35 service points, 26 sets in a row at Wimbledon for Federer

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Federer moved into the third round at the All England Club as he chases his record-extending ninth championship there, using close-to-impeccable serving to beat 73rd-ranked Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.The 36-year-old Federer compiled 48 winners and just 11 unforced errors. He won 40 of 43 first-serve points, never faced a break chance, and delivered 16 aces.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Sometimes your serve matches up better against certain players,”he said. “There’s no doubt about that.”Talk about an understatement. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates his match point against Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko in their men’s singles match, on the third day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday July 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — As Roger Federer was winning 35 consecutive service points at Wimbledon on Wednesday — yes, 35 in a row — a Centre Court spectator cheered him on while wearing a red shirt with white lettering that said, “PeRFect.”He comes pretty close to living up to that at times.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Wednesday’s result increased Federer’s streak to 26 straight sets at Wimbledon, equaling his second-best run, which came in 2003-04. His best was a 34-streak sequence from 2005-06.A year ago, Federer became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win the title at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament without ceding a single set.So what, Federer was asked, makes him so successful on grass?“I don’t know. I don’t know,” he began, before offering quite a list for someone who doesn’t know.“Maybe it’s that it helps my slice. That maybe the footwork on grass comes easier to me than for other guys. I’m not sure. Then because I have a decent speed on the serve, and I can serve kick and slice. Maybe also the grass helps me just a little bit to get a few more free points than what it would on some other surfaces.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next At 4-3, 40-30, Federer hit a 118 mph ace to hold and start his roll that included the last five points he served in the first set, all 20 in the second, and then the first 10 of the third. By then, it was so dominant that one television announcer was moved to jokingly exclaim, “Come on, double-fault!”Federer did not oblige, but moments later, he did lose a point he served at 4-1, 30-love, when Lacko smacked a down-the-line backhand passing winner.“I think (what’s) important when you want to serve well is your point-for-point mentality, saying, maybe, ‘The first point is as important as a break point,’ so the concentration is the same,” Federer explained. “Trying to remember all the things you’ve done throughout the entire match — what has worked, what hasn’t worked.”Very little did not work on this day, and he’s allowed his two opponents to collect a total of 17 games through six sets.Very little hasn’t worked for him over the years at Wimbledon, even now that he’s in his mid-30s.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Laser focuslast_img read more

