Dates: 10-17 January Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
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Seven-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan launched a stunning comeback from 5-3 down to beat Ding Junhui 6-5 in the first round at the Masters.
China’s Ding, the 2011 champion, made a blistering start with breaks of 83, 75 and 73 for a 3-0 lead, but O’Sullivan responded with runs of 103 and 60.
The pair traded superb centuries in the next three frames as Ding went 5-3 up.
O’Sullivan hit back again by punishing Ding’s missed chances, claiming victory with 73 in a final-frame decider.
John Higgins faces Mark Allen in the evening session (19:00 GMT), with the winner of that match to face O’Sullivan in the quarter-finals on Friday.
O’Sullivan came from behind time and time again to claim a sixth world title in August and showed his mettle under pressure once more to claim a fifth victory over Ding in as many meetings at the Masters.
With the event taking place behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena, spectators missed out on a stellar spectacle which featured four centuries and six further breaks of 70 or more.
O’Sullivan said: “I just had to hang in there. He started off well and I tried to nick a couple of frames. I thought, ‘am I capable of putting three frames together against Ding?’ But had to put that to the back of my mind.
“You have to try and put some pressure on your opponent, it was a mental battle out there, it always is. If you can get that right, you will be difficult to beat.”
World number nine Ding added: “I had good chances to win the match but did not make them. I sometimes made it complicated to win frames, I just needed to take simple shots and take the points. I sometimes confused myself.
“Ronnie played a bit better than the first half and I sometimes chose the wrong positional shots.”
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Joe Biden won’t be the only one getting a housing upgrade when he moves into the White House later this month as the 46th president of the United States.
The office of the vice president also comes with an official residence of its own.
Located on the grounds of the US Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, Number One Observatory Circle has been the official residence of the vice president since 1974. Walter Mondale, who served as the vice president under Jimmy Carter, was the first VP to call it home in 1977.
Vice President Mike Pence and his family currently live in the private complex, and in just a few weeks, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her family will become the eighth permanent residents of Number One Observatory Circle.
Before Pence, Joe Biden, Dick Cheney, Al Gore, Dan Quayle, and George H.W. Bush lived in the home.
Despite its high-profile occupants, the home has remain shrouded in mystery over the years. There are no public tours of the house, and it is hidden from the street by shrubbery.
“Ask almost any American where the vice president lives, and you’re almost sure to get a look of confusion,” historian Charles Denyer writes in “Number One Observatory Circle,” his definitive book about the the VP’s home.
Here’s a look inside the historic, secluded residence.
Though just over 2.5 miles north of the White House, the vice president’s residence at Number One Observatory Circle feels worlds away.
But the first vice president didn’t move in until three years later when Walter Mondale was elected second-in-command under President Jimmy Carter, historian Charles Denyer writes in his definitive book about the residence.
She was also especially fond of the “serenity” of the place. “When times get tough, and there were some pretty tough times for the Bidens, you could sit outside and reflect. It was very healing,” Jill Biden told the Post.
While Biden’s team refuted the claim, neighbors backed up the story with complaints about mysterious and loud construction sounds in the wake of 9/11 when Cheney lived at the residence, according to Denyer.
Just like the White House, Number One Observatory Circle gets decked out for the holidays. The Pences have posed for official Christmas portraits, like the one here, in what appears to be the home’s sitting room.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her family will no doubt add their own touches to the historic residence when they move in this year. Though it remains to be seen whether she will enjoy the pool as much as President-elect Biden did.
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FOUR YEARS ago, any pundit predicting that the solidly Republican state of Georgia would send two Democratic senators to Washington in 2020 would have been dismissed as a crank. Yet that was the outcome of two extraordinary run-off elections held on January 5th, which may set a new model for winning Democratic campaigns in the usually inhospitable South. The contests were also the costliest Senate races ever—more than $500m was spent on a deluge of advertising alone—because they will determine control of the Senate for the next two years.
