Stephens Tops Williams; Faces Keys in All-American US Open F

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Sloane Stephens was two points from defeat against Venus Williams in one U.S. Open semifinal before pulling out the victory.Madison Keys faced no such test, overwhelming CoCo Vandeweghe in the other semifinal.Now Stephens and Keys, a pair of pals in their early 20s, will meet in the first Grand Slam title match for each — and the first all-American women’s final at Flushing Meadows since 2002.Stephens summoned some of her best strokes when she needed them the most, steeling herself when so close to defeat and taking the last three games of a back-and-forth thriller, edging seven-time major champion Williams 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 on Thursday night.“I have a lot of grit,” said Stephens, who is ranked 83rd after having surgery on her left foot in January and is the fourth unseeded finalist at the tournament in the Open era, which dates to 1968. “I don’t give up. Like, I’m not just going to give it to someone. I’m not just going to let them take it from me.”The 15th-seeded Keys, who dominated No. 20 Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-2, had her own recent health issue to deal with: She missed the first two months of this year after an offseason operation on her left wrist, then needed another procedure in June because of pain in that arm.“It was kind of one of those days where I came out and I was kind of in a zone,” Keys said of her play Thursday, “and I just kind of forced myself to stay there.”She had 25 winners to only nine unforced errors, never faced a break point and needed barely more than an hour to win.“Madison played an unbelievable match,” said Vandeweghe, who wiped away tears during her news conference. “I didn’t really have much to do with anything out there.”It would have been even shorter, except play was delayed for more than five minutes when Keys left the court to have her upper right leg taped at 4-1 in the second set. She said she first felt something in that leg in her previous match but made it sound as if the treatment was simply a precaution.“I just didn’t want it to become something that would be bad,” Keys said. “So as soon as I kind of felt it get the tiniest bit worse, I just had it wrapped to try and prevent anything from happening.”This was the first time in 36 years that all four women’s semifinalists at the U.S. Open represented the host country, so it was understandable if spectators in Arthur Ashe Stadium were conflicted about which players to pull for.At 37, Williams was attempting to become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era. She was trying to reach her third major final of this season, something she last did 15 years ago. Here’s how long and successful her career has been: Williams’ first final in New York came in her U.S. Open debut in 1997. Stephens, now 24, was 4 at the time.“Venus knows it’s an opportunity lost,” said her coach, David Witt, “because she had it. She had it on her racket.”Williams was ahead 5-4 with Stephens serving at 30-all. Two points away. That’s when they engaged in a 25-stroke point, until Stephens conjured up a backhand passing winner down the line, then wheeled and pumped her fists.“That was good, huh?” Stephens said later.At 5-all, Stephens broke with the help of a rainbow of a winner — “That lob-thingy,” she’d call it — that drew a standing ovation from the crowd, and a full-sprint get of a short ball that she turned into a “How did she do that?!” point-ender at an impossible angle.“There was nothing I could do about those shots,” Williams said.Soon enough, Stephens was serving out the biggest win of her career — and of this comeback. She returned to the tour at Wimbledon in July, losing in the first round, and lost her next match, too. Her ranking, which reached a high of No. 11 in 2013, dropped out of the top 900.But since then, Stephens has won 14 of 16 matches.“Sloane is a new person right now,” the 22-year-old Keys said. “I think she’s really loving being back on the court again and she’s just excited to be out here and playing really well.”Williams vs. Stephens was a back-and-forth affair, with a pair of lopsided sets leading up to a classic third. Just when it seemed one woman or the other was in full command, the match would swerve in a new direction.They both hit the ball hard. They both covered so much ground, Williams getting to seemingly unreachable balls thanks to her long wingspan, Stephens doing the same thanks to her speed.But it was Williams who faltered. She finished with six double-faults and a total of 51 unforced errors, 24 more than Stephens.“I just wasn’t playing well. Those are moments where you have to dig deep and figure out how to get the ball on the court and have a big game. I can’t be tentative and try to figure out how to put that ball in,” Williams said. “Clearly she’s seen me play many, many times. I haven’t seen her play as much.”Stephens and Keys have only played once before, on a hard court at Miami in 2015. Stephens won in straight sets.Away from the court, though, they know each other well. On Saturday, one will raise a Grand Slam trophy for the first time, at the other’s expense.“She’s one of my closest friends on tour. It’s obviously going to be tough,” Stephens said. “It’s not easy playing a friend.”By HOWARD FENDRICH TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

