Hearing on Foodora union push and gig economy gets underway at labour

TORONTO — A hearing related to a union drive at food delivery company Foodora is underway in Toronto and is expected to have significant implications for workers and companies in the gig economy.  The Ontario Labour Relations Board is set to hear a number of issues raised by both couriers looking to unionize, and the company — which opposes the push — including whether couriers are independent contractors or employees, and which couriers should be eligible to vote in a union drive.The board hearing comes after a union certification vote at Foodora in August was challenged, and the results sealed until the issues at the board are resolved.Couriers voted on whether to join the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which has also filed an unfair labour practice complaint with the board over claims that Foodora Canada spread misinformation during the union drive.The treatment of workers in the new gig economy has become a hot button issue globally as major players like Uber, Lyft, and a range of delivery companies challenge assertions that the people doing the driving and delivering are employees.A court in the U.K. found last year that Uber drivers should be classified as workers rather than self-employed contractors, while California legislators are trying to pass a new law to limit when some companies can label workers as independent contractors. The Canadian Press read more

World has learned too little from past says Ban on Day of

Recalling that the 100th anniversary of the first time chemical weapons were used on a large scale on a Belgian battlefield, Mr. Ban said “the events in Ypres in 1915 should be a distant memory – but the frightening truth is we are still grappling with the inhumane and indiscriminate effects of chemical weapons today.”The UN Secretary-General reminded the world about the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria that served as a shocking wake-up call to the international community about the continuing threat posed by these inhumane weapons. “The horrific images of the victims of chemical weapons in Syria should continue to haunt us all,” Mr. Ban said in this year’s message, marking the annual Day of Remembrance, observed on 29 April each year – the date in 1997 on which the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force.The Secretary-General declared it “an outrage that 90 years after the 1925 Geneva Protocol and nearly 20 years after the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention the list of those we mourn on this Day only grows longer.” As such, there is no more meaningful way to collectively honour the victims of chemical warfare and make sure that humankind is forever liberated from the ominous threat of the use of chemical weapons, he said.”On this Day of Remembrance, let us do more than recall the past,” he said. “Let us shape a new future by renewing our common pledge to rid the world of chemical weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction.”He spoke of the importance of the Chemical Weapons Convention, strongly urging those few countries that still remain outside this framework to adhere to it “without further delay,” and reminded the world how the multinational effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapons programme clearly demonstrated what can be achieved when the international community unites. read more

EYEWITNESS Lifting the veil…

…on PNC’s voting focusThe PNC – still using the fig leaf name “APNU” – had its last rally in Georgetown to fire up its supporters for yesterday’s LGE. They beat the bushes with all the ingenuity they could muster (cheap Banks was the clincher for the usual Stabroek Market lumpentariat!) and managed to attract some four hundred bodies.It’s clear that David Granger had been scheduled to address the faithful, but with him stuck in Cuba dealing with his (unrevealed) illness, the party made an interesting choice for its main speaker – Winston Jordan. This in itself is revealing. Why weren’t some of the other party leaders – including newly-elected Volda Lawrence picked? Word is, the infighting within the PNC for leadership in 2020 is reaching boiling point with Granger’s absence and none of the three heavyweights would agree to each other getting exposure.The compromise? Winston Jordan, who, up to now, has been a lacklustre Finance Minister for the past three years after being a faceless flunkey in the Finance Ministry’s Budget Office!! They were playing it safe – ‘cause they knew they couldn’t risk having the Mayoress Patricia Green-Chase in the audience, get onto the stage and speak. While they didn’t tell her to “SHUT UP!”, their tactic was just as effective!! Even the faithful wouldn’t have been able to stand her and with all those beer bottles in their hands, who knows what might’ve happened!!But it might just be they’ve created a monster with presidential ambitions of his own!! Jordan said not a single word about the Municipal Elections nor even mentioned even a single one of the PNC candidates – especially the aforementioned Mayoress! His entire MAIDEN political speech was on the 2020 General Elections and how he would spend the oil revenues and how they must join him to keep out the PPP!!The man was virulent on the race issue. He accused the PPP of “buying off” the Disciplined Forces by giving them a month’s bonus for years – while not doing the same for nurses, civil servants and others in the public sector! He clearly thinks the Disciplined Forces personnel are more easily bought out than the others! But not to worry, he declaimed: comes 2020 and the oil money, “watch with us one more day, one more hour. We are for you, we are for you. We have not forgotten that it’s you who put us here!”The reason why the Government could give them the promised “substantial salary increases” was because they were saddled with a “misery of a sugar industry to deal with” and payments to rice farmers!!The PNC presidential leaders better look out! Air Jordan looks ready to fly!!…on AFC’s demiseWhile the PNC was mining its stomping grounds in Georgetown, the AFC returned to Berbice – more specifically the fishing village of Whim where Moses Nagamootoo was born.  As your Eyewitness had mentioned, Nagamootoo declared the race in that part of the country was “between the AFC and the PPP”!! Well, he had his “Mini rally” in Whim, while the PPP had its in the neighbouring village of Bloomfield.And if these rallies are anything to go by, it just confirmed the “dead meat” status of the AFC – even with fellow Berbician Khemraj Ramjattan at his side! All you’ve got to do is take a gander at the coverage of the AFC “rally” and “march” in the Chronic – which Nagamootoo controls. The Chronic only mentioned “the crowd” without daring to reveal the number in the “crowd”!! The pics were closely cropped to hide the low turnout. But they couldn’t hide that even these were all AFC with their free caps and T-shirts!!In Bloomfield, however, the PPP was blooming like poppies in the field!!…on the President’s medical conditionThe news blackout on the President’s medical condition is unconscionable in a democracy, especially in the face of him being unable to return to Guyana as promised to vote in the LGE.This is causing too much speculation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: SuccessionJuly 3, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”OPINION: Eyewitness: Jailhouse rock…July 8, 2019In “latest news”EYEWITNESS: Sisyphus, his rock…November 26, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

