July 5 (Reuters) – Russia has a good chance to remove all remaining obstacles to its membership in the World Trade Organisation within weeks, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said on Monday. (Reporting by Denis Dyomkin, writing by Dmitry Zhdannikov)
(Reuters) – Less than 24 hours after becoming the first side to qualify for the knockout phase of the World Cup, Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk found himself defending his team’s lack of stylish play at the tournament.
Two wins from two matches have put Netherlands through to the second round but Van Marwijk was on the defensive on Sunday under questioning from Dutch reporters over perceptions their victories had been far from convincing.
“It’s difficult to dominate the matches. Patience is the most important aspect in this tournament, waiting for a chance to take control of the game and then impose yourself,” he said.
“Patience is not about delaying or being nonchalant but very important at this tournament,” he told a news conference the day after they qualified from Group E with a 1-0 win over Japan.
“I thought we played a little too deep in the first game (a 2-0 win against Denmark) and in the second match we didn’t play wide enough.
“But we have also left the impression with rival coaches that they have little chance to score against us. And that is a compliment,” he added.
“Of course, that is not always attractive football. Everyone looks at the game in his own way and I understand that people want to see attractive football.
“But if you play too expansively, you stand a good chance to lose and then you go home. And that we don’t want to do,” he responded to persistent questioning about the lack of fluidity in the two matches.
Van Marwijk said he had told his players before the start of the tournament it would be better to be winning first, even if they were not playing well.
The Dutch were sublime at times in a qualifying campaign in which they won all eight games, scoring 17 goals and conceding just two, with a distinctive attacking style.
The country has long espoused a coaching philosophy of passing, wing play and encouraging technical skills, regularly producing players with great ability.
But they have only won one major tournament, the 1988 European Championship, despite so often threatening to impose their talent on opponents before imploding.
(Editing by Ken Ferris)
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He added there is no basis yet for “business as usual” in U.S. and European financial markets, despite some economic growth over the last year.
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(Reuters) – It was not quite the opponent she was expecting but Serena Williams will be the last person to under-estimate Australia’s Samantha Stosur when the two meet with a place in the French Open semi-finals at stake.
The script had the American world number one in a dream quarter-final with four-time champion Justine Henin but Aussie seventh seed Stosur had other ideas, seeing off the Belgian four-time champion in three sets and reaching the last eight for the second year in succession.
Williams broke hearts Down Under in January when she beat Stosur in the fourth round of the Australian Open, yet the 26-year-old from the Gold Coast, whom she faces on Wednesday, is a different proposition on clay.
“You can never underestimate anyone, and Sam is actually a wonderful claycourt player,” Williams said after her fourth-round demolition of Israel’s Shahar Peer.
“I think she proved that last year, and this year I think she’s only lost twice on the clay. So she’s someone you can’t overlook. She has a good chance to go all the way.”
There will be no secrets on show when seasoned Russians Elena Dementieva, 28, and Nadia Petrova, 27, square off in their quarter-final on Tuesday.
Between them they have 22 Roland Garros campaigns under their belts yet none of their previous 14 meetings, which they have shared, has been on the red Parisian dust.
“She has a lot of experience in the grand slams,” Petrova said after claiming second seed Venus Williams’ scalp in the fourth round.
“What can I say, when two Russians are playing each other, it’s like a battle to death. We really try to leave everything possible out there, win or lose.”
Italy’s Francesca Schiavone is enjoying something of an Indian summer to her career, and is now looking forward to her second Roland Garros quarter-final nine years after her first.
She was battered in two sets by Martina Hingis in the last eight on her full draw bow in 2001, but her experience and guile will be among her biggest weapons when she faces Danish teenager and third seed Caroline Wozniacki on Tuesday.
“She’s a great player. She has already played one grand slam final (U.S. Open), so I think I have to play my best tennis and concentrate.”
Serbian Jelena Jankovic faces unheralded Kazakh Yaroslava Svedova, the world number 36, in the fourth quarter-final on Wednesday
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London, May 16 (ANI): Carla Bruni has reportedly indicated that she’s looking forward to meet David Cameron when her husband, Nicolas Sarkozy, visits London next month.
While the French Prez has been “shouting and bawling” at Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, over the euro”s woes, his wife, Carla, is looking forward to improving foreign relations.
