Serena Williams, Roger Federer ease into US Open’s 4th round

first_imgSerena Williams does not enjoy viewing videos of her losses. Not one bit.She used to engage in that sort of film work, Williams said, but “it was so painful; it was like stabbing myself.”So even though Williams knew her third-round opponent at the U.S. Open would be the same woman she lost to at the Australian Open, preparing by studying a replay of that January defeat simply was out of the question.Did not seem to matter at all.After splitting Saturday’s first eight games against 42nd-ranked Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, the fourth-seeded Williams got into high gear and breezed to a 6-4, 6-0 victory, reeling off the last eight games in a row.”Definitely was motivated. Knowing that I lost; could definitely happen again. Did not want that to happen,” said Williams, who hit 13 aces to raise her tour-leading total this season to 408.”I really hate watching matches that I lose, unless I’m punishing myself,” added the 14-time Grand Slam champion. “I didn’t punish myself.”She hasn’t been losing much lately.Since the only first-round Grand Slam exit of her career, against 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano at the French Open on May 29, Williams is 22-1 in singles, including the title at Wimbledon and gold medal at the London Olympics.That sort of excellence sure saves money for clothes: Williams said she threw out all of the dresses she brought to Paris to wear during matches there.No such problems so far in New York, where Williams has dropped only 12 games entering her fourth-round match against 82nd-round Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic. Hlavackova, the 2011 French Open doubles champion, bawled on court after her 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over 14th-seeded Maria Kirilenko, whose boyfriend, Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, was in New York to cheer for her.The woman Williams beat in the Wimbledon final, second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, dealt with the 90-degree heat and former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic with equal aplomb during a 6-3, 7-5 victory.”I was melting there,” Radwanska said. “I survived the match.”She wasn’t the only one who felt that way.Olympic champion Andy Murray, still seeking his first Grand Slam title after four losses in finals, eked out a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4) victory over No. 30 Feliciano Lopez, who led in each of the three tiebreakers before faltering.”Could have gone either way,” Murray acknowledged. “It was very hot and humid in the middle part of the match. I was struggling a bit with that.”The man he beat for the gold at the Summer Games, and lost to in the Wimbledon title match, Roger Federer, is also Murray’s potential semifinal opponent in New York. Federer, as is often the case, barely was bothered Saturday while dismissing No. 25 Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.Five of Federer ‘s record 17 Grand Slam titles came at Flushing Meadows, and he’s sure looking capable of adding to those numbers.”He didn’t give me many chances with his serve,” observed Verdasco, who held only one break point and failed to convert it.Federer also was pretty good at the net, winning 26 of the 27 points when he moved forward. He next will take on No. 23 Mardy Fish, who needed to set aside 75 unforced errors over more than 3 hours to beat No. 16 Gilles Simon 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in a match that ended after 1 a.m. Sunday.Asked in an on-court interview what he’ll need to do to beat Federer and reach the quarterfinals, Fish said: “I have no idea right now, to be honest. A lot more than I did today, but we’ll try to rest as best we can and see what we can do.”They didn’t start their match until past 10 p.m. Saturday night, after No. 1 Ana Ivanovic overcame a poor start, 56 unforced errors and a partisan crowd to beat 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2. Ivanovic also eliminated Stephens in the third round at Flushing Meadows a year ago.Murray gets No. 15 Milos Raonic, who hit his 29th ace of the day, and 89th of the week, to cap a 6-3, 6-0, 7-6 (3) victory against 32-year-old American wild-card entry James Blake.Other men winning Saturday included No. 11 Nicolas Almagro, who ended the run of 19-year-old American Jack Sock 7-6 (3), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-1 and now will play 2010 Wimledon runner-up Tomas Berdych, a four-set winner over No. 27 Sam Querrey; No. 12 Marin Cilic, who defeated No. 17 Kei Nishikori; and 50th-ranked Martin Klizan of Slovakia, who beat No. 32 Jeremy Chardy.On Saturday against Makarova, things were even at 4-all in the first set, before Williams held serve to go up 5-4. In the next game, Williams broke the left-handed Makarova for the first time to take the opening set and seize control in Arthur Ashe Stadium.At 15-all, Williams hit a backhand winner down the line. Then she earned a set point with big forehand to a corner that allowed her to put away a swinging backhand volley winner. And when Makarova pushed a down-the-line forehand long to cap the set, Williams let out a loud, excited yell of “Come on!”Beginning to put the match out of reach, Williams got another break point the next time Makarova served with a reflex forehand volley passing shot off an overhead, and followed up with a strong backhand approach that her opponent couldn’t handle. That made it 2-0 in the second set, and Williams’ older sister, seven-time major champion Venus, applauded from her seat in the stands.In all, Williams won 32 of 40 points on her serve and never faced a break point.By the time it was over, she also held a 31-10 edge in winners, moving a step closer to adding a fourth U.S. Open trophy to the ones she won in 1999, 2002 and 2008.The last time these two women played each other, it wasn’t close, either. The difference, surprisingly, was that Makarova won 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round in Melbourne. She got plenty of help from seven double-faults and 37 total unforced errors by Williams, who joked that day, “Maybe I should have started serving lefty.”That loss remains the only one for Williams in 22 Grand Slam matches against lefties.”She served so much better than she did in Australia. So when she’s serving that good, it’s really tough to play against her,” Makarova said. “I knew she would start aggressive, because that’s how it is anytime she loses and she really wants to beat someone.”After Saturday’s victory in the rematch, Williams, who turns 31 this month, was asked during an on-court interview about decisions by her contemporaries Andy Roddick, 30, and Kim Clijsters, 29, to quit professional tennis after the U.S. Open.”I’m nowhere near close to retiring,” Williams replied, drawing a roar of approval from the crowd. “I can’t leave you guys. I love this sport way too much, and now that Andy and Kim are done, I feel that I need to stay out here for the tennis. I’m not going anywhere.”The four-time major champion and former No. 1-ranked player headed into retirement after she and Bob Bryan lost their second-round mixed doubles match against Makarova and Bruno Soares. Clijsters announced months ago the U.S. Open would be her last tournament, and she already was out of singles and women’s doubles.Clijsters is.advertisementadvertisementClijsters bid adieu to the sport with her husband and 4-year-old daughter sitting in the stands at Court 17.”I’ve been telling her I’m going to be home a lot when this tournament is completely done,” Clijsters said. “I don’t think she understands the meaning of the word ‘retirement.'”advertisementlast_img read more

