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Andy Murray sends message to UK Government over Emma Raducanu – ‘Not really good enough’

Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, said her success should help fuel a concerted effort to make British tennis become less exclusive. 

He added: “One of the images that tennis has had over the years has just been that it’s not accessible enough, I think. 

“If your image is that – that it’s a rich person’s sport and it’s too expensive to play – I’m sure that that potentially puts people off, maybe parents as well getting their kids into it.”

Murray’s calls for greater accessibility were echoed by the Lawn Tennis Association in the wake of Raducanu’s monumental victory.

LTA chief executive Scott Lloyd is hoping to refurbish public park courts that are deteriorating around the UK. 

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Andy Murray

has called for more investment in the sport at grassroots level after

Emma Raducanu

’s historic US Open win – and said the state of British tennis is not good enough. Raducanu made history at Flushing Meadows, becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title in just her second appearance at such a tournament, doing so without dropping a set.

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The 18-year-old is also the first British woman to win a major singles title since Virigina Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.

Before Raducanu’s triumph, Murray was the last Briton to win a Grand Slam when he was triumphant at Wimbledon in 2016, so he understands the weight of her achievement.

The 34-year-old believes the UK should have more tennis champions however.

He called on the government and other bodies to seize the opportunity that Raducanu’s spectacular success has created given the rise in interest back in Britain.


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Andy Murray called on British tennis to improve and add to his and Emma Raducanu’s victories

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“On the men’s side, it was 77 years’ wait for someone to win a Grand Slam and women’s, it’s been 44 years,” said Murray.

“For a country that hosts the biggest tennis tournament in the world and certainly not lacking in money, that’s not really good enough.

“Now should be an opportunity to try to make sure it’s not another huge wait. They need to try to take the opportunity.”

Raducanu is reportedly in line for a CBE from the Queen while she is the favourite to win Sports Personality of the Year.

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Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, said her success should help fuel a concerted effort to make British tennis become less exclusive.

He added: “One of the images that tennis has had over the years has just been that it’s not accessible enough, I think.

“If your image is that – that it’s a rich person’s sport and it’s too expensive to play – I’m sure that that potentially puts people off, maybe parents as well getting their kids into it.”

Murray’s calls for greater accessibility were echoed by the Lawn Tennis Association in the wake of Raducanu’s monumental victory.

LTA chief executive Scott Lloyd is hoping to refurbish public park courts that are deteriorating around the UK.



Andy Murray was eliminated in the first round at the US Open by Stefanos Tsitsipas

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Lloyd claimed 40 per cent of such courts are in ‘poor or unplayable condition’.

“Our vision for the LTA is to open up tennis and to do that we need to ensure that the public facilities available for anyone to play are on there,” Lloyd told the BBC.

“We have invested £8.5million into local authorities to start the journey of putting them back into long-term sustainable use.

“But we’re also very keen to work with Government to ensure we can finish that job and we think that’s about another £15-20million worth of funding that could see 1,800 tennis courts in parks come back into use.”

Murray is in action on Tuesday against France’s Ugo Humbert in the round of 32 at the Moselle Open.

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Bukayo Saka calls out social media companies for ‘not doing enough’ to stop racial abuse

Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka has spoken out for the first time since missing the decisive penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on Sunday. Following the Wembley showdown, Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho received a torrent of abuse on social media and have now all responded.

In an emotional statement across his social media accounts, Saka has thanked the masses of well-wishers for the support after his final heartbreak.

The 19-year-old also sent out a clear message to social media giants Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, urging them to do more to prevent the abuse he, Sancho and Rashford received on the back of Sunday’s clash.

He said: “I have stayed away from social media for a few days to spend time with my family and reflect on the last few weeks.

“This message won’t do it justice how grateful I am for all the love that I have received, and I feel that I need to thank everyone who has supported me.

“It was an honour to be part of an @England squad that leads by example, they are brothers for life and I’m grateful for everything that I have learnt from every one of the players and staff who worked so hard.

“To help that team reach our first final in 55 years, seeing my family in the crowd, knowing what they’ve given up to help me get there, that meant everything to me.

“There are no words to tell you how disappointed I was with the result and my penalty. I really believed we would win this for you.

“I’m sorry that we couldn’t bring it home for you this year, but I promise you that we will give everything we’ve got to make sure this generation knows how it feels to win.

“My reaction post match said it all, I was hurting so much and I felt like I’d let you all and my England family down, but I can promise you this.. I will not let that moment or the negativity that I’ve received this week break me.

