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Kenyan safari lodge where Queen Elizabeth’s reign began forced into Covid-closure

Kenyan safari lodge where Queen Elizabeth's reign began forced into Covid-closure

The Treetops Hotel, located in the heart of Aberdare National Park, has closed its doors almost 90-years after it opened to the public. The announcement comes after the Kenya Wildlife Service revealed Covid-induced travel restrictions caused a staggering 90 percent drop in the nation’s tourism revenue.

The United Nations estimates Africa’s total losses in the tourism industry could reach as high as £183billion in 2021.

The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic has also led to the closure of Treetops sister hotel.

The Outspan hotel, located near Treetops in Kenya’s Nyeri county, is also for sale.

According to Royal Central, the two hotels are now up for sale for the price of £3.6million.

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Queen Elizabeth II, 95, spent two days at Treetops in 1952 with her husband Prince Philip.

Then known as the Duchess and Duke of Edinburgh, at the time 25 and 31, the royal’s stay in Kenya proved to be a moment of history.

Elizabeth was informed that her father, the unexpected King George VI, had passed away in his sleep during their visit.

Jim Corbett, Her Majesty’s armed escort at the time, recalled how much Elizabeth cherished her time at the Kenyan safari lodge.

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Elizabeth and Philip returned to the lodge in Aberdare National Park in 1959 and then just over thirty years after their first visit in 1983.

During the Mau Mau rebellion, Britain stationed its colonial snipers at Treetops until it was burnt down by members of the Kenyan resistance movement in 1954.

Following the fire, the lodge was rebuilt to include 36 rooms.

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Sibling rivalry lasts into adulthood – with one in four adults still arguing with siblings

Sibling rivalry lasts into adulthood - with one in four adults still arguing with siblings

Sibling rivalry lasts well into adulthood with a quarter of adults still arguing and competing with their brother or sister – despite now being grown-ups. A poll of 2,000 UK adults found 51 percent have a competitive relationship with their siblings over things such as their career and being a homeowner .

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Price fumes at crowd but roars into Grand Prix semis

“They can boo me, but I keep winning, so happy days,” says Price after moving into semi-final against Stephen Bunting. Jonny Clayton will play Danny Noppert in the other semi-final – watch live coverage of both on Friday night from 7pm on Sky Sports Arena

Last Updated: 07/10/21 11:48pm

Gerwyn Price said the crowd were absolutely pathetic after receiving boos during his 3-0 win over Dave Chisnall.

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Gerwyn Price said the crowd were absolutely pathetic after receiving boos during his 3-0 win over Dave Chisnall.

Gerwyn Price said the crowd were absolutely pathetic after receiving boos during his 3-0 win over Dave Chisnall.

Gerwyn Price warned a jeering World Grand Prix crowd that he will keep on winning after a 3-0 victory over Dave Chisnall kept him on course for a successful title defence.

The Iceman started his run to the world title and world No 1 spot with victory in the double-to-start tournament last year and he took his tally to eight successive wins against Chizzy, who failed to fire.

Price was on the receiving end of some booing from the crowd at the Morningside Arena, but was in defiant mood in his on stage interview.

“There’s a lot more in the tank for me, it was a difficult game,” said Price, who will face Stephen Bunting in the last four.

“Obviously the crowd were a bit rubbish again, but I won, so no matter what they do, I’ll keep winning – give me an opportunity and I’ll take it.

“I thought I had bombed the second set after missing 25, but then I think I took out a 104 next leg.

“The crowd are absolutely pathetic, but I won. I don’t care [about dominating]. I just want to keep winning. Sometimes the crowd are with me, sometimes the crowd are against me.

“They can boo me, they can do what they want, but I keep winning, so happy days.”

World Grand Prix 2021: Thursday night’s Quarter-Final results

Danny Noppert 3-1 Ian White
Krzysztof Ratajski 2-3 Jonny Clayton
Gerwyn Price 3-0 Dave Chisnall
Stephen Bunting 3-1 Ryan Searle

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Angry Price cruises past out-of-sorts Chisnall

Price and Chisnall faced off in the blockbuster quarter-final of the night, but the defending champion was given little trouble in a 3-0 victory over the two-time runner-up.

