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NY Golden Jubilee Unity questioned

first_imgDear Editor,I write in response to D Singh’s “Unity has vanished” (Guyana Times April 4) signing as a Richmond Hill resident. There was no unity. So nothing vanished. Singh does not understand the concept of ethnic unity – shared leadership and relatively equal representation to reflect on the composition of the population.I live in greater Richmond Hill, have been an activist and advocate for “Richmond Hill”, and a community news reporter for close to 40 years. I attended and or have been immersed in almost every major community activity; I also helped to organise several events. I can affirm without any fear of contradiction that there was hardly any “unity” in last year’s golden jubilee celebrations in New York. It was not the kind of celebration we should encourage. It disrespected the Indian community.We should strive for ethnic unity. But to say there was unity between Indian and African Guyanese is a misnomer. We must not fool ourselves into thinking that a handful of individuals from one group joining hundreds of others from another group represent “unity”. Let us stop that charade and call out things what they really are. Indians, as indeed other ethnic groups, were marginalised at last year’s golden jubilee celebration in NYC. And several pieces of evidence as revealed to me by others confirm this fact.The large organising committee comprised of only 12 per cent Indians in a greater NY Guyanese population of about 400,000 comprising of about 60 per cent Indians. Can anyone explain how 12 per cent Indians (to represent 60 per cent of the population) in a committee gives it “unity”?There was hardly any unity at the several functions. At the various events, the attendance and or participation were between three and 10 per cent Indians. The parade had one “Indian” float – that of Lisa (Latchmee) Singh promoting her TV show. Does one out of more than a dozen floats bring “unity”? All the floats were ethnic in nature with hardly any multiethnic representation.The Indian attendance at the parade was estimated at three per cent Queens virtually blanked the parade – no unity there.At the York College seminar, there was one Indian presenter. Expenses for over a dozen presenters were paid for by the Government of Guyana, but only one Indian (eight per cent) was among them – The attendance in the audience comprised of a handful – not even five per cent. The banquet in Manhattan was about 10 per cent Indians with an Indian co-emcee.The cultural show in Queens had several Indian participants but the audience was estimated at 10 per cent.It is noted that only three Indians were honoured out of dozens. Some 50 citations were given with only five Indians (10 per cent) who all happened to endorse the celebration. Only two of these honourees had standing in the community with two others being seen as “maha” opportunists and one an unknown. Those critical of the planned programme and under representation of Indians were not honoured. Worse, they were attacked for exposing the charade.Singh believes that his and Attorney Rhonda Binda participation in the committee brings unity. There can be no unity without the recognised leadership of both communities being part of the celebration.What occurred last year was not unity. In sociology, it is known as ethnic marginalisation. Singh and a few others contributed to and excused that marginalisation and how about the underrepresentation and or a lack of presence of Amerindians, Chinese and Whites (Portuguese) in the planning, presentation, and attendance? Does that make for unity? Even the Alliance For Change representatives criticised the celebration as being “unrepresentative” of Guyana’s diversity.Unity is when you have a fair representation of all the ethnic groups in the planning and participating in the varied activities and programmes.Also, those who attempt to speak for the community must have standing in the community as an advocate and champion of their causes. Ms Rhonda Binda is not known in the community and is not an advocate or champion of the community. Since the celebration, Ms Binda has not been seen. Thus, the description of “darling of the Indian community” would not fit.Clearly, contrary to what Singh penned, the 50th Anniversary Committee NY is not a model for national unity. Its composition leaves much to be desired. Doesn’t Singh feel 50 per cent Indians (as opposed to 12 per cent) in the committee with co-leadership would be a better symbol of unity? An effort must be made to bring all major black and Indian leaders together under joint leadership in order to attempt to bring unity which is highly desired.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

