Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu ready for worlds

first_imgMOST READ “I’ve been in this position before where I came back from injury before the Olympics and that was valuable experience that will help.”Hanyu arrived in Japan on a flight from Toronto late Monday accompanied by coach Brian Orser. On Tuesday, he practiced for about 30 minutes at the arena in front a large crowd of fans who applauded every jump he made.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 24-year-old missed last year’s worlds because of injury. He last won the title at the 2017 world championships in Helsinki. His first win was in 2014 at Saitama Super Arena, the same venue as this year’s worlds.After twisting his right ankle in a fall in practice at the Rostelecom Cup on Nov. 17, Hanyu was told he needed three weeks of rest and one month of rehabilitation to recover from a ligament injury sustained in the fall. FILE – In this Feb. 17, 2018, file photo, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs during the men’s free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Hanyu is recovering from a right ankle injury that forced him to skip the Dec. 21-24 Japan nationals. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)SAITAMA, Japan — Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu says he has recovered sufficiently from an ankle injury and is ready to compete for the title at the world figure skating championships.“I may not be 100 percent recovered but I’m ready for this competition’ Hanyu told a news conference Tuesday, on the eve of the championships. “The goal is always to win and not just beat your opponent but to overcome yourself. I’m looking forward to competing.ADVERTISEMENT Uno heads into the worlds on a high having won the Four Continents last month. In that competition, Uno showed his resolve when he finished fourth in the short program and then won the free skate to claim the overall title. It marked the first time he won a major international competition.Uno also had an impressive 2018, winning Skate Canada, the NHK Trophy and the Japanese nationals.The world championships begin with the women’s short program on Wednesday. The men’s short program is on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PLAY LIST 02:12SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea02:14Carpio 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Portland guard McCollum out with a popliteus strain Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief He claimed his second straight Grand Prix series title of the season despite the injury, but was forced to withdraw from the Grand Prix Final and the Japan nationals in December.Hanyu sustained a similar injury at the 2017 NHK Trophy before making a comeback at last year’s Pyeongchang Olympics, where he became the first male figure skater to win consecutive Olympic golds since American Dick Button in 1948 and 1952.Defending champion Nathan Chen practiced at Saitama Super Arena on Monday and said he had fully recovered from a cold.Coming off a long break from the U.S. Nationals in January, when he captured his third straight national title, Chen said his plan is pretty much to stick with that program at the worlds.During the nationals, Chen landed four quad jumps in his free skate routine, one of which was in combination.Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno, the 2018 world championship silver medalist, will also be a medal contender on home ice.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

4 Media Houses Banned from Broadcasting World Cup Matches

first_imgThe Civil Law Court has placed a preliminary injunction against three local radio and television stations from broadcasting the 2014, FIFA World Cup currently being played in Brazil, in the South America.The block on Real TV, (Renaissance Communication Inc) SKY TV, (Sky Communication), CLAR TV (Royal Communication), and Love TV, (Sarafina Communication), was imposed following an appeal for “Declaratory Judgment” prayed for by the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS).The ban that was imposed on June 30, according to the court, will remain in force pending the determination of the LBS’s appeal, on July 7.In the injunction, the court instructed its Sheriff (court officer) to enjoin and restrain   the four media houses from further broadcasting the FIFA 2014, World Cup currently being staged and played in Brazil.It further instructed that the institutions were to appear before the court on July 7, to answer to the LBS’s declaratory judgment request.A Declaratory judgment is a binding judgment from a court defining the legal relationship between parties and their rights in the matter before the court.It does not provide for any enforcement, however.   In other words, it states the court’s authoritative opinion regarding the exact nature of the legal matter without requiring the parties to do anything.  In their complaint, the LBS alleged that it had been authorized by the FIFA as the only media institution in the country to broadcast the world cup matches.They further claimed that the authorities of these institutions have so far defied the orders from the FIFA, and were illegally broadcasting the games.The action followed a series of other requests informing the institutions to come to them and discuss about their interest in broadcasting the Brazil, 2014 World Cup matches.They further claimed that the institutions refused to hold a discussion with the management of LBS, and instead went ahead to broadcast the world cup games.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Investment in Media is Building Vibrant Democracy,’ Says Eugene Nagbe

