After winning a point in the US Open final and bent on proving a point, Novak Djokovic leaped and roared and threw an uppercut then glared at some of the thousands of spectators pulling for Roger Federer.Following another point in that game, Djokovic nodded as he smiled towards the stands. And moments later, Djokovic shook his right arm, bloodied by an early fall, and screamed, “Yes! Yes!” to celebrate a missed forehand by Federer.Djokovic appeared to be all alone out there in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, trying to solve Federer while also dealing with a crowd loudly supporting the 17-time major champion proclaimed “arguably the greatest player in the history of the sport” during pre-match introductions.In the end, Djokovic handled everything in a thrill-a-minute final on a frenetic night. Thwarting Federer with his relentless defence and unparalleled returning, Djokovic took control late and held on for a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory on Sunday to earn his second US Open title, third major championship of the year, and 10th Grand Slam trophy in all.”We pushed each other to the limit,” the No. 1-ranked Djokovic said, “as we always do.”Djokovic, who is 63-5 in 2015, including 27-1 at majors, said he understood why the crowd backed Federer – but hopes to someday get that sort of support.”You do let sometimes certain things to distract you,” Djokovic said about interacting with the fans. “But it’s important to get back on the course and go back to basics and why you are there and what you need to do.”He certainly was able to do that.unreachable shotsContorting his body this way and that, sneakers squeaking loudly as he changed directions or scraping like sandpaper as he slid to reach unreachable shots, Djokovic forced the 34-year-old Federer to put the ball into the tiniest of spaces. Federer wound up with 54 unforced errors, 17 more than Djokovic.Another key statistic: Djokovic won 10 of the first 12 points that lasted at least 10 strokes.Perhaps the most pivotal of all: Djokovic saved 19 of the 23 break points he faced, while winning six of Federer’s service games.”Some of them, I could have done better, should have done better,” the second-ranked Federer said.From late in the third set to 5-2 in the fourth, Djokovic took control against a wilting Federer by claiming eight of 10 games. Federer made one last stand, breaking to get within 5-3 and holding for 5-4, but a forehand return that flew long left Djokovic as the champion, pointing to his heart.- AP
7 p.m. – Chinese Taipei A vs IndiaTAIPEI – Addressing all the problems it had the night before, Gilas Pilipinas came out a much better team on Sunday and tore Chinese Taipei A to shreds, 88-72, for its first win in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational carved out in front of a very hostile crowd at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.Matthew Wright and Christian Standhardinger did the damage on the Taiwanese in different phases of the game, finishing with 17 points each with the 6-foot-7 Fil-German winding up with 15 rebounds in a truly impressive outing.Team Philippines improved to 1-1 and totally put the stigma of a lukewarm debut against Canada behind.Wright scored 14 points in the first half and set the shooting tone for the Filipinos, who played much better compared to a losing effort in their debut on Saturday as Gilas got back in the title hunt.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “We wanted to take care of the ball and make sure that we defended better,” coach Chot Reyes said. “And we did that tonight.”Gilas had just seven turnovers and clamped down on the Taiwanese, playing more intelligent defense by giving up just 19 free throws. Against the Canadians, Gilas had 23 errors and yielded 40 free throws.Kiefer Ravena started out at the point and orchestrated with great effect for Gilas, which looked a lot more composed and refused to be ruffled by the boisterous hometown crowd.Ravena hit a shot clock-beating triple with 3:17 to play that made it 80-69 as the gritty Filipinos wrapped it all up to take a winning feeling going into a clash with Chinese Taipei B at 3 p.m. on Monday.The scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 88 – Wright 17, Standhardinger 17, Ravena 15, Pogoy 10, Myers 9, Cruz 6, Ferrer 5, Tolomia 4, Jalalon 3, Parks 2, Belo 0, Paras 0.CHINESE TAIPEI A 72 – Zheng 16, Po 14, Yi 13, Davis 11, Cheng 6, Long 5, Yi-Jie 4, Zhi 0, Huan 0.Quarters: 23-22, 47-40, 68-60, 88-72. GALLERY: Ateneo tops La Salle in Battle of the Rivals Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 11 a.m. – Atletas All-Stars Lithuania vs Japan1 p.m. – Iraq vs Canada 150FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’3 p.m. – Gilas Pilipinas vs Chinese Taipei B5 p.m. – Iran vs South Korea LATEST STORIES MOST READ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade FILE PHOTO – Matthew Wright. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGames Monday(Taipei Peace Basketball Hall)ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Share Patriot Front, a Texas-based group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) defines as white supremacist, is increasing its activity in several cities in the state, including Houston, according to a report that the ADL released this week.The group, a so- called alt-right organization, is led by 19-year-old Thomas Ryan Rousseau, according to the ADL.Patriot Front, which “espouses racism, anti-semitism and other types of hatred under the guise of preserving the “ethnic and cultural origins” of their European ancestors,”the report says, split from Vanguard America (VA) in late August 2017, several months after VA participated in a white supremacist rally on the capitol steps in Austin.Patriot Front uses flyers, banners and posters, as well as social media platforms –such as their Twitter account— to convey its messages.This nation is dying as a result of an overdose on politics as a solution to all ailments. Conventional politics has gotten us here. The blood in our veins and the soil at our feet is worth infinitely more than the ink on ballots or the careless words of career politicians. pic.twitter.com/u3Iy6J7Nqc— Patriot Front (@FrontPatriot) December 13, 2017Dena Marks, an associate director of the ADL’s Southwest Region office, said Patriot Front has been active for about four and a half months and “within the last few weeks, they’ve really ramped up their university activity in San Antonio, hanging banners at UTSA, at Trinity University and at a couple of community colleges.”Back in September, Patriot Front members attended an anarchist book fair held in Houston. They showed a banner that read “Blood and Soil” and they chanted extremist comments. In October, the group displayed a banner that read “For race and nation” on a Houston freeway overpass.Besides Houston and San Antonio, Patriot Front has been active in Austin, Dallas and San Marcos.
