SEA Games: 16 Malaysian athletes hit by food poisoning

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Few other details were released but Low Beng Choo, secretary of the Games’ sports and technical committee, said those affected had been asked not to compete until they recover.“One went into hospital because we wanted to be very sure it was nothing very serious… it wasn’t as if it was an emergency. The rest of them are resting in the hotel,” said Low.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’She added: “One of the swimmers missed an event. We asked him not to compete… in the interests of the athletes we have told the athletes not to compete.”Low said those affected had breakfast in the team hotel, where Malaysia’s 800-plus contingent are staying, before dispersing to different venues. But she said the source of the outbreak was still under investigation. MOST READ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees The outbreak is not the first troublesome event at the biennial SEA Games, which has 11 nations competing in a diverse array of sports from swimming and athletics to pencak silat and wushu.Organizers mistakenly printed Indonesia’s flag upside-down in a commemorative booklet, prompting protests and revenge hacking attacks by Indonesian activists.Among a litany of transport incidents, eight people suffered minor injuries in a bus crash, forcing two squash players from Myanmar to pull out of their doubles matches.Two Myanmar football fans were beaten up after a match against Malaysia, and the home fans were also condemned for chanting “Singapore dogs” during another game.Indonesia’s women’s sepak takraw team walked out of a match in a protest over judging, and the men’s and women’s squash doubles finals had to be moved after the centre court surface was found to be too slippery.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies What’s in store for your animal sign this year Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Athletes and officials of Malaysia march during the opening ceremony of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 19, 2017. AFP FILE PHOTOKuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Sixteen Malaysian athletes have been hit by food poisoning at the Southeast Asian Games and one is in hospital, organizers said on Thursday in just the latest mishap to hit the competition.Games organizers said they were still trying to identify the source of the outbreak, which forced one swimmer to miss an event on Wednesday and also affected a petanque player.ADVERTISEMENT PCCL launches national competition for collegiate basketball Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal View commentslast_img read more

MoU to assist Guyana in meeting international commitments inked

first_imgThe Natural Resources Ministry and Conservation International Guyana (CI) on Tuesday inked a two-year memorandum, which will allow for heightened sustainable efforts to develop Guyana’s economy, thus meeting some international commitments.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and Calvin Brutus of Conservation International-Guyana during the signing of the MoUThe agreement was signed by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and Calvin Brutus of Conservation International at Cara Lodge after brief discussions on the dynamics of the document.Brutus explained that the country’s natural heritage must be sustained and his organisation has been significantly integrated in finding solutions for such issues.“For us to secure and sustain development for Guyanese now and in the future, we must secure our natural heritage, the cornerstone of our development and wellbeing. For more than two decades, CI-Guyana through diverse partnerships, has helped design and implement solutions to secure Guyana’s natural heritage,” he said.He added that projects will roll out in the near future, to ensure that Guyana’s natural resources are extracted in ways which it can benefit the total earnings of the country.Discussions will also be held with miners on eradicating harmful mining practices, while replacing them with sustainable resolutions.“CI-Guyana’s partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and the agencies under its purview is critical to ensuring that Guyana’s natural resources are exploited responsibly and contributes to growth in the total wealth of Guyana. Our partnerships have resulted in continued operation of Guyana’s state-of-the-art MRVS system, and more recently, working towards responsible mining for Guyana through the El Dorado Gold initiative,” Brutus explained.Meanwhile, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman stated that the memorandum provides an opportunity for further collaboration in assistance in the natural resources, water management and mining sectors.“This MoU which aims towards the enablement of Guyana’s green economic growth and development represents another step in a level of exchange between the Ministry and CI-Guyana that will bode well for progress on a range of natural resources sector development initiatives,” said Trotman.He added, “We realise that it is more effective to work together with those who share our common interests relating to sustainable management of our natural resources and Guyana’s overall sustainable development. In this sense, it is recognised by both my Ministry and CI that an ideal green economy is built on the principles of increasing human wellbeing and social equity, while reducing ecological scarcities and environmental risks and it is only fitting that we formally collaborate to achieve those.”This partnership will allow for Guyana to meet international commitments such as the Minamata Convention and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.last_img read more

