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Murray, Konta eye French success

first_imgThe two respective British No 1s are expected to comfortably progress to round two despite enduring indifferent clay court seasons.Murray faces Andrey Kuznetsov, the world No 73, in Paris aiming to reproduce some of the stellar tennis which saw him reach the French Open final 12 months ago where he lost to Novak Djokovic.Murray, the three-time major champion, suffered successive early exits at the Madrid and Rome Masters to Borna Coric and Fabio Fognini respectively.Ivan Lendl has been a prominent sight during Murray’s practice sessions before the second major alongside regular coach Jamie Delgado and Murray will be hoping that Lendl’s presence will bring out the best in him.Murray appeared to have proved his doubters wrong last year on clay, his supposed weakest surface, but he has not been able to replicate his aggressive brand of tennis which proved so successful last year. A series of injuries and illness have not helped Murray’s cause over the past few months.One factor going in Murray’s favour is the nature of Grand slam tennis where matches are decided over five sets. Murray can be a slow starter, both in tournaments and matches, but will hope he can rediscover his form throughout the tournament.A potential third round meeting with Argentina’s big serving Juan Martin del Potro, another injury plagued player, promises to be some contest but on current form will be a tough obstacle to overcome.Meanwhile Konta, the world No 8, has only won two matches during her three clay court tournament appearances this season but should overcome Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei.The 26-year-old is aiming to build upon her recent strong major performances which included her run to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January where she succumbed to Serena Williams.This year’s French Open is widely regarded as wide-open with numerous players capable of going all the way and Konta possesses the ability to trouble the women’s draw.Despite Konta’s meteoric rise in the rankings over the past couple of years she still has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros but that could change tomorrow.Konta’s movement and calm mindset will be pivotal tools if the 26-year-old is to become a contender for the title during the next fortnight but the ability is not in question.Should Konta, coached by Wim Fissette, secure a second round place she would book a meeting with either American Taylor Townsend or qualifier Miyu Kato of Japan.Kyle Edmund, world No 49, is another Brit to begin his French Open campaign on Tuesday when he faces world No 125 Gastao Elias of Portugal.Edmund, 22, has the credentials to do well on clay and is known to be a fan of the surface but he has failed to reach the third round in his last seven tournaments. However, the British No 2 performed admirably in taking a set off Rafael Nadal, the eventual champion, at the Monte Carlo Masters in April.Edmund’s prize for a second round spot would be a difficult match against France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who arrives in Paris in full confidence following his tournament victory in Lyon last week.Aljaz Bedene, who has enjoyed a productive clay court season this year, moved into the second round at Roland Garros with a four set victory over America’s Ryan Harrison. The British No 3 will next face Jiri Vesely.last_img read more

“Bacchanal in Berbice” for Saturday

first_imgBerbicians are in for a treat this Saturday as several high-profile performers take to the stage in the first ever “Bacchanal in Berbice” stage show billed for the Feroz Family Fun Park at Number 6 Village, West Coast Berbice.The event will feature performances by Guyanese Baboo, Terry Gajraj; reigning Chutney King, Bunty Singh; AW Lyrical; Sasenarine; Arigit Singh; Steven Ramphal; Nishal B; Vanita Willie; Satish Udairam; Kris Rampaul; Krish and Trevor Vibes.Adding some vibes to the event will be Brain who is known for his exotic dance moves, as well as Granny Ivelaw. Comedians Lyndon “Jumbie” Jones and “Katahar” will also be in the house. Emcee for the evening will be Drew P.Admission to the event cost $1000. Gates open at 18:00h and the show is expected to get underway at 20:00h. The first 100 persons in the venue will receive free CDs.last_img read more

Is Guyana a walkover?

