Russia and Great Britain qualify for quarterfinals in the ATP Cup

first_imgNor did Britain have issues to ‘sweep’ the weak Moldova on this last day in Group C. Neither Cameron Norrie in opposition to Alexander Cozbinov (6-2, 6-2) nor Daniel Evans in opposition to Radu Albot (6-2, 6 -2) they’d an even bigger downside to prevail, similar to the double fashioned by Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury in opposition to Cozbinov and Albot themselves (6-2, 6-3).For its half, Bulgaria had in its hand the qualification for quarters, however ended up eradicated after succumbing to Belgium. Dimitar Kuzmanov put the Bulgarian staff up along with his overwhelming victory over Steve Darcis (6-0, 6-3), however David Goffin balanced the spherical in opposition to Grigor Dimitrov (4-6, 6-2, 6-2) and Belgium confirmed a Thrilling comeback with the triumph of Joran Vliegen and Sander Gille in opposition to Dimitrov and Alexandar Larazov (3-6, 6-4, 10-7).Australia completes the full The rival in the quarterfinals of Great Britain can be Australia, which handed the roll to Greece (3-0) in Group F to the pleasure of the native public. John Millman knocked Michail Pervolarakis (4-6, 6-1, 7-6) earlier than the duel between numbers one which took Nick Kyrgios in opposition to Stefanos Tsitsipas, determined in three tie-breaks. In the doubles, Guccione and Friends beat Kalovelonis and Petros Tsitsipas (6-3, 6-4).As well as, Canada nonetheless aspires to cross as one among the finest seconds after beating Germany. Jan-Lennard Struff put the Germans forward of Felix Auger-Aliassime (6-4, 6-1), however the Canadians turned the duel with the triumphs of Denis Shapovalov in opposition to Alexander Zverev (6-2, 6-2) and of his younger companion earlier than Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz (6-3, 7-6). The groups of Russia and Great Britain have certified for the quarterfinals in the ATP Cup, the ATP world match with 24 international locations that’s held in Australia and marks the begin of the 2020 season, after their robust victories this Tuesday in opposition to Norway and Moldova, respectively.In Group D, Karen Khachanov clearly dominated Viktor Durasovic (6-2, 6-1) earlier than Daniil Medvedev needed to battle more durable to beat Casper Ruud (6-3, 7-6). Russia rounded off its impeccable day with the doubles level, the place Gabashvili and Kravchuk additionally knocked Durasovic and Ruud in two units (7-6, 6-4). For its half, Italy beat the inoperative United States, which leaves the match filled with defeats. Russians and British received their matches to Norway and Moldova, respectivelyBulgaria is eradicated after shedding to Belgium; Australia completes the fullcenter_img Daniiel Medvedev, tennis participant of the Russian nationwide staff. Picture: b Reuterslast_img read more

Rio Hondo considers axing environmental technology program

first_imgBrock said environmental technology was a booming field 10 to 15 years ago. But many colleges have now dropped their programs, she added. Enrollment in Rio Hondo’s program has dropped to 29 students spread out among four classes. In general, the college prefers at least 18 students in each class, officials said. Brock said the college will still offer courses dealing with the environment through other programs. The earliest that trustee could vote on discontinuing the program is March 21. But no vote has been scheduled as of yet, college officials said. tracy.garcia@sgvn. (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Supporters of the environmental technology program at Rio Hondo College are decrying its scheduled demise at the end of this semester due, officials say, to low enrollment. No official action has been taken. But students in the program Wednesday night implored the college’s board of trustees to keep the program. “I see so much potential in this program. I can’t believe they’re trying to shut it down now,” said student Jeanette Ordenes of Whittier. Environmental technology deals with hazardous substances, the governmental regulations that pertain to such substances, and the protection of human health and the environment, according to a program brochure. Job growth in the field is expected to remain strong for years to come, particularly in such areas as air and water pollution control, hazardous materials and waste management, chemical spill response and site remediation and restoration, according to the brochure. Even so, Marilyn Brock, Rio Hondo’s interim vice president for academic services, said the local environmental technologies industry does not tap into the program or the training it provides. “The labor market statistics from the Los Angeles/Long Beach metropolitan area say the educational requirements for this field is one to 12 months of on-the-job training,” she said. “So they’re either training their own, or contracting with outside firms to do it. It doesn’t leave room for a college-credit program.” Victor Muniz, the program’s director, said he continually gets positive feedback from his contacts in government and private industry about how well-trained his students are. In addition, starting jobs in the field pay about $40,000 a year. Given that, it is difficult to understand why the college would “deny minority students the opportunity to get into a good-paying career,” Muniz said. “There are two objectives this college has – a responsibility to work force development and to move students on to higher education. In my opinion, this program has done both of those,” he said. last_img read more