Ysa Jimenez emerges as reliable 3rd option for UST vs UE

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Golden Tigresses such as Dimdim Pacres and Caitlyn Viray who have stepped up to provide offensive lift and UST has found another one willing to take the jump in Ysa Jimenez.UST easily handled University of the East in straight sets, 25-20, 25-20, 25-16, on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum and it was a game that saw Jimenez show up as a capable third fiddle.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“Every game I’m always there to back the starters up and if ever the team needs me I just think to myself that I have to contribute, if coach (Kung Fu Reyes)  gives me a chance then I don’t want to break that trust,” said Jimenez in Filipino.Jimenez, who usually comes in as a substitute for Pacres in the opposite hitter role, had a career game with 10 points and was instrumental in sparking UST’s run in the third set. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas has a couple of offensive constants in Cherry Rondina and Eya Laure but that doesn’t meant that the star duo would always be the team’s focal point.There have been several players that have risen as the team’s third option in offense especially when Season 80 Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini suffered a knee injury four games into the Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Quarters duel vs KaTropa not about Terrence vs TNT, says Romeo View comments The rookie tied the set at 11 with a block then followed it up with a well-placed attack for UST’s 13-11 lead and it was from there that the other Golden Tigresses started to wrap things up.Jimenez said it’s important for the other players in the team to support Rondina and Laure especially on the offensive aspect since the two stars shouldn’t always carry UST.“It’s important for us role players to always be there so that it’s not just Eya and Ate Sisi who’s carrying the load and that they should know that we’re always here,” said Jimenez. “If somebody has to step up we’re always here. It’s not just me because my other teammates should also contribute, especially my co-rookies.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

India Will Be Under Home Crowd Pressure, Feels Bangladesh’s Goalkeeping Coach Ahead of FIFA World Cup Qualifier

first_imgKolkata: The pressure will be on higher-ranked India as they are playing in front of home crowd in their World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday, Bangladesh goalkeeping coach Bobby Mimms said here on Sunday.The 104-ranked India, who are 83 places above Bangladesh in the FIFA chart, will be eyeing to notch up their first win in group E to keep their slender qualification hopes alive. “The pressure is actually on India because they’re going to be playing in front of a big packed house. If India lose, it’s a big upset, so we are aware that they’ll be under a lot of pressure,” the 55-year-old Mimms told reporters ahead of their Tuesday’s clash against India.”It’s a big motivation when you come to play in Kolkata knowing that it’s going to be a full house playing against India at the Saltlake Stadium.”Following their impressive goal-less draw at Qatar, India have one point from two matches to be placed fourth in the table behind Oman, while Bangladesh have lost both their matches to remain on the bottom spot.In their last match, Bangladesh fought bravely and created chances but only to go down 0-2 to Qatar in Dhaka.”We all know how bravely we played against Qatar and we can cause India a problem. I think the pressure will be on India and not so much on us.”The former Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper said his side won two friendly matches against Bhutan before going down to Qatar.”We are hoping to maintain the same level of intensity as we showed against Qatar. If we can put up a good performance, the result will look after itself.”India will be missing the services of star defender Sandesh Jhingan and Anwar Ali (Junior) but Mimms said the home side will still be a force to reckon with.”We’re not taking India lightly despite the fact that they have got a couple of injuries. They have got other good players who play at a good level in India. No matter what 11 they put out it’s going to be a good team,” he said.Asked how he has prepared his team’s goalkeepers to deny the goal-poaching ability of Sunil Chhetri, he said: “We’ve just got to stick to our game plan and work at it and hopefully it nullifies any threat.”Obviously, Chhetri scores a lot of goals and he’s a good player in the ISL and for the India team he is a talisman. We’ve got to be aware of him. But there are 10 other players on the pitch. We’ve got to be aware of the things and tactically and technically we’ve prepared our goalkeepers,” he said. 2022 fifa world cup2023 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiersbangladeshfootball First Published: October 13, 2019, 4:10 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Feeling in camp still very strong, says South Africa captain Faf du Plessis

