Hail the champions!

first_imgKingston College and Edwin Allen Comprehensive High School started the 2017 staging of Boys and Girls’ Championships with big predicted winning margins on paper. However, when the five days of running, jumping and throwing was over, Calabar High School and Edwin Allen had defended their respective team titles. Kingston College were undone by a pair of untimely injuries and by a Calabar team that performed magnificently. Neither favourite scored at the predicted level, but Edwin Allen were deep enough to collect 316.5 points and win a fifth Girls’ Champs title. Hydel High won a frantic battle for second with their 265 points total out-lasting St Jago High, 246 and Holmwood 243. Coached by Michael Dyke, Edwin Allen suffered misfortune including a false start by prohibitive Class Three 100 favourite Kevona Davis and a baton fumble by Davis’ unbeatable 4x100m team. However, 800/1500m doubles in Class Two and Three by Cemore Donald and Rushana Dwyer, a steeplechase win by Jeima Davis and a hurdles double by Gabrielle McDonald, led Edwin Allen home. Injuries cost Kingston College dearly. Jhevaughn Matherson, favoured in the Class One 100m and 200m, managed just two of a predicted 18 points with Wayne Pinnock, leader of the Class Two long jump and 110m hurdles fields, getting just five of 18. With Calabar moving up on all four of those events, the points swing was almost 40 points. Nevertheless, it’s an oversimplification to say that’s the only reason Calabar won. The Michael Clarke-coached green-and-blacks were relentless, with Christopher Taylor leading the way. He debuted in Class One with a 200m and 400m double and legs on the winning 4x100m and 4x400m teams. One-two finishes in the 100m, 400m, 110m hurdles and a one-three result in the 200m and middle distance magic in Class Two did the business for Calabar. Kimar Farquharson took down Aldwyn Sappleton’s 20 year-old 800m record from 1 minute 52.27 seconds to 1.51.26 in the heats and went on to win the gold medal. He also set the pace for teammate Kevroy Venson who improved the 1500m mark to 3 minutes 55.38 seconds, with KC’s Aryamanya Rogers second and Farquharson third. Rogers, a Ugandan 16 year-old, went on to win the 5000 metres. When KC found it impossible to score in the Class Two hurdles, won brilliantly by Jeremy Farr, the die was cast. The final scores – Calabar 317 to 314 for KC – are the highest scores in the 21-year history of the current scoring system and it was just the second time the 300-point ceiling had been breached. The first time was 2014 when Calabar collected 305 points. Calabar and Edwin Allen now have the look of dynasties. With six Boys’ Champs titles on the trot, Calabar are now taking aim on the 1962 – 1975 Kingston College record of 14 consecutive wins. Edwin Allen moved to four straight, and five overall. The last team to win a consecutive quartet of Girls Championship crowns, Holmwood, ended up with nine back-to-back triumphs. Maintaining or breaking those dynasties will motivate all the contenders next year. – HUBERT LAWRENCE first went to Champs in 1980.last_img read more

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Lillard likes matchup but knows Pelicans are dangerous

