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British Young Tennis Star, Emma Raducanu reaches US Open Final in New York

Emma Raducanu reaches US Open final in New York

British teenager Emma Raducanu reached the US Open final as her meteoric rise continued with a stunning straight-set win over Greek 17th seed Maria Sakkari in New York.

Raducanu, 18, extended her dream run with a 6-1 6-4 victory in which her dominance again almost defied belief.

She is the first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam final and will play another teenager Leylah Fernandez on Saturday.

Raducanu is the first British woman in a major singles final in 44 years.

Watched on by Virginia Wade – the last woman to achieve that feat at Wimbledon in 1977 – Raducanu produced another fearless and ruthless victory that stunned those watching on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

After confidently swatting away a volley on her first match point, Raducanu immediately dropped her racquet on the court and covered her mouth with both hands.

Quickly she broke out into a beaming smile before lapping up the acclaim of a rapturous crowd on the world’s biggest tennis court.

“The time in New York has gone so quickly, I’ve been taking care of each day and three weeks later I’m in the final. I actually can’t believe it,” Raducanu said.

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Raducanu set to be best paid British sportswoman

After coming through three qualifying matches to reach the main draw, she has not dropped a set in any of her nine matches at Flushing Meadows.

It is only Raducanu’s second Grand Slam tournament and the fourth tour-level event of her career.

Additionally, Raducanu is:

the youngest British Grand Slam finalist in 62 years, since Christine Truman reached the French Open final aged 18 in 1959

the first British woman to reach a US Open final in 53 years, following Wade in 1968

only the fourth British woman to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open era

Before her run to the Wimbledon last 16 earlier this summer, Raducanu was ranked 336th in the world.

This win puts her on the verge of the top 30 after already being assured of becoming the British women’s number one by reaching the last four at Flushing Meadows.

Most pertinently, it gives the London teenager – who also passed her A Levels this summer – the opportunity to win one of tennis’ most prestigious titles when she faces Canadian 19-year-old world number 73 Fernandez at 21:00 BST on Saturday.

Given the one-sided nature of the victory against Sakkari – and those before it – Raducanu will not be fazed by the occasion.

Fast start pays dividends for Raducanu

Reaching the last 16 at Wimbledon on her Grand Slam debut catapulted Raducanu into stardom, yet somehow she has managed to surpass what she achieved there with the extraordinary exploits in New York.

Yet again she dismantled a much more experienced opponent with such ease that it breathtakingly belied her age and experience.

Former British number one Greg Rusedski said her performance against Sakkari was “worthy of a world number one”.

French Open semi-finalist Sakkari, like those opponents before her, was left befuddled by Raducanu’s poise and execution. The Greek, who was also aiming to reach her maiden Grand Slam final, was unable to cope with Raducanu’s intensity and could not find a solution to negate it.

Raducanu faced seven break points in her opening two service games, seeing them all off to hold both and move into a 3-0 lead with a break sandwiched in-between.

Sakkari became frustrated with her inability to take her opportunities, chuntering at her box and complaining to the umpire before running off to swap her skirt at the first changeover.

In contrast to Sakkari’s anxious demeanour, Raducanu seemed completely unflustered by the occasion.

That continued as the Briton, backed by a few fans dressed in Union Jack colours and waving flags, won all the decisive points on the way to clinching the opening set in 36 minutes.

Nerveless finish as Henman provides inspiration

Being the frontrunner is a position Raducanu has become accustomed to at Flushing Meadows and once she broke for a 2-1 lead in the second set, there looked to be little way back for Sakkari.

Pressure continued to be applied in each of the Greek’s next two service games – but she managed to hold and maintain hope by remaining a single break down.

With the Greek player’s family looking increasingly tense as they watched on, Sakkari saved five break points in a momentous hold lasting almost 10 minutes for 4-3.

After exchanging holds, Raducanu then had the opportunity to serve for the match.

A wayward forehand put Sakkari 15-0 ahead, before Raducanu found a first serve that could not be returned and led to a loud roar of ‘Come on!’, which signalled the Briton’s relief.

