Serena Williams denies cheating, points to double standard in 1st interview since US Open defeat

first_imgSeptember 16, 2018 /Sports News – National Serena Williams denies cheating, points to double standard in 1st interview since US Open defeat Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJulian Finney/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Serena Williams maintained in her first television interview since her stunning upset at the U.S. Open last week that she did not cheat — and further blasted what she sees as the double standard between male and female tennis players.The tennis legend and 23-time Grand Slam champ was accused of receiving coaching tips from the stands — a code violation — during the U.S. Open women’s final last Sunday.While she disputed the ruling, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, later acknowledged that he was trying to send her a signal.“He said he made a motion,” Williams told the Australian television program, “The Project,” of the incident, according to a preview clip released Sunday.“I don’t understand what he was talking about,” she added. “We’ve never had signals.”On the court, Williams fought back against the chair umpire Carlos Ramos’ call, and in a news conference after the match, blasted his ruling as “sexist.”In her interview with “The Project,” she also doubled down on what she calls the double standard in tennis between male and female players.“I just don’t understand,” Williams said. “If you’re female you should be able to do even half of what a guy can do.”Williams lost the final to Naomi Osaka, though the Japanese tennis star’s historic victory appeared to be overshadowed by the controversy.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

News story: Competition concerns over university laundry merger

first_imgThe 2 firms provide a range of managed laundry services to higher education customers such as universities, colleges and providers of student accommodation. These services include supplying and maintaining washing machines and tumble dryers, refurbishing laundry rooms and providing cashless payment services and apps to monitor machines remotely.When JLA New Equity Co Limited (JLA) acquired Washstation Limited (Washstation) in May 2017, the transaction represented a merger between the 2 leading providers of managed laundry services to the higher education sector.After receiving a complaint about the completed merger, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) opened an initial Phase 1 investigation into the takeover in February 2018. It found significant competition concerns, namely that JLA’s purchase of its nearest competitor would give the merged company a market share of more than 90%.As a result, the case was referred to a group of independent panel members at the CMA for an in-depth, Phase 2, investigation.After considering a wide range of evidence, the CMA has issued provisional findings. It is concerned that the merger is likely to result in customers paying more for laundry services or receiving a lower quality service, which might ultimately impact students.The CMA found that, following the merger, JLA now faces only limited competition. Other providers of managed laundry services in the higher education sector are not currently in a position to compete strongly with JLA / Washstation, and it is unlikely that any future expansion by these firms would be sufficient or quick enough to offset the loss of competition caused by the merger.The investigation has also shown that companies providing laundry services in other sectors – for customers such as hospitals, care homes or leisure centres – would find it difficult to enter the higher education market and create enough competition to act as rivals for the merged company.The CMA is now inviting comments on its provisional findings until 31 August. It will also seek comments up until 21 August on its remedies notice, which outlines measures the CMA could take if it finally decides that there has been a substantial lessening of competition.Further details are available on the investigation case page.last_img read more

Emily Dau Rahe

first_imgEmily (Dau) Rahe, age 90, of Cincinnati, formerly of Aurora, IN, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Emily was the dear wife of Cecil for 66 years, beloved mother of Eric Rahe (Shelley), Philadelphia, PA, Leanne Rahe Montgomery, Cincinnati, grandmother of dear grandchildren Alexandra Lindsay (Robert), Grace Montgomery (Reed Benjamin), Daniel Montgomery, step-grandchildren Connor and Ethan Herring, and great-grandchild Marietta Lindsay. She is also survived by her sister, Helen Brauer, Aurora, IN, sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. William H.J. and Helena Dau, her brothers William and Luther Dau, and son-in-law Christian Montgomery. Emily was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, a 30-year medical librarian at Merrell Dow and a lifetime member of the Lutheran church. She will be missed for her devotion to her family and friends, her cat Kitty, a wry sense of humor and her desire for a fairer and more compassionate world.Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 9:30 – 11:00 am at Messiah Lutheran Church, 10416 Bossi Lane, Cin. OH. 45218 , followed by 11 a.m. funeral services at the church. Committal service with the family will be held at River View Cemetery, Aurora, IN. Memorials are suggested to Lutheran World Relief or Messiah Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be offered at www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

