The Latest: Hugo Lloris says health has priority over soccer

first_imgThe Latest: Hugo Lloris says health has priority over soccer Associated Press ___The governing body of field hockey says it has extended the international Pro League seasons by one year to run through June 2021.The nine men’s and nine women’s national teams were scheduled to play January-to-June annually.Games in the 2020 season were stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has yet to play in the women’s competition while leader Argentina has played eight of its 16 games.The International Hockey Federation says the new time frame gives it the best chance “to deliver on broadcast and commercial partner agreements.” Talks are ongoing in leagues around the world as to when the season can restart. South Korea’s K-League will kick off on May 8 in empty stadiums. The Bundesliga in Germany is discussing playing again on May 9.Lloris says “there’s so much at stake financially for clubs … But above all of that there is health.”Lloris plays for Tottenham in the Premier League. The team has nine matches remaining this season.Lloris says in an interview with Le Parisien newspaper that “if we have to finish the league without fans then we will.”But the World Cup champion adds that “soccer remains totally secondary given the current situation.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says resuming soccer leagues should not come at the expense of people’s health amid the coronavirus pandemic.center_img The ECB says the international season in England will now be played from July to the end of September. The three-test series against the West Indies that was due to start on June 4 has been postponed.ECB chief executive Tom Harrison says his organization is following advice from the government and health experts and that “our plan is to reschedule international matches as late as possible in the season to give the best chance of play.”___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 24, 2020 The subsequent season will run from September 2021 to the following June.___England will try to reschedule its test series with the West Indies after announcing there will be no professional cricket played in the country until July 1 at the earliest because of the coronavirus pandemic.The inaugural season of The Hundred is due to start on July 17 and has not yet been canceled. The England and Wales Cricket Board has arranged a meeting for next week to discuss whether it can go ahead.No domestic competitions have been scrapped for this year.last_img read more

Wisconsin hockey rooted in tradition

first_imgFreshman goaltender Becca Ruesgsegger comes from a big hockey family with a brother at Denver.[/media-credit]Hockey is very much a cult sport.Ridiculous expenses, predawn practices, limited coverage and cold ice rinks headline a long list of reasons why hockey has lacked the national praise of more prominent sports like football and baseball. With that said, hockey’s quirky purists — though few in number — consider the game to be a divine activity.Die-hard “puckheads” live for hockey extravagances like the long road trips of youth hockey, a late-night pickup game at the local rink or watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The sound of a puck hitting a goal-post or the sight of a punishing check can resonate in a hockey fan their own slice of heaven.Full appreciation of the game requires tremendous effort, and therefore the most devoted of hockey fans are almost invariably raised in a “hockey family” or a “hockey environment.” That is, they had someone there at an early age showing them Wayne Gretzky tapes or pushing them on a chair at the local rink as temperatures plummeted well below freezing.The Wisconsin women’s hockey team, fresh off their third national title in four years, is a perfect example of how hockey interest and participation germinates in environments, and families, with rich hockey history.Five current Badgers have siblings that currently or previously were college hockey players at a different program. Freshman goalie Becca Ruegsegger’s brother Tyler is a star forward at the University of Denver; junior Geena Prough’s brother, Jeff, graduated from Brown, where he was an assistant captain in 2007-08; junior Olivia Jakiel’s brother Steve tends goalie for Curry College; another junior, forward Carla Pentimone’s brother, Joey, plays for Robert Morris; Emily Kranz, a senior forward, has a sister who played for Providence from 1998-2002.Ruegsegger, who notched an impressive shutout last Saturday in her first career start, acknowledged her brother Tyler’s presence not only got her into hockey initially but also helped her maintain and nurture the competitive edge she needed to succeed at a high level.“My brother has always been my hero growing up, and that’s probably the reason I started playing hockey. I was pretty young when I started,” Ruegsegger said of her brother, a sixth-round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs.“Growing up, he always shot on me in the garage and gave me pointers. We go out and skate all the time together in the summer. He’s a great role model for me.”Freshman forward Breanne Frykas, a Manitoba, Canada, native, has perhaps the most impressive hockey pedigree on the Badgers. Frykas’ cousin is Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz, one of hockey’s most respected scouts and strategists.Frykas points out that, while hockey is just a sport, there is a whole world of opportunity for players even after one’s career. Therefore, according to Frykas, hockey is more than a simple game.“Hockey has definitely been in the family. It has motivated me to do things, for sure. [Trotz] has gone very far in hockey,” Frykas said of her cousin. “I pursue hockey because it opens up all kinds of other opportunities.”Current Badger coach Tracey DeKeyser noted that Frykas was almost destined to be a hockey player, due in large part to her upbringing in hockey-mad Manitoba and her family background in hockey.“Being Canadian, it’s part of the culture in Manitoba. I know her brother is playing, and her dad is highly involved in the youth hockey there,” DeKeyser said. “It goes without saying that she was going to be involved, so there is some [hockey] lineage there.”Hockey hotbeds like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, New York, Massachusetts and Michigan provide a heavy proportion of America’s top skaters. Unlike football or baseball, where you typically see youth programs in every region of the U.S., hockey is found consistently in only a dozen or so states.Why is this? Besides high prices, conflicting climate and limited media exposure, DeKeyser suggests that it is the presence of a guiding “hockey hand” that creates early interest in the sport.“It’s pretty apparent that the pattern here is that they’ve had a sibling or family member that has played and help them get better,” DeKeyser said. “That makes for greater player development when they’re younger.”last_img read more

