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30 years of tourism growth in Jamaica with more to come as

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, September 28, 2018 30 years of tourism growth in Jamaica with more to come as JAPEX wraps up Tags: Jamaicacenter_img MONTEGO BAY — Updating retail and supplier delegates at the 28th annual Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) this week at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says a total of 7,560 new rooms are in the pipeline for Jamaica from now until 2020.Travel agents, wholesalers and tour operators from Canada and around the world were among the 250 supplier delegates and 200 buyer delegates taking part in this year’s JAPEX. Jamaica saw overall market growth of 5.4% for the first six months of the year.Bartlett shared several updates at the conference, not just about the 7,560 new rooms but also the 1.3 million airplane seats coming into the island for the upcoming winter season, including some 42,400 more seats from Canada, 38,000 more seats from the U.S., 12,000 more seats from Continental Europe and 7,455 more seats from the UK/Northern Europe for the high season.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJ“Tourism is the only industry in Jamaica that has grown consistently for the past 30 years and it is on track to become the largest contributor to the GDP of our country,” said Minister Bartlett. “As we set our ambitions high for creating new partnerships, we’re simultaneously strengthening our ability to ensure Jamaica can safely, securely and seamlessly connect visitors to their passion point quicker.”The Tourism Minister also announced that as commitments from new markets such as Japan, China, Eastern Europe and Latin America are being brokered, there are planned infrastructure improvements at both Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport and Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport. A new highway is set to begin construction by the first quarter of 2019 which will connect Kingston to Port Antonio.Here’s a look at some of the new and coming resort projects:Excellence Oyster Bay in Montego Bay opened its first property in June with 325 roomsSkylarkNegril Beach Resort, sister property to Rockhouse Hotel, opened in July. The beachfront property is located on Negril’s Seven Mile Beach.The S Hotel Montego Bay is scheduled to be completed in January 2019 with 124 rooms, offering views of Doctors Cave Beach, plush beds and spa-like bathrooms with roman tubsWyndhamKingston with 454 rooms and Marriott QC (Sandals International) with 220 rooms are scheduled to be completed by 2019More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoIn other news, Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience opened last year after Wray & Nephew completed a US$7.2 million investment project. The facility is now able to double its capacity. New additions include modern rooms to facilitate rum tastings, an expansive retail store, and a restaurant and lounge offering Appleton-infused Jamaican cuisine. The centrepiece of the restaurant is an authentic Jamaican jerk pit. Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more

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October 12 2002 The Italian Projects Roma Tre stu

first_imgOctober 12, 2002 The ItalianProjects Roma Tre students have arrived. [bottom] Valerio Pellegrini,Carlo Ciampoli, Alessandro Celleti and Alfonso Rubeis. [top] AnitaMaruccia. The five architecture students will complete a semesterprogram at Arcosanti earning credits with their University inconstruction, model making, woodshop, and a course with Arizona StateUniversity. [Photo & text: SA] This ItalianProject program links Arizona State University with Universita Roma Treas these students will attend one ASU Architecture course this fall.ASU professor Jeff cook has developed this new program with Arcosanti’sItalian Project. The students on their way to school. [Photo: T & text:SA] Randall Schultz isinstructing the students in wood working. Carlo has completed abeautiful new counter top for EC I and Alessandro is cutting it toexact size. [Photo & text: SA] Anita and Valeriowith their wood working projects. For more information on the ItalianProject contact Linda Roby(PublicRelations) or AntonioFragiacomo. [Photo & text: SA]last_img read more

