Gabriela Sabatini ‘doubts’ tennis can return in 2020

first_imgBuenos Aires: Argentinian tennis great Gabriela Sabatini has cast doubt over whether the professional tennis circuit will resume this year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Sabatini said the sport must address other priorities before restarting its packed international calendar, possibly in 2021, reports Xinhua news agency.“In the coming months I think it will be difficult to hold any sporting event,” Sabatini told the Subidos a la Red podcast, published on Sunday. “I have my doubts that something can be done this year in tennis,” added the 49-year-old, who retired in 1996 after a career that included the 1990 US Open title and 11 Grand Slam singles semi-final appearances.The professional tennis season was suspended in mid-March, in line with recommendations from the World Health Organization. Tennis governing bodies, the ATP and WTA, have since announced that the recess will extend until at least June 7.Last week, Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since World War II, while the French Open has also been shifted from May to late September.“It’s difficult to think about the future and what may happen because precisely what you have to try is to avoid a lot of people coming together and in all these events that happens,” Sabatini said.“This is a bit desperate. You don’t know how or when it will end and even though we always like to think about the future, now we cannot do that. The good thing is that we are all facing the same situation because it is global, so the important thing now is to stay at home and keep healthy.”Sabatini, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 3 in February 1989, said the tennis world needed to act responsibly, “because that’s the best way to help each other.”Also read: Suggested Dhoni to be promoted during 2011 WC final: Sachin TendulkarAlso watch: Coronavirus Preventive Measures: Dr. Navanil Barua in exclusive interview with The Sentinel Digitallast_img read more

Zambia calls off soccer friendly with South Africa after xenophobic attacks

first_imgZambia’s national team has called off a friendly in South AfricaSouth Africa vows crackdown on xenophobic attacks after five dieJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Zambia has cancelled an international friendly football match which was slated for Lusaka next weekend against South Africa after recent xenophobic attacks.“This is because of the security concerns, you never know what can happen,” Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) secretary general Adrian Kashala, told AFP. “We want to be sure of the security of (the) visiting team”.Five people have been killed in a surge of xenophobic violence in South Africa, police said on Tuesday, as President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to clamp down and the African Union, Nigeria and Zambia condemned the attacks.Hordes of people — some armed with axes and machetes — gathered in Johannesburg’s central business district for a third day of unrest directed against foreigners, hours after mobs burned and looted shops in the township of Alexandra, prompting police to fire rubber bullets to disperse them.Five deaths — most of them South Africans — have been reported, police said, adding that 189 people had been arrested.In a video address broadcast on Twitter, Ramaphosa said attacks on businesses run by “foreign nationals is something totally unacceptable, something that we cannot allow to happen in South Africa.”“I want it to stop immediately,” said Ramaphosa, adding that the violence had “no justification.”Sporadic violence against foreign-owned stores and enterprises has a long history in South Africa, where many locals blame immigrants for high unemployment.The country is a major destination for economic migrants from neighbouring Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Others come from much farther away, including South Asia and Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country.Gavin Booldchand, who lives in Coronationville, a low income suburb west of Johannesburg, said he witnessed one of the killings on Tuesday, which was blamed on a Pakistani store owner.“The owner of the shop shot him straight into the face,” Booldchand told AFP. “He didn’t have to shoot the guy like that you know.“People are taking our jobs and stuff (and) it is our country after all.”This week’s assaults appear on a greater scale than in the past, although the full details remain unclear.“They burned everything,” Bangladeshi shop owner Kamrul Hasan, 27, told AFP in Alexandra, adding that his shop gets attacked every three to six months.“All my money is gone. If the (South African) government pays for my plane ticket, I will go back to Bangladesh,” he said.The violence and looting of shops occurred in Johannesburg and surrounding areas.Similar incidents occurred in the capital Pretoria on Monday, when local media reported shacks and shops burning in the Marabastad — a central business area largely populated by economic migrants.– Nigerian anger – The attacks on foreign stores began a day after South African truckers started a nationwide strike on Sunday to protest against the employment of foreign drivers. They blocked roads and torched foreign-driven vehicles mainly in the southwestern KwaZulu-Natal province.Deputy President David Mabuza condemned all attacks on foreign nationals.“We are a nation founded on the values of ubuntu (humanity) as espoused by our founding father, President Nelson Mandela… we should always resist the temptation of being overwhelmed by hatred,” he said in Cape Town on Tuesday.– Sickly economy –The violence erupted ahead of a meeting of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, where hundreds of political and business leaders will gather for three days from Wednesday.David Makhura, the premier of Johannesburg’s Gauteng province, said rioting was not a solution.“This issue can be dealt with without resorting to xenophobia,” Makhura told reporters. “There is no country that does not have foreign nationals.”Opposition parties pinned the blame on the ruling African National Congress.“South Africans are scared and lack real hope for the future,” said Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s official opposition. “We are seeing economic and social collapse in action.”Ramaphosa took office after elections in May that he won on a platform of reviving the country’s economy and boost employment.But in July, the national statistics office said joblessness had reached 29 percent — the highest since the country’s quarterly labour force survey was introduced 11 years earlier.Share on: WhatsApp Nigeria summoned its South African ambassador to express “displeasure over the treatment of her citizens” and said it would dispatch a special envoy.Several Nigerians used social media to call for a boycott of South African companies, including telecoms provider MTN, satellite television service DSTV and retailer Shoprite.Separately, African Union chairperson Moussa Faki condemned the violence “in the strongest terms” but said he was encouraged “by arrests already made by the South African authorities”.last_img read more

