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18 Apr 19
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18 Apr 19
Bon Bon Lifestyle Webazine

The Extinction Rebellion group of climate change campaigners said it planned to hold a protest at London’s Heathrow Airport on Friday, opening a new front in its demonstrations that have caused transport snarl-ups in the British capital. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-protests-climate-change/climate-change-protesters-say-they-will-target-londons-heathrow-airport-idUSKCN1RU1XU?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

18 Apr 19
Metro
Swan may not get on court this weekend (Picture: Getty) It’s possible Katie Swan won’t actully compete in the Fed Cup this weekend. Part of Great Britain’s five-woman team, bidding to return to the World Group for the first time since 1992, the 20-year-old Briton may find herself left on the bench by team captain Anne Keothavong. Johanna Konta and Katie Boulter established themselves as the singles players in Bath – both winning all four of their respective matches against Slovenia, Greece, Hungary and Serbia – while Heather Watson, who missed the tie through injury, and Harriet Dart are both ranked considerably higher than Swan in doubles. It could, in many ways, have been more beneficial for her to skip this tie altogether and focus instead on herself. After all, there are no rankings points – the currency all tennis players trade in – on offer in the Fed Cup. In an isolated sport such as tennis, where one has to look after him or herself, who could really blame her for swapping the Fed Cup bench for the opportunity to get some matches under her belt at a host of tournaments on offer this week? Of course, the thought has never crossed her mind. ‘For me, it’s never a difficult decision,’ Swan tells Metro.co.uk and the Love Tennis Podcast. ‘If I get picked for Fed Cup then I’m going to be there unless there’s something crazy that happens like I’m really sick or something like that. ‘I’ve always loved playing for my country. I’ve been lucky enough to get to do it. It’s definitely one of my highlights every year. ‘I’ve loved being part of a team a lot when I was younger. I played a lot of hockey, which I enjoyed a lot so I think it’s special and something we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. ‘Yeah, for me it’s really simple. I would never miss Fed Cup because I love it so much.’ Those watching the tie at home or at the Copper Box Arena will have no trouble spotting the frantic energy bursting from the Team GB bench. At the week-long Fed Cup event in Bath, while Boulter and Konta were exerting themselves through gruelling matches on court, Swan and co. were going through the ringer on the sidelines. ‘My gosh, yes [it’s tiring],’ she adds. ‘We were saying obviously it’s harder to play the match than be on the bench but we put so much into every single match from the bench as well. Swan enjoys cheering the team on (Picture: Getty) ‘We’re literally doing squats like standing up every single point, trying to be as loud as possible. Half of the team lost their voices by the end of the week as you can see in Annie K’s interviews. ‘She could barely speak as she’d been shouting so much. We had little caffeine tablets on the bench to try and keep our energy up because we were going so late into the night. For me and Harriet it was tough as well because we had to be there – which we wanted to, of course – supporting Jo and Katie but to then refocus to try and get the doubles win. ‘Even though it’s a dead rubber at the start of the week it’s still important at that end of the group stages it can come down to each rubber and we still wanted to get the win. It was definitely tiring for us but still wouldn’t change the experience. It was so much fun.’ With Watson absent in Bath due to illness, Swan and Dart were deployed in the doubles. Each time they turned out the tie was essentially over, courtesy of singles wins from Boulter and Konta, but the British faithful came out in their droves – much to the suprise of the young duo. ‘Me and Harriet were saying – I think it was the second night we didn’t go on court until after 11pm – we were laughing and saying it’s just going to be our family that’s here and then we got out there and we were amazed,’ she says. Swan teamed up with Dart in the doubles in Bath (Picture: Getty Images) ‘It was so loud and they stayed until the end. There were actually some videos that we saw after the match of the chants that I think the “barmy army” were still there, it was so good. We loved it.’ The Fed Cup week in Bath has been a highlight in a difficult year for Swan, who has struggled to capture her best form amid injury and illness. One particularly disappointing moment was a retirement against Canadian prodigy Bianca Andreescu during qualifying at the Australian Open. While Swan’s season has failed to truly ignite, Andreescu’s has gone into turbocharge and the 18-year-old recently picked up a Premier Mandatory title in Indian Wells. ‘I’ve known her for many years now because we grew up together playing juniors… I could always tell that she was going to be really, really good as she got older as she was always so strong physically and had a really good game,’ Swan says. ‘When I played her in Australia she was coming off a great week in Auckland. I could definitely feel she had improved a lot. I also felt pretty good when I went into the Australian Open. Andreescu has gone on to win Indian Wells (Picture: TPN/Getty Images) ‘It was unfortunate that injury happened. My back went completely into spasm and it was only like 3-1 in the first set so it was really early doors in the match. After that I really couldn’t play at all. That was tough for me. ‘It’s great to see what she’s been doing since then. Obviously it’s inspiring for many people considering how young she is and how quickly she’s moved up the rankings. If you really put in the work then anything is possible.’ Her back problem, she hopes, is firmly in the past and there’s hopefully a lot to look forward to for Britain’s youngest ever Fed Cup player. One man hoping to help Swan maximise her potential is Andy Murray – the former world No. 1 who founded 77 Sports Management, that boasts Swan on its books. Murray mentors Swan (Picture: Getty) Murray has acted as a mentor for the young Brit, and he can be expected to be keeping a close eye on proceedings this weekend, even if he’s not in the stands at the Copper Box Arena. ‘I don’t know if he’s coming, actually,’ she says. ‘I would doubt it considering he’s still doing his rehab and stuff like that. He messaged me when I was at Bath after our doubles saying he’d watched it so he’s definitely supporting us. He did send us messages of support last time so I’m sure he’ll be watching. ‘It’s been great. I’ve really enjoyed having him as a mentor so far. He’s gone through so much in his career and I’m at the start of my career so it’s really nice to be able to talk to someone who has been through everything and to get some advice, whether it’s about my scheduling or anything really, he’s always open to have a chat about that kind of stuff. ‘It’s never really formal, it’s nice to have someone to talk to that has that much experience. I’m really grateful for that.’ [metro-tag-post-strip] [metro-sassy-poll question=”Will Great Britain beat Kazakhstan?” option1=”Yes” option2=”No” slug=”will-great-britain-beat-kazakhstan-9257180″]
18 Apr 19
MP J Johnson

