View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano FILE – In this July 30, 1932, file photo, doves are released during opening ceremonies of the Tenth Olympiad at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council is expected Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 to endorse a proposal to host the 2028 Olympics, following an announcement of a deal last month to leave 2024 to Paris.(AP Photo)LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles took another step Friday toward bringing the 2028 Olympics to the city, despite questions about future costs.The City Council voted 12-0 to endorse documents at the heart of its plan to stage the Summer Olympics for the third time since 1932. The contract outlines Los Angeles’ financial responsibility in hosting the Games, including covering shortfalls if the $5.3 billion plan runs into the red. In addition, a budget for the proposed 2028 Games has not been completed.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The vote followed a morning-long committee hearing that mingled civic cheerleading and salutes to Olympic champions past with warnings about potential costs and suggestions the international event would drive up housing costs and drive out the homeless.“This opportunity is too great, we cannot pass it up,” council President Herb Wesson Jr. said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The vote took place less than two weeks after the city announced an agreement with international Olympic leaders ceding the 2024 Games to rival Paris, while opening the way for Los Angeles to host the 2028 Games.The U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors must also approve the deal. The International Olympic Committee vote to award the two Olympics is scheduled for September in Lima, Peru. LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Neymar could finally make PSG debut on Sunday MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Much of the meeting amounted to a choreographed tribute to the city’s Olympic legacy, with frequent references to the LA Games in 1932 and 1984 and the athletes who competed in them.Olympic champions Carl Lewis and Janet Evans, who are part of a private committee behind the bid, urged approval of the plan.Lewis, holder of nine Olympic gold medals in track and field, said the Games are not just an event, “it’s about a whole city.”The deal comes with millions of dollars of financial sweeteners for accepting the later date. However, the extra four years pose challenges for Los Angeles from maintaining public interest to rewriting deals for stadiums, arenas and housing that were all hooked to 2024.City analysts recommended the council approve the contract, which faced an Aug. 18 deadline, but also emphasized a revised budget for 2028 could take months to complete.“There are inherent risks to hosting such major events so far into the future,” city analysts noted in a report on the agreement.The bulk of the revenue for the Games is expected to come from ticket sales and corporate sponsorships.Part of the deal includes creation of a reserve fund to cover any cost overruns, with the city kicking in $270 million. The state is expected to commit a similar amount, but because of the legislative calendar the state might not be able to consider its piece of the proposal until next year.In a statement, Mayor Eric Garcetti called the agreement “the deal of a lifetime.” Teen gunned down in Masbate City analysts concluded that the 2028 plan, while incomplete, included significant safeguards for taxpayer dollars. The Olympics have a notorious history of runaway costs, but city officials have argued their proposal can stay within budget by relying on the region’s many existing stadiums and arenas, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Staples Center.Los Angeles had bid on the 2024 Games, but embraced the 2028 alternative after Paris emerged as the front-runner for 2024 and the IOC proposed the unusual dual award.At one point during the sometimes tense meeting, Councilman Joe Buscaino shouted at a heckler, “This is right for the city.” As the vote was being taken, protesters yelled from the back of the council chamber, “Let us speak” and “sellout.”Steve Ducey of No Olympics LA, an opposition group, said the vote would take place without an independent budget analysis.“Shame on you,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’
The Mayor and City Council has temporarily ceased operations at the Stabroek Market after excessive high tides resulted in flooding.The Stabroek Market constantly floods from high tidesOn Tuesday, the Council informed that they were currently looking at ways to address the situation after it was brought to their attention. This decision comes at a time when stallholders would see a large crowd of customers.According to the Council, flooding would usually occur when there are expected high tides. To factor in a more holistic approach, ‘disruptions’ will take place. But the Council has decided to put the matter on the back burner until next year.Guyana Times understands that a nearby sewer system would have significantly escalated the issue by infiltrating the market with a pungent odour.“To treat with the issue holistically, there will be significant disruption of the market operations; selling will be ceased temporarily. The Council contemplated its action and considered the quest of the stallholders to yield sales, especially being the Christmas season. Nevertheless, the Council remains committed to dealing with the issue in early January 2020,” the Georgetown Council disclosed.In October, the Market was also closed for a few days owing to high tides which caused widespread flooding. During that time, all the items stored on the ground were damaged, especially perishable and consumable items.This situation comes just days after vendors had complained about leaking roofs and poor drainage. Vendors of both the Stabroek Market and Bazaar have expressed discomfort while plying their daily trade after leaking roofs resulted in damaged goods.“I come in last Wednesday or Thursday and when I look down, the ground wet wet. That’s when I tell my son that the roof leaking bad and look at how much [things] get wet… All the soap and things that went open wet and I had to throw them away,” the woman told this publication after the incident.While the areas have been known for its dilapidated state, only droplets would fall from the roof and fixed with the placement of a bucket. However, it has become a bigger issue now and other stalls have also complained about losses. More importantly, this occurrence poses as a discomfort.In both cases, complaints were filed at the Mayor’s Office for better drainage but there has been no response to date. It was revealed that if these issues are fixed, the probability of future flooding would be unlikely and damages lessened.