first_imgSouth Africa’s washed-out World Cup game against the West Indies has put them in danger of being ousted from semifinal contention but captain Faf du Plessis is pleased that they did not have to play in a rain-shortened game which would have favored the Caribbeans.A struggling South Africa got their first point of the World Cup after their game against the West Indies was abandoned due to persistent rain here on Monday.”The further the game goes, the closer to a T20 game, being two down already, the odds are heavily in their favor. So, as it got a bit later in the day, then you would rather get the point and go,” du Plessis said after the match was abandoned.South Africa were 29 for two in the eighth over when rain stopped play and intermittent showers meant no play was possible for the rest of the game, giving them their first point after three back-to-back losses against England, Bangladesh, and India.”We need to start playing better cricket, more consistent and more solid cricket. If we do that, and the results start happening one by one, then this team will get a lot of confidence from that for the later stages.”South Africa has to start winning matches to maintain any hopes of making the semifinals. But du Plessis is happy that his team is free of any cracks which can develop when on a losing streak.”Generally, I find that when a team starts losing two or three games, it can happen that there are a few cracks that can appear in a team and the blame game can start. And I do honestly believe that we have been very far away from that,” the skipper said.advertisement”The feeling in the camp is still very strong. The guys are still enjoying. It is just performance-wise, we haven’t put in the performances we need. That is a strong sign of us as a team, as a culture, and that is one aspect of performance. Now it is just the performance and the skill side of cricket that needs to take over.”He hoped the individuals within the team will stand up and pull the side up.”You need one guy getting a great hundred,” du Plessis said.”KG (Kagiso Rabada) did that against India as a small part of a role in a game. He picked the bowling unit up by just being the X-factor player that he is, so right now, we need individuals to stand up and step up to lift the team’s morale. If you get that going, then other players can feed off their confidence.Also Read | AB de Villiers called me before World Cup selection but it was too late: Faf du PlessisAlso Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa, West Indies share points after rain plays spoilsportAlso Seelast_img read more

Mexico and Wales play out scoreless draw

first_imgMexico 0 Wales 0: Dos Santos brothers play part in draw Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 11:00 5/29/18 GiovanidosSantos - Cropped Getty Images Mexico were held to a goalless draw by Wales as they continued their World Cup preparations. Giovani dos Santos came off the bench during Mexico’s 0-0 friendly draw with Wales as he tries to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup.Dos Santos, 29, and his brother Jonathan have battled injuries at LA Galaxy this season, leading to some doubts over their places in Russia.Giovani was introduced for the final 20 minutes at the Rose Bowl, with Jonathan playing the final half-hour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now While their fitness gave Mexico a boost, neither could provide a breakthrough for the hosts.Mexico had the better of the encounter, but struggled in the attacking third, while Wayne Hennessey made several decent saves to see Wales earn a draw.World Cup places were still up for grabs for Mexico after Juan Carlos Osorio named an initial preliminary squad.Hugo Ayala and Oswaldo Alanis formed their centre-back pairing, while Javier Hernandez started up front.For Ryan Giggs’ Wales, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, Premier League duo Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey were in the starting XI, but the former was substituted in the first half due to injury.Both teams started brightly in California, with Jesus Corona forcing Hennessey into a diving save from 25 yards in the opening stages.Mexico controlled play after an even start and went close to an opener midway through the first half, but Hennessey denied Javier Aquino in a one-on-one.At the other end, Wales almost struck through Harry Wilson, but the Liverpool attacker curled his effort just wide after cutting inside from the right.Hennessey was again called into action to keep the visitors level approaching half-time, the Crystal Palace goalkeeper tipping over a Hector Herrera strike.Mexico – who face Germany, Sweden and South Korea in Group F in Russia – continued to struggle in the attacking third, Herrera’s poor touch on the penalty spot costing him a chance at a shot on goal before the hour-mark.Jonathan and Giovani dos Santos came off the bench as Mexico continued to search for a breakthrough, but they kept breaking down in the attacking third throughout the second half.Giovani almost scored the winner in the closing stages, but Hennessey came to Wales’ rescue once more. read morelast_img read more

Redmi Note 5 Pro for Rs 10,800 is the best deal in Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza sale

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiFebruary 19, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 09:44 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi Note 7 in India on February 28.Ahead of the launch of the new series looks like Xiaomi wants to empty stock of the old models.Xiaomi very recently reduced the India price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro to Rs 12,999.Xiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi Note 7 in India on February 28. Ahead of the launch of the new series looks like Xiaomi wants to empty stock of the old models like the Redmi Note 5 and Note 6 series. On account of that Flipkart is hosting Mobiles Bonanza sale and Amazon is live with Mi Days sale starting today, February 19. Both the sales will end on February 23. During both the sales, popular smartphones from Xiaomi are selling with massive discounts. Most of the offers are great, but the best one of all is on the Redmi Note 5 Pro on both Flipkart and Amazon.To recollect, Xiaomi very recently reduced the India price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro to Rs 12,999. Flipkart is selling the Redmi Note 5 Pro for Rs 11,999 after a flat Rs 1,000 discount. Amazon is also selling the Note 5 Pro for Rs 11,999. On top of the flat discount the interested buyers can get instant 10 per cent discount on Flipkart, which will further drop the price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro to Rs 10,800. Notably, the Axis bank offer will be available to buyers shopping with their Axis debit and credit card. Meanwhile, Amazon is offering an instant 5 per cent discount to ICICI debit and credi card users.Although the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a few years old now, at Rs 10,800 it is one of the best deals available on Flipkart during the Mobiles Bonanza sale today. It is a no hidden fact that Note 5 Pro is one of the best smartphones of its times. The smartphone has received several awards for being the best smartphone at its price point. In fact, the Redmi Note 5 Pro helped Xiaomi lead the Indian smartphone market last year. According to IDC Xiaomi has become India’s leading smartphone brand of India in 2018.advertisementThe Redmi Note 5 Pro strikes all the right nodes when it comes to the offerings. The Note 5 Pro manages to click great pictures with good amount of details and spot-on colours with its dual rear cameras. The selfie shooter of the Redmi phone also manages to click flawless selfies, as we had said in our review of the phone.The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the back panel, comes packed with a primary 13-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and 5-megapixel secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture. The Note 5 Pro camera also comes paired with several features like Single tone flash, PDAF, enhanced low-light photography, HDR adjustments, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition, EIS for video recording, among other things. The front camera of the Redmi Note 5 Pro is equally promising. The smartphone sports a 20-megapixel selfie shooter on the front paired with f/2.2 aperture.Overall, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a powerful package. The smartphone features a 5.99-inch FHD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded further via microSD card. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is backed by a 4000mAh battery which runs the phone easily for one full day in a single charge.Flipkart is also selling other Xiaomi phones including Redmi 6A, Redmi Note 6 Pro, Redmi 6 Pro, Redmi Y2, and Mi A2 with big discounts. The sale ends on February 23.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi 6A, Mi A2, Redmi Note 5 Pro sell with massive discounts during Mi Days saleALSO READ | Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza sale begins, big discounts on Redmi Note 6 Pro, Realme 2 Pro, Poco F1ALSO READ | Vivo V15 Pro with 32MP pop-up selfie camera now teased on Flipkart ahead of February 20 India launchGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow RedmiFollow androidFollow Flipkart Redmi Note 5 Pro for Rs 10,800 is the best deal in Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza saleThe Redmi Note 5 Pro strikes all the right nodes when it comes to the offerings. The Note 5 Pro manages to click great pictures with good amount of details and spot-on colours with its dual rear cameras.advertisementlast_img read more

