Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer on opposite sides of Australian Open draw

first_imgSerbia’s Novak Djokovic (L) and Switzerland’s Roger Federer shake hands at the end of their men’s singles semi-final tennis match on day six of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 – Rolex Paris Masters – indoor tennis tournament at The AccorHotels Arena in Paris, on November 3, 2018. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)MELBOURNE, Australia— Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are aiming for the same record from opposite sides of the draw, leaving open the prospect of them playing in the final for a seventh Australian Open title.Top-ranked Djokovic and defending champion Federer enter the season-opening major equal with Roy Emerson, who won his six Australian singles championships between 1961-67, before the Open era.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Serena Williams already has won seven Australian Open singles titles, and is a strong contender to add another after skipping last year’s tournament while on leave after having a baby.Now seeded 16th, Williams was drawn into the same section Thursday as No. 1-ranked Simona Halep, the runner-up last year. The pair could meet in the fourth round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDjokovic starts at the top of the draw and will open against a qualifier. Things could get much tougher quickly, with a potential second-round meeting against wild-card entry Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who he beat in the 2008 Australian final, and with Denis Shapovalov in the same section. Eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori, who opened the season with a title in Brisbane, is a potential quarterfinal rival and No. 4 Alexander Zverev looms as a semifinal opponent if both players advance that far.Federer, who has won the last two at Melbourne Park in a career resurgence, is in the bottom half of the draw with second-ranked Rafael Nadal, who is returning from an injury layoff. One of the most intriguing men’s first-round matches features 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic against mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios, who is unseeded after his ranking slid from 13 into the 50s, but has tour-level wins over Federer, Nadal and Djokovic to his credit.Williams will face Tatjana Maria in the first round, and could meet either Genie Bouchard or Peng Shaui in the second. Halep has drawn another first-round against Kaia Kanepi, who beat her at the same stage at last year’s U.S. Open, and a possible third rounder against unseeded Venus Williams.Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne last year after a tough final against Halep, is in the same section as Maria Sharapova and has Petra Kvitova at the top of her quarter.“The first time I came back here and hit on the courts, I thought, ‘OK, I’m home,’” the third-seeded Wozniacki said of her return to Melbourne Park. “I feel like these courts are suited for me, so it’s incredible to be back. I’m just enjoying every minute of it.”Second-seeded Angelique Kerber, who won the Australian and U.S. Opens in 2016 and added the Wimbledon title last year, is in the same half as Wozniacki and has 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens in her quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil These athletes also joined 2019 Traslacion of Black Nazarene Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Aiming for a 21st Grand Slam trophy and a 100th career singles title, Federer will open against Denis Istomin. And with No. 6 Marin Cilic in the same quarter, there’s potential for a rematch of the 2018 final a few rounds early.“I’m so close, I’ll give it a go,” Federer said. “If I made 100 at the Australian I’d take it, I’d gladly accept it — and I’ll give it all I have.”But, he noted before heading out to practice after attending the tournament draw with his trophy, “the moment you find out the draw, that’s when you shift your focus to the first round and only the first round.”Cilic was drawn into the same section as five-time finalist Andy Murray, who is coming back from a long-term hip injury and is set to open against No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut.Murray won only two games in an incomplete practice match with Djokovic at Melbourne Park, showing signs he’s still not fully fit after spending most of the last 18 months off the tour. Murray played at the season-opening Brisbane International last week, where he won his first-round match against James Duckworth but lost in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev in the second, limping between points and admitting he’s still dealing with his troublesome right hip.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Stena Carron drillship faces challenge over certification of local workers

