United States’ Serena Williams reacts after losing a point to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill) Sure, both are 37, and they’re showing their age.Yes, both are gone from the Australian Open, each with a loss to a far-younger opponent. Williams exited Wednesday in the quarterfinals against 26-year-old Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic after wasting four match points and a 5-1 lead in the third set; Federer went out Sunday in the fourth round against 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.And, well, there also are these facts to consider:— Federer failed to make it to the final four at any of the past four Grand Slam tournaments (he sat out the French Open), the first such stretch for him since he reached his initial major semifinal all the way back in 2003;— Williams hasn’t won any of the four Slams she has entered since having a baby in September 2017, equaling her longest gap since a six-major drought from 2007-08.Here’s the thing, though, something that statistics can’t account for: As great as these two have been over the years — Williams owns 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Federer 20 — their most impressive quality might very well be the ability to adjust and adapt, to find new ways to win, to stay committed to doing whatever it takes to remain at the top.Federer, for example, went 4½ years without adding to his Grand Slam total, and then won three in a span of four that he appeared in.How? He changed to a larger racket head, began using a flat backhand more often and invented a new way of challenging opponents’ second serves.So count on Federer to come up with something else. As it is, he declared that he’ll return to the clay-court circuit this year and participate in the French Open for the first time since 2015. After all, he’s healthy. So why not? Maybe he won’t win the title there, but it could help him prepare for Wimbledon.A story that Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told this week is instructive.They began working together in 2012, shortly after the only first-round Grand Slam loss of Williams’ career, which came at the French Open.The next season, Williams told him she really wanted to win the title at Roland Garros, where she’d last been champion in 2002.“We made a plan,” he said, “and she worked incredibly hard.”And, lo and behold, in 2013, she ended her 11-year wait for a second triumph in Paris, just as she’d hoped.After the trophy ceremony, Williams went to stretch and told him to tag along.“She turned to me and said, ‘Now we have to win Wimbledon,’” Mouratoglou recalled. “She was chasing something for 11 years (and) … 10 minutes after, she was already focusing on the next goal. That’s different. There are guys who win one tournament and they celebrate for 15 years.”That last description fits neither Williams nor Federer.Indeed, they are at the opposite end of the spectrum: They fail to win one tournament and rue it.“It’s definitely not easy for me. From Day 1, I expect to go out and, quite frankly, to win. That hasn’t happened. But I do like my attitude. I like that I don’t want to go out here and say: ‘I expect to lose because I had a year off. I’ve been playing for 10 months. I’m not supposed to win.’ I don’t have that attitude,” Williams said about her return after taking time away to have her daughter.“I have the attitude of, like, I’ve only been playing 10 months, but I expect to win, and if I don’t, it’s disappointing. I’d rather think of it that way and know that it’s going to happen sooner or later than making an excuse for myself,” she said. “I don’t like making excuses.”She was asked where she might have the best chance to collect one more major championship to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24.“Right now would be Roland Garros,” came the answer, “because that’s the next one, the next Grand Slam for me.”That’s the right approach, of course.That kind of self-belief is a trait she shares with Federer, another reason not to dismiss their chances to contend on tennis’s most important stages. After all, this hardly would be the first time someone thought Williams or Federer were done.Federer didn’t take kindly to player-turned-TV-talker John McEnroe’s declaration that Tsitsipas’ upset signaled a changing of the guard.“He’s always going to say stuff,” Federer said, before dismissing McEnroe’s contention this way: “I’ve heard that story the last 10 years. From that standpoint, nothing new there.”___Howard Fendrich covers tennis for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich or write to him at email@example.com___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tempting as it might be, don’t write off Serena Williams or Roger Federer just yet.
