By Martyn HermanDefending champion Novak Djokovic’s preparations for Wimbledon have been laid back in the extreme.The world number one has not played a competitive match since a gut-wrenching defeat by Stanislas Wawrinka in the French Open final at the start of the month, opting out of the Wimbledon warm-up events in what has been an extended grass court swing.Djokovic even posted a photograph of himself apparently asleep on one of the All England Club lawns this week but do not be deceived.Once the Serb walks on to Centre Court on Monday to begin his quest for a third Wimbledon title he will flick the switch and the warrior instincts are sure to return.Djokovic made it a mission this year to complete his career grand slam at Roland Garros and after back-to-back wins against Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray in the quarter-finals and semi-finals his moment seemed to have arrived.An inspired Wawrinka slammed the door shut though.It was a heartbreaking defeat for Djokovic but a fortnight in the English country garden setting of the All England Club, with some expected warm weather too, will provide the perfect antidote for any lingering disappointment.“He was very close to achieving something that very few players have done … he probably needed some time away to rest and relax and get his head right,” said Wimbledon third seed Andy Murray.Djokovic’s most likely title rivals, Murray and 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer, have been busy sharpening their grass court tools.Murray breezed to a fourth Queen’s Club title while Federer’s eighth Halle crown in Germany backed up the belief that, even at 33, the second seed could win an eighth Wimbledon crown to move past American Pete Sampras in the all-time list.‘Murray Mania’ will pump up to full volume over the next couple of weeks with the in-form Briton being tipped to win his first slam since beating Djokovic on Centre Court in 2013.He has lost eight in a row to Djokovic since then and such is Djokovic’s reliability that it is likely Murray will have to solve that conundrum if he is to triumph.“He has put himself back in the mix,” triple Wimbledon champion John McEnroe said of the Scot’s resurgence after a lacklustre 2014.“I think overall he is 10 to 15 per cent better and that is a significant amount at his level.”Two-time champion Nadal will arrive under the radar.Seeded 10th after a mediocre year, dethroned French Open king Nadal won his first grass court title for five years in Stuttgart a few days later and then lost to Alexandr Dolgopolov at Queen’s but no one will want to face him.“I think in certain ways it’s not about the shots, it’s more about what’s inside his head, how healthy he is,” said McEnroe.Last year’s tournament saw Grigor Dimitrov oust defending champion Murray, Australian trailblazer Nick Kyrgios hammered Nadal and Milos Raonic fell to Federer in the semi-finals and that trio will return with high expectations.The unpredictable Kyrgios, 20, has the ‘wow’ factor to shake up the establishment, according to fellow Aussie Darren Cahill who once coached former champion Lleyton Hewitt.“There are going to be highs and lows with Nick because he’s so young and goes for broke but he clearly likes the biggest stages and that makes him dangerous,” said Cahill.
Geneveve Casugod of Generika Digs down on Cocolife Kaye Martinez Daly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMiddle-of-the-road teams Generika-Ayala and Cocolife get that one last chance to power up their finals bid Thursday.But they will have to do it against league heavyweights when the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference stages its knockout quarterfinals at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Castro pounces on open looks to keep TNT in the fight LATEST STORIES Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Filipinos 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 Generika-Ayala, coached by national team mentor Francis Vicente, faces a resurgent defending champion F2 Logistics at 5 p.m., while Cocolife battles Cignal at 7 p.m.Cignal coach George Pascua is not taking Cocolife lightly and warned his team against its habit of starting slow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We can’t afford to be like that; this is a very important phase of the tournament,” said Pascua. View comments
Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao during the Nationals’ tune-up game against Adelaide 36ers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas escaped hard-fighting Adelaide 36ers in the first of their two tune-up games at Meralco Gym in Ortigas Friday night and coach Yeng Guiao felt that his charges are still far from their optimal form.“Our big men weren’t that quick, so we should find a way to keep up,” Guiao told reporters shortly after the Filipinos’ 92-83 decision over the Aussies that showcased Gilas’ potential on both ends of the court.ADVERTISEMENT But Guiao stressed that improvements are still welcome, especially during a time when the team is plagued with minor injuries.“We can still get a bit smoother, a bit more fluid,” he said. “When we were playing in Spain, after being together for a while, I saw that we were playing well as a team.”Poy Erram and Matthew Wright both sat out the game after getting hurt in a scrimmage last Monday. They will continue to miss the remainder of the friendlies, while Marcio Lassiter is ruled out of the World Cup, according to Guiao himself.For now, what Gilas needs is for the June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario, and Roger Pogoy to adapt, and quickly.