Raphael Warnock, the first African-American Democrat ever to be elected to the Senate from the South, defeated Kelly Loeffler, the Republican incumbent. The other Democrat, Jon Ossoff, defeated Senator David Perdue, meaning the Senate will be tied at 50-50, giving the vice-president-elect, Kamala Harris, the casting vote in the upper chamber. Democrats will thus have secured the Washington trifecta of House, Senate and White House needed to pass legislation. For the incoming president, Joe Biden, this means a chance to convert at least some of his ambitious agenda from a pile of white papers into reality. For the outgoing president, Donald Trump, it is a startling rebuke.
Though the elections’ national ramifications may take most headlines, the contests also reflect Georgia’s idiosyncrasies. The state is unique in requiring a head-to-head run-off if no candidate commands a majority in the general election. On November 3rd Mr Perdue secured a greater share of votes than did Mr Trump, who lost the state by a razor-thin margin. The president has since been consumed with attempts to overturn that result through recounts, lawsuits and, most disturbingly, direct pressure on Georgia’s top elections officer to “find” the necessary votes to steal the election.
Run-offs typically favour Republicans: they tend to be snoozy events that attract only the most committed voters (older, whiter and typically more conservative). That did not happen this time. Turnout was estimated to be 4.5m, or 89% of the record-setting tally in November. It was high enough in the right places to suggest a Democratic finish ahead of Mr Biden’s.
Despite its long spell in Republican hands, Georgia has become more competitive because of two demographic trends—a substantial increase in registered non-white voters, who tend to be reliable Democrats if they can be convinced to turn up to the polls, and a shift among educated, suburban whites away from the Republican Party. Both have been driven, among other things, by the economic growth in and around Atlanta.
During the presidential election, Mr Biden’s narrow victory was probably based more on a white revolt in the suburbs than on a dramatic surge in the black vote. Despite large increases in registration of black voters, after years of effort by grassroots groups, the black share of the electorate actually dropped between 2016 and 2020. Without defections among whites in Atlanta’s suburbs, Mr Biden might not have won Georgia’s 16 electoral-college votes. The story of the run-off, in contrast, seems to have been higher turnout among black voters, who made up a larger share of the early vote, and mostly voted Democrat.
Nse Ufot, the CEO of the New Georgia Project, which seeks to increase turnout among young and non-white voters, credits an organising feat that was years in the making. The group says it has knocked on 2m doors, dispatched 3m text messages and dialled phones 5m times. Ms Ufot notes that there were 120,000 early voters who skipped the presidential election altogether. It may also have helped that neither of the two Democrats was the party’s standard Southern candidate: a milquetoast, carefully calibrated, mildly conservative fellow in soft-bellied middle-age. Mr Warnock is a pastor who preaches in the same church that Martin Luther King Jr once did. Mr Ossoff is a 33-year-old Jewish documentary film-maker. Neither has a genteel twang: Mr Warnock’s cadences are those of a practised sermoniser; Mr Ossoff’s those of a Barack Obama impersonator.
Whether the disappointment of the run-offs will prompt a wider Republican break from Mr Trump is unclear. Many thought that defeat in November would break his ironclad hold over the party. Not at all. Both of the incumbent Republican senators in the run-off called for the resignation of the Republican secretary of state who oversees the election for failing to endorse Mr Trump’s view of the world (which is that it is impossible for him to lose an election without unspecified masses of fraud occurring). They also expressed support for Republicans refusing to certify the results of the presidential election.
Mr Trump’s antics left both Republican senators in an impossible position—reliant on the flailing, departing president for his devoted voters, and unwilling and unable to cross him even as he descended into dark, anti-democratic fantasies. This tied Republican voters, most of whom say they believe the president’s theories about voter fraud, in chains of illogic. Why turn out to vote in a state that Mr Trump says was hopelessly crippled by fraud just two months ago? If the state’s Republican governor and secretary of state could not be trusted to safeguard the last election, why bother with this one? Why was the battle cry of the Republicans’ Senate run-off campaign to keep socialism at bay if Mr Trump (not Mr Biden) was to be president? Whether Mr Trump so demotivated Republican voters as to have sabotaged an expected victory for his party is hard to know in a race that is so close.
