UK Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Donates 10,000 British Pounds to Fight Ebola in Liberia

first_imgThe Ahmadiyya Muslim Association in the United Kingdom has donated two checks totaling ten thousand British Pounds (£10,000.00) to assist the Liberian Government in its  fight against the spread of the deadly EBOLA virus in Liberia.The money is intended to purchase essential medical supplies and protective gears for medical practitioners who have dedicated their time and efforts in the fight against the Ebola virus.Making the presentation at a special ceremony in London over the weekend, the national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association in the United Kingdom, Rafiq Hayat   noted that the health situation in Liberia is of grave concern to his association, especially at a time when the country is undertaking a massive rebuilding process.According to a dispatch from Minister Counselor Anthony K. Selmah of the Liberian Embassy’s Public Affairs section in London, Mr, Hayat said the amount is his association’s initial contribution and efforts  being made to galvanize more support from other Ahmadiyya communities.The checks were presented to Ambassador Rudolf von Ballmoos, who subsequently turned them over to a representative of the Liberia Medical and Dental Association in the United Kingdom, Dr. Kokulo Waiwaiku, and the president of the Union of Liberian Organizations in the United Kingdom, Prince Taylor.The associations have already commenced the purchase of intended medical supplies which will soon be airlifted to Liberia.The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community currently operates an 11-bedroom  health center in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, which was constructed in 2007 at the cost of $US70, 000.00 to buttress government’s health care delivery system. The clinic was dedicated by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fort St. John RCMP celebrating Aboriginal Awareness Week

first_imgOne of the responsibilities of RCMP in the province is to serve Aboriginal communities by improving safety and making it healthier to live there.The RCMP works in association with Aboriginal Policing Services as they create programs for more than 200 communities within the province.The Fort St. John RCMP First Nations Community Policing Section participates in a number of initiatives, including drug abuse resistance education, the First Nations wrestling program, ATV safety, and others.- Advertisement -Individuals looking for more information on B.C. RCMP Aboriginal Police Services are encouraged to visit www.aboriginal.bc.rcmp.calast_img

Plane full of children crashes

first_imgPORT HARCOURT, Nigeria – A Nigerian jetliner carrying 110 people, most of them schoolchildren heading home for Christmas, crashed in a lightning storm Saturday while landing in this delta oil port, and at least 103 people were killed, officials said. A spokesman for President Olusegun Obasanjo called the disaster “a national tragedy.” Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Sam Adurogboye said early reports indicated that seven people survived the crash of the Sosoliso Airlines’ McDonnell Douglas DC-9, which left the capital, Abuja. “They were breathing and were taken to the hospital. They are responding to treatment,” he said. Frantic family members at the airport said the plane was carrying 75 pupils heading home from Abuja for Christmas. The pupils, students at the Loyola Jesuit School, were between 12 and 16 years old. “It is a national tragedy for us,” Obasanjo spokesman Femi Fani-Kayode said. “We need to take all the necessary measures to make sure this sort of thing stops happening.” Adurogboye said there was stormy weather around the airport at the time of the 2:08 p.m. crash and witnesses reported seeing lightning flashes as the plane approached the runway in this southern port city. Nigerian-owned Sosoliso Airlines was established in 1994. It began scheduled flights as a domestic airline in July 2000 and now flies to six Nigerian cities, according to its Web site. Information Minister Frank Nweke said Sosoliso had a reputation for being efficient and reliable. “To my knowledge they haven’t had any incidents since they started their operation,” Nweke said. “So this has come as a surprise, a very big surprise.” He added: “It’s a very terrible situation and very sad.” Obasanjo was “devastated,” he said. Nigerian airports have come under criticism in recent months following a string of near-misses and an incident in which an Air France passenger jet crashed into a herd of cows on the runway at Port Harcourt. International airlines also briefly suspended flights at Lagos’ international airport because of holes in the runway. In October, an Abuja-bound Boeing 737-200 crashed after taking off from the airport at Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city, killing 117 people on board the Bellview Airlines flight. The cause of that crash is unknown, but U.S. investigators sent to help with the investigation ruled out terrorism, an official at Nigeria’s Aviation Ministry said last month. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals He did not say if the survivors were passengers or crew members. In Lagos, Sosoliso spokesman Simbo Olorufemi would only confirm that the crash had occurred, saying, “Most of the passengers might have lost their lives.” The crash was Nigeria’s second airplane accident in seven weeks – raising questions about air safety in Africa’s most populous nation. An airport worker said burned bodies lay across the landing area after the plane broke into pieces. “The place where I’m standing now is scattered with corpses,” the worker said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. last_img read more

