Roger Federer three wins from 100th title

first_imgSwitzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after winning his tennis match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini at the end of their men’s singles third round tennis match on day four of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 – Rolex Paris Masters – indoor tennis tournament at The AccorHotels Arena in Paris, on November 1, 2018. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)Roger Federer defeated Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 to reach the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Thursday as the Swiss great moved three wins away from his 100th career title.Federer, 37, who captured his 99th trophy on home ground in Basel last week, will face Japan’s Kei Nishikori on Friday for a place in the semi-finals in the French capital.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Japanese’s last win over the 20-time major winner came in 2014.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 Bolt’s bid for pro contract in Australia ends without a deal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Third seed Federer is playing the Paris Masters for the first time since 2015 and is bidding to clinch the tournament for just the second time after winning it in 2011.“I didn’t come here to win Paris, actually. My objective is London,” said Federer as he looked beyond the French capital to the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals which start on November 11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNishikori, seeded 10, made the quarter-finals by beating Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 to avenge his defeat to the big South African in Sunday’s Vienna final.Federer leads Nishikori 6-2 in career meetings having won their last four clashes.last_img read more

Will the LFA National League Kickoff March 15?

first_imgOn Sunday, July 27, 2014, the Liberia Football Association suspended all football activities in an effort to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in support of government’s initiative.Five months later, with the help of international communities, foreign countries as well as the government and people of Liberia, Ebola infections have radically reduced, which of course encouraged CAF to lift football activities in February.The LFA has therefore announced the execution of CAF Licensing Club System and kickoff of the 2015 National League, on Sunday, March 15.Secretary General Alphonso Armah repeatedly and categorically stressed that the LFA League would officially kick-off as scheduled, at designated football fields in and out of Monrovia.Mr. Armah told the Daily Observer yesterday in an exclusive interview that clubs who have responded to the CAF Club Licensing System will be notified prior to the commencement of the national league and subsequently be included in the fixture.“In accordance to CAF Club Licensing System, we have informed all club officials that in order to have a youth team, they must have in place football development program, office space, a training ground, a general manager, secretarial structure and a financial structure that will prove to the FA that indeed they are ready to manage a football team amongst,” said Armah.The LFA official re-emphasized that failure on the part of any team to meet these requirements; the team would be relegated for the LFA to avoid facing serious punishment from the world football governing body FIFA.“The LFA is urging club officials to meet these requirements for the improvement of the game and for us to be in line with FIFA standard, so it should be the obligation of every club official to work along with us,” he said and paid tribute to club officials that continue to work in line with the LFA.SponsorshipFirst division clubs LISCR FC and FC BYC are calling for the LFA to step-up its Marketing Committee to encourage business entities to support football clubs amidst the hardship, owing to the Ebola virus, which has affected the economy.Mustapha Raji and Sekou Konneh argued that there are three cream of officials at the LFA that would be of greater good to the clubs; they include Dee Maxwell Kamanyan (President, Liberia Business Association), Ciatta Bishop (Executive Director, National Bureau of Concession) and D. Sheba Brown (a senior officer at the Central Bank of Liberia.)They duo are also arguing that the LFA can also be a help to the clubs by slicing some of the FIFA World Cup bonus to member countries, in the amount of about US$1m.Further, they said, their portion from the FIFA Financial Assistant Program (FAP) of about US$750,000.00 could also be given to the clubs as preparation fees amidst these tough times.But, Chief Scribe Armah clarified that the funds are intended to construct the headquarters of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), of which a land has already been purchased.Armah said the LFA’s Executive Committee is taken aback because the stakeholders were officially informed at the recent congress on the erection of the LFA’s house, which would be named in honor of Senator George M. Weah.No FixtureInterestingly, with 12 days to the kick-off of the National Football League, there isn’t any fixture up to now, to light the hope of club managers and players as well as fans.The LFA chief scribe said, the fixture would be concluded this week, but reports say the winding-up of the fixture depend on ‘majority registration’ of clubs in the league.Preparation of FieldsThe only largest football field, managed by LFA — the Antoinette Tubman Stadium is yet still under renovation.Technicians say the field is about 60% completed and they need at least three weeks to reach 70% to be usable for football games.The seat around the field and the wire fence, including bathrooms, players’ and referees’ dressing rooms need serious fixing.This means, if the LFA forces the kick-off, most of the 1st division games would be played either at low-level pitches such as Blue Field, D. Twe,  Tusafield and the Nancy Doe Sports Stadium in Kakata.CongressReports gathered say some clubs are pushing for the holding of congress before the tournament to be knowledgeable about administrative and financial activities in 2014, before the next 2015 budget.According to the LFA’s statute, congress is usually held every March and it is the highest making body of the LFA. Last year’s congress was postponed owing to administrative reasons and was finally postponed owing to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Deferment of CAF’s Club Licensing SystemThe clubs, amongst issues are pushing for the postponement of the CAF Club Licensing system amidst the collapsed of the economy because of the Ebola Virus, and believed that CAF would reasonably understand.The clubs indicated that at least by 2016 with the recovery of the economy, they could be compelled to adhere to the CAF regulations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CCJ to rule on Sovereignty of the People case early July

