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first_imgRoger Federer felled high-flying Steve Johnson at Wimbledon on Monday, knocking the wind out of the powerhouse with a 6-2 6-3 7-5 win in the fourth round.Despite considerable pre-match hype about Johnson, fresh from victory at the Nottingham grass court event, there was to be no Independence Day party for the burly American, asFederer showed more than enough to suggest he remains on track for a record eighth Wimbledon men’s singles crown.While Andy Murray-supporting Brits have been rubbing their hands with glee over Novak Djokovic’s shock third-round defeat, the biggest beneficiary of the Serb’s removal may yet prove to be third seed Federer, who on Monday drew level with Martina Navratilova on a record 306 grand slam singles match wins.In the quarter-finals, Federer will play Croatian ninth seed Marin Cilic who advanced after his opponent, Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori, retired injured while trailing 6-1 5-1.last_img read more

first_imgAs Liberia strives to improve health care delivery across the country in the post-Ebola period, the Hyundai Motor Company (HMC), based in South Korea, has shown its full commitment to support health infrastructure progress in Liberia by donating 21 H-1- based city ambulances to the country.According to a release issued by HMC, the ambulances, equipped with respirators, oxygen tanks and other medical gears, will be delivered to the Government of Liberia through the United Nations in April.To learn more about the HMC donation, the Daily Observer Health Correspondent contacted Africa Motors (Liberia) Inc. whose offices are based in Sinkor, Monrovia and are the official agents for HMC in Liberia. It was confirmed by sources within that company that HMC is indeed contributing the ambulances which are expected to arrive in Liberia by the end of April this year and that a communication was sent by Africa Motors to the Executive Mansion to inform President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.In a communication addressed to Mr. GhassanBasma, Chairman of Africa Motors Liberia Incorporated, copy of which was provided to us by our sources, the Vice President and Head of the Africa and Middle East Regional Headquarters of Hyundai Motor, Tom Lee said, “I’m pleased to inform you that Hyundai Motor Company has taken the decision to contribute 21 units of fully fitted ambulances through the United Nations to the Government of Liberia to show our solidarity with the people of Liberia as well as Africa Motors (Liberia) Inc.”The Hyundai Motor Vice President also indicated that the ambulances are to aid not only the fight against Ebola but also support emergency response units catering to patients afflicted with other ailments.According to our source, Africa Motors Liberia Inc. last August brought to the attention of HMC the crisis emanating from the spread of the Ebola virus and the financial constraints on the Government of Liberia as well as the strain on the country’s already weak health infrastructure.Acknowledging the role of Africa Motors Liberia, Hyundai Motor stated that although its support is provided through the United Nations, that support may never have been realized if it were not for Africa Motors raising the urgency of the situation and the need for action and support by HMC to help Liberia strengthen its health care delivery capacity..Africa Motors Liberia Inc. is the sole representative of Hyundai Motor Company in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgZengue played in both matches against Namibia, which Burkina Faso won 4-0 in Ouagadougou and 4-1 in Windhoek en route to a place in Malabo-based Group B with title co-favourites Ivory Coast, Angola and Sudan.But Namibia insist the rules of world football governing body FIFA permit a player to turn out for another country only if a parent or grandparent was born there or if he has resided in his adopted home for at least five years.Although Zengue does not meet any of the criteria, Cairo-based African ruling body CAF dismissed two appeals by Namibia on a technicality over the way the protest was lodged.Significantly, Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte omitted 25-year-old Zengue from his provisional squad for the Cup of Nations although he did include three Ivory Coast-born footballers.CAF officials have remained tight-lipped over the appeal to CAS while Namibia say that if they are successful, the points from the qualifiers against Burkina Faso should be awarded to the ‘Brave Warriors’.Receiving the six points would lift Namibia to the top of the table and officials in Windhoek claim they should then replace Burkina Faso in Group B at the biennial African football showcase.“What happened at CAF was not a true reflection of the case and if CAS look into the details they will allow Namibia to participate at the Cup of Nations,” says optimistic national coach Bernard Kaanjuka.He is taking no chances and the national squad has been camped in capital Windhoek since late last year and forced a creditable pre-Christmas 0-0 friendly draw away to Angola.It could prove an ironic fixture as Namibia would play Angola in the opening round of the Cup of Nations on January 22 at the 15,000-seat Estadio Malabo if the appeal succeeds.