Australian Open: Federer blasts lack of communication on smog

first_img Loading… Smoke haze affected qualifying and practice sessions for the Australian Open Roger Federer demanded better communication about air quality at the Australian Open Saturday after smoke from bushfires hit the tournament’s build-up, as officials announced new guidelines on pollution. Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion, said a lack of information made matters worse for players who were forced to stay on the courts on Tuesday and Wednesday, when air quality in Melbourne was among the worst on the planet. Switzerland’s Roger Federer said there was confusion among players over the Australian Open’s air pollution policy Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic was forced to retire during qualifying after a distressing coughing fit, while Britain’s Liam Broady claimed “multiple” players needed asthma medication. “I think communication is key from the tournament to the people, to the media, to the fans, to the players, because you do hear it’s not safe to be outside, keep your pets inside, close your windows,” Federer said.Advertisement In the wake of the backlash, Australian Open organisers on Saturday unveiled a five-step air quality rating to determine when play should be halted, based on pollutants measured by monitoring stations throughout Melbourne Park.Play will be stopped if the particulate matter rating (PM2.5) – the solid and liquid particles suspended in the air – hits 200, or five on the air quality scale.Between 97 and 200 – a four rating – will trigger a discussion between medical staff and officials about halting play, with the match referee able to suspend a match if he sees fit.The rules will apply to all outside courts and the Grand Slam’s three arenas with retractable roofs, where play will be halted until the roof is closed.– ‘I told them’ –Some players in qualifying questioned why influential stars like Federer didn’t do more to speak up on their behalf during the choking haze, but the Swiss great, who is on the ATP player council, insisted he did everything he could.“What can I do? I can go to the office, speak to them. I went to them the first day when it was bad on Tuesday, the next day on Wednesday when it was still bad,” he said.“I told them, ‘Look, I just think communication is key for all of us, for everybody’. We just need to do more because I feel like I hadn’t gotten enough information.“Can I go on court and say, Everybody stop play? I can try. I don’t think that’s going to do much. Maybe it was all a bit late. But I don’t think I can do more than what I did.”Maria Sharapova said air quality was low during a match at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne this week Read Also: Tyson reveals: I won’t get into the boxing ring with Serena“From that standpoint, I think we’re moving in a very safe range. We’re not here for six months straight at over 200, 300, you know. That’s when maybe effects really become bad.”Australian Open chief Craig Tiley told reporters on Thursday he “absolutely understands the anger”.“I do think air quality for sport and for tennis is a conversation we’re going to have more of in the future,” he added.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterDisney Princesses Reimagined As “GoT” Characters5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan You Imagine Quitting A Role Because Of Dislike For W. Smith?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Actors That Started Their Careers On Soaps8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?This Muslim Woman Belongs To World’s 10 Strongest Women10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging The Australian Open gets underway on Monday, when rain is forecast. Air quality in Melbourne on Saturday was rated ‘moderate’, one step below ‘good’.The 38-year-old said the air quality scale was a step in the right direction, and that he was not worried about playing in smoke haze.“From what we were told yesterday in the player meeting, the Olympic Games and other competitions have the (particulate matter) numbers set at 300. Ours is set at 200,” he said. “You have court calls, then you look at the haze and everything, it doesn’t look good. How far are we from that threshold of playing, not playing?” World number six Stefanos Tsitsipas was another player who was troubled by the smog, saying he had difficulty breathing even after practising indoors in Melbourne. “I was coughing a lot, had troubles breathing for a couple of hours,” Tsitsipas said Saturday, while Canadian young gun Denis Shapovalov claimed “I wouldn’t play” if conditions deteriorated during the tournament. “I’m 20 years old, I don’t want to risk my life, risk my health being out there playing in this condition,” he added.last_img read more

Celta Vigo players blast Bale: He could’ve injured Rafinha

first_img Promoted Content7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseWondering What And When Will Finally Be The Undoing Of Us?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Irresistibly Gorgeous Asian Actresses10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably MissedCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical Celta felt Bale should’ve been sent off for a dangerous challenge on Rafinha. “I saw the tackle and Bale had no chance of playing the ball, it was a tackle from behind … Against Granada they expelled two players for less than this. Refereeing in the Santiago Bernabéu is sometimes difficult,” said Celta striker Iago Aspas.Advertisement Celta Vigo players were furious with Gareth Bale after last night’s 2-2 draw at Real Madrid. Loading… Celta defender Jeison Murillo also said, “Bale completely forgets the ball, takes him from behind, with the option of clearly injuring him. Luckily, Rafa is fine. Read Also:La Liga: Bale returns as Real Madrid come from behind to beat Osasuna “It is a bad move, he totally forgets the ball, he can injure him. The referee decides. That’s how it looked on the field.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Sevilla to swoop for Super Eagles defender Chidozie Awaziem

