Injury, illness hit top six before Australian Open

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (AP):It’s been an injury and illness-filled start to 2016 for the top six women in tennis and just a week from the start of the Australian Open.Defending Sydney International champion Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner, pulled out of the Sydney tournament yesterday, the second week in a row she’s had to quit due to a stomach virus. She was joined a few hours later by Agnieszka Radwanska, the No. 2-seeded player in Sydney, who has a left leg injury.Last week, the world’s four top-ranked women retired or withdrew from tournaments due to injuries on the left side of their bodies: No. 1 Serena Williams (Hopman Cup/knee), second-ranked Halep (Brisbane/ankle), No. 3 Garbine Muguruza (Brisbane/foot) and fourth-ranked Maria Sharapova (Brisbane/forearm).Now No. 5 Radwanska and No. 6 Kvitova are on the ever-growing injury list.Kvitova retired during the first round of the Shenzhen Open in China last week. She was scheduled to play her first match in Sydney against Germany’s Sabine Lisicki today.”I’m really disappointed to have to withdraw … but unfortunately I am still not feeling well,” the sixth-ranked Kvitova said in a statement.Former No. 1 and now 16th-ranked Ana Ivanovic is healthy, but her new season is nonetheless off to a poor start. After losing in the first round last week in Auckland, she was granted a Sydney wild card.Ivanovic, who won the French Open in 2008, months after losing the Australian Open final to Sharapova, was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in a first-round match yesterday.”I was thinking, it’s not really (an) easy draw for first round,” Pliskova said. “I was really expecting a tough match. I’m just happy it went a little bit more my way.”In other first-round matches, another Serbian former No. 1, Jelena Jankovic, beat American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-4; former French and U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Australian Tammi Patterson 6-2, 6-0; and Caroline Garcia, who represented France at the Hopman Cup last week, beat countrywoman Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 (4), 6-4.Bernard Tomic is the top-seeded man at Sydney, while Halep is the top-seeded woman.Halep, who has a first-round bye, said yesterday she’ll likely carry the injury into the Australian Open, which begins January 18.”It’s difficult to know that you will be injured when you come to Australia. To me it happened this year,” she said. “I was not happy but we have to accept it.”At the Hobart International, another of the Australian Open warm-up tournaments, second-seeded Camila Giorgi of Italy beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 and seventh-seeded Alize Cornet of France defeated Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic 6-4, 7-5 yesterday.Sloane Stephens, who won the ASB Classic in Auckland on Saturday, was a late withdrawal from Hobart due to a virus.Former No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard, who is entered at Hobart, says she has “zero expectations” at the Australian Open as she makes her comeback from a concussion she sustained at the US Open when she slipped and fell in the dressing room.last_img read more

Bahamas HOA Members collectively miss hundreds of meetings poor representation cited

first_img Related Items:#BahamasHOAmembersmissmeeting, #magneticmedianews, #poorattendanceinparliament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 24, 2017 – Nassau – House of Assembly records have exposed that attendance for some members of parliament is criminally poor; falling way short of the recommended number of appearances the members are required to make as they collect a pay check from the public purse and more importantly, miss representation of hundreds of constituents.Renardo Curry of North Abaco constituency missed 102 meetings of the 220 due to the demands of his role as MP and Parliamentary Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister in Abaco.   Curry felt confident in his performance as the Member of Parliament for the district and said that is what counts, not how many times he appears in the House of Assembly.   Curry, who was reportedly even taken aback by his own total of absences offered that he believes that to publish the attendance records on the eve of elections is suspect and an attempt to discredit him.Dr. Bernard Nottage questions the accuracy of the information, telling the press that he does not recall ever being absent but was listed as having missing six days of parliament.  Meanwhile, Renardo Curry, who leads the is missed meetings at the House of Assembly shared that it is not as if he was out playing golf or taking a vacation; he explained that there is evidence that he was working.Second in absences on the list was Marco City Member, Greg Moss with 93 absences; then Fox Hill’s representative, Fred Mitchell with 69 missed times; Obie Wilchcombe the MP for West End and Bimini is said to have been out 48 times and for the Official Opposition, Loretta Butler-Turner is recorded as missing 33 meetings, while FNM Party Leader, Hubert Minnis for Killarney was out 11 times.The National Security Minister, Bernard Nottage says, despite calls to discipline members who have missed out majorly, he believes it is a waste of time.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasHOAmembersmissmeeting#poorattendanceinparliamentlast_img read more