Melbourne, Australia | AFP | Former world number one Andy Murray’s ranking dropped as low as 839 during 2018 as he played only six tournaments, with the Scot arriving in Melbourne looking to prove he can compete again at the top level.The three-time major winner and double Olympic champion pulled out of last year’s Australian Open to have hip surgery and only returned in June on grass at Queen’s Club in London and then played on the same surface at Eastbourne.He sat out Wimbledon in July and made just four more tournament appearances, including a Grand Slam return at the US Open, before ending his season after Shenzhen in September to concentrate on working his way back to full fitness.Despite his truncated season Murray showed glimpses of his best — most notably in his third comeback event at Washington in August.Murray won three gruelling three-set matches in his first hard-court event after surgery to reach the quarter-finals, including an impressive victory against British number one Kyle Edmund who was a semi-finalist in Melbourne a year ago.Murray’s fierce will to win was amply demonstrated as he survived a final-set tie-break in a last-16 epic against Marius Copil that ended at 3:02 am with the Scot bursting into tears.In his final event of 2018 in Shenzhen, Murray showed his talent was undimmed — recording his first comeback victory over a top 10 player against David Goffin before closing down his season to finish with a year-end ranking of 240. He enters the Australian Open at 230.He was upbeat after winning his first match of the season at Brisbane last week but was easily beaten in the next round in straight sets by Russia’s world number 15 Daniil Medvedev. “In the second set I made a few too many mistakes,” Murray said. “I think when you obviously play better players, I mean he’s 15 in the world or so, they will expose any errors that you make in your game.”But it is his body’s ability to withstand five-set matches over two weeks in energy-sapping heat that will be the unknown factor for a man searching for a first Australian Open title at the age of 31.“There are still things that I want to achieve,” said Murray.“I have been so close so many times that the Australian Open is the one I would pick to win if I could,” added the Scot who has lost in five previous Melbourne finals.“I missed playing here and I’m going to go out and compete as hard as I can. Whether I am capable of that I don’t really know.”Murray confirmed he still has some pain from his hip, but said he was “in a better place than I was a few months ago”.“I owed it to myself to give myself the best possible shot to get back to a level I was happy with.”Share on: WhatsApp
The main building at Kirkman’s Kamp is a fine example of the old colonial style.(Image: Chris Thurman) It happens to everyone who encounters animals in the African bushveld, from the most experienced game ranger to the first-timer “on safari”.We see a giraffe munching on leaves and think of a baseball player chewing gum. Lionesses with cubs look to us like any human mothers of triplets would – exhausted, exasperated, while their broods run playfully over and around them.Spotting an elephant stripping the bark off a broken branch by rotating it carefully in his mouth, we find ourselves stuck between similes: is he like a craftsman, turning a piece of wood in a lathe; or a guy watching rugby on TV, working away at a tough stick of biltong?A group of young male buffalo, separated from the herd, remind us of a gang of moody, testosterone-filled teenage boys. A lone leopard, knowing no territorial boundaries and roaming over hundreds of kilometres, is Clint Eastwood or James Dean – an outlaw, a rebel without a cause.Those who like long words call this anthropomorphism: seeing human characteristics in things that aren’t human.Anthropomorphism is also what makes us pity the poor dung beetle, not only because of the unpleasant raw material Mother Nature gave him to work with, but because we see his daily struggle in terms of human endeavour. He can spend hours pushing a dung ball ten times his size up a hill, only to see it tumble down again – like Sisyphus who, in Greek mythology, was condemned to perform a similarly hopeless task for eternity as a punishment for disobeying the gods.The male, presenting his carefully crafted ball to a potential mate, may have his proposal rejected: a failed suitor. Or the female might take up his offer, and join him in making a little dung-centred home: the perfect picture of husband and wife cooperating in domestic bliss.But then there are sights that make us realise how irreconcilably different wild animals are to us. A lion at an impala kill, licking the dead animal’s neck with its rough tongue – not in a gesture of tenderness, but to soften the hide before taking the head in its mouth and cracking open the skull. A pack of hyenas chasing a leopard from a two-day-old buffalo carcass, before ripping into the rotting flesh with bloody abandon.And there are stories about animal behaviour that seem to take the survival instinct, or the law of natural selection, to extremes: lions killing the offspring of competing males, or entire prides abandoning weak cubs to save their energy for nurturing offspring that are more likely to prosper.Common groundWe sometimes think that this is what separates us from animals – but as we know all too well from the evidence of human selfishness and violence, we have much in common with a natural world that is “red in tooth and claw”.And yet, paradoxically, if we want to maintain some form of relationship with the animal kingdom we must overcome our “animalistic” impulses to destroy and, instead, desire to conserve. In the process, we might also learn how to treat our fellow-humans better.That is, I think, what lies at the heart of our collective fascination with “the bush”, and what makes game viewing a mentally, emotionally and spiritually invigorating activity. It’s the reason that a stay in the bush is top priority for most tourists to South Africa and, for South Africans, it’s the reason that our pristine savannah is a source of national pride.I was reminded of this on a recent trip to Kirkman’s Kamp in the Sabi Sand private game reserve, which shares a fenceless border with the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga.How far we have come, as even a brief acquaintance with the human history of the Sabi-Kruger area reveals. Just over a century ago, my great-great-uncle Harry Wolhuter was a game ranger in the newly-formed Kruger Park. His conservation efforts were stymied by a close encounter with two rogue lions: he was attacked, knocked off his horse and dragged almost 100 metres, before managing to stab one of the lions and climb a tree to escape the other.Heroic stuff, indeed, and Uncle Harry’s legend has been proudly recounted by many of