Wozniacki beats Halep to win 1st major at Australian Open

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki kisses her trophy after defeating Romania’s Simona Halep during the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo by DITA ALANGKARA / AP)MELBOURNE, Australia — It took Caroline Wozniacki 43 majors and two failed attempts in finals before finally claiming her first Grand Slam singles title.One of the first things she did as a champion was apologize to top-seeded Simona Halep following her 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4 win in the Australian Open final on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City She returned and broke for a 5-3 lead before leveling the match.The players had a 10-minute break between the second and third sets with the temperature at 30.5 Celsius (87 Fahrenheit) and 60 percent humidity.Wozniacki appeared to sense Halep’s fatigue and attacked hard, getting a break in the second game.Halep converted her sixth breakpoint chance when Wozniacki double-faulted for the first time in the set. It was 2-1.There was a total of four straight service breaks until Halep held and got on level terms. She broke Wozniacki for a 4-3 lead, but lost momentum after Wozniacki’s medical time out.“I can still smile. It’s fine. I cried, but now I’m smiling,” Halep said. “Is just a tennis match in the end. But, yeah, I’m really sad I couldn’t win it. I was close again, but the gas was over in the end.”Serena Williams didn’t watch the game, saying she gets too nervous, but tweeted to congratulate her good friend Wozniacki.“New number one and aussie open champ. So awesome. So happy. Are those tears? Yup they are. From a year ago to today I’m so proud my friend so proud.” Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Wozniacki saved match points in her second-round win over Jana Fett and later said she was relaxed because for the rest of the tournament she was “playing with the house money.”So both players rolled the dice in the 2-hour, 49-minute final, which featured some long, absorbing rallies and 10 service breaks – including six in an eight-game run in the third set.“I know that today is a tough day,” Wozniacki said to Halep. “I’m sorry I had to win today but I’m sure we’ll have many matches in the future. Incredible match, incredible fight. And again, I’m sorry.”Halep was playing with an injured left ankle, needed treatment for dizziness in the second set and had rallied from a break down in the third set to lead 4-3 when Wozniacki took a medical time out to have her left knee taped. In the end, she just ran out of steam.“It’s not easy to talk now,” Halep said at the presentation. “It’s been a great tournament for me. I started not very well with the ankle injury. I just wanted to give my best every match, which I did. Of course I’m sad I couldn’t win today but Caroline was better than me. Sad that I couldn’t make it the third time, maybe the fourth time will be with luck.”Wozniacki is the third first-time major winner in the four Grand Slam tournaments since Serena Williams won the 2017 Australian Open for her record 23rd Grand Slam title.Serena Williams, who beat her older sister, Venus, in last year’s final, took time out for her pregnancy and the birth of her first child in September, and is preparing to return to competition next month.Wozniaki was ranked No. 1 for 67 weeks, including 49 straight from Feb. 21, 2011 until Victoria Azarenka replaced her on Jan. 30, 2012.Wozniacki got a break in Halep’s first service game and had a chance to serve for the first set at 5-3, but the Romanian rallied to break back and to force a tiebreaker. After getting an early jump in the tiebreaker, Wozniacki won the last three points to win a set for the first time in a Grand Slam final.Halep fended off four break points to hold early in the second set, and called for the trainer after holding in the fifth to get her blood pressure and pulse taken. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” played over the stadium speakers as the 27-year-old Danish player carried the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup around Rod Laver Arena.Wozniacki lost two US Open finals – in ’09 and 2014 – and Halep lost two French Open finals before their meeting at Melbourne Park.It was the first time in the Open era that players ranked No. 1 and 2 were meeting in a major final without either having won a Grand Slam title.So the pressure was on.It was the first time in the Open era that both Australian Open finalists had saved match points before reaching the final, also, so in some ways the pressure was off.In Halep’s case, she was the first player who had saved match points in multiple matches to have reached the final. She saved triple match point and rallied in the third set to beat Laura Davis 15-13 in the third set of her third-round match, and also needed to save match points in her semifinal against Angelique Kerber.ADVERTISEMENT Church wedding serves as an inspiration for Barroca John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I’m sorry, I’m just taking a second to hug Daphne,” Wozniacki said, pausing as she clutched the winner’s trophy in the on-court ceremony. “I dreamt of this moment so many years, to be here now it’s a dream come true.”More than seven years after appearing in her first Grand Slam final at the 2009 US Open – a straight sets loss to Serena Williams – Wozniacki can finally erase the “but never won a major” footnote that has long been attached to her resume.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m never going to get the question again about being a world No. 1 without a Slam,” she said after leaving the court.Wozniacki will regain the top ranking next week for the first time in six years – beating Serena Williams’ record of 5 years, 29 days between stints at No. 1 on the women’s tour – in another benefit of beating the top-seeded Halep. 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Beyonce And Solange Knowles Miss A Meal For Charity

