Kenina and Schwyontek will meet in the French Open final

In the first semi-final, Schwyonteka (WTA 53) convincingly defeated the previously qualified Argentine Nadia Podoroski with 6-2, 6-1, who takes the 131st place in the WTA rank.

On Thursday, Schwyontek became the first Polish tennis player to reach the final of the French Open in the last 81 years.

It is significant that the Polish woman has never lost a set in the tournament.

“I’m really surprised,” Schwyoneck said after the historic victory. “At first I didn’t expect to play so well here, but I felt internally that if I reached the Grand Slam final, it would definitely be in Paris.”

In 1939, another Polish woman, Jadviga Jeržejovska, lost in the final of this tournament. In the open era, she is only the second Polish woman to reach the finals of the Grand Slam tournament. Eight years ago in Wimbledon, Agneška Radvaņska did it.

She has also become the only seventh unsown tennis player to make it to the finals in Paris. Of the previous six tennis players, only Alona Ostapenko, who did it in 2017, has celebrated the victory in the final with such status.

Podoroska, meanwhile, was the lowest-ranked tennis player to reach the semifinals of the French Open in the Open. The performance in the tournament will allow her to rise to the record high 48th place.

In the final, Schwyonteka will meet the winner of the Australian Open Championship Kenina (6th WTA), who is sown with the fourth number in the tournament. The American with 6-4, 7-5 defeated Wimbledon champion Peter Kvitov from the Czech Republic (WTA 11th), who was placed with the seventh number.

Kenina has the opportunity to become the first tennis player to win two Grand Slam titles in one season since 2016. Previously, the German Angelika Kerbere, who won in Australia and the United States.

Significantly, Kenina had never played in the quarterfinals in her career in clay tournaments before.

In the women’s competition in the French Open Championship this season, the first number of the rank from Australia Ashley Barthy, the new “US Open” champion Naomi Osaka from Japan, as well as the talented Canadian Bianka Andresco will not start.

The Roland Garros tournament was due to take place this year from May 25 to June 7, but in mid-March it was moved to autumn and is the last Grand Slam of the season.

The tournament takes place on clay.

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Gatis Grāvers will play the famous father before his birth in the film

The news that his son Gatis was chosen for the role of Aigars Grāvers came only on the first day of filming, becoming an even bigger event than the fact of the shooting of the film “Jumprava. The Big Event” itself.

That Gatim’s role was not only due to acquaintance is confirmed by the casting, which was attended by many young people. And Gatis was chosen after proving his strength in trials. “Two factors were important to apply for the role: musical skills and visual appearance – similarity to one of the band’s musicians. It so happened that I have it all. That’s why the film’s director Aigars Graub, when he called to apply for casting, did not have to be particularly persuasive, ”says Gatis, who will have his first experience in acting and in front of the cameras, in a conversation with Kas Jauns magazine.

It could be difficult to compete with Gati in the likeness of his father to others, because visually, father and son are alike. Graver’s son is not unaware of the music either. Although the guy has not connected his professional path with music – he is an architect – Gatis has attended a music school since childhood, where he learned to play the piano, even participated in international competitions, so when filming at a keyboard, you can feel confident.

According to the press, Gatis formed the group “Sol Luna” together with Matīss Runtulis, a musician who has already passed away during school, and has worked in it, which Aigars has praised, saying that “nothing happens to his son”. Graver’s son had never felt the pressure of his parents to play music. After graduating from high school, he played in groups in France, but did not make money with music, it is his hobby. In the film Gatis will also be seen playing guitar and singing, because all the compositions will be performed by the actors themselves “live”.

Gatis studied at a French lyceum and, when he had to make a choice about what to become, he went to France to study architecture at the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Montpellier. That’s how it is, – the young man asks why architecture determines. He has lived and worked in France, in Montreal, for ten years. It is rare to come to Latvia, and this time he will be here until the middle of October due to filming. “I don’t know what I have signed up for, now I’m just starting to guess what it’s all about. Filming and role-playing is an unfamiliar field for me, but I am open to trying something new, I really want to understand what it is, ”Gatis smiles on the first day of filming.

The fact that he is the son of Aigars will probably make it easier to feel the role. “I see other actors trying to capture the image of their hero – to meet and talk to the musician for at least half an hour to feel the person. I can pretty well imagine Aigars’ reactions to him in different situations. It’s a bit easier for me, ”says Gatis. Whether he is naturally like his father, however, he does not have to judge himself – it must be better visible from the outside.

