US Open: Rested Djokovic big favourite against Monfils

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first_imgWorld number one Novak Djokovic, the only member of the so-called “Big Four” to reach Friday’s semi-finals of the US Open, also has the distinction of being the least tested of the last four at Flushing Meadows.Serbian top seed Djokovic goes against 10th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils, while number three Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland takes on sixth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan to set up the men’s final at the year’s last, and rather unusual, grand slam.With Roger Federer missing due to injury, Andy Murray upset in the quarters and Rafa Nadal a fourth-round loser, Djokovic marches on in a quest for a 13th slam title without his familiar high profile rivals standing in the way. (Serena Williams crashes out of US Open in semis)Djokovic, 29, who came to New York with questions about his fitness and form after a first-round exit from the Rio Olympics and concerns over an injured left wrist, has sailed into the semi-finals in record time due to a bizarre path.Injuries to Jiri Vesely’s forearm (second-round walkover), Mikhail Youzhny’s hamstring (third-round retirement) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s knee (quarter-finals retirement) made Djokovic something of a cameo performer at Flushing Meadows.DJOKOVIC AND WALKOVERSHe is the first man in the modern era to reach a slam semi-final after three retirements or walkovers. His nine sets and 84 games completed are the fewest at this stage at any major in the Open era that featured a 128 draw and only best-of-five matches.Djokovic, who earlier this season joined Rod Laver and Don Budge as the third man to hold all four slam titles at once following wins at the Australian Open and French Open, said the rest was much appreciated.advertisement”In this stage of the season, considering some physical issues I have had … this was the scenario that I needed and I wished for,” he told reporters. “Right now I’m feeling very close to the peak.”Monfils, on top of his game with a straight-sets run to the semi-finals, will need to be at his peak to reach the final as he is still seeking his first victory against Djokovic after 12 losses. (Kerber beats Wozniacki to set up final clash with Pliskova )Wawrinka, who blossomed after turning 28 to win the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open, leads Nishikori 3-2 in their head-to-head, with the duo splitting grand slam quarter-final encounters.Nishikori beat the Swiss in five sets at the 2014 Open on his way to the final, while Wawrinka beat the Japanese at the 2015 Australian Open.Nishikori is striving to become the first man from an Asian country to win a grand slam, and should he achieve the feat would pocket a record $4.5 million, including a $1 million bonus for topping the US Open Series of run-up events.last_img read more

KKR vs MI: Rohit Sharma in intense chat with umpire after another dubious decision

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first_imgRohit Sharma was seen having an animated discussion with umpire S Ravi after the latter didn’t give Manish Pandey out off a Mitchell Johnson delivery in the 14th over during Kolkata Knight Riders’ match against the Mumbai Indians in Kolkata.Pandey tried to cut a ball and got a healthy bottom edge, handing a clean catch to Ambati Rayudu behind the stumps, who didn’t waste a second to go up and appeal. Although, Johnson didn’t appeal, Rayudu, Rohit and others went straight up but that was not fruitful as Pandey escaped.The Mumbai captain, who was clearly disappointed with the decision, reacted animatedly and charged towards the umpire and kept talking to him for quite a while before finally letting it go.Ultra-edge later showed that there was a healthy nick.However, things got better as Hardik Pandya removed Colin de Grandhomme on the very fast ball off his second over to break the dangerous partnership between Pandey and the Kiwi to dent Kolkata in their chase of 174.Pandey finally fell for 33 to Hardik with KKR’s score being 149/7 from 17.1 overs.Mumbai went onto win the match by nine runs as Kolkata finished on 164/8 from their 20 overs.This is the second time in this season that Rohit was caught having an argument with an umpire. The 30-year-old have been earlier fined for showing dissent . Earlier, Rohit played a steady knock of 27 from 21 balls to help Mumbai reach 173/5 from their 20 overs.Mumbai, who have already qualified for the playoffs finished top of the table 20 points from 14 games. While Kolkata, who are third in the table now with 16 from 14 games, will have to wait for Sunday to know whom among the Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiant they will face in the eliminator on May 17 in Bengaluru.advertisementlast_img read more

