Defender Murray focuses on Raonic assault

first_imgBy Ian RansomAndy Murray has had his mind elsewhere for much of the Australian Open but will need to bring laser-sharp focus into Friday’s semi-final against the red-hot Milos Raonic.The world number two was rocked by a medical emergency involving his father-in-law Nigel Sears earlier in the tournament, while his wife Kim is heavily pregnant back home in Britain.Murray shrugged off the distractions to fell David Ferrer in four sets in the quarter-finals and the Scot will need to have a clear head for Raonic, who is in the form of his career.Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Raonic has long been touted for big things at the grand slams and guided by new coach Carlos Moya, the 13th seed maybe ready to fulfill his promise.Raonic has always boasted one of the biggest serves on the Tour but has been criticised in the past for being too one-dimensional for the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.But the rangy Canadian has shown impressive versatility during the year’s first grand slam, the highlight being his aggressive serve-and-volley tactics that helped floor 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka in five sets in the fourth round.He stayed back on the baseline more against quarter-final opponent Gael Monfils but still kept the points lightning fast and the four-set match was over in little more than two hours.Raonic has shown himself to be a man with a plan and credited Moya for helping him prepare for certain players.Federer was impressed by the 25-year-old’s improvement after losing to him in the final of the Brisbane International.“For a big guy he moves well. He’s improved his fitness the last few years. Also tactically he’s better now than he’s ever been,” Federer said after their final.“He’s made a conscious effort of playing close to the baseline, which before when he was working with the Spanish coaches he was way back.”Raonic shares a 3-3 head-to-head record with Murray but has lost the last two matches to the 28-year-old in straight sets.Murray, who has made the final four times at Melbourne Park and lost them all, won their sole grand slam match-up in straight sets at the U.S. Open in 2012.Their semi-final offers an intriguing clash of styles, with Raonic’s raking serve and power game matching up with one of the game’s best returners and defenders.Also one of the tour’s finest passers, Murray will be keen to test Raonic’s commitment to coming into the net early in the match.The Canadian will hope to keep the points short against Murray, who has the fitness and speed to match the game’s ultimate baseline hustlers, as Ferrer found to his detriment.Big-match experience could ultimately prove decisive, with Raonic entering only his second grand slam semi-final versus Murray’s 18th and sixth at Melbourne Park alone.last_img read more

Correction

first_imgThe story published on page 12 of the Daily Observer’s Thursday, September 10 edition (Vol. 16, No. 469), bearing the headline: ‘LIMU Lambasts Gov’t Over Lack of Tangible Gift attributes a number of remarks to the president of the Liberia Movie Union (LIMU), Martha E. Akorsah. Said remarks were taken from a LIMU press release delivered on Friday, September 4 by Mr. Henry Johnson, LIMU’s vice president for administration.When asked, Mr. Johnson informed our reporter that the remarks were made by Ms. Akorsah. However, Ms. Akorsah has since come up to refute claims that she made any such statements as published in the press release. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

3 arrested after AK-47, pistol found in Campbellville house

first_imgA Police raid on Sunday evening resulted in the arrest of three males after investigators unearthed two high-powered firearms along with matching ammunition at a John Street, Campbellville, house. The operation was led by Deputy Commander of A Division (Georgetown), Calvin Brutus, and commenced sometime around 18:00h. The search, however, lasted for about two hours during which one AK-47 assault rifle and a 9mm pistol along with matching ammunition for both weapons were discovered.In addition, the Police found two heavily tinted vehicles at the property. These along with the weapons were confiscated.According to information reaching Guyana Times, the owner of the house resides overseas and left the property in the hands of a real estate firm, which rented it to a couple. However, this newspaper understands that the couple was rarely seen at the house; instead, various suspicious characters were seen coming and going from the property.This prompted residents in the area to alert the Guyana Police Force, which carried out the successful operation on Sunday evening. The investigating team took the Force’s ‘sniffer dog’ to aid in its operation.It was also reported to that the three suspects taken into custody are known characters to the police. In fact, they had previous brushes with law for serious matters.Meanwhile, the guns are to be sent for ballistic tests to determine whether they were used in the commission of any crimes.last_img read more