Gordon was a bronze medalist for Jamaica in the 2015 Pam Am Junior Games in the 100 meter hurdles, and was training to challenge for a place on her native country’s 2020 Olympic team. She was the top-ranked prep hurdler in Florida in 2014. She was runner-up for High Point Scorer honors at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships in May, scoring 22.5 points by sweeping the 100 and 400 hurdles titles and running the lead leg on the winning 4×100 relay team. She aspired to be an elementary school teacher. She is survived by her parents, Miranda and Deron Gordon of Pompano Beach. “Our hearts go out to Daeshon’s family, and to our track and field family, at this extremely difficult time,” said Greg Burke, NSU’s director of athletics. “There are no words to express the feelings that so many have when a young life ends abruptly and much before its time. As we mourn the loss of @itsDae1k, the NSU Athletic family’s support has been restorative, along with the outpouring of kindness by so many of you. Thanks to all. NSU athletics director Greg Burke reflected on the remarkable person who has passed on – https://t.co/HEdXQTBGh4— NSU Demons Track (@NSUDemonsTF) October 23, 2018 You’re invited Thursday night at 7 to a candlelight vigil celebrating the life and mourning the passing of @itsDae1k, at the Walter P. Ledet Track Complex where she trained for the past 2 years and left a deep impact. Details to follow. pic.twitter.com/aMmpCVNN0K— NSU Demons Track (@NSUDemonsTF) October 23, 2018 Gordon was the 2017 Southland Conference Indoor Women’s Newcomer of the Year. By Doug Ireland, NSU Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Information DirectorNATCHITOCHES, La. – Daeshon Gordon, who was completing studies for her undergraduate degree at Northwestern State after finishing a remarkable collegiate track and field career this spring, passed away suddenly Sunday morning, NSU officials confirmed. At LSU, she earned a pair of All-America awards as a freshman in 2015 in the 100 meter hurdles and in 2016 indoors in the 60 meter hurdles. Her 8.04 mark as a sophomore in the 60 hurdles ranks seventh in LSU history and her 57.24 in the 400 hurdles in her freshman season was 10th on the Tigers’ all-time list. Gordon set the Lady Demons’ school record in the 100 hurdles with a 13.04 time in the NCAA semifinals. She broke the school 60 meter hurdles record indoors in February, clocking 8.15, also a Southland Conference record. She swept the 60 hurdles titles at the Southland championships in her two seasons at NSU and had the seven fastest times in the event in school history. Gordon’s winning 58.83 mark in the 400 hurdles at the Southland Outdoors was the second-fastest time in school history. She was part of a school-record 4×200 relay team in 2017 (1:35.70 at the Texas Relays), while helping the 2018 Lady Demons post the second-best 4×100 relay mark (44.74) at the NCAA East Preliminary Round to punch their ticket to the national meet. Gordon also rank on 4×400 relay combinations that ranked fourth (3:38.82) and fifth (3:39.16) all-time at NSU. She earned two honorable mention All-America honors in June at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, in the 100 meter hurdles and in the 4×100 meter relay, in her final competition for NSU. It was the first time the Lady Demons qualified a relay team for the national meet, which includes the top 24 performers in each event from around the country. Gordon was a two-time All-America hurdler at LSU who transferred to Northwestern State and starred for the Lady Demons in the last two seasons. The 22-year-old education major, a native of Jamaica who lived with her family in Pompano Beach, Florida, was a four-time Southland Conference hurdles champion who also ran on a Southland champion 4×100 meter relay team as a senior. “Daeshon was a fierce competitor and a great teammate. I cherished the connection that she and I had that grew even stronger after she completed her eligibility in June and told me she was determined to be the first female member of her family to earn a college degree. I ask that the NSU Demon family keep Daeshon’s family and our track and field program in their thoughts and prayers.”
Barba was named the man of the match for the Saints in their Super League season opener against Castleford on the weekend and if this performance was anything to go by, we may not have seen the last of the 2016 Cronulla Sharks premiership winner playing in the NRL.Barba not only scored twice, but he also had a hand in most of their attacking raids in the eight-try romp over the Tigers. He also made an astounding try-saving tackle on winger Greg Eden, which led to Barba scoring a short time later.He has signed with St Helens until the end of the 2019 season but told NRL.com he had unfinished business in Australia and would be on the lookout for another opportunity after his St Helens stint.“Yeah of course. Obviously, that’s something that if the NRL allows me to, I’d love to come back,” he said in reference to his 12-week ban for a second positive test to cocaine.”I’m only 28 and if I get the chance after playing over here to be able to play back in the NRL, hopefully someone will take me.”Barba played a handful of games for St Helens at the end of last season after a short-lived stint in French rugby when his time at the Sharks was cut short following his drugs ban.“I’m obviously feeling good and I don’t feel I’m getting to that 30 mark yet. I know if I look after myself and continue to do the right things I’ll be able to perform at a high level for a few more years hopefully,” he said.”As far expectations on myself go, I’m looking to enjoy myself. I’m trying to just keep my footy and my family life separate from everything else and it helps me focus a little better over here.”Not having the media being so attentive with me over in Australia sort of helps me relax and it keeps me in a really good head space.”With the first round now out of the way, does Barba feel the pressure on him has alleviated?