A nerveless forehand down the line was timed to perfection for 30-15 and another penetrating baseline return set up a match point.

With a place in the US Open final beckoning, there were no signs of nerves as she sealed victory with a forehand volley.

Afterwards Raducanu said she had looked to former British number one Tim Henman, standing at the side of the court in his role as a television analyst, for reassuring support before serving on match point.

“Tim is honestly such a big inspiration, he was telling me to treat it one point at a time,” she said.

“In moments like this you definitely can’t get ahead of yourself and you need stay present.

“I’m grateful to Tim for everything he has done for British tennis and for me.”

New York’s teenage kicks signals a changing of the guard

Earlier in Thursday’s night session, Canadian teenager Fernandez sealed her place in the final by shocking Belarusian second seed Aryna Sabalenka.

Unseeded Fernandez, who turned 19 on Monday, won 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-4 to edge a tense semi-final.

Raducanu’s victory then set up the eighth Grand Slam final in the Open Era between teenagers.

It is the first since the 1999 US Open when American hope Serena Williams beat Switzerland’s Martina Hingis.

The success of Raducanu and Fernandez caps a tournament where a host of young stars have filled the void of several big names – in particular Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – with superb performances.

Martina Navratilova, the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, said Raducanu and Fernandez’s success was a “changing of the guard” moment.

What Raducanu has achieved ‘does not seem real’ – reaction

Naomi Broady, British player on BBC Radio 5 Live : “I am just speechless, I am so so happy for her. It wasn’t Maria Sakkari’s night but it was the sheer pressure put on her by Emma Raducanu right from the start.

“She had those seven break points, Maria Sakkari, and she couldn’t take one. From that moment Raducanu ran away with the match.

“How exciting is this? We’re allowed to be excited about this, we’re not being British and ahead of ourselves – this is amazing!”

Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent in New York: “ Emma Raducanu is making reaching a Grand Slam final look incredibly easy.

“You think about the players who since Virginia Wade in 1977 have been trying to reach a Grand Slam final for Britain in the women’s game – Johanna Konta came very close at the French Open in 2019 and Jo Durie too, a semi-finalist at the US Open among other appearances at that stage of a Grand Slam.

“Yet Emma Raducanu has done it at the second attempt at her Grand Slam and has taken all of our breath away with the way she has played throughout this summer. It doesn’t seem real.”

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What time is Emma Raducanu’s US Open final in the UK? | Tennis | Sport |

Emma Raducanu reaches US Open final in New York

British teenager Emma Raducanu reached the US Open final as her meteoric rise continued with a stunning straight-set win over Greek 17th seed Maria Sakkari in New York.

Raducanu, 18, extended her dream run with a 6-1 6-4 victory in which her dominance again almost defied belief.

She is the first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam final and will play another teenager Leylah Fernandez on Saturday.

Raducanu is the first British woman in a major singles final in 44 years.

Watched on by Virginia Wade – the last woman to achieve that feat at Wimbledon in 1977 – Raducanu produced another fearless and ruthless victory that stunned those watching on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

After confidently swatting away a volley on her first match point, Raducanu immediately dropped her racquet on the court and covered her mouth with both hands.

Quickly she broke out into a beaming smile before lapping up the acclaim of a rapturous crowd on the world’s biggest tennis court.

“The time in New York has gone so quickly, I’ve been taking care of each day and three weeks later I’m in the final. I actually can’t believe it,” Raducanu said.

Reaction to brilliant Raducanu reaching the US Open final

‘Crazy, cool & mind-blowing’ to reach final – Raducanu

Raducanu set to be best paid British sportswoman

After coming through three qualifying matches to reach the main draw, she has not dropped a set in any of her nine matches at Flushing Meadows.

It is only Raducanu’s second Grand Slam tournament and the fourth tour-level event of her career.

