Coco Gauff: “It’s not fair to compare me to Venus and Serena Williams”

first_imgCoco Gauff has been one of many greatest bursts on the WTA circuit prior to now 12 months. At simply 16 years previous, the younger American tennis participant has amazed the tennis world along with her self-confidence. Nevertheless, few knew that behind this good begin there was a tough inside battle that Coco Gauff had to face regardless of his age.In an open letter printed in Behind The Racquet Gauff, he analyzed how he combines his tennis profession together with his stage in adolescence thanks to the assistance of his mother and father, who’ve supported him throughout his profession on the WTA circuit and who’ve accompanied him within the greats calendar tournaments. “I’ve at all times questioned how a lot better or worse my life could be with out tennis. With all that the game has given me, I can’t think about my life higher with out it. Typically I really feel busier in contrast to others. Most of my associates go to highschool. I really feel that they appear joyful doing regular life. For a second I believed I needed that however after I realized that, similar to on social media, not everyone seems to be as joyful because it exhibits of their posts. It took me a 12 months to tackle that concept. Once more, my outcomes had been nonetheless good, though this has nothing to do with tennis. He was not joyful taking part in both method. My mother and father have performed an amazing job ensuring I do teenage issues. I used to be in a position to go dwelling final 12 months and was desirous about going to commencement for the coronavirus. I attempt to see my associates as a lot as I can. My father and mom work so I spend a variety of time alone at dwelling. It’s tough to go to faculty alone whilst you can’t socialize with different college students. Though I miss some issues, I believe this life-style is ideal for me and not for everybody. Touring is not simple. I’ve two little brothers and we’re very shut. Each time I depart them I miss them. I missed the birthday of one among my brothers as a result of it coincided with Roland Garros. Regardless of this, I’m very lucky to have them as a result of they’re not jealous. They don’t care that I get extra consideration, they perceive it and they at all times help me in what I do “Nevertheless, Gauff’s quick tennis profession has additionally had very delicate moments, because the tennis participant revealed that there was a time frame wherein she did not take pleasure in taking part in tennis that she managed to overcome to regain her phantasm. “All through my life, I’ve at all times been the youngest to do issues, which provides me expectations that I do not need. Add to that the strain I wanted to do it in a short time. As soon as I left that behind, that’s when the outcomes I needed began to are available. Earlier than Wimbledon in 2017 and 2018 I used to be struggling to see if this was what I actually needed. He at all times had the outcomes however that was not the issue. I discovered that I did not take pleasure in what I cherished. It was the hardest 12 months for me lengthy. Even when I did, I felt like I had no associates. When you’re in these tough moments you don’t often see the great aspect of issues and that’s the hardest half. I didn’t assume it had something to do with tennis, it was simply juggling every thing. I knew I needed to play tennis however I didn’t understand how I needed to do it. I got here to take into consideration the potential for taking a 12 months off to deal with my life. Selecting not to do it was the fitting selection however I used to be very shut to not stepping into that course. I used to be misplaced. I used to be confused and considering an excessive amount of that this was what I needed or what others needed. For a lot of moments I used to be healed, thought and cried. I got here out of it stronger and realizing myself higher than ever. Everybody who asks me why I’m so relaxed on the monitor is as a result of I’ve accepted who I’m after overcoming the bottom factors in my life. Now after I’m on the monitor, I’m so grateful I acquired out of it. “ Gauff appreciates having develop into an instance for different younger gamers, though she additionally assures that she does not like to be in contrast with Venus and Serena Williams, since they’re her references and the gamers who motivated her to play tennis thanks to her achievements. achieved on the circuit. “I personally like to play for folks greater than me. Ladies of all races strategy me, however primarily African-American ladies who inform me that they’ve taken a racket for the primary time thanks to me. It’s superb to me as a result of that’s how I began in sports activities. I keep in mind a month earlier than Wimbledon I went to the membership to prepare and I noticed many boys coaching. A month later I got here again and most had been ladies who had began coaching for me. I by no means imagined {that a} match may have such a reality. For me, one among my essential aims is to proceed breaking boundaries. On the similar time, I don’t like to be in contrast to Serena or Venus Williams. To start with, I’m not at his degree but. I really feel prefer it’s not fair to compare the Williams sisters to somebody who’s simply getting began. I don’t really feel good, I nonetheless see them as a benchmark. Regardless of all of the reward, they shouldn’t put me in the identical group. After all I hope to get the place they’ve come however they’re the 2 ladies who paved the way, so I can by no means be like them. I really feel like I couldn’t have an opportunity to get to their degree if it wasn’t for them. I by no means would have considered taking part in tennis in the event that they hadn’t been a part of it when there have been only a few African-American ladies in tennis. For all they’ve performed they need to not compare me to them. “Lastly, Gauff needed to categorical that now he enjoys extra when it comes to coaching and taking part in video games and thanked his closest circle for the assistance he obtained in probably the most tough moments. “I’ve gotten used to the concept folks see me as a task mannequin. That provides extra strain since I do know that folks watch all my actions. More often than not it’s simple as a result of I’m at all times myself., I do not faux to be somebody with whom folks agree. I don’t really feel like I had to flip a change. At first I believed it had to be excellent however I did a religious search and left it behind. Since I did, I’ve loved coaching and taking part in video games way more. It was 2018 after I keep in mind waking up and did not need to prepare. I used to be fortunate to give you the option to determine it out quickly. and cease what may have been a serious drought. I’ve an excellent circle of associates and household who’re at all times very shut. She is going to by no means be the lady who will increase her variety of associates. This has helped me to know who actually loves you or who’s shifting with you for different causes. I’m very cautious with who’s shut to me. They’re the individuals who have helped me by tough occasions. It took me some time to get snug after expressing my true feelings however as soon as I realized it it made it simpler. “last_img read more

