Roger Federer hoping for another good year

first_imgFederer’s career looked to be on the wane after he sat out most of 2016 with a serious knee injury.But the 37-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence over the past two years, with the world No.3’s hot form further cementing his status as the greatest ever player.Federer won the Australian Open and Wimbledon among seven tournament wins in 2017.And he added another Australian Open crown in 2018 to take his career grand slam title tally to 20.The Hopman Cup has been Federer’s perfect launching pad over the past two summers, and the Swiss maestro has decided to return to Perth for a third straight year.Federer won the mixed-teams event alongside Belinda Bencic last summer, with that success followed by a sixth Australian Open crown.The veteran hopes he can repeat the dose this summer.”I hope that again it will be the start of a great season for me, because the last two seasons have been crazy good for me,” Federer said on Thursday.”I would never have imagined that kind of return. I’m just very happy things are going so well.”The Hopman Cup is a good place for me to start the season with, and I’m hopeful that’s going to be the same again this year.”Federer has put no end date on his career, leaving the door wide open to play on in 2020.And he’s doing his best to downplay expectations of what he can achieve over the next 12 months.”I think with my age people know that if I did something extraordinary … that would be amazing,” Federer said.”And if that didn’t happen, maybe it’s logical you can’t produce that tennis every year.”You also maybe need a bit of luck, and the draw to fall your way. A lot of things need to happen to win any slam, for also the top four guys.”This season’s Hopman Cup is set to be one of the biggest ever, with 23-time grand-slam champion Serena Williams also a confirmed starter.Williams will team with rising star Frances Tiafoe to represent the United States.It will be Williams’ first outing since her loss to Naomi Osaka in August at the US Open final.Williams received multiple code violations during that match, with the 37-year- old even calling the chair umpire a “thief”.With the ATP World Team Cup set to be introduced in January 2020, the Hopman Cup, in its 31st year, could be chopped after this summer.Federer hopes it will continue.last_img read more


first_img…on ICJ’s jurisdiction?Not surprisingly, even as it’s undergoing a State-meltdown, Venezuela continues with its stubborn rear-guard action to prevent a settlement on the border controversy it precipitated in 1962 when it claimed the “full and final settlement” it signed on to in 1899 was “null and void”.Since then, this claim of ‘we wuz robbed” by perfidious Albion (Britain) has become an article of faith of all succeeding Venezuelan governments and has even been incorporated into their Constitution.Over the last few years, as we know, Guyana has slowly made progress by sticking to the terms of the Geneva Agreement which Venezuela signed in 1966 and which spelled out the measures to settle the controversy. We had a Mixed Border Commission…but that didn’t get anywhere.We had several other interventions – including a moratorium – then lastly, the UN Secretary General “Good Officer Process” which the Venezuelans just allowed to drag on and on and on for decades!!Didn’t matter to them…but it certainly crimped our development efforts!! Back in the 1970s, Burnham’s big dream of launching a mega-Hydro-electric project in the Mazaruni was stymied by the Venezuelans who blocked us from World Bank funding. Whether we highlighted it or not, this Venezuelan obstreperousness was the reason our oil potential remained ‘potential” up to the turn of the century…while Venezuela raked in the big oil bucks.The present PNC Government had to concede the strategic wisdom of Janet Jagan to offer Exxon 600 blocks in the Stabroek field in 1999, as a deterrent to Venezuelan revanchism.Be as it may, as per the terms of the Geneva agreement, “If the means so chosen do not lead to a solution…the Secretary General of the United Nations shall choose another of the means stipulated in Article 33 of the Charter of the United Nations.” Guyana petitioned the UN Secretary General to send the matter to the ICJ for a judicial Settlement – one of the options of Art 33.”The Secretary General agreed and now Venezuela has the nerve to say the ICJ has no jurisdiction over the case since it (Venezuela) hasn’t consented!But Venezuela is disingenuously forgetting that Article 36 of the ICJ just doesn’t say, “The jurisdiction of the Court comprises all cases which THE PARTIES refer to it”. It goes on to include: “and all matters specially provided for in the Charter of the United Nations or in TREATIES and conventions in force.” This standard “Compromissory clause” kicks in because Venezuela agreed to the Geneva Agreement!!Venezuela can’t have its cake and eat it too. While there’s no world government to compel its acceptance of the ICJ’s impending judgement…the rest of the world will!!And that’s what matters.…at GECOMThe points raised by the PNC partisans on GECOM – their three Commissioners and Granger’s unilaterally-appointed Chairman – on the appointment of a DCEO would be laughable, if their consequences weren’t so dangerous for Guyana. The PNCites are saying don’t bother with the assessment scores of the two candidates – which they themselves helped compile – just throw it out and let the Chairman pretend he’s Solomon!!The PNCites claim their decision has nothing with the fact their choice is a PNC-partisan – nah!! It has to do with her “academic” qualifications versus those of the other candidate. And this is where the asininity of their position is revealed. It’s a matter of trite law that so called “facially neutral criteria” for employment MUST be relevant to the job!! Or they just become means for weeding out individuals who may be more capable of ACTUALLY doing the job!As in this case, where the non-PNC candidate has over a DECADE of experience with ELECTIONS…and the PNCite has ZERO!!O judgement, thou art fled to brutish beasts!!…of (Chief?) Justice PattersonGECOM’s Patterson said it was a ‘slip of the pen’ when he claimed he was once “Chief Justice” of Grenada.With his pronouncement on the ‘gonads” of the Opposition Leader, is he now arrogating medical credentials??last_img read more

