Dear Editor,I write to offer a brief response to Mr Sase Singh‘s letter published in Guyana Chronicle on Saturday, December 3, 2016, under the caption, “Sase Singh “s take on the budget”. When I read Mr Singh’s opening paragraph, which said, “This 2017 Budget has caused me to reflect on a question I have always toyed with all my adult life: Why can truth and politics not go together?” and his claim of the positive influence on him from a writer on India, I became excited at the thought that my mind was about to be exposed to an enlightening discussion by him on what is required to take this country forward.Given the moral concern expressed by Mr Singh on the need for truth in politics, I expected an objective analysis from him on the budget and not the usual political partisan interpretations that has now become the norm. In his review of the budget, Singh sees nothing positive. More importantly, he repeats the People’s Progressive Party’s propaganda line of ”doomsday” for the economy and country. His remarks could have been construed as fair comment only if he had not stated his lifelong concern that truth and politics should go together.I am not interested here with Singh’s forecast on the budgetary measures, since that is not the focus of this letter, and he is entitled to his opinions, neither am I concerned here with the fact that his letter was not becoming of a civilised public debate. However, I am not prepared to ignore Singh’s profound dishonesty in dealing with the budget bearing in mind that he is not a layman when it comes to economic matters. How could he in good faith claim that Value Added Tax (VAT) on electricity and water will put serious burden on the working poor/”small man” ignoring the fact that the measures will only affect households with light bills above ,000 and in relation to water, only households whose bills are in excess of 00. In both cases the majority of the poor and working people households will not be affected by the VAT.I chose this simple fact to expose Sase Singh’s dishonesty. This simple truth in relation to the budget Mr Singh finds it difficult to concede. His intent is not objective analysis. Instead, in his resolve to ridicule the coalition, he abandoned his stated concern for truth in politics.I conclude by saying that Mr Singh in his letter has indeed demonstrated how elusive truth can be in relation to politics. Even with the inspiration of his motherland (India), he fell far short of this noble ideal.Sincerely,Tacuma Ogunseye
…graduation slated for todayAs the University of Guyana gears up to stage its 51st Convocation in grand style today, the institution has announced the student who managed to cop the honour of Valedictorian for this year.Emerging in as the front runner amidst a group of about 2000 graduating students was a 25-year-old International Relations student, Elsie Harry.UG’s Valedictorian 2017, Elsie HarryHarry, who is the former president of the university’s International Affairs Association, took to social media on Friday to express delight at being named UG’s Valedictorian for 2017. The young woman summed up her feelings as being “overwhelmed”, and went on to thank here well-wishers for their support throughout her journey of higher levels of academic and professional pursuits.All the while, scores of family, friends and colleagues also reached out to the high flyer via the online platform, congratulating her on this coveted and highly prestigious achievement.Among those commending the 25-year-old on this landmark achievement was UG’s International Affairs Association. In doing so, they conveyed, “You are a brilliant mind, an extraordinary human being, and definitely a force to be reckoned with. We applaud all the hard work you’ve put into this Association and by extension our University.”Meanwhile, UG graduation this year was advertised with a number of developments, of which for the first time in the history of the university, graduands emanating from certificate, diploma and degree programmes offered at the institution will be awarded at two separate ceremonies.Initially, the graduation ceremony for students attached to the Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Technology will be held at the National Cultural Centre earlier in the day, while for those stemming from the faculties of Education and Humanities, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences the ceremony will be held on the Turkeyen campus in the afternoon.However, due to inclement weather and alarming forecasts, the University’s administration has indicated a shift in venue, which will now see the latter half of the graduation being staged at the National Exhibition Centre, Georgetown, and is expected to commence at 16:30hrs.Booked to deliver the feature address at the first ceremony is Dr Dhanpaul Narine, who is a distinguished educator and journalist based in New York, while Ambassador Rudolph Michael Ten-Pow, who studied modern languages, will give the keynote at the ceremony set for the new Sophia location.Meanwhile, the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education, the extra-mural arm of the university, is scheduled to hold its graduation ceremonies for its four centres as follows: Georgetown Centre on November 25; Linden Centre on November 26; Anna Regina Centre on December 2, and the New Amsterdam Centre on December 9, 2017.
