Who’s next for Djokovic?

first_imgIt’s been a curious year for the Serb in a topsy-turvy campaign which has seen his 122-week reign at the top of the men’s game come to an end by Andy Murray, and despite winning seven titles, including the Australian and French Open’s, huge question marks hang over his state of mind heading into 2017.Tennis legend Becker openly admitted in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports that the last six months coaching Djokovic were “challenging”.Troubles on and off the court forced the 29-year-old to seek the help of spiritual guru Pepe Imaz and suddenly title-winning runs turned into talk of love and peace as well as shock exits.He won just one title and reached two finals in the second half of the season following a dominant stretch that saw him win four straight majors.The rumours are already circulating as to whether or not Djokovic will look to add another coach to his team for the new season.So what are the options Djokovic has to choose from? Could another so-called ‘Super Coach’ help bring him more success?Shoo-insLong-term mentor Marian Vajda and mental guru Pepe Imaz are expected to remain part of the team. Old mentor Vajda is likely to remain in a sole coaching position. The 51-year-old has been a member of the coaching line-up for over 10 years. Under his guidance, Djokovic had climbed to the top of the tennis world.Imaz is the newest member to Djokovic’s team and preaches a philosophy of love and peace as central to his coaching.”I don’t know where you heard that he’s a guru, first of all,” Djokovic said of Imaz. “He’s been in tennis for all his life. I’m just glad that he came this week, together with my brother, to be with me and work with me.”If Djokovic is able to find love, happiness and harmony working alongside the former player in 2017, then there just might be light at the end of the tunnel.Pistol PetePete Sampras is a true legend of the game, and although the 14-time Grand Slam champion has been linked with a move into coaching, he has been largely removed from the tour since his retirement in 2002.He collected 12 of those majors in an era of dominance from between 1993 and 2000 and seven of them arrived on the green grass of Wimbledon.In an interview with CNN last March, Sampras said his life is now very much family focused rather than having any thoughts of returning to the game as a coach. “It’s definitely much different from my life as a tennis player,” he said. “Everything was about me. What I was eating, what I was doing. I was travelling. Now it’s about my kids.”Johnny MacJohn McEnroe, who had a spell working with Milos Raonic earlier this year, is one of the co-favourites for a role.The seven-time major winner joined Raonic’s team in May before the 25-year-old reached his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, but his media commitments could make things difficult.One thing is for sure, should McEnroe join up the Djokovic revolution, then it would be a whole lot of fun with the outlandish American a firm favourite amongst fans and players alike.Andre AgassiJust a few years ago former world No 1 Agassi admitted he “can never say never” about becoming the latest ‘super coach’. The eight-time Grand Slam winner, however, is not yet prepared to make the commitment with a young family, his charitable work and equipment line at the peak of his priorities.But could a role alongside Djokovic be too good an offer to turn down? His wife Steffi Graf [a 22-time major winner] may have something to say about that.Pat RafterAustralian Rafter, who reached the summit of the ATP rankings in 1999, has recently backed Djokovic to recapture his form in the New Year.Rafter won the US Open in 1997 and 1998 and was twice a runner-up at Wimbledon. He is a known admirer of the Serb having described him as being in a “different league” to Andy Murray.But would the former great swap the sprawling Sunshine Coast for the long and gruelling season on the ATP circuit?Nenad ZimonjicHe might not be a name that rolls of the tongue, but Zimonjic is strongly rumoured to become Djokovic’s coach.The 40-year-old is still an active doubles player and teamed up with Djokovic in the men’s doubles at the Rio Olympics.It would be a surprise to many should Zimonjic join the party, but he is a fellow Serb and former Davis Cup captain who has known the serial major winner since he was a teenager. He has the experience and is known to be highly respected by Djokovic.last_img read more

