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Locking the stable…Locking the stable…

first_img…after pharma boltedWhen they were in the Opposition, the PNC (which morphed into APNU with the fig-leaves of WPA et al) and the AFC bitched constantly about the procurement system for pharma under the PPP Government. Just because the NEW GPC used to snag the bulk of the bids. Never mind the system was established on the advice of the World Bank and the WHO that had worked for decades to come up with an efficient system for third world countries in this critical aspect of national life.The heart of the system was a pre-qualification process to ensure there were suppliers with the necessary cold-chain supply experience; refrigerated warehousing; financial bona fides to deal with reputable foreign suppliers in bulk amounts, etc. There was also a bonus for providing local employment – standard with Government contracts. Now any company could apply to be prequalified – and several did. The NEW GPC qualified along with one other local company and the mega international pharma suppliers – like IDA and PAHO – and still came out ahead!!APNU/AFC, however, denounced that arrangement as “sole sourcing” – ignoring the fact that becoming “pre-qualified” was a competitive process!! In their manifesto, they promised to “Provide full transparency and accountability in the procurement of pharmaceutical products.” So what happened after they got into office?? Well two years later – and one warehouse rental over which the Health Minister had to resign after an abject apology; one 5 million sole-sourced contract from ANSA McAL at twice the going prices for the pharma supplied; billion of other purchases through illegal contract-splitting; persistent denials of drug shortages – THEN using shortages as the reason for the  sole sourcing! – the incumbent Minister NOW says she’ll be “fixing drug procurement”!! ROTFLMAF!!But reading the fine print in the Chronic’s account of what the Minister intends to do, the plans are all about “fixing” the ordering system for Government pharma and stock keeping. Nothing about returning “transparency” to the PROCUREMENT process!! So why’s your Eyewitness not surprised?? Well, the procurement is from where the gravy flows!! That’s why it took the Government over a year to get the Public Procurement Commission in place, and yet bypassed them in the 5 million pharma contract.What’s quite interesting is the new powers-that-be seem to have a penchant for Trinis to supply pharma. Word is even the “political investor” from the AFC hasn’t been getting the cut he expected. But then, if the AFC leaders can’t even get what was promised THEM in their Cummingsburg Accord, what do you expect for even close “others”!!Expect the same ole, same ole, gaming of the (pharma) system!!…on “doing the right thing”The PM’s Shill over at the Chronic was evidently instructed to try papering over the ANSA Arch fiasco. And revealed he could’ve saved the Government all that egg over its collective face!! Seems he’s doing some private gig on the side (1,000/monthly plus expenses, isn’t enough?? He wants to live it up like his boss??) which involved counting the number of vehicles entering Georgetown.So when he saw the announcement of the closure of the EC Highway, he figured it would’ve cause the SNAFU it did. So why didn’t he tell the authorities since he’s the DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC INFORMATION?? Seems he did tell the Police on one previous occasion and was bitch-slapped so hard, discretion was the better part of valour!!Life can’t be easy when your sole claim to fame is “carrying news”!!…on Govt propagandaTake a guess which one of the four headlines on the Rose Hall sugar protest was from the Chronic:1- “Proposed Rose Hall estate closure…Business people, pensioners, taxi drivers join massive protests”2- “Berbicians in big sugar protest – cops beef up presence”3- “Anti-sugar reform protest continues – despite gov’t assurances”4-      “Rose Hall Estate residents, sugar workers unite in massive protest”Sorry…that was too easy. There’s no prizes!last_img read more

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Scene set for Rugby World Cup drawScene set for Rugby World Cup draw

