Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Canada’s Milos Raonic during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)MELBOURNE, Australia — Another Roger vs. Rafa final is still in the mix at an Australian Open with an almost retro vibe.They’re on opposite sides of the draw, and each is a semifinal win away from a classic showdown at Melbourne Park, where Roger Federer is bidding for an 18th major title, and where Rafael Nadal is targeting his 15th.ADVERTISEMENT “Let me enjoy today, the victory, being in semifinal,” the 30-year-old Spaniard said. “For me, is great news again. Is a good start of the season.“Now I have a very tough match against Dimitrov.”Dimitrov has lost seven of his eight matches against Nadal, but the 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist is growing in confidence after winning the Brisbane International title at the start of the month after a period in the tennis doldrums.“In order to win a slam, there’s no shortcut,” the Bulgarian said. “If you think about it, I mean, when have you seen an easy semifinal or something like that? You got to work for it. I have to fight.”Federer and Nadal, who dominated the sport for so long until the emergence of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, know that more than most. Both are returning from extended injury layoffs and showing signs that the time off has worked. The 35-year-old Federer was out for six months resting his left knee since a semifinal exit at Wimbledon. He hasn’t won a major since Wimbledon in 2012 but has reached three finals since then.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadal saved six set points in the second set against one of the best servers in the business on Wednesday, beating third-ranked Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (7), 6-4.With that, he earned a spot in the semifinals at a Grand Slam for the first time since winning the French Open in 2014. He’ll next play 25-year-old Grigor Dimitrov, the only player in the last quartet who has yet to turn 30.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFederer and No. 4 Stan Wawrinka will contest an all-Swiss semifinal the night before Nadal returns to Rod Laver Arena to play Dimitrov. Having three 30-somethings in the semifinals equals the Open era-mark set in 1968 at Roland Garros. There’s also three 30-something women in the semifinals.Nadal didn’t want to overcomplicate matters and talk about generational things. He didn’t want to think too far ahead to a final, or to Baby Fed — as Dimitrov has been dubbed for his similar backhand and style — while he savored his quarterfinal win. Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Nadal is coming back from a couple months off with an injured left wrist, and he has been building momentum. His wins over Alexander Zverev and Gael Monfils in the third and fourth rounds gave him confidence, and his quarterfinal victory over Raonic, who beat him two weeks ago in Brisbane, highlighted his rapid improvement.Four-time Australian Open champion Federer has come through some matches on the other side of the draw, too, beating Grand Slam finalists Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori in the third and fourth rounds and overwhelming Mischa Zverev in the quarterfinals only two nights after the German had ousted top-ranked Murray from the tournament.If not for Nadal, Federer may have won many more majors. The muscular left-hander has beaten Federer in six of their eight Grand Slam final meetings and has a 23-11 record overall, including big victories in Australia in the 2009 final and in the semifinals in 2012 and ’14. But he recognizes the Swiss star as the undisputed most successful player in the modern game.“What happens on the other side of the draw, I think is great for tennis that Roger is there again after an injury, after a lot of people talk about always the same things, that probably he will never be back,” Nadal said. “The real thing is that he’s back and he’s probably ready to win again, fighting again to win a major. And that’s good for the fans because Roger is a legend of our sport.“I am happy to be there, too. 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Cabagnot’s heroics lift SMB past TNT for 9th straight win Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. AP File PhotoJuan Manuel Marquez sees no reason to take on Manny Pacquiao for a fifth time, and even a hefty purse won’t persuade the former four-division world champion.According to ESPN Deportes, as translated by BoxingScene.com, Marquez said he’s no longer interested in fighting Pacquiao who he defeated via knockout in 2012.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View comments MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marquez has been out of the boxing ring for more than two years and his last fight resulted in a victory over Mike Alvarado in 2014 for the vacant WBO International welterweight title.The Mexican legend, however, is willing to break that hiatus and is willing to take on Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto.“We are going to see if I can still stand the physical [work in the gym], there are possible opponents,” said the 43-year-old Marquez. “I want to do a [training camp] and then a major fight.”“We are watching for opponents. This year is crucial for whether I will return or not. It depends on how I feel physically. I’ve trained, I’ve ran, but this is not the same.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marquez was told people invested in the fight and television networks are willing to shell out $60 million for him to come to the Philippines and fight Pacquiao.“I am no longer interested in Pacquiao, they are saying that the networks are willing to pay $60 million for a fight with Pacquiao in the Philippines,” said Marquez in the report. “I wouldn’t go to the Philippines for a fight with Pacquiao for $100 million.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnMarquez and Pacquiao fought four times in the course of eight years with the Filipino taking two victories and the two settling for a draw in the first fight.The fourth fight was the most convincing finish of all with Marquez scoring a knockout after Pacquaio won the second and third bouts via decisions.
Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESIt wasn’t the triumphant return Jeron Teng was expecting with AMA Online Education.Coming back after his one-week foray with Mighty Sports in Dubai, the La Salle star still had his usual numbers but looked out of sync as the Titans fell to Wangs Basketball, 98-93 on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But Teng failed to carry that scintillating performance over in his 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup return, admitting that the Couriers really had a terrific gameplan against his side.“Maybe the other team really prepared well and came out to play today. We lacked the energy and it’s definitely a learning experience for us,” he said.Teng, though, vowed to perform better for the Titans’ last game against Cafe France next Monday, where they will be gunning for their sixth victory in nine games to secure a seat in the quarterfinals.“It’s unfortunate, but we’ll be better for our next game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA D-League: Wangs upsets AMA, halts 5-game skid MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely “I had lots of turnovers,” he quipped.Six turnovers, to be exact, as his miscues added to the 19 AMA committed, putting a dent on the 25 points, seven rebounds, and two assists he posted in the game.But Teng’s time away from the team wasn’t really wasted as he looked at it as a chance for him to further hone his skills against taller and more experienced players in the international stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I’ve really learned a lot from it. It’s a big difference playing against international players, and of course, I was teammates with the other veterans and people I look up to in the PBA. I really picked up a lot from Dubai,” he said.Teaming up with the likes of two-time PBA Most Valuable Player Willie Miller, PBA studs Chris Tiu and JC Intal, as well as imports Justin Brownlee and Marcus Douthit, Teng embraced the challenge, averaging 4.4 points in the first five games before exploding for 22 markers in Mighty’s swan song. 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments
Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out LATEST STORIES NBA: Dennis Rodman blasts LeBron, says Jordan ‘never rested’ UP’s Kathy Bersola. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe biggest thing Kathy Bersola and fellow outgoing seniors Nicole Tiamzon and Pia Gaiser brought to University of the Philippines was the belief that the Lady Maroons are capable of winning.For the longest time, the Lady Maroons were labeled as afterthoughts in volleyball but all that changed when UP made a surprising run in Season 78 and claim the fourth seed.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test View comments On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Though the Lady Maroons eventually lost to Ateneo, it became the starting point of a revolution inside UP.“I think our legacy is we tried to bring the winning ways to UP,” said Bersola Wednesday after ending their campaign in Season 79 with a three-set loss to Final Four-bound Far Eastern University, 25-16, 25-16, 27-25.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBersola, Tiamzon and Gaiser came to the UP program at the same time and they became the foundation of what would become the Lady Maroons of today.“Us three were the toughest in our batch, because there were nine of us that started and there’s just three of us,” said Bersola. “And I think we’ve had our achievements during our time.”
MADRID (AP) :A Spanish court says that Cristiano Ronaldo will be tried for tax fraud on January 21. Ronaldo is expected to plead guilty and receive a suspended two-year sentence, in agreement with a deal the Portugal forward struck with Spain’s state prosecutor and its tax authorities this year.The deal includes Ronaldo agreeing to also pay a fine of close to €19 million (US$22 million) for the reduced sentence.In Spain, a judge can suspend sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders.Last year, a state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 worth €4.7 million (US$16.5 million). Ronaldo was accused of having used shell companies outside of Spain to hide income made from image rights.The accusation does not involve his salary from former club Real Madrid.Ronaldo left Madrid to play for Italian champions Juventus last summer.In 2016, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi received a suspended 21-month jail sentence after being found guilty of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros (then US$4.6 million).
