Baghdatis edged out by Tsonga in Miami

first_imgIN a thrilling third-round contest, Marcos Baghdatis was edged out of the Sony Open by World No. 11 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.The Frenchman claimed the 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 victory in two hours and 30 minutes in scorching temperatures in Miami.Cyprus star Baghdatis won 76 per cent of his service points and broke Tsonga once as he clinched the first set. The world No. 143 looked poised to close out a memorable victory as he surged to a 5-1 lead in the second set tie-break, but impressive play from Tsonga saw the Frenchman mount a comeback, reeling off the next six points to level the match.Baghdatis was thwarted on five break point chances in the decider, with Tsonga finding his first serve when he most needed it, before breaking the Limassol native in the 11th game and serving out the victory. He goes forward to a meeting with Britain’s Andy Murray.Defending champion Murray and 17-time grand slam winner Roger Federer sizzled under a Miami sun, speeding into the fourth round with convincing straight sets wins.Federer, twice a winner on the Miami hardcourts, needed just 62 minutes on a sweltering centre court to dispose of Dutch qualifier Thiemo De Bakker 6-3 6-3 while Murray appeared to be adjusting just fine to life without coach Ivan Lendl, easing past Spain’s Feliciano Lopez 6-4 6-1.After getting the defence of his title off to a shaky start with a three-sets win over Matthew Ebden on Friday, Wimbledon champion Murray was more in command against Lopez improving his record to 9-0 against the Spaniard in just 73 minutes.“It’s not always that easy to feel comfortable against him because there is not loads of rhythm with the way he plays,” said the sixth seeded Scotsman. “But I moved well; returned well.“It was obviously a more comfortable score line than the other day.”Murray has been in the Miami spotlight for more than his play this week after announcing he had ended his successful partnership with Lendl, who helped steer him to a pair of grand slam titles and an Olympic gold medal.Lendl, who maintains a Florida residence, was in the stands catching some of the Sunday match, leading Murray to joke that the two men were renewing their partnership.Seven of Murray’s previous eight matches had gone three sets but the Briton, who has a Miami residence, made sure he would spend as little time as possible under a punishing sun, breaking Lopez three times in the second set, sweeping the last four games.“It was really hot. I don’t know how hot it was but when we came over at like 9:30 it was already 80 Fahrenheit (27 Celsius) and it was extremely humid,” said Murray. “I have played a few matches here where it’s been very, very hot but it doesn’t always stay like this for a few days in a row in March.“It’s not easy conditions.”A resurgent Federer has shown that he is coming to grips with a new larger racquet, a change that the Swiss had resisted.But Federer has seen improved results with the racquet, collecting his 78th career title in Dubai in February and reaching the final in Indian Wells to move back into the top five of the world rankings.“I think it (the racquet) just gives me easier power, especially on the first serve,” said Federer. “And I think as time now goes by, I’m getting a better feel for how is the ball going to react, you know, how much spin do I need to put on to stay really accurate and put it really close to the line.“But then again this wasn’t Andre Agassi on the other side, or Djokovic. It’s just important for me to keep that up and remind myself it’s going well so far.”last_img read more

Wimbledon Order of Play on Monday

first_imgOrder of play on the main show courts at the Wimbledon Championships on Monday, June 29:Centre Court1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) v Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany)4-Maria Sharapova (Russia) v Johanna Konta (Britain)4-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) v Joao Sousa (Portugal)Court One1-Serena Williams (U.S.) v Margarita Gasparyan (Russia)Simone Bolelli (ITA) v 5-Kei Nishikori (Japan)11-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) v Federico Delbonis (Argentina) Court Two 26Nick Kyrgios (Australia) v Diego Schwartzman (Argentina)Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) v Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)Alison Riske (U.S.) v 6-Lucie Safarova (Czech Rep)Heather Watson (Briton) v 32-Caroline Garcia (France) Court Three9-Marin Cilic (Croatia) v Hiroki Moriya (Japan)Yi-Fan Xu (China) v 7-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spain) v 7-Milos Raonic (Canada)Madison Brengle (U.S.) v 16-Venus Williams (U.S.) Court 1711-Karolina Pliskova (CZE) v Irina Falconi (USA)19-Sara Errani (ITA)v Francesca Schiavone (ITA)Joao Souza (BRA) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)Donald Young (USA) v Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)last_img read more

