Dropouts, withdrawals lead to calls for WTA rules changes

first_imgMOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Martina Kehoe, with the WTA, examines Monica Puig, of Puerto Rico, during Puig’s match against Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in the semifinals of the Connecticut Open tennis tournament Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in New Haven, Conn. Puig withdrew from the match in the first set. (Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register via AP)NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Connecticut Open tournament director Anne Worcester heard the same story over and over last week from top players who had committed to her event, the final WTA tuneup before the U.S. Open.They had an injury or an illness and while it was nothing serious, with the major in New York coming up … well, you understand.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Worcester said the real issue is the WTA’s circuit structure and long season.In addition to the majors, the WTA has four Premier Mandatory events: Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Beijing. A player must also compete in four of the Premier 5 tournaments — Doha, Rome, Wuhan, Montreal and Cincinnati — and two of 12 other premier events, of which New Haven is one.That would be fine, Worcester said, if they weren’t also being drawn into so many other smaller tournaments around the world. That, she said, results in tired and injured players who end up missing or dropping out of premier-level events.“We have too many international-level tournaments on the WTA Tour, with a play-down rule that is nowhere near as strong as it needs to be,” she said. “Players should only be allowed to play down to that international level in very specific, discrete situations and right now it’s too easy for too many top-10 players to play down.”Worcester said she’s been told the WTA may add a couple more premier-level dates earlier in the summer, which could allow Connecticut to move away from the week before the U.S. Open.She’d also like to find a structure that would allow top players who play deep into one tournament the ability to get an extra day of rest before the next tournament. That would mean adjusting the size of the main draw to allow more byes.The WTA, asked to respond to the criticism, issued a statement saying it is always willing to look at changes that will make the tour better.“It is disappointing when withdrawals occur as the players want to compete and we want our fans to be able to count on seeing their favorite stars at their local tournaments,” the organization said. “We are confident that our calendar allows players to commit to a schedule that best suits their individual needs and goals while delivering an exciting product to our fans.”___ Sixth-seeded Ashleigh Barty, seventh-seeded Kiki Bertens — who won just days before in Cincinnati — and Johanna Konta all withdrew, citing a virus.Others tried, but couldn’t make it through the week. American CoCo Vandeweghe, who like Halep received a wild card into the tournament, retired from her first-round match with an ankle injury. Three-time champion and third-seeded Petra Kvitova made it to the quarterfinals before leaving after one set with a sore shoulder. Reigning Olympic champion Monica Puig left her semifinal match after eight games with an abdominal strain.As a result, Carla Suarez Navarro made it to Saturday’s final while completing just one full match and fewer than four sets.Worcester said she believed all of those who dropped out wanted to play and were not making frivolous decisions. Many top players prefer not to play at all the week before a Grand Slam, and those that do tend to be cautious with anything that could prevent them from playing for the bigger title, prize money and prestige.All those who dropped out of New Haven, where the champion receives just over $136,000, are expected to play in New York, where players earn $20,000 more than that just for winning two singles matches.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Worcester believes it’s time for the WTA to look at its rules and its schedule and consider making some changes to better serve the tournaments that want to put on a good show, the fans who spend money to see top players and the players who are often stretched too thin over an 11-month season.“It’s not just our week, the week before the U.S. Open,” she said. “If you look at the women’s tennis tour, especially this summer, there have been too many withdrawals and retirements.”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’The problem was acute in New Haven. The tournament lost top seed Simona Halep, who withdrew on Monday after playing in two consecutive finals. The official reason was a sore right Achilles.“It’s tough to make this decision,” Halep said. “But I have to. I have to rest.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img 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 Guiao, cagers go all out vs Koreans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

September 18 is D Day

first_imgDear Editor,My question will be very short. I just wish to know who will be held accountable when an accident occurs on the corners of Alexander and Charlotte Street. It has been months now, if not longer since “STOP” signs on both streets have been sending the same command to vehicles heading north and west; cutting across each other, with no indication as to who has the legal right -of -way.I am always left in awe at simple yet potentially catastrophic mistakes like these. I bang my head to wonder whether the person (s) who authorised and/or placed the stop signs did not see that both streets were giving the command or whether he cared to notice or whether he even knew what he was doing?Should a collision occur at the corner of Alexander and Charlotte Streets, is the state prepared to compensate drivers for this ridiculous faux pas on the part of its agents?Thank you,Zena Henrylast_img read more

