Cybersecurity

first_imgDear Editor,Permit me a space in your publication to highlight some of the perils which both private and public organisations in developing countries such as Guyana face on a daily basis.The threats referred to are those which are birthed from our dependence on the technological platforms which are designed to allow for, inter alia, structured communication; targeted marketing of products and services; archiving and reporting on information critical to executive-level decisions; and overall enhancement of business processes which are intended to promote efficiency and efficacy at key levels.More recently, on 6th Feb, 2019, the Guyana Power & Light Inc. (GPL), through a press release, informed of a “cyber-attack on the Company’s computerized systems”, which affected their Customer Information System. The statement further alluded to the request of a “ransom of bitcoins (digital money) to remove all encryptions from within its network”.While the GPL Information Systems team should be commended for their quick response, for initiating a quarantine to prevent propagation, and for invoking the disaster recovery mechanisms to restore the systems in a timely manner, I am of the view that such a threat should never have occurred in the first place.The issue here is that of ransomware, which occurs when a network of systems is penetrated by one of a myriad of various ways, to introduce a virus which propagates across that network insofar as it is able, and accesses files and performs an encryption on them. In simple terms, the only way to regain control of those files is through the decryption process, which requires a decryption key.Due to its difficulty in traceability, perpetrators of ransomware attacks promise the decryption keys in exchange for digital currency, such as bitcoins.In January 2017, the Guyana Water Inc. suffered a similar attack, which resulted in downtime of services. It should be noteworthy to mention also that the Guyana National Computer Incident Response Team (GN-CIRT), in May of that very year, issued a cybersecurity alert warning of the “Wanna Cry” ransomware, which exploited a vulnerability in the Windows Operating System. That vulnerability has since been patched.The Symantec Internet Security Threat Report (https://resource.elq.symantec.com/LP=6819 – Feb. 2019) reveals that worldwide ransomware attacks were down 20 per cent during 2018, as opposed to 2017, when enterprise ransomware attacks had surged 12 per cent. This indicates a revolution in cryptovirology, which is intended to target more advanced infrastructure rather than the regular “mom and pop shops”.In 2018, the report referenced the “chief ransomware distribution method” as being targeted email campaigns exploited due to dependence on the use of email.In my experience, and through studies, most ransomware attacks are as a result of some form of negligence on the part of network administrators, whether directly failing to implement security and alerting platforms, or indirectly, through the inadequacies of their systems. The ever-evolving threat-landscape must be constantly analysed, and actions taken insofar as those are affordable to organisations across the spectrum.Organisations and companies are urged to invest significantly in ensuring that their IT personnel are trained, and implement mechanisms which constantly keep security best practices in check. The importance of the formulation of a detailed Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) should be as a result of careful studies of both the internal and external dynamics of any organisation, big or small, public or private. Brainstorming sessions intended to identify all risks and possible mitigative measures can also be of great utility to the formulation of a DRP.IT administrators are further urged to assess the risk at every level of staff (from the customer service representatives straight up to executive management, and specifically IT personnel and the systems which they interact with) to ensure coverage and implementation of usage policies.Regards,Aneal Giddingslast_img read more

Diego Costa: ‘Chelsea have to fight and battle for the title’

