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The evolution of Andrew White’s shot, the most critical on Syracuse

By on September 16, 2020

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Andrew White understands the baggage that comes in tow with the “shooter” label. It’s a zero-sum game. He’s a winner if his shot falls in, a loser if it doesn’t. Many people don’t care to parse anything else about White’s offensive game other than makes and misses. Many people, that is, except White.For years White’s father, Andy White, has instilled in his son the difference between a “good miss” and a bad one. A good miss bounces four to five inches above the rim, and a foot or two outside of it. That gives big men ample opportunity for second-chance points.Bad misses typically stem from low-angle shots, so when the ball hits the rim or backboard, it jets out and can jumpstart transition offense the other way. The key, both Whites said, is to blend a perfect amount of arc and rotation on every shot. If nothing else, it ensures a good miss, not to mention another line of calculus in White’s shooting process.“Good misses are important,” White said. “One of the worst shots in basketball is when you shoot a 3 and it bounces long for the other team to get a lay-up.“That’s what we call a pick six.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse (5-3) will certainly take good misses from the fifth-year senior, but there’s no doubt how badly the team needs his makes. Eight games into his SU career, White’s unquestionably the focal point of his team’s offense. As the Orange’s leader in minutes played, he’s pacing his teammates by averaging 16.6 points, 3.5 3-pointers and nearly 13 field-goal attempts per game. If it wasn’t clear before, it is now: White’s shot is the most important of any player on Syracuse.His release is the most reliable of anyone else, and that’s no surprise given the meticulous attention he’s long devoted toward his shot. Most every part about it is measured: The distance between White’s feet, the position of his elbow and even his finger placement on the ball. Nothing goes unattended.“He’s lethal,” sophomore Frank Howard said of White. “If he misses a few, it’s probably because he’s rushing it … (When his shot) goes up, I’m running back.”Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorJump shooting has always been White’s calling card. But contrary to his present game, he didn’t used to hoist 3s all the time. As recently as his sophomore year of high school, he didn’t shoot any. He didn’t have the strength to be reliable from long range. So even as his recruitment began to open up, White laughs now as recalls his unreliable stroke from 3 that he refused to break out.Instead he leaned on a mid-range game, and by the account of Andy White, “It was beautiful.” He primarily operated a step or two in from the 3-point line, gradually inching his way out as he got stronger. His smooth form only helped facilitate that transformation into a 3-point shooter.The mechanisms to his shot are relatively simple. White forms his base by separating both feet a couple of inches wider than shoulder-width apart. He turns his right foot slightly inward as he bends his knees and prepares to elevate. With his right elbow placed just outside his right eye, allowing him full vision of the court, he cocks back his forearm. In a flash, it catapults forward. White launches the ball entirely with the snap of his wrist just above his head.“You never get it. It’s always an evolution,” Andy White said of his son’s form. “But if he has his feet set and he has an open shot, I almost count on that ball going in.”With the ball in the air, White locks his vision on the flight of it as the ball sails toward the basket. Most players are taught to lock in on the rim, but White wants to see the ball’s rotation. If he shoots with his fingertips locked on the seams of the ball like he was taught to, it should backspin through the hoop and bounce back toward him when it hits the ground. That’s the ideal shot, and he can usually decipher the result of each one well before it gets close to the rim.Like most right-handed shooters, White’s breakdowns commonly happen when he receives the ball on his left. When he grabs a pass from the right, he can go directly into his shooting motion. But on the left, he has to transfer the ball across his body. It’s a distance no further than a foot or two, but it’s more like a mile or two given the parade of precise movements required to heave the ball through a circle 18 inches in diameter.“The best shooters are unconscious,” White said. “They have no idea (what’s happening around them), especially when they’re getting good looks.”Against Connecticut on Monday, White got as many looks as he had all season, but his reliable stroke had departed. He clanked a pair of 3s in the final minute, with Syracuse needing a 3-pointer to tie. He was the dud, never mind his team-leading point total in the second half. Therein lies the curse of being a shooter.The blessing is that another opportunity is never far. White had his with 12 seconds left. Frank Howard flicked the ball to White near the top of the key and sealed off UConn’s Kentan Facey. White took two steps and had an open window to shoot. He uncorked a ball that swished through the net, still spinning back toward him as an indication that every motion of his shot happened in sync.Before SU lost seconds later on free throws, White was the savior for a flicker of time. Next time he misses, he won’t be. Comments Published on December 9, 2016 at 8:02 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more

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Mega Commercial Component For Route 35 Before Planners

By on August 4, 2020

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaMIDDLETOWN – On June 1, the township Planning Board is scheduled to  begin hearing the commercial component – almost 340,000 square feet of movie theater, retail and restaurant space – for the proposed Route 35 “Village” project.The Shoppes at Middletown are proposed for about 52 acres of Route 35 North, between Kings Highway, Kanes Lane and Carriage Drive — or diagonally across the highway from the municipal complex.The property is famous for its “Calico the Clown” sign, various businesses, a few residences and open space, including woods.Plans on file at the township Planning Department show 338,455 square feet of commercial space, broken down into:— Retail space of 285,622 square feet, individually ranging from 5,000 to 199,572 square feet.— Restaurant space of 27,033 square feet, individually ranging from 4,000 to 9,500 square feet.— Movie theater space of 25,800 square feet.Plans show a combination of connected and disconnected buildings, along with parking areas, an internal road system, storm water basins and wetlands. The plans call for the removal of most of the existing structures.The 52 acres are part of the 118 acres owned by Mountain Hill LLC. No application – expected to be residential – has been made for the remaining 66 acres, said Amy H. Sarrinikolaou, director of the community development in the township Planning Department.The commercial developer – Village 35 LP, Purchase, New York – is to present the plans at the Wednesday, June 1, township Planning Board meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the municipal complex courtroom.Village 35 seeks preliminary and final major subdivision and site plan approval. The subdivision is necessary to divide the 52-acre commercial aspect from the property’s remaining 66 acres, Sarrinikolaou said.The proposed use of the property complies with the site’s “Planned Development” (PD) zoning.“The property has been the subject of many applications to the township’s Planning and Zoning Boards over the past two decades,” according to paperwork filed with the Planning Department in September.The other projects did not come to fruition.last_img read more

