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CSO Wants NEC Workers Scrutinized

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first_imgAugustine S. Arkoi-Also craves party observers properly vettedAs the Liberian presidential election heads to a run-off between the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the governing Unity Party (UP), there are calls from many quarters for the National Elections Commission (NEC) to put its house in order in an effort to deliver a result that will be trusted and overwhelmingly accepted by not just the two contesting parties, but the Liberian public and the international community.Irregularities were reported after the October 10 elections, which was welcomed by protests from aggrieved politicians. People have complained that the irregularities might have been caused by workers recruited by the NEC, and also blamed poll watchers that were selected by the political parties.Hence all the major stakeholders, especially the NEC and the contesting parties, need to take cues and govern themselves properly for the crucial November 7 runoff polls.It is in respect of the above that a Civil Society Organization, the Better Future Foundation (BFF), wants the upcoming polls to be entrusted into the care of qualified poll workers whose recruitment by the NEC should be validated by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).The BFF is a member of the Liberia Democracy Sustainability Platform (DSP), a pro-democracy and election monitoring group.The president of BFF, Augustine S. Arkoi, said in a statement that the dismal performance of the current poll workers in the October 10 presidential and legislative elections, a process characterized by irregularities in some polling places, demonstrates not only their gross incompetence but also a failure on the part of the Commission’s Board of Commissioners to exercise due diligence in the recruitment and hiring of such poll workers.The BFF also called for a thorough investigation to determine whether or not such “grave errors” as acknowledged by the National Elections Commission were made with any criminal intent to undermine the integrity of the electoral process.Mr. Arkoi indicated that the re-run of the elections in Nimba, Grand Gedeh and probably Grand Cape Mount counties as a result of electoral irregularities in those counties, constitutes cause for the foundation’s call to probe such irregularities and the importance of bringing the perpetrators to justice so as to retain public trust and confidence in the National Elections Commission (NEC).“A free, fair, transparent and credible electoral process requires the full participation of political parties and independent candidates at every stage of the country’s electioneering process, particularly their representation at various polling stations by competent and reliable individuals for accurate ballot counting and validation,” he said.The group was one of many local CSOs that deployed observers on election day. Through its subsidiary, Youth Beyond Barriers (YBB), BFF deployed over 21 officially accredited observers and more than 50 civic education volunteers throughout Liberia on election day who helped to mitigate some challenges at polling places.Those deployed observed the conspicuous absence of representatives of several political parties and independent candidates at various polling stations across the country during the elections.The deliberate absence of competent representatives of independent candidates and political parties and instances of the absence of accredited CSOs at some polls, Mr. Arkoi, said creates an undue atmosphere for electoral irregularities by some unscrupulous poll workers.He also made mention of the huge number of invalid votes, which he said would have been as a result of inadequate awareness exercises. “This underscored the urgent need for massive and intense civic and voter education for the runoff,” he said.“We want the government and its partners provide timely and much-needed financial and logistical support to the NEC, and community-based CSOs for the conduct of civic education ahead of the runoff,” he said.“We also want both the CDC and UP to conduct their campaigns in a peaceful and non-violent fashion,” he said.BFF has been involved in an intense advocacy that primarily seeks to inspire national consensus building aimed at accelerating human security, respect for and adherence to the rule of law, promotion of infrastructural development as well as sustaining democratic governance in the country and the sub-region.Other challenges that overwhelmed the October 10 elections as flagged by the BFF in its statement includes the late arrival of election materials to some polling centers, voters’ identification numbers, late commencement and closure of the voting process and counting, as well as the apparent inability of some of NEC polling officers to educate and or guide voters.BFF has described as unfortunate the gross lack of infrastructure in the country to the extent that some of the facilities that played host to the presidential and legislative elections were unfit to serve the mass turnout, leaving many registered voters particularly pregnant women, nursing mothers, the elderly, physically challenged among others totally disenfranchised.BFF has, meanwhile, applauded the NEC magistrates and senior staff for the professional and impartial manner in which they addressed grievances of political parties during the tallying process at the SKD Sports Complex in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL MAN ‘DEEPLY REGRETS’ HIT-AND-RUN BEACH INCIDENT, BARRISTER TELLS COURT