Additionally, Raducanu is:

the youngest British Grand Slam finalist in 62 years, since Christine Truman reached the French Open final aged 18 in 1959

the first British woman to reach a US Open final in 53 years, following Wade in 1968

only the fourth British woman to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open era

Before her run to the Wimbledon last 16 earlier this summer, Raducanu was ranked 336th in the world.

This win puts her on the verge of the top 30 after already being assured of becoming the British women’s number one by reaching the last four at Flushing Meadows.

Most pertinently, it gives the London teenager – who also passed her A Levels this summer – the opportunity to win one of tennis’ most prestigious titles when she faces Canadian 19-year-old world number 73 Fernandez at 21:00 BST on Saturday.

Given the one-sided nature of the victory against Sakkari – and those before it – Raducanu will not be fazed by the occasion.

Fast start pays dividends for Raducanu

Reaching the last 16 at Wimbledon on her Grand Slam debut catapulted Raducanu into stardom, yet somehow she has managed to surpass what she achieved there with the extraordinary exploits in New York.

Yet again she dismantled a much more experienced opponent with such ease that it breathtakingly belied her age and experience.

Former British number one Greg Rusedski said her performance against Sakkari was “worthy of a world number one”.

French Open semi-finalist Sakkari, like those opponents before her, was left befuddled by Raducanu’s poise and execution. The Greek, who was also aiming to reach her maiden Grand Slam final, was unable to cope with Raducanu’s intensity and could not find a solution to negate it.

Raducanu faced seven break points in her opening two service games, seeing them all off to hold both and move into a 3-0 lead with a break sandwiched in-between.

Sakkari became frustrated with her inability to take her opportunities, chuntering at her box and complaining to the umpire before running off to swap her skirt at the first changeover.

In contrast to Sakkari’s anxious demeanour, Raducanu seemed completely unflustered by the occasion.

That continued as the Briton, backed by a few fans dressed in Union Jack colours and waving flags, won all the decisive points on the way to clinching the opening set in 36 minutes.

Nerveless finish as Henman provides inspiration

Being the frontrunner is a position Raducanu has become accustomed to at Flushing Meadows and once she broke for a 2-1 lead in the second set, there looked to be little way back for Sakkari.

Pressure continued to be applied in each of the Greek’s next two service games – but she managed to hold and maintain hope by remaining a single break down.

With the Greek player’s family looking increasingly tense as they watched on, Sakkari saved five break points in a momentous hold lasting almost 10 minutes for 4-3.

After exchanging holds, Raducanu then had the opportunity to serve for the match.

A wayward forehand put Sakkari 15-0 ahead, before Raducanu found a first serve that could not be returned and led to a loud roar of ‘Come on!’, which signalled the Briton’s relief.

A nerveless forehand down the line was timed to perfection for 30-15 and another penetrating baseline return set up a match point.

With a place in the US Open final beckoning, there were no signs of nerves as she sealed victory with a forehand volley.

Afterwards Raducanu said she had looked to former British number one Tim Henman, standing at the side of the court in his role as a television analyst, for reassuring support before serving on match point.

“Tim is honestly such a big inspiration, he was telling me to treat it one point at a time,” she said.

“In moments like this you definitely can’t get ahead of yourself and you need stay present.

“I’m grateful to Tim for everything he has done for British tennis and for me.”

New York’s teenage kicks signals a changing of the guard

Earlier in Thursday’s night session, Canadian teenager Fernandez sealed her place in the final by shocking Belarusian second seed Aryna Sabalenka.

Unseeded Fernandez, who turned 19 on Monday, won 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-4 to edge a tense semi-final.

Raducanu’s victory then set up the eighth Grand Slam final in the Open Era between teenagers.

It is the first since the 1999 US Open when American hope Serena Williams beat Switzerland’s Martina Hingis.

The success of Raducanu and Fernandez caps a tournament where a host of young stars have filled the void of several big names – in particular Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – with superb performances.

Martina Navratilova, the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, said Raducanu and Fernandez’s success was a “changing of the guard” moment.

