Premier League Who are the tallest and smallest footballers playing right now and of all-time? Goal 23:20 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Premier League Primera División Lionel Messi WTF They say size matters, and height might be the only thing some of these names are remembered for Even in the modern age of progressive football, a great deal of youth academies put size above all else when they’re scouting their ranks for the next ‘big’ player on their books.However, if Lionel Messi’s career is anything to go by – or that of Juan Mata or Santi Cazorla – there’s a lot to be said for being born with a low centre of gravity.But let’s be honest, what matters most for a successful career in football is talent – something few are born with, whether you have designs on a towering centre-back or a diminutive forward. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Still, football trivia is entertaining and it’s fun to look at both ends of the height spectrum. Goal looks at some of the tallest and smallest players in the beautiful game…Who are the tallest footballers?Before we start, let’s get some perspective. When someone says ‘tall footballer’, many minds go straight to Stoke City’s Peter Crouch, known globally as one of the Premier League’s most towering target-men. However, even at 2.01m (6ft 7.1in) Crouch is far from the biggest – in fact, he isn’t even the biggest Premier League-owned player.Starting at the ‘lower’ end of football’s tallest players, some may remember Stefan Maierhofer, now 35, an Austria international who continues to ply his trade at SC Mattersburg, or perhaps Nikola Zigic, who spent five years with Birmingham City between 2010-2015, or even Jan Koller, a retired Czech striker who made a name for himself at Borussia Dortmund. All three players stand at 2.02m (6ft 7.5in).Watford-owned goalkeeper Costil Pantilimon is further up the list still at 2.03m (6ft 7.9in), on par with Monaco forward Lacina Traore. Less-renowned of players Mikkel Mena Qvist (AC Horsens), Oyvind Hoas (Kristiansund), Even Iversen (Hasle-Loren IL) and Kjell Petter Opheim (retired) are all around the same height.EA Sports’ popular video game franchise FIFA had our next entrant, Tor Hogne Aaroy, an Aalesund icon, listed as the game’s tallest player back in their 2015 iteration, while Northern Irish goalkeeper Jason Mooney, currently with Cliftonville, can boast a similar height of 2.04m (6ft 8.3in).With Henan Jianye striker Yang Chingpeng up next alongside Croatian goalkeeper Vanja Ivesa at 2.05m (6ft 8.7in), we start to see a pattern forming in terms of positions the game’s largest players have taken up on the pitch.The affectionately nicknamed ‘Gentle Giant’ Tonny Brogaard – and a giant he was at 2.06m (6ft 9.1in) – found playing time hard to come by after his most notable move, to Doncaster Rovers. His position? Goalkeeper.The penultimate names at the big and tall player store are Paul Millar, a Northern Irish journeyman turned manager, and Kristof van Hout, Westerlo’s 2.08m (6ft 10in) goaltender.The tallest player in football by all accounts is Simon Bloch Jorgensen, a 25-year-old goalkeeper – and Everton trialist in 2013 – who currently appears to be without a club. Jorgensen tops the table at a massive 2.10m (6ft, 10.6in). Wow.Who are the smallest footballers?Lionel Messi is largely regarded as one of the smallest players in world football, but the Barcelona star’s height of 1.7m (5ft 7in) pales in comparison to some other shorties who have graced the green grass.Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser is perhaps the most recognisable name at the larger end of the small spectrum, but the Scottish winger has plenty of company in the 1.63m (5ft 4in) club. Franco Niell (Gimnasia), Joaozinho (Krasnodar) and ex-England U21 defender Alan Wright (retired) all count themselves in Fraser’s company.A mere centimetre below at 1.62m (5ft 3.7in) sees Elgabry Rangel (retired), Carlinhos Bala (retired) and former Ecuador international Christian Lara added to the list. Fellow Argentines Juan Cuevas and Diego Buonanotte come in just below at 1.61m (5ft 3.3in).Former England U17 winger Levi Porter, currently with Shepshed Dynamo, is up next, but shares his spot on the list with ex-Juventus and Monaco man Rui Barros, both players lining up at 1.60m (5ft 3in).Another Argentine representative now in Maxi Moralez of New York City FC fame, who shares the same short stature as Daniel ‘Keko’ Villalva – would you believe it, another Argentine. Both players are 1.58m (5ft 2.2in) in height.Now we’re getting to the nitty gritty. Brazilian attacking midfielder Madson, currently of Al-Khor in Qatar, stands at 1.57m (5ft 1.81in). The 31-year-old is joined in joint third smallest alongside former South Africa international Benedict Vilakazi.Speaking of Qatar, Al-Sadd legend Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari takes the second spot at a miniscule 1.55m (5ft 1in). Rashed’s short stature didn’t stop him from having an iconic playing career, however, as he represented his national side 51 times, captaining them in several of those outings. Indeed, David Beckham featured for the AC Milan side who played in the former midfielder’s farewell match.And the out-and-out winner is… shared! Cross-check after cross-check suggests the title of shortest footballer is actually shared between Polish midfielder Marcin Garuch of GKS Belchatow and 31-year-old Brazilian attacker Elton Jose Xavier Gomes, who currently turns out for Saudi outfit Al-Qadsiah. Both players stand at 1.54m (5ft 0.6in).Still think size matters? Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Premier League Zidane will have no problem finding a Premier League club – Pires Matt Dorman 03:09 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid Primera División A former France international team-mate of the ex-Real Madrid manager has encouraged a man now out of work to consider a role in English football Zinedine Zidane made the right decision to leave Real Madrid and will continue to flourish as a coach, according to former team-mate Robert Pires.Zidane dropped a bombshell by quitting the Santiago Bernabeu just five days after leading Madrid to a third successive Champions League title.The 1998 World Cup winner was immediately linked with the France post, but French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet said Didier Deschamps would remain in charge until at least 2020. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now That could spark a scramble for his services, with Pires proposing the Premier League as a completely new test for “one of the best” in world football.”I think for him it’s good news he left Real Madrid. He loves a new challenge,” the ex-Arsenal man told Sky Sports.”He’s competitive and I think he can find a good solution, and he can find a new [type of] football, because you know the Premier League and LaLiga is not the same football.”If he wants to try the Premier League he will find a new club, no problem for him.”Along with a trio of Champions League crowns, Zidane also guided Los Blancos to two UEFA Super Cups, back-to-back Club World Cup successes and the 2016-17 Liga title. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
World Cup Croatia vs Nigeria: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:20 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PATRICK HERTZOG World Cup Croatia v Nigeria Croatia Nigeria Powerade Croatia and Nigeria will close Saturday’s fixtures with the second Group D game at the Kaliningrad Stadium Croatia go top of Group D ahead of their game against Argentina on Thursday. That was a routine win and possibly the easiest nights work for Subasic in goal. An own goal from Etebo and a penalty from Modric did the damage but Nigeria have some serious work to do after such a flat performance on the world’s biggest stage.FULL-TIME Croatia run out 2-0 winners in a straightforward victory. Nigeria weren’t at the races at all during this game and will have to improve if they want to progress from this tough group. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move 90+2 Mins: HUGE CHANCE!!!! Nigeria fall asleep at the back and Kovacic bursts into the box and he has options. The sensible route was Perisic for a simple tap in but he tries to make a name for himself and Uzoho dives to his left to deny him. Why on earth didn’t he pass? It remains 2-0.90 Mins: Four minutes of stoppage time given in Kaliningrad. This has been a routine win for Croatia but it is certainly a game to forget for the neutrals and Super Eagles fans.89 Mins: Yellow card! Brozovic has barely had a kick tonight but he makes enough contact with an opposition player and gets a yellow card.Nigeria Substitution: Skipper Mikel has had a night to forget and he sits down on the bench in disappointment as Simy runs past him to try and make a difference with just two minutes to go.Croatia Substitution: Juventus forward Mandžukić is clapped off the field as he gets brought off with just minutes to go. Pjaca is his replacement but he will not have long to make an impact.85 Mins: Nigeria’s fans look disappointed and confused in the stands as their team continue to struggle. They have barely made an impact and this will be a huge lesson for them tonight.84 Mins: We have a short break in play as Perisic goes down after a clumsy challenge.82 Mins: Croatia continue to ease their way to victory but there is still room for improvement from Dalic’s men going into their games against Argentina and Iceland. 80 Mins: Just ten minutes to go and it has not been an amazing advert for World Cup football in Group D today. Many were hoping these two would kick on after the 1-1 draw between Argentina and Iceland but Croatia have just done enough.Croatia Substitution: Rebic has worked extremely hard this evening and he is now given a rest as Kovačić steps onto the field of play.77 Mins: Iheanacho makes a fast start as he glides into the box but he shoots wide after scooping the effort rather than putting power behind his drive.76 Mins: Ighalo has endured a quiet night and Iheanacho will now be given the task of leading the line.73 Mins: Croatia will end the evening on top of Group D unless Nigeria can pull off a superb fightback.71 Mins: GOAAALLLL CROATIA! It is now 2-0 and Modric is the man of the moment. The captain takes responsibility for the penalty and he steps up before sendig Uzoho the wrong way!69 Mins: PENALTY CROATIA! What on earth was William Troost-Ekong thinking? He wrestles Mandzukic to the ground while defending a corner the referee doesn’t hesitate to give the decision a penalty for Croatia and a yellow card for the Nigerian. Modric will take…. 66 Mins: Nigeria’s fans plead for a penalty as Moses goes down but the referee waves them away. That’s the fourth or fifth time that the Chelsea man has gone down and it is not nice to see him trying to buy free-kicks and penalties.63 Mins: Croatia win a corner and Mandzukic latches onto the pass but his header never troubles Uzoho in the Nigeria goal.Nigeria Substitution: Arsenal man Iwobi has endured a poor afternoon and Musa is now given a chance from the bench.Croatia Substitution: Kramarić enjoyed a lively first half but he has barely had a touch in the first 15 minutes of the second. As a result he is hauled off and on comes Brozović.59 Mins: CHANCE – Rohr’s men finally force a save out of Subasic but Ighalo’s header is not strong enough to cause any problems.58 Mins: Nigeria have yet to raise the tempo and changes could be on the cards before this contest slips away from them.55 Mins: MASSIVE CHANCE! Rakitic plays a fantastic ball out to Perisic who delivers a cross in behind the Nigeria defence, Rebic times his run perfectly but can only volley narrowly over the bar from six yards out, he should have done better.52 Mins: Some good work from Moses sees Croatia panic slightly at the back but any chance of a goal is ruined as Ighalo bundles into the back of his marker.51 Mins: Croatia finally build their first attack of the second half but Rakitic spoilts it by blasting his shot into the stands from 35 yards.50 Mins: Etebo picks out Moses on the right wing before he dances his way into the box but he snatches at his shot and claims it should be a corner. The officials are having none of it and a goal kick is awarded.49 Mins: The Super Eagles win three corners in a row but Croatia eventually clear their lines at the third attempt. That’s a small improvement from Rohr’s outfit and let’s see if they can build on that.48 Mins: Quite simply Nigeria need to do more in the second half after a lacklustre display in the first 45 minutes. Their fans have continued to back them in the stands but they need something to smile about!STAT: Nigeria’s last two goals conceded at a World Cup have both been own goals. Etebo’s this evening follows Joseph Yobo’s from the 2014 defeat to France.46 Mins: The second half is underway.Dalic’s men will be looking for a second and they could well find it unless Nigeria raise their game. The African giants have just gone through the motions so far and they need to give Ighalo some support before they lose this evening.An own goal from Etebo is the difference at the interval and Croatia definitely deserved to be in front. Modric has been superb so far as he pulls the strings, while Rakitic, Kramaric and Mandzukic have also looked sharpHALF TIME: The game sprung into life during the last 15 minutes of the first half. Croatia look good value for their lead so far.45+1 Mins: Two minutes of stoppage time…45 Mins: CHANCE – Iwobi seems to have read this text commentary as he latches onto a clearance and drills a shot towards goal but Lovren throws himself in the way to make sure the scoreline remains 1-0.44 Mins: The Super Eagles need the interval by the looks of things. Mikel, Iwobi and Ighalo have hardly featured and they maybe need some words of encouragement ahead of the second 45 minutes.42 Mins: WIDE! A long spell of Croatian posession ends with Mandzukic laying off Vrsaljko who smashes the ball way wide of the goal.39 Mins: CHANCE – Croatia produce another sensational team move and Kramaric is very unlucky to not grab a second for his team. Barcelona’s Rakitic picked him out but the striker could only watch his header loop over the bar.37 Mins: Nigeria are struggling to get back into the game and the likes of Iwobi and Mikel have barely had a kick so far. Still early days but they need to improve before they fall two-nil down.33 Mins: Nigeria nearly make an immediate reponse but Ighalo’s left-footed effort is blocked on the edge of the box. It remains 1-0 to Croatia and they will be confident of holding onto this until the interval.32 Mins: GOAL Croatia! Mandzukic gets on the end of a Luka Modric corner with a diving header which is heading wide of the post it takes a deflection of of Etebo into the back of the net. Own Goal 1-0 Croatia.31 Mins: Rakitic becomes the first man into the book after he chopped down Moses while he was trying to break away.29 Mins: Whistling can be heard around the Kaliningrad Stadium and it appears that some of the neutrals have lost their patience with the lack of chances. 