Stolen car found stripped in Guyhoc Park

first_imgPoultry farm robberySilver-grey Toyota Premio PTT 502, stolen during a robbery at Craig, East Bank Demerara, was found stripped of its parts at Guyhoc Park, East Ruimveldt, Georgetown.The car that was taken by bandits on Thursday lastAt the time of the discovery, the car was carrying registration number PRR 8349, and its lights, front bumper, mirrors and other accessories were missing. The car was later confirmed to belong to Lalbeharry’s Poultry Farm at Buzz-Bee-Dam, Craig, East Bank Demerara, which was invaded on May 24 and robbed of over $6 million.The vehicle was reportedly identified by several features installed by the owner’s son.On May 24, at about 04:14h, four armed men invaded the head office of the poultry business at Craig, EBD. It was reported that on the morning of the robbery, one of the owners was awakened by the sound of a “loud explosion”. He thought it was electrical in nature, but soon heard his mother pleading for her life.Within seconds, three armed men barged into his room and held him at gunpoint. Whist there, the bandits demanded money and gold.Fearful for her life and that of her son’s, the 56-year-old businesswoman immediately complied with the bandits’ demands, handing over to the men a sum of cash and a quantity of jewellery. They then escaped with the motorcar.It was later discovered that the bandits might have been holing up in the house for quite some time, since cigarette ash was found in the lower flat of the building.Back in 2017, this family had suffered significant losses following a burglary committed on their Craig Public Road business. To date, no arrest has been made.last_img read more

World Cup driving SA tourism

first_imgSouth African tourism officials say footballfans have had a positive effect on thecountry’s economy.(Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Thandiwe January-McLean+2711 895 3000RELATED ARTICLES• World Cup tourists paint SA red• World Cup spirit in Soweto• SA fan to break attendance record• Bafana frenzy grips the nationNosimilo RamelaSouth African Tourism is confident that foreign football fans in the country for the 2010 Fifa World Cup are making a positive contribution to the economy – and that the benefits will last long after the final whistle is blown.“From a touristic point of view this has been a fabulous opportunity, given the exposure that South Africa has received all over the world,” said Thandiwe January-McLean, head of South African Tourism.Gillian Saunders, of accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton, said predictions are that South Africa will make about R8.8-billion (US$1.1-billion) from tourism during the World Cup. “That’s just a slice of the R93-billion [$12-billion] that the games are expected to generate for the economy.”Evidence of tourist interest in the country can be seen in local bars and restaurants, which are packed daily with foreign fans here to support their teams.Cape Town‘s V&A Waterfront has become a major attraction for those attending matches at the city’s Green Point stadium.“On a daily basis it’s more or less in the region of 100 000 people coming through, with spikes on match days. These loyal supporters travel with their teams. It’s absolutely fantastic,” said V&A Waterfront spokesperson Annemie Liebenberg.Cape Town hotels have reported that accommodation close to the stadium has been almost booked out over the past two weeks. Tour operators have also seen a 20% increase in business compared to June 2009.According to South African Tourism, even hotels in Johannesburg, the country’s economic hub, are 85% full.This is despite local experts having to lower initial expectations, from 450 000 foreign visitors to 300 000 over the four-week period, due to a drop in ticket sales and accommodation bookings.Although the tournament is being played during the country’s June and July winter season, traditionally unpopular among foreign holiday-makers, tourist numbers have so far been on a par with South Africa’s busy summer period – this has given us a second peak season.Ambassadors for SA tourismWorld Cup visitors in Durban say they are so impressed with South African hospitality that they are willing to become tourism ambassadors for the country when they return home.Durban mayor Obed Mlaba said he has spoken to many tourists who have been impressed by South Africans’ warm, welcoming spirit. “They will go back with a different view of our country. Many came here thinking that they were visiting a very harsh and hostile country, but they have been treated well and they are happy,” he said.Mlaba has congratulated Durban’s locals for helping make tourists feel safe and welcome around the stadium and the city. “Although the authorities have done all the planning and implementation, it is the local residents who have extended their hospitality to local and foreign visitors.”Even representatives in the smaller host cities, such as Bloemfontein, Rustenburg and Port Elizabeth, say they have been inundated with tourists who are clearly enjoying the local sites, bars, restaurants and hotels.“We sold the most beer we’ve ever sold in the nine years we’ve been in existence,” said Sandy Nel, owner of News Cafe in Port Elizabeth.Nel said the restaurant has sold 3 135 units of beer during the tournament so far, and has seen a 200% rise in turnover.Port St Johns holiday resort owners say they have also noticed an increase in the number of tourists since the beginning of the World Cup. Although this small town along the Eastern Cape coast was not chosen as a specific host centre, it has drawn in many tourists attending matches in the province.Fans say they like the area because of its uniqueness and warm conditions. “We came here because we heard that there’s a jungle all the way to the beach, and the weather is warmer here than in Cape Town,” said the UK’s Martin Bouwer.“It has been great hosting people from other countries. Tourists like this area because it is a stop-over between Durban and Port Elizabeth,” local business owner Andy Jacobs added.With all this positive feedback, it seems the R100-million ($12.9-million) South Africa spent on its World Cup marketing campaign was well worth it. “The marketing benefits from hosting one of the world’s most-watched sporting events have been invaluable,” January-McLean said.last_img read more