first_img 5 5 You’ve had a superb start to your Chelsea career: 17 goals in just 19 league games. What do you put this down to?“Hard work. Also, Jose Mourinho is a very clever man. He knows exactly the kind of team he wants to build and the way he wants to play. The likes of Cesc Fabregas and Oscar have eased my adaptation [off the pitch] as well as helping me score, too.”Have your Chelsea teammates taught you any interesting phrases in English?“I try to learn words here and there, but I find it very complicated. I am a bit lazy for that! Let’s do the things step by step: I will adapt to London and win a title first. Meanwhile, I will try to grab the language.”You must have a way of communicating on the pitch…“I call John Terry ‘Capi’ [Spanish slang for skipper]. I think my teammates understand me better than I understand them! Our communication is getting better as time goes by.”Have you had to adjust the way you play at all to suit the Premier League?“Yes, I am getting used to getting kicked more than before. Premier League defenders are really strong and physical. In England, the referees don’t call many fouls, as opposed to Spanish football. Consequently, you must be really strong all through the 90 minutes.”What is the quality that has taken you most to where you are now in your career?“My fighting spirit and my resilience. I approach every game with the same energy. I always think: ‘I must score next game, I must score next game.’ That’s the way I go into the games.”Do you like drawing a defender into a one-on-one contest on the pitch?“I like the challenge. My life wasn’t easy, neither are my games. Every time I see a good defender I cannot wait to play against him. He might beat me, but I will learn from the experience.”Do you think you still have the mentality of a ‘street’ footballer, rather than an academy-trained one?“It depends on the point of view. Some of the kicks I suffer in England would be punished with a red card in Spain. My challenges on the ball are strong but noble at the same time. If you check my records, you will find out that I’ve never caused a bad injury to any player.“The bottom line is that sometimes the little things I do on the pitch provoke exaggerated reactions. But if you rewind a bit and go through what they did to me, you may have another point of view. I consider myself a player who fights and gives everything on the pitch. Those who know me and appreciate those values understand what I say.”How much did it mean to you to hear the Chelsea fans sing your name during the recent Manchester City match, even though you weren’t involved?“The fans sang my name because I know I was a bit down after receiving the ban, but I have a lot of gratitude to the Chelsea crowd. No one will stop my determination and my way of approaching the games. I am really grateful to the Chelsea fans. They have been very good to me.” This article appears in the current edition of our sister publication, Sport magazine. Download the free Sport iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on Twitter @SportmagukDiego Costa confounds our expectations. Waiting for him to arrive for our interview, we are half expecting a giant crane to rumble into view and lower down a Jurassic Park-style crate with Costa inside, snarling and growling.Then we can roll up our questions on tiny pieces of paper and poke them through the slats to be consumed by The Beast within.You see, Costa is a lot like a dinosaur. He’s fearsome, strong and – crucially – really, really, old. He’s the world’s most ancient 26-year-old man! He’s a velociraptor with the wizened face of an aged crone. So it’s a surprise when the Chelsea striker arrives with an infectious grin, a firm handshake and a warm demeanour – then proceeds to give us one of the more honest interviews you can expect from a Premier League superstar.Speaking in Spanish, shot through with occasional Portuguese slang (a heritage of his being Brazilian-born but a naturalised Spanish international), Costa is thoughtful in his replies. He doesn’t even look old, disappointingly. A rough and ready type, sure, but his thick mop of dark curls gives him a youthful air. Who is this innocent, young, latin Oliver Twist – and why is he so misunderstood?Not quite. Costa plays on the edge, as he admits. Yet it strikes us as a contradiction. If you’re Eric Cantona or Zinedine Zidane fly-kicking fans or head-butting defenders, you’re an enfant terrible – a tortured French genius. If you’re Alan Shearer physically battling with defenders (or accidentally mistaking Neil Lennon’s head for a football), you’re a hard-man centre forward in the old English tradition. Yet if you’re a rugged-looking Hispanic sort, you’re a thug and a brutish villain.Costa is no angel, but he hasn’t nutted or bitten anyone. He hasn’t broken any heads or legs or roamed the plains of the Cretaceous era world, snacking on herbivores. So, as Sport unrolls its tiny scrolls of questions, we get to know the man – not the monster. 