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Last year’s runner-up upset at US Open

first_imgNEW YORK (AP):A year after his run all the way to his first Grand Slam final, Kei Nishikori’s stay at the US Open lasted only a few hours.The fourth-seeded Nishikori had two match points in the fourth-set tiebreaker against 41st-ranked Benoit Paire, but the Frenchman saved both of them then took control in the fifth for a 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory yesterday.It was the first win of his career against an opponent ranked in the top five.”When I saw the draw against Kei, I said, ‘Bad luck,'” Paire recalled.”It’s not like if I play against Roger Federer,” Paire said, explaining he knew he could get something going against Nishikori’s serve. “Against Kei, I know I can play.”Nishikori had withdrawn from the hard-court warm-up at Cincinnati, citing a hip injury, but he said yesterday he was fine physically. Still, he looked sluggish late in the match, which lasted three hours, 14 minutes on a steamy day.Last year at Flushing Meadows, Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a major final, where he lost to Marin Cilic.The 25-year-old followed that up with more success in 2015, and came into the US Open with his first top-four seed at a Grand Slam tournament. He made it to the quarter-finals at both the Australian and French Opens this year, but withdrew from the second round at Wimbledon because of a calf problem, the latest injury in a career plagued by them.Top-seeded Novak Djokovic needed just 71 minutes to beat 91st-ranked Joao Souza of Brazil 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.On the women’s side, four of the top-10 players are already out, with seventh-seeded Ana Ivanovic, eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova and 10th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro losing yesterday, a day after third-seeded Maria Sharapova withdrew. All were on Serena Williams’ half of the draw.Williams opened her pursuit of the first Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988, last night in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Before she even stepped on the court, not a single top-10 player stands in the way between the American and the final.last_img read more

Int’l Observer Groups, UN Appeal for Calm over Postponement of Votes in Nigeria

first_imgStakeholders at the INEC briefing.Heads of international election observation missions and the United Nations have noted the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone Nigeria’s 2019 general elections due to logistical and operational challenges and have appealed for calm.“While we note that this decision has caused disappointment for many, we call on all Nigerians to continue to remain calm and supportive of the electoral process as INEC works to implement its new timeline,” the Mission chiefs said in a joint statement in Abuja on 16th February 2016.They urged “INEC to use this time (postponement) to finalize all preparations and ensure that the new election dates are strictly adhered to.” The have also called on the Commission to “provide regular updates and information to the public on its preparations in the coming days and weeks to enhance confidence and trust in the process.”“As we continue to closely observe preparations across the country, we stand in solidarity with the people of Nigeria in their desire for credible and peaceful elections,” the statement added.The joint statement followed consultations between the INEC leadership and the Heads of Missions in Nigeria to observe the presidential and National Assembly polls originally fixed for 16th February but which has now been postponed to 23rd February, with the governorship and State Houses of Assembly votes having been moved from 2nd to 9th March.The Mission chiefs that issued the joint statement were Madam Ellen Johnson -Sirleaf, former President of Liberia (ECOWAS), Mr Hailemariam Desalegn, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia (African Union), Dr Jakaya Kikwete, former President of Tanzania (Commonwealth), and Mr Rupiah Banda, former President of Zambia (EISA – Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa).Others were Madam Maria Arena (European Union), Mr Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana, and Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, former President of Latvia (National Democratic Institute/International Republican Institute), Ambassador Boubakar Adamou, Director of African Political Affairs (Organization of Islamic Cooperation), and Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head, UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel.ECOWAS has deployed the largest number of international observers (200) to Nigeria for the 2019 elections, including 15 supported by the European Union under the EU Support to ECOWAS Regional Peace, Security and Stability Mandate (EU-ECOWAS PSS) Project.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taking day to help out others

