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first_imgHealing Our Heroes: Treatment Techniques to Support Family Resiliency – Part 1Date: July 7, 2016Time: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EasternLocation: Healing Our Heroes Part 1: Research of Treatment Techniques to Support Family Resiliency NaturallyFlickr[Fallen Comrade by Aubrey Arcangel, April 26, 2005, CC BY-ND 2.0]This session is being presented by Patricia Gerbarg, M.D. and Richard Brown, M.D. Patricia is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at NY Medical College and Richard is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University. They will be explaining the science and research support for techniques used in working with people who have endured extreme stress and trauma as well as a brief introduction to simple but effective techniques that have been used in working with active duty military, first responders and disaster survivors and their families. Join us on July 7th at 11:00 am Eastern!We offer 1.5 National Association of Social Worker CE credits and CE credits for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Georgia for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2016 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

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first_imgA long lost civilization—in New England. The best way to survive a nuclear apocalypse. And a surprising way to name smells. Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.Listen to the full Science podcast.Hear more podcasts.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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first_imgUnmukt Chand, who scored a century against Australia, helping India win the Under-19 World Cup has been revelation in the cricketing circles.Unmukt, son of Bharat Chand Thakur, a Delhi school teacher, started playing cricket at the age of 6.Unmukt’s uncle Sunder Chand Thakur played a major role in encouraging him to play cricket.He did his schooling in Delhi Public School, Noida and Modern School, Barakhambha Road in Delhi.Unmukt currently is a student of St. Stephens College, Delhi.He plays for the L.B. Shastri Club situated in Bharat Nagar. His coach is Sanjay Bhardwaj, who is also Gautam Gambhir’s coach. He has represented Delhi in the U-15, U-16 and U-19 age groups.Just like all the followers of cricket, he too is a fan of Sachin Tendulkar. The shot that he enjoys playing is the square cut. He is often compared to India’s rising star Virat Kohli.In 2011, Unmukt, was signed by the Delhi Daredevils and is still a part of them.last_img read more

