Roger Federer says he hopes to play 2 or 3 more years

Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND The 35-year-old Federer said Friday he’s not sure of the form he’ll produce upon his return, but that retirement isn’t part of his thought process.“Only when I get asked do I think of things like this,” said Federer, who has 17 Grand Slam singles titles, the most of any male player.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“I don’t see it like this, that this could be my last Australian trip, even though it might very well be,” he added. “I’m really positive. I took these six months off so I would be playing for hopefully another two to three years, not just another six months or so. So my mindset is for the long-term.”Federer hasn’t won a Grand Slam singles title since Wimbledon in 2012, and with his injury, has slipped to No. 16 in the world rankings. Roger Federer of Switzerland answers questions at a press conference following his semifinal loss to to Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. AP FILE PHOTOPERTH, Australia—Roger Federer says he hopes to play for at least another three or four years and that his “mind-set is for the long-term” in assessing his tennis future.Federer, who has not played since re-injuring his surgically repaired left knee at Wimbledon in July, will make his tournament return in the Jan. 1-7 Hopman Cup team event at Perth, representing Switzerland with Belinda Bencic.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise MOST READ “Winning titles is a beautiful feeling, rankings at the moments … completely secondary,” Federer said Friday. “As long as I’m healthy and injury free I think I can really do some damage.”Federer and Bencic begin play against Britain, represented by Heather Wilson and Dan Evans, on Monday night at Perth Arena.Defending champions Australia, represented by Daria Gavrilova and Nick Kyrgios, begin play Sunday night against Spain.Americans Coco Vandeweghe and Jack Sock take on Czech Republic’s Lucie Hradecka and Adam Pavlasek earlier Sunday in the men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles format.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town
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Clipping wings…

…or misdirection?After a year of pungent criticism about his gross mishandling of Guyana’s right to getting a fair value for its oil reserves, Raphael “Nassau” Trotman will be handing over that segment of his “Natural Resources” portfolio to a “Department of Energy” within the Ministry of the Presidency. Some may believe it’s some kind of demotion but they couldn’t be more mistaken. This is, as we Guyanese say rather elegantly, “a cock”!First of all, the Department will not be any kind of autonomous agency or company that most other oil producers insist on, to reduce political meddling and corruption. Ghana, for instance, which isn’t even the strongest player out there, has its Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC).  Then “Nassau” will be leading the “Task Force” setting up the Unit!! How more incestuous can you get?? Especially when the other members are Harmon and the tight little circle from the AFC that’s returned to the PNC!Do you think this group will select the kind of petroleum and financial professionals that’ll do what’s best for Guyana? If you believe that then you’re obviously living in la-la land – or, you’re a true believer!! What you’ll get is a bunch of tightly controlled automatons under the control of the Minister of State. Note the other divisions of the Ministry of the Presidency – State (Harmon), Citizenship (Felix); Social Cohesion (Norton) are all under high PNC executives. And don’t even mention the agencies!!But it’s also a way to deflect from the gross negligence (being kind here!!) of Trotman in handling our oil revenues. If he were the head of any private company, he’d be long gone! This is just a tactical gambit to remove “Nassau” Trotman from the line of fire. He’s too much of a lightning rod right now and the Energy Agency will make folks think “something was done”!! Just look at how things unfold in the next few months!“Nassau’s” well protected by the terms of HIS contract he struck with Granger at Nassau. As an ardent admirer of Burnham, his job will be to maintain the façade of the AFC bringing “multilateral” support to the PNC. You ask what about Nagamootoo and Ramjattan, dear readers?  Have you forgotten “Nassau’s” now the LEADER of the AFC?? Those two worthies are just (toothless) poodles who are used as props to flank Granger in the official Ministry of the Presidency photos! They’re Vice Presidents, you see!Your Eyewitness has already pointed out the oil contract’s void since “Nassau” Trotman was not in his right mind when he “renegotiated”.Since we (unfortunately) don’t have the tradition of Hara Kiri, maybe he can redeem himself by confessing!!…and oil productionWell, Exxon just announced its seventh oil strike – this one in the Pacora field. Some may know that “pakoras” have a thin crust filled with goodies and are scrumptious. This Pacora must be so filled with such scrumptious oil that Exxon is now projecting a production of 500,000 thousand barrels per day!! Imagine that!! Since the one FPSO already commissioned can only process 200,000 bpd, does it mean they’ve placed an order for another two of the monsters that cost US$1 billion each?But that raises the question: was the government consulted on the new level of production? Apart from a better price split (Ha!!) that’s supposed to be a benefit of a PSA – where the country owns the oil and the oil company’s a contractor – the production level is another tool for the country to control its destiny. As one expert recently pointed out – and your humble Eyewitness did a year ago – we don’t have the capacity to absorb multibillion cash infusions right now.Production should therefore be tailored to match our absorptive capacity.…or plain meanness?Did the Chronic HAVE to publish COP Persaud’s applications to himself for a licence for a firearms dealership on the day he was being honoured??Ow, man, that was low!

