After winning the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon, Williams was gunning for the US Open and four Grand Slam titles in a calendar year and she was a cinch to win it, especially with Maria Sharapova of Russia pulling out before hitting a ball and with Victoria Azarenka of Belarus falling by the wayside. All the talk was about Williams becoming the first to do so since Steffi Graf in 1988, especially as the two players who stood in her way were Vinci and Flavia Pennetta, two Italians, two childhood playmates who had never ever contested a Grand Slam final. One was 32 years old, the other was 33, one ranked number 43, the other ranked number 26. With Pennetta winning her semi-final by upsetting the tournament’s number two seed, Simona Halep, in straight sets in the first semi-final and awaiting the winner of the second semi-final, Serena, coming in with a record of 33 successive Grand Slam victories, took on Vinci, who had never even won a set against her and whose season record was 20 wins and 20 losses. Winning the first set 6-2, and easily at that, it seemed as if Vinci was doomed to lose one more time. Williams appeared way above her class. And when Williams raced to a 2-0 lead in the third set, it was, or so it seemed, all over for Vinci. Out of the blue, however, Vinci made her move. Using a mixture of different speeds on her shots, slices, pushes at the net and delicate drop shots, Vinci outfoxed Serena, destroyed her rhythm and won the set at four. tactics working gunning for US Open The 2015 US Open tennis tournament which ended at Flushing Meadows in New York last Sunday was an occasion to remember, especially for those who love or enjoy the excitement of an upset. First off, Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland, probably the finest player of them all, who also boasts a record of 17 Grand Slam titles – to win the men’s singles and his 10th Grand Slam title; and second, the surprise, or the upset, of Serena Williams in the women’s singles. Federer played well, especially for a 34-year-old, but in the battle of the number one-ranked player versus number two-ranked player, Djokovic, the number one, played a little better and deserved his victory in four sets and the US$3.3 million winner’s prize, although Federer looked threatening for a while. The match of the tournament, however, was the women’s semi-final match between Williams of the USA, the world’s number one, the defending champion, and the favourite by far for the title, and Roberta Vinci of Italy. With the emotions of Serena coming to the fore in that set, however, screaming, stomping and pointing, Vinci remained cool until, at 3-3, at 40-40, she smiled at Serena’s antics, obviously feeling satisfied that her tactics were working. She then won a point after a long rally and then gestured dramatically to the fans to cheer for her also. It was interesting. One player behaving as if she should not be in such a fight, as if she was ordained; and the other player fighting and enjoying every moment of the duel for the US Open title and the winner’s prize money. Vinci broke Williams by winning the next point, held serve at 5-3 and then held serve at love to create one of the biggest upsets in the history of the game. “I don’t want to talk about how disappointing it is for me,” said Williams afterwards, the Grand Slam finalist on 25 occasions and winner 21 times, only one short of Graf. “If you have any other questions, I’m open for that.” Vinci, however, who later lost to Pennetta in the final, was head over heels at her performance and had the 20,000-plus fans cracking up with laughter during post-match interview. “How do you feel after such a historic performance?” she was asked before the fans, minutes after the Serena match. “This is an amazing moment for me,” said the 300-1 underdog. “I am in a dream, I beat Serena. I am in the final of the US Open.” “Did you have a plan for the match?” “No. Just play. Don’t think about Serena. Just enjoy yourself. Get the ball in court, and run, and run.” The next day, Vinci lost in the final in straight sets to Pennetta. She was not as tricky and not as good as she was against Williams. Probably she was not as motivated, or not as intoxicated as she was for the match of her life. She lost easily. She was, however, still smiling and still laughing. She had defeated Williams, a champion, the champion and arguably the best of all time. Vinci had her day in the sun. The day she defeated Serena Williams at the US Open, the day she will forever remember. Sports fans, tennis fans especially, will never forget her, or her celebration as the miracle unfolded, both for her play, her tactics and for her wonderful words which followed her amazing upset.
