At least I can be Wimbledon champion for two years, says Halep

first_imgAsked about the Wimbledon cancellation, announced on Wednesday, Halep told Eurosport’s Tennis Legends vodcast: “I take it positively, because I am now the defending champion for two years. So, I have to live with that for one more year so that’s a good thing again.”I am excited that I will be able to play the first match on (the) Tuesday I think on Centre Court. So, I really want to make this experience. It’s going to be great for sure.”The WTA Tour and ATP Tour have been shut down until the middle of July, at least, but Halep is geared up for a longer suspension of the season, possibly the whole year.”I know that the worst scenario in my head is that this year is going to be cancelled and, yeah, I’m sure we’re going to overcome this period if we listen and stay home safely,” she said. Simon Halep is trying to look on the bright side regarding the suspension of the tennis season due to the coronavirus pandemic, which means at least she will be referred to as reigning Wimbledon champion for two years.The Romanian former world number produced a flawless performance to beat Serena Williams in last year’s final but this week’s cancellation of the grasscourt Grand Slam means she will not get to defend her title this summer.Halep, 28, is currently back in her native Romania where she has been locked down at home for 22 days, only popping out briefly to jog around the grounds of her residence. “For the moment, I think it’s going to be longer than July. We hope for the US Open (scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept, 13) but it’s not sure because New York is struggling now.”Lots of Sleep After so many years jet-setting around the globe, Halep said the enforced time off from the Tour had been welcome in some respects, even if the circumstances were dreadful.”It’s the longest period that I haven’t touched a racket. Not the ball, the racket — since Dubai,” she said. “And I want to keep it that way for one more month.”I just kept it very safe because I am a little bit scared about it. And I just want to stay chilled. I wake up at around 10 or 11. It’s very good to have a lot of sleep.”No alarm clock, no schedule, so I just wake up. I have a late breakfast and then I do some running here in the complex. Because we are allowed to do it, it’s a private residence.”In the house I work on my core and my other exercises. So, every day I am working and I feel fit yes.”Halep said that while she missed her job, it was right that sport had faded into the background at a time of global crisis.”It’s just a world problem and I just want to say that it’s safer that everything got cancelled. It’s not a small problem, it’s a huge problem. And we just have to listen to what they say, to stay home and being very safe,” she said.”Tennis is not everything in my life.”Topics :last_img read more

India arrests South Korean CEO, 11 others for gas leak at LG Polymers

first_imgTopics : Indian police have arrested 12 LG Polymers officials, including its South Korean chief executive, an officer said on Wednesday, two months after a gas leak at the company’s south India chemical plant killed 12.The arrests were made under a case of culpable homicide filed against the company’s South Korean parent, LG Chem Ltd , when the leak occurred in May, police commissioner Rajiv Kumar Meena said.”A total of twelve members including the CEO and two directors were arrested on Tuesday evening,” Meena, the top officer in the port city of Visakhapatnam where the plant is located, said. Among those arrested were two directors, one of whom was a South Korean, Meena said.Toxic styrene gas leaked from the chemical plant in the early hours of May 7, choking many people who were sleeping.This week, a government-appointed committee recommended that the plant be shifted away from human habitation and called for action against the top employees. It said LG Chem had been negligent and warning systems were not working.The company did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.Meena said three government officials had also been suspended for negligence. last_img read more

Malaysia to host Asian Champions League matches in East Asia

Malaysia has been named the Asian Champions League’s centralized hub in East Asia with matches in the region due to restart in October, the continent’s soccer governing body said on Monday.Asia’s elite club competition was suspended in early March because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will resume in West Asia hub Qatar on Sept. 14.Malaysia will host Group G and Group H matches from Oct. 17-Nov. 1 and a semi-final on Nov. 28. It will also host last-16 games from the two groups on Nov. 4 and two quarter-finals on Nov. 25. Teams from China, Australia, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia will play in the East Asia regional hub, while teams from Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Uzbekistan will play in the West Asia hub.The centralized venue for Groups E and F and the remaining knockout stage matches have not yet been confirmed.The AFC said this month that group games would be played in full in a round-robin format while knockouts rounds would be reduced to single games from the usual two-legged tie format.The final pitting the best teams from each region will be held on Dec. 5 in the Western hub. Topics : read more