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, drives to the basket past Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Blazers won 102-93. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland’s Damian Lillard says he likes the first-round matchup against the Pelicans, but in almost the same breath he lists the reasons why New Orleans is dangerous.After splitting their four regular-season meetings, the third-seeded Blazers and sixth-seeded Pelicans open the playoffs Saturday night at the Moda Center.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GUESSING THE BEARD ISN’T COMING BACK: The Pelicans acquired Nikola Mirotic in a trade after Cousins went out. He initially joined the squad as a sixth man and was inconsistent. But late this season, he shaved his beard, joined the starting lineup and he’s been thriving ever since, scoring no fewer than 21 points in a game during the Pelicans’ season-ending five-game winning streak.LUCKY THIRTEEN: The Blazers went on a 13-game winning streak, starting with a victory over Golden State just before the All-Star break that boosted their playoff position. And despite their late four-game losing streak, the Blazers still finished 49-33 and clinched the Northwest Division title. “We would have liked to have a 50-win season but you can’t complain about a division championship or 49 wins,” Lillard said.ROAD COURT ADVANTAGE: The Pelicans were just as good on the road (24-17) as they were at home (24-17). “On the road we’ve been really, really good at just locking in and giving ourselves an opportunity to come up with wins … That’s what you have to do in order to be a playoff team,” coach Alvin Gentry said.HIGH MILEAGE: CJ McCollum topped the NBA for the most miles on the court this season with 218. It was the third straight season he’s led the league in the stat. Jrue Holiday is No. 2 overall with 211.40 miles.GOING FORWARD: Game 2 is set for Tuesday before swinging to New Orleans for games on Thursday and the following Saturday. The “if necessary” games go like this: Tuesday, April 24, in Portland; Thursday, April 26, in New Orleans; and Saturday, April 28, back in Portland.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Davis stepped up in Cousins’ absence, averaging 30.4 points and 11.8 rebounds.“When Cousins went down, everybody kind of wrote them off and they’ve done a great job of really competing since then,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Anthony Davis has been an outstanding player. It’s been a tough matchup for us, games are close.”Lillard, who goes into the game averaging 26.9 points, had 41 points in the final meeting of the season with the Pelicans, a 107-103 Blazers win in New Orleans.“Dame had a hell of a game, but it’s playoffs and you can put everything behind what happened before,” Stotts said. “The playoffs is a different animal.”Other things to watch as the Blazers and Pelicans begin their playoff series:ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES “They stole one from us here, and we felt like that was a game that we should have had. We had a bad third quarter,” Lillard said. “But they have Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Rondo, E’Twaun Moore, they’ve got a lot of guys that make them a dangerous team.”The Blazers won the season’s first meeting with New Orleans, 103-93, back in October. But two months later the Pelicans beat the Blazers 123-116 in Portland without Davis. DeMarcus Cousins had 38 points and New Orleans extended its lead to as many as 18 points in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Pelicans lost Cousins for the season because of an Achilles injury in January, and many thought the team’s playoff hopes were over. Instead, New Orleans rallied, going 21-13 the rest of the way and ending the season on a five-game winning streak.“We were just starting to find our groove before he went out and when he got hurt it kind of pushed us back,” Davis said. “We were trying to figure out how we wanted to play, and then we figured it out and were able to push through it.” View comments AP investigation: Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more

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Charges likely for shop owner who sold 9-year-old rat poison

first_imgDeath of toddler…PM inconclusiveAs Police continue to probe the death of an infant who succumbed after ingesting carbon tablets (rat poison), Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA), Ann Greene, has disclosed that charges are likely for the shop owner who sold the tablets to the nine-year-old brother, who left the tablets in the reach of the child; as well as his mother, who left the two children unattended.Greene made this statement during an interview with this publication on Saturday, even as she noted that the nine-year-old has to undergo a mental evaluation and counselling, since he is being blamed for the death of the baby.“There is enough evidence there that I don’t see why they can’t charge (the shop owner)… As far as we see it, there is evidence to charge the woman, yes, and the mother for neglect,” she explained.According to Greene, the mother was irresponsible when she left the nine-year-old boy to care for the one-year-old toddler.Greene reminded that it was a child matter, which ought to be handled with caution because of the impact it can have on the boy’s future.Although the nine-year-old boy is presently in the care of CC&PA, Greene disclosed, it is likely that the child would be removed from the home he was in and be placed with his grandmother, with whom he lived before his baby brother was born.In addition, she noted, “He has to get a lot of support, he is traumatised; (so) we are going to provide that (counselling). We are going to have him screened physiologically, and so he is going through that process; we will have him screened by the physiologist”.Meanwhile, Police Public Relations Officer Jairam Ramlakhan informed that the boys’ mother was released from custody on Friday, after being questioned. He said statements were also taken from the shop owner who sold the tablets to the child.Ramlakhan disclosed that the Police are continuing to investigate the case, and would be seeking legal advice in the matter.A post-mortem examination (PME) conducted on the year-old infant by Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh on Friday at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) mortuary has been inconclusive about his death.Police have disclosed that the contents from the toddler’s stomach have been collected for further testing to determine the cause of his death.Meanwhile, Greene explained to this newspaper on Friday that, based on their investigations, the nine-year-old boy did not intentionally kill his brother. She related that the boy in fact bought the tablets to get rid of rats in the home after he overheard his mother and stepfather arguing about the presence of the pest in their Lot 18 La Grange, West Bank Demerara home.Inquires made by the CC&PA revealed that the child asked one of his school friends for money to purchase the tablets, and later arrived at home with same, which he placed on a low table.He subsequently went to prepare tea, and in his absence, the one-year-old child consumed the tablet.“He came home and put it on a low table, and then he went to make tea for him(self) and his brother. The little one went to the table and got it, and started to eat it. By time he noticed and he looked, the child had eaten a greater part of the thing, and he raised an alarm and woke up his mother, and they took the child to the hospital,” Greene explained.Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan on Thursday confirmed reports that the young child was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital by his mother after she observed he was vomiting on Wednesday. Reports state that the child would usually be left in the care of his nine-year-old brother on numerous occasions.last_img read more

