Leander Paes one of the best players in the world, says Rafael Nadal

first_imgFourteen-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, who led Spain back into Davis Cup World Group by winning the doubles match against India, said Indian ace Leander Paes is one of the biggest stars in doubles and one of the best players in the history of tennis.Nadal and Marc Lopez fought off a brave challenge from the Indian duo of Paes and Saketh Myneni to hand Spain an unassailable 3-0 lead in their Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie on Saturday in New Delhi.’BIGGEST STAR’ “Leander played a great match. It was so amazing tonight, it is a pleasure to play him here in his country. He is one of the biggest stars of doubles and one of the best players in the history of the sport,” said Nadal.”So, it was great to compete against Leander, it was a tough match. They played well but we are happy to have the victory and come back to the world group, that’s where we think we have to be with so many of our players being in the top 100. That’s what was our goal and we did it. For us it was a very important confrontation after two years being away from the World Group.”The Spanish pair, the Olympic champions, were a set and 5-4 down in the second set when they staged a fightback to eventually give Spain an unassailable 3-0 lead in the play-off.’DELHI BELLY’ Nadal clarified that it was indeed a stomach bug that forced him to skip the opening singles match against Ramkumar Ramanathan on Friday.advertisement”It was not the wrist. Everybody knows my situation I have always been honest about it. My wrist is improving but it still bothers me a little bit. But I am happy with the progress. There is a lot of humidity here and after practice, I had lunch at hotel and I felt I was not feeling perfect to go on court. Feli (Feliciano Lopez) was in perfect condition to go to court so he played,” said Nadal.Asked if they were confident of bouncing back after losing the first set in the doubles match, Nadal said: “We played point by point, that’s all. When you lost a set at 5-3 that means you are in trouble. But at the same time the match is still long, we fought a lot and put a lot of balls in and we knew if we could increase the level we can win.””We were communicating all the time but the ball was not going to the right place all the time. In Davis Cup doubles there is always a lot of ups and downs and it was a typical doubles match. It was a great victory. It was important for us to win doubles because in the history of Spanish team it has been difficult to win doubles.”ON PLAYING IN INDIA Describing his experience in India, Nadal said: “It is always special to play in a country where we don’t play too often. In India I have played in Chennai few years and then last year it was IPTL and then this year it was Davis Cup, the fans are passionate here and it is great for the players and good for our sport.”Asked if he will play in the IPTL next year, Nadal said: “I’m playing IPTL but I don’t know if I am playing for India. That you have to ask Mahesh Bhupathi.”About his goals, he said: “I want to try to qualify for the world tour finals and that is the goal for me.”Marc, who had won Olympic gold with Nadal and the French Open partnering Feliciano Lopez, said it is the trust and friendship among the players which was the key to success.”Playing with players of such stature and like Feli has got a great serve and Rafa has an overall game and the key to success for us is the trust and friendship,” the 34-year-old Marc said with the help of a translator.Talking about the match, he said: “Serve is a tough part for me. I tried to get the first serve lot more. I was serving at 150s and Rafa helped a lot at net and nerves made it difficult for me but overall I leave with very good feeling of the match.”With Spain leading 3-0, the reverse singles have been rendered inconsequential but Feliciano said they will be up to their best and look to win them.advertisement”We are 3-0 up and we accomplished our goal and we are happy for that but we have two matches to play and we will try to win both of them obviously. We don’t know who will be playing but we all are training.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Here is your horoscope for April 29

first_imgARIESBeware of destructive logic and negative attitudes when stressed in personal or professional aspects. Be firm and clear about priorities for others to respect them. You are affectionate in relationships but need to be more expressive and demonstrative. Lucky number 8. Colour pink.TAURUSFocus on issues and relationships that are important or you could confuse yourself and others. A Scorpio person proves to be a friend. Visitors may arrive unexpectedly. Living totally in the moment and going with the flow are the greatest virtues! Lucky number 6. Colour saffron.GEMINIBe aware, as you can be impulsive when making important choices. You are generous in family situations when your participation is called for. Your sense of humour and lightness takes you smoothly out of embarrassing situations. Relationships are loving. Lucky number 9. Colour yellow. CANCERLoved ones gather around you to share some happy times. You regain vigor to indulge in sport and busy schedules. Beware of over indulgence in food, drink or work, as you tend to disregard warning signals. Relax with loved ones and enjoy this day of peace. Lucky number 9. Colour pink. LEOYou may over work or strain yourself physically if you are not aware, as work situations are demanding. Your social life is extensive and that encourages you to over indulge in food or drink. Be realistic and avoid deluding yourself about priorities and truths. Lucky number 7. Colour gray. VIRGOYou share a happy time with family and friends. You remain in touch with your sense of humour and keep things light during work schedules and formal meetings. Beware of over indulgence. An unconditional love, without expectations or demands is on the cards! Lucky number 2. Colour pink.advertisement LIBRAYou can call upon past connections to aid you in this hour of intensity at work and resolve at home. You need to remember and support the people who have stood by you, as they need your energy at the moment. An older woman makes a big difference to your life! Lucky number 5. Colour red. SCORPIOWhen you combine hard work, deep interest and investment in a venture, you taste success today. You can be divided when faced with choices as the head and heart pull you in different directions. This is a good time to resolve and settle practical matters. Lucky number 6. Colour pink. SAGITTARIUSYou meet obstacles at work and difficulties at home with courage to gain harmony. Health needs care. Be aware of spending too much energy on others as they can be demanding. Take a break and relax by indulging in happy pastimes and sporty activity. Lucky number 7. Colour silver. CAPRICORNYou are able to establish a foundation to expand, on many levels. You realize hopes for family and they do you proud. Relationships are loyal and supportive. You can count on people in the work area to share your burden and help you move ahead. Lucky number 3. Colour saffron. AQUARIUSAs your skills are appreciated, progressive opportunities are offered to you. You can trust a Virgo person who is supportive. A relationship develops in a favorable manner. A secret is revealed and most people express shock, but you take it in your stride. Lucky number 9. Colour red. PISCESYou are able to negotiate deals and come to terms with conflicting ideas and interests. Health and physical energy is good but you need to take frequent breaks and watch your diet. Details and conflicts can be resolved with a little personal effort. Lucky number 4. Colour red.last_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah declared fit for Trent Bridge Test, concerns over Virat Kohli

