first_imgAdvertisement 1l9ae4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8cgmncWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E70jxc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) tr460qWould you ever consider trying this?😱tqqCan your students do this? 🌚4eRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sania Mirza’s challenge in her career was not just the struggle to be the best but a societal pressure to follow the stereotypical role of an woman in Indian society was perhaps her biggest challenge.Advertisement Mirza , India’s most iconic lawn tennis player put India on the tennis map when she reached a world ranking of 27 in 2007. However, if she had listened to society , she wouldn’t have been the star she is today.Advertisement “To start with, parents, neighbours, aunties and the uncles (need to) stop telling you how dark you will become and no one will marry you if you play a sport. I was just eight (when this came up) and everybody thought nobody is going to marry me because I would get dark. I thought to myself I am just a kid, I’ll be fine,” said the 32-year-old.“It is so deeply embedded, this culture about how a girl needs to be pretty and by that also one means fair, I don’t know why. This culture has to change,” added the Hyderabadi, who also has 41 WTA doubles titles to her credit and was the world No.1 in women’s doubles in 2015.Advertisement “I feel proud that I had, may be, a little part to play in women taking up sport. The only sportswoman I could look up to was PT Usha and she was a couple of generations before me. Today we can name PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Dipa Karmakar, so many of them,” she said.“We still have some way to go…I still don’t think there are equal opportunities. But we have superstars now and they are the biggest in sports outside cricket. Imagine what will happen they actually get equal opportunities,” she asserted.“I was at the Mumbai airport, a gentleman came and told me that ‘motherhood is suiting you’. He took a picture and asked me where my son was, I told him he is in Hyderabad. His next sentence was ‘you should be with him’.“I told him ‘where is your child?’ He said ‘at home’. I told him ‘well you should be with him too’. He didn’t think that there was anything insulting to ask me that,” she recalled.However , it wasn’t just strangers who posed such awkward questions for Sania.“In my case, questions came from close family members, not outsiders. They (close family members) are the ones who question you the most and make you doubt yourselves,” revealed the United Nations’ Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLONG BRANCH – The David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center at Monmouth Medical Center will host the 8th Annual David S. Zocchi Memorial Golf Outing on Monday, Oct. 7 at the Manasquan River Golf Club.The event benefits the family support programs offered by the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center, including Camp Jinka and Brainstorm, as well as national advocacy efforts.Camp Jinka is a free summer program offered to kids and teens whose lives have been impacted by the diagnosis of a brain tumor. The camp offers creative activities while encouraging expression and connection with others having a similar life experience. Brainstorm is a dialogue and education program designed to teach brain tumor patients, caregivers and supporters about the condition while providing them with the tools necessary to navigate the many challenges they will face.David S. Zocchi battled brain cancer for nearly six years before passing away in 2005. The David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center in the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center opened in 2007. It is the first hospital in central and southern New Jersey dedicated to providing a full spectrum of comprehensive services to treat benign and malignant tumors originating in the brain and spinal cord, as well as neurological complications of cancer that has spread to other regions of the body.In addition to offering cutting-edge and specialized treatment, the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center offers support programs for patients, caregivers and families of patients who are undergoing treatment for central nervous system (CNS) cancers or who have suffered loss of a loved one.Check in for the golf outing begins at 10:30 a.m. with tee-off at noon. Tickets are $350 for an individual golfer and include green fees, carts, prizes, lunch and a cocktail reception with dinner. Non-golfers, who wish to show their support, can purchase tickets for the cocktail reception and dinner for $100 per person.The Manasquan River Golf Club is located at 843 Riverview Drive in Brielle.Sponsorship opportunities are also still available. For more information or to register, visit read more