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first_imgA 30-year-0ld Donegal man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty at Derry Crown Court to injuring a child and a woman in a hit-and-run incident on a Co Derry beach last year.Paul John Doherty, of Ballynahone, Fahan in Co. Donegal, pleaded guilty to seven charges relating to an incident in which a mother and her child were injured when struck by a red BMW on Benone Beach on 21 July.Doherty admitted two charges of dangerous driving on the beach and at Seacoast Road, Limavady. He also pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, failing to stop at, report and remain at an accident in which injury had occurred.Defence barrister Joe Brolly told the court Doherty had expressed “deep regret” about the incident.Adjourning sentencing to 31 March next for pre-sentence reports, Judge Phillip Babington released Doherty on continuing bail.DONEGAL MAN ‘DEEPLY REGRETS’ HIT-AND-RUN BEACH INCIDENT, BARRISTER TELLS COURT was last modified: February 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FIANNA FAIL MOTION CALLS FOR ACTION ON FODDER CRISIS – McCONALOGUE

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first_imgFianna Fáil is calling for the establishment of a dedicated unit within the Department of Agriculture to co-ordinate the response to the fodder crisis.The Dáil will this week will discuss a Fianna Fáil motion criticising what the party claims was a slow and inadequate response to a crisis which has been devastating for hundreds of farmers across the North West of Ireland.Donegal Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue explained, “I and my colleagues spent weeks in the early stages of this crisis appealing to the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to see what was going on, and take decisive action to prevent unnecessary hardship for families. Unfortunately, it took several weeks for the Minister to admit there even was a problem, and since then the response has been too little too late. “I very much welcome the fact that the agriculture industry is pulling together to ensure that farmers get through this difficult time. The support of co-ops and farming organisations is helping many farmers to feed their cattle when they may otherwise have been unable to.“Meanwhile the response from Minister Coveney and his government has been totally inadequate. It took far too long for the Minister to intervene and hundreds of farmers are still struggling to get the help that they need. This crisis is not over yet. Many farmers here in Donegal will continue to struggle in the aftermath of this crisis and the Government simply cannot afford to take its eye off the ball.“Fianna Fáil is calling for the establishment of a special unit within the Department of Agriculture to oversee and co-ordinate efforts between government departments, agencies, co-ops, marts and financial institutions to tackle this crisis. This unit must also keep fodder and credit supplies under review, with fail safe measures to ensure that this crisis does not emerge again.“We also want the Department of Agriculture and financial institutions to reach agreement to ensure an adequate supply of credit to farmers during times of acute pressures on essential agricultural supplies. “Next week in the Dáil, TDs will be given a chance to vote on our proposals aimed at ensuring that farmers here in Donegal and across the country do not continue to suffer undue hardship as a result of this and that this is never allowed to happen again,” Deputy McConalogue said. FIANNA FAIL MOTION CALLS FOR ACTION ON FODDER CRISIS – McCONALOGUE was last modified: May 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Winning close games is a sign of COC’s strength

