January 19

Nadal credits passion and overcoming injuries for success

first_imgHow to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up “I had some injuries, but good thing is I keep having the passion for the game and the love for what I am doing and the spirit of overcome tough situations in terms of physical issues,” the Spaniard said. “Of course, the spirit of improvement: every day when I wake up, going on court with the goal of doing something better than what I was doing.”Nadal will open against Lucas Pouille on Tuesday at the China Open. The Frenchman beat Nadal in their previous meeting last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNadal is 56-9 this season. He leads the tour with five ATP singles titles and will be trying to add this year’s China Open title to the one he took home as a teenager in 2005.Nadal has made the tournament’s final in three of his six earlier appearances and has a 20-5 record in Beijing. Men’s winners included fifth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, Mischa Zverev, Steve Darcis, Fabio Fognini and Aljaz Bedene.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the first round on Monday, top-ranked Garbine Muguruza retired from her opening match with a cold.Muguruza dropped the first set 6-2 and was trailing 2-0 against Barbora Strycova when she decided to stop.“I couldn’t perform today,” said the Spaniard, who said she picked up a virus at the Wuhan Open last week but wanted to try to play despite her illness. “I don’t want to retire before the tournament starts for me.”Also, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens was beaten by Christina McHale 6-3, 6-0.“It was a tough day,” Stephens said. “There’s not really much to say about. Obviously not a great match, so just forget about it and try to move on.”In other women’s matches, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-2, while Peng Shuai, Elena Vesnina, Elise Mertens, Coco Vandeweghe and Alize Cornet also won.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody How sports can influence kids according to Alyssa Valdez Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban03:10Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, to win the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in New York. The two are currently ranked 1-2. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)BEIJING — Passion, and overcoming injuries, are the key to Rafael Nadal’s recent success.The top-ranked Spaniard won the French Open and the U.S. Open this year, and reclaimed the No. 1 spot from Andy Murray. His next event is the China Open.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

January 18

Court Throws Out ‘Stolen Ebola Rice’ Case

first_imgIn the ongoing Ebola rice theft case involving health workers, the Ganta Magisterial Court last Friday threw out the case indefinitely, because the prosecution filed in a motion to have the case declared “Nolleprosequi” due to the lack of sufficient evidence. Their motion was granted by the court.The clerk of the court said the prosecution had the right to re -file their claim, whenever they have their entire evidence ready. But, “for now this case is declared Nolleprosequi,” he said.Nimba Public Defense Attorney Menwaseh Paybayee argued that the case was thrown out due to the prosecution’s unpreparedness to bring their witnesses.“When the case started for the third time, the prosecution filed in a motion for a submission of Nolleprosequi meaning,” he said, “prosecution does not have sufficient witnesses against the accused so the accused must back off and resume their normal duties,” he said.“We are prepared at any time to fight this case whenever the prosecution brings in their witnesses and all relevant pieces of evidence to substantiate their case,” he said.He threatened to sue those who made accusatory statements, which implicated the accused, but did not call any name.Ganta City Solicitor Atty. James Boayou said: “I declare the case Nolleprosequi until the complainer can come and explain the details of the case to me.”“I cannot prosecute in the absence of the plaintiff, the County Health Services Director Ramsey Leesala, whose name was mentioned in the writ,” he added.One of the health officers who was in charge during the time of the incident and was frequently seen at the Sanniquellie Police Station when the truck containing the rice was arrested, Dr. Loraine Cooper, has now sought another assignment in Grand Cape Mount County as County Health Officer, making it very hard for the prosecution counsel to get plaintiff equipped for the case.Efforts to get Ramsey Leesala remain futile as his phone rang endlessly without any response.There is great concern across Nimba about how the government downplays such a high profile case almost one month after the incident occurred.Musa M. F. Kromah, a resident of Ganta said, “Government downplays such a high profile case by not sufficiently preparing to gather all the necessary pieces of evidence before going to court.”“We were hearing some speculations about some high profile county official being behind the rice saga, but the way the case was handled, how will we know the truth,” he asked.The issue regarding the stealing of Ebola rice really touched the minds of many Nimbaians, especially those living in Ganta which had been an Ebola epicenter in the county.The court room was always packed whenever the case was scheduled for hearing. The throwing out of the case has brought great disappointment to many residents.Exhibits of the stolen items, including a  bag of rice, a bag of beans and a container of other items  were seen in court as evidence of something legal minded people said was improper.“All of the items alleged to be stolen should have been brought to court as evidence,” said an on looker.The case broke out 1st October 2014, when the Ganta LNP Detail arrested a vehicle marked TP. 766 with 200 bags of 25kg rice, 15 five-gallon containers of vegetable oil and 10 bags of beans, which were alleged to have been a portion of the rice donated to Nimba by World Food Program (WFP) for Ebola- quarantined patients.The bags of rice were loaded on to a mini truck heading for Saclepea from Sanniquellie when it was arrested by police in Ganta allegedly without any waybill.However, the accused, C. Paul Nyanzee of the County Community Health Service Director, Var Bleh, Ware House Manager, Sarah Lawehyee, Kou Yelibor, County Mental Health Officer and businesswoman Kou Kouh of Saclepea have been exonerated by the court and freed to resume their civil liberties.They were charged by the Liberian National Police for criminal facilitation, criminal conspiracy and theft of property in the Ebola Rice Case.The case was presided over by Stipendiary Magistrate Nyan Meator Ben of the Ganta Magisterial Court.The prosecution had failed to present their witnesses three times, beginning Monday 27th,  until they finally asked for nulleprosequai on Friday 31st October bringing the case to what appears to be an end.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 18

