2 Koreas agree to march together at Asian Games

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In this photo provided by the South Korea Culture And Sports Ministry, South Korean head delegate Jeon Choong-ryul, right, shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Won Kil U during a meeting at the southern side of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, North Korea, Monday, June 18, 2018. Sports officials from the rival Koreas are meeting at a border village to discuss how to cooperate in the Asian Games being held in Indonesia in August. (South Korea Culture And Sports Ministry via AP)SEOUL, South Korea — Athletes from the rival Koreas will march together under a single flag in the opening and closing ceremonies of the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia, officials said Monday, in another tension-easing step since last week’s summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Sports officials from two countries also agreed in talks at a border village to field combined teams in some unspecified events at the Asian Games, which begin in August, South Korea’s Sports Ministry said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The interview remains critical in the NBA draft process Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The current detente began in January when Kim expressed his willingness to send a delegation to the South Korean Winter Olympics the following month. The Koreas formed their first joint Olympic team in women’s hockey and their athletes paraded together in the opening ceremony for the first time in 11 years.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ It said the two Koreas also decided to hold friendly basketball matches in Pyongyang and Seoul in the coming months. Kim proposed the matches in an earlier summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, according to South Korean sports officials.Trump and Kim met last Tuesday in Singapore in their countries’ first-ever summit. Kim reaffirmed a vague commitment to work toward the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” while Trump promised to provide security guarantees to North Korea and suspend joint military drills with South Korea as long as negotiations with the North continue in “good faith.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSome say the one-day summit helped extend a temporary detente on the Korean Peninsula, but others say it was light on substance and Trump made too many concessions to North Korea.Two days after the summit, military generals from the Koreas held rare talks and agreed to restore cross-border military communication channels. The two countries plan to hold a series of talks in the coming days on resuming reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War, reconnecting severed cross-border railway and road connections, and establishing a liaison office in the North.last_img read more

Guyana must use depletion policy to avoid Dutch Disease

first_imgOil and gas development– says former BP executiveAs Guyana prepares for first oil in 2020, experts from across the world have been advising Government to make all the necessary preparations to avoid an oil curse or “Dutch Disease”.Former Vice President for Strategy and Policy Development at BP, Nick ButlerFormer Vice President for Strategy and Policy Development at BP; London and visiting professor at King’s College, Nick Butler, said one way to do that is by setting the pace of growth in this new sector with a depletion policy.Butler was speaking on KBIA’s Global Journalist, a radio and podcast channel out of the University of Missouri, School of Journalism, which is aired on Missouri and California radio channels.The former oil executive was joined by analyst at Control Risks; Raul Gallegos, from Bogota, Colombia; senior fellow at the Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies; St Augustine, Anthony Bryan; and senior journalist at Guyana Timesand TVG’s Evening News, Samuel Sukhnandan.He said the idea behind this is to phase production over a long period, avoiding a gold rush and allowing local companies to build up their capabilities to enable them to win a share of any oil-related activity.“They don’t need to develop it all at once. I would support a depletion policy where you limit what you produce year by year to manage the inflow of money so that the exchange rate is not destroyed by this one single, successful industry,” he said.That covers everything from the development of a new port, infrastructure, engineering support and all the other essential onshore services from food to accommodation for the oil workers.Butler noted that if Guyana is to get this wrong, it would have devastating effects for agriculture and local businesses. It would also mean employment will become less.In other words, if there is a huge wave of foreign currency, the exchange rate here could get “out of balance” and it becomes cheaper to import commodities that are already produced in Guyana.”The former BP Vice President also said Guyana’s oil discovery seems promising because there is potential for more massive discoveries to be made. However, he noted that based on how things will play out here, he said it could take years before Guyana starts to benefit from the revenues.“It will take at least three years before any production and I would imagine that it would take another three years or maybe five years before the companies involved would recover their investment. So, there isn’t going to be a massive inflow of revenue into Guyana for five years or more,” he added.Although there are some plans already being made to have locals trained to take up employment in this new sector, Butler said there is still a need for more training programmes for locals. He said while the more specialised oil jobs will go to Americans and other foreign nationals with the expertise and skills, he said there will be a lot of other jobs and interest in the sector.Meanwhile, Bryan spoke to the need for Guyana to develop sound environmental policies when it comes to the oil sector, noting that the country should use Trinidad as an example of what could go wrong. He said with most oil producing countries, oil spills are inevitable and broken pipelines are a major concern.Gallegos, on the other hand, told the programme that Guyana is no different from other countries that have found oil, but their finances are poorly managed. He said it is therefore a huge responsibility that would require great efficiency. He used Venezuela as an example of one of those countries that did not manage its oil resources and revenues properly that did not work out well in the end.Adding his take from a journalist point of view, Sukhnandan in his contribution to the discussion stated that the relatively new Guyana Government has been taking steps to prepare for this sector.He noted that the Government has been looking at various models and polices in major oil producing countries that have been successful like Norway, among others. However, he did point out that the Government made a huge blunder when it kept secret a signing bonus worth US$18 million in the Central Bank.last_img read more

