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Children’s Books Help Military Children Manage Transitions

first_imgBy Sara CroymansWe know that military children experience multiple transitions.  They may relocate frequently, resulting in attending multiple schools or their parents may be away from home often due to trainings or deployments.  Children’s books are a great way to introduce and discuss transitions with military children.According to a 2009 Technical Assistance and Training System TATS eUpdate on Transition “Using Children’s Literature to Support Successful Transitions” one of the best ways to help children navigate transitions is through preparation.  Using books that introduce potential transitions can help prepare children for these transitions.   TATS provides several best practices when using children’s literature to support transitions.  First, children’s literature can be used by any adults in the child’s life, including family members who can read and discuss books with the children. Select stories that are similar to the transitions the child is or will be encountering or concerned about.  After reading stories about transitions discuss the similarities and differences with the child’s current or new environment.  Use parts of the story to help the child talk about their feelings related to the transition.  Use children’s stories to support transitions before, during and after the transitions occur.  If appropriate, help the children participate in activities or practice skills they are learning to support the transitions.The Minnesota National Guard Child & Youth Program provides this list of age-appropriate children books that address transitions:Preschool – Age BooksA Lesson About Deployment by Ron Madison (Preschool – 2nd grade)It is a series of short (1-2 page) poem-style accounts by characters about their  experience/feelings.One Nation: America by the Numbers by Devin Scillian (Preschool – 1st grade)Author Devin Scillian and illustrator Pam Carroll weave their magic around the  symbols of Americana that make us proud in One Nation: America by the Numbers, a follow-up to A is For America:  An American Alphabet.  More than a counting book, One Nation Illuminates the landmarks and treasurers that are uniquely American.Hooray for Our Heroes, Sesame Street (Preschool – 1st grade)The residents of Sesame Street discover that heroes are found in every place, every day.  Sometimes they are firefighters and police officers, whose jobs are heroic in nature.  And sometimes they are your neighbors down the street who do favors, large and small, that make life a little better for everyone.  This is a reassuring story that reminds us that there are all sorts of heroes, whether they are a teacher, a parent, or a friend that you don’t always have to brave great danger to be someone’s hero.My Many Colored Days (board book), Dr. Seuss (Toddler – Preschool)Dr. Seuss’ youngest concept book has stunning illustrations that capture a bright and playful book about feelings and moods to discuss with toddlers.I’m here for You Now (Board book), Zero to Three (Toddler – Preschool)This board book includes eight photo inserts for caregivers to add pictures that chronicle a child’s daily interactions with the loving adult deployed.  This book serves as a calming reminder to children that they will be loved, nurtured, and protected, no matter what the circumstances.Elementary – Aged BooksA Very Long Time by Geri Timperley and Nikki Arro (K – 2nd grade)An excellent book for military families whose Service member leave home for “A Very Long Time”.  Helps children understand that they are not alone because other daddies and mommies leave to serve our Country and a time does come when the military parent does return home.Wherever You Are MY Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman (K – 2nd grade)This book teaches your child how love takes shape from heartfelt words and images.  This book is great to share with your loved ones, no matter how near or far, young or old, they are.My Red Balloon by Eve Bunting (K – 2nd grade)The boy has been waiting for this day for many months.  It’s the day his daddy comes home from overseas.  He jumps out of bed and gets ready for the big event.  But before going downstairs for breakfast, he takes along something very important: his red balloon.  The red balloon will help is father find him among the crowd.  When the boy and his mother get to the pier, they find parents waiting for daughters and sons, and children waiting for mommies and daddies.  Suddenly, the crowd gives up a rousing cheer as the big ship approaches the harbor.  The boy can see sailors standing on the deck.  Could one of them be his daddy?  But as the s hip approaches, the boy loses his grip on the red balloon.  Will his daddy find him in the crowd?Night Catch by Brenda Ehrmantraut (K – 5th grade)When a soldier’s work takes him half-way around the world, he enlists the help of the North Star for a nightly game of catch with his son.  Night Catch is a timeless story that connects families while they are apart and offers comforting hope for their reunion.While You are Away by Eileen Spinelli (K – 5th grade)At times a loved one may be far, far away, but that special person is never far from mind and heart.  