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first_img Next French Open: Petra Martic knocks out 2nd seed Karolina PliskovaEarlier, Karolina Pliskova had cruised into the third round of the French Open with victory over Slovakian qualifier Kristina Kucova. Pliskova has won thirteen singles and five doubles titles on the WTA tour.advertisement Reuters ParisMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 17:03 IST Karolina Pliskova reacts during her third round match against Petra Martic. (Reuters Photo)Karolina Pliskova’s quest for a maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open came to an end on Friday as the second seed lost 6-3 6-3 to Croatia’s Petra Martic.The powerful Czech struggled throughout to find the range on her feared serve and forehand as 31st seed Martic matched her best performance by reaching the last 16.Martic broke in the seventh game and then again two games later as Pliskova hit a backhand long to drop the opener.A lacklustre Pliskova then dropped serve again at the start of the second set before hitting back with a flurry of winners to break her 28-year-old opponent twice in a row.The fightback did not last though and Matic regained control with two more breaks before serving it out at 5-3.Martic will play an unseeded player next, either Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi or Russian Veronika Kudermetova.There was better news for Pliskova’s fellow Czech Marketa Vondrousova as the 19-year-old reached the last 16 with a 6-4 6-4 defeat of Spanish 28th seed Carla Suarez Navarro.Also Read | French Open: Serena Williams to face 20-year-old Sofia KeninAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow French OpenFollow Karolina PliskovaFollow Petra Marticlast_img read more

Rabat – During a joint press briefing at the end of the first meeting of the political consultation mechanism, chaired in Amman by Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and expatriates Aymen Al-Safdi, the two parties said that they “agreed to develop a detailed road map to give concrete substance to the conclusions of the summit meeting between the two Heads of State to achieve greater cooperation in the economic, cultural and investment fields.”The two ministers also decided to “institutionalize coordination at international gatherings and events in the service of bilateral and Arab issues of common interest.”Read Also: Jordan Reiterates Support for Morocco’s Territorial IntegrityThe Moroccan and Jordanian ministries added that they “will work intensively to institutionalize and materialize bilateral cooperation through practical conclusions reflecting the solid fraternal bonds and the strategic partnership existing between the two countries.” In addition, the two foreign affairs ministries will, in cooperation with the relevant departments, provide the necessary support for the holding of a Private Sector Forum next September in Amman, said the two ministers.Bourita stressed that his visit to Jordan with a large delegation is pursuant to the instructions of King Mohammed VI “within the framework of the exceptional relations uniting the two Kingdoms, backed by the ties between the two Heads of State and based on permanent solidarity and consultation and on shared of views to all issues.”The meeting between the two heads of state, last March in Casablanca, was an opportunity “to position these relations in a clear strategic horizon, through coordination at all levels and the strengthening of bilateral cooperation through concrete projects”, he said.The meeting with his Jordanian peer provided an opportunity to discuss a number of regional and international issues, he added.Bourita stressed the two countries’ shared position on the Palestinian cause and their full support for the Palestinian people to recover their legitimate rights with the aim of establishing an independent Palestinian state with Al Quds as its capital, in accordance with the relevant international resolutions, the Arab peace initiative and the two-state principle.The talks with Al-Safdi also touched on the latest developments on the regional scene and the situation in the Arab world, notably the Syrian and Libyan issues, said Bourita. Morocco’s foreign minister noted that the meeting was an occasion to reiterate the shared views of the two countries on different matters.For his part, the Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stressed that the summit meeting between the two Sovereigns, last March in Casablanca, led to important results based on the historical fraternal relations between the two Kingdoms.“On the basis of these results, it was our duty to examine ways to boost bilateral relations on a solid basis, laid by the leaders of the two countries,” he noted, adding that this meeting helped to examine bilateral issues to turn this will into concrete action.Al-Safdi welcomed King Mohammed VI’s initiative for the establishment of a vocational training center in Jordan, explaining that the talks were the opportunity to examine ways to carry out this lofty initiative.With MAP read more

first_imgA Church of England spokesman said: “The Church of England published new guidance in 2015 emphasising that: ‘The pastoral response to alleged victims and survivors is of top priority, and needs to be separated as far as possible from the management processes for the situation, and from legal and insurance responses.’ Richard Scorer, another leading lawyer representing more than 50 victims in the ongoing Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, said: “This confirms what we have long suspected which is that when they would offer apologies they were deliberately constructed in a way to avoid any meaningful responsibility.“I’m sure they will be embarrassed at the language here but it reflects a reality that we have come across time and again with the churches that they will take an apologetic tone but that is combined with an unwillingness to admit responsibility.”New guidelines produced by the Church of England in June last year effectively repudiate the earlier advice, insisting that the “pastoral response” to victims should be the top priority and must be separated from legal and insurance responses.But it goes on to add that apologies should be discussed with insurers, communications officer and ecclesiastical lawyers. mullally They should say we need to stop this nonsense but they wash their hands like Pontius PilateJoe welby This is a naïve document, it is legalistic and doesn’t take into account the needs of survivors of child sexual abuseDavid Greenwood, lawyer Survivors of child sexual abuse have accused the Church of England of “acting like Pontius Pilate” as a previously unseen document revealed that bishops were explicitly instructed only to give partial apologies – if at all – to victims to avoid being sued.Legal advice marked “strictly confidential” and circulated among the most senior bishops, told them to “express regret” only using wording approved by lawyers, PR advisers and insurers.The guidance – written in 2007 and finally replaced just last year – also warns bishops to be wary of meeting victims face to face and only ever to do so after legal advice.It speaks of the “unintended effect of accepting legal liability” for sexual abuse within their diocese and warns them to avoid “inadvertently” conceding guilt.The paper, seen by The Telegraph and confirmed as genuine, advises bishops to use “careful drafting” to “effectively apologise” without enabling victims to get compensation. Joe tried to contact the Archbishop of Canterbury While accepting that they might “understandably want to express their regret”, it adds: “Because of the possibility that statements of regret might have the unintended effect of accepting legal liability for the abuse it is important that they are approved in advance by lawyers, as well as by diocesan communications officers (and, if relevant, insurers).“With careful drafting it should be possible to express them in terms which effectively apologise for what has happened whilst at the same time avoiding any concession of legal liability for it.”On the possibility of bishops meeting victims, it adds: “This may be the right course in some circumstances but great care will be needed to ensure that nothing is said which inadvertently concedes legal liability.”One of Britain’s leading child abuse lawyers, David Greenwood of Switalskis, who represented Joe, said: “With Church organisations you expect a higher standard than just a legalistic approach.“This is a naïve document, it is legalistic and doesn’t take into account the needs of survivors of child sexual abuse.“I think this is more naivety than nastiness – but the effect definitely can be nasty.”last_img read more