Top seed Federer to face Seppi for eighth Halle title

first_imgWORLD number two Roger Federer edged past Ivo Karlovic 7-6(3) 7-6(4) on Saturday to reach the Halle Open final in Germany where he will face Italian Andreas Seppi, who went through when opponent Kei Nishikori retired injured.The Swiss top seed, eyeing his eighth title in the grasscourt Wimbledon warmup event, held serve throughout but was taken to two tiebreaks having failed to secure a single break point against the Croatian’s powerful serve.“It is always complicated to play against Ivo but I remained calm when it mattered,” Federer told reporters.“I was lucky in the first round (needing three sets against Philipp Kohlschreiber) so I am happy to have made the final.”It was always going to be a slugfest with Karlovic having fired a record 45 aces past Tomas Berdych on Friday.The Croat did not disappoint, racking up ten aces halfway through the first set.A sensational backhand return in the opening tiebreak gave Federer the slight edge he needed on his opponent’s serve and a double fault from the Croatian handed him the first set.The Swiss again had to stay patient, but won two points on the Croatian’s serve in the second tiebreak and sealed his win with a backhand volley after one hour and 28 minutes.Seppi advanced to his second final of the year after Zagreb when Japan’s Nishikori, the second seed, retired injured early in the first set.It was the second time in two days that the Italian had gone through thanks to an injury retirement, after he reached the last four on Friday when France’s Gael Monfils conceded in the second set.Nishikori, who was moving poorly with his left leg heavily bandaged, lasted only five games before quitting.last_img read more

Argentina to be ‘Messi’s team’ at the World Cup

first_imgBarcelona talisman Lionel Messi has the talent and maturity to carry Argentina’s hopes of a successful World Cup campaign this year, the national team’s manager Jorge Sampaoli has said.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi has led Barcelona to 30 domestic and European trophies during a stellar career but is yet to win a major trophy with the national team, apart from a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.Argentina finished runners-up to Germany at the 2014 World Cup and to Chile at the 2015 and 2016 Copa America tournaments, and Sampaoli believes that Messi can help the team go one step further and end their trophy drought in Russia.“This is going to be his team,” Sampaoli told a news conference on Thursday. “He is the best of all and is in a stage of maturity that can he can carry the team on his shoulders. This is going to be his team.”Messi, who is the all-time top goal-scorer for both club and country, initially announced his retirement from international football after the loss to Chile in 2016 but the 30-year-old has since reversed his decision.Meanwhile, Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero has been ruled out of Argentina’s friendly against Italy at the Etihad Stadium on Friday due to a knee injury but could return for next week’s trip to Spain.“We’ve been talking to the doctors here at Manchester City and trying to evaluate his situation to see if he can play any part. It looks like he’ll be sitting out the first one and we’ll see about the second one,” Sampaoli added.The former Chile boss believes the friendlies against Italy, who failed to qualify for the World Cup finals, and Spain present an opportunity for Argentina to send out a warning to their opponents in Russia.“Everyone gives us a leading role in the World Cup and my obligation is to increase that, to try to make the rivals fear us even more, today Argentina is very respected,” he added.Two-time winners Argentina open their World Cup campaign with a Group D encounter against Iceland on June 16, and will also face Croatia and Nigeria in the pool stage.last_img read more

MPs find female footballers are discriminated and overlooked

first_imgTHE difference in the treatment of male and female football players by the Cyprus football association (CFA) and the disparity in their earnings was at the centre of a hearing in the house committee on human rights and equal opportunities, introduced by Akel.The enormous differences in salaries, the failure to provide basic equipment and the fact that women’s clubs and footballers are training and playing in lower league stadiums were some of the committee’s main findings.After the meeting, committee deputy chair Mariella Aristidou said it is clear the CFA discriminates against women footballers.She said that, on average, a male football player would earn around €700 per match, while for a woman the sum would only amount to €75.“Women footballers are not even provided with proper uniforms for training, which is unacceptable,” she said.Aristidou vowed to monitor the situation further to make sure the CFA changes its attitude on the treatment of female players.For her part, Akel MP Skevi Koutra-Koukouma said that, during the meeting, she was informed about the CFA’s intimidation of the Cyprus women’s national squad in November 2019 when, before a game against Finland, players posed for a picture with the symbol of European governing body Uefa’s gender equality campaign drawn on the palms of their hands.The CFA viewed the act as a provocation and threatened to take disciplinary action.“We have thoroughly looked into the discriminations suffered by the women footballers and we are calling upon the CFA to address the situation properly,” Koutra-Koukouma said.Pancyprian footballers’ association (PASP) president Spyros Neofitidis said he is “saddened, but unfortunately aware of the discrimination against women in football” and also called on the CFA to make strides in order to change the situation.“However,” he added, “I would have preferred if Koutra-Koukuma came to us first to try and solve the situation.“I hope through mutual dialogue we will manage to achieve results so that we can promote both women’s football and stand tall as a European nation,” he said.CFA member Phivos Vakis said they are “very interested in women’s football and will pass on the committee’s findings to all the other members of the association in order to promote the sport even more.”last_img read more

