Take the Everton chance, Pienaar urges Sharks

first_img0Shares0000Former Everton FC ace Steven Pienaar during his time in Tanzania as the Kits for Africa AmbassadorDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jan 28 – Former Everton FC forward Steven Pienaar has urged Kariobangi Sharks, winners of the 2019 Sportpesa Cup, to maximize the opportunity that comes with playing the English Premier League side in a friendly match next July in Nairobi.Sharks earned the opportunity after edging out Bandari in the final on Sunday evening in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and will welcome the Merseyside club to Nairobi at a date to be confirmed in July as part of Everton’s pre-season training. “It’s a good opportunity for the players. If I am a player playing against a Premier League team, I want to show my talent and this is an opportunity for them to show that they are good and hopefully, one or two of them can get scouted and move abroad,” Pienaar who played over 250 times for the Toffees stated.He added; It is a good and rare chance for them and I am sure they will be motivated for that game.”Kariobangi sharks players celebrate after clinching the 2019 SportPesa Cup at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 29. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSharks players have themselves vowed to do themselves a world of good by giving their best in the friendly, saying it will be an opportunity for them to market themselves to the outside world.“Facing Everton is a huge game. Everyone wants to play in England or Europe and that we have the opportunity to play against a European team is enough motivation for us to prepare for that game. It will help us a lot in terms of confidence,” midfielder Patillah Omotto stated.His sentiments were echoed by head coach William Muluya who said;“Playing Everton is something huge for these players and especially noting that they are coming to Nairobi, we will want to give our best for them,” the tactician stated.Pienaar believes that if they prepare well, then they will give Everton a run for their money.The South African international who finished his career playing back at home with Bidvest Wits has been in Tanzania for the past four days as Everton’s ambassador to the tournament and part of the ‘Kits for Africa’ campaign carried out by the Liverpool based club.“It is a big thing for the region for Everon to come and play here. It gives the youth and opportunity to see some of their heroes and for those playing a chance to go out there and follow their dreams,” he said.Adding; “Having come from the same circumstances, I know how it feels to overcome lots of challenges and play at the top.”“Everton is the people’s club and that is why it is so close for them to come out here and help the people and help the young kids as well become better players and better people.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Del Norte girls advance to title round

first_imgThe No. 2 Del Norte girls basketball team came away from the schools first every North Coast Section Division IV semifinal game with a hard-fought 47-42 victory over No. 6 Lick-Wilmerding to punch its ticked to Saturday’s championship game.“I’m super excited because this has never happened,” said Del Norte senior Kaleya Sanchez. “It feels really good. I am so proud of my team. We have been making history already and we just keep progressing and making more history. That is exciting.”The …last_img read more

Drag and Drop To The Cloud Using Virtualization To Make It Work

first_imgalex williams Part of the complexity in the cloud comes down to how the data is managed within a cloud computing environment.But even a bigger challenge is how to move applications to the cloud. How is all the data associated with an application moved to a cloud computing environment? And can you get it out?The cloud computing world is still a bit like the Wild West. No standards exist for moving applications, much less data, which opens opportunities for companies like CloudSwitch.CloudSwitch is a drag and drop service for the cloud. According to the MIT Technology Review, CloudSwitch provides an intermediary layer between the data center and the cloud.It’s a service designed to simplify the process for moving to the cloud but it still comes with its complexities. CloudSwitch requires virtualization software to port the customer applications to a cloud environment.With the virtualization software in place, the customer installs the CloudSwitch technology. CloudSwitch takes the data from the customer’s virtualized environment and places it on the cloud platform using a “cloud fitting” algorithm. The algorithm compares the two environments to determine how the application runs on the CloudSwitch platform.CloudSwitch should thrive in this world, where the complexity for moving applications can make it seem not worth the trouble to make the switch.This is a huge market opportunity. It’s not exactly a priority for cloud computing providers. Cloud computing services would prefer that a customer move its data to the cloud and keep it there. If it’s as easy to move data to the cloud, it should mean that CloudSwitch can provide a service that allows for the application to move out of the cloud, too.We find it troublesome that vendor lock is emerging as an issue in cloud computing. It’s why we need more standards based initiatives like what is proposed by the Open Cloud Consortium. Tags:#cloud#news Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