first_imgDear Editor,The recent release of the Exxon contract shows a lack of responsibility and care for the Guyanese people and the environment.Firstly and most importantly this nonsense about no taxes for Exxon because they stuck by us is the most absurd form of reasoning I have seen in the business world.We are doing business with them and they came here with the expectation to do business in an environment that requires taxes to be paid. An extension of 10 years on the agreement is already a great way of saying thank you for sticking by us throughout the years and that would have been enough.Is the current administration willing to let all Guyanese not pay taxes, corporate, VAT etc, because the citizens of this country have stuck by their side throughout all the hardships over the years? No, of course not, instead they are increasing the amount the common man and woman has to pay, while at the same time reducing job opportunities. I cannot think of a better way for the current administration to shoot itself in the foot.In addition, they are forgetting that Exxon must recoup its operating costs before reporting any profit that will be shared. The current contract gives up the government’s ability to capture the additional revenue via taxes before reaching the net profit line in the income statement.This would have provided an opportunity to have a more balanced agreement and would have provided an additional safeguard in terms of funds that could be used to strengthen the environmental agencies while also providing additional funds for any oil spill clean-up work that might occur and funds for any benefit needed for the seafood industry in the event of such a spill.The only recourse left is the EIA (environmental impact assessment) that is still poorly outlined and urgently needs to be addressed. This needs to be done as soon as possible if we are serious about protecting the Guyanese populace and serious about ensuring they are not taken advantage of.The $300,000 that will be provided annually is not earmarked for the purpose of helping in the event of an oil spill and to forego the taxes that are supposed to be paid may be considered in some circles an act against the best interest of the Nation. Now, how is this administration going to face the hardworking citizens of our beautiful country and ask them to pay the taxes they can not afford, while giving a walkover to one of the wealthiest companies in the world. According to Forbes, Exxon paid over $100 Billion US dollars in taxes from 2007 to 2016.The amount they would have had to pay Guyana would have been relatively insignificant to them, while being quite substantial for the improvement of our economy. Instead this administration has decided to place the burden on the backs of the citizens of Guyana. This, my friends, makes no sense and clearly slows down the journey to the “Good Life for all Guyanese”.I am disappointed with this clearly preventable walkover.Sincerely,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

PBA semis: Terrence Jones, TNT shut down Ginebra for 1-0 lead

first_imgOlympic champion Joseph Schooling struggles at world swim meet Andrew Yang’s wife details alleged sexual assault by OB-GYN MOST READ Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted LATEST STORIES ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:37Calm 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 eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Terrence Jones is front and center in TNT’s Game 1 win. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines – In a match where neither team was willing to budge, it was TNT’s side that showed more grit down the stretch to hammer out a 95-92 decision over Barangay Ginebra for a headstart in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series Friday night at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.KaTropa import Terrence Jones put together a sensational performance on defense in the payoff frame to finish with 24 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, and four blocks.ADVERTISEMENT POST-GAME INTERVIEW Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon That performance enabled the rest of the starters to shoulder the brunt of scoring and help erase a six-point deficit in a nip-and-tuck affair that featured 22 lead changes and seven ties.“Obviously defense got us the win. It really helped us especially at the end of the game,” said coach Bong Ravena, whose charges now enjoy a game’s worth of lead in their race-to-three match with the defending champions.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We won the game with our defense, we’re gonna have to give that every game to give ourselves a chance,” added TNT consultant Mark Dickel.Troy Rosario improved his conference-best just two nights ago and scored 24 points. Tony Semerad, Jayson Castro and Roger Pogoy all tossed twin digits in the stand. Rosario made a layup to knot the score at 89 with roughly three minutes to play. He went on to knock down a couple of bonus shots before Jones took over on both ends of the court—pulling down a crucial rebound between two equally tough shots to keep Ginebra on the backseat.Justin Brownlee had 23 points, 15 rebounds, and nine assists but was a nonfactor for the Gin Kings when it mattered. He was only able to contribute a point in that fourth quarter where TNT erected its comeback.LA Tenorio and Stanley Pringle scored 18 each while Joe Devance added 11 for the Gin Kings who absorbed only their second loss since acquiring the Filipino-American guard from NorthPort in the league’s biggest trade thus far.“Terrence is competitive. He wants to guard the best player all the time,” Dickel said of Jones’ clamping down of Brownlee late.“That was gonna happen whether I ask him to do it or not.”“This game will not matter if we don’t come back at it again in two days. So we have to prepare again. We can’t afford to relax because we all know Ginebra comes back,” Ravena said, referring to a feisty fightback by the crowd darlings this Sunday again at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

