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Rohan Bopanna-Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan win Chennai Open doubles title

first_imgRohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, playing only the second time together, notched up a memorable victory in a historic all-Indian doubles final, as they outplayed compatriots Divij Sharan and Purav Raja in the Chennai Open.World number 28 Bopanna and Jeevan beat the most-consistent and impressive team 6-3, 6-4 in just 65 minutes to win their first title together and deny Raja-Sharan their third at this level.It is the first time that an Indian team has clinched the Chennai Open trophy since the legendary Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi took the title in 2011.The Lee-Hesh pair, also known as the Indian Express, won five titles at the Nugumbakkam Stadium during their glorious careers.It was Bopanna’s 15th career title and first since June 2015 when he won the Stuttgart trophy with Florin Mergea. He lost two finals last season in Sydney and Madrid.Sharan and Raja, who have two titles (Bogota, 2013) and (Los Cabos, 2016), have lost a final for the first time in the third appearance together.It was a big win for Jeevan as he made a shift from singles to focus on doubles career very recently. The Chennai lad has three doubles titles on the Challenger circuit.The final was littered with breaks, and surprisingly, Sharan and Raja could not play the way they had en route the final, including knocking out Leander Paes and Andre Sa.Of the four players on the court, Jeevan was the least experienced at this level but he stood out with his service games as he was the only player to not concede a break in the match.advertisementNot only he served well, he played smartly, often creating chances with his angled winners. His accurate serving set up Bopanna at the net for easy winners.Raja and Sharan struggled with their serves in the wake of some superb returns from their rivals and it made a huge difference to the outcome of the match. Bopanna said the all-Indian final was great for the game in the country.last_img read more

‘I’m out of here’: McCarthy leaves Ipswich post despite victory over Barnsley

first_imgTopics Share via Email Mick McCarthy news Ipswich Town Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger West Bromwich Albion Share on Facebook Mick McCarthy dramatically announced his departure as Ipswich manager following their 1-0 victory over Barnsley.A headed goal from Danish World Cup hopeful Jonas Knudsen in the 54th minute following a corner won the game for the home side. But it was McCarthy who grabbed the headlines after he was quizzed about the fans’ negative reaction to the 56th-minute substitution of debutant Barry Cotter.The former Republic of Ireland boss, who was already due to leave the club at the end of the season, retorted: “I won’t have to listen to that again, that’s my last game – I’m out of here.”His curt remark cut short his managerial career at Ipswich with four games to go in the Championship, with his relationship with some of the home fans reaching a low point.A spokesman for the club said he made the decision to leave the club along with his assistant Terry Connor on Sunday, following the 1-0 away defeat against Brentford, and plans are being made to put in a replacement until the end of the season.The Blues boss, who announced at the end of March he would be leaving his role in the summer, gave a three-minute press conference at the end of the game before revealing he was leaving.Reacting to boos when young defender Cotter was substituted in the second half, McCarthy said: “It was a disgraceful reaction, that, but I won’t have to listen to it again because that’s my last game. I’m out of here.”With that he banged the desk and departed, with the club then confirming the news on their website and Twitter feed.“I spoke with Marcus (Evans, owner) at the weekend and we agreed that it was in the best interests for me, the players and the club that I move on now,” McCarthy said in the website story.“I said I would see the season out but it’s been a new experience and it’s not one I have been enjoying to be honest.“I have continued to do my job to the best of my ability but there is something missing and I’m not comfortable with that.“I have had a great time here and worked with some great people and to all those who have given me wonderful support over the last five and a half years – and there are many – I want to put on record my personal thanks.“The players here can look forward to a new challenge with whoever comes in and I want to wish them, the staff and the club the best of fortunes.”McCarthy was linked with his hometown club Barnsley before the appointment of Jose Morais, who saw his side’s hopes of Championship survival take a hit with Tuesday’s result.Morais said: “It’s a defeat and there’s nothing more than to move on. All the games are big games and must-win games and we expected this game to be a must-win game. It was a difficult game, I don’t expect it to be easy, but I expect us to have the ability to win.“We created chances and we had the chances to lead the game and the confidence still exists in the team.” Championship Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Championship round-up: Fulham up to second after Johansen sinks Reading Reuse this contentlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Drake seems to have come out on top in a settled lawsuit with Layla LaceLace accused Drake of impregnating her in a now-deleted Instagram post published April 17, 2017. “So I guess still in this era this is the new thing that after you tell a dude you pregnant they stop answering their phone!” she wrote at the time.She expanded on her accusations in an interview SiriusXM station Shade 45 that same month. “I know who I sleep with unprotected, period,” Lace insisted. “It’s one hundred per cent [for] sure [Drake’s child], he knows it.” Advertisement Drizzy sued Lace over the baby scam and for reportedly threatening to come forward with rape allegations should Drake not cave to Lace’s demands.TMZ reported on Friday that Drake and Lace settled the case. She can not make any  “statements alleging or insinuating that [Drake] assaulted her,” got her pregnant or abandoned her. She is no longer permitted to disparage Drake in any way.“The filing made by Drake against Layla Lace has been resolved, with Layla avoiding going to trial by agreeing to a stipulated judgment which prohibits her from repeating past statements she made against Drake,” the Canadian rapper’s attorney Larry Stein reportedly said.“Drake and his team are satisfied with this outcome and while Drake appreciates the support he has received, he asks that his fans and the media allow both parties to move on with their lives,” he continued.The presiding judge has reportedly yet to close the case. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

