Denbigh High and Excelsior High were crowned urban and rural senior champions, respectively, at yesterday’s ISSA schoolgirls netball finals at the G.C. Foster College.Denbigh seniors clipped Manchester High 37-35, while Excelsior stopped, Gaynstead High 44-37.In the junior finals, Gaynstead defeated former champions Queen’s 26-23 for the urban title, while Holmwood captured their first junior final in six years after a 23-18 victory over Denbigh.Goal shooter Moya Manning, with 17 goals from 19 attempts, was the leading scorer for Denbigh in the rural senior final. She got good support from Zandria Cohen with 16 from 16, and Dane Thomas 10 from 16. Manchester High’s goal shooter, Janalee Johnson, scored 27 from 33 attempts and goal attack Shaunakaye Morgan, eight from nine.In the urban senior final, Excelsior were inspired by goal shooter Kimberly Hudson with 22 goal, from 24 attempts and goal attack Quannie Walker, 20 from 28. Goal shooter Amanda Pickney top-scored for Gaynstead with 21 from 25, and goal attack Astia Brooks got 16 from 19.The all, island finals will be played next Wednesday, December 7, at the Leila Robinson Courts.
It will be the biggest test of the second round for University of West Indies (UWI) FC when they journey to Wespow Park in Montego Bay to challenge leaders and defending champions Montego Bay United in the Red Stripe Premier League.The team, which is enjoying only its second year in the competition, is coming off a massive 4-0 win over former champions Portmore United and a 0-1 loss to the promoted Jamalco in its last two matches, which speaks to inconsistency. Additionally, they will be without two of their best players in captain and leading scorer Rochane Smith and their defensive rock Deno Schaffe.For the onlooker, the above picture looks like a certain struggle for UWI FC, especially with Montego Bay United’s deep squad and home advantage. However, UWI FC’s coach Marcel Gayle sees things differently.”They are the top, and if you want to go to the top, you have to beat the best, or who are at the top, and if you want to beat the best, you have to play your best football. That is what it is about and that is what we will have to do,” Gayle said, making the assignment seem a simple thing.PAID THE PRICE”I think we got a little bit ahead of ourselves against Jamalco after beating Portmore United. We got complacent and paid the price.”We put in the work in the past week and we hope that everything falls into place and that we get a favourable result,” Gayle added.Gayle added that while Smith and Schaffe are important members of his group, he will not dwell on their absence.”Both players are significant members of our unit, but we have a large squad and, for me, their absence is an opportunity for others to step up. Others such as Kemar Cummings, who was a regular starter last season, and the returning Akeem Thenstead are capable. There is also enough experience in the group to provide leadership,” he explained.Montego Bay United, like UWI FC, are coming off a loss in their last game. They lost 1-2 to Humble Lion and required a late goal from Johan Weatherly to see off Maverley-Hughenden in their previous game. Another loss could see them overtaken by their opponents, as well as Tivoli Gardens, both of whom are on 29 points, two below them.”They have been doing very well and, them being in third position and former leaders, is no fluke. They have ambitions,” Orville Powell of Montego Bay United said of UWI FC.”They came here before that and we won that game. With the ambition that they have, I am sure they are coming with a reversal of that first result or revenge on their mind, so we have to take this game seriously,” added Powell.A win and putting on a good performance for the home fans, Powell said, are very important, and he expects no less. Among the players he will be looking to are the competition’s joint leading scorer Dino Williams, Allan Ottey and veteran midfielder Dwayne Ambusley, who recently made his national debut.Second-placed Tivoli Gardens should be fancied to get the better of 10th-placed Harbour View when the two meet at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, especially with the return of the rejuvenated Jermaine Johnson, while Portmore United should end their mini slump run with a win over Waterhouse at Prison Oval.The Jamalco-Boys’ Town affair should be a tricky one as, while Jamalco, the home team, are coming off a draw and an away win in their last two games, bottom-of-the-table Boys’ Town are showing the kind of fight that have seen them survive when many have written them off. The presence of bright prospect Shamar Nicholson in the Boys’ Town team should be a major plus for them.Home advantage could help Reno clinch a point from their match-up with Humble Lion, while pride should help Arnett Gardens see off Maverley-Hughenden.Today’s Games:o 3 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens FC vs Harbour View FC @ Edward Seaga Sports Complexo 3 p.m.: Portmore United FC vs Waterhouse FC @ Prison Ovalo 3 p.m.:Jamalco FC vs Boys Town FC @ Wembley Centre of Excellenceo 3 p.m.: Montego Bay United FC vs UWI FC @ Wespow Park/Fairfieldo 3 p.m.: Reno FC vs Humble Lion FC @ Frome Complexo 3 p.m.: Arnett Gardens FC vs Maverley-Hughenden FC @ Anthony Spaulding Complex
