Every match at this stage of my return is a bonus: Serena Williams

first_imgWhen Serena Williams rushed towards the net to smash the ball away with all her might, the tremors felt all around Suzanne Lenglen Court on Saturday signalled only one thing – she was back in town to shake things up at the French Open.Williams, playing in her first major since the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia last September, had not been at her intimidating best in her previous two matches at Roland Garros this week.But if her third-round opponent Julia Goerges had hopes of finishing off a job that was ultimately beyond Australian 17th seed Ashleigh Barty, who folded despite being a set and a break up against Williams in round two, it did not take long for reality to sink in.Williams took only 75 minutes to deliver the knockout punch that flattened the German 11th seed 6-3 6-4 and set up a heavyweight fourth-round showdown with Maria Sharapova.”I feel like every match I play I’m getting better. I’m playing tougher opponents and I’m hanging in there,” said Williams, whose trophy collection includes three Suzanne Lenglen Cups.”There is still a way to go but it’s moving in the right direction. It’s going to hopefully keep going.”After such an impressive performance it is now not inconceivable that come next Saturday she will be celebrating a fourth triumph in Paris and cementing her place alongside Margaret Court as the holder of a record 24 Grand Slam titles.Just seven matches into her comeback following her maternity break, Williams impressed all those watching on the 10,000-seater arena – including former boxing champion Mike Tyson – by pulverising her opponent.advertisementFive games after she broke for a 3-1 lead with a blazing crosscourt winner, Williams belted the furry yellow ball with so much fury into Goerges’s half of the court that it rebounded high into the stands.Williams, though, did not linger about to track the disfigured ball’s final destination as that shot had sealed her the set.Goerges broke the 23-times Grand Slam champion in the fourth game of the second set to get back on level terms at 2-2 but her moment in the spotlight was fleeting as she dropped serve in the very next game.Williams, whom the rankings state is only the 451st best player in the world, showed what she is made of as she roared on to an easy victory and booked her place in the Paris fourth round for the 12th time.After reaching the last 16 of a major for the first time as a mother, Williams was all smiles.”It’s really special to be here again. This time last year I was pregnant and I was having a tough time and then I had a tough birth so every match at this stage of my return is a bonus,” said Williams, who suffered multiple complications following the birth of her daughter.It was clear that finishing a tennis match quickly had another advantage.”I think sometimes the sooner I get off, the sooner I can get to her (Alexis Olympia),” she added when asked if she starts thinking about her daughter mid-match.”No matter what happens, I have an amazing human being that I love so much that I can go home to, and I can just be joyful with.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

FORMER HAITI LEADER DEAD

first_img Indian Bazaar Owner dies, family flies in from Bombay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:baby doc, heart attack, Jean-claude duvalier, port au prince Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPort au Prince, 04 Oct 2014 – Baby Doc gone at 63. Known “for plunging one of the world’s poorest countries into further despair by presiding over widespread killing, torture and plunder,” Jean-Claude Duvalier died today Oc.tober 4, 2014 at his home in Port au Prince; he had a heart attack.last_img