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England World Cup penalty hero Pickford says he did the homework

first_imgBut Pickford hit back after his save allowed Eric Dier to slot in the winning spot-kick and give England their first-ever shootout win at a World Cup finals after failures in 1990, 1998 and 2006.“I did a lot of research on them, I’ve got power and agility,” Pickford told ITV.“I don’t care if I’m not the biggest ‘keeper because it’s about being there in the moment and making the save and I was.”Substitute Dier was relieved to see his penalty squirm past David Ospina, after missing a great chance to seal a last-eight spot in extra time.“It was a nervous one, I’ve never really been in a situation like that, but I felt like I had to score after the header I missed at the end there, so I’m just thankful I scored,” said the Tottenham midfielder.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s save helped England reach a first World Cup quarter-final since 2006© AFP Juan MabromataMOSCOW, Russia, July 4 – Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford said he had done his research on Colombia and that his “power and agility” helped save Carlos Bacca’s penalty in a nail-biting shootout victory that saw England reach the World Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.The Everton player was criticised after conceding Adnan Januzaj’s winner in a group-stage 1-0 loss to Belgium, including by his Belgian counterpart Thibaut Courtois, who said he was too small.last_img read more

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FA will hold talks with FFF about Tuesday’s contest between England and France

first_img FA will hold talks with FFF about Tuesday’s contest between England and France 1 The FA will hold talks with its French counterparts over the weekend to see whether Tuesday’s friendly against England at Wembley should go ahead following the terrorist attacks in Paris.France declared a national state of emergency and has closed its borders on Friday night after dozens of people were killed in multiple shootings in the country’s capital.England are due to host the French national team at Wembley in a friendly on Tuesday.There was no immediate word from the French Football Federation (FFF) about whether the team still planned to travel to London next week.The FA will speak to the FFF over the next 24 hours to ask whether the game should go ahead.“It is a very serious and tragic matter, an FA spokesman said following England’s 2-0 defeat to Spain in Alicante.“If there is any update on the match on Tuesday we will announce in due course.“We will liaise with the French Football Federation over the weekend.“The FA sends its deep condolences to the victims of this tragic event but to say anything else would be inappropriate.”last_img read more