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first_imgWhat’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? At one point, the three-time Olympic champion’s London-based lawyer, Ian Meakin, apologized for asking his client leading questions “but the translation was so bad.”In a landmark public hearing — the first in 20 years held in open session by the Court of Arbitration for Sport — Sun could be banned from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe CAS judges are not expected to give a verdict until next year, and it was unclear at times how much of the early questions and testimony were exactly understood.“My apologies for the poor quality of the interpretation,” judging panel president Franco Frattini said when the hearing resumed after a break. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ The 2-meter (6-foot, 7-inch) Sun became a star in China as its first man to win an Olympic title in swimming. He won gold medals in the 400- and 1,500-meter freestyle races at the 2012 London Olympics. He added gold in the 200 at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Sun also has 11 world championship titles and is a polarizing figure in the sport.He provoked anger among rivals by winning two titles in July while the CAS appeal was pending. Medalists from Australia and Britain refused to stand on the podium with him in Gwangju, South Korea.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Sun, one of China’s most popular sports stars, said he was not respected by the officials, including a chaperone he said asked to take his photograph.“This is really ridiculous,” Sun said in translated comments.When the case was first judged in January, Sun was only cautioned by a tribunal appointed by world swimming body FINA.Although Sun and his entourage were criticized for their conduct, the first tribunal panel said the sample mission was void and invalid because anti-doping protocol was not followed. Technically, Sun was judged to be not properly notified of needing to give samples.WADA has asked for a ban of between two and eight years, believing Sun voluntarily refused to submit to give samples.If WADA’s appeal is upheld, Sun risks a longer sanction because it would be his second offense. He served a three-month ban imposed by Chinese authorities in 2014 after testing positive for a banned stimulant.That initial ban was quickly addressed by Sun and his legal team on Friday. He said it was a prescribed medication for a heart issue because he sometimes fainted after training.Translation mishaps complicated matters as lawyers for WADA repeatedly asked Sun if he had learned in his long career of the serious consequences for refusing to give a sample. The 27-year-old athlete repeatedly answered that the lead anti-doping official had not warned him specifically.Sun’s anti-doping history was detailed, with 180 samples given at competitions and during training from 2012-18. A total of 60 were organized by the Sweden-based firm IDTM, which sent the collection team to Sun’s home.CAS judge Philippe Sands pressed Sun whether IDTM staff had shown different documents of authorization on the 59 previous occasions he gave samples without problems. Swimmer Sun Yang, right, from China, arrives for a public hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Montreux, Switzerland, Friday, Nov. 15 2019. One of China’s biggest Olympic stars and three-time gold medalist swimmer Sun Yang is facing a World Anti-Doping Agency appeal in Switzerland that seeks to ban him for up eight years for allegedly refusing to give samples voluntarily. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)MONTREUX, Switzerland — A blockbuster doping case got lost in translation with Chinese swimmer Sun Yang on the stand.Imprecise and incomplete exchanges relayed by courtroom translators into English and Chinese frustrated even Sun’s own lawyers on Friday during his opening statement and cross-examination in the first session of a scheduled 12-hour hearing.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES FIBA chooses sites for 2020 Olympic qualifying tournaments The court did not select the translators.The appeal case was brought by the World Anti-Doping Agency. It centers on Sun’s right to refuse cooperation with three anti-doping officials who tried to take blood and urine samples at his home in China last year.A security guard instructed by Sun’s mother used a hammer to smash a box containing a vial of his blood during a late-night dispute after the swimmer questioned the collection team’s credentials.Sun detailed how he and his entourage doubted the paperwork and qualifications of officials conducting a properly scheduled mission to get the samples.“How are you able to trust them?” Sun recalled of a September 2018 incident that escalated into confrontation.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 10 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association has decided to send Chef de Mission Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and his deputy Rajkumar Sacheti at the Asian Games on its own expense after the Sports Ministry questioned the latter’s presence in the contingent. The IOA had named Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Sharan as the CDM with his four deputies being Sacheti, Col Satyavrat Sheoran, Balbir Singh Kushwaha and Dev Kumar Singh. It is learnt that the Sports Ministry had expressed its unhappiness at Boxing Federation of India (BFI) Executive Director Sacheti’s inclusion as one of the four deputy Chefs de Mission as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) had recommended registration of a disproportionate assets case against him in 2013 in the wake of the 2010 CWG corruption scandal. Sacheti worked as Joint Director-General in the 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and was one of the aides of former IOA President and head of 2010 CWG OC Suresh Kalmadi who was jailed and then released on bail. The IOA, however, refused to budge from its decision and said that it will send the Chef de Mission and his four deputies, besides another seven office staff, on its own cost. It has submitted to the Sports Ministry a list of 202 officials from various federations, whose athletes are taking part in the Asian Games for clearance. “We have submitted a list of 202 officials from various federation to the sports ministry for clearance. We are not submitting the list of our own 12 officials, including CDM and four CDMs, to the ministry. They do not need clearance from the sports ministry and we are sending them to Indonesia on our cost,” said IOA Secretary Rajeev Mehta.advertisement Asked about Sacheti’s inclusion as a deputy Chef de Mission, Mehta said,”We have officially asked Sacheti to furnish in writing what was the actual position and he gave us in writing that there was no case or investigation going on against him by the CVC and we have accepted his explanation.” Another IOA official wondered why the government would have reservation about Sacheti only now after being associated with him in various capacities in the past. “He (Sacheti) was an advisor to a previous SAI DG during the South Asian Games in Guwahati in 2016, he was associated with the Lusofonia Games in Goa and recently associated with the Khelo India Games of the Sports Ministry. I don’t know what is the problem now if he is made the deputy Chef de Mission of the Asian Games,” the official said. The accreditation of all these 12 officials have come and IOA president Narinder Batra today said during the contingent send-off ceremony that the first batch of the Indian officials will leave for Indonesia tomorrow. The welcome ceremony of the Indian contingent will be held on August 16. All the National Olympic Committees under the Olympic Council of Asia will get office spaces inside the Games Village and the IOA will have to set up one with own support staff. However, ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, the Sports Ministry had struck down the name of Arun Mendiratta as Chief Medical Officer of the contingent. The IOA had then sent a full list of its own officials, including the Chef de Mission and his two deputies. PTI PDS PDS KHSKHSlast_img read more

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first_imgThe province is taking steps to better protect people who rent or lease lots for their homes in Nova Scotia and those who own the property. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell introduced amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, today, Nov. 23. “We all want a safe home for ourselves and our families,” said Mr. MacDonell. “These changes are the result of extensive consultation. They will help make life better for Nova Scotians by making the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords clear. Our amendments balance their obligations to one another so everyone benefits.” The amendments clarify the sales process and upgrade criteria for manufactured homes, such as minihomes, to help ensure a fair and timely process for buyers, sellers and landlords. Landlords renting lots to homeowners, will have to respond within 10 days when tenants put forward a prospective buyer. Landlords will be able to request that sellers upgrade their homes, based on municipal by-laws or community guidelines requirements attached to the sellers lease. Additional changes include: updating references to mobile homes and mobile home parks and changing them to manufactured homes and land-lease communities providing a transition to introduce a new rental increase process for land-lease communities that was passed last fall to help simplify the process providing clarification for the new rental arrears process that was passed last falllast_img read more