There are also dangers associated with the blogosphere. Chief among them is “hyperreality,” which contemporary thinkers have identified as a symptom of living more of our lives in highly manipulated, inauthentic, filtered environments rather than in real and immediate ones.The blogosphere is, at bottom, a nonspace; when you are either writing or reading a blog, you are not sniffing flowers, at a community meeting, interacting with a spouse or friend in the room, ordering a refill for your coffee or otherwise fully engaging immediate reality. In this way, the blogosphere can be as dehumanizing as any over-absorbing employer, addiction or gaming obsession. Enormous sites like Friendster, MySpace, and Facebook all produce the kind of Web environments that ultimately disengage from reality rather than engage it.Unedited thoughts also often indicate spikier temperaments than found in other kinds of media, generating a perpetually artificial cycle of pointless outrage – a turnoff to readers not accustomed to machines talking back.But if bloggers are too proximate to the edge of hyperreality, they are also ultimately perched on another branch of contemporary thought: the “nomadism” especially associated with French thinkers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.Unlike other media, bloggers often lay open the degree to which they are stitching things together. They often operate with the passion of not-for-profit organizations, and become associated with particular passions or crusades. Their generally less-than-objective tilts on the news resemble European-style tabloid journalism, where one reads the paper most in tune with one’s political beliefs. “BLOGS move so quickly that they demand action and accountability,” City Council President Eric Garcetti recently told me. “I have learned about fires, hit-and-run accidents and day-to-day constituent concerns on blogs. I have used mine and other blogs to have the ongoing, deliberative conversations so crucial to the success of our democracy that other media don’t allow. Blogs have given us a platform to show that government can and will listen and act, and when it doesn’t, will be held accountable.”All that makes Los Angeles’ blogs a wonderful tool for local political figures and community stakeholders – and they are. Beyond their immediacy, they are unique among media – especially in an industry dominated by corporations – in giving voice to the people and in their ability to hold the city’s politicians’ feet to the fire.Blogs are also far less reticent than other media to publish rumors. The local blogosphere first identified the split between Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his wife in late January – irrepressible Luke Ford at lukeford.net was first up with the speculation of the split. Print media, obliged to say something but still gun-shy, only wrote about the fact of the mayor’s missing wedding ring, buying his hasty explanation, and left the matter alone until the Daily News forced the Mayor’s Office’s official announcement on June 8.Blogosphere organizing efforts at a civic level have proven highly effective. The ongoing rumble in Sunland-Tujunga between Home Depot, which wants to open a location there, and no2homedepot.com, a grass-roots community group, demonstrates the effectiveness of the blogosphere’s organizing capabilities. As though taking part in a perpetual community meeting, no2homedepot has been able to respond to the corporation, its lawyers and its publicists in real time and at a sophisticated level. This has brought to bear a lot of pressure on Councilwoman Wendy Greuel and the city’s Planning Department. Like European tabloids, the larger blogs are often as likely to be funded by key benefactors as by day-to-day operations. On the high end, Roger L. Simon’s decidedly right-wing Pajamas Media operation runs on a $3.5 million largesse from tech magnate Aubrey Chernick and tech financier Jim Kostland.Smaller, more local blogs are funded, if at all, on the fly. LA Observed’s Kevin Roderick had a pledge week earlier in the year. Many bloggers – such as MayorSam’s Zuma Dogg, blogger, activist and purveyor of incense at Venice beach – report flirtations with economic ruin arriving as a result of their passion. Rather than pure businesslike exchange, there are almost always some measures of either gift or guile behind a dependable, passionate blog.“Make rhizomes, not roots, never plant!” Deleuze and Guattari admonished in “A Thousand Plateaus” in 1987. A blog is only hinged to its domain name, but little else. It a kind of rhizome in structure, with helter-skelter categories, and pages that can pop up through self-referent hyperlinks in any place at all. It throws not a narrative at you, but hundreds of different strata.Unlike other media, your first portal of entry in a blog is something that was written not today, but a while ago, arrived at while you were searching for something, i.e., while you were engaging in your own nomadic hunt for information regarding a passion of your own. Whether you stay or not, when stumbling on a blog – especially one that shows the light of your own city through a unique prism – you may be captivated, repulsed, awestruck, or even called to action.Unlike other media, the point seems not to throw down deeper roots, but to uproot. The blog does not take you in so much as take you along. You’re not passively watching; you’re riding along with the nomads.Joseph Mailander, a Los Angeles writer, is a contributor to the local politics blog mayorsam.blogspot.com. He also maintains a personal blogat mainbrace.blogspot.