Wimbledon fire: Blaze at All England Club tennis courts

first_imgA fire has erupted at Wimbledon’s famous tennis courts in London.London Fire Brigade said up to 20 firefighters were called out after an area of shrubbery caught alight at the All England Tennis Club at 12:33 BST.It comes just weeks before the grand slam tournament is due to take place at the venue in SW19.The fire, which was close to Gate 1 – near Wimbledon’s No. 1 Court – has since been extinguished. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.last_img

Angels’ Andrelton Simmons wins another Gold Glove while Mike Trout misses out again

first_imgSimmons joined Omar Vizquel as the only other shortstop to win multiple Gold Gloves in each league.Three players with Orange County roots won Gold Gloves.Matt Chapman, a product of El Toro High, won his first Gold Glove, as did his former high school teammate, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. Arenado won his sixth in a row.Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, a product of El Modena High, won his first Gold Glove, sharing the award with Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. As for Trout, he had said as early in spring training that winning a Gold Glove was one of his remaining unmet goals, and he worked hard to improve his defense this year to win one. Trout did not make an error all season, and the advanced defensive metrics also showed he’d improved.With recent winners Kevin Kiermaier and Byron Buxton both missing time with injuries, it appeared to create a possibility for Trout. He was among the top three, along with Bradley and Chicago’s Adam Engel.The Gold Gloves are chosen by managers and coaches, with 25 percent of the calculation coming from the Society for American Baseball Research’s Defensive Index. The SDI combines several other defensive metrics.Trout actually finished just ahead of Bradley in the final SDI rankings, even though Bradley led him earlier in the season.Simmons won his fourth career Gold Glove award, his second with the Angels. He previously won two with the Atlanta Braves. Although this season was shaping up to be Mike Trout’s best shot to win his first Gold Glove award, he came up empty once again.Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Boston Red Sox won the American League’s Gold Glove in center field, once again frustrating Trout and Angels fans as the awards were announced on Sunday night.While Trout came up empty, shortstop Andrelton Simmons won for the fourth time, his second with the Angels. Ian Kinsler, who played with the Angels before he was traded to the Red Sox in July, also won a Gold Glove at second.Right fielder Kole Calhoun and catcher Martín Maldonado, who played most of last season with the Angels, both lost out on the awards, to Mookie Betts and Salvador Pérez, respectively.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Woman arrested for reckless driving, crashing into cars at West Palm Beach gas station

first_imgA woman was arrested after police say she was trying to run over people, causing damage to several vehicles at a gas station in West Palm Beach.West Palm Beach Police were called to the Marathon gas station located at 1840 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd Wednesday afternoon, and they say 29-year-old Lynn Midlyn was driving recklessly and apparently tried to run over people, causing damage to several vehicles and the storefront.Midlyn was arrested on six counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, five counts of reckless driving, one count of vandalism and one count of resisting arrest without violence.Police said the deadly weapon was Midlyn’s vehicle.last_img

