Cyprus Cup results

first_imgThe results of the Cyprus Cup Round of 16, 2nd Leg matches played on Wednesday, January 28, are as follows:Ethnikos Achnas 2-2 AELAggregate: 2-3Othellos Athienou 2-1 ApollonAggregate: 3-2APOEL 3-0 OlympiakosAggregate: 4-0Already through to the last eight are Karmiotissa, Ermis Aradippou and AEK Larnaca.The Round of 16, 2nd Leg games still to be played are:Wednesday, February 4:Ayia Napa vs Omonia (0-4)Anorthosis vs Digenis Oroklinis (2-1)last_img

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Britain names team for Davis Cup final

first_imgBy Martyn HermanBritain’s team for the country’s first Davis Cup final for 37 years was named on Tuesday with Kyle Edmund and James Ward vying for the second singles berth behind Andy Murray.Captain Leon Smith also named Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot for the match against Belgium which begins in Ghent on November 27.Dan Evans, who played in the semi-final against Australia, was not selected.Britain have not won the Davis Cup since 1936 and last appeared in the final in 1978 when they lost to the USWorld number two Andy Murray, currently in action at the ATP World Tour Finals, has spearheaded his country’s challenge and could play three rubbers on the claycourt in Ghent, as he did in the semi-final against Australia when he teamed up with brother Jamie to win a crucial doubles rubber.He also won both his singles matches in that tie while against France in the quarter-finals, Murray again earned his country three points, having played singles and doubles.The big question for Smith is whether to go with the experienced Ward or 20-year-old Edmund for the second singles spot against a Belgium side led by world number 16 David Goffin.Edmund did his cause no harm when he moved back into the world’s top 100 last week by winning his third ATP Challenger Tour title of the year on the clay in Buenos Aires.However, Ward produced a memorable victory in the Davis Cup first round clash against the US in San Diego, beating John Isner in five sets.“It’s an historic moment in British tennis and I’m delighted to name these five players for the tie against Belgium,” Smith said on the ITF website.“The team has had some incredible results this year, and we know that off the back of defeating the three other grand slam nations we carry great momentum going into the final, however we will not under-estimate the challenge in front of us.”“The Belgian team is full of top 100 talent and they will push us all the way.”last_img read more

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Kato pushed back Dragons deal, reveals brother

first_imgThe shocking news was revealed yesterday by elder brother, Ahulo Ottio, when he delivered his brother’s eulogy in front of over 2,000 people that flocked in to pay their respects at the Sir John Guise Stadium indoor complex.“He actually had the option to join St George but that contract came with a condition. That condition was to forgo the World Cup and undergo surgery.“He told me about it and I lost count of how many times I practically begged him to take up the offer and forget the World Cup. I even lobbied with mum to talk to him when he came up for a break, but it was all in vain.”Kato wasn’t moved.“I was like ‘my goodness you are young enough to play another 3 World Cups before even thinking of retiring.’”Ahulo said his smaller brother responded with a smile and a giggle.“He said ‘yes bro that may be true but I want to play in front of my people – we don’t know when the World Cup will come back to PNG’.“Seeing him out there with his band of brothers who were able to pull PNG together as one for a short 4 weeks was something nobody can ever put a dollar amount to it and I am proud and happy after all that he did what he did,” said Ahulo.(The Late Ottio evading US defenders during the World Cup)last_img read more