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Today we publish our readers’ responses to our Question of the Week. We’ll ask another question on Sunday and await your responses. This week’s question: “President Bush has announced plans to help some homeowners with risky mortgages keep their houses. Should the federal government step in to help homeowners who were hurt by the subprime loan crisis?” Absolutely not. If he helps some, he would have to help others. While many sympathize with the negative consequences of those who have taken out bad loans, relieving them of their responsibility by bailing them out is not only wrong, but is irresponsible of the president and any other politician who has decided to become generous with the taxpayers’ money. If Mr. Bush and other politicians on (Capitol Hill) feel so generous helping others using our money, then let them take up a collection from other bleeding hearts who feel the same way. Better yet, let him go to the people who’ve created this mess in the first place: the greedy, irresponsible Wall Street groups who packaged these dangerous loans and the mortgage bankers who pushed them. – TIM SABOSKY Torrance No. The mortgage companies and the homeowners gambled with risky loans – and they LOST. – MADELEINE JENKS Redondo Beach I would say definitely no. N-O. The people who went in to get the mortgage had their eyes open and over-reached themselves, and the people who lent them money were too doggone greedy. The whole thing stinks. Let the chips fall where they may. – BRUCE HUDSON Lomita President Bush is off base announcing that the federal government should assist people who had risky mortgages. We cannot use government funds – taxpayers’ funds – to help people who made a bad judgment. – JIM BELL Hawthorne No, No, No! No relief for stupidly large and ridiculously built home loans! If this is done, all it does is set a precedent for upcoming “mistakes” by folks who shouldn’t be buying a home in the first place. Or a car. Or whatever else may send them to bankruptcy court. People need to know what they can and cannot afford. Why would you want to make yourself a prisoner to your mortgage? People need to read the documents they are signing! People need to ask questions and demand clarification of legalese! Those bankers and Realtors get paid a lot of dollars to set you up with a home. You need to be sure you are not being set up for a future disaster. Read everything. Your signature says you understand what you’re signing, so don’t believe it when they say, “You don’t need to read that – it’s just boring legal stuff.” Yup, it sure is. It’s the part where it says “bring a shovel and dig yourself a hole.” – GREG GATZ Torrance The federal government should not step in to subsidize borrowers or lenders who gave loans to people who did not qualify for normal loan. It is up to the lenders to be sure that the borrowers are qualified for the money they seek to borrow. Many of these lenders, and the people who invested in these shaky ventures, should realize that their poor judgment has backfired. There are no guarantees in this life, and it is not the place of government – federal, state or local – to bail out people who make poor choices. – LLOYD BROWN Torrance 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Dr Stef Roux believes that free spacequantum communications could put South Africa on the global telecoms map.(Image: CSIR) Quantum communication is more securethan fibre-optic cable, because anytapping can easily be detected.(Image: stock.xchng) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Stef RouxPrincipal researcher and project leaderCSIR National Laser Centre+27 12 841 2823 RELATED ARTICLES • SA laser physicist wins top honour• SA hosts world science meet • Mobile opportunities in Africa • Africa’s telecoms growth potential • Telkom secures R902m loanShamin ChibbaFor some, talk of lasers and quantum physics immediately conjures images from our favourite science fiction movies. But one South African is turning what many people still perceive as fantasy into a reality.Dr Stef Roux, a researcher and project leader at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s National Laser Centre, is looking to pioneer free space quantum communication, a technology that transmits optical signals through the air using the quantum properties of laser light.According to Roux, this technology will provide a much safer means of communicating. He added that the point is to communicate by line of sight, from one tower to another, using light.Roux stated that quantum communication is safer than fibre-optic cables because the latter can be tapped and tampered with, whereas with quantum communication such behaviour can be easily detected.“In terms of application it will help secure communication. And with online ID theft and fraud, there’s a big challenge to find more secure communication.”The 47-year-old believes South Africa should act quickly in taking the initiative to develop this technology so that the country can become a global communications role player. He said that in a number of countries, funding and research into this technology is a high priority.