Radio Mada reporter freed after two weeks in detention

first_img RSF urges Madagascar to let journalists cover Covid-19 freely Reporters Without Borders welcome’s Radio Mada reporter Evariste Ramanantsoavina’s release on 20 May. He had been held since 5 May, when soldiers arrested him in order to force him to reveal the location from which the station was broadcasting in defiance of a closure order.“We are relieved to learn that Ramanantsoavina is free at last,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is nonetheless deplorable that he spent two weeks in detention although the authorities had no substantive evidence that he had committed any crime.”An Antananarivo court ordered his release at a midday hearing on 20 May after acquitting him on five charges, including “inciting revolt,” and fining him 371 euros on a sixth charge of disseminating false information. Many journalists were in the courtroom for the hearing, but Ramanantsoavina remained in prison and was finally released at about 5 pm.Arrested at his home by masked soldiers at 5 am on 5 May, he had been charged on 7 May and incarcerated in the capital’s Antanimora prison.Radio Mada supports the exiled former president, Marc Ravalomanana. After Ramanantsoavina had been forced to reveal the secret location from which it had been broadcasting since the change of government, soldiers then went to the location, dismantled the transmitter and seized equipment.————————-07.05.09 – Detained Radio Mada reporter is charged and transferred to prisonReporters Without Borders is alarmed by today’s decision to keep Radio Mada sports reporter Evariste Ramanantsoavina in detention and charge him with “inciting revolt against the republic’s institutions,” defamation and disseminating false information. He was arrested on 5 May and forced to reveal the location from which the radio was broadcasting in defiance of a closure order.“Even if one could understand why the authorities wanted to prevent a radio station from continuing to broadcast clandestinely in violation of an official ban, the way they singled out one of its journalists and the manner of his arrest are shocking and incomprehensible,” Reporters Without Borders said, calling for Ramanantsoavina’s immediate release.Ramanantsoavina was taken this evening to the prosecutor’s office in Antananarivo, where he was formally charged and an order was issued transferring him to prison. He will now have to spend the weekend in prison pending a trial hearing on 11 May.He was arrested at his home at 5 a.m. on 5 May by masked soldiers as his daughters looked on, and was taken to the National Mixed Committee for Investigations (CNME), which is located in the suburb of Ambohibao, in premises that used to be the headquarters of the former domestic intelligence service, the DGID.There he was made to reveal the secret location from which Radio Mada, which supports the exiled former president, Marc Ravalomanana, has been broadcasting since the change of government. Soldiers then went to the location, dismantled its transmitter and seized equipment under communication ministry closure order 01/096mcc of 27 April accusing the station of “inciting civil disobedience and undermining public confidence in institutions.”The decision to bring charges against Ramanantsoavina contradicted an initial statement by communication ministry secretary-general Charles-Aimé Randriamorasata that the authorities had arrested him simply to find out where Radio Mada was broadcasting from.His arrest just 48 hours after World Press Freedom Day stunned journalists in Madagascar and was immediately condemned by the Order of Madagascar Journalists, which called for his unconditional release.Aware that Madagascar is currently in a difficult period that has given rise to cases of unprofessional behaviour by some news media, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call to all the country’s journalists to provide responsible, objective news coverage and not take sides in the ongoing political power struggle.The previous Reporters Without Borders press release on Madagascar April 30, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News MadagascarAfrica May 22, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio Mada reporter freed after two weeks in detention News April 16, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Madagascar : Sabotage silences TV channel that criticized coronavirus measurescenter_img November 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation Reports to go further RSF_en Receive email alerts News MadagascarAfrica Follow the news on Madagascarlast_img read more