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Lampard relishing ‘underdog’ tag ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Bayern

first_imgFrank Lampard has urged Chelsea to embrace the underdog spirit and subdue Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge.The Blues head coach accepts many have installed Bayern as firm favourites for Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg tie in west London.But the former England midfielder still holds faith in his young charges, even despite Bayern’s strong form and their 7-2 demolition of Tottenham in London in October.“I think the underdog talk for a game like this is better to come from outside, from people looking out to in,” Lampard said.“My job is just to prepare the game, look at the opponent and see if we can find weaknesses there. I understand if people do call us the underdog because their team is so strong and they have so much experience.“But these things change. The underdog is there to change things around. We all love an underdog story and they are some of the best stories in sport.”Lampard won the Champions League when Chelsea edged out Bayern on penalties in 2012, and knows just how tough it is to take on the German giants.The 41-year-old will address his squad specifically about the hike in pressure and quality that comes with top-level knockout football in European competition.“I’ve got no doubts about starting any of the young players, I trust in all the players who have been part of the squad this year,” Lampard said.“They’ve earned trust in the way they’ve played. It changes slightly when it gets to the knockout stages and I’ll speak to all the players about what that means.”Chelsea will be without injured trio Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi and N’Golo Kante on Tuesday, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be in the match squad.Loftus-Cheek was an unused replacement in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win over Spurs for his first involvement of the campaign, and is accelerating his recovery after a long-term Achilles injury.“We’ve got players with Champions League experience in the squad but we’ve also got young players at the first stages of their careers,” Lampard said.“A big part of my job (on Tuesday) is to explain to the players that over two legs we need to be at our maximum. We need every detail, every box ticked in both games.“Bayern Munich are an incredible side with the ball. If we have to suffer without the ball, we have to suffer, so that’s our job over these next two games.“Bayern are for sure a team that can win the title, when you go through their team and look at the talent and unity within it.”↑ Top of pagelast_img read more

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100 Victims Still Waiting for Red Cross

first_imgFourteen days after a fire disaster rendered 100 people homeless on New Kru Town’s Karpeh Street, the victims are still waiting to hear from the Liberia National Red Cross Society, LNRCS. The LNRC team conducted an assessment three days after the incident, and informed the victims that help would be forthcoming. “We are still waiting to hear from the Red Cross,” community chairman Joe Carr told the Daily Observer yesterday. Three days after the incident, an official of the LNRC, Christopher Johnson, admitted to the Daily Observer that he had received a letter about the disaster from Mr. Carr. “We will send a team to assess the situation,” Johnson told the Daily Observer in a telephone interview on April 26. However, Chairman Carr told this newspaper during a visit yesterday that, “Red Cross people came here, but since they left, we have not heard from them.” Seven days after the visit of the LNRC team, Carr said the victims are still sleeping outdoors. “They have nowhere and no one to go to for help,” Carr said. “We need urgent help from the Red Cross, particularly since there are 50 children among them.”  Carr said a representative from the humanitarian group, Oxfam, contacted the community, wanting to help. “We are waiting for Oxfam, too,” Carr said. A visit by the Daily Observer yesterday saw disappointed women, children and older men and women sprawled in several areas, near where their zinc houses had stood. “This is where we sleep since the fire destroyed our place,” one of the women told the Daily Observer. “I lost everything and I am not even able to feed myself and my four children.”  She said Chairman Carr has been assisting with money and food. “How long can he continue to do that?” she asked. A Red Cross representative, who asked not to be identified, told the Daily Observer, yesterday, “We have done our assessment and we’ll get to them as soon as possible.” Carr meanwhile said a humanitarian, Mr. Dixon Siebo, last Saturday made a financial donation of LD15, 000 to the community to help the victims. Carr explained that the victims had lost hope that there was someone out there who was willing to help.“It’s been 14 days now since the fire incident and they are still waiting for a worthy organization to help,” Carr complained. With Red Cross’ promise, he said he is convinced that help will come, but appealed that it should not wait too long. “We don’t want additional problems,” Carr said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ON THE BREEZE

first_imgNot as a twig drifting in the chaos of nothingNot as a plastic bag being whirled to nowhereNot as a wooden drum made of hide and sunNot as the live log fallen into the blue oceanOn The Breeze ………..I lay my cares for goodFree of the clutches of climbing forest ropesFree of the million biting ants in the red anthillFree of the chains that bound men to cast ironFree of the cruel brutality of man against manOn The Breeze ……..l direct my sail to glide onComfortable to look around and be at peaceComfortable to see faces flushed in real joyComfortable that equal rights has found a homeComfortable to disembark and walk every slumpOn The Breeze…….. I look above for more grace Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Naomi Osaka consoles teary Coco Gauff after beating her at US Open

