Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old tennis phenom from Delray Beach, became the youngest Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) winner since Nicole Vaidisova in 2004, on Sunday.The local teen defeated 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in Linz, Austria.Gauff lost during the qualifying rounds but made the tournament’s main draw when another player pulled out due to an injury.She then went on to reach her first quarterfinal, grab her first top-10 win and her first title.“I’ll definitely remember this moment for the rest of my life,” she told the crowd.Gauff collected a check of $43,000 for the match.Ostapenko seemed to have momentum heading into the final set Sunday. However, Gauff regrouped early on and grabbed a 5-0 lead.Ostapenko saved two match points and rallied back for 2-5, but Gauff took advantage on her third match point and surged ahead once again.Gauff’s ranking will rise from 110th to around 70th, which means that she will not need to go through qualifying or to get a wildcard in order to earn a place at tennis’ next major, January’s Australian Open.She told the crowd, “One of the biggest thank yous goes to you guys. Thank you for your constant support this week. It’s been an amazing week and I hope to come back in the future.”
12 Apr 2017 Cheshire’s Ruth Whitehead receives Micklem Award Cheshire’s Ruth Whitehead, who has played a prominent role in unifying men’s and women’s golf, has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to the amateur game with England Golf’s Gerald Micklem Award. Ruth is the first woman to receive the award, which was presented today by England Golf’s outgoing President, Marian Rae, at the organisation’s annual meeting. Ruth was a key figure in national women’s golf for many years and was closely involved with the merger of the English Golf Union and the English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) which created England Golf. She has been a member at Delamere Forest Golf Club for almost 40 years, becoming its first woman director and is now is its first female chairman. Alongside Ruth’s club and national roles she has been a staunch supporter of her county, both as a player and an official, most recently as President in 2015/16. Ruth’s motivation has always been her pleasure in the game and she said of her award: “I’m overwhelmed, this is absolutely unbelievable. I have had such fun and enjoyment from golf, I’ve worked with wonderful people and made lovely friends. You don’t think of getting honours, you do it because you love the game.” Ruth started golf as a 14-year-old at Sandbach, Cheshire, and, during a membership which spanned 45 years, she was ladies’ captain in the club’s golden jubilee celebrations. She was also a member at a third Cheshire club, Sandiway, for more than 35 years and has been ladies’ captain at Royal St David’s, Harlech. Ruth’s active involvement with county, regional and national golf flourished when she retired as deputy head teacher of a large, successful comprehensive school in Nantwich. After joining the executive of the former English Ladies’ Golf Association she helped to modernise the organisation and transform it into EWGA. Ruth was the first chairman of the new operational board, looking after the association’s golfing activities. She was always hands-on, as busy on the course as in the committee room. Ruth ran many championships – with a particular soft spot for the English U13 and U15 girls – and officiated as an R&A-qualified referee. As a player, Ruth held a single figure handicap for over 40 years and still plays off 11. She was a Cheshire county player and was county senior champion in 1999. She has been county captain, senior captain and the captain of the Northern vets. Image © Leaderboard Photography
Dave Bry is very sorry and he’s prepared to tell you why at River Road Books at 7:30 p.m. on April 11. Bry’s book, Public Apology: In Which a Man Grapples with a Lifetime of Regret One Incident at a Time, is a very funny collection of essays featuring a man (Bry himself) reckoning with a past fraught with bad decisions. Reaching back as far as grade school, Bry draws upon his experiences growing up in Little Silver and shapes his apologies into a unique memoir that remind all of us that our past can define us until we face it, one person at a time.Bry writes regularly for The Awl, a website that discusses news, politics and culture, Vibe, XXL, Spin and True/Slant. He grew up in Little Silver and currently lives in Brooklyn.Copies of Public Apology are available at River Road Books and the author event is free with the purchase of the book. Call River Road Books at 732-747-9455 or email [email protected] to reserve your spot.