first_imgEngland will be in the second tier along with Ireland, Samoa and Argentina.As a result, they could face New Zealand, who’ve always finished top of their pool at every World Cup since the inaugural edition in 1987, in the group stage in three years’ time.Given that the top two in each of the four pools of five go through to the quarter-finals, a solitary pool loss need not be fatal to a team’s chances of reaching the knockout stages.On the other hand, every World Cup-winning team has gone through the tournament unbeaten.And Clive Woodward, England’s coach when they won the World Cup in 2003, said Sunday his country would be the one all the top four would want to avoid following their dramatic defeat of the All Blacks.“It makes the draw fascinating, given England have just demolished New Zealand,” Woodward told the BBC.“That one result will make the southern hemisphere teams sit up and say for once ‘we want to keep away from England’.”By contrast, Wales’s last gasp 14-12 defeat by Australia in Cardiff on Saturday dropped them into the third tier along with Italy, Tonga and Scotland.“I don’t think it bothers us,” said scrum-half Mike Phillips, a member of the Wales team that reached the semi-finals of last year’s World Cup in New Zealand after qualifying out of a pool also featuring South Africa and Samoa.“The World Cup is a long way off, 2015. A lot can happen between now and then,” he added.Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who will be involved in Monday’s draw, said he was delighted to see another major sports event — the 2015 World Cup final will take place at Twickenham — heading the way of the British capital following its successful staging of this year’s Olympic Games.“London proved this summer that it is simply the best place in the world to stage international sport,” Johnson said.“So it is fantastic that as host city for 2015 we have been given the honour of staging matches from another of the world’s largest sporting events, which will see top-flight competition return to London and the UK’s iconic venues so quickly after the 2012 Games.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England December 3 – Hosts England and reigning champions New Zealand could find themselves paired in the same pool when the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup takes place at London’s Tate Modern gallery on Monday.England’s stunning 38-21 win over New Zealand across London at Twickenham on Saturday may have ended the All Blacks’ 20-match unbeaten run but it was not enough for the 2015 hosts to secure a top four seeding.Those places went instead to New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and France.last_img read more

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Men’s top 25: BC drops to 0-2 in ACCMen’s top 25: BC drops to 0-2 in ACC

first_img Zam Fredrick made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 33.5 seconds left, and the Yellow Jackets held the Eagles (11-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) without a field goal for more than 11 minutes. 1 Duke 82, at Wake Forest 64 J.J. Redick scored 32 points with old nemesis Chris Paul watching from a front-row seat to lead the Blue Devils (14-0, 2-0 ACC). Paul, a former Wake Forest star, is a rookie with the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets. at 4 Memphis 73, Winthrop 63 Rodney Carney had 21 points and Darius Washington scored seven of his 14 during a key stretch to help the Tigers (13-2). Carney shot 7 of 14, including 4 of 9 from 3-point range. at Ga. Tech 60, 11 Boston Coll. 58 center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Search for tracking dog successfulSearch for tracking dog successful

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Wells said 55-pound Emma was in good condition, though she had a few bruises and was dehydrated, thinner and very hungry. Wells, resident sheriff’s deputy in Lake Los Angeles, picked an area near 150th Street East and Avenue M to set up camp after spotting the dog about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Wells radioed search volunteers who went to the area but Emma ran away from them. “She had probably been hunted by coyotes. She was a little bit skittish when people approached her,” Wells said. “The idea was to sit out there with food and her blanket, the blanket that smells like her, and wait for her to come to me,” Wells said. When Emma wandered into Wells’ tent shortly after 8 p.m., he petted her and “got a leash on her really quick,” radioed the other searchers and let them know he was bringing in the dog. Sixty to 70 people helped look for Emma after she disappeared out of her fenced yard the morning of Jan. 14. People looked for her while riding their horses, others on their all-terrain vehicles. “We had people coming from as far away as Fresno. The search and rescue community is pretty tight,” Wells said. About 100 calls came in reporting possible sightings of Emma, and from that information, Wells narrowed the search area first from about 1,000 acres to 300 acres, then to two square miles. “I’m glad to have her back, and I am really grateful to the people of Lake Los Angeles and their concern and to search and rescue folks who took time out to find Emma,” Wells said. Emma has stitches from a stray dog attack and also is blind in one eye and takes glaucoma medicine. Wells speculated the medication she was taking for both conditions may have caused her to become confused and to run away. Emma herself has searched for more than 50 missing people all around Los Angeles County, ranging from missing children and lost hikers to Alzheimer’s patients who wandered away from their homes. She is not used in criminal searches. Emma is particularly good at picking out the freshest scent trail. Emma’s last search was about two months ago in Littlerock, looking for a runaway boy. The boy was found at a house where he’d gone after hurting himself trying to climb onto a passing freight train. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com!dtpost 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAKE LOS ANGELES – Emma, the search dog, has been found. Missing for a week, the 4-year-old trained tracking hound mix wandered into the tent that owner Bob Wells had pitched Saturday in the desert in hopes that his dog would find him. “I was viewing the area with night-vision goggles. I saw a dog or a coyote – I couldn’t tell – several hundred yards away,” said Wells, who, with his wife, is a dog handler in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s volunteer search and rescue dog organization, L.A. Search Dogs. “I called her name. A couple of minutes later, she came up and nose-bumped me and laid down in my lap.” last_img read more

