Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan “I had to spend time adapting physically and in my tennis to the surface.“I will certainly arrive at Wimbledon with less preparation, but I’m going with confidence high because I played very well through the whole clay-court season.”Nadal has been preparing for Wimbledon by training for the past week on the grass courts of the Mallorca Open near his home in Manacor.Tale of woeDuring that training block he suffered a scare after appearing to twist his ankle.But Nadal, who hasn’t played a competitive match since the French Open, appeared to recover quickly and will take part in exhibition matches near London this week in a bid to hone his grass game.Even so, his absence from Queen’s and the subsequent lack of grass game-time raises doubts about his chances of a third title at Wimbledon, which starts its 150th edition on Monday.Nadal did receive a boost on Sunday when he regained top spot in the ATP rankings from Roger Federer after his old rival’s surprise defeat against Borna Coric in the Halle final.Between them, Federer and Nadal have won the last six major titles, the old rivals sharing them out with three each.But it is Federer who heads to London as the reigning Wimbledon champion, with the Swiss legend favored to win the tournament for the ninth time after resting during the clay season. The 17-time Grand Slam champion won the most recent of his two Wimbledon titles eight years ago and hasn’t been past the last 16 since 2011.Nadal has admitted in the past that he finds it hard to make the transition from clay to grass.The low bounce on grass threatens to aggravate the knee injuries that have plagued him for years.With that in mind, Nadal decided to withdraw from last week’s Wimbledon warm-up at Queen’s Club to rest his aching body after the grueling clay campaign.“I had a very intense campaign on clay and my body needed rest because drastic changes are not good,” Nadal said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Although Nadal reached five successive Wimbledon finals from 2006 to 2011 — discounting his 2009 absence due to injury — the tournament has become a house of horrors for him lately.His tale of woe started in 2012 with a stunning loss to world number 100 Lukas Rosol.There was worse to come for Nadal in 2013 when unheralded Belgian Steve Darcis dumped him out and a year later Nick Kyrgios, ranked 144, inflicted yet more misery on the Spaniard.Dread-locked Dustin Brown was the next player outside the top 100 to send Nadal home early in 2015 and last year’s calamity came against Luxembourg journeyman Gilles Muller in a five-set marathon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 The Spaniard has enjoyed another golden period on his favored clay this year, claiming the Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome titles as well as his latest triumph in Paris.That dominant streak extended Nadal’s impressive renaissance after two years of injury woe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHe has won three of the last five Grand Slams, taking the French Open two years in a row and lifting the US Open trophy in 2017.But, while the 32-year-old’s superiority on clay is unquestioned, Nadal has found it far harder to transfer that dominance to the All England Club’s lawns in the latter stages of his career. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PVL: BanKo-Perlas sweeps quarterfinals, eliminates PetroGazz Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses with 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 on June 10, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULTRafael Nadal remains the king of clay, but the world number one arrives at Wimbledon harboring only slender hopes of winning the tournament for the first time since 2010.Nadal extended his incredible record on the red dirt of Roland Garros earlier this month as he crushed Dominic Thiem to win his 11th French Open title.ADVERTISEMENT 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 View comments
United States Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah R. Malac, has disclosed that partnership dialogue aimed at discussing key issues concerning Agriculture, Education, and Energy in Liberia, is to begin soon in Monrovia.Making the disclosure to the media on February 27, at a Ministry of Information regular press briefing, Ambassador Malac said the dialogue will begin Tuesday, March 4.The US-Liberia Partnership Dialogue came into existence in 2013, as the result of a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. and Liberia, signed by former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and President Ellen Johnson.The dialogue according to Ambassador Malac involves a high-level delegation that converges to discuss policies of mutual interest to Liberia and the United States.She said that the dialogue discusses policy differences and issues of cooperation, while identifying project for implementation to cement the relationship between the two countries.