Wozniacki complains of verbal abuse by Miami Open crowd

first_imgCaroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, questions the chair umpire about noise during her match against Monica Puig, of Puerto Rico, at the Miami Open tennis tournament early Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Puig defeated Wozniacki 0-6, 6-4, 6-4. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Reigning Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki says she and her family were targets of verbal abuse and threats from the crowd during her opening match at the Miami Open, which she lost to Monica Puig.In a statement Saturday posted on Twitter, Wozniacki said the tournament did nothing to prevent the abuse. Tournament director James Blake responded that while the crowd was “loud and passionate,” Miami Open staff, WTA Tour officials and courtside security were unaware during the match of any threats made.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters “We had tournament and WTA staff as well as tournament security courtside,” Blake said. “They never witnessed nor were they notified of any specific threats made to the players or their families. If we had been notified, the situation would have been handled immediately.”Wozniacki became a first-time Grand Slam champion at the Australian Open in January. She said she hopes the Miami Open takes her complaints about the crowd behavior seriously.“It’s a horrible example to set for the next generation of tennis players and fans,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Wozniacki lost 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 Friday night.“I lost a tough match to a great opponent and friend Monica Puig,” Wozniacki said in her statement. “I am fully aware that tennis is a game of wins and losses. However, during the match last night people in the crowd threatened my family, wished death threats on my mom and dad, called me names that I can’t repeat here and told my fiance’s niece and nephew (who are 10 years old) to sit down and shut … up, meanwhile security and staff did nothing to prevent this and even accepted this to take place.”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 crownPuig is from Puerto Rico and especially popular in South Florida, while Wozniacki is from Denmark.Wozniacki complained to the chair umpire during the match about crowd noise, but Blake said the tournament was unaware of any threatening comments. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chen avenges his Olympic flop with world figure skate title Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES 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 View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Ashaolu determined to get back to action right away for NLEX

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms Playing with an injured right knee, Ashaolu helped the Road Warriors to a 2-1 record in the first three games of the conference with their last game ending in a brutal 102-72 loss to Magnolia on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.With former NLEX import Aaron Fuller temporarily taking his place, Ashaolu can finally begin the rehabilitation process for his knee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I feel like my body will respond the right way, I will just follow the doctors and listen to them,” said Ashaolu who had 21 points and nine rebounds against the Hotshots last Wednesday. “I will listen to the trainers, the rehab specialists, and just take it week by week and see how I am.”“I will put my trust in those guys, they’re the professionals.” Ashaolu has a partially torn patellar tendon in his right knee even before the conference started, but he still did his work putting up averages of 27 points and 15 rebounds in the three games he played.Fuller is returning to NLEX after his stint in the 2017 Governors’ Cup but this time it will only be until Ashaolu gets cleared to return to play for the Road Warriors.Ashaolu, though, is confident Fuller will be an able replacement to help the Road Warriors.“He was here last year, so he’s familiar with the team,” said Ashaolu. “I wish him nothing but success, he’s part part of the team now, and I don’t look at him as an opponent, I don’t look at him as a rival.”“I hope they could continue to win without me, I wish him the best of luck.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ PH Blu Girls lose to Chinese Taipei, but get rematch for bronze Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil It took Oluseyi Ashaolu all the guts and the heart he could muster to help NLEX at the start of the PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Police Nab Man, 22, For Shooting Youth Leader In Bong

