With little room to maneuver, Syria s rebels head for talks

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels are sending more than a dozen representatives next week to the capital of Kazakhstan for talks with government representatives, the fi.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: WorldJan 19th, 2017Related News

Wozniacki's Sydney run ends again before quarterfinals

SYDNEY (AP) — Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki's streak of not advancing past the quarterfinals in her past seven Sydney Internationals was extended in stifling heat on Wednesday. In temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for much of the match, Wozniacki lost 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-4 to Barbora Strycova in a duel that stretched to 3 hours, 19 minutes. Both players were treated for foot injuries during a grueling second set on Ken Rosewall Arena. Wozniacki came back from 5-2 down in that set, and then 5-0 in the tiebreaker, to win it and force a third set. 'It was brutal out there ... but you just try and think like you're on a beach drinking pina coladas,' Wozniacki said. 'That's basically your train of thought. You know that it's the same for both players, so I was just trying to mentally just try and keep cool.' Strycova will meet the winner of the night match between second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and qualifier Duan Yingying in Friday's semifinals. Former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard continued her strong start to the year with a 6-2, 6-3 quarterfinal win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Bouchard had a breakout season in 2014, reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open and French Open before making the final at Wimbledon. But she has only gone past the fourth round at a major once since then and slipped to No. 46 at the end of last year. 'I feel more and more confident every day,' Bouchard said Wednesday. 'I feel like I'm getting back into the rhythm of things a little bit, but it's a long road ...' The Canadian's semifinal opponent will be Sydney-born Johanna Konta of Britain, who beat Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 7-5. Konta broke Kasatkina's service in the 11th game, helped by a double-fault to set up break point in that game. Last year at the Australian Open, Konta became the first British women to make a Grand Slam semifinal since 1983 before losing to eventual champion Angelique Kerber. In men's play at Sydney, two-time defending champion Viktor Troicki beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 6-4. Second-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay defeated Nicolas Mahut of France 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. At Auckland, New Zealand, American John Isner narrowly avoided the fate of two former champions when he beat Tunisia's Malek Jaziri in a third-set tiebreaker to advance 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (6) to make the quarterfinals of the ASB Classic. Isner won his last three points with volleys at the net. 'The way I need to finish points is that if I can I have to try and finish them at the net,' Isner said. 'I did that three times in a row and I'm very proud of that.' Four former champions were scheduled to play second-round matches Wednesday but by the time the second-seeded Isner took the court, two had bowed out. Defending champion and No. 1-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut was forced to withdraw before play began because of a stomach virus, handing New Zealander Ruben Statham a place in the second round as a lucky loser from the qualifying rounds. The 2015 champion Jiri Vesely was due to play Bautista Agut and thought he had caught a break when the Spaniard withdrew and the 434th-ranked Statham took his place. But Vesely had a tussle on his hands before winning 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-3. Four-time champion David Ferrer was first up on center court and lost 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4) to Robin Haase of the Netherlands. At the WTA's Hobart International, former French Open finalist Lucie Safarova was beaten 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 by Japanese qualifier Risa Ozaki. Ozaki will next meet Romanian Monica Niculescu. Top-seeded Kiki Bertens advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 11th, 2017Related News

The World: Assad gov't ready to negotiate on 'everything'

BEIRUT -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said his government is ready to negotiate on "everything" in proposed peace talks in Kazakhstan but it was not yet clear who would represent the opposition and no date had been set......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceJan 9th, 2017Related News

Wild-card entry Bouchard wins 1st-round match at Sydney

SYDNEY (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard made the most of her wild-card entry to the Sydney International, beating Zhang Shuai of China 7-6 (1), 6-2 on Sunday in a first-round match. Bouchard, a 22-year-old former Wimbledon finalist, was beaten in the first round of the Brisbane International last week in her first warmup tournament for the Australian Open, which begins on Jan. 16 and where she was a surprise semifinalist in 2014. The Canadian went on to make the semis at the French Open that year before losing to Petra Kvitova in the Wimbledon final. Bouchard finished that year ranked seventh, but injuries and poor form since have seen her ranking slide to 46. Earlier at Sydney, two-time Grand Slam singles champion Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-1, 6-4. Defending champion Kuznetsova broke the Romanian's serve in the ninth game of the second set, then held serve to advance to the second round of the ATP-WTA tournament. Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan advanced when Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who partnered Roger Federer in last week's Hopman Cup, retired with a toe injury when Putinseva was up 6-4, 2-3. In a first-round men's match at Sydney, France's Nicolas Mahut beat Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 6-2, 7-6 (2). Earlier, Brisbane International finalists Karolina Pliskova and Alize Cornet withdrew from their next scheduled tournaments due to injuries. Pliskova, who beat Cornet 6-0, 6-3 at Brisbane on Saturday evening, withdrew from the Sydney International with a left inner thigh injury. Pliskova, who would have been seeded fourth in Sydney, was replaced by lucky loser Roberta Vinci of Italy. Sydney officials also announced seventh-seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine withdrew due to a viral illness. 'I've had constant headaches for the last two days and unfortunately in today's hot weather it got even worse when I was warming up and my body wasn't ready to compete,' Svitolina said. Svitolina was scheduled to play Olympic champion Monica Puig on Sunday, but Puig will now play a lucky loser from qualifying on Monday. No. 1 Angelique Kerber and third-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska remain in the Sydney draw. At Hobart, defending champion Cornet withdrew from the tournament with a back injury, a Tennis Australia official said. American Shelby Rogers posted the first upset of that tournament in the opening match, beating second-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. Lizette Cabrera of Australia continued the Hobart trend, beating fifth-seeded Misaki Doi of Japan 6-4, 5-7, 7-5. Third-seeded Monica Niculescu defeated former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-3. In a men's tournament at Auckland, New Zealand, top-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut and second-seeded John Isner headline the entries. Bautista Agut, Isner, third-seeded David Ferrer and No. 4-seeded Jack Sock have first-round byes in the tournament which begins Monday. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 8th, 2017Related News