Healthcare Delivery to be Improved Through the Use of Technology

first_img In the next couple of weeks, the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology will be launching a pilot initiative that will enhance healthcare delivery across the island through the use of technology. eCare will allow a patient to, through the use of technology, interact with their doctor for consultation and advice, without having to leave home to visit a clinic or medical practice. In the next couple of weeks, the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology will be launching a pilot initiative that will enhance healthcare delivery across the island through the use of technology. Story Highlights In the next couple of weeks, the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology will be launching a pilot initiative that will enhance healthcare delivery across the island through the use of technology.Dubbed eCare, the initiative is being implemented in collaboration with the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the Diabetes Association of Jamaica.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 15.eCare will allow a patient to, through the use of technology, interact with their doctor for consultation and advice, without having to leave home to visit a clinic or medical practice.It will facilitate video conferencing between doctor and patient, along with affording the medical professional the convenience of sending prescriptions to the patient’s pharmacy of choice.Dr. Wheatley said the eCare pilot will have a phased introduction at select health centres, adding that 5,000 persons will be selected to be part of the pilot, with their data to be analysed as part of the evaluation process before the nationwide launch of the programme.“I believe that eCare is a game changer, as it will revolutionise the way in whichdoctors and their patients collaborate to manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease,” he said.He said doctors and their clinical support staff will receive training in the use of the technology and how the technology can assist them in assessing specific parameters such as blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.Dr. Wheatley said through eCare, technology will be used to cut the long waiting queues at public health centres; reduce overcrowding at these facilities; better manage the incidence of NCDs; realise tremendous cost savings and contribute to a healthy society; and put power into the hands of patients to better manage their own health.last_img read more

Expanded Program Connects Youth to Resource Sector Jobs

first_img “The students are great workers,” said Charlotte Paul, owner of Dragonfly Haven Therapeutic Farm. “They provided loving care for the animals, including feeding and chores, they worked independently in an outside positive work environment within our farm setting.” Last year, 15 youth completed the pilot and this year, 34 youth have successfully completed. Forty employers participated in the program, providing valuable work experiences and mentorship support. “Engaging and supporting youth, our future leaders, has always been a priority for Nova Scotia Co-operatives and Credit Unions,” said Dianne Kelderman, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Co-operative Council. “We are thrilled to partner with the Department of Community Services to engage and support even more youth, and hopefully together, we have given them new skills and experience, and a path of options and hope for the future.” “When we heard of the Career Rising program we knew this was a great opportunity for us to encourage and support a group of young students who have an interest, but may not see themselves going to post-secondary education because of financial challenges,” said Darrell Kuhn, president and CEO Community Credit Union. “Because of that, we are allocating $12,000 a year to a tuition trust to specifically support youth participating in the Career Rising program.” “By implementing this new program, we are hoping to give youth valuable work skills and experience, while helping them to plan for their future and self-sufficiency,” said Kelly Regan, Minister of Community Services. “At the same time, we’re also helping to give much needed support to the agricultural and resource industries in our rural communities.” To participate in the program, youth and families can visit their local Community Services office to learn more or call 1-877-424-1177. a two-week skills-development camp focused on building self-confidence, leadership skills, work readiness, financial literacy and career exploration a paid work experience with a local employer within the agricultural and resource sectors and new this year, post-work experience support that includes resume development, and ongoing connection to community and supports throughout the school year also new, a post-secondary grant composed of matched wages at 25 per cent (up to a maximum of $1,200 per year) by community services and $500 per student from the Community Credit Union, to help encourage students to attend post-secondary and alleviate future post-secondary costs. Students looking to gain work experience and explore careers within their community, now have more opportunities through the new Career Rising program. The Career Rising program is delivered in partnership with the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, providing skills development camps and work experience within the agricultural and resource sectors. The program supports dependents of clients receiving income assistance through the Employment Support and Income Assistance program and youth in care (ages 15 to 19). “At first, I was very nervous to start work, but the program helped me learn how to be more responsible. The program taught me how to achieve my goals and how to be more productive overall,” said Fallon, age 16, a student participating in the Career Rising program in North Sydney. “I am really happy to be working here. This program is making me think about what I want to do after I graduate high school.” Following the success of the pilot project last year the Department of Community Services has made Career Rising a permanent program, now with added incentives for students. The program features four components: last_img read more

