Defending champion Kristina Mladenovic fought hard to defeat Russia’s Daria Kasatkina and set up a title clash with Petra Kvitova at the St Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy on Saturday.Mladenovic, who won 3-6 6-3 6-2, fired four aces and 35 winners but also made 51 unforced errors in a match that lasted two hours and 17 minutes. She will play in her first WTA final since the Madrid Open in May.Double Wimbledon champion Kvitova produced a gritty performance to oust fifth-seeded German Julia Goerges 7-5 4-6 6-2 at the Sibur Arena.Mladenovic did not enjoy the best of starts, committing 25 unforced errors in the first set to allow 20-year-old Kasatkina to take the early advantage.However, world number 10 Mladenovic composed herself and switched gears in the second set to draw level. She sealed three breaks to take control in the decider before clinching the contest on her fourth match point.”What a match. I want to give credit to Daria, she played amazing, physically especially,” Mladenovic said.”There were lots of rallies, very long points and lots of variation. It was a mental battle out there for both of us… It’s a very big reward for me, for the work I put in. I just feel at home here,” she added.Kvitova overcame a mid-match blip but sealed the victory in a little over two hours on the back of 30 winners and 11 aces. Kvitova last played in a final in June when she won the title in Birmingham.”It feels great. I never thought I’d be in the final coming into this tournament… maybe I’m on a good way,” Kvitova said.advertisement(Source: Reuters)
zoom Investors have filed class action lawsuit in New York District Court against Greek shipowner Dryships, and some of its officers, claiming the company engaged in a stock-manipulation scheme to artificially inflate its share price.“In a series of transactions beginning on or around June 8, 2016, DryShips raised hundreds of millions of dollars by selling newly-issued shares directly to Kalani Investments Ltd. (Kalani), a British Virgin Islands firm, at a discount to market value. This influx of capital enabled DryShips to roughly double the size of its fleet to 36 vessels,” a class action announcement by Stull, Stull & Brody (SS&B) reads.The investors are seeking compensable damages caused by defendants’ violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.Pomerantz LLP and Goldberg Law PC have also joined the class action lawsuit on the same grounds.As disclosed, the complaint claims that aside the alleged stock-manipulation scheme, DryShips’ transactions with Kalani were “an illegal capital-raising scheme”, due in part to Kalani’s failure to register as an underwriter with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and that as a result of the above, the company’s public statements were “materially false and misleading at all relevant times.”Specifically, it is believed that DryShips’ influxes of cash induced investor interest in the company, paving was for the issuance of more shares, which it then continued to sell to Kalani. Kalani ultimately acquired securities convertible to more than USD 626 million in DryShips common stock, roughly 100 times DryShips’ stock market value as of early November 2016, Pomerantz LLP said. Meanwhile, to counter share-value dilution and avoid NASDAQ delisting, DryShips executed a series of reverse stock splits.On the other hand, it is claimed that as Kalani purchased DryShips stock with the intention of reselling, the transactions between DryShips and Kalani essentially constituted “pseudo-underwriting”. Moreover, the issuance of shares resulted in the dropping of diluted shareholder value, while the frequent fluctuation in DryShip’s common share price, caused by the company’s capital-raising, cost the shareholders hundreds of millions of dollars, the law-firm added.Specifically, since November 2016, DryShips’ stock price has fallen about 99%, causing investors harm.The class action in the US comes on the heels of legal action against DryShips, and its CEO, launched in the Marshall Islands on the grounds of breaches of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, and conflict of interest.The plaintiff sought a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to suspend any further issuances of new common shares by the company at a price per share below the price specified in the complaint.However, as informed by Dryships, the court denied the application.“The court ordered the parties to submit written memoranda concerning plaintiff’s application for a preliminary injunction, and if the court should determine to hold oral argument, indicated that argument would proceed before the court at 4:00 p.m. (Majuro time) on July 17, 2017,” DryShips added.