first_imgJasprit Bumrah has been declared fit and he will now be available for selection for India’s third Test against England at Trent Bridge starting August 18. Bumrah missed all of India’s matches in England so far – 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests – after injuring his left thumb in the first T20I against Ireland in Dublin.Bumrah underwent surgery in Leeds on July 4 and spent time recovering in India. The pacer has trained hard with the team but the management waited to see the plaster come off before making a decision.R Ashwin and Hardik Pandya, who were hit on their bowling hands at Lord’s, have also been declared fit.The real concern is over skipper Virat Kohli, who battled a stiff back at Lord’s and received treatment during the second Test. After the match, he had sounded confident of playing in the third Test which starts over the weekend.Also read – Virat Kohli’s team only enjoying coffee in English conditions: Sandip Patil Virat Kohli was suffering from back spasm during the second Test at Lord’s (AP Photo)Sunil Gavaskar, in an interview with India Today, had said Kohli should play even if he was 50 per cent fit but added that the final call needed to be taken by the captain.”Virat Kohli has to assess his injury himself.. whether to take the risk or not.. But if I were the captain, I would want Kohli to play even if he’s 50 per cent fit. He’s such a crucial element. He has to play unless he can’t bend or walk.advertisement”At the end of the day he has to decide how much pain can he bear. For me Virat has to play.”Also read – Are India’s Test batsmen really good enough for overseas success?Kohli has been India’s best batsman by far in the five Tests away from home this year. Across three Tests in South Africa and two Tests in England, Kohli has scored 526 runs including two hundreds.last_img read more

Virat Kohli furious at run-out decision during warm-up game at SCG

first_imgVirat Kohli was left fuming after the square-leg umpire turned down what looked like a very good appeal for a run-out during India’s warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground.CA XI were responding to India’s 358 and had got off to a good start thanks to openers D’Arcy Short and Max Bryant.India soon saw a chance to get their first breakthrough and some of their fielders were left agitated when a loud appeal was turned down. To make matters worse, there were no cameras and no scope for the third umpire to take a call.In the 10th over of the CA XI innings, Bryant flicked an Umesh Yadav delivery through the mid-wicket region and pushed hard for three after comfortably completing two runs. However, the fielder picked up the ball and threw it back to Umesh who in turn got a direct hit at the striker’s end.The Indians went up in appeal but the square leg umpire turned the appeal down… Kohli asked the umpire to refer it to the third umpire but there was no provision for it.Replays suggested it was a close call.Bryant and Short added 114 for the first wicket and India broke through in the 19th over when R Ashwin snared Bryant for 62. His 65-ball knock was studded with 9 fours and 1 six.Meanwhile, Short scored 74 off 91 balls on what was a tough day for India’s bowlers. CA XI went to stumps at 356/6, two runs behind India’s first innings score.advertisementAlso Read | Prithvi Shaw ruled out of 1st Test against Australia due to ankle injuryAlso Read | Virat Kohli steps in with the ball as India bowlers struggle in Test warm-upAlso Read | Virat Kohli slammed after wearing shorts for toss at Test warm-uplast_img read more

Justin Langer backs Aaron Finch to regain form, praises Glenn Maxwell

first_imgAustralia coach Justin Langer on Thursday promised unwavering support for out-of-form Aaron Finch, saying he has no doubts that the limited-overs skipper will soon find his mojo back.Finch’s rough patch has extended to the T20s as he was out for zero and eight in the two T20Is which Australia won to claim their maiden series win in the shortest format in India.”He’s such a good player, such a good person, captain of the team, we know he’ll come good,” Langer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”We just got to keep giving him plenty of care and support. We know he’ll come good.”Finch has not scored a fifty in his last 19 innings for Australia in limited-overs cricket.However, Langer threw his weight behind Finch.”There’s no more destructive player in the world we talk about ‘Maxi’ [Glenn Maxwell], Marcus Stoinis, a number of our players who can be so destructive but when he’s going, he is as destructive as a player as there is in white-ball cricket,” Langer said.”We know he’ll come good and we’ll be patient with him.”Langer was impressed with the way Finch has conducted himself as a captain during this phase.”Another important part about leadership is that he’s really consistent. We haven’t seen any real change in his personality or his attitude around the group, so that’s a real credit to him. That’s why he is the captain of the team,” he said.”My experience of every captain, the most important thing is they’re playing really good cricket. He’s got to keep his attention on that. He’s got lots of support around him. Like I say, he’s such a good person, he’s got to be Aaron Finch, be himself. He’s doing that.advertisement”He’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. We’ll just keep encouraging him to be himself. His runs will come, keep encouraging him to be himself and I’m sure he’ll come good soon.”While Finch endured a lean patch, teammate Maxwell has been on fire, blasting a 55-ball match-winning 113 in the second T20I. He had also scored a 56 in Vizag.Given his form, Maxwell said a promotion in the batting order in the ODIs might help his game and also the team. The all-rounder was demoted to no 7 following his lean patch.Asked if a potential move up the order for Maxwell is on the cards, Langer said: “We’ll wait and see. We’ll do what’s best for the team I reckon. We’ll see how we go.”Langer said if Maxwell can be more consistent his standing in the game will go to another level.”He’ll be the first to say it, that’s what we’ve been crying out for some time from him. It just goes to show what he can do. When he does things like that, he elevates himself to a world-class performer,” Langer said.”He wants that, we want that and the more he becomes a world-class performer, the more games we win and the more he gets recognised as a great player.”Australia will play India a five-match ODI series against India starting Saturday.Also Read | Glenn Maxwell on viral photo: Think Stoinis, Cummins were genuinely holding handsAlso Read | Having confidence in my game has helped: Glenn Maxwell after Bengaluru heroicslast_img read more

