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‘Super old’ Roger Federer to face ex-contemporary’s son at French Open

first_imgLATEST STORIES Tears filled Bertens’ eyes as she described waking up at 3 a.m., feeling ill.“Vomiting. Diarrhea. All night long, all day long. I felt a little bit better before the match. I had some sleep, and I just wanted to give it a try,” she said. “But then as soon as I start warming up right before the match, it started again. There was not any energy left.”Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian who was seeded 22nd, pulled out before her match against 20-year-old American Sonia Kenin, citing an injured right shoulder that sidelined her from March until this week. Kenin will face the winner of Thursday’s match between Serena Williams and Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara.Bertens and Andreescu join two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who withdrew before her first match because of an arm injury, and former No. 1s Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki, who both lost in the first round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Wawrinka, the winner in 2015 and the runner-up two years later, also had no trouble against a much younger foe Wednesday, eliminating 22-year-old Cristian Garin 6-1, 6-4, 6-0.Afterward, Wawrinka came to the rescue of one of his tiniest fans, lifting him away from danger and offering a towel as a keepsake.“I took him out of that mess a little bit,” Wawrinka said. “He was in pain and sad.”Owner of three Grand Slam titles in all, Wawrinka will bring his signature backhand into what shapes up as a more competitive matchup against two-time major semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov, who eliminated 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic 6-7 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 over nearly 4½ hours.Nadal’s form hadn’t been up to his usual standards during much of the clay season: This was the first time since 2004 that he entered May without a title for the year.But he looked good while taking the title at the Italian Open this month, including a victory over Novak Djokovic in the final, and he’s been close to untouchable so far as he seeks a record-extending 12th trophy in Paris.His latest tour de force was a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over 114th-ranked Yannick Maden, a qualifier from Germany. OK, so Nadal hasn’t really faced much of a test yet. Still, he is displaying the court-covering, ball-walloping style he has perfected, which could come in handy when he plays 2016 French Open quarterfinalist David Goffin in the third round.“I don’t like the word ‘easy,’ because when you win, it always looks easier,” Nadal said. “I can say (I had) a comfortable victory. I have been in control most all the time. And that’s the only thing that really matters.”While plenty of the sport’s big names still dot the men’s bracket, the women’s field keeps seeing top players depart.On Wednesday, No. 4 seed Kiki Bertens, a 2016 semifinalist and considered a contender for her first major title, quit during the first set of her match against Viktoria Kuzmova because she was sick. View comments Now the 20-time major champion takes on Ruud, a Norwegian ranked 63rd. He is coached by his father, Christian, who told Casper he once practiced with Federer, although they never played.“Ever since I can remember, I’ve been watching Roger on TV,” said Ruud, who knocked off 29th-seeded Matteo Berrettini 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.Then came this admission from Ruud: “To be honest, I’ve been a little bit more of a Rafa fan and Rafa guy.”Better hope no one tells Roger.Still, even if he always has preferred Nadal, Ruud described what comes next this way: “I’m playing one of the greatest champions ever of this sport on Friday, so I’m just super excited for it. I can play loose and free.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Switzerland’s Roger Federer plays a shot against Germany’s Oscar Otte during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )PARIS— Roger Federer, 37, joked to a stadium filled with screaming kids that he’s “so super old.”Stan Wawrinka, 34, pulled a crying boy out of a crush of autograph-seekers in the stands.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rafael Nadal, about to turn 33, offered this advice to youngsters at his match who might be pondering a tennis career: “The main thing is, don’t think about winning Roland Garros.”Schools in France are closed on Wednesdays, bringing out a, um, louder brand of fan to the French Open, and that trio of past champions of the clay-court major seemed to appreciate the adulation from the little ones who attended their straight-set victories. Fitting, too, perhaps, that Federer advanced to a third-round meeting against 20-year-old Casper Ruud, someone so much his junior that the guy’s father was in the field when Federer made his debut in Paris in 1999.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I know probably more about his dad,” Federer said, “than about him.”Federer, the tournament’s 2009 champion who hadn’t been in the field in four years, will be playing his third opponent in a row who is 25 or younger, after beating 144th-ranked Oscar Otte 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Neymar misses Brazil training session because of knee pains Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feastlast_img read more