NC State star Charles leaves behind primer in how to handle fame

first_imgby Jim LitkeAssociated Press Writer (AP)—He never quite believed it himself.At least that’s what Lorenzo Charles always said—from the second after he flushed one of the most dramatic baskets in the history of the college game all the way to the end of his life. Sadly, that came June 27, when the charter bus that Charles was driving crashed along Interstate 40 in Raleigh, N.C. He was 47. TRAGIC ACCIDENT—This April 4, 1983 photo shows North Carolina State’s Lorenzo Charles (43) dunking the ball to give N.C. State a 54-52 win over high-flying Houston, whose destruction of the field justified the moniker “Phi Slamma Jamma” in the NCAA Championship game in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/File) I heard him say it near the end of a phone conversation one April afternoon three years ago. Charles was one of several North Carolina State players contributing memories for a story to mark the 25th anniversary of the Wolfpack’s improbable 1983 NCAA Championship. Like his teammates, he was asked to recreate the last few seconds of the final game against a Houston team fronted by two future Hall of Famers—Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler—that almost no one believed could lose.Charles recalled where everyone else was on the floor, and what they were doing, heartbeat by heartbeat. When he got around to Olajuwon, his opposite that night, the description was so vivid you could have guessed what the Houston center ate during the pregame meal. Charles didn’t enter his own highlight reel until the very end, and even then, reluctantly.In the video clip, though, he looks like the only player with a clue of what’s about to unfold. He leaps out from underneath the basket just in time to grab guard Dereck Whittenburg’s desperate heave from 30 feet out and dunk it in one fluid motion: N.C. State 54, Houston 52.“I was out of position,” Charles chuckled, “because when you’re going for a rebound and putback, you’re supposed to be a step or two away to build up some steam. But it turned out to be the perfect place.”That’s all?“I could see the ball was going to fall short, and my only concern was Hakeem. I was waiting for that big arm to swoop by and block my shot. And,” he paused, still marveling all those years later, “it never happened.”No matter how the question was asked, Charles kept describing his contribution as a lucky break. It was too humble. There had to be more.“No, that’s pretty much it. Turned out to be right place, right time,” he said softly. “Just maybe not the guy people expected.”Another long pause ensued.“I have a hard time,” he said softly, “believing it myself.”It was neither the first nor the last time he said that. His teammates confirmed that was vintage Charles. Opportunistic and tough as nails the second he stepped on the court, just the way you’d expect a kid from Brooklyn to be; saying only so much and laughing a lot as soon as he stepped away. Always deflecting the attention somewhere else.So it came as little surprise that Charles hardly cared the moment after his dunk has become even more memorable still. That was when the buzzer sounded and NC State coach Jim Valvano stormed the floor like a one-man tidal wave, looking for someone to hug.Maybe it’s because Valvano was at his absolute peak as a showman. Or because a decade later, his body wracked by cancer, Valvano cast the same magical spell over a national TV audience—“Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up,” he said that night—he had cast over a dozen youngsters for a few months in 1983.Either way, Charles was happy the spotlight settled where it did. His own NBA career didn’t last as long as he’d hoped. He stayed in the game by playing in smaller leagues all around the world, then tried his hand at coaching. Charles eventually wound up back in Raleigh driving a bus.Somehow, the unending interest in Charles’ singular feat always caught him by surprise. Maybe that’s how he made you feel better simply for asking.What Charles chose to remember most, though, was the effort Valvano coaxed from his team night after night during that meat-grinder of a season. Whittenburg, the Wolfpack’s best shooter, broke his foot early on and N.C. State had to run the table in the ACC tournament just to make the tournament. Then came a series of squeakers. Last up was high-flying Houston, whose destruction of the field justified the moniker “Phi Slamma Jamma.”“I’m sure lots of people figured we didn’t even belong on the same floor,” Charles said, “But a lot of them forgot how tough it was just surviving the ACC week in and week out. North Carolina had Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins. Maryland had Lenny Bias. Virginia had Ralph Sampson.”And so convincing was Valvano in the role of underdog that according to most retellings, he was all N.C. State had. In fact, the Wolfpack had a topflight trio of guards—flanking Whittenberg was Sidney Lowe and Terry Gannon—and rugged, reliable presences underneath on both ends of the floor in Charles and Thurl Bailey.But once Valvano got going, even his own kids forgot about that. He’d be in the middle of drawing up the pregame sets, then put the clipboard under one arm and scream, “You got to be a dreamer.” A moment later, a composed Valvano would point to the blackboard and add, “And if all five of you don’t get back down the floor and play defense every time, they’re going to break that dream into little, bitty pieces.”Whittenburg, who recounted that story three years ago, added, “Then. he’d have to stop himself from cracking up. He never failed to make you laugh or feel good about yourself, and there aren’t a lot of people you meet in life who can do that.”And even more unfortunate, another one of them is gone.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Soccer Quest Co-Ed Finalists