Shay Given keeps faith in Ireland to down Denmark in play-off

first_imgRepublic of Ireland legend Shay Given says Martin O’Neill’s boys in green will be brimming with confidence going into this week’s 2018 World Cup play-off with Denmark.Ireland face Denmark on Saturday at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen with the return leg at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday.Given, who played 134 times for Ireland, has experienced four play-offs. Given lost to Belgium in a 1998 World Cup qualifier and to France in a 2010 World Cup qualifier, when Ireland were infamously denied by the hand of Thierry Henry.The Liffordman was on the winning side against Iran to reach the 2002 World Cup and got past Estonia to qualify for the 2012 European Championships.“Play-offs are nervy and you’re so close,” Given said.“I can imagine what the boys are thinking now. Russia is so close and none of the players have ever been at a World Cup before. “They’re just two games away from it. This is real Cup final stuff now.”Ireland’s goose looked cooked when they drew 1-1 in Georgia and lost 1-0 at home to Serbia in September, but they bounced back and last month’s 1-0 win over Wales in Cardiff teed up the tantalising play-off.Given said: “The lads have done amazing. There was huge pressure for the Wales game.“They had to win. It wasn’t like sometimes where you go and can take a draw. They can use the momentum from that game now to go into the Denmark one. It’s a similar situation now.“They’ll be well drilled. They’ll keep the temperament. The mood in the camp must be so high after the Welsh game. They have to use that feel-good factor to bounce into the Denmark game.” James McClean’s fabulous winner in Wales has re-energised the Irish side. Manager O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane are set to stay in the roles until the 2020 European Championships.After the Serbia defeat in Dublin, O’Neill shipped a lot of flak, but Given – who retired for a second and final time from international football after Euro 2016 – has backed the duo.“It’s funny – you’re either going to win the World Cup or get the sack!” Given said.“People aren’t happy unless you’re the worst manager in the world or the best. “There’s no middle ground. You feel for managers, especially at international level. Martin is very experienced.“If he can get us to the World Cup, it will be a great achievement, not just by Martin and Roy, but by all the players.”See full interview with Shay Given tomorrow morning on Donegal Daily and Donegal Sport HubShay Given keeps faith in Ireland to down Denmark in play-off was last modified: November 13th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2018 World Cup2018 World Cup qualifiersbelgiumestoniaeuro 2012Euro 2016franceIranLiffordMartin O’NeillRepublic of IrelandRoy KeaneRussiaShay GivenTHIERRY HENRYlast_img read more

