Roger Federer says he doesn’t expect to match 2017 glory

first_img Since you’re here… Facebook Read more 48 hours in Perth: street art, small bars, quokkas, beaches and Bon Scott Twitter Share via Email 1:00 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Federer insists he has given no thought to retirement, but is also aware he might be only one serious injury away from his career ending.“It could be anywhere my last time because if I get hurt down the stretch, all of a sudden this could be it as well,” Federer said.“We know how I hurt my knee last time around – by running a bath for the girls. Some things are fragile in my body and sometimes accidents do occur. I hope it’s not my last year on tour. I hope there’s more to come. But again, time will tell. At the moment, I take it a tournament – or a season – at a time.“Anything I win from here on forward is a massive bonus and a kind of surprise because I didn’t expect myself to play as good as I am today at 36, 37. It’s about staying healthy and enjoying myself.”Federer will again partner Belinda Bencic at the Hopman Cup, his only event before launching his Melbourne Park title defence on 15 January. Switzerland begin group play on Sunday against the Japanese team of Yuichi Sugita and Naomi Osaka. Play Video Roger Federer hopes 2018 won’t be his last year on tour, but says it’s hard to imagine how he can repeat his “magical” 2017 season.Revitalised after a 14-day family holiday in the Maldives, Federer has arrived in Australia ready to embark on his milestone 20th year on the professional tennis tour.The Swiss superstar touched down in Perth just after midnight on Thursday. Later he took a promotional trip to Rottnest Island – his second, he said – to meet their native quokkas. (“I thought it was like a bigger mouse, but it’s more like a smaller kangaroo,” he told reporters.) Topics Tennis Support The Guardian Roger Federer Australia sport Perth Share on Twitter news Share on Pinterest The biggest sporting moments of 2017 in 60 seconds – video Roger Federer with local children on Rottnest Island off the coast of Western Australia. Photograph: Tony Ashby/AFP/Getty Images Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Share on Messenger Federer will play in the Hopman Cup starting on Saturday, where last year he started one of the most remarkable seasons of his unparalleled career.The 36-year-old knows he faces tennis’s version of mission impossible to replicate his extraordinary 2017 campaign, when he won the Australian Open in his first official tournament back after six months out rehabilitating his surgically repaired knee.He also landed an unprecedented eighth Wimbledon men’s singles crown – without dropping a set for the first time – to take his record grand slam tally to 19.All up, Federer won a tour-topping seven titles, lost just five matches and finished as the oldest year-ending world No 2 in history.He says if 2018 is half as successful, he’ll be happy. “Expectations are higher now but I try to remind myself: ‘Just don’t think it’s normal and realistic to aim for the same things I did this year in 2017’,” he said.“It’s hard to imagine that I’ll play as good as I did last year. This season has just been magical. I’ve got to try and keep it cool. Try my best and see what happens, but the preparation’s been good so far. We’ll see how things go.”last_img read more

Video: Draymond Green Drops Surprise Visit On Michigan State During Film Room

first_imgDraymond Green visits Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.drayond green visits michigan stateThursday, Michigan State basketball opens up The Wooden Legacy tournament, played in Anaheim, with a contest against Boston College. Wednesday night, the team had a surprise visit from a former player who now plays for the best team in the state of California. Draymond Green, who stars for the Golden State Warriors but played his college ball at MSU, stopped by during film session to see his former teammates – and, of course, head coach Tom Izzo. Check it out:Green has the Warriors off to a 16-0 start. Perhaps his influence will help the Spartans do the same.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,770.36, up 42.04 points):Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down eight cents, 2.64 per cent, to $2.95 on 5.6 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 50 cents, or 1.97 per cent, to $25.93 on 4.12 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up four cents, 1.81 per cent, to $2.25 on 4.1 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 14 cents, or 0.99 per cent, to $14.23 on 3.8 million shares.Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Up five cents, or 0.13 per cent, to $37.30 on 3.4 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up 35 cents, 2.80 per cent, to $12.83 on 3.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Magna International (TSX:MG). Auto parts. Up $1.45, 2.14 per cent, to $69.13 on 896,483 shares. The Canadian auto parts maker says it’s joining BMW and Intel Corp. to develop a self-driving system for the global vehicle marketplace by 2021.last_img read more