Get in the Ring: Innovative start-up funding comes to South Africa

first_imgWant to change the world with your business idea? Get in the Ring, a global platform allowing start-ups to pitch, expand their network and secure funding, is now open to pioneering new businesses in South Africa.Get in the Ring is about learning to explain business ideas and requirements very quickly. Through the process, participants actually get to pitch to funders. (Image: Bizmag)Are you are an entrepreneur with an innovative start-up that needs funding? Get in the Ring could be the initiative for you.An exciting global platform allowing start-ups to pitch, expand their network and secure funding, Get in the Ring is now open to pioneering new businesses in South Africa.Any start-up that is eight years old or less can enter. Innovative businesses with a great potential for growth tend to do the best.“Start-ups are changing the world,” says Jochem Cuppen, global director of Get in the Ring. “They develop innovations at a high speed, defy large companies and find solutions for world challenges. We love them.“Being part of a start-up is not easy, though. It means a rollercoaster ride with low chances of success, but high returns when succeeding.”In only three years Get in the Ring has grown from a local event in the Netherlands to a global competition in 64 countries, connecting more than 3 000 start-ups to thousands of funders, and millions of fans.“Start-ups need resources such as capital, talent and expertise to survive in today’s turbulent environment,” says Cuppen.“Globally, these resources are available in abundance, but often don’t connect. Sometimes because of timing, or because they are not offered in the right place. Sometimes because they are not well presented, or already taken by others.“However, they are there, and it is exactly this missing link between talented entrepreneurs and opportunities that drives what we do. We took the challenge to make a change. Will you?”Get in the Ring is about learning to explain business ideas and requirements very quickly. Through the process, participants actually get to pitch to funders.GET IN THE RING COMES TO SOUTH AFRICAThe licence to run Get in the Ring in South Africa, all the way through to the International Final in 2017, has recently been awarded to the Real Entrepreneur Institute.This will include the finals for both the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons of Get in the Ring – the city finals, the national finals, and the regional finals for Central, East and Southern Africa.The 2015/16 season culminates in the international final, to be held in Medellin, Colombia from 14 to 17 March 2016.HOW YOU CAN GET IN THE RINGTo take part, entrepreneurs simply have to fill in an online application form. The team then vets the applications and selects a few hundred participants to compete.Get in the Ring is looking for talented people to help make the 2016/17 season a success:Judges for the six city finals, national final and regional final. Judges should mostly be investors or representatives of funding organisations. Other judges may be well-known entrepreneurs and people in the entrepreneurial development fields.Trainers to teach participants how to pitch, known as “pitch training”. Get in the Ring are looking for people capable of training at all levels of the competition.Funders: All the way through the competition participants get to pitch one-on-one with funders, in a coordinated process. The funders then score the participants on predetermined criteria. These scores help determine the final six to battle it out in the ring.Get in the Ring are looking for venture capitalists, angel funders and representatives from larger funding organisations to participate. Funders may offer participants funding if they see the potential in the business, but this does not influence the results.last_img read more

