Journalist Appeals for Help to Seek Treatment in Ghana

first_imgJournalist Henry Bestman pleads for humanitarian assistance to save his handJournalist Henry Bestman, known popularly as “Scarface or Scarlie” who formerly worked as a desk editor at HOT PEPPER Newspaper, has called on the general public to assist him with financial assistance in the amount of USD1, 300 to seek medical attention in Ghana.In a press release issued in Monrovia, Bestman directed his appeal to Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, Justice Minister and Attorney General Musa Dean, Assistant Minister Lafayette Gould, Mr. Charles L. Ananaba, CEO of Omega Insurance, Mr. Leonard Kransass, and other humanitarian and philanthropic organizations for help.According to the release, Mr. Bestman, a member of the Press Union of Liberia and Association of Judicial Reporters, “has been suffering from a terrible wound below his left-hand elbow since 2004 when he caught ‘Fire Gowa.’”Gowa comes in many forms, with “the fire type” being the most painful, according to interviews with Liberians who hail from the Southeast. It is thrown on people as revenge or sometimes as a punishment for those who offend another or someone who follows another person’s spouse. It is reported to be the cause of many deaths in the country, particularly in slum communities and also in Southeast counties (Sinoe, Grand Gedeh, Maryland, River Gee and Grand Kru).The release said the “Fire Gowa,” which initially creates pains like there was a fire in the wound, was treated but has remained in Bestman’s wound. He is also reported to suffer from diabetes.In his appeal, Bestman was quoted by the release as pleading to the general public to hurry and send any help that any contributor can afford to Mr. Philip Wesseh, Managing Director, The Inquirer Newspaper; he can be reached on 0886-516-533 and Mr. Charles Cuffey, president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL).In a release signed by Mr. Cuffey, Bestman expressed gratitude to all those that have been giving him support. He mentioned Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, Solicitor General Darku Mulbah, Mr. Phillip N. Wesseh and Magistrate Cecil Griffiths.Mr. Bestman is a father of three (two girls and a boy of  about 14 to 18 years of age). His condition has made it impossible for him to care for them. He has also suffered bouts of frustration as a result, which has compounded his tragedy for nearly 14 years. He has had the misfortune to become physically assaulted by many people. The children’s mother surprisingly died several months ago from what family members say was “Gowa,” that affected her foot when she worked as an immigration officer in Maryland County.She died at the JFK Medical Center and was buried by her family. However, Bestman, who is a Roman Catholic, has promised to build a vault on her grave in Buchana. But he is yet to fulfill this wish as he battles with a wound that has caused him, frustratingly, to tell friends that, “God has forgotten him.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