New Leaders Take over SASAFU

Salala, Sanoyea, and Fuamah Districts Development Solidarity (SASAFU) Incorporated has endorsed a new leadership to steer the affairs of the organization until March 28, 2016.Those confirmed into office by SASAFU Board Chairman are George Jonson, chairman, and D. Nailon Kaine, vice chair for administration. Others re-affirmed are Famata S. B. Kai, vice chair for operations and mobilization; Yarkpai J. C. Keller, secretary general; David Kankalan vice chair for fiscal affairs; Kollie Peterson, vice chair for men’s wing; Susanah Kaine, vice chair for women’s wing; Alex G. Nanoh, vice chair for youth wing; Rev. Amos Sackie, chaplain; and Viola Nanoh, treasurer.The slots of chairman and vice chair for Administration were filled on Monday at a retreat organized by the people of Lower Bong County. The vacuum in SASAFU’s leadership was created recently due to the death of Momo B. H. Tehmeh, Jr., who served as chairman.The retreat, chaired by Andrew S. Allakamenin, chairman of the board, co-chaired by John K. Sackie and other members of the board, brought together several prominent citizens of the county. They addressed issues of reconciliation and way forward for the organization.Recommendations were advanced aimed at holding members together to succeed in meeting the organization objectives. Leaders were cautioned to be accountable and transparent, but not to be driven by political euphoria. They stressed the need to focus on advocacy for more development programs for the districts.Due to unrelenting needs for development, economic empowerment, wealth creation, political balance in Bong County, coupled with other challenges amongst inhabitants of those from the lower part of the county, the residents unanimously agreed to unite themselves for the purpose of addressing some of their basic concerns since March 5, 2013.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)

Ladies go at each other in Wolf Challenge Cup

The Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) organized Wolf’s Challenge Cup SoftballKavita Yadramtournament continues today with five matches at the Malteenoes Sports Club Ground, Thomas Lands.At 10:00h the lone male encounter will be played between Floodlights and long-time nemesis Regal Masters on Pitch One. The 20 overs a-side match will be keenly contested as the two most consistent teams in the Masters’ category look to go ahead in the tournament.Meanwhile on Pitch number Two, 4R Lioness will take on Enterprise Divas in the first female encounter of the day also at 10:00h.At 11:30h, Wellwoman and Trophy Stall Angels will take the field in the 15 overs a-side match that will see lots of excitement from the two oldest rivals in female softball cricket. Wellwoman will then take on Blue Divas from 13:00h followed by the final match of the day between Trophy Stall Angels and Enterprise Divas.The competition is winding down and teams will be keeping an eye on the sixth annual Guyana Softball Cup which is on the horizon and will be played from November 4 to 6 in Georgetown.

KNRC sponsorship upped to Sh39.6m

0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya January 22 – Kenya Commercial Bank have increased their sponsorship for the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) to Sh39.6m for the 2013 season set to start this weekend.This is represents a ten percent increase from last year’s Sh36.2m ahead of the season dubbed KCB Mobi Banking Series. “We sat down with the federation we saw the challenges that we could not meet with the current money that we used to allocate last year. So we decided them a bump so that we can be able to tackle a few things,” the brand manager Andrew Njoroge stated on Tuesday.He added the unpredictable economic forecast led to the injection of the extra cash.Njoroge hoped the investment would boost local events.“We have partnered with a lot more event organizers we are going to make it more exciting. We are going into the family aspect and want all kids to have fun.”To bring the action closer to fans that throng at areas races are held, the manager unveiled a plan that would ensure they follow happenings without need of entering the restricted routes. “We will have screens that will be showing the rally live at the spectator stage people can watch it there and we are going to have a lot of competitions on our mobile online platform which we are launching that will enable people interact, not only in Kenya but worldwide,” he announced.Speaking at the same function Kenya Motor Sports Club chairman Jim Kahumbura who are organising the first leg outlined his team has laid out a tough technical rally with the competitors having work cut out for them.“This is a driver’s rally except for the first stage which is 12km. the second stage is 44km the other two with one at 32km and the second one is 25km with very good view. You know Kajiado on the Konza side is a bit flat, short of drivers driving on sight.“They can see very far and it’s going to be very fast and it’s rough. They can see very far.”The famous Andy’s Corner stretch in Kajiado has been designated as the spectator point.The start of the 32km – Andy’s Corner stage- is situated 7 kilometres from the highway junction at the Wakawa Zebra Curio Shop, heads all the way to Konza.Reconnaissance is on Saturday from 8am to 6pm.The rally that already has more than 50 cars entered will start on Sunday from the KMSC Clubhouse at Nairobi’s South C at 8am.This will be followed by the ceremonial finish set for 5pm at the Kajiado Service Parkland the prize giving at the same venue.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Boeing delays 787 test flights