One of 13 persons on trial for staging mercenary activities in neighboring La Côte d’Ivoire on Thursday, May 22 denied any involvement.Testifying at Criminal Court ‘D’ defense’s team 12th witness, Isaac Taryon, who has become partly blinded in the eye told the court that “I did not fight any of the wars in Liberia, so why should they accuse me of fighting in La Côte d’Ivoire.”“I don’t know anything about war. Ask any of the warring factions’ heads whether they know me of being part of their groups,” the defense witness furthered. “I’m just a mere farmer, who is a victim just because I am a member of the Krahn tribe.”According to him, during the war in Liberia, he fled and sought refuge in La Côte d’Ivoire, but later returned and resided in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.Narrating about his arrest and subsequent indictment, Taryon told the jury that on July 12, 2012, at about 8 p.m., he drove some Ivorians on his motorbike to the PTP’s refugee camp.“When we got to the camp, it was around 8 p.m. and the security at the gate prevented us from entering,” defendant Taryon alleged.“They told us that they were advised by their bosses that nobody should enter the camp after that hour, because state security was arresting people who they claimed fought in La Côte d’Ivoire.”He said, after he was stopped from entering the PTP’s refugee camp he decided to go to a nearby shop to have some drinks.“When I entered the shop, I saw lot of Ivorian refuges there so I decided to offer them some drinks (alcohol). It was while we were drinking, my friends yelled and said the security officers are coming let us run from them,” he stated.“I told them that I was not going anywhere because I was not one of those they were in searching for.”“But, when they arrived at the shop without asking me any questions, they arrested me and charged me of being a rebel. I am not a rebel and I never fought any war,” defendant Taryon protested his arrest. The case continues…Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
England manager – and nicest man in football – Gareth Southgate’s waistcoat is wanted by the Museum of London following the Three Lions’ success at the World Cup in Russia. Speaking to the BBC’s World Cup Daily podcast earlier in the tournament, he said: “I’m slightly concerned because as a centre-half who took a lot of knocks to the head I’m not normally synonymous with fashion icons!“I know my strengths and I know I’m no David Beckham!”So humble. Look at that beard – majestic! We salute you oh glorious leader! 3 Gareth Southgate is masterminding England’s ruthless pursuit of World Cup glory in a waistcoat. Class It’s said every member of the England squad touches the waistcoat for good luck before every game… and that Jordan Henderson forgot Getty Images It appears football may not be the only thing ‘coming home’ this summer, after Southgate unwittingly sparked a revival of the garment that was originally invented in London over 350 years ago.The Three Lions boss has made waistcoats popular again, with the ‘Gareth Southgate effect’ seeing sales boosted by 35 per cent at Marks & Spencer – the formal outfitters of the England team.Southgate has become a national icon for his classic navy blue waistcoat and trouser combo – with the look finished off with a crisp light blue shirt and a regal red, white and blue tie.How to dress like England’s glorious World Cup leader Gareth SouthgateIt has sent the British public into a waistcoat-buying frenzy, while it also inspired one man – who sort of looks like the England boss in a creepy, evil-twin, sort of way – to support the England team in Russia and pose with excitable fans. Is Southgate the nicest man in football? In the world? Probably. The sleeveless garment was first worn by King Charles II in the capital, and the Museum of London now wants to recognise the waistcoat’s revival by acquiring one of Southgate’s for its permanent collection.“Waistcoats were born in London in 1666, promoted by King Charles II,” the museum’s senior fashion curator Beatrice Behlen said.“The new fashion soon spread and for at least 300 years a three-piece suit soon formed a key part of every man’s wardrobe.Why does Southgate wear a waistcoat? England boss’ attire explained“Now Watford-born Gareth Southgate is reviving that London tradition and bringing waistcoats home to the forefront of fashion.“This acquisition would be a fantastic addition to our holdings and would come at an exciting time for us while we build the London Collection as we plan the New Museum in West Smithfield.”Southgate himself has laughed off the idea he has become a trend-setting fashionista. 3 3
