Shelby Rogers caused the first upset of the Australian Open on Monday, beating fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-3, 6-1 in the opening match on the center court.Playing just her second main draw match ever at the Australian Open, the No. 52-ranked Rogers broke the 2014 French Open finalist’s serve four times on Rod Laver Arena. It was the second year in a row that Halep lost in the first round at Melbourne Park, and the fourth time overall.Rogers made a surprising run to the French Open quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Garbine Muguruza last year, when she was ranked No. 108, but only advanced to the second round at one other tournament in 2016.Her only previous win against a top 10 player was in 2014, when she beat then No. 8-ranked Eugenie Bouchard in Montreal, but the run at Roland Garros gave her confidence.”The biggest thing I took away from that was just that I can compete with the top players in the world and I’m good enough,” Rogers said. “So I have definitely carried that away from the French Open and just been enjoying it a little bit. There has been a lot of positive feedback, which has been nice.”Halep, a two-time quarterfinalist in Australia, said she’d been hampered by pain in her left knee that was compounded by the pressure of the match.”Definitely (Rogers) played well. I think she played very high standard,” Halep said. “She was aggressive, and she hit very strong.”Unlike Halep, 13th-seeded Venus Williams improved on her first-round exit from last year to advance with 7-6 (5), 7-5 win over Kateryna Kozlova.advertisementSeventh-seeded Muguruza saved a set point in the first set, needed a medical timeout and had to fend off three break-point chances at 1-4 in the second set before advancing with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Marina Erakovic.Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig raced through her opening match, beating Patricia Tig 6-0, 6-1. Duan Yingying was among the early winners with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Rebecca Sramkova.Australian teenager Destanee Aiava’s milestone match ended in a 6-3, 7-6 (4) loss to German qualifier Mona Barthel. The 16-year-old Melbourne high school student became the first player born in this millennium to play a main draw match at a major.No. 27 Irina-Camelia Begu advanced and, in two all-American matches, Samantha Crawford beat Lauren Davis 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 and Alison Riske beat Madison Brengle 7-5, 6-3.Two seeded players lost early matches, with Varvara Lepchenko beating No. 19 Kiki Bertens 7-5, 7-6 (5) and former No. 1-ranked Jelena Jankovic beating No. 26 Laura Siegemund 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori needed 3 hours, 34 minutes to advance, beating Andrey Kuznetsov 7-5, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-2.There were two early retirements in the men’s draw. No. 10-seeded Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon finalist, was leading 6-1 when Luca Vanni retired from their match, and Jeremy Chardy was leading 4-0 when Nicolas Almagro retired with an injured right calf muscle in the first set.Ryan Harrison beat Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and No. 29 Viktor Troicki beat Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 2-6, 6-3.
For Outstanding, Faithful and Dedicated Service to the Boys’ Brigade in Jamaica, Captain Easton Michael Daley was awarded the Badge of Honour at the National Honours and Awards ceremony, held at King’s House on National Heroes Day (October 16). Story Highlights “It’s good to be honoured by your country. I give God the glory,” says Captain Daley to JIS News. The Captain believes the key to the success of the Brigade is discipline. This has enabled the production of numerous professionals, including at least 10 police officers, six soldiers and several pastors in the last seven years. For Outstanding, Faithful and Dedicated Service to the Boys’ Brigade in Jamaica, Captain Easton Michael Daley was awarded the Badge of Honour at the National Honours and Awards ceremony, held at King’s House on National Heroes Day (October 16).Captain Daley received the insignia in his capacity as Programme Director/Training Officer, with more than 1,300 boys under his overall supervision.Even though he has obtained a number of other awards, Captain Daley rates this one as the best, to date.“It’s good to be honoured by your country. I give God the glory,” says Captain Daley to JIS News.The Brigade celebrated the achievement in the hall on Camp Road shortly after the national ceremony. They had a ‘surprise’ dinner, talent show, and the boys gave speeches about his work.“I knew they were planning something, as they kept coming up with all kinds of excuses to get me out of the office,” Captain Daley says.The refreshment was delicious and the entertainment wonderful, but the encouraging words from the boys had the greatest impact on the Captain.“It brought tears to my eyes when they spoke of the ways in which they had benefited from the Brigade. I didn’t realise how grateful they were. It gave me the energy to find an extra gear to do more,” Captain Daley says.The journey to this prestigious honour began when Captain Daley joined the Boys’ Brigade in 1972. His rise through the ranks was meteoric.“I became known for breaking all the records. In less than one year, I was a Lance Corporal and within eight years, I was Lieutenant; and by age 20, I was acting Captain. At 25, I was the youngest person to sit on the National Executive. It was unusual for someone to become Captain before 30,” he says.Captain Daley explains that serving the Brigade is his passion, so it does not feel like work.When asked about the reason for his good rapport with the boys, the Captain points out that to work with the youth, you need to understand them. “You have to listen to them, and try to get to know their world,” he says.His philosophy is that the boys should strive to be more advanced than him and others they admire. Hence, whenever they express a desire to be like him, he takes it to another level by telling them, “you need to be better than me and other icons”.The Captain believes the key to the success of the Brigade is discipline. This has enabled the production of numerous professionals, including at least 10 police officers, six soldiers and several pastors in the last seven years.“The work of the Brigade has taken me to all 14 parishes and overseas. I have represented the Brigade in the Cayman Islands and The Bahamas. The latter has offered me a salary, house and car more than once, but I don’t believe in leaving the boys of Jamaica. My first responsibility is to the youth of my country,” he underscores.Captain Daley plans to continue serving the Brigade. This is quite understandable, given his motto: ‘Sure and Steadfast to Help Our Youth’.