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Official: WTA suspends its calendar until May 2

first_imgIn an announcement posted on its web site, the WTA confirmed the suspension of its circuit until May 2, coinciding with the beginning of the European clay courtroom tour. “As a result of world coronavirus outbreak, WTA tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague won’t happen as scheduled. We’re sorry for all of our loyal followers, gamers, sponsors and all those that assist skilled ladies’s tennis, “stated a WTA spokesperson.Subsequent week, the group will decide concerning the remaining European tournaments that happen on clay. The WTA will comply with the scenario carefully and assess its impression within the present season. The WTA introduced this Monday the suspension until May 2 of the ladies’s world tennis circuit, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which impacts the tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, scheduled for the approaching weeks.last_img read more

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City asked to continue partnership with grant writer program

first_img“We had heard from many non-profits that they were overwhelmed with the amount of work for grant writing, that they did not have the capacity to respond to grants, they did not have, perhaps, the skill to really put together a grant application,” explains City Manager Dianne Hunter. “We made it a principle decision on the City’s part to not utilize it ourselves primarily.” Since this started in the spring of 2010, $159,675 has been spent on the grant writer by the communities combined, which Moore argues is an “outstanding” investment, as $3.2 million in grants have been approved in that time. The North Peace has also been hailed as the most successful grant writing program that NDIT oversees.The City is currently in the middle of its 2014 budget deliberations. The Northern Development Initiative Trust provides each of the municipalities in the region with a grant of $7,500 each to help with the cost of a grant writer. Instead, North Peace communities have pooled their money together to hire one grant writer, Andy Ackerman, which is then “topped up” with approximately $13,000 from the NPEDC. “We recognize that that amount of money is not enough to really compensate a grant writer for the value they bring to our community,” says Moore. Should Fort St. John not continue its partnership with the grant writer program, it could apply for the $7,500 on its own for a part-time writer. The other communities of Hudson’s Hope, Taylor, and Areas B and C of the Peace River Regional District would continue to pool their grants for a smaller grant writing contract. – Advertisement -“From my perspective, it doesn’t make sense for the City to have their own grant writer for the region,” Moore argues. “Part of the work that Andy does, it’s not just for the municipalities, but for community organizations that don’t necessarily have the capacity or the resources to apply for their own grants. So that’s really important work for building community capacity.” While the City does use Ackerman’s services from time to time, it has encouraged non-profit groups to take the support instead. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Bush, Dems butt heads again on care for kids

first_imgA bipartisan group of lawmakers announced a proposal Friday that would add $35 billion over five years to the program, adding 4 million people to the 6.6 million already participating. It would be financed by raising the federal cigarette tax by 61 cents to $1 per pack. The idea is overwhelmingly supported by Congress’ majority Democrats, who scheduled it for a vote Tuesday in the House. It has substantial Republican support. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President Bush again called Democrats “irresponsible” Saturday for pushing an expansion he opposes to a children’s health insurance program. “Democrats in Congress have decided to pass a bill they know will be vetoed,” Bush said of the measure that draws significant bipartisan support, repeating in his weekly radio address an accusation he made earlier in the week. “Members of Congress are risking health coverage for poor children purely to make a political point.” In the Democrat’s response, also broadcast Saturday, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell turned the tables on the president, saying that if Bush doesn’t sign the bill, 15 states will have no funding left for the program by the end of the month. At issue is the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a state-federal program that subsidizes health coverage for low-income people, mostly children, in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private coverage. It expires Sept. 30. last_img read more