Whether you share thoughts, memories, photographs, or favorite songs, there are many ways to find comfort when you miss someone you love.The Wishing Tree by Mary Redman (1st – 5th grade)Amanda understands her dad is making the world a better place, but it doesn’t make his deployment any easier.  After mulling over ways she can support her dad, Amanda creates a small wishing tree in her room, writing her hopes and prayers on yellow ribbons that she ties onto the branches.  As Amanda wishes for her dad to enjoy good meals, make new friends, and return safely, the little tree comes to life with yellow ribbons of hope.Middle School – Age BooksAlmost Forever by M. Testa (6th – 8th grade)This seemingly simple novel in blank verse captures the feelings of a six-year old girl when her father goes to be a doctor in the Vietnam War for a year.  We learn about the fear the family feel of their father never returning.  Important things to a child like changing where they live and changes in her mother’s behavior are highlighted.  It also captures well the idea that children do not necessarily understand what is happening to them and their families, and cannot change many things even if they do understand, they can only observe.Dear Blue Sky by Mary Sullivan (6th – 8th grade)Ever since her brother Sef left for Iraq, Cassie has felt like her life is falling apart.  Her parents are fighting over her brother having gone to war.  Her smart, beautiful sister is messing up.  Her little brother, who has Down syndrome, is pretending he’s a Marine.  And her best friend no longer has time for her.  In her loneliness Cassie turns to a surprising source of comfort:  Blue Sky, an Iraqi girl she meets through her blog.  The girls begin a correspondence and Cassie learns that when Blue Sky says “I want my life back,” she means something profound, as she can no longer venture out in her destroyed city.  Cassie takes strength from Blue Sky’s courage and is inspired to stop running away from the pain, and to reclaim her life.Jack Adrift: Fourth Grade Without a Clue by Jack Gatos (5th – 8th grade)Jack’s father rejoins the navy after going bankrupt from being cheated in a business deal.  Jack, his parents, brother and sister go to live at Cape Hatteras in a camouflage-painted trailer parked in a swamp.  Jack’s father expresses some dissatisfaction with the Navy.  It depicts the family of an enlisted military member through a laugh aloud fun at times theme.High School – Age BooksA Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor by Harry Mazer (9th – 12 grade)When fourteen year old Adam moves to Hawaii with his mother, small sister and Navy father, he goes to a civilian school for the first time in his life.  He makes friends with a boy of Japanese ancestry, Dave, and his father strongly disapproves.  Adam sneaks off to go fishing with his new friend and they climb under a fence to fish on Pearl Harbor.  In a dramatic and scar(and injured by) the bombing of Pearl Harbor and Adam sees his father’s ship, the USS Arizona sink, in the confusing Adam is assumed to be in the Navy and helps rescuers.After the First Death by Robert Cormier (9th – 12th grade)Ben Marchand’s father joined the army late in life and is a General when the story opens.  When a bus full of children is taken hostage by terrorists Ben is asked by his father to take messages between the government and the terrorists.  His father tells Ben this is because he is young and non-threatening, but by the end of the book the reader learns that Ben was chosen by his father because his father and the secret government agency he works for have been conducting psychological experiments on Ben his whole life and his father know exactly how Ben will act under stressful circumstances.Finding My Way by Michelle Sherman (9th – 12th grade)A unique, three-part book that honestly and gently addresses key issues in dealing with a parent who has experienced trauma.  An important resource for anyone working with teens, this interactive book includes clear information and opportunities for self-expression.When the Lights Go Out by Max Elliot Anderson (9th – 12th grade)Peyton Aldrich’s father is an Army colonel, who specialized in Army intelligence.  His work is always top secret, which means he can’t even discuss it with his own son.  Nevertheless, Peyton idolized his father, who believes that after what happened on 9/11, somebody had to help keep the country safe.An additional list, “Children’s Books for Young Children in Military Families”, developed by  eXtension is organized in the categories of:Military LifeDeployment/SeparationRelocating:  PreparingRelocating:  AdaptingHomecomingStrong EmotionsInjury of a ParentDeath of a ParentActivity BooksDo you have a favorite children’s books for military children that wasn’t included on one of these lists?  If so, please share by commenting on this blog.Sara Croymans is a member of the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions team and an Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota, Extension Center for Family Development. In addition, she is a military spouse.  Sara and her husband, retired from the Army National Guard, and three children navigated 22.5 years of weekend drills, annual trainings and two deployments. Their youngest son, daughter, and son-in-law also serve in the Army National Guard.last_img read more

