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‘Best feeling in world’ as Sharapova wins on return

‘Best feeling in world’ as Sharapova wins on return

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite READ: Sharapova returns to tennis after 15-month doping ban“It’s the best feeling in the world to walk out (on court), it’s been a stage of mine since I was a young girl and it was very special,” said Sharapova who celebrated her win with a succession of double fist pumps and a broad smile before blowing kisses to all corners of the Porsche Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I have been waiting for this a long time.”Sharapova was given a wildcard to play in Stuttgart, where she has been champion three times, a move which drew a barrage of criticism from rivals who believed she was receiving preferential treatment. MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely On Wednesday, the French Tennis Federation repeated that they will not make a decision until next month.“There is a date which has been fixed. There is no reason to make an exception for Maria Sharapova,” said FFT president Bernard Guidicelli.“We will meet with the tournament director Guy Forget on May 15. The decision will be taken and communicated at 1900 (1700GMT) on Facebook on May 16.“I know that there is strong expectation from the media and fans but we are not casting. This is not a rock-opera.”With the likes of Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova sidelined — and potential heir Eugenie Bouchard struggling — women’s tennis needs pulling power and Sharapova ticks all the boxes for event organizers.But many remain to be convinced.Bouchard was quoted in an interview in Istanbul as describing her childhood idol as a “cheater”.World number five Simona Halep, the fourth seed in Stuttgart, believes that handing Sharapova wildcards sends completely the wrong signal.“I can’t support what the tournament director has done but in my opinion, for children and young players, it’s not OK to help players who were banned for doping with wildcards,” said the Romanian. CBB View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Russia’s Maria Sharapova reacts after defeating Italy’s Roberta Vinci in their first round match at the WTA tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on April 26, 2017. AFPSTUTTGART, Germany — Maria Sharapova marked her return from a 15-month doping ban on Wednesday with a rusty 7-5, 6-3 win over Roberta Vinci in Stuttgart, describing victory as the “best feeling in the world”.Sharapova, the former world number one and five-time Grand Slam champion, brushed off a nervous start to eventually claim a convincing win on her controversial comeback having tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fajardo, Blatche lead Gilas Pilipinas shoo-ins She fired 39 winners and 11 aces past 34-year-old Vinci, one of many to have voiced her concerns over the Russian benefitting from wildcards.READ: Tennis: Sharapova back in business, like it or notAfter receiving warm applause from the crowd, which included one fan who held up a Russian flag bearing the words ‘Welcome back Maria’, Sharapova, dressed in an orange top and lilac-colored dress, initially struggled.She quickly found herself 2-0 down before she broke back to level at 2-0.As was to be expected after her long break, Sharapova labored to find her shots and Vinci profited from several mistakes.But the 30-year-old Russian started to move her Italian opponent around the court and found her range with a pair of aces.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sharapova finally broke the Italian in the 11th game and then held her service, converting her second set point in exactly an hour.Vinci had lost to Sharapova in both their previous meetings and the Italian trailed from 2-0 down in the second set on Wednesday.Sharapova quickly moved to 5-3 ahead up with an ace and extended her domination in the following game, racing into a 40-0 lead and converted her first match point for victory in one hour, 45 minutes.‘At my best’“I’ve been doing this for so long and this was my first match for a while, so when you are in the moment, you block everything else out,” said Sharapova.“I’m competitive by nature, even when things aren’t working out.“That’s when I am at my best, when I forget about everything, just be me and just compete.”Sharapova will now play fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in Thursday’s second-round.“It’s going to be tough, but every match I play now is important for me,” she said.“It’s important to just play, it’s a journey and it officially starts for me today and I am looking forward to playing as many matches as I can.”Sharapova has also been granted wildcards into the Madrid and Rome tournaments and she will need similar generosity from Roland Garros if she is to make the main draw of the French Open, where she is a two-time champion. 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European Union supports free and independent media