What Raducanu has achieved ‘does not seem real’ – reaction

Naomi Broady, British player on BBC Radio 5 Live : “I am just speechless, I am so so happy for her. It wasn’t Maria Sakkari’s night but it was the sheer pressure put on her by Emma Raducanu right from the start.

“She had those seven break points, Maria Sakkari, and she couldn’t take one. From that moment Raducanu ran away with the match.

“How exciting is this? We’re allowed to be excited about this, we’re not being British and ahead of ourselves – this is amazing!”

Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent in New York: “ Emma Raducanu is making reaching a Grand Slam final look incredibly easy.

“You think about the players who since Virginia Wade in 1977 have been trying to reach a Grand Slam final for Britain in the women’s game – Johanna Konta came very close at the French Open in 2019 and Jo Durie too, a semi-finalist at the US Open among other appearances at that stage of a Grand Slam.

“Yet Emma Raducanu has done it at the second attempt at her Grand Slam and has taken all of our breath away with the way she has played throughout this summer. It doesn’t seem real.”

What time is Emma Raducanu’s US Open final in the UK? | Tennis | Sport | Express.co.uk
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Exclusive Wedding & Events venue in Essex | Clacton on Sea | South East England | England, UK

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If you are looking for a unique, magical and exclusive wedding venue or event venue in South East England, including a Wedding venue in Essex, Wedding Venue in Clacton, Event Venue in Essex or Event Venue in Clacton.

Get Married in a Martello Tower in Clacton, Essex, South East England, UK

A wedding with a wow factor!

You can get married in a Martello Tower – (like a mini castle), with its own Moat, on the sea front of Clacton, Essex, South East England from August 2021, a stones throw away from the famous Clacton Pier. You can get married or have the reception in this unique, exclusive and historic Martello Tower and ensure that your start to married life, begins with a bang, and helps to create happy memories that will be sure to last a life time.

Host an exclusive Event in a Martello Tower in Clacton, Essex, South East England, UK

Unique Event in a unique location!

You can get host an exclusive event in a Martello Tower – (like a mini castle), with its own Moat, on the sea front of Clacton, Essex, South East England from August 2021, a stones throw away from the famous Clacton Pier. You can host an event, private party, corporate event or corporate away day, in this unique, exclusive and historic Martello Tower and ensure that your event goes of with a bang, and helps to create happy memories that will be sure to last a life time.

If you are interested in more details please email Mike on maconsultancy1@gmail.com and we will provide more details about the packages available as soon as they are available.

For more about the Martello Tower exclusive Wedding and Events venue in Clacton, Essex, South East England see out about the Martello Tower section below.

About the Historic Martello Tower F in Clacton on Sea, Essex, South East England, U.K.

Martello Tower F Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, South East England, UK

Martello Tower F is soon to be an exclusive Wedding and Events venue in Essex, set within a dry moat and situated at the junction of Marine Parade West and Tower Road, overlooking the promenade and seafront to the west of Clacton Pier in England, UK.

Martello Tower F is the only remaining moated example on the Essex coast; the others at Beacon Hill, St Osyth (B), Holland Haven (G) and Walton Cliffs (J) were demolished or destroyed by coastal erosion in the 19th century.

Tower F has seen some significant alterations, particularly in the 20th century, but the structure remains substantially unchanged and still retains many details dating from the period of construction. The first floor entrance, to the north west, is still approached by the original cast iron footbridge which spans the ditch on three pairs of stilt- like legs. The section nearest the tower is designed as a drawbridge, capable of being raised to seal the entrance. One of the chains first-floor the bridge remains in place, together with the slots and iron pulleys set into the head of the entrance passage. All four of the windows to this floor were framed and glazed during the 1960s, although the apertures still retain some of the iron bars dating from 1818.

Martello Tower F

Martello Tower F Clacton, Essex, England, UK – a unique and exclusive Wedding & Events venue in Essex, South East England, from August 2021.

A timber-clad observation room, formally a coastguard lookout, stands above the forward gun embrasure, resting on a metal gantry with legs set into concrete blocks on the tower’s roof. 

