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SOUTHCOM Fosters a Hurricane of Ideas on Climate Change and the Military

first_imgBy Dialogo August 22, 2012 With melting glaciers, furious hurricanes and implacable droughts under the magnifying glass, military, defense and civilian leaders from over 20 countries in the Western Hemisphere are gathering in Miami to brainstorm solutions to mitigate the impact climate changes might have in the military around the world. Organized by the United States Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Engineering Division, the “Environmental Variability and Sustainability: Challenges for Military Resiliency and Readiness” conference is focusing on topics such as how rising temperatures will impact cold-region installations, the pressure to reduce the size of the Air Force carbon footprint, and how more efficient military vehicles can save soldiers’ lives by reducing the need of fuel convoys that are such an easy target for the enemy. “While climate change alone does not cause conflict, it may act as accelerant of instability or conflict, placing a burden to respond on civilian institutions and militaries around the world. And when you get factors of instability, you are talking about security issues that could put our national interests at stake,” said Major General Joseph DiSalvo, USSOUTHCOM’s Chief of Staff, during his opening remarks. Maj. Gen. DiSalvo stressed that military forces should look at ways to adapt to changing missions that may require different expertise, training and equipment, protect their installations and training areas, and make investments in finding technology solutions to an inevitable problem. One of the highlights of the first day of the event was the presentation by keynote speaker Timothy K. Bridges, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Air Force for Environment and Occupational Health. Bridges spoke of the urgent need for action and collaboration across the board. “The scale of these international climate challenges will require regional and multilateral responses making use of regional and international organizations. In this sense, the All Partner Access Network (APAN) can foster information exchange between one country and another, with organizations and other agencies that may not have access to traditional Department of Defense systems and networks,” he insisted. As part of his presentation, Bridges also offered real live examples of what several military facilities in the United States are doing to respond to future and present climate changes. Among those, he mentioned the Langley Air Force Base, one of the oldest continuously working air bases in the U.S. According to estimates, by year 2100, 40 to 50 percent of the installation, including much of the runway, could be at risk for inundation. The air base is working closely with the Oak Ridge National Lab to prepare for this possibility. One of the most interesting sessions of the conference was the panel “Perspective from the Region”, where representatives from the Chilean Ministry of Defense, the Colombian Navy and Army, as well as El Salvador’s Armed Forces, explained what their countries are doing to prepare for and react to climate changes. “This conference offers us the opportunity to showcase what we are doing in Colombia and learn from what others are accomplishing in their own nations”, said Commander Silvia Rondón, who heads the environmental efforts by the Colombian Navy. On the last day of the conference, August 23, the discussions will move from SOUTHCOM’s Conference Center of the Americas to the field, at the Everglades National Park. There, among what seems to be a picture perfect wilderness paradise, the participants will have the opportunity to see, feel and smell an actual example of what climate change can do to the environment. The tour will include a briefing on the Everglades Restoration Project, an overview of how climate is affecting the Homestead Air Force Base, south of Miami, and closing remarks by Colonel Steve Williamson, SOUTHCOM’s Command Engineer. I write this comment when the event has not even reached half of the time, which will be the 23rd of the current month. I think that the contributions of countries such as Colombia, Chile and El Salvador will be of great benefit for those who continue the event in this way. I regret not having the pdf papers of the referred countrieslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, March 12

