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Grand Slams planning to cut seeds from 32 back to 16 in 2019

first_imgUE sacks Derrick Pumaren Going back to 16 seeds in 2019 would, in theory anyway, make early upsets more likely. That’s because if all of the highest-ranked players enter the field, whoever is No. 1 could wind up facing whoever is No. 17 in the opening round.With 32 seeds, none was forced to play someone ranked higher than No. 33 before the third round.The changes with regard to first-round withdrawals, retirements and lack of full effort appear to be in response to what happened at Wimbledon this year. Novak Djokovic’s first-round match at Centre Court lasted all of 40 minutes, and Roger Federer’s went 43, before their opponents stopped playing because of pre-existing injuries. Two other men also stopped mid-match that day, bringing the first-round retirement total to seven and sparking discussion about whether spectators were being shortchanged.The rule changes issued Tuesday, and taking effect next year, let players collect half of the first-round prize money at a Grand Slam tournament if they are “unfit to play” and withdraw onsite after noon on Thursday but before the main draw begins. The person replacing them in the field — a “lucky loser” who failed to advance out of the qualifying rounds — will get the other half of that money, plus whatever they might accumulate by winning matches.The reasoning: Injured or ill players won’t start a match simply to collect their prize money before quitting.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The 25-second serve clock gives players 5 more seconds than ATP rules currently allow on the men’s tour.But Grand Slam Board Director Bill Babcock said the clock will be used at the 2018 Australian Open on a trial basis the way it was at the U.S. Open, which tested it only for events such as qualifying and junior matches.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses with his winning trophy after defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their 2017 US Open Men’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 10, 2017.Rafael Nadal raced to a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 rout of South African giant Kevin Anderson. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADGrand Slam tournaments are planning to return to seeding only 16 players, instead of 32, as of 2019, and now will give a player who is a late withdrawal because of an injury 50 percent of the first-round prize money.Also among the announcements by the Grand Slam Board on Tuesday after two days of meetings in London last week:ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments — A player who retires from a first-round match or “performs below professional standards” could face a fine as high as the entire prize money due a loser in that round.— A 25-second serve clock will be tried out at the Australian Open in January, but like at this year’s U.S. Open, not during main-draw matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne— Players could be fined up to $20,000 for violating “strictly enforced” prematch timing, which will give them one minute to meet at the net after walking on the court, five minutes for warming up, followed by one minute to be ready for play to begin.The four Grand Slam tournaments — the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open — doubled the number of seeded players to 32 in June 2001. That decision was made partly in response to complaints from clay-court specialists that they wanted more draw protection at Wimbledon, the only major tournament played on grass. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

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Big shot: LeBron’s jumper at buzzer lifts Cavs past Wolves

