France into Davis Cup semis after doubles win vs. Britain

first_imgDozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Lack of aggressiveness, defensive struggles weigh down GlobalPort Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “One year ago I was 700th in the world and lost in the first round of a challenger. At that moment the Davis Cup, playing in front of 5,000 fans alongside my best mate, and in front of my whole family, was a long way away,” Benneteau said.Mahut ran into the arms of captain Yannick Noah, whose selections were questioned before the match. But Noah’s decision to pick Chardy ahead of the much higher ranked Gilles Simon and pair late-thirtysomethings Mahut and Benneteau paid off.“Magnifique, magnifique!” Noah shouted as he hugged the players, and the national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” rang out.The team then grabbed a giant Tricolor flag and paraded around the Kindarena in Rouen.“We knew it would be hard for us, but we kept going until the end and did a great job,” Mahut said. “Two years ago we lost to Britain (in the quarterfinals), even though they had Andy Murray then, and it was a very tough moment for us.”France has not won the competition since 2001.Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, who led Britain to Davis Cup victory in 2015, did not play this time because of an elbow injury and his absence was keenly felt.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test At 5-4 in the third set, and with Britain serving to stay in the match, Mahut somehow returned two big smashes on the first point. But Inglot held serve for 5-5.In game 12, Benneteau’s forehand down the line made it deuce and brought France to within two points of victory. Then, Mahut’s strong backhand down the line gave match point on Murray’s serve.After a brief rally, Britain saved it when Benneteau netted.But a superb lob from the back of the court by Mahut set up a second match point and France took it when Murray’s backhand volley clipped the net and dropped on the wrong side.Mahut sank to his knees as Benneteau tilted his head back and clenched both fists.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely France faces either Serbia or Spain in September.“It’s really incredible, it gives you goosebumps,” Benneteau said. “Whether you’ve won 15 Grand Slams or none, playing in front of your country like this is incredible. It’s magical, fabulous.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnLed by Murray’s strong serve, Britain competed far better than it had in Friday’s opening singles, easily won by Lucas Pouille and Jeremy Chardy against Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans.With the doubles at one set all, a forehand winner down the line from Mahut gave France set point on Murray’s serve. He double-faulted to give France the momentum. MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town LATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Julien Benneteau (right) and Nicolas Mahut of France celebrate as they won the first set during their doubles Davis Cup quarterfinal tennis match against Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot of Britain at the Kindarena Stadium of Rouen, France, Saturday, April 8, 2017. (Photo by David Vincent / AP)ROUEN, France — France advanced to the Davis Cup semifinals after veterans Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut won a tight doubles to beat Britain 3-0 on Saturday.Benneteau and Mahut edged Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray 7-6 (7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-5.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Drive under way to make turning left easier, safer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsGreuel, who chairs the council’s Transportation Committee, said the signals are part of a complicated citywide transit solution. “We have a traffic crisis in Los Angeles and people demand immediate relief,” Greuel said. “No longer will you have to play chicken with oncoming traffic to see if you can make it through the light.” City traffic engineers say the lights can reduce accidents by up to 66percent and reduce waiting times for motorists. The move comes as part of Villaraigosa’s efforts to return to dealing with traffic issues as one of his priorities. Intersections in the Valley that will get the new signals include Balboa and Burbank boulevards, Branford Street and San Fernando Road, Glenoaks Boulevard and Osborne Street, Glenoaks Boulevard and Tuxford Street, Glenoaks and Van Nuys boulevards, Hazeltine Avenue and Riverside Drive, Lankershim Boulevard and San Fernando Road, Lankershim Boulevard and Tuxford Street, Laurel Canyon and Osborne Avenue, and Laurel Canyon and Roscoe Boulevard. Also, Osborne Street and San Fernando Road, Plummer Street and Woodman Avenue, Reseda and Victory boulevards, the San Diego Freeway at Sherman Oaks, San Fernando Road and Sheldon Street, San Fernando Road and Van Nuys Boulevard, Sherman Way and Winnetka Avenue, and Vanowen Street and Winnetka Avenue. Expanding a program started last month to increase the number of left-turn signals and improve city traffic, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday launched a new initiative under the banner of “The Right to Turn Left” campaign. At the busy North Hollywood intersection of Lankershim and Laurel Canyon boulevards, Villaraigosa and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel announced that 100 more intersections throughout the city will receive the left-turn-lane signals. Villaraigosa said 60percent of the intersections that will receive the signals are in the San Fernando Valley. “Every commuter in this city has a fundamental right to turn left,” Villaraigosa said. “Logjams created by intersections without left-turn signals are responsible for some of the worst gridlock in the city.” The program, expected to cost $3million out of the Department of Transportation’s budget, is expected to be completed by June 30. 213-978-0390160Want 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