RVP hat trick fires United, Arsenal sink Liverpool

first_imgRickie Lambert had headed Southampton into the lead from Jason Puncheon’s 16th minute cross, but van Persie equalised seven minutes later with a fine strike after Nathaniel Clyne slipped while trying to reach Antonio Valencia’s cross.Southampton, who are bottom of the table after losing their first three matches back in the top-flight after a seven-year absence, regained the lead 10 minutes after half-time when midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin directed a diving header past United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.Van Persie won a penalty when Jos Hooiveld fouled him in the 69th minute, but Kelvin Davis saved the Dutchman’s chipped spot-kick.Determined to make amends for that blunder, van Persie bagged the 87th minute equaliser with a close-range finish before heading the winner from Nani’s corner in stoppage-time. Earlier on Sunday, Arsenal had ended their goal drought in emphatic fashion as Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla inspired an impressive 2-0 win at Liverpool.Arsene Wenger’s side had drawn a blank in their first two Premier League matches as they struggled to adapt to life without van Persie.But the Gunners, held to goalless draws by Sunderland and Stoke, were back on target at Anfield thanks to two of Wenger’s pre-season signings.Germany striker Podolski netted his first goal for the club in the first half to end Arsenal’s barren run of 211 scoreless minutes.Then Spanish midfielder Cazorla bagged his first Gunners goal in the second half with a low shot that Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina should have saved.That was more than enough to clinch Arsenal’s first win of the season and leave struggling Liverpool with just one point from their first three matches.After Liverpool missed out on long-term transfer target Clint Dempsey and failed to make any other signings on deadline day, this lacklustre display was a painful end to a dispiriting week for Reds manager Brendan Rodgers.“The sharpness gets better from game to game. Overall we looked solid,” Wenger said. “We missed opportunities on the counter-attack at the start of the game but we had a convincing team performance.”Rodgers added: “I am disappointed with the scoreline and the goals we conceded.“We have things to work on, needing to keep the ball better and Arsenal did that well in the final period.“Giving the ball away has nothing to do with the style of play. There is a long way to go.”In the day’s other game Aston Villa earned their first point under new boss Paul Lambert with a 1-1 draw against Newcastle.Villa had lost the first two matches of Lambert’s reign, but they took the lead at St James’s Park through Ciaran Clark’s 22nd minute header.French midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa salvaged a draw for Newcastle with a brilliant strike in the 59th minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England 3rd August – Robin van Persie hit a dramatic hat-trick as Manchester United fought back to win 3-2 at Southampton in Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1,000th league game in charge, while Arsenal piled on the misery for struggling Liverpool with a 2-0 victory at Anfield on Sunday.Van Persie looked like ruining Ferguson’s landmark celebrations when he missed a penalty with United trailing 2-1 midway through the second half at St Mary’s.But the Dutch forward showed why Ferguson splashed out £24 million to sign him from Arsenal last month with two clinical finishes in the final three minutes to snatch the points from Southampton’s grasp.last_img read more