Greece given 10 days to reverse Cup cancellation or face FIFA suspension

first_imgFIFA handed Greece’s government a 10-day deadline on Tuesday to reverse its decision to cancel the Greek Cup or face an international suspension from football’s world governing body.FIFA sent a two-page letter to Deputy Minister for Sport Stavros Kontonis and the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) demanding that Kontonis change his ruling.The global body also ordered further talks to make changes to sports legislation planned for May which contradicts FIFA’s statutes on self-governance of member associations.“The FIFA Emergency Committee decided to set a deadline of 15 April 2016 for the decision to (cancel) the 2015/2016 Greek Cup to be reversed, failing which the EPO would face an automatic suspension of its membership,” said the letter published on the EPO website.The ultimatum follows a breakdown in talks held between Kontonis, the EPO and a FIFA delegation in Athens on March 30 to try and resolve the issue.Kontonis controversially cancelled the cup after the first leg of the semi-final between PAOK Salonika and Olympiakos Piraeus on March 2 was abandoned due to a violent pitch invasion, with fans hurling flares and missiles before being dispersed by riot police.Kontonis declared his decision was a “legal move” and has insisted that no pronouncement will be made until the EPO’s appeal against the move is heard by the Supreme Court on April 19.FIFA said that any decision by Greece’s Supreme Court will not be taken into account, saying it is “irrelevant as it could be withdrawn, and because regardless of the eventual decision, the issues linked to the implementation and the potential interference of the law would remain.”If Greece are suspended by FIFA, their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup could be in jeopardy as they could be barred from taking part in the qualifiers which kick off in September.The 2004 European champions failed to qualify for this year’s continental competition in France. Click here for clashes during PAOK Salonika and Olympiakos Piraeus Cup gamelast_img read more

Facebook says data leak hit 87m users, widening privacy scandal

first_imgFacebook Inc said on Wednesday that the personal information of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, up from a previous news media estimate of more than 50 million.Most of the 87 million people whose data was shared with Cambridge Analytica, which worked on U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, were in the United States, Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer wrote in a blog post.Facebook said it was taking steps to restrict the personal data available to third-party app developers. ( world’s largest social media company has been hammered by investors and faces anger from users, advertisers and lawmakers after a series of scandals about fake news stories, election-meddling and privacy.Last month, Facebook acknowledged that personal information about millions of users wrongly ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica.Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg will testify about the matter next week before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, the panel said on Wednesday.Shares in Facebook were down 1.4 percent on Wednesday to $153.90. They are down more than 16 percent since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke.The previous estimate of more than 50 million Facebook users affected by the data leak came from two newspapers, the New York Times and London’s Observer, based on their investigations of Cambridge Analytica.Schroepfer did not provide details of how Facebook came to determine its higher estimate, but he said Facebook would tell people if their information may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.A representative from Cambridge Analytica could not immediately be reached for comment.The British-based consultancy has denied wrongdoing. It says it engaged a university professor “in good faith” to collect Facebook data in a manner similar to how other third-party app developers have harvested personal information.The scandal has kicked off investigations by Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and by some 37 U.S. state attorneys general.Nigeria’s government will investigate allegations of improper involvement by Cambridge Analytica in that country’s 2007 and 2015 elections, a presidency spokesman said on Monday.last_img read more

Jumo’s “Short Shorts” for West Vibz on August 18

first_imgFormer Carib Soca Monarch Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo will be celebrating his birthday in grand style with a grand party on Saturday, August 18 titled “Short Shorts”.The grand affair is set for the West Vibz Sports Bar and Restaurant located at Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo. It will be the first time a group of high-energy performers will take to the stage on the West Side.The line-up includes the birthday boy, Lil Million, Trevor Vibez, Stitchy One Man Band, Keston, Shelly G, and Antonio Blaze. The party is expected to be crazier as “Seen Up” and “Magnum” will be in the house to ensure the vibes are kept alive.They will definitely set the vibes for a great evening. The former Soca Monarch promises a memorable night with lots of great performances and music. In addition, Slingerz Family will be in the house as well as Notorious International and One Voice Family.Admission to the event is $1000 and the tickets will be available at the door.last_img read more

Donegal to expect “bumper year for tourism”

first_imgDonegal’s wealth of tourist destinations and recent awards has been brought to the attention of the thousands of people who visited the annual Holiday World Shows in both Belfast and Dublin in recent weeks.The Dublin Holiday World Show saw over 43,000 people making their way to the RDS in Dublin and over 22,000 to Belfast Titanic Exhibition Centre. This is the second year running that a combination of Donegal Tourism staff, tourism organisations and local businesses have joined forces to take part in the Holiday World Show and let people know just what Donegal has to offer.Attendees at the Holiday World Exhibition were pleasantly surprised with the value for money and quality of accommodation within the county and Donegal Tourism staff were on hand to inform potential holiday makers of some of the many accolades that Donegal has recently received, including being named as the National Geographic Traveller’s “Coolest Place on the Planet 2017”, listed as the “Most Beautiful County in Ireland” by the popular website “Ireland Before You Die”, winner in the ‘Ireland’s Hidden Gem’ category in the inaugural Irish Independent 2017 Reader Travel Awards and the exposure from the filming of Star Wars at Malin Head to name but a few!This certainly peaked the interest of attendees at the event and many have put Donegal top of their list of holiday destinations. Donegal Tourism Ltd and partners would like to extend gratitude to all of the businesses who donated prizes.These competitions have provided an extensive customer database that will be contacted on a regular basis with news and information about holidays in County Donegal.“It is going to be a bumper year for tourism in Donegal!”Donegal to expect “bumper year for tourism” was last modified: February 4th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegal tourism ltddublin holiday world exhibitiontourismlast_img read more

Climate change meeting planned for next week

first_imgComing on the heels of serious flooding along Lake Erie and the Thames River this year and last, a public meeting concerning climate change is slated for the Chatham-Kent Civic Centre this Tuesday.Chatham-Kent Community Development and the community development advisory committee are hosting the event to discuss the initial stages of a climate change action plan.It will take place at 5 p.m. in Room 212 of the Civic Centre.The meeting will include a presentation from municipal representatives and a discussion on the draft plan’s terms of reference.“After council voted unanimously to declare a climate change emergency in our community earlier this year, it was essential for our team to come up with a plan of attack on how to best move forward,” said Wallaceburg Coun. Aaron Hall in a release on Thursday.“It is equally important for our team to hear from the public and gather feedback, which is why we are launching an area on the Let’s Talk Chatham-Kent website. Every corner of Chatham-Kent has been impacted to some degree by weather events in the recent past.”The terms of reference will also outline the approach to public engagement.Hall said receiving feedback and personal stories will be valuable to municipal staff, the committee and council, given the “multiple flood warnings along the Sydenham and Thames rivers, high waters in Mitchell’s Bay and of course the challenging situation our residents along Lake Erie are facing on a daily basis.”The action plan will include consultation with elected officials, climate change experts, municipal staff, property owners, businesses, public partners and residents.“Chatham-Kent needs to understand what measures we need to take in order to adapt to climate change,” said John Norton, general manager of community development, in the release. “The Municipality of Chatham-Kent must also look to do its part in the global effort to try and mitigate the effects of climate change.”For further details on the meeting and the project, visit read more

What’s it Like Walking into Galaxy’s Edge Today?

first_imgWe will have more coverage all day on our social media channels and here on the TouringPlans blog. Got questions? Curious about anything? Let us know. Share This!We’ve got pictures rolling in from inside Galaxy’s Edge. And although crowds are pretty brisk, it’s still a feast for the eyes. By far, Oga’s Cantina is the hot ticket–it filled to capacity almost immediately at opening. The hot photo of was trying to take every possible angle of the Millennium Falcon. For Star Wars fans, this is a dream come true, and since a picture tells a thousand words, here’s a small novel.last_img

