This is the return of tennis: without public or handshakes, benches changed …

first_imgDustin Brown, who beat Rafa Nadal at Wimbledon 2015, is one of the nice stars of this exhibition event and mentioned on Tennis.com what he expects to be the return to competitors, scheduled for July 13 on the ATP circuit. “A pair of weeks in the past, we had no plans to return to the courts quickly. It has been a troublesome time as a result of it was tough to remain motivated whenever you don’t have a return date to play once more.”Brown, quantity 239 in the rating, reviewed how this curious expertise is being. “It is completely different to play when there is no public however, regardless of every part, I feel that every one the gamers are glad to be on the courtroom to play and compete.” Will probably be seen if the relaxation of the tournaments take the identical measures when the competitors returns with the nice rackets of the ATP and WTA circuits. Tennis has taken a large step this weekend on its strategy to returning to competitors after the break on account of the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the most excellent rackets in German tennis are enjoying from the 1st and till this Monday the exhibition event Tennis Level Exhibition Sequence at the Base Tennis Membership in Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany.This event is the first (unofficial) competitors with skilled tennis gamers to be held on the circuit since the Indian Wells Masters 1,000 was suspended at the starting of March and it is the first of the three tournaments included in the Tennis Level Exhibition Sequence (the second will likely be from Could 7 to 10 and the third from 14 to 17).The Tennis Level Exhibition Sequence are additionally giving us a number of clues on what a return to official competitors in the world of tennis could be like. On the courts of the Höhr-Grenzhausen Base Tennis the event is being performed without an viewers in the stands: solely the two tennis gamers who play the sport and the chair choose are current who runs it. Moreover, the Gamers’ benches are situated on reverse sides of the courtroom to keep away from potential contagion and the gamers don’t shake arms at the starting and finish of the match. As well as, some gamers took to the courtroom protected with masks.last_img read more

Start with fit Awesome Destiny

first_img BIG GEORGE, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for DaCosta, has won two of his last three races and is tipped to repeat in the third race over the straight for four-year-olds and up. He represents the in-form horse in a small field of six, and despite the presence of the recent course winner ANOTHER BULLET and lightly weighted COME DANCE WITH ME. BIG GEORGE, however, has most appeal with only 53.0kg. Having dropped two classes to contest the fourth race (claiming $180,000) over 1000 metres round, SUB STRUCTURE, with Nelson aboard, should score an overdue win at the expense of the fleet-footed CLASSICAL TRAIN in the field of 12. The last two races in the first SUPER-6 should be won by BATTLE SONG (loves the straight) under in-form Aaron Chatrie and GOLDEN GLORY (Odean Edwards up) to beat his improving stable-companion CLASSY AVIATOR (Chatrie up) in the sixth race over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds. BIGGEORGE TIPPED TO WIN FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) AWESOME DESTINY (2) SUPERTRONICS/MAN IN BLUE (3) BIG GEORGE (4) SUB STRUCTURE (5) BATTLE SONG/CLEARLY OURS (6) GOLDEN GLORY The Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park last Saturday, and the carry-over to tomorrow’s meet stands at $1.2 million. Both Super-6s were caught by punters and start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000. The first Super-6 is from race one to six; the late Super-6 from five to 10. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a restricted allowance race over 1500 metres, confined to native and imported three-year-olds, to be contested by seven starters. The ones expected to figure seriously are recent winner WILL IN CHARGE under leading jockey Dane Nelson; the American filly AWESOME DESTINY with champion jockey Shane Ellis riding for trainer Gary Subratie, and MY COMPANION, who will now have the services of 3.0kg claiming apprentice Odean Edwards after flopping behind ORPHEUS in the Sir Howard Stakes over 1200 metres last Saturday. AWESOME DESTINY was all the rage (3-5 favourite) on her debut over 1200 metres some weeks ago but could only manage third, beaten three lengths by CRUISING MOTION. Now better for the experience and the longer trip to her liking, AWESOME DESTINY is expected to recoup losses despite the presence of the Robert Pearson-trained native-bred colt WILL IN CHARGE, who looked improved when scoring over a mile in the good time of 1:40.3. AWESOME DESTINY should chase the expected leader STUNNER before going through approaching the home turn and holding WILL IN CHARGE at bay. SUPERTRONICS, to be ridden by Robert Halledeen for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, went down fighting against the speedy YOGA recently and gets a glorious chance to go one better in the second race, a 4-y-o-and-up restricted allowance over 1100 metres (non-winners of two) in which eight will run. SUPERTRONICS has been knocking loudly at the door in recent weeks and should now win from MAN IN BLUE and BIMINI.last_img read more

