Ram wins his first Grand Slam in doubles at 58th attempt

first_imgRam, who climbs 17 locations in the doubles rating and is already fifth, thanked the triumph of his spouse, his group and his coaches current and previous, together with the Australian Open director, Craig Tiley, who directed him at the College of Illinois. “Rajeev, I didn’t assume once I requested you to play with me somewhat over a 12 months in the past, that we might be right here now with this trophy, but it surely has been an honor to play with you and have you ever as my accomplice and my good friend, so thanks very a lot for being one of the best accomplice you possibly can have, “mentioned an excited Salisbury. Rajeev Ram lived this Sunday at the Australian Open one of many happiest days of his profession, in all probability an important and anticipated, as a result of the American received the doubles title, alongside the British Joe Salisbury, in his 58th Grand Slam. He’s the participant who has wanted extra participation to attain this success all through the historical past of the Open Period (since 1968). Ram and Salisbury, who additionally premieres his file in majors, 11th seeded, defeated Australian friends Max Purcell and Luke Saville, the massive shock of the match, 6-Four and 6-2 in 70 minutes.Ram, 35, and Salisbury (27) arrived in form after profitable three titles collectively in 2019 and have been far superior to the native youth, who performed their third main. Ram, an skilled doubler with 19 ATP titles with varied companions and champion final 12 months in blended with the Czech Krejcikova, carried the burden of the victory. Thus he additionally turned the first American with a special final identify from the Bryan brothers to win the title in Melbourne since Rick Leach with the South African Ellis Ferreira in 2000.last_img read more

Holmwood, St Jago take charge at Central Champs

first_imgFormer champions Holmwood Technical and defending champion St Jago were the early leaders in the girls and boys’ categories following competition on yesterday’s first day of the two-day Central Athletics Champion-ships, which forms part of the Digicel Grand Prix.It was close going among the top two girls’ outfits as Holmwood led with 83.50 points, just ahead of defending champions, Edwin Allen (81). Closing out the top five are St Jago High and Hydel, who both ended the day on 49 points and Vere Technical (46.50).St Jago’s boys look safe for another title after building a big lead over their rivals. They are on 120 points with Edwin Allen well behind on 35 points in second position. Holmwood (26), Christiana High (21) and Charlemont (17) closing out the top five after yesterday’s opening day.Vere Technical’s Britney Dixon and Holmwood’s Chrissani May continued their fierce rivalry in the Class One 1500m with both battled all the way before May found extra in the final 50m to win in 4:38.71. Dixon clocked 4:40.00 for the silver with Edwin Allen’s Kara Grant taking third in 4:42.17.In the Class Two event, Edwin Allen’s outstanding Cemore Donald won in 4:40.84 ahead of teammate Kayann Green, 4:43.58 with third going to Holmwood’s Brittney Campbell in 4:45.67.The Boys Class Three 1500m went to St Jago’s Corlando Chambers in 4:37.98, with Davion Gray of Spalding winning in Class Two in 4:18.13.GOOD FORMSt Jago’s Jody-Ann Petrie took the Girls Open 400m hurdles in 1:00.32, while Christania’s Shamara Brown was also a winner after crossing the line first in the Class Two boys event in 56.11 seconds. Coy Spence (St Jago) won in Class One in a time of 54.77 seconds.St Jago High thrower Gabrielle Bailey continued her good form in the Class One discus as she got the better of Edwin Allen’s Fiona Richards (45.97m) after an impressive throw of 49.11m. Hydel’s Devia Brown was third in 45.77m.Holmwood’s Shaday Hudson remained unbeaten after winning the Girls Class Two discus after a 13.99m heave, which relegated Vere’s Marie Brown to second place with 13.54m with Hydel’s Keneisha Thompson (13.43m) finishing in third place.St Jago dominated the throwing events among the males with Roje Stona leading the way after a big throw of 54.97m to take the Class One discus. His teammate, Howard Beckford, threw 43.10m to beat Everton Finley (41.97m) to second place.The boys from Monk Street in Spanish Town also enjoyed one-two finishes in the Class One and Class Two High Jump. In Class One, Lushane Wilson (2.05m) won ahead of Tony Haughton (1.95m). In Class Two, it was Danar Marshall with a winning clearance of 1.85m, who got the top spot over Vanderleer Palmer (1.80m).The meet will come to an end today with finals in all events including those in the Digicel Grand Prix series where the top two in these events will advance to Saturday’s Grand finale at the GC Foster Classic inside the National Stadium. Some 60 finals will be contested with 48 on the track and 12 in the field. The first final will be the 2000m steeplechase for girls at 9:30 a.m .last_img read more