Milford man Kieran Murray, a newcomer to Transplant Team Ireland, got off to a great start on the first day of the European Transplant & Dialysis Gamesin Krakow yesterday by securing a Gold in the 5km race.Kieran was absolutely delighted with his success, he said, “My time is a personal best for me and I exceeded my own expectations.“Thanks to my donor without them I wouldn’t have this opportunity and thanks so much to the support of my family, friends and Milford Athletics Club. Fellow Donegal man Hugo Boyce from Clonmany also put in a good performance at the Games yesterday in the Petanque singles and doubles events.DONEGAL MAN WINS GOLD ON FIRST DAY OF EUROPEAN TRANSPLANT CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: August 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSport
Chris Gayle is slated for a yet another return to international cricket after the ‘Universe Boss’ was named in the West Indies one day international squad for the first two matches against England. Wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Pooran has also received his maiden call-up in the 50-over format as cricket West Indies named their 14-man squad on Thursday.Gayle had last played an ODI for th West Indies back in July 2018 in a home series against Bangladesh. He had since made himslef unavailable for selection – missing the India and Bangladesh series, as he wanted to play in the Afghanistan Premier League and the T10 League.Gayle, now 39-year-old, is the second most capped West Indies player with 284 matches and is also the second highest run-scorer with 9,727 runs, behind only West Indies legend Brian Lara – who has 10,405 runs from 299 matches.Gayle has the most centuries by a West Indian in ODI, with 23, as well as the highest score of 215 ( which he scored in the last edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup against Zimbabwe. Gayle is also handy with the ball, picking up 165 wickets.Pooran, on the other hand, has only played eight T20Is with his highest score being 53 not out and a strike rate of 152.57.Courtney Browne, the Chairman of Selectors, also informed that Marlon Samuels was unavailable for the first two games as he is receiving treatment on his knees. Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse and Evin Lewis also return to the squad. Browne said that the home series against England will be looked as preparations for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, which is slated played from May 31 to July 15 in England and Wales.advertisement”As we continue our Cricket World Cup preparations, the upcoming series against the top ranked ODI side is a great opportunity for us to gauge where we are as a team. This allows us to identify any areas that need addressing relating to selection and also helps the coaching staff to fine tune their game strategy,” Browne said in press release.”We welcome the return of Chris Gayle who missed the last two series and Ashley Nurse from injury. We are pleased to introduce Nicholas Pooran to the ODI squad for the first time. He is clearly a young player with undoubted talent and we believe he can add value to our middle order. Shannon Gabriel remains very much in our World Cup plans but with a heavy workload expected in the Test series he will be considered for selection later in the ODI series,” Browne added.The first ODI will be played at Kensington Oval on Wednesday, February 20, with the second being on Friday, February 22.West Indies squad: Jason Holder (C), Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Oshane ThomasAlso Read | Australia team going to India is not the World Cup squad, says Justin LangerAlso Read | We are sorry: New Zealand Cricket after removing banner promoting sexual consentAlso Read | KL Rahul to lead India A vs England Lions, Ajinkya Rahane named Rest of India skipper
The Director is encouraging persons to utilise their right to know, under the Act. A Cabinet submission highlighting reforms to the Access to Information Act, is to be presented to Parliament by the end of the third quarter of the financial year.Director of the Access to Information (ATI) Unit at the Office of the Prime Minister, Damion Cox, says the reforms are part of the recommendations made by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament which carried out a review of the Access to Information Act in 2011.Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Mr. Cox said amendments to the Act are being legislated, “to ensure that public authorities apply a public interest test in relation to more categories of exemptions.”A public interest test, he said, is the process whereby public authorities are expected to identify any relevant public interest.Explaining further how the exemptions work, Mr. Cox informed that a public interest test is only applied to two sections of the ATI Act. Section 19 of the Act stipulates that an exemption can be applied to government deliberative process, while section 21 mandates that the test be applied to documents dealing with any historical, archaeological, anthropological and natural resources, as well as national monuments.Similarly, he advised that the exemptions protect “things relating to personal privacy and national security, as well as commercially sensitive information of public and private entities.”Mr. Cox also added that the Act therefore, “seeks to balance the public interest in terms of those documents that can be readily released and those that an exemption can be applied to.”Meanwhile, the Director is encouraging persons to utilise their right to know, under the Act. He noted that everyone has a right to access government information, since the passage of the legislation.“The Act provides for proactive disclosure and we are looking to strengthen that. Where we are right now, in terms of routine disclosure, is a far way from where we were prior to this Act being introduced as part of the transparency and open governance framework,” Mr. Cox said.He added that the aim of the legislation and its implementation is to ensure that Jamaica is conforming to international standards.Mr. Cox also pointed out that the global move, in terms of open data, is far greater than just gaining access to information that is available.“It is how we can use the vast data that government collects to create applications that can provide citizens with good services,” he explained, while pointing out that this is what pertains in many other jurisdictions.The Act, which was passed in 2002, gives Jamaican citizens and individuals across the world the opportunity to access official government documents, while promoting freedom of information. Reforms are part of the recommendations made by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament. Story Highlights Reforms to the Access to Information Act, is to be presented to Parliament by the end of the third quarter of the financial year.
