Big-hitting Cilic tops Querrey to make Wimbledon final

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade View comments Croatia’s Marin Cilic celebrates after beating Sam Querrey of the United States at the end of their Men’s Singles semifinal match on day eleven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON  — The key, for both players, was to deal with the big serve. Marin Cilic did it better.The seventh-seeded Croat advanced to his second major final by beating Sam Querrey 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 Friday on Centre Court. He next faces Roger Federer or Tomas Berdych in Sunday’s final at the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT Cilic is the second Croat to reach the Wimbledon final, following Goran Ivanisevic’s victory in 2001.Federer is going for an eighth Wimbledon title and was playing Berdych next on Centre Court. Federer is 18-6 against Berdych, but the 11th-seeded Czech beat Federer in the quarterfinals during his run to the Wimbledon final in 2010. Despite the attention, Kobe Paras remains cool in first Gilas stint Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Cilic and Querrey, both 6-foot-6, used their powerful serves to dominate most of the match. Neither even had a break point in the first set.“Sam came out serving huge, hitting big,” Cilic said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Querrey took lead after a brief delay late in the opening tiebreaker. With the score 6-6, stewards entered the stands to attend to a woman who needed assistance. The break only lasted a couple of minutes, but Querrey won both points when play resumed, with Cilic missing a pair of backhands.Cilic finally managed the first break of serve in the second set, and then went up another break in the third. But Querrey broke back to force another tiebreaker.center_img In the fourth set, it was Querrey who got an early break. But Cilic bounced back and then broke for the fourth time in the final game.“After that (first tiebreaker), I was just a little bit better on the return games,” Cilic said. “I was making him (play more) on his service games.”He finished with 25 aces and won 88 percent of the points on his first serve. Cilic also had 70 winners and only 21 unforced errors. Querrey had 46 winners and 26 unforced errors to go with 13 aces.“I kind of felt like he pushed me around a little bit today,” Querrey said. “I had that break in the fourth. When he broke me back, he just played a great game. You know, kind of deflated me a little bit.”Cilic is now 5-0 against Querrey and 3-0 against the American at Wimbledon. Their last match at the All England Club, in 2012, went five sets and Cilic won 17-15 in the fifth.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Colin Kaepernick back in San Francisco — sort of

first_imgColin Kaepernick is back in San Francisco. And he’s larger than ever.The former 49ers quarterback’s likeness now towers over Union Square in the city in the form of a giant billboard as part of his new Nike ad campaign.Lots of people have opinions about the @Kaepernick7 ad campaign and the #NikeBoycott. Many we spoke to outside the @Nike in #SanFrancisco support him and the store. The new billboard sits above the Union Square location. @KTVU pic.twitter.com/juNNAtcnJu— Cristina Rendon …last_img

