Nadal hails Spain’s ‘unforgettable’ Davis Cup win

first_imgWorld No. 1 Nadal was delighted with the success, saying it was a victory he would never forget.”When you finally win the title after all the things that we went through this week, and playing at home, it is something difficult to describe,” he said, via the Davis Cup website.”It’s an amazing feeling, and especially to share this great moment with all the people that supported us during the whole week is just unforgettable, for all the fans.The 2019 Davis Cup by Rakuten World Champions: Spain #CANESP #DavisCupMadridFinals #byRakuten pic.twitter.com/WdaavIlFZo— Davis Cup (@DavisCup) November 24, 2019″And to share this victory too with the rest of the team, our six — and there is a much bigger team behind the scenes. We can’t thank all of them enough.”It’s been an unforgettable week for all of us, without a doubt, so I’m super happy. And, honestly, it’s one of these weeks that we’ll never forget.”Bautista Agut made a gutsy return to the team just days after the death of his father.The 31-year-old said he initially had no intention of playing as he hailed the efforts of his teammates. Rafael Nadal described Spain’s Davis Cup success as “unforgettable” after beating Canada in the final in Madrid on Sunday.Nadal overcame Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) after Roberto Bautista Agut had beaten Felix Auger-Aliassime to secure Spain’s sixth Davis Cup title. “It was very difficult. I was speaking with [Spain captain] Sergi [Bruguera] about the situation, and I took the decision to go home on Thursday morning, and I was back [Saturday] afternoon to support the team,” Bautista Agut said.He’s done it! @BautistaAgut overcomes Auger-Aliassime in straight sets to give Spain a – lead…#CANESP #DavisCupMadridFinals #byRakuten pic.twitter.com/1Cn0ujkUGx— Davis Cup (@DavisCup) November 24, 2019″I drove here from Castellon and I didn’t think about playing. I came to support the team with all my heart, but once we qualified for the final, I started to feel like playing.”I had the opportunity to play because all the team and all the players and the rest of the team did an unbelievable effort since the first day. And, well, it was an amazing feeling on the court.”last_img read more


COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 10,000

first_imgFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered all beaches, parks and “non-essential” commercial and retail businesses to close in the tri-county area.Among businesses considered essential are grocery stores, gas stations, day care facilities and pet supply stores. Non-essential businesses, like restaurants and retail stores, are required to close or convert to take-out only. SDNT850wftl. Florida Keys government officials are closing the island destination to visitors beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday. The only exception is for long-term renters in vacation homes and R/V parks with contracts of 28 days or more, who are already in the Keys. There is currently one confirmed coronavirus case in the Keys and it is travel related. Also one confirmed case in Indian River County The death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is surpassing ten-thousand.Nearly a quarter of a million people have been infected with the virus in 163 countries and regions.Johns Hopkins researchers say there are now more than 200 dead in the U.S. and over 14-thousand infected.California Governor Gavin Newsom is taking dramatic new action to stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.Gavin Newsom explained more than half of the people in California, over 25 million people, could be infected with the respiratory illness.That could result in thousands of hospitalizations, much more than the state’s hospital capacity. Folks will still be allowed to do essential tasks like going to the store, picking up medicine and going for walks.Newsom suggested law enforcement wouldn’t be enforcing the order, instead saying social pressure would regulate behavior.The statewide order follows similar orders in major California cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. As of last night the state of Flordia has 432 positive cases of coronavirus, with 29 in Palm Beach County, 96 in Broward County, and 101 in Miami-Dade County.That makes South Florida the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state. Officials increased Florida’s death toll to nine after a patient died in Duval County. There are no mandatory quarantine or isolation orders in Florida at this time.last_img read more


Middletown’s Unforgettable Thanksgiving Day Football Game

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – On Thanksgiving the township’s two public high schools come together – and then square off – for the traditional Thanksgiving Day football game. For years the game has also served as Senior Day, when seniors are recognized for their contributions to the football teams, band, cheer and dance teams. With both Middletown South and Middletown North knocked out of the NJSIAA playoffs, emotions were high at the game, the last hurrah for the students involved in their beloved Friday Night Lights. There was also romance. At halftime, Raritan High School history teacher Gregory Casha proposed to his girlfriend, Middletown South cheerleading coach Cristina Fox, surrounded by the cheerleading squads and lots of cheers from the crowd. Middletown South went on to win the game 21-7. Pamela Rogers, school board president, presented them with the coveted Middletown Cup.center_img Photos by Patrick Oliverolast_img read more


