By Julian LindenRafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova were both knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells after stunning upsets at one of the world’s biggest tournaments outside the four grand slams.Nadal was sent packing by Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) after Sharapova fell to Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-3 4-6 7-5 as last year’s men’s and women’s singles champions both crashed out.Nadal blew a 4-2 lead in the deciding tiebreak after the Spaniard had fought his way back from 5-2 down in the deciding third set.“I wanted to play very well here. I had good success in this tournament in the past, a tournament I always feel good about,” said Nadal, who will now turn his attention to the Sony Open in south Florida.“I’m going to keep working hard to try to be ready to play better in Miami.”Nadal beat Dolgopolov in the final of the inaugural Rio Open last month but the Ukrainian got his revenge on the world number one in the Californian desert.“I feel great, as after every win, of course. I beat the defending champion and the number one in the world,” said Dolgopolov, whose next opponent is Fabio Fognini after the Italian saved two match points in a 6-2 3-6 7-5 win over Frenchman Gael Monfils.Giorgi, a 22-year-old ranked 79th in the world, made the fourth round of the U.S. Open last year as a qualifier, but her win over the world number five Russian was the biggest of her career.“I did not play a good match at all,” said Sharapova, who dropped serve eight times and committed 58 unforced errors.“I’ve never played against her, but she’s someone that doesn’t give you much rhythm. She’s quite aggressive, but some shots she hits incredible for a long period of time.“Sometimes they go off a bit. But, if I’m speaking about my level, it was nowhere near where it should have been.”Giorgi will play her countrywoman Flavia Pennetta in the next round after she beat Australian Sam Stosur 6-4 3-6 6-1.There were no other major surprises although Britain’s Andy Murray was forced to dig deep to see off promising Czech Jiri Vesely and avoid a similar fate.The Wimbledon champion won 6-7 (7-2) 6-4 6-4 but only after clawing back from the brink of defeat against the 20-year-old Vesely.Murray lost the opening set despite going up an early break but then struggled on serve against the left-handed Vesely, ranked 77th in the world.The Scotsman was broken six times in the match and trailed in both the second and third sets but fought back each time, reeling off four consecutive games to seal victory.“It was just one of those matches where there wasn’t one period where I thought that the level of tennis from both of us was high at the same time,” said Murray.“That can create a lot of breaks and a lot of sort of back and forth swings in the match. It wasn’t just the start of the match that was frustrating. The whole match was.”Murray will play Canada’s big-serving Milos Raonic in the next round as he bids to win one of the few North American hardcourt titles to have eluded him.Switzerland’s former world number one Roger Federer also advanced after he was pushed all the way by Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov before winning 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-2).Federer, who won his 78th career singles title in Dubai earlier this month, will play either German Tommy Haas or Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the fourth round.“I feel like I’m in a good place,” said Federer, a four-time champion at Indian Wells. “I know what my solid level is. Even if I won 6 and 6 today, I just feel like I was calm and served for the set.“Okay, got broken. Still managed to stay calm. Down … in the second; stayed calm and came back. So those are the moments where you feel there is confidence around somewhere.”Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka extended his unbeaten run this year to 13 matches with a ruthless 6-0 6-2 win over Italy’s Andreas Seppi in just 49 minutes before joining forces with Federer in the doubles.China’s Li Na, the top seed in the women’s draw, had no problems booking her place in the fourth round, beating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3 6-4.
The appeal will be against the decision of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to ban them from this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.ARAF secretary general Mikhail Butov revealed they are currently putting together a legal team to lead the appeal. Among those who may work on the case is London-based law firm Morgan Sports Law.The firm recently successfully led an appeal to CAS from Tatyana Andrianova against the IAAF and ARAF against a decision to strip her of the bronze medal she won in the 800 metres at the 2005 World Championships following a re-analysis of her urine sample which had shown traces of banned performance-enhancing drugs. They also successfully appealed to CAS on behalf of Belarus’ Olympic hammer silver medallist Vadim Devyatovskiy to have a lifetime ban imposed by the IAAF from the sport lifted, despite him having been involved in several doping scandals during his career. Russia’s two-time Olympic pole vault gold medallist and world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva is among the athletes expected to appeal individually to CAS. “A suit or suits will be submitted to CAS next week,” Butov told Russia’s state news agency TASS.”It is also necessary to completely determine the legal direction, but we have generally formed a group of lawyers with whom we will work.”I don’t known whether Mike Morgan of the UK will be among them, so far I’d rather not disclose the names.”Class actions will be filed for certain, but some individual suits are also possible.”We are going to have consultations with these lawyers in the coming days.”Then we will make the final decision.”The IAAF ruled last Friday (June 17) that a ban imposed on the ARAF after the publication of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) last November following allegations of state-supported doping should not be lifted in time for this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.It was decided that Russian athletes who had operated outside the country and could demonstrate they had gone through enough anti-doping controls should be allowed to compete under a neutral flag at Rio 2016.The International Olympic Committee (IOC), however, have claimed there is no rule that allows for that to happen and they must compete under the Russian flag.Sir Craig Reedie, the President of WADA, has backed the stance of the IAAF, even though he is also vice-president of the IOC.