first_imgPolice in the crossroads town of Gbarnga in Central Liberia are investigating a 22-year-old man identified as James Arthur for allegedly shooting a 20-year-old man, Alphonso Dunbar, in the face with a single barrel pistol.  Alphonso Dunbar is the head of the community watch team or vigilante group in his town.James Arthur, a resident of Margibi County, allegedly shot Alphonso Dunbar on Tuesday, October 28, at Foella Junction in Kpaii District on the main highway leading to Ganta.According to Police accounts, the suspect employed the service of a motorcyclist, only identified as Remember, to take him (Arthur) to Foella Junction to one of his friends referred to as Junior.Police records established that as they reached Foella Junction, the motorcyclist demanded that James Arthur pay for his service before entering into any negotiation.The information further indicates that when suspect Arthur disembarked from the motorbike, he immediately ran into a house which reportedly belongs to the victim’s aunt.The investigation added that the community residents pursued him through the back of the house and arrested him.  They, including the town chief Togbah Paye, began to interrogate Arthur and asked him to open his hand bag to inspect the things that were in the bag.Police investigations further stated that while inspection of the bag was going on, the suspect reached for his short barrel gun and allegedly shot his victim, Alphonso Dunbar, in his jaw, wounding him seriously.Police records reveal that this is not the first time James Arthur has been involved in motorcycle theft. Police said suspect Arthur in 2012 wasted hot tea on another motorcyclist in Congo Town, Monrovia and made away with the motorcycle.When contacted at the Gbarnga Police cell, suspect James Arthur told the Daily Observer that he fired the gun in fear of Dunbar and others rushing at him in a manner that suggested that he was under attack.  He said his plan was to hold the motorcyclist at gun point and steal his vehicle.  But his plan did failed because everywhere they passed, there were so many people around that he did not think he would have been able to get away so easily.So, when the motorcyclist decided that he would go no further until he had been paid, Arthur got off and went into the house, attempting to get away.The suspect told this reporter that he purchased the single barrel gun in Kakata from a Guinean trader whose name he did not mention but that he bought the gun also to protect himself against any criminals or would be criminals.“I do not have any criminal record.  This is my first time being tempted by the devil to get involved in such a criminal act,” said James Arthur, whose statement sharply contradicts the information the police have about him.He informed the Daily Observer that he was tempted to get involved in motor bike theft because his fiancée, which he identified as Doris, a resident of Congo Town in Monrovia, always tormented him for money, fashion wear and other “fine things”. Meanwhile, Police have charged suspect James Arthur with attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm.   He is being sent to court awaiting prosecution.Information from the Phebe Hospital, where victim Alphonso Dunbar is undergoing medical treatment, suggests that the victim’s condition is stable and improving but that he might need the intervention of a traditional herbalist in order to remove the pellets from his body.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Conflict of Interest” Entangles Sheba Brown

first_imgA retiree from the Central Bank of Liberia in 2016, Mrs. D. Sheba Brown is poised to ascend to bank’s Board of GovernorsEver since President George M. Weah appointed Madam D. Sheba Brown to serve as Member of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), reports citing apparent conflict of interest may likely becloud her appointment and leave her in a dilemma of choices.Mrs. Brown, who currently serves as commissioner at the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), is a former employee of the CBL with 30-plus years of service. At the time of her retirement from the CBL she had risen to the post of Director of Administration — a very senior staff position — with several departments, including human resources and procurement, under her control.While serving as Director of Administration, Mrs. reportedly influenced the employment of her son, Rodney Brown, in the procurement department of the bank, Rev. Elijah F. Chilar, who served as Brown’s Deputy, told the Daily Observer.As director of administration at CBL, he said, Mrs. Brown was also responsible to enforce the bank’s human resources policy. Sources further say the hiring of her son and his placement in the procurement division created much disenchantment among employees of the CBL.In an open letter written to President Weah, Elijah F. Chilar called on President Weah to withdraw the appointment of Mrs. Brown, mainly for ethical and other reasons bordering on integrity. Mr. Chilar has previously served in several positions at the CBL, including Assistant Director of Administration for Human Resources, Deputy Director of Administration, and Director for General Support Services. Chilar was retired from the CBL in January 2018.He argued that Mrs. Brown should not serve on the CBL Board of Governors in order to avoid a situation where Mrs. D. Sheba Brown and LACC will be “referee and player” in the exercise of her duties, which may create a situation of  “conflict of interest.”“Presidential appointees serving in government integrity institutions like the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, the General Auditing Commission, and the Internal Audit Secretariat,” according to him, “should not be appointed on boards of government institutions to avoid conflict of interest in the exercise of their respective duties.”According to Mr. Chilar, Mrs. Brown committed ethical transgressions while serving as Director for Administration at the CBL. She  grossly, openly, and defiantly violated a major personnel and administrative policy of the CBL by hiring her son in person of Mr. Rodney Brown in her office under her direct supervision. Rodney Brown still works at the CBL.“The CBL forbids and prohibits hiring of children, parents, spouses, brothers or sisters of the employees of the CBL and the Director of Administration is responsible to enforce the policy to avoid conflict of interest situation at the CBL,” he said.“Mrs. Brown’s son, Mr. Rodney Brown, still works at the CBL and so if an issue concerning Mr. Rodney Brown requires the CBL Board of Governors to decide, what will be the role of his MOTHER, Mrs. D. Sheba Brown? Is this not a conflict of interest situation?”“I am humbly asking all Media Institutions, Civil Society Institutions, Political parties, our Elders and our foreign partners to join me to request the president to withdraw the appointment/nomination of Mrs. D. Sheba Browne to the CBL Board of Governors in the interest of transparency, accountability and good governance in our country, otherwise it will be a very bad precedent,” he said.“When Mrs. Brown was retired, she requested for severance (tenure) payment for the number of years including that of  the National Bank of Liberia (NBL) — now CBL — for which she was previously paid,” Chilar alleged, questioning Brown’s integrity. “The records are there,” he said, adding that the Central Bank was spared the expense when a copy of the payment record, which could not be found on the official records of the bank, was produced by a bank employee (name withheld).According to Chilar, for reasons of integrity and in order to avoid a situation bordering on conflict of interest, Brown’s appointment as a member of the Central Bank’s Board of Governors should be rescinded by President Weah, he added.In response, Commissioner D. Sheba Brown said the Code of Conduct (COC) does not allow her to serve the two government institutions, and she is therefore poised to resign from one of the two jobs.“For the president to appoint me is indeed commendable; I served the CBL for over 30 years and CBL is like a home to me and the LACC is also like a home to me. I will resign from one of the jobs upon receiving a letter from the office of the president,” Mrs. Brown told the Daily Observer in an interview yesterday.Regarding her son, Mrs. Brown said, “I did not influence the process. Many people were also employed the same time and the Assistant Director for Recruitment can attest to it. Additionally, my son was employed at a very low level and if he was not qualified, he would have been dismissed since my departure or retirement from the CBL.”Presidential Press Secretary Sam Mannah yesterday told the Daily Observer that President Weah did not err in the appointment of Mrs. Brown.“It all boils down to where the President feels Madam Brown can better serve,” he Mannah said. “The President is quite aware that Mrs. Brown is a commissioner at the LACC and it was discussed with her prior to her appointment that she would relinquish her role at LACC once she receives her letter of appointment.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Power won’t be restored in Tumbler Ridge until this afternoon