Liberia: A Land of Wealth without Manager

first_imgBy B.J. GoodlinA story in the book of Genesis is unfolding right before our eyes. Adam was put in charge of a beautiful garden to manage and to have dominion over everything. Key word: to have dominion over everything. The instruction was quite simple – everything on the face of the land you have authority to dominate with the exception of man. His lack of management proficiency led to man’s quandary.Liberia is a land filled with natural resources of wealth that hasn’t been managed shrewdly or should I put it to you that the lack of ideas or creativity to explore has been the challenge. Liberia is a nation rich with natural resources in Iron ore, gold, diamonds, and rubber, forest for logging and timber and vast agricultural land for ensuring food. With all of these resources, why is Liberia considered one of the poorest countries in the world that heavily relies on foreign assistance?Studies have shown Liberia has five major iron deposits in these regions: Bomi Hills, Mano River, Mt. Nimba South, Tokadeh, and Bong Mines. How can a country be so rich and yet poor, how is that? The only answer that comes to mind is maladministration and the absence of vision and creativity. Liberia is not a poor country as we may think; it is the nonexistence of ideas and the visions to protect its resources and to produce goods and services.  Liberia has the natural resources to manufacture, distribute and reproduce finished goods – thereby creating jobs for hundreds of people. Jobs creation helps to alleviate the high crime rate and minimizes corruption. But again, everyone wants a government job; no one pushes the idea of building a manufacturing plant or encourages the idea of government farming on a larger scale in the area of agriculture. I have not seen any product manufactured in Liberia, or a single product with a tag, “made in Liberia.” Nevertheless, concessions come and take away the country’s natural resources without creating a manufacturing plant to train and develop Liberians to take over after they leave. No corporate responsibility to build roads or improve communities.People cannot continue to live in the past by doing what has got the country where it is. After 170 years there has to be a change in philosophy of how things are done. You cannot tell me, with all the educated people, there isn’t one person who has the slightest thoughts to turn the page. The talk about creating a new city is a brilliant indication, although the task is enormous. But it is achievable if the process is planned with purpose. However, it all starts with self-governing — a mindset that every Liberian must welcome by taking responsibility for their actions; that the buck stops here, in order for the process to become a success. There is no time to monkey around. I remember like yesterday when neighboring countries wanted to be like Liberia where everyone came and lived and enjoyed the rich taste of the land. Today, Ghana has improved and life is great for their people, Nigeria stands on its own, soon Sierra Leone will pass us.What’s next? Political rhetoric is everywhere destroying good ideas to create jobs and empower people. Stories are written in newspapers about Bong County being split into two counties, Upper Bong and Lower Bong. I do believe if the split is done in good faith it has the readiness to create colossal benefits for both citizens of Upper Bong and Lower Bong. Jobs creation is one great factor that could benefit the people, aside from building universities, colleges, vocational institutions, hospitals, clinics, industrial facilities and many other benefits. There is a saying, “one who refuses to change refuses to grow.” The creation of Lower Bong has the proclivity to minimize the heavy burdens imposed on Upper Bong where everyone wants to be for better education and the likelihood. I do believe such brilliant concepts are in the best interest of the citizens where they can leverage their resources.I do not consider the President’s hint to build a new city as a bad one, as long as the funds are available with good terms. Liberians should hold together and embrace change. If other countries can do likewise, we have the resources but need the will-power and commitment to embrace change.  Change for Hope is the slogan for the new world, accept it or be left behind.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) B. Joe Goodlin – Advertisement –last_img read more

Cuban doctor losses legal fight against Medical Council

first_imgLicence denial…Civil Procedure Rules 2016  final – CCJThe Caribbean Court of Justice on Friday ruled that the Crown Office Rules of 1906 were no longer applicable and that Guyana’s Civil Procedure Rules 2016 applied to all civil proceedings, in light of a challenge against the Guyana Medical Council by Cuban doctor, Jose Ocampo Trueba.In September 2017, Dr Trueba filed an application in the High Court seeking judicial review of the Medical Council’s refusal to grant his application for full registration as a medical practitioner. He told the court that he was unaware on what grounds his application was refused before he was given the chance to beDr Jose Ocampo Truebaheard.Since 2013, Dr Trueba was granted an institutional registration, which meant that he was licensed to practice only at the Davis Memorial Hospital, but according to the Medical Council, he was in breach of his licence since he was operating privately as well at other institutions. In July 2017, he applied for full registration as a medical practitioner.He was written to twice by the Council asking whether he would like to respond to the letters but he never acknowledged them, which ultimately resulted in the Medical Council’s decision not to grant him his licence.The Medical Council also published an advertisement in two newspapers notifying the public that Dr Trueba was licensed to practice medicine only at the Davis Memorial Hospital. However, Dr Trueba challenged the decision in the High Court in September asking for a judicial review of the Council’s decision and that the court set aside the Council’s decision based on the procedures in the Crown Office Rules 1906. In her ruling, acting Chief Justice Roxane George dismissed the application on the basis that judicial review was not an appropriate recourse as Section 19 of the Medical Practitioners Act stated that persons who wanted to challenge a decision of the Council should appeal to a High Court Judge in chambers.Not satisfied with the ruling, Trueba sought redress from the Appeal Court, which ordered that the matter be remitted to the High Court because the Judge should not have automatically refused the application but should have considered whether judicial review was appropriate in the circumstances of the case.The Medical Council then applied to the CCJ for special leave to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision.However, the CCJ agreed with the Court of Appeal that the right to appeal to a Judge in chambers did not totally preclude an application for judicial review but said that as a rule of thumb, the safe route to challenge a decision of the Medical Council of Guyana was to appeal to a Judge in chambers. Nevertheless, the CCJ allowed the appeal and upheld the decision of the Acting Chief Justice.The court said that the implication of its decision was that pending, and especially unheard, applications, brought or proceeding otherwise than in accordance with the new rules will now need to be revisited by the courts.The court also noted that it was “highly improper” for Trueba to conceal from the High Court Judge the fact that he had been operating in breach of his licence and that it was dishonest of him to have falsely stated that he was never the subject of disciplinary proceedings and unaware of any reasons why the Medical Council could have refused his application.The court said this was in breach of his duty to make a full and frank disclosure.In the reasons for the court’s decision, the CCJ commended the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the attorneys for the parties for the speedy resolution of the matter, which took less than six months from start to finish.last_img read more