first_imgSevilla have been linked with an €8m swoop for Nigerian international defender Chidozie Awaziem, owned by Portuguese giants FC Porto. Read Also: Mikel disrespected Turkey’s code of conduct – Dosu Awaziem made his Porto debut in 2016 but has mainly spent time out on loan since – for the 2017/18 campaign he was on loan at Nantes in France before joining Turkish club Çaykur Rizespor last season and moving to Leganes last summer. He has been capped 16 times by the Nigerian international team. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterSurprising Things Women Found Attractive 50 Years Ago5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Believe It Or Not, Paul Rudd Is Turning 50 This Year6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A Comeback The 23-year-old is currently on a season-long loan deal at Leganes but is said to be available for transfer this summer by Portuguese newspaper Récord and the Andalusian club are interested, as cited by Estadio Deportivo. The central defender has impressed at Leganes this campaign – making 18 appearances in La Liga and showing signs that he is not out of place in the division. His contract at the Portuguese club expires in the summer of 2021 and they are said to be ready to cash-in on his signature this summer, with Sevilla currently leading the interest. Loading… last_img read more

10 farmers’ cooperatives sign loan contracts with prov’l gov’t

first_imgILOILO– Ten farmers’ cooperatives are availing themselves of loans from theprovincial government to help small farmers reeling from the nose-diving ofrice prices that is being blamed on the Rice Tariffication Law. Accordingto Atty. Arturo Cangrejo, chief of the Provincial Cooperative DevelopmentOffice, the loanable amount was determined based on the cooperatives capacityto pay and drying facilities. Underthis loan program – with a two percent interest per annum and payable in threeyears – of the provincial government dubbed MangungomaSapnayon: Palay Price Procurement Program, farmers’ cooperatives must buy palay (unhusked rice) from small farmersat premium prices. * SanJulian Multipurpose Cooperative in Badiangan – P5 million *Pototan Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative – P10 million *Barotac Nuevo Development Cooperative – P5 million *Dingle Multipurpose Cooperative – P10 million *Guintapagin Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Bingawan – P1 million *Kooperatiba Naton Multipurpose Cooperative in Tigbauan – P5 million Thecontract signing was done on Tuesday. The10 cooperatives and their loans are the following: “The first amortization of thesecooperatives would start 15 months after the loan’s release. Buot silingon subra isa tuig anay nga i-rollingsang kooperatiba ang ila pundo para maka-gainincomekag amat-amat sila nga magabayad,”said Cangrejo. *Kabalikat Multipurpose Cooperative in Bingawan – P1 million *Zarraga Multipurpose Cooperative – P5 million *Santa Barbara (FACOMA) Multipurpose Cooperative – P5 million *Southern Iloilo Area Multipurpose Cooperative in Oton – P10 million Asagreed with the provincial government, the cooperatives would procure palay from small farmers at P14 perkilo./PNlast_img read more

Murder suspect falls

first_imgThe suspect was detained in theVictorias City police station’s lockup facility./PN BACOLOD City – The court recommendedno bail bond for the temporary liberty of a suspect arrested in Barangay 1,Victorias City, Negros Occidental.  The 28-year-old resident AngelinoFavorito Jr. – who faces a murder charge in Bulacan – was caught on thestrength of an arrest warrant around 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, a police reportshowed.     Favorito was listed as the No. 8 mostwanted person in the police station of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, the reportadded.   Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Dumlao II of the Regional Trial Court Branch 81 in Malolos,Bulacan dated Feb. 28, 2019. last_img

‘Shabu,’ gun, bullets seized in buy-bust

first_imgTulmo, Erespe and Barrios were nabbed after they sold suspected shabuto an undercover officer for P500 around 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 30, the report added.       The 37-year-old “high-value” suspect Alex Tulmo, 24-year-old FrezelAnne Erespe and 58-year-old Jonathan Barrios yielded the suspected illegaldrugs, a police report showed. When frisked, the suspects yielded a .38-caliber revolver with fourlive bullets and drug paraphernalia, police said. They were detained in the lockup cell of Police Station 1, facingcharges./PN BACOLOD City – Nineteen sachets of suspected shabu valued aroundP70,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 25.last_img