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson REBOUND RECORDIn passing Ilgauskas, James is now Cleveland’s leader in points, rebounds and assists. He joins Michael Jordan and Kevin Garnett as the only players to lead their respective franchises in all three categories.“Jordan and KG, so it’s a pretty cool thing,” James said. “I’m blessed and I’ve been fortunate enough to play this game at a high level for a long time.”TRADE TIMEWith the NBA trade deadline set for 3 p.m. Thursday, the Cavs are looking for a deal. The team has been hesitant to part with the first-round draft pick it acquired last summer in the Kyrie Irving trade, but Cleveland may have no choice in order to add a quality player capable of pushing the club back into title contention.SWEET HOME CHICAGOButler will play in Chicago on Friday for the first time since being traded to Minnesota in June. He was the Bulls’ first-round draft pick in 2011 and played six seasons in Chicago.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Andrew Wiggins reached 6,000 career points. At 22 years, 349 days, he’s the sixth-youngest player to reach the plateau. James is the youngest at 21 years, 89 days. … Thibodeau has been impressed with Wiggins’ development. “He’s more of a complete player now,” he said. “The impact that he’s having on winning. We’ve seen he’s a gifted scorer, he’s shown that throughout his career, but now he’s doing other things — the defense, the passing, the hustle plays.” … Thibodeau and Lue go back to their days on Doc Rivers’ staff in Boston. Thibodeau understands the mental and physical grind for coaches, and expressed concern about Lue’s well-being. “I hope Ty’s taking care of himself,” he said. “That’s the most important thing is his health. He’s a great guy, he’s done a great job here. So always concerned about that.”Cavaliers: Dwyane Wade sat out as he continues to rest on the second night of back-to-backs. The 36-year-old played 22 minutes at Orlando. … G Iman Shumpert, who has been linked to some trade possibilities, sat out with left plantar fasciitis. … Lue dismissed a comment made by Thomas after the loss to the Magic that one of the Cavs’ biggest issues is that they don’t make enough in-game adjustments. “That’s not true,” Lue said. … Thomas turned 29 on Wednesday. James dropped in a fade-away jumper over Jimmy Butler’s outstretched hand as the buzzer sounded in overtime, giving the Cavaliers a cleansing 140-138 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.Moments after blocking Butler’s potential game-winning shot with 1.3 seconds left, James caught a long inbounds pass from Jeff Green, created some space from Butler near the foul line and sank a shot that ended Cleveland’s eight-game losing streak on national television.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Once I caught it, I just trusted everything I’ve done in my career,” James said.The Quicken Loans Arena crowd erupted and James was mobbed by teammates as the struggling Cavs, who have won just seven of their last 20 games, finally had something to celebrate after weeks of tension and turmoil in a season slowly slipping away. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “I didn’t see him,” Butler said. “That’s part of the game.”The Cavs had lost their eight previous network broadcast appearances this season, prompting James to say last week following a lopsided loss to Houston that he and his teammates should be dropped from any more telecasts.Finally, they were primed for prime time.However, James wasn’t ready to lift his self-imposed TV ban.“It was a good win, but our record still stinks on national television,” said James, who scored nine points and assisted on Cleveland’s other basket in overtime. “We’ve got a couple coming up, so we’ll try to change that.”J.R. Smith added 20 points and Isaiah Thomas had 13 and seven assists in one of his best games in weeks.Towns made all six of his 3-point attempts and Minnesota drained a season-high 19 3-pointers, but the Timberwolves were unable to stop James when it mattered most.“One second in the game, it’s a tough play — and he made a hell of a shot,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. “You don’t want to foul him, and I thought KAT (Towns) had great pressure on the ball. LeBron was in command of the game offensively and handling the basketball. LeBron can read the game better than anyone in the league.”LONG-RANGE RECORDCleveland made 21 3-pointers as the clubs combined to hit an NBA-record 40. The previous mark was 39 set by Golden State and Dallas on March 25, 2016. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments But as he has done so many times, James delivered one of those moments that have defined him.“The way we’ve been playing, we needed that,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who was back on the bench after falling ill Tuesday night in Orlando. “He was very special.”James finished with 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in 48 minutes. The three-time NBA champion also passed Zydrunas Ilgauskas (5,904) on Cleveland’s career rebounds list.Butler scored 35, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 for the Timberwolves, who were in position to win in OT before James came to Cleveland’s rescue.With the score tied 138-all, Butler drove the left side and had a step on rookie Cedi Osman before pulling up for a short shot. However, James, who had missed a 3-pointer that would have won it in regulation, came from the weak side to reject it and set up the dramatic finish.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, celebrates after making the game-winning basket in overtime in an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 140-138 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — One second. One shot. One player.For one night, LeBron James made all of Cleveland’s problems disappear.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTTimberwolves: At the Chicago Bulls on Friday.Cavaliers: Begin a stretch of three straight road games before the All-Star break on Friday in Atlanta.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More people at Olympics get norovirus MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increaseslast_img read more

