Austria’s Dominic Thiem booked a semi-final spot at the ATP Finals with a stunning victory over Novak Djokovic in the standout match of the tournament so far on Tuesday.The world number five ripped winners all over the 02 Arena’s blue court to rock five-time champion Djokovic on his heels for a 6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(5) victory and move top of the group.Djokovic played a full part in an exhilarating contest but could not quite match the firepower of the 26-year-old who has now beaten him in four of their last five meetings.The Serb seemed to have weathered the storm as he fought back from a break down in the decider and came within milimetres of a match point when Thiem served at 4-5 30-30 and won a Hawkeye challenge after his rasping forehand was shown to have clipped a line.Thiem then broke the Djokovic serve at 5-5 but could not serve it out and was dragged into a tiebreak.Djokovic led 4-1 but Thiem would not be denied and reeled off five points in a row to give himself two match points.Thiem thought he had served an ace at 6-4 but it was called out and this time his Hawkeye challenge was unsuccessful.However, the Austrian made sure at the second time of asking as Djokovic netted after close to three hours on court.Whatever happens to Thiem against already-eliminated Italian Matteo Berrettini on Thursday, he will progress from the Bjorn Borg group, while Djokovic now faces Roger Federer to decide who will join the Austrian in the weekend’s semi-finals.
Nimba County Superintendent Fong Zuagele has announced that Sanniquellie Sports Stadium will be named in honor of businessman Floyd S. Tomah for his immense contribution to the development and promotion of sports in the county.Superintendent Zuagele said he has already made the formal recommendation to the Nimba County Council and the decision would be reached during their sitting in June 2016.He told journalists last Thursday that the naming of the stadium to honor Tomah is also owing to “his massive employment and empowerment of the youths as his way of tackling poverty in the county.”“Floyd’s love for sports and empowerment has helped the county for over a decade; and through that, most of the youth have acquired either formal or informal education and are able to support themselves and contribute their quota to the community and the county at large,” he said.Floyd served as chairman of the Nimba County Steering Sports Committee during the county’s double championship wins in 2010 and 2011.He is also the committee’s current chairman.It was learned that Floyd Tomah provided funds for the building of the Sanniquellie Sports Stadium.In response, Tomah said the naming of the Sanniquellie Sports Stadium in his honor will encourage him to do more for the county.“I would be grateful if the Sanniquellie Sports Stadium is named in my honor. I will be impressed and more than happy. It would be like a reward to my efforts,” he said.Floyd Tomah is the proprietor of the Jungle Water and Group of Investments and Jackie Hotels.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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“We need to pay our employees competitive salaries,” he added. In addition to the pay raise, the district will pay all increased costs for insurance premiums. “This is as close to the COLA (cost-of-living allowance from the state) as we could get,” said Theresa Stacer, president of the Norwalk-La Mirada chapter of the California School Employees Association. “In the past, we kept giving up (money) to pay for health costs,” Stacer said. “This year, we didn’t do that.” Stacer said it’s also good to be settling so early. “It’s one of the shortest negotiating periods we’ve had,” she said. “You don’t want to be dealing with negotiations when school is open.” Total cost of the entire contract is estimated at $5.5 million. Superintendent Ginger Shattuck said the district can afford the additional expense in part because of a projected $25.6 million reserve with its $185.9 million budget. “Employees really deserve to get a raise as close to the COLA,” she said. This year’s COLA is 4.5 percent. Still, district officials will need to be careful in future spending, Shattuck said. Enrollment continues to decline. In the last three years, the district has lost 1,567 students. Declining enrollment has cost Norwalk-La Mirada Unified about $9 million in revenue. This year, enrollment was projected to decline by about 550 students, but so far the numbers are only down by about 400 students, Shattuck said. Shattuck praised the two employee associations for being able to settle in September. “They understood the impact of declining enrollment and not coming in asking for anything outrageous,” she said. Norwalk-La Mirada Unified firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – Less than a month into the school year, the school district and its employee groups agreed to a contract that will give a 4 percent pay raise. The board of education on Tuesday unanimously approved the contracts with the teachers and the classified employees association. “I’m delighted that we’ve come to agreement on the contract so quickly,” board President Ed Hengler said. Hengler said the contract will enable the District to get off to a good start academically and allow teachers to concentrate on student achievement.