Scotland rugby star John Hardie suspended amid inquiry

first_img“As a result the player will not be available for selection for Edinburgh or the Scotland national team. “It is normal practice with such matters that we are unable to comment further given the nature of the investigation.” Scotland and Edinburgh rugby star John Hardie has been suspended pending an internal investigation.Scottish Rugby said it would not comment on the nature of the inquiry.Hardie will not be available for selection until it is complete.A Scottish Rugby statement read: “Scottish Rugby and Edinburgh Rugby confirm Scotland international and Edinburgh forward John Hardie, has been suspended from duty pending an internal investigation. last_img read more

DD Motoring: A call for help in the middle of the night

first_imgThe pager could have been rattling around the floor for a while or just for a split second, you try to figure out if you’re dreaming or your pager is really going off…Your best laid plans are put to the test as you try to get dressed as quickly as possible. A sock stuck in a trouser leg slows your progress for seconds, but it seems like minutes. With keys at the ready you unlock and lock the front door of your home. Everyone knows that lives in your home not to block your car in.As you get behind the wheel of your family car your pager goes off for the second time. Your heart races no matter how many times you have responded to a call like this before, because now you know that someone is in terrible bother. It will take about 3 minutes to drive to the fire station at night and another 2 minutes to get a printout of the call and get into your firefighting gear.In Letterkenny at the hospital roundabout where the fire station is located a fleet of ambulances with blue lights lighting up the darkness will be already on their way. Now we know that the call is a Road Traffic Incident from the print out.We turn out a fire engine, and emergency tender and a traffic management jeep. We remove the gloves for fire fighting to fit surgical gloves underneath them. There is a silence in the fire tender as it speeds to the scene as the box of surgical gloves is passed around to each fireman.We all know what lies ahead for us in the next few hours. The medics in the ambulances at the scene have radioed back to their control centre which in turn has contacted us looking for our estimated time of arrival.We now know what is involved in the crash and also know that the medics need us right away to help them to release casualties from the crumbled wreckage that once was a family car.We can get to work as soon as we arrive at the scene but also know that we can not stop the clock. We know we are now well into “the golden hour” of the casualties at the scene.There is nothing glowing about the “golden hour” at the scene of a serious accident. It’s the 60 minutes following the time of the impact of the accident.Cases of severe trauma, especially internal bleeding, require surgical intervention. Complications such as shock may occur if the casualty is not managed appropriately and with speed and efficiency. It therefore becomes a priority to transport patients suffering from severe trauma as fast as possible to specialists, at a hospital, for definitive treatment. Because some injuries can cause a trauma patient to deteriorate extremely rapidly, the lag time between injury and treatment should ideally be kept to a bare minimum; this has come to be specified as no more than 60 minutes or the golden hour, after which time the survival rate for traumatic patients is alleged to fall off dramatically. We are now working away at the incident. All the training never prepares you for what you will see or experience. For me it helps if I don’t know the person that I am cutting out at a car accident, that way I would hope I could concentrate a bit better on the difficult job involved.Even if you don’t know them, as a fellow human being you know that from them moments on, their life is going to change for ever, that’s if they are lucky, if you could call anything about a car crash lucky.For some their life will have already ended in the impact of the Incident even before the emergency service were even called out to the crash.Now their family, just as we as firemen were called out in the middle of the night from our homes in an effort to save their life, the emergency services will be trying to identify those involved in the crash and in turn the Gardai will have one of their most difficult jobs calling at their homes in the middle of the night with this heartbreaking news. 23,943 people have died on the roads in Ireland since 1959, (when the statistics began). That’s how many times a member of the Garda Siochana has had to knock on the front door of homes through out Ireland to inform family members of this fatal news.Between now and Christmas Day these statistics will show that one member of the Garda will be calling at the door of someone in Donegal with devastating news. It’s less than three weeks and I would be so happy if this turned out not to be true.People in the present day all want to make their journey home for Christmas, for as tradition goes to celebrate the birth of Jesus who’s mother Mary and Joseph also made a journey home on what turned out to be Christmas Eve.For families that have lost a son or daughter a father, mother, brother or sister on Irish roads over the years, even if their accidents didn’t happen around Christmas their loss of a family member will be missed the most at Christmas. For them what was supposed to be a joyous occasion now becomes a very difficult time of the year.The keys of a car lying along the roadside, in the background life goes on but not in the same way for those who have lost someone on the roads in Ireland. Think of your journeys on the road of Ireland this Christmas and not only on your destination. Photo Brian McDaidI hope I haven’t annoyed anyone with this motoring column this week especially those that have lost a family member on the roads, but, if by any chance writing this we could manage to change just one road statistic on these the weeks heading into Christmas it would be a result.People do funny things at Christmas, that they never would think of doing all year round, make last minute decisions to take journeys to visit a friend or do a good deed on the run up to the festive season. They think of the joy that they may create but might not think on the road journey involved.Focus on the journey home as much as the final destination.Safe, safe motoring folksOur motoring correspondent Brian McDaid was a member of the Letterkenny Fire Service from 1985 to his recent retirement at the end of November past. He thanks the members of the Letterkenny Fire service for their kind words on his retirement, for his presentation of service certification by Asst. chief fire officer, Michael Scott and the presentation by Donegal Fire Fighters Association represented by Firefighter/ driver Michael Purtil. DD Motoring: A call for help in the middle of the night was last modified: December 7th, 2016 by Brian McDaidShare 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