Kwakwani Hospital in need of urgent expansion – Dr Inniss

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratKwakwani, one of Guyana’s premier logging communities, has been on the cusp of rapid development for a number of years, but it seems as though its only health care facility is yet to be bitten by the developmental bug. And according to the doctor in charge of the institution, Kwakwani Hospital Complex is in dire need of urgent expansion. Dr Delisa Inniss was posted as the doctor in charge of the Upper Berbice River area in April of 2018, and she has been advocating for better service delivery as well as improved facilities for the more than 600 residents of Kwakwani, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).During an interview with Guyana Times, Dr Inniss said the issue of expansion of the Kwakwani Hospital Complex was recently raised with Public Health Ministry officials.“We are a small hospital, a district hospital, but we have need for expansion, because our unit is small in terms of space, and it is very cramped. Our Emergency Department can only hold two beds, and the space to manoeuvre around is very limited; so sometimes you will find when we have accidents (that) we cannot deal with more than two patients at a time, and we have to pick and choose and really triage who to deal with first and what’s not,” she related.The doctor informed that accidents in the area occur more than often, because of the fact that it is a logging community; and therefore the hospital’s capacity is very limited when it comes to dealing with the patients.Presently, along with Dr Inniss, another junior doctor, who is on four months’ rotation, along with a resident Dental Surgeon, service the residents in the area.Dr Inniss said the medical institution has ample support staff, which makes the work of the doctors a lot easier. However, she explained that the needs of the hospital far outweigh the services it can offer at this time.The hospital is equipped with a fully functioning X-ray machine, but there is no technician to man the equipment, and there also is no ultrasound machine or technician. Several requests have already been made for technicians, particularly the ultrasound machine and technician, she said; but despite promises, that is yet to be fulfilled.Dr Inniss explained that the medical institution has had to transport pregnant mothers through rough terrain to the Linden Hospital Complex every time they need to get an ultrasound done to monitor the health and development of the foetus. In the case of X-rays, she noted that the institution would have to transport patients to Linden to confirm fractures and other things.“…our antenatal mothers we have (had) to put…through that, just to get an ultrasound to ensure that the baby is okay; and some of them are high risk mothers, and having to go through that is not easy. Sometimes it can put them through preterm labour, so it is a risk. So we have need for some of the things here,” she said.“Even some of the mothers who are elective cesarean, that could be done here, and it could be easier; because we find that most of the areas (the hospital services) are poor areas and they always complain that they don’t have money to go, and they have nowhere to stay in Linden. So they have to go and come back, and that is a real sore point here,” Dr Inniss highlighted while identifying the need for a General Surgeon to be stationed at the hospital.In terms of the building expansion, Dr Inniss said Minister Volda Lawrence would have committed to that, along with the construction of an operating theatre. Additionally, the doctor said, the delivery room is in need of expansion as well.“Our Delivery Room is even smaller. There is one delivery bed, so only one delivery could be in progress at a time. And sometimes you get cases where somebody is in labour and another one comes, and we have to use another bed. So we have need for that,” she identified.The doctor also said new vehicles are needed to transport patients, since the ones they currently have would sometimes break down in the trail, and they would have to wait hours for assistance. She said that in some cases they were forced to do emergency deliveries in the vehicles on the trail.last_img read more