first_imgConstitutional challengeThe Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is set to make a ruling on the Guyana Government’s appeal of the constitutional challenge to presidential term limits, along with citizenship and residency restrictions.The decision is expected to be handed down by Sir Dennis Byron, the current President of the CCJ. Sir Dennis is expected to demit office on July 3, while Justice Adrian Saunders will assume the presidency on July 4.Sir Dennis was on the panel of Judges who heard arguments by legal teams representing the State of Guyana, and the applicant, Cedric Richardson. The other Judges included: Jacob Wit, David Hayton, Winston Anderson, Rajnauth Lee, and Denys Barrow.The outcome of this matter could be a deciding factor as to whether Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo will be the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) presidential candidate in the 2020 General Elections. Jagdeo was previously elected President in 2001 and 2006.Coming out of the legal arguments from both sides was whether Article 90 of Guyana’s Constitution by way of Act 17 of 2001 infringed on Articles 1 and 9 of the said Constitution. Attorney General Basil Williams said Act 17 of 2000 was validly passed. He said the Basic Structure Doctrine was not applicable to Guyana.This court action, among other things, challenged the constitutionality of the National Assembly-sanctioned two-term limit on the presidency.Guyana’s Court of Appeal ruled in February 2017 that the constitutional amendments by Parliament to limit the number of times a person could serve as President were unconstitutional.During that February decision, then acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl Singh, was supported by Justice of Appeal BS Roy in upholding then acting Chief Justice Ian Chang’s decision that the amendments were unconstitutional.The decision which the Appellate Justices upheld signalled that an amendment to the Constitution on presidential term limits, which was enacted when the National Assembly altered Article 90 via a two-thirds vote in 2000, needs a referendum to make a final decision.This enactment was recommended by an across-the-board Constitutional Reform Committee of 2000/2001. This Committee received both Government and Opposition input, and the reform received bipartisan support.Many observers contend that if the CCJ ruled in favour of former acting Chief Justice Chang’s original ruling, it would allow for former Head of State Bharrat Jagdeo to run on the PPP/C’s ticket as presidential candidate for the 2020 elections. Despite this scenario, the Party is seemingly undecided on who would be its presidential candidate for the next elections.Jagdeo, who now serves as Opposition Leader, had in fact told the press that he was more interested in building his party’s base than being bothered by an ongoing court matter. Jagdeo declared: “When the right time comes, we will decide on a presidential candidate.”His comments followed speculation over his future, given that he formerly served as President from 1999 to 2011 and has re-entered the field of active politics.Jagdeo has stressed that he was mostly concerned about ensuring that his party was victorious at the nation’s next polls. “I made it clear that the PPP is not decided on a presidential candidate for 2020.“I’m General Secretary of the Party; I took over in January last year after the Congress, and my job as General Secretary is to work hard to transform the Party, to widen its base and prepare it to win the elections regardless of what position I serve in,” he noted.Attorney General Williams had appealed the Appeal Court’s landmark ruling in February 2017 that declared that sovereignty resides in the people and not in the Parliament; and as such, certain fundamental clauses in the Constitution that serve to define its substantive nature can be altered only by a referendum of the people.AG Williams and his colleague, Raphael Trotman, challenged the ruling in the CCJ. The decision to refer the matter to the CCJ was presided over by acting Chancellor Yonette Cummings-Edwards, Appellate Judge Dawn Gregory and then High Court Judge Rishi Persaud.If that appeal is unsuccessful, then the voters of Guyana would have a choice of four classes of persons that were barred by Act 17 of 2001. Amended Article 90 had specified that (A) only a citizen by birth or parentage can qualify to be the President; (B) a person must be residing in Guyana on the date of nomination for election; (C) a person must have been a resident for seven years immediately before that date, and (D) citizens of Guyana who have served for two terms as President were barred from re-election.The last elections, back in 2015, saw former President Donald Ramotar serving as the PPP/C’s presidential candidate, while his running mate was diplomat Elisabeth Harper, who served as the Party’s prime ministerial candidate.last_img read more