Given the period of the film, it turns out that Father Gatis will be portrayed just before his birth. At the same time, the work in the film will give the young person the opportunity to learn more about the Awakening time, the work of “Jumprava” and its significance in it, because “for my generation, fanating about” Jumprava “has gone away”. “I am not in the generation that has heard this music a lot; just as much as I have listened to myself. But in filming, I see and understand that people older than me perceive the group as an essential part of their youth. ”

Asked whether the film will allow him to get to know his father better, Gatis is reluctant to answer, pointing out that he does not want to talk about private life, only about the film. But little is known about it yet. “If you ask this question when the film is finished, I will answer you, now I don’t know what to say,” explains Aigars.

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As you know, Aigars Grāvers (59) is the father of five children. Aigars met his eldest son Ilvar (32), who was given to him by his first wife and raised by his grandparents after her death, denying the opportunity to see only two years ago. Gatis, like his sister, was born to Aigars in a relationship with his second wife Lilita. In turn, the two youngest sons, who are currently of primary school age, were born to the musician in a recently divorced marriage with producer Aija Strazdiņa. Graver himself did not hide in the interviews that he is aware that he has spent too little time with his older children, that he values ​​his role as a father as a “twin” and that it is painful to realize and feel this emptiness.

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World champion Alafilipp has a heavy fall on a Flemish bike ride

In this competition, cyclists had to cover a distance of 243.3 kilometers with 15 floors and heavy hills, as well as several sections of pavement.

About 36 kilometers before the finish, the Frenchman Deceuninck-QuickStep, along with the Belgian Jumbo-Visma and the Dutch van der Pool (Alpecin-Fenix), set off from the group, but a few kilometers later the world the champion suffered a heavy fall. On a slight incline, he did not see the race judge in front of the riders behind the rivals and hit him on the shoulder.

Alafilips plumped and landed heavily, grabbing his arm in pain. Of course, he injured the shoulder and wrist of his right hand.

After Alafilip’s resignation, Van Arts and van der Pool maintained a two-wheeler victory in the finish line. Van der Pool was superior to the hairdresser. The next group split third, with Norwegian Alexander Christophe (UAE) winning the victory.

It is significant that in 1986 Matri van der Paul’s father Adri won this bike ride.

On Sunday, the Latvian cyclist Skujiņš of the “Trek-Segafredo” team also took part in the start, finishing in the group that lost ten minutes and 30 seconds to the winner. The Latvian was classified in heading 81.

“Ronde van Vlaanderen” took place for the 104th time in history. In 2000, Roman Vainstein won the third place in this bike ride.

The cycling, which is part of the Flemish classics, was due to take place on April 5 this year, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was postponed to the autumn.

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On Sunday, 44 new cases of Covid-19 in Latvia

The proportion of positive cases against those tested is 2%, reports SPKC. SPKC promises to provide more detailed information about new patients later.

In Latvia, a total of 3494 persons became ill and 1341 recovered.

Eight more Covid-19 patients were hospitalized on Sunday, according to the National Health Service (NSS).

The NSA reports that 80 people are currently being treated in hospitals, of whom 74 are moderately ill and six are severely ill.

A total of 284 patients were discharged from hospitals.

As previously reported by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the number of Covid-19 cases increased in all age groups last week, but the largest increase was in the 50-64 age group, where the number increased by 102% compared to the week before.

The second largest increase was observed in the group over the age of 65, when the number of new cases increased by 61.7%.

An increase of 23.6% was also observed in the age group from 15 to 49 years of age, but children aged 0-14 years of age became ill 9.4% more often last week than a week earlier.

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PHOTO: the group “Pērkons” sings the concert program “Man, You Are!” At VEF Culture Palace

This concert program is a dedication of the group “Pērkons” to the outstanding poet Māris Čaklajs, who would have turned 80 this year.

In the first part of the concert program, the special guests were the opera singer, one of the former “Thunder people”, the current Minister of Culture Nauris Puntulis and the musician Elizabete Balčus. In the second part, the brightest fragments of the rock opera were sung by the Latvian National Theater actor Egils Melbārdis, singers Annija Putniņa and Elizabete Balčus together with the group Pērkons.

Twenty years ago, Melbārdis participated in the production of “Gypsy in a Dream” at the Daugavpils Theater and in 2002 received the “Players’ Night” award for the role of Jānis Man as the best young actor. The actor admits that after twenty years he feels satisfied to sing the wonderful and at the same time very complex fragments of the rock opera again.

