I could play on until I am 40, says Djokovic

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Senators to proceed with review of VFA View comments PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Raonic beats Nadal, keeps Brisbane title defense on track READ: Defending champ Djokovic rallies to reach Qatar Open finalAsked if could still be on tour aged 40, the Serb replied: “Why not? You’re going to see a lot of me in the future.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngDjokovic, who turned professional in 2003, celebrates his 30th birthday in May this year.READ: Djokovic to star in reality showcenter_img We are young MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Earlier this week in Doha he played against 38-year-old Radek Stepanek, one of the oldest players on the ATP tour.After beating the Czech veteran, Djokovic said he was “excited” about the longevity of Stepanek’s career.“It shows me that I can have as long a career as he has. If he can do it, I can do it, too,” said Djokovic.The oldest player currently in the top 20 is 37-year-old Ivo Karlovic.The Croat is currently ranked number 20 in the world and, notably, was the last player to Djokovic in Doha in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in their semi-final tennis match of the ATP Qatar Open in Doha on January 6, 2017. AFP PHOTODOHA, Qatar—In bad news for his opponents, 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic said on Friday that he may continue his astonishing career until the age of 40.Speaking after securing a place in the Qatar Open final against Andy Murray, Djokovic said he would play on for as long as he could.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The oldest ever winner of a Grand Slam in the Open era is Ken Rosewall, who won the Australian Open in 1972 aged 37.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Hamilton Green has a record of being difficult to work with

first_imgDear Editor,Not a single Guyanese should be in the least bit surprised that a competent, qualified and decent officer such as Chief Executive Officer of the Central Housing and Planning Authority Myrna Pitt has resigned from her post.Had she not done so then she would have spoiled the long and odious record of the Chairman of the CH&PA Board Hamilton Green.If one were to look back at the various ministries he headed, one would see the difficulties experienced by the permanent secretaries, departmental heads and other technical staff who were all certified, capable and experienced.But one does not have to look so far back, one just has to look at the last twenty one years that he spent as Chairman of the Georgetown Municipality, to see the long list of casualties including town clerks, city engineers, city treasurers, etc.Note however, that his getting rid of all of these senior staffers did not make things any better at City Hall, in fact it made things far worse, with the Council being at its apex in corruption and irregularities when he finally left a few months ago.It should also be noted that most of the victims were women.How could the government give this cruel octogenarian more opportunities to destroy the lives of honest public servants who do not agree to dance to the tune that he is playing?Sincerely,Mark Roopanlast_img read more

Govt signs pact to evaluate Youth Empowerment Programme

first_imgAs part of a larger goal of creating a safer and more prosperous Caribbean community, efforts are underway to ensure that at-risk Guyanese youth receive maximum benefits from the new United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Project.USAID’s General Development Director Ted Lawrence and Attorney General Basil Williams after signing the pact on ThursdayTo this end, USAID’s General Development Office Director, Ted Lawrence and Attorney General Basil Williams on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will govern an impact evaluation of USAID’s YES programme.The evaluation aims to ensure that programme interventions are evidence-based and both USAID and the Government of Guyana learn from the approaches utilised and the reforms enacted.The YES programme will support reduction of youth involvement in crime and violence in targeted communities in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, with particular focus on Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Lucia.The initiative will utilise a robust monitoring and evaluation system to track and support the attainment of programme objectives. To support the evaluation process, data will be regularly collected from a number of sources, including Ministries or agencies that handle child justice data – the Probation and Social Services departments, the Police, the Magistrates’ Court, and youth detention facilities.A non-disclosure agreement was also signed to protect the rights of youths within the juvenile justice system, while still allowing for a thorough evaluation of reforms. This data will support and inform efforts to reduce recidivism and increase reintegration of youths who come into contact with the justice system.last_img read more

Kemboi set for final Club Games jig

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, July 11 – Two-time Olympics and World 3000m steeple chase champion Ezekiel Kemboi will be eyeing his fourth global title on the bounce as he prepares for his Commonwealth Games swansong in Glasgow.Arguably the best steeplechaser of all time, the Club Games title left his grip in Delhi four years ago as compatriot Richard Mateelong prevailed. The 32-year-old who has competed in two IAAF Diamond Leagues this season in Doha where he won and Rome where he dropped out, announced this will be his last Commonwealth Games.Kemboi who will captain 191 athletes in Glasgow will be seeking to reclaim the title he last won in 2006 Melbourne with titleholder, Mateelong out of the competition. “This will be my fourth Commonwealth Games and third as the overall captain, each time I’m in the team we have always emerged winners so we should keep the fire burning.“This will be my last participation in the event so I’m urging upcoming athletes who are running in the steeple to continue with the winning trend once I hand over to them since we picked well from our mentors like Ben Jipchoo,” Kemboi declared.The three-time World Champion is confident the team is capable on improving the 12 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze the class of 2010 collected in Delhi, India.“The team is well prepared and this is the first time we have assembled a strong team not only in athletics but in all disciplines, Kenyans should expect good results and for me I’m going for gold as always and nothing less since I want to finish on a high,” he added.The former DJ turned champion runner is out to perform a final jig after proving to be the ultimate gold minting machine.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