“If we in South Africa jump on this bandwagon and make a significant contribution, it will have a huge impact for the country and position us as a key role player for this technology in the world,” said Roux.Quantum communications still in its infancyRoux, who holds doctorates in both electronic engineering and theoretical particle physics, has a passion for optics and particle physics, which is pushing him to advance in the project.A year in, Roux and his team have progressed far enough to have drawn up theoretical results. However, the practical aspect of the project is still in its infancy and there are challenges in getting the technology to work.Roux said that the team is still in the process of attaining a proper laser and to achieve stable entanglement. This is a concept of quantum mechanics that describes the action of a pair or group of particles when they behave like one object but remain as individuals.Quantum entanglement involves photons, or elementary particles, of light which, in the lab, are set up so that when one is manipulated, the others will be affected no matter how far apart they are.This relates to how senders and receivers will realise that someone is trying to eavesdrop on their communication.Roux has discovered that the entangled particles are very precarious and that entanglement cannot be retained, especially when the atmosphere is turbulent as this causes the particles to de-cohere. He and his team are currently researching how to mitigate these effects.Collaborating with universitiesRoux hopes to advance the experimental stage soon through collaboration with three universities. He is currently working on the project with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, but will visit Canada’s University of Ottawa in the third quarter of the year to learn more about their findings.He is also looking to collaborate with the University of Freiburg in Germany.Roux said the experts at these universities have already established basic experiments to implement the technology and that he can gain valuable experience that would help him with his own experiments.But if you are expecting to be using this technology soon, look for alternatives in the meantime. According to Roux, no definite date can be set for its availability to the public, as it may take up to a decade to finally turn it into a workable technology.He also stated that for the technology to grow, it will need protocols and infrastructure.STYLE–> South Africa’s Dr Stef Roux, an electrical engineer and theoretical physicist, is pioneering a technology that transmits signals using the quantum properties of laser light and will allow users to transmit sensitive data in a secure environment.A scientist pioneers communication technologyShamin ChibbaFor some, talk of lasers and quantum physics immediately conjures images from our favourite science fiction movies. But one South African is turning what many people still perceive as fantasy into a reality.Dr Stef Roux, a researcher and project leader at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s National Laser Centre, is looking to pioneer free space quantum communication, a technology that transmits optical signals through the air using the quantum properties of laser light.According to Roux, this technology will provide a much safer means of communicating. He added that the point is to communicate through the atmosphere from one tower to another by using light.Roux stated that quantum communication is safer than fibre-optic cables because the latter can be tapped and tampered with, whereas with quantum communication such behaviour can be easily detected.“In terms of application it will help secure communication. And with online ID theft and fraud, there’s a big challenge to find more secure communication.”The 47-year-old believes South Africa should act quickly in taking the initiative to develop this technology so that the country can become a global communications role player. He said that in a number of countries, funding and research into this technology is a high priority.“If we in South Africa jump on this bandwagon and make a significant contribution, it will have a huge impact for the country and position us as a key role player for this technology in the world,” said Roux.Quantum communications still in its infancyRoux, who holds doctorates in both electronic engineering and theoretical particle physics, has a passion for optics and particle physics, which is pushing him to advance in the project.A year in, already Roux has progressed far enough to have drawn up the theory of quantum communications. However, the practical aspect of the project is still in its infancy and there are challenges in getting the technology to work.Roux said that the team is still in the process of attaining a proper laser and to achieve stable entanglement. This is a concept of quantum mechanics that describes the action of a pair or group of particles when they behave like one object but remain as individuals.Quantum entanglement involves photons of light which, in the lab, are set so that when one is manipulated, the others will be affected even if they are far apart.This relates to how senders and receivers will realise that someone is trying to tamper with their communication.Roux has discovered that the entangled particles are very precarious and that entanglement cannot be retained. He and his team are currently researching how to retain it.He referred to the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, which is already using a quantum cryptography system to communicate but without quantum entanglements.Collaborating with universitiesRoux is looking to advance the experimental stage soon by collaborating with three universities. He will visit the University of Ottawa in Canada in the third quarter of the year to learn more about their findings.He is also looking to collaborate with the University of Freiburg in Germany as well as the University of KwaZulu-Natal.Roux said the experts at these universities have already established basic experiments to implement the technology and that he can gain valuable experience that would help