Panel analyzes the Asian American vote in elections

first_imgThe Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly hosted the Institute’s fourth and final installment in the “It’s Our Election Too” series Wednesday. Moderators included Unruh Institute Director Dan Schnur and APASA External Community Chair Amy Chau. Panelists included L.A. Councilmember David Ryu, Voting Coordinator at the L.A. branch of  Asian Americans Advancing Justice Shelly Chen, and, Sarah Kim, APASA Finance Director, and Aliza Khan, a junior majoring in economics.Ryu was the first Korean American and only the second Asian American to be elected to municipal office in Los Angeles. Representing the Fourth District, stretching from Sherman Oaks to Koreatown, Ryu was elected with strong support from the Korean community in and around his district. He discussed his campaign with the panel and the similarities to the national election.“If you look at my [City Council] election, it’s just a microcosm of what’s going to happen in the macro,” Ryu said.While Ryu ran in a crowded non-partisan primary for City Council with 13 opponents, he  and defeated front-runner Carolyn Ramsay, former chief-of-staff to then-incumbent Councilmember Tom LaBonge in the general election.The panel also touched on the importance of Asian Americans actually turning out to participate in the elections that elect their representatives.Kim noted that Asian Americans may be skeptical of participating in American politics because of their associations with politics back home or may simply have little motivation to do so.“A lot of older generations feel that — even though they have become citizens in recent years — they feel more plugged in back at home, whether that be China, or Korea or Vietnam, and they don’t believe that they should participate here [in U.S. elections],” Kim said.Chen spoke on her work with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, dealing with challenges of getting Asian voters to turn out and participate on Election Day. AAAJ is an advocacy organization that works on behalf of Asian Americans to organize on issues such as race relations and domestic violence.“Our [Asian] communities are disproportionately immigrant and relatively limited-English-speaking, and so what that means is that many folks face barriers when it comes to the voting process,” Chen said. “Particularly when it comes to language, many voters don’t know the resources that are available to them.”When questioned about the possible influence the Asian-American community could have on future elections through its traditional view as a swing voter block, both Chen and Kim pointed out that many Asian Americans vote regarding issue positions and less by party.In her response, Kim noted that in past presidential elections, Asian Americans cast as many as 74 percent of their votes for Democrats. However, twenty years into the past, just as high a percentage voted for Republican candidates.Chen, however, noted that Asian Americans are often ignored because they aren’t widely considered to be reliable partisan voters.“A lot of folks in our [Asian Pacific American] community are unaffiliated,” Chen pointed out. “What happens, sometimes to our detriment, is that our community is ignored by those mainstream candidates.”Finally, Ryu addressed the students by discussing how he used “people power” to overcome the odds against him in his election for City Council.“They said ‘it’s not our turn [to have a Korean councilman],’” Ryu said. “See, in politics, power is not given. It’s taken.”last_img read more

