Vajda reunion a ‘fresh start’ for Djokovic after Agassi split

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a fresh start I think for both of us. I missed him. I have a feeling that he missed me or tennis or both,” Djokovic said after a confident 6-0, 6-1 thrashing of Dusan Lajovic in the first round.“He knows me better than any tennis coach I’ve worked with.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“He’s a friend. He’s someone I can share a lot of things with, whether it’s professional or private life. He’s always there for me.”Djokovic confirmed he is not yet working with Vajda on a full-time basis, after the two parted ways following last year’s tournament in Monte Carlo. View comments 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Rajon Rondo has a knack for performing in the playoffs The 30-year-old also played down reports of a rift between him and Agassi, thanking the American for “helping his career” over an 11-month period. “This doesn’t affect our personal relationships that we established over the years both with Radek and Andre,” he said.“But we just decided that it’s better to part ways because, you know, both sides did feel that that’s best for me and for them.”Monday’s win was his first since the Australian Open in January, after being dumped out in Indian Wells and Miami by Taro Daniel and Benoit Paire respectively.The Serb said he is now playing pain-free, after struggling with a right elbow injury.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Serbia’s Novak Djokovic acknowledges applause as he celebrates defeating compatriot Dusan Lajovic during their round of 64 tennis match at the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament, on April 16, 2018 in Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHENovak Djokovic said Monday it feels like a “fresh start” to be working again with long-time former coach Marian Vajda at the Monte Carlo Masters.The 12-time Grand Slam champion split from Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek earlier this month and has been training with Vajda for the last 10 days in Monaco.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “After two years, finally I can play without pain,” added Djokovic.“Indian Wells, Miami, especially Indian Wells, was not like that.“I still obviously wasn’t ready game-wise, physically. So Indian Wells and Miami were really kind of a struggle on the court for me mentally.“I know that I can play much better than that, but I couldn’t.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

NPHL releases revised schedule today

first_imgUPDATE: NPHL releases day and time of the Fort St. John at Dawson Creek game which will be on January 18th at 8:30 p.m.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Hockey League released a revised schedule today after the Valleyview Jets folded from the league last week. They are as follows:Thursday, Nov. 16 – Dawson Creek at Grande PrairieWednesday, Jan. 17 – Grande Prairie at Fort St. JohnTuesday, Nov. 7 – Falher at High PrairieTuesday, Nov. 21 – Grimshaw at ManningTuesday, Dec. 19 – High Prairie at FalherSaturday, Jan. 27 – Manning at GrimshawAll games begin at 8:30 p.m.- Advertisement -The only game that hasn’t be given a date is the Fort St. John at Dawson Creek game which is still to be determined.last_img

Mc Kinnon, Blake emerge top guns in Queensway Multi Gun Shoot

first_imgGuyana Sports Shooting Federation (GSSF) President Ryan McKinnon shot himself to first place in last weekend’s Queensway Group of Companies-sponsored Multi Gun Practical Shoot.From left: David Dharry, Pravesh Harry, Ryan McKinnon, Michael Blake, Joshua Ramlakhan and Dallas ThomasThe Timehri Rifle and Pistol Ranges at Yarrowkabra, on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, came alive as a number of shooters sought to overthrow McKinnon, who has dominated 2018 with pistol in hand.In a match where the top three category winners grabbed prizes in the form of cash and medals, McKinnon emerged winner in the limited category with an aggregate of 440.2476 points following his skills with the handgun, rifle and shotgun. The in-form Pravesh Harry with 377.5218 points copped second place while third place went to David Dharry, who shot 300.8722 points.Former GSSF President Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon, Rajiv Latchana and James Singh were forced to settle for fourth, fifth and sixth. The production class was dominated by Michael Blake, who racked up 415.6330 points to take the top spot with Joshua Ramlakhan on 354.1800 points for second, Dallas Thomas third (329.0048) and Allemul Ali (307.2261) in fourth.last_img read more