UPDATE: Bombers take 12th at AA Boy’s Soccer Championships

first_imgTuesday was a win/loss day for the L.V. Rogers Bombers at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Soccer Championships in Burnaby.The results dropped LVR into a consolation round game Wednesday morning.LVR opened the day with a narrow, shootout win over MEI of Abbotsford.The positive result pushed the Bombers into third spot in pool play, setting up a contest later in the day Wednesday against DP Todd of Prince George.However, the northern squad pumped in two goals to dump LVR 2-0.LVR now playes for 11/12 placing Wednesday.Tough start for Bombers at Double-A Provincial Soccer TourneyThe L.V. Rogers Bombers got off to a rough start on Day One of the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Soccer Championships in Burnaby.The Bombers lost the opener 3-1 to Sahali of Kamloops before being shutout by Gulf Islands 3-0.The two losses makes it tough for LVR to advance to the champoinship round of the 16-team tournament.LVR concludes the round robin Tuesday against MEI of Abbotsford.The playoff round begins Tuesday afternoon with the final set for Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. The L.V. Rogers Bombers lost 3-0 to Victoria’s Lambrick Park in consolation round action Wednesday at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Soccer Championships in Burnaby.The loss dropped the Bombers into 12th spot in the 16-team field.LVR struggled throughout the tournament to score goals, and the final game was no different.Lambrick pumped three goals past a Bomber defence that had surrendered markers prior to Wednesday’s consolation loss.LVR scored just one time in the tournament.St. Thomas Aquinas won the tournament defeating Okanagan Mission 1-0 in shootout.Archbishop Carney of Coquitlam won the bronze over Gulf Islands.LVR advanced to the AA tournament by dominating the Kootenay High School zones for the second consecutive year.Bombers play for 11th-12th at High School Soccer Championshipslast_img read more


SA climbs in mining investment ranking

first_img2 March 2012 South Africa moved up 13 places to 54th out of 93 jurisdictions in the latest influential Fraser Institute ranking of the world’s most attractive regions for mining investment. In the previous survey, South Africa was ranked 67th out of 79 jurisdictions. The Fraser Institute’s 2011/12 Survey of Mining Companies, released in February, is based on the opinions of mining executives representing 802 mineral exploration and development companies on the investment climate of 93 jurisdictions around the world. The companies participating in the survey reported exploration spending of US$6.3-billion in 2011 and $4.5-billion in 2010.‘Reflection of work done by the minister’ Chamber of Mines of South Africa chief executive Bheki Sibiya said the views of mining executives were important in measuring a country’s relative attractiveness as a mining investment destination “as these executives have global perspectives on policy issues affecting mining”. Sibiya said South Africa’s rise in the rankings was a reflection on the work done by Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu and her department to improve the country’s investment attractiveness. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s allocation, in his 2012/13 national Budget speech, of increased resources for the development of ports and rail infrastructure, which were critical to the mining industry, would complement the country’s improved policy environment, Sibiya said.Plenty of room for further improvement At the same time, Sibiya cautioned that much work still needed to be done in South Africa’s mining sector to address community-related issues, the administration and interpretation of existing regulations, as well as the duplication of statutes regulating the mining industry. He said the fact that these were outlined in the Fraser Institute survey showed that they were considered as constraints by the investment community. Sibiya stressed that the mining industry was “ready and willing to work with the government in strategies to reduce unemployment, poverty and inequality”. Fred McMahon, Fraser Institute vice-president of international policy research and coordinator of the survey, said in a statement accompanying the survey that the key to establishing a positive investment climate was “for governments to have a clear, sensible vision for mining policy and to stick to it. “By upholding the rule of law, respecting negotiated contracts and property rights, and eliminating risk with regard to tax increases and red tape, nations can attract mining investment and reap the economic and social benefits of new jobs and increased prosperity.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


