Crusaders back in familiar territory

first_imgThe St. Bernard’s girls had to battle for every point on Wednesday night, pulling out a 33-31 win over University in the North Coast Section Division-5 semifinals.The No. 2 seed Crusaders will now play No. 1 Urban on Saturday night, the sixth consecutive year they have qualified for an NCS championship game, and the second straight year they get to face Urban.Getting there, however, wasn’t easy.St. Bernard’s had to battle hard all the way to the final buzzer with little separating the two …last_img

Jacks struggle to stop CW, fall at home

first_imgHumboldt State put up a valiant effort in front of a sparsely populated Redwood Bowl but fell short against GNAC rival Central Washington, losing 62-24 Saturday night.Humboldt (1-5, 1-7) started on a high note when junior quarterback Joey Sweeney connected on a 44-yard pass to sophomore receiver Ryan McCombs on the Jacks’ second drive of the game. The drive would end, however, after Sweeney was sacked and stripped for a fumble at Central Washington’s 26-yard line.“Regardless of the record we …last_img

Warriors’ Jonas Jerebko encouraging DeMarcus Cousins to stay patient with Achilles injury

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND – As DeMarcus Cousins rehabs his left Achilles tendon, the Warriors’ All-Star center has a trusty teammate who has offered plenty of perspective on how to navigate his recovery.His name is Jonas Jerebko, who has not just bolstered the Warriors with his toughness and outside shooting. He also has offered insight on when he recovered from a torn right Achilles tendon …last_img

(Repeating with changes in para 2)

first_imgAzhar feels its for Dhoni to make a call on retirementMumbai, May 11 (PTI) Differing from the views expressed by former India captain Sourav Ganguly, his predecessor Mohammed Azharuddin today said Mahendra Singh Dhoni has achieved so much in his career as a cricketer and he should be allowed to take a call on his future.”Its Gangulys personal decision (opinion) and I respect it. At the same time it all depends on Dhoni, on what he thinks about his future. I respect Gangulys opinion, but I feel Dhoni should be given the chance to decide when to retire,” said Azhar on the sidelines of a function to announce the joining of racer Nayan Chatterjee with Meco Motor Sports.”He (Dhoni) deserves that chance. He has been one of the finest captains ever. He has won all major tournaments, got India to the no.1 position in all formats of the game. I think we should not forget his performances,” said Azhar in support of the current ODI and T20 captain, who has retired from Test cricket.”Its very hard for me to say. It totally depends on Dhoni, how he feels mentally or how demanding the sport is going to become. We have to give that chance to Dhoni to take the decision on his retirement,” the former wristy batsman said.Azhar, who played 99 Tests for India before getting banned by the Cricket Board for his alleged role in the match-fixing scam sixteen years ago, was replying to questions from scribes on Gangulys widely reported utterances on Dhoni yesterday.advertisement”(MS) Dhoni has been captain for nine years, which is a long period. He has been fantastic in the way he has gone about his job as captain, but does he have the ability in next four years to see India into the World in 2019. Does he have it in him to go for another four years? He has already given up Test cricket and now plays only ODIs and T20s,” Ganguly said.”So the selectors need to find an answer to whether they see Dhoni leading India in 2019. If the answer is no, then find a new captain. If the answer is yes, which I will find very very surprising, Dhoni continues,” he was quoted as saying by India Today. PTI SSR NRB BS BSlast_img read more