Oakes’ three goals lead ECR to win

first_imgKatie Oakes has been more of a playmaker for the El Camino Real of Woodland Hills girls’ soccer team this season. The University of California-bound midfielder has been content to control the midfield and set her teammates up for goals. Constant double and triple teams haven’t helped. But on Tuesday night, when the Conquistadores fell behind early to a dangerous Chatsworth team, she wasn’t about to sit back and see how things played out. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Teammate Niki Connolly assisted on the third of Oakes’ three goals. The other two came on a penalty kick and a breakaway. Before Tuesday night, Connolly had been the Conquistadores biggest offensive weapon. The senior striker had 13 goals in her first 10 games, including 10 in five games at the Hart of Newhall tournament. “It’s either me setting her up or her setting me up,” Oakes said of Connolly. “Tonight she was setting me up. We reward each other.” The Conquistadores came away with the victory, but Chatsworth served notice that it is a lot better than its 4-8-1, 0-1 record indicates. Senior forward Jamie Noland put the Chancellors up 1-0 in the ninth minute with a nifty back-heel kick off Christina Chopin’s corner kick. Leslie Barrientos scored with about 7 minutes, 40 seconds remaining in the second half to cut the lead to 3-2. Oakes, the City Section Player of the Year as a junior, scored three goals, two in the first half, as the Conquistadores held on for a 3-2 West Valley League victory over host Chatsworth Tuesday night. The victory extended El Camino Real’s unbeaten streak against City opponents to 21 games. The Conquistadores (8-1-2, 1-0) have won five straight City titles. center_img 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


first_imgLetterkenny 247 out in force in Athy.In another busy weekend for the local letterkenny triathletes, a total of 16 club members made the long journey down to Kildare to compete in the TriAthy races held over the bank holiday weekend. On what is widely regarded as the fastest triathlon course in the country, there were 3 race distances in total the Sprint (750m Swim, 20k Bike, 5k Run), Olympic (1,500m Swim, 40k Bike, 10k Run) and Double Olympic (3,000m Swim, 80k Bike and 20k Run) Letterkenny  247 Triathlon Club had representatives in all distances.In the Sprint Race club member Alan Mitchell finished a fantastic 2ndoverall and 1st in his age category for the second week in a row and puts himself in a great position in the point’s race for the coming season.  Margaret Kelly followed up on her great finish last week in the Liam ball event in Derry taking 1st in her age category, having looked strong through out and now seems to have gotten over her crash in limerick in the Europeans in February and Patrick Mitchell, Alan’s father also finishing strong,  coming 2nd in his age category. In the Double Olympic race club member Adam Speer finished in a great 6thplace overall and 3rd in his age category, which will stand to him in the coming weeks when he competes in his first Ironman event in Switzerland.Many of the club athletes posted personal best’s on what was a fast course in goodweather conditions.  Special mention also goes to Alan O’Mahony on completing hisfirst triathlon and on the Double Olympic course no less, and also Nick Fowell on completing his first open water triathlon.LETTERKENNY 247 TRIATHLON NOTES was last modified: June 7th, 2011 by gregShare 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:letterkenny 24/7last_img read more