GOL to Launch 10-year Healthcare Dev. Program

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced last night that due to the weaknesses in the country’s healthcare services exposed at the height of the Ebola outbreak, the government is embarking on a ten-year program to develop the nation’s healthcare system. The program’s areas of concentration will be to train health care professionals, improve and expand services at primary and secondary healthcare centers, upgrade county hospitals and establish three regional hospitals in the country.  In a nationwide radio address reviewing the journey so far since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease President Sirleaf said the government will emphasize the repositioning of JFK to meet its envisioned role as a national referral center. She said that a year ago, “we were invaded by an enemy we did not know and were not prepared to confront and which caused the deaths of many of our fellow citizens and robbed many more of their livelihoods.”  President Sirleaf explained that the Ebola invasion overwhelmed “our recovering health care system and threatened to reverse our economic recovery gains. There were terrifying projections of more deaths and the possible collapse of the Liberian State.”  In response to those negative projections, President Sirleaf reminded Liberians that “I asked you to join in efforts to fight back. I counted on you to stand up with me in combating the disease and facing down the horrifying projections.”  “Across superficial and perhaps historic divisions of our nation, we stood together. We came together – Christians and Muslims, youths and elders, religious, political, traditional and community leaders, ordinary folks, teachers and students, drivers and passengers, public and private enterprises – we who have felt compelled to be suspicious of each other came to appreciate the commonality of our fate.“Each, especially our brave health care workers, played important roles with some going beyond the requirements of their duties to assist and save the lives of their countrymen and women.” She noted with appreciation when Liberians adapted to new behaviors, some of which, she said, “ran counter to long-held traditional beliefs and religious practices. By the end of the year – on December 31, 2014 – across the country, we met an important goal. We reported no new case on that day confirming to ourselves and to the world that it is really possible to fight this disease and to eliminate it from our country, and from our region.” President Sirleaf pointed out that “We went on to do better.  On March 5, we had counted at least 28 days – only 14 short of the required 42 – without a new case.  “We did this because of your trust and confidence as well as your vigilance and fortitude. I thank all of you for this, and especially for standing with me, even as our situation at one point seemed hopeless. This experience should convince all of us that when we face common problems together, like we confronted Ebola, together, we will always overcome the challenges – we will always prevail.”  She regretted that Liberia suffered a small setback in its progress to being declared Ebola free when one person tested positive. “Sadly, she has passed away. We continue to grieve with all those who have lost loved ones and celebrate all of our survivors. Because to date, there have been no new cases reported, and we are continuing our vigorous contact tracing and support for all those under observation, we have started a new countdown,” President Sirleaf indicated.  She however said with assurance, “I am confident that the Incidence Management System team which was set up to coordinate our response and their local and international partners have the experience and expertise to contain and bring this outbreak to an end.”  Madam Sirleaf conceded, “We continue to learn and may still not know everything about this virus. I therefore call on all of you to continue to play your role – to adhere seriously to all of the preventive measures with which we are all very familiar, and to remain vigilant.”  The Chief Executive assured Liberians that she would remain true to “our cherished ideals. I therefore ask for your continued trust and confidence to help me get these important things done.“I ask for the same unity of purpose across the useful diversities of our government and our society – the diversities which improves governance and make our society stronger. I ask all of you for the same spirit of community ownership and collective urgency as we embark on the road for Post-Ebola Recovery.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

74yr Old Club Dancer, Explains His Experience

first_imgA 74yr old club dancer, Mr. Joseph N. Quoibiah, has hit the dancing stages at nightclubs and public places in the commercially booming city of Ganta.In his retrospection, he said he began his dancing career at the age of 12, while in the fourth grade. “When people see me, they thought that I am foolish and not to myself, but it is not so. I love dancing and been dancing throughout my life,” he said.“I dance all music; and when I was very young, people hired me to dance for them in the clubs and public places those days,” he added, and continued saying: “I loved dancing and it is through dancing that I supported my family. Sometimes, when people see you dancing in the streets, they feel that you are not to yourself. But let me say that most of the people walking about are sometimes frustrated and need to get rid of the stress or frustration…When we are dancing, people give us money and share with us some of their personal belongings, because of the entertainment we offer to the masses. I dance jar music, Kenya, the Cuban Music, followed by Prince Nico, Bob Marley, just to name a few.”Dancer Joseph N Quoibiah, who is popularly known in Ganta as Michael Jackson, was born in 1942 in Belekpalah in the Loa Clan, now Nimba County. “I went to school and stopped in the 10th grade,” he asserted.“My wife and I were blessed with seven children: two died and the remaining five are all men and women now, some pursuing higher education. Unfortunately, I lost my wife three years ago,” he lamented.Pa Quoibiah said he is not ashamed of dancing, adding “It is part of me from my youth, even if I am in the village, I sometimes feel like dancing. I am proud to be a dancer, regardless of where I dance.”Oldman Joseph Quoibiah can be seen in many public places, mostly during the day, dancing. He sometimes dances at the nightclubs, too.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Roma striker has ‘no hard feelings’ towards Manchester City