his successors over the years; but I’d prefer to watch a lion from the safety of a jeep, thank you.Lion countryA lion-killing Harry of an entirely different sort was Harry Kirkman. In the 1920s, Kirkman was given the job of managing a cattle ranch called Toulon Farm, owned by the foolhardy souls at the Transvaal Consolidated Land and Exploration Company.Yes, that’s right: they decided to farm cattle in an area with what was then one of the world’s highest concentrations of lions. Go figure. It was left to Mr Kirkman to deal with the leonine menace – a job he was alarmingly good at, killing over 500 lions during his six-year stay at Toulon.Fortunately, however, the land was subsequently sold to more environmentally-minded owners. Years later, the homestead once shared by Harry and his wife became the centre of Kirkman’s Kamp. This lends the lodge a “colonial” atmosphere, with large verandas and sweeping lawns offering a different aesthetic to other Sabi Sand lodges.Style and architectural charm are one thing; the socio-economic legacy of colonialism and apartheid another altogether.The “human ecology” in rural Mpumalanga – as throughout the country – remains fragile. Many people, desperate for food or some form of income, turn to poaching.For this reason andBeyond – the company that manages Kirkman’s Kamp and other lodges in the Sabi Sand area – is attempting to address community needs: turning former poachers into trackers and rangers; helping schools and families to tend their own vegetable gardens; planting trees to provide shade in which plants can grow; and, crucially, undertaking educational initiatives to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids.It seems, then, that humans and animals have more in common than we think – and protecting wilderness areas is a matter of mutual interest. So perhaps anthropomorphism isn’t such a bad thing: if we see ourselves in animals, and see animals in ourselves, we might just survive as a species after all.
Having enough money is crucial for the success of a startup, and insufficient funding is one of the top reasons why new businesses fail. Too often entrepreneurs underestimate the amount of money they’ll need – not just to get started but to keep running. And although you want to be able to raise the money you need, it’s not always practical or possible or even advisable to seek venture capitalist funding right away.Nevertheless you do need enough money to get your startup through an initial period – until you are able to fund yourself or be in a position to secure a larger investment. Despite the notion that you can never really have enough funding for your business, it’s important to remember that sometimes these early investments can be quite small. In other words, you don’t need to have or ask for millions of dollars.There are many considerations when deciding the avenue to pursue when you consider your funding sources. Do you have another source of income, for example? How might this early funding shape your exit strategy? How will it impact how future investors assess your business? There is no single universally correct answer here, it should be noted, as different types of businesses may find more or less success with different options.Here are some of your options for early funding for your startup:1) Self fund your startup using your own assets and equity. This can include money obtained by securing a second mortgage, tapping into your savings, and liquidating investment and retirement funds. And while it might be unwise, it is sometimes necessary to turn to your credit cards, for business purchases or to generate cash. As Bernard Lunn cautions, “remember: it will take more capital than you think.” 2) Bootstrap your business with its own revenue and without external help (including your own personal funds). In his post “The Art of Bootstrapping,” Guy Kawasaki offers these tips: Focus on cash flow, not profitability. “If you know you are going to bootstrap, you should start a business with a small up-front capital requirement, short sales cycles, short payment terms, and recurring revenue.” Don’t worry about perfecting your project. Worry about shipping your project. Keep the number of staff you employ low.3) Ask friends and family for money. While you can choose to offer them equity, you can also simply ask for a loan. Regardless of whether it’s a loan or an investment, it’s always advisable to put the terms of your agreement in writing – even if you’re borrowing from your mom.4) Seek angel investment. Unlike friends and family, an angel investor will ask for equity in your startup. According to a recent study cited by Liz Gannes, U.S. angel investment was up 33% in the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the same time last year. Indeed with some decline in VC funding, more and more entrepreneurs may find themselves turning to angel backers. To find angel investors, check out Venture Hacks’ curated AngelList. Look for public events sponsored by angel investors in your area and cultivate business relationships that might help introduce you to potential angel investors.5) Apply to a startup incubator. Seed fund incubators have become more and more popular as traditional venture capitalist firms have helped organize programs to support funding and mentorship opportunities for startups. Some of the most well-known startup incubators include YCombinator, TechStars, Capital Factory and SeedCamp. If you are considering applying to an incubator program, be sure to read Chris Cameron’s advice on researching and writing your application.Or, of course, you can skip these sources of early funding and appeal directly to venture capitalists. Good luck! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#tips audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts
Nagapattinam: A 27-year-old woman allegedly poisoned her two children to death and then herself on Monday after learning that she was affected by cancer, police said. The incident happened at Vadamattam village near Mayiladuthurai in Nagapattinam district. The woman had left a note purportedly written by her saying she took the extreme step after being diagnosed with cancer a few days ago, the police said. The woman felt there won’t be anyone to look after the children after her death, and so chose to kill them and herself, they said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ She and her children had come to the village from Dubai where her husband worked, they said. She had come to India with her two children, aged four and two, to participate in a family function, they said. This morning, the woman did not come out of her house and her relatives residing nearby broke in only to find the three dead, they said. On being informed, police arrived at the scene, sent the bodies for a post-mortem and began investigations.
