Rusty Serena defeated on long-awaited return

first_imgCarpio 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 The result took some of the shine off the United States’ otherwise decisive victory, leaving the final score 3-1 for the defending champions, booking a semi-final clash against France in April.It was Serena’s first competitive match since winning her 23rd major at the 2017 Australian Open, and the first time the sisters had played doubles together in this tournament since 2003.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe American star took time away from the sport to give birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia and get married, to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.Both were in attendance over the weekend, seated just behind the players’ box. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Serena told reporters on Friday that her path back had been full of “ups and downs” but credited her sister with helping her find her rhythm.There had been speculation she may drop out of Sunday’s doubles match, but team captain Kathy Rinaldi confirmed her participation after Venus won her singles match against Richel Hogenkamp earlier to seal victory for the United States, 3-0.“Serena’s gonna be joining her sister Venus!” she announced, to roars of approval before Williams appeared dressed in a white top, dark blue shorts topped off with a red headband.The sisters have won 22 doubles titles together, the last of which was Wimbledon in 2016.They enjoyed enormous support over the weekend from the sold-out 5,200-capacity crowd in the mountainous city of Asheville, North Carolina, famous for its historic architecture, breweries and vibrant art scene.ADVERTISEMENT Serena Williams of Team USA waits on a serve from Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands during a doubles match in the first round of the 2018 Fed Cup at US Cellular Center on February 11, 2018, in Asheville, North Carolina. AFPASHEVILLE, United States — Serena Williams made her long-awaited comeback to tennis on Sunday but the 23-time Grand Slam title winner and former world number one suffered defeat, playing alongside big sister Venus in a Fed Cup dead rubber.They lost 6-2, 6-3 to the Dutch pairing of Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs, with 36-year-old Serena appearing particularly slow on her feet and rusty after more than a year away from the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NLEX ends Alaska run LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “To play the two Williams sisters, it’s amazing because we won the match,” said Kerkhove.“We knew it just 30 minutes before the match. We just both gave it our all and we just had nothing to lose.”Venus’ participation meant there was no room for Lauren Davis, the US’ fourth player.The seven-time Grand Slam winner, who enjoyed a renaissance year in 2017, earlier shook off a scratchy start to prevail 7-5, 6-1 in her singles match, ensuring the US booked their place in the semi-finals against France.Venus credited teammate CoCo Vandeweghe, who scored a hard-fought win over Hogenkamp the day before, for paving the way.“Honestly I like to think CoCo wore her down some. That gave me an opportunity to be able to close it out for the USA,” she said.“There was a lot of pressure for me to close it out, for her to be able to stay in, and I was able to handle it a little better,” she added. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

One Suspected Ebola Case Admitted to Ganta Hospital

first_imgThe administration of Ganta United Methodist Hospital has disclosed that they have admitted a suspected Ebola case into one of the private wards of the hospital.The suspected Ebola patient— an infant— was transferred to Ganta Hospital from a nearby clinic in Flompa (a town few kilometers from Ganta to Saclapea).Mr. Patrick Martor disclosed that the administration of the Ganta Hospital has set aside a private room in the hospital to cater to anyone who may come with a suspected case of Ebola.Last week it was disclosed by the Acting Medical Director of Ganta Hospital that two suspected Ebola cases were transferred to JFK Hospital in Monrovia. After further observation of the patients it was announced that the cases were not Ebola.The outbreak of the Ebola virus in neighboring Guinea is said to be causing some concern in Ganta, which is on the border with Guinea.Presently, the border with Guinea is still open for business while patients suffering from other illnesses pour in daily from the Guinea, for treatments at the Ganta Hospital.On the Liberian side of the border, immigration officers are wearing preventive gear since they are the first to interact with those entering Liberia from Guinea.The Power House Clinic is one of the clinics where many Guineans visit for treatment. Due to the threat of Ebola the clinic had begun refusing patients who arrived with high temperatures and any that look like Ebola suspected cases.Jerry Klee, the officer-in-charge, said “Whenever we check your blood pressure and find out that it is high, we refer you to the hospital because we do not have anything here to diagnose Ebola.”However, the Ganta United Methodist Hospital has received a consignment of protective gear from the Ministry of Health through the County Health Team.Among the items delivered were IV fluid, gloves, masks, plastic gowns, caps among other things.As part of the prevention measures, the County Health Team located in Sanniquellie is preparing an area as a center for anyone who may come down with or is suspected of having the virus. During the regime of former Liberian President Charles G. Taylor there was an outbreak of bloody diarrhea known as “Samson”. This diarrhea took the lives of many in Nimba County.“What is the difference between Samson and this Ebola virus? Because Samson too was deadly,” said an elderly man in Ganta. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 1 Hull 0

