VINES will open proposals later this year for proposals on where the gardens should be put, with the hopes of starting to build them this fall. The money was distributed to 21 projects across New York that address environmental and public health concerns. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo awarded $1.9 million in Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants. The money will be used to create community gardens. Those are designated areas where people can rent out raised garden beds, giving access to healthy and locally-grown food. “It can be really difficult to have regular access to affordable fresh fruits and veggies and we know that diet is the number one preventable related cause of death and all kinds of diseases so it’s important that everyone is able to eat good fresh food,” said LoDolce. “It not only is going to help us build new community gardens, but allow us to create a new position which expands our capacity and just makes our organization more sustainable in terms of staffing,” said LoDolce. “We’ll also do some outreach into target neighborhoods where there’s a lot of need for a garden and maybe there isn’t a grocery store or things like that where having a garden would make the most impact,” said LoDolce. “It’s really significant for us. We’re a small organization that operates on a pretty small operating budget,” said executive director Amelia LoDolce. The grant also awarded money to another organization in the Southern Tier. There are already 18 community gardens in Broome county and the money will help to add five or six more. Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, or VINES, was awarded $100,000. They are typically put in low-income areas. The grant money is also helping VINES grow as an organization. The Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition took home more than $97,000.
NEW YORK, USA (Reuters) – Serena Williams must put her career first after the birth of her first child if she wants to regain her place at the top of women’s tennis, according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.Former world number one Williams is due to become a mother in the coming days but has hinted she would like to defend her Australian Open title in Melbourne starting on January 15.Mouratoglou, who has coached Williams since 2012, is hoping she will be ready in time.“I know she will of course love her baby, be an incredible mother, be very protective, I’m sure of that, but I’m sure on the other hand that she will not let anyone or anything be between her and her career,” he told Reuters at Flushing Meadows.No one knows how Williams will feel after she becomes a mother and Mouratoglou said everything will depend on how the 23-time grand slam winner adjusts to her new life.“She’s always put her career first. She will take unbelievable care of the baby but her career is going to stay first. And if she doesn’t put her career first, I think she will stop,” he added.“If she puts her tennis second, she might be not as good as she could be and this she will not accept. She’s the biggest professional I’ve ever met.”The Frenchman, who has won 10 grand slam titles with Williams, believes he can make the American as good as she was before even though she turns 36 next month.“I cannot have the same success as I had with Serena with everyone,” he said. “I know my ability, I did it 100 times, if I have to do it 101 times I will.“I have to find a way, there is always a way to find. That’s what’s exciting about our job, to find a way to bring them to their maximum.”
Andreescu won on her fourth match point when Kerber netted a backhand. She broke Kerber three times in the third set, rallying from a 3-2 deficit to take four of the final five games.Andreescu dropped her racket near the baseline and fell on her back, her legs in the air as she covered her face in disbelief. After getting up and exchanging kisses with Kerber, the teen bent down and kissed the sunbaked hard court and dropped to her back again, her arms and legs splayed, before grabbing her head.Born in Canada, she later moved with her parents to Romania, where she first started playing tennis.Kerber was the last of five seeded players that Andreescu knocked off in her seven matches.“When she had the chances, she just go for it,” Kerber said.The Canadian followed in the footsteps of Naomi Osaka, who was a little-known 20-year-old when she won the title last year. Osaka used it as a springboard to win titles at the U.S. and Australian opens while ascending to the No. 1 ranking in January.“No pressure,” Andreescu said, joking.She’s projected to rise 36 spots to No. 24 in the WTA Tour rankings on Monday.Kerber, ranked eighth, remains without a title since winning Wimbledon last year.She was a crowd favorite, with fans waving Canadian flags and chanting “Let’s go, Bianca! Let’s go” in the second set. “The way he was playing the first set was unreal,” Thiem said. “I had to get used to it.”Thiem earned the only break of the second set in the fourth game, going up 3-1. Federer won just two more games in the set.Both players were on serve in the third set until Thiem collected the only break. Federer tried consecutive drop shots that Thiem retrieved for crosscourt forehand winners before the Austrian hit a winning forehand to lead 6-5.