27 Mins: Croatia fans rise to their feet as Rebic latches onto a cross inside the box but the referee punishes him for a push in the back.25 Mins: We are now over halfway through the first half and neither team have made too many inroads. Croatia have just about edged it due to their superior possession but Nigeria are certainly making life hard for them when they do not have the ball.23 Mins: Balogun is forced off the field to get some running repairs after he picks up a facial injury following a collision with Vida.22 Mins: After a number of attempted clearances, Nigeria eventually latch onto a loose pass from Croatia but Etebo volleys wide of the target.21 Mins: Former Watford man Ighalo has made a bright start to proceedings and he wins Nigeria a corner after his shot was blocked at the near post.19 Mins: Kramaric wins a free kick but Modric is unable to pick out Perisic at the far post and Uzoho comes out to collect before rolling the ball out for a team-mate.17 Mins: Croatia win another corner but for the second time in a row Modric fails to produce a decent delivery.15 Mins: Kramaric finds a yard of space and decides to try and test Uzoho from 20 yards out but he snatches his drive and it sails past the far post.13 Mins: CHANCE – Croatia carve open the Nigeria backline but Perisic cannot find the back of the net. Modric started the move on the left wing before Mandzukic teed up the Inter man but he could only blaze his shot over the bar.12 Mins: Nigeria are starting to settle into this tie and they nearly punish a rare mistake from Modric. Mikel and the Croatia star tussle for possession near the corner flag and the former wins the fight but his cross is straight into the hands of Subasic.9 Mins: Real Madrid maestro Modric decides to take the corner short and his right-footed cross is cleared at the near post. 8 Mins: Croatia win a corner after Modric’s long ball is knocked behind by Shehu.6 Mins: Chelsea man Moses wins a free kick after Rebic barges into him from behind. The Nigeria star will have his work cut out tonight but he has proven his ability and superior fitness at Stamford Bridge in the last few years.4 Mins: Croatia have now started to take control of the game and both Rakitic and Modric are the brains behind their early moves.2 Mins: Nigeria make a solid start to the game after winning a free kick but Moses’ effort is cleared at the first attempt.1 Min: Nigeria get the game underway5 Mins to KO: The two teams are now in the tunnel and we are just minutes away from kick off. The national anthems await!10 Mins to KO: The good news for Nigeria is that Balogun has recovered from a recent injury worry after missing training on Friday.Dalic has fielded an attacking lineup tonight, with Rakitic and Modric set to sit deeper and that will allow Rebic, Kramaric, Perisic and Mandzukic to flourish further down the field.We could also be in for a spicy encounter, with the last four World Cup games involving Croatia having produced five red cards.If Croatia are to grab three points tonight they will need to ignore the history books. They have lost their opening group game in each of their last three World Cups!Nigeria will be led by Gernot Rohr at this summer’s tournament but he may need some luck along the way after the Super Eagles were drawn in a tough group. Rohr’s men have only won one of their last five and they were beaten by Czech Republic back on June 6.Croatia are considered darkhorses by some ahead of their first game at the 2018 World Cup. Zlatko Dalic’s troops have won two of their last five friendlies and they were last in action on June 8 when they beat Senegal 2-1. Several members of their squad have impressed around Europe this season and they will be confident of getting off to a good start.30 Mins to KO: Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of the Group D match between Croatia and Nigeria in Kaliningrad in Russia. This will be the first ever meeting between the two sides and they head into the game knowing that Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland earlier this afternoon Game Croatia vs Nigeria Date Saturday, June 16 Time 8pm BST / 3pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) Confirmed line-upsCroatia line up as strong as ever with one of the best midfield pairings you are likely to see at this tournament with Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic. Confirmed Croatia XI: Danijel Subasic, Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric (c), Ante Rebic, Andrej Kramaric, Ivan Perisic, Mario Mandzukic.Croatia Subs: Lovre Kalinic, Mateo Kovacic, Duje Caleta-Car, Nikola Kalinic, Tin Jedvaj, Marcelo Brozovic, Milan Badelj, Josip Pivaric, Vedran Corluka, Marko Pjaca, Filip Bradaric, Dominik Livakovic.Nigeria have left a lot of talent on the bench for this game against Croatia, opting for former Watford striker Odion Ighalo ahead of Leicester strikers Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho.Confirmed Nigeria XI: Francis Uzoho, Abdullahi Shehu, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Brian Idowu, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Victor Moses, John Obi Mikel (c), Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo.Nigeria Subs: Joel Obi, Chidozie Awaziem, John Ogu, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Daniel Akpeyi, Simy, Tyronne Ebuehi, Elderson Echiéjilé, Kenneth Omeruo, Ahmed Musa, Ogenyi Onazi.TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX Sports 1 / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on ITV or streamed live online using the ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV ITV Player
The 2006 National Touch League officially began this morning, with a short and sweet Opening Ceremony at the Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium.With the teams, officials and spectators in the grandstand, Coffs Harbour Councillor Bill Palmer welcomed everyone to Coffs Harbour, expressing his delight at the NTL once again being held in Coffs.A highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of a framed collage of individual and group photographs taken of the Australian teams at the All Nations Championships to Australian Mens and Womens Open Captains, Gavin Shuker and Sharyn Williams.They were presented with the collage by Australian 18 Years squads Most Valuable Players, Dylan Hennessy and Nicole Beck.The collage was put together by tournament photographers Sporting Images and will hang in the Touch Football Australia national office.Touch Football Australia CEO, Kevin Thompson was also present at the ceremony and wished all players and officials the best of luck for the tournament.“I want to thank the Coffs Harbour council for their continued support and I’d like to wish all the players and officials good luck, especially those vying for positions in World Cup teams,” he said.“You carry our hopes into the World Cup, and hopefully you can maintain that number one world ranking for Australia. Thanks also to the many officials and volunteers who have made this tournament possible.”
Current Queensland and Australian Men’s Open Captain Gavin Shuker capped an extremely successful 12-month period when he was named the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin/Rockhampton Leagues Club Senior Sports Star of the Year at a glittering ceremony at the Rockhampton League’s Club on Friday 19 October 2007.It was a case of sixth time lucky for the two time World Cup hero who has been nominated five times previously for his home town’s top sporting gong, only to be thwarted by a classy field of outstanding nominees that give rise to the contention that Rockhampton is one of Australia’s top sporting nurseries. The Central Queensland town has produced a plethora of talented athletes over the years from the original ‘Rockhampton Rocket’ Rod Laver, who is the only tennis player in history to win all four Grand slam titles twice, to Olympic Gold Medalists swimmer Duncan Armstrong, cycling’s Anna Meares, and Australian Men’s Hockey duo Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles.There have been a host of Junior and Senior world champions across a wide range of sports that have come out of Rockhampton, as well other athletes in professional sports such as National Rugby League stars Rhys Wesser and Matt Sing. Shuker, who has spent his whole life in “Rocky”, was ecstatic to finally claim his hometown’s major sporting award.“I usually rock up every year to the Awards night and go “I’m gooonnnee” … There’s Anna Meares with an Olympic Gold Medal here, and Jamie Dwyer with his Gold medal over there… It doesn’t bother you – it’s just a privilege to be nominated in such great company, and it’s certainly a great field of athletes every year. I reckon I’m fortunate that there were few major sporting events this year and I got lucky for a change,” Shuker said.Despite the self-effacing veteran’s “got lucky” contention, nothing could be further from the truth. Shuker’s ascent to the top Award is the culmination of a stellar year of achievement for the two-time World champion who has excelled at all levels of the game in 2007.The modest 34 year-old achieved one of the biggest honours in the game by captaining Australia to a cherished Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup victory in South Africa in January 2007.In an incredible twelve months for the long serving playmaker, Gavin was named joint Flag bearer for Australia at the FIT World Cup Opening Ceremony with four time World Cup champion Amanda Judd and long serving Australian World Cup player and coach Dean Russell.“Shukes” went on to lead the Australian Men’s Open Team to an emphatic 8-5 World Cup final victory over arch rivals New Zealand to bookend his 2003 FIT World Cup triumph in Japan with the Australian Men’s Open Team who have annexed every World Title since the tournament’s inception in 1988 in the 19 year history of the game at World Cup Level.To cap off a wonderful World Cup journey, Shuker was awarded the prestigious Phil Smith Medal as the Australian representative who contributed most to Australia’s retention of the World Cup.The award was voted on by every member of the Australian contingent participating at the 2007 FIT World Cup.Shuker’s impressive catalogue of achievements in 2007 have continued throughout the year with him leading his beloved local club “Buckaneers” to the Rockhampton Men’s Open title, as well leading Central Queensland to their first Men’s Open Grand Final appearance ever in the history of the Queensland Touch State Regional Championships, held just a few weeks ago in Toowoomba.The significance of the Rockhampton Sports Star of the Year Award and the pathway he has traversed in his involvement in the game is not lost on the industrious Australian Captain.“It means that bit more because I’ve managed to achieve on a bigger stage without having to leave home. It’s tougher when you’re from the country. You do have to work that bit harder and you do have to invest that much more effort because the standard of competition isn’t there, so you have to work hard to create it and we’ve done that to a large extent. I see the award as recognition for Touch Football in Rockhampton and Central Queensland, rather than myself,” Shuker said.The popular father of two has been an outstanding role model and mentor to players in the Central Queensland and Rustlers NTL permit catchment areas over an incredible 20 year career in which he has achieved consistent success at Regional, State, National, and International level.Shuker is revered and respected by his teammates and opposition alike for his talent, dedication, passion, will to win, and commitment to achieving his best at all times.Shuker is a tough competitor, but a fine sportsman who wins with humility and takes a loss with class, befitting his lofty standing in the sport.Shuker, a fireman, paid tribute to the role his wife Tanya and his family has played in his rise and rise in the sport.“Tanya and my daughters Nalani and Tahlia mean the world to me. Tanya’s been a rock supporting me and understanding the time I need to invest to achieve the goals I have been lucky enough to reach. That she is an athlete herself is a big bonus for me,” Shuker said.The big hearted Shuker who has invested years of time and effort into developing the standard and individual games of a generation of Central Queensland’s best young players has donated $1000 of his $3000 prize money for winning the Rockhampton Sports Star of the Year to the Emmaus 13 Years Boys Team who won the prestigious 13 Years Boys Qld All Schools Championship Title in Brisbane in October.Shuker’s development efforts have helped to nurture some outstanding talent for the sport with National 18 and 20 Years Youth, Queensland Schoolboy, 20 Years, Mixed and Open Men’s players of the ilk of Dan and Clint Withers, David Zanette, and Damien Moar all benefactors of Shuker’s tactical and technical prowess, and his inspirational leadership qualities.In 2004 Shuker led a Central Queensland (CQ) based “Queensland A” team to a shock Series victory over a touring New Zealand Open Men’s Team in the “Touch Showdown” in Toowoomba, and the selfless number seven continues to be a generous fountain of knowledge and support to the ongoing development and structure of Touch Football in his home region.In the last 12 months, Shuker has given coaching assistance to Rockhampton Junior State Cup and QTA State Junior Championship teams, the Rustlers Women’s 30s Team, and the CQ 18 Years boys team who performed brilliantly with a semi-final appearance at the recent X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships.Shuker also organized for the Rockhampton Touch Association to host the Australian Men’s Open team’s final training camp before the 2007 FIT World Cup in December last year.This weekend, Shuker will assist National Rugby League identities Matt Bowen, Willie Tonga, and Sonny Bill Williams at a development camp for Indigenous athletes in Rockhampton, again displaying his charitable nature and willingness to assist others to grasp the skills of our sport.Shuker hopes to continue contributing to Touch Football for as long as he is enjoying the game and he feels he has something worthwhile to offer.“I love the game and love doing what I can. I will play as long as it’s still fun and I’m contributing positively. There’s plenty here to keep me busy and it’ll be fun to watch all these young kids develop over the next few years,” Shuker said.With Gavin Shuker running the show you can rest assured that the Aussie Men’s skipper won’t be the last Touch Footballer to be crowned Rockhampton’s Sports Star of the Year.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mendes sidelined as Real Madrid president Florentino opens Mourinho talksby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is already in talks with Jose Mourinho.Sacked this week by Manchester United, Mourinho is wanted back at Real by Florentino for a second spell in charge.Mundo Deportivo says key to the reviving of negotiations is the absence of super agent Jorge Mendes. While Mendes is still representing Mourinho, he is taking a back seat in talks with Florentino. The pair have fallen out over the manner of Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer departure to Juventus.Mourinho is dealing directly with Florentino and his No2 Jose Angel Sanchez. The Portuguese has a good relationship with both Real powerbrokers.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool hero Aldridge: Klopp must cull two or three playersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool hero John Aldridge has advised Jurgen Klopp to replace two or three players this summer.The Reds boss fielded his second string XI in Monday night’s FA Cup loss to Wolves.Without naming names, Aldridge believes a few of those fringe senior players blew their chance.”The goals we conceded against Wolves were really poor,” Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.”James Milner has been almost faultless this season but he made a bad mistake and got punished with their opening goal.”Then after we got ourselves back into the game at 1-1 we were so slow to close Ruben Neves down and he hammered one into the bottom corner. It was a great hit but he shouldn’t have been allowed to get the shot away.”Two or three of that line up won’t be at the club come the start of pre-season.”I don’t want to name names but we all know who they are. Monday night underlined that they need to be replaced.”Klopp gave an opportunity to some senior pros who have been waiting for their chance but they wasted it.”I didn’t see players showing they were willing to run through a brick wall for the club. They played within themselves and that’s not good enough.”Hoever and fellow youngsters Curtis Jones and Rafa Camacho needed help but they got very little.”You certainly couldn’t attach any blame to the young lads. They tried their hardest but they were let down by senior players who didn’t give their all.”