According to The Telegraph, the 42-year-old former model is eager to accompany her hubby, 55, when he visits London next month, so that she can meet David, 43.
“There is a very good chance that she will come,” says a source at the French embassy. (ANI)
Moscow, May 14 (ANI): Russia could emerge as England”s main rival in the bid for the 2018 World Cup.
The country”s bid team says its vision is to surprise and astound the world of football.
According to Sky News, the Russians have said games will be played at 16 stadiums in 13 cities and it”s also heavy on that buzzword, “legacy”.
It may not have the facilities and glamour of England”s football world. But as far as the country”s young players are concerned, it”s their turn for some limelight.
The mere mention of the World Cup being in Russia gets 11-year-olds at a football academy in St Petersburg all excited during a training session.
A new stadium is being built in St Petersburg.
Arsenal star Andey Arshavin also features in Russia”s World Cup video
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has called Russia”s bid “remarkable”.
Alexi Sorokin, the man leading the bid, brushes off the naysayers who claim Russia is ill equipped.
“They didn”t say that about South Africa and Brazil. I”m sure they don”t need a country that is capable of organising it tomorrow,” Sorokin said.
Rumour has it billionaire Chelsea owner Roman Ambramovich may be unveiled as a secret weapon at a later stage in the 2018 bid.
If ambition is the key to success, Russia may well stand a very good chance. (ANI)
Rafael Nadal said Ernests Gulbis was top-10 material after the Latvian threatened to hand him a rare defeat on clay in the Rome Masters semi-finals on Saturday.
The third seed won 6-4 3-6 6-4 but the problems he had with the 40th-ranked Gulbis’s powerful game put a dent in the aura of invincibility on red dirt the Spaniard appeared to have regained this season after an injury-hit 2009.
“He was really difficult to play against. All the time he was serving at 210, 215, 216, 217 (kph),” Nadal said after setting up a final meeting with compatriot David Ferrer.
“A player with this serve can be top 10 for sure,” he told reporters.
Gulbis, who beat world number one Roger Federer earlier this week, was also confident he could give the big names plenty of trouble in the future.
“I’m happy with the way I’m playing. I know if I play well I can trouble anyone,” he said.
“I have a good serve, I play tough shots so I hope I’ll be seeded in the French Open and at Wimbledon and I don’t have to play against the top players right away.
“I think I have a good chance in these tournaments if I’m stable enough, if I don’t go out of my mind and if I don’t take a holiday when I shouldn’t be taking one,” added Gulbis.
The 21-year-old said he thought Nadal was going to be harder to play against.
“I expected a little more from him today,” he said. “I got into the game and didn’t have any problems going into rallies with him.”
The colourful Latvian, who has been compared to retired Russian maverick Marat Safin, plans to celebrate his exploits this week.
“I am flying back tonight. It’s Saturday night in Latvia so I’m going to go out,” said Gulbis.
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Port of Spain, April 29 (IANS) West Indies vice-captain Dwayne Bravo is eager to play a key role in the World Twenty20, which begins in Guyana Friday.
The all-rounder recently returned from representing Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and he wants to give his all when West Indies play Ireland in the second match of a doubleheader at the Guyana National Stadium at Providence Friday.
‘You can expect energy from me always. Whenever I step on the cricket field, it is guaranteed that I will give the team 100 percent,’ Bravo was quoted as saying in the Trinidad Express.
‘It is part of my job as vice-captain to also be that livewire in the team and also to support Chris (Gayle) who has been doing a good job as the team leader.
‘We also have some other very good all-rounders in the team like Darren Sammy and (Kieron) Pollard, who also bring energy and enthusiasm and this helps to keep the players together and pull the team along.’
Last year, West Indies defied the odds to reach the semifinals of the tournament in England before crashing out to Sri Lanka.
Bravo, whose batting and bowling were a key factor then, said his side’s chances of repeating that success were as good as any team in the Caribbean.
‘This is a big tournament, a very important tournament for us. We are really, really looking forward to this event. It is an open tournament, all the teams are good and have a good chance, but we believe we have the ability to go all the way,’ he said.