TOP WORK targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 1 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? three-way race Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST IN DEMAND RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Lenglet only spent one season in Sevilla, joining from Nancy for just £4.4million last summer but impressed sufficiently with his defensive skills and his ball-playing ability.Lenglet has signed a five-year deal at the Nou Camp and will have a release clause worth £265million.Barcelona themselves describe the player as “one of the most promising defenders on the planet” and say he “completes a spectacular defence” as he fits in along with fellow centre-backs Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest Transfer news Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Barcelona have completed the signing of Clement Lenglet from Sevilla, the club have announced.The Spanish title holders have paid the £31.7million release clause in the centre-back’s contract. moving on Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LIVING THE DREAM Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Barcelona have signed Clement Lenglet from Sevilla. The signing does, though, call into question the future of current Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, who wasn’t named among their centre-backs in the statement.The 23-year-old impressed at the World Cup, where he scored three times for Colombia.
There have been rare sightings of pine martens in Co Donegal.A pine martenAccording to the Gweebarra Conservation Group, there have been sightings of the elusive creatures in both Derryloughan in Glenties and Cloghercor in recent weeks.The sightings have taken place at dusk. The animals are also known as Cat Crainn (tree cats) and are usually found in their stronghold of The Burren in Co Clare.It is understood the pine marten’s waste laden with rowan berries also provided a key clue that the creatures are about.The Gweebarra Conservation Group have asked who may have spotted the shy creatures to get in touch. RARE SIGHTINGS OF PINE MARTENS MADE IN DONEGAL was last modified: August 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGweebarra Conservation Grouppine martens
OAKLAND – After a demoralizing loss with a depleted lineup, Draymond Green stayed positive, saying the result would only delay Golden State’s fourth NBA title in five years.“We just got to continue to battle and win the next game, go back to Toronto, win Game 5, come back to Oracle, win Game 6 and then celebrate,” Green said. “Fun times ahead.”Green’s joking postgame demeanor belied his frustration on the court during the Warriors’ 123-109 loss to Toronto at Oracle Arena, which put Golden …
Background:It would seem as if two tectonic shifts, one in the somewhat bizarre world of global finance (post the Global Finance Crisis), and the other in the realm of the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution, have finally made its way into thinking on competitiveness. In a major step change from its long established methodology that underpinned the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2018 edition of the index introduces a range of new concepts and attributes geared to measuring competitiveness, and ultimately productivity, to respond to the challenges of the time.In order to understand and interpret the implications of the new rankings of South Africa, for example, it is at first necessary to understand why WEF embarked on a revision of its methodology. These can be divided into two, being: one, of global political-economic nature, and on the other – due to digitisation and the emergence of the 4th Industrial Revolution.On the one hand WEF argues that the global financial crisis indicates that such events have long-term negative impacts on productivity. The 4th Industrial Revolution on the other hand impacts on the outlook of societies due to disruption of existing business models, and the potential negative impacts innovation can have on society.In order to provide more insight on how societies, and states should respond to the challenges of preventing new financial crises and melt-downs, and to govern the societal effects of innovation, the 2018 GCI identifies new attributes to fit the purpose. In broader terms, before we look at some of the details of