B.C. Summer Reading Club hoping to recruit young readers

first_imgChildren who sign up will receive a kit for keeping track of their reading, and if they are among the city’s top reader’s, they will receive a collectable medal.The Summer Reading Club helps motivate kids to read, and in turn helps to maintain or improve reading skills when school is not in session.The program is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association, with assistance from Libraries and Literacy, and the Ministry of Education.- Advertisement -For more information, anyone interested is encouraged to call the Fort St. John Public Library at 250-785-3731, or visit its website at fortstjohn.bclibrary.ca.last_img read more


first_imgWITH thousands of fans heading for Clones and Lisnaskea this Sunday to watch the minors, seniors and senior ladies play Ulster Championship semi-finals, Donegal’s players have helped launch a safer driving campaign.The County Health & Wellbeing Committee of CLG Dhún na nGall and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group have launched a campaign to encourage all road users to change their behavior and make these changes part of their lives in the future, which will save lives and reduce serious injuries on our roads.The message is simple – make smart choices about how you use the roads, never ever drink or drug drive, strictly keep to the speed limits and reduce your speed, make sure you and your passengers are wearing seatbelts before you set off on a journey, no matter how short and never use your mobile phone for any purpose while driving. The campaign asks motorists and passengers to make a personal commitment to drive responsibly and a special appeal is being made to all Donegal supporters traveling to this Sunday’s Ulster semi-final in Clones against Antrim and any subsequent games to drive with care.On the road as on the pitch you need to be alert. The campaign is fully backed by Donegal GAA and Donegal Road Safety Working Group with Donegal Senior Team Player, Ryan Mc Hugh as its Ambassador.Footballers and management will be encouraging people to make their pledge to decide every time they sit in a vehicle before they turn the key, that they will make smart choices about how they use the roads. The hope is that everyone takes note and thinks road safety when using the roads.This Road Safety campaign for the football season is being co-ordinated by Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer, Donegal County Council and Sean Dunnion, County Chairman, Donegal GAA as part of their road safety education and casualty reduction strategy. “This is another opportunity to remind football fans about their road safety responsibilities Fans should ensure the enjoyment of the game isn’t followed by tragedy on the roads,” said Brian O’Donnell.“Individuals and organisations should follow their football team’s example and make a commitment to support this campaign and ask all their family members to adhere to the rules of the road at all times and lead by example. It is also important to factor in a rest break on your journey from Donegal to the game.”Sean Dunnion, County Chairman said: “The new County Health & Wellbeing Committee formed earlier this year immediately identified that Road Safety should be a focus area for their plan for 2014 so we are delighted now to partner with the Donegal Road Safety Working Group in delivering a campaign for our members and supporters as they travel to venues across Ulster and indeed hopefully outside the province later in the season as they support the Donegal Minor and Senior football teams.”Ryan Mc Hugh said: “It was a great honour for him to be selected as the Donegal GAA Road Safety Ambassador and looked forward to working with both the County Health & Wellbeing Committee and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group in promoting a safe driving culture for both young and older drivers.”He also appealed to everybody, both drivers and passengers, to heed the many safe driving messages that will be delivered particularly over social media channels in the coming months. Donegal’s minors taken on Antrim in Clones from 12.15pm this Sunday, with the senior game to follow at 2pm.Donegal’s Ladies play Armagh at 5pm in Lisnaskea.DONEGAL FOOTBALLERS GET BEHIND ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE was last modified: June 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Brian O’DonnellClub DonegalDonegal GAAroad safetyRyan McHughSean Dunnionlast_img read more