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Paying the price

first_imgRe “Judge upholds third term for city officials” (July 18): Valley Village is becoming a focus point in the gathering storm over smart growth, density, mansionization and self-serving politicians, from mansionization, loss of affordable housing, condo overdevelopment issues to term-limit litigation action. Valley Villager David Hernandez, along with activist Ted Hayes, are to be commended for pursuing their legal challenge to Proposition R, over the issue of the legality of council terms being extended but tied to ethics reform legislation. The bundling of the legislation was such a contrived attempt to fool voters into extending their council terms in office. It’s clear that voters were hoodwinked into paying a price to secure ethics reform. Not very ethical, was it? Hopefully Judge Yaffe’s decision will be appealed. – Tom Paterson Valley Village Fat cat retreat Re “Council in retreat” (Our Opinions, July 11): So council President Garcetti decided to have a retreat on our dime in San Pedro for all the fat cats. All the retreats I have heard of are on weekends … no, they take two council meeting days to focus on priorities and improve its effectiveness. Jan Perry, Ed Reyes, Eric Garcetti, Janice Hahn, Jack Weiss and Richard Alarc n have been council members for almost eight years and they need Joe Hertzberg, a facilitator, to lead their two-day retreat to show them how they should do their job. If by this time they don’t know how to do their job and what their priorities are, someone should show them the door. Too bad that Proposition R was upheld – we are stuck with these overpaid politicians. – Marianne Castro Lawson Granada Hills Flight risk? Re “Suspect in fatal hit-run arrested” (July 20): Why in the world is the suspect in the Glendale hit-run killing offered freedom for a relatively low $500,000 bail? Isn’t bail intended mainly for people not considered flight risks? In an attempt to avoid prosecution, this 21-year-old already tried to get back to his native Armenia, which refuses extradition to the U.S. Today, a half-million dollars isn’t all that much for wealthy families. It’s less than the cost of a modest home. Why was he even driving, with seven major traffic violations in the previous two years? Our justice system has gone haywire. My bet is that he will never stand trial – he will leave the country. Again. – Ken Green Burbank Bottom line Re “L.A. archdiocese $660 million settlement” (July 17): I can sum it all up … It’s all about the money and the lawyers. – Prudente B. De La Vega Mission Hills Petty politics Re “Iraq-exodus vote short” (July 19): Wow! You Washington senators stayed up all night arguing over the war; each side of the aisle angering the other. You poor babies. How hard it must be for all of you; having to work so hard at getting nothing done. You could have had the same results by simply staying home and getting a good night’s sleep. My question to each of you is this: How many of our children in uniform have to die as a direct result of your Bush-league, amateurish, petty politics? – David Wuescher West Hills Beckhams Re “Branding Beckhams” (Our Opinions, July 15): Since when do we have a royal family, as was written in one of your editorials referring to the Beckhams? Please, let’s have something more interesting. We just got over the Paris Hilton saga; now we don’t need another one. – Luella Noonan Burbank Oh, how I miss Funky Do what you want with the rest of the newspaper (the news is never good, anyway), but leave the comics alone. Oh, how I miss “Funky Winkerbean” (Lisa and I have a bond – both of us fighting cancer), “For Better or For Worse” and “Judge Parker.” Please hear my and others’ pleas. We want our favorites returned to your otherwise good newspaper. – Sandy Robinson Chatsworth Disappointed For a moment I thought I was the only adult that read the comics in the Daily News but it appears I have a lot of company. I have been a delivery boy and reader/subscriber since you were the Green Sheet – my God, that’s a long time – and I am really disappointed in some of the changes you have made. – John Buckley Palmdale160Want 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

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JOBS BOOST AS KILLYBEGS BAYVIEW HOTEL TO RE-OPEN THIS SUNDAY

first_imgTHE BAYVIEW Hotel is to re-open this Sunday – after a lawyer from Singapore decided to buy it…online!Peter Gabriel flew into Co Donegal last weekend, walked the streets of Killybegs and introduced himself to some of the locals.He had spotted the hotel for sale on a website and decided to buy it. The property had been listed for sale at an auction for €400,000 but was later withdrawn after Mr Gabriel stepped in.He’s now considering spending a lot more time in the fishing town with his family.Mr Gabriel says the hotel will have a ‘soft opening’ this Sunday with a more formal opening in the New Year.The 3-star 40-bedroom hotel was constructed in 1994 to replace the previous hotel on the site which had stood there for 170 years. The re-opening of the landmark hotel is a huge boost to the area after so many jobs were lost when it closed. JOBS BOOST AS KILLYBEGS BAYVIEW HOTEL TO RE-OPEN THIS SUNDAY was last modified: December 4th, 2013 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)last_img read more