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INTO THE MYSTIC, TIZ A KISS, PRIZE EXHIBIT & DO THE DANCE ALL PROMINENT IN WIDE OPEN GRADE III MEGAHERTZ STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA

By on August 2, 2020

first_imgDo The Dance–Tyler Baze–120Prize Exhibit–Mike Smith–118Poster Girl–A.O. Solis–118Jeremy’s Legacy–Mario Gutierrez–118Kenriya–Julien Auge–118Tiz A Kiss–Kent Desormeaux–118Into The Mystic–Flavien Prat–118 PRIZE EXHIBIT: A back to back graded stakes winner at age three, 5-year-old Prize Exhibit has been keeping good company but is winless in her last 10 starts. Squeezed at the break in the Grade I Matriarch, she ran well to be beaten five lengths by Miss Temple City while finishing eighth. A three-time graded winner, English-bred Prize Exhibit is trained by Jim Cassidy and has three wins from 12 tries at a mile on turf. Owned by D P Racing, she is 30-6-3-2 overall and is the leading money earner in the field with $577,045. ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2017)–Irish-bred Into The Mystic, an impressive one mile turf winner in her U.S. debut for trainer Richard Mandella three starts back, will seek her first graded stakes victory as she, along with Tiz a Kiss, Prize Exhibit and Do The Dance, all figure prominently in Monday’s Grade III Megahertz Stakes, to be contested at one mile over the Santa Anita turf. DO THE DANCE: A restricted stakes winner at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Del Mar Nov. 11, this 4-year-old daughter of Discreet Cat seeks her third win in a row in what will be her third graded stakes assignment. A gate to wire winner on Nov. 11, Do the Dance rallied from off the pace to take a one mile turf allowance here on Oct. 21. With regular rider Tyler Baze back aboard, the Gary Sherlock trainee can go to the front or stalk, depending upon the way the race sets up. Owned by Tom Mansor, Purple Shamrock Racing or Sherlock, she is 12-3-1-1 at a mile on turf and has four wins from 19 overall starts. TIZ A KISS: Although she had laid close to the pace in four previous starts, the Richard Baltas-trained Tiz a Kiss lagged far back early and ended up seventh, beaten four lengths by highly regarded Miss Temple City in the Grade I Matriarch Stakes going one mile on turf at Del Mar Dec. 4. A sharp second two starts back here in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes at a mile on turf Nov. 6, this hard knocking 7-year-old California-bred mare by Cee’s Tizzy rates a big look with Kent Desormeaux back aboard. Owned by Cicero Farms, LLC, she is 23-4-7-1 overall and seeks her first graded stakes win.center_img THE GRADE III MEGAHERTZ STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 10                                                                                        Approximate post time 3 p.m. PST There is a special early first post time on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Santa Anita of 12 noon. Admission gates will open at 10 a.m. For scratches, surface condition updates, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. INTO THE MYSTIC: Originally entered to run a mile and one half on turf Sunday, this 5-year-old mare has a win and a second at a flat mile on turf and appears to be primed for a top effort in her fourth stateside start. Most recently fourth, beaten 2 ¼ lengths, in the Grade III Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar Nov. 24, she’ll be cutting back in distance from 1 3/8 miles on grass and will be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Flavien Prat. Owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc., the daughter of Galileo has four wins from 10 overall starts–all of them on turf. Devoid of early foot, she would be flattered by a fast early pace on Monday.last_img read more

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National Catholic Health Council Launched

By on January 14, 2020

first_imgThe National Catholic Health Council (NCHC) was launched in Monrovia on Saturday with a commitment to strengthen Roman Catholic health institutions in the country. The launch on Saturday followed a three-day workshop that drew a strategic plan to ensure the sustainability of Catholic related health institutions in the country. NCHC’s executive director Mary Bropleh said the establishment of the NCHC is necessary because there are over 20-Catholic related health centers that need to speak with one voice.She said the strategic plan, developed at the end of the three-day workshop, would guide the administration of the NCHC to ensure that its objectives are realized.She noted that the primary goal of the newly established organization is to provide service to the needy and said with an effective strategic plan now available, the NCHC is ready to move ahead with committed staff members.The three-day workshop was facilitated by Catholic Social Service (CSR) consultant Carole Green.Providing updates on NCHC’s journey so far, she said an annual plan was created for 2017/18 on seven priority areas that identified people, resources and actions.She said they appointed champions for each area and agreed on core values to underpin their work and develop communication messages.She said the ten core values included accountability and transparency, respect and compassion and service standards, quality and safety.Others include unity and commitment, honesty and integrity and innovation and empowerment; sustainability and confidentiality, advocacy, justice and equity.She said the seven priority areas are information system and performance management; drugs and commodities supply; human resource development; representation and advocacy with the government; quality improvement and patient safety; and governance and operations management.Though an invitation for a representative from the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare was not responded to, the body agreed that the objective of the three-day seminar was achieved when Sister Barbara, NCHC’s outgoing chair, assisted by Bishop Andrew Karnley, Bishop of the Cape Palmas Diocese, cut the ribbon to officially announce the establishment of the organization.Bishop Karnley offered his personal services to ensure the success of the NCHC. Other speakers, including the CRS Country Representative and Gabriele Huber of MISEREOR, promised their support.NCHC is the recognized arm of the Catholic Church to champion the provision of quality, standardized, accessible, affordable and holistic health care at all its institutions in Liberia through a team of well-motivated, skilled and trained professionals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Big Science Driven by Political Correctness

