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Feeding the homeless gets some in troubleFeeding the homeless gets some in trouble

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Monk said city marshals confiscated food and water she set on a cement wall at Frank Wright Park, a patch of green wedged between a downtown bus terminal, a historic post office building and Las Vegas City Hall. She was threatened with arrest if she did not leave. “I think right now everyone’s realizing how outrageous this is,” Monk said in a telephone interview. Two people also were arrested Monday for trespassing before 7 a.m. at Huntridge Circle Park, city spokesman Jace Radke said. Huntridge is an urban park several blocks east of downtown where city officials first acted against so-called soup kitchen meals for homeless people. “The ordinance makes it illegal to run mobile soup kitchens or feed the homeless in city parks,” Radke said. “Marshals are going to enforce the law.” Bob Stoldal, vice president of news for KLAS, said he had not decided whether to fight trespassing summonses issued to reporter Kyla Grogan and photojournalist Jorge Montez. “We’re going to continue to cover the story very aggressively at all public parks,” Stoldal said. The staged protest came less than two weeks after the Las Vegas City Council passed a law criminalizing charity in parks, and a month after the city began rounding up homeless people for 72-hour mental health evaluations. Officials, led by Mayor Oscar Goodman, say they want a long-term solution to homelessness rather than stopgap measures in a city with limited resources for those living on the streets. “Rather than giving someone a sandwich once a day, the city supports efforts to end the cycle of homelessness and address the issues that keep these individuals on the streets,” the Mayor’s Office said in a statement Monday. It calls for the homeless to seek aid at social service agencies. Activists and civil libertarians called the crackdown unfair and unconstitutional. “They are treating people in public spaces in a way that is inconsistent with the First Amendment and our nation’s history,” said Lee Rowland, American Civil Liberties of Nevada public advocate in Las Vegas. She promised a lawsuit challenging the city law. Linda Lera-Randel El, longtime executive director of Straight from the Streets, a Las Vegas area homeless advocacy group, said she distributed water, sandwiches and bus tokens at the City Hall park Monday, but was not issued a summons. “I’m not saying feeding people in the park is the answer,” she said. “But I don’t think people in power can just pass an ordinance every time they don’t like something or they’re frustrated by the inability to fix it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – City marshals blocked a radio personality from feeding homeless people at a City Hall park Monday, and issued summonses to a television news crew covering a publicity protest against a ban on “mobile soup kitchens.” Three people were arrested and seven were issued summonses at two parks, city officials said, including a reporter and a cameraman ticketed for trespassing while covering the protest for KLAS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas. Beth Monk, a KKLZ-FM radio morning show personality, became the first person to receive a summons under a new city law that makes feeding the homeless a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $1,000 and six months in jail. “The idea was to go out there and show the mayor this ordinance makes no sense whatsoever,” said Monk, 24, a traffic reporter and radio comedy team sidekick who has engaged in publicity stunts including mud wrestling on the job. last_img read more

Listen: Manager Micheál Martin on St Eunan’s Senior B successListen: Manager Micheál Martin on St Eunan’s Senior B success

first_imgMICHEÁL Martin, the St Eunan’s reserve manager, says today’s final win over Kilcar was ‘the toughest game that we had all year’.St Eunan’s retained their Donegal Senior B title thanks to a 0-11 to 0-7 win in Ballybofey.St Eunan’s wriggled free, but didn’t have it all their own way as Kilcar stayed right in the game. “That was the toughest game that we had all year,” Martin told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub.“We went in as heavy favourites and it’s hard to avoid that talk. You have to give Kilcar a lot of credit for the way they fought to the bitter end.“The boys ground it out well.”Listen to the full interview below … Listen: Manager Micheál Martin on St Eunan’s Senior B success was last modified: October 20th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Conor Harleykilcarmicheal martinSt Eunanslast_img read more

