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Andy Murray gives Britain 1-0 lead in Davis Cup against Australia

first_imgAndy Murray swept to a convincing 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis on Friday to give Britain lead a 1-0 lead against Australia in their Davis Cup semifinal.Murray, who served 10 aces to Kokkinakis’ two, played an aggressive game that was simply too much to handle for the 19-year-old Australian, who is ranked 72nd.Also read: Somdev helps India level 1-1 against Czech Republic in Davis Cup Murray made the decisive break for 4-2 in the first set and didn’t look back. Having breezed through the second set, the third-ranked Scot wrapped up the match by breaking with a backhand winner.The semifinal at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena continues with Murray’s teammate Dan Evans taking on Bernard Tomic.Argentina plays Belgium in the other semi, with the final being held Nov. 27-29.last_img read more


November 27, 2019 0

Some PEI business immigrants out of country over 100 days a year

first_imgClose to one in five immigrants who committed to run a business “within” Prince Edward Island for a year spent 100 or more days abroad, according to government documents for the last fiscal year.Despite the days away, they were not disqualified from the program and have been granted permanent residency with the freedom to move anywhere in Canada.The figures provided to The Canadian Press through freedom-of-information laws show the self-reported travels of 88 immigrants in P.E.I’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) who signed deals saying they’d run a firm for 12 months.The absence rates demonstrate the Island needs to move to match the higher standards of other provinces, a veteran observer of Canada’s immigration programs says.“Prince Edward Island just has to up its game here,” said Richard Kurland, a Vancouver-based immigration lawyer and policy analyst, in a telephone interview.The Island program requires immigrants to “provide active and ongoing management of the business from within Prince Edward Island,” but the contracts also say the newcomers are only required to show they spend half the year in Canada.One person deemed to be a successful participant in the Island’s program was gone 182 days, a day short of the maximum allowed.Another 15 were on the road over 100 days, while about 43 per cent — or 39 people — were out of Canada for 50 days or more as their business continued.The province’s Office of Immigration says the standards are being looked at, but there’s no firm plan for changes at this point.“Would we ever look at increasing the days requirements in our program? That is one thing we’re currently looking at, to ensure it’s properly aligned with the outcomes we’re looking for … as well as ensuring they’re properly aligned with our sister provinces,” Jamie Aiken, the director of the Office of Immigration, said in an interview.Aiken said some people in the program are involved in tourism enterprises that may require them to travel internationally for lengthy periods to drum up business, while some businesses may be seasonal in nature.However, Kurland says the time immigrants can spend abroad follows a pattern of P.E.I.’s standards being notably easier to meet than most other provinces, particularly those of British Columbia and Ontario.“You have looser standards, there’s little enforcement and the person (immigrant) isn’t as legally obligated as in Ontario … to do more,” he said in a recent telephone interview.Under the program, applicants provide the Island government with a $200,000 deposit, and commit to invest $150,000 and manage a firm that incurs at least $75,000 in operating costs.After the deal is signed, the province nominates the investor to the federal Immigration Department as a permanent resident.After a year, the immigrants can claim a refund of $150,000 if they met the business requirements, and $50,000 more if they could prove to the province they stayed in the province for the minimum time period.The province has already acknowledged that two thirds of the PNP businesses in 2016-17, a total of 177 people, didn’t receive a refund for the business portion of their deposit, with the majority simply never opening a business. The province has said most nonetheless have remained in Canada, though there were no figures available for how many days this group is spending in the country.Island Investment Development Inc., a Crown corporation which holds the deposits for the newcomers’ businesses, indicates $18 million in net revenues as a result of forfeited deposits in 2016-17 — equivalent to about half the province’s projected new spending on infrastructure projects.In most other provinces, the business immigration systems don’t work that way.In Ontario and British Columbia, for example, the entrepreneurs are granted temporary work permits and the province only sends in the immigrants’ applications for permanent residency to Ottawa after the immigrants are deemed to have successfully carried out their end of the deal.In addition, in Ontario the immigrant entrepreneur must spend at least nine months of the year in the province while they’re in the program — or 274 days.In Nova Scotia, a clause in the entrepreneur category specifically states that “the business must be actively managed by the applicant from the place of business in Nova Scotia. The business must not be managed from another location in Nova Scotia or from another Canadian province or territory or other country.”A spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia department said work permits can be cancelled if random site checks showed participants aren’t in the province.Kurland says Prince Edward Island has immigrant communities forming, and with some evidence newcomers are choosing to settle in the province there’s little justification for P.E.I.’s standards to fall below those of other jurisdictions.“If P.E.I. brought its standards up to the levels of other provinces, there’d still be no shortage of takers for P.E.I. business immigration programs … I don’t understand why P.E.I. is unwilling to raise the bar,” he said.The current system on the Island has also been criticized for allowing applications for permanent residency when a business immigrant arrives, rather than requiring terms and conditions of the program first be met.Aiken said no changes are planned in that area.“Coming over and starting a business is a significant undertaking. To have the comfort that your permanent residence status has been granted at the time of landing does present some attractiveness to an individual,” he said.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more


