Nishikori’s win over Raonic not enough to send Japan past Canada

first_imgJapan failed to book its second consecutive quarterfinal berth after beating the Canadians last year.Nishikori, in his second match against world No. 6 Raonic this season, was overwhelmed with the latter’s power early but pounced like a tiger at just the right moments. He was a picture of composure despite an avalanche of 29 aces by Raonic.“It was tough making returns, but I was able to keep my focus till the end and keep on the attack,” said Nishikori, who was downgraded from world No. 4 to world No. 5 with the release of Monday’s ATP World rankings. “Japan was in a tight spot (a 2-1 deficit) so I was happy I could fulfill my role,” he said.On Raonic’s second serve in the eighth game of the second set, Nishikori nailed a sizzling, down-the-line backhand winner, then served out the set at love in the next game to even the match at one set all. He broke the gangly Canadian with a cross-court forehand winner in the fifth game of the third set.Raonic refused to go quietly as he broke back in the fourth set, but his momentum petered in the fifth. In the tit-for-tat thriller, Nishikori patiently waited for Raonic to surrender again. Raonic obliged when serving at 4-4 and behind 30-40, he double faulted to give the Japanese ace all he needed to serve for the match.But Japan’s celebration was short-lived as the 86th-ranked Soeda, a replacement for Tatsuma Ito, was easily brushed aside by world No. 62 Pospisil.“It was difficult to make returns against my opponent’s serves. It would have been better if I could’ve devised more tactics on my returns in the first set,” Soeda said.“Compared with last year the Canadian team was airtight. I felt that we need to work on strengthening our doubles and our second player for singles ties,” said Japan coach Minoru Ueda.Switzerland crashes outLiege Belgium APPlaying without stars Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, defending champion Switzerland slumped to a first-round loss to Belgium in the Davis Cup on Sunday, while Andy Murray scored the decisive point to lift Britain past the United States and Novak Djokovic led Serbia to victory over Croatia.After Federer and Wawrinka led Switzerland to its first Davis Cup title last year, the two top-10 players decided not to play Davis Cup this year, leaving Switzerland with a diminished team — and chances — against Belgium.Trailing 2-1 heading into the reverse singles on Sunday, Henri Laaksonen, ranked No. 344, managed to keep the Swiss alive by beating Belgium’s Steve Darcis 6-3, 3-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 in the first match to level the tie at 2-all.The 21st-ranked David Goffin then shook off a back injury to beat No. 321 Adrien Bossel 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 and send Belgium into the quarterfinals. Goffin made light work of the contest, hitting 15 aces and breaking Bossel’s serve five times.“It was tough to play the deciding match,” Goffin said. “But at the end I was really happy to win that last point.”It was just the ninth time since 1972 that the defending champions had fallen in the first round the following year.Elsewhere, Andy Murray beat John Isner 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to clinch Britain’s first-round victory over the U.S., jumping up and down with his jubilant teammates in a celebration huddle after the match in Glasgow, Scotland. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Japan failed to reach the quarterfinals in the World Group first-round tie against Canada, despite a five-set triumph by ace Kei Nishikori against world class rival Milos Raonic on Sunday.Nishikori prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 over the hard-hitting Raonic to even the tie at 2-2 before Vasek Pospisil downed Go Soeda 7-5, 6-3, 6-4, to orchestrate a 3-2 win over the visitors in Vancouver. KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Carrying the load: Kei Nishikori hits a return against Canada’s Milos Raonic during their Davis Cup match on Sunday. | REUTERS RELATED PHOTOS Kei Nishikori, Davis Cup, Milos Raonic last_img read more

Weapons and drugs on board

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Agribusiness all-rounder’s gone places

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RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre

first_imgPictured at the RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre sponsored locally by OceanFeed Equine are Eddie Moloney on Cruicerath Flexianna, owned by USA Young Jumpers LLC who came 1st in the 6 Year Old Class with Gerry Warren, Sales Manager, OceanFeed Equine and Lisa Holland, Galway Equestrian Centre. Photo Martina Regan Pictured at the RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre sponsored locally by OceanFeed Equine are Francis Connors on Pembrook Milenia, owned by M. Meller Wrenwood Stables, Winner of the 7 & 8 Year olds class with Barry O’Connor, RDS Committee and Gerry Warren, Sales Manager, OceanFeed Equine. Photo Martina Reganprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email These are the 4,5,6 and 7 year old classes which qualified for this years Dublin Horse Show at Galway Equestrian Centre on Wednesday. Pictured at the RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre sponsored locally by OceanFeed Equine are Niall Mullins on Tink Again, owned by Niall who came 1st in the 5 Year Old Class and Gerry Warren, Sales Manager, OceanFeed Equine. Photo Martina Regan Pictured at the RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre sponsored locally by OceanFeed Equine are Catherine Thornton on Cashmans Diamond owned by Maurice Bingham who came 1st in the 4 Year Old class and Gerry Warren, Sales Manager, OceanFeed Equine. Photo Martina Regan The classes are sponsored by Milltown Company OceanFeed. Pictured at the RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre sponsored locally by OceanFeed Equine are Eddie Moloney on Cruicerath Flexianna, owned by USA Young Jumpers LLC who came 1st in the 6 Year Old Class with Gerry Warren, Sales Manager, OceanFeed Equine and Lisa Holland, Galway Equestrian Centre. Photo Martina Reganlast_img read more