“The first partnership dialogue was held in May of 2013, in Washington, and Liberia is blessed to have it this year. We will be looking at three key areas that include Agriculture, which will look at food security, Energy, and human development with emphasis placed on Education: one important issue for the Government of Liberia,” Ambassador Malac noted.She recalled that during the first discussion in 2013, the two countries discussed food security and energy, and this time, they decided to include Education because it is so important to Liberia, in terms of human development.Responding to questions from the Daily Observer as to what problems may have been identified in the Education Sector that need to be included in the partnership dialogue, Ambassador Malac intoned that President Sirleaf last year openly told the public that the sector is faced with a huge challenge: Education.She said considering the challenge, they see it expedient to discuss and find solution to resolving the problems related to education, so that all Liberians can have access to good and quality education which is a right for the citizens.On the issue of US-Liberia relation, Ambassador Malac said while there may exist policy differences between the two partnering countries, the relationship is well cemented with no problem on either side.Also speaking, Liberia Ambassador to the United States, Jeremiah Sulunteh, who is on an official visit in the country emphasized that the dialogue will look at the Education Sector in depth, taking into consideration higher education including universities and colleges.Ambassador Sulunteh said that cases affecting the sector will be identified and discussed and steps to correct the mistakes will be identified for prompt action.The issue of education in the US-Liberia Partnership Dialogue is quite significance to the development of Liberia.The Education system of Liberia has numerous challenges ranging from unqualified instructors to academic fraud.Most churches upon establishing their religious temple bring up schools as the business aspect of the spiritual activity, and it is being noted that most teachers teaching there are neither qualified nor even academically inclined—basically, emphasizing Bible verses.At the university level, exchange of money for grade is at its peak, and dual work causes many instructors not to attend to the students, thus causing a setback in their (students) studies.Moreover, it has been noted over the past weeks that many instructors teaching at universities around Monrovia brought in faked degrees from African Countries including Nigeria. A case in point now is the arrest and subsequent detention of former Vice President for Academic Affairs of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University, N’dien Peters.Peters, who claimed to posse a Ph.D., was found to have a faked degree and unqualified for the position he held at the Zion University for about four years. He later applied to be a president of the St. Clement University.Zion Administration investigated the credential status of Peters and he was also sacked because of his questionable academic status.Upon his arrest, the Cameroonian national claimed there were also many Liberians he knows of, to have faked degrees. The Commission on Higher Education is investigating; but the names of those concerned are yet to come out. NCHE’s recent moves to address the situation seem to be losing steam.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A little bit of begging paid off for a 23-year-old man who was caught with cannabis.Odingo Haywood appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday to answer to the charge of possession of narcotics.The charge stated that on April 28, 2019, Police ranks on patrol from Brickdam Police Station noticed Haywood acting in a suspicious manner when he saw the vehicle approaching him. According to the prosecution’s case, the 23-year-old man was riding a bicycle and upon noticing the police, he started acting in a suspicious manner, causing the ranks to stop and search him.During the search, one gram of cannabis was found in the left side pocket of his pants. He was subsequently arrested. Haywood admitted to the charge after it was read to him.In a plea of mitigation, the man begged Magistrate McLennan to be lenient with him.“I am willing to pay a fine and do community service once given the opportunity,” he said, adding that he suffers from asthma and the cannabis helps him.Magistrate McLennan reprimanded the young man, pointing out to him that he is too young to be involved in illegal activities.“You’re young and you shouldn’t be smoking cannabis,” the Magistrate said.Haywood was sentenced to two weeks of community service at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Failure to do his community service will result in him spending four weeks in jail.