Harbinger Buys 10% of Palm

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … curt hopkins As we mentioned a few days back, the iPhone and Android aren’t the only game in town when it comes to handheld devices. Twitter for Blackberry was released on last Thursday and today comes news that Harbinger Capital has purchased almost 10% of Palm’s stock. The news might not be as good as it seems, however. Palm’s SEC disclosure indicates Harbinger, a New York-based private hedge fund, has purchased 16 million shares of Palm common stock. This purchase totals “9.48% (of total Palm stock) based on 168,755,045 shares outstanding as of March 26, 2010.”Because it was a common stock purchase, it does not come with voting rights, and the purchase did not have a significant effect on Palm stock, which was up 3.1% at the end of trading. Palm has reportedly secured Goldman Sachs in order to lure a buyer for the struggling company. Tags:#mobile#web Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Google: Alphabet Restructuring Won’t Affect Developers

first_imgadriana lee How AI is Learning to Play with Words Tags:#Alphabet#Android#developers#Google These Mistakes Can Derail a Legacy Software Con… Related Posts center_img Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Google surprised everyone Monday with fundamental changes to its organizational DNA, putting a new holding company, Alphabet, above a newly fashioned Google Inc. and other subsidiaries for its Google X “moonshots” lab and ventures arm. Days later, the world is still trying to make sense of it.As similarly dubbed businesses the world over consult their attorneys, or tighten their grips on company Website addresses, Silicon Valley got busy swinging the spotlight onto Sundar Pichai, the Google product chief turned Google Inc. CEO. The thoughtful, even demure executive may not be well-known to mainstream audiences—certainly not to the level of Steve Jobs or other business executive superstars—but he’s apparently poised to become technology’s next high-profile rock god. See also: How Google’s Vulkan Can Make Android Games Apps Faster And More PowerfulThe dial on Alphabet mania seems to be turned up to “high.” There are, however, realities on the ground to consider. Developers—a crucial constituency to Google, who both serve to popularize its platforms and engage in often-profitable business with it—may wonder how the changes affect them. After all, they are the contributors who build on their technologies, fill its app stores, and champion its open-source projects. ReadWrite asked if the newly formed Alphabet or its newly fashioned Google Inc. subsidiary will change any developer processes or procedures following the reorganization. We also asked if developers should brace themselves for any new approaches to their development tools. A Google spokesperson offered a fast reassurance that nothing would change for developers—which may be both good news for some and disappointing for others. What The Different Bowls For This Alphabet Soup MeansSundar Pichai in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress 2015A company representative emailed ReadWrite, stating “Google Play/Android developers will see absolutely no changes in their day-to-day relationship with Google.” In other words, business as usual, at least for now. Apart from topping most Silicon Valley address books, the new holding company merely ladled its divisions into bowls, each of which holds different ingredients of the Alphabet soup. Google Inc. will govern the technologies most people are familiar with—namely the tech giant’s search engine, Android software, Chrome projects, maps and Web services, including Google+, Hangouts and other consumer-facing efforts. Sending Internet access into the sky via balloons, putting driverless cars on the road and other projects, including those pursued by its venture arm, will come from other subsidiaries under the Alphabet umbrella. See also: Sundar Pichai: Here’s How You Ought To Think About GoogleGoogle X projects have never been very open to outsiders. That won’t change with the new org chart—except that, since the division operates as its own subsidiary now, it will operate even further from the company’s more developer-friendly pursuits. Put another way, don’t hold your breath for a self-driving car API. It may come one day, but that likely won’t be soon. In another way, the change could be very liberating, says IDC analyst Tom Mainelli. As he explained to VentureBeat, “Nest and the rest gain more freedom to spend money, acquire other companies, etc. without having to try to explain how such costs are benefiting the core ad business when they clearly were not.”Nest acts as the heart of Google’s Brillo smart home initiative, and its chief, Tony Faddell, now heads the Google Glass project, which is expected to introduce a second-generation version of the connected eyewear. Google has always made deep investments in new technologies, research, and developer outreach. If these and other initiatives keep their pursestrings, but rid the sticky restrictions, then what comes next could wind up looking pretty appetizing. Soup photos by Scott Veg and Till Westmayer; Sundar Pichai photo by Adriana Lee for ReadWritelast_img read more