St Germain Apartments in Newmarket tick the lifestyle boxes

first_imgSt Germain Apartments, Newmarket.Broad Property Research and Advisory managing director Paul Broad said in his report that the apartments were in a good location, close to shops, good schools, a large university campus and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.He said the apartments were priced exceptionally competitively with an average price of just $5,654 per square metre gross compared to the average selling price of new apartments in Brisbane for around $7,000 per square metre.“St Germain Apartments offers well sized and competitively priced apartments with functional balconies and has been designed to suit discerning residents, both owner-occupiers and long-term tenants,” Mr Broad said.There are eight apartments on the ground level and 12 apartments on each of levels one and two with a generous lift ratio of six apartments per lift per floor. St Germain Apartments, Newmarket“I’m the ex-director of research at PRD so I’m very conscious of the fact that investment around train lines and stations is really good advice for owner-occupiers,” Mr Gray said. “You only have to look at Melbourne and Sydney to see how much growth there is in properties based near the train lines.”The New York industrial inspired project has the access benefit of being only an 90m walk to Newmarket train station, yet it isn’t on the line so doesn’t get the associated noise.Mr Gray said another drawcard of the project was a short walk of less than 300m to Newmarket Reading’s shopping village. “We like our projects to be close to what we call ‘honey pots’, for example, a walk to the shops but not in a high-rise and in quite an exclusive area,” he said. Outdoor lifestyle is key in one of the top floor apartments at St Germain Apartments in Newmarket.ENJOYING the great outdoors is being made easy by the developer of St Germain Apartments with 10 of the 34 apartments featuring their own private courtyards.PRD Nationwide Project Marketing director Adam Gray said courtyards were always a popular addition to an apartment and this project in Newmarket more than delivered, with 10 of the 34 apartments featuring their own courtyard.“Courtyards always get a lot of activity from buyers, especially those with pets and who want a yard area because living in Queensland is about the outdoors, so I think this is a big advantage in a project,” Mr Gray said.center_img St Germain Apartments, NewmarketHe said the developer, McLeod Kelly Developers, had also put a lot of thought and effort into the architectural design of the project and had dedicated half of the buildings large rooftop space to outdoor living.“The building is set over three house blocks so it’s a long building with half the rooftop space dedicated to a residence outdoor area with fake grass, barbecues and stunning views,” he said.“The developer really wanted to add something to the suburb that he’s proud of so he spent a bit more money on the architectural side of things too.”The New York inspired development is set over four storeys with apartments starting at $475,000 for 83sq m and going up to 183sq m.Mr Gray said ten of the 34 two and three-bedroom apartments had sold to date with construction set to start around mid this year and be completed by the third-quarter next year.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoHe said he only marketed development projects that he thought would offer buyers something better than what other similar projects were offering.last_img read more

KEEP SAFE DISTANCE | Guv: People must be at least 1.5 meters apart at…

first_imgIn Executive Order No. 10 stretching the quarantine to May 15, Defensor stated that “at all times, a distance of at least 1.5 meters between persons shall be observed.” Managements must assign a full-time Occupational Safety and Health Officer who shall ensure that social distancing measures are followed, and who shall monitor the health condition of the employees and/or customers, according to Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. * Staff/workers shall be provided with personal protective equipment such as facemasks, face shields, goggles and gloves. * spectator sports and contact sports * One-way traffic is enjoined in the movement and flow of staff/workers and customers. Social distancing, also called “physical distancing”, means keeping space between people in this time of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This is an essential step in slowing down the disease’s transmission. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if one has no symptoms, according to health experts. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. * religious congregation In so far as practicable, according to Defensor, the following should be observed: But how? * funeral public viewing * local government unit events such as fiestas / socio-cultural activities, festivals, commemorative programs, inaugurations and assemblies Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. * The management shall provide accessible wash areas with soap and disinfectants. * cultural / art performances and exhibitions * school / academic institution events * family gatherings involving non-members of the household * birthday, anniversary, wedding and baptismal celebrations or receptions * conventions, seminars, workshops, and general membership meetings It may be possible, too, that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. The COVID-19 virus can live for hours or days on a surface, depending on factors such as sunlight, humidity, and the type of surface, according to the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Social distancing helps limit opportunities to come in contact with contaminated surfaces and infected people outside the home. He directed all establishments and work places allowed to operate to “follow strict social distancing measures.” As part of his social distancing order, Defensor also prohibited the holding of public events/gatherings involving crowds or large number of persons such as, but not limited to, the following: ILOILO – In workplaces allowed to operate, how should social distancing be observed under an extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)? * At the entrance, health monitoring with thermal scanners shall be conducted, and disinfectants and quarantine foot baths provided. * Person density shall be at one person for every 1.5 square meters of floor area. At all times, a distance of at least 1.5 meters between persons shall be observed. For restaurants, food chains and food stalls, person density shall be two persons per table, or one person for every 1.5 square meters of floor area, whichever promotes better social distancing. * trade expositions and product promotions COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. Section 14 of Defensor’s Executive Order No. 10 identified these people as the elderly, pregnant women and those suffering from diseases or with conditions/underlying medical problems including, among others, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, and immunosuppression./PNlast_img read more