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New database links guns, criminal histories

first_imgAided by a new database that matches criminal histories with gun owners, state and local law enforcement agents have begun rounding up California’s most violent gun-toting felons. The state Department of Justice and the LAPD have identified 110 fugitives, ex-convicts and other offenders who legally purchased guns then later were convicted of violent crimes. Some 890 others have been identified across the state. “Having armed, convicted felons is a risk to public safety,” said Wilfredo Cid, the chief of the Bureau of Firearms at the California Attorney General’s Office. “Those people do not have a right to carry a weapon.” Today, Attorney General Jerry Brown is expected to announce the results of recent statewide sweeps on suspected gun-owning felons. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe sweeps were made possible by the Armed Prohibited Persons System program, a statewide database with some 9,000 names. Under the program, state agents team up with local law enforcement agencies to crack down on convicted felons, including domestic violence suspects, those with misdemeanor assault convictions and those deemed mentally unstable. It has been in use since June. The system came about back in 2001 under Senate Bill 950, sponsored by Sens. Jim Brulte, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, over concern of the growing number of people who legally purchase guns but later get arrested. There were 1,821 gun-related homicides statewide in 2006, including 815 in Los Angeles County. The bill granted the legal authority to cross-reference criminal history and firearms possession information. Prior to the passage of the bill, the state did not have legal authority or technological means to cross-reference this information and investigate people who acquired firearms and subsequently became prohibited from owning them. In July 2003, the department received more than $1 million to build the database, which ultimately cost a total of $4 million. It became operational in late 2006 and made fully available to local law enforcement in June. The database currently has 9,000 cases. It is estimated that it will eventually expand to identify 60,000 individuals in California who are prohibited from owning firearms. California Department of Justice personnel have trained 481 sworn local law enforcement officials from 196 police departments and 35 sheriff’s agencies to use the database. The program is the first of its kind in the country that tracks gun ownership among high-risk individuals, officials said. “California by far leads the way,” said Brian Malte, a state legislative director for the Brady Campaign, the nation’s largest gun violence prevention organization. The system works by maintaining information about people who have been – or will become – prohibited from possessing a firearm. From their stations, law enforcement agencies across the state can access the database, updated monthly. The system automatically raises a red flag to local stations and triggers an investigation into whether an individual has a gun. This allows police on the beat to have up-to-date information within minutes or hours, rather than days or weeks. “We applaud the Department of Justice’s efforts in ensuring that prohibited persons do not have firearms,” Malte said. “This is huge. It is the ultimate law enforcement tool to ensure that criminals with guns are disarmed quickly before something bad happens.” Chuck Michel, an attorney for the California Rifle and Pistol Association, said gun-rights groups originally supported the creation of the program because it was designed to get guns out of the hands of violent criminals and felons. “The … program is good in theory …,” Michel said. “In practice, however, there are now so many complicated ways to lose your gun rights over paperwork and minor violations that many lawyers don’t understand the system and many people don’t even realize they’re prohibited. “Regrettably, (the program) is frequently being misused against these minor offenders who have often been misadvised about their legal status.” Los Angeles police already have had a chance to use the system. Lt. Steve Nielsen headed up a local task force this fall with the LAPD’s Fugitive Warrant Section using the new system. The force conducted sweeps of homes of felons believed to be in possession of guns. Out of the 71 locations searched, 28 guns were seized and police arrested eight individuals. One suspect barricaded himself inside his home and a SWAT team was dispatched to get him out. The man, described by police as a gun fanatic, had 11 weapons. The LAPD makes more than 1,400 gun-related arrests and seizes more than 5,400 guns a year. Nielsen said the new program will allow cops to more aggressively pursue felons with guns.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Three from Drake Soccer Earn CoSIDA Academic All-American Honors

