Two decades of Federer, and still going strong

first_imgNapier’s season-high 23 rally Blazers past 76ers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I had a great off-season. I mean, I did have a good off-season too last year but I just wasn’t sure what to expect.“Now expectations are higher but at the same time I try to remind myself, ‘Just don’t think it’s normal and realistic to aim for the same things I did this year in 2017’.“I’ve got to try and keep it cool, try my best and see what happens — but the preparation’s been good so far.” Relaxed settingFederer and Bencic teamed for the first time at last year’s Hopman Cup, only just missing out on sending Switzerland into the final.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves to the crowd as he leaves the court after losing to Belgium’s David Goffin during their men’s singles semi-final match on day seven of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 18, 2017.David Goffin won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRKThe amazing Roger Federer will embark on his 21st professional season when he leads Switzerland in the mixed teams Hopman Cup starting in Perth on Saturday.The 36-year-old Swiss is coming off an extraordinary year where he took his majors tally to 19, with a fifth Australian Open title and a record eighth Wimbledon.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bencic missed five months of 2017 after undergoing wrist surgery.“She had a tough year after that so it’s nice to see her back in shape as well,” Federer said.Three guaranteed matches in the Hopman Cup’s round robin stages are a perfect preparation for Federer, who also thrives in the relaxed setting of Perth with his family in tow.He will be up against American world number eight Jack Sock in his pool, while he could face Germany’s world number four Alexander Zverev playing in the opposite side of the draw in the final.While Federer is a tour veteran, Zverev’s coming-of-age campaign saw him win five titles and become one of just four men to beat the Swiss great this year, in the Montreal final.His progress up the rankings has marked him out as the most likely of the current crop of youngsters to translate his talent into Grand Slam titles.The tall German had a roller-coaster year at the Slams — a last-16 spot at Wimbledon, but also a first-round loss in Paris, a second-round exit in New York and a third-round defeat to Nadal in Australia.Zverev will partner former world number one Angelique Kerber, and they kick off their Hopman Cup campaign against Belgium’s David Goffin and Elise Mertens.Vasek Pospisil and Eugenie Bouchard are in Canada’s team along with Germany, Belgium and Australia in Pool A.Russia will be represented by Karen Khachanov and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, while Yuichi Sugita and Naomi Osaka are playing for Japan both in Pool B. MOST READ Federer finished the year at number two in the world behind Spanish rival Rafael Nadal, having started at 16, after a season-leading seven titles, including three Masters at Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai.It was a sensational season by any standards, but especially as Federer has been playing professional tennis since 1998 — a year when Bill Clinton was president of the United States, and James Cameron’s “Titanic” won 11 Oscars.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFederer will again partner Belinda Bencic at the Hopman Cup, his only event before launching his Australian Open title defence on January 15.“It’s totally different this time around,” said Federer, whose appearance at the previous edition of the Hopman Cup followed a rare six-month absence as he recovered from injury. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

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Ronaldo to Juventus? Spain’s media says ‘ciao’, Italy’s welcomes star

first_imgCarpio 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 Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts angry during the round of 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Spain’s media said goodbye to superstar Cristiano Ronaldo while Italy’s welcomed him on Friday after persistent reports that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will leave Real Madrid for Italian champions Juventus.“Ciao CR7” said the headline of Barcelona newspaper Mundo Deportivo.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES The paper also said that while Real maintains Ronaldo’s buy-out clause is 1 billion euros ($1.17 billion) — which would nix any potential transfer — “the player and his representatives say there is a signed document freeing him for 100 million”.Numerous media outlets have reported since Wednesday that Juventus offered the galactico a four-year contract with 30 million euros per year.The 33-year-old, whose Portugal were knocked out of the World Cup last 16 by Uruguay on Saturday, hinted after May’s Champions League victory against Liverpool that he was considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.“It was very nice to be in Madrid,” he said at the time, using the past-tense. He later walked back the statement, but doubts over his future at Madrid lingered.Real Madrid has won the La Liga twice and the Champions league four times since Ronaldo moved there from Manchester United in 2009.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “Real accepts his departure, the key day will be today (Friday) and Juve wants to wrap up the operation so it can announce it,” the newspaper said.Spanish sport newspaper AS said that the player could be unveiled to Juve supporters in Turin as early as Saturday, with the date 7/7 symbolic for number 7 Ronaldo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Juventus “hopes to announce (the news) tomorrow in its stadium,” said the paper, which had the headline “Cristiano exit imminent”.Ronaldo was applauded at Juventus Stadium by the club’s fans last season after scoring a spectacular overhead kick in the Champions League quarter-finals. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Italian media welcomed the purported “imminent” arrival of Ronaldo, with Corriere Dello Sport also expecting him in Turin on Saturday.“Italy is only a step away and Madrid is looking for its new top player,” the newspaper said.Gazzetta Dello Sport had the headline “CR7 Juve, we can do it”, and said Juventus was “closer than ever to the deal of the century”.Spain’s Marca newspaper claimed that Ronaldo has “already given his word to (Andrea) Agnelli” the president of Juventus.“His desire to play for Juve is strong,” Marca said, cautioning that the Turin club had not yet received a firm offer from Real Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Zach LaVine signs $80 million offer from Kingslast_img read more