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Chelsea want Icardi, Arsenal in for De Ligt, Man United plan Dybala-Lukaku swapChelsea want Icardi, Arsenal in for De Ligt, Man United plan Dybala-Lukaku swap

first_imgtalkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Sunday’s papers and online… 3 Beckham took in Salford’s 3-1 defeat by Dover David De Gea is in line to become the best-paid player in English football history with Manchester United preparing a £90million contract offer for the goalkeeper. (Times)Real Madrid may end their interest in Eden Hazard, the Chelsea forward, should they manage to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazil international, who used to play for Barcelona, is believed to have encouraged Real’s interest. (Times)Manchester City are planning a summer swoop for Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid, with the 24-year-old midfielder seen as the perfect replacement for Fernandinho. (Mirror)Manchester United are ready to make a £90million bid for Kalidou Koulibaly, the Napoli centre-back. The fee would make Koulibaly the most expensive defender in the history of the game. (Sun)Adrien Rabiot will join Barcelona this summer, despite interest from Premier League duo Liverpool and Tottenham. (Le Parisien) Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news: Gunners lining up Kai Havertz as potential Mesut Ozil replacementRangers fans rave about youngsters Kai Kennedy and Nathan Young-Coombes after Under-17 squad’s Alkass International Cup triumphManchester United news: Sir Alex Ferguson to return to Old Trafford dugout to mark 1999 Champions League win against Bayern MunichLiverpool vs Bayern Munich: An incredible stat to shows why the Champions League last 16 draw is a very good omen for Jurgen Klopp’s side Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF And here are the top talkSPORT.com stories…Emiliano Sala funeral: Cardiff manager Neil Warnock attends service for former striker in ArgentinaManchester United takeover report: Saudi Crown Prince steps up £3.8billion bid for Premier League giantsTottenham news: Borussia Dortmund insist haircuts are not to blame for defeat to SpursDavid Beckham watches Salford City for first time since becoming co-owner ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY 3 De Ligt is regarded as one of the best young defenders in world football Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REPLY Chelsea are leading the race to sign Mauro Icardi, the Inter and Argentina forward, as Real Madrid no longer want him. Los Blancos have been put off moving for Icardi as they do not want to deal with his wife-turned-agent Wanda. (Sun)Manchester United are ready to offer Romelu Lukaku to Juventus as part of an offer for Paulo Dybala. The Red Devils have started planning for the summer transfer window despite not confirming who will be their manager beyond the end of the season. (Mirror)United are also hoping to sign Benfica teenager Joao Felix – the ‘next Cristiano Ronaldo’ – but they are battling PSG for the 19-year-old who is valued at £105million. (Star)Arsenal have emerged as shock contenders to sign Matthijs de Ligt, the highly-rated Ajax defender. Manchester City and Barcelona are known admirers of the 19-year-old wonderkid. (Sun)last_img read more

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Haunted Mansion Dress and Bag Make a Perfect PairHaunted Mansion Dress and Bag Make a Perfect Pair

first_imgWill you be wearing these items to Halloween events this season?Photos: Christina Harrison Share This!Over at the Haunted Mansion, there is a frightening amount of new merchandise to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the attraction at Disneyland. There’s so much merch that some of it has migrated over to the Uptown Jewelers store on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. There’s the darling Haunted Mansion dress, of course, and also a spooky clutch to carry your potions in. The dress is $128.00; the clutch is $65.00.My first thought when I saw this purse was that it was a knock-off Monster Book of Monsters from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal, but this is indeed a Disney item.last_img