first_imgMore than 50 million Americans go hungry every day. With those despairing statistics, fashion designer Tina Knowles and daughters Beyonce and Solange joined forces with Bread of Life, Inc. to make a difference.Beyonce Supports The Miss A Meal CampaignCredit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Parkwood, Mason PooleThe Houston-based non-profit organization founded by Rudy and Juanita Rasmus aims to fight for the needs of the less fortunate with the fundraising campaign Miss A Meal.“When we say ‘we are starving,’ we have to remember that there are people who are literally starving. If everyone fed one person, one meal, we could make a huge difference,” says Tina Knowles. “To miss one meal is a small sacrifice to make in the fight against hunger.”According to a recent study, Harris County families struggling to keep food on the table have a food budget shortfall of $12.97 per week, per person. To fill the meal gap, $277 million is needed annually to ensure that every person has three meals a day. The Miss A Meal initiative is designed to meet the needs of the hungry by encouraging people to miss a meal and pass the plate by donating the money they would have spent. The donation is then used to feed those who are less fortunate.“I was 13 and my sister Solange was 8 when we started donating and serving meals to the homeless after church,” says Beyonce. “There were people from all walks of life, even children, who needed a meal. We learned that we are all three paychecks away from poverty. It was a lesson in humility for all of us.”Solange adds, “There are dozens of memories of me and my sister volunteering at Bread of Life, we got to see firsthand how grateful people were to receive a hot meal. For many people this was their only meal of the day and we learned early on not to take anything for granted. I’m passing on those same lessons to my son Julez.”What started as an idea sparked by indie recording artist Cy Jackson’s song “Heartbeat” has blossomed into a growing movement against hunger. Miss A Meal encourages people to donate as little as one dollar, which in turn can provide one well-balanced meal through Bread of Life.Through their Bread of Life non-profit organization, Pastor Rudy and Juanita Rasmus have been providing solutions for the hungry and homeless in Houston, TX for the past 21 years. Bread of Life serves 14,000 meals per month and through a Community Wide Food Fair and Senior Supplemental Food Program; they distribute 9 tons of fresh food and produce every Wednesday. Additional programs include medical services, job development and placement, case management, recovery groups, drug and alcohol counseling, life skills training, The Culinary Art Program, The Art Project Houston and the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments.“We must continue to build bridges through our community,” says Pastor Rudy. “Each of us has the power to change another’s life just by passing the plate. It only takes one plate!”The Knowleses are inviting national and local celebrities to pass the plate and take a stand against hunger. Together everyone can make a difference, one person at a time. Those wishing to pass the plate can donate by texting “50555” or by visiting www.missameal.net.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more