The ground floor of the tower is accessible via a modern passageway cut through the rear wall of a storage alcove on the south-west side. All the other alcoves and casemates remain largely unaltered and the lamp passage to the main magazine (on the seaward side) is particularly well preserved. 

In World War I the Martello tower F was commandeered as a piquet station for G Company of the 8th Battalion Essex Regiment. In the inter-war years the tower came into the hands of the local authority, and in 1931 the interior was as opened as a museum. The museum was short lived as the tower was returned to military control during World War II and thereafter leased to the Ministry of Defence. The interior remained in use by the Royal Naval Auxilliary Service (RNAS) until 1990. A children’s’ zoo was established around the tower in the 1970s but closed in the late 1980s.

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The Tower under the new guise of a wedding and events venue, will be run by UK & Global Entrepreneur, Paul Nash and is going to be a great Wedding & Events venue in Essex and us a great Things to do in Clacton, Essex or the South West of England as the Tower can be observed as part of a day out with the kids in Clacton, that combine viewing the Tower, whilst also visiting the historic Clacton Pier. An ideal activity for those seeking Things to do in Clacton, Things to do in Essex or Things to do in South East England…

Have your wedding or event by the Sea!

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Welsh Master Leadership & Public Speaking Coach Helps Spread Love Around the World, as Global Communications Officer at ‘Say Namaste’

‘Say Namaste’ – Do you believe in Love?                        

A Global Song Project and Peace Initiative.

 

‘Say Namaste’ is a global song project created by India based Relationship Coach Shradha WTB. in collaboration with Strymphony Music Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

The project has received encouraging response and support from world leaders including The Dalai Lama and the former Global Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney, Duncan Wardle.

                                                                                ‘Say Namaste‘ (‘Namaste’ is a greeting of respect and reverence. It conveys that we are the same and we are one) Say ‘Namaste’ is a non-religious, non-political way of spreading the gift of love around the planet. And what is the common element between music and relationships? Undoubtedly it’s love! 2020 has shown us the importance of our relationships and what are they without love? Let us not underestimate the ripple effect of a stone cast into a lake and the way that positivity can have that same effect.

Somethings brewing – and it’s not tea! But it does come from India and India is now working on a project that will truly embrace humanity, equality and solidarity throughout the world.

Shradha WTB and Strymphony have recently been joined in developing this immense project by Welsh born Master Leadership and Public Speaking Coach Gwenno Dafydd, as Global Communications Officer.

Shradha WTB had been stuck since June 2020 with resolving a business dilemma. Gwenno saw that there was a mismatch and lack of clarity with the message and asked Shradha theleading question, ‘Do you believe in love?’ which led to Shradha having an ‘Aha moment’ which was the starting point for this wonderful initiative, a ‘Conscious Global Revival Initiative’ of love.

Welsh cakes and Indian tea – what a wonderful combination! Duncan Wardle also has a Welsh connection having lived in Wales for four years and has been mentoring Shradha for the last year on her creativity. Watch how it’s blossoming now for the world to see.

In the few short weeks since the ‘Say Namaste’ project has been launched more than 35 countries have sent in their videos. The very first one was from Tibet and ‘Say Namaste’ has also been very blessed with His Holiness Dalai Lama’s personal monastery, The NamgyalMonastery contributing with their video for ‘Say Namaste’. Thanks to Thuten Kesang for bestowing this honour on the project. 

We have received videos from Canada, Bhutan, Ukraine, Wales, Turkey, Japan, Brazil – in fact the four corners of the world including a wonderful video from some of the children from the Season of the Time Media Productions –STMPs in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. “The often forgotten children of KakumaRefugee Camp and I am truly honoured to be part of this wonderful project’’, said FideleWabenga, Project Director and thanks to him for organising all the children so quickly.  

And this is what Ontario based Racheal Elizabeth Bell, says. 

