According to Hoefer, there are already five facilities that use pre-prepared food products, but the new meals being tested are of an even higher quality.A decision on the switch is not expected to be made until the fall. A food switch might be coming for residents of Heritage Manor in Fort St. John.The seniors’ residence is currently one of four facilities across the northeast being considered to undergo a change from freshly prepared to pre-packaged meals.- Advertisement -The regional director of support services is currently taste testing and trialing pre-prepared foods at the four facilities under the Northern Health’s jurisdiction, says Mike Hoefer, executive director of capital planning and support services with the health authority.Hoefer says the idea behind the switch comes down to both a personnel issue and knowing that the right products and recipes are being used in those meals. He says if a cook can’t work one day, there may be problems in preparing meals. He also says that, in scratch cooking, there can be difficulties in knowing exactly what products are being used and whether they meet Canada’s Food Guide.Another factor being considered in the switch is the hiring and retention of qualified staff, especially in certain areas in the north. Although Hoefner says it would be only slightly less expensive to purchase pre-prepared meals, the decision isn’t being based solely on costs.He says there is more of a selection available for residents if pre-packaged meals are used and information is more readily available about what ingredients are in those meals. However, he says the taste testing and trials are being done to ensure the pre-packaged dinners meet Northern Health’s core menu and nutritional standards.Advertisement
Chelsea and Manchester United target Blaise Matuidi is ‘listening attentively’ for advances from other clubs, according to his father.The midfielder is a long-term target for both Premier League clubs and they have been linked with the 30-year-old ever since it emerged that he could be looking to leave this summer.Matuidi, who started 26 Ligue 1 games last term, almost joined Juventus this time last year but decided to stay put.Now his dad, Faria Matuidi, has revealed that his son is open to offers after being disappointed by an apparent lack of communication from PSG.He told Le Parisien: “A few weeks ago, Blaise was more interested in staying at PSG.“Now the situation is much more mixed. PSG, and in particular their new sporting director [Antero Henrique] have been slow to reveal their intentions.“For that reason we’re listening attentively to the advances of other clubs.” 1 Blaise Matuidi could be on the move this summer
Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? I’m happy Courtois is suffering— Gaza (@abdulaidantata) October 20, 2018 Most Popular Premier League News Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed Meanwhile Thibaut Courtois 🤣😂😂😂🤪🤪 He’s playing for the best club now with his bad luck 🤪 #CFC— Deuptown Pictures (@DeuptownCoin) October 20, 2018 gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion whoops tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT SORRY Gentle reminder that Courtois went to Real Madrid to win trophies. He’s forgotten how winning matches feels like— . Júan (@_edanto) October 20, 2018 1 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Courtois has cost Madrid 6 points already this season with his individual mistakes. This guy is a joke, most overrated GK in the world— Meech (@Hustler_Futbol) October 20, 2018 Courtois getting exposed for the fraud he is in La-liga. Madrid and Modric getting exposed for the fraud they are without Ronaldo. 💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉🙄💉💉💉— Mr. Jack Robinson (@jackdre02) October 20, 2018 changes latest Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury predicted huge blow He joined Los Blancos for a fee reported to be around £31million and landed himself a six-year deal before claiming he was now training alongside better players.But it’s not gone too well for him since with Real Madrid losing three games and drawing two of their first nine.Courtois himself hasn’t been at his best and could have done better for Levante’s second in Real’s latest defeat.And some Chelsea supporters on social media took great enjoyment in mocking their former player. Thibaut Courtois isn’t enjoying his debut season with Real Madrid too much and it’s got Chelsea supporters laughing.The Belgian goalkeeper did all he could to engineer a move away from Stamford Bridge and got his way in the end. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? on the brighter side, Courtois has carried his bad luck to Real Madrid and it’s a joy to watch.— Doc C (@tweetMOPOL) October 20, 2018 Courtois looks devastated to have conceded against Levante. Courtois 🐍 🐍 God na punish you— Godfred Osei-Tutu (@GodfredOT) October 20, 2018 Real Madrid 0 Levante 2 and Courtois is in goal 😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/SRI4qOzePL— Chelsea Insight (@Chelseainsight_) October 20, 2018 Snake 🐍 Courtois are you happy now ? #HalaMadrid— Mahdy Camara™ (@VI_Geezer) October 20, 2018 Courtois must be loving his life at Madrid right now— CHELSEA ALL THE WAY (@nbsulymanFC) October 20, 2018 TOP WORK Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Courtois loses again in other news— Andy B ⚽️🏆TopOfTheLeague (@pacesettaCFC) October 20, 2018
