Agassi inspires me – Djokovic … Serb hoping new coach can lift him for French Open

first_img NEW CHAPTER PARIS (AP): Nearly a year after his slump started, Novak Djokovic is ready to reveal his new game at the French Open. The 30-year-old Djokovic won the tournament at Roland Garros last year for his fourth straight major title. That completed a career Grand Slam, but it also marked the end of his dominance. Last week, in an effort to turn things around, Djokovic said former great Andre Agassi would be his coach on the red clay in Paris. “He’s someone who inspires me and that’s what I felt I needed. A new inspiration, someone who knows what I’m going through,” Djokovic said during the build-up ahead of yesterday’s start of the tournament. “He’s been in my shoes before, playing Grand Slams, being the best in the world, facing all the challenges … we can relate to each other. “That’s why I’m very excited for him being here, because it’s a great opportunity for me to learn, to grow.” After last year’s French Open, Djokovic lost in the third round at Wimbledon, his earliest defeat in a Grand Slam in seven years. He then lost in the first round at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, reached the final of the US Open, and lost early again at the Australian Open. The Serb finished 2016 at No 2, his current ranking, and has won only one of his last 11 tournaments. At the beginning of the month, Djokovic split with long-time coach Marian Vajda and two other team members – fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch and physiotherapist Miljan Amanovic. “It feels like a new chapter. It’s a big change that I’ve experienced in the last three, four weeks, separating from the team I was with the last 10 years,” Djokovic said. “It feels exciting. It feels right in this moment. “In the last five, six months I was struggling a bit on the court. I’m trying to redefine myself and rediscover what kind of approach is the right one. I just felt I needed change. We needed to go our separate ways.” Agassi, who retired in 2006, won eight Grand Slam titles – four fewer than Djokovic – but has never coached. Djokovic gets his French Open campaign started today against number 76 seed Marcel Granollers of Spain.last_img read more

New JOA boss promises changes

first_img Movement now unified The movement is now unified and we will move towards our goal as a team, and we will ensure that the Olympic movement not only grows meteorically in Jamaica, but is an exemplar to other Olympic movement,” he said. Samuda, in his manifesto, said that he wanted to build a successful organisation through a strong and viable corporate governance structure and he intended to achieve this by affirming the JOA’s board of directors as the primary policy making body for members and strengthen the board’s secretariat as the implementation arm of the board of directors. He also stressed transparency and enforcing the obligation of directors and staff members to make full disclosure, to declare conflicts of interest, to observe confidentiality, and to be professional in conduct. Newly elected Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president, Christopher Samuda, has promised changes when he fully assumes office. Samuda, who defeated Vishu Tolan 20-16 for the JOA leadership at the association’s annual general meeting at the JOA headquarters, 9 Cunningham Avenue, yesterday evening, said these alterations will be aimed at making Jamaica an “exemplar” of the Olympic movement. “The election is over, and I got the vote of confidence for the office. It’s a new dawn, but we will build on the institutional integrity of which the JOA is known. There will be changes but in the interest of sports and those changes will be seamless,” he said. Samuda, who was general secretary to former president to Mike Fennell, who held the presidency for 40 years, said the association would be moving forward in unity for the continued growth of the organisation and the country’s sports. “I want to thank the members of the board, those who supported me, and those who did not support me. I want to thank the member associations, those who supported and those who did not.last_img read more

Ambrose gives WI little chance

first_imgLONDON, CMC: Legendary former seamer Sir Curtly Ambrose has held out little hope for embattled West Indies in the three-Test series against England, starting here today. Sir Curtly, who, until last year, served as the Caribbean side’s bowling coach, said West Indies were coming up against a very confident England side and would struggle to even win a Test. “I am very, very concerned,” the giant Antiguan told the Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show ahead of the start of the day/night first Test at Edgbaston. “England are the favourites, they have just beaten South Africa 3-1, and South Africa are a better team than the West Indies at the moment. [England’s] confidence is sky high. “The West Indies, on the other hand, will have to play exceptionally well, first of all to compete, let alone win a game.” He added: “Speaking from the heart as a West Indian, I’m hoping they can at least win a match or compete. But as a realist, I’m not so sure they are going to compete against England.” History is also against West Indies, having not won in a Test in England in 17 years and a series in almost three decades. In fact, the Caribbean side are without a Test series victory since beating minnows Bangladesh three years ago in the Caribbean. Further, the touring squad is a young one, with just three players – Kemar Roach, Kieran Powell and Shannon Gabriel – playing a Test in England before. Sir Curtly snatched 405 wickets in his 98-Test career at an outstanding average of nearly 21, including a whopping 88 in 20 Tests in England at below his career average.last_img read more

