Donegal volunteers to join over 700 in support of Make-A-Wish Ireland

first_imgVolunteers from Donegal will join over more than 700 volunteers nationwide to support the annual fundraising campaign of Make-A-Wish Ireland, the charity that grants the wishes of children living with life-threatening illnesses. On March 29, the annual fundraising event will see volunteers bag packing in more than 65 Tesco supermarkets nationwide and collecting donations on streets around the country as well as hosting other support events to raise much-needed funds for the charity.Recent research shows that children who have wishes granted are more likely to build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a serious illness. This improves their quality of life and produces better health outcomes.Susan O’Dwyer, Make-A-Wish Ireland CEO, said: “Wish Day is a day where we can all help make wishes come true for children living with life-threatening illnesses.“We are hugely dependent on the generosity of the Irish public. Make-A-Wish has granted more than 2,400 wishes for Irish children since 1992 which would not be possible without the help of men, women and children around Ireland.” Donegal volunteers to join over 700 in support of Make-A-Wish Ireland was last modified: March 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Make A Wish Irelandlast_img read more

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People left seriously injured after Glenswilly crash

first_imgA number of people are understood to have been injured following a crash in Glenswilly this evening.The crash happened in the townland of Breenagh shortly before 8pm.It is believed the driver’s car struck a bridge and no other car was involved in the crash. A number of ambulances attended the scene and took at least two people to Letterkenny University Hospital.Two of the casualties are women.It is understood some of the injuries are serious but not life-threatening.People left seriously injured after Glenswilly crash was last modified: June 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

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Evolutionary Theory Not Even Skin Deep

first_imgA book on skin just was published – no, not one of those books, but a book on the physiology of human skin.  Nina Jablonski wrote Skin: A Natural History (UC Berkeley, 2006) and Qais Al-Awqati (Columbia U) reviewed it in Science.1  The reviewer noticed that “In its discussion of the human skin, the book’s principal theme is evolution, and almost every page contains that word.”  So, how did Jablonski do?  Did she satisfy the reviewer’s hopes that Darwin can explain the naked ape?Although the author wants to provide an evolutionary perspective on all attributes of skin biology, the accounts she provides seldom rise above the provision of plausible hypotheses.  Is it really true that we were selected to be hairless sweaty creatures?  That sounds possible, but what is the actual evidence for such an assertion?  Is it also true that vitamin D synthesis, a major locus of interaction between sunlight and diet, is the dominant factor in the natural selection of skin color?  This idea is simply presented without any of the documentation that would make a convincing story.  One would like to see the evidence of how rickets (vitamin D deficiency) might act as an agent of evolutionary selection.Even in the areas of sociology, “The thorny issue of the social construction of the roles of skin color is reduced again to a brief survey of skin color biology and its evolutionary implications.”  At the end of the review, Al-Awqati tried to find a few things to praise, but the shallowness of Jablonski’s evolutionary theorizing extended to her own research.  “Although only a few of Jablonski’s research papers address skin evolution,” he said, “the lack of deep expertise need not prevent a nonspecialist from pulling together findings from different fields to generate an exciting, even fresh view of nature.”  Apparently this book “fell short” of this mark also.1Qais Al-Awqati, “Anthropology: Showing Some Skin,” Science, 2 March 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5816, p. 1223, DOI: 10.1126/science.1138921.If even a fellow evolutionist comes looking for evidence for evolutionary myths and can’t find it, why should anyone else pay attention?  It’s not just the sociology of skin that is Darwin’s thorn in the flesh.  Heat regulation in furry apes is much different than the sweating response in human skin.  Sweat glands are complex structures under the control of the nervous system.  The skin is not just a surface; it has multiple layers with veins, arteries, glands, nerves, hair muscles, sebaceous glands, pores and specialized receptors for touch, heat and pain.    Werner Gitt in The Wonder of Man says that one square centimeter of skin contains 6 million cells, 100 sweat glands, 15 sebaceous glands, 5,000 sensory corpuscles, 200 pain points, 25 pressure points, 12 cold-sensitive points and 2 heat-sensitive points.  Skin sloughs off dead cells while regenerating new ones in a precise balance.  It is an important barrier to disease germs, and a protection from injury and dehydration.  It performs a respiratory function, absorbing some of the oxygen we use, while letting some carbon dioxide in and out.    Human skin is an incomparable substance.  Burn victims are not given artificial plastics; they are given skin transplants from live humans.  How does evolution explain the fact that a newborn infant arrives into the world with a vernix coating to protect its skin?  What evolutionary process led to the precise timing of a multitude of changes that occur in the right sequence when a baby is born?  These are all matters of life and death; without them, there would be no human race.    These observational facts demand causes equal to them.  Creationists have no problem with the question.  Jablonski wrote a whole book on the theme of skin evolution, mentioning the E word on practically every page.  The reviewer was itching for evidence, but only received rash excuses.  Scratch that.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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2010 Fifa World Cup squads: Group C