Not all home buyers know what house size they are really looking for. Most would say they’re looking for a 3-bedroom / 2-bath home with a large terrace and a pool, or something like that. Few buyers will say they’re looking for a 2,250 square foot home, would they?The house size may not be the most needed information before buying a home, but it is still important info to make a final decision to purchase. When a buyer sees that a home has only 2,250 square feet, they might think the house is way too small for them, or too large.In some parts of the world, the listed house size is indoor space. That means that the listed size has to be heated or air-conditioned. Not so in Costa Rica.Under the roofCosta Rican house size is the square footage measured under roof. That means that we include not only interior, but also any exterior space that is under the roof, such carports and terraces. Everything else under the roof is measured as full size, although often incorrectly.Good builders and real estate agents will take covered exterior spaces at half size because they’re not fully enclosed. The finished walls are also included in the home size. Double height or slanted ceilings are usually not included in the size, even though they should be. Attics and cellars are either non-existent or forgotten.You will often find that the listed house size listed incorrect. Many sellers and realtors will just measure the length of the home and multiply it by the width. Et voilà: we have the exact home size that everybody thinks it is. I know, it sounds very unprofessional, but that’s how it works.Construction plansEvery house starts with building plans. I have seen hundreds of construction plans in my real estate career, but very few that carry the total size of the construction. Someone interested in finding out what the size of the house is or even the size of any room needs to use a measuring tape and a calculator.In m2In Costa Rica, we measure construction in square meters or m2, which is equivalent to 10.79 square feet. For easy calculation, multiply the home size in m2 by 11. A linear meter is 3.28 feet.You can learn about the secrets of Costa Rica real estate measurement conversion in another Tico Times article.Real estate listingsIn Costa Rica, the legally considered living space does not matter when you place an ad. The property size is measured by a surveyor, then registered in the National Registry. The house size, on the other hand, is not registered in the National Registry and therefore not used in the real estate deed.Nonetheless, in my opinion, the property size on online listings should be as correct as possible. The construction plans are the only documents that possibly prove the correct size. Often, changes are made during construction and rooms are enlarged or added on without the proper permits.The only way to find out the correct house size is to use a measuring tape and a calculator and do it yourself.Additional buildingI always ask our agents to use the house size in the listing overview. Any additional buildings that are not part of the main house can be explained in the property description. That way, gazebos, a guesthouse, a caretaker’s house and a tennis court will not be included in the home size.You will often see parking spaces and storage area included in the floor size of a condominium listing. Whether a parking space has its separate title or is included in the common area of the condominium, I’d prefer to have it shown separately.Exclusive listing or FSBOSellers like to see the correct house size used in a listing. If you plan to have your property listed as an open listing, or as an FSBO, you could measure the home and give everybody the correct size. In case you sign an exclusive listing agreement with a realtor, let the realtor do the job for you.If you don’t have a measuring tape, you can download a measurement app on your phone, although most are not very accurate. Quite a few homebuyers like to see room sizes in real estate listings as they can compare them to the rooms of their own home.Making offersIf you’re the seller, make sure the advertised home size is correct before making an offer on a home, so it can be used to compare with other listings you are untested in. Ask the seller or agent the following questions:Where did the listing house size come from?What is the living area’s square footage and what is the exterior square footage?Are any additions added to the home counted in the square footage?Ivo Henfling, a Dutch expat who has lived in Costa Rica since 1980, founded the American-European Real Estate Group back in 1999 which was the first functioning MLS with affiliate agents from coast to coast. Ivo Henfling can be reached at (506) 2289-5125 / 8834-4515 or at email@example.com Facebook Comments Related posts:The Tico Times announces 1st English-language media alliance with Costa Rican Chamber of Realtors What $50 million gets you in Miami’s resurgent condo market Mel Gibson in real estate row over Guanacaste beach property Why not get the max out of your house sale?