Bad use of cops

first_imgSylmar Only fair I am always informing the Daily News when I disagree with one of its columns or other decisions. So it is only fair that I commend it when it does the right thing, in my opinion. It is hardly earth-shattering, when it returned the bridge column and some very popular comic strips. But it did; way to go, Daily News! – Les Wombacher Eagle Rock Lighten up, feds Re “Busting pot clubs waste of tax funds” (Viewpoint, July 29): The feds need to get a real life and lighten up on marijuana. It is California’s biggest cash crop. Just put a small nonraisable tax on it and sell it wherever. We do need some opium plants to make other medical things such as pain killers. Especially for pain that’s only affected by morphine. The synthetic stuff is not as good for pain relief as the real thing. Yes! Heroin is made from opium, but we’ll never stop the production of that anyway. Cocaine is made from cacao tree leaves and as long as chocolate is good for you we’ll never stop that either. Ninety-five percent of the world’s population eats or drinks chocolate. – Charles Brandon Burbank Glendale’s fault Re “4 inches define homeowners’ decade-old fight” (July 29): Why is Glendale going after the Duttons? The problem started back in ’67. It wasn’t discovered till ’97, nine years after the Duttons moved in. It is the fault of Glendale, and not the Duttons. Because there are a bunch of idiots on the Glendale City Council and in the bureaucracy, there is no reason the Duttons should have to pay anything. It has been 40 years since it happened, and there should be a statute of limitations on it. – Bernard E. Beiner Sylmar Chasing chases Re “TV copters collide over chase; 4 die” It finally happened. Two helicopters covering a police chase on live TV collided, killing all four aboard both aircraft. As a former television journalist who is also a helicopter pilot, I implore TV news directors to stop covering police chases by air. Deep down you know that the only reason you cover them is that they’re “good TV,” and that they only truly become news when there is a traffic accident or the cops and the “bad guy” shoot it out at the end, which is very rare. As skillful as your pilots are (and they are very skillful), it is simply too dangerous and not worth the risk of people on the aircraft and/or on the ground getting killed because a gaggle of helicopters were chasing a chase. – Scott Barer Northridge Sandlot politics Re “View from the Valley” (July 27): Wait, wait, don’t tell me! What a perfect way to describe our do-nothing Legislature. Wait until September, or maybe April ’08 or who knows? The last time anyone took seriously what a bush had to say, they had wandered alone in the desert for 40 years. Are we next? Please, Patrick, draw us a vision. Not of the burning bush, but our Bush-league legislators playing a pickup game of after-school sandlot politics. – David Wuescher Canoga Park A done deal I want to thank the Daily News for printing some of my letters about President George W. Bush over the years. I realized today that I fell into an abyss by driving home to watch two hours of news on MSNBC, ignoring my husband and puppies. They would have late dinners. Today I planted some flowers and felt free from this man. He is a done deal. I will still display my “impeach Bush” bumper sticker with pride. And sorry, but some of us were right about this man from his first year in office. – Susan Metzger Reseda 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mission Hills Less is more Re “How to fix our gridlock” (Sunday, July 29): People will not give up their cars! I commute three hours every day on public transportation (Metrolink, Red Line, Rapid Bus). None of them can take any more people. They are all filled to capacity. Here’s the solution to get rid of gridlock: Stop illegal immigration. That’ll take care of the freeways and public transportation. Problem solved. – Sandra K. Mantik Re “The Sting” (July 28): While the gangs are running wild east of the 405 Freeway (several stories last week), where are the police? They are over in the Northwest Valley conducting stings on bartenders, gas stations and convenience-store operators. Is this a good use of our limited police resources? There have been two deaths and 26 serious injuries involving DUI this year and nowhere did it state those drivers had just come out of a bar. Meanwhile, how many killed and wounded in gang-related crime and violence this year? Some people blame the good residents of “The Witch’s Hat” for failing to cooperate with the police, but if the bad guys are organized and armed, what are they to do? – Woodrow J. Hughes last_img read more

Could California tilt the ’08 presidential race?