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Vecimaowned media delivery and storage specialist

first_imgVecima-owned media delivery and storage specialist Concurrent Technology has launched MediaScaleX, described as a hyperscale platform suite built to deploy and scale video across multiple CDNs, regardless of their environment – cloud, virtualized, hosted and private network architectures.Built on Concurrent’s deployed systems – Aquari Storage, Laguna Cache, Zephyr Origin Packager, and Zephyr Transcode – the MediaScaleX platform enables customers take advantage of both public and private networks for media distribution over the internet, according to the company. Concurrent’s latest offering features algorithms that choose the most cost-effective path for every packet, enabling customers to deliver more content, faster while controlling costs. Available as a whole or as individual products integrated in new or existing environments, the MediaScaleX product family includes four key elements.Clay McCreeryMediaScaleX // Storage is the next generation of Concurrent’s Aquari storage platform that can be deployed on any number of hardware platforms and can use any combination of spinning disks, SSDs and the latest non-volatile memory express (NVMe) drives, according to Concurrent.MediaScaleX // Transcode is a software platform providing audio and video content processing. MediaScaleX // Origin allows users to also package their OTT programming using DASH and CMAF as well as HLS. Finally, MediaScaleX // Cache supports simultaneous delivery to mobile devices and smart TVs and set-top boxes.“Over 20 years ago, Concurrent redefined the way content was distributed and viewed all over the world, creating new revenue sources for content owners and service providers, as well as more access than ever to content for consumers. Today, more than 25 of our customers, across five continents, have a platform in place to embrace the rapidly changing environment from content creation to consumption,” said Clay McCreery, chief revenue officer at Concurrent.Concurrent will debut MediaScaleX at IBC on stand 1.D92.last_img read more

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The article Total War over the Petrodollar was ori

first_imgThe article Total War over the Petrodollar was originally published at caseyresearch.com. The conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Total SA’s chief executive, Christophe de Margerie, started the second the news broke of his death. Under mysterious circumstances in Moscow, his private jet collided with a snowplow just after midnight. De Margerie was the CEO of Total, France’s largest oil company.He’d just attended a private meeting with Russian Prime Minister Medvedev, at a time when the West’s relationship with Russia is fraught, to say the least.One has better odds of being struck by lightning at an airport then a snow plow, or any other ground support vehicles hitting a plane and killing all inside the plane, in my opinion. And I say that as someone who’s familiar with airports, having worked at Vancouver International Airport when I was in university; I was the one who would bring the plane into its parking bay.If it weren’t for those short odds, a snowplow on the runway with an allegedly drunk driver would be the perfect crime. But who would benefit from his death?De Margerie was one of the few business leaders who spoke out against the isolation of Russia. On this last trip to Moscow, he railed against sanctions and the obstacles to Russian companies obtaining credit.He was also an outspoken supporter of Russia’s position in natural gas pricing and transportation disputes with Ukraine, telling Reuters in an interview in July that Europe should not cut its dependence on Russian gas but rather focus on making the supplies more secure.But what could have made de Margerie a total liability is Total’s involvement in plans to build a plant to liquefy natural gas on the Yamal Peninsula of Russia in partnership with Novatek. Its most ambitious project in Russia to date, it would facilitate the shipping of 800 million barrels of oil equivalent of LNG to China via the Arctic.Compounding this sin, Total had just announced that it’s seeking financing for a gas project in Russia in spite of the current sanctions against Russia. It planned to finance its share in the $27-billion Yamal project using euros, yuan, Russian rubles, and any other currency but US dollars.Did this direct threat to the petrodollar make this “true friend of Russia”—as Putin called de Margerie—some very powerful and dangerous enemies amongst the power that be, whether in the French government, the EU, or the US?In my book The Colder War, one chapter deals with “mysterious deaths” and how they are linked to being on the wrong side of the political equation. Whether it’s going against Putin or against the petrodollar, there are many who have fallen on both sides.If Total doesn’t close the $27 billion financing it needs to move forward with the Yamal LNG project then we’ll know someone stepped in to prevent an attack on the petrodollar.  The CEO of Total, before his death and his CFO were both strong supporters of Total raising the $27 billion in non US dollars and moving the project forward with the Russians.  But, this could all change if the financing does not complete.How many other Western executives who dare to help Russia bypass sanctions—and turn it into an energy powerhouse—will die under suspicious circumstances?Marin Katusa, is author of The Colder War, manager of multiple global energy-exploration hedge funds, and co-founder of Copper Mountain Mining Corporation. Click here to get a copy of his must-read new book, The Colder War. Inside, you’ll discover exactly how Putin is taking over the energy sector, how far ahead he is, and how alarming it is that no one in the US or Europe has even entered the race. last_img read more

