For the first time ever, black tables will be used at the World Table Tennis Championships this year. This was announced in a release last week from the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). The black boards have been created by the federation’s official table supplier, Double Happiness.Designed under the theme ‘Black is Bold’, the new tables are expected to add to the viewing pleasure of those watching the event, which begins on May 29 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The table is supported by a base carrying the red, gold and black colours of the German flag. According to the ITTF, “the whole table takes on a good visual identity and colour blending if it is shot at a lower angle and closer distance to bring about a fresh experience for spectators.”The move is the latest experiment with colour in the sport. Tables were originally green with white lines and balls. In 1985, the rules changed to stipulate that racquets be coloured red on one side and black on the other. Yellow balls came onto the table soon after to allow players to wear white shirts. That experiment seemed not to have worked as the yellow ball isn’t used in major competitions.Since then, blue tables have been used.While the size of the ball has changed from 38 millimetres in circumference to 40 in 2000, and later to a 40-plus configuration, the table remains nine feet in length, five feet wide, and the surface is still two and a half feet off the ground.- H.L.
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By beating Swansea 4-0 on Wednesday, City racked up its 15th straight victory — a feat never achieved in the 129-year history of England’s top division.Second-place Manchester United also won, beating Bournemouth 1-0 through Romelu Lukaku’s goal to keep the gap at the top to 11 points, but chasing down its cross-town rival looks to be a forlorn hope at this rate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCity is unbeaten after 17 games and has now scored 52 goals, the latest coming at Liberty Stadium through David Silva (2), Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero against last-place Swansea.With Liverpool held 0-0 at home by West Bromwich Albion for a second straight draw at Anfield, Tottenham climbed back into fourth place — the final Champions League qualifying spot — thanks to a 2-0 win over Brighton. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson David Silva ran the game from midfield and scored a goal in each half at Liberty Stadium, with City manager Pep Guardiola describing the Spain playmaker as an “animal.”“We cannot disguise his quality but in the past he didn’t score too much goals,” Guardiola said. “He’s sharp, he’s in an amazing condition.”Silva’s second goal — City’s third — was the highlight after he swapped passes with Raheem Sterling before chipping the goalkeeper.UNITED BOUNCES BACKRomelu Lukaku ended a four-game run without scoring in the league to help United bounce back from the damaging loss to City on Sunday.It was timely for the striker, who was at fault for both of City’s goals in the derby before squandering a close-range chance late on.Lukaku headed in the only goal after 25 minutes on a night of heavy rain and sleet at Old Trafford. Substitute Marcus Rashford later hit the bar but United needed goalkeeper David de Gea to make a string of fine saves to preserve the lead.LUCKY GOALTottenham will be the next team to try to end Man City’s unbeaten start to the season, and heads into Saturday’s game at Etihad Stadium on the back of two straight wins.After thrashing Stoke 5-1, Spurs got past Brighton thanks to a lucky 40th-minute goal by Serge Aurier and Son Heung-min’s sixth goal in seven starts. Manchester City’s David Silva, centre, scores his side’s first goal of the game against Swansea City, during their English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, England, Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)Another win, another record for rampant Premier League leader Manchester City.And this one might be the most impressive of the lot.ADVERTISEMENT Wayne Rooney scored Everton’s goal in a 1-0 win at Newcastle as the Merseyside club continued its resurgence under new manager Sam Allardyce, with the team winning three of his four matches in charge.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Froome says ‘he broke no rules’ after ‘adverse’ Vuelta drugs test Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Aurier appeared to be aiming for a teammate in the area when he sent the ball over from the right wing. It ended up finding the top corner of the net.Son’s 87th-minute goal came when his header from Christian Eriksen’s cross flew in off Brighton midfielder Davy Propper.BLANKS FOR LIVERPOOL, ARSENALLiverpool and Arsenal were held to draws for the second time in four days to drop further behind the Premier League’s pace-setters.Liverpool had a late goal disallowed against West Brom, with Dominic Solanke ruled to have touched the ball with his hand after chesting down a cross from fellow substitute Joe Gomez.The Reds were fourth heading into the midweek round of games but have dropped to fifth place, a point clear of an Arsenal team that is now winless in three games.Arsene Wenger’s side dominated for long spells against West Ham at the Olympic Stadium but nearly ended up losing after Javier Hernandez hit the crossbar with a shot in the last minute.Arsenal is seventh in the standings.WINS FOR LEICESTER, EVERTONLeicester manager Claude Puel enjoyed his return to Southampton, where he was fired in the offseason, as his new team won 4-1 thanks to goals by Shinji Okazaki (2), Riyad Mahrez and Andy King. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? NO CITY HANGOVERThree days after beating Manchester United, there was no derby hangover from City.This was one of City’s most dominant displays yet, highlighting the gulf between the league’s first and last teams.“At times it was horrible, seeing my side trying but suffering for long periods,” Swansea manager Paul Clement said. “It was hard to watch at times because they were so dominant. For me, one of the best sides I’ve ever come across.”ADVERTISEMENT
With the announcement that the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) is expected to be in full operation, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) has signed a contract with a Canadian firm to supply the airport with new equipment to aid in the landing of aircrafts at the facility. The contract was signed on Tuesday, the Public Infrastructure Ministry said in a social media post.The firm, IntelCan, which is based in Montreal, Canadam will be tasked with supplying and installing an upgraded Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) at the CJIA, Timehri, East Bank Demerara by February, 2020.The ILS is an approach which employs two radio signals that provides a pilot with vertical and horizontal guidance during the landing phase of an aircraft. The localiser (LOC) provides azimuth guidance, while the glideslope (GS) defines the correct vertical descent profile.The Ministry noted in its post that the upgrade of the runway at the airport will now be boosted further with the modern ILS instrument to enhance the landing capability of aircrafts, which will also alleviate the need for diversions of aircraft in minimal weather conditions.In addition to the ILS, the aviation systems will also be boosted with a Digital Automatic Terminal Information System (D-ATIS) to provide pilots with real time information on weather and safety.As of now, this information is provided to pilots by the Air Traffic Controllers without automation.In the future, the D-ATIS will provide automatic data to the aircraft every hour.Further, the Ministry said the acquisition of the new Digital Automatic Terminal Information System will align the GCAA with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Global Interoperability Plans, which aims to provide a seamless operation and experience for pilots operating in any part of the world.On July 12, subject Minister David Patterson told reporters that the CJIA would be in full operation in the coming week.Calls made to the Minister for an update proved futile. Nonetheless, he had noted during the previous interview that once a warranty is provided for the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system, the airport will be fully operable.The expansion of the CJIA has been ongoing for a number of years, and while the APNU/AFC Government has repeatedly blamed the former administration for not including necessary plans in the project during the initial stages, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has stated that the absence of those necessary plans is a deliberate strategy to create opportunities for local contractors.In 2012, under the PPP/C administration, Guyana secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government was slated to inject some US$12 million.The A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC), when in Opposition, had cut the funding the then PPP/C Government had allocated for the expansion project.When the coalition Government came into power in 2015, the project was put on hold, but after discussions between Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), it was later announced that the project would be continued but a number of downgrades were done to the design.The extension of works into 2019 comes in disparity to an earlier commitment by Government, whereby it pledged that the works associated with the expansion would have been completed by the last quarter of 2018.Upon completion, the CJIA in its downgraded design expansion, is expected to have four air passenger boarding bridges for arrivals and departures, a 450-seat departure area, escalators and elevators, in addition to an extended runway catering for larger categories of aircraft.In the meantime, the much-anticipated financial audit of the airport expansion project is expected to commence shortly once the Public Infrastructure Ministry supplies certain information to the Auditor General’s Office.This is according to Auditor General Deodat Sharma, who told Guyana Times during a telephone interview that his office is awaiting word from the subject Ministry as to when the relevant documents will be made available.This special audit comes in light of a series of calls mounting for a thorough probe into the CJIA expansion project by a wide section of society.For some time, the Public Infrastructure Ministry has faced questions over the CJIA expansion project’s costs and delayed construction.
