The 34-game winning streak of Serena Williams ended after the top seed, defending champion, and world No. 1 lost at Wimbledon today.German player Sabine Lisicki got an early lead on Williams and survived a late surge of an eight-game drought to defeat Williams in three sets 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.Williams won 34 consecutive tennis matches before being knocked out by Lisicki, who equaled Serena Williams’ power and capitalized on the former champion’s mistakes.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks at his book launch event in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 16 March. Photo: ReutersEven behind bars, Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will secure his leftist party’s nomination Saturday and continue to overshadow more likely candidates in the country’s most unpredictable presidential election for decades.Saturday will see three big party conventions, two months before the first round of voting on 7 October in Latin America’s dominant economy.Centre-left environmental campaigner Marina Silva will get the nomination of her Rede party in Brasilia. Also in the capital, former Sao Paulo governor and establishment heavyweight Geraldo Alckmin will secure the nod from the centre-right Brazilian Social Democratic Party, or PSDB.But while both Silva and Alckmin are serious contenders in a battle against controversial right-winger Jair Bolsonaro, it’s the third convention taking place in Sao Paulo that will suck up much of the attention.The Workers’ Party, founded by Lula, will nominate him in his bid to return to power for a third term.Never mind that he started serving a 12-year sentence for corruption this year. Never mind that he is likely to be barred from the ballot.Despite the scandals-which he and his supporters believe have been artificially stoked to keep him out of the election-Lula is still unquestionably the biggest beast in Brazilian politics.Polls show him with near double the support of all other main candidates in a first round, crushing any runner up in the second decisive round two weeks later.Lula and his Workers’ Party, which underpinned his domination of Brazil during two terms in 2003-2010, believe he’s no yesterday’s man.“He’s still the leader,” rubs in the Workers’ Party’s latest election ad online, featuring a picture of the smiling 72-year-old, dressed in his trademark black T-shirt and suit jacket.Passing the torch?Lula is waiting for final court judgment on whether he can run. It doesn’t look good: under current law anyone losing an appeal of a criminal conviction is not allowed on the ballot.So despite the left’s almost cult-like enthusiasm for Lula, there will be close attention Saturday to the choice for vice president-a figure who could end up standing in for the imprisoned leader.One high-profile possibility is former Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad. A powerful politician, he has signed on to Lula’s legal team, giving him easy access to the prison, and he would be well placed to inherit Lula’s electorate.But analysts say the party could yet choose a lesser figure, deliberately throwing the election in order to underline the argument that Lula’s exit robbed Brazilians of their democratic choice.Alckmin has already named Senator Ana Amelia, who is expected to help him in the south of the country and eat into conservative support for Bolsonaro.If Alckmin has gone for a female VP, Silva has struck a pact with a man, Eduardo Jorge, from Brazil’s Green Party.Bolsonaro, who has positioned himself as a radical right-winger appealing to Brazilians’ fury over crime and corruption, has yet to find his running mate. Names thrown around in Brazilian media reports have included a former astronaut, a member of the royal family and a general.The problem facing all candidates is the level of voter disgust and apathy.Two polls show that 33 or 41 per cent of voters are undecided or not participating in an election that doesn’t include Lula. If Lula was on the ballot, that number would drop but still account for about a quarter of voters.
Kolkata: Preliminary investigation by the Commission of Railway Safety (CRS) in the incident of fire in a Metro rake on December 27 has pointed out damage in the Third Rail Current Connector (TRCC) on the opposite side of the third rail due to sparking and air spring on the rear bogie of the rake, resulting in fire and smoke in the coach.Sources in Kolkata Metro said that the CRS eastern zone has also offered some suggestions regarding safety and security of the passengers to the authorities at a meeting held in Metro Rail Bhavan in Kolkata on Friday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The CRS has recommended audio and video surveillance inside compartments with monitoring facilities at control rooms and also with the motorman and the guard of the trains. It has also suggested improvement in the fire alarm and smoke detection system for efficient handling of crowd in case of any untoward incident,” an official of Kolkata Metro said. The preliminary probe report undersigned by Mohammad Latief Khan, CRS eastern zone, has been sent to the Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChief CRS who is based in Lucknow. An air-conditioned rake of a train caught fire on December 27 and had caused breathing problems and injuries to as many as 14 passengers. The commissioner of CRS Eastern Zone, along with his team, visited Maidan Metro station and the carshed in Noapara where the damaged rake was kept during the probe. The members of CRS also talked with the passengers who were in the damaged rake on the fateful day. “Inquiry is still in progress and the CRS will also point out negligence of person/persons, if any, in the whole incident,” a senior official of Kolkata Metro said.
