Temperatures rise to 104, seeds fall in tennis’ Australia Open

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia >> On a day when shade was a valuable commodity in the searing heat at Melbourne Park, Roger Federer played it cool at the Australian Open.Six-time champion Novak Djokovic, however, complained about the brutal conditions during his second-round win over Gael Monfils, when the temperature peaked at 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).Djokovic urged tennis organizers to be more flexible about the rules for drink breaks, time between points and suspension of play …last_img

Roberts In Inside Sport Magazine

first_imgAustralian Men’s Open captain, Steve Roberts features in this month’s Inside Sport magazine.In the four page article, Roberts talks about everything from how he got involved in Touch Football through to his how he keeps at the top of the game as well as motivations. Be sure to pick up your copy of Inside Sport from at newsagents and supermarkets/department stores across Australia.Related LinksInside Sport Featurelast_img

a month agoMan City scouts posted to Spurs UYL clash with Olympiacos

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City scouts posted to Spurs UYL clash with Olympiacosby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are active in the European transfer market.Football Academies reports City had scouts in attendance for Tottenham’s youth league fixture against Olympiacos.The Citizens had their scouting team cast an eye over the 1-1 draw.Highly touted youngster Troy Parrot scored for Spurs. last_img

RCMP perform drug seizure in Dawson Creek

first_imgThe adult female, a resident of Dawson Creek, was arrested and later released for a future court date in Dawson Creek. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek RCMP conducted an investigation on an individual known to be involved in the drug trade.According to RCMP, the investigation took place on March 11, 2019 and as a result of the investigation, RCMP executed a CDSA search warrant at her residence.During the search, Police say they seized cash, drug paraphernalia, a prohibited firearm, and a number of drugs believed to be Cocaine, Meth, Hash, Fentynal, Oxycodone and Heroin.last_img

Leader of the Liberal Party speaks on caribou recovery efforts

first_img“Thankfully, nobody is buying it. For months, regional districts and provincial MLAs begged the provincial government to hold meaningful public consultations on how British Columbia would work with Ottawa to put together an effective plan to increase the dwindling caribou population. Despite promises to engage the public, the Horgan government announced that a draft plan had been reached between the province, some First Nations, and the federal government before any consultation occurred. With a draft plan already agreed to, the NDP declared a short five-week consultation period ending on April 25th only a few days before Ottawa’s deadline.It is said that staff from the Provincial and Federal Governments as well as the Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations will share information about the draft agreements and will answer questions.Chetwynd, Monday, April 1st, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Chetwynd Recreation Centre, 4552 North Access Rd.Fort St. John, Tuesday, April 2nd,5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre, 11308 Alaska Rd.Tumbler Ridge, Wednesday, April 3rd, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Trend Mountain Hotel and Conference Centre,375 Southgate St.Dawson Creek, Thursday, April 4th, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Encana Events Centre, #1 300 Hwy. 2Wilkinson shares his concern of this plan will have a major impact on the forest, mining, and tourism industries, noting recreational users may also find themselves unable to access the backcountry as a result.“We all want caribou numbers to rebound to a healthy level, but this can only be achieved if the public becomes an active part of the conversation. The fact that local knowledge and on-the-ground experience has been so overlooked, and only brought into the picture as a token afterthought once the plan had already been drafted, should trouble any observer,” said WilkinsonLocal MLAs are voicing their concerns about the plan for public consultation;MLA for Peace River South, Mike Bernier, says he is concerned that the Government took a long time to release a draft and will not provide a long enough time frame for public consultation on the agreement. Peace River North MLA, Dan Davies, echos the concerns that Bernier has on the issue saying that the Government is not providing enough time for public consultation on the draft and that stakeholders should have been included in the process.Both Bernier and Davies feel that the Government will go ahead with the draft agreement and then consult with stakeholders after the fact. VICTORIA, B.C. – A recent press release by Andrew Wilkinson shares his frustration with Premier Horgan’s plan for public consultation for engagement regarding the southern mountain caribou recovery program.Wilkinson starts by saying “British Columbians have seen right through Premier Horgan’s last minute “public consultation” on caribou recovery efforts. It is clear that staging a half-hearted public engagement was the only thing the NDP deemed necessary to move forward with their pre-determined plan. Forget listening to local residents with years of experience and deep knowledge of the wildlife and land base, this sham consultation is meant simply to placate every rural and northern British Columbian who lives, works, and plays in the backcountry while ignoring their voices.”The B.C. Government shared in a press release Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 they have scheduled community engagement sessions allowing the public to provide their feedback on two draft agreements to conserve southern mountain caribou populations.last_img read more

