Davis Cup: David Ferrer defeats Ramkumar Ramanathan as Spain blank India 5-0

first_imgMarc Lopez and David Ferrer won their respective reverse singles rubbers as Spain completed a comprehensive 5-0 win over India in their Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium here on Sunday.Lopez defeated Davis Cup debutant Sumit Nagal 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, while Ferrer got the better of 21-year-old Chennai lad Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-2, 6-2.Spain, who had taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match tie earlier by winning the opening day’s two singles and the doubles rubber on Saturday, have returned to the World Group after a gap of two years.Egged on by the noisy and energetic home crowd which broke into intermittent bouts of energetic bhangra to the beats of the dhol, both Indian players produced spirited performances although their lack of experience cost them in the end. Nagal produced a spirited performance on his Davis Cup debut against the much higher ranked Lopez in a contest which lasted for over two hours. (Also read: Davis Cup: India’s Sumit Nagal goes down against Marc Lopez after brave fight)Despite losing the opening set, he staged a strong comeback to win the second and draw level. The 19-year-old from Jhajjar district of Haryana wrested the upper hand in the initial stages of the third set as well, before struggling with stomach cramps and breathing problems towards the end which saw him require a medical timeout.”He had some breathing problems. It got worse towards the end and he could barely move,” India’s non-playing captain Anand Amritraj said.advertisement”Just goes to show how much we have to improve to compete with Spain or other teams.”Nagal claimed the first point of the match, a cross court forehand that had Lopez stranded. Lopez reeled off the next couple of points before a long return by the Spaniard and a nice return by Nagal brought the game to deuce.But Lopez kept his cool as Nagal hit his return long to concede the game. Lopez did not have to wait too long to gain the upperhand as he took four consecutive points off Nagal’s first service game before claiming the break.The Indian continued to fight back, capitalising on some unforced errors by Lopez to stretch him to three consecutive break points before a miscued return enabled the visitor to hold serve. The proceedings then went with the serve – although Nagal threatened to clinch a break in the seventh game – as Lopez clinched the first set without breaking much sweat. (Also read: Did Sania just call Paes a ‘toxic’ person?)The first few games of the second set went with the serve before Nagal claimed a break thanks to a long return from Lopez to go 3-1 up.That seemed to fire up the teenager from Haryana and he held his serve before breaking Lopez’s serve yet again to take a comfortable 5-1 lead. He then held his serve at love to win the second set and level the scores.Nagal continued to put pressure on his opponent in the third and final set as well, coming up with some excellent returns to earn a service break in the very first game.The youngster then saved as many as five break points before holding serve during the rather long second game during which he needed a medical timeout due to stomach cramps.Four back to back points off Lopez’s service in the next game serve handed him his second service break of the set and a comfortable 3-0 lead.Lopez however, staged a strong fightback to break Nagal’s serve in the fourth game as the latter committed too many unforced errors. He then held his serve to cut Nagal’s lead to 3-2. (Also read: Leander Paes prefers Saketh Myneni as Davis Cup partner)Nagal was clearly suffering from fitness problems and was struggling with his returns as a result. The Spaniard fully capitalised on it to put pressure on Nagal’s serve who conceded a second consecutive service break as he hit his return into the net.Nagal continued to commit too many unforced errors, tamely conceding his next service game as well which handed Lopez a 5-3 lead.Lopez then held his serve fairly comfortably to seal the set and the match.The second reverse singles did not last long as the World No.13 Ferrer made short work of the 203rd ranked Ramanathan.Ferrer pulled ahead right at the start, breaking Ramanathan in the very second game to take a 2-0 lead.advertisementThe Indian however, broke Ferrer back in the next game as the Spaniard committed a double fault to concede the game. The Chennai youngster however, could not rejoice for long as Ferrer grabbed his second consecutive break in the very next game.The Spanish star put pressure on Ramanathan’s serve to lead the game 0/30 at one stage before the Indian Indian hit a return long to concede the game.Ferrer broke Ramanathan again in the eighth game to clinch the set with the Indian repeatedly hitting the net with his serve.The second set also saw the Indian putting up a stiff fight. (Also read: Saketh Myneni can be a Grand Slam champion in doubles, says Leander Paes)Both players managed to hold their serve in the initial stages. But it was Ferrer who finally took the advantage by breaking Ramanathan’s serve in the sixth game and holding his own serve for a 5-2 lead.Serving to stay in the contest, Ramanathan managed to save one match point at 30/40 with an ace. But Ferrer did not have to wait long for the win as the local boy hit his shot over the baseline to concede the match.last_img read more

