Ruthless Nadal crushes Del Potro to reach final

first_imgRuthless Rafael Nadal punished Juan Martin del Potro for missed opportunities as he reached his 11th French Open final with a 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory on Friday.Argentine Del Potro often had Nadal in trouble in a ferocious first set but paid heavily for failing to convert any of the six break points that came his way at 1-1 and 4-4.Once Nadal stole the opener with a break in the 10th game, it was one-way traffic as he left Del Potro trailing in a cloud of Parisian clay dust to set up a final against Dominic Thiem.“It was a tough first set with opportunities for Juan Martin, I am fortunate that I won the first set and then I played more aggressively,” Nadal, who equals Roger Federer’s feat of reaching the final of a single slam 11 times, said on court as fans chanted “Viva Espana”.“I am very happy to be back in the final here at Roland Garros. For me it’s incredible.“Thiem beat me in Madrid this year and played with big power. I know I have to play my best tennis to have a chance on Sunday. I believe I can be ready for that final.”Federer, who has skipped the French Open, has reached 11 Wimbledon finals, winning eight.But Nadal’s domination on the Roland Garros clay, where his record now stands at 85-2, is without equal and he will be a huge favourite to beat Grand Slam final debutant Thiem.Del Potro said the Austrian, the only player to beat Nadal on clay over the past two seasons, has a chance — albeit a slim one.“It’s not easy. I’ve been on court just couple of minutes ago. It was almost impossible to beat him,” Del Potro said.Del Potro, playing in the semi-finals here for the first time since losing to Roger Federer in 2009, was 0-40 ahead on Nadal’s serve at 1-1 but could not press home the break and worryingly appeared to hurt his hip at deuce in that game.He did not look unduly affected though and his heavy groundstrokes took a toll on Nadal who rescued three more break points in the ninth game, one with a sublime drop shot.There was a sense of inevitability in the air when Del Potro served at 4-5 and sure enough Nadal turned the screws to grab two set points at 15-40.Del Potro saved one but a backhand error handed Nadal the set and he never took a backward glance after that.“I think that was my chance of the match. I had a lot of break points. I couldn’t make it,” Del Potro said.Nadal crushed Del Potro’s spirit with the intensity of his tennis in the second set, bounding 5-0 ahead before the Argentine registered a game to lift the spirits of his fans.They tried their best to rouse their man in the third set but it was mission impossible as Nadal, clubbing the ball as if his life depended on it, finished like a raging bull as he headed into his 24th Grand Slam final.While Thiem faces an almost impossible task on Sunday, Nadal was taking nothing for granted against the man who beat him in Madrid.“He’s been a very complex opponent. He’s one of the best players in the world on this surface,” Nadal said.last_img read more

Dawson Creek round dance in support of Idle No More

first_imgIdle No More has sparked several events across the country, in protest of several changes in the federal omnibus legislation Bill C-45.Down in Dawson Creek, traditional drummer Theresa Gladue and her group led the procession, while participants linked arms and danced in a clockwise circle around some vendors for approximately 15 minutes. Two children stood in the middle of the circle with signs showing solidarity for Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who is on day 23 of a hunger strike, and the Idle No More movement. – Advertisement – Chief Spence is asking for a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss Aboriginal issues.last_img read more

Home misery over for Wolves with win at Molineux

first_imgWolves winger James Henry earned his side their first Molineux win in seven games with a 1-0 win against Reading.Their previous success at home had been back on 3 October when they beat Huddersfield 3-0.And while Wolves celebrated a long overdue win in front of their own fans, defeat for Reading extended their poor form on the road.They have now lost their last six away games and are on a run of five defeats in six games.Reading, who had early claims for a penalty waved away when Hal Robson-Kanu’s cross looked to hit the arm of Dominic Iorfa, should have made some consistent pressure pay off only to be denied by frantic defending and poor finishing.In the space of a few seconds in the 12th minute, Matej Vydra saw his shot blocked by Ethan Ebanks-Landell before Garath McCleary’s follow-up was cleared off the line by Conor Coady.McCleary then shot wide when well placed and Wolves took full advantage of their good fortune to break the deadlock through Henry.After McCleary was booked for bringing down Iorfa on the right hand side of the Reading area, Jordan Graham floated over a cross that Henry rose to head home from close range.Wolves sought to build on their advantage and only a last-ditch challenge from Stephen Quinn denying Benik Afobe as he zeroed in on goal in the 28th minute.A minute later Afobe deflected Henry’s cross onto the post with goalkeeper Jonathan Bond beaten.Having survived that storm, Reading made a late push at the end of the first half to find an equaliser, but Iorfa and skipper Danny Batth denied Robson-Kanu.Reading’s frustration continued at the start of the second half when the impressive Oliver Norwood let fly from 30 yards with his drive hitting the post.Ikeme then saved from Vydra before Robson-Kanu headed Nick Blackman’s corner over the bar as Reading enjoyed another spell of pressure.Wolves’ goal continued to live a charmed life.In the 71st minute Jordan Graham misplaced his clearance and Ikeme should have comfortably saved Blackman’s 20-yard drive, but the ball spun out of his hands and the Nigeria international was relieved to see it drop just beyond his near post.Wolves were penned in their own half for long spells, but had a chance to ease their nerves two minutes from time only for Afobe to blaze wildly over the bar from the edge of the area. 1 Wolves won their first game at Molineux since October last_img read more