Soccer star McClean pays unique tribute to victims of Buncrana Pier tragedySoccer star McClean pays unique tribute to victims of Buncrana Pier tragedy

first_imgSoccer star James McClean has launched a new clothing line which pays tribute to those killed in the Buncrana Pier tragedy.Five members of the Daniels/McGrotty family died when their SUV sank after sliding off a slipway in Buncrana last March.The line of sportswear is named ThanksJosh after Josh Daniels, a Derry City player who lost his mother, sister, brother-in-law and two nephews in the tragedy. The three hearts in the logo were the message sent to Daniels by his teammate Jordan Allen every morning after the tragedy.Donegal man Davitt Walsh bravely dived into the icy waters and managed to save baby Riognach Anne as her father Sean McGrotty selflessly handed the toddler out to the Kerrykeel man who managed to swim to the shore.Allen co-owns the brand with McClean, who recently expressed his desire to finish his playing career with Derry City.“We decided to launch our first store in Derry because it’s a place that means everything to me,” McClean told the Irish News. The pier at Buncrana where five people lost their lives in March.“It’s where I’m from, it’s where I grew up. I have strong football connections here and my family are here.“It is a city that means so much to my heart and I thought, why not start off at home first, hopefully it will take off here and we can expand elsewhere. I think it’s important to starts off where you’re from.“We are going to employ people here. We are just starting off and have friends and family helping out. As the shop takes off we will hopefully employ more people.“We will be thinking about people leaving school and looking for their first job. If we can help in that sense, then it will be a win win situation. Derry has been good to me and if I can give back that’s what I want to do.”For every purchase over £30, £5 will be donated to help the homeless in Derry this Christmas. Soccer star McClean pays unique tribute to victims of Buncrana Pier tragedy was last modified: December 20th, 2016 by StephenShare 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

The Decision Process: What Type of Disney Cruise Line Stateroom Do I Need?The Decision Process: What Type of Disney Cruise Line Stateroom Do I Need?

