Switzerland were on the brink of the Euro 2016 last 16 on Wednesday after they salvaged a 1-1 draw against Romania in a lively Group A clash at the Parc des Princes.The Swiss, who owe their point to Admir Mehmedi’s second-half strike, have four points from two games while Romania have one after Bogdan Stancu opened the scoring in the first half.Hosts France, on three points, will be the first team to reach the knockout phase if they beat Albania, who have yet to get off the mark, in Marseille later on Wednesday.Although the Swiss have a good chance to qualify, at least as one of the four best third-placed teams, they may regret missing several chances in a game that could have seen them move into their first European Championship knockout phase.Romania, instead, earned a lifeline ahead of their final game against Albania.After a 2-1 defeat in the tournament opener versus hosts France, Romania started cautiously, allowing their opponents to pick up momentum.In the seventh minute, Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic beat defender Vlad Chichires in the box but his right-foot effort then went just wide.The forward had another chance nine minutes later, only for goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu to deny him with his left foot.Romania, however, scored with their first chance.STANCU PENALTYSwitzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner grabbed Alexandru Chipciu’s shirt in the area and Stancu converted the resulting penalty, putting Romania ahead in the 18th minute against the run of play.Stancu, who also netted from the spot against France last Friday, became the first Romanian player to score two goals at a European Championship.Two minutes later, Tatarusanu tipped Fabian Schaer’s fierce 20-metre volley over the bar as the game got livelier.Romania had a huge opportunity to double their tally but Cristian Sapuranu’s shot went just wide.Blerim Dzemaili’s header was off target as Switzerland missed yet another chance before halftime.Romania defended well but there was nothing Tatarusanu could do in the 57th minute when Mehmedi drilled a half-volley into the far side of the net.Switzerland continued to push and coach Vladimir Petkovic substituted Seferovic just past the hour mark for 19-year-old Breel Embolo, who had no impact in a disappointing performance.
Roger Federer caused a stir when he began his quest for a ninth Wimbledon title with a new logo on his chest but everything else looked familiar as he crushed Dusan Lajovic 6-1 6-3 6-4 in glorious Centre Court sunshine on Monday.The 36-year-old’s whites were missing the usual swish and the familiar RF emblem were gone after the 20-times grand slam champion ditched long-term kit supplier Nike in favour of Japan’s Uniqlo brand.The top seed’s new sponsor only got one hour 19 minutes of airtime as Federer began in stunning fashion – dashing off the first set in 20 minutes – and never looking remotely troubled as he sauntered into the second round.Lajovic shook off his early nerves to at least give Federer some practice in the second and third sets but the Serbian could do no better than last year when he also suffered a straight-sets defeat by the Swiss, that time in the second round.Federer, contesting his 20th consecutive Wimbledon, is bidding to become only the second player to win nine singles titles on the London lawns after Martina Navratilova.“I felt very good from the start which is nice,” Federer, who has now one 24 consecutive sets at the All England Club after blazing to the title last year without dropping one, said on court.“Felt at home right away. Got the early break in each set and I was able to bring it home.”Elsewhere, three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka returned to the big stage in style, ousting sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov 1-6 7-6(3) 7-6(5) 6-4 on Centre Court.The Swiss, whose ranking had dropped to 225 after a knee injury, fought a stubborn and determined match from the baseline to down the 27-year-old Bulgarian, who appeared beset by first-round nerves.“I will do everything to be ready for the next round,” said Wawrinka, who will now face Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano. “I’m looking forward to it.” Last year’s runner-up Marin Cilic made a solid start with a clinical 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory over Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.Croatian Cilic, who lost last year’s final to Federer, underlined his credentials for another Grand Slam title bid to add to his US Open triumph in 2014.The lanky 29-year-old third seed served 21 aces and made four service breaks in a match lasting one hour and 45 minutes on Court Two against a young opponent coming back from major knee surgery.In the women’s draw, Serena Williams swapped the skin-tight catsuit that caused a stir at the French Open for a more conservative look as she marked her return to Wimbledon for the first time since becoming a mother with a 7-5 6-3 first-round win over Arantxa Rus.The seven-time champion, who missed last year’s tournament while pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia, is considered by many as the woman to beat at these championships despite her lowly ranking of 181.On Monday she proved that she was not back to simply make up the numbers in the women’s field.Neither a tumble on Court One’s manicured lawn nor falling a break behind in the second set caused much alarm.As she has done time and time again, Williams got over those blips with the minimum of fuss.She did need six match points to finish off the Dutchwoman but a netted backhand finally sealed the American’s passage into round two.