“2020 has truly shaken the world and in times of difficulty we must always “look for the helpers”. If you don’t see one you become one! Being asked to represent Canada in the ‘Say Namaste’ Conscious Global Initiative is my greatest honour. It is an opportunity to be a helper, to show love on a global scale and to show my gratitude for living in a home where I can have peace in times of struggle. This opportunity lit a spark in me that had faded and I am forever filled with love because of it.” 

There are 193 members of the United Nations (U.N.) plus two non-member countries with permanent observer states, the Holy City (The Vatican) and the State of Palestine. So, according to the U.N. there is a grand total of 195 sovereign states in the world today. NASA has shown interest – can we get a Namaste from outer space? Wouldn’t that be cool!

Going full circle, here are some of the inspirational quotes world leaders such as the Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi (another great Indian) and Walt Disney have said.  

 Be the change you want to see in this world  – Mahatma Gandhi 
 If you can dream it – you can do it – Walt Disney
 It’s kind of fun to do the impossible – Walt Disney
 It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others – Dalai Lama. 
 If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito – Dalai Lama. 

And bearing in mind all of these fabulous inspirational quotes Gwenno’s personal challenge to all the world is that all 195 countries come together in unity and record their videos making the prayer symbol and saying Namaste by the first of January 2021, marking it as the ‘Say Namaste Day’. Get a beautiful background showing our precious world in all its glory and say where that place is where you ‘Say Namaste’. Ask your famous friends to do a short clip! Let’s make the world as one and 2021 the year of ‘Namaste’.  

All videos that come in by midnight on the 20thDecember will be included in the next stage of this phenomenal project – some of which will be revealed on the 27th December, building up to the big launch by Duncan Wardle at midnight (New Delhi time) on the 31st January 2020 when ALL will be revealed! Until then – be part of this incredibly exciting unifying project and get your videos in. Further information on how to film your video and what to put into it at ‘Love Revolution’               https://say-namaste.com/index.php/loverevolution

 

Global Press Contact: Gwenno Dafydd 00 44 7855038729

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#2021LoveRevolution

 

 

© Gwenno Dafydd 15th December 2020 https://gwennodafydd.co.uk

Freelance Professional Broadcaster and writer with the BBC since 1980.

 

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Peter Andre has to be rescued from zipwire on holiday in Cyprus as daughter Princess, 13, yells ‘my dad is stuck’

PETER Andre has to be rescued from a zipwire in Cyprus as his daughter Princess, 13, yelled: “My dad is stuck.” The 47-year-old singer was helped …

Peter Andre has to be rescued from zipwire on holiday in Cyprus as daughter Princess, 13, yells ‘my dad is stuck’

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Adam Thomas’ six-year-old son raised £13,000 for charity after Captain Sir Tom Moore inspired him to walk 10k

PROUD dad Adam Thomas has revealed his six-year-old son raised £13,000 for charity after Captain Sir Tom Moore inspired him to walk 10k. The former …

Adam Thomas’ six-year-old son raised £13,000 for charity after Captain Sir Tom Moore inspired him to walk 10k

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People’s Choice Awards 2020: Jennifer Lopez shines as she joins Sofia Vergara, Demi Lovato and pregnant Mandy Moore

ENTERTAINMENT’S biggest stars came out to celebrate the best in pop-culture at E! People’s Choice Awards. Jennifer Lopez and Sofia Vergara dazzled in…

People’s Choice Awards 2020: Jennifer Lopez shines as she joins Sofia Vergara, Demi Lovato and pregnant Mandy Moore

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LinkedIn Up to 722 Million Members, Continues to See ‘Record Levels of Engagement’ – Corporate B2B Sales & Digital Marketing Agency in Cardiff covering UK

LinkedIn Up to 722 Million Members, Continues to See ‘Record Levels of Engagement’
Posted on October 28, 2020 by admin
LinkedIn continues to grow, in terms of overall members and active engagement, according to the latest data from parent company Microsoft.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/linkedin-up-to-722-million-members-continues-to-see-record-levels-of-enga/587956/
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New Phase of Growth with ‘Bullies Out’ • Introbiz Members News – Cardiff Business News

BulliesOut are entering a new phase of growth with our new Strategic Plan for 2021 – 2024 currently being finalised.  We are looking to increase our Board with the following positions:

Chair of The Board

We are at an exciting new phase of our journey and seek a new Chair to lead our Board in support and provision of governance of the highest quality and rigour as the organisation enters a phase of significant growth and increased impact.