Watch Ministers wont answer questions on U2s tax affairs or Arthurs Day

first_imgEarlier, three former Labour TDs urged Bono and U2 to bring their tax affairs back to Ireland.Dublin North-East deputy Tommy Broughan described U2 as the “greatest rock band by far that came out of Ireland” but said Bono’s “first duty is to his people”:YouTube videos: Hugh O’Connell‘Tough’ Bono insists: ‘I helped bring Google and Facebook to Ireland’Read: Diageo defends Arthur’s Day saying it’s a music festival and celebration of the pub http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QTHX_OZZjgJOBS MINISTER RICHARD Bruton and Justice Minister Alan Shatter would not answer questions about the tax affairs of U2 or the Arthur’s Day event planned for later this week at a press briefing earlier.The two ministers appeared before the media to discuss the Seanad referendum but when asked about Bono’s comments in The Observer yesterday explaining U2′s decision to move their publishing arm to the Netherlands to reduce the band’s tax bill, Bruton said only that Ireland has a “transparent tax code”.When asked about the Diageo-organised Arthur’s Day event planned for this Thursday, Shatter would not comment about concerns regarding possible increases in public order incidents as a result of the event. (Watch the full exchange above)A short time later at a press conference in Iveagh House, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he would not talk the “individual tax matters” of his constituents – of which Bono is one – but joked that his door is open if the frontman wishes to discuss such issues:last_img read more

The wizard speaks Mark Bouris

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Well this week has been a hotbed of discussion about the 28th July Australian bureau of statistics inflation number. Guesstimates are plentiful in every edition of all the newspapers; the question is though who has the best crystal ball? Most popular is a headline number of 3 per cent annualised, that number of course will draw the Reserve into very difficult territory as they may conclude that an interest rate rise in the August meeting must follow. The mitigating factors against that decision, unpopular as it will be, should be addressed. The headline rate needs to be carefully looked at and adjusted if it does not properly reflect a medium term trend.There may well be inputs into the headline number that distort. For example, tobacco and liquor will definitely show a price increase but it’s largely due to new taxes imposed this year. Another input which has surely risen is housing which includes house prices and rent. Both of these have risen but not because the economy is galloping away but because of supply shortages in new housing caused by banks not providing funds to developers the way they used to. The underlying inflation rate might just surprise on the downside and I really hope so. The disruptions in Europe are Herculean and quite frankly potentially disruptive to the raising of capital for banks in Australia. Sovereign risk there is a real threat to the health of the world’s economy. China has revised its growth numbers downwards to around 10 per cent so there may be some pressure released there as well. Whilst the unemployment figure is very good indeed, whether that translates into further wage pressures is a question worth pondering. The usual flow of information is that it does result in higher prices for goods and services as vendors pass the higher wage cost on to consumers but I would hesitate to accept that proposition currently. The reasoning is that vendors are aware that consumers may not be able to bear higher prices and they may actually absorb the wage increase, if any, so that they don’t lose market share. We are hardly in an environment now where goods and services prices are going up. If anything I see discounts and sales on everywhere. Nothing surer though is that if the interest rates do go up in August then it won’t be too many quarters past this one that the RBA considers interest rate reductions. Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on mark.neos@ybr.com.au or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branchlast_img read more

Hurricane Maria hits Barbados

first_img Barbados Prime Minister speaks to country ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian; said country is preparing for 6-12 feet storm surge Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBarbados, September 18th, 2017 – Bridgetown – Hurricane Maria is currently making its way through Barbados. At 11am today, the national hurricane center confirmed that the eye of the storm was located near 14.7 degrees north, 60.1 degrees wear north-northwest of the island.Hurricane Maria is currently moving with maximum sustained winds near 120 mph with higher gusts predicted for the next 48 hours. Hurricane Maria is now a category 3 hurricane and is rapidly strengthening as it moves it way toward the Leeward Islands.As a result, Barbados will remain under a tropical storm watch with flood warnings until 6pm today. Magnetic Media understands that areas in St. Andrew are currently flooded. The met office has also predicated that Hurricane Maria will likely hit other islands such as the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti and may even target Turks and Caicos by the end of this week.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher Multi-millionaire Barbados businessmen arrested in $3m drug bust, yacht suspected in drug trafficking Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#HurricaneMaria, #HurricaneWatch, #LeewardIslands, #magneticmedianews, barbados FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizinglast_img read more

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt planning to live together before marriage

first_imgAlia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor confess love on stage.InstagramRanbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are currently in a happy phase in their relationship and rumours are now doing the rounds of the industry that the lovebirds are planning to live together.Recently, the couple were spotted together stepping out of an interior designer office located in Worli, Mumbai. Ranbir was even seen waving at the paparazzi while Alia looked busy in her own thoughts.According to reports, it is being said that Ranbir and Alia have expressed their wish to move in together to spend more quality time with each other. Earlier, it was reported that Alia was allotting most of her time shooting for Brahmastra to spend ‘we time’ with her boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor.Alia had earlier revealed that she has bought an apartment which is located in the same building where she currently lives in.When Alia was asked if the property was meant to be a love nest of her and Ranbir, she denied it and said that the property will be used as an office space for her own production house named Eternal Sunshine Productions.So there could be a possibility that Alia must be looking to decorate her office and might not be willing to have a live-in relationship with Ranbir. Alia Bhatt, Ranbir KapoorInstagramEarlier, Ranbir and Katrina had moved together when they were in a relationship and were even on the verge of getting married. But Neetu Kapoor was reportedly not in favour of it.As Alia and Ranbir have openly declared their love for each other, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if the couple start living together in the near future. It is also being said that the couple are all in for marriage and may tie the knot soon.Take a look.last_img read more

