Naomi Osaka’s split with Sascha Bajin a sign of the times and her steeliness

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first_img World No 1 Naomi Osaka splits with coach two weeks after Australian Open win GB face Kazakhstan in Fed CupGreat Britain have landed a home tie against Kazakhstan in the Fed Cup World Group II play-off. The GB captain, Anne Keothavong, was desperately hoping for another home tie and got her wish in Tuesday’s draw.Britain booked their place in April’s play-off after a dramatic Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 win over Serbia at the University of Bath on Saturday. It was Britain’s first home Fed Cup tie since 1993.Keothavong said: “Words cannot describe how happy we are to be drawn at home. We all saw last week the fantastic atmosphere home fans create and the role they play in lifting our players beyond their limits. This will be something for everyone to look forward to and I hope the team can do their part to inspire more people to take up the game.”PA 1:45 Reuse this content US sports Read more Tennis Pinterest Facebook Share on Facebook Play Video Share on Pinterest Another suspicion is that the beguiling Japanese prodigy could have suffered an early dose of the celebrity virus, after rising 72 places in the rankings in less than 12 months and being paraded as the bright new face of tennis, with endorsements showering down on her after winning her second slam title.Whatever the reason, it will be a nailed-on certainty it was Osaka’s call. While these jobs are nowhere near as glamorous or well-paid as fans might imagine, they pay the rent and there are only a few available at the top of the game. It is implausible that Bajin was the one to walk.It could be that Osaka hired Bajin in the first place to pick his brains about Serena Williams, with whom he worked as a hitting partner for seven years – and it certainly paid an early dividend when she beat the 23-slam champion in straight sets in Miami last year, before working her way through the schedule to upset her again (in more ways than one) in the final of the US Open. After a minor dip in form, Osaka followed that breakthrough by winning the Australian Open, becoming the first back-to-back champion since the American herself, in 2015 – and the first debutant winner to double up since Jennifer Capriati in 2001. Naomi Osaka splitting with her coach, Sascha Bajin, after little more than a year and two grand slam triumphs together shocked many people in tennis but, if the world No 1 wants no more than to explore new strategies and schedules, it could lift her even further away from her rivals.They announced the divorce on Twitter on Monday and have issued no statements since. The Japanese media are speculating they started to grow apart towards the end of the Australian Open last month, claiming she did not agree with some of his ideas and even practised alone, but that did not appear to be the case at the time, as she powered on to her second slam title in a row at just 21, with his happy endorsement. Share on WhatsApp Bajin, a light-hearted joker on her humour wavelength, appeared to be the perfect foil for the most precocious talent in women’s tennis, but there is a culture of short-termism in the player-coach relationship and he will not have been entirely thunderstruck. He said when named coach of the year last season: “Easy to be a good coach when you have a great student.”Permanence throughout tennis seems very much a thing of the distant past, especially in the women’s game where all of the current grand slam champions have since parted with their coaches. There is even an unofficial clearout window towards the end of year, which Jo Konta, who is enjoying renewed success with her latest coach, Dimitri Zavialoff, talked about recently.“It could be a bit of timing with that many changes,” she said. “For example, with Simona [Halep] and Darren [Cahill], they had been together for years and years and, from what I hear about that split, he wanted to spend some more time at home. They seem very close still. There were quite a few changes last year.”And now Osaka is alone at the top of the mountain, for the time being at least, doing it her way. Osaka’s sign-off for Bajin was blunt and to the point: “Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha. I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future.”Bajin responded: “Thank you Naomi. I wish you nothing but the best as well. What a ride that was. Thank you for letting me be part of this.”There had been no hint of a breakup when Bajin spoke on his own terms in Melbourne. Nor did it seem as if their attitude to training was miles apart. “We had an unbelievable, great season last year,” he said, “but, after having just two weeks’ break, she came back and showed up and really worked her butt off. She’s a hard worker. That’s why she’s here.”As for methodology and tactics, they also worked on the same page. “From the very beginning, she was a big hitter. I didn’t have to teach her how to hit the ball. Maybe it was a little bit more like telling her there are other things out there than just hitting very hard. We worked on her angles, slicing. I wanted her to come in a little bit more.” And she did, to great effect in a tense three-set final against Petra Kvitova.Bajin spoke warmly, too, about Osaka’s level-headedness. “She’s still the same,” he said, smiling. “That’s the beauty about her. She’s still the same girl that she was even a year ago. In my mind, at least, she didn’t change. Maybe she’s a little bit more open to you guys, used to more crowds and questions. Maybe on court she’s more confident, just good things. She’s still the same girl.”And he told the Women’s Tennis Association website in a one-on-one interview last August: “I believe in longevity and that if you work with someone for a longer period of time you can work more efficiently.”That did not seem to hold much traction with Osaka who, for all her charm, looks to be a hard-headed professional also. She has had the benefit of a wide range of advice in her career, from her father, Leonard François, when she was a young teenager, followed by Patrick Tauma until 2013, the former top-five player Harold Solomon the following year, then David Taylor, who made way for Bajin towards the end of a low-key 2017 campaign.center_img Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Naomi Osaka Sportblog Topics Twitter Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Sascha Bajin said of Naomi Osaka after the Australian Open: ‘She’s still the same girl that she was even a year ago. Photograph: Mark Baker/AP Naomi Osaka’s journey from world No 72 to Australian Open champion – video Support The Guardian features Share via Email Since you’re here…last_img read more

