GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Mustangs boost Knights’ strength of schedule. By John Klima STAFF WRITER The last time that Mira Costa came to Bishop Montgomery to play a girls volleyball match? “We don’t see these kinds of teams in league or in tournaments,” Bishop Montgomery coach Carrie Rey said. “We have to go out and invite them to our place. Keep coming to our house and we’ll keep playing the big guys.” Entertaining thoughts of an upset with a loud home crowd, Bishop Montgomery played Mira Costa to a 10-10 tie in the first game before the Mustangs eased in front. Falyn Fonoimoana served four consecutive points and Mira Costa began to pull away. It was similar to its season-opening victory against Marymount, in which Mira Costa started slow in the first game before overpoweing Marymount in the final two games. Fonoimoana had nine kills and four aces. Lane Carico had six kills and 15 digs. Stevi Robinson had 11 kills and five digs, and Kendall Bateman had 31 assists. For Bishop Montgomery, Kristina Cruz had 22 assists, Jen Edmond had eight kills and Sarah Prather had five kills and seven digs. “We get to play a higher level of a team so we can build on what we’ve learned,” Bishop Montgomery’s Teresa Puente said. “We practice to play fast. It was a rough game, but we played the best we could and it will help us in the future.” That was by design, Rey said. “We played a very good team that is going to be able to exploit any weakness that we have,” she said. “It was good for us to see where we have some weaknesses that we need to improve. This can help us learn that we can play with these teams, but we have to experience these teams.” If it’s experience you want, you can’t get much better than Mira Costa. “It’s good for everyone,” Mira Costa coach Lisa Zimmerman said. “(Bishop Montgomery) is always a good, scrappy defensive team. It’s so nice to stay in town and have a strong community with a lot of good volleyball.” Bateman said Mira Costa, the defending state and national champions, appreciated the raucous crowd and the Bishop Montgomery fight. “It’s competitive and we enjoy it, especially because of their loud crowd,” Bateman said. “It’s nice to get a loud crowd early in the year and get used to playing with it. We learn how to coexist and just play our game. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 1994 to be exact. So 13 years later, they met again Thursday night. The outcome wasn’t shocking. Mira Costa battled through the best Bishop Montgomery had to give it in the first game, before distancing itself with a 25-17, 25-12, 25-9 victory. For Mira Costa (4-0) it was a chance to continue to prepare for a strong tournament schedule that will take it to Las Vegas, San Diego and Santa Barbara next month. For Bishop Montgomery (7-4) it was a chance to see a combination of size, speed and skill that a normal opponent would not afford them.
Rangers coach Steven Gerrard has admitted he would have preferred his team were competing in the Betfred Cup final instead of going top of the Premiership.“We’d love to be in the final. We’re not going to lie. It hurt going out in the semi-final and it always does. I won’t sit and kid anyone that it doesn’t,” he said, according to Daily Record.“We’d much rather be playing in the cup final of course but that’s gone and we’ve moved on.”“I want my players to press aggressively but that doesn’t mean they deserve a yellow card.”“It would be fantastic if we sit top of the league after the weekend but we are well aware you don’t get anything for sitting top at this stage of the season.”Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“It’ll be tough because Hearts have been flying in the league and of course it’s a test on the back of a European game.”On the other hand, Gerrard commented on the fan who ran from the Govan Stand to send a verbal volley at linesman Manuel Vidali just after Candeias’ red card.“It will affect the club and more often than not it’s financially as well, which doesn’t help.“We ask the supporters to keep doing what they are doing and supporting us but they have to stay in their seats.”
West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he expects Jack Wilshere to be back to full fitness In February.There was speculation the former Arsenal midfielder would miss the rest of the season, with the Hammers struggling to get to the bottom of his latest ankle injury.The 27-year-old missed has missed the last few months after requiring minor surgery on his left ankle, and following a brief appearance as a substitute against Newcastle the England international felt pain in his right ankle.Wilshere has been resting his ankle ever since, missing nine more games, and he will be absent again on Saturday when West Ham travel to Bournemouth.Report: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…But Pellegrini revealed the England international, whose career has been hampered by injury, is close to beginning his latest comeback.“He is continuing with his six weeks of rest about his ankle,” Pellegrini said according to Sky Sports.“He is in treatment and I hope that next week maybe he can start doing some running on the treadmill.”“He will be ready at the beginning of February.”
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Close Liberia was declared free of the Ebola virus by global health experts on 14 January, a milestone that signalled an end to an epidemic in West Africa that has killed more than 11,300 people. But the World Health Organization (WHO) warned there could still be flare-ups of the disease in the region, which has suffered the worlds deadliest outbreak over the past two years, as survivors can carry the virus for many months and could pass it on.Health specialists cautioned against complacency, saying the world was still underprepared for any future outbreaks of the disease.Today WHO declares the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia, the outbreak that was associated with the flare-up of cases in mid-November, said Rick Brennan, Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response for WHO. Its also the first time that all three countries in West Africa, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, have stopped all known chains of transmission of the disease since the outbreak started in 2014.But the WHO official warned that: We have to say that the job is still not done. Thats because there is still ongoing risk of re-emergence of the disease, because of persistence of the virus in a proportion of survivors.Liberia was the last affected country to get the all-clear, with no cases of Ebola for 42 days, twice the length of the viruss incubation period â€“ the time elapsed between transmission of the disease and the appearance of symptoms. The other affected countries, Guinea and Sierra Leone, were declared Ebola-free late in 2015.There were cases in seven other countries including Nigeria, the United States and Spain, but almost all the deaths were in the West African nations. It is the first time since the start of the EVD (Ebola Virus Disease) epidemic in West Africa almost two years ago that the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are at zero cases for at least 42 days, said WHOs Liberia representative Alex Gasasira.
