Nadal beats Delbonis and meets Pablo Carreño in Australia’s third round

first_imgPhoto: Reuters Neither the ‘drive’ nor the two-handed setback was at its best level, but it was much more regular than that of AZul, condemned for its 43 unforced errors, 14 less than the Spanish, which concluded the duel of two and a half hours with 33 winning strokes and better sensations.After wasting six breakage options, Nadal managed to break the second Delbonis service and close the first sleeve without fuss. But what was presented as a possible easy scenario, it was not in the second, where the 2009 champion did not take advantage of any of the ‘break’ balls he had in four of his opponent’s six serves.The Argentine was gaining confidence and managed to reach the always uncertain ‘sudden death’. Nadal was solid and saved any kind of trouble to take the set and find a downhill to the third round. The next obstacle of Manacorí in the tournament to be in the round of 16 will be his compatriot Pablo Carreño, who won his ticket for the third round after winning four sleeves (6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 ) to German Peter Gojowczyk.The Asturian tennis player, twenty-seventh favorite, dominated with solvency the first two sleeves against a rival classified from the previous one and despite the dismissal of the third set, remained calm to avoid an always complicated fifth partial.In addition, Fernando Verdasco, semifinalist in 2009, also got into the third round, where he will face the German Alexander Zverev, after tracing his game against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili and prevailing 4-6, 7-6 (5 ), 6-4, 6-4. The Madrid was replaced by the loss of the first set and go with ‘break’ down to leave out the 26th series head supported by his powerful ‘drive’.As for the defeats, the Balearic Jaume Munar said goodbye to Melbourne, eliminated by the Australian Alex Popyrin (6-2, 7-6, 6-2) and the Valencian Pedro Martínez, who could only disturb a set to the Russian Daniil Medvedev before losing 7-5, 6-1, 6-3. The fourth favorite in the first ‘big’ of the year connected 19 direct serves and a total of 40 winners. Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal qualified on Thursday for the third round of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, after beating Argentina’s Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-1 and meeting with his compatriot Pablo Carreño, survivor of the day with Fernando Verdasco.After a placid premiere on Tuesday against Bolivian Hugo Dellien, the world number one faced a more expert opponent who again finished at a better level after a game not too bright and could be complicated by his lack of success in break opportunities.The Balearic had up to 20 break opportunities, but was only able to convert three of them, one in the first set and the other two in the third. In return, he did not grant any to the Argentine, who barely won a score of points from the rest to his rival, who still has to refine his tennis.center_img The world’s number one won the Argentine 6-3, 7-6 (4) and 6-1Pablo Carreño was the other survivor of the day with Verdascolast_img

