By Frank PingueNEW YORK (Reuters) – There will be no shortage of big-name players in action when the U.S. Open tennis begins today but the talk around New York for days has centred around the marquee matchup between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.Williams and Sharapova – for years the two most recognisable names in women’s tennis – will open the evening session at Arthur Ashe Stadium with their first-ever New York meeting in a match that may just have the feel of a championship final.“Of course I’m going to watch it,” defending U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka told reporters. “I know you all are going to watch it. I think everyone in New York is going to watch it.“At every Grand Slam there is always some sort of drama. You know what I mean? Like a first round. Like, Oh, my God. So this match just happens to be that for this tournament.”Eighth seed Williams, who is seeking a record-tying 24th career Grand Slam title, owns a commanding 19-2 career record against Sharapova, who last beat the American in 2004 and has fallen to 87th in the rankings amid an injury-hit 2019 season.“Definitely. That’s going to be a match to watch,” said Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu, who is seeded 15th and plays her first match on Tuesday.Among the other top names in action on Day One of the year’s final Grand Slam are defending champion Novak Djokovic, five-times winner Roger Federer, Australian world number two Ash Barty and Venus Williams.While that talented group will surely draw plenty of attention, the anticipation for their respective matches will pale in comparison to the Williams-Sharapova matchup.Williams and Sharapova have not played each other since the 2016 Australian Open. They were set to meet last year at the French Open but Williams withdrew injured moments before their fourth-round match.While five-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova may be far from her top form, she could still present a challenge for Williams, who has not competed since retiring from the Toronto final against Andreescu with back spasms.And while their clash is highly anticipated, not everyone in the tennis world is planning their day around the match.“There are a lot of other quality first rounds. It’s not the only first round in the draw,” said French Open champion Barty, who kicks off the action at Arthur Ashe Stadium against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.“I think more importantly I’m focused on my first round on Monday, and that’s all I’m worried about for the moment.”
SAN JOSE — For three games, starting Saturday, the Sharks prospects that are taking part in the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff Tournament will have the undivided attention of the organization’s scouts, managers and coaches in attendance.So, yes, it’s important for these players — ranging in age from 18 to 24 — to begin to stand out now before the Sharks’ main training camp begins next Friday.“You’re looking for the compete factor in guys,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said.“Basically, you …
The funds South Africa is borrowing are not being used to fund failed banks, as is taking place in the United States and Europe, but to construct roads and power stations, classrooms and wards, modernise technology and transform public service delivery, Manuel noted. The Bus Rapid Transit system will receive R12-billion over the next three years. Government spending of R787-billion on public infrastructure over the next three years will push South Africa’s budget deficit to 3.8 percent in 2009, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel announced on Wednesday. Of the budgeted R787-billion for the next three years, R390-billion will be spent by state-owned enterprises, Manuel said. Unpopular choices pay off The government’s prudent spending policy in the past meant it could now spend on things such as transport, health and education where other governments were not able to. In 1996, South Africa’s public debt was 48 percent of GDP and rising, and the National Treasury came up with a macroeconomic strategy which confronted the problem boldly and decisively. The state airline has been fraught with financial difficulties in the past, with the government having to come to its aid on numerous occasions. Delivering his 2009/10 Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town, Manuel said that decreased demand for South African commodities and lower outputs, coupled with decreased domestic growth, meant the government had to borrow more funds in order to finance planned public infrastructure projects. “Reducing the budget deficit was neither easy nor popular . but it was the right thing to do, and the outcome is that year by year the burden of debt service costs has declined and resources have been released to spend on education, health care, housing and infrastructure. Road, railways, classrooms, clinics … The 2009 Budget makes a further R6.4-billion available for public transport, roads and rail networks; R4.1-billion for school buildings, clinics and other provincial infrastructure projects; and R5.3-billion for municipal infrastructure and bulk water systems. “This also means that today we are able to respond to the economic downturn boldly and decisively.” Housing and the eradication of informal settlements remain at the forefront of the government’s infrastructure investment plans, he said, adding these issues significantly affected both employment and poverty reduction. The R25-billion Gautrain project, which recently enjoyed a successful