Gulf powerhouse Emirates expects to have premium economy in 12 to 18 months as the cabin between business and economy class continues its viral expansion.Carriers which at one stage resisted the introduction of the premium cabin, such as Singapore Airlines, have already joined the fold and US carriers are also succumbing to the trend.The Gulf carriers remain hold-outs but Clark’s confirmation that Emirates will introduce a premium cabin is likely to see that bastion fall also, with Emirates competitors Etihad and Qatar under pressure to mount a competitive response.”We are at the stage of finding what form [premium economy] will take,” Mr Clark told reporters in London on Wednesday in comments confirmed to Reuters by the airline. “I would think within the next year to 18 months, we will have it in the airline, hopefully up and running.”Clark had previously acknowledged the airline was looking at premium economy, which is attractive both to business travellers facing budgetary restrictions and economy passengers wanting to upmarket without paying for business class.The move will also be welcomed by alliance partner Qantas, which was am early adopter of premium economy and has an industry-leading product. Qantas customers flying to European destination other than London currently can travel in premium economy to Dubai but then must switch to economy or business when they connect to Emirates.The news comes as the Gulf carrier saw profitability take a nosedive in its first half to September 30 as the airline recorded a profit of Dhs786m ($US214m), down 75 per cent on the previous corresponding period.Emirates chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum attributed the fall to a high US dollar, increased competition and olitical and economic uncertainty that had dampened travel demand in many parts of the world.“The bleak global economic outlook appears to be the new norm, with no immediate resolution in sight,” Sheikh Ahmed said.The airline has invested heavily in a new business class and plans to unveil a new first class next year.It also continues its rapid expansion, growing capacity by 12 per cent in the first half. However, a lower traffic growth of 8 per cent saw the average passenger seat factor fall to 75.3 per cent from 78.3 per cent.
Mary AlexanderThe World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index ranks South Africa as the 56th most competitive economy out of 144 countries, the highest standing on the African continent (the island of Mauritius comes in at 39) and ahead of its Brics developing economy partners India and Brazil.While the country’s competitive rating has slipped from the 50th position it held in 2011/12, it still punches way above its weight in certain areas, particularly the development of its financial market. For the strength of its business auditing and reporting standards, and the regulation of its securities exchanges, South Africa is ranked first in the world.The full rankings are below.GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS INDEX – OVERALL INDICATORSPILLARSCORERANKGCI 2014–2015 4.456 Basic requirements (40.0%) 4.389 Institutions 4.536 Infrastructure 4.360 Macroeconomic environment 4.589 Health and primary education 4.0132 Efficiency enhancers (50.0%) 4.443 Higher education and training 4.086 Goods market efficiency 4.732 Labour market efficiency 3.8113 Financial market development 5.47 Technological readiness 3.966 Market size 4.925 Innovation and sophistication factors (10.0%) 4.137 Business sophistication 4.531 Innovation 3.643 GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS INDEX – DETAILED INDICATORSPILLAR 1: INSTITUTIONSITEMSCORERANK1.01 Property rights 5.6 201.02 Intellectual property protection 5.3 221.03 Diversion of public funds 2.8 961.04 Public trust in politicians 2.6 901.05 Irregular payments and bribes 4.5 481.06 Judicial independence 5.4 241.07 Favouritism in decisions of government officials 2.6 1041.08 Wastefulness of government spending 2.8 891.09 Burden of government regulation 2.8 1201.10 Efficiency of legal framework in settling disputes 5.2 151.11 Efficiency of legal framework in challenging regs. 4.9 91.12 Transparency of government policymaking 4.5 351.13 Business costs of terrorism 6.0 301.14 Business costs of crime and violence 2.8 1331.15 Organized crime 4.3 991.16 Reliability of police services 3.6 1021.17 Ethical behaviour of firms 4.7 351.18 Strength of auditing and reporting standards 6.7 11.19 Efficacy of corporate boards 6.0 31.20 Protection of minority shareholders’ interests 6.1 21.21 Strength of investor protection, 0–10 (best)* 8.0 10 PILLAR 2: INFRASTRUCTUREITEMSCORERANK2.01 Quality of overall infrastructure 4.5 592.02 Quality of roads 4.9 372.03 Quality of railroad infrastructure 3.4 442.04 Quality of port infrastructure 4.9 462.05 Quality of air transport infrastructure 6.0 112.06 Available airline seat km/week, millions* 1,117.0 282.07 Quality of electricity supply 3.6 992.08 Mobile telephone subscriptions/100 pop.