Nadal chases ninth Monte Carlo title

first_imgMONACO (AP):Standing in the way of a ninth Monte Carlo Masters title for Rafael Nadal is Frenchman GaÎl Monfils, an opponent the Spaniard has beaten every time they’ve met on clay and who has a dismal 5-18 record in finals.Nadal has waited two years to win a Masters title and four years to get his Monte Carlo crown back, so losing today would be a particularly bitter blow.Nadal beat Andy Murray 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 yesterday to earn a shot at a record-equalling 28th Masters title – with Novak Djokovic – and a 68th overall.”It’s been a very important week for me,” Nadal said. “I increased the speed of the ball and played a little bit more inside the court because Andy had control of the point too many times in the first set.”Monfils has lost the only two Masters finals he has played – both in Paris – the last of which was in 2010.”I expect an enormous match, a huge match. I need to try to have him play badly, or walk all over him,” said Monfils, who has lost 11 of 13 career matches against Nadal. “To beat him, I need to take many risks and I need to have some luck.”FRESHMONFILSAt least Monfils will be fresh, having eased past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-3 in an all-French semi-final, breaking Tsonga’s serve six times in less than half the time Nadal spent turning the table on Murray.The last French player to win here was Cedric Pioline in 2000 – who was also the last French finalist – and Monfils is even more of an outsider considering he is 0-4 against Nadal on clay.The 29-year-olds first played each other 11 years ago and that was also at Monte Carlo – with Nadal beating Monfils in the second round – and their last meeting on clay was a quarter-final win for Nadal in Barcelona in 2011.For Murray, meanwhile, it was a missed opportunity to become the first British player in the final in 56 years and to beat Nadal for only the second time on clay – having routed him 6-3, 6-2 in the Madrid Masters final last year.”I missed some shots, but you have to take chances against the best players,” Murray said. “If you don’t do that, you’re going to lose anyway.”last_img read more

Phobia 2 to explore fear of flying?

first_imgMumbai, May 26 (PTI) Even before Radhika Apte-starrer “Phobia” hits screen tomorrow, there are already plans of making a sequel.”When I narrated the idea of Phobia to Eros International, I had the first and second movie in mind conceptually. I know in what space I want to do the second film but I dont have a proper story in place,” director Pavan Kripalani told PTI.In “Phobia”, Pavan shows the protagonist Mehak (Radhika Apte), an artist, who is trapped in her own house and can neither go outdoors nor stay indoors as she suffers from Agoraphobia (an extreme or irrational fear of open or public places).In “Phobia 2″, he plans to touch upon the fear of flying.”One of the things that I am most petrified of is of flying. I have fear of flying and I think lot of people have it. People are worried about the germs that we hear are being spread, terrorism, plane getting hijacked or disappearing or malfunctioning and crashing,” he said.According to the “Ragini MMS” director, there is a certain helplessness that one feels when you are in plane as you have no control over the situation.”Anything can go wrong while in plane. There is nothing I can do besides just sitting on my seat and praying I dont die. I am always worried when I am in plane. What adds to the paranoia is that you cant escape,” he said.However, Pavan feels its too early to talk about who would be part of “Phobia 2″ as commercial success of the first part is essential.advertisement”It is too early to talk about actors… whether it would be male or female in the lead. Or will it be phobia of flying or something else. It is all hypothetical,” he said.”The main thing I am worried about is that the film should be appreciated. As only then I will have a chance of making a sequel. If its not appreciated there is no chance of a sequel,” he added.The film, co-produced by Eros International and NextGen Films, is scheduled to release tomorrow.Pavan insists “Phobia” should have some amount of (commercial) success for the sequel to be made. PTI KKP SDL JCHlast_img read more

