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Williams stops Sharapova

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first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Serena Williams has never lost in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Neither has Novak Djokovic.A key difference between the defending champions is that Williams beat the most-experienced and highest-ranked challenger in her half of the draw when she extended her streak to 18 consecutive wins against Maria Sharapova with a 6-4, 6-1 quarter-final victory yesterday.Williams said she wasn’t aware that she had won the Australian Open all six previous times she won her quarter-final match, “but that’s good”.”It’s not a stat that’s set in stone,” Williams said. “I still have to win two matches.”Five-time champion Djokovic, after beating No. 7 Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, still has a daunting semi-final match against Roger Federer, who has won four of his 17 Grand Slam titles in Australia.Federer reached his 12th Australian Open semi-final, and 39th in a Grand Slam event, with a 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 6 Tomas Berdych. He hasn’t gone past the semi-finals at Melbourne Park since winning the title in 2010, but he’s a serious obstacle for Djokovic.They’re 22-all in career head-to-heads, with Djokovic catching up since usurping Federer in the rankings.TRICKY TIEBREAKERThe tiebreaker will be tricky. Djokovic lost only one of his 28 Grand Slam matches in 2015 – to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final – and has won 37 of his last 38 matches at Melbourne Park, a run that includes four titles.He beat Federer in the Wimbledon and US Open finals last year, but Federer was back contending for titles.”Any round feels like finals because of the fact that we are, you know, big rivals. We played so many times against each other,” Djokovic said. “There’s a lot of tension. There’s a lot at stake. I’m expecting a great fight in two days.”In the women’s semi-finals, Williams will be facing fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat No. 10 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3. Radwanska has won one of her previous four semi-finals at a major, but never won a Grand Slam title.Williams is 8-0 against Radwanska, including their meeting in the 2012 Wimbledon final.Williams said she couldn’t explain her 11-year domination of Sharapova – she has won 19 of their 21 meetings overall – except to say she rises to the big challenges.”When I play her, I know automatically I have to step up my game,” said Williams, a 21-time major winner. “I think that makes me play better.”last_img read more

Guyana, UK forge discussions on oil and gas sector

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first_imgGuyana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Frederick Hamley Case is leading a team in Aberdeen, Scotland, for discussions on improving relations in light of this country’s impending oil and gas sector. In a brief release, the Foreign Affairs Ministry outlined on Wednesday that the discussions which also involved UK High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn, have been “encouraging.Guyana’s High Commissioner to UK, Frederick Hamley CaseThe Ministry noted that the mission is aimed at fostering relations to support the emerging oil and gas industry in Guyana, adding that the team will meet with a number of oil and gas suppliers as well as academic institutions over the five-day visit to Aberdeen.High Commissioner Case was quoted by Energy Voice as saying that Aberdeen’s experience with the North Sea sector will be indispensable to Guyana’s journey.“In terms of oil and gas, this is our first trade mission and next year there will be a reciprocal mission to Guyana from Aberdeen,” he told the online news outlet. “I think the enthusiasm is there both from the Private Sector and the Government and I am sure a lot will evolve from this,” he said.High Commissioner Quinn also spoke with the foreign agency expressing his belief that Guyana could benefit from Aberdeen’s vast experience. “Aberdeen has been there, done it and got the picture. There are lessons positive and negative to take away on how to handle things and I think there is an opportunity for us to pass on that experience to Guyana to help them see the way forward,” he was quoted as saying.Quinn encouraged that Guyana has to prepare for the time when oil “is no longer going to be there and creating an economy that’s not 100 per cent dependent on oil and gas.” Many international players have been seeking to partner with Guyana following finds of large oil deposits in Guyana’s deep seas. Earlier this month, a high-level five-member team from the World Bank visited Guyana to explore the possibilities of partnering with this country on the oil and gas sector. The World Bank had approved a US$35 million development policy credit to better prepare the country to benefit from its oil and gas reserves, and to support Guyana’s efforts to strengthen financial sector development and fiscal management.last_img read more

Peace River Lookout ideas still being accepted

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first_imgThere’s still a chance to add your two-cents on the Peace River Lookout development plan.On behalf of the Peace River Regional District, Focus Corporation is conducting a feasibility study, regarding developing the lookout into a family- friendly area.The Regional District held a meeting on November 30th, to gather ideas and opinions from area residents. But, if anyone missed the meeting, ideas can be submitted electronically.- Advertisement -Click here for a downloadable survey. The deadline to submit ideas is Friday, December 18th.The ideas will be gathered into a report that will be submitted to the regional district in 2010.For a previous story on the feasibility study, click here.Advertisementlast_img read more

