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Novak Djokovic blurs Roger Federer and goes to the Australian Open final

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first_img01/30/2020 – 12:07 | 12:23 – 01/30/20 ‘Nole’ continues to make it clear that in Melbourne it is where he is most comfortable and on Sunday he will look for the winner of this Friday’s duel between Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem his eighth title, which would also entail snatching Rafa Nadal’s number one.That of Belgrade, which has never lost a final at the Rod Laver Arena and that to maintain its streak would add its eighteenth ‘big’, knew how to recover the brilliant start of a Federer who had planted in the penultimate round after several epic comebacks and with Doubts about your fitness.This did not seem to be an obstacle when he started very ‘plugged in’ to get 4-1 on the scoreboard, the only time he gave the feeling of dominating Djokovic. He calmed down, settled his tennis and was able to equalize the disadvantage by snatching the Swiss with his serve with 5-4 down, and also making it blank.The one in Basel managed to save the tie-breaker, but the current champion imposed his moment and despite the efforts of the veteran ex-number one in the world, he did not have real trouble again because he did not grant a loophole with his serve and offered a precise game and without mistakes. A break with 5-4 he gave the second set and one more in the third was insurmountable for Federer. Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has won Roger Federer in three sets (6-7, 4-6, 3-6) and has made the pass to the Australian Open final, where he will try to revalidate the title won in 2019 and recover the world throne of the ATP. The Belgrade, from less to more, awaits rival in Sunday’s commitment: the winner of the duel between Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem. The Serbian tennis player beat the Swiss 6-7, 4-6 and 3-6 Photo: Reuterslast_img read more

CARICOM not doing enough to support cricket – WICB’s Nanthan

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first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC): The Vice-President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Emmanuel Nanthan, says regional governments are not doing enough to support the development of cricket in the region. Nanthan’s declaration comes as the Dave Cameron-led WICB and CARICOM appear to remain at loggerheads over a recommendation calling for the dissolution of the board by a review panel setup by CARICOM and the WICB. The WICB appears to be preparing for a legal battle with CARICOM to resist the recom-mendations of the Review panel by hiring Dominican lawyer Anthony Astaphan. Nanthan is insisting that the problems with West Indies cricket have little to do with WICB’s governance, but a lack of resources from regional governments to fund training. “It costs the WICB about US$1 million to train a cricketer from the Under-15 level to the elite level in international cricket,” said Nanthan, a sports administrator for the past 20 years. “Eighty-seven per cent of all amounts spent by the Windwards and Leewards in age group tournaments is represented by accommodation costs, air and sea travel costs and the cost of meals for players who are away from their homes. No wonder on an annual basis the Windwards and Leewards are always at the bottom of the table in the early rounds of the regional competition.” A recent meeting in Grenada between CARICOM prime ministers and a WICB delegation to discuss the panel’s governance report made little progress except for an agreement for future meetings. WICB’s defiance appears to have been fired-up following a subsequent board meeting in St Lucia, which also discussed the governance report. “Did the academics look into this? Are the nation states encouraging cricket in the communities?” asked Nanthan. “I say all this so you can understand the costs of the opportunity, which you have been offered through the opportunity of the Professional Cricket League.” STATE’S ROLE The WICB vice-president added: “Early education in sports in schools is the responsibility of the State. The responsibility of training to achieve successful performance and results for national teams in regional and international sports is the responsibility of the governments.” Nanthan says the WICB is prepared to make amendments, but stressed that only share-holder territories can legally dissolve the WICB. “We are prepared to make some changes as we did following previous Governance Reports,” he told Kaieteur News in Guyana. “However, on the basis of a corporate review and legal advice, only the shareholders of the WICB can dissolve the company – the WICB. And similarly only shareholders can appoint new directors to the board, whether they are independent or shareholders directors.”last_img read more

Exclusive – Crystal Palace players will relish working under Warnock, says Shipperley

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first_imgNeil Shipperley believes Neil Warnock will quickly win over the Crystal Palace squad.Warnock has returned to Selhurst Park to take charge of the south London club for a second time, signing a two-year contract to succeed Tony Pulis.Shipperley worked under the Yorkshireman during his first spell as Palace boss and he believes the 65-year-old will prove a popular appointment with the players.“When I played under him, I loved everything about him,” said the former striker, speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show.“His man management skills are second to none. Being a manager you can’t please everyone, but the majority will buy into what he is after.“The way he treats you is different to other managers. There is no ego. You have to buy into what he wants and do what he says, but his success rate is good.“He has got that knack. There’s not many managers who you really want to do well for and will run through brick walls for, but he gets that out of you.”last_img read more

