Schools lag in physical activity

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 210 days, according to the report. Also in compliance were San Gabriel Unified, South Whittier Elementary, Temple City Unified and Whittier City Elementary school districts. Pasadena Unified School District failed to meet the time requirements. Ironically, L.A. Unified was among the first to ban soda and junk food on its campuses to curb childhood obesity. But administrators say they’ve had to sacrifice physical education while beefing up efforts to improve academic achievement. “When teachers are looking at the pressures of the day and everything on their plates to teach, I don’t think they consciously leave physical education out. It just sometimes gets pushed off the plate,” said Ronni Ephraim, LAUSD’s chief instructional officer for elementary programs. The district has launched a training program to help elementary school teachers incorporate physical education into a school day already crowded with required academic subjects, she said. LOS ANGELES – Despite its campaign against childhood obesity, the Los Angeles Unified School District failed to provide its elementary students with the minimum amount of physical education mandated by the state, a study released today says. The report, “Dropping the Ball,” found that 51 percent of 73 California school districts with elementary students failed to provide youngsters with 200 minutes of physical education every 10 days – or an average of 20 minutes a day. “Our priorities are tragically skewed,” said Harold Goldstein, executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, which examined data provided by the state Department of Education. “We’re in the midst of a severe and growing childhood obesity epidemic, and yet most of our children are missing out on even the most basic school physical-activity opportunities.” The two East San Gabriel Valley districts studied, Garvey and El Monte City school districts, fulfilled the required 200 minutes of P.E. every For example, a teacher could have students go out for a run and then calculate their heart rate as part of a science lesson. Elementary school teachers are required to devote 2 hours a day to language-arts instruction and an hour to math, in addition to science, social studies, health education and other subjects, Ephraim said. And more than half of the district’s elementary school students are English-language learners who require additional instruction. “To close the achievement gap,” Ephraim said, “we have to give kids more time.” The additional teacher training will help, but it might take the district a couple years to come fully into compliance, she said. Because the state Department of Education has been monitoring compliance for only two years, it is concentrating its efforts on bringing districts into compliance rather than issuing penalties, said Rosie Thomas, compliance oversight manager for the department. The problem is compounded by the fact that few elementary teachers have adequate training to teach physical education. Even so, schools need to make it more of a priority, Goldstein said. “Physical education is the ugly stepchild in California public schools,” he said. “There are children who need additional assistance – in learning language, for example – but that doesn’t mean the time should be taken away from physical education. … If physical education became a higher priority, students in LAUSD would do better academically. It’s not either-or. It’s both.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed spending $85 million to improve physical education in kindergarten through eighth grade, but the state Legislature wants to allocate that money as block grants schools could use as they please, Goldstein said. “The governor has thrown a touchdown pass,” he said, “and the Legislature is about to drop the ball.” lisa.sodders@dailynews.com (818) 713-3663160Want 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

