STRASBOURG Adam Thielen Black Jersey , May 23 (Xinhua) -- China's Liang Chen paired up with Chinese Taipei's Chuang Chia-Jung to win the doubles title at the Strasbourg women's tennis tournament on Saturday, taking home 9,919 euros in prize money.
Jiangsu native Liang, 26, and Chuang, 30, defeated Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine and Zheng Saisai of China 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (12-10) in windy conditions.
Chuang is currently ranked 71st worldwide as a doubles player, with a career high fifth in 2007, while Liang is ranked at a career high 62nd.
The players spoke to Xinhua shortly before boarding a train to Paris in order to prepare for Roland-Garros, the 2015 French Open.
According to Chuang, they felt "quite terrible" at the beginning of the match.
"The weather was so windy today," she said. "And we didn't find our tempo, so we made a lot of mistakes in the first set."
In the second set, however, they were able to break their opponents' serve and take the lead early.
This is only the third time the partners have played together, and their second tournament win, with their first win at the 2014 Guangzhou Open. They also played in 2015 Prague Open, where they advanced to the second round.
At Roland-Garros, they will play with different partners; they will continue to play together in the future, though they haven't decided yet when the next time will be.
The singles title was won by 31 year-old Australian, Samantha Stosur, who defeated 22-year-old French Kristina Mladenovic in three games.
The tournament, formerly known as the Strasbourg Grand Prix, is played outdoors on clay and has been held since 1987.
By Justice Lee Adoboe
ACCRA, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Low level of financing and the pollution of water bodies have been identified as the two major challenges facing sustainable water service delivery in both urban and rural Ghana.
The Ghana Water Company Ltd (GWCL) says it needs 2 billion U. S. dollars to build up enough treatment plants and rehabilitate old dilapidated plants to ensure increased water production in order to attain 100 percent coverage nationwide.
The company also has to deal with water pollution by illegal miners, sand winners, unorthodox farming methods and fecal pollution that keep cost of production at a high level.
In an exclusive interview with Xinhua on Friday, Michael Agyeman, chief manager in charge of public relations of the GWCL, said while the demand for the whole country was 249 million gallons of water per day (249 mgpd), what the company is able to produce stands at 150 mgpd.
Using 2009 as the base year, the Annual Progress Report (APR) of 2012 by the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing says access to safe water in the rural areas is 63.41 percent and 62.9 percent in urban.
This worked up to 86 percent of potable water coverage for the whole country under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the United Nations (UN).
Despite this achievement, the water situation across the country has not been so smooth-sailing for communities, as there are still huge gaps in water delivery in rural, urban and peri- urban areas.
""We need more funding from the government of Ghana in order to be able to increase production capacity, since the tariffs we charge only take care of our running and operational costs,"" Agyeman maintained.
Out of 100 million dollars needed annually for investment into infrastructure, the company only receives 30 million dollars, the official disclosed.
The difficult financial situation of the company was worsened by the pollution of many of the water bodies, hence the need to increase volumes of chemicals imported at a high cost to treat the water, Agyeman said.
This also comes at foreign exchange losses due to the depreciation of the local cedi currency against the dollar.
""Meanwhile water bodies are drying up as a result of siltation and encroachment occasioned by illegal mining, unscientific farming and waste disposal methods and pollution,"" the official told Xinhua.
Agyeman mentioned rivers such as Birim, Pra, Anono as valuable water bodies drying up or heavily polluted due to the introduction of cyanide and mercury by illegal mining operators.
He said some water treatment centers to wait for six clear months for the water to clear before they could start production.
Accra alone needs at least 150 million gallons per day (gpd) production but is currently producing only 93 million.
In addition to the inadequate funding and high cost of production, Agyeman listed uneconomical tariffs and water theft through illegal connections as some of the other woes of the water company.
While the water company sells 220 gallons of water at 1. 38 Ghana cedis, or 0.552 dollars, private water suppliers sell about 14 gallons for the same amount.
Theme for the 2014 Word Water Day celebrations is ""Water and Energy,"" and Agyeman noted that the relationship between water and energy in Ghana is symbiotic.
""If there is no electricity we cannot produce or pump water, while energy development at various levels also depends on water,"" he stated.
According to him, the Aboadze Thermal Plant uses water from the GWCL to cool down their machines under high temperature.
""However the activities of illegal miners and other water pollution activities are rendering hydro-electric power generation difficult as the rivers and other water bodies that feed the country's hydro-electric dams are drying up.
Ghana generates hydro-electric power from three dams at Akosombo, Kpong and recently at Bui with thermal development also increasing.
""The power interruptions always affect our activities as we cannot pump enough water to our consumers even if we have the water already produced,"" he added.
Agyeman called for increased funding from the government for the company to be able to meet the water needs of Ghanaians across. Authentic Richard Sherman Jersey Authentic Patrick Mahomes Jersey Nick Foles Youth Jersey Leonard Fournette Kids Jersey Kirk Cousins Kids Jersey Josh Rosen Kids Jersey Josh Allen Kids Jersey J.J. Watt Texans Jersey James Conner Steelers Jersey Derek Carr Raiders Jersey