Federer edges Youzhny in 5 sets at US Open; Nadal needs 4

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul A couple of seeded men departed, too: No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 15 Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up.The No. 3-seeded Federer won five consecutive U.S. Open championships from 2004-08 and also was the runner-up twice, including two years ago. But he missed last year’s tournament while taking off the second half of the season to let his back and surgically repaired left knee fully heal.That back, an off-and-on issue for years, flared up again while Federer was losing in the final of the Montreal Masters in August. He didn’t get to fully work on returns or serves, in particular, as the U.S. Open approached. That lack of training and the resulting lack of timing — rather than pain from his back — is what Federer said caused him problems Tuesday night in the first round against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe and again against Youzhny, a former top-10 player who reached the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Open semifinals but is now ranked 101st.“I’m pretty confident that I’m only going to get better from here. That’s a good thing,” Federer said. “Because I’ve played a lot, I definitely found some rhythm now.”He did falter repeatedly Thursday, though.Federer let a lead slip away in the second set and got broken while serving for it at 5-4.“He helped me to come back,” Youzhny said.Federer stumbled again while serving for the fourth set at 5-3, but responded to a break there by breaking right back.Still, Federer’s unforced errors continued to mount in the fifth set — 11 in the first four games alone, including a badly shanked forehand on his first break point at 2-1, a netted backhand on his second, and a long forehand to let Youzhny hold there. Eventually, Federer nosed ahead, aided by the considerable dip in the 35-year-old Youzhny’s level of play.While Federer played his first-round match Tuesday under the roof in Ashe, Youzhny’s opener was postponed until Wednesday because of rain, and he blamed that for his fatigue. His legs started cramping late in the third set Thursday and then reached other parts of his body, even his fingers, by the end. That made it hard to move forward or to jump normally while serving. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He’s also a real man who plays tennis,” Youzhny noted. “He’s not a god.”Well, OK, that’s true. But remember: Federer did not drop a single set en route to his record eighth Wimbledon championship in July. And that he is 37-3 with five titles, including two at majors to raise his record total to 19.Second on that list, with 15, is No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal, who trailed by a set and a break before figuring things out and beating 121st-ranked Taro Daniel of Japan 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in Ashe at night. That followed 20th-seeded American CoCo Vandeweghe’s 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory over Ons Jabeur of Tunisia under the lights.What already was a wide-open women’s bracket became more so when 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset by 116th-ranked Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. The No. 8-seeded Kuznetsova’s exit means five of the top eight women are already gone.Two other seeded women lost to Americans in the afternoon: Shelby Rogers edged No. 25 Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (5) in a tournament-record 3 hours, 33 minutes, and Jennifer Brady eliminated No. 23 Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-1.ADVERTISEMENT Promoters: Pacquiao-Horn rematch won’t happen this year Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after winning a point against Taro Daniel, of Japan, during the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK — A bad back prevented Roger Federer from getting ready for the U.S. Open the way he prefers to prepare for a Grand Slam tournament. And it’s showed so far.Federer blamed a lack of proper practice after making an uncharacteristic 68 unforced errors and being forced to go five sets again before coming back to edge a cramping Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side It is the first time the 36-year-old Federer has played five-setters in both the first and second rounds at a major tournament.“I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on. Maybe I struggled more than I would have liked to. But I’m still in the draw, which gives me a chance. I still believe I’m going to pick up my game and become just more consistent because I’m not playing all that bad,” Federer said. “It’s just that I’m going a bit up and down in waves throughout the match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGiven that Federer entered the day with a 16-0 career record against Youzhny and a 16-0 mark in the U.S. Open’s second round, one might have thought that their match would be a mismatch.Think again. At 1-all in the deciding set, Youzhny collapsed to the court, grabbing at his right leg after whiffing on an attempted swat at Federer’s lob. Youzhny stayed down for a few moments, then grimaced and limped around for the rest of that game.Afterward, Youzhny chuckled at the mention of having lost all 17 matches against Federer, even leaning back in his chair and joking about how he would have completed the upset if Grand Slam rules were different: “I beat him in three sets now — but we played five sets. But come on, if we played three sets, I already beat him!”Federer, naturally, preferred to look at matters from a different perspective.“I find my way,” he said. “I don’t panic.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Watch: Bhangra dancers welcome Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya to the crease