Patna HC orders ex-Chief Ministers to vacate government bungalows

first_imgThe Patna High Court on Tuesday ordered that all former Chief Ministers of the State have to vacate the government bungalows allotted to them for lifetime.Earlier in January, taking suo motu cognizance of a provision that allows former Chief Ministers to occupy their official bungalows for life, the court had issued a notice to the State government to reply.The court on February 11 had reserved the order on the issue.A division bench of Chief Justice AP Shahi and Justice Anjana Mishra had also asked why the former CMs do not live in their private bungalows when they have been provided security there.The bench had also referred to how former CMs of Uttar Pradesh had to vacate the government bungalows allotted to them for lifetime following a Supreme Court order in May last year.The court on Tuesday observed that providing government bungalows to former CMs was a misuse of public money.Earlier, the 7, Circular Road government bungalow that was allotted to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in capacity of former CM, was notified in the name of chief secretary of the State.Former Bihar CMs Satish Prasad Singh (CM for three days in 1968), Dr. Jagannath Mishra (1975-77, 1980-83 and 1989-90), Jitan Ram Manjhi (CM for nine months in 2014-15), Rabri Devi and her husband Lalu Prasad Yadav (1990-2005) have been allotted government bungalows for life in Patna and now they have to vacate their officials bungalows following the court order.Ms. Devi and Mr. Prasad have been allotted one bungalow at 10, Circular Road where they live along with family members.Recently, following a Supreme Court order, Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Tejashwi Yadav had to vacate his official bungalow at 5, Deshratna Marg which was allotted to him in the capacity of former Deputy CM.Mr. Yadav now lives with his parents at 10, Circular Road residence.Reacting to the High Court’s order, Mr. Manjhi said he “honours” court’s decision and would abide by it.last_img read more

These countries are even smaller than Delhi: 10 smallest countries in the world

first_imgWhen you hear the word country, all you can visualise is a huge land mass full of thousands, if not millions, of people swarming around in cities and villages, trying to contribute to that nation’s economy. Among all this lie some very small, very quaint countries that may not have a prominent place on the world map but they do have the potential to be recognised worldwide.Let’s find out more about 10 smallest countries in the world:1. Vatican: Area: 0.44 square kilometreCentre of the Catholic Church and home to St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican is the smallest country in the world. The country of Pope is inside the city of Rome in Italy2. Monaco:Area: 2 square kilometreMonaco is all about luxury. Situated at the French Riviera, world’s second smallest country is home to billionaires and millionaires around the world. Monaco is also world’s mostly densely populated country and holds a population of 36,000 3. Nauru:Area: 21 square kilometreNauru is world’s smallest island country. Earlier known as Pleasure Island, Nauru is located east of Australia and was famous for its phosphate resources4. Tuvalu:Area: 26 square kilometreMuch like Nauru, Tuvalu is also an island country. To be more specific, it’s a group of small islands off the west coast of Australia. Only 10,000 people live in this country that has only 8 kilometre of roads and only one hospital5.San Marino: Area: 61 square kilometre   Known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, the country claims to be the oldest surviving sovereign in the world. San Marino is surrounded by Italy from all its sides. It is also one of wealthiest countries in terms of per capita GDPadvertisement6. Liechtenstein:Area: 160 square kilometre  Liechtenstein is the only country in the world that stands on the Alps. The German-speaking country is situated between Switzerland and Austria. Still ruled by a prince, the country is only accessible from Switzerland 7. Saint Kitts and Nevis:Area:  261 square kilometreThe two islands of Kitts and Nevis were among the first ones to be captured by European colonisers. Once a popular sugar exporting country, Saint Kitts and Nevis is now a tourist destination with its scenic beauty and marine resources8. Maldives: Area: 300 square kilometreLocated in the Indian Ocean, Maldives is Asia’s smallest country. Maldives comprises 1,192 small coral islands and is a popular tourist destination. Dutch, Portuguese and British colonisers have ruled this country periodically until 1965 when Maldives declared its independence9. Malta:Area: 316 square kilometreConsisting of three islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is the ninth smallest country in the world. Gozo, Comino and Malta – these islands are all parts of the country. The island country has a rich history of 7,000 years and at present, it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world 10. Grenada:Area: 344 square kilometreAlso known as “The Island of Spice”, Grenada is located in the Caribbean. The island nation was colonised from 1649 to 1763 by the French and it still shows in the culture and tradition of Grenada. Once the world’s largest producer of nutmeg and mace crops, Grenada is now a West Indian tourist destination northwest of Trinidad and Tobago. Cricket is the most popular sport in Grenada.last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Lakshan Sandakan should have picked early wickets, says Rumesh Ratnayake

