Congratulations to Ray Davies… or should we say Sir Ray Davies! The guitarist/vocalist of The Kinks was knighted by the Queen of England as part of her New Year Honours list, recognizing his career in the arts.Davies told the BBC, “Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write.”He joins an elite list of British rock musicians to be knighted, including Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Mick Jagger.
Pixabay Stock Image.ALBANY – The American Heart Association is asking state leaders to increase taxes on cigarettes across New York.Advocates want a tax hike on cigarettes and other tobacco products to be included in the 2021 executive budget. Those in favor say it’s been 10 years since the last tax increase, and with the increase in e-cigarette use it’s time to raise that price tag again.They’re calling for an increase of $1 per pack of cigarettes. They say this would hopefully result in 61,800 New York state adults quitting smoking and prevent 29,500 youths in the state from becoming smokers.Aside from this, the $1 tax hike would bring $30.4 million in new annual revenue. According to the American Health Association smoking remains the leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
From left, Julian Marley, representing Alacran Foundation, Ewan Peebles, Golf Director at Tryall, Peter Chin and Carlene Moore from the Jamaica Tourist Board pose with the winning trophy for the championship at the Jamaican Open launch event. KINGSTON, Jamaica – President of the Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) Peter Chin said there is significant international interest in the 52nd Jamaica Open to be held from December 11 to 14 at the Tryall Course in Montego Bay, adding that they have received entries from all over the world of golf to participate in the event, along with Jamaican golfers. He was speaking at last week’s press launch of the event. “The tournament will be truly an international event,” said Chin.As reported by the Jamaica Observer, Chin said the 54-hole tournament that will be played on the newly renovated par-72 course, and offers a first prize of US$100,000.Chin said to date there were over 55 entries and “considering the field will be no more than 105-110, we are more than halfway to go [and] we are expected to be fully subscribed.”He said it was the first time that the tournament ever had such a high level of interest weeks before the tournament.Entries have been received from Latin America, North America, South America, Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe. The entries include 10 players from the PGA LatinoAmérica tour and others from the McKenzie Tour in Canada.Chin said the Jamaica Open, which is the “oldest running open in the Caribbean” has always attracted world-class players and also they were experiencing “growth both in terms of sponsorship and the caliber of players that have been attracted to the event.”Ewan Peebles, director of golf at Tryall, said they were happy to be hosting the event and hoped it would not be the last time, adding that the timing was perfect.“We are particularly excited to host the Jamaica Open this year because we have just completed a three-year renovation project of the golf course…over three painstaking years we have completely renovated all our the greens, the greens complexes, our bunkers and we have put in a new irrigation system,” he said.“Tryall Club has a history of championship golf that is unrivaled anywhere in the Caribbean, this will be the first time we will host the Jamaica Open here but we hope it won’t be the last,” he said.
WIMBLEDON, England — Serena Williams and Simona Halep plan to “chill” and stay “calm” in the heat of their Wimbledon final Saturday, but that could be easier said than done.Williams will get another chance on Centre Court to match Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles, 12 months after she was denied by Angelique Kerber. “It doesn’t mean that I’m not working hard or I’m not focused on what I have to do. It’s just that as a person I want to chill. We see that I’m better on court.”I am confident. I know that everything is possible. If you don’t give up, you have a better chance to do great things. I have learned that. I understood that I’m better now. I’m stronger.”With so much at stake, it remains to be seen whether they can practice what they preach. She says she has learned a more relaxed approach is the way forward as she prepares to face Halep at SW19.Reflecting on her major final losses in 2018, she said: “I had to get to those finals. Looking back, to even be in those two finals last year was unbelievable.”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.”The stage is set #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/gYAFws1CFe— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 12, 2019She added after a semifinal defeat of Barbora Strycova on Thursday: “I was actually thinking this morning, when I won my first Wimbledon. I think it was against Venus.”I was trying to tap into those emotions. I was really calm. I remember I think I hit an ace. I just remember how it’s so, so different when you’re younger as opposed to now. Now I just need to relax and do what I can do.”Halep was the epitome of composure in a straight-sets demolition of Elina Svitolina that secured her place in a Wimbledon final for the first time.The amiable Romanian won her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open last year and says keeping her cool has been key to her success.Halep said: “I’m in a good position. I have no pressure on myself. I have expectations for myself that I can do a great job on Saturday. Still I’m chill. The legendary American kept her composure during that loss, but suffered a meltdown in a shocking U.S. Open final loss to Naomi Osaka last September.Williams, 37, was also fined $10,000 for damaging a court with her racket during a practice session at the All England Club this month. Related News Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic moves one win from fifth title Serena Williams one match from history as she powers through to Wimbledon final Wimbledon 2019: Simona Halep eases past Elina Svitolina, into final