first_imgValue Jet airlines, one of Nigeria’s safest airlines with a 100% safety record has thrown its weight behind the Remo Secondary Schools Athletics Championship which began thursday at the Gateway International stadium in Sagamu.The competition,organised by the Falilat Ogunkoya Sports Foundation is for secondary schools in the Remo division of Ogun state and it will serve as a veritable platform to discover talents that can be groomed in time to represent Ogun state at the National Sports Festival holding in Benin,Edo state in March/April next year and those that can be groomed to reprsent in the future.The brain behind the event, Falilat Ogunkoya is grateful to Value Jet and its owner,Kunle Soname for backing the competition and believes the talents discovered at this competition will forever be grateful to Soname,also an Remo indigene for giving them the opportunity to be noticed. “This is a dream come true for me and I am grateful to Mr Soname for identifying with our objective which is to give boys and girls in the Remo division of Ogun state the opportunity to showcase their talents.“Through his company,Value Jet, the first Remo Sceondary Schools Athletics Championships is a reality,’said Ogunkoya,the reigning African 400m record (49.10) holder and two-time Olympic medallist.Ogunkoya is also delighted that the South West Athletics Association has identified with her.“Schools from the six south western states of Nigeria have been invited for the South West Athletics Relays to add colour to the competition,’said Ogunkoya who remains the only Nigerian athlete ever to be ranked number one in any event following her number one ranking in 1998 after winning the 400m event at the Grand Prix Final in Moscow,Russia.Some of the Southwest schools that have indicated interest are:Brightville College Ibadan,Ayodele Comprehensive College Oyo,Progressive College Modakeke,Trailblaizer College Ilesa,Aquinas College Akure,Oyemekun Grammar School Akure among others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgThe schools are in the same city, the same league and they share the same stadium for playing games. All this makes the rivalry between La Serna High School and California High understandable. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week An added incentive tonight is gaining a fresh start in what is generally referred to as the second season, as teams begin league play. And both La Serna, which brings a 4-1 nonleague record into the fray, and California, which is 3-2 and riding a two-game winning streak, have designs on ending Santa Fe’s four-year reign atop the Del Rio League. La Serna also has a modest two-game winning streak, with victories over El Monte (34-13) and Century (48-7) in its most recent outings. The game figures to hinge on which team can control the other’s quarterback, seeing as how Matt Petropulos and Mitch LeVier lead their respective teams in both rushing and passing. La Serna’s Petropulos has rushed for 424 yards and five touchdowns, and has completed 34 of 61 passes for 504 yards and four TDs. He’s been intercepted once. He also is the Lancers’ top return guy, averaging just more than 20 yards per kickoff return. Spencer Fields, with 213 yards and an average of 9.8 yards per carry, and and Justen Medina, with five touchdowns and averaging 4.8 yards per carry, have been major contributors to the ground game. But there is much more at stake when their athletic programs meet, as they will in football tonight at California High. Many of the athletes grew up playing with or against each other in youth programs, and bragging rights for the next year are at stake. center_img Anthony Rivera tops the receivers with 20 catches for 241 yards, but Franz Schweis appears to be the big-play receiver with just three catches, two of them for touchdowns, and averaging 47 yards a catch. Linebackers Joey Torres (32 tackles), Jacob Gonzalez (27 tackles/6 sacks), Nick Alvarez (26 tackles/4 sacks) and Clint LaVigne (23 tackles/6 sacks) and lineman Garett Yonemoto (6 sacks) key a defense that is giving up just 14 points a game. California’s LeVier has rushed for 194 yards and five touchdowns,and is 30 for 69 for 436 yards and two touchdowns passing. He’s been intercepted four times. He also has returned two kickoffs for 165 yards and one score. Sharing the rushing load for the Condors are Josh Gutierrez (44-190-2), Dominic Rivera (37-182-5) and Matt Navarro (28-113-2), all of them averaging more than 4 yards per carry. Trent Howard (7-108), Matt Davis (7-86) and Robert Arriola (6-124-2) have been LeVier’s main targets, with Arriola averaging 20.7 yards per catch. Like the Lancers, linebackers dominate the Condors’ defensive statistics. Terry Hackney (32 tackles), Howard (31 tackles), Andrew Ojinaga (28 tackles/3 sacks) and James McCrory (28 tackles/3 sacks), along with free safety Hector Saenz (23 tackles) and end Albert Zambrano (20 tackles) have been the leaders. @Tagline columnist:Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at roger.murray@sgvn.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

