Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal still the best major star snubs Novak

first_imgFederer will face the man who beat him at Wimbledon.Al Bello/Getty ImagesRoger Federer may be 37 years old but he is still going strong on the tennis court as he notched up his 101st ATP title when he beat John Isner to win the Miami Open on March 31. En route his record victory, Federer set another record as he helped the tournament script its largest attendance record despite the controversy overpricing of tickets.The Miami Open was shifted this year to the Hard Rock Stadium from its traditional home of Crandon Park and this required an investment of $72 million in order to build extra courts. The general ticket prices were priced 40 per cent higher than last year and tickets for the final showdown between the two veterans were priced as high as $4,528.The high price was hardly a deterrent as the star power of the Swiss maestro set an attendance record of 3,88,734 which comfortably trumped the previous record of 3,26,131 set at Crandon Park. The men’s singles final between Federer and Isner saw a football of 17,373 people. Meanwhile, the women’s final between Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova attracted 16,413 people to the stands. Nadal had won 97 per cent of his first serve points en route the Australian Open final.Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesTalking about Federer, Alexander Zverev said that the Swiss, along with Rafael Nadal, are still the best players in the sport at the moment. “Rafa and Roger are still in the best out there right now, they are still winning the Grand Slams, the biggest titles, so of course I have competed for a lot of Masters titles now but not won a Grand Slam yet, so saying that I am at their level would not be fair.”Zverev also spoke about how prepares for his matches, stating that familiarity plays a big part. “Most opponents I know how to play them as I have played them before so we all know each other quite well.” Zverev became the second youngest player in tennis history to win the ATP Finals crown.Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesThe man who beat Novak Djokovic in the ATP World Tour finals also spoke about how he was the second best player on clay behind Nadal. “I broke through at the Roland Garros already. I showed that I can play a long match, that I can beat great players in the Grand Slams so we are past that part now, and then, unfortunately, I got injured. Throughout the clay-court season, I felt like I was the second best player.””I do not know if you agree with it or not but I think Rafa was the best and I was the second, so getting injured in the French Open quarter-finals – obviously, Dominic is an unbelievable player – but it was frustrating for me. In the grass-court season, I did not play at my best because I had no practice behind, I did not feel fit enough,” Zverev concluded.last_img read more

10 goes missing in Buriganga trawler capsize

first_imgAt least 10 people went missing as a trawler capsized in Buriganga river in Sadarghat area of the capital on Monday night, reports news agency UNB.Witnesses said that the trawler carrying 80-85 passengers sank in the river due to rough weather around 10:45pm while heading towards Jinjira ferry ghat.All but 12 people managed to swim to safety.Meanwhile, two missing were rescued by the joint team of fire service, navy and naval police in the morning.Besides, the capsized trawler was salvaged from the river. However, there was no body in the trawler, said fire service sources.Members of the fire service, navy and naval police are conducting the rescue operation.last_img

The way into nature

first_imgThe first day of the festival saw a large number of visitors pouring in with huge excitement. This year’s theme for the festival was Landscaping with Hanging Plants. One drew inspiration from the innovative opportunities provided at the festival to create a garden of one’s own dreams.Delhi Tourism has been organising this festival in association with Government of Delhi from past 27 years and drawing different yet unique themes each time. The festival brought numerous types of hanging plants that gave innovative answer to Delhi’s growing sound and air pollution. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A painting competition was held at the festival where children from various school in junior and senior category were invited to showcase their talent. This will be followed by a magic show. Further, cultural performances by academies like Sahitya Kala Parishad, Hindi Academy and Punjabi Academy captivated the visitors.This three-day event had numerous nurseries showcasing their collection. Sapling, plants and trees are put for display and sale. Manish Sehgal from one of such nursery says, “We come to this festival for publicity. According to me Green Walls or Bio-Walls are the next upcoming thing in the industry. These are special wall structures, where plants can easily grow with added irrigation and sprinkling system.” Garden Tourism Festival is usually held every year in the month of February for a fixed number of days. It draws unique yet distinct theme each time.last_img read more