Commerce Ministry Quarterly General Inspection Begins

first_imgThe long awaited quarterly inspection has started at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry with trained inspectors deployed in 12 zones in Monrovia and its environs. The issue of inspection at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has been a long standing problem, considering capacity gap and professionalism by inspectors during the exercise.The Minister of Commerce, Axel M. Addy, who spoke at the opening, last Thursday at the Ministry of Commerce said he wants to build a strong public image, with the compelling need for revenue generation.He also encouraged the inspectors to exhibit a high degree of professionalism, noting, “You are the direct ambassadors of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to the business community.”According to him, the ministry also introduced the concept of rebranding with the view of changing from the status quo to that of a refined and corporate culture that will serve the needs of the consuming public.This quarter’s inspection will focus mainly on three key sectors which are frozen foods, building materials and electronics. Last year’s inspection exercise generated over US$100,000 & LD 400,000.00 respectively, according to the ministry. The current inspection will last for one month: February 23 – March 23.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 12

Self check-in equipment for CJIA

first_imgThe Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Tuesday announced that a contract was recently inked for the upgrade of the common use terminal systems at the airport, which will see persons being checked in much faster.In a statement, the airport explained, “This project will see the introduction of additional check-in counters, as well as four self-check-in kiosks. Online and self-check-in processes are currently available for departing passengers”.This upgrade, according to CJIA, was inspired by a letter published in the media where suggestions were made for improvement. These features, the release stated, are sure to significantly reduce passenger check-in queuing times.In addition, it was noted that an Inline Baggage Handling System is also being procured to further improve the services.“This system will comprise a high-resolution Computer Tomography Explosive Trace Detection Machine which will be used to screen passenger checked luggage,” the airport stated.Further it said plans are being made to secure walk-through metal detectors and hand luggage scanners at the CJIA for the various access control points.According to the airport, management had pointed out that they are looking at recommendations made to alter the completion of arrivals and departure records from a paper-based method to an online system.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson when contacted told <<>> that the Ministry of Citizenship had announced in its budget that the kiosks will be added to the airport’s upgraded features.This feature, the Minister said, is available at the JFK International Airport. It will allow travellers to scan their passport and receive a printout, which means no more lines.“The in-line scanner is an upgrade to the existing scanner, which is GRA equipment, so it will be along the conveyor belt or in line with it, so now you place the bags in the belt after check in, and the conveyor moves it through the scanner to the end of the line”, Patterson added.The subject Minister could not state the cost attached to this upgrading, but would only say, “The airport (is) not buying, its GRA and the Citizenship (Ministry), we should be helping out”.Just last month, it was reported that a Canadian firm will supply the airport with new equipment to aid in the landing of aircraft at the facility.The expansion of the CJIA has been ongoing for a number of years, and while the APNU/AFC Government has repeatedly blamed the former administration for not including necessary plans in the project during the initial stages, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has stated that the absence of those necessary plans is a deliberate strategy to create opportunities for local contractors.In 2012, under the PPP/C Administration, Guyana secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernization of the project, for which the Guyana Government was slated to inject some US$12 million.last_img read more