EU willing to renegotiate Brexit deal says UK Foreign Minister

first_imgLondon: British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, a contender to replace Theresa May as prime minister, said Sunday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had indicated the EU was willing to renegotiate the Brexit divorce deal. Hunt, one of nearly a dozen Conservatives vying to succeed May after she resigned as party leader Friday, said he spoke with Merkel at this week’s D-Day commemorations and was convinced changing May’s agreement was possible. “She said that of course with a new British prime minister we would want to look at any solutions you have,” he told Sky News. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”I’m absolutely clear that if we take the right approach to this, the Europeans would be willing to negotiate on the package.” Hunt did not specify if he was referring to the legally-binding withdrawal agreement which the EU has repeatedly insisted cannot be re-opened, or to the accompanying political declaration on future relations. Brussels has said the declaration could be revisited if Britain makes a substantive change in its positions, for example on a customs union or access to the single market. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaMay agreed the package with the EU last year but saw it rejected three times by British lawmakers, forcing her to delay Brexit twice — the latest extension being to October 31. A controversial provision in the agreement for the Irish border, known as the backstop, has proved the key stumbling block. It would prevent the return of border checks between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland if the sides fail to agree a free trade pact after an initial transition period. Hunt claimed Merkel had signalled EU leaders may now be open to a technological solution to the thorny issue — something Brussels has previously ruled out as unrealistic.last_img read more

BC researchers develop sprayon solution to costly quake conundrum

first_imgVANCOUVER – It was while flipping through British Columbia’s seismic upgrade guidelines at the beginning of his civil engineering master’s degree that Salman Soleimani-Dashtaki first realized something was amiss.He noticed that retrofitting schools to protect them from earthquakes almost always involved tearing down and replacing masonry walls — a costly and time-consuming process.Six years later, the PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia has come up with a form of spray-on concrete that keeps walls in place. Researchers say the concrete will keep schools safe from the most powerful earthquakes and cut the cost of seismic retrofits.“All my research career has been the same,” Soleimani-Dashtaki said Tuesday. “I try to see where there is a gap and I try to fill and bridge that gap.”The new material allows masonry walls to withstand up to three times the strongest earthquake expected on Canada’s West Coast. One test structure sprayed with a 10-millimetre layer kept it from crumbling in a simulation that mimicked the magnitude 9 quake that hit Japan in 2011, Soleimani-Dashtaki said.Prof. Nemy Banthia, who oversaw the project, said British Columbia gets 2,500 of the 4,000 tremors Canada experiences annually.“Earthquakes don’t kill people. It’s the buildings that kill people,” he said, adding that old masonry structures are the most at risk to fail.The new material will be used in the next few weeks to retrofit a Vancouver elementary school. Researchers say they hope to expand the application to other buildings around the province.The B.C. government has earmarked 346 schools for seismic upgrades, but a progress report in August indicated retrofits had yet to be completed in more than half of them.“If you look at our B.C. schools, you will see miles and miles of unreinforced masonry corridor walls,” Banthia said.“During an earthquake, these are the corridor walls that would collapse and these are the ones where our children would suffer casualties.”University president Santa Ono lauded the project as not only innovative but economical.“What’s remarkable is that this costs half of the cost of a standard retrofit,” he said.The substance is also described as being more environmentally friendly than traditional concrete because it replaces 70 per cent of the cement used in its production with fly ash, an industrial byproduct.B.C. Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark says the new technology will have a far-reaching impact and will save lives not only in the province but around the world.“This is a massive problem on the Pacific Rim, here in B.C., and we are all at risk,” Mark said.“My children attend public schools. We want to make sure that when we leave our kids in the morning that they’ll be there when we pick them up in the afternoon.”Soleimani-Dashtaki said his research could be expanded to other structures, such as bridges and columns, and he would like to refine its packaging to make it easier to use outside the developed world.“There are thousands and millions of houses in developing countries, like India, for example, which they can’t really afford to replace and they can’t really afford to do expensive retrofit solutions we have in today’s world,” he said.“So this type of a quick, in-and-out, very cost-effective system would really, really help them.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Tori Spelling And Valspar Paint Support Habitat For Humanity

