Federer hails ‘super-inspiring’ Nadal for Majorca flood help

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fellow rival Novak Djokovic, also taking part in Shanghai, said he hoped Nadal’s efforts would inspire others.“A big hug and friendly regards to Rafa and well done amigo for helping out,” said the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion.“I invite anyone to give their support in any way they can. Gracias.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – Winner Roger Federer of Switzerland (L) and second-placed Rafael Nadal of Spain react as they hold their trophies after the men’s singles final match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 15, 2017. (Photo by Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)Roger Federer hailed old rival Rafael Nadal as “super-inspiring” after the world number one joined in the clean-up operation after flash floods killed 12 people on the Spanish holiday island of Majorca.Spanish tennis star Nadal, 32, was pictured wearing boots and white gloves, mopping up the floor of a warehouse on Wednesday on the island where he lives.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Cormier says ‘respect’ made him turn down Miocic rematch Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 17-time Grand Slam champion, currently sidelined through injury, has also offered to open up his sports center and tennis academy to people made homeless by the floods.“I know how important Majorca is to Rafa and I have been in touch with him to see if I can help with anything,” Federer said in a video message recorded in Shanghai where he is currently competing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I have seen him helping in the village where he comes from and to see that is super-inspiring. Rafa, you have our support.“We are thinking of all the people in Majorca. We wish you strength in these difficult times and I hope to be back on Majorca soon.”last_img read more

World Bank sharpens African focus

first_imgSouth Africa’s Eskom received a substantial loan from the World Bank in 2010. The bank will introduce a new funding scheme for Africa.(Image: Bongani Nkosi) The World Bank is to strengthen its focus on funding development programmes in Africa, with plans to introduce a new five-year support strategy already at an advanced stage. The new strategy, known as “Africa’s future and World Bank support to it”, replaces the outgoing Africa Action Plan, which was introduced in 2005.The 2011 to 2016 strategy will be officially announced to the public in March, but will be implemented from the beginning of the new fiscal year in July. It is currently being finalised within the World Bank.The new plan will focus on fostering development on the continent through partnerships with various sectors. When released, it will outline how the organisation “plans to revise its approach and deepen its partnership with Africa”, according to the World Bank.“The main instrument for implementing the strategy will be partnerships,” Obiageli Ezekwesili, World Bank vice president for the Africa region, said in a news release.“We need to leverage the private sector, development actors and most importantly the African society in designing development solutions going forward. We must ensure that our knowledge and financial resources are much more productive and effective.”The Africa Action Plan was a working document credited for keeping the World Bank focused on necessary development initiatives in Africa.The Africa Catalytic Growth Fund (ACGF), through which the World Bank disbursed grants to the poorest African countries as opposed to offering loans, is one of the initiatives that came out of the Africa Action Plan. ACGF was launched in 2008 and is likely to be incorporated into the new strategy.Some of the specific commitments of Africa Action Plan included increasing financial support for free primary education in 15 countries. The strategies are part of efforts to make it possible for countries to achieve some of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals.Vital inputThe new strategy will be largely influenced by input from thousands of people, mostly Africans. The World Bank said it consulted no less than 2 000 Africans and other role-players over eight months to discuss the revision of the current strategy.The consulted included government officials, development experts, policy-makers and legislators, Africans in diaspora, civil society representatives, the private sector, the media and academia, said the bank.Consultations were held in 36 countries, including 31 African states, through face-to-face meetings and workshops.Issues raised included how governments could beef up their capacity to manage resources, how sub-regional economic blocs could step up their roles and how the private sector could be involved in driving economic growth.A popular suggestion was strengthening the focus on African agriculture.The best ways to incorporate informal sector s into mainstream economies will also likely be prioritised in the new strategy, as was suggested in the consultations.Draft strategy well receivedThe bank said a number of those consulted reviewed the strategy draft in November 2010 and expressed that it could make a huge contribution to development on the continent.“The comments we received proved what we have known for some time: that Africans are best placed to determine their development needs and the interventions necessary to foster economic growth and poverty reduction in their countries,” said Shanta Devarajan, World Bank chief economist for the Africa region.Devarajan is also one of the lead authors of the strategy.In 2010 the World Bank channelled US$11.5-billion (R81.4-billion) into loans, near-zero-interest credits, grants, equity investments and guarantees to Africa.last_img read more