Braves force Game six Tuesday by stopping Nelson 3-0

first_imgAnd what if the Murdoch Division regular season champs can’t clinch the series Tuesday in Spokane?Then the Green and White faces a must win in Game seven Wednesday night back in the Heritage City.The night did not start well for the Leafs as Johnny Marzec staked the visitors to a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the contest.Spokane then put the power play to work in the second period, getting goals from Kurtis Reading and Sean Collins to take a 3-0 advantage into the third period.The Braves then rode the solid netminder of Jon Manlow to victory and another home date Tuesday.PLAYOFF NOTES: Beaver Valley outlasted Castlegar 6-5 Sunday to sweep the other Murdoch Division Semi Final. Hawks led 6-2 after 40 minutes before the Rebels, the defending KIJHL champs, stages a late third-period rally. . . . The KIJHL announced its divisional award winners and to no one’s surprise, Leafs Jamie Vlanich was named the Most Valuable Player in the Murdoch Division. Vlanich, who missed another game in the Leafs/Braves series Monday, also won the Top Scorer honour with 35 goals, 62 assists for 97 points. Leaf winger Alec Wilkinson won the Murdoch Rookie-of-the-year award. Archie McKinnon (Top Defenceman) and Ryan Edwards (Most Sportsmanlike) earned awards for Beaver Valley while Jon Manlow (Top Netminder) and Garry Redding (Coach of the Year) earned special praise for Spokane. . . . In the Eddie Mountain Division, Creston took home four awards. The Nelson Leafs missed a golden opportunity to get some rest before an expected showdown with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in next round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs.The Leafs dropped another egg Monday night in Game five of the Murdoch Semi Final, losing 3-0 to the Spokane Braves at the NDCC Arena.Nelson continues to hold a 3-2 advantage in the series. But the Leafs now must travel to the Lilac City Tuesday for Game six.last_img read more

FAVORED SAM’S SISTER RALLIES WIDE TO WIN MONDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MONICA STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS; HOLLENDORFER, TRUJILLO TEAM FOR SEVEN FURLONG VICTORY IN 1:22.42

