Nadal cruises into Barcelona Open quarterfinals

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Stephen Curry back in full practice mode for Warriors P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Nadal needs to win his 11th Barcelona title this week to retain his No. 1 ranking.Klizan, the 140th-ranked Slovak who defeated Nadal in Beijing in 2014, reached the last eight by ousting veteran Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-4.Second-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria saved two match points to defeat Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (8), while third-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria got past Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia 7-6 (5), 6-2 for his 12th win in 15 clay-court matches this season.David Goffin of Belgium made it to the quarterfinals by coming from behind to defeat Karen Khachanov of Russia 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-0, and 19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece upset local Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 7-5.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “I came out with the conviction that I could play a lot better than I did yesterday (against Roberto Carballes Baena), and that’s what happened,” Nadal said.Coming off his 11th Monte Carlo title, Nadal has won 11 of his 12 ATP Tour matches this season, with the only loss coming from an injury retirement in the Australian Open quarterfinals.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 crownHe has won 40 consecutive sets on clay to extend his own record, and has won 33 of his last 34 matches on the dirt.“I had more options in the second set but a player like Nadal doesn’t give you many chances,” the 69th-ranked Garcia-Lopez said. Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Guillermo Garcia Lopez during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain— Rafael Nadal cruised into the Barcelona Open quarterfinals by defeating fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday.The top-ranked Nadal converted on his second match point to clinch his 16th straight victory on clay and set up an encounter with Martin Klizan, who eliminated Novak Djokovic in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastlast_img read more

WBD man jailed

first_imgCocaine in rum at CJIADwayne King, 32, of 165 Stanleytown, West Bank Demerara, who was implicated by his girlfriend Vanessa Moore, for smuggling 2.945 kilograms of cocaine in El Dorado rum at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) was on Thursday sentenced to 60 months imprisonment and fined $30,000.Dwayne KingIt was alleged that Moore had 2.945 kilograms of cocaine in El Dorado rum in her luggage at (CJIA) while she was booked to travel to London on November 9, 2015.King was later arraigned on the same charge.The prosecution informed the court that the man befriended the woman to gain her trust to use her to smuggle the cocaine.The prosecution added that investigations later revealed that Moore had been in the company of King before she was apprehended and that the defendant had fled after the drugs were discovered.It was further explained that Moore had been given the two bottles of rum by King, who had asked her to deliver them to a friend in London.Moore, who was initially charged with trafficking in narcotics denied the allegation and told the court that her London address is 78 McDonald Hills.The prosecution’s case are that on the day in question, the Guyanese citizen was an outgoing passenger en route to London via Port-of-Spain when she was subjected to a routine search of her luggage, which unearthed two bottles of rum – a 12-year and 15-year old El Dorado rum.After the discovery of the illicit substance, Moore told the Police that her boyfriend had given her the rum to take to London to give to a friend.The charges were later dropped against Moore after King had turned himself in to Police in the presence of his attorney.last_img read more

Exclusive – Mourinho reveals he was ‘inches away’ from signing Arsenal legend Henry

first_imgJose Mourinho has told talkSPORT he came close to signing Thierry Henry during his time alongside Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona.Reacting to news of the Arsenal legend’s retirement when he joined The Sports Bar on Tuesday night, the Chelsea manager revealed Henry was an ‘inch’ away from moving to the Nou Camp from Monaco in 1999.Henry instead joined Juventus before going on to enjoy a memorable eight-year spell at Arsenal, where he became their record goalscorer and earned legendary status.“When I was an assistant in Barcelona with Mr (Bobby) Robson in 1996 (we tried to sign him). He was in Monaco and he went to Juventus, we lost him by an inch,” Mourinho said.“After that he was not on my radar because it was never a possibility to come to my teams. Could you imagine in that moment leaving Arsenal to come to Chelsea? I wouldn’t imagine that.“He’s the kind of player that you need forever, especially in the Premier League where he was more than any other place.“He was okay in Barcelona and the (France) national team, but the real Thierry Henry, the player that we are all going to miss forever, is the one that made unbelievable seasons and incredible history in the Premier League.”last_img read more