“She played unbelievable today, I’ve never seen her play like that before… I didn’t play my best but I’ll get there,” Williams said soon after walking off court.Serena’s sister,five-time Wimbledon champion Venus, also won, beating Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-7 6-2 6-1.There was an early upset meanwhile when US Open champion Sloane Stephens tumbled out of Wimbledon on the first day, looking rusty and out-of-sorts in her 6-1 6-3 defeat by Croatia’s Donna Vekic.The 25-year-old fourth seed, who played no grass warm-up tournaments after reaching the final of the French Open on clay, looked uncomfortable on the fast surface, moving awkwardly and failing to find the lines.In earlier action, Caroline Wozniacki crushed a nervous Varvara Lepchenko 6-0 6-3 on Centre Court when she opened her bid to add Wimbledon to her Australian Open crown.
Adrian John, 19, of Gold Mine, Matthews Ridge, Region One (Barima-Waini) appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Thursday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a charge of murder.It is alleged that on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Perseverance Backdam, he murdered Mervile Williams.The teenager was not allowed to enter a plea in the indictable matter. The matter was transferred to the Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court where the defendant will appear on October 3, 2016.
… Mabaruma to get potable water for the first timeA recent meeting between the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) and villagers of Paramakatoi, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for better water systems in the hinterland village. As part of the MoU, GWI Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles handed over a cheque for $4,236,380 on Thursday to the Village Toshao for the first phase of the project.During the meeting, Toshao of the community, Gideon John, and a team presented a community-designed plan for the drilling of wells at various feasible locations. The community currently depends on a reservoir of spring water that is deemed insufficient and the villagers have complained about droughts during the period of January to March.The cheque being handed over to the Toshao of ParamakatoiA plan to source water at the top of a mountain and distribute it to the community was also discussed as a possible solution to the existing situation. Additionally, Dr Van West-Charles spoke to the need for multiple water sources, pointing to rainwater harvesting and springs as alternatives.Satisfied with their proposal and knowledge of the community, GWI entered into an official agreement with the Paramakatoi Village Council to develop the ideal water system that would allow for an adequate supply for domestic and economic purposes.The agreement will see community members assisting with preparatory works for drilling. This includes excavating the proposed water source to facilitate test pumping by GWI and submitting a proposal for the maintenance of the water system among other things.The cheque was handed over to the village leader on Thursday at the National Toshaos Council, which comes to an end today.“There is the Paramakatoi project and in collaboration with the Village Council we are in phase one of construction of a reservoir to make water available. The water will be treated water. We are now constructing the catchment, storage; we are installing a pumping system and distributing network, standpipes and treatment system at Paramakatoi so that moves us to a different level of development within that village,” Dr Van West-Charles said.“We are also for the first time, in a few weeks, going to have treated water in the town of Mabaruma. We commenced distributing a series of special filters, which removes all the bacteria, viruses and fungi from the water. We have some large filters, which have been installed at Kamarang Hospital, Kako Primary School, Barakara School and at the Mabaruma Hospital. We are placing a series of small labs in the hinterland so that the water can be tested,” he added.He noted that they have recently established an office in Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and are working with the various Village Councils to ensure they access potable water in every village. He said this is in keeping with their mission to deliver safe, adequate and affordable water access in every region.