5 5 What’s the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome in your football career?“My biggest challenge was leaving home in Lagarto [in Brazil]. I left my parents in tears as I crossed the doorstep on my own.”You were a teenager when that happened [Costa signed for Portuguese club Braga in 2006]. How did you find it adjusting to a new life in Europe at that age? “As you can imagine, it was hard. I was very bonded to the small village I am from. In my village, we all are very close to our families and it’s unusual to end up living in a different way to your relatives. However, I love them more than anything else. I always knew that I wanted to change my family’s life.”Did that feeling put extra pressure on your shoulders?“No – in fact, my determination suppressed any feeling of loneliness. Determination gave me the strength I needed. If it weren’t for my parents, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. If you want to achieve something, you must have a goal in life. In my case, being a football player was a dream; my real obsession was to give my family a better life, no matter what.”How did it feel to break the Barcelona/Real Madrid stranglehold and win La Liga with Atletico Madrid?“We did it little by little, game by game… Obviously, you might get nervous as tension and expectations amalgamate. However, everyone knows his role on the pitch, and on top of that there’s a common target, which is winning each game. Pressure, past or memories disappear as soon as the ball rolls.”On the flip side: how hard was it not being fully fit for last season’s Champions League final?“I think that it was harder for Simeone. He is aiming to trigger a change in Spanish football. It was a shame not to win the title after the great job we all did throughout the entire season. Personally, I felt well and fit the day before the Champions League final. It was a shame to lose the final the way we did. The goal we conceded in the last minute tore apart our great work.”Does that make you even more determined to have an impact on the competition this season with Chelsea?“I am going to be honest: I want to be a champion with Chelsea, either a Premier League champion or a Champions League winner. I presume that winning the Champions League must be an amazing experience. I reached the final of this beautiful tournament once, but I couldn’t win it. We know that our manager is a multiple Champions League winner with loads of experience, and that will help. I also hope we are a bit lucky. There are great teams yet to be faced.” 5 What’s Jose Mourinho’s style like compared with other managers you’ve played for?“Jose Mourinho and [Atletico Madrid manager] ‘Cholo’ Simeone have plenty of things in common, such as the passion for the game or the levels of commitment they demand from players. They ask the player to give everything he has inside. However, when it comes to tactics, Mourinho and Simeone have a different vision of the game.”Given that, what have you learned from having Jose as a boss at Chelsea?“Many things. We all know that he’s among the best managers in the world. When you arrive in a team with a manager like him, you try to spot every single thing you can learn from him. Every manager has a different way of reading the game. In regards to Jose Mourinho, he is a clever manager who spots very well the opponent’s virtues and weaknesses. Our training sessions are based on that.”You are named after Diego Maradona. Is this not a bit unusual in Brazil?“I know my father called my brother Jair as a tribute to Jairzinho. When I asked him about the origin of my name, he said that when I was born, Diego Armando Maradona was the big thing. I guess my father just loves football!” Chelsea’s Diego Costa speaks to Sport magazine Your next game could well be Paris St-Germain in the Champions League knockout stages. Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic a player that you admire?“Zlatan is a beast. He is one of those players that I like because of his character and his quality. He is among the best strikers in football history. We all know how hard it is going to be playing against PSG. Most of their footballers play at international level… If we want to progress, we must do very well in both legs.”Lastly, what constitutes a successful season for Chelsea this year?“Winning titles. That’s exactly what a good season means for a club with this grandeur, players and trophy-winning manager. But we must keep on improving, which is what the manager demands for each game. If we put our game into practice, we are going to fight for every title. We must be ourselves. We have to fight and battle. The most difficult game is the next one to come.”last_img read more

