Monfils beats Federer as France draw level

first_imgBy Julien PretotGael Monfils upset Roger Federer 6-1 6-4 6-3 to help France level the Davis Cup final with Switzerland 1-1 on Friday.After Stan Wawrinka gave the Swiss a 1-0 lead by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2, Monfils was at his best against world number two Federer who has recently been hampered by back problems.The doubles will be played on Saturday, with the reverse singles on Sunday on the clay of the Pierre Mauroy stadium.France, who last lifted the trophy in 2001, are looking to win the Davis Cup for the 10th time while Switzerland are seeking their maiden title.Speaking to reporters, Tsonga rued a lack of crowd support as a record attendance could not bring the best out of the French number one.Some 2,500 Switzerland fans, among a 27,432 crowd, were frequently more vocal than the massed home support under the closed roof. “When the teams were introduced, they (the Switzerland fans) applauded Stan more than us, Roger more than us. We heard the Swiss spectators more than we heard the French ones,” a dejected Tsonga told a news conference.“Stan, for example, announced that the ball was out, and it was in. I just went to check the mark, and I was booed in my own country – maybe not by the French spectators but by the Swiss spectators. It’s annoying.”Tsonga, however, did little to spark cheers from the crowd with an uninspiring display in the face of a fired-up Wawrinka, who peppered the court with winners.“We need to go and get the enthusiasm of the French crowd by the quality of our game,” Tsonga added.“It’s because I was not winning today maybe that this happened. I’m hoping that for the next matches it’s going to change.”Wawrinka said that the configuration of the arena, with many of the seats close to the court reserved for VIPs, might have played a role in muting the home support, especially since the Swiss fans were closer to the action.“I think because of the match maybe we were having more support from the Swiss people than the French guys,” he said.“I think it’s tough to get all the noise from the people really upstairs.”Yet Wawrinka said that his performance was the main reason for the dampened atmosphere.“They didn’t have the chance to do something for him,” he said.“I think it’s maybe a little bit easy for him to say the crowd wasn’t supporting him enough. I think it’s just because on the court I was the better player and that’s it.”last_img read more

PNG U20 women to compete in 7 US matches

first_imgThey will play seven matches in USA against some of the US university teams, including last year’s national champions.The team had their first friendly against the US U-20 women’s team during the Tri-Nations match in May in Port Moresby where US defeated them 10-0.They also travelled to Korea for a friendly in June and hope to have more friendly matches after the US trip within the region to get them ready.PNG U-20 women’s coach Lisa Cole said over the last 6 months, the players have been training hard to prepare themselves for this challenge.”Taking on the best in the world when you have yet to even compete as a team in other events is a difficult task for these young players but they have taken on the challenge, left their homes and families to represent their country in this first ever World Cup in PNG,” Cole said.She said the PNG U-20 team began to prepare for the U-20 Women’s World Cup in February of this year and so far, the girls have played in only five games up to this point.”You will get our best come the games but remember, a result would be a miracle in comparison to the investment and experience of those other teams that have earned the right to play on the world’s stage.”last_img read more

Alab Pilipinas ‘definitely coming back’ for next ABL season

first_imgView comments Finishing as the third-seed with an 11-9 eliminations record, Alab fought valiantly but ultimately failed in their championship aspirations as their inconsistencies got the better of them in the playoffs.Dy, however, said here should be no shame with the way the team fought through the course of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“It was a good learning experience. I’m so proud of the team that they made it to the semifinals,” he said.Forming the team a little less than two weeks before the league commenced, Dy shared the struggles the team had as he scampered to fill out the rosters and recruit imports. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ALAB PILIPINAS. Photo from Asean Basketball League Facebook/Kuk ThewBALIWAG — Alab Pilipinas team owner Charlie Dy confirmed that the Philippine squad is set to return next year for another go-round in the ASEAN Basketball League.“We’re definitely coming back next season,” he bared to reporters after the squad’s semifinals exit at the hands of Singapore Slingers on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Luckily, two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Bobby Ray Parks heeded the call to join the team from the start before Kiefer Ravena lent his services in the playoffs.Disappointingly, the young guns were only able to pair up for a better part of three quarters before Parks went down with an ankle injury in the third quarter of Game 1 against the Slingers.Alab Pilipinas team owner Charlie Dy. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netDy is hopeful to see more of that pairing next year as he hopes to convince both Parks and Ravena to come back for the 2018 season.“We will talk to them. Definitely, we want them back. We’ll see. Hopefully, they stay one more year,” he said.ABL chief operating officer Jericho Ilagan also shared his excitement with the impending comeback of the crew, noting that an entry of a Philippine team in the field is undoubtedly a big upside for the regional league.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town ‘Motivated’ Urbiztondo puts on show, torches Alab Pilipinas “I think every time you have a Philippine team in any tournament, the presence alone of the Philippines brings passionate fans to the game and competitiveness of the tournament. Even if Alab weren’t able to make it to the Finals, I’m very happy with the way they performed even with the personnel concerns that they had,” he said.Dy also shared that excitement as he keeps his optimism for the continued support of the fans for Alab Pilipinas.“We’re able to finish in a good position this year, so I hope our supporters will continue to support Alab Pilipinas next season,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on governmentlast_img read more

