Baghdatis in injury scare ahead of Wimbledon

first_imgBy Andreas VouMARCOS Baghdatis was forced to pull out of his second round match at Queen’s Club on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury after only five games, giving top seed and world number three Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland an easy ride into the next round.The Cypriot star was holding his own against this year’s Australian Open champion, with the opening five games going with serve.However, with the score at 3-2 to Wawrinka, Baghdatis said he was suffering from pains in his shoulder and informed the umpire that he could not continue.Baghdatis was fresh from winning the Aegon Trophy in Nottingham on Sunday, where he defeated Marinko Matosevic in the final to earn his first singles title since 2010 and was hoping to add to his exploits after being handed a wildcard.The Limassol native had started the Queen’s tournament in the manner in which he had finished in Nottingham, defeating America’s Bradley Klahn 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 in the opening round which set up a mouth-watering tie against Wawrinka.While Baghdatis, 28, was certainly the underdog going into Wednesday afternoon’s match, his recent good form, coupled with the fact that Wawrinka had only made one doubles appearances on grass this year, had many looking forward to a gripping affair, but it was not to be.Baghdatis can take solace from the excellent news received earlier in the day. The Cypriot has been handed a wildcard entry for Wimbledon which starts on June 23.While the injury did not appear to look anything of extreme concern, the world number 118 must now be fully focused on recovering in time for the tournament where he reached the semi-finals back in 2006.last_img read more

Taking a hit

first_imgSadly, history hasn’t been kind to the PBA after those national teams fare badly.But Marcial is hoping that things don’t follow the same trend this time and is looking at the Governors’ Cup that opens on Sept. 20 to snap that trend.“[W]e just hope that our fans continue to stick it out,” he said. “We did this (support of the national team) for the country and for all our basketball fans, basically.”In the advent of open basketball in 1990, the PBA has been supporting the National Five, first during the Asian Games when Robert Jaworski assembled an all-star crew that finished second to China in Beijing.There were several other equally ballyhooed crews that followed, counting Tim Cone’s Centennial Team that also failed in 1998.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs Chemistry is Magnolia’s most potent weapon FOSHAN, China—The game started out close, with Italy and Angola tied at eight early in the first half. The Italians scored 10 straight points, continued pulling away for a 92-61 victory on Monday here and gave PBA commissioner Willie Marcial reason to feel a tad uneasy.“We know that we will take a hit,” Marcial told the Inquirer, in reference to the history of the PBA taking a dip in earnings and attendance each time a national team built from its stable of stars performs poorly in the international scene.ADVERTISEMENT Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption After those tournaments, the PBA saw dips in attendance and even television ratings, as fans somehow shied away from the games.“The PBA games remain the same—fast-paced, high-scoring—much to the liking of our fans,” Marcial said. “I’m sure we can still treat our fans to the best brand of basketball they deserve to see.”There is also an intriguing narrative that may just provide enough hype to drive fans to the season-ending tournament. San Miguel Beer is chasing an elusive Grand Slam and all the other teams in the league have put the Beermen in their crosshairs in an attempt to foil a season sweep.Can that rescue the PBA from its traditional spiral every time the Nationals falter abroad? The jury will be out in the coming days.Or, Gilas Pilipinas could salvage some positives with a win over Angola on Wednesday.Not losing sleepMeanwhile, Kiefer Ravena is trying to not let some apparent witch-hunting bother him, but admits losing sleep over how Gilas Pilipinas was waylaid by Italy last Saturday night.“Most of us are really disappointed in ourselves, we hardly had any sleep,” Ravena told a handful of scribes after practice late Sunday evening. “If you play like that, who can (sleep)? If those who did not play (fans) couldn’t sleep, what more for us?”The Filipinos lost their World Cup opener by 46 points to the talented, hulking Italians and almost everyone—counting naturalized center Andray Blatche—are owning up for playing with very little heart and letting the country down.Ravena believes that it was a wake-up call of sorts. And that it was the worst that they could possibly play.“As you know, we played so badly against Italy,” he said. “So I don’t think we can go lower than that.” SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash The Italians’ second straight comfortable victory—courtesy of Marco Belinelli’s 17 points and the 11-point, 11-rebound performance of Jeff Brooks—virtually knocked Gilas Pilipinas out of contention for a second round slot.The Filipinos’ only shot at surviving the group stage is a crushing upset of world No. 4 Serbia, which the country was playing at press time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Without that, Marcial knows what to expect.The PBA has been a part of Philippine international basketball history for close to three decades now by lending its players every time the country needs to be represented by its best in big events. Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Ravena is speaking with a lot of positivism ever since coming here. This, despite being tested for drugs for a second straight time Sunday.“Like I said, I don’t take it personally,” he said. “It’s part of the tournament, I guess. (Although) I was a little surprised, my name being there (selected at random) again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