0Shares0000Harambee Stars players line up before facing Thailand in a friendly match in Bangkok on October 8, 2017. PHOTO/FKFNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – The 2017 CECAFA Senior challenge Cup will be opened by a mouth watering clash pitting hosts Harambee Stars against Rwanda in the second match of Day 1 on December 3 in a venue to be decided.Harambee Stars, who are drawn in Pool A, will take on guest team Libya in their second match, then entertain Zanzibar before concluding their group fixtures with a crunch against Tanzania. Group B comprises of record champions Uganda, Ethiopia, Burundi, South Sudan and guest team Zimbabwe in the two-week-long regional tournament that will be hosted in Kisumu, Kakamega and Nakuru.Against Rwanda, Kenya will be out for revenge after the Amavubi Stars eliminated them at the quarter-final stage in 2015 when the tourney was hosted in Ethiopia.This year the competition will be comprised of 10 teams as opposed to the traditional 12 teams after 2013 finalists Sudan and Somali opted out to see the tournament head straight to semi-finals after the group stage.The tournament that returns after a two-year absence was initially scheduled to kick-off November 25 but will now start December 3 to run until December 17 when the final will be held.CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye said they decided to reschedule the kick-off to allow some of the countries complete their league.Harambee Stars will be seeking to reclaim the title they last won in 2013 at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium after beating Sudan 2-0 in a match that Allan Wanga scored a brace to hand Kenya a sixth title.DrawGroup A: Kenya, Libya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zanzibar.Group B: Uganda, Zimbambwe, Burundi, Ethiopia, South Sudan.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Mohamed Salah shared the 2018/19 Premier League Golden Boot award with Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang © AFPLONDON, United Kingdom, May 12 – The race to be crowned the English Premier League’s leading scorer this season ended in a three-way tie on Sunday as the African trio of Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohamed Salah shared the Golden Boot.Gabon forward Aubameyang scored twice for Arsenal at Burnley to join Salah and his Liverpool teammate Mane, who netted a final-day double against Wolves, on 22 goals for the Premier League season. Sergio Aguero, of champions Manchester City, was next in line with 21 goals.Salah has now won the award two seasons in a row but this term’s winning tally was the lowest by players in English football’s top-flight since 2010/11 when Dimitar Berbatov and Carlos Tevez shared the Golden Boot with 20 goals apiece.Aubameyang was delighted to be a member of an all-African trio of winners, saying in quotes reported by the BBC: “I share this trophy with two other guys I like, great players and African. We are representing Africa, that’s cool.“I am happy we won, and I am sharing this trophy with two other guys I like.“My teammates knew about the Golden Boot, I said nothing. I did not want them to play and only focus on me. I am a team player.”For Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp there was the satisfaction of knowing he had a played a part in the careers of all three of this season’s Golden Boot winners, having signed Aubameyang from Saint-Etienne in 2013 when he was in charge of Dortmund.“Auba too? Do they have three boots?” said Klopp, who suffered the last-day heartache of seeing Liverpool finish just one point behind City.“It is good. They are all my players,” the German added.Salah scored 32 league goals last season, a record for a 38-game Premier League campaign.The 26-year-old is the sixth player to win the Golden Boot award in consecutive seasons.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)
Sky Sports Spanish football expert Terry Gibson doubts Pep Guardiola would be interested in taking over at Manchester City – insisting the former Barcelona man will instead have his eyes on the top jobs at Manchester United and Arsenal.City chief Manuel Pellegrini is coming under increasing pressure at the Etihad, following a below par season which could see the club finish the campaign without a single trophy.Reports in Tuesday newspapers claim the Blues are interested in recruiting Bayern Munich boss Guardiola this summer, should they decide to dispense with the Chilean’s services.But Gibson, who played for Wimbledon, Tottenham and Manchester United during his own career, insists City would have a hard job trying to persuade the 44-year-old to join the Eastlands side.“I would imagine Pep has a small list of jobs he’s interested in,” he told Hawksbee and Delaney. “Manchester United are, historically, the biggest club in England.“Then there are new clubs with vast riches likes Chelsea and Manchester City. Pep would look at the bigger picture though.“He would look at the job Sir Alex Ferguson did at that club and the size of the club. I could see him going to Manchester United, or possibly Arsenal.“A move to the Gunners might appeal to him. That’s how he would be looking at his next move.”
