Thai tennis player out of US Open because of travel woes

first_imgThe official reason offered by the U.S. Tennis Association in a brief statement about the withdrawal was “travel difficulties.”The 93rd-ranked Kumkhum has been competing at the Asian Games in Indonesia, finishing with the silver medal in mixed doubles on Saturday.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’Kumkhum was replaced in the draw at Flushing Meadows by Madison Brengle, an American who lost in qualifying. Analyst: Traffic woes, water shortage affect Duterte’s approval rating in NCR PLAY LIST 03:11Analyst: Traffic woes, water shortage affect Duterte’s approval rating in NCR03:12Elephants in Thailand ‘broken’ for lucrative animal tourism00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:14Carpio 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Everton defender Keane has hairline fracture of skull FILE – Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand serves against Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia during their women’s singles semi-final match at the WTA Korea Open tennis championships in Seoul on September 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-JeNEW YORK — We’ve all been there: A delayed flight or traffic jam or some other transportation issue prevents us from getting to work on time. In the case of a professional tennis player from Thailand ranked in the top 100, a too-long trip meant skipping the U.S. Open.Luksika Kumkhum pulled out of this year’s last Grand Slam tournament on Sunday, a day before she was scheduled to face Sofia Kinen of the United States in a first-round match.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Several Rural Roads in Deplorable State Nationwide

first_imgWith no substantive utterances from the dormant Public Works Ministry for the past eighteen months, several reports gathered from the rural parts of the country show that most roads are in deplorable conditions.Almost all of the MPW officials have not come forward to throw light on short, medium and long range plans to rehabilitate primary, secondary and feeder roads throughout the country.As a strict policy of the Minister proper of the MPW, Dr. Antoinette Weeks, the Communications and Publication Department, is not clothed with the authority to provide the relevant information regarding the nation’s road network.The many complaints coming from rural Liberia, especially farmers and businesspeople, continue to fall on deaf ears of the MPW officials.But the current Minister of Finance and Development Planning Amara Konneh, did issue one statement, that owing to the Ebola plague, a hold had been placed on all road projects.Principally, even conveyance of critically needed goods, services and medical materials have been an uphill battle due to the deplorable conditions of many roads in rural Liberia.It has been gathered that even the conveyance of critically needed Ebola virus and other vital medical supplies to rural health facilities has been a complete nightmare in most parts of the country.The road networks in the capital, Monrovia, have not been spared. Many are in very deplorable conditions that continue to pose serious threats to commuters and commercial and private vehicles.Many of the main avenues in the Sinkor and other parts continue to depreciate rapidly to the detriment of the hundreds of commercial and private cars.Primary, private and commercial car owners have added their voices to the unpleasant sentiments about the road conditions.Recently, a Western diplomat remarked that Monrovia’s avenue and other neighborhood roads needed short, medium and long-term rehabilitation and reconstruction in order to ensure some smooth movement of goods and services.“It would actually be an honorable gesture if the Liberian Government could place on its national agenda to prioritize the rehabilitation and reconstruction of avenue and neighborhood roads in Monrovia,” the diplomat stressed.In exclusive interviews, some Monrovia residents and businesspeople called on the Public Works Ministry to wake up and pay attention to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Monrovia’s avenues and neighborhood roads.Resident Robert B. Thomas, 40, of Cheeseman Avenue told the Daily Observer Monday that the Liberian Government should in the upcoming Dry Season rehabilitate some of Monrovia’s streets and avenues.“My brother, even most of our drainages are in very deplorable conditions and need urgent rehabilitation and reconstruction by the Ministry of Public Works during this Dry Season in our city,” Mr. Thomas asserted.Businessman Lawrence M. Jallah, 48, importer of computer accessories, called on the MPW executives to critically consider the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Monrovia’s deplorable avenues and neighborhood roads.“I think the MPW leaders should do away with the extensive planning and embark on concrete projects that Liberians and their development partners can see and appreciate,” Mr. Jallah emphasized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Martin and Bernard win Players’ Championship in D.C.

first_imgBy Jon Zacks Visit www.grandslamofcurling.com/players-championship/ for more. Kevin Martin captured the final grand slam curling event of the season, beating Brad Gushue in the championship final of the Grey Power Players’ Championship. The Olympic gold-medallist needed an extra-end to beat team Gushue 8-7 on Sunday in Dawson Creek.- Advertisement -With the win, Martin’s rink claims the Capital One Cup, as the top team in the 2009-2010 Grand Slam of curling, earning a $50,000 dollar bonus.On the women’s side, Cheryl Bernard bounced back from an early loss to win the Grey Power Championship, beating Calgary’s Crystal Webster 6-4 in Saturday’s final. The win in the Grey Power Players’ Championship also gives Bernard the overal Capital One Cup, edging Jennifer Jones and Kelly Scott, who finish second and third in the overall standings. Advertisementlast_img read more