first_imgAnd now for something completely tiresome.According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Coliseum’s name is about to be changed for the fifth time in 21 years. RingCentral, a Belmont communications firm, has purchased the naming rights to the maligned stadium for three years at a cost of $3 million. The deal includes an option for a fourth year.“We have a contract that we are finalizing right now,” Coliseum Authority Executive Director Scott McKibben told the Chronicle. “The goal is to …last_img read more

first_imgThe giant baobab surrounded by the flagsof the 32 qualifying nations. A calabash, identical to the exterior ofthe Soccer City stadium, simmers in the centre of the stage.(Images: Shine2010) MEDIA CONTACTS • Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa media officer +27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 471 • Delia Fischer, Fifa media officer +27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524 • Jermaine Craig, media manager 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee +27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0121 RELATED ARTICLES• World Cup starts on a high note• World Cup concert on song • Star-studded concert for 2010 • 2010 Fifa World Cup background resources • 2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Fest guideJanine ErasmusThe 2010 Fifa World Cup opening ceremony showcased the vibrancy of Africa and the colour and diversity of South Africa, the host nation.Thousands of fans packed into the magnificent calabash, Soweto’s Soccer City, to witness the official opening of the first World Cup ever to take place on African soil.At the start of the ceremony, conceived by music arranger Lebo M, the five airplanes of the Silver Falcons, the South African Air Force’s aerobatic display team, swooped over the stadium as fans wept and bowed their heads with the emotion of the moment. The jets made another flyover at the end of the ceremony, trailing plumes of smoke.Vuvuzelas rang out around the ground, but would be respectfully hushed a short while later during speeches and the national anthems.Young South African imbongi or praise singer Zolani Mkiva, the Poet of Africa, opened the proceedings with a passionate performance. The centre of the stage was then filled with 1 500 exuberant dancers of all shapes, sizes and ages.Many fans did not make it to the stadium in time for the ceremony because of gridlocked traffic, but those who were there were entertained by the likes of Thandiswa Mazwai, Hugh Masekela, TKZee and HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula), Nigeria’s Femi Kuti, the legendary Osibisa of Ghanaian origin, and Algerian singing star Khalid who performed his Arabic smash hit “Didi”.Tenor Timothy Moloi sang the Nelson Mandela-supported anthem “Hope”, which contains a spoken message from the former president and fervent sports fan. Siphiwo Ntshebe, who sang the version on Listen Up, the official Worfld Cup album, was chosen by Mandela to perform the track but died suddenly in May after a bout of meningitis.R&B superstar R Kelly sang the World Cup anthem “Sign of Victory” with the backing of the Soweto Spiritual Singers.The dancers operated a large dung beetle puppet, which rolled away an oversized Jabulani football. To the beat of African rhythms they also constructed a giant smoking calabash or cooking pot and then Africa’s iconic baobab tree on the raised platform in the middle of the stage.Other highlights included a map of Africa made of large sheets of coloured cloth, a tribute to all nations who took part in the qualifying stages and one to the 32 teams that did make it through, and the World Cup logo artfully put together like a jigsaw puzzle by youngsters wearing different coloured clothing.Let the games beginAn hour later, Fifa president Sepp Blatter and South African president Jacob Zuma took to the field for the formalities ahead of the opening game between South Africa and Mexico.Blatter congratulated South Africa for the impressive arrangements and all the hard work that went into preparing for this day. He thanked the country for its hospitality and dedication before handing over to President Jacob Zuma, who was to declare the tournament officially open.Zuma alluded to former president Nelson Mandela’s absence – the elder statesman was expected to grace the occasion but the tragic death of his young great grand-daughter, as she returned from the inaugural kickoff concert the night before, plunged the Mandela family into mourning and prevented Mandela’s appearance.