Industry Minister Courts Consular Corps Assistance in Global Hub Project

first_imgMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, is encouraging members of the Consular Corps to assist in attracting investment from the global trading community, in the development of Jamaica’s global transshipment and logistics hub. Mr. Hylton extended the invitation during an awards dinner hosted by the Consular Corps of Jamaica for visiting directors of the World Federation of Consuls at the Wyndham Hotel in Kingston on Friday (January 25). “We know that this logistics hub, will extend the reach and borders of our traditional industries while facilitating the growth and development of new and diversified industries that will move the country further up the global value chain. We invite your partnership and support as we seek to take our big idea to the world,” he said. “You can help us in a number of ways, spread the word, tell your network of influencers in your respective jurisdictions that Jamaica is a global asset. Tell them that we are open for their ideas and their investments; tell them that there is a first mover advantage if they move now and if they do so quickly,” he added. [RELATED: Logistics Hub to Stimulate and Sustain Growth – Minister Hylton] Mr. Hylton said the development of the hub, which is estimated to cost between US$7 billion and US$8 billion, over a five to 10 year period, is being spearheaded by the Government in an effort to position Jamaica to take advantage of the anticipated increased maritime activities, expected to result from the expansion of the Panama Canal by 2015. The Minister said the development of the hub would make it the fourth such facility globally, along with those in Singapore, Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Central to the development are: dredging of the Kingston Harbour; expansion of the Port of Kingston; development of the Caymanas Economic Zone, a transshipment commodity port, and Vernamfield in Clarendon as an air-cargo and passenger facility; and establishment of a dry dock facility. The Minister highlighted that Jamaica is ideally positioned for the establishment of the hub, based on its location, midway between North and South America, and in relative proximity to the Panama Canal. He said the island is already a major transshipment corridor and is the leading transshipment point for containerized cargo to the Caribbean, North and South America. Mr. Hylton said the plan is to expand the current infrastructure and to add new facilities, services and arrangements in order to create a cohesive network of logistics and shipping facilities that will position Jamaica to become the fourth such facility. “Jamaica’s surplus of professional and skilled workforce will be a primary factor in the success of Jamaica’s logistics hub and the corollary initiative such as the establishment of an international financial services centre. We will also be relying on our robust and expansive telecommunications infrastructure across the island as well as our extensive subsea fibre network,” he added. The newly elected board of directors of the World Federation of Consuls, a global network of Consular Associations created to support and improve the status, legitimacy and effectiveness of all consular officers in all receiving States, has been in Jamaica from January 23 to 26 for its second board meeting of which Arnold Foote has been presiding over.last_img read more

City gas leak fire burns 8 including women minor

first_imgLogo of Fire IllustrationEight people, including four women and a minor boy, sustained burn injuries as a fire broke out following a leakage in a gas pipeline at Beparipara in Uttarkhan area of the capital early Saturday.The injured are Dablur, 33, Anjum, 33, Abdullah, 5, Urmi, 16, Azizul, 30, Purnima, 30, Sufia, 60, Sagor, 12, hailing from Bhangura in Pabna district, reports UNB.Six of the burn injured were in critical condition, said Shafiqul Islam, a senior station officer of fire service and civil defence in Uttara.They were living in the ground-floor flat of a two-storey building, said sub-inspector Bachchu Miah of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police outpost.The fire broke out at the ground-floor flat around 4:00am as there was a leak in their gas pipeline, said Shafiqul Islam.On information, three units of the fire service rushed to the place and doused the fire.Later, the fire fighting team rescued the injured, including the four women and the minor boy, from the flat and took them to the DMCH.Most of the victims are garment workers, the fire service officer said.last_img read more