“Idle Index” acts as guideline for running vehicles in cold weather

first_img-1 to -10 = 1-2 minutes or less -11 to -20 = 3 minutes or less-21 and below = 5 minutes or less “It’s really not good for your engine. There’s a lot of build up that can happen on the inside of the cylinders within your engine when you’re idling for excessive periods of time. Engines really aren’t built to do that; they’re built to run. While the argument can be made that five minutes often isn’t enough to fully defrost windows, NEAT is instead encouraging drivers to help in the process to reduce the amount of time vehicles are left running. Here’s the full Idle Index: O degrees C = no idlingAdvertisement “We’re not promoting people to stop idling their vehicles indefinitely,” maintains Program Coordinator Karen Mason–Bennett. “What we’re trying to do is provide some guidelines so we’re not sitting there watching vehicles idles for 45 minutes to an hour.” For instance, on a day like yesterday when the temperature was around minus three degrees in the morning, idling for one to minutes would be fine, and later in the day when it was below minus 20, up to five minutes was appropriate. Mason-Bennett explains that in addition to using up a lot of gas, idling emits a lot of unhealthy emissions that can be pulled in through home and storefront air systems. – Advertisement -“If we’re idling from a cold start in the morning, we see a lot of incomplete combustion of fuel, which means that the chemicals that are being introduced to the air through your exhaust pipe really haven’t been properly combusted, so they’re a little bit more toxic than they would normally be.” According to Idle Free B.C., if vehicles avoided idling by just three minutes a day, over the year Canadians would collectively save 630 million litres of fuel, and $945 million in fuel costs based on $1.50 a litre. It says it would also save 6.3 billion kilograms of Greenhouse Gas emissions. Mason-Bennett also adds that idling for too long also isn’t healthy for a vehicle. Advertisementlast_img read more

Cure near for nursing shortage

first_imgIt was the collision everybody was bracing for: With California’s nurses getting older and with baby boomers turning gray themselves, the state’s nursing crunch would only get worse. But a recent study suggests that renewed efforts by nursing schools could make the decade-old nursing shortage history within 10 years. The number of nursing school graduates has increased by 73 percent during the past five years, according to research by University of California-San Francisco’s Center for California Health Workforce Studies. “If policymakers can sustain the growth in nursing programs that they’ve achieved, the nursing shortage will be solved over the next 10 to 15 years,” lead researcher Joanne Spetz said. But the road to recovery may be bumpy as nurses age, nursing instructors remain scarce and schools, relying on temporary grants, keep scrounging for more money. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe recovery would bring much-needed relief to a strained nursing work force. Nurses statewide have been pressed into working overtime – they worked an average of 9.6 hours a day in 2006. And with 45 percent of nurses with active California licenses over 50 years old, as a 2006 Board of Registered Nurses report found, looming retirements seemed to spell trouble. But hospitals statewide shored up their ranks with thousands of nurses from around the country and abroad, and since the start of the decade, efforts large and small have aimed at educating more nurses in the state. In 2005, the California Governor’s Office launched a program that included $90 million for expanding student enrollment. Colleges such as UCLA and UC-Irvine have opened nursing baccalaureate programs. And junior colleges – which educate roughly two-thirds of the state’s nurses – have invested more in their programs. Most recently, a $100 million grant by the San Francisco-based Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation helped UC-Davis open a complete nursing school. That school is projected to educate 456 nurses a year by early in the next decade. But while such monster grants have made a splash, a stream of smaller donations around the state has also helped. A $1.08 million grant in October 2006, for example, allowed De Anza College to accept an additional six students each quarter, educating an extra 66 nurses over five years. The efforts, Spetz said, have also relieved some of the tension brewing among the thousands of students who vie for the limited number of seats available every year. Drawn by high salaries and the desire for fulfilling work, nursing hopefuls have long been caught between a health-care system desperate for their help and a school system that lacked the resources to train them. Nursing instructors have been particularly difficult to find. With wages as high as ever – the average nurse in California made $73,542 in 2006 – many nurses have chosen practice over teaching. Cash-strapped colleges responded by downsizing their programs. Much of students’ hopes – and frustrations – show up at nursing program “lotteries,” where hundreds of junior college students, finished with their prerequisites, hope to be among the lucky ones whose name is drawn from a hat. Racquel Montoya was one of the lucky ones. When she began De Anza’s nursing program in 2001, she had survived the program’s second-ever lottery – a cordial affair with only about a hundred students vying for 20 spots. Some of Montoya’s friends, however, were not so lucky. One close friend, she recalls, went to six lotteries over two years before she was admitted. Montoya became familiar with emotions that came with being turned away. When they aren’t chosen, she said, “people cry, feeling like their lives are just ruined. Bummed out completely.” Some have also blamed the lotteries for the high dropout rate in junior college programs – roughly 25 percent in 2003. Critics argue that lotteries allow less-qualified students to be admitted. A bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in October, however, would make it easier for schools to accept students based on grades, life experiences, foreign language ability or other factors. But since the bill doesn’t require schools to change their admissions procedures, some, such as Ohlone College in Fremont, are not. Ohlone uses a lottery to fill its 30 seats each year, program director Gale Carli said, but the school’s 95 percent completion rate doesn’t cry out for a makeover. Instead, she said, the college will give lottery winners a written test; if they fail, they will have another year to study. “The whole point of this is to make sure students have every chance to succeed in our nursing program,” Carli said. She added that she expected more than 90 percent of lottery winners to pass the test. The other good news is that with wages so high, Spetz said, there will be no shortage of interest in nursing. (Spetz’s previous research in 2003, however, does suggest that wages will decrease, relative to other fields, as the shortage declines). The problem remains in finding enough teachers who want to leave behind nursing to instruct the newcomers. And with so many of the state’s growing programs relying on temporary grants, Spetz said, lawmakers must find a way to assure funding remains strong even as the picture improves. “If people think that we’ve solved the nursing shortage before it’s actually solved, and pull the funding,” she said, “then we’ll be right back to where we started.”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