9 months agoWest Ham demand huge money to sell Arnautovic with replacement identified

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham demand huge money to sell Arnautovic with replacement identifiedby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are demanding huge money to sell Marko Arnautovic this month.The Mirror says West Ham will hold out for as much as £50million if Arnautovic still wants out – to try and finance a move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.The club are fighting to keep 29-year-old Arnautovic, despite his insistence last week that he wants to join Chinese Super League club Shanghai SiPG. Bournemouth in turn are desperate to hold on to 26-year-old Wilson, who has netted 11 times this season – including once for England. If Arnautovic downs tools as Dimitri Payet did two years ago to force a move to Marseille, then West Ham would have no option but to cut their losses. last_img read more

US Retailers Expect Hike in Container Volumes

first_imgzoom Containerized cargo volumes at the U.S. ports are expected to rise year-on-year during most of the first half of 2015 despite significant congestion still impacting West Coast ports, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the U.S. National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.39 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in November, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was down 10.7 percent from October as holiday merchandise wound down but up 3.5 percent from November 2013. December was estimated at 1.35 million TEU, up 2.7 percent from the year before.Those numbers brought 2014 to a preliminary total of 17.2 million TEU, an increase of 6 percent over 2013’s 16.2 million. Imports in 2012 totaled 15.8 million.January is forecast at 1.39 million TEU, up 1.1 percent from January 2014, February at 1.3 million TEU, up 4.8 percent from last year; March also at 1.3 million TEU, down 0.5 percent; April at 1.43 million TEU, the same as last year; and May at 1.49 million TEU, up 0.6 percent.”2014 started out with a whimper as winter weather hammered the country but it appears to have ended with a bang,” Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said. ”Import volumes on the West Coast, despite all the problems there, were the highest since 2009. A similar picture exists on the East Coast, which had even healthier results.”Image: Port of Long Beachlast_img read more

Indigenous drummers lead pipeline protesters on 22kilometre march in Victoria

first_imgThe Canadian Press VICTORIA — Indigenous drummers in British Columbia are leading an anti-pipeline protest along a 22-kilometre route today that passes through Victoria and ends at a beach south of the city.Hundreds of chanting demonstrators left city hall Saturday morning and are walking down the middle of major downtown streets, escorted by police vehicles with their lights flashing.The march is protesting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval this week of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project planned to run from north of Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.The marchers include Indigenous leaders, environmentalists and local politicians.A small house is being towed behind the marchers and will be temporarily erected at Island View Beach, near Victoria International Airport, to house future pipeline protesters.Victoria resident Eric Doherty said he’s protesting the government’s use of tax dollars to support the fossil fuel industry.last_img read more

Questions swirling over Mikmaq Tribal Councils PEI online gaming plans

first_imgAPTN National NewsQuestions are swirling over the role a Mi’kmaq Tribal Council played in a controversy on Prince Edward Island.The province and Mi’kmaq Confederacy had a plan to regulate Internet gambling.The plan died three years ago, but news of it only came to light in recent months.APTN’s Trina Roache has this story.last_img

Dawson Creek RCMP looking for three stolen side by side vehicles

first_imgTwo of the missing side-by-sides are described as 2018 John Deere XUV590M models that are green and yellow in colour. The third is a 2014 John Deere 850T that is black and camouflaged.If you have any information on this incident please contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700, or if you wish to remain anonymous please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek RCMP are looking for the public’s help in locating three stolen side by side vehicles.On Sunday, August 19, the RCMP received a report of a break and enter at a business on Highway 49 near Collins Road.The report indicated a lock had been cut on the gate leading to four side by side vehicles.  Video surveillance showed unknown persons entering the yard and driving off with three side-by-sides. The following day, staff noticed a fourth was also taken, though police say that one of the vehicles has been recovered.last_img read more

