Lack of tournaments not a problem for Lehnert

first_imgView comments “I haven’t been playing in tournaments lately,” Lehnert told the Inquirer.Instead, she works full-time as a fitness instructor working in a gym and in private.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 5-foot-9 stunner strolled the Sunway Putra Mall after checking in with the Philippine delegation secretariat.Her last tournament was last March at Sharm El Sheik in Egypt, the same event she dominated four years ago. Lehnert was a bronze medalist in women’s singles in Singapore 2015, and a silver medalist in both women’s doubles with Denise Dy, and women’s team with Dy and Clarice Patrimonio.Tennis starts on Monday at National Tennis Center Sports Complex, Jalan Duta. Can marathon’s golden maiden bag maiden gold? Katharina Lehnert. Photo by Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—Katharina Lehnert may not be as active in the pro circuit, but she’s in tip-top shape for the coming Southeast Asian Games tennis competitions.The 23-year-old Lehnert arrived here Friday from Hanover, Germany, ahead of the Philippine tennis team which is due early Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

‘June Protest Stands; No Turning Back’

first_imgMr. Paye (3rd from right), reads the statement on behalf of the four political parties.— Collaborating opposition partiesThe opposition collaborating political parties have, joined forces with the Council of Patriots to stage the controversial June 7 “save the state” protest demonstration.The parties are the former ruling Unity Party (UP), Alternative National Congress (ANC), All Liberian Party (ALP) and the Liberty Party.They said their resolve to join the protest stems from their response to President George Weah’s January 28, 2019, State of the Nation Address in which they urged the President to realize that the country’s governance system has reached crisis level, while the economy is declining exponentially.Their position was contained in a statement dated Wednesday, May 8, 2019, delivered at a press conference in Monrovia. Reading the statement on behalf of the four political parties, UP Chairman Wilmot Paye said, “so today, not only do our four Political Parties unflinchingly, resoundingly, unapologetically and unequivocally support efforts by the Council of Patriots to organize a peaceful assembly as guaranteed by the 1986 Constitution of Liberia. We also announce our direct involvement and participation in the planning, execution, and management of all peaceful conduct and actions geared toward achieving the noble objective of drawing the attention of President Weah and his administration to the issues of governance, which his administration has woefully ignored despite growing outcries from Liberians.”Mr. Paye told Liberians to act urgently, “else the country will be doomed forever.” He said the country’s fragile peace can only be maintained when the government musters the courage to tackle historical wrongs and contemporary ills.“In recent times, in quite an unprecedented fashion, our international partners have been vocal. This is reflected in their utterances, which they make apparently reluctantly and against conventional diplomatic protocols to draw attention to Liberia’s declining governance climate.“They do so because more than US$10 billion had been invested in Liberia’s peace. This peace, we are under no illusion, can only be sustained through deliberate citizens-centered decisions, actions, policies and a governance culture that is characterized by the rule of law,” Mr. Paye said.He added, “there will be no violence at least from the perspective of our four political parties and the Council of Patriots Movement. No one should instill fear in you. There is a huge difference between 2019 and 1979, to which some unqualified comparisons have been made to discourage us from speaking out. The Council of Patriots is a democratic movement that our four Political Parties are part of.”He called on Liberians both at home and away to accord their fullest support to the Council of Patriots, by turning up in their thousands on June 7 to express their disapproval for the deteriorating state of the economy.“June 2019 is the time for you to speak to those on Capitol Hill, who have shown no interest in your plight. Their contemptible behavior is the reason for us to unite under a single banner,” Mr. Paye said.Paye: “This will be the time for you the forgotten doctors, nurses and health workers to be heard. This will be the time for your teachers and professors and education workers to speak out. It will be the time for you civil servants, who may soon lose 25 percent of your salaries as part of a fake solution to problems you did not create, to stand up for your rights as guaranteed by the Liberian Constitution.Mr. Paye further noted, “This day will unite your voice with marketers, taxi drivers, motorcyclists, teachers, and health workers to speak to the three branches of your government seated on Capitol Hill.”He said “Indeed, June is your time to make history; to speak truth to power, and to put into practice the power that the constitution gives to you when it says, “All power is inherent in the people…”Paye said June 7 is not about violence, and so it cannot be violent, adding that those on Capitol Hill are working to instill fear or discourage people from participating in the protest because “they are the looters; you are the looted; the cheaters, you are the cheated; you work, they pay themselves; you sow, they reap; You study hard, they get the pass; you trek, they fly. June 7 will be the one chance you have to make them know “enough is enough.”“The conspiracy on Capitol Hill is serious, but it will not end if we do not stop it! That is why, without a doubt, a peaceful action by all of us, irrespective of our political, religious and ethnic differences, has become necessary,” Paye said.He urged the President to not fear June 7 or its aftermath, because it is not intended to unseat him.According to Mr. Paye, those that are misguiding the President are “lying to keep you away from seeing reality, and by the time you realize it, you could be well on your way to The Hague, like former President Charles Taylor.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Emotion spikes with Blankinship tribute