first_imgIndian batsmen Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya were welcomed by Bhangra dancers as they walked out to the middle on Day 2 of their warm-up match against Essex in Chelmsford. India, who are playing their only practice match before the five-Test series against England gets underway from August 1, were 322/6 overnight after opting to bat first.Karthik was unbeaten on 82 while Pandya was 33 not out when play resumed on Thursday.India have a huge fan base in England. They have so far played six limited-overs matches (three T20Is and three ODIs). England won the ODI series while India clinched the T20I series before that. In fact, there was overwhelming support for India in the first match of the tour, a T20I which India won convincingly thanks to heroics from Kuldeep Yadav and KL Rahul.The two batters make their way to the ground with a traditional welcome by the locals.#ESSvIND pic.twitter.com/uqqPt9pOvlBCCI (@BCCI) July 26, 2018India vs Essex: India post 322/6 on Day 1There was some controversy before the practice match against Essex started. What was supposed to be a four-day affair was reduced to a three-day game. Initial reports suggested the visitors were not happy with the ground conditions but it later emerged India wanted to cut down time spent in Chelmsford because of the oppressive heat. Besides, the team management decided it would be a good idea to spend an extra day at Birmingham, the venue of the first Test.Virat Kohli receives Barmy Army’s International Cricketer of the Year awardsadvertisementIndia should be reasonably happy with their practice match so far. Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane failed but Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul scored fifties and spent valuable time in the middle. Besides, there was a nice moment on the sidelines when the Barmy Army presented the Indian captain with trophies for the International Cricketer of the Year (2016 and 2017).Watch: Dhawan out first ball in tour match vs Essex, Pujara lasts 7 ballsOn Thursday, there was more colour as dancers clad in colourful clothes danced the Bhangra as Karthik and Pandya walked out to bat. Despite the glittering welcome, Karthik, who was unbeaten on 82 overnight, was dismissed off the first ball of the day.Karun Nair, who made a sterling triple hundred against England in 2016, was the next to be dismissed, managing only four. Meanwhile Pandya, who was unbeaten on 33 overnight, reached a classy fifty.last_img read more

2 days agoLiverpool reacts furiously to ‘racist’ Origi from own supporters

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool reacts furiously to ‘racist’ Origi from own supportersby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have reacted furiously to a banner depicting Divock Origi in Genk.The Reds labelled the flag ‘highly offensive’ after it briefly hung from the second tier in the away end prior to kick-off in Belgium.A Liverpool spokesperson said: “Liverpool Football Club condemns the offensive banner displayed in our section of the ground, prior to kick off.”To be clear, the image used perpetuated a racist stereotype.”This is completely unacceptable. We acted swiftly to have the banner removed and we are now working with the local authorities and stadium team in Genk to identify those responsible.”Any subsequent action will be taken in keeping with our sanctions process.” last_img read more

Nebraska Hosted A Top DE Recruit Yesterday

first_imgNebraska flag bearer waves massive Nebraska flag.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 25: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves a flag after the first score during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 42-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)As Nebraska continues an off-season of recruiting and retooling, some top prospects are trickling their way to Memorial Stadium. Among the latest targets is junior college pass rusher Datona Jackson, who has recently added Nebraska to his list of potential schools.According to Big Red Today, Jackson has decided to add Nebraska to his official visit list, and went to visit on Wednesday.He told the publication that it was Nebraska head coach Scott Frost who convinced him to give the school a look.“He talked me into it,” Jackson said. “I liked what he had to say, and he seems like a pretty good head coach.”Jackson’s official visits have been to Colorado, UCLA, and USC. He is reportedly set to make a visit to Florida this weekend.Though he graduated from high school in 2013, Jackson took several years off before joining College of the Desert, where he quickly made an impact.In just nine games for the junior college, Jackson had 8.0 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss.[Omaha World-Herald]last_img read more

Experienced full religious freedom in India as vulnerable minority Tibetan Commissioners dissent

first_imgNew Delhi: On Sunday, as there was much ballyhoo and outrage from the usual suspects over the US Religious Freedom Report 2018, with both BJP and MEA rejecting it findings. In a statement, BJP media head and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni said, “The basic presumption in this report that there is some grand design behind anti-minority violence is simply false. On the contrary, in most of such cases, these instances are carried out as a result of local disputes and by (people with) criminal mindsets.” Whenever needed, PM Modi and other BJP leaders have strongly deplored violence against minorities and weaker sections of the society, he added. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France However, Dr Tenzin Dorjee, the Commissioner of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom wrote a powerful dissent note where he disagreed with the tenor of the report on religious freedom in India. He dissented with the view that India’s religious freedom conditions ‘continued on a downward trend’ and that the ‘government allowed and encouraged mob violence’. He said India is an open society with a a robust democratic and judiciary system. He shared his experience of living in India for 30 years as a Tibetan refugee and vehemently defended India’s multi-faith society. He compared it to communist China which ‘systematically, egregiously, and continuously destroyed Tibetan religion, language, culture, and environment’. In comparison he observed, the Tibetan culture and language had flourished in India.(With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton wins French GP to extend Mercedes unbeaten run to 10