first_imgUntil it gets closer to a lease being issued, it is unknown how many turbines would be proposed or how tall they would be.Obtaining the rights to lease does not necessarily mean approval will be granted for the project.The triangle-shaped NYWEA is positioned between major shipping lanes. So, ALS and COA have a concern about how it would af fect shipping.“In a storm, you don’t want a lot of structures (just) outside the traffic lanes,” Dillingham said.Also, ALS has concerns about NYWEA’s impact on fishing, habitat for whales and whales being displaced into shipping lanes.On a positive note, wind energy is cleanly generated power.“Offshore wind can play a role in climate change mitigation,” Dillingham said.“Clean Ocean Action is supportive of responsibly developed wind (power),” Lees said. “We always emphasize the ‘responsibly developed.’”“People react differently to these windmills,” Dillingham said. “Some people love them, some people hate them.”Comments on the NYWEA may be made at this link. Or you can find it electronically at, then entering BOEM-2016-0027 in the keyword or identification area, and, finally, clicking on “search.” Comments may be made by mail to the BOEM Office of Renewable Energy Programs, 45600 Woodland Road, VAM-OREP, Sterling, VA., 20166, attention: Comments on New York PSN (Proposed Sale Notice). By Joseph SapiaA comment period on the sale of leasing rights for a 127-square-mile wedge of the Atlantic Ocean east of Sandy Hook for windmill-generated electricity ends in early August.The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is soliciting comments until Friday, Aug. 5, or the end of a 60-day period, on the New York Wind Energy Area (NYWEA). The website for the project is site is about 18-1/2 miles east of Sandy Hook and extends to the southeast for about 30 miles at its longest point.Its closest point to land is about 12-1/2 miles south of Long Beach, New York. For boaters and anglers, it is in the area of the ocean’s Hudson Canyon.Locally based environmental groups – such as Clean Ocean Action (COA) and the American Littoral Society (ALS), both based at Sandy Hook – are monitoring the process and commenting on it.“We’re looking at this one,” said Tim Dillingham, ALS’ executive director. “It’s a big proposal. We’ll weigh in. We want the right stuff to go in the right place.”“This is the start of a long process,” said Zachary Lees, COA’s ocean and coastal policy attorney. “This is the first step in a process to put a wind farm out there.”The NYWEA came about after the New York State Power Authority approached BOEM in September 2011 about creating an offshore wind farm site. The Power Authority proposed up to 194 turbines producing about 700 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power 245,000 homes.No utility has been selected to use the site. But six utilities have so far expressed interest, with the deadline also being Aug. 5.last_img read more

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |RED BANK – It’s like a home brewing kit for oyster wranglers.That’s the way Aleksandr Modjeski described the miniature oyster nursery tanks he hopes to have in hand next summer to boost the Operation Oyster initiative started by The American Littoral Society.“The idea of these kits is about community engagement,” said Modjeski, a boat captain and licensed U.S. Coast Guard operator of uninspected passenger vessels with over 680 days at sea. “We have a great group of local volunteers who are dedicated to restoring the oyster population in our river system and they’re attracted to the idea of creating life. If we can marry that concept with the do-it-yourself spirit of brewing your own beer, the hope is that we’ll appeal to even more people,” Modjeski added.The design of these DIY oyster nurseries would be a scaled-down version of the tank and pumping system Modjeski and his team have constructed on the promenade behind the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank.Modjeski and representatives from the American Littoral Society gathered at the Oyster Point Hotel June 30 to unveil their “spat tank,” a controlled aquatic habitat approximately the size of a large bathtub, filled with whelk shell-clusters where oyster larvae can be raised and monitored until their maturation warrants placement in local rivers.Though Modjeski’s full-size tank can house hundreds of thousands of oyster larvae and hundreds of whelk shells, the do-it-yourself kits would be substantially smaller and much easier to maintain, with between 50 and 80 shells and a few thousand larvae.