Thiem claims US Open title after thrilling fightback

first_imgFirst Zverev faltered with the title tantalizingly close, then Thiem could not hold serve for glory at 6-5 as a US Open men’s final moved into its first-ever fifth set tiebreak.A gut-wrenching climax saw Thiem take a 6-4 lead as Zverev’s serve crumbled. But he netted a forehand with the court gaping, then sent another forehand wide.Thiem earned another match point with a fearless pass though, and Zverev then dragged a backhand wide.”It’s amazing how far our journeys brought us to share this moment and I wish — really I wish — we could have two winners today, I think we both deserved it,” Thiem said on court after a tearful speech from his crestfallen opponent and close friend.Thiem, the second Austrian to win a Grand Slam after Thomas Muster’s 1995 French Open title, had lost all three of his previous Grand Slam finals.His two French Open finals were against Rafa Nadal, a 12-times champion on the Paris clay, while at this year’s Australia Open he was beaten in five stunning sets by world number one Novak Djokovic.Topics : He gradually broke the shackles to hit back from a break down to take the third, however, and Zverev faltered on serve at 3-4 in a high-quality fourth set allowing Thiem to take a slow-burner of a contest to a decider.With one of the sport’s biggest prizes within reach, both men raised their games in a gripping decider.The 23-year-old Zverev, bidding to become the first German male to win a Grand Slam since Boris Becker won in New York in 1996, showed great composure to resist the Thiem charge and served for the title at 5-3.With the match deep into its fourth hour, though, it had become not just a physical battle but a psychological one too. Austria’s Dominic Thiem finally claimed his maiden Grand Slam title with a stunning comeback to beat Germany’s Alexander Zverev 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6(6) in a nerve-jangling battle of wills in the US Open final on Sunday.The 27-year-old world number three appeared to have blown his golden chance as he fell two sets behind but hit back to become the first player to win a Grand Slam from having trailed by two sets since Gaston Gaudio at the 2004 French Open.Thiem, who dropped only one set en route to the final, started as favorite but was stifled by nerves early on, trailing by a set and 5-1 as his evening threatened to become a nightmare on an eerie, almost empty Arthur Ashe stadium.last_img read more