CARICOM delegation is in the Turks and Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA CARICOM delegation in the Turks and Caicos to help the country to formulate a development strategy, and the media gets to hear the scope of the work first hand today. The Office of the Premier informing that the officials will share their views and expectations for the planned consultations with National Stakeholders on the Five Year Community Strategic Plan 2014-2018. These consultations will be taking place over the next two days. The Governor, Premier, Deputy Premier and Finance Minister are out of country for the week attending the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) meeting in London. Acting Governor is Anya Williams. Acting Premier is Donhue Gardiner. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Microsoft investors celebrate after stock hits new record high

first_imgThe Microsoft logo is shown on the Microsoft Theatre at the E3 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 13, 2017.ReutersMicrosoft Corp shares rose about 5 percent to an all-time high on Friday, after investors cheered another blockbuster quarter, backed by growth in its legacy software business and Azure cloud computing services.Shares of one of the technology world’s oldest and best-known names rose nearly 4 percent to $108.20 in early trade, adding more than $30 billion to a market capitalization that was already $802 billion at Thursday’s close. At least six brokerages raised their price targets on the company’s stock after the results.Helped by a boom in demand for cloud-based software, Microsoft has more than doubled in value since Satya Nadella took over as chief executive in 2014 and refocused the software behemoth on newer businesses. While Microsoft’s core productivity and business processes unit, which includes the Office 365 software suite, rose 13.1 percent to $9.67 billion, revenue for the Azure cloud service jumped 89 percent.”Based on the results, they were able to beat on all major metrics that people were focusing on. I don’t see anything that should raise an eyebrow of concern”, said Daniel Morgan, a portfolio manager at Synovus Trust who holds 418,716 Microsoft shares.Microsoft has been investing heavily to bolster the fast-growing cloud business and catch up with market leader Inc’s Amazon Web Services (AWS).Microsoft also competes with Alphabet Inc, IBM and Alibaba. According to research firm Canalys, AWS is beating the competition in terms of market share, followed by Microsoft, which continues to grow faster than AWS, as of April this year. Google was ranked third. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at a Microsoft tech gathering in Dublin, Ireland October 3, 2016.Reuters”Our early investments in the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge are paying off, and we will continue to expand our reach in large and growing markets with differentiated innovation,” Nadella said on a conference call on Thursday.Analysts expect the investments to pay off in the long run and provide rich dividends to shareholders, allowing Microsoft to rival Apple Inc and Amazon in the race to be the first company worth $1 trillion.”Our view on MSFT is unchanged: the stock is our favourite large-cap name and we expect MSFT to deliver 10-20% annual stock price appreciation for the next several years,” Canaccord Genuity analyst Richard Davis wrote in a client note.Of the 35 analysts covering the stock, 31 have a “buy” or higher rating, three are on “hold” and only one on “strong sell”.last_img read more

