Halep beats Sabalenka to reach third Cincinnati final

first_imgMASON, OH – AUGUST 18: Simona Halep of Romania returns a shot to Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus during the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 18, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPWorld number one Simona Halep was aiming to make it third time lucky in Cincinnati after beating Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 6-4 to reach the final on Saturday.The Romanian lost a title bid in Cincinnati in 2015 against Serena Williams and came up short a year ago to Garbine Muguruza.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES On Sunday she’ll try again against Dutch outsider Kiki Bertens, who will be playing her third final of the season after wearing down a tiring Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.“If I fight like I’ve done here, I will have a big chance,” Halep said. “It will be a difficult match, but we are both very confident.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’“It will be a challenge for me to play another final here and try to win it. “I want to enjoy it and give all that I have.”World number 17 Bertens defeated two-time Wimbledon winner Kvitova for the second week in a row after scoring a third-round win in Montreal. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms “I’m feeling great, I’m so happy to win,” she said after advancing on her first match point as Kvitova slammed a forehand into the net. “It was a tough match, but I’m so glad to be in the final.” Ronaldo relies on teammates for winning league start at Juve Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Halep will be playing for her second major title in as many weeks after beating reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens for the title in montreal.Sabalenka, the 20-year-old number 34 who is still seeking a first career title, dropped the opening set on back-to-back double-faults.Halep took advantage of the momentum with a break for 3-1 in the second set, only to immediately drop her serve.Halep broke in the final game to move through as Sabalenka volleyed long on a second match point after 76 minutes.Bertens, who played and won two matches on Friday after rain interruptions this week, looked fitter that Kvitova in hot, humid conditions.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Young entrepreneurs mean business as Donegal IBYE finalists

first_imgFourteen of Donegal’s brightest young entrepreneurs will be working on fine-tuning their business plans and rehearsing their pitches as they get set for the finals of the local stage of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) next month.The Donegal competition had 56 entries this year and, having come through the initial selection process on the basis of the potential demonstrated in their ideas and businesses, the local finalists were in Gartan last week for an intensive three-day business bootcamp.The Donegal finalists in this year’s Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition pictured at Gartan recently with mentor Thomas Cullen and with Local Enterprise Office staff Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise, Brenda Hegarty, Assistant Head of Enterprise; Eve Anne McCarron Business Advisor and Grace Korbel, Assistant Business Advisor.The 14 finalists come from across the county and have a diverse range of business ideas. They are:Lorraine Gallagher – CarrigartRakesh Kumar -Donegal TownHithesh Shaji – StranorlarPaul McLaughlin – CarndonaghPeter Reynolds – LetterkennyKealan McLaughlin – LetterkennyLaura Bonner – MovilleAidan Friel – KerrykeelPhilip Graham – LetterkennyMartin O’Reilly – BallybofeyBarry Walsh – BallyliffinFiona Murphy – LetterkennySiobhan Boyle – LetterkennyCatriona McGinley – Kilcar The finalists will compete now in the Donegal finals on 2nd May, not just for a share of the €50,000 prize fund in Donegal, but also to compete at the Regional Finals to be held in Leitrim in June.Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, says IBYE has been hugely popular among the county’s brightest young entrepreneurs over the past few years.“We have found over the years that participants were delighted with the training and assistance they had received from being part of the competition. Indeed, many said they felt like winners irrespective of who actually took the various titles,” Mr Tunney said.According to Mr. Tunney the business bootcamp will have helped this year’s finalists fine tune their business plans, learn new enterprise skills and avail of the highest quality one to one mentoring and business coaching. “The feedback year on year from businesses who have taken part in IBYE, has been that the training and advice they received has been invaluable and has helped them immensely with their business goals and ambitions.“All 14 of this year’s finalists demonstrated great energy and commitment over the weekend. The insight and learning they will have picked up at the bootcamp will help them immensely on their journey as entrepreneurs beyond the competition,” Mr Tunney said.The finalists will undergo more intensive mentoring over the coming weeks ahead of a presentation of their businesses to a judging panel.The winners will then be announced at a special ceremony in Letterkenny on May 2nd.Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. For information about the supports and services on offer from Local Enterprise Office, Donegal call 07491 60735Young entrepreneurs mean business as Donegal IBYE finalists was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:ibyeIreland’s Best Young EntrepreneurLEO< Donegallast_img read more