Major of Tel Aviv

first_imgMajor of Tel Aviv Like over three million others this year, I decided to return to Israel. An influx of additional airlines to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport has meant lower airfares all round (the Israeli Government gives a grant of €250,000 for each new route, which has allowed low-cost carriers like Wizz Air to be creative, and Hainan Airlines to add Guangzhou to Beijing, now daily, and Shanghai). Incoming tourism is already up 26% January-June 2017 over 2016. All this is, of course, is good news for luxury hotels and HVS is anticipating last year’s figure of 67% average occupancy to be bettered this year.On Tuesday 5 September 2017, the Mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, hosted the eighth Tel Aviv Cities Summit at the stunning Tel Aviv Museum of Art, currently showing a Louise Bourgeois exhibition. On Monday, he had thrown a memorable cocktail reception outside on the boardwalk at Reading Park, next to the Reading Power Station, on the north bank of the Yarkon River. We gathered before sunset, in sweltering heat and joining long lines at the main drinks station. I have never drunk so much grapefruit juice in my life – who wants wine in this temperature? Cyclists, on a variety of two-, three- and even one-wheeled machines, continued their obviously regular exercise along the circuit next to the boardwalk. Soloists from Tel Aviv Opera sang, from half-way up the lighthouse, and the Mayor explained its history.The lighthouse was built by Brits 1934-1935, and operated until 1965. It was on a stamp issued November 2009 and has appeared in many film, including Late Summer Blues. The Mayor handed the lectern over to the charismatic Major General (Ret.) Noam Tibon, who said he hoped innovation would help pave the way for cooperation in the Middle East. I later checked Tibon online, found his military service stretched over three decades, half of which was in combat in Lebanon or the West Bank. He is an ardent campaigner for cooperation: he posted on on 20 May 2017, a plea to the President of the USA: “The pragmatic Arab world is our partner, the Arab Peace Initiative needs to be adjusted but it should be made the basis for negotiations.”And then, the following day, the eighth Tel Aviv Cities Summit started a quarter of an hour after its scheduled 10am kick-off. The main session, morning-long, concentrated on cities as beacons of democracy, and among the thousand or so delegates were representatives from over 150 cities, including such speakers as the mayors of Tirana and Warsaw, both highly articulate and fluent English speakers. Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz spoke of mobilising her city, Warsaw, so far successfully, against ‘reforms’ proposed by the current national government. And then the brilliantly witty mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, was so spell-binding that for the first time in my life I actually want to visit Albania. Next came keynote speaker George Papandreou, who relayed the power of Ancient Greece, where everyone took part in politics and held public office at least twice in their lifetime, but today globalisation has broken traditional mores and money has overtaken the role of politics, thus undermining democracy. After a somewhat fragmented lunch break, the event then split into niches. These included healthy eating, led by Prof Jacob Seidell of Amsterdam’s VU University, and tourism. One of the most fascinating tourism panels was Rom Hendler’s presentation of startups, with Michal Hybschmanm (VDroom), Orit Strauss (GivingWay), Michael Weiss (bitemojo) and Deddi Zucker (BooksOnMap).During the Summit I stayed at InterContinental David Tel Aviv, which has one of the most enviable locations in the world. Look out from any of its Mediterranean-facing rooms, and the view is sensational. Immediately below is the coastal Kaufman Street. Across this is a stretch of grass, with inset cycling and walking lanes, and then you have the sea. The dilapidated structure opposite will undoubtedly be removed sometime soon: I was told that it was bought by a German who wanted to replace it with a luxury hotel, but it would not fit in with planning laws that say no building within a certain distance from the water (goodness, it would be on top of the water) so, in