Naomi Osaka’s split with Sascha Bajin a sign of the times and her steeliness

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first_img World No 1 Naomi Osaka splits with coach two weeks after Australian Open win GB face Kazakhstan in Fed CupGreat Britain have landed a home tie against Kazakhstan in the Fed Cup World Group II play-off. The GB captain, Anne Keothavong, was desperately hoping for another home tie and got her wish in Tuesday’s draw.Britain booked their place in April’s play-off after a dramatic Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 win over Serbia at the University of Bath on Saturday. It was Britain’s first home Fed Cup tie since 1993.Keothavong said: “Words cannot describe how happy we are to be drawn at home. We all saw last week the fantastic atmosphere home fans create and the role they play in lifting our players beyond their limits. This will be something for everyone to look forward to and I hope the team can do their part to inspire more people to take up the game.”PA 1:45 Reuse this content US sports Read more Tennis Pinterest Facebook Share on Facebook Play Video Share on Pinterest Another suspicion is that the beguiling Japanese prodigy could have suffered an early dose of the celebrity virus, after rising 72 places in the rankings in less than 12 months and being paraded as the bright new face of tennis, with endorsements showering down on her after winning her second slam title.Whatever the reason, it will be a nailed-on certainty it was Osaka’s call. While these jobs are nowhere near as glamorous or well-paid as fans might imagine, they pay the rent and there are only a few available at the top of the game. It is implausible that Bajin was the one to walk.It could be that Osaka hired Bajin in the first place to pick his brains about Serena Williams, with whom he worked as a hitting partner for seven years – and it certainly paid an early dividend when she beat the 23-slam champion in straight sets in Miami last year, before working her way through the schedule to upset her again (in more ways than one) in the final of the US Open. After a minor dip in form, Osaka followed that breakthrough by winning the Australian Open, becoming the first back-to-back champion since the American herself, in 2015 – and the first debutant winner to double up since Jennifer Capriati in 2001. Naomi Osaka splitting with her coach, Sascha Bajin, after little more than a year and two grand slam triumphs together shocked many people in tennis but, if the world No 1 wants no more than to explore new strategies and schedules, it could lift her even further away from her rivals.They announced the divorce on Twitter on Monday and have issued no statements since. The Japanese media are speculating they started to grow apart towards the end of the Australian Open last month, claiming she did not agree with some of his ideas and even practised alone, but that did not appear to be the case at the time, as she powered on to her second slam title in a row at just 21, with his happy endorsement. Share on WhatsApp Bajin, a light-hearted joker on her humour wavelength, appeared to be the perfect foil for the most precocious talent in women’s tennis, but there is a culture of short-termism in the player-coach relationship and he will not have been entirely thunderstruck. He said when named coach of the year last season: “Easy to be a good coach when you have a great student.”Permanence throughout tennis seems very much a thing of the distant past, especially in the women’s game where all of the current grand slam champions have since parted with their coaches. There is even an unofficial clearout window towards the end of year, which Jo Konta, who is enjoying renewed success with her latest coach, Dimitri Zavialoff, talked about recently.“It could be a bit of timing with that many changes,” she said. “For example, with Simona [Halep] and Darren [Cahill], they had been together for years and years and, from what I hear about that split, he wanted to spend some more time at home. They seem very close still. There were quite a few changes last year.”And now Osaka is alone at the top of the mountain, for the time being at least, doing it her way. Osaka’s sign-off for Bajin was blunt and to the point: “Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha. I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future.”Bajin responded: “Thank you Naomi. I wish you nothing but the best as well. What a ride that was. Thank you for letting me be part of this.”There had been no hint of a breakup when Bajin spoke on his own terms in Melbourne. Nor did it seem as if their attitude to training was miles apart. “We had an unbelievable, great season last year,” he said, “but, after having just two weeks’ break, she came back and showed up and really worked her butt off. She’s a hard worker. That’s why she’s here.”As for methodology and tactics, they also worked on the same page. “From the very beginning, she was a big hitter. I didn’t have to teach her how to hit the ball. Maybe it was a little bit more like telling her there are other things out there than just hitting very hard. We worked on her angles, slicing. I wanted her to come in a little bit more.” And she did, to great effect in a tense three-set final against Petra Kvitova.Bajin spoke warmly, too, about Osaka’s level-headedness. “She’s still the same,” he said, smiling. “That’s the beauty about her. She’s still the same girl that she was even a year ago. In my mind, at least, she didn’t change. Maybe she’s a little bit more open to you guys, used to more crowds and questions. Maybe on court she’s more confident, just good things. She’s still the same girl.”And he told the Women’s Tennis Association website in a one-on-one interview last August: “I believe in longevity and that if you work with someone for a longer period of time you can work more efficiently.”That did not seem to hold much traction with Osaka who, for all her charm, looks to be a hard-headed professional also. She has had the benefit of a wide range of advice in her career, from her father, Leonard François, when she was a young teenager, followed by Patrick Tauma until 2013, the former top-five player Harold Solomon the following year, then David Taylor, who made way for Bajin towards the end of a low-key 2017 campaign.center_img Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Naomi Osaka Sportblog Topics Twitter Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Sascha Bajin said of Naomi Osaka after the Australian Open: ‘She’s still the same girl that she was even a year ago. Photograph: Mark Baker/AP Naomi Osaka’s journey from world No 72 to Australian Open champion – video Support The Guardian features Share via Email Since you’re here…last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid competing with Man Utd for Napoli defender Koulibaly

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid competing with Man Utd for Napoli defender Koulibalyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are competing with Manchester United for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.United have eyed the Napoli defender since the summer, with former manager Jose Mourinho viewing him as the man to fix his leaky defence, and they made a world-record bid for him.But Il Mattino says they could face a serious rival for his signature.Koulibaly has grown into one of the finest defenders on the continent over the last season and a half.And that has led to Real eyeing him as a potential January addition as they look to recover from their shaky start to the season.Napoli are believed to be willing to accept a bid of around £90million for the Senegalese star. last_img read more