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Fridays on the Fly: 5 Tips for Winter Time Fly Fishing

first_imgHere in the Southeast, we are blessed with a year round trout fishery. Just like the different seasons of the year, trout behaviors can change dramatically depending on what the weather and water conditions are doing. Many anglers hang their waders up in the winter time, and wait for warmer days of Spring.  It’s a shame, because these guys are missing out on some great fishing (with the right approach).  Here are a few tips to make your next winter fly fishing trip a success.1. PICK A LOCATION YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE IN.Confidence is everything. Pick a location you are familiar with and have had success in before. Typically when I set out in search of bending a rod in the winter time I rule out those high elevation creeks and blue lines that are so much fun in the Spring and Summer. These types of streams don’t see a lot of sunlight during the winter months, and since they are located up higher in the mountains where air temps are cooler the water temps will be a good bit cooler as well. Bigger watersheds are normally found in lower altitudes, and since the streambed is wider they receive much more sunlight that helps raise water temps which makes the fish more eager to feed.  Tail-water fisheries may even be the best bet since they stem from a lake, and water temps remain pretty consistent over all.  All this being said, having confidence in where you set out to go might be the most important deciding factor of all. If you know there are fish where you are fishing, all that’s left to do is figure out what they will eat.fray32. FISH THE APPROPRIATE TYPES OF WATER. So you have arrived at the stream or river you have picked for  the day.  You have probably got some good memories of certain pools, riffles or runs that you have had success in at different times of the year.  That’s a great starting point, but remembering that fish behave differently at different times of year, there are a couple things you can do to maximize your hook up rate.  The first thing to do is SLOW DOWN.  The fish are there, but they are cold just like you are.  They aren’t going to move 10 feet to grab your fly…..this time of the year they may only move a few inches or a couple feet (especially in the morning, or on extremely cold days).  Instead of putting a few casts in each likely spot and moving on, put 30 casts in the most likely spots.  READ THE WATER…look for places that have drop offs with moderate current running over them.  The trout don’t want to expend a lot of energy this time of year, they want to sit in a place where they have access to food drifting in the current, but they don’t want to have to work too hard to stay there.  Remember that pool you fished in the fall and caught a bunch of fish in right at the top where the current dumps in?  Well the fish are probably still in that pool, but they might not be sitting in that strong current they were in when the water was warmer.  Try the tail-out of the pool…is there a deeper channel in that tail out?  Is there a current break that makes a nice seam line? 3. LET THE FISH TELL YOU WHAT THEY WANT.For the most part fishing in winter months includes a lot of nymph fishing.  Especially during the morning hours when water temps are at their coldest, or on really cold days the trout will typically be deep, and to get strikes you have to put the flies where the fish are.  I like fishing tandem nymph rigs during these situations (two nymphs rigged in tandem on your leader).  This allows me to play around with my flies and see what the fish are keying in on.  Normally, I find myself fishing one bigger fly like a stonefly paired with another smaller nymph or midge that is likely what is most available to the trout at this time of year.  Play around with it….if you are confident there are fish in front of you, don’t leave until you are starting to get some strikes.  If you catch a fish, make a mental note of what the fish ate and where he ate it, because if you can find another place similar to that one, chances are you will be successful there as well.  Don’t get stuck on the nymphs though!  Especially in the later months of February we can have some amazing hatches here in the Southern Appalachians.  Sometimes you will notice the bugs before you notice the fish feeding on them.  If you are seeing bugs, try finding a nice flat pool where you will easily notice any disturbance on the surface…..and then take a seat for a while.  If we are talking early Feb, the bugs will probably be small (dark winter stones, midges, or blue winged olives).  fray5If this is the case those flat pools are your best bet to taking a fish on top.  Look for “dimples”….they won’t be real splashy rises.  The tip of their nose or tail might be all that breaks the surface.  Try to figure out which it is.  If you see the fishes nose come out, your dry fly is the answer, if it’s his tail you’ll want to fish an emerger just under the surface, or hang a zebra midge just under a small dry fly for strike detection.  If you are lucky enough to be on the stream in one of those mild late Feb days when temps get in the 50’s or better, have your dry fly box at hand.  