Diabolical – Replacing non-medical members of Medical Council with “PNC people”

first_imgSeveral weeks ago, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence replaced Kamal Ramkarran and Sylvia Conway as the non-medical members of the Guyana Medical Council (GMC) with James Bond and John Adams; two prominent People’s National Congress (PNC) members, making good her promise that only “PNC people” must get jobs and positions of influence.The Medical Council is made up of six medical doctors elected by their colleagues, the Chief Medical Officer (Ex-Officio) and two non-medical members named by the Health Minister, after consultations with civil society. The two non-medical members were provided for by an amendment of the original Medical Practitioners Act 1991. I navigated the amendment through Parliament when I was Health Minister. At the time, I made clear that the two non-medical members must be chosen after wide consultations and that those consultations must lead to the appointment of one woman to represent the interest of consumers, particularly women and girls, and a lawyer that would assist the Council in investigating and dealing with complaints of abuse and malpractice. It is a betrayal to now have no woman among the non-medical membership of the GMC.Surreptitiously, the Public Health Minister, several weeks ago, replaced the two long-serving non-medical members of the GMC with the new members. Sylvia Conway served on the Council because of her keen interest, her activism and advocacy for women and children’s rights. Kamal Ramkarran served as a lawyer in the Council. These persons served the Medical Council since I was Health Minister. From my own experience and from feedback I have had for more than a decade now, these Guyanese citizens served the Council with distinction. But Minister Lawrence, under the authority of the law, decided it was time for a change and named James Bond, a former PNC Member of Parliament; and John Adams, a present PNC Member of Parliament to replace them. I am not aware that any recommendation was made to replace Ramkarran and Conway and I am also unaware of any consultations that were conducted to name the new members. I am flabbergasted Minister Lawrence could not name a woman non-medical member for the Council.Were the long-serving non-medical members of the Medical Council changed just for the sake of change? Was there any recommendation from anyone that these members needed to be changed? Did the members themselves asked to be replaced? Changing them for change sake is not in the interest of Guyanese citizens. Worst, changing them simply to make place for the appointment of two PNC members is downright repugnant.Coming at a time when Minister Lawrence was forced to apologise for announcing at Congress Place that the Government must become more forceful in appointing only “PNC people” in jobs and in positions of influence in the country, appointments like this prove that her apology was only one of convenience; empty and meaningless. It means that jobs and positions on Boards and agencies are increasingly based on party cards, reminiscent of the PNC days between 1964 and 1992. Kamal Ramkarran and Sylvia Conway were not card-carrying PNC members and, therefore, had to be replaced by Bond and Adams, two prominent PNC members.We will see more of this in the coming weeks. A few months ago, another plan was hatched to replace Dr Oudho Homenauth as the CEO of NAREI (National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute). When Dr Chesney was appointed as the Chairman of the Board in June this year, the plan was to have him replace Dr Homenauth as the CEO. The Minister himself was hopeful that the Board will make the move to replace Dr Homenauth and save the Minister from dirtying his hands. Dr Chesney’s job was to conduct a witch-hunt to drive Dr Homenauth away. The Board rebelled and this nasty plan backfired to the extent that the Agriculture Minister had to ask Dr Chesney to vacate the position of Chairman of the NAREI Board. Dr Homenauth has survived an ugly plan, for now. But the unfortunate truth is that he does not have the card that could guarantee his job. He is not one of Minister Lawrence’s “PNC people”.We must stand up, in spite of the fear of this Government, stand up against the blatant discrimination practiced every day, stand up for the values of our country. Today, to their everlasting shame, rather than retreat from the obnoxious admission of Volda Lawrence that their priority and mission is to ensure jobs for PNC people, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change has become even more aggressive in implementing the old, reprehensible policy of only PNC card-carrying members for jobs. Let us lift our voices in rebellion.last_img read more