Just four days after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa publicly announced his separation after two decades of marriage, his wife promptly filed for divorce late Tuesday. Wasting little time, Corina Villaraigosa filed a standard, 10-page petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking dissolution of the marriage because of “irreconcilable differences.” The bare-bones filing had few details, noting assets and liabilities were yet to be determined. But the speed with which it was filed highlighted what some have said has been a longstanding and growing estrangement between the couple. The filing came just one day after a somber mayor held a news conference in which he deflected inquiries about the reasons for the split but said he took responsibility for the breakup and felt “a personal sense of failure.” Janelle Erickson, a spokesman for the mayor, said Tuesday after the filing that Corina believes now is the right time to file for divorce, and the mayor supports her in the decision. “The mayor believes this is a time to focus on the future and their shared responsibility as parents,” Erickson said. Joint custody Corina’s attorney, Stacy D. Phillips, could not be reached for comment late Tuesday. In the court filing, she requests joint custody of the couple’s 14-year-old daughter, Natalia Fe. Corina also wants primary physical custody of their daughter and asks the judge to grant visitation rights to the mayor. Corina also requests spousal and child support payments and asks the judge to divide their assets and require the mayor to pay her attorney’s fees. The documents noted the couple married Nov. 28, 1987, and separated June 3 – five days before the mayor issued a brief statement announcing the couple’s plans to split. At a press conference Monday, the mayor said he felt a personal sense of failure about the breakup. He said he plans to move back to the family’s home in Mount Washington while Corina and the couple’s two children will continue to live at the Getty House, the official mayoral residence near Hancock Park. email@example.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “When you’ve been married for 20 years, that’s a big thing,” he said at the time. “It’s been a stable kind of anchor for the family, and so when you’re not able to continue, it’s difficult.” But the mayor also refused to say whether he’d been romantically involved with other women since he took office July 1, 2005. “Those kinds of questions are inappropriate, and I won’t answer them,” he said. “My family and I have a right in this very difficult time to go through this process free of that kind of speculation.” Questions about the mayor’s marriage were raised several months ago when he appeared at public events without his gold wedding band. Aides said it no longer fit because he’d lost weight, and he resumed wearing it soon after. He was not wearing the ring Monday. The couple previously separated in 1994 after Corina after was treated for thyroid cancer. She filed for divorce, but the couple reconciled after two years.
Los Angeles-based DMJM H&N received a $2.5 million contract to build the new 50,000-square-foot, three-story port police facility and an adjacent parking structure. The project, scheduled for completion in about three years, will be built under the “gold standard” set by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. In other action, the commission agreed to rehabilitate the wharves on Terminal Island’s Fish Harbor as part of a $4.5million contract with Long Beach-based Connolly Pacific Co. The project calls for replacing pavement and deck planks as part of an effort to strengthen the deteriorating wharves in berths 261 to 267. The commission also rejected bids submitted by seven developers to demolish a pair of 12-story-high storage domes, which once covered up piles of petroleum coke, a refinery byproduct that contains trace amounts of a cancer-causing agent. The domes are on a 120-acre facility formerly operated by Los Angeles Export Terminal. The three developers who submitted the lowest bids were “nonresponsive,” meaning they likely did not conform with the city’s hiring or contractual standards, according to a port report. A second round of bidding begins today, according to port officials. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PORT: But dome demolition is put on hold by the harbor commission, which rejects seven bids for facility work. By Art Marroquin STAFF WRITER A pair of contracts were awarded to developers to build the new port police headquarters and to shore-up deteriorating wharves on Terminal Island, but seven bids to demolish a pair of domes visible from the Vincent Thomas Bridge were soundly rejected Thursday by the Los Angeles Harbor Commission.