Governor Wolf: “My Clean Slate” Program Introduced to Help Navigate New Law

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 02, 2019 Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by representatives of Community Legal Services, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Center for American Progress, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, legislators, and various stakeholder and advocacy groups at the PA CareerLink Harrisburg Region to announce a program aimed at making it easier to navigate Pennsylvania’s new Clean Slate law.“Clean Slate is an incredibly important piece of my administration’s commitment to helping formerly incarcerated or arrested individuals get their lives back on track,” Governor Wolf said “And as with any new law, implementation can be complicated and somewhat difficult to understand. Clean Slate is no different.“So, for those looking to avail themselves of Clean Slate, who wish to wipe clean the slate of their past, there is help navigating the process, thanks to the organizations present here today.”“My Clean Slate” is a program created by Community Legal Services in partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association to provide free legal consultation to Pennsylvanians in determining if they are eligible for the provisions of Clean Slate legislation, which went into effect on Dec. 26.“We are so pleased that under the first phase of Clean Slate, more Pennsylvanians with old misdemeanors are now able to get them sealed,” Sharon Dietrich, Legislation Director for Community Legal Services, said. “As of December 26, 2018, non-violent first-degree misdemeanors and most simple assault convictions became eligible for sealing, if the individual has not been convicted for ten years and if no fines and costs are owed.”“The Pennsylvania Bar Association is proud to be a part of this new effort to help Pennsylvanians better understand the Clean Slate law and, more importantly, to assist those with criminal records understand their rights under this new law,” said PBA President-elect Anne N. John. “For those eligible, the impact of this program will be life-changing, opening doors to better opportunities for housing and jobs.”Clean Slate was passed with a near unanimous vote (188-2) and signed into law by Gov. Wolf on June 28. The law expands criminal record sealing to include more types of offenses, including some first-degree misdemeanors, which can be sealed by filing petitions. The law also creates an automated computer process to seal arrests that did not result in convictions within 60 days, summary convictions after 10 years, and some second and third-degree misdemeanor convictions if there are no subsequent misdemeanor or felony convictions for a period of 10 years after the time of conviction. The automatic sealing provision will go into effect on June 28, 2019.Pennsylvania was the first state in the country to pass Clean Slate and remains the only state with this law, with other states interested in and focused on Pennsylvania’s implementation.“Center for American Progress commends Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania legislature for the state’s groundbreaking Clean Slate Act, which will enable hundreds of thousands of the state’s residents to finally have the second chance they deserve,” said Rebecca Vallas, Vice president of the poverty program at the Center for American Progress. “We are thrilled to see other states already following Pennsylvania’s lead by taking up their own clean slate bills—and to see bipartisan leaders in Congress now championing clean slate legislation for certain minor federal records as well.”“As author of this new law, I encourage anyone with a nonviolent criminal record to see if they are eligible for this opportunity,” Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) said. “A minor mistake more than a decade ago should not keep someone from obtaining employment or renting an apartment. I am pleased to have spearheaded this effort and helped to make Pennsylvania a leader in the movement to erase a minor indiscretion from a person’s record.”“Passing clean slate legislation was the first step in helping people become fully engaged citizens again, and now easing the process for them to get their second chance is next,” said state Rep. Jordan Harris, Democratic whip and cosponsor of House Bill 1419. “This system will help guide applicants through the process and I’m appreciative to have the support of Governor Wolf and Community Legal Services. I look forward to continuing to look at meaningful criminal justice reform to ensure all Pennsylvanians have a chance to move forward with their lives.”“With the enactment of this clean slate legislation, citizens who have paid their debt to society and proven their rehabilitation can truly re-integrate into their communities,” said Senator Anthony Williams. “I look forward to welcoming these returning citizens to our workplaces and neighborhoods. There are too many people who have done their time and have worked to become fully integrated members of the community but are held back due to past convictions. Clean Slate is a great step forward in criminal justice reform and the movement to reduce recidivism.”More information on My Clean Slate and how to access to free legal consultation is available here.center_img Governor Wolf: “My Clean Slate” Program Introduced to Help Navigate New Lawlast_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgbfinance – Navneet Maheshwari has joined the London-based consultancy in its Middle East office located in Dubai. Maheswari joins from NASDAQ Dubai and will take up a senior consultant role with responsibility for client relations and new business across the Middle East. Mashehwari has worked at Partners Group in its Switzerland and Middle East offices, and investment company The Chatterjee Group and PwC in India.MyCSP – The mutual joint venture between the UK government, Equiniti and former public sector employees is set to expand its operations with 50 more hires. Headquartered in Liverpool, MyCSP provides administration services for public sector organisations. It is now seeking expansion among its IT, project management, team management, compliance and administration teams. AXA IM, MFS IM, Sustainalytics, GVO IM, bfinance, MyCSPAXA Investment Managers – Madeline Forrester has left the French asset manager’s UK office as head of UK institutional and is currently on gardening leave. Forrester, who joined the firm in November 2011, is set to join MFS Investment Management’s London office later this year in a similar role. Forrester joined AXA as head of institutional sales after spending 16 years with Threadneedle Asset Management.Sustainalytics – Gary Hewitt is joining the ESG research and analysis provider to lead the development of new products in corporate governance data research. Hewitt is former head of governance research at GMI Ratings and also held roles in research at Towers Watson and proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services. Sustainalytics said Hewitt’s product development aim was to provide services complementing and enhancing existing solutions.GVO Investment Management – Adam Khanbhai has joined the firm within its investment team as a research analyst. Khanbhai joins the London-based asset manager from OC&C Strategy Consultants, where he worked for six years in due diligence for strategy projects in private equity. His new role will see him providing analysis on investee companies for the investment team.last_img read more