‘Ancelotti can be my assistant’

first_imgSerie A Ancelotti can be my assistant, jokes Montella Alex Fisher Last updated 2 years ago 16:47 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) montellaancelotti - cropped Bongarts Serie A Bundesliga Milan Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti The AC Milan boss has jokingly hinted that the former Bayern Munich manager could find an instant route back into football Carlo Ancelotti could find an immediate way back into football with former club AC Milan after Vincenzo Montella joked the sacked Bayern Munich boss would be welcome as his assistant.ACM 17/2 to beat Roma 2-1Ancelotti was fired by Bayern on Thursday after a disappointing run of results that culminated in a 3-0 Champions League thrashing against Paris Saint-Germain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. That left Bayern behind their French rivals in Group B, and in the Bundesliga the reigning champions trail Borussia Dortmund by three points after six games.A league defeat to Hoffenheim and recent draw with Wolfsburg have left them off the pace, and ultimately cost Ancelotti his job – although there were also reports of disharmony in the dressing room.Carlo AncelottiAhead of Milan’s Europa League win over Rijeka, club director Massimiliano Mirabelli dismissed talk of Ancelotti returning to San Siro, but Montella would gladly have him board.”I hold him in great esteem,” said the Milan boss. “I went to follow his training sessions when I started this job and has always thought of me as a brother. “If he wants to come here, he can be my assistant or maybe I can be his!”last_img read more

12 days agoDenmark coach Hareide on Tottenham midfielder Eriksen: I hope he chooses well

first_imgDenmark coach Hareide on Tottenham midfielder Eriksen: I hope he chooses wellby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDenmark coach Age Hareide has defended Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.Hareide is well aware of the transfer speculation around his star man.”I’m talking to Christian. And for me, writing about him is not so important. The most important thing is how Christian feels as a human being,” he said.”And I want him to be good where he is, and I also hope he gets it right where he possibly goes. “More I cannot say, we do not interfere in such matters.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Injury Update For Oregon QB Justin Herbert

first_img Luckily, it doesn’t seem too bad. After taking a timeout, and a brief rest, Oregon tried to sub Herbert back in the game without missing a play.The Ducks staff misunderstood a rule that prevents a player who left for injury reasons from coming back in for the next play, even with a timeout.Freshman Tyler Shough stepped in for his first action, and his handoff to CJ Verdell was stuffed for a loss on a crucial 4th & 1. Auburn takes over down one point from their own 42 yard line, needing just a field goal to win.It is impossible to know what Oregon would have run with Justin Herbert in the game there, but that was perhaps the most inopportune spot to have a star QB out. Oregon Ducks QB Justin Herbert running with the football.EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 13: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks scrambles in the first half of the game at Autzen Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon. The Ducks won the game 30-27. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)Oregon clings to a one-point lead in its huge Week 1 game against Auburn in Arlington, Texas. Unfortunately, it may be without Justin Herbert for some key spots down the stretch.Moments ago, the potential first-round pick left the game. He took a huge shot from Auburn linebacker Owen Pappoe.He slowly walked off the field without help, which is a good sign. Unfortunately, the Ducks were without him for a crucial 4th & 1, with 5:34 left in the game.Herbert walked off and seems OK but will miss fourth-and-1. Tyler Shough in.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 1, 2019last_img read more

Alec Stewart backs Jason Roy to open England batting during Ashes

first_imgAlec Stewart backs Jason Roy to open England batting during AshesJason Roy has played more than a hundred games for England in the shorter formats since making his debut in 2014, but is yet to feature in the longest version.advertisement Reuters BirminghamJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 15:06 IST Reuters PhotoEngland batsman Jason Roy can strike fear in the hearts of rivals and should make his test debut in the Ashes series against Australia following his World Cup heroics, former skipper Alec Stewart has said.Opener Roy scored 85 runs in 65 balls as England thumped Australia by eight wickets on Thursday, ending a 27-year wait to reach the World Cup final where the hosts face New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday.It was the 28-year-old Roy’s third straight half-century in the tournament and took his tally to 426 runs from six innings.”You hate singling out one player that can make such a big difference in any sport, but it’s so obvious with Jason Roy in that team,” Stewart told Sky Sports.”He can put fear into that opposition straight away. He’s done it in a very mature way in this tournament.”He understands his own game … how good he is, and he’s not going to chuck (his wicket) away which is great to see.”The South Africa-born batsman has played more than a hundred games for England in the shorter formats since making his debut in 2014, but is yet to feature in the longest version.Stewart was confident Roy’s consistent performances would earn him a spot in the test team for the Ashes series, which begins on Aug. 1.”We’ll see him in the Ashes, don’t worry about that, he’ll be opening the batting for England,” said Stewart, who played 133 tests and 170 ODIs for England.England, who are looking to reclaim the coveted urn from Australia, warm up for the five-match series with their first ever test against Ireland, which will be a four-day contest later this month.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Jason RoyFollow Alex StewartFollow England cricket team Nextlast_img read more

