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Ageless Roger Federer sounds confident warning on eve of Australian Open defense

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I’m playing good tennis. I’m confident that I think it needs a good performance by my opponent probably to beat me,” said the third seed, who opens his defence against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in Monday’s night match on Rod Laver Arena.A buoyant Federer revealed he had enjoyed a successful break coming into the 2019 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Throughout my career, I’ve been very lucky that in the off-seasons I never had any setbacks,” he told reporters at Melbourne Park.“What I can say is the off-season was great for me. I think maybe it showed a little bit at the Hopman Cup already. Again, look, I’m playing tomorrow. We’ll see how it’s going to be here in Melbourne.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “I don’t think I should because I think that would be a mistake. I hope I can put myself in contention as the tournament goes deeper, but we’ll see.”Federer has skipped the European clay court season in recent years as he tries to manage his workload to extend a remarkable career, which shows no signs of slowing.He said he hadn’t made a decision on whether to play on clay this year and wasn’t sure why he had not suffered major injuries like Rafael Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray, who will retire this year with chronic hip pain despite being six years younger than Federer.“I think you also need a little bit of luck. Maybe also the way I play tennis, maybe it’s smoother than the other guys,” said Federer, renowned for his flowing movement around the court.“It just maybe looks that way. I work extremely hard in the matches as well. It just maybe doesn’t come across so much.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Serena Williams shooting for Slam history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Federer’s first-round opponent Istomin caused a massive upset in Melbourne two years ago when he knocked out defending champion Novak Djokovic in the second round, outlasting the Serb over five sets.“I think the focus really is on those early rounds, especially tomorrow,” said Federer, whose victory against Marin Cilic in last year’s final was his 20th Grand Slam title.“I know what Denis did to Novak. I watched basically the entire game a couple years ago when he beat Novak here.Slim margins“I’ve had some tough ones against him in the past. He can play well in fast courts, and that’s what it’s going to be a little bit here as well,” added the world number three, who has won all six previous encounters against Istomin.“Depending on how you match up with your opponent, who is going to win the big points, the margins are so slim nowadays that I’m just not thinking too far ahead.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Switzerland’s Roger Federer holds his trophy aloft after defeating Croatia’s Marin Cilic during the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Ageless Roger Federer said Sunday he was in a confident mood and warned his rivals he was “playing good tennis” as he aims for a third successive Australian Open title.The Swiss master enjoyed a successful Hopman Cup warm-up in Perth and knows that at even the grand old age of 37 he has a great chance of a record seventh Melbourne crown and 21st major victory.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Kneeling protester Colin Kaepernick agrees to confidential NFL settlement

first_imgNFL officials denied collusion claims by Kaepernick and Reid despite comments from US President Donald Trump that urged owners to fire any “son of a bitch” who kneeled during the anthem after many NFL players followed Kaepernick’s lead in 2017.Kaepernick and Reid said they were protesting racial inequality and social injustice. Trump claimed their actions were an insult to the flag, the nation and the military.In a statement released on the Twitter account of attorney Mark Geragos, the law firm dealing with Kaepernick’s legal action against the NFL said the two sides have come to terms without indicating what those terms were.“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the Geragos and Geragos firm’s statement said.“As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”ADVERTISEMENT Kaepernick and former San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid both filed a lawsuit against the NFL saying owners and officials colluded to keep them off NFL rosters for their decision to make a kneeling protest during the US anthem.Reid signed a one-year deal as an injury replacement last season with the Carolina Panthers and on Thursday inked a new three-year contract with the same club but Kaepernick has been unemployed since opting out of his contract in March 2017, missing two full NFL campaigns.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKaepernick, a 31-year-old signal caller who guided the 49ers to the 2013 Super Bowl, had said he was only interested in a settlement if it meant a solid financial deal was reached.But it could also mean that Kaepernick, who has signed a deal with Nike in the wake of being ignored by the NFL for two seasons, might yet return to the league. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Mark Geragos’s past clients have included pop icon Michael Jackson and musician Chris Brown.NFLPA backs settlementThe NFL Players Association supported the decision by Kaepernick and Reid despite not knowing exact details of the settlement.“Today, we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases. We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by the players and their counsel,” the NFLPA said.“We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them.“We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well.”One of the most respected elder statesmen of American sport, NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, told CNBC on Friday that he was “happy” Kaepernick can now move forward.“He should be playing in the NFL,” said Abdul-Jabbar, who has long championed the quarterback’s right to speak out.“I hope it is settled to his satisfaction. It’s been too long.” Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title FILE – In this Sept. 18, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, in Charlotte, N.C. Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have reached settlements on their collusion lawsuits against the NFL, the league said Friday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)Colin Kaepernick, whose kneeling protests sparked a firestorm of controversy, has reached a settlement with the NFL over his collusion grievance against the league, his attorneys said Friday.But a confidentiality clause will keep details of the arrangement private, the deal being made ahead of a planned final arbitration hearing on the grievance that was to be heard later this month.ADVERTISEMENT UP rallies to take five-setter over UE in UAAP volleyball opener View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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Maritime Commissioner’s ‘Summons’ Clarified