For Stepheson, though, the loss will also help Meralco prepare for the quarterfinals.“We’re going to bounce back and be ready for the first round of the playoffs,” said Stepheson. “We just have to forget about this loss. We learned what mistakes we made. And the playoffs is a new season so we just got to focus on winning and let all that go.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It was a tough game, we played hard,” said Stepheson, who had 18 points, 20 rebounds, and five blocks. “Thet have a really good team, we wanted to play strong and get some momentum heading into the playoffs.”The game between Meralco and Ginebra boiled down to the final seconds with the Gin Kings taking a 90-86 lead with half-a-minute remaining. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundCliff Hodge kept the door open for the Bolts when he drilled in a three-pointer with seven seconds left in the game to cut the deficit to, 90-89.Ginebra import Justin Brownlee also gave Meralco another chance after missing two free throws. Fortunately for the Gin Kings, Chris Newsome’s pass to a streaking Hodge went out of bounds that eventually sealing the game for the Kings. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Meralco’s hulking import Alex Stepheson definitely felt the sting of dropping their final game in the eliminations of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but he knows that all he has to do is look ahead and and focus on the quarterfinals.The Bolts settled for a 7-4 record after losing to Ginebra, 90-89, their third straight defeat this conference, Sunday at Ynares Sports Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in WATCH: UFC fighter Alexander Gustafsson proposes to girlfriend after TKO win Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments
Montserrado County Superintendent, Florence Brandy says for taxpayers to gain courage and faithfully pay their taxes, there should be tax returns paid to them to enhance their development.Tax returns is an incentive set by government for an individual taxpayer or a region that is regular and efficient in paying government taxes.Superintendent Brandy made the suggestion on January 29 in Bentol during Community Partnership for Revenue Enhancement consultation organized by the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).Acting Assistant Commissioner for Real Estate Tax Division, Mrs. Juanita Bropleh and other officials of the LRA had gone there for the first time to begin community partnership awareness with people of the county to see reason to pay government taxes for the advancement of development in the country.Beginning the suggestion, Superintendent Brandy expressed that tax payment was very essential in a country as it relates to development and it was important for people to learn to pay their taxes.She further stressed that people had engaged lands all over Montserrado County and other parts of the country and do not care to develop those lands, calling on government to be decisive in claiming any land on which owners refuse to pay tax.Nevertheless, the Superintendent in her assertion said while it is obligatory and essential to pay taxes, collectors also need to create the conditions for taxpayers to have the zeal by receiving returns on taxes they pay.According to her, every county in Liberia receives US$200,000 as development fund, but when it comes to collecting taxes from each county, over US$10 million is collected from Montserrado.Since such a huge amount comes from Montserrado every year according to the Superintendent, the county and any other county from which taxes are collected should have returns for the taxes they pay to government.In response to the concern raised by Supt. Brandy, an LRA official, Delaruelle Brumskine-Birch, explained the roles of the LRA and other government functionaries connected to tax collection.Mrs. Brumskine-Birch said the LRA is only mandated to abide by the tax code in collecting taxes and reporting taxes collected to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).“It would be a good thing if we can all have tax returns because I pay my tax and so does the head commissioner of LRA. The current head Commissioner, Mrs. Alfreda Tamba equally pays her taxes and she compels all of us to pay our taxes. Concerns about returns should be addressed by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and not LRA,” she clarified.She further clarified that laws to give tax returns to taxpayers are made by the National Legislature and therefore citizens should hold their lawmakers responsible to pass laws that will allow citizens to receive returns on their taxes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
California’s first public liquefied natural gas fueling station opened in Carson on Tuesday to high hopes and big applause, but an anemic local market for LNG fuel may dampen demand in the near future. The station, near Carson Street and Wilmington Avenue, was built primarily to supply fuel for a small but growing network of LNG trucks hauling containers to and from the waterfront. Built by alternative fuel supplier Clean Energy, the new site is the first of three stations planned in coming months for port trucks. Only 100 or so LNG rigs are in the harbor area, but port and state authorities plan to partially subsidize the purchase of up to 5,200 more LNG trucks as they grapple with growing air pollution problems caused by port industry. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champHealth studies link diesel pollution to growing cancer, asthma and heart disease rates in harbor communities. Fuel for the new site will come from a $55 million LNG “refinery” nearing completion in the Central Valley town of Boron. LNG is a super-cooled form of natural gas that emits no smog-forming nitrogen oxides, and when burned creates 20 to 30 percent less greenhouse gas than diesel. South Counties Express, one of the harbor’s larger motor carriers, recently took possession of 70 LNG trucks and has committed space on its property for LNG engine repairs. Despite the high cost of an LNG truck, which can exceed $200,000, supporters say the benefit of fewer emissions and cheaper fuel make up for any disadvantages. Independent truckers held a protest at the Tuesday event, which featured Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. In a written statement, they applauded the LNG station, but urged their employers’ clients, several large retailers, to pick up the cost of buying or leasing new “green” LNG rigs. “No one understands the reasons for severe pollution in the San Pedro Bay more than ordinary, hard-working port drivers like us. That’s why it is encouraging to hear the use of green technology is coming to our ports, because ultimately the segment of our industry that truly profits from goods movement – the trucking companies and the big shippers – must pay the cost of cleaning the air,” read the statement, which was signed by 24 people. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – As soon as they saw black smoke curling over Placerita Canyon on Monday morning, the nature center’s volunteers thought, “Oh, boy.” Thirty minutes after the park superintendent gave the word, Placerita Canyon Nature Center’s volunteers and staff members had loaded cars and vans with dozens of flying and crawling animals, ready to evacuate them from the advancing Cross Fire. Valuable taxidermy was lined up by the front door. “The (stuffed) bear and the mountain lion were going to be first on the bus because they were hard to get – they were donated,” said volunteer Heidi Webber. “But the road kill could be replaced. We have a freezer with road kill in it.” About 600 firefighters battled the brush fire in the canyon, which consumed about 600 acres and burned to the east end of Placerita Canyon Park, but was contained about a mile-and-a-half from the facility. All of the center’s animals were ferried safely to Hart Park in Newhall, and after spending a cozy night cage-to-cage on banquet tables in Hart Hall, they were returned home Tuesday morning. About 10 volunteers and some support staff aided the four on-site staff members’ efforts. “It got too close for comfort,” said Ian Swift, the park’s superintendent, and things were pretty hectic at first. Webber’s husband, Bill, who had filled their car with caged owls and hawks, and jammed a county van with crated snakes, tarantulas, lizards and frogs, had to persuade California Highway Patrol officers manning a roadblock to let him in for a second haul. This was the couple’s fourth fire-season go-round, and Webber said Rufus, a red-tailed hawk, was more stressed than him. “He has been there about 20 years and is only moved when there is a fire,” he said. Rufus cracked open his beak and he was panting. Another docent hauled Graham – a 65-pound, 12-foot Burmese python – in a perforated bag with wheels. Volunteer Pam Koch scooped salamanders and frogs – which squeaked – from aquariums in the classroom area. Webber, who serves on the center’s board and publishes its newsletter, had her hands full trying to find animals in the blackness after the power died. “I was reaching around in cages in the dark, kind of patting, looking for who I could find to grab,” she said. “Snakes don’t come to their names.” Fergie, the de-scented skunk, was cooperative. “He’s such a sweetheart,” she said. Nearly 400 utility customers in Canyon Country and surrounding areas lost their power a little after noon Monday, when Southern California Edison shut down part of a circuit to aid firefighters battling flames. Service was restored about 10:30 p.m., said SCE spokesman Tom Boyd. Swift called on one of his well-equipped neighbors for a little backup. Walt Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch, whose property abuts the park – and whose films feature animals with larger-than-life personalities – lent its five-person on-site fire crew and water truck to the center for protection. “They built a special underground water storage tank that was designed specifially for the Black Hawk firefighting helicopters,” Swift said. “In 2004, that water tank was completed two days before the Foothill Fire, and that tank enabled firefighters to save the nature center.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Jose Mourinho left Heung-Min Son hanging when the forward desperately tried to high-five the new Tottenham Hotspur boss after beating Olympiakos.The South Korea international was clearly hoping for some recognition after the Champions League win, but was left looking a tad silly. Son nearly left hanging by Jose #thfc #HeungMinSon #son #JoseMourinho #coys pic.twitter.com/WF8UzRnmRE— Philip todd (@Twobobtodd) November 28, 2019Mourinho wants his Tottenham side to stay in touch with Chelsea before their blockbusting Premier League match later this month.Spurs were 12 points behind Mourinho’s former club and looking out of Champions League contention when he took the job 10 days ago, but back-to-back Premier League wins and successive losses for Chelsea have seen that gap cut to six.Chelsea visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 22 for what is sure to be an intriguing clash and Mourinho wants his side to still be within touching distance.Spurs face Manchester United away, Burnley at home and Wolves away before then, while Chelsea host Aston Villa and Bournemouth, with a trip to Everton in between. Twitter Top 10 Funny Jose Mourinho Press Conference Moments“We play Chelsea at the end of December, if the game was tomorrow, we would play them with six points difference, it would be a fantastic situation to play them,” Mourinho said after his side beat Bournemouth 3-2 on Saturday.