Blue Quills and Quill Gordons could start coming off at any time.  These are probably my favorite hatches of the year, and I think the trout will agree.  These are some of the biggest bugs the fish have seen in a long time, and they drop their guard and go to eating.  You don’t have to get real technical with it, a traditionally tied imitation in the right size and color will get plenty of attention.  Pick a rising fish, take your time to get into position, and make a nice drag free drift to it.  So you blew the cast and put the fish down?  It happens to all of us.  Give that one a few minutes to rest, and once you see him rising again try another shot.4. WORK WITH THE CONDITIONS AT HAND.In a perfect world, we could watch the weather forecast and water conditions, and pick the best day to go fishing.  Just remember, the best day to go fishing is the day you CAN go fishing.  So you have time to get out, but conditions aren’t optimal….that’s life right?  Invest some money into some good foul weather gear, and you’ll surprise yourself as to what kind of weather you can comfortably fish in, and be successful at it.  With the exception of extreme weather (flooding/drought), here in the Southern Appalachians fish can be caught any day of the year.  Getting out in all types of weather conditions will magnify your understanding of trout and the way they act ten-fold!  It’s like anything else, it won’t happen overnight, but the more you do it the more you will understand it.  Pretty soon you will begin to pick up on all the little subtle clues that are going on around you, and begin to put them together like a jigsaw puzzle.  That’s why we love this sport right?  Its challenging, and if it were easy it would be boring.5. BE PREPARED.There is nothing worse than figuring out what the fish are doing, and not having the right flies to maximize on the opportunity.  Here are a list of flies that I will never leave home without on a February outing:  Dark winter stones – this is the primary hatch for most streams in the south during most of February. I carry both the nymph and dry fly version in size 14-16 Zebra copper johns and prince nymphs imitate the nymph, and a sparsely tied black caddis works for the dry in case you can’t come up with a direct imitation of the winter stone. Midges – although they are small, and some time a pain to a lot of fisherman, midges are widely available to the fish all times of the year, and can be deadly effective.  For the most part, and assortment of olive, red, and black zebra midges in sz 18-22 will work for the sub-surface imitation.  sohobbFor a dry fly a Griffiths Gnat in 18 – 22 is about all you need.  Blue Winged Olives – these guys hatch sporadically throughout the colder months, and they really like overcast days.  Have some in sizes 16-20….personally I like the dry flies tied parachute style.  For the nymph, a pheasant tail works great.  Blue Quills – probably the first major hatch that typically begins in late Feb.  These guys are about a size 14 or 16.  A traditionally tied (catskill version) dry fly works great.  If they are hatching I rarely find myself fishing a nymph, but a soft hackle pheasant tail would do the trick.  Quill Gordon – these are the BIG GUYS.  They normally range from a size 8 – 12!  The Catskill tied version works great for a dry fly, and again if they are hatching you won’t find me with a nymph on but if you must, a soft hackle hare’s ear will do.  Black Caddis – most of the time these guys are found in March, but I have seen them around in late Feb, so it doesn’t hurt to have some.  Caddis are a little more tricky than mayflies.  I have found swinging a dark-colored soft hackle downstream in a size 14 is much more effective than dead drifting a dry fly.  But again, it doesn’t hurt to carry a few Black Elk Hair Caddis in 14-16.  Attractors –there are many bugs available to the fish that don’t hatch during the time you are fishing, and many flies that don’t necessarily imitate one thing, but a wide range of things.  Here are some attractors that have worked well for me during the winter months:  Pats Rubber Leg Stone in sizes 8-12Zug Bugs sizes 12-16Prince Nymphs size 8 – 16Soft Hackle Hares Ear size 14-18Guides Choice Hares ear size 12-18Sassi Solution 14-18Rainbow Warrior sz 16-20Partridge & Olive sz 16 – 20Parachute Adams sz 10 – 18Wooly Bugger Olive sz 6-12Squirmy Worm sz 14.Hopefully some of these tips will encourage you to get out and enjoy a few blissful days this February.  The fishing can be fantastic, and rarely do you have to put up with the crowds! For any further questions, please call Brookings Anglers @ (828) 743 3768. Happy fishing![divider]about the author[/divider]Matt Canter was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. He spent his youth fishing farm ponds in between family trips to the mountains and the coast, where fishing tended to be the activity of choice. While attending Western Carolina University, Matt spent as much or more time on the rivers as he did in the classroom. After several years of managing Brookings’ Cashiers Village Anglers, Matt made a life long wish come true, and became an owner in the business.last_img read more