first_imgThe proposed measure would adopt that system, and it would have an immense effect. While the Democratic candidate, whoever he or she may be, is virtually certain to win California’s 55 electoral votes next year under current rules, the Democrat probably would get about 35 votes under the proposed system, with the Republican getting about 20, so the margin would shrink from 55 votes to perhaps 15. To put it another way, the Democrat would have to win two medium-large states, such as Ohio or Pennsylvania, to make up the California gap, and that could be a very high, perhaps insurmountable, hurdle. While it would be theoretically possible for a Democrat to win the White House were California to change its system, it would be very difficult, which is why national and state Democratic leaders are denouncing the measure as a power grab. Conversely, putting big money into getting the measure passed at the June primary election might be the smartest tactical maneuver the national Republican Party could make. The new Field Poll found a plurality of support for electoral vote change, including a virtual tie among Democratic voters, when poll respondents were given a bare bones description and asked, “Generally speaking, which method of allocating California’s electoral votes do you prefer – the current winner-take-all method or the proposed district-by-district method?” Overall, a shift to district allocation was favored by American voters will choose a new president a year from November after what promises to be one of history’s hardest-fought campaigns. Or at least that’s the conventional scenario. It’s entirely possible, however, that California’s voters will effectively decide the presidential contest five months earlier by passing judgment on a ballot measure that would reallocate the state’s largest-in-the-nation bloc of 55 electoral votes. Although the proposed ballot measure, which was filed recently by a group of Republican operatives, has barely registered on California’s political seismograph, national political circles are abuzz with speculation about its potential. And a new statewide poll of voters indicates that with a heavily financed campaign, it would have a fair chance of winning. California and 47 other states award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins at least a plurality of its popular vote, but Nebraska and Maine divvy up their electoral votes by congressional district. One electoral vote is awarded for every congressional district a presidential candidate wins, with the remaining two electoral votes going to whoever wins the statewide vote. 47 percent of voters and opposed by 35 percent, with a 57-28 split in favor among Republicans, a 41-42 virtual tie among Democrats and a 43-34 edge among independents. However, when the pollsters explained that Democrats have prospered under the current system and would likely lose electoral votes were it to be revised, the numbers changed dramatically. Republican support rose to 61 percent, but Democratic and independent support dropped sharply, even though an overall plurality of 38 percent to 31 percent still favored it, with the remaining 23 percent undecided. When the numbers from both questions were combined into a composite, the result was 49 percent in favor, 41 percent opposed and 9 percent undecided. Interestingly, support was stronger among Democrats than among independents. Given the potential stakes – control of the White House – were the measure to make it to the ballot, “it is likely that each side will raise massive amounts of money from all parts of the country in an attempt to influence the outcome of California’s ballot initiative,” the Field Poll said. Indeed. Contact Dan Walters at dwalters@sacbee.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

Demarai Gray adamant Leicester players back beleaguered boss Ranieri

first_imgLeicester winger Demarai Gray insists the Foxes are still behind boss Claudio Ranieri despite their season unravelling.The champions’ title defence is in tatters and they are just a point above the Premier League relegation zone.Sunday’s 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United was their fourth straight top flight loss without scoring and Leicester are yet to net in 2017.Kasper Schmeichel branded their season “embarrassing” following the game while reports have suggested dressing room unrest despite last year’s improbable title win.But Gray says the squad remain united with Ranieri, who led them to the Premier League crown last May despite being 5,000-1 outsiders.“Yeah, of course,” he said. “We’re all together, we’re all behind each other. We have to back each other in the changing room.“We’ll stay together, get back on the training ground, work on what we need to and keep doing our best on the weekends.”Leicester go to fellow strugglers Swansea on Sunday with the hosts only below them on goal difference and just two points separating the bottom six teams.One of the Foxes’ five wins this term – although they are yet to triumph away – came against Swansea in August and Gray knows how vital the game at the Liberty Stadium is.“It’s massive. The lads have already said we understand how big that game is,” said the England Under-21 international.“We know we’re a good team and it just hasn’t worked for us yet. We haven’t got going.“We get a game plan, stick to the game plan and hopefully we get the points.”On Sunday goals in the space of 88 seconds just before half-time from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic put United in control before Juan Mata scored just after the break.The Foxes, who host Derby in an FA Cup fourth round replay on Wednesday, have won just twice in their last 14 league games and Gray conceded confidence is an issue.“I think it’s been a little bit of a problem with us this season,” he said.“Once we conceded it kind of knocks us back, but it is one of them ones where we have to take the defeat and just keep pushing on now.” The Leicester winger insists players are behind boss Ranieri 1last_img read more