“For those who have campaigned on my behalf and sent me heartfelt letters, wished me and my family well – I’m so thankful. This is what football should be about.

“Passion, people of all races, genders, religions and backgrounds coming together with one shared joy of the rollercoaster of football.

“To the social media platforms @instagram @twitter @facebook I don’t want any child or adult to have to receive the hateful and hurtful messages that me Marcus and Jadon have received this week.

“I knew instantly the kind of hate that I was about to receive and that is a sad reality that your powerful platforms are not doing enough to stop these messages.

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Norwegian Automobile Federation: Charging your electric car to 80% is enough

Fully charging your electric car is expensive, time-consuming, and unnecessary, the Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF) believes. 

“Our advice to anyone who is going to use fast charging is that they do not need to charge the electric car battery to more than 80%. The main reason is that the last 20% often takes a very long time to charge,” senior communications consultant Nils Sødal in NAF noted.

“It will be expensive for you, and in addition, a long charging time contributes to increased queues and irritation at the charging stations,” he added.

A recent survey from the transport organization shows that more than 200,000 electric cars will hit the roads during the summer holidays. Thus, there may be a queue at charging stations around the country.

“You save both time and money by stopping charging (at 80%) and adding another short charging stop if you need it, rather than charging to 100% at the charging station,” Sødal explained.

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Is working out at home good enough? An Olympian weighs in

Gym memberships and personal training are expensive and intimidating, but lots of people swear by going to the gym and being coached in person. If you’re looking to change your body dramatically, Olympian and owner of Roar Fitness London, Sarah Linsday, reckons you’ll need to go to the gym to achieve this.

Is working out at home good enough?

If working out at home was good enough for everyone’s goals, there would be no need for gyms.

Whether or not a home workout suits your needs totally depends on what your goal is.

If your goal is to be healthy and your diet and lifestyle reflect this, you are fine to work out at home.

However, if you want to be super fit and see a big lifelong transformation you will need a gym.

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Is working out at home good enough?

Being physically fit ties into your health because the stronger you are, the easier you make day to day activities.

Sarah said “When you’re strong and fit everyday life is easier. Everything you do becomes easier the stronger you are.”

If your goal is to become really fit and change your body, unfortunately, you’re going to need a gym.

In the long run, you’re not going to be able to continue on your fitness journey if you don’t have weights at home.

Sarah said: “To really get the results you see in the before and after pictures, you need progressive overload (weight training) and who has that at home?

“Unless you’re Simon Cowell and you’ve got an amazing gym in your house, then you don’t have that progression.”

We’re not talking about a few dumbbells, you need a whole range of equipment in different weights.

If you’re doing home workout videos with no weights or simply going on the same long walk every single day, you’re not going to stay fit for long because you need to progress

Sarah explained: “You just end up doing the same thing over and over again with the same weights.

“You might get results for a couple of weeks but then it becomes easy because you’ve adapted to that weight and then what?”

In the gym, you’ll have access to a wide range of equipment, space and a much more motivational environment.

Sarah said: “You have to keep making it harder to keep moving forward and keep challenging yourself otherwise nothing happens.

“Some people will go to the gym and for a year they will pick up the five-kilo dumbbells because that’s their weight, but that’s not how it works.

“You used the five-kilo dumbbells last week, so now it’s time to pick up the six.”

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Some locals believe firing Coronado basketball coach doesn’t go far enough

The fallout continues over an incident that many are calling racist, at a Coronado championship game that ended with people throwing tortillas at Orange Glen High.

CORONADO, Calif. — There is still a lot of heated reaction regarding the firing of the Coronado High School basketball coach. Some are surprised at the firing while others say that action does not go far enough.

David Roberts was at the CIF championship game Saturday, where his former Coronado High School basketball team faced off in overtime against Orange Glen High School of Escondido, who lost by 3 points. 

Roberts said that all game long, tensions were high and tortillas brought by a fan were then thrown by other fans and team members at the mostly Hispanic Orange Glen team. 

Those were actions that the Coronado team captain Wayne McKinney apologized for.

“The throwing of the tortillas after the game and the scuffle was unsportsmanlike and inexcusable, and on behalf of the team we apologize for the action,” McKinney said.

Also at the Coronado Unified School District meeting, the board voted unanimously to fire the Boy’s Basketball Head Coach JD Laaperi.

“We are excited about the first step, which was to fire the coach because the coach is the gravity of all the incidents that happened on Juneteenth,” said Yusef Miller of the San Diego Racial justice coalition.

News 8 reached out to Coach Laaperi for a response, but he did not respond. 