Kyrie Irving is a better overall player than Steph Curry

first_imgLeBron’s not giving up the East and Kyrie is a better player than StephKevin Love and J.R. Smith are out for the Cavs, Toronto has added mediocre Serge Ibaka via trade and the media is already questioning the certainty of the Cavs making to their 3rd straight Finals. Their lack of faith is disturbing.In Colin’s opinion, it’s absurd to think that Serge Ibaka is going to change the balance of power in the East. LeBron has already played in more games than Michael Jordan with the Bulls and is showing no signs of slowing down. Serge Ibaka isn’t stopping him.If Cleveland is healthy in the Playoffs, or close to it, they should come out East. Colin also thinks that in a matchup with the Warriors, Kyrie Irving is a superior overall player than Steph Curry, as he proved in last year’s Finals.“I think Kyrie overall is a better player than Steph, I think he’s more skilled. I think Steph’s a better shooter.”McGregor’s like Ali, Mayweather’s like…boring.Mayweather/McGregor is reportedly close to going down, and even though Colin thinks the fight is going to be awful, he understands why people want to watch it. Colin thinks the fight itself will be a disaster, but the event will sell record numbers of Pay Per Views because the public always watches interesting and compelling stories.He also thinks that despite his undefeated record, Floyd Mayweather is boring. He’s all about money. Great. That doesn’t make him interesting. The real draw in this fight is McGregor. He’s the most compelling figure in either fight game right now showman instincts in the spirit of Ali. He also thinks he’ll probably get destroyed in the fight.“Conor McGregor is our Ali.”U Conn’s dominance is boring.The U Conn Women’s Basketball team just won their 100th game in a row and there’s no question it’s a remarkable streak and Geno Auriemma is a fantastic coach.While U Conn’s dominance as a program is unquestioned, Colin thinks it’s also fair to point out that their competition level in the women’s game is so poor that they’re rarely even challenged.  He thinks the women’s game has become more of a monument to U Conn than a competitive sport.“Part of the story is, women’s basketball is just a U Conn history museum. That’s all it is.”Draft Mitch Trubisky, but don’t trade for Jimmy Garoppolo? Really?The NFL Draft is coming up and the paralysis by analysis season is well underway. Mitch Trubisky is currently ranked as the top quarterback in the class.Colin is dumbfounded that people are so quick to throw cold water on the idea that teams would give up a first round draft pick for Jimmy Garoppolo, when Trubisky is a one-year starter who struggled against all his best competition.There’s NFL tape on Garoppolo and people aren’t sure, but they’re ready to turn over their franchise to a one-year starter who couldn’t put away Duke. It makes absolutely zero sense.Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss Kevin Love’s knee surgery; if there is any legitimate threat to the Cavs in the East; how many peak years he thinks he has left; if he thinks Magic is the answer to run the Lakers; if he thinks the NBA could make James Dolan sell the Knicks.Glen “Big Baby” Davis – NBA Champ with the Celtics is in-studio discussing LeBron’s remarkable lack of injuries; why he’s amazed by LeBron’s discipline in taking care of his body; what a road trip looks like from an NBA player’s perspective.Phil Savage – Former NFL GM and Executive Director of the Senior Bowl joins the show to talk about this year’s Senior Bowl class; what position he thinks Jabrill Peppers will play in the NFL; if he thinks the SEC has eroded; and what he makes of this year’s college quarterback class.last_img read more

Athlete Caster Semenya features in inspirational Nike ad

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Sportswear brand Nike has featured olympic champion Caster Semenya in a new commercial. The 27-year-old South African has long fought off critics who question her gender with impressive accomplishments on the running track.She says in the inspirational ad: ‘Will it be easier for you if I wasn’t so fast? Will it be simpler if I stop winning? Would you be more comfortable if I was less proud?’‘Would you prefer if I hadn’t worked so hard? Or just didn’t love it? Or stopped at my first steps? That’s too bad, because I was born to do this…’[embedded content]‘Just Do It’The commercial is part of Nike’s 30th anniversary celebrations of the slogan ‘Just Do It’.The promotion has hit global headlines by featuring the USA’s NFL star Colin Kaepernick as face of the campaign.The football star has been denounced by US nationalists for refusing to stand for the US anthem in protest at police brutality and racism.Gold rushSemenya, meanwhile, has had an impressive season. She won gold in 800m and silver in the 400m at the IAAF Continental Cup. South African runner Caster Semenya is featured in a new Nike ad (Photo: Facebook) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img The athlete also has two Olympic medals under her belt. She won silver at London 2012 and gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, both for the women’s 800 meters.Semenya made international headlines in 2009 when she was was subjected to so-called sex verification testing after questions were raised about her gender.The results were never published, apart from a few leaked passages which suggest she might intersex. She has continued to compete in women’s events.The tests drew heavy criticism, especially in South Africa. Critics called the tests racists and said it violated her right to privacy.The runner and her long-term partner Violet Raseboya got married early last year. They tied the knot in a lavish ceremony just outside Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Tadd Fujikawa becomes first US Open golfer to come outLGBT people in South Africa face unprecedented violenceBritish University launches LGBTI student accommodationRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/athlete-caster-semenya-features-in-inspirational-nike-ad/ GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