Congress approves children’s health-care bill

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In a situation of unusual political complexity, Republicans dictated the decision to pass the legislation speedily. It appeared their goal was to short-circuit attempts by supporters of the bill to reach a compromise that could attract enough votes in the House to override Bush’s veto. Attempts by Reid to delay final passage of the bill until next week or longer drew objections from the GOP. “I believe a deal is within reach,” said Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, a participant in meetings with two senior Senate Republicans, Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Orrin Hatch of Utah, and several members of the House GOP. Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill., who supported Bush’s first veto and is involved in the discussions, said “we are pretty close” to an agreement but that several issues remain. For example, she said, the two sides had narrowed their differences on the issue of insuring maximum coverage of poor children before those in slightly higher-income families can be brought into the program. Baucus said the negotiations would resume next week. The veto-threatened measure would add an estimated 4 million beneficiaries to an existing program that provides coverage for children from families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private insurance. The program currently provides benefits to roughly 6 million children. At a cost of $35 billion, the bill would be paid for through an increase in tobacco taxes, including a 61-cent rise on a package of cigarettes. Bush vetoed an earlier children’s health bill this fall, and Republican critics said it failed to give a high enough priority to covering poor children, marked a Democratic attempt to expand government-run health care, and did not take sufficient steps to prevent the children of illegal immigrants from receiving benefits. Democrats failed to override his veto on a vote of 273-156, 13 short of the two-thirds majority they needed. In response, Democrats launched a replacement measure, incorporating changes they said were designed to meet Republican objections to their first offering. But Bush dismissed those efforts this week, telling a business audience, “If Congress sends this bill back to me, I’m going to veto it again.” He predicted his second veto would be upheld. A day earlier, the president told House Republicans in a private meeting that he would veto any measure that raised tobacco or any other taxes, a significant hardening of the administration’s public position on the issue. Political polls show the children’s health issue enjoys widespread support, and Democrats and their allies have moved quickly to exploit it for their advantage with television and radio commercials attacking Republicans who opposed the legislation. The result has been a growing nervousness among House Republicans looking ahead to the 2008 elections. The party’s top leaders, Reps. John Boehner of Ohio and Roy Blunt of Missouri, joined the compromise negotiations in recent days. It is unlikely either of them would support a bill that raises taxes. Rather, officials said their intention was to coax as many concessions as possible from the Democrats so that the next measure would be one that other Republicans among the rank-and-file could comfortably support. As an example of the unusual political maneuvering on the legislation, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced shortly after the vote that Democrats would not immediately send the measure to the White House. And Reid said that out of deference to rank-and-file House Republicans who are involved in the talks, he would ask Speaker Nancy Pelosi not to call for an immediate attempt to override a veto. Whether it succeeded or not, such a vote would only add to the political discomfort of GOP lawmakers who have supported the president so far on the issue. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A defiant Democratic-controlled Congress voted Thursday to provide health insurance to an additional 4 million lower-income children, and President George W. Bush vowed swiftly to cast his second straight veto on the issue. The legislation cleared the Senate on a vote of 64-30. It passed the House last week, but supporters were shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override Bush’s threatened veto. “We’re convinced that the president has undermined an effort to protect children,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said shortly before the vote. “Congress has known for weeks that the president would veto this bill,” White House press secretary Dana Perino countered in a statement shortly after the vote. “Now Congress should get back to work on legislation that covers poor children and stop using valuable floor time to make partisan statements.” last_img read more

‘These Chelsea rumours are making me cry and the summer hasn’t even started yet’

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first_imgOnly 12 months after selling him to Brentford, Chelsea are contemplating bringing Josh McEachran, who signed a four-year contract with the Championship outfit, back to Stamford Bridge.The London Evening Standard claim the Blues have been monitoring the midfielder’s performances this season and haven’t ruled out a return deal.He’s been limited to just 15 appearances in his debut campaign at Griffin Park having broken his foot twice, but has impressed on the occasions he has stepped out onto the field.So, would Chelsea fans be for or against re-signing McEachran? Find out below… McEachran made the move to Griffin Park last July, in a £750,000 deal from Chelsea 1last_img