first_imgKim Blankinship’s No. 14 jersey was retired prior to Torrance’s Pioneer League-opening match with South Torrance Saturday night. Blankinship, one of the most decorated and successful athletes in the school’s long history, was remembered again as a warm example of what a young athlete can be. The Torrance Challenge Tournament was renamed the Kim Blankinship Memorial Tournament, with proceeds going toward a scholarship fund for high school girls from the four Torrance schools. Torrance players warmed up in T-shirts with Blankinship’s No. 14 and her initials. South Torrance players and coaches wore pink armbands with `KB 14′ marked on them. Blankinship’s parents, Mike and Yoka, their daughter Kristi and grandchildren Kennedy and Dylan were invited to center court before the match began. A tribute was read before Torrance’s Nathan Jones and South’s Robert Kutch, both of whom coached Blankinship, unveiled a banner with her name and No. 14. The family also was presented with a framed No. 14 Torrance volleyball jersey. “What this means to me is how many people loved her and how many people want to have her name go on,” Mike Blankinship said later, visibly moved. “Seeing that No. 14 hanging there means a lot.” Kutch came up with the idea of renaming the tournament. He retains fond memories of Blankinship, who died suddenly at age 31 last March. “Off the court, she would make you smile, and on the court, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more competitive person,” he said. “I’d make my boys teams watch her and ask them, `Why can’t you compete like that?’ It was bad for their egos, but when you watched her play, she proved the point.” Jones laughed when asked to recall a favorite memory of Blankinship. “She just had no fear,” Jones said. “That lack of fear was prevalent in everything she did. I used to watch her play soccer and just run around and clear out the back field. On a volleyball court, she could plaster people.” Mike Blankinship said he hopes that the scholarship program grows. “The biggest thing is that her memory goes on,” he said. “It means so much to have her scholarship fund go on. With some of the events we’ve had and some of the donations, we have enough in there to give quite a few more scholarships.” South beat Torrance, 25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 25-20. The match was made a league contest to accommodate tournament schedules for both teams. But the match was a moot point on an emotional night. “We probably should have retired her number when she was alive, she was that good,” Jones said. “If anybody deserved to have her number retired, it was her.” “I’ll be able to tell my girls, and my guys for that matter, that this is how you’re supposed to play a team sport,” he said. john.klima@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Match is bumped to background as Torrance, South honor late star. By John Klima STAFF WRITER The stories came flooding back for her family and former coaches, and should anyone ask why, they can point to the rafters at the Torrance High gym. last_img

SERIOUS CRASH CLOSES MAIN SLIGO TO BUNDORAN ROAD

first_imgA serious crash has led to the closure of the N15 Sligo to Bundoran Road.The crash happened at Tullaghan and motorists are being redirected to other routes.Two cars were involved. Three people were injured, one of them seriously.   SERIOUS CRASH CLOSES MAIN SLIGO TO BUNDORAN ROAD was last modified: December 2nd, 2013 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:bundorancrashGardaisligoTullaghanlast_img read more