Farhad Moshiri says he has decided on location of Everton’s new stadium – LISTEN

first_imgFarhad Moshiri has suggested on talkSPORT that he has made his mind up over the location of Everton’s new stadium.The British-Iranian billionaire, who became the Merseyside club’s majority shareholder earlier this year, has visited sites in Bramley Moore dock and Stonebridge Cross along with chairman Bill Kenwright in recent weeks.Moshiri had made it one of his priorities to deliver a new ground and he has promised supporters their new home will be deserving of their loyalty and passion for the club.In an exclusive interview with Jim White, he said: “With the stadium, the fans must know we have done the hard bit.“We have repaid the debts, we are free to do what we want, and we have the finances to do it.“I went to Liverpool a few weeks ago with Bill. We visited all the sites with the Mayor. The club has taken sounding from the fans and, in our mind, we know where to go. We are committed.“I can reassure fans they will have a stadium that rewards their loyalty and their passion for the club. That is my key aim.”Goodison Park has been Everton’s home since 1892, but Moshiri says building a new stadium is the only way the club will be able to increase their ambitions.“We don’t have the flexibility that Chelsea and Manchester City had in the days prior to Financial Fair Play,” he said.“We can only spend what we spent last year, plus seven million pounds and increasing commercial income. So, the way to compete is a big stadium.”CLICK HERE to listen to the full talkSPORT interview with Everton supremo Farhad Moshirilast_img read more

Longtime resident Yost, 98, dies

first_imgLA HABRA – Wyllys Steepleton Yost was not one to let anything get in her way. She had a fierce independent streak that manifested itself throughout her long life. Yost, a longtime La Habra resident, devoted herself to teaching and raising her two children, Donald and Susanne, after she graduated cum laude from UCLA in 1929. She taught English at Excelsior High School in Norwalk, where she met her future husband, Hugh Yost. She then moved on to teach at Lowell High School in the Fullerton Union High School District. She later served as a Lowell Joint School District board member. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“In the ’30s, before she met my father, she toured the Orient as a single woman, long before single women would do things like that,” Donald Yost of Redding said. Despite failing eyesight and hearing, Yost lived alone in her home until she passed away Friday at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton of congestive heart failure, her son said. She was 98. “She drove until she was 90, and she would pick up women younger than she, put their walkers in the trunk and drive them to church,” Donald Yost said. Yost had a passion for traveling. “She walked on the Great Wall of China, and traveled with my father to Europe and Australia,” Donald Yost said. “She enjoyed people and going to different places and seeing the sights.” Donald Yost said his mother was a Francophile and had friends from all over the world. At one point, she struck up a friendship with a Japanese sailor. “He didn’t speak any English and she didn’t speak any Japanese,” he said, so they corresponded in French. During the World War II, Yost’s Japanese-American students were sent to internment camps. Yost continued to correspond with them. “I think that lasted for about four years,” Donald Yost said. Yost was also active in her church – La Habra United Methodist Church – and her local faith community, and she volunteered at La Habra’s Community Resources Care Center. She and her husband, along with two other Methodist Church couples, sponsored the Changs, a Chinese family of five who immigrated to the United States. One of the children, Gareth Chang, was later recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the greatest business analytical minds of the century. Yost is survived by her two children; her daughters-in-law, Lee Macey and Clair Harmony; several grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Yannick Bolasie linked with Crystal Palace return

