Nadal passes test after test, beats much younger foe at Open

first_imgHe had one more pivotal part to get through: Khachanov’s set point in the fourth while ahead 6-5 as Nadal served at 30-40. But Khachanov put a forehand in the net there, and after a thrilling point that featured a drop shot, a lob, a leaping ’tweener by Khachanov and a volley winner by Nadal, they headed to another tiebreaker.This one was pretty much all Nadal.In sum, he handled the particularly crucial points better than Khachanov did. Which, really, should come as no surprise given the disparity in age, experience and success. One man, the 32-year-old Nadal, owns 17 Grand Slam titles, three at Flushing Meadows. The other, the 22-year-old Khachanov, has never been past the fourth round at a major tournament.The sort of big hitting the 6-foot-6, 192-pound Russian displayed Friday, including 22 aces and booming groundstrokes, bodes well for his future.“That just shows that I’m really close to this high level against top guys. Hopefully it will be soon on my side,” Khachanov said.Perhaps, but Nadal is still at the top of the game.After they finished, Ashe was the site for Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams, Part 30. It’s their earliest meeting at a Grand Slam tournament in 20 years.Earlier, 2017 champion Sloane Stephens betrayed a lot more emotion on that court than she usually shows anywhere, all of the double fist pumps making perfectly clear just how tight and tense things had been during her 6-3, 6-4 win against two-time runner-up Victoria Azarenka.Stephens, the No. 3 seed, grabbed the last three games after returning from a brief break while the Ashe roof was shut (it was then reopened before Nadal vs. Khachanov).Stephens went from up a set and 3-1 in the second to down 4-3 when Azarenka took three games in a row. That’s when rain came. “The man upstairs,” Stephens said, “was looking out for me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Karen Khachanov, of Russia, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal’s knee was bothering him. His decade-younger, barrel-chested U.S. Open foe was bashing the ball.The defending champion was two points away from falling into a two-set hole. Then he was two points away from dropping the third set. And then he was one point from losing the fourth set and being pushed to a fifth.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Serena matches her easiest win over Venus in US Open rout 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 Just prior to the delay, Khachanov had served for that set at 5-4, and three times was two points away from taking it. But he couldn’t get closer than that. Nadal broke for 5-all and, after the delay, broke again to even it at a set apiece, aided by two double-faults from Khachanov. When Nadal earned that set with a passing shot that drew an errant volley, he crouched and yelled. Folks sitting in his guest box rose. A chunk of the crowd gave a standing ovation. Khachanov swatted a ball in disgust.Nadal said the brief break was just what he needed.“I just trying to calm myself for a moment. He was playing well,” Nadal said. “But for me, the most important thing is have the right tempo when I am playing. For some moments I felt things were going too fast in my mind. I didn’t take the time to do the right steps, to go to the ball with the right decision, with the right determination, with the right timing.”The end of the third set was similar: Khachanov twice was two points from owning it and couldn’t get across the line, helping Nadal with three double-faults in the tiebreaker. And while Nadal kept letting set points slip away, four in all, he made No. 5 count, and how. It was a quintessential Nadal point, too: a 40-stroke exchange — yes, 40! — that featured so much defense from Nadal until Khachanov netted a backhand, then tossed his racket on the sideline.“I needed that set, of course,” Nadal said.ADVERTISEMENT As all of those key moments presented themselves, he managed to come through. The No. 1-ranked Nadal overcame a shaky start Friday and used his customary relentless style to wear down No. 27 seed Karen Khachanov physically and mentally, eventually getting to the fourth round with an entertaining and back-and-forth 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) victory that took 4 hours, 23 minutes.“I escaped a very tough situation,” Nadal said, “so it’s a great thing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The man he beat in last year’s final at Flushing Meadows, No. 5 Kevin Anderson, got through his own tough test against an up-and-coming opponent, edging No. 28 Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.After Nadal ceded the opening set, he had a trainer put tape under his right knee, which has caused problems off-and-on for the Spaniard over the years. Nadal later got more wrapping there during a 10-minute break at 5-all in the second set while the retractable roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium was shut because of light rain. MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