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Jagdeo says Govt had ‘no compelling reason to keep it secret any longer’

first_imgExxonMobil contract…after exposure of “sinister plan to squirrel-way US$18M”Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said he would be examining the released ExxonMobil contract over the next few days before sharing his perspectives on its contents and the circumstances which forced the Government to make it public.Jagdeo maintained his position that the contract negotiated between the Government and the US-based oil company should have been made public from the inception as there was nothing impeding its release.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo“The reason for refusing to make the contract with ExxonMobil public over a year-and-a-half after it was signed, in spite of a relentless campaign by the media, many civil society and international organisations and the parliamentary political Opposition, was made apparent now that the contract has emerged today. The now revealed contract exposes the false claims by the Government that a clause inserted in the Petroleum Act by the People’s Progressive Party and national security concerns prevented its disclosure,” the Opposition Leader maintained.He argued that the primary reason for keeping the agreement secret, despite it being registered at the Deeds Registry which made it a public document, is contained in Article 33, which provides for a signing-bonus of US$18 million.“The signing bonus as revealed by diligent work done by the media (<<>> being at the forefront), was paid into a secret account at the Bank of Guyana with strict instructions not to transfer it into the Consolidated Fund, in flagrant violation of Article 216 of the Constitution and the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act. Several Cabinet members refused to acknowledge the existence of the signing bonus. The Minister of Finance even said it was a “figment of the imagination” and that they never received a signing bonus nor did they ask for one although it was already paid into the secret account since September 2016”, he commented.Jagdeo was adamant that now that the “sinister plan to squirrel-way the US$18 million has been exposed,” there is no compelling reason to keep the agreement secret any longer.He suggested that there are still many unanswered questions that the Government needs to come clean on.“…For example, who negotiated the signing bonus and how was the figure of US$18 million arrived at?” he quizzed before stating that “over the next few days I will examine the contract in detail and offer our perspective on it” .After much criticism and public dissatisfaction, the Government on Thursday released the controversial petroleum agreement it signed with US oil giant, ExxonMobil as it announced that Guyana could pocket over US$80 billion over the next few years once commercial operations commence.Each barrel would be calculated at US$50 and worth some US$160 billion altogether. This means that Guyana would be receiving US$1 million per day and US$300 million each year based upon the agreement. This is based on the fact that some 3.2 billion barrels of oil reserves were discovered in the Stabroek block Liza 1 field.The revised agreement makes provisions for an increase in the annual rental fee from US$240,000 to US$1 million with training being increased from US$45,000 to US$300,000.It would see a new allocation of US$300,000 for social and environmental programmes and the payment of a two per cent royalty. Seventy-five per cent of the earnings would be set aside for cost recovery.The agreement also reveals that the US$18M signing bonus by ExxonMobil which was paid over to the Government but kept secret and stashed in a special Bank of Guyana account was paid for a 10-year extension of the agreement.Speaking at a ceremony flanked by State officials, civil society representatives and President David Granger at the Ministry of the Presidency on Thursday morning, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman again defended the agreement and the role his Government played.Trotman did not directly address concerns over the legality of the decision to hold the monies outside of the Consolidated Fund or other serious criticisms of aspects of the deal.Meanwhile, ExxonMobil’s Country Manager, Rod Henson said Guyana would earn about US$1.5 billion from the Liza 1 well after a period of five years. He explained that US$7 billion would also be earned over a 20 year period, based on price assumptions.last_img read more