By on December 19, 2019

first_imgScientific institutions often imbibe their political and cultural milieu rather than directing it.‘Political correctness’ (PC) is a misnomer if there ever was one. It is neither political nor correct. What it means is leftist intolerance: the opposite of freedom of thought. Certain cultural beliefs of leftists have become dogmatic orthodoxies, from which no one must waver, be they politicians, reporters, teachers, students or professional spokespersons. Anyone who wishes to gain a respectable hearing must use PC language from the leftist catalog of belief. The person must hate what the ‘PC police’ hate, and embrace what they embrace.Political correctness defines tolerable views about class, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, globalism, defense, taxation, climate, creationism, and a host of other topics. People are expected to parrot these positions without thinking about them, using the appropriate Newspeak vocabulary, such as marriage equality, social justice, inclusivity, and global governance – terms invented to sound so intuitively desirable, no definition is necessary. Just as unthinkingly powerful are the loaded words on the negative side: hate speech, science denier, far right. Straying from PC positions invites shunning at best and violence at worst. If you are PC, you are rewarded with the Orwellian label “progressive.” Political correctness is today’s cultural groupthink.Ideally, science should stand apart from the cultural and political climate surrounding it. Science, the timeless and impersonal quest for accurate descriptions of the nature of reality, should speak truth to power. Science should declare what is ‘correct’ according to the evidence. But institutional science today (‘Big Science’) shows itself just as gullible to cultural conformity as any other group. Here are some recent examples.Study explores how gender defines the gym (Phys.org). ‘Gender’ is the preferred PC term these days, because it can be defined in a fluid, socially-constructed way. Should not a scientist be able to speak truth about sexual identity based on chromosomes? This article would have been considered absurd before the PC era. It focuses on ‘gender stereotypes’ rather than the scientifically-obvious differences between men (with XY chromosomes) and women (with XX chromosomes). No one would disagree that proper comportment between the sexes is a matter of cultural maturity, especially in these days of harassment allegations. But this is a touchy-feely, mushy-gushy look at attitudes of males and females in a gym setting, with a not-so-hidden agenda: the need to “intervene and change the gender interplay” and “change gender relations” for workout companions. That’s none of science’s business, but it sure plays well in a PC culture.Researchers examine social identity threat and religion in the US (Phys.org). Typical of PC literature is to treat religion as a matter of social identity, not propositional truth. This article sounds quite gentle in its analysis of attitudes among religious groups, such as which groups feel threatened, but its PC orientation is right there in the headline: ‘social identity’. The PC left is well known for dividing people into identity classes, as if members are unable to escape their class through rational thought. Without doubt, America’s constitutional commitment to freedom of conscience forbids preferential treatment or violence, but what if one group commits all the violence, and another group receives it? Is that a matter of science? To focus merely on psychological factors and the need for ‘tolerance’ (a favorite PC word*) ignores the elephant in the room: the doctrines that religions believe and teach, and their consequences.*Strange that the ‘tolerant leftist’ progressives often support ‘zero tolerance’ policies toward those they are intolerant of.The only scriptures fair to attack (Science Magazine). It is not PC to attack the Koran. That would be ‘Islamophobic’. The only sacred writings you can safely attack are the Christian Scriptures, and so Barry Wood lets loose in his vitriolic attack on the Museum of the Bible in this article, attacking the Bible’s “questionable science” and, along with it, the creationists who believe it. “The archaeological Museum of the Bible, like the Creation Museum in Kentucky, is a Medieval throwback featuring spurious evidence in support of an invented narrative misread as historical fact.” Don’t wait for Science to publish a rebuttal from Dr Frank Turek, Lee Strobel, Dr J. P. Moreland or any other conservative Bible scholar.Why parents should never spank children (Medical Xpress). Two psychologists on this ‘science’ platform make themselves out to be wiser than Solomon, who warned, “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame” (Proverbs 29:15). No righteous parent would punish in anger or inflict physical damage on a child, but it’s that word “never” in the title that is problematic. Science can never say ‘never.’ Scientists can describe statistically the outcomes of children who received corporal punishment, but has no business raising kids. “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die,” Solomon (a parent) also said. “Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell” (Proverbs 23:13-14). So which would be preferable: stern discipline—spanking if necessary—or letting a rebellious child grow up to be a criminal, or terrorist on the way to hell? Wise parents use the rod sparingly, only for the most egregious offenses, and follow it up with love. Tough love corrects. Christian psychologist James Dobson has long taught the value of corporal punishment used wisely. Not all children need a spanking, he warns; only the deliberately defiant. Sometimes ‘time out’ is not enough for defiant children in tantrums of rebellion. These secular psychologists, however, set themselves up as shamans who warn “never” to spank. That’s a politically-correct view, where all forms of discipline are dubbed ‘violence’ without considering extenuating circumstances that might make corporal punishment the only option to prevent a worse outcome. There are grown-ups happy that their parents loved them enough to stop them from going down wrong paths. “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” (Proverbs 22:15). Ask yourselves: Did these PC ‘scientists’ measure the spread of foolishness in society as an outcome of permissive parenting? Did they?Grand Staircase, Home to Countless Dinosaur Fossils, Could Be Destroyed by Mining (Op-Ed by David Polly, Live Science). We can’t fault David Polly from clearly labeling his article as an opinion piece, but it’s noteworthy that this ‘science’ site website would never post a contrary opinion favoring conservatism. Debate on a politically sensitive topic would seem to be a nice, scientific thing to do, but political correctness demands trashing Trump, exalting Clinton, demeaning business, and thinking in either-or categories of identity politics. One could imagine ways that both interests in the policy dispute could be accommodated: some mining, and protection of the richest fossil deposits. Perhaps miners could be instructed to protect new fossil deposits as they are discovered. This is standard practice in many locations now, including west Los Angeles with its La Brea Tar Pits and the Lompoc diatomaceous earth beds. How many fossils of the same species does a scientist need, anyway? No; to be politically correct, David Polly, quoting only liberal sources, must exalt the value of fossils and denigrate the mining business and conservative politicians. Where is his memory? Did he forget that Bill Clinton unilaterally declared Grand Staircase a ‘national monument’ with no local input, as a favor to his rich Indonesian friend to protect his coal mines from competition? The coal beds Clinton put off limits are some of the highest-grade clean coal deposits in the world, equaled only by Indonesia’s. The Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument is a vast area. Much of Utah is already owned by the federal government. Surely it would be politically astute to achieve a compromise benefiting all parties. But it would not be politically correct. Let’s see if Live Science presents a conservative Op-Ed in response (don’t hold your breath).Inequality in nature and society (PNAS). This paper illustrates the clash between political correctness and Darwinism. As evolutionists viewing mankind as another kind of evolved animal, they need to value inequality as a driving force for Darwinian evolution. To them, evolution is driven by mindless laws of nature, and natural selection—their favorite ‘law of nature’—requires variation. But they are also sensitive to PC values where equality is the highest good, and ‘wealth inequality’ requires redistribution of wealth. Their solution? “Our analysis suggests that due to the very same mathematical principle that rules natural communities (indeed, a ‘law of nature’) extreme wealth inequality is inevitable in a globalizing world unless effective wealth-equalizing institutions are installed on a global scale.” This idea is intellectually incoherent. First of all, they just said that wealth inequality is an inevitable outcome of mindless laws of nature. What, then, are ‘wealth-equalizing institutions’? Obviously, they must be moral choices by human minds. And why must they be “installed on a global scale”? These guys are Marxist-Leninist out for a world communist revolution! Let them consider what happened in the 20th century to the ‘mechanisms of redistribution’ they seem to feel are necessary to avoid ‘inequality’ that inevitably results from the very Darwinian ‘laws’ they espouse.Science Is Not Simply “What Scientists Do” (Wesley J. Smith at Evolution News). To conclude this entry, consider Smith’s answer to the operational definition of science, “Science is what scientists do,” which is as vacuous a definition as “Temperature is what thermometers measure.” Smith observes scientists hijacking empirical work to make ideological announcements in the name of science. He considers the division of science into conservative and progressive branches a subversive trend, and watches politically-correct scientists using the label ‘anti-science’ as a cudgel to shut their critics up (see article on Science Daily for an example). “We already have a definition of science,” he warns. “Those who want to turn it into something else — whether ideology, social justice, politics, social engineering, etc. — are the real ‘anti-science’ ideologues.”In the last decades of the 20th century, there was a surge of interest in the ‘sociology of science.’ Scientists were put under the microscope, as subjects to observe and analyze. In this genre of scientific papers, the social influences on scientists were considered, as if scientists represented an identity group with their own culture and biases. Scientists didn’t like that. They revolted, rallying around the Sokal Hoax as an excuse to reinstate their imperial authority under the banner of scientific realism.* Nobody seemed to notice that the escapade suffered from infinite regress: who would analyze the sociologists of science?We think that science should pursue objective truth with logic and reason, just like any other academic pursuit should. As these news articles show, however (and there are many, many more like them), the sociologists of science were not all wrong.*These historical episodes, part of the ‘social deconstruction’ movement that also infected literary criticism, are described in detail in two courses by the Teaching Company:  Philosophy of Science by Jeffrey Kasser and Science Wars by Steven Goldman. Highly recommended as therapy for scientism. The courses tend to be on sale around the holiday season.(Visited 654 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Press release: Brand South Africa partners with the South African Hockey Association to host the Hockey World League Semi Finals 2017