California prison reform in jeopardy

first_imgBut guards – several hundred of whom earn more than $100,000 a year in salary and overtime – received a 5.2 percent raise as their contract expired Saturday on top of 5 percent raises in July 2005, January 2005, and July 2004, after a 6.8 percent raise in July 2003. Their raises are tied to the pay formula for California Highway Patrol officers. The first bargaining session for a new contract collapsed within minutes earlier this month. A second try is set for today. Hagar, the court’s watchdog, fears union President Mike Jimenez may bypass state negotiators completely “to get whatever he wanted directly from the governor.” That fear is greater since Schwarzenegger appointed Davis’ former cabinet secretary, Susan Kennedy, as his chief of staff on Jan. 1. Hagar said that marked a return to Davis’ “practice of allowing the CCPOA to overrule the most critical decisions of the (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) secretary.” Hagar blamed secret meetings between Kennedy and CCPOA leaders for the departures of Corrections Secretaries Roderick Hickman and Jeanne Woodford in quick succession this spring. Administration officials said there was no effort to bypass Hickman and Kennedy is reaching out to all groups at odds with the administration. “It makes no difference how much money they have,” Schwarzenegger said last week. “It makes no difference what they think, what their plans are. What is important to me is I do the things that are right for the people of California. “We cannot have prison reform without working with the prison unions. Now they’re not calling any shots; I call the shots.” It is politically wise for Schwarzenegger to work things out with the guards’ union, said Republican strategist Dan Schnur. “More important than turning them into friends is to keep them from being angry enemies,” Schnur said. “An endorsement from them would be icing on the cake.” He said conservatives generally view guards as law enforcement officers who happen to belong to a union, not as members of traditional labor unions popular with Democrats. Schnur also said prison reform doesn’t resonate with voters who prefer tougher sentences, though he said Democratic nominee Phil Angelides would be hard pressed to label Schwarzenegger as soft on crime. The union is collecting an extra $33 each month from every member for 17 months leading up to the November election – on top of the $5 million to $8 million it usually gives politicians. “Do the math,” said CCPOA Executive Vice President Chuck Alexander. Despite the expected $15 million war chest, “we have not done anything in the governor’s race; nor have we decided whether we will do anything in the governor’s race.” The union already has purchased $5 million worth of television time in October but likely won’t decide until September who, if anyone, to endorse, said CCPOA political consultant Ray McNally. Alexander praised Kennedy, Cabinet Secretary Fred Aguiar and acting Corrections Secretary James Tilton for their willingness to meet personally with union leaders. The mutual sweet talk contrasts with previous efforts by the union and governor to vilify each other. The union distributed an unflattering photograph of a flabby Schwarzenegger in a skimpy swimsuit, though Hagar said that paled to the implied threat to a prison captain at Calipatria State Prison who reported employee misconduct. The CCPOA hung a rat trap along with a note about catching rats, or tattletales, on its bulletin board at the prison’s administration building. Hagar said the union’s tactics make it “identical to the biggest bully in the prison yard.” Now Schwarzenegger must decide how to deal with a union that knows how to play hardball.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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The governor called lawmakers into special session last week to consider a reform package that is all good news for the union. Schwarzenegger wants to build at least two new prisons and community correctional centers, all staffed with union guards. The administration pledged to hire 4,000 more union guards and parole officers, half of them during the fiscal year that began Saturday. The governor is negotiating a new contract with the 30,000-member union, the largest of eight state union pacts that expire this year. Democratic Gov. Gray Davis signed a five-year contract that cost the state $2 billion in raises and sharp increases in overtime, sick leave, fitness pay and pension costs. Davis did so while accepting $2.6 million from the union between 1998 and 2002, campaign contributions criticized by Schwarzenegger when he defeated Davis in the 2003 recall election. The union gave up raises the first two years during the state’s budget crisis and delayed another raise at Schwarzenegger’s request in return for an extra $5 million in annual health care benefits and other concessions. SACRAMENTO – The most important California prison reform decision in decades may have been Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s refusal to accept campaign contributions from the powerful prison guards’ union. The move freed Schwarzenegger to make dramatic reforms within the vastly troubled corrections system, including combating a “code of silence” among guards that hid abuse and neglect of inmates, a federal court-appointed watchdog said. But improvements are now in jeopardy as Schwarzenegger, seeking re-election, tries to curry favor with the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, said John Hagar, a prisons overseer appointed by San Francisco U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson. The judge has seized control of the state’s health care system for inmates while demanding aggressive investigations of abusive guards. “Integrity and remedial-plan efforts must begin at the top and then percolate down,” Hagar wrote in a recent report to Judge Henderson. “Beginning (in) January 2006, however, it appears that the requisite leadership has been absent from the Governor’s Office.” last_img read more

