first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON, England (Reuters) – First-half goals by Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar earned Monaco a surprise 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League Group E opener at Wembley Stadium yesterday, to silence the London club’s record ‘home’ attendance.Goals from Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar stunned the vast majority of the 85 011 fans at the national stadium — Tottenham’s adopted home for this season’s Champions League – before the hosts responded.Toby Alderweireld halved the deficit with a header shortly before halftime and Tottenham were much better after the break.Yet, despite plenty of pressure they were unable to find the equaliser as only their second Champions League campaign began in disheartening fashion.“Scoring creates momentum and we dominated the game in the second half. We had chances but we couldn’t score,” Spurs defender Alderweireld said. “We put a lot of energy in but we couldn’t force it.”Tottenham’s record attendance for a ‘home’ fixture produced a wall of sound under the Wembley arch in the opening minutes as Mauricio Pochettino’s team started quickly.But near-silence descended on the huge stadium when Monaco took the lead with their first real incursion after 15 minutes following an error by Erik Lamela.The Argentine playmaker carelessly gave the ball away in his own half and Portugal international Bernardo Silva ran on unopposed before smashing a shot past Hugo Lloris.The hosts struggled to regain any momentum on the wide expanses of Wembley’s pitch and Monaco looked increasingly comfortable on a sultry night that felt more like the Riviera than London.The visitors doubled their lead in the 31st minute with a goal Tottenham’s defence will not want to view again.Djibril Sidibe slung in a hopeful cross and it rebounded off the body of Spurs left back Ben Davies. As the ball dropped down Monaco substitute Lemar, on for the injured Nabil Dirar, reacted quickest and shot high into the roof of the net.A tiny travelling pod of Monaco fans numbering no more than 350 celebrated at the other end but it was the vast home majority who found their voices again just before halftime when Lamela’s corner was headed powerfully home by Alderweireld.Dele Alli was desperately close to equalising in first-half stoppage time, stretching to reach a Lamela cross.Tottenham were re-energised at the start of the second half and Alli brought a superb save from Danijel Subasic after letting fly with a dipping volley from 25 metres.Harry Kane then found himself clear on goal but delayed his shot far too long and was closed down.Kane wasted an even better chance with 12 minutes remaining, shooting straight at Subasic from in front of goal.Monaco, who knocked Arsenal out in the last-16 two seasons ago, saw out the final minutes with no more scares.last_img read more

first_imgWhen you get to a certain level in life, it is hard to imagine not winning.Rafael Nadal said his record-equalling 46th clay-court title triumph on Sunday was extra special as it broke his “drought”.Nadal had not won a tournament on the ATP World Tour since clinching his ninth French Open crown in June, with the world number three claiming the Argentina Open after beating local hope Juan Monaco 6-4 6-1.The Mallorcan moved above Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg – both 64 titles – with his 65th tournament win, with Nadal fifth in the list of most Open Era titles behind Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Roger Federer and John McEnroe.Nadal, who has 14 majors to his name, said comparisons to Sampras (14 grand slams) and Borg (11) flattered him.”They have an impressive history,” Nadal said. “That’s why it is an honour to be compared to them.”Nadal’s finish to the 2014 season was blighted by appendicitis, which eventually resulted in him undergoing surgery.He said tasting the winning feeling again gave him great pleasure, as did beating Monaco in blistering fashion – the final in Buenos Aires lasting one hour, 26 minutes.”All titles are special, but I’m really happy because I have not been a champion for a long time,” said Nadal.”Against [Monaco], I played my best of the week. That is great news for me because I’m trying to gain more confidence.” A runner-up showing in Argentina saw Monaco, 30, return to the top 50 for the first time since April.The former world number 10 said he was pleased with his progression throughout the ATP 250 event.”It was a difficult week at first, but then I took confidence and I think I’m slowly returning to my best,” said Monaco, who climbed 12 spots to 48th in the world.”That’s why I leave here happy.”–last_img read more

