SAO PAULO: For a few years at the turn of the century he was the King of Paris and the darling of Brazilian tennis but a failure to build on his success means no one is likely to challenge Gustavo Kuerten as Brazil’s best-known tennis player any time soon.Guga, as he is universally known, won the French Open three times and his celebration of his final title in 2001 when he scratched out a heart on the Roland Garros clay is one of the tournament’s most unforgettable moments.But since he retired in 2008 no Brazilian has come close to repeating his achievements."Tennis hasn’t really happened in our country, it’s not like Sweden," Guga told Reuters in an exclusive interview.The reasons are manifold and not new. Another Brazilian, Maria Bueno, won 11 Grand Slam singles titles between 1959 and 1966 but it took 30 year before Guga came anywhere near replicating her haul of trophies.Poor funding and organisation are crucial, as are a lack of courts. Brazil, a country … [Read more...] about Brazil once ruled Paris but Guga era now seems long way off
KHARTOUM: At least eight people were reported wounded by gunshots near a Khartoum sit-in Wednesday (May 15), before crucial talks between military chiefs and protest leaders over a transitional governing body.Army generals and protest leaders are expected to finalise the make-up of a new body to govern Sudan for three years, the thorniest issue in installing civilian rule.But just hours before the talks were due to start, a spokesman for the umbrella protest group, the Alliance for Freedom and Change, wrote on Facebook that eight people had been wounded by live fire.A witness told AFP that gunshots had been fired near the protest camp outside the army headquarters in central Khartoum.Protest leaders responded by urging people to boost the numbers at the demonstration, while avoiding clashes.Security forces were later seen chasing protesters in downtown Khartoum and removing some roadblocks that demonstrators had put up, an AFP correspondent said.The protest movement that brought … [Read more...] about Shots fired in Sudan ahead of crunch talks on ruling body
REUTERS: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Wednesday finalized a rule that will require direct-to-consumer television advertisements for prescription drugs to include the list price.The list price should be included if it is equal to or greater than US$35 for a month's supply or the usual course of therapy."Patients have the right to know the prices of healthcare services, and CMS is serious about empowering patients with this information across-the-board," CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a statement.(Reporting by Ankur Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila) … [Read more...] about US finalizes rule requiring drugmakers to show prices in TV ads
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump directed officials to toughen rules for asylum seekers on Monday (Apr 29), including by introducing a fee for their applications and barring those who entered the country illegally from working until their claims are approved.The moves are the latest effort by the Trump administration to stem a growing number of migrants crossing the US southern border, many of whom then seek asylum in the United States. Many of the changes would be dramatic shifts in how asylum seekers are treated, but would also require time-intensive regulatory procedures before they go into effect, which will likely take months.Trump administration officials have repeatedly blamed US laws protecting asylum seekers for encouraging fraudulent or non-deserving claims.But immigrant advocates say the Trump administration's efforts to restrict asylum protections harms people legitimately seeking refuge from violence and persecution.On Monday, Trump signed a presidential … [Read more...] about Trump directs officials to toughen asylum rules
By Tara Deschamps Special to the Star Mon., April 29, 2019 New European rules that will make tech firms liable for copyright violations on their platforms have been both lauded by musicians and artists and lambasted by those who champion intellectual freedom. But one thing that’s not in dispute is that similar rules won’t be coming to Canada any time soon, experts say. The copyright directive, endorsed by 19 European countries in mid-April, will compel companies such as Google and Facebook to ensure copyrighted content — everything from music and films to news and books — isn’t posted on their platforms without a creator’s permission. Some tech firms may have to acquire licences to host such material. The EU’s 28 member states now have two years to adopt the rules and create their own policies. The reforms have been touted as a way to rein in powerful tech firms and restore revenues to creative industries, often paid fractions … [Read more...] about Canada likely won’t copycat EU copyright rules, experts say. So what’s next?