Defending champion Rafael Nadal advances to Rogers Cup quarterfinals

first_imgTop-seeded defending champion Rafael Nadal advanced to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals, beating Argentina’s Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4 in the wind Thursday night.”A tough day in terms of wind. But we are used to playing like this,” Nadal said. “When we play on outdoor courts, that’s part of the game, too. Of course it is better to play without this kind of wind.”At the same time, it is beautiful to play under tough conditions because then the player who has different options to play has better chances to survive these kind of days. It’s about adapting and being focused mentally. Of course, I prefer to play without these conditions, but in some way I enjoy.”The winner last year in Toronto for his fourth title in the event, Nadal won his 379th ATP Masters 1000 match to break a tie with Roger Federer for the record. Nadal has 82 singles victories, winning the French Open in June for his second title of the year.In the quarterfinals, the 33-year-old Spanish star will face seventh-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy. Fognini beat France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 7-5.”He’s having a great season, one of the best of his career, if not the best,” Nadal said. “I need to be playing well. I think today I played better than yesterday, so I hope tomorrow I continue with this improvement. That’s what I need if I want to keep having chances to be through.”Sixth-seeded Karen Khachanov of Russia beat Montreal teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-3 in the afternoon at windy and raucous IGA Stadium.advertisementCelebrating his 19th birthday, Auger-Aliassime was undone by 12 double faults and a series of mistakes. After the match, the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to Auger-Aliassime, while a video featuring fellow pros also passing on their greetings played on the big screens.”For sure frustrated because it was a big occasion,” he said. “There was a lot of expectations, pressure, you name it. It’s tough to see it slip away, but there’s reason for that. It just means that I still have things to improve to win these type of matches and to deal better with these type of moments.”Khachanov set up a quarterfinal match against third-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, a 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (5) winner over Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili.Tied 7-7 in the tiebreaker, Khachanov sent a shot into the net on serve and then fired another ball over the second deck and out of the venue in frustration at the crowd cheering his mistakes, which led to loud boos.”I cannot deny that I got a little bit crazy,” Khachanov said. “But I’m really a bit disappointed … with the crowd as well. I don’t have anything against when they cheer for Felix. It’s normal. He’s the home favorite, especially from Montreal. I wish they could cheer the same way in Russia for me. But still, not when I miss or not wishing me to miss, screaming during the points. It’s disrespectful.”Second-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria beat Marin Cilic of Croatoa 7-6 (7), 6-4. Coming off a victory on clay in Austria for his third title of the year, Thiem will face eighth-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Cristian Garin of Chile.Tenth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain and No. 16 Gael Monfils of France won late matches to set up the final quarterfinal. Bautista Agut edged Richard Gasquet of France 7-5, 7-5, and Monfils beat Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-4, 6-0.Read more | Shubman Gill breaks Gautam Gambhir’s record, scores double hundred against West Indies AAlso see:last_img read more

PM Reaffirms Commitment to Use EU Funds Effectively

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to effectively utilize European Union (EU) funding support to implement programmes for which they are earmarked.“We take seriously European taxpayers’ funds as we do Jamaican taxpayers’ money. The truth is, if we are spending resources, whether it is (an EU) grant or Jamaican taxes, we must ensure that we get value for money and that (projects) are effectively done,” Mr. Holness said.He was addressing journalists following a tour of Denham Town in West Kingston with a delegation of visiting EU officials, headed by Director General, Stefano Manservisi, on Friday (February 2).The delegation also included members of the EU office in Jamaica, Government officials and other key local stakeholders.The tour provided the visitors with a first-hand view of the extent to which the Government is utilizing EU grant support in beneficiary communities like Denham Town.They were also apprised of developments with the administration of the security and social intervention components in the Denham Town Zone of Special Operations (ZoSO).Noting the EU’s substantial contributions to Jamaica’s development programmes annually, the Prime Minister said a significant portion of these investments has been in the areas of social development, targeting roads, schools and the administration of justice.He further noted that the EU’s wide-ranging assistance was aligned with the strategy of the ZoSO, “which is not (solely) reliant on interventions by the security forces.”“It shows that with good partners, such as the EU, working faithfully with us towards targeted objectives, we can achieve the goal of human development,” the Prime Minister said.Mr. Holness said developments in the Denham Town ZoSO are examples of what can be achieved with social interventions and “strategically deployed and accountable” security forces.“What we see happening in this very small area (is something) which we hope to be able to scale up rapidly and expansively over a short period of time…and that is being done. Inch by inch (and) minute by minute, Jamaica is coming to grips with its social issues and crime problems, and with the support that you (EU) are giving us, I am certain that we will overcome these,” the Prime Minister said.“On behalf of the people of Jamaica, and in particular, the residents of Denham Town, who have benefitted from the support you have given, I want to say thank you,” he told the EU delegation.For his part, Mr. Manservisi said he is happy with the developments in Denham Town, noting that “what you (Government) and the citizens are doing is fantastic.”“I am very happy that we have contributed. We have seen positive outcomes and we will be happy to keep working with you,” he said.European Union funding support to the country has totalled over €1.2 billion since the Jamaica-EU partnership commenced in 1975.last_img read more