Before Emily Rios become the biggest star to come out of indie films, this 5 feet, 5-inch actress wanted to play professional basketball. “I never took acting too seriously,” said Rios, 17. “I thought it was something I could fall back on. I never decided to become a big-time actress and get famous or rich off of it.”. Rios plays a 14-year-old girl who gets pregnant and battles her devoutly religious family in “Quinceanera.” The independent film won the jury prize for best dramatic feature and the narrative audience award at Sundance in January. It opened in theaters on Friday.. Rios began acting in commercials when she was 12, but her first love was basketball. She played varsity and junior varsity basketball at Mountain View High School in El Monte. She wanted to play in WNBA.. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles Then she landed her current role, and her life has completely changed.. “I don’t get a breath in between, I don’t get enough sleep,” the El Monte native said. “I just finished a press junket – a 13-day, eight-city tour. It’s exhausting, but I can’t complain when people are dying to be in the position I’m in.”. She’s traveled to Italy and throughout Europe for film events, and just came back from the International Latino Film Festival in New York last Saturday.. She’s had a lot of international exposure and is a celebrity at West Covina High, where she just finished her junior year. . “All of a sudden people who wouldn’t give me the time of day now want to be my best friend,” Rios said. “It’s understandable. That’s people. I’m a very private person, I like to keep to myself, but I’m also open to meeting new friends.”. In the movie, Rios plays Magdalena, a tough-willed girl who’s preparing for her quinceanera, an elaborate coming of age celebration for Latinas on their 15th birthdays.. After Magdalena’s parents discover she’s pregnant, they kick her out of the house and she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin.. In real life, Rios says she is very similar to her character – she’s opinionated and knows what she wants.. “Magdalena seems like a very tough character on the surface,” Rios said. “She has maturity and pride, and won’t swallow it for anything. I’m exactly the same way to same extent. I won’t show that anyone has power or control over me, but like my character, when I’m in my corner, my emotions will come out.”. As the film shows Magdalena in different stages of pregnancy, Rios had to wear consecutively larger belly pads, and then a full body-suit at the end.. Rios said she got a kick out of it, but she gets very serious on the topic of teen pregnancy.. “A lot of the reason why kids are getting pregnant these days, is because they see their parents or their family members getting pregnant at a young age,” Rios said. “They think it’s the life they’re supposed to live, and it’s not that they don’t know any better;- they just don’t know any different.”. Even though teen moms may end up a product of their environment, Rios says young girls should still take the initiative to educate themselves on safe sex.. “Yes, we’re living in a time when teen pregnancy is an epidemic, but at the same time, we have so many more opportunities, and we’re throwing them out the window,” Rios said. “If teens are mature and old enough to be having sex, they’re old enough to learn how to protect themselves and be safe,” she said.. Filmmakers Richard Gratzler and Wash Westmoreland shot “Quinceanera” in their Echo Park neighborhood, and finished the movie in nine months on a $400,000 budget.. They were inspired to write the screenplay after one of their neighbors invited them to a quinceanera. . Rios said the portrayal of the Latino community was “on point,” and that the filmmakers approached the subject with respect. They always looked to cast members and people in the community to make sure they got it right, she said. Gratzler and Westmoreland included a gay main character, Magdalena’s cousin Carlos (Jesse Garcia).. “People stereotype gays as flamboyant and colorful, yet there are entire gangs of gay cholos,” Rios said. “People seem to think otherwise, but this is the life we’re living. It’s a really honest film. It’s what’s going on in everyday life.”. In the movie, Magdalena gets in a heated fight with her father after he finds out she’s pregnant. It was originally supposed to be a self-pity scene, but Rios and the directors changed it to make it more authentic.. Arguments with her own dad are pretty similar, Rios said. He’s very proud of his daughter, but did have one beef – Rio’s intimate kissing scene with her on-screen boyfriend, J.R. Cruz.. During the movie premiere, everyone had read the script except her dad.. “All he saw was his little baby kissing a boy, and he started cursing in Spanish,” Rios said. “J.R. was shrinking in his chair. It was so funny.”