January 12

Flyers edge out Huskies in Grimshaw

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers had a bit of an uphill battle on Saturday night in Grimshaw against the top team in the NPHL East.Facing off against the Huskies, the Flyers had a bit of an uphill battle from the get-go. Head coach Andrew Leriger says that the team only had 13 players make the journey on Saturday night. Travis McLean stopped all nine Grimshaw shots in the first period, although none of the Flyers’ ten shots made it in to keep it a 0-0 draw after twenty minutes.In the second period, Joey Massingham finally broke the deadlock for the Flyers assisted by Jeff Shipton 3:27 into stanza number two. Fort St. John managed to kill off three penalties before the Grimshaw Huskies would finally capitalise on the man advantage. Despite this, Rick Cleaver scored unassisted with two seconds left in the frame to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead going into the second intermission.- Advertisement -Penalties continued to be an issue for Fort St. John. Leringer says that on two occasions, players wearing a ‘C’ or an ‘A’ were assessed ten-minute Misconduct penalties for asking for an explanation from the referee. Leringer himself says that he was assessed his first-ever Game Misconduct penalty in the first five minutes of the third after asking for the referee to explain a call. Despite the penalties, Cleaver scored his second of the night on the power play just over six minutes into the final period, assisted by Massingham and Brady Busche. Marshall Sidwell made it 4-1 Flyers on a feed from Cole Calliou just past the halfway mark. Though the Huskies added another goal, the Flyers held on for a 4-2 win.The Flyers are back in action on Thursday night when they head to Grande Prairie for a game against the Athletics. The team returns to the North Peace Arena this Saturday night when they host the Dawson Creek Sr. Canucks at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

January 12

Energetic Edge achieve highest scores of their season at cheer championship

first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. – The Energetic Edge Cheer association was in action last weekend at the Okanagan Cheer Championships.The teams had great performances at the event as every team achieved their highest scores of the season.The Extreme team achieved sixth place and hit zero (Having zero deductions), the Enchant team placed fourth in youth one, and the Epic team placed a close second in youth prep.- Advertisement -The Okanagan Cheer Championships was the final event of the cheer season.last_img

January 12

Greyhound Bus rollover near Prophet River, 2 critically Injured, 1 trapped

first_imgOn November 1st, 2008, at 5:25 am, RCMP received a call of a Greyhound bus that had rolled over near Prophet River, south of Fort Nelson. RCMP and BC Ambulance responded immediately, however this collision site was over 100 km away and road conditions were not good.Once on scene, RCMP and BC Ambulance found 22 persons including 2 critically injured and 1 trapped.Arrangements are being made to have another bus attend the collision site to transport the remaining passengers back to Fort Nelson. A Red Cross facility has been arranged when those passengers return.- Advertisement -Highway 97, also known as the Alaska Highway remains closed due to this collision and severe road conditions.last_img read more