PDP now demands Afzal Gurus remains

first_imgNotwithstanding a raging row over remarks crediting Pakistan for peaceful elections in the state, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on Monday remained unfazed saying he stood by what he had said yesterday.”What I said, I stand by it,” he said after assuming office today in civil Secretariat. However, he appeared to have tempered his yesterday’s remark when he said “this voter slip has been given to us by Constitution of India. The people of state have more faith in this (right).” Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAs Sayeed’s daughter and PDP Chief, Mehbooba Mufti stood by her father’s statement, remarking he had not said anything wrong, a group of PDP MLAs came out with a signed statement demanding that the Centre hand over the mortal remains of Guru, who was hanged and buried inside Tihar Jail in Delhi on February nine, 2013.She, however, admitted that there would be teething problems as both parties had diametrically opposite views on various issues. “We will have teething problems and everything can’t be hunky dory overnight”, she said. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThe Government was on the backfoot in Parliament where the Opposition raked up the issue and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a statement on the floor of the House the Centre’s stand.Home Minister Rajnath Singh distanced the government from Sayeed’s claim and said the credit for peaceful elections in the state should go to the Election Commission, people of the state, Army and the security forces.Singh said he wanted to make it clear that “the government and my party (BJP) fully disassociate themselves” from the remarks made by Sayeed. Not satisfied with Singh’s reply, the Congress walked out of the Lok Sabha saying only the Prime Minister’s clarification would matter.Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge said since the Prime Minister was told by Sayeed that he feels that the credit should go to Hurriyat, militants and Pakistan for smooth conduct of J and K assembly polls, Modi should make a statement. “Only PM can explain,” he said.To add to PDP’s discomfort, party MP and senior leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig felt the coalition government has not made a promising beginning with controversy erupting due to statements on both sides.He said that he would have preferred a clear cut statement on part of the two parties in their Common Minimum Programme (CMP) about talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat and revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act.””Let people decide whether the clauses in CMP on these issues are clear cut or whether they are capable of two different meanings, one that suits BJP and another that suits PDP. I would have preferred a clearcut statement and more clarity on these issues,” he told PTI here.Baig said that coalition government should be based on a “good faith agreement and not on compromise”.Ram Madhav, who was BJP’s key negotiator for the alliance with PDP, also disagreed with Sayeed’s comments “we attribute it (smooth polls) to three factors, the people of state, security agencies and the election commission.”Former Chief Minister and Working President of National Conference Omar Abdullah wondered whether Sayeed and his daughter were trying to break the alliance with their remarks on credit to Pakistan.”Has Mufti decided the Modi-Mufti accord was a mistake? Are the Father-Daughter duo trying to force BJP to break off the alliance? #wondering,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.last_img read more