“Madiba sends a message – the game must start,” said Zuma. “You must enjoy the game.”He continued, “The time for Africa has come. It has arrived. Allow me to say I am honoured and privileged to be given an opportunity to declare the 2010 Fifa World Cup open.”The dignitaries were then introduced to both teams and the match officials. Once the two national anthems had been enthusiastically sung by both camps, Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov, whose own football career was cut short by injury, blew the whistle to get the tournament underway.To the delight of their South African supporters, Bafana Bafana went on to hold their opponents to a 1-1 draw and scored a point in their Group A opening match, continuing the tradition of hosts not losing their opening games.According to Google the search term “world cup opening ceremony 2010 live” was the ninth most popular search during the ceremony’s duration.SAMA-nominated R&B singer, Timothy Moloi, is to stand in for the late Siphiwo Ntshebe, whose sudden death on May 27, 2010 shook the music world. Ntshebe had been chosen by Mandela to convey a global message of hope at the opening of the FIFA 2010 World Cup. Moloi will sing the Hope track, which is believed to contain a spoken message of hope and compassion from Mandela.last_img read more

first_img The forum will be chaired in its inaugural year by the United States and Brazil. The 38 new OGP countries will develop their own country action plans in consultation with civil society, to be announced at the next OGP meeting in Brazil in March 2012. US President Barack Obama, speaking at the launch, said that open societies, economies and governments together made the “strongest foundation for human progress”. He added that the Partnership came at a good time, with people across the Middle East and North Africa pushing for their governments to represent and serve them, and with emerging democracies worldwide showing how “innovations in open government” could increase prosperity and justice.Constitution, press freedom Zuma, in his address to the gathering, said South Africa’s Constitution “specifically provides for the establishment of independent institutions to safeguard and enforce openness, transparency, accountability, responsiveness, and ethical governance in the public and private spheres.” The country’s “Chapter 9 institutions” – the Public Protector, Human Rights Commission, Auditor-General, Independent Electoral Commission, Gender Commission and Commission on Traditional, Linguistic and Religious Communities – were “an important armoury in promoting and protecting the rights of our citizens,” Zuma said. The country also prided itself “on having freedom of expression and media freedom that are enshrined in the Constitution.Informed citizens, efficient public service “We also regard the development of an efficient, effective and development-oriented public service and an informed and empowered citizenry as key tools in the promotion of open government,” Zuma said. “We promote citizen engagement and participation through direct contact with citizens by undertaking visits to hear their suggestions and concerns and to monitor service delivery.” South Africa also had a number of institutions specifically mandated with “preventing and investigating acts of corruption, as this is one of our key national priorities”. Zuma said the government was consulting with civil society in drafting an open government country action plan, and would also continue to in the African Union’s African Peer Review Mechanism, which encourages governments to improve governance, including openness and service delivery to their populations. SAinfo reporter Increasing the availability of information about governmental activities.Supporting civic participation.Implementing the highest standards of professional integrity throughout their administrations.Increasing access to new technologies for openness and accountability. 21 September 2011 The principles of openness, transparency and accountability are built into and guaranteed protection by South Africa’s Constitution, President Jacob Zuma said at the launch of the Open Government Partnership – of which SA is one of eight founding governments – in New York this week. Zuma joined 45 other world leaders on Tuesday in formally launching the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a new international initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments, in partnership with civil society, to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. At the launch, the eight OGP steering committee governments – the US, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa and the UK – delivered their OGP action plans, signed a declaration of principles, and welcomed 38 new countries into the effort.Open Government Declaration Zuma joined the leaders of the other seven national founders in declaring their respective governments’ commitment to:last_img read more