What If Rafael Nadal Had Never Won a Grand Slam Title

Imagine a tennis world in which Rafael Nadal never picked up a racket. Some of his rivals must have. Novak Djokovic could be excused for daydreaming about it after Nadal beat him in Sunday’s French Open final, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4.Who would benefit most in a hypothetical world without Nadal? Well, let’s divvy up Nadal’s 14 Grand Slam titles. Although he might never reach Roger Federer’s record of 17 major titles, Nadal already leads Federer and all other Open-era greats in the ranking of biggest obstacle to a single Grand Slam title.To quantify this, I give you the “title block.” A title block isn’t an official tennis stat — I made it up. Here’s how it works: If Nadal beat a player in a final, I figure that given the next best possible opponent, the man who lost to Nadal would, on average, have a 50 percent chance of winning. So that win counts as half a title block. (This may undersell some blocked players’ chances of winning, but because this is hypothetical, treating unplayed matchups as coin flips is safest.) Similarly, a semifinal win cost the loser a quarter of a Grand Slam title and so on. Then I summed the title blocks for each Grand Slam tournament. I used data from Tennis Abstract, adding data from the just-completed French Open from rolandgarros.com. I ignored walkovers but included mid-match retirements.No matter how many times Nadal bites trophies, they don’t get broken up into pieces. But because this is a what-if exercise, these hypothetical titles come in fractions. If Nadal beats a player enough times, those fractional titles can start adding up. Nadal’s four wins in French Open finals over Federer, plus one semifinal ousting, count for two and one-quarter titles that Nadal has deprived Federer. Meanwhile, by beating Djokovic in two French Open finals, three semifinals and a quarterfinal, Nadal has cost him one and seven-eighths French Open titles.In a non-Nadal world, Djokovic would have one more U.S. Open crown in addition to those one or two French Opens. Federer would have another Australian Open title, along with those two or three additional French Open titles. And David Ferrer would no longer be in the running for best player never to win a major, because he’d have lifted a French Open trophy.We can expand this to other tennis greats. Let’s skim the cream off the top of the tennis world one great player at a time: Let’s get rid of each of the 12 men who have won at least six Grand Slam singles titles since the Open era of pro tennis began in 1968, one by one. We’ll add an unlucky No. 13 in Murray, who has had the misfortune to compete in an era dominated by three of those 12 men: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.Nadal’s dominance of Federer and Djokovic rank first and second, respectively, among title blocks at the four Grand Slam tournaments, ahead of other famous blocks like Federer’s of Andy Roddick at Wimbledon, Pete Sampras’s of Andre Agassi at the U.S. Open and Bjorn Borg of Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon. Nadal’s defeats of Ferrer at the French Open the Top 10: By costing Ferrer one title, Nadal also takes the 10th spot on the list.Overall, Nadal has blocked Federer from three and three-quarters major titles; Federer would have 21 without Nadal. That’s No. 1 on the title-blocks list overall, and Nadal’s blockage of Djokovic from almost four major titles is No. 2 on the overall list.Don’t pity Federer too much, though: He did win the French Open in 2009, the one year in the past decade that Nadal didn’t. Djokovic still hasn’t won the clay-court major. Murray, meanwhile, would have more than triple his current total of two Grand Slam titles if not for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, who each have cost him more than one.Nadal has had the better of all of his rivals, but he, too, could have won more majors without Federer, Djokovic, et al. By beating Nadal in two Wimbledon finals, Federer has cost Nadal a third Wimbledon title to go with the two Nadal has won. Djokovic, meanwhile, beat Nadal in the finals of three consecutive Grand Slam tournaments over 2011 and 2012, which cost Nadal one and a half major titles. read more