October 13, 2019 0

FiveThirtyEight Finally Fixes FIFA

Carl Bialik (FiveThirtyEight’s lead writer for news): Sepp Blatter is stepping down as FIFA president. For the first time in 17 years, the global governing body of soccer will get new leadership. Domenico Scala, the chairman of FIFA’s audit committee, promised to work toward reforms. Blatter himself called for a “profound restructuring.”These are heady times for FIFA reformers. Many reformers in the past have proposed incremental changes like Scala’s, including term limits, robust anticorruption measures, transparency on executive pay and independent integrity checks. Lots of these suggestions probably are sensible and could improve governance, and they could have a better shot in the post-Blatter era.But let’s dream big, like the 24 teams contesting the FIFA Women’s World Cup starting this week. How would you change FIFA? Or if you could start it from scratch, what would it look like? I wrote last week about how one-country, one-vote lends itself to pork-barrel projects and corruption. What system would work better?Chadwick Matlin (senior editor): This, to me, feels like a governance/political science question as much as a sports one. What’s the best way for an organization to represent its people? And is it any different when it’s a diverse collection of nations instead of, say, one nation?Carl Bialik: Good question, Chad. It’s easier to say something is askew when Brazil, China and the U.S. have the same voting power as the Cayman Islands, the Seychelles and San Marino, than it is to figure out how best to apportion voting power.Neil Paine (senior sportswriter): Last week, Nate Silver wrote about what FIFA representation might look like if it was weighted more toward the nations more valuable to FIFA’s viewing audience. That’s one model of how to parcel out influence; I wonder what an alternative would be that doesn’t simultaneously fall into the same traps as the system in place under Blatter.Nate Silver (editor in chief): Even if you didn’t use an audience weighted toward the economic size of a country — and I can imagine all sorts of problems with doing that — you could at least use the unweighted audience numbers. Basically, how many soccer fans are there in each country? China ought to have way more voting power than Curacao.Chadwick Matlin: But more than Brazil?Carl Bialik: I’d also want to represent soccer players, because FIFA helps set rules and the tone for the global game. It might be time for FIFA to do another Big Count of its global players. Is there a way to also account for the untapped potential of countries to increase their interest in soccer? I worry that if we go by the sport’s current status worldwide we lock that in. The best part of Blatter’s reputation is what he did to grow the game worldwide, though I’m not sure that’s deserved.David Firestone (managing editor): Any global organization will have to deal with the same kinds of alliances, jealousies and resentments that a body like the U.N. does. The U.N. is hardly a great model for effectiveness, but since the stakes are much lower, a bicameral system like the Security Council/General Assembly probably still makes sense, giving extra weight to the big soccer powers. There would have to be far more transparency and outside monitoring than there is now, however.Allison McCann (visual journalist and former center midfielder for the Boston Breakers): But how do you award voting power to countries with two very different tiers of men’s and women’s programs? I’m thinking somewhere like Argentina, whose men’s teams finished second in the World Cup, but whose women’s team is not even at this year’s World Cup.Chadwick Matlin: Should women’s soccer and men’s soccer be represented by the same body? Has that been good for women’s soccer?Nate Silver: I’m fine with the notion that we aren’t counting past soccer success in allocating governing resources within FIFA. So, sure, China gets more power than Brazil — 1.4 billion people will do that for you. China has been one of the big failure stories under Blatter, really. The men’s team hasn’t improved at all, and the women’s team has regressed. And Allison, if we were using any women’s soccer-related indicators, it would heavily favor Europe, the Americas, Japan, etc. Unsurprisingly perhaps, countries that have better