first_imgSri Lanka fast bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake said on Saturday his side could have been in a better position had chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan struck early in the day.The 26-year-old struck twice in a span of two overs, including the prized scalp of centurion Murali Vijay (155) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) to pull the hosts back in the dying overs of the opening day of the third and final Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla.”We miss him (Rangana Herath), he is our leading wicket-taker but we had Sandakan in line, so we had to bring him,” the 53-year-old told reporters during the end of the first day’s press-conference.”We saw glimpses of what he (Sandakan) can do, but we wished it had come two sessions earlier,” Ratnayake added.Despite off-spinner Dilruwan Perrera being the fastest Sri Lankan bowler to scalp 100 Test wickets, Ratnayake said he will be disappointed to give away plenty of runs.”I was with them against Pakistan and he had the partnership of Rangana Herath and they were fantastic,” the Sri Lankan said.”Against India everybody knows, they are at a different level at a moment.”That’s not an excuse, even though he got 100 wickets he will be disappointed at the way he bowled and all the bowlers who have given too many runs,” Ratnayake added.last_img read more

Blatter Says He’s Not Corrupt

first_imgZURICH — Having come through another FIFA election largely unscathed, Sepp Blatter was in a typically defiant mood May 30 when addressing the challenges that still lie ahead.The 79-year-old FIFA president dismissed suggestions that a United States government investigation of corruption in football could lead to his door. Several senior FIFA officials have been arrested already, but Blatter shrugged off the notion that he could be next.“Arrested for what? Next question,” Blatter said curtly when meeting international media for the first time since American and Swiss Federal cases rocked FIFA’s home city on May 27.“I forgive but I don’t forget,” Blatter also said at FIFA headquarters, referring to a European-led attempt to oust him after 17 years in office.A busy first day of his new four-year Presidential term saw the leader of the world’s most popular sport scold critics and take acclaim from allies.Blatter criticized U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and received a congratulatory telegram from Vladimir Putin, President of 2018 World Cup host Russia.Gone was the tension which put a tremor in his voice after Swiss police raided FIFA’s favorite luxury hotel in Zurich early May 27.Blatter insisted he had nothing to fear from the U.S. Federal case which alleged a $150 million bribe scheme linked to broadcast rights for tournaments in North and South America. Two FIFA Vice Presidents were among seven men arrested.“I do not see how FIFA could be directly affected by this,” Blatter said. He was equally adamant when responding to questions about whether the probe can’t still directly affect him.Was he the “high-ranking FIFA official” mentioned in the Department of Justice indictment who wired $10 million to corrupt North American officials? The apparent bribes were paid from a FIFA account in exchange for voting for South Africa as the 2010 World Cup host.“Definitely that is not me,” Blatter said. “I have no $10 million.”It was clear that, after winning a closer vote than he would have liked Friday, Blatter wanted to come out fighting — first criticizing Lynch in an interview with his local Swiss broadcaster.Lynch said that FIFA and marketing officials — 14 indicted and four who made guilty pleas — had “corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and to enrich themselves.”“I was shocked by what she said,” Blatter told French-language broadcaster RTS. “As a President I would never make a statement about another organization without knowing.”Blatter suggested the U.S. Department of Justice went too far on FIFA’s turf.“Listen, with all the respect to the judicial system of the U.S. with a new minister of justice,” Blatter said, “the Americans, if they have a financial crime that regards American citizens then they must arrest these people there and not in Zurich when we have a congress.”Those comments set the tone for a punchy lunchtime news conference. “I have especially no concerns about my person,” he said about the investigation, which U.S. federal agencies claim is just starting.The seven football officials detained are resisting extradition and face 20 years in prison. Any questioning and plea bargaining could take American authorities deeper into the heart of FIFA.Those detained include FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, a Cayman Islands banker with homes in Georgia. Webb was a member of FIFA’s audit panel more than a decade ago when FIFA was in severe financial crisis.Still, FIFA member federations ignored the global furor May 29 to vote Blatter a 133-73 victory against challenger Prince Ali bin al-Hussein.Prince William, speaking in his position as President of the English Football Association, was the latest high-profile figure to call for reform of FIFA.“There seems to be a huge disconnect between the sense of fair play that guides those playing and supporting the game, and the allegations of corruption that have long lingered around the management of the sport internationally,” the Prince said before the May 30 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium.“The events in Zurich this week represent FIFA’s Salt Lake City moment, when the International Olympic Committee went through a similar period of serious allegations. FIFA, like the IOC, must now show that it can represent the interests of fair play and put the sport first. Those backing FIFA, such as sponsors and the regional confederations, must do their bit to press these reforms.”Blatter said the storm of protest “hasn’t reached hurricane strength,” but acknowledged FIFA officials would make “personal visits” to World Cup sponsors unsettled by negative publicity.Emboldened by his win, Blatter suggested two American motives for attacking him: Being a political ally of the “Hashemite kingdom,” meaning the Jordanian Prince’s home country, and as a bad loser in the 2022 World Cup hosting votes.A separate Swiss Federal probe is also under way into possible financial corruption during the 2018-2022 bid contests, and evidence was seized at FIFA on May 27. Russian and Qatari bid officials have always denied wrongdoing.Blatter’s comments echo his close ally Putin. The Russian President said the U.S. was meddling in FIFA’s affairs to influence the election and provoke his country being stripped of its World Cup.Support for Blatter from Russia and Spain complicates a deep rift between FIFA and European body UEFA.UEFA President Michel Platini, who urged Blatter to resign, has called his member federations to discuss tactics in Berlin ahead of the Champions League final on June 6.“There should be some kind of reaction,” said Dutch federation President Michael van Praag, who was a candidate against Blatter until switching support to Prince Ali.There was no immediate retribution toward Europe, though, as Blatter’s executive committee voted May 30 to retain the format for World Cup qualifying spots. That ensures there will still be 13 European countries, plus host Russia, at the 32-team tournament.The executive committee also cleared the way for European countries to bid for the 2026 World Cup, despite previous comments by Blatter that it would be too soon after Russia.The United States is a probable bidder for 2026 amid obvious conflicts with FIFA. “This will have no impact” on the chances of an American bid winning, Blatter insisted.___By Graham Dunbar, AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writer Rob Harris contributedTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Conor McGregor’s coach says UFC star is ‘very hungry’ for return to action

