Four days after claiming the Indians had yielded advantage against Spain by playing their Davis Cup tie matches in evening, captain Anand Amritraj on Tuesday said he has changed his mind.”We don’t have Rohan Bopanna now, which puts more load on Saketh Myneni as he might play the first two days. So in hindsight, playing in evening helps us too.”After doubles specialist Bopanna pulled out due to injury, Myneni might be looked at as the doubles partner for Leander Paes, depending on how his first day singles rubber goes. Ramkumar Ramanathan is the other singles player in the team while debutant Sumit Nagal is the back up doubles option for India.Myneni and Ramanathan both suffered severe cramps in the last tie in Chandigarh vs South Korea.Back after a gruelling first round loss in the US open, where he won three straight matches to qualify for the main draw, Myneni hoped his body will be better for the wear. “It will be a battle for me, my mind is willing, have to see how my body holds up. US Open was tough in similar conditions playing five setters.”Amritraj added that though the matches will be in the evening, he is still much worried about the fitness aspect given conditions continue to be humid and opposition is grinding. (Spain not taking India lightly in Davis Cup tie: Rafael Nadal)Against a formidable Spanish full strength side, with 14-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal and former top-five player David Ferrer, doubles is the only hope for India.advertisement”Doubles is still our best shot. We are in with a chance, close to 50-50,” said Amritraj.Paes is one doubles win away from having the most wins in Davis Cup but he might have to wait. He hoped his new partner, whoever that is, will stand up to the task. “Important to win the doubles rubber. Saketh has a big game while Sumit is playing his first tie. It will be a challenge for him to come from juniors to this level of tennis,” Paes said.Sumit had won the Wimbledon Juniors doubles title in 2015.While the Spanish team talked enough about the humidity to suggest it is a factor for them, given their world-class experience, the entire afternoon-evening talk might have been overplayed. As captain Conchita Martinez said: “These players play around the world in similar conditions. We have had enough time to get used to the climate and court.”The most promising note of all, if any, for the Indian team came from the big man Nadal himself as he reminded everyone not everything goes to plan in Davis Cups. (Leander Paes wants to learn from Rafael Nadal)”Special things happen is Davis Cup. There have been times we were favourites but lost, so we will treat India with respect,” Nadal said.Echoed Ferrer, “It will be my first time against whoever is the young guy I play from India but we won’t take anything for granted.”Now if only there will be some magic over the weekend.
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Silva writes to FA over Mendy tweetby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has written to the FA to say he regrets the fact his social media post may have unintentionally caused offence, reports BBC Sport.BBC Sport understands Bernardo personally wrote the letter, which was submitted before Thursday’s 17:00 BST deadline.Team-mate Benjamin Mendy has also written to the FA in support of Bernardo, saying he did not take offence at the posts.Bernardo is adamant he never intended to offend and his posts were not racially motivated.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Wenger: Hazard can’t replace Ronaldo at Real Madridby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger doesn’t believe Eden Hazard can replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.The Belgian is beginning to demonstrate his qualities with Los Blancos after a tough period following his move from Chelsea.”He will be the answer but not in replacing Ronaldo that is for sure,” Wenger told beIN Sports about Hazard.”He will not score 50 goals a year because that’s now how they play football.”They need another goal scorer in Real Madrid because Benzema is now 32 and if they had someone younger around him to score the goals, maybe they could do very well.”Eden Hazard is an exceptional player to create chances to sometimes finish when he needs to do in big games.”He’s not scared of anybody – I don’t think Real have yet to see the real Hazard, he’s not as sharp physically as he can be.”That’s why I believe they will discover the real Hazard.”
jarmal reid trips refereeWe’ve all been there. In the heat of the moment, after you think you’ve been fouled on the basketball court, you look to the referee to plead your case. Oregon State’s Jarmal Reid went one step further – however. He’s in trouble for it today.Reid, during Oregon State’s contest against Utah Sunday night, was unhappy after being bumped following a steal. After falling down and seeing that no foul had been called, he intentionally stuck his foot out to trip the referee. He was promptly ejected.Jarmal Reid of Oregon State was ejected for tripping an official. Never seen this before. https://t.co/y24JrRH7Ex— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) January 18, 2016Utah went on to win the game. Reid’s decision is now being reviewed by the Pac-12. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t see the court for quite some time.
Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) and The Island Traffic Authority (ITA) have teamed up to provide motorists with an easier way of paying their Motor Vehicle Fitness Fees. These fees can now be paid on line at www.jamaicatax.gov.jm and motorists will no longer have to visit a Tax Office to do so. Story Highlights The online payment service is expected to be rolled out in Port Antonio, Port Maria, Falmouth, Lucea and Black River Depots by the end of the calendar year. The Savanna-la-mar depot which is currently under construction will come on stream upon completion. More Information can be had by calling 1-888-Tax Help (1-888-829-4357) toll free or visit the Pay Motor Vehicle Fees hub on the TAJ website www.jamaica tax.gov.jm. Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) and The Island Traffic Authority (ITA) have teamed up to provide motorists with an easier way of paying their Motor Vehicle Fitness Fees. These fees can now be paid on line at www.jamaicatax.gov.jm and motorists will no longer have to visit a Tax Office to do so.The ITA Depots that will facilitate the processing of Fitness Certificates paid for on line are:SwallowfieldHarbour View and Spanish Town Road in KingstonThomasSpanish Town in St.CatherineMandeville in ManchesterAnn’s Bay in St Ann and Montego Bay, St. James.The online payment service is expected to be rolled out in Port Antonio, Port Maria, Falmouth, Lucea and Black River Depots by the end of the calendar year. The Savanna-la-mar depot which is currently under construction will come on stream upon completion.Transport and Mining Minister, Lester ‘Mike’ Henry, says the new service provision on line is in keeping with his Ministry’s thrust to make it easier for motorists to do business with government, reduce waiting time at tax offices, as well as, reducing if not eliminating opportunities for corruption. According to Minister Henry, the use of technology in the provision of services, is not only convenient, but is secure and less time consuming, as in many instances the importance of ‘TIME’ has been removed from the lives of many Jamaicans in their daily activities. The Island Traffic Authority has been implementing a New Electronic System on a phased basis since the start of the year.Meanwhile, Chief Corporate Communications Officer, at the TAJ, Meris Haughton, says the process is simple and requires motorists to log into the TAJ Payment Portal using their client login or creating an account (where applicable).According to Ms. Haughton, the customer may click on the ‘Pay Your Motor Vehicle Fees’ tab or select ‘The Motor Vehicle Fees’ option under ‘Pay Other Taxes and Fees’ and choose the option for their vehicle type. A TRN, a branch number where applicable and a valid credit are required to complete the transaction.The motorist may then print the Statement of Payment or record the Reference Number before proceeding to any of the participating ITA Depots to have the vehicle inspected and certified. Upon arrival at the ITA Depot motorists may then present The Statement of Payment or Reference Number, TRN and the date the fee was purchased.Ms. Haughton is also encouraging motorists to use the new online facility, because the onsite payment facility at the Swallowfield Depot will be eventually phased out.More Information can be had by calling 1-888-Tax Help (1-888-829-4357) toll free or visit the Pay Motor Vehicle Fees hub on the TAJ websitewww.jamaica tax.gov.jm.
Meanwhile, Senator Williams said that a procurement process for seats, carpets and sound equipment has been initiated for the 106-year-old Ward Theatre in Kingston. Senator Williams informed that it is noticeable that the roadway is being eroded and a meeting will be held with JSIF “for them to bring us up to date with the arrangements being put in place towards protecting the shoreline”. Story Highlights Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, says the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) will be leading the restoration and protection of the shoreline from Breezy Castle (Kingston Harbour) to Harbour View. Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, says the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) will be leading the restoration and protection of the shoreline from Breezy Castle (Kingston Harbour) to Harbour View.Senator Williams informed that it is noticeable that the roadway is being eroded and a meeting will be held with JSIF “for them to bring us up to date with the arrangements being put in place towards protecting the shoreline”.The Mayor was addressing councillors at the monthly sitting of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation at its Church Street offices in downtown Kingston, on February 13.Meanwhile, Senator Williams said that a procurement process for seats, carpets and sound equipment has been initiated for the 106-year-old Ward Theatre in Kingston.“This was uploaded to the Office of the Contractor General’s website, as is required by law,” he informed.The Mayor noted that the Tourism Ministry has committed $10 million towards the theatre’s restoration process and funds have also been committed by the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund for seats and sound equipment.“We progressed with the procurement because of these commitments. Over the next two to three weeks, we will concretise this. I just want to urge the procurement and leadership committee to ensure that we don’t miss a step, and follow them to the law,” he said.Turning to plans to beautify certain locations in Kingston and St. Andrew, the Mayor informed that more flags and other elements will be included to improve the aesthetics at the entrance of downtown Kingston at Breezy Castle.“We are also looking at some sections of Western St. Andrew, which would be the Waterhouse Division, along Spanish Town Road, entering into the Three Miles area, the Portia Simpson Miller Square, and to try and beautify that corridor,” he said.The Mayor emphasised the importance of transforming the city of Kingston, so that it will appear more attractive to visitors as well as to its residents.