SEATTLE – Boeing Co. will not begin test flights of its new 787 jetliner until mid-November or mid-December, months later than originally planned, because it’s taking longer than anticipated to get the first plane ready, the company said Wednesday. Boeing initially aimed to begin flight testing within a monthlong window beginning in late August but early last month acknowledged first flight might not happen until October. The midsize, long-haul 787 is the first large commercial jetliner being made mostly from composites, which Boeing has promised will make the plane more fuel efficient and cheaper to maintain because carbon fiber-reinforced plastics are lighter and more durable than aluminum. On Wednesday, Scott Carson, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said the first flight test will be pushed well into the fall because of delays in completing assembly of the first plane and in finishing flight-control software. Even so, Carson and Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, said the company has contingency plans in place to keep the 787 on track to be delivered to its first customer, Japan’s All Nippon Airways, in May. In a conference call with analysts and reporters, Carson declined to discuss possible penalties Boeing might have to pay if any planes are delivered late but said, “A one- to three-month delay would have minimal financial implications for us in ’08.” Rival Airbus SAS’s A380 superjumbo has suffered about two years of delays, mostly because of wiring problems, which have wiped billions off its parent company’s profit forecasts for the coming years. Boeing unveiled its first 787 amid much fanfare in early July, but has spent the past several weeks working to get that plane ready for its maiden flight. Boeing had large sections of the first aircraft delivered to the final assembly plant before they were stuffed with electrical wiring and other systems – work that eventually will be done by suppliers. Having that “travel work” handled by in-house mechanics has proved more complicated than the company expected, in some cases because Boeing has had to clear up errors in documents its suppliers have sent with their pieces of the plane, Bair said. Boeing recently told several of its suppliers to reschedule some work and take on more of the systems installation so the company can streamline the final assembly process. “Sorting through and understanding the facts and rescheduling the work accordingly has taken some extra time,” Bair said. The company also hired new mechanics and made others available to do the final assembly work once those components arrive at the factory, Bair said. Boeing has had to grapple with replacing thousands of temporary fasteners that hold the plane together with permanent ones – a time-consuming problem brought on because of an industrywide shortage of the tiny parts, some of which are unique to the 787. Mechanics still have to remove and replace hundreds of temporary fasteners on the first plane, Bair said. Boeing has done a lot of pre-flight testing on the 787 that has helped it find and fix problems it normally hasn’t discovered until the flight-test program is under way. Still, Bair said surprises could cause setbacks. “The real issue is if we have some discovery in the flight test program that causes us to have to go back and do some sort of redesign and rework of the airplane – we’re rapidly running out of time ? to be able to deal with anything big,” Bair said. To get the airplane certified on time, Bair said the company plans to fly six flight-test 787s at higher rates – about 120 hours a month – than it has with previous planes, which have flown about 70 to 80 hours a month. Two other planes will undergo static and fatigue tests on the ground.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SETBACKS: The phase may start as late as December because of assembly problems. By Elizabeth M. Gillespie THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