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Africa, but not as we know itAfrica, but not as we know it

first_imgThe tranquility of the Menara gardens in Marrakech. .(Image: Wikimedia)  There’s a famous lyric from “Star Trekkin’”, the song that parodies cult film and TV series Star Trek, in which Mr Spock warns Captain James Kirk: “It’s life, Jim … but not as we know it.”A few years ago, when I told a friend I would be travelling to Morocco he reminded me I shouldn’t expect that country to be at all similar to South Africa just because they are part of the same land mass. “It’s Africa, Jim,” he affirmed, “… but not as we know it.”At the time, this seemed to me a rather inappropriate remark – certainly not in keeping with the pan-African sentiments that those of us who are citizens of African countries are encouraged to inculcate.After spending some time in Morocco, however, I found that I had to agree with him. South Africa and Morocco are not only on opposite ends of the continent; as those who have visited or lived in both countries can attest, they often seem to be worlds apart.This is, of course, as it should be. Essentialised notions of Africa, according to which African countries are seen as generic entities with more or less the same histories, cultural practices, world views and political structures (with, at best, scope for a little variation on the theme), are both inaccurate and dangerous. They reproduce precisely the kind of generalisation that facilitated the colonisation of the so-called dark continent.On the other hand, precisely because colonialism brought about artificial national borders that did not take into account the clustering of different ethnic groups, cultures and tribes – which has resulted in countless instances of internecine conflict or civil war across the continent – it is perhaps appropriate to discuss characteristics of the various regions.Southern African countries share languages, show similarities in climate or topography and have strong cross-border cultural, political and socio-economic links. The same is true of regional affiliations in western, eastern, central and northern Africa.In particular, world history has shaped the countries to the north of the Sahara desert in ways that are distinct from sub-Saharan Africa. Morocco has been influenced as much by French, and more recently, Spanish incursions as by interaction with Arabic peoples of the eastern Mediterranean. Before that, there were the Romans and Phoenicians.Throughout, the Berbers or imazighen have asserted their presence as the indigenous people of this northwest corner of Africa.Rich, complex historyAs a result of this rich and complex history, a country has been forged that is in some ways recognisably African – whatever that may mean – but that, to those of us from southern Africa, also feels enticingly exotic. And there is no place in Morocco more enticing than the all-singing, all-dancing, all-suffering, all-smiling, all-smelling, all-selling city of Marrakech.Rabat is the capital of al-Magrib, the Kingdom of Morocco; Casablanca is its largest city, with a certain appeal to fans of the iconic 1942 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman; Fez has the renowned Fes el Bali, a remarkably well-preserved old town or medina.But the Red City of Marrakech, right in the centre of the country, is the beating heart of Morocco.I arrived there as a dusty late afternoon was turning to red-earth dusk. Looking out over a thousand rooftops, I surveyed a scene marked by haggard palm trees and crumbling sandstone towers. The smoke was rising from the cooking fires of the main square – Djemaa El Fna, the “place of the dead” or “place of the vanished mosque” – and the buskers and snake-charmers were packing up for the day; soon the real entertainment of song, comedy and serious debate would begin, lasting deep into the night.From speakers mounted on the minarets of mosques, muezzin singers called the Islamic faithful to prayer. I wandered away from the busy square, tracing a path through quiet alleyways and into the dim, labyrinthine passages of the souk, or market. Merchants sipped on sweet mint tea and discussed religion. A young couple shared a brief farewell and a kiss before approaching the separate male and female entrances to a hamam, or steam bath.Vast differencesA few days later, I travelled south to Ouzoud – an isolated spot where a waterfall cascades down a 100m precipice, feeding a fertile valley in the foothills of the High Atlas mountains. Here, amongst a small Berber community of subsistence farmers, I felt I was back in Africa.Unfortunately, there was to be no reverie of belonging. I was invited to a village wedding feast one evening: a kind gesture by my hosts but, I realised with disappointment, an imposition on my part. The bonjours and giggles of the young boys in attendance reminded me that I was an intruder, plainly a foreigner who did not fit in.It was time to leave, but I did so without any sense of sadness at being an outsider. For South Africans, as for tourists from other African countries – and indeed, perhaps more significantly, from countries elsewhere in the world – it’s good to be reminded that a vast continent must contain vastly different peoples and places.Africa cannot be condensed into a single, simple idea – a blank space on the map – and the dizzying difference of Morocco provides ample proof of this truth.last_img read more

