By Steve KeatingRoger Federer and Stan Wawrinka shrugged off the threat of rain to storm into the U.S. Open semi-finals on Wednesday, while Simona Halep stood up for the younger generation to complete a women’s final four that will feature three thirtysomethings.Moved from the Arthur Ashe Stadium court to Louis Armstrong to bring Federer’s match forward, Wawrinka appeared untroubled by the change of venue, needing just an hour and 47 minutes to repel big-hitting South African Kevin Anderson 6-4 6-4 6-0.Second seed Federer turned in an equally economical effort, brushing aside Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-3 6-1 in a tidy 87 minutes to set up an all-Swiss semi-final on Friday.The other side of the draw features a battle of the big men, with top seed Novak Djokovic taking on defending champion Marin Cilic.“Emotionally it’s not so hard for me,” said Federer, who holds a commanding 16-3 advantage over his Davis Cup team mate and reigning French Open champion.“But subconsciously, you know he knows what your preferences are, where you like to go and where you’re probably going to go,” he added“That’s the weird part. I feel we meet each other somewhere in our minds before the point is being played out.”Federer and Gasquet are both armed with elegant one-handed backhands but apart from that aesthetically pleasing stroke, there were very few similarities in their lopsided contest.The 17-time grand slam winner could hardly miss and Gasquet all too often played the role of innocent bystander as the Swiss maestro uncorked 50 winners to a mere eight from the 12th seeded Frenchman.‘I’M READY’Anderson, meanwhile, lacked the energy he displayed in a fourth round upset of third seed Andy Murray, allowing Wawrinka to dictate play for large stretches of the match.The South African, who leans heavily on his serve, could manage just nine aces and one break point the entire match, which he was unable to convert.“I’ve improved a lot over the past three years and feel much closer to his level now,” Wawrinka said of his compatriot.“He is playing really well here so I will need to be at my best. He’s had some amazing matches and I know it will be a big challenge but I think I’m ready.”Halep moved closer to a first grand slam singles title after edging Victoria Azarenka 6-3 4-6 6-4 to set up a meeting with Flavia Pennetta, who toppled Czech fifth seed Petra Kvitova 4-6 6-4 6-2 to join compatriot Roberta Vinci in the last four.Defying the odds, rankings and age, 33-year-old Pennetta and 32-year-old Vinci etched their names in history by becoming the first two Italian women to reach the semi-finals of the same grand slam in the Open Era.With 33-year-old Serena Williams also in the last four, 23-year-old Halep will be conceding almost a decade of experience to her remaining challengers.“Of course we are a little bit old for the age of tennis right now,” Pennetta admitted. “But we are here and still fighting.”However, the dream of an All-Italian final will require some special magic, particularly from Vinci, who has the daunting task of facing three-times defending U.S. Open champion and world number one Williams.
The Melonas opened the scoring at the top of the second inning after Sammy Malum was walked to first base.Next batter up, Martin ToAlbert hit out to bring Malum home while he advanced to third base.Gerald Pokanau followed this up with a safe hit that brought ToAlbert home to make it 2-0.The Buluminski batters failed to get on base at their turn of bat as the game progressed to the third inning.The Melonas added another run in the third inning through a hit by pitch ball brought Eddie Simba to first base. Simba sprinted home after a power hit by Raymond Diou.Buliminski narrowed the deficit at the bottom of three when a hit by Bobby Bais scored two runners to trail 3-2.But with the flamboyant Tony Williams on the pitching mound for the Melonas, Buluminski failed to score any more runs.The bottom of the fifth saw Williams being taken off for Danny Tovia to take over the pitching duties.The Melonas gave themselves some breathing space scoring two more runs belted off the pitching of Anslom Bunbun in the sixth inningThe change in pitching paid dividends as the Melonas defended their lead to the last inning with Tovia striking out Collin Mangot in the final play to win the game.In the curtain raiser match, the Canberra Giants beat the Select Side 5-3.
Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 “He may be out for two months. Most likely, he’ll be returning in the second conference,” said the fiery mentor.The 36-year-old big man sustained the injury in the Road Warriors’ 99-97 victory over the Alaska Aces last Friday before he underwent surgery a week after.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliStill, Guiao believes that NLEX has enough manpower to cope with the loss of the veteran center with Asi Taulava, Bradwyn Guinto, Raul Soyud, Eric Camson, and rookie Fonzo Gotladera still at his disposal.“We’re not really making it as an excuse or looking at it as a big letdown,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for other bigs to play.” As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town 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 MOST READ Guiao also opted to look at the injury as a way to distribute the minutes to his young big men.“In a way, it’s a blessing because we can spread the minutes to these guys who we want to get more experience and get into the flow of the team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus View comments We are young Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes NLEX big man Enrico Villanueva (14) challenges a shot by Alaska rookie Carl Bryan Cruz (21). PBA IMAGESEnrico Villanueva has been ruled out of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup after the veteran big man suffered an MCL tear on his left knee.NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre bared the development, which was confirmed by coach Yeng Guiao.ADVERTISEMENT Compton proud of Aces reserves’ showing in close loss to SMB Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports EDITORS’ PICK Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine
In a video featured by the Department of Public Information on April 13th, 2019, the Director presented a very unprofessional propagandist series, which is at best erroneously ridiculous. He was himself pulling figures out of the sky, and has no clue of any of the contents of which he has spoken. It was indeed more laughable as the presenter seemed to be out of touch with reality.This article, therefore, is intended to counter the opinions he provided therein.To this end, it is worthwhile to examine, in the most simplified manner possible, or in “layman’s terms”, the theoretical underpinning of economic policies being pursued; especially those that are particularly designed to address, in a post-mortem way, the situation regarding the unemployed sugar workers within a pragmatic framework.The far-reaching economic implications of the largest retrenchment in Guyana’s economic history — that is, the 9,000 or 10,000 plus now unemployed sugar workers — shall be examined.Economic policies generally constitute two dimensions: demand side policies, which are policies aimed at stimulating demand for goods and services in an economy; and supply side policies, which are aimed at increasing the supply of goods and services produced by firms operating in an economy.It is important to note, at this point in our discussion, that ‘demand and supply’ constitute the very basic fundamental principles of economics. In the broad profession of economics, there are some economists who tend to subscribe to Keynesian economics, so called after John Maynard Keynes, a world-renowned economist who firmly believed in demand side policies being more effective to fuel economic growth; and there are also some economists who are firm believers in supply side policies. Thus, logically, one may ask which approach is more effective and, in this case, more sensible. Nonetheless, the answer to this question warrants extensive academic debates and/or discussions which are naturally beyond the scope of this article.Having said that, it must be said that in the budget 2018 presentation, a few measures were provided therein for the divestment or restructuring of GuySuCo – designed with the intent to cushion the effects on the retrenched workers. To this end, citing the Budget Speech (2018, pg.52): “In order to ensure the continued livelihoods, a skills re-training programme is anticipated to be offered for those who choose to pursue new opportunities. Those who wish to continue with a livelihood in agriculture may see an opportunity to own their own farmland”.In addition, there was an outreach programme held by a few key Ministers of Government with the sugar workers sometime in January of this year. In that meeting, one Minister stated that a range of foreign companies are interested in Guyana and the sugar industry — suggesting that there are going to be opportunities, as opposed to the general ideology that there is none, or limited opportunities, to absorb the sacked sugar workers.Another suggestion put forward by the Minister is that there are many opportunities for alternative employment – referring to a shortage of plantains for fast-food chain Pollo Tropical, and to the market available for soursop and other fruits.These policies are supply side policies, of course, and without getting into too much technicalities in regard to the underlying economic theories, is it really sensible to convey a message of hope to thousands of people to wait for companies to come invest in Guyana? A mere expression of interest by foreign companies does not mean that they actually manifest into reality.Hypothetically, even if one of those companies decides to invest in Guyana, with the series of protocols and bureaucracies that would have to be undertaken, it would take months — possibly a year or two, or even more time — before they reach to the operationalisation and employment phases.For example, since in 2013, and even long before then, investors were being sought after to invest in manganese mining in Matthews Ridge in the North West District; and only now, in 2018, four years after and possibly longer (if it was indeed long before 2013, when yours truly became aware of this development), the Chinese are now seeking to invest in manganese. So there will now be a manganese company in the North West District, but that, again, will take some time before the company is fully operationalised.Hence, while waiting on foreign investors to come, how long should these thousands of people sit and wait to earn? How will they pay their monthly bills and put food on their tables? How long will the severance pay last to meet their daily needs to survive?(To be continued next week).
Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ BACOLOD CITY—Spanish striker Bienve Maranon kept his impressive scoring run to propel Ceres Negros past Persija Jakarta, 1-0, on Wednesday night in the AFC Cup before close to 6,000 fans at Panaad Stadium here.Maranon got behind the Persija defense to head home a teasing ball from Martin Steuble in the ninth minute as the Busmen opened up a five-point gap at the top of Group G.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The two teams meet again on April 23 in Jakarta, but Ceres midfielder Stephan Schrock stressed the importance of taking maximum points at home against Indonesia’s biggest club.“It’s a massive win for us, especially considering that we only play every three weeks as our league has not started yet,” said Schrock.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“To stay undefeated at the top of the group is very, very good. What we need to improve on is our match fitness but that’s hard because the league has not started. It’s a big challenge to get match fitness and get 90 minutes of hard competition.” Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES 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 Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Read Next MOST READ Chicano thumps duathlon field Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs View comments
LATEST STORIES LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Guiao was first tapped to call the shots for Gilas in the 2018 Asian Games where he guided the country to its best finish in 16 years before being appointed to officially replace Chot Reyes in time for the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash View comments LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son La Salle blows lead, escapes NU for first win on Kurt Lojera winner Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Yeng Guiao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Al Panlilio, president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, said the governing body for basketball in the country has accepted Yeng Guiao’s decision to step down as head coach of Gilas Pilipinas.Panlilio also lauded Guiao for not backing down from the challenge when he took on the head-coaching role for the national team last year despite the timing and circumstances.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist “Coach Yeng Guiao had the unenviable task of picking up the pieces for Gilas Pilipinas Men. Even if the odds were stacked against him from the start, he took on the challenge head on and gave it his best shot,” Panlilio said in a statement Wednesday. “His selection to take over was unanimous and it spoke volumes about the respect that he has gained throughout his career from all members of the Philippine basketball community.”“It is with a heavy heart that we accept coach Yeng’s resignation as the head coach of Gilas Pilipinas men. The SBP thanks him for his contributions and wishes him well in all his future endeavors.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4READ: Guiao steps down as Gilas head coachGuiao resigned just three days after the Philippine team went winless in the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City MOST READ Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption
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Lukaku in action for Everton this season Everton boss Ronald Koeman expects ‘a lot’ from Romelu Lukaku this season, who he feels is nearing a return to top form.After netting twice on international duty for Belgium on Tuesday, Lukaku will be keen to break his domestic duck soon having failed to score in 13 games in all competitions for the club.The 23-year-old, who was a rumoured target for former club Chelsea this summer, reportedly told Koeman he would stay “at least one more season” on Merseyside.And heading into their Monday night trip to Sunderland, the Dutchman admitted he ‘expects a lot’ from the Belgian hitman this year.“He is a very good player and knows that he can improve,” Koeman said.“Of course, he is an important player because he is normally the top scorer of the team – he showed that with Belgium on Tuesday. And I hope he will score next on Monday.”Lukaku’s form over the last three seasons led to reported interest from Juventus this summer, yet his manager believes the striker will soon be back to his best at Goodison Park.Koeman added of Lukaku: “Always strikers need goals for their confidence.“But don’t forget he had a difficult pre-season – he was coming (back to Everton) late (after Euro 2016).“I think now he is close to his best performance level and we will see that.” 1