Science in the spotlight

first_imgThe theme of this year’s Insite exhibitionwas the role of science and technology inthe developing world. (Image: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre) A scale model of the MeerKAT prototype telescope was on view at Insite 2008. (Image: Square Kilometre Array)Janine ErasmusThe International Science, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (Insite) 2008, an initiative of the national Department of Science and Technology (DST), is the Southern African region’s premier platform for developments on the science and technology front. The theme for this year’s event, the third edition, was the role of science, innovation and technology as key drivers of economic growth and development.The event ran concurrently with the world conference of the International Association of Science Parks, held in an African country for the first time. The conference was hosted by South Africa’s first fully-accredited science park, the Innovation Hub, and carried the theme The role of Science and Technology Parks in accelerating knowledge economy growth – contrasts between emerging and more developed economies.The international scientific body has announced that it plans to open an African chapter in the near future, as members from the continent continue to sign up in their numbers. Science parks are seen as significant contributors to building a culture of technology and entrepreneurship – an area that poses major challenges for many developing countries – because they stimulate and manage knowledge flow between universities, research institutions, and business.However, while the establishment of science parks could assist emerging countries to become more competitive in the global knowledge market, the high cost of establishing these was often a deterrent, especially for young economies.Addressing delegates at the conference, Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa praised government interventions, especially in the development of strategic economic infrastructure, for contributing to the growth of the Gauteng economy.“The Innovation Hub was launched as part of these interventions in April 2005,” said Shilowa. “It is Africa’s first science park aimed at nurturing and growing enterprises in the knowledge sector of the economy.”South Africa, and other developing African countries, hopes to participate more in the 21st century in terms of science and technology, said Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngquka, as this would ensure that economic growth had a beneficial impact on citizens.Embracing open sourceIn addition, Insite featured a strong focus on open source software, with a number of companies – including Microsoft – presenting their views on the way forward for the open source sector. The event also commemorated World Software Freedom Day, which was launched in 2004 with the aim of educating and boosting awareness among the global public of the benefits of using top-quality open source software, both at work and at home. Software Freedom Day fell on 20 September.In South Africa, the DST has embraced the open source platform and is currently migrating software already in use to the open source equivalent. The department will also only install new applications that are based on open standards. This is in line with national government’s grand policy to implement open source solutions, which was approved by Cabinet in early 2007.“We promote open source not only because we want to use high quality software and the latest technology,” said science and technology director-general Phil Mjwara, “but because it is an excellent platform for scientific computing. It gives scientists access to the tools they require to perform their work no matter what area they decide to specialise in. Therefore you will find open source software in our bio-chemistry projects our astronomy projects, and our HLT and access programmes.”The DST’s National Advisory Council on Innovation runs entirely on open source software, using Kubuntu Linux as the operating system as well as OpenOffice and Firefox for productivity. The DST also runs open source software on its web servers, firewalls, PABX, proxies, mail relays and network tools, among others.Speaking in July 2008 at the opening of the GovTech 2008 conference in Durban, Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi named open source software and open standards as key components of efficient IT in government. Moloketi is known for her support of the open source platform and said that government IT providers must not dismiss open standards.Sport and biofuels also a focusAnother focus area at Insite was the role that technology plays in sport, with the Science and Technology in Sport conference also taking place during Insite. Here, the role of sport and recreation in demystifying science and technology amongst youth was examined. The conference also spotlighted the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and opportunities for the national development of sport participation in previously disadvantaged communities.Topics of discussion included a strategy on uniting African broadcasters for 2010, and the creation of home-grown models for producing winning sports stars. Respected sports scientist Tim Noakes and former Springbok coach Jake White, who guided the national rugby team to their second world championship in 2007, were guest speakers.The Bio2Biz SA 2008 conference, highlighting the resurgence of biofuels, tackled the need for alternative sources of fuel versus the need to judiciously use the earth’s cultivatable land. South Africa, as a developing country, could benefit from the positive spin-offs derived from biofuel production, such as job creation, economic upliftment of rural communities, and a closer relationship between the first and second economies. The country’s draft biofuels legislation is, however, sensitive to the issue of food security as it advises against the use of essential food crops and productive land to make biofuel.A variety of exhibitorsExhibitors at the event included, among many others, Breadbin, marketers of the Freedom Toaster, Microsoft, Carl Zeiss, Robotics SA, the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, the Cradle of Humankind world heritage site, the office of science and technology in the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, and the Council for Geoscience. A model of the MeerKAT prototype telescope was also on display – this is part of the Karoo Array Telescope, which will be used in the core of the Square Kilometre Array telescope should South Africa win its bid to host the giant apparatus.The One Laptop Per Child project showed off the latest release of their low-cost laptop and demonstrated the machine’s capabilities.Insite 2008 also featured a strong international presence – the China pavilion showcased almost 40 exhibitors across a range of fields including medicine, nanotechnology, higher learning, science and technology exchange, research, agriculture, and engineering.A German pavilion featured the latest and best from this technology-savvy nation. A number of higher learning and research institutions were present, including the Universities of Stuttgart, Duisberg Essen, and Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel, and the German Development Institute Bonn.Visitors to Insite were also treated to the Madrid pavilion, which hosted the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, PromoMadrid Desarrollo Internacional de Madrid SA, and the Madrid Region Parks and Clusters Network, a network of six science parks located in the region.Other major pavilions were hosted by Japan, the International Association of Science Parks, and Open Source for Business, which featured open source pioneers Red Hat, Novell, Obsidian, Sita and Sun Microsystems.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on [email protected] articlesScience and technologyAfrican eyes on the universeUseful linksInsiteDepartment of Science and TechnologySci-Bono Discovery CentreInternational Association of Science Parks 2008 world conferenceBio2Biz conferenceSoftware Freedom Daylast_img read more