Budget to tout Liberal economic record provide distraction from SNC furor

The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Trudeau government will attempt to set the stage for this fall’s election — and provide some distraction from the SNC-Lavalin affair — with today’s end-of-mandate budget touting the Liberals’ economic record.The Liberal government’s fourth and final budget before the election is expected to include measures to help first-time home buyers, seniors and adult Canadians who want to return to school for skills training.It’s also expected to take an initial step towards a national pharmacare program and disclose details of previously announced tax credits and incentives, worth $595 million over five years, to help Canada’s ailing journalism industry.But Finance Minister Bill Morneau will also try to set the narrative for the coming election, arguing that years of deficit spending have put the economy on a stronger footing.Expect him to credit the Liberals’ investments in infrastructure and other spending measures for the creation of almost 950,000 jobs and the lowest unemployment rate in almost 40 years, and point to the Liberals’ enhanced child benefit for the lowest poverty rate in 10 years.Moreover, Morneau is expected to boast a better fiscal picture than he anticipated in last fall’s economic update, thanks to an increase in tax revenues despite surprisingly weak economic growth in the final three months of 2018.The budget is being presented in the midst of a continuing furor over allegations that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his senior staff and others improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to end a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. The affair has so far cost Trudeau two cabinet ministers, his principal secretary and the country’s top public servant, although he continues to insist no one did anything wrong.The Liberal-dominated House of Commons justice committee is to meet behind closed doors today to discuss opposition demands for Wilson-Raybould, who’s already given nearly four hours of testimony, to be recalled. She has indicated she has more to say, particularly about the period between her mid-January move from Justice to Veterans Affairs and her resignation from cabinet a month later.However, the Liberal MPs on the committee sent a letter to the chair late Monday indicating that they’ll block any further investigation into the matter. They said they’ve heard enough after 13 hours of testimony from 10 different witnesses and they “believe that all rules and laws were followed.” The Liberal MPs said the “appropriate way forward” is to let the federal ethics commissioner conclude his own investigation into the matter.Today’s budget may at least give the Liberals a short respite from the SNC-Lavalin affair.But it will also draw attention to the Liberals’ failure to deliver on a major 2015 campaign promise, to run up annual deficits of no more than $10 billion before balancing the budget by 2019.Instead, the Trudeau government has posted deficits of more than $18 billion in each of the last two years and has offered no timeline for returning to balance. In his economic update last fall, Morneau projected annual deficits of between $18.1 billion and $19 billion over the next three years. read more

Ban Kimoon combines two posts for developing countries under one head

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed the United Nations High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Cheikh Sidi Diarra of Mali, to also serve as his Special Adviser on Africa.“The realignment of the two functions under the same leadership is aimed at strengthening the Organization’s ability to perform and deliver its services more efficiently, while at the same time respecting the distinctive character of each programme,” spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters today.Mr. Diarra has over 25 years of professional experience in international relations, law and development. He has been actively involved in furthering African integration efforts and the African development agenda, and has long engaged in multilateral diplomacy.A former Malian ambassador to the UN, he has served as High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States since July 2007. 22 January 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed the United Nations High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Cheikh Sidi Diarra of Mali, to also serve as his Special Adviser on Africa. read more

