Ashleigh Barty and Alex De Minaur make Newcombe medal history

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Topics Read more Young guns Ashleigh Barty and Alex De Minaur have been named as joint winners of the Newcombe medal on a historic night for Australian tennis. Judges were unable to split the pair after both enjoyed stellar seasons, ensuring Australian tennis’ highest individual honour was shared for the first time in the award’s nine-year history.Barty joins former US Open champion and French Open finalist Samantha Stosur (2010, 2011, 2012) as only the second multiple recipient after ending 2018 as Australia’s highest-ranked player at No 15 in the world. Share on LinkedIn Share via Email news Share on Pinterest Last year’s Newcombe medallist won the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, another singles title on grass in Nottingham as well as four doubles titles – including her maiden grand slam alongside American Coco Vandeweghe in New York.Barty amassed 46 singles wins for the season, reaching the Sydney final, semi-finals in Strasbourg, Montreal and Wuhan and making a career-best fourth-round run at the US Open in addition to her two title successes.De Minaur could not be denied either after being named the ATP’s newcomer of the year following his meteoric rise from No 208 to a career-high 31st in the rankings in 2018.The 19-year-old’s breakout season began with runs to the Brisbane semi-finals and Sydney final, which earned the teenager a Davis Cup debut, where he pushed then-world No 4 Alexander Zverev to five sets. He also reached the Washington final before rounding out his year with a runner-up showing at Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.US Open quarter-finalist John Millman, who climbed to a career-high No 33 in the world after his stunning win over Roger Federer at Flushing Meadows, and wheelchair champion Dylan Alcott, who won a sixth grand slam title this year, were the other nominees for the top gong on Monday night.A highlight of the night at Melbourne’s Crown Casino was the presentation of the spirit of tennis award to retired ace Casey Dellacqua for her outstanding achievements both on and off the court.Darren Cahill, who guided women’s world No 1 Simona Halep to her breakthrough grand slam crown at the French Open, won the coaching excellence award. Ashleigh Barty Since you’re here…center_img Australia sport Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Ash Barty tipped to join exclusive tennis grand slam club Share on Messenger Tennis Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Bill Clinton To Match Every Dollar Donated To Clinton Foundation This Week

first_imgUntil midnight on June 17, Bill Clinton will match every dollar donated to the Clinton Foundation.“Nothing we do is more powerful than changing a life, ” he wrote to supporters. “That’s why I need your help.“The Clinton Foundation is working every day to find lasting solutions to the world’s greatest challenges – providing families with a sustainable path out of poverty, helping communities fight the effects of climate change, increasing opportunity for women and girls, and reducing the prevalence of preventable diseases and childhood obesity.“All of our initiatives are based on our belief that when we empower individuals, we create lasting change.“And once we find a solution that works, we scale projects by bringing together partners, removing barriers, and taking action. But it is only with your support that we can transform more lives and communities from what they are today to what they can be tomorrow.“Donate $5 or more today, and I will personally match every dollar you give – up to our goal of $100,000 – before June 17.“Your gift will go twice as far: When you give $5, it’ll become $10. $10 will become $20, and $25 will become $50. And no matter what you give, that adds up to more lives changed.“I believe that together we can accomplish more than any of us can on our own.”To make a donation, click here.last_img read more

Arrivals down dramatically for Grand Bahama Nassau better with cruise stop overs

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 4, 2017 – Grand Bahama – The Central Bank of the Bahamas report is out and it shows a devastating reality; that Grand Bahama has seen a tourism dip of nearly 17% and air arrivals to the island are extremely concerning and are down over 40%.    Even cruise ship arrivals are down for the country’s second city, by 12%.The crippling blow dealt by Hurricane Matthew is largely to blame for the loss of room inventory, investors, airlift and bookings.    Grand Bahama is losing the largest ground of all the country’s islands in the tourism sector, and overall, according to that Central Bank report, arrivals nationally are down 2.2%, in a trend which saw the same period last year dip, though just slightly.   New Providence is doing best, with sea arrivals up 14.7% and overall tourism is improved by 7.3% for the Capital.#MagneticMediaNews#arrivalsdownforGrandBahama#TheCentralBankofTheBahamasreportPhoto credit: Bahamas Weekly Related Items:#arrivalsdownforGrandBahama, #magneticmedianews, #TheCentralBankofTheBahamasreportlast_img read more