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May 14, 2020 | by

Contractors urged to use local labour

first_img– as Cabinet approves 0M for major road upgradesMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, has announced Cabinet’s approval of the awarding of 24 contracts cumulatively costing $749,583,000, and directed at rehabilitation and construction of roads in Regions Three, Four and Ten.This initiative, according to Harmon, is part of Government’s commitment toMinister of State Joseph Harmonconstruct and rehabilitate urban and miscellaneous roads in all communities across Guyana.Declaring that this would boost economic activity in those regions, Harmon is again encouraging contractors to employ residents from the communities where these contracts and projects are being executed. He says this would ensure a better quality of work is executed.“While the contracts themselves expressly do not provide for the employment of local labour, as a matter for policy, what we have done is require (that), in all these communities, the contractors take the availability of local labour into consideration in their employment practices,” Harmon said.This, of course, is intended to ensure that the communities also benefit from the money being spent in the awarding of these contracts.Harmon said that during last year and earlier this year, he and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had gone to the various contract-recipient community and held various meetings with the contractors, requesting they involve members of the communities.“(Giving members of those communities work) has two benefits: apart from providing employment and economic activity in the community, it also helps the contractor with security of equipment,” he explained.He said that, in many cases, community projects have been improved with the help of local knowledge and workers.Government has also stressed that as residents become involved with community projects, they have a better sense of ownership of the project.Harmon has also urged residents to pay close attention to the works being done by the contractors, and to report any problems to the inspectors, the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils, and the Regional Democratic Councils.The Minister explained that during recent outreaches in Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara, the residents complained about the condition of the roads in their communities, and works will soon commence in those areas, among others in Region Four.Areas in Region Four to benefit from works include Melanie Damishana; Oil Mill Road, Cove and John; Hope Main Access Road; Lot Number Four, Gas Station Street, Eccles, EBD; Lots Six and Seven, Kaneville, EBD; and Sideline Dam Good Success, EBD among others. Block 8, Mon Repos Housing Scheme will also benefit from works, after being neglected for years.In Region Three, works will be carried out at Lot Four: Greenwich Park Main Road; Lot Five: Old Road DeKinderen; Lot Seven: Fisher Dam, Zeelugt;and the Boerasirie Housing Scheme Road.In Region Ten, there will be the rehabilitation of the Teachers’ Hostel Road in Mackenzie and the One Mile to Canvas City road in Wismar.The Ministry of Public Infrastructure has said focus will be placed on more concerted efforts to ensure that roads, bridges, energy, power generation and other infrastructural works are undertaken and expanded, consequently leading to a more integrated infrastructure across Guyana.last_img

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January 12, 2020 | by

Djokovic gears up for semifinal match

first_imgBy Ben Walker THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – A day after his big win, Novak Djokovic made another kind of racket. Putting aside aces for arias, Mr. Personality traded center court at the U.S. Open for center stage at the Metropolitan Opera House. There, he saw a rehearsal Friday for “Lucia di Lammermoor,” an event so anticipated that eight-person boxes cost up to $100,000. Then, with highly acclaimed soprano Natalie Dessay watching from the wings, Djokovic dared to sing a few notes. “He’s got a bad voice,” Dessay said, laughing, “but he’s a good tennis player.” That’s fine by him. The third-seeded Djokovic often practices to classical music, yet has no illusions about any open mike nights in the opera world. “It was unbelievable to be up there, but it was a bit embarrassing,” he said before a workout at Flushing Meadows. “I had to stop. I didn’t want to give a bad impression.” Djokovic was in rare form Thursday night, before and after his match. First, he beat No. 17 Carlos Moya, 6-4, 7-6 (7), 6-1, to reach the semifinals of his third straight Grand Slam. Then, egged on by the crowd and an on-court TV reporter, he showed off a talent for more than tennis. Popular on YouTube for his imitations of other pros, the 20-year-old Serb preened his hair like Maria Sharapova. Then he made a mad dash like Rafael Nadal. Dead-on renditions. A few minutes later, he met Dessay outside the locker room. She’s a tennis fan, but this was her first match in person. Djokovic made her feel welcome, serenading her – in Italian, too – with a bit of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” Impressed, Dessay invited him to watch her. With his parents, he walked into the great hall shortly after noon and stayed for more than an hour. “To see him, such a young boy, young enough to be my son, he’s so light and fresh,” the French diva said. “Such a beautiful player. Such showmanship.” Djokovic will be back in action today for his semifinal against No. 15 David Ferrer. They’ve split two matches this season, and Djokovic figures to put on another entertaining performance. “Any time you can showcase a player’s personality on or off the court, it’s great. Personality is what it’s about – look what McEnroe, Connors and those guys brought to the game,” said Arlen Kantarian, the man who oversees the U.S. Open. “Between the lines, during the match, these guys have their game face on – and should. And after the match, a show of personality is good for them and good for the game,” he added. After they’re done, top-seeded Roger Federer takes on No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko. Federer is 9-0 lifetime against his Russian opponent. Federer came to Flushing Meadows on Friday to practice. As he walked through the player’s gate, a security guard playfully called out, “Here comes trouble.” “That’s it!” Federer said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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January 3, 2020 | by

