Edmund stuns Djokovic in Madrid, Nadal marches on

first_imgBritain’s Kyle Edmund enjoyed one of the biggest triumphs of his career by defeating former world number one Novak Djokovic 6-3 2-6 6-3 in the second round of the Madrid Open.Djokovic, a two-time champion in the Spanish capital, has not won a deciding set this year and, having previously suffered final set losses to Martin Klizan, Dominic Thiem and Taro Daniel, the 30-year-old Serb’s disappointing run continued.Edmund claimed the decisive break in the eighth game of the decider before coolly closing out his service game to love for his 14th match win of the year.“It was a great experience to beat Novak, he is a legend of the game,” Edmund told Sky Sports. “It’s time to try and beat these guys and I was pleased how I managed my game.”The world number 22 will face eighth-seeded Belgian David Goffin in the third round.Djokovic, who has been hampered by a long-term elbow injury, has not reached the last eight of a tournament since last year’s Wimbledon.He has struggled on his return to clay ahead of the French Open, having suffered early exits in Monte Carlo and Barcelona last month.“Look, there are obvious things that are not working well for me,” the 12-times grand slam champion said.“But I have to keep working on them and pray that — and hope that my game will get stronger, get better as definitely as the matches… go the distance.”World number one Rafa Nadal recorded his 20th straight win on clay as he began his quest for a sixth title in Madrid, defeating Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-3 6-1.Nadal, who received a bye in the opening round, fired 17 winners and went on to lose just one of 13 service points in the second set to seal victory.The 31-year-old Spaniard has now won 48 consecutive sets on the surface, two sets shy of breaking American John McEnroe’s record of 49 straight sets on a single surface in 1984.World number seven Dominic Thiem and sixth-seed Kevin Anderson joined Nadal and Edmund in the last-16 but home favourite Feliciano Lopez, who will become tournament director next year, was beaten by Argentine Diego Schwartzman.last_img read more

Neymar plays down injury fears ahead of clash with Liverpool

first_imgNeymar believes the injury he sustained in Brazil’s 1-0 win over Cameroon was “nothing serious”.The Paris St Germain forward came off in the early stages of Tuesday’s friendly in Milton Keynes due to a groin problem.After the game, Brazil boss Tite would not discuss the injury. Brazil said Neymar would be assessed by PSG, who host Liverpool in the Champions League next Wednesday.The player himself said in a message posted on Instagram: “Thanks to everyone who sent me messages wishing a good recovery, I think it was nothing serious.”Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar also suggested the issue was not a major one.Lasmar was quoted by SporTV as saying: “He (Neymar) has been evaluated, has already initiated the treatment. (He) will need a little more time for a better evaluation, an image exam, but at first it is nothing important.”After Neymar came off in the eighth minute at Stadium MK, his replacement, Everton’s Richarlison, scored just before half-time.Tuesday also saw Neymar’s PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe sustain a shoulder injury. He was forced off in France’s 1-0 win over Uruguay after an awkward landing.last_img read more

