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Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts during a match against Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK — Serena Williams began her U.S. Open quarterfinal tentatively. Her shots lacked their usual sting, her attitude its usual conviction.She was facing the last player she lost to at Flushing Meadows. She kept looking up her coach, as if seeking solutions. After just 20 minutes Tuesday night, Williams was in danger of trailing by two service breaks. Not much later, the outcome was no longer in doubt, because the 23-time Grand Slam champion suddenly was in complete control.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Pliskova is a big server and hitter in her own right, someone who briefly spent time at No. 1 in the WTA rankings and was the runner-up at the U.S. Open in 2016, when she beat Williams in the semifinals. The 36-year-old American did not compete in New York a year ago, because she gave birth to her daughter during the tournament.Go back to 2015, and that was another semifinal departure for Williams, whose bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam was shockingly ended by Roberta Vinci.“Well, I want to just be able to get past the semis here. It’s been a few, couple, rough semis for me,” Williams said. “But regardless, this has been a great road.”This time, Williams’ semifinal opponent will be No. 19 seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, who surprisingly beat defending champion Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-3 earlier Tuesday.Stephens, who said she had been dealing with a sinus infection, rued all of her wasted opportunities, most notably the seven break points she failed to convert in the first set. She sure didn’t attempt to hide her frustration, either, repeatedly gesturing toward or speaking in the direction of her coach, Kamau Murray, up in the stands.ADVERTISEMENT ‘It’s cruel, sometimes, tennis’: Nadal tops Thiem at US Open When someone urged her to raise her level in the second set, Stephens replied, “I’m trying!”“When you don’t play big points well, the match can get away from you,” Stephens said. “I think that’s what happened today. I didn’t convert.”Sevastova, who retired in 2013 because of injuries and returned nearly two years later, advanced to her first Slam semifinal.“Still long way to go, I think,” she said.Especially considering that the next step will come against Williams, who’s heading into her 36th semi at a major, 12th at Flushing Meadows.Williams already proved at Wimbledon that she is capable of the sort of dominant performances she has shown over the years, making all the way to the final at the All England Club before losing. She’ll hope to do one better now and claim a seventh U.S. Open title.Her sluggish start against Pliskova came in the same 90-degree heat and 50-percent humidity that hampered John Isner in his quarterfinal loss to Juan Martin del Potro on Tuesday afternoon, and Roger Federer in his fourth-round exit against John Millman a night earlier and prompted the tournament to suspend play in junior matches for a few hours. It also made things tough on No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 9 Dominic Thiem during their 4-hour, 49-minute tussle that ended just past 2 a.m. on Wednesday, with Nadal pulling out the 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) victory to return to the semifinals.With her older sister, Venus — the woman she beat in the third round — in her guest box, Williams looked tight. Her timing was off. She put a backhand into the net to get broken to 2-1 at the outset. Then, down 3-1, she faced three break points; if Pliskova won any, she would have led 4-1. But Pliskova did not manage to put any of Williams’ serves in play on those key points.“Too strong,” Pliskova said.Soon after that, Williams went from trailing 4-2 to not only taking the first set but also leading 4-0 in the second. Williams put aside some early shakiness and an early deficit, turning things around with an eight-game run en route to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over No. 8 seed Karolina Pliskova for a spot in the semifinals. It was Williams’ first win over a top-10 player this season.“I was playing really not a good game,” said Williams, who was a point from trailing 4-1 and did fall behind 4-2 while making 22 of her 30 unforced errors in the first set. “I was thinking, ‘You know, I can play better.’ So that was the good news.”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’Pliskova offered this guess about what was happening to Williams: “Maybe she was a little bit nervous.”Maybe. But that didn’t last long. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. By the end, Williams compiled a 13-3 edge in aces, and 35-12 in total winners.“She’s playing with the same power. She can still serve well. I don’t think there’s any change with her game,” Pliskova said. “She’s just going for her shots.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Patricia Maculey in an interview after she was discharged from the hospital.Patricia Macauley told the Daily Observer that following successful treatment, she could not be released immediately, because she could not afford the amount requested for her treatment. According to her, the brother who promised to pay the bill went out of town to look for money.