Ubuntu beats Windows and Mac

first_imgSouth African entrepreneur MarkShuttleworth is renowned as the firstperson from an independent Africancountry to visit space, but he is alsorespected in the software communityas the driving force behind the opensource Ubuntu Linux distribution.(Image: Ubuntu)Janine ErasmusSouth African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth is renowned as the first person from an independent African country to visit space, but he is also respected in the software community as the driving force behind the open source Ubuntu Linux distribution.Now his Ubuntu operating system has emerged as the most secure at the hacking contest held at the ninth CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, Canada, in March 2008. The purpose of the hacking contest is to uncover previously unknown bugs in various types of software so that the relevant vendor can rectify them. All registered attendees were allowed to participate, some of them the smartest hackers around.Ubuntu 7.10, running on a Sony VAIO laptop, was pitted against Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 running on a Fujitsu laptop, and Mac OSX 10.5.2 (Leopard) running on a MacBook Air. Each system featured the latest version of all software and was fully patched with the most current security updates.Hackers were required to exploit software vulnerabilities that allowed them to take control of the machines. Once this had been achieved, they had to extract the contents of a specific file on the machine to claim victory. Winners received a cash prize and also took home the laptop.Bringing out the big gunsThe competition took place over three days. On the first day only network attacks were allowed. The cash prize for this achievement was $20 000, but there were no winners at this stage.Day two saw the attack broadened to include default installed client-side applications – applications that are installed with the operating system. These could be attacked by visiting a malicious website, or following a link through email or a vendor supplied instant messenger client. This was the stage at which the first machine went down – the MacBook Air running OSX Leopard. The prize for this stage was $10 000.Security researcher Charlie Miller took less than two minutes to exploit a flaw in Safari, Apple’s native web browser. Miller, who recently hacked Apple’s iPhone, took Safari to a website that contained malicious code and that allowed him to seize control of the machine remotely. Apple has been notified of the bug and is now working on the issue.On the final day popular third-party applications such as Skype and open source instant messenger client Adium were added to the competition. At this stage the second laptop was compromised through Flash, proprietary software from Adobe. The software company is now working on a patch for the bug. The winner, software security consultant Shane Macaulay, took the machine and $5 000.At the end of the three days only the Sony laptop running Ubuntu 7.10 was intact. However, Shane Macaulay reportedly claimed that his Flash exploit could speedily be adapted for any of the three operating systems.The latest version of Ubuntu, 8.04, is set for release at the end of April 2008. Both server and desktop variants are said to be easier to use and to deploy. Security features include a new firewall application and extra protection against malicious code such as rootkits, which are programmes used by hackers to gain access to information contained in operating systems – they can even mask their presence.For the first time the system will include a Windows installation option, which will allow users to install Ubuntu 8.04 from inside Windows just like they would install any other application, without having to set aside a new partition.A born entrepreneurBorn in Welkom, Free State, Mark Shuttleworth holds a Bachelor of Business Science in finance and information systems from the University of Cape Town, as well as an honorary doctorate from that same institution.Shuttleworth founded internet security and digital certificate specialist company Thawte in 1995. He sold Thawte to VeriSign in 1999, earning R3.5-billion at the time. Since then he has founded business incubator HBD Venture Capital, and Canonical Inc, which promotes and supports free software.In 2004 Shuttleworth, through Canonical, funded the development of Ubuntu – he had been involved in the development of another Linux distribution, Debian, in the 1990s. Ubuntu is based on Debian.He has also set up the Shuttleworth Foundation to fund education and open source software projects in South Africa, as well as the Ubuntu Foundation to ensure the long-term maintenance of Ubuntu independently of Canonical.On 25 April 2002 Shuttleworth became a cosmonaut aboard the Russian Soyuz TM-34 mission at a personal cost of about $20-million. His 10 days in space followed one year of training and preparation, including a seven-month sojourn in Star City, Russia.Shuttleworth is regarded as the first citizen of an independent African country to enter space. Patrick Baudry, an astronaut in the mid-1980s, was also born in Africa. At the time of Baudry’s birth, though, Cameroon was a French colony and so the astronaut was classed as a French citizen.Useful linksMark ShuttleworthCanSecWestUbuntuUbuntu FoundationFirst African in SpaceGagarin Cosmonaut Training Centrelast_img read more