Feds OK terminal for natural gas

first_imgA proposed liquefied natural gas terminal at the Port of Long Beach cleared a major hurdle Friday as a federal panel concluded that the project would not pose an environmental threat to the area. The environmental staffs of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the port, along with the U.S. Coast Guard and several other agencies, conducted the yearlong review. The draft report said the terminal would be within acceptable noise and air pollution limits, and that tanks holding the liquid natural gas and pipelines carrying it could withstand all but the most violent earthquake. The report also concluded that while the project would be a tempting target for terrorists, an attack was unlikely and that several layers of security would reduce vulnerability. The draft report is only one of several steps that must be taken before a facility is approved or rejected. Four public hearings will be held in November and December in Long Beach on the draft. A final report will be issued sometime next year. FERC has the authority to approve an LNG facility at the port. But the plan must also be approved by the Harbor Commission. In May 2003, the Port of Long Beach gave Mitsubishi’s Sound Energy Solutions exclusive rights to develop the terminal. Also that year, the city’s energy department began holding nonbinding talks on a pipeline and supply deal. The City Council voted 5-4 in June to continue talks with SES for what could become the first West Coast terminal for liquefied natural gas. The $450 million project would create 1,000 construction jobs over the estimated four years it would take to build. Proponents say it would guarantee the Los Angeles area a steady and reliable source of natural gas for years. Opponents are concerned about putting a facility so close to an urban area, where holding tanks could explode and pose an environmental threat. The draft environmental study said SES had prepared an analysis showing it would take a magnitude-9.0 earthquake along the Palos Verdes Fault or a magnitude 7.5 on another nearby fault to rupture the two storage tanks. “These events have estimated return intervals of approximately 15,000 years and, therefore, are extremely unlikely to occur during the 50-year life of the project,” the study concluded. The report also minimized the dangers posed by a terrorist attack. “For a new LNG import terminal proposal that would store a large volume of flammable fluid near populated areas, the perceived threat of a terrorist attack is a primary concern of the local population,” the report states. The likelihood of a successful terrorist attack, however, “would be less than seven chances in a million per year,” the report said, noting that a multitier security system would help protect the facility. Public comment on the draft must be received before Dec. 8. A final decision by FERC and the city on the proposed LNG facility is not expected until sometime next year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 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

PSG out to examine Marseille revival

first_imgLigue One’s two hottest strikers lock horns in a battle that pits beauty against the beast; novelty against experience and serenity against explosion when Paris Saint Germain host Olympique Marseille Sunday night.French World Cup winning Parisian darling Kylian Mbappe Lottin is the division’s most feared striker, as he has been banging in goals all season but in Marseille’s Mario Balotelli, comes up against a goal grabber who has found his marbles after briefly losing them at south coast rivals Nice.Mbappe and Balotelli share similar backgrounds. Both are sons of African immigrants who have found success as second generation immigrants. Frenchman Mbappe is a son of a Cameroonian father and Algerian mother whereas Balotelli was adopted by an Italian couple but is of Ghanaian parentage. That is as far as their similarities go. In virtually all other footballing aspects, they are different.Balotelli is a moody, infantile, enfant terrible, who is never too far away from trouble and needs Tender Loving Care to perform at his peak whereas Mbappe is the self-starting consummate professional blessed with the maturity of a veteran.The experienced Italian, who once claimed to be the world’s second best player will however be keen to prove to his French rival old that new brooms sweep better but old ones know all the corners.Rudi Garcia’s Marseille are unbeaten since signing Balotelli on a free transfer, with the Azzuri forward’s five goals in his last six games providing the impetus for their push towards Champions League qualification.They travel to the capital just three points behind third placed Olympique Lyon. Mbappe’s division leading 25 goals, are on the other hand, threatening to make him Ligue One’s youngest top scorer ever.French Ligue One matches get underway with a Friday double act. Patrick Vieira’s defensively stout Nice host Alain Casanova’s Toulouse before Christophe Galtier’s high flying Lille Metropole welcome Leonardo Jardim’s reborn Monaco. The latter duel is of special interest because it pits Lille, who are surprise second, against a Monaco side that finished in the same position last season but currently lies 17th, just one place above the relegation zone.Another fascinating match up takes place in Guingamp where the hosts battle Dijon in a relegation six pointer.  Defeat for either side almost certainly spells a return to Ligue Two. Sunday’s action sees on form newcomers Reims welcome Nantes to the Champagne Country and Girondin Bordeaux try to exploit any fatigue in Rennes squad following their Europa League game at Arsenal on Thursday.THE FRENCH LIGUE ONE FIXTURESFRIDAY: -Nice v Toulouse @9pm-Lille Metropole v Monaco @10:45pmSATURDAY: -Angers v Amiens @10pm-Caen v Saint Etienne @10pm-Guingamp v Dijon @10pm-Nimes v Strasbourg @10pmSUNDAY: -Lyon vs Montpellier @4:30pm-Reims v Nantes @5pm-Girondin Bordeaux v Rennes @7pm-Paris Saint Germain v Olympique Marseille @11pmComments Tags: French Ligue Onetoplast_img read more