Global Fifa fan parks for 2010

first_imgAn artist’s impression of Cape Town’s Grand Parade, where one of South Africa’s fan fests will be hosted during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: Fifa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Delia Fischer Fifa South Africa media office +27 83 201 0470 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Fifa volunteers pass 15 000 mark • Ten stadiums for the 2010 Fifa World Cup • Flags fly for 32 World Cup teams • Host cities for the 2010 Fifa World CupNicky RehbockWith just months to go until South Africa hosts the world’s biggest football tournament, Fifa has launched a series of action-packed fan events that will connect lovers of the Beautiful Game everywhere.The Fifa Fan Fest – to be staged in the nine South African host cities as well as Berlin, London, Mexico City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Sydney – will enable football enthusiasts to watch free, live screenings of all 64 matches in a secure and festive environment.Official public viewing events were first launched by Fifa in 2006 during the World Cup in Germany. In June and July of that year more than 18-million fans gathered at 12 designated fan parks around Germany, electrifying the nation on a scale never seen before during such a tournament.Building on this, Fifa has decided to extend its fan parks to include the host country as well as a series of iconic locations across the world, spanning all three key time zones for a truly global experience.A first for football fans“The Fifa Fan Fest was an important part of the success of the 2006 World Cup and we believe that the 2010 fan fests, both in South Africa and in the other seven international venues, will bring an unprecedented experience to millions of football fans in South Africa and around the world,” said Fifa President Sepp Blatter.“The first International Fifa Fan Fest is another milestone in bringing the excitement of the World Cup to an even greater audience.”In South Africa the fan fests will be organised by the host cities, Fifa and the Local Organising Committee (LOC). Fifa and the respective cities will take responsibility for the international events. At each site there will be a top-quality giant screen, performance stage and sound and lighting equipment.And they won’t just be about football: in addition to the match broadcast, each event will offer all-day entertainment with a distinct local flavour, thereby exporting the thrill of the first African World Cup to destinations worldwide.“We are communicating with ambassadors in each city to ensure a South African atmosphere, complete with food, dancing and music,” said Fifa marketing director Thierry Weil.In South Africa this will offer lucrative opportunities for small businesses and informal traders, who will be encouraged to sell traditional cuisine and arts and crafts at the events. Local musicians, dancers and artists will also be given the chance to perform. But host city authorities will require these people to consult with them first before setting up at a venue.Media, transport and safetyDuring the German World Cup 80% of non-football stories came from the fan fest sites, and Fifa is working hard to ensure the same happens during 2010.All media organisations will therefore be free to broadcast and report from all public viewing events. South African and international fan fest cities may choose to have an on-site media accreditation system, but this will be a simple process and unrestrictive. More information on this and the facilities for journalists at the venues will be made available in 2010.In South Africa all fan fests will be fenced off and incorporated into the wider host city security plans. Both private security and police will be deployed inside and outside the venues, and full disaster management and medical facilities will be available. There will also be special access for disabled fans.“Transport arrangements will differ from venue to venue, but there will be a park-and-ride system and public transport options, so South Africans won’t have to bring their own cars,” said LOC CEO Danny Jordaan.Selection processFifa considered a number of factors when selecting the overseas fan fest cities. They were analysed according to their popularity as tourist destinations, experience in hosting major international sporting events and demographic make-up.Fifa felt it important to choose cities that have a diverse population that supports a variety of teams, ensuring lively crowds even if the home country gets knocked out.The South African venues were chosen for their crowd capacity and proximity to the official 2010 stadiums. Cape Town’s fan fest will be at the Grand Parade in the city’s CBD; St Georges Park, which is 5km from the stadium, will be Port Elizabeth’s venue; and scenic New Beach will be the site in Durban.Bloemfontein’s fan fest will be at Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre, which has a capacity for 20 000 people. Bergvlam High School will be Nelspruit’s facility as it’s only 5km from the stadium; Polokwane Cricket Club will be the venue in Polokwane; Rustenburg’s fan fest will be at Fields College School; while host city Pretoria/Tshwane’s venue is still to be confirmed.Johannesburg, which will host the World Cup’s opening and final matches at Soccer City, will have two sites: one at Elkah Stadium in Soweto – South Africa’s largest township home to 1-million people; and one at InnesFree Park in the commercial hub of Sandton.last_img read more

Brand South Africa welcomes delegates to the One Young World Summit

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 2 October 2013 – Brand South Africa is pleased to join the City of Joburg in welcoming all delegates to the 2013 One Young World Summit which opens at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, later today.  Since its inception, the Summit has become the world’s largest youth forum.The Summit, which runs from 2-5 October, will bring together 1,500 young leaders from over 180 countries to deliberate on issues affecting youth of the world in particular, and all global citizens in general.Brand South Africa, with a view to participating in the development of future leaders, has sponsored five young people to attend the Summit.  The energy and vitality of young people will be crucial in driving the country’s developmental agenda, including the spirit of volunteerism and active citizenship.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola will participate in the summit, as a counsellor.  “We welcome the One Young World delegates to our country. They are all agents for positive change and we are encouraged by the leadership qualities these young people possess. Next year South Africa will mark 20 years of democracy. Importantly, those born in 1994, 1995 and 1996 will have the opportunity to vote for the first time. We must encourage the youth to vote in the upcoming elections, to ensure the durability of our country’s democracy.” said Mr Matola.The Summit’s sessions will focus on education, global business, human rights, leadership and government, sustainable development and youth unemployment.Note to editorsThe five delegates Brand South Africa has sponsored to attend the One Young World Summit are:Zanele Mabaso: Current lead mentor for Project 90×2030, that reaches out to young people to achieve sustainable development. Branch chairperson of Young Women’s Social Entrepreneurs and founder of the Young Social Entrepreneurs Academy.Luvuyo Mandela: Involved in building an advisory service that helps corporates better engage with social communities, to unlock more gains for both parties. He is also working on a project called Skew Circle, aimed at building global citizens, based in our townships and rural communities.Raelene Rorke: Co-founder of SpringAGE, a movement of young people collaborating with government and private businesses, to innovate priority sectors in South Africa. SpringAGE’s work is based on South Africa’s National Development Plan.Thembi Graham: Works with non-profit organisations, the Fairytail Foundation and Team Cribnotes. The Fairytail Foundation offers reading classes and supplies some schools with books for their libraries. They also have holiday programmes to keep children off the streets.Aslam Levy: Has recently taken up the position of Director: Social media at Government Communications. He has completed the national social media strategy and is integrating social media into government communications. There has already been a marked increase in followers and citizens interacting with the government on these platforms.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected]: Endslast_img read more

How to Spur Innovation at Your Organization

first_imgTechnology tools are helpful, but they aren’t a substitute for human creativity. I read this from the HR Bartender blog authored by Sharlyn Lauby, one of my favorite HR thought leaders. She was talking about the best way to innovate today! Read it here! As she mentioned, the best way to innovate is to leverage the people and corporate culture that you already have in place. Those are the two pivotal factors, and any mismanagement of those can go wrong, especially when your talent has an innovative idea in the making. Here are a few things I would add to spur innovation at your organization: Start taking some riskNaturally, most employers go the direction of the less risky way and want to make sure they know what the outcome is going to be. But if they go too far in that direction, they stop learning new things and stop innovating. Get rid of the cultural barriersFear of failure can be the biggest cultural barrier. Inability to admit failure leads to inefficiencies and bigger failures. So leaders should support failures and embrace them to develop the untapped potential in employees. Create an environment where failures are accepted and encouraged. Let employees try something that is worth trying. Reward MistakesSue Shellenbarger, Work & Family columnist Wall Street Journal news editor says employers are rewarding employees for their mistakes or questionable risks. Keep in mind – not the same mistakes! For example: Grey New York, an advertising company, fosters a culture of creativity by rewarding the Heroic Failure Award to embrace the importance of trying, failing, dusting oneself off and trying again. Read it here to know more about their inspirational ideas in encouraging employees to innovate. Another example is the P&G’s Future Works Program, a separate division within the company, that invites employees to partner and to preserve a climate of innovation.Learn from the mistakesGive your employees an opportunity to openly share their mistakes and the lessons they learned from them. This will help nurture a relationship where trust, togetherness and constructive criticism are valued and appreciated. Emphasize sharing stories of failure within the organization just as much as you do with stories of success. Create a work environmentHave a focus group or committee, or a system for employees to communicate their ideas. Companies do various types of initiatives to help their employees relax, dust off their minds and to let them think of innovative ideas. For example, Grey New York has a ‘No Meeting Zone’ every Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. to noon where they encourage everyone to do something challenging, new or unexpected. And why do you think the best innovative companies like Google, Zappos, Facebook, Twitter, etc., keep an incredibly casual work environment? Do you have any other ideas to spur innovation in an organization? Have you ever noticed a great work culture that encourages employees to take risks and innovate? Share it here, Would love to hear from you!To read the original post on, please click here.last_img read more