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Virtual Lab to Test Critical Microelectronics in Military Weapons

first_imgBy Dialogo December 30, 2014 To ensure performance of integrated circuits in military systems, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), working in concert with its Service partners, developed a “virtual lab” with an integrated computer-aided design, or CAD, and file-sharing environment to transfer the large volumes of data accumulated during microchip analysis and debugging. In addition to file sharing, a website constructed for the virtual lab is facilitating communication between government researchers and program performers from academia and industry. “Integrated circuits or microchips form the backbone of all military IT and electronics systems, and ensuring that these microchips are free from unauthorized tampering is essential to national security. Unfortunately, this task has become increasingly difficult as more microchips are designed and built around the world in commercial facilities,” said Kerry Bernstein, DARPA program manager. “Improving chip intrusion detection and assessment speed across the investigative community will help prevent the installation of counterfeit chips in military systems and enhance overall confidence in the electronics supply chain.” Integrated circuits or microchips are ubiquitous, found in virtually all modern appliances and systems ranging from desktop computers, laptops and cell phones to fighter aircraft and munitions. Despite that pervasiveness and criticality, few automated techniques today can verify whether the intended functionality of microchips has been compromised at any stage during design and fabrication. “Integrated circuits or microchips form the backbone of all military IT and electronics systems, and ensuring that these microchips are free from unauthorized tampering is essential to national security. Unfortunately, this task has become increasingly difficult as more microchips are designed and built around the world in commercial facilities,” said Kerry Bernstein, DARPA program manager. “Improving chip intrusion detection and assessment speed across the investigative community will help prevent the installation of counterfeit chips in military systems and enhance overall confidence in the electronics supply chain.” DARPA’s virtual lab is creating new methods for researchers to test electronic systems with substantial complexity, giving rise to innovative reliability analysis tools. These tools are applied to test articles distributed by DARPA to its performers, who stress the chips under loads likely to be seen during normal operating conditions. Under the auspices of DARPA’s Integrity and Reliability of Integrated Circuits program, researchers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are collaborating in powerful new ways to determine the reliability and integrity of microchips embedded in some of the nation’s most critical military weapon and cyber systems. To ensure performance of integrated circuits in military systems, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), working in concert with its Service partners, developed a “virtual lab” with an integrated computer-aided design, or CAD, and file-sharing environment to transfer the large volumes of data accumulated during microchip analysis and debugging. In addition to file sharing, a website constructed for the virtual lab is facilitating communication between government researchers and program performers from academia and industry. One test, referred to as advanced failure analysis, uses state-of-the-art equipment, including multiple scanning optical microscope techniques transferred earlier this year from DARPA to NWSC. In a recent investigation conducted by NSWC Crane, AFRL Wright-Patterson and University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute, researchers devised a proprietary, non-destructive technique to analyze and repair microchips exhibiting erratic behavior. Using this novel failure analysis tool, the team was able to determine the precise design fault responsible for the behavior and correct the problem. Under the auspices of DARPA’s Integrity and Reliability of Integrated Circuits program, researchers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are collaborating in powerful new ways to determine the reliability and integrity of microchips embedded in some of the nation’s most critical military weapon and cyber systems. “As we seek to authenticate, fix and/or remove suspected counterfeit microchips through these efforts, broadening the availability of non-invasive tools, techniques and related findings across the DoD is essential,” said Bernstein. “Given how widespread microchips are, and their vulnerability to compromise, the numbers don’t seem to be on our side. Through the virtual lab, however, we can help shift the balance in our favor. By extending testing resources to our Service partners and working together more effectively, we can ensure the reliability of our most important electronic systems.” Integrated circuits or microchips are ubiquitous, found in virtually all modern appliances and systems ranging from desktop computers, laptops and cell phones to fighter aircraft and munitions. Despite that pervasiveness and criticality, few automated techniques today can verify whether the intended functionality of microchips has been compromised at any stage during design and fabrication. DARPA’s virtual lab is creating new methods for researchers to test electronic systems with substantial complexity, giving rise to innovative reliability analysis tools. These tools are applied to test articles distributed by DARPA to its performers, who stress the chips under loads likely to be seen during normal operating conditions. One test, referred to as advanced failure analysis, uses state-of-the-art equipment, including multiple scanning optical microscope techniques transferred earlier this year from DARPA to NWSC. In a recent investigation conducted by NSWC Crane, AFRL Wright-Patterson and University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute, researchers devised a proprietary, non-destructive technique to analyze and repair microchips exhibiting erratic behavior. Using this novel failure analysis tool, the team was able to determine the precise design fault responsible for the behavior and correct the problem. “As we seek to authenticate, fix and/or remove suspected counterfeit microchips through these efforts, broadening the availability of non-invasive tools, techniques and related findings across the DoD is essential,” said Bernstein. “Given how widespread microchips are, and their vulnerability to compromise, the numbers don’t seem to be on our side. Through the virtual lab, however, we can help shift the balance in our favor. By extending testing resources to our Service partners and working together more effectively, we can ensure the reliability of our most important electronic systems.”last_img read more

