first_imgPast The Finishing PostTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3Y&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II*1. #5 LOOSE CANNON OWalker 54.0 71.00 50.002. #1 LIGHTNING LILY OMullings 50.0 3L 50.003. #2 TWILIGHT DREAMS AndreePowell3 48.5 4L 50.004. #3 AKASH PFrancis 53.0 11/1 NeckFinal Time : 1:05.4 Splits : 22.3, 45.2Winner : 3yo ch colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – DEVIL WOMANTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CARLTON WATSONBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $204.00 Ex: $312.00Trifecta: $169.00Race 2 1700 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. #6 BARS OF GOLD JErwin 54.0 214.00 83.00*2. #2 NATASHADONTPLAY SMuir 53.0 1L 58.003. #5 MINNIFFIA AntThomas3 50.0 Head 109.004. #1 MONEYNEVERSLEEP AndreePowell3 47.0 3LLate scratch : #9 A VESSEL OF LOVEFinal Time : 1:48.3 Splits : 24.3, 47.3, 1:13.0, 1:40.4Winner : 6yo b colt – HE’STHEREALTHING – GEM LEATrainer : PAUL SMITH Owner : PAUL SMITHBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $269.00 Ex: $780.00D/E: $331.00Superfecta: $6,776.00Race 3 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #2 UNCLE VINNIE BebHarvey2 53.5 547.00 76.002. #9 MUSKETOON LSteadman2 55.0 3L 59.00*3. #5 TWILIGHT STORM DaneNelson 54.0 Neck 53.004. #3 BLOOD SONG SEllis 54.5 9/2 5Final Time : 1:34.1 Splits : 24.2, 47.3, 1:12.4,Winner : 3yo b colt – BRIDLED QUEST – KATHYTHETRAINATrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner: THE SUCCESS FARMBred by TREVOR R. JAMESQu: $598.00 Ex: $1,864.00D/E: $4,341.00Superfecta: $3,565.00Rolling Triple: $4,970.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4)*1. #6 VISION JInnis2 54.0 87.00 67.002. #8 RALLY BABY AndreePowell3 50.0 1L 154.003. #4 MESMERIZE RHalledeen 54.0 Head 181.004. #9 ZUGULU OFoster 55.0Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.3Winner : 4yo ch colt – HE’STHEREALTHING out of MONEY SPINNER byTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH DACOSTABred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $574.00 Ex: $875.00D/E: $1,809.00Superfecta: $3,496.00Rolling Triple: $8,914.00Race 5 1000 M (R) (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. #1 FORTUNEONEHUNDRED RHalledeen 54.0 167.00 84.002. #10 PRINCE SAMMO JErwin 54.0 1L 232.00*3. #5 SUNDANCE DDawkins2 52.0 1L 72.004. #8 TOUGH COOKIE BebHarvey2 53.5 2LLate scratch : #3 ALEXANDER, #4 ROYAL GIRLFinal Time : 1:01.1 Splits : 23.1, 47.1, ,Winner : 7yo horse – KEYED ENTRY – M. Y. BRIDLEWOODTrainer : ROWAN MATHIE Owner : VINCENT MAINEBred by BRIDLEWOOD FARMQu: $1,904.00 Ex: $3,842.00D/E : (6-1) $406.00 (6-3) $135.00Superfecta: $9,455.00Rolling Triple: $8,451.00Race 6 1820 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. #1 LATE N DRAFTY RHalledeen 55.0 307.00 147.00*2. #9 CHIEF PROSPECT LSteadman2 55.0 Head 76.003. #4 JAFETICA AntThomas3 52.0 Neck 188.004. #2 CAUSE FOR CONCERN AChatrie 57.0 1L5. #10 THE SALESMAN JJackson 56.0 4LFinal Time : 2:01.3 Splits : 27.4, 54.0, 1:19.1, 1:46.2Winner : 4yo b filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – OVER DRAFTTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : CUDSBred by COURTNEY WALSHQu: $445.00 Ex: $898.00D/E: $481.00Trifecta: $2,260.00Hi-5: $44,627.00Rolling Triple: $2,433.00Pick-4: $24,852.00Super-6: $102,920.70Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #4 GOFORHOME DaneNelson 53.5 320.00 132.00*2. #11 BEAST JErwin 54.0 1L 66.003. #6 PLAY BACK RLahoe 52.0 16/1 2 182.004. #3 WICKED TUFF OWalker 56.0Final Time : 1:02.1 Splits : 23.4, 48.2Winner : 5yo ch filly – LEGAL PROCESS – SWEET JADETrainer : GARY GRIFFITHS Owner: GARY GRIFFITHSBred by PHILIP AZARQu: $524.00 Ex: $1,113.00D/E: $2,838.00Superfecta: $20,344.00Rolling Triple: $9,971.00Race 8 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. #4 PROFILE JPatterson2 51.0 108.00 66.002. #1 NEWTON’S FIRST LAW SEllis 54.5 2L 136.003. #10 LEEKOUT AndreePowell3 52.0 Sh.Head 92.004. #12 CAPTAIN CUDJOE JErwin 55.0 5L5. #15 JASON’S GOLD JJackson 55.0 NoseFinal Time : 1:14.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.3Winner : 4yo b filly – WAR MARSHALL – LADY AJIBANTrainer : PHILLIP ELLIOTT Owner : B. A. LBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.,Qu: $644.00 Ex: $889.00D/E: $901.00Trifecta: $637.00Hi-5: $154,148.00Rolling Triple: $8,668.00PlacePot 8: $6,369.00BONNIE BLUE FLAG TROPHYRace 9 1820 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE*1. #3 FRANFIELD BebHarvey2 55.0 61.002. #1 BLUE DIXIE DaneNelson 53.5 Sh.Head3. #7 HOVER CRAFT OWalker 57.0 4L4. #4 TIMEFORARMS AntThomas3 52.5 1LLate scratch : #5 ANOTHER BULLETFinal Time : 1:55.0 Splits : 28.0, 53.1, 1:17.0, 1:41.4Winner : 6yo ch colt – TRADITIONAL – SUPA LEITrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : ELITE BLOODSTOCK LIMITEDBred by HERMINE & LEISHA METCALFEQu: $116.00 Ex: $140.00D/E: $150.00Trifecta: $41.00Rolling Triple: $1,719.00Race 10 1400 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. #6 FIERY PATH BebHarvey2 53.5 590.00 119.00*2. #5 VICIOUS LOOK AntThomas3 53.0 1L 59.003. #7 TASHIE BABY HPottinger2 51.5 4L 135.004. #4 SAMORA AndrePowell3 53.0 1L5. #12 BIG BUCK OWhite 54.0 NeckFinal Time : 1:28.1 Splits : 24.1, 48.1, 1:14.1,Winner : 5yo b colt – WAR MARSHALL -MINERVATrainer : DONOVAN PLUMMER Owner : DONOVAN PLUMMERBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.,Qu: $740.00 Ex: $1,965.00D/E: $522.00Trifecta: $2,675.00Hi-5: $27,866.50Rolling Triple: $1,637.00Pick-4: $13,524.00Super-6: $55,597.70Pick-9: (8/9) $31,066.00; (7/9) $542.00.last_img read more