I would strive to save traders suffering from ill effects of sealing

first_imgFormer Union minister and Congress party’s New Delhi candidate Ajay Maken said that had the alliance between AAP and Congress taken place, then it could have defeated BJP in all the seven seats in Delhi for sure. From the issue of traders to the AAP-Congress alliance, Maken talked exclusively to Sayantan Ghosh about the Lok Sabha election 2019.As the candidate from the New Delhi constituency, what are the key issues you are focusing on? If you look at the demography of this constituency, you will find two major group one is the trader community and the second one is the government employees. Therefore my first focus would be on the traders who are suffering from the ill effects of the sealing. When UPA government was in power, we brought a special act to stop sealing in Delhi and made nearly 170 amendments in the Delhi Master Plan 2021. The target was to save commercial establishments from the sealing which was directed by the Supreme Court of India and executed by the monitoring committee formed by the apex court. The government also notified 3,000 roads for the commercial land use and declared more than 70 per cent places as industrial areas. Secondly, I want to reach out to the government employees to tell them about the draconian provisions of the Seventh Pay Commission. There is a lot of anomaly in the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations by this government as this even observed there will be no more pay commission. We increased the salaries by 40 per cent in the Sixth Pay Commission but the Seventh Commission increased only 14 per cent hence when we come to power we will remove all such anomalies. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesYou were one of the most prominent voices behind the AAP-Congress alliance but it could not become a reality. What stopped the alliance and how difficult it would be to win in this triangular election? In this coming Lok Sabha election, I think that our key political rival is BJP and in Delhi, both AAP and Congress are against the BJP hence I wanted an alliance in Delhi between these two parties. But the alliance talks failed because the AAP wanted alliance in Haryana and Chandigarh too. This was a very peculiar condition for an alliance because in the history of India alliances always happen state wise and even constituency wise. We wanted in Delhi and by that, we both could have defeated BJP in huge margins but now also we will defeat BJP but we have to work harder. We have an alliance with NCP in Maharashtra but in other states, they are fighting against us and this happens. We could have easily made the alliance in Delhi and fight but it did not happen. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn the last elections in Delhi Congress party did not perform satisfactorily and the voter base shifted to the AAP, how will you get back that voter base? If you look at the last Vidhan Sabha and the Lok Sabha election, the Congress party’s vote share has gone down which is true but in the 2017 municipal election the vote percentage of the party increased whereas the AAP’s vote share decreased. This shows that Congress is gaining its power in the Capital and this time we will perform even better. The 13 per cent Muslim vote and 4 per cent Sikh votes were with Congress earlier but now the minority vote has shifted to AAP, do you think this time you will get their support? Historically, Delhi never votes on the basis of religion or caste. Earlier, Congress won all the 7 seats then BJP won and in the last Vidhan Sabha AAP got 67 out of 70 seats, which means people from across the spectrum voted for these parties. So this year also in Delhi voting will not happen on the basis of religion or caste.last_img read more

Moroccan Economy to Grow By 24 Pc In 2014 HCP

first_imgCasablanca-  The national economy is expected to grow by 2.4 pc in 2014, against 4.4 pc in 2013, said, Wednesday in Casablanca, High Commissioner for Planning, Ahmed Lahlimi Alami.This growth will help create 60,000 jobs, he said at the presentation of the “2014 Forecast  Budget”,  adding that the unemployment rate is expected to reach 9.8 pc at the national level in 2014 , against 9.1 pc a year earlier. “This year will be marked by an increase in global demand for Morocco by 4.7 pc up from 1.6 pc in 2013, and a downward trend in commodity prices on international markets,”Lahlimi stated, noting that the average price of oil increased from 104.1 dollars per barrel in 2013 to 103.8 in 2014. He said the price index for non-energy commodities would be marked by a further decline of about 4.2 pc, compared to the 1.5 pc in 2013.In terms of sectoral developments, the High Commissioner for Planning stated that the growth of non-agricultural activities is expected to be 3.6 pc, instead of 2 pc in 2013.In terms of domestic demand, Lahlimi said it will continue to be the driving force of national economic growth, contributing 2.6 points against 2.8 points in 2013.The contribution of external demand to growth in gross domestic product (GDP) would remain negative (around 0.1 percentage points in 2014), down from 1.6 points in 2013, he said.The forecasts for 2014 are established on the basis of an average scenario for agricultural production during the 2013-2014 crop year, and the new fiscal and budgetary measures announced in the 2014 finance bill, including expenditures, and subsidies.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Game Set Match Mrs Williams Serena Wins at Wimbledon