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNo Russian meddling in United State electionsFirst of all there’s no Russian meddling in the United States, as the people of Russia cannot vote in the United States; plus the United States and Russia are allies.Steven P. Goldberg Northville Trump at least forcing action on immigration lawsMy grandparents came to the United States via Ellis Island at the turn of the 1800s. They spoke of saving money for the trip from Poland and proudly learning to speak the English language. To them the Polish language became secondary as they became “Americanized.”Today I witness with great disdain large number of illegal immigrants attempting to enter our nation from the south. Somehow, we are expected to applaud their efforts to thwart the laws.My grandparents and likewise millions of other legal immigrants would have shaken their heads in disgust.At the moment “The Wall” is the issue in immigration but that is merely the tip of the iceberg. For how many decades have the Democrats and Republicans ignored true immigration via laws? Donald Trump has forced us as a nation to do something. Hate him if you want, and many of you do, but he is no longer ignoring the elephant in the room. Chuck and Nancy need to get their act together and with the president help build a permanent solution by law. Together, they can “Make America Great Again.”Jerry Bubniak Gloversville should lead on transportation studyOn Feb. 28. the Gloversville Common Council awarded a contract for a regional transportation study to RLS Associates of Dayton, Ohio (Leader-Herald 3/6/17). The state Department of Transportation approved the study in January 2017 to look into the feasibility of creating a regional public transportation system in Fulton and Montgomery counties.Six entities were involved in the study: Fulton County, Montgomery County, the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown, city of Amsterdam, and Fulton-Montgomery Community College, with Gloversville as the lead agency.The study was to be reimbursed by the federal government at 80 percent and the state at 10 percent. Each of the six entities was to share the remaining 10 percent, at a cost of $953.57 each. DOT approved awarding the study to RLS and Associates for $57,215.A draft final report dated October 2018 was submitted to the six entities. As Gloversville was designated the lead agency, the Gloversville Common Council should take the lead in evaluating and implementing the regional service models presented in the feasibility study.Wallace Truesdell GloversvilleThe writer is a former member of the Gloversville Transit Commission. Schenectady Legal marijuana will bring many more problemsI encourage everyone, and especially our governor and legislators, to read “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence” by Alex Berenson that explains the cons of recreational marijuana. This author draws upon NYS psychiatric records to show how dangerous marijuana can be. Marijuana is more concentrated now than ever before. We don’t need more accidents, more crimes and more health issues like Colorado has seen. We cannot jeopardize our population due to Governor Cuomo’s need to glean more taxes. Our state resources for police, medical emergency personnel, addiction counseling and possible employment errors will be overwhelming. People do not all stay home and drink responsibly and neither will those who smoke or ingest marijuana. Our state will be overburdened with addiction and vehicle accidents. Let’s prevent this now. Studies need to be done on the effect of prescription and over the counter medications with marijuana. People’s reflexes are slowed, ,judgement is impaired and the need to smoke more or ingest more is real. Let’s protect our children and grandchildren from a very destructive habit now.Arlene ShakoSchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

28th annual Tiny Lund Memorial this weekend at Shelby County Speedway

first_imgHARLAN, Iowa – Shelby County Speedway rolls out the red carpet for six IMCA divisions at the 28th annual Tiny Lund Memorial Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26. Friday night action is in honor of the Dale Swanson Memorial and sees the IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Late Models racing for $755 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods for $655 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $555 and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $155 to win.  Both race night programs will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Both programs are draw/redraw and drivers should pre-register online at racescs.com before Sept. 24; one-time entry fee for all divisions except the Sport Compact is $28 (early) or $40 (late). Gates open at 3:28 p.m. on Friday with hot laps and racing to follow the 6:28 pit meeting.  On Saturday, the Modifieds race for $1,528 to win their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. Late Models race for $1,228 to win, Stock Cars and Northern SportMods both for $1,028 to win, Hobby Stocks for $828 to win and Sport Compacts for $328 to win. On Saturday, gates open at 2:28 p.m. and hot laps and racing follow the 5:28 p.m. pit meeting. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and KMJ Performance State points will be awarded both nights. Pit passes are $30 for adults and $15 for kids ages 15 and under. Reserved pit stalls are $25.last_img read more

