MONACO (AP):A ninth Monte Carlo Masters title is getting closer for Rafael Nadal with most of his rivals out of the way – including Roger Federer, who again misses out on one of the few trophies not already in his glittering collection.But Federer – a four-time runner-up on the French Riviera – was not too disappointed, considering that his priority was to come back safely after more than two months out following knee surgery.Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 yesterday to set up a third semi-final here against Andy Murray. Federer lost 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, despite being two points from victory when 5-4 up in the decider, with Tsonga 15-30 down on his serve.This was Federer’s first tournament play since arthroscopic surgery on his left knee for torn cartilage on February 3, and defeat was softened by relief at avoiding any relapse.”It was good to play back-to-back, yesterday and today, good to play 2 hours 10 (minutes) today,” Federer said. “It was nice to play an intense match. I’m happy how the body reacted.”With top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Wawrinka – the French Open champion – also out, Federer himself picked Nadal when asked about the favourite.Nadal leads Murray 16-6 in career meetings and 6-1 on clay. For the other two semi-finalists, Nadal is 11-2 up on Gael Monfils – 4-0 on clay – and 8-4 on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, having beaten him here in the semi-finals three years ago. Nadal went on to lose the 2013 final to Djokovic, who was stunned in the second round this year by Czech Jiri Vesely, an unheralded Czech player ranked 55th.In a one-sided contest between former champions, Nadal broke Wawrinka four times and made the semi-finals for the 11th time.Murray took out Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 for the second time this year.The Briton thinks patience will be the key factor against the nine-time French Open champion.
WESTERN BUREAU:The three most dominant schools in Zone A of the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition all logged fine victories yesterday as the zone begins to take shape.Cornwall College and St James High scored 3-0 and 1-0 victories over Irwin High and Anchovy High, respectively, while Green Pond turned back Maldon, also by a 1-0 margin.Clarendon College also ticked off another fine performance, stopping Edwin Allen 4-0 to remain in the lead in Group H, as did Glenmuir High, who defeated Porus High 4-0 at the Juici-Patties playing field to take charge in Zone M.Over in Zone K, Dinthill continued their fine run with an emphatic 6-0 trouncing of Guys Hill to solidify their lead.However, Cornwall College, minus striker Jourdane Fletcher, who was red-carded for an off-the-ball incident in their first game, were looking to stake a claim for pole position in a zone that is sure to have its own twists and turns.FANCY PLAYThey started well against Irwin, with Giovanni Reid, Garnett Hudson, Clifton Russell, and Michael Heaven making all the plays, demonstrating a degree of movement off the ball that was pleasing to the eye.They grabbed the lead in the 34th minute from a free-kick 26 yards out. Heaven unleashed a thunderous ‘grass cutter’ that left Irwin goalkeeper Ryheem Vassell grasping at air as the ball zipped into the back of the net.Cornwall had more to give in the second, and they added two more goals to complete the win and send them clear atop Zone A on a maximum six points from two matches, plus a healthy goal difference over St James, who also picked up three points yesterday at Jarrett Park.Tyreke Clarke netted in the 76th minute against a plucky Anchovy unit as St James kept pace with three more points to also maintain a 100 per cent win record. Green Pond recovered from their drawn first match to claim three vital points to be third in the zone on four points.Yesterday’s ResultsCornwall College 3 Irwin 0St James 1 Anchovy 0Green Pond 1 Maldon 0Garvey Maceo 4 Winston Jones 0Denbigh 0 Foga Road 2Glenmuir 4 Porus 0Bog Walk 0 Ewarton 1Clarendon College 4 Edwin Allen 0Thompson Town 1 Knox 0Steer Town 2 Ocho Rios 1Guys Hill 0 Dinthill 6Today’s matchesRusea’s vs Green PondBrimmervale vs TackyBlack River vs LacoviaMaggotty vs MunroNewell vs STETHSManchester vs DeCarteretMile Gully vs BelairBB Coke vs Cross KeysA. Gallimore vs York CastleMarcus Garvey vs Brown’s TownWilliam Knibb vs HollandSpot Valley vs Cedric TitusHerbert Morrison vs MuschettGrange Hill vs Maud McLeodManning’s vs PetersfieldLittle London vs Godfrey StewartMay Day High vs AlstonSpalding vs HolmwoodChristiana vs BellefieldSt Mary High vs St Mary TechIona vs Horace ClarkeHappy Grove vs OracabessaFair Prospect vs TitchfieldOld Harbour vs Vere TechTacius Golding vs BustamanteKemps Hill vs CentralYallahs vs Paul BogleSt Thomas Tech vs Morant BayRobert Lightbourne vs SeaforthHome teams named first, all matches start at 3:30 p.m.