first_imgCriminal Court ‘C’ has clarified that prosecution did not request Judge Blamo Dixon to summon the Commissioner of Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), Binyah Kesselly, to testify over his signature in the ongoing US$837,950 theft case involving former National Port Authority (LMA) Managing Director, Madam Matilda Parker.The request by the prosecution, according to the court, was for Judge Dixon to demand the NPA management to produce the original copy of a letter dated March 2009, which Commissioner Kesselly wrote and signed to the then Chairman of the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) Keith Jubah, now deceased.In the letter, Kesselly and the PPCC agreed for a special emergency waiver for the port security project, which would allow Kesselly to sole source, meaning that Kesselly can contract any entity or individual of his choice to award the security consultancy arrangement and the procurement of necessary training materials on behalf of the NPA.That document, which the prosecution’s first witness, Blamo Koffa testified to, is the original copy Judge Blamo asked the NPA to submit on January 5, 2016. The contract was intended to have Liberia meet the US Coast Guard’s requirement so that the country’s port can be removed from the US blacklist. The state witness quoted Commissioner Kesselly when he appeared before the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC).He did not explain in detail about the lifting of US blacklisting of Liberia’s ports. Koffa, who is the chief investigator at the LACC, alleged that Parker presented a photocopy of that letter during her investigation.Koffa said the letter presented by Madam Parker alleged, “This communication between Kesselly and the PPCC was what I relied on to award the wreck removal and security consultancy contracts to Denmar Enterprise in 2012.”Koffa further quoted Kesselly and said, “By that time the US Coast Guard’s visit had already been made and report had been submitted, before Madam Parker was appointed to head the NPA.”The case continues.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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Guyana celebrates 40 years of nursery education