14% VAT on water, electricity a sad day for Guyana − Dookhoo

first_imgFormer Private Sector Commission (PSC) Chairman Ramesh Dookhoo on Tuesday noted that he was saddened by the adjustments of the Value Added Tax (VAT) on electricity and water bills.Dookhoo, in an invited comment, indicated that the implementation of 14 per cent VAT on water and electricity bills for consumers was not only a disappointment from the Government’s end, but it was not beneficial.“It is really a sad day when we have to stoop to this level to do this… why does the Government have to do this to people when both of these agencies are budgeted?” he questioned in airing his dissatisfaction with this particular budget measure that was announced by Finance Minister Winston Jordan.The former PSC Chairman also said that he foresaw an additional burden for the ordinary citizen, arguing that all the Government has done was shift taxation from one end of the table to the other.Jordan, in his Budget 2017 presentation, has proposed the reduction of the VAT from 16 to 14 per cent and in the same breath proposed 14 per cent VAT be added to electricity bills exceeding $10,000 monthly and water bills exceeding $1500 monthly.This announcement was received with angry shouts of reproof from the Opposition benches; however, Jordan posited that it was a promise to alter the arrangements for VAT made in his party’s Manifesto.Dookhoo also lambasted the Government for the introduction of a $10 per bottle environmental tax on all beverage companies. He stated that this was particularly “unfair” for the manufacturing industry, since the manufacturers and the importers are different.He explained that manufacturers were required to pay licencing fees amounting to $10 million every year, along with meeting the required levels of emissions and the purchase of recommended equipment. “So, basically what they are asking us to do is pay more… pay twice of which the importers will be paying, leaving us at a disadvantage,” he remarked.Dookhoo said what the Government should have done was introduce incentive programmes for the manufacturing industry, based on the number of persons they employ. This measure, he pointed out, is being implemented in the Caribbean.“Probably, they didn’t get a chance to study this before their budget presentation, but they need to do something better for the manufacturers,” he said.He said too that the PSC was seeking a meeting with the Minister for the Government to reconsider the new environmental tax, given that local beverage manufacturers would have to incur many recurring expenses to retain the environmental licences.No VAT refundsHe also stated that many companies, like the National Milling Company which produces zero rated items, would no longer be able to apply for VAT refunds. He stated that the Milling Company would not be able to apply for refunds of about $200 million per year under the new provision, resulting in bigger levies on that company which manufactures flour, rather than importing it.Meanwhile, Dookhoo lauded the Government’s decision to issue medium-term bonds to finance Guyana’s fiscal deficit. He indicated that there was a lot of liquidity in the bank system, given that Guyana did not have a major capital market. However, he stated that he did agree with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo that it would affect interest rates.He also commended the Finance Minister for the adjustment of the PAYE (Pay As You Earn) tax from 30 per cent to 28 per cent for individuals earning less than $2,160,000 per year or $180,000 per month. He further stated that the reduction in Corporation Tax would help encourage production.Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader, at a press conference, immediately after the presentation of the 2017 National Budget, remarked that the Budget would kill the Private Sector and unleash untold hardships on the nation.Jagdeo argued that the incorporation of taxes was the highest he has ever seen and has the ability to destroy any possibility of a recovery of the country’s economy.“We heard for example the Minister fulfilling a promise to the electorate on reducing Value Added Tax (VAT) from 16 per cent to 14 per cent, but in the same breath, they have decided to extend VAT payments to water bills and electricity bills above a certain level,” Jagdeo added. He argued that there was a long list of exempt items that the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government had put in place because they affected poor people and now these items have been removed.“So, those items like baby milk and things people consume on a daily basis now become VAT-able. Now they have to pay 14 per cent VAT on it. When your electricity bill goes above $10,000, you now have to pay VAT on the full amount. How could this be helpful to anyone? There are so many issues, it is impossible to mention,” he said.last_img read more

Video: Adam Lallana’s connection with the Ashley Young bird poo incident?

first_imgFor those who missed it, a bird appeared to poop in Ashley Young’s mouth during Manchester United’s defeat on the opening day of the 2014/15 season… and no, it wasn’t a Swan.Quick as a flash, our mate 442oons was on the case, suggesting some possible culprits in his own uniquely entertaining animation style.Was it Adam Lallana, otherwise known to 442oons as Adam the Llama? Or perhaps an irate David Moyes? And don’t discount Roy Hodgson.Take a look at the video above and check out 442oons YouTube channel for more funny football animation.last_img read more