Rampart scandal not what it seems

first_imgIN reading the recent news stories regarding the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel Report, it is clear that truth about the Rampart scandal has yet to be uncovered. The report, based on the findings of the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel, continues to characterize the Rampart corruption scandal as “one of the most serious police corruption scandals in American history.” This characterization perpetuates the 7-year-old myth that Rafael Perez exposed wide-scale corruption in the Rampart CRASH unit. But the real truth of the Rampart scandal is reflected in a $15 million malicious-prosecution award that a jury returned on behalf of three innocent police officers who were implicated by Perez during the scandal. As an attorney, I represented those three officers, and their story tells us much about Rampart that can’t be found in the panel’s report. In one of the only times that the veracity of Perez’s allegations and the Los Angeles Police Department’s investigation were put to the test, a federal jury and judge concluded that Perez falsely implicated the three officers. Worse, they also found that the LAPD violated the officers’ constitutional rights by falsely arresting them. As to the 23 officers who were fired or suspended, the majority of those officers returned to work after they were found not guilty by administrative boards of rights. The true Rampart scandal lies in the overreaction of city officials to the allegations of corruption by Perez. In a rush to placate the public’s false belief of extensive corruption in the LAPD, these officials caused 156 felony convictions to be overturned. These felony convictions were of dangerous gang members who were properly arrested and convicted. In what was labeled the “Rampart Lotto,” these gang members profited from the scandal through civil-rights lawsuits, which were settled at a cost of $70 million in taxpayer money. This is the truth behind the Rampart scandal, a truth which was validated by a jury who awarded three innocent officers, who were the real victims of the scandal, $15 million. Joseph Y. Avrahamy was the trial attorney for the three police officers who were awarded $15 million in their malicious-prosecution lawsuit against the LAPD.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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Rebuking the conduct of the LAPD, the judge remarked that the “LAPD ruined the lives of three dedicated and highly skilled police officers.” The judge further concluded: “Based on the evidence presented at trial, the jury reasonably concluded that the LAPD had no probable cause for arresting the (officers).” The Rampart scandal began with a media frenzy following reports of Perez’s allegations, which convinced the citizens of Los Angeles that there was widespread corruption in the LAPD. Yet despite continuous revelations that Perez was fabricating his allegations and that there never really was endemic corruption in the Rampart CRASH unit, the illusion of wide-scale corruption continues. A correct reporting of the final tally of the Rampart scandal is the best indicator of the true extent of the corruption in the unit: Rafael Perez identified 93 officers involved in arrests which were allegedly tainted by corruption. From those 93 officers, excluding Perez, only eight officers were criminally charged. Of those eight officers, only four were convicted of the charges. Three of those officers pleaded guilty to charges related to use of excessive force, and not to the corruption charges Perez alleged. last_img read more

Parole denied for man involved in killing cop

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsBoard of Parole Hearings member Linda Shelton and Deputy Commissioner Barbara Moore denied Williams parole. More than 50 residents had submitted letters opposing his release – “the strongest community opposition I’ve ever seen,” Morrison said. Williams’ attorney, Marc Norton, had argued that his client had taken responsibility for his role in the slaying and was filled with remorse. Norton could not be reached Wednesday. For law enforcement officials, the shooting represents one of the most heinous examples in memory of payback against a cop. “Murdering someone for doing his job is incomprehensible,” said Peggy Fiderio, who works at the LAPD Scientific Investigation Division and opposed Williams’ parole. “Murdering someone in front of his son is animalistic.” The Mac-10 machine pistol rattled off a burst of gunfire, cutting down Los Angeles Police Department Detective Tom C. Williams. By his side that fateful Halloween 21 years ago was his 6-year-old son, spared by an order from Dad to duck beneath the hail of bullets outside his Canoga Park church school. For his part in the conspiracy to kill a cop, Voltaire Alphonse Williams – no relation to the detective – was given a 25-years-to-life sentence. On Wednesday, a state parole board ordered that the 43-year-old inmate be kept behind bars at least two more years. “All murders are sad,” Los Angeles County prosecutor Lawrence Morrison said by phone from Solano State Prison in Vacaville, where Williams is serving his time. “But it’s especially bad when a policeman is assassinated for just doing his job. For family members, it represented the loss of a devoted husband and father of two. An hour before the shooting, he had called his wife, Norma, to say how much he loved her. “Over the years, Halloween has been a horrible reminder,” said Norma Williams, who recently moved from West Hills to a state she asked not be identified. “We hate it. We just try to grit our teeth and get through it.” She said her daughter, Susan, then a 17-year-old student at Canoga Park High, now attends the funerals of slain police officers. Her son, Ryan, still struggles with guilt about not being able to save his dad. In the late afternoon of Halloween 1985, 42-year-old Thomas Charles Williams was shot eight times as he picked up Ryan at Faith Baptist Church School. The detective, who had turned down an appointment at West Point to become a cop, had testified hours earlier in a robbery trial against his assailant. The triggerman in the killing, Daniel Steven Jenkins of North Hollywood, was sentenced to death. For protecting his son, the LAPD issued Williams a posthumous Medal of Valor. dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want 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