first_imgTumbler Ridge residents are still without power after the lights went out at around 5am this morning.In the latest update from BC Hydro they are now trying to have power back on by mid afternoon Monday. Two circuit breakers in the Tumbler Ridge Substation are not working properly with the cold weather. The temperature is still around minus 40.The District has set up an emergency operations centre in the community for residents who need a warm place to stay. The centre is located at the Tumbler Ridge Town Hall.- Advertisement -Only a small number of people have used the town hall at this point because the majority of the town is prepared for outages like these with generators and gas heat.According to Tumbler Ridge Councilor Jerrilyn Schembri, the community is also working on a plan to provide other forms of power like wind or bio mass energy.last_img read more

Clippers today

first_imgTV/Radio: Ch. 5 (delayed at 5:30), KSPN/710 Clippers (24-25) update: The Clippers have lost three in a row, after winning three in a row, but hold the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Corey Maggette is not listed on the team’s injury report, after being listed with the flu and not playing in the Clippers’ 94-77 loss in Cleveland on Wednesday. That came a day after questioning Mike Dunleavy and his playing time. Tim Thomas is listed as day-to-day with a hyper-extended knee. CLIPPERS AT PHILADELPHIA Tipoff: 4 p.m., Wachovia Center Philadelphia (17-33) update: The 76ers have won two in a row and seven of 11 but are in a rebuilding season after trading Allen Iverson for Andre Miller. They defeated Charlotte 92-83 on Wednesday when Andre Iguodala scored 27 points. – Joe Stevens center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Man United star’s future in doubt after Mourinho arrival as Barcelona eye move

first_img Juan Mata celebrates winning the FA Cup with Manchester United 1 Barcelona are ready to pounce for Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata.The Spaniard’s future at Old Trafford is up in the air following the appointment of Jose Mourinho.The Portuguese boss showed Mata the exit door during his time at Chelsea and reports claim the same could happen again now.According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are ready to make a move for Mata if he is deemed surplus to requirements.The Spanish champions are keen to strengthen their attacking options this summer and have identified the 28-year-old as a target.Mata is set to have showdown talks with Mourinho and a decision on his future is not expected until later this summer.last_img read more