first_imgThe Education Ministry on Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of nursery education in Guyana with a simple ceremony at the Roxanne Burnham Gardens Nursery School.The Ministry, as part of Education Month observances, held the special ceremony to mark 40 years of development in early childhood education.Acting CEO Marcel Hutson at the simple ceremony on TuesdayIt was back in 1976 that the Education Ministry in Guyana took under its wings the bottom house kindergarten schools, which were privately owned. Today, the system celebrates 40 years; a timeline that is said to have done tremendously well for the nation’s children.Assistant Chief Education Officer with responsibility for Nursery Education (ACEO-N) Ingrid Trotman in her presentation said 40 years ago only 19,000 children were enrolled in 380 nursery schools. In 2016, the Ministry’s records indicate that 26,500 children are currently enrolled in 332 discrete schools and 142 nursery classes in Guyana. Across the country, there are 1700 nursery teachers, three of whom are males.The two-year nursery education programme from 1984-2016 has had eight Assistant Chief Education Officers. Trotman took the opportunity to express the Ministry’s gratitude to each past ACEO for their sterling contribution to advancing nursery education in Guyana. Among the names she mentioned were Norma Baichoo who served at the first ACEO-N from 1984-1990; Pamela Henry (1990-1994); Genevieve Whyte-Nedd (1994-1999); Romeo McAdam (1999-2000); Shirley Mentis-King (2001-2003); Jacqueline Waithe (2004-2007); and Doodmattie Singh (2007-2011).According to Trotman, the Education Ministry has been working to improve the delivery of early childhood/nursery education. The establishment of the non-academic standards for nursery schools in 2002; production of the nursery education handbook in 2005; launch of the early childhood literacy and numeracy programmes and curriculum guides in 2006; production of the Roraima Reader Series between 2013-2015: and, continuous capacity training and provision of teaching materials are among the Ministry’s long list of achievements.In addition to this, the Ministry has constructed and commissioned a number of nursery schools which meet standards set out by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) namely, Tuschen Nursery – Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Diamond, Good Hope, and Beterverwagting – Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Ithaca Nursery – Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Number 77 – Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), and Turkeyen, Roxanne Burnham, and Cummings Park Nursery Schools in Georgetown.Meanwhile, Acting Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson said nursery education remains a critical role in the life of children. He said that nursery schooling provides a good head start for learning and that incorporating creative and fun methods helps to put children on a path to lifelong learning. Hutson stated too that at a basic level, certain types of facilities are necessary. He said a neat and hygienic environment, trained soft speaking teachers, colourful classrooms, toys, a rest corner, drawing boards, playgrounds, safe drinking water, and flash cards are among the necessities for good educational outcomes. Huston called on stakeholders to pitch in and help to ensure that every child receives a good education.“It is against this background I would like to extend a call to all stakeholders to let us collectively work to positively impact the lives of our little ones that in future they will fulfil purpose… Together we can do the extraordinary,” the acting CEO said.The inclusion of nursery education in the public system gave rise to the development of the Early Childhood Education Programme which allowed for teachers to be trained for two years of nursery in addition to the first two years primary education, now called Grades One and Two.Research has shown that when teachers embarked on this programme, they were better equipped to prepare students for the transition from nursery to primary.In Guyana, teachers are trained at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) and the University of Guyana (UG).Meanwhile, a number of other events have been planned to celebrate Guyana’s 40 years of Nursery Education including an exhibition of teaching/learning materials which will be held today at 09:00h at the Liana Nursery School. The early childhood education campaign “Parents, Teachers, Children and Friends” in concert will be hosted on September 15, 2016 at 13:00h at the Police Officers Mess, Eve Leary and a rally on September 16, 2016 at 08:30h from Stabroek Square to Durban Park (Vlissengen Road, Mandela Ave). An award ceremony for Nursery Educators with 35+ years of service will also be hosted.last_img read more

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Kings may have date with queen

first_img(818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Details are scarce and no official announcement has been made. The tentative plan is for the Kings to split their training-camp time between Los Angeles and London, open the season overseas, return to the U.S. and have a bit of a rest period before playing games on the East Coast against New York and Boston. The travel could cause a bit of concern for the Kings. In recent years, several professional teams have traveled overseas for games or training camps and have complained of a rough adjustment period. Is it possible the Kings might have an audience with the queen this fall? Team sources said Monday the Kings will play the first two games of the 2007-08 season in London, likely against the Ducks. The trip would mark the NHL’s first venture into Europe. center_img Anschutz Entertainment Group, the Kings’ parent company, is redeveloping an arena in London that is scheduled to open in July, and AEG’s international reach in the sporting world is well-known. In addition to its well-documented import of David Beckham to the Galaxy, AEG also controls five professional hockey teams in Europe and a share of a soccer team in Sweden. Hockey historically hasn’t made much of an impact in England. The country did not qualify for the Olympic men’s tournament, although Great Britain does have a 10-team professional league that includes teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. One published report indicated the Kings’ potential partner in the London venture could be the Ducks, who played two games in Tokyo against the Vancouver Canucks at the start of the 1997-98 season. rich.hammond@dailynews.com last_img read more

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Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti confirms he wants Premier League return

first_imgFormer Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he wants his next job to be in the Premier League.The Italian, who left Real Madrid in the summer, was considered by Liverpool to replace Brendan Rodgers before they opted for Jurgen Klopp.Ancelotti already has one Premier League title to his name with Chelsea but his time at Stamford Bridge was brought to a premature end when he was sacked by Roman Abramovich in 2011.Now 56-year-old, who is looking to return to the game in 2016 after an extended break, is targeting another shot at winning the title in England.“I am ready to get the engine back up and running in January,” Ancelotti told Corriere dello Sport.“I’d like to go back to the Premier League. It is the ideal environment not for football, but for the ‘game’ around football.“You can work with the right amount of pressure, the necessary detachment and calm. Before I quit, I’d like to have another experience in England.” 1 Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more

