Johnson strengthens grip on world No. 1 ranking

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For much of the final round of The Northern Trust, it appeared that Jordan Spieth would finally get within arm’s reach of Dustin Johnson atop the Official World Golf Ranking. Instead, Johnson only strengthened his grip on the top spot thanks to his playoff victory at Glen Oaks Club.

Johnson has held the top spot every week since his win at the Genesis Open in February, and that streak now won’t end anytime soon. While Spieth passed Hideki Matsuyama at No. 2 thanks to his runner-up performance, he’s still nearly three points behind Johnson’s new average of 12.4156.

Updated Official World Golf Ranking

Other notable moves from this past week included Jon Rahm, who jumped from No. 8 to a career-best fifth with a T-13 finish in New York. Kevin Chappell moved up four spots to No. 26 with a tie for sixth, while Jhonattan Vegas rose 13 spots to No. 35 with a share of third.

Bubba Watson had briefly dipped outside the OWGR top 50, but he’s back up to No. 49 after a T-10 finish while former U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson jumped nine spots to No. 40 with a tie for sixth, his second top-10 finish in as many weeks.

The only other change near the top came at No. 6, where Justin Thomas passed Sergio Garcia with a T-6 finish. Johnson and Spieth are now followed by Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy and Rahm, while Thomas, Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler round out the new top 10.

Idle since February because of a back injury, Tiger Woods fell 17 more spots to No. 1121 in the latest rankings.

Uber Says No Change in Growth, Investment Plans for India Amid Global Turmoil

Uber Says No Change in Growth, Investment Plans for India Amid Global Turmoil


  • Uber is going ahead with its India operations without hurdles
  • Recent times have been tumultous for Uber as its CEO stepped down
  • A number of lawsuits against Uber including Waymo are also going on

Cab aggregator Uber on Thursday said there is no change in its growth and investment plans in India, even as it continues to battle against allegations of mismanagement and harassment at its headquarters in the US.

The ride-hailing firm further said it is “thinking hard” about how the company can foster a culture of inclusion and diversity in India and is bolstering existing practices.

India is the largest market for Uber, outside of its home-ground. There were concerns that the global developments could have a damaging effect on the company’s operations in India.

“There is no change in our plan for growth and investment. Our business is stronger than ever – we have continued to grow exponentially every week since we started in journey in India almost 4 years back,” Uber President India and South Asia Amit Jain told PTI.

He added that the management, both global and in the country, is committed to the operations in India.

The comments assume significance as Uber, the world’s most valued startup, has come under fire after a former employee wrote a blog post alleging sexual harassment and sexism at the firm.

Troubles mounted further after reports emerged that a top Uber executive had allegedly obtained medical records of a 26-year-old woman raped by an Uber driver in India in 2014.

Responding to an email, Jain said Uber’s commitment to India is “absolute”.

The company has also seen a slew of top-level exits, including the forced resignation of its co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick.

“At times like this, communication is important, and I have made myself available to all members of staff. The team understands that the mission remains the same and that in that respect, nothing has changed,” Jain said.

Besides, the company has also connected to its driver partner ecosystem to reiterate its commitment to the Indian market.

Jain said Uber is “a few days away from touching a milestone of 500 millionth trip in India”.

Uber, which competes with SoftBank-backed Ola, has operations in 29 cities in India. India accounted for about 12 percent of all Uber trips globally, as of last year.

The company has two engineering centres in India – Bengaluru and Hyderabad with nearly 100 people. The teams work on areas like safety, payments, driver growth, maps, vehicle telematics and rider experience, among others.

Jain said the company is further strengthening existing practices and bringing in newer ones as well.

“We are thinking hard about the things that need to change for Uber to not just be a successful company but also a company that is loved and respected. Change starts with action,” he said.

Globally, Uber’s board has adopted recommendations following an investigation led by the law firm of former US attorney general Eric Holder, who was retained to look into Uber’s culture and practices.

The recommendations exhorted Uber to exercise more control over HR and the overall culture at the workplace. Uber has now rolled out a plan for 180 days, under which it plans to make “meaningful changes” for enhancing the experience of its driver partners.


World No Tobacco Day Has Twitter Buzzing With ‘No Smoking’ Messages

World No Tobacco Day Has Twitter Buzzing With 'No Smoking' Messages

Tobacco use kills over seven million people each year, according to WHO.
May 31 is World No Tobacco Day and several celebrities, politicians, sportstars and may others on social media are posting their messages on #WorldNoTobaccoDay to mark the day. It’s no secret that smoking and using tobacco is extremely injurious, not only to one’s health but also to others and the environment. “Tobacco threatens us all,” says World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. “Tobacco exacerbates poverty, reduces economic productivity, contributes to poor household food choices, and pollutes indoor air.” Tobacco use kills over seven million people each year, according to WHO.

So, to drive home the message that tobacco is harmful and should not be consumed in any way, people on Twitter are posting messages on World No Tobacco Day. “I left smoking almost 35 years ago! Will you?” tweeted Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan earlier today. Many others, not unlike like Big B, are sharing their personal anecdotes of when they quit smoking and how they feel now. Tweeple are also sharing facts and figures related to tobacco usage. Some have even posted suggestions on how one can quit the habit.

Former Indian opener and current Twitter king Virender Sehwag, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, singer Shaan, and many others have also tweeted about #WorldNoTobaccoDay. The hashtag is trending on Twitter.

Here’s what Twitter is saying on World No Tobacco Day
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‘No summer break could mean nervous breakdown, burnout for Mumbai schoolchildren’

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Early burnout, stress, and nervous breakdowns — this is what experts fear Mumbai children will suffer from if schools deprive them of their two-month-long summer vacation by starting the academic year early.

The Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights recently asked schools to let children enjoy their summer break, a request educators and child development specialists in Mumbai are keen to enforce.

Parents of high school students raised concerns over Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Council of Secondary Education (ICSE) schools holding classes for the new academic year during April or May. They said this will deny children the opportunity to enjoy, relax, refresh, play, and acquire extra-curricular skills.

Acting on behalf of these complaints, the commission on April 22 issued immediate orders to Kerala schools, asking them to stop vacation classes. It asked the principal secretary of the state school education department to examine the issue of vacations in the context of child rights. It also ordered schools to fix the maximum days during which summer camps and workshops can be held.

The commission said vacations enable a child to develop skills that are essential for healthy and meaningful life. Such skills cannot be found between the two pages of a book, it added.

“The concept of a vacation has always been integral to the education system,” reads the order. “It was well recognised that a child must be given opportunities, not only for formal learning at school, but informal learning to develop life skills, to interact and socialise with others and nurture a talent for arts, sports,” it continues.

Terming this a ‘landmark order in child rights’, educators and child specialists in Mumbai said it should be made applicable to the entire country. “Schools across India are cutting their vacations short to complete the syllabus. It is just as important that they get a sufficient break from academic pursuits,” said Dr Dhaval Mody, psychiatrist and clinical psychologist with Vrudhi Research Foundation.

According to Mody, loss of holidays can lead to psychological and psychiatric issues. “Close to 50% of mental health-related issues manifest themselves between 14 and 17 years of age, while 75% occur between 18 and 24 years,” said Mody. “This happens because of exhaustion and mental pressure,” he added.

On the other hand, schools said that while many of them consciously try to give students longer summer breaks, the purpose is defeated as parents sign them up for coaching classes during that period.

“If we don’t hold summer classes, parents send children for tuitions, which is a big menace. We often advise against it, but parents do not listen to us,” said Zeenat Bhojabhoy, principal, Jamnabai Narsee School (ICSE), Vile Parle (West).