LONDON (CMC): Usain Bolt’s impressive performance in track and field this year has landed him yet another international sports nomination. The Jamaican superstar is one of six athletes nominated for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC’s) Overseas Sports Personality of the Year 2015. The award recognises the overseas athlete who has made the most contribution to sport this year and will be presented at the annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony on December 20. Bolt’s exploits this year include victory in the men’s 100m and 200m at the World Championships in Beijing after recovering from injuries. The public in the United Kingdom is being invited to cast their votes to decide on the overseas athlete of the year for the first time in the history of the annual awards. Athletes competing for the award are Usain Bolt (athletics), Jamaica; Dan Carter (rugby union), New Zealand; Novak Djokovic (tennis), Serbia; Katie Ledecky (swimming), USA; Jordan Spieth (golf), USA; and Serena Williams (tennis), USA. Just last week, Bolt missed out on the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Male Athlete of the Year award for 2015, an event he has won five times.
Alexander Zverev’s hot streak is still alive. Roger Federer’s win streak is over.The German beat Federer 6-3, 6-4 in the Rogers Cup final on Sunday for his 10th consecutive victory.The 20-year-old Zverev, the winner last week in Washington, D.C., matched Federer with a fifth tournament title this year, although two of Federer’s triumphs were at majors. He also stopped Federer’s win streak at 16.He will try to keep it going at an event in Cincinnati this week.”It’s something amazing, back-to-back weeks,” said Zverev, who handed Federer only his third loss of the year. “I feel great.”I feel like I’m playing some of the best tennis of my life. But Cincinnati is a very tough draw. I don’t know if I will be able to go far there because I am a little bit tired. But game-wise and confidence-wise, I’m super happy the way everything is standing.”He avenged a loss to Federer at Halle, Germany on June 25 and evened their career head-to-head record at two wins apiece.The fourth-seeded Zverev won $894,585 while the second-seeded Federer got $438,635.Zverev used some sharp groundstrokes to get the only service break he needed to win the first set.The lanky German escaped a break point at 1-0 in the second set with consecutive aces, and an off-looking Federer never challenged again. The 36-year-old Federer said he only felt “aches and pains” from playing in his first tournament of the hardcourt season, but it looked to be more than that.advertisementZverev said he only noticed that his opponent’s serve wasn’t quite as hard. He broke a mistake-prone Federer for a 4-3 lead and served out the match.He will climb to seventh in world rankings with the win, his second Masters 1000 Series victory this year along with Rome, and is looking more and more like a future Grand Slam tournament winner.”I am in the top 10 now and I feel like I’m playing the right tennis, well enough tennis to be there,” he said. “Everything is going pretty natural.”Obviously winning the two Masters 1000 events, everybody would be proud of that.”Zverev, the youngest Rogers Cup finalist since Novak Djokovic in 2007, was coming off an emotional victory over Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in the semifinals that was seen by some, including Federer, as the start of what could be a long rivalry between two of the sport’s young guns.”I loved watching Denis play,” Federer said. “I think he had the matches of the tournament, with all these great three-setters that he had, especially the one against Rafa (Nadal).”I think he caught the attention of the tennis world, and rightfully so. Alexander has been around for a while now. I’m just really happy for him, to see that he’s taking everything not just to the next level, but the two next levels, winning two Masters 1000s. They’re extremely difficult to win and he’s won two this year.”Federer missed a chance to tie Ivan Lendl for second place with 94 career tournament wins. Jimmy Connors leads with 109.He gave no details of his physical state, but is not sure if he will play in Cincinnati or save himself for the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 28. He will be going for a third Grand Slam title this year, after wins at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.”I’ll see how I feel after five days of playing, if I’m ready to play in Cincy next week or not,” he said. “I felt all right all week.”I had a bit of muscle pain, aches and pains here and there, just because it’s back on the match courts, on the hard courts. After vacation and practice, it’s always a bit of a shock for the body.”In the doubles final, fifth-seeded Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated seventh-seeded Rohan Bopanna of India and Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.