first_imgThe Diamonds breezed through the Soccer Quest Christmas Co-Ed Indoor Tournament this week, defeating The Midget Pinkies 5-2 to claim the title. The annual Co-Ed tourney attracted eight teams to the Soccer Quest Indoor Facility.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute The Diamonds and The Midget Pinkies with Co-Team of the Week honours.Member of both teams are pictured, starting at the back row, L-R, Marlesa Manson, Samadhi Bouchard, Alexi St-Jean, Meghan Morrison, Jan Williams, Heather Stewart, Taylor Stewart, Tayler Anderson, Nick Diamond, Emmanuel Huva and Reed Bambrick.Front, Laura Waterer, Josiah Mori, Sachi Del-Sniveli, Dallas Sauer, Jordan Micheaux, Andy Galewitz, Taylor Russel and Nick Davis.last_img

League leading Cariboo Cougars feast on Kootenay Ice

first_imgJustin Almeida led the goal scoring attack with three markers.Shawn Campbell of Castlegar scored the lone goal for Kootenay, which trailed 3-1 after one period and 8-1 after 40 minutes.Sunday, Kootenay led 1-0 after the first period on a goal by Tyler Van Steinburg of Cranbrook.However, Cariboo scored twice in the second period to grab a 2-1 advantage before blowing the game open with six third-period goals.Eight different players scored for Cariboo.Cariboo improves to 11-2-1 while Kootenay falls to 2-10.Kootenay is back on the road this weekend, travelling to Vancouver Island to face the South Island Royals in Victoria.The Royals, 7-7 on the season, are currently fifth overall in BCMMHL standings. Playing in the friendly confines of the Cominco Arena proved to be, unfriendly, for the Kootenay Ice during a two-game weekend set against the Cariboo Cougars.The Cougars scored five second period goals to waltz past the Ice 11-1 in the opener of the BC Hockey Major Midget League contest Saturday at the Cominco Arena in Trail.Sunday, the result wasn’t much better as the BCMMHL leaders skated to an 8-1 victory.Austin Gray led the Cariboo attack in the opener, finishing the game with five points including a pair of goals.last_img read more

