first_imgJasmina Tinjić, who plays for a prize fund of 50.000 dollars, opened the tournament in Quanzhou, in China with the results 2:1, per sets (6:7, 6:3, 6:4).The best B&H female tennis player won against the local tennis player Ran Tian, who is 818 in the WTA list. According to Jasmina, the process of adaption with the time difference was difficult.“Now that I am adapting with the zone changes, I believe that I will be more confident in the upcoming matches. Weather conditions for the game were not ideal. It was very windy, but I managed to win the game despite losing in the first set. I believe that I will play much better in  the second round, but the goal remains the same, at least semi-finals”, said Tinjić, who will play the next match on Wednesday morning.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more

first_imgFlorida’s visitor count continued to increase, bolstered by U.S. and Canadian tourists. Florida had a record 126.98 million visitors in 2018 alone.Visit Florida, the state’s tourism-marketing agency now faces a challenge. The millions of travelers to Florida during the first six months of the year happened before a cut in state funding took place for the public-private agency. The cut came after several debates where the state House leaders questioned the significance of Visit Florida.The tourism numbers this year shows 61.2 million people visited from other parts of the United States and Canada.In May, the Visit Florida Board of Directors slashed payroll by 30 percent and reduced strategic marketing efforts by $17.8 million. Florida, however struggles with overseas numbers regarding visitors. Overseas tourists dropped by 0.5 percent last year and 2 percent in 2017.last_img read more

first_imgFour one-design classes competed in the annual Monmouth Boat Club (MBC) Labor Day Regatta, Sunday, Sept. 1. David Watts with brother Robert as crew, top left, won the Lightning Class with two firsts and a second in three races. John Luard, sailing with crew Keith Petrosemolo, top right, won the Flying Scot Class also with two firsts and a second. Doug Marsh, lower left, sailing with wife Kay, took Albacore honors with three wins and Steve Okinow, lower right, won the WoodPussy class. Series racing will continue at MBC until mid-October.last_img read more

first_imgA route 47 minibus driver was on Friday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for raping a 14-year-old girl.Adrain BrandtAdrian Brandt denied the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Fabayo Azore. The charge stated that Brandt sexually assaulted the teen on October 7, 2018, at Sophia, Greater Georgetown.Brandt is no stranger to the court. On March 30, 2014, he was released on $40,000 bail by Magistrate Faith McGusty on a dangerous driving charge. He was also the prosecution’s main witness in the July 29, 2013 Mandela Avenue, Georgetown shooting where one person was killed.last_img read more

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital has won Saolta Staff Recognition Awards in two categories at a ceremony in Mayo recently.The Donegal Clinical Research Academy won the ‘Education and Training Award’ for their emergency abdominal surgery course for students and the ‘Outstanding Employee Award’ was presented to Dolores Devenney who works in phlebotomy services at the hospital.More than 160 nominations from across the Saolta Group of hospitals were received for the six award categories which included: Innovation in a Clinical Area Award; Innovation in a Non Clinical Area Award; Research Award; Quality Improvement and Patient Experience Award; in addition to the categories won by LUH – Education and Training Award; and Outstanding Employee Award. The event was hosted by Mayo Senior Football Manager James Horan and the awards were presented by Saolta CEO Tony Canavan and Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Jean Kelly.Seán Murphy, General Manager, Letterkenny University Hospital said, “The student emergency abdominal surgery course is a unique multidisciplinary educational event. It exposes medical students to a reality that they haven’t previously experienced and provides valuable inter-disciplinary learning to our future doctors. The Donegal Clinical Research Academy at the hospital is a deserved winner of the Education and Training Award.Dolores Devenney, Phlebotomoy Services, LUH accepting her ‘Outstanding Employee Award’ from Saolta Group CEO Tony Canavan and Jean Kelly, Saolta Group Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery.“I am delighted that Dolores Devenney was presented with the ‘Outstanding Employee Award’ for demonstrating exceptional service to her patients and colleagues over the last 40 years.“The warmth and empathy she shows patients makes their hospital visit less daunting and she is patient and supportive with new staff and students who are still developing their skills. Dolores is a worthy recipient of the Outstanding Employee Award.” In addition to winning two categories, the Metabolic Multidisciplinary Team at LUH was shortlisted for the ‘Innovation in a Clinical Area Award’.The Saolta University Health Care Group Staff Recognition Awards take place every 2 years and aim to recognise the important role that staff play in delivering services to patients cared for in all six hospitals in the Group. All applications are judged by an independent panel and the event is self-funded through sponsorship.At the Saolta Staff Achievement Award presentation for ‘Education and Training’, from left: Jean Kelly, Saolta Group Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery; Seán Murphy, General Manager, Letterkenny University Hospital; Mr Zsolt Bodnar, Consultant Surgeon; Ms Louise Flanagan, Research Nurse; and Tony Canavan, Saolta Group CEO.Letterkenny Hospital staff recognised at Saolta Awards was last modified: November 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardsluhSaoltalast_img read more