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PEBBLE BEACH – Phil Mickelson is so enthused about how well he is hitting the ball that he was looking forward to tough, windy conditions along the ocean Friday at Pebble Beach. He didn’t get what he wanted, and had few complaints. He had chances to score even lower but three straight birdies on the back nine at tame Pebble Beach, and a simple up-and-down for birdie on the par-5 18th, enabled him to catch Furyk and reach 12-under 132. Furyk also was pleased to see the flags drooping instead of flapping when he arrived at Poppy Hills, especially after seeing a forecast of 15 mph wind and heavy rain. The rain was brief and light, and he birdied all but one of the par 5s on his way to a 65. “I think we got out of it pretty good today,” Furyk said. “Hoping for the same tomorrow.” That gave the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am a good 1-2 punch at the top from the two highest-ranked players in the field. Furyk (No. 2) and Mickelson (No. 6) had a three-shot lead over rookie John Mallinger and Kevin Sutherland, who turned in the best round of the dreary afternoon by firing off 10 birdies for a 63 at Spyglass Hill. Sutherland thought briefly about the course record of 62 at Spyglass, just long enough to snap-hook his 3-wood into the trees and out of play on the par-5 seventh. He reloaded with a two-stroke penalty, reached the green in two, escaped with a bogey and didn’t let one bad hole take away from his round. “Spyglass is one of my favorite courses in the world,” said Sutherland, who has played it countless times dating to his amateur days in Northern California. “I’d rather play there than Pebble Beach. But a 63 was not the score I was thinking about when I teed off.” Sutherland plays his best golf on the West Coast – his only victory was the 2001 Accenture Match Play Championship at La Costa – and was in the final group two weeks ago at Torrey Pines until he finished in a tie for 14th. The attention that week was on Tiger Woods, who isn’t at Pebble again. The names atop the leaderboard were still enough to get his attention, especially since Mickelson is a two-time winner at Pebble Beach. “I’m very much aware I need to make a lot more birdies,” Sutherland said with a smile. Davis Love III made a quiet climb into contention with a 67 at Pebble Beach, but perhaps the biggest surprise came from the group behind Mickelson. It contained 57-year-old Tom Watson, playing this tournament for the last time. Watson asked to play with his son, Michael, and the old man showed he still has a few tricks. He birdied three of his first four holes, and showed that he wasn’t out for a few laughs after slapping his thigh in disgust when he missed birdie putts inside eight feet on the sixth and seventh holes. He also made birdie on the par-3 17th, but not with a chip from behind the green, as he did in 1982 when he won the U.S. Open. The flag was on the other side of the green, and Watson only had to make a 15-foot birdie putt. It led to a 68, leaving him six shots behind at 6-under 138. “He’s playing great,” Mickelson said. “I saw him birdie 17, which was nice.” This tournament still won’t come into clear view until after Saturday, when everyone completes the three-course rotation. Mickelson heads to Spyglass Hill, where he opened with a 62 two years ago on his way to a wire-to-wire victory. Furyk takes on Pebble Beach, and he can only hope the wind stays away for one more day. Pebble is a beast when the wind blows, a pushover when it doesn’t. Sutherland gets Poppy Hills, but he pays so little attention to these matters that his only concern is getting on the right shuttle. “Is Poppy notoriously the easiest of the three?” he asked. That’s usually the case, although without the wind, Pebble was the place to be on Friday. It was the only course in the rotation that played under par (71.66), and Mickelson did his best to take advantage. He birdied his first two holes, picking one up on the par-5 second with one of those shots created years ago in his backyard. He had to play a flop shop over the bunker, with the green running away from him and only 10 feet between the fringe and the cup. Mickelson hit it some five feet to the left of the flag, and it spun sideways to about 20 inches. But he missed good opportunities at the fourth, fifth and sixth holes and dropped a shot on the ninth when he missed the green. Then came his three straight birdies on the back, finishing with a slick downhill putt on the 15th that went in from the side. “I probably let a few shots go in the first nine or 10 holes, and I picked up some shots on the last eight or nine holes that I probably shouldn’t have,” Mickelson said. “So it was a good day.” NOTABLE Tom Watson in a tie for eighth among the pros, is tied for second in the pro-am competition with his son. Watson is heavily involved with Michael, coaching him after a duffed chip at No. 6 and picking clubs and yardages for him. “Play it like it’s 95 yards,” he intently told Michael on the seventh tee, and the son obliged by hitting it to four feet. “Atta boy!” Watson shouted, showing that gap-tooth grin. On the next tee, Watson walked up to his son and told him, “It’s 230 yards to the cliffs – hit your hybrid 2, take it just off the right of that tan house,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mickelson only had to cope with the cold and rain – but not much wind – and that helped him sail to a 5-under 67 and a share of the lead with Jim Furyk at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. “It was a good day. We got a pretty good draw,” Mickelson said. “It was a little windy the last three or four holes, but I’m not going to complain. We had a great day to take advantage of scoring.”