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Colin Murray and Friends – Thursday, January 15

first_imgDaley Thompson and Danny Murphy were alongside the host on today’s showOn today’s show, there was Fact or Fiction, The Sports Brief and ‘Flying Scotsman’, Graeme Obree, was the Murray Meets guest.last_img

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Morocco and USA/Canada/Mexico confirm 2026 bids

first_img0Shares0000The final decision of the host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be taken in a vote of the 211 national federations at a congress in Moscow © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov 30 – Morocco and the three-nation ticket of the United States, Mexico, and Canada formally confirmed their bids to host the 2026 World Cup on Thursday’s deadline.That World Cup will be the first to include 48 teams, rather than the 32 who will compete in Russia next year and in Qatar in 2022. The next stage will be the submission of complete candidacy dossiers by the candidates on March 16.The host will be chosen on June 13 next year, but the way the choice is made marks a change by FIFA, the governing body of world football.The decision used to be made by FIFA’s executive committee, but following the suspicions that hovered over its selection of Russia and Qatar in December 2010, and the subsequent scandal that dethroned president Sepp Blatter, the committee was stripped of some power and renamed the FIFA Council.The new-look council must rubber-stamp the bids, but the final decision will be taken in a vote of the 211 national federations at a congress in Moscow.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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LYIT invites people interested in third-level to attend Course Information Day

first_imgIt’s still not too late… That’s the mantra that Letterkenny IT (LYIT) wants to remind people of.You might have just completed your leaving certificate but may be disappointed with your results, or are a graduate who is still trying to seek employment or you might be working but would like to progress your career further? In all of these instances Letterkenny IT can help and would relish the opportunity to sit down with you and talk through your options.This coming Wednesday, 24 August, LYIT is hosting a Course Information Day from 11 am – 4 pm in both our Letterkenny and Killybegs campuses. At our Course Information Day, you can meet with us to discuss the courses that are currently on offer through CAO Available Places.These may be new courses that opened for application after the Change of Mind deadline, or other courses where there are still places available.We also have a wide range of full-time postgraduate courses that are comparable to any other institution or university throughout Ireland or abroad. We offer an extensive range of flexible learning opportunities part-time in a variety of interesting areas such as Languages, Fashion, Construction, Business, Marketing, Tourism and Hospitality, Culinary Arts, Science, and Sports Nutrition.  We have a course option suitable for all learners from preparatory studies, accredited Certificates/Diplomas and Degrees right up to Masters level.A representative will be at our Letterkenny campus to discuss these courses with you.Finally, LYIT and the Higher Education Authority are offering a range of free courses for the unemployed and these include Financial Services Technology, Culinary Skills, 3D Modelling & Animation, Computing, Tourism Destination Marketing, Digital Construction and Governance & Compliance in Financial Services. A representative will be at our Letterkenny campus to discuss these courses with you.So why not come along to our Course Information Day this Wednesday to discuss your options with our staff? We look forward to meeting you.LYIT invites people interested in third-level to attend Course Information Day was last modified: August 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:CAOCollegeletterkennyLYITResultsUniversitylast_img read more

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“NO ONE COULD HAVE DONE WHAT MICHAEL MURPHY JUST DID, AN ASTONISHING GOAL” – JOE BROLLY

first_imgDDTV: Former Derry star Joe Brolly has lavished praise on Michael Murphy, and described his goal against Kerry yesterday afternoon as ‘astonishing’. To view Murphy’s spectacular goal simply click play on our video above.Donegal fell to their first defeat in this year’s National Allianz League against Kerry in a tempestuous clash in Tralee.Neil McGee was left with a blooded nose after a nasty clash with Alan Fitzgerald – while Leo McLoone was shown a straight red card for an incident off the ball.However, yet another moment of magic from Michael Murphy has left GAA fans all over the country ‘drooling’. RTE’s GAA pundit Joe Brolly said that no other player in Ireland could’ve done what Murphy did yesterday.Brolly said, “No one could have done what Michael Murphy just did.“An astonishing goal.”“NO ONE COULD HAVE DONE WHAT MICHAEL MURPHY JUST DID, AN ASTONISHING GOAL” – JOE BROLLY was last modified: March 7th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVgoalJOE BROLLYKerryMichael MurphynewsSportlast_img read more