‘As West Indians, we are all looking forward to the next two weeks so we as a people can showcase to the world what we are all about. As a player, I am up to the challenge and we will be trying to have a better World Twenty20 tournament than we did last year in England.’
‘This time around, we are at home and we want to use home advantage and go further.’
The Labor Party is not expecting to win the seat of Riverina after the decision by the popular sitting Nationals’ MP Kay Hull to retire at the next election.
Glenn Elliott-Rudder from Labor’s Riverina Federal Electoral Council was unaware of the news when contacted by the ABC yesterday.
Mr Elliott-Rudder says Ms Hull has been a good local Member and he understands her decision to stand down, but he will not be seeking to replace her.
“The reality is as a public servant I would need to resign and become unemployed. That is not something I can do with a large family and a mortgage to pay off and with little chance realistically of winning the seat,” he said.
“There isn’t a lot of incentive in some ways to run in a seat like Riverina.”
Mr Elliott-Rudder says the party is yet to preselect its candidate.
“Well obviously we would like to have someone in place as soon as possible but the realities you are facing, we’re facing, a very popular local Member, the chances of winning were fair to slim I suppose,” he said.
“That’s the reality of trying to swing 15.5 per cent in an electorate like Riverina, so we’re still … looking for a candidate and talking to people. We have approached a couple of people in relation to preselection but no-one has been selected yet.”
Mr Elliott-Rudder says there will be a strong preselection contest for the Nationals and he expects a three-way challenge at election time.
“I’m sure the Liberals would love to wrestle the seat from the Nationals as much as Labor would like to wrestle the seat from the Nationals, so it will be interesting to see,” he said.
“But I’m sure there are plenty out there, being a safe seat, I’m sure if you wanted a career in politics in this area you would have to join the National party to have a good chance of winning the seat and becoming a member, so it will be an interesting contest.”
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has revealed she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The 53-year-old, who won 18 grand slam titles including nine Wimbledon singles titles, said she cried after finding out she had the disease.
Navratilova, 53, said when she heard the diagnosis she felt she had suffered her “personal 9/11″.
“I was devastated,” she told (US) ABC television’s Good Morning America on being diagnosed in February, when a routine mammogram revealed a cluster in her left breast.
She explained she had had a lumpectomy, that doctors had found the disease had not spread to her lymph nodes and that there was a “very small chance” of the cancer recurring.
“It is just in that one breast,” Navratilova said.
“I’m OK and I’ll make a full recovery.”
But she said that emotionally it had been a difficult time.
“I’m this healthy person, I’ve been healthy all my life, and all of a sudden I have cancer. Are you kidding me?” she said.
Navratilova told US magazine People: “It knocked me on my ass, really. I feel so in control of my life and my body, and then this comes, and it’s completely out of my hands.”
According to the report, doctors say the former Wimbledon champion’s prognosis is excellent because the tumour was detected at an early stage.
Navratilova has already had the lump removed and will begin six weeks of radiation therapy in May.
“It was a total shock because I’ve been so healthy,” she added.
“I thought, ‘I’m going to lose my boob and then my hair, and I don’t have that much. There’s a good chance it won’t come back’.”
The former world number one said she had intended to keep the news quiet but changed her mind when she realised she could persuade other women to go for check-ups.
“The sooner you catch it, the better,” she said.
“So get the bloody mammogram.
“I went four years between mammograms. I let it slide. Everyone gets busy, but don’t make excuses. I stay in shape and eat right, and it happened to me. Another year and I could have been in big trouble.”
Born in Prague, Navratilova fled to the United States in 1975 at the height of the Cold War.
She became a US citizen six years later but regained her Czech nationality two years ago, and has dual nationality.
The Todd River in Alice Springs could flow again within the next few days.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood threat advice for the Alice Springs District.
Forecaster Ashley Patterson says isolated showers and gusty storms could cause the Todd River to flow.
“We should get moderate falls over the Todd River which is 10 to 30 millimetres so there’s a good chance we may see isolated, heavier falls which could lead to localised flooding, and stream rises that affect the Todd River,” Mr Patterson said.
He says a large trough is expected to move across the Alice Springs district in the next few days and conditions are already unstable.
“That trough is going to cause a cloud band to develop in the far south-west of the Alice Springs District late Thursday and then it will gradually extend across during Friday and Saturday and on the weekend,” Mr Patterson said.