GoAir plans fleet expansion to hire 500 crew members

first_imgIndian budget carrier GoAir has announced it will expand its fleet size by March 2017. With an aim to expand its fleet size, the carrier also said it would recruit 500 crew members, including pilots.The Mumbai-based carrier said it plans to induct five new aircraft to its fleet, which means the airline will have a fleet size of 26 aircraft to fly overseas by next year. “We will expand our fleet by up to 26 aircraft by the end of March next year. We need to build up for the expansion that we are going for. Every aircraft (inducted) needs 100 increase (in manpower) approximately. So we will naturally hire,” Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, GoAir’s CEO, was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India.The expansion of the fleet would automatically result in hiring employees. At present, GoAir has about 2,300 employees. Schauer went on to explain that for every new aircraft the carrier requires about 14 pilots (to conduct smooth operations). Hence, for five new aircraft, GoAir aims to hire about 70 pilots. The Wadia group-owned airline has 21 aircraft in its fleet at present, which includes Airbus A320s and A320neos.New OrdersEarlier this month, GoAir reportedly received the government’s approval to fly overseas to nine countries. Some of the countries include Iran, Uzbekistan and Kazakhastan. In June, GoAir signed deal for 72 Airbus A320 neos at the Farnborough International Airshow in the U.K. The deal is estimated to be about $7.73 billion, Livemint reported.Five years ago, the budget carrier had placed an order with European aircraft manufacturer Airbus for 72 new A320 neo aircraft valued at about Rs. 32,400 crore on list price.IPO ListingGoAir is soon planning a stock market listing, just like its competitors InterGlobe Aviation (IndiGo airlines), Jet Airways and SpiceJet. Talking about the airline’s impending Initial Public Offering (IPO) debut, the CEO said the listing would happen at the right time.”We are preparing ourselves (for the IPO). Its a question of timing, it is about the right timing. We are not in a hurry. We will wait for the right timing. We want to be well prepared. There are many things which we need to look at (before going to stock exchange),” Wolfgang Prock-Schauer was quoted as saying by the agency. Market ShareIndia, currently the fastest-growing civil aviation market in the world, reported yet another month of double-digit growth in passenger volumes in July. The domestic carriers flew 85.08 lakh (8.5 million) passengers last month. GoAir recorded a market share of 8.4 percent in the month of July.last_img read more

Ideal platform for carpet weavers

first_imgTo promote the cultural heritage and weaving skills of Indian hand-made carpets and other floor coverings amongst the visiting overseas carpet buyers, the Carpet Export Promotion Council is organising its 34th India Carpet Expo (13th in Varanasi) at the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University Ground, Varanasi, under the aegis of Government of India. The event which will commence from October 10 and will last till October 13, is an ideal platform for International carpet buyers, buying houses, buying agents, architects and Indian carpet manufacturers and exporters, to meet and establish long term business relationship. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBeing one of the largest handmade carpet fairs in Asia, the expo offers a unique platform for the buyers to source the best handmade carpets, rugs and other floor coverings under one roof. It has become a popular destination worldwide for handmade carpets. India’s unique capability in adapting to any type of design, colour, quality and size as per the specifications of the carpet buyers has made it a household name in International market. The carpet industry uses diverse raw-materials from various ports of India i.e. wool, silk, manmade fibre, jute, cotton and various blends of different yarns. Economists believe that this industry have immense potential for growth, both in production and exports. Also, it is environment friendly and does not use scarce and perishable energy resources. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOver the years, the India Carpet Expo has established itself as a great sourcing platform for the carpet buyers from all over the globe. The prime objective of the Council in holding the Expo in Varanasi, the major Carpet producing belt, is to provide ‘unique pick and choose’ business opportunity to all overseas carpet buyers. It is the endeavor of the Council to provide exclusive business environment to the carpet importers as well as manufacturers and exporters. The Council has allotted stands to 274 participants in the biggest possible stand area of 6631 sq meter in ICE, during October 2017. The event will be inaugurated on October 10, by Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles, Government of India, in the august presence of Shantmanu, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) and other Senior Government officials from the Central and State Governments.It is expected that around 500 reputed overseas carpet buyers, from almost 58 countries mainly from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, U.K., USA etc. have registered themselves for attending the Expo. It would be worthwhile to mention that buyers from new countries like Bulgaria, Israel, Mauritius, Taiwan, Vietnam are also attending the mega Expo to do serious business with Indian exporters/manufacturers. This will ultimately benefit over two million weavers/artisans employed in this highly labour intensive rural based cottage industry.Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) is not only inviting and incentivizing the wholesale buyers but is also providing a two-nights complimentary stay in a hotel at Varanasi for attending the India Carpet Expo. Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Chairman, said that this exhibition and buyer-seller meet will be taking Indian exports of handmade carpets to greater and newer heights. Siddh Nath Singh, first Vice-Chairman, Umer Hameed, second Vice-Chairman and all Members of COA, CEPC are confident that the Expo will generate good business for the artisans and weavers from around the globe.last_img read more