Excelsior set for Grace Shield honours

first_imgEltham High are mounting a spirited challenge heading into today’s third and final day of the urban area ISSA/GraceKennedy Shield cricket competition at Melbourne Oval.However, it is still Excelsior High’s match to lose.Resuming on 70 for five, 158 runs in arrears of Excelsior High’s first innings score of 228, Eltham were dismissed for 96 in their first innings.Part-time left-arm spinner, Raewin Senior, with six for 26, was the chief wicket-taker for the boys from the Mountain View Avenue-based institution, with captain Orande Pearson, a part-time off-spinner, claiming three for 23.Enjoying a comfortable lead of 132, Excelsior were then bowled out for 178 in their second innings. Pearson, 74, Raymond Hall, 28, and Okachie Brown, 24, scored most runs against the part-time off-spin of Eltham captain, Ramone Francis, who took four for 53. Javion Brown and Leshawn Heslop, picked up two wickets each.Set 311 for an outright win, Eltham closed the day on 58 for three, 253 runs adrift.last_img read more

Highlighting International Liberian Artist on Their Way Up Part 1

first_imgIn the last few years, a slew of male artist have flooded the Liberian music industry, but the tide of who’s actually making good music seems to be spinning.More and more international artists are emerging as good artists that a lot of the Liberian-based community has no knowledge of.Some have the music game locked down and in control with tunes mixed with love ballads, afro dance while others have just their own unique style.Well this year, 2015, we’ll be highlighting stars who have already signified the music industry abroad, to help them re-connect with fans back home.Augustus Cole Jr, commonly known as G-Rize has recently been nominated as ‘best artist’ for the Liberian entertainment awards. His swag, deliverance and effort in his music career have not only captured those who spend money to see him perform and croon in their ears, but have also caught LIB LIFE’s interest.“Welcome to G-Rize world”A tribute song/video called ”NEVER GIVE UP” by G-Rize heightened his fan base considerably by those who have and are still being affected by the deadly Ebola virus.“I felt their pain and I had to do something by praying for them and letting the world know what was going on, so I did that song” G-Rize says.The song has an unbelievable amount of views, compared to that of other Ebola tracks made over the last year, which indicates his popularity among others.“I’m different from a lot of other artist because of my hard work and determination. I know in order to be successful, you will have to work very hard and be very creative” he adds.Creativity is a kaleidoscope of what G-Rize is. I watched his “”LIB Ladies” meaning ”Liberian Girls” track and was taken aback by the video; which features Liberians across the globe.“My last single release “LIB ladies” was letting them know how beautiful they are and showing the world the ”BEAUTY” of our culture and beautiful women. I did this record with another Liberian artist base out here in the U.S called Chris DeSheild. I also have another single coming out called ”Ur Waist” featuring one of Liberia finest artist ”Shadow Man” who is now base in Philadelphia, USA,” he added. AFRO/POP music is his style, but throughout the years he’s been versatile and mixes his African culture sound with his American sound. G-Rize music will surely make you dance and feel the vibes of the music.“I love to see people smile and I also love to inspire others to follow their dreams through my music”Now that he’s being nominated a fourth time during the Liberian Entertainment (LEA) sixth year run, we’ve decided to highlight a star who’s shine may have been hidden from the Liberian based community because of distance.