How to Split Wood Like a Lumberjack (With or Without an Axe)

first_imgSplitting wood is one of the manliest things a person can do. It’s also a great way to let out aggression, get some exercise, keep warm on a frosty winter day, and, of course, produce some wood with which you can make a fire.While men have been chopping logs into firewood for untold thousands of years, the fact is, proper wood-splitting can be something of a challenge. This is all the truer when a gentleman is faced with a stack of logs lacks the proper tools for the job. Learning how to split wood — with or without an axe — will help you build roaring fires for years to come.How to Split Wood With an AxeToolsWhat You Need:AxeChopping BlockWedgeSledgehammerSafety GlassesGloves If you want to chop wood properly, you should have, at the very least, a good, heavy axe. To be more accurate, you should have a maul, the type of axe with one sharp edge set into a thick, heavy head. The maul’s shape concentrates maximum force into the blade and helps split logs apart as it is driven down into the wood.Better still, you will have a maul, a wedge, and a sledgehammer. Many logs will fly apart with one single, satisfying strike of the maul, but larger and/or harder (and damper) logs might require the use of a wedge and sledge combination.You should have a decent chopping block, which is usually just a large, squat log, but is ideally a tree stump. Also consider gloves, boots, safety glasses (or any glasses, really), and a damn fine pair of jeans. There you have it, men — the tools of the trade.TechniqueContrary to popular misconception, the best stance for splitting wood sees your shoulders squared off relative to the doomed log, not with one foot forward and one a step back. This position concentrates maximum force down through your swing.Put your dominant hand right under the head of axe; it will slide down as you swing, directing the blade (or the sledgehammer) and increasing force as you move. Your other hand should grip the axe handle right near its bottom. Swing for the center of smaller logs (hit with the grain when possible) and cut nearer the outside of larger logs, with the blade striking parallel to an imagined diameter (not perpendicular to the arc of the log, if you follow).If your maul gets stuck, you can either pull it out and try again; you can drive in a wedge and knock that through with the sledgehammer; or you can leave the maul in the log, turn the whole thing over, and pound away at it with a hammer (or with another log, if you are sans sledge).With a maul, a wedge, a sledgehammer, and some persistence, you should be able to split most logs that are less than two feet in length and two feet in diameter. Above that size, consider using an electric log splitter or hiring a Norwegian man with an impossibly gorgeous beard to help.How to Split Wood Without an AxeNow … what to do if there’s wood to be split, but you don’t have those tools on hand? To split wood without an axe, one labor-intensive but effective approach is to saw through logs lengthwise. But we’re going to go ahead and assume you don’t have a saw. Got a knife, at least? Good.For slimmer logs, you can often split wood using a knife with a fixed blade. Saw or score a notch in the top of the wood (ideally using a saw — even a small one as found in a Swiss Army Knife will help make a decent starting crevice), then tap the blade into the wood using a hammer. Make sure you use a section of the knife blade that’s near the handle, as it will be thicker and stronger at this point. Once you have the knife tapped firmly into the wood, you can commence with heavier blows (use a standard hammer or another chunk of wood), alternating on the back of the exposed blade and the handle, slowly working the blade down through the wood.For slimmer logs, you can often split wood using a knife with a fixed blade.To split larger pieces of log without an axe or a proper wedge, you will need to carve a series of wedges out of slender staves. You will essentially be making a series of small, simple spears. Use a knife or a very sharp rock to create a crevice in the wood to be split, then commence tapping your wooden wedge points into the log. Plan to place the first wooden wedge near the edge of the log and to tap it in a bit, then place another next to it, and so forth. Eventually, you should have multiple wedges embedded in the log that you can work on in an alternating fashion. The process is painstaking, but it works.There are a few other tricks you might try to make your log-splitting go a lot quicker. For example, you could place an old tire on your splitting block, set the wood round inside the tire or wrap a bungee cord around the base of the log; then get to swinging as you normally would. This will keep your wood in one place while you’re splitting it so you don’t have to worry about setting pieces upright before every hack.Article originally published December 2015. Last updated December 2018. Contributing authors include Steven John, Bryan Holt, TJ Carter, and Nicole Raney. Editors’ Recommendations How to Shave With a Straight Razor How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide center_img The Complete Guide for Learning How to Mow a Lawn Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire 7 Best Hatchets for Camping, Backpacking, and Survival last_img read more

Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre Supporting Budding Regional Entrepreneurs