“It’s a good way to start but I’m now I’m excited to continue that and get to next week and perform week in and week out,” he said.“Winning man of the match is always good to get but now it gets a little harder as I have to keep that focus switched on every week, but as a marquee player you expect to have the pressure.He put his starring performance against Castleford down to his pre-season dedication.After a stint playing in France for Toulon, Barba said he had to do a lot of fitness work to cope with the demands of rugby league.“It’s been something we’ve all been working towards, not just myself but St Helens as well. On a personal note and a team note, I think we all performed well and it allowed me to play the way I did,” Barba said.“Obviously the stint I had in rugby union I enjoyed very much, but fitness wise, the two games require a different level.“Union is obviously very different and something I didn’t get used to while playing in France. Coming back to league, I knew I had to work hard on my fitness and I knew I had to perform at my best.”St Helens coach Justin Holbrook coach was also pleasantly surprised on Barba’s performance in the post-game press conference.“Ben was really good, especially when we were down to 12 men and he came up with that big tackle. Then, on the very next set he scores a try too. Special players produce special plays and he did two in two minutes. He was fantastic,” he said.“I didn’t predict he would have such a good night but I always said he would produce some of the things he would do. He has had a good pre-season and came back two-and-a-half weeks earlier too. If you do those sorts of things you get the rewards don’t you?And unlike his time living in France where there was a language barrier, Barba is settling in quickly with his new teammates.“There are a couple boys from back home, Dom Peyroux and Zeb Taia. We sort of keep together and keep each other company. Having them around has really made the transition easier,” Barba said.
The Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) last Friday certified 25-newly recruited directors of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in strategic leadership and management in the public sector, known as Induction Training Course for Directors.The intensive weeklong orientation training is part of the new recruits’ 90-day probation on their academic and criminal records set by the MFDP, as well as a way to formally induce them in the public sector reforms of the country.Established in 1969, LIPA is the government’s center for capacity building of civil servants and the institutions at which they work.The training ran from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and representatives from the Civil Service Agency and the Governance Commission were part of the lecturing staff in the training.Some of the topics expected to be taught include: Code of Conduct, Public Financial Management Law and Regulations, Public Procurement Law and Management and Effective Organizational Communication and Time Management as well as Introduction to Public Sector Reforms, Civil Service Standing Order and Public Administration.The 25 newly recruited directors are Kpambu P. Turay, Dede D. Sandiman, Alice Williams, Gbawou C. Kowou, IV, Sidiki A. Quisia, D. Emmanuel Williams, II, Zoegar Q. Janyes, Comfort Erskine-Elliot and Lorpu Pewu-Sworh.Others were Alphonso B. Teah, Frederick B. Krah, Romeo D.N. Gbartea, Nathan F. Reeves, II, J. Mac-Nixon Flomo, Benedict D. Roberts, Bobby E. Musah, Gweh G. Tarwon and Varmu A. Reeves. The remaining directors include Ojuku T. Nyenpan, Jeremiah Barkemeni Sackie, Anthony G. Myers, Habib M. Sherif, Jesse B. Korboi, Theophilus Addey and William C. Mansfield.The newly recruited directors are all employees of the former Ministry of Finance but were recruited through a competitive vetting process recently to beef up the newly established MFDP.They have been classified into four groups: Departments of Fiscal Affairs, Administration, Economic Management and Budget & Planning.The Department of Fiscal Affairs has nine distinct operational offices, to including Directors of Non-Tax Revenue, Indirect Taxation, Modeling &Forecast, Direct Taxes, Fiscal Decentralization, Financial Approval, Treasury Services, Financial Regulations and Accounting Services.The Department of Budget & Development Planning has the second largest operational squad, namely the Directors of Budget Policy &Coordination, Social and Community Services, Economic Services, Public Administration Services, Regional & Sectoral Services, Public Investment, Monitoring & Evaluation and Planning, Development & Coordination.Others include the Directors of Administration, Human Resource, Budget and Finance Integrity, which are under the Department of Administration; while the Directors of Aid Management, Economic Policy and Microeconomics and Financial Policy are part of the Department of Economic Management.The Director General of LIPA, Mr. Oblayon Nyemah, spoke strongly on what he called gaps in the national government and budgetary constraints being faced by LIPA.Mr. Nyemah said LIPA is also facing logistical constraints, arguing that for over five years there have been no vehicles for senior directors and there isn’t a bus for the general staffers.The LIPA boss urged the trainees to take on the challenge of being principal directors because they are the highest-ranking civil servants. “You are the ones the country depends on to make decisions; it is not the political leaders, because they are not stable,” he said.The LIPA Director General said LIPA is trying to give the Civil Servants an approach that compasses steps and glades because there are numbers of factors that make up a good civil service; one can has the academic qualifications but lacks the skill set to do a practical piece of job.