first_imgJohn Kelly, a student at LYIT has captured a gold medal at the Irish University indoor shot-putt title at Athlone IT. Kelly also set a new Donegal record for the event getting out to a very respectable 15.83m.The Finn Valley AC club man from St Johnstone has continued to improve year on year since his introduction to the sport at the annual school sports at Finn Valley as a primary school pupil. He is only the 3rd Donegal athlete in history to hold the record as initially set by John Gallagher from Cruit Island a prominent athlete and Irish senior champion in the 40’s /50’s.However, that record fell to Finn Vallleys Kieran Mc Connell 14.29m an Irish international at that time and now in the last 12 months it belongs to Kelly.Next week hes in Glasgow for Scottish champs and ethen the following week its national senior in Athlone .LYIT STUDENT JOHN KELLY WINS GOLD AND SETS NEW RECORD AT IRISH UNIVERSITY INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: February 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticsLYITNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgThe New York ‘Mary from Dungloe’ Irish Gala Dance will take place on Saturday, May 17, at St. Joseph’s School Auditorium, 28-46 44th Street, Astoria, Queens, New York. Admission $45.00 pp. For tickets/table reservations, please call 718-361-1847 or 914-552-8110 mcculknit@hotmail.comHot Buffet, Beer/Wine Open Bar/Super Raffle Prizes A warm ‘thank you’ for your loyal support. NEW YORK ‘MARY FROM DUNGLOE’ GALA DANCE THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Mary From Dungloenew yorklast_img read more


first_imgTRAFFIC CHAOS: There has been absolute traffic chaos this afternoon for Donegal GAA supporters heading to Clones for tonight’s double-header.Both the Gardaí and PSNI had warned motorists to expects lengthy delays due to a cycling event taking place in Omagh.The combination of the two sporting events has led to huge delays on the Omagh to Kesh Road and into Enniskillen. Some fans have vented their fury at the timing of the fixture which has been blasted since it was announced by the GAA.One irate fan posted, “Absolutely brutal traffic, would put you off going to the match.“We’re going to miss a good chunk of the minor match, I’m so annoyed.“Sky Sports wouldn’t effect the travelling punter they say, dragging us to Clones on a Saturday evening to fit into THEIR scheduling plans. “Who cares about the loyal supporter, the GAA really needs to have a look at themselves and ask them was this deal really about promoting the game globally or about them lining their pockets.Gardaí aren’t expecting traffic delays for Donegal fans on the way back from the match and said the earlier issues was the combination of the two events.TRAFFIC CHAOS: HALF HOUR TAILBACKS FOR DONEGAL SUPPORTERS HEADING TO CLONES was last modified: June 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:ChaosDelaysdonegalGAAnewsSporttrafficUlster SFClast_img read more