Durga Puja in Kolkata: A celebration of shakti and life | PHOTOS

first_imgGoddess Durga is a symbol of shakti (power) and one of the most celebrated deities in the Hindu pantheon. In West Bengal, Durga Puja is a festival celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm.The pandals in Kolkata, with their unique and beautiful themes, become an attraction every year for crowds from across the country. This year too is no different.The Durga Puja enthusiasm is seen in all folks, be it kids or old people. Age, gender, creed, they take a back seat as the region immerses itself in the festivities of Durga Puja.Due to Durga Ashtami, the pandals witnessed devotees in thousands.This year, the pandals have recreated novel themes ranging from a replica of a bullet train to Chittorgarh Fort as seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat.#WATCH A Bullet train replica seen at a #Durgapuja pandal on Kolkata’s College Street pic.twitter.com/mFmw42WF4MANI (@ANI) October 15, 2018India Today’s Manogya Loiwal brings you the celebrations from a couple of pandals in Kolkata, West Bengal.It starts with Sree Bhoomi Sporting Club pandal. Sree Bhoomi Sporting Club pandal in Kolkata | Photo courtesy: Manogya LoiwalThe club has made a 100-ft-tall pandal with Padmaavat theme. Sree Bhoomi Sporting Club pandal in Kolkata | Photo courtesy: Manogya LoiwalEven the jewellery of the Durga idol is made in Rajashtani style inspired by the movie. Sree Bhoomi Sporting Club pandal in Kolkata | Photo courtesy: Manogya LoiwalThe pandal successfully captured the essence of Padmaavat. Sree Bhoomi Sporting Club pandal in Kolkata | Photo courtesy: Manogya LoiwalMoving on to a different pandal with a different theme, it was time for Mudiali Puja Pandal in Kolkata.advertisement Mudiali Puja pandal in Kolkata | Photo courtesy: Manogya LoiwalThis place made made the pandal out of red and white bangles. Mudiali Puja pandal in Kolkata | Photo courtesy: Manogya LoiwalWith the use of thermocol the pandal had beautiful structures that looked like antiques. Mudiali Puja pandal in Kolkata | Photo courtesy: Manogya LoiwalA splendiferous Durga idol mesmerised the pandal visitors. Mudiali Puja pandal in Kolkata | Photo courtesy: Manogya LoiwalRead more on Durga Puja:Where Goddess Durga donates her chunni for daughter’s wedding4,000 kgs of turmeric went into making this Durga Puja pandal in Kolkatalast_img read more

More Local Companies Urged to Invest in Research and Development

first_img Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says more local companies need to invest in research and development (R&D) in order to stimulate economic growth. Story Highlights Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says more local companies need to invest in research and development (R&D) in order to stimulate economic growth.He indicated that the work directed towards innovation, introduction and improvement of products and processes is often lacking in some entities.“We do not invest in R&D. We are about just purchasing and selling. We import and we sell, but this does not contribute to our own economic development,” he noted.Dr. Wheatley was addressing the official opening of Kleen Manufacturing Koncepts Limited at Sydenham Commercial Plaza, Old Harbour Road, St. Catherine, on December 14.Studies have indicated that investing in R&D increases economic growth. The United States (US) spends the most on R&D worldwide, which was estimated at US$465 billion in 2014, followed by China and Japan.“That is what we are about as Government. We want to provide an opportunity for our people to express their inherent innovative capacity,” he pointed out.He commended Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kleen Manufacturing Koncepts Limited, Omar Ricketts, for his innovation and growth of the company over its seven years of existence.The small business, which has been operating from its present location since 2013, produces purified bottled water for distribution entities, retailers, wholesalers and other bottled-water companies across the length and breadth of Jamaica.The 2,000-square-foot plant, which represents investment of about $10 million, includes water processing stations, office, kitchenette, restroom and a storage area.Mr. Ricketts informed that the company has moved from employing two persons to 12, and will open a new refilling station at Brunswick Avenue, Spanish Town, in the coming year that will employ a further three persons.He also informed that the company will be introducing two new products –kiwi-flavoured water and lime-flavoured water.The new location is approximately 50 square feet, and is expected to serve at least 200 customers on a daily basis. “We do not invest in R&D. We are about just purchasing and selling. We import and we sell, but this does not contribute to our own economic development,” he noted. Studies have indicated that investing in R&D increases economic growth. The United States (US) spends the most on R&D worldwide, which was estimated at US$465 billion in 2014, followed by China and Japan.last_img read more