Van Dijk beats Cristiano, Messi to UEFA top award

first_imgFull-back Bronze won the Women’s Champions League title with Lyon before helping England reach the women’s World Cup semi-finals.-More to follow0Shares0000(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Prize guy – Liverpool defender Virgil van DijkMONACO, Principality of Monaco, Aug 29 – Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award on Thursday, edging out Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, while Lucy Bronze took the women’s prize.Dutchman Van Dijk starred as Liverpool won their sixth European Cup last season with a 2-0 Champions League final victory over Tottenham in Madrid.last_img

Exclusive – Player ‘crisis’ to blame for Liverpool slip NOT Brendan Rodgers, talkSPORT told

first_imgJohn Hartson has come to the defence of under-fire Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, telling talkSPORT there isn’t a manager in the game who could cope with the run of high profile injuries and exits at Anfield.The Northern Irishman has come under heavy criticism following the Reds’ unconvincing start to the season.Liverpool currently sit 13th in the Premier League table and are without a win in six matches in all competitions after scraping through against lowly Carlisle United in the League Cup on penalties.Their recent ailing form has seen Rodgers become the bookmakers’ second favourite to be the top flight’s first managerial casualty of the season, but former striker Hartson questions how he is expected to survive amid the club’s ‘crisis’ of injuries and recently departed stars.“I do feel for Brendan,” the Welshman told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He’s had a horrendous crisis with injuries. [Club captain] Jordan Henderson is out now long-term and Roberto Firmino was injured in the League Cup last night.“Daniel Sturridge has been out for a while and Christian Benteke is injured now as well.“And when you take into account the fact they had to sell the likes of Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling, and Steven Gerrard has left the club – I don’t know a manager in the world who could cope with a crisis like that.“It really doesn’t bode well for them. Brendan wants to get all his best players out on the pitch and then he’s got a chance, but the current injury crisis doesn’t help his cause.”last_img read more