Judge rules files on priest must be turned over

first_imgAttorney Donald Steier, who represents accused priests, said Lichtman’s order would not have a significant impact on other California cases. He said the order only applies to the files of priests who are dead and only in cases in which the church has not sought protective orders during litigation. “Apparently, Milwaukee turned all these files over during the litigation phase without protective orders,” Steier said. “The facts that Lichtman relied on won’t be applicable in the other cases.” Widera was convicted in Wisconsin in 1973 of sexual perversion. While he was serving probation in that state for the crime, a therapist reported that a mother said her son, a 10-year-old altar boy, had been abused. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee transferred Widera to California in 1981, knowing his history. He died in 2003 after leaping from a hotel balcony in Mexico.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In his 59-page ruling, Lichtman struck down archdiocese arguments for keeping the documents private, including claims that the records were protected by third-party privacy rights, the First Amendment and the confidential business rights of the archdiocese. Attorneys familiar with the case differed about the significance of the ruling regarding hundreds of other clergy abuse cases pending in California. Raymond Boucher, the lead plaintiffs’ attorney for more than 700 abuse claims, said the ruling would set a precedent for the release of other confidential files on priests. Those files can show when the church first learned of allegations of abuse and how the situation was addressed. “I don’t think there’s anything that’s come out of California that’s been this comprehensive and significant,” he said. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who won the release of clergy-abuse files in Boston, agreed. “It’s a significant step in publicizing such documents and a significant victory for victims,” he said. A judge Tuesday ordered the Roman Catholic Church to release insurance records and confidential files related to a notorious priest who had been convicted of molestation before being transferred to California. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Peter D. Lichtman ordered the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to make public 3,000 pages of insurance records and hundreds of pages from the secret disciplinary files of Siegfried Widera. Lichtman wrote that Widera’s files prove that “priests with known sexual proclivities have been handed off from (one) location to another without regard to the potential harm to the children of the Church.” Kathleen Hohl, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, said it would abide by the ruling but declined further comment. The documents will not be released for at least 30 days. last_img read more

Ducks roll past Edmonton

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Toby Petersen scored a short-handed goal for the Oilers, who have yet to win a game since trading Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders on March 1. They faced the Ducks with five forwards and five defensemen sidelined by injuries, and dressed only 17 skaters. Jan Hejda dislocated his left shoulder and Steve Staios injured his left knee in Edmonton’s 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday. The Oilers had 20-year-old defenseman Bryan Young make his NHL debut after being promoted from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. To make matters worse for the Oilers, goalie Dwayne Roloson and backup Jussi Markkanen were both dealing with the flu. But coach Craig MacTavish had to put someone in goal – so Markkanen got the nod after losing to the Lightning. Making consecutive starts for only the second time this season, Markkanen gave up a goal on the first shot he faced, and was immediately replaced by Roloson 78 seconds after the opening faceoff. Getzlaf scored on a one-timer from the left point, beating Markkanen to the stick side while Shawn Horcoff was off for high-sticking McDonald. center_img ANAHEIM – Ryan Getzlaf had two goals and an assist, Corey Perry and Dustin Penner each had a goal and an assist, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory. Andy McDonald scored his 20th goal and Ilya Bryzgalov made 28 saves for the Pacific Division leaders, helping send Edmonton to its sixth straight loss. The Ducks have 41 victories and lead the division with 93 points. They are two wins and five points from equaling the franchise record both set last season. last_img read more

Van Ginkel update: Agent confirms Chelsea may cancel loan deal

first_imgThe agent of Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel says the Premier League club have not cancelled the Dutchman’s loan deal with AC Milan – but they will if his playing time does not increase.talkSPORT told you earlier today that the Blues were considering pulling the plug on Van Ginkel’s loan move, due to the fact that the 21-year-old has only played 31 minutes in Serie A for Milan this season.And now Van Ginkel’s agent, Karel Jansen, has confirmed that Chelsea are contemplating bringing the midfielder back to Stamford Bridge.“The build-up in the beginning at Milan was good. Marco began the season on the bench and it was expected as he was getting used to a new club and country,” Jansen told FOX Sports.“But even after he recovered from the injury he has had very little time on the pitch. We were not happy about it and it went against all logic.“We made it clear that this was not intention when he joined on loan. Marco did not have to go to Italy and do nothing. Look, if he wasn’t very good, this treatment was understandable but a fit Van Ginkel would walk into the Milan side.“Chelsea have not pulled the plug but they might if the current situation continues.” 1 Marco van Ginkel (right) has played only 31 minutes in Serie A this season last_img read more


