Djokovic tries to remain optimistic despite another setback

first_imgNovak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his match against Kyle Edmund of Britain during the Madrid Open Tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)MADRID— Novak Djokovic is trying his best to stay optimistic despite a disappointing start to his season.Former No. 1-ranked Djokovic has struggled since returning from a layoff for a right elbow injury and is yet to reach the quarterfinals in the six tournaments he has played this year. His latest defeat was against Kyle Edmund in the second round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Paul George undergoes arthroscopic surgery on left knee LATEST STORIES “Obviously I’m disappointed from losing this match, but I can be happy with the progress of the level of tennis,” Djokovic said. “There are positives to take out from this. But obviously disappointing to go out early in the tournament.”Djokovic lost in the third round in Monte Carlo a few weeks ago, following second-round exits at both Miami and Indian Wells. The No. 12-ranked Djokovic also failed to advance past the last 16 at the Australian Open, which was the last tournament he won three consecutive matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s a process,” Djokovic said. “It’s something I have to accept, I have to embrace. In general I feel much better about everything that is happening on the court and around tennis in general … than maybe two months ago.”In a bid to get back on track, Djokovic has reunited with coach Marian Vajda and trainer Gebhard Gritsch after stints working with former players Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I think he’s going step-by-step to be able to recover and be at the category he deserves. I don’t have any doubt that he’s going to be back up at the highest level,” said Nadal, who himself has returned from lengthy injury layoffs to add to lift his career tally to 16 major titles. “What Novak did on this sport is amazing. He will continue doing a lot of great things in the future. I don’t have any doubt of that.”The 30-year-old Djokovic admitted he may have tried to return to action too soon after the injury. He was off for six months but the elbow started hurting again when he began training to get ready for the preseason.“I clenched my teeth and I kind of went through it, played Australia, but wasn’t really ready,” Djokovic said. “Then I had to do surgery. It takes time to overcome that surgery. It has obviously some consequences on your body that I never faced before, I never knew before, because I never had any surgery before.”He said he doesn’t regret anything and wants to learn from the “new experiences” that he had to go through.“I just think that’s life,” he said. “That was something that was supposed to happen for me, to teach me some lessons, to make me stronger, to allow me to grow, to evolve as a person, as a player. I’m grateful. That’s all I can say. There are worse things in life.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “If there is anybody that knows my game well, knows me as a person well, especially in the last decade, it’s these two guys,” Djokovic said following his first-round in Madrid. “I think it’s going to take a little bit of time for us to really get my game together the way we want to. Even though they know my game very well, it’s still a process.”Djokovic has won 12 major titles but last year failed to reach a final at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2009. Until he withdrew from the 2017 U.S. Open, the Serbian star had played in 51 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments and reached the final 21 times.Despite his 6-6 win-loss match record since return from the elbow injury, Djokovic tried to put his slump into perspective.“I’ve played this sport so many years and had a bunch of success. I try to always remind myself and be grateful for that,” he said. “Nobody is forcing me to play this sport. I want to do it. That’s where I draw my strength. As long as I keep going, as long as I love the sport, I’ll keep going.”Top-ranked Rafael Nadal was confident Djokovic would regain his best form.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao peaking at right time

first_imgOn Friday, Pacquiao went back to the steepest hills of Sarangani to highlight another punishing day getting ready for the Argentine.Pacquiao started slow in the first two rounds against Arnel Tinampay but gained enough momentum and stood toe to toe with Jheritz Chavez from the fifth round to eighth.Unbeaten Australian George Kambosos Jr. tested Pacquiao in a simulation of the last three rounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe only eight-weight division champion, Pacquiao is headlining “Fight of Champions.”Pacquiao’s own MP Promotions has assembled three other world championship matches. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Tickets are being sold at the venue or through myticket.asia.Philippine boxing fans can purchase through www.SMtickets.com.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Manny Pacquiao sparred for 12 rounds Saturday and, at a ripe 39 years old, looks ready for his quest for an unprecedented 11th world title as he mixes it up with World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse on July 15 at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.“We are right on track,” said long-time friend and chief trainer Buboy Fernandez. “We have two weeks more to go and Manny is ready. We don’t want him to peak too soon.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img San Juan grabs joint mpbl lead LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