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Parfaite Harmonie residents decry deplorable roads

first_imgResidents of Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD) continue to cry out for urgent intervention in fixing several roads in their community which have become a nightmare for commuters and pedestrians.The badly damaged roads in two different streetsThe roads which was promised to the rehabilitated in 2018 by the Central Planning and Housing Authority (CH&PA) continue to be inundated with potholes which undoubtedly cause severe damage to vehicles.With the continuation of the rainy season, the holes continue to deteriorate.These roads are made of loam and is yet to be properly rehabilitated with asphalt. As a result of this, the roads are easily eroded and are in need of frequent rehabilitative works.As such, the residents are calling for an intervention and for the roads to be properly done in order for their distress to end.“You think is fair? Not all of us have vehicles so we usually have to walk out the streets to get to the main road before we can catch a car and it hard, because sometimes you walking into work with muddy shoes and in a state of embarrassment because of the roads, you head does hurt when you think of walking out there and oh lawd, when the rain fall, its worst” Natasha Abraham complained.Shayann Benjamin told the Guyana Times that as a result of the poor roads, taxis are refusing to make pickups at certain locations.“Sometimes you need a taxi to go somewhere and when you tell them which street, they outright tell you that they can’t make that, that their vehicles get mess or damage” she explained.Another resident, a taxi driver detailed the horrors of ploughing in the potholes.“I was struck for several hours because I take the risk to drive through one of the streets, but the hole was deep bad but rain was falling the day so I couldn’t see how deep the hole was. So I decide now to drive through and I end up stick in deh. You know how long, I try but nothing worked. One of my partner had to come with he bus and he pull me out”.In 2018 Minister within the Communities Ministry, Valarie Adams-Yearwood had promised to have the roads in Parfaite Harmonie upgraded but nothing has been done since.last_img read more

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Kenyan rugby fraternity thrown into mourning

first_img0Shares0000Impala’s Richard Sidindi surges forward during the Kabeberi Sevens Main Cup semi-final against Kabras Sugar on September 10, 2017. Photo/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 25 – The Kenyan rugby fraternity was thrown into mourning on Monday with the death of Impala RFC Richard Sidindi after allegedly drowning at the club’s swimming pool while doing a recovery session on his own.“It appears that there was some swimming pool incident where Sidindi was alone but we are still gathering information on what really happened,” Impala Director of Rugby, Fred Ollows, who was at Kilimani Police Station to record a statement told The Daily Nation. RIP the great Richard Sidindi @SidindiAkoth. Maaan 😭😭. Just remembered I used to call him ‘the great Richard Sidindi’ in all my articles. We’ve lost a really good friend. #KenyaCup @ImpalaSaracens @OfficialKRU pic.twitter.com/v73wi4KZmk— Eric Njiru (@Erik_Njiru) February 25, 2019Sidindi who is survived by a widow and daughter played for Impala’s ‘B’ team for 30 minutes during last Saturday’s Erick Shirley Shield (ESS) match against Homeboyz. He was part of the A team that lost to KCB in a Kenya Cup match on February 16.The fullback joined Impala from Kisumu RFC in 2011 and has been a core figure of the side and was also part of the Kenya team at last year’s Safari 7s.We mourn our fallen Braveheart Richard Sidindi @SidindiAkoth .Full tribute here. https://t.co/vCfcjlQ6DgRest In Peace Jadhah#BraveHearts pic.twitter.com/pTlqW9bS0a— Kisumu RFC (@KisumuRugby) February 25, 2019In a statement, the Kenya Rugby Union said; “The Kenya Rugby Fraternity is saddened by the untimely demise of one of our very own Sidindi Akoth, an Impala Saracens player who passed away this morning. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. #RIPJadha”The rugby fraternity poured out to social media to send out their condolences to the family of Sidindi whose sudden death came as a shocker to many.“Our heartfelt condolences go out to our brother’s, @ImpalaSaracens, on the passing on of Richard Sidindi. Rugby has lost a great servant to the game and he will sadly be missed. We pray to God to provide comfort to his family and friends and rest his soul in peace,” Homeboyz RFC said on their official Twitter account.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Eva Carneiro row: FMA issues damning statement over Chelsea doctor’s departure