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Disappointment with Minister Trotman’s behaviour

first_imgDear Editor,I watch the news often, but was shocked and flabbergasted when I saw the recent behaviour of Minister Raphael Trotman in Parliament. In that debate, Trotman’s behaviour towards former President Bharrat Jagdeo was very disrespectful. His tone of voice and his arrogance gives me much to desire. He behaves as if his Coalition Government will rule forever, and he is some sort of a God, holding power forever.Though Mr Trotman was raving and ranting like a delirious man, the Speaker of the House failed to dispense his duties by stopping him or cautioning him to tone down his voice against Mr Jagdeo. It tells me clearly that we have no discipline in Parliament, and this sets a bad example to the citizens of this nation. Mr Trotman, who happens to be a Christian, failed to conduct himself properly in Parliament. He sets a bad example of Christianity to the other honourable members of the House who are Hindus and Muslims. I believe he should be disciplined for his cantankerous and arrogant behaviour. In Parliament they refer to each other as honourable member. The word ‘’honourable” can be defined as: bringing or worthy of honour; honest, moral, ethical, principled, righteous, right-minded; decent, respectable, estimable, virtuous, good, upstanding, upright, worthy, noble, fair, just, truthful, trustworthy, law-abiding, reliable, reputable, creditable, dependable, illustrious, distinguished, eminent, great, glorious, renowned, acclaimed, prestigious, noble, creditable, admirable, “an honourable man.”From the definition given above, since our Parliamentarians here are calling each other ‘’honourable members’’ in their debate, I believe our erudite Attorney-at-law Mr Trotman failed to comprehend the meaning of the word honourable when I watched his despicable behaviour on national television. I believe he needs to apologize to Mr Jagdeo and the House for his deplorable behaviour. I am no member of any political party, but I also believe APNU means: A Partnership for National Unity; so what kind of National Unity is Minister Trotman portraying to the Guyanese people? Our Motto is One People, One Nation, One Destiny, but I see sheer racism and cronyism daily in this sad nation of ours. It is my firm belief that Parliament needs to have a code of conduct of ethical and moral behaviour; too many of our parliamentarians are just fit for the fish market, and not Parliament, or to hold any public office.I believe President Granger should disciple the errant members of his coalition Government. Real leadership is putting this nation before our own needs, not by greed and personal gain; we must lead in truth, integrity and righteousness. I believe this nation has fallen morally, spiritually and academically. It’s about time people like Trotman humble themselves, because life is about sowing and reaping, and Karma will take its toll on arrogant leaders who believe they are the gods of Guyana. May God help us.Yours faithfully,Rev Gideon Cecillast_img read more

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Irresponsible allegation made by Councillor

first_imgDear Editor,The Office of the Region Five Chairman wishes to publicly refute claims made by APNU/AFC Councillor Mr Abel Seetaram which were published on August 4.Councillor Seetaram deliberately misled readers, and by extension the general public, by suggesting that the PPP Councillors of the Regional Democratic Council of Region #5 failed to submit projects to be included in the Region’s 2018 Budget proposals.Mr Seetaram’s utterances are not only untrue and misleading, but are also demeaning, emanating from an elected representative and a sitting member of the Regional Democratic Council of Region #5, since a total of 144 projects from across Region #5 were collectively compiled by the PPP Councillors and submitted to the Office of the Regional Executive Officer on June 26, 2017. These submissions were signed for, and received, by the Secretary to the Regional Executive Officer.We therefore demand an apology from Councillor Abel Seetaram, and call upon the REO, Mr Ovid Morrison, to issue a similar statement denouncing this irresponsible allegation made by the APNU/AFC Councillor.VICKCHANDRAMPHALRegional Chairman,Region 5RION PETERSRegional Vice-Chairman, Region 5Chairman – WorksCommitteelast_img read more

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Stags coach Egay Macaraya suspended, asked to do community service

first_imgMacaraya has also been asked by the league to make a public apology and do community service, the NCAA said.While the league did not specify the reason for Macaraya’s ban, the Stags coach was overheard during a timeout in their game last July 23 instructing one of his players to hit the hand of Pirates center Mike Nzeusseu, who was recovering from a hand injury. San Sebastian lost, 80-69.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Ammar, hampasin yung kami ni Nzeusseu. Wala tayong magagawa, kaibigan-kaibigan sila. Mga gago eh. So ikaw naman, subukan kita,” Macaraya was caught saying by the TV broadcast.He will miss Stags’ game against Emilio Aguinaldo College on Friday. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes03:47INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes?00:50Trending Articles02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MPBL: San Juan Knights thrive with target on their backs Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. In the juniors division, Ryan Amsali of San Beda and Nikko Aguilar of San Sebastian were also handed one-game suspensions. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MANILA, Philippines—San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya has been slapped with a one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike behaviorADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Benefits of township living View commentslast_img read more

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PSL: F2 Logistics handily beats Sta. Lucia to complete semis cast

first_imgDuterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Now with a twice-to-beat incentive, F2 Logistics will battle Foton in the semis on Tuesday.As expected, the Cargo Movers imposed their vaunted net defense scoring nine on kill-blocks in the first two sets alone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We worked very hard we prepared for this team like we do with any team, and it showed tonight in the game,” said Mau who finished with 17 points. MOST READ OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Water bacteria cancels Tokyo 2020 paratriathlon test swim Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines–F2 Logistics booted out Sta. Lucia, 25-10, 25-14, 25-17, Saturday night as it powered its way into the semifinals of the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at Ynares Center in Pasig City.Kalei Mau scored on a hall of spikes late in the third set as the Cargo Movers broke free from the tight frame en route to victory.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘Bata’ Reyes handily beats Thai foe in SEA Games carom PLAY LIST 01:32‘Bata’ Reyes handily beats Thai foe in SEA Games carom00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal View comments TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogonlast_img read more

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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

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PUL to Deliberate on Media and the Law

first_imgThe Press Union of Liberia (PUL) President Abdullai Kamara is craving a playing field that will enable Liberian journalists to practice their craft in a peaceful and conducive environment void of intimidation and other forms of censorship.The PUL continues to advocate for the repeal of criminal defamation/libel laws which are enforced by what is infamously known as Decree 88A; the establishment of an effective self-regulatory body for journalists in Liberia and the establishment of an independent broadcast sector regulator.Other issues that the PUL has been advocating for are the sustainability of community radios; the future of UNMIL Radio, the status of the Liberia Broadcasting System vis-à-vis Public Service Broadcasting.These are the same concerns that PUL boss Kamara will be taking to a two-day Media Law Reform conference that will be addressed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Kamara hopes the conference will develop a road map to renew advocacy and lobby on these key instruments.President Sirleaf will today deliver the opening address at the conference, which takes place in Lakpazee, Monrovia.Several Liberian lawyers, members of civil society and the media practitioners are expected to make presentations at the conference under the theme “Liberian Media & the Law.” Kamara, in a PUL release over the weekend, said “the conference is guided by the broad partnership that prompted the successes of the previous initiative,” and further indicated that it is meant to support a future for media freedom and accountability, President Kamara and previous PUL presidents before him as well as some eminent media practitioners have persistently called for the establishment of an effective self-regulatory body for journalists in Liberia and the establishment of an independent broadcast sector regulator.The media is currently regulated by the Liberian government, which many say does not have to vet would be media house owners before granting licenses which makes the PUL powerless to revoke licenses of transgressors.“It is government that gives out licenses to media houses, but when journalists transgress the government calls on the PUL to investigate and punish violators. How can we stop media houses from violating their code of ethics if we don’t have the power to punish them? These are the things to work on in order to strengthen the Liberian media,” an official of the PUL once said at an event.The conference today is intended to renew discussions on the current legal and regulatory regime governing the Liberian Press, as well as encourage amendments and repeals that will ensure that the Liberia legal/regulatory environment conforms to 21st Century realities, and those of a genuine democracy. Kamara, in the release, said the Liberian media is presently facing aggressive and unprecedented use of anti-speech legislations by public officials and private citizens; and sedition, criminal libel against the President and criminal malevolence are frequently used. The Media Law Reform conference is, however, meant to address these pitfalls in the Liberian media. The conference is organized by the Press Union of Liberia, in partnership with the British Firm Albany Associates as part of the Liberia Media Development (LMD) Program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The LMD is being implemented under the leadership of Internews, with PUL, LMC and Accountability Lab as the main national partners.Meanwhile, participants at the conference will also discuss ways to strengthen self-regulation in the Liberian media as a means of promoting professional standards and media accountability.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NICOM Distillery Shut Down for US$500K ‘Fake’ CALAO Products

first_imgAbout seventy local and foreign employees of NICOM Distillery will be out of work for the next few months following the closure of the company by the Commercial Court due to the company’s inability to settle US$500,000 in damages for faking the CALAO product originally owned by Manufacturer Ivoirienne de Boissons (BIM), based in La Cote d’ Ivoire.At NICOM’s Lynch Street compound yesterday, the area was completely sealed with a closure order posted by court officers at the entrance of the building housing the company.The document said NICOM is under the court’s jurisdiction.Despite the court action, only private security guards hired by NICOM to provide protection to its premises were seen at the entrance of the compound although they did not allow people to enter the premises.One of the guards who spoke on condition of confidentiality told the Daily Observer that the compound was shut down on yesterday, at the time the company was producing CALAO products, which are at the center of the lawsuit against the company.The Sherman and Sherman Law Firm filed the lawsuit against NICOM on behalf of the Ivoirian Company, which has no branch in the country but operates on a registered Liberian trademark number #LR/M/2016/000. It asked the court to attach NICOM properties to the suit which the court did by shutting down NICOM on Tuesday.The Law Firm alleged that their client obtained the trademark from the Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO) to be the sole producer and distributor of CALAO drinks on the local market, but, NICOM without any legal right, obtained another trademark with number #LR/M/2015/00239 from LIPO to produce and distribute the same CALAO products on the market, an action for which they are claiming US$500,000 in damages.The Ivoirian company also prayed the court to compel NICOM Distillery to recall from the market all fake CALAO products, which the company claimed NICOM had produced and distributed on the Liberian market.But LIPO claimed that NICOM provided a Power-of-Attorney, a legal document that authorizes an individual or company to use the property of another, adding that it was based on the document that they awarded the same trademark to NICOM to be the only producer and distributor of CALAO products on the local market.However, the Ivoirian company also argued that they hold an international registered trademark certificate which gives them the right to be the only company to produce and distribute CALAO products in Africa and some parts of the world, since 1997.“We have been renewing our certificate for CALAO products in accordance with the Africa Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) protocol and requirements,” BIM claimed in their suit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Serena Williams needs 44 minutes to overpower US Open QF foe

