Cool Pannetta upsets Kvitova to return to US Open semis

first_imgBy Steve KeatingItalian veteran Flavia Pennetta reached the US Open semi-finals for the second time in three years on Wednesday, outsmarting fifth seed Petra Kvitova 4-6 6-4 6-2 to add to the Czech’s Flushing Meadows frustration.The Italian flag will feature prominently in the semi-finals with the 33-year-old Pennetta joined in the last four by 32-year-old compatriot Roberta Vinci, who booked her spot on Tuesday with a victory over Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic.“I was just trying to fight every ball, running and trying to push the most I can,” the Italian said in an on-court interview.“The second set I was really in trouble, but I just kept going, playing and playing. It’s unbelievable.”Pennetta has always been at home on the New York hard courts having now advanced to quarter-finals or beyond in six of her last seven visits to the National Tennis Center.The same courts, however, have not been kind to Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion, who never ventured past the fourth round until this year.Kvitova, one of only two players to beat Serena Williams this season, had been in superb form winning her final US Open tune-up in New Haven and carried that momentum into Flushing Meadows, reaching the quarter-finals without dropping a set.The Czech had looked well on her way to a first semi-final appearance when she easily took the opening but the veteran Pennetta kept her cool on another sizzling day in New York.Serving at 5-4 in the second Pennetta wobbled, missing an easy winner to hand Kvitova a break chance but the Italian did not buckle and hung on to level the match and then dominated the third set as Kvitova wilted in the oppressive heat.“It’s not just the heat, it’s the tension for the match, for what do you think you have to be, what do you want to be, what do you want to do,” said Pennetta.“It’s so many things in your mind. You just try to take everything out of your mind and just play tennis.“I’m sorry for her. It’s not a good feeling when you feel so tired and you cannot move very well.“We played a really tough match, more than two hours running everywhere. She has to be proud of herself because she was playing up to the last point.”last_img read more

GPF deserves our compliments

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Police Force deserves our compliments for acting to ensure that traffic ranks are regularly posted in the South Turkeyen area. This follows two letters to the editor in mid-November highlighting chaos, disorder and misuse of the roadway, particularly at the Dennis Street, D-Field and UG access road junction. The Police presence has been a huge success in regulating the road usage. Some errant motorists have even been charged for non-compliance with road signs and markings in that vicinity.Left to be seen are similar corrective actions by those who sit on their laurels at City Hall and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure. Roaming horses along Dennis Street from the Eastern Highway to sections of the D-Field Road continue to pose a hazard to road users. Lighting along most of the D-Field road from Dennis Street southwards to the Mosque also remains deficient, and there have been some allegations of robberies in that unlit corridor at nights. For months these issues have been ventilated, and failure by the relevant authorities to deal with them is a huge disappointment to those affected. The parapets along the D-Field road are unkempt and neglected, with some unscrupulous persons adding to the poor state by dumping garbage ad nauseum.Since members of the Guyana Police Force cannot be omnipresent, the least the authorities at M&CC and Public Infrastructure can do is clean the parapets and seek to correct the lighting situation, which will inevitably decrease the temptation and likelihood of criminal activity taking place along that unlit portion of roadway at nights.Best regards,Orette Cuttinglast_img read more

‘There’s NOTHING to it’ – Juventus boss dismisses link to Chelsea job

first_img1 Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says there is “nothing” in reports linking him with the Chelsea job.The Blues are on the lookout for a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho, with Guus Hiddink in interim charge until the end of the season.Allegri has been heavily linked with the post and with another potential Chelsea target, Pep Guardiola, opting to join Manchester City, the 48-year-old is the bookmakers’ favourite to take charge of the London club.However, Allegri, who has won the Serie A title with both AC Milan and Juventus, has dismissed speculation he may be on his way to the reigning Premier League champions.Speaking at a youth tournament on Tuesday, he told Sky Italia: “There’s nothing to it. I cannot either confirm or deny something that doesn’t exist.“I want this matter over and done with now. What’s important for me right now is to get to the end of the season with Juventus and try and win some silverware.”Juventus have won 17 of their last 18 matches in all competitions and are two points behind Serie A leaders Napoli, who they play on Saturday.They are also through to the last 16 of the Champions League, where they face Bayern Munich, and in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, with Inter Milan their opponents. Massimiliano Allegri last_img read more