first_imgTuominen, a defender, owns a perfect 4.00 GPA in health sciences. He transferred to Drake from Clayton State prior to the 2016 season. Tuominen played in 36 career matches with 32 starts in his two seasons as a Bulldog. Merideth and Tuominen are the eighth and ninth Drake men’s soccer players to earn All-American honors. Merideth, who holds a 3.86 cumulative grade point average in biochemistry & molecular biology, played in 19 matches, scored two goals and tallied two assists. The forward has played in 55 career matches for the Bulldogs. He was a 2017 MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team selection. Smith, who owns a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average in finance and international business, started 19 matches at the defender position. She was named the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-MVC First Team. Smith scored two goals, handed out a team-high four assists and helped the defense record seven shutouts. She netted a golden goal to beat Illinois State, which clinched the MVC regular season title. Smith is a two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team selection. She is the first Drake women’s soccer player to earn CoSIDA All-American honors since Kristin Underwood in 2005 and just the third player in program history to be named an academic all-American. Thirty of the 33 members of the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I women’s soccer teams have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 19 student-athletes sporting a perfect 4.0 GPA. The 11 members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.96.center_img AUSTIN, Texas – Senior Ali Smith (Lenexa, Kan.) of the Drake University women’s soccer team was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I First Team while junior Ryan Merideth (East Moline, Ill.) and Aleksi Tuominen (Helsinki, Finland) of the Drake men’s soccer team were named to the Division I Academic All-America Third and Second Teams, respectively, the organization announced Thursday, Dec. 7 morning. The prestigious academic awards are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Twenty-six of the 34 members of the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I men’s soccer teams have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 15 student-athletes sporting a perfect 4.0 GPA. The 11 members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.91.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Amazing Birds

first_imgBirds never cease to astound us with their grace in the air and cheery songs, because they exhibit design at many levels.Hummingbird tongue is a micro pump (Science Magazine). The scientists who discovered in 2011 that the hummingbird tongue is a nectar trap rather than a capillary tube (see Illustra animation) have taken it one further. The two scientists from the University of Connecticut have found, after filming dozens of hummingbirds for five years, that the tongue is also a micro-pump. The bird collapses the twin tubes as the tongue exits the beak. The tubes spring back into shape inside the nectar pool, drawing the fluid into the tongue. The flaps then close over the nectar, sealing it into the tubes for delivery into the beak. All this happens automatically without need of muscles or nerves. With repeated licks, the hummingbird can pump its tongue 14 times a second for maximum filling. For more information, see Evolution News & Views.Detecting turbulence (Science Daily): An article about how flying insects navigate in turbulent air says that birds have their own methods. Insects respond to wind directions; birds apparently rely on visual cues, even at night.Something to crow about: New Caledonian crows show strong evidence of social learning (Science Daily): Here’s more evidence these black birds are smarter than Aesop thought. They can learn things and apparently pass that knowledge on to their offspring and even refine it—a talent once considered a unique human achievement.Birds circle and stick together to help them fly in dense fog (New Scientist): Sandhill cranes migrate long distances, but in heavy fog sometimes they circle and fly close together, or settle down till better conditions. Other birds, however, are known to navigate at night, using their instrument qualifications:But if some birds avoid flying in fog, how come many other species are happy to fly at night? Kirsch says that most birds that do so typically set off at sunset, when there is enough light available for them to orient themselves.And like airplane pilots, night-time flyers don’t rely only on vision. They also navigate using acoustic and magnetic cues, as well as the positions of the stars and moon, says Andrew Farnsworth of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.Darwin’s fast-evolving finches use a natural insect repellent (New Scientist): The Galapagos finches that supposedly inspired Darwin have another trick: they have “evolved” behaviors to ward off insect parasites. Even though they arrived on the islands two to five million years ago in the evolutionary timeline, they just learned this behavior recently, since humans brought invasive species.Study of birds’ sense of smell reveals important clues for behavior, adaptation (Science Daily): The remarkable way the sense of smell works—at least for fish—is animated in Illustra’s new film Living Waters. The same basic principles work for other vertebrates, including birds and humans. This article discusses differences in olfactory receptors between different species of birds. Each species appears to have receptors tuned to its dietary needs.Songbirds make mysterious altitude changes during nighttime migratory flights (PhysOrg): Geolocators have shown that some songbirds, like Swainson’s thrush, make sudden altitude changes during flight. The scientists are trying to figure out the reasons for the surprising data.The bird that flies 16,000 km across the Pacific for no reason (New Scientist): Canadian scientists can’t figure out why the ancient murrelet crosses the entire North Pacific and back again. The feeding grounds and breeding circumstances are similar in western Canada and in Korea or Japan where they land. Maybe it’s just fun.Researchers find way for eagles and wind turbines to coexist (PhysOrg): We end with a sad story. It’s not clear the title delivers on its promise of co-existence. One thing is clear: right now, magnificent golden eagles are being slaughtered at alarming rates:An estimated 75 to 110 golden eagles die at a wind-power generation operation in Altamont, California each year. This figure represents about one eagle for every 8 megawatts of energy produced.And that’s just at one wind farm. What would happen to coal and oil producers if they wiped out this many eagles every year? The usual environmentalist groups don’t seem to be saying much. It’s time for ordinary citizens need to speak up. Another article on PhysOrg describes the migratory habits of eastern golden eagles, another species endangered by wind farms. “Golden Eagles are a priority species for conservation,” the article says, without any recommendations of how they can be protected from spinning blades.To appreciate eagles more, watch a viral video from the BBC on YouTube of an Imperial Eagle flying unerringly from the world’s tallest structure in Dubai to its trainer’s arm. Two and a half million views and counting!Can you imagine the horror if the Dubai eagle flew straight into a wind turbine and died on live TV? It would launch an outrage comparable to that for Cecil the Lion. Yet hundreds of these magnificent birds die because of so-called “renewable energy.” Well, the birds beg to differ about that term! We need to speak up for them.Becoming a bird watcher is a good way to develop your skills of observation. Look for more than the often gorgeous colors and feather patterns. Understand what’s under the hood by watching Illustra’s magnificent documentary, Flight: The Genius of Birds. (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Scholtz, Hattingh lift Sun City titles

