Tennis Australia refuse to gift Bernard Tomic Australian Open wildcard spot

first_imgAustralia sport Share on LinkedIn Australian Open Since you’re here… Hewitt said Tomic was unsure of his plans for the summer when he spoke to him a few weeks ago, although his management said he would enter into qualifying for Brisbane and the Open.“He’s had a tough year and he needs matches and he’s got to put himself out there on the line to have a crack at making the Open,” said Hewitt. “We all know the kind of tennis he can play but he has to get back to that level and he also needs to commit to the sport as well and we won’t be making any more wildcard decisions until we see what happens in the playoffs.”Hewitt said Tomic playing a Challenger event, which was a second round loss in Slovakia, in his last tournament of the year was a step in the right direction for the 25-year-old.Tomic has progressed to the fourth round three times at Melbourne Park and suffered a third-round loss this year. Should he fail to win the playoff event, Tennis Australia still has four other remaining wildcards.Hewitt said the Australian Open men’s title was wide open, with some of the regular contenders such as veterans Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray sidelined for much of the year through injury. He said he’d been impressed by Australia’s No1 Nick Kyrgios through the Davis Cup campaign and felt he had matured.“Coming in a lot of the top guys from the previous years are going to be seeded a lot lower because they haven’t played really for the last six months so there’s going to be a question mark on how they come in and how their bodies are holding up,” Hewitt said.“[Roger] Federer is going to go in as favourite as age 36 but there’s going to some opportunities for some young guys to stand up and maybe win a grand slam.” Tomic turns to underarm serve as bizarre form slump continues Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp newscenter_img Topics Support The Guardian Read more Bernard Tomic will have to fight for an Australian Open wildcard, with Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt saying he needs to see more from the controversial player. Injury-plagued Thanasi Kokkinakis was this week awarded a discretionary wildcard but Tomic will not be given the same guaranteed start.Plummeting to 143 from a career high world No17 in 2016, Tomic has been invited to compete in a 16-man field in the wildcard playoff in Melbourne in December, although is yet to accept the invitation. Share via Email Bernard Tomic Tennis Share on Pinterest Australian Open 2017 Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Man wanted in connection with random stabbing attack in Hillcrest

first_img KUSI Newsroom, April 11, 2018 Posted: April 11, 2018 Man wanted in connection with random stabbing attack in Hillcrest KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities reached out to the public Wednesday for help in identifying a man believed responsible for an apparently random stabbing attack that left a pedestrian severely wounded in Hillcrest last weekend.The suspect, a thin Latino who appeared to be in his mid-20s to mid-30s, was seen walking around in the area of Essex and Richmond streets in San Diego for about a half-hour early Sunday evening, seemingly looking for someone to fight, according to police.He eventually threw a rock at a 51-year-old pedestrian and walked off, but returned short time later and attacked the same victim with a knife, stabbing him in the head and neck, police said. The assailant then fled to the west.Medics took the victim to a trauma center for treatment of severe wounds. The man, who remained hospitalized this morning, is expected to survive.A surveillance camera near the scene of the attack captured images of the suspected attacker.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Topsfield Fair Tickets Available At Recreation Office Until September

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Get Discounted Admission Tickets To 8 AttractionsIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Topsfield Ticket Sale Ends SOON; Rec Basketball League Deadline Is October 5In “Community”Wilmington Rec Selling Topsfield Fair Tickets; Has Openings In Vollyeball, Upholstery Workshop & MoreIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Come on in to get your Topsfield Fair tickets!The Wilmington Recreation Department has admission and ride tickets for sale until noon on Thursday, September 27.Admission tickets cost $11 each (these can be used any day that the Fair is open) and are valid for anyone age 8 and up. Ride tickets cost $25 for a book of 10 rides.To purchase these tickets, stop by the Recreation Office in Town Hall (Room 8). The Office is open from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Recreation Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