National Youth Policy tabled in Parliament

first_imgAs predicted by the Education Minister and the Head of State mid last month, the National Youth Policy has been finally laid in the National Assemble during the eleventh session of Parliament on Thursday.Last month, President Granger when prompted for an update on the much anticipated National Youth Policy, had declared that the Education Ministry would be working to have the final draft of the document presented in Parliament by the end of the month.Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine had additionally stated that the policy was undergoing final consultations and further modifications so that it would be effective in its purpose.This had been demonstrated in Parliament as Minister within the Education Ministry, Department of Culture Youth and Sport, Nicolette Henry, tabled the final copy of the document.The National Youth Policy returned to the front burner when the current Administration assumed office in May of 2015. Outlined in its manifesto, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government had highlighted its intention of crafting the policy which would address trending issues among young people in Guyana.This was however, not ‘original’ to Guyana as there had been talks of having a youth policy drafted over more than a decade.The process of developing the policy had commenced in 1993, when the Ministry, with the support of the Commonwealth Youth Programme, contracted Sociologist Berkley Stewart, then Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Guyana, to make a study and carry out consultations with a view to formulating a National Youth Policy.During the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) tenure in office, it had started to draft the policy through a broad-based stakeholder approach, but this had never been taken to Parliament due to the 2015 elections and subsequent change of Government, which saw a new body taking on the task.Part of the formulation of the National Youth Policy under this governing Administration entailed regional consultations between youths across Guyana who were engaged in discussions and decisionmaking on how the policy should be developed for the benefit of youths between the age group of 15-35 years.A renewed energy was exerted by the present Administration in its aim to have the policy implemented under the grounds of addressing issues that hinder the growth and production of Guyanese youths, including crime and unemployment chiefly.After more than a year of consultations and speculations by the public on whether or not the plan was forthcoming, the Government has expressed its readiness to kick-start the policy under a rigid and effective framework suited for the development of Guyanese youths.last_img read more