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Police and prosecutors are facing questions over w

first_imgPolice and prosecutors are facing questions over why they failed to treat the ordeal of a disabled teenager – who was kept as a slave for more than two years and subjected to brutal daily beatings – as a disability hate crime.It is just the latest in a lengthy line of cases in which police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have faced accusations of failing to secure recognition of disability hate crime through the courts.This week, both South Wales police (SWP) – one of six forces criticised last year for their “unacceptable” performance on disability hate crime – and CPS repeatedly refused to say what steps they took to confirm whether the teenager’s horrific ordeal should be treated as a hate crime.SWP has described the injuries experienced by the young disabled man during the forced, unpaid labour as “horrendous” and said he was left without a single uninjured part of his body when he was finally rescued.The young man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is autistic and has ADHD, and was fed just one meal a day, often just a tin of soup or baked beans.He was regularly beaten by Anthony Baker and his son Harvey with a metal pole and was forced to work in their scrapyard (pictured) in Jersey Marine, near Swansea, and to live “in squalor” in a small caravan.Reports of the trial say that when he was discovered by police in January – following a tip-off from a member of the public – he had a series of horrific injuries, including open wounds, was dirty and malnourished, and found it difficult to speak because of injuries to his jaw, which had been broken on multiple occasions.Wales Online said the judge described the way the young disabled man was treated as “brutal and savagely inhuman” and said he had been subjected to a regime of “immense brutality” and “sadistic behaviour”.The Bakers deliberately broke one of his fingers, bit his nose and “treated him as a human punchbag”.Neither of the men has shown any remorse for what happened, said SWP.The Bakers were jailed at Swansea Crown Court on Friday (14 June) for a total of 16 years after admitting assault, grievous bodily harm and unlawful wounding, while Anthony Baker also admitted a modern slavery offence*.But because police and prosecutors apparently failed to consider or treat these offences as possible disability hate crimes at any stage of their investigations and preparation for the trial, the judge was not asked to increase the sentences under section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act.It is just the latest case to highlight how the criminal justice system is failing victims of disability hate crime.Last October, West Midlands police and CPS faced similar questions over their failure to treat an “utterly barbaric” campaign of violence and abuse directed at a disabled mum and daughter as disability hate crime.The following month, Suffolk police was criticised for failing to treat an attack on a disabled woman – who was spat at and left covered with flour by a group of teenagers as she sat on a park bench – as a disability hate crime.That case had come just days after the CPS annual hate crime report showed the number of disability hate crime cases referred to prosecutors by police forces in England and Wales plunged in the previous year by nearly a quarter.The number of disability hate crime convictions also slumped, from 800 in 2016-17 to 564 in 2017-18 (a drop of 29.5 per cent).Earlier that month, a report by two watchdogs found that the work of police officers on more than half of the disability hate crime investigations examined across six sample forces – including South Wales police – had been found to be “unacceptable”.Disability News Service has been reporting on the criminal justice system’s failings in dealing with disability hate crime since 2009.This week, a South Wales police spokesperson repeatedly refused to say if his force took active steps to investigate whether disability-related hostility was a motive for the Bakers’ crimes.Instead, he said in a statement: “At no stage of the investigation was there any evidence that the victim was abused due to a disability.“If there was evidence of this nature then it would have been presented to the CPS.”A CPS spokesperson refused to say what steps were taken by prosecutors in relation to considering disability hate crime as a possible motive for the Bakers’ crimes.Instead, he said in a statement: “The crimes of Anthony and Harvey Baker were despicable and their prison sentences reflect the harm they did.“The victim was subjected to verbal abuse but this was related to their perceived lifestyle and work. The motivation for the assaults was the work the victim did.“The law gives prosecutors the power to request that judges increase the sentence when there is evidence the offender demonstrated hostility or was motivated by hostility based on a person’s disability.“Where it exists, we won’t hesitate to put this evidence before the court.”He added later: “For an offence to be prosecuted by the CPS as a disability hate crime and therefore get a sentence uplift there has to be evidence that the offenders demonstrated hostility or were motivated by hostility based on a disability.“That evidence was not there in his case.”David Wilkin, a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, said: “The inconsistencies inherent in the prosecution of hate crime are underpinned by much evidence from many victims.”He suggested there was now a need for an “operational stipulation” that forces police officers to “process hate crime with the seriousness that it deserves”.He pointed to the ongoing Law Commission consultation on current hate crime legislation, which could – if it produces new laws – enable prosecutors to treat hate crime “with the gravity it deserves”, and provide judges with “the clarity that will enable them to make proportional sentencing decisions”.*Anthony Baker, aged 49, had previously pleaded guilty to requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour, four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, unlawful wounding, and inflicting grievous bodily harm, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and another five years on licence.Harvey Baker, aged 19, had previously pleaded guilty to six counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three of inflicting grievous bodily harm, and one of unlawful wounding, and was sentenced to six years in a young offender institution. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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Elon Musk Gets Verbal Approval for NY to DC Hyperloop