changes brought to the 2018 GCI methodology, WEF recommends four attributes of successful economies in the early 21st century, these being:1. Be Resilient: introduce measures to prevent financial crises and mass unemployment;2. Be Agile: do not resist change, and be able to adapt to new modes of production of goods and services;3. Build Innovation Ecosystems: encourage and support innovation at all levels;4. Adopt Human-Centric approach: ensure that policy and innovation actively protect human centric development approaches.Changes to the WEF GCI MethodologyThe WEF GCI 2018 presents a revised methodology to measure national competitiveness, and productivity in the context of the fourth industrial revolution. In order to provide competitiveness insight, and national preparedness for adoption of new technologies, modes of production, and the challenges/opportunities of the 4th industrial revolution, WEF in 2018 introduced new pillars of measurement, the twelve are:Institutions (same as before) Infrastructure (same as before) Macro-economic stability (same as before) Health (revised from Health & Primary Education) Skills (newly introduced pillar) Product Market (newly introduced pillar) Labour market (revised but continuation from previous Labour Market Efficiency) Finance system (revised but continuation of Financial Market) Market size (same as before) Business dynamism (revised from Innovation capability (revised from previous ‘Innovation’ pillar)The methodology takes as its point of departure the idea that productivity ultimately drives human development and prosperity in the long term.iii Of the original 98 indicators that informed the GCI, 34 have been retained, and 64 new indicators introduced.It is therefore clear that more than two thirds of the indicators that measured national competitiveness/productivity, have been revised.iv This illustrates the extent to which the two major societal forces (financial instability and the disruptive effects of the 4th Industrial Revolution) have impacted on WEF’s methodology.Implications for Nation Brand Performance profiling of South AfricaThis section provides some initial thoughts and perspectives on how the changed GCI methodology impacts on the South African Nation Brand’s performance. The table below provides an overview of South Africa’s performance in the 2018 GCI. Notable issues: Based on the new WEF GCI methodology it is clear that South Africa still ranks extremely well in terms of: Market size, Finance System, and Innovation Capability; In the African context Mauritius is first at 49/164, and South Africa second at 67th, Morocco, third at – 75th, Tunisia fourth at – 87th, and Botswana at 90th making it the fifth most competitive African nation; Of the BRICS nations, China is first, at 28th, Russia second at – 43rd, India third at – 58th, and Brazil fifth at – 72nd in over-all ranking; South Africa’s national strengths can be found in the Finance System ranking 18th, it’s Market Size at 35th, with strong performance in Business Dynamics at 56th, the Labour Market at 55th (which looks much more promising than rankings achieved through the previous methodology), with a relatively good ranking for Economic Stability at 57th; In the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution it is notable that South Africa ranks 46th for Innovation Capability. As noted above, being agile and capable to adapt to technological change and innovation, is critical to productivity and survival in a period of rapid change.Much further analysis remains to be done to unpack detailed sub-indicators in the GCI to better profile and understand the South African Nation Brand’s capability to remain productive and competitive in the 21st century economy.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest They can sprout up anywhere in a field and they increasingly do: weeds, specifically a family of weeds known as pigweeds.As they harvest, farmers should watch for patches of pigweeds, which are quickly multiplying across the state. A campaign dubbed “No Pigweed Left Behind” is aimed at encouraging farmers to stop those weeds from spreading any further.This year could be especially challenging because the state’s record rainy spring caused many crop fields to be left unplanted, ideal conditions for weeds to move in.Ohio is home to five types of pigweed, each of which can cost a grower a lot to eliminate. Farmers and gardeners love to hate weeds in general, but pigweeds are especially problematic because they grow fast, produce a lot of seeds, and develop a resistance to the herbicides that used to kill them.In Ohio, the worst two weeds in the pigweed family are Palmer amaranth and waterhemp, said Mark Loux, a weed specialist with Ohio State University Extension.The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and the Ohio Soybean Council are spearheading No Pigweed Left Behind.Waterhemp, which used to be primarily in west-central Ohio, has spread quickly, and some populations have developed a resistance to three types of weed killers, Loux said. Farther west in the Corn Belt, some populations of waterhemp have developed resistance to up to seven types of herbicide.