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JOIN A CHRISTMAS MUSICAL TRADITION FOR A GREAT CAUSE

first_imgThe Letterkenny Comhaltas Branch will hold its annual ‘Irish Traditional Tunes for Christmas’ in aid of the local St. Vincent de Paul Society on Sunday 20th December from 2-4pm in Letterkenny Shopping Centre. The adult musicians will be joined by children from the Comhaltas classes and dancers from the local Céilí classes.Meanwhile the Comahaltas Branch would like to thank the Letterkenny shopping public for their generous support for SVDP in this fundraiser over recent years. The Comhaltas ‘Christmas Session’ takes place on Tuesday next, 22nd December in Gallaghers’ Hotel from 9.30pm. All traditional musicians and the general public are invited to come along and join in a night of music and craic.The weekly session will not take a Christmas break this year and will take place as usual on Tuesday 29th December.JOIN A CHRISTMAS MUSICAL TRADITION FOR A GREAT CAUSE was last modified: December 17th, 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:CHristmasComhaltasletterkennySONGSST VINCENT DE PAULlast_img read more

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Women who advertised cleaning service on Facebook ‘cleaned out’ woman’s home

first_imgTwo women who advertised a household cleaning service on Facebook “cleaned” out a client’s house of almost €2,000 in personal items.Chloe Colsh and Anne Marie Dunphy appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with theft from the home of victim Carol Doherty in Kilmacrennan. Ms Doherty later came across the victims at Letterkenny Bus station after they had cleaned her house at Illistrin Little on March 4th, 2017.The victim noticed that the two women had some of her personal belongings with them.She confronted them and the women fled and when Ms Doherty returned home, she discovered numerous items had been taken.The list included a Nintendo DS, a child’s gold ring, an Apple iPod, a silver necklace, a Google Nexus tablet and a Samsung camera.It was estimated that the stolen property was valued at up to €2,000 bt some of the stolen items had since been recovered.The court heard that many of the items had been traded in locally at a shop.Ms Doherty tried to contact the two women through Facebook messenger but they blocked her messages.The pair, Colsh, aged 20, and Dunphy, aged 28, who are originally from the Midlands, moved to Donegal where they had an address together at Forest Park, Killygordon.Solicitor for the women, Mr Gordon Curley, said the women had €200 each in compensation for the victim.He said the women had come up with the scheme in order to make some money as they had none and that this was their first jobs.They advertised their services on Facebook and charged €25 per home.Ms Doherty, who was also in court, said she had received a letter of apology but said she was still out a substantial amount of money.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until May 28th to allow the women to come up with further compensation to the value of €370 for the victim.Women who advertised cleaning service on Facebook ‘cleaned out’ woman’s home was last modified: April 25th, 2018 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:Anne Marie DunphyCarol DohertyChloe Colshcleaning servicecourtFacebooktheftlast_img read more