South Africa marks World Malaria Day

first_img26 April 2016Under the global theme “End Malaria for Good”, South Africa joined the world yesterday in commemorating World Malaria Day.The Department of Health noted achievements had been made in reducing malaria incidents in the country and it had successfully realised its malaria targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“South Africa has reversed malaria incidents by 82% of the levels in the year 2000,” the department said.“In this regard, South Africa was presented with the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (Alma) award for achieving the malaria goal of the MDGs at the Alma meeting for heads of state and government of the African Union in January 2016.”Global statsAccording to the World Malaria Report 2015 compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been a major decline in global malaria cases and deaths since 2000; mortality has decreased by 60% with 62 million lives saved.See more positive global stats from WHO:“Between 2000 and 2015, malaria incidence rates (new malaria cases) fell by 37% globally, and by 42% in Africa,” said WHO. “During this same period, malaria mortality rates fell by 60% globally and by 66% in the African region.”It’s #WorldMalariaDay. Despite progress, much more needs to done for the African Region to #EndMalariaForGood pic.twitter.com/bqPXduWaVo— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) April 25, 2016See the message from the WHO Africa regional director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti:WHO identified South Africa has one of the 21 countries able to eliminate local transmission of the disease by 2020.WHO estimates that 21 countries are in a position to eliminate local transmission of #malaria by 2020 pic.twitter.com/GRUQrIhMTl— WHO (@WHO) April 25, 2016Treatment and progressIn total, 57 countries reduced malaria cases by at least 75% between 2000 and 2015, the report stated. Progress was made possible through the massive expansion of effective tools to prevent and treat malaria, such as indoor residual spraying, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, diagnostic testing and anti-malarial medicines.According to the organisation, two forms of control have proven to be effective: insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS).It said there had been an increase in use of these methods in Africa to increase malaria prevention.Over the last 15 years, there has been a major increase in coverage of ITNs in sub-Saharan Africa. By 2014, more than half (56%) of the population had access to an ITN, compared to less than 2% in 2000.In 2014, 116 million people globally were protected by IRS, including 50 million people in Africa. About 6% of the population at risk of malaria in Africa live in households that are protected by IRS.A #malaria-free Africa is possible. We must accelerate & sustain efforts to #EndMalariaForGood pic.twitter.com/ulgXv2JUB0— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) April 25, 2016But challenges still remain.13 of the 15 countries accounting for 80% of global #malaria cases in 2015 are in Africa https://t.co/5lg7lFnQkK pic.twitter.com/XVU3YgvN66— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) April 25, 2016WHO’s Global Malaria Programme calls on endemic countries, donors, organisations and communities to work together to eliminate and eradicate malaria, a disease that is preventable, treatable and curable.“With commitment, dedication and support of all governments and partners, the vision for malaria elimination and eradication is possible,” said WHO.In endemic areas, everyone is at risk of contracting malaria, but there are some higher risk groups, including children under five years of age, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, travellers from non-endemic areas and immigrant workers.Signs of malariaSymptoms of the disease can be similar to those of flu, such as severe headaches, fever, joint pains, shivering episodes, nausea and vomiting. More serious symptoms include severe breathing difficulties, low blood sugar, severe anaemia, weakness of the body, convulsions, respiratory distress, jaundice, renal failure, repeated vomiting, shock, hypoglycaemia, black urine, abnormal bleeding and even coma.Malaria in South Africa is seasonal, between September and May, and occurs in certain geographical areas of Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.Together we can #EndMalaria by 2018 #WMD2016 ^eN7 pic.twitter.com/fc3AwTmUoi— Department of Health (@HealthZA) April 25, 2016Source: South African Government News Agency and World Health Organizationlast_img read more

We Ranked College Football’s 15 Hardest Schedules For The 2016 Season

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 16: General View of the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) There will be some surrender cobras this year.There will be some surrender cobras this year.The 2016 college football season may seem far off in the future, but in reality, it’s less than four months away. Coaches and players, of course, are already preparing for the 12 opponents on their schedules. The teams on the list you’re about to read are likely preparing a little harder than the rest, however.Every year, due to both conference affiliation and scheduling, some teams wind up having way more difficult schedules than their peers. It can be both a blessing and a curse. If you run through a tough schedule, you’ll likely be rewarded when bowl season comes around. If you struggle, you might not even qualify for the postseason.We’ve gone through and put together a list of what we think are the 15 hardest schedules in college football this upcoming season. No. 1 isn’t even debatable – you’ll see why.Get Started: The 15 Hardest Schedules For 2016 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16last_img read more

Two winning tickets for Saturday nights 5 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – There are two winning tickets for Saturday night’s $5 million Lotto 649 jackpot.Both were purchased in the Prairies, and each is worth $2.5 million.The draw’s guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on May 23 will be approximately $5 million.last_img