Beauty is All Around Ernestine Shepherd

first_imgShe has a cascading grey pony tail but that’s not the first thing you notice about her. She’s a tiny, well-built woman, but that’s not the first thing you notice either.It’s the welcoming, twinkling eyes and the gracious smile that pull you into the world of champion weightlifter and trainer, Ernestine Shepherd.And especially so when she opens her arms and asks,”Where’s my hug?”She loves her life, at 78, and spends most of it doing what the rest of us mere mortals dread:  running, walking, lifting weights and watching every morsel she puts in her mouth.“I always want to be a good example to the people I work and train with, so I don’t want to tell them one thing and do another,” Shepherd said.So she practices what she preaches, including being grateful for every day and sharing love in whatever ways she can.But she hadn’t always been so cheerful and full of life. Her older sister, Mildred Blackwell, the one with which she started the physical training journey, died of an aneurism some years ago, and that left Shepherd feeling bereft of life and ready to give up completely.“I just couldn’t understand why God had let such a thing happen. It made no sense to me,” she said. “I was so depressed and I felt like I couldn’t go on without her.”But something strange happened and that was her salvation.“I had a dream in which my sister scolded me. She reminded me of the mantra she’d chosen for us – Determined, Dedicated, Disciplined to Be Fit – and she chastised me for not continuing as I’d promised I would,” Shepherd said.“I went to Rome and it happened to be on my sister’s birthday, the tag on the car that picked me up was 316, my sister’s birthday. The music that played in the hotel was Mildred’s favorite song, and it was in that moment that I became a new person,” Shepherd said.“And I began to pray, ‘Restore the joy of my salvation.’”It was in that moment that she regained her motivation and she hasn’t stopped since. When asked about those days that most people have, when there’s just no get up and go.“I’m on a mission to let everyone know, especially the seniors, that they can have a happy, healthy, positive lifestyle if they’ll put in the effort,” Shepherd said, listing exercise, right eating, drinking plenty of water and walking every day.  And then with greater emphasis, she added, “And above all else, prayer. I tell everyone that.”And she’s serious. She starts every day with prayer and meditation around 2:30 a.m., after having slept about four hours.“I’ve never really needed a lot of sleep.”Chauncey “The Trainer” Whitehead with his “fitness mother.”Her next move, after a breakfast consisting of “two complete eggs, a bagel with jelly, 8 ounces of liquid egg whites, a handful of walnuts, a half cup crushed pineapple and 16 ounces of water,” is a 10-mile walk with a small group of fellow enthusiasts.Once she’s finished and had another eight ounces of liquid egg whites and 16 ounces of water, she goes to the gym for a workout. Another workout. With friends.At 10 a.m., she teaches a class on toning at the Energy Fitness and Wellness Center on Old Court and Liberty roads—only to come home by noon to a meal of chicken, brown rice and vegetables.That may or may not be the last class of the day, depending on the day, but she’s usually in bed by 10:30 p.m. only to begin again at 2:30 the next morning.Seriously?Chauncey “The Trainer” Whitehead, as he is known regionally, said he met Shepherd 13 years ago while power-walking Liberty Road in Baltimore.“We were walking the same 14-mile route. After that walk and subsequent walks our relationship grew and I affectionately refer to her as my ‘Fitness Mother,’ he said.“We have teamed to promote healthier lifestyles throughout Baltimore and beyond,” he said, referring to the monthly community health walks they promote in Druid Hill Park.One of those devotees, Linda Hollis attributes her “fine frame” to the regimen encouraged by Shepherd.“I frequently get compliments on my physical appearance and I’m often asked where I work out. I tell them about Ernestine,” Hollis said. “She has guided me and others to a toned body and healthier lifestyle, I am forever grateful to her.”Hollis has been training and taking Shepherd’s body sculpting classes for five years, and says their friendship “has blossomed into a sisterly bond.”For Shepherd, it all started when she was a mere 56 and, at 5’5”, weighed 150 pounds. She and her sister, Mildred, who was 57 at the time, went shopping for bathing suits for the picnic their home church, Union Memorial UM, was having that summer.They were not happy with what the mirrors showed them, so they decided on a physical education class at Coppin State University.They enrolled in an aerobics class under the training of Jay Bennett and Simmons. Her sister worked a little harder, gained a lot of attention, even a newspaper feature, which made Shepherd a little envious. And when Blackwell confronted her on the obvious jealousy she was feeling, that pushed Shepherd to work harder as her sister had done.And she did. And she hasn’t slowed down yet.Her first career was at Western Electric from which she retired after 29 years. She then worked for a Beauty Mart for 10 years, following which she served as secretary at City Springs Elementary for another 11 years.But this is her niche.And she serenades her husband every morning before she leaves for her walk.He wishes she wouldn’t.Her favorite ring tone is the theme from Rocky.“I really want to meet Sylvester Stallone. I was so inspired by that movie and it gives me such energy.The only other person she really wants to meet, aside from Stalone is first lady Michelle Obama.“I just love her and while she works with the children, I’m working with the seniors. We’re really doing the same thing.”She has one son, Michael and a grandson, also Michael.Oh, and did I say, in addition to her constant workout, she sings on the choir at Union Memorial, belongs to the Flower Circle and is an actor in the Union Players.+last_img read more