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Hockey, boxing record wins on CAC day 7

first_imgThe Guyanese contingent at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia have added some spice to their 2018 campaign with a change in momentum.The Guyanese team got off to a harsh start all round, registering several losses, but it appears as though the bronze medal performance from Ashley Khalil and Taylor Fernandes in the squash women’s doubles has motivated the team, allowing them to register big wins on Wednesday evening.In the boxing arena, Colin Lewis came up against Stevenso Mayorga of Nicaragua. The Guyanese boxer, who has been in fine form all year and copped a bronze medal at the South American Games in Bolivia, asserted his dominance in the light welterweight (64kg) category with a massive win over the Nicaraguan. Winning the bout by a unanimous decision means that Lewis will now represent his homeland in a semi-final match against Roberto Zarinana of Mexico today. His Guyanese counterpart, Keevin Allicock will also fight in a semi-final bout against Christian O Jimenez of Mexico in the men’s bantamweight 56kg group.Over on the hockey pitch, the men’s national team demolished their counterparts hailing from Guatemala. Going into their last group match, the hockey team were aware of the fact that the encounter was a crucial one. A loss would mean that they were eliminated from medal contention. As such, the team came out blazing from the sound of the first whistle. In the first quarter, Meshach Sargeant got the ball rolling with the first goal in the 14th minute. Randy Hope was the next player to add to Guyana’s tally in the 22nd minute. With three goals from forward Robert France and two from midfielder Jerazeno Bell, Guyana stormed to a thrilling 8-0 victory over their Guatemalan opponents. Given the result, the national hockey team will advance to the semi-final round where they will come up against Cuba.last_img read more

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Mortgages a mystery

first_img“Now, the key here is you have to get out in front of this,” McBride said of the payment reset wave, especially for holders of subprime loans. He notes that for holders of adjustable rate mortgages, it is important to review your loan documents and find out when the rate changes, the index the new rate will be tied to and the margin. Adding the margin to the current interest rate of the appropriate index gives homeowners their new interest rate. McBride says that long-term interest rates are still near historic lows so refinancing might be a wise choice now. For example, Bankrate’s site had a 30-year fixed rate loan at 5.68 percent on Monday. An adjustable rate mortgage resetting at this time could rise from about 5 percent to 7.5 percent, depending on the margin and index. The poll, which also surveyed renters, also found that: 36 percent who now have an adjustable mortgage plan to refinance to a fixed-rate loan. A triple whammy of bad news broadsided the nation’s housing sector Monday, with reports showing new home sales tumbling, foreclosures spiking and many Americans clueless about the details of their mortgage obligations. In a poll for the financial Web site Bankrate.com, 34 percent of homeowners didn’t know what kind of mortgage they had and 28 percent worry how they will afford their payments. “That’s alarming particularly right now,” said Greg McBride, Bankrate’s senior financial analyst. “A lot of the trouble in the subprime sector can be traced to homeowners being blindsided by big mortgage payment increases.” The company said that the results reveal the confusion and anxiety that homeowners are experiencing today. For example, “a staggering” 34 percent of homeowners with adjustable rate loans don’t know what they will do when it adjusts, the company said. 57 percent have a fixed-rate mortgage. 40 percent of renters consider affordability the biggest obstacle in buying a house. Just under 12 percent are concerned their credit rating is not high enough to purchase a home. 38 percent would avoid taking out an ARM when they are ready to purchase a home. Meanwhile, the Web site RealtyTrac.com reported on Monday foreclosure activity jumped an annual 79 percent in California during February. Last month there were 16,273 foreclosure filings in the state, up 4 percent from January, the Web site said. That’s one filing for every 751 households and 1.2 times the national average. California ranked 13th nationally among states with the highest foreclosure rate. The company tracks homes at each stage of the foreclosure process. Last month 11,637 homeowners received notices of default, the first step in the process, and 921 lost their home, the company said. Nationally, there were 130,786 foreclosure filings, up an annual 12 percent and down 4 percent monthly. Rick Sharga, the company’s vice president of marketing, said that California’s small month-over-month increase was somewhat surprising. And only about 10 percent of properties that fall into default here are sold at auction or go back to the lender. “The state so far has been pretty fortunate that the majority of foreclosure activity has been in the early stages and it appears that most of the properties are being sold well before auction. That bodes well for all parties involved,” he said. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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CSUN women’s basketball: Everybody on board in Northridge win

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Both teams struggled from the field in the first half. Irvine began the game 1 for 21 from the floor and fell behind 14-4 with 11:49 to go in the first half. However, Northridge struggled as well, shooting only 9 of 30 in the first half and let the Anteaters back in the game. After being down by 10, UC Irvine went on a 14-8 run to cut the lead to four, eventually trailing by six at the half. Junior Jamie McCaa grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds, eight points and seven assists, and junior Jazelle Burries had 11 boards and six points. The Anteaters dropped to 2-13 and 0-3 in league action. center_img Junior LaJoyce King finished with 13 points and was one of three Cal State Northridge players who finished with double-figures in rebounds as the Matadors defeated UC Irvine 57-47 on Friday at The Matadome. King also added 13 rebounds to record her sixth career double-double and the fourth this season for the Matadors (5-10, 2-2 Big West Conference). last_img read more

