Insatiable Novak Djokovic hunting fourth Wimbledon crown

first_imgNovak Djokovic’s vice-like grip on grand slam silverware will be put to the test at Wimbledon next week but such is the world number one’s dominance few look capable of loosening it.The insatiable Serb’s stunning level of consistency has left his rivals running out of ideas at how to stop him and made real the possibility that the 29-year-old could even threaten Roger Federer’s record total of 17 grand slam titles.In Paris earlier this month he became the first player since Jim Courier in 1992 to win the year’s first two majors — swatting away chief rival Andy Murray in ruthless fashion.It also completed his career slam, took him to equal fourth on the all-time list with 12 majors and means he holds all four of the game’s most cherished trophies at the same time.’EVERYONE IS CHASING DJOKOVIC’ What is more he has not lost at Wimbledon since Murray beat him in the 2013 final and has has appeared in eight of the last nine title matches in the slams, winning six of them.”Everyone is chasing Djokovic, there’s no question about it,” three-times Wimbledon winner John McEnroe said this week looking ahead to Djokovic’s attempted defence of the crown.”At the majors, if you look at his records, he’s approaching Roger’s records, which would seem insurmountable. It’s amazing.”FEDERER NO CHALLENGE? With seven-times Wimbledon champion Federer finally starting to succumb to injuries at the age of 34, he missed the French Open after 65 consecutive majors, his chances of snatching back the trophy from Djokovic seem to be receding.advertisementAlthough writing him off a year after his mesmerising semi-final defeat of Murray would be foolhardy.Rafael Nadal is missing with a wrist injury, which leaves Murray as the main threat, especially now he has Ivan Lendl back in his coaching corner — the man who guided the Scot to his two victories in grand slam finals, both against Djokovic.MURRAY IMPRESSIVE World number two Murray warmed up with a fifth title at Queen’s Club where he beat Canada’s Milos Raonic in the final.McEnroe, who is working with men’s sixth seed Raonic at Wimbledon got a close-hand view of Murray at Queen’s and was impressed with what he saw.”Murray is playing great. He’s obviously put himself in position numerous times,” McEnroe said. “But at the moment there’s no question that the level that Novak is at is something that you rarely, if ever, see.”With McEnroe in Raonic’s box, eight-times major champion Lendl working with Murray again, Boris Becker plotting for Djokovic and now Richard Krajicek fine-tuning Stan Wawrinka’s grasscourt game, the battle of the super-coaches looks like being as compelling as the on-court action.WAWRINKA THREAT Wawrinka, seeded four at Wimbledon, has never been past the quarter-finals at the All England Club, but has proved previously that he can beat Djokovic — as has Japan’s Kei Nishikori who will be seeded five.While Djokovic stands in a league of his own and Murray is positioned ahead of the pack, there are signs that a new generation could soon be breaking up the status quo.Austrian Dominic Thiem, a French Open semi-finalist and winner on grass in Stuttgart where he beat Federer recently, will be seeded eighth while Australian Nick Kyrgios, quarter-finalist two years ago, will be dangerous at 15.Germany’s Alex Zverev also beat Federer in Halle last week.”Thiem, Zverev, these guys can see light at the end of the tunnel. It’s an exciting time for men’s tennis,” McEnroe said.last_img read more