Top Chefs Ask New Yorkers To Dine Out For Heroes With Bob

first_imgCelebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli — joined by Mario Batali, Rocco DiSpirito, Tony Fortuna, Chris Santos, and Geoffrey Zakarian — is calling upon New York City’s restaurants and diners to honor our nation’s heroes this Veterans Day through the 4th Annual Dine Out for Heroes, a benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation.The Food Network personality and executive chef of Butter Restaurant was drawn to the fundraiser for wounded veterans because of its simplicity.“Dine Out for Heroes is a great way for restaurants to honor those who’ve served while offering diners the opportunity to enjoy a great meal. I am thrilled to lead a culinary council whose goal is to raise awareness for this important initiative,” said Guarnaschelli. “November 11th is Veterans Day and if you are planning on going out to dinner choose a restaurant that is participating in Dine Out For Heroes.”Restaurants wishing to take part simply pledge to donate $1 per customer served on Veterans Day. In addition to Butter, some of this year’s participating restaurants include Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C., Beauty & Essex, Del Posto, Esca, The Lambs Club, The National Bar & Dining Rooms, Otto, The Stanton Social, T-Bar Restaurant and Lounge, and Vandal.Participating restaurants will be highlighted on the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s website, as well as by sponsor OpenTable, making it simple for diners to make reservations. Collateral materials like window clings will be provided to restaurants, a great way to entice customers — including the estimated half-million people who will visit Manhattan to watch the city’s annual Veterans Day Parade.‘Dine Out for Heroes’ is spearheaded by restaurateurs Peter and Penny Glazier, founders of Glazier Works, with Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox, founders of the New York Comedy Festival, and Bob and Lee Woodruff, co-founders of the Bob Woodruff Foundation.“I wanted to create an opportunity that would allow the restaurant industry and the community to offer support to veterans,” Penny Glazier explained.‘Dine Out for Heroes’ (#Dine4Heroes) will follow on the heels of the 11th annual Stand Up for Heroes, a collaboration between the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival that has raised more than $40 million to date to support injured service members and their families.Together, these efforts will continue to honor the sacrifice of returning veterans—especially those who have been wounded. To date, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested more than $45 million in programs supporting impacted veterans, service members and their families.Dine Out for Heroes is made possible by sponsors OpenTable, Jack Daniel’s, and Performance Food Service Metro NY.Restaurants and diners can learn more about this year’s Dine Out for Heroes by visiting BobWoodruffFoundation.org/Dine4Heroes.last_img read more

BNP candidate sued under Digital Security Act

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party’s Kushtia-4 constituency candidate Mehedi Ahmed Rumi. UNB File PhotoA case was filed with a Kushtia court on Tuesday against BNP candidate for Kushtia-4 constituency Mehedi Ahmed Rumi and a Tanti Dal leader under the Digital Security Act for their reported audio clip instigating violence ahead of the upcoming general elections.A local leader of ruling Bangladesh Awami League and also public prosecutor of Kushtia Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal advocate Akram Hasan Dulal filed the case with Kusthia senior judicial magistrate court, reports UNB.Judge M Masuduzzaman of the court took cognisance of the complaint and asked the Kumarkhali police station officer-in-charge to investigate it.Dulal said in the leaked telephonic conversations between Rumi, also BNP chairperson’s adviser and district BNP president, and local Tanti Dal leader Nur Islam, the former was heard instructing the latter to unleash violence.The conversations were aired in television channels DBC News and Channel 71, he said.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader alleged that the case was filed out of vengeance to keep him away from the election race.last_img read more

