Vanguardia hopes Phelp’s return helps them get over playoff hump End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Serbia’s Novak Djokovic slips in his quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Austria’s Dominic Thiem at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/David Vincent)PARIS— Novak Djokovic’s French Open title defense ended with a surprisingly lopsided 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria on Wednesday.A year ago, Djokovic became the first man in nearly a half-century to claim a fourth consecutive major championship and completed a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros. But his form has dipped considerably since then, and now he has gone four majors in a row without earning a trophy.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “It’s a fact that I’m not playing close to my best,” Djokovic said. “This is a whole new situation that I’m feeling.”On Wednesday at a windy Court Suzanne Lenglen, Djokovic was out of sorts in so many ways, even before that 20-minute third set in which he won only 8 of 34 points. That was only the second time that Djokovic lost a final set by the score of 6-0 in his 937 career tour-level matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“It was not there for me today,” Djokovic said with a sigh.He wasted two set points in the opener. By the end of the match, he wound up with nearly twice as many unforced errors, 35, as winners, 18. His backhand was particularly problematic. More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Known for tremendous footwork and court coverage, the No. 2-seeded Serb even stumbled and tumbled to the court, his racket flying out of his hands, early in the second set. Djokovic was left on his knees, and soon he would be out of the tournament entirely.“All in all,” Djokovic said, “it was decided, I think, in the first set.”How unlikely was this result? Djokovic entered the day having won all five previous matches — and 11 of 12 sets — against Thiem, including in the French Open semifinals a year ago.“It’s amazing for me,” Thiem said. “To beat him for the first time in the quarters of the French Open is a dream.”Plus, Djokovic had appeared in a record six consecutive semifinals in Paris. But this continued what has become something of a 12-month downward slide for him since he finally grabbed ahold of the French Open championship he had so long sought.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Since then, though, the highlight for Djokovic was a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open. Otherwise, he lost his No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray and lost in the third round of Wimbledon, the first round of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and the second round of the Australian Open.Along the way, he split with one of his coaches, Boris Becker, and then his other, Marian Vajda, along with other members of his entourage. Djokovic enlisted Andre Agassi for coaching help during Week 1 of the French Open, but Agassi had some prior commitments and so was gone by the time Djokovic faced Thiem.The 23-year-old Thiem will face nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal next.“You have to play the best guys round after round,” Thiem said. “It’s not getting easier on Friday.”The other men’s quarterfinals scheduled for later Wednesday: 2016 runner-up Murray vs. No. 8 Kei Nishikori, and 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka vs. No. 7 Marin Cilic.Thiem is a talented, up-and-coming player, to be sure, and he is the only man to beat Nadal in the Spaniard’s 23 matches on clay in 2017. That came in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open last month.Earlier Wednesday, Nadal reached his record 10th French Open semifinal when No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain retired from their match early in the second set because of an injured abdominal muscle he said began bothering him on a serve at 5-2 in the first.Nadal led 6-2, 2-0 when Carreno Busta stopped.Nadal has dropped only 22 games so far in the tournament, the fewest he has lost on the way to any of his 26 Grand Slam semifinal berths.“I don’t know how many games I lost this year, but I really don’t care about this, no?” Nadal said. “I only care that I am in the semifinals.” Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments
Patrick, an environmental science major, recorded a career-high 16 points off of 14 kills and two aces, while also adding four digs as the Blues topped the Nipissing Lakers, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon. Story Links For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Campagna followed that up with one goal and one assist in Toronto’s 4-3 upset victory over the then second-place Ryerson Rams on Saturday. The wins move the Blues into a tie with the Queen’s Gaels for second place in the OUA East division. Matt Campagna, a third-year forward from Mississauga, Ont., scored three goals and added two assists in helping the Varsity Blues men’s hockey team to two big victories at home this past weekend. University of Toronto hockey forward Matt Campagna and volleyball standout Brianna Patrick have been named the Varsity Blues male and female athletes of the week for the period ending January 21. A second-year left side hitter from Winnipeg, Brianna Patrick totaled 27 points and 15 digs as the Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team notched two wins at Goldring Centre. The employment relations major scored two goals and added one assist as the Blues topped the Windsor Lancers, 5-1, on Friday night. She follow that up with an 11-point performance off of 10 kills and one ace, and added a career-high 11 digs in U of T’s 3-1 victory over the York Lions on Sunday. The four-point weekend sees Toronto sitting just one point out of a playoff spot with six regular season games remaining.