European Union supports free and independent media

first_imgDear Editor,Today the European Union joins with Guyana and the rest of the world in celebrating World Press Freedom Day. Free, diverse and independent media are indispensable to promoting and protecting democracy worldwide. A free press and freedom of expression are among the very same foundations of democracy, contribute to stable, inclusive, and resilient societies and can help defuse tensions and contain conflicts. The EU supports the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes ensuring universal access to information and protection of freedom of expression.Supporting independent, quality and ethical journalism is essential. By facilitating the free flow of quality and well-researched information on matters of public interest, and by acting as the “public’s watchdog”, independent media are the basis of a participatory democracy and a tool to make governments accountable for their actions.The EU condemns the worldwide increase of threats and violations against journalists and media professionals’ offline and in cyberspace. All states are expected to fulfil their global obligations to protect freedom of expression and the safety of journalists by providing a supportive legal environment and prosecuting all attacks against journalists. The EU consistently opposes – in bilateral contacts with third countries as well as in multilateral and regional fora – any legislation, regulation or political pressure that limits freedom of expression and takes concrete steps to prevent and respond to attacks against journalists and bloggers.The EU Guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline, adopted in 2014, (and their continued implementation), reaffirm the EU’s determination to promote freedom of opinion and of expression as rights to be exercised by everyone everywhere, based on the principles of equality, non-discrimination and universality, through any media and regardless of frontiers.Yours faithfully,AmbassadorJernej VidetičDelegation of theEuropean Unionlast_img read more

‘You play Thursday ‘cos you’re f****** s****’ – Spurs chant mocks Arsenal and Chelsea

‘You play Thursday ‘cos you’re f****** s****’ – Spurs chant mocks Arsenal and Chelsea

first_img Son netted the winner against City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 1 LIVE ON talkSPORT One fan tweeted out a video of the delirious fans singing a song mocking their adversaries in the capital for failing to make it into Europe’s premier continental competition. Birmingham vs Sheffield United (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Slavia Prague vs Chelsea (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Wolves (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Wigan vs Norwich (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Manchester City (Sunday, 2:05pm) – talkSPORT He tweeted the lyrics of the chant, sung to the tune of December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) by The Four Seasons, which goes: “Oh what a night, watching Tottenham on a Tuesday night. You play Thursday ‘cos you’re f****** s****. What a feeling, what a night.”You can can see the Spurs fans singing the chant below… 🎼 Oh what a night, watching Tottenham on a Tuesday night. You play Thursday ‘cos you’re f*cking s*ite. What a feeling, what a night 🎼 … 😂🤣😭[@MitchRobinson95 & [@KatSpur71]#THFC #COYS #TOTMCI #UCLpic.twitter.com/zQ2GQxPhgg— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) April 9, 2019Tottenham have plenty of experience playing on Thursday nights, but they can sit back and relax knowing their London rivals, rather than them, are in the Europa League this season.Chelsea and Arsenal have both reached the quarter-finals of Europe’s lesser competition, with the first leg of their last-eight clashes taking place this week.The Gunners host Napoli while Chelsea travel to the Czech Republic to take on Slavia Prague – a match which talkSPORT is covering with full live commentary, kick-off 8pm. talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… It’s safe to say Spurs fans were in a jubilant mood following Tottenham’s superb victory against Manchester City on Tuesday evening.Mauricio Pochettino’s side ended City’s 14-game winning streak thanks to a late strike from Heung-Min Son to put them in a strong position in their Champions League quarter-final tie.Fans at the north Londoners’ new stadium were understandably elated with the result – and they couldn’t resist the urge to poke some fun at London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea following the match.last_img read more

SA congratulates new Zambian president

SA congratulates new Zambian president

first_img26 September 2011 South Africa has congratulated Michael Sata following his inauguration as Zambian president on Friday following a 10-man presidential race in the southern Africa country. “The South African government extends its sincere congratulations to President-elect, Mr Sata on his election,” the Presidency said in a statement. “In this regard, the South African government wishes to reaffirm its desire to further enhance its strong historical relations with Zambia.” According to the Electoral Commission of Zambia, Sata amassed a total of 1 150 045 votes, representing 43% compared with the incumbent, Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) President Rupiah Bwezani Banda, who polled 961 796 votes, representing 36.1%. The MMD has been the ruling party Zambia for the last 20 years; this was Sata’s fourth presidential election. South Africa further reiterated its commitment to continue working with the Zambian government and people for the mutual benefit of both nations. “The South African government also wishes to extend its appreciation and respect to all the candidates who participated in the elections, as well as to the sterling work carried out by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and all the institutions which have contributed to success of the democratic elections in Zambia.” South Africa had also taken note of the fact that, according to election observers, the poll met the criteria for being free, transparent and credible, and said this boded well for the consolidation of a democratic culture on the continent. Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu represented South Africa at the inauguration. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

As Apple Preps iTunes Match, Should Other Music Services Be Concerned?