Former President Ford hospitalized

first_imgRANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) – Former President Ford was undergoing treatment for pneumonia Monday at the same facility where he was briefly hospitalized a month ago, his chief of staff said. He was said to be doing well. Ford, 92, was admitted Saturday to Eisenhower Medical Center near his home in Rancho Mirage in Southern California, Penny Circle said. “Based on his age it is prudent for his initial course of treatment – IV antibiotics – to be done at the hospital,” Circle told The Associated Press. Ford was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday or Thursday, she said. “He’s doing very well,” she said. Hospital spokeswoman Elizabeth Wholihan referred inquiries to Circle, who said in a statement that there would be no further comment until a press release is issued Tuesday. Ford was admitted to the hospital Dec. 12 and left the next day. Circle said at the time that Ford had undergone a regularly scheduled health exam but noted that he also had been battling a bad cold. Asked if the pneumonia was the result of any lingering effects from the cold, Circle said, “I don’t think so.” Ford suffered two small strokes five years ago and spent about a week in a hospital. He became the nation’s oldest living former president after the death of Ronald Reagan in 2004. Ford was House minority leader when President Nixon chose him to replace the resigned Spiro Agnew as vice president in 1973. Ford became president on Aug. 9, 1974, when Nixon resigned amid the Watergate scandal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want 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

Report places Katrina winds at Category 3

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake New Orleans was on the storm’s west side, which normally has weaker winds. Although an accurate reading of the highest wind in the New Orleans area was made difficult by the failure of measuring stations, a NASA facility in eastern New Orleans measured sustained winds of about 95 mph, the report said. Taylor said the levees that protect New Orleans were built before the creation of the Saffir-Simpson scale of classifying hurricanes, so different parts of the system protect against varying levels of wind speed, storm surge and barometric pressure. An investigation into why the levee system failed is under way. Taylor said the change in category won’t affect the fixes being made now or plans for future changes, which are still being debated. MIAMI – Katrina hit the Gulf Coast as a Category 3 hurricane, not a Category 4 as first thought, and New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain likely were spared the storm’s strongest winds, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday. New Orleans’ storm levees were generally believed to be able to protect the city from the flooding of a fast-moving Category 3 storm. But Katrina was generally a slow-moving storm, said Jim Taylor, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers. Parts of the levee system were either topped or failed, leaving up to 80 percent of the city under water. Katrina made landfall Aug. 29 with top sustained winds of about 125 mph, not the 140 mph that was calculated at the time, the hurricane center said in its final report on the hurricane. 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