D-League: Akari-Adamson bounces back, fends off late rally from Go for Gold

first_imgAlmazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Falcons coach Franz Pumaren isn’t worried too much on how his side blew the large lead admitting that they are still “groping for form.”“We’re process of experimenting. We have six new guys in our team and we’re trying to make sure they all get minutes,” he said as Akari-Adamson rose to 2-1. “That’s why we’re here, so that we can explore what the players are capable of doing and preparing us for the bigger leagues.”Alejandro dropped 11 of his 19 points in the payoff period fightback as he shot 5-of-7 from three, while Salem flirted with a double-double with his 15 markers, nine rebounds, and four assists.Go for Gold, which fell to its second defeat, dropped to a 1-2 slate.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases 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 MOST READ AKARI-ADAMSON 98 — Espeleta 24, Manganti 14, Lojera 13, Lastimosa 12, Ahanmisi 11, Sarr 10, Catapusan 4, Buenaventura 3, Bernardo 2, Hill 2, Macion 2, Mojica 1, Camacho 0, Longalong 0.GO FOR GOLD 92 — Alejandro 19, Salem 15, Dixon 12, Gutang 12, Casiño 9, Domingo 6, Gaco 6, Leutcheu 6, Pasturan 3, Naboa 2, Pili 2, Young 0.Quarters: 32-18, 56-40, 74-60, 98-92.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gilas Pilipinas pressed for time again Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESAkari-Adamson survived a late flurry from Go for Gold to take the 98-92 victory Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig Sports Center.Sean Manganti chipped in 14 markers, eight coming in the payoff period to halt the uprising from the Scratchers, while also collecting seven boards and two dimes in the bounce back win.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES It was Jonathan Espeleta, though, who set the tone for the Falcons, firing 19 of his 24 points in the first quarter. He also had five rebounds and two rebounds.Kurt Lojera chipped in 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while Jerom Lastimosa had 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkEspeleta couldn’t do anything wrong in the opening frame as his early explosion allowed Akari-Adamson to grab an 18-3 start which extended to 25, 69-44 in the third quarter.J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem, though, helped Go for Gold fight back and trim the deficit down to just six, 86-80, with less than four minutes to play before Jerrick Ahanmisi and Manganti sealed the game shut OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Warriors mailbag: Analyzing the Warriors’ center spot

first_imgThe Warriors aren’t littered with question marks — they’ve won three NBA titles in the past four years, after all.But Warriors fans still have plenty of questions. Pretty good ones, actually. Send questions for future Warriors mailbags to me on Twitter or by following our coverage via our free email newsletter, Warriors HQ.Before we roll with the mailbag, we just want to be sure you didn’t miss anything from the opener. Here are my takeaways from opening night, here’s Dieter Kurtenbach’s …last_img read more

