Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Reyes and Dela Cruz still have a chance to bring home a medal for the Philippines in English billiards singles on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Efren “Bata” Reyes at the billiards event in the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZEfren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco dela Cruz failed to advance to the English billiards doubles quarterfinals in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.The Filipino duo fell to the Vietnamese pair of Tran Le Anh Tuan and Nguyen Thanh Binh, 0-3, after getting shut out, 90-100, 33-100, 72-100.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Read Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal View comments
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns a shot from Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — A bad back prevented Roger Federer from getting ready for the U.S. Open the way he prefers to prepare for a Grand Slam tournament. And it’s showed so far.Federer blamed a lack of proper practice after making an uncharacteristic 68 unforced errors and being forced to go five sets again before coming back to edge a cramping Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The No. 3-seeded Federer won five consecutive U.S. Open championships from 2004-08 and also was the runner-up twice, including two years ago. But he missed last year’s tournament while taking off the second half of the season to let his back and surgically repaired left knee fully heal.That back, an off-and-on issue for years, flared up again while Federer was losing in the final of the Montreal Masters in August. He didn’t get to fully work on returns or serves, in particular, as the U.S. Open approached. That lack of training and the resulting lack of timing — rather than pain from his back — is what Federer said caused him problems Tuesday night in the first round against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe and again against Youzhny, a former top-10 player who reached the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Open semifinals but is now ranked 101st.“I’m pretty confident that I’m only going to get better from here. That’s a good thing,” Federer said. “Because I’ve played a lot, I definitely found some rhythm now.”He did falter repeatedly Thursday, though.Federer let a lead slip away in the second set and got broken while serving for it at 5-4.“He helped me to come back,” Youzhny said.Federer stumbled again while serving for the fourth set at 5-3, but responded to a break there by breaking right back.Still, Federer’s unforced errors continued to mount in the fifth set — 11 in the first four games alone, including a badly shanked forehand on his first break point at 2-1, a netted backhand on his second, and a long forehand to let Youzhny hold there. Eventually, Federer nosed ahead, aided by the considerable dip in the 35-year-old Youzhny’s level of play.While Federer played his first-round match Tuesday under the roof in Ashe, Youzhny’s opener was postponed until Wednesday because of rain, and he blamed that for his fatigue. His legs started cramping late in the third set Thursday and then reached other parts of his body, even his fingers, by the end. That made it hard to move forward or to jump normally while serving.At 1-all in the deciding set, Youzhny collapsed to the court, grabbing at his right leg after whiffing on an attempted swat at Federer’s lob. Youzhny stayed down for a few moments, then grimaced and limped around for the rest of that game. “He’s also a real man who plays tennis,” Youzhny noted. “He’s not a god.”Well, OK, that’s true. But remember: Federer did not drop a single set en route to his record eighth Wimbledon championship in July. And that he is 37-3 with five titles, including two at majors to raise his record total to 19.Second on that list, with 15, is No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal, who was scheduled to face Taro Daniel of Japan in Ashe on Thursday night. That followed 20th-seeded American CoCo Vandeweghe’s match against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia under the lights.Two seeded women lost to Americans in the afternoon: Shelby Rogers edged No. 25 Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (5) in a tournament-record 3 hours, 33 minutes, and Jennifer Brady eliminated No. 23 Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-1.A couple of seeded men departed, too: No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 15 Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up.ADVERTISEMENT Afterward, Youzhny chuckled at the mention of having lost all 17 matches against Federer, even leaning back in his chair and joking about how he would have completed the upset if Grand Slam rules were different: “I beat him in three sets now — but we played five sets. But come on, if we played three sets, I already beat him!”Federer, naturally, preferred to look at matters from a different perspective.“I find my way,” he said. “I don’t panic.” It is the first time in his long career that the 36-year-old Federer has played five-setters in both the first and second rounds at a major tournament.“I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on. Maybe I struggled more than I would have liked to. But I’m still in the draw, which gives me a chance. I still believe I’m going to pick up my game and become just more consistent because I’m not playing all that bad,” Federer said. “It’s just that I’m going a bit up and down in waves throughout the match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGiven that Federer entered the day with a 16-0 career record against Youzhny and a 16-0 mark in the U.S. Open’s second round, one might have thought that their match would be a mismatch.Think again. Read Next Resurrection LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments
Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The Pirates secured the No. 1 seed and a first finals appearance since joining the league in 2011, after a gutsy 107-105 double-overtime victory over the defending champion Red Lions at a jam-packed Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Mike Nzeusseu drilled two free throws with 12.7 seconds remaining in the second overtime to punctuate a 27-point performance, before the Pirates collectively foiled Robert Bolick’s final attempt, completing a historic 18-0 sweep of the elimination round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We just told them the more minutes that we stay on the floor, the more people we will inspire,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson after the game.When the buzzer sounded, the Pirates whooped it up on the court while JC Marcelino climbed the bleachers to celebrate with the Lyceum faithful as the Intramuros-based school ended a six-year wait for a championship appearance. There was no stopping Lyceum’s march to history in NCAA Season 93. Not a San Beda squad that showed its championship pedigree in the biggest game of the season so far. And certainly not a controversial call that nearly spoiled the Pirates’ bid to stay perfect.ADVERTISEMENT After bungling the final play in regulation, Perez atoned for the miscue by scoring on an off-balanced shot with 4.7 ticks left in the first overtime to put the Pirates ahead, 97-96, but JC Marcelino was slapped with a dubious foul while defending Bolick at the backcourt. Bolick split his foul shots to send the game to a second overtime.The Pirates and Lions traded big shots with both squads holding their ground up until Nzeusseu, the 6-foot-6 Cameroonian center, calmly sank the free throws that proved to be the difference between the two teams.“We know that there is so much fight in them (San Beda),” said Robinson. “There is so much tradition with San Beda, with coach Boyet (Fernandez).“We just told these guys to keep on playing, keep on believing in themselves, and just keep on grinding. We have to really play our very best, and no matter what happens in this game, it’s a win for us because when you survive those kinds of games, it’s gonna carry on to the next game.”The Pirates will wait for the survivor of the stepladder semifinals, which will now have five teams after San Sebastian drubbed Perpetual Help, 80-60, later in the day to capture the fourth seed. San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates03:13San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 9401:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fernandez rues little things as San Beda left without twice-to-beat And the way the Pirates pulled off this victory against a worthy foe made the wait worth it.“San Beda is really a strong team, and we respect them; they’re a well-coached team, they’re the defending champions,” Robinson said. “And we are just relying on having our heroes, the people that we honor in this game, that we offer this game (to). It’s really a dedication game for all of us.”Robinson tried his best to deflect credit for what has been a historic campaign, but his players feel their coach deserves more than he has been getting.CJ Perez, who scored 20 points, pointed to Robinson as his own hero.“Actually, I thought about him as my hero,” Perez said, referring to Robinson. “He was getting mad at me because I kept on looking at him, but I thought about him and the trust that he gave me.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort
The Leela Palace Kempinski, New DelhiThese are exciting times. The luxury hotel segment in Delhi is getting a much needed shake. And as I check into the city’s newest property located in the heart of its stately diplomatic enclave, I am curious.Over a decade back when The Leela Palace removed the covers and threw open it gates to the people of Bangalore, I was there to witness how it changed the city and its skyline forever. Grandeur merged with kitsch, over-the-top blended beautifully with the sophisticated, and business mixed with pleasure in gay abundance under gold leaf domes, ornate ceiling and grand arches.The Leela Palace Kempinski New Delhi, at Chankyapuri, does not disappoint. I enter at midnight to a glittering lobby–opulent would be an understatement. Marble flooring, Murano chandeliers, silver jaali screens, gold leafed ceilings and handpicked