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Arsenal’s full list of released players has been confirmed

first_imgThe Gunners had earlier announced the departures of big names Santi Cazorla, Per Mertesacker and Jack Wilshere, however seeing this made official on Sunday will bring tears to the eyes of some Arsenal fans.Cazorla has been at the club since 2012, Mertesacker since 2011 and Wilshere since 2001 – he joined at the age of nine. 3 Wilshere confirmed that Emery made it clear he is not part of his future plans Cazorla suffered badly with injuries during his time at the club 3 Arsenal have confirmed their full released list ahead of the 2018/19 season.New manager Unai Emery has come in and already ousted some major names, so the club are set for an overhaul ahead of the next Premier League campaign. Standard annual footballer contracts run from July 1 to June 30 each year meaning that, come July 1 2018, all of the following players are going to be free agents:Marc BolaSanti CazorlaAlex CreanVlad DragomirAaron EyomaYassin FortuneRyan HuddartChiori JohnsonHugo KetoPer MertesackerTafari MooreJack Wilshere 3 Mertesacker has retired and will take charge of Arsenal’s youth academy next season.last_img read more

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Space programs in sight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The Centennial Challenges were inspired in part by the $10 million Ansari X Prize that was won last year by Mojave aviation designer Burt Rutan’s SpaceShipOne rocket plane for the first private, manned suborbital spaceflights. Peter Diamandis, founder of the X Prize, said he has been talking with NASA officials about making one of the agency’s prizes a multimillion-dollar award for a private manned orbital flight. Calvert said Congress is providing the “rules and tools” for NASA to carry out the moon flights. He said Congress must be committed to the idea to ensure that the nation retains its edge in technology. “Hurricanes and the war have prompted some of my colleagues to suggest cutting the NASA budget,” Calvert said. “We can’t allow short-term events to jeopardize our long-term investments.” On Monday, NASA released a draft set of requirements to industry for launch systems to carry cargo to the International Space Station and put astronauts in orbit after the space shuttle is retired in 2010. NASA is looking at two launch systems, one for cargo and one for crew. Both will be derived from space shuttle propulsion systems. NASA will be spending about $500 million over the next four years on that effort, said Scott Horowitz, a former astronaut who is NASA’s associate administrator for exploration systems. Proposals are scheduled to be delivered to NASA on Feb. 10. In May, NASA will award contracts to go forward with developing the systems, Horowitz said. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Congress is expected to reach agreement this month on NASA legislation that will formally endorse returning man to the moon and expand a prize program inspired in part by the Ansari X Prize. Negotiators this month are expected to resolve differences between the Senate and House of Representatives versions of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration spending authorization bill. The final bill’s language will incorporate the “Vision for Space Exploration” announced in January 2004 by President George W. Bush, directing a new moon mission. “It will be the first time Congress has officially endorsed the vision,” said Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Riverside, chairman of the House subcommittee on space and aeronautics and one of the bill’s negotiators. The final bill will also likely continue the Centennial Challenges, a prize program NASA started last year. NASA plans to spend about $80 million over the next four years to spur private industry to develop technologies needed for space exploration. last_img read more

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MAN WHO DAMAGED CAR IS RELEASED ON BAIL

first_imgA Letterkenny man has been charged with causing criminal damage to a motorcar.Sean Monaghan was arrested by Gardai at 3.10pm on Sunday last and charged a short time later.He made no reply when the charges were read to him. The court was told that Monaghan, with an address at 20 Sprackburn Drive in Letterkenny, may face other charges.Detective Garda Peter Cullen said Monaghan was from Strabane but spent a lot of time at this address in Letterkenny.He did not object to bail.Bail in the sum of €200 was granted by Judge Paul with the conditions that Monaghan sign on three times a week at Letterkenny Garda station and that he keep a curfew.The case was adjourned until October 20th next.MAN WHO DAMAGED CAR IS RELEASED ON BAIL was last modified: September 15th, 2014 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:carcourtDamageddonegalletterkennySean Monaghanlast_img read more

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