Guiao, NLEX brace for Paul Lee: ‘He’s the biggest problem’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netnlexFor countless times during their five-year run at Rain or Shine, Yeng Guiao had seen Paul Lee single-handedly take over games and make big shots after another down the stretch no matter if it’s just an elimination round game of the finals.That’s why Guiao expects nothing less from Lee when NLEX and Magnolia meet in a best-of-seven semifinals series starting on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT The 29-year-old Lee did cause a lot of trouble to the Road Warriors, who had no answers for the fiery guard during their lone encounter in the elimination round two months ago.The former University of the East standout scored 21 points on 8-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-6 from downtown, and had three rebounds and four assists in only 24 minutes to lead the Hotshots to a 105-94 win.Just like how he torched NLEX, Lee seems as if he’s impossible to stop when he’s in the zone.But Road Warriors rookie Kiefer Ravena said their team shouldn’t see Lee as an unstoppable force. Otherwise, they’ll just end up letting him have his way.“We can’t treat him like he’s invincible that we can’t stop him. We’ll have to find ways, we’ll make a game plan to make it easy for us. We’ll find a way. It’s not going to be easty and that’s just how it is,” said Ravena, who may just be as problematic for Magnolia as Lee is for NLEX after he exploded for a career-high 31 points in the loss to the Hotshots.ADVERTISEMENT “I think, [our biggest problem] is controlling Paul. Easily, he can get a double-double with scoring and passing and there’s still rebounds,” Guiao said Wednesday night after steering NLEX to its first ever semifinals appearance.Guiao knows Lee like the back of his hand. He drafted Lee as the second overall pick in the 2011 PBA Draft and guided him in his ascent to stardom.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLee was the Finals MVP of Rain or Shine’s last championship run in the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup. Guiao transferred to NLEX the following season while Lee was traded to the Purefoods franchise a week later.“But that’s why I think he’s the biggest problem because I know him that well. I know him that’s why we’re really going to have a problem with Paul.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ “We have to pick our poison with Paul. Magnolia is peaking especially after that momentum-changing win over GlobalPort so we have to really brace ourselves.” Cyrus Baguio on Kiefer Ravena: ‘He reminds me of Mark Caguioa’ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Eoin Morgan sees South Africa rout as timely lesson for England