Brighton boss Potter delivers challenge to Bissoumaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGraham Potter is hoping Yves Bissouma can add goals to his Brighton side against Aston Villa on Wednesday.Bissouma came off the bench against Newcastle last Saturday and will likely start in the Carabao Cup clash with Villa.Quizzed on whether Bissouma can add to his side’s goalscoring threat, Potter said: “I think so. He has got the qualities.”It is about getting him into the right areas of the pitch, getting him to shoot at the right time and from the right places – because sometimes he shoots from maybe not the best location – but you can see his ability.”He has only been training with us a week but you can already tell he’s that type of footballer, a free player, that can excite and get a crowd off their seats.”He has worked hard to get back from his injury and we’re looking forward to seeing him on the pitch on Wednesday.”It is a good game for him to get some time on the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Lee Clark: Newcastle need Almiron goal; Noble tribute; Souness right on Man Utdby Lee Clarka month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWithout being disrespectful to Brighton, because every team you come up against in the Premier League are tough opponents, but if Newcastle are playing teams in the same situation as themselves at St. James’ Park, you expect them to be on the front foot, be positive and taking the game on.I think Steve Bruce would have wanted his team to play that way. He certainly wouldn’t have wanted the 71 per cent possession to 29 per cent possession ratio in favour of the away team. In the first-half Brighton were totally dominant and in saying that if you look over the course of the game Newcastle probably had as many clear cut chances as Brighton.The chance that Miguel Almiron had is one that a striker with confidence puts down the side of the goalkeeper into the corner of the goal. Instead he just fired it straight down the goalkeeper’s throat. That’s a player who is trying desperately hard to break this goalscoring duck. He’s got such a brilliant work ethic for the team, the reports you get from the training ground is that he works ever so hard on the pitch and I think everybody that is associated with the club are willing Almiron on to get this goal because I think if he gets the first one, his confidence levels will rise and he’ll go on a bit of a run.I know Brighton had their own chances and they were the dominant team. So I think all in all it was a disappointing performance and a disappointing weekend because I think Steve Bruce and his staff were probably expecting three points. The positive thing out of it is that they haven’t lost the game, they’ve kept the clean sheet that will help the defenders and the goalkeeper and then obviously they’ve got a point from a performance that probably didn’t warrant it. The problem they’ve got now is they’ve got extremely tough league games in the next three. They’ve got to start to picking up points because it’s getting really tight at the bottom there in terms of there being five or six teams where one or two wins can get you out of the relegation zone and on the other hand two or three losses puts you right in there and gives you confidence issues.DELIGHTED FOR ANDY, BUT…I was absolutely delighted to see Andy Carroll back in Newcastle colours, but the problem we’ve got is everyone is hanging their hopes on him because of the season we’ve had. It’s a big call because of his injury problems, he’s not going to be straight into the firing line in terms of starting games. It’s going to have to be a gradual process with Andy working up his match fitness. He got 10-15 minutes against Brighton and I think Steve will be trying to use him from the bench and maybe giving him a little bit longer with each appearance, then seeing how long it will take before he believes he is ready to start. But Andy has obviously lifted the mood around the club and around the city. All I’d warn is that there’s a lot of pressure on him because everyone is hanging their hopes on him to be the one that turns things around for the club.HUDDERSFIELDI’ve seen the two games since Danny Cowley took over and I totally agree with his sentiments from what he said after those games: it’s a club that has forgot how to win. It’s been that long. It’s a group of players, I think he used the words, that play the scoreboard rather than the game, so even when they go ahead they are worrying about getting pegged back, and if they get overtaken it seems to effect their mentality and confidence. I thought for an hour they did great against West Bromwich Albion, it’s always a tough place to go the Hawthorns. But then as soon as West Brom got back to 2-2 there looked like there’d be only one winner and that ended up being the case.Danny has come out and said he feels the team isn’t fit enough to play the way he wants to play for 94, 95 minutes. It’s a really tough period for the club. The manager is trying to get his ideas across, it’s not going to happen overnight, especially if he wants to change so many things. Reports stated that ten days leading up to the game Danny gave the players so much information, so you could worry about it being overload for them. You just hope that they can get this first win sooner rather than later because the longer it goes on the longer it will just frighten the life out of everyone in terms of fans, players, staff, because everyone starts losing their confidence and wondering where the next result is coming from.SOUNESS WAS RIGHT ABOUT MAN UTDI think there is a good chance that it could be the worst ever Manchester United squad in the Premier League era without a doubt. I was really disappointed with their performance against West Ham United. The three guys in the Sky Sports studio – Graeme Souness, Roy Keane and Jose Mourinho – know a hell of a lot about winning major trophies and what it takes, and they were quite scathing and rightly so on the performance level that Man Utd delivered against West Ham. I thought it was quite inept, quite flat to be honest. All you expect from a Man Utd team, even in the games that they’ve lost, you expect them to be up and at you, creating numerous chances, playing with lots of a tempo, lots of speed, hitting you on the break, you’re always worried even when you’re in front that they can come back and hurt you because of their pace. They just look like a run of the mill Premier League team at the moment. People are talking about them breaking into the top-four, I would say that you’ve got to worry about them getting into the top-six at this moment in time, never mind the top-four, because I think their performance levels are quite average at best. NOBLE RIGHT WHERE HE WANTS TO BEThe answer to Mark Noble joining a bigger club is tough when you’re playing for the club that you love and support and you’re playing every week and you’re classed as one of the main men.He’s been a terrific ambassador for West Ham. You can see he loves the club. When they’ve had the times of turmoil and disappointment, he’s always been the one that steps up and comes to the fore, whether that has to be communicating with the fans or on the pitch.He’s the leader for those West Ham supporters and their fans – and the group of players who are in the dressing room would understand what the club means to play for West Ham because of Mark Noble. Am I surprised he hasn’t been in the England set-up? Yeah I probably am. But in terms of playing for a big club, I don’t think he’d be too bothered or interested in that. He’s living his dream so I don’t think moving anywhere else would’ve been of any interest to him. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorLee ClarkShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Watford boss Gracia rejects Espanyolby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Watford manager Javi Gracia has turned down the chance to manage Espanyol.A report from Grada 3 in Spain suggests that Gracia was offered the chance to return to management in La Liga.But he rejected the chance to join Espnayol after his representatives turned down the club’s advances.Gracia was sacked by Watford after four games into the Premier League season, due to a poor run of form that included the tail end of last season.He was replaced by another Spaniard, Quique Sanchez Flores. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl delighted with Ings formby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is delighted with the form of Danny Ings.Ings has scored four goals in his last three matches in all competitions and Hasenhuttl has been speaking about his form. He stated, “Danny is in really good shape at the moment. He had a really god pre-season, without injuries, and this is the most important thing for him. “That is why he can work so hard at the moment, he has a great workload for the team. “When he has the ball, he has the quality to score, he gets a lot of chances at the moment, which helps us absolutely. “What I like about Danny is he is also open-minded, he is a very positive character for this team and I hope he will continue his run.”
Twitter/@BennettESPNGive some credit to Cincinnati—the Bearcats couldn’t quite close, and Kentucky dominated today’s game down the stretch, but they never gave the impression that they were intimidated by the Wildcats. One UC band member was similarly confident, and had a very simple ’35-1′ sign at the KFC Yum! Center, which got some traction on social media before the game. Even Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd commented on it.op·ti·mism ˈäptəˌmizəm/ 1. hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something. #BBN pic.twitter.com/9Z5ApOrSFX— Scott Utterback (@Utterback13) March 21, 2015My favorite Cincinnati is “35-1.” Clever. Aspirational. And it ain’t gonna happen. @KentuckyMBB #marchmadness— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 21, 2015After the game, however, that Bearcat fan was clearly dejected. ESPN’s Brian Bennett came across the sign in the trash after the game.Says it all pic.twitter.com/hPn0oeyYxT— Brian Bennett (@BennettESPN) March 21, 2015Despite Cincinnati’s best effort, Kentucky became the first team in college basketball history to reach 36-0 with the win.
Real Madrid have confirmed Gareth Bale has sustained a calf injury, with head coach Santiago Solari hopeful that he’ll be back in action soon.The Welshman limped out of his side’s 2-2 draw with Villarreal at half-time – the 11th occasion this season that he has been substituted in the top flight and the 15th in all competitions.But Solari is hopeful he’ll only be out for a short period, with Madrid later confirming the forward had sustained a “grade 1 soleus muscle injury in his left leg” and that he’ll continue to be assessed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Argentine told reporters: “For now we believe that the Bale thing is something light and today they will put him on tests and we will have more information. We hope he is back soon because he is a very important player.”The most important thing now is to recover players and avoid them getting injured. Footballers are not machines.”Solari also discussed Marcelo’s importance to Madrid, with the Brazilian left-back having been strongly linked with a move to Juventus in the January transfer window.He added: “Marcelo has had a very difficult first half of the season with three very important injuries but he is very important for us and it is key that he takes his time.”Despite the setback against Villarreal, Madrid are unbeaten in their last four games in La Liga and are currently seven points behind league leaders Barcelona.And Solari has called on his players to maintain their focus as they attempt to further cut the gap to Ernesto Valverde’s side when they face Real Sociedad on Sunday.”The objective is to continue climbing positions, the beginning has not been easy and we have gone from ninth to fourth,” he said.”The competition is open and we have to continue to cut [Barcelona’s advantage] and go to each battle to win it. We had a good first half in Villarreal but it cost us the points for not scoring our chances.”Madrid will still consider themselves in the hunt for the Liga title, while they are also in contention to win the Copa del Rey, where they will face Leganes in the last 16, and the Champions League.And, having won the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi in what was a busy December for the club, Solari praised his players for their efforts.He added: “We face three competitions and we’ll try to put in all the energy levels. The rivals change and their characteristics, the players are not machines. Nobody has had less vacation time than us, the players put all their effort in.”Karim [Benzema] is a very generous player, [Dani] Carvajal has a huge heart, [Luka] Modric had a 39.4 degree temperature before Villarreal and went on to play, Lucas Vazquez has run 14 kilometers per game.On Isco, Solari continued: “Isco has so much quality that he can play in any area of the field. Sometimes you do not have to be decisive with speed but with the quality and the final pass.”
Daniele Rugani looks set to leave Juventus this summer, with Ligue 1 outfit Monaco joining Roma in the chase for the centre-back. Rugani was a target for Premier League club Arsenal, though Juventus turned down a two-year loan deal for the 25-year-old. With the Premier League transfer deadline having passed, the options for the centre-back must now come from the rest of Europe, but he still seems to have plenty of suitors for his services. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Roma remain long-time admirers of the former Empoli star and are currently leading the chase for his signature, but the Serie A side will have some competition from Ligue 1 side Monaco. Sources have confirmed to Goal that Monaco have started asking about Rugani’s availability, though negotiations of an actual deal have yet to take place between the two sides. The centre-back would address a need for either Roma or Monaco, with the Serie A side having shipped 48 goals in 38 league matches last season while finishing sixth. Monaco’s record at the back was far worse as the club struggled through a terrible season in Ligue 1, letting in 58 goals and finishing just above the relegation zone. Rugani’s place with Juventus is up in the air at the moment, with the club boasting Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci as first-choice centre-backs. The club also landed Merih Demiral from Sassulo and Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt this summer, likely leaving him as part of a third-choice lineup. The defender played just 15 times in Serie A last season, down from 22 the year before, as Juventus cruised to another league title, and could see his minutes fall even more drastically this term. Despite that, he seems content to stay with the Turin side should a move not get done. New Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri and Rugani have a good relationship from their time together with Empoli, where Rugani was named to the Serie A team of the year. Juventus get their title defence under way on August 24 against Parma in what will be Sarri’s first official test as boss. The club will then face last year’s runners-up, Napoli, in their second match of the Serie A season on August 31.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A caller into The Paul Finebaum Show on ESPN made a despicable comment about Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa heading into next weekend’s game against LSU.The caller, Darriel from Columbus, had a suggestion for how the Tigers can beat the seemingly unbeatable Crimson Tide.“The way you beat Alabama is you take out Tua’s knee,” Darriel said, per 247Sports. “Who cares about a head shot? Take out a knee and you got them beat. They still haven’t beaten nobody. I’m glad they’re disrespecting LSU like this. When they knock Tua out and LSU wins and Alabama struggles to beat Mississippi State and then loses to Auburn, it’s over. It is o-v-e-r. That’s the way it’s going to play out, you watch.“The fall is going to be hard and I’m going to love every second of it.”Tua has been dealing with a knee injury this season. He missed part of a game earlier this season after suffering a scary sprain on the field.Finebaum, unsurprisingly, was not happy with the suggestion.“You know me, Darriel, I don’t preach,” Finebaum said. “Anyone that would call into this program or put on Twitter a suggestion in doing serious injury to a college football player is disgusting. It may be legal, but it’s despicable. I can’t believe you would even write that down.”Alabama and LSU are set to meet in Baton Rouge, La. on Saturday, Nov. 3. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. E.T. on CBS.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view taken during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls on September 22, 2007 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 58-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)One of the top wide receivers in the 2019 class has announced his commitment. He’s heading to the Big 12.Marcus Washington, a four-star wide receiver out of St. Louis, Missouri, announced late on Friday night that he’s made a decision.The four-star prospect is heading to Texas.Washington, the No. 32 WR in the class per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, chose the Longhorns over Nebraska, Ohio State and Alabama, among other programs.?COMMIT ALERT?4-Star WR Marcus Washington (@_MarcusW11) from St. Louis, MO (Trinity Catholic) has committed to the Longhorns. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/s7vPi4AkTu— Armchair Texas (@ArmchairTexas) October 26, 2018Washington is Texas’ 20th commitment of the class.Texas’ 2019 class is ranked the No. 7 class in the country.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Chase Young #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after a defensive play in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State enters year one of the Ryan Day era projected to be one of the five best teams in the country. The Buckeyes are once again a national title contender.That doesn’t mean OSU doesn’t have its share of issues to overcome. Recently, ESPN named the team’s quarterback depth as its biggest concern for next season.Fortunately, the Buckeyes remain loaded at the offensive skill positions and should be strong defensively, at least on paper. Ohio State’s defense struggled immensely at times in 2018, and was the major reason for the blowout loss to Purdue.However, the unit has two new defensive coordinators (Greg Mattison, Jeff Hafley) and added a third top-flight assistant (Al Washington) as well.Today, ESPN’s Tom Van Haaren called the defense the biggest reason for optimism in Columbus for 2019.Ryan Day’s offense was tough for most defenses to stop, but the Ohio State defense had issues throughout the season. While Ohio State is losing defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, most of the defense is returning next season. Bosa didn’t play much of last season anyway, and Chase Young showed a ton of promise in his place. Now, with new defensive coaches Greg Mattison and Al Washington, who came over from Michigan, along with Jeff Hafley, who is coming from the San Francisco 49ers, the defense should be in the top tier in 2019.Young is the big name for the Buckeyes’ ‘D’ but the group is laden with former four and five-star recruits, so others will be asked to step up. The secondary could be especially strong, with five-star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah looking like a budding star and strong safety Jordan Fuller opting to return to school.Ohio State will open its 2019 season against Florida Atlantic on August 31.