Haiti restores some international mail services with UN support

3 May 2010Haiti announced today that it was partially resuming international mail services for the first time since the January earthquake ravaged much of the country’s national institutions, including the post office, with support from the United Nations postal union. The Universal Postal Union (UPU), one of the UN’s specialized agencies, said it had informed the United States and France that they can now release mail destined for Haiti.“The resumption of postal exchanges with the international community is essential because millions of Haitians living abroad have been longing to send aid to their compatriots, who were affected by the catastrophe,” said Edouard Dayan, UPU’s Director General.Full resumption of mail exchanges between Haiti and other UPU Member States is expected soon, according to UPU. The agency is building a 600-square metre structure in the SONAPI industrial park, near the airport in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. The structure will operate as an international mail exchange office.All mail services to Haiti were halted after the 12 January earthquake that reduced much of Port-au-Prince and several other cities to and towns to rubble, killed hundreds of thousands of people and left more than 1.3 million others homeless.“This resumption of service, albeit partial, shows that a sector that many people gave up for dead after the January disaster is alive and kicking,” said Margarette Emile, Director General of Haiti Postal Corporation. “I also thank all UPU member countries for the solidarity they have shown with the Haitian Post. Without your support, we would be cut off from the rest of the world,” she added.Many post offices around the world made donations in cash or in kind for Haiti and teams of international postal experts have twice visited Haiti to assess the earthquake’s impact on postal operations and help the Haiti Postal Corporation to reorganize itself.Thanks to the donations and funds from its own budget, the UPU prepared a major project worth around $600,000 for the Haitian Post Office.Since the disaster, basic local postal services have been provided from the home of the Haiti Postal Corporation Director General. read more

LTTE fronts still in Germany

Prof. Peiris briefed his German counterpart in detail about the LLRC implementation process and said that the country is entitled to the space and time to move forward with a homegrown programme. The Government says LTTE front organizations are still operating in Germany under the guise of community organizations, the External Affairs Ministry said today.External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris, during his bilateral discussions in Berlin with Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, said that according to information available to Sri Lankan authorities, there are a substantial number of schools operated in Germany by these groups for propaganda and fund raising purposes. He urged the German authorities to keep a close watch on their activities in breach of the EU proscription. It is quite evident, he asserted, that voting patterns are determined by political, strategic and economic interests of countries in terms of their relationship with the mover of the Resolution, rather than a dispassionate consideration of issues relating to the country situation in question.This is contrary, he said, to the intention of the General Assembly of the United Nations when it resolved to replace the Human Rights commission with the Human Rights Council, on the basis that the former was unduly politicized and, therefore, deficient in assessing situations on their merits. Sri Lanka, he said, is happy to work with the international community on the footing of equality and partnership, but opposed judgmental and highly selective postures. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile in his address at a largely attended meeting of the German Association for Foreign Policy (GDAP) in Berlin, Prof. Peiris raised several issues regarding recent trends in the Human Rights Council in relation to Sri Lanka. He stressed the importance of an objective approach, and questioned whether this basic requirement is fulfilled in recent interventions. He said that the Resolution in respect of Sri Lanka received hardly any support when it was brought by one country and, in fact, could not be proceeded with, but that the situation changed dramatically when the Resolution was moved by another country. read more

Life and death of children in the Holocaust remembered at UN

No Child’s Play, a travelling exhibit produced by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, is part of a series of activities leading up to 27 January, which has been designated by the General Assembly as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of genocide.With the theme Remembrance and Beyond, the events are meant to be not only reminders of past crimes and their victims, but also to spark an awareness among the international community and society at large, in order to help prevent future acts of genocide.“The exhibition serves as a poignant caution to us all to remember the base savagery of which human beings are capable, and as a call to arms to ensure that we all act to prevent such horrors,” Shashi Tharoor, UN Under-Secretary-General for Public Information, said at the opening of the children’s exhibit.Over 1.5 million children were murdered as part of the Nazis’ genocidal project, according to information in the exhibit. Many of the photographs are of artefacts from temporary havens, such as children’s homes or family areas of death camps, from which the young were taken to be killed.Others belonged to some of the few thousand survivors who managed to hide in Christian homes or isolated areas.The exhibit is complemented by a Learning Centre that will feature video footage of the Holocaust, photographs from the ITAR-TASS collection of Moscow, books written by survivors, copies of a children’s book with drawings and poems by children in the Terezín ghetto, as well as computer stations able to access victims’ names, the UN Cyberschoolbus and other related websites.At the opening, a high school student read “Dream,” a poem written in the Lodz ghetto by 13-year-old Abramek Koplowicz, who later perished at Auschwitz. Abramek imagines himself in a better world, riding a mechanical bird among the clouds and the wind, his brothers and sisters.Remembrance and Beyond will continue tonight with a screening of the movie Fateless, which follows a 14-year-old Jewish boy from Budapest to the Buchenwald Concentration camp, and on Thursday with a presentation on tolerance to non-governmental organizations by Judea Pearl, President of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. read more