first_imgImage by R. DiPietro-WellsThis month the Early Intervention team brings you a unique interview with a dad who is also a soldier.  We are grateful for his willingness to share his experiences and knowledge with us.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.What were the ages of your children when you were deployed?My children are ages 13, 9, and 7 years old.What were some things you did to prepare yourself for being separated from your children prior to your deployment?I make time for them. My wife and I try hard to bring everyone together as much as we can prior to each deployment. I am blessed with a good amount of time off prior to deploying and we just try to enjoy as much time together as possible.What were some things you did to prepare your children for your deployment?I give each child a “special a day with Dad” prior to deployment. My boys opted to share their day with me and we went to a college basketball game. We had a boys’ night out and a fun road trip that included a stop at Krispy Kreme!For my daughter I checked her out of school one day and took her shopping. We went to Build a Bear and I helped her pick out a new stuffed animal. I had my voice recorded and put inside so she could hear me while I am away.Whenever I am away for extended periods of time we do a “Kisses from Dad” jar. My wife has a large glass jar we fill with a Hershey kiss for each of them per day I am expected to be gone. The kids enjoy taking one out each day as a countdown until I return.  It can be shocking at first to see how many kisses are in the jar but they enjoy seeing them disappear in anticipation of my return. It is worth noting that she has had to adjust the amount while they are sleeping sometimes due to unexpected changes in redeployment but overall they have enjoyed this concept.Please describe the conversations you had with your spouse prior to your deployment in regards to supporting her and your children.We have some very private talks and I am very open with her about the dangers at hand and my wishes for her and the family if something happens to me. Those topics are extremely difficult to talk about but there needs to be an openness and honesty in order to bring peace of mind to both spouses. Unfortunately I have seen too many friends pass away and it is extremely sad to see the burden laid on the spouse to make many decisions in a time of mourning and shock; there are things that could have been settled and talked about together prior to deployment. These are never easy talks but something I feel is necessary.We made an extensive “honey to do list” of things that would alleviate stress for her while I was away. None of them were very intensive, just things that would have been a pain for her to have to deal with while I was not there to help. I worked to accomplish everything on the list and the things I couldn’t get done I found someone to do them while I was away or I told my wife to pay for them while I was gone.My wife is quite independent and will go out of her way not to inconvenience others. Knowing this, I asked close friends and family I knew she would be comfortable with, to check in on her periodically and offer help because I knew she wouldn’t ask. For example, a man from our church volunteers to cut our lawn while I am away. People are willing to help but they need to know what we need. Unfortunately some people simply don’t ask for help.What were some of your main fears and/or concerns regarding your children’s well being when you were deployed?I have an amazing wife who seems at times to have been specifically programmed to be a military spouse. She handles the stress of the kids and the household extremely well. My concerns usually revolve around me not being there to support her and balance things out. While I am away it is difficult for my wife to simultaneously play the multiple roles required of her on a daily basis. The many roles of a parent can be overwhelming to any person parenting alone but throw in the added stress of knowing your spouse is in harms way and it can be overwhelming.Another fear is that the added stress can cause friction on the relationships between the kids and my wife, along with the distance between the kids and myself. It is hard to remain emotionally close without being physically close. Staying close as a family unit is my largest concern while I am away.What were some ways you were able to stay connected with your children when you were deployed?I have had to force myself to walk away from my work and make time to talk to my spouse and my children. I routinely have to counsel others to do the same. Time zone changes and operational demands can make staying connected extremely difficult. You have to make time and do what you can to make it happen. Your family appreciates the effort made even if the communication is sporadic. It is important they understand they are still a priority in your life.The topic of communication also relates to realistic expectations for both parties and having the hard talks prior to deployments. Prior to leaving I try to let my wife know how much she should expect to hear from me and what it might mean if she hasn’t heard from me for a long period of time. By having realistic expectations she can calm her nerves if my operational tempo picks up or takes me away from normal communication.Fifteen years ago I remember being happy to make a phone once in a while but now there is wifi in some of the most remote areas of the world. While operational security should always be adhered to, it is much easier to stay connected today than in years past. I have been able