records for women’s rights and human rights in general have better women’s soccer teams.Allison McCann: Yeah, I was interested in that too, Nate. We looked briefly at the U.N. Gender Inequality Index to see how this held up; the biggest outlier was Brazil. By FiveThirtyEight Our sports podcast Hot Takedown discusses Blatter’s resignation and the women’s World Cup. Subscribe on iTunes. Carl Bialik: Better records for rights sounds like a pretty good criterion for deciding who gets to run things!David Firestone: And also transparency. Countries and soccer programs that don’t have a good record of opening their books and decision-making to the public should have a harder time getting into the central body of FIFA, whatever it turns out to be.Carl Bialik: Transparency is a real theme in past reform efforts — for instance, releasing compensation information. I wonder if those efforts stick once people who wanted Blatter out have stopped paying attention to what comes next. Blatter was a master at calling for reforms and transparency, commissioning outside studies and then watering them down or not releasing them.David Firestone: Good point, Carl. They never took the need for reform seriously in the past, but a knock on the door by the FBI seems to have changed things quickly. At a minimum, it seems like Blatter’s replacement should insist on outside directors and outside inspector-generals to ensure that transparency is real from now on. Instituting strict term limits for directors would eliminate the entrenched bureaucrats and ensure that a variety of countries get a chance at governing.Neil Paine: A lot of this also gets into the mission of FIFA as a whole. What should its purpose be beyond simply governing the sport itself — or is that inextricably political in nature because it’s an international organization?Carl Bialik: Someone needs to run the World Cups, right? If not FIFA, who? And with the kind of money involved, seems like politics is inevitable.Nate Silver: Well, we see how complicated this can get. Personally, I have a huge problem with the World Cup having been awarded to Qatar for its record on gay rights and women’s rights alone. (Along with like 12 other reasons.) But: should Western values prevail? Are they more “universal” than other values, by virtue of being more tolerant? I’m not arguing for relativism here — I love me my liberal, Western values — but I’m saying it gets complicated real fast.Neil Paine: The cynical devil’s advocate might ask whether the World Cup should exist at all in its current form, given the non-positive presence it’s been known to have on local economies. But that in and of itself is an argument that only countries with existing infrastructure should host World Cups, which tends to heavily favor developed (and Western) nations, which is also problematic.Chadwick Matlin: I think this Slackchat is setting a FiveThirtyEight record for the number of question marks being used — this stuff is extraordinarily complicated. Maybe the question isn’t, “How should FIFA be restructured to stop corruption?” It’s “Can FIFA be restructured to stop corruption?”Nate Silver: But here’s the thing. Whether or not the wealthier, high-population countries have de jure power within FIFA, they have a lot of de facto power. A lot of leverage. As we wrote last week, the OECD countries, plus Brazil and Argentina, could render the World Cup totally unprofitable and unwatchable if they staged an opposing tournament. And the smaller countries would probably want to sign on to the OECD World Cup if given the choice.Carl Bialik: Yeah, I think Nate’s piece answers the question of whether FIFA can be restructured — or started over from scratch. (Maybe this time with an English-based acronym, not a French one.) At the cost of adding another question mark to the record total: Nate, do you think your breakaway soccer organization would be better for the game? I guess it couldn’t be much more corrupt, so there’s that.Nate Silver: In a perfect world, I suppose, they’d leave FIFA, but everyone would rejoin them again under some new umbrella organization after four or eight years. To some extent, that puts us back at square one. You still need to figure out the rules of the new federation. But at least you’d rid FIFA of some of its corruption in the near-to-medium term.David Firestone: But