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first_imgThere’s a reason College of the Canyons’ football team is closing in on its 20th consecutive win, ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 2 in the nation and seeking another state title: It has players who can win close games. The Cougars (5-0 overall, 3-0 Western State Conference) have been tested in each of their past four games. Victories over Grossmont, Ventura, Moorpark and – in a come-from-behind triumph last week – Bakersfield have provided examples of error and persistence. Against Bakersfield, quarterback Marcel Marquez kept his composure, drove COC down the field and capped the winning drive with a touchdown pass to Billy Omahen with 1:06 remaining. No problem. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “We work on the two-minute drill every week,” Marquez said. “I just took what they gave me.” Marquez was impressed with his offensive line. “I had five seconds to throw every time,” he said. “There was no one in my face, I just had time to throw. It made my life a lot easier.” Marquez readily acknowledged mistakes, which enabled Bakersfield to throw a scare at the defending state champions. “I can take some of the blame …,” Marquez said. “I tried to force the ball a couple of times (to receivers.) Once we cut down on turnovers … people won’t be able to compete with us.” COC has a bye this week then takes on Citrus, from Covina, a week from Saturday. Marquez is COC’s leading rusher, with 262 yards and five touchdowns on 71 carries. He has completed 79 of 133 passes for 1,022 yards and nine touchdowns with three interceptions. He’s hit seven receivers for touchdowns. Marquez, who runs drills regularly against the COC first-team defense, praises the other side for making crucial stops and keeping the Cougars on top. “They’re stopping people,” Marquez said. “Imagine what they could do when (the offense does) things on our half.” Running strong: COC’s cross country team continues to get strong performances from its men’s and women’s teams as they transition from training shape to competition shape. The women, led by sophomore Jessica Gomez (Saugus High,) finished fifth in a field of 12 at last week’s Bakersfield College Invitational. The men, paced by Salim Benmohamed (Canyon High,) were seventh. The meet was held in 104-degree heat. Gomez posted a lifetime-best 18 minutes, 38 seconds over 5,000 meters – the second time she’s broken 19 minutes – to finish third among 75 runners. “She was excited,” COC coach Belinda Kane said. “She opened up (the season) at 20:02, so she’s running fantastic times.” Benmohamed (Canyon High) finished ninth of 95 men, completing the 6,000-meter course in 21:11. Nathan Brown, (818) 713-3607 nate.brown@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

No bedbugs for early humans

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first_imgArchaeologists sorting excavated material at Sibudu cave. (Image: Christine Sievers) Leaves in a plaster jacket. In the latest discovery new evidence of well preserved and fossilised plant bedding, dating back 77 000 years, has been found.(Image: Marion Bamford) Sibudu sediments showing evidence for the burning of plants. (Image: Lyn Wadley) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lindsay Marshall   Maropeng  +27 14 577 9021 RELATED ARTICLES • Maropeng sets green standard • Maropeng top evotourism destination • Angola a fossil hotspot • SA varsity leads the way in geosciencesWilma den HartighArchaeological excavations have delivered yet another significant find – this time at a rock shelter near Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province. The fossil discovery, made by a team of researchers, reveals fascinating insights into the development of behavioural practices of early modern humans in Southern Africa.Archaeologists have been excavating the middle Stone Age site at the Sibudu cave, a sandstone cliff in northern KwaZulu-Natal about 40km north of Durban, since 1998.In the latest discovery new evidence of well preserved and fossilised plant bedding, dating back 77 000 years, has been found.The fossilised leaves and other artefacts discovered at Sibudu, such as the oldest bone and arrow, the oldest needle, and fossilised grass stems and leaves, are now on show in a new fossil display at Maropeng at the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng.Evidence of modern human behaviourThe discovery is an important addition to South Africa’s existing archaeological collection.What makes the plant bedding discovery so significant is that it reveals new information about the evolution of modern human behaviour, and shows how early Homo sapiens lived.Lindsay Marshall, curator at Maropeng, says that similar evidence has been discovered elsewhere in the world, but these discoveries date back to a more recent period than that of the Sibudu caves.The newest discovery is 50 000 years older than earlier reports of preserved bedding.The fossilised leaves reveal that early humans were using plants with insect repellent properties and placing them on the ground to sleep on – and possibly to live and work on too.This discovery could also be the earliest evidence of modern floor coverings, such as the carpets that we have in our homes today.According to the research team, led by Wits University archaeologist Prof Lyn Wadley, the findings suggest that during the Middle Stone Age, 77 000 years ago, our human ancestors had the cognitive ability to choose plants that contained insect repellent to sleep on.The fossilised grass stems and leaves were most likely sourced from the uThongathi River near Sibudu. Wits botanist Marion Bamford identified the leaves as belonging to Cryptocarya woodii, also known as the Cape laurel or river wild quince.The leaves of this tree contain chemicals that are insecticidal, and would be suitable for repelling mosquitoes.Wadley says that the selection of these leaves for the construction of bedding suggests that early inhabitants of Sibudu had an intimate knowledge of the plants surrounding the shelter, and were aware of their medicinal uses.Microscopic analysis of the bedding, conducted by Christopher Miller, a junior professor in geoarchaeology at the University of Tübingen in Germany, suggests that the inhabitants repeatedly refurbished the bedding during the course of occupation.In what could be an early form of house cleaning, the microscopic analysis found that the inhabitants of Sibudu regularly burned the bedding after use, possibly as a way to remove pests.According to Miller, this would have prepared the site for future occupation and indicates a novel use of fire for the maintenance of an occupation site.A rare fossil displayMarshall says that this discovery is one of a long list of important finds at Sibudu over the past decade. Over the years, this rock shelter has become a highly valuable site for archeological research.Other items discovered during the excavations include perforated seashells, believed to have been used as beads.“It is interesting to wonder what the beads were used for,” she says. “They were probably used either as gifts or for exchanges with other communities. Either way they had value,” she says.Wadley considers the discovery of the fossil plants and the perforated shells as major career highlights.“Sibudu is only the second site in South Africa where these shells have been found,” she says. “The other is Blombos Cave in the Western Cape.”Sharpened bone points which could have been used for hunting were also found at Sibudu, and indicate some of the earliest examples of modern human technology.The exhibition consists of lots of smaller items such as pieces of stone tools, tiny shells and fossilised leaves that can be viewed with magnifying glasses placed in each display cabinet.At a glance it might seem like a random collection of bits and pieces of stone, but what you are actually looking at are rare finds that are usually not displayed in exhibitions open to the public.“In the exhibition you look at small things, but their historical significance is huge,” says Marshall. “These discoveries are usually reserved for laboratories and journals.”• The exhibition, What makes us human: The significance of the Sibudu cave shelter, runs until the end of May at the Maropeng.last_img read more

