Band of brothers (FILES) In this file photo taken on June 10, 2018 Spain’s Rafael Nadal kisses the Mousquetaires Cup (The Musketeers) after his victory in the men’s singles final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem, on day fifteen of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)Rafael Nadal has given one million euros ($1.14 million) to the victims of floods in his native Mallorca, the mayor of the affected town Mateu Puigros said on Thursday.The incidents claimed 13 lives in October in the town that neighbors Nadal’s home of Manacor.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The 17-time Grand Slam winner had also made his tennis academy available for those impacted by the sudden downpour.“In the name of the municipality and the residents especially those effected by the flood in October, we want to thank him for the sensitivity he has shown since the beginning and after what happened here in Sant Llorenc,” Puigros said in a video.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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Maguindanao massacre victims’ kin eagerly awaiting justice, says lawyer PLAY LIST 01:10Maguindanao massacre victims’ kin eagerly awaiting justice, says lawyer00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments
Andreescu won on her fourth match point when Kerber netted a backhand. She broke Kerber three times in the third set, rallying from a 3-2 deficit to take four of the final five games.Andreescu dropped her racket near the baseline and fell on her back, her legs in the air as she covered her face in disbelief. After getting up and exchanging kisses with Kerber, the teen bent down and kissed the sunbaked hard court and dropped to her back again, her arms and legs splayed, before grabbing her head.Born in Canada, she later moved with her parents to Romania, where she first started playing tennis.Kerber was the last of five seeded players that Andreescu knocked off in her seven matches.“When she had the chances, she just go for it,” Kerber said.The Canadian followed in the footsteps of Naomi Osaka, who was a little-known 20-year-old when she won the title last year. Osaka used it as a springboard to win titles at the U.S. and Australian opens while ascending to the No. 1 ranking in January.“No pressure,” Andreescu said, joking.She’s projected to rise 36 spots to No. 24 in the WTA Tour rankings on Monday.Kerber, ranked eighth, remains without a title since winning Wimbledon last year.She was a crowd favorite, with fans waving Canadian flags and chanting “Let’s go, Bianca! Let’s go” in the second set. “The way he was playing the first set was unreal,” Thiem said. “I had to get used to it.”Thiem earned the only break of the second set in the fourth game, going up 3-1. Federer won just two more games in the set.Both players were on serve in the third set until Thiem collected the only break. Federer tried consecutive drop shots that Thiem retrieved for crosscourt forehand winners before the Austrian hit a winning forehand to lead 6-5.“He did very well when he got up to the ball, stayed calm, made the shot,” Federer said.Federer won just one point on Thiem’s serve in the final game.“Just came up against somebody who was on the day a bit better when it really mattered,” Federer said. “I have been in these positions so many times that I get over it very quickly.”Federer advanced to the final after rival Rafael Nadal withdrew before their semifinal match because of knee pain. Thiem also benefited from a walkover, reaching the semis when Gael Monfils withdrew with an Achilles injury.Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, became the first wild-card winner and second-youngest to claim the title in tournament history.“The fricking champion of Indian Wells,” Andreescu said. “It’s crazy.”She overcame nerves, fatigue, arm and leg issues in the final set to earn the first title of her fledgling career. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Thiem was broken just four times out of 61 service games in the tournament. He didn’t lose serve during his semifinal win over Milos Raonic, facing only one break point in that match.Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu upset Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the women’s title.Thiem and Andreescu earned $1.3 million each.Federer and Thiem had split their four previous meetings, but Federer had won both of their hard-court matches without dropping a set.He cruised through the first set in 36 minutes while getting broken for just the second time during his run to his ninth appearance in the final. But Federer broke back in the next game and served out the set.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments Dominic Thiem, of Austria, celebrates after defeating Roger Federer, of Switzerland, in the men’s final at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. Thiem won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Roger Federer came out playing like his legendary self. Dominic Thiem needed a set to adjust to what he was seeing across the net.Thiem went on to beat Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, denying Federer a record sixth title in the desert.ADVERTISEMENT Joel Embiid’s 40 help Sixers overcome Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 52, Bucks Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “It just feels unreal what happened,” Thiem said. “He’s such a legend.”Thiem trailed 4-3 and 5-4 in the third set before breaking Federer with a forehand winner to go up 6-5. Thiem served out the two-hour match that ended with yet another error from Federer, a forehand dumped into the net.