first_imgValspar Paint announces the second installment of the Valspar Color Project, an online video series following two of today’s favorite celebrity couples, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott as well as Ashley Hebert and JP Rosenbaum, as they take viewers behind the scenes to share how they connect to the power in color and find the perfect Valspar paint color match to transform a room in their homes.Valspar Color Expert and Designer Genevieve Gorder assist Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott find their perfect Valspar color match through the Valspar Color Project benefitting Habitat for HumanityWith the help of interior designer and Valspar color expert Genevieve Gorder and the Valspar Perfect Match App on Facebook, each couple reveals how they merge their color styles. Beginning Tuesday, March 19 through Monday, June 10, 2013, watch each video on the Valspar Paint Facebook page at Each time a viewer shares their own color match through the app, Valspar Paint will donate $1.00 to the nonprofit affordable-housing organization Habitat For Humanity, up to $150,000. Habitat for Humanity is proudly supported by each celebrity couple and by Valspar as its national paint partner in the United States.Ashley Hebert and JP Rosenbaum find their perfect match in Valspar Roasted Pumpkin 2005-3A“When designing a room, color is one of the most powerful elements in a designer’s toolbox and painting is one of the simplest ways to incorporate color in a room and refresh your palette,” said Gorder. “I love to see people push the boundaries when it comes to color in the home, as these couples have done through the Valspar Color Project. One of the tools that can give you the confidence to do that is the Valspar Love Your Color Guarantee. If you choose a Valspar Paint color and don’t love it, you can get a replacement color for free.”Actress and author Tori Spelling and her husband, actor Dean McDermott, turn to Valspar Paint and Genevieve Gorder to advise them on the perfect color match after deciding to refresh their kids’ playroom in their Los Angeles home. Gorder pairs Spelling and McDermott with Valspar Rushing Stream 5005-10B, a bright and modern shade of turquoise that reflects a combination of both their color tastes and personalities.“Color is a big part of our lives, so it was important for us to bring positive color energy into the playroom, especially because we spend so much time in that room together,” said Spelling. “Valspar Rushing Stream has created an inviting and lively environment for our family and we are thrilled to find a color that is a blend of everything we were looking for – something bright yet airy and light, with a springtime feel.”After using the Valspar Perfect Match App, TV personality Ashley Hebert and her husband, JP Rosenbaum, were matched with Valspar Roasted Pumpkin 2005-3A. This rich shade of orange fulfilled their desire to add a dynamic vibrancy to their living room, a common area where they often entertain and host guests.“As newlyweds, decorating our home together means merging our tastes in color and décor,” said Hebert. “Valspar Roasted Pumpkin is the perfect combination of our styles for a space we both use every day. We hope everyone will have as much fun as we did using the Valspar Perfect Match App.”Now in its second year, the Valspar Color Project is part of an ongoing partnership between Valspar and Habitat for Humanity. Since launching the national partnership in 2002, Valspar, through its Foundation, has committed more than $60 million in cash and paint to Habitat through 2014 and guarantees paint for every Habitat house built, repaired or rehabilitated in the United States.To watch the Valspar Color Project celebrity color transformation stories, use the Valspar Perfect Match App and share a color match to help raise money for Habitat for Humanity, please visit Through the Valspar Color Project, for each share of a color match between Tuesday, March 19 and Monday, June 10, 2013, Valspar will donate $1 to Habitat for Humanity, up to $150,000 and with a minimum donation of $25,000.last_img read more

Twitter closes up 72 percent in Wall Street debut

first_imgNew York City- Twitter made a spectacular Wall Street debut Thursday but analysts warned of challenges ahead for the popular messaging service vying to become the next fixture for global Internet users.The shares shot up by more than 90 percent in early trade to as high as just over $50. In the end, the stock closed with a one-day gain of 73 percent at $44.90, from the initial public offering (IPO) price of $26.But analysts cautioned that the success of the IPO was just a first step for Twitter, which must now justify its hefty valuation. “Kudos to Twitter for orchestrating a highly successful IPO,” said Lou Kerner of the Social Internet Fund.“However, as Facebook showed, an IPO success, or disaster in Facebook’s case, is really just noise in the long term. Twitter’s success as a stock is going to be based on how the company performs.”Kerner said Twitter “needs to perform extraordinarily well, in terms of user growth, user engagement, and user monetization to justify its price.”Appropriately, #TwitterIPO was among the top trending topics on the social network for much of the day.The key Twitter founders attended the opening on the New York Stock Exchange, along with “Star Trek” actor Patrick Stewart and a nine-year-old girl who operates a lemonade stand.“Honored to join @ev @jack @biz @dickc & the @Twitter team at their historic IPO this morning,” Stewart tweeted, referring to founders Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo.“We have a lot of work ahead of us,” Costolo told CNBC television from the floor of the stock exchange. “All the capital raised by this is going into the company.”Asked about Twitter’s growth potential, Costolo said “it’s all about making it very simple and easy for new users to come to the platform… we all have examples of why this service can be useful to everyone on the planet.”Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali was upbeat about the company, saying in a note to clients that “Twitter is based on a one-to-all, all-the-time broadcast distribution model, and as such, fulfills an unmet need.”“This model is highly complementary to traditional media outlets (especially TV), and fulfills the need for up-to-the-minute, trending information in real time,” it said.But Brian Wieser at Pivotal Research issued a “sell” recommendation after the opening, saying Twitter “is simply too expensive” after the hefty opening gains with “nearly the same valuation as CBS… or even Yahoo.”Larry Chiagouris, a professor of marketing at Pace University, said the “investor mania” around Twitter is not an indication of success.“The fundamental question is how much people have to say on Twitter,” he told AFP.“We know there are some people who are social and want to talk all the time, but you can’t make a business model on those people.”Chiagouris added that “large corporations with hundreds of millions of dollars have not put substantial sums into paid media with Facebook and Twitter.”“They all are experimenting but nobody is putting 25 percent in social media. It may not sound cool but traditional media is still the media of choice today,” he said.Twitter offered 70 million shares trading under the symbol TWTR, generating $1.82 billion, and gave underwriters a 30-day option to purchase an additional 10.5 million shares.The IPO assigned a market value of around $14.4 billion to the company whose messaging service has become a hugely popular tool for celebrities, journalists, political leaders and others. But by the end of the day, that value had topped $24 billion.With the over-allotment it should be the second-biggest tech IPO after Facebook’s $16 billion effort last year and ahead of Google’s 2004 offer, which raised $1.92 billion, according to research firm Dealogic.Depending on the outcome of the common stock offer to underwriters, between 12.8 and 14.5 percent of the company’s shares will be publicly traded. The rest are held by its founders and a handful of early investors.Twitter has fast become engrained in popular culture but must still convince investors of its business model, having lost more than $440 million since 2010.But with 232 million users and growing, Twitter is expected to be able to reach profitability by delivering ads in the form of promoted tweets, and from its data analytics.The research firm eMarketer estimates Twitter will bring in $582.8 million in global ad revenue this year, and nearly $1 billion in 2014.last_img read more