maiden test run with journalists aboard, is nearing completion, with the link between Sandton and the OR Tambo International Airport to be completed by early 2010. “Together with investment in roads and public transport, these constitute one of the largest areas of expansion of public sector spending, and are rightly prioritised as part of our response to the current deterioration in employment and economic activity.” “We are also budgeting R1.6-billion for South African Airways to support its turnaround strategy, which includes reducing costs and improving efficiency,” Manuel said, adding: “I am sure that the House will agree with my hopes that this will not be a recurring allocation.” “Although the budget deficit will rise to 3.8 percent of gross domestic product [GDP] next year, debt service costs will remain moderate over the next three years, at about 2.5 percent of GDP,” Manuel said. “In the past three years, the municipal infrastructure grant programme has spent about R32-billion. Over the next three years, infrastructure grants to municipalities total R67-billion, and a further R45-billion will be spent on the Breaking New Ground housing programme. The government will also allocate R25-billion over the next three years to the Rail Commuter Corporation to invest in new trains and introduce new train routes. The budget for rail safety inspectors to reduce accidents and delays is also being increased. “This is possible because we had the courage to make the right choices over the past decade.” State-owned enterprises 11 February 2009 Source: BuaNews
I just spent three days at the American Institute of Architects annual convention in Washington, DC, including a fair amount of time at the massive trade show there. I didn’t make it all the way through the acres of exhibits over the eight hours or so I walked the floor, but I saw some really interesting products. I’m highlighting here a few of the windows and glazing-related products I found. SunGuard PVGU from Pythagoras Solar and Guardian IndustriesGuardian Industries, one of the world’s largest glass manufacturers, showed off two new products at the show. One of these was a unique building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) glazing system developed by Pythagoras Solar and marketed by Guardian.Most BIPV Glazing systems have thin-film or crystalline PV cells integrated into the glass directly, so the visible transmittance and daylighting potential are significantly compromised. Pythagoras has developed a unique solution to this problem: an insulating glass unit (IGU) with integral bars of tiny PV cells that intercept most of the solar energy striking the outside of the glass.When you look out through Pythagoras glazing, the view is distorted, but some visibility is maintained and a remarkably high 49% visible transmittance is still achieved — so daylighting performance is still very good. When viewed from the exterior (see photo), you mostly see the PV cells due to the way light is refracted by the glazing.The Pythagoras BIPV glazing produces up to 11.15 watts per square foot, which the company claims is up to three times the power density of most other BIPV glazings. The overall module efficiency is up to 12%, while the U-factor (assuming argon gas-fill) is a respectable 0.28 and the solar heat gain coefficient is 0.14 — helping to control overheating. For more on this, visit Pythagoras Solar and Guardian’s SunGuard PVUG. Graham fiberglass windowsI have just completed work on a new BuildingGreen report on windows, for which we did extensive research on the window industry, so I was surprised to come across a product (and frame material) that I had never heard of. Graham makes a high-performance window, primarily for commercial-building applications, that is available triple-glazed with U-factors as low as 0.15.What is unique about Graham windows is the frame material: a fiberglass composite that is 80% glass fibers and 20% polyurethane resin. Fiberglass is a highly durable and strong window frame material that is much more thermally stable than vinyl (PVC), but all other fiberglass windows I am familiar with are made with a polyester, rather than polyurethane, resin. According to Graham, with polyurethane you can have a higher percentage of glass fiber, achieving better strength properties. (I learned later at the show that it is harder to bond coatings to polyurethane resins than to polyester resins, which may explain the predominance of polyester-based fiberglass composites.)Graham windows, including the fiberglass frames, are manufactured in York, Pennsylvania. They are typically fitted with Cardinal glass, which is available with various types of low-e, including Cardinal’s new LoE-i89 coating for the #4 surface (facing the room) of an IGU. For more information, visit www.grahamwindows.com. SunGuard EC dynamic glazing from Soladigm and Guardian IndustriesAlso on display in the Guardian Industries booth was a new dynamic glazing product: Soladigm glass. A few weeks ago I wrote about dynamic glazing, which can be tinted on demand to control glare and solar heat gain, and specifically SageGlass, the first company out of the gate with such a product that is commercially viable. Soladigm glazing, branded as SunGuard EC by Guardian, is made in Mississippi. Like SageGlass, it is an electrochromic glazing that uses electric current to tint the glass.Soladigm’s coating is added to the #2 surface (the inner surface of the outer pane of glass in an IGU), and it can be used with clear glass or combined with a low-e coating on the #3 surface (the outer surface