Messi to return as Barca hosts Roma in Champions League last 8

first_imgVillanova wins 2nd national title in 3 years, crushes Michigan It is difficult to quantify Messi’s brilliance. He would be missed by any team in the world, not least Argentina, who were thrashed 6-1 by Spain last week with the injured forward watching on from the stands.But for Ernesto Valverde, there is an urgency to the issue because if Messi is not at his blistering best, perhaps feels his hamstring ache, or is somehow contained by Roma’s defence, his side must find another way through.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 crown“We’re up against the very best in Messi,” Roma forward Stephan El Shaarawy said. “Every time he gets on the ball, he can make something happen. That’s why we’ll have to try to act accordingly and restrict his influence as much as possible.” Messi has been left out of the starting line-up for five La Liga and Champions League games this year. Barca have won two and drawn three of them, the last, against Sevilla, about to be a defeat before he scored an 89th-minute equaliser. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round of sixteen second leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)Lionel Messi is expected back for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Roma and for Barcelona his return cannot come soon enough.Messi’s latest rescue-act on Saturday, when he came off the bench to inspire a remarkable fightback against Sevilla, has regurgitated the question of Barca’s dependency on their number 10. ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES In the Copa del Rey, Messi was rested for the last 16 first leg against Celta Vigo, a 1-1 draw, then played in the second, hitting two goals in a 5-0 win.“No we are not worried about it,” Valverde said, when asked on Saturday about a possible over-reliance. “With or without Messi all the matches are different, it’s just how it is. What can we do?” That Messi has a transformative effect is nothing new, but perhaps this Barcelona side is more reliant on their star striker than previous ones. The defensive spine of Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Sergio Busquets is strong, but in wide and attacking areas, only Luis Suarez would have a claim to making most Barcelona teams of the last 10 years.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 View comments MOST READ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenterscenter_img Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Valverde’s strategy is more conservative too. He has made Barcelona more compact and harder to beat but in doing so, the expectation on Messi and Suarez to deliver has increased.Busquets is also key to that plan and Barca will be relieved to have him back after he trained on Monday following his recovery from a broken toe. Roma hope to have their own midfield enforcer available too, with Radja Nainggolan going off injured against Bologna on Saturday.The initial expectation was Nainggolan would miss the match at the Nou Camp but he also trained on Monday.“Everyone says we’re not the favourites and that’s the truth,” El Shaarawy said.“We have to be mindful that the tie is played over 180 minutes. We’ll have to try to get a good result in Barcelona while remembering that there’s still the home leg to come.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Findley Refutes Removal Plan

first_imgThe office of the President Pro-tempore has termed as false and misleading media reports that there are plans by the Liberian Senate to obtain majority vote to unseat the Grand Bassa County Senator, Gbehzohngar M. Findley from his post as President Pro-tempore of the Senate.A release from Sen. Findley’s office said that contrary to speculation, the Pro-temp enjoys the explicit confidence of his fellow Senators and has “operated astutely within the confines of the laws and rules governing that body, with all fundamental and national assignments properly executed.”The release further stated that since Senator Findley’s election by members of the Senate, “the Grand Bassa Senator has demonstrated impeccable administrative ability in governing the affairs of the Liberian Senate; something which has been attested to by his colleagues.”“Senator Findley, with support of his fellow Senators, remains focused on helping to propagate mechanisms geared towards curbing the deadly Ebola outbreak and will not be deterred by the unfounded speculation of unseating him.“At no time has the Senate Pro-tempore   reduced the sitting of the Liberian Senate into a cheering squad of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, therefore terming the article captioned ‘Senate To Boot Findley Out’ published in the Thursday, October 30, 2014, edition of the Daily Observer newspaper, as a  deceptive, fabrication and stage-managed reportage intended to undermine the credibility of the Grand Bassa lawmaker.”They further said that the Liberian Senate remains a responsible body of elders, who will not compromise the health of the Liberian people by diverting from the fight against the ‘killer Ebola virus.’ “It is regrettable for a respectable newspaper to use such quote saying, ‘Since winning that heavily contested poll, the Grand Bassa independent candidate has been struggling to stamp his authority in the operations of the house of elders, causing him to lose full control of power.”Contrary to those assertions, Senator Findley has professionally handled the operations of the Liberian Senate in accordance with its standing rules and governing proceedings; and will never subject that body to public disrepute or any form of disrespect.And for the record, Sen. Findley has never struggled; rather he has perfectly discharged his national duties accordingly,” the release noted.Meanwhile, the Daily Observer maintains that the publication is credible and due diligence, as pointed out by Senator Findley, was accorded to the extent that reaction from the Pro Temp’s office was mentioned.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Officer may be sent to schools

