Top-seeded Andy Murray is safely through to the second round of the French Open after beating Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.Murray, who was runner-up at Roland Garros last year, has been struggling in 2017 and looked uncomfortable at times during the second set.But the world No. 1 got into his stride and saw out the final set in just 27 minutes, sealing the match with a forehand down the line after winning eight successive games.”Last year was a great year for me, you know it was the best I ever played,” Murray said. “Here at the beginning of my career I struggled. But each year I kept coming back and was trying a little bit better and last year was really good.”And last year during Bercy that’s when I reached No. 1 for first time, so I’ve got very good memories from Paris last year, and I’ll try and have another good one year this year.”The British player will face Martin Klizan in the second round.NISHIKORI FIGHTS HIS WAY THROUGHThanassi Kokkinakis came short in his bid to win his first match at a major in two years.Eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori had to work hard, however, to beat the 21-year-old Australian 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 on Court 1 at the French Open.Kokkinakis’s promising career has been derailed by a shoulder injury that required surgery in December 2015. He was playing only his third singles match since then.Nishikori’s next opponent will be Jeremy Chardy.VERDASCO ELIMINATES ZVEREVadvertisementOn a day of upsets on Court Philippe Chatrier, ninth-seeded Alexander Zverev lost to Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 when their first-round match resumed.Zverev, who is regarded as one of the most gifted players on tour, broke his racket during the fourth set.The match was suspended on Monday because of darkness after the players split the first two sets.The 20-year-old Zverev was one of the outside favorites after impressing on his way to victory at the Italian Open.LOKOLI REFUSES TO SHAKE HANDS AFTER LOSSLaurent Lokoli did not do honor to his wild card at the French Open.Not only did the Frenchman lose in the first round, he also refused a handshake from his opponent.After losing 7-6 (4), 6-3, 4-6, 0-6, 6-4 to Martin Klizan, Lokoli did not go the net to wait for the Slovakian player. As Klizan came over to the Frenchman, Lokoli gestured to make it clear he didn’t want to get near him.Lokoli later said Klizan was the one who did not respect him because he kept simulating injuries throughout their match.”He was not chasing drop shots and faked that his leg was hurting for more than two sets. Then he was running around like a rabbit in the fifth set,” Lokoli said. “And then he speaks to me about respect.”The two men also traded barbs during the match after Klizan shouted his joy to celebrate a double-fault from Lokoli that gave him a 5-2 lead in the decider.
Arsenal whiz Bukayo Saka hopes to make Europa League his competitionby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal whiz Bukayo Saka hopes to make the Europa League his competition.Saka scored in their 3-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night.He said: “There will be a lot of opportunities in the Europa League. That’s how I made my debut last season and I hope I can continue to get more and more opportunities and keep progressing so I can maybe one day play in the Premier League and start playing for Arsenal’s first team.”I feel like I’ve been with the first team a lot this season, I’ve been training with them a lot, I know the players, they know me and I don’t think it was too different for me because I train with them every day.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – One of Google’s sister companies will help build a high-tech neighbourhood on Toronto’s waterfront.Sidewalk Labs, owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, won a competition to partner with Waterfront Toronto to develop the project — named Sidewalk Toronto — as part of the Quayside neighbourhood.Tuesday’s announcement, headlined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will see Google Canada move its headquarters to anchor the development in the city’s port lands area.“This will create a test bed for new technologies in Quayside,” Trudeau said. “Technologies that will help us build smarter, greener, more inclusive cities which we hope to see scale across Toronto’s eastern waterfront and eventually in other parts of Canada and around the world.”Few specifics of the development were available, but Sidewalk said the area will be a hub for urban innovation built “from the internet up” that will tap into Toronto’s tech sector to ultimately “improve the quality of city life.”Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, touted both Toronto’s multicultural population and Canada’s immigration policy as part of the reasoning for choosing the country’s most populous city for a US$50-million investment.“You guys are the home for immigrants — excellent,” Schmidt said. “Try to remember that technology is powered by immigrants. I need to tell some people in America, so please continue.”Schmidt said he met with Trudeau shortly after the 2015 federal election. He said Trudeau came to him and said Canada wanted to be the next Silicon Valley, the world’s leading technology hub in California.“I hear this a lot from politicians, but somehow I believed him,” Schmidt said.So Sidewalk Labs bid on the waterfront project.“This is the culmination on our side of almost 10 years of thinking about how technology could improve the quality of people’s lives in the ways that have been defined already, whether it’s inequality and access and opportunity and entrepreneurship,” Schmidt said.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said the development won’t just be another technology park. Mayor John Tory said the project will also allow companies to address problems such as housing affordability and mobility issues.Several months ago, the federal, provincial and municipal governments announced a $1.25 billion flood protection and waterfront revitalization investment in the same area.
The Society wants to engage its members and the surrounding community with the historical information or pieces of the area. The society’s short-term goal is to seek the District’s help with getting the Society fully functional. While in the long-term it’s looking at building/or moving into a larger space such as a museum or larger storage area as well as seeking out grants that can be beneficial.“We are going to look for a logo with a contest in the Taylor Times in March or April,” added Pohlmann. “We would like Taylor Council members to judge and select the Society’s logo based on the submissions received. The winner will be given a membership for the Society.”In the meantime, the NPHS will be seeking a name and members. TAYLOR, B.C. – Taylor Council was introduced to the Peace Crossing Historical Society at Monday’s meeting.The Society’s desire is to preserve and collect the history of Taylor and surrounding area’s in partnership with local historical centres.“We are excited to work with Taylor district council and the surrounding are centres,” added Pohlmann. “To further the understanding and knowledge of the history of the area, Council and pictures on the wall. Our objective is to collect stories, story forms, memories and DVD’s.”
Wayanad/Alathur: Launching a blistering attack on Narendra Modi, Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi said all that the Prime Minister “does is tell lies and steal from the poor people.”Gandhi, who addressed three election rallies in his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, spread over the districts of Wayanad, Malappuram and Kozhikode and campaigned in Thirthala in Palakkad district, attacked Modi and RSS and touched on corruption. “All the PM does is tell lies and steal from the poor people. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Six airports were given to his friend Adani on the day the Pulwama attack took place. And he (Modi) says they were fighting black money. Modi said demonetisation was to fight black money, but it destroyed the Indian economy. Fifty lakh people lost their jobs after demonetisation,” the Congress chief said while winding off his campaign at Thrithala this evening. All praise for Wayanad, the second constituency from where Gandhi is contesting for which he was attacked by Modi and BJP, Gandhi said he wanted to represent the remote district as the “beautiful place” symbolises different ideas and cultures. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAddressing a rally in Nagpur last week, BJP president Amit Shah had chided Congress president Rahul Gandhi for selecting his second seat in north Kerala, saying “when a procession is taken out there, it is difficult to make out whether it is India or Pakistan.” Shah was referring to the IUMLs green flags during Rahul Gandhis road show in Wayanad on April 4 after filing his papers. Gandhi also said the saffron party was arrogant and believed that they can re-define Indian history. “Only the Indian people can define, decide about the country. It does not matter that Uttar Pradesh is much bigger than Nagaland. The voice of all Indians matter. This is the fight that is taking place. Why do these people want to define India ?. The entire goal to re-define India is to steal from India. The entire idea is to create two Indias. One India for the Ambanis, Adanis, Nirav Modis, Mehul Choksies, Vijay Mallyas and one for others”, Gandhi said lashing out at the Prime minister. He also said poor farmers who took meagre loans of around Rs 20,000 were behind bars for non-repayment while the rich who availed loans over Rs 35,000 crore were walking free. Continuing his tirade against Modi and the RSS, Gandhi said issues of Kerala should be decided by the people and not by Modi or the RSS chief. In the three rallies in Wayanad, Gandhi tore into the BJP-led NDA government and said the saffron party was only interested in imposing its ideology on people of the country. “Who is Mohan Bhagwat to teach us about culture and history? Kerala should be run by the people of Kerala. This is the same sentiment in state after state,” he said.
Dear parents, please take note. When it comes to video gaming, girls in the 6-12 age group are at a heightened risk of developing less social competence than boys, warn researchers. The researchers found that 10-year-old girls who played games frequently had less social competence than 12-year-olds than girls who played less frequently. The study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NTNU Social Research, the University of California, Davis, and St. Olav’s Hospital in Norway, however, found that playing video games is generally not harmful to boys’ social development. “Our study may mitigate some concerns about the adverse effects of gaming on children’s development,” said Beate Wold Hygen, post-doctoral fellow at the NTNU and NTNU Social Research. The popularity of interactive video games has sparked concern among parents, educators and policymakers about how the games affect children and adolescents. The new study, conducted in Norway, looked at how playing video games affects the social skills of 6- to 12-year-olds. It found that playing the games affected youth differently by age and gender. For the study, the researchers studied 873 Norwegian youth from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds every two years for six years when the children were aged 6 to 12. The findings suggested that girls who spent more time playing video games at age 10 developed weaker social skills two years later than girls who spent less time playing games.
I’m dating a man I met through a dating site. He’s caring and loves me but I feel he is a miser. Whenever there is a discussion around money, he says, ‘money is not happiness’. I mostly end up paying bills each time. What should I do?D. Sikdar, Kolkata While money is not happiness, it is definitely the key that can open almost all doors of this challenging world. It provides a comfortable life and helps you feel more secure. If your man has an absolutely different vision of the world, then it is better not to waste your valuable time trying to prove otherwise. Many misers preach to their women that money has nothing in common with happiness. This way, they make an attempt to lower their ladies’ sights and impose their concept of happiness. If he is already depending on your wallet, it is a big warning sign. Don’t rush and don’t get carried away. Take time before you decide anything. Good luck! Also Read – Feel what you fear My girlfriend was cheating on me. I know the truth and she is very apologetic now. I love her a lot but don’t know what to do. Please tell me, should I forgive her? Manu Singh, New Delhi Please forgive her if your inner voice is prompting you to do so. Trust your guts. If you feel that letting her go will be the biggest mistake of your life, maybe it will be a wrong idea. If you feel that she is sincerely sorry and you believe that this was a one-time thing, maybe it’s worth trying to stay together to work out a solution. Breaking up with someone you still love is not necessarily the best option, especially if she still claims to love you. Give her a chance and love her even more. Best of luck! Also Read – Homecoming I am divorced. My parents are insisting on remarriage. I really don’t want to mess my life again. I’m 36+. How do I tell my parents to stop worrying? K. Jha, Noida Getting remarried doesn’t indicate ‘mess’. There are too many people around who are happily settled after a bad fallout in their life. It is most important to find a partner who matches your expectations. Someone who will understand your mind and help you overcome the agony of your past. As parents, they are not incorrect in expecting your happiness – but get married only when you think you are ready. I wish you the very best. There is someone in my life. But I’m not sure whether she is the one for me. How does one actually decide on the right partner? Name withheld You have to analyse your relationship. If the majority applies to you, keep her in your life. You’re happy when she’s around. Her absence leaves a void. You know each other’s families. If you’re familiar with her siblings and parents, you’re good to go. Secret relationships may be fun, but anything lasting means you’re joining the family. You are yourself. You are not afraid to tell her your secrets. You can be relaxed and comfortable as you are. You communicate. A healthy relationship is dependent upon communication. Being open, honest, and talk with each other without fear. There is little to no drama. If your relationship feeds off the daily drama, someone is going to crack and it will not last long. You have balance. Find that balance between having both your own lives and being a part of each other’s. You are learning. If you are not learning or growing, then maybe she isn’t the one. You have the same goals. If you both want the same things, share the same ideals and want the same results, you will find success together. She makes the effort to be around you. A one-sided relationship will never work. Both sides need to be interested for a relationship to flourish. You feel safe. If you are continually doubting your partner, seek safety elsewhere. The healthiest relationships are the ones where both feel at home. (Send your questions to [email protected])
Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) blocks a shot in the first half of the game against Penn State on Jan. 25 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorPenn State has been the kryptonite for No. 16 Ohio State the entire season. It has accounted for two of the Buckeyes’ three total losses in conference play and is the main reason the Buckeyes did not capture the regular-season Big Ten title.After the Nittany Lions lost 76-64 to Nebraska on Sunday, they could now be in a position to face Ohio State once again. The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tournament and will face the winner of the No. 7 Penn State and No. 10 Northwestern matchup in the third round of the bracket at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Madison Square Garden in New York City.Penn State first won 82-79 on a near-half-court, buzzer-beating shot from guard Tony Carr in Columbus on Jan. 25, and then throttled the Buckeyes 79-56 in State College, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 15.Ohio State faced Northwestern just once this season and survived a late push by the Wildcats to win 71-65 on Jan. 17.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The commonwealth of Kentucky is seeking two economics and analytics consultants to study the cybersecurity, and aerospace, aviation and defense industries in the state. Each of the studies — made possible through assistance from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment — will determine the economic impact of the subject industries and provide recommendations for continued growth at the local, regional and state levels. Additionally, the consultants will make recommendations concerning industry sector opportunities, workforce development, education and enabling legislation, among other requirements. The aerospace, aviation and defense study requires an interactive, web-based product with mobile-friendly attributes that visualizes the results of each area of interest. It will provide associated supply chain maps, as well as educational centers, and allow for rapid retrieval and download of relevant data, charts, maps and graphs. The commonwealth released the two RFPs April 8 on the state procurement website. Bid proposals are due May 6 (cybersecurity) and May 12 (aerospace, aviation and defense). For questions on RFP bid submissions, please contact Holly Callaghan, (502) 564-4932, [email protected]