. Though Rio’s character dreams about a new dress and riding in a Hummer limo for her 15th birthday celebration, Rios never had a quinceanera of her own. She was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, and didn’t celebrate birthdays or holidays. Her family stopped practicing the faith before her 16th birthday. She’s the youngest in the family, and has three other siblings: Raquel 25, Fabian 24, and Gabriela, 18.. She doesn’t have as much time for sports now because of her acting, but when she relaxes, she loves listening to underground hip-hop. Her favorite artists include Beltran, Atmosphere, Immortal Technique, Anticon, Living Legends and Jedi Mind Tricks.. Rios has been considered for other roles after the release of her film, and seems to have a promising future as a big-time actress. But who knows, she might decide to try for the WNBA court one day.. “Here I am doing my first film, and it’s been a dream,” Rios said. “But I’m just taking it one step at a time. I’m not sure it’s what I want to pursue. Basketball has always been my first choice and only love.”.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“The charges against Ms. Wiggan are completely different from those contained in the separate indictment against Anthony Pellicano,” said Saunders. “Today’s verdict does not impact the prosecution or the ongoing investigation of Mr. Pellicano and his associates.” U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer declared a mistrial on the one unresolved perjury count on which jurors were split 6-6. Saunders said he would decide later whether to retry Wiggan on that count. If convicted, Wiggan had faced up to five years in prison on each count. The government claimed that Wiggan helped Ray Turner, a retired SBC employee, with information that aided Pellicano’s alleged criminal enterprise. They presented records of about 80 phone calls made by Turner to Wiggan’s voice-mail number. They alleged that in two separate grand jury appearances she lied about her role. A former phone company employee was acquitted Monday on four perjury charges related to the wiretapping case against Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano, and the jury deadlocked on a fifth count. Joann Wiggan, 52, was one of three SBC employees who were alleged to have supplied a former co-worker with information from confidential databases. She was accused of lying to a grand jury about her activities. Wiggan’s attorney, David Reed, said the verdict “is akin to David beating Goliath.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Saunders said that while he was disappointed with the verdict, it would have no impact on the Pellicano case. Wiggan, who testified in her own defense, said whatever calls she made to or received from Turner had nothing to do with accessing private phone records for Pellicano. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Lally said during opening statements that Wiggan “brazenly” perjured herself when she claimed not to have heard the voice mails. During Wiggan’s trial, two other phone company workers testified that they received calls from Turner seeking information from customer databases. On some of the days they said they received calls, calls were also placed from Turner’s phone number to Wiggan. Wiggan testified she didn’t check her voice-mail messages very often because she found them “annoying.” Wiggan, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was fired in March as a result of the federal investigation.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
revealed latest SORRY 3 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future WatfordWatford have a number of injury concerns, with Troy Deeney, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley all still sidelined.Etienne Capoue is also a major doubt for the Hornets, meaning Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes are likely to feature in a three-man midfield alongside Abdoulaye Doucoure.Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores believes getting his players to rediscover their confidence is key to turning things around.The Hornets are bottom of the table by two points having failed to register a Premier League win since April.Flores replaced Javi Gracia in early September but Watford have since picked up only four points from six matches and morale is understandably low.“I can see the players they are compromised. Of course, if we were able to win it will be a little bit different,” he told a press conference ahead of the visit of Chelsea.“At the moment we are in this situation. It is bad, it is hard, and the fans are suffering. The confidence of the players is the most important thing as they need to solve the results.“You can’t go to a store and say, ‘I want confidence’ that is impossible.“The feeling is mostly really good, even though we didn’t win the last matches. We tried hard and tried to reduce the attempts of the opponent.“We just need to be a bit more relaxed in the last third. Try to be not so nervous and when you play with a confidence you can take good decisions.” scrap Watford will be hoping to clinch their first Premier League win of the season against Chelsea Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff appointed 3 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion AFP How Frank Lampard’s side could line up at Watford getty images LATEST MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? PAYBACK Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Watford vs Chelsea at 5:30pm! getty images Chelsea face a short trip to Watford on Saturday evening as they look to bounce back to winning ways following Wednesday night’s defeat by Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.Marcus Rashford’s stunning free-kick was the difference between the two sides as the Red Devils ran out 2-1 victors to advance to the quarter-finals of the competition – ending the west London side’s seven-game winning streak in the process. ChelseaToni Rudiger is not fit to face the Hornets and will see a consultant next week regarding a pelvic problem.In other injury news, N’Golo Kante is still not yet fit enough to return although may be ready for the Champions League encounter against Ajax on Tuesday night.