For equality in Guyana

first_imgThe norm of equality has become the mantra of the age. But in Guyana it has become a very complex issue, which has to be demarcated very carefully so that it can be inculcated and achieved. Even in economic terms, as Thomas Piketty has shown, most of the world has moved further away from this goal, and we must ask ourselves why. There are numerous reasons for this condition, but one important one is that “equality” is one of those laudatory words which are constantly invoked, even though its users are not clear as to what it means.Now, almost everyone will agree with the statement: we are all equally human, but what does that mean? Isn’t it a tautology? We are not equally tall, strong, intelligent or beautiful; so whither equality? For the term to have any content, we have to choose any area of endeavour or personal attribute or treatment, and then discuss whether or not we are all equal in terms of the identified criteria. Two things or persons can be said to be equal only with some specific property that we have identified. Equality, from this perspective, has therefore to be contingent on the context or criteria wherein we speak: equality is a triadic relationship. We may talk about three types of equality – those pertaining to personal characteristics, to treatment, and to distribution. The last two categories are relevant to politics.There are some theories of equality that are purely formal; they specify no substantive content, simply a formula or policy. For example, when Aristotle stipulated that equals were to be treated equally and unequals unequally, there was no description as to what constituted “equals”. As such, once the rule was followed; for example, that only Greek men were “equal”, one could claim there was equality. Statements such as “equality before the law” also fall under this category: no questions arise as to what was the content of the law. Formal equality only demands consistency.It is generally accepted that, in any society, some inequalities will be morally permissible. Differences in ethnicity, interests, aptitudes, intelligence, and conception of the good are some that seem to have general approval. In Guyana, these are questions that have to be debated and agreed on. Normally, the rewards or punishment from one’s efforts (desserts) are also seen as permissible, even if not equally distributed. Once those that are not defensible have been identified, then the state/society has to decide what to do about them. Items identified from the latter category at some time or place have been political power, opportunity for scarce resources, welfare or social position, social position/class, economic resources, welfare etc. In general, some stress political equality, while others focus on economic equality: Conservatives and Libertarians balk at increased governmental intervention, while Socialists/Marxists/liberals expect the state to intervene to mitigate inequalities.In Guyana, questions of the equality of social status and political and economic parity are intensely contested between the ethnic groups in the society.As we indicated, we can only have substantive equality when there is a specific criterion identified by which policies can be assessed. For instance, in terms of “equal treatment” or opportunity, there can be formal equality if the law states that offices are open to anyone who is qualified.In this instance, one is being told that all existent inequalities of talent, birth or station etc. are morally permissible. Substantively, this may not have any effect on the concrete circumstances, since there is no stipulation that all applicants should have equal life chances. The question would be for society or the state to decide whether the still-surviving inequalities are, or are not, morally permissible. If the latter is decided on, then there may be affirmative action programmes or other compensating policies initiated.In Guyana, where there have been historically-determined structural conditions that undergird some inequalities, there may be the need for affirmative action programmes to rectify these imbalances.last_img read more

Next Fort St. John flu shot clinic November 13

first_img For more information as to whether or not a flu shot is necessary, please visit the ImmunizeBC’s official website, Northern Health’s official website, or call HealthLink B.C. at 8-1-1 to speak with a registered nurse. This year in B.C., the influenza vaccine will be provided for free to children six months old to less than five years of age, as well as seniors 65 years or older. The following flu clinics will be taking place in Fort St. John: Tuesday, November 13: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Senior’s Hall.- Advertisement – Tuesday, November 27: 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Health Unit. Tuesday, December 11: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Health Unit.Advertisementlast_img

No date for Kvitova return after knife attack

first_img0Shares0000Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova suffered severe injuries to her left hand as she fought off a knife-wielding intruder at her home in December 2016 © AFP/File / PATRICK HERTZOGPRAGUE, Czech Republic, Mar 20 – Petra Kvitova has regained the use of her racquet hand badly injured three months ago in a knife attack but there is still no date for her return to tennis, her spokesman said on Monday.The two-time Wimbledon champion suffered severe injuries to her left hand as she fought off a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov in December. The 27-year-old underwent emergency surgery, enduring a four-hour operation to repair tendon and nerve damage.“Petra uses her hand without problem for daily activities,” spokesman Karel Tejkal told AFP, saying she had been keeping up her fitness.“Of course, the hand is weakened but at first glance you can’t see that she was injured.”Doctors had previously estimated that the Czech star, ranked 15 in the world, would not be able to return to competition before the second half of the year.“At the moment no one can give a concrete date,” said the spokesman.“Petra’s convalescence is continuing as planned, so far there are no complications, but everything is up in the air as to her return.”Her recovery psychologically was “very encouraging”, he added, saying she had been fitness training in the Canary Islands.The identity of the intruder who carried out the assault remains unknown to police.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