first_img Image credit: The Boring Company via PCMag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on PCMag How would you like to rocket from New York City to Washington, D.C., in 29 minutes via an underground tunnel? Elon Musk wants to make it happen.The increasingly busy entrepreneur tweeted yesterday that he had received “verbal govt approval” for The Boring Company to build a Hyperloop underground tunnel connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and D.C. It would send passengers flying between the Big Apple and our nation’s capital in less than 30 minutes.”City center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city,” he said in a follow-up tweet.Musk did not reveal which government entity had approved the East Coast project, though he mentioned later that the City of Chicago “approached us about doing a high-speed tunnel from O’Hare to downtown.” When a reporter commented that announcing a verbal agreement was “premature … unless you’re drumming up support for the project,” Musk responded that “Support would be much appreciated!””If you want this to happen fast, please let your local & federal elected representatives know. Makes a big difference if they hear from you,” he wrote. “Still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but am optimistic that will occur rapidly.”Musk’s Boring Company is named after equipment that will bore underground tunnels intended to alleviate above-ground traffic. He first talked it up on Twitter in December, and while some took it as a joke, Musk is serious and ready to dig. In April, the Boring Company posted a video offering a first look at the underground transportation system it’s hoping to develop. Drivers would pull their car onto a metal platform on the side of the road, and the vehicle would then be lowered into the underground tunnel system.”First set of tunnels are to alleviate greater LA urban congestion,” Musk tweeted today. “Will start NY-D.C. in parallel. Then prob LA-SF and a TX loop.”The Hyperloop, meanwhile, is another Musk moonshot. He first proposed it in 2013, outling a system whereby passengers would be transported at super high speeds via tubes that are constructed above or below the ground. At the time, Musk said he was too busy to pursue the project himself, and called on others to make it a reality. A few companies have made some progress, but there’s still work to be done.Musk’s plans for the East Coast were met with skepticism, especially in New York City, where commuters there are in the midst of the “summer of hell.” Multiple commuter train lines are not running into New York’s Penn Station on weekdays until September so repairs can be done, pushing people onto PATH trains and ferries. The effort will also require coordination between several states rather than just California on the West Coast.If anyone can do it, it’s probably Musk. His SpaceX commercial spaceflight firm is currently shuttling cargo to the International Space Station, while Tesla is now producing its more affordable Model 3 electric sedan. And of course, he’s eager to blast off to other planets, particularly Mars. But first, the moon?During an appearance this week at the International Space Station Research and Development (ISSR&D) conference, Musk called for a moon base “to get the public real fired up” about space travel, NBC News reports.”Having some permanent presence on another heavenly body, which would be the kind of moon base, and then getting people to Mars and beyond — that’s the continuance of the dream of Apollo that I think people are really looking for,” Musk said. Elon Musk Gets Verbal ‘Approval’ for NY to D.C. Hyperloop Chloe Albanesius 4 min read Next Article Executive Editor, PCMagcenter_img Elon Musk says he received ‘verbal govt approval’ for The Boring Company to build a Hyperloop that would rocket you from New York to D.C. in 29 minutes. July 21, 2017 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 98shares Add to Queue Elon Musk Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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Massachusetts Hikes Minimum Wage to 11