For Mr Biden, however, the prize is immense. “Georgia, the whole nation is looking at you,” he told a drive-in rally in Atlanta on the eve of the poll. “One state can chart the course not just for the next four years, but for the next generation,” he went on. With the Senate in effect under Democratic control, Mr Biden will have a much easier and speedier time in getting his nominations for the cabinet and federal courts confirmed. He will not have the filibuster-proof majority required to pass the sort of agenda that he campaigned on. But the Senate will pick up legislation passed by the Democratically-controlled House. Conservative Democratic senators like Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona will wield disproportionate power. But to the new White House they will be much more welcome negotiating partners than Mr McConnell. The stakes in Georgia were always much larger than one state.■
Correction (January 7th 2020): A previous version of this article referred to Raphael Warnock as the first African-American to be elected to the Senate from the South.
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If you’re thinking that the new year means it’s time to freshen up your hairstyle than look no further than Lisa Origliasso for inspiration.
The Veronicas singer has showed off a dramatic new hairstyle on Instagram – and it looks so good you’ll be tempted to reach for the scissors as well.
The 36-year-old showed off her new cropped bob in a video that has quickly racked up more than 43,000 views.
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“I already like 2021 better,” Lisa captioned the video, with fans of the singer also praising the “gorgeous” 60s-style hairdo.
The video soon got plenty of comments, with people saying it made Lisa look like a “real life fairy” and gave them “Joan Jett vibes”.
“It’s like if Winona was in Hackers,” twin sister Jessica wrote.
“Holy WOW. I’m not sure why I’m ever surprised when you pull off new hairstyles but this one is SUCH a LOOK,” one person commented.
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“OK hair love it,” another added.
Alongside her sister, Lisa hasn’t been afraid to change up her hair over the years, dyeing it everything from blonde to blue.
But she and Jessica are best known for their signature black long locks, which they have taken to wearing in sleek updos in recent years.
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As one half of The Veronicas Lisa burst onto the music scene in 2005 alongside Jessica with their hit single 4ever.
Since then the pair have won ARIAs and carved out a successful music career thanks to hits like Untouched and In My Blood.
Lisa married actor Logan Huffman in 2018, with the couple moving back to Australia from the United States last year.
Lisa and Jessica decided to move back home in order to be closer to their mother Colleen, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2018.
On Christmas Day Lisa shared a sweet video of her and her mum on Instagram, writing in the caption that the “greatest gift” you could get was “the gift of unconditional love”.
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Villa Firenze is set on over 4 hectares of land and located in Beverly Park, which is an exclusive area of the celeb-studded and A-list filled Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals
Be greeted by a grand facade as soon as you walk through the front door. Picture: Hilton & Hyland/TopTenRealEstateDeals.
A mansion fit for a top-shelf A-lister, mogul or billionaire. Picture: Hilton & Hyland/TopTenRealEstateDeals
Home to the likes of Denzel Washington, Sylvester Stallone and Mark Wahlberg, the neighbourhood is guard-gated at the north and south entrances, with gates and the occasional private guard posted at each residence.
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Leaving no opportunity for luxury unexplored, the property boasts several two-storey windows, large Old World-style fireplaces and surrounds, coffered ceilings and wide-arched walk-throughs.
Guests and residents are welcomed by an exquisitely landscaped motor court lined by 12m Canary Island palm trees, as well as a central landscaped fountain.
If that wasn’t enough, the home also has parking for up to 30 cars – something that might come in handy given the 1858 sqm of formal entertaining space that’s available.
