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PV Sindhu’s Korean Coach Hails her ‘Perfect’ Performance in World Championship Final

first_imgNew Delhi: PV Sindhu’s demolition of Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the World Championship final was “perfect execution” of a strategy which included putting a halt to the Indian ace’s tendency to be repetitive, says the country’s foreign badminton coach Kim Ji Hyun.Kim, a former South Korea international and coach, sat by the courtside as Sindhu thrashed 2017 champion Okuhara 21-7 21-7 in one of the most lop-sided finals in the history of the tournament to lift her maiden World Championships title in a third straight attempt. “Perfect execution! I was so happy (with) how she played!” Kim, who joined the Indian coaching set-up in March this year, was quoted as saying by Badminton World Federation (BWF).”I mean, yeah! That’s the way I play when I play against her. I feel over the moon because we did it!”Kim, who changed her name to Ji Hyun Marr, but is better known worldwide by her maiden name, was handed the responsibility to sharpen the skills of former world No.2 Sindhu with the World Championships and Olympics in mind. (Image: Network18 Creative)”I got the job offer and I decided to go. Five months later, we’ve got a world champion in Sindhu!,” said Kim, who was among the coaches sacked last September by the Badminton Korea Association for the national team’s failure to win medals at the Jakarta Asian Games.”She had more individual training. We worked on her net skills and deception for hours. Everyone knows she’s a great player but she was doing the same things over and over in matches,” said Kim, who is in the 20th year of her coaching career.”To change your ways, you have to see them. I video-taped her and then I stopped the rally and asked her which shot she’s going to hit,” explained Kim, adding that they also worked on her “anticipation and being ready for the follow-up shot”.Sindhu, who had undergone rigorous training under Kim ahead of the World Championships, heaped praise on her Korean coach.”It has been good. I am happy with my performance. With Kim, I have a good communication,” Sindhu said.”She pointed out a few mistakes that I was doing at the net, and overall, so I had to improve on that aspect. Her mindset and thinking is different and she motivates me a lot.”Every coach has a different approach and I got used to her quickly. She joined after All England, so it took some time to get used to her way. Now we understand each other well. coachFinalindian badmintonjapan First Published: September 4, 2019, 4:56 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Gujarat too mulls lending adventure sport status to Dahi Handi

first_imgVadodara, Aug 25 (PTI) Taking a cue from neighbouring Maharashtra, the Gujarat government is considering a proposal to accord adventure sport status to the traditional Dahi Handi ritual marking Janmashtami festivities.Since Dahi Handi is celebrated across all major cities, including Ahmedabad, Surat and those in Saurashtra, with much fanfare on Janmashtami, the state is seriously mulling to declare it as an adventure sport similar to that of mountaineering, rock climbing etc, Gujarat Sports, Youth and Cultural Affairs minister Rajendra Trivedi told PTI.Noting that the festival will be regulated on the lines of Maharashtra where the government accorded the status to the human pyramids of Govindas, the minister said those below 12 years of age wont be able to participate in it.Also, after the Gujarat government takes a call on the status, Trivedi said the sport would not be restricted to Janmashthami but will be celebrated round-the-year under the auspices of a state-level governing body.Last year in August, Maharashtra governments decision to grant the status was based on a report by a committee headed by BJP MLA Ashish Shelar after it recognised the spirit of unity, team and discipline in the activity.However, the government had made it clear that the adventure sport status will also entail that organisers ensure that medical treatment is provided if a participant is injured, foam mattresses, harnesses, and guards for knee, chest and head are used, and Govindas (who climb the high pyramids to break the earthen pot) are insured.Though the pyramids, which sometimes rise upto as many as 10 tiers of Govindas, are an integral part of festival, the activity has invited flak because of the fatal injuries the participants can receive in case of a fall. The Supreme Court yesterday capped at 20 feet the height of the human pyramids during Janmashtami across Maharashtra. PTI COR DK AAR BASadvertisementlast_img read more

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018: ‘the Games of new horizons’?