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgSouth Africa is the proud host, and participant, in the men’s and women’s legs of the Hockey World League.Brand South Africa partners with the South African Hockey Association (SAHA) in hosting the Hockey World League Semi Finals 2017 Event, taking place in Johannesburg till 23 July. (Image: SA Women’s Hockey, Twitter)Johannesburg, Tuesday 11 July 2017 – “Sport in South Africa is a word of joy, celebration, grandeur and overall a remarkable event that nurtures a sense of national identity” said Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela on Brand South Africa’s partnership with the South African Hockey Association (SAHA) in hosting the Hockey World League Semi Finals 2017 Event.South Africa was selected by the Federation of International Hockey (FIH) to host both the men’s and women’s legs of the Hockey World League Semi-Finals, accommodating ten of the world’s best men’s team and best female teams, currently competing at the WITS Hockey Stadium from 08 to 23 July 2017.Charged with managing the reputation of the country as well as co-ordinating efforts that position South Africa as an investment destination of choice, Brand South Africa is simultaneously charged with working with the larger collective to build pride and patriotism amongst citizens of the country. This is where sports comes in.Dr Makhubela said: “We can all attest to the fact that nation building through sport, in a multi-racial society such as South Africa is a key component that remains a constant – because sports breaks down barriers and is a common factor among all, no matter what race, creed or religion. Sport plays an important role in promoting wellness and social cohesion, and treats sport as a cross-cutting issue, with related proposals in the chapters on education, health and nation building.”South Africa’s nation-building projects – such as sports and recreation initiatives, were and still continue to be premised on the formulation of a common identity, while recognising and respecting diverse ethnic, racial and other groupings. This is captured in the National Sport and Recreation Plan (NSRP) – which states that ‘when building an active nation, it is clear that no country can expect to achieve and sustain success at the elite level without a strong participation base in the community, because that is where every champion has their beginning.’Marissa Langeni, the CEO of the South African Hockey Association said “Hockey is a sport largely driven by volunteers and enthusiasts. These are the real heroes of the hockey community and it is because of these thousands of people that we identify so strongly with Brand South Africa and their “Play Your Part’ Initiative.”“As part of this support for Brand South Africa and the “Play Your part” initiative, the SA Men’s Hockey Team have been formally announced as ambassadors for this initiative, a role we take very seriously and identify with strongly,” said Tim Drummond, national captain of the SA Men’s hockey team. “The #SAHockeyRevolution is all about a fresh approach to the game of hockey in South Africa, in essence’ inspiring new ways’.”“International best practices undeniably demonstrates that successful sporting nations do not just derive their success from the air. Meaningful investments are required from early age for enhanced effective participation in sport, which is why we as Brand South Africa saw this as a unique opportunity for nation building. However, it is evident that this quest can only be achieved if there is commitment by both the public and private sector,” concluded Makhubela.“Hosting this Hockey World League 2017 event in Johannesburg is a major part of our #SAHockeyRevolution strategy which is aimed at delivering world class hockey to the South African public and inspiring young players by giving them access to the very best players in the world. In addition, we are developing a high performance programme that will allow our elite men’s and women’s teams the opportunity to prepare and compete on the biggest stages the sport has to offer,” said Langeni.South Africa has successfully hosted a number of key international sporting events, such as the Rugby World Cup in 1995, the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in 1996, the 2003 Cricket World Cup and the FIFA World Cup in 2010, the 2013 Afcon and the 2014 CHAN tournaments. South Africa has become a country of choice for international, club and schools hockey teams to tour and prepare for major global competitions.Join the conversation at:@Brand_SA @[email protected][email protected]_Hockey#SAHockeyRevolution#HWL2017For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: [email protected]last_img read more

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Ancajas pulls off 7th round TKO win over Kinoshita, retains title