first_imgShare This!There are more than two dozen stateroom classifications on the Disney Cruise Line ships (and a variety of floor plan arrangements within some of those classifications), but overall there are just three main types of rooms on the Disney ships:Inside staterooms: Those with no window to the outside world – though some do have a simulated “virtual porthole”Oceanview staterooms: Those with one or more porthole windowsStaterooms with verandahs: Those with a “porch” outside the room.Ask around and you’ll find that some guests will only travel in a verandah room, avowing that they MUST have an outdoor place of their own, while others prefer an inside room because they enjoy the cocoon-like darkness for sleeping. The truth is that the right stateroom type is the one that meets your individual needs. Here are some things to think about as you make your decision.The ships have many public places to view the water.What is your budget?Your overall budget will obviously be your guide in all your travel decisions. If the sky’s the limit, then all other things being equal, a verandah room will likely be appealing for most folks, if only to have the extra square footage. However, if you’re watching your pennies, then getting an inside room may be an easy way to economize. You’ll also want to think about how your stateroom selection will impact your ability to enjoy other aspects of the trip. Will you have more funds available for excursions or fine dining if you opt for a different type of stateroom?What is the price difference between the category types?On some sailings, the price differential between the basic stateroom classifications can be many, many thousands of dollars, making the decision quite impactful to your trip. However, on other sailings, the cost variance between stateroom types is minimal. For example, on one 3-night May 2016 sailing on the Disney Dream, the least expensive room available is 204 square foot standard inside stateroom. The price for two guests is $1,464. On the same sailing, they could also get a 241 square foot oceanview (porthole) stateroom for $1,506 (a difference of just $42), or a 246 square foot verandah stateroom for $1,584 (a difference of $120 over the inside room, or $78 over the oceanview room). Given the macro cost of a vacation, these modest price differences may be small enough for you to be able enjoy whichever stateroom type suits your fancy.A virtual porthole can give the illusion of an outdoor view.How long is your voyage?Your perception of the particular room type might be vastly different depending on whether you’re living with it for a three-night jaunt to the islands, or for a 14-night repositioning journey. You might be able to cope with a less-appealing category for a few days, but find it oppressive over the course of a week or more.Where are you sailing?On some sailings, particularly those in the Caribbean and Bahamas, you’re either parked at an island or floating in the middle of the ocean. On sea days, you’re looking out at the open waves. On other sailings, like Alaska and Northern Europe, you’re spending much of time slowly traversing narrow passages. On sea days you may have glaciers and wildlife less than a few hundred feet away. Your opinion of the various types of sights might impact whether you’ll find frequent viewing of them to be important. Another factor to consider is the average outdoor temperature of your journey. While the Alaskan scenery is magnificent, if you’re a Southerner with thin blood, then you may not enjoy sitting outside when it’s 35 degrees (F). Another factor will be the excursion costs at your destination. For example, many beach destinations have engaging inexpensive or free activities nearby. But at someplace like Alaska, the most appealing excursions (helicopter to a dog-sled run, for example) are hundreds of dollars per person. Your need to economize on the room may be impacted by the fees related to your off-ship activities.Different itineraries have very different types of views.How many people are in your party?If you’re traveling with a large group, you will likely be splitting up into several staterooms. A family may be able to economize by have one subset get a verandah room while the other gets an inside or oceanview room, giving you the best of both worlds. If you’re all in one room, then the per person square footage may be your most important deciding factor.Do you get claustrophobic?If you’re bothered by compact spaces, you might want to avoid the inside staterooms, particularly those without a virtual porthole.Are you an introvert?There are many public outdoor spaces on the ships. Any guest wanting a view of the outdoor scenery is welcome to sit on the public decks for as long as they like. However, in some situations, those decks may be crowded. For example, on my Alaska sailing’s Tracy Arm day, the upper deck outdoor areas were packed with guests gawking at the glaciers. If you’d