artefacts swirl around me in a wondrous mix which is a part royal, part “other world”. RoomsA card key is needed to access the elevators. Isha, my personal butler, escorts me to the junior suite. The 700 sq ft room is a like a ‘One BHK’ apartment. An elaborate walk-in closet, a huge bathroom with spa mood lighting and mirror TV that you can watch as you laze in the sunken bath tub are as exhilarating as the iTouch dock that remote controls the entertainment panel of a HD LCD with Blu-Ray compatibility in the room. The room overlooks the green Africa Avenue and an edge-to-edge glass wall ensures an amazing view. Hand-crafted tapestry, brocades, silverware add the ‘The Leela Palace’ touch.The hotel has 260 rooms including one Maharaja Suite which is 1,520 sq ft, equipped with bullet proof glass, an elevator, private gym, spa and Jacuzzi. And the toiletries are by Bvlgari! Three other suites of over 1,000 sq ft come with private plunge pools. The rest of the rooms are divided into various categories, largely dependent upon the floor area. Fine dining Breakfast is at the all-day dining glasshouse, The Qube. This space is eclectic and contemporary, a slash of different in the otherwise ornate hotel. I dig into an “Egg in a box” gently persuaded by the chef, and must admit it was delicious–a sunny side up egg, just runny, set inside a masala toast! Going by the buzz at the weekend buffet here, I guess The Qube is fast becoming THE place to brunch at, in this city always hungry for something new.General Manager Tamir Kobrin chats me up as I mop up the egg, full of plans and raring to go. Coming up is the opening of Le Cirque on the 10th floor of the hotel with al fresco dining, a wine lounge and a bar. The famous modern French cuisine restaurant from New York City owned and operated by charismatic restaurateur Sirio Maccioni, comes to The Leela Palace Hotel with a menu that will be “a mix of classic Italian with traces of Indian and French favours”. A Japanese restaurant, Megu, and their signature Indian Jamavar round up the fine dining scene.SpaA 6,500 sq ft rambling spa by ESPA is built across two levels. Beautiful handcrafted marble walls add drama to the serene spaces. Treatments draw heavily from Indian traditions and ayurveda while fusing some of the European wellness techniques. A great stress buster tip is to spa, shower and head straight to the very stately Library Bar for a drink. As I did. Surrounded by Chesterfield chairs, leather, wood panelling, leather bound first editions and exclusive whiskeys, cigars and martinis, I sit sipping an excellent Chardonnay, just chilled to a nip till the lights glow around me and the night sets in…JamavarJamavar opens for dinner and is a reservations only fine dining restaurant with the menu straddling the country–from the coasts of Mangalore to the nawabi dastarkhans of Lucknow. My companion and I sit amidst chandeliers, wooden jaalis, silver cutlery and exquisite mirrors and tuck into some simple appams, fish curry, Mirchi Ka Salan and vegetable stew, which is not on the menu but the chef graciously whips up a portion on request. The decorIt is really difficult to comprehend this entire hotel at first go. There is simply too much happening around you… I notice a gigantic sculpture in the lawns, while staring out of The Qube. It reminds me of Angkor Wat. It’s Devi by Satish Gupta, I am informed. A giant brass and gold-plated mural of 1,000 lotuses in various stages of flowering, also by Gupta, decorates the porch attached to the lawns. Rooms boast of lithos, corridors are lined with bidriwork from UP, while the public areas display contemporary Indian artists like Satish Gujral, Paresh Maity and Laxman Gouda.Yes I am still trying to figure it all out. Some of it is gorgeous, some simply overwhelming, but most of it is dazzling, to say the least.-Ritu Agarwal RohatgiadvertisementadvertisementAt a glanceWhat: A new luxury hotelWhere: Chanakyapuri, Diplomatic Enclave Tel: (011) 3933 1234; www.theleela.comCost: Rs. 25,000 onwards per night for Grand Deluxe RoomsVerdict: Opulent!Sheraton Bangalore HotelSheraton’s new hotel at Brigade Gateway is a part of an interesting concept. It is one of the many elements of an urban ecosystem–which means it is flanked by a number of urban centres so that you don’t need to go very far for anything. Next to the hotel is the World Trade Centre, an office complex that’s set to be the tallest building in Bangalore. Nearby is the Orion Mall, among the largest in the city. There is also a hospital, residential apartment complex and a school around. RestaurantsAs I walked into the hotel’s spacious lobby, its classy interiors and uncluttered look intrigued me. I was famished, so before going up to the room I started with a big breakfast at Feast, the all-day-dining restaurant. There were separate show kitchens for continental, Asian and north and south Indian cuisines. I tucked into hot omelettes and dosas. After a couple of hours reading in my room, done up in earthy tones and overlooking the infinity pool, hunger pangs struck again and I went to Bene, the Italian restaurant. Here, Executive Chef Gustavo Maurelli told me that the