of the inner pane of glass). When used with clear glass, the tinting ranges from a visible transmittance of 62% and a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.47 in the untinted state to 2% / 0.09 in the fully tinted state. When used with low-e glass, it provides 48% visible transmittance and 0.29 SHGC untinted and 2% / 0.07 fully tinted. It is also available with four intermediate levels of tinting. The U-factor for these IGUs (assuming argon gas-fill) is 0.29 with clear glass and 0.24 for low-e glass and is the same whether tinted or not.Like SageGlass, Soladigm’s coating consumes a small amount of electricity to achieve the tinting (0.1 watt per square foot) and about a third as much electricity (0.03 W/ft²) to maintain the tinted state. When the electric current is shut off, the glazing reverts to the clear state. For more information, visit Soladigm or Guardian. Marvin Integrity windows with triple glazingFor years I keep asking the largest window manufacturers when they will be introducing higher-performance products. Finally my wishes came true with Marvin’s fiberglass Integrity line. I learned at the Marvin booth that the company will be rolling out a triple-pane version of its popular Integrity line around the end of the second quarter of this year, though one of the Marvin reps in the booth allowed as to how that target date might slip.There is nothing yet on the Marvin website about this window, so I haven’t been able to examine performance specifications, but I think it will be a good choice for budget-conscious home builders and homeowners. It won’t match the high-end European Passive House windows in performance, but it will still be pretty good. Like most other fiberglass windows, the Integrity line is a fiberglass-polyester composite. A nice feature of the Integrity line is that only the exterior is fiberglass; the interior is wood, providing a nicer, warmer feel. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also coauthored BuildingGreen’s special report on windows that just came out. 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World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter representing the Philippines in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup, Kobe Paras and Kiefer Ravena will wear the country’s colors anew in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia set in August.Joining Paras and Ravena are Ray Parks, Troy Rosario, Kevin Ferrer and Fil-German Christian Standhardinger.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Fortune marvels at Pacquiao conditioning: ‘A physical freak’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Baser Amer, who is having his breakout year in the PBA, Raymar Jose, Carl Cruz, Von Pessumal, Mike Tolomia and Almond Vosotros round out the roster which was announced by national team coach Chot Reyes on Tuesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout MOST READ View comments
The last few hours before the world’s biggest sporting spectacle begins is always filled with tension and suspense.And as the city of London gives final touches to its seven-year-long preparation before the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday night, everyone wishes the Games are peaceful and each of the 304 sporting events is fought in the right spirit.Gone are the days when the extravaganza called Olympic opening ceremony was kept as a secret. It has become almost a tradition now for other countries to spy on the drama that will unfold in those three hours plus.Glitz, glamour, light and sound, all that will go into the opening ceremony being directed by Danny Boyle has already been detailed. But there can still be a huge suspense as what the world will finally see through live TV signals can be different.The weather in London has been pleasant after an incredibly wet summer. The sun has been shining the last few days, which means the locals can wear bare minimum clothes.Four years ago, when Beijing wanted to show the world its sporting might and ability to organise a high voltage opening ceremony, they wanted to fire ‘rockets’ in the air to disperse the clouds!In London, no such thing has been planned and whatever nature decides will be accepted. The big problem for LOCOG, organisers of the London Olympics, is who will light the Olympic flame.Lord Sebastian Coe, head of LOCOG told Mail Today on Thursday who will light the torch is still undecided. From the man on the streets to social media like Twitter, there has been intense speculation.advertisementFive-time Olympic gold medallist rower Steve Redgrave and decathlete Daley Thompson are touted as favourites but Kelly Holmes, winner of the 800m and 1500 m in Athens, 2004, could also got a look in. But don’t be surprised if the organisers decide that more than one top former British athlete gets to do the honours.After the opening ceremony, it will be 15 days of pulsating action where riveting rivalries in track and field and swimming have already attracted attention, aroused interest and instilled desire.Usain Bolt vs Yohan Blake in the 100m and 200m and Michael Phelps vs Ryan Lochte in the swimming pool are events which the world is waiting for. Contests of these nature are played out only once every four years which is what the Olympics is all about.Looking at the global rivalries, the way China has grown as a sporting giant will be watched with interest. In the Beijing Olympics, China topped the medal tally with 51 gold, 21 silver and 28 bronze for an aggregate of 100 medals. The United States of America was second with 36 gold, 38 silver and 36 bronze