WARSAW: Former tennis World No.2 Agnieszka Radwanska has given birth to her first child. Radwanska made the announcement on her Instagram handle and shared the first photos of her son Jakub. Her husband Dawid Celt, who was also Radwanska’s hitting partner during her days as a player on the WTA tour, also shared a photograph of the couple’s newborn son. “Jakub is already with us,” he posted on Twitter with a photo of a tiny hand. IANS Also watch: Moran’s Khowang Ghat Shut For 3 Days After Girl Tests COVID Positive
20 December 2011In 2011, the Springboks’ defence of their Rugby World Cup crown came up short, but they bowed out of the event with great credit after a somewhat bizarre quarterfinal loss to Australia in which the only statistic they trailed in was the final score.However, the tendency to focus heavily on the four-yearly event cost the Boks in the Tri-Nations tournament once again.After employing a big mix of players, who for the most part looked underprepared, the Springboks won just one of their four Tri-Nations tests, defeating New Zealand 18-5 in a memorable encounter in Port Elizabeth.Prior to that, an underdone team went down 14-9 to Australia in Durban, while second-string line-ups, supposedly forced because of injuries, suffered away defeats of 40-7 to New Zealand and 39-20 to Australia. Such unnecessarily big losses left a bitter taste in the mouths of Springbok supporters.World CupSouth Africa was much improved at the World Cup. Wales, who went on to finish fourth, provided a very tough challenge in the Boks’ first outing, but the men in green and gold managed a 17-16 victory.Improving with every game, they then romped to a 49-3 victory over Fiji, thrashed Namibia 87-0, and held off a fiery Samoan side 13-5.Those wins put the Springboks into the quarterfinals, but that’s where their tournament ended after an 11-9 defeat at the hands of Australia.While the Springboks failed to make the final, South Africa’s Craig Joubert asserted his status as the best referee in the game when he was appointed to take charge of the World Cup final.RetirementsAfter the World Cup, two of the greats of South African rugby retired from the international game: John Smit, after 111 test caps, and Victor Matfield, after 110 tests, which made them number one and two all-time for South Africa.They left, not only as senior players, but also as captain and vice-captain. Their retirement, along with the completion of coach Peter de Villiers’ contract, means that a new era of Springbok rugby is likely to begin in 2012.Super RugbyThe Super Rugby competition was broken up into three conferences in 2011 – Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa – with the top three sides from each conference, plus the three next best teams, qualifying for the playoffs. As it worked out, each conference provided two playoff teams, with the defending champion Bulls just missing out on a place.The Stormers finished on top of the South African conference with 12 wins in 16 matches, while the Sharks finished second after 10 wins and one draw. The Bulls won 10 of their 16 games, while the Cheetahs scored five wins, and the Lions three wins and one draw, which was a considerable improvement on their winless 2010 season.In the playoffs, the Crusaders were handy 36-8 victors over the Sharks in New Zealand. The following week, at Newlands in Cape Town, they ousted the Stormers 29-10. The title, however, went Australia’s way as the Reds downed the Crusaders 18-13 to claim the title.Currie CupFor most of the Currie Cup season, the teams played without their Springboks, who were involved in World Cup preparations and in the World Cup itself.The Golden Lions, who had few Springboks in their ranks, started strongly and surged into an early lead at the top of the table. They held onto it until the end, finishing on 50 points to the Sharks’ 48, the Cheetahs’ 47 and Western Province’s 41. The Blue Bulls just missed out on the semi-finals after finishing a point behind Province.In the semi-finals, the Sharks beat the Cheetahs 20-13 and the Lions shocked a Western Province team with its Springboks 29-20. That set up a rematch of the game between the Lions and the Sharks that had been played two weeks earlier in Durban, with the defending champion Sharks triumphing 53-9. This time, however, the match would take place in Johannesburg.In a fairy tale finish, the Lions outplayed their Springbok-stacked opponents, scoring a lopsided 42-16 victory to claim their first Currie Cup title since 1999. It was also their first at home since 1950!Player of the YearAt the South African Rugby Awards in November, Schalk Burger was named South African Rugby Player of the Year for a second time, while the Golden Lions were named Team of the Year.Bismarck du Plessis, widely regarded as the best hooker in the game, was named the Players’ Player of the Year.SevensThe South African Sevens team enjoyed a good year, winning three tournaments, in Las Vegas, and then back-to-back in London and Edinburgh to end the World Series on a high.They finished second to New Zealand in the final standings and were the only team besides the Kiwis to win more than one tournament.Playmaker Cecil Afrika finished the HSBC Sevens World Series as the top try scorer and points’ scorer. He was deservedly named the International Rugby Board’s Player of the Year.On the women’s front, the South African women’s team achieved a historic victory in August when they beat the USA 26-23. It marked the first time that South Africa had beaten one of the game’s top ranked teams.