Christening Ceremony for JHSV ‘Fall River’ …

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first_img My location US Navy, January 10, 2014 Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom The U.S. Navy will christen Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) Fall River on Jan. 11, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony in Mobile, Ala.Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Diane Patrick, the first lady of Massachusetts, will serve as the ship’s sponsor.Upon delivery to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC), Fall River will be designated as a United States naval ship (USNS), and will have a core crew of 21 civilian mariners who will operate and navigate the ship.“The christening of USNS Fall River marks the culmination of the hard work, skill and dedication of the hundreds of shipyard workers who have labored tirelessly to produce this modern marvel,” Mabus said. “This highly-advanced platform not only represents a key part of our Navy’s future, but also celebrates the long and proud partnership enjoyed by the U.S. Navy and the state of Massachusetts; a partnership dating back to the founding of the service.”The future USNS Fall River, the fourth Spearhead-class JHSV, will be the second ship to bear this name in honor of the city of Fall River, Mass., and the service of the men and women from that city.The first USS Fall River (CA 131) was a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser commissioned in 1945 and used largely on training missions. The tip of the bow of the decommissioned cruiser is on display at Battleship Cove in Fall River.The 338 foot-long aluminum catamaran is being constructed by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. These ships are ideal for fast, intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles, supplies and equipment. They are capable of transporting 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots and can operate in austere ports and waterways, providing U.S. forces added mobility and flexibility. JHSVs also have an aviation flight deck and berthing space for up to 104 personnel and airline-style seating for up to 312.Military commanders will have the flexibility to use the JHSV in a variety of roles, including support to overseas contingency operations, special operations forces, emerging joint sea-basing concepts and conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.last_img read more

Höegh LNG Lands Two FSRU Deals

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first_imgzoom Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd. has signed a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) contract with Sociedad Portuaria El Cayao S.A. E.S.P. (SPEC) for a new LNG import terminal in Cartagena, on the Atlantic coast of Colombia, as well as a FSRU Time Charter Party contract (TCP) with EGAS of Egypt. The contract with SPEC is subject to the Colombian company obtaining necessary environmental licenses for the project, which is expected to start operations mid-2016. The SPEC FSRU contract is for twenty years, but includes options for SPEC to reduce the term to five, ten or fifteen years. SPEC will confirm the initial contract term before start of operations.The SPEC contract is expected to generate an average annual EBITDA of USD 40-45 million, depending on the term of the contract. Höegh will employ its only non-contracted FSRU for the project. The 170 000 m3 FSRU is currently under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries, and is marked for delivery in early 2015. The FSRU TCP contract with EGAS is for a period of five years and is expected to generate an average annual EBITDA of around USD 40 million. The FSRU Höegh Gallant, which is expected to be delivered from the yard later this week, will service the contract, which is set to start by the end of the first quarter 2015. The company will evaluate interim employment for the FSRU before start of operations in Egypt.Press Releaselast_img read more

Fincantieri Cuts Steel for Holland America’s New Cruise Ship

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first_imgzoom Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri held a steel cutting ceremony of the bow section of Nieuw Statendam, the new cruise ship being built for US-based cruise company Holland America Line, part of Carnival Corporation, on July 8 at its shipyard in Palermo.Weighing about 3,900 tons, the section will be transported by sea to Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, where it will be assembled to set up the entire unit, the shipbuilder said.Featuring 99,500 gross tons, the Nieuw Statendam will have a length of 300 meters. The vessel will be capable of accommodating up to 2,650 passengers in more than 1,300 cabins.According to Fincantieri, the ship’s technology is aimed at optimizing energy efficiency and minimizing environmental impact and it responds to the current safety regulations.The delivery of the cruise ship is scheduled for end-2018.The newbuild will be a sister ship of Koningsdam, delivered in March from the shipyard in Marghera. The ship was christened on May 20 in Rotterdam.Being the 14th and the brand’s largest ship, the Koningsdam belongs to a new Pinnacle class of ships.last_img read more

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS 2018 – SEE THE COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS HERE