first_img Edin Dzeko 1 Edin Dzeko dismissed suggestions of a fall-out with Manchester City as he set his sights on silverware with new club Roma at his official unveiling.The Bosnia-Herzegovina international striker completed a season-long loan move to the Italian club on Wednesday, with a view to a permanent transfer.Dzeko told a press conference: “I didn’t have any problems with anyone.“City are a top club with lots of brilliant players in every position and I was also hampered by injury problems after getting off to a good start.“I’m in good shape now and I want to do my best for this team.“I came here because I’ve been following Roma since (international team-mate Miralem) Pjanic joined. They have a big project for the future with some fantastic players.“I’m very happy to be here and to help the club reach its targets.”He continued: “I had four fantastic years in Manchester. We won trophies and there were lots of exciting moments.“Perhaps that’s the difference between City and Roma at the moment, their success in winning things. But if we all work hard, hopefully we can do something similar here at Roma.“I played against this team in the Champions League last year and I thought they were an excellent side. And this year I think it’s even stronger than last.”Roma finished runners-up in Serie A last season, 17 points behind champions Juventus.Dzeko added: “I followed the team’s progress closely last year. I think Roma had an excellent first half of the season, then I don’t know what happened afterwards.“There’s a stronger roster now and we want to try and win things. To do that we all have to stick together.”Rudi Garcia’s team begin their 2015/16 campaign at Verona next Saturday.last_img read more

LETTERKENNY 24/7 ATHLETES RECEIVE AWARDS AT VODAFONE NATIONAL SERIES CEREMONY

first_imgAidan Callaghan, Gavin Crawford, Fin Begly, John Cannon at Triathlon Ireland Awards.Saturday night saw the culmination of the Vodafone National Series with with four Letterkenny 24/7 members receiving awards.The annual Triathlon Ireland awards ceremony took place in The Royal Marine in Dun Laoighre.Aidan Callaghan narrowly missed out on an overall National Series medal but he had a fine medal return in the Age Group categories with gold,silver and bronze medals to add to his collection obtained throughout the season. Club chairman, Gavin Crawford, won his age group for the National Duathlon Series and the National Duathlon Championship picking up a gold medal for his accomplishment. An Age Group silver was also to be added to his collection that was won at the Sprint Championships in Newry.John Cannon, the veteran of the group received gold in his Age Group for the National Aquathlon. Fin Begly was awarded a silver in her Age Group for the National Duathlon series and the Ulster Triathlon Championhip. Lisa Dalton, got her first National Series medal for the National Sprint Championship in Newry winning a silver in her age group. Finally Nicholas Fowell received bronze in his age group for the National Middle Distance Championship in Kenmare. The Ulster Championship saw a number of members age group medal winners, Aidan Callaghan, Christine Russell, Clara Quigley and Adam Speer. Training continues as follows: Tuesday 7.45pm Aura track sessionWednesday 8.00pm Aura swimThursday 6.30pm Aura Long RunSaturday 9.00 Aura Group cycle, check the clubs Facebook page for details of pace and distance.LETTERKENNY 24/7 ATHLETES RECEIVE AWARDS AT VODAFONE NATIONAL SERIES CEREMONY was last modified: November 4th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:athleticsawardsletterkenny 24/7NoticesSportlast_img read more