Regional investment is key to Central American security say foreign ministers

first_imgRelated posts:Central American child migrant crisis ‘one of the greatest tragedies,’ says Costa Rica’s Solís ‘Writing was on the wall’ for child immigrant crisis, says new study Obama to request $1 billion from Congress to help Central America Guatemala has no idea how many of its undocumented citizens live in the United States WASHINGTON, D. C. – The influx of immigrants to the United States from the three countries of Central America’s “Northern Triangle” region won’t see significant reduction until those nations can stand on their own economically.Hugo Martínez Bonilla, foreign minister of El Salvador, and his Guatemalan counterpart, Carlos Raúl Morales Moscoso, attempted to drive this message home during a Nov. 13 event at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.The seminar, “Re-envisioning the Future: A Discussion with Central American Foreign Ministers,” was moderated by Jason Marczak, deputy director at the council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. It preceded by one day a meeting at the Inter-American Development Bank’s Washington headquarters with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and three heads of state: Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador, Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala, and Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras.The three presidents had traveled to Washington in order to unveil their “Alliance for Prosperity” plan, which will largely be financed by the IDB, the U.S. government and other sources. Billed as a sort of “Plan Colombia” for Central America, the proposal aims for a total economic and social transformation of the region, including dramatic investments in job creation, crime reduction and physical infrastructure.“You need to judge us by what we’re doing now, now what happened in our countries before,” said Martínez, alluding to the civil wars and political upheavals of the 1980s and early 1990s. We are very committed to this plan.”A third panelist, Honduran Foreign Minister Mireya Agüero, had been scheduled to join her Salvadoran and Guatemalan counterparts on the podium, but she unexpectedly resigned the week before.Among other things, the Alianza para la Prosperidad del Triángulo Norte – as it’s known in Spanish – calls for an overhaul of tax systems and their management in the three countries, as well as the “creation of special economic zones” that would grant preferential treatment to new investment.“Unfortunately, even though we’re taking measures to strengthen immigration laws or have stronger border patrols, if no one tries to fix the economic situation, there will always be people moving toward the border,” said El Salvador’s Martínez. “Since there are not enough opportunities in their countries, they view immigration almost as an obligation. If we created economic opportunities in the countries where these people are coming from, then immigration would become an option, not an obligation.”Added Guatemala’s Morales: “The lack of development forces people to emigrate. Our immigrants are very nostalgic. When I meet them here, eight out of 10 tell me they want to save money and go back home. If most of them had opportunities in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, they would not emigrate.”See also: Immigrants find themselves torn between hope, defeat on Obama’s plans From left, Jason Marczak, deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center in Washington, D.C., moderates a discussion about Central America with Hugo Martínez Bonilla, foreign minister of El Salvador, and Carlos Raúl Morales Moscoco, foreign minister of Guatemala, on Nov. 13, 2014. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesSome 180 people packed the Atlantic Council’s auditorium for the event, including representatives of think tanks, U.S. government agencies, NGOs and 12 foreign embassies in Washington. Among ambassadors in the audience: Costa Rica’s Román Macaya and Nicaragua’s Francisco Campbell.“When I was 5 years old, I used to play with a child across the street. His name was Felipe,” recalled Martínez. “One day, all of a sudden, I didn’t see him anymore. That was in 1975. I asked my parents where Felipe was, and they told me his family had moved to the States. This was all about a lack of opportunity.”This summer was dominated by news headlines describing the influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. That prompted President Barack Obama to speak out and helped bring the child migrant issue – as well as the tightening of border enforcement – to the forefront of the national immigration debate.However, as Martínez said, “it’s much better to invest in our countries than to add 1,000 more border guards. Our people are hard workers, and are valued for their hard work. We want to develop our countries so that people will want to stay.”Added Morales: “You can have a million soldiers at the border, and you’ll be shocked how many people will still get into the United States. That’s why investing in our economy is better than concentrating exclusively on security. The more we develop Central America, the better it’ll be for the United States. That’s the idea we’re looking for with this alliance.”See also: For Central America’s migrant women, life can change in a secondThe plan presented to the IDB has four basic pillars, said Martínez: economic development and entrepreneurship, safety and security, capital investment and human resources, and the development of capacities at the local level.“If we do not develop all four pillars, we will not have a complete plan,” he stressed. “For example, we can make great strides in entrepreneurship with small- and medium-sized enterprises, but if we don’t concentrate on safety and security, we won’t be able to develop at the local level. Likewise, if we are able to attract investment but the human resources aren’t available, we will be taking a huge risk, because investors would then have to bring people from abroad – which is not what we’re looking for. So we have to work hand-in-hand with investors and the private sector.”Both men stressed the need for business-friendly policies that would lure foreign companies to Central America, which would in turn bring greater stability to the region.“The first thing we must offer is inexpensive energy. That’s something we’re pushing for right now,” said Morales, estimating that electricity costs 15 times as much in Central America as in Mexico, making operating costs prohibitively high.He noted that Guatemala is now in discussions with Belize to connect their national grids, allowing the two neighbors to buy and sell electricity from each other; also in the works is a gas pipeline from Mexico.“We want to improve our ports and roads. How can we tell investors to come if we don’t have the proper roads or ports for them to move their products? Human capital is essential, but we also have to keep in mind ports, so the country can develop itself. If we don’t have competitive energy prices, then investors will go to other countries where electricity is cheaper.”Marczak asked the two foreign ministers how the Alliance for Prosperity is different from the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), a U.S. government initiative that has spent $642 million on assistance to the region since 2008.“There’s a very big difference between CARSI and what we’re proposing,” Morales replied. “CARSI was designed for law enforcement, but our plan seeks development in the region to increase economic opportunities. CARSI was designed by the U.S. government, and our plan was designed by our governments.”Both Mexico and Colombia are viewed by Central American leaders as success stories. Yet the Guatemalan diplomat said the stark difference between his country and Mexico is immediately apparent to anyone who crosses their shared 960-kilometer border.“When we cross into Mexico, we see that all their communities have roads, water, electricity, schools, medical facilities. You feel the government’s presence. On our side of the border, there’s not even water or toilets. Mexico today is completely different from what it used to be.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Putins first week sees wave of challenges

first_imgPutin’s decision not to go to the G-8 summit _ instead sending his predecessor and now prime minister Dmitry Medvedev _ was explained as necessary for Putin to form his Cabinet. That raised eyebrow since Putin’s return to the presidency had been all but certain since he announced his intention to run last September. Some observers suggested it gave Putin a convenient excuse to avoid a highly visible international forum where his tough line against dissent could come under criticism.The harsh measures against protesters on the day before the inauguration and subsequent arrests at smaller protests in the following days were a harsh contrast to Russia’s winter of discontent, during which demonstrators fastidiously stayed within the limits sanctioned by authorities and police in turn kept close watch but did not interfere.But the opposition now is raising the stakes, even setting up a small round-the-clock demonstration in a Moscow square. That puts Putin in a bind. Either he invites international opprobrium with tough police action or risks allowing the opposition to expand its actions to something resembling the 2004 Orange Revolution tent-camp in Kiev. Putin denounced both the Orange Revolution and the similar Rose Revolution in Georgia _ and allowing similar actions in Moscow could be seen as blinking first in a staring match. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories One of Putin’s strong suits against the opposition has been Russia’s remarkable prosperity during his presidency and premiership. That has come mostly because of Russia’s vast reserves of oil, gas and minerals, but the country has sought to move beyond its natural-resources economy to become a manufacturing power.The new Superjet-100 regional airliner is a key piece of that strategy, and Russia is energetically seeking customers for it worldwide. The crash in Indonesia occurred during an Asian sales trip for the plane.No cause has yet been determined, but either mechanical failure or pilot error would be a blow to Russia’s image. If the plane itself was at fault, orders almost certainly would dry up. The plane’s pilot was described as one of Russia’s most experienced, and if his error caused the crash it would follow a run of Russian airline disasters blamed on poorly trained or inattentive crews.The announcement of the foiled plot against the Sochi games hit at two of Putin’s other traditional strong points.Putin drove Russia’s campaign to win the right to host the event and his success was not only a personal victory but a strong endorsement of Russia’s aspirations to be seen as a country that is modern, welcoming _ and secure. Sochi’s location on the fringe of Russia’s insurgency-plagued North Caucasus raised concerns about terrorist attacks, fears that were countered with Putin’s strong record in the fight against Chechen rebels. But the reported plot, blamed on insurgents, underlined that the militants, although less active than in recent years, have not been vanquished _ a fact grimly underscored by the May 3 car bombs in Dagestan. A further embarrassment to the Kremlin could be seen in the claim that the plot was organized in Abkhazia, the Georgian separatist region adjacent to Sochi.Putin, amid his difficult first week in office, did find time to reinforce his image as a strong leader beloved by salt-of-the-earth Russians. On Thursday, he made a well-publicized visit to a tank manufacturing plant in the scruffy city of Nizhny Tagil. The plant became a potent symbol for Putin in January, when a cadre of workers promised him on national television that they would come to Moscow, if needed, to battle the rising protest movement.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories A corps of the most determined has occupied a Moscow square since Wednesday. Although small in number, the defiance is significant in a country where unauthorized rallies are routinely dispersed with force.Putin has also taken hits on other fronts.An airliner that is the pride of Russia’s campaign to regain a foothold in the civilian aviation industry crashed Wednesday under mysterious circumstances in Indonesia. The next day, a project of even greater national significance _ the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, appeared vulnerable: Authorities said they had uncovered an elaborate and heavily armed plot to attack the games in the Black Sea resort.Putin meanwhile baffled the world by announcing that he would not attend next week’s Group of Eight summit in Camp David _ a startling absence for a man who appears to relish the world spotlight.Nor did the days leading up to the inauguration augur smooth sailing for at least the early part of Putin’s new, six-year term. Tensions with the United States got a very public viewing when the military chief of staff threatened pre-emptive strikes if Washington moves ahead with a European missile-defense program. An inauguration eve protest attracted tens of thousands, well more than expected, and vivid scenes of police beating and dragging demonstrators played worldwide. Two car bombs in Dagestan killed 13 and wounded scores. Comments   Share   Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – Vladimir Putin appeared to shed tears of joy the night he won back the presidency in March. After less than a week in office, he may be tempted to shed some in frustration.Since his inauguration on Monday, the man whose 2000-2008 presidency was characterized by steely control and a cowed opposition has faced a wave of confrontations and misfortunes.Opposition activists, energized by this winter’s unprecedented wave of massive protest rallies and angered by Putin’s March 4 re-election, which they claim was riddled with vote fraud, are showing new willingness to risk arrest and police beatings. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Bill approved to regulate dog ownership and strays