The Duke of Cambridge helped a leading Jewish charity celebrate a special anniversary last week during an event at Alexandra Palace attended by leading members of the Jewish community and singer Lionel Richie.The Duke of Cambridge meets beneficiaries of Jewish Care’ services at the 25th anniversary dinnerCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgJewish Care provides health and social care support to the UK’s Jewish community in London and South East England. The charity looks after more than 7,000 people every week through over 70 health and social care services.His Royal Highness began his speech at the event by joking that the 1,400 guests would give Richie a harder time than the crowd at the Glastonbury festival, where he will perform later this month.He quipped: “I imagine this crowd is a lot rowdier than what you will have at Glastonbury.”The Duke told the audience of the organisation’s clients, staff, volunteers and supporters: “The results of your commitment to one another within the Jewish community are obvious – the real and loving care that thousands of elderly and vulnerable people receive, among the many works that you carry out.“Your care for one another has another, less tangible value.“During a year when many in the Jewish community have had cause to feel under threat, for no reason other than simply the fact of your Jewishness, your unity is all the more precious.“Your commitment and loyalty to one another, and to society more widely, is ultimately what keeps you strong.”He added: “Through your generosity and commitment, I am sure Jewish Care will continue to thrive and grow for the next 25 years.“Once again, congratulations on everything you have achieved. I wish you a wonderful evening and a happy birthday. Mazel tov.”Jewish Care has 1,500 staff and 3,000 volunteers. Its services include caring for older people, those with physical and sensory disabilities, those with mental health needs, as well as for people who have experienced a stroke or have Parkinsons. Its youth leadership scheme gives young people the opportunity to develop their leadership skills while volunteering in the community.Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.org
VICTORIA, B.C. – The prospect of billions of dollars in liquefied natural gas revenues has British Columbia’s government preparing for a political and environmental juggling act as Premier John Horgan attempts to hold together his minority government while appeasing ever watchful climate guardians.Horgan said LNG Canada’s decision to build a $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in northern B.C. ranked on the historic scale of a “moon landing,” emphasizing just how much the project means to an economically deprived region of the province.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson, former Liberal energy minister Rich Coleman and Skeena Liberal MLA Ellis Ross, a former Haisla Nation chief and early LNG backer in Kitimat, were present at the signing ceremony with Horgan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and representatives from the five international energy giants behind the LNG Canada project. “It will be significantly challenging for all of us but with the revenue, some $23 billion coming to the province from this project, we will be able to innovate, work with renewables, work with Shell and the joint venture partners to bring down emissions over the long term.”Horgan also directed senior officials to hold a background briefing at the legislature on the government’s plans to move LNG issues through the legislature and address climate goals.The officials, speaking on a not-for-attribution basis, said no LNG legislation is coming this fall and a repeal of the former Liberal government’s LNG income tax will not be tabled until the LNG Canada project is about to go into production by 2024.A cabinet order was signed Tuesday, bypassing debate in the legislature and exempting the provincial sales tax during the construction phase of the project. Green party Leader Andrew Weaver did not attend.Weaver, whose three members of the Green party caucus have an agreement to support Horgan’s New Democrat government, stood up in the legislature Tuesday and accused the NDP of being part of a “grand hypocrisy,” for its criticism of past proposed LNG projects.But Horgan was already setting in motion plans to bring the Greens, Liberals and environmentalists on side.“Mr. Weaver has been very clear on his view on LNG and he can certainly speak for himself, but we are working, he and I and the government, on putting in place our climate action plan this fall and it will include LNG,” he said in an interview after the LNG announcement.Wilkinson’s Liberals issued a statement saying they have supported LNG from the outset and are looking forward to backing any legislation concerning the Kitimat project.The premier said during the news conference that his government will meet greenhouse gas reduction targets set by the federal government. The officials said B.C.’s proposed climate plan will be designed to meet legislated targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, 60 percent by 2040 and 80 percent by 2050.Much of the reductions will be achieved by B.C. moving towards electrification, primarily in the transportation and industrial sectors. The officials said the plan will offer industry rebates on carbon tax payments if they meet global clean-energy targets.The officials said the LNG Canada project is forecast to emit 3.45 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.Clean energy advocate Pembina Institute said it is waiting to see how the government reconciles LNG’s carbon pollution with its climate goals.B.C. currently emits about 63 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually and its goal is to get that number down to about 13 megatonnes by 2050, said Karen Tam Wu, Pembina’s B.C. managing director.She said the province has a long way to get there, but Tuesday’s LNG announcement and the coming climate plan set targets and the climate agenda.