first_imgA rare turtle found washed up on a Donegal beach is to go on display at the Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry in Co Down.The turtle, named JC by the Johnstone family who took it to their home, arrived at the centre two months ago.Since then the loggerhead sea turtle has been receiving round-the-clock care and is continuing to improve every day. When fully recovered it will be released back into its natural environment.Peter Williams, curator at Exploris in Portaferry, has being working closely with JC since its arrival.He told independent.ie :”On January 14 the loggerhead turtle arrived at Exploris Aquarium in a critical condition from a beach near Rosbeg, Co Donegal.“Since then we have been working tirelessly to slowly raise the turtle’s temperature by a couple of degrees every day. “We also decided, under the watchful eye of our veterinary team, to administer a course of antibiotics as an increase in temperature heightened the risk of a secondary infection setting in.”JC is making slow but great progress and has been moved to a larger space where it will have more room.The public will be able to get a glimpse of the species – which is classified as vulnerable – this weekend.Rare turtle found in Donegal doing swimmingly in new aquarium home was last modified: March 13th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfoundrosbegturtlelast_img read more

first_img17 August 2009Fifa is to give away over 120 000 category four World Cup tickets to 20 000 stadium construction workers and thousands of youngsters involved in community programmes aligned with the Ticket Fund initiative – a first in the 80-year history of the tournament.Speaking at the launch of the World Cup Ticket Fund in Johannesburg last week, Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said 40 000 of these tickets would be given to 20 000 construction workers, each worker receiving two tickets for a group stage match at the stadium they had helped to build.The remaining 80 000 tickets will be issued as a reward to thousands of South Africans, particularly youngsters, who are involved in programmes aimed at encouraging participation in football and community-oriented initiatives.These programmes range from making children and young adults aware of health issues, to equipping people with financial literacy skills to manage their lives better, to raising awareness of the need to protect the environment to score “green goals”.The 80 000 tickets will be distributed via the six Fifa partners involved with these programmes: Adidas, Hyundai/Kia, Sony, Coca-Cola, Emirates and Visa. Encouraging learning – Adidas, in partnership with the Department of Education and the 2010 Organising Committee, will award 15 000 tickets to encourage children participating in educational and soccer activities that form part of the official schools campaign, My 2010 School Adventure.  Protecting the environment – Building on a partnership with the South African Department of Education established at the Fifa Confederations Cup, Coca-Cola aims to create a generation of environmentally aware children when they roll out a recycling programme to grade 8 to 12 students in schools across South Africa. 20 000 tickets have been assigned to this project. Healthy lifestyles – Kia Motors will partner with South African development organisation Sporting Chance to run street soccer leagues and health education programmes in some of South Africa’s poorest communities. 5 000 tickets have been assigned to this project.Combating HIV/Aids – Sony has teamed up with Grassroots Soccer, a South African non-profit organisation that uses football to promote HIV/Aids awareness among children and young adults across South Africa. 15 000 tickets have been assigned to this project.Financial literacy – Through Visa’s financial literacy roadshows, low-income workers in the industrial and tourism sectors will get the opportunity to learn basic financial skills. 5 000 tickets have been assigned to this project.Emirates and Hyundai have also confirmed their commitment to the Ticket Fund, with plans to award 15 000 and 5 000 tickets respectively.The Ticket Fund initiative will therefore not end when the final whistle is blown on 11 July 2010, but “will mark only the beginning of long-term partnerships that will continue to create opportunities for South Africans for years to come,” Fifa said in a statement.The Fund “aims to use the excitement and passion for the game in the country as a tool to motivate and engage people, particularly young South Africans, on topics such as education, health and the environment.”Jordaan said that despite the “massive global demand for tickets to the tournament, we are doing all we can to ensure South African residents are well represented in the stadiums with their unique vibrancy and spirit.”The Ticket Fund was also a way of showing appreciation “for the critical role played by the thousands of construction workers whose skill and dedication has made this project a vivid reality.