Neil Warnock to leave Rotherham after turning down new contract

first_imgNeil Warnock is set to leave his role as Rotherham manager after deciding not to extend his stay at the Championship club.The 67-year-old, who was tempted out of retirement to take charge of the in-trouble Millers, joined the side in February on a deal until the end of the season, and successfully guided them to second tier safety.The two parties have been discussing a potential contract extension over the last few of weeks, however, they have been unable to agree a fresh deal for the veteran coach.Warnock will now leave the club, along with first-team coaches Kevin Blackwell and Ronnie Jepson.A club statement read: “Following lengthy and protracted discussions over the past two weeks, Rotherham United can confirm that Neil Warnock will not be the manager of the club going forward.“We would like to place on record our thanks to Neil and his support staff for the 16 games that they led the team at the end of the 2015/2016 campaign, and wish Neil, Kevin [Blackwell] and Ronnie [Jepson] health and happiness for the future.“We will be looking to release details of a new managerial appointment in due course.”Warnock has written himself into Millers folklore for the job he performed in his 16-game stint, which sees him become the shortest-serving manager in the club’s history.After three games of his reign, his side were six points adrift from safety and staring relegation in the face until he masterminded a ten-game unbeaten run, which saw them move ten points clear of the drop zone and secure their place in the second tier.The former QPR and Crystal Palace manager enjoyed his return to the game and recently confirmed he would have one more year of management.However, that will not be at the New York Stadium, despite Millers chairman Tony Stewart offering him a healthy contract.The Millers will now look for a third manager in seven months. 1 Neil Warnock rescued Rotherham by masterminding a ten-game unbeaten run during his short stint in charge last_img

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December 29, 2019 | by

Iran sends 1st signals as it mulls nuke deal

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The comments came as the United States and Europe lobbied other nations to join them this week in urging Iran to accept the offer – and warning of U.N. Security Council action if it does not – according to documents shared with The Associated Press in Vienna, Austria. The package, presented by permanent Security Council members the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain, plus Germany, contains a series of incentives for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, which would allow negotiations over its nuclear ambitions. The incentives include promises that the United States and Europe will provide Iran nuclear technology and that Washington will join direct talks with Tehran. Iran has not responded to the offer, and it underlined Sunday that it would not be rushed. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi insisted Iran was not stalling over the package and would take “as long as is necessary” to study it. He told a press conference the package includes “points which are acceptable. There are points which are ambiguous. There are points that should be strengthened, and points that we believe should not exist.” TEHRAN, Iran – Iran said Sunday that it accepted some parts of a Western offer aimed at getting Tehran to drop its nuclear program, but it rejected others while calling the central point ambiguous. Iran said the key issue of uranium enrichment – a process that can make nuclear fuel for a power plant or fissile material for an atomic bomb – needed clarification. Although the government did not give specifics, the comments were the first time Iran has said directly that it rejects or accepts parts of the package. Top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said Iran would reject the package outright if Western powers threatened the Islamic republic with sanctions in the nuclear standoff. He did not give specifics. Larijani said the offer of nuclear technology was a “positive point” but that “there are also points that are unclear, such as the uranium enrichment program.” “This has not been made clear yet to Iran, so these are things where the finishing touches must be made,” he told reporters in Cairo, Egypt, after talks with President Hosni Mubarak and Arab League chief Amr Moussa.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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December 27, 2019 | by


first_imgA meeting of those interested in adding their names to the neighbourhood watch and text alert system in Manorcunningham and surrounding areas takes place tonight.Tony Morning speaks at one of the first meetings organised to help protect Donegal’s elderly.Already between 300 and 400 people have signed up to the scheme.A meeting of volunteers will take place tonight in the Manor Resource Centre at 8pm. Vancessa Clark of Muintir na Tire will give a talk and help organise the groups going forward.One of the organisers, Tony Monring, said the people of the area continue to take a stand against thugs who terrorised local people in their homes in recent months.“Every person counts. The community has stood together and continues to do so.“The more people that join this programme, the safer a place our community will be to live in. “It’s our duty to look after our elderly relatives and friends,” he said. TEXT ALERT AND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME SEEKS NEW MEMBERS was last modified: March 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:manorcunninghamneighbourhood watchtext alertTony Morninglast_img