Selling up to hit the road

first_imgThe 584sq m house is situated on a 858sq m block with 17.4m of river frontage.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoEntry is via the foyer, which has soaring 6m ceilings and leads in to the open plan kitchen, dining and living area. “The builder who did our house was the same one that did that one on Virginia Avenue (Hawthorne) that sold for over $11 million last year,” Mrs William said.But the couple, who have a three-year-old daughter, only lived in the house for a few months, deciding the market for riverfront properties in Brisbane was too good. “It is a good time to sell a riverfront property, and we decided to capitalise on that, divest the property and go travelling as a family,” she said. The glass tiled pool has a sunken lounge and LED lighting, with glass pool fencing.Other features include a wine cellar, American oak timber floors, block out blinds, a Sonos sound system, a three car lock up garage with red cedar timber doors and space for an additional five cars in the motorcourt inside the secure entry gates. Mrs William said her own favourite spots were the alfresco entertaining area and pool, and the master retreat.“The bedroom is a bit special,” she said. “It really occupies its own wing and the twin bath overlooks the river.“Our whole family could fit in that bath and it was great waking up to the birdlife in that room.” The designer kitchen has a cantilevered island bench and a large scullery with state-of-the-art inclusions.The kitchen and dining area open on to an alfresco dining area that overlooks the pool. center_img Also on the ground floor is a media room, a bedroom with an ensuite, an office, and the laundry.Upstairs, there are four more bedrooms, each with a walk-in-robe and access to two ensuites, and a sitting area.The master suite with river views is also located on this level and includes a resort-style ensuite with twin stone bath, twin shower, marble wall tiles and designer fixtures and fittings in contemporary black. The master retreat also includes its own office with private balcony and kitchenette.Outside, the alfresco outdoor area includes a Beefeater BBQ and double height ceiling to make the most of the views. Ben and Emma bought the vacant lot at 17 Arbour Street in leafy Sherwood in 2017, and designed what was meant to be their forever home.They had planned to live in it forever, but then the opportunity to travel came up.Ben and Emma William bought the vacant lot at 17 Arbour Street in leafy Sherwood in 2017, and designed what was meant to be their forever home.They enlisted the help of Amores Designs, with the sprawling six bedroom, five bathroom house built in about 12 months. last_img read more

Barcelona blow as Neymar wants new PSG contract

first_imgNeymar is reportedly prepared to sign a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain, but the potential deal will depend on his team’s success in the Champions League this season. Neymar But the latest news has the 27-year-old staying put at Paris Saint-Germain in the long term.Advertisement Loading… Neymar has been linked with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent months but now it’s believed that he could sign a new contract at PSG. Read Also:Neymar looks set to leave PSG for a new challenge Le Parisien state that rather than holding out for a move to Barcelona this summer, Neymar may instead put pen to paper on a new deal, something which would representa blow to the Spanish giants. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Movies Where A Car Plays A Key RoleWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?20 Celebs With Surprising Hidden Talents And SkillsDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?The Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

WV youths join Army’s leadership training

first_imgThe RYLS, anchored on the theme “Youthof today, leaders of tomorrow,” aims to empower the youth through leadershiptraining and instill the spirit of patriotism, nationalism and socialresponsibility. JAMINDAN, Capiz – The Army’s 3rdInfantry Division (3ID) recently conducted a three-day 2nd Regional YouthLeadership Summit (RYLS) here.    “The Filipino youth are considered asthe most valuable resource. If the government would invest in something, thereis nowhere to invest better other than the youth,” 3ID Commander Major GeneralDinoh Dolina said. The RYLS was participated by a totalof 60 youth leaders from across Western Visayas. Dolinaalso reminded the youths – who will be responsible to the success and failureof the next generation – of their role in the society.         “The youth is the hope of themotherland. As the next generation of leaders, the future of the nation lies inyour hands,” he said.center_img 3rd Infantry Division commander Major General Dinoh Dolina speaks during the 2nd Regional Youth Leadership Summit in Jamindan, Capiz. PIA The Philippine Army and otherpeace-oriented advocates introduced the youth summit program to protect theyouth against alleged terrorist recruitment.  It also aims to empower and developthe leadership qualities of the future leaders of the country.(With a report from 3ID DPAO-PhilippineArmy/PIA/PN) Among the speakers during the eventwere Richard Sevilla of the Department of Social Welfare and Development whodiscussed the integral role of the youth in their respective communities; MaryChris Medina from the Department of Labor and Employment, who introducedpotential livelihood training for the youth; Stephen Bediones from theProvincial Planning and Development Office-Capiz, who tackled project proposaldevelopment; and former rebels “Ate Glen” and “Lab-lab” who shared theirinsights and experiences when they were in the armed movement.last_img read more