California Grill owner killed

first_imgWHITTIER – Haralambos Kiouftis, owner of the popular California Grill restaurant was reportedly murdered in May during a vacation trip to Greece, his son has confirmed Thursday. Kiouftis was killed by a neighbor in Greece, according to his son, Chris Kiouftis. He opened the restaurant in January, 1996 at the site of a former Bob’s Big Boy. “It’s been a shock,” said Buddy Engin, the restaurant’s general manager. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 “My boss used to call me every weekend asking what’s going on. “I’m so used to hearing his voice checking up on us.” 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Wanted: A woman’s touch

first_imgWHITTIER – When she was a teenager Jessi Pollnow thought being a police officer meant acting like a man. “It just wasn’t me. I didn’t want to have to always be tough,” Pollnow said. Now an eight-year veteran of the Whittier Police Department, Pollnow, 35, said she’s come to realize that women can be officers and still be themselves. And she wants other women to know that, too. “Officers don’t have to look a certain way – it’s the skills they each bring to the table,” she said. “Police departments have to do outreach and make the job inviting for women,” said Moore, who worked for 23 years with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and two years with the New York Police Department. “Sometimes \ misrepresent the job by showing the SWAT and officers jumping out of helicopters,” Moore added. But that is changing, said Whittier police Sgt. Aviv Bar, as agencies like his are becoming more aware of the importance of analytical thought, negotiation and communication skills in police work. “Our job has really changed from looking at muscle and height to mainly how you think,” said Bar. “Women are sometimes able to communicate better and are calmer and able to control situations better than their male counterparts.” Still, the Whittier department has never had a female rise to the ranks of sergeant or lieutenant. Bar said, while women officers have tested for positions of rank in the past, “we have not had a female officer pass the exam.” The highest-ranking women in Whittier Police Department are Pollnow, who works in administration as a recruiter, and another woman, who is a detective. Pollnow calls police work the most “exciting, noble, complex job in the world.” But at the same time, she acknowledges that many women still believe the job is all about brute strength. In fact, female officers are less likely to use excessive force and are better at defusing and de-escalating potentially violent confrontations than male officers, according to a 2003 report, “Hiring and Retaining More Women: The Advantages to Law Enforcement Agencies,” by the National Center for Women and Policing. “Sometimes the public doesn’t want a 6-foot-4, 250-pound man,” Pollnow said. While a 2001 report by Moore’s organization – “Equality Denied: The Status of Women in Policing” – found that discrimination, harassment and intimidation continue to block women officers from moving up in the ranks, female officers in Whittier Police Department said they feel accepted as part the team at the agency. Yet, the officers recognize that they are minorities within the department. Officer Tracy Atwater said she faces discrimination only occasionally – and only when she leaves the office doing police work in the field. “I would say that women who are open to being law enforcement officers need to be pretty thick-skinned,” said Atwater, 34, who has been with the department for five months and was previously an officer for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Male suspects “are more apt to try to take advantage of a female officer. They don’t give us the respect we demand,” she said. That’s never been a problem for her, however, said Atwater, who could not recall one instance in which she was unable to gain the upper-hand in a confrontation with a male suspect. Officer Olivia Fisher was hired as a new officer about a year ago. Within the Whittier Police Department, she found acceptance, Fisher said. “A lot of officers are really open minded,” said the 28-year-old officer. “You have to prove yourself, but everyone has to prove themselves. I’m sure there are stereotypes, but there are in every job. Whittier has been really supportive; they really want you to succeed.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesWhile Whittier police officials say they actively try to recruit women into the force by advertising to them in policing magazines and on the agency’s Web site, the department, like most police agencies around the country, has a low percentage of women officers. Pollnow is one of just eight female officers in the 125-officer Whittier department. Whittier police recruiters say they have trouble hiring enough women because so few apply – only about 15 percent of the total applicant pool are women. Nationally, law enforcement agencies have an average of 12.8 percent female officers, according to National Center for Women and Policing. The percentage of women officers who have risen to higher ranks is even smaller, said Margaret Moore, the center’s director. last_img read more