Chief Justice grills GECOM’s lawyer on disenfranchisement of Guyanese

first_imgLegal challenges to H2H RegistrationChief Justice (ag) Roxane George on Friday commenced the hearing of submissions from the five parties on the three consolidated cases relating to the Guyana Elections Commissions (GECOM).Attorney Anil NandlallThese cases stem from proceedings filed by chartered accountant and Attorney Christopher Ram challenging the conduction of House-to-House Registration. Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams subsequently filed an application seeking to have the High Court dismiss Ram’s challenge, while a case was filed on behalf of GECOM’s Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield for the Chief Justice to recuse herself from hearing the case.At Friday’s hearing of the substantive matter challenging the registration exercise, Justice George grilled GECOM’s lawyer, Roysdale Forde, over the conduct of the exercise and how it will affect citizens.Chief Justice (ag) Roxanne GeorgePrior to this, however, Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall— a leading member of the legal team representing Ram— argued that the conduct of House-to-House Registration will jeopardise the holding of early elections within the timeframe contemplated by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and provisions of Articles 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution which state that the Cabinet including the President, shall resign and call elections within three months – which the Opposition contends is September 18— that is, three months from the CCJ’s June 18 ruling validating the December passage of the No-Confidence Motion.In response, however, Attorney Forde argued that the application to stop the ongoing House-to-House exercise is “unconstitutional”. He pointed out that there is nothing in Ram’s application to show that the registration is “unreasonable” and further, nothing to indicate the unconstitutionality of the exercise in relation to what the CCJ ruled.Attorney Roysdale FordeBut Nandlall, a former Attorney General, pointed out to the Court that the new registration exercise would disenfranchise Guyanese. This, he noted, is so since the Constitution does not provide residency as a qualification to vote, meaning that if persons are not home – whether out of the country or in another part of the country – when the registration is going on, then they will be taken off the new voters’ list, and thus, unable to vote at the upcoming elections. Added to this, he highlighted the fact that the current National Register of Registrants Database (NNRD) would be discarded upon the conclusion of the House-to-House exercise and a new database would be created when there are no provisions for this.According to Nandlall, it is illegal to whimsically take persons off of the voters’ list and unconstitutional to deny them their right to vote.In his submissions on behalf of the Elections Commission, the Chief Justice questioned Forde on the removal of persons from the voters’ list. She warned that they need to be “very careful” when taking someone off the list in light of provisions of the National Registration Act (NRA), since the law says GECOM cannot remove citizens from the list on an ad hoc basis. In fact, she agreed with Nandlall that there is no such provision for the scrapping of the NRRD.Justice George went on to ask what will become of citizens who are not at home at the time of the registration. She noted that in addition to persons who may be out of the jurisdiction, there are Guyanese who leave their official residence to work in another part of the country, such as the hinterland; questioning the GECOM lawyer whether these persons will have to come out to the coastland just to register and then return to work.Noting that there is nowhere to get around the letter of the Constitution, Forde told the Court that these persons can have their names included in the list during the Claims and Objections period that is catered for at the end of the House-to-House exercise.But the Chief Justice pointed out that the House-to-House Registration was established because persons were not going to the GECOM offices to get registered, something which the AG’s legal team highlighted in their affidavit. She further stated that those persons may not even know that they were left off the list.However, speaking with reporters in the corridors of the High Court on Friday, Nandlall posited that there are a lot of misconceptions about the matters.“The lawyers are speaking about House-to-House verification, lawyers are quoting from sections of the law that deal with preparation of an electoral register and how you get people on the OLE (Official List of Electors) and PLE (Preliminary List of Electors), but we are not dealing with that here. We are dealing, basically here, with the registration process,” he stated.“Significantly, that registration process cannot be completed for the holding of elections within the timeframe. We are already on borrowed time… the time for holding elections was 21st of March 2019 – that has long gone and the Leader of the Opposition has signalled repeatedly that we are not going to go back to Parliament to get an extension. So that option is not available,” Nandlall noted, adding that “A court of law must do that which is necessary to bring back Guyana to constitutional track, to constitutional rule.”According to the former AG, the Court can do this by ordering that elections be held within the earliest possible time and GECOM must be prepared for those polls.Meanwhile, earlier during Friday’s hearing, the Solicitor General, Nigel Hawke, argued the case filed by AG Williams asking the court to throw out Ram’s challenge since it raises issues already ventilated by the CCJ.But in response, Nandlall told the Court that the issues are “radically different”. He added that the application filed by the AG is without merit and as such, the court should dismiss it.With regard to the application to have the Chief Justice recuse herself from the matters, which were filed by Trinidadian Senior Counsel Stanley Marcus on behalf of Lowenfield, President of the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) Teni Housty argued that there was no evidence to show that the Court is biased.Adding to this, Nandlall told the Court that the application makes “reckless allegations” against the court. He added that the case is “frivolous” and “vexatious”, and should be thrown out.The matter was adjourned to Monday for submissions by the Attorney General, but not before the Court heard from GECOM’s lawyer, SC Marcus.last_img read more

Widespread apathy imperils democracy

first_imgWe looked around at each other sheepishly, with considerable feelings of guilt and embarrassment. Then we realized we represented a voting rate 300 percent above the norm. Some 30 percent of us had voted, against the 7.8 percent of the actual turnout. We were the champions! How tragic is this? There are lots of ways that the present system discourages our participation. One is fatigue. There are just too many elections. The more elections, the harder it is to get poll workers. The fewer the poll workers, the fewer the polling stations. The fewer polling stations, the more the electorate gets moved around and disoriented. More important is the growing sense that our votes really won’t make a difference. We vote for one candidate and he or she is unable or unwilling to deliver on the inflated promises. Many of our elections also demand that we vote on issues that are too complex and technical for us to make a reasoned decision. Then there is the constant name-calling and negativity. It is not enough to vote for someone or something. I must hear and read how the opposing sides characterize – and caricature – each other. If I pay too much attention, I will come to believe that each side is without character or integrity. I will want to stay home. I do not believe that I am being overly pessimistic in saying that our decreasing belief in the efficacy of voting puts our way of life in jeopardy. The poet T.S. Eliot wrote, “This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.” This is how democracy ends, not with a violent revolution or a military coup, but by distrust, disuse and feelings of disgust. THERE was an election in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Maybe you heard? Maybe not. All I know is that for the first time since I was old enough to vote, I missed an election. I feel guilty and angry, all at the same time. My polling place has changed three times in the last three elections. And when I showed up at my new polling place Tuesday, it was closed. All I found was a note on the door saying that they had moved the location. I was down on Ventura Boulevard, and an illegible hand-drawn map seemed to point me back into the hills and into the terra incognita of narrow streets and “No Outlet” signs. Heart, and sample ballot, in hand, I had to move on with my day and could not go back home and do a computer search for the way to my polling place. Wednesday evening I was leading a class at the University of Judaism called “The Currents in Current Events.” My students are all adults, well-educated and successful professionals. Of the people present, people who had come out at night to discuss the issues of our day, 70 percent admitted that they had not voted! We need to work to bring people into the system by having fewer elections that are about more. We need to limit the ability of wealthy special interests to buy their way onto the ballot, and we need as voters to reward positive platforms and punish smears and negativity. I have learned my lesson and promise not to miss another election. Our democracy needs us to keep it alive. Jonathan Dobrer is a professor of comparative religion at the University of Judaism in Bel-Air. Write to him by e-mail at jondobrer@mac.com160Want 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

Robinho not in line for Turkey move, insists agent of ex-Man City forward

first_img Robinho in action for AC Milan Former Manchester City forward Robinho is not in line for a move to Besiktas, according to his representative.AC Milan are keen to offload the Brazilian and Turkish club Besiktas are one of a number of teams that have been linked with him.Despite strong suggestions he could be on his way to Turkey, the 30-year-old’s representative, Marisa Ramos, has played down the prospect of the former Real Madrid man joining Besiktas.“We do not know anything about the possibility of [going to] Besiktas,” Ramos is quoted as saying on the Spanish news site Mundo Deportivo.“At the moment we have not moved anything. There are many hypotheses, we have to wait and see. But with Besiktas, we have not had contacts.”Greek champions Olympiacos, American outfit Orlando City and several unnamed Brazilian teams are also thought to be in the running to sign Robinho. 1last_img read more

Ex-archbishop probed about abuse

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Former Archbishop William Levada was expected to answer questions from lawyers today about how the Portland diocese handled priest sex abuse cases during his tenure there. Levada was served with a subpoena Aug. 10, right before he left for Rome to take over as prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the position formerly held by Pope Benedict XVI. It’s the highest Vatican post ever held by an American. Levada served as archbishop in Portland from 1986 to 1995 before transferring to San Francisco. In 2004, Portland became the first Catholic diocese in the United States to declare bankruptcy, citing sex abuse lawsuits seeking more than $155 million in damages. About 150 of those suits are still pending, according to plaintiffs’ lawyer Kelly Clark. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The bankruptcy judge has to figure out the value of those claims,” Clark said. “We are trying to prove that the archdiocese of Portland, over the last 40 years, had a policy and practice of responding to child abuse claims in a less-than appropriate manner.” In a Dec. 30 order, Judge Elizabeth Perris limited the scope of Levada’s questioning to his knowledge of church policies and procedures in dealing with sex abuse claims, accusations against specific priests and policies regarding storage and disposition of records, among other things. Lawyers are forbidden from questioning Levada about his current job in Rome or his past job at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He served as a staff member there from 1976 to 1982. In his new position, Levada reviews abuse allegations against priests worldwide and either takes action against the accused clergy or refers the case back to local bishops. Today’s deposition has been limited to seven hours and is expected to wrap up in a day. Lawyers haven’t revealed where it will take place. last_img read more