prefer to view the scenery without interacting with other guests, this may color your decision.Depending on your stateroom location, you may enjoy some people watching in port from your verandah.Are you prone to seasickness?Some guests find their seasickness symptoms improve when they’re on lower decks of the ship. If this is your situation, then you may want a stateroom on the lowest decks, where there are no verandah rooms. On the other hand, some guests find that their seasickness issues improve when they’re in the fresh air. If this is you, then having access to your own outdoor space on a verandah may be advantageous.Do you like the ocean?Yes, I realize we’re talking about a ship. No, this is not a joke. Frankly, while I enjoy cruising, I’m not a huge fan of the ocean. Some guests find staring at the open water to be relaxing and meditative. I find it a bit scary. In fact, the less I think about being in the middle of the water, the happier I am. The more you like staring at the sea, the more you may want an ocean view or verandah.How old are the members of you party?If you have tiny children, you may need to spend a large percentage of your time in your stateroom while the kiddos nap or settle down for the evening early. If this is your situation, you may find that a verandah gives you a more appealing place to chat with your partner, eat room service breakfast, or read a book than just sitting in a plain room.On the other end of the spectrum, if members of your party are older adults with mobility issues, they might enjoy having the ability to see the outdoors without having to leave the cabin.The verandah rooms are all on upper decks. If you prefer to be on a lower deck, that won’t be an option.Is this your first cruise?If you’re an experienced cruiser, then you might not need to have a view or verandah on every trip. If you’re a first timer, consider whether you’ll want your initial experience to be optimized, or whether you might want to have a new/better experience to look forward to on a future trip.Do you want to do everything the ship has to offer, or do you want to relax in your room?Entertainment and activities are scheduled at nearly every moment of the day. If you know you’ll always be out and about meeting characters, watching shows, playing Bingo, and singing karaoke, then you might be fine with an inside stateroom. But if you want to spend your vacation in pure relaxation mode, reading novels and doing nothing else at all, then a verandah might be just the thing you need.How many sea days does your sailing include?Some Disney cruises have no days at sea, while others include more than a week of non-port time. If you have land-based activities every day, then the view from your room may be less important.If having natural light is important to you, do not choose an inside stateroom.Will you be getting off the ship at every port?This is a corollary of the point above. While most DCL Bahamian cruises stop in Nassau, many guests prefer not to get off the ship there. However, it can be fun to sit on a verandah and watch the port activities.Are you a good sleeper?I’m a poor sleeper at home, and am particularly sensitive to waking up with the sun. When I’m in an inside stateroom, I typically sleep like a log due to the total and complete darkness of a space with no windows.Are your kids good sleepers?The majority of DCL staterooms with verandahs are configured such that the verandah is on what would naturally be the children’s side of the room. (The verandah is next to the twin sleep surfaces rather the larger, more comfortable, queen-sized bed.) You may have visions of enjoying a drink on the verandah while your kids are snoozing, but if they’re light sleepers you may not be able to do this without disturbing them. Why pay for a verandah if you won’t be able to use it in the fashion you had imagined?Does your ship offer virtual portholes?Many (but not all) of the inside staterooms on the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy offer “virtual portholes.” These are essentially porthole-shaped video screens which broadcast a view of what the room would overlook if it actually did have a porthole. The illusion is extremely effective. With a virtual porthole, you might not even notice that your room doesn’t have a real window. And as an added bonus, there is often surprise programming on the porthole such as Nemo swimming by, or Tinker Bell soaring above the sea. Your kids may enjoy this more than a real window.What other factors do you consider when choosing to book an inside, oceanview, or verandah stateroom? Have you been particularly happy or unhappy with your decision? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever February 11, 2016: Kylo Ren & Construction Walls at Disney’s Hollywood StudiosSeth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever February 11, 2016: Kylo Ren & Construction Walls at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