idea is to serve authentic Italian cuisine and not ”Indianised” Italian cuisine. He served me risotto and ravioli that was creamier and thicker than most Italian cuisine I’ve had in India. I spent the evening at Durbar, the opulent bar offering a range of cocktails and wine. RoomsAfter negotiating the multitude of temptations at dinner at Feast, it was time to try, what Nithya, the marketing communications manager had said, was one of the best parts of the hotel’s experience–its bed. She rattled off the name, but at that point it didn’t seem to matter as I settled into the smooth, soft, spongy white bed, and was immediately cocooned in a pod of comfort. Later I found out I had spent the night on the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper(SM) Bed with nine layers.The deep sleep had to be the best part of the stay, even if it was so comfortable that I ended up skipping the gym session I’d promised myself in the morning. Yet, the cosy bed, and another full breakfast at Feast set up a great day ahead as I checked out later that morning.-Shamanth Rao At a glanceWhat: A new luxury hotelWhere: Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleswaram-RajajinagarTel: (080) 4252 1000; www.starwoodhotels.com Cost: Rs. 6,500 per night for Premier Deluxe Room Verdict: A smart business hotel with a good locationNoor Mahal, KarnalAll right, come up with it. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Karnal? Rice fields? Dairy products? Liberty shoes or simply a town you pass enroute Chandigarh?How about a five-star hotel? Doesn’t seem to fit, does it? Digest the idea, for Karnal is now home to a sprawling heritage hotel, Noor Mahal. And it is exactly how it sounds–royal and glamorous.What strikes me is the hotel’s unlikely location and impressive facade. Standing amidst lush, green rice fields, this huge property resembles a Rajasthani haveli.Once I step into the lobby, it is difficult to remember that I am in Karnal. The delicate inlay work in the marble floor, the eye-catching hand-painted mural on the wall and sprawling verandahs are reminiscent of a maharaja’s palace.Rooms and SpaI am taken to my Club Royal room. But unlike the lobby, there is nothing royal about it, the dcor is modern. I quickly draw the curtains, hoping to catch a glimpse of the rice fields we had passed. Instead, all I see is verandahs and a central courtyard. Sigh, such is life. Disappointed, I get down to some reading, and then head to spa–7th Heaven, a tie-up with Sohum Spa from Mumbai. It’s a small spa with just three treatment rooms, but an exhaustive menu. I opt for the Sohum Signature Massage–a mix of Thai, acupressure, sports and a deep tissue massage. It’s exactly as hard as it sounds, and after 90 minutes I’m not just rejuvenated, but also famished.DiningI head to the Indian restaurant, The Frontier Mail, named after the train that ran between Mumbai and Peshawar before 1947. The restaurant has tables set inside a train compartment for those who enjoy the thought of dining in a train. The cuisine offered is from regions through which the train used to ply. I ponder over the menu and choose Mahi Soley–fish marinated in spices, which is so soft and tender that I have difficulty lifting it with my fork, and Murgh Lahori, a speciality from Lahore, which was not as spicy as I expected. The other eatery at the hotel is the 24-hour coffee shop, The Brown Sugar, where I have a leisurely breakfast the next morning. That evening I while away time sipping perfectly chilled champagne at The Polo Bar, where waiters are dressed in polo uniforms.The dining options may be limited, but the banquet facilities are not. The hotel has seven banquet halls, which can be combined to accommodate as many as 5,000 people. For some it may be the perfect venue to hold their dream wedding, but for me Noor Mahal is an ideal weekend getaway. -Pallavi PasrichaadvertisementAt a glanceWhat: A new heritage hotelWhere: National Highway 1, Sector 32 Tel: (0184) 306 6666; www.noormahal.inCost: Rs. 4,500 onwards per night for the Club Room Verdict: A good weekend and MICE option for Delhi and Chandigarh.Swissotel IstanbulGetting off my two-hour private Bosphorus cruise (rather reluctantly) at Besiktas, I saw the name Swissotel The Bosphorus looming. Perched on a hill was the colourful signage in a playful font. It’s a detail not many hotels pay attention to, the signage. Of course, a signage is not going to make you pick a hotel but it definitely made me turn and take notice. Celebrating 20 years this year, Swissotel is still a name to reckon with in Istanbul.RoomThe plan was to drop off my bags and charge out to explore the city. One step into the last room of the corridor and all of that changed. A large bay window showcases what becomes the centrepiece of the room. On one side you can see the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia, on the other Dolmabahce Palace is almost within touching distance. And in front is the blue, blue Bosphorus. The rich and famous cut across in their yachts along side the local people who cross over to the Asia side, to return home after a day’s work. White boats float across the blue