Europe new ‘epicenter’ of COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgGENEVA  – Europe has now become the epicenter of acoronavirus pandemic that has claimed 5,000 lives around the world, “a tragicmilestone”, the World Health Organization said on Friday. More than132,000 cases of the virus have been reported in 123 countries since it emergedin December in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, WHO director-general TedrosAdhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference. World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says Europe now had more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China. REUTERS “Europe has nowbecome the epicenter of the pandemic with more reported cases and deaths thanthe rest of world combined apart from China,” he said in Geneva. Tedrosannounced that the WHO was launching a coronavirus Solidarity Response Fund.This would to allow people and organizations to contribute to help fund masks,gloves, gowns and goggles for heath workers, as well as diagnostic kits andinvestment in research and development, including for vaccines. (Reuters)last_img read more

NegOcc has sufficient meat supply, says PVO

first_imgBACOLOD City – This province will havesufficient meat supply during the period of the 14-day enhanced communityquarantine (ECQ) due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak,according to the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO). This province will have sufficient supply of meat during the 14-day enhanced community quarantine, according to the Provincial Veterinary Office. PNA The move is to ensure that the movementof all cargoes, agriculture and fishery inputs, food products, and agribusinesspersonnel in the whole region during the community quarantine period will notbe hampered. (With a report from PNA/PN) On the other hand, this province has adeficit in eggs by almost 40 percent in commercial production. Fortunately, theNegrense backyard raisers augment supply using free-range chicken eggs. Earlier, the Department of Agriculturein Western Visayas issued food passes and food lane vehicle pass cards to thesuppliers and farm producers of Negros Occidental. Decena also added that this provincecontinues to maintain its African Swine fever-free status.center_img PVO head Dr. Renante Decena said onMarch 30 that they provided Gov. Eugenio Lacson a copy of the situationalanalysis on meat supply from March 30 until April 14. Negros Occidental has already banned theentry of swine, pork and other pork based products from Luzon and Mindanao in abid to protect its P6 billion industry from the dreaded swine disease. “In general, we have enough supply ofmeat products during the two-week ECQ,” he added. Negros Occidental has a stable supply ofpork, chicken and goat meat aside from carabao meat, which serves as analternative to beef.“In live sales during auction market, we have plenty of animals for sale,” thePVO chief said.last_img read more

Coronavirus fear stalks Nigeria displaced camps

first_imgSanitation at the Bakassi camp for displaced people is basic – experts fear a catastrophe if the coronavirus takes root. AFP The makeshift hygiene facilities areamong urgent efforts aimed at warding off the spread of coronavirus among the1.8 million people displaced across the region by the decade-long Boko Haraminsurgency. Northeast Nigeria has yet to registerany confirmed infections, but aid workers fear the virus could rampage throughthe overcrowded camps – a catastrophe for a population already living on theedge. (AFP)center_img ANUJA – Men and women cluster aroundplastic wash basins hastily set up outside one of northeast Nigeria’s sprawlingdisplaced persons’ camps, lathering their hands with soap under the gaze ofsecurity personnel.last_img

Organic Produce Delivery Service Expanding To Area

first_imgAn online home delivery service will expand to the Batesville-Oldenburg area. (image: Green Bean Delivery)Residents may start seeing the vehicles of a budding company sprout up around the area.Green Bean Delivery, an online home delivery service that provides organic produce and natural groceries to its members, announced that it is expanding services to the Batesville and Oldenburg area.The company distributes organic and locally grown food directly to consumer doorsteps.“What we’re trying to do is to make healthy foods more convenient, affordable and accessible to the communities we serve,” said John Freeland, vice president of Green Bean Delivery.“So we’re out networking with area food producers and growers and trying to combine a robust product offering and put that all on one simple, easy to access online ordering platform.”The company was founded in 2007 and has since grown to serve more than 15,000 customers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.Freeland indicated that the company has received interest from community members about expanding services to the region. Since inception, the company has invested more than $7 million into local food economies throughout the Midwest.Interested consumers create an account and place their orders through the company website. During account set-up, customers can select a produce bin of their choice and delivery frequency. According to the company, membership allows for no-sign up fees and no commitments. Deliveries begin the week of March 3.Freeland confirmed that a facility will not be located in Batesville or Oldenburg, as the company remains delivery-based. Learn more at read more