Press Pass – Sunday, March 29

first_imgSteve Bunce is joined in the studio by Mike Calvin and Tom Hopkinson to discuss all of the latest sporting action.This week, the Press Pass team discuss all of the week’s international action, including Harry Kane’s debut goal for England and Wales star Gareth Bale’s brace against Israel.last_img

Key signing? Juventus man is moving to Manchester United

first_imgManchester United have boosted their future transfer plans by landing Juventus’ scouting manager Javier Ribalta.The Reds Devils’ planning for the 2017-18 season is already well underway, with Benfica defender Victor Lindelof becoming the first summer signing at Old Trafford earlier this month.And United have also managed to strengthen their backroom team with the arrival of Ribalta from Turin, where he has worked for the past five years.It is understood Ribalta will work alongside chief scouts Jim Lawlor and Marcel Bout at Old Trafford.Juventus confirmed their scouting manager was departing on Friday morning to “take on a new professional adventure elsewhere”.Ribalta told the Juventus’ official website: “It has been a wonderful few years here.“My thanks go to all involved with the club, particularly Giuseppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici for the faith they have shown in me since day one.“I will look back on my time at Juventus with great pleasure.” 1last_img read more

Inter Milan set to send scouts to watch Tottenham man

first_img Dembele on the ball for Belgium in their recent friendly against Portugal 1 Inter Milan are dispatching scouts to watch Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele in action for Belgium.The San Siro club have set their sights on the 30-year-old, who has one year left on his current contract at Spurs.Roberto Martinez’s side will face Egypt on Wednesday night in Brussels before they begin their World Cup campaign.Inter want to make Dembele one of their marquee signings this summer and, according to Corriere dello Sport, they are stepping up their scouting of him.The Italian side have organised for scouts to watch the midfielder in action for Belgium over the next month – beginning with their friendly against Egypt on Wednesday night.Inter officials are then expected to keep tabs on Dembele at the World Cup too in the hope a deal can be struck then.It was rumoured Inter would have to beat off competition from city rivals AC, but it seems as though they are trying to steal a match on the competition.Tottenham are yet to indicate if they would be willing to sell Dembele, but it is reported he has an asking price of close to £25 million.Dembele is set to face several of his Spurs teammates at the World Cup in Russia later this month when Belgium face England on June 28 in their Group G clash.last_img read more


first_imgHUNDREDS of mourners from across political divides and across the country will say a final farewell today to Harry Blaney in his native Fanad.Many have visited the family home in Rosnakill over the past two nights to pay their respects at his wake.Requiem Mass today (Wednesday) is at 2pm in Massmount Chapel, with interment in the adjoining cemetery. Members of the immediate and extended Blaney family will be joined today by members of Fianna Fail and former members of Independent Fianna Fail as well as representatives of other political parties.In a tribute last night Pat the Cope Gallagher said: “Harry Blaney was a highly respected politician who served his electoral area and County with great distinction and commitment during his 45 years as a public representative.“I had the pleasure of working closely with Harry during my time as a Councillor. Harry was a member of Donegal County Council from 1957 to 1999 and a member of Dáil Éireann from 1997 to 2002. He was chairman of Donegal County Council on two occasions from 1967 to 1968 and 1986 to 1987.“Harry Blaney always believed in sharing power and he played an important role in establishing an arrangement for the lifetime of the Council with the whips of the other parties thus ensuring the smooth and efficient running of the Council. “Harry was recognised as one of the great political campaigners during local, general, bye-election and European elections. Harry was known as a tough but fair opponent. He was decent man where his word was his bond.”Pat the Cope concluded by stating “Harry will be sadly missed by all his political friends and colleagues and in particular by his loving wife Margaret and family.”  HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS SET TO SAY FINAL FAREWELL TO HARRY BLANEY was last modified: May 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS SET TO SAY FINAL FAREWELL TO HARRY BLANEYlast_img read more