Bale’s in Europe elite – Casillas

first_img Casillas spent the latter half of last season on the sidelines after injuring his hand and then slipping below Diego Lopez in the pecking order. He declared his determination to get back in the first team next season, but insisted he was not taking his place in the side for granted. “I have to compete. I would love to play, but I have to start from scratch. I am very excited now I am here, but my team-mates aren’t going to make it easy for me,” he added. “It’s good there is competition, because the coach and the whole team benefit from that. But there is a lot of competition for every position and my aim is to get back to my best and compete.” Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano also holds Bale in high esteem and despite the fact his arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu would threaten Barca’s dominance in Spain, he feels the winger would bring “quality” to the league. He told Fox Sports Asia: “Always when players with quality come it is very good for the league. Bale is a player that has shown in the last three years that he is one of the best in his position.” Madrid have earmarked the 24-year-old Wales international as their major summer target although they have so far not persuaded Spurs to sell. Madrid-based newspaper Marca’s front page suggested Spurs were holding out for a fee of 145 million euros (£126m), which would far exceed the world record £80m the club shelled out on Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas has described Gareth Bale as “one of the top three or four players in Europe” as the Spanish giants continue their pursuit of the Tottenham winger. Whether president Florentino Perez is willing to go to those lengths remains to be seen but Casillas, speaking on the club’s tour of the United States, said: “We are talking about one of the top three or four best players in Europe and it’s normal that his name is being discussed because he has all the qualities a footballer needs. “Every transfer is controversial in its own way, for better or worse, but we are speaking about a very good, decisive player. “I’m sure we’ll make another signing before the transfer window shuts.” Casillas also gave his seal of approval to new Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, who took over from Jose Mourinho last month. “I had the chance to meet Ancelotti during the summer holidays in Madrid and I’m excited about working with him,” said Casillas, who hopes the Italian can right the wrongs of last season’s trophyless campaign. “I spoke to him for just five minutes and I came to the conclusion he is a winner. He makes that clear to you from the start. “Whenever a new coach comes in it’s a new challenge and I’m happy about starting a new era. “Madrid need to start winning games and trophies after last season and fight for all three competitions.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Little King seeks Punchestown rule

first_imgLittle King Robin, the pride and joy of Colin Bowe’s Kiltealy yard, bids for her sixth win since May when lining up in the Listed Grabel Hurdle at Punchestown on Thursday. The King’s Theatre mare showed no ill effects following a little break when readily scoring at Gowran Park earlier this month as regular partner Mark Walsh adopted customary front-running tactics on the six-year-old to cruise home 15 lengths clear. “She’s in right form. She had a small break before her last run and is as fresh as paint. A drop of rain won’t do any harm and should leave just a little ease in the ground,” said Bowe. “If she puts up the same performance as the last day we will be delighted. ” The ground was so good we decided to bring her back with three races in mind, and the plan is to go to Down Royal for the WKD Hurdle (October 31) if she’s OK after this. “Then we will let her off.” Among her nine rivals is Storm Away, third last time in the Grade Three Dolores Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle at Tipperary, the consistent Well Tuned and Jacksonslady. The latter won this race three years ago but has been mainly campaigned over fences in recent seasons. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Gaurav Gill, Mascarenhas, Fabid out; Sriram wins Round 4 of INRC

first_imgBengaluru: Chetan Shivram and Bikku Babu took advantage of the pull-outs by most of the heavyweights to stage a dramatic comeback for MRF in the Champions Yacht Club FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship here on Sunday.The speedy but shrewd duo made it a spectacular 1-2 for the Reds as the carefully laid out but treacherous stages wiped out anybody who dared to challenge them. Starting from the fifth and fourth positions, Shivram and Babu preserved their cars before going all out in the final stage to claim the mantle of winner and runner-up in the K-1000 Rally.Defending champion and overnight leader Gaurav Gill was among the biggest casualties as he cried out in the morning itself, with his car refusing to even start after the belting it had received on Day 1. He and all his favoured JK Tyre Motorsport teammates bit the dust, allowing a free run to the MRF men.Akshara’s Chetan Shivram, who had won Round 2 as well in almost similar fashion, emerged as the overall INRC Championship leader with this victory. He (with Dilip Sharan as co-driver) claimed his own category too, the INRC 3, with an overall timing of 1:47:37:300 hours.That was just 12 seconds faster than Bikku Babu (with Milen George) of Team Champions, who pursued him relentlessly all through the day. Babu finished ahead of Sriram in the day’s first stage, SS5, and even beat him to the post in the last one, SS8, but that wasn’t good enough to topple the latter. It, however, fetched him the INRC 2 trophy. “The top guns may not have fired today but we couldn’t have hoped for a more thrilling finish. It was good to see so many of the INRC 2 and 3 teams making a mark here, ahead of the known champions,” Hema Malini Nidamanuri, co-promoter of the INRC, said. IANSAlso Read: India’s Gaurav Gill Makes his Mark in Rally of TurkeyAlso Watch: Kokrajhar Reality Public School has organized one day students’ exhibition programmelast_img read more