Whittier to allow fireworks on July 4

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips “One of the great pleasures of the Fourth of July is fireworks,” Henderson said. Councilman Owen Newcomer cast the no vote against legalizing fireworks. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. WHITTIER – For the first time in two decades, Whittier City Council has approved allowing “safe and sane” fireworks to be sold, bought and used in the city. In a 4-1 vote at the council’s meeting late Tuesday night, council members gave their blessing for fireworks and ordered staff members to draft an ordinance. The proposal would keep fireworks banned near and in hillside neighborhoods. It also would spell out the process local charity groups would have to go through to receive a fireworks sales permit. Fireworks have not been legal in Whittier since 1986. Council members Bob Henderson and Greg Nordbak said fireworks are an American tradition, and fireworks sales provide a way for local civic groups to raise funds. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Revealed: The clumsiest Premier League teams this season

first_imgArsenal may have signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but, after their defeat to Swansea City, it’s clear their defence could have been bolster too.A calamitous string of errors saw Jordan Ayew score against them at the Liberty Stadium, as they fell to a 3-1 Premier League defeat.Read more: ‘I wanted to do more’ – Arsene Wenger unhappy with Arsenal transfer dealingsThe Gunners aren’t the only team with a dodgy defence, though, with several others making mistakes more often than they would like.So which teams have made the most errors so far this season? Click the right arrow above to find out… 8 8 1. Arsenal have made 11 errors leading to goals this season 8 3= Bournemouth have made six errors leading to goals this season 6= Manchester City have made five errors leading to goals this season 3= Crystal Palace have made six errors leading to goals this season 3= Huddersfield Town have made six errors leading to goals this season 8 6= Watford have made five errors leading to goals this season 8 8 8 6= Tottenham Hotspur have made five errors, which has led to an opposition goal this season 8 2. Southampton have made eight errors leading to goals this season last_img read more

Dele Alli warned: ‘You’re allowed to cut loose on holiday, but you must be careful’

first_img Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder GETTY LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Ian Wright says Spurs must back Mauricio Pochettino in the transfer market this summer The midfielder, 23, had allegedly been drinking in 33 degree heat before passing out.And Gray, speaking to talkSPORT, admits it’s difficult for high-profile players to keep out of the spotlight during the off-season.“I’m not going to sit hear and say that football hasn’t changed,” Gray told the Sports Bar. “We all keep talking about it every single day.“But social media wasn’t around when I was around. You could go and let your hair down for a couple of weeks. You could go on a lads holiday. TROPHY LATEST deals REVEALED He continued: “You’ve worked your socks off for ten months of the season, got to a Champions League final.“I’m not saying he’s played every single week but you go on holiday and he’s probably thought to himself: ‘I have earned these two weeks of holiday and I can do what I want. When the season starts, I won’t be doing this kind of thing’.“He’s probably thinking: ‘Please don’t take a photograph and let me enjoy myself’.“But it’s there. social media is there now. You HAVE to be careful all 12 months of the year.” Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli ‘earned’ the chance to cut loose but must be ‘more careful’ when enjoying himself on holiday, Micky Gray has told talkSPORT.Pictures emerged on Friday morning of Alli being carried away after appearing to collapse on a sun lounger on the Greek island of Mykonos. Alli was pictured in a sorry state whilst on holiday in Grece Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Gray has offered advice to Alli in the wake of the pictures being published on Friday morning center_img JIBE Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 New job Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions punished targets latest boost 2 getty images – getty Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:55Loaded: 18.02%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen “But eventually it’s grown into the game and there are people with phones all over the world.“So wherever [players] go on holiday, they know there’s an eye on them looking at what they are doing.“Now if Dele is drunk… he probably didn’t think he was going to find himself on the front pages of the newspaper – but he has done now.“So an answer has got to come from himself or from the club or he might find himself going back to pre-season and be in big trouble.”Gray conceded Alli had every right to enjoy himself following a gruelling season – but warned the Spurs ace to be more aware of social media now it exists 24 hours a day, seven days a week.last_img read more

Former President and CEO of LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation Arrested on Theft Charges

first_imgThe former President and CEO of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) turned himself into the LaGrange County Jail this morning after formal theft charges had been filed against him.According to Indiana State Police Detective David Poe, on January 24, 2018 he was asked to initiate an investigation after the EDC had asked an outside firm to conduct an internal audit which found several unauthorized credit card purchases made by Ryne R. Krock between June 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017. The total of unauthorized purchases was approximately $4,000.00.Poe’s completed investigation was turned over to the LaGrange County Prosecutor’s Office for review at the end of February.  They have since levied the following charges against Krock:Two (2) Counts of Theft, Level 6 FeloniesOne (1) Count of Theft, Class A Misdemeanorlast_img read more

