French Open to allow just 1,000 fans a day at Roland Garros

first_imgSerena v Azarenka in last 16? Also missing is US Open winner Naomi Osaka through injury.Simona Halep, the 2018 champion, is top seed and the Romanian starts against Spain’s world number 70 Sara Sorribes Tormo.Serena Williams, a three-time champion in Paris, continues her bid for a record-equaling 24th major.Williams, who turns 39 on Saturday, begins against compatriot Kristie Ahn who she defeated in the first round of the US Open.She could face old rival Victoria Azarenka in the last 16, just weeks after the Belarusian won their US Open semi-final.Belinda Bencic said an arm injury would prevent her from coming to Paris.After Barty, Osaka and Bianca Andreescu, Switzerland’s Bencic is the fourth member of the top 10 to skip the tournament. Murray v Wawrinka blockbusterMeanwhile, three years after the match which turned out to be the “end of my hip” Andy Murray on Thursday was handed a Roland Garros rematch against Stan Wawrinka in the pick of first round matches.In 2017, Murray and 2015 French Open champion Wawrinka fought out a thrilling five-set semi-final which saw the veteran Swiss triumph from two sets to one down.Murray, 33, has arguably been paying the price ever since with the former world number one battling a long-standing hip injury which at one stage threatened to end his career.Both Murray and Wawrinka are three-time major winners.World ranked 111 Murray needed a wild card to play in Paris but will at least be buoyed by a 12-8 winning record over the 35-year-old Wawrinka, the world 17.World number one Novak Djokovic, bidding to win Roland Garros for the second time after his 2016 victory and collect an 18th major, starts against Sweden’s Mikael Ymer, ranked 80.Defending champion Rafael Nadal, seeded two and looking for a 13th French Open crown, begins his campaign against Egor Gerasimov, the 83rd-ranked Belarusian.Nadal, who is one Slam shy of equaling Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20, is scheduled to face third seed and US Open champion Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals.The 34-year-old Spaniard defeated the Austrian in the last two finals in Paris.Thiem has an intriguing opener against Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open winner and a former world number three.With Federer not taking part, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev is Djokovic’s scheduled semi-final opponent.However, Medvedev has never won a match at Roland Garros in three visits.Defending women’s champion and world number one Ashleigh Barty is skipping this year’s French Open over health fears. A maximum of only 1,000 spectators will be allowed each day at Roland Garros after the French government insisted Thursday on tougher restrictions to counter the resurgence of the coronavirus.Organizers of the French Open, which gets underway four months later than planned in Paris on Sunday, had hoped for a maximum of 5,000.That figure had already been reduced from 20,000 and then 11,500. “We are able to accommodate 5,000, as small as it is, on a 12-hectare area,” he said.”We stage the tournament on the equivalent of 15 football fields, outdoors. Everyone wears a mask, even the ball boys and girls and chair umpires.”The limit of 1,000 fans a day represents less than 3% of last year’s total attendance of almost 520,000.There will also be financial repercussions.In 2019, Roland Garros accounted for around 80% of the French Tennis Federation (FFT) budget — 255.4 million euros out of a total 325 million.Ticket sales generate nearly 20% of tournament revenue. When the planned limit was 11,500 spectators, Forget estimated that “the tournament’s proceeds [would] be halved”, which corresponded to between 130 and 140 million euros. The US Open in New York, which ended just under two weeks ago, banned all spectators from its sprawling Flushing Meadows complex.Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since the Second World War.center_img French Prime Minister Jean Castex insisted that the Grand Slam tournament must be subject to the same restrictions imposed Thursday on sports events taking place in designated ‘red zones’ where the coronavirus is showing signs of resurgence.”We will apply the same rules at Roland Garros as elsewhere,” said Castex. “We go from 5,000 to 1,000.”Sources told AFP, however, that the figure does not include credential holders such as officials, media, players and staff.Earlier Thursday, French Open chief Guy Forget said he had hoped to protect the 5,000 limit and that the nature of the Roland Garros complex would work in the tournament’s favor. Topics :last_img read more