first_img9 June 2014 Unseeded Nikala Scholtz and Ilze Hattingh flew the South African flag high at the Sun City Futures 2 event on Saturday by winning the men’s and women’s singles titles respectively. Futures tournaments are part of the International Tennis Federation’s Pro Circuit and the first level of professional play, just below the ATP Challenger Tour. They’re a crucial stepping stone for many players aiming for careers on the ATP and WTA World Tours.Men’s final Scholtz beat his close friend and doubles partner Tucker Vorster, the second seed, 6-4 6-3 in the men’s final. It was a second Futures title for Scholtz, who has just ended his US College Scholarship at the University of Mississippi. ‘I had to adapt’ He jetted into South Africa late last week from the USA. “Flying in from America was tough as I had to adapt to the high altitude and winter conditions, but as the tournament got longer I played better,” said Scholtz after securing the title. “It was one of those days everything I tried worked for me,” said Scholtz. “I was anticipating Tucker’s serves well. I guessed and played the big points well too. That made the difference I think. “I returned real solid. In fact, I played a solid match, [with] few unforced errors. Overall I was on song. It was my best match all week.”Women’s final In the women’s singles, it took South African junior Ilze Hattingh one hour and 20 minutes to capture her first ever Futures title. The 18-year-old Pretoria-based player upset second seeded Clothilde de Bernardi of France 6-1 6-3 in the final. Admittedly de Bernardi carried a hip strain injury into the title-decider, but all credit to Hattingh for keeping her composure and focus and dominating the final.‘Nerves’ “I was happy with my game, but felt I held back a bit, maybe because of nerves. It was my first final since the Junior Nationals last year, so I was kind of tentative out there. “I was keeping pressure on Clothilde because I know she has a good forehand and I didn’t want her to get into any rhythm with her forehand. But I think I played a great game, not only today in the final but all week. I am really chuffed with the win,” said Hattingh. ‘Hurting badly’ A visibly disappointed de Bernardi said she was “frustrated” and “hurting badly” after the final. “My right hip has been giving me so much trouble. I am playing my first tournaments in four months at Sun City after sustaining the injury and it’s not better. I was hurting badly out there and just could not play the game I normally play and move like I normally do around the court,” she explained. For Hattingh, it was an amazing week. She won the title without dropping a set and also saw off top seed Chanel Simmonds. She also defeated third seed Madrie Le Roux, her doubles partner, in the semifinals on Friday.‘It’s been a real good week’ “Yes, it’s been a real good week,” she said. “I have played well, had some luck, but these are the weeks you work so hard for. I’m glad I am over my injury and back in form.” Scholtz added a second title when he won the doubles with Tucker Vorster. The third seeds defeated fourth seeds Mark Fynn of Zimbabwe and Damon Gooch of South Africa 6-3 6-4 in the final. The women’s doubles title went to second seeds Agata Baranska of Poland and Stephanie Kent of the USA who were given a walkover after Madrie Le Roux fell ill, forcing Le Roux and her partner Ilze Hattingh, seeded fourth, to withdraw from the final. The final Futures 3 tournament starts on Monday, 9 June, with the finals scheduled for Friday, 13 June. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Velvet Alice Band IN8653, Classy and good value