Wisconsin enters final weekend of regular season

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s tennis team is ready to leave it all on the court.Returning home for its final matches of the regular season, Wisconsin (12-10, 3-5 Big Ten) will host Iowa (6-13, 3-5 Big Ten) Saturday and Illinois (9-10, 5-3 Big Ten) Sunday.After a confidence building 4-3 win at Penn State last weekend, the Badgers are looking to end the season on a high note.“It was a pretty exciting match so we’re still kind of talking about it,” head coach Brian Fleishman said. “The momentum thing is basically what you make of it. We have momentum, now what we have to do is go out on Saturday against Iowa and use the positive experience we had at State College and believe that we can beat Iowa. That’s basically it. There’s no secrets now at this end of the season. Everybody knows everybody – weaknesses and strengths.”With only two more matches until the Big Ten Tournament, the Badgers are hoping for a successful weekend to help carry even more momentum into the postseason.Being back at home gives UW a perfect opportunity to continue its success.“I think it’s a great advantage for us,” senior Jessica Seyferth said. “We’re more comfortable here. We want to defend our own home turf. We’re just motivated to win, it’s the last hurrah at the end of the regular conference, so we’re going to leave everything we on the court we have.”Seyferth is the only senior on the squad this season. With the final home match Sunday, the team will honor her and hopes to end her career on a high note.Seyferth’s doubles partner, sophomore Hannah Berner, wants nothing more than a win for Seyferth.“I think I’m going to get emotional,” Berner said. “She’s one of my close friends and I look up to her a lot. She’s had a great career so far and we’ve had a really impressive doubles season. I really want to just show her off at the end of the day and have a great time. At least have fun this last weekend to finalize her career.”Despite the special weekend at home, Fleishman wants to make sure his team stays focused.“You don’t want to change up the routine, Fleishman said. “You don’t want to change up how we prepare going into the matchup.”While the Badgers picked up an uplifting win over Penn State last weekend, they lost the doubles point. Having to rely heavily on the singles matches to get them the win isn’t the position they want to face in any matchup.Heading into the weekend, the Badgers are focusing on winning that doubles point and also finding ways to get ahead in singles play rather than having to play catch up throughout the match.“At this time in the season it’s same old, same old,” Fleishman said. “We’re working on some doubles, trying to get stronger in doubles, trying to get more confident. Also working on singles, trying to dictate the points early as opposed to just being defensive.”Wisconsin feels confident about its chances this weekend despite the losses it has collected through the Big Ten season so far.“I don’t want to reveal any strategies,” Berner said. “It’s all about who wants it more at the end of the day with these teams because the Big Ten is really kind of balanced. Anyone can beat anyone on any given day. Whichever team shows up that day is going to take it. We can take both matches this weekend. For sure, we have a chance.”last_img read more