10 10 5. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) – Jurgen Klopp doesnt seem to fancy Benteke and whether he stays or goes, itll be another tough campaign for the striker. His stock has fallen tremendously over the past 12 months, and hell want to hit the ground running in August to begin rebuilding his damaged reputation. 10 4. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) – It may be harsh to consider Wilshere a disappointment given his injury record, but patience is now wearing thin over his fitness problems. He played just 141 minutes of Premier League action last season, which makes his inclusion in the England squad all the more questionable. Arsenal need a fully-fit Wilshere for an entire campaign. 10 3. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – Following Englands dismal Euro 2016 campaign, Three Lions captain Rooney isnt the most popular of football figures. His goal scoring days seem far behind him, and its likely Jose Mourinho will follow Roy Hodgson in handing the 30-year-old a midfield role. Itll be an important season for Rooney, with his future for club and country possibly at risk. For some Premier League players, last season can be defined by one word: disappointment.Memphis Depay and Pedro were thought to be title-challenging signings 12 months ago, only for the pair to fail to live up to expectations and their price-tags.But they weren’t the only players whose 2015/16 season has damaged their reputation, leaving them with a point to prove when the new campaign kicks off on 13 August.So, talkSPORT has taken a look at who needs to silence their critics next term – check out the 10 players by viewing the slideshow above. 10. Joe Hart (Manchester City) – Hart, along with Wayne Rooney, is perhaps the most notable of players whose future with England has become uncertain. And, likewise, his position with his club is far from guaranteed. Pep Guardiola has taken over from Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad, and may not be convinced by his new sides current no.1 after a hit and miss 2015/16 campaign was followed by a poor showing at the Euro 2016 finals. Hell need to impress in pre-season. 10 1. Memphis Depay (Manchester United) – check out the full list of 15 players with a point to prove next season in the Premier League by clicking the arrow above, right – Manchester United agreed a £25m deal for the Netherlands international last summer, and many, including the winger himself, were confident the club had finally found a player worthy of the no.7 shirt. This judgement proved far too hasty. The good news is that at 22, Depay still has plenty of time to prove the Red Devils made the right decision in luring him to Old Trafford. 10 6. Lazar Markovic (Liverpool) – Next season could be make or break for Markovic. It was reported a few days ago that the Serbia international had returned for pre-season training early, in a bid to impress manager Jurgen Klopp. The 22-year-old struggled under Brendan Rodgers, resulting in a loan deal to Fenerbahce, but his new boss may see him as an important player in his future plans. Its down to Markovic himself to now prove he does have a future at Anfield. 2. Pedro (Chelsea) – While seven goals and two assists isnt a bad return for a first season in the Premier League, the Spaniards influence was only present against the lesser clubs. In reality, the former Barcelona forward had little impact on the Chelsea squad. He will need to make an impression on Antonio Conte quickly to be considered a part of the Italians future plans. 8. Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) – It is quite remarkable that Citys scouts deemed Otamendi worthy of a £32m price-tag. While far from a disaster in the heart of their defence, his shaky performances left Manuel Pellegrinis side vulnerable, on more than one occasion. Vincent Kompanys absence was a huge loss, with the clubs new signing struggling to fill his boots. Its now down to Pep Guardiola to get the best out of the Argentine. 10 7. Abdul Baba Rahman (Chelsea) – There were a few raised eyebrows when Chelsea agreed a £21m deal last August, and last season proved to be one to forget for the Ghanaian. His lack of playing time was initially questioned, but his performances when called upon did little to suggest he should be starting regularly for Chelsea. A January exit could be on the cards, should he fail to impress Conte. 10 10 9. Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) – Schneiderlin is yet to settle at Old Trafford and his confidence will have been hit by Louis van Gaal. Over the summer, though, he has a new manager in Jose Mourinho to impress and will be eyeing a starting place in the Portugueses revamped line up. Recent reports claimed the midfielder has attracted interest from Everton, but he is said to have no desire to end his Old Trafford stay so soon. 10