9 bungalows sold at `e’-auction

first_imgPASADENA – All nine historic Vista del Arroyo bungalows were sold Sunday after going under the virtual hammer in an electronic auction, developer Andy Sands said. “We sold out, and people were thrilled” by the system, Sands said Monday. “It was very civilized, relative to your typical vocal auction.” Computer screens were set up in two different rooms, bidders were treated to food and drinks, a master of ceremonies helped things along and a team from Intelligent Market Systems kept the system running smoothly, he said. “It was a full house,” Sands said. They were built between 1920 and 1938 on Grand Avenue for wealthy out-of-towners as part of the grounds of the Vista Del Arroyo Hotel, now the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. They survived decades of neglect, squatters, arson, graffiti and the elements that left them basically derelict. Over the years, several unsuccessful attempts were made to develop the site on the rim of the Arroyo Seco – including demolishing the bungalows – before partners Sands, of Concert Realty Partners, and Timothy Lefevre of Lefevre Corp. acquired the property in early 2006. “We’re very pleased, the project was well received,” Sands said. “More than 600 people came through. They liked the product, liked that they were a spacious blend of historic units rebuilt with modern amenities, and they liked the community feel, with the gated entry and secure (underground) parking.” Sands said the next phase of the project, Bridgeview Terrace, is ready to go on the market. Prices for the five newly constructed flats and townhouses have not been fixed yet, Sands said, He’s not sure yet if this phase will be sold using the same auction system. “It is expensive to market, the advertising, the setup of the event and all,” Sands said. “But just because it’s expensive, that’s not a reason not to do it again.” Sunday’s auction went “without a single hiccup” he said. “We’re very pleased. It was a little stressful since we didn’t know what would happen – it’s behind us and the results were outstanding.” (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Using technology devised by Caltech economics professor Charles Plott, bidders could monitor the auction, simultaneously put in offers on any house and switch to another if they were outbid. Potential buyers came to two earlier tutorial sessions on the bidding system, Sands said, and although most customers were on-site Sunday, some bought their houses online. The top price was for the two-story Myron Hunt house at 11 S. Grand Ave., which went for $1,360,000. The two-bedroom, two-bath house – complete with library and butler’s pantry – was listed with a minimum bid of $1,260,000 and had an asking price of $1,950,000. Some houses on the three-acre development sold at the minimum bids, Sands said, and others went for up to 20 percent over. Prices started at $790,000. A mix of free-standing and attached houses in a courtyard setting, the bungalows were listed on the national Register of Historic Places in 1981. last_img read more

Laser test squadron saluted

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – A stand-up ceremony last week recognized the 417th Flight Test Squadron, which will be responsible for testing a highly modified 747 fitted with a laser for destroying enemy missiles. The squadron ceremony formalizes the priority of the Airborne Laser program for the Air Force Flight Test Center’s 412th Test Wing, squadron commander Lt. Col. Barry St. Germain said. “We’re coming up on a milestone with weapons systems integration on the airplane and missile shoot-down,” said program manager Robert Suszek. “So as we come up on that, (the test center) is recognizing that we’re going to need our own engineering cadre, our own test-planning cadre, (and) our own operations cadre. With that comes the squadron.” The squadron is composed of about 750 people, including the contractor work force and the government work force. The laser program was formerly a part of the 452nd Flight Test Squadron’s Airborne Laser Test Force. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Designated YAL-1A, the modified Boeing 747-400 airframe is equipped with sensors, lasers and sophisticated optics to find, track and destroy ballistic missiles in their boost, or ascent, phase. Currently the YAL-1A is in Wichita, Kan., receiving modifications to the sub-structure of the aircraft to accommodate the integration of the weapons system, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2006, Suszek said. The ABL is a component of Missile Defense Agency’s boost-phase segment designed to destroy enemy missiles soon after they are launched. The 417th Flight Test Squadron was originally activated at Edwards as the 6517th Test Squadron in March 1989. It was dedicated to the C-17 Globemaster III test program. In 1992, the squadron was redesignated the 417th Test Squadron in 1994 it became the 417th Flight Test Squadron. In October 1995, the squadron was inactivated and the C-17 program was consolidated with the 418th Flight Test Squadron. 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