“He went on the hustle and promised to come soon if he had some of the money, because the amount was too much for me,” she stated.Patricia is a petty trader and resides in Chicken Soup Factory Community. She is a mother of three. In tears, she expressed deep frustration and regretted the way in which she was treated by her fiancé, who has been identified as one Eman. “The guy who impregnated me said he never wanted it and said that I should abort it, which I refused to do. And so he left me,” she said.She however expressed thanks and appreciation to Mr. Obiamiwe, including other humanitarians who rallied around to get her out of the hospital.Arthur Taylor from the business and finance department at ELWA Hospital, in conversation with Mr. Obiamiwe, said that at no time has ELWA hospital kept any patient who, as in the case of Patricia, did not have money to pay his/her bill.“Patients who are not able to pay their bills here, we discharge them free of charge, because it is against our ethics as professional health personnel to keep patients hostage,” he stated.According to him, when Patricia successfully completed her treatment, she was asked to fill in a form with names and contact numbers that included her brother’s, after Patricia had promised to pay the bill.He claimed that since the names and contacts were given to them, they have tried to call anyone related to Patricia but to no avail, something which, he said, they have experienced from many patients. He said when patients are admitted, forms are filled in for further reference in case of anything, “but some patients deliberately give us numbers that don’t exist.”He maintained that ELWA, as a renowned health center in Liberia, understands the rules and regulations involved in dealing with patients, “regardless of who they are, rich or poor.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) (L-R) Martha F. Korpu, patient’s advocate ELWA hospital, Patricia Maculey & Mr. Emeka Obiamiwe Patricia Macauley, a patient who was held hostage at the ELWA Hospital after she had undergone successful treatment, was over the weekend discharged, following an appeal from Mr. Emeka Obiamiwe, Chief Executive Officer of NUBIAN radio in Monrovia.Patricia was billed the amount of L$68,000, which she could not make available, and had acquiesced to the ELWA Hospital’s alleged insistence to have her remain on its premises until said cost could be paid.According to reports from the hospital, Patricia, who was admitted on August 3, was treated and temporarily discharged a few weeks later when she gave birth.Patricia and the young baby were finally released on September 7, after the CEO of Nubian FM made an appeal to the hospital.Obiamiwe presented an check for the initial amount L$30,000 to one of the hospital administrators, Martha F. Korpu, a patient advocate, and Arthur Taylor.The presentation was made possible through the kind courtesy of a group called GLS-NAS as well as other philanthropists, including Mrs. Sara Beysolow Nyanti of UNHCR-Jordan, Pia Brown and Samia Adanne Adighibe of the United States of America and Ada Reeves-Clarke.During the presentation, Obiamiwe explained his experience with Patricia. “My lady had just had our first baby girl when I came in contact with Patricia. I decided to help her out as she needed help and thought of her as a sister or her child who could have been mine.”In the wake of these prevailing conditions, Obiamiwe said plans are currently underway to reach out to friends and associates in the Diaspora and items will be collected to help women and children trapped in such circumstances . “I’m going to use my radio station and upcoming events to create awareness as well as raise funds to free many other girls or women like Patricia,” he noted.
A young man is now dead after he was stabbed by three men with whom he had a heated argument at Karasabai Village, Pakaraimas, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), on Friday morning.Dead is 23-year-old Elton Leonard, of Karasabai Village. Based on reports received, at about 19:00h on Thursday, Leonard left his residence while under the influence of alcohol, and some five hours later he was engaged in a heated row with three men.At this point, it is unclear as to whether these three men were friends or drinking buddies with the deceased, however, it was revealed that during the argument, Leonard was stabbed to his left side chest.He reportedly collapsed and died almost immediately. The three men are said to have made good their escape as the man lay on the ground in a pool of blood.According to the police, the hunt is on for the three “known” suspects.A police source explained that due to the location of the crime and the fact that the nearest police station is hours away, at present, this is all of the information that ranks are in receipt of.He stated that a few detectives have been deployed to Karasabai to investigate the murder and upon their return, more information will become available.However, at this point, all indications are that the three suspects are also residents of Karasabai and have gone into hiding.Meanwhile, the body of Leonard is at the Karasabai Health Centre and will be transported shortly so that a post-mortem examination can be performed.Investigations into the stabbing/murder continue.
