Murray to quit if baby comes early

first_imgAndy Murray will leave the Australian Open early if his wife goes into labour prematurely.Kim Sears isn’t expecting until mid-February, but Murray told the Daily Mail newspaper that he’s prepared to withdraw from the first major of the year if she goes into labour early.”I’d go home. For sure, yes,” Murray said in yesterday’s edition. “I want to make sure at the beginning I am there as much as I can be to try and help out, just be there for whatever is really required of me.”The Australian Open, where Murray has reached the final four times but never won, runs from January 18-31.Regardless of his result, Murray said he’s taking off all of February and won’t play again until the first round of the Davis Cup in early March at home against Japan. Britain will be defending the trophy that Murray led them to last month.The second-ranked Murray said he is looking forward to becoming a father.”I am excited about that,” he said. “People have asked me, ‘Do you think it will be a distraction?’ It might be a distraction, but it’s a good distraction.”It’s actually not good to all the time be just concentrating on tennis and your training all of the time. It is important … when you finish on the practice court, be able to just go away and be with your friends and your family.”Murray also reunited with coach Amelie Mauresmo and her first child Aaron in Dubai this week. Mauresmo gave birth in August and Murray hadn’t seen her since Wimbledon in July.”I really enjoy working with her,” he said. “The last six months not seeing her, it’s just nice to have her back as part of the team, and get that continuity going again.”last_img read more

SA man scoops business ‘Oscar’

first_img12 June 2006Bill Lynch, CEO of South Africa’s Imperial Holdings, was named 2006 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year at an awards ceremony in Monte Carlo on the weekend.Lynch, who built Imperial into South Africa’s largest transport and mobility conglomerate after arriving in the country 35 years ago with £2 000 and no job, beat a strong field of 32 national winners to take the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.Today, Imperial Holdings has annual revenues of €6.5-billion across seven divisions and employs 36 000 people on three continents.The chairman of the nine-member judging panel, Bharti Enterprises founder Sunil Bharti Mittal, described Lynch as “the epitome of an entrepreneur – he started with nothing, but he grew an amazing business over 30 years, and today makes a huge positive impact in South Africa.“He does that not only through the jobs he creates but also through the training, education and other community support Imperial provides.”Ernst & Young’s Greg Ericksen said Lynch had “seen it all and done it all and is a great role model for entrepreneurs everywhere with his love of business and hard work.”“Bill’s story is a classic one,” said Ernst & Young CEO James Turley. “He started from humble origins and through hard work and smart diversification built a multi-billion dollar international business.”Hard work, love of businessIn 1971, aged 27, Lynch came to South Africa with his wife Ann, £2 000, no job and few prospects during a worsening recession.Armed with a village school education and a love of business that began the day he started work in a garage in rural Ireland, Lynch joined Imperial Motors, a car dealership losing €12 345 a year.Lynch led a turn-around, applying disciplines that were second nature to a manager raised in poverty.In 1973 he acquired 10% of Imperial – preferring to take a risk and buy 10% rather than accept a 5% stake for free – and led a growth strategy involving diversification into truck hire, logistics, car rental and leasing.Imperial listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in 1987 at nine cents a share, and today trades – on what is now the JSE Limited – at around R134 (€21) a share.In 1990, Lynch became Imperial’s executive chairman and showed his faith in South Africa’s future – at a time when many were predicting the country’s descent into political and economic chaos – by driving further expansion, transforming the core Toyota dealership into a multibrand network, among other initiatives.In 1998-99, Imperial expanded offshore, buying Thyssen-Krupp’s European logistics business and moving into aviation leasing.Group turnover since South Africa’s democratic transition in 1994 is up 28-fold.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Soweto Gospel Choir bags 3rd Grammy Award

first_imgThe Soweto Gospel Choir has been inundated with congratulatory messages, following their third Grammy win this weekend.The choir was recognised at the 2019 GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, taking home Best World Music album for their latest offering Freedom.In 2007, the group won their first Grammy in the category Best Traditional World Music for their album Blessed, and took home the same award a year later for African Spirit.President Cyril Ramaphosa conveyed his delight in how the group successfully represents South Africa to the world. He tweeted:“Congratulations to the Soweto Gospel Choir for being awarded the Best World Music album for ‘Freedom’ at the #GRAMMYs. This is the choir’s third Grammy award and we thank them for telling our story to the world and flying the flag high.”According to their website, the Soweto Gospel Choir consists of talented individuals from churches in and around Soweto. The choir was “formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music, and is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world.”Brand South Africa is proud celebrate the collective that continues to portray an unmatched level of excellence on a global scale.last_img read more