while Russia were third.As the hosts, Britan will look to enhance its image as a serious sporting superpower. In Beijing , their tally did swell to 19 gold, 15 silver and 15 bronze for an aggregate of 47 medals.It is gold medals which matter the most and Britain will hope that its newest stars like Wimbledon runner-up Andy Murray and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins can fire their chances.Well before then opening ceremony, there have been a few goof-ups. At the women’s football event, a wrong flag of South Korea was shown to the North Koreans causing the match against Colombia to be delayed by an hour.Even though the organisers had to apologise to the North Koreans, it has already left people wondering what more gaffes are in store.For sheer precision and punctuality, what Beijing did as a host city was almost machine like. For London to hold a glitch-free Games will not be asking for too much despite a dip in their economy.The host nation is hoping that the Olympics will boost its economy, but each host has only been counting deficits at the end of the Games.And what about India’s chances at the London Olympics? There is an air of expectancy that this time around India can win more medals than the three at Beijing.In archery, shooting, wrestling, badminton, boxing and even mixed doubles, there are medal chances.Feats of Abhinav Bindra, Ronjan Sodhi, Deepika Kumari, Saina Nehwal, Vijender and the new boxing breed plus the wrestlers raise huge hopes. So does MC Mary Kom who represents India as women’s boxing makes its debut.With adequate government funding and the corporates also chipping in well now, Indian sport should do well. After all, post Beijing, the medal haul at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the Guangzhou Asian Games did show an improvement.advertisementGone are the days when the Indian athletes competed in the Olympics just to mark their presence. The new age heroes believe in themselves and are ready to surprise the world.
Former Kansas football player Brandon Bourbon, who had been missing since the night of April 2, was found dead Friday, according to 13 News WIBW.Former @KU_Football and @WU_Football player Brandon Bourbon found dead. https://t.co/cVfsNOFvVB pic.twitter.com/eIuyhlCRZW— WIBW (@wibw) April 9, 2016According to the Maries County Sheriff’s Office, Bourbon’s body was discovered on a secluded riverfront property, just north of Vienna, Missouri. The sheriff’s office revealed the cause of death to be suicide.Bourbon was a member of Kansas’ football team from 2010-2013 before missing his senior season with an injury. As a junior, Bourbon started all 12 games for the Jayhawks and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. His former Kansas teammate Ben Heeney posted this tribute to Twitter following the tragic news. Rest in peace to my best friend, my brother, my beard bro. U affected so many lives Brandon. I love u more than you know. @BeastmodeBourb— Ben Heeney (@henbeeney) April 9, 2016Our thoughts are with Bourbon’s friends and family during this difficult time. [13 News]
“This is the kind of standard that we are promoting. I’m very happy to see this particular environment well used. The facility looks very conducive to our precious infants, and I know that good work is being done here. This is the kind of environment we are trying to promote within our public schools,” the Minister said. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says he intends to establish an Infant Department at each primary school that is currently operating without one. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says he intends to establish an Infant Department at each primary school that is currently operating without one.Speaking with JIS News during a visit to Jack’s Hill Primary School in St. Andrew on Monday (January 15), Senator Reid said it is imperative for all primary schools to have an Infant Department attached, and to ensure that it is operating based on the 12 operating standards outlined by the Early Childhood Commission.He said the Infant Department at Jack’s Hill Primary School is a good example of what he hopes to see being operated at each primary school.“This is the kind of standard that we are promoting. I’m very happy to see this particular environment well used. The facility looks very conducive to our precious infants, and I know that good work is being done here. This is the kind of environment we are trying to promote within our public schools,” the Minister said.“The Early Childhood Commission has been pushing this with 12 standards (staffing, developmental/educational programmes, interactions and relationships with children, physical environment, indoor and outdoor equipment, health, nutrition, safety, child rights, interactions with parents and community members, administration and finance), so when we look at the facilities for infant schools, they are now similar to private institutions,” he told JIS News.Senator Reid said the Ministry has started renovating some Infant Departments at primary schools across Jamaica as well as implementing some.“We are using money from the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund to help establish these Infant Departments,” he said.The purpose of the Minister’s visit was to announce that the Ministry has approved $10 million in the next financial year, to pave a roadway leading to the school and to construct a perimeter fence. He said the Infant Department at Jack’s Hill Primary School is a good example of what he hopes to see being operated at each primary school. Story Highlights