first_imgInformation Minister Ugene Nagbe says investment in the media will support Liberia’s vibrant democracyCommerce Minister Wilson Tarpeh says the government wants to work with the mediaMinister of Information, Culture and Tourism Lenn Eugene Nagbe says that investment in the media is building a vibrant democracy.Speaking at a Media Market Day yesterday at a resort in Monrovia, Minister Nagbe noted that with the Liberian government being the biggest advertiser, advertising from the government and its agencies should be equally distributed to the media.Unfortunately, he said, that is not the case and, therefore, it needs to be addressed.He also said that the lifeblood of the media is advertisement. “I have met with the Press Union of Liberia to find the solution to this matter but it has not been successful,” he said.Minister Nagbe said there is a tendency in which a government agency or ministry will decide to restrict advertisement to a selected number of the media simply because some other media are seen as unfavorable to the government.“The situation is still lingering and we are back to free for all,” he said.Minister Nagbe further noted that the media is important because no nation can survive without the role of the media.“A vibrant media is an indispensable tool for the government and the growth of its nascent democracy,” he said.He commended Internews and USAID (United States Agency for International Development) for sponsoring the one-day program. He called on the media to work with the government, to ensure that they work together to develop Liberia’s democracy.Commerce & Industry Minister Wilson Tarpeh, who also spoke at the occasion, said the government is running a serious business and, therefore, the media should also be run as a serious business.“We need the media,” Minister Tarpeh said, “because of the capacity to create jobs for our people, among other important issues.”Minister Tarpeh, who also happens to be the proprietor of The News newspaper, said prior to the arrival of the present government, there were “golden handshake” arrangements, in which the government would negotiate highly discounted payouts to settle its debts to media entities.“That period is over,” Minister Tarpeh said. “Our government does not subscribe to that.”He noted that the Weah Administration is a new government and, therefore, the media should understand and should not “rush us to do what we need to take time to do for the people.”“We expect the press to understand that even in a new marriage there is time for a honeymoon before the husband and wife can begin to think and work for their future and that’s what the government is going through now,” he said.Returning on the government being the largest consumer, Minister Tarpeh said since the media is a business, they must check their product, because buyers out there are looking for a quality product with a reasonable cost.“If any media covers a story and, without due diligence, rushes to publish a story without credibility, the media becomes responsible for putting out a bad product and you expect anyone to buy it,” he said.He meanwhile called on the media to be responsible for the provision of the kind of product they are selling to the Liberian people.He also said the media should get all their proper documents right and if they are facing difficulties, they can arrange to meet him so that he can look into their problems and give them some assistance.He commended Internews and USAID for their continued intervention to upgrade the standard of the media in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cop critical following EBD accident

first_imgPolice Sergeant Joseph Elton Ambrose, 42, who is stationed at Alberttown Police Station and resides at Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD), is in critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital, following an accident.Reports are the Sergeant was injured about 23:45h on Sunday on the Herstelling Public Road.According to the Police, enquiries revealed that the Policeman, who was driving motor car PMM 9099 north along the western carriageway of the road, reportedly at a fast pace, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the rear of motor lorry GLL 5592, which was parked.Public-spirited citizens rushed to the man’s aid and took the unconscious cop to the Diamond hospital, where he was treated and transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.Sergeant Ambrose is currently on annual leave.last_img read more

Water polo playoffs begin

first_imgThe Rams, ranked No. 6 in Division III, have lost only once since Jan. 20 and are fresh off clinching their fifth consecutive Rio Hondo League title. While Temple City sits and waits, fellow Rio Hondo Leaguer members La Ca ada (17-9) and South Pasadena (15-10) will be active today in Division III wild-card games. Six local teams qualified for the CIF-Southern Section girls water polo playoffs, which commence today at 3:15 p.m. The area’s top-ranked school, Temple City (20-8), doesn’t begin its postseason until Thursday when the Rams host the winner of today’s wild-card game between Cerritos (20-9) and Rowland (16-12). The Spartans will entertain Charter Oak (16-13), while the Tigers venture to Downey to take on Warren (13-3). In Division IV action, the La Salle Lancers were not given a favorable draw despite their impressive record. The No. 7-ranked Lancers (21-1), who have the best record in the division and third- best of any playoff team, did receive a first-round bye and will host either Woodland Hills Louisville (13-13) or Glendale (13-13) on Friday. The Lancers’ route to a title, however, gets significantly tougher after that. They probably will meet No. 3 Oxnard Rio Mesa (20-7), champion of the Pacific View League, in the Feb. 20 quarterfinals. The area’s two remaining entries face tough challenges in Division IV. center_img Arcadia (12-13) travels to take on No. 6-ranked San Luis Obispo today. The Tigers (20-9) finished second in the PAC-7 League behind No. 2 seed Arroyo Grande (19-10). Westridge (12-8), the Prep League’s third seed, also finds itself on the road today against the Pacific League’s No. 2 team, Burbank (20-7). 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

