Federer, Nadal, steam into Indian Wells quarterfinals

first_imgMOST READ Federer, seeking a record sixth title in the California desert, needed just 64 minutes to get past Britain’s Kyle Edmund 6-1, 6-4.Nadal said his performance on a windy stadium court wasn’t as good as his 6-3, 6-1 third-round win over Argentine Diego Schwartzman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut he was more than a match for 113th-ranked Krajinovic, breaking him early in each set and saving the only break point he faced.Nadal, who lifted the Indian Wells trophy in 2007, 2008 and 2013, is in the last eight for the first time in three years after missing last year’s edition, skipping both Indian Wells and the Miami Masters with a hip injury. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Roger Federer, of Switzerland, acknowledges the fans after his win over Kyle Edmund, of Britain, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal edged closer to a blockbuster semi-final showdown at the ATP Indian Wells Masters on Wednesday with brisk fourth-round wins.World number two Nadal overpowered Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-4 to book his quarter-final berth in one hour and 26 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES He next will take on 13th-ranked Russian Karen Khachanov, who beat world number nine John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (7/1).Khachanov produced just one ace to the big-serving American’s 12 but stretched his record over Isner to 4-0.Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates his win over Filip Krajinovic, of Serbia, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Fourth-seeded Federer, fresh off his 100th career title, looked poised to finish off Edmund in less than an hour.But the Swiss great had to fight off three break points as he served for the match, just a small speed bump in a match that he took charge of early.“He didn’t have the best start, so that cost him the first set,” Federer said. “Second set, it was definitely better. I think he probably struggled throughout a little bit. He never really got going.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Kecmanovic is the last teen left in the men’s draw, after the departure of 19-year-old Shapovalov.At the other end of the age spectrum, 40-year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic’s run came to an end with a 6-4, 6-3 loss to 25-year-old seventh seed Dominic Thiem.Thiem needed less than an hour to subdue the 89th-ranked Karlovic, surrendering just seven points on his own serve and punishing Karlovic’s second serve.Thiem said putting 87 percent of his first serves in play was key in his first meeting with Karlovic.“I felt pretty confident on my own service games. That’s what I transferred also to the return games,” he said. “I made two breaks in the right moment I would say.”Thiem booked a meeting with 18th-seeded Gael Monfils of France, who defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-0, 6-2 in 57 minutes a day after the German stunned world number one Novak Djokovic in the third round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jazz boost NBA playoff bid with key win over Sunslast_img read more

Bassa Pins Gedeh in Mock County Meet Opener

first_imgGrand Basa County narrowly whipped Grand Gedeh County 3-0 in the opening game of the 21-day’s Mock County Meet organized by the King Peter’s town Youth for Development, on the King Peter’s town sports pitch, Bong Mine Bridge community.Bassa’s hitmen Teklo Tweh, Mulbah T. Kollie, John S. Lebbie in the 43rd minute raised the curtain on the tackle-field of eight players on each side.The main financier of the tournament, Rep. Adolph Lawrence said the tournament was intended to develop the skills of the youths, engage in community consciousness and correlate with his constituency.The Montserrado County District #15 Representative, prior to the kick-off, admonished the players, referees and organizers to exhibit fair play.However, according to the organizer, the winner of the tournament will receive US$75; runner up will get US$50 and 2nd runner up will grab US$25.According to today’s fixture Margibi faces River Gee and Nimba meets Sinoe. On Tuesday, Bomi will lock horns with Lofa and Maryland will lock horns with Grand Kru County; and on Wednesday, Bong County will face Grand Cape Mount County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local Enterprise Produces Agro- Processing Equipment to Improve Food Industry