“But we play them in the end of December. We have to keep close, as close as possible. But we have a lot to work and a lot to improve.” The hilarious footage from the tunnel of White Hart Lane shows Son following Mourinho around with his arm stretched out.After shaking the hands of pretty much everyone else in the squad, the ‘Special One’ finally sees the striker and embraces him, much to the amusement of them both.Harry Kane scored a second half double to spare Mourinho’s blushes in his first home game since replacing Mauricio Pochettino to seal a 4-2 win.Spurs made it three wins out of three for the Portuguese on Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Bournemouth. 1 Hueng-Min Son was left hanging by the Tottenham Hotspur boss Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:19Loaded: 3.12%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:19 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen
LIVE on talkSPORT getty images White has started all 22 matches for Leeds this season and has helped them to second place in the Championship.According to The Sun, Chelsea have watched White regularly this term and would have to pay The Seagulls £25million to sign him, where he would go straight into the first-team.Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan is not at all surprised bigger clubs are looking at the player and thinks he is suited to Liverpool.“From what I’ve seen we were very lucky to get him in,” he said earlier in the season.“Credit to the scouts. We were looking at him for two years before he signed.“He is perfect for Premier League football. He ticks every single box for the modern centre-back. He’s destined for a top-four club, he’s that good.“He makes good decisions defensively, he is quick, very capable on the ball. Chelsea are set to address their defensive frailties by making a move to sign Brighton defender Ben White in January.The Blues have been impressed with the 22-year-old centre-back, who is currently on loan at Leeds from the Premier League side. 1 Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week…Aston Villa vs Liverpool (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTLiverpool vs Monterrey (Wednesday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs Colchester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Stoke (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Arsenal (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTCardiff vs Preston (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Leicester (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 Ben White has impressed on loan at Leeds “He fits the Liverpool style perfectly as he can play from the back and bring the ball out.“He is not aerially dominant but I don’t think that matters as much these days, as it’s very rare you are up against a 6ft 4in centre-forward.“The physical side of the game is still there, but it’s not as important as it once was.”Having won their appeal against a two-window transfer ban, Chelsea will be able to strengthen in January and Frank Lampard has made defence a priority.Chelsea have kept just three clean sheets in the Premier League this campaign and were once again exposed during a 1-0 loss at home to Bournemouth on Saturday.However, it is thought Brighton, who convinced him to sign a one-year extension to his contract in the summer, will be very reluctant to sell, though his contract expires in 2022.Chelsea have also been linked with re-signing former defender Nathan Ake, who left the club for Bournemouth in a £20m transfer in 2017.They will have competition from Manchester City to get him, but the west London side are believed to be in the front seat where his future is concerned, having reportedly inserted a £40m buy-back clause into the deal taking him to Bournemouth.
With the festive season over for another year, Donegal County Council have put together information on where to recycle your Christmas trees.The County Council have also made an interactive map to allow you to see which recycling centres are nearest to you.Source: http://donegal.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=1afa2806f8c841d483928382a9999dc3 The Council ask that trees are not left outside council premises after the specified times. Trees left at sites not listed above will be considered illegal dumping. Council Chip YardsOpen: Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 4.00pm, Friday 9.00am – 3.00pmCarndonagh Recycling CentreMonday, Wednesday, Saturday 8.30am – 4.30pm Dungloe & Laghey Recycling CentresThursday 10.30am – 5pm, Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm, Saturday 8.30am – 2.30pm.Letterkenny Recycling CentreTuesday & Wednesday 10.30am – 2pm, Thursday 10.30am – 7pm, Friday 8.30am – 5pm, Saturday 8.30am – 2pmMilford Recycling CentreWednesday 10.30am – 7pm, Friday 8.30am – 5pm, Saturday 8.30am – 2pmStranorlar Recycling CentreTuesday 8.30am – 5pm, Thursday 10.30am – 7pm, Saturday 8.30am – 2pm. All information sourced from Donegal County Council.Council issue information on recycling Christmas trees was last modified: January 14th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Christmas TreeDonegal County Councilrecycle