Alternative scenic loop to Glenveagh gets council support

first_imgA picturesque route from Letterkenny to Glenveagh National Park has been identified as having major tourism potential for local business.Communities in the New Mills, Churchill and Gartan areas are seeking to develop a driving loop that takes in key attractions on the way to Donegal’s most popular tourist site at Glenveagh.The Letterkenny MD agreed to lend support to the community initiative at today’s meeting, following a motion raised by Cllr James Pat McDaid. Cllr McDaid said: “While the Wild Atlantic Way has been a huge success, businesspeople feel that areas like New Mills to Churchill have been left behind.“There are great tourist attractions and nice scenery along that route from Letterkenny to the Newmills Corn and Flax Mills to Churchill, the Glebe Gallery and Glenveagh. These businesses are not seeing the volume of tourism as those have on the Wild Atlantic Way.“I would encourage the council to help the very hard-working community-driven group who are very anxious to set up a loop, which would be a huge benefit to the economy and tourist attractions.”Cllr John O’Donnell said: “This is an excellent motion. Looking at the success of Mulroy Drive, it has been a positive boost to people in the area. Of all the motions raised, this is definitely one of the top picks.” Alternative scenic loop to Glenveagh gets council support was last modified: July 10th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Mars Annually Pops Its Polar Cork

first_imgA unique geological phenomenon has been found on Mars.  Every year, when the southern polar cap heats up, carbon dioxide gas forms underneath a layer of translucent ice.  This gas levitates large portions of the ice cap until it finds weaknesses, and bursts out at over a hundred miles an hour in spectacular fumaroles (see artist’s rendition at Jet Propulsion Laboratory).  The escaping gas carries fine particles of soil and sand upward, that get splayed outward in fan-shaped deposits hundreds of meters long, all pointing in the direction of the prevailing wind.    Planetary scientists studying the images from the THEMIS infrared camera aboard the 2001 Mars Odyssey had long been puzzled by the dark spots, fans and spider-shaped markings around the vents till they came up with this model.  The findings were published in Nature this week.1  The authors noted that this model will have an impact on the way polar cap deposits are interpreted:The erosion and vertical stirring of surface materials under seasonal slab ice may have significantly altered the metre-scale sedimentary structures in the polar-layered deposits in a manner similar to bioturbation on the Earth.  This erosion and redeposition of the surface material on vertical scales of a few metres may have produced sedimentary structures that reflect this modification process, rather than the initial depositional environment.  If so, this process may present major complications to the interpretation of the sedimentary record observed in upcoming Polar Lander observations, and must be considered in relating this record to the climate history of Mars.What this means is that in this case, layering does not represent a time sequence.  Since every year the same layers are eroded and redeposited, they cannot be used to infer either geological or atmospheric history.1Kieffer, Christensen and Titus, “CO2 jets formed by sublimation beneath translucent slab ice in Mars’ seasonal south polar ice cap,” Nature 442, 793-796(17 August 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature04945; Received 4 April 2006; Accepted 30 May 2006.Yellowstone, eat your heart out.  What a sight it must be to look out over the south polar cap and see jets of dirty gas roaring upward hundreds of feet into the atmosphere every few hundred yards.  It might be even more dramatic to see the geysers of Enceladus, discovered last year (see 11/28/2005).    Imagine if scientists for the upcoming polar lander mission measured these layers carefully, correlated them with other Martian strata, and came up with a detailed model of the climate history of Mars.  They would be wrong, according to this model.  Interpretations of data are not the same as data.  Sometimes, weird processes can be at work to scramble the data, misleading humans that were not present when the formations were made.  These authors mentioned bioturbation on earth, wherein underground organisms, with their burrowing and tunneling, carry fossil material upward or downward from its initial location (see 05/21/2004).    Many times, scientists can recognize these effects and account for them in their models.  This new Martian process, apparently unique in the solar system, however, was unrecognized till now.  In this case, the effects take place in the present and can be observed.  (One wonders, offhand, whether this process could continue for billions of years.)  On Earth, much of the history cannot be reconstructed except by fallible inference from complicated data.  Peter Sadler said in the aforementioned 2004 article that cryptic signatures of bioturbation or reworking can go unrecognized by scientists, yet have significant effects on deposits – and by extension, on their interpretations.    Undoubtedly different physical effects take place on Earth deposits used to infer past geological and climate history.  But by definition, one cannot know all the unknowns.  Let this instance be a lesson that new discoveries can blow holes in the best of scientific models.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Solar Jobs Declined for a Second Straight Year in 2018