first_imgWhile it makes a solid first impression, after all these years LMA has little rewatchability for me, thanks to it’s glacial pace. However, it still features some pretty spiffy ‘splosions! Streets of America That cocktail was a medical necessity in order to face my probably-final viewing of Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. Another bonus is that the Chase Disney Visa meet & greet photos are all automatically added to your PhotoPass for free, even if you didn’t purchase a Memory Maker package. Pizza Planet Refurbishment There are some fun retro phone cases now available in iPhone 6+ size. The dessert party looks delish, but you can also enjoy “dinner and a show” at DHS without spending quite as much dinero. For example, directly across from the dessert party entrance is Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner, which recently started serving TV dinner-esque hot boxed meals that make for a perfect picnic.I tried Min & Bill’s fried chicken platter. The three pieces of chicken one breast, one thigh, one leg) weren’t exactly up to Mrs. Knotts’ high standards — or Publix’s, for that matter — but I did prefer them to KFC, and the mashed potatoes and corn side dishes were satisfyingly substantial. I enjoyed the dessert’s chocolate cake base, but the cherry topping had the unpleasant flavor of cough medicine. After eating (big thanks to the readers who offered to share their table with me!), I easily slid into a viewing spot just to the right of the reserved dessert party section. The key is to stand as close as possible to the crosswalk directly in front of the dessert party, so that no one will be allowed to stand still in front of me. If you can find a patch of pavement, you’ll have the same perspective (or even a bit more centered) as those who paid for the party! Behind the Streets of America, the Studio Catering Company is also on its way out, along with the Monsters Inc meet & greet. Premiere Theater Construction Walls The holidays may be long over, but the DHS seasonal dance party in front of the iconic Chinese Theater still lingers on. Now retitled “Adventure Happens Here,” this party now appears to be pumping out dance beats in the heart of the park on a daily basis. Knowing that it may be my last chance, I took time in my recent visits to reacquaint myself with some of the areas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that will be permanently closing in early April. The Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground was packed to the gills when I popped in; hopefully an equivalent playground is in the plans for Star Wars Land to provide preschoolers with a place to blow off steam. Thanks to everyone for following along on all of my adventures. This will be my last installment of Best Week Ever for the foreseeable future, but I deeply appreciate everyone who has supported my attempt to fill Daisy Lauren’s shoes. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading Best Week Ever, and be sure to say “Hi” if you bump into me around the parks! The arrival of Star Wars Land has already put its stamp on one corner of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where new construction walls have been erected around the Premiere Theater. The walls extend from Mama Melrose to the Streets of America, and have swallowed up the Cars meet & greet and Joffrey’s coffee stand as well. Zootopia Preview in One Man’s Dream If you like the stunts in Lights Motor Actions but can’t stand the slow parts (and who doesn’t?) I’ve edited together this highlights reel, showing only the exciting high-speed sequences from the show with none of the talky transitions. You can thank me later! The rest of One Man’s Dream is still open as usual. If you haven’t visited it in a while, the exhibit of Walt’s original office has been relocated back to California, and a few newer nods to Disney’s international parks have been installed. Adventure Happens Here Dance Party Share This!Visit Kylo Ren and check out DHS construction with Best Week Ever! (Photos/video by Seth Kubersky)Ed – Sorry to break in right at the start, but I would like to announce that this will be Seth’s last Best Week Ever for the time being. While Seth is focusing his considerable talent on other things, we will have some new Best Week Ever authors. Look for the first new Best Week Ever later today…that’s right, double Best Week Ever week! Now, on to Seth’s wonderful week.It’s been a little while since Best Week Ever took a look at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so I stopped by the park several times in recent days for an update on this in-transition attraction. Construction walls may be rising on a daily basis, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping the crowds from coming! We’ll look at some of the changes around DHS, culminating in an encounter with the newest patricidal Star Wars star, Kylo Ren. Kylo Ren Meet and Greet at Star Wars Launch Bay Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground Now, let’s continue to some of the recent changes I spotted around Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Here’s a healthy standby line stretching outside the Tower of Terror: First, let’s take a look around Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the first week of February. This is a typically moderate time of year according to our Crowd Calendar, but I encountered some long lines around DHS, especially on February 8th: Love the details hidden in the doodles on this shirt! High Octane also had awesome bartenders, like Kellie: Maybe the biggest loss in this area will be the High Octane bar, which was one of the few watering holes on property that didn’t serve the same standard drink menu. Tailors to the Stars on Hollywood Boulevard is now stocking items from the Twenty Eight and Main collection, which was previously exclusive to the Marketplace Co-Op store in Disney Springs. DHS Merchandise Finds Laurel pointed out this shirt to me, which easily wins my weekly prize for “cutest character apparel.” Right around the corner, Pizza Planet is also behind wall for an extended refurbishment. Rumor on the street is that it will reopen with a Muppet theme to match the MuppetVision 3D attraction across the courtyard, a prediction that seems to be supported by the pun-filled gags plastered on the construction wall. A 15 minute preview of the upcoming film Zootopia has preempted the Walt Disney documentary at the end of the One Man’s Dream walk-through attraction. Here’s a look at the Symphony in the Stars Dessert Party setup. The big Disney’s Hollywood Studios happening last week was the arrival of Kylo Ren at Star Wars Launch Bay. The emo evildoer displaced (SPOILER ALERT!) his grandfather Darth Vader, joining everyone’s favorite Wookie Chewbacca doing daily meet & greets. Kylo Ren also replaced Vader in the private Chase Disney Visa meet & greet found inside the Launch Bay. Thanks to my credit card, I got to encounter The Artist Formerly Known as Ben Solo inside the Chase M&G with only a 5 minute wait, as opposed to the 40 minute posted wait for the public Kylo confab. Toy Story Midway Mania‘s standby queue approached 2 1/2 hours, with the line for FastPass+ returns stretching outside Pixar Place. The Green Army Men were deployed to keep the throngs entertained. Here’s a video of my meeting with Kylo Ren. As you can see, bringing up the subject of Matt the Radar Tech may be hazardous to your health! Symphony in the Stars Dessert Party Even if you aren’t a fan of theme park dance parties (personally, I’d almost rather have the giant hat back) they do offer an amazing opportunity to see — and even boogie with — some truly obscure characters: Right outside the HISTK playground, I also paid my respects to the Streets of America, which also soon face extinction. Finally, no visit to DHS is complete these days without a viewing of the Star Wars-themed Symphony in the Stars fireworks. To capitalize on this popular spectacle, Disney is now selling a Symphony in the Stars dessert party with snacks, drinks, and an exclusive viewing area right in on Hollywood Boulevard. Kellie expertly mixed me High Octane’s namesake cocktail, which was a blue margarita. Made nearly entirely of liquor, the mix was so well balanced (with just enough sour mix to make it tart without puckering your mouth) that I hardly knew I was drinking alcohol until I was nearly finished! 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Big Question (Answered): “Is Google Being Anti-Competitive by Prioritizing Chrome for Google Products?”Big Question (Answered): “Is Google Being Anti-Competitive by Prioritizing Chrome for Google Products?”