Burnham and the PNC

first_imgThe PNC is commemorating its 60th anniversary. Exactly thirty years ago, as part of a paper, “On the Guyanese Dictatorship” I analysed its “Founder-Leader” LFS Burnham’s imperatives to launch the party after his three unsuccessful challenges to Jagan to become leader of the PPP and the defeat of his PPP faction in the 1957 elections. The same imperatives drive the present PNC, under Granger, who has vowed to fulfil Burnham’s “legacy”.“Burnham craved to be leader for three reasons: His undeniable personal ambitions; his realisation that Jagan and other “extreme” leftists had a very naïve apprehension of the geopolitical realities of the era; and he considered himself the representative of the African and Creole sections, who were increasingly seeing themselves in danger of being overwhelmed by Indians.The last reason stemmed from several factors. Firstly, even though the PPP thought it had addressed the racial cleavages by recruiting leaders from each racial/ethnic group, the dominance of the Indian top leadership, the aggressive entry of Indians into positions formerly dominated by Creoles, the economic development plans that veered towards agriculture, and the generally jingoistic response of this previously politically backward but numerically largest section, raised concerns in the other sections as to the implications of their “minority” status. While the PPP had defined itself as a “revolutionary” party, which would eliminate the “ruling class” and fuse the rest of society with the “working class”, the minority group began to perceive themselves as potentially permanently dependent on the beneficence of the “major group”. The PPP was being defined, both by its supporters and its detractors, as an exclusionary party with its constituency (Indians) and excluded group (Africans and Creoles) racially defined.Secondly, the discomfiture of the African and Creole sections was exacerbated by the implications of being dominated by a group with a completely different culture – one they had been taught to consider as “heathen” and “inferior”. The national ethos had defined Guyana as a “Creole” nation and the Creoles and Africans, as the guardians of this ethos, naturally presumed they were to be the inheritors of the nation on the departure of the British. It was unthinkable to permit power to fall into the hands of the group deemed ambivalent about their national allegiance because of their refusal to “assimilate”.Burnham, as a consequence, did not have much difficulty in legitimising his drive for power by articulating the fears of the African and Creole sections, when he launched the PNC and provided a vehicle to address those fears. In fact, Burnham was promised help by Manley and Bustamante of Jamaica, Adams of Barbados and Padmore of Trinidad if he formed a party to prevent Jagan from creating and “Indian State” in Guyana. The formation of the United Force (UF) in 1960, representing the White and near-white bloc, further increased the paranoia of the African and Creole sections.In a plural society where one section is over 50 per cent of the population, “democratic elections” are not very comforting to minority groups. It is simply a prescription for permanent exclusion from power and the perquisites thereof, which issue from the exclusionary politics practiced, once a group acquires power. There is no question that the fears of the minority groups can be, and have been, heightened by demagogic politicians like Burnham, but one can assert with as much certitude that the fears are rational and real, based on the experience of minorities the world over. Unless these fears are addressed, minority groups will continue to be receptive to mobilisation by ambitious politicians. Burnham then, received increasing support from Africans and Creoles as he strove for power because, to reiterate, they perceived their interests and his, as coincident.Burnham’s attempt to wrest control of the PPP between 1953 and 1955 resulted in a spilt of the nationalist movement. The ignominious defeat of his faction in the 1957 general elections persuaded him that he could not win over Indian support by merely utilising Jagan’s tactic of fielding prominent candidates from the “other” group. Jagan had pre-empted the field. Burnham’s fusion with the United Democratic Party (UDP) – the political offshoot of the League of Coloured People – in 1958 to create the PNC, was a natural development. It combined Burnham’s support among the lower class rural Africans with the strategic support of the urban-based Creole and African middle class.”Race has dominated Guyana’s voting since.last_img read more

50 Kids Receive School Supplies Worth US$2,500

first_imgAt least 50 school children yesterday received an assortment of school supplies, valued at US$2,500 from Street Child of Liberia.The funds were provided by the Rotary Club of Monrovia.Each child received a book bag, uniforms, copybooks, pens and pencils. The presentation was made at the Timose Academy’s compound in Paco Community, near the Freeport of Monrovia.Before the presentations, which were made in the presence of the beneficiaries’ parents, Street Child’s Ebola Response Coordinator, Kaba Y. Moore, explained the need for both children and parents to observe Ebola preventive measures outlined by the Ministry of Health (MOH).“Don’t follow your friend to eat their food as you used to do before,” Moore, an expert in psychosocial counseling, told the children. “We beg you, when you wash your hands, do it so that every part of your hands is washed.”Moore explained that the fight to kick Ebola out of Liberia is everyone’s business, “and that’s why we are here to encourage you and your parents to follow the things you must do to kill Ebola.”He told the parents, “When you come to school and find your children being set aside because they are sick, don’t feel bad about it because by putting your child aside, school authorities are trying to ensure that other children are not affected by whatever ailment there is.”Moore effectively demonstrated step by step measures for the children and their parents to follow in washing their hands.Street Child of Liberia’s program director, Michael John Bull, told the gathering his organization is here to serve them, and urged the parents to take care of the children.“Street Child is here for you,” Bull said, “and if we work together we can achieve our goal to kick Ebola out of the country.”Representing Rotary Club of Monrovia, Walter J. Dean, a member of its Ebola Response Committee, expressed appreciation to Street Child of Liberia for effectively organizing the program, and assured the parents of Rotary Club of Monrovia’s interest and support through Street Child of Liberia.“We want your children to go to school,” Dean said, “and that is why we provided support by getting these items for all of you.”Responding, a spokeswoman for the beneficiaries said, “I want God to bless you for this important support to our children.” She promised to follow all the instructions to ensure that Ebola is driven out of Liberia.Present at the program were Street Child’s Program Support Officer, Ms. Lizzie Lake, presently in the country for six months, and Ms. Chloe Dannatt, Street Child’s Program Director, who is visiting Street Child of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City hit Brom, Wigan edge closer to drop