Word on the street

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“Having that experience brought me to the idea that I could get to those youth before they get into the system,” he added. Ceja will collaborate with the city’s Early Youth Intervention Program, which offers families lessons on issues such as drugs and alcohol, academics and self-esteem. He also expects to work alongside school resource officers and Probation Officer Juan Estrella to bring educational programs to students and their parents. Tarin said Ceja will additionally oversee the city’s Graffiti Tracker system, a computerized program used to track taggers. Santa Fe Springs spends $300,000 a year cleaning up graffiti, a majority of which is left by taggers who are not city residents, according to Tarin. Problems with local gangsters and taggers tend to “ebb and flow,” added Latham. But Ceja’s new position is not in response to increased gang and graffiti activity. “We do have people who are involved in gangs, and that could be very troubling to a neighborhood,” the city manager said. “Our philosophy has always been to get ahead of these types of problems, so that’s what this position is all about.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He’s highly thought of by the kids and with the programs that he participates with,” Tarin said. Ceja, a Rio Hondo Police Academy graduate, has a long history in Santa Fe Springs. He was among the first Whittier police officers assigned to patrol the city, beginning in 1995. Ceja is also bilingual, another plus for this community of 17,500 residents, according to City Manager Fred Latham. Ceja looks forward to his new role, saying it will enable him to get to know youngsters before they get caught up with gangs or tagging. “Growing up, I remember gangs in my neighborhood. I also remember my parents teaching us about gangs and not to join them,” Ceja recalled. SANTA FE SPRINGS – Whittier police Detective Lenin Ceja considers himself somewhat of an expert on local gangs and graffiti. “I know all the players … in this city,” said Ceja, the new gang-graffiti detective for Santa Fe Springs. Officials selected Ceja as their top choice for the job recently, after the Santa Fe Springs City Council this year designated $135,000 to create the new position, said city police services Director Fernando Tarin. Tarin said Ceja, 34, was one of three candidates. What made him stand out was his volunteer work and his reputation among residents and city officials, he added. read more

Premier League round-up: Arsenal win as Sunderland provide more laughs

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first_imgThe big news ahead of the 3pm kick-offs was Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ decision to start with Mario Balotelli up front despite the criticism dished out to the striker over the last few days. However, he worked hard, but the Reds could only draw at Anfield…Liverpool 0-0 HullDejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli both had chances to score for Liverpool, but they were denied by goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic in the first half, while Jake Livermore saw his shot saved by Simon Mignolet. Hull were impressive in defence to keep Balotelli, who had further chances in the second half, at bay. The Italian was guilty of missing a sitter in the final seconds as Liverpool just couldn’t find a way through the Tigers defence.Southampton 1-0 StokeSadio Mane netted the winner for the Saints, who also hit the woodwork twice. Dusan Tadic looked every bit the midfield maestro as Southampton marched into second place, two points above Manchester City.Sunderland 0-2 ArsenalSunderland were battered 8-0 by Southampton last weekend and there was more laughs from them here. Alexis Sanchez scored twice, the first after some comical defending from Wes Brown. It was all Arsenal from then on and victory was sealed thanks to another home howler, this time Vito Mannone gifting Sanchez one of the easiest goals of his career.West Brom 2-2 Crystal PalaceBrede Hangeland and a Mile Jedinak penalty ensured the visitors went in at half-time 2-0 in front. West Brom pulled themselves back into the game immediately after the restart, however, with substitute Victor Anichebe heading in before England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino converted a penalty at the death to snatch the hosts a point. 1 Alexis Sanchez celebrates as Wes Brown looks dejected last_img read more

HEAVY FLOODING REPORTED AS RIVER FINN BURSTS ITS BANKS

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first_imgDiversion in place at Navenny, Ballybofey where the road is currently flooded. Pic by Gary Foy.The River Finn in Ballybofey has burst its banks and flooded many local fields along its path.Heavy rain in recent days is believed to be the cause of the swell which breached the side of the banks close to Finn Park at the rear of Ballybofey’s Main Street.Local councillor Patrick McGowan said the situation is very serious and it is the worst he has seen in living memory. Donegal County Council have drafted workers into the area in a bid to prevent further flooding.There are road diversions in place in some areas.There is also heavy flooding in and around Letterkenny towards Newmills and Glenswilly where several fields are heavily flooded.  HEAVY FLOODING REPORTED AS RIVER FINN BURSTS ITS BANKS was last modified: December 22nd, 2014 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:Ballybofeybanksburstdonegalriver finnlast_img read more