first_imgTags:#community#web After a Google memo telling Google developers to ‘target Chrome-only’ hit Reddit yesterday, the discussions taking place online have ranged from monopoly fears to meh. Internally we’re rather divided ourselves. What do you think? Is Google being anti-competitive by prioritizing Chrome for Google products? We asked this question earlier and you answered. We culled your responses from Twitter and Facebook and used Storify to present it all back to you. If you have additional responses, please leave them in the comments. robyn tippins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Nadal, Federer, Djokovic remain ones to beat at US OpenNadal, Federer, Djokovic remain ones to beat at US Open

first_imgRenovation of old sports venues not just for SEA Games use Germany’s sixth-ranked Alexander Zverev warns not to ignore other lower seeds such as Japan’s seventh-seeded Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, and Greece’s eighth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas.“There are a few guys that have a real shot to win it,” Zverev said.“Obviously the ‘Big Three’ we don’t need to talk about. Of course, Novak is the big favorite, no question about it, but there are other guys that have been playing great tennis. I think those guys will be able to do some damage.”Federer, however, wouldn’t mind stretching his lead over Djokovic and Nadal in the men’s all-time Grand Slam title race.“I’m not putting extra pressure on myself. I know it’s going to be tough,” Federer said. “I feel like I’m part of that group who can do it.” FILE – Spain’s Rafael Nadal (R) hugs Switzerland’s Roger Federer (L) after winning their men’s singles semi-final match on day 13 of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 7, 2019. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)While a host of young rivals hope to disrupt the dominance of the “Big Three” in men’s tennis, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer remain the US Open favorites.The year’s final Grand Slam showdown starts Monday on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts with top-ranked Djokovic, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer and Spanish superstar Nadal having combined to win the past 11 Grand Slam titles.ADVERTISEMENT Third-seeded Federer also throws in a chance for Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka, who like Britain’s injured Murray has won three Slam crowns during the “Big Three” reign, but figures a familiar face will be lifting the US Open trophy.“Yeah, it seems like the same guys are the favorites again this time around,” Federer said. “It will be a surprise if anybody else won.”Defending champion Djokovic, seeking a 17th career Grand Slam title, has won four of the past five Slams, denied only by Nadal’s French Open win in June. The 32-year-old Serbian says he has adjusted to the extra pressure of defending over the years.“It’s a paramount challenge to defend a Grand Slam title,” he said. “These are the tournaments you want to win the most. This is where you want to shine.”Nadal, 33, has made an impressive run with titles at Rome, the French Open and Montreal and a Wimbledon semi-final loss to Federer.ADVERTISEMENT “Arrive to the big events with good feelings helps,” Nadal said. “Positive feeling, positive memory on my mind. That helps for the confidence.“For the moment I am feeling well. I am practicing well during the whole week. Now remain a couple of days to just push a little bit more and try to start the tournament in a good way.”Second-ranked Nadal, an 18-time Grand Slam winner who took his 12th French Open title in June, isn’t too excited over Federer and Djokovic both being in the opposite half of the draw.“I have to win my matches to have an advantage because I only can meet them in the semifinals,” Nadal said. “I have plenty of work before that to know if I have an advantage or not.”Medvedev, Thiem surgingRussia’s Daniil Medvedev has enjoyed a stellar US Open run-up with a win at Cincinnati and runner-up efforts at Washington and Montreal.“I don’t consider myself as one of the favorites just because at this moment of my career I haven’t even been in a quarter-final of a Slam,” Medvedev said. “If I get to the quarter-final, it’s going to be already a step forward and I’m going to be really happy about it.“When I play my best tennis I can beat basically everybody and that’s what I need to keep doing here.”Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem lost to Nadal in the Roland Garros final and will be a threat.“Every year he’s improving,” Nadal said. “Every day he’s very solid and every year is more solid.“He has everything to win important events. He already is winning important events. He’s a very, very hard worker. Just a question of time that he achieve all his goals.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Federer, 38, doesn’t see a problem with the dominance by the sport’s elder statesmen, who together own 54 of the past 65 Slam titles.“I don’t think it’s a problem, per se,” Federer said. “Now that Novak, Rafa and me are healthy again, Andy (Murray) also slowly coming back again, has made it much harder for young guys to come through.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotel“They are definitely knocking on the door big-time now. I think that’s very encouraging for those who want to see somebody else win. I think also Novak’s domination, Rafa’s domination is also not normal for the game of tennis.“I think there’s going to be chances moving forward, but it’s not surprising with the type of tennis they’ve been playing in recent years.” ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA View commentscenter_img Streak ends: US men’s basketball falls to Australia ‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos MOST READ LATEST STORIES UK thanks PH for rescuing Brit, Filipino wife abducted in Sululast_img read more