ExxonMobil donates $62M to Iwokrama

first_imgIn observance of World Science Day for Peace and Development, Iwokrama was presented with a cheque for million from US oil giant ExxonMobil.Held under the theme, “Science for Global Understanding” with its key aim being combining global sustainability and local action, World Science Day is designated to emphasise the importance of science in society and also to engage the public inIwokrama Centre CEO Dane Gobin receives the cheque from ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod Hensondiscussions revolving around science.According to Iwokrama Centre Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dane Gobin, Iwokrama has scored a lot of firsts for Guyana and has provided leadership on global understanding of sustainability development in the context of social, economic and environmental viability.Gobin further noted that in the last 21 years Iwokrama has taken a ‘peoples sample’ approach on the wise use of the forest, has come up with methods that could be used without losing the forests and has partnered closely with the local communities in the North Rupununi.“Iwokrama is a multi-faceted organisation which is engaged in capacity building to monitor sustainable tourism in Guyana and is certified international in timber and harvesting operations,” Gobin noted.A short video clip was shown to the audience on the role Iwokrama plays in “green development”, and it was explained by Andrew Mitchell, founder director of the Global Canopy Programme.Meanwhile, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson thanked the oil company for the donation towards the development of Guyana’s rainforests and to science in the whole.last_img read more

Mercedes to play waiting game with Ricciardo

first_imgAs Mercedes boss Toto Wolff kept a beady eye on proceedings at the Circuit de Catalunya, the setting for the first test of the winter, he was asked about the prospect of Ricciardo joining the team.“I think one of the most important values in business and privately is that you have to stay loyal and be loyal,” he told Sky Sports.“Our two drivers, Valtteri and Lewis, we trust them, we empower them and give them all the support.“If we were at the start of the season and already entertaining negotiations with other drivers we wouldn’t be giving him the right support.“Let’s see how the season pans out.“We are absolutely behind him (Bottas), as we are with Lewis. We will re-evaluate in the summer.”Ricciardo enjoyed a good first day of testing in the RB14, topping the Day One timesheet in both speed and lap count.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mercedes’ Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas steers his car during the third practice session ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 25, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 27 – Mercedes are prepared to let Valtteri Bottas stake a claim for the Silver Arrows seat beyond 2018 before considering alternatives such as Daniel Ricciardo.Bottas and Ricciardo are both out of contract at the end of this season, prompting the latter to be linked with the Mercedes seat and partner up with Lewis Hamilton, a driver he has a huge amount of respect for.last_img read more

Sakho will not contest failed drugs test

first_imgHe had until Tuesday to request a test of his B sample, but opted not to.The France defender and club had agreed he would remain unavailable while a Uefa investigation was completed.Uefa has so far not opened any disciplinary proceedings against Sakho.Liverpool cannot comment because the process is confidential.On Saturday, when the story broke, the club said in a statement that Sakho had not been officially suspended but would “not be available” for selection until the outcome of the investigation.Sakho’s Liverpool team-mate Kolo Toure was banned for six months in 2011 while at Manchester City after testing positive for a weight-loss drug contained within “water tablets” recommended to him by his wife.A similar ban for Sakho would rule him out of Euro 2016 in France, which starts on 10 June.Sakho, an £18m signing from Paris St-Germain in 2013, has played 34 games for Liverpool this season, including 10 in the Europa League.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool defender Mamadou Skaho reacts in a past match/ PHOTO- AgenciesLIVERPOOL, April 27 – Mamadou Sakho has decided not to challenge the results of his failed drugs test and is not expected to play for Liverpool again this season.Sakho, 26, tested positive for what is thought to be a type of fat burner after the Europa League win against Manchester United 17 March.last_img read more