Truck accident blocks traffic in Carson

first_imgA truck swerved off the San Diego (405) Freeway and rolled down an embankment Thursday morning, coming to rest at a Carson intersection and delaying commuters on Main and Figueroa streets. The accident at 7:08 a.m. caused the closure of Main Street for less than an hour, while the vehicle was removed from Moneta Avenue, CHP Officer Anthony Martin said. The accident happened when the driver of the truck swerved to avoid debris on the freeway, Martin said. The driver sustained only minor injuries. Main Street was reopened at 8:07 a.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

first_imgKATHLEEN RUSSELLThe death has taken place of Kathleen Russell, Rahan, Letterkenny, mother and mother-in-law of Sammy and Hillary Russell, Carnamuggagh. Removal from St. Joseph’s Hospital today at 4.30pm, going to the residence of her grandson, Mervin Russell, Stranlongford, Drumkeen. Funeral service on Sunday at 2.30pm in Trinity Presbyterian Church, Main Street, Letterkenny, with burial afterwards in Gortlee Cemetery.  Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to St. Joseph’s Hospital Comfort Fund, c/o Con McDaid and Sons Funeral Directors, Oldtown, Letterkenny, or any family member.CHARLES MCGOWAN The death has occurred of Charles McGowan Killybegs. Removal from Letterkenny General Hospital at 6.15pm today to arrive at his late residence at 8pm.Removal on Sunday at 10.30am to the Church of Saints Joseph and Conal in Bruckless, for Requiem Mass at 11am.  Burial afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery, Killybegs.DANIEL MCKINNEYThe death has occurred of Daniel Mc Kinney, The Big House, Ballymagann, Buncrana. His remains are reposing at his late residence. Funeral from there on Saturday at 10.15am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Cockhill, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please – Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice or the Irish Cancer Society, Donegal branch, c/o Mc Kinney Funeral Directors, Ballymagann, Buncrana.MARGARET DOHERTY The death has taken place at her residence of Margaret Doherty, Billy, late of Ballamena, Glengad. Funeral from there on Sunday at 9.45am for Mass at 10.30am in St Patricks Church, Aughaclay with interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.JOHN P WARDThe death has taken place at his late residence of John P Ward, Solicitor, Drumcliff, Donegal Town. Removal from there on Sunday at 12.30pm for Funeral Mass in St Mary’s Church, KIllymard at 1pm with burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. House private.CHARLIE BONNERThe death has occurred at Letterkenny General Hospital of Charlie Bonner, 610 New Houses, Killea, Carrigans. Remains reposing at his home. His remains will leave his late residence on Sunday at 10.30am going to All Saints Church, Netwowncunningham for funeral Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family time please from 11pm – 11am. SALLY MCFADDENThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Sally McFadden, 428, Colehill, Newtowncunningham. Remains are reposing at her home. Funeral mass in All Saints Church, Newtowncunningham on Sunday afternoon at 1pm with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, donations if desired to The Donegal Hospice c/o Charlie McClafferty Funeral Director, Churchill and Letterkenny. House private please from 11pm to 11am.DENIS BRANLEYThe death has occurred of Denis Branley, at his daughter Patricia and son in law Eamonn Grant’s residence, Gortfad, Clonmany. Funeral from there tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 10.15am going to St Mary’s Church, Clonmany for Requiem Mass at 11am . Interment afterwards in the New Cemetery. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012 was last modified: April 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:2012APRIL 20DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR FRIDAYlast_img read more