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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil He became an instant celebrity in his homeland, and triggered a surge in children taking up the sport.“In my country, so many people know my face now,” Balandin said. “So many children come to me and want to take photos with me.“It’s great because my country’s swimming has taken a new step. So many children (are) swimming now.”The peak of Rio has been hard to replicate for Balandin, though, and he failed to make the final in all three breaststroke races at last year’s world championships in Russia.He entered all three individual breaststroke events in Jakarta but pulled out of the 200 heats on Tuesday because of an ankle injury he sustained in training a month ago. He said he planned to race in the shorter events this week before deciding on his future, possibly in a new role as a coach.ADVERTISEMENT View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Kazakhstan’s team march into the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium during the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games , Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)JAKARTA, Indonesia — Kazakhstan’s only Olympic swimming champion Dmitriy Balandin is contemplating retiring from the sport, possibly as soon as this week.The 23-year-old has been struggling with injuries and form since his breakthrough win in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and could quit competitive swimming once he finishes racing at the Asian Games, which are taking place in Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t know what my life is going to be after the Asian Games,” he said. “Maybe I finish swimming after Asian Games, but I don’t know now.“Really, I am a little bit tired for swimming. I’ve won all I wanted in my swimming career.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Balandin first made his mark by sweeping the 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke titles at the last Asian Games in South Korea in 2014.He went on to become the first swimmer from Kazakhstan to win Olympic gold when he powered to victory from the outside lane after scraping into the 200 breaststroke final as the slowest qualifier. “I have some trouble with my health,” he said. “It’s really good to be back at the Asian Games again. I try to repeat my result from Incheon but I (couldn’t) swim the 200. I’ll try to win the 100 and the 50.“I don’t know how I’ll swim here because my opponents from Japan and China are really great swimmers.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Hidilyn Diaz strikes gold Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal
LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title De Guzman captained the 2017 team in Malaysia but the best they could do was win one set against Indonesia.“I’m excited for this year’s SEA Games because the lineup is different,” said De Guzman, the NCAA’s MVP and Best Opposite Spiker in Season 92 for College of St. Benilde.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsComing into De Guzman’s team is the duo of Espejo and Ish Polvorosa, who dominated the UAAP during their five years in Ateneo.Together the pair won three straight titles with Espejo winning five MVPs and Polvorosa taking five Best Setter plums. SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief De Guzman was filled with joy that he will once again team up with his teammates from 2015 especially with Espejo who’s played as an import with Oita Miyoshi Wiesse Ader in Japan’s V.League.“I’m really happy and proud that one of my teammates from the 2015 SEA Games is back and he was even an import in Japan,” said De Guzman of Espejo. “It just means that this team will fight.”“The one thing that Espejo and I talked about is that we’ll get back at our opponents the moment we become teammates again. Before he went to Japan that was what we talked about.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PBA: Phoenix outlasts San Miguel, gets twice-to-beat bonus Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—John Vic De Guzman has some unfinished business in the international stage, but this time he’ll have a former teammate by his side once again.After failing to advance to the knockout stages in 2017, De Guzman is eager to go to the 2019 Southeast Asian Games with a renewed sense of confidence especially with Marck Espejo on the team.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
With an unending solution in sight in practically addressing the sanitation challenges of Monrovia, several rural settlements’ sanitation problems continue to worsen.In most of Monrovia’s suburbs in recent times, stink garbage continues to swallow the drainages and other designated dumpsites.Visibly at the Duala General Market on the Bushrod Island, volumes of stink garbage was observed spreading beyond the dumpsites established by the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC).On top of that garbage bins posted at the various authorized dumpsites by the Municipal Governments of Monrovia and Paynesville are piles of new dirt.Many Liberians and private business owners have attributed the sanitation challenges of Monrovia and Paynesville cities to poor planning, coordination, execution, implementation and collection.Some urban planners who spoke to the Daily Observer Monday pointed out that, majority of the drainages in Monrovia and its environs have outlived their usefulness.The urban planners also intimated that the extensive depreciation of the decades- old drainages in several parts of Monrovia continue to contribute to the perennial flooding.Correspondingly, until urban planners and municipal governments of Monrovia can come to the realization that the sanitation challenges of Monrovia must be tackled at all fronts, things will get worse.Primarily, support partners and central government must begin to design new and practical strategies about the unending sanitation crisis in Monrovia and its environs.Principally, support partners, stakeholders, municipal governments, business entities and