MOSCOW (AP):Maria Sharapova will return from her 15-month doping ban at a tournament in Germany in April.Car manufacturer Porsche, which sponsors both Sharapova and the event in Stuttgart, said yesterday that Sharapova has been given a wild-card entry into the tournament. It will be her first official competition since she tested positive for meldonium at last year’s Australian Open.”I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favourite tournaments,” said the 29-year-old Sharapova, who won the Stuttgart tournament from 2012-14. “I can’t wait to see all my great fans and to be back doing what I love.”Sharapova will be eligible to return on April 26, the third day of main-draw play, which could leave her facing a busy schedule of matches in order to win a fourth Stuttgart title.”I’m sure the fans will be excited to see her play,” WTA CEO Steve Simon said in a statement.The Russian will have to rely on wild-card invites to tournaments, including Grand Slams, for a while because her ban means she has fallen out of the world rankings, which only count tournament performances over the preceding 12 months.Sharapova was originally banned for two years but that was reduced on appeal in October. She said she had used meldonium for years for medical reasons and was not aware it had been banned for 2016.During her ban, she has played in some exhibition events. Known for setting up her own confectionery brand and for an interest in the commercial side of tennis, Sharapova also enrolled in a two-week programme at Harvard Business School last year.
The Supreme Court of Liberia late Saturday afternoon ruled to lift the stay order it earlier imposed on all activities relating to the Special Senatorial Elections scheduled for December 16 this year. The decision was reached in a 3 against and 2 in favor of the Stay Order. Those in favor of the stay order — Associate Justices Philip Banks and Kabineh Ja’Neh — argued that the Ebola epidemic, due to which the state of emergency was declared, resulting in the suspension of several constitutional rights, including the the postponement of the October 14 Special Senatorial Elections, still exists. They further argued that the National Elections Commission have so far not put in place any safety measures relating to campaign activities, which are expected to create large gatherings of people, and pose a threat to the gains Liberia has made so far in the fight against the spread of Ebola. If the elections go on, they further argued, it would undermine the safety guidelines put in place by local health authorities and international partners. Those ruling against the stay order, including Associate Justices Jamesetta Wolokolie and Sianeh Yuoh, with Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor serving as a tie-breaker, argued that the issues raised in the petitions called into reference the separation of powers. The Ebola situation in Liberia, they said, is a political matter — not a constitutional matter — and therefore should be the responsibility of the Executive and Legislative branches of government to decide vis-a-vis elections. Therefore the Supreme Court stay order to halt elections activities could not hold. All justices agreed, however, that the Executive, in consultation with the Legislature, can set elections dates. Interestingly, there were three different petitions for the stay order before the Supreme Court. The most prominent of them, by the party incling Rev. Emmanuel Z. Bowier, Blamo Nelson, the National Democratic Coalition, Movement for Progressive Change and Milton and Nathaniel Barnes, was thrown out because the Supreme Court said the the petitioners did not follow the right procedures in filing the petition. The lawyer representing that party, Cllr. Lavelah Supuwood, who is also a former associate justice of the Supreme Court, was therefore fined US$300 for ‘misleading’ his clients. Also, the request of Ministry of Justice to dismiss the petition for a stay order on the elections activities was denied by the High Court because it was filed too late. The other petitioners, which include: Justice for Public Interest Consortium of Africa; as well as Cllr. Edwin Martin, who filed as an eligible voter, were the two petitioners whose filings were accepted and ruled upon by the Supreme Court. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Local police said it is up to an officer’s discretion to chase a fleeing suspect. To stop their quarry, officers have used spike strips and a maneuver where a patrol car hits the suspect’s vehicle at a specific point to make it spin out and stop. They also frown upon ramming the suspect’s car while it’s moving because that is akin to using deadly force. A few list these as possible options in their vehicle pursuit policy and include the use of a firearm. The Supreme Court justices heard arguments last week on the case of a Georgia deputy who ended a 2001 high-speed chase by ramming a Cadillac. The car went down an embankment and left the 19-year-old driver, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, a quadriplegic. The question before the high court is whether Coweta County, Ga., Deputy Timothy Scott’s use of deadly force was reasonable. The driver, Victor Harris, sued the deputy, claiming that his Fourth Amendment rights to unreasonable seizure was violated because Scott used excessive force. In December, El Monte police officers tried to pull over a man in a suspected stolen Toyota Tacoma pickup truck but he sped off. The driver ran a red light at a South El Monte intersection and crashed into a car carrying four people. A Rosemead woman and her daughter later died. The Dec. 28 incident was among the 1,250 police pursuits in Los Angeles County last year and resulted in two of the 11 deaths reported. While the number of police chases and related injuries declined statewide last year compared with the year before, there was a slight increase in the number of chase-related deaths. Scott’s attorney, Philip Sarvin, said Harris was driving 90 to 100 mph on two-lane roads, swerved across the double line to pass cars, drove the wrong way and ran through red lights. He argued that Scott believed stopping the pursuit would avoid a greater risk of injury or death than not taking action. Craig Jones, who represents Harris, said that his client didn’t commit a felony and that while he drove fast, he was in control of his vehicle. USC law professor Charles Whitebread, who specializes in the U.S. Supreme Court, thinks the justices will rule in favor of the deputy. But he thinks any decision by the high court will have limited effect in California because state law gives police immunity from civil liability if the suspect they are chasing hits somebody causing death, injury or property damage. “Suspects initiate pursuits. We do not,” said Sgt. Mark Garrett, spokesman for the CHP’s Southern Division, which covers Los Angeles County. “An officer doesn’t have to chase somebody. Officers have to weigh what are the risks and gains.” Garrett said officers only use the spike strip and the PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver when it’s going to be safe for everyone involved. California police pursuits led to 58 deaths and 2,260 injuries in 2006, according to a CHP report. In Los Angeles County, 410 drivers, officers, passengers and people not involved in the chase were injured. In 2005, 7,949 police chases statewide killed 49 and injured 2,585 people. The county’s 1,607 pursuits resulted in 10 fatalities with 608 injured. Under its pursuit policy, the West Covina Police Department doesn’t permit the use of the PIT maneuver at speeds over 35 mph because it can be considered a lethal use of force. Dettor said there’s a reason why the policy is overly broad. “Many situations we get in involves a gray area, probably just about every situation. And hard and fast rules are difficult to apply. Every situation is different,” Dettor said. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! JACK Valenti’s influence as Hollywood’s most vocal representative has affected nearly everyone in America. Valenti, head of the film industry’s trade group, the Motion Picture Association of America, for almost 40 years, leaves a long legacy on the medium beloved by the world. It includes the motion picture ratings system, which helps people tell which movies are suitable – and not – for their kids. He was the industry’s most important player over the years. Valenti might be gone, but we will continue to feel his influence on the movie business for years to come. How’s that for a Hollywood ending?
Even when they smoke the same amount, blacks are more likely than whites and others to develop lung cancer, suggesting genes may help explain the racial differences long seen in the disease, researchers say. The largest study ever done on the subject found that whites who smoke up to a pack a day have half the risk of lung cancer of blacks and native Hawaiians who smoke the same amount. Latino and Asian smokers were also found to be less likely than blacks to develop the disease. However, the racial differences disappeared among heavy smokers. Doctors have long known that blacks are substantially more likely than whites to develop lung cancer and more likely to die from it. But the reasons for the disparity are unclear. Some say the difference is a matter of genetics, while others contend smoking habits may play a role. For example, researchers say blacks tend to puff more deeply than whites, which may expose them to more carcinogens. Smoking rates are also slightly higher among blacks, but whites tend to smoke more cigarettes a day. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card In the latest study – published in Wednesday’s New England Journal of Medicine – researchers compared the lung cancer risk among ethnic groups who smoked the same amount. While the study did not address the possible reasons for the racial disparity, lead researcher Christopher Haiman, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California, said the findings suggest genes may be one of the factors that explain the phenomenon. The study involved more than 180,000 people, more than half of them minorities. Patients filled out questionnaires about their smoking habits, diet and other personal information. Researchers from USC and University of Hawaii analyzed lung cancer cases over an eight-year period. After adjusting for diet, education and other factors, the researchers found that whites who smoked up to a pack a day had a 43 percent to 55 percent lower risk of lung cancer than blacks who smoked the same amount. Latinos and Japanese-Americans were 60 percent to 80 percent less likely than blacks to develop the disease. The study found no difference in lung cancer risk among the various ethnic groups for those who smoked more than three packs a day. Black, Latino and Japanese-American men who never smoked had higher risks of lung cancer than white men, but hardly any difference was seen in women in the same ethnic groups. According to the American Lung Association, black men are 50 percent more likely to develop lung cancer and 36 percent more likely to die from the disease than white men. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The street and sidewalk upgrade project along Brand Boulevard in Glendale continued Tuesday as crews refurbished a sidewalk at California Avenue. The project, which is expected to cost the city more than $13 million, has moved along in phases. The work being done Tuesday is part of the first phase, from Colorado to Milford streets. The second phase, from Milford north to Sanchez Drive, is ahead of schedule. The third phase, south from Colorado to San Fernando Road, is expected to begin some time this summer. Some business owners have complained about the project, saying it has disrupted their stores. One merchant filed a claim against the city last month. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Los Angeles airport commissioners received a preview Monday of their proposed $1.2 billon budget for fiscal 2006-07, the beginning of a 10-year, $4 billion LAX modernization plan. Karl Pan, chief financial officer of the department, said the budget – an increase over the current year budget of $1.09 billion – is the first to reflect the renovation. The project will be the first major construction at Los Angeles International Airport since 1984, when the double decking was added. Commissioners are scheduled next week to adopt the budget, which also funds operations at Ontario and Van Nuys airports. Related to its efforts to generate more revenue and lure more tourists from abroad, the commission also agreed to a five-year, $30 million promotion with L.A. Inc., which coordinates efforts to bring in visitors and conventions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Twenty years ago, there were only 22 airports in the country seeking international tourists,” said Mike Collins, vice president of L.A. Inc. “Today, there are 45 or 46 that are trying to tap into this market. And, they aren’t trying to develop new markets, they are trying to pick off what we get.” Collins said the tourism industry has begun to rebound from the slump that occurred after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but that a coordinated effort is needed to keep tourists in Los Angeles, particularly from Asia. Last year, tourists generated $260 million for the local economy, representing a major boost in jobs and investments. Airport Commissioner Fernando Torres-Gill, who had expressed reservations in the past about the contract, said he has become convinced of the need for it to keep LAX competitive. “I think it fits in with what we are trying to do to upgrade the airport and improve our service to travelers,” Torres-Gill said. Collins said the city has begun to see some increase in the number of international travelers at Ontario Airport and believes its use will continue to grow. The greatest opportunities, he predicted, will come from China, where Los Angeles has applied to open tourism offices. “We have one of the largest Chinese populations in the world and we think we have good relations with the Chinese carriers…,” Collins said. email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The truck smashed in the passenger side of the smaller vehicle, then jackknifed, blocking the intersection until tow trucks could move the vehicles. The truck driver suffered minor injuries. PALMDALE – A Lancaster woman was killed Friday when she ran a red light and her compact station wagon was hit by a big rig, California Highway Patrol officials said. The 62-year-old woman, whose name was not immediately made public, died in the wreckage of her Mercury Tracer, which was shoved more than 80 feet by the impact. Witnesses told investigators the station wagon drove southbound through the intersection of Avenue N and 20th Street West without stopping for the red light, officials said. The big rig, a Freightliner pulling two hopper trailers, was heading east at about 45 mph when the station wagon drove directly in front of it, officials said.
