Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Venus Williams of the United States waves to the crowd following her first round match against Caroline Dolehide of the United States at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL — Venus Williams advanced to the second round of the Rogers Cup after a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Caroline Dolehide on Monday.The 14th-ranked Williams made quick work of her 19-year-old fellow American in the second set after coming from behind to win a back-and-forth first set.ADVERTISEMENT Dolehide earned spot in the main draw of the U.S. Open on Monday when Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia withdrew due to an injured right shoulder.Earlier Monday, Eugenie Bouchard and partner Sloane Stephens upset the fifth-seeded duo of Gabriela Dabrowski and Yifan Xu 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (6) in first-round doubles action.In singles play, 29-year-old Julia Goerges of Germany avoided an early loss with a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 win over Timea Babos of Hungary in a match that lasted nearly 2 1/2 hours. Goerges had 17 aces and five double faults to Babos’ eight and one, respectively.Goerges will next face qualifier Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in the second round.In other singles matches, Anett Kontaveit of Estonia defeated Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 and Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia cruised past Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-1, 6-0.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James adds Showtime doc to his small-screen portfolio Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The seven-time Grand Slam champion will now face either Sorana Cristea or Monica Niculescu in the second round.It looked like an upset was in the cards in the early going. The 124th-ranked Dolehide, who was making her Rogers Cup debut, jumped to a 3-1 lead in the first set after breaking Williams’ serve. One of just two teenagers in the main draw, Dolehide used her heavy service game and aggressive play to challenge Williams on every point. She finished the match with three aces. Williams had none.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’But the 38-year-old veteran broke Dolehide back to take a 4-3 lead, and she did it again in the deciding game of the first set.Dolehide, one of 12 qualifiers in the main draw, just couldn’t maintain the same pace in the second set, as Williams only lost 11 points on her way to victory. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments Carpio 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
– Advertisement – Article 77(a) of the Liberian Constitution states that “Since the essence of democracy is free competition of ideas expressed by political parties and political groups as well as by individuals, parties may freely be established to advocate the political opinions of the people. Laws, regulations, decrees or measures which might have the effect of creating a one-party state shall be declared unconstitutional.”This constitutional right has brought about multiplicity of political parties, and one of them is the Congress for Democratic Change that has over the past two successive elections remained a formidable opposition party to the ruling Unity Party.Since it came to political prominence in the post-war election of 2005, CDC has lost the presidency in the two elections Liberia has had, yet has been fortunate to dominate the Legislature in both the Senate and House of Representatives. George Weah’s loss in the presidential election in 2005 was predicated upon the fact that he was an inexperienced politician with low level of education. Although CDC supporters have argued that they were cheated, many political candidates and commentators including CDC’s current Vice Standard Bearer, Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, all pledged their support to Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that year, on ground that she is more educated and experienced than Weah. Besides her education and experience, voters observed that Sirleaf had international contacts and could easily embark on the international community to help Liberia’s post-war reconstruction.Concurring with this public observation, Weah after losing the election in 2005 decided to seek university studies in the United States, where he is said to have acquired bachelor’s and master’s degrees; though there was doubt when observers compared his output with his degrees.This same public sentiment about Weah’s incompetence and low level of education led him and the party to bring Cllr. Winston Tubman on board as CDC’s standard bearer, while he (Weah) stood as running-mate in the 2011 election.Again, CDC lost the election to the Unity Party on what voters termed as “Unfinished business” of President Sirleaf’s first term. They claimed that there were some projects that were not completed and therefore President Sirleaf should be given her second term to complete them.Now, Liberia is about to go to election and CDC, which has morphed into a coalition of several political parties of some questionable characters, is in the race. To add insult to injury, CDC has gone ahead to elect in its primary men of character problems in the Legislature and public. The men elected to contest in the Legislative Election on CDC’s ticket in Montserrado County include Solomon George of District #7, Acarus Gray of District #8 and Mulbah Morlu. Morlu is for the first time surfacing in in legislative election, and he aspires to represent District #10.What do we know about these men?Solomon George is a representative who is was involved in a fist fight in the National Legislature. About a year ago, Solomon George and his CDC comrade, Acarus Gray, insulted each other with George claiming to be the boyfriend of Gray’s mother. This district 7 lawmaker is the same who is on record for stating on radio that he will drag Mary Broh and throw her in a pit latrine for the thousands of people in West Point to defecate on her. Our reporter that covered the primary said some of the partisans see the election of Solomon George as a loss for CDC in the district because of his personal conduct.Acarus Moses Gray is a man whose criticism has never been constructive, but insulting. He insults the President of the country under the pretext of opposition. He is the same that has been alleged of misapplication of Ebola money in district 8.Mulbah Morlu: A man who told Liberians that he met with then U.S. President Barack Obama for six minutes in Accra, Ghana, a claim the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia said was completely false. He always incites young people to violence as was witnessed last year at the Temple of Justice and the University of Liberia’s Capitol Hill campus. He led a dollar-campaign wherein thousands of CDC sympathizers paid US$1.00, but since then, there has been no account. Like Gray and George, Mulbah Morlu insults leaders without any respect for the statutory office.It is quite surprising that members of the CDC, knowing the character of these men, will go ahead to elect them in party’s primary, injecting in them feelings of achievements and civility. Can non-partisans and undecided voters be convinced of the choices made? Does CDC know that it is not all Liberians in these districts are its sympathizers?Besides the above-mentioned political shortcomings of CDC, this opposition party has not made its platform known to Liberians since it came into existence. Its indispensable political leader, George Weah, has always said, “I want to be President because my people love me and I have passion for my country and people.” Amid the political shortcomings of CDC, can Liberia trust it with leadership of this country? How prepared is this political party to be trusted with the highest position of the land? The Daily Observer challenges CDC to clearly convince Liberians how competent it is to be trusted with state power.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A mason is currently in custody following the discovery of a large quantity of cannabis at a house in Thomas Street, Kitty Georgetown, on Friday morning. According to information received, ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch acting on information went to the house and conducted a search during which five kilograms of marijuana was found.The illegal substance was found concealed in two transparent plastic parcels in a section of the house. The mason was told of the offence and subsequently arrested. He is expected to be slapped with a possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking charge in the new week.Police have confiscated the cannabis as they continue their investigations.
DONEGAL star Karl Lacey last night added another trophy to his cabinet – the Ulster GAA writers’ Player of the Year Award.And Jim McGuinness won Personality of the Year and Patrick McBrearty Young Achiever of the Year to complete a great hat-trick for the county.At a glittering ceremony in Bundoran, classy half-back Lacey was given a huge round of applause by locals and visitors alike as he picked up the main award. The 26-year-old Four Masters player had a superb season, helping Donegal to league promotion, the Ulster title and an all-Ireland semi-final.Unfortunately injury ruled him out of a Rules appearance Down Under.“It is an unexpected bonus and it is very welcome,” said Lacey at the Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran.“We had a very good year under manager Jim McGuinness and we would hope we can do more in 2012. “There is already a lot of people looking forward to next year and seeing improvements.”Jim McGuinness collected the Personality of the Year accolade while teenage sensation Patrick McBrearty took delivery of the Young Achiever of the Year award.HAT-TRICK OF AWARDS FOR DONEGAL GAA STARS was last modified: November 19th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)