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Heskin buoyed by X-ray results

first_img Press Association Adrian Heskin appears to have escaped serious injury after he suffered a fall for a second day running at Cork. Heskin went to Cork University Hospital to have X-rays taken for a possible lung issue, believed to have been sustained after a fall from Sophie’s Work at Down Royal on Saturday. But the jockey said: “I’m a bit sore, but they (the X-rays) were 100 per cent fine.” His agent, Garry Cribbin, expects his client to be fit enough to return to action at Fairyhouse on Tuesday. Cribbin said: “Knowing Adrian, he wouldn’t want to be sitting out for too long.” center_img The jockey was stood down for the rest of the meeting after being unshipped from Safe Exit on the way to the start ahead of a maiden hurdle over two and a half miles. It was bad luck on the rider as he had won the previous race on Martello Tower for his new retainer, owner Barry Connell. last_img read more

Wenger: Defeat was collective lapse

first_img The manager did, however, acknowledge that his side lacked defensive organisation in conceding “soft” strikes as their Barclays Premier League campaign began with defeat. Having spent £10million to recruit Cech from Chelsea this summer, there was a belief that Arsenal could again challenge for the title because defensive lapses would no longer be a serious problem. However, the Czech goalkeeper looked unconvincing for both Cheikhou Kouyate’s and Mauro Zarate’s finishes, and his arrival at the Gunners appears to have corrected little so far. “I haven’t spoken to Cech,” Wenger said. “I can’t see many convincing individual performances today. It’s difficult to see beyond that. “It’s not only him. We have experience along the back-line. “It was a collective lapse. There are many things to say about that. I know we were in trouble even before the free-kick was taken.” The result and performance again suggested Arsenal need to strengthen before they can hope to win the league for the first time since 2004, but Wenger, who has repeatedly been linked with a transfer for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, reiterated he is unlikely to make further signings. “I can only repeat: if an exceptional solution turns up we do it. But after a defeat like that it’s important not to think we must take a solution from outside,” said the Frenchman, despite a disappointing display from first-choice striker Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott having already been dropped. “I would like to think we are responsible to buy the people and the coaches, and not the media. We have to look at ourselves and think we were not good enough.” Cech’s fortunes were in contrast to those of Reece Oxford. Press Association The 16-year-old West Ham midfielder impressed on his Premier League debut in largely nullifying the collective threat of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla, and Hammers boss Slaven Bilic praised his character in responding to the occasion. “He has a presence, he’s mobile and quick, and he can turn and pass the ball, not just square balls,” said Bilic, who tasted victory in his first game as a Premier League manager. “He’s not fazed about playing at the Emirates. I tried to help, I told him whatever he did wrong was my fault not his, but I’m lucky he didn’t do much wrong. “He’s definitely going to be a big player. Let’s be fair, Ozil had his moments but it’s not easy to minimalise the game of these world-class players. “He didn’t know until yesterday that he was going to play. We talked the night before but it wasn’t like, ‘let’s sit in a dark room, I have to tell you something Reece, you’re going to play’. It was more like chatting. “That would make pressure. This was natural for him. For today, it was a good decision. He’s definitely going to do it [succeed], there’s no doubt.” Cech later posted a message on Twitter, aiming to put the poor result swiftly behind him. He wrote: ” First game like this was not in the script – Mistake and no points but tomorrow is another day to get ready for the next game ! #COYG “. Arsene Wenger refused to single out goalkeeper Petr Cech as being at fault for the goals conceded during Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to West Ham. last_img read more

Big win for Assam in Cooch Behar Trophy at Tirupur

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam defeated Tamil Nadu by 6 wickets in the Cooch Behar Trophy match which concluded at Tirupur today. Assam needed 51 runs to win the tie and they reached the target by losing four wickets. Highlight of the game was fine bowling from Bibhakar Nag (ten wickets), Dasarath Kumar (7 wickets) and a century from Denish Das (109) in the first innings. With this victory Assam collected six points.Also Read: Assam take 38 runs lead against Tamil Nadu in Cooch Behar trophy tieAlso Watch: AATASU staged protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. 2019 in Golaghatlast_img read more

