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Match for the ages : Nadal vs Dominic US Open 2018 video highlights

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JOHN Millman stunned the tennis world on Tuesday when he sent Roger Federer packing, but Rafael Nadal and Dominic Them upstaged those efforts with the match of the year.

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The top-seeded Nadal and the ninth-seed Thiem fought tooth and nail in a match that looked destined to never end.

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For Nadal he has now played in the two longest matches of the US Open after being pushed for four-hours and 23 minutes in the third round

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Nadal vs Dominic Highlights

Their epic encounter finally came to a close when Nadal managed to outlast Thiem in a gruelling fifth-set tie-break and advance 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7, 7-6.

Thankfully for the Spanish master he’ll now have two days off before he lines up against Argentinian third-seed Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-final.

Fans in attendance and watching around the world couldn’t believe what they were witnessing as the game crept past 2am local time.

Nadal completed the remarkable victory despite being completely blown away in the opening set where he only managed to win a total of seven points.

But as stunning as the contest was, fans were enamoured by the revelation of a bubbling new romance being brought to light.

Spotted in the box of Thiem was Kristina Mladenovic who was eliminated in the second round by Carla Suarez Navarro.

Mladenovic previously sat in the box of Thiem during the French Open and while their romance has been ongoing since last year, many fans only clicked thanks to the prime time slot of the contest.

But while the camera continually panned to Mladenovic cheering on every single Thiem point, she was just one of many big names in the crowd.

The red carpet was rolled out for the contest with the celebrities definitely getting their money’s worth.

Champions League group stages 2018-19

 

The first group stage matches will take place on 18 and 19 September. Fixtures are yet to be confirmed.

Champions League 2018-2019

Group stage draw

• Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, AS Monaco, Club Brugge

• Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan

• Group C: Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade

• Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, FC Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray

• Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, AFC Ajax, AEK Athens

• Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim

• Group G: Real Madrid, AS Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen

• Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys

What dates are the Champions League group fixtures?

• 18/19 September: group stage, matchday one

• 2/3 October: group stage, matchday two

• 23/24 October: group stage, matchday three

• 6/7 November: group stage, matchday four

• 27/28 November: group stage, matchday five

• 11/12 December: group stage, matchday six

Champions League key dates

• 17 December: round of 16 draw

• 12/13 and 19/20 February: round of 16, first leg

• 5/6 and 12/13 March: round of 16, second leg

• 15 March: quarter-final and semi-final draw

• 9/10 April: quarter-finals, first leg

• 16/17 April: quarter-finals, second leg

• 30 April/1 May: semi-finals, first leg

• 7/8 May: semi-finals, second leg

When is the 2018-2019 Champions League final?

The final is on Saturday 1 June at the Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid. The 68,000-seat stadium is home of Atletico Madrid.

Liverpool and Tottenham have been handed difficult draws for the 2018-2019 Uefa Champions League group stage.

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Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who reached last season’s final, are in group C with Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade. Meanwhile, Tottenham are in group B with Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan.

Premier League champions Manchester City will be confident of reaching the Champions League round of 16 after drawing Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon and Hoffenheim in group F.

In group H Cristiano Ronaldo will be welcomed back to Old Trafford when his new club Juventus take on former side Manchester United. Valencia and Young Boys complete the group.

Holders Real Madrid face AS Roma, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen in group G.

From best Passports in the World to Worst and Why it matters

 

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A strong passport means you can travel around the world without needing to apply for a visa ahead of time. Holding one of the best passports in the world isn’t just about hassle free travel, it can also open up an abundance of career, business, and educational opportunities. Governments are constantly renegotiating visa requirements to give their citizens an edge in global business, banking, and, of course, travel.

With a strong passport, when you land in a country, you’ll be able to enter completely visa free for a period of time, or will be granted a visa upon landing at the airport. A strong passport will allow you to enter more than 100 countries without a visa, based on agreements made between your country and foreign governments. Holding dual citizenship can also help you gain the most freedom while traveling.

In the past, European countries topped the list of the world’s best passports because of the free travel permitted within the Schengen area. But this year, visa free travel in Asia has grown, with Asian leaders negotiated 40 new visa waiver agreements thanks to strong trade and international diplomacy. Many people assume the US tops the list of best passports in the world, but that’s not really the case. The US barely breaks the list of top ten best passports.

Recently, Henley and Partners, an elite citizenship planning firm, released their definitive list of the best passports in the world for international travelers.

So which countries have the best passports in the world? The list is pretty much dominated by European and Asian countries. Read on to see how your passport ranks.

The Best Passports in the World, Ranked

• Japan, 189 Countries

In previous years, Singapore has tied with Japan at 180 countries. This year, the hub of global banking and capitalism has been supplanted from the number one spot by Japan. Japan added eight territories and microstates the list of areas where Japanese citizens can travel visa free: Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Monaco, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Palestine, Vatican City, and San Marino. This past March, the West African country of Benin also changed its policy to allow Japanese passport holders to travel there visa free, helping to make Japan the strongest passport to hold in the world. Japanese citizens can now travel to 189 out of 218 possible countries without a visa.

2) Singapore (tied) 188 Countries

2) Germany (tied) 188 Countries

3) Finland (tied) 187 Countries

3) France (tied) 187 Countries

3) Italy (tied) 187 Countries

3) South Korea (tied) 187 Countries

3) Spain (tied) 187 Countries

4) United Kingdom (tied) 186 Countries

4) United States of America (tied) 186 Countries

Why Do Passports Matter?