first_imgThe final 23 players for the 32 squads competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup were announced after the deadline for confirmed teams passed on 1 June. Get the low-down on the 736 footballers who will be battling it out for the sport’s biggest trophy from 11 June to 11 July.More statistics on the 32 teams  2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: FIRST STAGE GROUPS Group A South Africa Mexico Uruguay FranceGroup B Argentina Nigeria South Korea GreeceGroup C England USA Algeria SloveniaGroup D Germany Australia Serbia GhanaGroup E Netherlands Denmark Japan CameroonGroup F Italy Paraguay New Zealand SlovakiaGroup G Brazil North Korea Côte d’Ivoire PortugalGroup H Spain Switzerland Honduras Chile GROUP CENGLAND Coach: Fabio Capello # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club GoalkeeperDavid James1 August 1970 (aged 39)50PortsmouthGoalkeeperRobert Green18 January 1980 (aged 30)9West Ham UnitedGoalkeeperJoe Hart19 April 1987 (aged 23)1Manchester CityDefenderAshley Cole20 December 1980 (aged 29)77ChelseaDefenderRio Ferdinand (captain)7 November 1978 (aged 31)76Manchester UnitedDefenderJohn Terry7 December 1980 (aged 29)59ChelseaDefenderJamie Carragher28 January 1978 (aged 32)34LiverpoolDefenderGlen Johnson23 August 1984 (aged 25)20LiverpoolDefenderLedley King12 October 1980 (aged 29)19Tottenham HotspurDefenderMatthew Upson18 April 1979 (aged 31)19West Ham UnitedDefenderStephen Warnock12 December 1981 (aged 28)1Aston VillaMidfielderSteven Gerrard30 May 1980 (aged 30)78LiverpoolMidfielderFrank Lampard20 June 1978 (aged 31)77ChelseaMidfielderJoe Cole8 November 1981 (aged 28)53ChelseaMidfielderGareth Barry23 February 1981 (aged 29)36Manchester CityMidfielderShaun Wright-Phillips25 October 1981 (aged 28)30Manchester CityMidfielderMichael Carrick28 July 1981 (aged 28)21Manchester UnitedMidfielderAaron Lennon16 April 1987 (aged 23)15Tottenham HotspurMidfielderJames Milner4 January 1986 (aged 24)7Aston VillaForwardWayne Rooney24 October 1985 (aged 24)58Manchester UnitedForwardEmile Heskey11 January 1978 (aged 32)57Aston VillaForwardJermain Defoe7 October 1982 (aged 27)39Tottenham HotspurForwardPeter Crouch30 January 1981 (aged 29)37Tottenham HotspurUNITED STATES Coach: Bob Bradley # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperTim Howard6 March 1979 (aged 31)49Everton2DefenderJonathan Spector1 March 1986 (aged 24)24West Ham United3DefenderCarlos Bocanegra (captain)25 May 1979 (aged 31)77Rennes4MidfielderMichael Bradley31 July 1987 (aged 22)41Borussia Mönchengladbach5DefenderOguchi Onyewu13 May 1982 (aged 28)51Milan6DefenderSteve Cherundolo19 February 1979 (aged 31)57Hannover 967MidfielderDaMarcus Beasley24 May 1982 (aged 28)90Rangers8MidfielderClint Dempsey9 March 1983 (aged 27)60Fulham9ForwardHerculez Gomez6 April 1982 (aged 28)2Puebla10MidfielderLandon Donovan4 March 1982 (aged 28)121Los Angeles Galaxy11MidfielderStuart Holden1 August 1985 (aged 24)12Bolton Wanderers12DefenderJonathan Bornstein7 November 1984 (aged 25)29Chivas USA13MidfielderRicardo Clark10 March 1983 (aged 27)27Eintracht Frankfurt14ForwardEdson Buddle21 May 1981 (aged 29)1Los Angeles Galaxy15DefenderJay DeMerit4 December 1979 (aged 30)17Watford16MidfielderJosé Francisco Torres29 October 1987 (aged 22)8Pachuca17ForwardJozy Altidore6 November 1989 (aged 20)24Hull City18GoalkeeperBrad Guzan9 September 1984 (aged 25)15Aston Villa19MidfielderMaurice Edu18 April 1986 (aged 24)12Rangers20ForwardRobbie Findley4 August 1985 (aged 24)4Real Salt Lake21DefenderClarence Goodson17 May 1982 (aged 28)11Start22MidfielderBenny Feilhaber19 January 1985 (aged 25)31AGF23GoalkeeperMarcus Hahnemann15 June 1972 (aged 37)6Wolverhampton WanderersALGERIA Coach: Rabah Saâdane # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperLounès GaouaouiSeptember 28, 1977 (age 32)48ASO Chlef2DefenderMadjid BougherraOctober 7, 1982 (age 27)40Rangers3DefenderNadir BelhadjJune 18, 1982 (age 27)44Portsmouth4DefenderAntar YahiaMarch 21, 1982 (age 28)43Bochum5DefenderRafik HallicheSeptember 2, 1986 (age 23)15Nacional Madeira6MidfielderYazid Mansouri (captain)February 25, 1978 (age 32)66Lorient7MidfielderRyad BoudebouzFebruary 19, 1990 (age 20)1FC Sochaux8MidfielderMehdi LacenMarch 5, 1984 (age 25)2Racing Santander9ForwardAbdelkader GhezzalDecember 5, 1984 (age 25)18Siena10ForwardRafik SaïfiFebruary 7, 1975 (age 35)59Istres11ForwardRafik DjebbourMarch 8, 1984 (age 26)15AEK Athens12DefenderHabib BellaidMarch 28, 1986 (age 24)1Eintracht Frankfurt13ForwardKarim MatmourJune 25, 1984 (age 25)21Borussia Monchengladbach14DefenderCarl MedjaniMay 15, 1985 (age 25)0AC Ajaccio15MidfielderKarim ZianiAugust 17, 1982 (age 27)54Wolfsburg16GoalkeeperFaouzi ChaouchiDecember 5, 1984 (age 25)9ES Sétif17MidfielderAdlène GuediouraNovember 12, 1985 (age 24)1Wolverhampton Wanderers18DefenderAbdelkader LaïfaouiMay 15, 1985 (age 25)6ES Sétif19MidfielderHassan YebdaApril 14, 1984 (age 26)9Portsmouth20DefenderDjamel MesbahOctober 9, 1984 (age 25)1Lecce21MidfielderFoued KadirDecember 5, 1983 (age 26)1Valenciennes FC22MidfielderDjamel AbdounFebruary 14, 1986 (age 24)6Nantes23GoalkeeperRaïs M’BohliApril 25, 1986 (age 24)1Slavia SofiaSLOVENIA Coach: Matjaž Kek # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperJasmin Handanovič28 January 1978 (aged 32)3Mantova2DefenderMišo Brečko1 May 1984 (aged 26)30Köln3DefenderElvedin Džinič25 August 1985 (aged 24)0Maribor4DefenderMarko Šuler9 March 1983 (aged 27)16Gent5DefenderBoštjan Cesar9 July 1982 (aged 27)41Grenoble6DefenderBranko Ilič6 February 1983 (aged 27)36Lokomotiv Moscow7ForwardNejc Pečnik3 January 1986 (aged 24)7Nacional8MidfielderRobert Koren (captain)20 September 1980 (aged 29)45West Bromwich Albion9ForwardZlatan Ljubijankič15 December 1983 (aged 26)16Gent10ForwardValter Birsa7 August 1986 (aged 23)33Auxerre11ForwardMilivoje Novakovič18 May 1979 (aged 31)37Köln12GoalkeeperSamir Handanovič14 July 1984 (aged 25)38Udinese13DefenderBojan Jokić17 May 1986 (aged 24)33Chievo14ForwardZlatko Dedič10 May 1984 (aged 26)23Bochum15MidfielderRene Krhin21 May 1990 (aged 20)3Internazionale16GoalkeeperAleksander Šeliga1 February 1980 (aged 30)1Sparta Rotterdam17MidfielderAndraž Kirm6 September 1984 (aged 25)25Wisła Kraków18MidfielderAleksander Radosavljevič25 April 1979 (aged 31)14Larissa19DefenderSuad Filekovič16 September 1978 (aged 31)14Maribor20MidfielderAndrej Komac4 December 1979 (aged 30)40Maccabi Tel Aviv21MidfielderDalibor Stevanovič27 September 1984 (aged 25)15Vitesse22DefenderMatej Mavrič29 January 1979 (aged 31)32TuS Koblenz23ForwardTim Matavž13 January 1989 (aged 21)0GroningenPREVIOUS: GROUP B << • >> NEXT: GROUP Dlast_img read more