Bahamas DPM Turnquest Welcomes ICT Delegates Supports Regional Single ICT Space

first_imgPhoto Captions:Header: The Hon. Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime & Minister of Finance, gives welcome remarks at the Caribbean Telecommunications Union’s 35th Executive Council and 20th General Conference of Ministers during ICT Week at Atlantis Paradise Island.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)Insert: Deputy Prime & Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest takes a moment with Bernadette Lewis, CTU Secretary General during the Caribbean Telecommunications Union’s 35th Executive Council and 20th General Conference of Ministers, Atlantis Paradise Island.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 29, 2017 – Nassau – During ICT Week’s 20th Meeting of the General Conference of Ministers of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), and 35th Meeting of the Executive Council at Atlantis on Tuesday morning, November 28, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest welcomed the delegates and affirmed the CARICOM mandate of February of this year for organizations like the Caribbean Telecommunications Union to look more comprehensively on how the region could effectively embrace Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) as a foundation for national development and regional interaction.Expressing support for the embrace of technology to fuel national and regional development, Mr. Turnquest explained that the government as a relatively new administration, committed to transparency and seeing a need for a different approach to economic expansion — “understood the rapidly evolving global environment, influenced and driven in large measure by the technological revolution that is impacting every aspect of national, regional and global development.”  He said:  “We knew that the different approach to national development, and a more significant regional and global participation required a commitment to embrace technology as fundamental to this new approach.”As such, said the Deputy Prime Minister, “The Government of The Bahamas is convinced that embracing ICTs and making them the foundation of every project and initiative we undertake as a nation, will serve as the catalyst for our economic resurgence and social development, creating a self-sustaining machine for future growth.“This commitment to embracing ICTs is evident in the ongoing transformation of the Public Service. We are strengthening the ICT structure and capacity within the public service to further expand the use of technology to provide improved levels of customer service efficiency, transparency and accountability.   We are employing technology to establish the new digital workflow that will redefine the way the Government does business with the public.“We are undergoing major technological advancements in the Ministry of Finance and its agencies, including Bahamas Customs and the Department of Inland Revenue. We are currently rolling out a new electronic Vehicle and Driver’s licensing process.   We are working to ensure that, despite the challenges and obstacles, we can systematically employ technology throughout the public service and through policy, inspire and encourage the private sector to continue its evolution as well.”Mr. Turnquest said that the Government of The Bahamas is committed to economic expansion through ICTs and has designated the island of Grand Bahama, “the centre for technology investment and development,” and, therefore, “we envisage the creation of diverse investment and career opportunities through the effective utilization of ICTs.”DPM Turnquest pointed out: “This commitment is reinforced by the recent passage of the Commercial Enterprise Legislation that is designed to attract a broad range of new business opportunities for The Bahamas, embracing Information Communication Technologies as the foundation of this new business development and economic expansion thrust.”The aforementioned initiatives, together with the commitment to technological transformation, highlights, he said, “The Bahamas’ endorsement of the CTU’s Single ICT space.   We believe that the creation of such a platform could have far reaching positive implications for regional development through trade and cooperation.”Mr. Turnquest continued, “We also endorse the Caribbean Spectrum Planning and Management Project, the ICT Collaboration Forum, and its many other collaborative ICT development initiatives that augur well for national and regional growth and development.“Ministers, we must see our roles as pivotal to the creation of the new technologically integrated Caribbean Region that provides the strength for small states to effectively compete in the new global environment.“Finally, we would like to thank the CTU and all of you Ministers for joining us here in The Bahamas for this week of meetings, workshops and seminars.   We do hope that the deliberations are productive and meaningful to all member states.   Please do not leave without embracing the opportunity to sample our culture. Get a taste of the Bahamian islands and be sure to return for both business and pleasure.   Thank you.” Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

People better at detecting laughter than words

first_imgWhether they are growls of anger, the laughter of happiness or cries of sadness, humans pay more attention when an emotion is expressed through vocalisations than we do when the same emotion is expressed in speech.It takes just one-tenth of a second for our brains to begin to recognise emotions conveyed by vocalisations, a study said.The researchers believe that the speed with which the brain ‘tags’ these vocalisations and the preference given to them compared to language, is due to the potentially crucial role that decoding vocal sounds has played in human survival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The identification of emotional vocalisations depends on systems in the brain that are older in evolutionary terms,” said lead study author Marc Pell from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. “Understanding emotions expressed in spoken language, on the other hand, involves more recent brain systems that have evolved as human language developed,” Pell explained.The findings were published in the journal Biological Psychology. The researchers were interested in finding out whether the brain responded differently when emotions were expressed through vocalisations (sounds such as growls, laughter or sobbing, where no words are used) or through language. The researchers found that the participants were able to detect laughter more quickly than vocal sounds conveying either anger or sadness. But, interestingly, they found that angry sounds and angry speech both produced ongoing brain activity that lasted longer than either of the other emotions, suggesting that the brain pays special attention to the importance of anger signals.last_img read more