first_imgOne of the key constraints to Liberia’s food industry is the provision of limited mechanization and agro-processing tools. This poses a serious challenge to local farmers as raw produce is  usually bought to local markets at low prices. It is established that once farmers have access to processing equipment they get better prices for their produce and tend to increase productivity.Most of the agro-processing tools used in Liberia are imported from Ghana and other countries. The production of processing equipment in Liberia will help improve the food industry as farmers could get these farming tools at affordable prices.Until this capacity is enhanced, it is unlikely that Liberian farmers will benefit from increased market opportunities.As part of effort to address the above production challenge, a local enterprise “T R Enterprise” located at West Benson Street, Monrovia, has engaged in the production of agro-equipment in order to enhance the contribution of agro-processing for sustainable improvement in food security,  income and livelihoods of farmers, processors and marketers.  In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer farmer’s  desk recently. the agro specialist of T R Enterprise George Kaicora, disclosed that his institution is specialized in the production and sale of different types of agro-equipment to contribute to the improvement of the country’s food security.“Many of the agro-implement that farmers in Liberia use have been imported from Ghana and other countries. But now, we are producing these farming equipment  locally for farmers at cheap prices.He added that they are also engaged in the training of farmers in the usage of the various tools to improve production.“The whole idea of producing these equipment here is to improve the nation’s food security. Cassava, for an example, is the nation’s second staple food and farmers can make more money from the production of the crop provided it is processedinto its various finishing products.Mr. Kaicora said farming tools produced are durable and were reaching farming organizations through NGOs working in the agriculture sector.He, however, mentioned that the lack of government support toward the improvement of Liberian businesses was a major hindrance for their operation.“Liberian business will not boom when the government does not give its full support,” he said.    The TK Enterprise was established in 2011 to help in the promotion of Liberia’s food security through the production, sale and training of local farmers in utilizing agro-tools. At first, the business started with the importation of agro-implement from Ghana for sale, until recently, when local materials were fermented and produce in Liberia.The company provides   processing equipment like, Stainless Steel Grater and Gari Mesh Sifter, S/S fermentation rack and double screw press as well as stainless steel parching trays.Other equipment includes motorized oil palm expeller. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

8200 persons living with HIV in Guyana

first_img…500 new cases recorded in 2018Some 8200 persons are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Guyana.This was revealed by Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence on Monda at the launch of World Aids Day 2019, which is to be observed on December 1.“Our statistics reveal that there are 8200 children, adolescents, youths, women and men living with HIV. In 2018, about 500 new infections occurred in Guyana mainly from key populations and young people.”The Minister was keen to note that of the 8200 persons living with the virus, 93 per cent of them know their status, making Guyana the only Caribbean country to achieve the first 90 of the United Nation Aids (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 target ahead of the 2020 timeline.The 90-90-90 target aims to diagnose 90 per cent of all HIV positive persons, provide antiretroviral therapy for 90 per cent of those diagnosed, and achieve viral suppression for 90 per cent of those treated by 2020.When it comes to the other targets, 73 per cent of infected persons are presently on treatment and 81 per cent have so far achieved viral suppression so they can no longer transmit the infection to their partners.Going forward, the Minister announced a few plans in tackling HIV, which was classified as a chronic disease. One of the methods includes “social contracting” with civil society organisations.She added that the Government has provided $10.9 million for 2019 and “is the first in the Caribbean to implement this approach in funding the work of civil society as a means of sustaining the HIV response while faced with shrinking donor funding,” Lawrence explained.Stigma and discriminationThe role of the community in ending the transmission of HIV was underscored by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud, who highlighted that stigma and discrimination are areas that still require much attention.“This year UNAIDS and all the UN agencies along with member countries are focusing on the role that communities have to play in the fight against HIV and AIDS. As most of you would know, this has been a long fight for Guyana and we have made significant gain but without the support of the communities, we are unable to move forward at a pace we would like to move to achieve the targets that we have set,” he pointed out.Meanwhile, the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Country Representative, Dr William Adu Krow noted that Guyana is well positioned to treat HIV, irrespective of who crosses its borders.This year, World AIDS Day is themed, “Communities make the difference”.last_img read more

France suspends referee who kicked player

first_imgChapron then showed the player a second yellow card.The FFF’s technical committee of referees said Chapron had been “withdrawn… until further notice” and would be called to appear before the French league’s disciplinary commission.The sanction means he has been taken off refereeing duties for Wednesday’s Ligue 1 game between Angers and Troyes.The FFF statement added that 45-year-old Chapron had reviewed video footage of the incident and “noted that his fall had been caused accidentally.”Footage of the incident quickly went viral across the world.Chapron and Diego Carlos were racing to catch up with a breakaway by PSG’s Kylian Mbappe as the game, which the visitors won 1-0, moved into stoppage time at the Stade de la Beaujoire.The referee appeared to cut across the Brazilian defender, sending both to the floor.As he got up, Chapron kicked the player, catching him on his right foot. He then started to walk away before turning around and brandishing a second yellow card. He also awarded PSG a free-kick.“He told me that he had never wanted to kick the player and that he had felt himself pushed in the back,” said Nantes president Waldemar Kita after talking to Chapron.“It’s a joke. I got 20 text messages from across the world telling me this referee is a joke,” Kita told French TV.Nantes midfielder Valentin Rongier had a good view of the incident and called for the referee to be given a lengthy ban.“He says he slipped, but I know he kicked him,” Rongier told Canal+.“I know it’s very difficult to referee but you have to question them from time to time… We do that, we get a 10-match ban.”Ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas was among those to express their bemusement on Twitter, joking that the referee should have got a red card himself.“Surely the good man will have apologised. It was spontaneous,” wrote Casillas.“That said, for me it’s agression and red! Three matches minimum!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nantes’ defender Diego Carlos (C) receives a red card on January 14, 2018PARIS, France, Jan 15- The referee who kicked a player during a French Ligue 1 game and then sent him off has been suspended “until further notice”, the French Football Federation (FFF) said on Monday.Tony Chapron kicked Diego Carlos of Nantes towards the end of Sunday’s game against Paris Saint-Germain after being knocked over when the pair collided in a bizarre incident.last_img read more