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first_imgThe votes are in and the people have spoken.The annual People’s Choice Awards, which honor popular film, TV, music, podcasts and more, took place Sunday night..Check out the full list of winners below:..Movie of 2018 Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “Black Panther” “Avengers: Infinity War” *WINNER“Incredibles 2”“Fifty Shades Freed”“A Quiet Place”.Comedy Movie of 2018“Love, Simon”“Blockers”“The Spy Who Dumped Me” *WINNER“Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”“Crazy Rich Asians”.Action Movie of 2018“Black Panther”“Avengers: Infinity War” *WINNER“Deadpool 2”“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”“Ocean’s 8”.Drama Movie of 2018“Fifty Shades Freed” *WINNER“12 Strong”“Red Sparrow”“Midnight Sun”“A Quiet Place”.Family Movie of 2018“Incredibles 2” *WINNER“A Wrinkle in Time”“Hotel Transylvania 3”“I Can Only Imagine”“Christopher Robin”.MALE MOVIE STAR OF 2018Chris Hemsworth, “Avengers: Infinity War”Robert Downey Jr., “Avengers: Infinity War”Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther” *WINNERChris Pratt, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”Nick Robinson, “Love, Simon”.FEMALE MOVIE STAR OF 2018Scarlett Johansson, “Avengers: Infinity War” *WINNERSandra Bullock, “Ocean’s 8”Anne Hathaway, “Ocean’s 8”Lily James, “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”Bryce Dallas Howard, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”.DRAMA MOVIE STAR OF 2018John Krasinski, “A Quiet Place”Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place”Jennifer Lawrence, “Red Sparrow”Chris Hemsworth, “12 Strong”Jamie Dornan, “Fifty Shades Freed” *WINNER.COMEDY MOVIE STAR OF 2018Melissa McCarthy, “Life of the Party” *WINNERJohn Cena, “Blockers”Nick Robinson, “Love, Simon”Amanda Seyfried, “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”Mila Kunis, “The Spy Who Dumped Me”.ACTION MOVIE STAR OF 2018Chris Hemsworth, “Avengers: Infinity War”Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool 2”Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther”Danai Gurira, “Black Panther” *WINNERChris Pratt, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”.TV SHOW OF 2018“This Is Us”“Grey’s Anatomy”“The Big Bang Theory”“13 Reasons Why”“Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments” *WINNER.DRAMA SHOW OF 2018“This Is Us”“Grey’s Anatomy”“13 Reasons Why”“Riverdale” *WINNER“The Handmaid’s Tale”.COMEDY SHOW OF 2018“The Big Bang Theory”“Modern Family”“Black-ish”“Orange Is the New Black” *WINNER“The Good Place”.REVIVAL SHOW OF 2018“American Idol”“One Day at a Time”“Queer Eye”“Jersey Shore: Family Vacation”“Dynasty” *WINNER.REALITY SHOW OF 2018“Jersey Shore: Family Vacation”“Queer Eye”“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” *WINNER“Chrisley Knows Best”“Vanderpump Rules”.COMPETITION SHOW OF 2018“The Voice” *WINNER“Ellen’s Game of Games”“Big Brother”“RuPaul’s Drag Race”“America’s Got Talent”.MALE TV STAR OF 2018Andrew Lincoln, “The Walking Dead”Cole Sprouse, “Riverdale”Justin Chambers, “Grey’s Anatomy”Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor”Harry Shum Jr., “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments” *WINNER.FEMALE TV STAR OF 2018Ellen Pompeo, “Grey’s Anatomy”Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”Camila Mendes, “Riverdale”Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”Katherine McNamara, “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments” *WINNER.DRAMA TV STAR OF 2018Ellen Pompeo, “Grey’s Anatomy”Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU” *WINNERKJ Apa, “Riverdale”Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why”.COMEDY TV STAR OF 2018Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” *WINNERDonald Glover, “Atlanta”Kristen Bell, “The Good Place”Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”Drew Barrymore, “Santa Clarita Diet”.DAYTIME TALK SHOW OF 2018“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” *WINNER“Steve”“Live With Kelly and Ryan”“The Real”“Red Table Talk With Jada Pinkett Smith”.NIGHTTIME TALK SHOW OF 2018“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”“The Late Late Show With James Corden”“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” *WINNER“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”“Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen”.COMPETITION CONTESTANT OF 2018Nikki Bella, “Dancing With the Stars”Maddie Poppe, “American Idol” *WINNERBrynn Cartelli, “The Voice”Cody Nickson, “The Amazing Race”Eva Igo, “World of Dance”.REALITY TV STAR OF 2018Khloe Kardashian, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” *WINNERAntoni Porowski, “Queer Eye”Joanna Gaines, “Fixer Upper”Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio, “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation”Nikki Bella, “Total Bellas”.BINGEWORTHY SHOW OF 2018“Outlander”“Queer Eye”“Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments” *WINNER“13 Reasons Why”“Shameless”.SCI-FI/FANTASY SHOW OF 2018“Supernatural”“The Originals”“The Expanse”“Wynonna Earp” *WINNER“Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”.MALE ARTIST OF 2018DrakeKeith UrbanEd SheeranShawn Mendes *WINNERBruno Mars.FEMALE ARTIST OF 2018Taylor SwiftCardi BAriana GrandeCamila CabelloNicki Minaj *WINNER.GROUP OF 2018Twenty One PilotsPanic! At the Disco5 Seconds of SummerBTS *WINNERSuper Junior.ALBUM OF 2018Cardi B, “Invasion of Privacy”Camila Cabello, “Camila”Shawn Mendes, “Shawn Mendes”Ariana Grande, “Sweetener”Nicki Minaj, “Queen” *WINNER.SONG OF 2018Ariana Grande, “No Tears Left to Cry”Shawn Mendes, “In My Blood”Selena Gomez, “Back to You”Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, “I Like It”BTS, “Idol” *WINNER.COUNTRY ARTIST OF 2018Thomas RhettLuke BryanCarrie UnderwoodBlake Shelton *WINNERKeith Urban.LATIN ARTIST OF 2018Becky GCNCO *WINNERJ BalvinBad BunnyShakira.MUSIC VIDEO OF 2018Selena Gomez, “Back to You”Ariana Grande, “No Tears Left to Cry”Childish Gambino, “This Is America”Camila Cabello, “Never Be the Same”BTS, “Idol” *WINNER.CONCERT TOUR OF 2018Beyoncé & Jay Z, On the Run II TourTaylor Swift, Reputation Tour *WINNERBritney Spears, Piece of Me TourKaty Perry, Witness TourSuper Junior, Super Show 7.BEAUTY INFLUENCER OF 2018NIKKIETUTORIALSBretman RockBrooklyn and BaileyJackie AinaJames Charles *WINNER.SOCIAL STAR OF 2018Shane Dawson *WINNERJenna MarblesAmanda CernyThe Dolan TwinsLele Pons.ANIMAL STAR OF 2018Lil BubCrusoe the Celebrity Dachshund *WINNERGone to the Snow DogsCole & MarmaladeApril the Giraffe.SOCIAL CELEBRITY OF 2018Ellen DeGeneresChrissy TeigenBTS *WINNERTaylor SwiftSelena Gomez.COMEDY ACT OF 2018Kevin Hart *WINNERTiffany HaddishAli WongMarlon WayansAmy Schumer.STYLE STAR OF 2018ZendayaBlake LivelyEmma WatsonBeyoncéHarry Styles *WINNER.GAME CHANGER OF 2018Colin KaepernickSerena Williams *WINNERCristiano RonaldoAly RaismanNia Jax.POP PODCAST OF 2018“Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith”“Scrubbing in With Becca Tilley & Tanya Rad” *WINNER“Anna Faris Is Unqualified”“LADYGANG”“Chicks in the Office” Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Tourism in Morocco High Occupancy Rates Despite Murders of 2 Tourists

