Baghdatis qualifies for Rio Olympics

first_imgCyprus tennis star Marcos Baghdatis has qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer.According to a press release issued by the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Baghdatis, ranked 41 in the world, will compete in Rio during the first week of the Games, between August 6-14, at the Olympic Tennis Centre.The Cyprus Olympic Committee congratulates 31-year-old Baghdatis, his coach Dejan Vojnović and the Cyprus Tennis Federation on this success.The Rio Games will be the third Olympics for Baghdatis, who first participated in Athens in 2004 when he was 19-years-old. In 2008, despite the fact that he had qualified for Beijing, he did not compete due to an injury.In London four years ago, he reached the third round.Baghdatis, who was born in Limassol, was the runner-up at the 2006 Australian Open and a semi-finalist at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships. In August 2006 he reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of World No.8.Twelve more Cypriot athletes have qualified so far for the Rio Olympics.last_img read more

Attack on Israeli soccer team thwarted

first_imgIn a statement Thursday, police said they arrested 19 people believed to be planning attacks coordinated by two ringleaders currently in Syria “alongside ISIS.”Police said they also seized weapons, explosives and extremist religious materials during various raids.Eighteen of the suspects are Kosovo nationals and one is Macedonian. One suspect was released after 48 hours. The other 18 will be detained for 30 days for interrogation, officials said.last_img


first_img The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s tennis team fell 4-2 to the York Lions at the national qualifier semifinals on Friday, November 16. Story Links The Blues started out with a win at the No. 1 doubles match by Brett Stinson and Andrew Bourne-Kaponeridis. This was followed by two close losses in the No. 2 and No. 3 matches.   In singles action,  Bourne-Kaponeridis was the first player to record a singles win at the No. 3 spot. He was also the only singles and doubles winner for this match.Alec Luchak followed that up with a win in the No. 6 spot. At the No. 5 spot, veteran Alex Bose was also tied 1-1 in sets when the match was called off due to the York team winning four points.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Rooney passes penalty duty to Van Persie

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, February 2 – Wayne Rooney admits he told Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson he wanted to stop taking penalties because he was fed up with missing from the spot.Rooney smashed his last spot-kick well over the crossbar in an FA Cup tie against West Ham in January. That was the second time this season he had failed from the spot and it proved the last straw for the England star.When United got another penalty against Fulham last weekend, it was Ryan Giggs who stepped up to take it and the Welsh veteran showed Rooney how to do it as he scored to put his side ahead.But Rooney has revealed Robin van Persie, who did not start against Fulham, is now United’s number one taker after he decided to quit the role.“To be honest it was my choice. It wasn’t good enough,” Rooney told MUTV.“I went in to speak with the manager and said I’d spoken with Robin and told him he could take them.“At a club like this, to miss two penalties like I did and not hit the target wasn’t good enough.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Big storms punch Caribbean, Mexico

first_imgTropical Storm Henriette, meanwhile, was moving out to sea after dumping rain on Mexico’s Pacific coastline. In Acapulco, the storm loosened a boulder that smashed into a home, killing three people. A teenager and her two brothers were also killed when a landslide slammed into their house in a poor neighborhood of the glitzy resort. Felix swept over Grenada on Saturday, knocking local radio and TV stations out of service and toppling utility lines. No injuries were immediately reported, but the storm ripped roofs off at least two homes and a popular concert venue was demolished. Orchards were left in ruin. Jess Charles, 29, said he and his family waited out the storm in their house in the town of Calliste, listening to its howling winds. “It was really very, very scary. The wind was blowing so hard we thought our roof might come off,” Charles said. Felix became the sixth named storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season early Saturday, spawning thunderstorms and downing trees in Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribbean islands reported only minor damage. At 11 p.m. EDT, Felix was centered about 100 miles east-northeast of Bonaire and 210 miles east of Aruba and was moving westward at about 18 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Forecasters said satellite loops show the storm is steadily expanding in size. In Aruba, residents stocked up on groceries, flashlights and window-reinforcements. Tourists crowded the airport to catch flights out before the storm arrived. A tropical storm watch was also issued for Jamaica, farther to the west. The storm was predicted to skirt Jamaica and the coast of Honduras and possibly make landfall in Belize sometime on Wednesday before crossing Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Linda Straker THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Hurricane Felix gathered strength Saturday and pounded Grenada with heavy rains and winds, snapping small boats loose from their moorings and toppling utility poles on its route toward the Caribbean island of Aruba. The storm was upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane Saturday evening, with sustained maximum winds near 80 mph. It was expected to strengthen even further as its outer bands started lashing the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao overnight. All three islands were under a hurricane watch. last_img read more

Leicester need to turn good performances into points – Shakespeare

first_imgCraig Shakespeare admits Leicester need to start turning good performances into points – beginning with West Brom at the King Power Stadium.Shakespeare has faced a tough start to his first full season as Leicester boss, having already played Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in the first seven matches of the Premier League campaign.Leicester’s only points so far have come via victory against Brighton and draws with Huddersfield and Bournemouth, and heading into Monday night’s match they find themselves in the bottom three.However, Shakespeare’s side now face a run of fixtures from which they will be expected to pick up points.“The school report will say we could do better, I don’t hide behind that,” said the Leicester boss.“We have had some really decent performances where we have not got the results the performances have merited.“But we have also had performances where we have probably been fortunate to come away with points at times.“We have a great opportunity now at home against West Brom on Monday to not only gather three points but to put in a performance.“I see our quality and commitment every day in training. The hardest thing is sometimes translating that into the game, but the work ethic I will never doubt.“I think what you want is to be more consistent. Whether you are playing a top-four team or whether it is the teams in and around you at the moment, you have to be competitive in all the games. We have been.“But we are striving for better performances and better results. In all matches I want to get something from them.“Ultimately you have to make sure you are focused on each game and the next one is West Brom. After that we can focus on Swansea.”Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi will be fit. Vardy was left out of the England squad due to an ongoing hip problem but the striker has recovered during the international break, while a suspected hamstring injury sustained by Ndidi while playing for Nigeria turned out to be just cramp.Defender Ben Chilwell (knee) was withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad as a precaution but he is also fit. Robert Huth (ankle) and Matty James (Achilles) remain unavailable. 1 Craig Shakespeare last_img read more