first_img The CCIC focuses on several engagements including water management, sustainable agriculture, and energy efficiency, for which it provides educational support, grants, support services to businesses through boot-camps and accelerator initiatives, while exposing innovators to a global network of experts. Twenty Jamaicans will benefit from the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre’s (CCIC) $18.7 million (US$149,000) entrepreneurial mentorship programme, which is providing assistance to over 200 persons across the region. Twenty Jamaicans will benefit from the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre’s (CCIC) J$18.7-million (US$149,000) entrepreneurial mentorship programme, which is providing assistance to over 200 persons across the region.The programme, which is funded by the Caribbean Development Bank, will commence in Barbados in 2018 with 28 heads of supporting organisations participating in a ‘train the trainers’ session to facilitate the initiative’s seamless implementation.Project Manager at the CCIC, Carlington Burrell, says several entrepreneurs from Europe, the United States, and Australia have linked with regional innovators, and anticipates that this will further support the programme’s roll-out.Speaking with JIS News at a recent Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) network mingle in Kingston, Mr. Burrell said the approximately J$62.7 million (US$500,000) in funding support, resulting from a partnership with the World Bank, has been facilitated through the CCIC for regional innovators involved in climate-related technology activities.This, he informs, has enabled the delivery of online courses in business studies to several entrepreneurs.The CCIC, which was established in 2013, is a consortium jointly managed by Jamaica’s Scientific Research Council (SRC), and Trinidad and Tobago’s Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI).It is a part of the World Bank’s InfoDev Climate Technology Programme (CTP), which focusses on empowering developing countries to proactively and profitably adapt, develop and deploy climate-smart technologies and business models.The CCIC focuses on several engagements, including water management, sustainable agriculture, and energy efficiency, for which it provides educational support, grants, support services to businesses through boot camps and accelerator initiatives, while exposing innovators to a global network of experts.“We are helping innovators in the Caribbean (by equipping them with skills) and (providing) them (with) access to financing. We (don’t) want young and vibrant (innovative) entrepreneurs to sit on their ideas. If you have an idea, come to us (and) we will connect you (to the appropriate experts and services), as we want to create an impact in the region,” Mr. Burrell added.Meanwhile, Mr. Burrell said the CCIC continues to forge capacity building partnerships for regional entrepreneurs.One such is with the United Kingdom-based Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, which currently has 15 women enrolled in training and mentorship activities through its Enterprise Development Programme (EDP).Under the EDP, women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies are mentored to access capital and markets.It also equips participants with business registration techniques, focusing on tailored financial literacy and awareness training, coupled with exposure to various investment options.The Foundation partners with banks, microfinance institutions, and other entities, providing investment funds to prepare women to operate successful business ventures.The EPIC is another CCIC initiative that is empowering innovators.This seven-year engagement, which is funded by the Government of Canada in the sum of approximately J$1.92 billion (Can$20 million), aims to build an ecosystem that facilitates high-growth and sustainable enterprises across the Caribbean.The initiative, which is supported by the World Bank Group, enables this by promoting angel investments and innovative financing throughout the region.World Bank Project Manager, Karlene Francis, says the multilateral institution’s support, through InfoDev, is intended to build a “robust ecosystem” of entrepreneurs for economic sustainability and job creation.She encourages entrepreneurs and innovators to get involved in the programmes, and invites those engaged in climate-related activities in particular, to contact the SRC or the University of the West Indies Consulting Company (UWIC).Ms. Francis also assures persons involved in mobile app development that the Bank is ready to assess their plans.Project Manager at PitchiT Caribbean, Mellissa Johnson, believes there are myriad opportunities for innovators, which they need to access.She contends that “we have enough capacity (in terms) of our own innovation; it is just a matter of execution to put the Caribbean on the map as a tech and innovation hotspot”.Head of 360 Recycle Manufacturing, Keisha Cole, who is a beneficiary of the CCIC’s services, says once persons have ideas, they should seek assistance in bringing these to fruition.“It is very important that you find yourself in an incubator. I have a greater appreciation for it now, because this is what causes you to (learn) how business works,” she tells JIS News.Another beneficiary innovator, Yekini Wallen Bryan of Preelabs Limited, says the assistance he received enabled him to establish a network of partnerships across the world.He too urges persons with ideas to get training and certification, adding that in doing so, “you will be on a path to greatness”.Meanwhile, the CCIC’s Public Relations Officer, Cashyaka McDonald, says the EPIC network mingle marked the first time that all the supporting groups, mentors, innovators, and investors were meeting in one location.“Events like this are important for Jamaica. We need more entrepreneurs to be aware of these organisations and the support that they can get,” she states. Project Manager at the CCIC, Carlington Burrell, says several entrepreneurs from Europe, the United Sates, and Australia have linked with regional innovators, and anticipates that this will further support the programme’s roll out. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Adult Learners Graduate in Yarmouth and Digby

first_imgAt age 16, Jennifer Barr quit high school for a job that paid $5.75 an hour. She thought she could live on that forever. Today she wants to work in the health-care field, but the first step was to return to Digby Adult High School to get her high-school diploma for adults. “I always wanted to return to school and at least complete my high-school diploma. It’s not that simple to go back though, after you’ve left. Real world commitments such as bills and debts and full time work made it seem impossible,” said Ms. Barr. “I never want to work for minimum wage. I want to tell every single kid that will listen — stay in school, you never know what you’ll want to be when you’re 25.” Ms. Barr is one of nine students graduating today, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, with their high-school diploma for adults. The graduates have completed programs offered by the Tri-County Regional School Board’s Yarmouth and Digby adult high schools, supported by the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning. “Through the School for Adult Learning, Nova Scotians, like Jennifer, get the skills they need to succeed at home, at work and in the community,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The school is part of our effort to ensure people can return to learning and help pave the way to a brighter future for themselves and their families.” More than 450 Nova Scotians are graduating this month with the high school diploma for adults. About 4,800 Nova Scotians are enrolled in programs supported by the School for Adult Learning at more than 170 sites across the province. “The level of commitment and dedication demonstrated by all the adult students deserves great recognition,” said Cathy Breen, co-ordinator, Yarmouth Adult High School. “We extend well-deserved congratulations to all graduates, who have reached a very important defining moment in their lives. We wish all of them great success in their future endeavours.” The School for Adult Learning is funded by the departments of Education and Community Services, and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative, which involves training and skills upgrading, from basic literacy to workplace learning and job skills training.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Pictou County

first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: The following roads are closed in Pictou County because of flooding: Laggan Road – detour on Bannerman Road. Browns Mills Road is closed at the bridge. Flooding is also reported on Pine Tree Road, Piedmont Valley Road, Middle River Road, Brookville Road, Route 348 at Plymouth, Route 374, Cove Road, Old Coach Road, Trunk 4 (Mount Thom near MacWilliam Road), Abercrombie Road at Abercrombie and Thorburn Road at James Ross bridge. Drivers in all areas should be alert for downed power lines, fallen trees, localized flooding, and shoulder washouts. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 -30-last_img read more

