Djokovic outlasts Nadal in classic Wimbledon semi-final

first_imgSerbia’s Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Wimbledon final as he resisted everything great rival Rafael Nadal could throw at him to win 6-4 3-6 7-6(9) 3-6 10-8 in a two-day classic that concluded in nerve-jangling tension on Saturday.Twelfth seed Djokovic resumed two sets to one ahead after snatching a third-set tiebreak the previous night before Wimbledon’s 11pm curfew left the match on a knife edge.As it was for the first three sets the Centre Court roof was closed and, again, the quality on display was sensational.Nadal grabbed the fourth set to set up a monumental 91-minute decider that Djokovic clinched when Nadal fired a forehand wide.The match lasted five hours 15 minutes making it the second longest Wimbledon semi-final after the six hour 36 minute marathon won by South Africa’s Kevin Anderson against John Isner on Friday.last_img read more

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Responding to Professor Kean Gibson’s letter on Hinduism

first_imgDear Editor,Permit me to respond to a letter which appeared in sections of the print media on December 22, 2019, authored by Professor Kean Gibson with the caption, “Not a misunderstanding of caste, but how to manage the ideology”.The gist of Professor Gibson’s article was about violence against women and suicide. Somehow, unfortunately, the author found it necessary to link this thematic issue to religion, Hinduism. The contents thereto are a classic reflection of the profundity of obliviousness, and deeply void of scholarly merit. The author obviously delved into a subject area in which she demonstrably has fundamentally limited knowledge of, much less wisdom.Now, if I may illuminate the learned Professor, it was posited in the missive that “the religion has a hierarchical structure so that those at the bottom have no entitlements and are perceived as the harbingers of destruction.” Before I dismantle this misconception, according to the Vedic teachings, this current era/age we are living in is called “Kaalyug,” which literally means the age of ignorance.Firstly, the caste system, religion and even the word “Hinduism” are all man-made. These were never created by God or the divine being, or who some refer to as the divine energy. What is being referred to and is commonly accepted by the Western world as Hinduism, is called “Sanatan Dharma”, which means a “way of life”. Therefore, Sanatan Dharma is not a religion.In the sacred scripture which is known as the Ramayana, there is a scenario which validates this premise of the caste system being a man-made ideology. The Ramayana is accessible online these days and the Professor can refer to the chapter which speaks of the scenario of a devotee (follower and worshiper of God) by the name of Shabari.Shabari was an acetic devoted woman to Lord Rama, but she was regarded by the wise men of that time, saints and sages, as belonging to the lowest caste and hence, she was not allowed to even enter the Ashrams of the sages. She was despised by society. She was old, feeble and physically unpleasant. However, her love and devotion for Lord Ram were unmatched, unconditional and beyond description.She converted her home into an Ashram and with the firm faith that the Lord would visit her one day, each morning as she woke up, she would fill her walkway with flowers for the Lord to walk upon whenever he visits. One day, that day she waited for years came when the Lord himself paid her a visit. She greeted her Lord at the entrance to her little cottage, fell to his feet and washed his feet with tears from her eyes.Out of pure love, she escorted him into her home and offered a seat. All she had to offer was a fruit (she had dongs tree in her yard). She tasted each one of the fruits before she offered it to the Lord because she wanted him to have the best. When Lakshman, Sri Ram’s brother saw that Lord Ram was about to eat the “jutah” fruit from the outcaste woman, (as he scorned her), Lakshman was scolded by Lord Ram and he explained, it is not the fruit he is enjoying, but the love it is offered with.Now, this scenario from the Ramayana has many lessons about life that we can learn from. The first lesson is, God himself, in the incarnation of Lord Rama, did not recognise the caste system, for him, we are all equal. The caste system was created by human beings, not God. Another important lesson is, it teaches how we must treat others and especially when visitors come to your home. The first thing she did was to greet the Lord at her gate, then offer a seat, then food, then after eating, they started a conversation.Growing up, these were the values my parents taught me which is becoming a lost value today. When you visit people’s home, they don’t even offer you water much less food, and if they do, they ask, if you want some food. Most of the times, the response would be no out of shyness, but you are hungry as hell. These are true exemplars of hospitality demonstrated by the Lord himself in the Ramayana, how to treat others with care, compassion and love.The professor also went on to talk about suicide and reincarnation. Reincarnation has nothing to do with suicide, in fact, suicide is a sin. The very Ramayana I made reference to, taught us, demonstrated by the Lord himself, how to deal with suicide. Unfortunately, space would not permit me to delve into that scenario but I would like to urge Professor Gibson to read Kiskindha Kaandh of the Ramayana, and she is free to contact me, I will be extremely happy to interpret the higher philosophical meaning of the scenarios in that chapter of the Ramayana as it pertains to suicide.Finally, the author sought to link the violence against women to perceived inferiority promoted by some cultures. This idea is extremely ill-conceived by the author. Sanatan dharma, in fact, worships the divine being in feminine form. If there is one culture that teaches women are superior to men, it is Sanatan Dharma.We celebrate Diwali as a national holiday, this celebration is dedicated to the worship of the goddess Lakshmi who is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Even God in masculine form, cannot exist without the feminine energy, there is another story the vedas or the puranas with Lord Shiva and Durga to this end, again I will revert Professor Gibson to research these, as I am giving her the references where to find them.The violence against women, by men, is not because of the inferiority of women, rather it is the inferiority of men. Only weak and insecure men would revert to such acts. Real strong men know of the worth of a woman, she is the very essence of life, energy and prosperity.Yours faithfully,JC Bhagwandin, MScMBA Lecturerlast_img read more