“Waterhemp is starting to show up everywhere,” Loux said. “I hate to say this, but it’s about to blow wide open.”The No Pigweed Left Behind campaign is trying to spur growers to scout their fields for weeds in general, especially for pigweeds.Any weeds in a field now likely survived the herbicide that had been applied earlier in the season.It’s best to avoid going through a patch of pigweed with a combine because that could spread the seeds, Loux said. Instead, growers can leave the weeds in the field and deal with them next year, mow them or deep plow them to control where the seeds go, he said.If a combine does go through an area with a lot of weeds, farmers should later clean their combines to remove the weed seed and keep it from spreading to the next field, Loux said.“It’s all about how you’re going to manage the seed at this point,” he said.On fields left unplanted this season, “you’re going to have to have an aggressive plan to manage weeds, going forward,” Loux said.A particularly vexing pigweed found in Ohio, as well as elsewhere in the Midwest and South, is Palmer amaranth. The weed has been found in about one-fourth of Ohio’s counties, but efforts to encourage people to scout for and remove it have kept its populations in check, Loux said.“We’ve restrained it,” he said.Other weeds in the pigweed family that have turned up in Ohio include smooth pigweed, spiny amaranth, and Powell amaranth, but these are generally not as problematic.“Waterhemp and Palmer amaranth are not fun weeds to control,” Loux said. “They’re constantly evolving to render what you’re using against them ineffective.”For a free 2019 guide on weed control in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, visit go.osu.edu/weedcontrolguide.For more information on pigweeds and recommendations on how to deal with them, visit go.osu.edu/weedseedinfo and go.osu.edu/scoutforpigweeds.
LATEST STORIES Zedrick Borja ruled the 13 to 14-year-old boys’ division clocking in at 18:21.9, nearly 20 seconds faster than the silver medal winner, while Samantha Corpuz conquered the 13 to 14-year-old girls’ division, finishing the course at 19:01.4, more than three minutes ahead of the second-fastest female.Coach Ani De Leon-Brown, one of the organizers and pioneers of the sport, said seeing nearly a thousand kids get up before the crack of dawn and go through a physical adventure speaks volumes of what the future holds for the younger generation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDe Leon-Brown said kids who started as early as possible in any sporting endeavor already set the foundation of a healthy lifestyle for years to come.“If you can encourage your kids, even if they’re not competitive, even if they’re not racing Ironkids for example, it’s really a good time to teach that skill [swimming]… it’s easier to establish that fitness routine because later on it would be harder to start,” said De Leon-Brown. “If they’re used to that, their bodies are used to activity, it’s a healthy habit they can take on to adulthood.”Setting children up for an early start in any sport could very well pave the way for a potential career especially in the current landscape of triathlon where the sport has fully entrenched itself in the public’s consciousness.The two-time World Championships qualifier said they didn’t have a role model in the Philippines but with so many other personalities thriving in the sport, she’s positive the younger athletes have someone to look up to.“Everyone has their own specific path but personally when I was starting we didn’t have that many role models,” said De Leon-Brown. “It’s really great that kids can realize ‘oh this is what we can become, we can be similar to that person.’”“They know what’s possible and that’s great.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP The IronKids waiting for gunstart. Photos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSUBIC, Zambales—The sun hadn’t fully risen yet on one Saturday morning here in Subic but a massive throng of young athletes had already converged at Remy Field.More than 800 kids aged six to 14-years-old participated in the annual Alaska IronKids swim/run race in this coastal city where a couple of up and coming young stars ruled the event.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting GALLERY: Young athletes show their mettle in IronKids swim-run race Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View comments
