Mystery winner yet to claim prize

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Federer eases past Gasquet into fourth round

first_imgRoger Federer eased into the second week of the Australian Open with a 6-2 7-5 6-4 win over Richard Gasquet on Saturday evening that kept the Swiss on course for a 20th grand slam title.The 36-year-old defending champion reached the fourth round of the Melbourne Park tournament for the 16th time by shifting up the gears when required to see off his French opponent in just under two hours on Rod Laver Arena.Gasquet played a solid match, studded with his trademark occasional moments of shot-making brilliance, but that was never enough to overcome one of the best players of all time.Watched from the stands by 11-times grand slam champion Laver, second seed Federer sealed the victory with a backhand winner to set up a first career meeting with Hungarian Marton Fucsovics for a place in the quarter-finals.last_img read more

Different strokes…

first_img…for different marriage partnersNo…your Eyewitness’s interest in the marriage of the PNC and its multiple partners isn’t prurient. For POLITICAL marriages, they matter to all of us – if for no other reason than when they’re fussing and fighting, they’re not spending time taking care of the nation’s business. Which is OUR business, if you don’t mind!So, is the APNU/AFC marriage on the rocks or not? From the very beginning when the pre-nup was announced at the old-line Georgetown Club – rather than, say, the Palm Court – your Eyewitness wondered whether it was a marriage of convenience or a marriage of commitment. With the terms of the marriage explicitly spelt out in an “Accord” and all, it did seem to be a marriage of convenience. Plus they kept their name. After all when the WPA and other smaller parties hitched up with the PNC, they decided to call themselves “APNU”.That’s commitment, no? One name, One programme, One stance. But even marriages of commitment have rough spots especially if, like theirs, it’s polygamous. Invariably, one of the partners will feel they ought to be “first among equals” and receive more attention. In the marriage of commitment that’s APNU, the WPA has played this role.That party – apart from its executive, Rupert Roopnaraine who’s in the Cabinet – early on complained it wasn’t consulted enough on decisions by “APNU”. WPA executives outside of the Executive –David Hinds and Clive Thomas notably – brought up the matter of “consultations” with the APNU marriage outside of the Cabinet meetings. Then Thomas got some official positions and Hinds was left on his own.Yesterday in his column in the Chronic – which he complained was being censored – Hinds returned to the demand that all the parties to the APNU marriage and its subsequent one with the AFC meet on a structured manner – outside the Cabinet – to decide on nettlesome issues. But if followed up, that would present a scenario where members wouldn’t be bound by the hierarchical and undemocratic rules of “Cabinet Governance”. It would also bring in representatives who would not be muzzled by the trappings of office.Over in the AFC, after its power play for more democracy fizzled because some leaders were interested in pelf and power more than principles, party leader Khemraj Ramjattan brought up the Accord’s written pre-nup stipulation for a “three-man commission” to arbitrate differences between the marriage partners. Their pre-nup, of course, excludes the WPA et al, as explicit partners. But since when was the AFC its marriage partners’ keepers?Which path will “the coalition” choose? The well-trod one they’ve gone down since the elections? PNC uber alles!!…for different liquors?Or is it different cutters for different liquors? Your Eyewitness’s referring to our Opposition Leader’s point about DDL’s billions and billions excise tax write-off from the Government. DDL had a beef with GRA’s calculation of its alcohol tax – which was the same as for other companies that used alcohol. Like say, Banks. For companies making medicinal products with alcohol, your Eyewitness already pointed out they never should’ve been taxed: they produce a “virtue” rather than a “sin” item.Anyhow, apart from the windfall to DDL, what Mr Jagdeo pointed out is the other liquor folks will be lining up to the trough to get back the excise taxes they hadn’t protested.When that happens will your Eyewitness get refunds for all the beer he bought at the higher rate?…for different contractors?So when are we going to be told who’s the contractor at D’Urban Park preparing for the grand Jubilee Bash. We know who paid for it ….and he can’t take back the money now!! The contractor has to be special since he’s gotten a free pass on design, materials, inspection and all other standard procurement rules.While that’s a fait accompli, will there be insurance for occupants of the stands come May 26?Just asking.last_img read more

