ATP Finals: Thiem Dethrones Zverev after Tsitsipas Stuns Federer to Set up Final

first_imgLondon: Dominic Thiem beat defending champion Alexander Zverev on Saturday to join Roger Federer’s conqueror Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the ATP Finals in London.The Austrian fifth seed saw off the big-serving German 7-5, 6-3 after Greece’s Tsitsipas, making his debut at the tournament, had earlier beaten Federer 6-3, 6-4. Thiem is playing in his fourth ATP Finals but during his first three trips to the season finale, he won only three matches and never advanced out of the group stage at the O2 Arena.Zverev landed 75 percent of his first serves but Thiem was tougher in the big moments, breaking in the 12th game of the opening set and in the sixth game of the second set.The Austrian also saved all four break points on his racquet.Germany’s Zverev, who beat Novak Djokovic in last year’s final, went toe to toe with Thiem in a relatively uneventful first set but served a double fault to lose the opener 7-5.DELIGHT FOR DOMI 💪The moment @ThiemDomi secured his place in the #NittoATPFinals championship match 👏🎥: @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/e41HwW77x9— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 16, 2019 The seventh seed, 22, regrouped and settled back into his serving rhythm at the beginning of the second set but was broken again to trail 4-2.Thiem, looking unflustered, fended off a couple of break points in the following game and served out to take the match, winning with a forehand down the line.”This is a big, big dream coming true for me, it is one of the biggest and most prestigious tournaments of the whole year and I’m getting the chance to play the final,” said Thiem.The 26-year-old, who reached the final of this year’s French Open, has been considered a clay-court specialist but joked after winning indoors in Vienna last month and now reaching the final in London he was becoming a “big, big fan of faster hard surfaces”.TSITSIPAS SNUFFS OUT FEDEREREarlier, Tsitsipas, 17 years younger than Federer, ended the 38-year-old’s hopes of securing a seventh year-end title.Federer was unrecognisable from the player who dominated Djokovic in his final round-robin match, struggling on serve and hitting a total of 26 unforced errors compared with just five against the Serbian.The youngest finalist at the season-ending event since Del Potro in 2009!Seriously impressive from @StefTsitsipas 👏🎥: @TennisTV | #NittoATPFinals pic.twitter.com/5brsDQ7xLf— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 16, 2019 But Tsitsipas belied his years with a performance full of confidence and grit, saving 11 out of 12 break points during the match.”I’m so proud of myself today, a great performance and once again the people were great,” he said.”I really enjoyed myself on the court and sometimes in matches like these you wonder how you recover from difficulties and break point down.”Tsitsipas, ignoring loud support for Federer, broke the Swiss at the first time of asking, taking advantage of two missed overheads.The Greek was forced to dig deep in a dramatic 13-minute final game of the first set in which he saved two break points and needed seven set points to close it out 6-3.Federer was in deep trouble when Tsitsipas broke him to love in the third game of the second set but he finally made a break point count to level at 2-2.Undaunted, Tsitsipas, dominating rallies from the back of the court, broke again straight away with a forehand cross-court winner for a 3-2 lead.At 5-4 down Federer knew he had to break Tsitsipas for only the second time in the match.The Greek slipped to 15-40 down but Federer again could not take advantage, spraying a forehand out to give his opponent a match point and he won with a thundering ace.”I’m frustrated I couldn’t play better, and when I did and fought my way back, I threw it away again,” said the Swiss.”It was also parts of him. He did come up with the goods when he had to and he was better than me today.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. alexander zverevATP FinalsATP Tourdominic thiem First Published: November 17, 2019, 1:25 PM ISTlast_img read more