first_imgEden Hazard’s fine header put Chelsea on course for an eighth successive home Premier League victory.The Blues dominated the opening exchanges but created nothing until Hazard headed home Oscar’s inviting seventh-minute cross following some great work by John Mikel Obi.Mikel, who replaced the suspended Cesc Fabregas in midfield, won possession and then found Oscar on the left wing and the Brazilian’s centre was expertly guided in.But having gone ahead, Jose Mourinho’s league leaders failed to create many clear chances with their main threat coming from the ever-willing Branislav Ivanovic and the trickery and class of Hazard.Hull recovered from a shaky start and threatened on occasions, with Sone Aluko blasting their best opportunity over the bar from distance.Diego Costa was almost gifted a one-on-one chance after a defensive lapse, while Gary Cahill was cautioned for a clumsy challenge that stopped Aluko 30 yards from goal.Hazard, Ivanovic, John Terry and Willian all returned to the side after being rested for the midweek Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon.And Filipe Luis was preferred to Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back, while keeper Petr Cech made his first league start of the season as Thibaut Courtois has picked up a minor injury.Hull are looking or a first ever victory at Chelsea in their 21st appearance. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

PHOTOS: George H.W. Bush at the ’94, ’95 Pebble Beach golf tournament

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH — Former President George H.W. Bush was no stranger to the Monterey Peninsula, playing the Pebble Beach AT&T National Pro-Am in 1994 and 1995.Former President George Bush greets fans as he walks to the fifth hole at Spyglass Hill during the first round of the 1994 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am. (Vern Fisher, Monterey Herald)Bush played alongside the legendary Arnold Palmer and is quoted in a 2014 GolfChannel article saying “Some of these big-shots are so contemptuous of lousy …last_img

Patrick Marleau may get big role with Sharks right away

first_imgMarleau joined the Sharks for practice Wednesday afternoon and was immediately placed on the top line with captain and center Logan Couture and fellow winger Timo Meier. The Sharks face the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Thursday looking for their first win of the … Mr. Shark, back in No. 12 pic.twitter.com/eLpwpBlfQe— Curtis Pashelka (@CurtisPashelka) October 9, 2019CHICAGO — It appears there will be no easing into things for Patrick Marleau in his return to the Sharks.last_img