“Being nominated for the fourth time at the LEA means a lot to me knowing that my people see what I do and they believe in me. That says a lot about my work. I’m very humbled and blessed to be here today doing what I love. I’ve recorded numerous songs and have the ability to perform on many stages across U.S,” he adds,”  My prayers have allowed me to achieve many goals, like having over 100,000 views on YouTube and receiving many awards,’ he added.According to G-Rize, though he has found a path filled with successes, he never takes for granted where he started. So, he does his best to give back to his community and various non-profit organizations.“Always believe in yourself and work until you no longer have to introduce yourself”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt to invest more resources to fight suicide

first_imgIn addressing the opening of the University of Guyana’s Public Forum on Phycology, which commenced on Thursday at the Pegasus Hotel, Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings said Government is committed to fighting suicide and will continue to invest the necessary resources to make this possible.While admitting that a lack of resources is one of the impediments in fighting this scourge more effectively, the Minister acknowledged the work that has already been undertaken to ensure that people get the help and advice that they need in order to reduce the numbers of suicides locally.“The scope of this problem is widespread. Its causes are multiple. We have implemented several solutions, but we need resources to establish sustainable approaches,” she said. Guyana, she said, needs to develop a culture of early intervention where persons can be taught to value and validate their worth.“Psychologically we are concerned about emotional and coping resources that embrace life in a transformative way than resort to death. We are also thinking about getting our young people more involved in national programmes of volunteerism where they can use their energies to help others.”Dr Cummings noted that depression, stress and intimate failures are all part of life, adding that Government has more resources to establish more hotlines so as to help families recognise depression and cope with mental illnesses.The University of Guyana in collaboration with the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations will be hosting a series of events across Guyana to speak about suicide, youth violence and professional psychology. Several highly respected persons in these fields will be addressing the various events that are scheduled to take place in Georgetown, Anna Regina, New Amsterdam and Linden.As of January 2018, persons will have the opportunity to attend courses for psychology at the University of Guyana (UG), following the launch of the programme at the institution’s Turkeyen campus.According to the Department of Public Information, the programme seeks to increase the number of mental health providers available to evaluate and treat psychological conditions, reduce the high rate of suicide and also increase awareness, prevention, support, and compassion for those suffering from mental illness. It also provides professional growth and development for those currently in the mental health workforce, under-graduate and graduate-level clinical psychology training.It was highlighted that the development and enhancement of competence in the assessment, evaluation, and treatment of psychological problems would not only increase the level of professionalism of the field but reduce the burden of mental illness among the general population.The psychology programme will offer a certificate and diploma, a bachelor’s degree in general psychology slated for September 2018 and a Masters in clinical psychology which will be set aside for June 2018.last_img read more