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, May 07 – Wigan Athletic face an uphill battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League after twice relinquishing the lead in an agonising 3-2 loss at home to Swansea City on Tuesday.At the same time, Carlos Tevez advanced a compelling case for a place in Manchester City’s FA Cup final team with an effervescent display in his side’s 1-0 win at home to West Bromwich Albion. The Argentine was one of eight players drafted into the team by manager Roberto Mancini and he created the game’s only goal in the 35th minute with a cross that was dispatched by Edin Dzeko.Tevez will now hope to get the nod on Saturday when City tackle Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.Victory took City seven points clear of Chelsea in second place, 10 points below champions Manchester United, while West Brom, who have not won in seven games, remain eighth.Wigan, who tackle Manchester City in the FA Cup final on Saturday, could have moved out of the bottom three with victory, but instead they find themselves three points from safety with only two games to play.After the Wembley clash with City, who warmed up with a 1-0 win at home to West Bromwich Albion, Roberto Martinez’s side visit fourth-place Arsenal before hosting Aston Villa on the season’s final day.Wigan have pulled off several improbable escapes from relegation in recent seasons and manager Martinez vowed that his players would not give up.“It’s a missed opportunity. Obviously, we were playing at home,” he told Sky Sports.“The injuries we’ve picked up recently have been very costly, but we’ve got incredible character and we’re determined to fight for every point that is left.”Wigan began the game in purposeful fashion at the DW Stadium and made the breakthrough in first-half injury time.Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm did not get enough distance on a punch and from the edge of the box, Roger Espinoza arrowed a left-foot volley into the bottom-left corner for his first Wigan goal.Martinez celebrated jubilantly, but Angel Rangel brought Wigan down to earth early in the second half when he met Wayne Routledge’s cross with a crisp volley that found the net via the left-hand upright.The hosts re-established their lead within three minutes, James McCarthy bursting through and beating Vorm with a low shot, and James McArthur then failed to make telling contact with an inviting cross from Arouna Kone.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Iranians held, released by U.S. military

first_imgIraqi Foreign Minister Hosyhar Zebari told the British Broadcasting Corp. that the Iranians were released after Iraqi officials intervened and told the Americans they were part of an official delegation on a legal visit to discuss electricity cooperation. Four cars carrying the Iranians, as well as seven Iraqis, were stopped at a checkpoint Tuesday evening and then allowed to proceed to a nearby hotel, where they were later questioned, the military said. Saadi Othman, an adviser to Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. general in Iraq, told BBC television that the detentions were “regrettable” and had “nothing to do” with President Bush’s remarks on Tuesday, when he lashed out at Iran for meddling in Iraq’s affairs and fomenting instability. Zebari, the Iraqi foreign minister, said the detentions were a result of “miscommunication and misunderstanding, and some misinformation.” The group was here to discuss Iran supplying Iraq with electricity, Zebari said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Bassem Mroue THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – Eight Iranians, including two diplomats, were released by U.S. forces Wednesday after being detained because unauthorized weapons were found in their cars, the U.S. military said. An adviser to the top U.S. general in Iraq called the detentions “regrettable.” The incident Tuesday came as tensions between Washington and Tehran were already strained by the detention of each other’s citizens as well as U.S. accusations of Iranian involvement in Iraq’s violence. last_img read more