As the market becomes increasingly globalized, global mobility matters more and more. The ability to travel freely opens up new business opportunities and makes maintaining relationships with international clients much easier.

It’s often taken for granted that the US banking system is safe, but the 2008 financial crisis has shown that that assumption is definitely not correct. Global Finance Magazine releases the definitive list of the 50 safest banks in the world each year. In 2017, only one retail US bank made it on the list and then only barely. To keep their money safe while receiving the highest interest rates, plenty of people choose legal offshore banking. Although many swear by this option, it can require frequent travel to safe banking hubs like Singapore, Germany, and Switzerland. International banking just isn’t possible without a strong passport.

Not yet a business mogul? Holding one of the best passports not only makes your summer Eurotrip a breeze, it also grants you way more educational opportunities. Did you know you can get a US accredited graduate degree in Europe for a fraction of the cost and in half the time?

Because of the ease of travel granted in Schengen zone, EU students regularly study in different countries while in undergrad and pursue graduate degrees abroad. In the US, not enough students have considered this option. But with the ever more globalized market, foreign work and study experience becomes more and more valuable to employers. Not to mention the power of language skills when applying for jobs. Considering that Americans hold one of the best passports in the world, pursuing educational opportunities around the world is much easier than ever before and can seriously boost your resume.

Once you graduate, you might realize that there are dozens of exciting career options across the world. You might be a perfect fit for a position, but companies tend to resent having to sponsor candidates for visas. If you have a weak passport, companies may pass you up for a job knowing that the visa process will be time consuming and expensive. Holding one of the best passports can open up career opportunities you hadn’t considered and make obtaining a long term visa or permanent residency in a foreign country a much easier process.

The Weakest Passports

Holding a weak passport rating is generally seen as an indication of poor economic performance and global diplomacy. Governments are only going to open up their borders to visa free travel if it benefits their country financially.

The weakest passports in the world generally come out of the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. Trying to obtain a visa for travel or work purposes with a passport from one of these countries is a nightmare. The weakest passports in the world include: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Somalia, Iran, and Sudan,

The Most Welcoming Countries

Just because a country offers the strongest passport, does not mean that it is the most welcoming to foreign visitors. How welcoming a country is is measured based on how many countries if offers visa free entry to.

Countries that rank as the most welcoming often do so because they badly need the infusion of foreign cash. Nations like the Maldives and the Seychelles that rely heavily on tourism also rank high on the welcoming scale. The most welcoming countries include: Cambodia, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Samoa, Haiti, and Macao.

Why the Surface Book 2 is the best laptop

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Not only is the Surface Book 2 now available in both 13-inch and 15-inch options, it also features updates to the design and powerful internal hardware. The display can still be removed from the keyboard and touchpad, and can still be replaced backward to sit flat as a complete package. The 13.5-inch display has a 3,000 x 2,000 resolution and a 3:2 aspect ratio, whereas the 15-inch model comes in with a 3,240 x 2,160 resolution.

If you need top performance, the 15-inch model is where you want to look, offering up inside an eighth-generation, quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of DDR3-1866MHz RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD). For gaming or multimedia editing, you can also take advantage of the NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

Battery life here is impressive; get about 10 hours from the 15-inch model and about 11 hours from the 13-inch model. An IR camera for Windows Hello logins is seated above the display, and the keyboard and touchpad are some of the best around. If you need a true desktop replacement for your Windows laptop, this is it.

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Available in both 13-inch and 15-inch configurations, Microsoft’s new Surface Book 2 (starting at about $1,500) is our top choice when it comes to Windows laptops. The modular design allows you to use your laptop as a tablet, and powerful hardware inside, including eighth-generation Intel processors (CPU), up to 16GB of RAM, and dedicated graphics cards (GPU), makes either size a true desktop replacement.

Bottom line: For a powerful desktop replacement with a beautiful display and removable keyboard, you have to go with the Surface Book 2.

New direct service from London to Amsterdam will cost you just?

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There will initially be two trains per day from London’s St Pancras station, each taking three hours and 41 minutes to reach Amsterdam Centraal.Tickets go on sale on 20 February and start at £35 one way.

Return journeys will require a change in Brussels, a temporary measure until the UK and Dutch governments reach an agreement on passport procedures.

Until then, passengers will need to go through security and get their passports checked in the Belgian capital. But Eurostar said that, with up to 10 trains a day from Brussels to London, the connection “should be quick and smooth” Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive of Eurostar, said: “The launch of our service to the Netherlands represents an exciting advance in cross-Channel travel and heralds a new era in international high-speed rail. “With direct services from the UK to the Netherlands, France, and Belgium, we are transforming the links between the UK and three of Europe’s top trading nations.

“Our new route marks the culmination of the extensive investment in high-speed rail on both sides of the Channel.”

At two hours and 15 minutes, the London to Paris journey is much quicker than the London to Amsterdam route. Passengers traveling in one direction, from Amsterdam to London, will also have to disembark at Brussels for passport and security checks.

But by 2019 the return journey should become truly direct as Eurostar said that the British and Dutch governments would put in place an agreement to allow those checks to take place on departure in the Netherlands

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