Ag reacts to Obama’s budget proposal with big crop insurance cuts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, President Obama released his spending blueprint for fiscal 2017, a $4 trillion proposal congressional Republicans immediately declared dead on arrival. Agricultural leaders expressed a number of concerns as well.“A global glut of food production has sent U.S. farm revenues down sharply. With farm income down 56% in the past two years alone, America’s farmers and ranchers face difficult times. Yet, the president’s just-released budget would cut 27 USDA programs, including a 10-year, $18 billion cut to the federal crop insurance programs so important to farmers. And all this happens as farm income is projected to decline another 3% in 2016,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. “The president’s budget would also harm farm and ranch families through capital gains taxes and special provisions that would force new generations to pay much higher taxes on any land and assets they inherit. Such treatment is a recipe for farm fragmentation and an unnecessary obstacle for agriculture’s next generation.“There is some positive in his proposal; the president’s budget does include increases for food and agricultural research — a critical need in a world in which hunger remains a problem in many countries — as well as increases for research into antimicrobial resistance in humans and livestock. Each of these needs to be addressed in serious ways, and we appreciate the support for such research.”In the budget, the U.S. Department of Agriculture would see a 7% decrease in funding, the fourth-largest spending cut among all departments. Despite the cut, certain programs, including the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and the one for small, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, would see budget increases. AFRI has helped to fund valuable agricultural research endeavors.The savings in the president’s agricultural budget largely would come from the $1.3 billion cut in the crop insurance program in fiscal 2017 and an $18 billion decrease over 10 years. The American Soybean Association (ASA) expressed strong opposition to the proposed cut to crop insurance and a lack of funding for infrastructure improvements. ASA noted the budget contains funding for multiple soybean farmer priorities, including increased resources for oversight at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and full funding for the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development program.“We once again find ourselves fighting attempts to cut crop insurance,” said Richard Wilkins, ASA president and a farmer from Greenwood, Del. “Our policy has always been that we will strongly and absolutely oppose any attempt to target farm bill programs for additional cuts, and it goes without saying that we will continue to fight proposed cuts to the farm safety net. All it takes is a quick glance around the farm economy to see that we need a stronger safety net for our farmers, not a weaker one.”Wilkins also pointed out the association’s disapproval in the budget’s 22% cut to funding for the Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees the maintenance and construction of locks and dams on the nation’s waterways. Specifically, the budget cuts more than 41% from the Corps’ construction account, $2.7 billion from the operations and maintenance account, and fails to fund the Navigation Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP), a priority for ASA.“We’re disappointed with this budget’s neglect of investments in waterways infrastructure, which is vital to rural economies as it is a means of efficient transportation of soybeans and a key component of our global competitiveness in export markets,” said Wilkins. “Infrastructure investments should not be limited to highways, mass transit, and high speed rail, but should include those aspects important to rural America too. ASA will continue to work with industry partners and Congress to build on the successful increases in investments achieved in FY16 Appropriations for our ports and waterways operations & maintenance and infrastructure improvements.”While noting the association’s displeasure in the infrastructure and crop insurance provisions in the budget, Wilkins did point out several areas in which the budget addressed and increased funding for farmer priorities.“Clearly we absolutely oppose any cut to crop insurance, and the proposed hobbling of the Corps funding, but there is plenty in the president’s budget that we support, including $330 million in funding for commodity market oversight at the CFTC,” Wilkins said. “Market integrity is not front-of-mind until something goes wrong, and adequate resources for oversight of futures markets are an important priority for farmers.”The budget’s continued funding for programs that promote trade with both emerged and developing markets is also something ASA welcomed, and Wilkins said the association will fight for in future budgets.“The MAP and FMD programs are an essential part of our industry’s work to establish and expand the beachhead for American soybeans in foreign markets,” he said. “That money helps to fund valuable research and market development work by the U.S. Soybean Export Council, which translates directly into increased exports and revenue for American soybean farmers.”From a legislative standpoint, the president’s budget is a non-starter in an election year and with a Republican-controlled Congress, however Wilkins said the release of the budget can start a productive conversation on the importance of funding many of the programs critical for soybean farmers.“Every year, we bring the same funding fight down to the wire in November and December. Party leaders hold one another’s feet to the fire, and at the eleventh hour we manage to eke out funding for programs that are essential to farmer success,” Wilkins said. “Regardless of the long-term prospects of this specific proposal, let’s use it to at least start a discussion about how important these programs are to farmers, and how we get them funded for the coming year.”“That work has to start with farmers. We need to turn up our volume and increase our face-time with lawmakers so that they understand these programs aren’t simply line items on a budget, but real, working tools that help us operate more successfully.”last_img read more

Miami Trace FFA Chapter Members Visit With State Legislators

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest COLUMBUS- On Wednesday, September 25th 5 members of the Miami Trace FFA Chapter, a satellite program of Great Oaks Career Campuses, attended the 8th annual Ohio FFA Legislative Leadership Conference at the Ohio Statehouse. Members representing the Miami Trace FFA were: Aubrey Schwartz, Morgan Eggleton, Kyler Batson, Shana Lott and Taylor Moore.  These members took part in a morning workshop led by the Ohio Farm Bureau focusing on advocating for agricultural education, informing students about important issues and preparing them to speak with legislators.  During this activity, the more than 200 FFA members from across the state were given several agriculture-related issues to lobby and advocate for legislative support.  FFA members learned firsthand the process of creating new bills, representation in the statehouse and the roles of lobbyists.After the morning workshop, students were given time to tour the historic Ohio Statehouse and learn more about the state’s history as well as the layout of our state legislative government.  During this time, the Miami Trace FFA members spent time visiting with President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate, Bob Peterson.  Members toured Senator Peterson’s office and were able to ask him questions about is role as a senator, the history of the Ohio StateHouse and about their role in communicating with their legislators.The Ohio FFA Legislative Leadership Conference concluded with a meal in which FFA members were given the opportunity to hear from the Ohio FFA Officer Team, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director, Dorothy Pelanda as well as leaders of both the House of Representative and the Senate.  During the meal, Miami Trace FFA members were seated with two legislative aides.  This enabled the members the opportunity to share personal stories and concerns with legislative staff.The five Miami Trace FFA members that attended the conference gained valuable information about our state government while interacting with FFA members statewide.  Miami Trace FFA senior member Shana Lott said “I enjoyed this event and learned about the many steps it takes for a bill to become law.”last_img read more