Night Blossom-Inspired Banshee at Pandora

first_imgNight Blossom (the drink) Share This!Although banshee sales have been in a steady decline (evidenced by not seeing every person in the parks with one of them sitting on their shoulder, and with some colors making it to the Outlets), sometimes a new coat of paint is enough to drive sales. (Hey, it works for all those home improvement shows on HGTV, right? And it did work for rose gold everything at Walt Disney World.)If you’ve been hiding under a floating mountain, with the opening of Pandora, banshees became the must-have item. Although their heyday has passed, these plastic dragon-like puppets still remain one of the most popular items of Pandora merchandise.The latest variety for banshee is one themed after the equally trendy Night Blossom drink, which is sold at Pongu Pongu, right outside of the Windtraders gift shop where the banshees are sold. This colorful drink is a blend of apple-lime and desert pear slush, topped with passionfruit popping boba. The drink has many fans, and not just for its eye-catching appearance. (Sadly, I’m not one of them–the flavors are too strong and sweet for my tastes. But if you like this drink, you do you.)The new banshee is designed to feature these bold colors. First, here’s the drink… And here’s the banshee.If you haven’t bought a banshee yet, would this new color pattern make you want to get one? Or if you already have one, would you want to get this one as well? Or do you think that doing a “color of the month” for merchandise may not be as successful for banshees as it is for spirit jerseys and Minnie ears? Let me know in the comments.last_img read more