Musicians believe that today Māris Čakla’s texts are even more accurate and very accurately describe today’s situation and events in Latvia – at a time when we have entered the shackles of a pandemic, when people now have to live in the shadow of various restrictions. Quoting Māris Čaklo, “… but let the fog be mist, the dew is the dew / and let people not die from it” and “You who know about the freedom to exist / know how to exist in your freedom- / gather like the sea… / Man, you are all together.”

The next concerts of the tour will take place on November 1 in Liepāja Concert Hall “Lielais dzintars”, on November 15 – in Concert Hall “Cēsis” and on November 21 – in Ventspils Theater House “Jūras vārti”.

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Latvia is overwhelmed by African dance fever. How does a psychotherapist explain this phenomenon?

In the clip produced by “Master KG”, the song is performed by the singer Nomcebo Zikode, who is popular in South Africa. Since the official premiere on December 13, 2019, the clip “YouTube” has been viewed more than 170 million times. And you are not only watching it – the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge challenge has also started in Latvia.

Another dance plague?

The idea is quite simple. People from different organizations, companies and even cities come together to dance the previously learned steps to the accompaniment of “Jerusalem”. The performance is filmed and the assembled videos are posted by the organizers on social networks, passing the challenge on.

Meanwhile, historical sources contain information about an incident in July 1518 in the former capital of the Alsace region, now the French city of Strasbourg.

Both local doctors and clergy and chroniclers described a woman’s uncontrollable dancing fever. The lady suddenly started bending in the dance and did it for so long and persistently that she was joined by other, mostly younger ladies.

It lasted for days, gathering from 50 to 400 people. Seeing what was happening, the Strasbourg magistrate and bishop intervened, and the dancers were even taken to hospitals. In total, at least seven similar events from the 14th to the 17th century are known in Alsace. Over the years, both dark forces and – nowadays – stress-induced mass psychosis have been blamed.

About 400 dancers in Dobele

Maybe the stress of the pandemic is to blame now? Although the activity is spreading, in the language of the age of social networks, virally, this cannot be called the mystical dancing fever that once befell 16th century Europeans. It is believed that it was started for advertising purposes by the songwriter himself and was first moved by African dancers from Angola.

Dobele has already danced in Latvia, where local fitness coach, owner of the sports club “Gold Barbell” Ivars Cīrulis gathered about 400 people. Jelgava also stood out with a number of high-quality videos and dancers, which were followed and will certainly be followed by other municipalities. At Riga Airport, 70 employees danced it, challenging airBaltic.

The company’s involvement can be seen as a marketing-driven connection to another Internet fashion thing, but the motivation of so many people to spend time and energy requires explanation.

Compensation after self – insulation

Inese Ločmele, a psychotherapist of stature, the founder and teacher of the dance and personality culture center “I-DANCE HOUSE”, has a versatile opinion.

“Probably the first thing to mention is the songwriter’s own successful move, perhaps his fortune in releasing just such a song at this time. But otherwise, after months of feeling restricted in the pandemic, I think such a voluntary and motivated physical get-together is can be seen as compensation for isolation, most of which were practiced for health reasons, “says the psychotherapist,

“I think that in a way the simplicity of this dance also attracts. The simple in this sense will always be more attractive to the public than the complex. In my experience, I can also say that charismatic organizers and appropriate weather are always good for such events.”

A competition in which everyone wins

Ločmele also states that challenges in the dance world always mean more, not a serious competition with the winner and loser, but a binding way to get together and get the most out of it, while also maintaining a certain spirit of competition.

In his particular dance, he does not see a serious connection with African ritual dances – the steps danced to the accompaniment of “Jerusalem” are too simple.

“This is something that is popular now, but tomorrow will be forgotten, and something new will come in. If you look at the dance itself, then if we look carefully, we can understand that the steps of Jerusalem dance dictate that only the lower body moves. It shows a grounded, physically and morally strong dance, “adds Ločmele.

Heaven will be better …

Facebook user Dainis Briedis from Ventspils has come up with his explanation. He points out that he has once lived in Africa for quite some time and from contact with the locals knowing full well that for Africans, dance is not simply a dance in our understanding, but a religious ritual with a magical context.

“An important part of the religious beliefs that are included in the ritual content is the inclusion of the world of the dead in real life. The music of the mentioned dance is also based on the song of an ancient South African funeral ceremony. Should we Latvians challenge Fate and subject ourselves to African ritual dances? which implements the meaning even without understanding … And in which several times it is chanted: “Do not leave me here! My place isn’t here … “?” approaching lingerie, Dainis asks.