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first_imgMoscow: The Kremlin on Wednesday said details of a fire that killed 14 crew on a deep-water submersible will not be made public because they include classified information. “This information cannot be made public completely,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “It belongs to the category of state secrets.” The seamen died on Monday in Russia’s territorial waters in the country’s far-north, but the disaster was only made public Tuesday. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ Peskov said however that President Vladimir Putin was informed right away. “It is completely normal when this kind of information is not made public,” Peskov said, adding that this was “within the law of the Russian Federation”. Officials have given little information about the vessel or the circumstances of the accident, with local media reporting the ship was a secretive nuclear-powered mini-submarine. The presence of many senior ranking officers on board could suggest the submarine was not on an ordinary assignment. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Peskov said that “no decision has been made” about a period of mourning in the northern Russian region. The defence ministry said the 14 crew were killed by inhaling poisonous fumes after a fire broke out on a “scientific research deep-sea submersible” studying the sea floor. However the Novaya Gazeta newspaper cited sources as saying that the accident took place on an AS-12 nuclear mini-submarine, which is capable of going to extreme depths.last_img read more

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In the second game of the Ohio State baseball team’s season, coach Bob Todd decided to start Brett McKinney on the mound.The right-hander instantly impressed spectators by striking out the first three batters he faced. McKinney earned the win, going five innings without allowing a run and striking out eight in the process. That start would be impressive for any pitcher, much less a freshman making his first collegiate appearance. For the 19-year-old McKinney, it was a long-awaited, glorious moment.“It was so surreal. [It was] everything I worked for and everything I worked at,” McKinney said of the win. “My dad and my brother were able to come down and see the game, so that was really cool.”For McKinney, having his father, Chuck, and older brother, Chad, in attendance was even more special because they are the two most influential people in his baseball career. At the age of two McKinney began playing tee ball with his brother as they both looked up to their father, who played for the Cincinnati Reds.“Baseball has been in my family forever,” McKinney said. “My dad was a big influence. He’s always been coaching me so it’s nice.”It’s now Brett’s turn to continue the family tradition of playing baseball. But that wasn’t necessarily always his plan.At Badin High School, McKinney was a two-sport star, playing baseball in the spring and football in the fall. “I always had the dream I could be good enough in both [baseball and football] that I could choose one or the other,” McKinney said. “As I got older, I realized I wasn’t going to be big enough to play football, so I started to concentrate more on baseball.”While he might not have the size for football, McKinney is larger than life on the mound. At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, McKinney is an intimidator when he toes the rubber for the Buckeyes. And the coaching staff couldn’t be happier that he turned his attention to baseball and OSU.Both Todd and coach Eric Parker, who works with the pitchers, have been impressed with the freshman so far.“He’s doing a great job. It’s always an adjustment that first year coming in from high school,” Parker said of McKinney. “He’s working hard, making adjustments and getting better each week.”McKinney is adjusting quickly to his new surroundings and has already gelled with the veteran pitchers on the team.“All the upperclassmen have been great helping me out with different things. Everybody has done a great job taking me under their wing and teaching me the tricks,” McKinney said.Todd will look for McKinney to learn a new trick: moving from the rotation to the bullpen, as the Buckeyes enter Big Ten play this week. McKinney has started in all six of his appearances this season but will now transition to the bullpen as Alex Wimmers, Dean Wolosiansky and Drew Rucinski fill out the rotation.“He’s come in and given us some quality innings, and he’s trying to be one of the guys that is going to help us either as a set-up guy or a closer. As a freshman that’s awful tough to do, when you make the adjustment from high school to a Division 1 program,” Todd said.While it may be a tough move, Parker is confident his freshman hurler can do it.“One thing I really liked about him through the recruiting process is that he has always wanted the ball. He’s ready to take on whatever role,” Parker said. “It looks like we’re going to need him in the bullpen here early. And we feel confident he’s going to be able to handle whatever role we give him.”Whether starting or relieving, the one thing McKinney can certainly do is strike batters out. In his six appearances, McKinney has piled up 30 punch-outs, which ranks him second on the team and first among Big Ten freshmen.McKinney and the rest of the staff will look to continue to strike out opponents when OSU hosts Toledo today at 2:05 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium. read more