The pair were meeting in the Grand Prix for the third successive year, Price winning after Chisnall missed match darts in the semi-final last year – while Chizzy’s first-round victory in 2019 was the last time the Welshman suffered defeat in the tournament.

Gerwyn Price hit a tidy 104 finish to go two sets up against Dave Chisnall in the quarter-final of the Grand Prix.

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Gerwyn Price hit a tidy 104 finish to go two sets up against Dave Chisnall in the quarter-final of the Grand Prix.

Gerwyn Price hit a tidy 104 finish to go two sets up against Dave Chisnall in the quarter-final of the Grand Prix.

This time around Chisnall missed 17 darts at a double in a contest where Price barely needed to get out of first gear.

His average of 83 was 10 points better off than Chizzy as he swept to the first set. Both men missed five darts at double, but Price pinned the outer ring when it mattered most.

A brilliant 80 got Price off and running in the second, and he then took advantage when Chisnall missed six chances to get his first leg on the board. Chisnall has made a habit of finding his best form this week when behind, and a 118 checkout duly arrived out of the blue and looked to have kickstarted his challenge.

A second leg followed when Price missed four for the set, but the world champion underlined his ability to find the right visit when he needs it most, taking out 104 to move to within a set of victory.

Chizzy came from 2-0 down to beat Ross Smith in the second round, and when he took out 78 to take the opening leg of the third set a comeback looked on the cards, but finishes of 93 and 100 paved the way for Price to claim a dominant win.

Bunting punishes wasteful Searle

Bunting remained on course for his maiden PDC televised title after a 3-1 victory over Ryan Searle saw him into a semi-final showdown with Price in what will be a repeat of their last four showdown at the World Championship.

Stephen Bunting hit a crucial 104 checkout to stay in the game against Ryan Searle.

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Stephen Bunting hit a crucial 104 checkout to stay in the game against Ryan Searle.

Stephen Bunting hit a crucial 104 checkout to stay in the game against Ryan Searle.

The Bullet reached the last four on his debut in the tournament in 2014 but had not gone beyond the second round in any of his following five appearances, and he was forced to withdraw last year following a positive coronavirus test.

After losing the first set, the former BDO world champion levelled the contest by taking the next.

He looked to be heading for defeat when Searle swept to the opening two legs of the third, but when Heavy Metal missed six darts for a 2-1 lead, Bunting was given the opportunity to chip away. A brilliant 14-dart-leg, capped with a bullseye finish, secured a comeback and the lead.

A match that got more exciting the longer it went on looked to be going the distance, but Searle’s missed doubles – 26 in total – cost him as Bunting wrapped up victory in the fourth.

World Grand Prix 2021: Friday’s Semi-Finals (Order of Play)

Jonny Clayton vs Danny Noppert
Gerwyn Price (1) vs Stephen Bunting

Check out the best of the action from the quarter finals of the World Grand Prix.

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Check out the best of the action from the quarter finals of the World Grand Prix.

Check out the best of the action from the quarter finals of the World Grand Prix.

Ferret puts counting problems behind him to stay in title hunt

Jonny Clayton overcame a monumental miscalculation to rally from 2-1 down to beat Krzysztof Ratajski and book a place in the Grand Prix semi-final for the first time.

Jonny Clayton said he was struggling to relax in his match against Krzysztof Ratajski and was relieved to get through to the semi-finals of the Grand Prix.

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Jonny Clayton said he was struggling to relax in his match against Krzysztof Ratajski and was relieved to get through to the semi-finals of the Grand Prix.

Jonny Clayton said he was struggling to relax in his match against Krzysztof Ratajski and was relieved to get through to the semi-finals of the Grand Prix.

The Ferret arrived in Leicester having won one match in his previous three World Grand Prix appearances, but he moved into a showdown with Danny Noppert on Friday after a rollercoaster contest with Ratajski.

The match looked as though it might hinge on a big moment in the deciding leg of the second set. After the pair had traded big finishes, Clayton – having won the opener – had 134 left, to Ratajski’s 154.

The Ferret managed to bust his score, and while Ratajski couldn’t take out his three-figure finish, he left just 20 and pinned double 10 on his next visit to level the contest.

Jonny Clayton broke Krzysztof Ratajski with a 150 checkout, only for The Polish Eagle to hit straight back with a 113.