Singles on strike find time to flirt

first_img“You walk by sort of eyeing each other. But I don’t know how you make a move besides hitting them with your sign,” she said. Traub suggested drinks and dim-lighting would improve the atmosphere on the sidewalk. Other women pondered how to look cute while wearing the same Writers Guild of America T-shirt every day. Some writers said the strike could last a long time and allow relationships to develop. “By the time this strike is over, we’ll be married with kids,” said Erik Oleson, 34, a writer who was working on a pilot for Fox before the strike. Writer Kristin Newman said her personal ad might go something like this: “Single picketer with splinters from holding a sign all day seeks soft hands to hold.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Striking writer Hunter Covington said he was looking for “someone to be broke with” when he came up with the idea for a picket line for singles. “I’m looking for a low-maintenance female who doesn’t enjoy the finer things in life,” he joked Thursday outside the Fox studio gate in Century City. The writer for NBC’s “My Name is Earl” was joined by about 50 other people for the impromptu event dubbed “Singles’ Strike.” Charles Heit, a writer for the Sci Fi Channel’s “Painkiller Jane,” said he was dreading picket duty until he met Cara Delizia, a petite actress. Then it didn’t seem so bad. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The two planned to go to dinner and a movie after putting down their picket signs. “It’s all about solidarity, right?” Delizia said. For many, the only thing more difficult than making it big in Hollywood is finding true love there. Organizers of the singles picket thought writers should take advantage of their newfound free time while demanding a better contract from producers. Unlike other picket lines around Tinseltown, the strikers at Fox chatted instead of chanting and ambled outside the studio gate instead of marching in a circle. “It’s kind of like a grade-school dance,” said Stacey Traub, 35, a mother of two and a producer-writer of the show “Notes from the Underbelly.” last_img read more


first_imgThe decision to schedule Donegal’s All-Ireland qualifier clash with Galway at Croke Park on Saturday night looks set to backfire on the GAA with clubs reporting a very poor demand for tickets. Donegal fans expressed their angry at the decision by the GAA to drag supporters to HQ this Saturday evening when they felt a ground between Donegal and Galway would have been more sufficient.The game is a double-header and with neighbouring counties Sligo and Tyrone also in action at Croke Park on the same day – some have found the decision baffling. Rory Gallagher sympathised with Donegal fans last week when the details of the fixture where announced.However, while he said he felt sorry for Donegal fans having to make the long trip to Dublin, Gallagher was delighted that his side were getting the opportunity to play at Croke Park.It seems more logical to most to have possibly played the game at a neutral venue in either Ulster or Connacht, but GAA powerbrokers decided to host the double-header at Croke Park.It now seems Donegal may struggle to sell their ticket allocation for the game with clubs all across the county signalling that there has been a significant drop in demand for tickets. Another possible factor for the drop is the fact that if Donegal do win on Saturday against Galway they will be back in Croke Park for the All-Ireland quarter-final against Mayo the following Sunday.What’s your view on the game being played at Croke Park?Are you happy to be heading back to HQ? Or would you prefer the game to have been played closer to home?TICKETS SALES FOR DONEGAL’S ALL-IRELAND QUALIFIER POOR – AS FANS VOTE WITH THEIR FEET was last modified: July 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAnewsSportlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho wants World Cup star to replicate form with Man United

first_img possible xi who plays? 2 Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes the World Cup provided the perfect environment for Paul Pogba to thrive.United midfielder Pogba excelled as France triumphed in Russia this summer, the 25-year-old even capping a fine series of performances with a memorable goal against Croatia in the final. How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Mourinho on United’s pre-season tour of the US Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener smart causal predicted Mourinho hopes Pogba can replicate his World Cup form at United 2 “I think the World Cup is the perfect habitat for a player like him to give (their) best. Why? Because it’s closed for a month, where he can only think about football. Where he’s with his team on the training camp, completely isolated from the external world, where they focus just on football, where the dimensions of the game can only motivate.“During a season, you can have a big match then a smaller match, then one even smaller, then you can lose your focus, you can lose your concentration, then comes a big match again.” How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? center_img NEW ERA ALTERED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? highlights gameday That came after an inconsistent season with United which at times saw the Frenchman left out of Mourinho’s side and even led to speculation over his future.Mourinho feels the closed-off nature of tournament football clearly suits Pogba but he hopes the player, an £89million signing from Juventus two years ago, can carry some of its intensity into the club season.Mourinho told ESPN: “I don’t think it’s about us getting the best out of him, it’s about him giving the best he has to give. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decadelast_img read more