* 147.5 252.09 Fixed telephone lines/100 pop.* 9.2 90 PILLAR 3: MACROECONOMIC ENVIRONMENTITEMSCORERANK3.01 Government budget balance, % GDP* –4.3 973.02 Gross national savings, % GDP* 13.5 1193.03 Inflation, annual % change* 5.8 1023.04 General government debt, % GDP* 45.2 773.05 Country credit rating, 0–100 (best)* 59.1 51 PILLAR 4: HEALTH AND PRIMARY EDUCATIONITEMSCORERANK4.01 Malaria cases/100,000 pop.* 32.5 274.02 Business impact of malaria 5.1 304.03 Tuberculosis cases/100,000 pop.* 1,003.0 1434.04 Business impact of tuberculosis 3.7 1364.05 HIV prevalence, % adult pop.* 17.9 1404.06 Business impact of HIV/AIDS 3.4 1364.07 Infant mortality, deaths/1,000 live births* 33.3 1054.08 Life expectancy, years* 56.1 1294.09 Quality of primary education 2.4 1334.10 Primary education enrolment, net %* 85.0 118 PILLAR 5: HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAININGITEMSCORERANK5.01 Secondary education enrolment, gross %* 101.9 245.02 Tertiary education enrolment, gross %* 19.2 935.03 Quality of the education system 2.2 1405.04 Quality of math and science education 1.9 1445.05 Quality of management schools 5.2 245.06 Internet access in schools 3.2 1175.07 Availability of research and training services 4.5 445.08 Extent of staff training 4.9 18 PILLAR 6: GOODS MARKET EFFICIENCYITEMSCORERANK6.01 Intensity of local competition 5.5 366.02 Extent of market dominance 4.0 486.03 Effectiveness of anti-monopoly policy 5.1 146.04 Effect of taxation on incentives to invest 4.3 266.05 Total tax rate, % profits* 30.1 416.06 No. procedures to start a business* 5 326.07 No. days to start a business* 19.0 906.08 Agricultural policy costs 3.9 656.09 Prevalence of trade barriers 4.8 236.10 Trade tariffs, % duty* 6.0 766.11 Prevalence of foreign ownership 5.1 426.12 Business impact of rules on FDI 4.0 1046.13 Burden of customs procedures 4.1 626.14 Imports as a percentage of GDP* 40.7 856.15 Degree of customer orientation 4.6 676.16 Buyer sophistication 4.0 31 PILLAR 7: LABOUR MARKET EFFICIENCYITEMSCORERANK7.01 Cooperation in labour-employer relations 2.5 1447.02 Flexibility of wage determination 2.7 1397.03 Hiring and firing practices 2.1 1437.04 Redundancy costs, weeks of salary* 9.3 337.05 Effect of taxation on incentives to work 4.5 157.06 Pay and productivity 2.7 1367.07 Reliance on professional management 5.5 217.08 Country capacity to retain talent 3.7 507.09 Country capacity to attract talent 3.9 397.10 Women in labour force, ratio to men* 0.77 84 PILLAR 8: FINANCIAL MARKET DEVELOPMENTITEMSCORERANK8.01 Availability of financial services 6.1 68.02 Affordability of financial services 5.3 218.03 Financing through local equity market 5.4 38.04 Ease of access to loans 3.5 328.05 Venture capital availability 3.2 378.06 Soundness of banks 6.5 68.07 Regulation of securities exchanges 6.4 18.08 Legal rights index, 0–10 (best)* 7 43 PILLAR 9: TECHNOLOGICAL READINESSITEMSCORERANK9.01 Availability of latest technologies 5.5 399.02 Firm-level technology absorption 5.4 299.03 FDI and technology transfer 4.8 509.04 Individuals using Internet, %* 48.9 699.05 Fixed broadband Internet subscriptions/100 pop.* 3.1 899.06 Int’l Internet bandwidth, kb/s per user* 3.7 1269.07 Mobile broadband subscriptions/100 pop.* 25.2 74 PILLAR 10: MARKET SIZEITEMSCORERANK10.01 Domestic market size index, 1–7 (best)* 4.8 2410.02 Foreign market size index, 1–7 (best)* 5.3 3410.03 GDP (PPP$ billions)* 596.5 2510.04 Exports as a percentage of GDP* 31.3 92 PILLAR 11: BUSINESS SOPHISTICATIONITEMSCORERANK11.01 Local supplier quantity 4.8 4711.02 Local supplier quality 4.9 3811.03 State of cluster development 4.2 4411.04 Nature of competitive advantage 3.7 6211.05 Value chain breadth 3.8 6811.06 Control of international distribution 4.4 3511.07 Production process sophistication 4.5 3811.08 Extent of marketing 5.2 2411.09 Willingness to delegate authority 4.5 27 PILLAR 12: INNOVATIONITEMSCORERANK12.01 Capacity for innovation 4.3 3512.02 Quality of scientific research institutions 4.7 3412.03 Company spending on R&D 3.4 4812.04 University-industry collaboration in R&D 4.5 3112.05 Gov’t procurement of advanced tech products 3.0 11212.06 Availability of scientists and engineers 3.5 10212.07 PCT patents, applications/million pop.* 6.5 45