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I’m actually off (today) for vacation,” Marin said. “But this is very important.” Marin said the example the volunteerism sets for children will be long-lasting. For Marin’s son, Luis Perez, 14, that lesson is already paying off. “I always feel pretty upset when I see people trashing places,” said Perez. “And I know I don’t want to be one of those people.” Members of the California State University, Northridge, group Beta Alpha Psi, a national honors coed accounting fraternity, put their books and calculators down to join a work crew. “I had a shovel, other people had other tools,” said Amer Nackoud, director of community service for the fraternity. “We picked up dirt, papers, leaves, broken glass.” Fraternity member Virlena Bascos said she thinks there is a tangible connection between her fraternity members and the North Hills community they helped. “We’re all people of abundance,” Bascos said of her fraternity members. “(The community’s) taxes are going toward our education.” Bascos said she hopes the effort will inspire others to do the same. “If people would clean up, that cohesiveness, that synergy will really make a difference,” Bascos said. The Ladies Auxiliary at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2805 in Canoga Park have been making a difference for a number of years, donating services and items to various San Fernando Valley charities. On Saturday, members delivered food, clothing, toys and other items worth about $5,000 to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, which helps the area’s needy. “They let the homeless people come in and take a shower,” Ladies Auxiliary member Monica Gilbertson said. “They’re the only place (that the homeless can) get a shower in the West Valley.” Gilbertson said that an event like Saturday’s reminds people that it really is better to give than to receive. “People talk about instant gratification,” Gilbertson said. “When they see these people come to these shelters, getting food, getting clothing, that’s it.” In Los Angeles at the Downtown Women’s Center, Soroptimist International of the Verdugos and the Western Region Wellness/Flu Fighters provided free tetanus and flu shots as well as immunization shots for hepatitis B for homeless women. The Soroptimists – an international organization that provides services to women and girls – also handed out care packages containing things like socks, underwear, raincoats and gloves, as well as lipstick, perfume and nail polish. The women particularly appreciated touches like flowers on the tables where they ate a hot meal. “We tried to make it a home for them, a home they could realize. (We) wanted them to feel like queens for a day,” said Nancy Hathaway, the Verdugos chapter’s charter president. “It brought tears to our eyes. We were there for them, and it turned out they were there for us.” Rick Coca, (818) 713-3634 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HILLS – Hundreds of San Fernando Valley volunteers got up early and made a difference Saturday by sweeping litter-strewn city streets, delivering toys and clothes to the needy and providing preventive health care to homeless women. Volunteering as part of the annual Make a Difference Day, a national effort encouraging community service, local participants said the work was a satisfying experience. “I’m here because my kids love to be part of this cleanup day,” said Arleta resident Josefina Marin, leading a crew of about 20 people, primarily Volunteer Center of Los Angeles employees and their children. The center, a volunteer networking agency, brought about 200 volunteers together to clean up the streets, gutters and yards of North Hills. last_img read more

Match officials for SUPL Match-Day 16 appointed

first_img Tags: Brian Miiro NsubugaMatch officialstop Miiro (left) will be in charge of Vipers home game with Kirinya on friday.MENGO – The FUFA Referees Standing Committee (FRSC) has named the match officials that will take charge of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League games on Match-Day 16.Tuesday 29th January-Police vs Nyamityobora @Startimes StadiumReferee: Ssemeere AshaduAssistant Ref 1: Mulindwa HakimAssistant Ref 2: Kiwanuka FredrickFourth Official: Nasser MuhammadReferee Assessor: Matovu Sulaiman-Tooro United vs Express @Buhinga StadiumReferee: Alex MuhabiAssistant Ref 1: Lusambya SolomonAssistant Ref 2: Kakooza EmmyFourth Official: Donney RobertReferee Assessor: Rwamuyamba RosebellWednesday 30th January-Mbarara City vs KCCA FC @Kakyeka StadiumReferee: Ali KadduAssistant Ref 1: Musa BalikoowaAssistant Ref 2: Mafumu MustaphaFourth Official: Kalibbala John BoscoReferee Assessor: Kabwimukya George-BUL FC vs Maroons FUFA @Technical Centre, Njeru (Jinja)Referee: David OdoiAssistant Ref 1: Mugerwa RichardAssistant Ref 2: Makwaari RobertFourth Official: Mpyangu SirajiReferee Assessor: Kayiwa AbdallaFriday 1st February-Vipers SC vs Kirinya Jinja SS @St. Mary’s StadiumReferee: Brian Miiro NsubugaAssistant Ref 1: Mark SsonkoAssistant Ref 2: Okello LeeFourth Official: Shamira NabaddaReferee Assessor: Kalyango Ali-Paidha Black Angels vs Ndejje University @Greenlight StadiumReferee: Kimera RashidAssistant Ref 1: Kimbugwe HillaryAssistant Ref 2: Kasibante JuliusFourth Official: Atiku RahmanReferee Assessor: Amiin Bbosa NSaturday 2nd February-URA FC vs SC Villa @Mandela National StadiumReferee: Muzamiru WaiswaAssistant Ref 1: Isa MasembeAssistant Ref 2: Mulindwa HakimFourth Official: Madanda RonaldReferee Assessor: Basiisa Hassan-Bright Stars vs Onduparaka @Champions StadiumReferee: Ali SabillaAssistant Ref 1: Nantabo LydiaAssistant Ref 2: Atuhaire DocusFourth Official: Kimbowa RichardReferee Assessor: Adipo CatherineComments last_img read more

Timo Time: Meier’s magical stick work sends Sharks past Blues

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/12/bang_975a1f36-6ca3-470d-a40c-d6a73a095d87″]SAN JOSE — Timo Meier collected the puck near the blue line. Then came the spellbinding stick work.Right. Left. Right. Left. Right …The Sharks’ 22-year-old, Swiss-born winger was 1-on-1 with St. Louis rookie goaltender Jordan Bingington. Then, with one final brush, Meier finished off his artistic masterpiece and sent a backhander past Bingington’s extended left leg. Officially, it stood as Saturday’s …last_img read more

Hilarious heckler at 16-inning Giants-Mets game didn’t care who won, just wanted it to be over

first_imgWhen I was a kid, I had this rule: “Never leave in the middle of a baseball game.” I may have had my rule, but my dad had the car keys.So it was in 1969 that we left a perfectly good doubleheader in Anaheim because my dad wanted to get home to see man’s first steps on the moon. As if that would never happen again.And so it was we attended a Giants doubleheader the following year at Candlestick Park on a bitter, wind-blown day. The first game went 13 innings and four hours. Halfway through the …last_img read more

7 Souvenirs of August Achieved

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Nearly 150,000 geocachers earned the Puzzler souvenir by logging a Mystery Cache. We always knew you were an Achiever. Thanks for proving us right.This August, we challenged you to explore more of the geocaching universe by unlocking the 7 Souvenirs of August. The results are now in and it’s official: geocachers are not just Achievers—they are Over-Achievers.Want proof? Check out 7 Souvenirs of August in numbers: SharePrint Related7 Souvenirs of August FAQJuly 8, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”Out with the old, in with these two new souvenirs!November 25, 2019In “News”CITO 2013 – It Takes a VillageApril 22, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out” Over 100,000 geocachers unlocked the Nature Lover souvenir. This doubled the number of geocachers who found an Earth Cache and quadrupled the number who attended a CITO event. 555,000 geocachers earned the Explorer souvenir. That means 100,000 more geocachers logged a Traditional geocache in August 2014 than in August 2013.center_img Over 85,000 geocachers earned the Socializer souvenir. The number of geocachers who attended an Event Cache more than doubled from August 2013. That’s not all. A whopping 69,550 geocachers around the world earned all six souvenirs to become Geocaching Achievers. Not too shabby.With each new Found It log, geocachers unlocked more than a souvenir. They unlocked a new adventure, a new discovery and a new memory to share with friends and family.Want to relive the 7 Souvenirs of August? Watch 15 seconds of #7SofA geocaching through the lens of geocachers like you:Did you find your first Earth Cache? Mystery Cache? Make a new friend? Tell us about your favorite adventure from 7 Souvenirs of August in the comments below. 160,000 geocachers found a Multi-Cache to earn the Sightseer souvenir. More than 100,000 geocachers found a Letterbox Hybrid, Virtual, Webcam or Whereigo to earn the Collector souvenir.last_img read more