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, January 5 – A Namibia bid to have Burkina Faso kicked out of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations begins Friday at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Swiss city Lausanne.The Burkinabe convincingly won a qualifying group for the January 21-February 12 tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, but Namibian officials believe they did so fielding an ineligible player.Cameroon-born and Chechnya-based left-back Herve Zengue is the footballer at the centre of a storm with the ‘Stallions’ claiming the fact that he married a Burkinabe makes him eligible.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Evidence has emerged that FIFA President Sepp Blatter (R) made a murky $2 million payment to UEFA President Michel Platini in 2011, reportedly for work done a decade earlier . PHOTO/AFPGENEVA, November 21- The FIFA ethics committee probing allegations of corruption against suspended president Sepp Blatter and his would-be successor, Michel Platini, requested Saturday that sanctions be levelled against both men.Citing privacy and the presumption of innocence, the committee said it would not disclose the nature of the punishments requested against the two men, who for years were the most powerful figures in world football. However, the announcement sparked an angry response from Platini’s lawyer, who said that FIFA had “lost all credibility”.The committee, known as the investigatory chamber of FIFA’s independent ethics watchdog, said it had submitted its final report to the body’s judgement arm, which will weigh up the recommendations.The fallout from the report could prove massive for the future of world football’s governing body, including the possibility of permanently derailing Platini’s candidacy to lead FIFA.– Final decision looming -The investigatory chamber said in a statement that its final report contained “requests for sanctions against Joseph Blatter and Michel Platini.”A separate statement from the adjudicatory chamber confirmed that it had received the reports and will study the findings “carefully.”The judgement chamber said it would “decide in due course about whether to institute formal adjudicatory proceedings against Joseph S. Blatter and Michel Platini.”The adjudicatory body has in the past recommended suspensions of several years, or even life, but there was no indication as to the severity of the punishments requested against Blatter and Platini.“It is a troubling coincidence!” Thibaud d’Ales, representing Platini, told AFP on Saturday.“The day after our appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against Michel Platini’s provisional suspension, the internal FIFA investigation is suddenly finished for Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter, even though the latter has been accused of more things.“It’s farcical. It would be laughable if we were not talking about the future of the biggest non-governmental institution in the world.“FIFA has lost all credibility. A decision taken by judges who don’t respect their own rules has no value.”Both Blatter and Platini were provisionally suspended by the ethics committee in October for 90 days.The moves came after Swiss prosecutors opened an investigation into possible criminal mismanagement at FIFA during Blatter’s tenure, including evidence of a murky $2 million payment made to Platini in 2011, reportedly for work he did a decade earlier.Aside from the Swiss probe, the United States justice department has charged 14 ex-FIFA officials and sports marketing executives with more than $150 million of bribery and corruption dating back decades.Those indictments, unsealed in May, uncorked the scandal that has shaken world football and grown seemingly wider each week.– Appeals pending –Appeals by both Blatter and Platini against their 90-day suspensions were rejected this week, and Platini has taken his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with a decision expected by the end of the month.Reversing the suspension which lasts until January 5 is crucial to the French football legend, because the provisional ban has thrown the brakes on his campaign to replace Blatter.Platini, the head of European football until his suspension, had been the favourite to win FIFA’s presidential vote scheduled for February 26, until he became engulfed in the raging FIFA scandal.While suspended, Platini cannot lobby regional confederations to support his candidacy, while the five other men vying for the job — who have already passed FIFA’s integrity tests — are free to campaign.The 60-year-old ex-Juventus star has denied all wrongdoing and has insisted that he can still lead world football out of an era that has seen its reputation stained at the highest levels of the game.Blatter has also remained defiant throughout, insisting that he has done nothing wrong and that all financial impropriety that took place under his watch was the fault of rogue operators.After winning election to a fifth term as FIFA’s president, Blatter announced that he would go when his successor is chosen at a special congress called for February.Despite the suspension, Blatter’s camp has insisted that he will return to the presidency before the vote.