SA’s black middle class on the rise

first_img30 April 2013 South Africa’s black middle class has more than doubled over the last eight years, growing from 1.7-million South Africans in 2004 to an estimated 4.2-million in 2012, according to new research by the UCT Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing. The Unilever Institute’s latest study on South Africa’s black middle class, dubbed “4 Million and Rising”, has found that the annual spend of the country’s black middle class began pulling ahead of their white middle class counterparts in 2008, and has since skyrocketed to over R400-billion per annum. “Despite setbacks caused by the recent recession, South Africa’s black middle class continues to rapidly expand and is more influential and powerful than ever before,” Unilever Institute director John Simpson said in a statement on Sunday. “In contrast, the white middle class has remained fairly stagnant over same period, with its adult population growing from 2.8-million in 2004 to 3-million in 2012.”‘Crucial to the health of the economy’ Simpson, who led the “4 Million and Rising” study, said it was important for business and industry to better understand this market in order to facilitate the provision of goods and services to meet its needs. “That this market continues to grow and prosper is crucial to the health and future of the economy. The black middle class is helping create a vibrant and stable society by increasing South Africa’s skills base, deepening employment, and widening the tax net. “As this market has matured, it has become much more complex than marketers and advertisers have assumed,” Simpson said. “Marketers are not adjusting fast enough to meet the needs of this rapidly transforming market segment.” Simpson said that for marketers one of the most important changes in this market over the past decade related to connectivity. An estimated 95% of South Africa’s black middle class now own mobile phones, compared to 64% in 2004. Correspondingly, the advent of smartphones and increased internet access has seen internet usage quadrupling over this period. Changes in consumer behaviour The institutes researchers found radical changes in consumer behaviour over the past eight years, due in part to the intervening global recession and the enduring economic downturn, which had made getting a job harder than it was five years ago. “All these factors have led to a new financial conservatism, with respondents reporting that it is no longer ‘bling’ at all costs,” said Simpson. In contrast to the institute’s study of the black middle class in the early 2000s, which revealed rampant spending, the majority of participants in the latest study reported curbing their spending and only using credit when something was absolutely essential. Twenty-two percent of those surveyed admitted that they were struggling to manage their debt. The recent study also showed significant changes in consumers’ relationship with brands. While respondents in 2000 reported that brands helped to define their identity, this has shifted, with most of those surveyed now viewing brands as extensions of their identity. “This was the case across most product categories, except when it came to cars. For many in the black middle class, cars still embody status and are perceived as shorthand for social standing,” Simpson said. The full findings of the “4 Million and Rising” study will be released in early May. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

UFC: Trilogy bout with Nate Diaz should happen at 155 lbs, McGregor insists

first_imgBut if Diaz is indeed interested in a trilogy bout, McGregor insists that it has to be in the 155-lb. division, which the Irish superstar currently lords over.“I’m the 155-pound champion, I faced him at 170, he beat me, then I rematched him at 170, I beat him,” he was quoted as saying in a BBC News report. “Now I’m the 155-pound world champion. If he wants that fight, he must come down”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter fighting above his weight class for their first two matches, “The Notorious” believes it’s only natural that the third match take place under his stipulations.“That’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight, I asked for the rematch at the exact same weight,” he explained. “I thought that was a fair play move on my half and then I came in and I won. So now I won that, then I won the 155-pound title after that. If he wants to fight, he’s got to make that 155-pound limit.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH #KicksStalker: Jordan’s second shoe gets new life UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown PLAY LIST 01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Meanwhile, McGregor is expected to take some time off fighting after competing in the biggest fight of his life against undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.He also made it clear that he is open to taking another boxing match if the right fight comes along.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:Olympic medalist Michael Phelps challenges Conor McGregor to swimming raceLOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMAADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Read Next UFC fighters Nate Diaz (left) and Conor McGregor. AP File photoNow that Conor McGregor’s tenure inside the boxing ring has passed, it’s time to get back to the UFC and settle some unfinished business inside the octagon.Perhaps high on the UFC Lightweight Champion’s list is a grudge match against Nate Diaz, whom he engaged in two thrilling welterweight bouts last year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

Meggie Ochoa settles for bronze due to technicality in World Jiu-Jitsu Championship