L.A. council seeks phone-users tax

By Beth Barrett STAFF WRITER Setting up a showdown with voters, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously declared a revenue emergency Tuesday and agreed to ask voters to approve a 9 percent telephone-users tax that would expand the levy to many new technologies. The 14-0 vote to place the tax on the February presidential primary ballot comes amid concern that a judge could soon invalidate the current 10 percent phone tax – which brings in $270 million of the city’s $7 billion budget. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Councilmen Dennis Zine and Greig Smith, who had questioned the urgency of the measure, met privately with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa after learning – to their surprise – that the measure would tax new technologies like VoIP and private communication services used by large companies. They then voted for the measure – providing the unanimous support needed to get it on the February ballot and allow it as an emergency to pass with only 50 percent support instead of the two-thirds majority required for taxes. The council’s decision brought immediate criticism over expansion of the tax as well as the city’s belated recognition that the current phone tax probably violates taxpayer protections imposed by Proposition 218. City officials estimate the proposed tax – which supporters intend to promote as a 10 percent cut – would raise about $243million annually. They said they don’t have estimates on how much the new taxes on “emerging” technologies will raise. The communications industry challenged the current telephone-users’ tax after the federal government last year backed off a tax that the city had referenced since 1967. Earlier this month, Villaraigosa released a report recommending the city take “emergency” action to place the tax on the ballot. A unanimous council vote was needed to declare an emergency and put the measure on the ballot, but Smith and Zine expressed strong criticism. They questioned the urgency of the measure as well as whether it should include a higher voter-approval requirement. On Tuesday, Zine expressed additional concern and called it “creative taxation.” He also criticized several exemptions, including a 5 percent rate for telemarketers. “I’m of the belief (the proposal) should be candid and forthright, not smoke and mirrors, bait and switch,” Zine said in an interview before the vote. But Zine and Smith flip-flopped after holding a last-minute private meeting with Villaraigosa, saying he convinced them that the city would be in serious financial trouble without the tax. “We can’t be fiscally irresponsible,” Zine said, adding that public safety and other services could be slashed without the tax revenue. Smith said that in the closed-door meeting, the mayor argued for the tax – including its expansion to new technologies – and was upset the council hadn’t gotten a more complete briefing earlier. City Administrative Officer Karen Sisson, the mayor and Councilman Bernard Parks, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, all defended taxing new communications technologies. “Everyone who makes a phone call should be treated equitably,” Sisson told the council. Parks said the city always has made efforts to capture new technology within the tax base. Cell phone service, for example, now accounts for about $162 million of the $270 million in annual telephone tax revenue. “You just move so the tax base continues to grow,” Parks said. Still, despite the expansion of tax to new services, the vast majority of phone users should see a reduction in taxes, insisted Matt Szabo, the mayor’s spokesman. “The loss of $270 million would have a devastating effect on critical services. The mayor believes the voters should have an opportunity to vote on critical services while lowering their phone tax,” Szabo said. Exemptions in the measure, meanwhile, also will be reviewed and could be changed at a later election. Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller said raising the rates now would offset the message that the tax is being reduced. Councilman Richard Alarcon worried that taxing telemarketers at their current 5 percent rate could doom the measure with voters. Business and other groups also criticized the action, which follows the city’s recent negotiation of a five-year contract that gives most municipal workers a nearly 23 percent raise at a cost of over $200 million. Transfers worth tens of millions of dollars to the city’s general fund from the Department of Water and Power also are in jeopardy pending a court action. Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, said taxing new technologies would make up for some of the touted rate cut. “Obviously they’re looking for new forms of revenue by people who don’t have as much of a lobbying arm,” Stern said. Kris Vosburgh, executive director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Associations, said whether the measure actually cuts taxes is questionable. In a memo to council members, Sisson said loss of the tax would likely mean a combination of cutting services, raising fees and laying off employees. “Potential service reductions will involve several essential services in the areas of public safety, community services, recreation and cultural programs, transportation services and general city support,” the memo read. Of the city’s $6.8 billion budget, only about $3.6 billion is considered unrestricted to pay for various services, with the telephone-users’ tax accounting for about 6 percent of that. “Every resident would feel it in some shape or fashion,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!