EU Conference on Ebola Affected Countries Begins Today

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her delegation will today participate in a major conference, organized by the European Union (EU) in Brussels, Belgium to discuss the way forward in the economic and social recovery of countries affected by the deadly Ebola virus.President Sirleaf, according to a statement from the European Union, will serve as a spokesperson on behalf of the three Mano River Union countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Presidents and Ministers of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Togo as well as representatives of the African Union Commission, the UN, the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and the European Union will all be attending.The Conference is taking place at the historic Egmont Palace in Brussels, and will be attended by Queen Mathilde . The main focus is to maintain current efforts of preventing the spread of the Ebola virus and to also put in place a plan to help Liberia and the other main African countries to recover and also plan for the future. During the conference, the 11th European Development Fund National Indicative Program for Liberia 2014-2020 will be signed between Liberia and the EU.  This is the most important support program of the EU to Liberia for the coming years. This Fund is allocating EUR 279 million (USD 326 million at current exchange rates) to Liberia, which will be divided into four areas, including Good Governance, Energy, Education and Agriculture.  The EU and its member states have so far pledged about EUR 1.2 billion to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.The EU Ambassador to Liberia, Ms Tiina INTELMANN, said “For us it is crucial to assess the priorities and envisaged action presented by Liberia and to find a way that we can all work together, in the immediate and longer term, for recovery in Liberia and in West Africa.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kenya sets up Angola, South Africa friendlies

first_img“The Angola and South Africa friendly games are more or less confirmed. We met and talked with the respective FAs during the FIFA congress in Bahrain. We are still working on the finer details for the Ivory Coast game including fixing a date and venue,” Muthomi told Capital Sport.The CHAN team has already played one friendly match, drawing 0-0 against Malawi in March, though First Coach Stanley Okumbi did not have the prestige of fielding a strong squad as most clubs pulled out their players due to the Kenyan Premier League assignments.This time round, the coach is set to have the liberty of picking his strongest men as the Kenyan Premier League will go on break after the May 27 and 28 matches. The FIFA friendly and international competition window opens just a day later on June 5.Harambee Stars First Coach Stanley Okumbi giving instructions during their friendly match against Malawi.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAfter the Angola friendly, Okumbi will put his squad together for the first Pool game of the 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers where Harambee Stars play away to Sierra Leone in Freetown on June 10.It will be a good platform for Okumbi to test his charges with Angola and Ivory Coast both having played in the last CHAN competition in Rwanda.While Angola were bundled out of the group stages after finishing third in their Group, Ivory Coast under the tutelage of head coach Michel Dussuyer finished third after beating Guinea in the play off.Muthomi also confirmed that the federation is in talks for friendly matches during the FIFA window between October 2-10 as well as November 6-14.“There are a few countries who we had approached and written to but we can’t confirm any at the moment. But we have to play matches during that window and our aim is to ensure we play against teams above us so that we also gain,” the CEO added.As of the FIFA rankings released on May 4, Harambee Stars are placed 78th.Though the games against Angola and South Africa will not count as they will be off calendar, the match against Ivory Coast which might be played during the August FIFA window will be vital as they are placed 48th on the rankings.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars local based players during their last friendly match against Malawi.PHOTO/FileNAIROBI, Kenya, May 17 – Kenya’s team of local based players will face their counterparts from Angola in a friendly match on June 4 in Machakos as part of their preparations for next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN).Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Chief Executive Officer Robert Muthomi has also confirmed the team will play away to South Africa in July as well as Ivory Coast in August, all geared towards ensuring the squad is ready for the tournament to be hosted in Kenya.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL sporting hero Martin McHugh says he fears smaller GAA clubs in the county may be forced to merge in the future to cope with emigration.The All-Ireland winning player and double All Star was reflecting on how so many young players are now having to leave the county to find work.He says his homeclub Kilcar has always punched above its weight in terms of getting big performances out of a small squad: they won last year’s minor championship with just two substitutes on their bench. Kilcar would always have been susceptible to the affects of a recession.“We are down Barry McGinley and Oisín McFadden, both former county minors,” McHugh said in an interview.“But as it happened, both of them left through choice. We are lucky in that there is work here in Kilcar at the moment (an announcement has just been made for a huge hydro-dam in the area).“But we are never overburdened with players and it is always a concern. “In general, I do think it is worse now than in the 1980s because of the fact that it is not just a recession but the huge debt we are saddled with.“And I think we are going to see a lot of smaller clubs amalgamating in the coming years in order to field teams.”Two years ago Donegal’s then manager John Joe Doherty spoke of his fear his squad would be decimated by players forced to leave to find work.It’s thought eight of the current Donegal squad are unemployed. It’s not known if any have plans to emigrate.The county is being hit by young people leaving – many of them choosing to go to Australia. DONEGAL GAA CLUBS ‘COULD MERGE TO COPE WITH EMIGRATION’ was last modified: February 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Helping make math easy

