Djokovic dispatches Raonic and will cross Federer for a place in the final

first_imgSerbian tennis player gets rid of Canadian Raonic 6-4, 6-3 and 7-6Djokovic continues his way to achieve his eighth Australian Open Photo: EFE Tennis player Novak Djokovic qualified on Tuesday for the Australian Open semifinals after beating Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-3 and 7-6. In this way, the Serbian will play the semifinals against Roger Federer, who eliminated Sandgren after saving seven match balls.The Balkan lived a much more placid duel against Raonic. After wasting eight breaking balls and defending against one, the world number two closed the first set to the rest. He also kept his service intact in the second set, where he used another break to get the game on track.Without ‘breaks’ in the third round, everything had to be elucidated in sudden death, where ‘Nole’ ended the contest in 3 hours and 31 minutes. Thus, he continues his way to try to revalidate his title in Melbourne and raise his eighth wound -2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019-.last_img read more

Morgan calls for support

first_imgReggae Boyz and Leicester City captain Wes Morgan is hoping to continue his finest year in football to date with the Reggae Boyz as he rallies Jamaicans to help the national senior team to victory over Costa Rica next month in their key World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium.The Jamaicans will face off against a strong Costa Rican outfit on Friday, March 25, with the aim of pushing up the table after losing their opener to Panama (0-2) before their close 1-0 win over Haiti.Jamaica sits third in Group B with three points, with Costa Rica leading the way with six, followed by Panama on three and Haiti without a point.”I am asking the Jamaican people to come and support the Reggae Boyz and help us in our conquest to try and qualify for the World Cup,” said Morgan, who has captained Leicester City to the top of the Barclays Premier League.Morgan was speaking via a recording played at the Jamaica Football Federation’s (JFF) secretariat yesterday.”We need you guys to come to the Stadium and make as much noise as possible and give us the drive and determination to perform and give our very best. We need you all there, so the more the merrier. Please come and support us. We need you guys, and, of course, see you guys at the game, and all the very best,” he said.last_img read more

‘Opening up Test not in West Indies’s best interest’

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies captain Jason Holder says he rejected a proposal from his opposite number Steve Smith to open up the third and final Test with a dramatic last-day run chase, because he did not believe such a scenario was in the best interest of the team’s development. With rain allowing just 68 deliveries on day two and forcing the abandonment of the third and fourth days, the Test was predictably headed for a draw when play finally resumed on Thursday’s final day at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The proposal would have seen West Indies declaring at their overnight 248 for seven, Australia then forfeiting their first innings, allowing the visitors to rattle up 121 off seven overs and then attempting to chase down 370 off 70 overs for victory. “He came to us and made an offer. I just went back to the team and we thought at this stage of our development, it wasn’t the best thing for us,” Holder told a media conference following the drawn contest. “We had (Denesh) Ramdin, who was scoring well and looking well, so [we decided to] give him the encouragement to go out there and build an innings and build some confidence. “We set out at the beginning of the series to make sure to bat 90 overs each time we batted and get past the 300 mark. That was one of the things that we wanted to achieve today and we achieved that.” Holder said with the disappointing series the Windies had experienced Down Under, it was more important for them to achieve team goals. “It was a team vote and a team decision. We started in Hobart and we didn’t play well at all there. We showed improvement in Melbourne, and we just had to come here to improve as well.”I think we just need to take it step by step; it’s not a case where you can just jump from losing Test matches to winning in one transition, especially against good opposition like Australia.” Australia won the series 2-0 after victories in Hobart and Melbourne in the first two Tests.last_img read more

Chelsea now 13 points clear in EPL

first_imgSTOKE, England (AP):Gary Cahill made amends for conceding a penalty by scoring a late winner as Chelsea beat Stoke 2-1 to move 13 points clear atop the English Premier League (EPL) yesterday.The England centre back smashed home from close range following a corner in the 87th minute to seal a fifth straight victory for the likely champions.Willian’s free kick put Chelsea ahead in the 13th, and Jonathan Walters equalised from the penalty spot in the 37th after the striker was nudged by Cahill.Stoke right back Phil Bardsley was sent off in second-half stoppage time after collecting a second yellow card for a foul on Cesc Fabregas.Chelsea won without star winger Eden Hazard, who was missing because of an unspecified injury.Tottenham and Manchester City, who are tied on points and the nearest challengers to Chelsea, both play today.Yesterday’s results: West Brom 3 Arsenal 1; Crystal Palace 1 Watford 0; Everton 4 Hull City 0; Stoke City 1 Chelsea 2; Sunderland 0 Burnley 0; West Ham 2 Leicester 3; Bournemouth 2 Swansea 0.last_img read more

Ceres rips Davao; Global triumphs

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson With sweep beckoning, Baldwin refuses to look past Tigers Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img View comments At Rizal Memorial Stadium, Global Cebu scored two late goals to subdue Stallion Laguna, 4-3, and complete the cast in the Finals Series.The result allowed Global to seal at least a fourth place finish at the end of the regular season after increasing their tally to 43 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ceres Negros leaned on a first half hattrick from Spanish striker Fernando Rodriguez to whip Davao Aguilas, 5-1, and climb to second spot in the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Captain Patrick Reichelt and Bienve Maranon were also on target for the Busmen who moved within six points off leader Meralco Manila ahead of their 7 p.m. duel on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 awardlast_img read more

Mike Nieto steps up after twin bro Matt goes down in Game 1

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga talked sense into Mike after the forward threw his towel on the playing floor during the first game of the Finals of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.“To be honest, when Matt fell down, when Ben hit him with the elbow I felt that I also got hurt,” said Mike in Filipino after the Blue Eagles’ close 76-70 victory Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“I didn’t want to see my brother get hurt.”Mike got his moment of vengeance in the fourth, although Matt was already playing after team physicians covered up the wound above the left eye, when he put on a personal 7-0 run that gave Ateneo a 67-59 lead midway through the final frame. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I didn’t want to retaliate by hurting La Salle physically or punching them, I just wanted to win the game,” said Mike, who finished with 11 points and five rebounds. “I just got really motivated to win the game when Matt went down and I know he didn’t do it on purpose. I really needed to step up because the game was close and we had to enjoy those types of games.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Parental guidance: Playing for fun, dad unwittingly sets Krizziah on lane to greatness It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTwins usually have a distinct bond and brothers Matt and Mike Nieto are no exception. As Matt laid bloodied on the floor after taking an inadvertent elbow from Ben Mbala, his twin brother Mike had to be restrained on the sidelines.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:35SEA Games: Centeno tops Amit for gold anew as Filipinas end up 1-2 in 10-ball00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Unemployment rate remains high in Northeastern BC

first_imgThe unemployment rate in northeastern B.C. Still remains high.The unemployment rate in the region is currently sitting at 9.1 per cent which is a 0.1 per cent increase over January 2011.B.C. Stats reports the unemployment rate is high for this time of year since the rate was only 4.4 per cent in February of 2010. The current rate puts our region in a third-place only slightly ahead of the Thompson-Okanagan (9.3%) and Abbotsford (10.3%) regions for the worst unemployment in B.C.- Advertisement -The province as a whole saw a big jump in the unemployment rate from 7.5 per cent to 8.3 per cent.Furthermore, B.C. lags behind the rest of the western provinces. Manitoba currently has a 5.6 per cent unemployment rate, while Saskatchewan sits at 6.1 per cent and Alberta sits at 5.8 per cent.last_img read more

Priests reach tentative settlement

first_imgThe payout would come from both the order and its insurers with no money from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Naucke said. The cases involve Mark Falvey, a Jesuit priest accused of abusing 10 children during a 16-year span, beginning in 1959. Falvey died in 1975. Falvey was ordained in California. He spent several years in China, but returned to Los Angeles in 1959 and spent 15 years at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hollywood. Falvey is accused of abusing children younger than 12 and, in some cases, raping them, while he was at the Hollywood church. Ray Boucher, an attorney for several of the plaintiffs, said the agreement would be final in several weeks. Three other cases, which were not covered by the order’s insurance, were settled three weeks ago, Boucher said, and two claims remained unresolved. An attorney for the Jesuits, Paul Gaspari, did not immediately return a call for comment. The agreement is the latest in a series of settlements involving Roman Catholic religious orders in California.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An order of Roman Catholic priests reached a tentative $14 million settlement Thursday with nine men and women who allege they were abused by a Jesuit priest over a 16-year span. The Rev. Alfred Naucke, a spokesman for the Jesuits of the California Province, said the deal was reached Thursday morning after several days of closed-door talks mediated by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charles McCoy. Naucke said he did not know the amount of the deal, but a person close to the negotiations told The Associated Press it was $14.4 million – about $1.6 million per person. The source requested anonymity because the deal hasn’t been completed. The settlement still must be signed by all parties, Naucke said. “I don’t know that it’s all nailed down with signatures on the bottom line, but it’s agreed to in substance at least,” he said. last_img read more