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Cemex wins in judge’s EIR ruling

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “The court ruled many of the city’s claims were untimely, barred by the statute of limitations or otherwise should have been brought by the city in other prior lawsuits it has previously raised against the project. (It) is saying the city continues to recycle claims over again from one lawsuit to another.” Cemex’s spokeswoman said the company’s plans are coming closer to fruition. “It removes the city’s major barrier it had impeding us from starting to plan the steps it will take to go into operation,” said Susana Duarte of Cemex. “We’re now looking forward to embarking on a discussion with the city and becoming much more proactive developing relationships with people and organizations we’ll be neighbors to and be doing business with.” As before, attorneys for the city were not entirely surprised by the unfavorable decision. “We very disappointed by the district court’s ruling,” said Geralyn Skapik of the firm of Burke, Williams and Sorensen LLP. “We will be appealing this case and the Endangered Species Act ruling.” SANTA CLARITA – A federal judge once again has rejected the city’s claims that federal agencies failed to perform a sufficient environmental analysis before approving a plan to mine 56.1 million tons of sand and gravel in Soledad Canyon. On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Dickran Tevrizian sided with the federal Bureau of Land Management and the Interior Board of Land Appeals in a 69-page final ruling favoring Mexico-based Cemex mining company. In its lawsuit, Santa Clarita had raised 15 claims under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act and several federal mining laws in hopes of defeating the project. The city lost a related lawsuit in November. “Not only did the court rule the city’s claims were substantively inadequate, but the court ruled also against the city on a variety of procedural defenses asserted by Cemex,” said Kerry Shapiro, the lead attorney for Cemex’s Soledad Canyon project. The BLM had not seen the ruling Thursday, but spokeswoman Jan Bedrosian said the agency would review the decision with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. On Nov. 29, city planners filed an annexation application with the Local Agency Formation Commission, the agency that oversees municipal boundary changes in Los Angeles County, to annex 1,885 acres in Soledad Canyon where the mine is proposed. The city already owns 906 acres within that parcel. Gaining jurisdiction over the land would not give the city authority over mining operations, officials have said. Cemex was granted mining rights in 1990 by the BLM. The company plans to oppose the annexation plan before LAFCO, Shapiro said. On Dec. 14, Cemex filed a lawsuit in state court challenging the environmental review in the annexation papers. At that time, Shapiro said the application was inadequate under state environmental laws, in part because “the city failed to assess the impacts of how that annexation will affect future mining at the property.” The environmental review says the annexation will have no impact on the mineral and energy resources that lie below ground. In a Dec. 13 speech, newly installed Mayor Laurene Weste said the city would continue to fight the mine with the help of U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon and U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘Lukaku is back! Koeman was spot on!’ Fans pleased as Everton go third in the PL

first_img Romelu Lukaku: The 23-year-old took just 11 minutes to net a hat-trick 1 Ronald Koeman and Romelu Lukaku showed their importance to Everton in the 3-0 win at Sunderland.The Toffees forward netted a second-half hat-trick at the Stadium of Light, largely down to substitutions made by the Dutch manager.The Belgian forward had previously gone on a run of 13 games without scoring for his club, then like London buses they all came at once.After a flat first half, Everton took hold of the game, racing into the three-goal lead in a frantic 11 minutes.Gerard Deulofeu came off the bench at half-time, proving to be a nuisance to David Moyes’ side. But it was Koeman and Lukaku who made the headlines as Everton move to third in the Premier League table.See some of the best reaction below…last_img read more