Is Baseball Moving Beyond Old Guys In The Dugout

Craig Counsell is not a normal manager. Earlier this week, Counsell was named the new manager of the Milwaukee Brewers after Ron Roenicke was fired. Counsell is 44 years old and a former utility infielder for the team; before this week, he had never managed at any level. But what’s most surprising — and what makes him atypical — is that Counsell only hung up his spikes four years ago.Since the early days of baseball, the population of managers who were former MLB players1Eighty-five percent of managers appeared in at least one game at the major-league level. has been getting older and further removed from their playing days.2The following analysis uses data from Sean Lahman’s database. That’s partly because player-managers went extinct, but the pattern continued even after Pete Rose, the last player-manager, left baseball. In 2011, the trend hit its peak, with the average manager-who-used-to-be-a-player more than 23.5 years removed from the end of his major-league playing career.Now, though, young managers are experiencing a mini-boom. Counsell is a good example: He didn’t pay his dues in the traditional manner, working his way up through the minors like Joe Maddon or serving as apprentice to an established coach, like Don Mattingly did with Joe Torre. He spent the four years after his playing career working in the Brewers’ front office as a special assistant to General Manager Doug Melvin.Three years ago, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Mike Matheny was the new kid on the block only six years after he retired. One year later, the Detroit Tigers hired Brad Ausmus, three years off his last appearance in the majors. Similarly, last year the Tampa Bay Rays hired Kevin Cash to fill Joe Maddon’s vacated position, four years after Cash had last played for the Boston Red Sox. Thanks to all these greenhorns, the average manager was only 18.5 years removed from his playing career in 2014, five years less than in 2011. This is the largest three-year shift in manager experience levels since 1950, when managerial positions varied rapidly. We may be seeing a historic inflection point.So despite the long-term trend, the ranks of baseball’s managers have been given a recent infusion of youth. We’ll need more data before we can tell if these counterexamples are part of a genuine reversal of a century-long progression or just a handful of qualified youngsters who happened to come on the market at the same time. If the swing toward recently retired players holds, we’ll have to face the intriguing and as-yet-unanswered question of why front offices suddenly prefer youth over experience. read more

Spiritual and solemn scene at Parliament Opening

first_img Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Related Items:bahamas, free nationaL MOVEMENT, Magnetic Media News, Opening of Parliament Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas May 24, 2017 While newly appointed senators and other government officials were guided by spirituality and solemnity during the Opening of Parliament today, members of the public were jubilant. As Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling read the Speech from the Throne outlining the policies of the newly elected Free National Movement (FNM), many in the audience cheered and applauded. While Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and others made their way to the ceremony, there was much hand-shaking and happy interaction with supporters.The message from the FNM was one of serious change as many new initiatives were proposed. The message was also a spiritual one as the church was called to play a meaningful role in government and in helping young people. Seriousness and spirituality were also emphasized in the remarks of Nassau Village MP Halson Moultrie, who was elected Speaker of the House. Moultrie called for punctuality, respect of office and took time out to give special recognition to those members of parliament who are ordained. He reminded the government of the  spiritual values in the constitution and asked that they be courteous to each other during debating.#MagneticMediaNews#OpeningofParliament Recommended for you Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Nowlast_img read more