“Cost of production is always the big question but our financial development director believes its feasible,” Modjeski said. “There are several grants we can apply for to help with funding or individuals or groups of volunteers can fund one just like a home brewing kit. There are options and I’m sure we’ll explore all avenues.”Prompting the discussion of these kits is a promising development with Operation Oyster, as the Modjeski and the American Littoral Society recently revealed that their efforts behind the Oyster Point Hotel have resulted in the growth of a substantial number of oysters.In mid-July Modjeski ventured to the banks of the Navesink and placed 500,000 oyster larvae inside the tank. When he returned last week he was thrilled to find an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 had set on the whelk shells and their growth has continued at a rapid rate.“We had a really great set. It’s something we’re really proud of,” Modjeski said. “They’re not only surviving in the tank but they’re growing fast.”American Littoral Society’s executive director, Tim Dillingham, called this successful larvae set inspiring and said the next step is to try and develop the specimens further in the actual river system itself.“Now that they’re on the shell, we have to put the shell in the river and try and grow them out,” said Dillingham, who noted that similar successful oyster growth efforts taking place in the Chesapeake Bay are proof that this process can work and the model on which Operation Oyster is based.“This next part of the process, growing them out in the river, is what will really inform us about the habitat qualities of the different parts of the river. We don’t know yet if there’s a sweet spot out there for oyster growth, but if there is, we’re going to let nature run it’s course and lead us to it,” Dillingham added.The way in which the larvae will be placed in the rivers is by fastening the whelk shell clusters to docks that are privately owned by volunteers. These volunteers have already started placing batches of shells on their docks by crafting “Whelk-come Mats,” a flat rig made of abandoned crab trap material with whelk shells fastened to it.According to Modjeski, if his DIY oyster growth kits catch on, a single volunteer oyster wrangler with one small nursery could produce enough oyster larvae for five docks, substantially expanding the efforts of Operation Oyster.This article was first published in the August 9-16, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_img 1-4 p.m. Curling open house 3:30-5:30 p.m. loonie/toonie Shinny/Skate/Swim @ NDCC Come one, come all.Friday is the kick off to Sports Day in Canada with third Jersey Day in downtown Nelson.The Nelson Regional Sports Council is encouraging the public to wear their favourite jersey to work, school or just while shopping. 1-4 p.m. Squash Club open house (above the Royal on Baker) Donate a $1 to KidSport Nelson and wear the jersey at the NDCC and be entered into draw for Nelson Leafs jersey.Friday night is set aside for the Community Sport Hero Awards from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Adventure Hotel in Nelson.Ten recipients of the award will be honoured and celebrated for their outstanding volunteer efforts for their chosen sports.Vancouver’s ViaSport representative for Canadian Sport for Life will be giving a key note speech.Saturday, there are many events for the public to try, including an National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP) Coaching course called Fundamental Movement skills workshop.The course is being offered Saturday from 8:30-noon. Registration is $15 and applicants should register through nrsc@telus.netThe Try it day events are planned during the afternoon at: 1-4 p.m. Indoor soccer facility open house – various sports (soccer/bocce/skipping/dryland Nordic)last_img read more

first_imgHowever, the Leafs took the foot off the gas pedal allowing the Braves to get a late second period goal by Andrew Clark to cut the lead in half.Clark’s goal deflected off a Leaf defenceman over the shoulder of netminder Devin Allen.Nelson was able to withstand the press from the Braves in the third before scoring a couple of late goals by Fitzpatrick and Sawyer Hunt to secure the win.“We’re getting shots, but we’ve got to start to bury our chances when we get them,” Thompson said.Nelson outshot the Braves by a wide 49-22 advantage.Allen won for the third time in three starts for Nelson.Newcomer Mason Mullaney, Fitzpatrick and Kolten Nelson each finished the game with two points for Nelson.Nelson, improving to 7-4-0-0-1, trails Murdoch leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks by one point in the standings.The Hawks, winners of four straight games, edged Golden Rockets 3-1 at the Fruitvale Arena.ICE CHIPS: Nelson out scored the opposition 13-7 on the recent home stand, posting wins against Castlegar, Grand Forks and Spokane. . . . The goal by Sawyer Hunt was the first in five games for the Nelson native. . . . Andy Fitzpatrick finished the weekend with three goals, including the winner Friday against Grand Forks.  . . . Leafs travel to Fruitvale to face the Hawks Friday before returning to host Columbia Valley Rockies Saturday. The game is the first against Eddie Mountain Division opposition for Nelson. . . . Nelson coach Mario DiBella said there will be a decision this week regarding the netminding position on the club. Currently Nelson has four goalies in camp with Jason Sandhu on the injury list. At this stage of the season it’s all about taking care of business.Andy Fitzpatrick scored twice to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 4-1 decision over the lowly Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win, the third on home ice in as many games, keeps Nelson perfect against the cellar-dwelling Braves — a team the Leafs must beat to have any chance of winning the Murdoch Division.“These were very big points for us,” said Leaf defenceman Dash Thompson following the game.“We’ve had a pretty good start to the season so these wins should help keep us going.”Nelson dominated the Braves through the first 30 minutes of the game but was only able to muster a pair of goals.Fitzpatrick and Sam Weber scored less than a minute apart in the first period to give the Leafs the early lead.last_img read more

first_imgFIELD OF EIGHT SOPHOMORES SET TO START DOWN ROAD TO $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY    APRIL 4                 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2015)–Second in two consecutive Grade I races, trainer Peter Miller’s 3-year-old Calculator seeks his first win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes at a flat mile. A field of eight sophomores has been engaged, as they head down the road to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.Second behind top rated 3-year-old American Pharoah in both the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 3 and the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles FrontRunner Stakes Sept. 27, the Florida-bred colt by In Summation has two seconds and a third from four starts. In his first try around two turns, Calculator was attentive to the pace when finishing 3 ¼ lengths behind American Pharoah in the FrontRunner.Owned by Richard C. Pell, Calculator is out of the Alphabet Soup mare Back to Basics and is easily the leading Sham Stakes money earner with $133,500.Miller will also saddle Rock Shandy, who comes off a third place finish in the Grade III, one mile turf Cecil B. DeMille Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 30. A maiden special weight winner going a mile on grass two starts back on Nov. 7, the Kentucky-bred ridgling by Lemon Drop Kid will be making his fourth start and his first on dirt. He’s owned by Donegal Racing.Finishing just a nose behind stablemate Rock Shandy in the DeMille, Miller’s third entrant is St. Joe Bay, who was a close third two starts back in the Grade III, seven furlong (polytrack) Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 15. A Florida-bred colt by the A.P. Indy stallion Saint Anddan, he was a 10 ½ length gate to wire maiden $75,000 winner going a flat mile at Santa Anita in his second start on Oct. 17.Owned by Altimira Racing Stable and David Bernson, St. Joe Bay’s speed and proven ability to route on natural dirt stamp him a “live” contender in the Sham.Florida invader Rockinatten could be the speed of the field as he pressed the pace and was a runaway 8 ¾ length maiden special weight winner going seven furlons at Gulfstream Park West on Oct. 26. Trained by Ralph Nicks, the Florida-bred gelding by the Dixie Union stallion High Cotton will try two turns for the first time in his fourth overall start. He’s owned by Nicks and Niall J. Brennan.Trainer Jeff Mullins will be represented by a pair in the Sham–one mile turf maiden winner Papacoolpapacool and Hero Ten All, an impressive maiden special weight winner going one mile at Los Alamitos on Dec. 7.Papacoolpapacool ran evenly when sixth, beaten 2 ½ lengths, in the DeMille at Del Mar Nov. 30 and was a close third as a maiden in his second start, the one mile Oak Tree Juvenile turf Sept. 3. Owned by John Snedegar and Ali Nilforushan, the Kentucky-bred gelding by Temple City has made $60,850 from four starts.Second, beaten 4 ¾ lengths by eventual Grade I winner Dortmund going 6 ½ furlongs in his debut on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, Hero Ten All will make his third start in the Sham. He’s owned by E.K. Gaylord, II.A gate to