first_imgPosting the postcards to promote positive mental health for World Mental Health Day are from left to right; Thomas Putt, Dearbhla McBride and Caroline KrutaTo celebrate World Mental Health Day today, the HSE Create-a-Link art centre in Donegal is sending 30 postcards to art galleries and art centres around the world to promote positive mental health through the medium of art.The Create-a-Link art centre secured funding for the project as part of Culture Night and organised for 30 postcards to be painted by artists past and present who attend the HSE Create-a-Link art centre in Letterkenny.Each postcard is an original work of art that was produced especially for World Mental Health Day by artists past and present who use the Create-a-Link Art centre. Teresa Haughey, HSE Mental Health Services Donegal, said: “It is estimated that in Ireland today there are more than 80,000 people who suffer from mental health issues, and many thousands more suffer from addictions and substance misuse disorders.“As part of World Mental Health Day we want to share our art around the world in order to encourage galleries and art centres to exhibit more work by disabled artists, to embrace and promote social and emotional wellbeing in the community and have a better understanding and acceptance of mental ill health.”Create-a-Link was formed by the HSE West Mental Health Services in 2002 to promote positive mental heath and wellbeing through art.People with a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, addiction to alcohol and drugs, go through the doors of Create-a-Link to complete an 18 month rehabilitative art course. Create-a-Link’s ethos is to promote social and emotional wellbeing through art and personal development, encourage people to maximise their potential and enhance coping capacity to integrate back into the community.Create-a-Link supports the individual to improve their mental health through art and develop their skills as artists.All 30 works can be seen at For further information on any of the art, you can contact Peadar McDaid, Art Facilitator, at: DONEGAL ART POSTCARDS TO CELEBRATE WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY was last modified: October 9th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal artistsHSEWorld Mental Health Daylast_img read more

Blues ‘battle United’ for player

first_imgChelsea are locked in a ‘titanic battle’ to sign highly-rated teenage midfielder Paul Pogba from Manchester United, according to the Daily Mirror.Pogba, 18, has been stalling over signing a new contract at Old Trafford and Chelsea are said to be keen to capture him but have picked up mixed messages from his camp about whether he wants to move.AVB remains in the news.The Sun say Daniel Sturridge is considering his future at Chelsea.A friend of the player is quoted as saying: “Daniel will be distraught if Chelsea finish outside the top four — he’s desperate to prove himself at the highest level and that means he wants Champions League football, not Europa League.”Sturridge, 22, was recently reported to want an improved contract at Stamford Bridge and is apparently unhappy at being played on the wing rather than as a central striker.The Daily Mail say Chelsea’s apparent emergency plan to reappoint Guus Hiddink suffered a setback after it emerged he is a serious candidate to take over at ambitious Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.The Independent, Sun and Daily Telegraph report yesterday’s comments by Andre Villas-Boas’ former president at Porto, Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.He suggested that the under-pressure Chelsea manager could take over at Inter Milan and that members of the Blues squad are texting ex-boss Jose Mourinho – who has been linked with a return to west London.Mark Hughes is having a difficult start as QPR boss.Mourinho has been accused of undermining AVB’s position, The Sun declare.The Sun claimed on Tuesday that Jose Bosingwa was one of only three Chelsea players who are fully behind their manager.And The Mirror today quote the defender as saying: “The dressing room has confidence in the coach. Villas-Boas is a good coach and he’s demonstrated that with his success in Portugal.”Meanwhile, the Daily Star claim QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has turned up the heat on manager Mark Hughes with his comments on Twitter following the weekend defeat at Blackburn.Fernandes has been widely reported as having accused Rangers’ players of being ‘spineless’ after tweeting: “Talent is one thing. We need a spine in QPR. We need fighters not just talent.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

DeGale ready for crucial fight at Wembley

first_imgJames DeGale is determined to take his chance to secure a world title fight when he faces unbeaten American Brandon Gonzales at Wembley on Saturday.The bout is a final eliminator for the IBF super-middleweight title held by Carl Froch and is the chief support to the rematch between the Nottingham man and George Groves.It means a victory for DeGale, 28, would set up a clash with Froch or another showdown with his arch-rival and fellow West Londoner Groves, who won a close points decision when they met three years ago.DeGale declared: “It’s here, I’m ready, the pressure’s on and I can’t wait. It’s the perfect fight for me.“This is what I’ve been waiting for; Wembley stadium, 80,000 people. It’s going to be unbelievable.“I’ve prepared and am ready for a good opponent in Brandon Gonzales, who is a good fighter, unbeaten and confident – he really thinks he’s going to win.“But I’m on my journey to become a world champion and no one is going to stop me.”DeGale’s 30-year-old opponent, who has never been the full 12 rounds, believes he will upset the former Olympic champion and put himself in line for a world title challenge.Gonzales said: “I’m excited to be here. It’s a big event. We’ve got an excellent gameplan and I’m extremely confident.”See also:Groves: My left hook will finish FrochFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