“So there is a good chance that there may be some moderate and isolated heavy falls which could lead to localised flooding or significant stream rises.”
A Sydney court has quashed a good behaviour bond imposed on former Home And Away star Todd Lasance who was caught with cocaine last year.
Lasance pleaded guilty to possessing 0.36 grams of cocaine at a Kings Cross nightclub and in January was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond.
No conviction was recorded.
Lasance’s lawyer today appealed against the severity of the sentence, saying the actor could not go to the United States until his bond had expired.
The court heard Lasance has a good chance of winning roles in the US.
The magistrate agreed to let him off so he can pursue his ambitions overseas.
Earlier this week, Lasance was nominated for a Logie.
The Bureau of meteorology says Tropical Cyclone Paul could reintensify if it moves back over water tonight.
The system has been over Arnhem Land for several hours and has been downgraded to category one.
The Bureau’s regional director, Andrew Tupper said the system was expected to weaken to below cyclone strength tonight.
But he said that could change if it turns east towards the Gulf of Carpenteria.
“We are thinking that as it goes back over the Gulf there’s a good chance that it will turn back into a tropical cyclone,” Mr Tupper said.
“Cyclones in this part of the world are very unpredictable but that’s the odds at this stage.”
The bureau says Arnhem Land communities need to remain vigilant, and the cyclone has caused wild weather around Borroloola and the Gulf country.
Senior forecaster Sally Cutter says Groote Eylandt has had about 157 millimetres of rain since yesterday morning and winds came close to gale force on Elcho Island last night.
“Since about midnight they’ve been getting pretty close to gales and some pretty good gusts and down on the southern end of the gulf, we’ve got some pretty gusty, squally showers and storms,” she said.
“Borroloola at the moment is underneath a band feeding into Paul so they’re getting a bit of wild weather down there as well.”
Northern Territory Police say the cyclone has caused power outages across several East Arnhem Land communities.
Superintendent Brent Warren is responsible for the East Arnhem district and says blackouts have hit several areas.
“A couple of communities and I think some smaller outstations already yesterday reported outages,” Supt Brent Warren said.
“Bigger communities including Numbulwar and Bickerton Island have now had power outages due to damage from the heavy winds.”
Carlton showed it could kick goals and win without Brendan Fevola in its impressive opening round victory over Richmond, according to Blues key position player Jarrad Waite.
Carlton crafted a 56-point win over the Tigers, with Waite, playing his first AFL match since undergoing a knee reconstruction, kicking the first of 18 goals by his side.
“After 10 months out of the game it was good to get on the board early and get a few kicks,” he said.
“It was good for myself and good for the team, I think we kicked seven straight … it was a really good start.”
Carlton coach Brett Ratten said after the match he was pleased to have six players kick two or more goals, as the Blues attempted to find a focus in attack since Fevola’s trade to Brisbane.
Waite said he thought it was a work in progress.
“It’s a massive part losing a key forward,” said the 27-year-old.
“But we’ve worked really hard over the pre-season and we feel very confident in our ability to be able to kick a (winning) score.”
“If we can get a few more midfielders kicking goals it will help us massively.”
Speaking at the team’s recovery session Waite, who expects to play forward as well as in defence this year, said he felt relieved to get through his comeback match.
“I had mixed emotions, a bit nervous and it sort of does feel like you’re playing your first game again,” he said.
“But once you got out there and start running around it comes very naturally.”
But most importantly his knee felt strong.
“The knee’s sweet, just the rest of my body’s a bit sore, getting used to the crash and bash of AFL,” he said.
Waite was grateful that the team had a seven-day turnaround before its round two match against Fevola’s new side, the Lions in Brisbane next Thursday night.
“To win and win comfortably was really good for the psyche of the team and confidence going into round two,” he said.
“It’s only one game and we need to do that week-in, week-out, but if we can do that, we reckon we’re a really good chance to make finals.”
He said the team had drawn confidence from its performance, which the Blues would need with a tough early season draw as they faced six of last year’s finalists in the first seven rounds.
“We have to win the majority of them,” he said.
“It is a tough road … if you want to play finals footy you have to beat final-eight teams.”