Home Capital Group reports net income of 306M in fourth quarter down

first_imgTORONTO – Home Capital Group Inc. reported net a income of $30.6 million in its most recent quarter, about 40 per cent less than it earned in the same quarter last year before it was hit with allegations it misled investors.The Toronto-based mortgage lender’s fourth-quarter income in the period ending Dec. 31 amounted to diluted earnings of 38 cents per share.That compares to a net income of $50.7 million and diluted earnings of 79 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Fourth-quarter revenue amounted to $109.5 million, down from $144.6 million in the similar quarter a year ago, but ahead of Thomson Reuters estimates of $86.5 million.CEO Yousry Bissada said in a statement late Wednesday that Home Capital is entering 2018 with positive momentum in its business and expects to grow from here.“We have demonstrated progress towards growing our residential and commercial business lines to more normal and sustainable levels and our employees delivered improved service,” he said.It’s been a tumultuous year for the Toronto-based mortgage lender after allegations it was misleading shareholders prompted a run on deposits by customers last April.By June, the company agreed to pay $29.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit and a matter before the Ontario Securities Commission concerning the allegations.But last fall the company was still facing elevated expenses because of the scrutiny, as it cut 65 jobs and sold of segments of its business amid the departure of several executives.More recently, separate lawsuits by a short seller and West Face Capital Inc. were launched against Home Capital and three former executives, both alleging the lender’s public disclosure was inaccurate and misleading.Companies in this story: (TSX:HCG)Note to readers: CORRECTS lede to say net income was 40 per cent less than last year’s fourth quarter resultslast_img read more

Methane gas continues to leak in Montney Basin finds recent study

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – A new video has been released showing methane leaking from gas wells in the Montney Basin.In December, non-profit organization Earthworks and the Pembina Institute used optical gas imaging cameras to document methane leaking from polluting gas wells and other facilities.According to scientists, methane is a greenhouse gas that traps 84 times as much heat as carbon dioxide. It is invisible to the human eye but responsible for 25 percent of already observed changes to Earth’s climate. “With the release of the CleanBC climate plan this month, the government re-energized its global leadership on climate change.  We trust that B.C. will apply that same ambition and strengthen the draft methane pollution framework to ensure industry is a responsible partner in the province’s climate plan.”Although there are strong elements to reduce reported and vented emissions, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission’s draft regulatory framework would exempt 93 percent of sites from frequent leak detection and repair and 35 percent of sites from modern instrument-based inspection.The B.C. Government plans to finalize methane regulations in 2019.You can view the methane gas leak video below. The images of leaking methane come in the wake of the David Suzuki Foundation’s peer-reviewed research showing methane pollution from B.C.’s oil and gas industry is much higher than reported. According to the research, 47 percent of active oil and gas wells in the study area were found to emit methane-rich plumes.Jan Gorski, of Pembina Institute, says oil and gas projects release methane pollution into the atmosphere through intentional venting and unintentional leaks.“Oil and gas operations, including those that will supply future LNG projects, release methane pollution into the atmosphere through intentional venting and unintentional leaks. B.C.’s draft regulations do not address the full scale of the province’s methane pollution problem.”In early 2018, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission said it would be developing new ways of monitoring methane emissions and implementing a fugitive emissions management program after a report from the David Suzuki Foundation confirmed the findings of a study released in 2017.The report suggests the regulations under development should include more frequent site inspections of oil and gas operations and stronger policies to address intentional methane venting.Ian Bruce, David Suzuki Foundation science and policy director, says the Foundation trusts that the Province strengthen the draft methane pollution framework to ensure the industry is a responsible partner in the province’s climate plan.last_img read more

Saina Sameer look to put behind All England disappointment at Swiss Open

first_imgBasel (Switzerland): Two-time winner Saina Nehwal and defending champion Sameer Verma will look to shrug off their All England disappointment when they spearhead India’s campaign at the Swiss Open, starting with the qualifiers here Tuesday. For Sameer, this event started his journey that culminated into a World Tour Final semifinal finish last year and a career-high ranking of 11. He had defeated newly-crowned All England Champion Kento Momota in the quarterfinals, a few months before the Japanese went on to become the world no 1 and world champion last year. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together World no 14 Sameer will be opening his campaign in USD 150,000 event against a qualifier after his elder brother Sourabh, who had also battled injuries on his way to becoming the Senior National Champion last month at Guwahati, pulled out of the tournament. Sameer might face fellow Indian B Sai Praneeth in the second round and a favourable result is likely to hand him over the chance to settle scores with former world no 1 Viktor Axelsen, who had defeated him in the first round of All England Championships in Birmingham last week. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open The BWF World Tour Super 300 event will be Saina’s fourth outing this season, having won the Indonesia Masters before losing in the semifinals and quarterfinals at Malaysia Masters and All England Championship respectively. A bout of diarrhea had affected her performance last week at Birmingham and Saina would look to recover quickly before she begins her campaign against a qualifier, eying to secure her third title at Swiss. She had won the event in 2011 and 2012 in the past. Seeded third, Saina is expected to face second seeded He Bingjiao of China in the semifinals if the results fall in her favour. Among other Indians in fray, Saina’s husband and fellow shuttler, Parupalli Kashyap, a former Commonwealth Games champion, will face a qualifier, Praneeth will meet England’s Rajiv Ouseph and SaarLorLux Open champion Subhankar Dey will also take on a qualifier in first round. In women’s singles, Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy will be the only other Indian in the competition. She will square off against Estonia’s Kristin Kuuba. In men’s doubles, Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok and Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will also eye their chances, while Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will lead India’s challenge in the women’s doubles. Pooja Dandu and Sanjana Santosh will also look for a good outing in the women’s doubles. In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will be the prime contenders for India, while Arjun MR and Maneesha K and Dhruv Kapila and Kuhoo Garg will also be in the fray. In the qualifiers, Riya Mookerjee and Vrushali Gummadi will be in the fray.last_img read more

CM accuses BJP of using police to detain workers of AAP for

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused BJP President Amit Shah of using police force to detain call centre workers of Aam Aadmi Party for hours.”Amit Shah has got down to using his goon-like ways. It is at his behest that the Delhi Police is threatening to shut down our call centres. Names of millions of people have been struck off the voters’ list. What wrong did we do in getting their names in the electoral roll? If they have to catch someone, catch us,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said on Twitter. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe party also wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) complaining against the police officers who, it said, harassed its workers. “It’s the duty of the Election Commission to get people to register as voters, but when this was not done, the Aam Aadmi Party worked to get people to register themselves by visiting them door-to-door and through call centers. “Doing this, we added 30,000 voters from south Delhi alone. This irked the Bharatiya Janata Party, which had earlier worked to striking off people’s names from voters’ list,” Sanjay Singh, Member of Parliament from AAP, said in the complaint to the CEC. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe BJP used police to harass these call centre workers by detaining them at Sunlight Colony police station and interrogating them for hours, he wrote in the letter. “Democracy is being stifled by BJP workers and the Delhi Police. Fear is being struck in the heart of common man and the opposition parties… We urge you to take action against the police officers by removing them from their posts and launching an investigation in the matter,” he added.last_img read more

Superannuation cases DUTA angry over DUs inaction

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi University Teacher Association ( DUTA) expresses its dismay that despite repeated appeals, the DU administration has failed to intervenein the case of the age of superannuation of two Associate Professors of Physical Education in Vivekananada College and Shyam Lal College (Evening). “This constitutes a serious attack on the service conditions of Physical Education teachers and their livelihood. Both the teachers have contributed decades of service towards building Sports and Physical Education Departments in their respective college. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt is a great shock to see that instead of recognising their work, they are being targeted,” DUTA said in a statement. The statement also said that in trying to superannuate these teachers at the age of 62 (instead of 65), the two Colleges are violating of the last DU notification from the University dated May 12, 2017 which clearly stated Physical Educations teachers are part of the teaching faculty on the basis of the EC Resolution of 1990. “It is clear that their service conditions are the same as teachers of other disciplines. The UGC Regulations 2018 lists Physical Education as a discipline and provides parity to faculty engaged in the Department with teachers of other science, humanities and social science Departments in terms of recruitment, promotions and retirement benefits,” said Rajib Ray, President, DUTA. “The DUTA finds it completely unacceptable that the University Ordinances (passed by the Academic Council but yet to be adopted by the EC) do not include it as a discipline,” said Vivek Choudhary, Secy, DUTA.last_img read more

Economic growth may have slowed in 201819 FinMin

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian economy appears to have slowed down in 2018-19 due to lower private consumption, tepid growth in fixed investment and muted exports, a finance ministry report has said. The Central Statistics Office (CSO), which released the national account data for the third quarter, had in February revised downwards the growth estimate for 2018-19 fiscal to 7 per cent from 7.2 per cent. The 7 per cent growth is the lowest in 5 years. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework In its monthly economic report for March, the Finance Ministry said monetary policy has attempted to provide a fillip to the growth impulse through cuts in repo rate and easing of bank liquidity. “India’s economy appears to have slowed down slightly in 2018-19. The proximate factors responsible for this slowdown include declining growth of private consumption, tepid increase in fixed investment, and muted exports, it said. The Ministry, however, said that India continues to remain the fastest growing major economy and is projected to grow faster in the coming years.last_img read more