So, let’s get this straight: Colin Kaepernick is 27-years-old, has led the San Francisco 49ers to within one play of advancing to the Super Bowl, has his team in contention again this season, and a group of NFL executives/coaches say they would take Derek Carr over Kaepernick.I know what you’re saying: “Who’s Derek Carr?”Fair question. He’s the rookie quarterback of the Oakland Raiders. The same Oakland Raiders that have won just one of 11 games this season. The same Oakland Raiders Carr led last week in their 52-0 humiliating loss to the St. Louis Rams, who are not exactly the ’85 Bears on defense.But according to cbssports.com, former NFL scout John Middlekauff polled several league personnel and QB coaches about the two quarterbacks who were, as fate would have it, both taken No. 36 in the draft, only three years apart.How could Carr go from a nondescript young quarterback to the subject of such an inquiry? Well, here is Middlekauff’s assessment of Kaepernick via the anonymous execs:“The consistent sentiment is [Kaepernick] may just be what he is and some of his fundamental flaws will not change (accuracy/touch) over time. Kap’s frenetic play is just something his coach and skill guys will have to learn to live with, it may not be something that changed. He will always be a guy that forces you to live with the bad because the good is so special.”Translation: That was a bunch of double talk. Fundamental flaws will not change? Why not? Why can’t he improve? Frenetic play? What’s that? And here’s the real kicker: “. . . live with the bad because the good is so special.”When are “special” talents that have produced on the field rated lower than a quarterback most did not know was in the league? Carr, who looks to be a nice player, has not distinguished himself in any way, yet NFL talent evaluators would take him over Kaepernick? Here is Middlekauff’s word on Carr:“Carr’s pocket presence and natural development over the ‘14 season has caught the eye of many around the NFL. His arm strength was never the question and he has quieted the ‘he may not be tough enough’ crowd quickly. Everyone I spoke with was very bullish on his potential and what he will become once Oakland surrounds him with talent.”What he really said was Carr, a 23-year-old rookie out of Fresno State, has not done much, but could do a lot. Maybe. They cannot be certain. And he’s rated ahead of Kaepernick? Does that ring reasonable?Granted, Kaepernick has been less the player expected of him after a 2013 season that landed him a $126 million contract. But even as he searches for a rhythm, the 49ers are 7-5 and fighting for a post-season position.He has completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 2,736 yards with 15 touchdowns against 8 interceptions. Carr has completed 59.3 percent of his passes for 2,422 yards with 14 TDs and 11 interceptions.So, what’s really going on here? We have seen with Robert Griffin III and many other quarterbacks that one season does not make them an NFL star QB. It’s one thing to say Carr has a chance to be a solid or even a star quarterback if he continues to develop. To say he’s the choice over a battle-tested Kaepernick who has flourished against some of the more physical and sound defenses in the league, well, it’s a stretch at best, curious at worst.If Kaepernick’s last-second pass to Michael Crabtree in the NFC Championship game in January was not broken up by Richard Sherman, he could have been the second Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl, not Seattle’s Russell Wilson. What then?Of course, playing the “if” game could go on for a while and gets us nowhere. The reality is Kaepernick, for reasons unknown (wink, wink), is being judged quickly and harshly. Perhaps the significant contract contributes to the skepticism. Perhaps he’s been looked at through the lens that measures performance alongside salary.If that’s the case, Carr should be judged from the standpoint that his body of work is hardly enough to stack up against a playoff-winning quarterback who just turned 27 and has the capacity to grow. Why would Carr’s potential be greater than Kaepernick’s, especially when “Kap” has already won in the NFL?Why would they compare him to Kaepernick anyway? Why not Cleveland’s Brian Hoyer? Or Arizona’s Drew Stanton? Maybe it’s because Kaepernick and Carr face off on Sunday. Or maybe it’s something deeper. Could it be that Carr is white? Maybe not. But all of it is curious.