Otamendi wins derby to fire City 11 clear

first_imgCity’s win at a snowy Old Trafford was their 14th in succession in the Premier League, equalling the English top-flight record and setting a new benchmark for consecutive victories within the same campaign.It also gave City an enormous advantage at the summit and with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal having all lost ground this weekend, it will take a calamity to deprive Guardiola’s team of the title.Guardiola has beaten opposite number Jose Mourinho in nine of their 20 meetings and this latest win came with the added satisfaction of denying United a club-record 41st home game without defeat.City  were also the last team to emerge victorious at Old Trafford, winning 2-1 in Guardiola’s first Manchester derby in September 2016.United saw a run of four wins come to an end and having lost eight of the last 13 derbies, they will find it harder to play down talk of a Manchester power shift.Romelu Lukaku and Juan mata react after a missed chance during the Manchester Derby on December 10, 2017. PHOTO/Daily MailIn switching to a back four and naming a fleet-footed attacking quartet of Rashford, Lukaku, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, Mourinho made it clear he would look to hit City on the break.The visitors were allowed to make the running and their crisp exchanges gave United moments of alarm on the edge of their own penalty area.Raheem Sterling created a shooting chance after a neat-one two with Gabriel Jesus and Jesus procured a sight of goal by sending Marcos Rojo crashing to the turf, but both players shot straight at David de Gea.City made De Gea  work hard for the first time in the 42nd minute when Leroy Sane controlled Fabian Delph’s deep cross on his thigh and obliged the Spaniard to tip his rasping drive over the bar.– Ederson double save –From the corner that followed, City took the lead.Kevin De Bruyne’s ball from the City right struck Lukaku and skipped up for Silva to leap and hook a close-range volley past De Gea.City’s fans were goading United, mocking cries of “Hoof!” emanating from the away end every time the hosts launched the ball forwards, but it was from one such agricultural attack that Mourinho’s men drew level.After Otamendi mistimed his attempt to head away a hopeful high ball from his Argentina team-mate Rojo, Delph allowed the ball to skip past him and Rashford darted in to clip a low shot past Ederson.Rojo departed at half-time, having been involved in a clash of heads with Silva, while Ilkay Gundogan replaced City skipper Vincent Kompany, with Fernandinho dropping to centre-back.United looked more enterprising early in the second half, but another set-piece in the 54th minute — and another Lukaku blunder — would prove their undoing.Manchester City’s Leroy Sane goes down under a challenge from Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia during the Manchester Derby on December 10, 2017. PHOTO/Daily MailIn attempting to clear Silva’s free-kick from the City left, Lukaku succeeded only in swiping it against Chris Smalling and Otamendi followed Silva’s first-half lead by beating De Gea with an acrobatic volley.Apparently unconvinced by Fernandinho’s stint at centre-back, Guardiola made another change soon after, sending on Eliaquim Mangala for Jesus and redeploying Silva as an unorthodox centre-forward.United were unable to make the most of the chances they created in the latter stages, with Lukaku shooting over from edge of the box and Rashford drawing a save from Ederson at his near post.City remained a threat on the counter, De Bruyne drawing a sharp one-handed stop from De Gea with a skidding left-footer.Mourinho introduced Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the last 10 minutes, but still City resisted, Ederson producing an astonishing double save to thwart Lukaku and substitute Juan Mata from Martial’s volleyed cross.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nicolas Otamendi celebrates his winning goal for Manchester City against manchester United. PHOTO/DailyMailMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 10- Manchester United’s defensive deficiencies gifted Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City a 2-1 derby victory on Sunday that allowed them to establish a massive 11-point lead in the Premier League.Romelu Lukaku was United’s fall guy, his failure to clear two set-pieces enabling David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi to score either side of Marcus Rashford’s opportunistic equaliser in first-half injury time.last_img read more

Swansea BELIEVE in Garry Monk! – John Hartson dismisses sack rumours

first_imgFormer Wales striker John Hartson has told talkSPORT he would be ‘amazed’ if rumours that Swansea are close to sacking manager Garry Monk are true.Reports over the weekend suggested the club were poised to give the Englishman the boot after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Norwich left the Swans with just one win in eight games.It was also claimed Monk had fallen out with the Jacks board after turning down an offer of a more experienced coach to help him through the team’s difficult period.The 36-year-old, who stepped up from defender to first-team coach following the departure of Michael Laudrup in February 2014, was rewarded with a new three-year deal as manager after leading Swansea to their highest ever league finish of eighth place last season.And Hartson has urged the Welsh side to stick with the boss, insisting he WILL turn the Jacks’ season around.“I’d be amazed if anything would happen with Garry Monk on the sacking front,” the ex-Celtic, Arsenal and West Ham striker told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Swansea are on a little bit of a poor run, but football is a results business and I think Garry is wise enough to know that he would come under pressure if they weren’t getting results.“But I would be amazed if anything was to happen. Let’s not forget that Swansea gave Garry an opportunity and he’s done exceptionally well.“They just recently gave him a new three-year contract at the start of the season, so they believe in him.“He needs a couple of wins just to push the team further up the table.“Their next three games are against Bournemouth and Leicester at home, with Liverpool away in between, so – although Leicester are doing very well – they have an opportunity now to pick up some points.”last_img read more

