Naomi Osaka’s Grand Slam title wins at the U.S. and Australian Opens have helped catapult the Japanese tennis player up to second, behind Serena Williams, in Forbes’ list of the highest-paid female athletes over the last year.Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, topped the annual list for a fourth consecutive year with estimated total earnings of $29.2 million, the business magazine said.Osaka’s total income grew to $24.3 million, driven mainly by her off-court earnings, soaring to an estimated $16 million from $1.5 million a year ago, but the Japanese still missed the cut for Forbes’ top 100 best-paid athletes list.Williams is the only woman making it onto that list, coming in at No. 63.Forbes said it compiled its list based on prize money, salaries, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees between June 1 2018 and June 1 this yearU.S. women’s soccer player Alex Morgan is the highest-placed non-tennis player on the women’s list at number 12, with Forbes putting her total earnings of $5.8 million.Morgan’s income, which makes her the best-paid women’s soccer player in the world, is dwarfed by that of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who topped Forbes’ list of the best-paid athletes over the past year with $127 million.The U.S. women’s soccer team, who won a record-extending fourth World Cup this year, have filed a lawsuit against the country’s national soccer body demanding equal compensation with their male counterparts.Of the top 15 on Forbes’ list of best-paid female athletes, 12 were tennis players. Indian badminton player P.V. Sindhu came in tied for 13th ($5.5 million), with Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn ($5.3 million) rounding out the top 15.
…oil gambitFrom the moment Raphael Trotman floated the notion of an oil refinery for Guyana — and then hired an “expert,” back in January, to determine its ‘feasibility” — your Eyewitness said he was wasting our money. The fella was going to be paid $10M to do a “desk study” — meaning he’d just look at the literature of the subject and make a pronouncement — which is precisely what your Eyewitness did back then, and concluded:“Trotman’s just hired a $10 million consultant to advise him as to whether we should build a refinery here!! Has he worked out why Trinidad loses its shirt every year on its refinery? Or why Hess closed the largest refinery in the Caribbean? Or that Uganda’s minuscule 30,000bbl/d refinery will cost US$4.3 billion?”So now that the “expert” has also pronounced that a refinery is just not feasible for us, does your Eyewitness get even $1M for giving Trotty an early warning of what to expect??But it all goes back to the cluelessness of Trotman for the portfolio he holds — Natural Resources. We all know he’s just stringing along the APNU/AFC supporters about jobs being “in the pipeline”, but was he so dumb to think his hired “expert” would support his pie-in-the-sky nonsense?? Hey! The “expert” was part of Hess when they closed the aforementioned Refinery in the Virgin Islands!! If Hess couldn’t keep a refinery going, can Guyana?Trotman said they needed the study ‘cause his Government was being inundated with requests to set up a refinery here!! So why did GUYANA have to do a feasibility study? Shouldn’t those “investors” — if they exist — foot that bill? After all, it’d be their money — a minimum of US$5 billion!! – on the line. Right?? Or maybe not. Was it a “political investment” demanding dividends??And that brings us to that other airy-fairy dream: the US$500M “oil facility” of Trotman’s trumpeting. Your Eyewitness had also punctured this “there’s jobs ahead” ploy. And just like with the refineries, the pin used was “Who’s gonna cough up the US$500M?” ExxonMobil, the biggest whale in the oil ocean, already said very clearly they ain’t interested!! And if the company that’ll be employing the 300 employees on their FPSO doesn’t need this facility, who does?? Another “political investor”?? Trotman had better spend some time figuring out if Guyana will EVER get any money from our undersea oil. Exxon might’ve sunken, let’s say, a cool billion (US) dollars on exploration and the FPSO front end engineering costs on Stabroek.But they’ve just spent US$6B on shale oil…which is cheaper and safer than ours!! Let’s not count our barrels before they’re pumped!!…the “right thing”On the “ANSA Pharma Arch” fiasco, the PM’s Shill, otherwise known as “DPI” (dots per inch??) claimed it was all due to “a desire by this Government to please and to do the right thing.” His Govt, he opined, needs to be “shrewd”. He should take his own advice: be “shrewd,” and not “shrewish,” as he is wont to do!!So let’s look at the advice from MLK, famously offered by Spike Lee at the end of his film ‘Do the Right Thing’: “Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys a community and makes brotherhood impossible.”Isn’t this what the present actions of the Shill’s government amount to to its “non-supporters”??…Duty-freeYou’d think we’ve heard it all about the rules on importing “duty-free” vehicles, right?? Wrong!! Yesterday we learnt something new. When anyone breaks the rules, they’re hauled before the courts; but when the GRA breaks the rules for one of its own, it’s “flexibility”!!