Since that move last summer, the future of Nelles has remained in limbo. “Our prisons are overcrowded to the point where we have a crisis on our hands,” said Calderon, who has scheduled his news conference for 10 a.m. at Whittier City Hall. “The problem must be solved, but not at the expense of Whittier and its residents, who deserve safety and quality of life,” he added. Councilman Greg Nordbak said he appreciates the help from both legislators. WHITTIER – At a news conference today, Whittier-area state Sen. Ron Calderon will tout a new bill and demand that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger place the former Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility back on the market. Calderon’s bill is one of two – a second is by Assemblyman Tony Mendoza – that contain language that would put the Legislature on record as intending to enact a law to facilitate the sale of the 73-acre property. Nelles, which was closed in 2005 after 113 years as a juvenile prison, had been scheduled to be sold by the state July 14. Los Angeles developer Richard Meruelo, a Whittier resident, was set to buy the property for $107 million. But then the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation halted the sale. Officials said the state might need the property for use as a prison to ease overcrowding. “It’s a great start and we appreciate their efforts and support,” Nordbak said. The bills, which are nearly identical, will need to be amended if they are going to become law. Calderon’s bill, SB 575, states that his proposal “would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to facilitate the sale of the former Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility.” “It’s still in the spot bill form,” Calderon said. “We’re waiting to gather information from the lobbyists for the city and all of the interested parties.” Mendoza’s bill, AB 1292, would “declare that it is the intent of the Legislature that this property not be reactivated as a correctional facility.” “It would further declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to develop a plan for multipurpose use of the property,” the bill reads. Both proposals are a good start, Whittier City Manager Steve Helvey said. “These are two well-intentioned efforts to stay on top of this,” Helvey said. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tinney’s Oil & Coal in Letterkenny & CPL Fuels are about to launch an exciting giveaway on home fuel tomorrow.The Bonagee suppliers are giving a free 10kg bag of Supertherm fuel to every customer who buys a Supertherm 40kg on Friday (23th November).Supertherm is Ireland’s fastest growing low smoke solid fuel.The offer begins at 12noon and runs until stocks last! Make sure to get down to the Tinneys Business Park in Bonagee, off the Port Road in Letterkenny, to bag yourself this hot deal. The offer is limited to 5 bags per person while stocks last. Strictly exyard yard offer only.For details on how to WIN 5 free bags check out our Facebook competition here: www.facebook.com/donegaldailySupertherm is Ireland’s fastest growing low smoke solid fuel. It’s perfect for use on open fires and glass fronted stoves. Supertherm combines all the traditional qualities of a real fire, is slow burning, easy to control and produces 80% less smoke and 20% less CO2 than house coal.Pink is the new black at Tinneys Fuels & CPL Fuels this month, where they are supporting the Irish Cancer Society with limited edition pink coloured 20kg Supertherm bags. When you buy a bag of the special PINK 20kg Supertherm not only will it help keep you warm this winter but you will also be contributing towards a great cause. Why Choose Supertherm? Great Performance Independent tests show that Supertherm® produces more sustained heat output and lasts significantly longer than house coal. So whilst a bag of Supertherm® may cost more than house coal, you will use less to heat your home.Outstanding Quality Supertherm® is manufactured to strict quality control standards, using best quality bituminous coal and anthracite. Because Supertherm® is a manufactured fuel, consumers are guaranteed a consistent quality product with every bag and Supertherm® is readily available with no unpredictable interruptions in production. The same cannot always be said of house coal which often varies in quality and burning efficiency from load to load. Better for the Environment Supertherm® produces 80% less smoke and 20% less CO2 than house coal and is approved for use in smoke control zones.Don’t forget to enter the Donegal Daily Supertherm giveaway at: www.facebook.com/donegaldailyFor more products and offers check out the Tinneys Oil & Coal Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/Tinneys-Oil-Coal… Free Fuel Friday at Tinneys sparks excitement! was last modified: November 22nd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Bonageecpl fuelsfree fuel fridaySALESuperthermTinney’s Coal & Oil