British Cave Art Wins Admiration

first_imgThe British are overtaking the French in the ancient cave art competition; National Geographic News reports that “English caves may hold the most elaborate Ice Age cave-art ceiling ever discovered.”  Thought to be 12,000 to 13,000 years old based on radiocarbon results and “stylistic comparison.”  There was some surprise that the art could have survived so long: “Some experts have argued that cave paintings are quickly degraded in the damp British climate.”Never any indication that cave people were dumb.  Always an indication that humans had a human nature.  The dates and phylogenies are modern myths woven around scattered, silent artifacts.  When the observations continue to defy the expectations, the mythmakers ought to seriously reconsider their assumptions; either that, or get out of science, and try matching the the skills of their ancestors.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cape Town makes elite list

first_imgTours of the city of Cape Town on anopen-air bus give visitors a birds eyeview of the city.(Image: Jeffrey Barbee, For morephotos, visit the Image library) The white sands and glistening waters ofClifton Beach is a hit among tourists.(Image: Jeffrey Barbee, For morephotos, visit the Image library)Tamara O’ReillyCape Town’s diverse tourist attractions have earned the city a spot on an internationally recognised list of the top 50 places to visit. Named as highlights on the list are, among others, Cape Town’s hotels, festivals, entertainment, activities, restaurants and nightlife.The Places of a Lifetime list, released by National Geographic, a leader on nature and travel, features 50 of the world’s top destinations which no curious tourist should miss, including Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai, Hong Kong and New York.Premier accommodationCape Town is famous for five-star, award-winning hotels such as the Mount Nelson, which was voted Africa’s Leading Hotel at the 2008 World Travel Awards Africa and Best Hotel in Africa in the Daily Telegraph’s Ultratravel One Hundred Awards. For visitors on a budget, there are also a range of conveniently situated backpacker and self-catering options.The most popular areas for visitors to stay include Camps Bay, Sea Point, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, City Bowl, Hout Bay, Constantia, Rondebosch, Newlands, Somerset West, Hermanus and Stellenbosch.Keeping busySoaking up impressive stretches of beach, viewing the city from the top of table mountain – which can either be summited in a cable car or on foot, whale watching, museum hopping or township touring are just some of the activities on offer – sure to suit any visitor’s pocket or mood.The National Geographic website also mentions some vibrant night spots: it describes the Alba Lounge “as the coolest bar at the V&A Waterfront” and La Med in Clifton as “probably the best mix of people – from models to backpackers just off the overland bus.”‘Honour for city’“To be acknowledged by such a well-known and esteemed travel publication online is indeed an honour for our city and province,” says Calvyn Gilfellan, chief executive of Cape Town Routes Unlimited. “It is not only a recognition of Cape Town and the Western Cape’s growing status as one of the world’s top tourism destinations, but also of our tourism industry and partners who work so hard to keep our city and province a top-of-mind destination. Cape Town Routes Unlimited is very excited to have been invited to be part of this project.”Year-round festivitiesThe city is also host to several festivals during the year, one of which is the Cape Minstrel Carnival that sees more than 35 marching troupes don flamboyant satin outfits and strum musical instruments in a parade through the city to usher in the new year. The Cape Town Jazz festival, featuring local and international jazz maestros, is also one of many highlights on the calendar.Dose of cultureOn the entertainment scene, the city boasts a variety of theatres showcasing top local arts talent. The Baxter Theatre, housed in a charming Capetonian-style building on the premises of the University of Cape Town, is regarded as one of the best places to see live drama, comedy and music.Cape Town is South Africa’s biggest tourism draw card, attracting more than 1.8-million international visitors each year. Current predictions are that this number will double by 2010.Useful linksNational Geographic Places of a Lifetime 2008Stuff to do Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at read more