Franschhoek: new hope for land

first_img21 July 2005Mooiwater farm near the Western Cape village of Franschhoek was once a thriving apple and plum orchard. Now it is the site of a low-cost housing development that’s home to over 1 000 families. To some this is a sign of how political pressure brought to bear by squatters can lead to prime agricultural land being used for settlement. Others have hailed the formal township, and the luxury wine estate that subsided its construction, as an elegant compromise between the rights of land owners and the landless.It has led to a dramatic drop in racial tension in the area, and could become a model for sustainable land reform in South Africa.Former Mooiwater owner Clive Garlic has mixed feelings. “It was a really good place to farm,” he says. “There was plenty of water and the soils were good and well drained.” But he doesn’t regret his decision to accept the council’s offer of R6-million for the land, which by the late 1990s had become some of the most sought-after real estate in the country.“I’m glad I’m out of farming,” said Garlic, who now lives with his family in Franschhoek village. “The best thing I could do was sell it.”Removals and invasionsMooiwater is next to what the apartheid government designated the “coloured” neighbourhood of Groendal, a dumping ground for victims of families forcibly removed from “white” areas in the 1960s.One of the historic houses in the white Franschhoek neighbourhood from which coloured familes were forcibly removed in the 1960s. These houses are now worth millions.Garlic started farming at Mooiwater in 1991. Three years later, in 1994, South Africa held its first democratic elections. Many Groendal residents living in backyards shacks and evicted farmworkers decided vacant land was now theirs for the taking. The closest open plot lay directly beneath Garlic’s farm. The new squatter camp posed a serious threat to Garlic’s farm and family.“They stole my fruit, cut my poles and steel wire. I never walked around unarmed and I had to hire private security guards,” he recalled. “We had many confrontations. I have three daughters and they were really scared.”From Vietnam to MooiwaterThe new Mooiwater settlement is a far cry from the raucous crime-infested squatter camp dubbed Vietnam by shack dwellers because it reminded them of the waterlogged jungles they’d seen in war movies. Back then, Vietnam was not a place the casual visitor ventured into unaccompanied.There’s a peaceful ambience in Mooiwater village, where the houses and streets are neatly planned.Today a friendly, orderly atmosphere prevails in Mooiwater. Its neatly laid out streets are lined with electric lighting and filled with kids playing soccer and teenagers chatting while their parents hang out washing. There is no sign of sinister street hoods or drug barons cruising the streets in cars with tinted glass.The quaint, solidly constructed ochre and mustard cottages designed by Dennis Moss, one of the country’s leading architects, are all equipped with flush toilets, running water and electricity. Squatters had the option to get a free basic structure worth R38 000 – R20 000 more than a traditional RDP (Reconstruction and Development Programme) house – or pay extra for a double-storey, extended or semidetached home.Joanna and Davy Sias outside their double-storey house in Mooiwater.In return for title deeds and keys to their new homes, the squatters had to dismantle their shacks and agree not to support illegal squatting or backyarding, pay for services and foreswear crime.Construction of this upmarket township on prime land was partly the result of efforts by the squatters themselves and a group of land claimants who’d been booted out of historic houses in what became the white side of town.Benjamina Paulse is Franschhoek’s last surviving victim of apartheid-era forced removals. Over 40 coloured families were forcibly removed from the town in the 1960s.Both communities were initially eyeing the 100ha municipal commonage that straddles the gentle slopes above an upmarket suburb on the opposite end of the valley. They reasoned that the government owed them land, the commonage belonged to the council, so it should be given to them.The deal is struckUnder pressure from wealthy whites fearing plummeting land values and full-scale land invasions, the council decided to sell off its commonage to Chris Hellinger, owner of neighbouring wine estate Chamonix.The communities managed to interdict the sale, and so began a tussle that ended with the signing of a social accord in 1998, whereby all parties agreed that the commonage could be sold and developed on condition that some of the proceeds went to settling the land claims, provided housing for the squatters and bankrolled black economic empowerment.Funding the construction of Mooiwater had always been beyond the financial means of Franchhoek’s town council. Paying for the land alone would have eaten more than half its R11-million annual operating budget.By selling the commonage for R14-million to a corporate consortium, the council not only unlocked French funding and a loan from the Development Bank of SA (DBSA) but was able to top up national housing department grants and thereby provide far superior accommodation.The deal went further. The consortium – which includes prominent local residents, the V&A Waterfront Company and Pam Golding Properties – is developing the commonage into a luxury wine estate and tourism centre expected to have major empowerment spinoffs, as well as up-market riverside and village residential units.The entire complex was specifically designed by Moss, the Mooiwater architect, to ensure that “the rich man’s house and the poor man’s house are cousins” as a way of reducing crime and diffusing racial and political tensions. A key design feature was replicating the low walls of Cape Dutch architecture and encouraging a shared sense of belonging.