Camp Notes: Syracuse begins training camp, navigates around COVID-19

first_imgThe Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.The media won’t have access to Syracuse’s training camp practices this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the football team is organizing regular Zoom interviews with head coach Dino Babers and select players while also providing film from the Ensley Athletic Center. With “Camp Notes,” The Daily Orange’s beat reporters bring the latest news, observations and analysis as the Orange gear up for an unprecedented 2020 season. Follow along here and on Twitter.Nothing speaks to the uncertainty swirling around college football quite like Syracuse lacking a set game schedule until the first day of training camp. The football team published its 2020 schedule at 9 a.m. on Thursday, hours before the opening practice of camp. The schedule features a road trip to South Bend for Notre Dame, a season opener at North Carolina and a lone nonconference tilt against Liberty.“I knew who we were going to play, I didn’t know when we were going to play them until basically 45 minutes ago,” head coach Dino Babers told reporters around 1 p.m. on Thursday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven Thursday’s schedule seems like a big question mark. Just take the official NCAA language: “All scheduled games are tentative and the times and dates may change because of the coronavirus. Plans on how, when and if college football games will be played are changing, sometimes daily.” Not exactly reassuring. And without an NBA or NHL-like bubble, with all games played in one location, the season could be perpetually in jeopardy.“I’m confident that we’ll start,” said Andre Cisco, FBS’ active leader in career interceptions. “We’ll definitely get some games in. Anything can happen from there.” When walkthroughs ended around noon, players could at last pore over their tentative schedule. They could also check the Twitter replies for their teammate, Cooper Dawson, the first SU athlete to publicly opt-out of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the current and impending fallouts from COVID-19, Syracuse is preparing for its Sept. 12 season-opener. To get to this point, the Orange wore masks, adhered to social distancing rules, tested often and behaved carefully. SU started voluntary workouts in small groups, called “pods,” to limit contact with each other. The groups grew to include offensive and defensive units and, eventually, the whole team. Unlike many other programs, SU hasn’t made its players’ test results public. But Babers, Cisco and offensive lineman Airon Servais all praised Syracuse’s protocols. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on August 6, 2020 at 6:19 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmerman “We just finished our 1,200th test,” Babers said. “And I know I’m not allowed to tell you what the number is, but if they were basing a National Championship, Final Four off of COVID testing and who had the lowest number, I really believe we’d be in the Final Four.”Keeping it under controlIf the Orange went to house parties or frequented Marshall Street bars, they might’ve looked more like Rutgers than a team gearing up for a football season. “I’m very happy with the testing results, and we’ll continue to test weekly to make sure our guys are in good standing,” Babers said. “When you look around the country, you just hope everybody else catches up to the standard we’ve set here up at Syracuse.” What happens when all students return to campus is a major concern among SEC athletes, according to The Washington Post. Student-athletes, who have more to gain from testing negative than non-athletes, will likely behave more carefully, but their actions may not matter if their classmates are reckless. As prominent athletes, they have to set an example for the rest of campus by wearing masks and making smart decisions, Servais said. “When the students come back, it’s going to be very hard to keep it all under control,” Cisco said. “So it’s going to take the whole community to stay disciplined to help us work. And on our part, we’re going to have to be very disciplined and choose wisely on where we go and who we hang out with outside the team.” One precaution the team may take during the season is strategically assigning roommates on the road. For instance, Babers would prefer that quarterback Tommy DeVito rooms with someone who’s been extra careful. Positive COVID-19 tests will result in isolations, and those who’ve been in contact with an infected person will undergo a two-week quarantine. The situation is delicate and has clear risks. As of now, Dawson is the Orange’s only player to opt-out of the 2020 season, but Babers said there are others who are contemplating it. The NCAA announced Thursday that colleges and universities must honor the scholarship of any athlete who opts out of the fall season. Divisions and conferences must decide on eligibility rules by Aug. 14. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Cisco said of opt-outs. “It’s obviously new because of the pandemic. If guys want to exercise that, then that’s on them. I knew Cooper had announced it. It’s what he felt like he had to do. For myself, I haven’t considered it. I just want to play ball.” Roster flexibility, creativity will be keyFor the next two days, Syracuse will be practicing and walking through plays in helmets and shoulder pads. Then, they’ll be a full-go, Babers said, marking many players’ first time donning full pads since SU’s season-finale win over Wake Forest on Nov. 30. During the offseason, Syracuse hired Tony White as its defensive coordinator and Sterlin Gilbert as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Though Cisco said meetings during quarantine have helped the defense grasp White’s 3-3-5 concept, the lack of spring ball is far from ideal. The Orange’s wide receiver group also lost time to mesh with DeVito. Lack of continuity is a disadvantage, Babers said, and he doesn’t know what to expect for Syracuse’s season-opener in Chapel Hill. “Something’s going to happen on Sept. 12. It could be really really good, it could be really, really bad on one or both sides of offense and defense,” Babers said.Babers’ uncertainty of his team’s performance matches that of other college football coaches, who will face challenges in roster management that are unlike anything they’ve experienced. Syracuse’s roster is young, and that comes before any additional opt-outs or seemingly inevitable in-season positive tests. If a cluster of positive tests hits a certain position group, Saturdays could feature a mix of first- and second-stringers. Coaches must be flexible in changing game plans, Babers said.“You’re just going to notice that so-and-so’s not out there and so-and-so’s not out there,” Babers said. “You’ve got to find out if they’re in the bathroom and just going to come out late, or if they’re missing the doggone game. And then you’re going to have to adjust and improvise.” The “next man up” mentality is nothing new for Babers, Servais said. But it could come to an extreme head this year in the worst-case scenario that an outbreak hurts SU’s ability to field a competitive team. The decision to forfeit a game would have to come from someone above him, Babers said. He would have difficulty walking in front of his team and telling them it’s not worth trying. That doomsday scenario is just a hypothetical, but it’s a realistic enough possibility to warrant a question at the first press conference of training camp. Because in 2020, when everything is tentative, an industry as infallible as college football can crumble at any moment.last_img read more