As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Kit Doyle,Load Comments,Shambhala International fights to survive in face of sex scandal Share This! As Catholic-Jewish relations warm in Rome, they cool in Chicago Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes the start of Ramadan, a centuries-old ploughing ceremony in Thailand, and more.The Dome of the Rock shrine is reflected in a pilgrim’s sunglasses during the first Ramadan Friday prayers, in Jerusalem, on May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)A pilgrim carries a flower offering as she makes her way to an altar at the Iztaccíhuatl volcano, known as the Sleeping Woman, as part of the Day of the Cross celebrations, near Santiago Xalitzintla, Mexico, on May 3, 2019. Pilgrims celebrate both Tonantzin, the Aztec mother earth goddess, and the Virgin Mary over two days in early May. They leave offerings on an altar at the base of the volcano, asking for a good harvest and as gratitude for past harvests. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)Oxen are guided by attendants during the royal ploughing ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 9, 2019. The annual event marks the beginning of Thailand’s rice growing season. Thailand formerly hosted separate Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies, but the two were merged roughly 160 years ago, with the Buddhist rite conducted in the Grand Palace first , followed by the Hindu one held at Sanam Luang, Bangkok.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)Palestinians climb the Israeli separation barrier on their way to attend the first Friday prayers in Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in the village of al Ram, on May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)A Swiss Guard recruit, second form left, takes an oath during a ceremony at the Vatican, on May 6, 2019. The ceremony is held each May 6 to commemorate the day in 1527 when 147 Swiss Guards died protecting Pope Clement VII during the Sack of Rome. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Kashmiri Muslims offer prayers during the fasting month of Ramadan inside a shrine in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on May 7, 2019. Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan, where they refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)Pakistani fishermen pray before breaking their fast during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in Karachi, Pakistan, on May 9, 2019. Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)In a Shinto ritual, Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito, left, processes to the Imperial Sanctuaries to report to the imperial ancestors the dates of his enthronement and Great Thanksgiving Ceremony, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan on May 8, 2019. (Imperial Household Agency of Japan via AP)A blind woman reads the Quran, Islam’s holy book, written in braille during a recital class in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on May 9, 2019. Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)A cleric looks through binoculars to sight the new moon that signals the start of the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan, at the shrine of the Shiite Saint Imam Abdulazim in Shahr-e-Ray, south of Tehran, Iran, on May 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi) Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Kit Doyle Catholicism Tagshomepage featured photos photos of the week Top Story,You may also like News Share This! Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Kit Doyle By: Kit Doyle News • Photos of the Week Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Kit Doyle Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Throw your dog a bone. Put down your cell phone.And your tablet. And your laptop. And your gaming controller. Seriously. Stop staring at your electronics already and play with your neglected furry friend. Or pay the price. Some 28 million gadget-loving Americans should take this easier-said-than-done advice. That’s how many people have had a pet wreak havoc on an electronic device, according the 2014 Pet Accidents Survey conducted last month by SquareTrade, a consumer electronics extended warranty provider.Related: A Bulldog Inspired This Woman’s $50 Million StartupYour pets aren’t as bright as you think. They don’t “get” why weird glowing screens suck up so much of your time and attention and they’re jealous. Jealous enough to exact revenge on them with their paws, claws and, yes, pee and, er, other stuff.The survey, detailed in the fun, “faux-paws”-filled infographic below, showed that pets most often abuse power cords, which pose an electric shock risk when chewed on while plugged in.The second most pet-mangled electronics are — no shock here — smartphones. (Apparently dumb phones weren’t fancy or cool enough to warrant a question on the survey or maybe domesticated animals are too savvy to waste their jaws on them.)Related: Who Rules the Internet: Cats or Dogs? (Infographic)Warm, cozy laptops, which cats love lazily lounging on, are the the third most pet-damaged gadgets. Lucky, gamers. Lowly game controllers came in last. So, now you know. If your jealous, probably male furball hasn’t already posed a slobbery threat to your favorite gadgets, it could. What can you do? Love your pet up more often. Keep your gadgets out of paw’s reach. Pet-proof your beloved gadgets by covering them in protective cases.Then tweet about it. The study also revealed that some of us adore our pets enough to create social media accounts for them. One in six pet owners have, including our very own Wendy Frink. Her beloved pup, Hamilton Pug, has almost 5,000 followers on Twitter, nothing to bark at. And you bet Ham’s fans follow him in Facebook and Instagram, too. Did we mention he’s hosting a black collar fundraiser for charity? Oh, and, for the record, Hamilton Pug has never harmed a single gadget. Yet.Related: Do Pets Make the Best Co-Workers?Click to Enlarge+ 3 min read Enroll Now for Free June 9, 2014