first_imgInishowen Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has said that his office has received numerous calls from worried constituents after the HSE announced that a total of 23 gluten-free foods have been removed from the HSE drugs list.Cllr Murray said that these are essential food items for those with coeliac disease and should not have been considered for removal.He said “I have been contacted by many people with coeliac disease in Inishowen who are deeply concerned about the HSE’s removal of these essential food items from the medical card drugs list. None of those who contacted me were aware that these cuts were coming until they went to buy food. “At least 1 in 100 people have coeliac disease and cannot consume gluten. These people must therefore buy gluten-free foods which can cost up to 5 times the price of similar items.“No one makes the choice to become a coeliac. For the sake of their health they have to consume gluten-free food. Like everyone else, they should be entitled to avail of basic food such as bread – gluten-free bread is not a luxury item.”The Buncrana-based councillor said one man who contacted me, has four other coeliac sufferers in his family.The HSE is now asking his family to spend 5 times what others would, just to eat basic food, he said. “Minister James Reilly is forcing the HSE to make drastic decisions and heap hardship onto thousands of families in Donegal in order to keep up with his cuts. He needs to abandon this destructive course of action immediately.“My colleague Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has committed to raising this issue with the Minister as a matter of priority as soon as the Dáil reconvenes.” OF DONEGAL PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED BY GLUTEN FOOD MOVE – MURRAY was last modified: October 1st, 2012 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:Cllr Jack Murraygluten foodHSElast_img read more

Finn Harps U17s stay on track for knockout stages

first_imgThe Finn Harps U17s have given themselves a decent chance of qualification for the quarter-finals of the FAI National League competition after a fine 2-0 win over Derry City in a local derby at the Brandywell this afternoon. Goals from James Carolan and Ryan Cunningham sealed the victory for Declan Boyle’s boys.Ryan CunninghamThe Harps U17s have just one game remaining in the Northern Section where the three points will be needed in order to stay in the frame for qualification. That match is next Saturday in Ballybofey against Monaghan/Cavan (kick-off 2.00).Finn Harps U17s stay on track for knockout stages was last modified: September 17th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:derry cityFAIfinn harpsFootballU17slast_img read more

Liverpool predicted line-up for Premier League clash v Brighton

first_img Liverpool are second in the league – behind Manchester City on goal difference gameday England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes We also believe club captain Jordan Henderson, who was a second-half substitute against Palace, will start the game to give James Milner a well-earned rest. Henderson will also be a good partner in midfield for debutant Fabinho.This will also give Naby Keita the chance to play in an even more advanced role which in turn will help Sturridge play his more natural centre forward position as opposed to the false 9 role Firmino plays.We expect the Reds to keep the same back line as the one they’ve had for their opening two games as Liverpool have yet to concede a goal this season. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED Played two, won two, scored six, conceded none. Things have gone very swimmingly for Liverpool so far this season.And they will be looking to carry on the good momentum when they take on Brighton at Anfield on Saturday at 17:30. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ALTERED Although Liverpool have looked very competent in their first two games – a 4-0 win v West Ham as well as a decent 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace – they will be wary of their opponents who upset the odds with a 3-2 victory over Manchester United last weekend.However, the Reds are still firm favourites going into the game and this could spell an opportunity for Jurgen Klopp to rotate his starting XI as it’s only have been a five-day gap between their Monday night match at Selhurst Park and the visit of Brighton.Summer signing Fabinho could make his first competitive start for the Reds as he gradually gets up to speed with the cut and thrust of English football. He may step in for Georginio Wijnaldum who reportedly didn’t train with the squad on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge could be given a chance to shine as Roberto Firmino also didn’t train with the squad on Tuesday. Here is talkSPORT’s predicted line-up: Latest Premier League News How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 2 2 REVEALED silverware possible standings last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal sports club is doing its bit to ensure special needs pre-schools are not left behind.Following the Let Me, Be Me! Campaign to preserve specialist pre-schools in Donegal, it is important to highlight the importance of these schools in this county. One of the two schools which is under threat of closure, following a decision to cut resource teaching hours to school children with special needs, is Ballaghderg Special Needs Pre-School in Letterkenny.Three Rivers Badminton which is based in the Oak Tree Business Park, Killygordon has been very active over the last few years in not only trying to highlight and develop the sport of badminton in this county but also to use the growth of the club to highlight and raise funds for local groups.Through one of the clubs’ families, Three Rivers got involved with Ballaghderg Pre-School with the intentions of raising enough money for an iPad for the school.Through various events ran during the season by the club and assistance from the clubs sponsor, Kelly’s of Mountain Top Letterkenny, €300 was raised for Ballaghderg Pre-School. Following the emphasis on the work being carried out to reverse the decision made to cut back on resources for the schools, Three Rivers Badminton along with Kelly’s Mountain Top would like to highlight the importance of schools like Ballaghderg not only to the children who attend it but also to the families of the children.Three Rivers will be kicking off their new season with the senior club kicking off this month and the juniors kicking off in September. For more information on the club, you can not only find information on facebook but you can also e-mail for their welcome pack which includes all the information required if you are interested in joining.Three Rivers would not only like to thank Kellys for their support to the club but also to all the volunteer coaches and helpers who make the club the success that it is. BADMINTON CLUB DOES ITS BIT FOR NEEDY SPECIAL PRE-SCHOOL was last modified: August 9th, 2013 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:IpadThree Rivers Badminton Clublast_img read more