The NFL Rushers And Receivers Who Are Carrying Their Teams

5Spencer WareChiefs3,7691,07728.6 PLAYERTEAMTEAM YARDSPLAYER YARDSPLAYER SHARE Players with the highest share of team scrimmage yards, 2016 2Ezekiel ElliottCowboys4,5731,50232.8 5David JohnsonCardinals21026180.5 Receivers with the most first-down receptions per route run, 2016 1David JohnsonCardinals4,2901,53435.8% 1Mike EvansBuccaneers41013232.2% 9Greg OlsenPanthers4136211.3 More than in any other sport, in football, individual statistics reflect a player’s environment as well as that player’s individual talent. A running back can be hamstrung by a poor offensive line, and a wide receiver can’t do much if his quarterback can’t get him the ball. While there’s no one advanced stat that can perfectly contextualize individual performance within a team environment, there are a few that do a pretty good job. Today, we’ll look at four stats that help demonstrate a player’s contribution to his team.Yards from scrimmage … as a percentage of team yardsDavid Johnson has been remarkable this season: He was my midseason choice for Offensive Player of the Year, in part because he had gained at least 100 yards from scrimmage in every game to that point. He has maintained that streak since then and is now just the second player since at least 1950 to hit the century mark in each of his team’s first 11 games.Johnson leads the league in yards from scrimmage with 1,534, but he also leads the league in percentage of team scrimmage yards. He’s gained 35.8 percent of all Cardinals yards this year, making him one of only three players to gain at least 30 percent of his team’s yards: 11C.J. FiedorowiczTexans2320411.3 10Matt ForteJets3,78496125.4 The Colts’ Frank Gore and Patriots’ LeGarrette Blount are overshadowed by playing alongside star quarterbacks in Andrew Luck and Tom Brady, but don’t overlook how important those players are to their teams. Indianapolis has only given three carries per game to other running backs, while the Patriots are calling Blount’s number 81.9 percent of the time when handing off to a back. And Chargers second-year back Melvin Gordon ranks second in this category, after ranking third in our first metric. He’s having a remarkable bounce-back year after struggling as a rookie.Receiving share of targetsAntonio Brown and Julio Jones are the two biggest stars at the wide receiver position. Brown leads the league in receptions, and Jones ranks first in receiving yards, a year after the duo far outpaced the rest of the league in those same two categories. But the Steelers’ Brown and the Falcons’ Jones also benefit from playing with a pair of star quarterbacks in, respectively, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan.The passing games in Pittsburgh and Atlanta revolve around their star receivers, of course: Brown has accounted for 28.8 percent of all Steelers targets this season, and Jones is at 27.6 percent for the Falcons. Those are great numbers, but not quite good enough for No. 1. 1Mike EvansBuccaneers6240615.3% 3Julio JonesFalcons4936113.6 10Christine MichaelPackers11816372.4 8DeMarco MurrayTitans22930176.1 5Jarvis LandryDolphins3218827.4 15Jordy NelsonPackers43210524.3 12Demaryius ThomasBroncos3629225.4 20Stefon DiggsVikings3718723.5 Among players with at least 20 receiving first downsSource: ESPN Stats & Information Group 18Amari CooperRaiders4089824.0 5Jordan ReedRedskins3829812.8 3Frank GoreColts17821184.4 19Greg OlsenPanthers3708823.8 7Le’Veon BellSteelers4,1361,13627.5 8Antonio BrownSteelers5042811.7 12Mike EvansBuccaneers4,1531,02024.6 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 8Odell BeckhamGiants40710726.3 21Jeremy Kerley49ers3457822.6 6Matt ForteJets20225280.2 11Jordan HowardBears3,9841,00825.3 9Terrelle PryorBrowns41510926.3 6Lamar MillerTexans3,6381,03228.4 2Melvin GordonChargers23427385.7 PLAYERTEAMFIRST-DOWN RECEPTIONSROUTES RUNRECEPTIONS PER ROUTE RUN 4DeMarco MurrayTitans4,7161,35228.7 12Jay AjayiDolphins16123369.1 Receivers with the highest share of team targets, 2016 7DeAndre HopkinsTexans38610226.4 11Isaiah CrowellBrowns14520271.8 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 10Brandon MarshallJets3719726.1 6Julian EdelmanPatriots3649927.2 6A.J. GreenBengals4133712.2 No wide receiver is a bigger part of his team’s passing offense than Mike Evans is for the Buccaneers. And you may have noticed his name on the first table too — he was the only wide receiver to rank in the top 12 in percentage of team yards (all the others are running backs). Evans had a dominant game in Week 12 against Seattle, helping Tampa Bay pull off the upset: He was