Meet Sofia Kenin, the American who beat Gauff, Barty and more to reach Australian Open final

first_img Written by January 30, 2020 /Sports News – National Meet Sofia Kenin, the American who beat Gauff, Barty and more to reach Australian Open final FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailChaz Niell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sofia Kenin was not the American most tennis fans expected to make it to this year’s Australian Open final.Yet it will be the 21-year-old — and not other American favorites like Serena Williams and Coco Gauff — playing in Saturday’s final.“I’m not shocked,” Kenin said after her semifinal win Thursday. “It’s a dream come true for me. I’ve always dreamed about this. Of course, I believed in myself.”Kenin made it to the final after a 7-5, 7-6 win against Ashleigh Barty, the reigning French Open champion and world No. 1 who was vying to become the first Australian to win the Australian Open singles title in more than four decades.“I was playing, I knew I was in the semifinal. It was just great. I’m so happy I was able to share the court with Ash,” Kenin said. “Yeah, after the match, of course it’s pretty emotional. It’s the finals. It’s something different, it’s surreal. [I’m] so grateful for it.”Kenin beat Gauff, the 15-year-old American phenom, in three sets in the fourth round, after defeating Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the third round and another American player, Ann Li, in the second round.She will face Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza in Saturday’s women’s singles final.Kenin, seeded No. 14 going into Australia, has won three singles titles in her career.She was born in Moscow, Russia, and moved to the U.S. as an infant. Her family settled in Pembroke Pines, Florida, where Kenin was homeschooled, according to her Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) bio.Kenin’s father, Alexander, who remains her coach to this day, started teaching her tennis at age 5, and she was on a magazine cover by age 6, according to ESPN.Kenin shared a video on Instagram last year of her being interviewed at age 7 about her ability to take on Andy Roddick.Fourteen years later, Kenin is playing for the chance to win her first Grand Slam title.The last American female to win the Australian Open single’s title was Williams in 2017. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

UK’s new COVID measures met with skepticism, confusion

first_img“I’ve made a judgment that we are again at a tipping point with COVID and I’m looking at data that alarms me, frankly,” Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on ITV.She said her scientific advisers had told her the package announced by Johnson would be insufficient to bring down the rate of transmission.In England, people can still socialize with members of other households in groups of up to six people.Wales and Northern Ireland are also taking some different measures to England.The Times newspaper reported that Chris Whitty, the national government’s chief medical adviser, was privately saying further restrictions in England were inevitable to bring the epidemic under control.A YouGov poll found that 78% of people supported the measures already announced, although 45% said Johnson should have gone further while 32% said he had got the restrictions about right.On the business side, there was widespread angst over what the new restrictions would mean, especially for pubs, restaurants and other hospitality firms. The 10 p.m. closing time announced by Johnson was criticized as ineffective in terms of reducing transmission, but damaging to business.Raab rejected this, saying the government’s scientific advice was that the package of measures was appropriate to “bear down” on the virus.Prof John Edmunds of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who is on the government’s scientific advisory team, told BBC radio: “Overall, I don’t think the measures have gone anywhere near far enough. In fact, I don’t even think the measures in Scotland have gone far enough.” ​ He said he believed very stringent measures woud come into force across the United Kingdom as some point “but it will be too late again”.Adding to the government’s woes, there were signs of a fightback by the main opposition Labor Party, which had been in the doldrums after it was beaten by Johnson’s Conservatives in an election in December last year.The latest Ipsos Mori poll showed the Conservatives’ popularity falling, while Labor leader Keir Starmer beat Johnson on a number of measures, with more people saying he had sound judgment and was a capable leader.  The British government on Wednesday defended its new, stricter coronavirus measures against criticism that they did not got far enough, saying it was trying to balance supporting the economy while protecting health.Prime Minister Boris Johnson told citizens on Tuesday to work from home if possible and ordered restaurants and bars to close early, in an effort to slow a fast-spreading second wave of COVID-19, saying restrictions would likely last six months.Britain has the highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe, with a total close to 42,000. New infections have been accelerating in recent weeks, leading scientists to say they could hit 50,000 per day by mid-October if left unchecked. Topics :center_img Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab gave a round of interviews on Wednesday – six months to the day since the government first imposed a national lockdown on March 23 – seeking to persuade the public to abide by the new rules to avoid a second lockdown.”What we don’t want is to have to take even more severe measures as we go through Christmas,” Raab said on LBC radio. “And that’s why we need to take the proportional, targeted measures we’re taking now.”Asked on BBC radio if the new measures were part of a Swedish-style plan to live with the virus rather than try to get rid of it, Raab rejected that suggestion.But a decision by Scotland’s semi-autonomous government to take more stringent measures, such as banning any socializing between households, cast doubt over whether the steps taken in more populous England would be sufficient.last_img read more

