Michigan Senators Highlight Coastal Erosion and Dredging Needs

first_imgMichigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters have urged the Department of the Army and the Office of Management and Budget to help Michigan communities effected by high water levels in the Great Lakes and inland waterways. According to the officials, extreme weather, flooding and erosion have led to damaged property, harbors, beaches, roads and infrastructure in Michigan.The Senators asked that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) allocate funding to address coastal erosion and dredging needs, provide technical assistance with floods and storms, and fund a study to coordinate strategy on protecting the Great Lakes.“Communities and coastlines across Michigan have been battered by flooding and erosion as a result of record high water levels on the Great Lakes and inland waterways,” the lawmakers wrote.“It is imperative that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) continue to help our communities address these near- and long-term challenges that stem, in part, from the climate crisis.”Maintenance DredgingThe Administration’s FY2020 budget contains significant gaps in funding to address dredging needs at harbors across Michigan.“It is our understanding that there is a $4 million shortfall in the amount needed to dredge commercial harbors in Holland, Marquette, Monroe, and Ontonagon,” the Senators said.In addition, another $8.42 million is needed to dredge 14 recreational harbors across the state, including: Arcadia, Charlevoix, Clinton River, Leland, Little Lake, New Buffalo, and Pentwater.“We urge the USACE to include this additional funding in the work plan to ensure access to these harbors that are critical to our local and state economies,” the officials said.last_img read more

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Reflections of Fidel: NATO’s genocidal role (Part V)

first_imgFidel Castro. Image via: globalresearch.caOn March 9 this year, under the title, “NATO, war, lies and business,” I published a new Reflection on the role of this military organization.I have selected the fundamental paragraphs of that Reflection:“As some people know, in September of 1969, Muammar al-Gaddafi, a Bedouin Arab soldier of unusual character and inspired by the ideas of the Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, promoted within the heart of the Armed Forces a movement which overthrew King Idris I of Libya, almost a desert country in its totality, with a sparse population, located to the north of Africa between Tunisia and Egypt.”“Born into the heart of a Bedouin community, nomadic desert shepherds in the region of Tripoli, Gaddafi was profoundly anti-colonialist.”“…Gaddafi’s adversaries confirm that he stood out for his intelligence as a student; he was expelled from high school for his anti-monarchical activities. He managed to enroll in another school and later to graduate in law at the University of Benghazi, aged 21. He then entered the Benghazi Military College, where he created the Union of Free Officers Movement, subsequently completing his studies in a British military academy.”“He initiated his political life with unquestionably revolutionary acts.”“In March 1970, in the wake of mass nationalist protests, he achieved the evacuation of British soldiers from the country and, in June, the United States vacated the large airbase close to Tripoli, which was handed over to military instructors from Egypt, a country allied with Libya.“In 1970, a number of Western oil companies and banking societies with the participation of foreign capital were affected by the Revolution. At the end of 1971, the same fate befell the famous British Petroleum. In the agricultural sector all Italian assets were confiscated, and the colonialists and their descendants were expelled from Libya.”“The Libyan leader became immersed in extremist theories as much opposed to communism as to capitalism. It was a stage in which Gaddafi devoted himself to theorizing, which would be meaningless to include in this analysis, except to note that the first article of the Constitutional Proclamation of 1969, established the “Socialist” nature of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.“What I wish to emphasize is that the United States and its NATO allies were never interested in human rights.“The pandemonium that occurred in the Security Council, in the meeting of the Human Rights Council based in Geneva, and in the UN General Assembly in New York, was pure theater.”“The empire is now attempting [… ] to militarily intervene in Libya and deliver a blow to the revolutionary wave unleashed in the Arab world.”“Whether a latent Libyan rebellion was promoted by yankee intelligence agencies or by the errors of Gaddafi himself, it is important that the peoples do not let themselves be deceived, given that, very soon, world opinion will have enough elements to know what to believe.”“Libya, like many Third World countries, is a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, the Group of 77 and other international organizations, via which relations are established independently of the economic and social system of each state.“Briefly: the Revolution in Cuba, inspired by Marxist-Leninist and Martí principles, had triumphed in 1959 at 90 miles from the United States, which imposed the Platt Amendment on us and was the proprietor of our country’s economy.“Almost immediately, the empire promoted against our people dirty warfare, counterrevolutionary gangs, the criminal economic blockade and the mercenary invasion of the Bay of Pigs, guarded by an aircraft carrier and its marines ready to disembark if the mercenary force secured certain objectives.”“All the Latin American countries, with the exception of Mexico, took part in the criminal blockade which is still in place, without our country ever surrendering.”“In January 1986, putting forward the idea that Libya was behind so-called revolutionary terrorism, Reagan ordered the severing of economic and commercial relations with that country.”“In March of that year, an aircraft carrier force in the Gulf of Sirte, within what Libya considered its national waters, unleashed attacks which destroyed a number of naval units equipped with rocket launchers and coastal radar systems which that country had acquired in the USSR.“On April 5, a discotheque in West Berlin frequented by U.S. soldiers was the target of a plastic explosives attack, in which three people died, two of them U.S. soldiers, and many people were injured.“Reagan accused Gaddafi and ordered the Air Force to respond. Three squadrons took off from 6th Fleet aircraft carriers and bases in the United Kingdom, and attacked with missiles and bombs seven military targets in Tripoli and Benghazi. Some 40 people died, 15 of them civilians [… ] when a missile directly hit the residence (of the Libyan leader), his daughter Hanna died and another two of his children were wounded. That act was widely rejected; the UN General Assembly passed a resolution of condemnation given what was a violation of the UN Charter and international law. The Non-Aligned Movement, the Arab League and the OAU did likewise in energetic terms.“On December 21, 1988, a Pan Am Boeing 747 flying from London to New York disintegrated in full flight when a bomb exploded…”“According to the yankees, investigations implicated two Libyan intelligence agents.”“A sinister legend was fabricated against him, with the participation of Reagan and Bush Senior.”“The Security Council had imposed sanctions on Libya which began to be overcome when Gaddafi agreed to the trial, under specific conditions, of the two men accused of the plane sabotage over Scotland.“Libyan delegations began to be invited to inter-European meetings. In July 1999 London initiated the reestablishment of full diplomatic relations with Libya after some additional concessions.”“On December 2, Massimo D’Alema, the Italian prime minister, made the first visit to Libya by a European head of government.“With the disappearance of the USSR and the European socialist bloc, Gaddafi decided to accept the demands of the United States and NATO.”“In early 2002, the State Department announced that diplomatic talks between the United States and Libya were underway.”“At the beginning of 2003, in accordance with the economic agreement on compensation reached between Libya and the plaintiffs, the United Kingdom and France, the UN Security Council lifted its 1992 sanctions against Libya.“Before the end of 2003, Bush and Tony Blair reported an agreement with Libya, which had submitted documentation to British and U.S. intelligence experts about conventional weapons programs and ballistic missiles with a range of more than 300 kilometers. [… ] It was the result of many months of talks between Tripoli and Washington, as Bush himself revealed.“Gaddafi kept his disarmament promises. Within five months Libya handed over the five units of Scud-C missiles with a range of 800 km and hundreds of Scud-B which have a range exceeding the 300 kilometers of defensive short-range. missiles.“As of October, 2002, a marathon of visits to Tripoli began: Berlusconi, in October 2002; José María Aznar, in September 2003; Berlusconi again in February, August and October of 2004; Blair, in March of 2004; the German Schröeder, in October of that year; Jacques Chirac, November 2004.”“Gaddafi toured Europe triumphantly. He was received in Brussels in April of 2004 by Romano Prodi, president of the European Commission; in August of that year the Libyan leader invited Bush to visit his country; Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Texaco and Conoco Philips established renewed oil extraction operations through joint ventures.“In May of 2006, the United States announced the removal of Libya from its list of nations harboring terrorists and established full diplomatic relations.“In 2006 and 2007, France and the U.S. signed accords for cooperation in nuclear development for peaceful ends; in May, 2007, Blair returned to visit Gaddafi in Sirte. British Petroleum signed a contract it described as “enormously important,” for the exploration of gas fields.“In December of 2007, Gaddafi made two trips to France to sign military and civilian equipment contracts for 10 billion euros, and to Spain where he met with President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Contracts worth millions were signed with important NATO countries.“What has now brought on the precipitous withdrawal of U.S. and other NATO members’ embassies?“It all seems extremely strange.“George W. Bush, father of the stupid anti-terrorist war, said on September 20, 2011 to west Point cadets, “Our security will require … the military you will lead, a military that must be ready to strike at a moment’s notice in any dark corner of the world. … to be ready for preemptive action when necessary to defend our liberty…’”“’We must root out terrorist cells in 60 countries or more [… ] Together with our friends and allies, we have to stop their proliferation and confront regimes which harbor or support terrorism, as is required in each case.’”I add today that Afghanistan, a traditionally rebel country, was invaded; nationalist tribes formerly allied with the United States in their struggle against the USSR, were bombarded and massacred. Dirty war extended to other parts of the world. Iraq was invaded under what turned out to be false pretenses, its abundant oil resources passed into the hands of yankee corporations, millions of people lost their jobs and were obliged to move elsewhere, either within or outside of the country, its museums were looted and countless citizens lost their lives or were massacred by the invaders.Returning to the Reflection, I noted:“An AFP dispatch from Kabul, dated today, March 9, reveals, ‘Last year was the most lethal for civilians in the nine-year war between the Taliban and international forces in Afghanistan, with almost 2,800 deaths, 15% more than in 2009, a United Nations report indicated on Wednesday, underlining the human cost of the conflict for the population.’”“’At exactly 2,777, the number of civilian deaths in 2010 increased by 15% as compared to 2009,’ according to the joint annual report of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan…”“On March 3, President Barack Obama expressed his ‘profound condolences’ to the Afghan people for the nine children killed, as did U.S. General David Petraeus, commander in chief of the ISAF and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.”“… the UNAMA report emphasizes that the number of civilian deaths is four times greater than the number of international forces soldiers killed in combat during the same year.”In relation to Libya, I noted:“Over the course of 10 days, in Geneva and in the United Nations, more than 150 speeches were delivered about violations of human rights, which were repeated million of times on television, radio, Internet and in the written press.“Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, in his remarks March 1, 2011 before Foreign Relations ministers in Geneva, said:“’Humanity’s conscience is repulsed by the deaths of innocent people under any circumstances, anyplace. Cuba fully shares the worldwide concern for the loss of civilian lives in Libya and hopes that its people are able to reach a peaceful and sovereign solution to the civil war occurring there, with no foreign interference, and guarantee the integrity of that nation.”“’If the essential human right is the right to life, will the Council be ready to suspend the membership of states that unleash war?“’Will it suspend states which finance and supply military aid utilized by recipient states for mass, flagrant and systematic violations of human rights and attacks on the civilian population, like those taking place in Palestine?“’Will it apply measures to powerful countries which are perpetuating extra-judicial executions in the territory of other states with the use of high technology, such as smart bombs and drone aircraft?“’What will happen with states which accept secret illegal prisons in their territories, facilitate the transit of secret flights with kidnapped persons aboard, or participate in acts of torture?’”“’We are against the internal war in Libya, in favor of immediate peace and respect for the lives and rights of all citizens, without foreign intervention, which would only serve to prolong the conflict and NATO interests.’”Yesterday, October 31, an event took place which, like so many others, testifies to the total lack of ethics in yankee politics.The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was simply adopting a courageous decision: to grant the heroic people of Palestine the right to participate as an active member of UNESCO; 107 states voted in favor, 14 against, 52 abstained from voting. All of us know perfectly well why.The United States representative to this institution, following instructions from the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, immediately announced that from that moment his country would suspend all economic aid to the organization, directed by the UN to education, science and culture.The dramatic tone in which the lady announced the decision was totally unnecessary. Nobody was surprised by the anticipated and cynical decision.But, as if that were not enough, an AFP cable dated, Washington, 16:05pm today caps it:“’After the G20 summit (…) President (Obama) and President Sarkozy will participate in a ceremony in Cannes to celebrate the alliance between the U.S. and France,’ said the U.S. presidency, adding that the leaders will also meet with ‘American and French soldiers who have participated together in the operation’ in Libya.”I shall continue shortly.Fidel Castro RuzNovember 1, 2011 4:32 p.m. 18 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Share NewsRegional Reflections of Fidel: NATO’s genocidal role (Part V) by: – November 7, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Former pediatrician charged with dealing drugs

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN—Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens filed multiple charges on a former pediatrician including two counts of Dealing in a Schedule I Controlled Substance as a Level 2 Felony, two counts of Dealing in a Schedule I Controlled Substance as a Level 5 Felony with enhancing circumstances and Possession of Methamphetamine with enhancing circumstances as a Level 5 Felony.The charges were brought following a joint investigation by the Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Postal Inspectors contacted Dearborn County law enforcement regarding a package addressed to 19843 Lakeview Drive in Hidden Valley that was mailed from a known drug source area in Oregon. Upon further investigation, the Inspector pulled the package for further review and asked for a narcotics canine. After a narcotics canine indicated positively of the presence of drugs, the Inspector obtained a federal search warrant and executed for the contents of the package. Inside, the Inspector found approximately nine hundred (900) milliliters of hash oil. An address search indicated the residence was that of Chad Alan Hargrove.Prosecutor Deddens was grateful for the catch, “United States Postal Inspectors receive extensive training and education in identifying packages that could contain illegal items, including drugs, and we are certainly thankful for that training and diligence.”Following the homeowner accepting the package, a search warrant was obtained for the residence of Chad Alan Hargrove. Hargrove, 33, is a medical school graduate and previously a pediatrician in the State of Illinois.Upon a search of the residence, Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit Detectives and Postal Inspectors found multiple illegal items, including a large number of empty vape pens, approximately 3,420 grams of “dabs” (a highly concentrated marijuana extract), ecstasy, Psilocybin (psychedelic) mushrooms, multiple strips of hallucinogenic drugs commonly known as LSD, methamphetamine, numerous loaded firearms, and cash, as well as multiple items used in the manufacture and distribution of THC and other drugs, including vaping cartridges and empty pill capsules.“Through the investigative efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies in two states, we were able to find and confiscate a large number of illegal drugs at this home.” Prosecutor Lynn Deddens said. “Thanks to this excellent work, we have prevented further harm to the community by keeping these drugs off our streets.”last_img read more

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Moyes: Vidic decision was mutual

first_img “I think it was the right decision for club and player.” Vidic has been heavily linked with a move to Inter Milan. The Serb will skipper the Red Devils until the end of the season. “He has been a brilliant servant for Manchester United,” Moyes added. “He is captain and it will remain that way until the end of the season. “He has been a great player for us and we will continue using him.” Moyes confirmed that Jonny Evans will miss Sunday’s home game against Fulham with a calf injury he suffered against Stoke. Phil Jones, who came off with concussion against the Potters, could be fit, however. Press Association Marouane Fellaini’s bad luck with injuries continues as he has suffered a groin injury and will be out for a week, Moyes added. This weekend will be the first time that Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen has come back to Old Trafford since leaving the United coaching staff in the summer. Moyes opted to bring in a number of his own staff when he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson as manager. The former Everton boss revealed he was sad to see the Dutch coach leave United, however. “Rene helped me when I first came here,” Moyes said. “I had several conversations with him. He helped me, told me about the club, how it runs and the players. “In the end I would have liked him to stay at the time but he wanted to go and that was fine. “I am looking forward to getting Rene back and seeing him.” Meulensteen has struggled at Craven Cottage since replacing Martin Jol last December. Under the Dutchman, who has very limited managerial experience, Fulham have sunk to the foot of the Barclays Premier League. The pressure on Meulensteen intensified on Tuesday when the Londoners were knocked out of the FA Cup by Sky Bet League One strugglers Sheffield United. Moyes admits he feels sorry that talk has already begun about Meulensteen potentially losing his job after only two months at the helm. “There’s always disappointment when you see a manager lose his job, because it’s a difficult job. You have to have very good owners and chairman,” said the Scot. “I’ve been really fortunate here that I’ve got great owners and a great board, I had the same at Everton and at Preston. “Unfortunately some of those other managers have not had the same privileges I’ve had. “But it’s part of the job and you realise you have to work with the people who employ you and unfortunately some of them haven’t had as good ones as I’ve had.” Moyes has faced questions – from outside United – about his ability to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford following Ferguson’s exit. The champions sit some 15 points behind leaders Arsenal in seventh place. Moyes is refusing to write off the title, but he admits the chances of retaining the championship are slim. Moyes said: “What we’ll do is keep trying to win the next game. If we can do that we’ll see where we go. “We need teams to slip up if we are to have any chance.” David Moyes insists he and Nemanja Vidic both decided it was time for the Manchester United captain to leave Old Trafford. Vidic announced on Thursday night that he would be leaving the reigning Premier League champions after eight seasons at the club. “It was something that we all mutually agreed together,” the United boss said. last_img read more

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Get Into Your Sanctuary: Diving In A Natural Habitat Ep.2

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIn this episode of “Get into Your Sanctuary” Teresa and Skubie dive in a Lake for their first “Open Concealed Water Dive”. This is the portion of their training that they do more skills and exercises to work on and they finish the dive with a small surprise. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: dive, diving, lake, scuba, Swim, waterContinue ReadingPrevious Lady Michigan Offers Fall CruisesNext Hillman Protects Home Court and Sweeps Halelast_img

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Masters 2019: Bettor pockets over $1 million if Tiger Woods wins Masters

first_imgWill Woods win the 2019 Masters? We’ll have to wait and see..@TigerWoods brings a renewed confidence and introspection to Augusta National this year, hoping to hear those Sunday roars. pic.twitter.com/IvI5HCNfwc— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 10, 2019The buzz is certainly building around the golfer.Strong words from legend @JackNicklaus. 💭He likes what he sees in @TigerWoods’ game.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/S19NIlAZQQ— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 10, 2019Check out his record at Augusta National: Tiger Woods’ record at the Masters as a pro:1997: 1st1998: T81999: T182000: 5th2001: 1st2002: 1st2003: T152004: T222005: 1st2006: T32007: T22008: 2nd2009: T62010: T42011: T42012: T402013: T42015: T172018: T32#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/pSKQg00K8t— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 9, 2019 “William Hill, the London-based casino conglomerate that operates 115 sports books in Nevada and others in states across the country, accepted a $85,000 bet on Tiger Woods to win the Masters at 14-1 from a customer in one of its Nevada books on Tuesday afternoon. We’ll save you the math: The payout would be $1,190,000, which now accounts for the largest liability on a single wager in William Hill’s U.S. history.When reached out on the phone on Tuesday evening, William Hill’s Director of Trading Nick Bogdanovich said he thought the bettor—whom was likely a first-time customer at the book—had likely made a mistake when entering the wager.“I thought it was probably an $85 or $8,500 bet,” Bogdanovich said. “But they were for real.”MASTERS LEADERBOARD 2019:Live scores, results from Round 1 play at Augusta An unidentified gambler in Las Vegas will pocket nearly $1.2 million if Tiger Woods wins the Masters for the first time since 2005, according to Golf Digest.last_img read more

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Saving Face Skin Spa Asks: “Are You Seeing Spots After Breakouts…

first_imgFacebook41Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saving Face Skin Spa Many times clients come in to Saving Face Skin Spa and they only have a few true breakouts but they tell me that they want me to fix their “acne“.  What I see is “PIH” or Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. This condition is simply the dark spot or trauma mark left from where a previous breakout occurred. It can take many months for PIH. to go away on it’s own. Sometimes as long as six to nine months. The more inflammation you have within your skin (meaning, the more severe acne problem you have) the longer this will take to go away. Skin tone also plays a factor as well in how long it takes for these spots to go away. When I analyze the skin, I determine how much is PIH and how much is actually current breakout. Many times, the PIH is higher than the actual breakout count. While there are still breakouts occurring, causing these trauma marks, it feels like a cycle with no end. Clients living within this cycle feel overwhelmed, that they have tried everything to fix their acne and nothing works. The fact is, it’s not acne causing their skin problems.  It is discoloration left over from acne. And, it needs to be treated differently than acne.Wendy Christman works together with clients to help correct skin imbalances and create healthy faces.In the meantime, it appears as if you have many more breakouts that what you really have, which could actually lead to someone self treating the wrong product, in turn leading to more breakouts. It is a vicious cycle. Saving Face Skin Spa can help break that cycle.PIH can be lightened by a trained acne specialist using the correct ingredients for the client’s skin type and acne type. This can be done simultaneously with correcting the current acne issue. So, while we are addressing the current breakouts, we can lighten the dark spots at the same time… it’s a win-win.Clients are amazed at how fast it all happens. The quick result is due to utilizing the right products for your skin type and acne type. Plus when clients have their Acne Consultation/Education visit, we review your specific lifestyle and remove triggers contributing to your acne. This takes the client’s dedication and real success is a collaboration of us working together. But, yes it can happen quickly.If you have battled acne or discoloration from acne and are interested in what options are available to you, please visit http://savingfaceskinspa.com/acne-treatments/ or feel free to contact Wendy Christman directly at 360-943-1700.To learn more about Saving Face Skin Spa, owner Wendy Christman and our story, read a this ThurstonTalk article.last_img read more