“We need those three guys to catch up,” Guiao said. “We’re hoping to make the adjustments on Sunday, and after that, it’s really just practices and putting together a game plan.”ADVERTISEMENT Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ Gilas will try to repeat over the 36ers on Sunday before revealing its final roster for the global meet slated to begin on Aug. 31 at the Chinese city of Foshan.The scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 92 – Blatche 19, Aguilar 17, Perez 12, Pogoy 10, Lee 10, Bolick 8, Almazan 7, Barroca 5, Fajardo 4, Norwood 0, Rosario 0.ADELAIDE 83 – Moore 16, Froling 11, Teys 10, Dillon 10, Taylor 9, Griffin 9, Kyei 8, Johnson 6, McVeigh 4, White 0.Quarterscores: 25-16, 50-49,73-68, 92-83.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery French president, football stars unite against Amazon fires “This game gave us a glimpse of what we will face (in the future).”But Guiao also said that he had a good problem on his plate, considering the way his wards performed individually.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s difficult [to choose] the final 12 given the way they played,” he said as the team’s preparations for the Fiba World Cup in China enters its final week.Five Gilas players scored in twin digits, while only two were scoreless as the Filipinos set the tone pretty much for the whole duration of the contest. BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender MOST READ ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community LATEST STORIES Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake View comments
0Shares0000Barcelona coach Luis Enrique arrives for a press conference at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, near Barcelona on May 26, 2017 on the eve of his side’s King’s Cup final against Deportivo Alaves © AFP / Lluis GENEBarcelona, Spain, May 26 – Luis Enrique will take charge of Barcelona for the final time as coach in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Alaves, but refused to rule out a return to the club in the future on Friday.Enrique can add a ninth title to a generally successful three-year spell in charge in the final competitive game at Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon this weekend. However, he revealed back in March that he would not seek to renew his contract as he needed a rest after being worn down by the unique pressures that come with being Barca boss.“Who knows if one day I coud return to the club to coach Barca,” said Enrique.“It is my home, my club, it’s where I’ve felt most comfortable as a player and a coach.”Enrique has though endured a tempestuous relationship with the media during his time in charge and joked his return could provoke “heart attacks” in the press pack.“Maybe I’ll come back here on July 10 and take you by surprise…that would cause a few heart attacks,” he added.“I am young, I’m easy to get on with, so why not in a few years.”Barca won’t be at full strength for the showpiece occasion as Luis Suarez and Sergi Roberto are both suspended after being sent-off in a bad-tempered semi-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid.However, Gerard Pique called on his teammates to give one of Barca’s best ever coaches the send-off he deserves.“He is one of the best coaches in the history of the club,” said Pique.“He deserves a great final. The best way to leave would be on a high with a trophy and tomorrow is a good opportunity.”Enrique led Barca to only the club’s second ever treble of La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey in his first season in charge and backed that up with a league and Cup double last year.However, despite reports of dressing room bust-ups in his final campaign, Pique insisted he is a loved figure within the squad.“It is easy to say the titles we have won,” he added when asked for his best memories of the past three seasons.“But it is better to be left with his way of being because he has been capable of winning over the dressing room.“They have been three magnificent years.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
According to a Las Vegas police report, Thomas Riccio arranged a meeting between two collectors, Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley, and a client to sell Simpson’s mementos and other athletic memorabilia. Riccio’s client turned out to be Simpson, who entered a Palace Station hotel room with five other men, two of whom were armed. They left with the memorabilia and Fromong’s hat and cell phone, the report stated. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A preliminary hearing may not be held. Defense attorneys have received notice that prosecutors might instead conduct a secret grand jury hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to send the six to District Court. Simpson and co-defendants Clarence Stewart, Walter Alexander, Michael McClinton, Charles Howard Cashmore and Charles Ehrlich face multiple counts of kidnapping, robbery, assault, burglary and conspiracy in connection with the alleged Sept. 13 robbery. A preliminary hearing for Simpson and his co-defendants would allow defense attorneys to cross- examine each witness and present their own witnesses. A grand jury hearing would allow prosecutors to expedite the indictment process and avoid the media. A defendant would have the right to testify at such a hearing but would not be present while prosecutors presented their case to the secret jury. COURTS: Prosecutors may bypass prelminary hearing and seek secret grand jury session. By The Associated Press LAS VEGAS – Prosecutors and defense attorneys representing O.J. Simpson and his co-defendants are scheduled to meet privately Monday with a justice of the peace to schedule a preliminary hearing for the six men. A member of Judge Joe Bonaventure Jr.’s staff confirmed that he will meet with attorneys in chambers to discuss the cases of the men accused of robbing collectors of hundreds of thousands of dollars in sports memorabilia.
Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Michy Batshuayi from Marseille.The Belgium international has become Antonio Conte’s first arrival at Stamford Bridge, signing a five-year contract for a reported transfer fee of £33m.Given the hefty price tag, are Blues supporters excited by their new striker?Take a look at the best tweets reacting to Chelsea’s new signing below. 1 The 22-year-old scored 17 goals in Ligue 1 last season
Liverpool legend John Barnes has told talkSPORT the absence of Sadio Mane was NOT the reason behind the Reds’ New Year slump.Jurgen Klopp’s men beat Tottenham 2-0 at Anfield on Saturday to finally claim their first Premier League victory of 2017.Senegal international Mane netted both goals following his return from a month away at the African Cup of Nations, with Liverpool having claimed only one victory in all competitions without the winger – against Plymouth Argyle in a FA Cup third round replay.But former Reds hero Barnes believes their torrid run of just one win in ten games – which included defeats to Hull City, Swansea and Wolves – was due more to their struggles against defensive-focussed teams, than missing just one player.Asked if Liverpool would now be closer to Premier League leaders Chelsea had Mane stayed, Barnes told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I think it’s too simplistic to say it was just because they didn’t have Mane.“If you look at the way Mane plays, if you give him space to run in behind he will do that, and we saw that against Tottenham where he scored two goals.“I think it was more to do with the teams we actually played. Over that period we played teams who were just going to defend deep, have ten men back behind the ball, and when that happens Mane isn’t necessarily going to be that effective. He’s not typically good in tight areas.“So I think it’s a bit too simplistic to say that. Yes, we would have been better, but I think we’ve just levelled off.”Liverpool were top of the league in November but now sit in fourth place, 11 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.But while their title bid now appears over, Barnes insists it shouldn’t be all doom and gloom on Anfield.“At the start of the season I said if we finished fourth I’d be happy, and even in November when we were top of the league I would have still taken fourth place, because I still felt Liverpool would level off and other teams would improve,” the former Liverpool star added:“I’m not getting carried away with all the doom and gloom, we just play better against the bigger teams than the so-called smaller teams.“We saw this against Spurs, when teams attack Liverpool and give us space in behind, we are probably the best counter-attacking team in the country and we will score goals.“It’s when teams set up to defend where we have problems.”
Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 22 June 2010 It’s going to be Football Tuesday in South Africa today, with business and political leaders, joined by former president Nelson Mandela and the International Marketing Council, calling for a massive show of support for Bafana Bafana ahead of their crucial World Cup match against France. Primedia, the Southern Sun hotel group and the International Marketing Council have called on South Africans to “paint Tuesday yellow and green from all the four corners of our country in support of our national team.” Bafana Bafana, following a draw against Mexico and a loss to Uruguay, will need a convincing win against former world champions France if they are to stand any chance of progressing beyond the group stage of the tournament. “The vuvuzela clarion call must bring us together as we spur our Boys on their most important assignment yet,” Sophie Masipa, marketing manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa, said on Friday. “‘Bafana Bafana, we believe!’ should be the war cry on Tuesday,” Masipa said. “Wearing our Bafana jerseys and waving our flags high will send a clear message to our boys that the nation remains loyally behind them. The Bafana 12th is us, the fans, and we must carry on playing our part.” President Jacob Zuma, for his part, has urged the country not to give up hope of progressing in the tournament. “We must continue supporting the national team, the African teams and indeed the World Cup tournament in general as hosts,” Zuma said during the launch of a social housing project in East London on Saturday. “South Africans are already winners,” Zuma added. “The whole world is looking at us and applauding our success so far as hosts. And we have proven ourselves to be fantastic hosts.” Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Achmat Dangor told the Sunday Times that Mandela and the Foundation wished Bafana the best of luck for their game against France, adding: “We assure you of our unwavering support.” Bafana Bafana, the IMC’s Masipa said, had in the past the past few weeks “done more to cement our proudly South African identity as a Rainbow Nation than the collective efforts dating back to the 1995 Springboks’ World Cup triumph. “With the attention of the world fixed on our beautiful country, seeing all South Africans put aside their differences to rally behind the team is closest to realising the united nation Nelson Madiba Mandela continues to dream about.” SAinfo reporter
When the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published its Human Development Report in 2013, it contained powerful insights about the increasingly important role developing countries, such as South Africa and Brazil, are playing in the 21st century.A WEF finding notes that South Africa’s infrastructure is the best developed in the region. (Image: SA Tourism)Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South AfricaThe South (developing nations and emerging markets) are responsible for half the world’s economic output according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). To illustrate the shift in global economic power, the UNDP points out that the combined GDP of eight developing countries – Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey – equals the GDP of the United States. The implication, in the opinion of the UNDP, is that developing and emerging markets have become major drivers of economic growth and forces of change in the developing world.These changes have made South Africa an important economy in the changing global, and by extension geopolitical, climate. That South Africa is able to benefit is down to policy decisions guided by long-term socioeconomic vision of the government.Our success, in terms of its global perception and rankings in key influential indices – such as the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report, the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index, the World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Index – could set a benchmark for other emerging countries to follow.Ongoing improvementA study of these research reports show a pattern of South Africa matching and outperforming other peer developing countries. These indices – in critical areas of national competency – are important indicators to utilise in the process of positioning South Africa as a reliable trade partner, and attractive investment destination.As South Africa heads towards celebrating 20 years of democracy, the country occupies an increasingly strong position globally. We remain a developing nation, a work in progress. However this continuing improvement is attributable to strong and highly focused policies that support the country’s regional and global aspirations.In the context of developing nations, global economic indicators highlight South Africa’s unique competitive strengths. These are being leveraged to good effect to enhance the country’s standing in the global marketplace. The country’s competitiveness, when measured against other developing nations, and inclusion in the Brics grouping is testament to this.Ease of doing businessThe most recent World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index ranks the country’s financial services sector, banks and stock exchange as the top global performers, while the country places 15th globally for the quality of its air transport infrastructure.Furthermore, South Africa, if compared to the other Brics nations, comes first in five of the 10 criteria the World Bank uses to assess ease of doing business:starting a business,dealing with construction permits,getting credit,protecting investors,and paying taxes.These indices are reassuring to foreign direct investors and instils confidence that the country is open for business. Investors are reassured that the country offers business-friendly environment where new trade, investment, and related economic interactions can be fostered.The 2013 World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index recognizes the government’s commitment to creating a business friendly environment. South Africa ranks first among Brics nations in six critical criteria. As a nation that offers several competitive advantages, an open business environment is