first_imgEngland will learn from their early collapse in Monday’s one-day international defeat to South Africa at Lord’s, captain Eoin Morgan said ahead of their Champions Trophy opener against Bangladesh on Thursday.England’s top order crumbled to 20 for six wickets in five overs as they were dismissed for a modest total of 153 before the Proteas cruised to a seven-wicket victory for a consolation triumph after the hosts won the first two matches of the series.”It’s a lesson with the bat and ball… our bowlers to be disciplined and to our batsman that, sometimes, you have to sit in,” Morgan told reporters after the match.”They made us play a hell of a lot and managed to get the ball moving around. Certainly, it’s not down to a lack of trying.”England coach Trevor Bayliss believed that the humiliating loss would ensure his team remained level-headed for the eight-team Champions Trophy.”This result ensures we go into the Champions Trophy without big heads,” Bayliss told BBC’s Test Match Special.”We should have done better than we did but a 2-1 series over South Africa, we’ll take that every day.”The victory was made all the more sweeter for South Africa batsman Hashim Amla, who became the fastest to break the 7,000-run barrier in one-dayers by reaching the milestone in just 150 innings, beating India’s Virat Kohli by 11 knocks.South Africa begin their Champions Trophy campaign against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Saturday.last_img read more

a month agoTraore thinks Wolves have advantage over Braga

first_imgTraore thinks Wolves have advantage over Bragaby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Adama Traore says the club have the edge over Braga ahead of their Europa League clash on Thursday.The Premier League club have a massive Portuguese contingent, including coach Nuno Espirito Santo.And Traore thinks the knowledge of Portuguese football will work in Wolves’ favour.He said: “The coach comes from Portuguese football and so do many of our players.”We know about Portuguese football, we know the Portuguese culture.”They know the players and the league, and they have played teams like Braga many times before.”We will accept any help we can as we attempt to keep moving forward to become a better team.”It has to help that we know so much about them and they don’t know so much about us.”It’s the same for me if I play a Spanish team – I come from there and I know their mentality.”That has to help if you know the mentality of your opponent, and how he wants to play.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Jim Harbaugh Recruiting Graduate Students For “Top Secret” Research Projects

first_imgjim harbaugh research flyerTwitter/@ByAZunigaIf we’ve learned anything about Jim Harbaugh in his first 18 months as Michigan head coach, it is that he’ll look for any advantage he can get. Based on a flyer posted to Twitter by Maize ‘N Brew‘s Alejandro Zúñiga, Harbaugh is recruiting “highly motivated” Michigan graduate students for top secret “applied research projects.”Michigan football is planning a top-secret project: pic.twitter.com/rBW5CCdoa9— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) June 15, 2016It is impossible not to be intrigued by what the means, coming from Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan program. It could be anything.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

2020 Bulkers Raises USD 3 Mn for Yard Instalments

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Norwegian shipowner 2020 Bulkers has raised net proceeds of USD 3 million through a private placement.On February 5, the company said that it conducted a private placement of 300,000 new shares, each at a subscription price of USD 10.0 per share. Subsequent to the closing of the private placement, 2020 Bulkers Ltd has 14,370,906 shares outstanding.The proceeds from the private placement would be used towards yard instalments for eight Newcastlemax vessels currently under construction at New Times Shipyard in China, as well as for general corporate purposes, the company added.The 208,000 dwt bulkers are scheduled to start joining the shipowner’s fleet from September 2019, with the final unit from the batch set to be delivered in May 2020. All vessels will be fitted with exhaust scrubber systems.Earlier in 2019, 2020 Bulkers signed a USD 240 million deal for the post-delivery financing of the newbuildings. The financing facility, which carries an interest of Libor+250 bps, has an 18-year repayment profile for the principle amount and a balloon repayment after five years.last_img read more