Johnson hails fitness, team work for Jaguars Four-Day dominance

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Captain Leon Johnson has hailed the achievement of Guyana Jaguars after they wrapped up their fourth straight Regional Four-Day Championship title with two rounds to spare.With second-placed Barbados Pride managing to earn only 7.6 points from their tame draw against Windward Islands Volcanoes at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Sunday it left Jaguars with an unassailable lead on 135 points.“As you can imagine, it’s a very good feeling for us to win the title for a fourth straight year,” Johnson said.“I am someone that delves into the history of the game – Barbados would have achieved this in the late 1970s, and Jamaica did it between 2008 and 2012.”“We are only the third team to have achieved something like this in Windies first-class history. It is very pleasing to be part of it and to be at the helm for the fourth consecutive year of our winning this title.“It is testament to our hard work. We have won it with two matches remaining, which is a feat in itself.”Jaguars entered the eighth round with a healthy lead – almost 43 points clear of Pride – and earned a further 17 points following their nerve-jangling two-wicket win over Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park on Saturday.The victory was their sixth in eight outings this season without defeat and Johnson praised the commitment of his players, stressing they were now focused on finishing the campaign unbeaten.“It is also testament to the way we have played this season. As a team, we have played well,” the Test batsman said.“I think everyone who has played has made a contribution, some more significantly than others, but I do not think there is a game that we played where someone did not put his hand up and played well for the team with bat or ball.“We have two matches remaining – against Pride and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force – and we want to play unbeaten this season. We accomplished this two seasons ago (2015-16) and this is our aim for those two matches.”Jaguars have been carried by strong performances from their senior players with wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble (494 runs) and Vishaul Singh (485) their leading run-scorers, and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul taking 44 wickets.Veteran former Test batsman Shiv Chanderpaul has also been key with 333 runs from six matches, with a hundred and three half-centuries.However, Johnson said the players’ conditioning and mental toughness had also been crucial to the winning campaign.“There are a number of factors that contributed to our recent success. Fitness is a big part of it,” he explained.“Our players have remained fit throughout the competition. We have not had a lot of injuries during this period, and we have not had to change a lot of players and bring in new players.”He continued: “Players have also responded well when put under pressure. We have won a lot of games over the last four seasons, but it has not always been smooth sailing by any stretch of the imagination – and at those times, when we have come under pressure, players have always found a way to dig us out of the hole.“The weather sometimes has not always cooperated and allowed us to prepare as well as we would have liked but we have always found a way to make do with what time and facilities are available, and so this means a lot to us were able to remain this consistent over such a long period.”last_img read more

Hamilton Green Cup concludes today at Den Amstel

first_imgFOOTBALL fans from all across the country will converge today at the Den Amstel Community Centre ground to witness the conclusion of this year’s Hamilton Green 9-a-side Inter-Ward Cup.The final, which had to be rescheduled due to the inclement weather, is set and ready to provide football fans with riveting action to bring the curtain down on what has so far been an exciting tournament.The action, which commences at 15:00hrs with play in the round of 16, will see the respective winners’ progress to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the highly-anticipated final.The winning team will take home $300,000 and the winning trophy, while the second placed finisher will collect $100,000 and a trophy.In today’s opener, Mahaicony takes on Vreed-en-Hoop, before Soesdyke clash with Liliendaal. Mocha will engage Charlestown in the game to follow.Pouderoyen then tackle Timehri, before Goed Fortuin square off against De Kindren.Bourda Blues will then match strides with Sophia before host, Den Amstel Back Street, take the field against Zeelugt with Uitvlugt taking on Bagotville in the final game of the round.The quarter-final matchups will see winner of game 1 versus 5; winner of game 2 vs 6; winner of game 3 vs. 7 and winner of game 4 vs. 8.The four surviving teams will then meet in the semi-finals to determine the two finalists.Among the sponsors so far are John Fernandes Ltd, A.H.L Kissoon, Techno Mills, Ready Mix, Sataur Gafoor, E.C Veira, BEV Enterprises, BK International, IPA, New Thriving, Ricks and Sari, E-Networks, Starr Computers, NAMILCO, Cummings Electrical, National Sports Commission, Star Entertainment, Alfro Alphonso, the Guyana Police Force, GuyOil, the Minister of State, the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Legal Affairs.last_img read more