first_img Eva Carneiro has left Chelsea 1 The Football Medical Association has issued a statement saying it is “extremely disappointed” that Eva Carneiro will not be resuming her full duties as first team doctor at Chelsea.The FMA – the body for medical staff in the game – has also confirmed her lawyers will handle her case after she parted company with the club.Carneiro parted company with Chelsea following the incident on the opening day of the season when she was criticised by manager Jose Mourinho for going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard.It is likely she will launch legal action claiming constructive dismissal.Mourinho was unhappy with Carneiro because it meant Hazard had to leave the field and Chelsea were temporarily down to nine men. As a result she was dropped from first-team duties.A statement said: “The FMA is extremely disappointed that Dr Eva Carneiro will not be resuming her full duties as first team doctor at Chelsea Football Club.“As the representative body for medicine and science personnel in the professional game, the FMA aims to protect the rights of its members.“Having recently been contacted by Eva, we have offered our full support in attempting to negotiate a satisfactory outcome.“Unfortunately this has not resulted in our preferred outcome. Chelsea considers this now to be an internal matter and it is for Chelsea and Eva’s appointed lawyers to discuss any further action.”The FMA said it will continue to support Carneiro and stated that priority should be given to protecting players’ safety.It added: “The FMA strongly believe that in matters pertaining to a player’s health and safety, respect for the integrity of the medical professional is paramount.“The FMA will continue to offer support to Eva on a professional level through what is likely to be a difficult time.”Carneiro’s Chelsea exit was also criticised by Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts, who has expressed her “sadness and anger” at the departure, arguing that she was effectively demoted for doing her job properly.last_img read more

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Reaction as Gary Neville’s Valencia lose 7-0 to Barcelona

first_img Gary Neville Gary Neville’s disappointing start to management continued as his Valencia side were beaten 7-0 by Barcelona in the Copa del Rey. The cup holders heaped more pressure on the Los Che boss. Luis Suarez scored four and Lionel Messi netted a hat-trick as the ten men were beaten in the FIRST LEG at the Nou Camp. Neville’s side were looking to put their league woes behind them, having failed to register a win in eight La Liga games since he was appointed in December.Many football fans had high hopes for the Manchester United legend, former pundit and England coach, but he has not lived up to expectation just yet. He had a difficult task when he took over at the Mestalla, but he will not have envisaged it to be so difficult. See some of the best reaction below: 1last_img read more

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Juventus ahead of Arsenal in Gonzalo Higuain chase as talks begin over deal

first_imgJuventus are in talks over a deal for Arsenal target Gonzal Higuain, according to reports in Italy.The striker has been linked with a move away from Napoli this summer and he has a release clause of £78m.Arsenal are interested in signing the Argentina international and a swap deal involving Olivier Giroud has been mooted.However, according to Radio CRC, it is Juventus who are in talks with Napoli over the signing of Higuain.The Italian champions are currently negotiating with Manchester United over a £100m move for Paul Pogba – meaning they could have plenty of money to spend soon.The club have already lost Alvaro Morata to Real Madrid and as a result they are willing to go all out for Higuain. Gonzalo Higuain celebrates scoring for Argentina 1last_img read more