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O’Neil Hinds: Small owner making big moves

first_imgWith the first quarter having ended, popular owner O’Shaun Connection (O’Neil Hinds) has held off the chasing pack to maintain his lead in the owners’ championship, thanks to back-to-back winners at Caymanas Park on Easter Monday.His winners were 4-5 favourites FLYING MIRACLE and BRAVE PROSPECT in the seventh and eighth races, respectively. Both were ridden by top apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Neive Graham.Once again, Hinds said he was happy to see his familiar light blue silks carried to victory by his two horses, as he duly ticked off his eighth and ninth wins of the season.”Winning races is the joy of every owner and speaking personally, I am thrilled to win not one race today, but two. This has enabled me to hold on to the lead ahead of closest rivals Elizabeth DaCosta and Carlton Watson, with over $3.1milion in stakes,” he explained.”The fact that I have neither a classic horse nor a grade one horse at my disposal will affect my numbers down the road, but the key is to win consistently with claiming horses and see where it takes us, as I would love to win the owners’ championship one day,” said the 40-year-old owner.WON 19 RACESHinds said his aim is to surpass his best ever season in 2013, when he won 19 races. His winners that year included the best horse he has owned to date, FANTABULOUS, who won races up to the open allowance level.Hinds said FANTABULOUS was successful at stud and is the dam of a filly sired by Adore The Gold at New Blue Stud Farm. Also doing stud duties is PRINCESS SHANEIL, who enjoyed a fairly successful racing career.A successful businessman, Hinds is the owner of the O & S Tack Room situated in the official car park at Caymanas Park. The Tack Room, operated by his wife Shauna-Kay Hinds, sells a wide range of horse accessories, medication and equipment to horsemen at the track.”The facility came on stream in the summer of 2013 and has gone a far way in making things available to horsemen in an effort to make their work easier. Given its success, we went that extra mile by sponsoring a race – the O & S Tack Room Trophy – run annually in August for the past two years. This is our way of giving back to the sport,” he emphasised.Meanwhile, on a day when the young claiming apprentice Linton Steadman rode three winners on the holiday card, the 2-1 favourite SHINING LIGHT, with Paul Francis riding for owner/trainer Gary Griffiths, outfinished 5-2 chance DWAYNE STAR by a neck to win the Easter Sprint Cup overnight allowance feature over 1100 metres.last_img read more

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Mertens reaches semifinals on debut at Australian Open