Russia gets UN backing for Syria truce, Kazakhstan talks

Russia gets UN backing for Syria truce, Kazakhstan talks.....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 1st, 2017Related News

More and more int’l honors

Topbilled by Ai-Ai de las Alas, “Area” won special citation in Kazakhstan. “Laut” gave Barbie Forteza the best actress award at the Oporto International Film Festival in Portugal......»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsDec 21st, 2016Related News

Kazakh weightlifter Ilyin stripped of 2 Olympic gold medals

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Kazakhstan weightlifter Ilya Ilyin, one of the sport's biggest names, has been stripped of his two Olympic gold medals. The International Olympic Committee stripped Ilyin of the gold medals he won in 2008 and 2012, both.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 23rd, 2016Related News

‘Be My Lady’ to air in Kazakhstan, Myanmar, and Africa

DANIEL, ERICH TO THE WORLD: As “Be My Lady” airs its final episodes this week, word just got in that the hit show will soon be aired in at least three foreign countries in early 2017......»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsNov 21st, 2016Related News

Ms. World Philippines, tinipid ang production

TINANONG namin si Direk Louie Ignacio kung siya ba ang director ng Ms. World Philippines noong Linggo, hindi pala. Kagagaling lang niya sa 12th Eurasia International Film Festival sa Almaty, Kazakhstan na tumanggap ng special jury ang pelikula niyang Area.....»»

Source: Hatawtabloid HatawtabloidCategory: MoviesOct 5th, 2016Related News

Ai-Ai delas Alas cries over positive feedback for Area in Kazakhstan

Ai-Ai delas Alas cries over positive feedback for Area in Kazakhstan.....»»

Source: Pep PepCategory: EntertainmentSep 30th, 2016Related News

Ai-Ai-starrer ‘Area’ competes at 12th Eurasia Int’l Film Festival

Movie producer Baby Go is in Kazakhstan for the 12th Eurasia International Film Festival where her film “Area” is among those in the Main Competition. Directed by Louie Ignacio, it stars Ai-Ai delas Alas and Allen Dizon......»»

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Belo stars as Gilas repulses Kazakhstan

Belo stars as Gilas repulses Kazakhstan.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: EditorialSep 13th, 2016Related News

Belo on fire as Gilas rips Kazakhstan for first win in FIBA Asia Challenge

Belo on fire as Gilas rips Kazakhstan for first win in FIBA Asia Challenge.....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 13th, 2016Related News

WATCH: Mac Belo drops tournament-high 30 points in Gilas win vs Kazakhstan

WATCH: Mac Belo drops tournament-high 30 points in Gilas win vs Kazakhstan.....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 13th, 2016Related News

Gilas PH breaks ice vs Kazakhs

Gilas Pilipinas finally sustained a hot start yesterday and defeated Kazakhstan, 98-86, for its first win in the FIBA Asia Challenge at the Twelve Thousand People Sport Hall in Tehran, Iran......»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsSep 13th, 2016Related News

Gilas snaps losing run, rips Kazakhs

MANILA, Philippines – Mac Belo erupted for 30 points and hauled down 11 rebounds as Gilas Pilipinas 5.0 topped Kazakhstan, 98-86, to finally break into the w.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsSep 13th, 2016Related News

Mac Belo binuhat ang Gilas Pilipinas kontra Kazakhstan

Mac Belo binuhat ang Gilas Pilipinas kontra Kazakhstan.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 13th, 2016Related News

Belo lifts Gilas past Kazakhstan

Belo lifts Gilas past Kazakhstan.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: EditorialSep 13th, 2016Related News

After triumph over Kazakhs, Gilas in must-win tiff vs Jordan

MANILA, Philippines – Mac Belo erupted for 30 points that went with 11 rebounds as Gilas Pilipinas 5.0 topped Kazakhstan, 98-86, to finally break into the wi.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsSep 13th, 2016Related News

Gilas finally wins in FIBA Asia Challenge by trumping Kazakhstan

MANILA -- Mac Belo sizzled for 30 points as the fifth incarnation of the Gilas Pilipinas program finally scored a win in the FIBA Asia Challenge in Tehran with a 98-86 romp of Kazakhstan on Tuesday......»»

Source: NewsSep 13th, 2016Related News