Govt needs to do more to sort licenses for returning emigrants – Doherty

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has criticised the Government for not doing enough to assist returning emigrants who hold driving licences and permits which have been issued abroad to obtain an Irish Driving licence.Deputy Doherty’s criticism comes amid a growing number of Irish citizens returning home permanently from overseas and being told by licencing authorities that they must re-sit their driving test.This is in order to drive legally in the state due to the absence of bilateral agreements on licence exchange between the state and certain jurisdictions. Deputy Doherty said “As more and more Irish citizens are returning home after having spent time living and working abroad, a growing number of them are experiencing the frustrating situation whereby their foreign issued driving licence is not officially recognised by authorities here for the purposes of driving licence exchange.“This means that these drivers are not eligible to have their licence converted to an Irish driving licence, or its equivalent, as is required in order for them to legally drive on roads in the state on a permanent basis.“In scenarios where people may have sat driving tests while abroad in certain countries, or who had an Irish driving licence in the past but this has since expired and has not been renewed within the current renewal time periods, then these people are likely to be left with no other option but to re-take their tests once they return home.“There are reciprocal exchanges for driving licences within all EU Member States, and while certain bilateral agreements exist between authorities here and a number of other countries and jurisdiction outside of the EU and EEA, the number of licensing jurisdiction which are recognised by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is extremely limited and often don’t include countries to which Irish people have immigrated in recent years. “Therefore, while driving licences which have been awarded to Irish citizens living in the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Manitoba for example are recognised and may be swapped for an Irish driving licence, Irish citizens whom have obtained a licence from any of the other provinces and territories in Canada are not recognised and so, unless they already have a valid Irish licence or one which may be renewed, then these motorists must re-sit their driving tests.“While it’s only right that laws exists surrounding driving licences and exchanges so that driving standards and road safety can be ensured on our roads, the present limited number of jurisdictions for which agreements exist in respect of licensing is causing untold stress and inconvenience to our citizens returning home.“This is particularly the case for those coming back to Ireland to live in rural areas where public transport options may be limited and being able to drive and have your own mode of transport is crucial in order to travel to and from work or to access public services.“I have raised this issue with the Minister recently in the Dáil where I stressed that this is a very real problem faced by Irish people returning home permanently however, it is clear that not enough is being done at Government level to extend the number of recognised jurisdictions for the purpose of licence exchange.“As someone who has visited Irish communities living abroad, and having heard of their desire to eventually come back home to live and work in future, it is simply inexplicable to have a situation where authorities here are not making every possible effort to facilitate our people to do so. “I intend to raise this matter again with the Minister as the Dáil comes back from its recess and to ask specifically what progress will be made by the current Government to assist Irish citizens to get back on the roads once they return.”Govt needs to do more to sort licenses for returning emigrants – Doherty was last modified: September 21st, 2016 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)last_img read more

Buoyant Cranes depart for Egypt ahead of Tuesday’s encounter

first_imgComments Tags: top Cranes coach Moses Basena addresses journalists recently. Photo by Shaban Benteke.The Uganda Cranes have departed for Alexandria from Entebbe Airport early this morning.Just before departure interim Coach Moses Basena addressed journalists about the physical state of all the players and our chances away in Egypt.“Yes we had some injury scares towards the end of the game on Thursday as both Farouk Miya and Emmanuel Okwi went off with knocks ” Basena said.“I can assure you that both of them (Okwi and Miya) and the rest of the team are in a good condition to play on Tuesday ” he added.The Cranes boarded an Egyptian Airlines flight directly to Alexandria and are expected to arrive this afternoon.They will hold a training session at the Borg Al-Arab stadium in Alexandria on Monday afternoon before the clash at the same stadium against the Pharaohs on Tuesday evening.Moses Basena also talked about the team’s chances in Alexandria come Tuesday.Uganda Cranes team that beat the Pharaohs last Thursday. Courtesy photo“Uganda is in a position to win at any stadium against any opponent,” Basena said.“We are aiming for a win and I am confident the boys will do exactly that,” he added.Uganda lead group E with seven points, one ahead to their Tuesday hosts Egypt. Ghana who have drawn two of their three games so far have two and Congo Brazaville is rooted at the bottom of the group with one point.Ghana travel to Brazzavile on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw in Kumasi on Saturday.Uganda Cranes team that has travelled.Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (GK), Ismail Watenga, Benjamin Ochan (GK)Out field players: Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Juuko, Wasswa Hassan Mawanda, Khalid Aucho, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Faruku Miya, Derrick Nsibambi, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Bernard Muwanga, Ivan Ntege, Muzamiru Mutyaba, William Luwagga Kizito, Milton Karisa, Isaac Muleme and Geoffrey Serunkuma.Egypt vs Uganda5th/09/2017Borg El-Arab StadiumAlexandria, Egypt.2100hrslast_img read more

TR.OD Cute Lovely Rabbit Bunny Ear Wire Headband Hair Band DIY Hairdressing Scarf Random Colors, Surprise in the post

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