“All civil and public servants once recruited must benefit from orientation about the Civil Service Standing Order, Procurement Laws, Code of Order and other courses before going for confirmation and being employed,” the LIPA boss said. “This was a system that the country had but due to the many disruptions and interruptions in the country, governance of democracy has a big question mark on some of the unique practices.”He added: “If we want an effective, efficient and honest civil servants, they all need to pass through the walls of LIPA like as is done in other West African countries.Dr. David Kialain, a consultant at the Governance Commission (GC), urged the Directors to be professional in their jobs, a point made by the Deputy Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA), Othello Wah.For his part, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, hailed the GC, CSA and LIPA for the merger of the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Development Planning.He urged the newly recruited Directors to avoid employing ‘bag boys’ and only employ staffers from within the Ministry who should only be College or University graduates.Minister Konneh also admonished the Directors to work assiduously and professionally for the betterment of the country and the Ministry.Directors Zoegar Jaynes and Alice E. Williams, speaking separately on behalf of the Directors, thanked LIPA for the training as well as the CSA and GC, and assured Minister Konneh of their determination to do conscientious and honest work.However, besides the training of the 25 newly recruits Directors of MFDP, LIPA has also ended the completion of training of 41 top officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…charged for fraudulent conversionA Good Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) man found himself before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday slapped with a fraudulent conversion charge.Rabindranauth Doodnauth, 27, stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and denied that on January 8, 2019, at Seaforth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he obtained the sum of $6000 from Samuel Lloyd, in order to purchase one Ambassador taxi logo, knowing same to be false.Taxi driver Rabindranauth DoodnauthIt was also alleged that Doodnauth on the same day at the said location being solely entrusted by Samuel Lloyd with one Toyota Fielder Wagon HC 5946 valued $2 million, in order that he may work same, fraudulently converted same to his own use and benefit.The prosecution is contending that the Virtual Complainant hired the defendant as a taxi driver and he was instructed to drive the motor vehicle and return proceeds weekly to Lloyd.However, after being unable to contact the defendant for a lengthy period, Lloyd made a report to the Police which prompted Doodnauth’s arrest.After being arrested, Police Prosecutor Stephen Teleford told the court that Doodnauth confessed to pawning the motor vehicle.Doodnauth was released on $200,000 bail. The case will continue on March 8.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — James Allenby and Kevin Stinson and are tied for first after 18 holes at the Wonowon Water Services Charity Pro-Am at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club.Allenby and Stinson both shot a four under-par 68 in the first round today. Lone Wolf’s Larry Ramstad and Michael Belle from the Vancouver Golf Club both sit tied for third, and are just two strokes back from the leaders.Allenby teed off this morning at 9:00 a.m. with Bowen Island’s Cody White and Lakepoint’s pro and General Manager Ryan Galay. White shot a 76 and sits four over par in a three-way tie for 10th. Galay shot an 86 in today’s opening round.- Advertisement -The action resumes tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.
REV (23-2-2) will play top-seeded and Temecula Valley (24-0-5) in Saturday’s final at either Downey or Warren high. It will be a rematch of a game in November, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Thomas could not thank Winegar enough for being afforded the chance to score the goal of her life. Winegar, admittedly having played the match of her life, could not have expressed her relief any better in knowing that her grit and performance under pressure did not go for nought. Outskilled and outshot 19-6 in the match, REV, which has earned shutouts in 12 of its last 14 matches, was never outworked. The Wildcats managed one quality scoring chance in the first half and only had two shots and one chance to score in the final half. Korianne Massuere avoided two Hart defenders near the right edge of the area and dropped the ball back for Kelsey Gudgeon’s first-time cross into the heart of the area. Briana Campos flicked the ball on behind her and into the path of Thomas, who shrugged off a defender and had her initial shot blocked. Thomas came to her feet before Hart goalkeeper Brittany Tippet could get to hers and used her right foot to stab the rebound inside the right goalpost from atop the 6-yard box. “I just saw a little opening and went for it. I just have so much pride for my team. I am on top of the world right now,” said Thomas, who paused before adding, “I want to give a lot of credit to our goalkeeper, Britt. She had an awesome game. … She saved our butts so many times.” “It’s the most wonderful feeling to just be out here and to play that hard,” Winegar said. “We want it so much more than any other team. It’s the best game I’ve ever played, including club.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Some celebratory hugs in sports may appear contrived and clich , but the post-match embrace between Taylor Thomas and Britt Winegar coming out of the Redlands East Valley huddle provided a snapshot for the team’s scrapbook. It also was symbolic of why there will be one more memory to live. Thomas’ team co-leading 19th goal in the 74th minute handed the Citrus Belt League champion Wildcats their 16th consecutive win and a berth in their first CIF final after a determined 1-0 victory over Foothill League champion and second-seeded Hart in a CIF-Southern Section Division II semifinal at College of the Canyons on Tuesday.