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Jonny Clayton broke Krzysztof Ratajski with a 150 checkout, only for The Polish Eagle to hit straight back with a 113.

Jonny Clayton broke Krzysztof Ratajski with a 150 checkout, only for The Polish Eagle to hit straight back with a 113.

With the third set all square at two legs each, both men got down to 170. Ratajski missed the bullseye for a maximum check-out, but when Clayton also fell short it was the Pole who hit double eight for a 2-1 lead.

Clayton gathered himself brilliantly to reel off three legs on the bounce and force a deciding set, and his coolness prevailed as he took the three legs required for victory and a place in the last four.

The Ferret has won the Masters and the Premier League, along with two Pro Tour titles, but he now stands just two wins away from the biggest ranking title of his career.

Noppert too good as White falters

Noppert continued his blistering form, averaging 96 to beat Ian White 3-1 and leave the Diamond reflecting on another major quarter-final defeat.

Noppie blew the bottom half of the draw wide open when he took out Michael van Gerwen in the first round, while White had taken care of Gary Anderson, but it was Noppert who proved too good as White lost in a major televised quarter-final for the 11th time.

Danny Noppert said he's delighted that he's finally playing to his potential on stage after beating Ian White 3-1 in the quarter-final of the World Grand Prix.

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Danny Noppert said he’s delighted that he’s finally playing to his potential on stage after beating Ian White 3-1 in the quarter-final of the World Grand Prix.

Danny Noppert said he’s delighted that he’s finally playing to his potential on stage after beating Ian White 3-1 in the quarter-final of the World Grand Prix.

Having booked his place in the last eight without dropping a set, Noppert claimed the opening set here without dropping a leg, pouncing on missed darts at double from an out-of-sorts White.

Diamond hit back to claim the first two legs of the next, but a missed dart for a 3-0 sweep let Noppie back in to force a decider. Needing double 12 for the set, White edged into double nine but held himself together to pin double three and level the contest.

With the crowd roaring White on, Noppert seized the initiative in the third set – a nerveless double four was followed up with a look towards the crowd – but the Englishman found the first big-finish of the contest as he nailed 104 to take a second straight set the distance.

Danny Noppert defeated Ian White 3-1 in four sets, finishing with a bullseye.

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Danny Noppert defeated Ian White 3-1 in four sets, finishing with a bullseye.

Danny Noppert defeated Ian White 3-1 in four sets, finishing with a bullseye.

Noppert took the final leg to move within one set of the last four and, amid needless booing from the crowd, he then found a 116 finish to start the fourth set in perfect style.

White had no answer, Noppie completing a sweep and sealing his place in the last four with a brilliant bullseye finish to remain on course for a maiden major title.

Join us for the World Grand Prix semi-finals on Friday night, live coverage gets underway at 7pm on Sky Sports Arena

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Williams inducted into WSL Hall of Fame

Former England international Fara Williams has become the first player to be inducted into the Women’s Super League Hall of Fame.

Williams, who was awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to women’s football and charity, is England’s record cap holder and has had an illustrious career.

In the domestic game, Williams took part in every season of the Women’s Super League before her retirement this year, playing for Everton, Liverpool, Arsenal and Reading.

Widely regarded as one of this country’s most gifted midfielders, Williams has been an integral part of every club she has played at, winning two WSL titles during her time at Liverpool.

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Ahead of the current season, Williams’ record of 147 appearances in the league was fifth overall, while she was fourth on the all-time list for assists (28) and second for the number of chances created (266).

The Women’s Super League Hall of Fame expert selection panel agreed that Williams was a worthy inductee based on her achievements in the league, but also the impact she has had on the women’s game during a career that spanned over 20 years.

“Induction into the Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame is the highest individual honour offered by the league and I am delighted that Fara is our first inductee,” chair of the Women’s Super League Hall of Fame panel, Kelly Simmons, said.

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“She is one of those players that can do something special when you least expect it, and because of that, as well as having been an ever-present in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League prior to her retirement, the panel was unanimous in her being inducted.

“Not only was she an incredible player, but she is a wonderful person, and she is fully deserving of her induction into the inaugural Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame. Congratulations Fara.”

Three more individuals are to be inducted by lunchtime on Thursday, with extended interviews with all four inductees available to watch on the ‘Inside the WSL’ show on Sky Sports Premier League at 6pm.

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