Mens basketball Gene Smith voices support for Thad Matta

OSU coach Thad Matta signals to the official that a foul should have been called in a game against Purdue on Jan. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. Courtesy of Tino BovenziThe speculation on Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta’s job safety has been rampant for much of the past two seasons, only amplified with this season’s 17-14 record and 11th-place finish in the Big Ten.The Department of Athletics has offered no clarity amid the speculation, until Wednesday.Ohio State Athletics Director and Senior Vice President Gene Smith cleared the air in an official statement, voicing his confidence in Matta’s ability to return the program to national prominence.“While we are not currently where we aspire to be with our performance on the court, Thad understands better than anyone that component has to improve,” Smith said in a statement. “I am confident in his leadership to return the program to the winning ways that we have all enjoyed during his 13-year tenure.”Smith’s statement comes after Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports reported Monday night that Matta would return to the program despite concerns about the coach’s health. Matta fielded questions on Tuesday about the report, his general well-being and the university’s lack of public support for him.Matta said that he didn’t care whether the athletic department publically supported him or not, but affirmed that his health would not affect him enough to step down from his his post.In the statement, Smith said that he and Matta had a discussion about the future of the program, and Smith mentioned Matta’s 337-122 all-time record, five Big Ten titles and nine NCAA Tournament appearances as reasons to retain Matta as head coach.Earlier this season, Matta said that his travel for recruiting is indicative of his commitment to the future of the program. The Buckeyes currently have two players signed for the 2017 recruiting class, and three verbally committed in the 2018 class.Matta’s current contract runs through the 2018-19 season. read more

Updates On Construction Projects On The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation has released it’s weekly road construction update for the projects currently taking place on the Kenai Peninsula. STERLING HIGHWAY REHABILITATION, SKILAK LAKE to STERLING ROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberDrivers should expect LANE CLOSURES, ONE-LANE TRAFFIC and flagging operations, Monday through Sunday, 8:00pm to 7:00am.Construction crews have begun milling operations between MP 77 and 79.Construction crews have begun foaming and paving work. Drivers should expect PILOT CAR operations and 15 to 20 minute DELAYS, Monday through Sunday, 8:00pm to 8:00am.Crews will continue to work north from MP 67 and 69. Watch for flagging and PILOT CAR operations, with 5 to 10 minute DELAYS.STERLING HIGHWAY, MP 89.8 LEFT TURN LANESROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberWork is suspended through June and July and there will be no traffic restrictions during this time.Expect paving operations to begin in August.KENAI SPUR HIGHWAY REHABILITATION, SPORTS LAKE to SWIRES ROAD, PHASE I ROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonConstruction crews are working on the Kenai Spur Highway between MP 5 and 8.Drivers should expect LANE RESTRICTIONS, and ONE-LANE TRAFFIC with flagging and PILOT CAR operations.KALIFORNSKY BEACH ROAD MP 16 to 22.2, RESURFACING and SIGNALIZATIONROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonDrivers should be aware that the temporary signals are on a timer, not detection, so usual signal patterns have changed.STERLING HIGHWAY BELUGA LAKE DAM IMPROVEMENTSROAD CONSTRUCTION through mid JulyThe area of impact for this construction is approximately a 1/2 mile, with guard rails on both sides of the highway.HOMER EAST END ROADROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberOn June 22 and 23, drivers should expect LANE RESTRICTIONS, flagging operations and DELAYS up to 20 minutes from 8:00am to 8:00pm.Please drive with caution and check back for more information as the project continues.last_img read more

Kenai Airport Awarded 12 Million Dollar Grant

first_imgThe FAA announced they will award $495 million in airport infrastructure grants, the second allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “The release that stated that their was a $1.2 million dollar grant for repair of the airport runway was actually an original request that the city made. The actual project which the city appropriated money for on June 5 with the council is for a project that is $783,000.” Facebook0TwitterEmailThe Kenai Municipal Airport will receive a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. The release states the grant will be utilized to to repair runways, aprons and taxiways. Ostrander: “The $1.2 million was the maximum amount of the grant, the work will be done for a lot less than that.”  The project is expected to begin sometime in July, according to Ostrander. This project has nothing to do with the current airport terminal remodel.last_img read more