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Crystal Palace and Swansea City set for summer transfer fight over Italy hitman

first_imgCrystal Palace and Swansea City are keeping tabs on Anderlecht striker Stefano Okaka, according to reports in Belgium.The Italian frontman, who joined Anderlecht from Sampdoria last summer, has netted 12 goals in his first season in the Belgian Pro-League.According to Het Laatste Nieuws, Palace and Swansea are now keen on bringing the former Fulham man to the Premier League in the close season.Okaka’s contract with Anderlecht runs until 2019 but with the influx of TV money heading to Premier League clubs next season, the Belgian giants could be tempted to cash in on the 26-year-old.Both clubs have scouted Okaka – capped three times by Italy – in recent weeks and contact with the player’s agent is expected to be made before the end of the season. 1 Stefano Okaka last_img read more

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Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: June 16, 2017

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FINN HARPS’ INAUGURAL FRAN FIELDS SCHOOL CUP IS A HUGE SUCCESS

first_imgFinn Park was the fitting venue last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday when it hosted the Fran Fields Donegal Creameries inaugural Schools Cup.The Cup which is the climax of the first half of the years end to the Finn Harps Schools Programme – the Programme which sees Finn Harps Players and Coaches working on twenty eight schools all over Donegal has proved a huge success. The Programme which was the brainchild of Finn Harps Community Officer John Campbell has proved to be exceptionally popular .John explains: “Since it was launched in February there has been numerous additional requests from additional schools to join the programme.“We will assess the applications over the summer and see can we include extra schools . Finance will be a issue we fund the programme from our own fundraising, so that is a factor. In fact we have a fundraising 5K walk and run starting at 2pm next Sunday to raise funds and we would welcome people to participate.”This weeks Competition had the additional attraction that all the trophies in the Three School categories were named after Finn Harps first Chairman and founder Fran Fields. The Winners on Wednesday in Category A Schools up to 90 Children were Boys, Fintra Killybegs and Mintnadea Ardara.Thursday in Section B School with less than 160 pupils the winners were Boys Drumkeen NS and Glenties were the Winners.Friday in Section C the over one hundred and sixty Category Kilmacrennan NS were the victors in both boys and Girls.Finn Harps would like to thank all the School .Teachers, Pupils and volunteers who helped make the Competition a outstanding success over the week.The award for best player of tournament Boy and Girl will be revealed at half time in the Longford game on Saturday 23rd June. FINN HARPS’ INAUGURAL FRAN FIELDS SCHOOL CUP IS A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: June 11th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:finn harpsFran Fields School Cuplast_img read more

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Leeds and Aston Villa chase Premier League ace who’s available for free next summer

first_imgHe’s already played more matches this season than he did in the entirety of the previous campaign, when Cardiff won promotion to the Premier League as Championship runners-up.However, the 25-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and talks have yet to begin over tying his future down in Wales.And, according to The Sun, second tier sides Leeds and Aston Villa are keen on capturing Harris.Clubs are able to talk to Harris over him signing a pre-contract agreement at the beginning of January, as he will have less than six months on his existing deal from the turn of the year. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ RANKED REVEALED shining ADVICE huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News Leeds United and Aston Villa are showing interest in signing Cardiff’s Kadeem Harris, according to reports.The 25-year-old winger has impressed since being introduced into Cardiff’s first-team by Neil Warnock, scoring once in the defeat of Fulham – the Bluebirds’ first win of the season. Harris has caught the eye since being reintroduced into the Cardiff line-up REPLY Bolton are also named as showing interest in Harris, while it is believed there could be rival interest from top flight clubs for his signature.Harris started his career at Wycombe, making 26 appearances before joining Cardiff in January 2012.He has gone on to enjoy loan spells with Brentford and Barnsley, and has made 69 appearances for Cardiff. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 1 no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card last_img read more

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