How Color is Being Used

first_imgThere were 82 photos uploaded by 26 contributors at the LCD Soundsystem show. Here’s an example of how that content was shared by the Twitter user @tewks. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts richard macmanus Another point worth mentioning is that conversation can happen around an album. Here’s an example from ReadWriteWeb’s own Tyler Gillies, who used Color at two recent events in Portland: PDX 11 Civic Hackathonand PDX Open Source GIS. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Location#Series#UX Evolutions#web center_img Another example that Patil mentioned, where a smaller gathering of people was able to create a useful Color album, was at the scene of a car fire. Patil said that two people took photos from intersections and third person from a balcony.Other examples that Color provided us were albums from the Where 2.0 conference and a block party in Kentucky.These early use cases show the potential of Color to share experiences with people near you, using smartphones. Of course it remains to be seen whether this activity becomes widespread, but the early examples at least show that it can be used across a wide range of daily activities. Let us know if these use cases have changed your mind about Color’s potential, or if you still think it just won’t fly. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In yesterday’s post, several commenters and tweeters claimed that Color was only useful for large events – therefore they doubted that Color would be used as regularly as Twitter. The following example may counter that view. This is from a BBQ, with only 3 photo contributors. This album also includes one video. Yesterday we compared the recent launch of new photo and video sharing app Color to the arrival of Twitter five years ago. Like Twitter, Color is an innovative app that has intrigued early adopters and has the potential to catch on in a big way. It’s also popularizing a new buzzword: proximity. Yesterday we looked at an early use case for Color: photo sharing at the premiere of a Hollywood movie. However, it wasn’t clear what value Color users at that event got from the app. So we asked the company for more information about the user experience so far and to give us more examples of how Color is being used.In this post we explore some of those other examples of Color usage, including a concert and a BBQ. Also we talk to Color’s Chief Product Officer DJ Patil and ask him to explain more about the product vision.Prior to joining Color’s founding team, DJ Patil was LinkedIn’s Chief Scientist. Via Patil’s LinkedIn profile, we see just how ambitious the Color team is about its product: “We’re out to change the world with how people interact and share experience through their mobile devices.” Color is a smartphone app that enables you to share photos and videos with a group of people at the same location as you. Patil told us that there have been a “wide array of use cases” for Color so far. They range from large gatherings (movie premieres, tech conferences, music concerts) to smaller groups (BBQs, “journalistic events” like the scene of a car fire, cooking groups).Patil also emphasized that the company is still exploring use cases and they don’t want to “impose our projection of how to use the app” on people.What Happens to the Content?There has been confusion about where the content generated by Color goes and how is it shared. Are the photos taken using Color archived? Patil explained that if you participate in a Color group, that content is not only shared in real-time with others in proximity to you, it also appears in the ‘History’ section of the app as an album. You can share albums, photos and videos using Twitter, Facebook, email or SMS. So far, Color has no search or archiving mechanism on its website. So the only way that people who weren’t at an event are likely to see the related album is if its been shared via the likes of Twitter and Facebook.Use Cases So FarSo how has Color been used so far? One example is a recent concert at Madison Square Garden by LCD Soundsystem, a popular electronics band. Here is the archived album for that show. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