How Big Data Can Help You Find and Hire the Most Elusive

first_img 6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Gone are the days when businesses had a wealth of qualified candidates competing over every job opening. With U.S. unemployment hovering around historic lows of 4 percent, a growing number of jobs being created nationwide, and more than 10,000 baby boomers retiring daily, organizations are struggling to recruit top talent from the market while retaining their current employees.Today’s market for talent is a seller’s market, and the dynamic of hiring is changing as job hunters are now armed with assets that can give them the upper hand. Research shows that a majority of job seekers consult online, crowdsourced resources when looking for their next opportunity. Prospective recruits can see anonymous salary information, reviews of a company’s culture and values, work-life balance and career advancement opportunities. Similarly, the quality of a company’s management is becoming an increasingly decisive factor for whether employees remain at their current organizations. Research by Gallup reveals that nearly half of employees have left a job because of a bad manager, and that 70 percent of variation in team performance hinges on the team leader.Related: What to Do When Your Growth Has StalledBut not all is lost for employers. They are already sitting on a wealth of data that, if leveraged properly, can be a powerful tool in attracting top talent, enabling those workers to do their best work, and retaining them for the long haul. Data can help companies bring precision to the hiring process by sourcing better-fitting candidates, benchmarking and broadcasting their superior management to candidates throughout the recruitment process, and spotting and addressing weaknesses among managers that might be leading to unengaged employees.Sourcing the right candidates from the start.Transparency is becoming an increasingly important value in the hiring process. Employers want to know that they are hiring candidates who are interested in the company, qualified for the position and pose a low flight-risk. Meanwhile, candidates want to know they are entering into a position that is aligned with their skill sets and career path, and that the workplace offers a good culture and engaging management. Employers can respond to an era of greater transparency by using data to source candidates that are a better fit off the bat.How so? Through automation and big data. Earlier, companies had little to guide them on a potential applicant’s future flight risk other than gut feeling. Now, tools integrated with artificial intelligence (AI) and deep analytic capabilities can parse the data on your company’s current employees — including their prior experiences, skills and latest achievements — to learn what good candidates look like based on past hiring decisions. In addition to your own enterprise data, AI can look at data from across the industry to build a profile that can then be applied to cull resumes, screen candidates based on warning signs, and grade and rank a shortlist of qualified candidates for each job opening.Related: Are You Hiring the Best Candidate for the Job or the One You Like the Most?Measuring (and marketing) the previously unknowable.ADP research shows that 61 percent of employees are either actively or passively looking for new opportunities. The top reason employees are looking to leave? A poor relationship with their direct manager. This points to an issue contributing to talent retention. Still today, many companies don’t organize their recruitment efforts around the fact that employees don’t leave jobs, they leave managers.We’re quickly approaching a future, however, where big data will be able to measure what was previously unknowable — benchmarking management quality against the industry standard. By collecting data on retention, engagement, performance and attrition from team to team, companies can determine whether their managers meet, exceed or fall short of the benchmark.The quality of a good manager can be measured by the engagement and retention among their team members, and even harder business metrics that indicate their team’s performance, such as financial returns and client satisfaction. Benchmarking this against the industry, you might discover that engagement among teams with certain managers is well above industry average, which can be conveyed to candidates in a provable way throughout the recruiting and hiring process, appealing to candidates based on their actual desires.The team leader 2.0: Data-enabled managers.Given that so much hinges on the employee-manager relationship, it’s important to make sure team leaders are likeable, helpful and invested in the development of those who they manage. The problem is: qualitative performance reviews don’t cut it. Managers simply don’t always have the hours in the day to take care of core business needs and also ensure their team members are fully supported. But, this doesn’t have to be a big lift, especially when a business leverages the right tools.Related: 4 Hiring Practices You Needed to Drop Yesterday (and What to Do Instead)Data and predictive analytics can help bring actionable insights front-and-center for managers to help them understand how to better support their team members. For example, data- fueled intelligence can identify when a team member is at high risk of leaving because they’ve been in their role for too long or could be getting “burnt out.” This information can signal a manager to pay more specific attention to that team member, offer new assignments or develop more regular check-ins with the unengaged employee.Has a large team recently lost several members? That’s cause to investigate, and data analytics tools can monitor and help predict these situations before it’s too late. You might find that 20 people reporting to one manager is way above the industry benchmark for that department, leading to low engagement and retention. Or that management styles differ greatly between high- and low-turnover teams, showing the path for how one style can inform another. This gives businesses an opportunity to course correct by adjusting staffing plans as well as addressing any other statistical outliers among managers.Big data analytics, once thought to be a novelty, are now commonplace. And they can benefit job seekers and employers. Now, companies of any size can leverage data they might not have even realized was useful in the past to gain a competitive advantage in the labor market. Those who apply their internal engagement statistics, employee profiles and management data to the job market can more easily source, secure and sustain talent that is exactly right for their business — at a time when they need to more than ever. 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Mozilla Internet Society and web foundation wants G20 to address techlash fuelled