first_imgLw Castellet (France): Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead and continued his relentless run of success on Sunday when he scorched to an emphatic victory ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the French Grand Prix on Sunday. The defending five-time champion repeated his pole-to-flag triumph of 2018 with a flawless drive to his fourth win in succession, sixth this season and 79th of his career. His victory extended Mercedes’ unbeaten start to the 2019 season to eight races and their overall winning streak to 10, the Silver Arrows leaving their main rivals trailing in their wake again. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevIn sweltering conditions, he extended his title race lead over Bottas to 36 points – with Charles Leclerc finishing a strong third following a determined drive in his Ferrari. Max Verstappen was fourth for Red Bull ahead of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari and the resurgent McLaren of Carlos Sainz. Vettel, who started seventh after a troubled qualifying, took a late pit stop for fresh tyres and snatched fastest lap and a track record by 0.024 seconds from Hamilton in the final seconds. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsDaniel Ricciardo was seventh for Renault ahead of Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo and Nico Hulkenberg in the second Renault with Lando Norris finishing 10th despite hydraulics problems in the second McLaren. “It’s definitely been a really good weekend,” said a beaming Hamilton. “It’s such a challenge out there and I live that, really trying to find the edge. “I couldn’t do it without this incredible team and we are creating history – and I am so proud to be part of it.” Bottas, who resisted a late charge from Leclerc, said: “Ultimately, Lewis was quicker today and I couldn’t match his pace.” Leclerc said: “I gave it everything, but the Mercedes are just too quick.”last_img read more

The Thursday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Thursday, Nov. 9———CANADA SAYS NO TPP ON THE HORIZON: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada won’t be pressured into prematurely signing a deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The U.S. pulled out of the trade deal earlier this year and the 11 remaining signatories have been trying to salvage the deal. Trudeau told reporters at this week’s APEC meetings in Vietnam that Canada won’t sign a deal just because there is pressure to sign a deal.———TRUDEAU TO MEET WITH MYANMAR’S LEADER: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is due to meet one on one with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday. The meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Vietnam will be their first since a crackdown by Myanmar security forces that has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims into exile since late August. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and the United Nations have said the violence against the Rohingya amounts to ethnic cleansing.———FEDS MAKE CHANGES TO PARENTAL LEAVE: Starting early next month, new parents planning to take leave can spread their federal benefits over a longer period. The federal government’s long-promised changes to parental leave rules take effect Dec. 3. Eligible new parents can take up to 18 months of employment insurance benefits after the birth of a child.———SASK PREMIER ADMONISHES GOVERNOR GENERAL: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has weighed in on the debate regarding comments that Gov. Gen. Julie Payette made recently. Some people say a speech Payette made last week mocked people of faith and appeared to be critical of those who believe in creationism and horoscopes. Wall said on Thursday that Payette’s comments don’t meet the standard of conduct that comes with her position, saying it shows an “insensitivity to millions of Canadian who don’t agree.”———COURTS DEAL WITH PATIENTS ON LIFE SUPPORT: Two Ontario court cases involving people deemed brain dead are generating debate on whether Canadian laws should clearly spell out what constitutes death. The two separate Ontario cases both involve religious objections to the concept of brain death. The lawyer representing families involved in the two cases contends the absence of a legal definition of death creates a grey area, particularly when it comes to issues such as religious accommodation. Some legal and medical experts say enshrining the definition of death in law wouldn’t change much and they caution imposing a rigid definition could create issues down the road.———MONTREAL SHOPPING MALL CRITICIZED FOR BRINGING SANTA OUT ON REMEMBRANCE DAY: Some people are calling for a Montreal shopping mall to reschedule a visit by Santa Claus about an hour before Remembrance Day services are to begin on Saturday. Some people have taken to social media to say Place Versailles is showing a terrible lack of judgement. The mall responded that it isn’t logistically possible to have Santa come another day.———N.S. GOVERNMENT AVOIDS ADDRESSING QUESTIONS ABOUT LACK OF DOCTOR FOR PREGNANT WOMAN: Nova Scotia Health Minister Randy Delorey says a woman halfway through her pregnancy who doesn’t have a doctor is not the norm in the province. Kristen DeJong said on Thursday that she now has an appointment with an obstetrician at the end of the month, but only after months of phone calls to nurse practitioners, clinics and doctor’s offices. Delorey said he was concerned about the number of times DeJong has tried to reach out for help.———IMPERIAL TOBACCO WANTS CIGARETTES REGULATED THE SAME AS MARIJUANA: Imperial Tobacco is urging Canadian governments to use the same approach to regulate tobacco and nicotine as they plan to do for marijuana. CEO Jorge Araya told a business audience on Thursday that his company isn’t looking for a cut in tobacco taxes. He says instead Imperial wants a competitive tax regime for other nicotine products such as e-cigarettes, which represent the future growth of his industry.———TRUMP EXTENDS OLIVE BRANCH TO CHINA: U.S. President Donald Trump has set aside his blistering rhetoric in favour of friendly overtures to China as he winds down a two-day visit to Beijing. He’s trying to flatter his hosts into establishing a more balanced trade relationship and doing more to blunt North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. Trump is suggesting that if the U.S. and China jointly took on the world’s problems, they “can solve almost all of them, and probably all of them.”———FAMILY OF MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING CHURCHGOERS SAYS HIS FAMILY IS IN SHOCK: The father of the man Texas authorities say killed more than two dozen people in a shooting at a small-town church says his family is grieving. Michael Kelley is the father of shooter Devin Patrick Kelley. He spoke to ABC News Wednesday from his Texas home. Authorities say the younger Kelley died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The father says he doesn’t want the “media circus” surrounding the massacre to destroy “our lives, our grandchildren’s lives.”last_img read more