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More than 10,000 officers and staff will attend five days worth of training courses before the end of the year as well as taking personality tests to tell them what “colour” they are.   The course – which will see staff taken off duty for a total of more than 50,000 days – comes amid soaring crime levels in the capital including… Officers who recently completed a two day course are understood to have confronted bosses at the end, questioning why the money could not have been used to recruit PCs or provide police cars or operational training.   The Metropolitan Police Service has been accused by its own officers of “wasting” £10million on a leadership training programme whilst the crime rate soars.  read more

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first_imgGalantas Gold has commenced operations at its Omagh processing plant, in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, sourcing feed from the underground Kearney gold vein development.The processing plant has had a recent upgrade to some sections and is expected to operate part-time until production stoping commences, anticipated late in 2018 or early in 2019.The plant operates a froth flotation system for production of a gold-silver concentrate. This process removes the sulphide minerals and gold and concentrates them into a product suitable for smelter treatment. The concentrate is then exported, via Belfast port, to a smelter.Galantas’ Omagh development reached the main Kearney gold vein back in June. The vein intersection is around 15 m below the base of the Kearney open pit (pictured).A horizontal development tunnel, driven on vein at this level in both directions, has provided this limited mill feed.The decline tunnel is planned to be extended at depth, along with construction of a second means of egress. This should provide access to lower levels and permit stoping between the first two horizontal levels.A new 4 t capacity Epiroc LHD has been ordered on a rental-purchase basis to improve productivity in loading operations from the smaller cross-section vein drives. It is equipped with radio remote control, which enhances safety in stope mucking operations, and is expected to be delivered next month.last_img read more

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seha gazprom league Four teams for SEHA Gazprom Final4 were known last week, but the semi-final’s pairs are decided with RK PPD Zagreb draw in Serbian city of Pancevo, where domestic RK Dinamo had a chance to win in the last attack – 28:28, but TOP scorer Ivan Dimitrijevic (10 goals) didn’t make proper action for it few seconds before the final buzzer.The Croatian champions RK PPD Zagreb will meet eternal rivals from Slovenia – RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, while reigning EHF CL and SEHA winners, RK Vardar will clash HC Meshkov Brest at tournament which will be organized between April 13 and 15 at “Jane Sandanski” hall in Skopje.STANDINGS:1. Vardar 17 1 0 522. Celje Piv. Laško 11 2 4 353. PPD Zagreb 11 2 4 354. Meshkov Brest 10 1 6 315. Gorenje Velenje 8 3 6 276. Tatran Prešov 6 4 7 227. Metalurg 6 1 10 198. Nexe 1 6 10 99. Dinamo Pancevo 2 3 12 910. Vojvodina 2 1 15 7 ← Previous Story EHF President Michael Wiederer: We treat all European leagues the same way Next Story → Lois Abbingh to Rostov Don read more