Le Roy blasts again as traffic unsettle Congo

first_imgCongo snatched a late equaliser to draw 1-1 with hosts Equatorial Guinea in Bata as Thievy Bifouma of Spanish side Almeria struck three minutes from time to cancel out Emilio Nsue’s opener.Le Roy, taking part in his eighth Cup of Nations, was pleased with the way his side hit back to earn a point in the Group A encounter, but was rather less happy about his team’s build-up to the game.“We were in traffic for 65 minutes under 40-degree heat and so if our performance at the beginning of the match was poor, it was because of this,” the Frenchman said.“It usually takes us 12 minutes. The CAF (Confederation of African Football) should be able to protect all the teams in the competition and not disrespect some of them.“It was great that Equatorial Guinea saved this competition, they are fantastic people, but we should uphold fair play.”Le Roy’s comments come after he hit out at poor facilities at his team’s hotel following their arrival in Bata, the country’s largest city, earlier this week.Congo skipper Prince Oniangue added: “The quality of preparation often determines a team’s performance.“We were held up for more than an hour on our way to the stadium and we had only 10 minutes to change into our jerseys and be ready for the match,” added the midfielder, who plays for French top-flight side Reims.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BATA, January 17 – Veteran Congo Brazzaville coach Claude Le Roy on Saturday again questioned the organisers of the Africa Cup of Nations after his team were held up in traffic on their way to the tournament’s opening game.last_img read more

Santa Clarita looking back on progress in first 20 years

first_imgSANTA CLARITA — Instead of the humble beginnings from which most new cities are born, the city of Santa Clarita was the largest city ever to incorporate, with a population around 130,000, when voters approved cityhood Nov. 3, 1987. This year the city celebrates its 20th anniversary by looking back at past accomplishments and forward to upcoming projects. Some highlights that came to mind for city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz were the improvements made to the community of a visual nature, namely the 17 new and upgraded parks; the more than 30 miles of off-road trails; the 3,300 acres of preserved open space; and the major road improvements. “I think people who have only been here five or six years have no idea what the city has done over the past 20 years,” said Ortiz, who has worked for the city for 17 years. Starting with quick fixes such as adding lanes and reconfiguring intersections, the city moved on to major road projects including the Cross Valley Connector, scheduled to be completed in two years. “That [road] will open all kinds of opportunities for people trying to cross the valley,” Ortiz said. The first order of business for the new City Council in 1987 was to protect oak trees in Santa Clarita. Over the past 20 years, the city has planted 30,000 trees earning the title of Tree City USA, Ortiz said. Other accomplishments include adding sports and transit facilities, increasing Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department services, providing curbside recycling programs, working to stop a mega-mining plan in Soledad Canyon and preventing a dump in Elsmere Canyon. “Undoubtedly, without the city’s participation, that dump would be there today,” Ortiz said. “Instead we have a beautiful greenbelt there.” To celebrate the anniversary, the city is inviting residents to join Mayor Marsha McLean for a free 20th Anniversary Bus Tour of Santa Clarita. The excursion will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. June 19 and 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 20. This insider’s trip through Santa Clarita will feature visits to the city’s award-winning “green” Transit Maintenance Facility, the 20-acre Santa Clarita Sports Complex and many other new parks. Light snacks and commemorative memorabilia will be provided to guests. Call (661) 255-4939 to reserve a space for either date available. “I’m very proud of the city and what we’ve accomplished in 20 short years,” Ortiz said. “It’s just two decades — that’s not that long.” — Sharon Cotal, (661) 257-5256sharon.cotal@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Rising from the depths