targeted on 39.3 percent of Tampa Bay’s 28 pass attempts and caught eight passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns.The Broncos’ Emmanuel Sanders beat out Jones for third on this list, despite playing with an inexperienced passer in Trevor Siemian, the 250th pick in last year’s draft. Denver doesn’t pass very often, but when they do, Siemian tends to look toward Sanders, who is quietly having a phenomenal year. Sanders, like Evans, was one of the stars of Week 12: In a losing effort, he caught seven of 10 targets for 162 yards and a touchdown.First downs per route runGaining a first down is one of the most important things a wide receiver can do, and he has a chance at it whenever he runs a route. Yards per route run is the wide receiver version of yards per pass, but by replacing yards with first downs in the numerator, we can focus on a less-popular (but very important) statistic that shows us which guys move the chains.Evans ranks first in this category1Among players with at least 20 receiving first downs.: He has picked up a first down on a remarkable 15.3 percent of his routes. One reason for that is that Evans runs deeper routes, and he easily leads the league with 62 first-down receptions (no other player has more than 50). 3Melvin GordonChargers4,2251,27330.1 16Michael CrabtreeRaiders4089924.3 8Todd GurleyRams3,43188225.7 11T.Y. HiltonColts40210325.6 2Antonio BrownSteelers41712028.8 7Ezekiel ElliottCowboys24331178.1 4LeGarrette BlountPatriots21225981.9 9Lamar MillerTexans21128474.3 Some other players stand out here despite less impressive raw totals. Kansas City’s Spencer Ware plays on a low-octane Chiefs offense, but he’s a big driver behind any success the offense has. Ware is averaging 4.7 yards per carry; all other Kansas City backs are averaging just 3.5 yards per rush. And Ware has averaged 12.4 yards per target, compared to just 6.5 on passes to all other players.Also note the presence of Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell high on the list, despite the fact that he missed the first three games of the season. Since returning from suspension in Week 4, Bell has gained an impressive 37.6 percent of all Steelers yards from scrimmage. When he’s active, no team relies on one player like the Steelers do with Bell, who’s been used heavily in both running and passing plays — he ranks third in the league in receptions per game and second in rushing yards per game.Percentage of team carriesHow many yards a player averages per carry is subject to a lot of random variation, making yards per carry one of the most overrated stats in football. And the number of carries a team has in a game is often the result of what’s happening on the scoreboard. But how often a team chooses to hand off to a particular running back — as a percentage of all handoffs to running backs — says a lot about how much his team trusts him relative to the other backs on the team.While L.A.’s Todd Gurley has had a frustrating year, he leads the league in this metric. Rams running backs have rushed 227 times this year, and 200 of those carries were given to Gurley. The Rams aren’t a good team, so they can’t afford to run as frequently as teams like the Cowboys, but the Los Angeles coaches still have a ton of faith in Gurley (or perhaps they just have very little faith in the other Rams backs): 17Allen RobinsonJaguars43010424.2 24Kelvin BenjaminPanthers3708121.9 25Kenny BrittRams3678021.8 9LeSean McCoyBills3,87799425.6 2Cole BeasleyCowboys3928113.9 13A.J. GreenBengals3829524.9 23Jordan MatthewsEagles3828522.3 1Todd GurleyRams20022788.1% 10Kelvin BenjaminPanthers3732811.3 7Stefon DiggsVikings3932112.1 4Tyreek HillChiefs2317113.5 Running backs handed the highest share of team rushes, 2016 22Golden TateLions3778422.3 PLAYERTEAMTEAM TARGETSPLAYER TARGETSPLAYER SHARE TEAM RUSHES Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group PLAYERTEAMHANDED TO PLAYERHANDED TO ANY RUNNING BACKPLAYER SHARE 14Larry FitzgeraldCardinals44210924.7 12Michael ThomasSaints4338311.2 3Emmanuel SandersBroncos36210428.7 4Julio JonesFalcons37010227.6 But a few other players are worth mentioning. Cole Beasley plays on a run-heavy offense, but when the Cowboys pass, the team is extremely efficient. One reason for that is Beasley, who is adept at getting first downs.Jordan Reed and Stefon Diggs have each missed two games this season, depressing their raw numbers, but both players fare well in this metric. Reed leads all tight ends, while Diggs ranks seventh overall despite suffering from poor quarterback play.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more