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Today’s college games

first_img Site: Glendale Time: 5 p.m. Records: Citrus 3-3, 3-0; Glendale 4-2, 2-1 Outlook: The Owls are unbeaten in the South Division of the Western States Conference, but remain outside the top 25 in polls because of a 3-3 record that includes last week’s 51-35 loss to No. 1 Canyons and an earlier defeat to No. 3 El Camino. One player turning heads is RB Dario Camacho, who is fifth in the state with 132.7 yards a game. He rushed for 171 yards against Canyons and Grady Thomas rounded out that effort with nine catches and two touchdowns. Glendale, ranked 25th in the state and a game behind Citrus in the South Division, is coming off a 35-12 win over a Los Angeles Pierce team that has yet to win a game. DL Jason Bonwell had six tackles, a sack and four hurries in that game and anchors a unit that ranks as the 11th-best defense in the state (268 yards allowed a game). Mt. SAC vs. Pasadena Site: Pasadena AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Time: 6 p.m. Records: Mt. SAC 2-4, 1-3; Pasadena 1-5, 0-4 Outlook: Another week, another loss blamed on turnovers. Mt. SAC lost its third consecutive game, 41-10, to Long Beach and turned the ball over three more times to up its total to 13 over that stretch. The opposition has four during that same span and had none on Saturday during a game that saw QB Dominic Breazeale lose one fumble and throw two interceptions to smear a respectable passing effort (13-for-20). Backup QB Daniel Al-Gattas, seeing action with Brian Hildebrand out for the season, also fumbled twice, but both were recovered by the Mounties. Pasadena remained winless in the conference after a 43-10 loss to No. 5 Fullerton, but got good performances out of WR Jesse Ayers (75 yards receiving) and DB Derrick Carter (two interceptions). Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Cal Lutheran Site: Cal Lutheran Time: 1 p.m. Records: CMS 2-3, 0-2; Cal Lutheran 4-1, 2-1 Outlook: Putting points on the board remains the biggest challenge for the Stags. A week after a big win over Lewis & Clark in nonconference action, CMS managed 197 total yards in a 37-10 loss that handed Pomona-Pitzer the coveted Peace Pipe. In that game, the Stags, third in the conference in total offense per game, contended with four turnovers and a rushing game that managed just 3.21 yards a carry, an effort that CMS will have trouble improving against the SCIAC’s best rushing defense. Cal Lutheran, coming off a 35-7 win over La Verne, is allowing just 84.2 yards a game on the ground and averaging 37 points a game, second in the conference. A lot of that has to do with QB Danny Jones, who has thrown for 12 touchdowns and 981 yards in five games. Idle: La Verne, Pomona-Pitzer. Chaffey vs. College of the Desert Site: College of the Desert Time: 7 p.m. Records: Chaffey 3-3, 3-1; Desert 4-3, 3-2 Outlook: A Foothill Conference title doesn’t appear within reach, what with Grossmont still unbeaten in conference. But a bowl game, perhaps even a playoff bowl game, could happen for the Panthers – ranked 13th in Southern California – if they win out. And there are plenty of reasons to suggest that is a possibility for the Panthers, who scored a 43-20 win over San Diego Mesa last week. Bernard Payton (116.4 yards a game) has emerged as a running back capable of carrying the load. The offense is averaging 380 yards a game and the defense is allowing just 260 yards a game, eighth best in the state. Even better, the linemen are getting healthy as Chaffey heads down the home stretch of the season. College of the Desert, ranked 20th in Southern California, suffered a 65-7 loss to Grossmont last week. But Desert can move the ball on offense, especially on the ground with A.J. Scott (103 yards a game) leading a rushing attack that will prove to be quite a test for a Chaffey defense that is ranked No. 1 in the conference against the run. Citrus vs. No. 25 Glendale center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DONEGAL SFC QUARTER-FINAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

first_imgDonegal SFC quarter-final draw has been made and it has thrown together some mouth-watering clashes.The quarter-final draw for the Donegal SFC has been made, and it has thrown up some exciting fixtures in the last eight.There’s two derby games down for decision, as reigning county champions Glenswilly meet neighbours and bitter rivals Termon.While Naomh Conaill face Ardara in a mouth-watering clash in the Donegal SFC. In the 2009, the two sides played in the quarter-final, with the game going to a replay, which was eventually won by Naomh Conaill after extra-time in an enthralling championship clash.Dungloe meet the highly fancied St Michaels, while St Eunan’s play Four Masters.The winners of the Dungloe/St Michael’s clash will meet the winners of St Eunan’s or Four Masters in the semi-finals.While the winners of Glenswilly or Termon will meet either Ardara or Naomh Conaill in the last four.  DONEGAL SFC QUARTER-FINAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED was last modified: October 12th, 2014 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:Donegal SFCGAAHome-page Sportnewslast_img read more

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Could this be the tightest race in years?