3 Hacks for Shooting Without a Focus Puller

first_imgCinematographers on low-budget indie films are often required to operate their camera while also pulling focus. Here are some hacks to make this situation less frustrating.The role of a focus puller is critical on nearly any professional set. The skills required to accurately pull focus in challenging situations are independent of the skill set required by the cinematographer, though there is some crossover.Even if a DP also happens to be fantastic at pulling focus, they are often busy with the camera and keeping an eye on lighting. In these instances, a dedicated 1st AC can make a world of difference on set.Image from Wikimedia.orgAll that said, there are many situations where DPs need to fly solo these days, which can lead to frustration when they are unable to deliver the desired creative results. In my opinion, the frustration usually stems from attempting to act as both DP and 1st AC, as opposed to setting up the shots in a way that allow for a single operator/focus puller.Below are my 3 hacks for working without a dedicated 1st AC.Attach a string to your talent to maintain your distance when tracking.Tracking shots are one of the most common shooting challenges when there’s no focus puller on the crew. When following an actor, it can be extremely difficult to keep your shot in focus, as the talent will always be walking at a slightly different speed than you.As you can imagine, this is a nightmare when it comes to pulling focus. Because, unless you’re shooting with a very high F-stop, leaving nearly the entire image in focus, your talent will drift in and out of the focus plane every few steps.Attempting to pull focus yourself when shooting like this is usually a terrible idea, since by the time you move your focus to compensate for the talent’s movement, you’ve already lost them again.Instead of trying to pull focus, you can eliminate the issue entirely by ensuring that your talent is always the exact same distance from the camera. One of the easiest – and cheapest – ways to do this is mind-blowing in its DIY simplicity: Attach a string to yourself. Attach the other end of the string to your talent.You would usually do this by tying it around your belt or waist, and would have the length of the string be the exact distance that you need to be from your talent for the framing to be right. This effectively allows you to walk in a way that will always keep your talent the perfect distance from you, as you are essentially tethered together. It’s an extremely low-fi solution, but it works every time.Always use peaking & never use markers.Using marks on a follow focus is one of the fundamentals of pulling focus for a 1st AC. But when you’re pulling focus yourself, you need to learn to throw that out the window entirely.Even if your shot is locked off on a tripod and you’re simply pulling focus between two characters on alternating lines, you still shouldn’t be diverting your vision to the follow focus for too long, if at all, as it will inevitably take you away from the monitor.If one of the actors moves in a way that is slightly different from the blocking, you may very well miss it if you aren’t 100% visually focused on the monitor at all times.For this reason, I always recommend using focus peaking whenever possible. Peaking is often used by 1st ACs to lock in their focus marks, and sometimes is then turned off so the DP can see the image without the strange effects of the peaking on the monitor.When shooting by yourself though, it’s critical that you learn to constantly shoot with focus peaking on, and rely on it solely, as it’s truly the only way you can achieve critical focus without taking your eyes off of the monitor.Image example of focus peaking:Image from KarelDonkAvoid unnecessary pulls.When you’re used to working with a focus puller, you might tend to take them for granted and simply assume that every shot needs a focus pull. In reality though, there are loads of scenes/set-ups that don’t require focus pulls at all.If you can get away with shooting a wide shot at infinity (and it still works for your story) then go for it. Or if you want to use selective focus to isolate a character in a scene, intentionally avoiding pulling focus to their scene partner, that could be a great technique too – as long as it serves the story well.I’m by no means suggesting you do this strictly out of necessity or laziness, however I am suggesting that you stop yourself before each shot and really ask whether or not you need to be pulling focus.There have been a few really great films in recent years that have implemented this technique in memorable ways. Two examples worth sharing are Upstream Color and the recently released Still Alice. Both of these films make use of shots where the blocking is designed in a way that allows the characters to walk in and out of the focal plane, as opposed to having the focus following their movement.It’s a really fascinating technique and certainly one that worked beautifully in the films mentioned. Check out the technique as showcased in the very first shot of the Upstream Color trailer.Hopefully these tips can alleviate some of on-set stress that comes with shooting without a focus puller. Take a look at the following links for even more about cinematography and focus pulling:Simple Framing Tips to Dramatically Improve Your CinematographyAdvice for New CinematographersQuick Tip: Focus PullingTry out these focus pulling hacks and let us know if you met with success or disaster! See you in the comment section.last_img read more

Indian-Origin Youth Arrested in Orlando for Trying to Steal Aircraft

first_imgAn Indian-origin youth was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to steal a plane on Sept. 20 after he entered the cockpit of an aircraft at Orlando Melbourne International Airport.Nishal Sankat, 22, who is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, was seized from the cockpit of an American Airlines Airbus plane that was parked on the tarmac for maintenance, according to reports.Sankat reportedly came near the airport in his car at 2 a.m. on Sept. 20. He jumped over the barbed wire fence and reached the aircraft under maintenance. To avoid any suspicion, he kept his car ignition on. He was arrested after flight maintenance workers challenged him and summoned the airport police who immediately arrested him. Police are trying to ascertain what he wanted to do with the aircraft.“The individual was confronted as soon as he was on the aircraft. The employee who was on the aircraft took appropriate action and escorted him off the aircraft,” CBS quoted Melbourne Police Chief David Gillespie as saying. But after he was dragged from the plane, Sankat broke free, running back toward the jet. Soon after police took him into custody, CBS said.Sankat, a part-time student of aviation management at the Florida Institute of Technology, received a commercial pilot’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration eight months ago. He was not qualified to fly this type of plane.He was charged with grand theft, burglary and trespassing and was being held in the Brevard County Jail without bail, reported.He is the son of Clement Sankat, the president of the University of Belize and former president of University of West Indies.After this incident, Prof. Sankat issued a statement to the Trinidad Express Newspaper, calling it an extremely difficult period.Referring to the family, the statement said: “At this time, they have not yet been able to speak with their son, and since they have limited information, are still trying to ascertain all the facts surrounding the incident, and his well-being. As expected, their focus right now is on providing all the legal, mental, emotional and parental support possible. What has occurred acutely underscores to the family the need to be aware of the challenges young students face, especially those living away from home and family.”Police told CBS that they searched Sankat’s home and confiscated his electronics, but at this time there is no evidence to indicate a connection to terrorism. Related ItemsCaribbeanfloridaTrinidad and Tobagolast_img read more