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Rohan Bopanna targets Tokyo Olympics

first_imgTennis star Rohan Bopanna says the Arjuna Award has come as a big boost for him and he will continue to strive and do well in his professional career and also for the country.”It has been a long wait for me to get this award, and it means a lot. I was heart-broken last year after I did not get the award. I am sure it’s never too late,” said a happy Bopanna.Recalling the string of events in his career very recently, Bopanna said the gold medal win at the Asian Games doubles was fantastic. “After I got injured at Wimbledon, I decided to take a break and rest my body. Three days before leaving for the Asian Games, I very nearly pulled out. Once I got to Palembang, things fell in place,” said Bopanna.At 38, he is the senior-most player in the tennis squad and is relishing the leadership role of sorts. “As the most experienced player, and to be the mentor was good. When I decided to pair with Divij Sharan for doubles, there were doubts expressed in some quarters. There could have been no other pairing as individually we had excellent results in 2018,” said Bopanna.He says being on the ATP Tour for long years is helping. “In the semi-final against the Japanese pair in Palembang, we lost the first set. I decided to take a call and we switched sides while receiving serve. And it worked,” said Bopanna.Looking ahead, Bopanna says he will be playing five more tournaments this year with his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin. “There is a lot of tennis to be played still this year for me and I am still hopeful of making the ATP finals in London. Let’s see how it goes,” he said.advertisementDespite the loss to Serbia in the Davis Cup World Group playoff over the weekend, Bopanna is hopeful the Indian team can do well in 2019. “We now have a 32-team World Group and India are there. The draw will be made soon and if we get a home tie, nothing like it,” said the doubles specialist.The tall and strapping Coorgi plans to continue playing for some more years. “Sania Mirza and I missed out on a medal at the Rio Olympics. I want to be fit and make the cut for the Tokyo Olympics. I need to bounce back in the Top 10 doubles ranking and that will make things smoother. Only in 2020 can I decide who could be my possible partner in men’s doubles,” he said.Asked about mixed doubles, Bopanna says there will be just 16 pairs and getting an entry will be very tough.”Let me tell you, I expect Sania to be back on the Tour next year. I know her level of motivation and how much she is craving to be back on the tennis circuit. Look at the way Serena Williams has made a return after being blessed with a daughter, Sania will also work towards it,” he said.Asked about other options and how women’s tennis was shaping up in India, Bopanna said Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi have two big years ahead of them. “To break into the Top 50 should be their goal and they have the potential to keep improving. They should also play doubles,” he said.”Look, I will be 40 if I make it to the Tokyo Olympics. I train hard on and off the court, my motivation is high and results are there in tournaments. My motto is to stay fit and keep winning,” said Bopanna.Asked about his nomination for the Rajiv Khel Ratna this year, Bopanna said he would again apply for the award in 2019. “I have good results to show in 2016, 2017 and 2018, so I do fancy my chances.””The national sports awards are very special, though I am a bit surprised my own state (Karnataka) has not announced any award for me after winning gold in the Asian Games,” concluded Bopanna.last_img read more

Crime Prevention Strategy to Focus on At-Risk Youth

first_imgMinister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, says the Government is placing increased focus on crime prevention with measures being put in place to target at-risk youth.He said that while the country has made significant progress in putting a dent in crime, with a 40 per cent reduction in homicides over the last three years, the Government is determined to employ measures for further reductions.“We have an increased emphasis around prevention. There is hope, we have made progress, and we are determined to continue to make progress, and we want to engage the entire society in this mission, whether in the Diaspora, or locally. We take this on as a societal issue,” he stated.Mr. Bunting was addressing a session at the 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference on Sunday, June 17, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.He informed that the Ministry is engaging the umbrella group of churches to reach out to targeted groups, and persons from service clubs are mentoring young people in juvenile correctional facilities, many of whom, he noted, have never had a positive role model in their lives.“We have one group that is working with persons at the Tower Street Correctional Centre that is helping them and teaching them life skills and anger management. We have a group in Manchester that has trained first responders in domestic violence, while many faith-based groups and some of our conscious entertainers partner with us,” he noted further.He informed that 500 young people are benefitting from an on-the-job internship programme with the engineering regiment of the army, where they are engaged in construction projects, and the number will be increased to 2,000 per year.“They spend a year; they are not soldiers. They work in developing construction skills; they work in developing hurricane relief homes after Hurricane Sandy. They are doing legitimate construction projects. Transformation takes place with the young people,” Minister Bunting said.Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, who responded to concerns about praedial larceny, implored farmers to “stay with cases before the courts”.He stated that many cases involving agriculture theft cannot result in imprisonment or fines, as some farmers refuse to attend court.He also called on farmers to get registered with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), noting that when they register, it is easier for the police to track and identify stolen produce.Commissioner Ellington informed that many police stations are open for farmers to do the registration.Contact: Garfield L. Anguslast_img read more