CES 2011 Preview: 3 Mobile Trends to Expect

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Samsung’s “Android iPod Touch,” the Galaxy Player, will support mobile TV, too. (Specifically T-DMB, a mobile TV standard supported in parts of Asia and Europe).Other lesser-known brands will also offer mobile TV products, like Axel Technologies’ Fuugo app designed to stream video, including both Internet video and mobile TV, to mobile devices. Fuugo will support the major international mobile and over-the-air broadcast TV standards from North American ATSC and ATSC-M/H to European DVB-T and DVB-H to Latin American SBTVD-T/One-seg. The company says it’s compatible with iOS and Android.Meanwhile, a company called Cydle will promote a mobile TV receiver for iPhone.There will be surely be others, too. But we’ll wait for the hands-on reviews from gadget blogs before we call out any of these as a winning solution. It will be fun to watch, though. Of course, others suspect the Verizon iPhone will be LTE-capable, too, pointing to remarks made by Seidenberg himself as proof. That wouldn’t surprise us either – Apple isn’t known for adopting older standards, but rather likes to push the envelope when it comes to new technology. However, a CDMA-compatible iPhone would be ready to expand to other networks, too, like Sprint or MetroPCS, if Apple ever wanted to go after volume at some later date.CES 2011 will at least give us the first piece of this puzzle – the details on the 4G Android phones. But we’ll probably have to wait until later to hear whether or not Apple’s new phone will go 4G/LTE as well.Trend #3: 3D / Mobile TVThere isn’t much information about this yet, but LG Electronics is reportedlygoing to unveil a new line of mobile TV products, including 3D mobile TV which will let you watch 3D digital broadcasts, without special 3D eyeglasses, even when traveling in mobile vehicles up to 200 Kilometers per Hour (3D TV on the plane)? The tech will reportedly be demonstrated with a 7-inch device. The majority of these tablets will run Google’s Android operating system, of course. Manufacturers are ready to reveal their lower or competitively priced iPad alternatives at last, and thanks to advances in the Android OS itself, many of these tablets will actually be usable, a big change from last year’s show. “Honeycomb,” Google’s code-name for its new tablet-ready version of Android expected to launch in March 2011, will offer support for larger screen sizes, and it will even offer APIs (application programming interfaces) to developers which will allow an Android application to split its views into multiple views, like side-by-side, instead of one after the other, such as on a phone.Plus, as a bonus, there may be a reveal of a new Microsoft tablet too. Will it run Windows 7 or will Microsoft surprise us instead? Maybe even with a reveal of a tablet-friendly Windows 8?Trend #2: First 4G Phones (and Other Devices)2011 will be the year that 4G, specifically Verizon’s LTE technology, takes off. Although none of the carriers who have announced 4G networks are actually providing speeds that meet the standard’s requirement, as a marketing term “4G” means faster speeds and faster downloads for mobile users.Verizon’s CEO Ivan Seidenberg is delivering a keynote address on January 6th, where it’s expected he will discuss the company’s launch of its LTE network, and will likely talk about its new LTE-enabled phones and tablets. According to The Wall St. Journal, Verizon will show off LTE smartphones from Motorola, Samsung, HTC and LG Electronics as well as one tablet computer. All the devices will be powered by Android.Given that speculation about the Verizon iPhone has previously hinted at a CDMA-compatible device, this could make for an interesting battle between the two platforms, iOS (Apple’s mobile OS) and Android. ?If the Verizon iPhone was CDMA-only, it would mean smartphone users would have a choice: do you want an iPhone or a faster, 4G Android phone? (Verizon’s 3G technology offers 600 Kbps – 1.4 Mbps speeds, while LTE offers 5M Mbps and 12M Mbps downstream). Related Posts sarah perez sarah perez Of course, others suspect the Verizon iPhone will be LTE-capable, too, pointing to remarks made by Seidenberg himself as proof. That wouldn’t surprise us either – Apple isn’t known for adopting older standards, but rather likes to push the envelope when it comes to new technology. However, a CDMA-compatible iPhone would be ready to expand to other networks, too, like Sprint or MetroPCS, if Apple ever wanted to go after volume at some later date.CES 2011 will at least give us the first piece of this puzzle – the details on the 4G Android phones. But we’ll probably have to wait until later to hear whether or not Apple’s new phone will go 4G/LTE as well.Trend #3: 3D / Mobile TVThere isn’t much information about this yet, but LG Electronics is reportedlygoing to unveil a new line of mobile TV products, including 3D mobile TV which will let you watch 3D digital broadcasts, without special 3D eyeglasses, even when traveling in mobile vehicles up to 200 Kilometers per Hour (3D TV on the plane)? The tech will reportedly be demonstrated with a 7-inch device. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology,The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is almost upon us, and this time, it appears the general theme is “evolution” not “revolution.” Like 2010’s event, there will be e-books and tablets and newer and better TVs. There will be more 3D and Web-connected devices, including TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes. And yes, that list sounds a lot like last year’s and even the year before.A recent Reuters report went so far as to say that the CES 2011 gadget fest’s “sizzle fizzles.” Oh dear! But we’re not in the same boat. For mobile enthusiasts – industry folk and consumers alike – there is stil plenty to look forward to from CES 2011, even if it lacks a big reveal, like the long-awaited Verizon iPhone.Trend #1: Usable Android TabletsLike last year, there will be tablets aplenty at CES, but this time around, they might be tablets you’ll actually buy. Sprint’s president of its business markets group, Paget Alves, recently told FierceWireless.com that he expects there will be “at least 12 different tablets” that will be unveiled at CES 2011. Other sources, like CNET for example, say there will be more. In fact, CNET says there will be tablets from Acer, Archos, Asus, Creative, Dell, Entourage, Fusion Garage, LG, Motorola, MSI, Notion Ink, Samsung, Toshiba and ViewSonic. The majority of these tablets will run Google’s Android operating system, of course. Manufacturers are ready to reveal their lower or competitively priced iPad alternatives at last, and thanks to advances in the Android OS itself, many of these tablets will actually be usable, a big change from last year’s show. “Honeycomb,” Google’s code-name for its new tablet-ready version of Android expected to launch in March 2011, will offer support for larger screen sizes, and it will even offer APIs (application programming interfaces) to developers which will allow an Android application to split its views into multiple views, like side-by-side, instead of one after the other, such as on a phone.Plus, as a bonus, there may be a reveal of a new Microsoft tablet too. Will it run Windows 7 or will Microsoft surprise us instead? Maybe even with a reveal of a tablet-friendly Windows 8?Trend #2: First 4G Phones (and Other Devices)2011 will be the year that 4G, specifically Verizon’s LTE technology, takes off. Although none of the carriers who have announced 4G networks are actually providing speeds that meet the standard’s requirement, as a marketing term “4G” means faster speeds and faster downloads for mobile users.Verizon’s CEO Ivan Seidenberg is delivering a keynote address on January 6th, where it’s expected he will discuss the company’s launch of its LTE network, and will likely talk about its new LTE-enabled phones and tablets. According to The Wall St. Journal, Verizon will show off LTE smartphones from Motorola, Samsung, HTC and LG Electronics as well as one tablet computer. All the devices will be powered by Android.Given that speculation about the Verizon iPhone has previously hinted at a CDMA-compatible device, this could make for an interesting battle between the two platforms, iOS (Apple’s mobile OS) and Android. ?If the Verizon iPhone was CDMA-only, it would mean smartphone users would have a choice: do you want an iPhone or a faster, 4G Android phone? (Verizon’s 3G technology offers 600 Kbps – 1.4 Mbps speeds, while LTE offers 5M Mbps and 12M Mbps downstream). The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is almost upon us, and this time, it appears the general theme is “evolution” not “revolution.” Like 2010’s event, there will be e-books and tablets and newer and better TVs. There will be more 3D and Web-connected devices, including TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes. And yes, that list sounds a lot like last year’s and even the year before.A recent Reuters report went so far as to say that the CES 2011 gadget fest’s “sizzle fizzles.” Oh dear! But we’re not in the same boat. For mobile enthusiasts – industry folk and consumers alike – there is stil plenty to look forward to from CES 2011, even if it lacks a big reveal, like the long-awaited Verizon iPhone.Trend #1: Usable Android TabletsLike last year, there will be tablets aplenty at CES, but this time around, they might be tablets you’ll actually buy. Sprint’s president of its business markets group, Paget Alves, recently told FierceWireless.com that he expects there will be “at least 12 different tablets” that will be unveiled at CES 2011. Other sources, like CNET for example, say there will be more. In fact, CNET says there will be tablets from Acer, Archos, Asus, Creative, Dell, Entourage, Fusion Garage, LG, Motorola, MSI, Notion Ink, Samsung, Toshiba and ViewSonic. Samsung’s “Android iPod Touch,” the Galaxy Player, will support mobile TV, too. (Specifically T-DMB, a mobile TV standard supported in parts of Asia and Europe).Other lesser-known brands will also offer mobile TV products, like Axel Technologies’ Fuugo app designed to stream video, including both Internet video and mobile TV, to mobile devices. Fuugo will support the major international mobile and over-the-air broadcast TV standards from North American ATSC and ATSC-M/H to European DVB-T and DVB-H to Latin American SBTVD-T/One-seg. The company says it’s compatible with iOS and Android.Meanwhile, a company called Cydle will promote a mobile TV receiver for iPhone.There will be surely be others, too. But we’ll wait for the hands-on reviews from gadget blogs before we call out any of these as a winning solution. It will be fun to watch, though. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#news#Trends Tags:#mobile#news#Trends Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Ductless Minisplit Performance During Cold Weather