UPDATE: Okanagan sweeps Kootenay Wildcats out of playoffs

first_imgThe hockey season for the Kootenay Wildcats came to an end Saturday in the Central Okanagan.The B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey squad lost 5-2 to Okanagan Rockets in semi final playoff action Saturday in Kelowna at the Capital News Centre.The Rockets won the best-of-three series 2-0 and now advance to the league final next week in Surrey against the Fraser Valley Fusion.Okanagan won the opening game of the series 2-1 Friday.The Fusion dispatched the Pacific Ravens of Richmond 2-0 in the best-of-three series.Kootenay finished third in the five-team BCFML with a 9-14-5 record.The B.C. Female league was created in 2007 to provide players in the province the opportunity to come together on zone teams to challenge other clubs in the B.C.Kootenay Wildcats consists of players from both the East and West Kootenays.Cats drop close 2-1 decision in semi final to OkanaganOnce again scoring, or a lack of putting the puck into the net, raised its ugly head on the Kootenay Wildcats during Game one of the B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey semi final series in Kelowna.Host Okanagan Rockets squeaked out a 2-1 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.Game two is Saturday in Kelowna with Game three, if necessary, Sunday. Cats begin playoff mission Friday in Kelowna against RocketsThe Kootenay Wildcats take to the road Friday for the sunny Okanagan to start the run at the B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey title.The Cats open the playoffs against second-place Okanagan Rockets at the Rutland West Arena in Kelowna.The best-of-three series continues Saturday with a third game, if necessary, played Sunday morning. Both games are at the Capital News Centre.“We going in to win the series,” said Kootenay captain Erin McLean when asked about the upcoming playoff.“We’ve done pretty good against the Rockets, winning about half of the games so we feel we can win this series and move on in the playoffs.”The Wildcats, 9-15-4, finished the season third, 11 points behind the runner-up Rockets. Kootenay is led by its two netminders Lauren Biggs of Salmo and Morgan Flynn of Castlegar.The two goalies have been outstanding throughout the season, keeping the Cats in every game and time to get an anemic offence going.Trail’s McLean led the offence this season with 12 points while Denomie Vockeroth of Rossland added 11 points and Adrianne Erichsen of Cranbrook, Cori-Anne Huisman of Fernie and Stephane McAuley of Trail each had 10.In the other series, Pacific Ravens of Richmond rallied from a one-game deficit to defeat Prince George Cougars 2-1 in the best-of-three quarterfinal game.Richmond advances to a semi final affair against regular season champ Fraser Valley Fusion beginning Friday in Surrey at the Sport and Leisure Centre.Games two and three, if necessary, will be played at Langley at the Event Centre Saturday and Sunday.The two series winners play for the league championship the following week at the team with the best regular season record.last_img read more

Teen slapped with wounding charge

first_imgA Lindener was granted bail by Magistrate Clive Nurse on an unlawful and malicious wounding charge, when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.Martin Fraser Junior, 18, of Constabulary Compound, Mackenzie, pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Javick Dennis on March 29, at the Bayroc Community Centre Ground at Wismar, Linden.He was granted bail in the sum of $40,000 with the case continuing on June 29.last_img

Are you BRRave enough to do the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics?

first_imgSpecial Olympics Ireland is calling on Co. Donegal to get ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ this winter by participating in their ‘coolest’ fundraising event of the year. Donegal’s Polar Plunge will take place at Rathmullan Strand, Rathmullan on December 7th from 12.30pm. Last year, crowds of people including families, Special Olympic Athletes, businesses and individuals turned out to take part in this unique fundraising event, bravely plunging into icy cold waters.  Special Olympics are hoping that this year’s event will be just as popular with potential plungers, so that much needed funds for the organisation and its athletes can be raised. Special Olympics Ulster Polar Plunge 2019 launch at Rathmullan HouseSpecial Olympics Ulster Polar Plunge 2019 launch at Rathmullan HouseSpeaking at the launch of the Polar Plunge, Special Olympics Ireland’s Ulster Region Director, Shaun Cassidy said: “Special Olympics Ulster are delighted to be able to launch the Polar Plunge this year in Rathmullan. Now in its fifth year the Polar Plunge fundraiser is a great community event and this year will be even better than before. “Every day, the athletes of Special Olympics Ulster step up to meet the challenges of the sport that they love and do so with a smile. “We would encourage everyone to sign up today and take on a fun challenge in support of these inspirational athletes. We would like to thank the Athletes of Little Angels Special School in Letterkenny and Rathmullan House for supporting this launch.” Special Olympics Ulster Polar Plunge 2019 launch at Rathmullan HouseSpecial Olympics Ulster Polar Plunge 2019 launch at Rathmullan HouseSpecial Olympics Ireland provides sporting opportunities for nearly 8,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities across 313 clubs all over Ireland. Those who think they are brave enough to take the Polar Plunge can register at www.specialolympics.ie/polarplunge. Registration costs just €20 with plungers encouraged to raise an additional €50. Plungers who raise €50 or more will also receive a complimentary Polar Plunge t-shirt.To keep up to date with Special Olympics Ulster events and athletes, follow the organisation on Twitter, @SOIreland @SO_Ulster and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsUlster. Are you BRRave enough to do the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics? was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:polar plunge special olympicsRathmullanlast_img read more

