the impression that Theo hardly rested. He always gave his best to everything that he did and died doing the work he loved so dearly.Progressives and Liberians in general, have lost a gifted son. It is only fitting that those of us who called him our friend or mentor and others who worked with him strive to uphold some of the values that he possessed, to honor his memory and contributions. His love for his family, daughter, friends, his job, and his country goes unmatched.Apart from the pain of losing this great scholar whose devotion to country will be his legacy, there is one question that has haunted me since I learned of his death. The question that has kept coming back to me is simple: Where is the replacement? Will we find a suitable replacement with the same level of knowledge, patriotism, and commitment to the cause of change?Theo, rest in peace. Enid, MM, Charlie, Jimmy, Nornjay, Comfort and the rest of the family – May God’s peace dwell among you all.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Musa Bility Dodges US$190,800 Tax Payment Again

first_imgThe lawyer representing Musa Bility has again failed to appear before the Tax Court to complete the full payment of US$47,700, which constitutes 25% of US$190,800 tax due government.The money also includes 6 percent interest, according to the Tax Court at the Temple of Justice.Cllr. Theophilus Gould, representing Bility, was expected to appear at the court on October 24 to make final payment of the 25 percent tax debt, but to date Cllr. Gould is yet to do so.Interestingly, the Court is relenting to compel Bility to pay government’s legitimate tax. Bility is the owner of Gulf Trading and Srimex Enterprises and president of the Liberia Football Association (LFA).A similar request was made on August 6, 2012, when Bility’s lawyer assured the court that they were going to pay the amount of US$47,700 which constitutes 25 percent of the total judgment of US$190,800.He has paid US$25,000 out of the US$47,700.At the court hearing last week, Cllr. Gould again pleaded for October 24 to complete the payment of the remaining US$ 22,700.Pleading at the court hearing, Cllr. Gould  was heard saying ” Due to arrangements put in place to ensure payment is made on October 24, after which other appropriate measures will be taken to settle the full amount.”However, Cllr. Gould and Bility are yet to appear before the court to complete the 25 percent payment.Their latest action came as a result of a request by government lawyers praying the court to order the immediate closure of the company.In their request, government lawyers contend that because of Bility’s “blatant failure and refusal” to pay its legitimate tax dating from the court’s judgment in 2012 up to present, that his company face immediate closure.In 2012, the court declared the company liable (guilty) in the amount of US$180,000, after Bility admitted to evading tax payments for several years.The case started on May 3, 2010 when government filed a complaint against Gulf Trading and Srimex Enterprises, claiming that the company failed to pay overdue and outstanding   duties owed in the amount of US$180,000 including 6 percent interest.Bility admitted to the allegation and made stipulation on how he would pay the money.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ecobank Gives to Ebola Survivors

first_imgEcobank Liberia Limited has donated large quantities of assorted food items, bleach and toiletries to the government to aid survivors of the Ebola epidemic in the country. The Bank’s Managing Director (MD), Mr. Kola Adeleke, led an array of staff to the compound of the General Services Agency (GSA) on UN Drive Saturday, November 8, to make the donation to GSA Director General and head of logistics for the government’s Ebola Task Force, Madam Mary T. Broh. The assorted items, which are valued over US$10,000, will be directly distributed to Ebola survivors, who the Ecobank Management has urged the public not to stigmatize against.The donation coincided with this year’s Ecobank Day jamboree, a day celebrated in 36 countries that are subsidiaries of the Ecobank Transitional Incorporated (ETI), parent company of the Ecobank Liberia. Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Adeleke thanked the international community, the Liberian Government and people for head-on fighting the Ebola virus, which, he said there is a drastic reduction in the number of new cases nationwide. He pledged to continue working with the government and international organizations to ensure that Liberia becomes an Ebola-free country and survivors of the deadly virus are not stigmatized. Mr. Adeleke cautioned the public against stigmatizing survivors of the Ebola virus, noting that it is imperative for survivors to tell their stories. “We have to learn from their experiences and how they came in contact with the disease. Telling their stories will greatly help national fight,” said the Ecobank Managing Director. “Let us not stigmatize them. Let us not be afraid of them because they are not vulnerable to the disease anymore.” Mr. Adeleke noted that Ebola survivors are Africans and Liberians, “just like you and me.” He spoke of the grave impact of the Ebola outbreak on the economies of the three countries hit hardest by the virus, but noted that as a Pan African bank that has vast experience in operating in crisis environment, Ecobank crafted a business continuity plan (BCP) that has helped it through crises including the Ebola crisis.“During crisis like this we {Ecobank Family] sacrifice profitability for liquidity,” said the Ecobank boss. He assured the public that as a Pan African bank, Ecobank is in Liberia to stay and to help with the development agenda of the country and its people. “This is our core value—to help develop Africa and Africans,” he said. Receiving the items, GSA Director General and head of logistics for the government’s Ebola Taskforce, Mary Broh, thanked Mr. Adeleke and the Ecobank Family for supporting not only the government’s anti-Ebola efforts, but the GSA itself. “We are very grateful to the Pan African bank that has always been there for us as a country and people,” said Madam Broh. “I can assure you that these items will be recorded and delivered as you wish and that all records will be made available to your bank for recordkeeping,” she sated. The GSA boss also assured the Ecobank Family that ONLY the Ebola survivors will benefit from the items.This is not the first time Ecobank Liberia has made crucial donation to the government’s anti-Ebola efforts. Few months ago, the Bank donated a brand new ambulance to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to help transport infected patients to treatment centers. The donation on Friday coincided with the founding celebration of Ecobank dubbed Ecobank Day, on October 4, 1985. This year’s celebration was shifted to October 8 due to the Muslims’ holiday which fell on October 4, 2014. Ecobank currently has branches in 36 countries in Africa. It is also present in China, the United Kingdom, the US and France, amongst others. Ecobank started on October 4, 1985 with an authorized capital of US$100 million. An initial paid up capital of US$32 million was raised from 1,500 individuals and institutions from West African countries, which led to the signing of an agreement granting Ecobank the status of an international organization with rights and privileges to operate as a regional institution. The Bank currently has up to US$23 billion in assets, 10 million customers and over 20,000 employees across the continent. Ecobank Liberia is the biggest bank in the term of capital, branch networks and staff in Liberia.        Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Major issues affecting Region 9 residents highlighted