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CONFIRMED! Sunderland winger Will Buckley joins Sheffield Wednesday on loan

first_imgSheffield Wednesday have signed Sunderland winger Will Buckley on a season-long loan.Buckley, 26, has been a peripheral figure at the Stadium of Light for the majority of his two years at the club and did not feature last season.Instead he had loan spells at Leeds and Birmingham in the Championship, where he will return to link up with the Owls.Wednesday have confirmed he will be available for Sunday’s season opener against Aston Villa on Sunday and will wear number 38.Buckley made his name with Brighton, scoring 19 goals in 64 league starts before following former Seagulls boss Gus Poyet to Wearside in a £2.5million deal. Will Buckley has barely featured for Sunderland in two years at the club 1last_img read more

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‘WE WILL DEFEAT PROPERTY TAXES IN 2013’ VOW DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS

first_imgPhil Hogan: New tax in 2013 to replace Household ChargeTHE Household Tax will cease to exist at midnight tonight but campaigners have vowed to defeat the new Property Tax which will replace it in June in the same way the British were forced to drop the Poll Tax in the 1980s.The Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes have also rejected Minister Phil Hogan’s “spoofing and bluster over household tax payment figures.”They say true payment figures are in the order of 61% of properties but some 50% plus of single home owners are still boycotting nine months after government deadline, said Donegal campaigner Owen Curran. He says non-payment levels are a solid platform for fight against the property tax in 2013.The CAHWT is holding a national rally against property tax for Saturday 12th January 12:30pm Red Cow Dublin in protest at the new taxes.Last week Minister Hogan claimed 70% of people have paid the €100 charge for 2012.“We would absolutely dispute Minister Hogan’s registration figures. We have consistently pointed out that the true target figure for the government is in the order of 1.8 million households not the lower target of 1.6 million which they claim thus inflating their figures for compliance,” said Mr Curran. “The government inadvertently expose themselves on this point by the fact that they claim they are targeting around 1.9 million households for the property tax, that is the true figure plus council houses, still an underestimate by them but closer to the truth than the spoofing they have been pedaling to an unquestioning media throughout the year.“So the true level of registration is around 61% of all properties. However, through parliamentary questions we have been able to demonstrate that the overall figure of registered properties obscures the fact that among single home property owners the boycott remains as high as 50%.“This boycott, nine months after the government deadline compares very favorably with year one of the Poll Tax in Britain for example where a 30% boycott of all liable adults was achieved in year one (1988) and grew every year thereafter until it was abolished in 1991“This boycott of the household tax is a solid platform for the launch of our battle against the property tax in 2013. Many of those who paid the household tax under protest and duress will come back into the fold of the Campaign next year. There is an economic imperative for people to resist these unjust taxes, they simply cannot pay.“The Campaign is beginning its fight against the property tax in 2013 with a national public rally in the Red Cow Inn on Saturday 12th January at 12:30pm. We encourage everybody opposed to the property tax and willing to support a boycott campaign to come along.” ‘WE WILL DEFEAT PROPERTY TAXES IN 2013’ VOW DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS was last modified: December 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:’WE WILL DEFEAT PROPERTY TAXES IN 2013′ VOW DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERSlast_img read more

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JUDGE ORDERS THE ARREST OF DONEGAL-BASED ACTOR

first_imgA Judge has ordered the arrest of Donegal-based actor Gerard McSorley after he failed to turn up to court yesterday to face a breach of the peace charge.Actor Gerard McSorleyThe 63-year-old, who famously played the role of crime boss John Gilligan in the hit film ‘Veronica Guerin’,  lives in Bunbeg. He had been arrested earlier this month and was charged at a Dublin garda station.A separate carless driving case against McSorley is to be heard at Letterkenny District Court next June.The theatre, television and film actor was given station bail to appear at Dublin District Court yesterday.When his case was called a garda sergeant furnished Judge Hugh O’Donnell with a certificate with the details of Mr McSorley’s arrest, charge and cautioning.Judge O’Donnell noted that there was no appearance by the defendant and issued a bench warrant for his arrest.The charge before the court related to an alleged breach of the peace charge under Section Six of the Public Order Act.He is accused of engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, on November 6.The offence on conviction can carry a possible three-month sentence and/or a fine.The actor has appeared in a string of hit films including ‘Omagh’, ‘War Horse’, ‘The Constant Gardener’, ‘Angela’s Ashes’ and played Father Todd Unctious in the sitcom ‘Father Ted’.JUDGE ORDERS THE ARREST OF DONEGAL-BASED ACTOR was last modified: November 30th, 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:breach of peaceBunbegGerard McSorleylast_img read more

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Humboldt State senior pitcher Madison Williams named preseason All-American

first_imgArcata >> With the graduation of one half of the Jacks’ 1-2 punch in the circle from the 2016, there’s no doubting who is out to lead the Humboldt State pitching staff this spring.And even before she’s thrown an official pitch, she’s being recognized once again.Humboldt senior right-hander Madison Williams, who already has a lengthy list of accomplishments to her name after an impressive junior campaign, has been named a Fastpitch News Preseason All-American, it was announced late last week. …last_img read more