DDTV VIDEO: RITH 2012 AG TOSNÚ AMÁRACH I NGAOTH DOBHAIR

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first_imgBeidh tús a chur le RITH 2012  i nGaoth Dobhair amárach ag a 9 a chlog ar maidín ag Crois an Bhunbhig.Déanfaidh an tAire Stáit, Donnchadh Mac Fhionnghaile TD an ocaid a sheoladh agus ba iad CLG Naomh Muire, curaidh soisear reatha Chomortas Peil na Gaeltachta, urraithe an chead chiliméadair. Tá fáilte roimhe chuile dhuine bheith páirteach linn sa RITH agus beidh cuid luthchleasaithe óga Scoil Chonaill, an Bunbeag agus Scoil Mhín Tine Dé as Ard a Ratha ansin ag an tús chomh maith leis an dúshlán a thabhairt do Naomh Muire don chead chiliméadar!Leanfaidh an cúrsa ar aghaidh ansin fhad le Leitir Ceanainn agus críochnoidh Lá 1 suas ar an tSratha Bán oíche amárach, áit a mbeidh fáilte a chur roimhe ag Gaelphobal an tSratha Báin, príomhbhuaiteoirí dhuais Ghlór na nGael i mbliana.Is léiriú siombolach é an chead lá seo de RITH 2012 dén ceangal atá idir an Ghaeltacht agus na pobail úra Gaeilge atá ag blathú ar fud na tíre.Tá chuile eolas faoin cúrsa, na dreamanna a bhéas ag déanamh sealaíocht agus na hamanna measta don lá le fáil ar http://www.rith.ie/Default.aspx?treeid=274&section=1#base * In foinse na seachtaine seo, tá agallaimh eisiacha againn le hUachtarán na hÉireann agus leis an Taoiseach, chomh maith le hailt ó Breakfast with Hector on RTÉ 2FM, Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge agus a lán eile. Bí cinnte é a fháil sna siopaí inniu, saor in aisce leis an Irish Independent.In this week’s Foinse, we have exclusive interviews with the President of Ireland and the Taoiseach, plus articles from Hector, Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge and plenty more. Make sure to get it in the shops today, free with the Irish Independent.  DDTV VIDEO: RITH 2012 AG TOSNÚ AMÁRACH I NGAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: March 7th, 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:DDTV VIDEO: RITH 2012 AG TOSNÚ AMÁRACH I NGAOTH DOBHAIRlast_img read more

MINISTER McHUGH RELEASES MORE FUNDING FOR NA DÚNAIBH GAA CLUB

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first_imgMinister of State for the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh has announced a further grant of €17,208 for Cumann Lúthchleas Gael na nDúnaibhHe said the further grant of €17, 208 for Cumann Lúthchleas Gael na nDúnaibh to enable them to carry out improvement works on their football pitches in Na Dúnaibh.This brings the total grant to €60,228 sanctioned for this project. Announcing the grant Minister McHugh said “I hope that the sanctioning of this grant will assist the efforts of Cumann Lúthchleas Gael na nDúnaibh to promote the Irish language in the club and in the local area, especially among young people, while preparing for Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta, which they will host in 2018. I am very pleased that I was in a position to provide the grant.” MINISTER McHUGH RELEASES MORE FUNDING FOR NA DÚNAIBH GAA CLUB was last modified: November 22nd, 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:DowningsGAA clublast_img read more

M-Pesa at 10: How Africa become the leader in mobile money

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first_imgM-Pesa, the world’s largest mobile money network, has enabled millions of Africans to gain access to safe and secure banking solutions. The idea has become a pioneering innovation for the continent, and is now used as a model for similar systems around the world.Mobile money markets are hugely popular in Africa, offering easy, secure methods of payment and transfer of funds using simple text-based mobile technology. M-Pesa, a leader in the industry, celebrates 10 years of dominance in countries such as Kenya and Uganda. (Image: Flickr)CD AndersonLaunched by telecommunications group Vodafone/Safaricom in 2007, M-Pesa (“pesa” is Swahili for “money”) has become a way of life for 30 million Africans in 10 countries. More than 80% of Kenyans use the service. The network also enjoys market dominance in Tanzania and Uganda.The ingeniously simple method of money transfers made via cellphone messaging (SMS) has connected many to formal banking systems and enabled opportunities for small business and informal commerce, as well as played a part in helping to eradicate poverty, particularly in rural areas.The system uses simple, text-based technology available on older cellular phones. While more sophisticated mobile banking is the norm around the world, the simplicity of M-Pesa is that customers do not need bank accounts to use the network.The adoption and rise in popularity of mobile money networks in Africa has been steady. M-Pesa and its various competitor networks now not only include money transfers and other standard banking procedures, but also healthcare provision, access to international money markets and long-term lending.Tracking the growth of the mobile money market in Africa over the last 10 years. (Infographic: CNN)In 2016, according to Vodafone, M-Pesa was used in six billion transactions. Additionally, research by Digital Frontiers found a 22% drop in female-headed households living in poverty in areas with access to M-Pesa. The same study noted that the source of income for almost 200,000 women in rural areas shifted from the low-income, labour intensive agricultural sector to more prosperous small business creation. The research also showed an increase in saving and investing money through using the M-Pesa network.M-Pesa transactions are expected to surpass $1.3-billion (R17-billion) in the next three years, according to research by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.Tracking the growth of the mobile money market in Africa over the last 10 years. (Infographic: CNN)The future of mobile money markets presents both growth opportunities and challenges. Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore told CNN that the network wanted to focus on developing a better user experience, with an eye on increasing the use of smart device technology in Africa compared to standard text-based mobile technology.As with any innovative product, a focus on developing more ground-breaking mobile financial services is also a key objective. “One of the big problems has been the relative clumsiness of using M-Pesa,” Collymore said, adding that new, simpler solutions would work hand-in-hand with better technology, such as the “tap and pay” method and EMV smart chip cards.Another focus is breaking into new markets, the rest of Africa primarily, but also increasing its presence in Asia, Eastern Europe (M-Pesa is used in Romania and Albania, which has a large informal economy, often operating without bank accounts) and the Middle East.M-Pesa was introduced in South Africa in 2010, gaining more than a million users. It aimed to conquer a market of 13 million economically active people who did not use bank accounts. However, because of stricter banking regulations in South Africa, as well as the development of more tech-savvy banking products, the system found little foothold in the country.Tracking the growth of the mobile money market in Africa over the last 10 years. (Infographic: CNN)While more and more competing mobile and smart phone banking systems are aiming to provide services for larger transactions, M-Pesa aims to keep the focus on what made it the dominant, most longstanding player in the market, namely safe, convenient micro-banking (M-Pesa does not transact anything larger than $675 (R8,000).“The banking sector across the world has always ignored the so-called base of the pyramid. We haven’t because we understand that the base of the pyramid needs to be served and there’s also commercial viability in doing that.”Source: CNN, AFKInsiderWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Produce file on minister’s wealth: Goa Lokayukta