England 1-0 Norway: Rooney penalty spares the Three Lions’ blushes

first_img1 England captain Wayne Rooney A Wayne Rooney penalty saved the day as England were victorious over Norway in an unconvincing display in their first match after a disappointing World Cup.The Three Lions created little throughout, but were granted a lifeline when Raheem Sterling was sent tumbling in the box and new captain, Rooney happily hammered home the resulting spot-kick.Prior to the friendly, there had been little appetite among England fans for the game and that was reflected, as expected, by the low turnout at Wembley Stadium with just over 40,000 people turning up.However, a quick start from the Three Lions generated some excitement, though it had to be said an end product was sorely lacking.Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge demonstrated their telepathy at club level as they executed a sweet one-two, which was only denied a goal befitting of the move when a last gasp challenge diverted the striker’s effort.Alex Olade-Chamberlain then narrowly had a ball nipped away from him when through on goal, while Phil Jones floated a header wide from the resulting corner.But in truth, these were meagre moments and for all of the Three Lions’ dominance, they had barely created anything of note.The best chance, unsurprisingly, came when Sterling and Sturridge again combined, the latter looping a tricky high ball over the enrushing goalkeeper Orjan Nyland but agonisingly onto the roof of the net.England had shown little signs of improvement from an appalling World Cup showing, but they could feel hard done by not to get a penalty when Jack Wilshere was scythed down in the box by Havard Nordtveit.Norway came out brighter after the break and Roy Hodgson had Joe Hart to thank for keeping the score goalless as he produced two excellent saves to deny Blackburn striker Josh King.Fortunately, for England with heads hanging low, Omar Elabdellaoui then took out Sterling and Rooney did the rest from the spot on 68 minutes.It was barely deserved for Roy Hodgson’s side but it woke the hosts up as Danny Welbeck, who had immediately replaced the skipper after the goal, stung the palms of Nyland.And the new £16million Arsenal signing seemed to breathe life into England’s attack, instantly linking up well with Sturridge and posing the question again of whether Rooney deserves his place in the starting line-up.Fabian Delph and Calum Chambers were handed their senior debuts off the bench, but little else happened in a quiet ending and England will know improvement is needed if they are to beat Switzerland in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday evening.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Raheem Sterling favours Arsenal over Man City and Real Madrid?

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to the summer transfer window with Liverpool star Raheem Sterling’s future one of the main talking points.Reports in Thursday’s newspapers suggest Real Madrid and Man City are keen on the Reds flyer, but there are some rumours the 20-year-old would favour a switch to Arsenal.There’s also the latest news on the Investec Derby at Epsom, with Frankie Dettori’s mount Golden Horn set to go off as hot favourite.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

GOLDEN GIRL RION GETS HER GAISCE AWARD

first_imgKillybegs girl Rion Breslin is pictured being presented with a Gaisce Gold Award by President Michael D. Higgins for her outstanding community work and significant personal achievements at a special awards ceremony in Dublin Castle.54 Gaisce Gold Awards were presented to young people who excelled and achieved their goals. DIT student Rion Breslin was among those presented with a Gaisce Gold Medal.Currently studying Business & Management in DIT Aungier Street, Rion’s Gaisce Gold medal journey is as follows: For her Community Involvement, Rion volunteered with St Catherine’s Accordion Band. Having been a member of the marching band for 11 years, in addition to playing the glockenspiel and the accordion, Rion’s job was to help out with both marching and music classes. The marching band has travelled to parades in Dublin, Dallas, Seattle and the Rose of Tralee, and Rion helped organise the band’s trip to London for the 2012 St Patrick’s Day Parade. From a very young age, Rion has had a passion for dancing, and so for her Personal Skill, she decided to set a goal of learning three new types of dance: Zumba, Jive and Pole, all of which were taught in her local town. Rion also wanted to maintain her fitness level so she felt that this was the perfect opportunity to complete all aims. She also set up her own dance school, ‘Spotlight’, catering for children under 12, which she ran successfully for three years. For her Physical Recreation, Rion decided to choose walking – an “ excellent way of clearing your mind and maintaining fitness”. The local marching band in Rion’s town started a walking group where each member donates to a selected charity at each walk . One St Stephen’s Day, the group walked and raised over €600 for the Irish Cancer Society. As part of her Adventure Journey, Rion embarked on a 7- day hike of El Camino de Santiago in Spain and covered roughly 20 km to 24 km per day. She found the lack of access to the internet and phones “refreshing”, and says she’ll never forget the sense of achievement when she finally arrived in Santiago. Finally, to complete her Gold Gaisce journey, Rion travelled with four others to the mountains of Talamarang, Nepal for the Residential part of the challenge. Rion volunteered in an orphanage called Little Angels Child Home for five nights, where she stayed in a mud shack, built by the people of Talamarang. Rion, along with a group of other volunteers, helped to prepare meals, plant crops, weed gardens, wash clothes and feed goats, and helped the children with their homework. Rion hopes to return to Nepal in the future and visit the Little Angels Home again.Superb! GOLDEN GIRL RION GETS HER GAISCE AWARD was last modified: February 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Gaisce aGold awardKillybegsPresident Michael D HigginsRIONlast_img read more