ShopX enters into strategic tie-up with Puma

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) Digital offline platform ShopX has entered into a strategic tie-up with Puma, which would help the German sportswear firm scale up its footwear business in tier II markets.Puma will leverage ShopXs digital offline model to scale up its footwear business and help it establish presence in over 1,500 retail outlets in tier II markets, ShopX said in a statement.ShopX CEO and Co-Founder Amit Sharma said: “Pumas brand pull, popularity, wide range of products, competitive pricing along with our wide and relevant distribution base should work as catalysts in making this partnership a success.”ShopX, in which former UIDAI chairman and Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani is a strategic investor, has built logistics efficiency through its “LMDN” last mile delivery network.”This will result in highly ROI driven retailer outreach for Puma. On the other hand, Direct brand partnerships through ShopXs platform will help retailers get access to the entire range of Pumas sports footwear category,” the company said.Within a year of launch, ShopX has empowered 45,000 retail partners across 230 towns in 10 states; serving more than 3 million customers.The company aims to provide the 600-million middle-income population in India access to digital commerce through its retailer partners. PTI KRH JMlast_img read more

Jeep Compass launched in India at Rs 14.95 lakh

first_imgAmerican carmaker Jeep has launched the much awaited Compass in India, with prices beginning from Rs 14.95 lakh and going all the way up to Rs 20.65 lakh. These are ex-showroom prices and will stay the same all over India.The Compass is the first model from Jeep that will be manufactured India. It is a big launch for the American carmaker, one that can make or break Jeep’s legacy in India. Keeping this in mind, the Compass has been priced aggressively in the country.The Compass is available with two engine options in India, one petrol and one diesel. The Petrol unit is a 1.4-litre MultiAir engine that puts out 162PS of power 250Nm of torque. It is available with a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DCT gearbox. The diesel engine is a 2.0-litre Multijet unit that pushes out 173PS of power and 350Nm of torque. For the time being, the diesel engine is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox, although a nine-speed automatic will be introduced at a later date. The petrol variant of the Jeep will be offered only in a 4×2 set up while the diesel trims will be available with a 4×2 and 4×4 set up.ARAI figures for the petrol engine are not availble yet, but the diesel engine is capable of returning a fuel efficiency of 16.3kmpl for the 4×4 version and 17.1kmpl for the 4×2 version.Jeep had entered India last year with the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler Unlimited. Both cars were brought in through the CBU route and their price tags left not many impressed. However with the Compass, Jeep is aiming to get mass numbers in India to cement its position in the market. Another area where FCA (Jeep’s parent company) needs to buck-up in India is its aster-sales service.The Compass is available in three trims, Sport, Longitude and Limited.advertisementJeep has revealed that even before launch, the Compass had garnered 38,000 enquiries and 5,000 bookings, These are pretty impressive numbers for a SUV whose price was not known until the launch. The Compass also gets a three year/1,00,000km warranty. Prices of all the trims are:ModelPrice (Ex-showroom, Delhi) 1.4 MultiAir Petrol Sport Rs 14.95 lakh 1.4 MultiAir Petrol Limited (AT) Rs 18.70 lakh 1.4 MultiAir Petrol Limited Option (AT) Rs 19.40 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Sport Rs 15.45 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Longitude Rs 16.45 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Longitude Option Rs 17.25 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Limited Rs 18.05 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Limited Option Rs 18.75 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Limited 4×4 Rs 19.95 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Limited Option 4×4 Rs 20.65 lakhThe Jeep Compass’ main competitor in the market is the Hyundai Tucson but with its aggressive pricing, it could eat into the market share of cars like the Mahindra XUV500 also.Also Read:  Made-in-India Jeep Compass launch date revealedAlso Read: Fiat officially commence online booking for upcoming Jeep Compass in Indialast_img read more

