ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP): Jo-Wilfried Tsonga clinched his 13th career title yesterday, rallying from a set down to beat David Goffin of Belgium 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the World Tennis Tournament. The sixth-seeded Frenchman hit 10 aces and, although he dropped his serve twice, he broke the third-seeded Goffin’s serve four times. Tsonga, ranked 14, lost the final here in Rotterdam six years ago. His previous title also came on indoor hard courts in Metz, France, two years ago. “I’m really happy. The last couple of months, I put in a lot of effort to come back to this level,” Tsonga said. “It’s a huge reward for me and it gives me new expectations for the rest of the year.” The powerful Tsonga changed his approach to play more to his strengths and dictate points more. “I changed my serve and worked a lot on my backhand and my returns. I also changed my strings. There were many things to improve my game,” he said. “In the second set, I showed a different mentality on court. I was more aggressive and it made the difference.” He improved to 4-2 overall in career meetings against the 11th-ranked Goffin, who won both of his career titles in 2014. The 31-year-old Tsonga reached the milestone of 400 career wins this week, and victory in the final was his 401st. Goffin, meanwhile, will become the first Belgian man to break into the top 10 when the rankings are published on Monday. “I was a bit tired. I started the final really well, but in the end Jo played better than me,” the 26-year-old Goffin said. “Of course I’m disappointed, but I played some good tennis.”
Piraeus-based Navimax Corporation, a subsidiary of Greek shipowner Navios Maritime Holdings Inc., was sentenced to a USD 2 million fine by a U.S. district court for discharging oily waste at sea.The company was fined for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and obstructing a coast guard investigation. In addition, the federal district court placed Navimax on probation for four years.The discharge was made from Navimax operated 750-foot long oil tanker, Nave Cielo, in November 2017, in international waters, after the ship left New Orleans en route to Belgium, an investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard has determined.The 2007-built LR1 tanker, flagged in the Cayman Islands, was bought by Navios Maritime Acquisition from Germany’s Ernst Jacob KG in 2010 for USD 43 million, data from VesselsValue shows. The current value of the 74, 700 dwt ship is USD 14.9 million.Prior to a formal inspection on December 7, 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard boarded the vessel near Delaware City when a crewmember gave the officers a thumb drive containing two videos, depicting a high-volume discharge of dark brown and black oil waste from a five-inch pipe, located 15-feet above water level, the U.S. Department of Justice said.As informed, during the Coast Guard boarding on December 7, 2017, crew members presented the ship’s Oil Record Book, which did not record this discharge.“The defendant violated environmental laws that protect our marine environment from harmful pollution,” said U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware David C. Weiss. “The conviction and criminal fine, reinforced by a four-year term of probation, during which the defendant’s fleet of ships will be monitored, ensures that defendant is held accountable. The message to the shipping industry is clear: environmental crimes at sea will not be tolerated.” Video Courtesy: U.S. Department of Justice
Kolkata: CPIM politburo member Md Selim has lodged complaint with the Cyber Cell at Lalbazar against a post in the social media spreading canard against him.The matter came to light when Selim saw a post on August 15 midnight criticising him for his behavior in the United States a few years ago.The person sending the post alleged that while in the United States, Selim had taken beef but refused to take pork. When pork was offered he became furious and smashed the table. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe left the place. He went to the house of a person known to him and stayed there. His hosts were taken aback and after this incident they gave up Left idealism and started contributing money to an organization preaching Hinduttva. Selim also reported the matter to the Face Book authorities. Selim tweeted alleging that the BJP IT cell was behind this post. He alleged that making religion a shield, BJP was trying to spread hate politics. But, their attempt to malign him will fail, he commented.