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgLATEST STORIES Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Teiru Kinoshita of Japan, in silver shorts, is on the floor after being knocked down by Jerwin Ancajas, in red shorts, of the Philippines during their IBF World Junior Bantamweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APJerwin Ancajas solidified his position as one of the best super flyweights in the world after knocking out Teiru Kinoshita in the co-main event in Battle of Brisbane and retained his IBF strap Sunday.The Pretty Boy threw a barrage of punches to the head and body of Kinoshita late in the seventh round but it was a right hook to the midsection that dropped the Japanese as referee Ignatius Missailidis stopped the match with 1:53 elapsed in the period.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ This was Ancajas’ second defense of the IBF World super flyweight belt as he improved his record to 27-1-1, with a 3-0 slate in World title fights.Ancajas tried to put on a methodical approach in the first round, but he went full throttle in the second, giving Kinoshita a cut above the right eye.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKinoshita (25-2-1) was on a constant backfoot motion as Ancajas pushed his offense further hitting from distance and closing on the Japanese with multiple body shots. Inquirer Twitter Poll: Followers rally behind Pacquiao Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgActor Sanjay Khan, 70, launched Golden Palms in Bangalore more than 12 years ago. It was the city’s first experience of a real spa. The next ten years saw spas mushrooming across the city. And the result is that one doesn’t really need spa vacations to Thailand, Bali, Europe or,Actor Sanjay Khan, 70, launched Golden Palms in Bangalore more than 12 years ago. It was the city’s first experience of a real spa. The next ten years saw spas mushrooming across the city. And the result is that one doesn’t really need spa vacations to Thailand, Bali, Europe or even Kerala. An increased number of globetrotters, a thriving film industry and stressful lifestyles are some of the reasons that have helped support a growing fitness and wellness industry right here in the city. Bangalore’s best spas, fitness and wellness centres are in the spotlight this month. We bring you our take on the best spas and fitness centres, recommended by four panelists who are regulars at the finest spots in this category. Read on to know the places to drift in peace.A guest at SoukyaSoukyaRating: 9/10Soukya, which means wellbeing in Sanskrit, believes in holistic healing through yoga, naturopathy, allopathy, homeopathy and Ayurvedic treatments. An Ashoka tree-lined driveway ending in a magnificent white fountain welcomes you to Soukya International Holistic Health Centre, a 30-acre lush green facility meant for those with serious ailments as well as those who want to experience the good life. Dr Issac Mathai, 51, started Soukya 10 years ago. Trained in homeopathy at Harvard, London and W.H.O. Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China, he believes that no branch of medicine is solely capable of healing a person. “I wanted to create something that should make an American’s jaw drop and say this is better than anything available in New York,” says Mathai. High profile guests such as Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Tina Turner and closer home, Geetanjali Kirloskar have been treated here.Where: Soukya Road, Whitefield.Tel: 2801 7000-08; www.soukya.comAmbience: Calm and soothing. Bells throughout the property add to the charm.Training: Apart from 150 staff there are eight doctors trained in homeopathy, Ayurveda, naturopathy and yogic sciences.What’s good: Turkish bath and Hydrotherapy. What’s different: Treat the person, not the disease.Cost: Prices range between Rs 2,750 per hour for medical programmes to Rs 15,800 per day for wellness programmes.advertisementModel Sheetal Bidari at Gold’s GymGold’s GymRating: 7.5/10Gold’s gym promotes unadulterated fitness facilities: no frills, nothing fancy. This place is for people who take their workout seriously. Spread across five floors, Gold’s Gym on Convent Road is one of the seven properties of this global-fitness brand in the city. Gold’s gym became popular after muscle man Arnold Schwarzenegger began using it. Started in 1965 in Venice, California, Gold’s Gym has grown into an expanding network of 720 fitness centres across 32 countries. Facilities include cardio, weight training, spinning on Schwinn bikes, power yoga, vinyasa yoga, zumba and mat pilates, among others.Where: Mirza House, No.2, Convent Road. Tel: 41477626/627/628; www.goldsgymbangalore.comAmbience: Thumping music on each floor. Compact layout but not cramped.Training: All trainers certified by Gold’s University.What’s good: Weight training services. What’s different: Zumba classes are the rage here.Cost: Flexible membership plans ranging from one day (Rs 386) to five years (Rs 55,150). Membership does not include group exercise sessions.Spa manager Runessa Subramoney at The LeelaThe SpaRating: 9/10The Spa is an oasis of tranquillity, with focus on luxurious treatments and an ultimate experience. Located in a basement in the sprawl of The Leela, is house spa-a labyrinth of luxury. Once you get past the typical cardio area by the entrance, where each treadmill comes with an attached cable-enabled television, you enter a space where pure bliss takes over. The western treatment section of the spa has treatment rooms, a sauna that uses hot stones, an intense steam room bathed in blue light and a whirlpool. Upstairs is the Ayurvedic section where the herbs used in the oils are on display. The beds in this section are made with Venga wood from Kerala, which has medicinal properties and helps enhance the effect of the massage. One of the unique features of this spa is the Kalari room. Here the guests can opt for a traditional treatment where the masseuse uses a rope to balance her weight on the guest’s back, giving a massage with her feet. This is followed by Abhiyanga, or synchronised massage, where two therapists work simultaneously. Shirodhara massage, in which oil