first_imgSolar jobs in the U.S. dropped by 7,900 last year, a 3.2% decline, but prospects for growth this year are good, the Solar Foundation said in its annual snapshot of the industry. It was the second year of declines after the industry reached its high water mark in 2016. The Trump administration’s 30% tariff on imported solar panels and uncertainty over state solar policies were considered factors. But overall, the outlook is positive. There are 242,343 workers in the U.S. solar industry, 150,000 more employees than in the first National Solar Jobs Census in 2010 — an increase of 159%.RELATED ARTICLESRetrain Coal Workers for SolarSolar Jobs Are BoomingSolar Raises Its Voice in the Job MarketHow to Foster Solar Innovation and Save JobsHow the Suniva Trade Dispute is Reshaping the Solar Industry Some of the highlights: Although there were job losses overall, 29 states showed gains, especially in emerging markets. Florida, for example, added 1,769 jobs, while Illinois gained 1,308. Texas, New York, Ohio, and Washington also were on the plus side. California — with about 40% of the country’s solar capacity — was the big loser with a loss of 9,576 jobs. Massachusetts, North Carolina, Arizona, and Maryland also posted job losses. In the five-year period between 2013 and 2018, solar employment increased by 70%, adding 100,000 jobs. By comparison, total U.S. employment grew by about 9% during that same span. Most solar jobs — 155,000 in all — are involved in installation and project development. Of those, about 87,000 are concentrated in the residential sector and about 46,000 are in non-residential, including 12,500 in community solar. The survey predicts that total U.S. solar employment should increase by 7% this year with an employment total of 259,400 workers. Women make up 26% of the solar workforce, with 17% Latino/Hispanic, 9% Asian, and 8% African-American. About one-quarter of all solar employers reported it was “very difficult” to hire qualified employees. The most difficult jobs to fill were in sales, marketing, and customer service jobs. Solar jobs in Puerto Rico total nearly 2,000, and the island has the potential to increase its solar workforce significantly. But the industry faces significant challenges there, including interconnection and permitting issues and a shortage of qualified employees. The report from the nonprofit was based on survey results from more than 59,000 telephone calls and 49,000 emails to known and potential solar energy concerns. Solar’s future looks promising Despite the setback in overall employment, the report sees a period of growth ahead as the “rapidly declining” cost of hardware makes solar competitive with fossil fuels. “Despite two years of decline in solar employment, solar installations are expected to ramp up over the coming years and new job opportunities will likely follow,” the report says. Even so, it adds, industry growth has not been enough to date to counter the challenges of climate change. The number of jobs grew as the cost of installed solar dropped. On the residential side, solar was $6.65 per installed watt in 2010 when the industry employed a total of 93,502 people. By 2018, when the ranks of solar workers had grown to 242,343, the price of solar had declined to $2.89 per watt for a residential installation. Utility-scale solar had dropped over the same period from $4.40 to $1.03 per installed watt. Solar ranks third in the U.S. energy sector, behind only petroleum and natural gas. The solar workforce is now twice as large as the coal industry, and five times as large as the nuclear industry, the report says. The total installed capacity is now about 60 gigawatts, or 2.4% of total generation. Looking ahead, the report says new solar installations will likely exceed new capacity from all other sources of electricity generation in 2018 with the exception of natural gas, and it should keep its number two position in 2019. Wind, however, is expected to edge out natural gas this year as the leading source of new power.last_img read more

