Win ‘feels like loss’ for Gab Banal, Marinerong Pilipino

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Skippers saw their 21-point lead, 36-15, dissipate to just three, 52-49, midway in the third frame behind the furious rally led by Generals swingman Jeric Diego.Though Marinerong Pilipino recovered in the fourth period behind Rian Ayonayon’s outburst, Banal felt that the game still left a lot to be desired for his team in terms of its cohesiveness.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“You can see that we’re not familiar with each other. All of the teams that we’re playing against are school-based, so they’ve been together for a long time. That’s not an excuse for us, but rather, a challenge,” said Banal, who finished with a team-high 17 points, nine rebounds, and four steals in the victory.The 27-year-old does acknowledge the Skippers’ strength on paper as they boasts of one of the most potent collection of talents this conference. But he knows that blending those individual brilliance together is another story. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino may have gotten away with the 92-78 victory over Batangas-EAC to snap its two-game losing slide, but Gab Banal felt no relief owing to how bad his team performed on Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“Actually, it feels like a loss,” he said. “We didn’t go hard in the third quarter like what we did in the first half. We had a strong start, but we had a bad third quarter.”ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Out of Adamson, Robbie Manalang tries to make waves with new team Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Individually, you can see that we have big names like Abu Tratter and Alvin Pasaol. Billy Robles has already been in the PBA. Ayonayon is a pure scorer. But the challenge for us right now is how fast we become a team,” he said.“What’s important right now is for us to be a team and jell as a team. We can’t do it as individuals. The faster we become a team, the more chances of us winning.”Marinerong Pilipino aims to make it back-to-back wins next Thursday when it tests Wangs Basketball-Letran.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreaklast_img read more

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NGOs: Why Now?

first_imgThe Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in her State of the Nation address Monday, laid out new guidelines for non-governmental organizations working in the country.The president calculated that of the 997 NGOs working in the country, 87 percent were local or national NGOs, while the other 13 percent were international.Previously, she surmised, the role of NGOs focused on humanitarian assistance and development work.“More recently,” she observed, “the emphasis has been on democracy and governance; human rights; environment and natural resources.  In these latter functions, some NGOs have sought to become super-national bodies challenging national sovereignty even as they themselves lack national and international governance status and rules in transparency and accessibility.”The president then immediately pivoted into a solution to this problem, as it were – more “transparency and accountability by NGOs in their delivery of services to our people.”Many Liberians welcomed the news, but from a different perspective. Comments posted on social media networks suggested that for the number of NGOs present in the country, not much could be said for development. As such, many felt NGOs did need greater transparency and accountability. One commenter cited the case of an NGO owner who had become wealthy (mansion and all) thanks to his duty-free and tax-free privileges. Another stated that top government officials were involved in the NGO ‘business’.Looking at the president’s statement, however, it would seem as though it was not directed at non-performing NGOs, but at NGOs whom she said had taken on “super-national status” and invaded Liberia’s sovereignty. It would seem as though when NGOs were merely posing and not doing much, there was no problem. It was when they started to challenge government policies that the need arose for greater “transparency and accountability”.This is a problem, and this administration needs to be careful – this could backfire. Have we forgotten that free speech is a universal human right this administration has prided itself in protecting? Why are the rules different for NGOs? If the president had gone after newspapers in this regard, we’d all be screaming bloody murder over new rules that smack of retribution for dissent!The message to NGOs here seems to be, “Do your job (or don’t) but keep your mouth shut and out of our business.”The president is right in observing that humanitarian and development work has traditionally described the work of NGOs – except that her scope is limited. What is humanitarian work if it does not stand up for the rights of others who cannot stand up for themselves? NGOs are typically as close to the ground as they can get – all over the rural areas talking to the people. As such, they are often privy to first-hand information. If rural dwellers are losing their tribal lands to multi-national corporations, they are aware. How humanitarian would it be not to sound the alarm on matters that contribute to the underdevelopment of the marginalized and powerless? Indeed, perhaps the nature of humanitarian and development work has changed with the times!But are these rules really new? Yes and no, but more no than yes. The Daily Observer has in its possession a copy of the GOL’s National Policy on Non-Governmental Organizations in Liberia. This document came into effect June 15, 2008 and was authored by Dr. Toga McIntosh, then Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs.It reads, among other things, that “As NGOs are essential partners in identifying, defining and developing policies and driving development in Liberia, (emphasis added) this policy seeks to address the above concerns and ensure that an enabling environment is created for the smooth operation of NGOs, as well as ensuring human development. It is an integral part of the ongoing reform exercise. The over-riding and long-term objective is to provide better and more effective service to the Liberian people and nation.”Section 9.1 also states that “All vehicles owned by an accredited NGO shall bear NGO license plates and, where feasible (emphasis added), shall also bear the NGO’s logo.”The new version of Section 9.1 according to the president, however, is that “all vehicles owned by NGOs should be registered in the name of the organization and be clearly marked with the name and logo of the organization or face impoundment”. Why? What happened to “where feasible”? Is it so that they do not go where they are not welcomed?Where has this document been anyway since 2008? Was it not necessary until NGOs became interested in democracy and governance, human rights, environment and natural resources?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Holistic approach required to deal with mentally ill persons

first_imgDear Editor,Mentally ill persons are still roaming the streets freely and disrupting life in Guyana, in spite of repeated announcements of plans to solve this problem.No matter who is the President of the country, no matter which political party is in power, this problem just goes on and on and seems to be growing, year in, year out.Mentally ill people, some barely clothed, wander our streets on busy business days, interfering with or scaring persons conducting business in Georgetown and other parts of Guyana. In some cases, they attack persons or are themselves attacked, abused, and sometimes even killed.Our Police are not trained or equipped to handle mentally ill people. They do not have suitable detention facilities for them, nor do they have the legal authority to remove them from the streets willy-nilly. In this scenario, it is unfair to expect our Police Officers to deal effectively with the mentally ill.Many of the mentally ill resort to shelters for food and rest, but most of these shelters were not specifically established to accommodate and care for the mentally ill, so they are also not equipped to deal with them.For instance, take the Hugo Chávez Centre that recently had to deal with allegations involving mentally challenged inmates.In this case, I will not rush to judge the administrators because I have been somewhat involved in several shelters for homeless people, drug addicts and mentally ill cases and I know what the administrators have to go through. It is no piece of cake.Persons who have not visited these centres and observed their daily operations have no idea what the administrators, support staff and counsellors have to go through when dealing with mentally challenged and damaged people.Furthermore, in these institutions, strict rules and regulations are necessary because there must be order and discipline for inmates to get beds and three meals a day plus access to medical facilities, therapists and so forth.But many mentally challenged inmates reject the rules and fight the staff because they want to continue doing what they want when they want as if they are still on the street. Many refuse to bathe and create a horrific odour in the institutions.When the Hugo Chávez Centre was constructed, it was not for mentally ill people, drug addicts or street people, but for those with skills who needed a ‘lend-a-hand’ support system.The Centre was set up to be a supportive institution for persons with marketable skills like tailors, agriculturalists, seamstresses, teachers and cooks. Mentally ill people should really be in the Berbice Rehabilitation Centre.There have been horrible cases of street dwellers and mentally challenged people being murdered in Guyana.There have also been many cases in which the deaths of such persons were suspected to be due to some kind of abuse, but this could not be proved due to lack of evidence.When the current Government was in Opposition, they pledged to end the problem of pavement dwellers when they got into power. When I saw those pronouncements, I immediately suspected it was just campaign talk. It seems that I was right.The fact is: for some undisclosed reason, the current Administration did not keep its promise. They have not yet erected even one shelter for street-dwellers and mentally ill persons. The existing shelters being managed by the current Government were erected by previous Governments.It is my personal perception that no government has the capacity to end homelessness in Guyana or any part of the world. Many of these people choose to be on the streets because they do not like to be housed in any shelter with rules and order.This is why it is a sad sight for Guyana to see drug addicts and other homeless persons loitering on the busy carriageway near Bourda Cemetery. It sends a disturbing message about our country and will obviously not inspire investors and tourists, even though homelessness exists in every part of the world.To date, we have never approached the Government for any financial support and we have never asked anyone for any assistance.All this is being done by the grace of God, the members of the organisation, the Guyana Islamic Forum and some volunteers have been providing some resources. There are a few other institutions involved in similar activities.I believe dealing with this is too humongous a task for Government alone. The Government needs to launch a multi-dimensional approach involving various sectors of business, Government, non-governmental organisations, etc, to address this matter.This issue must be addressed in a holistic manner that does not make it appear that there is some political aim to be achieved other than service to our people.Sincerely,Haji Roshan KhanSnrNational ChairmanUniversal PeaceFederation (Guyana)last_img read more

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Govt focused on creating a more equitable society through education – President

first_imgPresident David Granger, on Saturday, said that the Government puts emphasis on gender parity and is fostering equality in the society through education. The President made these remarks when he joined First Lady, Sandra Granger and several women leaders at Delices Appetisantes, an afternoon of conversation, cultural presentations and dining in observance of Women’s History Month, which was held in the Baridi Benab at State House. The event was hosted in collaboration with the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Social Cohesion. The First Lady was the patron of the event.“It is my belief that if woman were economically independent, if they were educated and if they were empowered, we would not have this sort of domination and domestic violence that is taking place in this country. So, I call upon you my sisters, to move the process along by ensuring that your girl children particularly, can get to school that they are protected from abuse, that they are given education and that they can take control of their lives,” President Granger is quoted by the Public Information and Press Unit within the Ministry of Presidency as saying.The president also recalled that since making a request for a school bus for his 70th birthday in 2015, the Government has now established the Public Education Transport Service (PETS) and boasts a fleet of 29 buses.The First Lady echoed these sentiments, noting that she too believes that empowering women enhances their quality of life as well as that of their children and families.“Girls and our women have to be educated and independent and to know their power; to know how they are going to spend their money and to know how they are going to make the demands that come with that power and that comes with that sisterhood; then is when we will really start to see women moving forward,” Mrs. Granger said.The First Lady noted that women who endure domestic abuse often do so because the man is the one who earns in the relationship and if the man goes to jail, the woman worries about the wellbeing of herself and her children.“My husband and I talk often about education, and we also talk about the burdens on women, particularly single women who are parents of children and struggle to get them to school and to put a roof over their heads and feed them… “We have to look at enforcing new legislation …charge the man and find some programme where he can continue to support the family while getting some kind of counselling and training” she said.A number of representatives from Public Health Ministry along with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Resident Representative, Sylvie Fouet and representatives from other Government and non-governmental organisations also attended the event.last_img read more

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4 men slapped with murder charge

first_imgCorentyne carpenter’s murder− women remanded for offering bribe to PoliceFour men were on Tuesday slapped with a murder charge for allegedly beating a Berbice carpenter to death. They all appeared before the Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.In a packed court room, excavator operator Radesh Motie, 39; Harripaul Parsram, a labourer, 49; hire car driver Nirone Yacoob, 37; and Diodat Datt, 18, were all not allowed to enter a plea for the murder of 27-year-old Faiyaz Narinedatt since the matter is deemed indictable. The charge stated that the murder occurred between October 31 and November 1, 2016, at Number 70 Village, Corentyne. The men were represented by Attorney Mark Conway.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers stated that his file is still incomplete, and as such, he requested two weeks to have it completed. He noted that the investigation is still ongoing.The matter was transferred to the Springlands Magistrate’s Court where the defendants are scheduled to make their next court appearance on December 8.Meanwhile, the two women, who allegedly attempted to pervert the course of justice by way of bribing a Police Officer at the Major Crimes Unit (MCU) with $4 million to free the four defendants, were remanded as well.Shermella Indarally, 45, of Lot 121 Section A, Number 71 Village, Corentyne Coast, Berbice; and Marriam Lionel, 25, of Corentyne Coast, Berbice, a bank teller, were refused bail after Police Prosecutor Jeffers objected, stating that they could tamper with witnesses should they be granted their pre-trial liberty. The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge, which stated that on November 19, 2016, at Eve Leary Headquarters, Georgetown, they offered a criminal investigative rank $4 million cash to forgo charges against the four murder accused who were at the time in custody pending investigations into the murder of Narinedatt, as well as Marc Bisram who is still on the run.Jeffers stated that his file is complete in the women’s matter and the prosecution has been successful in securing six witnesses.The women were represented by Attorney Stanley Moore who made an application for bail on behalf of his clients, stating that they both have a fixed place of residence.His applications were denied and the women were ordered to return to court on September 28.According to reports, another man on Monday was taken into Police custody in connection with the murder. The man detained, called “Rasta Man”, is said to be a bodyguard of the alleged mastermind behind the murder.The body of Narinedatt was discovered at about 03:45h on November 1, along the Corentyne Highway at Number 70 Village at a scene which appeared to be that of a hit-and-run accident. Police had initially treated the incident as a hit-and-run but reopened the investigations after relatives of the dead man kept calling for the Police to further investigate circumstances surrounding the man’s death. Relatives in a bid to get the Police’s attention produced and distributed flyers which detailed the events leading up to Narinedatt’s death, and the subsequent staging of the accident scene.last_img read more

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Wanyama scores thunderbolt as Spurs, Liverpool draw

first_img0Shares0000Victor Wanyama scores a thunderbolt from 30 yards/Premier LeagueLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Feb 4 – Harambee Stars Captain Victor Wanyama stepped off the bench to score barely two minutes on the pitch as Liverpool and Tottenham played to a 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday.Wanyama’s thunderbolt from 30 yards cancelled out Mohammed Salah’s third minute goal but there was to be plenty of drama in the final five minutes. Harry Kane missed a penalty just after Wanyama’s goal and on the other end, Salah scored his second, but Spurs had a late penalty this time converted by Kane for a two-all scoreline.Liverpool were leading 1-0 with 12 minutes left after Mohamed Salah’s opener but Victor Wanyama thumped Spurs level before Kane won a penalty on 85 minutes.However, the England international spurned the opportunity and Salah sensationally put Liverpool in front in injury time with an exquisite solo effort.That looked the end of the drama but Spurs won a second penalty with their final attack when the linesman overruled referee Jon Moss for a Virgil van Dijk challenge on Erik Lamela.In front of a disgruntled home crowd, Kane made no mistake to become the player to reach 100 Premier League goals in the second-shortest time.Harry Kane missed one penalty but buried another to earn Spurs a pointWith just three minutes gone, Liverpool’s high press forced Eric Dier into a horrendous back-pass which was seized upon by Salah, who was presented with an easy finish past Hugo Lloris from 10 yards out.Tottenham looked rocked by the early goal as Liverpool continued to play with energy through Jordan Henderson and James Milner in midfield – however, the second goal evaded them with Milner and Roberto Firmino skewing shots wide after some creative play by Trent Alexander-Arnold.After the break Spurs started to find their rhythm and ask questions of Liverpool defensively.Jurgen Klopp made two changes after the win at Huddersfield, and they were both defensive. Virgil van Dijk came in for Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold replaced Joe Gomez.Spurs were unchanged following the 2-0 win against Manchester United.The atmosphere around Anfield was becoming nervy with their team dropping deeper and Klopp switched to a back five for the final 10 minutes in order to see the game out.Salah has scored 21 goals in 25 Premier League games for LiverpoolHis defensive tactic didn’t reap the required effect as Spurs levelled in spectacular fashion.Eriksen’s cross from the left was palmed clear by Karius into the path of Wanyama, who struck a quite breath-taking half-volley into the top corner.The drama wasn’t done there as Spurs won a penalty in the 85th minute as Kane nipped through and went down under minimal contact from Karius.The script seemed set for the England international to net his 100th Premier League goal but his penalty was straight down the middle and Karius blocked it away.Liverpool then thought they’d won it when Salah somehow twisted and turned in the box, beating two Spurs defenders, and poked a fine finish into the net.With Anfield rocking, the home fans’ joy quickly turned to anger when Lamela was felled by Van Dijk inside the area. The referee originally waved away the appeals but the linesman flagged and Moss brought the play back to award the penalty.This time Kane stayed cool and quite a bonkers match ended all square.“I am not allowed to go in their room until half an hour after the game, do you think the first thingJurgen Klopp was unimpressed with the two penalties awarded to Tottenham, saying ‘it’s hard to accept the decisions’.–Courtesy Sky Sports0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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ST EUNAN’S BOYS WIN BACK-TO-BACK ULSTER U15 OG SPORT TITLE

first_imgST EUNAN’S are Ulster Óg Sport Champions 2014!The club retained the Ulster Óg Sport U15 7-a-side title that was won in Derry last year with the finals tournament held at O’Donnell Park today.The boys defeated Enniskillen Gaels (Fermanagh), Bellaghy (Derry) and Innishkeen (Monaghan) in the group stages before beating Bryansford (Down) in the semi-final and Killeavy (Armagh) in the Final.  ST EUNAN’S BOYS WIN BACK-TO-BACK ULSTER U15 OG SPORT TITLE was last modified: September 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:Og SportSt EunansULSTER CHAMPIONSlast_img read more