Guardiola frustrated despite convincing win

first_imgManchester City’s defending frustrated Pep Guardiola despite winning 6-1 at home against Southampton at the Etihad on Sunday.Manchester City already had a three-goal lead after just 18 minutes, but they conceded before the break when Ederson fouled Danny Ings in the box, and the striker converted the penalty.Ings’ goal was the first goal City had conceded in seven games and Guardiola was infuriated with his team’s defending.“We did some very good things, the first 20 minutes was excellent and offensively we were very good, but we conceded a lot,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“The game gave me a good feeling, but at the same time, we didn’t defend well, although with 6-1 I am so satisfied. We were lucky to score the fourth goal in the final minute of the first half because otherwise, it would have been complicated after half-time.“As a team, he [Mark Hughes] demanded a lot, and today we were very clinical, especially at the start, and we had the feeling we would create a lot of chances.“But when they had the ball in midfield we didn’t control the balls, they won all the second balls, we had to defend deeper and were not stable enough – and that’s why the fourth goal was so crucial.”last_img read more


Is Hollywoods Love Affair with Journalism Over

first_imgWill young people gravitate to a business defined by bankruptcy, decline—and, likely, fewer films about it?Moviesover time have usually depicted the magazine and newspaper industrieswith a touch of glamour, power or idealism. For some recent examples,think “In Good Company,” “13 Going on 30” and “The Devil Wears Prada.”Then there’s the greatest movie of all time, “Citizen Kane,” and themovie that launched 10,000 careers, “All the President’s Men.”Yes,there’s the occasional “Absence of Malice,” about journalistic abuse ofpower, or “American Beauty,” where the troubled Kevin Spacey characteris a trade magazine editor. But generally these industries and thejournalism profession get positive treatment. And that reflects the popular culture.  The professions that make up our business have historically been appealing.AndHollywood’s love affair with journalism has for decades helped feedtalented people into the business. Smart, ambitious editors andsalespeople wanted to be the top editor at Newsweek, or the New Yorker,or Ad Age. They wanted to be the writer in “Almost Famous,” or evenlike Mr. Big in “Sex and the City.”But is it true now? Inthe last 10 days alone, this page has covered the plummeting profitmargins of publicly traded magazine companies. It has covered thestaggering decline in fourth-quarter ad sales in b-to-b media. It hascovered the cancellation or dramatic downsizing of two events,including the crown jewel of the glitzy, mass-consumer part of thebusiness, the American Magazine Conference. On the newspaperside, the Rocky Mountain News went out of business today after 150years of publishing. Newspapers in Philadelphia filed for bankruptcy. Apaper in Seattle is teetering.Newspapers everywhere are not just troubled, but nearing oblivion.Sowhat’s the appeal of this business for the high school kid just headinginto college? Who the hell wants to get into an industry perceived asin decline? And if we can’t attract talented people, what are theimplications of that? My take? The image of a profession inpop culture has a huge effect on whether young people choose to pursuea career in it. That means print media is in trouble.Maybe they’ll make a movie about it.[image: IMDB]last_img read more


