Serena Williams returning to competition for US Fed Cup team

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:29Police 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 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Drama club: Cavaliers hold meeting to vent frustration John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises FILE – In this Jan. 28. 2017, file photo, United States’ Serena Williams follows through on a backhand return to her sister Venus during the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia. The U.S. Tennis Association says Williams will return to competition for the first time in more than a year at the country’s Fed Cup matches against the Netherlands next month. Williams has not played an official match since winning the Australian Open in January 2017 for her 23rd Grand Slam singles title. She was pregnant during that tournament and gave birth to a daughter on Sept. 1. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung. File)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. —Serena Williams is ready to return to competition for the first time in more than a year, a little more than five months after giving birth.The U.S. Tennis Association announced Tuesday that Williams will represent the country in its first-round Fed Cup matches against the Netherlands in Asheville, North Carolina, on Feb. 10-11.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Serena Williams told Vogue magazine that she dealt with a medical scare, developing several small blood clots in her lungs, right after Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born.She played in an exhibition match on Dec. 30 to test her game, but then decided to pull out of this month’s Australian Open. Williams, who became a mother on Sept. 1, has not played an official match since winning the Australian Open in January 2017 for her 23rd Grand Slam singles title, setting a record for most in the professional era. She later revealed she was pregnant during that tournament.Joining Williams on U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi’s roster will be older sister Venus, a seven-time major champion. The siblings have not played on the Fed Cup team together in three years. Serena last played in April 2015; Venus in February 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlso on the team that will face the Netherlands on an indoor hard court: CoCo Vandeweghe, a semifinalist at the Australian Open and U.S. Open last year. A fourth member of the U.S. squad will be announced next week.The U.S. won last year’s Fed Cup, the country’s record 18th title but first since 2000. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Nextlast_img read more

Ricky Martin Speaks Out For Arctic 30 Continues Work To End Human

first_imgThe busy pop superstar finished off his week by raising the profile of humanitarian causes close to his heart.On Thursday Martin added his voice to that of many other celebrities supporting the “Arctic 30” Greenpeace protesters recently arrested in Russia, writing on Facebook:“30 people are facing charges of hooligamism in Russia for standing up to protect the Arctic from dangerous oil exploration. Stand with them to have the charges dropped, and help protect the Arctic for everyone.”The next day, the singer attended a gala in the United Arab Emirates held by Small World, a charity group sharing the Ricky Martin Foundation’s goals of ensuring the well-being of children and preventing human trafficking.Martin was presented with an award at the gala in recognition of his humanitarian work.Ricky Martin receives award at Small World galaCredit/Copyright: Ricky Martin Foundation“Human trafficking has no place in our world today.”, he wrote last year.“This unscrupulous market — which consists of 27 million victims worldwide, according to the 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report — generates up to $32 billion annually, an amount rivalling that of the trafficking of arms and drugs. Of the 27 million, UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million are children who are trafficked every year to work as forced labor, in the commercial sex industry, in prostitution and in other forms of slavery.“The statistics are staggering. Many contest them because the crimes are hidden. But numbers don’t matter: Preventing one or 200 children from traffickers validates our mission.“No one should be exploited and deprived of his or her freedom.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For September 2 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, September 2, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.In The Community: The Wilmington Farmers Market continues its season from 10am to 1pm on the Swain Green (across from the Town Common). See this week’s lineup HERE.In The Community: The Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.MBTA Reminder: There will be no weekend commuter rail service on the Lowell Line (Wilmington Center) until December. A free shuttle bus will be available. Learn more HERE.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, August 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

EU wants next elections to be fair participatory

first_imgEuropean Union flagBangladesh’s local government elections held in 2016 with opposition participation were “tainted by violence and electoral irregularities”, the Council of European Union has observed, expressing concern at the restrictive actions against the opposition.In its review of Bangladesh’s rights situation, the council mentioned that opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which is out of parliament, has “practically no, or very limited, influence on the political process”.The EU’s areas of concern include a volatile security situation, shrinking democratic space and continuous deterioration of civil and political rights, including extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearance.In such a context, the EU encouraged Bangladesh in forming an independent, impartial and non-partisan election commission to “hold the next legislative elections in a free, fair and participatory way”.Referring to deterioration in security situation in 2016, the EU review report released on Monday said the rule of law and law enforcement is undermined by the failure of authorities to arrest and punish the perpetrators, contributing to the general culture of impunity.The EU regretted that despite formal separation from the executive, the judiciary has not met people’s expectation of a truly independent institution, and access to justice is seriously limited due to the chronic problems of the justice system.The EU’s priorities in human rights and democracy remain judicial reform, rights of persons belonging to minorities, human rights defenders, women and children’s rights, support for the civil society and implementation of labour rights.The review report pointed out that the EU regularly called on Bangladesh to make progress on the issues of human rights and democracy at all meetings with Bangladeshi partners, particularly at the biennial meeting of the sub-group on good governance and human rights, held in Brussels in December 2016.The EU voiced further concerns about extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, the death penalty, freedom of association and freedom of expression, and in general about the shrinking space for civil society.last_img read more