TCI Digicel spreads holiday cheer to SNAP Center

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 27, 2017 – Providenciales – In the midst of preparing for one of the busiest seasons of the year, the Digicel team shifted their focus towards spending meaningful moments and spreading holiday cheer with the students from the Special Needs Association of Providenciales (SNAP) Center.As a community-centered organization, and one that believes in empowering the people of the Turks &Caicos Islands, the Digicel team was thrilled to be a part of the Christmas experience this year for these students.   All sixteen kids at the S.N.A.P. center were given gifts from Digicel for Christmas, including remote control monster trucks, Moana and Dora dolls, fragrance gift sets and much more.Commenting on the success of the outreach, Regional CEO for Digicel, Sinead O Marcaigh, said, “We all had a great time bringing the joy of Christmas to our little friends here.   At this special time of year, it is even more important for us to let them know that we still care.”The initiative is very dear to Marcaigh who shared, as “I’ve been working with children with special needs for over 30 years.  It was great to spend time with these children who are often forgotten.  Their smiles are genuine and they long to have a normal life like anyone else.  So I was more than glad to join the team and be part of making their Christmas a bit brighter.”In a hearty show of gratitude, the students treated the Digicel team to a few songs, showing off their musical prowess, followed by lots of hugs.  Their teachers received treats as a token of appreciation for their tireless work and dedication in ensuring that the students receive the best possible education and early stimulation.Press Release: Digicel Related Items:last_img read more

Valverde doesnt think Boatengs signing is controversial

first_imgAhead of the clash against Sevilla in Copa del Rey, manager Ernesto Valverde wanted to come out in Kevin Prince Boateng’s defense.FC Barcelona’s new transfer is a controversial one, Kevin Prince Boateng has a bad reputation and he even needed manager Ernesto Valverde to come out and defend him from critics on Tuesday.The Ghana international has always been involved in scandals that are directly related to his personal life, the man is very active outside of the pitch and he constantly is part of several tabloids for things that are completely unrelated to football.However, nobody has ever doubted of his skills as a football player and Barcelona signed him because of how good a forward he is.During his time at Las Palmas, it was clear that he was the major star in a modest squad and the manager from that club never had a single disciplinary problem with him.Manager Ernesto Valverde has been questioned about how controversial Boateng’s arrival is, he immediately responded by defending the player and reassuring everyone that the club doesn’t see those problems and only cares about the player’s quality.Something very similar happened with Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal at the start of the season, he did have some minor issues but they were quickly discarded by amazing performances.📡 Starting at 5.00pm CET, Ernesto Valverde’s press conference #CopaBarça👉 🔵🔴 #ForçaBarça— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 22, 2019The club expects the same from Kevin Prince, they know he is a colorful guy outside the pitch but they have no doubts that he agreed to play for Barcelona because he feels that he can help the squad improve this season.Valverde did mention other examples like Vidal when he was asked about Boateng, he also spoke a little bit about Munir’s exit from the club, a move that prompted Boateng’s arrival.“Since I’ve been here, all of them are controversial signings, and then…? said Valverde via Goal.“[About] Arturo Vidal, Paulinho, you talked a lot, with Arthur also, then he also gives us a great performance. Things always end up going well.”“The departure of Munir [El Haddadi] is a matter of the club, and we would like to have strikers in the team who score 15 goals, but that’s not been the case. Boateng arrives for a few months.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“He knows the trade, a player who, having made a career in other positions, now plays as a number nine, he knows La Liga and the role he is playing in.”“He was available, Munir left, the club thought he was the best option and I hope he helps us a lot.” “We trust in the presumption of innocence,” Valverde added.“We do not want to fight with him, but want him to help us and to score goals. In Las Palmas he had a great year.”👑 When the King meets the Prince 🤝@kingarturo23 & @KPBofficial— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 22, 2019The upcoming Copa del Rey match for FC Barcelona will be quite challenging, they won’t have Lionel Messi after Valverde decided to rest him for this match but they will have Kevin Prince Boateng.There is a major chance that the new arrival will make his debut for Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, this will be the perfect opportunity for him to prove that he wants to succeed at FC Barcelona and he wants the club to execute that €8 million buyout clause by the end of the loan they made with Serie A’s Sassuolo.Barça’s upcoming calendar will be quite complicated as they play Sevilla on Wednesday, they travel to Girona for a Catalan Derby, then they receive Sevilla in the second leg of this Copa del Rey’s quarterfinal, then they play Valencia at Camp Nou, and they finally travel to San Mames to face Athletic Club Bilbao in La Liga.After all those very complicated matches, Barcelona plays against Real Valladolid in La Liga before traveling to France, where they will play against Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League’s Round of 16.👀 Do you want to see how the team received @KPBofficial?📷🎥 👉 🔴🔵 #EnjoyPrince— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 22, 2019Which of the stories about Kevin Prince Boateng do you remember the most? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more