Major global tourism conference underway in Jamaica

first_imgThe conference aims at identifying successful models and future initiatives of public-private partnerships to contribute to sustainable tourism development globally. It will also serve as a platform for leaders from the tourism sector, along with governments, donors and development and finance organizations, to put in place an international road map to promote inclusive economic and social development through tourism.The conference commenced with an introductory session on the future of tourism in the Caribbean region.“Tourism has the potential to contribute to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), yet we can only achieve our common objectives if we build strong partnerships. The Jamaica Conference will be a milestone in setting a new framework for collaboration in the promotion of sustainable tourism and an important legacy of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017,” said Rifai.During the three-day event delegates are expected to discuss international technical assistance and financing for tourism development projects and donor-funded projects that balance scale, sustainability and inclusion among other topics. One of the largest global tourism conferences opened in Montego bay, Jamaica on Monday and will close on November 29.Global tourism conferenceA three-day international tourism conference began in Jamaica on Monday with delegates hoping to craft a global agenda to design collaborative approaches to mitigate shared tourism risks. The conference also seeks to strengthen resilience as well as build consensus around the strategies necessary to further position global tourism as a catalyst for promoting inclusive economic growth.The event, which is being held under the theme “Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’, is hosted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO), the World Bank Group, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Jamaica government.Over 1,300 delegatesIt is being attended by more than 1,300 delegates. At the opening at the Montego Bay Conference Center on Monday, Jamaican Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett said that “it is indeed a great honor and tremendous privilege to be opening this very monumental UNWTO international tourism conference, which is the first of its kind in the Caribbean.…this conference welcomes global policymakers and leaders in tourism from over 157 countries, several international agencies of the United Nations, as well as large delegation of local stakeholders to the beautiful city of Montego Bay for three days of fruitful engagement and discussion about the future of global tourism.”Hoping for global agendaThe minister is hoping that at the end of the deliberations on Wednesday, a global agenda will be crafted aimed at collaborative approaches to mitigate shared tourism risks and strengthen resilience as well as build consensus.“At the end of this conference I am very optimistic we will be able to craft a global agenda that seeks to design collaborative approaches to mitigate shared tourism risks and strengthen resilience as well as build consensus around the strategies necessary to further position global tourism as a catalyst for promoting inclusive economic growth, sustainable livelihoods, environmental sustainability and social development,” he told the opening ceremony.Confidence and trustUNWTO Secretary General Taleb D Rifai said Jamaica’s hosting of the conference was “a sign of confidence and absolute trust”.last_img read more

Gardner digs in but Teoh Wiyang enjoys his British baptism

first_img23 Jul 2014 Gardner digs in but Teoh Wiyang enjoys his British baptism When you jet halfway around the world for your first taste of English golf it can be a daunting challenge. But Bryan Teoh Wiyang revelled in it to shoot a best-of-the-day 68 in round two of the Carris Trophy at Moor Park.The Malaysian is one of four players on level-par 144, just a shot behind George Gardner, who nipped in to snatch the halfway lead by adding a 72 to his opening 71.But on a crowded leaderboard it is anyone’s guess who will be crowned champion on Friday, particularly if the weather stays hot and the wind is as tricky as it was for round two.Teoh Wiyang (image © Leaderboard Photography) needed a day and a round to acclimatise but his record-equalling 68, witnessed by his parents, proved he had found his feet and even an early start at 7.40am proved no handicap as it had in the opening round.“I started with four bogeys yesterday so it took time to adjust,” he said. “Today I found it chilly and I visited a few bunkers in the early holes. The greens are so fast here but I putted better than I expected but my swing was only average.”His putting was certainly spot-on as he had just 24 strokes on the greens and he signed for five birdies, three in a front nine of 34, and only a bogey at 17 denied him a new course record.Bryan, who hails from Penang, certainly enjoyed the best conditions before the wind began to increase, and summed up his first ever event in Britain by saying: “I just want to have fun.”Gardner, 17, from Reading, felt his 72 was “nothing special” but he found three birdies and having finished runner-up in the recent South East Junior Championship over the same terrain could be one to watch.Eyes will also be focussed on the three England boy internationals lying in wait. Bradley Moore is another on level par after a 71 which seemed to leave him nonplussed. “It was tough on the front nine and getting bouncy,” he said. “I eagled the ninth but missed a 15-footer at the next then birdied 14.”Jamie Dick is also on 144 after a 74 which included a triple-bogey seven on the fourth, while Haydn McCullen returned 75 for 146 after going out in level par only to suffer a three putt double-bogey at 17.“It was a stupid mistake,” he said. “I made a few mistakes and didn’t really get the round going. But conditions were tougher than yesterday, the greens were getting faster and faster and the wind got up.”Overnight leader George Mullins was another to suffer on this testing course and his 76 also leaves him on level par 144 after double bogeys on 14 and 17. “It was a very scrappy round,” he remarked.“Not as good as yesterday but conditions were a lot harder today and there were some tricky pin positions. It could have been better but it could also have been worse. I’ll push on tomorrow and just regroup.”Day two witnessed a hole-in-one and it came on the 210-yard 12th hole by Louis Perrard from France with a four iron. It was his first ever ‘ace’ and it came in a round of 80 for 163 but it wasn’t enough to keep him in the championship.During the afternoon a spectator was hit on the head by a ball struck by his own son. It happened on the 16th when Kevin Banger was felled by the drive from his son Mason. While dad was transported to hospital for treatment, Mason went on to birdie the hole in a round of 79.The halfway cut came at 154, ten over par, with 60 players surviving for the final 36 holes over the following two days.England 1 comprising McCullen, Moore and Ashton Turner, won the Nations Cup competed over the opening two rounds. With the two best cards in each round to count, they finished on 289, one over par. The team of Dick, Jack Singh Brar and Jake Storey representing England 2 were second on 291 with Italy 1 third on 293.last_img read more