Muzen Audios retroinspired speakers will impress your inner hipster

first_img Test your music system with these great rock tracks 22 Photos Bluetooth Tags With a battery life of around 10 hours, you’ll have plenty of fun before you need to recharge the speaker via micro-USB. The Muzen OTR is currently on sale in China, the US, France, Germany and the Netherlands. It launches this week in Singapore. The OTR Metal retails for $135 or S$139 (about £80 or AU$145) while the OTR Wood goes for $123 or S$129. Prices may differ in your region, so be sure to check your local stores for updated pricing.img-2633The Muzen OTR Wood has a very nice finish and feel that I quite liked. Aloysius Low/CNET Wireless & Bluetooth Speakerscenter_img 2 Share your voice Comments The Muzen OTR Metal comes with leather straps for carrying around and a cool box packaging.  Aloysius Low/CNET Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen these days, but Chinese brand Muzen Audio has added something extra to help its OTR speaker stand out: Radio.The Muzen OTR (or “On The Road”) series comes in a retro-inspired wood or metal finish with tiny analog gold dials. And unlike many other speakers, it can pick up radio broadcasts. The throwback design and unusual feature means you’ll spend longer fiddling with it than you normally would with a speaker.I hardly listen to the radio — Spotify has long filled in that niche — but I occasionally switch it on in the car to catch the news while I’m driving. I think there’s something about the experience of turning the dial to find a radio station that’s missing from digital tuners, but perhaps I’m getting old and nostalgic.muzenotrmetal02The Muzen OTR Metal comes with analog dials. Aloysius Low/CNET Apart from the radio playback, the Muzen OTR is a decent Bluetooth speaker, capable of reaching high volume without losing clarity. It doesn’t pack much bass, but it’s boomy enough that I didn’t find it lacking in most of the songs I tested on the speaker. Personally, I prefer the wood OTR model over the metal, as the shiny finish can be a fingerprint magnet. But the metal model’s vintage looks are more eye-catching. The speaker comes in a cool custom box with removable leather straps you can use to carry it around. last_img read more


UN human rights chief toughens warning of genocide in Myanmar

first_imgThe top UN human rights official has said he would not be surprised if a court one day ruled that acts of genocide had been committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, according to a television interview to be shown on Monday.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein told the BBC that attacks on the Rohingya had been “well thought out and planned” and he had asked Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi to do more to stop the military action.Zeid has already called the campaign “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” and asked rhetorically if anyone could rule out “elements of genocide”, but his latest remarks put the case plainly, toughening his stance.“The elements suggest you cannot rule out the possibility that acts of genocide have been committed,” he said, according to excerpts of his interview provided in advance by the BBC.“It’s very hard to establish because the thresholds are high,” he said. “But it wouldn’t surprise me in the future if the court were to make such a finding on the basis of what we see.”Myanmar denies committing atrocities against the Rohingya and has previously rejected UN criticism for its “politicisation and partiality”. The Myanmar military says the crackdown is a legitimate counter-insurgency operation.Zeid said Myanmar’s “flippant” response to the serious concerns of the international community made him fear the current crisis “could just be the opening phases of something much worse”.He told the BBC he feared jihadi groups could form in the huge refugee camps in Bangladesh and even launch attacks in Myanmar, perhaps targeting Buddhist temples there.He did not say, in the excerpts provided, which court could prosecute suspected atrocities. Myanmar is not a member of the International Criminal Court, so referral to that court could be done only by the UN Security Council. But Myanmar’s ally China could veto such a referral.The United Nations defines genocide as acts meant to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group in whole or in part. Such a designation is rare under international law, but has been used in contexts including Bosnia, Sudan and an Islamic State campaign against the Yazidi communities in Iraq and Syria.Almost 870,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, including about 660,000 who arrived after 25 Aug, when Rohingya militants attacked security posts and the Myanmar army launched a counter-offensive.UN investigators have heard Rohingya testimony of a “consistent, methodical pattern of killings, torture, rape and arson”.Zeid said he had phoned Suu Kyi in January, asking her in vain to stop the the military operation.Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi’s less than two-year old civilian government has faced heavy international criticism for its response to the crisis, though it has no control over the generals it has to share power with under Myanmar’s transition after decades of military rule.last_img read more