first_imgOsaka’s advantages in age and accomplishments — she is a two-time major champion, including at the Australian Open in January — played a role. So, too, did her on-target power, which resulted in a 24-8 edge in winners.“For me, this is the most focused I’ve been since Australia,” said Osaka, who’s had an up-and-down season since earning that trophy and is wearing a black sleeve on the left knee that’s been problematic lately.Addressing Gauff, she said: “I’m so sorry for playing you (with) this type of mentality.”When it ended, after merely 65 minutes, Gauff began to bawl on the sideline. Osaka approached her and they spoke, briefly, then later cried, too, while addressing Gauff’s parents on-court.“For me, it’s crazy to me to see how far she’s come in such a little amount of time,” said Osaka, who was born in Japan and moved to the U.S. when she was 3.Both players are based in Florida now and have known each other for a few years. Their fathers are friends.“She was crying; she won. I was crying. Everybody was crying,” Gauff said. “I was like, ‘You won the match!’”Gauff acknowledged feeling some jitters at the outset, and Osaka produced the match’s initial seven winners.It took all of 10 minutes for Osaka to lead 3-0.When Gauff did claim a game, she did so with a couple of exclamation points in the form of aces at 105 mph, then that one at 119 mph. Osaka slumped her shoulders. The crowd roared. It seemed, fleetingly, that this might be a competitive match. 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LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Totally dominated MOST READ Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption So the tournament’s defending champion and No. 1 seed, who is only 21 herself, comforted Gauff with a hug and words of consolation, then encouraged her to address the 23,000 or so folks in the Arthur Ashe Stadium stands who were pulling for the young American. Knowing how tough it is to lose, Osaka told her: “You need to let those people know how you feel.”So Gauff obliged — a rare instance of a match’s loser addressing the crowd from the court. And was appreciative of Osaka’s gesture.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“She just proved that she’s a true athlete. For me, the definition of an athlete is someone who on the court treats you like your worst enemy, but off the court can be your best friend,” Gauff said later at her news conference. “I think that’s what she did tonight.”It’s that sort of maturity off the court, and a wise-beyond-her-years game on it, that has helped Gauff generate all sorts of attention already. She was the youngest woman since 1996 to win two matches at Flushing Meadows, her follow-up to a captivating run to the second week at Wimbledon in July.center_img No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist In this much-hyped showdown under the lights, Gauff often looked exactly like what she is: an immensely talented player who is still learning her way at tennis’ top level.“We definitely know what we’ve got to work on,” Gauff’s father, Corey, said. “She wanted to win the match. It wasn’t, ‘See how well you can do.’”Gauff pounded serves at up to 119 mph but also double-faulted seven times.She overcame a slow start to get within 4-3 in the opening set but also dropped the last eight games.Don’t forget: The U.S. Open was only the second Slam for Gauff, who was ranked No. 313 at the start of Wimbledon and is now No. 140.ADVERTISEMENT Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son “Next time I play her,” Gauff said, “I’m going to try to come up with a different plan.”Soon enough, Osaka was edging ahead — and then pulling away, showing the same poise and power that carried her to the championship a year ago in a memorably chaotic final against Serena Williams that ended with spectators booing and both women in tears after the 23-time major champion got into a lengthy dispute with the chair umpire.On this evening, Gauff’s body language was getting worse and worse, whether it was a slap of her thigh or raising her racket overhead as if contemplating a spike or the palms-up glare toward her parents and others in a courtside guest box to ask why they weren’t giving her more support.Gauff’s dad said afterward that his daughter might not appear on tour again until next year, because of age restrictions on the women’s tour that limit how many tournaments someone who is 15 may enter.Next for Osaka is a match Monday against 13th-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland with a quarterfinal berth at stake. Other matchups Monday: American qualifier Taylor Townsend vs. No. 15 Bianca Andreescu of Canada, American wild-card Kristie Ahn vs. No. 25 Elise Mertens, and No. 23 Donna Vekic of Croatia vs. No. 26 Julia Goerges.Moving into the men’s fourth round were three-time champion Rafael Nadal and 2014 title winner Marin Cilic, who are the only past Grand Slam champs in their half of the draw and now must face each other. Cilic, the No. 22 seed, overcame his own 17 double-faults and withstood 40 aces from 14th-seeded American John Isner to win 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4. With Isner and Tennys Sandgren losing Saturday, zero American men reached the fourth round.Other winners included No. 6 Alexander Zverev, No. 13 Gael Monfils, No. 24 Matteo Berrettini and unseeded Andrey Rublev, who beat the ever-combustible Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-3.Kyrgios is facing a possible suspension after calling the ATP “pretty corrupt” over a $113,000 fine it levied for outbursts at a tuneup tournament. He was relatively subdued Saturday, other than calling a line judge a “whistleblower” for reporting him to the chair umpire for cursing.There’s always something with Kyrgios, who said afterward his eyes might have had trouble adjusting to the artificial lights in Ashe because he plays too many video games. ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES Coco Gauff, right, of the United States, wipes away tears while talking to Naomi Osaka, of Japan, after Osaka defeated Gauff during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK — Naomi Osaka looked across the net after ending Coco Gauff’s U.S. Open in the third round Saturday night and saw the tears welling in the 15-year-old’s eyes.Osaka also saw a bit of herself in the kid she’d just beaten 6-3, 6-0.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Tourism for all