SAA, Nal’ibali take youngsters on reading adventure

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first_imgYoung readers from the Soweto’s Nal’ibali reading club, Mighty Stars, to place the first copies of the magazine in the seat pockets of an SAA aeroplane. (Image: Nal’ibali)South African Airways (SAA) and the Nal’ibali reading for enjoyment campaign have joined forces once again to produce a second edition of their Story Power magazine to continue inspiring a love of reading among young South Africans.To mark the publication of the new magazine, the partners invited young readers from the Soweto Nal’ibali reading club, Mighty Stars, to place the first copies of the magazine in the seat pockets of an SAA aeroplane.“The 2014 Nal’ibali edition proved so popular among children and their caregivers that the partners will once again be offering young travellers a brand-new story written by a local author, fun literacy activities and ideas for parents to help keep their children reading over the holiday period,” said Musa Zwane, general manager shareholder.“In addition, little listeners will also be able to enjoy Nal’ibali audio stories as part of SAA’s in-flight entertainment schedule on regional flights.”THE POWER OF WORDSThe audio stories, together with the magazine, form part of Nal’ibali’s Story Power drive, created in the hope of getting books into the hands of as many South Africans as possible. “Research shows that children who read regularly and for enjoyment perform better at school in all subjects, including science and maths,” says Jade Jacobsohn, Nal’ibali’s managing director.“Reading and sharing stories is something all families can do – especially during the school holidays, which is the perfect time to start a storytelling tradition at home.”To further encourage the children to continue with their reading routines, SAA Chief Captain Sifuso Masuku reminded them of the importance of reading and how it could help shape their dreams, as it did for his own dreams.Poet Natalia Molebatsi also demonstrated how she put the power of words to use by sharing some of her work and engaging the children in an interactive poetry performance.THE STORY CONTINUESNal’ibali offers children access to an array of online resources such as literacy-building tips and a selection of stories in their home languages.Those looking to make use of these resources can visit Nal’ibali’s website or its mobile site.last_img read more

