Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic and women’s number two Angelique Kerber look to book berths in the last four of the U.S. Open as the quarter-finals of the year’s last grand slam get underway on Tuesday.Kerber, who nearly ended Serena Williams’ long run as world number one last month in Cincinnati, tries to stay on track for a possible winner-take-all match with the American in the final when she goes against Roberta Vinci.The German, who won the 2016 Australian Open and was runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon, has yet to drop a set at Flushing Meadows.The seventh-seeded Vinci could be a difficult hurdle for Kerber. The Italian, last year’s U.S. Open runner-up , has split four career matches with Kerber and won two of three on hard courts.The other women’s quarter is a battle of none seeds with former world number one Caroline Wozniacki playing Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, who upset French Open winner Garbine Muguruza and Britain’s 13th-seeded Johanna Konta along the way.Men’s world number one Djokovic, who has hardly been tested after receiving a second-round walkover and benefited from a first-set retirement in the third round, faces French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his quarter-final.The Serb leads their head-to-head 15-6 and has won 11 of his last 12 matches against Tsonga dating back to 2012. Tsonga’s wins include a five-set quarter-final victory over Djokovic at the 2010 Australian Open.The other men’s quarter on Tuesday is an all-French affair with 10th-seeded veteran Gael Monfils taking on 22-year-old Lucas Pouille, who shocked 14-time grand slam singles winner Rafa Nadal in five sets in the fourth round. U.S. Open order of play on Tuesday:Order of play on the main showcourts at the U.S. Open on Tuesday (prefix numbers denote seeding):Arthur Ashe Stadium (1600 GMT/12 PM ET) 7-Roberta Vinci (Italy) v 2-Angelique Kerber (Germany) 24-Lucas Pouille (France) v 10-Gael Monfils (France)(2300 GMT/7 PM ET) Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) v Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) 1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) v 9-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France)
Dr. Qian Tang, Assistant Director General for education at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has reaffirmed the institution’s commitment to provide support to Liberia’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Policy.Dr. Qian gave the assurance at a one day consultation on the draft TVET Legislation, organized by the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on TVET in partnership with UNESCO.He stressed the need to work collaboratively with the government to support the National TVET Policy, advising, “Let’s work together, because we are going to be with you only when you apply effort that will help young people to get jobs.”He said the issue of youth unemployment has major implications for society and the national security of any country, therefore the passing of the TVET Policy by lawmakers will create an environment where Liberian youth will be trained and become marketable for any job.Dr. Qian pointed out that in Liberia, it was sad not only that young people are unemployed, but they also lack employable skills to compete for available jobs.He disclosed that Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) of over US$20 billion has been committed to the country; and already, some have started yielding and creating jobs. However, due to the lack of absorptive capacity (the ability to understand new information and apply it to commercial ends), Liberians are losing a lot of the available employment opportunities.He emphasized that education is a basic human right for the public good, as well as a key component of national growth. TVET, he said, provides more jobs for potential people who desire to improve their lives, adding that for the past three years, UNESCO introduced a program in Liberia with skills on TVET, but weakness contributed to its fragmentation.On behalf of Education Minister George K. Werner, the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Saku Dukuly, said the response from companies that graduates don’t meet the criteria employers want needs to be looked at seriously.“The vision of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as a result of her interest in TVET, was to form an Inter-Ministerial Taskforce to look at the sector,” he added. Mr. Dukuly has meanwhile commended the Ministry of Youth and Sports for working hard over the years to ensure that TVET becomes prominent in the support of education and training.Assistant Youth and Sports Minister for TVET Boakai Jaleiba said to develop a national policy and operational plan, the legislature needs to commission a financing validation of the TVET program.He said the problem with the youth is that they lack jobs, adding that TVET is providing them skills for the job market.He advised that the program should modernize and provide support to the informal sector to ensure that out-of-school youth, early school leavers, women and other vulnerable groups acquire employable skills that will lead to an increase in their income-earning capacities.Mr. Jaleiba also said that if TVET is passed into law by the National Legislature and approved by President Sirleaf, it will be called the Liberia Technical Commission (LiTCOM). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Dear Editor,From the time the APNU+AFC regime took office, it has been demonstrating a strong anti-democracy tendency, which is leading towards another PNC-style dictatorship.The first major indication was its totally insensitive action of hiking the pay of its officials by more than 50% and giving them allowance hikes by thousands of percentage points. The latest action was the arrest of many officials of the former PPP/C Administration. Those arrests were all wrongful; and in the case of former President Bharrat Jagdeo, illegal.The regime’s main purpose was to incite fear in the population. They not only arrested several high-profile persons, but even went on to celebrate it: the party at the Oasis Café, where the bullies were enjoying their “accomplishments, drinking wine and other exotic alcoholic beverages.Like the old PNC regime, they seem to lack national pride, as they had a British national directing the work of SOCU. They seem to be happy taking orders from a foreign national, in this case a citizen of Britain, our former coloniser.The APNU + AFC regime is in the process of subverting our institutions. The SOCU which was set up to investigate and fight money-laundering is now being used as the regime’s political tool. Its main purpose now is to harass PPP/C members and supporters.We are now also witnessing the creation of another body, SARA, whose leaders are already interrogating business people at the Ministry of the Presidency. Obviously, having set up this elaborate and very expensive apparatus, the APNU+ AFC regime will have to justify its existence, even if it means framing and setting up people. This is iron logic of where they will lead and take us.These bodies are stacked with relatives, associates from former law firms, old party hacks and other friends; it is just another way of milking the treasury. Now the regime is putting forward a Bill that is going to give enormous powers to the executive branch of Government. The Bill states that the President will have the power to dismiss Ministers. That, however, is an authority he/she already has. The frightening one is the power being given to the Minister in the Ministry of the Presidency. He/she will have the power to dismiss elected Members of Parliament.This is a very dangerous development, which will lead to authoritarianism. I say this because members of that august body have been elected by the people. We cannot now give that right to anyone other than the persons that the Constitution so authorizes.The APNU+AFC regime’s attitude to the Constitution is that it is a piece of paper. So many of their actions are in violation of the Constitution that it cannot now be seen as an oversight or accident.Tender procedures are violated and awards are being made to APNU+AFC financiers. These are costing our tax payers billions of dollars.Appointments to constitutional bodies are being manipulated. The judges recommended by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) are not being appointed. Attempts are clearly being made to pack the Court with judges whom the regime feels it can rely on. That is why some are saying, “We put dem deh; they gat fuh rule for us”.In the Parliament, the Speaker is not acting impartially. At the last sitting, he stopped MP Nandlall from speaking about the salary of the Prime Minister after he allowed Jordan to talk about former Presidents’ pension. At every sitting, he disrupts the Opposition Members of the National Assembly when they are speaking.Constitutional appointments are also being subverted. A case in point is the position of Chairman of the Elections Commission. The Constitution is clear on who is so qualified, yet the regime ruled that a list provided by the Leader of the Opposition after he had had wide ranging consultations was unacceptable.All these are more than just signs. They are an indication of where we are heading. Already, many are expressing fear; they feel that their rights are being violated. Almost everyone feel that their telephone conversations are being listened to.Now they have moved a step further to stifle dissent by arresting Opposition leaders of the PPP/C. It is important to point out that, after the 1964 elections, the PNC regime targeted the PPP leaders as well. The then PPP Chairman, Cedric Nunes, was detained for years, along with others.However, it was not confined to PPP. Later, particularly after 1973, the then regime went against anyone expressing any views that were not in coincidence with that of the PNC regime.This is just the beginning. People need to defend the gains we have made in this country. No concession should be made to any violation of our human and constitutional rights. Stand up now, before it is too late.Donald Ramotar