1 Arsenal have stepped up their interest in Club Brugge defender Bjorn Engels.The Gunners, along with Everton, have been strongly linked with a move for the Belgium international, whose performances this season have earned rave reviews around Europe.Engels has spoken of his admiration for the Premier League, opening the door for a potential summer switch to England.And Arsenal are paying close attention to the 22-year-old centre-back, sending scouts to watch him in action against Zulte Waregem on Monday, according to Belgian outlet Voetbal Krant.The defender is a product of Club Brugge’s youth set-up and made his senior debut for them in the Europa League as a raw 17-year-old.The Belgium giants look like they will now have to fend off interest for Engels in the summer transfer window, with the player’s contract running for another three years. Arsenal target Bjorn Engels battles Leicester’s Jamie Vardy in this season’s Champions League
Petersen bought his 3,300-square-foot home 2 1/2 years ago for $900,000. It was a “total fixer” that he gave a complete remodeling and new appliances, he said. His asking price is comparable with others in the neighborhood. If the house doesn’t sell in three months, it will come off the market until next summer. “I don’t have to sell it. It’s just how I supplement my income. I live in it for two years to get the capital gains (tax break),” said Petersen, trying to use this strategy for a third time. Jim Link, the association’s executive vice president, characterized July’s muddle as an impasse. Sellers stuck with unrealistic price expectations and buyers demanded unjustifiably deep discounts, he said. “I think what we need to see is the asking price in some (cases) to come down and buyers to realize it’s not a fire sale. This is not ’92 or ’93 when foreclosures were the norm and the bottom was dropping out of the market.” The condo sector presented a mixed bag in July. Sales dropped an annual 29.9 percent in 317 transactions. But the median price increased an annual 7.8 percent, or $29,000, to $400,000. That’s $15,000 under February’s record. “That one frankly surprised me more than the single-family. I expected that market to be a little stronger than it was,” Link said. Inventory has been steadily rising and at the end of July had soared an annual 127 percent, to 6,381 properties. That’s a 5.7-month supply at the current sales pace and enough so that neither buyers nor sellers have an advantage. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said the economy is still OK, so prices probably won’t crater. “They are coming down from what you’d call a frenzied level,” he said of the current sales pace. “The market has definitely moved into a situation where it’s a buyer’s market.” email@example.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Signaling an end to the San Fernando Valley’s real-estate boom, the median price of a home increased in July by its slimmest margin in a decade amid a lingering sales slump, a trade association reported Thursday. The median price of a previously owned home rose just 1.2 percent, or $7,000, last month from the July 2005 level – to $607,000, said the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. And it fell $18,000, or 2.9 percent, from June’s record $625,000. The increase hasn’t been this close to negative territory since February 1997, when the median fell an annual 13.9 percent, to $155,000 – the low point of that bear market. The next month, it moved up 1.6 percent, to $160,000, and has increased from the previous year’s level for 144 consecutive months. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesBut since last July the median has remained in a narrow range between the record and $590,000. Sales have now fallen for nine straight months, plunging by 32.8 percent, to 809 transactions, in July. That’s the lowest number sold in July since the 800 total for that month in 1993. Sales were off 12 percent from June, a disturbing sign since the summer month is considered the busiest time of year. The market malaise hits at a bad time for Mike Petersen, who just listed his Bell Canyon home for about $2 million and has a broker showing scheduled for today. “I’m very concerned about that,” he said of the market.