Minibus operators plying the Georgetown-Lethem route are crying foul after their repeated calls to have the road network upgraded have been ignored by Government. They are now pleading for the Government to come up with some solutions to remedy the situation.The operators are complaining about the condition of the road, noting that it is covered with large potholes, and broken and washed away bridges. “The road is deplorable all the way from Linden. Buses and trucks sticking up right there which is the first part, all the way to Lethem have broken bridges, damaged bridges,” one operator told Guyana Times.One of the many potholes that line the roadHe added that on Sunday one of the bridges “washed away” leaving some buses with passengers stranded. According to another operator, he has been traversing the road for over 28 years and the present condition is by far the worst he had seen.The bus operators and truck drivers are complaining that due to the condition of the road, their vehicles are being damaged.“We have to spend $20,000 to $30,000 on every trip to service our vehicles so it is not good for us,” he said.A truck on the verge of toppling due to an extra-large pothole in the roadAt the end of January, the Public Infrastructure Ministry announced that the construction for the first phase of the Linden-Lethem road project, which spans from Linden to Mabura, is expected to commence without a hitch, as the Ministry will be working closely with the UK Government towards the success of the project. However, some four months after, the project is yet to begin.The first phase of the project covers approximately 122.5 kilometres of road from Linden and the construction of a bridge across the Essequibo River at Kurupukari River. The Government as a part of a collaborative effort with the UK Government is seeking to engage a multi-discipline and transport sector-experienced consulting firm to assist in the preparation of a two-component capital project.The components for this capital project include the upgrade of approximately 122.5km of road between Linden and Mabura Hill (including drainage) and construction of a new single or dual lane fixed bridge across the Essequibo River at the Kurupukari ferry crossing, which is approximately 600 metres long.While the proposed road upgrade applies only to one section of the Linden-Lethem road, the capital works on the remaining 331.5km of the laterite road will be undertaken through funding from other sources.The remaining capital works would fall under additional phases and the Public Infrastructure Ministry disclosed that it has already engaged the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) on possible funding for the stretch of road between Mabura Hill and Lethem.During the 2017 Budget presentation, Finance Minister Winston Jordan speaking about “infrastructure for integration” noted that an infrastructure network that can support rapid economic development requires huge capital investments.Efforts to contact both Ministers of Public Infrastructure for a comment on the issue proved futile.
Compared to the same time last year, unemployment in the Northeast has dropped greatly from 7.6 per cent.As for the rest of the province the unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 per cent from 7.5 in August.Currently, B.C. sits at the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the country with Saskatchewan with the lowest at 4.6 per cent.- Advertisement -The jobless rate rose across Canada is 7.1 per cent.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Angel di Maria flew into England last night to complete his record £60m move to Manchester United. The Argentina midfielder will undergo a medical today and the deal should be confirmed in the next 24 hours. (Various)Louis van Gaal wants to follow up the signing of Di Maria by signing Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal in £34m deal. (Daily Telegraph)And United could be prepared to use Javier Hernandez as part of their deal for Vidal. (Daily Express)Manchester United are also lining up an £18million swoop for Ajax star Daley Blind. (The Sun)Arsenal could turn to Danny Welbeck or Loic Remy as fears grow that striker Olivier Giroud has broken his ankle. (The Sun)Arsenal and Manchester United have received a huge boost in their pursuit of Roma defender Mehdi Benatia after the Italian club scrapped a proposed meeting with potential suitors Bayern Munich. (Daily Star)Arsenal have been handed another major transfer boost after Sporting Lisbon agreed to lower their demands for defensive midfielder William Carvalho. (Daily Express)Everton are closing in on a deal to sign Samuel Eto’o as Roberto Martínez seeks to add experience and quality to his attack to relieve some of the pressure on Romelu Lukaku. (The Times)AC Milan are continuing talks with Chelsea over a potential deal for Fernando Torres. Milan want to take the former Atletico Madrid forward on loan but the player’s camp are awaiting proposals for a permanent transfer. (Daily Mail)Southampton are lining up a raid for Feyenoord’s Holland midfielder Jordy Clasie. (The Sun)Tottenham are willing to meet the release clause of Sevilla captain Federico Fazio, according to the La Liga club’s sporting director Monchi. (London Evening Standard)West Ham have made enquiries about Bayer Leverkusen defender Philipp Wollscheid. The 25-year-old centre-back has spent the last two years at Leverkusen, and played 24 times last season for the German side, who finished fourth in the Bundesliga. (Daily Mail)West Ham are ready to sell Carlton Cole to Bournemouth for £1million – but the striker is reluctant to move to the Championship. (Daily Mirror)Sunderland are closing in on a deal to bring Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates to the Stadium of Light on a season-long loan. (Daily Star)Leicester midfielder Andy King is being eyed by Sunderland, QPR and West Brom. (The Sun)Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes is poised to ask for a transfer to help push through a £12million move to Hull City. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Reports: Man United agree £60million Di Maria feeBalotelli is back! Liverpool complete £16m signing of striker from AC MilanReports: Eto’o close to agreeing Everton moveCrystal Palace and Leicester go head-to-head for Inter Milan outcastPSG forward Lavezzi lined up for Inter Milan switchMonaco line up Gustavo as Arsenal face missing out on midfield target againManchester United forward a shock target for Turkish giants GalatasarayArsenal to miss out on Manolas? Roma closing in on deal for Greek defenderTransfer boost for Swansea as top target rules out Marseille move
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If you’re not a college student or an HBO addict, you’ve probably never sat down to watch an episode of “Entourage.” You should, especially if you’re interested in understanding the twenty-something American male. The young men of Generation Y watch HBO’s semi-hit series as religiously as their mothers watch “Oprah.” “Entourage” centers on four friends from Queens as they go from paupers of New York to princes of Los Angeles. One member of the clique, Vincent Chase, played by Adrian Grenier, becomes Hollywood’s next big thing. True to his generation, Vince brings his best friends, his entourage, with him to L.A.: his fledging actor-brother Johnny Drama, played by Kevin Dillon; his pizza shop manager-turned talent manager Eric, played by Kevin Connolly; and his stoner “driver” Turtle, played by Jerry Ferrara. During summers and in French class, from about eighth grade on, members of Generation Y have spent their daydreams in the world of Vincent Chase. Those who argue the American dream is dead couldn’t be more wrong; it’s on steroids. As the rest of us watch, these four guys live the dream we’ve all toyed with, disappearing on a whim on private jets, begging off women and sitting courtside at Lakers games. Because the characters are “common man” figures, every new car and celebrity cameo is as exciting to them as it is to us watching at home. “Entourage” bridges a divide, somehow managing to capture my generation’s excitement and fascination with Hollywood. Every Sunday, “Entourage” answers the questions we think about Monday through Friday. What would it be like if we went from our lifeguard chairs and checkout stands to Maseratis and VIP boxes? What if a talent agent spotted us walking down the street tomorrow? The half-hour show provides a window to observe a generational affliction. The American dream has given way to the Hollywood dream, an unhealthy obsession with the lives of the obscenely rich and famous. Indeed, we were the first generation to grow up in the modern media era, a time in which any surface can be transformed into a message or promotion; very often those surfaces carry a celebrity face or show the lifestyle we’ve come to aspire to. We’ve grown up enamored of wealth and fame. For generations before us, this was all just entertainment. Celebrity antics were something to be laughed at in the grocery lines. For us, Hollywood gossip hasn’t been confined to the tabloids. It’s inescapable; it’s headline “news.” Lohan and Hilton are front and center on our mobile phones and above the fold in our newspaper. In junior high, we came home from school and peered inside celebs’ mansions and Mercedes on shows like “MTV Cribs.” We’ve seen what it’s like to be in a real entourage on MTV’s “Diary,” on E! and on celebrity blogs. According to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center, 81 percent of 18- to 25-year-olds said that getting rich was one of our generation’s most important goals. Half said that being famous was important to them. Forty years ago, the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, asked college freshman if being “very well off financially” was important. Only 41.9 percent said it was. In 2006, in the most recent survey of UCLA freshmen, 74.5 percent said it was. Even as we’ve gotten older and our fixation with wealth has brushed with a tough reality, the show has remained a highlight of the week — maybe now an even more welcome escape. I was discussing this phenomenon with one of my closest friends, who for obvious reasons did not want to be named here. He said, “You know, it’s fun. Most of us are probably gonna get stuck with a 9-5, counting the days till we retire. It’s a little escape. ‘Entourage’ is the fastest half an hour of the week; you know that.” So if you’re free on a Sunday night and still awake when the show comes on at 10 p.m., try to watch “Entourage” with some of the members of Generation Y. During the last season, which aired during the school year, some of my friends would disperse to attack their textbooks with new motivation as the show wrapped. Others would sit and talk about how easily they could become big-time actors if they “just had a chance.” Most commonly, though, they would just sit, slowly shaking their heads, imagining life as Vinny Chase or part of his entourage.— Brian Till, a senior at Haverford College, is a freelance writer and a research assistant for several Washington, D.C.-based journalists. Write to him by e-mail at email@example.com.
Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 1 targets He has started only seven Premier League games this season, with most of his appearances coming in the Europa League or as a substitute.Giroud’s current deal expires this summer unless the Blues activate a one-year extension clause – and assistant manager Gianfranco Zola says the club want him to sign a long-term contract.But the 32-year-old World Cup winner is not short of alternative options and could be tempted by the prospect of regular first-team football. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND LATEST LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets Giroud is the Europa League’s top scorer LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti TOP WORK “I am frustrated when not on the pitch, but I just don’t want to show it,” Giroud said on Wednesday, ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League quarter-final second leg against Slavia Prague.“I am not happy to be the second striker. I don’t know [if I will be here next season] you have to speak to Marina [Granovskaia]. I want to enjoy my football. It must be decided by the end of the season.“Yes [I have received offers from other clubs] but I cannot tell you yet. I am focused on Chelsea.” moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Olivier Giroud has revealed he has received offers from other clubs, casting doubt over his future at Chelsea.The France striker is second-choice at Stamford Bridge, behind January arrival Gonzalo Higuain, and he has been left disappointed due to a lack of first-team opportunities. REVEALED
Mount Agung . Travellers to Bali face days and possibly weeks of uncertainty and disruption to holiday plans after authorities upgraded the aviation alert for Mount Agung’s eruption to it highest – red- level on Saturday, Nov 25th.Flights to Bali for the upcoming peak holiday period are shrouded in uncertainty with seasonal north-east winds a major threat pushing the ash cloud towards the airport.While Australia’s Jetstar flights resumed Sunday, Nov 26, after a 12-hour halt the unpredictability of Mount Agung’s ongoing eruption and the variable winds were playing havoc with other airline’s flights.Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre graphic of the ash cloud movementAn Indonesia AirAsia flight to Perth was canceled because of the ash cloud while Virgin Australia scrapped its flights from the Eastern States of Australia to Bali.Winds at this time year are from the north-east to north-west meaning that the ash cloud could very quickly be blown across the airport and then be clear.Read Jetstar’s rating hereWhile the winds are currently from the north-west pushing the ash cloud away they are forecast to change to the north-east, which will cause greater disruptions.Mount Agung eruption at dawn. Credit Håkon Eugen GustavsenComplicating matters is the heavy cloud which makes it very difficult to see the ash cloud and the limited range of some of the aircraft that operate the flights.Read Virgin Australia’s rating hereOn Saturday evening eight flights from Australia – including four from WA – were canceled or diverted as Mount Agung’s ash cloud spread towards the island’s airport.The alert level for aviation was raised to RED by the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre on Saturday afternoon where it remains.One Jetstar flight from Perth did not depart, while a Virgin Australia flight from Pt Hedland to Bali turned back.Two Indonesia AirAsia flights returned to Bali from Perth, Western Australia without passengers.Other airlines also canceled flights including Cathay Pacific and KLM.Airlines urge all intending passengers to check airline websites for the latest information.The Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre said that the volcanic ash cloud was up to 22,000ft.Live feed of the volcano Screen grab of the live feed of the volcanoOver the past months, 140,000 people have been evacuated from the region around the volcano when it was on high alert but that number is reduced to about 30,000 after the alert levels were lowered.Indonesian authorities downgraded their eruption warning for Mt Agung in late October after a decrease in seismic activity.The alert was boosted to the highest threat level in September amid fears an explosive eruption was imminent.Mt Agung’s last major eruption was in 1963 and killed more than 1100 people. That eruption lasted for more than a year.