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first_img Jan 27th 2017, 8:00 PM Short URL WHEN VENUS AND Serena Williams step out onto the court of the Rod Laver Arena on Saturday morning, it will mark the culmination of a fairytale Australian Open that nobody saw coming.It was a tournament that saw presumed favourites vanquished early on and old greats afforded another moment in the sun. Players like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Mirjana Lučić-Baroni dominated their opponents to the point that people were left scratching their heads and asking, “What year is this again?”Fitting then that the women’s final will feature Venus and Serena going head to head in a Grand Slam final for the first time since 2009. After all, it doesn’t get any more vintage than that. #TBT 1991, Compton, with Dad#tennis #coaching pic.twitter.com/g4rfU5MJo0— EleVen by Venus (@EleVenbyVenus) October 8, 2015 In that open letter in 2006, Chris Evert cautioned that Serena was in the prime of her health and ought not to squander it. But both Serena and Venus have demonstrated time and time again that age ain’t nothing but a number and showed there are no barriers that they can’t overcome.After all, they’ve endured racist and sexist remarks – most recently in 2014 when the President of the Russian Tennis Federation pejoratively referred to them as the “Williams Brothers”. They’ve fought through injury, illness and immense personal turmoil. They’ve campaigned for equal prize money for female tennis players.They’ve had their bodies scrutinised and analysed to a frankly insane degree. They’ve failed to land the same lucrative sponsorship deals as peers like Maria Sharapova. And they’ve more than paid the price on the rare occasions they’ve lost their temper on the court.Despite all of that, however, they have never given up or retreated. Thanks to tenacious parents, a tremendous force of will, and unparalleled athleticism and power, Serena and Venus have left an indelible mark on a sport that didn’t always welcome them with open arms.The two little girls that grew up playing on the scrappy courts of Compton have turned the lily-white sport of tennis on its head and made it their own. If anybody embodies the fabled American dream, it’s Venus and Serena Williams. Share Tweet Email Venus and Serena Williams started playing tennis when they were children under the tutelage of their father, Richard Williams. Before Venus and Serena were even born, Richard had his heart set on turning his children into professional tennis players.The story goes that he was watching the television one day when he stumbled upon coverage of the French Open. The winner, Virginia Ruzici, won $40,000 for her troubles, a figure that impressed Richard.He immediately set about immersing himself in the world of tennis and better acquainting himself with the game, so that by the time Venus and Serena were old enough to hold a racket, he was well placed to coach them.A few years ago, he relayed the conversation he had with his wife Oracene Price to CNN. “I went to my wife and said that we have two kids, and we’ll become rich. They’re going to be tennis players.” On Saturday, Venus Williams will vie to become the oldest woman to ever win a Grand Slam in the Open era — a record currently held by her sister — while Serena Williams will be bidding to win her 23rd title and become the most successful player in the Open Era.Either way, tennis fans can expect a fairytale ending. As Serena Williams herself put it, “A Williams is going to win the tournament.”Set your alarm! Australian Open gets its dream final between Federer and Nadal > Image: AP/Press Association Images Image: AP/Press Association Images http://the42.ie/3208975 Champion. Again. Serena Williams joins Steffi Graf on 22 Grand Slam titles after clinching a 7th #Wimbledon crown pic.twitter.com/jSa3cVY54X— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016 Source: Wimbledon/Twitter 32,070 Views Venus Ebony Star Williams was born in June 1980. Thirteen months later, she was followed by Serena Jameka Williams. The family moved to Compton in 1983  — Richard wanted to toughen the girls up — and both girls soon started playing tennis.It was clear early on that they had a natural aptitude for the sport, and Richard was soon serving as their full-time coach. They trained in the less-than-salubrious grounds of East Compton Park for many years until they were picked up by Rick Macci, a tennis coach based in Florida.Early on, the girls were regarded as somewhat of an anomaly in their sport. In a recent interview with ESPN, Macci recalled thinking, “Athletes with their body types went to other sports; they didn’t play tennis.”The family moved to Florida when Serena and Venus were aged nine and 10, respectively, to attend Macci’s tennis academy in West Palm Beach, where they remained until 1995. Neither Venus nor Serena participated in many junior tournaments with their father opting instead to focus on preparing them for the professional game.Both girls would turn pro at the age of 14, thus marking the beginning of two of the greatest tennis careers in history. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesIn 1997, Venus Williams made her Grand Slam debut in the French Open. The 17-year-old lost in the second round. This was soon followed by a first round defeat at Wimbledon. But she came into her own in the US Open and made the final on her first attempt, where she lost to Martina Hingis.The tournament was notable for an incident in the semi-final in which Williams was deliberately bumped by her opponent, Irina Spirlea, during a changeover.At the time, many including Richard Williams speculated that the bump was racially motivated. (Spirlea denied this and later suggested that she was merely putting “the f**king Venus Williams” back in her place after Venus refused to turn for her.)It would not be the last time the issue of race would rear its ugly head, but more on that later. Source: Sean L/YouTubeIn January 1998, Serena Williams made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open where she faced none other than Venus Williams in the second round. It was an irresistible match-up.With their white braids and powerful playing style, they were unlike anyone else on the women’s tour. Venus won in straight sets on that occasion, but the match heralded the arrival of a new era of tennis. Source: SerenaWilliamsFans/YouTubeThe first Williams Grand Slam title came in 1999 when Serena defeated the likes of Kim Clijsters, Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport and finally Martina Hingis to win her first US Open, thus beginning a period of dominance for the Williams sisters.Between 2000 and 2003, Venus and Serena won a combined nine Grand Slam titles — four for Venus and five for Serena. On many occasions, the sisters faced each other in the finals, leading to an unprecedented sibling rivalry that the sport had never seen before.In the midst of all this joy and success, however, was an ugly incident at Indian Wells, a high-profile tournament played in California. At the 2001 tournament, Venus was scheduled to play Serena in the semi-final, but withdrew due to injury at short notice, leading to accusations of match-fixing.Serena progressed to the final by default. During the final, she was booed and jeered by the crowd, who were still peeved at having been denied a Serena-Venus match. It was a disorienting sight considering she should have been the home crowd’s favourite.A match report from the time describes the hostile atmosphere:The celebration was awkward. As she began a parade queen’s wave at the crowd, boos mixed with a smattering of applause.Richard Williams later claimed that he had been heckled and subjected to racist abuse by members of the crowd. As a result, the sisters would boycott the tournament for 14 years. Source: BBC/YouTubeBecause of the sheer longevity of their careers, it’s easy to forget that Serena and Venus have endured many dips in form.Indeed, in contrast to the highs of the early 2000s, 2004 to 2006 was somewhat of a fallow period for the sisters. There were victories, sure  — Venus won Wimbledon in 2005, while Serena won the Australian Open the same year —  but not at the same rate as in previous years.They suffered enormous personal trauma like the murder of their sister Yetunde Price in 2003 and their parents’ divorce in 2002. They were hampered by injuries. And their commitment to the sport was repeatedly called into question.At one point, Chris Evert even took it upon herself to write an open letter to Serena Williams in Tennis Magazine, advising her that she was “tarnishing her legacy” by devoting too much time to “distractions” like guest appearances on ER and The Bernie Mac Show. Serena WIlliams guest-starring on an episode of The Bernie Mac Show. Source: YouTubeA return to form soon followed, however, with the sisters climbing up the rankings once more and adding to their trophy cabinet.Serena defied the odds to win the Australian Open in 2007 as an unseeded player. Venus Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title in 2008, forever solidifying her status as the ‘Queen of the Grass’. And the sisters won a doubles title at the Beijing Olympics.But like clockwork, these highs were soon countered by extreme lows. In 2011, Serena Williams was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism in her lungs and later had to undergo surgery to remove a hematoma related to the embolism.That same year, Venus Williams was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder known as Sjogren’s Syndrome. Her ranking and form plummeted that year and she has since struggled to maintain the consistency she enjoyed early on in her career. Source: EMPICS SportBut while Venus faltered, Serena thrived. She returned from her bout of illness with a new vigour and sense of purpose. In June 2012, she hired a new coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, who brought out the best in her and has since helped oversee nine Grand Slam titles.By September 2015, Serena Williams was on the precipice of something historic. She had won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the French Open, and was looking to complete the calendar slam, as well as her 22nd career Grand Slam, a total that would bring her in line with Steffi Graf’s record.The build-up was intense with the majority of pre-tournament coverage centred on Serena’s legacy and her place in history. The New York Times even published a piece by the noted poet Claudia Rankine on The Meaning of Serena Williams.And why not? It was a sure thing that she’d win, right? She was in the form of her life.Wrong.Her dreams of a 22nd title came to a crashing halt when Italian player Roberta Vinci shocked everyone — even herself — and defeated her in the semi-final, spoiling the narrative everyone had been spinning for the previous fortnight.“Serena Williams’s loss to Roberta Vinci was, beyond any reasonable doubt, a gargantuan upset,” wrote The New York Times.But if there’s one thing Serena Williams has proved time and time again, it’s that she has the ability to pick herself up, dust herself off and go at it again. Number 22 may have eluded her in New York, but it wasn’t off the cards just yet. Source: Jon BuckleMeanwhile, Venus Williams was making great strides and enjoying a much-welcomed return to form of sorts. In 2015, she made two Grand Slam quarter-finals, her best performance since 2010.She built on this success in 2016 and reached the semi-final in Wimbledon at the age of 36, which made her practically a senior citizen in tennis terms. (Her opponent in the third round was a 19-year-old named Daria Kasatkina.)But Venus maintained that age wasn’t a factor.I don’t think anyone feels older. You have this infinity inside of you that feels like you could go forever.She bowed out in the semi-final, losing to Angelique Kerber.Kerber’s opponent in the final? None other than Serena Williams.At Wimbledon, Serena Williams was in flying form, winning all but one of her matches in straight sets. But she had suffered a defeat in the Australian Open final to Kerber just six months earlier.Would the German stand in her way again? In a word, no.Serena was ferocious and hungry, and won her 22nd title in straight sets, 7-5 6-3. In doing so, Serena cemented her place in history and reminded everyone that you can never count a Williams out. By Amy O’Connor Source: EleVen by Venus/Twitter 17 Comments Serena and Venus 2017: the last chapter in a fairytale nobody saw coming The sisters meet in their ninth Grand Slam final in a match-up nobody thought was possible. Friday 27 Jan 2017, 8:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Government Bans GNTCA from Operating