Late charge calls, Doncic’s 27 help Mavericks top Magic

first_imgRice industry paralysis LATEST STORIES “I was playing with my kids and my dog in my house, doing all type of stuff,” Barea said. “But I felt good out there. I think it’s the longer I waited, the better it gets. So I’m not mad about it.”Porzingis scored 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting with eight rebounds. Maxi Kleber scored 14, and Dwight Powell added 12. Doncic was 1 of 7 from 3, with the only make in the fourth quarter. Porzingis was 1 of 5 from beyond the arc.TIP-INSMagic: Scored 100 points for the first time this season. … Steve Clifford coached his 500th game. His record is 240-260. It’s Clifford’s second season in Orlando after five with Charlotte. … Carter-Williams didn’t attempt another 3 but finished with 13 points along with D.J. Augustin. … Vucevic matched Doncic for the game high with seven assists.Mavericks: Doncic has scored at least 25 points in six of seven games this season. … Justin Jackson scored a season-high 11 points, including a layup on a nifty bounce pass in transition from Hardaway to cap a 15-3 run in the third quarter. Dallas erased Orlando’s biggest lead of the game (11 points) for a 75-74 lead.EFFICIENT HARDAWAYHardaway capped a plus-15 showing with his play on Gordon in the final seconds. He scored 13 points. “I saw him going full speed,” Hardaway said of Gordon. “I saw when he was dribbling, he had his left hand out. I just wanted to make sure I got into him enough to make him extend his arm. And once he extended the arm, they have to call that. That’s one of the rules that they put in this year.”SHAKY START FROM 3Orlando, second-to-last in the NBA at 27 percent from 3-point range coming in, missed all seven 3s in the first quarter, capped by Michael Carter-Williams’ air ball while wide open in the corner in the final seconds of the first. Gordon was 9 of 11 from the field before halftime, including the only 3 before the break for the Magic, who finished 6 of 24 (25 percent) from long range.UP NEXT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Nikola Vucevic missed an open 3-pointer just before the buzzer after the two calls against Gordon and Curry’s misfires, Doncic scored 27 points and the Mavericks held on for a 107-106 victory Wednesday night.“They saved me,” Doncic said of the Dallas D after finishing with seven rebounds and seven assists while chasing a third straight triple-double for the first time in the reigning rookie of the year’s career. “I didn’t do the right play on the offense. They saved me on the defense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe first call against Gordon came with 34 seconds to go on a drive in the lane against Dorian Finney-Smith, who used to be the primary defensive specialist for the Mavericks before they added Delon Wright in the offseason.Just three seconds after Doncic’s turnover, Gordon got his sixth foul for pushing off against Tim Hardaway Jr. at the 3-point line. The Magic finally executed what they wanted on offense after Curry’s misses, but Vucevic’s shot from just right of the key bounced off the rim. Bayern Munich wins, reaches Champions League knockout stages Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress “It’s two plays down the stretch,” said Gordon, who led Orlando with 23 points but scored just two after halftime as the Magic dropped their fourth straight game in the 10th consecutive loss for the road team in this series.“One, I like the way I was being aggressive. The other one, I could have made a better decision. We still got a good shot at the end. It’s what we wanted but executing down the stretch there’s a couple of things we could have done better for sure.”Vucevic had 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Jonathan Isaac finished with 13 points and 10 boards.J.J. Barea, a 13-year veteran with a history of bringing energy off the bench for the Mavericks, made his season debut in the second quarter and had 11 straight Dallas points — all of his scoring — while Doncic and fellow Euro star Kristaps Porzingis were struggling.Three consecutive 3-pointers from Barea helped Dallas get within two at halftime (56-54) after trailing by 10 in the first half. He was considered healthy when the season started but didn’t play the first six games after an Achilles injury limited him to 38 games last season.ADVERTISEMENT Magic: Memphis on Friday to start a five-game homestand, the longest of the season.Mavericks: Knicks at home Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic slaps his chest after scoring against the Orlando Magic during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)DALLAS — Twice in the final minute with a one-point lead, the Dallas Mavericks committed a turnover, including the last of their 17 miscues on a bad pass from young triple-double phenom Luka Doncic with 10 seconds left.And twice in the final minute, the Mavericks drew a charge on Aaron Gordon, only to give the Orlando Magic one more chance to win when Seth Curry missed two free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’last_img read more