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFederer was in the final for the third straight year and lost for the second year in a row. He was beaten in a third-set tiebreaker by Juan Martin del Potro last year. Federer won his 100th career title in Dubai recently.Thiem had lost in his previous two ATP Masters 1000 finals. But the 25-year-old Austrian’s solid serve held up against Federer as it had throughout the tournament. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title They clearly enjoyed Andreescu’s fearless style of play. She alternately outpunched opponents from the baseline, tossed up high-arching shots and unleashed well-time drop shots — usually during the same point.A smiling Andreescu was quick to correct a reporter.“It’s not moonballing,” she said. “It’s just hitting heavy to her backhand with more spin. We’re not under 12 here.”Her most dominant win during the 12-day tournament came in the quarterfinals, a 6-0, 6-1 rout of two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza. In all, the teen knocked out four Top 20 players.Leading 2-1 in the third, Andreescu took a medical timeout and had a trainer massage her tight right shoulder and arm.Kerber won the next two games, breaking Andreescu to go up 3-2.Appearing tired and nervous, Andreescu called for her coach, who urged her to make Kerber play every point.She did just that.Andreescu won the next three games, ripping off powerful forehands while winning nine straight points during one stretch, including a 40-love service game.“I just fought till the end because physically I wasn’t feeling too well,” she said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
A large pile-up of garbage in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market caused traffic chaos on Saturday as both commuters and vehicles tried to navigate the filthy area.The specific area, which was set aside for waste collection, was overflowing with refuse, mainly comprising of used cardboard boxes, rice bags filled with used plastic bottles and buckets, among other items.The odour of the garbage dump stretched some distance away as the week’s garbage from the market was left unattended by City Hall and its garbage collectors.Market waste, according to vendors, was not collected during the week causing the major pile-up.The garbage scattered over to the road, blocking an entire traffic lane. Drivers were forced to reverse on the one-way lane and take another route out of the congested area.Luckily, vendors were kind enough and assisted drivers in this process to avoid further confusion. But with this major garbage crisis affecting hundreds, the Mayor and City Council’s (M&CC’s), Solid Waste Management Director, Walter Narine, was unreachable. Calls to his mobile went unanswered while the Public Relations Officer at City Hall, Debra Lewis, was also unreachable.When contacted and asked for a comment on the situation, Mayor Ubraj Narine explained to Guyana Times that contractors were deployed to have the area cleared.Narine said he was not sure what led to the situation becoming so uncontainable, but claimed that there has been a recent upsurge in waste collection. According to him, this has been posing a major challenge to City Hall given that 50 to 60 per cent of its revenue goes towards waste collection.On this note, he said that the agency plans to have another compactor placed in the area but this will cost an additional $35,000. Against this backdrop, Narine appealed to residents to be more responsible in the disposal of their waste. In fact, the Mayor even encouraged composting, which simply means using biodegradable materials such as vegetable skins and others to make a heap or apply as manure for plants.This will decrease the amount of waste being collected and lodged at dumpsites which ultimately poses a threat to the environment.On the other hand, Narine noted that this situation is not one which is unfamiliar to other parts of the capital city. According to him, hundreds of thousands is usually spent to have various sections of Georgetown cleared, especially Regent Street, a commercial area.In fact, the Mayor said that he is still awaiting a meeting with the Private Sector Commission (PSC) on this matter. He added that the situation has been less worrying since M&CC established a relationship with the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).Back in April of this year, a similar situation plagued the Stabroek Market area.
A cosmetologist and a serving member of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) who were charged in November 2018 for narcotic trafficking had the matter dismissed against them.Niketa Bishop and Jamal Eastman have been freed after the charge was dismissed by Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.The Magistrate dismissed the charge after finding that the Police were unable to prove the elements of the charge.The duo of Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD), had pleaded not guilty to the charge when they made their first court appearance.The charge stated that on November 5, 2018 at Lot 1212 Diamond, they had 380 grams (0.8 pound) of cannabis in their possession for the purpose of trafficking.During the trial, the couple were represented by Attorney-at-Law Bernard DaSilva.