“If you surround your house with high walls there is no transparency,” Moss says. “Streets become negative spaces. You can kill there because it’s no longer yours.”Buyers of plots will be able to engage their own architects to design their homes but are bound by Moss’s guidelines, which cover anything from building materials to roof pitch. Security will be provided by a local black-owned company with a control room on the estate and electronic surveillance.“We don’t want to be a gated white community with people living in a quasi-European neverland, but there must be security,” says investor and marketing manager Peter Middleton.“The disparities are greater here than anywhere in the country. If it can work here, it can work anywhere.”The development trustIn return for a slice of disputed but valuable government real estate, the developers agreed to pay a 1% levy on every plot sold and 0.25% for resales. The money goes into a trust to improve the lives of Franschhoek’s poor and fund nature conservation efforts. The trust, chaired by Nelson Mandela Foundation head John Samuel, is controlled by local activist leaders, land claims representatives and environmentalists.Samuel himself has shares in the project, together with another prominent political figure, former US ambassador Franklin Sonn.“I acted as a midwife to make sure the community were adequately consulted and compensated,” Samuel says. “When I took the idea to [former president Nelson] Mandela, he was thrilled.”Sonn, who chairs the consortium, denies this represented a conflict of interest. “The trouble with developers is they’re often only concerned with the bottom line, not with what they leave behind,” he says. “Having a stake gives you the power to make them understand what needs to be done. But in this case I pushed at open doors.”Consortium CEO Willem Steenkamp says shareholders have so far contributed about R20-million in equity and loans and netted another R16-million from land transactions. This has allowed access to a R1-million planning grant and two loans totalling R52-million from the DBSA. Both loans must be repaid at commercial rates.The first will fund bulk infrastructure on the commonage normally paid for by municipalities, such as water reservoirs, link roads and upgrading electricity substations. Steenkamp says the developers are only expected to repay the loan once earning income and can count this as their mandatory developers’ contribution, which is usually about R3-million for a project this size.Furthermore, in terms of a complex written agreement, the developers will be able to claim back about 20% of their expenditure through service charge rebates, and the municipality is obliged to maintain the infrastructure.“In a sense we’re secure bridging finance for the municipality’s capital outlay. It couldn’t finance this operating structure,” says Steenkamp.Weekend farmersAlthough some stands have already been sold, the properties will only be formally marketed early in 2006. The developers hope to generate about R700-million gross within two years once all plots are sold and make a profit of R100-million.Half the buyers are expected to be foreign and the rest to range from Cape peninsula executives to Gauteng pensioners. The most expensive units – an acre surrounded by vineyards going for US$900 000 (about R6-million), excluding construction costs – are designed for wealthy weekend farmers willing to pay for a wine farm ambience without getting their hands dirty.Title deeds will record that the surrounding land must remain zoned for agriculture in perpetuity and cannot be subdivided.The second loan – over R10-million – financed the farm infrastructure, including vineyards. Cultivars being planted on 24 hectares of the total estate include Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz, Savignon Blanc and Chardonnay.“The estate has a variety of sites – mountain and valley – with different soil types,” says agricultural developer Dirk le Roux. “We were able to select the optimal site for each cultivar and expect very good wines to be made there.”Planting will be over by the end of spring and the first wines will be bottled within three years. Output is expected to be about six tons a hectare. “We’re going for the top end of the market, so the emphasis will be on quality, not quantity.”It remains to be seen whether wealthy buyers will bite and if real black empowerment will result, but so far the signs are encouraging.“We have every reason to be optimistic that this will be a success,” says Steenkamp.Stephan Hofstatter is a specialist land correspondent, contributing to Independent Newspapers, Business Day and Farmer’s Weekly, among others.Story and photographs strictly copyright Stephan Hofstatter. No reproduction is permitted without prior permission.This article was originally published in Farmer’s Weekly, South Africa’s premier national agricultural magazine, and is reproduced on SouthAfrica.info with kind permission. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Photo library: Countryside 3