Call me by your name Archiving history present of archrivals India Pak

first_imgNew Delhi: Gujarat in India, Gujrat in Pakistan; Hyderabad here and also there; Delhi Gate in Lahore and Lahori Gate in Patiala. Then there is the favourite sweetmeat of many Indians, the Karachi halwa, while the Pakistanis relish Bengali samosa. Some names have withstood the uneasy decades since Partition, standing out like little beacons of oneness in a landscape fraught with hostility but also hope between two neighbours sharing a border and age-old cultural ties. India-Pakistan, locked into a hyphenated relationship of a shared history and a divided present, is not just about rift but also about the many vestiges of unity that have survived seven decades. It’s about the names of streets, shops, monuments, food and more, say historians and others on both sides of the border. With the recent escalation in tensions following the Pulwama terror attack, this legacy has come under increasing strain. The spotlight of unwelcome attention fell on the Karachi Bakery in Ahmedabad and Bengaluru after the February 14 strike, which prompted the first aerial combat between the two countries since 1971 and led to the capture of an IAF pilot by Pakistan on February 27. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was released almost three days later on March 1. The managements of the two stores were told by vigilantes to hide Karachi’, Pakistan’s buzzing commercial centre, from their signboards. Forced to show their Indianness, they also put up a tricolour along with posters reading that the brand was established in 1953 by a Sindhi, Khanchand Ramnani, who migrated to India after Partition and is “absolutely Indian by heart”. The ripple effect of fear could be seen in other cities, including in the national capital, particularly the historic walled city. “All I can tell you is that we are as Indian as anyone standing or doing business in the street out here. Anyone judging our loyalty for this nation by the name of my shop, which is there for over good 50 years now, is despicable,” said an Old Delhi based trader.last_img read more

Head of UN environment agency to attend opening of Olympic Games

UNEP has been working with the Beijing Olympic Committee for the last three years with the aim of making the games environmentally-friendly.The Chinese Government has spent $17 billion on a large-scale green drive ahead of the games, including a series of long-term environmental improvements for the city.As part of this, the city has introduced tougher standards for vehicle emissions and phased out ozone-depleting substances. The authorities have also expanded Beijing’s public transport network with three new subway lines and have introduced 3,800 compressed natural gas buses – one of the largest fleets in any city in the world.UNEP says that the Olympic venues themselves also have many green features: 20 per cent of their energy comes from clean wind sources; solar power features prominently in the Olympic Village; and the Bird’s Nest stadium has an advanced rainwater recycling system.Mr. Steiner will visit several of the green facilities built for the Olympics including Beijing’s newly-inaugurated subway lines and the Solar Wall – 2,000 square metres of solar panels.On 8 August, he will take part in the Olympic torch relay before attending the Opening Ceremony. While in the city, Mr. Steiner will also meet with China’s Environment Minister, Zhou Shengxian, and Wan Gang, the Minister for Science and Technology.Mr. Steiner will also take part in a special event on volunteering for the Olympics on 7 August alongside film star Zhou Xun, who is the Chinese Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and Khalid Malik, the UN Resident Coordinator in China.In the second half of 2008, UNEP will produce a post-games environmental report to assess the successes and challenges of the environmental measures taken by Beijing for the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 4 August 2008The head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, is to attend the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics on 8 August as part of the agency’s continuing support for the greening of the games, it was announced today. read more

Five males arrested in midlands over alleged sexual assault

first_img Friday 3 Mar 2017, 9:43 PM http://jrnl.ie/3270182 11 Comments Share Tweet Email By Cianan Brennan 28,036 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 3rd 2017, 9:43 PM Source: Rollingnews.ieFOUR TEENAGERS AND one juvenile were arrested this week in connection with an alleged sexual assault.It’s understood that the alleged assault involved a 17-year-old girl and happened in a midlands town on 27 December.The five males were arrested on Wednesday, 1 March.All five were released yesterday without charge.Gardaí have confirmed that a file is being prepared on the matter for the Director of Public Prosecutions.Read: Gardaí seeking public’s help to trace missing 16-year-old from WaterfordRead: Castlepollard Mother and Baby Home survivor: ‘We’re not shocked by the news’ Short URL Five males arrested in midlands over alleged sexual assault The alleged assault happened in a midlands town on 27 December.last_img read more