first_imgBy Mamadou Dem and Suwaibou Touray Gambia National Transport Control Association (GNTCA), which is the transport body recognised by the government, has been banned from operating in the country, according to a press release from the the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment (MOTIE) announced on state television on Monday, January 25, 2016.The press release indicated that the general public and all actors in goods transportation are being informed that GNTCA “is hereby banned from any involvement in the transportation sector in the country.”It added that all GNTCA structures, systems and tariffs not approved by government are dismantled, dissolved  and abolished.According to the release, all traders, clearing agents, motorists and forwarding agents intending to transport goods out of the country, are hereby informed that henceforth, all export declarations shall be processed by the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) at the border exit post to replace the Manifests issued by the GNTCA. It added that it is reminding stakeholders that the Government of the Gambia shall spare no effort in ensuring that all physical barriers and impediments imposed by non government agents in the smooth flow of trade within the country are removed.“This is with a view to implementing a new dispensation of guaranteeing the smooth flow of transportation through GRA, the Sea port and other locations, are contracted in a free and transparent manner free from any inhibitions imposed by associations, unions and other third parties,” states the release.The release further states that “cargo owners, clearing and forwarding agencies are duly informed that queuing systems and other informal protocols imposed by the GNTCA for access to the port of Banjul and other loading centers, tariffs, manifests, mandatory payments of ‘mandaa’ bribes, other fees levied for the goods within and outside the country are duly prohibited and that interested parties are free to conduct their business transactions within the principles of free market, transparency and in compliance with the laws of the Gambia.”When contacted, Mr. Mumini Sey, president of GNTCA said he cannot make any comment at the moment. He, however, acknowledged receipt of the said press release from the trade ministry.Mr. Sheriff Dibba, Secretary General of the Association, also confirmed that they received a letter from the trade ministry ordering the association to seize operations.According to him, they have not done anything wrong thus warranting them to stop carrying out their activities.He disclosed that they have written to the Office of the President regarding the issue and are now awaiting a response from the said office.It was also gathered that some members of the association, including branch heads, have converged at its head office for a meeting regarding the fate of their association.last_img read more