Talks with PM in national interest Kamal

first_imgDr Kamal HossainJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain on Wednesday said their alliance will hold talks with prime minister Sheikh Hasina-led 14-party alliance on Thursday in the national interest, reports UNB.“We believe in dialogue. We always think people are the owners of (state) power. We want talks to be held in the national interest,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, Kamal also said they will take the country forward with united efforts through the talks. “The victory of the united people is certain.”Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rab) arranged the programme at the National Press Club, marking its 46th founding anniversary.Kamal, also the president of Gano Forum, called upon all to get organised at every village and locality with their demand for holding a fair election.“We want a credible election and we must protect its results after the polls so that no one can snatch it,” he added.Speaking at the programme, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir criticised the government for what he said its repressive acts.“Our leaders and activists are being arrested every day. So, there’s a doubt in people about the prime minister’s sincerity over the talks and its outcome,” Fakhrul said.Fakhrul, however, hoped that Jatiya Oikya Front’s seven-point demand will be accepted through the dialogue to resolve the country’s political situation.JSD president ASM Abdur Rab said they have formed the Oikya Front to establish a pro-people government.He called upon the prime minister to accept their seven-point demand through the talks in the interest of peace and aspirations of the freedom fighters by ensuring people’s voting rights.At the meeting, 19 different political parties expressed their solidarity with Jatiya Oikya Front.On 13 October, BNP together with Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiya Oikya Front to press for their seven-point demand.The Oikya Front’s seven-point demand includes installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution the Election Commission, release of all the political prisoners, deployment of army and cancellation of the move to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMS) for holding the next polls in fair and acceptable manner.last_img read more

Spain court annuls Catalan declaration of independence

first_imgProtesters hold banners reading `Freedom Political Prisoners, We are Republic` as they gather in Sant Jaume square at a demonstration during a partial regional strike in Barcelona, Spain, on 8 November 2017. ReutersSpain’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday officially annulled the Catalan parliament’s 27 October unilateral declaration of independence, a widely expected ruling after the move was suspended by the court.The Madrid government sacked Catalonia’s president and dismissed its parliament hours after the region declared itself independent with 70 votes for, 10 votes against and after lawmakers from three national parties walked out of the vote.last_img