Vivacious Zenobia Baumgarten and her husband Herman (right) accept the prize for winning the Total Eco Pioneer Challenge. (Image: Total South Africa) A cheerful environment is more stimulating for young minds. Baumgarten’s church courses have been well attended. The colourful hand puppets are also used to educate children about issues such as HIV and tuberculosis, on a level to which they can relate.(Images: Zenobia Baumgarten) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lizette Stokes Account director, Jenni Newman PR +27 82 322 5162 or +27 11 506 7354 RELATED ARTICLES • How does Mandela Day inspire you? • Let’s learn and honour Children’s Act • SA artist revitalises Woodstock • A better SA, one baby at a time • Primary schools get a helping handJanine ErasmusZenobia Baumgarten is not only a woman with a zest for life, but she loves to share that zest with others.Baumgarten is the 2012 winner of Total South Africa’s Eco Pioneer competition – and a handy R20 000 (US$2 400) – for her use of natural and recycled materials to decorate her home. In her spare time she plays her part in the community by decoratively painting childcare facilities, no matter how humble they may be, and helping caregivers to more creatively keep their little charges occupied and educated. The Total Eco Pioneer initiative was launched at the end of October 2011 to coincide with the release of the company’s new ultra low sulphur 95 octane unleaded fuel.The campaign was run entirely through social media, and the six finalists were chosen from nominations gathered via Facebook and Twitter. Until voting closed on 31 January, fans were allowed to cast a vote a day for their favourite.Baumgarten fought off competition from a honey and beeswax initiative; a company that makes bricks for fuel from recycled paper; a bag-making venture; an eco-school; and a company that recycles waste into packaging.But in the end her quirky knack for transforming unlikely objects into interesting and useful pieces won the day.“Although we weren’t well off, I still wanted to be one better than the rich ladies,” said Baumgarten, wearing a brooch fashioned from a vintage cookie cutter, at the prizegiving ceremony in May. “We appreciate everything, especially the environment, so much more, and we’ve passed those sentiments on to our children too.”Doing unto othersBaumgarten and her family live in Bothaville, a Free State farming town located near the Vaal River. By her own admission, there’s not much around, no big shopping centres or busy retail districts, so she and her family have had to draw the most out of the resources around them.To make ends meet while raising their children, Baumgarten and her husband Herman used natural and recycled materials as well as their own craftwork to build and decorate their home.Her innovation caught the attention of the popular Tuis magazine and its English counterpart Home, both of which offer hints, tips and advice for the house, kitchen and garden. In April 2011 the magazines featured Baumgarten’s home on their covers and in a feature inside.Not content with beautifying her immediate environment, Baumgarten became driven to do the same for others in her community. She decided to focus on schools, and with her creative streak was keen on using paint to brighten these sometimes cheerless institutions, including the exterior and interior, and even the blackboards.“It probably stems from the fact that I love kids, and I was a nursery school teacher for four years,” she said. “It started with our little farm school, and when I finished it I thought I’d look around for others I could tackle. You don’t need a big sponsor or lots of money to be able to do something good.”Baumgarten soon found herself venturing into the nearby townships, where children are often cared for during the day in shacks that can’t be distinguished in any way from the hundreds that surround them.“The only way you can tell that it’s a nursery school is if there are lots of kids around,” she said. “But although these day mothers have had no formal training, they’re helping the working moms and they’re earning a bit of a wage.”She recalled one particular structure which was too small for all the children, and she told the lady in charge that she would gladly paint it if it was expanded. The next time she visited, the crèche was more than double its former size.“I’m sure that lady asked everyone around her to donate a piece of metal sheeting,” said Baumgarten,”but she managed to make it bigger.” The paint job was done, and the crèche given a new lease on life.Having a cheerful place in which to spend their day, said Baumgarten, gives the children pride and makes them feel like they belong, especially when they’ve had a hand in improving their surroundings.Caring for the caregiversInspired by the success of the décor project and wanting to do more, she began showing caregivers how to make enchanting hand puppets to entertain the children with songs and stories.“Many of these caregivers go out to homes and look after sick parents, as well as the children,” she said. “Now they even use the puppets to educate the children about tuberculosis and HIV, and the children get so wrapped up in the stories that they speak to the puppets as if they were real people – they identify completely with the puppets, and this helps them to understand why their mom and dad are sick.”She then held a few courses at local churches where caregivers could learn more educational techniques, and was thrilled to see men attending the second course.To date, she estimates she’s painted around 50 nursery and primary schools in the area – which is just about all of them. She carries all the costs herself, and asks only for help with the paintwork from the teachers, mothers or children. As if that wasn’t enough, Baumgarten has also secured a t-shirt sponsor which enables her to have t-shirts printed for each nursery school, to give the children more of a sense of unity.Baumgarten jokes that where other men might buy flowers for their wives, especially after a tiff, Herman will buy her paint.“And that works for me.”