PBA: Pringle, Brownlee lead as Ginebra turns back Alaska

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra leaned on a balanced attack of its bevy cast of stars to topple a retooled Alaska, 118-106, in the nightcap of PBA Commissioner’s Cup action at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Tenorio joined Pringle in that attack to push the Gin Kings to a 5-4 card and add to the Aces’ woes that have now spanned for three outings.Up next for Ginebra is Magnolia, which it takes on next Sunday also at the Big Dome.Alaska, meanwhile, hopes to put a halt to its losing skid when it goes up against Rain or Shine on Saturday at MOA Arena in Pasay.The scores:Ginebra 118 – Brownlee 27, Pringle 27, Tenorio 22, Aguilar 22, Devance 7, Thompson 6, Slaughter 4, Mariano 3, Caperal 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay “We do have a lot of weapons. Justin (Brownlee) isn’t our only weapon. I think time will figure it out how best [to use them],” said coach Tim Cone, whose charges bounced back from a 111-103 beating at the hands of Phoenix last Friday.Brownlee, who finished the affair with 27 points, indeed had better help this time out, with Stanley Pringle scoring the same. LA Tenorio, who keyed the pull-away in the stretch, joined Japeth Aguilar in tossing in 22 each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAlaska turned to Chris Banchero’s career-best 29 points and the debut of old reliable Diamon Simpson who added 22 for both scores and rebounds in the losing stand.The two squads figured in a nip-and-tuck affair before the defending champions went on the offensive with much more intensity. 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanaocenter_img Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption View comments Alaska 106 – Banchero 29, Simpson 22, Manuel 18, Casio 9, Thoss 7, Teng 7, Enciso 6, Racal 3, Cruz 3, Exciminiano 2, Pascual 0, Ayaay 0.Quarterscores: 34-32, 57-52, 88-80, 118-106Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA: Columbia escapes San Miguel in OT Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Guyanese Christmas hope

first_imgCharles Dickens’ great accomplishment was to chronicle the turmoil in the lives of ordinary people in London during England’s wrenching transformation wrought by its Industrial Revolution. It is a salutary corrective to recollect the misery he described in the newly launched “poorhouses” in 19th Century England, even as we reflect on the hardships faced by present day Guyanese.In his novel “Bleak House”, Dickens writes against the background of political reforms that would also abolish slavery here in 1834. According to one biographer: “Dickens… rolls out the dark, dirty English earth and sky to set the theme of the book. It will take on the worse aspects of the legal system – its inhumanity, sloth, corruption and obstruction – as a basis for a larger matter, the bad governance of society as a whole; and it will show the physical sickness of London – its toxic water, rotten housing, bursting graveyards and festering sewerage – as part of the effects of that bad governance.”We celebrate Christmas today against the backdrop of the 2017 Budget that was just passed by the Government using its one-seat majority in Parliament and the rains than inundated Georgetown immediately afterwards, raising the filth of the drains and canals into the streets and stores. And it is clear we need a local “Dickens” to describe the Guyanese reality today.Once again, the houses of Albouystown had water reaching the mattresses of their beds in their bottom flats. Can we expect the “Joy of Christmas” to suffuse their lives as sewerage from the canals suffuses their furniture? How different are their lives from the inhabitants of the slums of London Dickens described so well? Many of their womenfolk are among the vendors removed from the Stabroek Market “clean up” to facilitate the launching of the Independence Jubilee floats at D’Urban Park. They are still wallowing in filth and anonymity behind the Parliament that promised them and the rest of Guyana, the “Good Life”.Across the river from Georgetown, the people of West Bank Demerara face more than a “bleak” future as they contemplate their lives after the closure of Wales Estate and sugar manufacturing, which had undergirded their livelihood since the 18th Century – even before Dickens. Will the Government be opening up poorhouses – a la 19th Century England – to deal with the increase in malnutrition – if not starvation – that will certainly ensue?Wales would be the perfect setting for a Guyanese version of another Dickens’ novel, “Hard Times”Dickens also wrote what is arguably his most famous work, “A Christmas Carol”, in which he expresses hope that those with the power and wherewithal to improve the lot of the poor, may still do so, if they are exposed to the harsh realities in the lives of the masses.The “establishment” is represented by Ebenezer Scrooge, a wealthy miser who refuses to relent even at Christmas. In Guyana, “Scrooge” would be the Government that imposed VAT on water and electricity but refused to give even a dollar bonus to sugar workers. Or the “substantial raise” they promised Government workers, even as they awarded themselves 50 per cent salary hikes, million SUVs and .5 million scholarships.Dickens uses the device of having Scrooge being transported by the Ghosts of “Christmas Past”, “Christmas Present” and “Christmas to be”. The first Ghost takes Scrooge back to his past, which in our case would be the first PNC regime, during which our nation was destroyed and we all sunk to the level of Haiti. The second would take our establishment to our present, in which, notwithstanding their poverty and hardships, Guyanese will still go “all out” to have a merry Christmas.Finally, Scrooge is taken to his future, where in Guyana the establishment would see its rejection by the people of Guyana and its own sordid fate. Shocked, Scrooge decides to reform himself and help those around him.May the establishment follow suit and ensure the Guyanese people have Merry Christmases henceforth.last_img read more