Invoking dead husband in online criticism crosses line senator says

first_imgOTTAWA – Sen. Denise Batters was minutes from boarding a flight home when she noticed two-day old Twitter posts that said she was only in the upper chamber because her husband killed himself.Twenty years earlier on the same night, she and her husband had been among the last people to leave their wedding reception.It was the second time this summer the Conservative senator from Saskatchewan was told on social media that she is only in the Senate because Dave Batters, a former Conservative MP, died by suicide.The senator said she is accustomed to personal criticism online — it comes with being in politics and a partisan — but invoking the death of her husband crosses a line.“This was just beyond the pale,” she said in an interview Friday.“I thought, no, they don’t get to do this to me.”Dave Batters was a two-term Conservative MP from Saskatchewan who died by suicide in 2009.The couple met by chance while crossing a street during a provincial Progressive Conservative convention in Saskatoon in the early 1990s.On Aug. 23, 1997, the politically interested couple married.Dave Batters had always thought about being a provincial or federal politician. He became an MP in 2004 as a rookie candidate and won re-election in 2006, even though he had given his wife the chance to run for federal politics. She turned him down, figuring he was better suited for the life of an MP. Denise Batters was more interested in joining the Senate, something she had thought about since she was a child.In September 2008, the two-term MP announced he wouldn’t run again and went public about his battle with severe anxiety and depression. On June 29, 2009, he took his own life. Denise Batters, a lawyer by trade, became a vocal mental health advocate and in 2013, then-prime minister Stephen Harper — who delivered an emotional speech at Dave Batters’ funeral — appointed her to the Senate.Since the Trudeau government’s election in 2015, Batters has become a vocal critic of Liberal policy on medical assistance in dying and towards the Senate itself.In late June, a former federal NDP candidate in Saskatchewan posted on the senator’s Facebook page that she was “only sitting in the Red Chamber because her husband, the MP, committed suicide.” The date was June 27. It was the first time the senator had heard or seen anyone aim those type of comments at her.She posted a response at the time, but kept it off Twitter to avoid it getting national attention and potentially bleed into the eighth anniversary of her husband’s death. The poster apologized on June 28 on her Facebook page.On Wednesday night, she was minutes away from boarding a flight from Toronto to Saskatchewan when she went on Twitter and by chance came across two tweets posted on Monday. A Twitter user with the handle @swancoole tweeted that Harper appointed her to the Senate in 2013 only because her husband killed himself and taxpayers are now supplying her life insurance.The tweets appeared to be in response to online criticisms the senator levelled against the Liberals for paying a new consul-general, one the party recruited who was also a former candidate, more than a female recruited to a similar position.In her response to the Twitter user posted online Thursday with the intent it be widely shared, the senator wrote that she would give anything to have her husband back and that the tweets shame those left behind by suicide and perpetuate stigma around mental illness. She also said she was in the midst of planning a charity golf tournament in her husband’s honour with the proceeds going to mental health and suicide awareness.“The dichotomy of me using my Senate position and my national platform that affords me to try to positively dispel the stigma around mental illness and suicide and then this person, they use their public voice on social media to shame … those left behind by suicide and perpetuate stigma,” she said Friday.“I just couldn’t get over that difference between the two. So I thought people needed to know.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version gave the wrong wedding datelast_img read more

Older adults taking opioids at risk for toxicity or death report says

first_imgTORONTO – When most people think about opioid overdoses, it’s typically a younger person that comes to mind. But it’s often older Canadians who bear the brunt of detrimental effects related to the powerful narcotics.In fact, about 30 per cent of all opioid-related deaths in Canada in 2017 occurred among those aged 50 and older, while adults 65-plus had the highest rates of hospitalization due to toxicity from the painkillers, says a report by the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE), released Wednesday in Ottawa.“The attention seems to be on the younger population, whereas the data suggest that it’s older adults who are just as — if not more — adversely affected in this opiate crisis,” said geriatric addiction specialist Marilyn White-Campbell, who collaborated on the study.“And that’s where there’s this idea of the invisible epidemic, because it’s not really seen as an older person’s problem.”Adults aged 65-plus consistently have the highest rates of hospitalization due to opioid poisoning, the report found. While older adults represented 16 per cent of the population in 2014-2015, they accounted for about 25 per cent of all hospital admissions due to opioid toxicity.Hospital stays for opioid poisoning were also more prolonged for those aged 50 and up — eight days longer on average — compared with those in other age brackets, says the report, which was compiled following an in-depth review of research on the topic.Accidental opioid toxicity that occurred as a result of treatment with prescribed opioids, such as morphine, hydromorphone and the fentanyl patch, accounted for a quarter of poisonings among older Canadians.But White-Campbell believes the actual figure may be higher.“Is the person coming to the hospital because they’ve had a fall and a fracture or are they coming in because of an opiate poisoning?” she said. Older people who take the painkillers are known to have a greater risk for falls due to the drugs’ effects on balance and cognition.Dr. Samir Sinha, director of geriatrics at Sinai Health Systems and the University Health Network in Toronto, said older Canadians are prescribed opioids more often than their younger counterparts because they have more pain-causing health conditions, such as chronic arthritis.But because there are changes in how the body metabolizes medications as a person ages, tolerance for drugs like opioids can decline.“We break down medications more slowly as we get older and our livers age,” he said. “That means the same dose of opioids that might have worked for you when you were 50 might actually be toxic when you’re 60.“That’s not a matter of you taking too much, it’s just that your body can only tolerate so much and only needs so much. So if we don’t adjust those medications, you’re at higher risk of opioid toxicity.”Citing 2017 statistics, the report showed 92 per cent of opioid-related deaths across all ages were deemed to be accidental. But among deaths in which medical examiners determined the drugs had been deliberately ingested with the intent to die, a high percentage of fatalities occurred among those aged 50 and older.“While most opioid poisonings among seniors are accidental, an alarming 33 per cent overall were intentional, raising concerns about the role of mental health and suicide prevention in limiting opioid deaths,” the authors write.The report makes a number of recommendations for stemming the tide of adverse events in older people caused by opioid use, including:— Enhanced opioid prescribing education for health-care providers to avoid both overtreatment and under-treatment of pain.— Prescription drug-monitoring programs, with data-sharing across jurisdictions, to alert prescribers and pharmacies of potential cases of drug interactions, multiple prescriptions and misuse.— Age- and gender-appropriate treatment approaches, such as methadone maintenance therapy for those with opioid use disorder, including investment in training for practitioners working with geriatric patients.— Legislative changes, including a national opioid strategy that expands access to substance-abuse treatment programs and rescue drugs like naloxone, to counter opioid drug overdoses in older adults.Sinha said that because opioids can be habit-forming and may require escalating doses over time for effective pain control, there’s an increased risk of patients developing an addiction to the drugs.“So they’re almost sitting ducks for potential negative consequences of opioids,” he said.“And that’s why there is a crisis that is occurring amongst the older population, that sometimes we don’t actually think about as properly as we should.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