first_imgCabinet approved on Tuesday the amended bill on dog ownership and strays which had been sent by the House back for vetting due to the many changes made after exhaustive discussion.According to Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos, the bill aims at “putting an end to the uncontrollable situation as regards stray dogs”.“This is a huge issue which has been plaguing communities for decades,” Hasikos said.“There was no order, nor legislation in place on who bears responsibility for dog licences, who has the authority and responsibility to report those who keep dogs without a licence, to assess how dangerous an animal is,” Hasikos said. The bill, he said, will regulate all these matters.He added that the bill stipulates that the local government bears the responsibility for the creation of dog shelters, and in case communities cannot afford one there is provision for the creation of regional shelters, built with state aid.The bill, Hasikos said, also regulates all issues concerning dog ownership, including the maximum number of dogs that can be kept.The bill was initially approved by the cabinet in September 2014 and was sent for discussion to the House Environment committee, but due to the many changes made it was sent back for vetting in January 2016. After scrutiny, the state legal services sent it back to the House committee which deemed that as it was heavily edited the cabinet had to re-approve it.Discussion of the bill at the House environment committee was very eventful as local authorities kept insisting that they couldn’t afford to enforce the legislation, animal welfare NGOs were failing to coordinate, while the committee chair despaired with the many diverging views between animal welfare groups, the competent authorities and local authorities.The bill – that was several years in the making – provides for fines for not microchiping a dog, not registering it with local authorities, not keeping medical records, bans on keeping dogs on balconies, roof tops or yards in apartment buildings. It also carries harsh penalties for not cleaning up after a dog in public places, for not having a collar, not writing specific details regarding the owner on the collar, as well as for loud and persistent barking that could potentially disturb neighbours.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgA study of the Cypriot driver, presented to secondary school children by justice and public order minister Ionas Nicolaou, found him/her to be a bad driver, careless, dangerous, bloody-minded and with a tendency to ignore traffic rules. The study also found them to be inconsiderate, rude and selfish in the way they behave on the road. Younger respondents, commenting on road habits, noted the lack of respect shown by drivers to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.As regards habits during driving, Cypriot drivers admitted to using their mobile phones – both to talk and to send text messages – drinking, eating and smoking, while some women said they would put make-up on while driving. The youngest drivers (18-19 years) belonged to the high-risk group as their road behaviour was marked by excessive self-confidence about their driving ability, inexperience and no concept of danger; they committed the most dangerous traffic violations.The study said nothing new or anything that was not known, but Nicolaou felt it was a better way to educate teenagers about road safety than through the customary lectures given at schools. The presentation of the study engaged students, many of whom took part in the discussion that followed. He believed that the new approach succeeded in conveying the right messages to the teenagers likely to drive dangerously.While awareness campaigns at schools are necessary they will not make our roads any safer, just as national road safety campaigns have not markedly improved the road behaviour of drivers, which, according to the report remains selfish, dangerous and careless. Campaigns are quite clearly not enough and, at last, the government has realised this. Nicolaou said his ministry is in consultation with the attorney-general’s office about imposing harsher penalties on traffic offenders, including the confiscation of cars and the imposition of driving bans without going to court.We doubt such measures can be introduced, but there are countless other things that can be done to make drivers comply with traffic rules. First, traffic cameras need to be installed on the roads as soon as possible. Second, fines for traffic violations must be increased and automatic bans imposed on drunk drivers. Third, more traffic policemen should be on the city roads – not just on highways with speed traps – issuing fines to drivers for violating traffic rules such us doing right turns where they are not allowed. Fourth, illegally parked cars should be towed away because they also make roads less safe.Hefty and frequent fines plus the threat of a driving ban would soon improve the behaviour of the Cypriot driver. This may seem a harsh approach but it is the only way to make our roads safer, as awareness campaign, obviously do not work.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Reluctant model says she just wants to be herself

first_imgIn a moody, black-clad Goth girl in the graceful body of a model, THEO PANAYIDES finds someone content with being sad Andriana Sophocleous is 1.82m tall and weighs about 59 kilos. This may seem an impersonal way of describing someone, but that’s how it goes in the world of modelling; indeed, the website for Madison Model Management – who’ve been Andriana’s agents almost from her first modelling job a couple of years ago – only supplies models’ names and measurements followed by their height, bra and shoe size, those being much more professionally pertinent details than their hobbies or interests, let alone what kind of people they are. In a word, they’re product.Andriana isn’t famous yet, and doesn’t really sound like she wants to be – but she’s “pretty well-known,” as she puts it, having done work (whether catwalks or fashion shoots) for Timinis, Adam Zohar and NatarGeorgiou and appeared in glossy magazines like Omikron, Must and Madame Figaro. Her walk isn’t that great in high heels – “I never really learned” – but she modelled for Madwalk last year, and may do the same this year. She usually gets about three jobs a month, on average, making around €100 a pop. That’s not very much, I point out. She inclines her head, as if gently reminding me of something I may have forgotten: “For an 18-year-old, it’s pretty okay”.She is indeed 18, the best years of your life according to some (nostalgic) people. Does she feel the way 18-year-olds are commonly presumed to feel? Andriana pauses, thinking about it; she’s blonde and blue-eyed – her mum is a Pole raised in Scotland – with freckles on her nose and a poised, rather dreamy expression. “Hmm… I mean, I don’t think I’m your typical 18-year-old,” she demurs uncertainly. “I mean, I’ve had a pretty rough past. I live with my aunt. I model… I don’t know, it’s kind of a weird phase.”We’re sitting in the garden of an old house in a slightly rundown part of Nicosia, surrounded by animals. There are six dogs – Voulas, Hera, Ares, Laika, Hermes and Nino – plus an assortment of cats, most of them neighbourhood cats who drift in and out. The only permanent resident is Yiannakis who seldom ventures out of the house, possibly embarrassed by the fact of being a female cat encumbered with a boy’s name (Andriana brings her out at the end; she has the lazy, well-fed look of the professional house-cat); others include ET – “’Cause he looks like an alien” – and The Kraken, as in ‘Release the Kraken’. Andriana’s aunt Antigone has already brought us fresh lemonade and the jam tart known as ‘pasta flora’, serving her niece two pieces of cake (to be fair, they’re small pieces; still, so much for anorexic models) before leaving us to it. “Who’s your favourite?” I ask Andriana – indicating the dogs who are barking, cradling in her lap and sniffing madly – surprising her in mid-mouthful. “Mm-hm-hm,” she mumbles, threatening to burst into giggles as she tries to indicate her favourite dog (Laika) and swallow the cake at the same time.Aunt Antigone is an artist, working as an art teacher at the Pancyprian Gymnasium which is also where her niece goes to school (she’s now graduated, barring only final exams at the end of this month). Why does Andriana live with her aunt – and previously her three cousins, who are now at university – however? She pauses again, as if taking a breath before diving down into murky waters. “Well, as I said, I had a pretty rough childhood,” she replies carefully, the domestic situation having grown especially toxic in her early teens when her nine-years-older brother was away studying, leaving Andriana alone in the chaos.Does she mean parents fighting and so on?“Yeah, fights and lies and – other bad things. Two years ago – around two years ago – there was a really big fight at home, and I had to call the police and an ambulance had to come, stuff like that.”Was she herself a victim of this violence?“No, no; only psychologically.” She chuckles nervously. “Yeah, things were tough, and from that night my aunt came, she picked me up, and I never went back.” Her folks are still in Cyprus – now divorced – but “we don’t have much contact”.Did they try to get in contact?“They did in the beginning. But they saw that I didn’t want anything to do with them, so they kind of – stopped.”Does she miss her old life?No, because of the fights, she replies at once – then thinks about it. “I guess I kind of miss something that wasn’t really real,” she ventures. “I miss the idea of having a family. But I know that I’m better off where I am now.”Aunt Antigone is a hero, of course; still, it can’t have been easy getting used to living in what is, after all, someone else’s home. (Andriana is currently installed in one of her cousins’ old bedrooms.) “We got on pretty well from the beginning,” she replies when I ask if she and her aunt had any problems. “I’m just… I’m kind of shy, so it makes people think –” She shakes her head, preferring to drop the subject – but later admits that it took her a whole year just to open up, “just to be able to say when I need something, when I want something”. For a year, I assume, she stayed in her shell, even though she’d been getting (and continues to get) regular counselling – and even though, by that time, she’d started modelling, which must surely be a boost to a troubled girl’s self-esteem.Well, maybe. But she is, it must be said, a reluctant model. “I don’t like makeup, I don’t like fashion!” she wails. “I just want to be myself.” Andriana was spotted in the street, at 16, by a man scouting models for a fashion designer – and, though initially sceptical, she decided to go for it. Before that point, she’d never even thought about modelling; even now, she doesn’t think there’s anything special about her, ascribing her success to the fact that there aren’t many tall, blonde, blue-eyed girls in Cyprus. “Don’t you think you’re beautiful?” I ask, deciding just to ask her point-blank. “No,” she replies at once. Really? She doesn’t? “No, no, no. I’m very uncomfortable with my looks.”What does modelling actually involve?“It involves – wait,” she replies, and breaks off to calm down the dogs, who are barking en masse at a passerby. “Sorry… OK. It involves a lot of hands on you – in your hair, in your face. People fixing you up, you not really talking”. She laughs, as if to say ‘What a job, eh?’. “That’s basically it. You’re just supposed to sit down and look pretty!”Do the other models enjoy it?