“Every player in the squad that’s not available is disappointing but it comes with the territory, injuries are there,” said Lampard.“Himself (Rudiger) and N’Golo are obviously top players and carried over injuries from last season – different injuries now but it’s been a domino effect.“The players will be more frustrated than anyone else because there’s nothing worse than being a player when you can’t have input into what the team is doing every week, disappointing for me because I want to be able to select from them.“We’ll keep going and as soon as both of them are fit – N’Golo’s close, he’s working with the team now – we’ll be all the better for that.”Midfielder Ross Barkley remains sidelined by an ankle injury while centre-back Andreas Christensen is still out with a hamstring problem.Christian Pulisic, who scored a hat-trick in Chelsea’s last league match, is set to start ahead of Callum Hudson-Odoi. Frank Lampard could become just the second Chelsea manager to win seven successive away games in all competitions – after Bobby Campbell in 1989 – should his side take away all three points from Vicarage Road.Meanwhile, there is the sense that Watford are starting to head in the right direction under the recently-appointed Quique Sanchez Flores.With that said just one victory has come from their last 16 Premier League fixtures, a period which began in the aftermath of their dramatic FA Cup semi-final success over Wolves in April.That elusive first top-flight win needs to come sooner rather than later, with the Hornets four points adrift off 17th-placed Newcastle.Below, talkSPORT.com predicts how both sides will line up for the 5:30pm kick-off – which is LIVE on talkSPORT. 3 TOP WORK Frank Lampard has enjoyed an excellent start to life as Chelsea manager
Martijn van Osch did an experiment with digg, in which he submitted a story about a company that made a girl undress in the shopping window of its store in Copenhagen. richard macmanus Tags:#New Media#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts In his post he linked to a short movie available of the girl undressing and the people gathering to get a glimpse of her. He thought it would be perfect for digg. Says Martijn:“Entertainment and sex in one message. Great! The technology-element is the fact that the girl is only a projection on a see-through screen. Sex, check. Entertainment, check. Technology, check.”The story, entitled Girl undresses in 3D, got well over 800 diggs and apparently Martijn got around 11,000 visits to his site as a result. Despite this page views bounty, Martijn thinks the results of his experiment show worrying signs for the future of media:“The fact that ‘Girl undresses in 3D’ can become the number one top story on a website which is referred to as an example of future media models, scares me.”My opinion? Well this really speaks more about digg’s current target audience than the actual digg system. But in fairness you only need to look at the raging success of new Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag, to see that even us older geeks are prone to getting giddy on sensationalism. Of course the same thing happens in ‘old media’ – e.g. tabloids and indeed most mainstream news publications serve up a steady fare of sensationalism. It sells and that’s the ugly truth. In the new media world, it’s just as true. Not just for digg, but the blogosphere – as Russell Beattie summed up nicely a couple of weeks ago:
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Damian Lillard scored 26 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 19 points and a season-high 17 rebounds to lead Portland (24-21). C.J. McCollum scored 16 points and Shabazz Napier 13 for the Blazers.Just six weeks ago, the Blazers lost six consecutive games during a late-November, early December stretch. But starting Dec. 28 with a victory over Philadelphia, Portland has returned to its winning ways in Moda Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Overall our team has just locked in a little bit more,” Lillard said. “We had a rough stretch. We’re not the first team or the last team that’ll have that. The important thing when you have times like that is to stay together and stay with it. I think we’re just in a better place on the floor as a group.”Several wins during this streak looked like Thursday’s, a game in which Portland had most of the answers during the fourth quarter. Tied at 74 after three quarters, the Blazers outscored Indiana 26-12 during the final period to pull out the win. “That’s the hustle game you have to win,” McMillan said. “We have to give help to our bigs down in the paint. They outworked us, and won that game.”Nurkic had one of his most productive games as a Blazer, missing his career high by three rebounds. Nurkic got going early, hitting his first three shots during the first five minutes. Stotts said he didn’t recall running plays for Nurkic, saying he was doing it all on effort.