Collison has made his point at UCLA

first_imgCollison is averaging 13 points, 5.9 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 32 minutes per game. Farmar averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 30.4 minutes. Collison also is averaging 2.8 turnovers and shooting 52.5 percent from the field, including 50 percent (41 of 82) from 3-point range. Farmar turned the ball over 3.6 times per game and shot 41 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent (63 of 189) from beyond the arc. “Last year I sat and watched a lot, so I knew he was a great player,” UCLA red-shirt sophomore wing Josh Shipp said of Collison. “He would go against Jordan every day in practice and hold his own. I was never worried. We all knew what he could do. There was never a question that he could replace Jordan. I had no doubts. I saw it every day.” “I remember everybody asking a question about Darren going into the season,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “I never expressed any reservation. I thought he’d have a very good year, and he is. It’s not anything that’s unexpected. He played 19 minutes a game as a freshman.” Other factors must be considered when comparing Collison’s and Farmar’s sophomore seasons, including a more mature and seasoned team surrounding Collison. Junior guard Arron Afflalo, UCLA’s leading scorer, is more mature and a better offensive player than he was last season when he also led the Bruins in scoring. Shipp, who sat out most of last season, takes some of the scoring pressure off Collison. UCLA also runs more this season, largely because of Collison’s willingness to push the tempo, and that creates more opportunities for assists and easy baskets. “Darren brings different things,” Afflalo said. “It’s not about his ability to do what Jordan did, because Jordan brought some different things, like leadership-wise. But Darren’s natural athleticism, which it seems he was just born with, he’s capable of putting our team in a different place.” Collison’s value to the Bruins was shown on a national level each of the past two Saturdays. During a made-for-television game at West Virginia, the Bruins were out of rhythm and lacked composure at critical times while Collison sat on the bench because of a sprained left shoulder. Last week at Arizona, Collison dazzled a regional TV audience with 15 assists (one off the school record) and 17 points. “I don’t think there’s a better point guard in America than Darren Collison,” Arizona coach Lute Olson said. “Collison is a great, great point guard. He gets in to the lane and he’s one of the toughest guys around to keep out of the lane because he’s so quick. Plus he defends like crazy.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! During an off-season of inquisitions about replacing Jordan Farmar as UCLA’s point guard, Darren Collison often gave politically correct answers about being ready to prove his worth. Truth be told, though, the whole thing wore on him. The Bruins (24-3, 13-2 Pac-10) can clinch at least a share of the conference title by defeating Stanford today at Pauley Pavilion. They also are in line to secure the West’s No. 1 seed in next month’s NCAA tournament. The only uncertainty regarding Collison’s play is whether UCLA is better with him at the point or if the Bruins were stronger last season when Farmar helped lead them to the NCAA championship game, which they lost to Florida. “They’re two different type of points guards,” UCLA sophomore power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute said. “There’s some things Jordan brings to the table that Darren doesn’t bring to the table, and (things) Darren brings to the table that Jordan didn’t have. It’s a different style of play. With Darren, we play a little bit faster.” Collison, 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds of energy, is quicker and a better defender than Farmar, but scouts said Farmar ran the half-court offense better last season and got shots off in tight space when the shot clock was winding down. But Collison is having a better statistical season than Farmar did when he helped UCLA to a 32-7 mark. center_img “Oh my gosh, it was killing me,” Collison, a sophomore, said. “I knew what I could do. It was like they doubted me. I knew Jordan was good himself, but I felt I could put that standard on myself.” Collison alleviated any concerns with his play early in the season, which included an MVP performance at the Maui Invitational, and has No. 4 UCLA on the brink of a second consecutive Pacific-10 Conference championship. last_img read more

Update on wildfires in the region

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre says the Beatton Airport Road fire is still estimated to be 5,500 hectares in size, but crews have expanded their attack on it.“There’s fire personnel and a unit crew on sight and another unit crew is on route to the fire,” she said.She said the prognosis on fire fighting heading into the next few days is positive, with more precipitation expected to enter the area and move up to the northeast.- Advertisement -The Attachie fire has a 10-man crew fighting it, having expanded its attack.A fire near the Lyndon Subdivision of Charlie Lake is in mop-up, meaning crews have started on the outside edges of the fire to work towards the middle.last_img read more