Daniel O’Donnell is set to ‘recharge his batteries’ later this year as plans on taking time away from a busy schedule. The Donegal native is currently in the middle of Irish and UK tours before he heads to the US in November for his annual residency in Missouri.But he will be hanging up the microphone at Christmas, and says he’s looking forward to time off the road. Having just released a new album, he plans to honour all his existing commitments for next year, but said he hopes to spend more time at home with wife Majella and family.However, the 57-year-old hinted he might make time for some new TV projects, having made several hit shows with Majella.He told the Daniel fanzine: “There has been talk about us doing another American Road Trip following the success of the last one on RTE.“It’s a possibility, and maybe we’ll also do another B&B Road Trip in Ireland too.” Daniel also pledged to return to Sri Lanka, despite the Easter Sunday terror attacks by militant Islamists in Colombo which killed more than 250 people.He is a major star in the Asian country and is one of the most played artists on its biggest radio station.Weeks before the atrocity, he played a sold-out gig in Colombo.He said: “My first reaction on hearing about the bombings was some of those people may have been at our concert or their families were.“Like our own situation in Ireland, it’s terrible religion would be used as a cause. It should unite us and not divide. Hopefully we will be back in Sri Lanka someday.”Donegal’s Daniel set to take time off following sellout Irish and UK tour was last modified: August 24th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts richard macmanus Every year at the Web 2.0 Summit Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker does a fast and in-depth presentation of internet trends. The report is available here.Once again mobile is a big trend this year, with Apple’s market share expected to “Surprise on Upside Near-Term.”Overall the key message was that financial markets have rebounded now; and that technology is “relatively impressive.”Here are some highlights from Meeker’s high octane presentation: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#conferences#Trends#web#Web 2.0 Summit 2009 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
With the formal launch of Windows Phone 8 on Monday, Microsoft took pains to position its new smartphone operating system as a logical extension of the Windows environment into the phone.Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said that the new Windows Phones help connect the Windows ecosystem, which now includes Windows 8 PCs, tablets like the Surface, and the living room, embodied by the Xbox game console. Cloud services like SkyDrive unite the platforms by sharing data back and forth.“When you try this for the first time, you will literally see your phone come alive,” Ballmer said at a Monday press conference in San Francisco. “You see this level of personalization that literally sets Windows Phone apart. What else sets Windows Phone apart? How it works with PCs. If you’re one of the hundreds of millions of people who will use Windows 8 in the next year, there is no better phone for you than a Windows phone. As you’ve seen already, all Windows 8 devices, from desktops to notebooks to laptops to tablets and to phones, share the same iconic look and feel, the same Live Tiles will update as the world around you changes. You will always know what’s happening, at a glance.”Phones On The WayExecutives said that Windows Phones would be launched and supported by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, with devices manufactured by HTC and Samsung.For AT&T subscribers, the new Windows Phones will include the Nokia Lumia 820, the Nokia Lumia 920, and the Windows Phone 8X from HTC to ship in November. Prices were not announced. T-Mobile said that it would offer the Nokia Lumia 810 for $99, as well as the 8X, which will be priced at $149 with 16GB of storage. Verizon will offer the new Windows Phones by Thanksgiving, specifically the Windows Phone 8X (16GB) for $199 as well as the Lumia 822 for $49.Microsoft had announced Windows Phone 8 in June, when the company announced a virtual wallet that could store payment information, as well as a partially shared code base that promised to allow developers to easily port apps between Windows 8 and Windows Phone.To date, Microsoft’s Windows Phone has been well received by critics, but hasn’t managed to make a substantial dent in the market, falling to just 4.4% of all U.S. smartphone sales in March, and to 3.6% in August, according to comScore. Google’s Android OS, meanwhile, has climbed to 52.6% of all U.S. smartphone sales, with Apple’s iOS at about 34.3%.One way to attract consumers is to reassure them that they will be able to reproduce the app experience of other platforms, a