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Celebs expected to help animals

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The gala will begin with a “cowtail” party at 5 p.m. followed by a gourmet organic dinner by Medaleine Bistro, an awards ceremony, musical entertainment and dancing. Money raised in a silent auction will be used to pay for continuing construction at the shelter, which houses “farmed” animals – rescued from factory farms, stockyards and slaughterhouses – including chickens, pigs and cows. All proceeds from the gala will be used to construct barns and purchase farm equipment for the shelter. Tickets are $150 per person and the reservation deadline is Wednesday. Seating is limited. The farm is open year-round to visitors who would like to work with the animals and learn about a vegan lifestyle. For information and reservations, visit www.animalacres.org or call (661) 269-5404. ACTON – A black-tie “barn dance” will be held Saturday to help raise money for Animal Acres, a shelter for farmed animals in Acton. The event also will celebrate the opening of new portions of the farm, which was originally opened last November by executive director Lorri Bauston. Actor James Cromwell, who played the pig farmer who learned to love the little critters in the movie “Babe,” is expected to lead a list of celebrities in attendance. Other special guests are expected to include Daryl Hannah, Jorja Fox, Loretta Swit, Thora Birch, Persia White and Carol Leifer. carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252160Want 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

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Van Dijk speaks out after being dribbled past and admits season will be tough

first_img 3 Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo made the decisive intervention, saving Liverpool’s second penalty from Georginio Wijnaldum, with Gabriel Jesus firing home the crucial spot-kick.City had led for most of normal time after former Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling scored against his old club for the first time in the 12th minute.Champions League winners Liverpool responded well and went close several times before substitute Joel Matip levelled 13 minutes from time.But it wasn’t to be for the Reds and, after being dribbled past for the first time in an astonishing 65 games, Van Dijk conceded the performance was not up to scratch. Getty Images – Getty Virgil van Dijk has admitted Liverpool were below par during their Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.The two teams were separated by just one point in the Premier League last term and it took a penalty shoot-out to split them in the season opener at Wembley, with the scores level at 1-1 after 90 minutes. The Reds had to make the long walks down the steps at Wembley The normally solid Reds defence was breached multiple times by City at Wembley 3 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:57Loaded: 8.44%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:57 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Getty Images – Getty 3 “Well I think everyone knows the first half wasn’t the best,” Van Dijk admitted. “We didn’t play the best football that we normally can play.“In the second half, we put them under more pressure and kept the ball quicker.“We created chances but, you know, that’s part of football as well.”The games between City and the Reds in the Premier League were equally as cagey and highlighted the gulf in class between the two sides and the rest of the division. Getty Images – Getty City lifted the Community Shield in the seasons traditional curtain-raiser But with their rivals splashing the cash this summer, the Netherlands captain is convinced this season will be much closer than last campaign ahead of their first game against Norwich on Friday evening.“The thing is, there are more teams who have improved around us,” he added.“So it’s going to be tough for both of us [Man City and Liverpool], everyone is talking about how it will be a two-horse race but we can’t think too far ahead.“We have to take it game-by-game and for us, the league starts on Friday. Liverpool’s Champions League heroes Van Dijk and Wijnaldum given standing ovation as they join Holland squad “We want to win the game by good football but, if necessary, we will grind it out as well because Norwich is not a bad side either.It looks like the teams around us improved, what we all expected, so we’ll see.”last_img read more

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Barton pleads not guilty to assaulting former Barnsley boss Stendel