Disney California Adventure AtMousePhere: Part 1

first_imgShare This! Back in July of 2014, I started this blog series called “AtMousePhere,” covering the background music of the Disney Parks. I mentioned way back in my first post:Maybe you’ve never really paid attention to the atmospheric soundtrack, but that music subliminally creeps into your psyche and gears you up for wherever your feet take you!That sentiment has been in existence ever since Disneyland first opened in 1955, and it continued across the country in Orlando. But most recently in the United States, it has simply moved across the Esplanade into Disney’s “newest” US park, Disney California Adventure.DCA encountered some initial criticism back in its first form by critics and guests alike. However, with some tweaking and overhauling here and there, it has developed into one of Disney’s finest parks, containing some pretty fantastic music!We’ll split the park in two and discover the music of the unique lands! (Note: we’ll be covering its current incarnation only.)Buena Vista StreetMain Street, U.S.A. and Sunset Boulevard are two great examples of background music that reflects the time period that Imagineers were trying to emanate. Buena Vista Street certainly fits the mold of its predecessors, for sure. Since the area is supposed to recall the era when Walt Disney first traveled to California, the music consists of jazz and Big Band that would have been heard in the 1920s and 1930s!Some of the artists that you hear are current bands playing those hits. They are the Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra, Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, the music of Dean Mora’s orchestras, and the Palm Court Theater Orchestra. (You can find some – but not all – of the music on iTunes or Amazon, or you can find it on their websites.)What will you hear? Songs like “Toot, Toot, Tootsie,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “Let’s Dance,” “Shakin’ the Blues Away,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Get Happy,” and more!Hollywood LandPhoto Courtesy Brian McNicholsPicking up the pace just a bit and fast-forwarding about 10 years, the music of Hollywood Land takes us to the time of 1940s swing music. It’s hard to tell that you’ve made a change between Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Land, but there is one.Music that can be heard includes:“Hold Tight-Hold Tight” by The London Swing Orchestra“East of the Sun” by Les Elgart“Take the A Train” by the BBC Big Band“Puttin’ On the Ritz” by George Gee & The Jump Jivin’ Wailers“Shout and Feel It” by Benny Goodman“In the Mood” by The Sid Lawrence Orchestra“Copper Coloured Girl” by Graham Dalby & the London Swing Orchestra(Note: some of these songs are new arrangements or covers from original works, but the artists I listed here are the ones you’ll hear in the parks.)A Bug’s LandThere are many areas of a bug’s land that are devoid of music, if anything because the attractions are so close to each other that the attraction music overflows into the walking areas. For example, Flik’s Flyers has a very loud soundtrack, and “The Flik Machine” from A Bug’s Life is heard. However, when music is heard, it is more music from that movie, especially “A Bug’s Life Suite” which covers a lot of the main music themes from the movie.Pacific WharfPhoto Courtesy Brian McNicholsFor a small and (sometimes) overlooked area of DCA, Pacific Wharf has one of the coolest soundtracks. I highly recommend you take a listen! The music brings in classical guitar and incorporates some great styles, like flamenco, jazz, new age, electronic dance, with melodies from all over the world, like Puerto Rico, Ireland, Spain, Hawaii, and West Africa.“Duende” by Esperanza“Spanish Eyes” by Esperanza“Whirl-Y-Reel 1” by Afro Celt Sound System“Puerto Rican Gypsy” by Jose Gonzalez And Banda Criolla“Rosa Rose” by Oscar Lopez“Mercuriana” by José Luis Encinas“Loco Por Ti” by Oscar Lopez“Rattle and Burn” by Jesse Cook“Don Quixote” by Luis Villegas“Olinda Road” by HapaThis is only half of our wonderful tour of the music of Disney California Adventure! Stay tuned for Part 2, where we will cover the Big Three: Grizzly Peak, Paradise Pier, and Cars Land!What is your favorite music in these four lands of DCA? Do you prefer the musical styles of the 1920s or 1940s? Have you sat long enough in the Pacific Wharf area to sample the great music there? Comment below!last_img read more