“Only a transparent booth can prove that each voter is following his heart and conscience and that there are no forced votes by preventing voters taking photos of their voting paper to prove that they’d followed voting instructions,” Renaud Semerdjian, one of Prince Ali’s lawyers, told AFP.Prince Ali contacted CAS after having his request turned down by Domenico Scala, FIFA’s presidential commission chief.He has already put at FIFA’s disposal a transparent voting booth “at his own expense”, his lawyer said.CAS, contacted by AFP, indicated that they had “received nothing from Prince Ali or his agent” as of “1400” (1300GMT).“We don’t have any prior information and so remain in limbo,” said CAS general secretary Matthieu Reeb.A FIFA spokesperson explained to AFP that voters will not be allowed to enter the voting booth next Friday with their mobile phones.“Voters can have their mobiles in the congress hall but must leave them behind when they go to vote. They will be forbidden from transmitting any visual image during the voting process,” assured the spokesperson.UEFA executive Gianni Infantino and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa are widely seen as frontrunners for the FIFA vote, ahead of Prince Ali, South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale and France’s Jerome Champagne.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, pictured on December 19, 2015, said the global governing body would be heading for a new “catastrophe” if it doesn’t elect the right candidate to succeed Blatter (AFP Photo/Toru Yamanaka)PARIS, February 20 – FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al Hussein on Saturday enlisted the help of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to ensure a glass voting booth is used in next week’s vote.Prince Ali claims a glass booth is the only solution “to ensure transparency” in the February 26 vote in Zurich.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is confident his summer transfer business will be a success.Despite missing out on the likes of priority targets Germany forward Mario Gotze and Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell the German has brought in seven players at a cost of about £70million.Klopp feels not only has he added further quality with goalkeepers Loris Karius and Alex Manninger, defenders Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan, midfielders Marko Grujic and Georginio Wijnaldum and forward Sadio Mane, but has also brought in the right characters.“We know more about them than they can imagine,” he said.“We had a long trip with scouting so when you go and talk to the player you have already scanned him.“The most important thing is how they can play football: talent, skill, potential but then character is very important.“Could we gather all the information on the character side? No.“I met all of them before we made the transfer and then it is about feeling the person behind the player.“We tried to do our best and at this moment we feel quite confident it has worked.” 1 Liverpool summer signing Sadio Mane
Diego Costa’s Chelsea career looks to be over 1 Diego Costa insists he won’t be returning to Chelsea and is fully expecting to seal a move back to Atletico Madrid.The 28-year-old has yet to report back for duty at Stamford Bridge after being told by manager Antonio Conte he was no longer wanted via text message in the summer.Costa, who has remained at his family home in Brazil, has been ordered by Chelsea to return to London, get himself match fit and make himself available for selection as he still has two years remaining on his contract.But he is refusing to do so and, having claimed he has been treated like a ‘criminal’ by the club, has repeated his desire to return to Atletico.“My destiny is already set. I must return to Atletico Madrid next season,” read a statement released by Costa.“There happens to be an impasse as Chelsea do not want to release me.“But I believe this situation will be resolved upon my return to Spain.”
After a successful fundraising effort by two local nonprofits, a protected view and better access to Panthertown Valley are one step closer to reality following a land transaction on Friday, April 21.Mainspring Conservation Trust, a regional land trust based in Franklin, purchased 16 acres of private property that borders the western entrance to Panthertown Valley and Salt Rock Gap near Cashiers in Jackson County. Panthertown is part of the Nantahala National Forest and consists of more than 10,000 acres of protected land with clifftop views, at least eight major waterfalls, trout streams, rare plant species and diverse habitat for wildlife.Partnering with the Friends of Panthertown, a non-profit group of volunteers who work with the U.S. Forest Service to enhance the visitor experience, the two organizations raised more than $82,000 from groups and individuals of the $195,000 needed for the purchase. The money raised by the non-profits was matched dollar-for-dollar by Fred and Alice Stanback. Earlier this month, the Jackson County Commissioners voted to cover the balance left to complete the transaction.“This project has really confirmed how important conservation in western North Carolina is to people,” said Mainspring Board Chair Chris Brouwer. “Individuals from all over the country have contributed to this initiative, proving what a special place this region is. We are so happy that, when they visit to hike, fish, and enjoy that area, the view from inside Panthertown Valley will be forever undeveloped as they look up at Salt Rock Gap.”The Friends of Panthertown will now begin preparing the property for more parking. Friends of Panthertown will cut trees and lay gravel to make more room for visitors, who had previously been forced to park on the shoulder of Breedlove Road. Mainspring will ultimately convey the 16 acres to the U.S. Forest Service, to become part of Panthertown Valley.Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, Mainspring has conserved more than 25,000 acres and connected thousands of youth to nature in the six western-most counties in North Carolina and northern Rabun County, Georgia.