The struggle for a better future

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram My name is Irene Angeliki and I’m 15 years old. I’m from Volos, where I was born and raised. Volos is famous for Jason and his Argonauts and Mount Pelion – the mythological homeland of Chiron the Centaur, tutor of many ancient Greek heroes. It is a city that will enchant you with its natural beauty and history, managing to perfectly combine nature, tradition and culture. I arrived in Australia seven months ago. My story began when I was at scouts camp, with a phone call from my mum. She called me saying that she applied through the government to work abroad as a Greek language teacher, and in October, the Ministry of Education approved her three-year secondment.So earlier this year in January, my mum and I left our country for the country of the Aboriginals, leaving behind my dad and brothers, relatives and friends. By coming here, my mum and I join those who want to experience something different, exploring the unknown to discover something new, gaining experiences and grabbing every opportunity, ensuring a better tomorrow for our family – that is our purpose. Having only each other, we found a share room within a week – a place to call home. We lived there for three months, and I was enrolled in Oakleigh Grammar. The week after we arrived, I started Year 10, which I had already begun in Greece. The adjustment was sharp and a great wave of difficulties lay ahead. In the struggle for survival in an unknown place coexists the hope for a better future and nostalgia for the homeland; it is difficult to leave a life of intense routine, even if you hate it. I cannot deny that I still feel like my life is at home in Greece, and there are some moments that I am sure I will not be able to live in this country, but now I have found some rhythm. Leaving my teachers at the Music School of Volos, everyone said that I would adapt easily. They said I would have new experiences that would open my horizons and meet another world. On the one hand they were right, but on the other, they were not – the adjustment was not easy. I do not have friends to hang out with, but I don’t seek them out because I came here with a purpose.All my friends are in Greece and even though we communicate almost every day, it is not the same. They are not here with me and their warm hug is far away. I have them in my mind, because they have their own struggles to cope with the demands of school. But I have my mum at my side, of whom I am very proud because she made a difficult decision that few would make and that is worthy of admiration. She is a true hero, a true model of a teacher. We’re always next to each other, our bond as mum and daughter growing stronger, while we think of my dad and brothers, Apostolis and Constantinos. Unfortunately, the economic crisis divides many families every day, but our family is standing proud and smiling, even though we are miles away. Greek people never kneel in difficult times, and I am a proud Greek that will never bend her head. After seven months of difficulties, I managed to get a scholarship for the Melbourne Theatre Company. Always staying faithful to my purpose and having Volos in my mind, I want to make Greece proud even though I am so many miles away from my country. Every day I feel a tangle of emotions; on the one hand I feel sorry that I cannot be in Greece, but on the other hand I feel relieved because now I feel like I hold the future in my hands.I hope when I grow up, with God’s help, that I will be able to stand on my own two feet and see all dreams begin to take colour. I want to help my country – the mother of civilisation – and as a child of the bourgeoisie, to strive towards my dreams, my own expectations, without fear and insecurity. Regarding immigrants or refugees arriving in Greece, I can say that they too are people, people who want to live. In the turmoil of their homeland, they abandon their homes and pay a price to be saved. Each of these people carries their own history, desires, damaged dreams and hopes. History repeats itself, as many say. Similar images filled with blood of Greek history come alive in front of our eyes; Greeks from unforgettable homelands had experienced the same horror and today yearn hopelessly for their distant homelands of Pontus and Asia Minor, on the other side of the Aegean. Nowadays, Greece is bleeding from the exodus of the Greeks, who are immigrants to other countries for a better tomorrow and it is a bridge for many others looking for the best tomorrow. So much pain, so many people, so much misery in my already wounded country. Who is to blame for all of this? Perhaps one day instead of blaming other countries and bombarding them, we will take the situation into our own hands and help those people for a better future.last_img read more

