By Nemanja BjedovMarcos Baghdatis lost to unheralded American lucky loser Steve Johnson 5-7, 7-6(3), 4-6 in the opening round of the Heineken Open in Auckland in a match that was originally scheduled for Tuesday evening local time, but was postponed due to rain and played on Wednesday morning.Baghdatis had a big opportunity to close out the first set when he broke for the first time to lead 5-4, but he stumbled instead and lost three consecutive games to lose the first set 7-5.He was then on the brink of elimination in the second set, but he fought hard to force a tie-break before prevailing 7-3.In the decider, Johnson scored the crucial break to take a 5-4 lead and then his big serve held firm to win the match.World No. 160 Johnson fired 13 aces and broke serve three times to claim victory in just over two hours in what was the first meeting between the two players.The American, who made the main draw despite losing to compatriot Bradley Klahn in qualifications, then went on to upset a lethargic fourth seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa 7-5, 6-4 in the last match of the day session.“To beat those two guys on the same day is definitely pretty special and I am definitely going to remember this one for a while,” said Johnson who reached an ATP-level quarter-final only for the second time in his career.This is a 15th first round exit for the 28-year-old Cypriot since February last year, who after accepting a wild card for the Auckland event, lost the 90 ranking points he earned last season for reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane.As a result, Baghdatis recorded a 22-place drop from 87th in the rankings at the beginning of the year to his current 109th place, which is his worst ranking since August 2009.Baghdatis will now have to focus on the first Grand Slam of the season – the Australian Open which begins on Monday in Melbourne.The Limassol native, who is nowadays more famous for his racket-busting meltdown at last year’s event, reached the third round in Melbourne last season and he needs to at least repeat the same this time out or he will face another drop down the rankings.
The Kiwanis Club of New Kingston (KCNK) will host its 18th annual charity golf tournament on November 11 at the Constant Spring Golf and Country Club. This year’s tournament will be an 18-hole Stableford event, with a start time of 7 a.m. David Mais will be the tournament director. The theme for 2017 is ‘Tee Off for Charity with KCNK – Taking Primary Education to Higher Heights’. Part proceeds from this year’s tournament will be used to improve the grade proficiency scores in numeracy and literacy at the Rollington Town Primary School. One of the major thrusts of the Rollington Town Primary School project will be the establishment of a mathematics clinic, with the objective of improving numeracy competency and skill levels from 55-75 per cent to 85 per cent, in keeping with the national target for the education sector. Golfers wishing to enter the tournament may contact president, Sandra Davis (449-2796), or chairman, Teshena Johnson (513-6042).
Contrary to what most of the political pundits outside US borders thought would be the case by now, Donald Trump is still setting the agenda for the US presidential race against Hillary Clinton. With their elections less than two months away and the polls indicating Trump is trailing Clinton by a whisker, it seems that with the capacity to outspend Clinton in advertisements and commercials during that time, Trump is well on his way to becoming the next president of the United States – as this paper proposed back in March even before Trump secured the Republican nomination.The force driving Trump forwards and over Clinton is he is representing some very deep fears in huge swathes of Americans who have seen the boast of “American Exceptionalism” (AE) exposed as being just a hollow boast. Clinton, as part of the old politics, is blamed for allowing America to become “ordinary” and be subjected to all the ailments and challenges that only other nations were supposed to face – such as depending on “foreigners” to offer it credit to maintain its standard of living.American exceptionalism arose from three strands of thought, the first of which sprouted in the circumstance of their formation as the first nation to have become independent through a revolution. This revolution was not confined to defeating the colonial power Britain on the battlefield, but spread to instituting new ideas in governance, constitutionalism, individualism and business. Very early on, the US leaders also undertook a mission to export their vision of what the world ought to look like through doctrines such as the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 and its wars to “make the world safe for democracy” into the present. And finally, there is the firm conviction that because of their “exceptionalism”, the US is superior to other nations.After WWII, US was challenged by the USSR in the Cold War between the two nations, but by 1989, America emerged as the lone superpower standing as the USSR disintegrated. But even then, the seeds had already been set by economic forces that would witness the emergence of other nations such as Japan, China and India that would command enough resources to become quite independent of the US hegemony.Interestingly, the growth of those nations was facilitated by US-based global corporations that felt impelled to seek greater profits through first licensing their technology to foreign countries with cheaper labour costs and then to actually “outsource” production and operations there. American manufacturing prowess atrophied and their well-paid blue-collar work force atrophied. Trump is exploiting the resentment of the millions that have been adversely affected by this move by promising he would reverse it through “macho” unilateral actions that evoke “American Exceptionalism”. In trying to be more nuanced and acknowledging the limits of modern American power, Clinton is seen as “weak”.Simultaneously with the “outsourcing” of American production and services, illegal immigrants – generally non-White – were allowed in to perform the menial jobs that the Americans would not accept at the rates offered. At the other end of the spectrum, skilled workers – most of them also non-whites from India and China – were also encouraged in to perform high-paying jobs in the STEM areas. This created a backlash of “nativism” – that Trump has also exploited through threats of mass deportations and building a wall on the border with Mexico – against which, Clinton, as part of the old order, cannot compete.Finally, while both Trump and Clinton have committed to “defending democracy” abroad, Trump has placed more emphasis on other countries accepting greater responsibility for defending themselves. While this may appear to be a diminution of the American Exceptionalism commitment to “bear any burden” to defend “democracy”, Trump, much more effectively than Clinton, has struck just the right note of bellicosity towards the US traditional allies to be defended, which masks the retreat.