first_imgThe Mozilla organization, Internet Society, and the web foundation have spoken out about the current “techlash” that is posing a strong risk to the Internet on their blogs. They want the G20 to address the issues causing techlash at the ongoing G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting this week. Techlash, a term originally coined by The Economist last year, refers to a strong response against major tech companies due to concerns over power, user privacy, and security. This techlash is caused by security and privacy concerns for users on the web. As mentioned in their (Mozilla, Internet Society, web foundation) blog post, “once thought of as the global equalizer, opening doors for communication, work opportunities, commerce and more – the Internet is now increasingly viewed with skepticism and wariness. We are witnessing a trend where people are feeling let down by the technology they use”. The Internet is estimated to contribute US$6.6 trillion a year in the G20 countries by 2020. For developing nations, the rate at which digital economy is growing is 15 to 25 percent a year. Yet, the internet seems to be at continuous risk. This is largely due to the reasons like data breaches, silence around how data is utilized and monetized, cybercrime, surveillance as well as other online threats that are causing mistrust among users. The blog reads that “It is the priority of G20 to reinject hope into technological innovation: by putting people, their rights, and needs first”. With over 100 organizations calling on the leaders at the G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting this week, the urgency speaks highly of how the leaders need to start putting people at “the center of the digital future”. G20 comprises of the world’s largest advanced and emerging economies. It represents, about two-thirds of the world’s population, 85% of global gross domestic product and over 75% of global trade These member nations engage with guest countries and other non-member countries to make sure that the G20 presents a broad range of international opinion. The G20 is famous for addressing issues such as connectivity, future of work and education. But, topics such as security and privacy, which are of great importance and concern to people across the globe, haven’t featured equally as prominently on discussion forums. According to the blog post, “It must be in the interest of the G20 as a global economic powerhouse to address these issues so that our digital societies can continue to thrive”. With recent data issues such as a 16-year-old hacking Apple’s “super secure” customer accounts, idle Android devices sending data to Google, and governments using surveillance tech to watch you, it is quite evident that the need of the hour is to make the internet a secure place. Other recent data breaches include Homebrew’s Github repo getting hacked in 30 minutes, TimeHop’s data breach, and AG Bob Ferguson asking Facebook to stop discriminatory ads. Companies should be held accountable for their invasive advertising techniques, manipulating user data or sharing user data without permission. People should be made aware of the ways their data is being used by the governments and the private sector. Now, there are measures being taken by organizations at an individual level to make the internet more safe for the users. For instance, DARPA is working on AI forensic tools to catch deepfakes over the web, Twitter deleted 70 million fake accounts to curb fake news, and EU fined Google with $5 billion over the Android antitrust case. But, with G20 bringing more focus to the issue, it can really help protect the development of the Internet on a global scale. G20 members should aim at protecting information of all the internet users across the world. It can play a detrimental role by taking into account people’s concerns over internet privacy and security. The techlash is ”questioning the benefits of the digital society”. Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, said that to tackle the challenges of the 21st century “put the needs of people first” and it’s time for G20 to do the same. Check out the official blog post by Mozilla, Internet Society and Web Foundation. Read Next 1k+ Google employees frustrated with continued betrayal, protest against Censored Search engine project for China Four 2018 Facebook patents to battle fake news and improve news feed Time for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to take responsibility or face regulationlast_img read more

Alaskan volcano eruption causes aviation alert

first_img ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska volcano that has been active for nearly six months has erupted again.The Alaska Volcano Observatory says Bogoslof (BOH-gohs-lawf) Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted at 2:16 p.m. Sunday and sent a cloud of ash at least 35,000 feet (10,668 metres) high. The eruption lasted 55 minutes.Ash can harm and stop jet engines. Ash from southwest Alaska volcanos is a threat airliners operating between North America and Asia when a cloud rises above 20,000 feet (6,096 metres).After the eruption, the Aviation Color Code was raised to red, the highest level. It has since been downgraded to orange according to CNN.The agency says a person on nearby Unalaska Island reports seeing a large white-grey mushroom cloud form over Bogoslof, with ash falling out to the west. << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, May 29, 2017 Alaskan volcano eruption causes aviation alert Source: The Associated Press Share Tags: Travel Alertlast_img read more