A porter of a cattle truck is in critical condition at a city hospital after a paddy-laden truck collided with the vehicle on which he was travelling on Main Street, Georgetown.Reports are the trucks collided at the intersection of Main and Lamaha Streets, Georgetown just outside the Finance Ministry. Guyana Times was told that about 14:00h, the lorry bearing registration number GTT 9183, fully loaded with paddy, hit a cattle filled lorry bearing registration number GNN 9079 at the intersection.Reports are the cattle truck was heading into Urquhart Street en route to the Georgetown Abattoir when it struck the paddy-filled lorry, which was reportedly coming from High Street, Kingston. The vehicle ended up turned to its side with the paddy spread all over the intersection. Both motor vehicles suffered damage to their windscreens; the cattle-filled lorry, however, appeared to have faced the brunt of the impact as its windscreen was completely shattered.When this publication arrived on the scene, the driver of the lorry with cattle, identified as Isman Hussain, and an occupant were both rushed to a city hospital. Reports are that the occupant was in a critical state. Police quickly rushed to the scene, and cordoned off the area, taking statements and snapping numerous crime scene photographs. The driver of the paddy truck was reportedly on site assisting Police with their investigations. Reports further suggested that some of the cattle perished as a result of the direct impact.
In turn, Anglo American plc Mining Group, of which Peace River Coal is a subsidiary, secured just over 2,000 acres of core caribou habitat for protection, along with its donation, which is more than the 1,852 acres originally expected. Chief Executive Officer of Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal business Seamus French says the donation shows the company’s dedication to caribou mitigation measures. “We understand and respect the caribou’s importance to First Nations and local communities, and we are proud to play a key role in this environmental management project through our unprecedented securement of 2,009 hectares of caribou habitat and a financial contribution of $2.566 million,” he says. The provincial government announced in November 2012 that 90 per cent of the high-elevation winter habitat for caribou in the area would be protected through the Peace Northern Caribou Plan. The Peace Region in particular is seeing its caribou numbers getting small, with both the herds near MoberlyLake and Tumbler Ridge declining, and the Burnt Pine herd down to one last female. As of last winter, there were an estimated 1,100 Northern Caribou in the South Peace, which are expected to decrease to 800 over the next 21 years.- Advertisement -The hope is that increasing protection of approximately 400,000 hectares of their habitat will increase their population in the South Peace to 1,200 within three caribou generations. The protection measures are set to be put in place by spring 2015 at the latest in the Graham, Moberly, Burnt Pine, Kennedy Sinding, Scott, Narraway and Quintette herd ranges.Under the plan, the government will also be able to let some resource development opportunities like mining to go ahead in certain areas of high-elevation winter habitat. Full production of the Roman Mine is expected to start in 2014, after construction began in August 2013, 30 kilometres south of Tumbler Ridge.Advertisement
0Shares0000Defiant: Mauricio Pochettino © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 8 – Mauricio Pochettino insisted Tottenham had nothing to be ashamed of after three minutes of madness ended their Champions League challenge in a painful 2-1 defeat against Juventus.Tottenham were on course to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2011 when Son Heung-Min rewarded their first-half dominance with the opening goal at Wembley on Wednesday. After the first leg finished 2-2, Son’s strike put Pochettino’s side ahead on aggregate, but Juventus completely flipped the script in the second leg of the last-16 tie with a stirring second-half fightback.Gonzalo Higuain punished poor Tottenham marking to steer in Juventus’s equaliser and Paulo Dybala bagged the winner three minutes later with a cool finish after splitting the hosts’ poorly-executed offside trap.It was a bitter blow for Tottenham and the loss raised fresh questions about their ability to win major trophies under Pochettino.But, yet to land any silverware with the north Londoners, Pochettino bristled at suggestions Tottenham aren’t mentally strong enough to win on the big occasions.“All this talk is rubbish. At the end it is win or lose. When you assess the game, I think only Tottenham was better for more than 70 minutes,” he said.Juventus players celebrate in front of their supporters beating Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley, 4-3 on aggregate © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTON“If Harry (Kane) scored at the end or we scored twice in the first half, maybe we are talking differently.“I’m happy with my players. We did everything to try to win.“It was not a lack of experience, not a lack of concentration. How many chances did we concede?