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Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers..Manchester United are poised to make a £30m bid for Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels. Should they not land Hummels, then £17m Ajax utility man Daley Blind is their back-up option. (Star on Sunday) United face a battle with Arsenal to land Hummels, however, with the Gunners keen to land a new centre-back after selling Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona. (Mail on Sunday)Manchester United are increasingly confident that they will sign Juventus star Arturo Vidal with Javier Hernandez heading in the opposite direction. (Sunday Express)Manchester United have been given until Friday to make a firm offer for Juan Cuadrado, the Fiorentina winger, after the Italian club’s president admitted that they would not be able to refuse an offer meeting the Colombian’s £25 million asking price. (Sunday Times)Chelsea and Manchester United are set to battle it out for Roma defender Mehdi Benatia. (Sunday Express)Brendan Rodgers wants his Liverpool bosses to push the boat out and land Wilfried Bony. Bony is keen on making a move to Merseyside but the major obstacle is that the Anfield giants’ ‘transfer committee’ are worried the 25-year-old is not worth his £19million price-tag. (Sunday People)Daniel Agger’s future is being monitored by THREE London clubs after making it clear to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers that he wants to leave. West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham are all considering a move. (Sunday Mirror)Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is hopeful of being reunited with former Reds boss Rafael Benitez at Napoli. (Independent on Sunday) Kolo Toure could be on his way out of Liverpool after agreeing terms with Turkish side Trabzonspor. (Metro) Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to sign troubled West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison, 21. (Independent on Sunday) QPR are launching a bid to sign Lassana Diarra from Lokomotiv Moscow. Diarra, 29, blossomed under manager Harry Redknapp while at Portsmouth and was part of the 2008 FA Cup-winning side. (Mail on Sunday)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Vermaelen completes £15m move from Arsenal to BarcelonaForster has medical ahead of Southampton switch, confirms KoemanFulham goalkeeper joins Monaco on loan 1 Transfer rumours and paper review
“This will be the model for everyone to replicate citywide, statewide and possibly nationwide,” said LAUSD board member Julie Korenstein. “It’s really the children, at the end of all this, who will end up profiting from this. “Children will immediately be able to see a doctor and get them back into class fast. It’s going to help attendance, so I am so excited and pleased we’re doing this.” LAUSD already has school-based clinics at 38 campuses, including Pacoima Middle, Maclay Middle and San Fernando High. “When we have limited resources here … this is the only way we’re going to deliver services – working together,” school board member Mike Lansing said. “We keep talking about joint use and this is a prototype. … and we’re going to need to bring the city of Los Angeles on board and, hopefully, we’ll partner with them as we did the county.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sun Valley Middle School will house the largest campus-based health clinic in the nation after the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted Tuesday to partner with the county, UCLA and a nonprofit agency on the $7.3 million project. The free-standing clinic is scheduled to open in 2007, providing medical, dental, vision and mental health services to residents of the Northeast San Fernando Valley. “It’s the first time in history that L.A. County is constructing a new primary-care health facility on a public school site,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. “We feel this is a national prototype, and certainly a county prototype, for delivering health care services on a school campus to students, their families and the community at large.” The groundbreaking collaboration calls for the county to build the clinic at no cost to LAUSD, and to provide maintenance and repair for 40 years. The district will lease the land for free for 42 years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The 10,840-square-foot clinic will be on a 1.8-acre site near Sherman Way and Fair Avenue. It will have 13 exam rooms, four counseling offices, a pharmacy and lab. The nonprofit Northeast Valley Health Corp. will contract with LAUSD to provide health services at no cost to the district. The University of California, Los Angeles, which already screens local students for asthma, will be a partner, with medical students studying there. “Sun Valley is ground zero for the national health care crisis we face,” Yaroslavsky said. “It’s a community with significant challenges in chronic disease management and a lack of access to affordable preventive health services.” Of Sun Valley Middle School’s 2,600 students, roughly 1,800 qualify for federally subsidized meals and half are English-language learners. The community also faces significant health problems – including asthma, diabetes and obesity – because of impoverished living conditions and the lack of medical care. Officials said they hope the school-based clinic will help improve students’ health and academic performance.