Slaven Bilic backed to halt stuttering form by Middlesbrough boss

first_imgMiddlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has backed West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic to turn the club’s season around.The Hammers are currently languishing in the bottom three of the Premier League having won only one of their opening six games.Following their impressive 17th-placed finish last season, Bilic’s side have disappointed thus far with some supporters blaming the switch from Upton Park to the London Stadium.Yet Karanka, whose side visit the London Stadium on Saturday, believes the Croatian will turn things around.“They are not in the best moment, but they are a good team, they have a good manager,” he said.“They had an amazing season last season, so our biggest mistake would be to go to play against West Ham thinking that they have problems because they are not winning games.“They are going to start winning games and I hope it’s not on Saturday.”Boro are sitting just two points above the East Londoners, despite taking an impressive five points from their opening three games.Karanka has urged his players to raise performance levels in order to halt their current three-game losing run.The Spaniard added: “”We played really well against Everton and when we played with our intensity and our consistency and the right attitude, we were at least as good as Tottenham, and we are speaking about a team which is playing in the Champions League and is unbeaten in the Premier League.“We have to keep going in that way. We are learning, but we have to learn quickly because the games are going and we are losing games.” Karanka has sympathy for the Hammers’ boss 1last_img read more

Masked bandit robs salon

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! -Daily Newscenter_img TARZANA- A ski-masked bandit robbed a Tarzana nail salon at gunpoint today, but no one was hurt police said. The robber entered Oriental Nail on the 18300 block of Ventura Boulevard just after 2 p.m. and pointed a gun at a salon worker, said Officer Mike Lopez, spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department. After taking an undetermined amount of cash, the robber fled through the back door, Lopez said. Witnesses desribed the gunman as a tall, Latino man, wearing dark clothes, Lopez said. last_img read more

Muslim council’s bias all too clear

AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Their backgrounds make the substance of MPAC’s statement doubly distressing. MPAC’s press release says not one word about how today’s crisis came to be – no condemnation of Hamas, nor Hezbollah, nor of the kidnappings, nor of the indiscriminate shelling of civilian populations nor of the brazen provocation of war. In the press release, however, MPAC decries the United States for its “poor moral leadership.” There is paragraph after paragraph condemning Israel’s “brutal violence,” its “indiscriminate harm enacted upon innocent civilians,” the “horrifying violence which betrays a fundamental respect for the sanctity and equality of all human life,” the “illegal Israeli aggressions” and on and on and on. For MPAC, which wants to present itself to the community as a moderate and reasonable voice, this kind of heated rhetoric is, frankly, self-destructive. It has betrayed an agenda and outlook that is neither moderate nor reasonable. In fact, MPAC has become so brazen that its statement presumes to instruct the media on how to report about the current crisis: “MPAC calls upon all those who are engaging in an analysis of the current situation to cease the use of Islamic terminology to explain the very clearly political narrative.” SECRETARY of State Condoleeza Rice described the current crisis in the Middle East as a “clarifying moment,” when we see who our friends are and who is willing to take a stand against nihilistic purveyors of death. She was referring to the international scene, but it was an accurate description of the domestic arena as well. The actions of Hamas and Hezbollah have clarified their intentions. These terrorist groups would rather focus on the elimination of Israel than concentrate on the betterment of their own people. The Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council has also offered us a moment of lucidity. Last month, the group convened several of L.A.’s religious leaders at what MPAC called an “interfaith vigil to end the occupation.” According to an MPAC press release, Salam Al-Marayati, the council’s longtime head, convened the vigil with the Rev. George Regas of Pasadena’s All Saints Episcopal Church, Rabbi Leonard Beerman of Leo Baeck Temple and Dr. Maher Hathout, chairman of the Islamic Center of Southern California – all decent, well-meaning leaders with impeccable liberal credentials. Huh? Are the media to ignore the clear rhetoric and platforms of Hamas and Hezbollah – platforms that are undeniably religious, Islamic and laden with hate? Ironically, the extremism of MPAC and those associated with its vigil have not resulted in their being ostracized from the mainstream of L.A.’s leadership. In September, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California will honor Al-Marayati, as well as two of the participants in the vigil, Rabbi Beerman and the Rev. Dr. Regas, with its Religious Freedom Award. It must be a narrow definition of “religious freedom” that is being celebrated. In moments of clarity, we ought to benefit from the insights we are offered and draw the appropriate conclusions as to who stands for what and who our real friends are. David A. Lehrer is president and Joe R. Hicks is vice president of Community Advocates Inc. ( www.cai-la.org ), an L.A.-based human relations organization.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more