WE BELIEVE MADELEINE IS ALIVE, SAY PARENTS, AS BRITISH COPS OPEN NEW INQUIRY

first_imgThe Metropolitan Police in Britain are to “bring their expertise” to the search for Madeleine McCann, it has been announced.Madeleine went missing aged three on holiday in Portugal in May 2007.Downing Street said David Cameron had written to the McCanns to tell them that Scotland Yard had been asked to “cast a fresh eye” over evidence. Gerry McCann, whose family is from St Johnston, said he and his wife Kate welcomed the news, which came after they asked British PM Cameron to launch a review of the case.In a statement they said: “We welcome the government’s response. This is clearly a step in the right direction.“The expertise of the Metropolitan Police is renowned and we are reassured by our government’s commitment to the search for Madeleine.”The official Portuguese inquiry into Madeleine’s disappearance ended in July 2008 although private detectives hired by the McCanns have continued the search A Home Office spokesman said the government hoped the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) would be able to “bring a new perspective” to the case, adding that the Home Office would be providing “the necessary financial support”.He went on to say that the government’s primary concern had always been the safe return of Madeleine.“Although she disappeared in Portugal, and the Portuguese retain the lead responsibility in the case, law enforcement agencies here have continued to follow up leads and pass information to the Portuguese authorities as appropriate.“The prime minister and the home secretary have today agreed with (Met Police commissioner) Sir Paul Stephenson that the Metropolitan Police will bring its particular expertise to this case.“Clearly, the detail of what that will entail will be a matter of operational judgement and it would not be appropriate to discuss at this stage,” he said. Yesterday Kate McCann launched her book – Madeleine. It is a bid to highlight the case and raise money towards finding her daughter.Based on the daily diary she has kept since Madeleine vanished, the book records her initial reaction to the chilling discovery, on 3 May 2007, that their daughter’s bed was empty. “Nausea, terror, disbelief, fear, icy fear, dear God. Life without Madeleine had begun,” she writes.However Kate insists: “There is no evidence at all that she has come to any harm.”She continues to believe Madeleine is alive and they will be reunited one day. “Madeleine is everywhere, she is with us all the time,” Kate told one interviewer. “Only yesterday Sean and Amelie were asking ‘How tall is Madeleine now?” WE BELIEVE MADELEINE IS ALIVE, SAY PARENTS, AS BRITISH COPS OPEN NEW INQUIRY was last modified: May 13th, 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

Pan Celtic celebrations take over Letterkenny – Picture Special

first_imgAs the exciting Pan Celtic Festival continues in Letterkenny over the weekend, hundreds have been enjoying the unique and colourful events of the week. Letterkenny has been the hub of culture and tradition as the Pan Celtic Festival ran from Tuesday to Sunday, April 23 to 28, and boasts a packed programme of themed concerts, music, song and dance.Ireland’s Daríona Ní Dhonnchú scooped the top prize at the International Song Contest hosted as part of the 2019 International Pan Celtic Festival in Letterkenny. This is the third year in a row that Ireland has won the competition, which was held in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday night.The song ‘Ní Thuigim’ was written by Áine Durkin and chosen to represent Ireland when it won the Pan Celtic National Song contest in Carlow in March.On Thursday it went on to win the International Pan Celtic Song Contest amidst stiff competition from the other Celtic nations of Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man. The event was hosted by TG4’s Caitlín Nic Aoidh.See a glimpse of the week’s event so far in our picture special below: Brittany’s taditional musicians playing at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonThe Welsh group singing at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonThe Cornwall group singing at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonLetterkenny Chambers Jimmy Stafford and Toni Forrrester at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonInishowen Carnival Dancers at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonCarndonagh U10/U12 Camogie teams at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonKelda Kelly with her senior dancers in Inishowen Carnival Group at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonInishowen Carnival group at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonOne of the junior members of Carndonagh BRass Band at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonBrittany’s dancers at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonCrowds watchs the entertainment at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonSome of the crowd watching the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonCarndonagh Brass Band at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonKelda kelly leads her dancers at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonShannagh Kelly leads the dancers at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonWelsh Dancer’s Tom Foster and Jess Ward at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDavid Evans and Ruby Foster Welsh Dancers at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonPan Celtic celebrations take over Letterkenny – Picture Special was last modified: April 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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) Tags:Pan Celtic Festivallast_img read more