Almost a year ago, Inverness were crowned Scottish Cup champions and John Hughes was the toast of the Highlands after leading the club to an impressive league finish. Since that Scottish Cup victory, things have been difficult.Granted, they have lost key players, with the likes of Graeme Shinnie, Ryan Christie and Marley Watkins moving on to pastures new, but Inverness have won just eight league games since their Scottish Cup triumph, and are only five points above the relegation playoff places. Defeat in the Highland derby would all but end their diminishing hopes of finishing in the top six, but worse still, would place them firmly in the relegation mire.Meanwhile, in Dingwall, Ross County are likely to secure a position in the top half of the table, and will finish the season with the League Cup in their trophy cabinet. Jim McIntyre has built a balanced squad, capable of challenging any side on their day. Bragging rights in the Highlands are with the more northerly of the sides. by Thom Watt STVAs we move towards the business end of the season, thoughts begin to turn to who should be in the running for individual awards. While goalscorers and goal creators inevitably get attention, there’s a fascinating debate to be had as to the top goalkeeper in the division.While there are plenty of goalkeepers who have kept more clean sheets, or won their side more points than Kilmarnock’s Jamie MacDonald, there are unlikely to be many who could have such a pivotal role in their season’s fate. Kilmarnock have been incredibly poor defensively for the entirety of the season, but their goalkeeper has kept them in matches when they should have been finished, and helped to squeeze out valuable points.Killie are unbeaten against Celtic in two matches this season, and the former Hearts and Falkirk goalkeeper has played a pivotal part in that, despite facing 48 shots in two fixtures. He’ll expect to be very busy again this weekend. STV Victory for Ross County would all but confirm their position in the top six at the end of a hugely-successful campaign. SNS GroupMark McGhee may insist that his team has been ravaged by illness, but he has taken Motherwell from relegation battlers to the top six, with minimal changes to playing staff. He faces his former club in Aberdeen this weekend, having won eight league matches since taking over six months ago. In stark contrast, in his first season at Pittodrie he only won ten in the whole campaign.Why are Motherwell improving? McGhee may have made his name at Motherwell as an attacking manager, but it’s in defence where there’s been a marked improvement, limiting their opponents to fewer shots. Over the last ten matches they’ve conceded an average of 10.6 shots per game, in comparison to 12.5 in the ten matches previous. They’ve won three matches in a row, and haven’t managed four since New Year of 2014. STVWe’ve covered this before, but it’s worth revisiting.There have been a ridiculous amount of penalties this season, far more than in either of the previous seasons. In 2013/14 there were 52 penalties, last season there were 49. This season we’ve had 64 already.While it’d be easy (and in some cases fair) to point at certain referees’ willingness to award spot-kicks, there has to be a more tangible reason for such a dramatic increase, beyond the discretion of the officials. What if we look at why penalties are awarded, or who it is that’s drawing the foul?Anecdotally, it would appear as if there have been far more penalties awarded for fouls on “tricky” players. The vast majority of spot-kicks are awarded for fouls, as opposed to handball, and wingers seem to be drawing the most fouls in the box.