Ray Maota Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutubecame the first black South AfricanAnglican Archbishop of Cape Townin South Africa when he was appointedin 1986.(Image: The Soccer Room) Lionel Messi and Marta Vieira Da Silvaare the inaugural winners of the FifaBallon d’Or award for the best male andfemale footballers during the footballseason.(Image: IMSoccer News)MEDIA CONTACTS• The Tutu Foundation+44 0207 654 3822Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been honoured with the Fifa Presidential Award for his role in uniting the nation ahead of the 2010 World Cup and embodying the spirit of the Beautiful Game.He was presented with the accolade on 10 January 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland, by Fifa president Sepp Blatter during the Fifa Ballon d’Or 2010 soccer awards ceremony.The 79-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate said: “I’m staggered … when I was told, I felt deeply humbled and also deeply honoured. To be recognised in this way is very significant and I accept this on behalf of the South African people, who really deserve the applause for having hosted such a fantastic World Cup.“It was a fantastic thing; no one could have predicted that South Africans would feel so good about themselves. It was reminiscent of the time, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison or when we first won the Rugby World Cup,” added Tutu.Thabo Makgoba, the current Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, congratulated Tutu by saying: “We are so proud of him. Once again he has shown how, in any and every context, he is able to continue to play a reconciling role in his public ministry, in this country, on this continent, and throughout the world.”Tutu also played an integral role in bringing the 2010 World Cup to South Africa by joining a delegation that went to the Caribbean in 2005 to convince that region’s football federation boss, Jack Warner, to vote for South Africa in the 2010 bid. Tutu was joined on this trip by fellow Nobel laureates Nelson Mandela and FW De Klerk, who preceded Mandela as president of South Africa.Honouring football starsThe Fifa Ballon d’Or award honours male and female players of club and national teams who have excelled throughout the football season. The winners are chosen through a vote by coaches, captains of national teams and high-profile sports journalists.The accolade is a result of a 2010 merger between the Ballon d’Or award, initiated by France Football magazine, and the Fifa World Player of the Year award.Barcelona FC’s Lionel Messi and Marta Vieira Da Silva of Brazil’s women national team were the winners for 2010.For the first time, Fifa also honoured outstanding football coaches during the awards. Real Madrid FC coach Jose Mourinho and Silvia Neid, Germany’s women national team coach, were the winners in this category.Messi faced fierce competition from his Barcelona teammates, Andreas Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez. Although Messi was triumphant in the end, he was an unpopular choice among some fans. In an online poll, the majority of voters tipped Xavi to win the award, with Messi coming second and Iniesta a distant third.Messi said: “I am surprised because the prediction was that either Xavi or Iniesta would win. I would like to thank those who voted for me, but Xavi and Iniesta were equally deserving because they had a great year and a wonderful World Cup.”Iniesta and Xavi were part of the Spanish team that won the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The exuberant archbishopIn 1978 Tutu was appointed the first black general secretary of the South African Council of Churches. A few years later, in 1986, he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, also being the first black person in the country to assume such a post.He has used his high profile to campaign for human rights and, previously, to fight apartheid in South Africa.Following the deadly Soweto riots of 1976, during which black school pupils took to the streets en masse to protest against being taught in Afrikaans, Tutu supported an economic boycott of South Africa.International companies soon started pulling out of the country and the rand’s value plummeted – this put heavy pressure on the government of the time to consider reforming the apartheid system.Tutu was responsible for coining the phrase “Rainbow Nation”, which became a metaphor for South African society following the first democratic elections in 1994. The term has been so widely used since then, it has become ingrained in the South African psyche.He is also regarded as a figurehead always ready to congratulate, critique and condemn the ruling government.Former president Nelson Mandela once described him as: “Sometimes strident, often tender, never afraid and seldom without humour, Desmond Tutu’s voice will always be the voice of the voiceless.”Tutu has won various awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.The Nobel laureate retired from public life in October 2010 at the age of 79. He said: “Instead of growing old gracefully, at home with my family; reading, writing, praying and thinking; too much of my time has been spent at airports and in hotels.“The time has now come to slow down, to sip rooibos tea with my beloved wife in the afternoons, to watch cricket, to travel to visit my children and grandchildren, rather than to be at conferences, conventions and university campuses,” added Tutu.