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Zuma talks partnerships, jobs and other things

first_imgAll of us must participate to make sure the programme we’ve put forward works – so says the president in a call for unity to meet South Africa’s potential.President Jacob Zuma called on all South Africans to participate in taking the country forward.The government was doing its part, now do your part and invest in South Africa, he said, calling on business, labour, civil society and residents to form a partnership with the state.He was speaking at a business breakfast briefing, hosted by Brand South Africa, the SABC and The New Age at Grand West Casino in Cape Town on 10 February 2012. Just a few hours before, he had said goodnight to his guests after delivering his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament.The mood at Grand West was jovial; everyone was relaxed and satisfied. The president himself was fresh-faced and upbeat.At the breakfast were government ministers, deputy ministers and business people, all armed with their questions. The briefing was broadcast live on SABC, and the general public was able to send in their questions for the president on Twitter and SMS.The openness of the dialogue was precedent-setting for a sitting South African president, and certainly marked a change in the government’s way of doing business.“We want to do things differently. We want to take South Africa forward. We believe we’ve made progress, but we know that there are challenges,” he began. The government was tackling the economy in a way that it had not done in the past. “We can’t only do politics; we must also do the economy.”Zuma said the government’s major programme was infrastructure as it believed that building infrastructure would give opportunities to all.The government was creating an enabling environment and building infrastructure, and business needed to invest in opportunities that would open up. This would bring jobs and so improve the quality of life for all.“We have discussed the difficulties of doing business in South Africa. We are opening this. You must participate in this window period.”Partnership was a big theme for Zuma, who called on business to work with the government to deal with the negative impact of job losses. Training was mentioned as a possibility. “We must create the kind of projects that can create jobs.”Asked what was different for workers in his SONA – we’ve heard this all before, was the criticism – he said: “We’ve created an environment where jobs can be created. We have a massive infrastructure programme; there is money for it. The private sector must see the opportunities for investment, and invest. The logical consequence of that is jobs.“You can’t have jobs without investment and the government is creating an environment for investment.”He had three items on his wish list from the private sector: invest in the country, have confidence in the country, and big business must help small business.A hot potato issue, especially given that the Mining Indaba has just finished in Cape Town, is the nationalisation of mines. The final word on the topic came from the president. Setting many minds at rest, and garnering a round of applause, he said: “Nationalisation is not our policy. It is as clear as that. Our policy is a mixed economy.”Of potential, he said Africa was one of the fastest growing regions in the world, and we should invest in that potential. “South Africa has the potential to grow. Working together, we can take advantage of Africa, the Brics countries and the changing economy. Invest in this country; invest in your future.”Brief questionsAsked what keeps him awake at night, the president answered: the plight of the poor. “I am kept awake thinking of ways to alleviate their plight.”He pointed to South Africa’s strategic global importance in regards to shipping, saying it did nothing in its waters for its economy, despite the shipping lanes that passed the country. There were massive opportunities in this sector.Of toll roads, another hot potato, he said they were necessary for road maintenance. However, the issue was not closed. South Africa was unusual in that the government was open to discussion of ideas and policies it had put forward.In answer to a question from the floor, the president said fronting in business – whereby companies use black people as figureheads to up their black economic empowerment ratings – would be punished. The details of what that punishment would be still had to be worked out, though. The law must come first, he said, and the details would come after.Of small towns, their factories and rural areas, he said the government was talking of reviving the economy and development of those regions as part of its plan.Asked about what was being done to stop farm murders, he pointed out that as crime was falling, so were farm murders. The police were working with farmers to stop this crime.The police were also working hard to address the issue of piracy. Many raids had already been carried out.Regarding service delivery, the government had delivered to some degree, but there were still challenges. There was electricity and water available where there had been none before. “The question of infrastructure remains a challenge.”The Italian ambassador offered his country’s and Europe’s help – we could share experiences, promote investments and help you avoid the mistakes we made in industrial policy and job creation, he said, to which Zuma replied that South Africa was certainly keen to learn what went wrong, and what would happen to alleviate the present economic crisis.Questioned about land reform, Zuma again spoke of the Green Paper on Land Reform he had mentioned in his SONA. “We are looking at those issues,” he said. “The fact is that lots of land was taken away and many people were left landless. We can’t let this continue. We need frank views from South Africans on how to solve land issues.”last_img read more