Lee Clark quits Kilmarnock to become boss of League One Bury

first_imgLee Clark has been confirmed as manager of Bury after leaving Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock.Both clubs made the announcement as details emerged of Clark’s exit from Rugby Park after exactly a year in charge.The Sky Bet League One side said on their Twitter account: “Lee Clark has been appointed manager at Bury Football Club.”The former Blackpool manager joined Kilmarnock in February 2016 and preserved their status in the Scottish top flight after beating Falkirk in their promotion playoff.Clark leaves Kilmarnock in sixth as he steps in to replace Chris Brass as Bury boss, who had come in after David Flitcroft was fired.Bury currently sit in the League One relegation zone, two points behind Port Vale in 20th. Lee Clark will take the reigns at Bury 1last_img read more

Finn Harps U19s lose out to Derry, but U17s claim 4-0 win

first_imgFAI National League Elite Northern SectionHarps 19s lose to DerryFinn Harps 1-2 Derry CityThe Finn Harps U19s suffered defeat at the hands of local rivals Derry City in Ballybofey this afternoon with all the goals coming in the first half when the home side did have the better of the exchanges.However, Joe Boyle’s side still trailed 2-1 at the interval and that’s the way it stayed until the final whistle. Striker Sean McBride gave the visitors an early lead but Harps responded quickly courtesy of an Alex Carolan equalizer.But entering the final ten minutes of the half the Candystripes regained the advantage when Daniel Devine scored. If Harps was the better side in the first half it was definitely Derry who dominated the second period though the home side did have an opportunity for an early equalizer when Gareth Doherty found himself through one-on-one with the Derry keeper but the midfielder lifted his effort over the crossbar.Still the hosts had to thank keeper Jamie Lee-McCarron who pulled off a couple of super saves to keep the visitors from adding to their two-goal tally. Near the end Harps did have a decent chance to get back on level terms but Doherty was unable to direct a header on goal from a B.J. Banda cross.Finn Harps – Jamie Lee McCarron; Evan McCroary, Shane Blaney, Ciaran Kelly, Luke Nelis; Alex Carolan, Ryan Finn, Gareth Doherty, Dylan McCroary; Liam Walsh, B.J. Banda. Subs used: Mark McAteer, Michael Doherty, Zac Brolly. Results and goal-scorers from the SSE Airtricity Under 19, Under 17 and Under 15 National Leagues this weekend.SSE Airtricity U19 National LeagueNorthern Elite DivisionBohemians 2 (Jamie Wilson, Eoghan Morgan) St Patrick’s Athletic 3 (Michael Cregan 3-1pen)Drogheda United 2 (Brian Caberly 2) Athlone Town 1 (Joe Carmody)Finn Harps 1 (Alex Cameron) Derry City 2 (Sean McBride, Dylan Devine)Longford Town 1 (Jerry Idahor) Dundalk 7 (Carlton Ubaezuono 2, Cian Flynn 2, Eric Whelan 2, Adam Kirwan)Monaghan United-Cavan FP 0 Shelbourne 3 (Jordan Adeyemo 2, Ross Coyle)Derry City 3 (Sean McBride, Stephen Duffy, Dylan Devine) Monaghan United-Cavan FP 1 (Alpha Ike)Dundalk 1 (Stephen Kinsella) Bohemians 4 (John Ross Wilson 2, Danny Grant, Cian Fay).Southern Elite DivisionShamrock Rovers 2 (Michael O’Connor 2) Cork City 2 (Cian Murphy, Conor Gleeson og).SSE Airtricity U17 National LeagueNorthern Elite DivisionAthlone Town 3 (Callum McKelvey 2, Nashir Ishola) Drogheda United 1 (Gavin Molloy)Derry City 0 Finn Harps 4 (Niall McGinley, Keelan