“He did very well when he got up to the ball, stayed calm, made the shot,” Federer said.Federer won just one point on Thiem’s serve in the final game.“Just came up against somebody who was on the day a bit better when it really mattered,” Federer said. “I have been in these positions so many times that I get over it very quickly.”Federer advanced to the final after rival Rafael Nadal withdrew before their semifinal match because of knee pain. Thiem also benefited from a walkover, reaching the semis when Gael Monfils withdrew with an Achilles injury.Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, became the first wild-card winner and second-youngest to claim the title in tournament history.“The fricking champion of Indian Wells,” Andreescu said. “It’s crazy.”She overcame nerves, fatigue, arm and leg issues in the final set to earn the first title of her fledgling career. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Thiem was broken just four times out of 61 service games in the tournament. He didn’t lose serve during his semifinal win over Milos Raonic, facing only one break point in that match.Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu upset Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the women’s title.Thiem and Andreescu earned $1.3 million each.Federer and Thiem had split their four previous meetings, but Federer had won both of their hard-court matches without dropping a set.He cruised through the first set in 36 minutes while getting broken for just the second time during his run to his ninth appearance in the final. But Federer broke back in the next game and served out the set.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments Dominic Thiem, of Austria, celebrates after defeating Roger Federer, of Switzerland, in the men’s final at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. Thiem won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Roger Federer came out playing like his legendary self. Dominic Thiem needed a set to adjust to what he was seeing across the net.Thiem went on to beat Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, denying Federer a record sixth title in the desert.ADVERTISEMENT Joel Embiid’s 40 help Sixers overcome Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 52, Bucks Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “It just feels unreal what happened,” Thiem said. “He’s such a legend.”Thiem trailed 4-3 and 5-4 in the third set before breaking Federer with a forehand winner to go up 6-5. Thiem served out the two-hour match that ended with yet another error from Federer, a forehand dumped into the net.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFederer was in the final for the third straight year and lost for the second year in a row. He was beaten in a third-set tiebreaker by Juan Martin del Potro last year. Federer won his 100th career title in Dubai recently.Thiem had lost in his previous two ATP Masters 1000 finals. But the 25-year-old Austrian’s solid serve held up against Federer as it had throughout the tournament. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title They clearly enjoyed Andreescu’s fearless style of play. She alternately outpunched opponents from the baseline, tossed up high-arching shots and unleashed well-time drop shots — usually during the same point.A smiling Andreescu was quick to correct a reporter.“It’s not moonballing,” she said. “It’s just hitting heavy to her backhand with more spin. We’re not under 12 here.”Her most dominant win during the 12-day tournament came in the quarterfinals, a 6-0, 6-1 rout of two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza. In all, the teen knocked out four Top 20 players.Leading 2-1 in the third, Andreescu took a medical timeout and had a trainer massage her tight right shoulder and arm.Kerber won the next two games, breaking Andreescu to go up 3-2.Appearing tired and nervous, Andreescu called for her coach, who urged her to make Kerber play every point.She did just that.Andreescu won the next three games, ripping off powerful forehands while winning nine straight points during one stretch, including a 40-love service game.“I just fought till the end because physically I wasn’t feeling too well,” she said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
As Jurgen Klopp attempts to turn around his misfiring Liverpool side, it’s understandable there are going to be all sorts of transfer rumours.The Reds have already landed centre-back Steven Caulker on loan as they look to strengthen their creaky defence.And now there is speculation over who could be drafted into Klopp’s forward line, with Liverpool being linked with Southampton striker Shane Long.The Irish star has scored five goals in the Premier League this campaign but is also well known for his hard work off the ball.But some supporters aren’t as keen as Klopp might be on the forward. Check out the social media reaction below… Shane Long 1