Just one of this home’s 13 bedrooms. Picture: Hilton & Hyland/TopTenRealEstateDeals
The interiors of the home also offer a mix of spaces too. The new owners will be in no short supply of rooms, from intimate sitting areas to expansive lounges.
Outside the home, the grounds are home to a two-storey guesthouse, huge pool pavilion with pool house, tennis court and the property comes with its own jogging/walking trail too.
Its future owners can also enjoy an abundance of plush grassy lawns, water features, rose gardens and other areas and multiple verandas for outdoor entertaining too.
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Adding to that achievement is that Micah, who is “very outgoing and not at all shy”, was relatively isolated and uncomfortable in Norway because of pandemic lockdowns.
And while she struggled for W-League games from 2016 to 2019, Micah went and played 84 times for the UCLA Bruins in the US college system, finishing her career there ranked second in saves (248), third in clean sheets (36) and third in wins (62).
Her Matildas high points have also been from left field. She was first picked in a squad from relative obscurity by former coach Alen Stajcic at the 2017 Tournament of Nations in the US, replacing the injured Lydia Williams. Then she made the 2019 World Cup squad off the back of US college form, which is a rarity. Many thought there were others ahead of her for that squad, including the likes of Melbourne Victory keeper Casey Dumont who had an outstanding W-League campaign that season.
“It surprised a lot of people because I hadn’t played W-League in four years,” Micah said. “Maybe they were saying, ‘Who’s Teagan Micah?’
“I thought I’d be too out of sight, out of mind in the US. There was stigma that it would make it harder to play Matildas.
“I was like, ‘Bugger it, if I don’t like it I will come home.’ And I went and it was the best thing and I learnt if you’re good enough you get picked.”
Now she’s back with a psychology degree and plenty of on-field experience thanks to taking a chance in the US college system, which is an unusual place for an Australian national team aspirant to go.
“I wasn’t really happy where I was in terms of loving the game when I was younger in 2015,” Micah said. “Some teammates from WSW encouraged me to go over there.
“I’m glad I did. Hopefully more go to there and do it, get your degree and play.”
Matildas insiders and her City coach Rado Vidosic think Micah could make it to the No.1 spot by the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, when current No.1 Williams will be 35.
“If she continues like this she will not only maintain her position as a Matilda but she will push for the number one spot [by 2023],” Vidosic said.
Micah dreams of such a day.
“Every day we start our ‘keepers film session there’s a picture of the W-League trophy and in the top corner the Olympics [logo] and the 2023 World Cup,” she said.
“It’s short-term goals that will get you there though. You can’t always be thinking seven months [Olympics] or two years [World Cup] down the track.”
“Moey [Henriques] has been texting me every now and then saying ‘well-done skipper’,” he said. “I’ve been calling him the former skipper.”
Hughes said he felt a responsibility as a leader to be the one to chase down the total.
“I did sort of feel that … I thought if I can be here at the end, you never know what might happen,” he said. “I thought I’ve got to be the one here to stay in and try and get us home.”
Melbourne were cruising to an easy victory after Maxwell and Nicholas Pooran combined to smash 125 runs to push the Stars to 5-193 after their 20 overs. West Indian import Pooran was on his BBL debut and managed 65 runs off just 26 balls.
But a calf strain to paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile saw Maxwell bowl the critical final over. The Stars later argued that the game would have ended differently had Coulter-Nile been fit to bowl.
Hughes begged to differ. “I had absolutely no idea that he [Coulter-Nile] wasn’t on the field,” he said. “I didn’t know what had happened, I had no idea he was injured. I was just trying to do what I did, to be honest.”
Hughes said he also had “no idea” beforehand if he was capable of saving the day.
“It turns out I do,” he said. “It would have to be one of my better innings in the BBL.
“I felt like I was in the zone and hitting the ball really well, so I thought why not just back myself.”
The Sixers will face the Melbourne Renegades on Tuesday with Hughes describing the match-up as a “danger game”.
On Saturday night, the Renegades were throttled by the Thunder, whose 129-run run was their greatest BBL total.