VICTORIA, B.C. – With the expansion of the B.C. Land Matching Program, delivered by Young Agrarians, new and young farmers in Northern British Columbia will have access to support and services to enter the farming sector.According to Minister of Agriculture, Lana Popham, this program will connect farmers looking for land with landowners wanting to lease their land for farming.Popham also says this program will lead to security of land within the farming industry. “Land matchers are making it much easier for young people and aspiring farmers to find affordable, suitable land and enter British Columbia’s vibrant farming sector. Their work to connect farmers and landowners in more remote areas will help ensure farmland is being farmed and secure the industry and land for future generations.”The BCLMP is part of Grow B.C., a mandate commitment of the Ministry of Agriculture that supports young farmers and food producers seeking a career in agriculture and addresses major challenges for new farmers.For more information on the Land Matching Program, you can visit the Province’s website.
FORT NELSON, B.C. – The RCMP have released new photos of the two people found dead south of the Liard River Hotsprings.International media shared the identity of the two victims early Friday and now the RCMP have confirmed the two people found dead are Chynna Noelle Deese of the United States and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia. Lucas is the son of New South Wales Police Chief Inspector Stephen Fowler, and the Fowler family is travelling to Northern B.C. to bring their son home. Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese were found deceased on the Alaska Highway 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs on Monday, July 15, 2019. Police would like to speak to anyone that may have travelled this stretch of highway between Sunday, July 14, 2019, at 4:00 PM and Monday, July 15, 2019, at 8:00 AM.Police would especially like to speak with anyone who may have a Dashcam video while travelling that area.A vehicle an older blue minivan with Alberta plates was found at the scene and police would like to speak with anyone who may have seen the vehicle or render assistance.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Northern Rockies RCMP at 250 774-2700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
BEIRUT– A Lebanese security source confirmed to Anadolu Agency that Sunday’s shooting across the Lebanon-Israel border had left one Israeli soldier dead and a Lebanese soldier missing.The UN International Force in Lebanon is hosting a Monday morning meeting that will bring together senior officers from both the Lebanese and Israeli armies to discuss Sunday’s deadly cross-border shooting that left one Israeli soldier dead.A Lebanese security source confirmed to Anadolu Agency that Sunday’s shooting across the Lebanon-Israel border had left one Israeli soldier dead and a Lebanese soldier missing.The shooting took place in the Ras al-Naqoura border area, the source added.UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti told AA that the international force was working with both countries to contain the situation and avoid escalations.The Israeli government has lodged a complaint over Sunday’s shooting with both UNIFIL and the Lebanese government.Israeli troops along the border with Lebanon, meanwhile, have been put on high alert since the shooting.“We will not tolerate aggression against the State of Israel and maintain the right to exercise self-defense against perpetrators of attacks against Israel and its civilians,” Israeli army spokesman Peter Lerner was quoted as saying by the Israeli daily Haaretz.
Manchester City star striker Sergio Aguero’s recovery process has been going really well after undergoing a knee surgery and he will most likely be joining his team for the World Cup, according to Guardiola.Aguero underwent a keyhole surgery on his right knee after sustaining an injury, which stopped him from participating in his team’s final games of the Premier League season. However, he will be fit enough to help his teammates in the Argentina international team in the World Cup in Russia during the summer.Even though the injury stopped him from playing in the last bit of the campaign, Aguero still managed to score 30 goals across all tournaments for the Citizens and helped them win the Premier League.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Yes, he will arrive okay [for the World Cup],” Guardiola said prior to their game with Huddersfield, according to FourFourTwo.“I have the information from Dr Cugat in Barcelona and Sergio’s recovery is doing great.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 22, 2017 – Nassau – Another public corporation and another report of missing money has forced Police to step in and this time it is at the power company. At least two Bahamas Power and Light employees from the Accounts Department are being held and are being questioned related to a reported over $200,000 in missing funds. The pair was late last week suspended. BPL says its Bills & Technical Unit is also involved in the investigation to find who is behind the theft. It is expected that even more staff of BP&L will be hauled in for questioning as the investigation continues. #MagneticMediaNews#BPLstaffbeinginvestigated#thousandsofdollarsmissingfromBPL Related Items:#BPLstaffbeinginvestigated, #magneticmedianews, #thousandsofdollarsmissingfromBPL Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp