Somdev, Sania storm into singles final

first_imgTop seed Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza ensured India will grab at least two silver medals in tennis in the Commonwealth Games, after both of them progressed to their respective singles finals, although in contrasting fashion.Today’s medal hunt: 141 |  Stomach bug hits Aus, UK swimmers | CWG OC to give 30 % free tickets Somdev Devvarman, ranked 97th, outplayed third seed and world number 165 Matthew Ebden 6-3 6-1, while second seed Sania had to beat some demons of her own before prevailing 1-6 6-4 6-4 against Australia’s sixth seed Olivia Rogowska.Somdev will fight for the gold medal with Australia’s fifth seed Greg Jones, who upset his opponent and second seed Peter Luczak 6-7 6-4 6-2 in the other semifinal.Watched by her husband Shoaib Malik and egged on by a boisterous 2000-strong home crowd, Sania erased an opening set deficit to pull off an amazing win after striving for one hour and 55 minutes at the Centre Court of the R K Khanna Tennis stadium.There was little to separate the two players since both were erratic with their serves and hardly had control over their strokes as unforced errors outnumbered the winners.Sania could not held her serve in the entire first set, which was over in favour of Rogowska in just 26 minutes. Holding serve was key but she dropped her serve again in the fourth game of the second set with a double fault.However, Sania, ranked 131, shrugged off the poor start to make a spirited comeback by breaking 192nd ranked Rogowska in the fifth and ninth game and to move ahead 5-4. She then served out the set in the next game. .advertisementUnforced errors though continued to flow from both sides of the courts and it all boiled down to who will put more balls in the court.The decisive third set belonged to the Indian as she broke her opponent in the first and fifth game to put herself ahead 4-1. Although she too dropped her serve twice but eventually pocketed the match by breaking Rgowska for one last time.”When you are not timing the ball well, you have to do something different. I am happy I could fight back. My game is aggressive but I had to run,” she said.”I knew she would not be able to beat me otherwise she would have been in top 50. But she played a great match,” Sania added.Earlier in the Somdev match, unlike the previous contests, the semifinal featured a long rallies but Somdev had strong enough legs and stamina to outlast his opponent.Ebden was coming into this match after playing a energy-sapping three-setter against British Joshua Goodall and perhaps had not recovered from the gruelling encounter.Nevertheless, he did pose some questions for Somdev but the Indian was equipped with enough answers.The match never rose to expected highs ever since Ebden dropped his serve in the first game. The Australian slowly picked up but Somdev gradually tightened his grip over the match. The Indian broke Ebden twice in both the sets.Somdev is also in contention in the men’s doubles and is scheduled to play semifinals with partner Rohan Bopanna later in the day.last_img read more

Passengers suffer as transport strike begins in Ctg

first_imgChittagongOne of the transport owners’ associations of the district enforced an indefinite strike in the port city on Sunday morning to press home their 11-point demand, causing immense sufferings to commuters, reports UNB.Public transports, including buses, minibuses and human-haulers, stayed off the roads since morning in response to the strike called by Chittagong Metro Public Transport Owners’ Sangram Parishad.Belayet Hossain, convener of the transport owners’ platform, said around 1,500 vehicles will stay off the city streets until the administration meets their demands.Their demands include ending harassment of transport workers by police, relaxing driving license issuance rules and taking unfit vehicles off the roads.Thousands of commuters in the city are facing immense sufferings following the transport strike. CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers and rickshaw pullers are charging excessive fares taking advantage of the situation, alleged commuters.last_img read more

3 cops injured while arresting criminal in Chuadanga

first_imgA listed criminal hacked three policemen with a sharp weapon in Hasadaha village of Jibannagar upazila of Chuadanga on Saturday night, reports UNB.The injured cops-Constable Saikat, Constable Rashed and Constable Rezaul-were admitted to Jibanagar upazila health complex in critical condition, police said.However, police managed to arrest wanted criminal Liton Mandal, 35, son of Sona Mandal of the village. He was accused in four cases, said Jibanagar police station officer-in-charge (OC) Mahmudur Rahman.Acting on a tip-off, a five-member police team went to Liton’s house to arrest him. Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, Liton swooped on the cops with a sharp weapon around 8:30pm, the OC said.Preparations were underway for filing a case in this regard, said Abdul Momin, additional superintendent of Chuadanga police.last_img read more

Microsoft workers protest the lethal use of Hololens2 in the 480m deal

first_imgMicrosoft employees are outraged over the company’s $480 million deal with the U.S. Army to provide them with Hololens2, Microsoft’s latest augmented-reality headsets, to be used on the battlefield. Although Microsoft won the contract in November, it was last Friday, that Microsoft workers took to Twitter to express their concerns. In an open letter, addressed to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and president and chief legal officer Brad Smith, employees wrote that the deal has “crossed the line” and “is designed to help people kill.” This is not the first time tech workers have stood up in solidarity against tech giants over discrepancies in business or policies. Last year, ‘Employees of Microsoft’ asked Microsoft not to bid on US Military’s Project JEDI in an open letter. Google employees also protested against the companies’ censored search engine in China, codenamed Project Dragonfly. In October 2018, an Amazon employee has spoken out against Amazon selling its facial recognition technology, named, Rekognition to the police departments across the world. Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the HoloLens2 AR device at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. They also signed a contract with US military services called Integrated Visual Augmentation System. Per the terms of the deal, the AR headsets will be used to insert holographic images into the wearer’s field of vision. The contract’s stated objective is to “rapidly develop, test, and manufacture a single platform that Soldiers can use to Fight, Rehearse, and Train that provides increased lethality, mobility, and situational awareness necessary to achieve overmatch against our current and future adversaries,” the letter said. What are Microsoft employees saying? The letter which was signed by more than 100 Microsoft employees, was published on an internal message board and circulated via email to employees at the company on Friday. The letter condemned the IVAS contract demanding for its cancellation and a call for stricter ethical guidelines. “We are alarmed that Microsoft is working to provide weapons technology to the US Military, helping one country’s government ‘increase lethality’ using tools we built. We did not sign up to develop weapons, and we demand a say in how our work is used,” the letter said. Aligning Hololens2 with military turns “warfare into a simulated ‘video game,’ further distancing soldiers from the grim stakes of war and the reality of bloodshed,” adds the letter. In October, Brad Smith defended Microsoft’s work with the military, via a blog post, “First, we believe that the people who defend our country need and deserve our support. And second, to withdraw from this market is to reduce our opportunity to engage in the public debate about how new technologies can best be used in a responsible way. We are not going to withdraw from the future.” He also suggested that employees concerned about working on unethical projects “would be allowed to move to other work within the company”.  This statement ignores “the problem that workers are not properly informed of the use of their work”, the letter stated. Netizens are also in solidarity with Microsoft employees and criticize the military involvement. A comment on Hacker news reads, “Whether you agree with this sentiment or not, people waking up to ethical questions in our field is unquestionably a good thing. It’s important to ask these questions.” Read Next Rights groups pressure Google, Amazon, and Microsoft to stop selling facial surveillance tech to the government. ‘Employees of Microsoft’ ask Microsoft not to bid on US Military’s Project JEDI in an open letter. The new tech worker movement: How did we get here? And what comes next?last_img read more

Front row centre for Leafs and Raptors playoff excitement at Le Germain

first_img Posted by Share TORONTO — Le Germain Hotel Toronto Maple Leaf Square, with its prime location right next to Scotiabank Arena, offers sports fans an unbeatable chance to be right in the thick of the playoff buzz.Le Germain is steps from Scotiabank Arena, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors, and next to Real Sports Bar & Grill. The boutique hotel overlooks the giant video screen and high-energy fan zone that transforms into a sea of blue and white for Leafs games (or ‘Jurassic Park’ red and black for Raptors games) come playoff time.Beautiful @HotelGermain Maple Leaf Square is a great option for sports fans, concert goers, weekend getaways, business travel and more. Right beside @ScotiabankArena and the heart of the South Core. #LeGermainMLSQ #SeeTorontoNow pic.twitter.com/vW7lVhDDAH— Travelweek (@TravelweekGroup) April 15, 2019“The fact that our hotel is attached to Scotiabank Arena, so you can get from your room to your seat without going outside, is a big help in the winter,” says the hotel’s General Manager, Paul de La Durantaye. “But just the vibe of the area, especially in playoffs like now, being able to be a part of it is incredible. The whole structure of Maple Leafs Square was built for this type of Fan Zone festivities, so it’s great when you can be a part of the excitement.”Watch the game from the Penalty Box Suite @HotelGermain at Maple Leaf Square overlooking Jurassic Park. Hard to get closer to the action! Consider for corporate or social events! #LeGermainMLSQ #SeeTorontoNow pic.twitter.com/A37PuGH20U— Travelweek (@TravelweekGroup) April 15, 2019The hotel opened in 2010 with 167 rooms, fully integrated into the Maple Leafs Square complex which includes condos, office, retail shops and restaurants. It’s located in the heart of Toronto’s sports and entertainment district with the Hockey Hall of Fame, CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium and many more activities just steps from the hotel. The neighborhood is known as the South Core and is home to a burgeoning array of businesses in soaring new office towers.“When we opened this hotel we were very conscious that we had to stay true to our brand, as well as adapting to the surrounding we were in,” adds de La Durantaye. “We are out back of Union Station, a block from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and steps away from the lake. A while ago ‘south of the tracks’ had a bad connotation, but now that’s where you want to be!”There are five different room types, starting with the Classic rooms at 400 square feet and ranging up to the 1,500 square foot Balcony and Apartment Suites. The rooms are distinguished by their elegant design. The spa-style bathrooms are equipped with rainfall showers and benefit from natural light. All rooms come with ultra-comfortable linens, free WiFi, HD television, workstation, Molton Brown bath products and more.Elegant and stylish rooms at #LeGermainMSLQ with all modern comforts and technology. Plus, sleep in as long as you want! #winning @HotelGermain #SeeTorontoNow pic.twitter.com/BjkTpgER78— Travelweek (@TravelweekGroup) April 15, 2019Other noteworthy extras that Le Germain provide include:Sleep in Everyday – Sleep in policy with no checkout timeNama-Stay – Yoga video series for in-room practiceSweet Dreams – Bedding products can be purchased by guestsLexus Courtesy Car – Guests benefit from complimentary car serviceRecharge – Several car charging stations on propertyDogs Welcome – Well-behaved dogs are always welcomeThe hotel has 5,000 square feet of meeting rooms, many with sports themes such as the All Star Room and Offensive Zone. The Penalty Box meeting room directly overlooks Maple Leaf Square with amazing views of Jurassic Park. The hotel’s suites and apartments can also be used for business meetings or social gatherings.Notes de La Durantaye: “It can get crazy in the hotel during playoffs, but it’s a fun crazy! Everyone is up and about. The sea of red versus the sea of blue. Fans are excited and happy to be here and very proud of their teams.”For hockey-loving clients, Le Germain Hotel Maple Leaf Square has a Hockey Hall of Fame package with access to the 65,000 square foot space full of interactive games, exhibits, the world’s finest collection of hockey artifacts and of course the coveted Stanley Cup.The package includes:Accommodation2 VIP tickets to the Hockey Hall of Fame and each ticket includes general admission, a complimentary Legends program and personal Stanley Cup photo packageValet parkingDeluxe continental breakfastFlexible checkout time: leave your room whenever you like at no extra cost (subject to availability)WiFi accessAccess to the well-equipped gym 24 hours a dayFor more information, visit legermainhotels.com. Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Le Germain Front row centre for Leafs and Raptors playoff excitement at Le Germain MLSQlast_img read more