TOTAL SOCCER: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTS, TABLES AND FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSOld Orchard Inn Saturday Division OneErne Wanderers 3 v 0 Mulroy CelticKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 6 v 3 Gweedore Celtic ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoGlenree United Reserves 2 v 2 Downtown United Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic 1 v 2 Lifford CelticMilford United 3 v 0 Lagan HarpsRathmullan Celtic 2 v 2 Dunkineely CelticSt. Catherines 5 v 2 Gweedore CelticWatson Hire Division OneCappry Rovers 0 v 3 Drumoghill F.C.Cranford United 0 v 2 Curragh AthleticCT Ball Division TwoDrumbar United 0 v 3 Dunlewy CelticGlenree United 2 v 3 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Gweedore United 2 v 1 Whitestrand UnitedUlster Junior CupKeadue Rovers 2 v 1 Culdaff F.C. FAI Junior CupGlenea United 3 v 2 SandyfordLeague table for Brian McCormick Sports Premier LeagueTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsGlenea United 6 5 0 1 14 5 9 16Dunkineely Celtic FC 8 4 2 2 25 17 8 14Lifford Celtic FC 6 4 2 0 12 5 7 12Lagan Harps FC 8 3 3 2 11 12 -1 11Milford United FC 6 3 2 1 14 7 7 10St Catherines FC 9 3 5 1 16 22 -6 10Kilmacrennan Celtic FC 5 3 2 0 9 8 1 9Rathmullan Celtic 5 2 2 1 8 6 2 7Gweedore Celtic 7 2 4 1 7 16 -9 7Castlefin Celtic 8 0 7 1 6 24 -18 1League table for Watson Hire Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsCurragh Athletic FC 8 5 0 3 30 5 25 18Eany Celtic FC 8 6 2 0 16 11 5 18Donegal Town FC 8 5 2 1 15 8 7 16Cranford FC 9 5 3 1 21 16 5 16Cappry Rovers 8 4 2 2 18 12 6 14Keadue Rovers FC 7 2 2 3 18 12 6 9Drumoghill FC 8 2 4 2 9 17 -8 8Ballybofey United FC 7 1 3 3 9 14 -5 6Raphoe Town 9 1 7 1 10 40 -30 4Arranmore United 8 1 7 0 8 19 -11 3League table for CT Ball Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsDunlewey Celtic 8 6 1 1 21 11 10 19Gweedore United FC 8 6 2 0 27 8 19 18Whitestrand United FC 9 6 3 0 22 14 8 18Bonagee United FC 8 6 2 0 22 17 5 18Glenree United FC 9 4 3 2 22 19 3 14Kerrykeel 71 FC 7 4 3 0 18 13 5 12Convoy Arsenal FC 8 2 5 1 15 21 -6 7Letterbarrow Celtic FC 8 2 6 0 7 23 -16 6Drumbar FC 9 1 7 1 13 26 -13 4Copany Rovers FC 8 0 5 3 12 27 -15 3League table for Old Orchard Inn Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsErne Wanderers FC 8 7 0 1 25 8 17 22Ramelton Mariners FC 8 5 1 2 19 10 9 17Fintown Harps AFC 8 5 3 0 21 13 8 15Glenea United 8 3 3 2 9 10 -1 11Glencar Celtic 8 3 3 2 14 20 -6 11Kilmacrennan Celtic FC 8 2 2 4 14 15 -1 10Mulroy Celtic 8 3 4 1 10 13 -3 10Castlefin Celtic 8 1 6 1 13 19 -6 4Gweedore Celtic 8 0 7 1 8 25 -17 1 League table for Glencar Inn Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsDeele Harps FC 8 8 0 0 32 6 26 24Donegal Town FC Reserves 8 5 2 1 25 14 11 16Glenree United FC 8 4 2 2 16 13 3 14Downtown United FC 8 3 2 3 14 14 0 12Keadue Rovers FC 8 3 3 2 20 15 5 11Milford United FC 8 3 4 1 9 27 -18 10Gweedore United FC 8 2 6 0 12 20 -8 6Cranford FC Reserves 8 1 4 3 10 18 -8 6Tullyvinney Rovers 8 1 7 0 10 21 -11 3DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 15-12-2012 K.O. 2 p.m.CT Ball Division TwoLetterbarrow Celtic v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. (K.O. 1 p.m.)Old Orchard Inn Saturday Division OneRamelton Mariners v Fintown Harps AFCGlenea United Reserves v Erne Wanderers Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoGweedore United Reserves v Milford United ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves v Donegal Town ReservesDeele Harps v Tullyvinney RoversSUNDAY 16-12-2012 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Watson Hire Division OneDrumoghill F.C. v Ballybofey UnitedCT Ball Division TwoBonagee United v Gweedore UnitedOscar Traynor Trophy K.O. 1.30 p.m.Donegal Junior League v Sligo / Leitrim League ( in Ballyare)TOTAL SOCCER: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTS, TABLES AND FIXTURES was last modified: December 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:TABLES AND FIXTURESTOTAL SOCCER: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTSlast_img read more

Odur returns as Express visit unpredictable Maroons

first_imgOdur missed the 2-1 win over NyamityoboraStarTimes Uganda Premier League Maroons FC vs Express FCLuzira Prisons Grounds, LuziraThursday, 03-01-2019 @4pmLUZIRA – Express FC will have star-player, Tony Odur return as they travel to Maroons on Thursday afternoon in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.The Red Eagles striker who has been struggling for goals since the start of the season last featured in the 2-0 loss away to SC Villa. He missed the 2-1 At home to Nyamityobora last time out but has been confirmed as part of the team that will face Maroons on Match-Day 14.However, goalkeeper Arthur Kiggundu is not in contention as he struggles to find the required match fitness. His mate Mathaius Muwanga had his suspension revoked after he was cleared of match-fixing and is expected to start in goal.With two games left in the first round, the Red Eagles will be seeking to end it with a bang.“We have prepared extremely well for the game, said Express head coach Kefa Kisala.“We know it will be tough because Maroons are a good side with a very good coach.“With all that said, our target is to end the first round on a high and that is two victories in our last two games.The challenge which lies ahead will indeed not be smooth for the Wankulukuku Boys as they have lost both of their last two away fixtures in the League conceding three goals and scoring none.For Maroons, they head into Thursday’s game on the back of a thrilling 3-2 win away to Ndejje University, a game that required them to come from a goal down.George Best Nsimbe’s side have been showing signs of recovery from their early season woes, since signing a new sponsorship deal, winning two and losing one of their last three league games.Sitting in 13th, five points away from the drop zone, a positive result on Thursday will be a huge boost in their attempts to fend off relegation this season.Match Facts:This will be the 9th meeting between the two sides since 2010.In the eight between 2010 and now, Express has won 5 with Maroons triumphing on only one occasion.Last season, Express took four points off Maroons including a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture.Maroons have won only three games so far this season (D4 L6).At home, they have managed only two victories since the season started (D1 L3).For Express, the come into the game having won only two of their last 7 league games (D2 L3).Away from home, they have won two, lost three and drawn one of their six games on the road so far this season.The other match of Thursday:-Nyamityobora FC vs Paidah Black Angels @4pmComments Tags: Express FCMaroons FCStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeagueTony odurtoplast_img read more