OAI welcomes Airport Review Panel

first_imgDear Editor,The Executive and Management of Ogle Airport Inc (OAI) welcome the announcement published in the Guyana Chronicle, Friday, November 4, 2016, from Minister of State Joseph Harmon, that Cabinet has approved the recommendation of Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, to establish the “Airport Review Panel” in accordance with the lease agreement between Government and Ogle Airport Inc for the management and operation of the Airport.The purpose of the Airport Review Panel is precisely “to review progress on the obligations of both parties”, that is the Government and the company, “to identify at an early stage any difficulty perceived by either party in the performance of the obligations of both parties under this agreement and to make recommendations related to the performance of those obligations.”It has always been the position of the Executive and Management of Ogle Airport Inc that many of the alleged and often self serving and frequently specious allegations against the performance of the Airport would have long ago been settled, had the Airport Review Panel been appointed at an early stage.It was since November last year when the Minister convened a meeting with OAI to address the opposition to the renaming of the Airport – the Eugene F Correia International Airport – that a widespread media campaign was mounted against the management of the Airport by the NATA group and that these complaints could and should have been properly addressed by the Airport Review Panel provided for in the Lease Agreement.An example of the complaints mounted against the Airport’s management, is the allegation made by NATA to the GCAA and reported in the Chronicle, that there is “congestion” at the Airport with the majority of operators forced to use a single taxiway access to the main runway, causing them to have to wait while one operator with separate access has privileged access.The fact is that all operators requiring access to the main runway file their request with the GCAA operated Control Tower and take their turn according to assignment by the Tower, it having nothing to do with taxiway access to the runway. OAI maintains Air Traffic control does a good job of minimising delays of departures and the Eugene F Correia International Airport has a good record in this area, given the fact that it is one of the busiest international airports in terms of movements in the region.OAI therefore looks forward to the appointment of the review panel as specified by our agreement with Government of Guyana, where complaints of this kind could be professionally addressed and settled quickly.Sincerely,Ogle Airport Inclast_img read more

SRC Opens Up about Decline in Price of Rubber

first_imgFollowing a drop of the price of rubber on the market over a year ago, the management of the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) has for the first time broken silence about the effect of the price of rubber on its operations in the country. SRC is one of many multi-national companies contributing to Liberia’s economy and its sustainable development agenda for transformation.With the reduction of a ton of raw rubber from its usual US$2,500 to less than US$600, Jallah Mensah, the company’s human resource and administrative manager, said they are now depending on their stakeholders’ financial contributions to keep the company functioning.Besides, he added that the situation has affected their company’s earnings.“The company for now is not making any profit, but we are still going ahead with our social responsibility such as construction of educational and health facilities as well as planting new trees and building new infrastructures,” the SRC human resource manager told journalists recently.Mensah added that the company presently faced with numerous challenges of which the management is unable to finance her operations, because of the current drop of the price of rubber.Explaining some of the company’s challenges, Mr. Mensah noted that the company stopped processing and exporting rubber since October 2012, when the factory was shut down because some of the trees planted in the 1960s were no longer useful for production.“Because of that,” he added, “we could not supply raw rubber needed to keep the factory operational and enable us to produce and sell the products to the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC) in Grand Bassa County,” Mr. Mensah emphasized.Despite the numerous challenges facing the company, Mr. Mensah said, they still maintain cordial working relationship amongstthe entire workforce including senior management, expatriates, local senior staff, unionized employees, and contractors.Mensah also said they have a combined workforce of 1000 persons, “70 percent of whom are full time employees, while the remaining 30 percent are contractors.” When quizzed about the recently passed Decent Work Bill, Mensah confidently told journalists that they were following government pronounced wages for employees and contractors.“We would not comment any further on the decent work bill, because discussions on that issue are still in the process,” he reiterated.In reference to the deadly Ebola virus and the company’s operations, Mensah said in 2014, the company maintained its full operations and that its health facility remained operational by providing health care delivery to its employees, and community dwellers within and around its operational areas.In spite of the difficulty, Mensah said SRC has engaged in rebuilding administrative and social infrastructures, which include housing units for the workforce, thereby meeting additional capital needs for them.In his intervention, the President of the Salala Agriculture Workers Union (SAWU), Anthony Moses, commended the management for maintaining cordial working relationship between the union and the management.“The recent signing of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the company and workers’ union witnessed an increment in salaries for employees,” SAWU president disclosed.According to him, the company was also providing rice for each of his members. “They are also providing scholarships, free medication, and other basic services to eight family members of each member of the union,” Moses added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brownlee, Ginebra whip Magnolia for 3-2 record

first_imgMOST READ Barangay Ginebra shoots for a third straight victory against struggling Rain or Shine (1-4) on Saturday again at the Big Dome.Magnolia, meanwhile, hopes to stop its slide against three-game slide against Columbian (3-4), which lost to San Miguel Beer earlier, next Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption “We were looking at the standings going into this game. So it’s a big performance for us,” said head coach Tim Cone, whose squad climbed to 3-2.Cone, though, feels the Gin Kings still have so much to improve on as the conference progresses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We’ve been a team of two halves. Today we played an average first half and a great first half. We gotta find a way to smooth that out.”Rome dela Rosa had 18 points while import Romeo Travis added 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Hotshots, who dropped their third consecutive game for a 3-4 mark. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study ‘People evacuated on their own’ DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra leaned on a furious third quarter to topple Magnolia, 105-83, Sunday night in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The crowd darling’s beloved import Justin Brownlee put together an all-around performance of 27 points, nine rebounds, and 10 assists while Scottie Thompson and Japeth Aguilar both tossed in 14 each.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Gago’ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Thirdy Ravena, Ateneo focused on sweeping elimination round View commentslast_img read more