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 1 MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff scrap getty images Fleetwood manager Joey Barton has denied a charge of actual bodily harm against former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel.Barton, 37, is accused of physically assaulting Stendel in the tunnel at Oakwell on April 13, leaving the German with a damaged tooth which required emergency treatment. The incident occurred after the two sides met in a League One clash last season, which ended in a 4-2 victory for the hosts.Footage later emerged showing a Fleetwood official trying to drive Barton out of Oakwell before being stopped by police.Barton was given unconditional bail on Wednesday and told to appear at Sheffield Crown Court for a hearing on November 6.He was pictured in good spirits by awaiting photographers as he left the court building before he was driven off in a black Mercedes SUV. LATEST appointed Standing at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, the former England international indicated a not guilty plea to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.District Judge Joanne Hirst told him that the allegations were too serious to be dealt with by magistrates and sent to the case for trial before judge and jury at Sheffield Crown Court.Wearing a blue open-neck shirt, a blue jumper, blue trousers and sporting glasses, Barton spoke only to give his name, his date of birth, his address of Fox Bank Close in Widnes, Cheshire, to confirm he was a British national and indicate his plea.The former Manchester City, Newcastle and Burnley midfielder was charged by South Yorkshire Police back in July. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? gameday cracker TOP WORK Joey Barton has pleaded not guilty to assaulting former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel revealed Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos last_img read more

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Models of Inventory Management and Product Protection for Manufacturers and Retailers

first_imgPreventing theft in the retail space involves strong efforts and a viable working relationship between product manufacturers and retail loss prevention. Solutions to address theft and loss are often led from the retailer side of the partnership, but manufacturers, especially those in drug, food, and household product industries, do face responsibilities when it comes to product protection. In simpler terms: retail theft is not only retail’s problem.[text_ad use_post=’2384′]Contributing Writer Garett Seivold examines the responsibilities on both sides of the manufacturer-retailer equation in a feature article for the May–June 2018 issue of LP Magazine. In the article, existing models of inventory management and product protection put forth on the manufacturer side are considered:- Sponsor – Certain manufacturers operate under heightened requirements for product protection due to consumer health and safety concerns. For these companies, product diversion is more than a nuisance—supply-chain risks are material to the business. One generic drugmaker­­­, for example, wrote in its annual mandatory 10-K filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, “Cargo thefts and/or diversions, and economically or maliciously motivated product tampering on store shelves may occur, causing unexpected shortages, which may have a material impact on our operations.” Because of the stakes involved, such companies have led the way in product serialization to increase supply-chain visibility.Embedding security features into products as a selling point is also a possible trend as use cases for identification technology seeps into more product category niches. For example, manufacturers build technology by GearSecure, a mash-up of RFID and GPS, into musical instruments, which then allows end users like touring bands to keep tabs on their gear. Collaboration between wireless companies and makers of cell phones has led to increasing adoption of kill-switch technology. There is an anti-counterfeiting sewing thread. There are apparel makers that mesh RFID, NFC, and QR codes together for tags that capitalize on the benefits of each.Learn what elements are needed for successful joint projects between manufacturers and retailers when it comes to models of inventory management and theft prevention in “Security at the Source.”For more great LP content, visit the Table of Contents for the May–June 2018 issue or register for a free print or digital subscription to the magazine. [Note: if you’re already a logged-in subscriber, the previous link will take you to the current issue instead.] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Consumers Under 35 Ditching Browser for Apps, Study Shows

first_imgTags:#Browsers#mobile#NYT#Trends#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Consumers under 35 – that is, those in Generations X and Y, the latter also referred to as “millennials” – tend to prefer using mobile applications over Web browsers on smartphones, as compared with older mobile users, a new study shows. Data collected by market research and consulting firm Parks Associates, found that this young demographic is starting to ditch the Web browser in favor of apps, and are especially put off by mobile websites not designed for the small screen.The preference for native mobile applications is growing among this under-35 group, said Harry Wang, director of mobile product research, Parks Associates, because apps don’t require users to enter in Web addresses or force them to deal with slow browser speeds, he explained.“The mobile experience is all about convenience and instantaneous access,” Wang said. “The advantages of mobile apps could lead to a new content distribution environment for paid and ad-supported media services.” Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez Although Wang contended that mobile apps will not completely replace Web browsers, distributors that rely too much on the mobile Web may lose audience and revenues.While that statement may have developers running to download native SDKs (software development kits) for iPhone, Android and other platforms, a word of caution from us: this research was based on a survey, where apparently the question asked was: “I prefer apps over a Web browser when accessing mobile content. Agree? Disagree?” As you know, surveys that ask users to identify their own behavioral patterns aren’t as viable as those that actually measure the behavior itself.It’s also worth pointing out that these findings contradict two other reports we’ve seen this year. One report was from a mobile search company (and app maker) Taptu, which said that the future of the mobile Web is likely to be dominated by cross-platform browser-based mobile websites, not native apps. Adobe, too, released a report in October saying people prefer the mobile Web to apps.In other words, take this latest with a grain of salt until more research arrives. But do consider that there is likely an obvious truth here: native mobile apps will always be preferred when the mobile Web experience (slow loading times, no mobile site) remains poor.last_img read more