9 February 2015In today’s globalised world, the adoption of technology is increasingly essential for companies to be highly competitive and to prosper.The technological readiness pillar of the South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) measures the agility with which the economy adopts existing technologies to enhance the productivity of its industries. No industry or sector is immune from the growing need to use innovation as a competitive advantage.The mining sector is one of South Africa’s oldest industries. The country’s economic outlook and particularly the outlook for the mining sector comes under the spotlight at the annual Mining Indaba. It is currently under way at the Cape Town Convention Centre, running from 9 to 12 February.Mining accounts for 12% of total investment in the South African economy. When indirect multipliers are considered, the total fixed investment in the South African economy flowing from mining activity reaches a significant 25% of total investment.AdvantagesSouth Africa is ranked as the best Brics economy in terms of availability of the latest technologies, and it is ranked highly in terms of technological readiness. Being proactive in adapting to new technology will help South Africa achieve its economic growth and development goals, and enhances perceptions about its ability to be competitive.AziSAAs hosts of the Mining Indaba, the country must reflect on how technologically savvy we are in terms of the mining industry.The mining industry is the third largest sector in the South African economy, after the agriculture and industrial manufacturing sectors. It accounts for approximately 8% of GDP and creates approximately 1-million jobs (500 000 direct and 500 000 indirect).The development of new technologies benefits every aspect of the mineral industry – exploration, mining, mineral processing, beneficiation, health and safety, as well as environmental issues. Technology development needs to be focused on those areas that are critical to the entire value chain.To address some of the challenges associated with labour-intensive drill-and-blast mining, as conducted on the major South African gold and platinum mines, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed architecture called AziSA, an isiZulu word meaning “to inform”.Drill-and-blast mining is often not tightly managed because of the lack of good information about what is going on underground. As a result, mining operations tend to be dangerous and unhealthy, as well as expensive. A shortage of appropriately skilled workers also leads to human resource challenges.AziSA is intended primarily for the design of systems that will operate in underground mining environments where there is limited power and communications infrastructure.Read more about the CSIR’s AziSA architecture [PDF]Mechanised miningMechanised mining seeks to use machinery to drill and extract minerals and metals. The technology helps to increase South Africa’s competitiveness by increasing productivity and upskilling miners who are trained to operate and maintain highly specialised equipment.Mechanisation is also used to reduce the threat of physical harm to people, as well as create greater access to reserves that would otherwise be too dangerous to explore.While the South African mining industry has had its fair share of challenges recently, it is committed to using technology and innovation to ensure it keeps pace with global industry standards. In some areas, especially robotics and mechanisation, South Africa is setting global industry standards.Menell is a Brand South Africa board member
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So what if you’re attending Dior’s Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture (Fall/Winter 2014/2015) show; so what if you’re one of America’s sweethearts loved by all who see you on the big screen? There’s simply no reason good enough to stop you from goofing around when you’re young, successful and carefree.From repeatedly tripping on red carpet, making funny faces, to photobombing actors, and to introducing your also-celebrity friend to your pal, Jennifer Lawrence is not ready to pack up her goofy side yet.That celebrity friend she semi-whacked in the face was none than an unsuspecting Emma Watson who was caught off-guard in the middle of posing for pictures.The Hunger Games: Jennifer Lawrence introduces her palm to friend Emma Watson’s face. Picture courtesy: @JenniferUpdates/TwitterRealising it was just another one of her pranks, Emma took it sportingly and joined in on the laughs.A relieved Emma Watson joins in on the laughter. Picture courtesy: @JenniferUpdates/TwitterJennifer looked supremely tanned while attending the event in a Christian Dior blue and white dress. Emma Watson managed to pull of chic in a black top and sheer skirt with underlay.