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Other Features & ConclusionAsk.com also says it does social search, but rather than rely on user tagging – whichthey say is only popular in niche tech circles (e.g. del.icio.us and Flickr) – Ask.comlets its algorithm do the work. It does this by breaking terms down into groups andpresenting the results to the user. If you do asearch on gardening for example, you’ll see how it is broken down into multiplecategories.Ask.com also has the usual search portal (circa 2006) features – mobile, maps, news,blogs, binoculars (page preview), etc. There are subtle differences in all of thosefeatures when compared to Google, Yahoo and MSN. But ultimately I have to ask (pardon thepun): is Ask.com ‘next generation’ enough to challenge the big 3 plus AOL?I do like the concept of ExpertRank and their willingness to get as much useful infoon the first page of search results as possible. It seems like an innovative approach andcertainly differentiates Ask from Google.But when it comes down to it, the results I see aren’t sufficiently differentto make me want to change. I suspect a lot of Google’s 50%+ market share of users feelsthe same. Ask.com is still a successful business though, even if they don’t manage tomake great inroads into the market. I’m sure Ask is not crying into its milk about being5th. I was told that currently over 20% of Ask’s entire search terms – and hundreds ofcategories – have a Smart Answer.Comparison of Ask with GoogleIf you compare Ask.com to Google, there are immediately some noticeable differences.An obvious one is that Ask.com puts its advertisements within the main content pane,instead of in a separate right-hand pane like Google does. So when you do a generalsearch in Ask, the right-hand pane is sometimes occupied by advanced search options. AlsoAsk often has their ‘smart answers’ (see above) at the top of the main pane. The effectof all this is to give the user more immediately useful information – and drill downoptions – on the first page of results. This is what Jim Lanzone meant at Web 2.0 Summitwhen hesaid that “Ask.com enables users to do more, faster.”Below are a couple of screenshots, showing a search on “new zealand” in Ask, followedby the same query in Google: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… During the Web 2.0 Summit, I got a chanceto sit down with the team at Ask.com and find out moreabout their search engine. This was straight after a Summit session entitled ‘DisruptionOpportunity: Beating Google at Their Own Game’ – in which Ask CEO Jim Lanzone and SeniorVP of the Online Services Group at Microsoft (and ex-Ask CEO) Steve Berkowitz discussedwith John Battelle how they are competing with Google. R/WW’s coverage of thatsession ishere.Letting the stats do the talking…Whenever I talk to or meet Ask.com people, I always get the feeling they are a littlepissed off at the lack of attention they get from blogs. To compensate, out come thestats to prove how big they are. For example, they often make a point of saying thatAsk.com is the 5th biggestsearch engine in theUS – behind Google, Yahoo, MSN and AOL. Also, Jim mentioned during the Summit sessionthat Ask is the 7thbiggest web property in the US – ahead of the likes of Amazon, NY Times andApple.So there’s no doubting that Ask.com is a significant player in the Web business – andI agree they don’t get their due for that. But what about the actual product – theAsk.com search engine. How does it stack up? I spoke to the team and took the searchengine for a test drive to find out…What really differentiates Ask from Google?I asked this of the Ask.com team, in our hallway meeting at the Summit. They told methat Ask’s technology “looks at the Web differently”. Whereas Google’s PageRank ranks itssearch results by popularity, Ask has something it calls “ExpertRank”. Essentially thisis an automated search algorithm (like Google has), but on top of that results areordered using topic communities and the editorial functions that create ‘Smart Answers’.While the ExpertRank formula is a secret sauce that Ask.com won’t divulge, they do saythat the top results in searches are determined by expertise – and not popularity. As itstates on their helppages:“Identifying topics (also known as “clusters”), the experts on those topics, and thepopularity of millions of pages amongst those experts — at the exact moment your searchquery is conducted — requires many additional calculations that other search engines donot perform.”Smart AnswersI was curious to know how ‘smart answers’ are determined. For a start, they don’t popup on every search result – for example a search for “richard macmanus” displays myprimary RSS feed at the top of the page, instead of a smart answer. The Ask team told methat smart answers are editorially done – and is a reminder of their natural languagepast. If you recall, Ask Jeeves (as it used to be known before the butler was fired, er Imean de-commissioned) started out as a search engine where you could ask a naturallanguage question – e.g. “what the heck is web 2.0?” – and get back a good answer. SmartAnswers is an extension of that philosophy of providing a natural language answer to auser’s search query. It does this by a combination of automated data mining and humaneditorial. But the human editors don’t physically write the answers, I was told – ratherthey act as aggregators and filters. richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#search#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market