Mumbai, July 13 (PTI) Sports For All (SFA) announced a holistic scholarship programme for children here today, promising to take the multi-sports inter-school competition in Mumbai to the next level. “We have signed up training and development partners for all the 26 sporting disciplines that school kids will be competing in. The idea is to offer talented kids the best training facilities and coaching support so that they go on to become future champions,” Rishikesh Joshi, the founder of SFA, said at a press conference at the CCI. An avid sports lover and former sports administrator Rishikesh said that the second edition of the SFA will be grander and much more professional, with over 35,000 students expected to participate in 26 Olympic disciplines when the 15-day tournament gets under way on December 5. “We have full faith in the project and believe that this will nurture good future athletes. The entire tournament will be conducted in a highly professional manner. Every match will be video recorded and the scholarship will help our young stars get better, skillfully, physically, mentally and as a sports person,” Rishikesh added. PTI BS BS
UEFA Champions League Man City practising best football in Europe, claims Toure ahead of Champions League test Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 00:14 12/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Manchester City Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City Shakhtar Donetsk Guardiola Yaya Touré City are unbeaten in all competitions this season and the midfielder does not think anyone can match the football they are playing Yaya Toure believes Manchester City are “practising the best football in Europe” as they look to finish the Champions League group stage with a 100 per cent record.City visit Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday having taken five wins from five in Group F. Paris Saint Germain, who take on Bayern Munich on Tuesday, are the only other team in the competition yet to drop a point.But Toure feels the football City manager Pep Guardiola is employing is unparalleled across the continent. City are also unbeaten in the Premier League, having dropped just two points all season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And, speaking at a pre-match media conference in Ukraine, Toure – who also worked with Guardiola at Barcelona – said: “Our team is practising the best football in Europe but we want to play against the best teams to see where we are.”I think teams respect us. We are in a good moment. We are full of confidence. The way we control games is fantastic.”Though City are assured of top spot, the game is a pivotal one for their hosts, with Shakhtar needing a point to secure progression at the expense of Napoli, who face pointless Feyenoord in their final group game.#TOURE: Our team is practising the best football in Europe but we want to play against the best teams to see where we are! #fcsdvcity— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 5, 2017Toure added: “Shakhtar have a beautiful team, a great squad, a great coach. For us it is a big challenge to play against them.”
Since you’re here… Federer and Nadal renew old rivalry and serve up a contest for the ages Read more Share on LinkedIn Roger Federer In their pomp they met here three years in a row, Federer winning in 2006 and 2007, Nadal one of the greatest finals of all time, in 2008. And here they were, in their 40th contest, 15 years after their first, still arguing on court in the nicest possible way about who was the better, who was the best of them all.As Federer said after the 16th win of their rivalry: “Always cool to play Rafa here, especially after so long. It had everything. I’m glad the match is over. He’s serving bigger, so we have fewer rallies. He’s got such easy power, to kill any point. Everyone has less time on the ball these days. That’s been the big difference from 11 years ago.“It gave me a huge boost for the final. It will be down to who’s got more energy. There are no draws in our sport. It’s brutal at times. Age kicks in. I know it’s not over yet. One more.” Pinterest Tennis On a mild Friday afternoon, with a wisp of wind to soothe nervous brows (and that was just in the paid seats), Federer led them out to thunderous applause, each wearing a white bandana, like a pair of old hippies who might have been otherwise sitting in Hyde Park waiting for the arrival of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. They would make some sweet music of their own soon enough.Federer deserved his win. He out-served the Spaniard, with 14 aces to three, tucked him up on the baseline to stifle his attacking instincts and held him off in a