School Board Members Attend Training Sessions

first_img Over 900 board members representing 489 public educational institutions participated in training sessions conducted by the National Council on Education (NCE). Executive Director of the NCE, Merris Murray, told JIS News that the training sessions, which were held during the period January to March, are legal requirements under the Education Act and Regulations and the NCE Act of 1993. Over 900 board members representing 489 public educational institutions participated in training sessions conducted by the National Council on Education (NCE).The NCE is a statutory body under the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI) responsible for the training of school board members, in collaboration with the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL).Executive Director of the NCE, Merris Murray, told JIS News that the training sessions, which were held during the period January to March, are legal requirements under the Education Act and Regulations and the NCE Act of 1993.“The school board members occupy the highest level of authority within schools, and are responsible for the governance machinery,” she noted, adding that it is critical that these persons are aware of what the thrust of the Ministry is and what their responsibilities are in ensuring that schools are effectively governed.The participants were exposed to various aspects of school management and governance, which include Legal and Regulatory Framework Governing School Operations; Administrative/Human Resources Management; Fiduciary Responsibilities with special emphasis on Financial Management; Promoting Positive School Ethos, and Conflict Management and Resolution.Ms. Murray explained that the purpose of the workshops was to increase board members’ knowledge and understanding of educational issues and governance procedures, as well as to equip them with the necessary skills and expertise in order that they may carry out their work more effectively.“We hope that the information shared will not only deepen school board members’ understanding of their role and responsibilities, but that it will also impact student outcomes in a positive way,” she said.According to Ms Murray, the training was well received, and some of the participants indicated that they are now better equipped to go back to their schools to impact the education process.“Some felt that the information shared in terms of promoting positive ethos was very critical, because it is important that they know what their roles and functions are, so that they can carry them out in keeping with the law, and impact student outcomes positively,” she said.Research has shown that where schools are effectively managed and governed, they are better able to meet the needs of students in a holistic way. School boards are made up of representatives from student councils, academia, administrative and clerical staff, principals, church and Trust schools as well as council nominees.The training covered the Ministry’s Regions Three, Four, Five and Six. Come September 2018, school Board members in Regions One and Two will begin training. “The school board members occupy the highest level of authority within schools, and are responsible for the governance machinery,” she noted, adding that it is critical that these persons are aware of what the thrust of the Ministry is and what their responsibilities are in ensuring that schools are effectively governed. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Uplift your lingerie closet with nude shades

first_imgPerhaps no other piece of lingerie has the same importance in a womans wardrobe today as a nude brassiere. This seemingly unassuming garment is the wonder product that will transform your look and give your style a sophisticated edge.Experts list the advantages of nude lingerie.Nude lingerie is an absolute essential as it can be worn under any and every type of clothing. It is especially suitable for tailored, sheer, white and bright clothing. This is why nude brassiere will prove to be your perfect AM to PM brassiere. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith nude brassiere, you need not worry about what colour of clothing to go for.While purchasing a nude brassiere, it is also very important you pick a nude brassiere that checks all these points. A good nude piece should look and feel invisible, creating a smooth silhouette and blending into your skin tone.Always opt for a nude brassiere with a broadband at the back or more than 2 hooks. This will make sure they won’t slip down if worn as a strapless brassiere. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA nude brassiere with detachable straps will let you opt strapless clothing without any worry.Match your skin tone: There are nude brassiere in the market that fit a variety of skin tones, so you don’t have to choose a generic beige colour. This way no matter what your skin tone is, you will have a brassiere that works perfectly for you and gives an invisible look under your outfits. Nude does not mean boring: Apart from ‘skin-tone’ brassieres, there are many other almost-nude colours that will work well under light garments. Think light pastels, shades of chocolate or coffee, earthy tones, etc. These shades will give you the variety you need in your lingerie closet. Seamless is the way to go: Opt for a style that is seamless, without lace or embellishment of any kind that can be worn not only under tight tops, but also with almost all your other outfits.More the merrier: Since you can match a nude brassiere with almost all your outfits, don’t forget to have at least 3-4 pieces in your closet. Wearing the same brassiere everyday will drastically reduce the life of your brassiere, so it’s a good idea to have 2-3 bras in rotation. ianslast_img read more