Indo-Asian News Service PanajiJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 16:37 IST KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have been sent back home from the Australian tour (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been suspended by the BCCI pending an inquiryThe cricketers were guilty of making sexist comments on Koffee with KaranShubman Gill and Vijay Shankar have replaced the duo in the Indian ODI teamBanned Indian cricketer S. Sreesanth on Monday, chided young cricketers Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul for their misogynist comments on the ‘Koffee with Karan’ show, but also said that Team India need the “match winner” duo for the upcoming ODI World Cup.”I will only say that whatever happened was very bad, but the World Cup is around the corner. Both Hardik and Rahul are both good cricketers…,” Sreesanth told reporters here.”I will only say to Hardik and Rahul, that surely they are both match-winners and sooner or later they will be back on the field. Yes, I know how difficult it is for a cricketer to miss the game and I just hope BCCI allows them to play, once they realise I am sure they should be playing where they should be playing,” the former India pace bowler added.Sreesanth said that those who had erred worse than Rahul and Pandya had gotten away with it in the past and slammed them for targeting the duo now.”Yes, what happened was wrong. They said some wrong things. But there are others whose have made bigger mistakes than these, who are still playing and are in different fields not just cricket. The same people are speaking about this. When they see an opportunity they pounce on it like tigers,” Sreesanth said.Sreesanth hoped that his ban on playing first class cricket in India would be lifted soon.”On top of that, if my ban gets lifted this month or next month, then I will be the happiest…,” he said, adding that if the ban is eventually lifted, he would like to test himself in first class matches before taking a call on fighting for a chance to represent Team India again.advertisementSreesanth said that he would just walk away from the game if he realised that he is not up to scratch.Sreesanth was arrested in a spot fixing scandal in 2013 and was banned for life.”If not, I will call it a day because a lot of youngsters are there and it will be great for Indian cricket as well as my Kerala state. I should not be hanging around because I am Sreesanth and the ban got lifted. I will be more than happy with all the respect. If I am not doing well, I will walk away from the game,” Sreesanth said.Speaking about his political stint, Sreesanth, who is in the BJP, said that he would like to help the party ride on his popularity.”I will also use my popularity to lift my party. My party is like a family to me. I will work with them,” he said.Also Read | Babul Supriyo slams Diana Edulji over Hardik, Rahul suspensions after Koffee with KaranAlso Read | Hardik Pandya loses Gillette endorsement deal after Koffee with Karan controversyAlso Read | Suspended Hardik, Rahul shouldn’t enjoy the perks of travelling with Team India: GavaskarFor 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 Hardik PandyaFollow KL RahulFollow Koffee With KaranFollow S SreesanthFollow Indian cricket teamFollow BCCI Sreesanth backs Hardik, Rahul: Others have made bigger mistakes but are still playingSreesanth said that those who had erred worse than KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya had gotten away with it in the past and slammed them for targeting the duo now.advertisement
Jasprit Bumrah effect! Kid in Hong Kong imitates India pacer’s action, bowls a ripperIn a video uploaded by Hong Kong Cricket, a kid in an U-13 cricket tournament in the country can be seen bowling a ripper while imitating Jasprit Bumrah’s hop, skip and jump bowling action. advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 11:42 IST Jasprit Bumrah has emerged the leader of India’s bowling attack (AP Photo)After years of Indian kids idolising fast bowlers from pace-rich teams of the likes of Australia, Pakistan and New Zealand, an Indian fast bowler has taken the cricketing world by storm.An unusual action coupled with pinpoint accuracy has made Jasprit Bumrah one of the best pacers going around. The smiling assassin doesn’t showcase the aggression that is typical of a fast bowler but is proving to be opposition batsmen’s biggest headache these days.Ever since his debut in red-ball cricket, Bumrah has been able to establish himself as one of the lethal pacers across all formats. The India pacer jolted the Australian batsmen in their own backyard and played a crucial role in setting up India’s historic 2-1 Test series win.Months after a video of an Australian kid imitating Bumrah’s action in his backyard surfaced on the internet, a clip of a U-13 cricketer in Hong Kong trying his bit to mimic the India pacer has gone viral.Hong Kong Cricket took to social media to share a video clip of the kid bowling during an U-13 cricket tournament in the country. The kid can be seen taking a short bowling stride before picking up pace, just like Bumrah’s hop, skip and jump bowling action.Incidentally, the kid can be seen testing the batsman with the delivery bowled with the unusual action.Spotted in the U-13s League today – another interesting bowling action. Does this remind you of somebody? @Jaspritbumrah93 @BCCI @ICCMediaComms @ICC #Cricket #HKCricket pic.twitter.com/A8OOfmtfPGadvertisementHong Kong Cricket (@CricketHK) March 3, 2019Notably, Bumrah had responed to the video of the Australian kid, who had imitated his action. “The kid is so cute. Give him my best wishes,” the 25-year-old had written.The kid is so cute . Give him my best wishes .Jasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) January 9, 2019Bumrah has gone on to establish himself as the leader of India’s bowling attack, across the three formats of the game. After snaring 48 wickets in his first year in Test cricket, Bumrah is gearing up for his first World Cup tournament.Bumrah is likely to lead the pace attack in England and Wales while the likes of Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are battling for the second pacer’s spot.Also Read | Nagpur ODI: MS Dhoni returns to happy hunting ground amid strong form vs AustraliaAlso Read | India aim for continued ODI dominance over Australia in NagpurAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow Hong Kong CricketFollow India national cricket team
Lucky to have played with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers: Shivam DubeIPL 2019: Talking on his performance in this season of the cash-rich league, Shivam Dube felt that despite giving his best, it didn’t work for his team and he will try to perform better in futureadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 15:53 IST Shivam Dube said it is every young cricketer’s dream to play under Virat Kohli (Twitter: @iamshivamdube)HIGHLIGHTSShivam Dube, a budding talent from Mumbai, said it is every young cricketer’s dream to play under Virat KohliAccording to Dube, AB de Villers always told him to keep a positive attitude in any situationIn IPL 2019, Dube felt that despite giving his best, it didn’t work for his team and he will try to perform better in futureAfter another dismal show from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), skipper Virat Kohli’s leadership skills were under the scanner, but young all-rounder Shivam Dube, who played for the franchise and will now feature for Shivaji Park Lions in the Mumbai T20 League, feels the Indian captain knows how to manage a team.Dube, a budding talent from Mumbai, was all praise for the Indian run-machine and said it is every young cricketer’s dream to play under Kohli in any format of the game.Speaking to IANS after Bangalore’s exit from IPL 2019, Dube said: “Virat (bhaiya) is undoubtedly the best player we have in our team (RCB) at the moment. It’s a great opportunity to be mentored by him and playing under him.”I think every young cricketer wants to play with him at least once, sharing the crease with him is something that goes a long way in helping you learn. I was lucky to have been able to play under him in this IPL.”Expressing his views on Kohli’s captaincy, the 25-year-old said: “I have been able to learn a lot of things from him, including his way of managing the team and keeping the entire team together. He is a great leader.”When quizzed about the special tips he received from South Africa superstar AB de Villiers, Dube said: “ABD always told me to keep a positive attitude in any situation and it has really helped solve my problems in tough situations. He’s a great team player and even as a senior, he always motivated me in practice as well as in the matches.”advertisementTalking on his performance in this season of the cash-rich league, Dube felt that despite giving his best, it didn’t work for his team and he will try to perform better in future.”I gave my 100 percent but unfortunately it wasn’t enough for our team as a whole. I know I have more to achieve and I can definitely do much better. I am confident I will get more chances in different formats of the game. My focus at the moment is doing my best for the Shivaji Park Lions in the upcoming Mumbai T20 League.”After playing in one of the most challenging T20 leagues in the world, Dube is all set to participate in Mumbai’s local T20 league and is looking to use the tournament as another platform to showcase his talent.”Shivaji Park Lions is my home since Mumbai is where I belong. Shivaji Park Lions has given me the perfect opportunity to showcase myself as a talented cricketer. Yes, I come with some experience, but that only helps enhance the overall performance of the team, rather than putting more pressure on me.”The whole team is full of talent and it is also a great learning experience. I just want to better my performance with every match I play for Shivaji Park Lions,” Dube said.With several T20 leagues evolving swiftly, he feels the tournaments will give youngsters another opportunity to showcase their talent.”It is a great move that cricket is being recognized at every level, there are so many of us who dream to play at a bigger level and such domestic matches give us encouragement and opportunity. I am happy that I am getting a chance to play in the league,” he said.Dube was adjudged Player of the Tournament last season after accumulating 213 runs from eight games and bagging 12 wickets.”The faith that Shivaji Park Lions have put in me by retaining me is a great gesture. I won’t let them down. Shivaji Park Lions are ready to roar louder this season. We may have missed the last one by a thread, but we as a team are confident of doing well this season,” he said.Also Read | Always great on paper: Vijay Mallya tweets on RCB’s poor IPL 2019 campaignAlso Read | RCB fan girl goes viral overnight. Move over, Wink Girl Priya Prakash VarrierFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challenger BangaloreFollow Virat Kohli
Stop jumping around at Wagah Border and perform on field: Shoaib Akhtar to Hasan AliIndia vs Pakistan: Shoaib Akhtar slammed Pakistan pacer Hassan Ali and asked him to stop jumping around at the Wagah Border and focus on his cricket instead. On Sunday, Ali gave away 84 runs as Pakistan went down to India once again in a World Cup game. view more view less Next commentary advertisement scorecard Anita Jat ManchesterJune 17, 2019UPDATED: June 17, 2019 22:53 IST Hasan Ali suffered the most at the hands of the Indian batsmen among all other Pakistani bowlers on Sunday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShoaib Akhtar singled out pacer Hasan Ali as one of the architects of Pakistan’s defeatHasan Ali went for 84 runs off his 9 overs, the most expensive figures by a Pakistani bowler in World CupsAkhtar also slammed Sarfaraz Ahmed and called him a ‘brainless’ skipperPakistan were completely outclassed by India at Old Trafford on Sunday as they succumbed to an 89-run (DLS) defeat. It was Pakistan’s 7th successive loss to India in the tournament’s history.Under overcast conditions, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed opted to field first but his bowlers looked clueless against aggressive Indian batsmen who went on to pile up 336 for 5 off 50 overs. Besides, Pakistan were sloppy on the field and it left their fans fuming.Chasing the huge total, Pakistan lost Imam-ul-Haq early and managed only 38 runs in the first 10 overs and soon collapsed to 165 for 6 to eventually lose the rain-interrupted game by a massive margin.A dismal display in all the three departments from Pakistan players did not go down with former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar fuming.Speaking on his YouTube channel, Shoaib Akhtar slammed Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and called him a ‘brainless’ skipper and then one by one took a shot at every other Pakistani player.Lashing out at fast bowler Hasan Ali, Akhtar pointed out to Ali’s antics at the Attari-Wagah Border where he performed his signature wicket-taking gesture.”Hasan Ali, who never shies away from jumping around at the Wagah border, couldn’t apply himself when it mattered the most. Many of his deliveries were short-pitched. His mindset seems to be: I want to keep playing T20s and the PSL. But in the World Cup 2019, we can see that he has not shown any pace or swing that could trouble batsmen,” said Shoaib Akhtar.Critcizing Sarfarz, Akhtar said, “The game was half-won by Pakistan when Sarfaraz won the toss, but he tried hard to lose the match. Toss was very crucial and even if Pakistan had made 260, with their bowling, they could have defended it. So I think it was just brainless captaincy. It’s a very saddening and disheartening performance from the Pakistan team captain. I wanted to see shades of Imran Khan in him but it’s too late for him now.”advertisementHasan Ali proved to be the most expenisive Pakistan bowler on Sunday as he leaked 84 runs in the 9 overs he bowled while picked a wicket.After one victory in the 5 games, including a wash-out, Pakistan have 3 points to be placed among the bottom two on the World Cup points table.Also Read | Kuch fitness nai, kuch nai: Pakistan fans blame burger for defeat to IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shahid Afridi credits IPL after India beat PakistanAlso Read | India best team in World Cup 2019, way better than Pakistan: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Rohit Sharma’s cheeky reply to Pakistani journalist will make you smileFor 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 Hasan AliFollow Shoaib AkhtarFollow India vs PakistanFollow World Cup 2019 graphs No data available!