bournemouthdavid Silvafootballmanchester city First Published: August 25, 2019, 10:28 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bournemouth: Sergio Aguero bagged a brace and David Silva marked his 400th appearance for Manchester City by playing a role in all three goals as the champions won 3-1 at Bournemouth on Sunday.First half efforts from Aguero and Raheem Sterling ensured Pep Guardiola’s side led at the interval despite a stunning free-kick reply from Bournemouth’s Harry Wilson. Argentina striker Aguero wrapped up City’s second Premier League victory of the season with his second goal of the game after half-time.It was Silva, though, who was the architect of the win and having already announced this will be his last season at the Etihad Stadium, this display only underlined how much he will be missed. The Spanish midfielder remains an integral part of Guardiola’s team, with his contribution to City’s goals demonstrating exactly why he is so valued by his manager.A sweet win over the 🍒s!📸 #BOUMCI 🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/tgfb4RNVyA— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 25, 2019 For the 15th minute opening goal, it was Silva who operated as the fulcrum towards the start of the move with the midfielder finding Oleksandr Zinchenko on the left, allowing the left-back to drill in the low cross that eventually led to Aguero’s finish.Silva’s contribution to the second was even more eye-catching, with his superbly weighted ball picking out Sterling’s darting run into the box before the England attacker struck past keeper Aaron Ramsdale.Then a positive surge into the Bournemouth area caused confusion among the home backline before Aguero pounced for the third.Those moments helped City maintain control of a game that could easily have slipped from their grasp had Eddie Howe’s side enjoyed better fortune.Aguero’s predatory finishing was the perfect tonic for City after Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus was withdrawn from the squad with a hamstring problem sustained in training.City said Jesus will be back to full fitness after next month’s international break, meaning he should miss only next weekend’s clash with Brighton.Bournemouth had established an unwanted record in the corresponding fixture last season when they became the first home team not to register a shot on goal in the Premier League.NOTE OF PANICOn this occasion a positive start ensured they quickly avoided a repeat with Josh King testing Ederson in the first minute.PEP 💬 What can I say? Everybody knows @21LVA. He has a sense, a move between the lines like no one else in the world – he is a fighter.🍒 1-3 🔵 #BOUMCI #mancity pic.twitter.com/oalmaMOf2C— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 25, 2019 It was clear from the start Bournemouth were anxious not to concede territory to Guardiola’s team, who initially appeared unsettled.Kyle Walker was booked for a foul on Nathan Ake in the 10th minute, having already been fortunate to escape a caution for an equally bad challenge on the same player. And there was an uncharacteristic note of panic in the City defence when Ederson raced out to the right hand touchline and halted Callum Wilson with a crude, waist-high challenge which also earned a yellow card.Aguero’s strike ended Bournemouth’s bright opening, with the forward reacting first after Kevin De Bruyne miscued from Zinchenko’s shot.Bournemouth responded well, despite losing left-back Charlie Daniels to a knee injury and would have levelled but for Ederson’s fine save to deny Ake shortly before the keeper produced an even better block from Adam Smith’s close-range shot.Belief was growing among the hosts before Silva’s second major contribution when he teed up Sterling to double the lead two minutes before the break.And the intervention was particularly timely as moments later Harry Wilson, on for Daniels, brought Bournemouth back into the game with a stunning free-kick.The goal ensured Bournemouth returned from the interval full of hope, with Wilson drawing another fine save from Ederson.City were convinced they should have had a penalty when Silva went down under a challenge from Jefferson Lerma, but the referee Andre Marriner decision to ignore the visitors’ claims was upheld by VAR.Perhaps aggrieved at the decision, Silva wasted no time in setting up Aguero’s second goal to ensure Guardiola’s side eased their way to victory.