Wednesday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-102] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cape Argus Cycle Tour at 35 000 entrants and counting

first_imgCyclists take in the beautiful views around the peninsula on their way back to Cape Town. (Image: Cape Argus Cycle Tour)• Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour+27 21 686 [email protected] DavieThere can’t be many races in the world that attract 35 000 riders each year, with bikers ranging in age from 13 years to 90-somethings. The Cape Argus Cycle Tour is held every year in Cape Town, when the city stops, pulls out its deck chairs, and watches the riders go flashing by.The 109km Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour starts and ends in the city’s CBD, with riders taking in some spectacular backdrops of the Atlantic and Indian oceans.Billed as “the world’s largest timed cycle race”, the 37-year-old race traces its history back to 1977, when Bill Mylrea and John Stegmann organised the Big Ride-In to draw attention to the need for cycle paths in the city. It attracted hundreds of cyclists, who met on the Grand Parade and rode down Adderley Street to the foreshore. The following year the Argus Cycle Tour was born, attracting 525 entrants, with 14 cyclists finishing under three hours and 30 minutes. It started outside the Castle in Strand Street, took in the peninsula, and finished in Camps Bay, a distance of 104km.The 1979 race saw the record time drop to two hours, 52 minutes and 38 seconds, with the top woman coming in at three hours, 36 minutes and 46 seconds. By 1980 the race was attracting top riders, like Springbok cyclist Hennie Wentzel, who won in three hours, two minutes and 18 seconds.Jump to 1994 and the entries passed the 20 000 mark, with 400 international riders. In near-perfect weather conditions in 1995 the records tumbled: Swede Michael Andersson set a new record of two hours, 22 minutes and 56 seconds. That year saw the number of entries jump to over 25 000, 21% of whom were women.In 1997 the 20th tour attracted over 30 000 entrants, and by 2006 there were 500 entrants from the UK. The 30th tour attracted big Tour de France names – Jan Ullrich, Greg LeMond and Steven Rooks. By this stage international entries topped the 2 000 mark.In 2011, on a windless day, Walter Hein, 87, finished in five hours, seven minutes and one second, with 75-year-old Marie-Louise Swoboda coming in in five hours, 32 minutes and 33 seconds.In 2012 Tour de France legends – Stephen Roche, Miguel Indurain and Eddy Merckx – returned to do the race, and were joined by several politicians – the minister of sport and recreation, Fikile Mbalula, and the Western Cape premier Helen Zille. Japie Malan, 92, reclaimed his title as the oldest participant, finishing on a tandem with his son in five hours, 50 minutes and 40 seconds. And the oldest woman to finish, 76-year-old Maisie Swoboda, finished her 28th tour with a sprained ankle. Her record has subsequently been surpassed by 84-year-old Clare Graaff.In 2013 just over 3 000 international riders turned up in Cape Town for the race.Cape Argus LegendsThe race has its own legends too. Gareth Holmes, Neil Bramwell, Stephen Stefano, Steph du Toit, Louis de Wall, Alex Stewart, and Neville Yeo have completed all 37 Argus Cycle Races and are called the Magnificent Seven.Bramwell, the oldest at 77 years, says his best time was two hours and 50 minutes, completed in 1985 when he was in his mid-40s. He only started the race at the age of 40. He says that the seven don’t train together, but about two weeks before the race, they get together for a braai, and discuss the past year of training and riding.“We always start the race in the DD batch, at 7.40am,” he explains. But because the groups are made up of 1 000 riders each, they soon lose each other. His main challenge these days is to “keep out of trouble” during the ride. By that he means keep his distance from other riders, so that if an accident happens, he doesn’t crash into a tangle of riders on the tar. “I enjoy the ride very much. It is a magnificent circuit, with a lot of variety of views.” He says he has never had an accident and no mechanical problems except one puncture in 37 years.His time in 2014 was six hours and three minutes. “I was disappointed at how slow I was.” But this won’t deter him – he doesn’t see himself giving up the race. “I will keep going as long as my health allows me.”The Cape Argus Cycle Tour is one of a number of endurance races that South Africans are famous for. Others are the Comrades Marathon, the Dusi Canoe Marathon, the Freedom Challenge, the Midmar Mile, the Berg River Race, and the Cape Epic mountain bike race.last_img read more