NIA unearths new Kashmir terror funding channels

first_imgThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) is focussing on a hawala racket relating to the annual Haj pilgrimage and trade fraud along the Line of Control (LoC) as two funding channels being used by separatists and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.As part of its probe, which recently led to the arrest of seven Kashmiri separatists, the NIA is examining what it regards as a ‘deep conspiracy’ to ‘keep the Valley burning’, and not just individual acts of terror. According to the NIA, some travel agents who send Indians on the Haj pilgrimage are hand in glove with associates of separatists based in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. A part of the money collected from pilgrims is diverted for terror and separatist activities, while the cost of accommodation and food are borne by these associates.Said an NIA official: “Some of these travel agents charge around ₹2 lakh per pilgrim and purchase tickets as per the subsidy scheme of the government. Around ₹1.5 lakh cash given by the pilgrims is pocketed by them and transferred to separatists. The pilgrims were taken care of during their pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia by associates of the separatists in Pakistan.”This opened up a “ready stock of legitimate cash” for illegal activities. As a probe looking back several years, the exact numbers involved in the diversion were not yet available. But the NIA has “statements from pilgrims as well as office-bearers [of separatist organisations] who have confirmed the money trail,” the official claimed. So far, 80 witness statements have been recorded by the NIA on funds generated to organise terror in Kashmir, he said.Haj subsidy is given to pilgrims only in the form of subsidised air tickets; pilgrims make their own arrangements for food and stay in Saudi Arabia. Travel operators provide a package deal, which includes accommodation. Pilgrims pay agents by cash and through bank accounts. Trade across the LoC, the second fund-raising channel, has brought some traders under the scanner for alleged fraudulent transactions worth ₹2,100 crore at the Salamabad-Uri trade point and ₹670 crore at the Chakan Da Bagh-Poonch point since this trade began in 2008. There are 21 items cleared for trade across the LoC through a barter system, which include garments, handicrafts, carpets and almonds. The NIA has found undervaluation of products that come from Pakistan, which are then sold at as much as triple their exchange value, generating cash surpluses.Interestingly, the NIA has recommended to the Home Ministry that the trade across the LoC be stopped, but Jammu and Kashmir Chief Mehbooba Mufti said on Saturday that this exchange would not be stopped, and more trade routes would be added.The cross-LoC trade commenced in 2008 as a confidence-building measure between India and Pakistan and takes place four times a week through the Uri-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakote routes. The NIA operation to choke off funding goes in parallel with arrests in Kashmir. In a major operation last week, the agency arrested seven second-rung separatist leaders for acting in connivance with terrorist organisations like Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Several letterheads of terrorist outfits like HM and LeT had been recovered from the premises of these separatists, the NIA said.Asked if mere possession of letterheads amounted to support for terror activities, the official said: “Mere possession is not a crime. But the handwritten correspondence seeking funds from Pakistan-based outfits can be used as an evidence.” Another official said 28 WhatsApp groups with over 5,000 members had been identified as linked to the continuing unrest. “These groups were being used to mobilise youth to pelt stones [in the Valley]. Most of their administrators are in Pakistan,” the official said.A list of 103 persons, each involved in more than four incidents of stone-pelting in the Valley in the past one year, has been prepared, and the NIA claims to have established the financial trail between the separatists and these “professional stone-throwers.” A watch is being kept on Kashmiri leaders and Imams who give incendiary speeches against the Indian State, said the official. ”There are quite a few who use mosques to provoke locals against the administration. We have made copies of their speeches and they will also be summoned for investigations,” said the official. Swift, silent operationThe arrest of separatists was a swift operation, as there was the possibility that the accused could have been detained under the State’s Public Safety Act (PSA), thereby stalling the arrest. “We did not inform any other agency or local police about the arrest of the separatists,” said the official.On Monday, seven second-rung separatist leaders — Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam and Aiyaz Akbar Khaney and Altaf Ahmed Shah alias Fantoosh Geelani, the son-in-law of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani — were arrested from Srinagar and Delhi for their alleged role in “creating unrest” in the Valley. The NIA has summoned Geelani’s elder son Naeem Geelani to appear before it on Monday. “We also plan to make them undergo polygraph tests, we will soon move court for this. If the accused refuse the test, it will go against them,” the official added.last_img read more