“We conceded three chances and they scored twice. We had a lot of chances and only scored one.“We can talk about a lot of situations, but sometimes you need some luck to win.”– Pochettino ‘still ‘a dreamer’ –Pochettino had spoken passionately this week about his dream of making Tottenham one of the best sides in England and Europe.Tottenham’s Harry Kane holds his head in his hands after a chance goes begging against Juventus © AFP / Glyn KIRKAnd even surrendering the lead against the Italian champions couldn’t dissuade the Argentine from his belief Tottenham are on the brink of joining Europe’s superpowers.“I feel very proud, we dominated overall against a very good team like Juventus,” he said.“In the two games we were much better, but at this level the tie went to Juventus in three minutes.“I’m disappointed of course but the quality of the team was very good. We showed massive maturity. I’m relaxed and happy.“I’m still a dreamer. When you compete in the Champions League with these clubs you can win or lose. Football is not a nightmare for me.”Meanwhile, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri claimed he never lost faith his side could fight back despite their lethargic first half.“The guys put in a fantastic performance. Even at 1-0 down we had a good reaction,” he said.“We had created chances in the first half, so we were confident we could get one goal back and kick on from there.“You are going to find games that are difficult. We did suffer a lot but that’s normal in football.“It’s fantastic to win a game at Wembley, a temple of football.”– Calm, clear head –Allegri said Tottenham’s inability to maintain their high tempo was a crucial factor, as was Juventus’s vast Champions League experience.The two-time winners are bidding to reach a third Champions League final in four years.“I thought there was a bit of a dip in the physicality of the Spurs players in the second half,” he said.“We are used to playing these games. We can go in with a clear head and being calm.“We are part of the history of this competition. We are improving as a team in Europe and a performance like this proves that.“We are having a good season so far. Who knows, anything can happen in the Champions League.Down and out: Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min is consoled at the final whistle by Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTON“We are in the last eight. You look around and there are teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich who could do some damage.“That’s not to say we can’t compete with these teams.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes his side are struggling just to qualify for next season’s Champions League © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 12 – Manchester United can forget trying to challenge Manchester City until they can even compete for a place in the Premier League top four, Jose Mourinho confessed as his side were outclassed in a 3-1 derby defeat by the English champions on Sunday.A fourth league loss of the season leaves United already 12 points adrift of their local rivals just 12 games into the new campaign. Of even more concern for Mourinho’s job prospects, the Red Devils are now also seven points adrift of the top four, putting Champions League qualification for next season at risk.Indeed, eighth-placed United are now as close to Cardiff in the relegation zone as they are to City.“We knew that there is a difference in potential (with City),” said Mourinho, whose side finished second in the Premier League last season, albeit a record 19 points behind City’s 100-point tally.“Since the beginning of the season, we knew that our second position last season was a fantastic achievement for us, and this season we are going to fight for the top four.”Yet Mourinho’s tune was very different on his last visit to the Etihad when United spoiled City’s chance to seal the title in the derby by coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2.“The point is can we improve enough to catch them next season?” Mourinho said that day in April, but has only overseen a collapse in United’s ambitions since.– Champagne football –Ilkay Gundogan rounded off Manchester City’s third goal at the end of a 44-pass move © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYDespite spending more than City in the summer transfer window, the Portuguese coach has routinely trotted out the excuse that he was not backed enough in the market to mount a title challenge.Mourinho’s latest justification was that City had an easier week to prepare having thrashed Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk 6-1 and 6-0 respectively at home, while United fought to the end to secure 2-1 wins at Bournemouth and Juventus.“I told the players already that one thing is to win two matches at home six to zero, be fresh and relaxed physically and mentally,” he added.