Donegal families reminded to apply for Back to School Allowance

first_imgOver 6,000 Donegal families have been allocated the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance for this coming school year.More families are being encouraged to apply for the allowance before the 30th of September.The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D., is urging families with school-going children, who have not yet applied, to check out their entitlement to this scheme as they may qualify for a payment depending on their financial circumstances. The payment has been increased by €25 this year for each qualifying child.An allowance of €150 is paid for each eligible child who is aged 4 – 11 on or before 30 September 2019 while an allowance of €275 is paid for each eligible child aged 12 – 22 on or before 30 September 2019.Children aged between 18 and 22 years must be returning to full-time second-level education in a recognised school or college in the autumn of 2019.Minister Doherty said: “This can be a particularly stressful time of year for many families. The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance provides valuable support to eligible families to assist with the extra costs when children start school each autumn and this year we are providing for an additional €25 payment per child. I would urge anybody who has not yet applied to check their eligibility for the scheme which provides a once-off payment to assist with the costs of school clothing and footwear.” Families who have not received notification from the Department of an automated payment will need to make an application. Application forms are available at all Intreo Centres, on the Department’s websitewww.welfare.ie , via SMS (text Form BTSCFA followed by customer’s name and address to 51909) or by sending an email to [email protected] . This year, people can also apply online via the Department’s website.The closing date for receipt of applications for this year’s Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is 30 September 2019.The Department is also providing a dedicated phone bank to answer enquiries during business hours 9.00am to 5.00pm.  Anyone wishing to make enquiries about this scheme can contact (071) 9193318 or LoCall 1890 66 22 44.Donegal families reminded to apply for Back to School Allowance was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BACK TO SCHOOL ALLOWANCEBack to School Clothing and Footwear Allowancelast_img read more

Crafts partnership empowers women

first_img16 March 2012The lives of rural women in parts of KwaZulu-Natal are changing for the better now that their arts and crafts are being properly marketed and sold, with help from the Siyazisiza Trust.The Trust, started in 1987, operates in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal, and opens up distribution channels for the women. It also provides the women with training and financial literacy.The Trust works with affiliate organisation Khumbulani Craft, which provides job skills and practical business training to crafters in the KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.Deputy Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa visited Nongoma on Monday to see for herself how women are trying to eradicate poverty and sustain their lives through their art.Xasa urged the women to persevere with their businesses because apart from financial gains, their craft also told stories about the country’s history and culture.Phumla Mnganga, chairperson of the Siyazisiza Trust, told BuaNews that illiteracy rates among rural women were high, “so they don’t always understand the concepts of costing. We provide organisational capacity and help them create proper structures for their work.”Some of the women’s work has been used to decorate the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, and had it not been for the Trust, they would not have had such an opportunity, despite being highly skilled in their craft.Tourism company Tourvest is another distribution channel made possible by the Trust.“We are aware that often such partnerships tend to be exploitative,” Xasa said. “We are assured that, through the involvement of the Siyazisiza Trust, the women receive a fair price for their crafts.”Xasa said the partnership was a great example of how, through socio-economic development, rural craft women were being empowered.The government has prioritised the development of a culture and heritage strategy for South Africa, which will identify ways of turning culture and heritage into sought-after attractions.“We also are looking at unlocking the economic development of these products,” Xasa said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

NOPE. – Arachnophobia (GC2XHEQ) – Geocache of the Week

first_imgDifficulty/Terrain Rating:2/1Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Some geocaches make us face our fears. For the acrophobic, a tree climbing geocache is a test. For hydrophobics, paddle caches are terrifying. For arachnophobics, like me, this geocache is a big fat NOPE. However, just looking at the logs and photos shows that plenty of geocachers aren’t afraid and are even elated to see a gigantic arachnid coming down from a tree. The furry spider looks pretty friendly, so I’d probably conquer my fear and give it a shot. What the Geocache owner, fobofobic, has to say:“Many years ago in my neighborhood, somewhere around Halloween time, somebody placed a big black hairy spider on the post of a stop sign. I would drive by it numerous times a day and it always brought a smile to my face…When it was time to hide my first geocache, I remembered that silly spider. The idea rolled around in my head for quite some time before I came up with the final idea of where and how to place the geocache.The feedback that I received from the logs has been humbling. I particularly enjoy hearing about families that have stopped and found it. Because the location is not far from where I live, I am able to drive by and check on her frequently. This has also given me several opportunities to meet other geocachers that I have spotted searching for it. I have to admit that I get many smiles from logs and photos, and the favorite points gives me a warm feeling inside.I’d like to thank the cachers who have left logs on this geocache. Their kind words have encouraged me to continue to try to hide unique geocaches. Also, a big thank you to some of the local cachers that have gone above and beyond with their creativity, their ambitious caches continue to inspire me. To the geocaching community, all of the volunteers and those cachers that truly try to make the sport more interesting, I have the at utmost gratitude and respect for you. It continues to amaze me how many wonderful people there are in the sport. Geocachers are truly a unique bunch of folks, with huge hearts and quick smiles. Thank you all, for everything you’ve given me.” Photos:Two brave geocachers with the spider. Photo by oceansurf182The beast coming down from its lair. Photo by HockeyHiker19How you release the beast. Photo by Joe-n-Jane What’s your biggest geocaching fear? Tell us and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More What geocachers are saying:“Jeepers had to drag me to this cache! I gave in pretty quickly, actually, when he looked in the car window with a big grin on his face. That was fun! Fave point! SL TFTC!” – jeeperspeepers“This was a great cache, especially the day after Halloween. This is one of the best caches that I have ever seen. Thank you for the creativity. This gets my first Favorite Point!” – barefootfamily“Pulled up and almost immediately spotted this awesome cache. We both laughed with delight (as did a few muggles passing by, who seemed to think we were getting an early start on Halloween) Very clever! Gets a favorite point from me.” – twofalls ACK! THIS IS MY NIGHTMARE. Photo by monkeymoo5Geocache Name:Arachnophobia (GC2XHEQ) SharePrint RelatedKuş Evi / Bird House (GC4W8G4) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 9, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Maybe it’s over there? — To Too Two Easy (GC1XA6W) — Geocache of the WeekNovember 13, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”It’s Time to Kick It Up a Notch — Apollos pool with the million dollar view (GC13VNK) —Geocache of the WeekSeptember 25, 2013In “Geocaching with Kids”last_img read more

10 months agoFulham eyeing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida

first_imgFulham eyeing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vidaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are eyeing World Cup star Domagoj Vida.Fotomac says Fulham are looking to strengthen their defence with the World Cup finalist.Croatia’s Vida – currently at Besiktas – is a target for Claudio Ranieri.Besiktas have already lost Pepe, who cancelled his contract earlier this month, so the club may try and drive a hard bargain for Vida, although their money troubles may mean that they can’t afford to be too stubborn. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Florida Releases Official Depth Chart For Opening Contest

first_imgFlorida Gators depth chart for opening day.Florida Gators PlaylistThe Florida Gators take on New Mexico State this Saturday, and of course, fans want to know which quarterback – Will Grier or Treon Harris – will be starting under center. They’re going to have to wait until the game actually kicks off. Monday, Florida released its official depth chart, and both quarterbacks were listed. It specifically reads “Will Grier or Treon Harris.”#Gators depth chart for Week 1 vs. @NMStateFootball: pic.twitter.com/fagneeqMB1— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) August 31, 2015#Gators release official depth chart. pic.twitter.com/N8ZB2abf4E— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) August 31, 2015It was already known that both Grier and Harris would be playing in the season opener. It’ll be interesting to see which player gets more snaps – and – which player performs better.last_img read more