step that Joe Belfiore, the vice president responsible for Windows Phone, claimed that Microsoft has completed. Belfiore said that the Windows Phone app ecosytem now includes 120,000 apps across 191 countries, including 46 of the top 50 most heavily used apps on other platforms. “That’s huge progress for us,” Belfiore said.In addition, Belfiore announced new versions of Twitter, Words with Friends, Draw Something, PayPal, Chase Manhattan and games like Angry Birds Star Wars and Where’s My Water. Belfiore also said that the integrated Skype app is always connected, running in the background without consuming battery life.Those apps intregrate with Live Tiles, Windows Phone’s signature feature. Live Tiles provide interactive widgets on the home screen, allowing users to quickly view the number of unread messages, for example. Belfiore also announced an optimized version of the Facebook app that would place updates on the lock screen itself, so when users glanced at the phone, they would see new, fresh updates from their friends. An optimized version of Pandora will ship with a year’s subscription, with no ads.Belfiore also announced three new features of Windows Phone that the company hasn’t talked about before. 1. Data SenseOne problem tied to faster 4G LTE connections is how quickly users can blow through their plans’ data limits. The Data Sense app looks somewhat like Opera Mini, reducing the amount of data users consume by compressing Web pages. The app also helps users find and take advantage of Wi-Fi connections. Finally, the app displays the amount of data each app uses, much as Google’s Android OS does. Microsoft claims that Data Sense can download 45% more webpages using the same amount of data. Verizon will offer Data Sense this fall, while other carriers will add it in 2013, Belfiore said. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement markhachman 2. Kids Corner Kids Corner, meanwhile, was designed to create a protected sandbox for families that allow their kids to play with their phones. Parents can place limits, but kids can also customize their own environment. “It’s essentially a phone within your phone, designed for your kids,” Belfiore explained. Belfiore even trotted out actress/mom/startup founder Jessica Alba, who dubbed Kids Corner “awesome.”3. People Hub’s RoomsThe People Hub is “kind of the contact list, reinvented,” with a feature called “Rooms.” The idea is to let users wall off shared content into groups, as social networks like Facebook now allow you to do. Examples of Rooms could include close friends, work colleagues, or just immediate family. Each room has a shared calendar, a place where to post photos privately, and share to-do lists and grocery lists with photos attached. Users can even invite friends on other platforms, including the iPhone, to Rooms, although they’ll see a limited amount of content.Belfiore stressed the importance of personalization elements like the Live Tiles. Will that be enough to lure buyers from the more popular iOS and Android platforms? We’ll find out in the spring, when Microsoft reports its quarterly earnings. Until then, we can just watch, and wait.Photos by Mark Hachman. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Microsoft#Windows Phone 8
Kaitlin de Guzman of the Philippines competes in uneven bars category of women’s artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the Malaysia Trade and Exhibition Center in Kuala Lumpur. / CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Kaitlin de Guzman nailed the gold medal in gymnastics women’s artistic uneven bars Tuesday for the Philippines’ second triumph of the day in the Southeast Asian Games.The 17-year-old De Guzman, daughter of former SEA Games champion Cintamoni Dela Cruz, garnered 12.875 points in her routine to bag the top honors.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA Games MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. She bested Malaysia’s Tracie Ang who had 12.550 and Indonesia’s Rifda Iranalithfi who scored 12.075.De Guzman is competing in two more events including her favorite floor exercise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening View comments