Mister Rogers Jewish neighborhood

first_img Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Report: US Jews of color overlooked and undercounted Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Menachem Wecker,Add Comment Click here to post a comment News We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 By: Menachem Wecker Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email TagsFred Rogers homepage featured Jim Judkis Mister Rogers Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Pittsburgh Jewish Community Center Squirrel Hill The Loving Kindness of Fred Rogers WQED,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — In 1978, photographer Jim Judkis got a big break.People magazine asked him to photograph Fred Rogers, the beloved public television host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which was in its 10th year.When he arrived to see Rogers, Judkis was nervous.“You suddenly realize you’re in the presence of a known celebrity. I said, ‘Hello, Mister Rogers,’” Judkis said. “He smiled and reached out his hand to shake mine. He said, ‘Please call me Fred.’ It immediately put me at ease. Wow. He’s a normal guy.”Over the next few decades, he photographed Rogers for People, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sunday magazine and Pittsburgh Magazine. Judkis’ most famous photo: an award-winning photograph he took of Rogers smiling as he looks, face-to-face, at a disabled child, who cradles Rogers’ face in his hands.Fred Rogers meets with a boy who has a disability in the film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” a Focus Features release. Photo by Jim Judkis via Focus FeaturesWhen the show went off the air, Judkis put the negatives of his photos of Rogers into storage and forgot about them.His photos are now out of storage and on display at the Pittsburgh Jewish Community Center. Sixty of them appear in “The Loving Kindness of Fred Rogers” at the JCC through July 30.The impetus for the display came three years ago, when producers making the HBO documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” called Judkis and other Pittsburgh photographers, asking if they had any photos of Rogers.Judkis said he’d look. But he wasn’t very excited. Rogers had died in 2003 and he didn’t know how much interest the documentary might generate. And didn’t really want to spend time sifting through his disorderly files of negatives.But he eventually took a look.“I realized: Whoa. I have a lot of images here,” he said of the three different photo shoots, with hundreds of negatives, he’d taken of Rogers. “Two hundred were pretty interesting and relatively different from each other.”Even after the HBO producers had selected what they wanted, Judkis figured he had enough to exhibit.In one photograph in the exhibit, Rogers sits on a floral-patterned couch in his WQED office with a notepad on his crossed legs. Rogers holds his glasses in his left hand, which also supports his head, while he writes with his right.Over his right shoulder is a framed artwork bearing the Hebrew quote that is half of Song of Songs 6:3: “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.”Judkis doesn’t know anything specific about the artwork.“I didn’t have a clue what that said and meant,” he said. “I took the picture, because I saw it.”Rogers, a Presbyterian minister, never talked about religion with Judkis, who wouldn’t have known that Rogers was ordained if he hadn’t been told or read it somewhere. He did know that Rogers knew Greek, though, and another photograph in the JCC exhibit shows Rogers sitting beside a card table bearing the very thick book “The Jerome Biblical Commentary.”“He was a very, very scholarly individual. People think television, how intellectual is that? But he was many, many things,” Judkis said.That a Jewish community center would focus on the Presbyterian minister, and that the latter would have a Hebrew quote on his office wall, may come as a surprise.But Judkis records in the catalog that he felt a “sacred space” seemed to surround Rogers’ love for and interactions with every child he met.Ron Symons, a Reform rabbi and senior director of Jewish life at the Pittsburgh JCC, says he was raised on Mister Rogers and his puppets.The rabbi’s subsequent interest in midrash, often narrative-based rabbinic teachings, is “a direct result of those early days I spent sitting at the feet of Mister Rogers,” he wrote in the catalog for the exhibit.The story, to Symons, has come full circle.He works at the JCC, which is in the heart of the Squirrel Hill neighborhood “just 100 yards from the Sixth Presbyterian Church where Fred Rogers, a congregant there, learned about love of neighbor,” he wrote.“And my desk faces due east: the same direction of Mister Rogers’ pew.”Judkis said he’d recently spoken to the curator for the exhibit, who said the photos have been an encouragement to people in the community. The center is in the same neighborhood as the Tree of Life, site of a deadly attack last fall.“The curator was telling people how these photos have uplifted the people walking through the Jewish Community Center, because they are sort of in PTSD mode and have been for a while,” Judkis said.Judkis added that the show and the book include what he calls “off images.”The “off images,” some of which are abstract or off-kilter, include the book’s cover image, which shows Rogers with his eyes closed.“It’s an off picture, and I like that it’s included,” he said.Judkis said the inspiration for including imperfect images came from Persian rugs — which sometimes include intentional flaws for religious reasons.“One knot is wrong, because only God can make something perfect,” he said. By: Menachem Weckercenter_img As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Menachem Wecker Catholicism By: Menachem Wecker Share This! 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From Misconceptions To Discrimination Houston AIDS Pioneers Share Their Stories

first_img X The doctor walked in and asked Rodney Mills a blunt question: “How are you going to treat your HIV?”That’s how the Houstonian got the shocking diagnosis. It was Valentine’s Day 1991. The diagnosis would be difficult for anyone but was especially shocking for Mills because he thought only gay white men got the disease. He’s a heterosexual African American.To deal with the new fear and stress he faced, Mills got counseling from The Montrose Center. To deal with the medical aspects of his new diagnosis, he received medical care from the Thomas Street Clinic, Harris County’s facility for AIDS care. He went on to volunteer there, working to cut wait times and improve the patient experience. He’s also served on the HIV Heterosexual Task Force to raise awareness in minority communities that HIV impacts those beyond the LGBT community.Dr. Adan Rios knows a few things about treating HIV/AIDS too. In the 1980s, he worked at MD Anderson’s Houston’s Institute of Immunological Disorders, the first hospital in the U.S. dedicated solely to AIDS patients and AIDS research. He says he witnessed shocking discrimination against patients with AIDS in those days.Tori Williams saw plenty of that discrimination too, firsthand. She was a pioneering activist and social worker at the forefront of the response to AIDS in the mid-1980s. For the last 17 years, she’s served as director of support for the Ryan White Planning Council and is a co-founder of The Oral History Project at Rice University, which is collecting and preserving the experiences of people impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Houston and Southeast Texas.On this World AIDS Day, Mills, Rios, and Williams share their experiences and talk about the challenges those with HIV/AIDS in Greater Houston still face today. Listen 00:00 /21:16 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Texas Attempt To Pass Bathroom Bill Inspires LGBT Candidates To Get On