CoI into deadly prison riotThe Fire Service’s implementation of measures outlined in the Fire Prevention Act was scrutinised at Tuesday’s hearing of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the death of 17 prisoners at the Camp Street Prison. In the cross-examination, Attorney Christopher Ram sought to determine whether the Fire Service indeed observed all of the Standard Operating Procedures.Officer in Charge of Operations Compton Sparman continued his testimony at Tuesday’s CoIRam grilled the Officer in Charge of Operations, Compton Sparman, over the Fire Service’s operations on the day of the deadly prison fire and questioned him over what he knows about the Fire Prevention Act, Chapter 22:01; more particularly, Section 3 of that Act, which stipulates that a Fire Advisory Board be established. Sparman however avoided the questions regarding the body’s status.“That decision would be made with the Chief Fire Officer, I know for sure a board supposed to be in place but whether it is functioning or not, it is not within my remit to make such a statement,” the Officer in Charge of Operations stated.The attorney then asked the witness if he was aware that the Chief Fire Officer or any inspector could enter the premises for inspection purposes where there is a danger of an outbreak of fire.“I am perfectly aware,” responded Sparman. He related that he has general knowledge of the inside of the prison based on prior inspections but could not state when the last inspection of the Georgetown prison was done.In Monday’s testimony, Sparman told Commissioners that firemen could not rescue the burning inmates since the Prison Service was giving the orders. On Tuesday, the Fire Officer suggested that “certainly” the high prison population increased the potential for loss of life as was the case of the March 3 fire.In re-examination by Attorney representing the Joint Services, Eusi Anderson, Sparman reiterated that fire fighters used some caution in their approach to the deadly blaze as they could have been trapped due to the “raucous behaviour” of the inmates and the layout of the Georgetown prison.Throughout this week, witnesses from the Joint Services will continue to give their testimonies.
“I think we fully deserved the result,” said Pochettino. “We dominated and played well. They didn’t shoot and they didn’t create chances.“It was a very good performance, the complete one. I’m happy and we needed it — a big victory after Chelsea (they lost 2-1 after going 1-0 up).“But I don’t believe it was the best performance of the season. Against Manchester City we were better. It’s important to be close to the top.“I’m pleased with the performance, it was fantastic. Credit to the players.”Kane now has six goals in five since returning from an ankle problem while he also put pen to paper on a new five-and-a-half year contract this week.“I feel after his (Kane) injury it was good for him to work with consistency and I think that the last week was important for his to work on his fitness,” said Pochettino.The Argentine manager was also delighted with the performance of Dele Alli who was involved in four goals but also in a controversial moment as he went down easily following a challenge by Kyle Naughton for the 39th-minute penalty opener that Kane converted.“I’m happy with him (Alli) — he has recovered the feeling of last season,” said Pochettino.“He’s young and needs to find his best and be consistent — that’s the challenge for him. But I did not see the incident for the penalty, it was too difficult to see.“After 5-0 and 23 or 24 shots and zero from Swansea it is not important to talk about the penalty. We can’t focus on that, it is a waste of time.“In the second half we were much better. We need to prepare for the next game against CSKA but it is important to get the three points to be closer to the top.”His Swansea counterpart Bob Bradley was upset by referee Jon Moss’ call.“I think it was the wrong decision — the referee wasn’t in a very good position,” he said.“It was a game changer. If you add on Son’s strike a few minutes later the task becomes so much greater.”This was a disappointing showing by Swansea following an impressive 5-4 win over Crystal Palace last week and Bradley is in no doubt at the size of his task with the South Wales side in the bottom three.“We were second best too often,” he said. “When they pressed us we weren’t able to played the first pass out of pressure.“We knew it would be hard to take points and we have to focus on an important run of games between now and next year.