48,000 Nadal vs Federer exhibition tickets gone in under 10 minutes

first_imgResidents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island A spokeswoman for the organizers of the Cape Town match said the tickets were snapped up online and at ticket outlets.“We are overwhelmed by the enthusiastic reaction on our ticket sales and we sincerely thank you for the overwhelming support,” said Janine Handel, chief executive of the Roger Federer Foundation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“Lines were opened up by (online ticket sellers) Computicket at 0900 and within a record time of fewer than 10 minutes the tickets were sold.”Handel said the organizers would consider erecting additional stands to cater for some of those who could not buy tickets Wednesday. Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash FILE – Winner Roger Federer of Switzerland (L) and second-placed Rafael Nadal of Spain react as they hold their trophies after the men’s singles final match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 15, 2017. (Photo by Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)South African tennis fans bought 48,000 tickets in under 10 minutes Wednesday for a Cape Town exhibition match next February between world superstars Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.The game at the Cape Town Stadium, built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is set to break the attendance record of 35,681 for a tennis match set by Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams in 2010 in Brussels.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Robinson excited for what future holds for CJ Perez after breakout stint at World Cup View comments LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Prices ranged from 150 to 1950 rand ($10 to 130/9 to 119 euros) and buyers were restricted to a maximum of six for the February 7 exhibition.Spaniard Nadal is ranked second in the world and Swiss Federer third with Serbian Novak Djokovic number one.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruptionlast_img read more

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Raikkonen to leave Ferrari, return to Sauber at end of 2018

first_img“During these years, Kimi’s contribution to the team, both as a driver and on account of his human qualities, has been fundamental. He played a decisive role in the team’s growth and was, at the same time, always a great team player.”The 38-year-old Raikkonen has started 287 grands prix, winning 20 since his debut in 2001 with Sauber, the team he will race for again in 2019.“The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team is delighted to announce that Kimi Räikkönen will join the team from 2019. The 2007 Formula One World Champion has signed for the next two seasons,” Sauber confirmed.Raikkonen left Formula One two years after winning the world title with Ferrari and spent two years competing in the World Rally Championship, before returning to F1 with Lotus in 2012.Raikkonen moved back to Ferrari in 2014.“As a World Champion for Scuderia Ferrari, he will always be part of the Team’s history and family. We thank Kimi for all of this and wish him and his family a prosperous future,” the team added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000On the move?: Ferrari’s Kimi RaikkonenMILAN, Italy, Sep 11 – Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen will leave Ferrari at the end of 2018, the Italian Formula 1 team announced on Tuesday.“Scuderia Ferrari announces that, at the end of the 2018 season, Kimi Raikkonen will step down from his current role,” the team said in a statement.last_img read more

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Hummels denies Man United promise

first_img0Shares0000DORTMUND, April 1- Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has taken to social media to deny claims he promised Sir Alex Ferguson he would join Manchester United.The Germany international has been the subject of numerous transfer rumours this season following Dortmund’s poor form, which, as it stands, means they will not be in the Champions League next season. The defender himself seemed to fan the flames earlier this week when he said he was considering his future with the club, while he has also been reported saying that if he were ever to leave Dortmund, the only other club he would join was the Red Devils.This combination of quotes led tabloids to jump to the conclusion that Hummels had made a promise to Ferguson when the former United manager flew to Berlin to scout him, Shinji Kagawa and Robert Lewandoski in the 2012 German Cup final.However, upon reading these reports, the towering defender took to Twitter to rubbish the claims.“Just to be clear. This alleged ‘promise’ is simply an invention… and that is saying it nicely,” he said on his official Twitter account.Dortmund are currently 10th in the Bundesliga, 12 points behind Bayer Leverkusen in the last Champions League spot and have eight games of the league season left to close the gap, while a vital fixture against Bayern Munich awaits them on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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School District 60 cancels buses for Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 has decided to cancel school buses for one more day.Buses were cancelled early Thursday and now the School District has decided to cancel buses on Friday, January 12.The reason continues to be the cold weather.  Schools will remain open.Buses Cancelled, Friday, January 12, 2018 shared from https://t.co/cq1BcPajhj https://t.co/mPudBGceUZ— School District 60 (@sd60) January 11, 2018- Advertisement -Overnight into Friday, the temperature is expected to drop to minus 28 with a windchill of minus 39.  Friday won’t be any better with a high of minus 28 and again a windchill of minus 39.  The weather should improve on Saturday with a high of minus 15.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Circumnavigation