Watch: Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea target scores stunning free-kick

first_img Miralem Pjanic scores a free-kick for Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 In recent weeks, Manchester United and Chelsea have both been taking a look at Miralem Pjanic, according to reports.The Roma midfielder, also coveted by Liverpool, has admitted he’s happy with the Italian club but also suggested that transfer deals can happen quickly.And if the Red Devils and the Blues are keen on Pjanic then no doubt they will have been left impressed by his sumptuous free-kick for Bosnia and Herzegovina as they beat Switzerland 2-0 in an international friendly.So, put all your puns involving a song by The Smiths to one side, sit back, and appreciate this beauty below…last_img read more

A new target

first_imgTraditionally, the only women in video games were digital. Think busty, pistol-packing Lara Croft of “Tomb Raider,” or the scantily clad walking pinups in “Grand Theft Auto.” Beyond these stereotypical male fantasies, women were all but absent from the billion-dollar gaming industry. But that’s changing, thanks to a core of female gamers who are increasing women’s visibility and influence. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2These women are programmers, designers, tech students and members of all-female gaming groups that compete against guys for cash and corporate sponsorships. And experts say the industry stands to benefit. “For this industry to mature and move on, it has to grow beyond just that 13- to 35-year-old male demographic,” said Anthony Borquez, a professor who teaches video-game production at the University of Southern California. “From a business perspective, it makes a lot of sense to engage women more.” Besides, sisters are doing it for themselves. Amber Dalton and twin sister Amy Brady created the PMS Clan in 2002. Boasting international membership of nearly 500 women and girls, PMS – which stands for Pandora’s Mighty Soldiers – is a competitive group that plays Xbox, PlayStation2 and PC games. Its members range in age from 9 to 58, Dalton said, but most are adults. Learning about the Clan was “an epiphany” for game designer and devotee Felicia Williams. “Finding a community where you can say that you play games was kind of like a confessional,” said the 24-year-old New Yorker, who owns “every system ever released.” “Having a support group out there that loves what you love, and seeing such a diverse group of successful, wonderful women is just hugely beneficial.” Clan members compete with each other and band together in professional tournaments. They also challenge the online harassment doled out by male gamers. PMS Clan rules prohibit “belittling or attacking others in any way, even in retaliation,” according to its 30-page member manual. Guys can be “vicious,” said Dalton, 30. “They say, `You must be 300 pounds with a mustache,”‘ she said. “They hide behind the anonymity of (the game). Our group has a strict code of conduct. It takes someone showing the example.” The Clan’s classy manners and tournament-worthy skills caught the attention of Microsoft. The company hired the PMS Clan in April to represent Xbox Live. Rather than relying on public-relations pros or “booth babes” to demonstrate its new games at May’s E3 electronics expo, Xbox gave the duties to Clan members. “They set great examples, not just for the female gamers, but for everybody,” said Aaron Greenberg, a spokesman for Xbox Live. “They’re serious. They practice. They’re strict about being good to gamers.” Competitive female players also make gaming more social, he said. Borquez, the USC professor, agreed. “They’re creating unique ways of being able to communicate in games,” he said. “Before it was all trash-talking.” Microsoft isn’t the only company looking to competitive female gamers to promote products. Ubisoft, which produces games, assembled its own women-only gaming group, the Frag Dolls, nearly two years ago. The seven-member Frag Dolls team touts new titles and competes in tournaments for the company, said spokesman Michael Beadle. It was a surprise to find women who enjoyed hard-core gun-wielding games, he said, “and a pleasant surprise that they were really good.” “You only pick up these games to be real competitive,” Beadle said. Dalton said Clan members are also competitive in sports and business. Video games are just another outlet, she said. Most members play about three hours a day. “Halo 2” and “Ghost Recon,” both war games with male soldiers as main characters, are the top choices. Games reflect their designers, she said. But as more women enter the gaming industry, she expects to see more positive female characters. Borquez has already seen creative contributions from the handful of female students in his video-game classes. Their designs include sophisticated story lines, female characters and “shopping games of course,” he said. “It’s hard to have a middle-aged male trying to design a game that would hit the interest of female gamers,” he said. “For the industry to continue to develop, there needs to be innovation from various demographics. Having a female element is such a great added value.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