Giving kids a sporting chance in life

first_imgIn the 25 years that Sporting Chance has been in existence, it has worked with about 170 000 and even helped unearth exceptional sporting talent. (Images: Shamin Chibba)Sporting Chance, as the name suggests, is a sports development agency that gives children from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to participate in sport while also receiving a physical education.One of the organisation’s more important goals was to instil an active life pattern, said founder and managing director Brad Bing. He was speaking at a Play Your Part Rugby Activation held at Khayelitsha Rugby Stadium in Cape Town on 2 October. “What you need is to create life patterns by the age of 12. You don’t just wake up on your 14th birthday and say, ‘Tomorrow I’m going to play squash.’ Your kids are going to grow up following that and that’s the culture we need to have.”Sporting Chance helped Play Your Part facilitate the activation in Khayelitsha, bringing along rugby coaches and experts to train the children.With calypso cricket and street soccer programmes their mainstay, Sporting Chance is taking sport to the children. “Basically we never make plans. All we do is facilitate the opportunity and these kids have got to grab the opportunity themselves,” said Bing.Bing himself has been active all his life. He played cricket professionally for Western Province in the late 1980s and played in England for 10 years. After he retired, he returned to South Africa with the idea of getting children outside and playing sport.“I came back with international ideas to South Africa and if you remember correctly in the 1980s it was the height of apartheid and the height of the struggle. Not many people understood the ideas I was talking about. Out of pure frustration, in September 1990 I said: ‘That’s it, I’m going to start my own company.’”And 25 years later, the organisation is still moving strongly. It has worked with about 170 000 children, some of whom have gone on to represent South Africa at the highest level. According to Bing, these include six members of the national men’s hockey side and cricket player Herschelle Gibbs.However, he insists that the organisation’s job is not to produce international level talent but to get children to play sport, lead a healthy lifestyle and receive mentorship from experienced coaches.Play Your Part worked with Sporting Chance coaches to run the rugby activation in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. MENTORSHIP IS CRUCIALBing’s cricket career would not have bloomed had he not received mentorship from teachers, coaches, fellow players and his father. “On a Saturday morning, when my dad or my mom took me to play cricket, they sat there and watched me. And my father would say to me: ‘You made this mistake or that mistake.’ These kids don’t have that. In our townships, those parents only come back at night and those kids get fed and put into bed so where does the mentorship come about?”When a budding athlete from a disadvantaged background lacked mentorship, he added, it was difficult to progress through the ranks. “That’s the obstacle we have to get around. You’ll always see our township [children] struggling and that is the bridge we have to cross in order to make sure that South Africa really becomes a powerhouse in sport.“If I was formerly disadvantaged I would still be toyi-toying outside the Department of Sport and Recreation’s office not because I want to be a rebel but because I want more access to facilities.” By having the sports facilities and equipment at their disposal, Brad Bing believes children from disadvantaged areas like Khayelitsha can realise their potential not just as athletes but as good people too.LACK OF ACCESSSporting Chance sees itself as a business that gives communities access to sports, coaches and facilities. “We run coaching programmes as well regardless of the type of sport it is in that community.”At the rugby activation in Khayelitsha, Bing said that though there were facilities in the area, they were not maintained. “We have a rugby facility here but with all due respect you look at the clubhouse… You’ve got the poles here but you don’t see the field markings and if the fields are not marked are you telling me that rugby is actually played on a daily basis… most of those people are out there working, when do they have time to make the club work?” Bing asked.“So we are talking about rugby but where are the squash courts and the tennis courts? There are cricket facilities that haven’t been maintained. How are we going to produce black cricket in communities?”In addition, although the facility was there, residents did not have access to equipment. “We fully know that if we leave equipment here we won’t find it tomorrow so you need someone to lead that facility and make sure it’s secure.”There is also no access to professional and structured coaching. At the rugby activation, former Springboks Sevens player Mpho Mbiyozo and Sporting Chance coaches were on hand to teach children from the township about rugby and life.However, Bing said such events took place once; training programmes should be ongoing. “Believe me, in a population as big as Khayelitsha where you have got half-a-million people, you can have 400 to 500 kids coming here at any time.”Mbiyozo agreed, saying: “It ends here today, and when they go home and they’re all happy. This event is a seed but we need to water it to germinate.”last_img read more