5 Easy Tips For Nailing Your Exposure On Every Shot

first_imgWe all want cameras with high dynamic range so that our lives can be made easier on set, but the truth is a camera with 7 stops of DR can look better than one with 14 stops if it is lit properly. It just comes down to making sure that the lighting setup keeps the exposure within those 7 stops, and in order to do that well a light meter is essential.The Histogram is Your FriendI’m often surprised that so few up and coming cinematographers really know how to use a histogram, considering that it is one of the most critical on camera tools that can be used to dial in exposure. While not all cameras have a built in histogram, many do – and I would strongly suggest that you start using yours properly.The histogram may look confusing at first, but really it’s very simple. The histogram simply displays the luminance (dark vs. light) values from left to right, so that you can see where your image falls. If the histogram is all crunched over to the left side, it means the image is underexposed, while if it mainly falls on the right side it likely means the image is overexposed. For most situations you will want it somewhere right in the middle, but there are definitely exceptions to that rule.PremiumBeat friend Dave Dugdale from LearningDSLRVideo shares tips on preserving the detail in highlights using the histogram:Know Your Camera’s QuirksEvery camera is different, and therefore a big part of nailing your exposure is understanding the quirks and differences of your current camera. For example, in the previous point I had mentioned that when using your histogram you usually want to have your exposure fall somewhere in the middle, but that isn’t always the case. For example, certain cameras hold detail far better in the highlights, which would mean you might want to ‘expose to the right’, or slightly overexpose intentionally so that you are left with the best possible image in post. This is just one of many dozens of examples of camera quirks, but the key takeaway here is that you absolutely need to know your camera and understand how it needs to be treated to achieve the best results when exposing your image. No matter what camera you’re shooting with, perfect exposure is the biggest key to achieving a beautiful image. Here are 5 easy tips that will help you get it right every time.Whether you’re shooting to a compressed format or to RAW, nailing your exposure in-camera will improve the look of your image and save your hours (or days!) in post-production. The tips below are especially relevant when shooting with cameras that suffer from low-bitrate recording.Use an EVF During the DayImage from Edwin Lee on FlickrOutside of using critical exposure tools (which we’ll get to soon) one of the most important factors when it comes to exposure is being able to trust your eye. Unfortunately most cameras and monitors are unable to compete with bright light sources – such as sunlight – which can make monitoring a huge challenge during day time exteriors. Although it may seem like you are getting an accurate visual read on your image, the truth is that you probably are judging your overall exposure incorrectly, and the only way to combat this is by using an EVF.If you have a camera like the C300 that has a strong EVF built right in, then things are quite simple for you. Just make sure to use it over the LCD screen. However if you have a camera with a poor EVF (or none at all) I would highly recommend investing in one.Understand Your ZebrasUnless you’re extremely new to shooting, you probably already have been using zebra stripes to some extent. For those of you that don’t know, zebras can be set to effectively highlight a portion of your image that is overexposed, so that you know when your shot is clipping to white.It sounds easy, and in many cases it is, however there are some snags that you need to know about when working with zebras. For example, many shooters expose for the zebras (so as not to overexpose their shot), but then they end up underexposing their talent. In other words, if there was a lamp in the back of the shot that was blowing out, a lot of amateur DPs would be tempted to expose the image so the lamp doesn’t clip, but then the rest of their image ends up being severely underexposed. Always remember that it’s okay for parts of your image to clip – at least within reason. Just never sacrifice the skin tones or your talent in general.Lynda has a solid tutorial for using and reading zebras:Don’t Be Afraid of Light MetersWhile I don’t personally use light meters often myself, there are certain circumstances where they are invaluable to use, and many DPs to this day still swear by them, even if they aren’t always mandatory. If you are shooting on a camera that has very limited dynamic range, it would be advantageous for you to use a light meter so that you can properly set your lighting ratios.Image from Shutterstocklast_img read more

Dame time: Lillard’s 3 gives Trail Blazers 113-110 win over Lakers

first_imgLillard finished with 32 points, and Portland snapped a two-game skid. Jusuf Nurkic added 28 points.Lillard was 1 of 5 from 3-point range before the game-winner. The crowd roared when the shot fell, andLillard nodded and pointed to his wrist.“I felt good. The ball was coming off my hands good all night, even the ones that I didn’t make. In thosemoments, you don’t think about what happened before. It’s a chance to rise to the occasion. You’re 0 for 0 in that moment,” Lillard said. “I go back to my very first game-winner against New Orleans my rookie year. I had a terrible shooting game but I was able to block that out. All that mattered was that moment. No different tonight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrook Lopez had 27 points and rookie Kyle Kuzma added a season-high 22 for the Lakers, who were short-handed after Larry Nance Jr. broke his left hand in the second half. Fellow rookie Lonzo Ball was 0 for 2 from the field with no points, four assists and three rebounds.There were a few fans in the crowd wearing Ball’s No. 2 jersey for his first appearance in Portland. But most fans booed him heartily during player introductions. 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QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kuzma took the final shot, a missed 3-pointer from 28 feet out at the buzzer that would have tied it.Lillard had missed a 3 the night before at the end of regulation in Portland’s 112-103 overtime loss at Utah.“He made a good read last night and (Rudy) Gobert made a great play,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Tonight I think he had his mind made up to take the shot. It’s what great players do.”The Blazers were without Al-Farouq Aminu, who injured his right ankle Wednesday against the Jazz. The team posted a photo of the 6-foot-9 forward on crutches before Thursday’s game.Aminu was averaging 9.4 points and 8.1 rebounds this season. Noah Vonleh, who returned the night before following a shoulder injury in camp, started in his place.Portland led by 18 in the first half but the Lakers closed the gap to 66-62 at halftime. It was tight the rest of the way.“We have the game against Toronto, then you have a tough one last night against Utah. Maybe if we come back and have a blowout, maybe we don’t have to look at ourselves as much,” Lillard said. “We come in here tonight and we had a dogfight on our hands. We really had to look at ourselves and make it happen. We had to trust ourselves and trust each other to get it done.“So I think a game like this and having to pull out a game like this does more for our team, character-wise.”TIP-INSLakers: Los Angeles was 0 for 9 from 3-point range in the first half. … The Lakers were coming off a 113-93 victory at home against the Pistons on Tuesday night.Trail Blazers: Rookie big man Zach Collins started the second half in place of Vonleh, who had four fouls. Collins, a 7-footer out of Gonzaga, was acquired by the Blazers in a draft-day deal with Sacramento.ON BALL“I thought he was a little too passive tonight,” Walton said about his rookie point guard. “The hardest thing for young players is consistency. He’s so unselfish that sometimes we want him to be more aggressive with attacking the defenses.”Ball, for his part, recognized that.“I definitely could have been more aggressive,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nance was hurt late in the third quarter and went to the locker room. He did not play the rest of the way. Nance was averaging 11.1 points and 7.9 rebounds for the Lakers.Afterward, the Lakers confirmed Nance broke a bone in his hand.“Obviously, I feel terrible for him. He’s been playing so solid for us,” coach Luke Walton said. “It’s tough but that’s what team sports are about, and someone else has to step up.”Portland took a 106-105 lead on Lillard’s free throws with 1:56 left. Kuzma made a hook shot on the other end, but Lillard answered with a layup before Nurkic made free throws for a 110-107 lead. The standing crowd chanted “Beat LA! Beat LA!”But Kentavious Caldwell-Pope quieted the fans with a 3-pointer off an assist from Ball to tie it with 15.5 seconds left. Lillard hit the winner over the outstretched arm of Brandon Ingram.ADVERTISEMENT Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts after hitting a shot in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The Blazers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard didn’t really need to gesture to his wrist. The crowd already knew it was Lillard Time.The star guard made a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak over the Los Angeles Lakers to 13 games with a 113-110 victory Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