first_imgFor Indian sports fans in Qatar, the last day of the 2006 Doha Asian Games was for celebrating with the bronze medal-winning Indian women’s hockey team. However, they were amazed to learn that six of the team members were all from one place: Shahbad Markanda near Ambala in Haryana. The,For Indian sports fans in Qatar, the last day of the 2006 Doha Asian Games was for celebrating with the bronze medal-winning Indian women’s hockey team. However, they were amazed to learn that six of the team members were all from one place: Shahbad Markanda near Ambala in Haryana. The ‘Super Six’ of Shahbad. Ritu Rani, Suman Bala, Surinder Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Jasjeet Kaur and Joydeep Kaur.were only outdone at the September 2006 World Cup in Spain where seven of its girls had donned the Tricolour. Ritu, 14, was the youngest in that event.STARS ARE BORN: The Super Six WORLD AT HER DOORSTEP: Surinder Kaur is the teams Goal Machine of Shahbad at the ground where they learnt how to be championsShahbad Markanda is today called the ‘Sansarpur of women’s hockey’ a reference to the village near Jalandhar which produced 14 hockey Olympians between 1932 and 1980. In the patriarchic milieu of Haryana’s Jatland, notorious for the second-worst sex ratio among all states, the girls have not only put the sleepy town of 30,000 on the country’s hockey map but also given it its most celebrated claim to fame. The girls have also effected a turnaround in the socio-economic status of their families by winning huge financial rewards.Indeed, the non-descript town’s emergence as the powerhouse of women’s hockey is an instructive lesson for Indian hockey bosses on how to nurture young talent at the grassroots level. The credit for scripting such a trail-blazing success story goes to intrepid hockey coach Baldev Singh. Adopting a hands-on approach combined with hard work, Baldev has single-handedly made hockey the defining leitmotif of this town.STANDING TALL: Suman Bala built a three-storey house with her cash rewardsHockey legend Pargat Singh, director of Punjab sports department, regularly cites Baldev’s accomplishments to motivate coaches, calling him an “instructor worth emulating”. Since 1992, the coaching centre established and run by Baldev, now the deputy director of Haryana sports department, has produced as many as 26 international women hockey players.all hailing from the Shri Guru Nanak Pritam Senior Secondary School (SGNP) in the heart of this chaotic town. While local girls form more than half of the Indian Railways team, they make up virtually the entire women hockey squads of Haryana in all categories. Such has been Shahbad’s dominance that there is not a single women’s hockey tournament, at the state or national level, in which they haven’t triumphed in the last decade. “We have stopped counting the tournaments our girls have won,” says Manmohan Singh, vice-80 president of the school management.”The victory streak has whetted their hunger for success.”advertisementBALDEV SINGH, HOCKEY COACHIncredibly, hockey was alien to Shahbad’s predominantly Punjabi community until the mid-1980s when Baldev, himself an accomplished player at the university level, first set up a coaching centre at the local Arya School. Among the first lot of players, three.Sandeep Kaur, Bhupinder Kaur and Sanjiv Kumar.made it to the international level. Impressed with his coaching credentials, SGNP persuaded him to run the hockey centre at the school in 1992. Until then, the all-girls school had no tradition of the game.WORLD AT HER DOORSTEP: Surinder Kaur is the teams ‘Goal Machine’Baldev discovered it would be a double challenge. First, getting the girls to play and then, moulding them into professional players. After much persuasion of parents, he took 20 girls, all less than 10 years old, under his wing. Next, they fashioned a playground for themselves by clearing an uneven stretch of land of bushes and hedges in the backyard of the two-and-a-half acre school. All the trainees came from poor socio-economic strata. Surinder’s father, for instance, was a farm labourer. “I then didn’t even know what hockey was,” recalls Sukhdev, now the proud father of an international player nicknamed the ‘Goal Machine’.A hard taskmaster with an uncanny knack of spotting talent, Baldev set about honing their precocious skills. For the first two years he set a rigorous regimen of seven hours a day, without any holiday or break. Of the initial lot, eight dropped out, unable to cope with the pressure. But the rest shaped into talented players, and nine of them later went on to play at the international level. Surinder was the first, participating in the 1998 Asian Games. Prior to that, the team had tasted its first major success in the 1993 Nehru Girls’ Hockey (under-17) Tournament where it emerged second.THE WIZARD: Talent-spotter Baldevs tough regimen has worked wondersThe turning point, however, came in 1994, the year the local team won a prize money tournament. Its impressive winning spree at the national level earned the players a windfall of scholarships from the Sports Authority of India and Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). The financial spin-off not only boosted the players’ confidence but also changed the attitude of parents over the years. Suman’s father was a humble farmer till she earned nearly Rs 40 lakh in cash rewards in eight years. Her family has built a three-storey home in place of a brickand-mud dwelling and sent her younger brother to college in Australia. Then there is Surinder. Her family was living in a one-room shanty when she started playing hockey in 1993. Today, they own eight acres of land, a house and a dairy with a dozen cattle. Her latest gift to her parents before she left for Doha was a DTH dish antenna. Meanwhile, offers of lucrative deals from coaching centres in other states and jobs from the Railways and SAIL have started pouring in. “The victory streak has whetted their hunger for success,” says 57-year-old Baldev.INSPIRED: Young girls in Shahbad are now inspired to take up hockeyOn a roll all these years, the Shahbad juggernaut has been steadily gaining momentum. Consider this. In 2006, it won the All India Sub-Junior Tournament, the National Championship of Schools and the National Senior Women’s Hockey Championship, wresting the title from the Railways after 19 years. The Haryana team has also romped home in the All India Nehru Hockey Tournament (under 17) nine times in the past 13 years. Besides, it has been making a clean sweep of the prize money at Surjit Memorial Hockey Tournament for the past several years. “Now, the organisers have stopped inviting us,” says Suman in jest.While the international players are now treated as local idols, their success has inspired parents to initiate their daughters into hockey. The coaching centre at present has 60-odd trainees-the youngest being sixyear-old Reet. “Hockey has lifted the status and esteem of the girls,” says principal Surinder Kaur. Baldev, too, has set his sights high despite the lack of regular sponsorship and the callousness of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF). The IHF, he says, “failed to recommend a single Shahbad girl for the Arjuna Award despite the team’s sterling performance and has never used my services at the national level”. Clearly, the goalposts have shifted, but tragedy is, the organisation entrusted with promoting the sport poses the toughest hurdle.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgHarsh Chhaya, who’s playing the role of Dharaa Solanki’s coach in serial Tamanna currently, will next be seen in the Season 2 of Anil Kapoor’s 24. According to The Times of India, Harsh will play the role of a senior intelligence officer, who gets a posting in ATU (Anti Terrorist Unit) to foil Jai Singh Rathod’s–who is suspected to be working against the country–plan.Apart from Neil, these actors are expected to be part of the star-studded line up:Also read: Popular 90s show Hasratein might return for second season Tabu: Director Abhinay Deol has been trying to rope in the veteran actress since the Season 1 of the show. This time as well, she has been approached. But we don’t know whether she has been finalised or not.Akshaye Khanna and Prachi Desai: The Bollywood actors might be seen in an important role in the show, but the details about their characters have not been revealed.Sikander Kher: Anupam Kher’s son is all set to play a villain in Season 2. “I am playing a negative character in the show. I am thrilled, as it is completely different, something which I haven’t attempted before. Shooting it was great fun and I had a good time on the sets. Now I am waiting for the audience’s reaction,” says Sikander.Sakshi Tanwar: Sakshi Tanwar of Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki and Bade Achche Lagte Hain fame will be seen as the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief on the show. The actress will sport traditional outfits in the thriller.advertisementAlso read: Sikandar Kher turns baddie for Anil Kapoor’s 24 Season 2 Apart from Anil Kapoor, the first season featured Mandira Bedi, Tisca Chopra and Neil Bhoopalam in important roles, with Anupam Kher and Shabana Azmi also featuring in the show.Delhi Belly director Abhinay Deo, who directed the first season, will also helm the second season, which will be aired next year.The show is written by Rensil D’Silva, Bhavani Iyer and Priya Pint, and produced by Rashvan Films.last_img read more