first_img23 March 2006South African business owners report a 19 percentage point increase in the importance of black economic empowerment (BEE) in winning business, according to consulting firm Grant Thornton’s International Business Owners Survey 2006.According to Grant Thornton, 70% of South African business owners interviewed in the 2006 survey indicated that black empowerment was a key issue for them in winning business – up from 61% in 2005 and 51% in 2003.The annual survey tracks the trends and opinions of some 7 000 business owners in 30 countries. In South Africa, the survey was conducted by Research Surveys among 300 business owners employing between 50 and 250 staff.The survey indicates that business owner opinion on the importance of BEE is on the rise across all regions and business sectors in the country.In Gauteng, 73% of respondents reported that BEE was an issue in winning business, followed by 72% in Durban, 67% in Cape Town and 59% in East London and Port Elizabeth combined.In the construction sector, 91% of business owners indicated that their BEE status was having a significant impact on gaining new clients (up from 72% in 2005), followed by 69% of business owners in the retail sector (54% in 2005), 78% in the service industry (71% in 2005) and 56% in manufacturing (51% in 2005).When business owners were asked whether their business was aligned to any BEE charter or scorecard, 66% responded positively.More broad-based approachAccording to Grant Thornton, South African business owners also seem to be adopting a more broad-based approach to BEE, with 63% of respondents identifying skills development and 67% identifying employment equity as “very important” aspects of their BEE strategy.This compared with 53% for the ownership aspect of BEE, 49% for the management aspect and 46% for affirmative procurement.“It is encouraging that, increasingly, business owners are shifting their focus away from only addressing equity ownership as part of their BEE strategy and incorporating broad-based empowerment structures,” Grant Thornton’s Lee-Anne Bac said in a statement.“What these results reflect is that business owners are focusing on developing and grooming people to move up the ranks, which is in line with the whole BEE rationale.”In spite of this, Bac said, there was “still a misunderstanding that ownership is the only aspect of BEE, with mid-sized businesses still feeling pressure from their clients to comply with the ownership aspects of BEE scorecards.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… David Curry Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Chinese search giant Baidu announced on Wednesday that it has open sourced its self-driving technology, through a new project named Apollo.Automakers will be able to look at reference designs for self-driving sensors and use Baidu’s software, which includes a cloud data service to transmit 3D maps and traffic updates to the car.See Also: Hackers tried to steal Chinese search giant’s autonomous trade secretsThe announcement a few months after Baidu ended a self-driving partnership with BMW, who then went on to partner with Intel and Mobileye.Baidu has not said how it plans to finance the open source platform, but the addition of a cloud service sounds like one way. Automakers might also be forced to use Baidu as the default search engine, similar to how all Android manufacturers are forced to pre-install Google services.Automakers will be able to download the platform come July, but it will only be for “restricted environment” driving. At the end of the year, the platform will open to self-driving programs on public roads.Baidu is aiming for self-driving cars on public roads by 2020. It has been working on the technology for two years now.“An open, innovative industry ecosystem initiated by Baidu will accelerate the development of autonomous driving in the US and other developed automotive markets,” said Baidu CEO, Qi Lu.The move takes aim at Google, which has always made its services free to the public and operators. It may force the U.S. search giant to respond, especially if Google wants any chance of succeeding with the tech in China.Google’s self-driving division, Waymo, has not said how it plans to commercialize its technology. Tags:#autonomous vehicles#Baidu#BMW#driverless cars#featured#Self-Driving#top last_img read more

first_imgNikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection “Please help me, please, please,” screamed the 32-year-old in scenes so distressing that television cameras panned away from the stricken player.Cirstea said her friend’s knee was “out… and in a very weird position”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I freaked out. I have never seen such an injury before, the knee was really in a bad position. It was like something you see only in the movies,” said Cirstea.“I tried to comfort her but I panicked. I felt useless. All she kept saying was ‘Sorana, help me, help me.” Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena She questioned why it took the medical services so long to reach a court which is just a stone’s throw away from the famed Centre Court.‘Everyone froze’“I was screaming at the umpire. I told them to bring a stretcher because everyone froze, nobody reacted,” said Cirstea who said only she, her physio and Justin Mattek-Sands initially raced to the player’s assistance.“She went into shock and it took so long for the medical team to arrive. It felt like forever.“What if it was a heart attack? You should look at the video and time how long it took. I was there 10 to 15 minutes and the stretcher had still not arrived.”Safarova had to go and play her second round match just minutes after witnessing her close friend’s turmoil.She lost 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3 to Shelby Rogers but said that was irrelevant.“It’s been a tough day, just terrible what’s happened. I am so sad for Bethanie,” said Safarova who had been hoping to partner Mattek-Sands to the Wimbledon doubles title and complete the non-calendar Grand Slam.“I have talked to Justin. She’s having more tests but we don’t know how long she will be in hospital.“I will see when I can visit her. I will be there when she needs me.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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SCREENGRAB FROM ESPN TWITTER VIDEOAmerica’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a horror knee injury at Wimbledon on Thursday which left her screaming and crying in pain in the middle of the court.The 32-year-old collapsed to the ground after damaging her right knee as she approached the net in the first game of the deciding set against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea on Court 17.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The All England club defended its medical teams.“The first response to Court 17 was within one minute, by a qualified ambulance technician,” they said in a statement.“The player was kept on court while pain relief was given.“The player was then transferred directly to an ambulance and taken under emergency conditions to a hospital.”Messages of support poured in for Mattek-Sands, well known on the tour for her flamboyant fashion sense and friendly, easy-going nature.“I love you @BMATTEK  you are the biggest fighter I know and you will come back stronger than ever,” tweeted India’s Sania Mirza, her former doubles partner.Olympic champion Monica Puig tweeted: “Stay strong @BMATTEK … we love you so much.”Wimbledon courts are no stranger to injury controversies.In 2013, Victoria Azarenka fell heavily, hurting her ankle and blamed the state of the courts.Maria Sharapova said the surface on Court Two where she lost to Michelle Larcher de Brito was “dangerous” after she fell a number of times. “I wish I could have done more. You wouldn’t wish that on your worst enemy.”Mattek-Sands’s husband Justin tried to console his wife before medics arrived, while Cirstea was distraught and in tears.After lying prone on the ground for around 20 minutes, Mattek-Sands was eventually stretchered away and taken to a west London hospital where she was said to have suffered “an acute knee injury”.Mattek-Sands’s doubles partner, Lucie Safarova, with whom she shares the world number one ranking as well as four Grand Slam titles, also arrived at the scene in tears.Cirstea, who had dropped the first set 4-6 but took the second 7-6 (7/4), was declared the winner of the second round match.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more