Danny Mills insists Paul Pogba would be joining Manchester City purely for the money if he completes a summer switch to the Etihad.The Juventus star has been linked with a £50m move to Manuel Pellegrini’s side after impressing for the Serie A giants.Former club Manchester United, who let Pogba leave in 2012, are said to be interested in his services, while Chelsea are also eyeing the France star.And former City defender Mills claims the 22-year-old will have a number of options at the end of the season.“It would purely be a money decision for Paul Pogba, especially if the likes of Chelsea are interested,” he told talkSPORT, when asked about Manchester City’s chances of signing the Juventus man.“The other question is why would he want to leave Juventus? They are doing very well. He’s been in England before and it didn’t quite work out for him. He might be a little tentative about coming back here.“Man City do have big purse strings though.“It all depends on Manuel Pellegrini and who is in charge. If I was in Pogba’s shoes you would look at what has happened at City this season and think, ‘does Pellegrini really attract me to that football club?”
KEARNEYThe death has taken place of Hughie Kearney at his nephew Dan and Kathleen’s residence at Ballybrack, Moville. Funeral from there on Tuesday at 10.30am going to St Mary’s Church, Ballybrack for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining CemeteryDOHERTY The death has taken place of John Doherty, Ladden, Fanad. His remains are reposing at his late residence. Funeral from there on Tuesday morning at 10.30am going to St Mary’s Church Fanavolty for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. Family flowers only please donations if desired to the Diabetic association, c/o Eamon Scott Funeral Director or any Family member.KELLYThe death has taken place in Letterkenny General Hospital of Packie Kelly, The Glebe Letterkenny and formerly of claggan Carrigart brother of Sarah Mcelaney Remains are reposing at the home of his Nephew Donal McElaney, The Glebe Letterkenny. Funeral on Tuesday to the Church of St John the Baptist Carrigart for Requiem Mass at 12 midday Interment afterwards in the adjoining CemeteryMcFADDEN The death has taken place in Letterkenny General Hospital of Mary McFadden, (The Gap) Upper Derryreel, Falcarragh. Her remains are reposing at her late residence. Funeral Mass in Holy Cross Church, Dunfanaghy on Tuesday at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Donegal Diabetic Association c/o Seamus Harkin Undertaker or any Family memberMcAULEYThe death has taken place in Hillcrest Nursing Home Letterkenny of Bob McCauley, Magheracloy, St Johnston. His remains are reposing at his late residence. Removal from there on Monday at 3pm going to St Columba’s Church Drumoghill to repose overnight. Funeral Mass on Tuesday at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2011 was last modified: November 13th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:2011DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAYNOVEMBER 13
Irish rugby has been left in a state of shock following the tragic passing of Ireland and Munster legend Anthony Foley. Foley, 42, a coach with Munster was in Paris with the province as they prepared for their Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 this afternoon.He died overnight at the team hotel in Paris and his tragic passing has left the squad and his family in a state of shock. IRFU released the following statement: “It is with deep regret that the Irish Rugby Football Union and Munster Rugby must advise of the passing overnight of Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley, at the team hotel in Paris.“Munster Rugby management are liaising directly with Anthony’s family and will provide them with any assistance and support required. The IRFU and Munster Rugby pass on our deepest sympathies to all of Anthony’s family and friends and ask for privacy for the family at this sad time.“As a mark of respect to Anthony and his family and and to support players, management and staff, Muster Rugby have requested that today’s match against Racing 92 be rescheduled.“Munster Rugby thank Racing 92, EPCR, broadcasters and partners, and the many fans who travelled to Paris for their understanding and support at this time.” Irish rugby in mourning after tragic passing of Munster legend was last modified: October 16th, 2016 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)