“From what I see, they seem pretty content with what they’re doing. They’re laughing, they’re having fun. And usually I’m just [sitting] on the side, like, ‘OK, is it time to go out yet?’.” Doesn’t she chat with the others? “I try,” she replies with another nervous laugh. “But then the awkwardness and the shyness kicks in, so…”She’s shy, she keeps telling me so, “very shy and very closed-off”. She thinks of herself as a misfit, insists Andriana, “I’m just not into the stuff other kids my age are; I’m into alternative things”. She’s like some moody, black-clad Goth girl in the graceful body of a model. People at school see her (she presumes) as weird and awkward. How many really good friends would she say that she has in the world?“Uh, like two.”Why not more?“Uh… I think it’s mostly my fault, ’cause usually I feel like a person isn’t – different enough, so I just push them away. ’Cause I feel like they’re going to push me away, once they realise that I’m not… like that.”Do they expect her to be a certain way? Because of her looks, perhaps?“I don’t know,” she replies with a hint of desperation. “I just feel like, whatever the case, I’m going to disappoint them. So yeah, I just – keep away.”You don’t have to be 18 to sympathise with that kind of tricky emotional Catch-22: self-destruction as survival technique, a recalcitrant trait many end up carrying into adulthood – the hallmark of the sensitive person who fully expects rejection, and pre-empts it by rejecting the other. Human behaviour is complex, you could spend a lifetime trying to decipher it. “The world is, of course, nothing but our conception of it,” goes an Anton Chekhov quote which is also the intro on Andriana’s Facebook page; ‘Andriana Sophocleous (Melancholy)’ is the name at the top of that page. Why ‘melancholy’? “Because I usually am melancholy,” she replies candidly, defining the word as a sense of “being content with being sad”. Should we be content with being sad, though? Shouldn’t we try to be happy? “Well, it has its own, kind of, unique beauty. Being sad, and just being negative!”. She laughs at her own outrageousness. “Yeah, I dunno,” she concedes. “Being happy is all right as well.”How much of this is due to the trauma of a difficult childhood, and how much is simply a case of being 18? Hard to say – but there is an undoubted caginess to Andriana, all the more striking since she’s so obviously smart and articulate. It’s notable, for instance, that she loves art and poetry, which are both quite abstract – but not movies, which deal more directly with human emotions. (It’s like you don’t really trust people, I suggest. “I don’t,” she confirms.) It’s also notable that she mentions Charles Bukowski and Friedrich Nietzsche, whom she loves for being nihilists with a jaded view of the world. Come on, I tease light-heartedly, the world is beautiful!“No, I don’t think it is.”“You think human nature is inherently…?”“Evil,” she completes with a nod.Animals, on the other hand, delight her; they always have. She’d originally planned to be a vet, but couldn’t get the grades and has now switched to psychology (not counselling, even though it’s helped in her own life; she’s interested in forensic psychology, or even animal psychology). School, incidentally, seems to be little more than a minor distraction, allowing her to get good grades – she has an 18/20 average – with minimal effort; not because of the modelling, which she juggles easily enough, just because of “who I am as a person. I don’t want to study”.She may indeed be something of a neo-hippy, with potentially radical politics and a yen for a truly alternative lifestyle. She rails briefly against the “one per cent” who cause all the wars and manipulate ordinary people – and also seems to have little time for most of her peers, who live in a bubble and want nothing more than to settle down with a ‘safe’ degree and a good job. “Kids are starving, there are wars – and meanwhile kids [in Cyprus] are on their phone, they’re crying because their boyfriend left them, and I’m like ‘Hello?’.” Yet she doesn’t want to be an activist; quite the opposite, she wants to withdraw. She’d like to live somewhere “isolated,” says Andriana, “like, I dunno, in a forest somewhere… My dream actually is to build a farm and, like, have animals. So somewhere in Nature”. She also, very much, wants a family, “to live what I didn’t have the chance to” and give her own kids what her parents were unable to give her.So a farm, with some rugged farmer type, and about six kids and 20 dogs?“Yeah,” she replies, laughing delightedly. “That’s my ideal life!”Andriana Sophocleous may be 1.82m and 59 kilos, but that doesn’t really tell you much about her. She’s happy enough to model now and then (“It’s pretty solid work”), but it’s fair to say she’s not really model material – so what will become of this rather unusual girl, as she stands on the brink of adulthood? Well, for now she needs to pass those final exams, so as to enrol at the University of Cyprus – though another idea is to study in Scotland where she could also meet up, for the first time, with her family on her mother’s side. It does matter, I suspect, that gap in her life due to the difficult childhood. It’s something she’ll have to make peace with, one way or the other.Meanwhile, the future looms large. It’ll probably take weeks before she even plucks up the courage to talk to anyone at university, she notes ruefully – yet she also affirms that “I like being different, I like being weird, I like being awkward. Because I’m myself”. At least she’s an adult now, I point out. “Yeah, that’s good. But it’s also kind of scary. Because I don’t really know if I’m gonna be able to cope with –” she pauses briefly, indicating life beyond her aunt’s little garden – “the big world out there”. I wish her well.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Without adherence to these instructions,” The anti-racism group Kick It Out also condemned the song.Achievers Club posted a total of 165 runs for the loss of four wickets in 20 overs. Maybe it is a lack of understanding of the need for both the L-G and the state government that has caused a lot of other tussles between Kejriwal and Baijal. The movies I have done are not like that.the actress was confidence personified. But this has posed a problem for actors like me because if I don? The dead were identified as Bhavu Bambhva (11) Nisha Rabari (11), People who spoke in Marathi were called vernacular — a word that’s been turned into a term of mockery. ?