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One month after joining the team at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, Grant Fair attended his very first Ohio FFA State Convention. Surrounded by students in a sea of blue corduroy jackets gave him the feeling that he was becoming a part of something huge and camp was a key player in it — a memory he still holds close to his heart even as his time at Camp Muskingum comes to an end.“I’m beyond thankful for my time at camp,” said Grant Fair, previous Project Reach Director at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum. “Now it is time for a new adventure. We’re headed to Glen Rose, Texas.”At the end of January, he and his wife, Kim Fair and their five-month-old daughter, Cleo Fair packed up their lives in Carrollton, Ohio to make the 1,200-mile trip halfway across the country. The reason for their big move is a new opportunity for their family.“Kim begins a new role as the Program Director at Glen Lake Camp and Christian Retreat Center in February,” Grant said. “I’ll be taking some time to stay at home and raise our daughter while Kim starts in her new position. Eventually I’ll enroll in classes again at a university in Texas.”As Program Director, Kim’s responsibilities at Glen Lake Camp will include hiring, supervising and leading 80 seasonal staff members throughout the summer. Additionally, she will develop Bible study curriculum for the camp’s summer programs. Prior to her new position, Kim was the Director at Camp Aldersgate (located up the road from Camp Muskingum) and worked at Camp Muskingum as the Office Administrator this past summer.Both Grant and Kim have always shared a love for working at camps.“I worked at my very first summer camp in 2004 at Camp Wanake in Beach City, Ohio.” Grant said. “It was a powerful summer for me. I didn’t know anything about camps before that experience and I never realized it was something I could continue to do for a living.”It was only four years later that he found himself working at a camp again, but this time it was at a camp that would eventually become his home. He got his start working with Nature’s Classroom, the camp’s residential outdoor education program that serves elementary and middle school students during the spring and fall seasons.“My first experience working at Camp Muskingum began in 2008 as a staff member for two seasons with Nature’s Classroom,” Grant said. “I started full-time at Camp Muskingum as Project Reach Director in 2010. I haven’t looked back since.”As Project Reach Director, his primary responsibility was the upkeep, staffing and facilitation of the high ropes course, low ropes course and the paintball program. His secondary responsibilities included the supervising and programming of summer camp and overseeing camp’s summer staff members.Although a big piece of his job was leading workshops and helping teach others, he saw every moment as an opportunity to never stop learning.“I’ve taken away so much from my time spent at camp,” Grant said. “I’ve gained confidence in my ability to think on my toes and handle stressful situations and I’ve learned how to become a supervisor of people. I’ve also learned to not take myself too seriously. There are definitely things in life we need to be serious about, but for everything else — ‘man, lighten up!’”With new changes and additions right around the corner at camp, Grant is looking forward to cheer on camp’s growth all the way from Texas.“The introduction of the Discovery Center is such a new time in Camp Muskingum’s history,” he said. “Oh my gosh, the staff that is there now is more than capable in handling this exciting transition. They will take camp in a new direction and enhance the program.”Grant is not only thankful to have worked with the staff at Camp Muskingum, but also the thousands of students he has interacted with over the last decade years.“If I could leave any bit of encouragement for students who go to camp, I would tell them to be the person they want themselves to be,” he said. “At camp you don’t have to stick to the status quo or conform to be who your friends say you have to be. You are the most pure form of you when you’re at camp and there is absolutely nothing in this world that says you can’t be you anywhere you go.”The Ohio FFA Association thanks the Fair family for their work and support at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum and wish them the best of luck as they depart on their new adventure.
Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie: Press never give us breakby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has hit out at the negativity of the media.The Scot admits he grows tired over the comparisons with past teams.Ritchie told the Evening Chronicle: “People talk about Newcastle’s history in the Premier League and it’s in a negative aspect.”The Press the other week said we hadn’t won on a Monday for such a long time, then we won at Burnley and the next week it was we hadn’t won a midweek game!”I was like: ‘Give us a break’.”The players don’t look into that, we focus on the next game being the biggest game.”We recover and prepare for Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Global Citizen movement continues its campaign to achieve a world without extreme poverty by 2030 with the third annual Global Citizen Festival, a free ticketed concert on the Great Lawn in Central Park.The 2014 Global Citizen Festival will be headlined by JAY Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., The Roots and Tiesto, on Saturday, September 27, 2014.MSNBC and NBC News will serve as official media partners for this year’s Festival. For the first time ever, the Festival will air live on television with MSNBC carrying the full concert on cable and msnbc.com. In addition, NBC News will produce a one-hour primetime special of the event to air on NBC at 9 p.m. on September 27. MSNBC and NBC News will also highlight the issues surrounding global poverty in the coming months.Starting today, free tickets to the Festival are available by participating in online actions here, where users take “action” to earn their admission. By signing petitions, emailing world leaders and sharing content with their social networks, fans become active participants in campaigning for positive change as they earn points that can be used to enter the prize draw to win free tickets. Ticket draws will occur throughout the summer and fans will be notified via Ticketmaster when they have been selected. A limited number of VIP tickets will also be available for purchase through Ticketmaster. For the third year in a row, Citi is proud partner of the Global Citizen Festival and Citi credit card members will have exclusive access to VIP offers at the early bird pricing.The Festival coincides with the UN General Assembly and will serve as a high-profile platform to call for tangible commitments from world leaders in the areas of vaccines, education and sanitation. Major campaigns tied to this year’s Festival include: securing contributions for the GAVI Alliance and the Global Partnership for Education, and building momentum by citizens for the Water for the World Act, a Congressional bill that will support efforts to benefit the 1.25 billion women and girls that currently go without safe access to sanitation.This year’s Festival will also focus on ensuring that all the world’s children and young people can survive and thrive. It will support a UNFPA-led global campaign to ensure the rights of adolescents and youth, especially girls, are firmly included in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Global Citizens will be calling on all governments to prioritize investments for young people across crucial areas of education, reproductive health and safety from violence.The Festival is only possible due to the incredible support from Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration, which is creating new educational opportunities this fall for thousands of New York City’s children with the introduction of universal pre-kindergarten and expanded after-school programs across the five boroughs.“In the last 15 years, the world has seen the most successful anti-poverty push in history,” said Hugh Evans, CEO of The Global Poverty Project. “Thanks to the political leadership, global investment and significant policy changes generated over the last several years, ending extreme poverty by 2030 is within our reach, but we need to continue to change the systems that contribute to the social injustice of extreme poverty. To do so, we must engage Global Citizens to create a groundswell of support our world leaders cannot ignore.”Shawn “JAY Z” Carter stated, “Change only takes place when and where there is action. I’m joining the 2014 Global Citizen Festival because I believe through actions, whether it be by raising awareness, getting involved or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is possible.”No Doubt issued a statement saying, “Our earliest musical influences were artists from around the world who made us aware of issues beyond our own backyards. We hope to continue that tradition of raising awareness by joining an incredible group of performers on stage at the Global Citizen Festival to shine a light on the unacceptable fact that over 1.2 billion people on our planet still live in extreme poverty.”“I believe we all have the ability to make our world a better place. Positive change is possible when we work together, and this Festival is a hopeful opportunity for all of us to help see an end to extreme poverty,” said Carrie Underwood.On their participation in the Festival, fun. stated, “We believe that everyone should have equal rights. We look forward to performing with these incredible artists as we rally our fans to join us in helping to make the world a better, more equal place.”In a statement from The Roots, the group said, “Every day we hear stories of people who are looking for a helping hand. We look forward to joining the thousands of global citizens on the Great Lawn who recognize we live in an interdependent world where our actions can positively affect the lives of others across the globe.”World renowned EDM headliner Tiesto stated, “I am very excited to perform at this year’s Global Citizen Festival and continue my support for protecting the world’s children. I’m asking my fans to join me and call on our world leaders to bring about real change that will help our children live healthy, strong lives.”One of the first “actions” fans can complete is the signing of a petition calling on world leaders to contribute $7.5 billion to the GAVI Alliance, which provides lifesaving vaccines to children in poor countries. This funding would enable the GAVI Alliance to help immunize 300 million children by 2020, which will help save the lives of 5 million to 6 million children worldwide.“The GAVI Alliance is striving to see every child, everywhere is immunized with life-saving vaccines,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance. “With funding, we can massively increase the impact of immunization in the poorest countries by 2020. By signing this important petition and becoming a Global Citizen, you will ensure that children get the vaccines they need to be healthy, go to school and help pull their communities out of poverty.”This year’s Festival will build on previous Global Citizen Festivals, which in 2013, included performances by Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Kings Of Leon, and Elvis Costello, and in 2012, was headlined by Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses, K’naan and John Legend, and will aim to generate more than two million actions in support of the world’s poor. Since the Festival’s inception in 2012, actions taken by concertgoers have resulted in $1.3 billion dollars in new funding and 35 commitments from world leaders that directly benefit the world’s poor.The proud partners of the 2014 Global Citizen Festival are Caterpillar Inc., Citi, World Childhood Foundation, The Riot House, Noise 4 Good, EKOCYCLE and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. The Festival has also partnered with leading non-profit groups, including: UNFPA, the Global Partnership for Education, GAVI Alliance, The Malala Fund, WaterAid America, Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council, WASH Advocates, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and more.“The Global Citizen Festival brings together a stellar lineup to support an immensely important cause, at an iconic venue in Central Park,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP of Entertainment Marketing at Citi. “We are honored to sponsor again for the third year, to be the presenting partner of the VIP tent and offer our cardmembers VIP access to what will certainly be an impactful and memorable event.”People everywhere are invited to sign-up, take actions, and enter the prize draws for free tickets. In total, 48,000 free tickets to the Festival will be given out to Global Citizens. For more information about the artists, schedules, and event, please visit www.globalcitizenfestival.com.