to FaceTime with my spouse and children in some places while audio calls were all that was afforded in others. We normally have the longest gaps in communication when I am out on actual operations.Please describe your transition back home. Did you do anything to prepare yourself and/or your children? Were there any challenges?Transitioning home is something that often gets overlooked and something for which both sides need to prepare. Many people are aware of specific combat related concerns such as post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and other adjustment related issues. However, I want to share a few other examples that could cause martial friction if not discussed prior to returning home.Kitchen duties: When deployed I eat prepared meals on paper plates with plastic utensils. I grab a drink and then scarf down my food at a rapid rate. Upon finishing, I throw it all away and go back to work. No thought is ever put into where the food came from, when or how it was cooked, who provided the service ware, etc. In my mind they magically appear at scheduled hours.No family in America has a military kitchen staff working military hours in their home. Nor do they typically have an endless supply of paper plates and plastic utensils in a bin by the entryway. There is grocery shopping to do, meals to make, and dishes to do. Sometimes service members need to prepare themselves just to come back to a normal kitchen.Quiet time: While deployed I spend a lot of time in silent or quiet areas. I am married with three kids which means that this is a busy, noisy home to which I must readjust. This takes preparation and intentional effort.A sense of urgency: When deployed I am often called upon to meet unrealistic expectations and work an unreasonable amount of hours; many times to address life or death situations. Life is truly on the line and seconds do matter. While this is extremely stressful it is quite rewarding when done successfully. However, when transitioning home after months of these kinds of demands, the request to pick up cheese on the way home before Taco Tuesday, while heroic in its own right, pales in comparison in the mind of the warrior.Intimacy: This is an area a couple should discuss throughout the deployment so neither partner is expecting different things when transition happens.Time with the fellow service members: Team camaraderie while deployed in combat is something hard to put into words. I have a hard time explaining the bond made with these individuals but it is safe to say transitioning home means spending less time with them. While I welcome the idea of spending more time with my family, many service members build a bond in war that leaves them feeling depressed or alone when similar bonds are not found in their life back home. It is hard to replicate the camaraderie at home that is experienced overseas.Survivor’s remorse: One of the hardest things I ever did was go home from deployments where fellow team members had died. Realizing you are going home while others will never see their loved ones again is very difficult to comprehend and even harder to accept. It needs to be talked about and people need to be told it is ok to feel horrible that you are still alive.I have learned over time there is no greater act a person can do than to pour his or herself into the lives of their loved ones. When I was younger I had trouble transitioning home. Now with more age and experience, I gladly count down the days anxiously awaiting redeployment home. Healthy discussion and expectation management has helped me tremendously.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

first_imgThe J&K’s political parties on Monday called for “simultaneous and early” Assembly and Parliament elections, as the full team of Election Commission of India (ECI) arrived in Srinagar on a two-day visit to hold deliberations and assess the ground situation.The ECI team, comprising Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Ashok Lavasa, met at least 11 political parties and individuals in Srinagar. It also held discussions with senior officers of the police and the administration “to get a first-hand information on the ground situation” of the State, which witnessed several cycles of both street and militancy-related violence since 2014.“Elections are soon going to be held to uphold the principles of democracy. The ECI desires that the elections should be the most inclusive with absolute neutrality by people involved in organising them” CEC Arora said.The ECI team met the representatives of National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Congress, BJP, CPI (M), Peoples Conference (PC), People Democratic Front (PDF), Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN), Awami Ittihad Party (AIP) etc. in Srinagar and sought their inputs.