“When he got in the paint, he was finishing early,” Lillard said of Nurkic. “He played strong. Even on the defensive end, he was contesting shots at the rim. . When he plays that way on both ends, we’re a much better team.”Indiana was without forward Myles Turner, the team’s second-leading scorer this season. Turner has missed five consecutive games with a right elbow injury.McCollum sprinted from the floor to the locker room early in the fourth quarter with a brief bout of nausea, but returned a few minutes later.Portland led 52-47 at halftime, and the difference was a pair of buzzer-beaters: McCollum’s 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter, and Lillard’s desperation layup off a drive to finish the second quarter.TIP-INSPacers: The last time Indiana won in Portland was Nov. 28, 2007. … Of the 12 games Turner has missed this season, two came against Portland. … Lance Stephenson missed the team’s morning shootaround with an illness, but played. He finished with no points on 0-of-6 shooting from the floor and missed both of his foul shots. … Indiana is 2-1 on its current five-game road trip, having won at Phoenix and Utah.Trail Blazers: Led by 12 boards from Nurkic, Portland outrebounded Indiana 29-18 in the first half. … Nurkic had a double-double in the first half with 12 points and 12 rebounds. … Portland swept the season series from Indiana for the third time in four seasons. The Blazers won 114-96 over the Pacers on Oct. 20. … Al-Farouq Aminu is averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds in his last four games against Indiana.MAKING UP FOR POOR SHOOTINGPortland won despite shooting just 39.4 percent from the floor (37 of 94), and 31.2 percent from 3-point range (10 of 32). Only once has Portland shot worse and won a game this season.The Blazers made up for it in other ways, like free throw shooting. They were 16 of 16, the third time they’ve been perfect from the line in a game this season, an NBA high. The Blazers also converted 14 offensive rebounds into 24 second-chance points. “In the third quarter, I thought we gave them a lot of opportunities,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “In the fourth quarter, it was good to see the lead expand without having very many mistakes.”Portland took control late in the third quarter, when the Blazers held Indiana scoreless for more than five minutes. It was part of Portland’s 21-2 run, during which Shabazz Napier scored eight points to help erase a six-point deficit and give the Blazers an 89-76 lead midway through the fourth quarter.Napier kick-started the rally during the final seconds of the third quarter, when he made a backcourt steal, then hit a corner 3-pointer as time expired to tie the game at 74.Victor Oladipo and Darren Collison scored 23 points each for Indiana (24-21).Indiana coach Nate McMillan had an eye on the stat sheet in assessing what went wrong for the Pacers. Portland outrebounded Indiana 57-46, and scored 24 second-chance points to the Pacers’ 10.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Embiid drops 26 as Sixers nip Celtics Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid MOST READ Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard shoots over Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. The Trail Blazers won 100-86. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland’s home court was once one of the NBA’s toughest for visitors — but was a source of frustration for the Trail Blazers earlier this season.But they appear to have their home mojo back, as the Blazers won their fifth consecutive home game Thursday night, beating the Indiana Pacers 100-86.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
While headlines are ripe with Samsung’s Tizen OS-based smartphone touted to be launched this month itself, buzz has it that the South Korean giant is also looking to launch another budget device in the Indian market soon. A new report by NDTV Gadgets suggests that the alleged Samsung Galaxy Core Prime will be launched soon in India at a price to the tune of Rs. 9,599.The basis of the report is a Facebook posting by an established Mumbai-based smartphone retailer, Mahesh Telecom that has revealed the pricing and specifications of the said device. It must be however noted that there is no official word from Samsung regarding the device as of now.Reportedly, the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime smartphone will feature a 4.5-inch WVGA PLS (plane-to-line switching) TFT display with a 480×800 pixels resolution. It will reportedly be powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor (unspecified chipset) alongside 1GB of RAM. It will come with 8GB of internal storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD card. The device is tipped to sport a 5MP autofocus rear camera, along with a 2MP front-facing camera. The dual-SIM device will run Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box (no word on the kind of skin used). Connectivity options on the device have been tipped to include: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and 3G. It is expected to be backed by a 2000mAh battery.