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TIMES FOR CAPTAINS PRIZE AT OTWAY GOLF CLUB ANNOUNCED

first_imgDraw For Thomas Merritt’s Captain’s Prize at Otway Golf Club8 00 am Seamus Gallagher, Martin Collum, Michael Crossan ,J Mc clafferty8 10 am William Roarty Ollie O Dowd Peter Mc Brien Hugh Carney 8 20 am Adam Friel Don Sheridan Martin Duffy , Anthony Mc Fadden8 30 am Noel Fisher Brendan Gallagher Daniel Mathewson Pat Lynch8 40 am Pat Mc Guire Denis Friel Louis Gallgher Stephen Bradley8 50 am Stephen Fahy Noel Kiernan Gerry Gallagher Mark Friel 9 00 am Shane Patton Denis Deeney Sam Anderson Philip Friel9 10 am Kenny Merritt Shaun Sweeney Kevin Toland Peter Friel9 20 am Patrick Kelly Kieran Murray John Patton Syd Anderson12 00 pm Arthur Morrison Des Crerand Francie Mc Fadden Keith Harrison12 10 pm Barry Patton Eugene Harkin Philip Mc Garry 12 20 pm Dave Hughes Patsy Gallagher Denis Cullen Dara Patton12 30 pm Shaun Duffy Michael Ewing Paul Murray Dan Canning12 40 pm Tommy Patton John Allen Dan Harvey David Edwards12 50 pm Ivan Clifford Pat Mc Nulty Martin O Reilly Gerry Mcgivern Please be on time and If your Name does not appear on list or you need to change a time contact the Captain at 0861918303 or Patrick at 0866691626 .TIMES FOR CAPTAINS PRIZE AT OTWAY GOLF CLUB ANNOUNCED was last modified: June 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:captains prizedrawotway golflast_img read more

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Half-time: Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgEden Hazard’s early goal was enough to give Chelsea a half-time lead as Jose Mourinho looked to end his winless streak at Villa Park.It took only eight minutes for the Blues to strike, as Oscar escaped down the right, pulled the ball back for Willian and his ball was turned in by Hazard.Oscar had a near post shot saved by Villa keeper Brad Guzan, who also gathered Gary Cahill’s header from the resulting corner.But Paul Lambert’s men, without a goal in their last six Premier League matches, did apply some pressure to the Blues defence, forcing several corners, and Gabby Agbonlahor headed over the bar.Chelsea came close to adding a second when Hazard led a quick break and Ramires was played in on goal, only for Ciaran Clark to produce an outstanding recovery tackle.With Diego Costa in the middle of a three-match ban, Didier Drogba started up front, while Cahill was restored to the defence alongside John Terry.Kurt Zouma and Loic Remy were named on the bench along with new signing Juan Cuadrado. Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Cissokho, Westwood, Delph, Cleverley, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Gil.Subs: Given, Vlaar, Bacuna, Sinclair, Cole, Benteke, Sanchez. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Drogba.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Ake, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Cuadrado, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Tourism Sector Is Attractive For Foreign Direct Investment

first_imgCEOs Know Campaign: Tourism Sector is Attractive for Foreign Direct InvestmentTsabeng Nthite – “There is no other sector in the country that is showing 8% growth per annum,” says Mr Sisa Nthsona, Chief Executive Officer for South African Tourism.Commenting on the industry as a key driver for South Africa’s economy during his interview for Brand South Africa’s CEOs Know campaign, Mr Ntshona said that the tourism sector accounts for 9% of South Africa’s GDP, and an estimated 8.5 % of the continent’s GDP, (up from 6.8 per cent in 1998).Mr Ntshona said: “From a business and development perspective tourism is a significant contributor – which in turn translates to job creation. 2016 was a record-breaking year, with 10 million international tourists coming to South AfricaSouth Africa is best known for its beach and safari holiday experiences. Stunning as the coastline and the game parks are, there is plenty more on offer to tourists, both in South Africa itself, and in the wider Southern African region. Ntshona says however that ‘South Africa is more than just the 3 Bs (the beach, the berg and the bush),’ – stating that the country’s secret weapon is its diversity and people.“I am constantly inspired about how South Africa fights above its weight. South African’s are ambitious, driven and passionate people. We are a diverse people who love out country, and our space and we want to share our hoe with the world for them to be part of our ever growing story,” concluded Ntshona.And it’s not just South Africa – the entire continent is set for a tourism boon. Speaking at the launch of Indaba in 2017, Africa’s top travel trade show, Ntshona predicted that Africa would be the new tourism frontier. He reported that the continent had an 8% surge in international arrivals in 2016, with Sub-Saharan Africa increasing by 11% and South Africa by 13%.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more