“Today is a big concern. I think the starting point was Tottenham, physically, got to every ball faster. On a day like today it feels like we have a long, long way to go.“There have been other days where I think there have been promising signs. We have work to do.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Vertonghen kicks the ball past Swansea City’s Modou Barrow during the match at White Hart Lane in London, on December 3, 2016 © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed his side’s 5-0 win over Swansea in the Premier League as a “big victory”.Two goals from Harry Kane, a stunning volley from Heung-Min Son and two late efforts for Christian Eriksen ensured Spurs reacted in the best possible way to defeats by Monaco and leaders Chelsea to remain within seven points of their London rivals.
THE California state Senate has been embroiled in a budget stalemate for more than six weeks. Throughout, Senate Republicans have been inaccurately portrayed as obstructionist for refusing to vote for a budget that spends more than it has in the bank. Spending within the state’s means is fiscally prudent policy, and yet Republicans have been accused, maligned and cajoled by the Democrats in every media outlet in the state. Instead of accusations and name-calling, let’s focus on the facts. Each year, Senate Republicans strive to pass the budget on time. However, passing a good budget that protects taxpayers is far more important than a bad budget that meets the deadline. Indeed, a well-crafted budget passed late is a better investment in the long run since a carelessly drafted budget could have devastating financial consequences for the future. Late budgets are not unheard of in California, and in years when the budget has not met the deadline, the state has continued to operate fire and police services, schools and other programs. Because there are some vital services that depend on passage of the budget, the Senate Republicans asked Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, while in session on Aug. 1, to take immediate action to provide contingency funding to ensure uninterrupted delivery of essential services, including child care and Medi-Cal payments. AB 207 would have authorized $10 billion to pay for government services from July 1 to Aug. 20. Unfortunately, the request to hear Assembly Bill 207 (Villines) was denied. The bill would have guaranteed that the state’s bills for these vital services were paid while budget negotiations continue – but it never got a chance. While such proposals to provide contingency funding have received bipartisan support in the past, this year Democratic leadership in the Senate has denied the passage of any contingency funding proposal in an effort to use the vulnerable – California’s poor, blind, disabled and elderly – as leverage in applying political pressure during the budget negotiations. Unfortunately, the majority Democrats can get away with this because they hold the ultimate power in the Legislature. The current budget proposal carries a $700 million deficit with a projected $5 billion deficit next June. Such debt can only be erased in four ways: new taxes, borrowing money, making deep cuts to crucial programs or buckling down now and making responsible spending reductions in areas that will guarantee a better financial future for the citizens of our great state. My Republican colleagues and I have no wish to keep children and seniors from getting care, to delay Cal Grant checks to college students, or to withhold payments to vendors that contract with the state. This is exactly the situation we tried to prevent with AB 207 and other legislation that would have authorized emergency funding. Senate Republicans truly believe taxpayers support a balanced budget – assuming they’re presented with the facts. We think taxpayers understand that legislators have a fiduciary responsibility to balance the budget, which means we only spend what we have in the bank. We believe that most Californians understand that borrowing money now will only create insurmountable problems for the future. We were elected to serve the people of our districts, as well as all the state of California, and I, for one, will continue to fight for a balanced budget. I don’t believe our grandchildren should be responsible tomorrow for the poor financial decisions we make today. George Runner, R-Lancaster, is chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus. Contact him through his Web site, republican.sen.ca.gov/web/17.