DNV GL Gives Nod for Vards New LNG Bunker Vessel Design

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first_imgzoom Norwegian firm Vard Engineering Brevik AS has received an Approval in Principle (AiP) for its new 6,500 m3 bunker vessel design from the classification society DNV GL.The design has been evaluated for compliance with the DNV GL Gas Bunker rules, the applicable Gas Carrier rules as well as the IGC Code’s 2016 edition, according to DNV GL.The cooperation between DNV GL and Vard resulted in a development “enabling flexibility and quality assurance of our design,” Øystein Kristoffersen Sæther, Managing Director for Vard Engineering Brevik, said, adding that Vard believes that the cooperation could results in “first class designs for shipowners and operators.”The AiP is a continuation of the General Approval of Ship Application (GASA) of Vard and Brevik Technology’s new IMO Type-B liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo containment system which was granted by DNV GL at the end of 2015.The bunker vessel will be given the following class notation 1A tanker for liquefied gas (-163˚C, 500 kg/m3, 0.7 bar) Gas Bunker, DNV GL said.last_img read more

Meghan Trainor to Kick Off 128th Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

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first_imgGRAMMY-Award winning singer and songwriter Meghan Trainor will perform LIVE at AT&T Stadium during the nationally televised halftime of the Dallas Cowboys game against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day, kicking off The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign.Donations to the iconic campaign help provide shelter and meals for the homeless and hungry, and Christmas toys for millions of children, in addition to numerous other social service programs year-round.“I am so honored and excited to be performing during the Dallas Cowboys halftime show to kickoff the 128th Red Kettle campaign!” Trainor said. “More than 40 million people live in poverty, and the money raised during the Red Kettle Campaign helps The Salvation Army give those in need a chance at a new life.”“Meghan has an electric energy about her, one that is perfectly matched with the dire need to bring attention to the work that The Salvation Army is doing,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and chief brand officer for the Cowboys and former national advisory board chairperson for The Salvation Army. “By making a donation to The Salvation Army, you are helping them serve millions with help, healing and hope – far beyond Christmas time.”The Red Kettle Campaign, which begins on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Christmas Eve, is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. It raised $144.5 million during the 2017 campaign and has raised nearly $2.4 billion since the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day partnership began in 1997.“For more than two decades, the Dallas Cowboys have been walking alongside The Salvation Army and are dedicated to fighting for those in need,” said Lt. Col. Ward Matthews, Secretary for National Community Relations and Development for The Salvation Army. “We are thankful for their continued support and look forward to another memorable kickoff performance from Meghan Trainor.”Grammy-Award winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Meghan Trainor emerged with her 2014 breakout single “All About That Bass” and disrupted contemporary music with nostalgic pop beats and powerhouse vocals that delivered a worldwide anthem for female empowerment. Trainor cemented her rising status as one of the most prominent artists in popular music by charting seven multi-platinum singles, releasing two platinum albums, selling out three headline tours, writing multi-platinum hits for top pop and country artists, and receiving countless industry awards and nominations worldwide. She is one of only five female artists to receive a diamond certification for her hit single “All About That Bass” which shares the RIAA Gold & Platinum Awards top honor with only 15 other singles in history. She is currently in the studio working on her highly anticipated third-studio album, entitled Treat Myself, coming soon.The Red Kettle Kickoff halftime show has been nationally televised for all of its 22 years, reaching millions of viewers with the campaign’s message. Trainor is the newest addition to a list of Red Kettle Kickoff celebrity halftime performers, including Thomas Rhett, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Selena Gomez, Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gilman, Clint Black, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire.To donate to the 128th Red Kettle Campaign: New this year, ask Amazon Alexa to donate by saying, “Alexa, donate to The Salvation Army” and then specifying the amount Visit give.salvationarmyusa.org Americans can drop dollars and coins into the thousands of red kettles found in front of partner locations Give any amount by texting KETTLES to 91999From its humble beginnings as a Salvation Army captain’s start-up program in 1891 in San Francisco, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry, and countless social service programs year-round. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers throughout the country ring bells and solicit donations to the red kettles.To learn more about the Red Kettle campaign or make a difference in the lives of those in your community, visit salvationarmyusa.org.last_img read more