AVC: PH yields to unbeaten Kazakhstan, still moves on to QF

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Host Philippines absorbed a 25-23, 25-20, 25-19 beating in the hands of Kazakhstan, which remained undefeated in the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Friday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Kazakhs topped Pool A with a 2-0 record while the Filipinos settled for 1-1, but both teams will advance to the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were once again the Philippines’ leading scorers putting up 14 and 13 points respectively, the same marks they had in the Hong Kong win.Katerina Tatko had a game-high 20 points to lead Kazakhstan. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jaja Santiago had the unfortunate mishap of ending the match when her final hoorah straight went to the net awarding the Kazakhs an unblemished slate.Despite the loss, Philippine head coach Francis Vicente was still pleased with the fight his squad brought against the Kazakhs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I can say that I’m still proud of them and they really played with heart,” said Vicente in Filipino. “Of course there were lapses but that can’t be helped. The Kazakhs are really tall players, what we could’ve done was just to keep moving.”The Kazakhs have an average height of 181 centimeters, seven more than the Filipinos’ mean standing of 174 cm., and that distinct disparity worked wonders in the blocking department as the visitors scored on 17 of its blocks.center_img K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next View comments Korea Open gold confidence-booster for Lopez ahead of SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more


UEFA Champions League: Glorious failure a fitting finale for Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon

first_imgIn the dying minutes of their Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid, a thunderstorm rolled in and drenched Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon stadium.Atletico manager Diego Simeone relished it, roaring and urging the fans to raise their volume for the final stages of their fourth consecutive Champions League elimination by their neighbours.At the end he raced on to the sodden pitch as if Atletico had won.They did beat Real 2-1 on Wednesday but lost the tie 4-2 on aggregate. A fittingly glorious failure on the final European night their stadium since 1966 will play host to.The 3-0 first-leg defeat gave Atletico little hope of a comeback, although in the days prior to the semi-final the Argentine coach and his players insisted they could overcome their city rivals and reach the Cardiff final.The fans believed too, with over 500 appearing outside the team hotel the night before the game to show their support and the Calderon enjoying one of the loudest and most impressive atmospheres in its 51 years as Atletico’s stadium.Next season they move to the Wanda Metropolitano, to the north-east of the city, away from their traditional stronghold, and it will take some doing to be anywhere near as intimidating a stadium for opponents.However, Simeone has faith the fans will bring their new home to life.”The emotions will move over. The same people that are here will be at the Metropolitano, the passion and hope is not negotiable,” he told reporters.Real Madrid taunted Atletico with a banner display in last week’s first leg, reading “Tell me how it feels”, making reference to their Champions League final victories over their city rivals in Lisbon (2014) and Milan (2016).advertisementAtletico responded with a banner of their own. “Proud to not be like you” was their response. But when they leave the ramshackle, rusting but beloved Calderon, they will take a step closer to being like Real, one of Europe’s super-clubs with a state-of-the-art stadium to match.The fans pushed the hosts on from the start and after 12 minutes Saul Niguez headed home. Antoine Griezmann added the second from the penalty spot four minutes later, sending the stadium into overdrive.”The first 20 minutes of this magic night at the Calderon will be remembered forever,” Simeone said.”We have to be proud of the players. They kept hope, showing we weren’t talking for the sake of talking but because we believed.”In his five-and-a-half seasons at the helm of Atletico, Simeone’s team has become worthy rivals for Real domestically. But European clashes remain the final, impossible hurdle.last_img read more


a month agoArsenal boss Emery full of praise for ‘angry’ Guendouzi

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery full of praise for ‘angry’ Guendouziby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery was full of praise for Matteo Guendouzi after Sunday’s 3-2 comeback win over Aston Villa. Guendouzi marshalled the Gunners midfield, showing an attitude and maturity beyond his 21 years. Speaking after the game, Emery said he was pleased with Guendouzi’s “anger”.He said: “With Matteo, last year when he came here he progressed and he is progressing. Really I like that spirit he has, he has talent but above all his attitude, his energy, his commitment and his behaviour. “He’s one player who is angry when he is not playing but I like that. “I like that player because when they are angry they are asking you to play, when you decide that they play today they know they have a commitment to give what you need and he is one player, he is improving. “I want to be calm with him, he is humble and continuing improving and growing up with us.” last_img read more