wire maiden special weight winner going a mile on polytrack two starts back at Del Mar on Nov. 20, trainer Mark Casse’s Pioneerof the West was well beaten in the one mile turf Eddie Logan Stakes Dec. 27, but enjoys a seasoning advantage, as he’ll make his sixth overall start on Saturday. Owned by John Oxley, the bay colt by Pioneerof the Nile is among four Florida-breds in the Sham lineup.Fifth, beaten 3 ½ lengths as the even money favorite in the one mile Gold Rush Stakes on Dec. 6 at Golden Gate Fields, trainer Michael “Whitey” McCarthy’s Unblunted will hope to rebound in the Sham, which will be his fourth overall start. A Kentucky-bred colt by Sharp Humor, Unblunted broke his maiden two starts back going seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Oct. 18 and is owned by Slam Dunk Racing.With all horses assigned 118 pounds, the complete field for the Sham Stakes, to be run as the sixth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys in post position order: St. Joe Bay, Martin Pedroza; Pioneerof the West, Corey Nakatani; Rockinatten, Rafael Bejarano; Unblunted, Joe Talamo; Rock Shandy, Victor Espinoza; Papacoolpapacool, Fernando Perez; Calculator, Elvis Trujillo, and Hero Ten All, Tyler Baze.                First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgNATCHITOCHES, La. – The spirit of giving was in full effect on the Northwestern State campus as the Demons’ athletic department partnered with the Natchitoches area Jaycees for its 24th annual Radio M*A*S*H (Make A Smile Happen) Toy Drive, Dec. 13-14.Led by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the NSU athletic department partnered with the Natchitoches-area Jaycees organization to collect toys and donations to disperse among families in need. The Radio M*A*S*H giveaway is a longstanding event that partners the Jaycees and Elite Broadcasting of Natchitoches, which launched the initiative in 1996, and is hosted in the parking lot of the local Walmart Super Store, a high-traffic area for local residents.For several years, NSU Athletics has provided more than 5,000 hours of community service, annually assisting local, area, national and international causes. This year marks the third-consecutive year that the Northwestern State athletic department has joined forces with the Jaycees organization for the Radio M*A*S*H event. This year, the Northwestern State SAAC gathered $754.12 within one day of collections in order to benefit 417 children and 210 families. The Lady Demons volleyball team led the way, gathering an impressive $344.57 as a team.“M*A*S*H has become a great opportunity for us athletes to get out into the community on a yearly basis,” said NSU SAAC president Megan Lohmiller. “One hundred percent of all monetary donations go directly to families in the Natchitoches community. It’s fun to give back during the season of giving.”As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.last_img read more

first_imgSTATEMENT FROM THE STRONACH GROUP ON DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S REPORT FINDING  NO EVIDENCE OF MISCONDUCT AT SANTA ANITA PARKWe thank District Attorney Lacey’s Office for their diligent work in this robust investigation into whether any conduct or conditions at Santa Anita Park affected the welfare of safety and horses. We are all committed to the same thing–the highest level of equine safety and welfare–and we will continue to do everything possible to promote equine and rider health and safety.  And we are gratified that the District Attorney’s report into the conduct and conditions at Santa Anita Park found no evidence of misconduct.The Stronach Group looks forward to working further with the California Horse Racing Board, industry partners, and other stakeholders to implement recommendations from the taskforce’s report, many of which Santa Anita Park has already started implementing.last_img read more

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESFLAVIEN PRAT, WARD ‘N JERRY, WINNER: “I hadn’t been on him in a long time and Mike told me that he’s best at these long distances.  He was little keen early, but he settled down fine and as you saw, he had a good turn of foot through the stretch.”TRAINER QUOTESMIKE PUYPE, TRAINER, WARD ‘N JERRY: “If you look at his form, you can see that he’s done his best at long distances.  He had won at a mile and a quarter and a mile and three eighths, and he ran a really good third going a mile and a half last December (beaten a neck in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar).  They came home pretty fast today, they put a couple of 24 second quarters together there, so this was a big effort.”  NOTES: The winning owners are Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams.last_img read more