Strategy Roundtable: Get Your Pricing Model Validated

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#StartUp 101 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Today’s roundtable had a couple of mobile and social media app companies that I thought were quite promising. At least at the concept and market analysis level I could resonate with them – although the devil is always in the details. Sean Malatesta started off by presenting Marengo Movies, a film distribution and marketing venture built on top of the Apple platform, spanning iTunes, iPad, iPhone, and iTouch. Marengo is building a mobile app for all three platforms that will utilize viral consumer behavior to market movies and episodic video content by independent producers who are struggling with distribution and marketing challenges.The films would be sold on iTunes, and Marengo wants to take a percentage of the retail price as its primary monetization model, aside from a set-up fee of about $500 per film. Apple charges 30% to sell digital content on iTunes. That leaves another 70% to share between the producer and Marengo. Marengo is pointing to Apple’s $1.1 billion app sales on its mobile platforms, and estimating that the 80-85 million units of Apple devices (iPod, iPad, iTouch, iPhone) constitute almost 69% of the U.S. television audience of 115 million households – an audience that may be ripe for buying independent films that do not have access to any other distribution channel. While I like the value proposition very much, I am also of the opinion that distribution will become commoditized over time, and Marengo’s real value proposition would be its marketing capabilities. Nonetheless, this is a company worth building, and Sean needs to validate his business model and pricing model with customers. His app is just two weeks from launching, and I am looking forward to it! MyStudiyoThen Gili Torovezky pitched MyStudiyo, an online app for increasing customer engagement through interactive quizzes. More than 20 million quizzes have been taken on this platform, and conversion rates of MyStuiyo’s clients have increased 3 fold in some cases. However, the monetization model of the business has not quite been worked out yet, and that is what we focused on at the roundtable. My advise to Gili is to focus on ad agencies and talk to about 25 of them to see how they would be interested in working with MyStudiyo. The value proposition is quite powerful in my opinion, and eminently quantifiable, with a direct impact on revenues. The question is how do they charge? Does the agency pay or the client? Pay for performance vs. flat fee? There are multiple options, and a comprehensive set of discussions with the agencies will help validate the pricing model. Gili will collect some of this feedback, and then we will talk again to sift through it and iron out the precise pricing model.G Creative WorldNext, Govind Ramaiah introduced G Creative World, his dream of building an ad agency. Govind got a slight chiding from me for coming to the roundtable without doing any homework. I pointed him to my Clarify Your Story questions to help him through the process of testing and validating his business idea, and I hope he follows through. RentToday.usUp last was Mia Melle with RentToday.us. It helps residential property owners rent out and manage their properties, including repairs, evictions, collection, etc. This company did $1.1 million in 2009, projects $1.3 million in 2010 and operates in four counties in Southern California. The problem is, they have been around since 2001, and growth has been quite slow. They seem confused about how to grow the business and somewhat stuck on the low-differentiation services like repairs. They asked if they should franchise the business, to which I asked how much of their business happens through in-person contact versus virtual. Well, it turns out that 99% of the business is virtual, although they do need physical resources to do inventory and photography of properties, as well as repairs and maintenance. Those are, however, backend services that can easily be done by creating partnerships with contractors in various geographies, while their core business remains virtual, technology-leveraged, and highly scalable. I advised them against franchising. I also advised them against building in-house resources for repair- and maintenance-type functions. I believe this business, freed from the shackles of the physical services, can grow much faster as a virtual business while leveraging a fluid pool of distributed physical resources. I started doing my free Online Strategy Roundtables for entrepreneurs in the fall of 2008. These roundtables are the cornerstone programming of a global initiative that I have started called One Million by One Million (1M/1M). Its mission is to help a million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. In 1M/1M, I teach the EJ Methodology which is based on my Entrepreneur Journeys research, and emphasize bootstrapping, idea validation, and crisp positioning as some of the core principles of building strong fundamentals in early stage ventures. In addition, we are offering entrepreneurs access to investors and customers through our recently launched our 1M/1M Incubation Radar series. You can pitch to be featured on my blog following these instructions. The recording of this roundtable can be found here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtablehere.Sramana Mitra is a technology entrepreneur and strategy consultant in Silicon Valley. She has founded three companies, writes a business blog, Sramana Mitra on Strategy, and runs the 1M/1M initiative. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her Entrepreneur Journeys book series, Entrepreneur Journeys, Bootstrapping: Weapon Of Mass Reconstruction, Positioning: How To Test, Validate, and Bring Your Idea To Market and her latest volume Innovation: Need Of The Hour, as well as Vision India 2020, are all available from Amazon.Photo by Yello-Dog. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img sramana mitra Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Los Angeles takes another step toward 2028 Games