Serena Williams of the US plays a return to Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands during the women’s singles first round match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON (AP) — Now that she’s “Mrs. Williams,” per the Wimbledon chair umpire, now that she’s a mother, now that she is back on tour, Serena Williams is ready to rediscover her full complement of shots and full ability to dominate.“Not only do I expect to win,” she said Monday after picking up a victory in her first match at the All England Club in two years, “I expect to win emphatically.”Williams found herself in a bit of a jam against 105th-ranked Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands, down by a break in the second set on a windy afternoon. And then, a five-game run and 25 minutes later, Williams had completed the 7-5, 6-3 result.“I have such high expectations of myself,” said Williams, whose 23 Grand Slam singles championships include seven at Wimbledon, so she was seeded 25th even though her ranking is 181st following an extended absence. “I don’t go out there expecting to ‘do well’ or ‘see what happens.’ That’s just not me.”Day 1 at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament featured some mild surprises, such as U.S. Open champion and French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens’ third first-round exit in the past five majors, and losses by No. 5 Elina Svitolina and No. 6 Grigor Dimitrov (to three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka).Also drawing attention was eight-time Wimbledon champ Roger Federer’s new clothing sponsorship, during his easy-as-can-be victory at Centre Court.Nothing feels as significant in tennis today, though, as what Williams does — because of what she’s accomplished in the past and because of what she’s trying to accomplish in the present, with a baby in tow. Not that she’s unique: Other mothers who won Monday included 57th-ranked Tatjana Maria of Germany, who beat Svitolina 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1; former No. 1 and two-time Australian Open titlist Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russia.“The tougher balance, for me, is to be able to spend time away from my son and be OK with taking, sometimes, time for myself, which is a struggle sometimes, because I really want to spend every second with him,” said Azarenka, who faces No. 7 seed Karolina Pliskova next.Williams has won 15 matches in a row at Wimbledon, a streak that encompasses titles in 2015 and 2016, although Williams said that hadn’t occurred to her until a reporter mentioned it. The 36-year-old American sat out the tournament last year while pregnant; she gave birth to a daughter in September and married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November (hence the change from “Miss Williams” over the arena microphone).This is only Williams’ second major tournament in nearly 1½ years. She returned at the French Open in May and won three matches there before withdrawing with an injured pectoral muscle. She went a few weeks without even attempting to serve, while healing, and insisted she wasn’t entirely sure how she’d fare with that stroke Monday.Rus rolled her eyes at that notion after the match, saying: “I mean, she doesn’t start a tournament if she’s not prepared.”Maybe so, but Williams double-faulted on the initial point, and dropped in some offerings in the low 80s mph, rather slow for her.Then she revved it up, getting to 115 mph in each set.“Serving good,” Rus observed. “Hard.”Still, Williams had her issues. She lost her footing and tumbled at one point. She got upset by a line judge’s mistaken call that led to the replay of a point she should have won but instead lost. She was down love-30 on her serve and trailing 3-1 in the second set after a run of 7 of 8 points for Rus.“Almost,” Rus lamented later, “like a double-break.”Almost, but not quite.Williams came back to hold there and wouldn’t drop another game the rest of the way, dealing better with the wind that whipped this way and that at No. 1 Court and marking terrific passing shots with those customary cries of “Come on!”Her sister, five-time Wimbledon champion and 2017 finalist Venus, had far more trouble across the grounds at No. 2 Court, slipping to the turf a couple of times and barely moving on with a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-1 win against Johanna Larsson of Sweden, who dropped to 0-8 at the All England Club.The Williams siblings aren’t playing doubles in this tournament, the way they did at Roland Garros, and that’s a good thing for Mom: It gives her more time with her child.“I felt guilty,” Williams said about her time in Paris. “I was like, ‘I haven’t seen Olympia.’ Like, ‘What am I doing?’ … Now that I’m not playing doubles in this event, I have the day off, I think that will help.”It might take time to figure out how to balance her job with her career, just like for many a parent.“I’m adjusting well. I spend so much time with her every single day. We, like, literally do everything. I really don’t like being away from her,” Williams said. “I also think it’s healthy, in a way, for me to do what I need to do, be that working mom, then go back home and be the mom.” read more