first_img(661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Representatives of the Antelope Valley’s Principal’s Administrative Unit are in talks with county leaders that soon could bring at least one full-time probation officer to its 10 area alternative schools. The alternative education schools – operated by the Los Angeles County Office of Education – serve approximately 300 students, many of whom have troubled backgrounds – and some who have been expelled from local high schools and middle schools. PAU Principal James Norris and other PAU officials say a probation officer is needed to address public-safety concerns on the campuses and in surrounding neighborhoods. Of particular concern from a public-safety standpoint is the Antelope Valley PAU’s main campus, Technology Drive Community Day School on 10th Street West and Technology Drive in Palmdale. Norris already has met with Norm Hickling, an aide to 5th District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. He said he plans to meet with Hickling and sheriff’s and probation officials to discuss the matter in a collaborative setting. Norris said he hopes to establish the groundwork for such discussions at an April 10 meeting with probation supervisor Monica Pimentel. “There’s no greater protection than having a probation officer or a sheriff there that has a relationship with the kids,” Norris said. “We’re very excited because it looks like something that’s going to come to fruition.” Hickling indicated that the idea of bringing a law enforcement presence to the alternative schools makes sense, but said it’s necessary to involve sheriff’s and probation officials before officially recommending that his boss take action. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com last_img read more

Arsenal boss backs under-fire Premier League boss

first_imgArsene Wenger believes Newcastle should keep faith in manager Steve McClaren.The former England boss has struggled to achieve consistency since being appointed at St James’ Park in the summer and takes his side to the Emirates Stadium still stuck in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.The 54-year-old McClaren has already come under pressure from some quarters despite recent wins over Liverpool and Tottenham.But Wenger, whose side will be looking to maintain top spot with a win over the Magpies, feels his counterpart deserves more time.“He has only just joined the club,” Wenger replied when asked about speculation over McClaren’s future.“Newcastle is a very exciting project because it’s a very big club and it’s a fantastic and exciting job for a manager like Steve McClaren, but it is a long-term job.“(Newcastle) has a huge potential and in six months it’s impossible to transform a club of that stature into a club competing for the Premier League. Give him time.“I know that patience is not the first quality in our society but, unfortunately to be successful, you need it.”A Fabricio Coloccini own goal was all that separated the sides when they met in the north-east back in August.Newcastle had to wait until October for their first league win but Wenger reckons McClaren’s squad possesses the quality to cause problems to his side.“They had a difficult start and they lacked a little bit of confidence,” he said.“That always shows at home more than away from home. Away from home they have had quite good results and performances.“If you look at their squad, they have good players in all areas. Up front they have Papiss Cisse, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez.“In the middle of the park they have players like Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum who can make a difference as well, so they are a dangerous team to play.” Steve McClaren and Arsene Wenger 1last_img read more