FAI CUP: HARPS HANDED TOUGH DRAW AWAY TO LONGFORD TOWN

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first_imgFAI CUP DRAW: Finn Harps have been handed a difficult away assignment against Longford Town in the second-round of the FAI Cup. Ollie Horgan’s side who sit top of Division One after ten league games will face Tony Cousin’s Premier Division outfit at Flancare Park on Saturday the 30th of May.Longford Town have made a decent start to life back in the top-tier of Irish football after winning the First Division title last season. However, while it’s a difficult tie for Harps, Longford will no doubt be thinking the same.Harps have been in superb form this season and will not be fazed about the prospect of travelling to Longford.Harps fans and the club’s board would’ve loved a home draw but hopefully if they can negotiate their way past Longford they can get a bumper tie in the next round at home.USL side Cockhill Celtic have been handed a home draw against St. Mochtas. Donal O’Brien’s side gave Drogheda United a big scare last season and will view the tie as a great opportunity to progress to the next round.   FAI CUP: HARPS HANDED TOUGH DRAW AWAY TO LONGFORD TOWN was last modified: May 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:drawfai cupFinn Harps FCLongford TownnewsSportlast_img read more

Warriors over Toronto? The bookies weigh in

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first_imgThe Golden State Warriors are heavy favorites to beat the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals.Most sportsbooks had the Warriors around -300 to win the series, meaning a $300 bet would win $100. The Raptors were offered by several outlets at +250 — meaning a $100 bet would win $250 — making them the second-largest underdogs in the past eight NBA Finals (2017-18 Cleveland Cavaliers).The Warriors, seeking their third straight title and fourth in five years, were already installed as favorites …last_img read more

Live updates: 49ers survive pesky Cardinals for 28-25 victory

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first_imgFollow along Thursday night for in-game insights and analysis when the 7-0 49ers take on the Cardinals in Arizona. SERIES: 49ers lead all-time series … GAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (7-0) vs. Cardinals (3-4-1) at Arizona’s State Farm Stadium on Thursday at 5:20 p.m. (PT)TV: Fox-TV (Ch. 2) and NFL Network, Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analyst), Erin Andrews (reporter), Kristina Pink (reporter). ODDS: 49ers -10 (opened at 49ers -610. OVER/UNDER: 43 (opened at 43).last_img

Facebook Rumored To Purchase Traffic App Waze For $1 Billion

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first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces brian s hall What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Facebook#Google maps#maps#Mark Zuckerberg center_img Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement According to a report from Bloomberg this morning, Facebook may be close to acquiring Waze, whose navigation app relies on alerts from users to deliver real-time traffic data. The deal is rumored to be 50% in cash and 50% Facebook stock. Waze, available for iPhone and Android, has been considered a likely acquisition target by Apple and possibly Google.When asked about the acquisition, a Facebook spokesperson told me: “We don’t comment on rumor or speculation.”The Israel-based Waze claims 30 million users and bills itself as the world’s “fastest-growing community-based traffic and navigation app.” Waze users allow the app to send their driving details to others in the area – for example, how long their commute is taking. Users can also provide additional details on their commute, report accidents and offer driver tips. Waze users can share their driving activity with Facebook friends from within the app. Waze has long utilized Facebook to help promote its service – though users do not require a Facebook account.Waze is considered a direct competitor to Google Maps, whose service also offers real-time traffic data. If Apple does not acquire Waze, it could be due to Waze’s insistence, according to Bloomberg, that its ongoing development remain in Israel and that its brand be maintained.This is less likely a concern for Facebook. When Facebook acquired the popular photo sharing app, Instagram, last year, it allowed the start-up to maintain its identity and has for the most part let it take charge of its development and user base. While many initially questioned that $1 billion purchase, Instagram has continued to grow – and remains popular with younger users.  That said, Facebook has moved development of two other Israeli companies it acquired to the U.S. Waze claims that by tapping its community of users, it can provide the best real-time traffic data, road conditions data and even provide users with alerts – based on social sharing – of the cheapest gas prices and quickest routes for a group to take to a particular destination.Facebook, which has recently adopted a “mobile first” strategy, can certainly dramatically increase the Waze user base. Its recent earnings report revealed 189 million mobile-only users and 751 million “mobile monthly active users.” In addition to its users, Waze relies upon a community of designated “map editors” to improve its overall value, map detail and real-time routing service.  It is not known how this aspect of the service will be impacted by a Facebook acquisition. (See also OpenStreetMap: The Maps In Your Apps Are About To Get A Lot Better)According to Forbes, Waze and Facebook have signed a term sheet and a deal is expected for between $800 million – $1 billion. Apple is unlikely to counter because, according to Waze CEO Noam Bardin, it has built a mapping service that is too dependent upon its “GPS partners” and less inclined to tap the Waze community. While some Waze data has been used in Apple Maps, Apple primarily relies upon traditional mapping companies, such as TomTom, for its data. To date, Waze has received $67 million in VC funding. If purchased, it will likely be viewed as a major win for the budding SoLoMo (social-local-mobile) ecosystem. For more on Waze, here is a helpful video.last_img read more