first_imgFor the first time in Premier League history, the top three teams have the same number of points (20) after eight matches, something that one can be quick to use as proof that this may yet be the tightest race to the title.Defending champions Man City, several pundits’ pick for this season-Liverpool and 2016/17 winners Chelsea are only separated by goals atop the most exciting league’s table. To make matters more interesting, Arsenal (4th) and Tottenham (5th) sit only two points behind the top three on 18 each and it is all happening a game away from completing the first quarter of the season.The top five are separated by only two pointsUnlike in the past campaigns, when either one or two teams had already started pulling away at this stage, there is no sign that any one of those five clubs is slowing down any time soon.What about Man United?At the start of the season, i was one of the many people who thought United along with Liverpool and Chelsea would push City to the limits this season but after an embarrassing start, Jose Mourinho’s men find themselves in 8th on the log, seven points behind the top three.It is easy to suggest that most of the club’s misfortunes has been internally engineered as rumours of the manager-players rift have been doing rounds since the 3-2 loss away to lowly Brighton on match-day two.With 28 games to play, United have a lot of time to make up the ground but looking at their displays on the pitch, who would stake their money on them doing exactly that?The 3-2 comeback victory at home to Newcastle may have lifted the spirit of many at Old Trafford but digging deep into the result, it only suggests that issues at the most successful club in England are far from over.The defence looks like a relegation-bound club set up, midfield(decent on paper) is far from what we expect them to be and then up front, they don’t seem to know which club they are playing for as they are all not scoring enough to help the club’s cause.The bunch of players at Old Trafford can easily make you think that the club can recover forthwith but putting the earlier mentioned rifts in consideration, i don’t see that happening in time for United to mount a proper challenge for the title. However, top four could be a realistic call, that is if everyone sorts themselves out instantly.That takes me back to the top five clubs on the table at the moment-City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs. I will use an elimination method to come up with a proper answer to the question, “Could this be the tightest title race in years.”Can Spurs juggle their Champions league participation along with a league crown challenge?I have chosen the words ‘Champions league participation’ because i don’t think Spurs can win this year’s Big Ears and it is looking ever increasingly possible that they might bow out at the Group stage after losing their first two games in the competition.Tottenham have lost both of their first two champions league gamesGoing back to the start of the league, somehow, Spurs failed to sign anyone which raised eyebrows everywhere. Their luck of transfer activity has already started hunting them. Dele Ali has been out for huge periods, Moussa Dembele looks so tired and unfit and whenever Harry Kane is struggling, they look out of sorts in most of those games.Their only positive so far has been the form of Brazilian-Lucas Moura who continues to impress after a slow start in the second half of last season. Honestly, we all know he doesn’t have the quality to help the team push for the all elusive league crown and with Champions League status already a major concern this early in the season, i am confident Spurs will be the first team to concede this year’s title amongst the current top five.What of Unai Emery’s Arsenal?Arsenal have been in some form of late, winning their last six league games and can easily make it eight especially when you look at their next two fixtures, at home to Leicester City and then a visit to Selhurst Park but what happens after that? Liverpool comes to town and after recent clashes and results verses the top six, it will be difficult for the Gunners to make it nine in nine.Their fixture put aside, despite the fact that Emery’s men looked very good at Fulham last week, they have been less convincing in their other five victories something which suggests that against better opposition in the current run, maybe no one would be talking about the six wins on the bounce.Arsenal will last a little bit longer in the race than Spurs but will also concede later as they lack the quality that City, Liverpool and Chelsea have in their ranks and when the big guns come calling, nothing suggest that the Gunners will have the answers to whichever questions they (top guns) will pose.This takes me to the top three and i will start with Chelsea. Maurizio Sarri has seen his Blues side get off to a brilliant start in the league, winning six and drawing only two of their first eight games which has seen them get right in the mix of the league title hunt but all that is easily attributed to one name, Edin Hazard.The Belgian has been in scintillating form, topping the scoring charts with seven goals and three assists to his name already. With Chelsea scoring 18 goals so far, that means Hazard has been directly involved in over 50% of their goals.Hazard tops the scoring charts in the Premier League with seven goalsAre the Blues being over-reliant on Hazard? The simple answer is YES.In their first game of the season against Arsenal, Hazard had to come off the bench to set up Marcus Alonso’s winner with nine minutes to play and ever since that game, the Belgian’s influence on the team’s play especially going forward has been crystal clear. The biggest question is can he stay fit and in form for the entire season?Hazard has done it before for a whole season, of course, when he helped Mourinho and then Antonio Conte bring the title to Stamford Bridge. If he can do that again, they have a chance of being champions.But my worry with Chelsea is where their other goals will come from if Hazard stops scoring as regularly because Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata are not exactly prolific.Provided Hazard remains fit, Chelsea will be in the title race with a huge shout and don’t forget, when the Belgian has been unstoppable in the past, Chelsea has gone on to win the league.Can Liverpool maintain the intensity and fight for the league?Three years down the road after Jurgen Klopp took over at Anfield, Liverpool is still searching for its maiden silverware. This season has promised so much especially after the transfer activities of the last two windows and the Kops find themselves right in the thick of things after winning six of their first league games.The goalless draw at City only suggests how the team has grown tactically. After all, you don’t have to go all out to attack in order to get the best of results in every game. If they can indeed get the right approach to 25 of the last 28 league fixtures, a maiden Premier League title may be only months away.For City, they are still City. Have the best manager in the world and arguably the finest squad in the league. Kevin De Bryne is on his way to attaining full fitness after a while on the sidelines and the international break will help his cause as he is expected to be in the squad to face Burnely on 20th October.Are City still the favourites to win the league even after eight games? Yes they are but will not have it easy this time round and it is all down to Hazard and Liverpool to try and take the title away from the blue half of Manchester.Comments Tags: premier leaguetoplast_img read more