Time Inc Dominates in Twitter Followers

first_imgWith use of social media reaching near ubiquity among the U.S. population, its importance to publishers cannot be overstated. Twitter, specifically, has emerged as one of the most important platforms in the space, which has resulted in magazine publishers scrambling to up their number of followers.According to MagazineRadar, which tracks 5,000 titles on a daily basis, Time Inc. dominates in number of followers among magazine brands on the site, with five titles in the top 10, four of which are in the top five. As of yesterday, People leads the way with more than 3.5 million followers; Time is close behind, with 3.2 million followers, while InStyle, in the third spot, trails by 1 million, with an audience of 2.1 million. Fairchild Publications’ Women’s Wear Daily breaks up Time Inc.’s top five dominance, taking the fourth tier position with its almost 1.99 million followers. Entertainment Weekly trails behind just slightly, with 1.97 million. (Entertainment Weekly broke 2 million later in the day.)Even with so many followers, People is still seeing growth, with the number increasing 4.19 percent in just the last 30 days. Of the top ten, National Geographic saw the most growth in the last month, with an 11.48 percent increase to 1.48 million. The Economist saw the second-largest amount of growth, with an 8.64 percent increase to 1.68 million.Engaging FollowersBut while a high number of followers is certainly an advantage, it’s how publishers are engaging with them that, perhaps, matters most.“You’ve only got a few seconds of someone’s attention (at best) on Twitter,” Time’s social media producer Allie Townsend told FOLIO: last year, “so what you’re writing needs to earn their click. Don’t be afraid to be urgent, funny, maybe even a little sarcastic if the story calls for it.”“With magazines in particular, there’s a temptation to send out headlines and get people to click on them,” Solar Industry editor Jessica Lillian said at the time. Her magazine, which serves solar industry professionals, has 15,979 followers. “You have to surround that with conversation; engage, reply and talk to followers.”Measuring Social Media ReachWhile Time Inc. magazines have clearly emerged as leaders on Twitter, it can be difficult to quantify a magazine’s total reach on the site because many brands have more than one handle, each of which may have an overlapping audience: While @glamourmag, for example, currently has 166,208 followers, its @glamour_fashion handle has 255,255.Also, a magazine may be strong on one platform but not so much on another. Playboy, for example, has only 420,330 followers on Twitter, says MagazineRadar, while it leads in Facebook “likes” with more than 5.5 million. People, on the other hand, has just over 1.5 million Facebook “likes.”Meanwhile, other important platforms continue to emerge. Time Inc. has put a significant amount of attention into Pinterest, which is the second biggest social media referral site for its Health. Meredith’s Better Homes and Gardens has also been a leader on the online pinboard site, with almost 60 different boards aligned with the brand’s various editorial categories.Source: Magazine Radarlast_img read more

Trump redecorates Oval Office

first_imgTrump speaks by phone with Merkel in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump has re-decorated the Oval Office according to his opulent tastes with new gold curtains and a red-and-beige rug with green leaves, the media reported.A CBS News report on Friday said that these changes came naturally to Trump whose family home is a three-storey penthouse in New York’s Trump Tower.His ‘Versailles in the Sky’, as it has come to be known, is accented with marble, the family “coat of arms”, and paintings of Greek gods along with plenty of golden coloured items around the house.One of the most notable choices Trump made in the Oval Office in accordance with his love of gilded decor, was replacing the red curtains used during former president Barack Obama’s second term with a set of gold ones.While used briefly by former president George W Bush, these curtains ironically first hung in the Oval Office during Bill Clinton’s presidency. President Bush ultimately swapped them out for a slightly different set of golden drapes, the report said.The next replacement was the tan-and-navy rug which the Obama administration had laid out in 2010 with inspirational quotes from five American heroes around its outer edge.But one item that Trump has retained from the previous administration is the Resolute Desk, as it is officially known, the most ornate of the Oval Office desks and also the most popular one, the report said.Used by Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and John F Kennedy, the Resolute Desk has been used by more US presidents than the Hoover Desk, the Johnson Desk and the Wilson Desk combined.Opulent and highly ornamented, its wood was salvaged from a British ship called the HMS Resolute, which explored the Arctic in the mid-1800s.last_img read more