Oasis eyeing fertile ground

first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – The roar of a hockey game, din of a rock concert, the thunder of 10,000 circus fans.Such spectacles, now available only downtown, could enliven a sports and entertainment arena proposed for the west San Fernando Valley, according to its promoter.“It would be our Staples, our Disney Hall,” said Mark Steele of his plan for the Oasis Event Center. “The San Fernando Valley does not have an iconic landmark building to call its own.“We are the equivalent of the sixth-largest city in the country, yet we don’t have a single pro sports team or major collegiate or family entertainment venue.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.After more than a decade of false starts for Oasis from Northridge to North Hollywood, Steele has set his sights on the Warner Center in Woodland Hills.Last month, Steele told Valley business leaders he’d like to build his $100 million arena either at Pierce College, or sites owned by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne or Northrop Grumman.On Wednesday, the former music industry producer will attempt to sell his arena concept to the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council.Without Neighborhood Council support, City Councilman Dennis Zine said he will refuse to consider the proposal.And without Zine’s support, planners say, the City Council won’t open its doors on the Oasis arena plan. “I believe he’s had a little problem gaining momentum,” said Bob Scott, chair of the Livable Communities Council of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, which hosted a Steele presentation last month.“People in the San Fernando Valley have gotten burned in the past with investments and proposals that didn’t get off on the right foot.”But that hasn’t deterred Steele, who has worked to build his arena ever since the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.He approached California State University, Northridge, which opted for a retail center instead.He planned it for west Woodland Hills, but the deal sank when media reports drove up land prices.He tried North Hollywood — spending $250,000 to develop a proposal for property owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority — only to be told his “mini-Staples of the Valley” wouldn’t blend well with the NoHo arts district.“It was political forces, not the public, that was against this project,” said Steele, 42, a Valley native who lives in Woodland Hills.The Oasis, to be designed by architect Ron Turner of Staples Center fame, appears in concept like a metal-clad ice cube.The 110-foot-high, 3-acre arena would draw up to 10,000 fans three times a week for family-oriented events from minor league hockey, CSUN basketball and circuses to Easter Sunday mega-sermons.Steele projects the Oasis to generate at least $91 million in taxable sales revenue for the center and surrounding businesses.Proceeds would also go to The Oasis Foundation, benefitting local charities, he said.Steele, whose sports authority is composed of 10 silent partners, said he’s got $200 million in financing lined up through an unidentified pension fund.He stressed that although he’s discussed his proposal with officials at Pierce College, Rocketdyne and Northrup Grumman on Canoga Avenue near the 101 Freeway, no real estate negotiations have taken place.Many expressed skepticism about its effect on the West Valley community.“This community considers Pierce College its Central Park,” said Dennis Washburn, director of the Foundation for Pierce College, who has spoken with Steele. “Would a New Yorker let you put a stadium in the middle of Central Park?”Zine said he doubted residents would support such a project.“It’ll have a big impact on the community, lots of traffic, environmental concerns, quality-of-life concerns,” said Zine.“I don’t support any of his proposed sites. If the neighborhood council shoots this down, obviously there’s no discussion.”August Steurer, vice chairman of the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council, said he was concerned the Oasis would not fit in with the area’s specific plan.“My personal opinion is that it doesn’t quite go, because we’re trying to keep the industrial (zones) industrial, but we have little to go on,” he said.Steele said he’s got solutions for traffic and other challenges posed by the arena.“Every site that you look at has different dynamics and challenges you need to overcome,” said Steele, who now works full time on the project. “We will produce major shows, we will produce world-class sports entertainment and cultural events for the Valley — for the first time.”dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com(818) 713-3730160Want 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