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Rabat – The unprecedented murder of two women tourists in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains has shocked tourists and Moroccans alike, causing some local residents to say it will negatively affect tourism in all of Morocco.The tourists, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen from Denmark and Maren Ueland from Norway, were camping 10 kilometers from Imlil when they were found dead.The village of Imlil is known for its stunning views and as a base camp for hikers heading to Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak. Are Moroccans worried that tourists will cancel their trips to the region?Read Also: Source: Police Arrest 3 Suspects for Killing Scandinavian Tourists Near Mount ToubkalHowever, an employee at Bureau Des Guides Imlil, which offers guided tours in the mountains, told Morocco World News, “We have received no cancellation requests from tourists.” The employee did acknowledge the incident created “frustration” among locals.People “have been scared that the unprecedented incident would affect tourism in the region negatively,” said another Moroccan working in Imlil’s tourism industry. Despite the incident, he said that up until now, no tourist has canceled a reservation, and he had received two booking confirmations just this morning.Another person working in tourism in Marrakech, the nearest large city to Imlil, was unconcerned about his livelihood. He told MWN that “it will be hard for tourists to find an available hotel room in hotels in Marrakech and in the region, especially because many tourists have already booked places to spend their Christmas holiday.”In contrast, a riad manager in Fez was concerned about the long-term impact of the murders. Of course, he said, during the high season of Christmas, hotels will not experience many cancellations because tourists do not have many other options with holidays already booked.But he worried that because major international news sites, such as the BBC, the Guardian, and Al Jazeera, reported on the murder, potential future tourists may be put off.‘There will always be good and bad’In an informal Facebook poll created by Morocco World News, 54 percent of nearly 1,500 voters speculated the incident would negatively impact Moroccan tourism because it was “scary.”Forty-six percent thought Moroccan tourism would not be affected, believing it is generally safe to visit Morocco.Some of MWN’s international readers commented on the poll, saying that they feel “safer in Morocco” than in their homeland.“I feel safer in Morocco than I do in the UK and will continue to visit! … It happens everywhere,” wrote one commenter. In her view, the murders were an unfortunate one off incident that shouldn’t prevent people from “visiting such a beautiful country with wonderful people!”A Filipina national said she feels safe in Morocco, where she has been living for five years. “Anywhere we go there will always be good and bad. I love Morocco,” she said.Read Also: Police Find 2 Bodies of Scandinavian Tourists Near Mount ToubkalMorocco is considered a low risk country according to the 2019 Travel Risk Map from the international risk expert International SOS. The map shows Morocco as safe as most European countries, the US, and Canada.Imlil is a popular region for local and international tourists who love outdoor activities. Hotels and riads near Imlil generally have 4 or 5 stars out of 5 on the American travel website Tripadvisor. In a review posted this year, a tourist from London raved about Imlil’s “stunning scenery” after staying at a three-star bed and breakfast called Dar Imlil.Official statements: A rare crimeMorocco’s embassy in Oslo has issued a statement expressing their condolences and solidarity with the families of the victims of the “terrible tragedy.” The embassy commented that all Moroccans are shocked by the “atrocity of the crime and its uniqueness in the region.”On Tuesday morning, the Central Bureau for Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) announced the arrest of a first suspect involved in the murder. The suspect was arrested in Marrakech.On the same day, a local told MWN that authorities arrested three suspects for the murder. The source added the suspects were camping in the same area where the women were murdered.The Norwegian ambassador to Morocco is “on her way to Marrakech” today, according to Norwegian outlet Aftenposten. Moroccan authorities, the news outlet said, have not requested any help in the investigation. However, “a very experienced policeman working at the embassy in Rabat” is investigating the crime.Morocco World News contacted the Norwegian embassy in Rabat to learn whether the government sent investigators to the crime scene. The embassy’s hotline was unreachable. read more