NFL Hall Of Fame Greats Raise Awareness About Veteran Suicide On Thanksgiving

first_imgOn Thanksgiving Day, NFL Hall of Fame members Chris Doleman, Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin, Bruce Smith and Michael Haynes will be featured on CBS NFL Today to give thanks to military service men and woman and discuss Remembering the 22, an initiative to raise awareness about veteran suicide.According to recent studies, a staggering 22 veterans take their own lives each day due to untreated combat-related stressors and injuries. Doleman will also be sharing details from his time spent with the beneficiaries of the non-profit organization Warriors for Freedom organization. Sportscaster James (JB) Brown will host and narrate the piece created by award-winning television producer, Charlie Bloom, set to air on Thursday, Nov. 26 before the Panthers-Cowboys game at 4 p.m. ET.Remembering the 22 asks athletes, celebrities, individuals and businesses to donate $22 to Warriors for Freedom, to take a stand with them against this epidemic. For more information about Remembering the 22, go to www.rememberingthe22.org.Each year, thousands of veterans return from service and find themselves struggling with PTSD, the after effects of TBI, night terrors, and untreated clinical depression related to traumatic, life-changing injuries. The statistic of 22 lives being lost each day is staggering, and largely unknown by most Americans. These service members are so challenged by their return to civilian life that many resort to ending their lives – leaving behind broken hearts, and forever-changed families left with tremendous grief and ensuing financial hardship.But there is hope delivered by a rather unique form of therapy. Research supports the fact that one of the most effective methods of counseling takes place between peers. Taking a group out to play together replicates the camaraderie of military service — and helps vets open up with one another about the difficulties they may be experiencing. Reacting to that information, Warriors for Freedom began their program featuring group activities for vets.Last year, when contacted by Oklahoma-based organization, Chris Doleman was asked to travel to Ireland to play golf with disabled veterans as a form of treatment. Doleman will discuss his time spent with military heroes as a form of rehabilitative recreation, and the lasting impact of each of their personal stories.Remembering the 22, has been created to raise capital for recreational outings hosted by Doleman’s online fundraising company, Dolemanity. A donation of just $22 will go toward funding more of these special events for those returning from deployment.“I was shocked to learn about the number of suicides that take place daily by our veterans, and how they struggle when they come home. After being included on the golf trip, I was able to see firsthand that recreational therapy works,” said Hall of Famer Chris Doleman.Warriors for Freedom representative Amber Moulder added, “These men and women are trained to go into battle and survive, but when they return home the world they once knew is a foreign country — and there’s no training to help navigate their new lives. Our organization provides veterans the opportunity to connect with like-minded heroes who understand their daily struggles.”last_img read more

Rotary Club of Fort St Johns Third Annual DriveThru Breakfast

first_imgFor a minimum donation of $7, the Drive-Thru breakfast includes a hot off the grill breakfast sandwich, a side of fruit and a beverage, all in a reusable lunch bag.To view the FB event page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  The Rotary Club of Fort St. John is holding its annual ‘Drive-Thru’ breakfast to raise funds for local schools breakfast programs.Thursday, September 12th, 2019, from 7 am – 10 am, the Rotary will be set up on the open lot at the corner of 100th Street and 96 Avenue.Orders of five-plus breakfasts can be delivered by the Rotary team by calling (250) 263-7660 before the day of the event.last_img read more