Jallah Becomes New PPCC Executive Director

first_imgThe Board of Commissioners of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) has with immediate effect appointed Mr. James Dorbor Jallah as Executive Director of the Commission.The appointment of Mr. Jallah, according to a PPCC dispatch, followed a “competitive and transparent recruitment process” witnessed and certified by international and bilateral organizations. Those organizations that witnessed Mr. Jallah’s endorsement by PPCC’s board included the African Development Bank (AfDB), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), GEMS, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).The interview panel, the dispatch said, comprised the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), Civil Service Agency (CSA), Governance Commission (GC), and the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC).Mr. Jallah was one of 11 candidates shortlisted from among 52 applicants. As executive director, he will head the secretariat and manage the day-to-day affairs of the Commission. He will ensure implementation of the Public Procurement and Concessions Act (PPCA) of 2010, and its relevant regulations as well as all policy directives of the Board of Commissioners. He is expected to begin work on September 1, 2014.The new PPCC executive director holds a Master of Arts degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at Zaragora, Spain. He previously served the Liberian Government as Deputy Minister for Regional and Sectoral Planning at the former Ministry of Planning and Economics Affairs. In that position, Mr. Jallah coordinated and implemented several public sector investment projects in fiscal year 2010/2011, totaling US$37 million.He is currently the project manager of a World Bank (WB)-funded capacity Development Project of the Liberia Institute of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA).   According to the dispatch, Mr. Jallah brings to the Commission the right mix of education, skills and experience; and possesses an impeccable character, which is essential for an institution like the PPCC.He is credited for planning, supervising, and administering the 2013 entrance and placement examination of the University of Liberia, whose  final results sparked a national debate on the quality of education at high schools and universities in the country.Thereafter, he was also appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to chair the Special Presidential Independent Investigative Body, with a mandate to conduct a comprehensive review of the issuance of Private Use Permits (PUPs) by the Forestry Development Authority (FDA). The findings of that investigation resulted into drastic ongoing reforms being carried out in the forest sector.The Board of Commissioners of the PPCC has therefore reconfirmed and reaffirmed its commitment to an effective implementation of the PPCA 2010; and is confident that Mr. Jallah has the competence and experience to perform the task he is appointed for.  The PPCC was established by an Act of Legislature with oversight responsibility to regulate and monitor all forms of public procurement and concession practices in Liberia. It replaced the CMC with elaborate mandates of monitoring procuring entities to comply with the Act of 2005 for all public procurements and awarding concessions, in order to ensure economic efficiency, transparency and promotion of competition so that government gets “value for money”  in using public funds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GECOM reverses order forcing voters to verify registration