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first_imgGoa Lokayukta, Justice (Retd) P.K. Misra on Thursday directed the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of Goa Police to produce the entire file processing the complaint over the disproportionate assets of Goa Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar and his wife Janita Madkaikar, the Sarpanch of Old Goa Panchayat, and all connected files on the matter. Lawyer Aires Rodrigues on June 7 filed a complaint with the Lokayukta accusing inaction by the ACB in probing the complaint against Mr. Madkaikar. On July 27, the Lokayukta directed the Chief Secretary of Goa and the Superintendent of Police, ACB to file a status report. The status report stated that the ACB had not pursued the complaint as the Lokayukta was now seized of the matter.Mr. Rodrigues said that Mr. Madkaikar’s company, Nikitasha Realtors Pvt. Ltd. had on April 1 inaugurated a bungalow at Old Goa estimated to cost around ₹200 crores and in his complaint on May 10 demanded that the ACB register an FIR under Sections 13(1) (d) & (e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and Section 120 B of the Indian Penal Code against the two. Mr. Madkaikar’s Income-tax returns for the financial year 2015-16 showed his total income to be ₹1,44,389, and ₹24,389 as his wife’s, he said.The Lokayukta adjourned the hearing to August 16.last_img read more

Neymar, sponsors suspend some ad campaigns after rape allegation- statement

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first_imgBrazilian soccer star Neymar’s agents said on Friday that he and some of his sponsors had agreed to suspend some advertising campaigns following an allegation that he raped a woman in Paris last month.NR Sports, which holds the rights to Neymar’s name and image, said in a statement that no sponsorship contract had been cancelled and it did not provide details on what ad campaigns had been suspended.”All the partners, for obvious reasons, are alert and aware of the unfolding events,” the NR Sports statement said in part.A Brazilian woman accused Neymar, 27, of raping her at a Paris hotel last month. Sao Paulo police are investigating the accusation against Neymar, who plays his club soccer with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.The woman told investigators that she met Neymar on Instagram. Neymar suggested they meet in person in Paris and he paid for her flight and her hotel room.After media reports on the allegation, Neymar posted a video on Instagram, in which he denied the accusations, said he was a victim of extortion and shared messages he exchanged with the woman, including racy photos he had received.On Thursday, Nike Inc said it was very concerned about the rape accusation, raising questions about its sponsorship of one of the sport’s most famous players.A press representative for Mastercard in Brazil confirmed to Reuters that the company had planned an advertising campaign to coincide with this month’s Copa America tournament but she did not confirm reports in Brazil’s three biggest newspapers that Mastercard had decided to suspend Neymar’s featuring in it.advertisementU.S. press representatives for Mastercard did not reply to requests for comment.Also Read | Nike ‘very concerned’ about rape accusation against NeymarAlso Read | Woman reaffirms allegations against Neymar: I was the victim of rape’Also Seelast_img read more