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Guide to hosting an unforgettable Last/First New Year’s event

first_img SharePrint RelatedHow to host the best New Year’s event for Last/FirstNovember 28, 2017In “Community”Out with the old, in with these two new souvenirs!November 8, 2018In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”How to throw an awesome New Year’s geocaching bash in 5 easy stepsNovember 10, 2015In “Community” Special thanks to Natalie for her event-organizing expertise on this blog post!Share with your Friends:More New Year’s Eve is an opportunity to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. While end-of-year traditions come in many shapes and sizes, this year you can start a new tradition by hosting an event with your geocaching buddies while earning two new souvenirs.This year, we invite you to say ‘Thanks’ to 2018 and welcome 2019 with two new geocaching souvenirs. Earning the souvenirs is easy:Find a geocache or attend an event on December 31 to earn the Thanks 2018 souvenir.Find a geocache or attend an event on January 1 to earn the Hello 2019 souvenir.Without further ado, here are five easy steps to hosting a great New Year’s Eve geocaching bash!Step 1: Choose a themeLike creating a GIFF film, all great Event Caches start out with a theme. We’ve brainstormed a few ideas to get you inspired:Throw a “geocaching resolutions” party. Have everyone choose a geocaching resolution to complete in 2019 (“Complete my Difficulty/Terrain grid,” “Hide my first cache,” or “Invite someone new to geocaching”). Bonus points if everyone meets again at the end of the year to see who followed through with their resolutions!Keep things “Hygge.” Pronounced hue-guh, the Danish word Hygge is the state of being warm, cozy, or charming. Plan a daytime event on January 1 at a coffee shop or cafe so geocachers can warm up (or cool down) after finding their first geocache(s) of the year.Step 2: Select the date and time of your eventThis is an easy one: plan your event for December 31 or January 1 so it qualifies for a souvenir. When selecting a time, remember some guests may bring young kids, so you may want to plan your event earlier on New Year’s Eve or even schedule a daytime event on January 1.Reminder: The geocaching guidelines prohibit event stacking. To avoid this, Event Caches must be:Held at different timesOrganized by different geocachersHave a minimum duration of 30 minutes, andTake place at different locations than other events.The last day to submit your event is December 17th! Check out the geocaching guidelines for more information.Step 3: Find a venueYou can host Event Caches anywhere available to the public—a restaurant, park, or even your house. Be sure to find a place that has enough space for activities! Don’t forget to provide a description of your event in the Cache Details. This is a great place to explain any limitations with the venue such as whether it’s dog friendly. You can also add a reminder here to dress warm for an outdoor event.Step 4: Plan fun and engaging activitiesA great way to make your event fun for all is to schedule activities to help your guests meet each other. Here are four ideas to get you started:Do a polar plunge. There’s no cooler way to bond with fellow geocachers than by jumping into freezing water together at the height of winter! For