first_imgThe Stena Carron drillship, owned and operated by the British, has arrived and is in the process of hiring employees to begin its operations locally; but is currently faced with the challenge of having its workers certified by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).This is according to the Rig Manager, Callum Balflour.MCA is the organisation responsible for maritime safety in the UK.Balflour made the disclosure at the launch of Strategic Recruitment Solutions Inc (SRS) on Friday evening at the Marriott Hotel.Stena Carron Rig Manager, Callum BalflourAccording to him, Guyanese do not possess the certification which is required by the MCA, and this is something he plans to address with the agency.“As a British vessel, we have some additional challenges for certification requirements for crew with the MCA, minimum safe manning and certificates that are acceptable and not acceptable; and that’s one of the challenges we face here,” he said.The rig manager added, “There are a lot of seamen here in Guyana, but the certificates wouldn’t match what the MCA asks for, and that’s a challenge that we as company need to take up with the MCA”.Balflour said that for him a seaman is a seaman, they do the same job and pass through the same training. As such, the name on a certificate should have no say in whether or not that person is qualified or eligible for a specific post.Back in 2016, when the Stena had first arrived in Guyana to begin its hunt for oil and gas, it was recognised that Guyanese did not possess any expertise in this area. Due to this, the rig manager said, the British drilling agency took it upon itself to train recruits in various areas for employment.In this regard he noted, several persons have already been trained and hired. Doors for promotion, Balflour said, are always open to locals, as long as they demonstrate the talents required for the specific posts.To qualify for a certificate from the MCA, applicants must be at least 17 years of age and have completed at least six months approved sea service in the deck department or engineer room of a vessel, or possess two months sea service if the applicant has completed an MCA-approved special college-based training programme and has completed the basic safety training, among other things.On February 6, 2019, United States oil giant ExxonMobil announced its 12th and 13th discoveries in Guyana.The discoveries, which were made at the Tilapia-1 and Haimara-1 wells in the southwest section of the Stabroek Block, were announced by Director of Energy Dr. Mark Bynoe in a statement. These new discoveries, he said, reinforce the country’s potential to be able to produce more than 750,000 barrels of oil daily by 2025, with at least five floating, production storage and offloading vessels (FPSO) on the Stabroek Block.The news of the discoveries and their potential for the country has created in the minds of Guyanese hope for not only a better future, but for employment opportunities in the emerging sector. However, even as oil production is slated for a mere few months from now, the Government is yet to implement the Local Content Policy which would assure Guyanese of employment opportunities.The Government’s Energy Department has attempted to comfort locals by assuring that that document would be ready long before first oil, due in 2020.This commitment was given more than three years after oil was first discovered off Guyana’s coast by United State oil giant ExxonMobil.The Local Content Policy would guide the State in guarding against local companies being bypassed for contracts and services in favour of foreign companies and workers.last_img read more

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Haitian gunmen hijack school bus

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Doussous said he spoke with the kidnappers of Schneider by phone and that they are demanding $300,000 for his release. The kidnappers even put Schneider, who works for a group called Glow Ministry, on the phone with the police commander. “I just talked to him on the phone. A bullet fractured his arm but he says he is fine,” said Doussous, who heads Haiti’s anti-kidnapping unit. Doussous said police believe the kidnappers brought Schneider to the Port-au-Prince slum of Cite Soleil, a base for armed gangs blamed for much of the recent violence in the capital. Details on Schneider’s group were not immediately available. Police said they did not know his hometown. Haiti, the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation, has a long history of instability. Elections are slated for Jan. 8, to elect a president and parliament. A rebellion ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004. The former president lives in exile in South Africa. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Gunmen hijacked a school bus carrying 14 children Thursday, and a U.S. missionary was kidnapped while driving outside Haiti’s capital, police said. The bus was taking the children to school when several armed men stopped it, boarded it and drove off down a main road going to the west of Port-au-Prince, the capital, Police Commissioner Francois Henry Doussous told The Associated Press. He said they’re working to secure the release of the children, but did not provide a motive or any other details. Also Thursday, gunmen shot and kidnapped 44-year-old U.S. missionary Philip Schneider as he was driving on a road north of the capital, Doussous said. “We do not consider these kidnaps to be politically motivated,” said Doussous. “This is purely criminal activity, the gangs need money.” Police and the U.N. peacekeeping force in Haiti suspect gangs allegedly close to Aristide of preparing violence to disrupt the national elections. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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