Promise Me That You Will Not to Allow Yourself to Be Divided

first_img“Wherever there is other, there is fear.” – The Upanishads.I want you to do something for me. Well, not for me, for you. Well, not just for you, for us. For all of us.I want you to make a promise. I want you to try to keep that promise. Even when it isn’t easy to keep. Even when you are being bombarded by messages that conflict with this promise. No, especially when you are confronted with messages that conflict with this promise. . . should you decide to make it.What promise is it that I am asking you to make? It’s a big promise, and it isn’t an easy promise to keep. But it’s important.I want you to promise not to allow yourself to be divided from other people.I want you to promise not to allow yourself to be separated from people because they are a different color from you. No one of any color is any different from you in any way. This is true even though there are some who work very hard to make you believe there are differences. Promise not to allow their fear to divide you.I want you to promise not to be separated from other people because they have a different religious tradition from yours. There are fundamentalists in all religions, some of whom are violent, and this is true even for Buddhists. The violence of a few is not a reason for you to separate yourself from those who are not and who never will be violent. That is all but a very, very small minority, most of whom you will never encounter.I want you to promise not to allow yourself to be separated from people who have different political beliefs from you. You will be told that those who disagree with you have nefarious motives, that they mean you harm. Even though you may have extreme differences in our beliefs as to what problems face us and how we solve them, we have a process for working out our disagreements, and that process does not require anger, hatred, or the demonization of millions of people with whom you may disagree.This is a big ask, I know. But I need to ask you to do something else. Something equally as important. Maybe even more important. I need to ask you to make your promise visible to the rest of the world.Stop contributing to the divisiveness. Stop posting provocative posts on social media. Stop arguing with people who are much more like you than they are different in comments or in tweets. Stop seeking out information that confirms your biases, that prove that “your side” is right and that “they” are wrong. There is no “they,” and if there is, you and I are both one of them (to someone).If you are on one knee when the national anthem plays in protest, both knees in prayer, or upset that some aren’t standing with their hand over their heart, you are still much more alike than you are different, even if you have a different belief or opinion.Those that were just lost were mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters. They weren’t others. It doesn’t matter what color or religion or political party they belong to, does it?Promise me you won’t allow yourself to be divided, even when powerful forces work hard to separate us. The antidote to hate is not, never has been, and never will be greater hate. The antidote to hate is love, compassion, and understanding.last_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: Accountability and Consequences

first_imgRecently, I had a conversation with a person who told me that one of the leaders in her company led “with the stick.” His view was that a leader leads with something negative instead of positive. It would go too far to suggest that he was saying that this leader chose force, or manipulation because neither of those comes close to the truth. What this person was saying about the leader was that he holds people accountable.Accountability means that you are responsible for producing some outcome. In order for accountability to work, there must be consequences. The consequences don’t need to be dire, like losing your job, but there must be consequences, otherwise, there is no accountability.Leaders are accountable. It is part of the role and one that cannot be avoided. The best leaders embrace accountability, recognizing that the responsibility to produce a result is what empowers them to take actions that produce that result. What leaders are accountable for is a better future state. There may not be a greater responsibility.The accountability for producing a result creates a cascade of accountabilities that reach lower levels of responsibility within a company. Because the leader is accountable, they hold their executive level team members accountable for producing results, empowering them to take action. But also empowering them to hold the people that work for them accountable for producing results necessary for moving the organization forward or producing some outcome. Because the leader cannot avoid accountability, no one at the lower levels can either.Lately,  I’ve been listening to a lot of commentary on the problems with hierarchies. But there are two kinds of hierarchies, dominator hierarchies, and growth hierarchies. A dominator hierarchy will use force and manipulation to achieve the results, and the accountability for producing those results will not likely be a pleasant experience, nor will it likely occur in a culture that provides meaning or purpose in work. Accountability will feel completely different in a growth hierarchy. Instead of using power or force, the leaders will instead use inspiration and influence. They will care deeply about ensuring that the people they hold accountable have everything they need to succeed, including their continued support in their concern about the people they hold accountable individually.One of the primary things a growth hierarchy expects in the way of accountability is personal and professional growth. It’s a nurturing environment where people have the opportunity to become the best version of themselves. But even in a growth hierarchy, accountability means consequences. In this case, it may mean retraining or reassignment. Growth hierarchies tend to care about individuals and take care of them. This allows them to create greater accountability because people have the psychological safety to accept responsibility-in whatever consequences come with them. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Dembele arrives with potential to step into Neymar’s shoes