The last time the Renegades came up against the Sixers, the Sydney side managed to claim the highest-margin win in BBL history.
“They’ve got some seriously good players in their team; they’ve got [Aaron] Finch and Shaun Marsh and I think those two aren’t far away from big scores,” Hughes said. “They’ll be looking to bounce back.”
Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.
There were smiles all round this morning when students received their Higher School Certificate result. Two Mulwaree High School students achieved an ATAR in the 90s. Mina Gerges was one of them with a score of 94.3 and Elias Toparis was the other. READ ALSO: Students improve on previous year with HSC results Mina’s best subject was extension 2 mathematics and he will be studying dentistry at Charles Sturt University and medicine at UNSW. Other high achievers included Ruby Shepherd with an ATAR of 88.45, Caitlin Jones with 86.75 and Jaime Craig with 86.15. READ ALSO: Highlands, Tablelands public high schools celebrate HSC top achievers Mulwaree High School principal Judith Stewart said results were similar to last year and felt COVID-19 made the students work harder. “There’s not a lot of difference to last year,” Ms Stewart said. “Overall, there might not be more higher results, but there have definitely been less lower results. “When the kids came back, they really worked harder in their classes to try and make up the time.” She hoped the students would always make the most of any opportunity that would come their way and to have confidence. A morning tea was prepared for the year 12 students and assistant principal Sally Curry spent time to focus on the students as people and not their results. READ ALSO: ‘I love having children as part of my world’: Region in need of foster carers “You as a person will always be more important than any number ever will be in your life,” Ms Curry said. “You are all fabulous people and we have said that to you over and over again. “You’ve had a great year in a bad year. “Your attitudes have been great and we really enjoyed having you.” Did you know the Goulburn Post is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up below.
A stunning strike from 18-year-old Giovanni Reyna gave Borussia Dortmund a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, who drew their fifth successive Bundesliga game on Saturday.
FRANKFURT: A stunning strike from 18-year-old Giovanni Reyna on Saturday earned Borussia Dortmund a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, who drew their fifth successive Bundesliga game.
Daichi Kamada gave the hosts a ninth-minute lead but, despite missing leading scorer Erling Haaland with a hamstring injury, Dortmund took control after halftime and U.S. midfielder Reyna levelled with the second Bundesliga goal of his career.
Dortmund, who had not drawn in their previous 27 league games, are third with 19 points from 10 games ahead of the top-of-the-table clash between leaders Bayern Munich (22) and RB Leipzig (20) later on Saturday.
Eintracht, without a win in eight games in all competitions, are eighth with 13 points.
“In the end, we can be satisfied,” said Dortmund coach Lucien Favre.
“We always want to win but it wasn’t a good first-half performance. The second half was better, with more intensity and movement, we just needed that little bit more to win……I’m always okay with a point.”
The home side made an impressive start and had gone close on two occasions before Martin Hinteregger released Kamada and the Japanese forward controlled the ball with his first touch and beat goalkeeper Roman Buerki with a deft finish.
After Jadon Sancho twice went close for Dortmund, Frankfurt should have gone further ahead when the ball fell to Aymen Barkok but he fired wildly over the bar from close range.
Dortmund, who have scored 19 of their 22 league goals this season in the second period, brought on 16-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko at halftime and levelled within 11 minutes of the restart.
Reyna collected Sancho’s pass, skipped past Hinteregger’s challenge and fired an unstoppable shot between Kevin Trapp and his near post.
Moukoko, making his third Bundesliga appearance, saw another effort saved by Trapp although both teams ran out of steam towards the end.
“We have seen two very different halves,” Eintracht coach Adi Huetter said. “The first half was our best half of the season and we should have been more than 1-0 ahead.
“After the break, we were always under pressure although Dortmund did not have as many clear opportunities either. I think that 1:1 is ultimately okay.”
(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris and Ed Osmond)