Highland runners are among area’s best

first_imgFitzgerald and her No. 5 Bulldogs will join the boys Saturday at the nationally respected Mount San Antonio College Invitational in Walnut. (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I had heard about Torres before that race, so I expected him to be a good runner,” said Acosta, who was briefly nudged into a bush by Torres at the two-mile mark. “But he surprised me a little with how aggressively he ran. I was definitely impressed with him, and I look forward to running against him again.” Considered one of the top juniors in the state, Acosta hopes to qualify for the State Meet in Fresno this November, but doesn’t figure to realistically challenge for the state title until next season. The other top runners on the Highland boys’ team include James Snyder, Jared Jacques, Edgar Martinez and Josh Johanson. On the girls’ side, Highland senior Caitlin Fitzgerald finished in seventh place in the girls’ seeded race last week at the Clovis Invitational in Fresno. Fitzgerald, who clocked 18:24 on the 5,000-meter course, is also expected to quality for the State Meet this year in Fresno, where she hopes to improve upon last year’s 18th-place finish in the Div. I race. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’center_img It is halfway through the prep cross country season, and two runners from the Antelope Valley have established themselves among the best in the area. Highland High of Palmdale junior Jeremy Acosta has taken first place this year at the Seaside Invitational in Ventura and at the Kenny Staub Invitational in Crescenta Valley. Acosta, whose Bulldogs are ranked No. 6 in the Daily News coverage area, clocked 15 minutes, 6 seconds to win the seaside race in early September, and finished in 15:55 on Sept. 30 on the three-mile course at Staub. Acosta and Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta sophomore Zack Torres traded elbows for much of the race at Staub before Acosta pulled away in the final 100 meters to defeat Torres by 7 seconds. last_img read more

For the record

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A column Friday listed the incorrect phone number to call for reservations to a Dec. 17 dinner-dance and fundraiser sponsored by Reseda American Legion Post 308. The correct number is (818) 344-3800.last_img read more

Brownstown man arrested after attempted theft

first_imgThe incident happened at 2:27 a.m. Monday at the Circle K store at 601 East Tipton Street. A man wearing a skull mask and using what may have been a toy gun tried to hold up a Seymour convenience store.20-year-old Michael Matney of Brownstown was arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery.last_img

SpringNote Launching Impressive Wiki Platform from Korea

first_imgSpringNote is a hosted Korean wiki service that’s been in the works for some time but will make a public launch at the Web 2.0 Expo Tokyo next week. It’s a strong product. The site offers a number of features that are worth a look, evidence too that there’s still a lot of room for innovation in the world of wikis. There is also clear room for improvement in this particular offering. Tags:#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick The wiki world is far wider than just Wikipedia. Some say that editing a wiki is one of the first read/write experiences than many business users have online. As is the case with many related technologies, it’s important for that reason as well to keep an eye on the consumer markets. That’s where a lot of innovation comes from. SpringNote is a good example of that and a project well worth watching.To see a wide variety of wiki software options, check out WikiIndex.SpringNote editing demonstrationcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market There’s a lot of nice touches in SpringNote. Edits are autosaved and each page has an accompanying memo or notes page. RSS feeds are widely available throughout the site and each wiki can have feed publishing turned on or off. I’m not sure why you would want to turn feed publishing off, though, and it ought to be on by default. There’s an API and plug-in development community. There’s a bookmarklet for copying parts of any webpage into your SpringNote wiki, there’s MSN chat integration and there’s an offline version of the product. It’s an impressive application.OpenIDThe company is promoting SpringNote heavily as an OpenID friendly service. It is, and the OpenID implementation is fairly well done – if you’re already familiar with the concept. People who just happen to have AIM, Bloglines, WordPress or Orange accounts but don’t know how to turn those into OpenID URLs aren’t helped any by SpringNote. This is a common problem and a real loss for companies who want to make the account creation process as easy as possible.TemplatesSpringNote has a long list of wiki templates: from recipes to web site reviews to diets to group projects and to do lists. That’s very helpful for new wiki users, far superior to a blank page for example, but the site could use more clarity concerning the editability of every field and title in the templates. Templates are a delicate matter but they are important to demonstrate the broad usefulness of any wiki platform. Every wiki company should consider embedding CommonCraft’s short video explaining wikis, too (see on the right and compare to SpringWiki’s video on the bottom of this post). It’s not nearly as good as the same company’s video explaining RSS but it’s still far better than nothing.File Import and ExportI was very happy to see how SpringNote handles file import and export. You can import Word Doc, OpenOffice, text and HTML files into your wikis. You can also export your wikis onto your desktop, which is fantastic. Unfortunately, the company requires a 24 hour wait time for document export. I can’t see how to export just a single document, perhaps they would let me do that immediately. I hope so, it’s my document – not theirs. None the less, these are great features.Language and UsabilityUnfortunately, the English version of the site also suffers from some real usability problems. I don’t mean to be overly provincial, but the company ought to hire someone more conversant in the English language if they are going to offer an English interface and market to native English speakers. I want to see projects birthed far from Silicon Valley thrive, but a small investment in a copy editor who speaks your chosen interface language as their native language could make a big difference in product usability.last_img read more