him with his own experiments.But if you are expecting to be using this technology soon, look for alternatives in the meantime. According to Roux, no definite date can be set for its availability for public usage, as it may take up to a decade to finally turn it into a workable technology.He also stated that for the technology to grow, it will need protocols and infrastructure. Related storiesSKA on the African horizon/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2193:ska-030211&catid=48:innovationnews&Itemid=115 Mobile internet booms in SA/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1753:mobile-internet-booms-in-south-africa&catid=48:innovationnews&Itemid=115 Mobile networks in tower sharing deal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2117:mtn-cellc-201210&catid=45:economynews&Itemid=114 SA hosts world science meet/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1371:sa-hosts-world-science-community&catid=48:innovationnews&Itemid=115 Media ContactsDr Stef RouxPrincipal researcher and project leaderCSIR National Laser CentreTel: 012 841 2823Email: email@example.com Mzimasi GcukumanaStrategic Communications and Stakeholder Relation ManagerCSIR Tel: 012 841 2911 Email: MGcukumana@csir.co.za
Peeved with the Committee of Administrators (CoA), around 13 state units of the BCCI have demanded a Special General Meeting (SGM) on June 22 to discuss lingering policy issues such as players’ contracts, a long-standing revenue dispute with the ICC, and commercial ventures of the board.Incidentally, the SGM if held, will happen before the Supreme Court’s next hearing on July 5.It is learnt that around 13 full member units (minimum 10 full members required) have listed a 10-point agenda forcing acting president CK Khanna to instruct acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary to call for a SGM.”You need to give three weeks notice to the members and if 10 or more units demand for a SGM, then the secretary is required to issue a notice for the same. We have a few common issues that need to be discussed. The CoA has not kept us in loop with regards to any policy matters,” an angry state unit official from east zone told PTI today.While some of the key issues remain the same, a section in the BCCI is livid with the manner in which certain decisions pertaining to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) have been taken of late and how the cricket operations division has taken “unilateral decisions” without consulting the general body.Point No. 8 states: “To consider and to take decisions on all matter pertaining to the National Cricket Academy, its programs, and all matters pertaining to the proposed new National Cricket Academy Head Quarters.”Some of the senior officials are unhappy with how one highly paid executive associated with the NCA is allegedly running the show.advertisementThe official in question has got a rap on the knuckles for his decision to organise an U-19 women’s ZCA camp in peak Delhi summer.The officials also want to discuss the policy decisions recommended by GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim.Point 9 states: “To consider and to take decisions on all matters of cricket operations including but not limited to the Domestic Season (2018-19.).”The old guard of BCCI is also unhappy with the head hunting agency that is helping BCCI find “highly-paid executives”.Recently, the COA had okayed the appointment of GM (marketing) but the candidate apparently backed out after a number of senior officials questioned her credibility to run a sports organisation.The members also want to discuss “legal matters and on the matter of legal representation of the BCCI, and other decisions of the policy nature of BCCI.”Another pointed listed is to take “decision on the T20 tournaments hosted and organized by State Associations.”Karnataka, Tamil Nadu already have their franchise based state level T20 tournaments and it is learnt that a lot of other state units also want to organize their own tourneys.
Happy Halloween-ing, y’all! Please add more in the comments section as they come to you.Todd Monken as a middle fingerSam Presti as an oversized middle fingerMike Gundy as himselfCalvin Barnett as Jeff Gordon Phil Jurick as an old-school Adidas logoWes Lunt as a mimeBerry Tramel as Bill SnyderJustin Blackmon as Blaine Gabbert (because…scary)Blake Jackson as Justin BlackmonTravis Ford as an unemployed AmericanRobin Ventura as Nolan RyanMarcus Smart as JesusJustin Gilbert as a floodgate (I admit this could be difficult)Kelly Hines as Sam BradfordJ.W. Walsh as Willis Reed Joe Randle as SimbaPhil Forte as Keiton PageKeiton Page as an unemployed Travis FordDoug Gottlieb as a college basketball coachIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine celebrates her 6-4, 6-4 victory. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images US Open 2019: Medvedev beats Wawrinka, Konta crashed out – as it happened Pinterest Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Johanna Konta Reuse this content Facebook Johanna Konta will watch her new celebrity fan, Tom Hiddleston, on his Broadway debut in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal before she leaves New York but her dialogue was not quite as economical as the playwright’s when she discussed her loss to Elina Svitolina in the quarter-finals.There was, after all, much to analyse. The British No 1 is used to the big stage after 11 years on the tour, although she was hoping for more in her third performance on the game’s biggest stage, the 24,000-capacity Arthur Ashe Stadium, on day nine of the tournament. Konta shared the generous applause of the crowd with her conqueror and friend, after the fifth seed beat her for the fourth time in a row, 6-4, 6-4, in an hour and 40 minutes. That helped – but there was disappointment to deal with, too.Falling short in the last major of the year after the best summer of her career felt a little flat, although she was characteristically upbeat as she looked forward to the Asian swing.