Counting cheetahs in South Africa’s Kruger National Park

first_img30 September 2014If counting African wild dogs in the Kruger sounds like a fantastic adventure, then join the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and South African National Parks Honorary Rangers’s sixth wild dog and fourth cheetah photographic survey.Launched on 24 September, South Africa’s Heritage Day, in Kruger National Park, the survey runs from 24 September 2014 to 24 June 2015.“By launching this project on Heritage Day we are celebrating both the African wild dog and the cheetah as key components of South Africa’s natural heritage,” said Kelly Marnewick, the EWT’s carnivore conservation programme managerLouis Lemmer, SANParks Honorary Rangers national chairperson, asked visitors to the Kruger to “become involved as citizen scientists and help ensure the conservation of these iconic animals’.The African wild dog is South Africa’s most endangered carnivore and there are less than 450 left in the country. Cheetahs are classified as vulnerable with less than 1000 remaining in South Africa.“The Kruger National Park is a conservation stronghold for both species and is home to the largest protected population of cheetahs and wild dogs in South Africa.” said Marnewick.Win with your park picsEach cheetah and wild dog has a unique coat pattern. Photographs from the survey will be used to identify each animal and provide a population estimate. The 2004 photographic survey estimated there were around 151 wild dogs and about 412 cheetahs in the Kruger National Park.It is important to know how many of the animals there are to make sure they survive in adequate numbers.To participate in the survey, enthusiastic conservationists can submit photographs or videos of any cheetahs or African wild dogs spotted in the Kruger National Park between 24 September 2014 and 24 June 2015 to the following:Email: census@ewt.org.zaTwitter: @EWTcensusEWTcensusEntrants stand the chance to win a number of prizes, including:One Nikon D7100 + 18-140mm lens;A Nikon D3100 + 18-55mm DX for the best children’s entry (under 18);Two stays in the Kruger National Park including accommodation and conservation fees for two persons for three nights mid-week, excluding Friday and Saturday nights, outside school holidays; andPainted Wolf wine hampers.Ideally the side view of both sides of the animal needs to be seen in the photographs, but any photographs are helpful.All entries must be submitted with a name, country, email, phone number, and age. Entrants must send only one entry per entry method.For the children’s category (under 18) entrants must provide the date of sighting, location, and the total number of animals in a groupFor more information on the survey, visit the Endangered Wildlife Trust, or South African National Parks.Source: South African National Parkslast_img read more