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#Nextchat: HR, What’s the ROI on Your RBI?#Nextchat: HR, What’s the ROI on Your RBI?

first_imgI’ve Gotta Measure It, Too?Baseball season has arrived and it’s interesting to note the correlation between metrics-based decision making in baseball and HR.  Metrics based decision making actually helps baseball – and other sports teams — assess the value of their selections and determine the costs and benefits of trading up or down for draft picks.  It’s a lot like managing the top talent for your organization.  Trading up and down?  Well …Effective metrics are the key to achieving tangible results.  Good data and its accompanying analysis are how smart companies make solid decisions that affect the bottom line.  And since employees (and benefits) are the highest cost for any organization, human resources is at the crossroads of it all.With a multitude of metrics available to measure, it’s easy to get lost in the numbers.  It’s important that HR pros focus on providing information that will prove the ROI on their decisions and that will show how they are supporting company goals. What are you measuring?Please join @weknownext at 3 p.m. ET on April 3 for #Nextchat with Joey Price (@JVPSaid).  We’ll chat about how HR is using data and metrics in organizations today.  Q1. As an HR pro, are you measuring metrics? Which ones?Q2. Which metrics do you find the most helpful in proving an ROI to your executive leaders?Q3. Which metrics are your CEOs, COOs and CFOs actually asking for?    Q4. How can HR pros incorporate metrics and data analysis into their daily routines?Q5. How can HR pros determine the best ways to gather and analyze metrics and data?  Where can they go for help?Q6. When/How are HR benchmarking services helpful for data analysis and metrics?  Q7. Are HR metrics and benchmarking a waste of time for a successful, “Best Place to Work” type of company? Why/Why not?last_img read more

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Mental Health in the Workplace – Caring for Others and Caring for SelfMental Health in the Workplace – Caring for Others and Caring for Self

first_imgMental Health Awareness Week 2016 takes place from 16-22 May, with the theme of relationships. Three years ago, my good friend took his own life.I remember that morning like it was yesterday. The feelings of disbelief, sadness, anger, and loss. I also had a feeling of helplessness. As an HR professional, I am very good at helping others to cope with loss, stress and pain, but I had never been in a position to help myself. And for the first time in my career, I did what I recommend countless times per week. I called my company’s EAP.May is Mental Health Month. I have written about this for the past few years and I will continue to write about it.Every day, we are the sounding board for other people’s problems. Whether it’s about an underperforming employee or a conflict between team members. We listen to our employee’s life issues and their daily struggles in and out of the workplace. We offer solutions to help them cope. We provide resources to make their day just a little better.And then we have our own struggles and personal issues. We are battling to help our aging parents find the proper care. We deal with our sick pets, our kids. Our own personal finances, relationships, and failures. In many of these cases, we forget to take care of ourselves. We forget the advice we give our employees each and every day. We don’t use the resources provided to us by our employees. Instead, we self-medicate. We joke about the latest anti-anxiety medication as the only way to get by. We don’t reach out for helpThere is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about my friend. His family is constantly on my mind. I stare at the text message exchange we had hours before. We were going back and forth about our time together at an event a year prior. None of it makes sense.I carry a lot of guilt about this. Were there any signs? Did I miss them? Part of my job is to pick up on them and offer assistance. To be that support. How in the hell did I miss this?The answer is we can’t catch all of the signs. That is way too much of a burden to bare. Our jobs as HR professionals are not to be psychiatrists and psychologists. We must be empathetic and compassionate and make sure our employees know of all the resources available to them to deal with all stresses life brings. We are flexible in archaic policies on bereavement and leaves of absence. We behave like human beings.As May closes out, I ask that you explore and understand all of the resources available to you to help with stress. Know them. Recommend them often. Use them for yourself, even if you don’t think you need it. If your employer does not offer an EAP, there are great resources through SHRM and wonderful organizations like Didi Hirsch.last_img read more