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2015)–Favored Sam’s Sister rallied wide-out to take Monday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths at Santa Anita, as the Jerry Hollendorfer trainee covered seven furlongs in 1:22.42 under Elvis Trujillo.By 2006 Santa Anita Derby winner Brother Derek, Sam’s Sister employed tactics similar to those used in an upset win in the Grade I, seven furlong La Brea Stakes on Dec. 26. Fourth into the far turn behind a three-horse duel comprised of eventual runner-up Sweet Marini, Dancinthenightaway and My Sweet Addiction, Sam’s Sister pounced on the leaders midway around the turn and wrested the lead from Sweet Marini inside the sixteenth pole.“It was the perfect trip,” said Trujillo, who has been aboard for all six of Sam’s Sister’s career starts. “I knew there was going to be a lot of speed in there and I knew it would be fast early-on (22.10, 43.87 and 1:08.71). But I knew that sooner or later they would have to stop. She’s a nice filly.”Off at 6-5, Sam’s Sister paid $4.40, $2.60 and $2.20. Owned by Mark Dedomenico, LLC, Hollendorfer and George Todaro, she picked up her fifth win and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased her earnings to $427,450.“We got a 22 and 43 (quarter and half mile fractions), so it makes it a little easier to close ground,” said Hollendorfer, who registered his meet-leading sixth stakes win. “We thought that might happen, but then when Dancinthenightaway kind of shook loose a little bit, it looked a little bit risky. But we were able to sustain and run her down in the end.“I’m just taking these races one at a time (when asked if she might stretch out next time). We thought she would run long (entered and scratched out of this past Saturday’s La Canada Stakes at 1 1/16 miles), but we thought this was a more advantageous race, so that’s why we went here.”Ridden by Martin Garcia, Sweet Marini slugged it out on the front end and was second-best, finishing 2 ¾ lengths in front of Harlington’s Rose. Off at 5-1, Sweet Marini paid $3.40 and $2.80.Off at 10-1, Harlington’s Rose ran from well off the pace under Joe Talamo and paid $4.60 to show.Live racing resumes at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Don’t sell South Africa short: Tutu

first_img24 November 2004Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has criticised South Africans who sell their country short, saying many seem to be “embarrassed” by the nation’s successes.“The result is that we have tended to be despondent, to seem to say, ‘Behind every ray of sunshine there must be an invisible cloud, just you wait long enough and it will soon appear’”, the Nobel laureate said during the second annual Nelson Mandela Lecture in Johannesburg on Wednesday.At the same time, he warned against “party line-toeing”, calling for open debate on the problems still facing the country.Tutu said that the country – which he termed “Madibaland” – had come a long way and was now reaping a number of socio-economic and political fruits, and producing more heroes and heroines every day. This, he said, called for a celebration – but not for pessimistic South Africans.“I think we should change our perspective”, Tutu said. “If we are forever looking at our shortcomings and our faults, then the mood will be pervasive and pessimistic and in a way we will provide the environment that encourages further failure.”The Archbishop Emeritus was the second person to deliver the Nelson Mandela Lecture, following in the footsteps of former US President Bill Clinton, who presented the inaugural lecture in 2003.Tutu reminded his audience of apartheid’s draconian laws and the “scariest” moment, when the nation was on the brink of what he described as “comprehensive disaster, a bloody conflagration”.“But it didn’t happen … We really have much to celebrate and much for which to be thankful”, he said, marvelling at mixed-race couples who would once have been victimised by the police and the way the new society was reflected in the demographics of the school near his home.The world was still mesmerised by the way in which South Africa had transformed itself from a brute regime to a constitutional democracy, Tutu said, adding that by working together, the country could become a huge success.Call for open debate on problemsAt the same time, Tutu conceded that the country had problems, the most serious of which was HIV/Aids, and called for robust, open debate on such issues, saying: “The truth cannot suffer from being challenged and examined”.“We should debate more openly, not using emotive language, issues such as affirmative action, transformation in sport, racism, xenophobia, security, crime, violence against women and children.“It should be possible to talk as adults about these issues without engaging in slanging matches”, Tutu said. “My father used to say, ‘Don’t raise your voice; improve your argument’.“We want our society to be characterised by vigorous debate and dissent, where to disagree is part and parcel of a vibrant community, that we should play the ball not the person, and not think that those who disagree, who express dissent, are ipso facto disloyal or unpatriotic.“An unthinking, uncritical, party line-toeing is fatal to a vibrant democracy”, he warned.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