January 11

Britton & Edghill: the future of table tennis in Guyana

first_imgThe future of table tennis continues to shine brightly, as two of Guyana’s most promising players have now asserted themselves as the Under-21 Caribbean champions.The golden duo just after their respective winsChelsea Edghill and Shemar Britton, who were part of the Guyanese male and female teams that copped silver medals just the day before, exceeded all expectations and played an unblemished round of games to continue advancing throughout the competition.Playing at the National Arena in Kingston, Jamaica, the twenty-year-old Britton overcame Kwanini Willoughby of Jamaica 3-2, Christian Malave of Puerto Rico 3-1, and Arun Roopnarine Trinidad and Tobago in order to move out of the group stage to the quarterfinal.In the quarterfinals, Britton played even better, defeating Puerto Rico’s Axel Torres 3-2 to book his semifinal place. There he was matched with Adjit Tebas of the Dominican Republic, getting the better of this player by three sets to one.Chelsea EdghillBeing so close to the gold, Britton was resilient and determined to bring it home. The final saw him coming up against defensive maestro Tyrese Knights of Barbados. Although the matchup was close at some intervals, Britton proved he was the better of the two with a superb showing of skill with the racquet. He won 3-2 to end on top of the podium.Over in the Women’s Under-21 games, Chelsea Edghill represented Guyana bravely with one goal on her mind, gold. From the inception, the young woman showed that she was the competitor to beat, winning all her group matches. She defeated Alondra Rodriguez of Puerto Rico 3-1, Kelsey Davidson of Jamaica 3-0, and Brittany Joseph of Trinidad and Tobago on the trot to advance to the round of 16. In that round, Edghill was given a bye to move on to the quarterfinal. There, it was a usual day at the office for Edghill, as she staged a 3-0 win over Dominican Republic’s Dahyana Rojas. The semifinal against Yasaris Ortiz of the Dominican Republic was no different for her, as again she won 3-0.The final saw her being paired with Brittany Joseph of Trinidad and Tobago once again, and in a repeat of her group match, Edghill emerged victorious, this time with the gold.For both athletes, the win has been surreal, and ‘a long time coming’.Shemar BrittonEdghill, in a heartfelt message to all her supporters, stated, “Seven years ago, I played my first senior championships, and it was always a goal of mine to win yet another singles title. Goal accomplished!”The young woman went on to express her gratitude to God, her parents, coaches and teammates who have stuck by her side. “I’m humbled by this accomplishment, and I must thank everyone who supported my efforts throughout the years,” she noted.In an invited comment to Guyana Times Sport, Britton shared about her journey to the gold. “The preparation for this win really was a continuous process over the years, just putting in the hard work and hours with my coaches Idi Lewis, Sydney Christophe and Christopher Franklin.“To finally attain the gold, what it means to me I just can’t put that into words as yet. It’s one of the proudest moments of my life to bring back a gold medal to my homeland Guyana; it means the world to me,” Britton stated.Looking ahead, the young man is resolute in his desire to compete for Guyana on a much larger stage. “For the more distant future, I’d like to qualify for the Pan American Games next year, and then go on to qualify for the Olympic Games”, he disclosed.One thing both these winning athletes have in common is their hunger for more medals at the 60th Caribbean Table Tennis Federation (CTTF) Senior Championships. They will join their other Guyanese counterparts in their quest for the Senior Men’s and Women’s Singles titles, competition for which will begin today.In other medals for the country, both Men’s and Women’s teams copped silver earlier this week, whilst Christopher Franklin and Trenace Lowe have also attained silver in the mixed doubles. Both women’s doubles teams copped bronze.last_img read more