compensation he has been given a large parking area immediately adjacent to the InterCon.Of the 555 rooms in the hotel, I recommend not only something with a superb view, but also with access to the Club InterContinental lounge. I found end suite 2232 really guest-friendly. The space ‘worked’ and the windows opened, which not only Germans really appreciate. This hotel caters for tourists from a myriad of nations, with China growing, though to get Indian visitors an India-based carrier is needed. People staying here will find everything they expect from an InterCon. I had a driver one evening who owns his brand-new Mercedes S-Class and says he considers it his home – he even has a mini fridge in the boot. When he and his wife of 34 years go on holiday they always stay in an InterCon. Wherever. It is the best, he says with a big smile.Hotel GM, David Cohen, does clever things to maximise productivity, by the way. Labour is difficult to find and it is expensive. By displaying bathrobes rolled up in a bathroom space, it is obvious when robes have not been used, and therefore unused robes do not need laundering, which helps the planet, helps labour costs and saves time. Other interesting features: the 24/7 Technogym is superb, with constantly-changing DayGlo colours, and all the machines I tested had visuals and sudoku games that worked without having to repeat-punch (for me, a jolly good reason to choose one hotel over another). The pool looks lovely, and is extensively used.Yes, the hotel is kosher, which means having two kitchens, plus a banquet kitchen, but, honestly, kosher food has improved so dramatically since I first tasted something absolutely flavourless at a restaurant called Bloom in London. Now it is world class, honestly, and the wines are too. Take Gamla 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, from Golan Heights Winery, supervised by University of California, Davis grad Victor Schoenfeld. Or think of Arza Winery, owned by the Shor family, whose winemaker Philippe Lichtenstein has been commissioned to help Hubey Pengdun develop an $8 million project in China’s Hubei Province. Israel produces excellent reds, whites – and sparklings. The 24th-floor Club lounge has extensive buffets for all meals. Breakfast includes all the main international items, plus hommus, lebaneh and shakshuka (eggs baked in tomato purée or sauce)… and salmon with bagels and sour cream.Main eating is on the third floor, leading off the lobby. We dined in Aubergine, the hotel’s intimate fine dining venue led by the extremely talented and creative Alon Hirtenstien. He has just finished a Colorfood promotion, inspired by photographs of colour by food photographer Dan Lev. There is an exhibition of typical photographs outside the restaurant. Within, to complement the ‘usual’ menu, Hirtenstien’s set menu featured Black&white (Italian sourdough with garlic dill cream and black olive tapenade), Red (tuna tartare, lemon and watermelon bulgar, seared tuna with scorched Maggi tomato cream, tuna sashimi with roasted red pepper salad and spiced tomatoes), Yellow (seabass in yellow coconut curry sauce, grilled pineapple, yellow carrot and saffron risotto, spicy tapioca tuille), Green (pistachio-crusted goose breast, creamed spinach, zucchini, peas, truffle-scented Portobello mushrooms, roasted chicken jus) and Blue (banana pecan panna cotta with praline hazelnuts).David Cohen is fully supportive of what he calls his ‘home-grown talent’. Part of his support includes bringing in such guest chefs as, planned for January 2018, Daniel Corey, chef of Luce in InterContinental San Francisco, for which he has held a Michelin star since 2011. David Cohen knows that inspiration is vital. With only 3.3% unemployment in Tel Aviv it is essential to do as much as possible to attract talented youngsters, especially in the face of competition from tech startups (for which this is one of the world’s megacities, he says). One blessing is that when they leave compulsory army service, men and women are given a considerable Government bonus if they stay in certain professions, which fortunately include hotels, for six months: the challenge then is that many want to rush off, to travel the globe, before going on to study at university.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comlast_img read more