Via Scripture Professor Johnson this will be a pre-referendum, or, if you like your neologisms ugly, a preferendum. So there is now one simple task: to maximise the vote for parties that support a confirmatory referendum on Brexit, giving the British people a democratic choice between accepting the negotiated Brexit deal and remaining in the […]

18 Apr 19
Reality Reconsidered

The Oil Road: Journeys From the Caspian Sea to the City of London. By James Marriott and Mika Minia-Paluello. London: Verso, 2012. 362 pp. In The Oil Road, British environmental activists James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello recount their journey through the cities and small villages that line the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline in the hopes of […]

18 Apr 19
Bailey’s Politics

It’s recently been reported that there are serious rising cases of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party – something which I will be looking at in this blog post. Accusations of Islamophobia fester themselves all the way to key-figures in the party; notably Boris Johnson. This issue has come to light more in the past few years, however […]

18 Apr 19
World Site News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A gauge of global stocks fell on Thursday after underwhelming manufacturing surveys from Asia and Europe, though they pared losses as Wall Street edged higher on strong U.S. retail sales data and earnings from industrial companies. FILE PHOTO: The London Stock Exchange Group offices are seen in the City of London,…

18 Apr 19
Go News Viral

Thousands of foreign children are stuck in a Syrian camp after fleeing fighting in Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL or ISIS) last stronghold, according to a United Nations official. Panos Moumtzis, UN humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis, urged governments on Thursday not to abandon the 2,500 children held in a “restricted” […]

18 Apr 19
Rural Moments Media & Photography

The idea for the Nidderdale Moorland Group (NMG) was first discussed in early 2016. By that point, several successful moorland groups had already been set up in the north of England and Scotland. It was decided in that the time had come for the gamekeepers in Nidderdale to have their own united voice and better […]

18 Apr 19
BRONZE MAGAZINE

This wife, mother and business owner creates and sells beautifully handmade African print homeware, clothing and décor. Here’s her entrepreneurship journey…

18 Apr 19
ReaditGhana

The sort of interaction that exist between and among sovereign states can be termed as international politics. The concept considers the political, economic, social, cultural, historical and other interactions between sovereign entities or states. International politics focuses on investigating the policies of one government in relation to the other in the intentional system. Considering the […]

18 Apr 19
Cork Golf News

Alex Newenham embarked on the dream greenkeeping assignment recently when he travelled to Florida for the Players Championship at Sawgrass.  Alex attend the PGA Tour event as one of seven representatives from Britain and Ireland, and it was the trip of a lifetime for the Douglas greenkeeper; “Needless to say the whole experience from start […]

18 Apr 19
Daily News

Facebook bans UK far right groups and leaders  BBC News Facebook bans British far-right groups and their leaders  CNN Facebook bans far-right groups including BNP, EDL and Britain First  The Guardian If I was still in the EDL today, being banned from Facebook would have done nothing to deradicalise me  The Independent Facebook bans UK far-right groups  Aljazeera.com View full […]

18 Apr 19
Live is Realy Simple, But We Insist On Making It Complicated -Confocius

DEFINE THE TERM INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in Europe and the US, in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. This transition included going from hand production methods to machines, new chemical manufacturing and iron productionprocesses, the increasing use of steam power and water power, the development of machine toolsand the rise of the mechanized factory system. […]