Top athletes to swap spikes for clubs in Muthaiga

first_imgThe tournament is themed ‘Where Sports Meets Business’ where ten American businessmen golfers will be battling with their Kenyan counterparts for top honours as well networking and is organised by Athletes in Action.“This is an organisation that exists to resource athletes and coaches in mental, physical, emotional and spiritual development”, says David Nyamu, the country coordinator of the programme.Athletes in Action are involved in athletics, basketball, football, baseball and golf among other disciplines.Some of the regions already participating in this programme include Kisii, Nyahururu, Eldoret, Garissa, Kapcherop, Tot (Pokot), Kajiado, Mombasa and Nairobi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 12- Top athletes and former Harambee Stars captain, Musa Otieno, will trade their running spikes and boots for clubs during a classic golf tournament at Muthaiga Golf Club on Friday.Twice world women marathon champion and Olympics silver winner, Catherine Ndereba, former world 10,000m gold medallist and Boston Marathon titleholder, Moses Tanui and Otieno are among the top sporting stars who will tee off at the event.last_img read more

Ranch owners to claim runaway emu

first_img“We’re still going to buy peacocks.” pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It probably didn’t help that Doyle gave chase, as did the Navarros, who hopped on off-road four-wheelers. The emu ended up Monday morning on the 14 Freeway heading the wrong way into traffic. Three CHP officers and a passing motorist with a horse trailer managed to the corral the bird and take it to the shelter, CHP Officer John Lutz said. The Ruben family learned of the emu’s adventures and whereabouts from a report in the Daily News. Navarro Sr.’s dream was to keep exotic animals on the ranch the family bought in November, the son said. He bought the two emus the night before the one escaped. “We never got a chance to name them; it left the second day we had them,” he said. ACTON – An emu can run up to 30 mph, something an Acton family found out the hard way when one of the two exotic birds they recently purchased flew the coop. Just two days after Ruben Navarro Sr. bought the pair of 5-foot-high flightless birds, one took off July 27, frightened by Doyle, the family dog, 17-year-old Ruben Navarro Jr. said Friday. The Navarros were making plans Friday to reclaim their giant bird at the county animal shelter in Castaic where it has been since Monday when California Highway Patrol officers rescued it from freeway traffic near the Navarros’ ranch. “The dog, he was all curious and was getting close to the cage,” the teen said. “The emu got scared, it jumped out and ran. We tried to catch up, but it was really fast.” last_img read more


first_imgWork has officially started on Letterkenny’s new €26million new sewage system.Mayor of Donegal County Council, Cora Harvey and Mayor of Letterkenny Town Council, Tadhg Culbert, turned a sod on site to mark the commencement of construction works for Letterkenny wastewater treatment plant and sludge treatment centre.It is calculated the new plant at Bunagee will be up and running in early 2013 with contractors due to move onto the site in just two weeks time. The council said it welcomes the development as the current treatment works has inadequate capacity to treat all wastewater generated in Letterkenny.A new wastewater treatment plant on the site of the existing plant at Magheranan with capacity of 40,000 population equivalent.The main works under the new contract include:*A new outfall diffuser system at the point where the treated effluent is discharged into Lough Swilly and replacement of pipework from the treatment works to the outfall. *New plant at Ballyraine for the collection and detention of stormwater overflows and their return to the wastewater plant for treatment, with a provision for a screened discharge of peak flows into the River Swilly.*A new sludge treatment centre at Bunagee with a capacity of 2,500 tonnes dry solid per annum, which is the second such centre in the county.*Replacement of existing main trunk sewer from Ballyraine to Magheranan, including new inlet pumping station.Donegal County Council retained the services of Nicholas O’Dwyer, Consulting Engineers, for design services and to act as Employer’s Representative for the project.The works are being designed and built by a contracting consortium of Response Engineering Ltd and Severn Trent Services International. TOBIN Consulting Engineers are providing design services to that group and Ward & Burke Construction Ltd have been sub-contracted to carry out the civil engineering construction works.Upon completion the contractors will operate the plant for twenty years.The total value of the Design Build stage of the contract, including VAT is €25,867,985.The contractors will also take over operation of the existing treatment plant, early in June 2011. The new works will provide adequate capacity to treat current levels of wastewater arising and some additional capacity for the future at the site of the existing works at Magheranan, a new facility to treat wastewater sludge at Bunagee, and a much improved system to deal with stormwater overflows at Ballyraine.EndsNO MORE KICKING UP A STINK AS LETTERKENNY GETS A NEW €26MILLION SEWAGE WORKS was last modified: May 17th, 2011 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)last_img read more