Flute melodies to propagate peace

first_imgThe 5-day-long festival, set to begin on September 21, also celebrated as International Day of Peace, will also usher in the United Nations’ 12-day peace campaign here. “This year the Flute Festival will take place in the first few days of the 12-day-campaign. The flute, is a pan-Indian instrument apart from being a global peace instrument. It links and binds this nation with its sweetness and brings together the human, spiritual and divine elements in a way that is unique and so beautiful,” Rajiv Chandran, currently heading United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC) said.27 flautists  will form the international component of the festival. Major attractions will include Riga Saxophone Quartet from Latvia and Arcadio Baracchi from Italy among others. Some Indian performers include Pandit Pravin Godhkindi, Pandit Ronu Majumdar and Pandit Chetan Joshi.last_img read more

Colour kinetics

first_imgOver the past two decades, Manoj Kachangal’s artistic output has been dominated by visions of tangled brushstrokes and limpid landscapes. Dense thickets of lines obscure distinctly divisional backgrounds, entangling the human eye in webs of wandering tendrils that invite full contemplation of what lies beyond. By emphasizing the hand of the artist through horizontal sweeps and zagged brushstrokes, Kanchangal explores broad themes of chaos, catharsis and rebirth in his work, while silently challenging perceived boundaries between abstract and landscape painting. In the world of art, Kachangal is a neo abstractionist. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTumultuous landscapes”My biggest realization over the years has been how to use line, colour and form to convey my responses to issues, shapes, experiences and feelings. I learned how to use my feelings to engage in a critical examination of subjects close to my heart, rather than producing acrylic paintings that merely visually describe my patterns of exploration,” he states.These are not facile, painterly or merely beautiful landscapes but they are tumultuous “landscapes” that tend towards the abstract, seeking to convey a sense of the subliminal rather than accurately represent the world around him. Beyond the net of painted lines, these works appear to capture a moment of creation emerging from chaos – the light suggesting a harmonic presence bringing illumination to the landscape. Kachangal’s selective use of bold, intense colours and a tendency towards dramatization also evokes the works of early expressionists, who sought to capture the emotional resonance of their subjects over their physical form.In these Landscape Series, the planes that are interwoven across the canvas surface suggest troubles and tribulations; the jagged “branches” that dominate these seemingly sunset laden landscapes have neither beginning nor end, and the rippled disturbance-like structures are actually discernable. Dabs of primary colour and streaks of grey/ochre/ straw lend definition to the overall composition, providing balance and tempering the darker tones, but no attempt is made towards a perfect dimensional modelling. The artist has stated anecdotally that it was his reading of the Puranas and shastras that inspired his interest in the interiority of forms, shown in the intensity of the brushwork and tactility of the paint he uses to ground this series strongly within the abstract realms.Visual oscillationWhen translated into different dimensional forms, Kachangal’s work deconstructs the viewer’s understanding of mass, for the landscapes are at once airy as well as deeply dense. The visual oscillation between positive and negative space within Kachangal’s interconnected construction creates an optical motion. As the viewer perceives one form, another spatial combination suggests itself, contradicting the first and lending the viewer to reconsider the canvasses as a whole. Thus, we see early hints of a ‘dematerialized’ and highly intellectualized formula: a canvas can embody the volume of human experiences and relationships as revealed in the complex manipulations of form and linear horizontals in striations of colour.last_img read more