Crazy Rich Asians draws immigrant parents to the movies

first_imgWhen “Crazy Rich Asians” surpassed expectations and grabbed the top spot at the box office in its opening weekend, the film also pulled off another surprising feat: It put Asians of a certain age in theatre seats.Younger Asian-Americans have been flocking with their parents to see the first movie in 25 years with an all-Asian cast.For many older, first-generation Asian immigrants, going to the movies doesn’t rank high among hobbies and interests. The crowds, the language barrier and ticket prices are often turnoffs.But the appeal of “Crazy Rich Asians,” the story of a culture clash that erupts when an Asian-American woman from New York meets her boyfriend’s family in Singapore, has bridged a real-life generation gap.Earning more than $40 million since its Aug. 15 release, the film already has a sequel in development.An adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel, the rom-com is poised to hit the $100 million mark due to its popularity and a lack of strong competition in the next month, comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said.“The over-performance of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ shows the power of a great movie with universal themes to draw all audiences and also to break down preconceived notions of what can constitute a box office hit,” Dergarabedian said.Broken down by ethnicity, Asians made up nearly 40 per cent of the film’s audience during its opening weekend, Warner Bros said. By comparison, Asian/Pacific Islanders comprised just 10 per cent of the audience in the opening days of last year’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” according to an analysis done by comScore/Screen Engine’s PostTrak.The jump can be partly credited to enthusiastic Asian-Americans who wanted their parents to be part of what the film’s star, Constance Wu, has called a “movement.”Lie Shia Ong-Sintzel, 36, of Seattle talked her parents into coming along the second time she saw the movie. It was the first time in five years the couple — Chinese immigrants from Indonesia — had been to the cinema.“They don’t really go to movies in the theatre. I usually have to drag them,” Ong-Sintzel said. “I felt like this was a big occasion — a movie with an all-Asian cast.”Looking at her parents, she cried because everything from the acting to the food seemed to resonate more. She wasn’t the only one.“I looked over again, my dad was wiping tears from his eyes,” Ong-Sintzel said.In Temple City, California, Catherine Fanchiang, 27, who is Taiwanese-American, went to see the film a third time to keep her parents company.Fanchiang’s mother, Kao Han Fan, also wanted to see the movie because she recognized Michelle Yeoh, who plays a wary matriarch. But it was Wu’s character who touched the 64-year-old the most. Fan said she liked how the story depicted an “ABC,” (American-born Chinese) who showed Asian cultural values such as putting family first.“When you grow up in an Asian family … it will be in your mind when you do something, you will always think about other people,” Fan said. “You are not really, really selfish, thinking about yourself.”Fanchiang enjoyed watching her parents see an American film with Asians that wasn’t a period piece.“It was just a regular movie that just happens to have Asian people in it. It’s not like we’re ninjas or we’re good at fighting. It’s Asians existing in the modern world,” Fanchiang said.The stars and director Jon M. Chu have said they wanted the film to showcase Asians who weren’t stereotypes or little-used side-players.In the case of Alice Sue and her daughter, Audrey Sue-Matsumoto, the 67-year-old mother saw the movie first. She went a second time Thursday in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Daly City with her daughter. Sue, who is Chinese, doesn’t go to the movies much but knew she had to see this one.“It’s talking about Asian culture. It’s real Asians mixed with American-born Asians,” Sue said. “And I want to support the Asian movies.”Sue-Matsumoto, 35, said there probably wasn’t a more fitting film for the two to see together.“It was good to watch it with my mom because I feel like it was very relatable in our situation,” Sue-Matsumoto said. “She’s an immigrant, and I’m American-born. That movie has that generational distinction.”For Mark Gadia, 36, of Chula Vista, California, the movie led to him learning more about his parents’ courtship in the Philippines. His parents related to Wu and Henry Golding’s star-crossed couple because of how his mother was treated by her future in-laws.“She apparently wasn’t good enough for my dad. It took this movie to make this revelation of how they met,” Gadia said.He did not expect to come away having enjoyed seeing the film alongside his parents as much as he did.“As sappy as this sounds, it’s something I’ll always remember,” Gadia said. “It’s kind of sad it took 25 years, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to have this experience as an adult.”___Follow Terry Tang on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ttangAPlast_img read more