Samsung Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e wearables set to launch in India soon, Flipkart listing confirmsThe Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e wearables were first unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in February. They are now set to launch in India soon as per a teaser on Flipkart.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 25, 2019 10:31 IST HIGHLIGHTSSamsung is set to launch the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e in India.The Samsung wearables will be available on Flipkart following their launch.The Galaxy Fit sports an AMOLED display and is water resistant up to 50 meters.Samsung will finally launch its latest fitness wearables in India. The Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e wearables were first unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in February alongside the Galaxy S10 series and Galaxy Buds. While the flagship phones as well as the truly wireless earbuds have been available in India for a while now, the fitness trackers have been missing. It seems the company is now ready to launch the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e in India as per a teaser on Flipkart.The Flipkart teaser shows an image of a fitness band with the lines “Get ready to get fit” and “The NextGen of fitness is coming.” Apart from a ‘Notify Me’ option, there is not much else that is known about the launch of the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e at the moment. The Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e are simple fitness tracking devices with prices starting at Eur 39 (approx Rs 3,000). The Galaxy Fit sports a 0.95-inch AMOLED (120×240) display, while the Galaxy Fit e gets a slightly smaller 0.75-inch PMOLED (64×128) screen. The fitness trackers are water resistant up to 50 meters and can show notifications when paired with a phone. The wearables can also auto detect some workouts such as walking, running and dynamic workout.The Galaxy Fit houses a 120mAh battery while the Fit e packs a smaller 70mAh capacity. Both the fitness wearables run on FreeRTOS and support Bluetooth 5.0 LE. The Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e are compatible with Android phones running Android 5 or higher with at least 1.5GB of RAM and iPhone 7 and above running on iOS 10 or newer OS.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A10 variant listed on FCC with dual cameras, bigger batteryALSO READ | More Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 Pro cases show up to confirm designGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy Fit
Terence Lewis and British Council come together to teach gender sensitization to BMC school studentsBritish Council brings ‘Changing Moves Changing Minds’, aDance and sport based international programme, to 0.1 million students in Mumbai municipal corporation run schools in collaboration with Gem and Jewellery National Relief Foundation to spark gender equality conversations in classrooms.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 16, 2019UPDATED: September 16, 2019 17:54 IST British Council, the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, announced the launch of its international gender-education programme – Changing Moves Changing Minds (CMCM) – in Mumbai. This globally successful programme will be implemented in 1187 Mumbai municipal corporation run schools starting October 2019 with the support of programme partners – Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) Gem and Jewellery National Relief Foundation (GJNRF). Terence Lewis, renowned contemporary dance choreographer is the brand ambassador for the programme.What is Changing Moves Changing Minds (CMCM)?Changing Moves Changing Minds (CMCM) is an international education programme that is conceptualized and delivered by British Council, the Royal Academy of Dance (UK) and the Marylebone Cricket Club (UK) that attempts to break gender stereotypes amongst young children at an early age.CMCM has a six- week curriculum using ‘cricket-dance methodology’ that challenges gender stereotypes through sport (cricket) and dance as a medium, promoting positive gender roles in children and enabling young people to realise their potential and fulfil their aspirations.Who can join Changing Moves Changing Minds (CMCM)?The programme is designed for children falling in the age group of 10-12 years from Classes 5, 6 and 7.It aims to reach more than one lakh students in Mumbai through 120 master trainers and 2374 teachers.Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) have together co-trained master trainers and these master trainers will cascade this training to schoolteachers who will then deliver the learning to students.Aditya Thackeray, Shivsena Leader & Yuvasena President along with Praveen Pardeshi IAS – MCGM, Sanjay Kothari – Chairman, GJNRF, Barbara Wickham OBE – Director, British Council India and Terence Lewis attended the launch event at BMC English High School, Worli.advertisementWho said what? “Changing Moves Changing Minds is an innovative project which targets gender stereotypes at an early age and ensures gender equality. We are happy that British Council and Gem and Jewellery National Relief Foundation have come together for this cause. We would like to upscale this project across Mumbai municipal schools “said Aditya Thackeray, Shivsena Leader & Yuvasena President.”We are very happy to get associated with British Council and also thankful to GJNRF for supporting this cause. We are hopeful that with this intervention, children studying in BMC schools would get exposure of beyond the classroom activities which would help them to understand gender stereotypes and how to address them.” said Praveen Pardeshi, Commissioner, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.”As part of our work partnering with State and Municipal Governments on their education reform agendas, I am delighted to be working with Mumbai Corporation on this exciting project to be delivered across government primary schools in Mumbai. The British Council has worked with the Royal Academy of Dance and Marylebone Cricket Club to bring their exciting Changing Moves Changing Minds project to India. This uses cricket and movement to challenge gender stereotypes in the classroom, help girls and boys better understand each other and encourage every child to reach their full potential.” said Helen Silvester, Director West India, British Council.”We believe that proper education is need of the hour for our country and joining hands with British Council is a good opportunity for us. British Council trained master trainers will train the teachers of Municipal schools and in turn these teachers will train students. We are happy to get associated with them and hope it will go a long way in education system of Municipal schools.” said Sanjay Kothari, Chairman Gem and Jewellery National Relief Foundation.Terence Lewis, renowned contemporary dance choreographer and the brand ambassador for the programme said, “I feel happy to be associated with the International gender-education programme by British Council called Changing Moves Changing Minds (CMCM) that challenges gender stereotypes through dance and sport (cricket) as a medium, promoting positive gender roles in children. Being a role model for the youth across the country and having judged and mentored young talented kids on television, I feel a programme like this running at the grass-root level where gender stereotypes are common, is much-needed. It has the potential to be a real game-changer and hence as a public figure and role model, I take this as my responsibility to promote and support this program so that it can reach a wider audience.”The CMCM programme by British Council has been piloted in other Indian cities already and has received tremendous success on sensitisation and delivery parameters.Pilot projects have demonstrated that the ‘cricket-dance’ methodology is a unique concept that has the potential to be gender transformative.advertisementAround 90 percent of students are participating as they have preferred cricket and dance to be taught together over individual dance or cricket classes and 98 percent of children felt that teachers showed no partiality in the delivery of the CMCM class which is a testament to the success of the project.While over 80 Master Trainers have been trained across Odisha, Maharashtra, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore so far, the current programme is the largest CMCM programme in India so far with an aim to train over 120 Master Trainers in the city.Also read: UK authorities impressed by Indian education policyAlso read: This new India-UK scheme will fund UK students to visit India for higher studiesGet 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? 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India Today Web Desk Ulan-UdeOctober 10, 2019UPDATED: October 10, 2019 20:35 IST Lovlina Borgohain defeated Karolina Koszewska of Poland 4-1 in 69kg category at World Boxing Championships. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndian women boxers have assured India at least 4 bonze medals at the World ChampionshipsMary Kom, Maju Rani, Jamuna Boro and Lovlina Borgohain advanced to semifinals at WorldsIt will be Mary Kom’s 8th medal at the World ChampionshipsIndian women boxers continued their winning momentum on Day 8 of the ongoing World Boxing Championships in Russia as they assured the country at least four bronze medals on Thursday.It was six-time world champion MC Mary Kom who assured India its first bronze medal at the event and an 8th worlds medal for herself. Later in the day, debutants Manju Rani and Jamuna Boro also marched into the semifinals. Lovlina Borgohain, who won a bronze medal at last year’s World Championships, also secured herself of another worlds medal.Jamuna Boro defeated Germany’s Ursula Gottlob 4-1 in the 54kg quarterfinals while Manju Rani stunned top seeded Kim Hyang-mi of North Korea in the 48kg category to secure a maiden worlds medal.Today’s bout went according to our plan. The strategy that the coaches had fixed, worked well, so I was able to produce this result. We will again have to strategise for my next bout and hopefully repeat the result, said Manju Rani after the big win.Prior to Rani’s bout, India’s Mary Kom defeated Colombia’s Valencia Victoria in her quarterfinal bout here to secure her maiden world medal in the 51kg category, in which she won an Olympic medal back in 2012.Mary Kom assures herself 8th medal at WorldsAfter assuring herself at least a bonze, Mary Kom also became the first boxer in the history of World Championships to win 8 world meet medals. She was tied on 7 with Cuban men’s legend Felix Savon after winning the gold in the 48kg category in New Delhi last year.advertisement”I am very happy to have secured a medal but I would be looking to make it better by reaching the finals,” the 36-year-old Mary Kom said after the bout.”It was a good bout for me and I will now try to improve on this performance in the semifinals,” she added.Awaiting her in the semifinals on Saturday, after a rest day on Friday, is second-seeded Turk Busenaz Cakiroglu, who is the reigning European Championships and European Games gold-medallist. Cakiroglu defeated China’s Cai Zongju in her quarterfinal bout. For Rani, her next opponent is going to be Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat, who upstaged fifth seed Yuliyanova Asenova. India Open winner will be put to a stern test in the semis as she faces the top seed and former Asian Games bronze medallist Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei.She took me by surprise with her aggression at first but I knew I could control more with each passing round, said Boro on her opponent.My next bout is against a Chinese Taipei boxer who is taller than me but I have practiced with taller opponents and I am hoping to continue my good performance, she added.Borgohain’s opponent in the semfinals would be China’s Yang Liu, who shocked top seed Chen Nien-Chin in her quarterfinal clash.However, two-time bronze-medallist Kavita Chahal (+81kg) bowed out after a 0-5 loss to Belarus’ Katsiaryna Kavaleva.For 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 byAnita Jat Next India assured of at least 4 bronze medals at World Boxing ChampionshipsWomen World Boxing Championships: After Mary Kom, Manju Rani assured India a second bronze medal in Russia after the 6th seeded Indian stunned top-seeded Kim Hyang-mi in 48kg categoryadvertisement
The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Editors’ Recommendations How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep 3 of the Best Teeth Whitening Products For Pearly Whites What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable As much as we love a good stroll at the farmers’ market buying local produce, we are busy dudes and sometimes a Saturday morning lounging on the couch trumps marching through the market. But we still are big supporters of organic, local and healthy food and many of the online shopping spots just don’t carry the brands we would typically shop for.Enter Thrive Market, the first socially conscious online store selling natural and organic products at wholesale prices. They carry over 2,500 products from 400 of the best brands on the market. We tested it out (you can too with a free trial membership) and were very impressed with the products we found. Compostable trash bags? Cool! Brown Rice Pasta? Yes please. Tea tree toothpicks? Right on. There is a minimal fee to be a member ($56 a year) but it is well worth it. Think of it as an online co-op.We spoke to the founder of Thrive Market, Gunnar Lovelace (yes, really) about his background and how the market became a reality.Gunnar, what is your background?I’ve been in the natural products industry for many years. It’s a $200 billion annual market from food to health to clothing. I also have a jewelry company called Love Heals that sells in 500 stores.When did Thrive Market launch?We just launched in mid November and had 500,000 people the first week! So there is an incredible demand.What inspired you to start this online shopping destination?I grew up with a single mom and saw how hard it was for her to make healthy choices.I have been fascinated by health and wellness my whole life. Later my mother married a man who owns a food co-op and I realized how buying through a co-op can get you better prices. So this is basically like a 21st Century Co-Op. I am fascinated with a vehicle for social change.Is this a first? It’s the first time you can buy a lot of these natural products at the same price as conventional products. The biggest complaint by most American families is that they can’t afford organic products.How did you meet the brands?A lot of my friends own these companies- I have been in the food world for the past 16 years. They were just as excited to do this and to get more exposure. We are basically taking out the middle man. We take the product and sell directly to the consumer.So is it thriving? Sorry we had to.We are constantly bringing on new brands. Our primary focus is to educate people about the availability of these products. That is the most essential goal as well as getting the word out as far and wide as possible. We make it easy for people by providing them with a simple website, free shipping and heavy customer service. We want to be known as a trusted curated source. When there are 50 bags of chips at a healthy food store it is overwhelming, so we narrow it down. 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States
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How to Cook Steak in the Oven Editors’ Recommendations The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Waking up hungover is terrible when you’re in college. You may be in a strange apartment, covered in marker drawings, and missing a shoe. You may still have the taste of jungle juice in your mouth. You may not remember going to Cookout at 3:30 AM and ordering six bacon cheese hot dogs. In short, it’s terrible (except for that last part, which is awesome).Waking up hungover as an adult, though, is even worse. It hits you like a truckload of regret and sadness, and you spend hours wishing that the world would just go away.Some things help this, of course. Water, of course. Gatorade. Crackers and toast, convincing someone else to drive you to the nearest Bojangles.To Keith Barnofski and his business partners, though, there was another option. Something simple and delicious. Peanut butter, jacked up on caffeine. It’d be perfect, they realized, for those rough mornings after throwing one too many back or for college students in a rush to get to class. Thus, Steem Caffeinated Peanut Butter was born.One serving of Steem (2 tbsp) has around as caffeine as a cup of coffee: a cup of coffee usually has between 80 and 135mg per 8-ounce cup while Steem comes in at 150mg per serving.Naturally, we had to try it.Related: Chefs Share Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert RecipesTo make sure the test was, as they say, scientific—we could not let you, the readers, down—our spirits writer made sure to test it under the proper conditions: the morning after a Halloween party.The peanut butter:The flavor, if you like/are used to natural peanut butters, is great. There is a good balance of sweet and salty that isn’t overpowering one way or the other. Steem is thick and a little gritty, but again, nothing out of the ordinary for people who have eaten natural peanut butter.The caffeine:The Mayo Clinic recommends up to 400mg as safe for adults. Two quick spoonfuls of Steem brings you close to that amount, without having to get out of bed and brew coffee (leaving the jar bedside seemed like the best idea ever at first sight of it that morning).The results:It wasn’t an immediate miracle cure, but it did help. Taking certain headache medicines is bad for you after you’ve been drinking, so this all-natural product helps on in that respect. As mentioned above, convenience is also a benefit—you don’t even need a spoon. You can just scoop some out with a finger if you’re so inclined.Overall:In the end, it’s easy to see why this helps with hangovers or getting to class on time or running races or any of the other times when Steem can be put into action.For those who are a little more motivated in their anti-hangover cure procedures, check out this recipe for Five-Ingredient No-Bake Caffeinated Peanut Butter Balls from their blog:Ingredients:1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels1 stick of salted butter1 sleeve of graham crackers1 cup confectioner’s sugar1 jar of STEEM Caffeinated Peanut ButterProcess:Throw your oven down the stairs! Who needs that hunk of junk, right? You can make peanut butter bars now!Did you ever notice that there’s nine graham crackers in a sleeve? Not eight, not ten; nine. Anyone else think that’s weird? Anyway, use all of your bottled rage to crush the graham crackers into crumbs. Try not to get any tears of catharsis into the mixing bowl.Cup of confectioner’s sugar? Dump it in! Melt a stick of butter. And no, wiseguy, you don’t need no stinkin’ oven to melt the butter. Put it into a microwave safe bowl and nuke it for about 40 seconds. Then throw it into the mix.Pour the entire contents of one brave jar of STEEM into the bowl and mix until your forearm is all veiny.Take that big, beautiful, pasty mess out of that bowl and drop it into your lined baking pan. Press it down as evenly as you can, pushing it all the way to the corners. Make sure your hands are clean. Actually, you should have done that long before here. Are your hands clean? Go back in time and wash your hands before getting this far. Gross.Put a cup of semi-sweet morsels in a microwave-safe bowl (even the same one you used to melt the butter so you can get that .00001g of buttery cholesterol that was left behind) and nuke it for about 50 seconds. It’s touchy; after about 35 or 40 seconds, take the bowl out and try to stir it up a bit. After you nuke it for the last 15 seconds or so, it should be smooth enough to stir, and you’ll see quickly that the remaining morsels are melting and it should smooth out. Don’t give it a chance to harden; quickly pour it on top of your pb layer and spread it around evenly. I don’t go quite all the way to the edges of the pan with the chocolate because it’ll just get stuck to the foil on the edges and chocolate that I can’t eat is a thing that should not happen.Looks good, doesn’t it? Damn right it does. Now put that sucker in the fridge. The fridge is like the anti-oven. Let it set for at least an hour, more like two.Blow everybody’s freaking minds. The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider
Editors’ Recommendations In order for a book to be great, two elements are essential: good writing and an interesting subject. Superlative writing can hold the attention for a time even if the focus of said prose is decidedly prosaic. Witness David Foster Wallace’s sublime review of a dictionary as evidence, were any needed. Though we must also accept that, at some point, our interest would wander had DFW made a book out of his writeup about a book. And a fascinating, compelling subject can hold a reader’s attention for a good number of paragraphs even if the writing itself is poor. Take, for example, posts you have read on various social media platforms.Again, to be great, a book must be well-written and about something interesting. You might not have know that rain was interesting. And prior to the publication of her recent book Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, you might not have heard of Cynthia Barnett, so you could be forgiven for not knowing whether or not she is a writer worth your time. If you’ll take my two cents, here the are: One, rain, as it turns out, is interesting — fascinating even. And penny number two: Cynthia Barnett is a damn good writer.Barnett brings an interesting background to her subject matter here; she cut her teeth as a newspaper reporter, writing both regular columns and doing investigative journalism. Her past experience shows through in her ability to use crisp, well-paced prose to advance the narrative, giving us enough detail to bring clarity without waxing on ad nauseum and losing our focus. While not all of her writing was about environmental matters, much of it trended in that direction. And her passion both within and beyond the bounds of her professional work has always been defined by environmental matters, with water at the heart of her interests. Fortunately, for those of us with less knowledge of and/or aptitude for matters of universal, global concern, Barnett is also committed to making both the plight and the potential remedies for matters related to conservation and environmental protection accessible to a general audience.In other words, don’t worry if you don’t have master’s degree in environmental science or policy — you will still enjoy Rain. And you will easily learn from it.This fast-paced, 292-page book starts back about 4.5 billion years ago when the Earth was a superheated, lifeless ball of fire, soon to be a planet bearing water as delivered by untold millions of meteors crashing into the surface. These celestial missiles weren’t bringers or death, however, but of life, and Barnett doesn’t just tell us that, but instead paints a picture with her words:“About half a billion years after it started, the blitzkrieg began to wind down. As the last of the flaming chunks fell to the surface or hurtled away, the planet finally had a chance to cool. The water vapor could condense. At long last, it began to rain.”Reading this book, which brings the author (and her reader) from Scotland to the American South to coastal India to myriad points in between, one begins to see rain not merely as a nuisance for the city dweller or a lifeline for the farmer; not as a bringer of death in the form of floods when too much falls or of suffering during drought when too little comes; and not as inspiration for the poet, painter, or songwriter. Rain is none of those things alone, but is rather the universal factor binding all life, human, animal, and flora together. Barnett reveals this both with casual anecdotes — for example, there is, at any given moment, more water in the atmosphere than in all the world’s rivers combined — and through compelling accounts of her own firsthand travels and experiences.One thing Barnett’s book does not do is sound a five-alarm warning about the imminent collapse of the entire global ecosystem, or about the coming pandemics sure to be caused by a lack of sufficient clean water, or other such grim, gloom-and-doom forecasts. Yes, she is an environmentalist and, yes, she’s concerned about our planet and the way we have long been treating it. While reading Rain will likely compel you to be a bit more thoughtful in your use of water and might even get you to be more actively involved in conservation efforts, it’s not an indictment in the way other notable environmental-themed works are (to name the obvious choice, Silent Spring). Rather this is simply a very good book about a surprisingly compelling subject that will certainly entertain and just might inspire.When the rain does come, stay dry with the best hiking gear, rubber boots, and umbrellas. The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now
Shinola’s New Detrola Watch Collection Is As Modern As It Is Colorful Editors’ Recommendations Next 1 of 3 Usually, this type of watch makes telling the time of day a little more difficult. However, Rado’s scratch-resistant ceramic casing and wide spokes let the dial stand out in the right areas so it acts as both a functional timepiece as well as an attractive fashion statement. And, because it’s packed with 80 hours of power reserve and three popping colors, there is much to praise about Rado’s new creation.The Rado True Open Heart is 40mm in diameter, 10.4mm thick, and 47.3mm in length — the perfect size for those who might not be used to wearing watches often. And because of the ceramic construction, it’s also extremely lightweight and won’t weigh your wrist down.As technical as it is teeming with uniqueness and execution, the Rado True Open Heart Automatic ceramic watch is a great example of how a simple and thoughtful redesign can bring a wristwatch to new heights. The ceramic material is what made the True Collection so intriguing to begin with, so coupling that with a standout silhouette only makes sense.Although it wears a bit of an expensive price tag — somewhere in the $2,050- $2,200, depending on which version you choose — the Rado True Open Heart Automatic is built to stand the test of time with durability and timelessness.But, if this doesn’t strike your fancy, you can always take a look at the best watches under $1,000. Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Staying true to its gears, Rado has redesigned and relaunched its trusted ceramic timepiece in the True Collection. The new design, dubbed the True Open Heart Automatic ceramic watch, flaunts a skeletonized dial that is bold, ballsy, beautiful, and everything in between. The True Collection first came to market in 2007 and quickly became one of Rado’s most popular option thanks in part to the watches’ comfortable fit, durable scratch-resistant casing, and elegant sapphire crystals. The newest creation in the lineup follows suit, but with a twist.The skeleton appearance makes the Rado True Open Heart a timekeeping eye-catcher, providing a glimpse of the ever-reliable Swiss movement balance wheel (aka gear movement) at work within Rado’s stunning, case. Previous 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser
Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says the country’s macroeconomic prospects “remain positive as the indicators and outputs continue to show signs of recovery. Story Highlights Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says the country’s macroeconomic prospects “remain positive as the indicators and outputs continue to show signs of recovery.“Foreign reserves are above the level deemed adequate and the current account deficit remains low and sustainable. Additionally, market interest rates are at historic lows and fiscal performance continues to be strong,” he points out.He was speaking at the Central Bank’s quarterly media briefing, held at the BOJ Auditorium in downtown Kingston on Thursday (February 21)Other notable indicators highlighted by Mr. Wynter include improving labour market conditions, which saw the unemployment rate falling to 8.7 per cent as at October 2018 from 10.4 per cent a year earlier, as stated by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica in the Labour Force Survey for the month.He further reiterated that growth for the October to December 2018 quarter is estimated to have accelerated in the range of 1.5 to 2.5 per cent, rising above the 1.2 per cent recorded in December 2017.“The Bank assesses that this pace of growth reflected improvements in external demand, investment and, to a lesser extent, private consumption. The key economic sectors reflecting increased economic activity included mining and quarrying, construction and tourism,” the Governor noted.Mr. Wynter said BOJ projections are for growth to remain close to current rates over the next two years.Additionally, he said further improvements in labour market conditions are expected over the same period, “with more jobs in mining and quarrying, finance and insurance, and business process outsourcing”.“Overall, Jamaica’s macroeconomic indicators continue to reflect entrenched stability, although the economy is… estimated to be operating below its potential,” Mr. Wynter added.On Wednesday (February 20), Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, indicated that the economy grew by an estimated 1.7 per cent during the December 2018 quarter.The goods producing and services industries were estimated to have grown by 4.2 and 0.8 per cent, respectively, during the period.The top-performing goods producing sectors were mining and quarrying, up 22.9 per cent; construction, up 3.5 per cent; agriculture, forestry and fishing – 2.6 per cent; and manufacturing – one per cent.Industries registering the largest growth rates were hotels and restaurants, up 2.5 per cent, and transport and communication – 1.6 per cent.Dr. Henry said these out-turns resulted in an estimated 2018 calendar year growth average of 1.8 per cent, the strongest since 2006.The goods producing and services industries were estimated to have grown by 4.8 and 0.8 per cent, respectively.Mining and quarrying, with 32.5 per cent; agriculture, forestry and fishing – 4.1 per cent; and construction – 2.8 per cent, were the top-performing sectors.“We estimate growth for Fiscal Year 2018/19 in the range of 1.5 to 2.5 per cent. The outlook for Fiscal Year 2019/20 is also positive, with projected growth within the range of one to two per cent,” Dr. Henry said. “Foreign reserves are above the level deemed adequate and the current account deficit remains low and sustainable. Additionally, market interest rates are at historic lows and fiscal performance continues to be strong,” he points out. He was speaking at the Central Bank’s quarterly media briefing, held at the BOJ Auditorium in downtown Kingston on Thursday (February 21)
The Government of Jamaica will be renewing its effort to dispose of several public sector assets during the new financial year, through a managed privatisation process.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, informed that the assets will be divested to either the private sector or communities, where it is determined that they would be used more productively, on a sustainable basis. “In doing so, the Government will seek to balance, the well-understood need for getting the best price possible for certain assets and the urgency to put these assets into productive use to create jobs, goods or services,” the Governor-General stated, while delivering the Throne Speech at the opening of the 2013/14 Parliamentary Year on Thursday, April 4, at Gordon House.He explained that Government has arrived at this position because it has found that many assets have been allowed to remain idle for years because it has been trying to secure some incremental increase in price, at or above, the perceived worth of these assets.He advised that the Parliament would be kept informed of any action that will be taken in this regard and the reasons for so doing.The Governor-General noted too that the model of Public/Private Partnerships, some of which are currently being undertaken, will continue to be pursued as a matter of policy.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporter
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says productivity is the most pressing development issue at present, and there is need for the country to revolutionize its approach to the matter.“Productivity happens to be at the heart of any strategic action we will contemplate for the future, whether at the level of the enterprise or of the country. If we do not seek to put drastic improvements in productivity at the centre of our concerns to energize for action, in respect of the opportunities before us, then success for growth and the full development of our potential will continue to elude us,” the Minister argued.Mr. Kellier was delivering the keynote address at the opening of the 31st Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF) annual three-day Business and Workplace Convention and Expo, at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on May 2.The Minister said he is aware that some business enterprises have been laying the groundwork in preparation for the opportunities that may arise when the present economic recession would have passed, and unless the issue of improvement in productivity is given keen attention, the expected benefits will not materialize.Presenting data to support his point, he stated that research done by the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) within the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, is showing that between 1972 and 2007 the country’s labour productivity has been declining at an average annual rate of 1.5 per cent.He also noted that productivity involving labour, capital, energy and other inputs, has declined by an average annual rate of 1.74 per cent over the same period.“The upshot of this has been slow and low growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and literal stagnation in the GDP per capita, or the standard of living for most Jamaicans,” the Minister said.He emphasized that it is important to note that Jamaica is not the only country in the region that is so affected.The Minister said that the tri-partite movement of Labour, Management and Government have a crucial role to play regionally in going forward, in reversing productivity decline and accelerating economic growth. Mr. Kellier added that as globalization deepens, improvements in productivity will become increasingly important to competitiveness and integration into the global economy.Meanwhile, President of the JEF, David Wan, said the Convention and Expo come at a very opportune time for the government, private sector and the country as a whole.He expressed the view that against the background of the recently signed deal between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the government, both private and public sectors will have to become much more efficient.“We will have to do more with less, and a large part of this is optimizing the human talent we have in place,” Mr. Wan said.The three-day event is being held under the theme: ‘Energize for action….our cause…our call’.By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporter
The Government will be investing in the training and education of animators, to ensure that the country has the requisite skills, in sufficient numbers, to meet the demand for the expertise both locally and internationally.This was disclosed by State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, during an interview with JIS News at the closing of the KingstOOn animation conference and film festival on June 22, at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI).He said that already, discussions have been held towards introducing animation education in the school system. The intention is to train students to become animation artists for film, television, video games, and the internet.“We have met with the Ministry of Education and they have actually started putting together a curriculum for animation. We are going to ensure that the curriculum is consistent with what the industry actually wants…,” he told JIS News.Mr. Robinson said the staging of the conference and film festival, which sought to give visibility to the pool of talented young Jamaican artists, will provide the catalyst for the development of animation as a major industry in Jamaica.He informed that follow-up discussions have already commenced with the World Bank and Montreal-based Toon Boom, which is a major software development company, “about linking us with companies that are looking for opportunities to outsource to Jamaica, so we have already started the follow-up kind of actions.”The State Minister expressed pleasure at the huge turnout and participation in the two-day event. “It has really been heartwarming to see the kind of turnout and enthusiasm that has been displayed here,” he told JIS News.He praised the animators for the stellar work they produced in the various categories of the competition held, noting that the pieces were judged by a panel of internationally acclaimed adjudicators.“I think it affirms to us that there is an abundance of talent and creativity out there in animation in Jamaica and we just need to put in place the systems and mechanisms to translate what is raw talent into an industry that can earn for Jamaica, foreign exchange, and provide employment for a lot of people, so it has really energised us,” he stated.Over 135 entries were received in the categories of Best Final Animation Product or Advert; Best Experimental Animation; Best Storyboard/Script; and Best Character.“Down to Earth” by Kira Clayton, was adjudged the Best Final Animation Product or Advert; Tanya Batson-Savage’s “Endeavour” won forBest Storyboard/Script; “Red Locks – The Village Ram”by George Hay, was the Best Character; while “HelloKingstOOn”by Kemar McInnis was the Best Experimental Animation.The winners were presented with an array of prizes including scholarships, internships, and free internet service.The two-day KingstOOn conference and film festival was organisedby the Government in partnership with the World Bank, the Canadian High Commission, and JAMPRO.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter
Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has highlighted the importance of intellectual property (IP) protection to national development.He noted that IP remains the pillar for providing equitable reward for creators and those who invest in, distribute and manage these innovations.Senator Reid said that having a robust IP framework in place will help to attract and sustain investment in innovations, and spur growth and development, while providing a competitive advantage for countries.He was speaking at the opening of a joint CARICOM/United States Public-Private Sector Stakeholder Seminar and Dialogue on Broadcast Licensing and Enforcement at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on June 21.The two-day event brought together content creators, cable operators and other distributors, copyright owners, regulators, collection agencies and policy advisors to examine existing legal provisions on broadcast licensing at both the domestic and international levels, and the impact on consumers.Topics explored included the legal framework for content and signal licensing, business considerations in the US and the Caribbean; and the nature, dimensions, and prevalence of piracy in the region.Senator Reid expressed the hope that the two-day dialogue and seminar will help to craft a relevant model for access to content, while ensuring that IP rights are protected.Other speakers included Regional IP Attaché for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, United States Patent and Trademark Office, J. Todd Reves; Chairman, Broadcasting Commission Jamaica (BCJ), Professor Anthony Clayton; and Political/Economic Counsellor, US Embassy, Kingston, Christian Redmer.The event was organised by the US Patent and Trademark Office in collaboration with the US Embassy Kingston, through support from the CARICOM Secretariat, the BCJ, Jamaica Intellectual Property Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.