is poured through a hole in a pot, on the forehead, is also popular. The treatments here are tailored according to the guests’ requirements with the help of an Ayurvedic doctor.Where: The Leela Palace, 23 Airport Road, Bangalore.Tel: 25211234; www.theleela.comAmbience: White marble floors, candles, soft music and soothing yellow lighting make for a perfect setting.Training: All therapists in the western section are trained by Espa, UK.What’s good: Vichy Shower-a process where three kinds of scrubs are used. The treatment is finished with a body polish. What’s different: Despite being part of a large commercial venture, the spa has a very intimate feel to itCost: Treatments range from Rs 800 to Rs 5,000, and packages from Rs 4,000 to Rs 10,000 plus taxes.advertisementSonia Vohra at Mirrors and WithinMirrors and WithinRating: 9/10About 18 years ago it was difficult to find a good salon in the city. That’s when Nandini Alva, 49, and her sister, Sonia Vohra, 45, decided to start their own salon, Senorita, which is now being managed by a different team. “In those days, beauty parlours were in garages and towels were not always washed after every use,” says Vohra. Both sisters have been trained at Christine Valmy in New York where they did sixmonth course in hair and makeup as well as at The London School of Beauty and Makeup. After Senorita, the siblings then moved to The Taj West End and later the Oberoi and The Leela Palace, where they opened their own brand, Mirrors and Within, a salon-cum-spa. “Star hotels in the city were chosen as locations because of the pre-created ambience as well as essential services such as hygienic laundry and ample parking space,” says Vohra. Spread across 4,700 sq ft, their swanky property at UB City is the latest addition to their already successful venture. Only nine months old, this outlet has already attracted the creme de la creme of the city. This spa-cum-salon boasts of private treatment rooms, stand alone rooms for bride and bridegroom and a larger room for more people.Where: Ground Floor, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road.Tel: 41738023/24/25Ambience: Done in gold, bronze and brown, large circular mirrors, bright lights and dramatic fixtures grab your attention.Training: Minimum seven to 10 years experience for senior staff. Trained under Sonia for skin treatments and by L’Oreal for hair treatments.What’s good: The facials here are unique and custom-made for specific skin types. What’s different: One of the few places in the city to do Keraskin treatments by L’Oreal.Cost: Their most expensive facial is for Rs 5,000; bride and groom, week-long packages range between Rs 10,000-16,000.Head fitness trainer Sameer ShettyZelaRating: 9/10Zela doesn’t believe in shortcuts to fitness. The bright colours, young staff and state-of-the-art equipment make you want to look and feel great. Zela was co-founded in 2006 by Shriram Ramdas, 45, who played competitive tennis as a child and later dabbled in some squash. After an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University, he spent 10 years in Dubai working for FedEx before he involved himself with Zela. The team is led by Dr. Adithya Shetty, 44, a doctor in sports medicine. Before bringing his skills to Zela, Shetty worked as a fitness trainer with Shahrukh Khan for Chak de India and cricketers such as Virender Sehwag and Glenn Mc-Grath. Zela boasts of a spinning studio with 15 stations and a 6,000 sq ft gym with a separate cardio and weight training area. Their USP is a 15-metre long indoor temperaturecontrolled swimming pool with an ozonator. This pumps in an extra molecule of oxygen so that less chlorine needs to be used to keep it clean. They also have strength machines by Cybex, USA, a provider of premium fitness equipment. The cross trainer and adaptive motion trainer machines are sourced from Precor, USA. The shock-absorbant flooring from Mondo USA has been used in the group exercise room. Zela aims at providing fitness complete with customised fitness regimes and group exercises by Les Mills, a New Zealand-based group exercise routine that comes with its own trainers and music.Where: The Residency, 133/1, ground Floor, Residency Road.Tel: 43347000; www.zelalife.com.Ambience: Plenty of glass and bright lights. There’s Tarkett flooring from France in most of the rooms.Training: The 15 instructors at Zela are trained under an in house programme called the Zela Personal Training Foundation.What’s good: Group exercise routines.What’s different: A luxury health club with a spa, and a swimming pool.Cost: Membership plans range from six months to one year for all services. Prices vary according to peak hour and off-peak hour membership between Rs 2,500-3,500 per month for individuals and about Rs 6,000 per month for a couple.advertisementModel Sucheta Burman at AngsanaAngsana Rating: 9/10This is one place on everyone’s lips when asked about the ultimate spa experience in Bangalore. As if the treatments weren’t enough, there are superb relaxation areas where guests can recline in lounge chairs while sipping on jasmine or green tea. Here, you can opt for an authentic Thai massage among numerous other treatments from the region. Among the two couple therapy rooms at the UB City property, one comes with a whirlpool and steam facility, while the other comes with a panaromic view of the city on the twelfth floor. Angsana, a global hospitality brand, belongs to Banyan Tree, headquartered in Singapore. In Bangalore, interior designer Anjum Jung, 41, owns the three properties at UB City, Whitefield and in Doddaballapur, with her husband Omer, 42.Where: UB City,Vittal Mallya Road.Tel: 284 68892; www.angsana.com.Ambience: Decor in warm colours, orange and brown, accented with gold pillows.Training: All therapists are trained for a year by Banyan Tree in Phuket.What’s good: Angsana Massage and Fusion Massage (combines Thai and Swedish massage techniques). What’s different: No spa in the city comes close. This is the model that many other spas aspire to.Cost: Rs 1,500-4,500; couple’s sessions Rs 3,000-4,200 per person.Asif Ahmed at AffinityAffinity Rating: 7/10The city’s who’s who work out here and undergo makeovers. The brainchild