Eagles hang on to win despite Vikings’ late rally

first_img Mountain View’s Liz Marquez ended the game when she served into the net, stopping a furious rally that had brought the Vikings within two points of the Eagles. “I guess they would be the toughest team in league,” said Gabrielino middle hitter Annie Kim of Mountain View (12-4, 5-0). “But that’s been our problem with most teams, we haven’t been able to close out anybody. We still don’t know how to kill teams.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Kim did her part early, collecting three of her game-high four blocks in a second game victory that seemed a bit too easy. Despite being down, the Vikings played tough in the third frame and utilized an 8-3 rally to steal game three, 26-24. Just as it seemed the Eagles were about to close out game four after three consecutive Kelsey Duling kills, the Vikings made one last gasp effort. Down 24-19, Mountain View scored three consecutive points before folding. “We just started to pick it up in game three and four, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Mountain View coach Geodi Sunabe said. “I don’t know why we started out so slow.” In the first two games, Gabrielino (12-4, 5-0) seemed unbeatable. The Eagles balanced attack was led by a foursome of scorers. Sophomore Marcella Thompkins and Kim both led Gabrielino with nine kills as juniors Maricris Lapaix and Duling were right behind with eight kills. “That’s one of our strengths,” Eagles coach Cuong Chau said. “We have a balanced offense that is not led by one individual, it’s a team effort all around.” The Vikings, on the other hand, were paced by captain Mayra Duenas. The junior led Mountain View with 10 kills and 36 digs. “We just didn’t seem to have our heads in the game early,” Duenas said. “We didn’t focus until we were down big. By then, it’s too late.” Vikings’ junior setter Kristina Davis contributed with a game-best 32 assists. For the Eagles, Kathleen Van led the team with 21 assists while Lapaix also chipped in 17 digs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img SAN GABRIEL — As they won their 14th consecutive Mission Valley League match Wednesday afternoon at home, there was a sense of relief for the Gabrielino High School girls volleyball team. After coasting to an early 2-0 lead, the Eagles needed a strong effort to put away a scrappy Mountain View team 25-10, 25-16, 24-26 and 25-22. last_img read more


first_imgDeputy Padraig MacLochlainnDONEGAL TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn has called on RTE to issue a full statement on its libel settlement following comments about alleged homophobia.A protest against homophobia took place in Dublin this afternoon following controversy over comments made by the gay rights activist Rory O’Neill on RTÉ’s ‘Saturday Night Show’ last month.The State broadcaster is reported to have paid out some €85,000 in compensation in its defamation settlement over the comments made by Mr O’Neill, who performs as drag queen Panti. Journalist John Waters told the Sunday Business Post he will receive €40,000 while a further sum is to be paid to five members of the Catholic lobby group, The Iona Institute.The settlement was made following legal correspondence from the parties named in the January 11 interview with Brendan O’Connor, during which O’Neill discussed homophobia and same-sex marriage. It is understood that RTÉ bosses felt the broadcast would have been almost impossible to defend in any potential defamation action and moved quickly to settle the complaint.The Saturday Night Show last week broadcast an apology to those alleged to have been defamed in the original interview, and last night featured a debate on homophobia.RTÉ is understood to have received over 1,000 complaints from members of the public in relation to the broadcast. The vast majority are believed to express concern at the apology issued by the station. Sinn Féin Justice and Equality Spokesperson Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD today called on RTÉ to issue a public statement clarifying the broadcaster’s actions following the recent Saturday Night Show.The Donegal North East TD said: “This week the Justice and Equality Minister published the General Scheme of a Children and Family Relationships Bill. This is an important piece of legislation that recognises the diversity of families in Ireland and puts the rights of children and their parents centre stage.“The government has promised a referendum on marriage equality in 2015 following a recommendation by a majority of the Constitutional Convention to amend the constitution to allow same sex marriage.“Recent actions by RTÉ regarding its Saturday Night Show have been deeply disappointing and the public service broadcaster’s decision to pay out a considerable cash settlement without a challenge is worrying.“Those who publicly advocate inequality cannot hide behind defamation legislation when they are called out on the views they seek to gain popular support for. The demand of significant sums of public monies by such individuals or groups in place of a right to reply sets a deeply worrying precedent. “Timidity in broadcasting serves no-one and as a public service broadcaster RTÉ must place itself beyond reproach.“Public monies make up the lion’s share of RTÉ’s annual revenue therefore the public have a right to know how this money is being spent. RTÉ management must now make a public statement clarifying their actions following the recent Saturday Night Show.“It is my strong view that inequality wherever and however it expresses itself must be robustly challenged.”MacLOCHLAINN ANGER AT RTE OVER ‘HOMOPHOBIA’ BROADCAST was last modified: February 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Deputy Padraig MacLochlainnhomophobialast_img read more