Council votes to demolish historic buildings

first_imgWHITTIER – A water company will be allowed to demolish two and possibly a third building that dates back more than 70 years. The City Council late Tuesday voted 3-2 to overrule a Historic Resources Commission ruling that the California Domestic Water Co. be required to save its 1934 office, 1932 pump house and 1921 single-family residence from demolition. The company wants to demolish the three buildings and build a restaurant and an office building on its site on the north side of Whittier Boulevard across from the Whittwood Town Center. Members of the Whittier Conservancy said the buildings were historically significant and should be preserved. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Councilman Joe Vinatieri authored the motion allowing demolition of the office and pump house and requiring the company to make an effort to save the residence. “We need to have a balance between historic preservation and economic development,” Vinatieri said. “This project will bring in substantial sales tax dollars as well as property tax dollars. last_img read more


first_imgDD BEAUTY: Start the day the right way with a fresh and smoothing shower gel and shower scrub from Ziaja.With summer around the corner (next week hopefully), it’s time to get skin in tip-top condition and Ziaja have the perfect shower products to keep skin super fresh, silky smooth and summer ready.For a refreshing wakeup call try a ziaja olive, cocoa butter or orange butter shower gel, with luxurious formulas and packed with a whole host of natural ingredients, they are a steal at only €3.49 for 500ml! Follow on with a legendary ziaja body scrub from their cocoa butter, orange butter or olive leaf ranges, to detox skin and buff away dead skin cells for silky smooth, soft and radiant skin.ZIAJA NATURAL OLIVE SHOWER GEL (RRP€3.49): This Mediterranean classic will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face your day. Made from olive oil and containing provitamin B5, the gentle cleansing lather provides moisturising benefits for your skin leaving it feeling soft and hydrated. Available in a 500ml family friendly size and suitable for children with sensitive and very dry skin.ZIAJA COCOA BUTTER CREAMY SHOWER GEL (RRP€3.49): A moisturiser-and-shower-gel-in-one formula, perfect for when you have to skip a body lotion post shower. If shower formulas leave your skin feeling clean but stripped, switch over to this nourishing, ph balanced creamy body wash instead – it leaves skin silky soft as well as squeaky clean. The active ingredient cocoa butter is deeply moisturising, improves skin suppleness, soothes irritations and the chocolate scent lingers on the skin long after it’s washed off. Available in a 500ml family friendly size and suitable for children with sensitive and very dry skin.ZIAJA ORANGE BUTTER CREAMY SHOWER GEL (RRP €3.49): for a zesty start to the day try Ziaja’s orange butter shower gel. The natural active ingredient is derived from orange peel which gives this shower gel its signature natural orange fragrance and colour. Orange butter will moisturise and protect the skin while it also has proven anti-cellulite and skin firming properties. Active ingredients include orange butter obtained from orange peel, olive oil, oligopeptides (micro-collagen), oligopeptides and oligosaccharides, and omega-3, omega-6 ZIAJA COCOA BUTTER SCRUB (RRP €7.99): Bursting with a blend of pure cocoa butter, coconut oil, natural crushed walnut shells and macro scrub granules this unique combination refines and polishes to reveal brighter and smoother looking skin. The crushed walnut shells gently peel off dead surface cells while the macro granules enhance blood circulation, oxygenate cells and smooth the skin perfectly – great for thighs, buttocks, and back.ZIAJA ORANGE BUTTER SHOWER SCRUB (RRP €7.99): You will feel like a shower the moment the lid is off this scrub! with its rejuvenating zesty fragrance, it contains natural orange butter from Chile with natural orange oil obtained from the peell. This is a sunny home spa treatment with natural orange peel and micro granules to slough away dead skin and tackle the peel. The gentle corn and coconut oil naturally wash the skin while the rich in bio-flavonoids formula smoothes out cellulite and firms the skin.OLIVE LEAF GEL SCRUB MICRO–EXFOLIATING (RRP €5.99): Smooth and soothe your way back to glowing and refreshed skin with this olive leaf double act face and body gel scrub that suitable for all skin types. This scrub cleanses the skin and prevent blackheads, remove impurities and break up skin debris and dead skin cells promoting healthy skin repair. The Olive leaf extract contains oleuropein a natural antioxidant and soothing substance that refreshes and strengthens the skin keeping it moisturised during the exfoliation process.WHERE TO FIND IT: shop online @, and from independent Donegal pharmacies.  DD BEAUTY: SUMMER SHOWER POWER BUDGET BUY was last modified: May 27th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily beautyshowerwww.originalbeauty.ieZIAJAlast_img read more