Smith is made to work for first pro title

first_imgHarrow’s super-featherweight prospect Mitchell Smith won his first professional title but was pushed all the way by underdog Scott Moises at the Copper Box Arena.Former ABA champion Smith, 20, picked up the southern-area belt after coming through the toughest test of his promising career so far.He won a decision by just one point (96-95) following a fiercely competitive 10-round contest at the east London venue.Moises, from Norfolk, showed great spirit and landed with a number of shots but Smith was able to extend his unbeaten record to 7-0.See also:Title would make Smith a happy HammerSmith to defend title at the Copper BoxFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

H-DNL football: St. Bernard’s to take perfect record to Templeton

first_imgUndefeated St. Bernard’s will take its high-flying offense on the road this week when it heads a day’s drive south for a Friday night contest against the Templeton Eagles.The Crusaders (5-0) will enter the non-conference game coming off their bye-week — and it couldn’t have come at a better time.The 13-day rest period allowed Lane Thrap — the No. 2 receiver in terms of touchdowns (12) in the North Coast Section (not to mention No. 5 in the state) — to recover from an upper-body injury …last_img read more

Champs Trophy: mission accomplished

first_img6 October 2009The curtain came down on another major international sporting event in South Africa on Monday, as Australia ended the run of giant-killers New Zealand to claim the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy.The competition went off without a glitch, and will serve as a useful yardstick for the International Cricket Council to measure the 50-overs-a-side game against Twenty20 cricket.Earlier in the year, South Africa hosted the Indian Premier League (IPL) and now, on the same grounds, the ICC can compare how much of a crowd-puller the longer form of the game is against the shorter game.South African crowd support for the Champions Trophy was decent, but markedly smaller than for the IPL which, with its mix of cricket and show business, took the country by storm and drew near full houses throughout its 59-match duration.Having said that, the elimination of the Proteas from the Champions Trophy after the pool stages undoubtedly took some gloss off the event for local cricket supporters.The pitchesSomething else that some liked, while others did not, was that the Wanderers pitch in particular – SuperSport Park in Centurion outside Pretoria was the other venue – offered a more balanced challenge between bat and ball than has been seen in limited overs cricket in recent times.The trend has been to favour batsmen over bowlers; in fact, the six highest totals in 50 overs history have been scored since 12 March 2006, when South Africa famously chased down Australia’s 434 to total 438 for 9 – at the Wanderers.One wonders whether the ICC welcomed the fairer pitches. After all, they have been looking at ways to increase the appeal of the 50-overs-a-side game, contrasted as it is against the fireworks of Twenty20 cricket.The Champions Trophy went down well, but it admittedly made a much smaller splash than the IPL; now, the ICC might want to take note of South Africa’s upcoming domestic limited competition, which will introduce a number of innovations, all aimed at jazzing up the “longer” shorter version of the game.It’s not that the Champions Trophy wasn’t successful. It was. It’s just that, contrasted against the IPL, one-day international cricket may have to fight for its survival.Comfortable win for AustraliaFollowing Monday’s final in Centurion, a familiar name will be carved on the ICC Champions Trophy.With New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori, the player of the match in their semi-final win over Pakistan, out of the match with a hamstring strain, the Black Caps went into the contest missing their most important player, and it showed in a comfortable win for Australia, achieved with 28 balls to spare.Stand-in skipper Brendon McCullum opted to bat after winning the toss, but it backfired on him personally as he went for a duck after a 14-ball stay at the top of the order.PartnershipsNew Zealand’s second-wicket partnership of 61 between Aaron Redmond and Martin Guptill proved to be the Kiwis’ best stand of the innings. Guptill’s 40 was their highest score, as only Neil Broom (37) and James Franklin (33) also passed 30.Aussie off-spinner Nathan Hauritz proved the most successful bowler, snaring 3 for 37 from his 10 overs, as New Zealand struggled to 200 for 9 in their 50 overs.An in-form and battle-hardened Australia, who came into the Champions Trophy on the back of a six-one series thrashing of England, and had a number of batsmen in good form, weren’t going to be challenged by that total, although the New Zealanders made it difficult for them in the early overs.CenturyOpener Shane Watson struck his second century in the competition, an undefeated 105, to guide his side to victory and win player of the match honours, as they reached 206 for 4 after 45.2 overs.Kyle Mills did his best to stop the Australia run chase, knocking over an impressive 3 for 27 from his 10 overs. Good bowling from Mills and Shane Bond put the Aussies under early pressure, but they needed more support from the rest of the bowling attack and didn’t get it.Australian captain Ricky Ponting failed on the night, falling to Mills for one, but he was named Player of the Series after scoring the most runs in the competition, 288, and leading his team with distinction.Cameron White combined with Watson to put on 128 for the third wicket, contributing 62 from his bat before departing with only 50 runs needed for victory.Despite the loss, the Champions Trophy served as a nice boost to New Zealand cricket. The lightly-regarded Black Caps had surprised a number of teams on the way to the final to show that they have the ability to compete with the best.After opening their challenge with a five-wicket loss to South Africa, they comfortably beat Sri Lanka and England to qualify for the semi-finals. There they beat an in-form Pakistan in the final four.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Keep Your Friends Organized: Twitter Expands Lists Beta

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos frederic lardinois Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#twitter#web Twitter rolled out a limited beta of its new lists feature to a larger number of users late last night. With these new lists, Twitter users can now organize their friends into groups. By default, these lists are private, but one of the most interesting aspects of this new feature is that users can also make their lists public – something many Twitter users have been looking forward to for a long time. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Third-party Twitter clients and tools like TweepML, TweetDeck, Brizzly, Nambu and others all offer their own implementation of this feature, though Twitter also gave early API access to this feature to a number of third-party developers. Currently, adding friends to a list is still a bit cumbersome and either involves a lot of clicks from a user’s profile page or a visit to the ‘following’ page. The list of users you follow, however, is organized in chronological order, so finding users on this list is quite hard.One interesting aspect of this feature is that a user’s profile will now also show a section that highlights the public lists a user was added to. This could have some interesting social ramifications. After all, Twitter’s emphasis on follower counts has already created a bit of a popularity contest and now being part of a certain list that is being curated by the right person could add yet another dimension to this issue. Of course, these new lists will open up avenues for a new products as well. Third-party tools, for example, can now look at the public lists and maybe create new algorithms to rank a user’s authority on Twitter. Import/ExportOf course, these are still the early days for Twitter lists, but hopefully we will also soon see a feature in third-party clients like TweetDeck that will allow users to export their existing lists or import their new lists from Twitter. Chances are that this is just a matter of time and this will probably be a default option in third-party clients once Twitter rolls this feature out to the majority of its users.last_img read more

Fall in incidents of crime against women in Tripura: CM

first_imgTripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday claimed that incidents of crime against women are on the wane in the State. He said the accused were now hardly acquitted and the punishment ratio increased. Mr. Deb was speaking at a capacity building programme for police officers on investigation of crime against women. The Tripura police organised the event in collaboration with the National Commission for Women.“We now have an improved situation with lesser incidents of crime against women. 2018 saw 8% reduction [in crimes against women] and situation is well again this year so far,” Mr. Deb asserted.The BJP-led coalition government came to power in Tripura in March last year.Mr. Deb said the accused were caught in 99% cases. For this reason, the punishment ratio also increased. Top police officials including Director General of Police A.K. Mathur spoke.last_img read more