at some point the smaller countries are going to have to accept that global soccer is about the game, not about economic development. It’s been depressing to see how many developing countries have seen these games as a step toward enrichment, which FIFA has eagerly fed.Nate Silver: It’s not at all clear that FIFA has helped those countries at all economically. Or in football, for that matter. I’ll have some more numbers on this in an article later, but Africa didn’t improve at all under Blatter’s tenure. Asia maybe got a bit worse, especially the larger Asian countries like China.David Firestone: You mean because the cash for smaller countries has been siphoned off by top officials?Nate Silver: It’s a little outside of my knowledge base to know how that money is being spent. But in theory, it’s supposed to help them develop their national soccer programs, and we haven’t seen much evidence of improvement on the pitch.Allison McCann: I’m with Nate. I think FIFA’s too ruined for restructuring or reorganizing — time to blow it up and start over.Oliver Roeder (senior writer): Yes, burn it to the ground. FIFA doesn’t really “govern the sport,” right? It doesn’t make the rules — that’s done by the International Football Association Board. UEFA runs the Champions League. The Premier League is its own self-governing corporation. FIFA exists for one thing: the World Cup. It has to pick the place and figure out how to draw team names out of pots. Those are important things to figure out, yes, but don’t seem like rocket science. Why not stick it in the U.N., as has been suggested, or in the Swiss government — they’re impartial, right? The discussion of bicameralism and proportional representation and so on seems of second-order concern. What it needs is oversight, not internal structural fine-tuning.Allison McCann: Step one: The new FIFA is run by a woman. I nominate the great Pia Sundhage from a neutral country like Sweden with strong interests in both the men’s and women’s programs. That’s all I have for a start, hah!Nate Silver: It looks like FIFA’s executive committee had, what, only two or three women?Carl Bialik: I think one full member. And she was the first when she was elected in 2013! I like Ollie’s point — maybe the sport doesn’t need a single governing body. In fact, maybe it really doesn’t have one. We’d still have to figure out how to divvy up the spoils from World Cups, but as Nate and David point out, that isn’t being divvied up so well now. The weaker countries aren’t getting that much better, and lots of the money appears to have ended up enriching soccer officials rather than expanding the game.Nate Silver: Here’s one reform that could help the up-and-coming countries: more teams in the World Cup finals. Forty instead of 32.Carl Bialik: Prince Ali, the runner-up to Blatter in last week’s election, called for 36. Forty sounds even better.When I was preparing for this chat — hey, we don’t just mouth off, really! — I asked Deborah Unger, a former journalist who works in media relations for Transparency International, to weigh in. TI had studied FIFA reform before. She reasonably replied, “I think this will take more than a few minutes. … I don’t think we have time to design a new FIFA this evening. Is your deadline really now?” It’s a reasonable question. I don’t think we’ll settle things with this chat, but on the other hand, if World Cup governance is going to dramatically improve, it should probably happen soon, when everyone is paying attention.Nate Silver: I’m not leaving the office until we’ve solved soccer’s global governance problems. In the meantime, can we agree about what toppings to get on this pizza? More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed UPDATE (Sept. 25, 12:10 p.m.): Swiss authorities announced Friday that they were opening a criminal investigation into the activities of Sepp Blatter, the head of FIFA. In June, when the FIFA corruption scandal broke, some of FiveThirtyEight’s editors and writers wildly speculated about building a new organization to right the wrongs of the old. Here’s an edited transcript of the Slack conversation we held. Embed Code CORRECTION (June 3, 10 a.m.): An earlier version of this post referred incorrectly to a United Nations statistical measure. It is the Gender Inequality Index, not the Gender Equality Index. read more