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December 24, 2019 | by

Cambrian Explosion: Evolutionists Have No Answers

first_img(Visited 859 times, 1 visits today) An intelligent design advocate is publishing a book this month that uses the Cambrian Explosion as evidence against Darwinism and for I.D.  Two major evolutionary paleontologists have also published a book about the issue.Stephen Meyer’s new book, Darwin’s Doubt, is officially released next week.  Chapter 4 will tell about the uproar caused at the University of Oklahoma in 2009 when Meyer and Wells scheduled a panel discussion after a showing of Illustra’s film Darwin’s Dilemma about the Cambrian fossil record.  Darwinists at the university attempted a pre-emptive strike by issuing announcements that the event was religiously motivated.  In the Q&A, though, the university’s professors and museum curators could not produce any unambiguous fossil as a credible ancestor to any of the Cambrian animals.  Meyer’s book, updated with the latest findings since then, examines all the putative fossil ancestors and evolutionary exlanations for the Cambrian explosion, and assesses the issue’s relevance to the Darwin-ID debate.Meanwhile, two leading evolutionary paleontologists have just come out with a pro-evolution book about the sudden appearance of virtually all animal phyla at the base of the Cambrian.  Written by Douglas Erwin and James Valentine, experts on the Cambrian fossil record, the new work, The Cambrian Explosion The Construction of Animal Biodiversity, was reviewed by Christpher J. Lowe (Stanford) in Science Magazine this week: “What Led to Metazoa’s Big Bang?” was his suggestive headline.  His first paragraph states the problem in such a way as to furrow the brows of Darwinists and make creationists or ID advocates grin, “We told you so.”The Ediacaran and Cambrian periods witnessed a phase of morphological innovation in animal evolution unrivaled in metazoan history, yet the proximate causes of this body plan revolution remain decidedly murky. The grand puzzle of the Cambrian explosion surely must rank as one of the most important outstanding mysteries in evolutionary biology. Evidence of early representatives of all the major animal phyla first appear abruptly in the Cambrian (starting 542 million years ago). This spectacular morphological diversity contrasts strongly with Precambrian deposits, which have yielded a sparse fossil record with small, morphologically ambiguous trace fossils or the enigmatic but elegant creatures of the Ediacaran fauna. Following the Cambrian, despite a rich fossil record that documents impressive morphological diversification among animals, no new body plans have been revealed, leaving the Cambrian as the apparent crucible of metazoan body plan innovation.Lowe agrees, then, that it was an explosion, that all the animaly phyla appear abruptly, and that the few Precambrian fossils (including the “enigmatic” Ediacarans) are not ancestral to the Cambrian animals.  So what, then, is the evolutionists’ response to this “outstanding mystery” that Darwin wrote about 154 years ago?  Lowe is not helpful to the Darwin side: “The range of hypotheses proposed to explain the Cambrian explosion is as diverse and broad as the fossils they seek to explain.”He gives some sample explanations from Erwin and Valentine’s book.  The authors gave a “heroic attempt” to synthesize hypotheses from the “disparate fields” of geology, ecology, developmental biology, and genomics, each of which has “made substantial contributions toward unraveling the causes of this key puzzle of animal evolution.”  But a contribution toward unraveling is not the same thing as actually unraveling.It shouldn’t matter that Erwin and Valentine decorated their book with nice illustrations.  It shouldn’t matter how good they are at making their prose accessible to non-specialists.  It also shouldn’t matter that they could state “how recent modifications to animal phylogeny have strongly revised our understanding of early animal diversification.”  What is the explanation for the virtually instantaneous arrival (in evolutionary geological terms) of some 40 animal body plans, in a period of time Jonathan Wells has described in Illustra’s films as one minute on a 24-hour clock, or one step on a football field?After filtering out Lowe’s words of hope, not much remains of factual evidence in his tentative solutions:The authors also review molecular biology’s substantial contributions to solving the grand puzzle of the Cambrian explosion, which have at times been at odds with interpretations derived from fossil data. Comparative developmental genetic studies and genome sequencing projects from diverse metazoan phyla have revealed some of the genetic innovations that were likely responsible, in part, for the increase in animal complexity. These new data may help us reconstruct ancestral morphological features of the mysterious stem lineages of the Ediacaran, by reconstructing ancestral gene complements and read more