As Apple Preps iTunes Match, Should Other Music Services Be Concerned?

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… iTunes Match, the cloud music syncing feature that will be launched with iOS 5 this Fall, is now available to developers. Earlier reports that it would enable streaming of songs turned out to be false, but Match is a significant update to the way iTunes works nonetheless.Beginning this Fall, users will be able to sync their iTunes-purchased music across devices automatically thanks to iCloud, a larger initiative that does the same for contacts, calendars, documents and apps. Music fans who want to take this syncing to the next level and include content they acquired beyond iTunes can pay $24.99 per year for iTunes Match. This includes independently produced music that isn’t available among the iTunes Store’s 18 million songs. The songs will automatically be downloaded (not streamed, as Apple was quick to point out) to all of your devices and synced wirelessly. How Does It Compare to Amazon and Google’s “Cloud Locker” Services?In its own marketing material, Apple positions its new offering directly against the digital “music locker” products offered by Amazon and Google, and even offers us this handy, if not exactly unbiased, chart: 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Apple#music#news#web Amazon’s Cloud Player launched in March and provides the closest comparison to what iTunes is going for, and Amazon even has an online music store to go along with it. It lets users upload their entire library to the cloud and supplement it with Amazon MP3 purchases. Google Music, which has no music marketplace, is still in closed beta but is offering far more space than Amazon. We did a more in-depth comparison between these two music locker products when Google launched theirs in May. For its part, iTunes Match lets users avoid the time-consuming upload process by matching tracks automatically with those stored on Apple’s servers. Of course, songs not found in the massive iTunes database will have to be uploaded manually. Google Music’s pricing is not yet known, but at $25 per year, iTunes Match is offering a more afforable option than Amazon’s Cloud Player, which has tiered pricing based on storage. How Will This Stack Up Against Spotify, Rdio and the Rest? Since iTunes Match is not a streaming service per se, it doesn’t go directly up against the likes of Spotify, Rdio, MOG and Grooveshark. Still, it’s worth looking at the ways in which this iTunes upgrade may change how Apple’s offering stacks up against these other services. Grooveshark doesn’t offer an entirely fair comparison, since it’s still wrestling with legal issues that are preventing it from launching a proper iOS app. Like iTunes Match, Grooveshark lets you upload your own music, but for now it only works on desktops, Android, Blackberry and Palm devices and costs $9 per month for mobile access. Rdio’s premium service, which costs $10 per month, enables offline access like iTunes, but the similarities end there. Rdio is, first and foremost, a service that streams music, something iTunes Match explictly will not do. And while Rdio lets you download a copy of each song for offline listening, that copy is not yours to keep. If you leave Rdio, you behind all that music. With iTunes, its yours forever, whether you acquired it legally or not. One of the disadvantages of Rdio is that you can’t augment it with music from your own existing library, unlike with iTunes Match. Another service that lets you include your previously-acquired music is Spotify. Like Rdio, Spotify is primarily a music streaming service, but it scans your hard drive for locally-stored music and seamlessly adds it to your online music collection. Paying subscribers can get access to it all from their mobile device for $10 per month. MOG is essentially the same deal as Rdio, but with about 10 million songs available, as opposed to 11 million. Of all the streaming services, Spotify probably comes the closest to competing with iTunes’ cloud-based service. Both services let you listen to whatever music you want, but there are a few crucial differences. For one thing, Spotify streams, whereas iTunes requires offline listening. And again, with Spotify, you don’t own that music. If you cancel your subscription, you’ve got to purchase those songs elsewhere. Finally, there’s the pricing model. Rdio, MOG and Spotify are available for about $120 per year, compared to $25 for iTunes Match. Of course, with iTunes you still need to purchase music individually or acquire it through less legal means. If you’re somebody who wants to access a lot of new music in a given year, iTunes’ cloud offerings might not be the way to go. Instead, one of the all-you-can-eat services may prove to be a better fit. john paul titlowlast_img read more