first_imgBy Raphael G. Satter THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON – He was hit by a car in Colorado, attacked by a crocodile in Australia, detained as a suspected spy in Egypt and survived illness and periods of despair. On Saturday, British adventurer Jason Lewis finally came home, completing a 13-year, 46,000-mile human-powered circumnavigation of the globe. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe 40-year-old carried his 26-foot yellow pedal craft the last few miles up the River Thames, pushing it across the Meridian Line at Greenwich, where his expedition began in 1994. “I’m overwhelmed,” Lewis told Sky News television after arriving. He struggled for words as he described his feelings at the close of an odyssey that took him around the globe, powered only by his arms and legs – on a bicycle, a pedal boat, a kayak and inline skates. “It’s been my life, for 13 years, I’ve put everything into this,” he said. “To be honest I didn’t know it was going to happen. There were many times in the trip where it should have failed.” Lewis was recruited by fellow adventurer Steve Smith, who first dreamed up the idea of going around the world using only human power in 1991. The pair had little experience at sea, but Lewis thought the prospect of hiking and biking across the world was “wildly romantic.” “The three and a half years the expedition was projected to take sounded like an acceptable amount of time to rejuvenate from the wearisome London scene without totally going AWOL,” Lewis wrote on the expedition’s Web site. Trouble began early. After two years of planning and fundraising, the pair set out in July 1994 only to get “horribly lost” on their way to the English coastal town of Rye, where their pedal boat was waiting. After crossing the English Channel to France and then cycling to Portugal, the pair pedaled their boat in shifts across the Atlantic Ocean, reaching Miami in February 1995. Along the way, they survived close encounters with a shrimping trawler, a whale and a giant wave that swept Smith overboard. By the time they reached America, the two adventurers had been cooped up in a broom closet-sized space for 111 days with little in the way of food, and their relationship had begun to deteriorate. They crossed the U.S. separately, with Lewis strapping on his inline skates for the 3,500-mile trip to San Francisco. It was on this leg of the journey that he was hit by a car in Pueblo, Colo., breaking both legs. He spent nine months recuperating. Smith and Lewis reunited in San Francisco and eventually pedaled from the Golden Gate Bridge to Hawaii, where the two split for good. Smith went on to write a book, Pedaling to Hawaii, while Lewis continued on to Australia. He biked across the Australian Outback, dodged supertankers in the Singapore straits and hiked the Himalayas. From Mumbai, India, he pedaled his boat across the Indian Ocean to Djibouti and made his way north by bicycle through Sudan and Egypt. Accidents and sickness dogged the trip. The collision in Colorado nearly cost Lewis his leg. The trip across the Pacific left him sore, inflamed and depressed. While kayaking across the Barrier Reef off Australia, he was attacked by a crocodile, which bit off a piece of his paddle. Local authorities were a problem, as well. Lewis logged “interesting experiences” with Alabama police and gun-wielding locals in the United States. He had to cycle through Tibet at night to avoid detection by Chinese roadblocks. And when he crossed into Egypt from Sudan, he was thrown in jail by the military on suspicion of being a spy. After his release from prison, he biked through the Sinai desert and across Jordan, Syria and Turkey. He then powered through Europe over the summer, arriving in Greenwich, in southeast London, to cheers from family, supporters and the Duke of Gloucester, the expedition’s British patron. Lewis broke the trip up into 16 legs and took breaks ranging from several weeks to several months in various parts of the world. He also picked up corporate sponsors for each leg of the trip, including sports clothing, gear and supplement companies; satellite phone and global positioning system firms; and M&M’s, which provided chocolate for the trip across the Pacific. Lewis said he hoped to use the expedition to raise funds for humanitarian causes and draw attention to environmental issues. He has already raised $66,000 for causes ranging from an orphanage in East Timor to kindergartens in Bangkok. “Instead of running away from England (as I think I was at the beginning) it is now more a question of riding forward on the back of ideas that I feel passionately about,” he wrote on his Web site in April.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