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgSifiso Dlamini is a self-taught takkie maker with five staff membersIn an attempt to inspire ordinary people to do extraordinary things, Brand South Africa is airing the second season of its Play Your Part series, which encourages responsible citizenship, pride and patriotism, on SABC 1.This series, a 24-minute weekly programme featuring dynamic people who are driven to bring about change, returns to the small screen on 9 July at 7pm. In keeping with the mandate from Brand South Africa – whose five brand pillars are ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility, and innovation / creativity – the television series traverses the country in search of 33 individuals from all spheres of life who are doing their bit for the good of the country.Play Your Part is a campaign aimed at inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change by becoming actively involved in making a difference. It brings together individuals who are doing things to improve their communities and respond to people’s needs by donating their time, resources, services or products.Enhancing national pride, patriotism and social cohesion requires a collective effort from all South Africans, says Brand SA CEO Miller Matola“Enhancing national pride, patriotism and social cohesion requires a collective effort from all South Africans, not only business and government.“We want to encourage South Africans to play their part in community building and development, with small actions that make a big difference in the lives of others,” says Miller Matola, Brand South Africa’s chief executive officer.The television show, presented by Katleho Sinizasan and Mmabatho Montsho, gets to know these people, looking at where they work and live, and what they do.The featured folk inhabit all worlds, from high-end fashion and art to corporate success stories, inventors and athletes.Young scientist at workIn the first episode, we are introduced to Palesa Masuku from North West, who won the Eskom 2011 Young Scientist award for her discovery of an alternative energy source, creating charcoal from marula nuts.When she entered her project in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, her ground-breaking research secured a science laboratory worth R25 000 for her school, JM Ntsime High. In addition, Masuku has been invited to the London International Youth Science Fair in August 2012, a gathering of more than 300 students from 60 countries.Charles Tau, a boxing trainer and manager from Lwandle in Western Cape, is also featured in the first episode. A former professional boxer, Tau has been running the Amandla Boxing Association from his gym for 15 years. Here he trains young boys from the age of seven at no cost as he believes he is doing his part to combat crime in his community.People such as these two are featured in each issue of Play Your Part. You will meet Tabo Mkandiwire, an acrobatic gymnast who coaches other aspiring athletes; and Claire Reid, a green inventor and the brains behind pre-fertilised seed strips that help reduce water wastage by 80% and who has created jobs for previously unemployed women.Other individuals highlighted in the season include Sifiso Dlamini, who is a self-taught takkie maker with five staff members; Tshepo Phakathi, who started a recycling business with a friend at the tender age of six; Benny Masekwameng, a celebrity chef who was inspired by his mother providing meals to construction workers; Kagiso Legobe, an adventure entrepreneur who offers learnerships to tourism graduates; and DJ Zinhle, one of the hottest female DJs in the country, who plays an active role in Fuse, South Africa’s first DJ academy.Inspiring new waysBrand South Africa launched its new slogan, Inspiring New Ways, on 4 July in Midrand. A new television ad featuring some of the country’s most influential and inspiring people across all fields is promoting the new pay-off line.The organisation’s mandate is “to build South Africa’s nation brand reputation in order to improve South Africa’s global competitiveness”. Matola explains:“This is often about explaining and bolstering our international reputation in the world media and at various international events to drive international investment and trade.”He adds: “Firstly, let us admit that long before the theorising starts and long after it ends, already there are people who are building just such an inspiring and cohesive society, people who are playing their part to improve our communities, who reach out to fellow South Africans, and who inspire us by overcoming the odds.”One place the nation can start is by telling these stories and showing that achieving a better tomorrow and a better country is indeed possible. The people who appear in the second season give true accounts of how South Africans inspire new ways in their lives for those around them, he says.