Barcelona FC Offers Free Football Training to Child Refugees at Lesbos Hotspots

first_imgLESBOS, Greece – Barcelona FC has been sponsoring a football camp for hundreds of refugee children on the island of Lesbos, involving adult refugees as coaches.Hundreds of children have become members of the Barca Soccer FutbolNet programme since the programme’s implementation in July 2017, with the support of Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the NGO Movement on the Ground.“We know we can influence them and help them dream, to show them the future,” Jordi Cardoner, vice president of Barcelona and Barca Foundation said.The children attending the football academy on the island come from the two hotspots on Lesbos. The training lasts two hours, and held three times a week. Coaches are refugees who have been granted asylum.“These children are unaccompanied minors. They are here without their parents, and do not have someone to tell them the what is right and what is wrong, “said Aesa Osso, who is a coach from Syria. “Through this programme they learn many values, like respect and team work,” he added.A 15-year-old girl added, “They said football is only for boys not for girls – but now there is no difference: We are equal.”TweetPinShare128128 Shareslast_img read more

Scorpions and Mets battle for top spot

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNSW Scorpions and NSW Mets are on a collision course for top spot of the women’s Elite Eight division.The two remain the only undefeated teams in the group after two days of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.They will meet each other in the final round on Friday and it could well be the match that decides pole position in the women’s open competition.Could being the key word.The Mets’ finals credentials will be tested as they take on teams in second and third positions on day three.They will meet Queensland Outlaws in the sixth round at 10.30am and follow it up by playing the Scorpions, who should beat NSW Rebels at 9.40am, if previous results are anything to go by.Mets’ could be without Australia women’s open player Ash Quinlan who was carried off in Mets’ 7-5 win over Queensland South Stingrays.The Scorpions had wins over Stingrays (9-6) and Outlaws (7-5) to trail Mets on percentages.The Outlaws went down twice on Thursday, which has put them in danger of missing out on the top four if they fail to fire on day three.They lead a long list of teams who are jockeying for the final two semi spots.The Stingrays remain fourth despite losing twice while The Alliance and Queensland Chiefs are in the hunt.Last year’s runners-up, the Chiefs, put their disastrous day one performance behind them to win twice on day two.Rebels are not totally out of it of the semi-finals but it will be a long shot, while NSW Country Mavericks’ campaign is over.No doubt the highlight on day three in the women’s competition will be the match between the Scorpions and the Mets, which will most likely decide top spot.The game taps-off at 3pm.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksWomen’s Elite Eight day twolast_img read more

Betting Odds Released For Potential Clemson-Alabama Matchup

first_img Alabama is certainly looking for revenge after last season’s blowout loss. Fortunately for college football fans, the current betting odds would anticipate a close contest.The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas has Clemson as a 2-point favorite over Alabama.From ESPN gambling writer David Purdum, on how far that sportsbook has those two programs ahead of the rest of the FBS:Aaron Kessler, senior oddsmaker at Golden Nugget, told ESPN that he’d have Alabama and Clemson favored by at least seven points against any other team in the nation. Georgia is third in Kessler’s power ratings.“They’re definitely the best two teams out there,” Kessler said of Alabama and Clemson. “It’s just tough trying to figure out how much better they are than the rest of the field.”With Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence back to lead their respective teams, it’d be tough to see anyone dethrone either program.Senior oddsmaker Aaron Kessler told ESPN that Alabama and Clemson would see a much bigger spread if they don’t face each other.[ESPN] Alabama and Clemson players lining up for a snap.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Patrick Phibbs #58 of the Clemson Tigers snaps the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)We’re only three months away from watching college football, and it shouldn’t shock many people that Alabama and Clemson are considered the early favorites to meet in the national championship.Betting odds for games on next season’s schedules are starting to emerge this week. This makes senses considering that a bunch of kickoff times for major programs were released on Thursday.It turns out that a few sportsbooks are also placing an early line on a potential rematch between Alabama and Clemson. Another showdown between these powerhouses would mark the fifth-straight year they’d meet in the College Football Playoff.In the event that the Crimson Tide face the Tigers this upcoming season, the edge is currently with the defending champions.last_img read more