Self-proclaimed ‘icon’ Adam Rippon takes final Olympic skate

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Adam Rippon of the United States reacts following his performance in the men’s free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Adam Rippon put his hands over his face and let the cheers wash over. He waved and smiled, and when the crowd kept clapping, he jumped where he stood and swung his arms to egg them on.Ever the showman, and with his trademark grace and flair, Rippon took his final skate of the Pyeongchang Olympics on Saturday. He finished 10th, a fine result for a 28-year-old who was never expected to medal against a field populated by younger, higher-flying competition.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum He and skier Gus Kenworthy are America’s only two openly gay male athletes, and they’ve flaunted their LGBT pride on social media throughout the Olympics. Kenworthy and his boyfriend were in the stands to watch Rippon on Saturday, waving an American flag with rainbow patterning in place of red and white stripes. Rippon said he plans to watch Kenworthy compete, too.Rippon’s path to Pyeongchang included a public spat with Vice President Mike Pence, whom the LGBT community considers an opponent for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in March 2015 as Indiana’s governor. Critics said the legislation encouraged discrimination against gay people. An amendment with protections for the LGBT community was passed a week later.Rippon criticized the White House in January for choosing Pence to lead its official delegation for the opening ceremony. When a USA Today report said Pence was hoping to sit down with Rippon, the figure skater said he had no interest in meeting with Pence until at least after the games.The “brouhaha” — Rippon’s word — mostly dissipated as he made his Olympic debut. He helped the Americans win a bronze medal in the team event, then put on a pair of clean skates in the individual competition.All the while, he charmed away during interviews with his striking ease and wit. His personality — he proudly told The Associated Press in November he’s “a little trashy, but really fun” — cemented his Olympic stardom, catching attention from stars including Reese Witherspoon and Elmo.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Fellow American skater Ashley Wagner said this week that “he’s like this 24/7. It’s exhausting.”A taste of Rippon’s best work just from Saturday:—On his plans for the rest of the Olympics: “I’m probably going to have like a stiff drink later.”—On the Olympic spotlight: “Sometimes I just get attention, and I really don’t know how it happens.”—On his legacy: “You know, I’m not like a gay icon, or America’s gay sweetheart. I’m just America’s sweetheart and I’m just an icon.”Certainly, this month has opened doors for Rippon. He wouldn’t say for sure Saturday that he’s ready to retire from competition, but at 28, he seems unlikely to keep going much longer.He’d be a hit on television — perhaps following in the footsteps of fellow American skating star Johnny Weir, now a personality on NBC who helps host figure skating and Kentucky Derby coverage. There’s no doubt that if Rippon wants, he can parlay his celebrity into some sort of public post-skating career.With what he showed in South Korea, it’d be surprising if he doesn’t want that. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ The self-proclaimed “icon” didn’t need that hardware to leave his mark on these games.Or for the Olympics to leave its mark on him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They usually say that like, after the Olympic Games, somebody’s life changes forever,” Rippon said. “A lot of times it’s the gold medalist, but I have a feeling that my life has changed forever.”Rippon has been the headline-grabbing darling of the Pyeongchang Games, a status earned in part with his near-flawless skating, but even more with his efforts off the ice. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LATEST STORIES He’s given the world a taste of himself, and even after he’s done skating, it’s going to want more.“I think I’ve shown the world that I’m a fierce competitor,” he said. “But I think I’ve shown them that I’m also a fierce human being.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Following arrests, Walton gets another chance with Dolphins

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Miami Dolphins running back Mark Walton (17) sprays his face with water during NFL football rookie minicamp, Saturday, May 11, 2019, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Running back Mark Walton, arrested three times this offseason by police in Miami, has signed with his hometown Dolphins.Walton tried out this week, when coach Brian Flores said he was aware of the legal issues.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “I think people deserve a second chance,” Flores said Saturday. “I don’t want to judge people based on one incident, two incidents.”Walton was drafted in the fourth round a year ago by the Cincinnati Bengals and played mostly on special teams in 2018. They released him in April shortly after he was arrested on charges of reckless driving, marijuana possession and carrying a concealed weapon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWalton also was arrested in February on a battery charge after police say he got into an argument about a parking situation. He was charged with marijuana possession in January. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Young cagers strut stuff in 3×3 Challenge Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View commentslast_img read more