Villa fans on Twitter react to Hogan talks

first_imgAston Villa fans on Twitter are split over the merits of signing Brentford striker Scott Hogan.The Bees have entered talks with their Championship rivals over a potential sale, with Crystal Palace also making an enquiry.Villa had previously been in for Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes, and some of their fans are not sure Hogan is an improvement.Would rather #AVFC spend the money on Rhodes instead of Hogan— Marcus Patterson (@beefro1980) January 31, 2017Hogan been prolific for half a season…. Rhodes been prolific for 5 years…. let that sink in for a minute or two #avfc— villaparkb6 (@villaparkb6) January 31, 2017What makes Scott Hogan more appealing than Jordan Rhodes,Rhodes has scored at this level and below and years— Shaun Beasley (@shaunbeasley98) January 31, 2017If we weren’t prepared to pay 9 mil for Rhodes why pay 15 for Scott hogan, madness #avfc— Jamie Hughes (@jamiebarthughes) January 31, 2017Does anyone rate Hogan? Apart from his recent goals he has struggled with clubs and injuries. Price tag seems very high for him. #avfc— Mark Patton (@MarkPatton7) January 31, 2017But others said they preferred former Rochdale man Hogan, given he is on the way up in his career.Signing Scott Hogan would be a good deal. Better all arounder than Jordan Rhodes. #AVFC— Matt Lynch (@mattlyynch) January 31, 2017Would have hogan over Rhodes any day of the week #avfc— Dayll (@beeza88) January 30, 2017Scott hogan looks decent, much rather him over Rhodes tbh⚽️— Tom (@tom_comerford2) January 30, 2017I would prefer scott hogan but if the lad doesnt really want to come and is waiting for someone else then rhodes is the better option #utv— david (@davidhunt80) January 31, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Evolutionists Orchestrate Media Blitz Campaigns

