MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Serena Williams has never lost in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Neither has Novak Djokovic.A key difference between the defending champions is that Williams beat the most-experienced and highest-ranked challenger in her half of the draw when she extended her streak to 18 consecutive wins against Maria Sharapova with a 6-4, 6-1 quarter-final victory yesterday.Williams said she wasn’t aware that she had won the Australian Open all six previous times she won her quarter-final match, “but that’s good”.”It’s not a stat that’s set in stone,” Williams said. “I still have to win two matches.”Five-time champion Djokovic, after beating No. 7 Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, still has a daunting semi-final match against Roger Federer, who has won four of his 17 Grand Slam titles in Australia.Federer reached his 12th Australian Open semi-final, and 39th in a Grand Slam event, with a 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 6 Tomas Berdych. He hasn’t gone past the semi-finals at Melbourne Park since winning the title in 2010, but he’s a serious obstacle for Djokovic.They’re 22-all in career head-to-heads, with Djokovic catching up since usurping Federer in the rankings.TRICKY TIEBREAKERThe tiebreaker will be tricky. Djokovic lost only one of his 28 Grand Slam matches in 2015 – to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final – and has won 37 of his last 38 matches at Melbourne Park, a run that includes four titles.He beat Federer in the Wimbledon and US Open finals last year, but Federer was back contending for titles.”Any round feels like finals because of the fact that we are, you know, big rivals. We played so many times against each other,” Djokovic said. “There’s a lot of tension. There’s a lot at stake. I’m expecting a great fight in two days.”In the women’s semi-finals, Williams will be facing fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat No. 10 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3. Radwanska has won one of her previous four semi-finals at a major, but never won a Grand Slam title.Williams is 8-0 against Radwanska, including their meeting in the 2012 Wimbledon final.Williams said she couldn’t explain her 11-year domination of Sharapova – she has won 19 of their 21 meetings overall – except to say she rises to the big challenges.”When I play her, I know automatically I have to step up my game,” said Williams, a 21-time major winner. “I think that makes me play better.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that the current state govt has insulted all 3 entities – Maa-Mati-Manush – during its reign.Twitter/BJPWhile the constitution says that voting is a right and duty for every Indian citizen, this Mangalore man from Australia is taking it to the next step. Sudhindraa Hebbaar, 41-year-old, quit his job as a screening officer at the Sydney Airport since he could not get leave and he wanted to come back to India to cast his vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party on April 18. He was working as a screening officer at the Sydney Airport.Hebbaar told Times of India that he got leave from April 5 to April 12. However, he could not get an extension due to the Easter and Ramzan rush. So he filed his resignation and came back home.Hebbaar added, “In Sydney, I’ve been working with people from across the globe, including Europeans and Pakistanis. I’m proud every time they say India has a great future. I attribute this success and changing image of India to the Prime Minister. Obviously, I cannot go to the border to protect my motherland.”He said that while he couldn’t go to the borders to ensure the safety of his country, the least he could do his vote and see his favourite politician back as the prime minister. “I am a Permanent Residency card-holder in Australia (his wife is a Fiji-Australian) and I have worked at Sydney Trains before working at the airport. Finding another job shouldn’t be an issue.”His plan is to stay till May 23, he sees who wins the elections and go back to Sydney when he will start looking for another job.Interestingly, Hebbaar also flew back to India in 2014 to cast his vote for the BJP. He came for a day, was at the polling booth in Mangalore at 7 am, cast his vote and went back to Bengaluru to catch his flight for Sydney.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she had been prevented from attending a function in Chicago to commemorate the125th year of Swami Vivekananda’s address before the World Parliament of Religions by some “unholy conspirators”. “I felt bad and was hurt. I know that some unholy conspirators did not want me to attend the meeting. They had threatened Ramakrishna Mission as well,” she said while addressing a gathering at Belur Math on Tuesday afternoon. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee was scheduled to address a meeting at Chicago in August on the invitation of the Vedanta Centre, a branch unit of Ramakrishna Mission. The state government will create Vivekananda Chair at the Ramakrishna Mission Educational Research Institute, formerly known as Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University and gave Rs 10 crore for Vivek Tirtha, the value education centre that is coming up at New Town. Banerjee said some forces are trying to interpret Hinduism by creating division. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”There are some who are trying to dictate what food habit we should follow or what dress we should put on. This is ridiculous. We have Swami Vivekananda and will not listen to the neo-interpretations,” the Chief Minister said. Quoting Swamiji’s first speech at the Parliament of Religions where he said “We believe not only in universal tolerance but we accept all religions as true,” she said this is Swamiji’s philosophy and this is Bengal. She said to become a leader one must learn to sacrifice for the people. She felt that more and more students should be brought under Swamiji’s umbrella. “Swamiji is our leader and he can show the path,” she said, adding that steps should be taken to ensure that fanaticism and sectarianism do not affect the society. She urged people to follow the path of Swami Vivekananda. The Chief Minister said tolerance is the biggest gift of Hindu religion. “This religion is humanism,” she said. She said Swamiji had wanted all boys and girls to be fearless. “If there is any weakness in the world, it is sin, it is death,” she quoted the words of Swamiji, who had spread the message of love, hope and tolerance. Many people blew conch shells on Tuesday afternoon, to mark the beginning of the Parliament of Religions in 1893. Swamiji had delivered six lectures at the Parliament. In state-run, sponsored and aided schools, functions were held to commemorate 125 years of Swamiji’s speech. The state government will also observe Harmony week from September 12 to 19.
Travelweek Group MISSISSAUGA — Collette has announced a new Head of Sales for its Canada office.After working in both sales and business development in the finance industry for 15 years, George Christakis has made the switch to travel. In his new role at Collette, he’s now responsible for the training, development, mentoring and management of the Business Development Managers for Canada.He’s also accountable for maintaining strong communication with BDMs, communicating amongst internal Collette leaders, and monitoring the success of Collette’s sales team throughout the region.“We’re thrilled to welcome George Christakis to Collette and to witness his ability to lead his team to success,” said Elizabeth Simmons, Senior Vice President of Global Sales. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Collette welcomes aboard new Head of Sales – Canada Share Tags: Collette, New Hires Monday, August 27, 2018