Locker Room Sports has engineered a ‘special’ partnership for youth football in the Corporate Area to provide teams in the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) junior competitions with match outfits from Admiral Sports, the second oldest sporting brand in the world. The deal is an extension of Locker Room Sports’ long-time relationship with KSAFA, one of the leading confederations in the country. David Shirley, CEO of the gear and equipment company, has expressed satisfaction that the initial benefactors are the city’s youth. Those immediately benefiting are clubs in the Alliance Moneygram-McKay Security KSAFA Under-20 League, which got underway recently. “This year is a very special year because we’re starting off with the youth programmes, where we’ve formed a partnership with Admiral Sports and they will be supplying all the gear for the youth programmes in KSAFA,” outlined Shirley. “Locker Room has been a partner with KSAFA for the past eight years throughout the presidency of Rudolph Speid, Stewart Stephenson, and now, Wayne Shaw. So we’ve served under all three presidents in terms of partnering and supplying them with sportswear and helping them with marrying sponsorship opportunities with equipment for the leagues and clubs,” he pointed out. A big part of assisting the clubs is more than just supplying the gear, Shirley noted, as Locker Room Sports actually seeks the opportunity through merged links with sponsors, the parent body and clubs. “What we do is try to show companies the opportunities that KSAFA brings to the table in terms of the different communities that they touch and we also, based on experience of being in the business for over 20 years, have an idea of which product would go well with the type of sport,” explained Shirley. “So once we’re able to link those corporate relationships with KSAFA, we then deal with the printing and placement and branding of the gear.” He added: “Part of the thing that makes this whole process possible is the negotiations with the sports brands. We negotiate with them so that we get better pricing to allow the whole deal to go through because, under normal conditions, the prices that we’d be offering sponsors to come on board at would be almost doubled if we were paying the retail price on the uniforms. “So essentially, we’re providing the gear at a subsidised cost to be able to allow sponsors to come on board and partake in supporting the programme,” said Shirley.
I don’t know where you were when Liberian music started pushing its way through all of the foreign music that were compulsively being played on all radio stations. But there came a time when only Liberian music made in Liberia was more popular to play, leaving out Liberian artists in the Diaspora.HottFm and its team fought a good fight trying to break in and blend the local and international artists. There were challenges: foreign artists felt like other radio stations were charging too much money to air their songs, while DJs at those radio stations defended their rates by saying when an artist is unknown to the public, that artist needs to be promoted.Promotion is different from radio play. It’s the DJ’s job to bring in ratings, to build up the artist’s fan base.So HottFm and team did just that, and started engaging Liberian artists in the Diaspora who had not only joined heads with some of Liberia’s greatest home based artists, but had come together to support artists and promote their songs. The station has been playing their songs and giving them the promotion they desperately need to break into the Liberian industry.Now, with the coming of Christmas, the season to be jolly, HottFm will be in a collaboration to deliver the biggest concert ever by bringing Liberian artists from around the world to Liberia on December 26.The news is the talk of the town and so far venues have been sold out for after parties and shows throughout the week the international artists will be here.Artist like Skylet White of the “Balance” hit, Young Muse, BE100’s favorite and “Danze” hit maker, and many more. But here’s the thing, the list of artists keeps growing, as more and more artists based out of Liberia are making reservations for their acts.“This will be so dope getting to meet our artists, whose music we always listen to, on stage here,” stated Rahim, a fan of Disturbing the Peace.If you’re an artist in the Diaspora, the Liberian Entertainment Awards and Liberian Music Awards are coming again, and artists need those votes. At the end of the day, majority rules; and that majority is home based. So come on home and earn those votes.Hottfm is encouraging Liberian artists in the Diaspora to contact HottFm and team for further information.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The owner of a bar in Co Donegal claimed late night revellers were taking part in the Fleadh – which was taking place in a different county!Letterkenny court.Gardai called to the Diamond Bar in Raphoe at 4am on August 15th last and found more than a dozen revellers and a musician playing in the corner. When Gardai asked owner Conor McGranaghan why he was still open, he replied that the Fleadh was on.