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension City analysts concluded that the 2028 plan, while incomplete, included significant safeguards for taxpayer dollars. The Olympics have a notorious history of runaway costs, but city officials have argued their proposal can stay within budget by relying on the region’s many existing stadiums and arenas, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Staples Center.Los Angeles had bid on the 2024 Games, but embraced the 2028 alternative after Paris emerged as the front-runner for 2024 and the IOC proposed the unusual dual award.At one point during the sometimes tense meeting, Councilman Joe Buscaino shouted at a heckler, “This is right for the city.” As the vote was being taken, protesters yelled from the back of the council chamber, “Let us speak” and “sellout.”Steve Ducey of No Olympics LA, an opposition group, said the vote would take place without an independent budget analysis.“Shame on you,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Much of the meeting amounted to a choreographed tribute to the city’s Olympic legacy, with frequent references to the LA Games in 1932 and 1984 and the athletes who competed in them.Olympic champions Carl Lewis and Janet Evans, who are part of a private committee behind the bid, urged approval of the plan.Lewis, holder of nine Olympic gold medals in track and field, said the Games are not just an event, “it’s about a whole city.”The deal comes with millions of dollars of financial sweeteners for accepting the later date. However, the extra four years pose challenges for Los Angeles from maintaining public interest to rewriting deals for stadiums, arenas and housing that were all hooked to 2024.City analysts recommended the council approve the contract, which faced an Aug. 18 deadline, but also emphasized a revised budget for 2028 could take months to complete.“There are inherent risks to hosting such major events so far into the future,” city analysts noted in a report on the agreement.The bulk of the revenue for the Games is expected to come from ticket sales and corporate sponsorships.Part of the deal includes creation of a reserve fund to cover any cost overruns, with the city kicking in $270 million. The state is expected to commit a similar amount, but because of the legislative calendar the state might not be able to consider its piece of the proposal until next year.In a statement, Mayor Eric Garcetti called the agreement “the deal of a lifetime.” Read Next K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The vote followed a morning-long committee hearing that mingled civic cheerleading and salutes to Olympic champions past with warnings about potential costs and suggestions the international event would drive up housing costs and drive out the homeless.“This opportunity is too great, we cannot pass it up,” council President Herb Wesson Jr. said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe vote took place less than two weeks after the city announced an agreement with international Olympic leaders ceding the 2024 Games to rival Paris, while opening the way for Los Angeles to host the 2028 Games.The U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors must also approve the deal. The International Olympic Committee vote to award the two Olympics is scheduled for September in Lima, Peru. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Neymar could finally make PSG debut on Sunday LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses FILE – In this July 30, 1932, file photo, doves are released during opening ceremonies of the Tenth Olympiad at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council is expected Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 to endorse a proposal to host the 2028 Olympics, following an announcement of a deal last month to leave 2024 to Paris.(AP Photo)LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles took another step Friday toward bringing the 2028 Olympics to the city, despite questions about future costs.The City Council voted 12-0 to endorse documents at the heart of its plan to stage the Summer Olympics for the third time since 1932. The contract outlines Los Angeles’ financial responsibility in hosting the Games, including covering shortfalls if the $5.3 billion plan runs into the red. In addition, a budget for the proposed 2028 Games has not been completed.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

PH sports ‘darlings’ take on hosts in women’s volleyball

first_imgMOST READ “We have a very strong team,” said head coach Francis Vicente. “This is the best we got. I hope we beat Malaysia and come up with a strong start.”Two years ago in Singapore, the Philippines scored straight sets win against Malaysia. But this time, the Filipinos will have to deal with the hometown crowd as well.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have to play with toughness and intensity,” said Vicente, who is eyeing at least a podium finish for the team that just last week finished eighth in the Asian Championships.In the Asians, the Philippines beat Vietnam and Hong Kong, banking on a newfound chemistry among superstars Alyssa Valdez, Aby Marano, Jaja Santiago and team captain Mika Reyes. SEA Games: PH athletics team delivers 2 golds before day’s end LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine women’s volleyball team, the delegation sweethearts, begins its long and arduous trek to the podium Thursday when it faces host Malaysia at 2 p.m. in the 29th Southeast Asian Games at MITEC Hall 11.The team is composed of the A-list stars of a sport whose popularity has been skyrocketing and boasts months of training that sent them to Japan and Kazakhstan.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The Philippines will take on Vietnam next in the group stage before going up against either Indonesia or Thailand in the sudden-death semifinals.The country last won a gold in 1993 with a team composed of Nene Ybanez-Chavez. During the 2005 Games in Manila, the Philippines wound up third—the last time the country won a medal in the sport. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Federer makes quick work of Monaco at US Open