first_imgRaising the Tourism Sector’s profile and status in Caribbean countries has been the focus of many if not all countries that have a heavy reliance on tourism, which is one of the main economic sectors and also a major source of revenue, foreign exchange earnings, jobs and investment.Guyana, like many other countries, plan and execute national tourism awareness programmes annually, in an effort to achieve the goals of raising the profile of the sector and educating various publics about the positive contributions of this sector.The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) estimates tourism’s contribution to Guyana’s GDP at 8.9 per cent. Whichever it is, it is clear that tourism is making a huge impact on our country and has the potential to be one of the leading sectors and largest employer of especially our young people.As the sector continues to develop, the stakeholders are moving aggressively to accurately measure tourism’s contribution to Guyana’s GDP. In November last year Government established a Tourism Satellite Accounting sub-committee, as they move towards research-based decision-making.Another integral part of the drive to highlight the potential of the industry is the implementation of a robust awareness programme; this year Tourism Awareness Month, which is commemorated in November, will be executed under the theme “Tourism for All – Building partnerships for Tourism Development”.Given the potential of the sector, it has become even more important for everyone to understand their role in the development of the sector and more importantly to understand how they stand to benefit from this cross cutting industry which connects everyone in every community, town, region and by extension, the country as a whole.If Tourism is to be examined under a microscope, one will find that it provides jobs to many across varying sectors; it is a primary source of revenue for several indigenous communities and has a tremendous impact on society.As a people to people industry, it is imperative to forge strong relationships for the development of tourism in Guyana. The Industry consists of a network of stakeholders working hand in hand to achieve economic prosperity; both public and private sector members need to realise and play their roles effectively to ensure the Industry recognises its full potential.It is for this reason that the emphasis this year is on strengthening partnerships and creating new ones for the continued development of the burgeoning industry.Evidently, Guyana has the potential to become a leading destination for Sustainable tourism; in fact research shows that Guyana has a competitive advantage, however time and time again, as Administrations come and go, policies and directions shift and goal becomes all the more elusive.We have seen concerted and dedicated efforts from the Private Sector and the industry leaders who now need to accelerate their efforts in communicating to the populace that there is a concrete plan going forward and that dedicated efforts will be placed on finding solutions to the constraints and challenges, identifying opportunities and setting benchmarks for the growth of the industry.Businesses, investors, service providers, and citizens need to have the confidence that indeed there are benefits of investing their time and efforts in growing the industry.More importantly, they need to know that the Administration is taking the industry seriously. Then and only then will there be the ‘bye in’ that indeed Tourism is for all.last_img read more

