Azarenka withdraws from US Open amid child custody dispute

first_imgMOST READ Rugby World Cup winner reveals heart surgery after tick bite Teen gunned down in Masbate View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Williams, who is pregnant with her first child, also will not play in this year’s U.S. Open. On the men’s side, three top-10 players have withdrawn with season-ending injuries: defending champion Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img FILE – In this Sept. 3, 2015, file photo, Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, returns a shot to Yanina Wickmayer, of Belgium, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka says her participation in the U.S. Open is in doubt because she might not be able to bring her baby son with her to New York as a result of her separation from the child’s father. Azarenka says via a posting on Twitter on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, that she is “faced with a difficult situation which may not allow me to return to work right away.” (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)NEW YORK — Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the U.S. Open on Monday because she was unable to resolve a custody dispute with her infant son’s father.The 28-year-old star from Belarus gave birth to her first child in December and she returned to the tour in June. She detailed the dispute with the boy’s father in a long Twitter post last week, saying she might not be able to bring her son with her to New York.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “I am sadly unable to compete in this year’s U.S. Open due to my ongoing family situation that I am working through,” Azarenka said in a statement.In last week’s post, Azarenka wrote that she separated from Leo’s father shortly after Wimbledon, where she lost to Simona Halep in the fourth round on July 10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“As we work to resolve some of the legal processes, the way things stand now is that the only way I can play in the U.S. Open this year is if I leave Leo behind in California,” Azarenka wrote, “which I’m not willing to do.”Azarenka has not played since Wimbledon, and the former No. 1 player is now ranked 204th. She was the runner-up in New York in 2012 and 2013, losing in the final each year to Serena Williams. Those were also the years that Azarenka won her two Grand Slam singles titles in Australia. LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Anger at WAEC Exam Cancellation

first_imgParents, guardians and student leaders have expressed outrage at the cancellation of the 12th grade WAEC examinations due to reports of burglary of test papers at the Konola SDA campus in Kakata, Margibi County.Youth leader Vamba Kanneh said exam leaks continue to occur in Liberia owing to poor planning, logistics and security measures put in place to guide the process.Madam Gorma Minnie, County Education Officer (CEO) of Margibi, described the situation as “unfortunate, regrettable and disappointing.”“All I can say at the moment is that we must wait for the outcome of the ongoing investigations into the matter,” she said.Bong County Education Officer Edward Kpulun said the reaction from parents, students, sponsors and others is frustration and anger. “Parents, students and sponsors should remain calm and wait for the new dates for the exams,” Kpulun said.He explained that it costs the GOL and MOE US$400,000 to foot the bills of the WAEC which includes, US$70,000 to fly the exam papers to Liberia.Principal Ericson W. Boakai of the Voinjama Multilateral High School said the WAEC leak is a bad precedent for the Liberian education system. “I want parents, students and sponsors to exercise patience as our Education Ministry and WAEC conduct investigations into the unfortunate incident,” Boakai pleaded.Parent Jonnie B. Sackor of Joe Bar in Paynesville told the Daily Observer yesterday that in the future the MOE and WAEC should put all security measures in place before dispatching examiners across the country. For his part, a 12th grader of the Paynesville Community School, Master Philip Benson, 16, said, students of his school are ready to sit the WAEC test and pass with flying colours.“I think we still have time in our favour and we will continue to prepare ourselves for the WAEC exams next month,” Benson assured.Elizabeth B. Koilor, 16, of the Morris Farm Community High School called on her fellow students not to panic and feel frustrated. “Let us continue to pray so that we will pass the WAEC exam with good marks to allow us to enter our universities in Monrovia,” advised Ms. Koilor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GoL Launches New Document to Eliminate Worst Forms of Child Labor

first_imgMatthew Jaye, Chairman of the Senate Committee on LabourThe government through the Ministry of Labor (MoL) on October 11, 2019, launched the National Action Plan (NAP) document to eliminate the worst forms of Child Labor.NAP is a framework document, which seeks to mobilize actors at all levels to intensify the national response and deepen the understanding of the risks and consequences of child labour. It is also a comprehensive strategy to prevent and protect children from activities detrimental to their health, education and development.It runs from 2018 to 2030, and was developed by the MoL, and the National Steering Committee on Child Labour, with support from the International Labour Organization (ILO), as well as Winrock International/ARCH Project.The NAP document has been approved by the Cabinet and endorsed by President George Weah.The  program was also part of activities commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child. It brought together stakeholders and partners, including the United States Embassy, ECOWAS, ILO, UNICEF, Chinese Embassy, the Liberia Labour Congress, Liberia Chamber of Commerce, representatives from the ministries and agencies, and members of National Steering Committee on Child Labour.Senator Matthew Jaye, Chairman on the Senate Committee on Labour, said that the NAP on the elimination of the worst forms of Child Labour is the only way forward for the future of Liberia’s youthful generations.Sen. Jaye said that as chairman of the Committee on Labour, he will work with his colleagues to ensure maximum support for the documents.He said that the vulnerabilities of children in the country can be attributed to life-cycle challenges, natural disasters, medical problems, induced economic shocks and social exclusion.In his keynote address on the theme, “Upholding the Effective Abolition of Child Labour,” Sen. Jaye said that there are concerns about the impact of child labour on fundamental rights as it relates to national development.“I therefore urge MoL as lead actor to sell the NAP’s documents constructively to the public, and government agencies through civic education, and most importantly, to the first Branch of Government for budgetary support,” Jaye said.The director of the Child Labour Section at the MoL, Madam Patience Heah, said that document was developed through a rigorous process, based on findings from a background study conducted on Child Labour issues in the country since 2013.Ms. Head informed the gathering that due to the findings, it was compelling for the development of a NAP on Child Labour.She said the process also involved the holding of series of meetings, workshops and consultations between 2014-2017 with financial and technical assistance from ILO, and the WINROCK International ARCH project.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kitty man remanded on car parts theft