Contracted Chinese companies employ over 2000 Guyanese – Ambassador

first_imgWith some 20 Chinese companies contracted in Guyana and the creation of jobs for more than 2000 Guyanese, Chinese Ambassador Cui Jianchun has stated that Guyana has benefited from these and many other initiatives birthed from strong bilateral relations between the two countries over the years.Ambassador Jianchun was at the time speaking at a reception held to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year and Spring Festival on Wednesday evening. The event, which was held at the New Thriving Restaurant, Providence, East Bank Demerara, was a collaboration between the Chinese Embassy and the Chinese Association of Guyana.During his remarks, the Chinese diplomat noted that this New Year is not just the Year of the Pig but a year of auspiciousness and happiness. He noted that the Chinese Lunar New Year is very traditional, which is all the more reason to celebrate it.Reflecting on achievements of the Asian country over the years, Ambassador Jianchun posited that China continues to be a frontier nation in many spheres especially in health care, infrastructure and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).He noted that China continues to demonstrate, through concrete actions, its sincerity and resolve to build a global community with a bright future for everyone. On this note, he mentioned the role China has played in some of the major developmental projects in Guyana; such as the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project and the Arthur Chung Conference Centre.“China and Guyana inked a MoU of Cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, providing a solid platform for higher level of pragmatic cooperation between the two sides… Currently, there are more than 20 Chinese companies investing or engaged in various contractual projects in Guyana, providing more than 2000 jobs for the local people,” the Chinese Diplomat posited.The Ambassador went on to highlight the various bilateral programmes from which Guyana has benefited and continues to benefit from. These include the Chinese Medical Brigade and scholarships. He added that some 183 Guyanese received training in China or locally during last year alone, with an additional 14 Government scholarships granted.“I believe that the Government and people of Guyana are fully aware of the tangible benefits of China and Guyana friendship and diplomatic cooperation… This year marks the 47th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Guyana… It is my dream that we can elevate the mutually beneficial cooperation to a high level and bring more benefits to the people of the two countries,” Ambassador Cui asserted.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo in brief remarks also lauded the fruitful bilateral relation the two countries have shared. He said the relationship between the two countries has reminded unbreakable and solid over the years.Nagamootoo posited that Guyana is looking forward for the continuation of these relations with China which has seen Guyana benefiting in the areas of public service, health and security.During Wednesday’s reception, which was attended by several Government Ministers, Opposition members, members of the diplomatic corps and business community among others, the gathering was entertained by several traditional Chinese performances.last_img read more

Federal government falls; election this spring

first_imgThe federal Conservative government has been brought down on a historic vote in Parliament, setting the stage for a May election.MPs voted 156-145 in favour of a Liberal motion citing Stephen Harper’s minority Tories for contempt of Parliament, and expressing non-confidence in the government.The move sends Canadians to the polls for the fourth time in seven years.- Advertisement -Harper is set to visit the Governor General’s residence Saturday morning to dissolve the 40th Parliament and sound the starting gun on an election campaign.The contempt charge marks a first for a national government anywhere in the Commonwealth.The Bloc Quebecois and the NDP both supported the Liberal non-confidence motion, fuelling angry Conservative denunciations of a “reckless” and “undemocratic” coalition. Advertisementlast_img read more