Serial thrillers: Sarah Koenig, Julie Snyder speak at USC

first_imgTwenty-one episodes. Two seasons and a nod at a third. Tens of millions of downloads. One Peabody Award, for one story, told week by week. And no one expected it.“It’s incredible in the most literal sense of the word,” Julie Snyder, co-creator of Serial and senior producer of This American Life, said Friday at Bovard Auditorium. “We started in Sarah’s basement… and in six weeks we were at five million downloads.”They expected it to be no pressure – nobody listens to podcasts, right?“We were hoping for 300,000 listeners,” Sarah Koenig, host and executive producer of Serial, said, going on to explain that the expected crowd was grad students or public radio listeners that know how to use their phones. Two years ago, Koenig and Snyder launched season one their now widely-acclaimed podcast Serial, investigating the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, an 18-year old from Woodlawn High School in Baltimore. Her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed was arrested, charged with her murder and sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years.The story and where their investigation would go wasn’t set in stone from the start. Koenig and Snyder had been looking for some kind of spin-off for This American Life. Having pitched a dud to their boss, This American Life host and executive producer Ira Glass, they went a new way.“We had an idea, but that was not Serial,” Snyder said. “We had done a theme for This American Life called This Week…Sarah and I prepared this whole pitch and we did it at our one and only overnight retreat we’ve ever taken with the show. We’re all in this living room together and there’s a fire…we make our pitch and we’re so enthusiastic and they weren’t into it. [The staff was] picking at the upholstery of the couch, it sucked so much.” Though fully intending to work on This Week, after Glass asked if they had anything else, Koenig brought up the idea of a serialized documentary – coming back to the same story week after week. To her surprise, it passed, and they were working on Serial within the week.“A good idea can be easy because it’s obvious,” Snyder said. “It sort of speaks for itself.”“Like porn,” Koenig said.This sort of complementary back-and-forth prevailed through the talk at Bovard, eliciting heartened applause and laughter from the audience. Through stories about reworking the introduction to the show, where Koenig swears she ripped off all of Snyder’s ideas, to their honesty when discussing how they decided to leave in a lot of Koenig’s own musings about the case, Snyder and Koenig kept the crowd with them, just as they had all their many millions of listeners. They were honest in explaining certain creative choices, just as they were honest about not knowing how best to tell the story.“We wanted Serial to feel like this living, breathing thing that was vital and out in the world that we could be experiencing with the audience,” Snyder said. “The stories are really dense. We need the listeners to understand the significance of the details and we came up with a really genius idea – we should just have Sarah tell us what she thinks.”After playing a clip of Koenig and Dana Chivvis, producer of Serial, driving around and bantering about the unlikely timeline of events put forth by the state against Adnan, Snyder clarified her point.“She was really honest about the fact that she didn’t always know what was right,” Snyder said. “It puts you in a really vulnerable position to admit uncertainty…I think it’s a really ballsy thing to do, to be honest in your reporting.”On the topic of making nonfiction as entertaining as television, Koenig said that that was the only way to get people to come back.“I think part of what happened with Serial is that, when people listen, the part of their brain that reacts to TV…was lighting up,” Koenig said. “People aren’t used to reacting to journalism that way. What is this? It must be something new.”Snyder said she liked playing with the artistry on the show, even wanted to borrow certain aesthetics from television, like cliffhangers, music, a “what next” and a “previously on.”“Artistry is okay as long as you’re sticking to the truth,” Snyder said. This is something she said she learned from Glass when making a spot for Public Radio International.“We should always be looking for the details that reflect life the way it is,” Snyder said. “Try and reflect the world the way it’s really lived. Reporting stories with artistry creates intimacy and empathy. It takes the story from being simply interesting to being meaningful.”And most of the things they did on Serial worked, leading Koenig and Snyder’s show to the crosshairs of popular culture. People started podcasts about their podcast (The Serial Serial) with their own “previously on” sections; they were parodied on Saturday Night Live; and then there was Reddit.“They debated and parsed every single godda-n thing,” Koenig said. “Online discussions of the case filled us with anxiety. The rules of Reddit are not our rules.”Koenig said while reporters carefully consider what information they’re putting out there, the Internet has no accountability – people began posting real names, damaging information, and speculating about real people. The staff felt like they were losing control of the story.Besides keeping all of the facts straight and presenting a compelling story, Koenig and Snyder faced another challenge – ending the season.“Ira helped us end it,” Koenig said. “He said, ‘I think it would be great if you guys solved it.’”Snyder said that they of course wanted to solve the case, but that wasn’t going to happen. What they could do, though, was pose some questions.“Are we okay with the fact that the prosecution’s story is full of holes?” Snyder said. “That someone’s spending their life in prison based on that story?”“And how well can you know someone?” Koenig, the one who had to develop a relationship with Syed to tell the story, added. “How can you tell how much someone’s capable of?”While Koenig cannot in full faith answer her own questions, both Koenig and Snyder are undeterred from telling more stories the way they did Serial. Their second season — investigating the more-publicized case of Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier taken prisoner by the Taliban for nearly five years who came home to mixed public reaction — is on its ninth episode, and they’re not giving up anytime soon.last_img read more