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Northern Cape province: Aerial view of the Orange River with surrounding vineyards inthe Upington region. Photo: Orange River WineCellars » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Aerial view of the Orange River with surrounding vineyards in the Upington region. Photo: Orange River WineCellars » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Aerial view of the Orange River with surrounding vineyards in the Upington region. Photo: Orange River WineCellars » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Aerial view of the Orange River with surrounding vineyards in the Upington region. Photo: Orange River WineCellars » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Aerial view of the Orange River with surrounding vineyards in the Upington region. Photo: Orange River WineCellars » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Grapes are loaded onto bins at Orange River Wine Cellars in preparation for pulping. The juice will be used for wines and grape juice. Photo: Graeme Williams MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Grapes are loaded onto bins at Orange River Wine Cellars in preparation for pulping. The juice will be used for wines and grape juice. Photo: Graeme Williams MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province:An elevated view of the vineyards that surround Keimoes and border the Orange River.Photo: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: An elevated view of the vineyards that surround Keimoes and border the Orange River.Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image COUNTRYSIDE 3: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

SA hockey men clinch place at Olympics

first_imgIt was agony for the few South African supporters at the ground as the seconds crawled by, but finally it was over and SA had booked the last ticket to London. The South Africa men’s hockey team qualified for the Olympic Games on Sunday, claiming the last hockey ticket for London by beating host nation Japan 2-1 in the final of a qualifying tournament in Kakamigahara. The victory means that the men will join the women’s team at the Olympics after the women clinched their place by winning the Olympic Qualifier in New Delhi in February. Soon after the changeover South Africa had two excellent opportunities to turn possession into goal shots, but the final passes went astray and a breakout from deep saw Japan striker Kenta Tanaka come agonisingly close to opening the scoring. Clark had previously been part of the South Africa’s team that qualified for the 2000 Olympics, but was subsequently barred from competing by Nocsa, the country’s Olympic body at the time, without being given a further qualifying opportunity like his team this year. A dazzling piece of stickworkSeconds later striker McDade, at 31 the “old man” of the side, found space on the right and opened the scoring after a dazzling piece of stickwork in close confines that wrong-footed the keeper before he was able to tap the ball into the net. Gloved awayThe sheer pace of Lloyd “Chuck” Norris-Jones earned South Africa their first penalty corner with exactly five minutes to go to the break and a variation to the third castle saw Andrew Cronje win another. SA went back to the more regular double castle and Justin Reid-Ross’s drag-flick was gloved away by the keeper. “I am elated and chuffed for the players. Winning this final is a very satisfying achievement,” said coach Gregg Clark after the final. With 16 minutes to the final whistle Japan was still in it as their lightning-quick forwards are capable of scoring two or three goals in no time, but the SA tackling continued in impeccable vein, and Ian Haley’s chance to make it three was then thwarted by the in-form Nagaoka. After patient build-up, striker Marvin Harper got in the first shot of the final in the third minute, but Japan’s goalkeeper Shunsuke Nagoya saved well. At the other end, Rassie Pieterse timed his advance perfectly to block Hiroki Sakamoto’s shot. Towards half-time Japan pressed hard, but the threat was negated and Tim Drummond forced a top quality low save to goalkeeper Nagaoka’s right once the momentum shifted. 7 May 2012 Midway through the opening stanza, Lloyd Madsen’s long ball down the right found Julian Hykes, whose strong cross let Wade Paton in for a snap shot that went just wide. “In our life cycle as a team, we are still learning how to handle games where a team comes hard at us and puts us under a lot pressure as, due to financial constraints, we play so few matches and spend so little time together compared to other teams,” he continued. Gentles awarded Japan a penalty corner, but South African captain Austin Smith opted to use his team’s one video referral and the choice was wise. With just 98 seconds remaining Japan subbed their goalkeeper with a field player and Pieterse made a brilliant save shortly thereafter. South Africa lost another defender when Jonty Robinson, the first wave runner, was adjudged to have broken too early, but the danger turned into opportunity on the counter-attack after the penalty corner was brilliantly defended and a few plays later Norris-Jones made it 2-0 with a clinical finish. With 20 minutes left, South Africa had a chance to go two goals clear but somehow Japan emerged intact from the goalmouth scramble and at the other end the hosts won their second penalty corner when Gentles ruled South Africa had infringed in the 23m area. SAinfo reporter ‘We will get better’Assessing his charges’ performance in the final, Clark said: “We did get a few things wrong, but the guys will learn from it. We will get better. A four-man move some time later led to some tense moments, but the outstanding Pieterse was on hand to block the Japanese offensive. Japanese replyHowever, Japan got their third penalty corner a few plays later, then a fourth, and a fifth. South Africa survived and Pieterse then made a great save from field play, but after sustained pressure Japan’s Kenji Kitazato pulled one back with six minutes left on the clock with a shot across the goalie. SavedUmpires David Gentles (Australia) and Jed Curran (Scotland) are experienced in these high-pressure matches and the teams were in good hands, but in the 11th minute Japan were awarded a penalty corner that South Africa disputed. The decision stood as SA opted not to use their one video referral allowed, and Pieterse saved to his right from Katsuyoshi Nagasawa. After a goalless first half a a stunning field goal from Thornton McDade, plus a coolly taken effort by Lloyd Norris-Jones proved the difference in an emotion-charged title match, while a late goal from Kenji Kitazato for Japan made for a tension-filled finish as the hosts piled on the pressure. “We came through strong. The character in this team is strong. We wanted it really badly and there were loads and loads of things we did really well that made the difference in the end.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material With three minutes left McDade broke free and fed Norris-Jones, whose shot was saved by the advancing Nagaoka.last_img read more