New venture in A.V. is old school

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Rios, who also works as a security guard at Highland High School, was born in the Dominican Republic’s capital city of Santa Domingo in 1959. Three years later, his family immigrated to the United States, but the Palmdale resident still visits his native country frequently. “I’ve made three trips to the Dominican Republic this year,” he said. “It’s really intriguing.” Rios also believes that his familiarity with the Dominican Republic sets his business apart from similar ventures. “I’ve actually been out to the tobacco fields and talked to the growers,” he said. “I know precisely where my products are coming from. I’m not a third or fourth party, so I can guarantee the quality of the products I’m bringing in.” Rios’ products are currently available online. Although orders will be placed electronically, Rios plans to provide a personal touch. PALMDALE – Miguel Rios believes his future is firmly planted in his past. That’s why Rios, who has lived in the Antelope Valley for nearly 20 years, recently launched USDR International Import/Export to import cigars, coffee, spices, and gift items from the Dominican Republic. Although his company is new, Rios isn’t a stranger to this industry, as his great-grandfather, grandfather and father all have roots as tobacco and coffee growers in the Dominican Republic. “I learned from my father; he learned from his father, who had learned from his father,” Rios said. “I’m proud of this history – that’s three generations.” “I think it’s important for customers to know that there’s a whole history behind why I got into this business,” Rios said. Rios will personally deliver all orders within a 30-mile radius of his Palmdale home. Customers will also receive free T-shirts. “I’m going to stick with tradition and offer products that are 100 percent natural,” he said. “I want my business to be much more personalized and to reflect the old world craftsmanship still found in the Dominican Republic.” Among the products he’s been importing, Rios suspects that the Caoba cigars will be the most popular. “Caoba is the original tobacco plant in the Western Hemisphere,” he said. “With our cigars, we’re going back to the basics. We’re trying to revive the long-standing tradition of the Caoba tobacco plant.” While Rios hopes USDR International becomes a prosperous company, upholding family tradition is an equally important measure of success. “There was this whole heritage I never before took seriously,” he said. “For me, it was a sense of being connected to these unique tobacco and coffee products and my family’s rich history.” Visit USDR International Import/Export at or call Miguel Rios at (661) 265-7932.160Want 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

Reds fans furious as Lallana named in starting line-up against West Ham

first_imgLiverpool face West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday night in arguably their most crucial league match of the season so far.The Reds need a victory to regain their five point lead over Manchester City – who comfortably beat Arsenal on Sunday – and get one step closer to their first league title in 29 years. It’s 2019 and Lallana still starts for Liverpool.— 👑 osikani belebele (@bondz1e) February 4, 2019 Lallana?!!! I hope Klopp knows what he’s doing with that. Lallana owes us a performance— Matt Pengelly (@Gellyfour) February 4, 2019 How Lallana starts over Shaqiri is just baffling!— Ridz (@ClassicSalah18) February 4, 2019 When Lallana starts centrally and Keita is out wide— Jamie (@JamieGriff97) February 4, 2019 Buzzing with a Fabinho-Keita midfield 2. Disappointed Gini isn’t available. Horrified that Lallana still starts for us. #LFC— BOBBY (@SpicyFirmino) February 4, 2019 No bias or no rant. But what has Lallana actually got to warrant a start over the likes of Shaqiri, Henderson or Wijnaldum?— FantasticFirmino9♥️ (@MPBFirmino9) February 4, 2019 Lallana starts..— ɴᴀᴘɪʜ 🐋 (@Nafii__) February 4, 2019 2019 and lallana starts 🤦🏾‍♂️— Meliodas (@A1damnDaniel) February 4, 2019center_img Adam Lallana starts for a vital game in a title race… Jürgen throwing the league early so we have a stress free end to the season.— Aynsley Gray (@aynsgray17) February 4, 2019 Klopp has handed Lallana a start for the West Ham clash Seeing lallana starts— lewis johnson (@lewisjohnsonli1) February 4, 2019 Lallana starts?!— Reeks (@MrAzzaReekie) February 4, 2019 📋 Tonight’s team to face @WestHamUtd…Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren are out with slight muscle issues. Gini Wijnaldum is out with a sore knee.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 4, 2019However, Jurgen Klopp has named a starting XI which has sparked outrage from Reds fans on social media – particularly for his decision to hand Adam Lallana a place in the starting team.The 30-year-old has featured just eight times in the Premier League this season, with six of them coming as a substitute – and has struggled to make an impact in his few appearances.And it’s safe to say Liverpool fans on Twitter are not pleased with their German manager.Have a look at some of their posts below… 1 Keita & Lallana together in midfield— Neil (@nellyweather) February 4, 2019last_img read more