first_imgA man whose dog bit a child after it escaped from his garden has been ordered to pay €150 to charity.Jess Furnival appeared at Buncrana District Court charged with not having his dog under control.The court heard a woman was walking her daughter to school when it was attacked by a ‘collie’ dog at Swan Park area of Buncrana. There was no visible mark left by the dog but the mother later noticed the girl developed some bruising.The court heard that Mr Furnival, 65, was minding the dog for his daughter.He was driving out of his premises and the dog had escaped when some gates opened.Solicitor Ciaran McLochlainn told the court that some children had earlier ben throwing stones at the dog and this may have led to the incident.He added that both Mr Furnival, who had no previous convictions, had tried to resolve the issue with the child’s mother but could not and it had then ended up before the courts.His said his client was a fisherman and had never seen the inside of court before.He said he found it strange to be before the courts as the dog did not even belong to him.Judge Paul Kelly said he was prepared to strike the matter out if Mr Furnival, of Swan Park, Westbrook, Buncrana, paid €150 to charity.MAN ORDERED TO PAY €150 AFTER DOG BITES CHILD was last modified: January 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bitebuncranaBuncrana District CourtDOGJudge Paul KellySwan Parklast_img read more


first_imgIT’S become the anthem of an All-Ireland campaign. And as Jim McGuinness says himself: “We want to win one more match.”Jimmy’s Winning Matches has lifted the hearts of fans overseas.So when the Donegal Boston Gaelic Football Team gathered at the weekend to raise money for the Players Fund, the song just had to be played.But with Kilcar songwriter Rory Gallagher back in Donegal, and Senegal Jimmy stuck in Lanzarote, the Donegal exiles in Boston came up with this version. Click to play  JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES: THE DONEGAL BOSTON GFC VERSION! was last modified: September 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Boston GAADonegal GAAJIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES: THE DONEGAL BOSTON GFC VERSION!last_img read more


first_imgYet another bizarre method of confusing the opposition has been added to Jim McGuinness’ catalogue of mystique.It may appear a simple trick from the outside but the Donegal team have been working on a method of identification to confuse the teams they face.The players never call themselves by their real names during games but are now using names given to each player by the management. The players learn the names off by heart and are known only to the team and the management team.It is not known when the practise started but it was used in the recent Ulster Championship game against Tyrone.It is also uncertain if the same codenames will be used against Down in Cavan next Sunday.But then again nobody knows what to expect from Jim McGuinness and his backroom team at this stage! REVEALED – McGUINNESS NOW USING CODENAMES TO CONFUSE OPPOSITION! was last modified: June 17th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:codenamesdonegalJim McGuinnessTyronelast_img read more


first_imgA MOTORIST has been rushed to hospital after a serious road crash overnight.The male driver was involved in a single vehicle crash at The Nick, Ardara just after 9pm last night.He was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital where he has been treated for multiple fractures. It’s understood he’s in a stable condition there today and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.Gardaí sealed off the scene of the collision for a forensic investigation with officers in Glenties appealing for any witnesses to the crash to come forward.The incident happened after another day of heavy rain across the county left many roads in a treacherous condition.Met Eireann is warning that more heavy rain tonight and tomorrow will hit Donegal, with no sign of any settled weather for another week at least.  DRIVER RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER ROAD SMASH was last modified: February 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ardaracar crashGarda accidentletterkenny hospitalThe Nicklast_img read more