Winston Crisp sends letter to parents about well-being

first_img“We’re going to be working on the communication avenues,” Crisp said. “But in the meantime, we need you — especially now, when we’ve got a lot of mental health issues going on not just in this country but at this University — we need you checking in, we need you asking questions, we need you still trying to figure out when you think something is maybe not going right.” According to Siegel, the floor will be staffed by six psychiatrists and 12 therapists devoted solely to clinical care. Currently, the estimated 45 Counseling and Mental Health staff members serve on crisis and outreach teams in addition to their roles as clinicians. The letter also comes one week after a town hall event discussing mental health and wellbeing that was hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government on Oct. 24.  The International Accreditation of Counseling Services recommends a ratio of one therapist per 1,000-1,500 students. Executive Director and Division Chief for Student Health Robert Mendola said the Counseling and Mental Health department had one counselor for every 1,800 students in October 2018.  According to the letter, the University has expanded services at the counseling center, hiring 12 additional counselors in recent months. Crisp wrote that with the increased number of counselors, the student-to-therapist ratio at the University now meets national recommendation numbers.  Student concern regarding wait times at the health center has been ongoing. Crisp also wrote that the addition of long-term mental health services to Engemann Student Health Center, which was proposed as part of an overhaul of USC’s mental health services introduced in 2018, will be implemented by summer 2020. Vice President of Student Affairs Winston Crisp posted a letter to the USC Parents Facebook group Thursday morning acknowledging a lack of parent communication regarding concerns of mental health and assuring them of the University’s ongoing commitment to student well-being. Since the start of the school year, at least five students have passed away.    “We are only at the beginning,” Crisp wrote. “We will continue to improve [University mental health resources] by adding more resources and services as necessary. In the meantime … we are reviewing and revising our care model including intake, and screening and referral to ensure that we can provide the best possible services.”center_img Dr. Steven Siegel, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, said the expansion aims to broaden mental health care access to a wider student population and provide a convenient clinical setting for ongoing mental health care. At the event, which reportedly had an audience of 10 students, staff from USC Student Health, Counseling and Mental Health and Campus Wellbeing & Crisis Intervention spoke about mental health options currently available to USC students and resources the University will work to provide in the future, including the planned expansion of Engemann to offer longer-term mental health services. As part of Trojan Family Weekend, a panel for parents called “Your Student’s Wellbeing” was held Thursday. The panel, moderated by Provost Charles Zukoski, featured mental health professionals and University administrators about student health and well-being. The post was made in the wake of the death of senior John Moore, whose passing on Sunday was the most recent of at least five student deaths since the start of the semester. In the letter, Crisp wrote that the University recently partnered with the JED Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works with colleges and high schools to improve programs focused on student mental health and the prevention of suicide and substance abuse. Crisp closed the panel with a call to action. “One of our goals is really to look inward now, examine how we’re delivering our care inside Student Health and think really judiciously about ‘Is there another way?’” Siegel said. “We are putting a lot of our effort into just examining every step from initial contact and trying to think about better ways to have first contact within Student Health.” Crisp asked parents to alert the University via Trojans Care for Trojans or the new 411 helpline in the event that they notice anything unusual in their communication with their students, saying that parents are still students’ first point of contact when they might be struggling.last_img read more