Noting that the programme is working, he urged citizens to continue to provide information to the police. He said there should be “no space left in communities for criminals to operate”. Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, is reporting that 21 of the island’s most wanted persons have been apprehended under the Fugitive Apprehension Programme since July 2017. Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, is reporting that 21 of the island’s most wanted persons have been apprehended under the Fugitive Apprehension Programme since July 2017.The programme provides a reward of $1 million to individuals who supply information that leads to the capture of wanted persons.Noting that the programme is working, he urged citizens to continue to provide information to the police. He said there should be “no space left in communities for criminals to operate”.Minister Montague was speaking at the opening of the Green Acres police post in St. Catherine on Thursday (March 15). The facility is located in the Green Acres Commercial Car Park.Health Minister and Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, where Green Acres is located, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the facility fills an important gap that exists in the area.He told the gathering that the design plan for a new 20-man station is advanced and is before the St. Catherine Municipal Corporation.He argued that the station is necessary, given the expansion in population in the area and further development that is slated for the community.Dr. Tufton pledged to provide resources from his Constituency Development Fund (CDF), among other means, to support the project.“We are going to make these parts safer against deviants; we have no place for that in this community,” he said.Earlier, head of the Police Area 5, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Derrick Knight, said the community has been experiencing stability in the last few months.He reported that there have been frequent police patrols and arrests of suspects. Minister Montague was speaking at the opening of the Green Acres police post in St. Catherine on Thursday (March 15). The facility is located in the Green Acres Commercial Car Park. Story Highlights
Five of the teams that participated in this year’s renewal of the Development Bank of Jamaica’s (DBJ) National Business Model Competition (NBMC) for tertiary institutions will represent the country in the 2018 International Business Model Competition (IBMC) in Utah, USA, from May 10 to 11. The UWI’s Skolastik Oasis and NCU’s Beasc Technology were also invited to participate. Heading the record list of entrants is University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus-based market research entity, Queritel, which topped the six teams participating in the recent NBMC finals at The Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, to emerge as Jamaica’s official representative at the IBMC. Five of the teams that participated in this year’s renewal of the Development Bank of Jamaica’s (DBJ) National Business Model Competition (NBMC) for tertiary institutions will represent the country in the 2018 International Business Model Competition (IBMC) in Utah, USA, from May 10 to 11.Heading the record list of entrants is University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus-based market research entity, Queritel, which topped the six teams participating in the recent NBMC finals at The Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, to emerge as Jamaica’s official representative at the IBMC.Queritel will be joined by first and second runners-up, Eco-Structures and Pneulyfe, representing the UWI and Northern Caribbean University (NCU), respectively.The UWI’s Skolastik Oasis and NCU’s Beasc Technology were also invited to participate.This year’s record number of NBMC entrants results from Jamaica securing four of the 12 coveted spaces offered in the IBMC’s highly competitive ‘At Large Round’, a feat never before accomplished.The DBJ’s Jamaica Venture Capital Programme Project Coordinator, Audrey Richards, who coordinates the NBMC, describes this as a “tremendous achievement”.“It endorses the work our universities are doing in building future business leaders. It is an endorsement of the quality of the judges at our competition, and it sends a signal that the work we, the Development Bank of Jamaica though the Jamaica Venture Capital Programme, are doing with our universities and, indeed (towards) the development of a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, is on the right path,” she says.There is great anticipation of Jamaica doing well again in the upcoming IBMC, to replicate and even surpass impressive performances recorded by teams entering since 2014, when the country sent its first representative.Jamaican teams have consistently finished in the top 10, despite competing against thousands of participants from over 40 colleges and universities across the world.The 2014 NBMC winner, Herboo Enterprise, placed eighth; 2015 champion, JarGro Enterprise, reached the semi-finals; 2016 winner, Guardana Inc, which received honorary mention – sixth; and 2017 champion, Natsima Nutraceuticals – fourth.The replication or surpassing of these placements would cap a record-breaking year for the NBMC, which saw the UWI, through Queritel, winning the competition for the first time and, in the process, breaking NCU’s dominance of the initiative since its inception.The competition, which is designed to encourage and promote the creative and innovative thinking of students, facilitates local entrepreneurial skills and enhances collaboration and communication between stakeholders in the private sector and academia.According to Querital’s Vice President for Marketing and Operations, Kedonne Martin, “originally the idea for Queritel was (to name the entity) Research Aid Plus, which came up after realising that students on campus needed research work done and they needed help with this… so they came to us”.“After working with this idea for a year and pitching it, we realised that it made more sense to (market it) to entrepreneurs, who would be more willing to pay for this service. So, we pivoted to Queritel and, since then, we have had over 120 customers and made over US$6,000 in revenue, and it has been amazing. Winning this competition is another form of validation for us, and we are so happy for it,” he says.The members of Querital copped the winning prize of $2 million, plus an all-expense paid trip to the IBMC, slated for the prestigious Utah Valley Convention Centre and the Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Centre.Prizes totalling $4 million were up for grabs in this year’s NBMC, which was sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank, through the Multilateral Investment Fund; PanJam Investment; Restaurant Associates, through its flagship brand, Burger King; Musson Foundation; NCB Foundation; Sagicor Group; Scotiabank; GK Capital Management; and the PetroCaribe Development Fund.The IBMC is sponsored by the Kevin and Debra Rollins Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, headquartered in Provo, Utah.The entrepreneurship programme at the Marriott School, which has campuses/students across the United States and in 105 other countries, is consistently ranked among the top such offered, annually. 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HEART Trust/NTA Managing Director, Dr. Janet Dyer (right), shakes the hand of Executive Director, City and Guilds Group International Division, Jeremy Dadhi, after both signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will facilitate the institutions’ expansion of certification opportunities for Jamaica’s workforce and trainees. The signing took place at HEART’s head office in New Kingston on Friday (December 7). HEART Trust/NTA Managing Director, Dr. Janet Dyer (centre) and Executive Director, City and Guilds Group International Division, Jeremy Dadhi (left), sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will facilitate the institutions’ expansion of certification opportunities for Jamaica’s workforce and trainees. The signing took place at HEART’s head office in New Kingston on Friday (December 7). Observing is HEART’s Acting Senior Director for Workforce Development and Employment, Arden Elizabeth Grant.
zoom McDermott International, Inc. said that its Dive Support Vessel Thebaud Sea (“DSV”) was recently mobilized for an Emergency Pipeline Repair intervention offshore the United Arab Emirates.This is the third time in recent months that the DSV has been fast-tracked to carry out an emergency response. This contract is included in McDermott’s first quarter 2014 backlog.“Pipeline failures can often result in significant production loss, which is why reaction speed to these cases is critical,” explained Scott Cummins, Executive Vice President, Offshore. “Although there is added pressure due to the impact in oil revenues, Health, Safety and the Environment remains at the forefront for Emergency Pipeline Repair Systems (“EPRS”). The pipeline must be safely isolated and then stabilized before any repairs can be executed, to ensure the safety of the diver and the environment.”With the support of in-house offshore resources, McDermott engineering teams have completed several EPRS studies on behalf of a number of clients. For each repair scenario, an individually tailored solution was delivered to cater to specific emergency responses to pipeline damage.“Every case is unique, which is why the approach must be robust enough to handle any given situation,” commented Cummins. “Our operational knowledge, experience and expertise defines our engineering deliverables as real solutions, over theoretical studies. We are pleased that our clients have shown repeat confidence in our EPRS capabilities,” he concluded.McDermott, March 14, 2014
zoom German liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd completed the planned capital increase of EUR 370 million (USD 453.5m) as part of the business combination with the Chilean shipping company Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV). As planned, CSAV subscribed to EUR 259 million (USD 317.5m) and Kühne Maritime made a cash contribution of EUR 111 million (USD 136m). The capital increase had already been agreed upon mid-April with the signing of the contracts to combine CSAV’s container business with Hapag-Lloyd. It was to be implemented by the end of 2014.After the capital increase, the shareholders of Hapag-Lloyd AG hold the following stakes: CSAV with 34%, HGV (City of Hamburg) 23.2%, Kühne Maritime 20.8%, TUI 13.9%, Signal Iduna 3.3%, HSH Nordbank 1.8%, M.M.Warburg & CO 1.8% (including two private investors) and HanseMerkur 1.1%. CSAV, HGV and Kühne Maritime have agreed to pool 51% of the shares in Hapag-Lloyd in order to discuss and make key decisions together in the future.The capital increase was a requirement for releasing the bond with a volume of EUR 250 million (USD 306.5m) that had already been placed successfully on November 20.The proceeds from the bond with a maturity of five years will be used for the early redemption of the Hapag-Lloyd Euro bond due in October 2015. The redemption will take place on December 23.