The Jamaica Scorpions, thanks to a fine innings of 112 from Nkrumah Bonner and 96 from captain Rovman Powell, posted 331 for 9 in their 50 overs against the Barbados Pride in their Group ‘A’ Super50 clash at Conaree in St.Kitts. Bonner and Powell shared in a 151 run fifth wicket stand after the Jamaicans were in a spot of bother at 78 for 4 in the 17th over. Jamie Merchant chipped in with 38 against two wickets for Kyle Mayers, Roshon Primus, Shemar Springer and Chemar Holder.
E-Networks Emerging Voices Season One winner, Vishalie Sukram, will be performing in the Atif Aslam Concert on Saturday, October 22 at the Hershey Centre in Toronto, Canada.Vishalie SukramAtif Aslam is one of Bollywood’s most sought Playback singers with super hits such as “Pehli Nazar Mein”, “TuJaane Na”, “Piya O re Piya”, “Tera Hone Laga Hoon” and “Jeena Jeena”.The concert is expected to be sold out. The Guyanese songstress will be opening the show, singing both Bollywood oldies and some of today’s hit songs.Since winning Emerging Voices in 2014, Vishalie has performed extensively around Guyana and also went to India on a training programme, compliments of E-Networks. She currently resides in New York where she is continuing her musical training and career.E-networks Emerging Voices Season 2 will be aired soon.
The place to be this evening is the original Palm Court for one of the most provocative performances by the queen of soca, Destra.This is one of a series of parties that the Main Street, Georgetown night club will host over the next week leading up to Old Years Night. One of the biggest shows anticipated from the entertainment hot spot will featuring Beenie Man, the King of Dance Hall.Destra, who is known for her energetic and saucy performances, will without a doubt set the venue on fire. All preparations are already in place for a wonderful evening that is also expected to be epic. She will be backed by popular deejays that will set the tone leading up to the appearance of the soca queen.Patrons can expect the best music mixes and party the night away with drink specials. “Destra Closer to You” is one party that soca junkies would not want to miss, as the soca queen is ready to perform before her fans. As usual, the Trinidadian will perform some of her best hits.Tickets for the event were presold at $2000 and $3000 on the night of the show. There will be strict security and no guns are allowed.
Satiricus was confused. Not an unusual situation, he thought. Satiricus accepted he wasn’t exactly the brightest bulb in the room. Any room.“But what the heck’s going on over in the Mother Country?” he asked his friend Cappo plaintively.“Mudda who??” replied Cappo, who was busy waving his hands in the air vainly trying to get the attention of the bar girl at the Back Street Bar.“Mother COUNTRY, Cappo!” said Satiricus with some degree of exasperation. “Didn’t you read that Britain just voted to leave the EU?”“Yuh mean “Brexit”? Cappo asked with a raised eyebrow. He had just given his order for two beers.“Yes. ‘Britain Exit’. Have you forgotten Britain was our Mother Country?” snapped Satiricus.“But na fifty year abee get independence fram dem?” asked Cappo. “Abee na just celebrate Jubilee? How laang dem guh be abee Mumma?”“Look, Cappo. Everything we learn…we learnt from the British. So they’ll always be our Mother Country.”“Suh wha wraang wid Brexit?”Cappo asked with feigned innocence. He was just starting on his second beer. Satiricus was still buying.“EVERYTHING’s wrong with Brexit, Cappo,” moaned Satiricus. “Europe was good for Britain economically. But the majority of poor people listen to the politicians blaming Europe for crime and stuff.”“Like in de las’ election in Guyana w’en KFC blame PPCEE fuh everyt’ing”?” Cappo asked slyly. “Wha’ else happen?”“Well, the newspapers all started blaming Polish immigrants for taking away people’s jobs, when in fact they were doing low-paying jobs no one else wanted,” said Satiricus indignantly.“Like how de Muckraker bin blame de Chinee people wha come in Guyana fuh sell cheap goods?” smiled Cappo, nodding his head.“What you trying to say, Cappo?”“Budday! ‘e look like abee prappa larn plenty tings fram abee Mudda Country!”Satiricus looked closer at Cappo to see if he was mocking him. He decided Cappo wasn’t. But then, even Satiricus had concluded he was a dim bulb.“Well, Cappo, there is one thing we didn’t learn from the British,” he confessed.“Wha’ da?” inquired Cappo.“Their Prime Minister resigned when it was clear he made a mistake. That would NEVER happen here.”