Fiammetta: Don’t despair, cornrows are here

first_imgIn the nature of the most extreme amusement park rides, the University of Wisconsin has had one of the more topsy-turvy athletic seasons in recent memory.There was football’s two-week binge of awesomeness with the stunning upset of previously No. 1, previously undefeated Ohio State, followed by a resounding, nail-biting, “HOLY $#!+ THEY DID IT” road victory over Iowa the very next week. Then there was the Badgers clinching the Big Ten regular season title by way of tiebreaker and earning a Rose Bowl berth.Then there was the actual Rose Bowl, which ended as a two-point loss/brutal crushing of hearts throughout Wisconsin.Men’s basketball followed suit, defeating the Buckeyes yet again in Madison Feb. 12 and advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008. Yet again, the jubilation of a postseason berth was trounced by the lack of postseason advancement, as Wisconsin’s offense once again went MIA against Butler.I apologize for rummaging up those tear-jerking memories you have likely repressed. I’ll make myself available for counseling.Or, I’ll just tell you that regardless of what you’re thinking or being told, all hope is not lost for you as a Badger fan. No, you do not have to hibernate until the NFL gets itself right and the Packers can go about repeating as national champs. There are several reasons why you should keep your head up as a fan of UW athletics, but here are three that are just ripe for warming your heart and wiping away those tears.Reason #1: Mike Bruesewitz is keeping UW basketball relevantAs of Monday, sophomore forward Mike Bruesewitz has cornrows. Next, he plans on having a mullet. He used to have a bulging, red-orange afro and before that, a buzzcut. He plans on eventually returning to that buzzcut.Got it?Perhaps taking the reins from former Badger J.J. Watt as king of the Madison-area social networking realm, Bruesewitz took to Twitter this weekend to announce his hair cutting plans. Monday, he followed through with a promise.“Twit pics coming today of the cornrows…got mixed reactions most of which have been laughter followed by a what is wrong with you,” Bruesewitz tweeted.Lo and behold, Bruesewitz Tweeted the photos all of Madison was waiting for just a few hours later. The TwitPics were replete with different poses and angles, displaying a whole new “Brueser.”So, while you may still feel crushed from that 61-54 Sweet 16 loss to Butler, you should feel better knowing not only is Bruesewitz quickly becoming the most entertaining athlete on campus, but he’s doing it with cornrows. And then a mullet. And then a buzzcut.Reason #2: Softball is winningThe Wisconsin softball program has absorbed its fair share of criticisms the past few years. After all, the Badgers were 15-40 last year and 3-17 in Big Ten play. Sure, they played their first 28 games on the road, but a .375 winning percentage won’t exactly earn you much sympathy.This season, UW is off to a 15-11 (0-2 Big Ten) start. After a mediocre beginning to its schedule, Wisconsin responded with an eight-game winning streak that was just snapped this past weekend.Now that much-maligned former head coach Chandelle Schulte is gone (she was let go last June) and Yvette Healy has replaced her, the Badgers have responded with excitement and energy. Freshman pitcher Cassandra Darrah has emerged to anchor the pitching staff, beginning the season with a 10-3 record and a 2.18 earned run average, both tops on the team. Senior outfielder Jennifer Krueger, a two-time third-team All-Big Ten selection, has returned to lead the team with a .367 batting average and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. Mary Massei, another freshman, is second behind Krueger with a .329 batting average.So if the Major League Baseball season starts too slowly for you, or you’re looking for some winning UW team to brighten your mood, or if you need to see for yourself that the softball team’s actually winning, go check them out. The Badgers open their home season Wednesday afternoon at Goodman Diamond against Illinois-Chicago.Reason #3: Football appears ready to return to topPerhaps that crushing two-point Rose Bowl loss was a good thing. Or perhaps that’s just wishful thinking. Who knows?Regardless, and despite the loss of starting quarterback Scott Tolzien, running back John Clay and defensive end Watt, the Badgers look poised to challenge for a return trip to Pasadena.Sure, former Big 12 power Nebraska is now a member of the Big Ten but even with dual-threat star quarterback Taylor Martinez returning and the Cornhuskers bringing one of the best home field advantages in all of college football, they could be in for a rude awakening.Ohio State figures to enter preseason play atop the Big Ten in the minds of the media and most pollsters, but head coach Jim Tressel, starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four other players will be suspended for the Buckeyes’ first five games after yet another scandal rocked Columbus, Ohio. Their absence might not doom OSU, but make no mistake – controversy isn’t exactly what the Ohio State program needs right now.With running backs Montee Ball (who has slimmed down and reportedly improved his speed) and James White back in the fold, continued offensive line depth and the return of former Big Ten Freshman of the Year, linebacker Chris Borland, to the defense, Wisconsin seems primed to avenge its Rose Bowl defeat.So there you have it. Keep your heads up, Badger fans. All hope is not lost for you.Mike is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. What’s keeping you upbeat as a Badger fan? Let him know at mfiammetta@badgerherald.com and follow him on Twitter @mikefiammetta.last_img read more

Irish quartet in action

first_imgFour Irish fighters are in quarter-finals at the European Boxing Championships in Ukraine today.2015 world silver-medal winner and double European champ, Moate’s Joe Ward, will be in the ring to face Sean Lazzerini of Scotland in the light-heavyweight’s last-eight.Flyweight Brendan Irvine faces Gabriel Escobar of Spain, Kurt Walker goes up against Italy’s Raffaele Di Serio at bantamweight while Ireland’s light-welter hope Sean McComb will box England’s Luke McCormack.last_img