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison replied the Fleadh was indeed on but that it was in in Co Sligo.Judge Paul Kelly asked the accused man’s solicitor “Did they get lost?”Solicitor Donagh Cleary said Mr McGranaghan and his father had been in the licensed trade for more than 50 years between them and had no previous convictions for after-hours drinking.Mr Cleary said there was a problem with the area was there was an issue with people getting taxis.“He had earlier left a number of people home free of charge himself,” said Mr Cleary.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Mr McGranaghan to donate €150 to Raphoe Leaf Project.DONEGAL BAR OWNER SAID LATE NIGHT DRINKERS WERE CELEBRATING SLIGO FLEADH! was last modified: April 20th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Diamond BarRaphoeSligo Fleadh
England won all three games to win the series 3-0 (Photo by Agency)Vitality International Netball Series 2018England 66-37 UgandaCopper Box Arena, LondonSunday, 02-12-2018Uganda ended their miserable three game Vitality Netball International series with another defeat against England on Sunday night.In the game at Copper Box Arena-London, the She Cranes lost 66-37 to hand the Roses a 3-0 Series white-wash.Having edged past the She Cranes in Tuesday’s opener at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, Tracey Neville’s Engalnd Roses proved too strong at the Copper Box on Friday night and it was a similar story in game three.Rachel Dunn led a superb performance under the posts from the Roses attacking options as Helen Housby, Sasha Corbin, George Fisher and Nat Haythornthwaite all played their part in 29-goal victory that got better the longer the game went on.Housby completed a spectacular week’s work with a superb first-half performance but Neville will be delighted with the strength in depth that she called for before the three-game series as the younger elements of the Roses squad played their part throughout.With the Roses playing their final game of a year that saw them claim a first major title with the Commonwealth Games, they were roared on by an expectant Copper Box crowd, and they responded by ending the opening 15 minutes with a 20-8 lead.Much as they had done in the first game of the series, Uganda battled gamely to stay in the contest and, led by Peace Proscovia, they edged the second quarter 12-11 to close the gap to a single goal at half-time.Haythornthwaite replaced Housby at the break and immediately linked up with Corbin to put the Roses on the front foot, but it was the Corbin-Dunn axis that took England clear.Dunn’s pinpoint accuracy ensured England led 43-24 when she was replaced by Fisher, and the Mavericks shooter maintained the scoring touch as the Roses headed into the final 15 minutes with a 17-goal lead.Feeling the effects of their first-ever major series against one of the sport’s established team, Uganda tired in the final quarter as Neville introduced Gabby Marshall and Razia Quashie to join Williams and Fisher in a youthful team.Fisher and Haythornthwaite made sure there was no let up in the scoring, the Roses finishing the match as they had done with an identical 20-8 scoreline for the first and final quarters, bookending a superb 66-37 victory.Neville will have been delighted with how her team fought back, after finishing second in the Quad Series and losing 3-0 in Jamaica, she wanted a reaction and was quick to follow that up with her demands after a tight first match.However back-to-back dominant victories and performances will see them enjoy Christmas and return to action domestically in a huge year for the sport that will be dominated by the World Cup in July.For the She Cranes, they will return to Uganda within the week and continue their World Cup preparations.How the She Cranes were white-washed:-England 50-46 Uganda – Tuesday, 27-11-2018-England 65-53 Uganda – Friday, 30-11-2018-England 66-37 Uganda – Sunday, 02-12-2018Comments Tags: Vitality Netball International Series
The Warriors promised that they would come correct to Friday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets — after a 33-point home blowout loss to the Celtics on Tuesday, pride had kicked in for the defending champions.And without fail, the Warriors followed through on that threat, eschewing their recent nasty habit of falling behind early by jumping out to a 19-point lead in the first quarter, en route to a comfortable 122-105 win.It was championship-level play, both engaged and kinetic — a …
Brand South Africa joins Business Engage to host the Centenary Business Summit in Honour of Nelson Mandela