first_imgRoger Federer reached the quarterfinals at a 30th consecutive Grand Slam tournament by making quick work of the 36th-ranked Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 at the U.S. Open.Federer’s fourth-round match against Monaco didn’t get started until nearly midnight, and thanks to his superb play, it was over shortly before 1:15 a.m. Tuesday.Federer played brilliantly right from the start, taking the first five games – and 20 of the first 25 points – in only 12 minutes. He didn’t miss a beat in the second set, hitting four aces in his opening service game and finishing with 14.Five of Federer’s record 16 major championships have come at Flushing Meadows. In the quarterfinals, Federer will face 11th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who eliminated No. 8 Mardy Fish of the United States in five sets Monday.Tsonga upset Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals two months ago, coming all the way back after dropping the first two sets.”He’s a tough player. … I look forward to that match,” Federer said. “If I play as good as I did today, sure I have a chance.”Federer compiled a 42-4 edge in winners against Monaco.The start of their match was delayed because the preceding match in Arthur Ashe Stadium – No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1 victory over No. 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova – lasted 3 hours, 2 minutes.”You have to be ready,” Federer said.Wozniacki, seeking her first Grand Slam title, trailed by a set and 4-1 in the second before coming back to beat the 2004 U.S. Open champion.advertisement”I knew that I had to do something,” said Wozniacki, who faces No. 10 Andrea Petkovic of Germany next. “I had to do something different.”She managed to turn things around thanks to a combination of her own increasingly aggressive play and Kuznetsova’s increased mistakes. Kuznetsova’s 40-20 edge in winners was rendered meaningless by her 78 unforced errors, 52 more than Wozniacki, who reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the third year in a row.Tsonga made it this far in New York for the first time, and unlike Fish, he’s already tasted this sort of success. Tsonga made it to the final of the 2008 Australian Open before losing to Novak Djokovic, and got to the Wimbledon semifinals this year – where he again lost to Djokovic.On Monday, Djokovic extended his 2011 record to 61-2 by beating No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 7-6 (14), 6-4, 6-2. Their 16-14 tiebreaker in the first set lasted nearly a half-hour all on its own, with Djokovic saving four set points and finally converting his sixth when Dolgopolov pushed a forehand long to close a 13-stroke exchange.Both men called that tiebreaker the key to the match. One tiny piece of evidence: Dolgopolov double-faulted twice in the opening game of the second set to get broken, and Djokovic was on his way.Asked whether he considered winning that energy- and will-testing tiebreaker to be a physical or mental triumph, Djokovic replied: “Combination of both. But in the end, it was more mental, just to hang in there, try to play right shots at the right time.”Djokovic now meets his Serbian Davis Cup teammate and friend Janko Tipsarevic, who is seeded 20th and made it to the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career by beating 2003 French champion and U.S. Open runner-up Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 7-5, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in a match that lasted more than 3 hours.”Strange feeling,” Djokovic said. “We are professionals. Certainly we both want to win the match when we play against each other. So you kind of forget about friendship. You put that aside.”Most players complained about the wind, which gusted at up to 20 mph (32 kph) and kept changing directions, making even serve tosses difficult.Serena Williams handled those conditions much better than former No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic and beat her 6-3, 6-4 to return to a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time in 14 months. She missed about 11 of those with a series of health scares but looks really good so far at the U.S. Open.Against Ivanovic, Williams hit nine aces overall, only lost serve once, and finished off the match with four consecutive unreturned serves that ranged from 99 to 111 mph.”I didn’t even go for winners at any point,” said Williams, who hit only 16. “I just tried to get it over because it was so windy. It was definitely tough.”She’s seeded only 28th because of all of that time away, but now has won her past 16 matches heading into a quarterfinal against No. 17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia. Pavlyuchenkova got past 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in a match with 21 double-faults and 16 service breaks in 31 games.advertisement”I’m going to say that I don’t want to go out there and enjoy just being on center court playing against Serena,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “I would like to do well, try to fight, and with my effort, I’ll try to beat her.”last_img read more