Trustees

Do you have a strong commitment to helping to transform people’s lives?

Would you be stimulated by the challenge of being a trustee for BulliesOut and at the same time, enjoy being valued by and adding value to such an inspiring, committed, hard-working organization? The Board of Trustees is an integral role to the effective running of the Charity and is to provide effective governance for BulliesOut to ensure progress is continually made on achieving the vision and mission of the Charity.

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Holiday businesses in Wales adjusting to ‘the new normal’ | South Wales Argus

HOLIDAY businesses in Wales have begun adjusting to the “new normal” with unprecedented levels of demand as lockdown restrictions ease.
— Read more on www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/18578005.holiday-businesses-wales-adjusting-the-new-normal/

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews as Stamp Duty is to be put on hold to help stimulate the economy…

Stamp duty ‘holiday’ to help rebuild economy

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stamp-duty-holiday-to-help-rebuild-economy-2t0rhgphg

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Love Island’s Luke Trotman throws girlfriend Siannise Fudge the Disney-themed birthday of her dreams

Love Island’s Luke Trotman lays on Disney-themed birthday of dreams for girlfriend Siannise Fudge (Picture: Instagram)Love Island’s Luke Trotman won …

Love Island’s Luke Trotman throws girlfriend Siannise Fudge the Disney-themed birthday of her dreams

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‘She took it to heart’: Shirlie Kemp in tears after filming argument with Martin Kemp for mockumentary

Shirlie Kemp took her staged argument with husband Martin to heart (Picture: Rex)Shirlie Kemp was reduced to tears after filming an argument scene …

‘She took it to heart’: Shirlie Kemp in tears after filming argument with Martin Kemp for mockumentary

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Nightclub bouncer, actor, Fantasy Premier League master – Where are Liverpool’s league title winners from 1990 now?

Nightclub bouncer, actor, Fantasy Premier League master – Where are Liverpool’s league title winners from 1990 now?
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The prime minister has pledged £1bn to help school children in Englandaffected by the coronavirus lockdown. Schools have been closed to nearly all pupils since before the Easter break – and it is thought unlikely that most will return until after the summer holidays. Boris Johnson says the funding will mean the most disadvantaged pupils can get access to tutors through a £350m scheme, while primary and secondary schools have been allocated £650m to pay for one-to-one or group tuition. Head teachers say the funds are welcome but have asked for more details. The announcement comes as a report this week suggested most teachers believe their pupils are doing less – or much less work – than would be normal at this time of year, due to the lockdown. The report added that as many as a third of children are not engaging with the work that has been set for them. This comes on top of continuing concerns about how to get schools in England open safely come September.

Meanwhile, a study involving universities and health bodies across the UK has found that people with South Asian backgrounds are the most likely to die from Covid-19 after they have been admitted to hospital. The research looked at almost 35,000 patients at 260 hospitals in Great Britain and found that people of South Asian ethnicity were 20% more likely to die than white people. The study suggest that one of the reasons for this is the high levels of diabetes – both type one and type two – among people from that ethnic group. The scientists say their findings should influence policies for protecting people at work and who gets access to vaccines.

In other news, the Royal College of Nursing is calling on all healthcare employers to “care for those who have been caring” during the coronavirus pandemic. The RCN says those who have been working on the front line may be dealing with exhaustion, anxiety and other psychological problems. It wants to see improved testing for front-line healthcare staff and a commitment that nurses will not be pressured into working if they feel they do not have the right personal protective equipment.

In other Covid-19 news, health officials are working to tackle two outbreaks in England – in Leicester and Cleckheaton. Schools in Northern Ireland are to follow social-distancing of 1m which officials say will mean full classes will be able to attend. In Scotland, new rules on how members of different households can meet uphave come into effect. And in Wales, the first minister is set to announce further changes to the nation’s lockdown rules later on Friday.