Summer concerts at Kirstenbosch

first_imgThousands of music lovers gather underthe mountain to enjoy the SummerSunset Concert season at Kirstenbosch.(Image: Kirstenbosch)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sarah StruysSA National Biodiversity Institute+27 21 799 8775RELATED ARTICLES• Winning bidder to name new iris• Garden of Hope for HIV/Aids• Eastern Cape bursts into spring• SA marks Year of Biodiversity• SA landscape takes root in UKFiona McRaeThousands of people have already flocked to enjoy a magical musical evening in the magnificent setting of Cape Town’s world-famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens during the current Summer Sunset Concerts series.The 2010/11 series of Sunday-evening concerts launched on 21 November last year with a performance by contemporary rock outfit Just Jinger, and will continue until 3 April 2011 when pop-rock band aKing will bring the programme to a close.According to Sarah Struys, events and centre manager for the South African National Biodiversity Institute at Kirstenbosch, the weekly events draw an average audience of about 5 000, meaning some 75 000 people have enjoyed the current concert series so far.In addition, thousands more attended the traditional Christmas carols services that were held on four consecutive evenings in December. The New Year’s Eve concert got 2011 off to an energetic start with performances by Cape Town band Loading Zone and the ever-popular “white Zulu” Johnny Clegg, an icon of South African music who has delighted and inspired his audiences for more than 30 years.In a testimony to how the concerts have evolved and grown in stature and popularity over the years, Struys points out that the early shows held in Kirstenbosch nearly two decades ago attracted about 200 people. Since being introduced as a fundraiser for the botanical gardens 19 years ago, the Summer Sunset Concerts have developed into a favourite fixture on the Mother City’s annual entertainment calendar.The blend of quality performances by leading acts, a stunning natural setting in the gardens on the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain, warm late-afternoon sunshine, and friendly crowds soaking up the music and mellow atmosphere while enjoying a sumptuous picnic on the lush Kirstenbosch lawns has attracted ever-growing audiences.According to Struys, thanks to the series’ huge popularity, the programme now features some of South Africa’s top music artists – but over the years has also served as an invaluable launch platform for many of them when they were still rising stars.Artists who have already graced the stage at the Kirstenbosch amphitheatre this season in a varied programme designed to cater for all music tastes include Just Jinger, Mango Groove, Freshlyground, top electronica outfit Goldfish, Jesse Clegg – son of Johnny – and rock groups Prime Circle and the Parlotones, among others.Among those still to come are all-girl group Jamali, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra – hailed as one of the most versatile orchestras in Africa – and aKing.Musical collaborationsThe concert series has been by sponsored by Cape Town-based financial services provider Old Mutual for the past few years – only the second sponsor in its history – and the programme features several “Old Mutual Encounters”. Originally introduced in late 2004 in the legendary Kippies bar in Newtown, Johannesburg, the concept aimed to bring together two artists from different musical genres or creative backgrounds. The original Kippies Encounter featured rocker Arno Carstens and jazz diva Gloria Bosman in an electrifying performance that delighted the 100 specially invited guests.Artists still to perform at Kirstenbosch this year in these unique and exciting one-off collaborations include South African songbird Simphiwe Dana backed by a 40-piece orchestra; soul queen Lira and house duo Crazy White Boy; and jazz and neo-soul singer and songwriter RJ Benjamin joined by hip-hop artist Slikour.Trove of biodiversityNow spread over an area of 528 hectares and featuring an enormous biodiversity, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens were founded in 1913. Today they are on Unesco’s World Heritage list and feature among Cape Town‘s top attractions.All proceeds from the 90-minute Summer Sunset Concerts go towards the upkeep of the gardens, says Struys. Thanks to the amphitheatre’s covered stage area the events go ahead in all kinds of weather – and the odd bit of rain usually adds an extra dimension to an already enchanting experience for the open-air audience.In addition to serving as an important fundraiser over the years, the concerts have also attracted large crowds to Kirstenbosch, thereby helping to introduce the gardens and their many floral and other natural delights to an extensive range of markets, Struys says. The team makes the most of this opportunity with exhibits on various biodiversity conservation themes, including climate change, at the top of the concert lawns.Kirstenbosch’s many attractions include a peninsula garden featuring some of the 2 500 plant species found on the Cape peninsula, and fragrance, medicinal and water-wise gardens, as well as a glimpse into the Cape’s rich history provided by the surviving indigenous wild almonnds of Van Riebeeck’s Hedge, planted by the Dutch colonists in 1660 to protect their cattle.The visitors centre includes an information desk, various retail outlets and a coffee shop. read more