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7 Benefits Startups get from HR in the Early Stages

first_imgReasons to Outsource General Counsel Services f… Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Tags:#benefits of HR#company culture#HR#HR ready#HR teams Related Posts When you are the founder of the start-up, you have no roles to perform, aside from being the CEO to doing the basics. You have to be a marketer, IT head and even customer care at times.Managing a start-up is quite perilous and chaotic both. Things become a little flexible for you only when the right hires help you at work. Every startup’s early stage employees work as the founding members of the company. Employees should be retained with the utmost attention as they decide the future of your company. One has to remember that “People are an organization’s most valuable asset and the key to its success.” If you want your start-up to grow to make sure you select the right staff. Employees are the only asset that will help you to get a sustainable competitive advantage. All other resources are shared among the competitors. Even though you feel you will be good at hiring and firing and maintaining your employees, it is always suggested to hire Human resources professionals to do so. They have many critical benefits attached to them. Have your HR work with your interns, as well.Keeping your professionals satisfied, updated and productive all the time is a complex task, and only a separate HR team can accomplish this pain point for you.Here are the seven benefits start-ups get from HR teams in their early stages of a start-up.1) Right talent.HR professionals are not just responsible for hiring employees for your start-up. Hiring the right set of employees for a start-up is very important. Being a founder if you believe you can handle the hiring you still cannot spend your complete focus on it. “Resources are hired to give results.”Pooling a large number of candidates, scanning the resume, picking the right applicants and training the HR team can easily manage everything.  2) Works like a therapist.In every start-up, the workload is comparatively higher. People have to work beyond their working hours with complete dedication. Even the monetary remuneration rewarded to the employees and other perks are also relatively less than established companies. There are chances that an employee feels overloaded in a start-up. When a new hire is retained, this is the time when HR professionals step in and work as a therapist and boost the morale of the employees. HR professionals also manage complaints and queries as well. 3) Policy, process, and performance.Documentation in every new-hire is essential. As a co-founder, you can hire employees, but there are chances that you can leave the documentation for some other day.HR team manages the database of the employees which is essential. HR is the one that is mainly responsible for deciding organizational culture as well. They make sure every employee feels valued and follow a bottom-up approach. Process (how to complete tasks) and their performance review is all managed by HR. HR also decides if an ongoing employee needs to be trained well, as it is vital for a start-up.4) Legal compliances.As a start-up’s co-founder, you will always be occupied. So hiring HR professionals will be beneficial as they make sure about legal compliances that your start-up has to follow. HR team can look into if the start-up is following labor laws and regulations. Non-compliance with the regulations can severely damage the reputation of a building start-up. They keep track of the new rules and regulations and make sure the start-up strictly follows it and avoid any legal liabilities. 5) Set up employee reviews.Continuous feedback and reviews from the employee’s side are also valuable. HR works as a link between the managerial level and employees. Reviews and feedbacks help in constant improvement in the work process.  Feedbacks also helps to bring in coordination and smoothness in the working of the start-up. Allowing and asking for feedback is a must as it motivates the employee to give away ideas and constructive criticism which can shape the start-up.6) Reduces remuneration costs.In an early-stage start-up where co-founders generally do not have time. HR team keeps track of an employee’s leaves, other bonuses, and economic benefits. HR hires talent in an optimized way where they try to reduce the remuneration cost. They use techniques like cross-training employees, reducing employee turnover and reviewing levels of compensation. As we all know start-ups function on low budgets. And hiring an HR will be helpful for that. It is said that with HR technology by the year 2021, firms will save up to 600 million dollars.7) HR builds a corporate image.HR is the one who communicates about your start-up with your potential employees. HR builds your organization’s culture; they make sure that employees are satisfied. They create a brand in such a way that there is a positive word of mouth via your employees.  HR conducts sessions to make sure your employees are satisfied by the startup’s performances. As per research published in the Journal of South African business general, it is said that human resource professionals can build a corporate image which in turn helps the company to be profitable.Final words.We often underestimate the HR department, but they have more than just conducting interviews. Having a working HR department is very important especially for start-ups. They not only hire the right talent which are founding stones of your start-up. But they also make sure that you build the right organizational culture. HR Department even takes care of legal compliances to be followed by your start-up. Even if you are an extremely talented founder, you can never multi-task to the level of an HR professional. “HR professionals are a must for every early infant stage startups as they will help you build into the right organization. The value of a business is a function of how well the human capital manages the financial capital and intellectual capital. You’d better get the human capital part right.” ― Dave Bookbinder. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Jasika Adams is a writer with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of human resources, startups and business management. She is a talent acquisition manager currently associated with Index Time Clock. In her free time, she loves to play with her kids and reading mystery books. Jasika Adamslast_img read more

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