Chelsea’s medical team have performed a number of tests on the 25-year-old, but have not got to the bottom of the problem – leaving under-fire manager Antonio Conte unsure on when he will next be able to call upon the former Real Madrid man.“I don’t know because he has this problem and we tried a lot to find a solution to solve the pain in his back,” Conte said.“If you ask if me he needs one month, one day, two months, the rest of the season, I don’t know.“For this reason I’m a bit worried because you know very well the importance of the player.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata was forced to sit out the visit to Everton on December 23, 2014 while he served a one-match suspensionLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 10 – Chelsea remain in the dark over how long Alvaro Morata will be on the treatment table after being sidelined by a puzzling back injury.Morata hasn’t featured since Chelsea’s FA Cup third round tie against Norwich City on January 17, with the Spanish international due to miss Monday’s encounter with West Brom.
0Shares0000Keagan Dolly (C) of South Africa challenges Libya’s Almoatasembellah Ali Mohamed during the sides’ 0-0 draw © AFP / ANESH DEBIKYJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep 8 – Libya forced a 0-0 draw with South Africa in Durban Saturday to remain surprise Group E leaders in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying competition.When the mini-leagues draw was made, former African champions Nigeria and South Africa were installed as favourites to fill the two places available for the finals in Cameroon. But with two of the six qualifying rounds completed, Libya lead with four points, South Africa and Nigeria have three each and the Seychelles are pointless.Algeria-born coach Adel Amrouche said he hoped the goalless stalemate at Moses Mabhida Stadium in the Indian Ocean port city would bring joy to the Libyan people.“Only football can bring the people together,” said the 50-year-old former coach of Equatorial Guinea, Burundi and Kenya.He was talking after deadly clashes in Tripoli last week between rival militias battling for control of the Libyan capital.Libyan national and club teams have had to host home matches outside the north African country because of safety issues since the 2011 death of dictator Muamar Kadhafi.“I am not coaching Libya for money — I want to help bring happiness to the people by taking the national team to the 2019 Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon,” said Amrouche.The match staged in wet conditions before a small crowd followed a predictable pattern with Libya putting virtually their entire team behind the ball whenever threatened.It led to an international that delivered little excitement and the match appeared destined to finish goalless long before the final whistle.“We battled to gain possession against physically strong opponents and then surrendered the ball too easily at times,” admitted England-born South Africa coach Stuart Baxter.Libya face Nigeria twice between October 8 and 16 while South Africa host and visit the Seychelles at the same time.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)
Klopp is pleased a hectic schedule of seven matches in 23 days is now over but is unsure what the next fortnight will bring for his players.“If somebody would have told me after eight matchdays you have 20 points, I would say with that fixture list, ‘I’ll buy it, let’s start with the ninth matchday’,” said Klopp.“The boys unfortunately go away again now and have to play Nations League games, the most senseless competition in the world of football.”Klopp said players need a proper break to be fresher, pointing to the case of Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson who played for England at the World Cup in Russia.“If you want to see fresher (players), give them a summer break,” he said. “For Jordan Henderson it was exactly two weeks, which is funny. But that’s how it is.“That’s why I say going away is not a big problem but now you call a manager of any country and ask him to leave out one or two players and he says, ‘I am under pressure as well’ because now it’s Nations League.“I don’t exactly know what you can win but there is some final next summer or something so that’s it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has criticised the UEFA Nations League © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Oct 8 – Jurgen Klopp has branded the UEFA Nations League “the most senseless competition in the world” as he prepares to see many of his squad leave on international duty following Liverpool’s drab 0-0 draw with Manchester City.The two sides — along with Chelsea — are all locked on 20 points at the top of the Premier League table, separated only by goal difference after Sunday’s matches.