Sessions Pushes To Speed Up Immigration Courts Deportations

first_img Share Manuel Balce Ceneta/APAttorney General Jeff Sessions at a roundtable meeting on sanctuary cities hosted by President Trump earlier this monthThe Trump administration has been trying to ramp up deportations of immigrants in the country illegally. But one thing has been standing in its way: Immigration judges often put these cases on hold.Now Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering overruling the judges.One practice that is particularly infuriating to Sessions and other immigration hard-liners is called administrative closure. It allows judges to put deportation proceedings on hold indefinitely.“Basically they have legalized the person who was coming to court, because they were illegally in the country,” Sessions said during a speech in December.Sessions is using his authority over the immigration court system to review a number of judicial decisions. If he overturns those decisions, thousands of other cases could be affected. In this way, he is expected to end administrative closure, or scale it back.The attorney general may also limit when judges can grant continuances and who qualifies for asylum in the United States.This could reshape the nation’s immigration courts, which are overseen by the Justice Department, and make them move faster. Sessions says he is trying to clear a massive backlog of cases that is clogging the docket.But critics say he is weighing changes that would threaten the due process rights of immigrants, and the integrity of immigration courts.“What he wants is an immigration court system which is rapid, and leads to lots of deportations,” said Nancy Morawetz, who teaches the Immigrant Rights Clinic at New York University School of Law.“It’s really just an unprecedented move by the attorney general to change the way the whole system works,” she said.It’s rare for an attorney general to exercise this power, but Sessions has done it four times in the past three months.Separately, for the first time, the Justice Department is setting quotas for immigration judges, pushing them to resolve cases quickly in order to meet performance standards.It’s not just immigration lawyers who are worried about the effect of any changes. The union that represents immigration judges is concerned, too.“A lot of what they are doing raises very serious concerns about the integrity of the system,” said Judge Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, “judges are supposed to be free from these external pressures.”The attorney general insists he’s trying to make sure that judges are deciding cases “fairly and efficiently.” And says he is trying to clear a backlog of nearly 700,000 cases.That is in addition to the hundreds of thousands of cases in administrative closure. Nearly 200,000 immigration cases have been put on hold in this way in the past five years alone.“Far and away, administrative closure was being abused,” said Andrew Arthur, a former immigration judge who is now a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for lower levels of immigration.He says many of those cases should have ended in deportation. “But rather than actually going through that process, the Obama administration simply administratively closed them. And took them off the docket to be forgotten,” he said.Sessions has chosen to personally review the case of an undocumented immigrant named Reynaldo Castro-Tum who didn’t show up for his removal hearing. The judge wondered whether the man ever got the notice to appear in court and put his deportation proceedings on hold.In a legal filing in January, Sessions asked whether judges have the authority to order administrative closure and under what circumstances.Immigration lawyers and judges say there are legitimate reasons to administratively close a case. For instance, some immigrants are waiting for a final decision on visa or green card applications.There is a backlog for those applications, too. They’re granted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is separate from immigration court. And that can take months, if not years.Immigration lawyers and judges are worried that undocumented immigrants could be deported in the meantime.“You know this is not the private sector where you pay extra money and you can get it done in two days,” said Cheryl David, an immigration lawyer in New York.David represents hundreds of undocumented immigrants who are facing deportation. She often asks judges to put the proceedings on hold.“It gives our clients some wiggle room to try and move forward on applications,” she said. “These are human beings, they’re not files.”Immigration lawyers say these changes could affect immigrants across the country.Brenda DeLeon has applied for a special visa for crime victims who are undocumented. She says her boyfriend beat her up, and she went to the police.She came to the U.S. illegally from El Salvador in 2015, fleeing gang violence, and settled in North Carolina.“If I go back, then my life is in danger,” DeLeon said through a translator. “And not only mine, but my children’s lives too.”For now, a judge has put DeLeon’s deportation case on hold while she waits for an answer on her visa application.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more