The owner of an upscale steakhouse in Louisville, Ky., said he asked O.J. Simpson to leave his restaurant the night before the Kentucky Derby because he is sickened by the attention Simpson still attracts. “I didn’t want to serve him because of my convictions of what he’s done to those families,” Jeff Ruby said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “The way he continues to torture the lives of those families … with his behavior, attitude and conduct.” Simpson, an NFL Hall of Famer and Heisman Trophy winner, was found not guilty in 1995 of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman but was found liable in a civil trial that followed. Ruby – who owns restaurants in Cincinnati, Louisville and Belterra, Ind. – said Simpson, who was in town for the Derby on Saturday, came in with a group of about 12 Friday night and was seated at a table in the back. A customer came up to Ruby and was “giddy” about seeing Simpson, Ruby said. “I didn’t want that experience in my restaurant,” Ruby said, later adding that seeing Simpson get so much attention “makes me sick to my stomach.” He said he went to Simpson’s table and said, “I’m not serving you.” Ruby said when Simpson didn’t respond, he repeated himself and left the room. Ruby said Simpson soon came up to him and said he understood and would gather the rest of his party to leave. Simpson’s lawyer, Yale Galanter, did not immediately return phone calls Tuesday night seeking comment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Officials are set today to figure whether to grant a permit to have a transitional housing project operate in an area near Sylmar. The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission is set to meet at 9 a.m. at the Hall of Records, in downtown to discuss the issue. The hearing centers around a $7.3 million transitional housing project on nearly 80 acres of property that could help move more than 200 women and children off Skid Rown. Kagel Canyon Preservation Committee members oppose the project, citing fears of a jump in crime, drug use and wildfires. The group has started a letter-writing campaign, urging Supervisor Mike Antonovich to oppose the facility. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Petr Cech is edging closer to a decision on his future, with Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain now locked in a straight fight to sign the Chelsea goalkeeper. Cech, 32, is believed to be leaning towards a move across London to join Arsenal as he is happy playing in England and it would mean he wouldn’t have to uproot his family. (Daily Mirror)Paris Saint-Germain are determined to land Angel Di Maria this summer. Manchester United insist they have no desire to offload record £59.7million signing Di Maria after just one season at Old Trafford but PSG will push to make the move happen, offering around £45million for the Argentina star. (Daily Mirror)Hugo Lloris is Manchester United’s No.1 target this summer if they lose David De Gea. United are becoming increasingly resigned to keeper De Gea opting for a move to Real Madrid this summer, and Tottenham and France No.1 Lloris has emerged as manager Louis van Gaal’s preferred choice to replace the Spaniard. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira is poised to reject Paris Saint-Germain to sign a new contract with the club. The 19-year-old Brazilian is out of contract in the summer and had offers from PSG, Juventus, Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven. However, despite turning down United’s initial deal he is ready to agree to their latest proposal. (Daily Mail)Tottenham are confident they will win the race to sign Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin this summer and are prepared to offer Andros Townsend or Benjamin Stambouli to help secure the deal. (London Evening Standard)Tottenham are ready to listen to offers for their £30m record buy Erik Lamela this summer. (Daily Mirror)Southampton see Danish right-back Daniel Wass as a possible replacement if Nathaniel Clyne goes to Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)Torino have revealed they will only sell Matteo Darmian if they receive a ‘crazy offer’ for the defender. A number of Europe’s elite clubs are understood to be tracking the 25-year-old, including Manchester United and Arsenal. (Daily Star)Jose Mourinho has revealed that Roman Abramovich will have the final say on Didier Drogba’s future at Chelsea. (Daily Express)Premier League new boys Bournemouth are bracing themselves for a battle to hang on to star striker Callum Wilson. Ten top-flight clubs are eyeing a move for the 23-year-old – West Ham, Tottenham, Southampton, Aston Villa, Swansea, Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Hull, Sunderland and QPR. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Liverpool need to bring in a ‘winner’ to help Rodgers, Dalglish tells talkSPORTExclusive – Gianfranco Zola insists ‘boring’ Chelsea are rightful Premier League championsLiverpool fans want Brendan Rodgers to be given time, talkSPORT told‘Jurgen Klopp would find it very hard to turn Liverpool down’Exclusive – Bolton striker Emile Heskey nears new deal as club target promotion next seasonExclusive – ‘Right club, wrong time!’ Rotherham boss Evans keen to stay despite Peterborough linksReports – Manchester City star’s agent flies to Italy to finalise Inter Milan moveManchester City weighing up Carlo Ancelotti approach as doubts remain over Manuel Pellegrini’s futureBrazil star urges PSG to sign Manchester United targetReports – PSG receive offer from Manchester United and Arsenal targetArsenal miss out on Ivory Coast defender as loan star completes move to PSGBlow for West Ham! Inter Milan ready to swoop for Hammers targetAnderlecht dismiss talks Honduran star will join Arsenal in the summerReports – Crystal Palace make approach for Montpellier defender