Big Daddy Race Cars banner new for Hobby Stock’s Northern Region

first_imgNORFOLK, Neb. – Already boasting a resume that includes a national championship and more than 300 feature wins, Big Daddy Race Cars takes on another partnership role with IMCA this season. The Norfolk, Neb., chassis builder is the new title sponsor of the Northern Region for Hobby Stocks and will furnish a portion of the point fund for top five drivers in official point standings for 2014. “We’d been contacted three or four years ago about giving lap money for the Hobby Stock race of champions at Super Nationals and that was a great way to get the word out about our cars,” owner Dale Bittner said. “The regional sponsorship is another great opportunity. The Hobby Stocks are a growing class of race cars and IMCA has done a good job with point funds and contingency awards. It seems like they’re always getting new Hobby Stock tracks in new states.” Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region tracks are in eastern Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The New York sanction is IMCA’s first in the Empire State since the 2000 season.Big Daddy opened its doors for business in 2005 and now builds both Hobby Stock and Stock Car chassis, retailing high performance parts, tires and bulk fuel and serving as a dealer for Performance Bodies and Karl Performance. “I’ve always been a motorsports enthusiast,” said Bittner, a former drag strip racer and 1991 NHRA Division 5 Nationals champion. “There’s just something about the racing industry that I enjoy.”He’s also enjoyed traveling and crewing for daughter Tiffany, the three-time defending Lady Eagle champion. She won a career-best nine features, finished seventh in the national Hobby Stock point standings and made the Saturday show at Super Nationals while providing technical input throughout the 2013 season. “It was flattering that a 23-year-old girl could take one of our cars and race that well against a lot of very good drivers,” said Bittner, speaking as both a proud father and chassis builder. “It makes me feel pretty good that she could accomplish so much.” Information about Big Daddy Race Cars-built chassis is available online at www.bigdaddychassis.com and on Facebook. “The Big Daddy name has grown in the Hobby Stock market in recent years and we’ve enjoyed seeing that development,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “The Bittners are great ambassadors for the sport of dirt track racing and those are the kinds of people we are proud to endorse and showcase to the IMCA community.”last_img read more