“He got fired, and there’s nothing I can do about it. If people want to bring him back that’s up to them, but you know in this day in age when it comes to racial stuff, it’s very reactive,” said David Roberts, a former Coronado High School Basketball team Center, who said he won the Sportsmanship Award last year when his team also played in the CIF Championship.

While some Coronado students argue the tortillas thrown had no racial intent, others differ and say firing the coach is not enough, the students need to be held accountable and some wish for their CIF winning title to be stripped.

“This is bigger than just bad sportsmanship. That’s racist, and they need to be held accountable, so that all these other schools that think it’s funny to make fun of the team’s race, now you know what is coming and you can get in trouble,” said Maya Figure, an Orange Glen Alumni of the Class of 2019.

Activist Shane Harris calls this a teachable moment.

“That’s a good first start, I think Coronado needs to invest in a restorative justice round table, and I have already been in talks with the San Diego County Office of Education, and they have agreed to provide the space for that dialogue to happen between both teams,” Harris said.

Miller said there needs to be a policy and curriculum change.

The Escondido Union High School District will hold a special board meeting Thursday at 5:45 p.m. to bring forth a resolution denouncing racism.

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BA crew put back onto furlough amid travel restriction uncertainty – ‘enough is enough’

The carrier has been forced to furlough thousands of employees again as the wait for a return of international travel continues. BA has demanded the Government to ease restrictions and to move the US to the green list “at the next available opportunity”.

BA had begun to bring workers back to work on May 17, the date the Government set for the restart of international travel.

However, and after the traffic light system review last week, it seems like the summer season is over for the carrier.

With Portugal moved back to the amber list and only 11 countries on the green list – but none of them a significant holiday destination – thousands of staff are being put back onto the furlough scheme.

The carrier had already cut more than 8,000 jobs last year, which was the worst downturn in aviation history.

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A British Airways’ spokesperson said: “Like many companies, we’re using the furlough scheme to protect jobs during this unprecedented crisis.

“However, it’s vital the Government follows its risk-based framework to re-open international travel as soon as possible, putting more low-risk countries, like the US, on its green list at the next available opportunity.”

Taking to social media, crew and other employees have expressed their frustration with the ongoing travel restrictions.

“Well done @BorisJohnson Aer Lingus calls in liquidator for Stobbart Air whilst British Airways furlough more staff. You are determined to keep US-UK travel corridor shut and destroy the economy.

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“Get it open for vaccinated people. There is no reason to delay,” said a crew member.

“BA staff are back on furlough. We are all going to be struggling, we need to stand up now, we’ve got nothing to lose anymore. Enough is enough,” said another.

British Aiways’ CEO Sean Doyle has called for the urgent reopening of the UK-US travel corridor, one of his airline’s key routes.

“We urgently need them to look to the science and base their judgements on a proper risk analysis, allowing us all to benefit from the protection offered by our successful vaccine rollouts”, said Doyle.

UK airline bosses wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week to demand the travel corridor between UK and the US as the “critical next step”.

During the G7 summit, the Secretary of State for Transport announced that the UK will begin to work on resuming travel with the US.

“We’re pleased to announce a joint UK/US Taskforce to help facilitate the reopening of transatlantic travel,” he said.

However, no progress on the traffic light system is expected to be announced before the Government decides on its domestic policy.

The Government made it clear that its priority at the moment is the easing of the domestic lockdown on June 21.

After that, the travel list will be reviewed again around June 24.

There is hope that more countries will be added to the green list, and restrictions will be eased at least for vaccinated travellers.

BA staff are planning to take the streets of London next week to protest against the current travel restrictions.

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Review: Pathway – Competent XCOM-Style Combat, But Is That Enough?

Every now and then, you play one of those games that just feels a little bit too late. It’s not that a game in this category is bad or doesn’t have good ideas, but sometimes it’s just a victim of the current gaming landscape. How many Metroidvanias have you played by now? What about roguelites or 2D platformers? There’s of course always room for ‘one more good one’, but the explosion of indie game development over the last decade has certainly raised the bar for what a game needs to do to stand out. Unfortunately, Pathway feels like a casualty of this concept. It’s a decent game, but it’s more of an ‘also-ran’ kind of game than something that feels distinct.

Pathway follows the story of intrepid Indiana Jones-esque adventurers who fight Nazis, explore ancient ruins, and narrowly survive hair-raising conflicts with supernatural creatures, all while pursuing a quest for glory and loot. These adventures are spread out across five different episodes, each of which consist of randomly generated events that shift with each subsequent run. The basic flow of an episode sees you starting on a big map of interconnected nodes and tasks you with driving to a goal one node at a time. The path you take to get there is up to you, and most of the nodes are unmarked, but each one will have some scenario that necessitates a decision from you.