Bell Media among group acquiring Just For Laughs production company

first_imgMONTREAL – Bell Media says it is has joined a group of investors in buying the production company behind Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival.The BCE Inc. subsidiary says it and Groupe CH completed an agreement to join talent agency ICM Partners and comedian Howie Mandel in the acquisition of Groupe Juste pour rire.Bell says the production company remains Montreal-based and is now backed by a leading broadcaster and content creation company. It says the terms of the transaction will not be disclosed.Mandel led an investor group that acquired the festival in March after it was put up for sale following allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment against co-founder Gilbert Rozon, who was also a majority stakeholder.Bell Media president Randy Lennox says the company is trying to align itself with brands that have world travel ability.He says Just for Laughs has huge ubiquity in Quebec, some scale in Canada, but that dissipates further away and their endeavour is to grow it.last_img read more


Pompeo hopes India won’t buy oil from Venezuela’s Maduro govt

first_imgWashington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday hoped that India will not be the “economic lifeline” to the “authoritarian” regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro by purchasing oil from the Latin American country. Pompep’s comments came as Washington ramps up actions on Maduro’s regime, which is battling to hold onto power in the face of heavy domestic and international pressure. Venezuela is the third largest supplier of oil to India which is the world’s third-biggest oil consumer. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The issue was discussed in a meeting with the visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, Pompeo told reporters at a news conference here, without providing insight into it. “We are asking the same thing of India as we are of every country: Do not be the economic lifeline for the Maduro regime. So we talked about (Venezuela) I certainly won’t characterise the conversations; they’re private conversations,” Pompeo said in response to a question. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs “In the same way that India has been incredibly supportive of our efforts in Iran, I’m confident that they too understand the real threat to the Venezuelan people. We had a good conversation around that,” Pompeo said. The Latin American country’s Oil Minister and state-run oil company PDVSA’s President Manuel Quevedo told reporters in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh last month that his sanctions-hit country wants to sell more crude oil to India. The US has slapped sweeping sanctions on PDVSA with a view to curb Venezuela’s crude exports and put pressure on socialist President Maduro to step down. Venezuela produces around 1.57 million barrels of oil per day, half of what it produced two decades back. With the US stopping imports from Venezuela, PDVSA is seeking to retain buyers in other big consuming countries such as China and India. At the news conference, Pompeo said the nations that support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro are, by the nature of this “illegitimate” regime, carrying out the very foreign interventionism of which they accuse others. “Today, the United States is drawing a clear line between those who aid the forces of repression and those who give life to the Venezuelan people’s democratic dreams. There is no ambiguity here about the truth,” he said. Similar kind of warning to other nations was issued by US National Security Adviser John Bolton. “The United States will not stand idly by while foreign financial institutions facilitate illegitimate transactions that benefit Maduro and his cronies, and perpetuate the corruption that has devastated Venezuela,” he said. Earlier in the day, the Treasury sanctioned a Russia-based bank attempting to circumvent US sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA. It sanctioned Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russia and Venezuela, for being involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that prolong Maduro’s usurpation of democracy, it said. “The illegitimate Maduro regime has profited off of the suffering of the Venezuelan people,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “This action demonstrates that the United States will take action against foreign financial institutions that sustain the illegitimate Maduro regime and contribute to the economic collapse and humanitarian crisis plaguing the people of Venezuela,” he said. In another tweet, Bolton asked international banks not to have relationship with the maduro regime. “Bankers: Do not help Maduro and his accomplices steal the assets of the Venezuelan people. The United States is watching. The world is watching. The Venezuelan people are watching,” he said. Maduro is facing a challenge from opposition leader Juan Guaido who declared himself acting president in January. The US views Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader and has imposed sanctions on the country’s oil sector besides taking other actions targeting top government officials.last_img read more