first_imgWith her boyfriend, Gael Monfils, watching in the stands, a day before he plays his quarterfinal, Svitolina got to the semifinals at a second consecutive major tournament after never having been that far before.“Now,” Svitolina joked about Monfils, “he needs to step up his game.”No. 13 Monfils of France takes on No. 24 Matteo Berrettini of Italy, and Rafael Nadal meets No. 20 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina on Wednesday, when the women’s quarterfinals will be No. 13 Belinda Bencic of Switzerland vs. No. 23 Donna Vekic of Croatia, and No. 15 Bianca Andreescu of Canada vs. No. 25 Elise Mertens of Belgium.Tuesday night’s last match featured Roger Federer against Grigor Dimitrov, with the winner playing the man the U.S. Open crowds love to hate, Daniil Medvedev.The No. 5-seeded Medvedev thought he might need to quit early in the first set of his quarterfinal after pulling a muscle in his upper left leg. His opponent, three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka, never believed Medvedev would stop. Wawrinka was right. And now Medvedev, the best player on the men’s tour on hard courts in recent weeks, is headed to his first Grand Slam semifinal.Medvedev has drawn plenty of attention at Flushing Meadows for the way he sarcastically thanked booing crowds, trolling them by suggesting their venom was reason he kept winning. Now maybe folks will pay more attention to the 23-year-old Russian’s unusual brand of shape-shifting tennis, which carried him past Wawrinka 7-6 (6), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 despite 12 double-faults and a body that’s just short of breaking down.Asked how he’d describe his relationship with the fans in New York, who jeered him when he was introduced in Arthur Ashe Stadium but offered cheers later, Medvedev replied: “I have two words. First one, for sure, ‘electric,’ because it’s electric. And second one, ‘controversy.’”“So many people like my interviews. So many people don’t like me,” he said with a smile. “I can just say: I try to be myself, guys.”Reprising his professional wrestling persona briefly, he added, “I have to say, ‘Sorry, guys.’ And, ‘Thank you,’” and then he laughed.To say Williams was the overwhelming favorite heading into this stage of the two-week tournament would be a massive understatement. Williams had rolled her ankle during her fourth-round match but never showed any signs that it was an issue.“Physically, I’m feeling great,” Williams said, “and more than anything, I’m having fun every time I come out here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Why shouldn’t she? When she plays like this, it’s hard to imagine anyone else ending up with the championship Saturday.Williams grabbed the first five games in about 15 minutes. Then, after dropping one game, Williams collected the next 11 points in a row and every remaining game. PH pole vaulter EJ Obiena qualifies for Tokyo Olympics View comments Her accomplishments and accolades far outweigh those of all of the other remaining players in the women’s field.Not only was Williams the only one of the eight female quarterfinalists to ever have won a Grand Slam singles title, but she also was the only who even has reached a major final before.While Williams reached her 38th career Slam semifinal by beating Wang, the other seven quarterfinalists had participated in a combined total of five major semis, going 0-5 in those matches. LATEST STORIES Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son MOST READcenter_img Serena Williams, of the United States, reaches for a shot from Qiang Wang, of China, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — Serena Williams was not troubled one bit by the right ankle she rolled in her previous match. Didn’t get much resistance from her opponent, either.Looking as dominant as can be, Williams moved just fine and powered her way into the U.S. Open semifinals by overwhelming 18th-seeded Wang Qiang of China 6-1, 6-0 in a mere 44 minutes Tuesday night to move closer to a 24th Grand Slam singles trophy.ADVERTISEMENT Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study PLAY LIST 01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash Just one indication of how lopsided this was: Williams finished with 25 winners to zero for Wang, who was playing in her first major quarterfinal. One other: The total points were 50-15.Williams collected her 100th match win at Flushing Meadows, where she is a six-time champion.“From when I first started here … I never thought that I would get to 100. Didn’t even cross my mind I would still be out here,” said Williams who turns 38 later this month. “But I love what I do.”The American will face No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine for a berth in the final. Svitolina eliminated 16th-seeded Johanna Konta of Britain 6-4, 6-4 earlier Tuesday.“She’s had a great year, as well,” Williams said. “I feel like she wants to go one further this time, so I have to be able to come out again and play really well.”ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano islandlast_img read more

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Animated Murray recovers from slow start to win Shanghai opener

first_imgAndy Murray of Britain reacts during his match against Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina during their first round men’s singles match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 7, 2019. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)A roaring Andy Murray recovered from dropping the first set to beat Argentine qualifier Juan Ignacio Londero in his Shanghai Masters opener on Monday.The 32-year-old Briton, returning from career-saving hip surgery in January, won 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 and meets Italian 10th seed Fabio Fognini in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT The three-time Grand Slam winner Murray is slowly making his way back to fitness and is now ranked 289th, having been 503rd last week.This victory is set to lift him into the top 250 and he said it was another step towards getting back to something like his best.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I think each week I have been feeling good, more better,” said Murray, whose first singles match after surgery was a defeat at the Cincinnati Masters in mid-August.“In the beginning I didn’t necessarily feel good, but last couple of weeks have been I think much improved. “My movement overall has been very good in comparison to what it was over in the United States and I’m hoping that’s something that can get a little bit better.”The former number one won his first ATP Tour singles match since surgery two weeks ago in China’s Zhuhai and followed that up by reaching the quarter-finals last week in Beijing, where he lost to eventual winner Dominic Thiem.The 56th-ranked Londero surged into a first-set lead but Murray, who said he struggled initially with his timing and felt sluggish, fought back to force a deciding set.Murray, a three-time champion at the Shanghai Masters, broke the Argentine in the fourth game of the third set but was then broken himself and screamed in frustration.But he was yelling again minutes later, letting out a prolonged roar after he buried a crosscourt forehand to break once more and go 4-2 up.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Team Lakay’s Lito Adiwang ready to seize his moment vs Senzo Ikeda in Tokyo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown ‘People evacuated on their own’ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Londero, 5-2 down after surrendering a glimpse of a break, furiously slapped himself in the face several times at the changeover. LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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