A calf for Thandi, South Africa’s poaching survivor

first_img14 January 2015Thandi, the rhino that survived an attack by poachers almost three years ago, has given birth to a calf, much to the delight of her caretakers at Kariega Game Reserve outside Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.In March 2012, Thandi and two male rhinos were found after their horns had been hacked off with machetes by poachers. The two males died, with Thandi defying all odds to survive – thanks, largely, to the dedicated care she has received from wildlife vet, Dr William Fowlds.Thandi has undergone numerous operations over the past two years, including pioneering skin graft surgery.“I am sure that the whole rhino caring community will share in the joy of this amazing birth,” Fowlds said. The vet has taken Thandi’s story around the world – including to Vietnam and China – to raise awareness about the fight against poaching.“Thandi’s story has always been an incredible testimony of the will to survive. She represents so much of what her species faces under the current poaching crisis.“Her survival has already given us inspiration – but the birth of her calf brings a new dimension of hope to the crisis, showing us that a future generation of life is possible if we put our minds and hearts to it.”South Africa has the largest population of rhinos in the world. Figures from the Department of Environmental Affairs show an escalation in the number of rhinos being poached. Over the past five years 3 569 rhinos have been killed by poachers, with 1 116 rhinos killed in 2014 alone.“We have been waiting for this day since we first discovered that Thandi was in the third trimester of her pregnancy in December 2013,” Alan Weyer, general manager at Kariega, said. The gestation period of a white rhino is between 15 and 16 months.“It is incredible that the rhino we found so close to death nearly three years ago is now the mother of a beautiful calf. Thandi has shown huge resilience in her fight to survive. We are absolutely thrilled.”Read more: Thandi, rhino poaching survivor, is pregnantFor the safety of Thandi and her calf the area is off-limits to all visitors, the reserve said on Tuesday in a statement. “It is of most utmost importance that both rhino are left undisturbed to ensure that the calf has the best chance of survival.”Adrian Steirn, WWF’s photographer in residence for South Africa who has documents the fight against poaching across Africa, was able to capture images of the mother and calf immediately after the birth.“I have been photographing wildlife for years but to have been able to capture this incredible moment was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said.“Thandi’s story has captivated the world since she became a beacon of hope in the fight against rhino poaching. To see her with a beautiful, healthy calf is truly a privilege and should inspire optimism and renewed commitment to protect these incredible creatures.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, May 3, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Showers are back in Ohio today, and will end up with decent coverage. We are looking at picking up .25″-.75″ of rain across 75% of Ohio. Rain lingers through Saturday as well. During the day its not that big of deal..only a few hundredths to .25″ through evening with coverage at 60%. However, overnight Saturday night through Sunday midday we have a significant wave of moisture coming. Rains and thunderstorms bring .25″-1.5″ rain potential to 80% of Ohio. The heaviest rains will be from I-70 southward, but we still get decent rain chances north of there.There will be some clearing finally moving into the state Sunday afternoon and Monday looks to turn out mostly sunny! Our next big batch of moisture starts to push in on Tuesday, and we are wet through the middle 3 days of the week next week. Tuesday will feature increasing clouds through the morning hours, and then scattered showers develop mainly in areas from US 20 northward by sunset. Totals will be minor, a few hundredths to at most two or three tenths. Wednesday is just a damp feeling day without a lot of new precipitation. We won’t deny there is a chance for scattered showers, but amounts will be a few hundredths to a quarter inch total, and coverage will be 40% or less. The big rain day next week comes Thursday (or actually overnight Wednesday night through Thursday midday) with rain and thunderstorms producing .25”-1” of rain and 100% coverage. This will bring combined rains to .5”-2” for the event, which is unchanged from our previous forecast. With only a day an a half to at most 2 full dry days ahead of that moisture…we truly see no net drying through the end of next week. We should see partly sunny skies emerge next Friday. A new wrinkle in the forecast this morning is a cluster of thunderstorms that is trying to surge northeast next Saturday. Clouds increase Saturday morning and midday. Then rain and thunderstorms arrive at Saturday night and continue through Sunday morning. That rain moves in from the west and southwest, spreading across the state. There is a chance of some strong to severe weather embedded in this system. Rain totals can be from .25″-1″  over 80% of the state. This is a new inclusion in the forecast, so we will be looking for data to back up this solution over the weekend and solidify the rain chances. Feel free to hope we are wrong! The map at right shows cumulative 10 day rainfall potential. Better news is emerging as we finish the 10 day window and move into the extended period. We see sunshine returning for the afternoon of Sunday the 12th, and then our system for early in the 11-16 day widow has diminished greatly. The way we see things now, there is potential for the week after next two be dry with a mix of clouds and sun from Monday the 13th through Thursday the 16th. That would mean 5 days back to back of dry weather, for our first period of net drying in a long time. There is still plenty that can go wrong here, namely that early week system re-strengthening…but tentatively we are going to try and put a little bit of good news out there. Rain is back for the end of the extended period, with .25”-1” totals likely for the combine period of Friday the 17th through Saturday the 18th.last_img read more

Trade talks with China set for this week

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After back-and-forth trade wrangling President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping called a halt on new tariffs with the hope of productive trade talks set to start this week in Shanghai.Agriculture is watching.“All eyes will be on this week’s trade negotiations in China because reopening the door to one of the largest markets in the world is key to helping farmers get back on their feet,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. “We wholly support the Administration’s efforts to stop unfair trade practices by China. Now, it’s time to write the next chapter in our trade relationship by eliminating tariff barriers.“American agriculture can compete with anyone in the world on a level playing field. I hope this week’s talks create that opportunity.”From 2017 to 2018, U.S. agricultural exports to China fell more than 50%, dropping to $9.1 billion. In 2014, U.S. agricultural exports to China exceeded $24 billion. From 2000 to 2017, U.S. agricultural exports to China increased by 700%.last_img read more