Stars Sign Up For Annual St Jude Thanks And Giving Campaign

first_imgJennifer Aniston, Robin Williams, Sofia Vergara, Shaun White, Michael Strahan and Luis Fonsi join Marlo Thomas in leading a star-studded roster of celebrities lending their time and talents in support of the 10th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.St. Jude Thanks and Giving celebrity supporter Jennifer Aniston smiles alongside St. Jude patient CashSt. Jude Thanks and Giving is an unprecedented union of celebrities, media and 60 of the nation’s leading brands and companies that asks consumers to donate while they shop this holiday season and join St. Jude in finding cures and saving children. National television spots and movie theatre trailers featuring the stars alongside St. Jude patients will debut Thanksgiving week and continue running through the end of the year.This year, a new slate of exclusive online videos starring Darius Rucker, Leslie Grace, Raúl Gonzalez, Pamela Silva Conde and Daisy Fuentes have been created for the campaign. Fans from around the world will be able to view these spots from their tablets and smart phone devices across various social media and popular websites.“Every year I get the opportunity to meet extraordinary children from St. Jude and be a part of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign,” said Jennifer Aniston. “The research at St. Jude is shared across the country and helps so many families. This is my 8th year working with St. Jude and it is so rewarding to be a part of the team that helps save children’s lives.”In addition to the national television and online spots, St. Jude celebrity friends Sabrina Soto, Jennette McCurdy and Olivia Holt have created and designed special gifts that will be for sale during the holiday season on giftshop.stjude.org with 100 percent of profits going back to the hospital.“It’s an honor to be a part of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital family,” said Robin Williams. “This year I appeared with Darcy in one of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving television spots. Darcy and children like her from communities across America benefit from the lifesaving research and treatment being done every day at St. Jude. It means a lot to me to be involved.”“It’s a privilege to be a part of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving campaign,” added Sofia Vergara. “As a mother and a cancer survivor, I can’t think of anything more important than helping to support the lifesaving work being done every day at St. Jude which is helping saves the lives of children around the world. I hope everyone will join me and support St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer.”Created in 2004 by Marlo, Terre and Tony Thomas – children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas – the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort and has grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $387 million thanks to tremendous public support.“My father, Danny Thomas, founded St. Jude with big dreams and it was in that light that we created the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign ten years ago,” said Marlo Thomas. “Since the beginning, we have been blessed to have the support from our wonderful family of celebrities. It warms my heart that year after year, they lend their time, talent and generous spirit to help St. Jude raise the funds that allow us to continue our mission of finding cures and saving children’s lives.”The national television spots will air on network and cable television channels, as well as online, in both English and Spanish. In addition, celebrities will be featured in a 60-second movie trailer that will appear in theatres nationwide – including Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Theatres, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and many others – as well as on American Airlines and Delta Air Lines flights. All of the spots, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, will debut at stjude.org in late November.The campaign receives additional support from celebrity friends Cedric the Entertainer, Lily Aldridge, Mark Steines, Mike Wolfe, Peyton List, Prince Royce, Maná, Banda El Recodo, Carlos Vives, Chino y Nacho, Danna Garcia, Luis Enrique, Natalia Jimenez, Candela Ferroin and Toby Love the form of radio spots, social media support, participation in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. and more.Throughout the months of November and December, consumers shopping where the St. Jude logo is displayed can make a donation at checkout or purchase specialty items that benefit St. Jude. Those wanting to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude are also invited to donate online at stjude.org or by phone at 800-4STJUDE.last_img read more

How The 68 Raiders Can Still Make The Playoffs

The Oakland Raiders have less than a 1 percent chance to make the playoffs. But that means there’s still a chance! To see how they can make it to a wild-card game, watch the video above.