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Paul Pogba models new Man United away kit ahead of 2019/20 season

first_img deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Will wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba be playing in this kit next season? The classy Adidas kit is inspired by the streets of Manchester’s creative district, the Northern Quarter.The gold shirt is complimented by a secondary black colour that embellishes the three Adidas stripes on the shoulders. Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard will be aiming for a more productive season LATEST targets punished 3 Manchester United Football Club 3 The Norwegian said: “Paul is a top bloke, a great professional. “He has never put himself out of the team. He has always wanted to play and he always gives his best.”United will be hoping to improve on their disappointing sixth-placed 2018/19 Premier League campaign as Solskjaer’s first full season in charge approaches. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Manchester United have released their new away kit for the 2019/20 season. Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Manchester United Women’s captain Alex Greenwood have been modelling the new gold strip. It could have been a surprise for some United fans to see Pogba modelling the shirt after admitting ‘it could be time for a new challenge’ amid interest from Real Madrid and Juventus. Despite his desire to leave, the France star has travelled with the United squad on their pre-season tour of Australia. 3 He could play in the club’s opening friendly against Perth Glory on Saturday where United will wear their new away kit. Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaped to the defence of Pogba in a press conference earlier this week. Manchester United Football Club Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions JIBE Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update boost REVEALED latest Juan Mata agreed a new Manchester United deal earlier this summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Manchester United Football Club LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS New job TROPHY The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star last_img read more

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Innovation: a catalyst for growth and prosperity

first_imgAs South Africa joins the discussion on improving the state of the world at the WEF meeting in Davos, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, CEO of the National Research Foundation, argues that education and innovation are the most important routes to growing South Africa’s economy.A portion of the Karoo Array Telescope, a precursor for South Africa’s massive country-spanning Square Kilometre Telescope project. (Image: Brand South Africa)Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, CEO of the National Research FoundationSouth Africa is currently taking part in the World Economic Forum annual meeting in the Swiss village of Davos. WEF is uniquely placed to offer the country a chance to position itself and communicate its value proposition to international decision makers. Importantly, Davos gives the South African delegation an opportunity to learn from other countries and from the many research reports WEF produces. One such report is the 2014-2015 Global Competitiveness Report, which indicated that South Africa’s international ranking had dropped by three points from 53 to 56. The four major contributors to the drop are declines in market efficiency for goods and services (28 to 32), financial market development (3 to 7), technological readiness (62 to 66), and innovation (39 to 43).While all four areas are important, from my vantage point the drop in innovation is particularly relevant. Far from being a parochial interest of researchers and innovators, innovation has to be a societal concern. From this century onwards, innovation capability will determine the relative wealth of nations and is the future gold for South Africa. In short, innovation is a catalyst for development.This point is, appropriately, made in the National Development Plan, which states “South Africa’s prospects for improved competitiveness and economic growth rely, to a great degree, on science and technology … innovation derived from science and technology and knowledge creation is the primary driver of technological growth and driver of higher living standards.”Even though the report records a drop in South Africa’s innovation, it notes improvement in the quality of our research institutions. This is borne out by the 2013 National Advisory Council on Innovation’s report on South African science and technology, which showed that the country’s research system was performing better than all of the other Brics countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – and sometimes better than Japan, the UK and US, as rated by a range of research-effectiveness measures.South Africa’s drop in innovation, according to WEF, largely due to slides in private sector spending on R&D, university-industry collaboration in R&D, and Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patents applications. This means we must explore why business is not investing in R&D, despite the existing tax incentive.We must also encourage more collaboration between universities and industry. South African universities have rich research talent that can be used to support the private sector.One, if not the major, hindrance to us unleashing the power of innovation is our basic education. Innovation requires large numbers of intelligent and highly skilled tinkerers who can change the course of events, either through small backyard operations or through focused private sector investment. All countries that have rapidly grown their economies – South Korea being a prime example – did so by improving the quality and reach of their primary and secondary education.Poor education at school level affects the number and quality of those who can gain tertiary qualifications and university acceptance. It also determines the level of job complexity that a South African matriculant can handle, as opposed to someone with and equivalent qualification from another country.The answers to our basic education challenges lie not in more money but in a societal commitment. Learners must commit themselves to doing what it takes to master the material. Teachers must commit to showing up at school and using every minute to teach the material and ensure the learners master it. Government must commit to providing the necessary resources, on time, and the facilities necessary for education. As a society, we must commit to giving each learner the best possible opportunities for success.In addition, the country must develop high-end skills necessary to sustain a future knowledge economy. This not only means steering students towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics from school to postgraduate level, but also supporting those who want to pursue PhDs, which are critical for high-end research capabilities as well as for training a new generations of researchers.This year’s WEF will give South Africa an opportunity to learn from the successes of other countries, investigate ways these successes can be customised and implemented locally, and start a national commitment towards improving our innovation landscape in support of the National Development Plan.last_img read more