first_imgMinimum Wage Next Article –shares Add to Queue Guest Writer Massachusetts Hikes Minimum Wage to $11 June 20, 2014 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img Laura Entis Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. It’s official: Massachusetts is raising its minimum wage from $8 to $11.State lawmakers gave final approval yesterday to a bill that would raise the minimum wage incrementally to $9 per hour in 2015, $10 in 2016 and $11 by 2017. Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to sign the measure into law.At $11, Massachusetts will have the highest statewide minimum wage in the nation.The move comes just weeks after Seattle’s City Council made headlines for approving a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour. Seattle’s plan – which gives corporations with 500 employees or more until 2017 to implement the new minimum wage and small-businesses until 2019 or, in some cases 2021– drew controversy over its decision to classify franchises as big businesses. Arguing that franchisees should be grouped with other small-business owners, the International Franchise Association is suing the city of Seattle.Related: Franchisees Take Action Against Seattle’s Minimum Wage LawThe IFA does not plan to take similar action in Massachusetts. “While we’re not in favor of raising the minimum wage, the Massachusetts proposal does not affect franchisees in the same way,” an IFA spokesman told Nation’s Restaurant News.The minimum wage debate has drawn heated words from President Obama. In a speech directed at Congressional Republicans who blocked a bill that would have raised the federal minimum wage to $10.10, he lashed out, saying “Either you want to grow the economy from the middle out and the bottom up so that prosperity is broad-based, or you think that top-down economics is the way to go.”Meanwhile, critics argue that a higher minimum wage would directly and negatively affect small-business owners and job seekers alike, as employers stop hiring because they can’t afford to pay more workers. Related: Seattle Says Franchises Aren’t Small Businesses, Forces Them on $15 Wage Fast Track Register Now » 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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Around 550000 People Become Entrepreneurs Every Month

first_img August 4, 2016 Contributor Around 550,000 People Become Entrepreneurs Every Month 2 min read Grace Reader Add to Queue Next Article Guest Writer 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listcenter_img 359shares Small Business Heroes The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. The rate of new entrepreneurs in the United States has been steadily growing for two years, according to a new report.The Kauffman startup index found that the rate of new entrepreneurs — or percent of non-business owning adults that started a business in a given month — has gone up from 2014, when 280 out of 100,000 adults became business owners, to 2016 when 330 out of 100,000 did. That translates to around 550,000 new entrepreneurs across the national, state and metro level every month.Two years ago, the index saw its lowest rate of new entrepreneurs in 20 years. Today, the index is at its fifth highest level.Other interesting tidbits from the report:Women in particular have seen an increase, as the rate of new entrepreneurs jumped from 220 out of 100,000 adults to 260 from 2014 to 2015.The rate of Latino entrepreneurs increased dramatically in the past 20 years. In 1996, 10 percent of new entrepreneurs were Latino. That rate jumped to 20.8 percent in 2015.There are now more older entrepreneurs than before. The rate of new entrepreneurs ages 55 to 64 increased from 14.8 percent in 1996 to 24.3 percent in 2015. With entrepreneurship on the rise, it may be time for you to get on board. Let these articles be your guide:So You Want to Be Your Own Boss… – Starting a Business …Need a Business Idea? Here are 55Entrepreneur Magazine’s Best Cities for Entrepreneurs8 Ways to Think Like an EntrepreneurLow Cost Business Ideas, How to Start a Small Business50 Habits That Prove You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur Image credit: Shutterstock.com Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Apply Now »last_img read more