Rustiness could be an issue for the well-rested Elasto Painters when they clash with the weary—yet very determined—Magnolia Hotshots at the start of their best-of-seven Final Four series on Friday, which will highlight an interesting matchup of contrasts as far as schedules in that span go.Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao with the Hotshots to play their 11th game since March 6—and would be playing every other day from hereon to shoot for four wins and make it to the Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsOn the other hand, Rain or Shine has gone 2-1 in that very same span, and, coming into this game also having all the time to prepare is a plus coaching staff led by Caloy Garcia should be able to exploit.While Magnolia will only have less than 48 hours to regroup after bundling out Barangay Ginebra in Game 3 of their quarterfinal series on Wednesday, the Hotshots are enjoying a level of cohesion that coach Chito Victolero points to as the biggest factor in their campaign. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Victolero is again trying to downplay his chances—and motivating his charges—by saying that they are the underdogs here.“Again, we’re the underdogs. We have a very tough team coming up. They’re the No. 2 team, [after all].”But that certainly does not seem to be the case the way he has made the Hotshots play, as they have gone 7-3 in that 10-game span with victories over some of the toughest teams out there.Top-ranked Phoenix Pulse and powerhouse San Miguel Beer are in the other semifinal pairing, with that series to start on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Fuel Masters have also gotten a lot of rest and the Beermen, shooting to extend their unprecedented reign here to five years, basically took the same path as that of the Hotshots, though not as hectic.Lee was the game’s Best Player on Wednesday, hitting a big triple in the stretch just as the Hotshots seemed ready to implode after seeing a 20-point lead dwindle down to nine.The Painters, who are also seeking to win a first all-Filipino title, have the defensive tools to shut down Lee, and the size to go mano-a-mano underneath with the Hotshots.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s no doubt that Rain or Shine has the fresher legs coming into this long semifinal series.But what can those do against the team playing the best basketball in the PBA Philippine Cup the last five weeks?ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue National runner Poliquit, 30 “It has been about team effort,” he said shortly after disposing of the Gin Kings, 85-72. “The chemistry has been commendable. We’re enjoying every possession.”Paul Lee, who was virtually unstoppable in Game 3 and who would want to win his first all-Filipino crown, echoed his coach’s view: “We may not be the most talented team, but I think in terms of chemistry, we’re No. 1.”It wasn’t also lost on Garcia how well Magnolia handled Ginebra, which the Hotshots held below 80 points in each of the last two games of the quarterfinals.“They did a good job dictating the tempo against Barangay Ginebra,” Garcia told the Inquirer on Thursday. “If we can limit our errors, I think we could pull off a win.”And while the Magnolia swept Rain or Shine the last time they met in a series,ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments
Roger Federer The IPTL, brainchild of Mahesh Bhupathi, on Monday announced that Swiss great Roger Federer will replace Rafael Nadal in the Indian team for the new tennis league as the Spaniard has pulled out due to injury.Federer, the 17-time Grand Slam winner, was not part of the original squads announced by organisers of the Indian Premier Tennis League.Nadal, who has 14 Grand Slams to his name, had also pulled out of this year’s US Open due to a wrist injury.”There was an injury issue with Rafa, but I am glad Federer was available. Federer is a superstar and has charisma. That will create buzz,” Bhupathi, who founded the league, said at a press conference along with India team owner Rahul Sharma from Micromax.Federer joins American great Pete Sampras, former world number one Ana Ivanovic, Frenchman Gael Monfils along with India’s Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna in the squad. Fabrice Santoro is reserve player of the squad.Russian superstar Maria Sharapova will also be now part of the league as she joins the Philippines team, which earlier had Victoria Azarenka.The league will kick off on November 28 in Manila and conclude in Dubai on December 13.The Delhi leg will be played from December 6-8 at Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium.Eric Gottschalk, the chief operating officer of the IPTL, informed that the players initially have one-year contract with the league but the owners will also have choice to trade players from the second year onwards.All participating teams — India, UAE, Singapore and Phillipnes — in the league will compete in five single-set matches to determine a winner. The order of play will be decided by the home team in host venue.advertisementIf two neutral teams are playing, then a coin toss determines who picks the order of play.Gottschalk also said that one more team is expected to enter the fray in the second edition and by 2017-18 they plan to make it a eight-team competition.Micomax’s Rahul Sharma said IPTL was a phenomenal initiative.”We were earlier approached for sponsorship but when we listened to the concept and format, we decided to get a team in it. We have always believed in doing things, never done before, never seen before,” Sharma said.