first_imgREFEREES REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS Next Tuesday 368 Junior Touch players will have the honour of proudly pulling on the jersey of their home state when they do battle in the School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament. But this year’s tournament will not only showcase the cream of the nation’s best 12 Years and Under and 15 Years and Under players, it will also feature a record number of up and coming junior referees who will represent their State in the event. The 16 junior girls and boys, aged between twelve and seventeen, will be Level 1 and Level 2 ATA accredited referees. They have been selected to represent their States at this event after various State junior and school events in 2004, impressing their respective State Refereeing Panels with their potential and performances. Nine junior referees from Queensland, six from NSW and 1 from South Australia will be working over four days of intense competition featuring round games, finals and special lightning 15 minute Mix and Match Mixed games for the 12 years and Under division. The junior referees, who also will be vying for upgrades and finals appointments, will be mentored by experienced and more qualified referees. The mentor referees will include Level 5 and 6 referees who will lend their advice, expertise, encouragement and leg speed to help aid in the progression and development of the junior referees at this tournament. Referee coaching by members of the Queensland Referee Management Team and qualified Referee Coaches will also aid the junior officials in the acquisition of skills, confidence, knowledge, and practice through evaluation, review, reflection and action. School Sport Australia National Secretary for Touch and QTA State Director of Referees Ray Grieshaber (or `Griesy’ as he’s known to the touch community), has been the driving force behind the School Sport Australia initiative, which is being promoted in all Schools Sport Australia events to increase opportunities for junior officials. “It’s very important that we provide pathways for young people, and it’s not just refereeing, future initiatives will try and encompass other technical areas such as Selecting, Coaching and Event management,” he said. Ray, a member of the ATA National Referee Panel, has inspired many referees to progress through his passion, dedication, encouragement and expertise and it is with a great deal of pride that `Griesy’ reflects upon the swelling number of junior participants who will don the white shirt and put the whistle to their lips early next week. “We’ve been encouraging junior officials to attend these tournaments for around seven years, but in the last four years we’ve been able to put in place a lot of development policies which are starting to bear fruit,” he said. “The most Junior Referees we’ve fielded in the past has been six, so to get sixteen is just brilliant, but a big wrap must go to a development and support structure, which has enabled students to access these opportunities.” The combined efforts of the Australian Touch Association, Qld Primary Schools and Qld Secondary Schools Touch to assist in helping with travel and accommodation costs for student referees has allowed many the chance to attend this tournament over the last four to five years. It is hoped that the positive experiences gained from participation at this level will encourage junior officials to continue a progressive pathway in the sport for the future. “From Qld we’ve got student referees from as far away as North Queensland, Wide Bay, and Kingaroy attending as well as students from the South and Sunshine Coasts and Brisbane Metropolitan areas who’ll be refereeing after being identified as future refereeing talents.” “NSW have also gotten behind this and are sending a strong contingent of junior referees and a couple of senior referees to assist with refereeing and development, and the fact South Australia have nominated a referee augers well for them in the future…it’s great to see, but we’ll need more of it,” he said. Next week people will talk of tremendous touchdowns, brilliant ball skills and desperate defence. Wonderful whistle tones, superlative signals, and fantastic fives won’t get much of a run, I’d imagine. The’ warrior in white’ won’t have crowds endlessly chanting their name or be lifted onto anyone’s shoulders, but if at game’s end you can raise a cheer and recognise the wonderful talent, dedication, and skill these young referees have displayed, it will go a long way to encouraging and building their growth in the future. Our sport exists because of the collaborative efforts of all arms of the sport, and in particular our volunteer officials. It is up to us all to encourage the future of the game by recognising and appreciating the efforts of these young people in their chosen area of endeavour. Written by Karley Banks 21st October 2004.last_img