NSLC Stores Collect Donations for Hurricane Relief

first_imgCustomers shopping in Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) stores can now make donations to the Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund at any one of the NSLC’s 108 stores. Funds raised across the province will assist with the disaster recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina. The city of New Orleans and areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are greatly in need of assistance and NSLC employees and customers are eager to help. “Donation boxes will be placed at every NSLC store checkout untilfurther notice,” said Carrie Cussons, acting NSLC president. “We conducted a similar initiative during the tsunami relief effort, which was very successful, and we are pleased to offer our support again to our neighbours.” The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation generates almost a half a billion dollars of revenue a year, returning in excess of $170 million profit annually to the province. It employs more than 1,300 Nova Scotians, offering 3,000 products from around the globe through 108 retail and 22 agency stores across the province. -30-last_img read more

Stars Donate To Tibet House US Auction

first_imgTibet House US has announced that the 12th Annual Benefit Auction, in conjunction with renowned auction house Christie’s, will take place on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Tibet House US and The Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey.This year’s Honorary Chair Committee includes Philip Glass, Donna Karan, Petra Nemcova, Yoko Ono Lennon, Sandra and Eric Ripert, Martin Scorsese, Trudie Styler and Sting, Uma Thurman, Jann Wenner, Arden Wohl, and Dustin Yellin.Charitybuzz will return as the event’s online auction partner. The Tibet House US auction will be live on Charitybuzz from November 20, 2014, to December 11, 2014, at www.charitybuzz.com/TibetHouse.Auction Highlights Include:Rare Items & Opportunities: A personal voicemail recording from Hugh Jackman; an at-home reception for 20 guests prepared by world-renowned chef Eric Ripert and a personal performance by Philip Glass; dine with Robert and Uma Thurman at the Four Seasons Restaurant; a signed guitar by Sting; a behind-the-scenes look at New York Fashion Week with supermodel Petra Nemcova; a once-in-a-lifetime, two-week internship with Rolling Stone, Us Weekly or Men’s Journal; dinner with Food Critic Adam Platt; two VIP tickets to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.Adventures & Exotic Trips: An exotic 10-day trip for four to Bali with accommodations provided in a lavish, private villa; a custom-designed safari trip for two to the spectacularly beautiful country of Botswana, Africa; an adventure to the high Himalayas in style with a 8-night excursion for two in Ladakh; experience the wonder of Bhutan during a seven-night signature journey; a journey for two to the Gobi Desert in the magnificent country of Mongolia by Nomadic ExpeditionsContemporary Art & Photography: Pieces by Lynn Davis, Danny Clinch, Shepard Fairey, Milton Glaser, Herb Greene, Bob Gruen, Peter Max, Sheila Metzner, Ed Ruscha, Patti Smith and Peter TunneyFashion, Home & Health: jewelry courtesy of Paula Crevoshay, Pamela Huizenga, Mallary Marks, Me&Ro, Margo Morrison, Jill Platner, Reinstein/Ross; an exclusive three-hour consultation from Clodagh Design; a luxurious Alina silk and cashmere throw from Sferra Linens.Tibet & Beyond: Antique and ceremonial objects, Tibetan rugs, sculptures, and other global finds.Established in 1987 under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet House US is a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy working to preserve, restore and present Tibet’s unique cultural and spiritual heritage by means of a permanent cultural center, with gallery, library, and archives, and developing traveling exhibitions, print publications and media productions. Additionally they seek to share with the world Tibet’s practical systems of spiritual philosophy and mind sciences, and its arts of human development, intercultural dialogues, nonviolence, and peacemaking, by means of innovative programs in cooperation with educational and other cultural institutions.Their New York City center is comprised of 7,000 square feet including gallery space, Tibetan Buddhist shrine, photographic archives, a lending library of over 1,000 volumes, and staff offices. In keeping with their mission as a cultural embassy, Tibet House US develops and presents innovative educational and cultural programs for the general public. It serves as a central meeting place for the local Tibetan community to hold programs and events.For extensive information on the Tibet House US please visit www.tibethouse.us.last_img read more