“To us at Brand South Africa, our positioning is not simply a slogan. It is an expression of our present-day reality and our future intent. It also reflects the reputation we seek to forge as citizens of a global village, as a nation that is constantly ‘inspiring new ways’ to create the society we want to live in by playing our part.”Social Media toolsThis television series is one of many tools Brand South Africa employs to inspire and mobilise South Africans to contribute. Other tools include a mobi-site to ensure that positive stories can reach wider audiences.“Play Your Part has also developed Facebook and Twitter profiles to interact with South Africans, urging them to share their positive stories. In addition, Play Your Part clips and stories are uploaded on YouTube so that we not only engage locals, but an international audience,” says Matola.Claire Reid is a green inventor and the brains behind pre-fertilised seed strips that help reduce water wastage by 80% (Photos: Romaana Naidoo)Alternatively, individuals who are willing to contribute their time, services and resources can log on to the Play Your Part website to find community projects near them.“Often people want to help, they want to give, but they don’t know where or how to do this.“Our website as well as the Facebook platform exposes South Africans to an array of opportunities to play their part in building pride and patriotism … contributing to social cohesion and living the spirit of ubuntu,” says Matola.Acting programmes manager at SABC 1 Sam Mpherwane says: “SABC 1 Mzansi Fo Sho prides itself on scheduling and producing programmes that tell local stories that resonate with our audiences.“Play Your Part is such a programme that looks at ordinary South Africans, people who have made a difference in the lives of their communities and the country as a whole … We encourage our viewers to watch Play Your Part and be inspired to do the same in making South Africa a better place.”Matola says Brand South Africa looks forward to growing Play Your Part across a number of other media channels in future and encourages businesses, organisations and individuals to take up the challenge. “We believe that as each one takes deliberate positive action to help, to teach, to grow, we are truly making ours a better country to live in.”And since July is Nelson Mandela Month, South Africans should ask themselves how they are going to contribute to their communities in honour of Madiba.last_img read more

first_imgKathleen Artman Meeker is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington where she specializes in Early Childhood Special Education. Kathleen has been a K-3 special educator, childcare assistant, coach, and researcher. She enjoys developing products that make research accessible to a wide audience and is a member of the Head Start National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning at the University of Washington.  Her research focuses on using technology to make coaching efficient and effective for early childhood educators.  In this short video Ms. Meeker shares about her work through the Department of Defense Child Development Virtual Lab School at The Ohio State University.The Department of Defense Child Development Virtual Lab School at The Ohio State University is an easy to navigate online professional development and resource system that empowers professionals to build their knowledge and skills around research-based best practices in child care and youth development. It’s supported by a collection of videos, research-based content, and relevant, interactive learning materials. It offers distinct tracks for center-based professionals including direct-care providers, training and curriculum specialists, and management personnel. There is also a track for home-based care providers.  Ms. Meeker joined the Virtual Lab School team when it was funded in 2010. She led the content creation team and authored the Training and Curriculum Specialist courses. She also wrote the Child Abuse and Neglect courses. She joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 2013 and continued supporting the work of the Virtual Lab School through writing content and leading training.A transcript of this video can be found here.last_img read more

first_imgA policeman has been killed as militants attacked ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) legislator Abdul Majid Padroo in south Kashmir’s Kulgam on Saturday afternoon.Preliminary reports suggest that the cavalcade of Mr. Padroo came under fire at Nandmarg crossing in Noorabad constituency.A police official said the policeman, identified as Khurshid Ahmad, died on the spot while another was injured. Ahmad was working as a driver. The MLA escaped unhurt in the attack.The area has been cordoned off.last_img read more