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Carving her name in the sport with a gold medal in the previous world championships, Ochoa grappled with Amber Rymartz Freitas of Team Gracie Barra in a winning position that could have sent her to another finals’ appearance.But with 10 seconds left, Ochoa was disqualified due to technicality, bidding the title in the -48.5kg brown belt rooster weight division adieu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I was trying to submit the foot and we rolled into an illegal position,” said Ochoa, who defeated Luna Barea of Spain and Japan’s Iori Echigo in the preliminaries to set up a semifinal clash with Freitas.Ochoa, seeking for a possible qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where the sport will make its debut, is focused on winning the gold medal in the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Margarita “Meggie” Ochoa came within a step closer to another trip atop the podium only to lose her footing through a technical miscue. Jiu-jitsu champ battles Philippines’ sex abuse scourge PLAY LIST 01:42Jiu-jitsu champ battles Philippines’ sex abuse scourge01:43Jiu-jitsu champ battles Philippines’ sex abuse scourge00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Up next for the Asian Games bronze medalist is the JJAU Asian Championship in Mongolia next month.Ochoa ruled the 49kg women’s seniors class in the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship in Malmo, Sweden in November last year apart from capturing the gold in the Jiu-Jitsu World Tour in London last March. MOST READ The face of the country’s promising jiujitsu program eventually settled for the bronze medal in the World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PVL: PetroGazz stays unbeaten, handily beats BaliPure Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Coutinho, Verratti & Barcelona’s failed transfer XI

first_imgTransfers Coutinho, Verratti, Sanchez – Barcelona’s failed transfer XI Last updated 2 years ago 16:00 9/3/17 Comments(11) 1/14 Coutinho, Verratti, Sanchez – Barcelona’s failed transfer XI Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Ederson Brighton and Hove Manchester City Premier League 13082017 Dan Istitene/Getty Full screen 1 of 14 Share Close Barcelona endured a nightmare transfer window. The loss of Neymar to PSG was followed by repeated failures to secure top targets and has added to a perfect storm at Camp Nou. Such has been their chaotic window, Goal has been able to build a team out of the players Barca missed out on! FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Transfers Barcelona Primera Divisiónlast_img

10 months agoPSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviour

first_imgPSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviourby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG chief Antero Henrique has hit out at Barcelona over their attempts to sign Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot has been banished to the stands for refusing to consider new contract talks at PSG, where his current deal expires in June.Henrique suspects the influence of Barca and snapped: “Mrs. Rabiot said that we had received an offer this summer. That’s right, a bid on August 29, twenty hours before the end of the transfer window. “It is then simple: Barcelona first had to reach an agreement with Rabiot before we were being talked to. And you also need to know that the Barcelona offer was ridiculous.”We, the club, were surprised by the low bid. It was disrespectful for someone with the status of Rabiot. I continue to emphasise: it is not possible to reach agreement within 24 hours on a player like Rabiot. It seems clear to me that Barcelona already had an agreement with Adrien. “I’m sure he has an agreement with another club anyway. Whether he can leave in the winter? He told me he does not want to stay.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoNuno disappointed with Wolves wastefulness for Braga defeat

first_imgNuno disappointed with Wolves wastefulness for Braga defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNuno was disappointed in Wolves’ wastefulness in the 1-0 loss to Braga on Thursday night.Patrick Cutrone, Ruben Neves and Willy Boly all had chances to opening the scoring for the hosts, but it was ultimately Ricardo Horta’s 72nd-minute strike that sealed a win for the Portuguese club.”We are all disappointed. It was a tough game, but I think we did enough,” Nuno said.”We did not perform perfectly, but we created many chances.”Braga had one chance, were very organised, and they scored.”That is the story of the game.”The boys worked hard, but that is football.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Antibullying speaker to give presentation to SD 60 parents this evening

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A speaker who has been giving a series of anti-bullying presentations at schools around Fort St. John this week is going to be giving a presentation for an older audience this evening.Scott Graham, who is a bestselling author and a winner of the Governor General of Canada Award, has hosted leadership and anti-bullying school assemblies at four schools in Fort St. John this week.He visited Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School on Monday, Dr. Kearney on Tuesday, Robert Ogilvie Wednesday, and spoke at Bert Bowes earlier today. Graham, who was also one of the speakers at the 2012 TEDx Conference in Burlington, has been teaching students the skills to stand up to bullies for 25 years, having spoken in Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, and as far away as Scotland.Graham’s presentations allow children develop their leadership abilities and learn anti-bullying skills.Graham will also be giving his presentation to the parents of students who attend Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney Middle Schools on Thursday evening.The presentation is taking place from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Bert Bowes School.last_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke In his career, he has appeared in 138 regular seasoncontests with 36 starts. He’s also displayed greatversatility, playing center, guard, tight end and fullback.He also won two Super Bowl championships with the NewEngland Patriots during the 2003-04 seasons. The Arizona Cardinals have signed guard Russ Hochstein,according to a team press release. Terms of his contractwere not announced, per club policy, but reports say it isfor one-year.The 6-foot-4, 305-pound veteran is entering his 12th seasonin the NFL after previous stints in Denver, New England andTampa Bay. He spent the last three seasons with the Broncos.Hochstein was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fifth round, 151stoverall out of Nebraska. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more