Luxury Gold by Insight Vacations launches 2017 Worldwide program

first_imgLuxury Gold by Insight Vacations launches 2017 Worldwide program Tags: Insight Vacations, Luxury Travel Monday, October 17, 2016 TORONTO — Luxury Gold, curated by Insight Vacations, has launched its first Worldwide program for 2017, featuring 15 new itineraries, nine new countries and an exciting Immersive Volunteer Trip extension for the first time ever.Building on the success of its first year of operation, Luxury Gold’s 2017 Worldwide portfolio will now feature 38 escorted journeys that deliver private VIP experiences across Europe, North and South America, India, Southeast Asia and Australasia. The 15 new luxury itineraries include trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, all for the first time.“To travel with Luxury Gold is to travel beyond the ordinary,” said John Boulding, global CEO, Luxury Gold. “From the breath-taking five-star accommodation to the personal attention of our travelling concierges and truly immersive, VIP behind-the-scenes access that you won’t get with any other tour operator, we have thought of every last detail. Agents can be assured that their clients’ Luxury Gold vacations will be personalized, hassle-free and truly unforgettable.”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthAll itineraries in Australia and New Zealand will travel in small groups with a maximum of 20, in Southeast Asia with a maximum 26 and selected departures in Europe will operate with a maximum of 24 guests for those customers looking for a more intimate experience.Guests will stay in renowned properties including the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Cambodia, the Langham in Sydney, the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa in Italy, The Milestone Hotel in London and the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Brazil.New itineraries for 2017 include: the 19-day ‘Inspiring Indochina’, which links three of Luxury Gold’s new itineraries to create the ultimate combination of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos; the 15-day ‘Inspiring Australia’, which journeys through Queensland, the Northern Territory and New South Wales; the 13-day ‘The French Connection’, connecting England, Guernsey, Jersey and France; the 24-day ‘The Long White Cloud’, which combines the new ‘Southern Drift’ and ‘Endless Shores’ journeys to span the whole of New Zealand; and the seven-day ‘Quito and the Galapagos Islands’, which includes five days cruising to the Galapagos Islands.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaIn response to demand, a number of mini-trips that featured in the 2016 program have been expanded for 2017 to create dedicated and more in-depth tours such as the new ‘Classical Sri Lanka’ and ‘Nepal & Bhutan – Mountain Kingdoms.’Luxury Gold is also launching a new Immersive Volunteer Trip extension in India through partnership with ME to WE, allowing guests the opportunity to spend time in a community in rural Rajasthan. Here they will work on building projects and learn about sustainable agriculture practices, traditional crafts and daily life in the hills and farmland of India through the personal stories of the men and women living there.For more information, please contact your local Sales Manager or visit us at luxurygoldvacations.com. Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharelast_img read more