first_imgMagistrate Faith McGusty on Wednesday remanded a 57-year-old Kitty, Georgetown resident after he appeared before her at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a simple larceny charge.Michael Smith denied the charge, which alleged that between March 16 and 17, 2019 at Pike Street, Kitty, he stole a quantity of car parts including a car battery, two car mirrors, a sun visor, electrical fittings, among other items; all at a cost of $58,000 and the property of Viswanand Narine.According to the prosecution’s case, the Virtual Complainant discovered the items missing from his parked vehicle. The VC, who observed a trail of blood leading away from his car followed same which led to the suspect’s home. According to the prosecution, when the suspect was confronted by the VC, he fled the scene. A report was then made to the Kitty Police Station after which a search was conducted at Smith’s home where the stolen items were recovered.Police Prosecutor Annalisa Brummel objected to bail being granted. Magistrate McGusty upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded Smith to prison. The case will continue on April 10.last_img read more

He makes teammates better! West Ham hero hailed by boss Bilic

first_img Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring for West Ham against Newcastle 1 Slaven Bilic hailed Dimitri Payet after he fired West Ham to a first home win of the season.The Frenchman, a £10.5million arrivial from Marseille in the summer, scored both goals as the Hammers beat Newcastle 2-0 on Monday evening.He struck a sublime opener after just nine minutes, when Mark Noble collected Diafra Sakho’s backheel in the penalty area and laid the ball back for the midfielder to coolly sidefoot a curling effort into the top corner.Three minutes into the second half Payet wrapped up the win when he followed up after Victor Moses’ shot crashed against the crossbar.“It’s small proof that we really did well in the transfer window. Payet is a player I wanted from the start,” said Hammers boss Bilic.“I’ve known him for a long time, he is one of those players who is not only a great player who scores goals and makes goals, but he also makes the players around him play better.”The Hammers’ first home win of the season lifted them up to fifth but Bilic added: “I didn’t set targets in terms of finishing in the top 10.“Our target is that we want a good team that can defend with numbers and can attack with numbers, a team who can keep the ball.“If we succeed in that that should give us more points. But I don’t know if we will be fifth, or 15th.”It all added up to another miserable evening for Newcastle boss Steve McClaren at the hands of Bilic.The night did not start well after they arrived late at the stadium having had to walk the last mile of the journey due to the heavy traffic.They even asked for the kick-off to be put back in order to give them time to warm up sufficiently, but to no avail.“We can make excuses and say the preparation wasn’t ideal, but it’s no excuse,” said McClaren, who lost his job as England boss eight years ago after a Wembley defeat to Bilic’s Croatia.“We felt the preparation wasn’t long enough and asked the referee to put it back.“But we didn’t do tonight what we have done for the previous four games in terms of organisation, discipline and being hard to beat, we lacked that.“It’s a learning process, and we’ve learned a lot tonight. You don’t like going through nights like tonight, it’s painful, but sometimes you have to.”last_img read more

Three-game ban? Hazard cheekily takes son out in off the ball incident!

first_imgWATCH SOME FANCY FOOTWORK FROM SANTI CAZORLA’S SON 1 Character building, that’s what this is.On the Stamford Bridge pitch, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard put in some extra training ahead of Euro 2016 by shielding the ball from his young son, who tried but failed to get the ball from his dad.We’re assuming there’s going to be some kind of retrospective action for the off the ball foul, while only will be able to tell us if the skill displayed in the video counts as a successful dribble. Eden Hazard was messing about with his son on the Stamford Bridge pitch Eden Hazard Destroying A Kid 😂— Mimi. (@ShamimiHarun) May 16, 2016last_img

Newcastle United midfielder wants to leave club for ‘family reasons’