With JT Barrett under center Ohio State travels to Rutgers

OSU then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs with the ball during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 18, 2014 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAs No. 1 Ohio State (7-0, 3-0) looks for its 21st straight victory, it will be doing so with a new, yet familiar, face under center.Redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett, who started 12 games in 2014 and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting, unseated redshirt junior Cardale Jones as the starting quarterback before the Buckeyes’ Week 8 matchup at Rutgers, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced on Tuesday.“J.T has earned the right to start Saturday at Rutgers,” Meyer said during the weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference.Jones has started each of the Buckeyes’ seven games this season but was benched in the second half in favor of Barrett against Penn State after a 9-of-15, 84-yard performance. Barrett, used throughout the game in the red zone as well as the extended run in the second half, was 4-of-4 for 30 yards and two touchdowns while running 11 times for 102 yards and two additional scores.Regardless of who is calling the plays for the offense, senior left tackle Taylor Decker said he thinks the unit is hitting its stride.“I think we’re farther along than we were at this time last year,” Decker said. “There’s always going to be a ton of questions and everything … but I think we’re farther along.”Decker went on to say that the offense was being held back by two areas of weakness, which it went on the attack to eliminate.“We’re improving. We’re a capable offense,” Decker said. “I think we have been, honestly, playing well. I think the issues were turning the ball over and penalties.”With seven wins in the books, OSU now turns its attention to Rutgers (3-3, 1-2).The Scarlet Knights grabbed their first conference win last week at Indiana in a 55-52 shootout. Rutgers trailed 52-27 late in the third quarter of that game, but came all the way back to win on a 26-yard field goal as time expired.While Rutgers carries one of the country’s worst defenses with 447.3 yards allowed per game, OSU sophomore guard Billy Price said the Buckeyes must respect any foe, especially one in the Big Ten.“You can’t go into any games taking them lightly, because it’s college football and any team will creep up on you, so we have the utmost respect for them,” Price said.Price said the size Rutgers has on the defensive line stands out to him when he looks at tape and thinks back to last season’s meeting, a 56-17 OSU romp in Columbus.The Buckeyes will look to go into High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey, to do the same on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.Rushing leaderboardAgainst Penn State, junior running back Ezekiel Elliott eclipsed the 3,000-yard rushing mark with his 153 yards.Now, several former Buckeyes sit in front of him to be passed on the all-time OSU rankings.If Elliott hits his season average of 141 rushing yards on Saturday, he could move from eighth to fifth on the list. The St. Louis native would pass former OSU running backs Carlos Hyde and Keith Byers to move into sixth place, but moving into fifth could pose a challenge.Redshirt senior Braxton Miller currently stands 118 yards in front of Elliott with 3,246. While it seems clear that Elliott will soon pass the former quarterback, a strong game from Miller could keep him in fifth for at least one more week.Beanie Wells would be the next in line after Miller for Elliott to pass, as he sits in fourth place, 254 yards in front of Elliott. Archie Griffin is the all-time leader with 5,589 yards, a mark that would be difficult for Elliott to eclipse even if he chooses to forgo the NFL draft for his senior year.Injury reportThough he left the Penn State game in the first possession with an ankle sprain and did not return, Meyer described senior linebacker Joshua Perry as “probable” for Saturday.Another senior defensive starter will not have the same fortune, however, as defensive lineman Tommy Schutt had wrist surgery after the game. Meyer said Schutt “should be back in a couple of weeks,” but will miss the game against Rutgers. Listed in his place on OSU’s depth chart are redshirt senior Joel Hale and redshirt sophomore Michael Hill.While healthy, the Buckeyes will also be without senior linebacker Cam Williams for the first half of the game due to a second-half targeting call that had him ejected from the game against Penn State. Junior Joe Burger entered the depth chart in Williams’ absence.For the Scarlet Knights, senior wide receiver Leonte Carroo, the school’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions, is considered questionable with a right ankle injury. Carroo said he’ll “definitely be playing” after Rutgers’ win over Indiana, but he did not practice on Tuesday. Up nextThe Buckeyes will have their first bye week of the season upon returning from Piscataway. Their next game is scheduled to be an 8 p.m. affair at Ohio Stadium against Minnesota on Nov. 7. read more

Henderson defends Nations League

first_imgEngland international midfielder Jordan Henderson has leaped to the defense of the new UEFA Nations League tournament ongoing between European countries.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described it as “the most senseless competition in the world of football” when asked what he thought of the new competition ahead of the international break.However, Henderson who played in England’s goalless draw behind closed doors in Croatia on Friday night has defended a competition that is intended to reduce the number of meaningless friendlies played during international breaks and provide increased opportunities to qualify for major competitions.The Liverpool captain is expected to miss England’s third group game against Spain in Seville on Monday, after picking up a booking during Friday’s game against Croatia.It was a really good performance: Henderson Manuel R. Medina – August 25, 2019 According to Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson there are many areas of improvement at the club as the team is in their campaign beginning.“As a player, you want to win every game – even if it’s friendly,” said Henderson, according to Sky Sports.“When you’re a footballer, you play to win.”“And for us, it’s important because it has an effect on the groups of the Euros and the seeding. It’s important for us to win, especially against big nations like Croatia and Spain.”“We want to take the next level, beating teams like that. So, it’s a good challenge for us and an important challenge.”last_img read more