“Now we have to really accelerate where and how we decarbonize the building sector, the transportation sector and of course, industry,” she said. “The natural gas sector has some work to do as well.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Rhythmic French beats dipped in the aroma of French delicacies filled the air of the national capital as the Francophonie week culminated with a grande Mela organised to give its visitors a glimpse of the universe of countries that have French as their first language. The day-long event began with a swarm of Delhi school students gathering at the Alliance Française grounds here to participate in Mela’s singing and skit competition followed by an open quiz about the French culture and its various aspects. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”As compared to the previous years, this is the first time we have witnessed such a huge footfall of Africans countries participating in the Mela activities. It is a good sign that the participation is coming from African countries as it gives the Indians and Africans a chance to get to know each other’s cultures,” Director of Alliance Française de Delhi Jean-Francois Ramon said. The crowd also had a chance to witness the Congo culture first-hand as the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo gave out a group dance performance and a fashion show wearing their cultural attire. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardApart from the dance and fashion shows, what kept the visitors hooked to the Mela was the food offered by all the stalls. While the stall by the Democratic Republic of the Congo handed out freshly baked ‘Beignets’ or donuts, Côte d’Ivoire offered a full-fledged meal of Attiéké – a side dish made from cassava. Towards the evening, students of Alliance Française took the center stage, enthralling the visitors of the Mela with their dance and musical performances on famous Bollywood songs. The celebration came to an end with an acrobatic performance titled Via, an event featuring music, dance, Chinese pole, and kalapariyattu – all blended together on one stage – by an Indo-French group followed by a French DJ night by DJ Roli. Organised by Alliance Française de Delhi, ‘Semaine de la Francophonie’ or the Francophonie week began with a tête-à-tête with Canadian author Frédérick Lavoie on countering fake news through literary journalism. French accordionist Noé Clerc along with an Indian Classical vocalist Ujwal Nagar and percussionist Zaheen Khan also presented a beautiful presentation of Indian and French music from Alliance Francaise’s musical series.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s military has said for the first time that JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft developed jointly with China were used in retaliation to India’s pre-emptive strikes on a JeM terror camp in Balakot as it once again denied that US-made F-16 jets were involved in the attack.Referring to the aerial dogfight with the Indian Air Force jets after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said the Indian jets violated the Pakistani airspace on February 26, dropping payloads without inflicting any casualties or damage to infrastructure. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was handed over to India later. “The aircraft which engaged those targets and fought them were JF-17. As regard to how to use F-16, in what context [they] were used or not – because at that point of time our entire Air Force was airborne – now it remains between Pakistan and the US to see how the MoUs regarding the use of F-16 have been adhered to or otherwise,” Ghafoor told Russian news agency Sputnik International. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA day after Pakistan’s attempt to retaliate the IAF’s air strikes at the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot, the Indian armed forces displayed parts of an AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) fired by an F-16, which fell in Indian territory. New Delhi had also underlined that electronic signatures captured by Indian radars had established the use of F-16 for the offensive. The US State Department announced that it was seeking more information from Pakistan on the potential use of American-made F-16 jets against India in violation of the end-user agreement. The Pakistani General noted that Islamabad was discussing the use of its JF-17 with the US citing “friendly relations” with Washington, stressing, however, that the country would use whatever it deemed necessary if it came to “legitimate self-defence.” PTI