first_img REVEALED LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father And Silva’s claims that Bolasie has no future at the club has led to suggestions he could be heading back to Selhurst Park on a loan deal.On Bolasie’s future, the Portuguese said: “For sure he knows [he won’t play].“I took that [loan] decision last summer because I realised that it would be difficult for him to get the minutes he wants. RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Bolasie struggled to make an impact at Villa Park 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Yannick Bolasie has been linked with a move back to Crystal Palace as he is not a part of Marco Silva’s plans at Everton.The winger cut short a loan move at Championship side Aston Villa after invoking a clause within the deal that allowed him to return to Goodison Park. targets LATEST TRANSFER NEWS targets LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ “We have four wingers in our squad, we are happy with them. What I don’t want is for Bolasie not to play again. When he took the decision to come back we didn’t expect it, even though he has that option in his contract.“When we took the decision [to let him leave on loan] we expect the player to go and play. But football is really tough and hard. Let’s see if he can do it here or at a different club.”The Daily Mirror reports that the Eagles are interested in taking Bolasie back, however, Everton would be reluctant to let him return unless there is an option to buy included in the deal. Silva says Bolasie does not have a future at Everton Everton signed the DR Congo international in August 2016 for around £25million when Ronald Koeman was manager.And Silva suggested a loan deal was a likely outcome, adding: “It [a loan deal] is a possibility of course.“Until now we have had no enquiries. We will do what is the best solution for him and us as a club.“It doesn’t mean I have already decided what will happen. Lets see what will happen at the end of the market. Let’s see what will happen in the next few days.“There is no problem, he is a good boy and a good professional, we will wait until the end of the month before we decide.”Bolasie is not in the squad for Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Championship Millwall – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT now – even though he is not cup tied having missed Villa’s 3-0 third round defeat by Swansea. 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on last_img read more

Medialets Rolls Out New Universal SDK for iOS

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts One SDK, Multiple Ad ProvidersThe biggest news in the updated SDK is the added support for third-party rich media. That means publishers can enable campaigns from third-party providers, without the need for multiple SDKs. Currently, participating vendors include: Google, Sprout, Mediamind, eyewonder, Phluant Mobile, Pointroll and Unicast. More will be added soon. New Formats: Ads that Grow & Background AudioIn addition to the new creative capabilities involving sharing, there is also support for a new ad format called Medialets Growables. This format supports rich files like animations and video and is built using HTML5. Growables display just one part of the file until the user interacts with them, and then they will appear to grow out of the original banner ad to their full size.A new Medialets Audio ad format was added, too, allowing publishers deliver audio ads with or without an on-screen component while an app is running in the background. This has been designed for radio and music apps, in particular.Other enhancements to the SDK include “no ad” responses, dynamic click and impression URLs , better support for deep linking between apps and other performance optimizations. You can learn more about the new SDK on Medialets.com. Tags:#Apple#iPad#iPhone#marketing#mobile sarah perezcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Mobile advertising company Medialetsrolled out a new Universal SDK this week, which it says is its biggest release yet. The Universal SDK 2.5 for iOS offers support for third-party rich media ads, new ad formats and new creative capabilities, like social media sharing, email, SMS, add-to-calendar functionality and embedded maps. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Forget Bitcoin: There’s A Better Model For Mobile Money