CWG theme song tweaked, to be peppier like ‘Chake De’

first_imgAmid criticism that it failed to meet the expectations of the people, the theme song of the Commonwealth Games composed by A R Rahman will be tweaked a bit to make it more peppier like famous number ‘Chake De’.The original version of the song ‘India bula liya’ got a lukewarm response from the audience and was openly criticised by CWG Organising Committee’s executive board member V K Malhotra and other leaders for “falling short of expectations”.After a meeting of the GoM on Commonwealth Games, Sports Secretary Sindhu Shree Khullar said: “There will be more music, particularly instrumental, in the opening theme song of the Games.”Asked whether the tweaked version will be like Shakira’s ‘Waka Waka’, the World Cup Football song, he said: “Waka Waka was more commercial. Ours will be like Chake De.”Chake De is a famous number in the sports-themed film ‘Chake De’ starring Shahrukh Khan.Lyricist Prasoon Joshi said some instrumental music have been added to make the theme song peppier and a video is under preparation.The video will feature sports personalities like Milkha Singh, Malleswari and other achievers in the field.Asked whether Rahman’s song had been changed, Joshi said the music composer himself has made it tighter and “you will hear it in the new video.””Rahman always changes his work till the last minute. He is a good craftsman,” he said.”The song has now been turned into a sports anthem. It has been pepped up with more beats and it will be a tighter version of the original,” he said.advertisementJoshi said that the “premature” criticism that came Rahman’s way after the song was launched last month is not the reason behind the change.He indicated that the video will be released in a week.last_img read more

Minimum wage increases bite into funding boost for Canada Summer Jobs program

first_imgOTTAWA – Rising provincial minimum wages have cut into the reach of the Liberal government’s oft-touted increase to summer jobs spending by reducing the number of weekly hours being funded this year.The Liberals have doubled spending on the politically popular program to approximately $220 million in order to boost the number of available jobs to 70,000 from about 35,000.Newly released documents show the government was aware in late winter that there would be a drop in the number of hours funded through the program to meet the Liberal government’s summer jobs target.A mid-March briefing note to Labour Minister Patty Hajdu warned of the planned reduction in the average hours per job funded through the program, moving to a national average of 30 hours a week in 2018 from 35 in 2017.Officials wrote that the plan could raise concerns from MPs who like to promote the spending, as well as from employers — particularly organizations that need help paying and attracting seasonal workers.“The reduction is expected to affect organizations that require more weeks in order to sustain their operations (e.g. summer camp) and to attract enough potential applicants,” reads the briefing note, obtained by The Canadian Press under the access to information law.Figures provided by the department suggest officials have eased some of the effects, but there has still been a decline in hours across all 10 provinces. There has been no reduction in funded hours in the territories.A spokeswoman for Hajdu said the government stands by its decision to double the number of jobs through the program, and is “continually looking at ways to improve the program” for students needing “quality summer job experience.”The annual program provides wage subsidies, targeting mostly not-for-profit groups and small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.The program helps small businesses and organizations manage cash flow in the early stages of a summer placement because students may need time to learn the job before they contribute to an organization’s bottom line, said Ted Mallett, vice-president and chief economist at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.“That’s why these government programs are helpful in overcoming those kinds of start-up difficulties for small firms.”Demand for funding always exceeds the amount the government spends on the program and this year was no different. The total value of all the applications this year was $68.9 million more than last year, a figure the briefing note chalked up to rising minimum wages, particularly in Ontario, Alberta and B.C. Hajdu was told the increases in minimum wage nationally averaged out to a 13.7 per cent bump in wages.At a kickoff event for the program in late April, one non-profit group pressed Hajdu about the government’s plan to deal with the effects of minimum wage increases on the program.Hajdu responded that officials were working with provinces and territories. She added that employers approved for funding would make “decisions and determinations accordingly” about hours and duration of summer jobs.The department overseeing the program recommended 85,000 jobs for funding this year out of the more than 153,500 requests. Officials recommended more jobs than the expected 70,000 because some employers drop out of the program, while others end up being unable to fill the jobs.Final Canada Summer Jobs figures won’t be known until later this year.The Liberals have faced criticism this year from faith-based groups over new funding criteria that required groups to say neither their core mandate nor the jobs being funded actively worked to undermine constitutional, human and reproductive rights.Many faith-based groups refused to sign the declaration and the government is facing legal challenges to the anti-abortion requirements.Employment and Social Development Canada said officials have not revoked any group’s funding this year for being in violation of the declaration.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