Paul Pogba will be at his peak next season: Jose MourinhoPaul Pogba will be at his peak next season: Jose Mourinho

first_imgAccording to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba will be at the peak of his form by the next season.Pogba, 23, provided an assist in United’s 3-1 Boxing Day defeat of Sunderland, his third of the Premier League campaign, a tally he has matched in top-flight goals this season.”The Premier League is very difficult. You play three, four years in Italy and you come to the Premier League and the world is completely different,” Mourinho told SFR Sport. (Also read: Premier League: Chelsea win 12th straight game, Manchester United thrash Sunderland 3-1)”He’s doing well, he’s doing more than well. His evolution is clear. So I can imagine that next season for Paul will be top.”Pogba was 14th in the Ballon d’Or vote for 2016.”At the moment, if you’re not a goal scorer, you cannot win the Ballon d’Or. But if the perception changes, then Paul can win it, because Paul is not a goal scorer.”Paul is a midfielder who will score more and more goals, because I think he has good conditions to score goals. Paul is a midfielder, in my opinion, the best, the best in the world. Obviously, he’s young, he can still improve, he wants to improve, which is even better,” Mourinho said.”He has an agent who, in my opinion, is great for the player, because he’s not the typical agent who puts the player on the moon. He demands a lot from the player. He wants the player to be better and better all the time. So I think he has everything around him to be a great player.”advertisementlast_img read more

