Marathon for number one between Djokovic and Nadal

first_imgIn 2019 it didn’t go too effectively after profitable the primary Grand Slam of the 12 months till he repeated at Wimbledon, though earlier than he took the Madrid Open. On the finish of the 12 months he triumphed in Paris-Bercy. Nadal overcame an inside disaster and some bodily issues to finish up conducting a big land marketing campaign, with the titles of Rome and Paris, and didn’t get out of the semifinals in 11 tournaments, together with Canada and the US Open, the place he gained. Federer went from much less to extra, gained in Miami, finalist in Wimbledon and gained in Halle and Basel. “Number one is one of my two most important objectives, I don’t deny it. The others are the Grand Slams. And, clearly, I nonetheless need to be the most effective ever,” Djokovic acknowledged.All three may have an analogous calendar in 2020, though the Swiss will in all probability not play three tournaments on land this time. Along with the rating, his combat for the Grand Slam titles will stay alive. Nadal (19) continues with choices to advance Federer (20) this course, whereas Djokovic (17) might solely tie him. “I in all probability gained’t be capable of assess the achievements of my profession till I retire,” stated who’s, once more, the opponent to beat. Djokovic loved after his triumph of the photograph shoot of the champions of Australia, which was held within the Royal Botanical Gardens of the capital of Victoria. On a windy day and with some clouds, the solar opened handed through the minutes during which the Balkan posed with the Norman Brookes Problem Cup in his arms and an ear smile. Nole set sail residence to relaxation a number of days earlier than beginning the protection of his number one, which will probably be a marathon. Because of his triumph within the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic appeared yesterday once more as number one on the earth rating with 9,720 factors, to the detriment of Rafa Nadal, who’s now second with 9,395 forward of Roger Federer, third with 7,130. The Serbian claimed the throne 91 days after shedding it by the hands of the Balearic, who might get well it very quickly. It’s aimed on the ATP 500 of Acapulco (from day 24), the place it defends 45 factors and there are 500 for the winner. Though the Serbian might play the identical week in Dubai, the place he didn’t take part in 2019 and can also be class 500.The Spaniard is 325 factors from the brand new winner in Melbourne, who defends after 45 in Indian Wells (he fell within the third spherical in opposition to Kohlschreiber), whereas he gained 360 there as a semifinalist final 12 months. As well as, the Large Three, Nadal is the one that should retain extra factors within the the rest of the season. He gained 8,785 for Djokovic’s 7,055 and Federer’s 6,230, which is farther from the purpose, however on the similar time he can earn greater than his everlasting rivals.last_img read more

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White House travel exemptions to Cuba do not cover tourism

first_imgRelated posts:US, Cuba agree to let airlines begin flights Wonkblog: What the new U.S.-Cuba travel rules mean for US citizens hoping to visit Cuba There’s a real estate boom in Cuba, but for now, only Cubans can buy Cuba embargo under pressure as Obama urged to pull down barriers Facebook Comments President Barack Obama announced major changes in the United States’ 53-year embargo on communist Cuba Wednesday, but don’t pack your bags just yet. Tourism was not among the travel exemptions listed by the White House.Wednesday’s announcement, which followed the release of jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross, said that the U.S. would seek to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba that were severed in January 1961. The U.S. also would seek to reestablish an embassy. It currently operates a Special Interest Section out of the Swiss Embassy. President Obama also asked Secretary of State John Kerry to reassess the U.S. distinction of Cuba as a state sponsor of terror. Cuba was placed on that list in 1982.As an initial step, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Roberta Jacobson will lead a U.S. delegation in the next round of U.S.-Cuba immigration talks in January 2015 in Havana, according to the statement. President Barack Obama delivers an address to the nation from the Cabinet Room of the White House, on December 17, 2014. Obama spoke about the release earlier of Alan Gross, who spent five years in a Cuban prison. AFP PHOTO / POOL / DOUG MILLS“Neither the American nor Cuban people are well served by a rigid policy that is rooted in events that took place before many of us were born,” Obama said during a speech from the White House, noting that the U.S. has open relations with China, a far larger country that is also governed by a Communist Party, and Vietnam, where thousands of U.S. soldiers died in the war there.“For five and a half decades since, our policy toward Cuba has remained virtually frozen, and done little to promote a prosperous, democratic and stable Cuba,” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a statement. “I look forward to being the first secretary of state in 60 years to visit Cuba.”Direct flights from Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport to Havana by the airline Cubana de Aviación restarted in November, but U.S. expats and tourists who want to travel to Cuba via Costa Rica may still risk running afoul of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which oversees licenses and regulations for U.S. passport holders to travel to the island. The categories allowed to legally travel to Cuba now include:Family visitsOfficial business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizationsJournalistic activityProfessional research and professional meetingsEducational activitiesReligious activitiesPublic performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitionsSupport for the Cuban peopleHumanitarian projectsActivities of private foundations or research or educational institutesExportation, importation or transmissionThe new regulations would allow travelers to use U.S. credit and debit cards. Gringos who get their license to travel to Cuba could use those new payment options to bring back $400 worth of goods from Cuba, of which no more than $100 can consist of tobacco products and alcohol combined, according to the White House’s statement. Of course, Cohibas and Havana Club are legal in Costa Rica for those who’d rather skip the trip but still get a sip.Obama also announced expanded commercial sales and exports to Cuba, including certain building materials for private residential construction, goods for Cuban entrepreneurs and agricultural equipment with the stated aim of reducing Cuban citizens’ dependence on the government.Along with reestablishing diplomatic relations, the Obama administration announced that remittances would be raised from $500 to $2,000 per quarter for Cuban nationals, and that donative remittances for humanitarian projects would no longer require specific licenses.In Costa Rica, President Luis Guillermo Solís reacted to the news with an upbeat statement: “I think the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba will open a new moment in the dialogue between the United States and Latin America. It could put an end to a policy that for many years has been ineffective and has brought much sadness to thousands of people in both Cuba and the US. I think it’s very good news.”Wednesday’s break in the ice that long locked the U.S. and Cuba in a 53-year trade and travel embargo came after a string of conflicts between the two countries, including a story uncovered by The Associated Press about USAID programs based in Costa Rica that endangered poorly-trained agents tasked with pro-democracy activities on the island.Obama said that the case of jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who had been imprisoned for attempting to “destroy the revolution,” had been a major impediment to further thawing of relations. Earlier this year, Gross went on a hunger strike to protest his detention. Pope Francis urged both countries to resolve the case, and Cuba released Gross on humanitarian grounds, according to Obama.Both countries engaged in a prisoner exchange, Obama said, where three Cuban nationals serving federal prison sentences for 15 years were exchanged for a U.S. intelligence agent who had been in prison on the island for 20 years and was reportedly responsible for contributing to the arrest of the three Cubans and other spies, Obama said. The U.S. president did not name the agent, whom he called “one of the most important intelligence agents the United States has ever had in Cuba.”Obama said that despite the thaw in diplomatic relations, the United States would continue to aggressively push democracy and human rights on the island.“I believe we can do more to support the Cuban people and promote our values though engagement. After all, these 50 years have shown that isolation does not work. It’s time for a new approach,” Obama said.Watch President Obama’s speech announcing the change below:last_img read more

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