Head of Reform Judaism: Respect the veil

first_imgNo reader would be faulted for thinking that the headline of this column is a spoof. After all, Reform Judaism, like liberal Christian denominations, is exquisitely sensitive to women’s equality. Thus, Reform Judaism was the first major Jewish denomination to ordain women, and the first to have its seminaries discourage referring to God as “he.” One would think, then, that the last thing the head of a movement devoted to women’s equality would endorse is the covering of women’s faces with a veil. This is one of the most dehumanizing and degrading practices that has ever been foisted on women. That is why it is noteworthy that Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the head of Reform Judaism, in a speech before hundreds of American Muslims at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), said: “Why should anyone criticize the voluntary act of a woman who chooses to wear a headscarf or a veil? Surely the choice these women make deserves our respect, not to mention the full protection of the law.” In the long history of women’s inequality, it is difficult to name almost anything more anti-woman, dehumanizing and degrading than the veil. We know people by their face. Without seeing a person’s face, we feel that we do not know the person. When we read about someone in the news, whether known for good or ill, we immediately study the person’s face. One can have one’s entire body covered, and it means nothing in terms of whether we feel we know the person. But cover a person’s face, and the person might as well be invisible. But while the rabbi respects Muslim women who choose to wear the veil, he had words of contempt for American women who choose to dress like Lindsay Lohan. Like others on the left, Rabbi Yoffie only has standards for Westerners, especially Americans, not for other cultures. It is the left’s soft bigotry of low expectations that has often been noted. In the rabbi’s desire to ingratiate himself with his audience, he engaged in the generations-old left-wing practice of moral equivalence. Just as during the Cold War the left regularly equated America and the Soviet Union as “the two superpowers” – which is why there was universal liberal condemnation of President Reagan’s calling the Soviet Union an “evil empire” – much of the left today morally equates American fundamentalist Christians with fundamentalist Muslims. So before a large Muslim audience, Rabbi Yoffie singled out two evangelical Christians, Franklin Graham and Pat Robertson, and a Jew – me – as anti-Muslim. He essentially identified us as the Christian and Jewish moral equivalents of Muslims who hate Jews and Christians. That moral equivalence was as immoral as Rabbi Yoffie’s defense of the veil. Now, as it happens, I have never uttered or written a bigoted word against Muslims, and so the rabbi did not actually quote me saying something anti-Muslim. Instead the rabbi distorted what I once wrote. He said, “How did it happen that when a Muslim congressman takes his oath of office while holding the Koran, Dennis Prager suggests that the congressman is more dangerous to America than the terrorists of 9-11?” Here is what I actually wrote: “When all elected officials take their oaths of office with their hands on the very same book, they all affirm that some unifying value system underlies American civilization. If Keith Ellison is allowed to change that, he will be doing more damage to the unity of America and to the value system that has formed this country than the terrorists of 9-11.” I did not say that Keith Ellison is more dangerous to America than the 9-11 terrorists. I said that Ellison’s replacing the Bible with another religious book for the first time in American history is more dangerous to American unity and to American values than the terrorists were. In fact, I feel that way about far more non-Muslim Americans, such as Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Michael Moore. And I repeatedly noted in the same article that the issue had nothing to do with the Koran or Islam, that I would have said this about a congressman replacing the Bible with the Book of Mormon, or with Dianetics or any other text. The rabbi slandered me before a national and world Muslim audience. Slander, morally equating fundamentalist Christians with fundamentalist Muslims, and respecting women who “voluntarily” wear veils: What the left has done to liberal denominations within Christianity and Judaism is a moral and religious tragedy. For example, liberal churches that regard America and Israel as villains have inverted Judeo-Christian morality. But little exemplifies the moral decay of the religious left as does its replacing Judeo-Christian moral standards with multiculturalism and tolerance. It has led to one of its leading clergy announcing that the veil is worthy of respect. Dennis Prager hosts a nationally syndicated radio talk show based in Los Angeles. He is the author of four books, most recently Happiness Is a Serious Problem. His Web site is www.pragerradio.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Indeed, the veiled woman is intended to be invisible. That is precisely the goal of the veil. In light of the veil’s dehumanization of women, how could anyone, especially a rabbi on the left, say he respects a woman choosing to wear a veil? The rabbi could offer only two possible responses. One possibility is that he does not think the veil degrades women. But it is almost impossible to imagine any non-Muslim holding such a position. On the other hand, he did lump the veil along with headscarf, as if covering one’s hair and covering one’s face were in some way analogous. Still, it is hard to believe that the rabbi equates hiding one’s face and hiding one’s hair. So the rabbi is left with one other explanation: that he used the word “voluntary.” But that explanation indicts him as much as does the first explanation. Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of fundamentalist Muslim culture – whether in the Muslim world or in the West – knows that, given the social, religious and familial pressures on women to wear a veil, the veil is not worn voluntarily in any meaningful sense of the word. last_img read more

Euro 2016 fans: pictures of supporters at the European Championship

first_img 9 9 Click the arrow above, right, to see more pictures of fans at Euro 2016 Euro 2016 is well and truly underway.The tournament has begun with some fantastic matches being played in front of packed crowds.Take a look at our gallery of photos featuring fans from around the continent at the opening Euro 2016 games. 9 Click the arrow above, right, to see more pictures of fans at Euro 2016 Click the arrow above, right, to see more pictures of fans at Euro 2016 9 Click the arrow above, right, to see more pictures of fans at Euro 2016 Click the arrow above, right, to see more pictures of fans at Euro 2016 center_img Click the arrow above, right, to see more pictures of fans at Euro 2016 Click the arrow above, right, to see more pictures of fans at Euro 2016 9 9 Allez! Click the arrow above, right, to see more pictures of fans at Euro 2016 9 9 9last_img read more