Google Mobile Web: Now With Interactive Weather

first_imgTags:#Google#mobile#NYT#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Recently, a tweet made the rounds criticizing the iPhone weather app, imagining Steve Jobs lurking in the background, taking sadistic joy in creating entirely random weather forecasts. If you share a similar sentiment, then you’ll want to check out Google’s latest update – a nifty, localized weather feature on its mobile website.It’s nothing fancy or sophisticated, but it will quickly tell you what the weather is supposed to be like, wherever you are, at incremental times throughout the day. mike melanson “We’d been wanting to build a fun, useful, app-like way to display weather information on our search results pages in the mobile browser,” wrote user experience designer Nick Fey and software engineer Michael van Ouwerkerk. “So we pulled together a user experience designer and team of engineers and built a new weather search results snippet that lets you actually play with the results.”The solution is simple, multi-platform and just requires that you search for “weather” using Google in your mobile browser. Upon searching for “weather”, you’ll receive  a standard summary of the basic conditions, but the slider is where the neat stuff is at. As you grab and move the slider through the next 12-hour period, the sun will change to clouds or raindrops or moon depending on the forecast and the expected temperature, wind speed and humidity will change with it. Even the background will dim as the slider moves into the nighttime hours. So if you, like some others on Twitter, like to imagine that Steve Jobs is lurking in the back rooms of Apple, deviously creating imaginary forecasts to mess with your day, give Google’s new weather feature a try. If you have similar visions about now ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the feature works on Android, too. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

U.P. madrasas asked to videograph Independence Day celebrations

first_imgUttar Pradesh’s madrasas have been asked to photograph and videograph Independence Day celebrations this year.While madrasas have criticised the order, calling it an attempt to test the patriotism of Muslims, government officials claimed that the move was only to document the best programmes held in madrasas on August 15. The controversy was triggered by a circular issued by the Madrasa Shiksha Parishad (MSP), the board that deals with examinations in madrasas, on August 3. The document laid out elaborate directions on how Independence Day celebrations should be conducted in madrasas.The circular was issued to the deputy directors (minority welfare) and district minority welfare officers, who would then ensure the implementation of the order. In directing madrasas to conduct “photography and videography” of the programmes, the MSP has argued that it was to identify the “best programmes” so that they could be “replicated”.Madrasas have accused the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government of attempting to test the patriotism of Muslims. Mahtab Amrohi, manager of the Mehraj-ul-Uloom madrasa in Amroha, said the government’s monitoring was aimed at “creating suspicion” about Muslims. Not only did madrasas have a tradition of singing the national anthem on August 15, even on other days of the year, daily proceedings at his institution began only after the singing of the anthem, he said. Heads of madrasas also questioned why the government had not issued similar orders to other institutions run by the State, and to other religious communities.Suhebur Rehman, the Allahabad-based convener of the All-India United Ulema Forum, said the BJP government was “targeting Muslims” by asking them to produce “proof” of their patriotism.”Have they sent a similar notice to Sanskrit schools, municipalities, schools, colleges and other institutions? Why are they examining the patriotism only of Muslims,” asked Mr. Rehman.Government officials defended the circular. “The order was issued with a good intention. It clearly says that the videography is for the purpose of promoting good programmes,” said Rahul Gupta, registrar, Madrasa Shiksha Parishad, who issued the order.He dismissed the idea that the circular was to test patriotism in madrasas. “Not at all. We have defined each and every step. In fact, we don’t mind if there are anomalies or discrepancies in following the directions,” Mr. Gupta said.last_img read more