first_img…over 600,000 persons on Preliminary List of VotersAfter an avalanche of criticism came its way, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Monday reversed its new criteria for all registered voters to visit offices during the upcoming Claims and Objections period to verify their registration.GECOM Chair, Retired Justice Claudette SinghThe announcement was made by GECOM’s Opposition-nominated Commissioner Sase Gunraj, via social media. According to Gunraj, no registered person is required to visit any registration office to confirm their registration.“I just received a copy of a ‘corrected’ order from the Chief Elections Officer regarding the upcoming Claims and Objections exercise. I am happy to report that the imposition of the requirement for persons already registered to visit registration offices has been removed,” Gunraj announced Monday afternoon.“As it is, no registered person is required to visit any registration office to confirm their registration. As it relates to the increase in the period earmarked for Claims and Objections…this has been partially changed. This will hopefully be fixed in due course, as it does not reflect a Commission decision.”Part of the new order that was circulated to the CommissionGECOM’s reversal of the much-criticised order came just hours after Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who is vying for the prime ministerial candidacy of the coalition, claimed he saw “nothing wrong” with the offending order. At the time, Ramjattan was being interviewed on the sidelines of an event.“GECOM has at its head a very senior judicial luminary in Claudette Singh. And a lot of people are saying (the order) should not have been done, it is subverting certain judicial decisions and so on. I do not think so at all. It is verification,” Ramjattan, a lawyer by profession, who apparently is not au fait with the law, said.A perusal of the new order itself shows that it retained the sections stating it was applicable to all persons who attained the age of 18 and those who appeared on the register and wished to make changes to their details. However, the provision making it mandatory for voters to visit GECOM offices in their areas was removed.In a gazetted order dated September 26 and subsequent press release, GECOM had informed that every person whose name appeared on the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) must visit the registration office in their respective area with an Identification (ID) card for verification.It claimed that this step is necessary to be included on the Official List of Electors (OLE). This means that every citizen desirous of voting must participate in this exercise, even though their names may already be on the voters’ list.According to the law, a Claims and Objections period is only for persons seeking to make a claim to be included on the list or make objections to their voter’s information, such as to change their address.However, the release read, “During this exercise, every person whose name appear on the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) must visit the Registration office in their respective area with their National Identification Card to verify their registration record in order to be included in the Official List of Electors (OLE).”Soon after the appearance of the order, Opposition-nominated Commissioners called an emergency press conference on Friday, where they slammed this imposition, noting that it was never discussed during their meetings. According to Commissioner Gunraj, this ‘hogwash’ attempt was another version of House-to-House Registration.“This was never a decision taken by the Commission, either in whole or in part. In fact, it was not even a discussion that was had at the Commission-level. This can only be seen as an attempt to foist another version of House-to-House Registration on the citizens of this country … I would want to label it, and I am being very charitable when I say this – mischievous at best. But it is not surprising,” he pointed out.GECOM had also announced that the countrywide exercise will be conducted at all Registration Offices countrywide and will conclude on November 18. However, persons have until November 11 to make a claim to be included on the list if they are a Guyanese citizen by birth, descent, naturalisation or registration, 18 years or older or will attain the age of 18 by December 31, 2019.last_img read more

Heralds top list of seeded locals

first_img“It will be fun. It’s what we’ve battled for all season.” Santa Fe, which earned a share of the Del Rio League title with the win over the Lancers, will take on West Covina in Wednesday’s first-round game. Whittier, which travels to Palm Springs, is the only area team that opens the playoffs on the road Wednesday. Playing its openers Friday are Montebello, which tests host Temple City in a III-AA game, and La Mirada, which gets another look at a familiar opponent in Pioneer League runner-up Lawndale in Division I-AA competition. The Matadores defeated the host Cardinals, 56-42, earlier this season in the El Rancho Blue Pride Classic. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Don’t know much about them,” Highlanders coach Mark Stewart said after the pairings were released by the CIF-SS office in Los Alamitos. “I think we’re ready. We’re healthy, and we looked pretty good in practice Friday. This is what we’ve been working so hard for. We want to be ready to play our best at the right time.” Almont League champion Schurr faces visiting Monrovia in a first-round, III-AA contest Friday. Del Rio League co-champion La Serna, which suffered its first league loss of the season against Santa Fe on Friday, opens the playoffs in a Division III-A game against University. “How we approach this is easy to figure,” La Serna coach Randy Villegas said. “One and done if you lose. Everybody is 0-0. When it’s done, only one team will be standing out of 32 that started. Four local entries, La Habra, Schurr, La Serna and Santa Fe, received home games for their openers. La Habra, which finished third in the Freeway League, will host Eisenhower from Rialto in a Division II-AA wild-card game on Wednesday. center_img Whittier Christian High School received the No. 1 seed in Division IV-A to lead a group of eight local schools into the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball playoffs that begin Wednesday. The Alpha League champion Heralds also drew a first-round bye and won’t begin their quest for the division title until Friday at home against the winner of the St. Monica-Faith Baptist first-round game. last_img read more