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img“In 1992, we were down after a Clinton victory,” Thompson said in a 15-minute webcast that laid out the rationale for the candidacy he also declared on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. “In 1994, our conservative principles led us to a comeback and majority control of the Congress. Now, you don’t want to have to come back from another Clinton victory. Our country needs us to win next year, and I am ready to lead that effort,” he said. Thompson also swiped at his leading Republican rivals, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, without naming them, saying: “In 1994, when I first ran, I advocated the same commonsense conservative positions that I hold today.” Thirteen years ago, Giuliani was a New York mayor who espoused liberal-to-moderate positions on social issues and endorsed Democratic Gov. Mario Cuomo. Romney was a moderate challenging Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in liberal Massachusetts. By Liz Sidoti THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DES MOINES, Iowa – Fred Thompson officially entered a wide-open Republican presidential race Wednesday, vowing to invigorate a dispirited GOP and promising to stop another Clinton from capturing the presidency. The former Tennessee senator harkened to the GOP glory days of 1994 when he and other Republicans seized control of Congress and established an equal counterpoint to Democrat Bill Clinton in the White House. Now an official candidate for the Republican nomination, Thompson promised to return the party to better times. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgWhat makes the DWP’s failure even more outrageous is that the utility has the audacity to want a 9 percent electricity rate increase next month on the pretext of needing $1 billion in system upgrades. This from a public utility run for the benefit of its staff, which gets mammoth pay raises on top of stupendously bloated salaries. No doubt the audit will find that the utility’s ability to serve L.A.’s growing needs has been compromised by decades of neglect of its infrastructure. When it should have been investing in the aging water and power system, the DWP was siphoning its profits for feel-good political programs and paying its work force champagne salaries. Those bills are obviously coming due now, and DWP officials are turning to the public to pay for decades of reckless spending. For all their feigned outrage at the outages, don’t for a minute think that the mayor or the council will actually do anything to help the ratepayers. ANGELENOS have good reason to feel betrayed by the Department of Water and Power. Last year, after the brutal July heat wave left thousands without power, DWP officials claimed it was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. They even promised that with an aggressive program to replace thousands of aging transformers over the year, the utility would be prepared for future power spikes during the hottest summer days. Yet, when this otherwise mild summer had a brief heat wave last week, some 60,000 DWP customers were plunged into darkness again. The reasons why can hopefully be answered by an independent audit of the city’s power needs ordered by the Los Angeles City Council on Monday. The audit is a good start, but it’s no good unless it’s followed with action. If there is any special interest that owns L.A.’s politicians, it’s the DWP union, which counts as its membership all but a handful of the top utility executives. Maybe it’s time to break up the DWP into separate agencies, one for water and one for power. That way contracts could be renegotiated with salaries more in line with value and rewards based on achievement – not failure.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgLouis van Gaal has called Jamie Vardy a ‘nasty’ threat and believes there are similarities between him and Ruud van Nistelrooy – the man whose record the Leicester striker is attempting to break this weekend.Vardy will break Van Nistelrooy’s 12-year Premier League record on Saturday if he scores in his 11th consecutive match when the Foxes face Manchester United.When Vardy was playing non-league football three-and-a-half years ago, few would have predicted he would have been likened to one of the greatest strikers seen on these shores in recent times.Van Nistelrooy is the 11th highest scorer in United’s 137-year history, netting 150 goals in 219 matches for the club.The Dutchman won league titles in England, Spain and Holland, while Vardy’s biggest achievement to date is helping Leicester get promoted to the Premier League in the summer of 2014.But there is no sense of snobbery from Van Gaal when it comes to Vardy’s recent scoring run.“More or less, Van Nistelrooy is like Vardy,” the United manager said.“He is highly concentrated to make goals and is always running in behind, so you can compare them.”Van Gaal knows how hard it is to maintain such a prolific scoring run.Dennis Bergkamp is the only man to have scored in 10 consecutive league games under the Dutchman – and his run came more than 20 years ago with Ajax.He also knows first hand how deadly Vardy can be in front of goal.The 28-year-old scored one and had a hand in the other four goals in Leicester’s 5-3 win over United last season.Van Gaal regards Vardy as a “nasty” threat, but one he feels his new and improved defence can cope with.”He was last season a very nasty player for us,” Van Gaal said.”He scored, won a penalty, and now he is scoring 10 games in a row, then you are a great player.”I only know Dennis Bergkamp as a player who did the same with Ajax. It’s not so easy to do that.“He is a player who is difficult to defend.“It shall be difficult I think, but we can do that because we have a lot of clean sheets already.” 1 Jamie Vardy last_img read more