Historic meeting lauds lifetime power for Xi

first_imgChina_PoliticsThousands of Chinese legislators erupted into enthusiastic applause on Monday over plans to give President Xi Jinping a lifetime mandate to mould the Asian giant into a global superpower.China’s rubber-stamp parliament met in the imposing Great Hall of the People for an annual session that will make Xi the most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, concentrating the growing might of the military, economy and state in the hands of one man.As Xi looked on from a stage dominated by mostly male party leaders in dark suits, a constitutional amendment to scrap the two-term limit for the presidency was read out to the chamber, prompting fervent applause.The legislators are all but certain to approve the amendment this Sunday, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership sets the agenda for the National People’s Congress (NPC).The text says the change “will be conducive to safeguarding the authority and the unified leadership of the CCP Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core and to strengthening and perfecting the national leadership system”.The amendment was presented after Premier Li Keqiang delivered a report warning that the country is fighting “three critical battles” against financial risk, poverty and pollution.The government set an economic growth target of around 6.5 percent for 2018, in line with expectations but lower than the 6.9 percent GDP increase in 2017.It announced an 8.1 percent increase for the defence budget to 1.11 trillion yuan ($175 billion) this year, giving the world’s largest armed forces a boost after spending growth slowed in the previous two years.The report also warned Taiwan that China “will never tolerate any separatist schemes” amid tensions between the mainland and the self-ruled island.But the spotlight was squarely on the party’s most powerful leader in more than four decades.‘Unify leadership’ -Lifting term limits would allow the 64-year-old leader to stay on as party chief, head of the military and president beyond 2023, when his second term is due to end.“I support Xi Jinping. I support the constitution change,” Zhou Feng, a delegate from Shanghai, told AFP.Another delegate from central Henan province said “Xi Jinping is great”, but several other legislators refused to answer questions about the amendment.Censors have worked furiously to stamp out dissenting voices on social media, blocking dozens of words from “disagree” to “emperor” on the Twitter-like Weibo website in recent days.On Monday, some Weibo users defied censors to post comments such as “shall we say, long live the king?” or “history will judge him harshly”.State media outlets masked the comments sections on the stories they posted about the amendment on Weibo on Monday.Analysts have warned that the move carries risks as it ends a “collective” model of leadership that maintained stability after Mao’s chaotic reign from 1949 to his death in 1976.NPC spokesman Zhang Yesui has downplayed its significance, saying on Sunday it would merely align the presidency with the titles of Communist Party general secretary and Military Commission chairman, which do not have term limits.The amendment says that opinions had been sought at the “grassroots level” and that “the masses, party members and cadres in many regions” had “unanimously called” for the revision of term limits.The parliament will also vote on constitutional amendments that will inscribe Xi’s name in the state constitution and create a new national anti-corruption agency.‘Right successor’ -Xi will get a second five-year term during the session. Remaining in power beyond 2023 gives him a chance to push through his vision of a rejuvenated China with global clout, a prosperous society and a powerful military.He has also pursued a relentless but popular campaign against corruption that has punished more than a million party officials.Hua Po, a Beijing-based political commentator, said Xi was handed “a mess” when he took office five years ago and needs more time to finish the job.“One of the greatest tasks after he took office was to remove all threats to the party and state. To do this, it is not enough for him to serve only two terms,” Hua told AFP.“The Chinese system is a system that requires strong leaders, but it’s not easy to train a strongman. Xi needs more time to find and train the right successors,” he said.“If Xi transfers power on time, it is likely that the power will be returned to the hands of the corrupt groups and the elite class and all his efforts in the recent years will be wasted.”While the NPC is expected to approve the amendment, analysts say legislators could voice their displeasure by abstaining or voting against the appointments of certain Xi allies to top posts.“We don’t hear about opposition to his life tenure because of censorship,” said Willy Lam, politics professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.“But there is opposition within the regime from people who think that this is outrageous, that he is going too far, that he has launched a coup against the party.”last_img read more

Virginia Governor Vetoes Legislation to Defund Planned Parenthood

first_imgRICHMOND, Virginia – Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed legislation Tuesday that sought to remove state and federal funding for women’s health providers such as Planned Parenthood and any other groups that perform abortions in Virginia.In his veto statement, McAuliffe said the bill, HB 2264, “would harm tens of thousands of Virginians who rely on the health care services and programs provided by Planned Parenthood health centers, by denying them access to affordable care.”Planned Parenthood held a veto ceremony on the steps of the Governor’s Mansion. According to the organization, more than 22,000 people in Richmond, Hampton, Virginia Beach, Charlottesville, and Roanoke rely on Planned Parenthood for health care, including cancer screenings, birth control, testing for and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, well-woman exams and legal abortions.“We are proud to have a governor in Virginia who stands with the women of our commonwealth,” said Paulette McElwain, president and CEO of the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood. She said McAuliffe “understands how vitally important access to comprehensive reproductive health care provided by Planned Parenthood is for women.”Pro-life activists lined the steps of the Governor’s Mansion bearing signs reading “All Lives Matter” and “Say No to Planned Parenthood.” In a press release, the Family Foundation of Virginia rejected the assertion that women would no longer have access to health care if the bill had been enacted.The foundation said the legislation would have redirected non-Medicaid taxpayer funding from organizations that provide abortions to hospitals and health centers that provide more comprehensive services for women.“Nothing in Virginia right now is more predictable than Terry McAuliffe doing all that he can to ensure that taxpayers are forced to prop up the abortion industry,” said Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation. “If there’s one issue on which Gov. McAuliffe has been ideologically rigid, it is his unwavering support and protection of the same $1 billion abortion industry that contributed nearly $2 million to his election.”Del. Ben Cline, R-Amherst, sponsored HB 2264. He introduced identical legislation in the General Assembly’s 2016 session. Last year’s bill passed both the House and the Senate but was vetoed by McAuliffe. The House fell one vote short of overriding the governor’s veto.HB 2264 passed the House 60-33 on Feb. 7 and the Senate 20-19 on Feb. 14.For women’s rights advocates, McAuliffe’s veto comes as a relief. Republicans would have to muster a two-thirds majority in each chamber – 67 votes in the House and 27 in the Senate – to override the veto.“Defunding Planned Parenthood is a blatant attempt to deny women access to the full range of reproductive health care services, and Virginia women won’t stand for it,” said Anna Scholl, executive director of Progress Virginia, a liberal advocacy group.“Politicians in Richmond don’t get to decide where women get their health care and what kind of services they receive, and we’re glad that Gov. McAuliffe agrees.”last_img read more