Moroccan Immigrant in Rome Stabs Man Wearing Crucifix

Rabat – A 37-year-old Moroccan man stabbed a 44-year-old homeless Georgian national in the throat on Saturday, June 8, at Rome’s central Termini station. The victim was wearing a crucifix around his neck.The suspect shouted insults at the Georgian before stabbing him and attempting to slit his throat, Il Giornale reports. The suspect then attempted to flee the scene but only managed to make it a few steps before being detained and arrested.“Everything took place in a few moments,” one witness explained. “The Georgian got off the bus and was heading towards the metro station in Piazza dei Cinquecento on the Via Giolitti side when the Moroccan joined him and attacked him,” he added. The Moroccan man is being accused of attempted homicide with “religious hate” being an “aggravating factor.”Read Also: Muslim Council of Britain Calls for Islamophobia Investigation into Government PartyThe incident caused Italy’s far-right Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini to increase security measures. In a letter, Salvini called for an “increase [of] checks and attention in places of aggregation of Islamic citizens in order to prevent any type of violence against innocent citizens.”The approach Salvini has taken to increase security measures to counter radical Islam is a controversial topic, with many people arguing that it is discriminatory to single out Muslims for security checks.News of the incident is circulating on anti-terrorism sites alongside a direct quote from the Qu’ran taken out of its context, “When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Qur’an 47:4).Giorgia Meloni, leader of the conservative-populist Brothers of Italy made a vitriolic comment against Muslims on social media. In her remark, she said, “If Muslims think of bringing the holy war into our house, it is time to take drastic measures: it remains only to block any kind of Islamic immigration until these ideas are clarified,” she said.Muslims represent the second largest religious community in Italy, with approximately 1.4 million practicing Muslims in 2017 (3,1 percent of the whole Italian population).Read also: London Immigration ‘Allowed’ Moroccan to Commit Suicide Instead of Deportation read more

Private sector care economy will be key engines of job creation for

“Service sector employment will remain the most dynamic with respect to job creation in the next five years,” said Raymond Torres, a head researcher of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in a statement released today. The ILO’s Economic and Social Outlook, released earlier this week, found that public services in health care, education and administration will also continue to be a major source of employment. While increasing at a slower pace than the private sector, they will still represent 15 per cent of total employment. Industrial employment is expected to stabilize globally at slightly below 22 per cent because the pace of job creation in the construction sector is estimated to decline in comparison to the period 2010-2013. Meanwhile, employment levels in manufacturing will remain largely unchanged over the next 5 years and will account for only 12 per cent of all jobs in 2019.The good news is that there is also growing demand for jobs that require face-to-face interaction, such as in health and personal services, signalling the emergence of a large care economy.“These trends highlight the role of policies to help enterprises and workers seize the opportunities associated with new technology, while at the same time breaking barriers for moving up the economic and social ladder, especially for women,” said Mr. Torres.But global trends show significant regional variations, with medium-skilled jobs disappearing in advanced economies at a faster pace than is the case in emerging and developing countries.This polarization between higher and lower-skilled jobs is having a direct impact on labour incomes. The increase in jobs at both the lower and upper ends of the skills ladder, at the expense of those in the middle, has and will continue to contribute to widening income inequality. The number of routine jobs, such as machine operator or assembler has decreased in many countries, raising concerns over the role of manufacturing in helping workers to escape poverty.Without manufacturing jobs, opportunities for rural workers to improve their employment situation will be scarce. This shift of employment to services and a decline in manufacturing means a significant change in the skills demanded by the labour market. “There will be a hollowing out of jobs needing medium levels of skill for routine tasks that can be automated,” said Mr. Torres. People who once occupied these jobs will need to acquire new skills, or instead, face the prospect of competing for jobs at the lower end of the skill spectrum, he concluded. read more