Japan Olympic Committee chief questioned over Tokyo bid payment: ReportJapan Olympic Committee chief questioned over Tokyo bid payment: Report

first_imgTokyo prosecutors have questioned the president of the Japan Olympic Committee over controversial payments made to a Singaporean consulting firm during the bidding for the 2020 Summer Games, Kyodo News agency reported on Wednesday.The questioning of Tsunekazu Takeda, who led the successful bid, and several other people involved in the bidding, was voluntary and carried out at the request of the French authorities, Kyodo said.Takeda and the others denied doing anything illegal, the report said.The Tokyo prosecutors’ office and the JOC declined to comment on the report when contacted by Reuters.French prosecutors last year announced an investigation into more than $2 million of payments made by the bid committee to the consultancy, Black Tidings.Black Tidings is headed by Ian Tan Tong Hon, who is known to be friends with Papa Massata Diack, son of disgraced former international athletics chief Lamine Diack.Japanese officials repeatedly said the payments had been legitimate consultant’s fees, and a panel commissioned by the JOC said in September it had found that the payment was legitimate.Tokyo 2020 organisers have been grappling with a list of headaches including soaring costs and calls to change venues.The country club that will host the golf tournaments has come under fire for its policy of barring women from becoming full members, and a trade show group is calling on Tokyo to find a new location for the international media centre.last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Conditions were similar to a day-night Test, says Sanjay BangarIndia vs Sri Lanka: Conditions were similar to a day-night Test, says Sanjay Bangar

first_imgIndia assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said the team looks forward to playing in challenging conditions like it experienced on Thursday at the Eden Gardens, ending at 17 for three on a rain-hit day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka. (Virat Kohli’s disastrous run in Tests at Eden Gardens continues, out for a duck vs Sri Lanka)Recalling their Test win against New Zealand here last year, Bangar said the current Indian side thrives on challenges.”We are happy to play on wickets like this. A team doesn’t really want to play on easy conditions. We challenge ourselves and most players are open to such challenges. We want to continue improving as a team,” said Bangar after the day’s play in which just 11.5 overs could be bowled due to wet conditions.”It was a similar wicket last year, after it was relaid. We played the Test really well and applied ourselves. We are ready for the challenge.”Bangar rued that rain interruptions did not help them to consolidate their innings after a bad start.Only one-hours’ play was possible in two curtailed sessions and Sri Lanka made the most of it with Suranga Lakmal striking thrice without conceding a run in six overs.”The conditions were pretty tough for batting and what didn’t really help us was we did not get an extended passage for play wherein you had 15-20 overs bowled at a batsman in a particular fashion. It didn’t allow our batsmen to get into a rhythm,” felt Bangar.advertisementBangar hoped they would bounce back as the match progresses.”We have got all bases covered as the game goes into fourth and fifth day. There would be dents in the wicket because of the dampness. There will be variable bounce which may come into play. Both spinners are really vital to us. We have got swing and seam and the pace that is required.”Both the teams also agreed to make use of the floodlights to get maximum out of the day”It was similar to a day-night Test. It didn’t seem to be a day Test. At times under such circumstances, playing with a red ball becomes pretty tough. It’s more difficult to pick the red balls.”Bangar said it’s about grinding out of the situation and respecting the condition.”The amount of times you are going to get beaten plays on your mind. The best approach is to forget the previous ball and accept that you got beaten on a number of occasions. You may not really play elegantly but you will have to grind it out as those are equally important runs.”He however refused to blame the top three KL Rahul (0), Shikhar Dhawan (8) and Virat Kohli (0).”You can’t really fault them for shot selections. All credit to Lakmal who put the ball in right place and let the wicket did the rest. He used the conditions that suited him.”Dhawan got out while trying to break free as he attempted a drive only to drag the ball onto the stumps.”He’s a stroke-player, he backs himself to play shots and whenever the shots come off it really looks great. At times they can change the course of the match in a matter of 15 overs.”You want a player like Shikhar to play in his own fashion. Every batsman has individual style of play, we don’t want to curtail their style of play.”At close, India’s last two specialist batsmen – Cheteshwar Pujara (8) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) – were are at crease.Bangar said India have quality all-rounders in wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to make the difference towards the end of the innings.”The quality of all-rounders gives a lot of depth in lower order batting and also bowling option to get 20 wickets in a Test. It has worked well in two and a half seasons and we have won mainly because of our composition,” he said.last_img read more