first_imgEspinoza graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in math and ethnic studies, and earned his master’s degree in education from Azusa Pacific University. In the Whittier Union district, Espinoza began teaching at the now-closed Sierra High, then at Pioneer for 16 years and at Cal High for the past 12 years. Currently, he also coaches the varsity girls’ basketball team and and serves as co-athletic director at the school. “Leonard is one of the most genuinely enthusiastic educators I have ever known,” said Whittier Union Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson. “He loves working with students and is energized by teaching. \ are fortunate to have him in a classroom and coaching our students.” But as far as Espinoza is concerned, “teaching is the most rewarding career path I could have followed. I would never have considered doing anything else.” said (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’And it’s a big part of the reason he has been named the district’s 2006 Teacher of the Year. “I’ve been fortunate to have my own children in math classes taught by Leonard Espinoza, and he coached them in track and field,” said Cal High Principal Rich Boline. “He’s a tremendously gifted classroom teacher and coach who finds ways to get the best out of his students.” Espinoza, who graduated from Norwalk High, caught the “teaching bug” at Cal State Fullerton when he was offered a basketball-coaching job at his high school alma mater. “That was the big hook,” said Espinoza, who also has two brothers who were teachers. “Teaching is just like anything else – if you come well-prepared and you show the kids that this is what you want to do and you have a genuine passion for it, it spills over to the kids.” WHITTIER – Undoubtedly, says Elizabeth Aranda, the best math teacher she ever had was Leonard Espinoza. It was more than two dozen years ago, when Aranda – now a counselor at California High – was a senior at Pioneer High School, where Espinoza taught math for 16 years before moving on in 1994 to his current position at Cal High. “It was probably the last math class I ever took, and he was fabulous, fantastic,” Aranda . “He helped make math easy – every day that I walked out of his class, I felt like I knew what I was doing.” Motivating and instilling confidence in his students has been key to the success that Espinoza, 52, has seen in his 30 years as a teacher and coach in the Whittier Union High School District. last_img read more

14-year-old footballer dies after collision during match

first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Bedgrove Dynamos FC announcement.— Bedgrove Dynamos FC (@WeAreTheDynamos) December 11, 2018The statement read: ‘We are deeply saddened to have to announce that a young player from the club sadly passed away this afternoon after being involved in a collision during a youth match on Sunday 9th December.‘Our thoughts are with Luca’s family and loved ones at this distressing time. We also offer our heartfelt condolences to his team mates and all associated with the club as we now try to come to terms with the tragic loss of our friend and team mate.‘It goes without saying that everyone at the club is devastated by this news and we ask that the privacy of his family, the players and club members is respected at this incredible difficult time. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REPLY center_img shining Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow ADVICE no dice Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Latest Football News A 14-year-old footballer has died following a ‘collision’ with another player during a match.Luca Campanaro, who played as a goalkeeper for Bedgrove Dynamos FC in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, passed away on Monday, a club statement confirmed. BEST OF RANKED ‘A decision on whether training and upcoming matches will go ahead this week/weekend will be made in due course and teams and players will be notified of this as soon as possible.’Campanaro was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital on Sunday after suffering the injury at a match played in west London on Sunday.A JustGiving page has been set up to raise funds for Campanaro’s family.last_img read more