Chelsea ‘sloppy’ despite win at Norwich – Hiddink

first_imgBoss Guus Hiddink said Chelsea were “sloppy” at Norwich despite managing to maintain their excellent recent run with another win.The Blues went ahead through Kenedy’s goal after just 39 seconds and Diego Costa, who was in an offside position, made it 2-0.But the home side battled in the second half and Chelsea were forced to absorb pressure after Nathan Redmond pulled a goal back“We didn’t want to end up in a battle but they forced us into a battle,” said Hiddink, whose team remain unbeaten in the league since he took over.Kenedy scored his first Premier League goal“We were sloppy. We started very well and got a beautiful goal from Kenedy and we could have finished it off a little bit earlier. We were a little complacent.“We needed to finish the game off. In the end Norwich made it very difficult for us.”Chelsea defender Gary Cahill also admitted that the visitors had been pushed all the way.“It was horrible by the end. The last 15 to 20 minutes was tough,” Cahill said.“In first half we were in control. In the second, it was a totally different game. Credit to them. It feels good to dig in and grind out the result.”More reaction from Carrow Road to follow later.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Lights on for Green Point Stadium

first_img30 October 2009 Green Point Stadium’s “ring of fire”, the 360 inner spotlights that will light up the pitch – and the city of Cape Town – during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ have been switched on for the first time. Adjustments Motorists and residents in the surrounding areas of Cape Town will have seen the big switch-on last Wednesday night. Some commented that the lights were extremely bright, but the correct brightness will only be seen once all the lights have been individually synchronised through the use of a light metre on the pitch. The brightness was also enhanced by the fact that the stadium’s outer façade, which will help to soften the light, has not yet been completed. Pitch Meanwhile, plans for the stadium’s grass pitch have been changed. Following a request from Fifa, the stadium grass will now be grown through a seeding process. The two grass pitches being grown in Stellenbosch outside Cape Town will be kept as back-ups. Seeding was due to start this week. The sand underlay has been fumigated, and testing has started on the sprinkler system. Holes for the goal posts have also been dug. Grassing experts believe the seeds will start to sprout after 14 days, and the pitch should be green by the official stadium handover on 14 December, and fully playable towards the end of January 2010. With less than two months to the deadline for the completion of the stadium, all systems are on track. Commissioning tests on the inner workings of the stadium – from CCTV surveillance cameras to IT cabling to ceilings and detail finishes – are in progress. The all-glass roof has been completed, and installation of the seats is far advanced. The 70 000-seater stadium will host nine World Cup matches, more than any other South African stadium, including a semi-final match. Sport and recreation precinct The multi-purpose stadium, suitable for football and rugby, music concerts and major events, will have 55 000 seats after 2010, as 13 000 seats needed for the World Cup semi-final will be replaced to create a more usable facility space. Once completed, Green Point Stadium will form part of an urban sport and recreation precinct situated on the 85-hectare Green Point Common. It will include an urban park as well as a green area, practice and playing fields for seven different sporting codes, as well as clubhouse facilities. Walkways will link the precinct to the Atlantic Ocean walkways, the historical Mouille Point lighthouse, and the booming Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Schwab in the running for America’s Pig Farmer of the Year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Board created the America’s Pig Farmer of the Year contest in order to recognize the best in pig farming. This prestigious honor is awarded annually to the pig farmer who demonstrates and lives by the We Care ethical principles. Lauren Schwab from Butler County is 

representing Ohio in this national effort.“I want to share my experience as a farmer with consumers and further their understanding of how farmers produce food,” Schwab said. “It’s important to actively engage with consumers on a large scale and tell our story.”Lauren Schwab proudly works as a second-generation farmer on the 230-acre farm founded in 1977 by her father, Jeff. The farrow-to-wean farm is home to 12 independent barns that house 1,100 sows. The modern barns provide the proper environment for the sows, which are individually cared for and observed daily to assess their needs. The sows produce about 30,000 piglets a year, which are then sold to other farmers for finishing.Through Sept. 10, the public can vote once a day per person/email address for their favorite finalist at AmericasPigFarmer.com. The winner will be announced Oct. 7. 

The winner of this contest will have the opportunity to serve as an advocate for the pork industry over the next year all across the country. This is an awesome opportunity for Ohio’s pork industry. Click here to vote for Lauren and help Ohio serve as a nationwide voice for agriculture!last_img read more