Marshfield softball grabs home win over Wausau East

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Emily Draeger hit a two-run home run in the second inning, and Megan Donahue struck out 12 to lead the Marshfield softball team to a 4-1 victory over Wausau East on Tuesday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.Donahue and Caitlyn Kozik had RBI singles in the first inning, and Draeger ripped a two-run homer in the second to put the Tigers (5-4, 2-3 Wisconsin Valley Conference) up 4-0 early.Donahue did the rest, scattering four hits and six walks while allowing just a single run that came in the seventh inning to earn the victory on the mound for Marshfield.Gracie Reineking and Angela Flashinski each had two hits to account for East’s (2-6, 0-5 WVC) offense.“Megan had another strong night on the mound for us, and our defense did a good job behind her,” Marshfield coach Mike Voss said. “Offensively, it was nice to get out to a 4-0 lead after two innings. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get more the rest of the game.”Marshfield hosts Wausau West on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the Marshfield Fairgounds.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 4, Lumberjacks 1Wausau East 000 000 1 – 1 4 1Marshfield 220 000 x – 4 6 1WP: Megan Donahue. LP: Olivia Zipperer.SO: Donahue 12; Zipperer 5. BB: Donahue 6; Zipperer 3.Top hitters: WE, Gacie Reineking 2×4, RBI; Angela Flashinski 2×2. M, Emily Draeger HR, 2 RBIs; Caitlin Kozik RBI; Donahue 2B, run.Records: Wausau East 2-6, 0-5 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 5-4, 2-3 WVC.last_img read more

Reversing Land Act legacy ‘key to NDP’

first_img21 June 2013 Correcting the lasting effects of the Natives Land Act of 1913 is a crucial component of South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), says President Jacob Zuma. Passed by the Union of South Africa in 1913, the Natives Land Act gave the right to own the biggest parcel of land in South Africa to whites, while blacks, in the words of former African National Congress secretary-general Sol Plaatjie, had to be content with being pariahs in the land of their birth. Zuma was speaking at a gala dinner in Cape Town on Thursday night to mark the centenary of the passing of the Natives Land Act. He said it was an occasion for optimism.Up to us to ‘do a great right’ “The reality is that these days are behind us. A great wrong was done, and now it is up to us to follow up by doing a great right. We are now in charge of our own destiny. We have achieved a successful transition to democracy. We have a model Constitution, based on fairness.” But he said South Africa still had to reverse the dreadful pattern of poverty and landlessness – “the havoc created by the Natives Land Act”. “Correcting the consequences of this Act is a critical cog in the wheel of state – it is a crucial component in the National Development Plan. There can be no successful national development without accompanying rural development and land reform.” He remarked it was good that there was still co-operation on this matter in South Africa and that the land question was being treated with sensitivity. The Cabinet approved the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill for publication and public comment in May 2013. In addition, the National Assembly recently approved the Special Planning and Land Use Management Bill which is now before the National Council of Provinces.National support needed These two Bills would help to reverse the process. “But, as I said earlier, success will require national support,” Zuma said. South Africa’s National Development Plan aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. Among other things, it projects what the agricultural sector should look like in 30 years’ time. “In this case, it is important to stress that land reform is not just about how much land is given back to claimants, but should include skills transfer,” Zuma said, adding that claimants should be empowered to use land productively for job creation, food security and attracting young people to farming. The government would provide better incentives for commercial farmers who were willing and capable of mentoring smallholder farmers. Adequate post-settlement support to new landowners would also be given so that land continued to be productive. “We call on all South Africans to commemorate this landmark, with a view to correcting the wrongs of the past and to reinforce reconciliation. We urge the public to participate in the process of improving land redistribution and reform to reverse the impact of the 1913 Act. We call on the public to engage in a meaningful debate about the acceleration of land restitution, within our constitutional framework.”Settlers’ ‘original sin’ Zuma called the 1913 Natives Land Act “the original sin” of those who came to settle in South Africa. He added that the apartheid government, which had succeeded the Union Government, had from 1948 relocated black people into impoverished homelands and poorly serviced townships. “Since they could no longer provide food security for themselves and their families, they were forced to look for work far away from their families. The Act marked the beginning of socio-economic challenges the country is facing today such as landlessness, poverty and inequality.” The Natives Land Act was repealed in 1991, but its legacy was still being felt today, almost 20 years after South Africa became a democratic country, Zuma said. When a democratic government was elected in 1994, it committed itself, in accordance with the rule of law, to address the inequalities of land ownership and “particularly to those dispossessed as a result of it. “Land dispossession is no doubt the fundamental violation of the rights of the indigenous people and the original sin, so to speak, of those who came to settle in the country.” The government has undertaken to restore 30 percent of the land to black people by 2014. Since 1994, when the first democratically elected government came into power, the government has been addressing land reform through restitution, redistribution and tenure reform. The national policy of reconciliation and nation-building also guided this process. “As we are all aware, progress has however been slow, and we have admitted that the 2014 redistribution target will not be met,” Zuma said, adding: “Only 6.7-million hectares of land have so far been transferred through redistribution and restitution.” Source: read more