10 months agoPSG ready to beat Man Utd to Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld

first_imgPSG ready to beat Man Utd to Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are eyeing Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.Despite Spurs recently taking up a 12-month option in the player’s contract, PSG remain keen on Alderweireld.The Belgium international’s deal carries a €28m buyout clause – which suits PSG.Alderweireld is also being linked with Manchester United this season.However, United’s transfer plans are in flux after the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to replace Jose Mourinho.The Telegraph says PSG could seek to immediately trigger Alderweireld’s clause this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Quebecs youth protection agencies need help managers say after girls death

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec youth protection managers say the province has a shortage of qualified case workers, and the system must change to meet the realities of 2019.They have issued an open letter amid widespread criticism after a seven-year-old Quebec girl who was on the radar of youth protection officials was found badly injured in her family home in Granby, about 80 kilometres east of Montreal.She died in hospital on April 30 and the girl’s father and stepmother are charged with unlawful confinement, while the woman was also charged with aggravated assault before the girl’s death was confirmed.Their identities are under a publication ban to protect the girl’s identity.In the open letter, issued today, the province’s 20 youth protection directors say they and their staff are affected and upset by the girl’s death.The heads of the regional youth protection agencies add the Quebec government must make an renewed commitment to prioritize youth protection, 40 years after the Youth Protection Act came into effect in 1979.They say such a commitment means ensuring agencies devoted to protecting children have the means to intervene quickly.The directors say every child must have the chance to grow up in a safe environment.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Tiger Woods Used To Be One Of Golfs Longest Hitters — Until