of Asif Ahmed, 28, Affinity in Sadashivnagar was born in 2002. “The gym was not part of the plan initially,” he says, of the five-floor structure that also has a spa. There’s 1,100 sq ft group exercise area, where classes for hip hop, belly dancing and yoga are held. There’s a sound-proof spinning studio. And there are physiotherapists and nutritionists on call. The gym equipment is extensive with 10 treadmills, all of which come with attached cable-enabled television screens and are also connected to the local radio. There are eight cross trainers, upright and reclining exercise bikes and a weight section. Ahmed used to work out but he hasn’t been too regular lately. “I try to catch the weekly game of cricket in the neighbourhood.” Now with a gym at his disposal, he hopes to be regular.Where: 40/43, 8th Main, 5th Cross, Sadashivnagar.Tel: 40896699/09; www.affinityinternational.comAmbience: The salon is primarily white. Plenty of wood used on other floors, including the spa.Training: Gym and spa manager,Arif Shaikh,has been certified by Canyon Ranch health resort in Arizona.What’s good: Summit trainers who combine the workout of cross trainers and stepper machines.What’s different: Summit trainers who combine the workout of cross trainers and stepper machines.Cost: Monthly membership is Rs 5,000 plus taxes. Spa treatments start at Rs 1,000 plus taxes.A treatment in progress at OryzaOrzyaRating: 9/10This plush spa is backed by two veterans in the beauty business: owner Latha Mohan, 53, and, the Kerastase brand of products for hair. Latha’s stint with beauty began with Kanya’s salon in Chennai 30 years ago. In 1985, she expanded the portfolio to include Oryza, a city day spa. Two years ago, the venture came to Bangalore, close to sister concern Bounce salon, which is operated by Mohan’s children, Prarthana, 27, and Vikram, 31. On Lavelle Road, Oryza is located in an old white bungalow. For those who don’t know what Oryza means, it is a variety of Asian wild rice, which is used in many of the treatments here. Oryza offers an extensive range of Balinese and Thai therapies, hot stone treatments, Turkish bath, body treatments, wraps, facials and hot and cold infusions. The Oryza day packages mean a long session of total pampering, which also includes lunch.Where: 19, Lavelle Road.Tel: 41328320/21; www.oryzadayspa.com.Ambience: Pastel colours and landscaped outdoors with a lingering aroma of sandalwood and orange blossom.Training: The staff is from Indonesia. Trainers from Wat Pho School for Thai massage come in for sessions.What’s good: Lulur Javanese treatment with jasmine.What’s different: Wild rice is used in all the treatments.Cost: Rs 8,000 inclusive of taxes and complimentary lunch.Manjul and her daughter SwatiBody Craft Rating: 8.5/10The family business takes on a completely new avatar: and a splendid one at that. Manjul Gupta, 54, owned a beauty salon in Dehra Dun, where her husband, Sushil, 61, a dermatologist in the army was posted. “I wasn’t blessed with good skin and enrolled for a grooming course in Kolkata during my husband’s posting there,” she says. This was the beginning. The couple then moved to Bangalore and Manjul opened a 2,500 sq ft parlour called Body Craft on Coles Road in 1999. Call it luck and fate or gut and grit, it became successful prompting the opening of an exclusive nail bar at Forum Mall in Koramangala in 2005. In 2006, the Indirangar outlet was opened, which spreads across four floors. Jayanagar is the largest property at 10,000 sq ft And finally, a big change from the small salon that once was, Manjul opened a flagship property in Ulsoor, with her home upstairs in December 2010. Body craft now has a staff of 300. The whole family is now involved in the business. Manjul’s son, Sahil, 31, an MBA from IIT-Kharagpur, handles business and expansion plans. Manjul’s husband has clinics at all the Body Craft locations. Manjul’s daughter Swati, 26, who also works with her mother, has trained with bigwigs Vidal Sassoon, Toni&Guy and Greasepaint makeup school in London.Where: 1/3, Civil Station, Assaye Road.Tel: 41469944/99002 48358; www.bodycraft.co.in.Ambience: Plenty of white and bright lights.Training: In house training programme.What’s good: Seaweed, lemon and green tea body scrub, jasmine and oatmeal body wrap.What’s different: Wine treatment, an anti-oxidant treatment from France.Cost: Treatments start as low as Rs 350 whereas spa services start at Rs 1,000.Vandana Virwani at KenkoKenkoRating: 8.5/10It’s all in the fingers. Kenko’s refloxology massages are Bangalore’s answer to “on-the-go, no fuss massages,” says owner Vandana Virwani, 45. A mother of three and a complete Bangalore girl (she graduated from Mount Carmel College in 1989), Virwani used to make frequent trips to Singapore with her kids when she came across local reflexology brand, Kenko. She bought the franchise for India and started the first Kenko with fish spa treatment in April 2009 on Lavelle Road.”By focussing on pressure points, the blood circulation increases and it is possible to manage sinus-related problems, migraines and backaches.” And in comparison to other places in the city that offer this service, Kenko is different because it has the technique worked out to treat a variety of ailments, she says Her new company is still growing and that it will be some time before it grows to have all the services that a spa of its kind should.Where: 36,Vittal Mallya Road.Tel: 42070303/42110304; www.kenko.co.inAmbience: White and tangy colours like touches of orange and lime green for a pristinespa-meets-funk look.Training: Trainers come from Singapore twice a year.What’s good: The fish spa.What’s different: Ear candling.Cost: Rs 500 to 3,000 exclusive of taxes. PanelistsGeetanjali Kirloskar, BuisnesswomanA businesswoman, wife and mother, she tries to take out time for regular workout sessions.Zoheb Yusuf, ModelA popular model, he loves to pamper himself at the city’s best retreats.Pashmeena Barker, ModelA model and much-loved city face who enjoys her food, and burning it off during her cardio sessions.Adam Bidapa, Event managerHis glamourous life means indulging in the most luxurious spas in the city Training.last_img read more