“Situation in Kashmir is fragile. An elected government is the only way out to bring normalcy. The ECI should not wait to announce dates for holding both Lok Sabha and Assembly polls together,” said NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar.PDP leader A. R. Veeri also told the ECI that “prevailing alienation and unpredictable situation can only be handled by an elected government and both the elections should be held simultaneously”. Seconding the demand to hold both the elections together, Congress leader Taj Mohiudin said, “Security agencies should create a conducive atmosphere for polls”. AIP chief Engineer Rashid early these elections were important to allow the local government “to deal with the issues of Article 35A and Article 370”. CPI(M) leader M.Y. Tarigami pointed out that “in absence of an elected government, uncertainty in the State is was deepening day-by-day”. “There is no justification to delay elections in J&K, neither political nor constitutional. The elections dates for both Parliament and Assembly should be announced soon,” said Mr. Tarigami. DPN chief Ghulam Hassan Mir said holding early elections would be a test “whether the ECI was an independent body or was influenced by the Centre”. The BJP said it’s also ready to face the elections. “We expressed our readiness to contest the elections as and when ECI desired it,” said BJP spokesman Altaf Thakur.Meanwhile, the ECI team reviewed “preparedness of various departments of civil and police administration”, besides transportation of EVMs and polling material. The ECI team will visit Jammu on Tuesday and meet political parties there before it leaves for New Delhi to take a final call.J&K first came under the Governor’s rule on June 19, 2018 and under President’s rule on December 19, 2018. The state is without an elected government for around 10 months and the President’s rule will complete its six months in June this year.last_img read more

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president READ: Nadal wins US Open for 16th major titleThe triumph moved Nadal three shy of Roger Federer’s all-time record of 19 Slam singles titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe US Open was the final Slam at which Toni, Nadal’s long-time coach and inspiration, will join him, instead of taking a role directing Nadal’s youth academy.In his victory speech, Nadal reflected on what Toni has meant to his life in building the grit to overcome numerous knee injuries. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nadal wins US Open for 16th major title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses with his winning trophy after defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their 2017 US Open Men’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 10, 2017. Nadal raced to a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 rout of South African giant Kevin Anderson. AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADNEW YORK — Rafael Nadal reflected on his roots as a child prodigy from the island of Mallorca and on the influence of his uncle Toni on Sunday after winning the US Open title.The 31-year-old Spaniard defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 for his third US Open title and his 16th career Grand Slam crown after having taken a 10th French Open trophy in June at Roland Garros.ADVERTISEMENT It has been a long journey for Nadal to his latest Grand Slam glory.Nadal won an under-12 regional crown at age eight and by 12 had captured Spanish and European age-group junior titles.By 15, he had turned professional and was facing such foes on the global circuit as Anderson.At 17, Nadal won his first match against Federer.At 19, he won the 2005 French Open in his debut, the first of nine Grand Slam titles in 10 years he would claim on the red clay of Roland Garros, cementing a legacy as the greatest player ever seen on the surface.It was early in his career when Nadal began his habit of biting the championship trophies he wins.Nadal added Wimbledon crowns in 2008 and 2010, an Australian Open title in 2009 and completed the career Grand Slam in 2010 by defeating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final, becoming the youngest in the Open era (since 1967) to complete the four-event career sweep.And only Nadal and Andre Agassi can say they have a career Grand Slam and an Olympic men’s singles gold medal, Nadal having claimed his in 2008 at Beijing.Nadal, the sixth left-hander to win a US Open title, added another crown at Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2013, again downing Djokovic in the final.Knee injuries took a toll throughout his career, costing him nine Slam appearances, and after he failed to even reach a Slam semi-final in 2015 and 2016 some figured his greatest moments were behind him.center_img Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES “It’s not one lesson. Diary is in the head from 3 years old,” Nadal said.“Probably without him I’ll never be playing tennis. I’m thankful I had somebody like him pushing me all the time.“Because he gave me motivation I could get through all the problems I had in my career. I can only thank him for making me stronger.”When Nadal reclaimed the world number one ranking last month, it was the first since in more than three years he had topped the list.And when Federer lost in the US Open quarter-finals to Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal was ensured of keeping the top spot.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  But Nadal roared into the Australian Open final, losing to Federer, then captured his record 10th French Open crown in June, setting the stage for his title run in the Flushing Meadows fortnight.Only Nadal, Pete Sampras and Ken Rosewall have managed the feat of winning Grand Slam titles in their teens, 20s and 30s.last_img read more