The ace team: Indian players take world badminton stage by storm

first_imgThe power shuttlersNever in the annals of one-on-one sport in India have players accomplished themselves like the badminton aces did in 2017. For the first time, Indians this year featured among badminton’s world top five, both among men and women. The depth of talent has been all evident from the,The power shuttlersNever in the annals of one-on-one sport in India have players accomplished themselves like the badminton aces did in 2017. For the first time, Indians this year featured among badminton’s world top five, both among men and women. The depth of talent has been all evident from the world rankings: P.V. Sindhu is currently world no. 3; Saina Nehwal ranks 10; Kidambi Srikanth is world no. 4; and H.S. Prannoy world no. 10. It was also the year when, for the first time, two Indians, Sindhu and Saina, finished at the podium at the World Championships.All of them are under the tutelage of a coach who is as pragmatic as he is revered, Pullela Gopichand. The median singles rank of the top five Indian players has risen from 28 to 17 for men, the sharpest rise since 2010. Among women, the rise in the median singles rank has been relatively slower, from 57 in 2016 to 49 this year.Gopichand’s carefully crafted approach helped the players peak and excel as individuals. Sindhu, the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist, continues to display exemplary consistency through her incredible run. Showing great form, she has beaten some of the best players in the world fairly regularly. Sindhu was involved in some of the most intense matches of the year, including the epic World Badminton Championships final against Nozomi Okuhara at Glasgow in August and the BWF World Super Series final against Akane Yamaguchi in Dubai in December. Both the finals went down to the wire as Sindhu engaged her rivals in a war of attrition before losing out to better nerves.advertisementYet, at 22, with age on her side, Sindhu is fit, displays discipline and determination, and continues to outfox her rivals. For Sindhu, the quest to be World No. 1 may not be an elusive dream after all. With improved stamina, she is poised to attain greater heights in 2018, including the World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.Saina, 27, too, had a glorious run this year. Though many people seem to think that the shuttler is losing her killer instinct, she still commands a towering presence on the court, making her country a formidable opponent on the international circuit.Photo: ReutersYear 2017 has been a breakaway year for the top male players. For Kidambi Srikanth, 24, who earned more prize money than any Indian has ever in a single year from badminton, the triumph, including four Super Series wins, is just a stepping stone for more laurels. He started his brilliant title run by clinching the men’s singles title at the Indonesia Super Series and followed it up by winning the singles Super Series crowns in Australia, Denmark and France. In between, Srikanth also finished runners-up to compatriot B. Sai Praneeth in the Singapore Super Series. “What Srikanth has achieved is phenomenal,” says Gopichand. “What he can achieve, considering his potential, is unbelievable.”Prannoy, 25, beat both Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei and Olympic champion Chen Long in the Indonesia Open this year. Srikanth went on to win the title after Prannoy lost in the semi-final to Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai. Besides Srikanth and Prannoy, the relatively low ranked Praneeth, 25, too, brought accolades. Like Sindhu, Srikanth, Prannoy and Praneeth are bracing for greater accomplishments in 2018. But with the World Badminton Federation mandating that the top 15 players will have to take part in at least 12 tournaments every year, the challenge is bound to get stiffer.last_img read more

US Open Serena Williams Gathers Emotions Advances to Semis

US Open Serena Williams Gathers Emotions Advances to Semis

In the locker room before her match to get into the U.S. Open semifinals, Serena Williams cried. Her friend, Andy Roddick, had lost to Juan Martin del Potro, signaling the end to Roddick’s outstanding tennis career.Williams showed amazing recuperative powers, gathering her emotions and then going out and disposing of Ana Ivanovic in just 58 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium.Williams insisted steadying her emotions was a chore, despite how she played.“It wasn’t easy, to be honest,” Williams said. “I love Andy so much, he is such a good friend. I’ve known him since I was eight years old.”How ready to play did Williams seem? She blasted three aces in the first game en route to her easy win. As is the case when she is on her game, Williams’ serve was dominant.She had 12 aces and 25 of her 46 serves were not returned. In the second game of the second set, Ivanovic got her racket on Williams’ serve only once. Ivanovic had two break points in the seventh game of the first set, but Williams closed it with an ace.And so, Williams will play Sara Errani of Italy in the semifinals. Errani made it to the semis in an emotional way, too, having to beat her best friend and doubles partner, Roberta Vinci, 6-2, 6-4.After switching to a longer, heavier racket this season, Errani has earned four of her six career tournament wins and risen to No. 10 in the world. She lost the French Open final to Maria Sharapova. Errani also will rise to No. 1 in the doubles rankings and Vinci will be No. 2.“Quarterfinal with your best friend, of course, is difficult,” Errani said. “We know each other very well. We played together many times. So was also strange to see her on the other side of the net.”Errani has faced Williams three times – and lost three times. But they have not met since 2009.“She’s such a fighter,” Williams said. “She’s strong and quick.” read more

Bahamas to institute accrual system by 2022 says PM Minnis

Bahamas to institute accrual system by 2022 says PM Minnis

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 14, 2017 – Nassau – As news reports swirl now about a new stream of borrowing to the tune of nearly $1b by the Bahamas Government, the FNM Administration is continuing to introduce measures to make government more honest.    From a Bahamas Information Services report we learn that the Government is in the process of moving away from the cash-based form of accounting it presently employs to an accrual based accounting system, this according to Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis on Monday.The move, which is foreshadowed to be implemented at the end of June 2022 for the central government and 2023 for the public sector, is aimed at better strengthening the Government’s accounting framework by ensuring greater transparency and accountability in public sector finances, while allowing officials to better monitor government debt and liabilities.An accrual method of accounting records revenues and expenses when they are incurred, regardless of when cash is exchanged.   The term “accrual” refers to any individual entry recording revenue or expense in the absence of a cash transaction.    Prime Minister Minnis said the new system would also allow for government’s use of high-quality information to make informed and sound spending decisions, while properly managing the nation’s assets and liabilities.Addressing a Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants Seminar Monday (November 13, 2017) at Melia Nassau Beach resort, Prime Minister Minnis said the current system of accounting employed is “woefully lacking” in providing government with a complete and accurate view of financial activities and reporting.#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamastointroduceaccrualsystem Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#Bahamastointroduceaccrualsystem, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Rapper Pouya On His Experience With Anxiety Mental Health Awareness Month