With Tiger Woods restored to his familiar place among golf’s major winners, it’s tempting to allow the sports nostalgia to seep in. Tiger’s back! It’s just like the 1990s again! But as is the case in every sport, the game that Woods played 20 years ago is very different from today’s version and, if anything, makes his win at the Masters last month all the more impressive.Perhaps the biggest difference involves the sheer power of modern hitters. In 1995, Woods’s last season before turning pro, the average qualified PGA Tour golfer hit the ball 263.6 yards per drive; the leader, John Daly, checked in at 289.0 yards per drive. So far this season, the average is 292.9 yards per drive, and tour leader Cameron Champ checks in at 315.7. That’s right — the average drive distance from 2019 would have led the PGA Tour each season through 1996. Woods’s mark in 19971The first year Tiger played enough as a pro to qualify for the PGA Tour’s leaderboards. of 294.8 ranked second only to Daly’s 302.0. A 294.8-yard average today would rank just 86th of the 214 golfers on tour — tied with the slumping former World No. 1 Jordan Spieth. And just like the existing players increased their power through technology, existing major hosts have added length to offset it. Sixteen courses hosted a major in both the 1990s and 2010s; those courses averaged 7,011.6 yards back then and 7,307.9 yards now — an increase of 296.3 yards on average. Even the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Long Island, which hosts this weekend’s PGA Championship, has increased its length by 222 yards since it hosted Woods’s U.S. Open victory back in 2002.We should note that both the boom in driving distances and the Tiger-proofing craze have largely leveled off since the mid-2000s. The average PGA Tour drive continues to creep up by a couple of yards every few years, but today’s long-drive leaders, such as Champ, Johnson and Rory McIlroy, are mostly hitting it the same distance as Bubba Watson and Robert Garrigus were a decade earlier. In that sense, the game Woods left when his 11-year major drought began in 2008 was actually similar to the one he climbed to the top of again last month.Just the same, when Tiger tees off Thursday at Bethpage in the PGA Championship, the modern sport’s power will be on full display. Woods might still smash it a solid 300 off the tee like he did in the late ’90s, but he won’t be vying for the tour lead in distance; instead, that part of his game makes him just another golfer in the middle of the pack. What once was a massive distance advantage that Woods used to rack up a -13 score relative to par on par-5s at the 1997 Masters is now nothing special. These days, just about everyone hits it like Tiger — if not better.So what happened? For one thing, pro golfers took Woods’s lead and became much stronger and more athletic. Although Daly was a freak of nature — he never worked out and bombed drives while chain-smoking and pounding Diet Cokes — today’s top players have a lot more in common with current World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who stands a lean 6-foot-4, hits the ball 305 yards per drive and proudly posts shirtless Instagram photos. As we’ve written before, Woods’s current pursuit of majors has been made more difficult by an influx of younger athletes to the game that he himself helped inspire. And a big part of that younger generation’s success is linked to hitting the ball really far.But another, even bigger factor is a drastic improvement in equipment over the years. Before the 1990s, driver clubheads were significantly smaller, made of heavy material like persimmon (instead of metal) and attached to the ends of shorter, heavier metal shafts (as opposed to graphite). As more and more players began switching to modern clubs — the last major won with a persimmon driver was Bernhard Langer’s victory at the 1993 Masters — the tour began to see a massive increase in driving distance (and, interestingly enough, a decrease in driving accuracy). More than just the introduction of fitter players, established golfers were also hitting the ball harder: The 60 players who qualified for the PGA Tour driving leaderboard in both 1995 and 2005 saw an average increase of 18.6 yards per drive over that span.Simply put, lighter clubs with a longer shaft and larger clubhead surface area generate more power. As a fun exercise last year, YouTuber and PGA club pro Rick Shiels hit 10 drives with both a top-of-the-line club from about 20 years ago (the Ping TiSi Tec) and 2018 (the Ping G400 Max) and measured the results using tracking analytics. On average, Shiels estimated to have hit the ball 16 yards farther in the air (and 19 yards farther in total) with the modern driver, thanks in part to a ball velocity 4 mph faster off the clubhead:Of course, the ball itself has also made it easier to drive for huge distances. The introduction of Titleist’s Pro V1 model in 2000 — which features a “multilayer” design with a solid rubber core and thin polymer casing — instantly revolutionized the way balls were manufactured, optimizing power without sacrificing accuracy. When Shiels ran a similar test between 1998 and 2018 golf balls (using the same club for each), he drove the ball 11 yards farther through the air — and 12 yards farther in total — with the current Pro V1, thanks again to a nearly 3 mph boost in velocity off the face.These clear technological improvements have led to questions over whether such advantages should be dialed back at the pro level to make the game harder again. Although the golf ball debate rages on, many top-tier courses have been remade since the ’90s, “Tiger-proofing” themselves by adding more distance to their layouts. Par-72 major championship courses in the 1990s averaged 7,006.1 yards in total length; by the 2000s, that average became 7,319.3 yards, and this decade it’s 7,456.6 yards — a 6.4 percent increase that mirrors the change in average driving distance since the early 2000s. read more