Highland keeper looks to extend Golden season

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “I think we have a little more heart this year. We saw how close we were last year and this year we have the talent to do it.” Entering last year’s second-round game against Thousand Oaks, the Bulldogs had lost only twice in 25 matches and were riding the momentum of an 11-game winning streak. But several missed opportunities in the first half came back to haunt them, and the 4-2 loss was their first defeat at home all season. Although Highland (20-2-3) faces its longest trip this season when it plays at Santa Barbara (13-6-5), it is determined to return home for Friday’s quarterfinals. Highland is 9-0-0 at home this season, including Saturday’s dramatic 2-1 first-round victory over Canyon of Canyon Country. “We’ve proven that we’re able to come through in the clutch and play well when it matters most,” said Drenner, who made six saves against Canyon – four on point-blank shots inside 20 yards – to increase her season total to 90. “Even now, more than ever, we need to do whatever it takes to keep our season alive.” Drenner has made it possible for Highland to survive a number of close calls this season by challenging opposing players on breakaways, punching balls over the crossbar on free kicks and making several diving saves on shots inside the box. Michelle Moore’s breakaway goal in the 76th minute Saturday was only the 10th surrendered by Drenner this season. It was two other crucial stops on Moore and one on Gina Walker that drew the praise of Canyon coach Steve Ladanyi, whose team lost to Highland for the second consecutive year. “She played a fantastic game,” Ladanyi said of Drenner. “She made three or four saves where I was just shaking my head, wishing we had her on our side.” Seeing Drenner rise to the occasion is something Highland coach Juan Paolo has witnessed all season. The 17-year-old netminder came through with a number of spectacular saves in a 1-1 tie Jan. 26 against Quartz Hill, none more important than the stop on Stephanie Galarze’s breakaway with time winding down in the second half. In the regular-season finale at Lancaster, Drenner helped preserve a 1-0 victory and an unbeaten league season by surviving a collision with Lynn Huma to catch a ball in the air at the edge of the box in the final five minutes. “That’s what I’m going to miss most with Kellie back there,” Paolo said. “The way she handles herself in those situations, she’s amazing.” Since last year’s loss to Thousand Oaks, Drenner has established more of a presence on the field for the Bulldogs, not just with her actions, but also with her voice. “I’m much more confident this year,” Drenner said. “I’ve worked hard as a player, and it has paid off. I’ve just found myself loving the game so much more.” That desire to succeed elevated when Drenner fulfilled one of her childhood dreams by signing with a Division I college. “She’s worked so hard to get to this point,” Paolo said. ” She’s very deserving of the opportunity.” Drenner knows the unforgiving nature of the playoffs means, as a senior, every time she steps on the field could be her last at Highland. A victory today would not only help extend her dream season at least two more days, it also would send Highland to the quarterfinals for the first time in program history. “To be that team that makes it to the third round or to the finals would be incredible,” Drenner said. “I’m loving every minute of this, and I don’t want it to end.” Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 erik.boal@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kellie Drenner calls it her “season of dreams.” Highland High’s senior goalkeeper has recorded 15 shutouts, helped the Bulldogs’ girls’ soccer team win its second consecutive Golden League title and signed to play at Cal State Northridge in the fall. For all her accomplishments, Drenner believes the season will be incomplete without at least one more victory in the Southern Section Div. II playoffs. “We definitely want to get as far as we can in the postseason,” said Drenner, who leads Highland at Santa Barbara today at 3 p.m. “It means as much, if not more, to me than winning the Golden League. last_img read more