first_imgWHITTIER – Annette Holguin remembers one day she was a well-behaved, polite, respectful 14-year-old student at Whittier High School. The next she was telling off teachers. Now 41, she remembers her parents being called into the principal’s office. Soon after, Holguin was placed in La Habra Community Hospital’s psychiatric ward. She stayed there a month. Holguin was diagnosed as bipolar, an illness described by mental health experts as an emotional roller coaster, highlighted by severe mood swings. “You go from the highest highs to the lowest lows,” Holguin explained Thursday from her Santa Fe Springs office at Pacific Clinic, a nonprofit behavioral health care agency, where she is now a case manager. She said her illness first showed itself as depression and then she experienced mania – the other side of the spectrum – extreme irritability and anger. Holguin, who was born and raised in Monterey Park until her family moved to Whittier, is an inspiration and example to her clients who suffer from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and deep depression. “They know I empathize with their struggle,” said Holguin, a former Pacific Clinic client. “She can get through the barriers that some of our clients put up,” said Holguin’s boss, Deanna Rondina, day treatment supervisor. Holguin is extremely open with them and her coworkers about her illness. She said she most likely inherited the disease from her mother, Lena, who suffered from major depression. In December 1980, her mother committed suicide. She was 41. “I was just trying to get stable with my medication, and then it happened,” she said, her voice growing quiet. “It was such a difficult time for our entire family.” Holguin’s two sisters, Liz, 44, and Yvonne, 34, are not bipolar. She declined to reveal how her mom killed herself. After getting the right medications and doses, Holguin continued at Whittier High School, but felt the stigma attached to mental illness. “The other kids didn’t mind when they thought I was on drugs during my manic stage, but when I got out of the psych ward, they treated me different. I was crazy.” She felt isolated. And not only from classmates, but also her father, Gilbert, 68. “He didn’t understand me and my situation, especially after years of dealing with my mom’s depression,” she said. But, father and daughter are now close, even though bipolar disorder is still a mystery to him. “We love each other, and that’s the most important thing,” she said. And the love of her family has gotten her through rough patches, especially the episode she experienced four years ago. By that time, Holguin had attended Rio Hondo College and graduated from Cal State Long Beach. She was working part time at Pacific Clinic when family problems pushed her into a deep depression. “I used to get dressed only because I knew my sister was coming home,” she said. Holguin, who has a warm, friendly smile, said that she couldn’t see an end to her problems and could not escape the emotional plunge. Inevitably, she attempted suicide. “It was a half-hearted attempt, a cry for help really.” Holguin took an entire bottle of aspirin, but she knew her sister was on her way home. “I showed her the bottle, and I told her, `I took these.”‘ She went to the hospital and, after a short stay, returned to her life. “I learned to cope with my illness,” Holguin said. And she started taking the right combination of mood alteration, anti-depressant and anti-psychotic medications. “I know now that I have to stop the spiral downwards before I can’t get out,” she said. Beside working out as a coping mechanism, Holguin said that speaking with her clients and helping them allows her to keep a level head. “I know I am a role model to them. If they see I can cope and lead a so-called normal life, they can do it too.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Sunderland v Everton live stream and confirmed lineups

first_imgCLICK HERE TO STREAM SUNDERLAND V EVERTON LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 19:45BST.Sunderland host Everton on Wednesday night, knowing a win will secure their Premier League safety and relegate both Norwich and Newcastle United.The Toffees have struggled for form recently, managing just one win in their last nine games. Roberto Martinez is under a wealth of pressure, and his team appear to be getting worse as the season draws to a close.He has looked towards youth players in recent weeks, and Sam Allardyce will know that the Black Cats have a great chance to secure survival against an out-of-form side.Sunderland head into this clash undefeated in their last four games, with the most recent being the excellent 3-2 comeback win over Chelsea.Confirmed line-ups:Sunderland XI:  Mannone, Yedlin, Kone, Kaboul, Van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, Borini, Cattermole, M’Vila, Khazri, DefoeSubstitutes: Jones, Larsson, Rodwell, N’Doye, Pickford, O’Shea, WatmoreEverton XI: Robles, Stones, Pennington, Funes Mori, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Barkley, Cleverley, LukakuSubstitutes: Gibson, Oviedo, Lennon, Niasse, Besic, Osman, Howard 1 You can listen to live commentary on talkSPORT last_img read more

DONE DEAL! Liverpool sign 39-year-old goalkeeper Alex Manninger on free transfer

first_imgLiverpool have completed the signing of veteran goalkeeper Alex Manninger on a free transfer.The 39-year-old, who used to play for Arsenal, joins the Reds after leavingGerman club Augsburg at the end of last season.It is understood he has penned a one-year contract at Anfield.Manninger will provide back-up to Simon Mignolet and fellow new arrival Loris Karius, who signed from German club Mainz earlier this summer.“Honestly, it was a surprise,” Manninger, who is already linked up with the Reds squad on their tour of the United States, told“After these years, in Italy and the last four years in Germany, I hadn’t given up, I hadn’t said ‘That’s it’, I still waited for the phone call.“When Liverpool were on the phone, it was a great pleasure for me to take it on because it gives me what I was looking for. This is the moment I was waiting for until the end.“I’ve still got something left, for sure, but obviously it’s probably not the time for me to push for the next three or four years to get a place in goal.“Time says it’s not possible to play 50 games a year but if I’m called up I’m definitely there for games, I will play.“I’ll definitely be in the changing room every game, giving my input; I hope, even if it’s only a couple of per cent, it will do the rest.”Manninger, a former Austria international who also played for Fiorentina, Udinese and Juventus, had been training with Liverpool prior to him signing a contract.The goalkeeper is Jurgen Klopp’s sixth signing of the summer after Karius, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Marko Grujic and Sadio Mane – with Newcastle midfielder Georgino Wijnaldum likely to be next after he completes his medical on Merseyside on Friday.The manager explained the reasons for signing the veteran goalkeeper.“He brings us great experience,” he said.“We have sent out some of the goalkeepers on loan to get games, which is important because in this position you only come off the bench if there is an injury or a red card.“They changed the rules so we cannot bring an Under-21 goalkeeper back from a team in England during the season if we have a problem, so we had to make a decision – keep somebody back to protect us or bring in someone else who can give us experience – and I think this is the best solution to allow others to develop.” Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger has joined Liverpool 1last_img read more