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Funding requests are being accepted by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 9 2018The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust is accepting funding requests for January-June 2019. The deadline to submit requests for funding cycle 1 of 2019 is Nov. 1, 2018.Through the Community Trust, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee funds charitable health clinics and organizations that focus on youth development or disease-specific research and advocacy.Organizations such as 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofits, state colleges and universities, and government agencies are invited to request funding.Related StoriesComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerThe Community Trust is a separate philanthropic entity from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, which funds the BlueCross Healthy Place program. That program creates and revitalizes public spaces across the state to provide Tennesseans with opportunities for connection and recreation. The application period for BlueCross Healthy Place grants closed on Oct. 8. The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation will begin accepting proposals for 2020 funding on Sept. 1, 2019.”BlueCross is committed to improving the health and well-being of all Tennesseans,” said Scott Wilson, director of community relations and foundation for BlueCross. “Through the Community Trust, we are able to support a variety of civic efforts that serve our neighbors.”The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust was formed in 1999 and supports the communities it serves through charitable giving to programs that enhance and emphasize healthy living, health care access and quality of life for all.To review eligibility criteria for funding from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust, please visit www.bcbst.com. Interested organizations can request funding online. Source:Bluecross Blueshield Of Tennessee Community Trustlast_img read more

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Serena keeps calm and carries on in pursuit of number 24

first_imgThe 37-year-old has appeared relaxed and stress-free throughout the fortnight in which she has elevated her status as the queen of Wimbledon to greater heights amongst British fans by partnering home hero Andy Murray in the mixed doubles.There have been a few anxious moments along the way, a couple of dropped sets, but for the most part it has been a smooth ride for Williams who has settled into the groove that has earned her seven Wimbledon singles titles.The serve is functioning like clockwork, the booming forehand looks potent and her movement is as good as fluid as at any time since she returned to the Tour last March having given birth to daughter Olympia in 2017.The pressure will ramp up in the next 24 hours, especially after falling short in her last two Grand Slam finals — here last year against Angelique Kerber and then, infamously in New York where Serena lost her cool in defeat by Naomi Osaka.But Williams, who will become the oldest woman in the professional era to contest a Grand Slam final on Saturday, is taking it all in her stride.”Looking back, to even be in those two finals last year was unbelievable,” the 37-year-old told reporters. “Now I’m in a different place. Like I just am more calm.”Instead of having nothing to lose, I feel like I have things to lose, but I also have nothing to lose.”It’s like I’m in the middle. I’m in a different place because I wasn’t really playing a month ago, at all. So it’s all kind of coming together.”I’m not getting over-pumped, but at the same time not getting under-wound. I have to be in that right space.”MEDIA OBSESSIONWilliams also said the number 24 is becoming an obsession for the media who talk of little else.”I actually didn’t think about it since it’s really not about 24 or 23 or 25. It’s really just about going out there and giving my best effort no matter what,” she said.”No matter what I do, I will always have a great career.”Williams has served 45 aces on her way to the final and won three quarters of points on her first serve.Ominously for Halep, who has lost nine of her 10 previous matches against Williams, the American 11th seed says there is more to come from her weapon of choice.”I don’t know if I’ve had my best serves this tournament. I’ve had some big ones,” said Williams, whose fastest delivery so far stands at 122mph. “Two weeks ago in the tournament, I was like, ‘oh, my God, I forgot about my serve’.”It was kind of back. It felt good.” (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Christian Radnedge) LONDON (Reuters) – There were no intimidating roars of “c’mon”, few fist pumps and the volume was turned down on the grunting that often accompanies her matches as Serena Williams marched into her 11th Wimbledon singles final on Thursday.Perhaps the imperious American did not need to amp it up against out-matched Czech Barbora Strycova in a 6-1 6-2 trouncing on a sunny Centre Court. It was that easy.Maybe she is saving the growl for the final against tenacious Romanian former world number one Simona Halep when, for the third time, she will stand one win away from matching Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slams singles titles.But then again, perhaps not. Related News Tennis 11 Jul 2019 Factbox: Serena Williams versus Barbora Strycova Tennis 09 Jul 2019 Tennis-Wimbledon day eightcenter_img Related News Tennis 11 Jul 2019 Factbox: Elina Svitolina versus Simona Halep {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more