September 30, 2019 0

Man City sign Philippe Sandler

first_imgIn an undisclosed transfer fee, Manchester City have announced the signing of Philippe Sandler from PEC Zwolle as reported in the official club website of Manchester City.The 21-year old defender Sandler who is a product of Ajax’s famous youth system now becomes Man City latest signing and City’s third summer signing.He is now expected to provide cover for Vincent Kompany, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte at center-back, however, he has the capacity to play in midfield.In March ahead of his impending move, Sandler said as quoted in Goal:Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I heard that scouts from Manchester City were watching me, but you do not expect as a player to go from PEC Zwolle to City.“The best manager in the world, Pep Guardiola, is currently in charge there, and he can teach me a lot, and also the style in which they play football attracts me a lot.”The champions begin their title defence at Arsenal on Sunday, 12 August.last_img read more


September 18, 2019 0

Former Inter footballer wants Godin in this team

first_imgFor ex-Nerazzurri defender Daniele Adani, Diego Godin would be a massive help for the Inter Milan title objectives.According to former Internazionale Milan defender Daniele Adani, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin would be a perfect player for his team.“If you are the captain of Uruguay, it means that you have mind, heart and superior spirit and this describes the great leadership that he has as a man first and as a player in the field,” Adani was quoted by Calcio Mercato.“Second, the characteristics: he can be stopper and free together because he fits anyone who plays alongside him, it can be any type of defender.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“He knows how to be free when his teammate is more of a scorer, he knows how to be the scorer when he has someone like Gonzalo Rodriguez, who is more elegant, he knows how to be an ancient and modern defender.”“The third thing is that he hates defeat. This is why he goes into the penalty area at critical moments and how many challenges he has decided in this way,” Adani explained.“He almost brought a Champions League to Atletico Madrid as well. The completeness of the boy with technical-human characteristics will surely help Inter to work in the department and to acquire the winning mentality that he has ingrained.”last_img read more


September 18, 2019 0

Mourinho hails Wenger as one of the best

first_imgJose Mourinho has hailed his long-term rival Arsene Wenger as “one of the best managers in the history of football”.Both managers regularly had their squabbles and banter on the sidelines and off the pitch during their managerial careers in the Premier League.But the Portuguese gaffer admitted he always had “real respect” for Wenger, who received a Lifetime Achievement award at Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday.”Sport is tremendous, I had a long career but my passion for sport is intact, my passion for human beings is intact.”He changed football and still considered a mentor by the world stars who played for him.A man who truly understands #Laureus19 Sport for Good: Arsene Wenger pic.twitter.com/Wcin3t68G5— #Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019“There were some episodes along the road. I can only speak by myself. I really enjoyed the competition. But the real respect was always there,” said Mourinho, in a video message to Wenger.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“He made lots of history in that football club. The nickname is there – the Invincibles. Amazing. A coaching philosophy, the almost perfect team.“He is one of the best managers in the history of football.”Mourinho and Wenger are both without a club with the Portuguese currently considering a move to the French Ligue 1, a territory he is yet to exploit.AT LAST!! Jose Mourinho Finally Ends Longtime Quarrel With Arch Rival Arsene Wenger https://t.co/XfDt3a54jz pic.twitter.com/K5jxLqLj3c— iyknaija (@iyknaija) February 19, 2019Wenger, meanwhile, left Arsenal at the end of last season after 22 years in charge of the Gunners and the Frenchman admits there is no certainty he will return to management.“My future is unknown. Even for me,” said Wenger via Sky.“I enjoy daily life now and I have been travelling a lot recently all over the world.”last_img read more


September 18, 2019 0