Carolyn Sue “Susie” Ransdell, age 68

first_imgVisitation 2 – 8 P.M. Tuesday, January 2, 2018 and after 9 A.M. Wednesdayat the funeral home.Memorials may be made to Unity Chapel United Methodist Church, 1760Lost Creek Road NW, Ramsey, IN 47166. Carolyn Sue “Susie” Ransdell, age 68, passed away Sunday, December 31,2017 at her home. Susie was born October 25, 1949 at New Salisbury, IN.She was a home maker and member of Unity Chapel United MethodistChurch, Ramsey.Preceding her in death was her mother, Clara Louise Dome Martin.Surviving are her husband, Lynn C. Ransdell.Son: Christian G. Ransdell (Nicole) of Ramsey, INDaughter: Vicki L. McKinney (Bradley) of Corydon, INFather: Donald G. Martin of New Salisbury, INBrothers: Dennis G. Martin and Larry A. Martin of New Salisbury, INGrandson: Gauge RansdellFuneral 11 A.M. Wednesday January 3, 2018 at Swarens Funeral Home,1405 Hwy 64 NW, Ramsey, IN with burial in Bethlehem Cemetery,Crandall, IN.last_img read more

What Social Needs Does Chatroulette Fill?

first_imgRelated Posts guest author 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#web#Web Culture center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… I believe you have already heard of Chatroulette, the new video chat platform that has attracted the attention of millions. In February there were 30 million unique visitors to the site. That’s 1 million new users each day. The site made quite a buzz on the news media, blogs, and Twitter. Comscore reports 1 million U.S. visitors in February with a predominance of 18- to 24-year-old males.The platform looks premature (it might be part of its charm) as it comes with one feature only: the next button. (By clicking it you are skipping from one user to another.) The next feature is vital as it gives the user a sense of control. I would even consider naming the hype around its users the “Next” Generation.Guest author Dr. Taly Weiss is a marketing trends researcher with a PhD in Social Psychology, a digital research expert, and the founder of TrendsSpotting trends agency. Her digital trends insights are presented at The TrendsSpotting Blog and she follows consumer trends at Taly’s academic work contributes to the field of Behavioral Economics. TrendsSpotting offers customized and syndicated research reports, published at top market research databases. She can be contacted at a powerful (yet dangerous) tool that can be for people who seek to experience the control they lack in their personal life. The Next Effect is well embedded in the whole Chatroulette random experiment.What social needs does such a platform serves?Psychologically speaking, these random experiences can teach us on few important needs about social interactions.the crave for peeking(online) face to facecontrol (and at the same time – lack of control)The no commitment effect.Combine the four together and you understand the power and the addiction potential of Chatroulette.We are all well familiar with the above needs:Peeking into strangers’ lives is what brought popularity to the reality TV shows. We humans receive instant gratification from the arousing feeling that comes when we are allowed inside private personal places.Face to face interactions are certainly not new experiences on the Web. But they are getting to an extreme when you personally encounter strangers in their natural surroundings.As to control, Chatroulette can well imitate an act of meeting strangers on the street. You can choose between two acts: you can play active or passive. They are both highly addictive. You can actively approach, and they might not get interested in you. You keep on trying. At the same time, you can choose to be the one who turns down interactions. That can be satisfying don’t you think?The no commitment part is achieved by users’ anonymity. Chatroulette doesn’t require any identification or user subscription. You don’t have to work hard and fake your identity.Finally, there is something new in these sets of random acquaintances that leaves you unprepared. This surprise element can never be achieved offline. While Twitter and Facebook let you follow strangers you choose to, Chatroulette adds more dimensions to these interactions. It is no longer about your friend’s whereabouts or images, nor about reporting what’s going on now. It’s live and you get a chance to play with an imaginary sense of control. While in real life you hardly talk to strangers, here you get it as a social norm.The future of random interactions:I can think of several ways of making these interactions more intriguing – mobile interactions on the move (following people wherever they go) would definitely be hot, as well as the option to filter the people you meet by their location, age or gender.But forget that for now. If Chatroulette were to succeeded in controlling immoral and pornographic activity, what a great human experiment it would open!last_img read more