first_imgModem and router energy usageOn a totally unrelated topic: lately I’ve tried to identify the electrical loads in our house that use power around the clock.I am reluctant to have anything in the house that uses energy 24/7. With 8,760 hours per year, small usages add up. One such is the exhaust fan on the composting toilet — at about 20 watts it uses 175 kWh/year, or 4% to 5% of our energy usage.Another is the cable modem for internet access we have from Comcast, and the Apple Airport Express wireless router. I’ve been measuring both. The router uses just over 3 1/2 watts, while the modem uses 6 1/2 watts. Together they use 88 kWh/year.I imagine that if we were off-grid, we’d unplug them in the winter when solar power is short. Being grid-tied, we’re just lazy about it.What’s using power 24/7 in your house? GBA Encyclopedia: Ductless Minisplit Heat PumpsJust Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole House Will Minisplits Replace Forced-Air Heating and Cooling Systems?Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseNew Englanders Love Heat PumpsReport on Our Ductless Minisplit Heat PumpLoving My MinisplitsTackling the Plug Load ProblemLighting and Phantom Loads I tried an experiment this week during our cold snap. We’ve kept the door closed to the first floor ell (bedroom and bath) and let it run cold, because the Fujitsu wasn’t sized to heat that space too. I opened the door early in the cold snap, and let the heat pump go, leaving it set on 70°F. What I found was that overnight the main space went to 66°F, and the upstairs and back bedroom were 3° to 4°F lower.My calculated heat loss in these conditions is about 24,000 BTU/hour, and the heat pump is rated at about 17,000 BTU/hour at about 10°F. You’d think it would not be able to keep up.My heat loss number may well be too high, and the rated output of the unit may be quite conservative. My system has the temperature sensing built into the wall cassette, so it may be sensing a higher temperature than out in the room. It may make sense in severe weather to set the thermostat up to 72°F instead of our normal 70°F.Unlike a boiler, these variable-speed units taper off the output as the space approaches the setpoint instead of always running at full bore, so that may be a disadvantage of a smart unit — it’s trying to stay at a more efficient operating point instead of making me as comfortable as possible.Anyway, comfort trumped further experimentation and we closed the door again to the ell. Marc Rosenbaum is director of engineering at South Mountain Company on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. He writes a blog called Thriving on Low Carbon. Marc teaches a 10-week online Zero Net Energy Home Design course as part of NESEA’s Building Energy Master Series. You can test drive his class for free. A variable-speed minisplit tapers its output as it nears the setpointOne other thing I wonder about is that even though the room was not at the setpoint it seemed that the unit didn’t run on full output much. RELATED ARTICLES BLOGS BY MARC ROSENBAUM Minisplit Heat Pumps and Zero-Net-Energy HomesPractical Design Advice for Zero-Net-Energy HomesTwo Years With a Minisplit Heat PumpInsulating Window ShadesSelf-Cleaning OvensA Tough Energy Code Is the Worker’s FriendInstalling a Photovoltaic SystemLiving With Point-Source HeatInstalling a Ductless Minisplit SystemSeasonal Changes in Electrical Loadslast_img read more