Harris Campaign Focuses on Black Colleges for Support

first_imgBy JUANA SUMMERS Associated PressORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris has described her experience as a student at a historically Black college as “one of the most important aspects” of her life. Now, her Democratic presidential campaign is using that experience to connect with voters.Not only is she one of only two Black candidates in a field that’s expected to grow to more than 20 candidates, she’s also the only candidate who attended a historically Black college or university, commonly called an HBCU. And she’s the first major-party candidate to have graduated from an HBCU — Washington’s Howard University — since Jesse Jackson ran for president in the 1980s.To be sure, she is not the only candidate focusing on such institutions.Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority South Central Regional Conference in New Orleans, Friday, April 19, 2019. Harris is tapping into a network of historically black colleges and universities to mobilize her supporters (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke have campaigned at historically Black colleges. So has the other Black candidate in the 2020 race, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.At a CNN town hall last month in Orangeburg, home to two of South Carolina’s HBCUs, Booker noted that his parents and grandparents were educated at historically Black institutions and that “the majority of Black doctors, Black lawyers, Black generals are produced by HBCUs.”But Harris’s campaign has visited more historically Black colleges than any candidate, and she is burnishing her personal ties to this community, and not just to current students.“Presidential candidates are recognizing HBCUs as a political and cultural center for the broader Black community,” said Aimee Allison, the founder of the political network She The People, which plans a candidate forum Wednesday at Texas Southern University, a historically Black college.Allison said that holding events at these schools is an “essential part of a long-term strategy to build trust and relationships” with Black voters.Harris’s focus on historically Black colleges could be particularly important in South Carolina, home to eight HBCUs. Black voters are vital to success for Democratic primary candidates anxious to win the South’s first primary.In Orangeburg, Harris’s town hall Saturday night was moderated by Bakari Sellers, a former South Carolina state representative who recently endorsed her campaign.Turning to a group of South Carolina State students seated on bleachers, Harris talked briefly about the value of attending a historically black institution.“At an HBCU, everything you are told is that you can be whatever you want to be, and there will be no barriers to that success,” she said. “And you are told as a young black student that you do not need to make choices and fit into anyone’s narrow definition of what it means to be a young black person in America.”Harris added later that historically black colleges “teach us that there will always be a community that will support us, whatever we will decide to do,”Including, perhaps, running for president.Joann Berry, a 66-year-old who worked at South Carolina State for more than two decades, said that historically black colleges don’t just give diplomas, “they’re more like family.” She said that the fact that Harris had attended an HBCU could give her an advantage with connecting here.While Berry has yet to decide who to support in South Carolina’s primary, she said Harris is among the candidates she’s considering.“I’m proud of her. I have faith in her just like I had faith in Barack Obama,” said Berry. “A lot of people said he couldn’t do it — and he won.”Harris’ campaign has made a number of overt appeals, in South Carolina and elsewhere, to the network of HBCUs.One of Harris’s early congressional backers, California Rep. Barbara Lee, held events at Benedict College in Columbia on her behalf.Harris also waded into the local issue of Denmark Technical College, which primarily serves residents of rural Allendale, Bamberg and Barnwell counties, and has been battling declining enrollment.Her first significant policy rollout, aimed at increasing teacher pay nationwide, specifically calls for the federal government to support programs dedicated to teacher recruitment, training and professional development, particularly at HBCUs.Harris’s first news conference as a presidential candidate was held at her alma mater, with the leaders of the Howard University Student Association on hand. She recalled that she had run her first political campaign as freshman class representative.“This is where it all began,” she said.On Twitter, her campaign even took note of Beyonce’s “Homecoming,” which was released this past week and paid homage to the musical legacy of historically black colleges. Harris said “Homecoming” ”exemplifies and rightly celebrates the spirit and legacy of HBCUs.”“She brought our culture and tradition to the world stage and as a proud Howard graduate, I can’t wait to watch,” Harris wrote.Other times, the exchanges come unprompted.On an earlier trip to South Carolina, Harris was addressing a gathering of more than a dozen female leaders in Columbia when 83-year-old Marjorie Hammock arrived. Hammock, wearing a crew-neck Howard University sweat shirt, slowly made her way through a throng of reporters and onlookers.When Harris noticed her, she immediately called to her.“Hey, Bison, I know you,” Harris said, referencing Howard’s mascot, as the women laughed.“We both went to Howard,” said Harris, 54, and joked, “I was there before her.”Hammock, who attended Howard in the 1950s, said later that Harris’s campaign “gives me also hope for this country” and that seeing a Howard graduate run for president “reinforces the fact that the legacy continues.”last_img read more