“I would have loved to have come through that and come through a challenge like her,” she said, “but I guess it will just have to be next time.”Svitolina, who has not dropped a set in her five wins here, was a picture of resolute discipline again, giving up just 13 unforced errors for the third match in a row, to Konta’s 35. Those were the numbers that underpinned the result, although Konta forced the best out of her opponent in several hard-fought rallies.“I definitely think it’s a matter of the more opportunities I give myself like this, the more chances I have of going a step further – and even more steps further,” she said. “I don’t have any regrets or any hindsight about what I did before or during the match. I can definitely get better and better, especially against an opponent like today. I can take a lot of good things from this.”She did not agree that the pain of losing at this stage of a slam was less acute than when she under-performed in the semi-finals at Roland Garros and the quarters at Wimbledon.“No, I wouldn’t say that. Different matches ask different things, and today’s match was a different match to the one I played in Paris (where she lost to the Russian prodigy Marketa Vondrousova, who has since risen from No 38 in the world to No 17).“Every time you win or lose a match it feels different. There is always going to be disappointment and some sadness after losing, regardless of the round. Losing in the latter stages of a slam is obviously a very good problem to have, but you also want to go further and further.”There was much to admire about her performance here – if not quite as much as she showed in her wins to get to this stage.Victory would have made her the sixth active female player to reach the semi-finals of all four majors, but it is a goal that is not beyond her.Most of her hitting off the ground was clean, crisp and irresistible, and her variation, especially the drop-shot to which she is now committed, asked a lot of questions of Svitolina, with whom she sometimes hits when the Ukrainian is in London.Svitolina has a flat there – as well as a British coach, Andrew Bettles, and a former boyfriend in the ex-England cricketer, Reece Topley. Svitolina, typical of many on-the-road sporting celebrities, also has an apartment in Monte Carlo, where she lives with Gaël Monfils.The Frenchman was in her team’s box on Tuesday, before heading for the practice courts to prepare for his quarter-final on Wednesday against the Italian Matteo Berrettini, the 25th seed.If they were to go all the way and win both singles titles, the celebrations would be long and joyous, no doubt. They are an extremely close couple and willing to share at least some of their lives on a joint Instagram account. Svitolina occasionally practises with Monfils, as well, but added: “He’s hitting pretty strong and very heavy. Definitely it helps me to practise with him, but I need to find a balance, as well. If I only practise with him, I’m going to be only in defence most of the time, and that’s not so good, either.”She was not sure, though, if she would be trying to emulate the Frenchman’s now famous 360-degree celebratory flip-flop smash. “I have been practising it. Actually this morning I did it. Not as good, though.”Svitolina said of Konta: “She strikes the ball very well. She plays very good tennis at the baseline. Her shots are very strong, so you have to expect that. You have to react really quickly with your feet to get behind the ball, try to make her hit one more shot. I think today I did very well to get lots of balls back and try to get my opportunity.”Konta agreed. “Definitely. I have played her four times, and haven’t beaten her yet.“I do feel that was probably the best I felt her play against me. Actually, I didn’t play badly. I felt like I was doing a lot of good things out there, a lot of the right things. But she just made me play that extra ball.” Since you’re here… Topics US Open Tennis 2019 Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian US Open tennis Share on Twitter Share on Messenger match reports Tennis Read more Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Twitter Share on WhatsApp US sports
Good news, Browns fans. The month-long “battle” between Cleveland Browns rookies Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb appears to be at a detente.Of course, the two weren’t really feuding, but Baker playfully called it a “sick joke” that the two were rooming together during rookie minicamp. After all, Chubb’s Bulldogs eliminated Baker and the Sooners in the College Football Playoff last season.The two admitted that they hadn’t talked about the game while they were together. That’s understandable.Today, in case anyone was wondering if the pair could work together, Chubb posted an Instagram photo of the two together.The caption reads “truce.”Long-suffering Browns fans have to hope this duo is the one to finally lead their team out of the darkness and back into the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season.If they do, it probably won’t be for a while. Mayfield is projected to back up Tyrod Taylor to start the season and the Browns probably aren’t a playoff team yet anyway.At least Mayfield and Chubb give the franchise something to be excited about though.