first_imgHere are the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Alexis Sanchez wants Arsenal to break the bank to keep him at the club, with reports claiming he is using a £400,000-per-week offer from China as leverage. (Daily Mail)Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has an ‘anti-Arsenal’ clause in his contract. It is claimed the £82million buy-out clause in his Reds deal can be triggered by any club except the Gunners. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham expect Toby Alderweireld to be the next big star to pen a long-term contract at the club. (Daily Telegraph)West Ham are eyeing January moves for Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini (Daily Telegraph) and Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. (The Sun)Everton held talks with Manchester United over possible January deals for out-of-favour duo Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin ahead of Sunday’s draw at Goodison Park. (Scottish Sun)The Toffees are also keen on signing Bolton Wanderers starlet Zach Clough (The Sun) while Ronald Koeman is prepared to sell midfielder Tom Cleverley. (Daily Mirror)AC Milan and Chelsea will battle it out to sign Fiorentina’s Milan Badelj in January. (Corriere dello Sport)Frank Lampard is expected to become part of England’s backroom staff following the departure of assistant manager Sammy Lee. (Daily Star)Latest talkSPORT.com headlines:LISTEN: Joe Cole says Chelsea laid down ‘real marker’ with Manchester City win and must be considered title favouritesJohn Hartson tells Arsenal: ‘Cough up for new contracts or risk losing Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to rivals’‘He has been incredible’ – LISTEN as David Moyes hails youngster Jordan Pickford as key to Sunderland’s revivalSunderland BLOW! Duncan Watmore out for rest of the season, David Moyes confirms on talkSPORTTransfer news: Alexandre Lacazette speaks out on future following Arsenal and West Ham linksFormer Manchester City and Manchester United star Carlos Tevez poised to link up with Gus Poyet at Shanghai ShenhuaTransfer news: Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City all monitoring Gabriel Barbosa’s situation at Inter MilanManchester United transfer BLOW: Red Devils target Gelson Martins to STAY at Sporting Lisbon in JanuaryWest Ham transfer report: Valencia make contact over deal for Hammers loan flop Simone ZazaFormer West Ham forward Mauro Zarate eager to prove himself at Fiorentina despite difficult startTransfer blow for Chelsea and Manchester United? Blaise Matuidi set to stay at Paris Saint-Germain, says star’s agentTransfer news: AC Milan to take on Chelsea for cut-price Croatian midfielder Milan BadeljReal Madrid make first move for teenage sensation Alexander Isak – a reported target for Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsealast_img read more

first_imgFootball. It is an emotional rollercoaster that we can’t get enough of.Above, are 17 pictures of supporters celebrating the good times in the only way they know how.Scroll through the gallery to see them and keep an eye out for Diego Maradona. 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 Scroll through the gallery to see what football can do to you 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17last_img

first_imgThe discovery stoked the planet debate that had been simmering since Pluto was spotted in 1930. Some argue that if Pluto kept its crown, Xena should be the 10th planet by default – it is, after all, bigger. Purists maintain that there are only eight traditional planets, and insist Pluto and Xena are poseurs. “Life would be simpler if we went back to eight planets,” said Brian Marsden, director of the astronomical union’s Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Mass. Still others suggest a compromise that would divide planets into categories based on composition, similar to the way stars and galaxies are classified. Jupiter could be labeled a “gas giant planet,” while Pluto and Xena could be “ice dwarf planets.” Despite the lack of scientific consensus on what makes a planet, the current nine – and Xena – share common traits: They orbit the sun. Gravity is responsible for their round shape. And they were not formed by the same process that created stars.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.That all could soon change, and with it science textbooks around this planet. At a 12-day conference beginning today, scientists will conduct a galactic census of sorts. Among the possibilities at the meeting of the International Astronomical Union in the Czech Republic capital of Prague: Subtract Pluto or christen one more planet, and possibly dozens more. “It’s time we have a definition,” said Alan Stern, who heads the Colorado-based space science division of the Southwest Research Institute of San Antonio. The debate intensified last summer when astronomer Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology announced the discovery of a celestial object larger than Pluto. Like Pluto, it is a member of the Kuiper Belt, a mysterious disc-shaped zone beyond Neptune containing thousands of comets and planetary objects. (Brown nicknamed his find “Xena” after a warrior heroine in a TV series.) The Hubble Space Telescope measured the bright, rocky object at about 1,490 miles in diameter, roughly 70 miles longer than Pluto. At 9 billion miles from the sun, it is the farthest known object in the solar system. Our solar system is suffering an identity crisis. For decades, it has consisted of nine planets, even as scientists debated whether Pluto really belonged. Then the recent discovery of an object larger and farther away than Pluto threatened to throw this slice of the cosmos into chaos. Should this newly found icy rock known as “2003 UB313” become the 10th planet? Should Pluto be demoted? And what exactly is a planet, anyway? Ancient cultures regularly revised their answer to the last question and present-day scientists aren’t much better off: There still is no universal definition of “planet.” last_img read more