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Naomi Osaka becomes the world’s highest paid female athlete

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The Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has exceeded Serena Williams and becomes the world’s highest paid female athlete. The two-time winner of the Grand Slum Champion’s total is the most ever earned by a female athlete in a 12-month period.

According to the American business magazine Forbes, Naomi earned $37.4 million in prize money and endorsement, ranking as number one highest paid female athlete. She earned $1.4 million more than the famous American tennis player, Serena Williams who has been on the top of the list for the last four years.

At $29.7 million in 2015, Maria Sharapova from Russia held the record for 12-month highest earning for female athlete. Since 1990, female tennis players have always dominated the spot on Forbes’s women’s list. Williams or Sharapova led as the highest paid female athlete, back and forth ever since 2004, up until Osaka came into the picture.

Osaka burst into the spotlight after beating Williams in the 2018 US Open finals. Williams received three code violations by the umpire, in the match which was highly controversial.

Although the Japanese won the next Grand Slam, the 2019 Australian open, Osaka has dropped her form since she has fallen from world’s number one to 10th on the WTA ranking.

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Netherlands starts Euro2020 with a win.

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Netherlands and Austria have won their Euro2020 matches. First match of Group C was played at 21:00 hours last night between Austria and North Macedonia at Arena nationala, Romania. This match was dominated by Austria as they scored at the 18th minute. This goal was scored by Stefan Lainer.

Austria couldn’t hold their lead for more than 10 minutes, as at 28th minute North Macedonia equalized the score with a goal scored by Goran Pandev. At the second half of the game Austria gave a stronger game as they scored two more goals and secured the top spot of group C with 3 points and 2+ goal difference.

2nd match of the group was played at Johan Cruijff Arean in Netherlands between home team Netherlands and Ukraine. With Home advantage Netherlands secured their first three points although they are at the 2nd spot of the group table having less goals compared to Austria.

Netherlands played a beautiful game and controlled the game but they couldn’t open the goal until the 52nd minute, first goal of the match was scored by Georginio Wijnaldum. 6 minutes later Netherlands doubled their lead, but Ukraine re arranged and scored 2 goals back to back in less than 5 minutes. After the goals both teams played a well-organized football and strived hard to win the game. With the home advantage Netherlands managed to secure 3 points at 85th minute with a header by Danzel Dumfries.

This was the first match Netherlands played at an international tournament within the past 7 years.

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Minister Fayyaz Ismail claims new amendment won’t allow foreign investors to operate ATC- amendment says otherwise.

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Following the public outrage over the recent amendment to the Foreign Direct Investment Policy (FDI), Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail has stated that the “amendment does not allow operation of air traffic by a private investor whether foreign or local.”. However this statement clearly contradicts the amendment now published in the state Gazette.

While Minister Fayyaz Ismail stated that the service would be provided by the state, the current amendment clearly states otherwise.

Allegations are growing that the amendment was made to pave way for an Indian company to operate the Hanimaadhoo airport, which is scheduled to be expanded under a loan from the EXIM Bank of India. Locals of the island and from all over the nation are voicing against the project. The recently announced annexation of 853,937 sqft of public land for the project has also been rejected by the locals. Youths and NGOs have banded together for a petition to the President, calling to cease the project.

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G7 fail to reach consensus on phase-out of coal.

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The G7 has been left stranded on coal as the U.S. and  Japan blocked a deal to end the use of coal in the G7 countries.

Following days of negotiations between the world’s richest and most advanced countries, the G7 leaders’ summit in Cornwall, England failed  as the decision to set a date to phase-out the use of coal was blocked by the U.S. and Japan.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that they sought “language that aligns with the president’s domestic commitments, including a carbon pollution free power sector by 2035”.

According to an EU official, majority of the G7 members were willing to back the phase-out of coal in the 2030s. But Japan which has changed its views on coal following the Fukushima nuclear accident remains in favor of coal.

Criticism has been targeted at the G7 for their lack of commitment on such critical issues while Russia and China has made commitments to go carbon free. China is set to limit the use of coal starting this year and go carbon neutral by 2060.

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