Death penalty group tours

first_img Tillis and another man were tried five times for two murders in a 1977 Chicago robbery and were acquitted in 1987 after nine years in prison. On Saturday, Tillis, 62, called it a “flawed and failed system” that resulted in his time on death row. “I will never be normal,” Tillis said. “I’m not free of death row.” “Voices from Death Row” included stops earlier this month in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A group of death penalty opponents gathered Saturday to call for a moratorium on all executions in California and urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to Stanley “Tookie” Williams. “Voices From Death Row,” a national speaking tour sponsored by the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, drew about 80 supporters to East Los Angeles College. The event featured Darby Tillis, a former Illinois death row inmate who was later exonerated. The group expressed outrage at the Dec. 13 execution date for Williams, co-founder of the Crips street gang. Williams, 51, was sentenced to death for fatally shooting Albert Owens, a Whittier convenience store worker, and killing two Los Angeles motel owners and their daughter with a shotgun during a robbery, both in 1979. He has maintained his innocence, and supporters believe Williams did not get a fair trial. Since being sentenced to death, Williams has written a series of children’s books in his effort to curtail youth gang violence. He has been nominated five times for a Nobel Peace Prize and four times for a Nobel Prize in literature. In August, Williams received a President’s Call to Service Award for his good deeds on death row, complete with a letter from President George W. Bush praising him for demonstrating “the outstanding character of America.” “His case is really important because he represents individual redemption,” said Dana Blanchard with the Los Angeles chapter of Campaign to End the Death Penalty. “While in prison he’s become one of the leading voices against gang violence.” Schwarzenegger told The Associated Press this week he will be reviewing Williams’ request for clemency and hasn’t ruled anything out. last_img read more

Celebrating Joburg in photos

first_img13 January 2004The photographic exhibition “Celebrating Johannesburg” kicks off the new year for residents and tourists looking for a fresh angle on South Africa’s commercial heartland, with various aspects of the city seen through the lenses of five South African photographers and one Londoner.The five are Jurgen Schadeberg, Chris Kirchhoff, Hugh Fraser, Bettina Andrag, and Robert Rich, with Leila Amanpour from the UK.The exhibition takes place from 9 to 26 February at the striking Absa Gallery in Main Street, and will be supported by the Johannesburg Tourism Company and Absa. The works will be on sale, and all monies will go directly to the artists as Absa will not be charging commission for works displayed.“The photo essays capture the essence of life in the metropolitan. They’re new, exciting, and will be exhibited for the first time at ‘Celebrating Johannesburg’,” said Meredith Randall, curator of the exhibition.Schadenburg will be exhibiting his new photo essay on Kliptown. Kirchhoff will display a photo essay on youth culture at The Zone at Rosebank, and Fraser will showcase his layered, textured photographs of Johannesburg’s landscape.Amanpour, a freelance photographer for the London Sunday Times, will present a series of photographs on Soweto’s motorcycle gang, the Soweto Eagles, also talented acrobatic riders. Students Andrag and Rich will examine the northern suburbs in a photo essay entitled “The other side of the Tuscan wall”.Kirchhoff and Fraser exhibited earlier versions of their work at the “Johannesburg Now” exhibition, part of the Metropolis component at the 5th Sao Paulo Biennale of Architecture and Design held in Brazil in September 2003.“With the successful hosting of the ‘Johannesburg Now’ exhibition in Sao Paulo, it was only fitting that we carry out a similar exhibition in Johannesburg to expose these remarkable artworks to Johannesburgers – the very people who provide most of the inspiration for the photographs,” Randall said.Deon Viljoen, CEO of the Johannesburg Tourism Company, said of the exhibition: “Johannesburg is in the midst of exciting times. We are a melting pot of diverse cultures, talents and features. Not only do we need to look to our bold history to entrench the City’s uniqueness, but also to current developments.“All these elements will be cleverly depicted in the photo essays at the ‘Celebrating Johannesburg’ exhibition, which guarantees a refreshing visual experience for visitors.”Viljoen is hoping that the exhibition will be an added attraction for tourists to the city, as well as drawing residents into the inner city.Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