first_img…as Opposition Leader concludes hinterland visitOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has concluded his Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo addressing residents during one of his community visits in Region Nine over the weekendOver the past week, Jagdeo visited a number of communities in the Region where residents raised major issues affecting them and their livelihood. Among the major issues raised are the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into land ownership, and the impact of the plummeting economy and the shortage of basic medical supplies on their communities. Over the weekend, the Opposition Leader visited Aishalton and Tabatinga among other communities.The Opposition Leader had been in the Region since last Tuesday when he, along with a team of parliamentarians, including Irfaan Ali, as  well as a number of the Party’s regional officials, met with residents of Annai, Rupertee, Wowetta, Kwatamang, Apoteri, Crash Water, Massara, Kwaimatta, Yakarinta, Toka, Tiger Pond, Pipang and Taushida.At the communities, they were treated to cultural presentations and held fruitful discussions with members.Jagdeo had also addressed the Regional Toshaos Council in Lethem on Thursday.Those discussions centred on national and regional development.last_img read more

Chetwynd Hospital emergency department to remain open for remainder of August

first_imgAn update provided by Northern Health states that the emergency room at Chetwynd Hospital will be open for the remainder of this month. Support from physicians, including permanent physicians and locum physicians are enabling it to remain open.Before today’s announcement from Northern Health, the emergency room was previously scheduled to be closed August 19 from midnight until August 21 at 8 a.m., August 21 from 5 p.m. until August 23 at 8 a.m., and August 26 from 5 p.m. until August 27 at 8 a.m.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Wanyama’s injury sparks fans on Twitter

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham have a very limited time left in the transfer window to sign a new midfielder if they need to. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, July 27 – Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama missed their pre-season friendly due to an injury scare over to the knee which cost him four months of action last season.While Football London report Spurs are hopeful the problem is not serious, the club have been proved wrong before with over confident diagnosis of injuries to Erik Lamela, Danny Rose, and Wanyama last season. Tottenham have a very limited time left in the transfer window to sign a new midfielder if they need to.If Wanyama’s injury does turn out to be serious, or resurfaces in a few weeks time, they will have missed their opportunity.Newport County’s English midfielder Ben Tozer (L) clears the ball under pressure from Tottenham Hotspur’s Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama (C) during the English FA Cup fourth round…In recent months players like Wilmar Barrios and Tanguy Ndombele have been linked with moves to fill defensive midfield role at Spurs and compete with Wanyama, but the club have done nothing.Tottenham can hope the Wanyama injury is nothing, but it is a real worry, and the club might now want to reconsider their transfer plans.Here is a look at how Tottenham fans reacted on Twitter to the latest injury scare…Sooo if we lose Wanyama for a while, doesn’t think underline the fact how desperately we need a central midfielder?— E-Spurs Canada (@e_spurscanada) July 27, 2018Not even to the season yet and we got a midfield injury. https://t.co/tsX1xdJ8QM— Victor “Absolute Unit” Wanyama (@steelspurslack) July 26, 2018Ffs Wanyama injured again— Glenn THFC (@GlennTHFC_) July 26, 2018Worrying this undoubtedly. Hoping that we would have a fit and fresh Wanyama back after last seasons issues. He might well be back beyond square one.— Gareth McCarter (@g2mcc) July 26, 2018Wanyama injured. Winks still rehabbing and recovering from his injury. Dembele might be gone……Wake up and sign a central midfielder @SpursOfficial https://t.co/uDmJopqSbT— KR⁶ (@kartikr99) July 26, 2018I really hope Wanyama’s knee is ok. If he’s going to have another season like last year then bring me Barrios— Scott (@scottdougie) July 26, 2018Wanyama and Winks are always getting injured, Dembele is past his peak and Dier needs to realise that he shouldn’t be a midfielder.2 weeks to get this sorted out…— Ben (@thfcBG) July 26, 2018I hope a Wanyama replacement was always on Poch & Levy list… This area needs marquee level investment!— Paul Skinner (@PS13_04) July 27, 2018 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal could do the summer’s best business by signing this defender – Young Guns blog