“Master KG” itself confirms that the words have a slightly religious orientation, but the composition is basically based on typical dance music traditions. In South Africa, “Jerusalem” belongs to the “Limpopo house” genre – fast-paced dance music, which originates in the province of Limpopo in northern South Africa.

What “Jerusalem” sings about

Jerusalem is my home

Protect me

Come with me

Don’t leave me here

My place is not here

My kingdom is not here

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PHOTO: a new autumn fashion season has opened on the Riga Canal with an unprecedented view

Fashion came to life in a half-hour style trip on a raft with a special choreography by Elīna Gediņa and music by Maija and Reinis Sējāni. “Vacatio Studija” models and dancer Rūdolfs Gediņš went on a raft trip along the Riga canal, showing costumes from the new autumn clothing collection. Anyone interested could follow their style trip both on the canal and live, but then the fashion show continued on the third floor of “Stockmann” together with DJ Rudd and radio personality Kristine Komarovska. The musicians Reinis and Maija Sējāni, as well as other well-known people, watched the fashion shows in person.

“This autumn we want to highlight the courage in everyone’s style – the courage to be yourself, find your individuality, live according to yourself and trust your taste. That’s why Stockmann’s autumn-style ambassadors are brave people who arouse admiration in their professional work. And that’s why a bold and unusual fashion show, in which not all outfits are suitable for everyday wear, inspires everyone to dare to introduce a special style accent in their autumn wardrobe, ”says Dace Goldmane, CEO of Stockmann.

The latest collection of clothes and accessories from the most outstanding brands – “Versace Jeans Couture”, “Karl Lagerfeld”, “Armani Exchange”, “Trussardi Jeans”, “Tommy Hilfiger”, “Coach” and others have been selected for fashion show, preferring courage in each element of style. . The models showed modern clothes, especially for this fashion show, without forgetting about the fashion trends of this autumn’s world – monochrome or uniform clothing. The fashion show also featured costumes and accessories chosen by Stockmann’s autumn-style fans Maija and Reiņa Sējāni.

Other autumn-style autumn-style newsletters have also taken part in the creation of the special fashion show. Interior architect Anda Ozoliņa brought topicalities of autumn interior and design to the scenography of the fashion show, but fashion ambassador Laura Saulīte and beauty ambassador Almaza Pirha watched the fashion shows in person and shared their impressions.

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Latvia’s GDP forecast for the second quarter to range from 8.5% to 15%

Among others, SEB banka’s macroeconomic expert Dainis Gašpuitis forecasts that the Latvian economy in the second quarter of 2020 could have contracted by 10-15% compared to the second quarter of last year.

“The second quarter was the hardest part of the economy. The introduction of restrictions sharply slowed down economic activity,” Gašpuitis said.

He noted that economic activity in tourism, catering and entertainment fell to a minimum. As a result, most sectors will see a greater or lesser decline, although it cannot be ruled out that there may also be sectors where growth can be seen, such as agriculture and construction.

“There is no real precedent for what has happened, so estimates of economic performance over this period will be very rough, including the flash estimate of GDP. Overall, there are groups of countries that have been very successful during this period, that is, relatively compared to “The forecast was negative, although the negative consequences for the economy are quite noticeable. This is evidenced by the extent of the decline in Latvia’s retail and manufacturing industries. Thanks to timely restrictions, business flexibility and the crisis of the previous crisis, Latvia will join the group of most successful countries,”

Swedbank’s chief economist in Latvia Līva Zorgenfreija points out that although the second quarter is already behind us, uncertainty about how hard the Latvian economy has suffered is still high.

She forecasts that Latvia’s GDP in the second quarter of this year could have decreased by about 10% compared to the second quarter of 2019 and by 8% compared to the first quarter of this year. “If the forecast interval were to be mentioned, it would be unusually high – up to +/- two percentage points,” Zorgenfrey added.

According to her, most industries are expected to decline in the second quarter of this year, including mostly faster than in the first quarter. Significant reductions are expected in arts and entertainment, transport, tourism and catering, industry and trade. At the same time, growth could be expected in agriculture and public administration. There may also have been a decline in activity in the health care sector, as health care services were partially curtailed during the pandemic.

Luminor economist Pēteris Strautiņš, on the other hand, forecasts that in the second quarter of this year, Latvia’s GDP could have decreased by about 8.5% year-on-year, while the decline compared to the previous quarter could have been about one percentage point smaller.