Claude Puel confirms Southampton’s record signing out injured for another month

1 Southampton fans will have to wait to see Sofiane Boufal in action Southampton manager Claude Puel does not expect to have record-signing Sofiane Boufal available for at least another month as the attacking midfielder builds up his fitness.The Saints broke their existing club-record fee of almost £15million, which they paid for Dani Osvaldo in 2013, when they brought in Boufal from Lille ahead of this summer’s transfer deadline.However, Southampton fans will have to wait for the chance to see the 22-year-old in action as Puel confirmed the Morocco international is not yet fit.Puel said: “Boufal has a little injury for the moment.“He works very well every day and now it’s important he (puts in) good work, has a strong knee and when he comes back with us he can play with a good level and all the possibilities.“I don’t know (an exact time frame). I think one month more to have a good level.“He’s started to come on to the training ground with different exercise at the beginning.“For the future when he comes back with the squad all the people can see Boufal in another way.”As well as bringing in Boufal on a five-year contract, Southampton managed to keep hold of a number of key players ahead of deadline day, including centre-back Jose Fonte and striker Jay Rodriguez, who were both linked with moves away.Frenchman Puel is happy they can now concentrate on the Premier League, where they face Arsenal this weekend in their first match back following the international break, before taking on Sparta Prague in the Europa League next Thursday.“For all the trainers it’s important now to know the window (is closed) because it is difficult for the staff and for the players,” Puel said.“Many players can be disturbed by different solicitations and it’s important now to work with good concentration.“The squad now is concentrated on doing good work against Arsenal. It’s important.”

England fall to late defeat against France in first match since Sampson sacking

England Women crashed to a late defeat in France as their first match since Mark Sampson’s sacking failed to bring any feel-good factor after another damaging week for the national side.Interim manager Mo Marley, hoping to create some positive, sporting headlines following the explosive session in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, saw a goalkeeping error from Siobhan Chamberlain gift Viviane Asseyi an injury-time winner in Valenciennes.The Lionesses had beaten the same opponent by the same 1-0 scoreline in the quarter-finals of Euro 2017 – the high watermark of a soon-to-be-doomed regime – and were coming off the back of a 6-0 victory over Russia in Sampson’s last stand.But it is impossible to remove the context of recent events and a tepid showing suggests Marley, who takes charge of next month’s World Cup qualifiers before a permanent decision is made in December, has a considerable refocusing job on her hands.Marley has built her reputation with England’s age-group sides but her first teamsheet saw a reversion to two seasoned campaigners, with record cap-holder Fara Williams and fellow midfielder Jill Scott recalled in place of Jade Moore and the injured Fran Kirby.Genuine chances were at a premium, Jodie Taylor floating a shot over from 20 yards and Steph Houghton’s well-timed block snuffing out Valerie Gauvin’s effort at the other end.France briefly entertained with a dead-ball routine that saw their runners jogging in a circle before peeling off to attack the cross, but the dreadful delivery rendered their creation moot.Ines Juarena did better with her final ball in the 32nd minute, picking out Gauvin who glanced a header towards the far post. For a moment it threatened to skip inside the net but Chamberlain did well to tip round the post.England were brighter at the start of the second half, Lucy Bronze and Toni Duggan coming to the fore, but needed another intervention from their keeper on the hour.Eugenie Le Sommer, after one of several incisive runs, unleashed a long-range shot that looked goalbound until Chamberlain, possibly unsighted, made a scrambling save.Two substitutes combined as England appealed for a penalty five minutes from time, Nikita Parris claiming her ankles had been clipped as she tried to latch on to Isobel Christiansen’s cut-back. That shout went unanswered and calamity was close behind.Chamberlain rose to claim an injury-time cross but let it sail clear, allowing Asseyi to poke home. 1 England fell to a late defeat to France

Galaxy’s Edge Differences: Breakfasts at Docking Bay 7

Share This!Disney has started to post menus for Galaxy’s Edge, and we’re noticing some differences between the California menus and the Florida menus.One interesting item of note is that the California menu for Galaxy’s Edge now notes that breakfast service at Docking Bay 7 is limited during the weekdays.So if you’re looking for hot breakfast on Batuu Monday-Thursday, this isn’t the dining location you’re looking for.Also of note are some differences in the non-alcoholic beverages. The passionfruit kombucha-based “Batuubucha Tea” is not listed as being offered in Florida, nor is the Phattro (tea, lemonade, and desert pear). Instead, Florida gets a limeade-based drink.Moof Juice is offered at both locations.Overall, prices for food are similar, but Florida prices are slightly higher for some options (for instance, a large fountain drink will run you $4.19 in California and $4.49 in Florida and a “Black Caf [coffee] is $2.99 in California and $3.29 in Florida).One other disappointing note, presently Walt Disney World does not have the allergy-friendly breakdown on their menu the way the Disneyland menu does.  Hopefully as we get closer to opening, the menu will have those options clearly delineated on the site.As always, more changes will be coming in the days leading up to and after the opening of Galaxy’s Edge, but it is exciting to see information becoming available now.