The majority of Arsenal transfer news in the last few weeks has been about strikers or midfielders, but one defensive deal has really caught my eye.Arsenal are resigned to letting Thomas Vermaelen leave this summer and the growing talk is that Manchester City star Matija Nastasic will be his replacement.The news came from nowhere but it kind of makes sense.Arsenal are long-term admirers of the Serbian and City are looking to build a new centre back pairing of Vincent Kompany and expected new singing Eliaquim Mangala.That leaves Nastasic out of favour and City are thought to be considering cashing in.If Arsenal sell Vermaelen for £12million – as many reports suggest – and buy Nastasic for a rumoured £16million, it will be the best bit of business done by anybody this summer.Nastasic is an incredible defender. Strong, tall, aggressive but technically brilliant and comfortable in possession. He is a star of the future who is pretty good right now.He could offer quality competition for Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny but is young enough to learn and be patient for his chances. Arsenal would improve him quickly and he could be a regular for many years to come.I do worry about his injuries and his wages would be high, but Arsenal must go all out for Nastasic if there’s even a sniff that he’s on the market.Arsenal fans, would Nastasic be a good reinforcement? Let us know below… 1 Matija Nastasic could be smart business for Arsenal read more

Exclusive – Eden Hazard ‘already one of the best players in the world,’ according to Chelsea full back

first_img1 Eden Hazard Chelsea full back Cesar Azpilicueta told talkSPORT’s Warren Haughton that he thinks team-mate Eden Hazard is already one of the best players in the world.The Belgian maestro has had a standout season at Stamford Bridge, contributing 16 goals and eight assists in all competitions as the Blues look set to complete a league and cup double.Having already secured the League Cup with victory over Tottenham, Chelsea are six points clear at the Premier League’s summit, and Azpilicueta believes Hazard has been integral to their success.“He is already one of the best players in the world,” said the Spanish international.“Everybody sees that he is a good player and the improvement he has made. He is getting better and better and has big potential to improve.”Hazard is hotly tipped to win this year’s PFA Player of the Year award, having secured the young player’s award last season, and Azpilicueta believes the Belgian would be a deserved winner.The 25-year-old said: “He is going to win a lot of awards this season and the next for sure.“He’s still young and he is going to be at the top for sure.”Chelsea host Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, knowing a win could extend their lead at the top to nine points over Manchester City, who don’t play until Monday.last_img read more


first_imgCOUNTY champions Termon have appealed a decision forcing their Ladies team to travel to Clones again this weekend after their Ulster Senior final draw on Sunday.Monaghan champions Donaghmoyne had led by half-time but Termon came back and eventually took a two-point lead through a Geraldine McLaughlin penalty.Donaghmoyne managed to square the game just before the final whistle finishing 1-14 to the Donegal team’s 4-05. The replay is this Saturday – but there was huge disappointment when the Ulster Ladies Council announced that replay will once again take place in Clones, essentially giving Donaghmoyne another ‘home’ game.Today Termon Ladies said they were appealing that decision because they say a replay at Clones is unfair.Said a spokeswoman: “The Ulster Council announced at the game yesterday that the replay will be next Saturday in Clones (again) but obviously that is not fair on our girls to have to travel up to Monaghan again, so they are appealing it.”Some Termon fans are still unhappy at the referee – who played 7 minutes of injury time at the end.  TERMON LADIES APPEAL CLONES REPLAY DECISION was last modified: October 21st, 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:appealDonaghmoyneLadies GFATermon ladieslast_img read more