All-Antelope Valley: Boys’ basketball

first_img 160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Give credit where credit is due. He never took a night off. I wish I had him for one more year.” Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State San Bernardino are recruiting Arnold. “Some coach is going to reap the benefits of getting him into their program,” Humphreys said. “He’s great on both ends of the floor. He does the intangible things, the things you can’t coach. He was just born with them.” – Sean Ceglinsky Robert Arnold defined versatility for Lancaster High’s boys’ basketball team, playing every position and leading the Eagles to seven successive Golden League victories, the league championship and a berth in the Southern Section Div. I-AA playoffs. Lancaster’s 6-foot-4 captain, who has drawn interest from Division II schools, is the Daily News’ Antelope Valley Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year. Arnold shot 48 percent from the field and averaged a league-best 17.4 points per game and 6.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and nearly two blocks and two steals per game. “We called him Mr. Utility,” Lancaster coach David Humphreys said. “He did everything for us, and teams knew we relied on him. He had a big target on his back. last_img read more

FINN VALLEY AC ATHLETE SELECTED TO REPRESENT IRISH SCHOOLS TEAM IN CARDIFF

first_imgFinn Valley AC athlete Sommer Lecky, a student at Strabane Academy, has ben selected to the Irish Schools team for the upcoming international at Cardiff versus England, Scotland Wales.Her performance of 1-64 from Santry Tailteann Games last Saturday put her in the frame and all associated with Finn Valley ac extend their congrats.Its been a very progressive season for the Castlederg girl coached by Niall Wilkinson as she has a PB of 1-70 and earlier in addition to success at Irish indoors won the Scottish title. In addition to her upcoming international she is currently preparing for the Irish age group champs next month in long and high jumpFINN VALLEY AC ATHLETE SELECTED TO REPRESENT IRISH SCHOOLS TEAM IN CARDIFF was last modified: June 25th, 2014 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) Tags:athleticsFinn Valley ACNoticesSommer LeckySportlast_img read more

MAN FOUND DRUNK IN SMASHED CAR CALLED GARDAÍ ‘HOMOS’

first_imgA MAN found drunk inside a car after a road crash called Gardaí who arrived at the scene to help him “useless f***ing w****** and f***ing homos” a court has heard. Darren O Loughlin, from 606 Liscooley Villas, Castlefin, was later arrested by the officers who arrived at the scene of the incident at 2.35am on December 2, 2013 at Corcullion, Castlefin.Inspector Goretti Sheridan told Letterkenny District Court officers were given the abuse when Gardaí asked him if he was ok. Instead of welcoming the help, 42-year-old O Loughlin – who has 34 previous convictions –  had made the comments to officers.He was slurring his words at the time due to drink.O Loughlin faced charges of  using threatening and abusive behaviour and intoxication in a public place.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher asked Judge Paul Kelly not to impose a custodial sentence.He said his client had been using prescription medication, illegal drugs and drink at the time.However Judge Kelly remarked: “He was here (in court) in March last year on similar charges which I dealt with by way of community service; it seems that has not done him much good; he is back again in trouble eight months later.”Mr Gallagher insisted that O Loughlin had been making “good progress” in dealing with his addictions and asked for a probation report before sentencing.Judge Kelly ordered a report to be produced again before the same court on July 21st next.MAN FOUND DRUNK IN SMASHED CAR CALLED GARDAÍ ‘HOMOS’ was last modified: May 20th, 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:castlefincourtDarren O LoughlinJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District CourtPatsy Gallaghersolicitorlast_img read more