Cyclone Fani kills 9 so far leaves trail of destruction

first_imgAn Indian resident rides a bike past a bulldozer clearing debris from a road after Cyclone Fani landfall in Puri in the eastern Indian state of Odisha on 3 May 2019. Photo: AFPCyclone Fani headed for the major Indian city of Kolkata on Saturday after leaving a trail of deadly destruction along the country’s east coast.Fani, one of the most powerful storms to come out of the Bay of Bengal in the past decade, has reportedly killed at least eight people in India and one person in Bangladesh — some hit by flying trees and lumps of concrete carried by ferocious winds.While weakening, the storm — which had packed winds of 200 kilometres (125 miles) an hour — lashed torrential rain onto Kolkata, and its normally packed streets were empty ahead of the arrival of Fani, which means ‘snake’ in the Bengali language.The international airport in the city of five million people was ordered closed. Train services were also halted.The storm moved north into West Bengal state from neighbouring Odisha, where more than one million people were moved away from coastal areas.An Indian resident sits on an electric rickshaw next to a damaged structure after Cyclone Fani landfall in Puri in the eastern Indian state of Odisha on 3 May 2019. Photo: AFPEight people were killed in Odisha, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported, including a teenage boy crushed under a tree and a woman hit by concrete debris.Authorities in Bangladesh, next in Fani’s path, said a woman was killed by a tree, and that 14 villages were inundated as a tidal surge breached flood dams even before the storm arrived.Some 400,000 people have been taken to shelters, officials told AFP.While not confirming any deaths, Odisha disaster management official Prabhat Mahapatra told AFP there were about 160 people injured in the Hindu pilgrimage city of Puri alone.The storm made landfall just south of Puri and immediately tore up trees and flimsy thatched roof homes.’The wind is deafening’Indian residents inspect damages on street stalls at a promenade after Cyclone Fani landfall in Puri in the eastern Indian state of Odisha on 3 May 2019. Photo: AFP”It just went dark and then suddenly we could barely see five metres in front of us,” said one Puri resident.”There were roadside food carts, store signs all flying by in the air,” the man told AFP. “The wind is deafening.”PTI reported that a construction crane collapsed and that a police booth was dragged 60 metres (yards) by the wind.As Fani headed northeast, Odisha authorities battled to remove fallen trees and other debris strewn over roads and to restore phone and internet services.Electricity pylons were down, tin roofs were ripped off and windows on many buildings were smashed.Puri’s famous 12th-century Jagannath temple escaped damage however.Gouranga Malick, 48, was solemnly picking up bricks after the small two-room house he shared with his six-strong family collapsed, its roof blown away.”I have never witnessed this type of devastation in my lifetime,” he told AFP.”Energy infrastructure has been completely destroyed,” Odisha’s chief minister Naveen Patnaik said.’Trying to survive’People move through debris on a road after Cyclone Fani hit Puri, in the eastern state of Odisha, India, on 3 May 2019. Photo: ReutersIn Kolkata, many businesses took precautions ahead of the storm’s arrival.Shopping malls shut and hawkers moved their stalls off the roads. Only a few vehicles packed with people heading home plied the roads.Subrata Das, manager of the AXIS Mall, said: “We have seen how the cyclone ravaged some buildings in Bhubaneswar. We don’t want to take any risk. We are trying to survive the cyclone.””If we don’t take our things, we fear the cyclone will raze everything,” said Murad Hussain, 45, who runs a stall.”We are monitoring the situation 24/7 and doing all it takes… Be alert, take care and stay safe for the next two days,” West Bengal’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted.The winds were felt as far away as Mount Everest, with tents blown away at Camp 2 at 6,400 metres (21,000 feet) and Nepali authorities cautioning helicopters against flying.Indian residents ride on bikes along a flooded road after Cyclone Fani landfall in Puri, in the eastern Indian state of Odisha on 3 May 2019. Photo: AFPPorts have been closed but the Indian Navy has sent warships to the region to help if needed. Hundreds of workers were taken off offshore oil rigs.”We are mooring our boat because it’s the only means of income for us. Only Allah knows when we can go back to fishing again,” Akbar Ali, a fisherman near the town of Dacope in Bangladesh, told AFP while battling surging waves to tie his boat to a tree.last_img read more