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Chennai Open: Leander Paes pulls out, Ramkumar Ramanathan creates historyChennai Open: Leander Paes pulls out, Ramkumar Ramanathan creates history

first_imgA gutsy Ramkumar Ramanathan buried a sluggish start to eke out an inspiring win over Alexander Kudryavtsev and enter the men’s singles quarterfinals of the Chennai Open on Thursday.Wild card Ramkumar worked his way to a 3-6 6-4 6-4 win over higher-ranked Russian, who had entered the event as a Lucky Loser. He next plays world no.45 Aljaz Bedene, who defeated Luca Vanni 5-7 6-3 6-4.Meanwhile, Indian tennis great Leander Paes will not take further part in the tournament with his men’s doubles partner, Marcel Granollers, falling ill.The second seeds were to face Austin Krajicek and Benoit Paire in the quarterfinals on Friday.”It is a huge disappointment for me that I won’t be able to play in front of my home crowd. I hope Marcel gets fit in time for the Australian Open,” said Paes.Paes and Granollers had beaten Taro Daniel and John Millman in the opening round on Tuesday.The win for Ramkumar meant that he is now unbeaten in his last 12 matches. He had won two ITF Futures titles at the end of the 2015 season in Gwalior and Mumbai, winning five matches each in the two events.He had shocked world number 98 Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the first round. Thursday’s win meant he entered the quarterfinals of an ATP Tour event for the first time in his career.Ramkumar changed the complexion of the game after losing the first set with his sheer grit and doggedness. He improved as the match progressed and egged on by the fans, he managed to down a strong opponent.advertisementThe Russian had done his homework well and did not allow Ramkumar to play on his big forehand initially. He made Ramkumar run on both the flanks, often forcing the Indian to play his shots running, without getting much time to settle or get into rhythm.”I was going too fast. I was making him play. Got the confidence through the third set. Alexander is a great player, goes for his shots. He made me run, it was not easy but I found my way,” said Ramkumar after the win.The Russian hit an exquisite forehand service return winner in the first point of the fifth game. Ramkumar struggled with his footwork and two consecutive forehand errors cost him the game. Ramkumar had the chance to return the favour in the next game but lost four points on the trot when the Russian was down 15-40.The lucky loser kept dictating the points with Ramkumar struggling to get his rhythm and confidence. Serving to stay in the set, Ramkumar committed another error to be down by a set point and hit a crosscourt backhand wide to hand Kudryavtsev the first set.Ramkumar could not hit the ball deep, continuously finding the middle of the court from where it was hard to trouble his opponent.Kudryavtsev was clear with his gameplan, hitting everything on Ramkumar’s weak backhand and his strategy paid off. The 21-year-old Indian could only keep the ball in play and could never direct the ball to where he would have wanted.Nevertheless, Ramkumar was all pumped up, never lacking in energy but could not put his game together. The Russian kept his cool and demeanour as he went about his business calmly.At 3-3 in the second set, the two players put on play a 23-shot rally with Ramkumar winning the point to make it deuce, hanging in for a little opening. A cheeky drop shot by Ramkumar made it third deuce point of the game. Finally Ramkumar earned a breakpoint in that game but the Russian saved it with a big serve. Another forehand error handed the Indian second breakpoint of the match and a double fault by the Russian was all the local hero needed. He was now up a break and consolidated with an easy hold for a 5-3 lead.A flurry of unforced errors by Kudryavtsev, courtesy a seemingly casual approach, handed the Indian set point but eventually the Russian held. Cheered by the home fans, Ramkumar closed the set in his favour when Kudryavtsev netted a backhand.It was again in the seventh game when Ramkumar nosed ahead. A crushing forehand winner after a long rally sealed it for the Chennai lad. An easy hold and he was leading 5-3. He was bubbling with energy and serving bombs in the range of 200km\h.There was no stopping him now and he closed the match easily.Earlier, Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano created the biggest upset of the tournament when he ousted sixth seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-4 7-5 in 77 minutes.advertisementPlaying his first match on centre court, Fabbiano gave a fine exhibition of controlled tennis. He meets third seed French Benoit Paire in the quarterfinals on Friday.last_img read more

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