Advisory Clarifies June 17 item about Trans Mountain expansion

first_imgOTTAWA — In a Five Things item June 17 about the Trans Mountain expansion, The Canadian Press described diluted bitumen — a chemically modified form of the primary resource from Alberta’s oilsands — as being more expensive to produce than conventional crude oil. It also said bitumen must be mined, rather than pumped out of oil wells, and that Asia lacks refineries that are capable of handling bitumen.The piece should have noted that oilsands proponents argue production costs have declined in recent years, and that so-called “in-situ” production — using steam injected underground to allow the product to be pumped to the surface — now generates more than half of the output. It also should have acknowledged that a number of refiners in Asia have new facilities designed to handle heavy and sour grades of crude oil, which is how diluted bitumen is classified.The item also described the expansion as being capable of carrying 590,000 barrels per day of bitumen; in fact, the additional capacity is 540,000 barrels per day, which is expected to create 50,000 barrels of additional capacity on the original line.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lower Mainland seeing nearrecord gas prices amid supply constraints

first_imgDrivers in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland are feeling the effects of chronic fuel supply constraints as prices crest $1.50 a litre in some locations, hovering close to record highs.And at least one analyst believes they could climb further still.“It underscores the real big problem in southwestern British Columbia and that’s that they’re chronically short of gasoline and other fuels,” said GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Dan McTeague, who believes prices will rise even higher.The current spike, in a season of generally lower demand, is caused in part by the outage of a Burnaby, B.C., refinery that Parkland Fuel bought from Chevron in November, he said.The 55,000 barrel-a-day refinery, which McTeague says supplies about a quarter of demand in the region, has been down for planned maintenance since early February and the company doesn’t expect to have it fully running again until the end of March.Still, the region faces longer-standing supply issues that could push prices in the higher-demand summer months to surpass the previous record of $1.56 in June 2014, said McTeague.Prices increases could also come as two of four refineries in Washington State are planning to go down for maintenance, while the lower Canadian dollar is adding to the costs of buying fuel from the U.S., McTeague said.High taxes are also compounding the problems, making up 49.3 cents out of the 150.9 cent price per litre seen Wednesday with another 1.2 cent per litre carbon tax coming in April, he said.“It’s not looking good for that region of the country,” he said.“There’s no spare supply out there, we could see $1.60 for a few days this summer in Vancouver.”While gas prices could see upward pressure across the country as oil prices maintain some gains, McTeague said the Lower Mainland issues are much worse.As Vancouver drivers were paying as much as $1.50 a litre Thursday, pump prices were about $1.09 in Calgary and around $1.24 in Toronto, according to data from Kent Group Ltd.last_img read more

118 FIRs and DD entries against political parties

first_imgNEW DELHI: As many as 118 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries have been registered till date against various political parties and others for violation of the model code of conduct in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, the poll body in Delhi said on Friday . The statistics surveillance team of Delhi’s chief electoral office constituted to keep an eye on the expenses of political parties, has seized Rs 1.21 crore in cash. “A total of 118 FIRs or DD entries have been lodged till date in connection with the violation of the model code of conduct. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Out of these, 14 are against the Aam Aadmi Party (six FIRs and four DD entries), 12 against the Bhartiya Janata Party (eight FIRs and three DD entries), Four against the Congress (all DD entries), one against the Bahujan Samaj Party (one DD entry) and Samajwadi Party (one DD entry), and 86 against others or non-political (entities),” the CEO office said in a statement. Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh had told reporters on Friday that social media was being aggressively monitored to check any violation of the poll code and experts are also assisting the election team. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe office of the Delhi CEO said more than 2.7 lakh posters, banners and hoardings have been removed since the poll code came into force. “As many as 30,533 posters, banners and hoardings were removed from areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council, 43,075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation areas, 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 90,415 from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 92903 from North Delhi Municipal Corporation areas,” the statement said.last_img read more

Bouaida meets with delegation of US journalists

first_imgRabat – Minister delegate for foreign affairs Mbarka Bouaida met, on Monday in Rabat, with a delegation of American journalists led by Cloves C. Campbell, president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) currently on a visit to the Kingdom. During this meeting, the Minister highlighted the success of the recent visit by HM King Mohammed VI to the United States, saying that it has opened new horizons for cooperation, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Noting that the joint statement issued at the end of this visit is a clear roadmap for the strategic partnership between Morocco and the United States, Bouaida stressed that the two countries are continuously strengthening the bases of a renovated and ambitious partnership. Briefing the delegation of American journalists on the latest developments of the national cause, Bouaida said the Moroccan autonomy initiative, which is in line with the international law, is the only practical and viable proposal on the table of negotiations.last_img read more