“Another thing is two matches away, where the second one is against Juventus, where you fight like animals, and not just a physical effort but a mental effort. The pressure before and during the game. And I think some of the boys felt it.”However, United made things difficult for themselves with what Mourinho himself described as a “chaotic” first-half display at Bournemouth and needing a famous win in Turin after failing to beat both the Italian champions and Valencia at home in the Champions League.United also lost Paul Pogba’s presence in the derby after he played through the pain barrier against his old club in midweek and was not fit to feature at the Etihad.Mourinho bemoaned the Frenchman’s absence meant Marouane Fellaini had to play the 90 minutes and was not fresh for an aerial bombardment off the bench when Anthony Martial’s penalty reduced United’s deficit to 2-1 after goals early in both halves from David Silva and Sergio Aguero put City in command.Instead, Martial’s spot-kick remained United’s only shot on target, while City sealed the game in a manner that emphasised the gulf in class between the sides.Ilkay Gundogan provided the final flourish to a 44-pass move five minutes from time.It was champagne football that showed why City are champions and United struggling to make the Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Sofapaka FC head coach John Baraza (left) with his assistant Mshagalusha Ndagano during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 18, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 7 – On October 20, 2018, three-time Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield champions Sofapaka were less than seven minutes away from picking their fourth crown leading Kariobangi Sharks 2-1 in the final, but a series of defensive bloopers saw Sharks score two late goals to win.Batoto ba Mungu should have even forced the game to extra time after winning a late penalty 3-2 down, but Kevin Kimani skied the effort to hand the William Muluya coached side their first ever major title. Though the memory is distant, the hurt still weighs on in the heart of head coach John Baraza who has vowed to ensure they right the wrongs this time round and go all the way to lift the crown.“For sure it was a painful way to lose and we had worked so hard to get there. That is in the past and we have learnt from our mistakes. This time, we want to ensure we do better because this is a golden opportunity for us to pay continental football,” said Baraza who won all three titles with the club as a player.Kariobangi Sharks defender Bolton Omwenga tries to go past Sofapaka midfielder Kevin Kimani during their FKF Shield final at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSofapaka start their campaign this season away to Bungoma Super Stars on March 16 and Baraza expects a tough game despite facing a lower division side.“Cup tournaments are always very tricky. You can never underrate an opponent. We have a very big squad of good players and this is a chance for us to show our depth and give other players a chance. I have confidence that we can move step by step and get to the final,” Baraza opined.Sofapaka is one of only eight Kenyan Premier League teams who have confirmed participation in the tournament Only 32 teams have registered this year as opposed to the 60 that took part in last year’s cup.The route to the final is shorter this time, with the winner of the round of 32 heading to the round of 16, quarters, semis and final, meaning a team only plays five games all the way to the final.Meanwhile, Baraza will be looking on to finish the first leg of the Kenyan Premier League with a minimum of 30 points as the team heads out to Chemelil Sugar for their round 17 match on Saturday in Awasi.Sofapaka FC head coach John Baraza gives instructions to his players during a training session at the Eastleigh High School on March 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBatoto ba Mungu are fourth in the standings with 27 points and Baraza will be looking for all three in the sugar belt to move into the magic 30.“Chemelil is a very tough team especially playing at their backyard and this is not an easy game for us. Our focus is on those three points and we will fight for them. We won last week against KCB and that has give us a bit of motivation so hopefully we can keep that run,” the youthful tactician opined.The team will be without mercurial defender Mousa Omar who has been a cog at the backline with the Burundian suspended after accumulating five yellow cards.Also out of the trip to Awasi is midfielder Mike Oduor who picked up a knock on his knee during a midweek friendly against third tier side Naivas while midfielder Dennis Odhiambo is yet to hit the fitness levels required.However, defender George Maelo returns after missing last weekend’s game against KCB.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Miguel Lopes [left] Tottenham are closing in on a deal to sign Miguel Lopes from Sporting Lisbon.According to French news outlet Foot Mercato, Spurs, who tried to sign the full-back last summer, have entered talks with the player’s representatives and are hopeful of completing the transfer within the next week.Despite a modest season with Sporting, Lopes has also attracted interest from Fenerbahce but it is believed he wants a move to the Premier League.Spurs recently announced the signing of another right-back, Kieran Trippier from Burnley, but it is thought Mauricio Pochettino is keen to add another, with Kyle Walker falling out of favour at White Hart Lane.