Bokoko literacy project brings books and libraries to Africa

first_imgBorn in Spain but of African descent, Bisila Bokoko was so moved by a trip to discover her roots that she set up the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project. Through it, she builds libraries, donates books to African children, and runs a scholarship fund. Bisila Bokoko’s African Literacy Project aims to have five libraries in Africa by the end of this year. (Image: Nancy Mteki from Zimbabwe Arinze Nwokolo/Zen Magazine) Melissa JavanA donation of books by a foreigner led to a Ghanaian man teaching himself how to make a windmill, put to use to provide energy for his village. This is one of the success stories of the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project (BBALP), which was started five years ago.That foreigner, Bisila Bokoko, met William Kamkwamba on her first visit to Ghana in 2009. She explains that Kamkwamba’s family could not afford to send him to school, prompting her to find a way to help him and others in similar situations. BBALP grew out of this desire to help.“Through the programme, he read a book about windmills. He learned of their use as an alternative and powerful energy source,” says Bokoko. “Kamkwamba was inspired to build a windmill, which later created enough electricity to power his own household and eventually his entire village.”Although she was born in Spain, Bokoko is of African descent. She says it is an amazing feeling to see how books can shape people’s lives. “Also, you realise that it takes a little bit to do much… I believe there are more young men and women like William Kamkwamba in other parts of Africa, and I would like to supply them with books that can inspire them in similar ways.”Bokoko, the executive director of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce, has been living in the United States for about 15 years. When she eventually went back to her roots in Ghana in 2010, it was an eventful trip: she met Barima Offe Akwasi Okogyeasuo II, the chief of Kokofu, who gave her the title Queen Development Mother. “With this title, Chief Okogyeasuo II offered me a piece of land, where we decided to build the first BBALP library,” Bokoko says. Bisila Bokoko says she feels flattered to be called Queen Development Mother. (Image: Arinze Nwokolo/Zen Magazine)She laughs, saying the title does make her feel royal. “This title was a life changing experience. Due to this prestigious appointment I decided to build libraries; therefore I owe this project to the chief of Kokofu and John Hutchison [the guide who introduced her to the chief]. They gave me this honour.”Bokoko says she fell in love with Ghana and its people. “I returned from the trip with a desire to contribute, and help Africa develop and grow.”Although she saw a serious need to build infrastructure to empower people though education, health care, and medicine, she decided to supply something close to her heart: books. “Since then, I have been working to create an African literacy project, focused on building libraries around Africa. The first one was established in Kokofu, in the Kumasi Region in Ghana.”With 8 000 books already donated to people in Ghana, Bokoko says the project’s aim is to set up five libraries in Africa by the end of this year.Her campaign has grown since the first donation. There are now library projects benefiting children in Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda. “We have co-operated with various schools, educational institutions and other partners to send books to Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and South Africa.“We have [also] recently created the BBALP Scholarship Fund in order to help talented children get access to education in countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya and Ghana,” she says.“Every library and every country is an adventure. Collecting the books for the children, finding the right partners, meeting the children in person, and having the opportunity to read some stories to them, is a beautiful experience all in – one that I would like to pursue in other countries with the simple goal of spreading the love for books.”Bokoko says she tries to visit the four libraries once a year. “We have some volunteer librarians visit the locations once a year.”This philanthropist says her favourite books donated to the libraries include books that children love: The Secret for Kids, Dr Seuss, and travel books.Her beautiful moments mainly involve children. “Recently in Chirumanzu in Zimbabwe, I witnessed how kids were beyond happy when we gave them books to keep at home. Some of them said: ‘This is the first thing that I have [had] in my life that is only mine!’”In a blog post carried by the American news portal, Huffington Post, Bokoko speaks of witnessing a child’s excitement when he or she receives a book as a priceless and heartwarming experience. She says the Kokofu library is a community project, a place where families and communities can practice togetherness, and emphasise their love for books. Bisila Bokoko with the children of Zimbabwe during the launch of Chirumanzu library. (Image: Nancy Mteki from Zimbabwe)She has learned a lot from the people of Ghana, Bokoko says. “I learned a gracious generosity, the impeccable desire of enjoying life to the fullest, and to be happy with whatever is in there. I also learned the power of loving each other and elegance in the way they keep tradition. Ghana stays always in my heart and has provided me with a sense of what life is really about.”Alongside her other work, Bokoko is the global ambassador and strategist for Pikolinos, the Spanish show brand. She uses this position to promote the Maasai Project, a line of shoes and bags designed in Kenya by over 3 000 Maasai women. She started work on this project in 2011, and says it has been a great experience to be able to spread the collection of Maasai-designed shoes around the world.Watch how the project to aims to improve educational opportunities:last_img read more