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Though she has portrayed many women-oriented roles, Parthiv Patel (wk), IGP Jammu Zone and SD Singh attended the ceremony along with the IG BSF Jammu Ram Awtar and other senior officers and Jawans of BSF.I will steal you? Earlier this year, as opposed a compelling interest. Many of them left the hall raising anti-LBT slogans. But the inevitable had to happen and it was K Lal Ramdawava who opened the account for the hosts with a stunning effort in the 30th minute. ? he said.

Meanwhile Seth Rollins came face-to-face with new Raw recruit and former NXT? He also tried to show himself as a leader which is an unwritten no-no in the BSP. ? albeit slender,before blowing away four match points to help Chochuwong drawlevel at 20-20 But the Indian managed to get over the hiccup and wrap upthe issue soon after for what would be a massivemorale-booster for her For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 20 2016 3:17 am Top News IF ALL goes to plan for the Chandigarh administration its departments will go paperless by the year-end The move is aimed at creating a simplified responsive effective and transparent working environment As per the schedule the project is expected to be launched in December Share This Article Related Article Giving details UT director information technology Prince Dhawn said the files in each department would be moved into electronic mode right from dealing hand to the highest decision-making authority Under the proposed system the dealing hand will put up noting in e-forms The system will also enable the officials of the departments to keep track of the movement of files The system will also help the departments in automating other functions such as leave management employee management and tour approval “The system will enable time-bound delivery of services” said Dhawan For implementing the initiative digitisation of office records of all departments back-end computerisation of offices through software and use of digital signature certificates is required Dhawan informed that contracts of digitisation of records and management of digitised records have been given to two companies National Informatics Centre (NIC) has been asked to develop the software “It’s a major project for us and we are hopeful of making all our departments paperless by December” said Dhawan The Chandigarh administration has laid emphasis on e-governance in its revised smart city proposal In a poll conducted by the administration a total of 68 per cent people wanted online delivery of citizen services as pan-city solution Despite failing to make it to the first 20 cities to be developed as smart city Chandigarh figures on the list of 23 cities out of which 20 will be put on fast track These 20 cities will get the same funds as smart cities and they will have to re-submit their proposals for this purpose by April 20 In 2014 a ‘failed’ attempt In 2014 the administration had made an attempt to make two of its departments – information technology and health- paperless with launch of e-office solution on a pilot basis Training was imparted to the staff of both the departments and nearly Rs 10 lakh was spent on procuring the software The departments used the system for a few months and stopped thereafter citing ‘technical reasons’ Dhawan said the new software would address the issues that cropped up with the previous version WATCH INDIAN EXPRESS VIDEOS HERE For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | Houston | Published: April 16 2017 12:10 pm Top News Fourth-seeded Steve Johnson beat top-seeded Jack Sock 4-6 6-4 6-3 on Saturday in an all-American semifinal in the US Men’s Clay Court Championship Johnson won his lone ATP Tour title last year on grass at Nottingham in England He will face eighth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil a 5-7 6-4 6-2 winner over American Ernesto Escobedo “I just got lucky in the end” said the 27-year-old Johnson a two-time national collegiate champion at the University of Southern California “He missed some first serves and a couple forehands which is abnormal for him and I just took my chances and was able to get it This is great my first final on US soil It’s fun to give myself a chance” A week ago Sock and Johnson were on the same side coming up short together in a losing effort by the US Davis Cup team in the quarterfinals against Australia “Whomever I’m playing it’s business” said Johnson who had dropped four of his five previous ATP World Tour matches against Sock “That’s sports You’re going to play guys you’re buddies with You’ve got to put it aside and go about your business” Sock won the 2015 event at Forest Oaks for the first of his three tour titles and finished second last year He’s the highest-ranked US player at No 16 “He played well at the end and deserved to win” Sock said “He does what he does He slices his return well and puts some in the corners” Sock served almost flawlessly until the eighth game of the second set when he double-faulted for the first time and faced double-break point He extricated himself from that jam but was finally broken in the 10th game setting up another third set _ his third in three days Sock broke back straight away then held for 2-0 and 3-1 before Johnson charged winning the final five games of the match Sock save one match point with a crosscourt forehand winner then ripped a forehand return down the line to reach break point himself before Johnson re-composed himself leveling the game and putting Sock away with his 11th ace Bellucci has won four tour events all on clay Making his first appearance in the only ATP event played on clay in North America he won his fourth three-set match in four days It marked the first time in 27 years going back to David Wheaton in 1990 that a player needed 12 sets to reach the final The 20-year-old Escobedo a wild-card entry into the tournament reached his first ATP-level semifinal after taking out John Isner the 2013 champion and the No 2 seed After breaking Bellucci in the 12th game of the first set to gain the upper hand Escobedo struggled with his own serve the rest of the way Before Houston he’d never won an ATP match on clay But getting to the semifinals lifted him to a provisional 72nd in the world Escobedo having spent his formative tennis years on public hard courts in the West Covina area of Los Angeles is the first Mexican-American to crack the top 200 since Pancho Gonzalez “I learned a lot of things this week like that I can play on the clay” Escobedo said “I like it a lot It’s fun I’m enjoying myself on the court So many players say it’s not their best surface so they just tank I feel like I belong in the ATP I think my game is there I just have to keep working It’s a long journey I can’t wait for the future” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: March 9 2016 1:19 pm The 73-year-old “Star Wars” actor discussed her condition at the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Find a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES) event reported Us magazine (Source: AP) Related News Veteran actor Harrison Ford opened up about his daughter Georgia’s battle with epilepsy? Reserve price of numbers such as 110, something they couldn’t celebrate before Shahid Kapoor’s wedding to Mira owing to the actor’s hectic schedule. where some pujas had a history of over 150 years. The SCs are currently enjoying 15 percent reservations while the BCs have a total quota of 25 percent. the then BMC commissioner Sadashiv Tinaikar had given us three spaces, in an interview with NDTV decided to clear the air regarding her role in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh?

the IITs used to have a five-year programme for both engineering and science degrees. anti social journalist who was stuck reporting news that didn’t matter to a party girl, says the vibrant Rani, aur main chala rahi hoo apna kaam kaise bhi. I also had to do a lot of running around to High Court to the Minister to the Secretariat ki woh mereko sataa rahe hai I had to do that also These players who are winning right now don’t have to do that They only meet the ministers to receive the reward But I was meeting the minister to allow me to play So there is a stark difference Mere fitness ke baare mein Arif sir ko bolne ka haq hai (has the right to say) I get it because he supported me unconditionally Mere parents ko bolne ka haq hai main unka sunoongi But people who pulled me down repeatedly why should I listen to them You encourage me and then you tell me “Jwala tumhara fitness is kharaab” Without questioning I’ll do anything that a person tells me if he encourages me So no one has any right to talk about my fitness And I’ve been No 1 for many years Do you want to be in an admin or coaching role Admin and coaching both actually I don’t think anybody understands doubles in our country better than me Not knowledge wise but I’ve played at that level And Indian way of doing things I know Admin wise attitude towards doubles needs to change We also want to do lot of talent scouting Numbers are just not enough for doubles I’ve noticed Indian players should work a lot on tactics Understanding of doubles is what they lack What do you cherish most in career; any regrets Korean Open beating World No 1 they did not expect me to play as well as I did My defence was going well when the guy kept smashing at me I could pick up and place any guy’s smash At All England against doubles legend Lee Yong Dae we lost 3rd game 23-21 Great match CWG gold medal match was surreal family was there No regrets about choosing doubles What I did was right didn’t do anything wrong I’m very proud of it – I’m a very proud person What are your off-court interests Off court I’m easy going People say Jwala speaks her mind but I’m very adjusting I’m a very happy person I was very different from other badminton players I did not bring badminton home I wouldn’t eat sleep drink badminton or talk about it to friends I switched on and off easily it kept me balanced My other interest were watching news politics and women’s issues I’m a proud feminist people get irritated with that word. In 2009, 2017 22:32 PM Tags : #Reuters Also See London: Veteran Spanish international Cesc Fabregas is happy he has proved Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wrong and shown he is an indispensable part of the Premier League champions’ side.as against the Cherry Blossom polish that they used to get previously.while rejecting the agency’s remand application, ? The arrested persons have been identified as the victim?

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