While 14,999 spectators were left wonderstruck as they watched Roger Federer reach the Wimbledon final a month short of his 36th birthday, there was one man on Centre Court who could have shouted out “been there, done that, got the t-shirt”.Anyone even remotely acquainted with Ken Rosewall, however, knows that simply isn’t the style of one of the great gentlemen of the game.Instead, the 82-year-old Australian was as awestruck as anybody on Friday as he sat with his grandson in the royal box watching Federer beat Tomas Berdych to become the oldest men’s singles finallist here since Rosewall in 1974.”I’m like millions of others. I admire Roger so much,” Rosewall told Reuters in an interview.”I think he’s going to be a force in tennis for a few more years.”As Federer continues to defy the ravages of age with his remarkable run this year – winning an 18th major title in Melbourne in January and now on the cusp of a record eighth Wimbledon title – the comparisons with Rosewall are inevitable.”I’d like to be compared to Roger,” Rosewall said with a laugh.”I was playing some of my best tennis at 35. Roger’s doing the same thing. I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t continue for at least another two or three years.”Federer still has some way to go if he is to match the longevity of Rosewall’s incredible career as the Australian was 39 when he lost the 1974 final to brash youngster Jimmy Connors.Despite that letdown, Rosewall has retained the title of the oldest men’s grand slam champion in the professional era for 45 years after lifting the 1972 Australian Open trophy at the age of 37.advertisement”If anyone is to break it, I won’t be sorry to see the record go to somebody like Roger,” added Rosewall, who was in London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Wimbledon Pro event.Rosewall won four of his eight grand slam titles after turning 30 and makes no bones about why he kept leading such a nomadic life for so long.”I was 33 when Open tennis came in … I was still enjoying the tennis and I was playing well,” said Rosewall”I still felt I was a strong force in winning events… and the chance to play for prize money, that was the main motivation.””DOOR STOPPERS” Money, which Rosewall now keeps neatly folded in a 14 carat gold paper clip he was awarded for winning the 1969 U.S. Open doubles title, played a significant role in his tennis career.Unlike the champions of today who are used to banking seven-figure sums in prize money from the slams, Rosewall started off in the 1950s when he played for kudos and little else.Tennis Australia would pay his on-road expenses and a per diem but there was no money for winning grand slams, merely “big bronze stumps” of trophies that would end up “being used as door stoppers”.All that changed when Rosewall beat his great friend Rod Laver to triumph at the French Open in 1968, the first time a grand slam had opened its gates to professionals.While it meant that Rosewall could compete in the majors again without worrying about financial security, his long absence from the grand slams after he turned professional in 1957 raises a question that can never be answered.”I believe I could have won another 10 more slams. But who knows? It’s too hard to tell,” said Rosewall.”I developed my game so that I could play well on any surface. And in those days three of the grand slam events were on grass. In Sydney, where I grew up, I learnt to play on claycourts.”I missed 44 slams over 11 years after I turned pro and I missed playing at Wimbledon … in 72 and … 73, so that’s 46.”But I don’t think I would have played that many, because if I had I would have been dead!”Rosewall, who is left-handed but switched to playing right-handed at his father’s behest, cut his opponents down to size by “swinging away the backhand shots” despite being only 5 feet 7 inches tall.Nicknamed “Muscles” because of his lack of them, Rosewall sometimes wishes he could have faced some of the greats of the modern era and would have “loved to have tried my chances against Roger”.There is one aspect of playing in the 1950s that he would never swap, however.”In the amateurs there was a lot of camaraderie with the players,” said Rosewall, who was part of tight-knit group that included Laver, Fred Stolle and the late Lew Hoad.advertisement”There was a lot more friendship and togetherness. We travelled together, we ate together, we stayed in the same hotel …”People would ask ‘how can you be so competitive in the matches because you spend so much time together?’.”But that’s the way we were. Even with so many years gone, we’re still friends.”