Beware The House ‘Review’ Of U.S. Copyright Law — It’s A Trap

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first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… markhachman Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#copyright A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yesterday, an influential congressman announced plans for a “comprehensive review” of U.S. copyright law, potentially the first such effort in more than 35 years. And that’s got hearts palpitating across Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Capitol Hill.But don’t get too excited about the possibility for reforms that would safeguard an open and innovative Internet just yet. The legislator in question, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, has been carrying water for Hollywood and other Big Copyright interests for years. In other words, this smells like a trap for reformers.(See also: The Internet Assault On TV Is Working)There’s no shortage of things to fix in the U.S. copyright system, which was last overhauled back when networking mostly meant dumb terminals connected to a minicomputer or a mainframe. Yet here’s where Goodlatte is coming from:He supported SOPA, which would have let federal agencies effectively censor alleged copyright infringers from the Internet without due process or much of an appeal;He co-sponsored CISPA, which would allow private business to share your personal information with federal agencies without sufficient privacy protections;He’s generally considered one of the bigger copyright maximalists in the U.S. Congress.So what’s he really up to? Here’s what Goodlatte said in a statement:The Internet has enabled copyright owners to make available their works to consumers around the world, but has also enabled others to do so without any compensation for copyright owners. Efforts to digitize our history so that all have access to it face questions about copyright ownership by those who are hard, if not impossible, to locate. There are concerns about statutory license and damage mechanisms. Federal judges are forced to make decisions using laws that are difficult to apply today. Even the Copyright Office itself faces challenges in meeting the growing needs of its customers – the American public.Compensation for copyright, digitizing published works, licensing, and cutting through the complexity of existing copyright law — these are all ripe subjects for reform. There’s just little reason to think Goodlatte is the right person to craft compromises that offer fair compensation for copyright holders without stifling the development of new digital-media services or crushing individual privacy.Confederacy Of DuncesGenerally speaking, the odds are against innovation-friendly copyright reform in the current Congress. Democrats have, by and large, been captured by Hollywood when it comes to discussion of copyright terms, digital rights and piracy. in their thinking on this issue. Republicans, meanwhile, have occasionally shown glimpses of original thinking on these subjects — often as not, only to recant them as quickly as Hollywood lobbyists could pick up a phone.Last November, for instance, the House Republican Study Committee released a position paper debunking various copyright “myths,” among them the notions that the current system compensates creators, benefits the public, and promotes innovation. It does no such thing, staffer Derek Khanna wrote; instead, the report called out copyright as an institutional monopoly that crushes new markets before they can prove themselves.Within twenty-four hours, the GOP had retracted the report, walking the party’s position back to the same tired arguments that we had all heard before. Not much later, Khanna himself was out of a job. Techdirt, which has followed the issue extensively, has also noted that Register of Copyright Maria Pallante has suggested that enforcement agencies focus on large-scale piracy (a good idea) but that copyright never inhibited innovation (incorrect).Absent a SOPA-style revolt by major Internet companies against the current copyright regime, which favors owners over creators and old media industries over the digital world, the best we can probably hope for is that Goodlatte’s review doesn’t make a bad situation worse.last_img read more

Coco Gauff Has Homework to Do Right After Getting 1st Top 10 Win to Reach Maiden WTA Semi-final