Bharti Airtel Q4 beats estimates as more customers pay for mobile internet

first_imgBharti Airtel Ltd, India’s largest telecoms network operator, reported a better than expected 2.8 percent rise in its fourth-quarter profits on Wednesday, boosted by a 15 percent rise in subscribers in its home market for mobile broadband services to 35.5 million.Consolidated net profit rose to 12.90 billion rupees ($194.23 million) in the quarter ended March 31, from 12.55 billion rupees a year earlier, the company said.Analysts on average had expected a net profit of 12.21 billion rupees, according to a Reuters poll.Bharti Airtel, headed by Indian billionaire Sunil Mittal, said total revenues rose 8.4 percent to 249.6 billion rupees.Separately the company also approved a share buyback of 14.34 billion rupees.India has over 1 billion mobile phone users, making it the second biggest market behind China, and the market for mobile internet services is growing fast as only a third of phone users already have smart phones.Over 100 million smart phones were sold in India last year and that number is expected to grow by over 25 percent this year while network operators are investing heavily in providing 4G broadband.In the last two months alone Bharti has spent about $1.2 billion on buying radio spectrum to expand its 4G service.last_img read more

Euro 2016 Five companies benefiting from the tournament

first_imgEngland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all managed to qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2016, with optimism high that they can progress further. Wales and Northern Ireland face each other in Paris on 25 June, guaranteeing one of them a place in the quarter finals. England on the other hand will fancy their chances against an Iceland team ranked 34th in the world when they meet two days later.Who could benefit from continued home nations success?Looking at the business world, there are a number of areas where companies could profit from a good run by the three home nation teams. I would concentrate on companies in the following areas:Sports retail: i.e. companies selling replica shirts, balls and footwear.Branded sportswear makers: those making the official replica kits and football paraphernalia.Pub chains: judging from the crowds in the pubs every time a home nations game is on the television, pubs should clearly benefit.Bookmakers: football betting has clearly been a huge winner from the Euros.Media: Bigger TV audiences for Euro 2016 games mean bumper advertising revenues for the TV companies showing the games.Takeaway food: Pizzas for sharing and other takeaway food are much in demand for football nights in with friends.1) Sports retailers: JD Sports, Sports DirectThe most obvious beneficiaries are the sports retailers JD Sports (UK code: JD.) and Sports Direct (UK code: SPD).In fact, JD Sports even stated just last week that they had been recently benefiting from a further boost to sales from the Uefa Euro 2016 Tournament, which has boosted their profitability.Sports Direct has been in the news this month as founder Mike Ashley appeared in front of a House of Commons committee to discuss the groups controversial employment practices. But this has probably taken the limelight away from what should be a strong trading performance for the retailer this summer.And let us not forget, later on this summer we also have another huge sporting event, the Rio Olympic Games, which could trigger further enthusiasm for sports in general, including disciplines where Team GB have been traditionally strong like track and road cycling (think Halfords, UK code HFD).2) Sportswear makers: AdidasWho makes the kit for the Wales football team? The sports brand Adidas which is listed on the Xetra Stock Exchange in Germany (German code: ADS), who also make the official Euro tournament football.Just like JD Sports, Adidas has performed strongly in share price terms since the beginning of 2015, up nearly 100% over the last year and a half (Chart 1).3) Pub chains: JD Wetherspoon, Greene KingPubs around the country have been full to brimming every time a home nation game has been shown – that has got to be good news for pub chains such as JD Wetherspoon (UK code: JDW) and Greene King (UK code: GNK).As an example of the boost to pub drink sales, Welsh pubs recorded an impressive 41% rise in takings between 5pm and midnight on the night of the Wales-England football game, compared to an average Thursday in June. In England, the equivalent increase was 32%, so good, but not as good as in Wales.4) Bookmakers: William Hill, Paddy Power Betfair, LadbrokesBookmakers should be making hay from the Euro 2016 championships, judging by the avalanche on in-play online betting advertisements that are shown at each half-time.The three main listed UK bookmakers are: Paddy Power Betfair (UK code: PPB), William Hill (UK code: WMH) and Ladbrokes (UK code: LAD).Online betting rivals Bwin has previously stated it expected the Euro 2016 tournament to drive its growth this year.5) Media (Advertising): ITVWell, the TV broadcasting rights for the Euros are being shared by the BBC and ITV. So, the longer the Home Nations remain in the tournament, the better for ITVs (UK code: ITV) advertising revenues.Back in March at the time of their last results announcement, the TV broadcaster predicted it would outperform the UK TV advertising market this year, boosted in particular by strong advertising revenues around Euro 2016.Note that ITV is being forecast strong growth in pre-tax profits over the next three years, as a function of advertising growth as well as growth in sales of its TV productions.6) Takeaway Food: Dominos Pizza, Just EatOn those football nights when you want to share some quick and easy food with your mates while gathered around the box, takeaway food specialists Dominos Pizza UK (UK code: DOM) and Just Eat (code: JE.) should profit from a boom in online and telephone orders.Dominos Pizza UK, which runs all the franchises in the UK, has enjoyed a phenomenal run of growth over the last few years, posting 16% growth in sales in 2015 (Chart 3).Of all of these companies, I find both Sports Direct and ITV of particular interest, as I expect them to continue to generate decent growth while currently trading at attractive valuation levels.last_img read more