Lalu Prasad family and CBI searches: all you need to know

first_imgMr. Prasad says he had not broken any rule or regulation in awarding the two hotels of the Railways to the IRCTC. “Everything was done according to rule and regulations… if CBI officials would ask me, I’m ready to explain them in detail”, he said. “IRCTC was formed in 1999 and I became Railway Minister in 2004… as per rules laid down by the then NDA government an open tender of these two hotels were floated for 15 years on lease…if anyone can prove where is my signature or I’ve done anything wrong I’m ready for the punishment.”Alleging political vendetta, he said: “It’s all part of it… [Narendra] Modi, Amit Shah and RSS are responsible for the raid to frighten me and bully me…but, I’ll not, come what may.”What does the BJP say?On July 5, 2017, Bihar BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi said at a press conference in New Delhi that Mr. Prasad acquired 125 pieces of property in Patna, Delhi and Kolkata during his tenure as Railway Minister, and during his wife Rabri Devi’s stint as Bihar Chief Minister between 2000 and 2005. “I have been disclosing his [Mr. Prasad] family’s property details for the last 90 days. They have acquired more than 125 properties in the last 12 years without any real business or industry. Lalu Prasad is Bihar’s Robert Vadra,” he said.Mr. Sushil Modi has demanded that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should drop Mr. Mr. Tejaswi Yadav from the Cabinet. Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav with his mother and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi at RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s residence 10, Circular Road in Patna on July 7, 2017.  | Photo Credit: PTI As the CBI registered a case and conducted searches in the residence of former Railway Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad in Patna and in some locations in Gurugram, Delhi, Ranchi and Puri following corruption charges against him, his wife Rabri Devi, son and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and some others, here’s all you need to know about the issues concerning the development. What is the charge? Mr. Prasad was Railway Minister in the UPA-I government between 2004 and 2009. The CBI’s charge is that Mr. Prasad, Ms. Devi and Mr. Tejaswi Yadav indulged in corruption by misusing the position of the RJD chief. The BNR Hotel on July 7, 2017.  | Photo Credit: PTI  What does the CBI say?The CBI registered the case against Mr. Prasad, Ms. Devi and Mr. Tejaswi Prasad Yadav and others on the charge of corruption in awarding contracts for maintenance of hotels. The others were: Sarla Gupta, wife of Mr. Prasad’s associate and Rajya Sabha member Prem Chand Gupta; Vijay Kochhar and Vinay Kochhar, who were directors of Sujata Hotels; Delight Marketing and former IRCTC managing director P.K. GoelWhat are the specifics of the charges?The CBI alleges corruption in the award of a tender for the development, maintenance and operation of BNR Heritage Hotels in Ranchi and Puri to Sujata Hotels in 2006 during Mr. Prasad’s tenure as Railway Minister. The accused have been booked under Prevention of Corruption Act as well as cheating and criminal conspiracy.The CBI claims that a conspiracy was hatched between 2004 and 2014 to transfer BNR Hotels in Puri and Ranchi to IRCTC and a tender floated later for the hotel’s management was tweaked to ensure that it went to the Patna based Sujata Hotels. In lieu of the alleged favour, 3 acres in Patna were given to Delight Marketing, purportedly a front company linked to Mr. Prasad, at just ₹1.47 crore, against the government’s circle rate (aka guideline value, the value of land as determined by the State’s government). In 2010, Mr. Prasad’s family members started taking over the Delight Marketing and completed the process in 2014. By then the land was worth ₹32.5 crore as per circle rate, and ₹94 crore in market value. The CBI’s case is that the company worth at least ₹32.5 crore was transferred to Mr. Prasad’s family members for the payment of just ₹65 lakh.Where does the investigation stand now?The CBI registered the case on the basis of a complaint filed in June 2017 and the FIR was registered on July 5, 2017. Ten plots of land are under investigation. On July7, 2017, the CBI conducted the searches. The CBI action comes weeks after the Income Tax Department searches against Mr. Prasad, his family members and associates and the attachment of several properties under the newly enacted anti-benami assets law. The Enforcement Directorate, which has powers to register money laundering cases based on CBI FIRs, is currently probing the assets of some close relatives of Mr. Prasad in connection with alleged use of shell companies to launder funds. How did Mr. Prasad react?last_img read more