first_imgQUEBEC – The Quebec Liberals defended their back-to-work bill Tuesday from accusations the law gives to much power to the government regarding negotiations between unions and private-sector construction companies.Members of the legislature debated through the night and passed a law forcing Quebec’s 175,000 construction workers to end their week-long strike and return to work Wednesday.The law grants workers a pay hike of 1.8 per cent and forces both sides to enter into a five-month mediation period followed by an arbitration process if a deal cannot be reached.Unions said their lawyers are preparing a legal challenge to the law because they feel the government has potentially illegally limited their right to strike.The association representing construction companies, meanwhile, said the unions got the better deal because the law grants workers a pay raise without forcing them to give up anything in return.Both sides, however, criticized the fact the government has given itself the right to decide what issues will be decided in arbitration — if it comes to that — and what subjects get left out.Opposition leader Jean-Francois Lisee during question period called the law “anti-worker.”He said the government is in a conflict of interest because it can now decide what subject matters enter into arbitration while also being the body that awards the most construction contracts in the province.Premier Philippe Couillard responded by saying the government has accepted to consult with all parties before any potential arbitration process begins.Eric Cote, spokesman for the association representing private-sector construction companies, said “we are preoccupied that the arbitration process is at the mercy of political powers.”He said what is subject to arbitration “can be motivated or subject to political pressure.”A coalition of construction labour unions said representatives were not available Tuesday, but issued a news release saying the government has “muzzled” workers with the new law.last_img read more