That UK Internet Filter May Block Way More Than Porn

first_imgTags:#now#pornography Related Posts Not content with forcing UK residents to opt out of porn-based filtering of their Internet service, the government of Prime Minister David Cameron may well cut off access to many unrelated Web sites as well. The Open Rights Group, a digital-rights advocacy outfit in the UK, reports that its discussions with Internet providers suggest that they will also filter a wide variety of other sites by default.Such filtering, the OSR wrote, could include:☑ pornography ☑ violent material ☑ extremist and terrorist related content ☑ anorexia and eating disorder websites ☑ suicide related websites ☑ alcohol ☑ smoking ☑ web forums ☑ esoteric material ☑ web blocking circumvention toolsUsers will still be able to opt out of such filtering, OSR reports—though in practice, relatively few people actually ever change default settings.Image via Shutterstock A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… readwritecenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How to Make Yourself Absolutely Miserable

first_imgIf you watch human behavior, you can follow the patterns. People’s beliefs betray them. You can hear it in the words they use, and you can see it in their actions.Here is how we make ourselves sick. The following is the recipe for being miserable.Assume Everyone Has Bad Intentions: This one is number one with a bullet. If you want to make yourself miserable, believe that everyone has bad intentions and that they are doing whatever they are doing to hurt you personally. You don’t need anything more than this belief to ruin your mindset. The truth is that a majority of the time no one is actually trying to harm you. It’s more likely that they are dealing with their fears or not thinking about you at all. A more powerful and empowering mindset is one where you assume good intentions.Assume Everything That Can Go Wrong Will Go Wrong: This is the belief of the pessimist who tries to hide their thinly veiled negativity behind the statement, “I am a realist.” (Yeah, real pessimistic.) It is disempowering to believe that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. There isn’t a great reason to try if you believe you will fail. Sometimes the fear of being hurt is so strong, that this belief creeps up as a defense mechanism. Focusing on negative outcomes makes you miserable. It’s healthier to ask yourself, “What might go right?” You are resourceful enough to handle any problem that comes your way right now.Assume Everyone Sees the World the Same as You: No one has had the same life you’ve had. No one has had the same set of experiences. You are unique. So why on Earth would you believe that everyone sees the world the way you do? One perfect way to make yourself miserable is not to recognize that the two lenses on your face (and all of your other senses) give you a unique view. Everyone else has lenses of their own. You will make yourself miserable believing everyone you encounter sees the world the same way you do. A healthier default belief is one in which you believe no one sees the world exactly like you do. From there, you can work to appreciate the differences.Assume Everyone Should Behave Like You in a Given Situation: Here’s part two of its predecessor: believing everyone should act the same way you do in any given situation. Want to be super miserable? Look for ways that you believe people are doing things wrong and doing things differently from you. For a heightened sensation of misery, judge those people for the way they are doing things and believe they are stupid. When you get burned out on being miserable, decide to try to understand why people are doing what they are doing. And then recognize that most of the time you don’t have to do anything about it.Allow Your Inner Critic to Dominate Your Self-Talk: No one can help to make you miserable and keep you that way more effectively than your inner critic. It’s that little voice inside of you that walks you through all of the assumptions listed above. It’s there to remind you that people are out to hurt you, that things will go wrong, and that people are behaving badly. Your inner critic never runs out of energy or words. If you want to escape being miserable and having a poor mindset, you have to rid yourself of this voice. You have to replace it with a more powerful, more positive voice. What you say to yourself repeatedly becomes your beliefs. Choose your words carefully.Reversing all of these patterns can move you from making yourself miserable to making yourself empowered and happy.last_img read more