Two bids received for CTL

first_imgThe Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has received bids from two entities that have expressed an interest in acquiring the state-run horse racing promotions company, Caymanas Track Limited (CTL).In a release yesterday, DBJ said bids were received from Caymanas Racing and Entertainment Limited and Supreme Ventures Limited, following the bid opening exercise on Friday, September 18.Caymanas Racing and Entertainment Limited comprises a number of stakeholders at Caymanas Park, including noted horsemen and investors Michael Bernard, Richard Lake and trainer Richard Azan.Supreme Ventures is currently a major player in the country for lottery gaming. The company also competes actively in sports betting and casino-type gaming lounges.The DBJ and Caymanas Track Limited Enterprise Team (CTLET) are overseeing the privatisation process on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and Planning. It is expected that a preferred bidder will be identified and recommended by the CTLET to the Ministry of Finance and Planning and to Cabinet for approval. The release said it was anticipated that the evaluation will be completed by early November.The CTL privatisation opportunity was advertised by the DBJ from May 12 and the bid submission deadline was extended twice – from July 10 to August 28 and subsequently to September 18 – to accommodate prospective investors.CTL is Jamaica’s sole horse-racing promotions company, which operates the Caymanas Park Track, situated in Portmore, St Catherine.This marks the second time since 2004 that the Government has invited bids for the divestment of Caymanas Park. Back then, two bids were approved and one entity, Caymanas Entertainment Limited, was named the preferred bidder. However, final approval was subsequently denied by the Government following lengthy deliberations.last_img read more