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first_img Coco Gauffkiki bertensWTA LinzWTA Tour First Published: October 12, 2019, 7:50 AM IST Linz: Coco Gauff’s strategy sessions for the first WTA semi-final of her young career were put on hold for a few hours on Friday due to high-school homework.The 15-year-old from Delray Beach, Florida, who has attended school online since third grade is starting to write records as well as essays after upsetting Linz tournament top seed Kiki Bertens 7-6 (1), 6-4. Gauff became the youngest woman to reach a WTA semi-final since Nicole Vaidisova won the Tashkent title in 2004, and will take on Andrea Petkovic on Saturday for a spot in the final.The 75th-ranked Petkovic booked her first semi in a year, defeating Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-1.Gauff was getting down to studying after her late-afternoon win, with lessons beckoning in her hotel room.”I just got off the court, so I’ve not thought about the semi-final,” she said..@CocoGauff is through to the @WTALinz semifinal!Knocking out No.1 seed Bertens 7-6(1), 6-4! pic.twitter.com/jZinFkkCXR— WTA (@WTA) October 11, 2019 “I’m thinking of the homework I have to do tonight. I don’t know what it is yet.”I’m studying the typical stuff: math, English, history… I don’t know what I have to do – but I know it’s something.”Gauff said that while she is not bothered by juggling her tennis and school commitments, “sometimes I’m motivated and then I have moments when I don’t want to do it (homework) at all.”The teenager earned her place in the field as a lucky loser from qualifying as Greek Maria Sakkari withdrew injured to start the week.The Floridian, still under WTA age restrictions, is playing her fifth Tour-level main draw of 2019 after reaching the Wimbledon fourth round and making the third round at the US Open.TOP 100 DEBUT BECKONSThe Linz week has been a breakthrough for the world number 110 who will crack the top 100 on Monday, when she travels to Luxembourg for the last event of her season.She is already assured of a spot in the Australian Open field in January with her rise in the rankings.Gauff maintained control throughout over the eighth-ranked Bertens to earn her first victory over a top 10 player.”There have been a lot of firsts this week,” Gauff said. “I’m really happy and proud of how I’m playing.Amazing play from @CocoGauff!🔥🔥🔥#WTALinz pic.twitter.com/XO19Izy1Zq— WTA (@WTA) October 11, 2019 “It’s crazy today, beating a top 10. I’m super proud for what I’ve done. I couldn’t ask for anything better at this event.”I didn’t have any nerves until the match points came along. Kiki was playing well and there was just a difference of one or two points. “I’m glad I was able to come out on top. I’ve really gotten a lot of support from the crowd,” she told a sellout audience in this upper Austrian regional capital.Gauff was never threatened by her more experienced opponent, who owns titles this season at St Petersburg and Madrid and reached the Beijing semi-finals last week before returning to Europe.Gauff stepped up to win the opener in a tie-break and broke for 2-1 in the second.The match ended on Gauff’s second match point as Bertens sent a return wide. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Wimebledon 2017: I’m still in shock myself, says Sam Querrey after knocking out Andy Murray

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first_imgAndy Murray’s Wimbledon title defence evaporated on Centre Court in a painful five-set demise to Sam Querrey on Wednesday as the hip injury that has dogged the world number one throughout the tournament finally got the better of him.Murray’s hopes of becoming the first Briton to retain a grand slam title since Fred Perry in 1936 were shredded as he hobbled helplessly to a 3-6 6-4 6-7(4) 6-1 6-1 quarter-final defeat.The encounter ended in almost brutal fashion, as Murray struggled to move freely around the court in the final two sets and the big-serving Querrey ruthlessly put him to the sword, wrapping up victory with his 27th booming ace.Despite the best efforts of the Centre Court crowd to cajole a miracle recovery from the limping Briton, Murray’s troublesome hip proved beyond help and he was swiftly dispatched, with the final two sets taking just under 47 minutes.Querrey can now lay claim to the title of Wimbledon’s chief giant-killer, after slaying then champion Novak Djokovic last year. He becomes the first American man to reach a grand slam semi-final since Andy Roddick at Wimbledon in 2009.”I’m still in shock myself,” he said after setting up a semi-final encounter with Marin Cilic.”I didn’t start my best but kept with it and kept swinging and I hit my groove in the fourth and fifth sets.”It feels great and it’s a dream come true … to get to a semi-final and have it happen at Wimbledon makes it a bit more special.”advertisementHaving toured the game’s most awkward and unconventional opponents in the opening four rounds, Murray finally got to face a more routine tennis archetype.There are few surprises with Querrey’s game. He stands at 6 foot 6 inches (1.98 metres) and uses his giant frame to launch bullets from the sky and backs up his huge serve with an occasional haymaker forehand.His gameplan seemed to involve turning Centre Court into a firing range which brought him little success in the opening set, but as Murray’s movement became increasingly pained, the match turned emphatically in the American’s favour.Querrey would have been hard pushed to imagine such a glorious ending as Murray punished him almost at will in the opening set, when it was Murray’s serve that did the greater damage and the 29-year-old seemed wracked with nerves.Murray claimed that in 28 minutes and there was barely a hint of his vulnerability when he broke for a 4-3 lead in the second.There were stunned murmurs of discontent from the home crowd, however, as Querrey broke twice to level the match, wrapping up the second set with a beautiful backhand winner.That still seemed only a momentary blip for the champion, who broke immediately at the start of the third set to move back into a short-lived ascendancy.Querrey struck back in the 10th game forcing the set into a tiebreak and while Murray held his nerve to move back into the lead, from that point the writing was on the wall.The home fans willed their man to scramble freely around the court, but his grimaces told their own story as he looked up to his box and seemed to mouth “it’s gone, it’s gone” in the fourth set.Querrey won nine games in a row to take the fourth and open up a 3-0 lead in the fifth, before breaking again to move one game from victory.Two Querrey aces helped bring up three match points and one more finished the job off, leaving Murray to salute the home fans with an almost apologetic wave goodbye.”The whole tournament I’ve been a little bit sore,” Murray told reporters.”But I tried my best right to the end, gave everything I had. I’m proud about that.”last_img read more

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first_imgTed Sarandos is the content chief at Netflix – the largest and most influential streaming TV platform worldwide. He spoke with India Today’s Suhani Singh about the company’s strategy in India, where its subscriber numbers are lagging far behind Amazon Prime and Hotstar.India is one of the only six countries,Ted Sarandos is the content chief at Netflix – the largest and most influential streaming TV platform worldwide. He spoke with India Today’s Suhani Singh about the company’s strategy in India, where its subscriber numbers are lagging far behind Amazon Prime and Hotstar.India is one of the only six countries where Netflix has set up an office. Does it make it special?I think we should have done it sooner. India is a very dynamic, creative environment and a massive market. So the closer we can be to it, the better it is. It’s about where the opportunity is and what needs local expertise. I must add that six months after we opened office in the countries (US, South Korea, Brazil, Japan and Singapore), we needed more space. So we are better at managing TV shows and movies than actual space planning.The Indian originals roster has increased sizeably in 2018. Are you satisfied with the progress you have made?I am thrilled. We are moving as fast as we possibly can with the chief regulator being quality. It’s the same with our licensed catalogue which has grown two times. We push ourselves to do things that are not necessarily seen and repeated. Sacred Games was radically different than what’s otherwise available and simultaneously it also respected and reflected local taste and culture.Have these shows translated into a rise in subscribers?Definitely yes. The advertising campaign and word-of-mouth has helped. The shows have become great ambassadors for the platform. If you have everybody’s favourite show, you are going to be very successful but to do that you have to do a lot of shows. We have a young adult show Selection Day coming up in December. We are also developing Baahubali, Bard of Blood, Leila and Midnight’s Children.advertisementBut you are still lagging behind Amazon and Hotstar.They have a lot of other reasons to exist. With Amazon they want deliveries and get some stuff too, and with Hotstar they want sports. People who join Netflix want great shows and films and we aim to deliver on that. Our competition is what people do on screens. So it’s as much as social media as Amazon and Hotstar.There has been a rise in OTT platforms which has resulted in a new web series releasing almost every week. Did you anticipate there’d be such a digital entertainment boom in India? We knew it’s a big business. Competition is good. It forces us to innovate and make better shows. Our technology and focus is what makes us different compared to others.You have worked with Oscar-winning directors like Alfonso Cuaron (Roma), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) and recently announced a film with Guillermo del Toro. Are leading Bollywood filmmakers as open to Netflix?Yes. People want their work to be seen, analysed and talked about and loved. The only way to do that was to put it in theatre but that’s not true anymore. They want to be where the audience is.Your targets for next year.We are expanding our catalogue for India and producing a lot of original programming. There is no number because then people jump to try to get to it. We don’t want to jam the production to meet a deadline.Last year Netflix won its first documentary Oscar for Icarus. Will 2019 be the year you win an Oscar for feature? Roma is seen as a favourite.Knocking on wood. For Alfonso Cuaron I hope. It’s a beautiful accomplishment but also such a personal film. It would mean the world for Alfonso [Cuaron]. The filmmakers care about awards BAFTA, Golden Globe so I don’t want them to be disadvantaged if they are on Netflix. For me it is a thrilling notion that if you do your best work you should be rewarded. The Oscars should be a reflection of best film not where you see it. Most of the Academy voters see the films on screeners at home. Our films qualify by the rules of Oscar so I don’t know why they should think about our films different from any other film.last_img read more