Rapper Pouya On His Experience With Anxiety Mental Health Awareness Month

first_img Twitter Facebook Rapper Pouya On His Experience With Anxiety | Mental Health Awareness Month NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 10, 2018 – 5:01 pm Rapper Pouya Talks Living With Anxiety News The Miami-based artist candidly talks about how living with anxiety has impacted his life Renée FabianGRAMMYs May 10, 2018 – 5:05 pm The career of a rapper is rife with high-stress situations, from the pressure to perform in the studio and onstage for fans, in addition to the late nights, early mornings and time on the road. For Miami-based rapper Pouya, living with anxiety has proved to make his career choice a little more complicated.center_img Email Pouya Raps On Living With Anxiety rapper-pouya-his-experience-anxiety-mental-health-awareness-month The Recording Academy caught up with Pouya, who sat down with host/songwriter Charlie Travers in his hometown Miami and opened up about how his life has been impacted by anxiety, which started when he was still a teenager.”One day in school I was not feeling good, so I went home and then the next day I was starting to feel these feelings that I didn’t enjoy,” says Pouya. “I started to get a racing heart, sweaty palms, this and that, my mind started racing too fast, I started thinking I was going to die, started having panic attacks. I didn’t know what this was for almost six, seven months until I went to therapy. … They’re like, ‘Oh, you have anxiety, you have an anxiety disorder.'” I don’t remember what it was like to not have anxiety— kevin (@Pouyalilpou) May 9, 2018Pouya certainly isn’t alone. A 2016 Help Musicians UK study found that an astounding 71 percent of the musicians they surveyed experienced panic attacks or high levels of anxiety. And artists from Adele to Miley Cyrus, LeAnn Rimes and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz have all revealed a struggle with anxiety.At the time he was diagnosed, Pouya didn’t know what anxiety was. He only knew that it something was keeping him from his favorite activities such as skateboarding — he later picked it back up when he realized the exercise helps calm the anxiety. Though Pouya still feels nervous at times — before performing, for example — he’s learned to cope better in social situations.”It’s still something that I deal with to this day, but I’ve learned to cope with it a little bit better,” Pouya says. “Sometimes I have really bad weeks, really bad months and sometimes I have really good months.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Democratic Sheriff Candidate Ed Gonzalez Calls For Overhaul Of Harris County Jail

Democratic Sheriff Candidate Ed Gonzalez Calls For Overhaul Of Harris County Jail

first_img 00:00 /01:14 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X Ed Gonzalez for Sheriff websiteEd Gonzalez is the Democratic candidate for Sheriff of Harris County in the November 8th Election.Ed Gonzalez, the Democratic nominee for Harris County Sheriff, was a guest on Houston Matters. Gonzalez described the sheriff’s office as “stagnant” and “almost going backwards,” particularly in terms of the way it runs the Harris County Jail. He said overcrowding at the jail threatens the safety not only of inmates and guards but that of citizens throughout the county as well.“That’s why it worries me when we’re pulling money from patrols and investigations to simply plug in a hole on overtime costs in the jail, for example,” Gonzalez said, “because those investigators and those patrol officers are being overworked. It sometimes can lead to mistakes.”Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Gonzalez admitted the problem predates the current administration under his opponent, Sheriff Ron Hickman. He said part of the solution might involve house arrest or citations rather than imprisonment for certain low-level offenses. But he also stressed the need to deal with the underlying causes of crime.“There’s three things that we’re addressing in law enforcement that do not have a law enforcement response, and that’s mental illness, poverty, and addiction. We’ve got to find community based solutions to that,” he said.Gonzalez argued that his experience as a three-term city council member and an 18-year veteran of the Houston Police Department makes him “uniquely suited” to help find those solutions.Click the play button below to listen to Houston Matters’ interview with Ed Gonzalez. Listenlast_img read more