Power sector utilities NTPC and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL) gained more than 3 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Thursday morning, driving the rally on Sensex and Nifty. PGCIL was up 4.48 percent to Rs 198, while NTPC shares were trading 3.25 percent higher at Rs 170 apiece.A few days ago, PGCIL had awarded a $640 million contract to ABB for 1,830-km (1,137-mile) power link in India to connect thermal and wind power plants with the country’s growing urban areas. The system will have the capacity to supply electricity to about 80 million people after completion in 2019, according to ABB. Read: India’s consumer inflation for December estimated at 3.6%, says DBS BankThe BSE Sensex was trading at 27,248, up 108 points, or 0.40 percent, while the NSE Nifty was up 25 points at 8,405. The day would be action-packed for markets for two reasons — the government will be releasing December 2016 provisional data for consumer (retail) inflation after trading hours and IT software services company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will be declaring its December quarter results. TCS shares were trading flat at Rs 2,317 apiece.Power generation details for December 2016The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) said that conventional power generation for December 2016 rose 6.18 percent YoY spanning thermal, hydro and nuclear energy. In case of thermal, the increase was 7.04 percent. The overall power generation for the April-December 2016 period was up 5.1 percent when compared to power generated during the corresponding period last financial year, according to the CEA.Rupee gainsThe Indian rupee opened 17 paise higher at 68.15 to the US dollar on Thursday.Benchmark bond yieldOn Wednesday, the yield on government debt due in September 2026 lost marginally to close at 6.39 percent.Earlier, in its pre-opening note, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services had said that Indian stock markets would open on a higher note tracking their Asian counterparts. “On Thursday, Asian markets opened on a mixed note. Japan’s Nikkei is down by around 0.9% and Shanghai down 0.08%. Indian markets are expected to open on a positive note tracking SGX Nifty, which is indicating up 0.33%, will watch India’s IIP and CPI data today.”
Cori GauffTwitter/WimbledonIn one of the biggest upsets that Wimbledon has witnessed, Cori Gauff, known as Coco to her friends, an American whose age, 15, is less than the length of Venus Williams’ career, knocked out the latter in the very first round of the grass court Grand Slam. So, who is this lady who has suddenly catapulted herself into the spotlight? Let’s learn a few things about her.To begin with, the teenage prodigy hails from Georgia but has been raised in Florida. She has good sporting pedigree. Her father had been a basketball player at university level and her mother had been a gymnast in Florida State University. The precocious talent had been identified as a potential future great even before her famous win over Venus.The company that manages her – Team 8 – was created by Roger Federer and his agent Tony Godsick. Federer commented on her before her match and expressed his delight at the progress being made by the rising star. “I’m super happy for her. I saw the last couple of games when she qualified. Obviously everybody was waiting to see what the draw was going to be like. I think that’s fascinating, that she plays Venus now. It’s a great story. Coco is a nice girl, works really hard. I think she’s obviously got a wonderful future ahead of herself,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner said. Cori Gauff after her victory of Venus WilliamsTwitter/WimbledonHer victory over Venus had an irony to it. It were the Williams sisters that inspired Coco to take up tennis and aim to be a champion. She expressed her fanfare for Venus before facing her in the first round. “I have nothing to lose, playing against one of the greatest players of all time. I’m just super honoured that I get to share the court with her. Not many people get to play Wimbledon at 15 so I’m just happy that I’m one of them,” the young lady remarked in an interview to American network NBC prior to her match.Her excitement at having achieved a victory against one of her idols was fully expressed after the match. She told BBC: “Honestly I don’t really know how to feel. That’s the first time I have ever cried after winning a match. I don’t even know how to explain how I feel. I had to tell myself to stay calm, I have never played on such a big court. I had to remind myself of the lines on the court. Everything around it might be bigger, but the lines are the same.”She just told me congratulations and to keep going and good luck. I told her thank you for everything. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her, she is so inspiring and I always wanted to tell her that, even though I met her before I didn’t have the guts to tell her then.”Even the most successful tennis player of the current generation and younger sister of Venus, Serena Williams expressed her admiration for the teenager before the match. “She’s so cool. She’s a great girl. I love her dad. They’re just really cool people. It’s a great moment for her and for Venus. She’s playing against a player that actually reminds me of Venus. I think I might, might watch. I always get nervous watching Venus.”
Jatiya Oikya Front convenor Kamal Hossain. File PhotoGono Forum president Kamal Hossain on Tuesday urged people to get united against autocracy and restore healthy politics in the country, reports UNB.”In an autocratic system, the rule of law and freedom of speech are obliterated while the nation’s progress is hampered due to corruption, plundering and politicisation,” he said.Speaking at Gono Forum standing committee’s meeting at its central office, Kamal further said, “Autocracy also destroys economy, state institutions, and civilisation. So, we must unite people and forge a national unity against autocracy.”He said it is impossible to establish good governance without healthy politics. “As people are the owners of the country, we must unite them to restore healthy politics and free the nation from an individual’s rule.”Kamal Hossain asked his party colleagues to strengthen their organisation at the grassroots level involving people and identifying their problems.Gono Forum general secretary Reza Kibria, executive presidents professor Abu Sayeed, Subrata Chowdhury and party MP Mokabbir Khan, among others, spoke at the programme.