Rafa Nadal routed Tomas Berdych 6-0, 6-1, 7-6(4) in a centre court masterclass to charge into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.The 2009 champion was relentless at Rod Laver Arena, claiming the first two sets in an astonishing 51 minutes and firing 32 winners past the hapless Czech to reach the last eight at Melbourne Park for the 11th time.Spaniard Nadal, who avenged his defeat to the former world number four in the quarter-final of the 2015 tournament, sealed the win on his first match point when the Czech hammered into the net.Bidding for an 18th Grand Slam title, second seed Nadal will play unseeded American Frances Tiafoe for a place in the semi-finals.37 Grand Slam quarterfinals #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/KDeCUXuMMe#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019TIAFOE’S QUARTER-FINAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONAmerican Frances Tiafoe celebrated his 21st birthday by stunning Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6(6), 6-7(1), 7-5 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday.@FTiafoe is just the second American male player to reach the #AusOpen quarterfinals since @andyroddick in 2010.Match report : https://t.co/NdVtVBrNVS pic.twitter.com/yGBeJ9iRet#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019Tiafoe, the last American man standing at Melbourne Park, fended off four early break points in a sluggish start before taking his own opportunities on Dimitrov’s serve to claim the opening set.Former Melbourne semi-finalist Dimitrov had three sets points to draw level but Tiafoe refused to wilt under the pressure and reeled off five straight points to move two sets ahead.Dimitrov, who has slipped just outside the top 20 in the world after early exits in his last three Grand Slams appearances, dug deep to fight his way back, claiming the third set in another tiebreak.advertisementBut Tiafoe was back on top in the fourth set, clinching a decisive break in the 11th game before serving out to seal a quarter-final.Also Read | Former champion Angelique Kerber stunned in fourth roundAlso Read | Maria Sharapova ousted as Barty wins thriller to reach quartersAlso Read | Petra Kvitova storms into quarters after outclassing Amanda Anisimova
Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States (US), Professor Stephen Vasciannie, says strong partnerships are needed in the fight against the lottery scam. “We cannot live like this. Jamaica will destroy its tourism sector, its remittance sector, and business sector more generally, if the country assumes that the rest of the world will eventually ignore the lottery scam problem,” Ambassador Vasciannie said. “The fight against the activity requires crucial partnerships,” he added. Ambassador Vasciannie was delivering the keynote address at the launch of the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Western Jamaica Campus Ambassador Corps, at the Iberostar Hotel in St. James on Thursday, March 13. He noted that the scam, based largely in western Jamaica, has brought untold grief for vulnerable persons in Jamaica, the US and elsewhere, and must be destroyed. He said Jamaica is implementing a number of measures to address the scourge, including critical legislation, and was working with authorities in the US and civil society groups in both countries. The Ambassador called on the UWI Western Campus to look into the issue by pursuing research on the nature of the problem, the circumstances giving rise to the scam, and the moral implications of the scamming activities. The UWI Ambassador Corps, an initiative of final year students at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), comprises 12 leaders in the areas of education, civil society, the public and private sectors, who will work to promote the interests of the university and the wider business community, through lectures and other fora locally and overseas.By Garfield Angus, JIS Reporter
The Ministry of Tourism is developing a destination assurance policy and strategy that will ensure that the tourism product remains first class and that the country can maintain its competitive advantage in the global marketplace.“We cannot allow any threat or challenge to interfere with this product [because tourism] is the only sector in Jamaica that has grown consistently for the past 30 years,” said Senior Director for Technical Services in the Ministry, David Dobson.“The idea is that once a visitor books a vacation to Jamaica, they can be confident from the moment of arrival until their departure [of] a comfortable, safe and fulfilling visitor experience,” he pointed out.Mr. Dobson was addressing tourism and health stakeholders at a workshop on the Regional Tourism and Health Programme at the RIU Montego Bay Hotel on Friday (June 15).The Ministry, last year, launched the Destination Assurance Council, which will work to ensure that the quality, standards and integrity of the tourism product are maintained.Among its many functions, the Council will identify the needs of the tourism industry, monitor the progress of the developmental efforts made by key stakeholders in the resort areas, and ensure that operators are licensed.The Regional Tourism Health Programme aims to enhance the health and well-being of visitors and locals, thereby improving the quality, competitiveness, reputation, profitability, and sustainability of Caribbean tourism.Mr. Dobson informed that since the launch of the programme in July 2017, “we have developed this web-based real-time tourism health information monitoring and response system, [and] we have established regional guidelines for harmonised responses to tourism public health threats”.In addition, extensive capacity-building in food safety and environmental sanitation have been executed and public-private partnerships have been initiated.He noted that for these strategies to be successful, the full participation of all sector players will be necessary.“If we are to do this, all tourism entities must be aware of this, and they are all encouraged to conform to the guiding principles pertaining to visitor safety, and that includes food safety,” Mr. Dobson said, adding that the Government is committed to the programme.The Regional Tourism and Health Programme was developed through support from the World Bank and is being executed by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and member countries. Story Highlights The Ministry of Tourism is developing a destination assurance policy and strategy that will ensure that the tourism product remains first class and that the country can maintain its competitive advantage in the global marketplace. “The idea is that once a visitor books a vacation to Jamaica, they can be confident from the moment of arrival until their departure [of] a comfortable, safe and fulfilling visitor experience,” he pointed out. “We cannot allow any threat or challenge to interfere with this product [because tourism] is the only sector in Jamaica that has grown consistently for the past 30 years,” said Senior Director for Technical Services in the Ministry, David Dobson.