Nisshin Splashing Over USD 600 Mn on Newbuilds

Nisshin Splashing Over USD 600 Mn on Newbuilds

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Nisshin Shipping has been tied to an order for up to 25 new ships at Chinese and Japanese shipbuilders as the company pushes forward with its ambitious fleet modernization plan.The order, estimated to be worth around USD 666 million, includes four small chemical tankers, seven Ultramax bulk carriers, and 14 Panamax bulkers, data from VesselsValue shows.Oshima Shipbuilding won the most orders, a total of 14 newbuildings, seven 62,000 DWT bulkers and seven 82,000 DWT bulk carriers. The Panamaxes are valued at USD 25 million apiece, while Panamax newbuilings are priced at USD 27 million each, bringing the total order value at the yard to USD 364 million.The deliveries are scheduled to start in 2019 continuing into 2020 and 2021.Japanese shipbuilder Usuki Zosensho has secured an order for four 21,000 cbm chemical tankers of 19,700 dwt. The new tankers, priced at USD 33.5 each, are slated for delivery in 2020, according to VesselsValue.China’s Jiangsu Nantong Ship Heavy Industry was tied to the remainder of the batch, a total of seven 82,000 dwt bulkers worth USD 24 million apiece. As disclosed, the newbuildings are set to join Nisshin’s fleet in 2020.The latest order for seven Panamaxes at Jiangsu Hantong, comes on the heels of an order placed by Nisshin with the shipbuilder in July this year. To remind, the contract comprises five firm orders scheduled for delivery in 2018, while the two optional units, if ordered, would be handed over in 2019.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Amrapali diverted homebuyers money to Dhoni Auditors to SC

Amrapali diverted homebuyers money to Dhoni Auditors to SC

first_imgNew Delhi: Amrapali Group had entered into “sham agreements” with Rhiti Sports Management Pvt Ltd (RSMPL), which promotes brand of Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to “illegally divert” home buyers money, the court appointed forensic auditors have told the Supreme Court.The forensic audit report accepted by the top court said Tuesday that Amrapali Sapphire Developers Pvt Ltd had paid Rs 6.52 crore, out of the total amount of Rs 42.22 crore, to RSMPL during 2009-2015. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Several agreements were entered into by Amrapali Group with RSMPL, including one of November 22, 2009, under which Dhoni would make himself available to the chairman for three days along with one representative of RSMPL, it said. “There are no documents held on record for compliance of this condition,” forensic auditors Ravi Bhatia and Pawan Kumar Aggarwal said in their report. “This clearly shows that these Agreements have just been made for payment of amounts to Rhiti Sports Management Private Limited Company are Sham Agreements and made just for making payments to RSMPL,” the report said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We feel that home buyers’ money has been diverted illegally and wrongly to RSMPL and should be recovered from them as the said Agreement in our opinion does not stand the test of Law,” the forensic auditors have said in their finding which was noted by a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and U U Lalit in its 270-page verdict. In April this year, Dhoni had moved the apex court seeking protection of his ownership rights on an over 5,500-square feet penthouse he booked 10 year ago in a project of Amrapali Group. The report said that Amrapali Saphire paid Rs 6.52 crore on account of agreements executed by Amrapali CMD Anil Kumar Sharma with RSMPL. “There is no resolution on record authorizing Mr Anil Kumar Sharma, CMD to enter into an agreement on behalf of all Amrapali group of Companies,” the auditors said. The report also dealt with an agreement for sponsorship dated March 20, 2015, under which Amrapali Group of Companies got the right to advertise as Logo Space at various places in the IPL 2015 for Chennai Super Kings. “It is observed that this Agreement is on plain paper and executed only between Amrapali and Rhiti Sports Management Private Limited and there are no signatories on behalf of Chennai Super Kings to this Agreement. No Resolution in favour of Arun Pandey, Signatory of Rhiti Sports Management Private Limited is attached with the said Agreement,” the auditors said. They said Dhoni, whose wife Sakshi Singh Dhoni, was a director in Amrapali Mahi Developers Pvt Ltd, was the brand ambassador of Amrapali group and carried out a number of transactions with respect to endorsement of its projects. He has entered in agreements with other group company as well. It said Amrapali Mahi Developers Pvt Ltd was incorporated for development of a project in Ranchi and an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also entered between the parties.last_img read more