FNB expands eWallet’s functionality

first_img28 November 2011First National Bank (FNB) is to enhance its eWallet solution, which enables employers to pay salaries directly to their employees’ mobile phones, by introducing features that enable users to pay money from their eWallet directly to a bank account, and even to pay their bills.FNB has had success with eWallet, with over R1-billion being transferred using the solution during the year between its launch in October 2009 and October this year. Encouraged by the success of eWallet in South Africa, FNB has since made the solution available in Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.“When we created the eWallet, recipients were only able to send money to another cellphone,” eWallet Solutions CEO Yolande van Wyk said in a statement this week.“With this enhancement, eWallet users are able to pay funds directly into an individual’s bank account at any of the major South African banks, or easily make a payment to one of our pre-loaded beneficiaries such as municipalities, Edgars etc.”Customers’ feedbackFollowing customers’ feedback, the eWallet can now hold a maximum balance of R3 000, increased from the R 1 000 limit introduced at the product’s launch in 2009. The maximum amount a customer can transfer to another person per day has also been increased from R 1 000 to R1 500.“Enabling South Africans to transfer money directly into a bank account or pay their bill without having to leave their homes is taking us closer to making banking truly accessible to the previously unbanked,” added Van Wyk.The eWallet allows for money to be sent even to people who do not have a bank account. When sent money in this manner, the recipient receives an SMS informing them that they have received money, and the necessary instructions to withdraw it from an FNB ATM.“The beauty of eWallet is that the recipient doesn’t need a bank account to be able to access the money sent to them,” she said. “In addition to withdrawing cash, buying prepaid airtime or sending the money to another person, they can also pay their bills instantly and conveniently.”Innovation award shortlisteWallet has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Financial World Innovation Awards 2011 in the Innovation in the delivery of financial products – Multichannel and Mobile Banking.The Financial World Innovation Awards have been running for more than a decade, recognising examples of creativity and vision within the financial services industry. The awards will take place in London on 1 December 2011.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Open Data: Good Progress, But More Work is Needed

first_imgOne year ago President Obama challenged government agencies to become more transparent and make publicly available data which the government had collected.   On January 21, 2009, President Obama said:“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.  We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.”A major goal of the Open Government Initiative is to make data sets of information collected or generated by the government available for public access.  Government data sets have been posted to the web site  A survey by Socrata found that there is strong support for government open data.  Over the past two years since Obama announced the Open Government Initiative, a lot of progress has been made.  67.9 percent of citizens and 92.6 percent of government employees say that opening up information known by the government to the public is the right thing to do.  Citizens in particular said that they have a great interest in having access to government financial and public safety data.To date, 48.1 percent of federal government agencies have already released at least one data set, and 55.6 percent have said that they believe that their organization has a mandate and the will to release data which they control.  There is a strong belief that private sector developers will be able to take data released by the government and with it be able to develop useful applications.  61.4 percent of citizens and 88.3 percent of government employees said they think that entrepreneurs and software developers will be able to transform the data into popular online resources.  43.6 percent of developers say that they are interested in government open data because they feel that their contributions will be able to make a significant impact on people’s lives.last_img read more

’SVG Web Page Components For IoT And Makers (Part 2)’

first_img’SVG Web Page Components For IoT And Makers (Part 2)’You are here: HomeWeb Design’SVG Web Page Components For IoT And Makers (Part 2)’ ‘SVG Web Page Components For IoT And Makers (Part 2)’ ‘SVG Web Page Components For IoT And Makers (Part 2)’ Richard Leddy 2019-05-15T13:30:16+02:00 2019-05-15T12:35:21+00:00So, we already have ways of dynamically loading a menu of SVG icons made to react by loading panels if we so desire, but the icons were not actual components. We were able to use a simple trick of bringing in the SVG for each icon and passing it into the Vue application. It was simple enough to generate a list of icons, and each icon reacted in a similar way except for small data differences. The data difference made it possible to bind the name of a panel to each icon in such a way that the handler for the icon’s button click could pass it on.When a panel is loaded in the form of Vue component, everything about the panel and its components has to be loaded, templates, JavaScript, and more. So, the job of just managing loading the panel is bigger than what we have encountered so far in this discussion.Let’s look at Vue’s way of providing a hook for async loading. The following snippet is from the Vue guide.Vue.component(‘async-example’, function (resolve, reject) { setTimeout(function () { // Pass the component definition to the resolve callback resolve({ template: ‘ read more