January 6

Ronaldo draws blank as Juventus beat Parma

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo missed a chance to score his first Serie A goal for Juventus. © AFP / Andreas SOLAROMILAN, Italy, Sep 2 – Cristiano Ronaldo drew another blank in his bid to score his first Serie A goal for Juventus but the Italian champions kept their winning momentum 2-1 at promoted Parma on Saturday with goals in either half from World Cup stars Mario Mandzukic and Blaise Matuidi.World Cup winner Matuidi bagged the decisive goal on 58 minutes after Croatia’s Mandzukic, a finalist in Moscow this summer, had scored after just two minutes in Emilia Romagna. New Parma signing Gervinho — back in Italy after two years with Chinese club Hebei China Fortune — pulled one back after 33 minutes for the hosts who have returned to the top flight after three consecutive promotions following demotion for bankruptcy in 2015.Ronaldo is yet to score but the seven-time reigning Italian champions are on maximum points after winning all three of their games this season.The 33-year-old five-time Ballon d’Or winner missed a chance to open his account after 26 minutes when his powerful header was just wide, and spurned another chance ten minutes into the second half.“Cristiano had a good game, he made himself available, but it was a moment when the ball did not bounce back in the right direction,” coach Massimiliano Allegri told streaming broadcaster DAZN.“I’m happy with what he’s doing… After the (international) break he will surely get a goal because we’ll all be in better shape.”Croatian World Cup runner-up Mario Mandzukic bagged his second goal in three Serie A games. © AFP / Andreas SOLAROMatuidi added: “He (Ronaldo) had a great match but no luck. He’s going to be a little annoyed because he’s hungry to score, but we’re going to help him.”Allegri said he was impressed with Mandzukic who has scored twice in the opening three games and set up Matuidi for the winner.“I didn’t expect Mario to be in this condition after the World Cup,” he added.– Nainggolan gets Inter off mark –Earlier Radja Nainggolan scored on his debut as Inter Milan claimed their first three points of the season with a 3-0 win in Bologna.Nainggolan missed the first two games of the campaign with injury following his summer move from Roma.“Take a bow”: Radja Nainggolan celebrates after scoring on his debut for Inter Milan. © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIBut the 30-year-old Belgian midfielder made his mark on his league debut, opening his and Inter’s account at the Stadio Dall’Ara after 66 minutes.Italy midfielder Antonio Candreva and Croatia’s World Cup runner-up Ivan Perisic added two quickfire goals in the final ten minutes to seal all three points.The win gives Luciano Spalletti’s side four points from three games, equal with Roma who lost 2-1 at AC Milan on Friday. Filippo Inzaghi’s Bologna are stuck on one point, without a single goal scored in three games.“We were patient because there was a risk of starting to panic,” said Spalletti. “There were three beautiful goals and the team shook off the tension after the opener.“We still have some players who aren’t in peak condition, we’ll have to get up to that quickly because you really need to sweat to win games.”Inter captain and striker Mauro Icardi tried, unsuccessfully, to shake off a muscle strain by warming up before being forced to watch from the stands, along with Lautaro Martinez.It left Keita Balde as Inter’s sole striker, but with Nainggolan, Matteo Politano and Perisic in support.Perisic nodded into the side-netting early with Roberto Gagliardini also firing over for the visitors before Bologna threatened, Filip Helander’s header cleared off the line by Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.Nainggolan missed a chance to open the scoring just before the break with a powerful half-volley from the edge of the box flying over.But the Belgian made no mistake after the break, controlling Politano’s cross to fire past his former Roma teammate Lukasz Skorupski.Candreva replaced Keita on 79 minutes and three minutes later turned in a low cross from Perisic for his first goal in over 18 months before the Croatian sealed victory two minutes later.Serie A while runners-up Napoli play Sampdoria in Genoa on Sunday, looking for a third straight win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

January 6

Western Stima snap up 2019 Chapa Dimba star

first_img0Shares0000Ibrahim also bagged the prestigious Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in the regional finals after assisting his team retain the title from the first season.NAIROBI, Kenya, July 25 – Ibrahim Ochieng Owino, one of the shining stars of the second season of Chapa Dimba na Safaricom youth tournament has signed a three – year contract with Kenya Premier League side Western Stima.The 20-year old fast-rising talent better known as “Beo” has so far featured in the team’s friendly matches against Kisumu Hot Stars and St. Anthony and is in line to make his debut for the powermen when the Kenyan Premier League starts at the end of next month. “His style of play is quite unique and that is why we tapped into it to better our chances in the league. He is at his prime where he is able to learn and even grow into a future captain of the National team if he continues on his current tangent,” said Stima head coach Salim Babu.The former Manyatta attacking midfield star shone throughout the tournament and was among the selected few who got a chance to attend a mentorship and training session in Spain organized by tournament sponsors Safaricom.After getting back into the country he signed a pre-contract with Stima, before playing an instrumental role in securing his Manyatta team the Chapa Dimba national title.Ibrahim also bagged the prestigious Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in the regional finals after assisting his team retain the title from the first season.“I am humbled by how far I have come, thanks to Chapa Dimba na Safaricom. During the tournament I got exposure and a platform to showcase my talent. I look forward to nurturing and sharpening my skills even further under Salim Babu’s tutelage and that of the entire bench,” said Ochieng.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more