French Frigate Hermione Stops at Tangier Port

Rabat – The French frigate Hermione, which carried the Marquis de Lafayette to the U.S. colonies, successfully arrived on March 7 in Tangier Med port, its first and only stopover in Africa.Symbolizing freedom, solidarity, and peace, the Navy has been sailing since January 30 from its home port in Rochefort, France, to bring worldwide youths closer as it carries onboard 350 volunteer sailors from 34 French-speaking countries.“I do not know if our experience can save the world, but it can serve as an example and make life more harmonious between people of different cultures, different countries, to be more open and more patient,” says Dani, one of the sailors from Canada. Launched in April 1779, the original Hermione is famed for having taken General Lafayette from Rochefort, France to Boston, USA, to deliver the secret news that he had secured 5,500 French troops and 5 frigates to support George Washington in fighting the American Revolutionary War.Miles Young, president of the Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, said that the resurrection of Hermione makes history alive again.A crowd of several hundred people cheered its arrival at the port, including Morocco’s Minister of Justice, Mohamed Aujjar, and the French ambassador to Morocco, Jean-François Girault, who praised the commitment of these young gabiers participating in the movement “Freedom Together,” describing this first stopover of the Hermione in Tangier to be of  “great importance” as it symbolizes the “exceptional friendship between France and Morocco.”The Hermione crew set sail for a total of twelve stopovers including La Rochelle, Tangier, Barcelona, Sète, Toulon, Marseilles, Port Vendres, Nice, Bastia, Portimão, Pasaia, and Bordeaux, before the ship returns to Rochefort in France in June 2018. read more

Tamil man selfimmolates

The Swiss media reported that he was still alive at the time but succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Geneva. A Tamil man has succumbed to his injuries after he self-immolated himself outside the UN office in Geneva yesterday, the Swiss media reported.The police found the man lying on the pavement with his body almost completely burned and a container of gasoline in his hand. The police found the body near the picture of a soldier with symbols of the LTTE. Meanwhile the TamilNet website identified the victim as 35-year-old Senthilkumaran Ratnasingam. The website said that Senthilkumaran, a father of three, was living at Sion city in the canton of Wallis.He used to participate in demonstrations and protests since 2001. (Colombo Gazette)

Ban to chair highlevel donor conference next month for Syria humanitarian effort

The conference, to be held on 30 January in Kuwait, follows a $1.5 billion appealed launched last week by the United Nations and its partners, who have been hampered in their efforts to carry out relief activities due to lack of funds. The pledging conference is “a timely and much-needed opportunity to address the funding gap,” said a statement issued today by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. “The Secretary-General urges all Member States to be generous in their pledges and is thankful to those who continue to support the humanitarian efforts.”The bulk of the appeal – $1 billion – is to support refugees fleeing Syria to Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt. It is based on planning estimates that up to a million Syrian refugees will need help during the first half of next year.Another $519 million will be needed to support an estimated four million people inside Syria who need urgent humanitarian assistance, including an estimated two million internally displaced persons.This winter, many families are struggling to keep warm, without adequate shelter, warm clothes and heating fuel, the statement noted, adding that children make up more than 50 per cent of the civilians affected by the crisis. At least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which is now in its 22nd month.Meanwhile, the Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, will travel to Moscow to meet with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov tomorrow.This is the latest in a series of meetings in the region and elsewhere – including with Mr. al-Assad in Damascus earlier this week – held by the Joint Special Representative as part of his efforts to bring about a negotiated, political solution to end the fighting in Syria. read more