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Top stories: Computers that ‘think’ like humans, research chimps that can’t retire, and a protein that can halt the flu Computers are starting to reason like humansHow many parks are near the new home you’re thinking of buying? What’s the best dinner-wine pairing at a restaurant? These everyday questions require relational reasoning, an important component of higher thought that has been difficult for artificial intelligence to master. 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The French government then unveiled a website aimed at attracting foreign scientists with 4-year grants worth up to €1.5 million each. The move has irritated some French scientists, who say it raises concerns about their nation’s commitment to homegrown science.China’s quantum satellite achieves ‘spooky action’ at record distanceQuantum entanglement—physics at its strangest—has moved out of this world and into space. In a study that shows China’s growing mastery of both the quantum world and space science, a team of physicists reports that it sent eerily intertwined quantum particles from a satellite to ground stations separated by 1200 kilometers, smashing the previous world record. The result is a stepping stone to ultrasecure communication networks and, eventually, a space-based quantum internet.Designer protein halts fluThere’s a new weapon taking shape in the war on flu, one of the globe’s most dangerous infectious diseases. Scientists have created a designer protein that stops the influenza virus from infecting cells in culture and protects mice from getting sick after being exposed to a heavy dose of the virus. It can also be used as a sensitive diagnostic. And although it isn’t ready as a treatment itself, the protein may point the way to future flu drugs, scientists say.Research on lab chimps is over. Why have so few been retired to sanctuaries?The U.S. government effectively ended all invasive research on chimpanzees in 2015 and said it would retire all the chimps it owned. Yet in the past 2 years, only 73 chimpanzees have entered sanctuaries, while nearly 600 remain in research facilities. Why has retirement been so slow? Labs have dragged their feet, sanctuaries haven’t expanded quickly enough, and the government itself didn’t have a concrete plan for retirement. The slow pace has heightened tensions between the laboratory and sanctuary communities, which are struggling to put aside decades of frigid relations to make chimpanzee retirement a reality. By Ryan CrossJun. 16, 2017 , 2:15 PM (Left to right): C.Bickel/Science; SHELBY KNOWLES; v_alex/iStockphoto
Although his wards ended their U-17 World Cup campaign on a poor note, India U-17 coach Luis Norton de Matos asserted on Thursday that the experience may prove to be valuable for the future of Indian football.Pointing out that the standard of the U-17 World Cup is far higher than the I-League and the Indian Super League (ISL), he said his boys have taken away valuable lessons from the tournament which will stand them in good stead when they represent the country in senior level.”They (India U-17 footballers) are as intelligent as others. This (FIFA U-17 World Cup) is better than I-League, this experience is stronger than I-League. Because I know very well when the ISL teams go to play against the fourth division sides in Spain, they lose,” Norton told reporters during the post-match press conference.FT | #FIFAU17WC Group A????4-0??????º??1-3????´ pic.twitter.com/ZUNDta0yNH- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 12, 2017Praising India’s performance, he said: “After two hard games at this level I knew it would be complicated to play against Ghana. Ghana to me were the strongest team in the Group. They have very fast players, all of whom can decide the fate of the match.””We were physically very tired at the half time. When you are physically drained out, your brain does not work and you commit silly mistakes. I am very proud of my boys,” he added.”The difference between the two teams was too big,” he concluded.Indian players are leaving the #FIFAU17WC stage for the last time. You guys showed the entire nation what you’re capable of. #BackTheBlue pic.twitter.com/EOGXTh67iVadvertisement- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017You may not have made it,but youve made your way through to the hearts of at least 1.3 billion people. Come on, India! #INDvGHA #FIFAU17WC- CK Vineeth (@ckvineeth) October 12, 2017