Pellegrini blames fatigue and linesman error for Man City setback

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini blamed a combination of fatigue and a linesman’s error for his side’s failure to beat Burnley.Pellegrini saw his team squander a 2-0 half-time lead against the Premier League strugglers as they missed the chance to close the gap on leaders Chelsea to just one point.But the Chilean felt the Gods were not smiling on his men at the Etihad Stadium.“It is easy to explain,” he insisted. “We won the first half 2-0 but within a minute of the second half starting they scored from a clear offside position. I don’t know why the linesman didn’t signal.“After that we continued to try to attack but we felt [the effects] of the last game at West Brom on a heavy pitch with the snow, and we couldn’t score the third one.“The first goal [for them] was important and it was an important mistake. That goal gave them a lot of trust [in what they were doing].“There is frustration because we were winning 2-0, but I said before the game they were not an easy team to play against. But when you are winning 2-0 you are disappointed to draw.“We tried to continue with our way of playing but we need a  lot of movement and maybe, because of the game we played 48 hours before, we felt it in the legs in the second half.”last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Early Years Educators sought by Letterkenny pre-school and after school creche

first_imgJOB VACANCY: A quality childcare centre in Letterkenny requires Qualified Early Years Educators to join their professional and motivated team. EMSC Montessori LTD is located at Glencar Irish, Long Lane, Letterkenny.Position Vacant: Early Years Educators Qualifications Required: Minimum Level 6. Desirable Level 7/8This is an excellent opportunity to work in a state of the art purpose-built facility.Hours of Work:  40 hours per weekClosing Date: Ongoing Further info and contact: To apply, please forward a cover letter and CV to info@errigalcreche.comEMSC Montessori LTD, Letterkenny, County Donegal F92N923.Job Vacancy: Early Years Educators sought by Letterkenny pre-school and after school creche was last modified: August 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:childcareeducatorsEMSC Montessori LTDQualified Early Years Educatorslast_img read more

COMMUNITY NOTICE: SAFE PASS COURSES AVAILABLE AT NIALL MÓR CENTRE

first_imgNiall Mór Centre Community News:Safe Pass CourseDate: Saturday 19th September 2015Time: 8am – 5.00pmCost: €100.00Trainer: Neill Donaghy If your in receipt of a social welfare payment contact 07497 40068To book your place contact: Deirdre Donaghy on : 086 6033927or 07497 41863 or email southwestdonegalcdp1@gmail.com24 hour SpinathonHosted by JC FitnessSaturday 5th September to Sunday 6th SeptemberProceeds in Aid of Donegal/Galway Cancer Bus & Pieta HouseContact John at JC Fitness 087 9617436 for spin schedule, sponsorship cards and registration.Adults: €10 Teens: €5Dance Classes every Friday at the CentreAge Group: 7 – 12 yearsTutor: Hannah BreslinTime: 10.30am – 11.30pmCost: €5.00Contact: 087 2992969 or 07497 41863 Occupational First Aid CourseStart Date: 01/10/2015 10 WeeksContact: 07497 41863 or 07491 20500 to book your place on this courseEvening Course: Business Admin & Management CourseStart Date: 16/09/2015 13 WeeksFor more information on this Evening Course contact: 07491 20500If your in receipt of a Social Welfare Payment contact your local officeFull Time Business Administration & Management CourseStart Date: 07/09/2015 40 WeeksIf your in receipt of Social Welfare contact your local office to get on this courseFor more information contact: 07491 20542 or 07497 41863Saturday 8th August 20151 Day Occupational Refresher First Aid CourseContact: 07497 41863 to book your placeNon refundable deposit required when booking this course Citizen Advice Office every Monday 10am – 1pmThe G.R.A.S.P Life FoundationGreater Responsibility and Awareness of Suicide PreventionOutreach counselling service Thursdays at the CentreContact Debbie: 087 6086276Weight Watchers Monday eveningSlimming World  Tuesday eveningCOMMUNITY NOTICE: SAFE PASS COURSES AVAILABLE AT NIALL MÓR CENTRE was last modified: August 18th, 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:Sportlast_img read more