This morning at 11:32, Indiana State Police Master Trooper Ty Lightle spotted a red Honda Civic northbound on State Road 63 near County Road 1100 South, traveling at 90-miles-per-hour in a 60mph zone.Adam C. Flowers, age 35, of Blanford, IN. was charged with Reckless Driving and Possession of Marijuana.The Honda abruptly turned west onto CR 1100S without signaling and a traffic stop was initiated. Seconds later, Indiana State Police Trooper Michael Organ and his K-9 “Zeke” arrived to assist. During the stop, “Zeke” gave a positive indication on the vehicle and during a search of the driver, approximately eight grams of suspected Marijuana was found in his pocket. He was taken into custody without incident and incarcerated in the Vermillion County Jail. The case was investigated by M/Trooper Ty Lightle. Assisting were ISP Trooper Michael Organ and K-9 “Zeke” and Trooper Chuck Murphy.
Barth scores Tigers’ lone goalBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Stevens Point scored once in the final minute of the first period to take the lead and ripped off five more goals to beat Marshfield 6-1 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference boys hockey game Thursday night at the Marshfield Youth Ice Arena.Stevens Point took a 1-0 lead before Colin Barth tied the game for Marshfield with 1:26 to go in the first period.Cole Caufield put the Panthers back on top less than one minute later, and from there Stevens Point dominated.Caufield added his third goal to cap a three-goal second period to bust the game open for the Panthers, who are now 13-2 and 6-1 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference.Haydon Roy-Peterson had 38 saves in goal for Marshfield (4-9-1, 0-5-1 WVC).Stevens Point held Marshfield to just seven shots on goal.Marshfield hosts Eau Claire Regis/Chippewa Falls McDonell at 8:15 p.m. Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Panthers 6, Tigers 1Stevens Point 2 3 1 – 6Marshfield 1 0 0 – 1First period: 1. SP, Cole Caufield (Chase Miller, Barrett Brooks), 1:56; 2. M, Colin Barth, 15:34; 3. SP, Caufield (Miller, Jarett Jones), 16:20.Second period: 4. SP, Brooks (Caufield), 1:33; 5. SP, Dylan Minch (Treyton Zinda), 6:28; 6. SP, Caufield (Miller), 6:37.Third period: 7. SP, Mark Stoskopf (Leo Knapp), 5:24.Saves: SP, Spencer Wierzba 6; M, Haydon Roy-Peterson 38.Records: Stevens Point 13-2, 6-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 4-9-1, 0-5-1 WVC.
Days after another shock election result in the United Kingdom, CFGI 2017 Symposium attendees were eager to hear from George Koureas and Axel Boysen of Fragomen Worldwide on the election’s impact. During their presentation titled “The UK and EU: A Proactive Approach to Brexit and Immigration Changes,” Koureas and Boysen discussed the state of immigration in Europe and the UK and offered recommendations on how HR professionals can navigate the uncertainty.The presentation shed light on immigration policy changes in the UK, which predate the Brexit vote and aim to reduce immigration and emphasize enforcement. They highlighted many of the challenges that businesses now face because of stricter immigration policies, includingLine managers who are unaware of their immigration compliance responsibilities;The possibility that Tier 2 employees have changed job titles or office locations and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has not been notified; and,Failure to notify the UKVI when Tier 2 employees are no longer sponsored.Koureas and Boysen made several recommendations to address these challenges and navigate a new immigration landscape, particularly the importance of involving local Human Resource professionals.“This may sound simple, but the solution is to involve HR,” said Koureas. “It’s important to have a set of written policies and make sure that they are communicated clearly. You need to have someone who is responsible for immigration and understands the process.”Despite the uncertainty because of the June 8th election and Brexit, the presenters noted that there hasn’t been any large-scale immediate policy change because of the Brexit vote. The UK will remain a member of the EU until exit negotiations conclude and free movement between the UK and the European Economic Area will remain unaffected for the time being.CFGI is advancing fair, innovative and competitive immigration policies around the world. Learn more about our global advocacy here.Spencer Manners is an External Affairs and Membership Intern at SHRM. He previously held internships at Major League Baseball Advanced Media as well as the Ram Council Foundation. As a current Political Communication Major at The George Washington University he hopes to pursue a career at the crossroads of policy and communication.