Ajax Amsterdam Seeks to Extend Hakim Ziyechs Contract

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Rabat – Ajax Amsterdam football club is seeking to extend the contract of its key forward Hakim Ziyech.Dutch news outlets reported that Ajax also extended the contract of Brazilian football player David Neres to 2023.According to AD, Ajax is hoping to not lose more key football players, and wants to extend the contract of the Moroccan national football player. AD recalled that Ziyech has rejected an offer from the Spanish football club, Sevilla.The football player said that he prefers to stay with his Dutch club as he is waiting to find a “perfect picture.”“I think Sevilla is from the same level as Ajax and I don’t switch Ajax for nothin’,”  Ziyech told Fox Sports.He added that he has not received the right offer yet.“For now I just stick with Ajax and do my very best on the field.”Ziyech, who is also a key football player for the Moroccan national team, joined Ajax in 2017He has contact with Ajax until the end of the 2020-21 season.In addition to Sevilla, German giant football club Bayern Munich is also reportedly showed interest in singing Zieych from Ajax.“Hakim Ziyech is one of the players that could provide more depth in the wide attacking positions” in Bayern Munich, wrote Bayern Strikers. read more

Baseball Is For The Youths

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More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight This past week brought a series of impressive feats from baseball phenoms. Pete Alonso set a record for home runs hit by a National League rookie. Rookie Aristides Aquino hit his 11th home run in just 17 career games, becoming the first player since at least 1900 to do so. And Yankee infielder Gleyber Torres set a record for the most homers since 1969 against a single team when he hit his 13th home run of the season against the Baltimore Orioles. On the show, we break down this era of unprecedented dominance by the young players of MLB.Looking ahead to the start of the 2019 college football season — which kicks off this weekend — we’ll preview which teams to watch for and make our own championship predictions.To round out this all-youth episode, we dive into the Little League World Series and the players whose names suggest that they are destined for greatness.What we’re looking at this week:Neil’s piece on youths in baseball.Forbes breaks down the college football rankings.The joys of Little League World Series fandom from The Ringer. read more

Piece of DNA Containing Coded Key to One Bitcoin Cracked Days Before

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first_img With the rise of Bitcoin value, it’s inevitable that’d we’d get some bizarre stories about people who unearthed some older Bitcoin that was stored back when the things were essentially worthless, only to net their discoverers embarrassing amounts of cash. This is one of those stories.In this case, Sander Wuyts, a Flemish PhD student at the University of Antwerp in Belgium fiddled with some code stored on DNA to get ahold of his digital currency. Essentially, Motherboard writes, the key to open a specific bitcoin wallet was encoded into DNA as part of the “DNA Storage Bitcoin Challenge.” The whole thing got started after Nick Goldman gave a presentation on DNA info storage at the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. At the forum, he passed out some specially-made DNA that had the key to his Bitcoin wallet. Goldman said whoever cracked the code first would be the lucky owner of one Bitcoin. At the time, the things were only worth $200, but now that the value has ballooned to over 50 times that, there was a bit more pressure to get it right. Plus, Goldman set a time limit of three years. If no one managed to crack the code, the challenge would have expired today. But Wuyts noticed that Goldman had tweeted out a reminder about the challenge and asked for a sample of that DNA so that he might try his hand at it. “When I read the tweet, it goes without saying that I was extremely enthusiastic,” Wuyts wrote. “I still remember myself announcing to all of my colleagues that we should drop everything we’re doing and start solving this challenge .”Wuyts had a lot of advantages going in, namely access to the kind of high-end equipment needed to sequence a genome as well as a background in computational microbiology. By working the problem for over a month, though, Wuyts was able to piece it all together. There were nine major chunks of data stored in the DNA, and Wuyts had to decode that to assemble it into one long stretch of code and then convert that into plain text.From there, he was able to access the wallet and claim the Bitcoin a mere five days before the contest was set to expire. What does the intrepid Wuyts plan to do with the money? Well… “thank the colleagues who helped… and celebrate [his] PhD in style.” Master Blockchain With These Easy Online CoursesAtari Explains What ‘RollerCoaster Tycoon’ On Blockchain Even Means Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

New Chelsea boss hails Chelsea new signing Jorginho as a wonderful

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first_imgNew Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had worked with Jorginho at his former club Napoli and they are both now in Chelsea.After the Blues’ penalty shootout win against Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup in Nice on Saturday, Sarri has showered praises on Jorginho describing him as a “wonderful player”.Having played an impressive 90 minutes game which finished 1-1 after Pedro put the Blues ahead in the first half before Roberto Gagliardini equalised for Inter. Jorginho netted Chelsea’s first penalty which the Blues won 5-4.“For Jorginho, this is a normal match,” Sarri told the club’s website as quoted in Sky Sports.“He has technical ability but Jorginho also has a great mental speed, too. So for this way of football, I think Jorginho is a wonderful player.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“All over the pitch though we move the ball very quickly and we moved it well tonight, but not at the right speed.“You have to move the ball at a great speed on the floor. Otherwise, we risk to play for 90 minutes with 75 per cent ball possession but without scoring. That’s what we need to improve on.”Sarri added he was satisfied with his team’s performance.“So far I am satisfied. I am of course waiting for the other players from the World Cup to return, but the players gave me total availability.“I am satisfied and I saw in the match some things that we have tried in the training sessions. So far, so good!”last_img read more

