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Australian Open 2021: Naomi Osaka Defeats Jennifer Brady To Win Second Title In Melbourne



Naomi Osaka was inspired as she raced to victory in the final of the 2021 Australian Open with a straight-sets win over Jennifer Brady at Melbourne Park.

While the opening set was a fiercely-contested one, the second was not as competitive as Osaka further secured her status as the best player in the world.

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The 2019 champion never looked overly troubled as she clinched a second crown at Melbourne Park and her fourth Grand Slam title in just one hour and 17 minutes – with all four having come on hard courts.

The third seed always looked to have too much for the American – who was appearing in her maiden Grand Slam final – but Brady did produce some quite brilliant play at times, particularly in the opening set.

Indeed, there was nothing between the pair when, at 4-4 and 30-30, the 22nd seed came up with a spectacular lob to stun Osaka and get the crowd inside Rod Laver Arena on their feet.

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The patches of thrilling tennis ensured that it remained an intriguing battle throughout, and Brady could not have done more as she bombarded her opponent with her trademark huge forehands.

But Osaka was simply the more clinical and, when it really mattered, stepped up her intensity and won the crucial points.

A decisive break, aided by two fortunate plays in succession, enabled the 23-year-old to close out the opening set despite Brady having more than held her own.

It quickly began to look bleak for the American as she got off to a nightmare start in the second set, however, and suddenly Osaka held a commanding 4-0 lead.

While Brady battled back valiantly to break Osaka and give the scoreboard a fairer appearance, her opponent always looked in control of the match and continued to dominate the key points.

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At the age of just 23, the Japanese star has rightly been hailed by Eurosport’s Justine Henin as the “new boss of women’s tennis” – and her career trajectory is very much heading in the right direction.

Eurosport commentator Jo Durie declared that Osaka is now, “the undisputed queen of the hard courts”, while Simon Reed agreed that she is, “the best female tennis player in the world”.

Osaka now has a pair of titles at both the US Open and Australian Open, and as the best player in the world right now, can surely kick on and continue to add to her rapidly-growing tally.




What governments all over the world are doing after COVID



What governments all over the world are doing after COVID in 2022.

One of the most important ways that societies intervene to buffer the adverse consequences of socioeconomic disadvantage is through the provision of social assistance. Social assistance refers to government programs that provide a minimum level of income support to individuals and households living in poverty.

When people talk about people receiving public assistance – food stamps, disability, unemployment payments, and other government help – they often have stereotypes and inaccurate perceptions of who those people are and what their lives are like.

This view of some people is affecting policy for the growing ranks of our nation’s poor, says a new report from a joint project from Save the Children and the Center for American Progress. The report compares the U.S. means of measuring economic opportunity and poverty with the experience of other countries, including five peer nations on the same income scale. It shows that people in many peer countries are given assistance as a matter of public policy, and these nations tend to view welfare programs as a short-term emergency measure.

Many countries like the U.S and spend significantly more taxpayer money on assistance than peer countries. After a few years of assistance, people on welfare in the U.S. have a much more difficult time finding jobs, according to the recent National Survey of Transitional Assistance Providers. These programs lend support either in the form of direct cash transfers or through a variety of in-kind benefits (e.g. food stamps and rent subsidies). Social assistance has been shown to strengthen the purchasing power of the poor and raise their material standards of living.

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However, the government does not provide these social assistance programs to ensure marginalized populations are treated fairly, the report says. In fact, U.S. policy determines participation by significant factors, such as the stigma associated with poverty.

Many social programs determine eligibility before a person’s need for support. They include the U.S. Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides an additional tax refund to working families. Similarly, these benefits are made available only to the poor, as with food stamps and Medicaid eligibility. The report finds positive signs.

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Throughout the world, government assistance helps increase your odds of getting a job, incorporates receiving benefits (by lowering the barriers to receive), raises your wages, and reduces the chances of falling into poverty. This means people who receive the assistance are less likely to experience long-term poverty.

Some nations take a deliberate approach to the provision of social assistance because they view the social support system as integral to promoting social and economic mobility. In many cases, straight into the workforce programs and an expansion.

Access to jobs is crucial to moving families out of poverty. Unemployment and disability, for example, only benefit people when they work. A policy reform could make the social safety net more effective.

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Nigeria Warns Of Possible Eid Al-Fitr Bomb Attacks



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Nigeria’s secret police have warned of possible bomb attacks during celebrations for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

In a statement, spokesperson Peter Afunanya said the Department of State Services (DSS) had uncovered a plot by suspected gangs to carry out attacks on critical infrastructure, places of worship and recreation centres.

The warning comes after recent explosions at bars in the north-eastern states of Taraba and Yobe that killed several people.

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A splinter faction of Boko Haram known as Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) said it carried out the attacks.



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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland



Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

The Russian energy giant Gazprom says it has cut off all gas deliveries to both Bulgaria and Poland after both countries refused to start paying for the supplies in roubles.

Earlier, both Polish and Bulgarian energy providers said they had received official notices from the Russian gas supplier that deliveries were due to be cut.

Gazprom’s announcement comes after some confusion earlier this morning, when data showed gas supplies into Poland through Belarus temporarily reduced to zero before resuming.

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Bulgaria’s gas network had also said the country was still receiving Russian gas as of this morning.

We are yet to see any data of gas volumes into Poland or Bulgaria since Gazprom’s announcement just now.




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