residents must be active partakers in the overall cleaning of Monrovia and its immediate environs.Understandably, too much funds have been invested into the Urban Waste management Projects (UWMP) by major donors such as the World Bank and environmental institutions that have had no significant impact on the Liberian environmental and sanitation crisis.Besides, some concerned environmental groups are also blaming public institutions established by statutes to shoulder the responsibility for the sanitation challenges and stressful Liberian environment.The environmental groups have stressed the urgent need for those institutions to be made to shoulder their statutory responsibilities and collaborate with support partners to practically address the huge sanitation challenges of Monrovia and its environs.Sadly, the onslaught by the deadly Ebola virus in the country has compounded the grave sanitation challenges in Monrovia and its environs.During an hour-long tour of poor sanitation-prone communities, it was observed that authorized dumpsites were established by sanitation companies that continue to get fabulous contracts from the World Bank for the Urban Waste Management Projects.Businesspeople and pharmacy operators at the Duala General Market expressed grave concern about the unsanitary conditions of the business center.With the Dry Season is at the door steps of Monrovia residents and business entities, the offensive and unpleasant odors from the volumes of stink garbage are some of expected to worsen.“We are discouraged to the extent that we are operating at a serious loss as customers’ attendance for the past few months has diminished,” businessman Thomas Kollie Ballah lamented.Besides, Mr. Kollie explained that due to the poor planning and execution of dirt collection and disposal by sanitation companies and partners, sanitation challenges remain serious environmental problems in Monrovia.Businessman Kollie pointed out that owing to the huge Ebola virus spread, worsened by fear, small businesses are encountering serious socio-economic constraints and plenty of challenges in obtaining the kind of goods and services.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Budget 2019…$800,000 for guard hut…RDC shocked at lavishnessThe Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) was shocked on Monday when the body met for a special sitting to review the 2019 Regional Budget and saw $39 million being requested for three vehicles. Also, alarming is the request of $800,000 to build a single guard hut.The RDC special meeting held on Monday to discuss Region 2’s budgetDuring the meeting where heads of department presented drafts which were discussed in detail, adjustments made and passed, Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt affirmed that the Region had enough vehicles and taxpayers’ monies must be spent wisely. He noted that luxury vehicles were not necessary, but rather the Region needed to focus on providing much-needed services to residents. He asked the advice of the Councillors, who were in full support to strike off the three vehicles. The $800,000 guard hut was also removed from the budget. In the health department, a paramedic ambulance was budgeted for to transport critical patients to the Georgetown Public Hospital in a more safe and timely manner.A verification of some of the works budgeted for 2019 will be done today when Councillors of the RDC will be visiting the various sites, before the final draft is approved.
Denny Morrison finished in 6th place in the 1000m race at the first World Cup Speed Skating event of the year.Denny finished with a time of 1:09.59. Olympic champion Shani Davis of the United States narrowly lost to Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands. Groothuis finished in 1:09.13. Davis was second in 1:09.15 and Simon Kuipers of the Netherlands was third in 1:09.30.Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., won the women’s 1,000-metre race Sunday at the season-opening World Cup long-track speedskating meet. Nesbitt won in one minute 16.86 seconds. Teammate Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg was second in 1:17.11 and Laurine van Riessen of the Netherlands was third in 1:17.21. Ottawa’s Kristina Groves was fifth in 1:17.46. World champion Anni Friesinger of Germany did not compete as she is still recovering from knee surgery. Friesinger is not expected to return until next month.- Advertisement –
With the new course comes a major elevation change. The first half of the race will be almost entirely downhill, which should lead to dramatically lower times. That’s good news for race officials, who know that the potential for lower times attracts better athletes, which raises the profile of the event. Dr. William Burke, the race’s founder and president, has long sought to elevate Los Angeles’ marathon to the level of New York and Boston and believes lowering first-place times is a step in that direction. “We’re on the way,” Burke said. “This is something we’ve been working on for seven years, and our staff has gone through a lot of trials and tribulations. But in the long term it’s going to be good for the race and the city. It’s going to give us better times and bigger numbers, and that’s the big thing.” An estimated 26,000 runners will take to the 26.2-mile course, but only a handful have a realistic chance to finish first and claim the prize money, which is the other big factor in attracting top-level runners. To that end, the race has taken a step backward. The first-place prize for men and women has decreased from $35,000 to $20,000 – plus a new car – but the race’s “challenge” competition remains in place. Because of the “challenge,” the elite women will get a 19-minute, 51-second head start over the elite men. The first runner to cross the line will get a $100,000 bonus. Last year, there was a margin of 16:30 between the top man, Benson Cherono, and woman, Lidiya Grigoryeva, who claimed the bonus. “It all comes down to money,” said Larry Barthlow, the race’s elite athlete coordinator. “How deep are your pockets? The deeper your pockets, the