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We have no intention of shipping that stockpile,” WHO spokesman Dick Thompson cautioned. “We see this as a practice run.” Meanwhile, Indonesia confirmed three more bird flu deaths as the country grappled with a spike in human cases. Bird flu has killed at least 124 people worldwide since the virus began ravaging Asian poultry stocks in late 2003. A precautionary 9,500 treatment doses of Tamiflu from a separate WHO stockpile, along with protective gear, were flown into Indonesia on Friday. The tablets will likely be handed over to the Indonesian government, said WHO spokeswoman Maria Cheng in Geneva. The stockpile alert came Monday as health officials puzzled over why at least six family members from the village in North Sumatra died after being infected by the H5N1 virus. A seventh was buried before tests could be done but she is believed to have been infected as well. KUBU SIMBELANG, Indonesia – Chickens ran free through this village framed by high mountains and rich fields of chilies, oranges and limes. No health workers could be seen Saturday in the rural hamlet of Kubu Simbelang, where at least six relatives died in the largest case to date of humans infecting each other with bird flu. But as a precaution, the World Health Organization has put the maker of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu on alert for possible shipment of the global stockpile for the first time, officials said Saturday. No further action regarding the global stockpile was expected for now, according to the WHO, which called the alert part of its standard operating procedure when it had “reasonable doubt” about possible human-to-human transmission. The virus has not yet mutated into a form easily passed among humans, though scientists have seen examples of bird flu passing between family members in a handful of smaller cases. “If this virus had evolved into a form that is more easily passed between people, you would have seen some other cases (outside the family) by now,” Cheng said. “The virus hasn’t passed beyond the family.” The number of human bird flu cases in Indonesia has jumped rapidly this year, but public awareness of the disease remains low and government commitment has not equaled that of other countries. Indonesia’s reaction has raised concerns it is moving slowly and ineffectively in containing the disease. Vietnam, the country hit hardest by bird flu, has been hailed for controlling the virus through mass poultry vaccination campaigns, among other measures. No human cases have been reported there since November. Indonesia, a sprawling nation of 17,000 islands, has refused to carry out mass slaughters of poultry in all infected areas – a basic containment guideline – saying it cannot afford to compensate farmers. And bio-security measures are virtually nonexistent in the densely populated countryside, with its hundreds of millions of backyard chickens. The WHO in Jakarta received word about the Kubu Simbelang cluster from the Indonesian Health Ministry on Monday. That led the Geneva-based organization to put Swiss drug maker Roche Holding AG on alert hours later, said Jules Pieters, director of WHO’s rapid response and containment group. He said Roche would remain on alert for approximately the next two weeks, or twice the incubation period of the last reported case. Roche spokesman Baschi Duerr said the stockpile, which consists of 3 million treatment courses, is ready to be shipped wherever it is needed at any time. “We are in very close contact with WHO, even today, and our readiness is geared to be able to deliver,” Duerr said. Meanwhile, Nyoman Kandun, a director general at Indonesia’s health ministry, said Saturday that a WHO laboratory in Hong Kong had confirmed five more cases of human bird flu, three of which were fatal. All five had earlier tested positive for the H5N1 virus in a local laboratory. The latest confirmed deaths were a 39-year-old man from Jakarta, a 10-year-old girl from West Java and a 32-year-old man, who on Monday became the last to die in the Kubu Simbelang cluster. Experts have been unable to link the cluster family members to contact with infected birds, and tests on poultry in the village have all come back negative. No one else in the village has fallen ill. So far, most human cases have been traced to contact with infected poultry. But there is evidence of isolated cases of limited transmission between people in very close contact with each other. It has been suggested that some people may have a genetic susceptibility to the disease.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A 45-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the cultivation of cannabis in Lifford.Eugene McCrossan pleaded guilty to the cultivation of cannabis without a license at Blacklands, Ballindrait, Lifford on July 5th, 2018. McCrossan pleaded guilty when he was arraigned at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday.Prosecution barrister Ms Patricia McLaughlin said the plea was being accepted on full facts being given at the accused man’s sentencing.Judge John Aylmer agreed to a request for a psychiatric and psychological report on Mr McCrossan ahead of his sentencing in the November sitting of the court.He was released on continuing bail.Man pleads guilty to cannabis cultivation in Lifford was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 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:cannabiscourtEugene McCrossanLifford