New skipper Shakava vows to steer Gor to bigger heights

first_img0Shares0000The 25-year old, four years later has now risen to be the captain of the record 16-time league champions, taking over from Musa Mohammed who has since joined Albanian side KF Tirana. Photo/FILENAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 25- Harun who? Everyone asked when a then little known Harun Shakava was linked, and ultimately penned an initial two-year contract with Gor Mahia from Kakamega Homeboyz back in 2014.Though having played sparingly for Homeboyz under coach Fred Serenge as they were relegated from the Kenyan Premier League, Shakava had done just but enough to attract K’Ogalo’s attention. The 25-year old, four years later has now risen to be the captain of the record 16-time league champions, taking over from Musa Mohammed who has since joined Albanian side KF Tirana.“It is a big challenge because Gor Mahia is a big club and as a leader, you have to be on the right way so as to make a good example for the others. As much as it is an enormous challenge, it is a motivation for me that the club and coach have seen something positive in me,” Shakava told Capital Sport.“I like central defenders as captains and I really like Shakava. He is a tall, young centre half, with a good career ahead of him and I really like his potential,” Kerr said.Gor head coach Dylan Kerr has disclosed that with merely six months at the club, he had already fallen in love with Shakava and for him, the soft-spoken defender was a natural pick to succeed Mohammed.“I like central defenders as captains and I really like Shakava. He is a tall, young centre half, with a good career ahead of him and I really like his potential,” Kerr said.The tactician further says the opportunity will give Shakava who he describes as shy and quiet to burst out of his potential and show what he is really made of to open up doors for the opportunity to sign for a bigger club.“He needs to come out of his shell abit. I am hoping this will give him the opportunity… that’s the big thing for him, he has responsibility for team, technical bench and a bigger one for the fans. He has a big strong character; he has a chance to play out of Kenya. As captain this will set him in a very good standard to go to Europe,” the coach further states.Gor Mahia defender Harun Shakava (centre) celebrates his goal against Kariobangi Sharks with team mate Timothy Otieno at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on March 12, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluShakava picks up from Mohammed, a player he has partnered with at the centre of the Gor defense for the last two seasons consistently, their highlight being winning the league title unbeaten in 2015.The defender admits it will be a big blow to be without the centreback, but reckons he will have to get used to a new partner quick enough as he looks to help Gor scale more heights than his predecessor.“Our combination was great. We played together for long in comparison to other clubs which change their centre backs often and brought in very many trophies,” Shakava says.“We were used to each other because apart from being partners in defence, we were friends, roommates and to find a new person with whom you have to start from the bottom is a challenge. We haven’t had a lot of time to gel together but I am hopeful we will click in as soon as possible,” the defender further stated.Gor Mahia have been crowned the 2017 KPL champions. Photo /RAYMOND MAKHAYAHis first assignment with the band around his left arm will be the KPL Super Cup against arch-rivals AFC Leopards on Sunday in Nakuru and he hopes this will provide a positive start as he plans to lift his first piece of silverware as skipper.“It is a very big match because it is against our arch rivals and of course being my first match as captain it is a benchmarking venture for me. I am confident with the quality of players we have, we will start off the season with a trophy,” he added.Top on his agenda ahead of the New Year is to guide the club to the group stages of the CAF Champions League, something that no Gor Mahia captain has done since the 1987 Mandela Cup winning squad.The new skipper is also confident the team will defend their KPL title as well as sweep the entire local scene with the KPL Top 8 and the FKF Cup also on the plate for contention.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Michelle Castillo

first_imgI was living in Whittier at the time on Penn Street up on the hill in an apartment. My friend called me. She wanted to use my iron because she said her power was out, so I said OK. She came over and was ironing, and I told her I would will wait outside for her, as we were getting ready for work. A cat was running down the stairs really fast. I went to my car when the earthquake struck, my friend ran out screaming “earthquake, earthquake!” her hands up in the air. Again we had no sleep for days. We were traumatized. Finally after weeks of not sleeping we finally were able to get some sleep. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I looked down and she had no pants on. I told her, “Lois, you have no pants.” She looked down and looked at me and started screaming again “Oh my God,” “Oh my God!” Again with her hands in the air we ran back to the apartment. You should have seen her face. It was funny. Later on my daughter and I where so scared we didn’t sleep for days. We slept in the living room, and then there was another earthquake. last_img read more