McGill, Adam Duffy, Corrie Lee Bogan)Dundalk 6 (Daniel Bogdanov 3, Dylan Tighe, Mark Traynor, Chris McFadden) Longford Town 2 (Daniel Luczynski, Dylan Steward)Shelbourne 3 (Charlie Barry, Adam Maher, Dan Howlin) Monaghan United-Cavan FP 1 (Kamil Strachura).Southern Elite DivisionCabinteely FC 3 (Clayton Walsh 2-1 pen, Evan Caulfield) UCD 1 (Dylan Reilly)Cork City 0 Shamrock Rovers 4 (Dean Williams 2, Thomas Hannon, Evan Smithers)Galway United 1 (Cathal Coyne) Limerick FC 3 (Lee Devitt, Edmund O’Dwyer, Mikey Conlon)Kerry League 2 (Kevin Williams, Dillon Robinson) Wexford FC 0Waterford FC 4 (Jack Larkin 2, Adam Conway, Colm Whelan pen) Cobh Ramblers 2 (Jaze Kabia pen, Jack Ford).SSE Airitricity U15 National LeagueGroup OneLongford Town 0 Finn Harps 8 (Luke Rudden 3, Daniel Gildea 2, Conor Black, Stephen Black + og)Mayo League 0 Sligo Rovers 1 (Callum Lavelle)Group TwoBray Wanderers 4 (Ross Molloy, Stephen Sweeney, Panit O’Keeffe, James Furlong) Galway United 0Shamrock Rovers 1 (Dean McMenamy) St Kevin’s Boys 1 (Paddy Moore)UCD 1 (Sean Schutte) Athlone Town 3 (Dylan Gavin 3).Group ThreeCobh Ramblers 0 Waterford FC 4 (Kyle Cuddy 2, Robert Bulmer + og)Limerick FC 3 (Filip Mostowy 2, Ronan Geary) Kerry League 2 (Sean McGrath, Leo Gaxha)  Wexford FC 3 (Brody Murphy 3) Cork City 0.Group FourCabinteely FC 0 St Patrick’s Athletic 2 (Kenny Lee, Scott Darcy)Shelbourne 4 (Kian Doohan, James Cumiskey, Sean Cumiskey, Ethan Wynne) Drogheda United 1 (Robbie Dragusin) Fine win for Harps U17sThe Finn Harps U17s stay firmly on course for qualification for the knockout stages of the FAI National League after an excellent 4-0 win over Derry City at Wilton Park this afternoon. Declan Boyle’s team led 2-0 at the break and added two more in the second half. The scorers were Niall McGinley, Keelan McGill, Adam Duffy and Corrie Lee-Brogan.Joe Boyle, Lee McLaughlin, Keelan McGill, Keenan Diver, Odhran McGuinness, Stephen Doherty, Michael Gallagher, Corrie-Lee Bogan, Adam Duffy, Niall McGinley, Ryan Cunningham Subs used Brendan Barr, Jack Doherty, Corey McBride, Jack O’Donnell, Jamie Brownecenter_img Sligo Rovers U15s make it three wins from threeCallum Lavelle got the only goal of the game as Sligo Rovers’ U15 side kept up their 100 per cent start to the national league with a hard-earned defeat of the Mayo League in Castlebar’s Milebush on Saturday.last_img read more

Brand SA’s Sowetan Dialogues set for Durban

first_imgThe Brand SA Sowetan Dialogues aim to provide a platform for communities to engage with key opinion leaders on key issues, outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP), that affect South Africa. The over-arching message of the dialogues is to encourage community members to Play Their Part in driving the social, developmental and economic change of their communities through active citizenship.Panelists include Mzwakhe Ndlela, a former MK Soldier and author of “For the Fallen: Honouring the Unsung Heroes and Heroines of the Liberation Struggle”; Stanley Rwandarugali, a former MK soldier and programme  manager of the Rwandan Genocide Dialogues in Durban; and Musa Mdluli, chairman of Khuphuka Investment Holdings and a PhD student  at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.The facilitator for the dialogues is Alex Mthiyane from Gagasi FM, while Play Your Part ambassador Brian Mpono, director of biofuels company Khwezi Oils, will also be present.Entrance is free.last_img read more