Ohio State field hockey falls to rival No 14 Michigan on Senior

OSU field hockey senior midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner (13) is accompanied by members of her family as part of Senior Day before a game against Michigan on Nov. 2 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 2-1. Credit: Grant Miller / Copy chiefA late goal from Ainsley McCallister with 1:33 left on the clock boosted No. 14 Michigan to a 2-1 victory against Ohio State field hockey on senior day at Buckeye Varsity Field.The redshirt-senior midfielder from Ann Arbor, Mich., struck on a penalty corner for her fifth goal of the season to stun OSU (6-11, 1-7) late in the game Sunday.“Michigan was able to execute their (penalty) corners,” OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said after the game. “They were able to sniff out where our weakness was and they capitalized on it.”Despite the loss, OSU’s season is set to continue in the Big Ten Tournament.The Buckeyes and Wolverines played to a stalemate early in the contest as neither team could muster much offense in the first half with the teams combining for just one shot on goal.Senior midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner credited the team’s ability to stay in tune with each other on defense as key to stopping Michigan’s attack early.“We were just constantly communicating,” Wagner said. “Even if you thought someone was gonna back door your teammate, (we) straight up told them where everyone was at.”In the second half, Michigan (12-6, 6-2) came out with more aggression and effort toward getting the ball to the net.A little more than five minutes into the second frame, the Wolverines were able to force a penalty corner against the stout OSU defense. McCallister took the penalty corner and set up redshirt-senior back Leslie Smith for an errant shot, but a scramble ensued in front of the net.McCallister snuck into the scrum and tip the ball into the back of the net to give Michigan the first goal of the game.OSU struggled to find an attack for most of the game, but with 19 minutes left junior forward Peanut Johnson tallied an equalizer.After two Buckeyes were denied at the front of the net, Johnson crept in behind and put the ball home to tie the game at one.The game appeared to be headed to overtime late when neither team was able to find space for its offense to maneuver. But Michigan’s ability to draw penalty corners was the difference in the end as McAllister’s goal sent OSU’s seniors away with a loss in their final home game.Senior back Carly Mackessy said win or lose, she was happy to give her all against OSU’s biggest rival.“I had a lot of supporters today and today I really just wanted to go out and play for them,” Mackessy said. “Whether we would have won or lost wouldn’t have advanced us, but it was more about the heart and how we were gonna go out against tradition and beat Michigan.”The Buckeyes advanced to the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 8 seed because of a head-to-head tiebreaker with Indiana (9-8, 1-7).Wagner said she was excited to be able to continue her career at OSU for at least one more game and reflected on her time as four-year starter in Columbus.“It felt great just to say, ‘Hey, I was on that field for four years,’” Wagner said. “The amount of playing time, the amount of minutes, the amount of teams I’ve played, the amount of people I’ve played with, is awesome.”Wilkinson said it was great to see her seniors able to control themselves in such an emotional game and give everything one last time for their fans.“I didn’t think they got too caught up in it even though I know inside they were,” Wilkinson said. “I think it was great to see them show up and compete and stay focused.”The Buckeyes are set to face No. 1 seed Maryland in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday in Ann Arbor, Mich., at 10 a.m. read more

After senior day disaster Ohio State mens basketball looks to rebound in

Senior center Trey McDonald is awarded a framed jersey during a Senior Night ceremony prior to a game against Wisconsin on March 8 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 72-48. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThis wasn’t how the regular season was supposed to end.It wasn’t how the Ohio State men’s basketball team wanted to send out its five seniors.But when the clock hit zero on Sunday at the Schottenstein Center, the Buckeyes were on the wrong end of a 72-48 blowout against the No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers on senior day.“You don’t want to go out this way,” senior guard Shannon Scott said. “But we have got to put it behind us now. We know they’re a great team, we knew they were going to come here ready to play, but it’s a new season now.”OSU coach Thad Matta said the loss came as a slight shock to him, as he thought the Buckeyes had perhaps the best practice he had seen in his 11 years as a coach in Columbus the day before the game.“Honest to God, we had maybe the greatest practice I have ever had in March,” Matta said. “I actually went home and slept pretty well. For whatever reason, it didn’t happen.”Scott, who finished his final game at the Schottenstein Center with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists, said the Buckeyes need to put the loss behind them and set their sights on the Big Ten Tournament, scheduled to start in Chicago on Wednesday.“We have no choice but to shake it off,” he said. “If we don’t shake it off right now, we’re gonna lose our very next game.”Despite the shellacking handed down by the Badgers, the Buckeyes earned a first-round bye in the conference tournament, and are set to take on the winner of Minnesota vs. Rutgers in the final Thursday night matchup.OSU, which holds a perfect 2-0 record against those teams this season, would face Michigan State if it could pull out a victory in its first game.With the conference table set, OSU coach Thad Matta said he hopes to get better production from his seniors, who shot just 6-of-24 collectively from the field in their final home game.“I think that experience is huge in March,” Matta said. “I want to get those guys playing their best basketball down this stretch and playing with a chip on their shoulder.”Not only will Matta need better production from his seniors, but also from his freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, who said after the loss that he is not sure what to expect now that tournament play is here.“I don’t know anything about March, but I know anything can happen,” Russell said. “So I know just keeping the right attitude as a team and as a unit and a collective group, just keeping it free and an open mind that anything can happen, I feel like we’ll be successful.”Matta said although Russell hasn’t appeared in a post-season game in college, the Louisville, Ky., native has plenty of experience playing in big games.“I think he will be fine,” Matta said. “The guy has won two high school national championships before he got here. He knows what’s at stake and he will be ready to go.”What’s at stake for the Buckeyes is not only an opportunity to impress the voters for seeding in the NCAA Tournament, but also a chance at Big Ten supremacy. OSU has not won the Big Ten regular season title outright since 2011, and has not won a share since 2012.The Buckeyes did, however, take home the Big Ten Tournament hardware in 2013, the last time the conference tournament was played in Chicago.Four of OSU’s current five seniors were on that championship team, and three contributed to the title win two years ago.Matta said because of that experience, he still has faith in the Buckeyes and the senior class.“We’ve had great success in the Big Ten Tournament over our years here,” he said. “We have had great success in the NCAA Tournament. We need them.” read more