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Rotherham fans flood the pitch as their side successfully beat the drop Wigan and Millwall were condemned to relegation from the Championship as Rotherham defied a three-point deduction to secure their safety with a 2-1 win over Reading.The Millers, hit with the penalty by the Football League last week for fielding an ineligible player, won it through goals from Matt Derbyshire and Lee Frecklington in the space of six second-half minutes, as a fairytale few years for the club continued.While all the talk this week has been of Bournemouth’s rise to prominence from adversity, the South Yorkshire club have been on a similar journey, having also started the 2008/09 season in League Two with minus 17 points.Under boss Steve Evans they have won back-to-back promotions and now booked their place in the second tier for another year.They were made to do it the hard way with the points deduction, but this victory means they can go to Leeds on the final day of the season under no pressure, despite a nervy ending after Oliver Norwood’s late strike gave Steve Clarke’s side a glimmer of hope.All the focus in the build-up to the game was the prize on offer to the Millers but Reading, woefully out of form and now without a win in nine, had clearly not read the script.After an initial opening burst from the fired-up hosts, where Danny Ward drilled a cross-shot just wide, the visitors looked as if they were the ones with everything to play for.They were going into every challenge full-blooded and Chris Gunter showed no mercy as he piled through Danny Lafferty, sent the Northern Ireland international flying over the advertising hoardings, wiped the linesman out and also saw a ball boy require lengthy treatment that ended in the youngster being carried away on the stretcher.But for all their bluster, Reading did not threaten the Millers goal and it was the hosts that ended the first half strongly.And a rampant two-goal salvo in six minutes at the start of the second period answered their fans’ prayers.In the 52nd minute Ward made headway down the left and sent in a dangerous cross which Derbyshire prodded home at the near post with Andersen stranded.Then it was almost a carbon copy soon after, but this time Frecklington tapped in at the far post after another Ward centre as the Millers clinched survival.The hosts did have some defending to do as keeper Emi Martinez produced a fine save to deny Norwood’s shot from distance, but there was nothing he could do about another effort four minutes from time as the Reading midfielder sent his shot flying in.But there was to be no spoiling the Millers’ party, despite a frantic finish and the final whistle saw scenes of joy at the New York Stadium.
Christian Eriksen could leave Spurs in the summerThe 27-year-old is a target for Real Madrid and Spurs could look to cash in now rather than lose him for nothing in 12 months.They will also be powerless to stop Toby Alderweireld leaving if a club decide to meet the relatively low release clause of £26million.The Daily Mail report that players from Championship clubs and struggling Premier League teams are on their radar.Jack Grealish continues to be monitored after Tottenham failed to sign him last summer. ADVICE 2 REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Scouts are also understood to have watched Hull’s Jarrod Bowen extensively after his 19 goals in the Championship have caught the eye.Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha remains a long-term target for the club but they feel he may be out of their price range. REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow GETTY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card RANKED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS BEST OF Tottenham Hotspur are resigned to losing Christian Eriksen as he enters the final 12 months of his contract, according to reports.After going two transfer windows without making any additions, the club will now target FIVE new players to compensate for the Dane’s exit.There is likely to be changes at Spurs at the end of the season with players expected to head for the exit. no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Spurs tried to sign Grealish last summer Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is at strugglers Fulham, is also reportedly being considered as a possible understudy to Harry Kane but there are doubts as to his willingness to not be a regular starter.Also on Spurs’ radar is Valencia starlet Carlos Soler – a 22-year-old central midfielder with four La Liga assists to his name already this season.