Middlesex DA Wilmington Man Indicted For Armed Carjacking Assault Battery On An

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — On Thursday, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced that Jacob Strow, 22, of Wilmington, was recently indicted by a grand jury on charges of armed carjacking, armed assault with intent to rob a person over the age of 60, and assault and battery on an elderly person.Strow was arrested on the evening of October 7, 2018 in Tewksbury after he allegedly attempted to rob a man in the 7-Eleven parking lot on Main Street.“A man in his 60’s was sitting in his vehicle when he was approached by the suspect, who pointed a handgun at him and attempted to rob him and steal his vehicle,” reads a statement from the Tewksbury Police Department. “A fight ensued between the suspect and the victim. A passerby stopped to help the victim, which caused the suspect to flee on foot.”Wilmington Police assisted Tewksbury Police in locating Strow near the crime scene. Evidence was recovered during the arrest, including a pellet handgun that resembled a firearm.The Assistant District Attorney handling the case is Shannon Jurgens.Jacob StrowLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Man Arrested For Armed Carjacking & Assault In TewksburyIn “Police Log”Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan Announces Grand Jury IndictmentsIn “Police Log”Middlesex DA: Wilmington Man Indicted For Attempted MurderIn “Government”last_img read more

What Indian Railways Can Learn from its Japanese Counterpart

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first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi had last week hinted at privatization in the Indian Railways in order to improve facilities on par with that of airlines. With the Rail Budget due to be presented today, here is a look at how privatization can transform the railways, vis-à-vis the railway network in Japan that is known to be the world’s best.Japan was one of the few nations to keep its railway network open to the private sector after the Second World War, while several in the West had nationalized their railways, according to City Lab. It was in 1987 that the government had privatized the Japanese National Railway, which went on to become a profitable venture, reversing stagnation and bringing about improvement of the network.A study by professor Kenichi Shoji from Kobe University in 2001 pins the success of the Japanese transport to the fact that railway operators are privately owned, which have diversified the business to ‘not only survive but thrive’. One example it lists to illustrate the success is that private railway companies have taken up initiative of developing areas where their networks function.Here are some of the points the study highlights and how it contrasts with the situation of Indian railways –Japanese rail networks are self-supporting, which means that it generates money for its own operating and infrastructure cost. In India, the Railways is a state-owned enterprise, which makes the government run into losses to fund it.The Japanese transportation policy is based on what the users pay, which means that only market-viable services function. In countries such as India, fare revenue is not the primary means to fund the railways. The study points out that Japanese operators have a farebox ratio (the extent to which operating expenses are met by passenger fare revenue) of more than 100 percent. On the other hand, rail fare hikes in India are met with vehement protests, as was seen recently when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hiked railway passenger fare by 14.2 percent, a move he defended saying was necessary to keep the railways alive.Another point of difference has been the objective of public transport system in Japan and in India. In India, the railway sector has a more ‘public-interest’ approach, which has led it to create large networks and offer low fares. However, the study shows that such an approach inevitably leads to inefficiencies in service and operation, which is true of the Indian Railways. Japan on the other hand has taken a ‘profitability’ approach through the private sector role. Private railways operate on a commercial basis, and such a system is said to be profitable in Japan partly because of its large traffic volumes, which is similar to India.Another point of difference where India can definitely borrow a few tips from the Japanese Railway network is that since it is privately driven there is scope for ‘long term business strategies’, which is usually not possible when political parties take power for a period of five years.With Modi aiming to bring in private companies to the Railways sector, the story may change for the Indian Railways, too. In a sign of change to come, India has already sought investment from Japan to bring in high-speed bullet trains, as reported by Outlook.last_img read more

Two Children Killed In Family Violence Shooting In Northeast Harris County

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first_img Share Image captured from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Twitter feed / @HCSOTexasHarris County Sheriff ed Gonzalez said during a media briefing that the fatal shooting was related to “family violence.”Two children and one adult male are dead in what appears to be a murder-suicide, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.Gonzalez said it appears the shooting was related to what he called “family violence.” The adult may have been the father of one of the kids.Gonzalez said the boy and girl were probably between the ages of 7 and 12.“It’s definitely a dark day here in Harris County, another situation of family violence. It’s very sad and unfortunate that we still see situations like this occur,” the Sheriff noted.The shooting happened at a home in the 14-thousand block of Edgeboro in northeast Houston.Earlier on Thursday, a woman taking care of her two grandchildren reported them missing from her home. Police believe the cases are related and authorities are still investigating.You can watch Sheriff Gonzalez’s media briefing here:Update on murder-suicide scene at 14000 Edgeboro in NE Harris County with @SheriffEd_HCSO https://t.co/EKCmmJjZFW— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) July 12, 2018last_img read more