Pochettino says top four could be Tottenham’s limit

first_imgPochettino’s side, who have taken just one point from their past four matches, were in complete control after a dominant first half that saw Harry Kane score his 200th career goal.But a capitulation after the break saw Saints turn it around with goals from Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse to leave Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea breathing down their necks in the race for the top four.“The position that we are in is a very good position,” said Pochettino. “Of course (we are) disappointed. In the last few Premier League games, we didn’t win.“But still we are in a position that everyone should sign for at the beginning of the season.“It is difficult to predict the circumstances at the start of the season. To be in a very good position at the end of the season, maybe we need to understand that it is our limit to be there.“If it is our limit, we need to take some decisions in the future.”Pochettino accused his players of showing arrogance in the second half at St Mary’s and said they need more to get to the next level.“I cannot come here and say, ‘everything is so good, we have fantastic staff and the manager, I am amazing’,” he said.“To understand that if we want more and we want to keep our position in the top four and we want to fight on the quarter-finals (of the Champions League), we need to give more in the future and increase our level.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 10 – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned his side may have to accept the height of their current capabilities is to be a top-four club after a costly defeat against struggling Southampton.Spurs, who were on the fringes of the title race until two weeks ago, are now battling just to hold on to their place in the Champions League qualification places after their winless run was extended to four games with a 2-1 defeat at Southampton.last_img read more

Friends collide as Cisse and Belmadi target African crown

first_img0Shares0000Senegal coach Aliou Cisse captained his country to the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations finalCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 18 – They were born a day apart, raised in the same city and enjoyed prosperous playing careers, and while both Aliou Cisse and Djamel Belmadi are now experiencing similar success as coaches, only one can lift the Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo on Friday.Cisse was born March 24, 1976 in Senegal, with his Algerian counterpart arriving in the world the following day, in Champigny-sur-Marne. It was in this Parisian suburb, where Cisse moved to at the age of nine, that the pair’s destiny would be shaped. “He’s an old acquaintance. I say that with great fondness,” said Belmadi, who broke through into the professional ranks at Paris Saint-Germain while Cisse started out with Lille. Despite never playing on the same team, they graced the same pitches in France for nearly a decade.The duo made close to 180 Ligue 1 appearances between them across spells at six different clubs, but it’s in Africa where their legacy has assumed a greater dimension.Cisse, captain of the Senegal team beaten in the 2002 Cup of Nations final, got the better of Belmadi’s Algeria in qualifying for that year’s World Cup, but the latter gained revenge in the dugout here, claiming a 1-0 victory in the group stage, setting up Friday’s decider.The occasion will pit local coaches against each other in a Cup of Nations final for the first time in 21 years since Egypt, under the tutelage of Mahmoud El Gohary, defeated Jomo Sono’s South Africa 2-0 in Ouagadougou.“It’s much more complicated when you’re local than when you’re an expat. It’s up to us (Africans) to have confidence in ourselves, in our boys, in our coaches. Bit by bit the order is changing,” said Cisse.– ‘Great message’ for Africa –“To play this final against my friend, it’s amazing. I think it’s a great message we’re sending to football officials in Africa,” added Belmadi.Cisse has carefully constructed his Senegal team since taking over in 2015, making steady progress that included an appearance at the 2018 World Cup following a 16-year absence, and reaching just the country’s second Cup of Nations final.As for Belmadi, appointed last year, he inherited a side in turmoil, undermined by a revolving-door policy that saw five coaches come and go in just two years.They may be on the same path now, possibly 90 minutes from a continental crown, but the routes taken to this point vary considerably.Spurred on by a desire to atone for the agony of the 2002 final defeat, Cisse’s only managerial experience has come at the helm of Senegal. Belmadi, on the other hand, spent eight years in Qatar, including a stint with the national team in 2014-15, before landing with the Desert Foxes.“Cisse is the same as a coach as he was in his playing career. He’s someone very disciplined. Despite his lack of coaching experience, he’s quickly got results and has consistency in his work, which is also down to his brilliant career,” said Belmadi.“Djamel is a great tactician, a very good coach. He’s able to get his team to play like he wants them to play,” Cisse replied.While Algeria have impressed with their style of play in Egypt and Senegal have looked more robust in defence, only one country will achieve its goal on Friday.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Brentford chief hails Marinus Dijkhuizen’s replacement as an ‘outstanding leader’