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Zabaleta wants improvement in two key areas

first_imgWest Ham United defender Pablo Zabaleta wants the team to improve their consistency and mental toughness ahead of the clash against Tottenham Hotspur after the international break.A lot of was expected from the Hammers after their heavy investment in their playing staff during the summer transfer window but after a disappointing start to the season with just two wins from eight games in the Premier League, things are looking less bright in the London Stadium.Zabaleta has been one of the team’s best performers in the team in their recent renaissance but has highlighted were the team can improve.“In the first half we gave the ball away often and cheaply,” he explained, as quoted by Football London.“This is the Premier League and you can’t make those mistakes – we conceded the goal and then you always need to react.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“In the second half we were the better team, we kept the ball and created good chances but we couldn’t score.”“You need to be consistent as a team. Week in, week out you need to play well enough to pick up points. This is the most competitive and demanding league, so you have to be ready to play one game against a team who likes to keep possession, then the next against someone who is more direct.”“Every game is different and you have to be prepared to stop this. Then when we have the ball we need to play like we did in the second half.”“At this moment, all we need to do is learn and improve mentally, to be ready to play in the way we did for the second half for the 90 minutes.”last_img read more

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Historic gathering as Assemblies of God conference begins in Provo

first_img Four year old gunshot victim takes rest in the Bight Related Items:alice harvey, assemblies of god, bradley handfield, dominion dancers, patrick paul Assemblies of God Conference promotes Discipleship over Membership Bahamas delegation lands this morning for four day Gospel conference in Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Jun 2015 – The message called for reflection as a Believer in Christ and was delivered by opening night speaker Rev Dr Patrick Paul who is the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Churches for the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. Paul was expounding on the theme for the four day conclave which includes day and night time sessions and is being held at Community Fellowship Center under the theme ‘An Agency of Evangelism to the World.’ Over 100 delegates from The Bahamas landed in Provo yesterday and are being hosted at various resorts and residences; many are here for the first time. Moderator for the evening Rev Bradley Handfield gave a warm welcome to the visitors who also hail from Haiti and the United States, citing that Providenciales is the World’s #1 Island… that got rousing applause from the home crowd and was reiterated for Opposition Leader Sharlene Robinson, who attended the service. Hon Robinson congratulated the AG churches on its theme as a member of the TCI Baptist Union and encouraged the hearers to enjoy the pace of Provo with a challenge that all leave refreshed and rejuvenated. The service also featured awards presentations to founding members of CFC including Alice Harvey and ministry by the Dominion Dancers. It is the first time the 61st Biennial General Council is being held outside of the Bahamas. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Fire sparks inside Margate home no injuries