It was the best match I’ve ever played: Simona Halep after maiden Wimbledon win

first_imgSimona Halep joined the list of tennis royalty at Wimbledon on Saturday, then got a bit star struck at meeting the real thing.Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, watched from the front row of the Royal Box on Centre Court as Halep beat seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in the women’s singles final.And their presence hardly went unnoticed.”It was an extra boost when I saw all of them there, the royal family,” said Halep, who had said before the final that she hoped Kate a Wimbledon regular would be there. “It was an honor to play in front of her.”Both duchesses also attended last year’s final, when Williams lost to Angelique Kerber. This time they were joined by Kate’s sister, Pippa Matthews, while British Prime Minister Theresa May also sat a few seats away.”It was the best match. I have worked a lot for this moment. It’s an honour to play in front of the Royal Box. I don’t have the words to explain.”I had nerves. My stomach was not well before the match, but I came on court and gave my best. It’s something special and I’ll never forget this day. It’s my mum’s dream. When I was 10, 12 years old, she said I had to play the final of Wimbledon. I have worked a lot to change my game, to be able to win matches on grass. It was an amazing tournament and I can’t wait to come back. It’s been an honour,” added Halep.advertisementFor Meghan, the outcome of the match was probably not the one she had been hoping for. She is good friends with Williams, who attended her wedding to Prince Harry last year, and also watched the American play her second-round match on No. 1 Court last week.Meghan applauded Williams enthusiastically as she received her runner-up trophy, and the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion said she can rely on the duchess for support even in bad moments.”Just having her in general as a friend is great. She’s such a great friend and a great person as well. Always positive no matter what,” Williams said. “She, too, was happy for Simona. She saw she played unbelievable. That’s just the kind of person she is.”On Halep she said: “She literally played out of her mind. It was a little bit deer in the headlights for me. Whenever a player plays like that you just have to take your hat off. I love coming out here, playing in front of you guys. It’s literally a joy.”In her on-court interview immediately after the match ended, Halep gushed when thanking the royals for coming out. And that was before she was told that as the new champion, she’d get to meet them after.”That’s amazing. I didn’t know that,” said the Romanian, who clinched her first Wimbledon title. “It’s even more special now.”TV cameras captured that meeting minutes later, with Halep giving a deep curtsy as she was introduced to Kate before heading out to the balcony to show off her trophy to fans outside.”You played an incredible game,” Kate said. “It was really, really impressive, so congratulations.”JUNIOR CHAMPIONDaria Snigur of Ukraine won the junior girls’ title at Wimbledon, beating Alexa Noel of the United States 6-4, 6-4.Snigur trailed 4-1 in the opening set before winning five straight games, then came from 3-0 down in the second set.”I can’t believe it,” Snigur said. “I worked hard every day for this trophy. It’s incredible.”The match was played on No. 1 Court, the second biggest stadium at the All England Club, and Snigur said the size of the venue made her “really scared” when she walked out.The Wimbledon win is Snigur’s first major title.Also Read | Simona Halep downs Serena Williams in one-sided final for maiden Wimbledon titleAlso Read | This kid was reading a book as Federer beat Nadal in Wimbledon classic. Here’s how the world reactedlast_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard rules Rudiger out of Valencia clash

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard rules Rudiger out of Valencia clashby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed Antonio Rudiger will miss Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Valencia. The defender made his return from a long-term injury in Saturday’s win over Wolves.But Lampard says he suffered a groin injury in the clash and could potentially be out long-term once again.”Toni is injured,” Lampard confirmed. “At the weekend he bothered a small groin problem that he has been carrying the last couple of weeks so he is out. “He will have a scan later today to see where he is at. Hopefully it is not long-term.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img