first_imgIt truly is okay not superb excellent but for the value it was to be. It’s ok not fantastic top quality but for the selling price it was to be envisioned. Got accused of becoming girly at function but to be sincere i do pretty like it.This is the only headband i have uncovered in modern a long time that’s huge ample to sit easily on an grownup head, with no pinching driving the ears or producing head aches – and it really is low-priced. I’m on to my next of these headbands now. The 1st one lasted me three a long time with around-each day use.Nothing specific about this hair band, the stitching has arrive absent from the inside, improperly manufactured in my head.Comments from buyers“Good value – excellent delivery, It is a comfortable band, grips well but not too tight, black velvet alice band, Great for the price, I was very pleased to mention Amazon and the supplier, Like real velvet”Outstanding like it and rapid shipping and delivery.It is a at ease band, grips properly but not as well restricted. Getting a senior minute, i accidentally remaining this assessment below the vendor comments, so here it is all over again in the correct placeunlike some other bands on amazon, this matches an grownup head. It is a cozy band, grips effectively but not way too limited. The velvet is really reduced pile, so the band is suitable for working day or night dress in. Possessing only just acquired it, i simply cannot remark on how perfectly it will dress in, but it seems to be of a equivalent top quality to more high priced bands i have bought in the previous.Elegant and fits my significant head and masses of hair, fantastic price.Good benefit – exceptional delivery. This item was sent in fantastic time. It is also superb quality and lasts a very long time. It is suitable for an grownup to use which is what i preferred.I was really happy to mention amazon and the provider. I have obtained numerous compliments on this alice band from other ladies and all wanting to know the place i purchased the solution. I was extremely happy to point out amazon and the supplier. I shall be buying the wider alice band as nicely. The band is so comfy to have on. I am delighted to endorse this item. The packaging was of very good quality and can be re-utilised.Having said that, within of band not beautifully completed off.It can be really comfortable, however grips tightly more than enough to continue to be on my adult head. It looks and feels like serious velvet – extremely elegant model.Uncomplicated excellent excellent suits properly.That becoming said incredibly wonderful high quality, fits beautifully. Assumed headband would be wider. That becoming claimed incredibly awesome good quality, fits completely, and really satisfied that the headband does not have teeth.Very really headband which my four calendar year previous was really delighted to obtain. The sizing is quite generous, i have attempted it on my individual head and it suits quite easily. The only slight grumble that i would have is that though the exterior is splendidly tender, the internal (versus-you are-head) little bit feels slightly rough to me, particularly at the suggestions exactly where it rests guiding your ears. It isn’t going to trouble my daughter at all but i am fearful that after a complete working day it might start to rub.Gorgeous band and so at ease thank you.So relaxed and excellent worth.Next time of acquiring, propose, excellent quality.Wonderful high-quality, outstanding suit for an adult.Superb support and great good quality objects. Great worth for the funds, objects as described, measurement seems to fit a assortment of head measurements.Superior ailment excellent small merchandise.Superb delivery-very pleased.Adore this and dress in it most of the time.It won’t occur off the hair. Its just suitable and cozy.Headband totally what i desired. Relaxed and appears great – extremely 80s, but excellent for me.last_img read more

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