Lawmakers shoot for redistricting, term-limit reform

first_imgSACRAMENTO – State lawmakers on Thursday signaled a desire to alter term limits and relinquish the power to draw their own districts by voting to begin negotiations that could put two constitutional amendments on the ballot this November. The procedural move laid the necessary groundwork to meet an Aug. 18 deadline. “The ballot we’re shooting for is the November ballot, no question about it, if we can do it,” said Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu¤ez, D-Los Angeles. Lawmakers would like to link redistricting reform to a change in the term-limits law because neither idea has sold on its own in the Legislature. The issues also might have to be separated on the ballot because measures can address only a single subject. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and some Republicans have pushed to change how the state’s legislative and congressional districts are drawn in an effort to make elections more competitive. Democrats, meanwhile, have advocated changing term-limit rules for lawmakers that were imposed previously by voters. “We’ve seen a plethora of ideas come forward and no conclusion,” said Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, who will co-chair the negotiations. Among the most popular ideas is a proposal to give a bipartisan commission the responsibility of drawing district boundaries, taking the power away from politicians. After the 2000 Census, lawmakers redrew the 120 state legislative districts and 53 congressional seats to favor incumbents. But disagreement remains over who should sit on such a commission and how many members it should have. Last November, California voters rejected a ballot initiative that would have given three retired judges appointed by the Legislature the job of redrawing the districts. On term limits, Democratic leaders say lawmakers should be allowed to serve 12 years in either the Assembly or Senate. In 1990, voters enacted limits of three two-year terms in the Assembly and two four-year terms in the Senate, allowing lawmakers to serve a total of 14 years between the two chambers. “It puts the power back into the hands of the legislators and gets them to be policymakers instead of politicians,” said Nu¤ez, whose term ends in 2008. Lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly approved a one-line bill directing six lawmakers to hash out the details in a conference committee, which could begin meeting today.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 Impressions from Just Two Days in Boulder

first_imgAs I’ve mentioned earlier in posts this week, I’m currently up in Boulder, Colorado for Startup Week, a week-long smorgasbord of startup events organized by Andrew Hyde of TechStars. It’s been my first time visiting Boulder, and to be completely honest, I’ve been blown away by its close-knit friendly community of startups, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and more. I had always heard that Boulder was a very unique atmosphere for entrepreneurship, but I had no idea just how special this place was until I was invited to come visit.Part of the reason I think Boulder has such a closely bonded community is that the entire downtown area is no larger than a few square miles. There are hundreds of startups located in and around Boulder, and their proximity to one another creates an amazing sense of solidarity throughout the city. When a new startup launches in Boulder, the entire town gets behind it to provide a base of enthusiastic early adopters. Groups of designers, developers and founders are constantly meeting-up and sharing ideas and advice for each other’s companies. Tuesday night, the Boulder New Tech Meetup became a standing-room only event, and tonight’s Ignite Boulder will fill the Boulder Theater with the equivalent of 1% of the entire city’s population.These are just a few of the valuable reasons why startups should think about moving to Boulder to launch their business. Everyone here is extremely supportive of each other, and access to the city’s entrepreneurial resources make it a haven for young companies to get off the ground. Plus, the weather is beautiful, and the small town feel of the city is a nice change from the hustle and bustle of big cities like San Francisco and New York. But if you miss that, Denver is just a half-hour drive away.I will be looking forward with much anticipation to the next chance I get to come to this wonderful city. I would encourage any company contemplating the idea of moving to the area to spend a few days in the community before making a decision. The city and its people are incredibly welcoming and chances are that once you show up you won’t want to leave. Granted, I haven’t been to Austin and haven’t spent a significant amount of time in Silicon Valley, but something is in the air up here in the Rockies.Disclosure: Boulder Startup Week covered the author’s travel cost to attend the above event. chris cameron Tags:#start#tips Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more