Meghalaya musician files FIR against traffic SP for abuse, attempted murder

first_imgA musician in Meghalaya has filed a first information report (FIR) against a senior police officer in capital Shillong for abuse of power, assault and attempted murder, besides illegal confinement.Manavon Massar, a musician and son of a leader of the ruling National People’s Party, accused Traffic Superintendent of Police (SP) Bashan J. Laloo of racism and judging him because of “my dreadlocks and appearance”.Mr. Massar’s FIR at the Laitumkhrah police station in Shillong on Thursday stated that he was driving an Assam-registered small car along with a friend from Mumbai on Wednesday and had overtaken a few vehicles when the SP stopped and pulled him out of the car.Apart from threatening to shoot him, the SP allegedly kept speaking in Hindi and assaulting him, stopping “only after I spoke to him in Khasi”. The FIR said he was taken to the Civil Hospital for medical tests which said he had a broken index finger and bruised legs but no traces of alcohol or drugs, as “had been suspected”.A copy of Mr. Massar’s FIR, filed along with members of a rights NGO, was submitted to the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission seeking protection of the people from “rogue and violent officers”.Later, Mr. Massar took to social media admitting he was guilty of overtaking. After driving 18 hours from Dambuk in Arunachal Pradesh he was in a hurry to check the sound for a gig in Shillong. “Those who know me know how music is important in my life and I am so handicapped right now (because of the broken finger). I would have taken my punishment (for overtaking) but did I deserve this much?” he asked.‘Trial by social media’ Mr. Laloo said an FIR was filed against Mr. Massar and his friend too for overtaking vehicles rashly and dangerously in foggy conditions putting the lives of others at risk. “The police were forced to subdue him after he challenged them following detention,” he said. The SP also said a complaint would be filed against Mr. Massar for the “mischievous trial by social media”.“If you are violating the law, you are violating the law. How does it matter what hairstyle one sports or what language is spoken? They have tried to communalise things. That is very dangerous. One has to use social media responsibly,” Mr. Laloo told The Hindu on Friday.“There was another vehicle detained that day for overtaking. Nothing happened in that case while this person was aggressive,” he added.last_img read more

Avinash Sable Qualifies for Olympics Breaking Own National Record in 3000m Steeplechase at Worlds

first_imgDoha: India’s Avinash Sable qualified for Tokyo Olympics in men’s 3000m steeplechase event by shattering his own national record for the second time in three days but finished 13th in the final of the World Championships here.In the men’s 20km race walk event, national record holder K T Irfan finished a disappointing 27th in 1 hour 35 minute 21 seconds while compatriot Devender Singh stood 36th in 1:41:48 seconds among 40 athletes who completed the race. A total of 52 competitors had started the race walk event which began at 11:30 PM local time under hot and humid conditions on Friday.The 29-year-old Irfan and the 35-year-old Devender had finished 23rd and 50th respectively in the last edition in 2017 with a much better timing.The 29-year-old Irfan has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, and holds the national record.Avinash, a farmer’s son from Mandwa village in Maharashtra, clocked 8 minute 21.37 seconds to breach the Olympics qualifying standard of 8:22.00 seconds while finishing 13th in the men’s 3000m steeplechase final on Friday night.In the process, Avinash broke his own national record twice in three days. He had clocked 8:25.23 seconds during the first round heats on Tuesday, bettering the then national record 8:28.94 seconds which he did during the Federation Cup in March.Congrats @iaaforg #WorldAthleticsChamps its one of the best and full crowd at #Khalifa Stadium in #Doha2019 #LoveAthletics pic.twitter.com/CoAMerdEdl— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) October 4, 2019 In fact, this was his fourth national record in one year. His first national record (8:29.80 seconds) was set in September last year during the National Open in Bhubaneswar while the second came in March this year during the Federation Cup in Patiala.During this period, he made an improvement of nearly eight-and-a-half seconds.Included in the final race under dramatic circumstances, the 25-year-old Havaldar in the Indian Army was not expected to stand on the podium and he seemed to be running within his limitations as he finished far behind the medal winners.From the very beginning, Avinash was running at the rear and by the halfway mark, the distance from the leading pack of runners was too long to cover up.Reigning Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya defended his 2017 title with a time of 8:01.35 seconds, more than 20 seconds faster than Avinash, while Lamecha Girma (8:01.36) of Ethiopia and Soufiane Bakkali (8:03.76) of Morocco took the silver and bronze respectively.Born in a farmer’s family, Avinash joined 5 Mahar regiment after completing 12th and was posted at the Siachen Glacier in 20132014, before shifting base to the deserts of north-western Rajasthan and in Sikkim in 2015.He first took part in inter-army cross country running in 2015 before switching to steeplechase under Army coach Amrish Kumar in 2017.Avinash had made it to Friday’s finals in dramatic circumstances after he initially failed to make the cut in the heat races on Tuesday.He was later included among the men’s 3000m steeplechase finalists after the Athletics Federation of India successfully protested that he was obstructed by other athletes during the heat.The race referee, after examining video footage, agreed that Avinash was significantly obstructed on two occasions. India’s protest was accepted and under Rule 163.2 (Obstruction), he was included for the final. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Avinash SableIAAF World Athletics ChampionshipsIndia First Published: October 5, 2019, 3:28 PM ISTlast_img read more