first_imgBut with him going up on a higher level, the 25-year-old forward knows that he has to take his game to different level as he hopes to learn from veterans Doug Kramer and Willie Wilson.“It’s not a shock to me seeing the press because coach Ayo has the most physically  demanding ones, so coming to another press, I’m already used to it,” he said. “I’m used with the press and moving as a big man and it’s something that I think I’m prepared for. But I’d really like to continue learning and talking to the older guys like Willie and Doug.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP Starting Five: Week 9 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “I thought I came in early to practice, but Chan was already in a sweat by the time I came in here and Wright was already getting up shots. So, yeah I got to get my work ethic up. I didn’t realize it was like that here,” he said.Perkins knows that it’s just the kind of effort the Fuel Masters will need from him as the team enters a new era with coach Louie Alas at the helm.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re not the biggest team, but if I have to switch to three, I’m ready for it. We’ll show it to those teams that we have a lot of heart and we really work hard,” said the fourth overall pick of this year’s draft as he acknowledged on the size disparity the league’s best teams have against Phoenix.Perkins is also well aware of the luxury he has being in a virtually same system, with Alas also enforcing a defensive pressure similar to that of Aldin Ayo’s in La Salle. Jason Perkins listens to coach Louie Alas during Phoenix’s first practice session on Monday. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netLooking to make a good impression in his first day of work, Jason Perkins thought he was the first man at Upper Deck Sports Center when Phoenix began its team practices on Monday, coming to the venue an hour and a half early.But to his surprise, his sharp-shooting teammates Jeff Chan and Matthew Wright were already there. Chan and Wright were both soaked in sweat as Perkins entered the court.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Passengers flock to Naia one day before ‘Undas’ PLAY LIST 03:48Passengers flock to Naia one day before ‘Undas’01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:14Palace: No mass transport crisis yet in Metro Manila01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe BSE benchmark Sensex plunged to an over four-month low, losing 364 points on across-the-board selling on emergence of reports that government might impose capital gain tax on investments routed through Mauritius.A weakening trend in Asia and lower opening in Europe on the European Union’s decision to delay 12 billion euros aid to Greece until it passes austerity package at home also fanned market fears of Greece’s sovereign debt default in the mid of July.Find out easy ways to hit the jackpot on stock market The Bombay Stock Exchange index, Sensex, which had lost over 438 points in the last three trading sessions, plunged by another 363.90 points to 17,506.63, the levels last seen on February 9.Further, during the intra-day trade, the gauge had dipped by 556 points, with most of the stocks recording steep losses.Broad-based National Stock Exchange’s 50-share index Nifty nosedived by almost 109 points to 5257.90 level.Trading sentiment turned bearish on major sell-off by funds and retailers on reports that the government will sought to tax capital gains on investments made through Mauritius.Sensex leader RIL fell nearly 4 per cent to a 52-week low of Rs 829 a piece.The markets already weak after hike in interest rates and reports of lower advance tax collection for the first quarter this fiscal, received another jolt after BSE announced on Friday that Anil Ambani group companies stocks – Reliance Infra and RCom – will be removed from the Sensex by August 8.Reliance Infra sank 6.07 per cent to Rs 545.25 and Rcom by 7.89 per cent to Rs 87.60 on fresh selling.Among sector indexes, the realty sector index suffered the most, losing 4.16 per cent to 2,016.49 followed by Oil and Gas index that dwindled by 3.42 per cent to 8,6568.42.The IT sector index plunged by 2.50 per cent to 5,673.38 as Tata Consultancy Services dropped 3.69 per cent to 1,069.55 on reports the software maker has been ordered to pay Rs 6.56 billion in back taxes after tax officials denied some of its claims.advertisement–With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more