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Liquefied natural gas supply is unreliable for California

first_imgFor many years, promoters of liquefied natural gas have billed their pet projects as a reliable new potential source of energy for California.So far, they’ve been stymied in all their efforts to build receiving and rewarming facilities in California for the subfreezing liquid gas they’d like to import from Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia and elsewhere.But no one in California could prevent San Diego-based Sempra Energy from building an LNG plant on the west coast of Baja California, Mexico, just north of Ensenada. About half the gas coming through that facility is earmarked for use in Mexico, mainly to help fuel the many maquiladora factories near the border.Sempra, parent company of both the Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co., wants to bring much of the rest into California and last summer won permission from state authorities to extend its North Baja pipeline to a point near El Centro, from which gas could enter existing lines for use in California and Arizona. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe basis of all this is an assumption of reliability. If California is to give up some of its existing supply of domestic natural gas, as the state Public Utilities Commission has authorized, and replace it with LNG, the fleets of tankers needed to bring LNG here must never stop churning. Gas being pumped from underground and undersea sources must keep coming here.But it turns out that very basic assumption is not assured for about half of the supply due to come to Sempra’s Mexican facility. Half that gas will be supplied by Shell Oil Co., a full partner with Sempra in the project. But the other half is to come from a facility known as Tangguh on the Indonesian portion of the island of Papua-New Guinea.Tangguh, says Sempra, is “owned by BP (the former British Petroleum) and others.” Tangguh, adds Sempra spokesman Art Larson, “has the right to divert a portion of the cargoes to another market so long as they continue to pay our costs as described in the contract.”Turns out one of those “others” co-owning Tangguh is the Japan Oil, Gas and Minerals Natural Corp., whose mission is to “secure a stable supply of oil (and) natural gas to Japan ” That Japanese government agency can compel Tangguh to ship its supplies to Japan instead of any contracted buyer, including Sempra. Sempra, as it reports, would be compensated in any such preemption.So Tangguh’s LNG will be a reliable source of income for Sempra, but not even Sempra is willing to call it a reliable source of energy for California. In an exchange of e-mails over several days inviting Larson and Sempra to explain why their LNG should be considered a reliable source of energy for California, he consistently refused any direct response. “Sempra Energy companies have been providing reliable energy . . . for more than a century,” Larson said, never mentioning that during almost all that time the Sempra companies were involved solely in getting energy for Californians and distributing it to them, rather than in speculative ventures like LNG plants. “When a contract calling for the reliable provision of natural gas from Baja California . . . is in place, we will be happy to discuss the facts,” Larson continued in a remarkable message admitting there is not yet such a contract.Meanwhile, the Shell portion of the gas flowing to Mexico will come from Sakhalin, the large Russian island just north of Japan. That supply, of course, will be only as stable as Russian politics allow.So now the question of whether to allow California to become dependent on this highly questionable energy supply ought to go back to the Public Utilities Commission, which already made one half-baked decision when it granted permission for California utilities to give up some of their reserved space on the El Paso and Transwestern pipelines bringing gas from Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. The federal Energy Information Agency has said once any part of the gas that flows here through those lines is diverted elsewhere (like gas-hungry New England), it will never come back here.It’s easy enough to see why a company like Sempra would push for California authorities like the PUC to allow LNG supplies in. After all, Sempra gets paid regardless of whether any gas comes here. For the company, it’s plainly a win/win situation.But it’s hard to see why the PUC and others would accede to the firm’s LNG blandishments without far greater assurances of reliability than Sempra is willing or able to provide.Which means it’s high time for that commission to revisit its four-year-old decision on giving up pipeline space. Failure to reverse that decision will mean the PUC has abdicated its basic responsibility of making sure California always gets the energy it needs, and at a fair price.Thomas D. Elias is a syndicated columnist who covers California issues (e-mail: tdelias@aol.com).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