Credit card fraud caution urged by cops

first_img When shopping on the Internet, shoppers should only use secure sites, Cohen said. And they should avoid clicking on a link taking them to another site to buy something since the link could lead to a fraudulent site. “If you are going to use a credit card, just be careful where you use it,” Cohen said. Handheld devices let an unscrupulous store clerk, waiter or anyone else who gets a victim’s credit card capture the card’s electronic information for later duplication on another card, police said. The next thing the victim knows, they have thousands of dollars of purchases made by someone else on their account. Police in September arrested the owners of a Glendale liquor store where a device in the store’s card reader captured information on customers’ cards and a video camera recorded customers’ PIN numbers, Cohen said. The arrest came after store customers came to the police complaining that their bank cards were compromised. Police suspect the store owners, who have pleaded not guilty, used the stolen card information to buy two Mercedes-Benz cars as well as buy merchandise they sold at the store, Cohen said. Chris Mulder, 61, who works in Glendale but lives in Los Angeles, was a victim of identity theft when thieves got her credit card information and ran up $1,800 in expenses, including $700 worth of computer software and more than $500 of purchases at a grocery store. Mulder is unsure how she became a victim. Her card was never stolen, but its information was used to make purchases by someone else. “I mean, I had the physical card in my hand while the bank was talking to me,” she said. Cohen said victims of identity theft are often not forced to pay the fraudulent charges, although it can ruin their credit if the fraud is not caught in time. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Most Glendale identity theft involves purchases made on someone else’s credit card account. But also common is fraudulent card access: using someone else’s bank card or another type of card to withdraw funds. Thieves also steal mail containing financial information and use stolen checks to create fraudulent checks. Often a stolen credit card or stolen financial information is sold by the thief to another party, who can then run up expenses on the victim’s account. “I’d like to think that it was just a few people, but my concern is it’s a number of individuals as well as organized groups that are operating in Glendale,” Adams said. Going into the holiday season, police advised shoppers to use credit cards only in established businesses they trust. They should also be aware of who is near them when they enter PIN numbers in machines and make sure that there are no video cameras recording their entry. “If you are safe, shopping is a safe thing to do,” said Sgt. Brian Cohen, who heads the Glendale department’s financial crimes unit. “But it’s when you become careless that you have some problems.” GLENDALE – Shoppers should be wary of credit card fraud going into the holiday season, when residents are more likely to pull out plastic to make purchases, Glendale police said. Glendale’s mix of retail businesses, corporate headquarters and affluent neighborhoods makes identity theft a particular problem, exacerbated here as in communities nationwide by flourishing use of computers and the Internet. “All of that technology, although it’s wonderful for us in a positive vein, it’s also created some vulnerabilities that have opened up a whole new world of crime,” Glendale Police Chief Randy Adams said. In the first nine months of this year, the Glendale Police Department’s six-person financial-crimes unit has arrested 48 suspected identity thieves. Reports of identity theft are down 14 percent so far this year: 380 incidents, compared to 440 through the same months in 2004. last_img read more

Men’s Tennis Ready For NCAA Tournament

first_imgStory Links DES MOINES, Iowa — The Drake University men’s tennis team is making its 10th NCAA Championship appearance and travels to Stillwater, Okla, to square off against No. 25 Illinois on Friday (May 12). Match time at the Greenwood Tennis Center is slated for 10 a.m. A victory propels the Bulldogs into a showdown with the winner of the No. 11 Oklahoma State/UMKC on Saturday (May 13) at 3 p.m.It will be the third meeting between the Bulldogs and the Fighting Illini in the NCAA Tournament. The two teams previous met in 2011 and 2015 with Illinois coming out on top in both occasions. Drake was chosen to play at the Greenwood Tennis Center on the campus of Oklahoma State for the second time as the Bulldogs and the Cowboys squared off in the opening round of the 2006 tournament.A Look At The BulldogsThe Bulldogs enter the tournament with a 17-11 record and won their 10th Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament title. Drake is tournament ready as it has faced off against 12 teams in the regular season that are in the 64-team tournament. Drake is currently on a five-match winning streak. The Bulldogs last setback was on April 1 against UC-Santa Barbara, 4-3, in Denver, Colo. Sophomore Vinny Gillespie is ranked 87th in singles nationally and holds a 18-4 record at the team’s top singles spot. Classmate Tom Hands has also tallied 18 singles wins and has played at the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots. Winning the doubles point has proved to be vital for the Bulldogs as they are 13-3 when they win the doubles point.  A Look At The Fighting IlliniIllinois is making its 22nd appearance in the NCAA Championships. The Illini boast a record of 44-20 in NCAA tournament play, highlighted by a 2003 NCAA National Championship. The Illini head into the tournament with a 16-11 overall record and 8-3 mark in Big Ten play. Most recently, the Illini went 1-1 at the Big Ten Tournament, defeating Purdue, 4-1, but falling to Michigan, 4-2. Illinois will begin NCAA play with two ranked singles players, juniors Aleks Vukic (5) and Aron Hiltzik (39), as well as six freshmen on the roster.Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Match Notes last_img read more