Atlantic Travel sails away with show-stopping makeover prize fund

first_imgAtlantic Travel Worldchoice in Letterkenny, Co Donegal has won a £20,000 (approx. €22,000) prize to create a show-stopping store makeover.The travel agent won one of the top prizes in the TTG Royal Caribbean makeover competition after team member Emma McHugh designed an innovative entrance concept for the Donegal office.Emma’s design was based on an impressive slide called Ultimate Abyss, which is situated on the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas cruise ship. Emma McHugh’s show-stopping designAtlantic Travel Worldchoice was the only Irish travel agent to reach the final round of the competition run in partnership with TTG, with the four other shortlisted agents located across the UK.Emma McHugh of Atlantic Travel Worldchoice travelled to London on the 7 September where she presented her idea to a panel of expert judges before it was selected. The winning design was then announced on stage at the TTG Travel Awards by Amanda Darrington, Royal Caribbean Sales Director.The competition saw travel agents from across the UK and Ireland submitting ideas for how they could makeover their shops, taking inspiration from Royal Caribbean ships.In the mix were videos, collages, sketches and computer-generated designs that encompassed everything from cupcake bars and carousels, to zip-lines and climbing walls. Atlantic Travel team members Evelyn McClafferty and Emma McHughIt was Emma’s bold design, however, that really caught the eye of the judges with the iconic figure of the ‘Ultimate Abyss’ from Harmony of the Seas. The striking design also featured five interior zones representing different aspects of the ship, including Central Park and a gourmet zone featuring a bionic bar.Commenting on the competition, Emma said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have won the Royal Caribbean competition.  We have a great team working here in the office who are committed to providing clients with amazing holidays.“We have seen a marked increase in our cruise sales in the last couple of years and are delighted that we will now have a fantastic space that will help us enhance our customer experience – essentially holidaymakers will now start their holiday journey during the booking process.  The shop re-fit will really help us achieve our goal of creating extraordinary holiday experiences for our clients.“Work will commence shortly on the refit and with our relaunch scheduled for December everything will be in place before Christmas – ready for the busy January holiday booking period. We look forward to welcoming all our clients and many new ones into our new, improved and revamped store and we will be celebrating with a party, with a fantastic cruise for two up for grabs.”Jennifer Callister, Head of Ireland, Royal Caribbean said, “We are so delighted to see Emma and the team at Atlantic Travel Worldchoice representing Ireland. I was completely blown away by their innovative design and the way in which they captured the essence of a Royal Caribbean ship and translated this into a store design.” Atlantic Travel sails away with show-stopping makeover prize fund was last modified: October 4th, 2017 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)Tags:atlantic travelawardcompetitionprizetravel agentlast_img read more

Fed chief: Techs bolster economy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Productivity – the amount an employee produces for every hour on the job – is a key ingredient to the economy’s long-term vitality. Efficiency gains allow the economy to grow faster without igniting inflation. Companies can pay workers more without raising prices, which would cut into those wage gains. Flexibility, such as in the labor force – where companies can easily add or shed workers when needed – has helped the country’s overall productivity performance, Bernanke said. So has America’s competitive and entrepreneurial spirit, he added. Productivity rose by 2.7 percent in 2005. That was down from the 3.4 percent performance of 2004 but still marked a decent showing. Looking ahead, one possible drag on technological innovation in the United States is the “relatively poor performance of our K-12 educational system in stimulating interest in and providing solid training in the sciences,” Bernanke warned. On a more philosophical bent, Bernanke told the graduates that when embarking on their professional careers to “not be afraid to be unconventional” and “remember that it is OK to fail.” Bernanke, who took over the Fed helm in February after longtime chairman Alan Greenspan retired, did not talk about the future course of interest rates. However, in a speech that jolted financial markets around the world, Bernanke on Monday issued a stern warning against inflation. He called rising inflation unwelcome and pledged to take necessary action to prevent inflation from spreading through the economy. Investors and economists viewed that as a strong signal that interest rates will move higher later this month. WASHINGTON – America’s strong productivity has been bolstered not only by the greater use of computers and other technologies but also by the economy’s flexibility, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday. Those were some of the explanations the Fed chief offered to explain why productivity since 1995 has been growing at a significantly faster rate than it had in the previous two decades, when efficiency gains had been relatively sluggish. “The current productivity revival still has some legs, as the full economic benefits of recent technological changes have not yet been completely realized,” Bernanke said. “This productivity revival augurs well for the future of the U.S. economy.” The Fed chief’s remarks came in a commencement address to students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Bernanke earned his Ph.D. in economics in 1979. Over the past two years, the Fed has boosted interest rates 16 times, each in quarter-point moves. Another quarter-point bump up in the Fed’s key rate, to 5.25 percent, is expected at the Fed’s next meeting, June 28-29. Rates may continue to rise, depending on how inflation unfolds.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