Woods back on the course in a cart, uncertain about future

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Woods went 4-1-0 at the Presidents Cup in 2013, his last team competition. Except for the odd occasion when PGA champion Justin Thomas or Rickie Fowler comes over to his house in south Florida to chip in his backyard practice facility, he’s not around the players in this environment.Woods said he was “very optimistic” about getting back into the fray. He’s also as uncertain as ever.“Like I said, the pain’s gone, but I don’t know what my golfing body is going to be like, because I haven’t hit a golf shot yet,” he said.He said in his May blog that he “unequivocally” wants to play professional golf again, and he said again Wednesday that he was in no hurry to get back from a fourth back surgery, which followed four surgeries on his left knee.Woods was asked if could be the best in golf again if he returned to 100 percent health. That made Woods smile, only because he doesn’t know what 100 percent means anymore with all his injuries. The next question was if he could return to the health he had in his 20s, and Woods did all he could to keep from laughing.“Is anybody in here who is in their 40s ever going to feel like they did in their 20s?” he said.“Seriously?”He turns 42 at the end of the year. His role at the Presidents Cup is assisting U.S. captain SteveStricker, encouraging players who were not even in kindergarten when Woods won the first of his 14 majors.And he’s loving every minute of it.So are the players, and the fans. Woods still remains the top draw when it comes to autographs at Liberty National. It’s a rare sighting these days on a golf course.“The younger player on both sides, he was our dominant player, the face of the PGA Tour, and they grew up idolizing him,” Jim Furyk said. “Having him here in the team room and here with those guys is invaluable. “It’s a two-way street. It’s great for Tiger. As much as he’s been injured, it’s probably wonderful for him to be out here.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts on the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Tiger Woods made it back from his fourth surgery in time for the Presidents Cup.Just not to play.Not even Woods knows when or even if he can return. He even acknowledged Wednesday a scenario that he doesn’t return to competition because he’s at a stage where he’s only hitting 60-yard shots.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ He also was an assistant captain at the Ryder Cup last fall, and even though he doesn’t have a club in his hand or a putt on the line, they are big weeks. Having not played a full schedule since 2015, removed from the game, opportunities to spend time with an American team is not anything he would want to miss.“There were times when … I didn’t know if I was going to be able to be here because I couldn’t ride in a cart,” Woods said Wednesday. “The bouncing just hurt too much. Driving a car still hurt. So that’s all gone now, which is fantastic. And yeah, there were some intrepid times — not just for this golf tournament, but for life going forward.”Woods looks as fit as ever. He said in another blog he posted last week that he was working out six days a week, alternating among a treadmill, his bike, swimming and lifting weights twice a day. He is hitting wedges up to 60 yards, but that’s as far as he said his doctors will allow him to go.He was asked if he could see a scenario where he would not return to competition and Woods replied, “Yeah, definitely. I don’t know what my future holds for me. As I’ve told you guys, I’m hitting 60-yard shots.”“I’ve been out of the game for a while,” Woods said. “First things first: Get my health organized. Make sure the pain goes away. Then, basically, just as I said, just keeping waiting for what my surgeon says.I’m still training. I’m getting stronger. But I certainly don’t have my golf muscles trained because obviously I’m not doing anything golf-related.”ADVERTISEMENT This was all about driving a cart as an assistant captain at Liberty National.Woods is back on a golf course for the first time since the Dubai Desert Classic, where he shot 77 in the first round and withdrew the next day citing back spasms. He had fusion surgery on his back in April, and he had reason to wonder if he would be able to join the U.S. team in this capacity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe said in his blog May 24 that surgery brought instant nerve relief. Five days later, however, he was arrested on a DUI charge when Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a running car that was parked awkwardly on the side of the road with a blinker flashing.Woods said he had an unexpected reaction to pain medication. Three weeks later, he entered a treatment center. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Namajunas ready for what comes next as UFC’s new superstar

