first_imgWorld number one Novak Djokovic has become the latest tennis player to test positive for Covid-19.It comes after Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all revealed they had coronavirus after playing at Djokovic’s Adria Tour competition.Djokovic, 33, played fellow Serb Troicki in the first event in Belgrade. The remaining Aria Tour events in Banja Luka and Sarajevo have now been cancelled, Djokovic’s brother Djordje has confirmed.“Unfortunately, due to all the events that happened in the last few days, we have decided that the most important thing right now is to stabilise the epidemiological situation, as well as for everyone to recover,” said Djordje Djokovic, who is a director of the tournament.Britain’s Andy Murray said the positive tests were a “lesson for us”, while Australian Nick Kyrgios called playing a “bone-headed decision”.A statement on Djokovic’s website said: “Immediately upon his arrival in Belgrade [after the second event] Novak was tested along with all members of the family and the team with whom he was in Belgrade and Zadar. He is not showing any symptoms.”There have been no ATP Tour events since February because of the global pandemic and the Adria Tour, which is not an ATP Tour event, was one of the first competitions to be staged since then.The first leg in Serbia attracted 4,000 fans, and players were later pictured dancing close together in a Belgrade nightclub.Bulgaria’s Dimitrov played Croatia’s Coric on Saturday in the second leg in Zadar, Croatia.With Croatia easing lockdown measures, players were not obliged to observe social distancing rules and were seen embracing at the net at the end of their matches.Pictures on the tournament’s social media site from Friday showed Dimitrov playing basketball with Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic, while he also put his arm around Coric before their match.Zverev, Cilic and Andrey Rublev, who also played in the Adria Tour, have tested negative, but suggested they will all now self-isolate for up to 14 days.The ATP Tour season is set to restart on 14 August and the US Open will be held without fans from 31 August to 13 September, despite some players voicing concerns about travelling to New York.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgLIPO Director General, Roosevelt Gould Kicks off development of National IP PlanThe Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO) has begun a 12-day stakeholders’ field trip intended to develop a national intellectual property strategic plan to be integrated into the government’s national development agenda.The field trip comes at a time when investors, inventors and artists in the creative sector (film, music, innovation, etc ), are taking steps to ensure that government pays more attention to this lucrative creative industry.Since the country enacted the Intellectual Property Law, no government – past or present, has fully given recognition to the creative sector as an engine of growth due to what they describe as ‘lack of a road map for the sector.’Accordingly, the 12-day LIPO field trip is expected to change things as part of its trajectory will be the development of a national strategic intellectual property (IP) plan that will encourage and facilitate useful creations, critical developments and management and protection of IP at the national level, as well as giving more subsidies to creative industry societies.LIPO director general Roosevelt Gould, who took over the agency less than five months ago,  initiated this crucial activity that will soon see artists benefiting more from their career paths.  Artists have described the plan that is being developed as “a crosscutting document which outlines links with diverse policy areas to ensure effective coordination with other activities.”He added that a national IP strategy strengthens a country’s ability to generate economic growth, both in terms of GDP and human capital.“With the coming of this strategy, everything ranging from literary to artistic works and genetic and biological assets will be protected and the individuals behind them will fully reap their benefits. Without a national IP strategy, it is difficult to unlock these assets in a planned, efficient, and sustainable manner.“The goal of this national IP strategy is the creation, ownership, and management of artists and inventors’ rights to increase economic growth. The world is now being controlled by IP, and if other countries are benefiting from this, it is about time Liberia starts to benefit as well.“We have artists and inventors who are supposed to be millionaires by now, but this is not happening because we lack a national IP strategy. We have a good IP law but in the absence of a national IP strategy – which is a key policy tool to promote public interest in the arts and innovation and for the environment to thrive, then the law remains inactive,” he said.Gould noted that since 2009, LIPO has been undergoing numerous reforms and working hard to make sure that its performance equals and surpasses its mandate.Director Gould added that the 12-day field trip will be managed by two expert consultants sent by the World Intellectual Property Organization to work alongside the agency’s staff to develop the country’s strategic IP plan through stakeholder engagement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more