first_imgLee Carsley has been hailed by Brentford chairman Cliff Crown after the former Blackburn and Everton midfielder replaced Marinus Dijkhuizen as head coach.The Championship outfit opted to sack Dijkhuizen following their 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon – a loss that leaves the club languishing in 19th place – and announced that Carsley would take his place for the remainder of the campaign.Crown has since discussed his reasoning behind the appointment, detailing his delight with the decision. “As you will all know by now, the club, Marinus Dijkhuizen and his assistant, Roy Hendriksen have parted company,” read his statement on Brentford’s official website.“The club would like to put on record its thanks to Marinus and Roy for all their efforts during their time at Griffin Park.“Following this, the club has moved swiftly and decisively in order to maintain its long-term vision and philosophy.“That’s why Lee Carsley has been appointed as head coach for the remainder of the season.“Lee has shown with the Under-21s he is an outstanding leader. His work at the training ground has been hugely impressive whilst coaching the development squad and has demonstrated he understands the club’s philosophy and the ambitions of Brentford FC.“We believe these qualities will help Lee settle into his new role effectively and quickly.“Rest assured, we are determined to do everything possible to achieve the success you, the supporters, desire.“Lee’s appointment, at this time, is key to that and we will be doing everything in our power to support him and the rest of the staff.” 1 New Brentford head coach Lee Carsley last_img read more

The Premier League players who could feature at Africa Cup of Nations in January

first_img 13 13 Arsenal: Mohammed Elneny (Egypt), Ismael Bennacer (Algeria) Bournemouth: Max Gradel (Ivory Coast) Man United: Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast) Stoke: Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast) Ramadan Sobhi (Egypt), Mame Biram Diouf (Senegal) 13 Leicester: Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani (Algeria), Jeffrey Schlupp and Daniel Amartey (Ghana) Crystal Palace: Bakary Sako (Mali), Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast) 13 13 13 Sunderland: Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia), Didier N’Dong (Gabon), Lamine Kone (Ivory Coast) 13 Watford: Nordin Amrabat (Morocco), Adlene Guedioura (Algeria) Liverpool’s Sadio Mane will leave to play for Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations – scroll through to see which other players will be leaving Southampton: Sofiane Boufal (Morocco) 13 13 13 13 13 Everton: Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) 13 West Ham: Cheikou Kouyate (Senegal), Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria), Andre Ayew (Ghana) The provisional squads for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations are gradually being announced and here, talkSPORT looks at the players who could be representing their countries.Liverpool’s Joel Matip and West Brom’s Allan Nyom decided against playing for Cameroon, while Yannick Bolasie’s injury means he will not be in action for DR Congo.Nigeria didn’t make it, so the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi. In addition, Victor Wanyama’s Kenya team-mates failed to make it to Gabon. Hull: Ahmed Elmohamady (Egypt) and Mbokani (DR Congo)last_img read more

Premier League 2016-17 season kicks off on August 13

first_imgJose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola won’t have long to wait before they face off for the first time in the English Premier League.The fixtures for the 2016-17 Premier League season, which starts on the weekend of August 13-14, were announced on Wednesday and the first Manchester derby – featuring Mourinho’s United and Guardiola’s City – will be played on September 10 at Old Trafford. That is in the fourth round of games.Mourinho was handed a trip to Bournemouth for his first league game in charge of United, while Guardiola’s first league game as City manager is at home to Sunderland.There was plenty of controversy and animosity when Guardiola and Mourinho went head-to-head while coaching Spanish powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively, from 2010-2013, with incidents on and off the field.Leicester will start the defense of their title away to promoted Hull, while the highlights of the first round of fixtures are Arsenal-Liverpool and Chelsea-West Ham, which will be current Italy coach Antonio Conte’s first game as Chelsea manager.Arsenal have the toughest start of all the likely title contenders, with their second game away to Leicester in a match between the top two from last season.Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge to play former club Chelsea on October 22. The other Manchester derby is on February 25.West Ham’s first league match at their new home, the Olympic Stadium, will be against Bournemouth on August 20.Leicester play Man United in the Community Shield on August 7, the traditional curtain-raiser for the English season between the previous season’s league champion and FA Cup winner.advertisementlast_img read more