TORONTO – Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has asked the province’s Superior Court to throw out a petition from the Canadian arm of Tesla Inc. that claims the U.S. company has been treated unfairly in the government’s cancellation of an electric vehicle rebate program.The provincial government’s ministry of transportation said in a response filed Tuesday that there is no merit to the electric car maker’s application for judicial review, arguing the decision is government policy that does not fall within the court’s jurisdiction.“While framed as a judicial review of an ostensibly administrative decision, the application is essentially an attack on a core policy decision made by Ontario’s cabinet,” it said in the court filing.“Such a decision is not reviewable by the court and is not a basis to quash the decision.”In July, the government announced the cancellation of the rebate program but said that incentives would be honoured for vehicles ordered through a dealership if they are delivered and registered by Sept. 10.Tesla sells vehicles directly to customers rather than through a dealership, making its vehicles ineligible for the incentives under the new rules.Tesla Motors of Canada said in its application that the decision by Premier Doug Ford’s government to halt the program left hundreds of its customers no longer eligible for rebates they expected to get when they ordered their vehicles.It claims Tesla was also left out of a program that allows purchasers of other brands to receive rebates during a transition period and that the government has given it no reason for its exclusion.Tesla said the government’s decision has “already inflicted substantial harm” on the company in the form of lost sales and potential damage to its reputation because it leaves the impression that Tesla “may be singled out for future arbitrary treatment.”It asked the Ontario Superior Court to quash the government’s move.However, the government’s response said the decision to revoke the rebate program was made for “valid public reasons.”The government said it decided to include only independently owned franchised dealerships in the transition funding in order to minimize negative impacts to small- or medium-sized businesses, and that such dealerships may have vehicle inventory or made orders with manufacturers that could not be returned.“Tesla Canada is effectively asking this court to make a declaratory order at the behest of its customers to provide them a grant from public funds.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tomorrow, August 8th, 2019, is Dairy Queen’s Annual fundraising event, Miracle Treat Day.To participate in #MiracleTreatDayHead to Dairy Queen and purchase a BLIZZARD Treat and the net proceeds from each BLIZZARD go towards local Children’s Miracle Network Canada hospitals such as BC Children’s Hospital. To view social media, CLICK HERE
Islamabad: Saudi’s top diplomat met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday and delivered a “special message” from powerful Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, amid global efforts to de-escalate Indo-Pak tensions, according to media reports. Saudi State Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir called on Prime Minister Khan at the his office where the two discussed the ongoing Indo-Pak tensions and matters of regional and bilateral interest, Geo TV reported. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Jubeir conveyed him a special message of the crown prince, it added. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, PM’s adviser on trade, secretary foreign affairs and other higher officials were present during the meeting. Ahead of his meeting with Khan, Jubeir met Qureshi and discussed Pakistan’s recent tensions with India, regional security and bilateral relations. The Saudi diplomat assured Qureshi of his country’s support towards solving the issues with India in a peaceful manner. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang According to Pakistan Foreign Office, Jubeir will also meet Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Jubeir was earlier supposed to visit Pakistan on March 1 but it was delayed due to heightened tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi. Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. India launched a counter-terror operation in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 and captured its pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was handed over to India on March 1. Countries like the US, the UK, China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE were involved in easing tensions between India and Pakistan. While announcing the Saudi minister’s visit, Foreign Minister Qureshi Wednesday said that the Saudi envoy is coming to Pakistan with a “special message” from Crown Prince Mohammad. Jubeir’s visit comes after the crown prince stand alone visits to Pakistan and India soon after the Pulwama terror attack.