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Bitcoin has all the buzz right now. But there’s another financial innovation that could have a far more meaningful impact on the lives of billion of people without bank accounts across the world.In 2007, two years before the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto wrote the original proposal for Bitcoin, Safaricom, a Kenyan telecommunications company effectively controlled by Vodafone, launched M-Pesa, a service that let anyone with an active cell-phone line send and receive money instantly.Coin Of The Unbanked Realm“Pesa” means money in Swahili, and M-Pesa, short for mobile money, has become synonymous with money in Kenya. M-Pesa transactions accounts for 40 percent of the gross domestic product. It has spread beyond Kenya’s borders to South Africa, Afghanistan, India, and most recently Romania. It doesn’t require smartphones; it works on the very basic so-called “feature” phones that are common in the developing world. If you can send a text message, you can bank with M-Pesa.M-Pesa has enabled millions of the unbanked to emerge from subsistence living into the makings of a middle-class life. Being able to get paid dependably and store up assets is something we take for granted in the West, where parents often open up savings accounts for their kids as an introduction to the modern financial system.Bitcoin is the answer that Silicon Valley is putting forward for the 70% of the world that is unbanked. It’s easy to understand why entrepreneurs and investors are charmed by the technical elegance and openness of Bitcoin, which provides both a decentralized system for transactions and its own form of stored value.Therein lie two key differences between M-Pesa and Bitcoin:M-Pesa works with existing national currencies, making it far simpler to withdraw and spend.M-Pesa is controlled by Vodafone, whereas Bitcoin is an open technology.The AOL Of Mobile Money?Could M-Pesa be the AOL of mobile money—set to become big for a brief period, only to be overtaken by more open technologies?It’s hard to remember how powerful AOL once was compared to its current reduced state. At one point, half of all American households on the Internet used its dial-up service to get online.AOL was criticized for being a “walled garden” which offered its own content and services, like news, shopping, and email. Early on, that all-in-one service was highly successful. Ultimately, it was defeated by broadband providers which simply provided high-speed Internet access to any websites people wanted to visit.“AOL served a very useful purpose and became a hugely valuable business,” Blocktech CEO Devon Read, a Bitcoin entrepreneur, told me recently. He’s obviously a fan of the metaphor. But it strikes me as damning M-Pesa with faint praise.There are four reasons why this way of thinking about M-Pesa could be wrong:Adoption drives innovation. Now that millions of people use M-Pesa, entrepreneurs are creating new M-Pesa related services in areas such as lending and remittances.M-Pesa fits within existing regulatory structures. Initially, banks tried to stop M-Pesa, but they’re now partnering with Vodafone in places like India.M-Pesa is designed for mobile, and it’s clear how to use it. Until recently, Apple banned Bitcoin apps from its App Store. There’s a confusing array of Bitcoin-related apps, some of which store bitcoins, others of which facilitate transactions, and they all present different interfaces to consumers.Retail adoption. There are 40,000 M-Pesa agents in Kenya, small retail outlets that are effectively bank branches for the unbanked. This means M-Pesa works well in the physical world, where cash still dominates.Bitcoin transactions are theoretically instant—but only theoretically. In practice, to have any confidence that a transaction has gone through, you may have to wait hours. In the meantime, it’s possible to spend bitcoins twice. Call it Schrödinger’s currency.M-Pesa avoids the double-spending problem by having a central authority—in this case, Vodafone or its subsidiaries.It’s up to Vodafone if it wants to avoid M-Pesa becoming the AOL of mobile money. Vodafone has more than 400 million customers worldwide, but that’s a small percentage of the world’s global mobile users. As of March, only 17 million of them used M-Pesa. Vodafone will never reach the billions of unbanked who need it if it limits M-Pesa to its own markets.So it will have to let M-Pesa free, either by open-sourcing it or licensing it on very fair, simple terms. It can still make plenty of money processing M-Pesa transactions on its own networks, as well as swapping M-Pesa for voice minutes or mobile data fees. It could even reach some kind of accommodation with Bitcoin: Kipochi, a Bitcoin wallet, allows users to transfer their balances into M-Pesa.Battlefield IndiaIndia is the best country to watch Bitcoin battle M-Pesa. India is a far bigger economy than Kenya; it is one of the big emerging economies that all global companies target.Today, Indians love gold. For many of the same reasons—distrust of the government’s stewardship of the rupee, among others—many people in India want Bitcoin to succeed. And yet at some point they’ll need to spend bitcoin on food. Sure, you can buy pizza with bitcoin in Mumbai, but many Indians will want to send money back to their parents in rural villages, and that will have to be in a form that local merchants will accept.Vodafone is a big player in India but also has competitors both big and small. Nobody in India wants the unbanked market controlled by one company. So this is one market where Vodafone may need to give their precocious child some more independence. If Vodafone does this in India, then the M-Pesa revolution has a good chance of sweeping the world, leaving Bitcoin as a fascinating footnote in the history of digital money. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#bitcoin#Contributed#currency#digital currency#M-pesa#mobile money#Mobile Payments#money#Safaricom#Vodafone The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology bernard lunnlast_img read more

Jupiter Beats Saturn in Solar System Throwdown

first_imgThe hottest competition in the solar system is over. NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) said today that each agency will launch a probe to Jupiter in 2020 to explore the moons of the solar system’s largest planet—edging out a proposed mission to the ringed giant. The multibillion-dollar missions—no estimate of the cost was offered—will examine Europa, which has an icy surface covering a liquid water ocean, and Ganymede, which is the only moon in the solar system with an internally generated magnetic field. Both potentially harbor life or its building blocks. NASA would build and launch the Europa probe, whereas ESA would be responsible for the Ganymede orbiter. The schedule calls for each spacecraft to orbit Jupiter (pictured, Credit: NASA) in 2026 before splitting off and operating for 3 years.In 2007, NASA invited teams to prepare proposals for missions to one of four outer planet satellites before choosing two finalists. The runner-up in the competition is Saturn and its intriguing moon Titan. That mission would have involved a NASA orbiter and an ESA lander and balloon. But officials from the two agencies determined that the proposal was not as technically advanced as the Jupiter mission. NASA and ESA officials said they remain open to a Saturn mission, although constrained budgets make such a trip a long shot.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)ESA science chief David Southwood issued a statement calling the decision “a landmark of 21st century planetary science. … The cooperation across the Atlantic that we have had so far and we see in the future, between America and Europe, NASA and ESA, and in our respective science communities is absolutely right. Let’s get to work.” NASA/JPL last_img read more