first_imgHow can all the science media outlets launch simultaneous reports about evolutionary claims within minutes?  It’s how science reporting is done these days.Science reporters are in cahoots with evolutionists.  Certain “discoveries” about fossils or whatever can be “embargoed” against public release, while “insiders” get the scoop and prepare their media stories.  As soon as the embargo is lifted, out come the stories, ready to sway the public before “outsiders” even had a chance to look at the raw data.  Is this any way to do science?It happened today with a double punch.  Science Magazine published two evolutionary whoppers: (1) the first common ancestor of mammals has been found, and (2) new dating of the Chixculub crater proves a meteor killed the dinosaurs.  Analysis of those claims can be taken up separately later, but notice how these over-hyped, confident-sounding headlines, complete with graphics and artwork, appeared instantly all over the media as soon as Science posted its February 8 issue:BBC News: “Earliest placental mammal ancestor pinpointed.”Science Daily: “New Evidence Suggests Comet or Asteroid Impact Was Last Straw for Dinosaurs.”Science Daily: “Largest-Ever Study of Mammalian Ancestry Completed“Science Daily: “Most Comprehensive Tree of Life Shows Placental Mammal Diversity Exploded After Age of Dinosaurs.”PhysOrg: “Most precise dates yet suggest comet or asteroid impact was last straw for dinosaurs.”Live Science: “Meet Your Mama: First Ancestor of All Placental Mammals Revealed“Live Science: “Asteroid Impact That Killed the Dinosaurs: New Evidence.”New Scientist: “Meet Our Earliest Common Mammalian Ancestor.”These are just samples.  Usually, the rest of the major newspapers and media outlets pick up on the stories from these and a few other sources, and reproduce them verbatim except for slight changes to headlines, subtitles and artwork.  Only later, commentators take the material and add their opinions, without the advantage of surprise attack.The media spin machine works like this: university media departments prepare press releases along with the scientific papers authored or co-authored by their own researchers.  Naturally, they have a vested interest in making their researchers and professors look good, to reflect well on the university.  These press releases are embargoed till the paper is published (sometimes a little before), but are visible to science reporters until the agreed on date for public release.  Amalgamation services like EurekAlert (an arm of the AAAS) gather the press releases  from multiple universities and labs; their links become feeds for inside reporters.  EurekAlert explains the Embargo Policy:When applied to published material, an embargo is a prohibition against publicizing information before a certain date. By placing an embargo on the dissemination of research that is scheduled to be published, EurekAlert! can release information early, giving journalists the time necessary to write accurate and well-researched articles on a given topic. By respecting the embargo, journalists assure themselves of continued access to information in advance of publication.Material is posted by registered public information officers (PIOs) from institutions, universities and peer-reviewed journals, and is subject to the specific embargo times, dates and policies set by the PIOs and/or EurekAlert!. Journalists with approved access to this directory are bound to honor all the embargo restrictions. Material that has passed its embargo date and time is considered public information and is released to the public homepage for viewing.Packaging services with “approved access” like PhysOrg and Science Daily process these feeds, adding subtitles and additional artwork not provided by the original press release, but otherwise reproducing the press releases without alteration.  This gives “insider” reporters like Charles Choi at Live Science and Jason Palmer at the BBC additional time to add material and write up the stories in their own words (usually without skeptical criticism).  For instance, Live Science was already prepared with a slide show called “Mammals Through Time” and a Live Science Contest called “What Would You Name First Mammal Ancestor?” that appeared simultaneously with Science Magazine’s publications.As a result, the public is inundated with media campaigns like this one before anyone has the chance to analyze the raw evidence.  Since most academic institutions and the AAAS that runs EurekAlert are strongly pro-Darwinian, as are most of the secular science reporters, the pro-Darwin forces can blitz the world, gaining a strategic advantage over skeptics.Now you see how it’s done.  With all due respect for researchers who need to guard their intellectual property, this system stinks.  This is manipulation, not science reporting.  In a perfect world, all writers—not just those in one ideological party—would have equal access to the data.   There would be an open debate and discussion about the evidence before one ideology gets the advantage.  “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question,” Charlie said.  Instead, Darwin Party operatives can blitz the territory with bold headlines from biased writers (university press offices) before critical thinkers have their say.  Those critical thinkers, including but not limited to creationists or intelligent design advocates, are left trying to clean up the mess, usually not getting anywhere near the coverage. It’s all rigged.How can this unfair system be fixed?  It won’t be easy.  An army of articulate, well-educated commentators can complain to the organizations, write comments to the stories, and blog about the situation.  Most likely complaints will fall on deaf ears due to the power of these institutions.  Do you think for a minute that the AAAS would grant “approved media” status to ICR or the Discovery Institute? The system puts Darwin skeptics in reactive mode, trying to undo the damage of the media blitz.The growth of open-access journals with internet peer review and public comment will help.  In the meantime, though, readers like you need to understand how the Darwin machine works.  This is not about science; it’s about manipulation, and it began in Darwin’s own day.  If you read Janet Browne’s excellent biography of Charlie (Charles Darwin: the Power of Place) you learn how he got the power of place.  His aggressive X-men founded the journal Nature expressly for the purpose of promoting the new materialistic, secularist philosophy “as science.”  Nature and other new journals, by mixing legitimate science reporting with Darwinism in a new and refreshing way, using clever writing, made Darwinism sound like a hot new trend.  The propaganda soon overpowered traditional methods of disseminating real scientific discovery, as Browne says:Nevertheless, it was to Darwin’s friends that the first wave of positive responses must be attributed. For it was obvious that Darwin’s theories were as useful to them as they were to his theories. Over the following decades, Darwin’s defenders came to occupy influential niches in British and American intellectual life. Together, these men would also control the scientific media of the day, especially the important journals… Darwin’s opponents failed to achieve anything like the same command of the media or penetration of significant institutions. (p. 129)Charlie’s little Victorian myth was not so much a scientific revolution as a media coup, and his critics are still struggling to gain back some equal power of place.  One can only hope that the power of evidence will have the last word. (Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Anderson edged in Delray Beach Open final