More support for Amarinder as tension simmers with Sidhu

first_imgPunjab Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot on Monday asked Navjot Singh Sidhu to resign from the State Cabinet if he cannot work with Amarinder Singh, a day after the Chief Minister accused the cricketer-turned-politician of “damaging” the Congress just before polls. As the tension between Amarinder Singh and his Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu continues to simmer, more Ministers have come out in support of the Chief Minister. Amarinder Singh had on Sunday lashed out at the Punjab Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister for his comments against him and the Congress leadership in the State claiming that Mr. Sidhu was perhaps “ambitious” and “wants to be the Chief Minister.” Following State Health Minister Brahm Mohindra backing the Chief minister, Forest Minister Dharamsot told reporters here on Monday that Mr. Sidhu’s recent remarks were “against party discipline” and one that could “harm the party”. “Sidhu’s remarks came at a time when entire Congress was unitedly fighting to ensure that the party wins all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab. The party high command should take notice of his comments. If Sidhu thinks he cannot work with Capt. Amarinder ji, then he should resign immediately,” Mr. Dharamsot said.‘High ambitions’ “I think his ambitions are very high and he remains dis-satisfied wherever he goes. When he was in the BJP, he was not satisfied there. Today, he may be eyeing the Chief Minister’s post, tomorrow even Prime Minister’s chair may not satisfy him. So, wherever he goes, he has problems,” he added. Mr. Dharamsot said the Congress gave more to Mr. Sidhu than he deserved and that he should not hanker for posts and berths.last_img read more

Sania, Somdev breeze into quarter-finals; Rohan faces defeat

first_imgSania Mirza and Somdev Devvarman had an easy outing in the second round of the singles on Wednesday as they beat lesser-known opponents to proceed to the quarter finals. But there was bad news for the Indian fans as Rohan Bopanna lost to Australian Peter Luczak.Sania Mirza, who got a bye in the first round, defeated Cook Islands’ Brittany Teei 6-0, 6-2. Sania went for the kill from the start itself. Her dominance could be gauged from the first set, which she won in just 20 minutes after breaking Brittany’s first two serves. Sania was exceptionally impressive with her forehands. In the second set, too, Sania took a 4-0 lead. The set looked poised for the same scoreline as the first but Brittany tried to make a comeback. She took away two games back to back with brilliant back hands and close net play. But Sania lapped up the next two games to ensure that things don’t go otherwise.”I am very happy to win this match as this was my first singles match after quite a time in India,” Sania said. “But I need to be focused as anything can happen in tennis. Like in the second set I lost my concentration for a moment and gifted a couple of games to my opponent.” Sania said a wrist injury that had been her constant worry was “no problem and that it was “holding up” well. Later in the day, she paired up with Rushmi Chakravarthi to proceed to the women’s doubles semi-final by defeating Scotland’s Mhairi Brown and Jocelyn Rae 6-1, 7-6. Rushmi, in turn, won her singles match, too, against third seed Katie O’Brien of England 1-6, 7-6, 7-5.advertisementIn the men’s singles, Somdev Devvarman made a short work of his Sri Lankan opponent Amresh Jayawickreme by wrapping up the match in less than an hour with a score of 6-0, 6-1. In his first-round match, Somdev stumbled a bit initially, but on Wednesday it seemed he was out to prove his mettle. Devvarman’s fast moves smothered Jayawickreme’s challenge. The Sri Lankan could do nothing as Somdev raced to win the first set in 19 minutes. It never really looked like Wickreme could make a comeback but he clinched the first game of the second set. But again, Somdev proved too good for the Lankan as he grabbed the next six games to take the set 6-1.”I think I played better tennis than yesterday but still there are more matches and I need to keep up the form,” Somdev said after the match. In the third match of the day, Rohan Bopanna, whose Davis cup win had raised expectations, went down to Peter Luczak 2-6, 6-7(5). In the last match of the day, though, Bopanna and Somdev beat Scotland’s Jamie Murray and Colin Fleming 6-3, 6-1 to enter the men’s doubles quarter finals. In the other women’s singles match, Poojashree Venkatesh was beaten by Heather Watson of Guernsey 7-6, 6-3.last_img read more