The opportunity was there Thursday for the Taft High of Woodland Hills girls’ soccer team. Unfortunately for the Toreadors, their offense wasn’t. With a victory over visiting Granada Hills moving Taft into third place in the West Valley League, the Toreadors saw their scoreless streak against the Highlanders reach seven games in a 1-0 loss. “I love the girls and they know that I’ll fight for them … but they know I was disappointed in their effort,” Venger said. “We’re such a better team than this. “What an opportunity we had. If we win this we’re in third and we own the tiebreaker because we beat Granada head to head. Now we face a Cleveland team (Tuesday) coming in at 0-4 (in league) and they’re going to be playing with so much emotion because they’re fighting for their playoff lives.” Shorr made six saves for Taft (10-7-4, 1-3), including two leaping deflections of Ashleigh Ravella free kicks in the second half. Shorr also made a diving save on Melissa Fernandez’s 18-yard shot in the 54th minute. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We can’t play our C-minus game and expect to beat anyone,” said Taft coach Greg Venger, who suffered his fifth 1-0 setback to Granada Hills in four seasons. “That was our worst game of the season. You would think in a game of this magnitude, we would come out and give a better performance than we did.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Granada Hills (11-4-2, 3-1) rebounded from a 5-0 loss to El Camino Real of Woodland Hills on Jan. 12 to record its second consecutive shutout, including a 4-0 victory over Birmingham of Lake Balboa on Tuesday. Ashley Hill’s goal in the 13th minute, which came after Taft goalkeeper Aly Shorr deflected a shot in the penalty area, was all the Highlanders would need to remain in a second-place tie with Chatsworth (7-8-1, 3-1) entering Tuesday’s road showdown. “This was an important game for us,” Granada Hills coach Lynda Fritsche said. “We got killed against El Camino, so we changed up our midfield and the past two games they’ve played great. Rebecca (Lin) and Leah (Verdugo) are working really well together.” Granada Hills’ control of the midfield limited Taft’s opportunities in the run of play, but the Toreadors had two quality chances to tie the score in the second half, both off corner kicks. Nieshe Washington’s header in the 46th minute was saved off the goal line by a diving Amanda Katz, who teamed with Green Son to record seven saves. Washington had another opportunity inside 10 yards in the 68th minute, but her shot sailed over the crossbar.
Minister McHughA total of €25,751 in funding has been allocated today for arts organisations in Donegal.Fine Gael Minister Joe McHugh TD, has welcomed the move.The funding was announced by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, through which more than €400,000 in funding will be allocated through the Department’s Small Capital Grants Scheme to arts organisations across the country. More than 60 organisations will benefit, with maximum grants of €10,000.Minister McHugh, “I am extremely pleased to see that over €25,000 of funding will be going to Donegal. An Grianán will receive funding for lighting; Artlink will receive funding for computers and software; Butt Drama Circle Co. Ltd for audio/lighting/box off equipment; and Earagail Arts Festival Management Company for computers / pa system / lighting.“This small grants scheme is designed to directly support arts groups and venues, which are so important to our cultural life. This round of funding will provide small capital grants of up to €10,000 each to over 60 organisations, for innovative and creative projects to improve their efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of arts and culture to their communities.“While the amounts involved are relatively modest, the grants themselves can make a huge difference to the individual organisations. This small grants scheme is a very important way of providing direct support to local arts groups, which contribute so much to the vibrancy of communities nationwide. Fine Gael Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh has also welcomed today’s announcement, commenting “I am very pleased that these groups have been successful in their application for funding, I have worked closely with An Grianan Theatre and I am delighted that they have been successful today as I know how vital this funding will be to help support the great work they are doing.”€25,751 ALLOCATED FOR DONEGAL ARTS GROUPS was last modified: January 21st, 2016 by StephenShare 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:ArtsJoe McHugh
Long Beach’s Katy Stone has lamented for some time about how lawn bowling is only seen as a senior sport in the U.S. “It truly is not,” Stone said days before her induction to the Century Club Hall of Fame in February “Other places, it’s known as a young people’s sport that older people can play.” That trend certainly wasn’t bucked this week domestically when Stone who is part of the senior citizen contingent was part of a women’s pairs team that won a title at United States Lawn Bowls Championships in San Diego. But another member from the Long Beach Lawn Bowling Club may have started a bit of a youth movement. Long Beach’s Patricia Gonzales was part of a pairs team that finished behind Stone-Hyland. The win gives Stone more points toward qualifying for the national team, which she has been a part of five of the last six years. Stone, a former longtime employee of the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine, will next compete in the National Open, which will take place next week in Orange County. 160Want 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Rosa Gandara, a 31-year-old from Torrance, seized the women’s singles title on Monday after she went 7-0 in the tournament. “I was extremely happy to win my first match against (former champion) Anne Luna,” said Gandara, who also beat another former champ, Irene Webster. For Stone, this was her first pairs title in the U.S. Championship; she won the singles title in 2000. Stone and teammate Maryna Hyland went 6-0-1. The eight hours of competition each day throughout the tournament was the largest obstacle, Stone said. “It was very tiring. It was tough just to get through each day,” Stone said.
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