Ginebra’s Slaughter says he’s still not 100 percent

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  PBA IMAGESFeasting in the paint against the smaller TNT frontline, Greg Slaughter had a field day in Game 1 of 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series on Monday with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks.That shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially with the Cebuano giant averaging 14.3 markers, 9.3 boards, this conference.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And one of his main focal points is on the defensive end, as evidenced by Ginebra limiting TNT to just 40 percent from the field to come away with the 121-94 blowout win.“I think we came out really aggressive and did well on the defensive end. That’s our calling card, it’s how hard and how aggressive we play on defense,” he said.But Slaughter knows the KaTropa are no pushovers as he prepares for a tougher fight from them come Wednesday in Batangas for Game 2.“We know TNT is a very dangerous team. We were able to play good defense on them now, but it wasn’t too long ago that they scored 120 on us. So we just got to stay aggressive on defense, maintain our defensive intensity, and just keep executing on our offense, and you know, just have each other’s backs like we did this past couple of games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Slaughter, however, argues that he’s still far from his peak form.“I definitely don’t feel that I’m at 100 percent,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite of that, the towering big man is doing everything he could to help the Gin Kings, with his main fuel his desire to help the Kings successfully defend their throne.“I’m giving my all for this postseason. I know I still got a lot of work to do, especially after this conference. I know I’ll be working hard, but for now, there’s nothing I can do now. We got to play these games every other day, so whatever I can give, I’ll give to the team,” he said. Ginebra routs TNT in Game 1 of PBA semis Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

Azarenka withdraws from US Open amid child custody dispute

first_imgFILE – In this Sept. 3, 2015, file photo, Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, returns a shot to Yanina Wickmayer, of Belgium, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka says her participation in the U.S. Open is in doubt because she might not be able to bring her baby son with her to New York as a result of her separation from the child’s father. Azarenka says via a posting on Twitter on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, that she is “faced with a difficult situation which may not allow me to return to work right away.” (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)NEW YORK — Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the U.S. Open on Monday because she was unable to resolve a custody dispute with her infant son’s father.The 28-year-old star from Belarus gave birth to her first child in December and she returned to the tour in June. She detailed the dispute with the boy’s father in a long Twitter post last week, saying she might not be able to bring her son with her to New York.ADVERTISEMENT “I am sadly unable to compete in this year’s U.S. Open due to my ongoing family situation that I am working through,” Azarenka said in a statement.In last week’s post, Azarenka wrote that she separated from Leo’s father shortly after Wimbledon, where she lost to Simona Halep in the fourth round on July 10.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“As we work to resolve some of the legal processes, the way things stand now is that the only way I can play in the U.S. Open this year is if I leave Leo behind in California,” Azarenka wrote, “which I’m not willing to do.”Azarenka has not played since Wimbledon, and the former No. 1 player is now ranked 204th. She was the runner-up in New York in 2012 and 2013, losing in the final each year to Serena Williams. Those were also the years that Azarenka won her two Grand Slam singles titles in Australia. Williams, who is pregnant with her first child, also will not play in this year’s U.S. Open. On the men’s side, three top-10 players have withdrawn with season-ending injuries: defending champion Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Rugby World Cup winner reveals heart surgery after tick bite Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more

Former Florida Star Brandon Spikes Tweets Photo Of Title Rings, Calls Playing For Gators “Best Decision” Of His Life

first_imgBrandon Spikes's Florida national championship rings.Today is college football’s National Signing Day, which means that two things are happening. One – the nation’s top recruits are deciding where to spend the next four years of their lives. Two – former players are reminiscing about the decisions they made. Former Florida star Brandon Spikes, who now plays for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL, is looking back quite fondly.Spikes took to Twitter Wednesday afternoon to post photos of the title rings he was able to accumulate during his stay in Gainesville. He was part of two BCS title teams. He said that playing for UF was the “best decision” he’s ever made.Best decision I ever made was going to University Of Florida! #kissTheRings #GoGators #GatorNation pic.twitter.com/ivq2rQtc1Q— BrandonSpikes51 (@BrandonSpikes51) February 4, 2015Best decision I ever made was going to University Of Florida! #kissTheRings #GoGators #GatorNation pic.twitter.com/bmerDzrtam— BrandonSpikes51 (@BrandonSpikes51) February 4, 2015Florida’s class is currently ranked No. 46, but new head coach Jim McElwain hasn’t had as much time to recruit as his peers. Tweets from former stars like Spikes certainly don’t hurt the cause.last_img read more