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on Messenger Winter Olympics 2018 Since you’re here… Skiing Share on Twitter Russia … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Facebook North Korea Share on WhatsApp Read more Hide Winter Olympics closing ceremony: 10 highlights from Pyeongchang Share via Email The North Korean cheerleading squad were another disarming highlight, although it was tempting to wonder what their lives are like now, away from gawping mouths and the lenses of the world’s media.Then there was Russia. On the final day of competition, the Olympic Athletes from Russia won their second gold of the Games, in the men’s ice hockey. But it only inched them up to 13th in the medal table – a far cry from their first place in Sochi when their athletes were fuelled by a cocktail of steroids as well as patriotic fervour.Their hockey players sung the national anthem in celebration – which broke the IOC’s set of “conduct guidelines” for the OAR team. Not that Bach or anyone else will care. And there is a pattern here. For according to the Washington Post, Russian spies were also guilty of a massive hack of computers at the opening ceremony, yet the IOC appear willing to give the country a pass over that too.Yet these Games were a success, which is something you couldn’t have been sure about barely a fortnight ago. Back then, all sorts of worries swirled around Pyeongchang – including the uncertainty over how North and South Korea would act, the forecast -20C temperatures, the worsening norovirus and the prospect of winds decimating the Alpine schedule. But, quickly and emphatically, the sport took over. news Snowboarding Winter Olympicscenter_img Twitter Show Thank you for your feedback. Share on LinkedIn Quick guide 10 key moments from the 2018 Winter Olympics Share on Pinterest South Korea Double gold medallist Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic: ‘the star of the Games’. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA 1. Ester Ledecka becomes snow queen2. North Korean cheerleaders3. South Korea’s Garlic Girls4. Gus Kenworthy’s kiss5. Return of the shirtless Tongan6. Chloe Kim launches out of a halfpipe into the hearts of the world7. Billy Morgan takes bronze in big air8. Lizzy Yarnold wins gold for Britain9. Diggins and Randall make history10. Canada’s sweethearts keep us guessing Was this helpful? It made Ledecka the first woman to win gold in different sports at a Winter Olympics in history – and a bona fide star.There was also a neat touch in the fact that Norway was able to top the medal table with 39 medals – and 14 golds – thanks to Marit Bjørgen’s gold medal on the 30km cross-country skiing in the final event of these Games. It meant the 37-year-old clinched a record eighth gold medal, and Norway had pipped Germany, who also had 14 golds.Britain finished 19th with one gold and four bronzes, which was broadly in line with expectations. The intriguing question is what happens next. After Sochi, UK Sport doubled its investment in winter sports to £28m and there was talk among some members of Team GB in Pyeongchang of wanting to be a top-five ski and snowboard country in the future – a move that would need more money.Some will regard that as rightly ambitious. Others, as folly. But certainly there were performances that captivated the nation, from Lizzy Yarnold becoming the first Briton to retain a Winter Olympics title to Elise Christie ripping the ligaments in her ankle and her hopes of a medal in the short track speed skating.Meanwhile seeing the likes of Billy Morgan, a 28-year-old former roofer who won a bronze medal in big air, and Molly Summerhayes, who works in McDonald’s in Sheffield and competed in the halfpipe, made it clear that winter sports are not just the preserve of the posh and the privileged.It helped, too, that there were a raft of medals for South Korean home favourites, including a silver for the popular “Garlic Girls” curling team on Sunday, while the thousands of helpful volunteers who cheerfully braved sub-zero temperatures ensured that these Games were a success. Pinterest Topics Support The Guardian Especially as, with his very next breath, he also promised that the Russian Olympic Committee’s suspension would be lifted very soon if there were no more positive tests. That suspension was imposed on 5 December and will have probably lasted less than 100 days when it is lifted. As a response to the most audacious state-sponsored doping programme in history, it counts as barely a slap on the wrist – even when a $15m fine, being forced to call themselves “Olympic Athletes from Russia”, and a ban on the Russian flag and anthem in Pyeongchang is tacked on.A closing ceremony that began with the crowd of 35,000 people counting down together to say “one” as the athletes entered the stadium ended with the Russians close to being officially readmitted to the Olympic fold. “Was it really right to draw a line through what had happened?” Bach was asked. “I don’t think, quite frankly, that the Olympics have been tainted by the Russian affair because we had no Russian team here,” he replied, brushing the issue that has bookended these Games aside.In the VIP seats for the closing ceremony were US president Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, the South Korean president Moon Jae-in, and the vice-chairman of North Korea’s ruling Worker’s party central committee, Kim Yong-chol.Moon later told the cheering supporters: “The Games at Pyeongchang has come to an end, but the time of peace will continue … in Korea, we will continue our endeavour to broaden the horizon of peace that began in Pyeonchang.”The ceremony also featured traditional and modern Korean dance, a giant turtle, and a guitar solo of part of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons played by a 13-year-old.Yet there was also sadness as the Olympic flame was finally snuffed out after 16 days of competition across 102 events. Because when the politics stopped, the sport was frequently spectacular.The star of the Games was undoubtedly Ester Ledecka, the 22-year-old sporting polymath from the Czech Republic. It was audacious enough that she had entered ski and snowboard competitions. But then, incredibly, she won a shock gold in the Super-G ski before, six days later, storming home in the snowboard parallel giant slalom. Moments before the XXIII Winter Games ended amid a furious barrage of K-pop and firecrackers, the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, insisted: “We have seen here how sport can make the world a better place … these are the Games of new horizons.”Watching athletes from North and South Korea strolling happily together, for once separated by centimetres rather than 73 years’ antipathy, it was entirely possible to be swept along by waves of sentiment and hope.Yet another image of Bach, from earlier in the day, was also hard to shake: one of the IOC president despondently confirming that Russian athletes would not march under their own flag at Sunday’s closing ceremony, because of two doping violations at these Games. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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ClassNK Helps Shipyards Comply with EEDI Requirements