Court sentences convict Yakub Pataliya to life imprisonment

first_imgAhmedabad: A special SIT court in Gujarat on Wednesday sentenced a man to life imprisonment in the 2002 Godhra train carnage case.The court of Special SIT judge H C Vora convicted Yakub Pataliya based on submissions made earlier in the case by five other accused. Pataliya was arrested by the Godhra Police in January 2018, nearly 16 years after being booked in connection with the incident in which 59 ‘karsevaks’ were burnt alive in two coaches of the Sabarmati Express. His trial was held at a special court set up at the Sabarmati Central Jail here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He was accused of being a part of the mob that torched the coaches of Sabarmati Express near the Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002, killing 59 ‘karsevaks’ and triggering state-wide riots. Earlier, the special SIT court convicted 31 people in the case on March 1, 2011. It later awarded death sentence to 11 of them and life imprisonment to 20 others. However, the Gujarat High Court in October 2017 commuted the death sentence of 11 convicts to life imprisonment while upholding the punishment awarded by the special SIT court to 20 others. The special court sentenced two men — Farooq Bhana and Imran Sheri — to life imprisonment in August last year and acquitted three others, identified as Hussain Suleman Mohan, Kasam Bhamedi and Faruk Dhantiya, all of whom were arrested after 2011.last_img read more

Yamuna Expressway crash leaves 8 dead 30 injured

first_imgGreater Noida: In a major road mishap, at least eight persons died while 30 others were critically injured after a private double decker bus collided into the truck from behind in Rabupura area of Greater Noida on Yamuna Expressway on early Friday morning. Cops said that the driver of speeding bus dozed off and rammed into the truck.The incident took place at around 5 am in Rabupura area of Greater Noida, around 29 km away from zero point at Yamuna Expressway. Eight persons, including a minor and two women, died on the spot while the rescue operations continued for nearly an hour to pull out victims from the mangled bus. Police officials said that the driver of bus and helper also succumbed to injuries in the incident. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAccording to police, the deceased have been identified as bus driver Mahesh Kumar (48), helper Bandu (25), passengers Vineeta (32), Arun (42), Asad (12), Suman (35), Vishwanath Tiwari (75) and one unidentified. Cops added that most of the victims hail from Jalaun and Auraiya districts of Uttar Pradesh while the bus driver and helper were natives of district Dhaulpur in Rajasthan. Sharad Chandra sharma, Circle Officer (Jewar) said that the bus was moving towards Delhi from Jalaun district while around 55 passengers were boarded in the bus when the incident took place. “Almost all the passengers present in the bus were sleeping when the incident took place. It seems driver dozed off and the bus rammed into truck from behind which was moving slowly on the e-way,” said Sharma. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe officer further said that the victims were rushed to Kailash hospital in Jewar while police had to use crane and cutters to rescue the victims. “Acting upon the information received, a police team rushed to the spot and immediately stared the rescue operation. The victims were taken to the Kailash hospital in Jewar where doctors declared eight passengers brought dead while around 30 passengers including women and a few children have been critically injured and are receiving treatment at hospital,” added Sharma. Based on the complaint from the family member of one of the deceased, who was himself a passenger, a case was registered against the unknown truck driver at the Rabupura police station under sections 279 (rash driving), 338 (Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304A (Causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code. The truck was full of tiles. The police have seized it and are working on tracing the owner and driver. Contd on P4last_img read more