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND Although he likes the club, the fans and the manager, Hayden wants to move further south in order to be closer to his family.According to the Daily Mirror, the former Arsenal trainee is likely to get his move in this window.Born in Chelmsford, he never managed to make the grade with the Gunners because of an ankle injury suffered on the eve of his Premier League debut for the club. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Isaac Hayden has handed in a transfer request in order to force a move away from Newcastle United.The 23-year-old, who has already spoken to boss Rafael Benitez about the decision, was keen to stress the move was based purely on family reasons. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Hayden wants to move closer to his roots in Chelmsford center_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Latest Transfer News LATEST RANKED LIVING THE DREAM moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father He opted to move to Hull City on loan for the 2015/16 season, earning a £1.5 million move to the Magpies the following summer.After helping the club achieve promotion at the first time of asking, he established himself in the centre of midfield in the Premier League the following season.last_img read more


first_imgA PROUD Glencolmcille man has appeared in a TV advert supporting his son’s bid for a seat in the United States Congress. Brendan F. Boyle is already a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.As Donegal Daily reported last month, his father Frank is a native Irish speaker from Glencolmcille who left Ireland in 1970 aged 19.And if there was ever an advert for the American dream, then his family’s story is it.Son Brendan went on to win a scholarship in Notre Dame and is now the state representative from the 170th District, which covers parts of Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County. He has represented the district since 2009 and has now announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district.His brother Kevin also serves Pennsylvania, following in his brother’s footsteps in 2010 – to become the first brothers to serve together in the state legislature.Their father Frank works as a janitor on the state’s transport system – and goes out canvassing for his son in the evenings.And he appears in this video TV advert above!The primary elections are tomorrow, the first round battle where Brendan – who visits Donegal regularly – is taking on the power and wealth of the Clintons.Wealthy Marjorie Margolies (71), is also running for the seat – she is Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law!Brendan takes pride in his work ethic, and says he is the “only candidate, from beginning to end, that has talked about the fact that the middle class is forgotten by Washington, D.C., at a time when income inequality is at an all-time high.” He said he isn’t fazed by the Clinton’s involvement with the Margolies campaign, including $1,000-a-head fundraisers with both Bill and Hillary.“They’re in-laws and I certainly understand their involvement — the fact that both have done fundraisers certainly shows that they’ve made it a priority,” Boyle told ABC News at the weekend.“Bill Clinton was a good president, but it’s not his name on the ballot. Voters need to ask who would be the best congressperson.”Heading into Tuesday’s primary in the Democratic-leaning district, Boyle said he’s trying make do “with as little sleep as possible.” “I was up at 5:30 shaking hands at the train station, then I did radio interviews. I’m campaigning at diners all afternoon, and attending school fundraisers tonight,” he said.If he were to win, it would shake the political establishment sending a politician to Congress who doesn’t wield cheque books in his bid for power.CLICK PLAY to see the advert above:DDTV: POLITICIAN FEATURES PROUD DONEGAL DAD IN US CONGRESS RACE TV ADVERT was last modified: May 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Brendan BoyleCongresselectionIrish Americanlast_img read more


first_imgRight2Water in Donegal are encouraging people from across the county to attend Saturdays ‘Bin the Bills ‘protest in Letterkenny.Donegal protestors at a previous march. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Spokesperson Maire Mc Fhearraigh said ” People have attended in large numbers the recent Right2Water organized protests in Letterkenny , we call on people to come along and make this protest every bit as well attended as those”.Right2Water have also accepted the invitation from the organizers to provide a speaker for the platform. Owen Curran of Right2Water West Donegal said protests like this one are very important.“They send out a very visible and vocal message that we have not gone away. That we will not allow our water to become a commodity for a private company , and we will not pay again for water that we already pay for through general taxation”.“Protests also boost the confidence of people by reminding them we are not alone in our struggle.”Philip Mc Fadden of Right2Water Inishowen said ” The water charges can be defeated by a combination of Protest, Political Pressure and Non payment. The message we will be sending out on Saturday is- we are not paying , and we stand in solidarity with all who take that stance”. The protest will be assembling at Mr Chippy s , Letterkenny at 2pm on Saturday.LARGE CROWD EXPECTED AT ‘BIN THE BILLS’ PROTEST THIS SATURDAY was last modified: April 19th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Bin the BillsdonegalletterkennyRight2WaterWater protestlast_img read more

Picture Special: Glorious sunshine for Letterkenny Parkrun this weekend

first_imgLetterkenny Parkrun participants enjoyed glorious weather yesterday morning as they took part in the weekly 5k at St Conal’s Hospital Campus.Every Saturday morning at 9:30am, walkers, joggers, fun runners, and elite runners alike come together to take part in this free 5k.The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying yourself – why not join in next week? Photography by Mary Conway.Picture Special: Glorious sunshine for Letterkenny Parkrun this weekend was last modified: September 2nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:letterkenny parkrunpicture speciallast_img read more