Thousands turn out for Melbourne Cup

first_imgAlmandin, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, has won the 156th Melbourne Cup, Australia’s most popular horse race.Heartbreak City came second, with race favourite Hartnell third.The Melbourne Cup is the world’s richest two-mile handicap, and a crowd of more than 100-thousand was expected at the Flemington Racecourse.last_img

Americans not as healthy as they perceive

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the theme “What’s Your Health Worth?”, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 10th anniversary Food and Health Survey is offering a wealth of new insights into Americans’ health and nutrition, including perceptions of their own health, an economic divide on food-purchasing decisions, where health and nutrition rank among competing priorities, and ongoing confusion over dietary and health-related choices.“For 10 years, the IFIC Foundation’s Food and Health Survey has provided some of the most wide-ranging and compelling insights and trends about Americans’ attitudes and behaviors around food, health, and nutrition,” said Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA, IFIC Foundation’s senior vice president of nutrition and food safety.“This year’s theme, ‘What’s Your Health Worth?’, delves into the trade-offs Americans make regarding health and nutrition on an everyday basis.”Self-Perception vs. RealityAccording to the survey, 57% of Americans rate their own health as very good or excellent, yet 55% of that group is either overweight or obese.“What I fear is that we’ve reset the bar, in that some people actually don’t know what feeling good is like, but they think they feel pretty good,” said Dr. Jim Hill, executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado. “So we’ve almost lowered the bar in defining what good health is.”The vast majority of consumers (84%) say they are either trying to maintain or lose weight.Consumers also report efforts to choose more healthful options in their lives, with 82% trying to eat more fruits and vegetables; 76% cutting calories by drinking water, or low- and no-calorie beverages; 70% eating more foods with whole grains; 69% cutting back on foods that are higher in added sugars; and 68% consuming smaller portions.When asked to rate the most effective weight management strategies, changing the types of foods they eat topped the list at 51%, followed by making sure they get enough physical activity, at 50%.Economic DivideHigher-income consumers are more likely to buy foods based on their production or source (locally sourced, no added hormones or steroids, organic) and more likely to report avoiding many specific food components and ingredients.Half of Americans (51%) acknowledge that foods would cost more if processed foods were hypothetically removed from the food supply, with 45% also saying food would become less convenient. While 43% say the impact of removing processed foods would be improved health or nutrition, higher-income consumers were more likely to answer that way.Lower-income Americans are most concerned about cost impacts if processed foods were removed from the food supply, and they also are most likely than other groups to buy groceries if given an additional $100 a month.“Findings show that a minority consisting of higher-income Americans, and those in better health, seem willing to pay more for organic and locally sourced foods that claim environmental, safety, and health benefits, despite lack of evidence that these benefits truly deliver,” said Smith Edge.“The potential impact on lower-income Americans is to create doubt about the healthfulness of conventionally or typically available food, adding additional stress and guilt to buying foods that can provide nutritious benefits for everyone.”Competing PrioritiesWhile 37% of Americans cite lack of willpower as the biggest barrier to losing or maintaining their weight, 31% cite lack of time.If people suddenly were given an extra four hours a week, exercise is the top activity (36%) Americans say they would spend it on, followed by time with friends and family (31%), relaxing or sleeping (29%), doing household chores or tasks (20%), reading (20%), or practicing a hobby (20%).If Americans had an additional $100 per month, three out of five (61%) would save, invest or pay off debts, with all other financial priorities trailing behind: household expenses or home repairs (28%), travel (23%), shopping for anything other than groceries (17%), entertainment (13%), and groceries (13%).When asked how much time they spend preparing dinner on a given day, 19% reported less than 15 minutes, with 52% spending between 15 and 44 minutes, and 29% spending 45 minutes or more.Four out of 10 (40%) say they spend more time tracking the healthfulness of their diet than they do following their favorite sport or sports team (31%), yet there is a significant gender divide: Men chose sports over their diet 46% to 27%, while women chose their diet over sports 51% to 17%.When asked whether they would rather lose $1,000 than gain 20 pounds, 56% would rather lose the money, the same number as last year. However, there is also a gender gap, with 50% of men and 61% of women choosing to lose the money over gaining the weight.Taste (83%), price (68%), and healthfulness (60%) continue to be the top drivers of food-purchasing decisions, as has been the case every year over the survey’s 10-year history.ConfusionPerhaps more than ever in the survey’s history, consumer confusion is emerging as a key concern. More than three-quarters (78%) say they would rather hear information about what to eat versus what not to eat. That’s the same result as in 2014, but the number who “strongly agreed” with that statement rose 7 percentage points, from 26% to 33%.More than a third (36%) say that “chemicals” in food are their top food safety concern, followed by 34% who were concerned about foodborne illness from bacteria, despite the fact that the latter has a more serious and substantiated health impact, pointing to a need to better communicate risks.While 60% of Americans have confidence in the safety of the U.S. food supply, that number has fallen from 70% in 2013, a symptom of the heightened level of “noise” in news coverage and online commentary about food.“Despite what we see that people want to be told what to do, we continuously tell them what not to do, and I think they’re very, very confused,” Hill said.Other FindingsInformation consumers look at on a product’s label before they buy it includes expiration date (51%), the Nutrition Facts Panel (49%), ingredients (40%), serving sizes and amount per container (36%), calories and other nutrition information (29%), and brand name (27%). Only one in nine consumers (11%) look for no information whatsoever on a food product’s label.86% said they would be able to find the information if they wanted to know something about an ingredient in their food.Topping the list of what consumers are trying to get a certain amount or as much as possible of: whole grains (56%), fiber (55%), protein (54%), and calcium (43%).Topping the list of what consumers are trying to limit or avoid entirely: sugars in general (55%), added sugars (54%), sodium/salt (53%), trans fats (49%), high fructose corn syrup (48%), saturated fats (47%), and calories (47%).Americans have widely divergent definitions of what a “sustainable diet” means, with 39% saying it represents a balanced, nutritious meal; 25% saying foods that are affordable and readily available; and 23% citing foods that have a smaller impact on the environment.66% agree that “the overall healthfulness of the food or beverage is more important to me than the use of food biotechnology,” defined as “the use of science and technologies such as genetic engineering to enhance certain attributes of foods.” 49% agree that biotechnology is a tool that can help ensure we have enough food to feed a growing population, while only 17% disagree.One’s personal healthcare professional is the most-trusted source of information about types of food (70%) and about food safety (65%). A friend or family member ranks second for types of food (34%) and third for food safety (29%). U.S. government agencies rank second for food safety (42%) and third for types of food (26%).For more information on the 2015 Food and Health Survey, visit read more