Kasganj: perpetrators of violence won’t be spared, says Adityanath

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday broke his silence on the communal clashes in Kasganj on Republic Day in which 22-year-old Chandan Gupta was killed, saying strict action would be taken against the perpetrators of violence and those indulging in anarchy would not be spared.“Our government is committed to providing security to each and every citizen. Those indulging in anarchy will not be spared,” he told journalists in Lucknow.At least three shops, two buses and a car were torched after Gupta was killed in clashes following pelting of stones by a mob on a motorcycle rally taken out to celebrate Republic Day.As many as 118 people have been arrested in connection with the violence.The incident drew flak from Governor Ram Naik. He described it as a “blot” on Uttar Pradesh and said it was a “matter of shame”.last_img read more

17 dead as bus overturns in U.P.

first_imgSeventeen people died and over two dozen were injured when a bus overturned after hitting a divider in Mainpuri on Wednesday. The double-decker bus was coming from Jaipur in Rajasthan via the Agra Expressway and Karhal-Mainpuri when the driver allegedly lost control at a bend.Mainpuri Superintendent of Police A.S. Rai said looking at the way the bus overturned, “it must have been travelling at a high speed”. The police are investigating the accident.Mainpuri District Magistrate Pradeep Kumar said the driver was in a serious condition and unfit for statement. Mr. Kumar said it would be proved if the driver had handed over the controls to his assistant at the time of the accident or had himself fallen asleep while driving.The accident took place near Gram Kallu ki Madaiya in Kiratpur area under Dhanahar police station of Mainpuri, which is more than 250 km from the State capital.Sixteen died on the spot while 26 were injured, a police spokesperson said. Four seriously injured persons were referred to Saifai. One of the dead is yet to be identified. The youngest victim was 15-year-old Nandan from Kannauj.Ex-gratia compensationChief Minister Yogi Adityanath, expressing grief over the incident, announced an ex-gratia compensation of ₹2 lakh to the kin of the dead and ₹50,000 to the injured.last_img read more

Konta sweeps Stephens off the court to reach French semis

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case PLAY LIST 01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Early in the second set, Stephens was stretched out wide and replied with a desperation forehand that landed on the line. Stephens’ must have thought her shot was going out, because she stood still and didn’t even attempt to run down Konta’s reply.“I don’t even remember what that point was,” Stephens said.On Konta’s first match point, Stephens hit a forehand that was called in by the line judge. But the chair umpire came down and overruled the call after inspecting the mark on the clay.Konta has now reached the semifinals in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments after the Australian Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017. She has never progressed to a final at a major but if she plays this way again, she’ll be tough to beat. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “There is not much you can do when someone is playing like that,” Stephens said. “I didn’t get a chance to really get into the match. … She executed a good game plan, and that was that.”Konta’s semifinal opponent will be either 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova or 31st-seeded Petra Martic, who were playing later on Court Suzanne Lenglen in the first Grand Slam quarterfinal for both players.Konta, who also beat Stephens recently during her run to the Italian Open final, improved to 3-0 in her career against the American.Fans attempted to motivate Stephens with shouts of, “Come on Sloane,” and “Just keep working,” but the 2017 U.S. Open champion struggled to deal with Konta’s pace and highly aggressive shots.Konta hit 25 winners — more than twice as many as Stephens — and they were evenly distributed between her forehand (9) and backhand (8), with a few volleys mixed in, too.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Choreography comes to clay: No replay review at French Open Britain’s Johanna Konta celebrates winning her quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sloane Stephens of the U.S. in two sets, 6-1, 6-4, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)PARIS — Sloane Stephens never stood a chance.Johanna Konta produced a remarkably dominant performance against last year’s runner-up, winning 6-1, 6-4 Tuesday to become the first British woman to reach the French Open semifinals since Jo Durie in 1983.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments The match was so one-sided that the 26th-seeded Konta won all but one point on her serve in the second set — and the one that she lost was a double fault.Konta served six aces, stepped into the court to crush winners off second serves and never gave the seventh-seeded Stephens time to find her rhythm or groove.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“To play one of the best players in the world and then play at the level I did, I feel really proud of myself,” Konta told the crowd.The match ended in a brisk 71 minutes with the late-arriving Parisian spectators still filing into their wooden seats inside Court Philippe Chatrier as it was finishing. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more