New Delhi: Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari, who is re-contesting from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha seat, on Saturday held a massive roadshow here. Tiwari, who is pitted against Delhi Congress chief and three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Aam Aadmi party’s Dilip Pandey, kicked off the 15 km-roadshow from MIG flats in north east Delhi to Loni road, covering areas like Shahdra, Jagatpuri and Mansarovar park. Hundreds of BJP supporters participated in the roadshow and raised slogans in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read – CM urges Delhiites to help accident victims The traffic in the area came to a standstill as people thronged on the streets to get a glimpse of the Bhojpuri actor and singer. Tiwari had held a similar roadshow in his constituency while filing his nomination earlier this week. The elections on all the seven seats in the national capital is scheduled on May 12, in the sixth phase of polling. The BJP, which won all the seven seats in 2014, is facing a triangular fight in the city as the talks of alliance between the AAP and Congress failed.
Matchups that Ohio basketball fans could only dream of became a reality on the Ohio State campus Saturday. It was an all-Buckeye State theme during the Ohio Homecoming Battle for Ohio basketball game at St. John Arena, which saw Team Columbus eek out a 94-91 victory against Team Cleveland. The game saw former OSU teammates David Lighty and Jon Diebler guarding each other on the perimeter as well as university alumnus and Philadelphia 76er Evan Turner run the court with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson. Thompson was dominant in the contest, leading all scorers in the game with a double-double that included 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting and 10 rebounds for Team Cleveland. Team Columbus countered with a team-high 18 points from Ron Lewis and 17 points from Turner. A coaching staff that included former No. 1-overall NBA Draft pick Greg Oden, former OSU player Ron Stokes and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman saw five players hit double digits on the way to the victory for the Columbus squad. Afterward, Turner called the contest a great game and a great opportunity to lock horns with former teammates and current NBA foes. Turner, who had fourth-quarter shots blocked by former OSU teammate Dallas Lauderdale and came up smiling after each rejection, called the game “fun.” “It’s great for the city,” Turner said. “Hopefully we keep doing this game every single year.” The high-paced celebrity All-Star game saw Team Cleveland control the opening eight minutes of play, but only until J.J. Sullinger, older brother of recently-drafted OSU product Jared Sullinger, struck for Team Columbus. J.J. Sullinger, sporting a thicker build than during his playing days at OSU during the 2004-2006 seasons, stuck a 3-pointer home to give Columbus the lead, 22-21, late in the first quarter. Columbus pulled ahead by half behind Turner’s 14 first-half points. Diebler, in a display familiar to OSU fans, connected on 2-of-3 3-pointers while contributing six points to the Team Columbus effort. Diebler’s day from behind the arc was just getting started. During halftime, Diebler dominated the 3-point shooting contest by scoring 5-of-5 shots on his first rack of balls before doing the same on his final rack to win the competition. Diebler defeated Dru Joyce, a high school teammate of the Miami Heat’s Lebron James at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s and player at Akron from 2003-2007. The 3-pointers for Diebler were his first in a competitive game at St. John Arena since a December 2010 win against South Carolina. Of the game and his return to St. John Arena, Diebler, a member of the winning Team Columbus side, said that he too enjoyed himself. “We were talking before the game – it was pretty awesome to get everyone together,” he said. “It was great to be back. I love this gym.” Scoring slowed in the second half – the two squads combined for 32 points in the fourth quarter – but Team Columbus forced a turnover in the closing seconds as it defended a 93-91 lead and held on for the win. Former OSU forward Dallas Lauderdale, a member of the losing Team Cleveland side, agreed with the rest, saying that the game was a memorable one. “I thought it was a great time. Playing against former teammates – it was a lot of fun,” Lauderdale said. Lauderdale, who is returning from playing professionally in Poland and will compete with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors in summer league play, added that Saturday’s game was reminiscent of practice sessions during his time at OSU. “It wasn’t weird going against (former teammates) at all,” he said. “We did it every day at the Schottenstein Center, so to be able to go out there and talk a little trash, it was fun.” There was statewide appeal for the Saturday event with cities and towns from around Ohio represented on the two teams’ respective rosters. In addition to J.J. Sullinger, Turner and Diebler, Team Columbus featured former OSU letter winners Brian Brown (1999-2002), Terence Dials(2002-2006) and George Reese (1999-2000) as well as Scoonie Penn and Columbus natives Antonio Daniels and Samaki Walker. Team Cleveland featured former Buckeyes Lighty (2007-2011), Lauderdale (2008-2011), Tony Stockman (2004-2005) and Damon Stringer (1995-1998; Cleveland State 1998-2000) in addition to Thompson, Keith McLeod (Bowling Green, 1999-2002) and Ryan Patton (Youngstown State 1999-2002).