GREECE, GERMANY, HUNGARY, SLOVENIA, CROATIA, DENMARK AND SPAIN JOIN ST.BAITHIN’S CULTURE CLUB!

first_imgThe visiting European teachers pictured with some of the staff and pupils from St. Baithin’s N.S.St. Baithin’s N.S in St Johnston was buzzing with excitement last week as it welcomed 20 teachers from 7 European primary schools to their school as part of the Comenius School Partnership.This initiative is part of the European Commissions Life Long learning Programme and focuses on the first phase of education in Primary and Secondary schools. Schools create partners with other schools throughout Europe to work on projects which are pedagogically relevant and encourage intercultural exchange.European teachers are taught to set dance by Ms. Mc Kenna Clarke and the pupils from 4th and 5th classes.St. Baithin’s N.S. paired up with primary schools in Greece, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Denmark and Spain.The 20 teachers arrived on Tuesday and spent two very enjoyable days visiting the school, sampling the Irish education system in the classrooms and being entertained by the children with irish music and culture. All the pupils interacted with the visiting teachers and also communicated with the European children via Skype over the two days.The teachers were also taught set dancing and left experts in St. Brigid cross making. The project will run over two years with close communication between the pupils and staff of St. Baithin’s N.S. and their linked European primary schools.European teachers learning the art of making St. Brigid crosses at St. Baithin’s N.S., St. Johnston. GREECE, GERMANY, HUNGARY, SLOVENIA, CROATIA, DENMARK AND SPAIN JOIN ST.BAITHIN’S CULTURE CLUB! was last modified: February 5th, 2014 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:St Baithin’s NSSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Thompson, Durant lead Warriors past injury-riddled Spurs

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) knocks the ball away from Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — Klay Thompson scored 27 points, Kevin Durant had 24 and the Golden State Warriors overcame a lethargic first half to beat the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs 112-92 on Thursday night.Steph Curry added 21 points for Golden State in its first meeting against the Spurs since sweeping the Western Conference finals en route to the NBA title.ADVERTISEMENT The Spurs played without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, as they did in the conference finals. Unlike those blowout victories, Golden State struggled to close out San Antonio.Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 10 rebounds, continuing his resurgent season. Kyle Anderson added 16 points in place of Leonard, whose return from an injured right quadriceps is still undetermined.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 shutoutThe Warriors took their first lead two minutes into the third quarter at 60-57 on Durant’s 3-pointer.Aldridge and Pau Gasol took and made the Spurs’ first two 3-pointers. The Spurs made four of their first six 3-pointers in running to a 22-12 lead. San Antonio led 31-12 lead after Golden State went scoreless for 4 1/2 minutes midway through the opening period. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pooping in MMA fight will now result in TKO loss LATEST STORIES Golden State slowly cut into the lead behind its defense. After shooting 48 percent in the first quarter, the Spurs were held to 33 percent in the second quarter. San Antonio was 1 for 5 on 3-pointers and 7 for 21 overall in the second quarter.The Spurs finished 7 for 24 on 3-pointers, failing to make a 3 in the second half after draining six in the opening quarter.Zaza Pachulia, making his first appearance in San Antonio since Leonard was lost after landing on the center’s foot in Game 1, was heavily booed throughout the game.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected with 4:47 remaining in the game after complaining that traveling was not called on Patrick McCaw minutes after Aldridge was assessed a traveling violation.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Warriors: Golden State has made at least 10 3-pointers in each of its games this season. The Warriors were 14 for 28 on 3s against the Spurs. … Thompson has a 3-pointer in 63 straight games, the league’s longest active streak. … Durant has scored at least 20 points in all but one of the team’s nine games this season. … The Warriors shot 96 for 166 in their previous two games. … JaVale McGee played in his 500th career game. … Golden State closes out a three-game trip in Denver.Spurs: Leonard and Parker have played a combined three quarters against the Warriors in the last five games, including the postseason. … Parker missed the entire conference finals with a ruptured quadriceps tendon and Leonard aggravated an ankle injury in the third quarter of the opening game. … Mills made his 600th career 3-pointer, 551 of which have come with the Spurs. … San Antonio is 62-19 at home against Golden State.UP NEXTWarriors: Visit Denver on Saturday night trying to end a two-game skid against the Nuggets.Spurs: Host Charlotte on Friday night in the second of a six-game homestand.last_img read more