first_imgGABRIEL C. PÉREZ / KUTMary Wilson, the pastor at Church of the Savior in Cedar Park, is one of several LGBT candidates running for office in Texas.More than 40 Texans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are running for public office this year. Advocates say this is an “unprecedented” number of candidates who are openly LGBT – and that this isn’t just backlash to Donald Trump’s election.Mary Wilson, who is gay, is among those candidates running for the first time.“One way I describe myself sometimes is bleeding-heart liberal,” she says.Like a lot of liberals, Wilson, the pastor at Church of the Savior in Cedar Park, has been pretty alarmed since Trump was elected – so alarmed that she’s running for Congress.“I just shook my head and I was like, ‘All right, what else can I do?’” she says. “I’ve been a teacher, I’ve been in education. And so the answer came to me as, like, ‘Well, I could run for office.’”Wilson is running against three other Democrats – Elliott McFadden, Joseph Kopser and Derrick Crowe – in the primary for Texas’ 21st Congressional District, the seat Republican Lamar Smith is vacating.Wilson was among the many advocates who testified against Senate Bill 6, known as the bathroom bill, in the state Legislature last year. Opponents argued the bill, which ultimately didn’t pass, would hurt transgender Texans.CREDIT MARJORIE KAMYS COTERA FOR THE TEXAS TRIBUNEPeople line up to testify before a state Senate committee on Senate Bill 6, known as the bathroom bill. Hundreds of people signed up to testify, many of them transgender. Share Wilson says she was concerned when she saw lawmakers vote for it even though so many people had asked them not to.“You know, you can have people line up for hours to testify, right? And then the committees will vote however they were going to vote,” she says, “as if no one had ever come to talk to them.”Chuck Smith, the CEO of Equality Texas, says he’s heard that story a lot.“I think that this is in response to what we experienced in 2017,” he says. “That being almost seven continuous months while the Legislature was in regular and special session targeting the LGBT community for discrimination.”Smith says there are indications there could be a wave of liberal voters showing up at the polls this year — and that some of these candidates could have a good shot of winning in November. That could change the dynamics of the Legislature.“It makes it more difficult for discriminatory legislation to be talked about in the third person or about people who are not in the room,” he says.last_img read more

YouTube Launches Upgraded Charts

first_img Popular on Variety Top Songs: Obviously enough, this chart highlights the number of views a song has tallied on YouTube. Calculated by combining all official versions of a song (including the official music video, official song used in user generated content and lyric videos), the Top Songs chart reflects how users are consuming music on the platform and the multiple ways artists are using YouTube to share their music. The Top Songs chart is updated weekly on Sunday at 12pm PST.Top Artists: This chart highlights the most popular artists on YouTube, based on the total views of their entire discography – official music videos, official song user generated content, official live performances, remixes, lyric videos, album tracks, and collaborations. Top Artists is updated weekly on Sunday at 12pm PST.Top Music Videos: This chart highlights the most-viewed official music videos on the platform. Top Videos is updated weekly on Sunday at 12pm PST.More announcements are expected from YouTube in the coming weeks, including news about the relaunch of the company’s subscription service. As a prelude to the forthcoming relaunch of their subscription service, YouTube today launched new music charts experience for 44 countries, including the U.S,, Japan, Germany, Brazil and the U.K. The YouTube charts now include a new Trending chart, as well as upgraded charts for Top Songs, Top Artists, and Top Music Videos (check them out here). YouTube.com/chartsAccording to the announcement, the new charts are “based purely on the number of views and are a reflection of the success achieved by artists on the world’s most expansive music platform.”The charts include:Trending: This new chart is updated multiple times a day to provide a real time view of the new music fans are playing. It represents YouTube’s “first dedicated external signal of the most viewed new music on the platform,” the announcement reads, providing an instant snapshot of what users are reacting to.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more