first_imgBJP president Amit Shah on Saturday said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) expected to bag 300 seats in the coming Lok Sabha elections with a contribution of nearly 50 seats from the northeastern region and West Bengal. The party was in the process of preparing a wide-ranging poll manifesto based on feedbacks from all State units.“There is no challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA. We are going to win 300 seats in the Lok Sabha polls,” Mr. Shah said at a news conference in Agartala.Mr. Shah, accompanied by a team of senior party office-bearers, arrived in Agartala to oversee organisational matters. Addressing a huge gathering of the party’s ”Pristha Pramukhs” (page observers) at Swami Vivekananda Stadium, he spoke on political and organisation issues and credited the party workers for the significant win in the Assembly elections in Tripura.Lauds Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb Later, speaking to media, he lauded Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb for leading all- round development activities in the State. He said, “The State has been immensely benefited from the 129 schemes the Central government introduced and the cooperation from the Centre would change life of all sections of people of the State”. Most of the poll pledges made in Tripura already fulfilled.Lashing out at the Congress and its effort to create a ‘mahagatbandhan’ to take on the BJP, he said it would not yield any fruitful result. The BJP was confident of winning 21 seats in the Northeast and at least 23 in West Bengal.Mr. Shah said he would visit all the States, including that of the Northeast before Lok Sabha polls. “The BJP means development and through its good governance, 22 crore families benefited under different schemes.”On Ram mandir issue, he said the matter was pending in the apex court, but the BJP was determined to help construct a magnificent temple at Ayodhya.last_img read more

first_imgJapan’s Naomi Osaka serves the ball to Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh during their round-of-16 match at the WTA Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on April 25, 2019. (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP)After a week of training on the clay courts of the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca, Naomi Osaka feels she’s rediscovered the form that had been missing since her Australian Open triumph in January.The top seed at the Madrid Open this week, Osaka says she’s ready to return to action and isn’t too concerned about the abdominal injury she sustained in Stuttgart where she reached the semi-final last week.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated The world number one was forced to withdraw ahead of her semi-final against Anett Kontaveit at the German tournament but was seen hitting at Madrid’s Caja Magica on Friday, and says she’s pain-free.“I haven’t served up until today and basically I was just resting it,” Osaka told reporters in the Spanish capital on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Of course I hit ground strokes for the past three days because it’s not like I could fully rest, but it’s not painful, so I think it’s looking good.”Seeking her first title on clay, Osaka opens against 2016 runner-up Dominika Cibulkova in Madrid. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “It was really fun actually, those matches, so I’m really looking forward to my next one,” added Osaka.Successful adjustmentAll three of Osaka’s career titles so far have come on hard-courts but she believes she’s been successfully adjusting her mentality on clay in order to contend at Roland Garros.“I think it’s fitness and also mental. Because last year I thought the number one thing I could have improved on, on clay, is just prolonging the point, or like accepting when I have to back off being aggressive,” she said.“So then when I played Donna (Vekic in Stuttgart) … I just remember telling myself that I don’t have to hit a winner for it to be a good point and I don’t have to play perfectly to win, so I think I was able to do that.“I was a bit sad I couldn’t continue that way of thinking because I had to withdraw but hopefully I can keep it here.”Osaka said she was impressed by Nadal’s academy during her training block there, despite her shyness in meeting the Spanish 17-time Grand Slam champion.“He’s a really nice person, he was sort of the one talking more than me, which you can kind of tell that that would happen,” she said.“Yesterday (in Madrid) he went on the court after me and he was talking to me again and I was like ‘woah’,” she said with a smile.Defending Madrid champion Petra Kvitova, a losing finalist to Osaka at the Australian Open, is the number two seed at the Caja Magica and opens her campaign against talented 20-year-old Sofia “Sonya” Kenin. MOST READ Following a second consecutive Grand Slam triumph at the Australian Open in January, the 21-year-old Osaka lost some momentum.The Japanese-Haitian star parted ways with her coach Sascha Bajin and suffered an opening round defeat in Dubai, a fourth-round exit in Indian Wells -– where she was the defending champion -– and a third-round loss in Miami.She hired Jermaine Jenkins as her coach ahead of Indian Wells, and says she feels like Stuttgart has got her back on track.“I think in Stuttgart, I did pretty well,” she said.“I played two really hard matches and I think that I just was able to turn a switch on that I haven’t been able to since the Australian [Open].ADVERTISEMENT PBA Finals: Beermen get back at Hotshots to tie series at 1-1 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more