Attorneys who won Spector $900,000 from ex-assistant quit case

first_imgIn the Spector-Blaine case, she maintained in her court papers that the $635,000 was a gift from Spector and that the $425,000 was to be used to help finance a movie called “3:15” about a teacher’s efforts to reach out to underprivileged children. Spector hoped the film, written by Takei, would “rehabilitate his tarnished image,” according to Blaine’s court documents. Production of the movie was being handled by 3:15 Productions. On Aug. 30, Levinson Arshonsky & Kurtz also withdrew as part of Spector’s legal team defending him in a wrongful death suit filed against him by Clarkson’s mother, Donna Clarkson. Spector’s current attorney in the wrongful death case is C.M. Sheedy and a hearing in that case is scheduled Wednesday in Pasadena Superior Court. Spector’s criminal case trial ended Sept. 26 with jurors deadlocked 10-2 in favor of conviction. Former John Gotti lawyer Bruce Cutler resigned from Spector’s defense team near the end of the music producer’s trial, citing a difference of opinion over who would deliver the defense’s closing argument. Spector told reporters he was concerned that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler disliked Cutler because Fidler once yelled at the lawyer in front of the jury. Three other members of Spector’s defense team — Bradley Brunon, Roger J. Rosen and Linday Kenney Baden — resigned or were dismissed within one week after Fidler declared a mistrial. Only two attorneys from Spector’s criminal trial remain: forensics specialist Christoper Plourd and Dennis Riordan, who played a pivotal role during the trial’s jury instructions. Prosecutors are trying Spector for a second time and a hearing is scheduled today. Spector was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. He is best known for his layered “wall of sound” technique with such groups as the Crystals, the Ronettes and the Ramones. He also did some work with the Beatles. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They obtained a $900,000 judgment for record producer Phil Spector against a former assistant, but members of the law firm who represented him have quit the case, according to court papers obtained today. Much like what happened with the legal team that represented Spector in the shooting death of House of Blues VIP host and actress Lana Clarkson at his Alhambra home in February 2003, there have been changes of faces among lawyers representing him in his civil cases. Spector sued former assistant Michelle Blaine in September 2005. He maintained she took $425,000 from his pension fund without his permission and did not repay him $635,000 she used to buy a Costa Mesa home. The two sides settled the case in February. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsOn Nov. 29, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney signed an order allowing the Encino law firm of Levinson Arshonsky & Kurtz to step down from the case. “There has been a complete breakdown of the attorney-client relationship,” the firm’s court papers state. Spector refused to cooperate with his lawyers and would not pay their fees and costs, according to the firm’s court papers. Although the judgment was previously entered in favor of Spector against Blaine, he still needed lawyers to begin post-judgment collection efforts, the firm’s court papers state. Spector is now represented by the Woodland Hills firm of Dion-Kindem & Crockett, according to his old legal team’s court papers. William E. Crockett, a partner in the Dion-Kindem & Crockett team, was not immediately available for comment. last_img read more


first_imgEmergency response crews from Donegal County Council have responded to 25 call outs in the last few hours due to the current storm.The road to the Gartan OUtdoor Centre was blocked by this fallen tree.And the council says it is continuing to respond to calls and reports of fallen trees throughout the county.“We are asking all motorists and road users to take extra care today and high sided vehicles should continue to avoid crossing Mulroy Bridge this morning. “It is forecasted that high speed winds will reduce as the day goes on with more settled conditions expected this evening,” said a spokesman.For all updates on road conditions this Winter follow Donegal County Council on Twitter @donegalcouncil or @roadsDCC or on our Facebook page.Any reports of fallen trees blocking roads should be reported to Donegal County Council on 074 91 53900.COUNCIL CONFIRMS IT HAS RESPONDED TO 25 EMERGENCY CALL-OUTS DURING STORM was last modified: December 5th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Donegal County Councilemergency callsstormlast_img read more

Arsenal XI to face Manchester City: New signings to star in Sweden?

first_img 7. Alexis Sanchez (left wing) 11 35. Mohamed Elneny (central midfield) 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) Pre-season so far has gone fairly swimmingly for Arsenal with an 8-0 victory over Viking in Stavanger on Friday proving to be the icing on the cake.Now, though, the Gunners face their toughest as they come up against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in Gothenburg.It will be an intriguing matchup as Arsene Wenger takes on the Spanish boss, fresh from a three-year spell with Bayern Munich where he won three Bundesliga titles.Wenger has played fairly mixed teams so far during pre-season, but we could see a really strong team in Sweden take on Man City.So, who do we think will start?Click the right arrow above to check out talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal XI… 11 5. Gabriel (centre back) – check out the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right wing) 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 29. Granit Xhaka (central midfield) 11 18. Nacho Monreal (left back) 11 11 11 11 11 11 32. Chuba Akpom (striker) 11 17. Alex Iwobi (attacking midfield) 16. Rob Holding (centre back) last_img read more