QPR boss says it was ‘touch and go’ whether LuaLua would return

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesIan Holloway has told QPR’s website he believed it was “touch and go” whether Brighton would allow Kazenga LuaLua to return to Loftus Road on loan.West London Sport recently revealed that Rangers were set to re-sign the winger on loan until January.The deal was confirmed on Friday and LuaLua is available for the game against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.He spent the second half of last season on loan with the R’s, making 11 appearances – nine of them as a substitute.He spent nearly two months of that loan spell out with ankle trouble but Holloway believes the 26-year-old has put his injury problems behind him.“I wasn’t actually sure it was going to be possible because he had such a good pre-season with Brighton and it was touch and go whether they were going to let him go out again,” the Rangers boss said.Embed from Getty Images“He is in a really good place after getting a very good pre-season under his belt, and this is a great opportunity for us.”Holloway has also suggested that he has brought LuaLua back to be a first-choice rather than squad player.He said: “Some of the times when we used him last season, he turned games for us and I would prefer him to do that from the start of matches, rather than as a sub.”LuaLua will wear the number 35 shirt and joined the squad for the trip to face Wednesday after his move was finalised.“It’s good to be back. I know the boys here, I know the manager, so this was a very easy decision for me,” he said.“I went back to Brighton to do pre-season and see how things would go, but in my mind I always wanted to come back to QPR.“My pre-season went well, but it’s about playing games. It’s not about me staying at Brighton because they are in the Premier League, I want to get out and play, and enjoy my football.“I am happy to be here and hopefully I can help the team.”See also:Ngbakoto’s goal takes QPR throughQPR stood up and were counted, says HollowayWashington tipped to be fit for Wednesday gameQPR set to re-sign LuaLua on loanQPR and Brentford to meet in Carabao CupQPR confirm LuaLua’s return on loan from BrightonSylla and Ngbakoto to miss Wednesday gamelast_img read more

SA to clean up obsolete pesticides

first_img4 April 2006South Africa and the World Bank have signed an R11-million grant agreement on the disposal of poisonous obsolete pesticides in the country.The agreement, signed in Pretoria on Tuesday, will see the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism spearheading the cleaning and disposal of obsolete pesticides that pose serious health risks in the country.Spokesperson Molefe Molamu said the department would appoint a team of experts “as soon as possible” to begin the process.The programme is in line with World Bank’s multi-partner African Stockpiles Programme to dispose of vast stockpiles of poisonous, obsolete chemical pesticides in seven African countries.The programme plans to get rid of an estimated 50 000 tons of toxic pesticides and associated waste, as well as tens of thousands of tons of contaminated soil.The project follows on previous successful initiatives carried out in other countries on the continent that resulted in over 1 000 tonnes of obsolete pesticides being destroyed.The pesticides are believed to contribute to land and water degradation and to pose a serious threat to people and livestock.Speaking at the signing ceremony, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said getting rid of pesticides had been a problem for South Africa due to lack of human and technical capacity.“We need to move in earnest with awareness and capacity building measures to make people aware of the dangers posed by these chemicals,” Mabudafhasi said.The programme includes identifying and removing all obsolete, unwanted and banned pesticides in the hands of the public, commercial, small and emerging farmers, households and government.South Africa is mobilising the agricultural sector, the pesticide industry and government to identify all stocks in the country.These will be repackaged and transported to a central point where a firm selected through a tender process will destroy them in accordance with national and international standards.Mabudafhasi said her department would embark on a programme to educate the public about the dangers posed by these pesticides.“A complete clean-up campaign will include taking inventory of all obsolete stockpiles, buried pesticides, containers, obsolete veterinary stocks and contaminated sites,” she said.The minister reassured farmers who used such materials that they would not be persecuted for declaring them.“No punitive action will be taken for declaring stocks, and the period of amnesty will prevail while inventory and collection of old stock is undertaken [free of charge].”However, she warned that the programme would look into the legal framework should people miss the opportunity to declare.A strategy will also be devised to deal with pesticides at learning institutions.World Bank Country Director Ritva Reinikka said she hoped South Africa would be able to deal with this problem.“This is a major task, it is important for farmers to participate,” Reinikka said, adding the country had demonstrated commitment to support a project that would benefit both the African region and the global environment.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more