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “He didn’t choose to be in one of the biggest transfers in the history of football, but I think that he is strong enough mentally to bear this burden,” Stephan said. “We will continue to follow his evolution with great attention and pleasure.” “He is a player who generates a lot of excitement and a lot of expectations,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “We expect a lot from him.”Dembele has already shown signs that he has the potential to shine and one day reach the same heights of someone like Neymar.He scored the winner when France defeated England 3-2 in a friendly back in June, in what was his seventh appearance with the French national team. One dazzling moment in that game gave fans a glimpse of Dembele’s talent. Early in the second half, he picked up a loose ball on defense and flicked it past England defender Kyle Walker — one of the quickest in the Premier League — and left him trailing on a pulsating 60-meter run toward the goal.Although slight in build, Dembele has huge upper-body strength, enabling him to ride heavy challenges and use his body to hold off opponents running alongside him. He is a constant threat with his assists, and can play well on both flanks of the field and through the middle.“You can’t tell if he’s right-footed or left-footed, he can strike with both feet,” Julien Stephan, Dembele’s coach in Rennes’ reserve team, said in an interview on the club’s website. “He’s a great competitor and he is not bothered by the pressure. He plays naturally whether it’s in front of 3,000, 30,000 or 100,000 people.”ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dortmund’s French midfielder Ousmane Dembele walks over the pitch during a press event of German first division Bundesliga football club Borussia Dortmund on August 9, 2017 in Dortmund, western Germany. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZMADRID, Spain—Only two years ago, Ousmane Dembele was playing in France’s lower divisions with modest club Rennes.On Friday, he became the second-most expensive player in soccer history when Barcelona picked him to replace Neymar in a deal that could reach 147 million euros ($173 million).ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding It’s been a rapid rise for the lean forward since he was first spotted by a Rennes scout as an 8-year-old in the northern city of Evreux. The club monitored him closely and brought him to its youth academy by the time he was 13.Coaches were quickly impressed, and he was promoted to Rennes’ reserve team in the beginning of the 2014-15 season.“Everyone was talking to me about another player his age, but I only saw him,” said Armand Djire, the Rennes recruiter who got a first look at Dembele. “We brought the family to Rennes and took care of their professional and personal needs. We did everything possible so Ousmane could arrive at (main team) in the best possible conditions.”By the time he was 17, Dembele had already made his first-team debut in the French league, scoring his first goal as a professional in a match against Girondins only two weeks after his debut.In his two seasons as a professional in with the club from northern France, Dembele played 78 matches, scoring 22 goals and setting up 25 others.He became a top prospect for European clubs, and Borussia Dortmund signed him last year in a transfer worth 15 million euros (about $16.7 at the time). He scored six goals and set up 13 others in 32 Bundesliga games, turning into Barcelona’s top target the moment Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain in a deal worth more than 220 million euros ($260 million).Neymar had arrived as a possible successor to Messi, and when he left, the club had to find someone else to take on that difficult desk.Dembele, who will wear Neymar’s former No. 11 jersey, became Barcelona’s most expensive transfer ever, costing 105 million euros ($124 million) plus possible add-ons that could increase the value up to 40 percent of the original fee. Rennes will be entitled to about 40 million euros ($47.2 million) of the amount paid to Dortmund, meaning he’s also the club’s biggest transfer all-time.“The market has been shooting up in the last few days. It seems that every club will be signing their most expensive player from now on. The prices have gone up a lot since Neymar’s buyout clause was paid,” Valverde said, adding that he hopes Dembele “will be prepared” to handle the pressure that comes with a move of this magnitude.Dembele, whose mother is from Mauritania and his father is from Mali, was making his professional debut only 21 months ago, and now all eyes will be on him every time he steps on the field. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img View comments MOST READ The talented 20-year-old French forward suddenly turned into a star by joining the Spanish powerhouse in a transfer surpassed only by the Brazilian star’s recent move to Paris Saint-Germain.Now the pressure is on Dembele to prove his worth and show that Barcelona did the right thing by choosing him to play alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.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 shutoutBarcelona is hoping to re-establish its successful attacking trio, so it’s probably no coincidence that there is a lot of Neymar in the young Dembele — from the quickness to the nifty skills to the audacity to the ability to dazzle.Barcelona is already calling him the “prince of the dribble,” someone who can amaze fans with his “sublime skill and gutsy flair.” The club boasted Dembele as one of the “most promising young stars in European football,” a player who has a “golden future.” And it praised him as being “versatile, spectacular and efficient,” someone “almost impossible” to be stopped by the rival defenses. LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Uyloan says D-League stint with Cignal ‘rejuvenated’ his career SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