first_imgPIC CAPTION:Recent prizewinners at Letterkenny Golf Club pictured with Captain Gerard Duffy [centre] include Michael Shiels and Liam Shovlin [seated]. Standing, l-r; Ciaran Williamson, Michael Nelis, Bobby Shiels, Eamon Mc Glinchey, Darragh Heaney and Mark Doherty.Although there was relatively no competitive golf being played over the past week due to the atrocious weather conditions, Letterkenny Golf & Social Club kept it’s members busy with the usual Wednesday night 25 card club and also, on Friday night, the club’s now revered annual winter quiz and ‘putt’. Up and running once again under the tuition of renowned quizmaster par excellence Hugh Mc Clafferty, sixteen teams , played in four groups, are once again vying for the much sought after title ‘Brains of Barnhill’, that title being extended last year to the team of former club President Eamon O’ Carroll.  Each team is guaranteed at least three games and with two weeks gone already, all games so far have been very competitive with very close scoring.  On the first night, Michael O Malley’s team beat MBH’s team [Michael Boucher-Hayes] with the help of some impressive ‘putting’ from new recruit Keith Spence. However, in their second game they came unstuck against the team led by the incoming captain Ivan Furey. In the second week we had the reigning champions Eamonn O Carroll’s team in action, edging out Tom Mc Donagh’s team in a very close battle. In the second game on the night Greg Sullivan’s team had a narrow victory over a very strong Mark Doherty captained team which featured new recruit Jimmy O Donnell. The victory was mainly due to the impressive putting of Greg’s new signing Tom Reddan who taught his compatriots a thing or two! Tomorrow, Friday night, will see newcomers Triona Daly’s team in action along with Lady Captain Margo Birmingham’s and Peter Muldoon’s teams and we anticipate another two close games. Call out for the craic—everyone invited!Another fantastic night is on offer on Saturday night, 21st November as part of the club’s ongoing ‘Music Nights’ in association with Browns on the Green. This week we have the inimitable Mark Bradley Trio, one quarter Met Quartet and one fifth Jazz Gazette.  Mark has played trumpet and fluglehorn on the North West jazz scene for over twenty years and for this night of great entertainment, from swing through to bebop, he teams his smooth vocals and effortless instrumental phrasing with Michael Bradley (piano) and Peter Doherty (double bass).Music starts at 9pm-11.30pm absolutely FREE.It is only six weeks ’till Christmas–only six [6] lotto jackpot draws left. The jackpot this week is standing at €3,700e. yes!! €3,700!!!fFor as little as €20, you could be entered into the Letterkenny Golf Club lotto jackpot for the next eleven [11] weeks. yes–11 weeks! 10 weeks + 1 week free—yes–1 week free!! And if you do not win the jackpot, you may just win our €50e weekly members bonus draw–more than double your money on one draw!!!Don’t tell me that is not a nice little “earner” for Christmas?If you’re not in–you can’t win! Join now by logging onto letterkennygolfclub.net LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB LAUNCH ‘MUSIC NIGHTS’ AT BROWNS ON THE GREEN was last modified: November 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfSportlast_img read more

Newcastle vs Arsenal: Live talkSPORT commentary, team news and kick-off time

first_img possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures highlights What is the team news? FOOTBALL LATEST TEAM NEWSHere’s how Newcastle United will line up for today’s @premierleague game against @Arsenal. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/RwLDY3ccIu— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 15, 2018 impact smart causal Getty MONEY Benitez will be hoping to stun Arsenal There are signs that the Gunners are starting to warm to life under Unai Emery, with two wins from the last two.But they needed three goals to see off Cardiff last time out and the Spaniard will be keen for his side to tighten up at the back.What time is kick-off?This Premier League clash is set for Saturday, September 15.Kick-off at St James Park is at 3pm.When the Gunners visited last season, they were beaten 2-1 thanks to goals from Matt Ritchie and Ayoze Perez.How can I listen on talkSPORT?Tune into talkSPORT2 from 2.45pm for full coverage from Tyneside.There are many different ways to tune in – use your DAB radio, our mobile app or web player. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 1 The Toon Army are hoping their side can get three points on the board for the first time this season on Saturday.Arsenal are the visitors to St James Park as Newcastle attempt to halt their slow start to the new Premier League campaign. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 📋 We’re unchanged for today’s clash with @NUFC#NEWARS pic.twitter.com/DBz3gTzMMj— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 15, 2018last_img read more


first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known girls’ schools is to have an open day this Sunday.Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal in Letterkenny has a fine reputation for education down through the years. Now under the guidance of principal Ms Irene Simmons, he school’s website can be checked out at www.smgsleerkenny.ieThe school, which is situated near St. Eunan’s Cathedral, is open to the public from 4pm-6pm on Sunday 4th October. All are welcome to visit the school and view the great facilities.WELL-KNOWN LETTERKENNY SCHOOL TO HOLD OPEN DAY THIS SUNDAY was last modified: October 1st, 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:open dayScil Mhuire Gan Smallast_img read more