Johannesburg, Monday 16 July 2018 – Brand South Africa collaborated with Business Engage, and other business stakeholders to host an interactive dialogue in commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, under the theme ‘The Centenary Business Summit – South Africa Open for Business.’ The business summit saw a delegation of U.S business leaders, and some of South Africa’s prominent leaders in the business community share thought leadership around globalisation, corporate social responsibility, diversity, technology, doing business in Southern Africa and much more. The Centenary Business Summit “South Africa Open For Business”, was developed jointly by India Gary-Martin and Colleen Larsen, CEO of Business Engage and President of the 30% club in conjunction with Sneha Shah, Managing Director for Africa at Thomson Reuters, the summit’s anchor sponsor. Colleen Larsen, CEO of Business Engage, President of the 30% Club said: “The purpose of the delegation was to engage in thoughtful conversation with business leaders about the vision, business operating environment and challenges in attracting direct foreign investment to Southern Africa. The cohort constituted of senior executives with global responsibilities at some of the world’s largest and most well respected firms. They are widely recognised as business leaders, subject matter experts and trailblazers across their respective sectors.”Co-organiser of the Centenary Business Summit, and Founder of Leadership For Life (LFL), India Gary-Martin, who is a 25 year veteran of financial services and a proponent of the globalisation of African brands, explained that the platform has provided an opportunity for U.S based C-Suite executives to unpack the opportunities presented by South Africa. Gary-Martin said: “Our influence as business leaders is extremely important. We want to explore the opportunities that exist within purpose driven leadership. This is about leader to leader exchange, and interrogating best practice.” Key note speaker, Colin Coleman, who is the Managing Director and Head of Africa at Goldman Sachs shared insights on how South Africa and the world can live up to the values and principles of the late statesman Nelson Mandela – through concerted efforts that aim to positively impact society. “Let us not forget where we come from as a nation. In the 25 years since 1994, significant developments have been made for our society which have been enabled by our Constitution and democratic society. We see an increase in the creation of the black middle class, the country’s social welfare system provides support in the form of an to over 17 million South Africans – a system which also benefits corporates. “We aren’t without our challenges as a society. We have high levels of unemployment with the vast majority of those impacted being the youth. The structural design of the apartheid system still persists to this day which sees the mass of rural and peri-urban citizens being marginalized. “However, we are in a ‘new dawn’ – guided by the Ramaphosa administration and it is our responsibility collectively with government, business and civil society to unwind the racial divides in the economy and to maintain and further strengthen social cohesion in South Africa and in the rest of the continent,” said Coleman.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 4th and final winner of the Feeding Farmers in the Field contest was Lee Turner from Auglaize County. The Turners do have a corn and soybean operation, but the corn is microwavable. Dale and Ty, along with T102, took lunch to the Turner crew and got to get a few more details about the farm, as well as the custom spraying business in Waynesfield.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday hailed the launch of the GST, saying its implementation should be smooth and benefit the common man, trade and industry.“With GST rollout, India transforms into One Nation One Tax One Market. Congratulations to all. Glad that Odisha played an important role in it,” Mr. Patnaik tweeted.“The implementation should be smooth and take care of all doubts and concerns to benefit the common man, trade, commerce and industry,” the Chief Minister said in the post.Odisha government had earlier supported the new tax regime. Addressing a workshop of MLAs held before state assembly’s special session in May, Mr. Patnaik had said the GST would bring comprehensive reform of the indirect tax regime and a major financial reform to make India a single market.The state government has maintained that all sections of the population will benefit from the GST. The rules have also been notified in the state.State finance minister Sashi Bhushan Behera had attended the mid-night launch event of the GST rollout ceremony in Parliament.
Reliance Big Entertainment is reportedly working on a $400 million deal with the Bachchans involving film production, television series, reality and live shows, internet and mobile content. Reliance will manage, market and distribute the content created by the Bachchans. A Reliance spokesman said, “We are confident that the creative genius of the Bachchans and the business acumen of Reliance will create magic and take entertainment to a different level.”Amitabh Bachchan said, “We will provide the creative inputs and also share the profits. As of now, we plan to start with film projects and work in a way that will benefit us mutually.”Reliance Entertainment is also in talks for a $600 million equity investment in a $2 billion venture with Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks SKG. Related Items