Serena Williams Loses in Qatar Open Finals Gains No

Serena Williams, the future No. 1 player in the world come Monday, was defeated in the Qatar Open finals on Sunday by defending champion Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-3.Azarenka ended her 10-match losing streak against Williams to earn her 16th title. She had not defeated Williams since 2009, and had a 1-11 record against her going into Sunday’s final. But Azarenka has been on a roll lately, winning her last 14 matches, which included her second Australian Open title.“It feels incredible,” Azarenka told The Associated Press. “You know, this tournament is really great. … It had such a strong field going into it, and I’m really glad that in the end of the week I’m the one who’s holding the trophy.”Williams stumbled from the beginning of the match. She was unable to impose her fierce serve throughout the first set. Williams had a dismal 26 unforced errors. Despite her horrific start, Williams managed to stay in the first set of the game with a set point at 6-5 in the tiebreaker. Ultimately, Azarenka won the first set after Williams hit a poor forehand into the net.Williams managed to bounce back in the second set, capitalizing on her potent serve and forehand. Azarenka only managed to hit 39 percent of her first serves.In the final set, Williams had control of the first game. Azarenka fell behind quickly 0-30, but administered a comeback to take a 3-0 lead. Williams made one last effort to stay in the match by saving a match point at 5-2, but Azarenka clinched the victory when Williams hit a forehand wide.“I just wanted to fight and give it my best, give myself every opportunity I can,” Azarenka said.Williams saluted Azarenka’s performance, but it was apparent that she was not at her best. She was still recovering from a right ankle injury that bothered her at the Australian Open and appeared to be managing a cold. Williams needed three sets to beat Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinals.“This whole week, I just don’t think I played my best tennis, and I was fighting every match,” Williams told  The Associated Press. “I can’t play that quality game against a top player like Victoria. I have to be able to pick up my game, and I wasn’t able to do that today. I stayed at a two out of a 10, and I can’t play that low.”However, Williams smiled when asked about her return to No. 1 ranking in the world.“It was such a long journey, and after winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and the (WTA) Championships, I thought, I just don’t think I can win anymore,” she said. “I don’t know what it takes to be No. 1. So it was awesome to come here and achieve that goal.”Williams could easily lose the ranking next week in Dubai to Azarenka if she does not make it to the finals and Azarenka does.Another rematch would put the top two players in the world against each other once again. read more

US Chargé dAffaires Lisa Johnson makes first official visit to the Turks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 19 Dec 2014 – On December 15-16, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands for her first official visit to the British Overseas Territory. During her two-day visit in Providenciales, Chargé Johnson met with government and law enforcement officials, and hosted an open house at the U.S. Consular Agency office.On Monday, December 15, Chargé Johnson met with Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands Peter Beckingham to discuss law enforcement and consular collaboration. She also met with Commissioner of Police for the Turks and Caicos Islands Colin Farquhar for talks that focused on law enforcement collaboration primarily through OPBAT (Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos). Established in 1983, OPBAT is a multi-agency, international drug interdiction effort focused on stopping the flow of illegal drugs from South America and the Caribbean to The Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States. It is considered to be one of the most successful counter drug enforcement initiatives in the region.On Tuesday, December 16, Chargé Johnson hosted a Consular Open House at the U.S. Consular Agency located in Grace Bay in Providenciales. The event included guests from various areas of the government and civil society including the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, Ministry of Health & Human Services, Providenciales Chamber of Commerce, and the Department of Disaster Management. Police Commissioner Colin Farquhar and Human Rights Commissioner Cheryl Astwood-Tull were in attendance.The U.S. Consular Agency in Providenciales processes passport applications and provides assistance to Americans who live and visit the Turks and Caicos Islands. According to the Turks and Caicos Tourism Board, over one million tourists visited the islands in 2013. The United States is the leading market for visitors with an estimated 79.7% of all stop-over arrivals. More than 3,000 American citizens are residents of the islands. Another Murder in Nassau Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Related Items:Cheryl Astwood Tull, Colin Farquhar, Department of Disaster Management, governor peter beckingham, Lisa Johnson, Ministry of Health & Human Services, nassau, Operation bahamas turks and caicos, Providenciales Chamber of Commerce, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, US consular agency, US embassy More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, againlast_img read more

Sesame Streets Grover to read to 1500 students today courtesy of Beaches

first_img Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Related Items:beaches resort and spa, enid capron primary school, sesame street. grover Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspect Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Mar 2015 – Education Week continues today and Sesame Street’s Grover will leave the Beaches Resort property to read to students of three area schools. The ‘Reading with Grover campaign will include Enid Capron Primary – 9:45am; Oseta Jolly Primary – 10:15am and then Ianthe Pratt Primary— 10:45am. Yesterday, the Turks and Caicos International School transformed its institution to depict the culture and history of the country with students being the main presenters. Today the Fortis TCI Science Fair opens at the Gus Lightbourne Gym.last_img read more

BNP gets permission to hold Fridays rally

first_imgLogo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Thursday said it got permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to hold a rally in the city on Friday demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.”We’ve got verbal permission from police to hold our scheduled rally in front of our Naya Paltan central office at 3:00pm on Friday,” party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told UNB.He hoped that the DMP authorities will also give them the written permission soon.Rizvi said the DMP commissioner gave the permission when their party’s delegation, led by party chairperson’s adviser Abul Khair Bhuiyan, met him at his office.He said their party and its associate bodies took all the necessary preparations for making the rally a success.On 15 July, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced that their party will stage demonstrations across the country, including the capital, on Friday demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and her better treatment.He said their programme is also meant for registering the party’s protest against the government’s ‘inhuman’ attitude towards Khaleda by keeping her in jail ‘without treatment’.last_img read more

Your Future iPhone Might Know How You Are Feeling

first_img 2 min read Everything you do online is tracked. But what if companies were to know not only what you look at online, but also how you feel about it?That’s the next generation of computer data analytics. And if a recent Apple acquisition is any indication, a future generation of your iPhone may be capable of just that.The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant has reportedly scooped up San Diego-based artificial intelligence startup Emotient, which analyzes facial expressions to determine a person’s emotions.The acquisition was confirmed to the Wall Street Journal, though terms of the deal were not.Related: Apple Is Quietly Creating a New Indoor Mapping SystemApple did not immediately respond to Entrepreneur’s request for comment.What’s the value in being able to register a user’s feelings? From a business perspective, knowing what your customers think about an advertisement, a product or a story allows a company to adjust that piece of content so that customers like it better. That, in theory, will drive consumers to spend more and companies to make more money.This isn’t the first artificial intelligence startup that Apple has scooped up recently. In October, the company bought VocalIQ, a U.K.-based startup that aims to make it possible for people to speak with their computer devices.Related: Apple’s Latest Experiment Means You May Never Have to Listen to Your Voicemails Again Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. January 8, 2016center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more