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Alex Iwobi tells talkSPORT Arsenal are confident of beating PSG to first place

first_imgAlex Iwobi believes Arsenal have enough about them to beat PSG at the Emirates Stadium and top their Champions League group.The Gunners beat Bulgarian champions Ludogorets on Wednesday evening to move top of Group A, the impressive 6-0 win keeping them above PSG on goal difference.However, the French giants still have to travel to North London to face Arsene Wenger’s men, with the winner of that game sure to top the group, and earn what should be an easier tie in the first knockout stage.Having drawn 1-1 in Paris, the Gunners will be confident they can better that result at the Emirates, and Iwobi shared the same view in the aftermath of the win over Ludogorets.Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, the Nigerian attacker said: “We are confident. We did well at their place and we believe, at our home ground with our fans on our side, we can probably get the win and finish first.”Iwobi started the match against the Bulgarian champions on the bench, coming on with 17 minutes remaining after the three points had been wrapped up.The youngster admitted it was the biggest win he has ever featured in, and has revealed his delight at the performance shown by his teammates.He added: “It’s definitely the biggest win I’ve played in. We were professional from the first whistle to the last whistle, and we played very well, which the result shows.“In the first half we did well, but in the second half when we came out again and got the third goal, it kind of put them off. It made it easier for us to express ourselves, and there was less pressure on us when we played and it showed.”last_img read more

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VIDEO: The elusive Manchester City squirrel!

first_imgManchester City surprisingly struggled to find the back of the net against Championship side Wolves in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup – with the Blues requiring penalties and some Claudio Bravo heroics to secure their passage to the next round.Through all the talk of dodgy footballs and Wolves’ impressive performance the real star of the night, however, was not any of the players on show.It was squirrel.Yes, in the world of social media the elusive animal has gained all manner of publicity for his display pre-match where he refused to budge until a member of the City ground staff successfully managed to scoop him up and take him away.Nuts. Sorry…last_img read more

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Hot water

first_imgAFTER an initial flare-up, it seems the passion over Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s commentary on a certain “hot-blooded” Latina assemblywoman has died down, which is just as well. Schwarzenegger’s comments, though thoughtless, were innocuous. They were part of a conversation filled with crude banter and general irreverence. But only the racial comments aroused concern, because ours is a society still wrestling with the racist failings of its past, one legacy of which is hypersensitivity. But the target of Schwarzenegger’s remarks – Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, R-Cathedral City – bears no grudge against the governor, saying she makes similar jokes herself. And Schwarzenegger, realizing that private quips sound very different when they become public pronouncements, rightly and wisely apologized. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThis experience has no doubt taught Schwarzenegger an unfortunate, but important, lesson about our age: When it comes to race, the less said, the better.last_img read more

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Neil Lennon: We won’t give up Europa quest lightly

first_imgHibernian head coach Neil Lennon said his side won’t give up their Europa quest lightly ahead of their clash with Asteras Tripolis.Hibs came from two goals down to win 3-2 in the first leg at Easter Road and Lennon is adamant they won’t let that advantage slip easily as they look to progress into the third round.Asteras have qualified for the group stage of the competition twice in the last four years, and whilst Lennon respects their history, he says his side are looking to make their own mark in Europe.He said: “We’ve earned the right to be here as have Asteras. “We want to continue the progress. We don’t have much history, or recent history, Asteras do.“They are a very capable team with excellent pedigree over the last few years.“It’s an opponent we respect.“We all saw how much it meant to the players to drag themselves back into this tie last week. “We won’t want to give it up lightly that’s for sure.”Ahead of the tie, the Easter Road side’s preparations suffered a slight set-back after a problem with their hotel booking.Lennon added: “We had booked a hotel and it was cancelled over the weekend.“We had to change hotel very quickly and it wasn’t ideal.“So some of the staff are in a different hotel but the players are all in the same one.”Two first-half goals in Edinburgh saw Asteras stun the home support before Hibs hit back with three goals after the break.Lennon said the quality of the Greek side came as no surprise to him and believes Hibs will need to replicate their second half-showing in Greece if they want to progress into the third round.“I thought Asteras were very technical.“They have some very technical quality players.“But there were weaknesses we also felt Asteras had.“We didn’t play as well as we could have in the first half.“I understand that as we are very much early in our season as are Asteras.“But second-half we were very good, we played more familiar to the way we are accustomed to and we will need to play that way tomorrow if we are going to succeed.”last_img read more

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