Analysis: Of course Serena Williams unsatisfied by Paris run

first_img“When you play Serena, you’ve got to control all the points, you’ve got to dictate, because she’s going to take control of the points,” Kenin said. “She’s the best of the best.”This was Williams’ earliest Grand Slam loss since 2014, and her performance was as shaky as can be. She lost eight of the initial 10 games, ended up with twice as many unforced errors as Kenin and often was left shaking her head or muttering to herself or gesticulating in despair after dropping a point.Since twisting her ankle along the way to blowing four match points in the Australian Open quarterfinals, Williams had played only four matches in 2019, going 2-2.She pulled out of Indian Wells because she was sick, then the Miami Open and the Italian Open because of her knee.“She had such a short period of time to prepare,” Mouratoglou said after the loss to Kenin. “All I know is, she was not ready and it was obvious, I think. … She was fighting, but she’s not prepared enough to win those matches.”Williams agreed with that assessment.“I’m just pretty far away, but … the optimistic part is I haven’t been able to be on the court as much as I would have,” she said. “That’s OK. At least I can start trying to put the time in now.”To that end, Williams did not rule out entering a grass-court tuneup tournament ahead of the next Grand Slam tournament on the calendar, Wimbledon.She hasn’t done that since 2011.“I’m definitely feeling short on matches, and just getting in the swing of things. I don’t really like playing out points when I practice,” she said. “I have some time on my hands, so maybe I’ll jump in and get a wild card on one of these grass-court events and see what happens.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after missing a shot against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — Serena Williams hadn’t played much all year. Hadn’t practiced much, either. She dealt with an injured ankle in January, a viral illness in March, then a bad left knee in March, April and May.She wasn’t sure whether it even made sense to show up for the French Open at all.ADVERTISEMENT But here’s the thing: Williams needs to be closer to her highest level than she was in Paris if she is going to do what she wants to do, which is raise her Grand Slam trophy count. Right now she’s at 23, more than anyone in the professional era. In the history of tennis, only Margaret Court has more, with 24, some won against amateur competition.On Sunday, Williams already was looking ahead, writing on Instagram: “Yesterday was not my day. But it’s about getting up time and time again after you fall. Here’s to a multitude of tomorrows.”It’s not as if Williams can’t still summon the elite strokes and strategy necessary to thrive. She demonstrated that by getting to the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year, when she returned to the tour following the September 2017 birth of her daughter.Williams, though, is no longer at the stage of her career, or perhaps an age, where she can get by purely on her considerable will or muscle memory or champion’s aura.Especially when facing gutsy opponents like the 35th-ranked Kenin.ADVERTISEMENT As usual, all eyes will be on Williams when play starts at the All England Club on July 1.“I want her to be ready,” Mouratoglou said. “Whatever we need to do we will do.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Angkas adds new safety measures for six-month pilot run PLAY LIST 02:17Angkas adds new safety measures for six-month pilot run01:10Angkas re-training 15,000 drivers, eyes pilot run by end of June00:35Tennis legend Moya marvels at Manila crowd02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Neymar denies rape allegations So, a reporter wanted to know, given all of that, would the 37-year-old Williams have been satisfied ahead of time if someone had told her she would wind up making it to the third round?Hahahahahaha. Are you kidding? This is Williams we’re talking about here, as talented and competitive an athlete as there is.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I would have thought they were lying, because I wouldn’t expect to have gotten only to the third round,” came the reply Saturday evening, after Williams was beaten 6-2, 7-5 in that round by 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin. “So I would have been like, ‘That’s not true.’”Here is the way Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, summed up her mindset: “She doesn’t come here to do second round, third round, quarters or semis. She comes to win.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer on hefty bonuses at Man Utd

first_imgSolskjaer on hefty bonuses at Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on hefty bonuses if he can lead the team to success.Solskjaer is on-loan at United from Molde.And the Mirror says according to sources in Norway, Solskjaer will be in the money if he delivers silverware or qualifies for Europe.He is earning £1m, but qualification for either the Champions League or Europa League will net him a seven-figure bonus, while winning a cup will earn a £1m payday.However, should he become the next permanent boss at Old Trafford Molde are set to benefit to the tune of £8m in a managerial transfer fee. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img