an important feature to utilise as a selling point for South Africa as a business destination. The country can make a strong business case to attract trade partners, investment, and clients from fellow Brics members.New government policies introduced now make starting a business in the country easier than ever, by implementing new company law that eliminates the requirement to reserve a company name and simplifies the incorporation documents. South Africa has also made transferring property less costly and more efficient by reducing the transfer duty and introducing electronic filing.Government policy addresses the need to decrease the time, cost, and red tape companies have to deal with to get products to port and shipped to international markets. (Image: Clive Reid)In addition, a new reorganisation process has been introduced to facilitate the rehabilitation of financially distressed companies. South Africa has also improved its performance on the trading across borders rank. In the same World Bank Index, South Africa has significantly improved its rankings (by 29 positions), due to the roll-out of government policy that addresses the need to decrease the time, cost, and red tape companies have to deal with to get products to port and shipped to international markets.Travel and tourismSouth Africa is also praised for its government policies, rules and regulations relating to travel and tourism, and their conduciveness to the sector’s development. The country now ranks 29th out of 140 countries globally in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Index, indicating that it has been making steady improvements in this area over the past few assessments.South Africa ranks third in the Sub-Saharan Africa region after Seychelles (first) and Mauritius (second). Other WEF findings indicate South Africa as high as 17th place for its natural resources, and 58th for cultural resources. This, according to WEF, is due primarily to the country’s many World Heritage sites, rich fauna, creative industries, and the many international fairs and exhibitions hosted. The latter can be interpreted as a strong selling point for the country, with communications implications.The wealth of cultural experiences South Africa can offer, adds to its tourism appeal. (Image: SA Tourism)A further positive finding WEF indicates is that South Africa’s infrastructure is well developed for the region, directly supporting the growth of the travel and tourism trade, with air transport infrastructure ranked 43rd, and a particularly good assessment of railroad quality (46th) and road quality (42nd).The golden thread that ties together and underpins all of these world ranking achievements is the strength and innovative nature of its government policies. from the National Development Plan to the National Infrastructure Plan. Such strong government policy making, embodied in the National Development Plan and the National Infrastructure Plan, and implementation sends a clear message to the world that South Africa is open for business and is a destination of choice for investment, based on solid and trusted fundamentals.This is a strategic, best practice approach that could be replicated for the benefit of fellow emerging market countries around the world.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market josh catone 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Trends#web The problem with running a site that relies heavily on users to generate content, is that it puts a disproportionate amount of power in the hands of those users (in relation to the site owners). If users are unhappy with something about the way a site that relies on user generated content is run, they can theoretically hold the site hostage until they get what they want. This week, eBay sellers unhappy with the auction giant’s recent change in listing prices and policy, launched a week-long boycott of the site. So far, the impact appears negligible, but the action highlights a risk that any business that relies on a UGC-centric model takes.Fortune Small Business reports that in the first few days of the eBay seller boycott listings are down about 3%, according to third party tracking firms (eBay says that the boycott has had no impact). A 3% drop is probably within the margin of error — that is, it isn’t necessarily something we can attribute to the boycott and may just be the result of a normal, seasonal swing. Further, FSB points out that eBay recently ran a listing fee special that caused a spike in listings that have muddied the numbers.FSB expects the results of the boycott will be clearer later in the week, especially after the listing fee changes take effect tomorrow. “If [eBay’s listings total] falls below 12 million we’ve made a pretty good impact,” eBay PowerSeller Nancy Baughman told Fortune Small Business. “I’m hoping that it goes down below 10 million. If that happens, we will have made a huge impact.”What eBay sellers are trying to do is not new. We saw a similar user revolt take place at Digg last May. That brouhaha was the result of users responding to what they felt was censorship by the social news site over the release of the AACS encrypition key. In the end, after users effectively took over the site, Digg caved and the users got what they wanted.Unlike a traditional product boycott, when the users are integral in creating the product being boycotted, the results are felt more acutely. If you boycott a certain type of candy bar, for example, the candy bar will still exist on store shelves for others to buy and the company can throw additional marketing muscle behind it to offset the boycott. If, however, you get enough people to boycott the creation of content on a site that relies on users for content, then the site is effected for everyone. The candy bar is no longer on the shelves because the boycott leaves the shelves empty.While it seems unlikely that what happened at Digg will happen at eBay — which has a much larger and more mainstream (and thus less tightly connected) user base and would require a much bigger movement than on Digg to effectively damage the site — both instances illustrate how much power users have when sites rely on user generated content. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…