Baylor St Lukes Identifies Practices In Need Of Immediate Attention Ahead Of

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first_imgBaylor College of MedicineBaylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is preparing for a full site inspection by federal regulators, News 88.7 has learned.A January inspection found the hospital out of compliance on three of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) requirements: patient rights, quality assurance and performance improvement, and nursing services. Findings from that inspection triggered CMS to order a full unannounced survey of the hospital within 60 days to be carried out by state health officials, a CMS spokesperson said. This will be the first full survey of St. Luke’s since April 2018.A letter sent to physicians by Chief of Staff William Granberry and obtained by News 88.7, details practices in need of “immediate attention” before inspectors arrive.Verbal orders are not acceptable except in emergencies, Granberry noted. He added that all handwritten orders must be dated and timed, and pre-signed order sets will no longer be accepted. He instructed staff not to make any documentation using a medical provider’s log-in.Granberry also reminded staff of proper hand washing and sanitizing procedures, not to take food into patient areas, and of when to change scrubs, face masks and shoe covers. Included in his note were reminders of universal protocols such as marking surgical sites on patients, using two patient identifiers and performing a “time out” to ensure everything is correct prior to surgery.“Baylor St. Luke’s leadership has already mobilized multi-disciplinary teams of physicians, nurses and staff – guided by outside experts from across the country – to evaluate every key aspect of our operations and identify immediate steps we need to take for patient care,” Baylor St. Luke’s Vice President of Quality Megan Fischer said in a statement released to News 88.7.The CMS notification of the upcoming inspection does not affect Baylor St. Luke’s status for Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement, or affect ongoing hospital operations, the hospital said.Courtesy of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical CenterT. Douglas Lawson was named president of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center following the departure of former president Gay Nord.St. Luke’s lost federal funding to its heart transplant program last year following a Houston Chronicle and ProPublica investigation into surgical complications at the hospital. Later investigations by the papers revealed problems within the hospital’s lung and liver transplant programs.The hospital has since removed its president and two administrators and hired three new executives as it tries to address problems with its transplant programs and nursing practices.View a copy of the letter below: Sharelast_img read more

CBSE Class XII results Devansh of Birla High is probable topper

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first_imgKolkata: A number of schools in the city performed well in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class XII examination, the results of which were announced on Saturday. Devansh Chandak of Birla High School is the probable topper from the state with 99 percent marks. Devansh has scored 99 percent marks in all the subjects and in Chemistry he secured 100 percent. “I had shifted to Birla High School in Class XI as my family members advised me that pursuing CBSE stream will give me an edge in Joint Entrance Examination. I am grateful to my teachers who have always been very kind to me and extended all help even beyond school hours. In my opinion, if somebody has a clear-cut vision in front of him, he can scale any heights,” Devansh said. He also thanked La Martiniere School from where he had studied till Class X and claimed that his foundation in studies have developed due to the teachers of that school. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDelhi Public School Ruby Park has also performed very well with Tanishka Gupta bagging 98.6 percent marks in Commerce with an aggregate of 493 out of 500. Ashmita Ghosh topped in Science securing 96.8 percent.Soham Sarangi of DAV Public School in Kharagpur secured 97.6 percent marks. He will pursue higher studies at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru where he has already got admission. South Point High School’s Abhishek Pal secured 96.6 percent in Science stream with 483 marks out of 500. A total of 11,86,306 candidates had registered for the Class XII examination that were held at 4,138 centres in India and 71 centres outside the country.last_img read more

Major road between Cheshire and Derbyshire closed for 16 weeks

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first_imgThe closed stretch of the carriageway (Image: Roadworks.org) Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA busy road between Derbyshire and Cheshire is set to be closed for 16 weeks while roadworks take place to upgrade a safety barriers. The A54, which runs from Buxton to Bosley Crossroads, will be closed near Wildboarclough in the Peak District National Park while the work takes place – with the route shut to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. The stretch of road, which connects the High Peak town to areas including Macclesfield and Congleton, will be shut 24 hours a day from Monday July 30 until November. A Cheshire East Council spokesman said: “There is no right time to undertake works on a busy road such as the A54 Buxton Road. We have planned this work to try to minimise disruption to local residents, businesses and members of the travelling public. “We recognise the works will be cause some disruption but we will do all we can to minimise the impact and would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. Read MoreThree children taken to hospital after M6 crash “The works must be carried out within a restricted time of year due to the seasonal weather and ecological constraints of the site. “Work is expected to last for approximately 16 weeks during which time vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians will be unable to pass through the site.” The council said a signed diversion will be in place at both the south (Bosley crossroads) and the north (junction A537/A54). Via A523, London Road, A537 Buxton New Road and A54 also operating in reverse. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more