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Bar’s diversity symposium set for St. Thomas in April

first_imgMark D. Killian Managing Editor Bar leaders and educators from across the state will gather at St. Thomas University this month to discuss diversity and develop plans to increase the numbers of minorities in the profession, education, and on the bench.“It is my desire not only to discuss the issues, but to reach some concrete conclusions as to how diversity in our profession can be achieved,” said Bar President Miles McGrane. “I believe it should be our goal that Florida law school enrollment, the Bar, and judiciary truly reflect the diversity of our society within the next 10 years.”The Florida Bar’s Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession will be held April 16-17 at the St. Thomas School of Law in Miami Gardens.Miami attorney Maryanne Lukacs, who is chairing the event, said the symposium attendees will discuss the historical foundations and definitions of “minority,” including race, ethnicity, gender, disabilities, and sexual orientation and how to achieve greater diversity in legal education, as well as how to strengthen minority participation in undergraduate programs that lead to law school applications.Lukacs said the participants will address such topics as minority lawyer employment issues, judicial clerkships, mentoring programs, and minority participation in Bar sections, committees, and staff. They also will talk about minority participation on judicial nominating commissions.“The whole purpose is to make sure the makeup of our judiciary and profession matches the makeup of society,” Lukacs said, adding that the key is getting more minorities into law school. “It all stems from education.. . it is not to lower the standards; it is just to increase the numbers.”Henry Latimer, a Board of Governors member who is on the symposium planning committee, said the profession, traditionally, does not have a track record where diversity has been a focal point of concern.“However, in recent years, society and our profession have become more sensitized to diversity issues because both have become more diverse and projections indicate that the trend will continue,” Latimer said. “Against this background, it is absolutely essential that the Bar takes the lead in exploring all aspects of diversity within our profession to gain credibility with all Floridians in believing in one of the Bar’s missions.”That is, Latimer said, to increase and maintain citizens’ confidence in the fairness of the justice system “irrespective of their race, gender, national origin, religion, ethnicity, or sexual preference.”“It is about promoting inclusion and not exclusion, which has been the widely held perception by many of our nonmajority citizens over the years,” Latimer said. “Exclusion has to be buried. The symposium is the beginning of an overdue journey which will definitely lead to immeasurable positive results.”While the most recent federal census finds 65.4 percent of the state’s population is Caucasian that is not of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 16.8 percent are Hispanic or Latino, and 14.6 percent are African American, Bar surveys show that 89 percent of the Bar is now Caucasian, 8 percent is Hispanic, and 2 percent are African American. Overall, 51.2 percent of the state population is made up of women.Yet, McGrane noted, of the state’s 872 judges, 86.5 percent are white; 6.5 percent are black; 6.1 percent are Hispanic; and women make up 24.4 percent of the judges.“Unless we have diversity at the Bar, we will never have diversity on the bench,” McGrane said. “Furthermore, if we do not have diversity among those passing the bar exam, we will not have diversity in the Bar, and we will not have diversity among those passing the bar until will have diversity in the law schools.”Lukacs said she is hoping to receive a lot of participation from the community, lawyers, judges, law students, and some of the undergraduate colleges — ­be it students or administrators— “so that they can be part of the conversation and offer some assistance to the panel members on what they have found and how we can all work together to come up with greater diversity.”Those scheduled to speak include McGrane, St. Thomas Law Dean Bob Butterworth, Dean Leonard Strickman of the Florida International University School of Law, Dean Percy Luney, Jr., of Florida A&M College of Law; Lee Milford, Katherine Silverglate, Judge Fred Seraphin, Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., Ramon Abadin, and Equal Opportunities Law Section Chair Tammy Fields. For more information contact Yvonne Sherron at [email protected] or (850) 561-5620. Bar’s diversity set for St. Thomas in April April 1, 2004 Managing Editor Regular Newscenter_img Bar’s diversity symposium set for St. Thomas in Aprillast_img read more