lucky geocachers in the Southern Hemisphere, host a picnic on the beach and enjoy the warmth of summer.Create a geocaching bucket list. As a group, make a bucket list of geocaches you want to find in 2019. Make plans throughout the year to find them together!Play geocaching bingo. Create a bingo card based on geocaching achievements (“Earned a new country souvenir” or “Found more than 100 geocaches”). Guests must find other geocachers at the event who have completed the achievements to fill in their board.Bake a lucky trackable into a cake. In Greece, coins are baked into bread or cake, and whoever finds the coin has good luck for the entire year! Give your guests the gift of geocaching luck by hiding a trackable in the dessert. Make sure to mention this to them before they take a bite!Step 5: Invite friends, new and old!Now that you’re feeling inspired, create a new event on Geocaching.com. Remember, events must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event date. Once it has been published, share the GC code with your local geocaching organization.Whether you’re already a well-established social butterfly or a first-time attendee, geocaching events are a great way to meet new people who share your love for geocaching. We hope these tips help you host a rockin’ New Year’s Eve geocaching bash!What tips do you have for throwing an unforgettable geocaching New Year’s event? Tell us in the comments below!last_img read more

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The Best Film Visual Effects Through the Years

first_imgTake a trip down memory lane with this compilation of the Oscar winners for Best Visual Effects.This video montage by independent filmmaker and editor Nelson Carvajal has been making the rounds over the ‘net, and is a real treat for filmmakers and movie buffs. Nelson has compiled a montage of the winners of The Academy Award for Best Visual Effects since 1977, the first year this award began to appear as a regular category by the Academy.It’s amazing to see how VFX have improved so much since then, and also interesting to note how many films that were “way ahead of their time” in regards to their special effects work. Do you recognize each of the films in the montage? Check out the full list below.Thanks for sharing this great montage of film history, Nelson!Academy Award for Best Visual Effects1977: Star Wars1978: Superman (Special Achievement Award)1979: Alien1980: The Empire Strikes Back (Special Achievement Award)1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark1982: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial1983: Return of the Jedi (Special Achievement Award)1984: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom1985: Cocoon1986: Aliens1987: Innerspace1988: Who Framed Roger Rabbit1989: The Abyss1990: Total Recall (Special Achievement Award1991: Terminator 2: Judgement Day1992: Death Becomes Her1993: Jurassic Park1994: Forrest Gump1995: Babe1996: Independence Day1997: Titanic1998: What Dreams May Come1999: The Matrix2000: Gladiator2001: The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2004: Spider-Man 22005: King Kong2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest2007: The Golden Compass2008: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button2009: Avatar2010: Inception2011: Hugo2012: Life of Pilast_img read more

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Federer makes quick work of Monaco at US Open

first_imgRoger Federer reached the quarterfinals at a 30th consecutive Grand Slam tournament by making quick work of the 36th-ranked Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 at the U.S. Open.Federer’s fourth-round match against Monaco didn’t get started until nearly midnight, and thanks to his superb play, it was over shortly before 1:15 a.m. Tuesday.Federer played brilliantly right from the start, taking the first five games – and 20 of the first 25 points – in only 12 minutes. He didn’t miss a beat in the second set, hitting four aces in his opening service game and finishing with 14.Five of Federer’s record 16 major championships have come at Flushing Meadows. In the quarterfinals, Federer will face 11th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who eliminated No. 8 Mardy Fish of the United States in five sets Monday.Tsonga upset Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals two months ago, coming all the way back after dropping the first two sets.”He’s a tough player. … I look forward to that match,” Federer said. “If I play as good as I did today, sure I have a chance.”Federer compiled a 42-4 edge in winners against Monaco.The start of their match was delayed because the preceding match in Arthur Ashe Stadium – No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1 victory over No. 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova – lasted 3 hours, 2 minutes.”You have to be ready,” Federer said.Wozniacki, seeking her first Grand Slam title, trailed by a set and 4-1 in the second before coming back to beat the 2004 U.S. Open champion.advertisement”I knew that I had to do something,” said Wozniacki, who faces No. 10 Andrea Petkovic of Germany next. “I had to do something different.”She managed to turn things around thanks to a combination of her own increasingly aggressive play and Kuznetsova’s increased mistakes. Kuznetsova’s 40-20 edge in winners was rendered meaningless by her 78 unforced errors, 52 more than Wozniacki, who reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the third year in a row.Tsonga made it this far in New York for the first time, and unlike Fish, he’s already tasted this sort of success. Tsonga made it to the final of the 2008 Australian Open before losing to Novak Djokovic, and got to the Wimbledon semifinals this year – where he again lost to Djokovic.On Monday, Djokovic extended his 2011 record to 61-2 by beating No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 7-6 (14), 6-4, 6-2. Their 16-14 tiebreaker in the first set lasted nearly a half-hour all on its own, with Djokovic saving four set points and finally converting his sixth when Dolgopolov pushed a forehand long to close a 13-stroke exchange.Both men called that tiebreaker the key to the match. One tiny piece of evidence: Dolgopolov double-faulted twice in the opening game of the second set to get broken, and Djokovic was on his way.Asked whether he considered winning that energy- and will-testing tiebreaker to be a physical or mental triumph, Djokovic replied: “Combination of both. But in the end, it was more mental, just to hang in there, try to play right shots at the right time.”Djokovic now meets his Serbian Davis Cup teammate and friend Janko Tipsarevic, who is seeded 20th and made it to the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career by beating 2003 French champion and U.S. Open runner-up Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 7-5, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in a match that lasted more than 3 hours.”Strange feeling,” Djokovic said. “We are professionals. Certainly we both want to win the match when we play against each other. So you kind of forget about friendship. You put that aside.”Most players complained about the wind, which gusted at up to 20 mph (32 kph) and kept changing directions, making even serve tosses difficult.Serena Williams handled those conditions much better than former No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic and beat her 6-3, 6-4 to return to a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time in 14 months. She missed about 11 of those with a series of health scares but looks really good so far at the U.S. Open.Against Ivanovic, Williams hit nine aces overall, only lost serve once, and finished off the match with four consecutive unreturned serves that ranged from 99 to 111 mph.”I didn’t even go for winners at any point,” said Williams, who hit only 16. “I just tried to get it over because it was so windy. It was definitely tough.”She’s seeded only 28th because of all of that time away, but now has won her past 16 matches heading into a quarterfinal against No. 17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia. Pavlyuchenkova got past 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in a match with 21 double-faults and 16 service breaks in 31 games.advertisement”I’m going to say that I don’t want to go out there and enjoy just being on center court playing against Serena,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “I would like to do well, try to fight, and with my effort, I’ll try to beat her.”last_img read more

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North of border, Warriors enter new territory: 1-0 deficit in NBA Finals

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “There was plenty on there that we need to do better if we want to win another game in this series,” Nurse said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Samantha Corpuz, Zedrick Borja ace IronKids race anew View comments Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? 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Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPTORONTO — Steve Kerr has seen a little of almost everything during his wildly successful five-year run as coach of the Golden State Warriors.This, however, is something new.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the first time, Kerr and the Warriors are staring at a 1-0 deficit in the NBA Finals. They’ve trailed in series before, faced plenty of adverse moments along the way, but this is the newest challenge for a franchise trying to join the short list of clubs that have won three consecutive championships.“The experience helps,” Kerr said Friday, a day after the Toronto Raptors struck first. “Winning multiple championships helps because you have seen it all. There’s also just the knowledge that you’ve been here before. You’ve been down. We have been up 3-1 and lost a series. We have been down 3-1 and won a series. Everything in between. So nothing is going to catch these guys off-guard.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThat’s his hope, anyway.There was a clear air of confidence from the Warriors even in the very first moments after the loss Thursday night. They knew they didn’t play particularly well, and lost by only nine. They trailed most of the way, yet still were within striking distance plenty of times. They seemed far from rattled. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “No matter what, our sights were coming in that it’s a long series,” Warriors star Stephen Curry said. “And Game 2 is an opportunity for us to right the wrongs and get a big win and go back home.”Toronto Raptors fans celebrate their teams 118-109 win over the Golden State Warriors during Game One of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 30, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFPNo one needs to explain to the Warriors that a win on Sunday completely shifts the narrative.And even though the axiom has always been that Game 1 winners usually go on to win the series — and that is still the case — it seems that a 1-0 deficit isn’t as daunting to teams as it once might have been.Since the league went to the 16-team format for the 1984 postseason, Game 1 winners have never been as vulnerable as they have seemed to be this year. In the 14 series this year that preceded the NBA Finals, six Game 1 winners wound up losing their series. That’s never happened before in this format.In the 2010s, Game 1 winners have gone on to lose a series 31% of the time. In the 2000s, it was 25%; in the 1990s, 15%.ADVERTISEMENT “As soon as you lose a game, it will be on the crawl that now we only have a 19.7% chance of winning the series. Then if we win (Sunday) we’ll have a 42.7% chance of not losing the series,” said Kerr, tongue firmly planted in cheek. “This stuff is what it is. You lose a game, you come back and you try to win.”Kerr’s stance is clear: A simpler approach — study film, find ways to get better, apply them Sunday — is best.On the other hand, Golden State hadn’t lost a Game 1 this season. Or the season before that. Or the season before that.The last time the Warriors woke up and were down 1-0 in a series was the Western Conference finals in 2016 — against Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City. The Warriors responded with a blowout win in Game 2 and went on to prevail in seven games.Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Toronto Raptors in the second quarter during Game One of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 30, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP“You never lose that experience,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “You can always look back on it and it’s more about how you felt, what was your mindset then. But it’s impossible to be the same because it’s completely different teams. And although some of us may have that experience, others on our team have not had that experience.”It bears noting that the Raptors know a 1-0 series lead doesn’t mean much.Orlando had one of those against Toronto in the first round, and lost in five games.Milwaukee had one of those against Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals — 2-0, actually — and lost in six games.“We’ve tried to (have) a conscious thought process of not really caring what the score of the series is,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “I think we know that the games are really hard. We know that after a win, the team that gets beat gets really determined. They try to fix things. They mostly play a lot harder and more physical and all those kind of things.”The challenge for his team is to do the same. That process started with a long film session Friday, and there was much to clean up. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more

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