Strautiņš points out that during the year the decline was in most industries.

“Due to low timber prices and consequently lower felling volumes, the decline in output could be in the agricultural and forestry sectors. The deepest decline is certainly in the catering and accommodation sectors, as well as in the cultural and entertainment sectors, which have lost more than half, but are among the smallest, with some doctors having more work this year. however, the provision of many services was temporarily suspended, so in the second quarter the value added may have decreased in this sector as well, “said Strautiņš.

According to him, the growth was probably in the information and communication sector – during this time the use of communication services grew, while software exports suffered relatively little due to the coronavirus crisis.

The currently available service data suggest that the export of business outsourcing has also performed quite well, but the provision of many commercial services in the domestic market was disrupted, so this industry has probably not managed to avoid the crisis, Strautiņš added.

The Luminor economist also predicted that Latvia’s GDP could shrink by 5.5% this year.

The Central Statistical Bureau will announce the data of the Latvian GDP quick estimate for the second quarter of 2020 on Friday, July 31.

It has already been reported that in the first quarter of this year, according to seasonally and calendar unadjusted data, Latvia’s GDP at constant prices decreased by 1.5% compared to the corresponding period of 2019. On the other hand, quarter-on-quarter, according to seasonally and calendar-adjusted data, GDP contracted by 2.9%.

At current prices, Latvia’s GDP in the first quarter of this year was 6.8 billion euros.

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Latvia has been granted the right to organize the 2021 European Basketball Championship qualification tournament games for women

LBS found out about the good news on Wednesday, when the FIBA ​​Europe board meeting was held. In Latvia, the games will take place in the national team “window”, which will last from November 8 to 15. LBS reports that the subgroup I games of the qualifying tournament in Latvia are planned from November 12 to 14.

In the Group I tournament, the Latvian women’s team will play with the German and Croatian national teams (in the original calendar, both matches were scheduled for away). Croatia – Northern Macedonia and Northern Macedonia – Germany will also play in Riga.

After two rounds in Group I, the Croatian national team has two victories, Latvia and Germany one by one, while Northern Macedonia remains in the beige.

The final tournament, scheduled for June 2021 in Spain and France, will qualify the winners of nine groups and the top five runners-up.

It has already been reported that at the end of this year and the beginning of next year, the games organized by the FIBA ​​national team will take place in one place, not at home or at guests, as usual.

The FIBA ​​Executive Committee decided on the national team matches scheduled for November this year and February next year after assessing health risks and receiving recommendations from medical and competition commissions.

The new rules stipulate that the games will not be played away or at home, but in one venue, which FIBA ​​will have to agree in advance with the country that has committed to hosting the matches. Covid-19 tests will have to be performed at the venue, as well as a strict movement regime, as the teams will almost live in a “bubble”.

Meanwhile, at the end of November, the Latvian men’s national team will play with the Greek and Bosnian national teams in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

After two rounds, Greece has two victories, Bosnia and Bulgaria one by one, but the Latvian team has started with two losses. The top three teams in the group will qualify for the final tournament.

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Liepins will debut “Vuelta a Espana” next week

Of the eight athletes included in the team, in addition to Liepiņš, the Danish Aleksandrs Kamps, the Luxembourg cyclist Mihels Rīss and the Spanish Haun Pedro Lopez will also experience the debut tour. The great tours are experienced by Danish Niklas Aegs, Frenchman Kenya Elison, Italian Mateo Mosketti and Dutchman Koon de Corte.

The main goal of “Trek – Segafredo” in this Spanish tour is to fight for victories in certain stages. Despite the fact that the tour has been shortened to 18 stages, there will be quite a few challenges in the 47 categorized climbs and several mountain finishes. The sprinters will have the opportunity to compete for at least four stages, including the last with a finish in Madrid.

Team director Gegori Rast mentions Mosket as the main contender for the finish in the sprint, but the Italian is still recovering after an injury at the beginning of the season, so the second option will be Liepins. It was at the beginning of the season that the Dobel player made his debut for the “Trek – Segafredo” team, helped Mosket win two cycling races in Spain and finished in the top ten.

Vuelta a Espana will start on October 20 in the Basque Country and finish on November 8 in Madrid. The first six days of the race will overlap with this year’s Giro d’Italia.

Latvia is not represented in the Italian tour, but the “Tour de France” was started by Liepins team member Toms Skujins and Krists Neilands from the “Israel Start-Up Nation” unit. Both Latvians actively participated in the struggles, with Skujiņš winning the second place in one of the stages.

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