West Virginia tops No. 1-seed Kentucky, advances to Final Four

first_img Comments West Virginia guard Joe Mazzulla walked into Bob Huggins’ office in the winter of 2009 with tears welling in his eyes. Mazzulla could barely lift his left arm, still trying to recover from a devastating shoulder injury that threatened to cost him his career.Mazzulla asked his coach a difficult question and expected an honest answer: ‘What am I going to do if I can’t play?’ Huggins recalled him saying.  The truth was that the odds were stacked against him. No basketball player had ever returned from this particular surgery to repair a fractured growth plate, Huggins said. To lighten the mood on that winter day, he fed Mazzulla a joke about potentially playing soccer instead of basketball. ‘You don’t need your hands for that,’ Mazzulla said.Mazzulla recounted that story in the locker room Saturday night with a grin on his face. He had just walked off the Carrier Dome court a hero, scoring a career-high 17 points to propel the second-seeded Mountaineers to a 73-66 victory against No. 1 seed Kentucky in the Elite Eight.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBehind Mazzulla’s play and a team-high 18 points from Da’Sean Butler, WVU (31-6) is off to its first Final Four since 1959, marking Huggins’ first trip to the national semifinals since taking Cincinnati in 1992. The win also served as validation for Mazzulla, who spent more than a year rehabbing the injury that once seemed hopeless and battling through depression and legal trouble.When the final buzzer sounded, Mazzulla rushed to find Huggins and wrapped him in a giant bear hug. This was the moment he had been waiting for.‘I never want him to forget how much appreciation and how much I recognize what he has done for me on and off the court,’ said Mazzulla, who was temporarily suspended from the program after being arrested last April on charges of domestic battery in a bar in Morgantown, W.Va. ‘I always have to be the first one to say ‘thank you’ and ‘I love you’ to him.’Mazzulla started Saturday’s game at point guard, in place of injured starter Darryl ‘Truck’ Bryant, who broke a bone in his foot in practice this week. In the days leading up to the East Regional, Mazzulla heard constantly that West Virginia would struggle because they lacked strong point guard play. After all, the Mountaineers’ only healthy point guard, Mazzulla, averaged just 2.2 points in 35 games off the bench this season.‘I was real concerned, I’m not going to lie,’ Bryant said. ‘I know Joe can handle the job, but that’s such a tough situation without your starting point guard. I honestly never could have expected this.’Mazzulla did more than just handle the job. His performance earned him East Regional MVP honors. He had gone up against heralded point guard John Wall (19 points, nine rebounds) — likely the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft — and matched him step for step.‘We couldn’t have won this game without him,’ Bryant said.WVU managed to handle the Wildcats (35-3) and their slew of potential NBA first-round draft picks with a swarming 1-3-1 defense. The 6-foot-2 Mazzulla played most of the game at the bottom of the zone, trying to contain the 6-foot-11 Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins. Mazzulla’s quick hands and pesky play frustrated him throughout the night.Cousins finished with 15 points, but he was unable to establish himself down the stretch. ‘At one point during the game he looked at me and said, ‘Are you serious?” Mazzulla said. ‘I said, ‘Yeah, I’m serious. You’re going to have to punch me in the face to get me off you.”The Mountaineers caught fire in the second half, shooting 57.1 percent from the field in the game’s final 20 minutes. Mazzulla found ways to penetrate the Kentucky defense and slash to the basket for layups, helping his team go up by 16 points with 4:25 remaining.  But Mazzulla fouled out of the game with 2:22 left, and the Wildcats made one last run. West Virginia missed a bevy of free throws, and Kentucky managed to cut the deficit to as little as four. With Mazzulla pounding on the floor and screaming encouragements from the bench, the Mountaineers barely held on.Afterward, Mazzulla sat by his locker, overwhelmed with excitement. He wore the net from the basket like a necklace.He had been the first one to start cutting it down.‘I said our motto — an opportunity for kids to fulfill their dreams,’ Mazzulla said. ‘We’ve done one of them, and we have two more games to fulfill our highest dream.’ Published on March 27, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more