Another early exit as Novak Djokovic upset in 4th round at Miami Open

first_imgNovak Djokovic, of Serbia, sits during a changeover during his match against Roberto Bautista Agut, of Spain, at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. John (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI GARDENS, Florida — Novak Djokovic has had a rough couple of weeks on the court.The top-seeded Djokovic was upset by Roberto Bautista Agut 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the fourth round of the Miami Open Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT He also made an early exit from Indian Wells earlier in the month.Djokovic was looking to win the 850th match of his career against Bautista Agut, but that achievement will have to take place at another tournament.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, logistics“This kind of match I should not have lost,” Djokovic said. “I lost the momentum, I lost the rhythm in the second set. I gave him a little room to step in and he did. A little hope that he can come back, and he made a great comeback.“But fault is on me, for sure. I had way too many opportunities that I wasted.” Djokovic lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round at Indian Wells.Djokovic, the president of the ATP Player Council, has been a central figure in recent ATP off-court news.He was involved when the ATP Board of Directors decided this month not to renew the contract of ATP Executive Chairman Chris Kermode when it expires at the end of the year.Initially on Tuesday, Djokovic denied his recent losses were affected by his off-court activities within the game, but later admitted that it might have taken a toll.“Way too many things off the court,” Djokovic said. “I guess that affected me a little bit on the court.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event 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 LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director Eric Bledsoe steals show as Bucks pull away from Rockets in key match up Earlier Tuesday, two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova learned that the man who stabbed her in an attack in her home in 2016 was sentenced eight years in prison by a court in the Czech Republic.“Yeah, I heard that, for sure, I heard that this morning,” she said. “I accepted the news. I’m happy for the news and I’m glad it’s over now.”Roger Federer’s scheduled fourth-round match against 13th-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia, scheduled as the second match on the stadium court, was postponed until Wednesday because of a long rain delay.The match will now take place not before 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.The tournament planned to complete the other three matches scheduled for Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “I didn’t feel my best health-wise, as well, in Indian Wells and here. You know, still rusty, but, hey, look, you learn that’s life.”After racing through the first set against Bautista Agut in 33 minutes, Djokovic lost control of the match. He only took advantage of four of 13 break points presented, and had his own serve broken on three of seven break points he faced.“One, two, three sluggish games, and that’s what happened,” Djokovic added.Djokovic was leading 6-1, 4-5 when rain delayed play for 30 minutes. Returning to the court, Djokovic surrendered his serve on a second break point in the 12th game to lose the second set.The Serb recouped one service break in the third set, but he lost his serve again in the sixth game to fall behind 2-4.Djokovic holds a 7-3 record over Bautista Agut, but the Spaniard has now beaten him the past two times they’ve played.Bautista Agut defeated Djokovic in a three-set semifinal at the Qatar Open in January.Earlier in the day, defending champion John Isner advanced to the quarterfinals by securing a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) win over No. 19 seed Kyle Edmund.Isner, the seventh seed, has played five tiebreak sets in six sets played in his three-match wins to reach this year’s quarters.In a women’s quarterfinal match, Australia’s Asheigh Barty defeated Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2. View commentslast_img read more