Celebration Bowl Matchup

Alcorn State (9-3, 6-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) vs. North Carolina A&T (9-2, 6-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), Dec. 15, Noon (ABC)LOCATION: AtlantaTOP PLAYERSAlcorn State: QB Noah Johnson has thrown for 2,079 yards and 15 touchdowns while also running for 960 yards and nine touchdowns.North Carolina A&T: The Aggies are led by veteran QB Lamar Raynard and a running game that’s averaging close to 200 yards on the ground per game.NOTABLEAlcorn State: The Braves are back in the Celebration Bowl for the first time since the inaugural game in 2015. Alcorn State is led by coach Fred McNair, the older brother of the late Steve McNair, who was a star quarterback for Alcorn State and in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.North Carolina A&T: The Aggies are back in the Celebration Bowl for the third time in four seasons. North Carolina A&T beat Grambling 21-14 last year to give the MEAC a 2-1 edge in the game over the SWAC.LAST TIMENorth Carolina A&T 41, Alcorn State 34. (Dec. 19, 2015)BOWL HISTORYAlcorn State: The Braves are in the Celebration Bowl for the second time.North Carolina A&T: The Aggies are in the Celebration Bowl for the third time.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 .The Associated Press read more

Former Ohio State athletes inducted into Hall of Fame

Former Ohio State tennis player Bryan Koniecko speaks to the media prior to being inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame at the Ohio Union on Sept. 7, 2018 Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorThe Ohio State Athletics inducted 10 members into its Hall of Fame Friday, including former three-time All American linebacker James Laurinaitis. Laurinaitis is joined by Richard Bruggeman (men’s track), Cassie Dickerson (women’s soccer), Greg Drown (rifle), Linda Haussner (field hockey), Ray Hupp (men’s track), Bryan Koniecko (men’s tennis), Mike Pucillo (wrestling), Jerry Welsh (men’s hockey) and Brandon Wynn (men’s gymnastics). Through 2017, the Hall of Fame has inducted 427 different athletes, coaches and administrators. Despite his decorated career at Ohio State, as one of eight three-time All Americans in school history and one of three players in the history of the Big Ten conference to win Defensive Player of the Year twice, Laurinaitis was still shocked he was inducted. “It was extremely humbling when you think about all of the athletes that have been through here,” Laurinaitis said. “You can go through the football guys and just be impressed, but when you think about all of athletics, to be included in that Hall is what humbles me the most.” Coming back to the Ohio State campus to be honored as the 123rd member of Ohio State football to be inducted, Laurinaitis said he remembers the brotherhood that he built with his teammates, saying that being a former Ohio State football player is something that bonds players from different eras. For Dickerson, she did not leave Ohio State. After her three years with the Buckeyes from 2008-10, being named as a three-time captain in those years, she came back this season as a volunteer assistant coach and the director of player development. Dickerson said even though she has continued to build relationships with the athletes, allowing her to relive what she went through in college, it is still strange to be honored for her time as a collegiate player. “It’s weird because you don’t think about it after a certain amount of time and you don’t really talk about the things you accomplished,” Dickerson said. “It’s more of the fun stories that you and your teammates had or the miserable times you went through together.” A five-time All American at Ohio State, Koniecko helped lead Ohio State to four regular season conference and tournament titles. Being awarded the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2006, he was a back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Year winner in 2008 and 2009. Koniecko’s time at Ohio State, under head coach Ty Tucker, allowed him to get into collegiate coaching. He was the associate head coach for the Ohio State women’s tennis team from 2012-14 and is currently the head coach at UCF. Koniecko believes it was a goal of his to be honored at Ohio State, but not because of his own success. “I guess the first thing I think of is I needed a lot of help from a lot of people for this to happen,” Koniecko said. “I’m just happy that I get to hold the torch for players that are as deserving to be here because we all kind of did it together.” That same feeling is what drove Laurinaitis at Ohio State. When accepting this award, he said he wants to recognize the people that helped mold him into the player he was.  “What’s uncomfortable for me is going up there alone. You wish you could bring your whole roster up there with you because a lot of what drove me as a player was the fear of failing the other guys,” Laurinaitis said. “It was the fear of, not only failing them, but I always wanted to be a leader, I always wanted to be a guy that showed the way and do all that. So I was like, gosh, if you make a mistake on film, that’s just going to knock your credibility and that fear drove me.”The 10 members of the 2018 Hall of Fame class will be honored at halftime of the Ohio State football game against Rutgers on Saturday. read more