Gortlettragh claimed their first win in this year’s Connacht Gold Leitrim Senior Football Championship, with a 2-8 to 0-3 defeat of Allen Gaels at the Leitrim GAA Centre in Annaduff on Friday evening.It means the Drumshanbo men drop to the bottom of Group One, with four defeats from their four games, while Gortlettragh are now level on points with reigning champions Aughawillan, who face Melvin Gaels in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada at 5.30pm on Saturday.Also on Friday, Dromahair lost out by three points, 4-8 to 2-11, to Kiltubrid in the U13 Championship.
Winning London-Fanshawe became a family affair, Monday.Lindsay Mathyssen of the NDP was elected in the riding that her mother Irene Mathyssen held for 13 years, making it a next-generation political win.Lindsay Mathyssen was asked about her mom’s legacy. “They are large shoes . I know I have a great deal of work to do but I meant it when I said it’s showing people that respect and dignity and making sure we are there for them,” she said.She has worked for MPs and watched her mother and her team. “That’s what I intend to fulfill. People here, they need help and we’re going to be there no matter what.”London-Fanshawe was one of the more interesting, and hotly contested, races in the city and region, before Mathyssen pulled away from Liberal Mohamed Hammoud and Conservative Michael van Holst.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The Mathyssen baton has been passed from mother to daughter… pic.twitter.com/xiYFOCrItG— Jane Sims (@JaneatLFPress) October 22, 2019London-Fanshawe NDP riding association president Hadleigh McAlister was beaming about the result, crediting the Mathyssen family legacy for the win.“Knowing the Mathyssens, they understand what resonates with London-Fanshawe voters,” he said, and that’s “caring for their constituents.”Lindsay Mathyssen represents the next generation of politicians and “is aware of what millennials want,” McAlister said.Hammoud was defeated by a wide margin, despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – whose Liberal government was re-elected with a minority – making a campaign stop in the riding Oct. 15 to speak about jobs and the economy.One of the issues in this riding has been Canada’s $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia serviced by defence contractor General Dynamics Land System Canada on Oxford Street in London.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh vowed to scrap the contract, which critics have blasted over Saudi human rights abuses. The Liberals, who tried to win back the seat they lost in 2006, inherited the contract from Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and put it under review. The jobs of hundreds of workers in London rely on the deal, the largest industrial deal in the city’s history.The riding has had its share of stories this election campaign, with city councillor van Holst taking a leave from his city political job to run for the Conservative party, and Hammoud being acclaimed to the nomination amid party controversy.A proud mom watches her daughter…. #elxn43 pic.twitter.com/VfcQKyDDYo— Jane Sims (@JaneatLFPress) October 22, 2019Former London MPP Khalil Ramal was blocked from the nomination, triggering a mass resignation of its riding association brass. Ramal was a two-term former MPP under Premier Dalton McGuinty. Ramal said in August he signed more than 3,500 new party members, but the party blocked his candidacy in favour of Hammoud.Ramal ran for the federal Liberals in the same riding in 2015, but lost.Van Holst finished third.The win is a turnaround for Mathyssen, who in 2015 lost her bid to represent London North Centre, losing the NDP nod to German Gutierrez to run against incumbent Tory Susan Truppe. The riding was won by Liberal Peter Fragiskatos.Mathyssen has worked as a staffer on Parliament Hill.Former Liberal MP Sheila Copps from Hamilton also waded into the London-Fanshawe contest election night, with the Hamilton politician tweeting, “NDP plans to cancel military contract. How is that working for the workers in London?”Hammoud retweeted it, adding “The Liberal government is the only one that will safeguard jobs for the community of London-Fanshawe, all the other parties have vowed to scrap the General Dynamics contract. This is why I am working hard to win for the community and to protect jobs.”THE RESULTS(237 of 237 polls reporting)Lindsay Mathyssen, NDP 22,450Mohamed Hammoud, Liberal 14,679Michael van Holst, Conservative 13,636Tom Cull, Green 2,750Bela Kosoian, People’s Party 1,121Stephen Campbell, independent 297