Fresh political row breaks out over ACBs new inductees

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday came out in support of the Delhi government, which has again invited Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung’s wrath over the appointment of six Bihar police officers in the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB). The party leaders claimed that the ACB did not come under the Lieutenant Governor’s jurisdiction. Claiming to wage a tough war to weed out corruption from Delhi, party leaders alleged that those engaged in such malpractices were Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIhell bent on weakening the ACB, but the AAP government is committed to strengthen the anti-graft body.“We have also short-listed honest officers from Uttar Pradesh. We invite honest officers from across the country to join the ACB and make Delhi corruption-free. We will go to each and every corner of the country to induct honest officers in the ACB. The Delhi government is working honestly, so we do not fear honest officers,” said Ashutosh, spokesperson of AAP, in a press conference. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindHe also insisted that ACB does not come under LG and the matter of jurisdiction between Chief Minister and LG is pending with Delhi High Court. Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh alleged that the Centre is posing hurdles in the path of ACB by not providing sufficient officers. “The Centre is sitting on the demand of Sanjeev Chaturvedi for ACB since last three months. We are not demanding tainted officers but honest one,” said Sanjay Singh. Earlier in the day, Delhi’s  Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said: “The government is competent to appoint any officer from anywhere in the ACB.” But he did not comment on why Jung was not taken into loop. However, Sisodia met Jung in the afternoon, but did not reveal details of the meeting.Jung, in a press statement on Tuesday, asserted his authority on the ACB as it was a police station. “The ACB being a police station, functions under the authority, control and supervision of the LG. It was also clarified by the Minister of Home Affairs in a notification on May 21,”stated a press release from the LG’s Secretariat.“The LG’s office has not received a proposal for the deputation of such personnel from outside the Delhi police so far,” the statement further read.last_img read more

Tourism dept to project Kolkata as hotspot for MICE tourism

first_imgKolkata: The state Tourism department is planning to make Kolkata suitable for MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference, and Events) tourism.On Thursday, at a conclave arranged by the India Convention Promotion Bureau, Atri Bhattacharya, principal secretary, state Tourism department, said the MICE tourism needs to be boosted in Bengal.He also mentioned that Bengal has potential to grow MICE tourism like it has emerged in some other states of the country. Apart from this, sources informed that a team from Tourism department will soon visit the United Kingdom to attract more people in Bengal. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDuring his speech at the conclave held at Biswa Bangla Convention Center, Bhattacharya mentioned that New Town has world class facilities when it comes to tourism. He believes to attract people from various countries, the trend needs to be set and understood.He said: “We need more data to understand from the countries our guests arrive and what they do during their visit. This is very essential to plan future prospects.” He also mentioned that if the number of direct flights with some parts of world could be increased, then it would be a plus point for the tourism sector. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to sources at state Tourism department, a delegation team will visit the UK during the first week of September this year.This visit is meant to attract tourists from the UK during Durga Puja in Bengal. Also, the team will discuss about the possibilities of introducing more flights to and from Kolkata.During the conclave, HIDCO chairman Debashis Sen said: “Business tourism is being looked into very seriously. We are all out in formulating strategies for making it a success.”last_img read more

Photo Editing Smorgasbord

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global December 14, 2009 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Everyone who’s ever wanted to tap into their inner graphic artist can become a photo editing pro with picnik.com, which lets users grab photos from anywhere and easily edit and share them for a fraction of the price of programs like Photoshop.Now boasting about 13 million unique monthly visitors, Picnik garners about 20 percent of its revenue from advertisers and nearly 80 percent from its Picnik Premium subscriptions. Limited features are available on the site for free, but the full experience runs $24.95 per year, $19.95 for six months or $4.95 for one month.”It’s what I would call the classic ‘freemium’ model,” says Jonathan Sposato, CEO and co-founder. “You give away enough of the product for free to drive out innovation and value to the marketplace, then people don’t mind paying for some really great advanced features.”Picnik has capitalized on the efficiency of the web to help undercut traditional desktop software competition. As a cloud-based application, Picnik doesn’t need to be downloaded–it’s instantly available from any browser, which lowers operating costs.”The Internet will tell you very quickly whether your product is good or bad,” Sposato says. “If it’s good, people will respond with mouse clicks and by pulling out their credit cards.”BadgeTo help spread the word, Picnik offers official badges that are easily copied and pasted onto blogs, social network profiles, websites or “wherever else you want to add some Picniky goodness.” Picnik also garners lots of coverage in the blogosphere, which draws new subscribers.Edit PhotosUsers can grab photos directly from their computer or from websites such as Flickr, Facebook, Photobucket and MySpace and quickly edit, enhance, share and print them from any browser. Picnik Premium subscribers can upload 100 photos at one time, create digital collages and artfully layer photos stored in their Picnik Basket.BlogComplete with a Twitter feed, the blog increases visitor loyalty and gives users a sense of community, Sposato says. Everything from company and staffer news to new features on the site and Featured Picnikers is covered.Picnik ToolsUsers can grab an image directly from any website with the Bookmarklet, capture a screen shot with the Internet Explorer or Firefox Extension tool, and upload a photo directly to Picnik via the draggable-and-droppable Yahoo! Widget. This story appears in the January 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now »last_img read more