#Nextchat: Helping Employees with ‘Option B’

first_imgWhat’s a Twitter Chat? Three Tools for Twitter Chats We all know that employees do not leave their personal selves at the workplace door. The experiences we have outside of work inform who we are at work.That is why we spend so much effort–or we should–on helping develop a culture that makes it easier for employees to manage work and life. But, there is one part of life that is often left out:  death.That brings me to Option B by Facebook COO and author of Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg, and her friend and psychologist, Adam Grant, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Originals. A fantastic collaboration, Option B is based on Sheryl’s loss of her husband, Dave, and her painful but inspirational journey forward.Option A is the employee’s life with the loved one. Option B is surviving without him or her.On a personal level, when I lost my dad, I felt like Sheryl: I would never be fully happy again. The hole in my heart was too wide and raw. The hole is still there—it always will be—but I am fully happy again, as my dad would want me to be.I miss my dad every day, but feel his love and presence as much as I miss him. It was not just family and friends but also colleagues (who also are friends) who have helped me develop the resilience I needed to accept the unacceptable. We all become members of this club that no one wants to join. We hopefully become more empathic souls as a result. Option B is a clarion call for those of us who can do more to do just that.This #Nextchat will focus on how HR can help employees deal with Option B.Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on May 31 for #Nextchat with special guest Jonathan Segal (@Jonathan_HR_Law).  We’ll chat about the ways HR and managers can support grieving employees. Q1. Why is it important that HR provide support to grieving employees?Q2. Why do you think many colleagues avoid providing support to grieving employees?Q3. What are some ways you can show an employee who has lost a loved one that you care?Q4. What are some well-intended expressions that may make the employee feel worse and/or belie your good intent?Q5. How do you minimize the legal risks of caring and when should you avoid showing support for a grieving employee?Q6. How does the FMLA potentially apply beyond an employer’s bereavement leave policy?Q7. How much bereavement leave should be offered?  Do you think employers offer enough? Q8. What final thoughts or advice can you offer to make employees’ Option B more bearable?last_img read more

Work, Life and Stuff That’s Funny

first_imgOriginally published on HR Shenanigans blog. HR can be serious business. It can also be a source of comedic material. The funny and the not-so-funny.The reality is…People can be really difficult. Communication is hard. Change is hard.Work can suck.  But people are really funny. And the situations we find ourselves in – at work, at home, in public – can be hilarious.Ever heard that laughter is the best medicine? I believe it. And for good reason. There have actually been studies on the health benefits of laughter.And besides all that, it just plain feels good. So what the heck does laughter have to do with HR?  If you laugh at work, it’s more enjoyable. It’s more fun to feel good at work than to feel miserable. What you look for, you’ll find.If you focus on the good, you’ll find the good. And I truly believe that there is far more good in this world than the media and most other people would have you believe. last_img read more

Records Management: Periodic Assessments and Audits can Improve RM Programs

first_imgA report by Canon Business Process Services, “On the Record: Is Your Organization’s Record’s Management Program Providing High Value or High Risk?”, looked at how a records management program contributes to “effective governance, risk management, litigation preparedness, reputation protection and strategic decision making”.These are some of the findings of that report:Risk Assessment Only 15 percent of organizations have conducted a risk assessment to ensure that their businesses are using the appropriate retention schedules for each of the types of records that they deal with.Audit Program The report finds that only about one-fifth of Records Programs have an audit program in place that has a clearly defined process for determining whether or not sensitive data is being protected.  The report highlights this as one area where many organizations can improve.Needs Assessment The report found that 38 percent of organizations have never conducted a records needs assessment and 14 percent aren’t sure if they have.  This is a task that helps to ensure that the records program is operating in an optimal way.When asked to grade themselves on the effectiveness of their current Records Management programs, 45 percent of organizations said that their programs were either ‘effective’ or ‘very effective’.  9 percent said that their programs were not effective at all.last_img read more