Strong womens tournament in Gyor – August 2325

Champions League winner Győri Audi ETO KC hosts an international handball tournament organised by SportConcept sport management agency. Prestigious European top teams will compete during the PwC Handball Fiesta at the end of the preparation period, from 23th until 25th of August. The aim of PwC Handball Fiesta is to provide quality preparation possibility for the best teams and be a remarkable opening of the next EHF Champions League season. The participants are HC Leipzig, Metz HB, RK Krim Mercator, Rostov-Don, WHC Vardar SCBT and Győri Audi ETO KC, all of them are well known on international level.The clubs can estimate the level of their tactical and physical preparedness at the end of the preparation period, they can see where did they got with their work before the start of the national championships and European Cups. The programme schedule is not heavy, every team has only one match per day, and the organisers provide entertaining programmes and possibility for relaxation. Győr is perfect choice as a host city not only because it is well-known for its team but also because of the summer programmes. During the period of PwC Handball Fiesta fans may visit concerts, exhibitions as well as wine days and gastronomic festival.The tournament augurs well, fans may see interesting matches and encounters, Andrea Lekic and Jovanka Radicevic will come back to Győr as the players of Vardar, Rostov and Vardar may see each other before the Champions League qualification, Krim, the favourite of CL group C may size up its future opponent Metz.The teams will meet according to the schedule below:23th August – Friday15:00 – HC Leipzig – Rostov-Don17:00 – RK Krim – WHC Vardar SCBT19:00 – Győri Audi ETO KC – Metz HB24th August – Saturday13:00 – RK Krim – Rostov-Don15:00 – WHC Vardar SCBT – Metz HB17:00 – Győri Audi ETO KC – HC Leipzig25 August – Sunday14:00 – placement match16:00 – placement match18:00 – final “Our goal with PwC Handball Fiesta is to become a traditional and well known tournament. We take care about the details, transfer, accommodation, meals and the training possibilities as well. The players have to concentrate only on the matches and I hope that they will leave the tournament with good memories and come back gladly next year or later.” – claims Nándor Bognár, managing director of SportConcept Ltd.“PwC Hungary is a committed supporter of sports for a long time that is why being the naming sponsor of PwC Handball Fiesta makes us very proud. Our goal is to initiate a high level traditional sport event in Hungarian and international sport. Besides supporting the excellent Hungarian athletes our aim is to encourage other companies to support handball.” – explained Nick Kós, Country Managing Partner of PwC Hungary.The matches and the programmes of the city provide excellent entertaining possibilities for the fans so the tournament is meant to be a real fiesta for handball and sport fans.The organisers launched the Facebook page of PwC Handball Fiesta (www.facebook.com/HandballFiesta) and that will be the official communication channel of the event.  People may read up-to-date infos, statements, interviews and interesting details there. ← Previous Story No transfer in Vardar Skopje – Asanin stays at Ademar Leon! Next Story → From Denmark to Portugal – Mick Schubert to F.C Porto Gyor handballGyori handballleipzigMetz HBRostov Donzrk vardar read more