Schwarzenegger settles libel lawsuit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe agreement spares the governor from what could have been a potentially embarrassing trial as he campaigns for a second term this year. Richardson sued Schwarzenegger and his two aides in London in May 2004. She claimed Schwarzenegger fondled her breast following taping of a December 2000 interview in London and that his staff later damaged her reputation by contending she encouraged his behavior. Schwarzenegger’s lawyers argued that Richardson did not give a truthful account of events during the interview. The governor’s office in Sacramento referred calls to his personal attorney, Martin Singer. Singer did not respond to phone messages. About a week before the 2003 recall election, the Los Angeles Times published a lengthy report quoting several women, including Richardson, who said they had been groped and humiliated by Schwarzenegger on movie sets, in cafes and at other locations. Schwarzenegger responded with an apology for having “behaved badly sometimes” and doing some things that “were not right, which I thought were playful.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger settled a libel lawsuit Friday with a former late-night British TV personality who claimed she was groped by the Hollywood actor during a 2000 interview and later defamed by his aides during his 2003 campaign for governor. “The parties are content to put this matter behind them and are pleased that this legal dispute has now been settled,” said a two-sentence statement issued jointly in London by lawyers for Schwarzenegger and Anna Richardson. No details were released. The statement said Richardson and the three people she sued – the governor and two top aides, Sean Walsh and publicist Sheryl Main – reached a settlement “to all parties’ satisfaction.” The settlement was confirmed by Walsh in a telephone interview. He said he had no comment beyond the lawyers’ joint statement. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea make £35m Ox bid, Barca want Willian, Man City to clinch Evans deal?

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Chelsea have made a new move for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlainas they attempt to land a £100million ­treble of English signings before the transfer window shuts. The Blues have bid £35?million for Oxlade-Chamberlain, while they are still working towards finding an agreement for Danny Drinkwater, who Leicester City value at £40?million, and are refusing to give up on £25?million Ross Barkley. (Daily Telegraph)Chelsea are braced for another approach for Willian after Barcelona showed interest in the attacking midfielder. The London club were open to selling Willian towards the end of last season as he was not playing regularly, but rejected an approach from Manchester United over the summer. (The Times)Inter Milan have made a dramatic bid for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi. The Italian giants want to take Mustafi on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent £20million-plus deal. (Daily Mirror)Joel Campbell, Arsenal’s forgotten man, is back at the club and he has made it clear that he is reluctant to go out on another loan. (Guardian)Jonny Evans is set to complete a £30million switch to Manchester City next week. The Blues are poised to return with another offer for West Brom defender Evans, after having an £18m bid rejected. (Daily Mirror)Stoke have held further talks with Club Brugge over an £8.5million deal for centre-back Bjorn Engels. (Daily Mail)Everton are ready to rival Newcastle United in their bid to sign Dennis Praet from Sampdoria. The midfielder who is valued at £18.5 million. (The Times)Robert Snodgrass is close to a loan move to Aston Villa six months after the Scotland midfielder joined West Ham United. (The Times)West Ham have made an approach for Sunderland’s defensive midfielder for Didier Ndong in case they fail to land William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon. (The Times)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Graeme Souness says Liverpool must accept Barcelona’s £136million offer for Philippe Coutinho, insisting he is not even the Merseyside club’s best playerGraeme Souness believes there is a real possibility of Rafa Benitez walking away from Newcastle UnitedDamien Comolli believes Philippe Coutinho will STAY at Liverpool this summer despite a reported £136million bid from Barcelona – because they don’t need the money!Former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic has rejected an offer from BrightonGermany international Benedikt Howedes has no intentions of leaving Schalke this summer, despite reported interest from LiverpoolTottenham are preparing a fresh offer for Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao, who has also been linked with a move to JuventusBarcelona forward Munir El Haddadi has rejected a possible move to Crystal Palace – because he wants to join RomaJuventus are tracking Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, according to reports in ItalyEliaquim Mangala is set to hold talks with Manchester City in an attempt to convince them to accept a loan offer from Inter Milanlast_img read more