Houston Blues Museum Archives Find Home At Rice University

first_img– / 7 00:00 /00:56 Share Listen Xcenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Known for hits like Shirley Jean, Big Walter “The Thunderbird” Price is one of the legends of Houston blues. And his original recordings, cuff links, recording contracts and other treasures were some of the first items that the Houston Blues Museum delivered to its new home at Rice University on June 19.“We felt that June 19th was a very significant date. It’s Juneteenth, and it’s a very important day in Houston,” said Sandy Hickey, museum co-founder. “And they have the big concerts at Miller Outdoor Theatre, and a lot of our blues artists perform there.”The museum has struggled to find a permanent location for its archives, which span more than seven decades, and include items from the city’s famous blues musicians, such as Lightnin’ Hopkins.“Our history is here. It should be as well-known as what is in Mississippi and Chicago. So that’s why we’re so passionate about it and love that it’s going to get preserved,” said Jomonica Phoenix, co-founder with Hickey.Rice archivist and special collections librarian, Norie Guthrie, offered the museum space at the Woodson Research Center, which is also home to the Houston Folk Music Archive. “When I think about a music scene, I think about [the fact that] there are a few big names and then there’s everybody else,” said Guthrie, who believes that the collection is an important way to tell the stories of artists that might be overlooked.“I think it’s also just a way to celebrate Houston, and I’m especially happy this is a great way to celebrate Black life in Houston,” said Guthrie. “It’s a way for people not to be forgotten.”Hickey and Phoenix have a storage unit and several closets full of items still to turn over to Rice, including clothes from Texas Johnny Brown, memorabilia from Jimmy “T99” Nelson, about 20 guitars, amps and a bass guitar.The Woodson Research Center will begin cataloging items and digitizing audio and video materials, which will be accessible to the public. last_img read more

Ensure a summer full of sparkle with right jewellery

first_imgIts that time of year when everyone is busy making travel plans with friends and family. Deciding on what to pack for your vacation is never easy and it often requires more thought than the destination itself To ensure you have a stress-free vacation, Experts list some must have travel looks. Gemstones: Summer is for bright and colourful outfits. Incorporating the colour trend in your jewellery is a great way to keep you vibrant and energized. Pieces with amethyst, which is also the Pantone color of the year, beautifully coloured tourmalines and other gemstones, are a must to carry on your travels. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfVersatile pieces: Even though we suggest you travel only with the essential pieces and stay light, keeping versatile jewellery that can be paired with both formal and casual outfits is extremely helpful. Detachable earrings, stackable rings and layered necklaces are a must have in your travel case. Rose gold: Rose Gold is a universally flattering metal that usually looks great with any colour or clothing. It looks amazing when paired with soft pastels and neutral colour themes while keeping you right on trend! Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKeep it quirky: For those of you who like to stay quirky in style, animal renditions of jewellery are unique and are an extremely cool accessory for vacations. This trend is especially seen in pendants, studs and rings and is go to jewellery for all destination types. Lightweight: The most important rule when you are travelling is to keep your baggage as light as possible. This goes for your jewellery as well. Dainty, light pieces in pendants, earrings, rings and bracelets, that are easy to carry and store. Preferably a selection of those that can be paired with more than one look are the most apt. Plan according to your destination: Your choice of jewellery should be synonymous to your travel destination. For a beach holiday we suggest you team your classic black or a bright shade swimsuit or shorts and tee with minimalist pendants or layered neck chains. Layered necklaces are a big trend for the summer and will add just the right amount of bling to your casual outfit.Minimalistic pieces: Minimalist pendants and earrings are vacation essentials. Incorporating geometry through neckpieces and studs, that are easy to carry and minimalistic in look ensures convenience and style.last_img read more