70 are against changing the current pensions tax relief system

first_imgMore than two-thirds (70%) of employer respondents do not think that the current pension tax relief system should change, according to research by Hargreaves Lansdown.Its survey of employers also found that 41% of respondents are considering new reward strategies for their highest earners.The research also found:76% of respondents believe that financial education is the best means of addressing low pension contributions.More than a third (35%) of respondents think that opting out of should be abolished.Nathan Long, senior pension analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Employers are sick to the back teeth with non-stop tinkering with the pension rule book, the majority simply hoping the government will opt for a timeout.“The capping of tax relief for higher earners is causing bedlam for employers. Many are having to change whole parts of their reward package to help out just a handful of their most senior staff. Paying higher earners cash in lieu of pension contributions seems popular, but employers are also looking to help staff with their long-term savings.“Financial education, savings instead of a pension and financial advice will play a far more important part in workplace benefits come the new tax year.”last_img read more

People on the Move 082009

first_imgAs some had anticipated it would, Condé Nast appointed Margaret Russell has been named editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, replacing longtime editor Paige Rense Noland, who is retiring. Most recently, Russell served as vice president and editor-in-chief of brand content at Hachette’s Elle Decor.In a reorganization of its editorial operation, Advertising Age promoted executive editor Abbey Klaassen to editor, managing editor Judann Pollack was promoted to executive editor and assistant managing editor Ken Wheaton was named managing editor.Larry Silvey has been named editorial director emeritus of the Advanstar Automotive Group. The group’s longtime editorial director is leaving to become the new chair of the automotive aftermarket management program at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.Rodale named Diane Salvatore editor-in-chief of Prevention, effective August 9. Previously, Salvatore was the editor-in-chief of Ladies’ Home Journal. Hearst Digital Media ad product development director Toby Bodner is leaving the company to head up a business development role at About.com Health. No word yet from Hearst about a replacement.Woman’s Day has appointed Rachel Glickman general manager of Woman’s Day Digital. Glickman has held posts at a variety companies including Lotame Solutions, Inc., Fotolog, Inc., America Online and Time Warner Global Marketing. American Express Publishing’s Departures added three new sales positions: Mark Cooper, who most recently served as advertising director of Bon Appetit, was named vice president of advertising sales; Kathryn Banino Bano, formerly the ad director of Details, was appointed ad director; and Edward Cortese, fashion sales director of Robb Report, was named category manager.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday June 30

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uTaya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network, sit in as guest hosts for Yoes, and report on law enforcement and politics.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