India imposes surprise 50 tariff on pea imports to further sour trade

first_imgCALGARY – Pulse Canada says the Indian government has imposed a hefty and surprising 50 per cent tariff on pea imports to add to already simmering agricultural trade tensions.Gordon Bacon, CEO of the industry group, says the move brings into question what the intermediate and long-term trade relation will be with a major destination for Canadian pulse crops.In the past three years, Canada has exported over a million tonnes of peas to the country with a value of $548 million in 2015.Bacon says the punitive tariffs are the highest under WTO rules, whereas before there was no tariff on pea imports.He says he’s still waiting to hear what the Canadian government plans to do in response to this action, days ahead of a major trade mission to the country.The pea tariff issue comes on top of the unresolved fumigation issue, with India not yet extending an exemption to pest treatments for Canadian imports that has been in place for many years.last_img read more

Oil and Gas Commission ordering industry to suspend water diversion from Northeast

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Oil and Gas Commission has issued an industry directive requiring industry to immediately suspend all previously-approved water diversions under Section 10 of the Water Sustainability Act, due to drought conditions.The directive, which was issued on Monday, includes rivers, streams and lakes in the following basins within the Peace and Liard River watersheds:Aitken CreekBeatton RiverBlueberry RiverCache CreekCameron RiverChinchaga RiverJohnson CreekDoig RiverFarrell CreekLynx CreekMilligan CreekKotcho RiverShekilie RiverFontas RiverKantah RiverPetitot RiverThe OGC said that the diversion and use of water stored in dugouts or dams is not suspended, nor does the suspension apply to the main channel of the Peace River or Dinosaur Lake. Last week, the provincial government declared a Level 3 drought rating for the Peace, Upper Fraser East and Upper Fraser West areas.Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Mackenzie, and Fort Nelson are included in the Level 3 drought area, while East Peace Basin that includes Fort St. John, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, and Dawson Creek currently lie outside the region.last_img read more

Margaret Ma Murray Community School Fundraising Concert was a Huge success

first_imgThe Fundraiser was to help the new school build upon their musical instrument selection so each student has the opportunity to participate in the music program once a week.“More than our minimum goal of 5000 which means we can dip into dreams and have some money in the bank for future repairs and dreams,” said Brooks.Brooks shared it would be nice to build upon the selection of instruments that are currently available to her so she can provide variety to her students. Studies have shown children that have been exposed to music have healthy brain development.Brooks finishes off to say “Truly humbled overwhelmed and grateful for the community support. So proud to live here. Wow. Just wow.”A break down for what the funds will be used for; Every kid at MMCS Kindergarten through grade 6 gets a music class with a professional music educator once per week Orff xylophones that can be set up for younger grades as well as older will be purchased Students K-2 will learn how to sight sing and read rhythms on a variety of smaller percussion (hand drums, bongos, tambourines, etc.) All grade 3s will learn to read full music notation and play songs on xylophones – we will now have one for every child All grade 4s will learn how to play the recorder All grade 5s will learn how to play the ukulele All grade 6 will either join the SD60 Band Program and learn a “band” instrument or learn how to play in a band using school instruments combined together (recorder, ukulele, xylophone) FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Students and the community came together February 28th for an evening full of musical performances to support the Musical program at Margaret Ma Murray (MMMCS) Community School.MMMCS PAC and Sabrina Brooks, District 60 Band Teacher hosted the fundraising Concert. With performances by the Northern Winds Community Band, the SD 60 Beginner Band and the Choir. As well as food and raffle items for sale.The evening raised “2000 worth of physical instruments and $6400 in cash,” said Brooks, “Super overwhelming but great,”last_img read more