first_imgKilcar decided not to field against Termon on Friday evening, following the request by the county management for no county players to play for their clubs on Friday.The on-going discontent between club managers and the county management has raised its head yet again, following Kilcar’s decision not to field in an All-County League Division One clash with Termon on Friday evening. Kilcar refused to field, when it emerged they would have to play the game without their county stars, who had been informed earlier in the day not to play by the county management.Donegal are currently preparing for an Ulster Final against Monaghan on July 20th. Termon travelled to Towney on Friday night, and were left fuming at the decision by Kilcar not to field.Termon had a number of players travel from different parts of the country to make it back for the match.Those players had to take a half day at work in order to make it back in time for the match, and were furious to find out that no game would be played.Referee Ian Molloy awarded Termon a walkover and it’s expected Termon will be awarded the two points. Those two points could prove to be crucial as Termon battle to avoid relegation.The return of former Finn Harps star James Doherty has boosted the Burn Road men, and he helped them get their first league win of the season against Ardara last week.However, the decision by Kilcar not to field against Termon has again raised the issue of the club versus county debate which has raged over the last number of years.The decision to postpone the club championship until Donegal’s involvement in the All-Ireland series ends was met with widespread criticism in GAA circles.The plight of the club player seems to be continuous and the incident on Friday has only reaffirmed the problem that exists. County players were allowed to play for their clubs yesterday afternoon, Eamon and Neil McGee lined out for Gaoth Dobhair as they defeated Glenswilly 2-12 to 0-11.Gaoth Dobhair’s other county starlet Odhran Mac Niallais sat out the clash after sustaining an ankle injury in training.Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher didn’t play for Glenswilly, while Kilcar with the aid of their county starlets romped to an easy victory against Four Masters.CLUB VERSUS COUNTY ROW RETURNS TO THE SURFACE AFTER KILCAR REFUSE TO FIELD was last modified: July 7th, 2014 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:CountyfixturesGAAkilcarnewsrowSportTermonlast_img read more

KZN: world-class tea producer

first_img21 May 2008Thinking of KwaZulu-Natal does not usually bring images of world-class tea production to mind. However, Nkandla, in the rural heartland of the province, is home to a world-renowned tea producer that is changing the lives of a community.The 25-hectare Ntingwe Tea Estate was created by the Ithala Development Finance Corporation in 1988 and later funded jointly by KwaZulu-Natal’s agriculture and environmental affairs department, retailer Woolworths said in a statement this week.Thirteen years and 425 hectares later, the estate counts Woolworths and the most prestigious tea merchants in Europe among its clientele. Ntingwe tea has been a feature on Woolworths’ shelves as a single-origin tea for the past five years, with supporting empowered enterprise development being a key focus area for the retail chain.They founders of the tea estate set out to help the impoverished rural community by forming a business that would create employment and facilitate socioeconomic development in the region, as nearly 60% of the region’s residents were unemployed at the time.Labour-intensive cropWhy tea? The region’s climate was considered suitable for tea growing, while the crop had also been identified as labour-intensive, thus providing employment and infrastructural development for the area.Veteran industry expert Ryle Perera, now general manager of Ntingwe Tea, was contracted to develop the commercial side of the business.From the beginning the estate decided to focus on the premium single origin tea market. While their tea was produced on a single estate and was unblended, the commercial tea market was dominated by tea blends containing ingredients that are produced all over the world.The enterprise now employs around 900 people from surrounding villages, and has helped bring electricity, running water, telephones, clinics and schools to the area. In addition, the estate has trained farm labourers, electricians, managers, administrators and nurserymen.Furthermore, the Ntingwe Tea Estate works with local growers, who grow tea on their land. The estate purchases leaves produced from these plots for processing at the factory.World-class tea“The premium tea market is very discerning,” said Perera, adding that the local marked should pay more attention to locally produced single origin tea. “The range and breadth of our clientele proves that this country grows and produces world class tea.”Ntingwe tea is produced from plants that are harvested during the summer months. Quality is paramount and trained tea tasters routinely check every batch to ensure the estate is producing the best daily.In keeping with Woolworths’ good business journey strategy to reduce the retail chain’s impact on the environment, Ntingwe supplies Woolworths with tea packaged in a container made from recycled material.“Ntingwe tea’s success is truly inspirational,” said Woolworths head of foods Julian Novak. “We are privileged to have been part of it. Woolworths continues to identify and work with emerging suppliers and give them access to the formal marketplace.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more