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Military Family Appreciation Month

first_imgThe month of November is military family appreciation month.  Though we appreciate our military families throughout the year for their sacrifices and support of our active service members as well as veterans, this month is a special opportunity for MFLN Community Capacity Building to show extra support.Spouses, children, and loved ones are the pillar that supports our military.  During deployments, they take on extra responsibilities to make sure that life run smoothly while service members are away fighting for our nation.  They continue to serve alongside our soldiers when they are at home as well, staying up to date with news, policies, and procedures that impact their everyday lives.  During trainings, deployments, injuries, discharge or retirement, and the everyday ins and outs of military life, we want these families to know that they are recognized and appreciated for everything that they do.During this Thanksgiving holiday, there is no better time to show gratitude and appreciation to the incredible families that are serving alongside our service members and veterans.  MFLN Community Capacity Building thanks all of the children, parents, siblings, extended family, as well as the communities that feel like family for their sacrifices and dedication!“There is a special kind of bravery that every military spouse and child cultivate, and for that hard earned, courage, we honor you all.” – Unknownlast_img read more

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Philly 360° Rewind: Video – She’s Next Featuring GoGo Morrow, Lee Mazin, Jade Alston, Asia Sparks & Taneka Samone

first_img Some of Philly’s most buzz-worthy female up and comers took over the stage at Sigma Sound for She’s Next. The showcase was the brainchild of rising star GoGo Morrow, along with Hot 107.9. They pulled together a lineup of some seriously fierce female artists with GoGo headlining and Q-Deezy hosting. The crowd was packed full of industry tastemakers, A&R reps, radio execs and fans, and the ladies delivered with their performances.  GoGo, Lee Mazin, Asia Sparks, Jade Alson and New Yorker and former touring mate of GoGo’s Taneka Samone all hit the stage and had the crowd in the palms of their hands for a night of pure female empowerment and powerful performances. Ms. Jade even did a surprise performance on stage! Check out our video recap of She’s Next below. Taneka Samone – She’s Next(Photo by P. English for GPTMC)last_img read more

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Cloud Conversations: 5 steps to corralling runaway power costs in your data center

first_imgYears ago, data center managers didn’t think a whole lot about power expenditures. They were just a cost of doing business. But today, power expenditures have grown to the point that they are overwhelming IT budgets. Just how bad has it gotten? An IDC study conducted in Europe found that the cost of powering data centers now exceeds the costs of acquiring new networking hardware or new external disk storage.[1]So let’s talk about five steps you can take to corral runaway power costs.1. Dynamic power capping. With some workloads you can cap power without sacrificing performance. This might save you up to 20 watts per server. Power capping tends to work best with I/O intensive workloads, where CPUs spend a lot of time waiting for data. We’ve seen outstanding results with IT organizations that take a workload-centric approach to power capping.2. Dynamic workload power distribution. When you have servers that not fully loaded you have the opportunity to shift virtualized workloads off of some servers, which can be put in a low-power state until they are called back into service. VMware’s Dynamic Power Management tool is the tip of the iceberg on this model.3. Power capping to increase data center density. When server racks are under-populated, you’re probably paying for power capacity that you aren’t using. Intelligent power node management allows you to throttle system and rack power based on expected workloads and put more servers per rack.4. Optimized server platforms. Optimized server platforms can give you more bang for your energy buck. Here’s one example: When cores within a CPU are idling, they are still drinking up power. Integrated power gates on processors allow idling cores to drop to near-zero power consumption.5. Solid state drives. Today, lots of people are talking about performance gains with solid state drives. But that’s only part of the story. In addition to performance benefits, solid state drives can save you a bundle on power when compared to standard hard-disk drives.And those runaway power costs we were talking about? Let’s go rope them in. [1] “Server Power Consumption Stabilizes in Europe, But Energy Costs Keep Booming, Says IDC.” IDC news release, Oct. 16, 2009.last_img read more

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