better your athletes are going to be.” Cherono, who finished in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 40 seconds, and Grigoryeva (2:25:10) both set course records last year, but neither runner is back to seek a repeat win on the new course. The favorites among the men are, not surprisingly, three Kenyans: Wilson Komen, Moses Kororia and Fred Mogaka. Among them, Mogaka’s time of 2:12:03 in Melbourne last year is the best personal record in the field, so none of the three seems likely to threaten Paul Tergat’s world-record time of 2:04:55. “It’s a smaller (elite) field and there are a couple good unknown guys,” Barthlow said. Among the women, Lydia Kurgat (Kenya), Ramilia Burangolova (Russia), Abebe Tola (Ethiopia) and Alena Vinitskaya (Belarus) are the favorites, but the real drama in the race is back in the pack. Because the start and finish lines are now so far apart, race participants will be able to ride, free of charge, MTA trains that serve the area. But don’t get too comfortable with the new course. As part of his constant tinkering with the course, Burke has already identified changes he will make next year, and some thought has been given to starting the race deeper in the San Fernando Valley. But first, there’s this year’s race to run. Burke is confident that the new course will be a success, but still admits to moments of anxiety as the start time draws near. “I have two nightmares,” Burke joked. “One is that it’s race time, TV is ready to go and there are still hundreds of people streaming out of the subway tunnel. I know that’s not going to happen. The other is that we get lost on the route and everybody ends up at my house.” email@example.com (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles’ marathoners no longer will be running in circles. In its 22th year, the Los Angeles Marathon has undergone its most dramatic change in an effort to boost the race’s international profile and feature some of the more historic parts of the city. The race, which begins Sunday at 8:15 a.m., will be run in more of a straight line, beginning near Universal Studios and finishing at its downtown location near the Central Library. That’s a major change from previous years, when the course consisted of a loop around downtown and Hollywood. Runners will pass the Hollywood Bowl, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Staples Center and some of the city’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods, and race organizers hope the pace will be faster than ever.
0Shares0000New Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti (right) watched the Toffees 0-0 draw with Arsenal © AFP / Paul ELLISLiverpool, United Kingdom, Dec 21 – Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta were shown the huge jobs that lie ahead as managers of Everton and Arsenal respectively as they watched their new sides play out a drab 0-0 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday.Ancelotti was confirmed as the Toffees new boss on the morning of the match, 24 hours after Arteta took charge of Arsenal. Both new managers were in the stands with Duncan Ferguson and Freddie Ljungberg in temporary charge for the final time.And the lack of confidence of two sides struggling at the wrong end of the table was obvious in a match completely devoid of quality.A point edges Arsenal into ninth, but the Gunners have now won just once in their last 13 games in all competitions.Everton move up to 15th, but are only four points clear of the relegation zone.Ferguson’s role in Everton’s impressive victory over Chelsea and draw at Manchester United in their last two league games was enough to ensure the temperamental Scot a role in Ancelotti’s backroom staff.However, there was a dramatic dip in his side’s energy levels as they looked jaded after a League Cup quarter-final defeat on penalties to Leicester in midweek.“The boys were on their last legs to be honest after working so hard in the last three games,” admitted Ferguson. “We still covered every blade of grass, we just lacked a bit of quality in the final third.”Ljungberg named a youthful Arsenal side with 19-year-old Emile Smith Rowe starting for the first time in the Premier League alongside Reiss Nelson and teenagers Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka.Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe were among those left out by the Swede, who won just one of his six matches in caretaker charge.“We had a very young side out there because I wanted energy and I wanted to give them chances,” said Ljungberg.“I thought we could have won the game with the chances we had, but I loved the spirit we saw and that’s what you need in the Premier League.”Unlike Ferguson, Ljungberg’s future under Arteta has not been clarified, but he hopes to remain as part of the coaching staff.“I’ve been told by the club they want me to stay but I will have a meeting with Mikel tomorrow and hopefully it’s a good one.”– Substituting a substitute –Neither side managed a shot on target before the break, but Arsenal had the better chances in the second half.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was denied by a fine save from Jordan Pickford as he pounced on Callum Chambers’s flick on from a corner before the Gunners’ captain fired too close to the England number one with his next effort.Ljungberg’s final decision of his caretaker spell was a brave one as he replaced Aubameyang 13 minutes from time as Lacazette was finally called on from the bench.However, the focus was again snatched by Ferguson’s substitutions as for the second straight week he replaced a substitute.Moise Kean was the victim of his impatience at Old Trafford last weekend as the Italian international was hooked after just 18 minutes.This time it was Kean who was introduced for Cenk Tosun, who had come on early in the game for the injured Alex Iwobi.But Kean could not make himself a hero by scoring his first Everton goal as Arsenal held out for a first clean sheet in 15 games.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 2 visits today)
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