first_imgMARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials are investigating a fire that broke out inside a home in Margate.According to the Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department, the blaze sparked at a house near Northwest 66th Avenue and Eighth Street, just before 3:45 a.m., Monday.First responders arrived at the home to find heavy smoke coming from the front of the house and flames coming out from the roof.There was no one inside the home at the time.Crews were able to quickly put out the flames.Officials believe the fire began in the kitchen, but are still working to figure out the cause.The homeowner has been displaced. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Green Bhadradri takes up plantation drive in temple town

first_imgBhadrachalam: The members of Green Bhadradri organisation took up plantation drive in the temple town on Monday. The programme was launched by the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation depot manager Srinivas Rao on the day. Speaking on the occasion, he hailed the services of the organisation and stated that to protect the environment more plants should be planted. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us The official planted a sapling plant on the bus stand premises. Green Bhadradri organisation president Golla Bhupathi Rao, speaking on the occasion, said they were planning to plant many saplings in the temple city and the donors have helped them in purchasing a variety plants for the purpose and identification of areas for planting the saplings. “The goal of the organisation is to make Bhadradri a green space,” said senior organiser Pallanti Desappa. He said every year the organisation was planting saplings and this year too they were doing it on a large scale.last_img read more

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first_imgFounded by Mukesh Bansal who was also the co-founder of fashion retailer Myntra, and Ankit Nagori, the ex-chief business officer at Flipkart, the company attracted the investors in no time. Credit: TwitterFull stack health and fitness company CureFit has raised $75 million in the series D funding, taking the company’s valuation over $500 million. The latest round of funding was led by existing investors Accel Growth and also witnessed participation from other existing investors like Kalaari Capital, Pratithi Investments, Chiratae Ventures, Castle Investments, Satyadharma Investments, The McGovern Family, Makan Family Trust, and Bruno E. Raschel have also participated in the round. Accel growth pumped around $30 million dollars while Kalahari adding $10 million and Chiratae investing $8.38 million.Notably, the valuation of the company has seen significant jump after securing $120 million from Chiratae Ventures, Accel Partners and Kalaari Capital along with participation from Accel Partners US and Oaktree Capital in August 2018. Founded by Mukesh Bansal, who was also the co-founder of fashion retailer Myntra, and Ankit Nagori, the ex-chief business officer at Flipkart, the company attracted the investors in no time. At this pace of investment, CureFit is expected to join the Unicorn club by mid-2020. Both Bansal and Nagori worked at Flipkart when Myntra was bought by the Bengaluru headquartered company in 2014. It operates gym under the brand name under Cult.Fit, healthy food offerings under Eat.Fit, mental wellness through Mind.Fit and diagnostic centers through Care.fit.Ever since its launch in 2016 the company has acquired several smaller firms as per its expansion plan. Apparently, CureFit has launched an incubator programme for startups, which are creating healthy snacks and beverages. The company plans to invest $5 million across 10-12 startups in coming next two years as it is looking for creating co-products as well. It recently launched an incubator programme for startups, which are in the business of creating healthy snacks and beverages. The idea is to invest $5 million across 10-12 startups in the next two years as it looks to co-create products as well.last_img read more

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2 drivers among 3 killed in separate road crashes

first_imgRoad Accident logoThree people including two drivers have been killed in separate road crashes across the country, reports UNB. Two people including a pickup driver were killed while two others injured as the vehicle overturned on Magura-Jhenidah road at Abalpur on Saturday.The deceased are Noor Islam, 35, driver of the vehicle and resident of Jagla village in sadar upazila and Mamun, 40, a brick field worker, hailing from Saluapara village of the upazila.Police said the accident took place when the pickup turned turtle around 10:00am leaving the driver dead on the spot and three others injured.Later, the injured were rushed to Magura 250-Bed Sadar Hospital where physicians declared Mamun dead.The bodies were kept at the hospital morgue, police said.A truck driver was killed while two others injured as the truck collided head-on with a human hauler at Lalmatia in South Surma area in Sylhet on Saturday.The deceased is Ershad Ahmed, 35.The accident occurred around 12:00pm when a speedy truck hit the human hauler injuring three people, said Md Nurul Alam, officer-in-charge of Moglabazar police station.After rescuing, locals sent them to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital where physicians declared the truck driver dead, said the OC.Police seized the truck and the human hauler, he added.last_img read more

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