As the parking meter corruption within the Georgetown City Council stinks to heaven, President David Granger found no reason to address this matter when he visited the City Council this week. APNU/AFC in the meantime will now review the parking meter contract, not caring that it is interfering with the business of the Council and not caring that it has set the example for the City Council by its own sole sourcing.If there is one thing that we cannot debate, it is that APNU/AFC has been clueless since assuming the mantle of Government over a year ago. It has been consistently clumsy, almost invariably confused and reckless far too often. There has not been a day where one or more of these things apply. This past week the Prime Minister showed up in New York City to attend a conference hosted by the Global People of Indian Origin. Moses Nagamootoo, just over a year ago, not far from the venue of this conference had disavowed his Indianess, but had the temerity to attend the conference because it was another free trip to boast his ego.The next couple of days in New York, he was on a drinking holiday. All throughout the trip he had a convoy of Secret Service escorting him, at the expense of the Guyanese people. All of this at a time when APNU/AFC has totally ignored the plight of thousands of people in Region Five who have endured almost three months of flooding. Nagamootoo found it more pressing to be in New York to have a jolly good time. This smacks of clumsiness, confusion and recklessness, but equally uncaring behaviour.Meanwhile, President Granger last week vehemently objected to the death penalty, insisting that no one will be executed on judicial order under his watch. Then why do we have laws that permit judges to sentence people with the death penalty? I commend Granger for his courage in articulating a position that is consistent with the views of an increasing number of countries around the world and for taking a position that is progressive.But Granger is President of Guyana and head of the APNU/AFC coalition in Government. The same Government and the same APNU/AFC included 14 offences that are punishable by the death penalty in their amended Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism legislation earlier in the year. His Attorney General when informed in the Parliament that the death penalty for the given offences would mean that Guyana was deliberately choosing to disavow our commitments to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and we were heightening our non-compliance with our international obligations, insisted that the death sentences in the law were requirements under the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). It was obvious then and it has become clear since that he was not telling the truth.But the clumsiness and confusion have been further exemplified by the President’s position. The President proclaims that he was not supportive of the death penalty, a sentence that he would have to sign off on before anyone can be executed. Executing a prisoner sentenced to death is not possible without the signature of the President. This demonstrates confusion and recklessness in conducting the affairs of our country. With all the lawyers in the Cabinet and all the people who seem to have answers for everything, did no one tell the Attorney General and the President that FATF did not require the death penalty? Did no one reminded the President and the Cabinet that Guyana is under Procedural Review by the United Nations Human Rights Committee and that among our commitments is the abolishment of the death penalty?The President cannot extricate himself from responsibility by claiming that it was not him that introduced a law requiring Judges to sentence people to death because the legislation taken by his Attorney General to the Parliament requires Cabinet approval and he is the Chair of the Cabinet. In addition, the legislation became law because the President assented to it. He not only approved it as Chairman of the Cabinet, but subsequently when there were public revelations that the Attorney General misled the nation pertaining to the reasons for the death penalty for the 14 offences, President Granger still assented to the law. This is clumsy; it is clearly confusion, but it is reckless in pushing Guyana into a rogue nation status.Every day, examples of clumsiness, confusion and recklessness are evident. Milk not recommended for children is allowed on the shelves even though the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department ordered it be taken down from the shelves and destroyed. The order is not a voluntary one and the Ministry of Health is supposed to remove the product. But the distributor is a supporter of APNU/AFC. Rewarding him is more important than the health of the people. This is the kind of confusion and recklessness that prevail today in Guyana.Send comments to [email protected]