FILE – In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, Coco Gauff, of the United States, celebrates after defeating Timea Babos, of Hungary, in the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. The American teenager advanced to her first WTA final by beating Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 at the Upper Austria Ladies in Linz, Austria. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)LINZ, Austria — Coco Gauff is still just 15. She also is already the owner of a WTA singles title.The American beat 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in the final of the Upper Austria Ladies tournament Sunday, making Gauff the youngest winner of a singles trophy on the WTA tour since 2004.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees “This is a special moment for me,” Gauff said.And Gauff managed to do it after losing in the last round of qualifying, then moving into the main draw as a “lucky loser” when another player withdrew from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I’m still overwhelmed and shocked,” Gauff said, according to the WTA’s website. “I guess it’s crazy to say it’s my first WTA title. This was definitely not on the calendar at the beginning of the year, because I didn’t think I’d have a chance to get in, and now I’m the champion, so it’s crazy.”This week’s run, which including a victory over Kiki Bertens for her initial top-10 win, was the latest impressive performance for Gauff, who is now expected to rise inside the top 75 when the new WTA rankings are released Monday. LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down She was just 313th when Wimbledon began on July 1. That’s where she really burst onto the scene as the youngest qualifier in tournament history, then beat five-time champion Venus Williams along the way to making it all the way to the fourth round.Gauff claimed her first WTA doubles title at Washington in August, pairing with Caty McNally, before getting to the third round in singles at the U.S. Open.Gauff is now the youngest woman to win a WTA singles championship since Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic earned two by the age of 15 years, 5 months in 2004.Ostapenko, who is 22, has been ranked as high as No. 5 and currently is No. 72. She has won two tour-level titles, the first coming at Roland Garros 2½ years ago. ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ Rockets focused on basketball after fallout from GM’s tweet Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images
Gov. Mike Pence is to visit Scott County and meet with local officials about an HIV outbreak that Pence’s office says “has reached epidemic proportions.”Pence is scheduled to travel with state health commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams and state epidemiologist Pam Pontones to Scottsburg for this afternoon’s meeting. The governor will issue a public health disaster emergency Thursday for Scott County, but the scope of that order will be determined by what he hears from local officials today.State health officials said Friday that 55 HIV cases have been confirmed in southern Indiana. Scott County is the epicenter of that epidemic.Federal health officials will begin working in the area this week. At the same time, a local doctor is pushing for a change in state law he believes could help contain the spread.The CDC is stepping in to help. Disease Intervention Specialists and what’s called an “Epi-Aid” team are expected to start this week.Most of those infected shared needles while injecting a powerful prescription painkiller, but some of the HIV cases have been linked to unprotected sex.
South African infrastructure, institutions and innovation on the moveWelcome to South Africa. We are proud to provide you with an experience our country’s infrastructure including our transportation network for consumers and commerce alike, some of the world’s highest rated institutions and our Nation’s inherent innovation.Our 2010 Media Tour programme explores the theme, “South Africa Geared for Growth’, through which we will give you access to pivotal people, organisations and processes, from a big business and entrepreneurial perspective. Post programme, we strive to have demonstrated the manner in which South Africa is able to operate successfully in both the first and third world contexts.Considering the action packed agenda, we are looking forward to exposing you to our first world infrastructure. You will not only be able to go behind the scenes at O.R Tambo International Airport, Richards Bay Minerals, Park Station and Africa’s busiest port in Durban, but you will experience Africa’s first rapid rail link, Gautrain. Your behind the scenes exclusive also includes a visit to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Competition Commission.We will take you en route via taxi, rail, bus and of course, 4×4 Landrovers as we catch our breath against the spectacular backdrop of Phinda Private Game Reserve.It is our hope that at the end of the 2010 International Media Tour, your first-hand experience of our country has provided you with a seamless understanding of South Africa ‘on the move’.Read the official press releaseShare point Share your stories and photos of the tour here.Read more Information Further information from the tour.Read moreThe quick guide to South Africa This compilation of articles will provide you with a quick guide to South Africa, answers to some important questions that you may have from banking to healthcare, and of course, some local lingo to help you engage with the ‘locals’.Read more* A taste of your experiences in SA On tour Meet the participants of MediaTour 2010Read moreWelcomeSpeaking notes for Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Dina Pule at the International Markerting Council Welcoming Cocktail for International Media Tour, SandtonRead more [PDF, 21kb]Contacts Your fellow team members contact addresses.Read more
Big data projects are on the rise, but unfortunately many big data projects to date haven’t been successful. A survey by CapGemini‘s found that only 13 percent of organizations have been able to build big data into a project that’s gone into production and only 27 percent of businesses using big data say that their projects have been successful.Part of the reason for the big data project failures has been ill-defined goals and objectives and a lack of up-front implementation planning, according to the CapGemini report. Jeff Hunter, vice president of North America CapGemini, said that “generally, it’s a disconnect between the output and a clearly defined business driver or goal. And along the way, people get engulfed in the technology… The firms that we see succeed [have] centralized the concept of consumption of big data technology, leverage of data science, and application of analytics. They’re the ones we see moving faster.”Yet despite the problems with early implementations of a relatively new technology, there’s room for optimism. Hunter said that “I’m seeing the same cycle beginning as with the Internet and e-commerce. In the entirety of the community, a few companies create success. Those who have embraced big data, even those who have experienced setbacks and failures, [are gaining experience]. They’re seeing that data-driven decision-making has its place in how you run a business. Those successes are going to be a catalyst to speed up other projects.”