Finance Minister says Christies administration left millions in Collateral Calls

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first_img Economy records real growth of 1.8 per cent in 2017 Related Items:#CollateralCalls, #magneticmedianews, #PeterTurnquest Hurricane Irma forecast to be an expensive problem Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 14th 2017 – Nassau – Once again the newly-elected government has revealed more debt and challenges left for them by the former administration. This time, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Peter Turnquest has reported that the government is now faced with $150M of collateral calls left by the previous Christie administration.That is to say, that during their 5-year tenure, the Christie-administration made calls/demands to banks or other financial institutions to request collateral and/or payment for debt/loans/contracts they needed to have funded. Collectively, these were in excess of $150M and not repaid, thus leaving the new Minnis-administration in a risky fiscal position.Consequently, Turnquest revealed, “The Government is now required to provide a minimum of $70 million by the first week of July to meet this collateral call.” During his contribution to the 2017/18 Budget Debate in the House of Assembly last Wednesday, Turnquest also reported that the total outstanding payments of The Bahamas Treasury was $161,283,514.04.The Deputy Prime Minister also stated, “The Ministry of Finance was partially successful in negotiating temporary waivers but the obligation has not gone away.” He added that the figure owed may increase in the event of any further negative ratings action.  As a result, Turnquest admitted that employees and vendors have had to wait an “inordinate time for payment.”However, despite Opposition Leader Phillip Brave Davis’ initial questioning of the Government’s decision to borrow such a large fund, Turnquest said he was grateful that they have decided to accept this position, explaining “the emergency borrowing authority was the only prudent thing this administration can do to protect the financial reputation of The Bahamas.” Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher #MagneticMediaNewscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Newly elected San Diego County officals sworn in

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first_img January 7, 2019 Posted: January 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Newly elected San Diego County supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Jim Desmond will be sworn in Monday along with Sheriff William Gore, District Attorney Summer Stephan and other county officials.Fletcher is just the second Democrat to serve on the technically nonpartisan Board of Supervisors in roughly three decades and will be the only one on the board until at least 2020.Desmond is the former Republican mayor of San Marcos and beat Democrat and legislative analyst Michelle Gomez with slightly more than 56 percent of the vote for the District 5 seat.The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 Monday morning at the County Administration Center. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Newly elected San Diego County officals sworn inlast_img read more

VIDEO Wilmington Rotary Clubs Ice Bucket Challenge Proceeds Donated To The Angel Fund

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s Wilmington Rotary Club Meeting at Tremezzo, Rotarian Mike Burns presented Rich Kennedy, President of the Angel Fund for ALS Research, with a check from the proceeds of this summer’s Wilmington Community Ice Bucket Challenge.WCTV was on hand to capture the check presentation and Kennedy’s thank you to the group. Watch the 10-minute video below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/0/9/4/2/1/3/09421356-84c4-4514-8d71-da07664146221543597997.004%2B48380696.047%40castus4-wilmington%2B15438467131543846340506461.vod.720p.20181130-Rotary-Meeting.mov.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/0/9/4/2/1/3/09421356-84c4-4514-8d71-da07664146221543597997.004%2B48380696.047%40castus4-wilmington%2B15438467131543846340506461.vod.720p.20181130-Rotary-Meeting.mov.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $5K For ALS Research, 100+ WHS Students ParticipateIn “Community”REMINDER: Wilmington Rotary Club’s 5th Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge Set For This Saturday, August 17In “Community”VIDEO: Watch A PSA For This Year’s Wilmington Community Ice Bucket Challenge Set For August 17In “Videos”last_img read more

Lack of women inventors could hurt innovation US patent office says

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first_imgThe USPTO has a new report out on women inventors.  Getty Images More women are filing patents, but they still have a long way to go in terms of representation among inventors, according to a report out Monday from the US Patent and Trademark Office.The report, titled Progress and Potential: A profile of women inventors on US patents, found that while the share of patents that include at least one woman listed as an inventor rose from 7 percent in the 1980s to 21 percent in 2016, women accounted for only 12 percent of inventors in 2016. “Harnessing underexploited talent in these groups would be valuable to spurring innovation and driving growth,” reads the report, whose release coincided with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. It refers to the idea of “lost Einsteins,” or people who could have made valuable contributions had they been exposed to “innovation and inventor role models.”   Share your voice More on women and tech Half of women in STEM jobs experience discrimination, says Pew Tech industry is leaving behind women of color, report shows Supermodel Karlie Kloss’ videos showcase brilliant women in tech 4 Tags Comments The low percentage of women inventors adds another dimension to the discussion of a lack of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2018 show women hold 25.6 percent of computer and mathematical jobs, and 15.9 percent of architecture and engineering jobs. The numbers tend to be even lower for women of color, studies show. Even though employment numbers for women in STEM jobs have risen, that’s not leading to a broad jump in women getting patents, the USPTO found. The USPTO did not immediately respond to a request for comment as to why that might be, but the report said there may be factors disproportionately affecting women that are proving to be roadblocks. As an example, the report said women scientists may have more trouble securing funding or might not have access to the same networks men do.The report also found that women are less likely to be the individual inventor on granted patents and are more likely than men to work on larger mixed-gender teams. Solving for XX: The tech industry seeks to overcome outdated ideas about “women in tech.”CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition. Culturelast_img read more