TY students create ‘A Donegal Fusion’ for new dish at Chandpur Restaurant

first_imgA team of Transition Year students are going to be fusing cultures and tastes to create a brand new dish in Chandpur Indian Restaurant in Donegal Town.The Donegal TASTY Project involves 42 TY Students at the Abbey Vocational School. The aim is to produce a sweet or savoury dish in conjunction with seven restaurants and hotels in Donegal Town. The new creations will then be added to the menus.The teams also have to produce a story combining the Donegal produce used in the dish. Other participating businesses are The Smuggler’s Inn, Harvey’s Point, Solís Lough Eske Castle Hotel, The Mill Park and The Village Tavern. The award-winning culinary experts at Chandpur are creating a chicken dish with their students, who have named their team ‘A Donegal Fusion’. The name arose from a combination of the Donegal element and the Bangladeshi Roots of Chandpur, with a touch of Scotland thrown in the mix.A Donegal FusionTeam Fusion members (pictured above with co-owner Susan Miah) are Kerrie McHugh, Victor Mitchell, Elizabeth Mackle, Aine McGroarty, Katie Shovlin and William Browne. Follow their project on Facebook here.The students are helping to name the dish and cook it with Head Chef Rana Miah. The special addition of Donegal Produce in the dish is the award winning Hive Active Irish Honey.Teams will present their dishes at an awards night on May 16th in Solis Lough Eske Castle. Every team will do a presentation and around 150 guests will taste all the new products before an independent judge will decide the best product. There is also an award for the team who has the best social media and the team with the best presentation on the night.The overall aim of the Donegal TASTY Project is to provide transition-year students at the Abbey Vocational School  with a “TASTE” of the varied career paths and opportunities within the Tourism and Hospitality industry.TY students create ‘A Donegal Fusion’ for new dish at Chandpur Restaurant was last modified: March 16th, 2017 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:abbey vocational schoolChandpur Indian RestaurantDonegal TowntastyTransition Yearlast_img read more

‘We have to get over final hurdle’ – Gary Mabbutt urges Spurs to win silverware

first_imgGary Mabbutt admits the time has come for Tottenham to back up their promise with silverware after watching their Premier League title dreams all but come to an end.The north London club missed the opportunity to move within in a point of leaders Chelsea after losing to West Ham at the London Stadium on Friday night.Mauricio Pochettino’s side saw their pursuit of Leicester City come to an end at the same stage of last season and look set to end another campaign without a trophy to their name.And Mabbutt believes his former club must find a way of delivering in the high pressure moments if they are to establish themselves as a force in English football.“When you’re putting a team together – you have to build,” Mabbutt told The Two Mikes.“Obviously, that’s what’s been happening over these past couple of seasons. It hasn’t just happened within two years.“A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes over a number of years to try and get Tottenham back challenging for every major honour, every season.“But you have to get a trophy. We’re getting there but just missing out on the final hurdle – and we have to get ourselves over that final fence and over the finishing line.”Following last season’s ultimate failure to catch Leicester, Spurs went on to lose their two remaining games of the season against Southampton and already relegated Newcastle.Tottenham have already beaten their best ever points total of 72 with three games to spare ahead of fixtures with Manchester United, Leicester and Hull.And Mabbutt believes the progression Spurs have enjoyed under Pochettino will only continue ahead of their move into Wembley next season.“The honeymoon period is just about to begin. Last year we showed a lack of experience. Antonio Conte himself has said that Spurs have been the best side in the Premier League this season,” Mabbutt said.“I think these players now have more belief in themselves that they can achieve things. This group of players have shown character and great ability this season.“We’ve got some top quality individual players in our team. But what I’ve really been pleased about is how we’ve wanted to win as a team.“We were the only team that pushed Leicester all the way last year and we’ve been the only ones pushing Chelsea this year.“Both on and off the field – Tottenham are in the best position they’ve been in for a long, long time.”last_img read more

Ex-England and Ipswich Town defender Kevin Beattie dies aged 64

first_img MONEY 1 Kevin Beattie holds the trophy stand as Ipswich celebrate winning the FA Cup. smart causal ADVICE impact highlights Latest Football News RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Former England and Ipswich Town defender Kevin Beattie has died of a suspected heart attack aged 64.The ex-Tractor Boy, regarded as one of their finest players, played for the club during their most successful spell in 1970s and 80s. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Beattie was voted the PFA’s very first Young Player of the Year in 1974 and the centre-back went on to win the FA Cup in 1978 and the UEFA Cup in 1981, although he only received a medal in 2008 because he missed the final through injury.His career also saw him earn nine England caps, scoring one goal, which came against Scotland, while Bobby Robson, his manager at Ipswich, believed he was the best English player he had seen.After his playing days ended, Beattie broadcast for the BBC and appeared in his regular slot on ‘Life’s a Pitch’ the day before he passed away. We are devastated to hear the news of the passing of Town legend Kevin Beattie at the age of 64.The thoughts of everybody at #itfc are with Kevin’s family & friends at this very difficult time.The Beat. Thank you. 💙 pic.twitter.com/CWs2cm3KyC— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) September 16, 2018last_img read more