And the BBC’s head of statistics has been casting his eye over the UK’s death toll from Covid-19 and comparing it with other countries. You can read his conclusions here.

 
 
 

 
 

In the US, a passenger on an American Airlines’ flight has been removed after he refused to wear a face covering. Forrner actor Brandon Straka was asked to leave the service from New York to Dallas on Wednesday after he refused to comply with the crew’s request. He says he was ejected after saying there was no federal law which required him to wear a mask. But American Airlines says its policy is that passengers who refused to cover their face will not be allowed to board . Strict new laws for air passengers have been also enacted in Europe – as our video explains.

 

Elsewhere, the BBC’s Rome correspondent, Mark Lowen, has been back to Lombardy, the Italian region which has borne the brunt of the country’s coronavirus outbreak. The area has been dubbed “the Wuhan of the West” after the Chinese city where the virus originated. You can see Mark’s report here. And speaking of Wuhan, BBC China correspondent John Sudworth has been back to the city and has been speaking to Adam Fleming on the Coronavirus Newscast.

 

You can get all of the day’s developments as they happen on our live page, plus we have a whole section of the BBC News website dedicated to coronavirus , including explainers to help you understand the outbreak and the latest advice.

 

 
 
 

 
 

As the UK economy continues to take a hit from the coronavirus pandemic, a new study suggests that there are currently around 20 people chasing every job vacancy in poorer parts of the country, with economists saying unemployment could surge this year . According to the Institute for Employment Studies, ex-industrial and inner-city areas have been hardest hit, while in wealthier areas there are five people out of work for every vacancy. The government has responded to the study by saying it has taken “unprecedented action” to support the economy.

 

One consequence of how lockdown rules have restricted the number of people who can attend funerals is that charitable donations have dropped to a fifth of the usual level. Because fewer people are going to funeral services, less money is being dropped in collection plates. This “ In Memoriam” fundraising usually brings in £1m a year for the British Lung Foundation. And the drop-off in giving comes at a time when many charities are seeing extra demand for their services – or are carrying out vital medical research. You can read the full story here.

 
 
 

 
 
   

Australia Country hit by “stated-based” cyber attack.

 
   

NZ Police officer shot dead at routine traffic stop. 

 
   

Slavery Bank and Church of England sorry for ties to trade.

 
   

US Trump bid to end immigration policy ‘unlawful’.

 
 
 
 

 

As people across the UK venture further afield for exercise, or return to the workplace while avoiding public transport, bikes are one of the latest items people are struggling to get their hands on. With the six-week school break soon to begin but a ban on foreign travel firmly in place, secondary school teacher Saskia Breet began looking for bikes to buy in mid-May but the hunt soon became “frustrating”. “When I rang various different bike shops around Bristol – some big brands like Trek, and some smaller independent shops – they all just said either ‘it’s completely sold out and we’re not getting any more stock this year’, or ‘we don’t know when we’ll have a new shipment for that particular model’,” she says.  Recent high demand has meant Trek has sold out of the 2020 models of most of its bikes earlier than expected. It has made 2021 models available to pre-order but customer service staff told the BBC: “If you were to place a pre-order now the stock would likely arrive in January.”

 
 
 

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Images of Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn make it on to the front pages of several papers, following her death on Thursday at the age of 103. The Daily Express says the Queen – who was “very, very sad” to hear the news – led the country in mourning. The Daily Mail’s lead says efforts to tackle coronavirus have had another setback, following the health secretary’s decision to abandon the government’s own tracing app because it will not work on “millions of phones”. The Times reports that ministers have tried to play down the problem, with Matt Hancock saying they will work with Apple and Google to develop a new app. And the Guardian leads on what it says is a “damning review” of Labour’s defeat at the last general election, which warns the party has a long road to recovery. Read our take on the morning papers here.

 
   
   
 

 
 

 

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