first_imgzoom ClassNK has released the new PrimeShip-GREEN/MinPower software.PrimeShip-GREEN/MinPower was developed to help shipyards comply with the EEDI requirements of the Amendment to MARPOL Annex VI by calculating minimum propulsion power requirements in compliance with the IMO 2013 Interim Guidelines for Determining Minimum Propulsion Power to Maintain the Manoeuvrability of Ships in Adverse Conditions.To evaluate minimum propulsion power requirement, added resistance in irregular waves should be calculated based on ship’s Lines. Calculating added resistance in waves can be difficult especially at initial design stage. That is why ClassNK developed a simplified formula to calculate added resistance in waves using only basic information such as main ship specifications, allowing designers to easily evaluate the minimum propulsion power requirement for their ships.In addition, ClassNK has released an updated version of the PrimeShip-GREEN/PSTA software, which was initially released in June 2013 to provide shipyards with an easy means of calculating progressive speed trial analysis in compliance with the ISO 15016:2002 standard recognized in IMO guideline 2012 Guidelines on Survey and Certification of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). Recently, a new draft of ISO 15016 was released. In order to support the industry’s smooth application of this future standard, ClassNK has released a new version of PrimeShip-GREEN/PSTA to help familiarize users with the new software and future requirements of this draft.PrimeShip-GREEN/MinPower and PrimeShip-GREEN/PSTA are provided to shipyards free of charge.ClassNK, April 15, 2014last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane until Friday, Jan. 30, to replace the bridge. A detour is available on a temporary bridge marked with signs and lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 344 Route 344 at Middle Melford will have lane closures to construct a detour bridge and approaches at Melford Bridge until Saturday, Jan. 31. The speed limit has been reduced to 60km/h at the site. Drivers can expect delays, gravel on the road, and rough sections. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and some weekends. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville will be closed indefinitely for structural repairs. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Thompson Road Thompson Road, between Crowley Road and Pugwash River Road, will be closed for culvert replacement until further notice.center_img Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crossed the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed because of damage sustained during flooding. The bridge will reopen next summer. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until spring. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad.Crossroad. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Access to and from Highway 104 on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but has no exit. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 -30-last_img read more

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Carsons Valentines Day meal with Atleo and the pitch to Mike Holmes

first_imgKenneth Jackson and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsDays before Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo announced in Winnipeg he would be pushing to abolish the Indian Act, he received a telephone call from Bruce Carson, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former aide and friend.In the phone call, Carson said he knew of a water company with a plan to clean dirty water on First Nations reserves and he wanted to meet with Atleo at the end of July.“This is the clean water proposal i (sic) spoke to (sic) about on the phone last week. I think it has real merit, especially as a pilot project,” Carson wrote in a July 19 email, obtained by APTN.Later that evening, Atleo responded, “Yes, this looks promising, and we should meet to discuss, asap (sic).”The next day, Atleo made a surprise announcement at the AFN’s annual general assembly that he would work to abolish the Indian Act within five years.Correspondence uncovered by APTN appears to show Carson and Atleo were in the process of hatching a deal.Sources within the water company said Carson told them he had a deal with Atleo.Based on emails written by Carson, the former Harper advisor said he planned to help Atleo scrap the Indian Act in exchange for his support in promoting an Ottawa-based water company named H2O Pros, which later created an entity called H2O Global Group to deal with Indian Affairs.“The AFN need my help getting rid of the Indian Act – so all of this will work together,” wrote Carson, in a July 26 email to company officials.The email was written the same day Carson and the company’s owners met with Atleo’s staff to show off the firm’s wares.“Thought we did as well as we could today – I told Michele (McPherson) and I will tell you because it means so much to her and I that we get this done … I think 6 months from now we will be well on our way,” he said, in the email.Three days later, Carson, 65, and company officials met with Atleo.Michele McPherson, 22, was an Ottawa escort known as Leanna VIP. Carson told APTN McPherson was his fiancee.McPherson was also working for H2O Pros and had signed a deal with the company’s president guaranteeing her 20 per cent of gross profits of all First Nations water deals landed by the company. Carson initialled the deal. Sources say a second contract was signed earlier this year.McPherson was working as an escort when she met Carson last March. She continued until August when a posting online indicated she would only be escorting part-time.The Prime Minister’s Office has asked the RCMP, the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner along with the Commissioner of Lobbying to investigate Carson’s activities in relation to H2O Global Group.The PMO requested the three-pronged probe following a meeting with APTN reporters.In an on-camera interview with APTN which aired Friday, Atleo admitted that he had discussed the Indian Act issue with Carson. Atleo, however, said he did not need Carson to access the prime minister. Atleo said he is able to pick up the phone and talk to Harper.A number emails obtained by APTN, however, appear to show Atleo and Carson working behind the scenes to push the company to Indian Affairs bureaucrats and well First Nations chiefs.“I thought this mornings (sic) meeting with Atleo and Richard Jacques (Richard Jock, Atleo’s chief of staff) was good and gave us a clear field to pursue our goals with support of the National Chief and his Chief of Staff,” wrote Carson hours after the first meeting with Atleo.A later email shows Atleo directing two of his top officials to identify companies it could target in the Ottawa area.“Can either of you touch base with bruce (sic) tomorrow to begin sourcing potential first nation pilot site around the Ottawa area?” Atleo said Sept. 6.In reply to Atleo’s email Carson wrote the company’s owners: “This came as a result of a call to me from the National Chief yesterday.”With Atleo in tow, Carson then proceeded to approach Indian Affairs. In an Aug. 19 email Carson, using his University of Calgary address, wrote Gail Mitchell, the department’s director general of community and infrastructure and another official.“I have been working with National Chief Atleo and his staff on water quality solutions on reserves – and have been directed to both of you as the folks at INAC to deal with on this issue,” he said. “I was wondering if the representatives of this company and myself could meet with you to explain the system and find out how best to get involved in the government initiative of providing clean drinking water on reserves.”That day, Mitchell asked her officials to set up a meeting in September.“I would be delighted to chat about some of the work we are doing on FN infrastructure and program development (sic),” Mitchell wrote Carson, on Sept 14.A flurry of emails ensued later that month.Carson to Irving “Bing” Leblanc, the AFN’s director of housing and infrastructure: “Do you have time for our meeting on Monday – Gail Mitchell as you know is ready to send someone – thxs for doing this-bc (sic).”Leblanc: “Haven’t heard from INAC Toronto if they got any direction from Gail or  Garry Best’s office regarding participating in this meeting.”Carson to Mitchell: “Do you have a contact that Irving could deal with.”Mitchell: “Garry Best is the contact. Irving Leblanc knows Garry quite well. He should have Garry’s contact info but just in case please let Irving know he can contact me. Cheers. Gail.”Carson to AFN officials: “$Gary is the guy (sic).”Garry Best is director of infrastructure operations for the department.In October, AFN provided provided Carson with a list of First Nations communities the company could target in late fall.The communities included: Tyendinaga, a Mohawk community near Belleville, Ont., and the remote northern Ontario communities of Slate Falls First Nation, Lac Seul First Nation and Marten Falls.But the AFN told Carson they don’t endorse any product sold by H20 Pros.“I want to make it clear that AFN does not endorse any product nor accept liability on the performance of the product marketed by H20 Pros,” said Leblanc to Carson.It was around that time H20 Pros changed their name to H2O Global Group, despite owner Patrick Hill telling APTN Global Group had been around for three years.With the list from AFN the company went to work.The first plan of action was to get in on the Mike Holmes pilot project the TV celebrity contractor is doing with a First Nation near Sudbury, Ont., and unveiled Friday.Carson said that Holmes’ people had recently asked H20 Global Group to forward some information and they were on the cusp of getting into the project.Carson said he met with Seth Atkins, a representative of Holmes, in Calgary last week.“We discussed a number of things. The Holmes Group and AFN have sent Global Group a letter or email requesting a lot of further information which will be responded to over the next day or so. I think that puts them into the mix of what could be providers to the Holmes Group,” Carson told APTN this past Sunday.Holmes partnered with AFN on a multi-million dollar renovation of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation. The project aims to turn the community into a showcase of cutting-edge green technology construction.Hill told APTN the company had secured a letter of intent from a Manitoba First Nation to use H2O Global Group product late last year. Hill said Indian Affairs refused to fund the project because the community’s water wasn’t dirty enough, so the deal fell through.Hill and Carson also said they were weeks away from securing a major deal with Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ont.APTN learned last week the band had more questions because the deal “appeared too good to be true.”Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan’s office has admitted staff met with Carson during the process.The department has also confirmed Indian Affairs officials met with Carson and company representatives several times. A departmental statement referred to them as “stakeholders.”Carson said Atleo was on board as was Duncan’s office.While Atleo said he cut all ties with Carson in October, the company had a booth at the special chiefs assembly in December, where they also co-sponsored a table with Carson’s Canada School of Energy and Environment.On Valentine’s Day of this year Atleo and his wife joined Carson and McPherson.Bank records show Hill was there too and paid a nearly $600 tab but didn’t sit with the two couples.Atleo said he paid for his meal and that of his wife.A well connected First Nation source told APTN Atleo believed Carson was his bridge to the PMO.Atleo has repeatedly denied that, saying he already has a direct relationship with the prime minister.Kennethbrianjackson@gmail.comjbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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Vanquished Liberals return to Hill one last time

first_imgAPTN National NewsLiberals from across the country are cleaning out their offices on Parliament Hill this week.The party lost 43 seats in the recent federal election including its only Aboriginal MP.With a major defeat in the election, they’re in Ottawa for a last meeting and a few goodbyes.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has that story.last_img

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Federer ready for Isner shootout for Miami crown

first_imgMiami: Roger Federer is gearing up for a Miami Open final shootout with John Isner on Sunday after blowing away young-gun Denis Shapovalov in straight sets. Federer produced a 6-2, 6-4 masterclass at Hard Rock Stadium to leave up-and-coming star Shapovalov, who grew up idolizing the Swiss, chasing shadows during a difficult first set. The Swiss was superb in dismantling the 19 year-old’s game, but knows with huge serving Isner lying in wait in what will be the former world number one’s 50th ATP Masters final, the key will be to defuse the reigning Miami Open champion’s monster service game. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Isner used it to great effect in his 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4) win over Shapovalov’s friend and compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime earlier in the day, smashing down 21 aces. He’ll be looking for more of the same against 20 time Grand Slam champion Federer. “Playing a big server like John is like being in a penalty shootout in soccer, but I enjoy it,” said number four seed Federer who coped brilliantly with Kevin Anderson’s dangerous serve in the quarter-finals, winning the first set to love. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Sometimes you go with momentum. Sometimes you go with feel. Sometimes you guess maybe a little bit and sometimes you see it. It’s a combination of all sort of things. “You just hope that the stars align, that you pick the right side, that he picks the wrong side, that maybe he misses a serve, that you can put him in uncomfortable situations time and time again, and at the end somehow you find a way.” Federer had no such challenge from Shapovalov, playing his fifth ATP Tour semi-final. Even though the Swiss was standing in his way of a first final, the 19 year-old stressed beforehand that it was a “dream” to take on Federer. It quickly, however, turned into a nightmare. The Canadian displayed understandable nerves early on, a struggle with his first serve proving as much in a 10 minute opening game which he eventually won. Yet it didn’t settle him down and when another horribly loose backhand flew long, Federer pocketed a vital early break and stayed in the driver’s seat. Shapovalov, who will jump to a career best 20th in the world thanks to this impressive run, enjoyed some much better moments in the second set and looked more relaxed, although the match was never in his hands. He hit just eight winners in response to Federer’s 30 but will learn from this. “It’s kind of surreal, being on the court against Roger,”admitted the Canadian who joked the only enjoyable moment for him was the warm up. “Obviously I wasn’t trying to focus on the fact that it’s him on the other side. “I was just trying to play as good as I can, but he played an excellent match. I wasn’t able stay at his level. I’m just going to try to learn from this and move forward.” Federer, assessing his own performance, said he played “very well”. “I had to because when you let Denis play, he’s got some serious power and he gets rhythm going. He can really put you in uncomfortable situations.” This was the first time since 2007 that two teenagers have reached an ATP Masters semi-finals and although both suffered disappointing defeats, they leave South Florida with their heads held high. Auger-Aliassime’s dream run finished with the youngster from Montreal competing confidently in the biggest match of his career even if he will rue the chances that escaped him after being broken while serving for the first and second set. “Unusual,” Isner called it. “It could have been a little bit of inexperience and maybe a little bit of fatigue, also.” Despite the disappointment etched all over Auger-Aliassime’s face at the end, his run here will give him great confidence moving forward as he, and Shapovalov, aim to prove their Grand Slam credentials. The 18-year-old is the youngest-ever male semi-finalist in Miami and only the second qualifier to reach the last four after Guillermo Canas reached the same stage in 2007 before losing to Novak Djokovic in the final. Auger-Aliassime will also see his ranking jump from 55 to 33 in the world. “I think I did the best that I could,” he said. “It’s a chance you can’t miss, serving two times for the set, and just — I don’t know. It’s just terrible. The biggest lesson I learned was to stay in the present and believe in yourself.”last_img read more

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Alleged Murderer of Moroccan Jewish Couple Caught in Casablanca

Rabat – Casablanca’s judiciary police services arrested on Friday the alleged culprit of a premeditated murder, robbery and mutilation of the bodies of two Moroccan Jewish citizens, said the national police (DGSN).Police services had received a missing person warrant, in suspicious circumstances, for a man and his spouse since July 2 and investigations, led under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor’s office, revealed the implication of a gardener (aged 51), who was employed by the said couple, the police added in a statement.The offender had mutilated the corpses of the victims and scattered them in Casablanca, said the same source, underlining that the crime’s main motive is theft of jewelry. “This case has no link whatsoever with any terrorist act,” it stressed. read more

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Three months after Chinese earthquake UN continues to assist recovery

The Wenchuan earthquake not only devastated lives and livelihoods, but also destroyed basic services and infrastructure when it struck on 12 May. In Sichuan and neighbouring Gansu and Shaanxi provinces, an estimated 5 million buildings collapsed, 21 million buildings were damaged and over 40 million people were affected. The area also continues to be jolted by strong aftershocks.According to the Chinese Government, reconstruction could take as long as three years. Permanent structures need to be rebuilt, livelihoods and basic services need to be restored and collapsed schools need to be constructed. UN agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) all have continuing operations in China.“Our message today is that the United Nations will continue to support the Chinese people in recovering from this disaster,” the UN Resident Coordinator in China, Khalid Malik, said. “The relief phase has come to a close but the medium and long-term needs are immense and it is our hope that the international community will further support the Chinese authorities as they work on helping the people in the quake-hit areas to restore their livelihoods.”FAO is working with local authorities and the local media to provide useful information and technology for the recovery of agricultural activities with the emphasis on building back better.ILO launched a “Start and Improve Your Business” project in cooperation with the United Kingdom, aimed at helping small entrepreneurs and workers whose businesses were damaged or destroyed. This project aims to assist vulnerable groups in rural areas by providing small grants, especially to women, to help them restore their livelihoods.UNICEF announced last week that it will work with the Chinese Government to set up 30 child-friendly spaces for the long-term psychological recovery of children and families affected by the earthquake. These spaces will offer social activities and will help experts identify children showing initial signs of more serious trauma.UNDP is helping conduct a legal assessment aimed at the post-disaster relief and reconstruction process, looking at issues such as property rights, adoption, inheritance and insurance. It is also supporting the creation of a long-term strategy for disaster risk management and backing a rural recovery project in some of the poorest villages.UNESCO is providing assistance to the two earthquake-affected World Heritage sites in south-western Sichuan province, namely the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries and Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System. The agency is also providing equipment and skills training to staff at the Maer’kang television and radio station, which was destroyed by the earthquake.UNFPA is providing $1.2 million for early relief and recovery of health services. The funds will mainly be used to provide hygiene kits, equipment and supplies for essential health services, as well as training in psycho-social support.WHO is providing advice and technical support in planning the reconstruction of the health-care system. The agency brought in international experts on post-disaster reconstruction in response to a request from the Chinese Government for international best practices. WHO is also designing a training programme in psycho-social support and the prevention and control of communicable diseases. 12 August 2008United Nations agencies are continuing to help millions of people rebuild their lives in south-western China, three months after the region was devastated by an earthquake that left more than 80,000 people dead or missing. read more

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