When love goes to science for inspiration

first_imgAn engineer, a finance teacher and now a fiction writer, Dr Rajiv Seth is a man of many fields. This ardent lover of science does not believe in restricting himself to only one domain. In his book Never Say Goodbye, he entwines a love story with science. Read on to discover what sowed the first seed for his book, his views on technological innovation and its possible aftermath… Your book Never Say Goodbye is a love story in which the character attempts to transcend the law of nature through science to make her love eternal. Since it is your first book, how did it happen? What was the source of inspiration for you? And tell me something more about the book. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Many years ago, human beings experimented with Dolly the sheep – the first attempt at cloning an animal. It fascinated me, and just like many others, I wondered if it would ever lead to human cloning. I followed the many debates which have taken place, and I guess that is what sowed the first seed of the story of my book.Never Say Goodbye is about two doctors, Anjali and Aakash, each satisfied in their own worlds, but each yearning to do much more in life. And so when they meet, it is as if the synergies propel them into new areas of work. They work together, pushing each other to realise their potential. Emotional and physical attachments naturally follow – but complications arise because Anjali is married and Aakash is not. Initially Aakash lectures Anjali on marriage being sacrosanct, while Anjali is rebellious. Aakash pushes Anjali to get into the world of genetics and Anjali enjoys every bit of it, setting up a funded research lab in India. But then Anjali has a child from Aakash, and then the roles are reversed, with Aakash becoming so frustrated with Anjali and his child not being able to be with him, that in a state of depression he ends his life. Anjali is so taken aback, that, while thus far she was opposed to human cloning, she now pulls out a source of Aakash’s DNA and decides to take the plunge and create a clone of Aakash. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix You have taken up the issue of human cloning and therapeutic cloning in your book. The opponents of the technology use the notion of human dignity against it because of which either it is banned or a highly regulated field, what is your view on this technology?While therapeutic clwoning is being done, and the benefits of that are widely known, it is human cloning which has drawn-in the aspect of ethics into it. Can we play God? Won’t it lead to many chaotic situations? As I have mentioned in my book, what if someone could find the DNA and create multiple clones of Adolf Hitler? But then this happens with most technology. Scientists discover and create new things.How we use them is what determines the fate of the human race. Nuclear fission, for example, can be used for the good of mankind, but at the same time can destroy generations. So my opinion is that while the field of genetics will definitely benefit mankind, its misuse can lead to chaos.Technology has its share of bane and boon. Do you think putting a ban on further advances of some technology as being morally right? Don’t you think banning new technology only ensures that our society become stagnant? For instance, ban on genetically modified crops in India?Human beings wouldn’t be where they are, if it were not for scientific advancements. What is therefore required is a good regulatory framework where the use of technology or scientific discoveries are regulated in a correct and ethical manner. Above all, I think increased education and awareness levels would help us all to self-regulate!What is your passion? Is it science, finance, teaching or writing?Science definitely! There are so many fascinating things being discovered and created around us all the time, that the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ which little kids take along with them all the time, are still alive in me – and I do hope they never die.But then, being a typical Gemini, I have always wanted to dabble in many other things too. So Finance is what I got into for my doctoral research. Teaching and writing are natural corollaries. And today, what gives me the biggest high is to be in a class-full of young, questioning minds!Do you plan to write another book? Would it be a sequel to your first book because of its open ending?A lot of people who have read the book have actually felt that a sequel would be very interesting. Yes, Never Say Goodbye ends with many questions left unanswered in the readers’ minds – but then that was the intention. I get a thrill when those who have read the book write to me to say that they spent hours thinking after they finished with the book. So I have actually been toying with the idea of a sequel where the clone of Aakash takes birth, with Anjali not having a relationship of any sort with him, but still having a bond which is unshakeable. It would be interesting for the cloned Aakash to go through life in a society which is yet to come to terms with even genetically modified food!last_img read more

Lawmakers vote to define Costa Rica as a multiethnic plurinational country

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica prepares for first visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon PHOTOS: Snapshots of Costa Rica’s Independence Day Parade Casa Presidencial flies provincial flags Longshoremen suspend strike to protect paychecks After more than 10 years of debate, lawmakers approved a bill in a first round vote Wednesday to reform Costa Rica’s Constitution to redefine the Central American country as a “multiethnic and plurinational” republic. The bill would add language toArticle 1 of the constitution, which defines Costa Rica as a “democratic, free and independent” republic.“It means that Costa Rica is now a country that recognizes everyone, that recognizes the ethnic-racial diversity, that recognizes us as Afro-descendants,” said Citizen Action Party lawmaker Epsy Campbell.“It’s a historic step,” said National Liberation Party (PLN) lawmaker Maureen Clarke. “It’s fundamental to recognize our heritage.”Clarke added that the reform could serve as a platform for future legislation on the rights of Afro-descendant and indigenous peoples in Costa Rica.President Luis Guillermo Solís, who traces part of his heritage to Jamaica, previously had expressed his support for the reform bill. The president celebrated the vote Wednesday, releasing a statement saying, “We celebrate that lawmakers have taken this great step that recognizes Costa Rica as the cradle of multiple cultures and ethnicities that have enriched and made our country greater and will continue to do so.”The reform was first presented by PLN lawmaker Joyce Sawyer in 1998, but it was tabled until recently.Of 57 lawmakers, 46 voted in favor of the bill. The bill must be approved in a second-round vote before going to President Solís for his signature. Facebook Commentslast_img read more