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Arsenal fans loved Mesut Ozil’s reaction to Gunners overtaking rivals Tottenham

first_img 1/1 by Metro Read More About Connatix V67539 Ozil produced a fine display against Newcastle (Picture: Getty)Speaking after Arsenal’s win, manager Unai Emery said: ‘We were good individually, our players gave us quality and they worked for the team.‘Our supporters at home are very important and we can be stronger together.‘We were improving little by little and our first goal helped us a lot. Mesut Ozil has quality, when he can find the best performance for the team, he is playing like we want with the system and how tactically we want. He is giving us his quality.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesOn captain Ramsey, who is set to leave the Emirates this summer, Emery added: ‘I think Aaron Ramsey is happy, he is helping us and is playing with a very good performance and scoring.‘Each energy from the players is very important for us and he is doing that. We are at the most important moment of the season.‘We are making progess in the table but we know it is difficult, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United are going to win a lot of games.’MORE: Unai Emery reacts to Mesut Ozil winning Man of the Match vs Newcastle Advertisement PLAY Full Screen Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisement Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling That grin from Ozil when the interviewer said now 3rd….above Tottenham 🤣 He knows! #ARSNEW— Danny Ward (@DanW4491) April 1, 2019 More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You know [laughing]… there’s always competition with them.’Ozil, who was named the man of the match after an impressive display, added: ‘My job is to give everything on the pitch, like I did today.‘I just want to help my team-mates win the game. We played well as a team and now we are third. We are happy with this.’ Video Settings Coming Next Arsenal fans loved Mesut Ozil’s reaction to Gunners overtaking rivals Tottenhamcenter_img Read More Skip Read More Mesut Ozil enjoyed Arsenal overtaking Tottenham (Picture: Sky Sports)Mesut Ozil has delighted Arsenal fans with his telling reaction after the Gunners moved above north London rivals Tottenham in the Premier League table.Goals from Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette helped Arsenal beat Newcastle United 2-0 at the Emirates on Monday and climb to third in the table.Tottenham were ten points clear of Unai Emery’s side just over a month ago but now find themselves in a huge battle to finish in the top four.As Ozil was asked about Spurs in his post-match interview, the German international smirked before saying: ‘Our aim is to be in the top four so of course we are happy to be in front of [Tottenham].AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Skip Ad Read More Comment 1 min. story Metro Sport ReporterMonday 1 Apr 2019 10:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares / SPONSORED Read More Top articles Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE last_img read more

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Rafael Nadal beaten in opening round by Fernando Verdasco

first_imgRafael Nadal lost in five sets to fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the first round of the Australian Open.It always looked likely to be a tough match for Nadal against a player who, while now 32 years old, is a former top 10 player and still in the top 50.And so it proved: the two players were evenly matched throughout, and Verdasco pulled away in the final set as Nadal’s form began to wilt while his opponent kept on hitting the lines.The defeat will raise fresh questions about Nadal’s long-term future, the 14-times Grand Slam winner having suffered yet another setback as he continues to battle for form and fitness.He showed signs of returning to the top at the end of last season, and made it to the final in Qatar at the beginning of January.But a one-sided defeat at the hands of Novak Djokovic in that match, combined with this first-round exit in the opening match in Melbourne, suggest that his best days are now well in the past. That will be a bitter pill to swallow for a man who stands alone as the only player in the history of tennis to go ten consecutive seasons winning at least one Grand Slam title a year.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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