Global smart cities market to reach a whopping $3.5 trillion by 2026

first_imgDonal Power New research predicts that global urbanization will fuel smart cities market growth by nearly 19% over the next 10 years.A recently released report by Persistence Market Research determined that the worldwide smart cities market will grow from its current $622 billion, pass the $1 trillion market in 2019 to eventually reach $3.48 trillion by 2026.The report “Smart Cities Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast 2016-2026” concluded that smart city market growth will be driven by governments investing in technology to keep up with urbanization.“Backed by favorable government initiatives, brisk urbanization will continue to popularize the concept of smart cities worldwide,” said the report.Other key drivers include the need for cities to improve energy infrastructure and to more efficiently deal with vehicle-related challenges.“Smart energy segment accounted for the largest revenue share and was valued in excess of $100 billion in 2015,” the report said. “Deployment of a large number of smart grid technologies across various countries such as China, Germany, India and Spain is a major factor responsible for the dominance of the smart energy segment during the first half of the forecast period”Smart security the next big target?But researchers determined that smart energy investments would be surpassed by the smart security segment towards the end of the coming decade.“The smart security segment is expected to overtake this segment by 2026 end, accounting for 4% of the global revenue share,” the report concluded. “Adoption of smart security technologies such as network security systems, cyber security systems, IP surveillance cameras, and wireless alarms for public safety is expected to drive growth of the smart security segment over the forecast period.”A third major area of smart city growth will continue to be from the smart building segment.“Owing to growing inclination toward eco-friendly construction technology, smart building is estimated to register over 15% market value share in 2026, crossing $520 billion,” said the report. “In terms of Y-o-Y growth, smart security and smart building segments will dominate over others, with the respective Y-o-Y growth rates of over 23% and over 20% in 2017 over 2016.” Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img Related Posts Tags:#construction#cybersecurity#IoT#Smart Cities#smart energy For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Japan 3 Haiti 3

first_imgJapan 3 Haiti 3: Kagawa to the rescue in injury time Peter Hanson 20:42 10/10/17 japan - Cropped Getty Images Japan left it very late to earn a thrilling 3-3 draw against Haiti on Tuesday, with Shinji Kagawa the hero. Shinji Kagawa scored a dramatic late leveller as Haiti’s fine comeback proved in vain in a 3-3 draw against Japan on Tuesday.The hosts were cruising at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama when Shu Kuratu made it two goals in five days for his country before Kenyu Sugimoto’s maiden international goal had Japan 2-0 up inside 17 minutes.But Kevin Lafrance started the comeback shortly before the hour, and Duckens Nazon – on loan at Coventry City from Wolves – scored twice in the second half to put Jean-Claude Josaphat’s side in front. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Haiti ultimately fell short of the win, though, as Borussia Dortmund star Kagawa levelled deep into injury time.Japan went in front after just seven minutes when Kuratu’s looping header from Yuto Nagatomo’s cross flew over Johny Placide and into the top-right corner.Nagatomo was involved again for the second when the full-back saw his effort at the end of a flowing move saved by Placide, only for Sugimoto to hammer in the rebound.Haiti had a goal back before in the 28th minute, though, Lafrance coolly slotting under Masaaki Higashiguchi from Wilde-Donald Guerrier’s throughball.The visitors were then level eight minutes after the restart when Nazon finished from Carlens Arcus’ assist.It looked as though the turnaround was complete 12 minutes from time, Zachary Herivaux this time providing for Nazon to turn home.Japan had the last say, though, as Kagawa thumped an effort high into the goal to level things up again with the clock winding down.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea manager Lampard: Time to start winning

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard: Time to start winningby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says it’s time to start winning consistently.He knows that positive performances must translate into victories as soon as possible.”I bump into Chelsea fans all the time,” Lampard said. “I live five minutes away so it’s hard not to but everyone has been really supportive with what we’re trying to do and now I want to repay that. I want to do it quickly but I also know it’s a bit of a process. A lot of the fans are saying they see it might take a bit of time so that’s nice but we have to work like we want it tomorrow.”I don’t want to just keep extending the honeymoon period based on passion and desire but I believe it’s also the responsibility of the manager to try to connect the club, the fans and everyone behind the scenes.”That’s the good thing about having a connection between the fans and the team because it works both ways – you feed off them but then you feel they deserve a win because of the way they stay and clap when you lose. I really appreciate their support but now I want to give them wins.” last_img read more

Manitoba government failed to protect Phoenix Sinclair Report

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn death, Phoenix Sinclair may save another child’s life.At least that’s what an inquiry into her murder may help happen after a long list of recommendations for the province of Manitoba came out Friday in a report following months of testimony from the very people who should have been able to protect Sincliar from her neglectful and “cruel” mother and “sadistic” violent boyfriend.“I believe that the social workers who testified at this inquiry wanted to do their best for the children and families they served, and that they wanted to protect children, but their actions and resulting failures so often did not reflect those good intentions,” wrote inquiry commissioner Ted Hughes, a former judge who presided over the inquiry.In that, the government of Manitoba apologized as they admitted the child welfare system failed to protect Sinclair.“On behalf of the government of Manitoba, I want to offer an apology for the child welfare system’s failure to protect Phoenix Sinclair. My sympathy goes out to all who cared for her. Today is about remembering a little girl and doing everything we can to learn from her death,” said Minister Family Services Kerri Irvin-Ross. “We thank commissioner Ted Hughes for his dedication, his hard work and the invaluable insights that will help us better protect our most vulnerable children.”Sinclair, 5, was in and out of foster care from the day she was born.She was murdered by her mother and her boyfriend after Sinclair was returned to them from child welfare. Her body was found at a dump on the Fisher River First Nation in 2006.Hughes heard from 126 witnesses during 91 days of testimony that examined the circumstances surrounding the death of Sinclair.From that he has made 62 recommendations to improve the child welfare system and the underlying issues of poverty.The government said they’ll immediately act on the recommendations.The cost of the inquiry was $14 million and the implementation team will cost $350,000. The report and recommendations can be found here.last_img read more

Dawson Creek Fire Department responds to house fire

first_imgThe cause of the fire is still under investigation. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Wednesday morning on 121 Avenue.The fire started in a home in the 900 block of 121 Avenue. According to the Fire Department, the fire was contained to the room of origin, but the whole home suffered heavy smoke damage.The Dawson Creek Firefighters Charitable Society has donated a $500 gift card from Walmart to the family.  This will help the family replace basic necessities that were lost in the fire.last_img

Drilling forecast cut due to lower expectations for 2019 oilpatch spending

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is cutting 1,000 wells from its 2019 drilling forecast due to what it calls deteriorating investor confidence in Canada.The industry group says it now expects 5,600 wells to be drilled in Canada this year, down from its November forecast of 6,600, and 19 percent behind the 2018 total of 6,948 wells drilled.In B.C. the number of wells remains unchanged at 382. PSAC CEO Gary Mar says a lack of market access continues to discourage investment in oil and gas exploration and production in Canada.“While we are excited about the final investment decision of LNG Canada for its Kitimat LNG project, development, and production activity to supply the natural gas for the facility is still years away”, continued Mar.He says Alberta’s decision to curtail oil production by 325,000 barrels per day as of Jan. 1 has added to uncertainty levels, leading to more delays on spending decisions by producers.He says his members are laying off workers and struggling to stay solvent with current active rig levels below 40 percent, down from over 50 percent at the same time last year.The forecast reduces the number of wells expected to be drilled in Alberta by about 580 to 2,950, and in Saskatchewan by about 450 to just under 2,000.last_img read more

Earthsized exoplanet found orbiting star 53 lightyrs away

first_imgWashington DC: NASA’s latest planet-hunting probe has discovered its first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting a star 53 light-years away. The Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite (TESS) also discovered a warm sub-Neptune-sized world in the same system, according to a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. “It’s so exciting that TESS, which launched just about a year ago, is already a game-changer in the planet-hunting business,” said Johanna Teske, Carnegie Institution for Science in the US. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The spacecraft surveys the sky and we collaborate with the TESS follow-up community to flag potentially interesting targets for additional observations using ground-based telescopes and instruments,” Teske said in a statement. One such tool, the Planet Finder Spectrograph on the Magellan II telescope in Chile, was a crucial component of this effort. It helped confirm the planetary nature of the TESS signal, and to measure the mass of the newly discovered sub-Neptune. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe PFS works using a technique called the radial velocity method, which is currently the only way for astronomers to measure the masses of individual planets. Without known masses, it is very challenging to determine a planet’s density or its general chemical composition. This method takes advantage of that fact that not only does a star’s gravity influence the planet orbiting it, but the planet’s gravity also affects the star in turn. The PFS enables astronomers to detect these tiny wobbles that the planet’s gravity induces in the star’s orbit. “PFS is one of the only instruments in the Southern Hemisphere that can do these types of measurements. So, it will be a very important part of further characterising the planets found by the TESS mission,” Teske added. With an orbit that takes about 36 days to complete, the sub-Neptune, HD 21749b, has the longest period of any of the TESS discoveries published so far, researchers said.last_img read more