New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories The new report from the Comptroller and Auditor General looked into the sale of 142 coalfields since 2004. It said the sales procedure “lacked transparency and objectivity” and accused the states of deciding who should get which fields. It exonerated Singh personally, even though he was running the ministry at the time, while he also held the prime minister’s chair.The auditor did blame the government for not swiftly changing the procedures to allow for auctions of the coal blocks, which presumably would have brought in more money.In a detailed statement that Singh submitted in Parliament, the prime minister said it was the opposition BJP that created the system for selling off the coal blocks when it was in power. He argued that the shift to auctions as envisioned by the auditor’s report would have taken years and could have damaged energy-starved companies and the economy as a whole. And he said opposition-ruled states, which recommended the recipients of the coal blocks, had opposed changing the rules.Government officials also said any estimate of government losses was impossible because the coalfields were unexplored when they were sold.The BJP said it would continue blocking Parliament and demanding Singh’s ouster. Check your body, save your life Quick workouts for men Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project `’He has only given a list of excuses. He is hiding the facts,” said Prakash Javdekar, a BJP spokesman.The opposition party also demanded that the coal block sales be canceled and auctions be held for all the blocks in question.The opposition has repeatedly paralyzed Parliament over the past two years in protest over the corruption scandals, slowing work on important reform bills.Singh lamented he was not able to present his case to legislators.“I appeal to the opposition to come back to the House, to debate all these issues and let the country judge where the truth lies,” he said.___Follow Ravi Nessman on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ravinessman Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share Singh stood up in Parliament to make a statement defending his government, but was drowned out by members of the Bharatiya Janata Party who were screaming, “The prime minister must resign.”His office instead posted his defense on the microblogging site Twitter.`’I wish to say that any allegations of impropriety are without basis and unsupported by the facts,” Singh’s office tweeted, adding that the auditor’s observations were “clearly disputable.”A string of tweets went on to accuse the auditors of using faulty logic and disputable math to produce their report.Singh also said that as the minister in charge at the time, he would take full responsibility for the decision not to switch the government’s method of allocating coal fields to an auction system sooner.At one point he tweeted, in Hindi, an Indian saying, “My silence is better than a thousand answers.”Speaking outside Parliament, Singh told reporters, `’Let the country judge where the truth lies.”Singh’s government has come under fire in recent years for a string of corruption scandals that has tarnished his image as an upstanding technocrat. While few have accused him of personal corruption, his government has been repeatedly battered by criticism of its handling of everything from the 2010 Commonwealth Games to the sale of cellphone spectrum in an irregular process the auditor said cost the country tens of billions of dollars. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) – After being shouted down by opposition politicians in Parliament, India’s prime minister took to Twitter on Monday to defend himself against a coal scandal roiling the country, saying accusations his government lost huge amounts of money were baseless.Parliament has been all but paralyzed since the national auditor released a report two weeks ago saying the sale of coal blocks without competitive bidding was expected to net private companies windfall profits of up to $34 billion. The main opposition has demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation.
Summer Budget 2015: Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the government is to consult on a reformation of pensions tax relief.It will publish a green paper shortly setting out the various options, which range from fundamental reforms, for example moving to a system which is tax exempt like individual savings accounts (Isas), to less radical changes, such as retaining the current system and altering the lifetime and annual allowances.Osborne (pictured) said: “Britain isn’t saving enough. I am open to further radical change. Pensions could be treated like Isas: you pay in from taxed income, and it is tax free when taken out, and inbetween it receives a top up by the government.”Joanne Segars, chief executive of the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), said: “Today’s announcement of a wider review of pensions tax is welcome news.”We are pleased the government has wisely chosen not to rush into any new wider reforms or jump to conclusions about what will work best as a reform, such as taxing pensions in the same way as Isas. This will be an important step and we will work with the government to secure a clear understanding of the long-term implications of any decisions.“Experience shows us that long-term success in pension policy is built on a shared understanding of a problem, a shared building of the policy solution and a shared responsibility for delivering that solution. For this review to succeed, it must look at taxation of pensions in the bigger picture of what genuinely incentivises people to save consistently over the long-term for their retirement.”Malcolm McLean, senior consultant at Barnett Waddingham, added: “Bringing pensions and Isas together under the same tax regime would be a major change and all the ramifications need to be carefully thought through.”As always with pensions, which are a long-term savings vehicle, the change over from one system to another would require some fairly complex transitional arrangements to be put in force to smooth the operation going forward. It is good that the government is consulting on all of this and not making the mistake it made with the pension freedoms which were brought in hastily and without full consideration of all the issues that could arise. “Overall this has been yet another eventful Budget from the Chancellor, albeit with major and radical decisions still to be taken over the coming year. It looks very much like pensions will continue to be big news over the next few years.”