stirring finish when Nadal saved four match points.That was one of two dramatic passages of the semi-final. The first was the inexplicable collapse by Federer in the second set, after he had hung on to win the first in a tie-break. In 37 minutes the Swiss looked every day of his 37 years and Nadal needed to do no more than stay focused to level at a set apiece.About the time Neil Young was warming up the oldsters in Hyde Park, with Dylan to come, Federer and Nadal settled down to play out their symphony of pain. Each Nadal hold felt like the last note of lament. Nearly three hours after they had started in sunshine, Federer served for the match in shadow, a metaphor for their careers.Federer clipped the line with an ace, leaving Nadal with one challenge. Federer lost his third and last challenge at 30-all. Federer made an utter mess of a back-pedalling smash and Nadal had break point – then dumped the simplest of backhands. Federer angled a backhand volley for a third match point – and, after an agonisingly long rally, Nadal kept it alive. Federer aced for a fourth match point, nicking the back line. Nadal hit crosscourt to extend the drama. Federer fashioned a fifth match point off a mishit return. 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Support The Guardian match reports Share on Pinterest Reuse this content When Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic step on to Centre Court on Sunday to contest the Wimbledon men’s singles final for the third time in six years two Spaniards back in the Balearics will pause to wonder might have been.Although there was little in the end that Roberto Bautista Agut – late for his stag party in Ibiza – could have done to stop the Djokovic train in the first semi-final on Friday, he did take a set off the world No 1, just as his compatriot from Mallorca briefly had Federer in his tight grip.As Nadal said after Federer had won 7-6 (3), 1-6, 3-6, 6-4, “I had my chances. He played little bit better than me. Probably I didn’t play as good as I did in the previous rounds, so he deserves it.” Share on WhatsApp The key at the start was the tie-break. It was Federer’s sixth shootout win over Nadal from seven on Centre Court. “It came from a good game plan,” Federer said. “I served well on top of it.”It was the 40th match of their 15-year rivalry and the first here since 2008, when Nadal won a final that scaled the heights of greatness. This did not match that. How could it? They are 11 years older, with a combined age of 70, and there is a limit to how much even these very special players can stretch their genius.As Nadal said of Federer: “He is always able to do the most difficult things easy. He’s able to move inside the court quicker than anyone. He puts pressure on the opponent all the time because he has the ability to take the ball earlier than anybody else.”As for their special relationship, he thinks there is life in it yet. “We are not done, so … things continue. Of course we know that every time there are fewer chances to play against each other in these important matches. I am sad to lose because that was another opportunity. But I have to accept it was not my day. And I know chances are not forever. Last year I had chances here [in the semi-final against Djokovic]. I had another one today and I was not able to convert.”Even diminished by age, however, they still are better than the young contenders who fell like leaves from a tree in the first week, and all the others who clung to their dreams in the second. It is fitting Djokovic stood with them in the last four. Between them they have not only won the last 11 majors, but 15 of the last 17 Wimbledon titles and 50 of the last 58 grand slam titles. It is always mind-boggling to comprehend that dominance. Rafael Nadal roared through the second set before Roger Federer took the match away from him in the third and fourth sets. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Share on Twitter Wimbledon Topics Share on Messenger Wimbledon 2019 Share via Email Facebook Share on Facebook
Trevon GrimesOhio State is the football program five-star wide receiver Trevon Grimes should commit to, according to his Twitter followers. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound prospect out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. has a final six of: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State. The No. 5 WR in the 2017 class took to Twitter late Wednesday evening to ask his followers which of the schools he should commit to. The results:— GrimeTime™ (@TrevonGrimes7) June 16, 2016 pt 2— GrimeTime™ (@TrevonGrimes7) June 16, 2016Grimes, the No. 29 player in the class, will be committing in August. Ohio State is believed to be the favorite to land the St. Thomas Aquinas product.