first_imgShare on Messenger ‘Now just one champion’: Khabib Nurmagomedov takes UFC lightweight title UFC He added: “I supported [McGregor focusing on other business] and I’m fully behind it, but I do see the spark back. I do see him very hungry, coming down to regular jiu-jitsu class and throwing a gi on. Strength and conditioning. There’s a real fire back.”McGregor, already the UFC’s featherweight champion, became the first fighter in the promotion’s history to simultaneously hold titles in two different weight classes when he stopped Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt in November 2016.He left the octagon to make his professional boxing debut in a circus-like blockbuster showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr last year, losing by a technical knockout in the 10th round.Nurmagomedov, the unbeaten Dagestani brawler, became the Russian Federation’s first UFC champion in April, when he manhandled and out-struck Al Iaquinta at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to capture the lightweight title forfeited by McGregor due to inactivity. The long-anticipated meeting between the rivals, whose backstage conflagration in Brooklyn this spring resulted in criminal charges against McGregor, would be the organization’s biggest event of the year.Kavanagh is confident in the 29-year-old McGregor’s chances despite a layoff that’s likely to surpass two years by fight night.“It’s a cliche to say, but it’s a classic striker versus grappler,” Kavanagh said. “Khabib needs to get into that clinch, join his hands and start chaining his takedowns together. Obviously, we need to try and prevent that.“I think a lot of people are so afraid of Khabib’s grappling, they don’t engage with him. Conor is a good grappler. I know that will get a lot of people upset when I say that, but watch his fights. There’s plenty of evidence to support that claim. I’m feeling and he’s feeling confident, wherever the fight goes. But [the left hand] will be the difference in the fight.” US sports … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Twitter Topicscenter_img Share on Pinterest Conor McGregor Support The Guardian MMA Since you’re here… Conor McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday that negotiations are still “ongoing” for the comeback of the UFC star, who hasn’t fought in mixed martial arts in more than 20 months.Kavanagh said he’s “seen the spark back lately” in McGregor and the team is interested in making a lightweight title fight with undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.“I think [McGregor’s energies were] directed at other areas of his life for a while, building up his business world – which is completely justified. We all know the hard luck stories of fighters retiring broke. They get pats on the back and they’re forgotten,” Kavanagh told the network. Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Facebooklast_img read more