zoom US West Coast longshore workers have filed suit with the district court in Los Angeles against the terminal operators asking for compensation of their health costs.Some 300,000 claims are being submitted saying that the Pacific Maritime Association’s health plan was in violation of the federal law.Should the court rule in favour of port workers, the claims could reach up to USD 100 million in unpaid costs, Michael McClelland, co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the case, is quoted by Long Beach Press Telegram as saying.Apart from PMA, the lawsuit names Zenith American Solutions and Cigna Inc., the current and former third-party administrators of the employee health plan for the workers, along with PMA trustees who manage the plan, the newspaper said.The PMA and ILWU reached a tentative agreement at the end of February on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports after nine months of talks.Details of the agreement have not been released. However, the deal has enabled the port operations to be resumed so as to unclog the congested ports.World Maritime News Staff
zoom A German-Canadian research team has been conducting preparatory work to develop a system for a safe navigation through the icy waters of the Northwest Passage.A research team, coordinated by German Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE, aims at establishing a monitoring and information system that would enable ships to navigate safely through the passage in the future.The project entitled PASSAGES (Protection and Advanced Surveillance System for the Artic: Green, Efficient, Secure) is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as well as the project partners Airbus, exact Earth, and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.Wolfgang Koch, Head of Sensor Data and Information Fusion at FKIE, said that enabling the safe navigation through the passage is not an easy task because the route is challenging not only due to the presence of a number of bays, islands, uncharted shoals and narrows, but also because of drift ice and extreme weather conditions.In addition, vessels sometimes do not record their positions or (in cases like those of illegal fishing vessels) record false positions. The system has to provide reliable information about all of that.According to Fraunhofer, one of the problems is that there is little data available, because of the lack of infrastructure in sensor and communication technology. The entire route is larger than Western Europe and is sparsely populated. Even if there were sufficient data these would have to be processed into information which would be useful for stakeholders such as ship crews, Fraunhofer said.The researchers are addressing all of these difficulties by developing concepts about which technology can gather what information and where and how it can be fused.“The difficulty is to bring together very diverse and inaccurate data in order to provide for instance decision support for ship captains to decide on which route to take when,“ Koch said.The researchers said they need to create algorithms for the fusion of sensor data.The first thing to do is to tap data sources in the harsh climate zone. The Automatic Identification System (AIS) can be used, which reports among other information ships‘ current position. In addition, there are satellite images. Even old sonar systems from the Cold War era could be resurrected, the researchers said.However, a high-resolution view by means of which captains could safely pilot through the water does not yet exist. Koch is therefore still hoping for another data provider – the passive radar.Ships could navigate safely through the Northwest Passage in the future.This technology uses the electromagnetic pollution from mobile stations near the coast. Receiving stations will tap into this and gain information about ships and ice blocks – their size, position and speed. In this way, Koch said that large areas can be monitored. Other possibilities are unmanned vehicles that gather information below and above water.As the polar ice caps are melting, the Northwest Passage is becoming navigable for longer periods of the year. Ship traffic, however, still bears hazardous risks, according to Fraunhofer. The goal of the project is to change this.The sea route is said to be important for the federal government of Germany, due to its economic benefits.“For a country dependent on exports, such as Germany, shorter sea routes are of great importance,“ Koch said. “Compared to the route between East Asia and Europe via the Suez Canal, the route via the Northwest Passage is about 5,000 nautical miles shorter, which means enormous savings for ship owners,“ Koch added.The researchers hope that the project would evolve from a research into a development project. An operational system would be a great asset for shipping companies, coast guards, maritime authorities as well as for insurance companies, the researchers claim.Referring to insurance companies, Koch said that they could calculate premiums for the ships that are to be insured. After the tricky route is made manageable through safe navigation, ship owners would not have to spend so much on insurance coverage.It will take at least a decade until the navigation system is ready to be launched, according to Fraunhofer. Over these years, the route is expected to become progressively ice-free and economically navigable for shipping traffic.“As dramatic as global warming is, we try to get at least something positive out of it,“ Koch said.
The province has completed its review of three applications for surface coal exploration and mining in the Sydney coalfield, and its review of three proposals to develop the Donkin subsea coal resource. “We are excited about the economic, environmental and social benefits that can come from these projects,” said Minister of Natural Resources Richard Hurlburt. “Where appropriate, we hope to extract the coal for sale at current market value, which would give Cape Breton a significant economic benefit, a source of employment, and provide more economical resources to users who now have to import it from as far away as South America.” A special lease for coal at the former Prince Mine site at Point Aconi was approved for Pioneer Coal Limited on April 14. The project has been registered for environmental assessment, and is under review by the Department of Environment and Labour. Approval was given on June 2 to issue Coastal Construction and Excavating Limited an exploration licence to explore an area near the Prince Mine Road, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, subject to landowner consent. The licence area is about 25 per cent of the resource block outlined in the original call for proposals. Thomas Brogan and Sons Construction Ltd. was unsuccessful in obtaining mineral rights for the Birch Grove resource block. A fourth application for a lease for surface coal resources in the Broughton coal block is under review. Recommendations of the review committee regarding proposals to develop the Donkin subsea coal resource are under final consideration and a decision is expected in early July. There are an estimated seven- to eight-million tonnes of coal in Cape Breton that could be mined by small surface operations. This could have a market value of between $300 million and $500 million, could generate up to 100 direct jobs and more than 200 indirect jobs. A special exploratory licence permits a company to determine the presence of coal, the quality of the coal and the economic viability of a potential project. It does not allow for development. Mineral leases issued by the Department of Natural Resources provide control of the resource to the successful applicant but provide no permission for operation of a mine. All applicants must successfully complete the environmental assessment and industrial approval process through the Department of Environment and Labour, and receive landowner approval before they can begin mine development. This ensures that any mining operation will protect water courses, water supply, wetlands, and wildlife habitats. The surface coal mining blocks within the Sydney coalfield are currently the subject of a cumulative environmental effects study by the Department of Environmental and Labour. Results are expected by the end of the summer. When extraction of coal is completed, the lease holder is required to restore the site to a condition that is environmentally acceptable and that addresses local interests. A good example of the community benefits from surface mining is in Stellarton, the site of the Pioneer Coal Limited mine, which employs 70 persons. Mining operations are expected to be completed by 2011, and the lease holder and the community have agreed that the site will be reclaimed in a way that will allow the community to meet its land-use planning objectives. The plans include converting the land — which had been severely compromised by historical mining — for use as parkland, sports facilities, and residential and industrial properties.
Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 -30- KINGS COUNTY: Cambridge Mountain Road Cambridge Mountain Road will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, Dec. 15. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Drivers on Highway 102 should soon have a smoother ride thanks to a road-paving tender called today, Jan. 17, by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works called for tenders to repave the northbound lanes of Highway 102 from Shortts Lake for 10.5 kilometres to the Irwin Road overpass. The project is to be completed this summer. “This is one of the province’s busiest sections of highway and it’s important that we keep it in tip-top shape,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “By tendering this job now, we’re helping the contractor get an early start on it in the spring.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
Your voice matters and the Select Committee on Participation in the Democratic Process wants to hear it. The select committee is beginning to gather feedback from people throughout the province to help it try to discover ways to reverse the trend of fewer Nova Scotians voting in elections. By offering personal insight, Nova Scotians can help take a step toward a stronger, more representative government. “We encourage Nova Scotians from all walks of life, in every community, to offer input on how to increase the number of people who vote,” said select committee chair Michel Samson. “Participation in the democratic process is a cornerstone of a strong government and assuring everyone has a say in how the province is run.” Initial public comments, teamed with an analysis of past research, will help shape the actions of the select committee as it moves toward issuing a report and recommendations this winter. The all-party committee, introduced by a resolution during the 2006 fall sitting of the House of Assembly, includes vice chairs Mark Parent and Maureen MacDonald as well as Pat Dunn, Keith Bain, Graham Steele, Charlie Parker, H. David Wilson and Harold (Junior) Theriault. People can offer comments by calling, toll-free, at 1-888-388-6489 or 424-5787 in Halifax Regional Municipality, by fax at 902-424-0513 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . Comments can also be mailed to Select Committee on Participation in the Democratic Process, c/o Legislative Committees Office, 3rd Floor, Dennis Building, 1740 Granville St., P.O. Box 2630 Station M, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3N5. For more information on the select committee, go to the website at www.gov.ns.ca/legislature and select the link on the lower left of the page.
A review of operations by the South West Shore Development Authority by Ernst and Young was released today, May 26. The 73 page document examines the administration of the regional development authority from January 2008 to February 2010, the sale of the Shelburne Youth Centre and the relationship with the Yarmouth Area Industrial Commission. “This report is very thorough and points to key issues that must be addressed,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development. The report was commissioned by the Department of Economic and Rural Development at the request of the South West Shore Development Authority in response to a recommendation made by the Office of the Ombudsman. “The board has started the process of reviewing this report, and has already started to act on these findings,” said Phil LeBlanc, chair of the South West Shore Development Authority. A copy of the report can be viewed at: www.gov.ns.ca/econ/reports/swsda .
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A Halifax company that provides a secure, online file-sharing service is advancing its innovative technology and entering new markets with investment from the province. TitanFile Inc. has secured $250,000 in financing from Innovacorp. “Innovative technology companies like TitanFile play an important role in growing our province’s economy,” said acting Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister John MacDonell. “This investment supports the innovation and competitiveness priorities of jobsHere, our plan to grow the economy.” Founded by Milan Vrekic and Tony Abou-Assaleh, TitanFile lets organizations easily and securely share large or confidential documents inside and outside an organization, over the Internet. The technology also lets the sender track and control the document, such as knowing when it was read and by whom, or disable the option to print or forward the file. Unlike similar products, TitanFile users don’t need to install special programs, configure computers, or add special hardware. It is also the only cloud-based document-transfer option that is fully compliant with Canadian privacy laws. “We’re pleased to be an early investor in this promising company,” said Clifford Gross, president and CEO of Innovacorp. “Their compelling encryption technology and commitment to customer service puts them in great standing for success in the rapidly growing market for online document security and management.” The company is enjoying considerable momentum. Earlier this year, TitanFile won an award in Texas for new ventures in the cloud-computing industry, and was one of five companies chosen to showcase at a DemoCamp event in Toronto, beating out numerous applications from entrepreneurs around the country. In 2010, the company won the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council’s Best Big Idea competition for best entrepreneurial idea from 118 submissions. TitanFile is a finalist for the 2011 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 companies-to-watch list. “This financing will let us build an even stronger product and roll it out into the marketplace,” said Mr. Vrekic. “We’re excited to work with Innovacorp as we grow our company.” Innovacorp, Nova Scotia’s technology commercialization agency, manages a venture capital fund that invests in early stage, high growth companies. Target industries include clean technology, information technology, and life sciences. Seed and venture capital investment is a critical part of Innovacorp’s business model, which has earned international recognition as a best practice approach to technology commercialization.
« Nous sommes heureux que ces groupes communautaires et l’université profitent du programme de tarif de rachat communautaire pour réaliser des projets locaux de production d’électricité renouvelable, a déclaré M. Parker. Ils font preuve d’initiative en participant au programme COMFIT pour répondre à leurs besoins en électricité et réduire leur empreinte environnementale. » Pour le recteur et vice-chancelier de l’Université Sainte-Anne, Allister Surette, cette approbation signifie l’achèvement d’une autre étape dans les efforts faits par l’université pour devenir l’université la plus verte au Canada. M. Surette a déclaré que l’utilisation d’une éolienne dans le cadre du programme COMFIT, qui s’ajoute à de celle d’une chaudière alimentée à la biomasse et de 118 panneaux solaires, contribuera à la réduction des gaz à effet de serre et des coûts de fonctionnement de l’université. Le concept du programme COMFIT a été décrit dans le Plan en matière d’électricité renouvelable de 2010. Le but du programme est de contribuer à un approvisionnement en énergie propre à des prix stables, d’appuyer les projets de production d’énergie renouvelable et de créer des emplois. « La réalisation de projets de production d’énergie renouvelable partout dans la province nous aidera à réduire notre coûteuse dépendance au charbon importé et à atteindre le but imposé par la loi, qui est d’avoir une production énergétique provenant à 40 p. 100 de sources d’énergie renouvelable d’ici 2020, a dit M. Parker. COMFIT est un élément important du plan d’énergie renouvelable de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Les projets présentés sont étudiés par un comité formé de plusieurs représentants des ministères provinciaux. Le comité évalue chaque projet en fonction de critères établis, notamment les avantages pour la collectivité, l’appui communautaire, le financement et la planification de l’implantation. Les projets qui visent une capacité de distribution sont évalués en fonction de critères différents dans le cadre d’un processus d’évaluation distinct. L’information sur les exigences et sur le processus de prise de décision est affiché à www.nsrenewables.ca (en anglais seulement). Jusqu’à présent, plus de 25 groupes communautaires ont présenté plus de 100 projets locaux de production d’énergie renouvelable dans le cadre du programme COMFIT. Le programme accepte encore des demandes qui répondent aux critères. COMFIT accorde aux groupes admissibles un prix fixe par kilowattheure pour la production d’électricité à partir des ressources renouvelables, telles que le vent, la biomasse, les marées, et de l’utilisation de turbines en mer ainsi que de centrales marémotrices et au fil de l’eau. Les tarifs de rachat communautaire ont été établis par la Commission des services publics et d’examen en septembre 2011. Les groupes admissibles sont les municipalités, les Premières Nations, les coopératives, les fonds d’investissement communautaires pour le développement économique et les associations à but non lucratif. La Province s’attend à la production de 100 mégawatts grâce à COMFIT. Pour plus d’information sur le programme, allez à www.nsrenewables.ca (en anglais seulement). Dans un avenir rapproché, quatre collectivités et une université profiteront des bienfaits d’une électricité propre, verte et renouvelable produite chez elles. Le ministre de l’Énergie, Charlie Parker, a annoncé aujourd’hui, 9 juillet, que cinq projets avaient été approuvés dans le cadre du programme de tarif de rachat communautaire (COMFIT). Il s’agit : du projet éolien de 800 kilowatts de la société Northumberland Wind Field à Barney’s River, dans le comté de Pictou ; du projet éolien de 4 mégawatts à Barrachois, dans la Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton, et de 2,3 mégawatts à Gaetz Brook, dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, proposé par le groupe Wind4all Communities; du projet éolien de 50 kilowatts sur le campus de l’Université Sainte-Anne à Pointe-de-l’Église, dans le comté de Digby; du projet de 4,8 mégawatts à Kemptown, dans le comté de Colchester, proposé par Affinity Renewables, un organisme à but non lucratif appartenant à la Nova Scotia SPCA; du projet de 1,6 mégawatts de la société Celtic Current à Marion Bridge, dans la Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton.
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its first quarter results today, Sept. 5. For the three month period, from April 1 to July 1, the NSLC recorded sales of $150.6 million compared to sales of $148.7 million for the same period last year, an increase of 1.3 per cent. NSLC’s first quarter net income was $58.6 million, an increase of $1.4 million or 2.4 per cent, when compared to first quarter last year. This quarter had one less selling day than the same period last year. A detailed news release can be found by following the News Releases link on the NSLC website at www.myNSLC.com . -30-