first_imgLATEST STORIES “If you believe in yourself, then anything can happen,” she said. “But of course semis is, ‘Wow.’”She’s the first Belgian since Kim Clijsters in 2012 to reach the semifinals in Australia, and knew she had plenty of support at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Kim, thanks for watching, I knew you sent me a message before the match — don’t be too stressy,” said Mertens, who trains at Clijsters’ academy. “I’m trying to be in your footsteps this week.”The No. 37-ranked Mertens successfully defended her Hobart International title — she decided last year to target that title instead of entering Open qualifying — two weeks ago, and has now won five matches at Melbourne Park. Belgium’s Elise Mertens celebrates after defeating Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — A year after opting out of qualifying for the Australian Open, Elise Mertens has reached the semifinals in her debut at the season-opening Grand Slam.Mertens upset fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0 on Tuesday to extend her winning streak to 10 matches and be the first woman through to the semifinals at Melbourne Park.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Harden’s 28 help Rockets rally for 99-90 win over Heat Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img Svitolina framed an attempted overhead and hit it over the baseline to give Mertens match point, and the 22-year-old Belgian finished it with a backhand crosscourt winner to advance to her first major semifinal.Mertens was one of the biggest movers on the women’s tour in 2017 as she improved her year-end ranking from 120 to 35 and won her first career title.In the semis, she’ll play either second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki or Carla Suarez Navarro.In other quarterfinals, top-seeded Rafael Nadal was playing No. 6 Marin Cilic and No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov faced Kyle Edmund.In other news, No 32-seeded Mischa Zverev was fined $45,000 for a poor performance in his first-round match against Hyeon Chung, the largest penalty ever assessed to an individual during a major.Zverev was punished under a new rule implemented by the Grand Slam Board in the off-season intended to deter players with pre-existing injuries to start a tournament and retired from their first-round matches.Zverev was trailing Chung 2-6, 1-4 on the first day when he retired. His fine of $45,000 nearly equals his first-round prize money of 60,000 Australian dollars ($47,900).Zverev’s fine was the largest ever assessed to a player for an on-site Grand Slam offense. Other players have been fined larger amounts following a Grand Slam tournament, such as Serena Williams’ $82,500 fine in 2009 for her tirade at a U.S. Open line judge.Italian player Fabio Fognini was fined $96,000 last year after insulting a chair umpire at the U.S. Open, an amount that could be reduced to $48,000 if he doesn’t have any further offences over the next two years.The new rule came in response to a rash of first-round retirements at Wimbledon last year. Mertens dominated against Svitolina, who also entered her first quarterfinal in Australia on a nine-match winning roll after winning the Brisbane International two week ago.Svitolina had won their only previous tour-level match, but had no answers on Rod Laver Arena and later said hip trouble had been bothering her all year.“She played great from the beginning of the year,” Svitolina said. “But, you know, when I give her opportunities to play and to play a good level, then of course she’s going to play. She’s going to go for shots.“Now she’s in semifinal. Now she’s not just a player that’s up and down. She’s quite consistent, and we can see this.”Mertens raced out to a 5-2 in the first set before Svitolina got her only service break. The second set was no contest. Mertens won a 27-point rally while holding serve in the fourth game, then hit a backhand winner into the open corner to break Svitolina in the next game for a 5-0 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Delay hits Gilas return from Iran loss

first_imgVolleybelles off to Thailand for Asian tourney Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Needing to crank up the heat on its shooting form, the Philippine men’s basketball team will have to cool its heels in a faraway airport after the Filipinos’ flight was delayed by 12 hours due to Typhoon Ompong.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Help is on the way though.Matthew Wright sat it out against Iran after serving a one-game suspension for his role in the Philippines-Australia brawl on July 2 and should form a deadly shooting combo with Lassiter should Guiao call up both for the game against Qatar.Japeth Aguilar, also suspended for one game, could also make his comeback as the Philippines will continue to miss standouts Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, and RR Pogoy due to varying degrees of suspensions.Inquirer calls for support for the victims of typhoon OmpongResponding to appeals for help, the Philippine Daily Inquirer is extending its relief to victims of the recent typhoon Ompong.Cash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860 and Swift Code: BNORPHMM.Inquiries may be addressed to Inquirer’s Corporate Affairs office through Connie Kalagayan at 897-4426, ckalagayan@inquirer.com.ph and Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig at 897-8808 local 352, bkasilag@inquirer.com.ph. Only the top three teams from the group will qualify for the 2019 World Cup in China.Currently, Gilas Pilipinas is at no. 3 with a 4-3 (win-loss) record with Japan and Kazakhstan trailing by a game.The team’s shooters conked out against Iran, and that became telling despite Hamed Haddadi sitting out the duel because of a groin injury.San Miguel Beer guards Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter were a combined 2-of-14 from beyond the arc, contributing to the Philippines’ frosty 5-of-28 (18 percent) clip from three-point territory.The cold shooting allowed Iran to clamp down hard late on Christian Standhardinger, who wreaked havoc with 30 points and 12 rebounds but was visibly worn down in the stretch.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments With arrivals in the country held up by the powerful storm set to hit the country on Saturday, the Nationals had to wait it out in Tehran a day after dropping an 81-73 decision to Iran late Thursday night.Originally scheduled to arrive 8:30 p.m. Friday evening, the Nationals are now expected to fly in 8 a.m. on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAnd it’s too bad, because Gilas Pilipinas could have used the hours working on their shooting before going into their game against Qatar on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After the loss to Iran, which the Asian Games runner-up pinned on the team late in the fourth after the two squads battled through 20 lead changes in a nail-biting contest, the Philippines will now go into that closed-door match against Qatar needing a win to solidify its hold of the third spot in their second-round group. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

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