Bar Association warns about rushing process

first_imgJudicial appointments…says action outside Constitution voidWhile encouraging both Government and the Opposition to work towards reaching a consensus, the Bar Council of the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) has warned that if President David Granger acts outside of the Constitution in appointing a Chancellor and a Chief Justice, then it would be void.The GBA reinforced that the appointment of the Chancellor and Chief Justice is governed by Article 127 of the Constitution of Guyana, the country’s supreme law, which states that these persons shall each be appointed by the President and in agreement with the Opposition Leader.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo“Any action outside of the said Article 127 is unconstitutional, void, of no legal effect and would have embarrassing consequences,” the GBA said on Tuesday, while explaining that Article 127(1) of the Constitution, which reinforces that, is also clear in its meaning and effect.According to the Association, the current climate surrounding the offices of the Chancellor and Chief Justice is repugnant and shakes the public confidence in the legal system. “It further unfairly undermines the dignity of the offices and office holders,” the GBA opined.It was also noted that if for whatever reason the President and Opposition Leader cannot reach agreement under Article 127(1), only then is Article 127(2) is invoked. The GBA reminded that an acting appointment is made by the President after “meaningful consultation” with the Opposition Leader also.According to Article 127 (2) of the Constitution; “If the office of Chancellor or Chief Justice is vacant… then, until a person has been appointed…, those functions shall be performed by such other of the Judges as may be appointed by the President”.President David Granger“This has been done and therefore Article 127(2) has been fulfilled and exhausted. It is only if any of the provisos in the said Article 127(2) occur can it be invoked once again, failing which, the acting appointments continue until a substantive appointment can be made under Article 127(1),” the GBA added.The association therefore reasoned that acting Chancellor Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Chief Justice Roxane George cannot be removed and replaced by other acting appointees.Given the current circumstances surrounding this issue, the GBA has urged both parties to work to break the impasse and arrive at a consensual resolution, especially in keeping with the spirit and intent of Article 127 of the Constitution, which it reminded was amended from its original form to foster collaboration.Following Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s rejection of the nominees for the Chancellor of the Judiciary and Chief Justice posts, President David Granger has publicly stated that he wants to rid State offices of acting appointments, and as such, he will be meeting with his legal team to ascertain the way forward as it relates to the appointments of these two top judicial positions.Jagdeo in a letter addressed to the President, which was released to the media, said after having duly considered the nominations of Justice Kennett Benjamin and Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards under Article 127 (2) of the Constitution, he was unable to offer his agreement for their appointments.His decision followed after a request was made to conduct background checks for one month. However, Jagdeo had since indicated his willingness to further engage the President on substantive appointments to these positions.But Minister of State Joseph Harmon had announced recently that President Granger could go ahead with the appointment of Justice Kennett Benjamin as Chancellor and Justice Cummings-Edwards as Chief Justice, as “Government will be relying on provisions within the Constitution going forward.”Harmon could not say whether the President will appoint his nominees in an acting or substantive role under those constitutional provisions.The President also said he does not believe that the courts should be “paralysed by the behaviour of one person,” referring to Jagdeo’s rejection of the nominees. Jagdeo has since responded to the President’s comments stating that he (President) is either being dishonest or losing his memory when it comes to the issue of substantive appointments of the key judicial positions.He recalled that Granger himself, who was leader of the then Opposition People’s National Congress (PNC) refused to agree to these very appointments of persons in those positions when the People’s Progressive Party/Civic was in office.The Opposition Leader accused the President of being the one who stymied the system for close to six years and only when he asked for one month; the blame has suddenly shifted to him.Given the Government’s insistence to have these appointments done, the Opposition has vowed to challenge any unconstitutional move by President Granger.last_img read more


first_imgFormer Fianna Fail Minister Jim McDaid is in mourning following the death of his mother Nellie.The late Mrs McDaid from Doon, Termon, will be buried following 11am funeral mass at St Columba’s Church in Termon on Friday.  FORMER MINISTER MCDAID IN MOURNING FOLLOWING DEATH OF MOTHER was last modified: December 21st, 2011 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:Dr Jim McDaidNellie McDaidlast_img read more


first_imgAdam’s picture at sunset this eveningDONEGAL photographer Adam Rory Porter has done it again.The man whose pictures of the Northern Lights over the county went global has captured another incredible phenomenon in our skies – a 22 Degree Halo.His picture this evening in Buncrana captures it beautifully “We always get stunning sunsets on the shores of Lough Swilly and every now and then we get the odd rare phenomenon too,” he laughed.A halo is a ring of light surrounding the sun or moon. Most halos appear as bright white rings but in some instances, the dispersion of light as it passes through ice crystals found in upper level cirrus clouds can cause a halo to have colour.A 22 degree halo is a ring of light 22 degrees from the sun (or moon) and is the most common type of halo observed and is formed by hexagonal ice crystals with diameters less than 20.5 micrometers!   WOW! ADAM’S INCREDIBLE HALO SUNSET PICTURE OVER DONEGAL was last modified: June 27th, 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:22 degree haloadam rory porterbuncranaLough Swillyphotographersunsetlast_img read more

Week two in review

first_imgHalf-a-dozen touchdown passes from the arm of Will Omey and 12 tackles from Justin Hagler guided St. Bernard’s to a road win while a pair of redzone turnovers cost Eureka a chance at win No. 1 on the year during what was week two of the high school football season.Omey, Hagler and the soaring seniorsQuarterback Will Omey tossed six touchdown passes for St. Bernard’s in what was a 39-14 win on the road at Hoopa Valley Friday night.And it was all about the seniors.Omey connected with Lane …last_img