Lawmakers take oil tax debate down to the wire

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first_imgSen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, and Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, talk after a Senate floor session on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Lawmakers are taking the contentious oil tax debate down to the wire.Download AudioOn Wednesday afternoon, the Senate passed its version of the oil tax bill — handing it off to the House with less than twelve hours left in the session.The Senate legislation left out key elements of the House bill that passed last Friday, after a bipartisan coalition bucked the lower chamber’s Republican leadership to approve a wide-ranging revision of the state’s oil tax system.Both versions of the bill would end subsidies for small companies operating in Cook Inlet, which have cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years.But the House bill would also change the tax regime on the North Slope, in part by raising the minimum tax on oil production and making it impossible for large producers to use losses in one year to reduce taxes in future years.Senate Finance co-chair Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, said the House version went too far — adding that the Senate approach also wasn’t ideal, even as she urged fellow lawmakers to vote for it.“Mr. President, companies don’t like this bill. They absolutely don’t like this bill. I don’t like this bill either,” MacKinnon said. “I think it doesn’t incentivize production like we want it to do. But we can’t afford to continue to pay credits, based on our cash flow.”But Rep. Paul Seaton, the Homer Republican who brokered the bipartisan compromise in the House, said the Senate simply didn’t go far enough.“I’m disappointed that they cut it down that much,” he said. “Really, they’re just affecting Cook Inlet, which is a small piece of the whole oil tax credit problem.”Both bills would be phased in over several years. Neither would have any major impact on the budget for this coming year, in which the state faces a deficit of about $4 billion.The House is scheduled to debate whether to accept the Senate’s bill this evening. If lawmakers do not meet the midnight deadline, they can extend the session for up to ten days, or start over in a special session.last_img read more

Provide services transparently Srikakulam Joint Collector

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first_imgSrikakulam: All kinds of revenue services should be provided in a transparent way to people, said Joint Collector (JC) Kanchamreddy Srinivasulu. He assumed charge as JC for Srikakulam on Monday. Speaking on the occasion, he assured to provide revenue services like issuing of pattadar pass books, 1B RoR certificates, title deeds, possession certificates and house site pattas to needy people without any delay and corruption. He said that he will accelerate land acquisition works for irrigation and development projects in the district by clearing rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R) packages on quick pace.last_img

Domestic foreign companies and Private Equity funds eyeing Lafarges India assets

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first_imgSonadih (Chattisgarh)2.15 million tonnesEast In August 2015, Lafarge India received clearance from the CCI to sell two plants to Birla Corp in a deal worth Rs 5,500 crore. However, due to the regulatory Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, or MMRD Act, pertaining to limestone mining rights, the deal fell through. Now, Lafarge has submitted a revised proposal to sell its cement business.Industry experts estimate the Indian cement industry is growing at a rate of 8 percent per annum, and currently has a production capacity of 287 million tonnes.KKR and Blackstone were earlier in the race to acquire Jaypee Group’s cement business, which is now being bought by Aditya Birla Group’s UltraTech.Major cement companies are expecting an amendment to the MMRD Act. They have asked the government to allow the transfer of limestone mines automatically to the buyers in case of mergers and acquisitions.Under the current norms of the act, the automatic transfer of limestone mining rights to a new owner is not allowed if the acquisition is partial, or is not 100 percent. LocationCapacityMarket/Region Bhiwani (Haryana)1 million tonneNorth Singbhum (Jharkhand)3.4 million tonnesEast Bilaspur (Chattisgarh)1.5 million tonnesEast Chittorgarh (Rajasthan)1.5 million tonnesNorth Mejia (West Bengal)1 million tonneEast Private Equity funds and foreign and domestic companies are currently in a race to buy French industrial company Lafarge’s India assets. According to sources, the bidding for the 10.75 million tonne of assets is likely to start in a month.Some of the likely bidders are Brazilian cement giant Votorantim group, CRH, Private Equity funds KKR, Blackstone, Heidelberg Cement, JSW and Piramal Group, Financial Express reports.The companies have submitted Expression of Interest (EOI) for the forthcoming auction.Lafarge has reportedly assigned Arpwood Capital, founded by former Carlyle and TGP India executives Amol Jain and Rajeev Gupta, as advisor for the transaction.In 2015, Competition Commission of India (CCI) had directed Lafarge to dispose of its cement assets following its merger with Swiss cement company Holcim in 2014. The two companies enjoy dominance in the Indian market with a total capacity of 68 million tonnes, Reuters reported.The list of Lafarge India assets:LocationLocationCapacityCapacityMarket/RegionMarket/RegionLocationSingbhum (Jharkhand)Capacity3.4 million tonnesMarket/RegionEastLocationSonadih (Chattisgarh)Capacity2.15 million tonnesMarket/RegionEastLocationBilaspur (Chattisgarh)Capacity1.5 million tonnesMarket/RegionEastLocationChittorgarh (Rajasthan)Capacity1.5 million tonnesMarket/RegionNorthLocationBhiwani (Haryana)Capacity1 million tonneMarket/RegionNorthLocationMejia (West Bengal)Capacity1 million tonneMarket/RegionEastlast_img read more