Photos Russia detains more than 1000 people in opposition crackdown

first_img Law enforcement officers block a street during a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov A woman looks as law enforcement officers block a street during a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Law enforcement officers detain a participant of a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov A woman talks with a law enforcement officer during a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva Law enforcement officers block a street during a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov A hand of a detained protester is seen inside a police bus after he was detained during a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva Law enforcement officers detain a participant of a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva Law enforcement officers detain a participant of a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov A woman reads the Constitution of Russia to law enforcement officers during a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyevacenter_img Protesters take part at a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Russian police rounded up more than 1,000 people in Moscow on Saturday in one of the biggest crackdowns of recent years against an increasingly defiant opposition decrying President Vladimir Putin’s tight grip on power.The detentions came around a protest to demand that opposition members be allowed to run in a local election. Authorities had declared it illegal and sought to block participation, but thousands of people turned up anyway in one of the longest and most determined protests of recent times.Chants of “Russia without Putin” and “Putin resign” echoed through central Moscow as guardsmen clad in riot gear beat back protesters with batons and roughly detained people.At least one woman and a man appeared to have suffered serious head wounds. Activists said the crackdown was the harshest since a wave of anti-Kremlin protests in 2011-12.Saturday’s events showed how Kremlin critics and especially younger people remain intent on pressing to open Russia’s tightly-choreographed political system to competition.Jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny had called the protest to persuade officials to allow opposition-minded candidates to run in a Sept. 8 vote.Authorities say they were barred because they failed to collect sufficient genuine signatures in their support.Navalny and his allies have no seats in parliament and are starved of air time on state TV where many Russians still get their news.Opinion polls in the past have shown support for Navalny, a lawyer and anti-corruption activist, only in the single digits. But backers note he won almost a third of the vote in a 2013 Moscow mayoral race and say his movement could build momentum in the Russian capital if allowed to compete fairly.Though Putin’s approval rating is still high at well over 60 percent, it is lower than it used to be due to discontent over years of falling incomes. Last year, the 66-year-old former KGB intelligence officer won a landslide re-election and a new six-year term until 2024.Burnishing his man of action image, Putin spent Saturday diving to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland in a mini-submarine to honour a Soviet submarine that sunk there in World War Two.ARRESTED “SITTING ON A BENCH”OVD-Info, an independent monitoring group, said police detained at least 1,373 people before or at Saturday’s protest. As in past sweeps, many were only held for a matter of hours.Police put participation at more than 3,500 people, of whom it said around 700 people were journalists and bloggers. Activists said the number attending was likely to have been much higher.Some activists were arrested twice after being released and then returning to protest in a different place. Reuters witnesses said some of those detained appeared to be ordinary passersby in the wrong place at the wrong time.One of those detained, Alexander Latyshev, 45, said he had came from the nearby Vladimir region to discuss business with an associate and been randomly detained. “I was just sitting on a bench (when they took me),” he told Reuters inside a police bus.Police also raided an office being used by Navalny’s supporters to live-stream the protest.TV Rain, an independent station covering the protests, said its editor-in-chief had been called in for questioning after police visited its offices.Under Russian law, the location and timing of such protests needs to be agreed with authorities beforehand, something that was not done for Saturday’s event.Kremlin critic Navalny was jailed for 30 days on Wednesday and other members of the opposition have had their homes searched. Ilya Yashin, a Navalny ally, said police had searched his Moscow flat overnight before detaining him and driving him out of the capital. He called for another protest next Saturday.Kira Yarmysh, Navalny’s spokeswoman, said on Twitter she had been detained on Saturday morning. Other prominent activists Dmitry Gudkov and Lyubov Sobol were also held.Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, a Putin ally, had warned beforehand that authorities would act decisively against the risk of “serious provocations”.The police’s investigative arm has already opened a criminal investigation into an opposition rally in June which it said may have obstructed the work of Moscow’s electoral commission.An authorised protest in Moscow last weekend, also calling for the disbarred candidates to be registered, was attended by more than 20,000 people, according to the White Counter monitoring group.WhatsApp 1 of 12 Law enforcement officers detain a participant of a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov SharePrint Law enforcement officers detain a participant of a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more