Serena Williams‘ ambition to win three straight U.S. Open championships looked to be coming apart at the start of her quarterfinal match against Italy’s Flavia Pennetta on Wednesday.Williams lost the first three game of the match. But she did not lose her confidence. In fact, she somehow found some optimism in the shaky play.“I don’t feel like I was doing too much wrong,” the five-time champion at the U.S. Open said. “So I said, ‘If she keeps it up, she absolutely deserves the win.’ And I just tried to do a little better.”Well, she did much better. Williams won the next six games to take the set and go on to a relatively pedestrian 6-3, 6-2 conquest to advance to the semis to face 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova.Getting to this point was a treat for the best player in the world: She had not reached the semifinals in a major this year. She lost in the fourth round at the Australian Open, the second at the French Open, and the third at Wimbledon. The last time she didn’t reach at least one Grand Slam title match in a season was 2006, when she entered only two of the sport’s top tournaments.“Well, honestly, I’ve had a tough year in the majors and I’ve (lost to) some great players that weren’t in the top 10,” Williams said. “So you can never underestimate anyone.”Williams is bidding to become the first woman with three consecutive U.S. Open titles since Chris Evert won four in a row from 1975-78. The 32-year-old American also is trying to pull even with Evert and Martina Navratilova at 18 Grand Slam singles trophies.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos – November 1, 2017 – The Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, joined Caribbean British Overseas Territory leaders for a Special Meeting on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at the JW Marriott Miami, Florida.The objective of this Special Meeting was to prepare for the upcoming Joint Ministerial Conference (JMC) in London, 28-29 November 2017. The meeting, chaired by Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Premier of the Cayman Islands, discussed the common issues related to disaster response, recovery, resilience building, disaster mitigation and identifying a shared vision for the upcoming meeting of the Joint Ministerial Conference; which will be led by Lord Ahmad, Minister for the Overseas Territories. The Territories explored and agreed on a wide range of issues including, but not limited to: developing a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between Overseas Territories that will outline a Plan for regional disaster management cooperation and assistance. The Memorandum will build upon the territories collective experiences as a result of hurricane Irma and Maria, which significantly impacted the Caribbean Islands. Leaders committed to sharing information, expertise and best practices as it relates to mitigation strategies.Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson provided an extensive presentation on relief to recovery stating that; “ the Turks and Caicos Islands Government immediate priorities were to ensure that residents were safe, that electricity and communication services were restored and our airports were open to facilitate relief flights. We again must state our appreciation to the Cayman Islands Government and the Bermudian Regiment who assisted by providing relief items through the landing of its Police Helicopters in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Maria. The Turks and Caicos Islands remain resolved in our effort to ensure that this Government mobilizes all its resources to ensure that residents return to a state of normalcy, noting that the Government and residents together are determined to build a bigger, better and more resilient Turks and Caicos Islands.”The conference was attended by Hon. David Burt, Premier of Bermuda and Chairman of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA); Hon. Victor Banks, Chief Minister of Anguilla; Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Premier of the Cayman Islands; Hon. Orlando Smith, Premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI); Hon. Donaldson Romeo, Premier of Montserrat.The Premier was accompanied by Mr. Ronlee James, Executive Director and Ms. Joy Lightbourne Executive Administrator of the Office of the Premier. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#UKCaribbeanTerritoriesMeeting
Main opposition BNP has extended its support to Salma Islam, an independent candidate for Dhaka-1 seat, as the party contestant was declared ineligible for the election by court, reports UNB.Besides, the party’s local units have also lent their support to 15 other independent and opposition candidates in as many constituencies where BNP aspirants’ candidatures were annulled by the court.Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan came up with the announcement at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.”The government was given 32 seats as a gift by the authorities concerned as our 16 candidates are in jail while candidatures of 16 others were declared invalid. We’re not centrally extending our support to any candidate in the vacant seats as our local units are doing it,” he said.Asked whether they gave support to Salma Islam, Nazrul said they did it as there is no other alternative candidate of their party and alliance.Businessman Salam F Rahman is contesting the election from Dhaka-1 seat with ruling party ticket while Salma Islam, wife of Jamuna Group chairman Nurul Islam Babul, as an independent candidate as she did not get nomination from either Jatiya Party or the grand alliance. Salma was elected MP in 2014 from the same seat with Jatiya Party ticket.BNP nominated Dohar upazila parishad chairman Khandker Abu Ashfaq as its candidate, but the apex court revoked his candidature as his resignation from the chairman post was not accepted.