Wimbledon: How did Roger Federer get out of that? Unbelievable

first_imgWhen Roger Federer stood on the dusty baseline with the scoreboard showing he was trailing Marin Cilic 6-7, 4-6, 3-3, 0-40, it looked like the man with the dodgy back was about to disappear into a giant Wimbledon sinkhole. (Federer fights his way to record Wimbledon semis)When the self-styled “old guy” of tennis stood match point down at 4-5, 30-40 in the fourth set, it looked like he would be sucked deeper into the mire.When the 34-year-old stood another match point down two games later, the hole was getting wider.When the Swiss stood yet another match point down at 6-7 in the tiebreak, he was hanging on by his fingernails.However, Federer has not won a record 17 grand slam titles for nothing and he showed what makes him the ultimate champion as he performed not one, not two, not three but four great escapes during a nerve-shredding Wimbledon quarter-final.It was little wonder that the earth shook under Centre Court as 15,000 hollering fans jumped to their feet to greet Federer’s astonishing 6-7(4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(9), 6-3 victory that kept alive the Swiss maestro’s dreams of an eighth Wimbledon trophy.”When you’re down two sets to love, three-all, love-40, it’s a moment when it’s not in your control anymore,” Federer said after setting up a semi-final with Canadian sharp-shooter Milos Raonic.”There were many more match points in my mind than just three today. But I fought, I tried, I believed. At the end I got it done.”advertisementHow he got it done defied logic.”I cannot believe Roger Federer won that match. Unbelievable tennis. How did he get out of that?” gushed American great and Raonic’s coach John McEnroe.”You’ve got to love the courage that he is able to find a way to do that, that is a killer loss.”UNBELIEVABLE FEELINGA killer loss for Cilic, maybe, but a shot in the arm for Federer who came to Wimbledon saying even he “didn’t know how my body will hold up” having not played a best-of-five-setter since pulling out of last month’s French Open with a back injury.”To win a match like this, to test the body, to be out there again fighting, being in a physical battle and winning it is an unbelievable feeling,” the third seed said after surging back from two-sets down for the 10th time in his career”My legs were there, my back was there, serving was key. Mentally this is going to give me a hell of a boost. I am ecstatic that I was able to come through… somehow.””Somehow” was the correct assessment as the most gifted shotmaker in tennis was found wanting in the opening two sets against a man he had beaten in five of six previous meetings.His silky shots were in short supply as Cilic threatened to “blow away” Federer, just as the Croatian had done en route to the U.S. Open title two years ago.”I couldn’t read his serve. It wasn’t going well for me,” summed up Federer as his hopes of ending a four-year barren run at the slams looked to be in jeopardy.But he hung on for dear life, hoping against hope “to get a bit lucky”.A deluge of lucky breaks started flowing Federer’s way from midway through the third set.At 3-3, three backhand errors from Cilic allowed to Federer to stay alive from 0-40 down.At 2-1 down in the fourth set, Federer survived two more break points as the ninth seed failed to take advantage of the Swiss’s second serves, misfiring both returns.Then came the heart-stopping match points, and yet again all Federer did was fire down some soul-destroying deliveries — as on each occasion Cilic never got the ball back into play.Once Federer had bagged the “crazy breaker” on his fifth set point, it took him only another 33 minutes to subject Cilic to the most painful defeat of his career — his 27th ace finishing off the job.”I don’t remember coming back from two sets to love here. This is huge for me, my season, my career,” Federer said after securing his passage to an 11th Wimbledon semi-final.last_img read more