City boss not setting titles target

first_img Pellegrini was announced as successor to the sacked Roberto Mancini shortly after and in the campaign that followed, City won the Premier League title and the Capital One Cup. That looks like a decent start in terms of working towards Soriano’s goal, but when asked ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Arsenal about the chief executive’s comments, Pellegrini said: “I don’t have a target to win five titles. “Every time I play a competition, I want to win it. “But that thing that we have to win five titles in five years – for me it is not important.” Pellegrini was keen to emphasise the point that his side will be doing their utmost to claim silverware at every opportunity. Asked about his priorities for the season, the Chilean said: “For this year, our target is exactly the same as last year. “We will play in the four competitions we must play in and we will try to continue in all competitions as far as we can. Exactly the same as last year. “We continue trying to win the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Capital One Cup and the Champions League, and we will see during the season what we can do.” City chief executive Ferran Soriano underlined the ambition from the hierarchy at the Etihad Stadium in May 2013 when he said about the next five seasons: “On average, I want one trophy or title a year. “That is the Champions League, the Premier League or the FA Cup.” City have so far made five new signings this summer in goalkeeper Willy Caballero, defender Bacary Sagna and midfielders Fernando, Bruno Zuculini – a deal completed late on Friday – and Frank Lampard, who has joined from the club’s American sister outfit New York City FC on loan until January after leaving Chelsea. Pellegrini feels he has a stronger squad than last season, but is not about to make any predictions about exactly how potent they might be. Asked if the group he has are capable of winning the Champions League in 2014/15, he said: “I don’t know. It is impossible for me to know the future. “The only target of our squad is the same as last year – to try to win the four competitions that we are going to play.” Of the new recruits, only Caballero, Fernando and Zuculini might feature in Sunday’s match at Wembley, with City set to have eight players missing. Lampard is deemed not ready to be involved yet and the same applies to Sagna, along with Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Fernandinho and skipper Vincent Kompany – a sextet who were involved in the knockout stages of the World Cup. Alvaro Negredo is the other man to miss out due to his foot injury. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s trio of World Cup winners Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski are also unavailable having been given extra rest after their triumph in Brazil. Although acknowledging there will be a considerable number of high-profile absentees, Pellegrini is adamant the contest will be more than just a glorified friendly. “Of course it is not a friendly match,” the 60-year-old said. “It is an important game against an important team in Arsenal. “Maybe both teams do not arrive in our best moment because both have a lot of players who are just getting back after the World Cup. “But I think it will be a very good game, it is important for both teams to try to win it, and we will try to do that.” Press Association Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists the club’s stated target of winning five trophies in five years is “not important” to him.last_img read more

Sumner boys fall to Fort Kent in Class C North semifinals

first_imgSULLIVAN — The Sumner boys’ soccer team’s 2018 season came to an end Saturday with a 4-1 road loss to No. 1 Fort Kent in the Class C North semifinals.After trailing 1-0 at halftime, fourth-ranked Sumner scored two minutes into the second half when Dylan Bernier assisted Caelan Billings to tie the game. Yet Fort Kent (13-1-2) then scored three goals to seal the win and advance to the regional title game.Despite the loss, the season was still a resounding success for Sumner, which put together eight- and six-game winning streaks and won the Downeast Athletic Conference title. The Tigers (14-2) finished the year with 117 goals scored and 25 conceded.Sumner’s run is far from over, either, as the team will have a strong attacking presence again next year with Warren and Billings returning. Eduardo Figueroa, Dylan Bernier, Silas Goldfarb and Alex Rumill will be among other key players back for the Tigers.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Other Sports Rathore, Akshay hold live Instagram session, discuss fitness

first_imgNew Delhi: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar Thursday held a live chat session on Instagram, discussing issues related to fitness, diet and bullying in school. During the session which lasted close to half an hour, Rathore and Akshay touched upon various issues with about 25000 fans tuning into the live session.A former Olympic medallist, Rahore seemed to be at his home, while Akshay, who has starred in many award-winning films in his two-decade career, was in his gym during the program.The fans lapped up the informal and frank conversation and asked questions to the stalwarts. Another Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh also appeared in the session as a special guest, joining a long list of fans commenting on the video.Also Read | Pro Kabaddi League: Dabang Delhi play out 37-37 draw with Jaipur Pink PanthersRathore and Akshay promised to keep in touch and come up with more such sessions for their fans.Rathore, considered to be one of the fittest politicians, had launched the #HumFitTohIndiaFit campaign earlier in March highlighting the issue of fitness.He had posted a video doing 10 push-ups while encouraging people to share pictures and videos on social media to show how they keep themselves fit. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Pakistan seize advantage after Windies costly blemishes