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GGDMA boycotting Mining Week 2017

first_img…accusing Govt of failing industryThe Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), along with the National Mining Syndicate, is accusing Government of failing the mining industry.Accordingly, they have decided to boycott Mining Week 2017 activities.The two organisations, in a statement, accused the Government of only taking from the miners, without developing infrastructure or providing adequate services in return.“The spirit of the thousands of miners and their workers are at the utmost low. Many miners are demotivated and wanting to close their operations, while others are not reinvesting and are simply going through the motion to pay their bills. This is what this Government has done to the Gold and Diamond Mining Sector,” the statement read.They highlighted that Mining Week is a time for reflection and recognition of the accomplishments within the mining industry. It is a time for both public and private sectors to together celebrate the progress made, but there is no unity within the industry.“Instead, the local mining industry has suffered the ire of more taxation, more fees, false promises, and the deliberate and continued withholding of cost-saving policies traditionally enjoyed by miners. There is no reason to celebrate. The Association and the National Mining Syndicates (has chosen) not to be a part of a week of activities that is more for the purpose of public relations than for the benefit of individuals involved or interested in getting involved in the sector,” the statement added.The GGDMA accused the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) of irregularities and insubordination. They are also calling on the Government to identify their National Mining Policy, stating that the miners are doing their part and the Government should do its part.They chastised the GGMC for the reintroduction of the six months’ notice for the conversion of a prospecting permit to a mining permit.“The GGDMA finds this policy as outrageous and unacceptable. We therefore ask the question: is the GGMC and the Government of Guyana serious about business, serious about local investors, serious about Foreign Direct Investment? It does not seem so from their policies,” the GGDMA said.The call for better infrastructure and more lands for the mining syndicates were reiterated while the bodies continued expressing disappointment in the way the industry is managed.Mining week 2017 commenced on August 20 and will conclude today.last_img read more

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Panel backs group for pact to fight gangs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Advancement Project proposes to draw in experts from academia, law enforcement and public health while examining successful programs in other cities. Consultants will seek ways the city can hone its gang-prevention and intervention efforts, currently spread across dozens of programs costing $26 million a year. “I think it’s long overdue to look at the preventive strategies,” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said. Gangs are “a growing problem” in her east San Fernando Valley district, she said, and she asked Rice to be sure to consult with Valley experts. While the contract is for six months, officials have indicated a willingness to consider extending it. Rice said she wants to examine whether Los Angeles and neighboring cities are getting their fair share of state money to fight youth violence, an undertaking she said could take a year. The consultant’s findings will help officials decide whether to pursue a proposal to consolidate all the prevention and intervention programs into a single anti-gang agency. The Advancement Project has also drawn the approval of the city’s ad hoc committee on Gang Violence and Youth Development. The contract now goes to the full City Council for a vote. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A nonprofit group seeking a $465,000 contract to develop a comprehensive anti-gang strategy for Los Angeles won the endorsement Monday of the City Council’s budget panel. The consulting project is part of the city’s wider effort to evaluate the tens of millions of dollars spent each year combating gangs and trying to keep young people away from violent lifestyles. “What the city has is a whole bunch of uncoordinated, unsynergistic programs, some of which do some very good work but not to scale and not together,” civil-rights lawyer Connie Rice told the Budget and Finance Committee. City analysts picked the Advancement Project, a nonprofit policy and legal advocacy group run by Rice, to evaluate the programs and create an anti-gang road map for the city. last_img read more

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