Former Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis will feature in the next instalment of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, to be aired on Sunday 27 July at 9pm on SABC2. During her time in the South Africa team Desiree Ellis enjoyed phenomenal success, winning 23 matches, losing seven and drawing two. Ellis is one of the few individuals to have captained a national football team for an entire decade, playing 32 matches and winning 23 of those – a win rate of 72%. (Image: MYPE) • Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122 firstname.lastname@example.org • Boost for South African football coaching • Centre for South Africa’s future football stars • 2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums • Soccer City brews up a storm • Soccer Cinema to inspire SAMelissa Jane CookThe atmosphere is electric; the crowds in the stands roar. Women kitted out in football gear watch the ball with eager devotion. The spirit of female footballers is alive and kicking in South Africa. And one woman who has played her part for the nation while mastering the precise art of ball play, is soccer star Desiree Ellis.In the 1990s black women were under-represented in South African soccer, yet Ellis made her international debut with the women’s national team, Banyana Banyana – “the girls, the girls” in isiZulu, to match the men’s team, Bafana Bafana (“the boys, the boys”) – against Swaziland in 1993. She was 30 years old and proved her brilliance by scoring a hat-trick, a feat normally considered a retiring point in professional football. She was made captain of the team, and led Banyana Banyana until her retirement in April 2002.Ellis led the way in raising the profile of women’s football in South Africa. When the country hosted the African Women’s Championship in 2000, she was steadfast at the helm and steered her side to a runners-up finish. Ellis was given recognition for her services to soccer in the same year when she received a Silver Presidential Sports Award. In 2002, she led Banyana Banyana to the Cosafa Cup title.During her time in the South Africa team she enjoyed phenomenal success, winning 23 matches, losing seven and drawing two. Ellis is one of the few individuals to have captained a national football team for an entire decade, playing 32 matches and winning 23 of those – a win rate of 72%.Watch Desiree Ellis talk about her bumpy road to soccer stardomEarly days and inspirationShe said that former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs inspired her football career. “He is an inspiration – his work ethic, discipline and the way he looks after his body.” This gave Ellis the courage to pursue her dream.She went to school in Salt River, Cape Town and lives in Hanover Park, also in the Mother City. She has a brother and two sisters. One sister lives in Australia with her family; the other, Erna, died in 2010. Her father died in 1988, never seeing his star daughter on the Banyana field.She was often on the streets in Salt River, kicking a ball with the boys. It was not long before a career in Banyana Banyana beckoned, and Ellis obliged. “As we all know, there was no money in it in those days. After my first call-up, I was fired from my job and was unemployed for the next three years. I had no income and life was hard,” she said.But she has since reaped the dividends. She was chosen by world football body FIFA, along with other stars such as Kalusha Bwalya, Phil Masinga and Doctor Khumalo, to be an ambassador of the 2010 World Cup. She also coached Spurs Women FC, which has teams in the Absa and Sasol leagues.Special Olympics in MalawiEllis is also an ambassador for the Special Olympics. In Malawi, in February, a unity football match was played in the southern African country, which included Mark Fish and Phil Masinga and Malawian star player Ernest Mtwali. In her role, Ellis is raising the profile of the world’s poorest people who are intellectually disabled. People with disabilities face huge barriers in accessing health care, food and nutrition, education, employment, and social protection, and people with intellectual disabilities suffer the most.Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.The former midfielder now spends her time doing projects for Stars in their Eyes and Soccer4All. Run by former international player and now coach George Dearnaley, the latter is a grass-roots football initiative using former South African international players to coach primary school kids. Ellis also participates in the Sports Heroes Walk Against Aids, founded by Cynthia Tshaka, and is an assistant coach of Banyana and coach at Spurs Women FC, as well as an analyst for SABC Sport.Stars in their Eyes, a non-profit organisation, is a registered legal entity. Ellis is a public figure in South Africa, and has grabbed the challenges of the Stars in their Eyes Foundation with both hands. She has great commitment to the upliftment of her community, and has communicated the plight of her people to the likes of Michelle Obama and Hilary Clinton.The foundation is run jointly by Dutch fresh produce company Cool Fresh International and the Western Cape’s department of cultural affairs and sport. Each participating disadvantaged community is twinned with a Dutch football club to give local coaches training in football techniques and life skills, which are then passed on to the youngsters. The foundation combines the joy of football with the alleviation of social problems.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Kelsie Schwyn has been named director of strategic partnerships and Nationwide services for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Strategic Partnerships department, which was recently created to develop and manage key relationships and partnerships within the farm and food sector and with businesses, educators, public officials and others.Schwyn joins Ohio Farm Bureau after working as an associate account executive at FLM Harvest, an agricultural strategic consulting, marketing and communication agency, where she supported clients, managed marketing campaigns and cultivated client relationships.Schwyn was raised on an Angus cattle farm in Newcomerstown. She has degrees in agribusiness and applied economics from both Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois and The Ohio State University.She and her husband, Brandon, reside in Marysville. They are members of the Union County Farm Bureau and are active in their local church.