Ariana Grandes Thank U Next Video Breaks YouTube Record for Most Views

first_imgpic of me hiding in the bathroom from my BULLY @ArianaGrande. thank u, next— troye (@troyesivan) November 30, 2018 Popular on Variety Having some Razzles (it’s a candy AND a gum) in your honor, @ArianaGrande! #thankunext— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 30, 2018 today has been very special. the thank you, next videoalso my birthday— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 1, 2018 The video (on YouTube at this link) is saturated with references to movies “Mean Girls,” “Bring It On,” “13 Going On 30” and “Legally Blonde.” It features cameos by “Mean Girls” actors Jonathan Bennett and and Stefanie Drummond — with Kris Jenner as the dancing/camcorder-brandishing mom. It also includes appearances by YouTube stars Colleen Ballinger and Gabi DeMartino, Jennifer Coolidge (“Legally Blonde”), singer Troye Sivan, and “Thank U, Next” co-songwriters Tayla Parx and Victoria Monét.The video for “Thank U, Next,” a bittersweet ode to old flames, also includes references to Grande’s exes including “SNL” performer Pete Davidson. The record-breaking video was directed by Hannah Lux Davis.Here’s the previous ranking of the 10 most-viewed YouTube music videos in the first 24 hours, according to YouTube:1. BTS, “Idol” – 45.9 million2. Taylor Swift, “Look What You Made Me Do” – 43.2 million3. Eminem, “Killshot” – 38.1 million4. Blackpink, “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” – 36.2 million5. Psy, “Gentleman” – 36 million6. BTS, “Fake Love” – 35.9 million7. Twice, “Yes or Yes” – 31.4 million8. Nicky Jam feat. J. Balvin, “X (EQUIS)” – 29.7 million9. XXXTentacion, “Sad!” – 27.7 million10. Adele, “Hello” – 26.3 millionMeanwhile, on Thursday (Nov. 29), Grande released four-part docu-series “Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries” on her YouTube channel. The series follows the pop star on her 2017 concert tour through the creation of her third studio album, “Sweetener.” All episodes are available to watch to YouTube Premium subscribers now; the first is free to view (and had more than 4.3 million views as of Saturday) and the others will be available for free weekly through Dec. 20.Grande’s “Thank U, Next” music-video premiere Nov. 30 elicited shout-out tweets from multiple celebs, including from Kris Jenner and Troye Sivan:center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” video is a bona fide overnight sensation: It has smashed YouTube’s all-time record for most views in the first 24 hours of release.The video, an homage to female-driven movies from the early 2000s, dropped at 12 p.m. PT on Friday after weeks of buildup — and set the record in just under 22 hours. As of Saturday at 9:35 a.m. PT, “Thank U, Next” had 46 million views, pushing it past the previous record holder, K-pop supergroup BTS, which notched 45.9 million views for their “Idol” music video in the first 24 hours in August.[UPDATE: “Thank U, Next” garnered a record 55.4 million views in its first 24 hours, YouTube said on Monday. Earlier, a YouTube rep had said the video had been viewed “over” 50 million times over the first 24-hour period.]In addition, according to YouTube, “Thank U, Next” set the record for most-viewed video that used YouTube’s Premiere scheduling feature with 829,000 viewers watching simultaneously at its peak. Grande fans sent over 516,000 chat messages during the video debut, also a record for YouTube Premieres. The initial traffic spike caused a delay in comments posting to the video, according to YouTube. Can we please talk about @ArianaGrande’s Bend and Snap?! 10/10 nailed it! 💖🙌🏼 #thankunext— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) November 30, 2018last_img read more

Porters Mont Tremblant flights to start up again on June 21

first_img Posted by Share Tags: New Routes, Porter Airlines TORONTO — Porter Airlines is bringing back its popular Mont Tremblant service, starting June 21 and running until Sept. 22.Flights operate up to four times weekly starting July 28 through Labour Day, and two times weekly for the remainder of the season.Passengers fly nonstop from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Mont Tremblant International Airport in just 70 minutes. Connecting flights from several Porter destinations in Canada and the U.S. are also available.Mont Tremblant offers an abundance of outdoor scenery and fun, including hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, golfing and water activities. There’s also a range of entertainment and events, like the Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival (July 5-14), Wanderlust (Aug. 22-25), and Iron Man (Aug. 18).Vacation packages are available from Porter Escapes at The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Stephenville, N.L., Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston and Washington (Dulles), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Muskoka, Myrtle Beach and Orlando-Melbourne, FL. Thursday, April 25, 2019 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Porter’s Mont Tremblant flights to start up again on June 21 Travelweek Group last_img read more