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RCMP uncover over 1000 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women source

By on October 14, 2019

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn RCMP project aimed at tallying the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women has uncovered “over 1,000” cases, APTN National News has learned.The RCMP was able to determine that there are more than 1,000 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women with the help of other police forces across the country, according to a person with knowledge of the project, who asked not to be named because they’re not the official spokesperson on the project.As part of this project, the RCMP reached out to over 200 police forces across the country and asked to get a peek at their files to compile the statistics.APTN was told the project was complete and the report’s release was supposed to come out March 31, but is being held up by the federal ministry of public safety Canada.However, RCMP Aboriginal policing Supt. Tyler Bates denied the report was done when contacted on his cell phone Wednesday afternoon.“There is no report as of yet that has been disseminated,” said Bates. “There will be a publicly available document down the road.”When asked about the tally of over 1,000, Bates said he couldn’t confirm or deny any number.“I’m not going to speak to a specific number to confirm or refute anything at this juncture,” he said. “I don’t have any comment right now. All I can tell you is there is work that remains ongoing.”The purpose of the project was to give the RCMP clear data on the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women, Bates told APTN in December.The tally of over 1,000 cases would shatter any numbers compiled to this point. The Native Women’s Association of Canada released a report in 2010 with nearly 600 cases and recently and an Ottawa researcher released a study that puts the number at over 800.The RCMP questioned NWAC’s numbers in the past, but, until the recent project, the federal force only tallied information from within its own files.A call to the Public Safety minister’s office was not immediately returned.– with APTN [email protected]last_img read more

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