2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Move over, free food. At American companies, technology is the new perk.That’s according to a recent survey by Adobe Systems that revealed 81 percent of U.S. office workers value state-of-the-art technology above everything else — even more than a beautiful office or on-site amenities. Unfortunately, only a quarter of these same employees said their company’s technology was actually “ahead of the curve.”The advantages of new tech run deep. In the U.S., those who work at companies where the technology is “ahead of the curve” love their work about twice as much as those who work at tech-lagging companies, according to the study. They also say they feel more motivated and creative.Many employees aren’t just creative — they’re passionate. The study also revealed that one-third of U.S. office workers are “moonlighting,” or pursuing one or more jobs on top of their primary one. Aside from money, passion was the second driving force behind the increasing number of moonlighters, who predict the practice will become the norm in the future.In addition, the survey also showed that the average U.S. office worker thinks about work for 78 percent of their waking hours during a typical workday, versus 41 percent on a day off. This comes as no surprise, since 70 percent of these working Americans love what they do — to the point that 80 percent would continue working even if they won the lottery.Check out the infographic below for more insights on people’s relationship with work.Click to Enlarge May 26, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Share ACV launches 2019 Canada Collection, appoints newest ASM Tags: Air Canada Vacations, New Hires MONTREAL — The latest news from Air Canada Vacations includes a new Area Sales Manager in Quebec as well as the debut of the company’s 2019 Canada Collection.The new collection features 91 vacation packages, which include flight and hotel accommodations, options for stays ranging from three to fifteen nights, and the ability to combine two or more regions.“When we dream about our next vacation, we often think of adventures in far away places,” says ACV’s Managing Director Nino Montagnese. “Our goal with our Canada Collection is to highlight our country’s charm through well-designed, convenient travel packages that let Canadians experience untamed tundra and city flair found in their own backyard.”The Canada Collection has been enhanced to include 10 of the greatest ski resorts in Western Canada and three in Quebec, he adds, plus options for non-skiers like snowmobiling, dogsledding and wildlife adventures.It also offers up golfing, camping, cruises and urban getaways as well as Fly & Drive and Fly & Rail vacation options. Packages come with possible inclusions for ski mountain transfers, lift tickets, train tickets or complimentary camping gear, among others.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsAir Canada Vacations has also partnered with Trafalgar to offer additional guided tours.All packages come with roundtrip flights from 63 Canadian cities aboard Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge, as well as hotel accommodations and options for guided tours, activities and car rentals. Clients can benefit from free seat selection, a $100 future travel credit and 2,000 bonus Aeroplan Miles per couple.Meanwhile, in Quebec, ACV is welcoming Mary-Gina Mercier as its newest Area Sales Manager – Quebec. Mercier will cover Downtown & South Shore Montreal, as well as the regions of Estrie, Lanaudiere and Mauricie.Mary-Gina MercierMercier joins ACV’s Quebec Sales team with 14 years of marketing and sales experience. The team also includes Veronica Di Ruocco representing the regions of North Laval and Montreal, the Laurentians, Outaouais, and Ottawa, and Dave Boudreau representing the region of Montreal, South Laval, Quebec City, Estrie and East of Quebec. The Quebec sales team is led by David Côté.More news: Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsMercier can be reached at [email protected] << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group