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Three wickets in the final session helped West Indies claw their way back after three earlier blemishes had put Pakistan firmly in control of the second Test at Kensington Oval here yesterday.Replying to West Indies’ first innings of 312 all out, Pakistan finished the second day of the pivotal contest on 172 for three – 140 runs adrift of the lead.Prolific opener Azhar Ali was already in sight of triple figures unbeaten on 81 and was partnered by captain Misbah-ul-Haq on seven.Right-handed opener Ahmed Shehzad lived a charmed life for his 70, benefiting from three chances before becoming one of two wickets to fall to leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo who finished with two for 53.The Caribbean side had earlier squandered the opportunity to build a sizeable first innings lead when they lost their last four wickets for 26 runs to be dismissed for 312, 65 minutes before lunch.Disappointingly, neither overnight batsmen – century-maker Roston Chase nor captain Jason Holder – managed to add to their scores, falling within the first nine balls of the morning.Holder, unbeaten on 58 at the start, perished to the day’s third delivery when he edged one from seamer Mohammad Abbas and was caught by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.Six balls later in the following over, Chase edged left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir low to Younis Khan at second slip, to depart for 131.The tail folded quickly with Bishoo (14) and Alzarri Joseph (8) providing little resistance.Abbas picked up two of the wickets to fall to finish with four for 56 while Amir claimed three for 65 and leg-spinner Yasir Shah, two for 83.In the 14 overs available before lunch, West Indies muffed their only chance to get an early breakthrough as Pakistan worked their way to 36 without loss at the break.Shehzad had made three with the score on five when he chipped fast bowler Shannon Gabriel loosely to mid-on where Vishal Singh was slow off the mark and grassed the low offering in the third over.West Indies also had only themselves to blame in the following session as Shehzad was twice let-off through no-balls as he and Azhar put on 155 for the first wicket.Having reached 21 an hour after lunch with the score on 57, Shehzad played around one from Gabriel which came back and was adjudged lbw, only for replays to show the Trinidadian had over-stepped.Fortune continued to shine on Shehzad. On 32, he charged off-spinner Roston Chase 10 minutes before tea, missed and was stumped by Shane Dowrich but again, replays revealed an illegal delivery.The let-offs meant Pakistan reached tea safely on 106 without loss and they batted through the next hour without alarm to further frustrate West Indies.Azhar, who completed his 26th Test half-century in the fourth over before tea when he swept Bishoo to the square boundary, has so far faced 193 deliveries in a shade over five hours at the crease and counted seven fours.Shehzad, unbeaten at tea on 40, reached his fourth Test half-century 20 minutes after the resumption and had faced 191 balls in just over four hours and struck eight fours, when his luck finally ran out.An hour from the close, he prodded forward to one from Bishoo which spun, took the edge and carried low to slip where Shai Hope grasped the offering.His dismissal triggered a slide for Pakistan where three wickets tumbled in the space of 23 runs.In the following over, Babar Azam got a leading edge back to Gabriel to fall without scoring at 156 for two and 20 balls later, veteran outstanding right-hander Younis Khan also fell for nought, pulling a long hop from Bishoo to Gabriel at short mid-wicket.WEST INDIES 1st innings (o/n 286 for six)K. Brathwaite c wkp.. S. Ahmed b M. Amir 9K. Powell lbw b M. Amir 38S. Hetmyer c A. Ali b M. Abbas 1S. Hope c wkp. S. Ahmed b Y. Shah 5R. Chase c Y. Khan b M. Amir 131V. Singh c Y.s Khan b M. Abbas 3S. Dowrich c Y. Khan b S. Khan 29J. Holder c wkp.S. Ahmed b M. Abbas 58D. Bishoo c Y. Shah b M. Abbas 14A. Joseph b Y. Shah 8S. Gabriel not out 0Extras: (b-4, lb-10, w-2) 16Total: (all out, 98.5 overs) 312Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-13, 3-37, 4-102, 5-107, 6-154, 7-286, 8-286, 9-312.Bowling: Mohammad Amir 26-6-65-3, Mohammad Abbas 23-6-56-4 (w-2), Yasir Shah 25.5-2-83-2, Shadab Khan 23-3-90-1, Azhar Ali 1-0-4-0.PAKISTAN 1st inningsAzhar Ali not out 81Ahmed Shehzad c Hope b Bishoo 70Babar Azam c & b Gabriel 0Younis Khan c Gabriel b Bishoo 0Misbah-ul-Haq not out 7Extras: (b-2, lb-3, nb-9) 14Total: (3 wkts, 69 overs) 172Fall of wickets: 1-155 , 2-156, 3-161.Bowling: Gabriel 16-3-45-1 (nb-8), Joseph 11-3-24-0, Chase 11-1-37-0 (nb-1), Holder 10-6-8-0, Bishoo 21-8-53-2.Position: Pakistan trail by 140 runs with seven first innings wickets intact.last_img read more