For example, one scenario saw our team getting the drop on a Nazi squad trying to gain access to a black pyramid half-buried in the sand, and we were given the option to wait and see what happens or to ambush them. We opted to wait it out, which led to the Nazis getting into the pyramid. Had we ambushed them, there likely would’ve been a battle and if we prevailed, our adventurers probably would’ve gotten whatever was inside. This highlights the constant risks you’re taking while playing through Pathway – you can never have certainty over what consequences a decision might bring. For all we know, that pyramid could’ve been full of zombies that immediately devastated the Nazi ranks.

It’d be easy to get decision paralysis in a game such as this, which is why the overarching design constantly pushes you out of your comfort zone. For example, characters that die on one run are unavailable to play for the next run while they ‘recover’, forcing you to pick a different team composition. Every time you move to another node on the map, you lose one more tank of fuel for your Jeep. Every bullet you fire is one less in your rapidly dwindling supply of ammo for future battles. Scarcity is the name of the game here; you will never have enough of anything to feel absolutely confident that you can take on whatever comes your way next time.

When you get into fights, combat takes the shape of an XCOM-lite strategy game. Each character has a limited move range and set of attacks or skills they can use, and the success rates of most attacks are rarely one hundred percent. Each character has different skills, such as a ‘sprint’ that adds more move range or a cover maneuver that guarantees that character will evade the next attack, and these skills are governed by a Bravery meter that refills a little bit each turn. Nobody feels over or underpowered, which lends the action a nice sense of balance as you figure out how to best use your team together.

The problem with this combat, however, is that it becomes overly simplistic after a few hours. There’s not a huge amount of enemy variety and maps are all pretty much the same on a mechanical level, which can make things feel homogenous over time. It’s understandable to an extent, as this is a randomly generated game and the developers therefore have no direct control over what order you encounter different events. Still, that does nothing to make Pathway more interesting. This is the kind of game that shows its hand very early and doesn’t have much more to offer beyond that in terms of mechanics – it feels a little thin on ideas.

A big part of this is found in the overall repetitive nature of the gameplay design. Yes, there are a litany of different scenarios to unfold, but they all fundamentally end with a much narrower range of possible outcomes. You get into a lot of fights, but there are only a few types of enemies or stage elements that can show up. Even when it comes to selecting characters at the outset of an episode, the magic is soon lost when you recognize that skills aren’t tied to the characters themselves, but to the limited kinds of equipment that they can initially use. You could, of course, play for dozens of hours to unlock all the characters, but why would you do that when only a few of them bring something new to the gameplay? To put it simply, Pathway often feels more like a haphazard pot of a few ideas that are just shuffled around, rather than a well-thought out experience that endeavors to deliver a specific kind of gameplay. It’s so focused on being expansive that it forgets to make that expansiveness meaningful.

At least Pathway manages to stick the landing with its presentation, even if the art style isn’t particularly inspired. The pixel art is all well-drawn and the animations look nice, although there isn’t anything here that stands out as exceptional among the swathe of other well-drawn pixel art indie games out there. Then there are the obvious gaffs that perhaps indicate a rush job with the porting work. For example, one of the tooltips for a skill you can use informs you that you ‘rotate the mousewheel’ to change the angle of the attack. Little misses like this don’t really take away from the experience, but it doesn’t exactly help Pathway feel like a quality game that’s worth your time or money on Switch.

Perhaps that’s the most damning characteristic of Pathway. It’s decent, but is ‘decent’ worth your attention in a marketplace rife with excellent games waiting to be played? There’s nothing in Pathway that feels broken or outright negative, but it’s the sort of thing where you keep waiting for the ‘hook’ that never comes. At its heart, this is a rather basic game that finds ways to stretch that basic premise over potentially dozens of hours without adding anything meaningful in the process.

Sometimes that’s enough. Not every game needs to swing for the fences. But those of you looking for something attention-grabbing will be left wanting.

Conclusion

Pathway is a competent game. Just competent. Definitely not great, maybe not even good, but certainly competent. It’s blend of randomized storytelling and XCOM-style combat is well done, but it doesn’t prove to remain consistently entertaining in the long run. Those of you who are absolutely starved for this kind of game may want to cautiously investigate. Otherwise, just pick up the XCOM 2 Collection or Mario + Rabbids for a much more enjoyable take on the genre.

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