“Just because people say they’re looking for a particular set of characteristics in a mate, someone like themselves, doesn’t mean that is what they’ll end up choosing,” Peter M. Todd, of the cognitive science program at Indiana University, Bloomington. Researchers led by Todd report in today’s edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that their study found humans were similar to most other mammals, “following Darwin’s principle of choosy females and competitive males, even if humans say something different.” Their study involved 26 men and 20 women in Munich, Germany. Participants ranged in age from 26 to their early 40s and took part in “speed dating,” short meetings of three to seven minutes in which people chat, then move on to meet another dater. Afterward, participants check off the people they’d like to meet again, and dates can be arranged between pairs who select one another. Speed dating let researchers look at a lot of mate choices in a short time, Todd said. By Randolph E. Schmid THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Science is confirming what most women know: When given the choice for a mate, men go for good looks. And guys won’t be surprised to learn that women are much choosier about partners than they are. In the study, participants were asked before the session to fill out a questionnaire about what they were looking for in a mate, listing such categories as wealth and status, family commitment, physical appearance, healthiness and attractiveness. After the session, the researchers compared what the participants said they were looking for with the people they actually chose to ask for another date. Men’s choices did not reflect their stated preferences, the researchers concluded. Instead, men appeared to base their decisions mostly on the women’s physical attractiveness. Women’s actual choices, like men’s, did not reflect their stated preferences, but they made more discriminating choices, the researchers found. The scientists said women were aware of the importance of their own attractiveness to men, and adjusted their expectations to select the more desirable guys. “Women made offers to men who had overall qualities that were on a par with the women’s self-rated attractiveness. They didn’t greatly overshoot their attractiveness,” Todd said, “because part of the goal for women is to choose men who would stay with them.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
– Jeremy Piven, Best Supporting Actor winner “Sometimes when we’re rolling around in the mud in the jungle and we’re shooting each other and hitting each other, I wonder what it would be like to be baking up a sheet of cookies on Wisteria Lane and getting one of their checks.” – Terry O’Quinn, of “Lost,” Best Supporting Actor Drama “It’s Hei-gel.” – Katherine Heigl, “Grey’s Anatomy” star, who gently corrected announcers after her name was mispronounced when she was introduced as a presenter. Then, the sweetest revenge … Heigl (not “High-jell”) came back onstage to take the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama series. “I never knew an actor who didn’t want to do a Western. We all want to do Westerns, believe me, and in this country, it belongs uniquely to us. The Western is here to stay, and I’m very proud to be a part of it.” – Robert Duvall, winner of the Best Actor (Miniseries or Movie) award for his role in “Broken Trail” “This time, it’s a little more like what I hear menopause is like. You break out into sweats all day long. Your back hurts, and you get dizzy. That’s what it’s like wearing a fat suit all day, especially when you’re on a diet.” – Jaime Pressly, of “My Name is Earl,” who lost a lot of weight after the birth of her son and now has to play pregnant since her character, Joy Turner, is with child. Pressly won for Best Supporting Actress Comedy. “My mother is directing a show in her 99-seat house, in our theater in Chicago. That’s why she turned me down as a date tonight, so I brought my sister. I’m straight, by the way. The only straight man to bring his mother four times and then his sister.” – Jeremy Piven, Best Supporting Actor winner for “Entourage,” backstage Doing his best Barney Stinson (his character on “How I Met Your Mother”), Neil Patrick Harris leered slightly at his co-presenter, Hayden Panettiere of “Heroes,” having recently turned 18. “Guys, I think we all know what that means. New voter!” said Harris. “Thank you, Neil, for that patriotic and somehow sleazy innuendo,” returned Panetierre. “It has been an amazing year for me. It’s always down to the writing and, of course, the direction. But the writing is where the role springs from so I was lucky enough to have some beautifully written roles. I don’t believe in astrology but I’d be very interested to see what my astrological sign would say about this year.” – Helen Mirren, on her winning streak since the Oscars. She won for Best Actress Drama in “Prime Suspect.” “I kind of figured the first question would be about Britney Spears. My partner Joel Hyatt and I are incredibly grateful for this Emmy. I’m not planning to run. You’ve heard me say that. But I’m proud of this Emmy. – Al Gore, on surviving media firestorms160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It took me nine minutes. How long does it take to look like a penguin?” – William H. Macy, on preparing to come to the Emmys His show has been gone for two years, but former “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Ray Romano gave a rather unusual plug to his former TV spouse Patricia Heaton, who stars in the new comedy “Back to You” with Kelsey Grammer. “A lot has changed on TV in two years,” Romano said. “For one, I hear Frasier is screwing my wife. What? What? Patty, how could you? We have TV children.” “I want to thank our entire crew. I don’t know any of their names … No, I know all of their names and I celebrate them.”