Pliskova sweeps into Cincinnati semis, Nadal comes up short

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas PLAY LIST 01:07Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kyrgios will face David Ferrer, who won his only match of the day — 6-3, 6-3 over fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem. At age 35, Ferrer is the second-oldest semifinalist in Cincinnati during the Open Era behind Ken Rosewall in 1970.No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov is the top seed left in a men’s field depleted by upsets and injuries — Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and defending champion Marin Cilic missed the tournament because of injuries. Dimitrov needed only 52 minutes to beat Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-1.He’ll face John Isner, who beat wild-card Jared Donaldson 7-6 (4), 7-5. Isner won the only break point of the match to go ahead 6-5 in the second set. He closed it out with a 136 mph ace, one of his 25 in the match.“I knew that a lot of the conditions and everything about this tournament, my schedule — a lot of things have worked in my favor this week,” Isner said. “So I hope to keep it going.”In the women’s bracket, Pliskova will face Garbine Mugaruza in the semifinals. The Wimbledon champion survived another tough challenge on Friday, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5. The match went 2 hours, 45 minutes — her longest of the tournament.“I think it was one of the best matches of the year,” Muguruza said. “I think we both played very well, especially in the third set. I know I won, but I’m sure she feels like it was a great match as well, because it was a tough battle and very hot out there.”Muguruza’s win came less than 24 hours after she spent 2 hours, 18 minutes on the court and fought off three match points to beat Madison Keys in the round of 16.Muguruza has reached the semifinals of two of the three tournaments she’s entered since winning Wimbledon.“You know, I’m happy with the way I’m playing and the way I’m going through these tough matches because, you know, I’ve got to dig in and somehow win them,” she said.Sloan Stephens also pulled off a two-win day to reach the semifinals. She beat Ekaterina Makarova in three sets, and then ate lunch, took a nap, woke up and knocked off Julia Goerges in straight sets. “No excuses, nothing at all,” Nadal said. “I didn’t play well.”Despite the loss, Nadal will move back to No. 1 in the ATP rankings next week for the first time since 2014, before a series of injuries affected his game.“To be No. 1 after all the things I’ve been going through the last couple years is something unbelievable,” Nadal said. “For me, it’s an amazing achievement.”After the match, Nadal wore a ribbon honoring the victims of the attack in Barcelona that left 13 people dead.“A tragedy,” he said. “The feeling that you’re not safe nowhere — that’s terrible. It’s very sad and I’m very, very sorry about what happened. To all the victims, the families, friends — all my support.”ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ “The day is just like a blur,” Stephens said. “I’m ready to get dinner and get in bed because I’m so tired.”On Saturday, she’ll face No. 2 Simona Halep, who beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 7-6 (1).“I played the best match so far this tournament,” said Halep, who was slowed by a knee injury earlier this season. “I could hit the ball. I could move well. So I feel the rhythm. It’s back. So I’m positive again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Oh baby! Jeter welcomes birth of daughter After a quick turnaround, she needed only 67 minutes to beat a rested Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 for a sweep into the semis.“The first match helped me a little bit to have some rallies already today,” Pliskova said. “Physically it was not that tough, so I was warmed up enough.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Nadal got only halfway there.He spent an hour and 37 minutes on court in the afternoon while beating fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a match carried over from the previous night. Five hours later, he was back on court against Nick Kyrgios, who had won a three-set match earlier in the day.Nadal was sloppy at the outset and on the defensive for much of a 6-2, 7-5 loss that lasted an hour and 20 minutes. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, reacts during a match against Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)MASON, Ohio — Defending champion Karolina Pliskova pulled off a doubleheader sweep Friday at the Western & Southern Open, reaching the semifinals by winning a pair of matches with little rest in-between.Rafael Nadal couldn’t do the same.Pliskova completed a match that was suspended overnight because of rain, beating qualifier Camila Giorgi in three sets.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbatelast_img read more

Holding the Georgetown City Council to standards

first_imgDear Editor,From talking to persons from all walks of life, there seems to be one significant concern shared by many, which is the alarm as to why Central Government seems not prepared to hold the Georgetown City Council to standards, values and ethics which it holds itself to.It is confusing as to why the Central Government – which ensures in most cases that their Ministries, public corporations and other Government departments submit themselves to the rules and guidelines of the National Procurement and Tender Administration – just casually turns a blind eye to the Georgetown municipality which ignores all the rules of tendering and procurement; instead giving contracts to friends and relatives willy nilly, of procuring goods from single sources at overinflated prices etc.Then we have the confutation where the Central Government has a clear green agenda for the country, and the Communities Minister, writing on his own behalf and on behalf of the Cabinet, to the Mayor laying out the procedures that the M&CC must follow in respect of green spaces in Georgetown and alarmingly the response was a telling off even accusing him of meddling while the Council continued in a brutal way the ecological destruction of the green spaces in the city, including the Bel Air Park Playground and the possibility of similar actions on the Farnum Playground. Shouldn’t persons at City Hall not be brought to book?Since the coalition Government came to power in 2015, a policy has been established where public officers are required to take the leave due to them.It is felt that this would encourage the development of a good career system in which the subordinates are allowed to act.At City Hall however the Town Clerk and some of his cohorts are allowed to sit on years of stockpiled leave refusing to proceed on it because they know that all hell can break loose if they go on leave and an investigation is launched into the maladministration, the nepotism, cronyism, the wasteful spending etc. How could the Council be allowed to veer so far from the Government policy on public officers being required to take their leave.Sincerely,Magagula Jacksonlast_img read more