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Invited by NFL to perform at Super Bowl halftime, Rihanna takes a knee

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe NFL is icing Colin Kaepernick (allegedly). So Rihanna is icing the NFL.Us Weekly magazine is reporting, and Rolling Stone is confirming, that the multiple Grammy-winner turned down an offer to perform at halftime during Super Bowl LIII in February. A source told US Weekly, “The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta. They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling …last_img read more

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Gordhan praised as Magashule resigns

first_img15 July 2013 South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been widely praised for his handling of the scandal surrounding Oupa Magashule, who resigned as commissioner of the SA Revenue Service (Sars) on Friday following an inquiry into his conduct. Gordhan had insituted the fact-finding inquiry, led by a retired Constitutional Court judge, in March after reports that Magashule had offered a job at Sars to a chartered accountant in a telephone conversation facilitated by an alleged drug dealer. Announcing the findings of the inquiry at a press conference in Pretoria on Friday, Gordhan said that Magashula had resigned with immediate effect following findings that his actions had placed the credibility and integrity of the South African Revenue Service at risk. Magashula had been given a copy of the report last Tuesday, and on Wednesday had admitted to Gordhan “that his actions constituted failure to promote and maintain a high standard of professionalism and ethical behaviour that is expected of the commissioner of Sars”, Gordhan said. Gordhan had accepted Magashula’s resignation, instructed a Sars audit committee to investigate whether his behaviour had breached any of Sars’ tax and customs processes, and appointed a committee to review Sars’ governance and ethical standards, “especially as they pertain to the office of the commissioner”. Gordhan said the public would be invited to participate in this ethics review, a move welcomed on the weekend by SA Institute of Tax Practitioners CEO Stiaan Klue, who said it was “a good sign for our democracy and offers the opportunity to restore the integrity of such an important institution”. Klue told Business Day that Sars was recognised internationally as one of Africa’s most advanced and sophisticated revenue authorities. Gordhan said on Friday that Sars was “one of the key pillars of our fiscal order, and therefore our democratic dispensation. It is an institution whose very foundations are built on the trust and credibility that South African taxpayers have in it. “It is therefore critical that those to whom the stewardship of this vital fiscal institution is entrusted conduct themselves, during and after working hours, in a manner that ensures that they are above question.” South Africa’s political parties were unanimous in their praise for the finance minister, with ruling African National Congress (ANC) spokesman Jackson Mthembu saying that Gordhan’s actions were “a clear demonstration of our commitment to rid our country of the scourge of corruption”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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