Many happy returns for Roger Federer at 1st French Open since 2015

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Kerber has been dealing with an injured foot and was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by Anastasia Potapova. That was the opening match in the largely rebuilt main stadium, a structure of concrete and glass that is expected to have a retractable roof by the 2020 French Open and now features padded beige seats instead of plastic green ones.Across the way, 2016 champion Muguruza inaugurated the new 5,290-seat Court Simonne Mathieu, which is surrounded by greenhouses displaying tropical plants, with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Taylor Townsend of the U.S.Later in that same spot, the 38-year-old Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam titlist and the 2002 runner-up in Paris, exited in the first round for the fourth time in the past seven years at Roland Garros. She was broken in seven of her nine service games during a 6-3, 6-3 loss to No. 9 seed Elina Svitolina.Federer, the owner of 20 Grand Slam titles, will turn 38 in August and, frankly, who knows how many more of these he has left?“Not getting any younger,” he noted.ADVERTISEMENT The guy certainly appeared delighted to make his return to a tournament he won a decade ago, completing a career Grand Slam, but sat out each of the past three years. In 2016, he was sidelined by a back problem, ending his then-record streak of 65 consecutive appearances at majors. Federer then skipped the entire clay-court circuit in each of the past two seasons to focus on preparing for grass and hard courts.Not since a quarterfinal loss to Stan Wawrinka four years ago had Federer competed at Roland Garros, which is why he described himself Sunday as “quite tense at the start.”Didn’t seem that way, though. More like someone who never went away. He led the 73rd-ranked Sonego, who was making his French Open debut, 4-0 after less than 15 minutes, then went up a set and 4-0 in the second after 40.“There are times when you recognize that he makes the difficult things look easy. It’s incredible,” Sonego said. “All you can do is hope he messes up now and then, because otherwise, it’s really hard.”Federer gave the folks what they wanted, providing a live-and-in-person highlight reel of his full and considerable repertoire. There was the ace at 121 mph (195 kph) to begin his first service game, and the ace at 110 mph (178 kph) to conclude it. The drop-volley winner on the run. The serve-and-volley putaway. The sprint for an up-the-line winner off a delicate drop shot by Sonego that was so good, and so apparently hard to reach, that an Italian fan gushed, “Bravo! Bravo!” in praise of her countryman before Federer got to the ball.“In the important moments, he raises his level and turns into a computer,” Sonego said. “He never makes the wrong choice.”Really, the lone blip for Federer came when he double-faulted to get broken for the only time, eliciting an admonishing slap of racket strings from him — and a collective “Awwwww” of dismay from his thousands of admirers. That was part of a three-game, dozen-minute surge for Sonego, who got within 4-3 in the second set before ceding it.By the end, Federer had won the point on 25 of 30 trips to the net and put together a ratio of 36 winners to 15 unforced errors.While so much of the title speculation is focused on Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic — both play Monday — Federer enjoys the unusual-for-him position of lowered expectations.“It’s nice to be an outsider,” he said with an almost imperceptible shrug. “That’s how I feel, anyhow. Just see how it goes, you know. … This is not a show I’m putting on; this is the truth: I really don’t know how far I can go in this event.” Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning in three sets 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, May 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler )PARIS — Roger Federer entered a refurbished Court Philippe Chatrier for his first French Open match since 2015, greeted by the sun peeking through the clouds and the full-throated support of spectators in their designer sunglasses, straw hats and sweaters tied over their shoulders.Were it permitted, perhaps some ticket-holders would have embraced Federer right then and there, delivering a kiss on each cheek, as if reunited with an old friend at a sidewalk cafe.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump watches sumo, but it’s not just a sport in Japan Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Alas, the welcome was limited to wild applause and enthusiastic chants of his first name — “Roh-zher! Roh-zher!” — before and during a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 victory against Lorenzo Sonego of Italy on Sunday. The match lasted a mere 101 minutes yet Federer found enough time and space to sprinkle in some tremendous shot-making.“The reception I got today was crazy. Was really nice to see a full stadium for a first round like this,” Federer said, comparing the atmosphere to that of a final.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“I feel,” he said, “that the public missed me. And I missed them, as well.”His presence at the year’s second Grand Slam tournament was the highlight of Day 1, which included losses by multiple major winners Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber and Svetlana Kuznetsova, along with victories for Sloane Stephens, Garbiñe Muguruza, Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori. 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