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December 19, 2019 | by

Scott Metzger, Sept. 25

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The heat is drying stuff down. I’m not a fan of working in it but it is helping out the crop. We started shelling corn on Saturday and we’re just getting a good start on it. The moisture is running 19.5% to around 22% or 23% and it is pretty variable. This was the first field of corn we planted. It was 111-day corn and it was not bad on the moisture. Yields are pretty good so far on 60 or 70 acres. It was a low of 150 or so on the clay knolls and in the good dirt it got up to 250 or 260 bushels. That wide range is not too uncommon on some of our ground. You go from good black dirt to a clay knob. In a lower yielding year it is not that dramatic. The 150 bushels on the clay knobs is really pretty impressive.The dryer is running well and we got the bugs worked out. We most generally shell a little corn first and switch over to running beans. We’re going to switch over and start cutting some of our Plenish beans later today. It is amazing how quickly these soybeans have turned.This is going to be kind of a weird fall. It will be like the spring. A lot of the early corn will come off soon, but the later corn is still around 30% moisture. This heat has really helped turn the beans and I think we’ll have a good run. The majority of our Plenish beans should be ready to run by the end of the week. Some of the Plenish fields will have wheat on them, so we can get going on that. We have until the end of November to haul them in.We’re going to be about the same on wheat acres — about the 350- or 375-acre range. The wheat acres have been down in this area and I think they will be even lower this fall. We like wheat in our rotation so we have a place to go with our hog manure and for the double-crop beans. I think we’ll have some pretty good double-crop beans this fall.last_img

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December 17, 2019 | by

New Life for Old Double-Hung Windows

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members A client recently complained to me about how badly the old windows rattled in his historic home. He wanted to stop the noise as well as the air infiltration, but he didn’t want me to replace the windows. Like me, my client understands the important role that original windows play in preserving an older home’s historical integrity.As a carpenter who specializes in restoration projects in New Orleans, I’ve come to appreciate not just the beauty of old windows but also their solid construction. All the sashes I see are made from locally milled cypress, a wood that has long been prized for its strength, its workability, and its rot-resistant qualities: ideal characteristics in this hot, wet climate. With the resources available today, boosting the efficiency of old sashes doesn’t mean tearing them out or painting them shut. You can have smooth-working windows original to the house that don’t rattle in the wind or make you dread next month’s energy bill. Old sashes work better Most people who want to address the issue of leaky windows tend to have a knee-jerk reaction: Either install storm units over the existing window opening, or remove the old sashes in favor of replacement windows (new units that insert in the old jambs). While storm windows can be installed to look unobtrusive, they are a pain to operate. To me, the much-more-expensive method of installing replacement-window units also has disadvantages. For starters, many of them don’t come close to operating as effortlessly as old sashes hung with counterbalanced weights. Unlike the pulley-and-counterweight system, which has few working parts, replacement windows contain many pieces that can break down over time, resulting in operation that deteriorates with age.As an alternative course,… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img

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December 16, 2019 | by