Money for Mobile Developers Aiming to Change the World

first_imgTags:#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Netbooks, iPhones, Android mobile devices. Personal computing around the world is converging on the hand-held device, and the combination of price point, sophistication and network effect could help deliver more of what many early supporters of the internet were aiming for – democratization of media and technology.What’s it going to look like when mobile devices really change the world? A new effort to provide funding to mobile projects aimed at public good could give us a good look at the future. The nonprofit N2Y4 Mobile Challenge from Netsquared is accepting project submissions from mobile developers through this month and will provide seed funding to a handful of lucky winners. The submissions so far are quite interesting.Early SubmissionsHere’s a sample of what projects have been submitted so far. Think about the billions of people around the world whose lives could be touched by apps like this. There are 4 billion mobile phone subscriptions around the world. There are only 175 million active Facebook users. The iPhone has a fraction of the users that mobile in general has or that Facebook has, but it’s got all kinds of apps. What kind? Apple approved 14 iPhone fart apps in one day recently and I know, mobile world, that ain’t the best you’ve got.Check out some of our favorite submissions so far to the N2Y4 Mobile Challenge.FloodSMS – Early Detection and Warning of Catastrophic Flooding via SMS is an early warning application for floods. It will push SMS messages to people downstream of a flood event giving them up to 24 hours advanced warning.mStockGuru provides mobile medical inventory control for the 70% of the developing world that gets its medicine from “mom & pop” type kiosks.FrontlineSMS Medic puts the FrontlineSMS system, an open-source, free SMS client, to use in creating and distributing medical records over mobile devices.For more examples of mobile world-changing projects, check out Britt Bravo’s list of nonprofit iPhone apps.The winners of the N2Y4 Mobile Challenge will receive varying portions of $50k in total seed funding. Submissions will be accepted through April 3rd. Send yours in today and get ready to vote on which ones you think should get the money. If you’ve ever played the Ocarina on an iPhone, a few minutes of participation in this event online is the least you can do. The web is supposed to be a world changing phenomenon and mobile devices could be the ticket for billions of people whose lives have seen too little change.What would you like to see developed on a mobile platform that could make the world a better place? Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … marshall kirkpatrick The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Flurry: Mobile App Usage Begins to Far Outpace the Web Thanks to Facebook

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Facebook#mobile#web dan rowinski When technology pundits say mobile is exploding, many people just shrug and say “of course.” Many people might not fully comprehend just how big mobile is growing and the enormous ecosystem that it now encompasses. Mobile computing through smartphones and tablets is growing four times faster than the PC and Internet evolutions of the 1980’s and 90’s. People are now using mobile apps more than the Web and the gap continues to widen.In research done by mobile analytics company Flurry, users are spending 94 minutes a day with their mobile apps versus 72 minutes on the Web. Author Charles Newark-French attributes the drop to people using mobile apps to access Facebook more often than the Web. Can Facebook really have that type of affect on user behavior?Facebook has a profound effect on Web usage. It has 800 million users with nearly 500 million active on a regular basis. The social network has the most downloaded app of all time with Facebook for iOS and Android. Facebook is the top among 14 – 44 year olds and, according to Flurry, its newest Messenger app was the most downloaded app in 100 different App Store countries at one point in 2011. center_img Flurry tracks anonymous sessions across 140,000 applications in its publishers network. That is roughly 14% of the entire app ecosystem. That gives us a large enough sample size to trust trends that Flurry reports. Games are the top applications used by mobile consumers with 49% of time spent. Social networking is 30% with entertainment and news making up 7% and 6% respectively. This bodes well for companies like Facebook and social games maker Zynga. Neward-French notes that the session lengths of social and gaming apps are longer than that of other apps. People are using the apps more frequently for longer periods of time. Related Posts Expect the trend to continue. More people are connecting their lives to mobile devices and will expect that everything they can do on the Web will be on their smart devices. Think about your particular usage. When you are sitting on your couch at home or out and about on the town, are you pulling out your laptop and using a browser to check your Facebook or log into Pandora? Probably not when there is an easy alternative in your pocket that makes these functions accessible with the tap of the screen.Have you noted your usage change since acquiring a smartphone or tablet? What is your go-to device for accessing information? Let us know in the comments. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more