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PARKS TENNIS CAMPS ‘SERVING’ UP A SUMMER OF FUN IN DONEGAL NEXT MONTH

first_imgPARKS TENNIS are coming to Donegal next month and are set to serve up a summer of fun for budding young tennis stars in the county.Parks Tennis Camps are renowned nationally for providing top-class training programmes and coaching tips. With Wimbledon just around the corner it’s the perfect opportunity to nurture the next Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic or Maria Sharapova or Ana Ivanovic.The programme is being rolled out at locations all over Donegal with registration taking place tomorrow June 27th from 12 noon to 1.30pm.The programme will run for FOUR weeks starting from July 6th right through until the 31st of July.The prices are superbly competitive with the four week course costing just €30 per child or €80 for a family.  The list of venues where the programmes take place and where you can register are outlined below.All registrations at the venues take place from 12 noon to 1.30pmBallybofey, Butt Hall Tennis Club – Contact – Frances – 0862401059Buncrana Tennis Courts – Contact – Scott – 0860714999Culdaff Tennis Courts – Contact – Eilish –  0877963396Letterkenny Tennis Club – Contact – Gerry – 0863809Ramelton Tennis Club – Contact – Mary – 0879773957Rathmullan Tennis Club – Contact – cormacfriel@gmail.comPARKS TENNIS CAMPS ‘SERVING’ UP A SUMMER OF FUN IN DONEGAL NEXT MONTH was last modified: June 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

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Beautiful Music for Successful Wedding Videos

first_imgWhen it comes to wedding videos, making sure you have the right music at hand can make all the difference.Any time you sign up to film a client’s wedding, it’s a pretty big responsibility to take on. After all, it’s your work that’ll shape the couple’s perception of their special day for years to come. So getting it right is kind of a big deal!To make a truly professional wedding video, seasoned videographers will tell you that it’s a matter of preparation. Gear and shot checklists are tools of the trade that can ensure you’re ready to capture the big day on film. And choosing wedding-appropriate assets in advance, like Light Leaks and transition effects, means that you won’t be scrambling to get your video done by the deadline.And finally, there’s one key wedding video ingredient that you should always keep in mind: the music.Think of wedding video music like the icing on the (wedding) cake: the final touch that can make all the difference. The right track can give your work emotional impact and help drive your video’s narrative forward. Whether going for formal and elegant or playful and lighthearted, it’s your musical choices that will help to set your video’s tone.To make sure that you’re prepared on the musical front too, we’ve compiled a playlist of ideal, royalty free tunes; the perfect soundtrack for a slo-mo walk down the aisle or for an upbeat wedding reception montage.Each track has been handpicked from the PremiumBeat music library. And with a PremiumBeat standard license, you won’t need to worry about copyright issues.To make sure that you’re ready for your next wedding video, check out our ultimate guide for wedding video production, too. It’s packed with expert advice and free downloads (including gear and shot lists) that’ll help you put together a memento that your clients will cherish forever.last_img read more

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Knee Injury Forces US Open Champion Bianca Andreescu Out of WTA Finals

first_imgShenzhen: US Open champion Bianca Andreescu withdrew from the season-ending WTA Finals on Thursday due to a knee injury.The Canadian sensation crashed out of contention at the round-robin tournament when she retired hurt against Karolina Pliskova on Wednesday. Andreescu injured her left knee in the third game after attempting to return a wide serve and received heavy strapping during the subsequent medical timeout. The 19-year-old gamely fought on but was noticeably hobbled and retired after the first set, which Pliskova won 6-3 in 51 minutes.World number 4 Andreescu had lost her opener against Simona Halep in a three-set thriller on her WTA Finals debut.”I had a scan Thursday to check my knee after last night’s match, and unfortunately the results show that I need to withdraw,” she said.”On the spot the physio thought it was my meniscus, so she taped it up. It was really hard to bend with the taping and the pain kept getting worse, so I had to stop,” she added.During a breakout season, which she started ranked 178, Andreescu compiled a remarkable 48-7 record and won her first Grand Slam after defeating Serena Williams in the final at Flushing Meadows.”I’m definitely going to take time off, recoup and then start my pre-season,” she said.”I’ll become even stronger for 2020.”World No.12 Sofia Kenin will replace Andreescu for Friday’s dead-rubber against defending champion Elina Svitolina, who has already clinched top position from the Purple Group.Kenin will be the second replacement used at the tournament after Kiki Bertens stepped in for world number three Naomi Osaka, who withdrew due to a shoulder injury. Bianca AndreescuSofia Kenintenniswomens tennis association First Published: October 31, 2019, 7:36 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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