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “When they asked us what we wanted to be when we grow up, in kindergarten I always said I wanted to be a farmer,” she said.She’ll have to settle for the baddest woman in UFC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNamajunas plowed through her competitors and landed in the biggest garden of ’em all — Madison Square Garden, and in the fight of her life at UFC 217. She left Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a battered heap and walked out the 115-pound UFC strawweight champion. With a buzzcut and steely determination that made a hybrid of some sort of Ripley meets Eleven sci-fi character, Namajunas dominated in a flash and thrust herself into the conversation as the new face of UFC.“I was the talk of the town that night,” she said. “I’ve always felt that I was a star. I always knew that I am a star. The only thing that was missing was the belt.” Oh, Namajunas has the belt in the suburban Denver home she shares with fiancee and training partner, Pat Barry. It’s in her closet.“It’s got an energy to it, you know? We want to make sure we don’t too wrapped up in it,” she said. “But we’ll shine it up. Give it some love.”Namajunas has felt nothing but love since winning a title on a card that fans, starting with UFC President Dana White, widely called one of the best in the company’s 25-year history. Namajunas, T.J. Dillashaw and Georges St. Pierre all won belts as challengers.“The UFC in general, we’ve been in kind of a weird spot lately,” she said. “That card is something that doesn’t come by very often. We haven’t seen a card like that in a really long time and it was something special to remember.”UFC has spent the year craving a new box office star that can carry the promotion into 2018 and beyond while stalwarts Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and Jon Jones are on the bench. UFC’s promotional push had been all-in on Jedrzejczyk, the Polish fighter who was a win away from matching Rousey with six straight title defenses.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Namajunas is used to taking the shine off UFC’s brightest female stars.Paige VanZant’s rise into championship contention was chopped when Namajunas choked her out in 2015.Michelle Waterson was pegged as the next one until Namajunas choked her out, too, in April.And Jedrzejczyk?She was never a factor in their fight. Namajunas dropped her early in the first round with a big right hand, finished off a combination with a vicious left and pounced on a fallen Jedrzejczyk to finish her off.The MSG crowd that was solidly behind Jedrzejczyk during the walk to the cage roared with cheers whenNamajunas won. Namajunas choked back tears as White placed the championship belt on her shoulder.“I make my environment what I want it to be,” Namajunas said. “I went to her castle where she felt comfortable, where she wanted to be in New York City and I took it from her.”UFC announcer Joe Rogan said a superstar was born in New York.“I hope the UFC realizes, and I think they do, that’s a … star. That’s a real star,” he said this week on his “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. “She’s a genuinely nice person. When you look like her and you’re 115 pounds and you’re a woman and you (mess) up the Boogeyman, yeah, crowds are going to gravitate to that. If she doesn’t become as a big a star as any other woman in MMA, I would be stunned.”Namajunas said that as champ, she wants to skip the brash trash talk that shot McGregor to mainstream stardom and has been imitated throughout UFC, including by the champions Jedrzejczyk, Michael Bisping and Cody Garbrandt, who all lost at UFC 217.Namajunas, who said she earned the nickname “Thug” as a kid from one of her neighbors, used her post-fightinterview to preach kindness. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Rose Namajunas posed with a UFC championship belt around her waist and a tomato plucked from her garden in her hands.Namajunas has always had a bit of a green thumb, a labor of love passed on from her mother who could make strawberries blossom even in a tiny patch of yard in Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This was the fight I had been fighting for,” she said. “Yes, the belt is a goal. But in this fight in particular, I wasn’t fighting for the belt but the bigger picture. Ever since I lost to (Karolina Kowalkiewicz), I decided I wanted to change the world.”Namajunas has said she was a victim of abuse and violence in a childhood complicated by watching her father suffer from schizophrenia. She also spoke out against the toxic atmosphere she found early in her MMA training at Roufusport. As Namajunas takes a turn trying to steer the women’s division into the future, she hoped she could serve as role model for someone looking for a voice.“Of course I want to leave things, especially negative things, in the past,” she said. “But if it can help somebody overcome something, then I want to make sure it ends up on a positive note. I don’t want to dwell on negative things.”The big negative in New York? Someone played the wrong walkout song. She requested “Sweet Freedom” by Michael McDonald.“They played some Oasis song or something,” Barry said.“It was definitely not my type of music,” Namajunas said.Namajunas planned to take some time off headed into the holidays and had no contender or timeframe in mind for her first title defense.She just knows that next time, everyone will be watching for her.last_img read more

Cricket South Africa sets Black player targets

first_imgJohannesburg, Sep 3 (PTI) South Africa (CSA) has set official transformation targets for the Proteas that require the national squad to field an average minimum of 54 per cent and 18 per cent of Black players and Black African players respectively over the season. The targets, which come into effect immediately, will be an average of the cumulative representation across all three formats in a season. The Board of Directors of CSA took the decision at its annual general meeting that ended here on Saturday. “The very fact that there is a need to set certain targets indicates that the system has not been working optimally to achieve representivity,” said CSA President Chris Nenzani. “We remain in dialogue with the Ministry and the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) in order to find common ground and address those areas where we need to improve. I am confident that our engagements will bear fruits.” The issue of including more Black players has plagued CSA since it was formed 25 years ago to integrate separate racial unions in the apartheid era and ensure that the team was no longer all-white or dominated by white players. But the forced inclusion of Black players in the past has led to a great deal of controversy, including outcries against alleged government intervention. In more recent years, transformation programmes to include more Black players at lower levels of the game, including at schools, have borne some measure of success. “This is a natural progression in Boards determination to drive transformation aggressively as part of CSAs policy to make cricket a truly national sport accessible to all. What is really encouraging is that the Proteas, who are our flag bearers, are already achieving these targets and in some cases exceeding the targets we have just set,” Nenzani added. “The Test starting XI that played in the recent series against New Zealand contained six players of colour and two Black Africans and the ODI starting XI had as many as eight players of colour (73 percent) in their most recent series against the West Indies and Australia. “With the targets being measured over the full season and being cumulative across all three formats, our selectors and team management will have the flexibility to deal with varying circumstances. This shows very clearly that the targets are very attainable and sustainable and we will maintain the world-class standards that our players regularly produce.” CSA also announced at its AGM a R107 million surplus, R89 million better than budget. “Contributing to this success was the effective runningof the Operating Model that wasintroduced in June 2014, which resulted in all 14 members returning better than break-even financial results for the first time,” he said. PTI FH ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more