Clutch second half keys Crew comeback win over Montreal Impact

Columbus Crew forward Jairo Arrieta (25) battles for a ball with Houston Dynamo defender Warren Creavalle (5) during a game at Columbus Crew Stadium Sept. 4. The Crew won, 2-0. Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Columbus Crew seemed to be heading for another disappointing result Saturday night when they entered halftime trailing 1-0 to the Montreal Impact, but the sellout crowd of more than 21,000 at Crew Stadium was in for a redemption tale.The Crew (5-7-8) mounted a second-half comeback to notch a 2-1 victory on a pair of goals by midfielder Bernardo Anor.“I think we actually get more benefit out of a win like this than if we had come out and won 3- or 4-0,” Crew team captain and defender Michael Parkhurst said after the game. “It brings the team together when you have to grind out a win like that, especially the way things have been going lately.”The Crew enjoyed its first three-point showing since a 2-0 victory against Chicago May 24. The team had been 0-3-4 since then.Columbus goalkeeper Steve Clark said the mentality in the Crew locker room at the half was that they needed to “fight like hell.”Clark certainly embodied that attitude against Montreal (3-10-5) from the 46th minute on. He made all five of his saves after the break, including two on back-to-back Montreal shots in the 64th minute and another in the 69th that required an acrobatic leap to accomplish.“(Anor) scored two fantastic goals, but (Clark) was our man of the match,” Crew coach Gregg Berhalter said in a postgame press conference. “He came up big. He’s been doing that all year.”Columbus took 18 total shots on goal. Furthermore, outside defenders Chad Barson and Waylon Francis covered space along the length of the field instead of only roaming in the Impact’s attacking half.Parkhurst said that the conceded goal — a 35th minute strike from Impact forward Marco Di Vaio that developed from what Berhalter described as a defensive “miscue” — was the product of the Canadian squad converting “pretty much their only chance of the first half.”“We try to get our fullbacks forward, we try to play attacking soccer. And you’re going to leave yourself vulnerable at times. You’re going to give up some chances at times,” Berhalter said. “When they scored, it took a little out of us. It hurt us a bit.”Midfielder Kevan George got his first start of the season Saturday afterteammate Wil Trapp was given a one-game suspension because he received two yellow cards and a subsequent ejection Wednesday during a 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City.Stepping in for Trapp, who is tied for third on the team with three assists this season, George’s contributions did not go unnoticed by his colleagues.“Their strikers (Di Vaio and forward Jack McInerney) sometimes spread out wide and it drags us — the center backs — wide with them,” Parkhurst said. “So we talked to Kevan before the game and said if that happens, he has to sit between us so that we’re not completely stretched as a team.”George sank back several times to relieve pressure along the backline between 2014 MLS All-Star Parkhurst and Costa Rican national team defender Giancarlo Gonzalez.“I thought (George) had a really strong game,” Parkhurst said. “I think it would have been the same (plan with Trapp playing). You know, that holding midfielder, that’s his responsibility to sit there in front of the defense to be the first man to start the attacks. But most importantly, for the counterattacks.”Berhalter agreed, saying “Montreal does a great job in offensive transition … we were trying to minimize that by having Kevan kind of stay and then keep a middle presence.”Another bright spot for the Crew was how substitute forward Aaron Schoenfeld became an immediate offensive threat after coming off the bench for Adam Bedell in the 67th minute.Schoenfeld had gone on a recent tear scoring goals for the USL-PRO’s Dayton Dutch Lions FC during a stint on loan from the Crew, including a hat trick against the Charlotte Eagles July 5. The striker had earned his way back to training in Columbus on the strength of his production in Dayton and he saw action with the Crew as a reserve against the New York Red Bulls July 12.Schoenfeld’s first touch Saturday was a header off a corner kick taken by midfielder Federico Higuain and his shot bounced off the right goalpost.Berhalter said bringing Schoenfeld on was a “great” substitution for the game.“Aaron’s a little bit more mobile (than Bedell),” he said. “He’s big and he’s aggressive, and I thought he did a good job.”Columbus’ next league matchup has it playing the New England Revolution in a crucial conference showdown July 26 in Foxboro, Mass. Both teams have 23 total points in the Eastern standings but New England (7-10-2) currently occupies fifth place on a tiebreaker by merit of having more wins.The Crew are slated to take on English Premier League side Crystal Palace F.C. in an exhibition match Wednesday at Crew Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. read more

Playboy or Time Backbencher gets confused over Endas cover appearance

first_imgFOR A MOMENT in the Dáil today, it seems like Mattie McGrath TD knew something that the rest of us didn’t.The Independent TD, who has become renowned for his heckles in the Dáil, momentarily got confused over exactly which magazine Taoiseach Enda Kenny appeared on the cover of last week.The Tipperary South had been speaking for several minutes in the Dáil chamber on the Fiscal Responsibility Bill when he began to talk about kite-flying by government ministers in the run-up to December’s Budget – and he was not impressed.“The most sickening thing last week was to see the Taoiseach on the front page of Playboy magazine,” he told the Dáil chamber.I wish him well, as I voted for him as Taoiseach. However, I had expected a lot more from him. McGrath was gently corrected by Fine Gael TD Paudie Coffey who interrupted to say that it had actually been the cover of Time magazine.“The Deputy must read the other magazine,” said Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor.McGrath immediately apologised: “I am sorry,” he said. “I meant to say he was like a playboy on the front page of Time magazine”.Easy mistake to make.Photo: Enda Kenny is on the cover of TIME magazine this week >last_img read more

Who needs plows In 1948 Boston Mayor suggested flamethrowers to clear snow

first_imgBack in 1948, Boston was experiencing a Snowpocalypse of their very own. At the time, then Mayor James Curley (not pictured above) was looking for a way to disperse the huge amounts snow that had fallen so it didn’t all melt at once causing major flooding in the city.So like any good mayor, Curley sought out the smartest minds at his disposal and sent a letter to the geniuses at MIT looking for a possible solution. Only in his letter, he made several recommendations for the removal of such massive snow accumulation like using chemicals and flamethrowers.You read right. Curley suggested flamethrowers to take care of the huge snow removal problem.I don’t now about you, but while flamethrowers don’t sound like the most environmentally friendly option to rid our streets of snow and ice, I would be first in line to use one just to clear my freaking driveway so I could actually move my car this week.Read Curley’s full letter at MIT, via Reddit.last_img read more

Vale Phaedon Georgitsis your star will always shine

first_imgPhaedon Georgitsis, a popular Greek actor from the Golden Age of Greek Cinema, died in Athens on March 1, aged 80.The famous actor had been suffering from brain cancer for several years.His appearance in iconic films in the Sixties and Seventies has ensured that he’ll always be remember. He performed in dozens of films, 13 of which were produced by Finos Films.Iconic films included The Red Lanterns, Mermaids and Lads (Gorgones ke Manges), Blood on the Land and Marijuana Stop! Born on January 26, 1939, Georgitsis was drawn to the cinema from a young age and pursued a career in acting despite opposition from his father, a naval officer, who wanted his son to pursue a military career. He managed to get into the prestigious Karolos Koun Drama School and the rest – for most Greeks – is history.After a bright career, he created a theatre in Koropi upon his retirement. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more