SEA Games: Filipina pair rows to lightweight double sculls gold

first_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee SEA Games: PH rower Cris Nievarez captures gold in sculls Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) The Filipino rowers already bested their one-gold output in the 2013 Myanmar and a silver in 2015 Singapore courtesy of Nestor Cordova.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rowers Joanie Delgaco and Melka Jean Caballero, gold women’s lightweight double sculls. Photo by June Navarro/INQUIRERSUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Even before she plunged into action, Joanie Delgaco had been hoping for a house of her own.The 21-year-old rower from Iriga City moved closer to that pipe dream after emerging victorious with Melka Jean Caballero in the lightweight double sculls on Saturday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations MOST READ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas ‘People evacuated on their own’ “I will reward myself by buying my own property,’’ said Delgaco, a SEA Games first-timer who clocked seven minutes and 24.21 seconds with Caballero amid the searing midday sun at the Triboa Bay.Vietnam’s Thi Hao Dinh and Than Huyen Ta placed second in 7:27.65 and the Myanmar pair of Shwe Zin Latt and Nilar Win claimed the bronze in 7:30.23.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The achievement of Caballero and Delgaco, who both hail from Camarines Sur, was a fitting followup to the victory of Cris Nievarez earlier in the men’s lightweight single sculls.“We want to win this not only for our families, but for the country as well,’’ said the 23-year-old Caballero in her second stint in the Games. View commentslast_img read more

Man in custody following standoff in Grande Prairie

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. — One man is in custody after a police standoff in Grande Prairie yesterday.At approximately 3:30 on Thursday afternoon, the Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a call of a man who was possibly armed and barricaded in his home in the Westpointe neighbourhood. Isabelle Campbell School and Stepping Stones Daycare were placed in hold and secure as a safety precaution, while emergency services personnel secured the scene.At approximately 6:10 p.m. the man was taken into police custody without any further incident. The man’s identity has not been released, as Criminal Code charges are pending.- Advertisement –last_img

Exclusive – QPR chairman delighted by ‘dream’ signing

first_imgSigning Sandro from Tottenham is a dream come true, Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes has revealed.The 25-year-old was a fan favourite at White Hart Lane but after a string of injuries, and a falling out with ex-boss Tim Sherwood, he found himself on the fringes of the first-team at Spurs.After landing the defensive midfielder in a deal worth around £10million, Fernandes admitted the Brazilian is a player he has long admired and he believes Super Hoops fans will love having a character like Sandro at Loftus Road.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I remember watching him against Queens Park Rangers and thinking wouldn’t it be great to have a player like him. It seemed like a distant dream, but it’s great to dream.“When I met him it was even more special, he’s such a larger than life character and will bring so much to the club. I think the fans will love him.“I was looking at websites and Facebook, and you could see how popular he was with Spurs fan, so it was a bit of a coup.”Meanwhile, Fernandes also admitted Queens Park Rangers are likely to try and sign Jermain Defoe in January after failing with a move this summer.He added: “We tried very hard [to sign Jermain Defoe] but it’s not gone forever. I’m sure we’ll have another crack in January. Toronto are going into the play-offs, have sacked manager [Ryan Nelson] and thought it would get a negative reaction if they let Jermain Defoe go.“I feel for Jermain, he really wanted to come back, but we haven’t given up.“Losing Loic Remy when we did was a bit of a blow but Harry was very philosophical. We tried to get some strikers in but he feels we have enough within the group.”last_img read more

Transfer BLOW! Tottenham have £10m bid REJECTED for Dutch starlet

first_img1 Janssen scored a penalty against England in Holland’s 2-1 win at Wembley Tottenham have seen their offer of £10 million for AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen rejected.The north Londoners are keen to bolster their attacking options ahead of the 2016/17 season and ease the workload on star man Harry Kane.At 22, Janssen is viewed as an ideal understudy to Kane, who has seemed fatigued thus far at Euro 2016 after an arduous season for club and country.Yet Spurs will have to improve their opening offer of £10 million rejected by AZ, with the club’s sporting director Max Huiberts believing the offer to be derisory.  “The difference between the offer and the price we demand was too big,” Huiberts told De Telegraaf.“Spurs have made the only official bid. I’ve read a lot of speculation and been telephoned by other clubs but no one else has any concrete offer.”The Dutch forward was instrumental in his side’s 2-1 victory against England at Wembley back in March, bagging a goal and providing an assist.last_img read more