These developments are welcomed news for the Administration, in light of industry stakeholders’ concerns that unless visitor harassment is decisively addressed, it could potentially erode brand Jamaica’s renown as a highly sought after destination of choice for tourists, and overshadow the sector’s record visitor arrivals and foreign exchange earnings. Story Highlights Mr. Bartlett says the positive outcomes are evidenced in Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) visitor opinion surveys which show that 60 per cent of the tourists visiting Jamaica recently were satisfied with their experience. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says anti-visitor harassment measures being implemented in resort areas are bearing fruit. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says anti-visitor harassment measures being implemented in resort areas are bearing fruit.These include training programmes and sensitization workshops for frontline industry representatives interacting directly with visitors; and heightened vigilance and patrols by resort security officers.Mr. Bartlett says the positive outcomes are evidenced in Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) visitor opinion surveys which show that 60 per cent of the tourists visiting Jamaica recently were satisfied with their experience.“Also noteworthy is the fact that 42 per cent of our visitors are repeat guests. Our intention is for those numbers to be even higher as the visit should resonate so well with those who land on our soil, that they will unhesitatingly and consistently give us an A+ rating,” the Minister adds.The anti-visitor harassment measures are enabling guests to move around more freely, which contributed to Jamaica being recently voted the number one Caribbean destination and among the top 20 globally, by the highly respected American travel and restaurant website company, TripAdvisor, Inc.These developments are welcomed news for the Administration, in light of industry stakeholders’ concerns that unless visitor harassment is decisively addressed, it could potentially erode brand Jamaica’s renown as a highly sought after destination of choice for tourists, and overshadow the sector’s record visitor arrivals and foreign exchange earnings.While acknowledge the positive outturns emanating from the interventions, sector interests also urge that these be sustained and others introduced, so as to avoid the onset of complacency that could give rise to a resurgence in the prevalence of visitor harassment.It is a point which Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, emphasized while speaking with stakeholders during a recent tour of Falmouth, Trelawny.“A guest who doesn’t feel pressured is more likely to spend and interact. That guest is also more likely to come back with his or her family for a longer stay, which is a win-win (situation) for all of us,” he argued.Mr. Holness further emphasized the importance of training, noting that those who interact daily with visitors should be cognizant that “what we deem as normal” is not necessarily something that visitors are comfortable with.Training and certification are being facilitated by the Government through the newly established Jamaica Centre of Tourism.Additionally, the Falmouth Tour Guide Programme provides training designed to equip persons, deemed informal guides, with the skills and inputs that reposition them as official industry ambassadors.“It all boils down to the knowledge that the guest must at all times feel free to walk the streets without feeling pressured to buy anything. A happy guest will always be willing to spend and, most importantly, will go back and spread the good word (about their experience),” Mr. Holness stated.National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who also toured Falmouth recently, has high praises for persons trained under the Tour Guide Programme.“They are now some of our best guides (and) are positively contributing to our tourism product. This is the kind of transformation we need to see in all our resort towns,” he adds.Meanwhile, Minister Bartlett is emphasizing that destination assurance, resulting from the creation of a safe and comfortable environment for visitors, is crucial to the tourism industry’s ongoing expansion.He points out that Jamaica can proudly boast that tourism contributes to approximately 10 per cent of the national gross domestic product (GDP), and impacts sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, construction and entertainment.The Minister says most respondents to the JTB’s visitor opinion survey highlight Jamaica’s beauty and indicate that they are pleased with the facilities at their disposal.He, however, notes their discomfort with the assertive approach displayed towards them by persons with whom they interact while walking on the streets, arguing that with the threat of harassment, visitor spending decreases, “and so do our earnings.”“It is our goal (to ensure) that visitors who step on our soil will feel a sense of peace of mind. This will allow them to traverse the nooks and crannies of the island and experience the rich taste of our culture and the many unique and diverse offerings,” Mr. Bartlett says.