zoom The Marshall Islands-based Hunter Maritime Acquisition Corp. has decided to buy five Capesize dry bulk carriers in an en bloc transaction from Germany’s Oskar Wehr. The ships will be purchased for USD 139.4 million from five Cyprus-based companies affiliated with one or more members of the Oskar Wehr group of companies.The vessels in question are MV Charlotte Selmer, MV Greta Selmer, MV Tom Selmer, MV Lene Selmer and MV Hugo Selmer, all of them built by Chinese shipbuilder New Times Shipbuilding.The five bulkers have a combined cargo-carrying capacity of approximately 876,352 deadweight tons and an average fleet age of approximately 6.2 years. Four vessels are employed on time charter, expiring in July 2017, August 2017, December 2017 and February 2018, respectively.“As part of the acquisition, the company expects to have the time charter agreements or other employment arrangements that are in place upon the consummation of the acquisition novated to the company or otherwise assumed by the company,” Hunter Maritime said.Once the acquisition is closed, Ambra Shipmanagement, a company affiliated with the Oskar Wehr Group, will continue to provide technical management services for the vessels and Bocimar International NV, an affiliate of Hunter Maritime, will provide commercial management services for the bulkers, according to Hunter Maritime.In connection with the acquisition which is subject to certain conditions, Hunter Maritime intends to offer to purchase up to 8.233,100 of its Class A common shares that were sold in the company’s initial public offering (IPO).
TORONTO – Mastermind Toys is shrugging off the challenges that have beset the retail sector with plans to open more stores this year.The Canadian retailer said it’s opening its 56th store in Orleans, Ont. Tuesday and plans to have locations open later this year in Sudbury, Ont., Langford, B.C., Fredericton, and Toronto.The new stores are in addition to the seven Mastermind has already opened this year, while since 2011 the retailer has opened 50 new toy stores as it expands out of Toronto to now have stores in seven provinces.The latest expansion news comes a day after Toys “R” Us filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States, saying it intends to follow suit in Canada as online competition takes an increasing toll on in-person retailers.The toy giant said its roughly 1,600 global stores will continue to operate normally, with the vast majority profitable, but it has struggled with the burden of $5 billion in long-term debt.Brick and mortar retailers continue to face pressure from online competition and changing consumer taste, helping lead to high profile restructurings including Sears Canada’s bankruptcy protection this past June.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are looking for information after an eyewitness broke up what appeared to be an attempt to abduct a child on Saturday.The RCMP responded to a call on May 12, after an eyewitness confronted a male who was allegedly trying to take a child from his mother. The details are limited, but the RCMP are looking to speak with both the woman and the male involved in the incident.According to an eyewitness, a male was allegedly seen taking a 4 to 5-year-old child in the Subway parking lot at 100 street and 97 avenue between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The child began screaming as did the mother, which alerted a nearby witness. The witness allegedly confronted the male and instructed him to put down the child. The male put down the child and left the scene heading on foot towards the North Peace Leisure Pool. The mother and child also left on foot, heading westbound, towards 102 street.All three are described as being of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent.The alleged male suspect is described as being between 25 and 33-years-old, having a five o’clock shadow, with a thick neck and white button-up shirt with black shoes.The female is described as wearing a full purple burqa, with purple bands and between the age of 25 and 30 with a height of 5’4” and 170 pounds. The child is described as wearing a white shirt with a blue collar and having black medium length hair.Police would like to confirm the wellbeing of the woman and child and would like to speak to anyone involved in this incident as well as anyone having information as to the identity of these persons.Please contact Cst PERDUE at 250-787-8100 with any information. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers tipsters do not have to provide their name, address or telephone number and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000 for information leading to an arrest and charge.
Madrid: With reports of Gareth Bale’s impending departure from Real Madrid continuing to gather steam, the Welshman spent ninety minutes of the last league match of the season for the Los Blancos on Sunday, a 0-2 defeat to Real Betis, on the bench. Speaking after the match, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said he would not have brought Bale on even if his team had been allowed an added substitution. “It is true, I did not [give Bale a chance to say goodbye],” Zidane was quoted as saying by ESPN. “If I had another substitute to make, I would not have done anything different,” he said. While youngsters Vinicius Junior and Brahim Diaz were picked over Bale in the starting XI on Sunday, Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio were brought on in the second half. Bale and Toni Kroos continued to warm the bench throughout. As the final whistle blew, Bale headed straightaway towards the tunnel, not waiting for the rest of the Real Madrid team. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuZidane said: “I have to look at the day-to-day, and make decisions. And when there is something I do not like, or does not fit for me, I must do what I think best. It might be difficult for the player.” “We cannot forget all he has done here, but I must live in the present, think of the future. We will see [if Bale continues]. I don’t know what will happen, truthfully,” he added. Sunday’s defeat brought to an end an unflattering domestic campaign for Real Madrid. The Spanish giants have finished the season on 68 points, 19 points behind champions Barcelona. “We must accept when things go badly. I am responsible for this. We had 11 games, we won five, lost four, and in the end that is what it is. At a club like Madrid, motivation is difficult when there is nothing to play for. This is not the first bad year in the history of this club,” Zidane said.