strait, painting a picture few masters can match. Everything else in the Bosphorus Corner Room becomes secondary in front of this grand show of nature, though I find no complaints except the television, which is kept right in front of the window, marring the perfection. I enquire about this obvious error and am told of technical details that can’t be helped. Technology will be the end of us one day, I sigh, as I try to pretend the television does not exist and munch on the chocolate and cherries kept in the room. DiningGaja Roof, the rooftop version of the Gaja restaurant (winter only), opens in the summer. A lot of the dining options at Swissotel are seasonal. (Check the website for which restaurants are open at the time of your visit.) Twenty years on, this is still the hotel with the most dining options. Where most big hotels in the city have not more than two, I counted at least six while walking around. Gaja Roof is one of those classy places with low lights and cool breeze and soft ambient music, where evening dresses in high heels come on the arms of designer suits; where glasses clink poshly as the evening stretches into the night. The seafood is highly recommended here–get the catch of the day. The sea bass I try is flaky and delicately flavoured and my fruity margaritas go perfectly with the main course. Twinkling lights across Istanbul, with the Asia side in the front and the old city on your right… The setting is most romantic. If you want to extend your evening, Gaja Sky, the lounge bar, is officially open till 5 a.m.!SpaNext day at the hotel started with the fabulous view and an hour at the Amrita spa. The lady with the wide smile at the reception suggested I go for Intensive Muscle Release massage. I agreed–the name itself sounded healing. The therapist was from Bali and I was happy to be in good hands. Europeans are great people but they don’t make the best masseuses in my experience. A satisfying massage later, I lunched at Cafe Swiss where the buffet spread surprised me with its taste and freshness. The Grilled Beef Steak and Lamb With Aubergine were superb, as was the Chocolate Baklava. Good, glitch-free experiences such as the one I had at Swissotel add so much to your holiday.-Kalyani Prasher At a glanceWhat: A luxury hotelWhere: Bayildim Caddesi No 2, Macka, Besiktas Tel: +90 212 326 1100; www.swissotel.comCost: Euro 220 for Bosphorus View, the site will have best rates.Verdict: Fantastic location and restaurants.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Japan’s Naomi Osaka stretches to return a shot against Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )PARIS — Naomi Osaka plays Victoria Azaranka in a matchup of current and former No. 1 players in the second round of the French Open.Also Thursday, Serena Williams is back on Court Philippe Chatrier against Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors’ new NBA Finals road goes to Canada Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess In men’s action, top-ranked Novak Djokovic faces 104th-ranked Henri Laaksonen, a “lucky loser” who only entered the draw when another player pulled out.Osaka is aiming to win her third consecutive Grand Slam tournament, while at No. 43 Azarenka is still working her way back into the upper echelons of the game after a series of injuries, a pregnancy and a custody battle over her child.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA two-time winner of the Australian Open, Azarenka’s best result at Roland Garros was a run to the semifinals in 2013. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)A couple of Ohio State’s best players, Cardale Jones and Michael Thomas, took to Twitter this morning to voice their opinions on a social matter. The Buckeyes’ quarterback and wide receiver each published a series of tweets regarding the #BlackLivesMatter movement. While college football players (and most of the population) would probably be better off not ever going on Twitter, it was nice to see two of the sport’s premier players speak their minds. This apparently upset some of Ohio State’s fan base, as Jones and Thomas were both told by Twitter users to stop talking and just worry about the 2015 season. Jones, Thomas and Buckeye quarterback Stephen Collier then used Twitter to call out these fans. Cool it.. We can’t afford the NCAA suspending you https://t.co/bP2TJ9EqtJ— Smash Williams (@matteojustquit) July 23, 2015This my Twitter my voice so mind yah business buddy.. Thank you https://t.co/yon6DFmOK2— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) July 23, [email protected] Sorry Mr master, I aints allow to tweet nothing but foolsball stuff I donts want you think I more than a foots ball playa sir— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) July 23, 2015Ignorant. https://t.co/HtVjQSG1SH— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) July 23, 2015One thing about your own opinion, ITS YOURS!— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) July 23, 2015Every college football fan base has its share of psychos, so this is not an indictment on the type of people who root for Ohio State. Keep speaking your mind, Cardale and Michael.
Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will be implementing its ‘Business Connect’ strategy with the Diaspora, in time for the 5th Biennial Diaspora Conference, to be held from June 16 to 19 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James.“JAMPRO is currently in the process of activating inward investment and business missions from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to connect with the many opportunities in Jamaica,” Chairman of the JAMPRO Board, Milton Samuda, said, noting that some of those opportunities will be showcased at the upcoming conference.[RELATED: Special Page: 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference]Mr. Samuda was speaking at the Diaspora Business Mixer, held at JAMPRO’s corporate offices in Kingston, on May 16.Additionally, JAMPRO has been identifying and packaging a range of viable projects from local businesses, especially in agriculture and agri-business for Diaspora investment.“I urge our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora to take a close look at these opportunities and projects. Stake your claim, before others stake theirs,” he encouraged.For her part, Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, emphasised that Jamaica should connect into the Diaspora communities, so as to benefit from their insights and market intelligence.“It is our firm intention to engage our Diaspora into the far reaching initiative that holds so much promise for our economy, for our standard of living and for our future and generations yet unborn,” Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams said.She pointed out that the platform of the Biennial conference will afford the Industry Ministry the opportunity to explain in greater details, the promise and features of the Jamaica Logistics Hub initiative, and to win the support and active engagement of the Diaspora.Meanwhile, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, said the Diaspora is a significant market into which Jamaica must tap.“We have not tapped into its full potential, and the purpose of this conference this year, is to ensure that all Jamaicans everywhere understand that (the country) is open to do business and that Jamaica is a place for significant opportunities,” Mr. Brown said.The conference, which has been re-branded to focus on trade and investment, will be held under the theme: ‘Nation on a Mission: Jamaica – Diaspora Partnership for Development’.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is organising the event, is seeking to attract between 350 and 500 participants, and efforts have been made to reach Jamaicans who reside in other Caribbean islands.CONTACT: LATONYA LINTON
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has won the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year award for 2017-18 seasonThe Egypt international beat fellow candidates Kevin de Bruyne, Harry Kane, Leroy Sane, David Silva and David de Gea for the award in being voted the Player of the Year by his fellow players in the Premier League.“It’s an honour and especially as it’s voted by the players. I am happy and proud,” said Salah, according to the BBC.“I didn’t have my chance at Chelsea. It was clear I would return and show everyone my football. I think I left and came back a different person, man and player. I am happy and proud.”Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Jurgen Klopp was happy for the star and jokingly warned him: “It’s been a fantastic ride but we still have games to go,”“But please grab the trophy and come home. We play on Tuesday!”Salah scored for Liverpool in their 2-2 draw against West Brom on Saturday to increase his goal tally to 41 goals this season.
Southampton manager Mark Hughes believes his side should have defeated Watford and now they can’t wait to face Fulham after the international break.Southampton were one goal ahead against Watford on Saturday when Charlie Austin’s goal was wrongly ruled out for offside and the visitors equalized late on in the 82nd minute.Hughes feels his side were denied three points, and that feeling will only serve to motivate them after the international break.“We’ll have about ten guys left behind and it’s a good opportunity to get some good work into them,” Hughes told Southampton website.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“Hopefully, everybody who is away will come back fit and well.“I sense that we can’t wait for the Fulham game because it’s a game that we’ve always targeted because it’s a good opportunity for us to get maximum points and that doesn’t change.“Given the events of Saturday, I think we’ll be even more determined.”