first_img24 February 2014South African tennis ace Kevin Anderson narrowly missed out on capturing the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Open for a second time when he was edged out by Marin Cilic in the final on Sunday, with the in-form Croatian winning 7-6(6) 6-7(7) 6-4.It was Cilic’s second title of 2014 and the 11th of his career. It was also his 18th victory of the year, which leads the ATP World Tour.Fourth consecutive final lossDisappointingly for Anderson, it was his fourth consecutive loss in an ATP Tour final since he lifted the Delray Beach trophy in 2012.The match, at three hours and eight minutes long, was the longest final in tournament history, surpassing the 1996 title match between Jason Stoltenberg and Chris Woodruff by 34 minutesOn his way to the title-decider, Anderson saw off the USA’s Tim Smyczek 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, got by Ivo Karlovic when the big-serving Croatian retired from their showdown, defeated 2012 runner-up Marinko Matosevic when he also retired with Anderson leading 7-6, and drilled Steve Johnson, who had beaten him in Auckland earlier this year, 6-2, 6-4.‘I just didn’t put down the clamps’Disappointed with the outcome of the final, Anderson said afterwards: “In the third [set], I just didn’t put down the clamps of getting back in the match and giving myself a chance. He was going to take one of his chances. He had a fair amount.“If I would have capitalised a little more, I would have put myself in a better position to win the title. I was happy making the final, but obviously a little disappointed.”‘I found a way’“In the final some nerves can get into your body and you have to deal with it in the end. Luckily I found a way,” Cilic commented.The tournament was the first for Anderson under former South African Davis Cup player Neville Godwin. The pair are undergoing a three-month trial to decide whether to make their coach/player partnership permanent or not.DoublesIn the doubles, South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and his American partner Eric Butorac, fresh off winning the US National Indoor Tennis Championships title in Memphis a week ago, were seeded second behind world number ones, the Bryan brothers.The script did not go to plan as they suffered a shock first round exit, going down to the USA’s Sekou Bangoura and Vahid Mirzadeh after a third set super tie-breaker.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Court postpones decision on Kulkarni’s interim bail plea

first_imgA special court on Tuesday deferred its decision on the interim bail plea filed by builder Deepak S. Kulkarni by a day. Mr. Kulkarni, popularly known as DSK, and his wife have been accused of cheating hundreds of investors across the State.Special court judge J. T. Utpat, who heard the arguments of Additional Public Prosecutor Sunil Hande on Tuesday afternoon, said the court would decide whether Mr. Kulkarni’s interim bail plea was accepted or rejected on Wednesday.Mr. Hande said that Mr. Kulkarni would not be able to repay investors as the DSK Group had bank liabilities of ₹1,458 crore. The developer, who faces the possibility of arrest if his bail is rejected, was not present in court. More than 8,000 people are believed to have invested in the fixed deposit scheme of the DSK Group. While the exact sum of money invested is yet to be ascertained, sources estimate the amount to be anything between ₹500 and ₹1,100 crore.Last week, Mr. Kulkarni and his wife, Hemanti, were accorded temporary respite after Mr. Utpat directed the Crime Branch not to arrest them until the next hearing. Mr. Hande had requested the court to grant him additional time to study the evidence furnished by Mr. Kulkarni’s lawyers.Mr. Kulkarni’s lawyer, Shrikant Shivade, reiterating his client’s interest to repay all investors, argued that the DSK Group’s assets were more than the amount of liability it is facing. Mr. Shivade had earlier said that the process of repaying investors had begun and that some depositors had already been compensated.‘Vague claims’However, Right to Information (RTI) activist Vijay Kumbhar has cast aspersions on these claims. “What is the basis of such vague and unsubstantiated claims? At a time when banks have been instructed not to deal with the DSK Group, his lawyers say some investors have been compensated through RTGS. I do not believe that any of the duped investors have received their money back,” said Mr. Kumbhar.Since the Pune Police registered an FIR against the Kulkarni couple on October 28, more than 1,300 complaints have been lodged against the developer in Pune, Mumbai and Kolhapur. An FIR has been filed in Mumbai as well. Last week, a police team from the Economic Offences Wing had raided the developer’s home and corporate offices in Pune and Mumbai.last_img read more