US Open: Bianca Andreescu battles Elise Mertens to enter maiden Grand Slam semi-final

first_img Reuters New YorkSeptember 5, 2019UPDATED: September 5, 2019 09:30 IST Bianca Andreescu became the first teenager to reach the U.S. Open semifinals in a decade (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSBianca Andreescu became the first teenager to reach the U.S. Open semifinals in a decadeCaroline Wozniacki was also 19 when she was the runner-up in 2009Andreescu will next face fellow first-time semi-finalist Belinda BencicCanadian teenager Bianca Andreescu came from behind to overpower Elise Mertens 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 and reach her first Grand Slam semi-final at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.After a flawless first set from Mertens the tide turned in Andreescu’s favour in the second when she fired a cross-court forehand winner to break the Belgian at love and take a 4-2 lead.She fired another winner, her 40th, up the line to seal the win on a hot and humid night under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium.”This is honestly so crazy,” an emotional Andreescu said in an on-court interview. “A year ago I was in the qualifying round, I remember I was suffering from a back injury.”Now what I’ve accomplished this year, I’m honestly speechless,” said Andreescu, who will make her top 10 debut on Monday after ending last year ranked 178th.”I need someone to pinch me right now. Is this real life?”Andreescu will next face fellow first-time semi-finalist Belinda Bencic on Thursday after the Swiss advanced in straight sets earlier in the day.The two have never played each other before.The quarter-final offered a fascinating contrast in styles between the explosive power of the Canadian teenager and the steady counterpunching of the 23-year-old Mertens.But once the 15th-seeded Andreescu found the range with her punishing groundstrokes, she was able to wear down the 25th-seed and pile up the winners.”She can do well in the big moments,” Mertens said. “She gets that one more strike. She’s a very powerful hitter but also a good mover.”advertisementThe victory continues a strong-run for the 19-year-old, who clinched titles at Indian Wells in March and last month’s Canadian Open.MENTAL EDGEAndreescu uses meditation and visualization to keep her mind sharp and said the techniques she learned as a child help her deal with the pressure of the moment.”I think if you can control your mind, then you can control a lot of things,” she told reporters.”I think that’s what’s been working really well for me. I just kept doing that. When I’m on the court in front of these big stages, I’m really good at just blocking everything and staying in the zone.”And in a warning sign for her competition, Andreescu said she still has room to improve at the tournament.”I’m going to be honest. I don’t think I’ve played my best tennis,” she said.”I just fought really well with what I had every single day. I think that’s the most important thing for me, and I’m sure for every athlete you’re not going to have good days every day.”So I just try my best to figure out what’s going well and what’s not and just go from there.”Also Read | US Open: Serena Williams sails into semi-finals with record 100th victory in tournament historyAlso Read | US Open: Italy’s Matteo Berrettini edges past Gael Monfils for 1st Grand Slam semi-finalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow US OpenFollow Bianca AndreescuFollow Elise Mertens Next US Open: Bianca Andreescu battles Elise Mertens to enter maiden Grand Slam semi-finalThe 19-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu became the youngest semifinalist at Flushing Meadows since Caroline Wozniacki by overcoming a troubling back to beat Elise Mertens 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.advertisementlast_img read more

The Manual Wind: Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer 01 Chronograph

first_img Airstream Brings Back 2 of Its Most Popular and Affordable Travel Trailers Live the High Line Life at This Zaha Hadid-Designed Penthouse Editors’ Recommendations Shinola’s New Detrola Watch Collection Is As Modern As It Is Colorful 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Marketing in the watch world has become as competitive as the events the brands sponsor.  When Jean-Claud Biver took the wheel at Hublot, a marketing push of the then fresh Big Bang ensued.  Creating partnerships with sporting events and teams, brands, and the famous not only spawned a huge demand for this new timepiece, but a new image for Hublot.  Having left Hublot but remaining in the LVMH family, Biver has taken on his latest project; the revival of Tag Heuer.  The first piece under this new regime was just released at the 2015 Basel Watch Fair.  The Tag Heuer Carrera Caliber Heuer 01.This piece is truly characteristic of the Biver mindset.  A modular case of twelve different parts able to be produced in many colors, materials, and finishes is the recipe for creating what will surely be the newest Tag Heuer flagship timepiece.  Within this newly designed 45mm titanium case lies what will also be the new standard for Tag Heuer, the Caliber Heuer 01.  This new in-house automatic column wheel chronograph raises the bar for Tag Heuer.  All dressed up for its debut, this movement can be seen through the dial of the new piece not only making for a technical looking watch, but showing how Tag now means business.  New case design, new movement, new Biver identity.The Tag Heuer brand is repositioning.  With the watch brand turn-around king now setting the course, this established brand is ready to enter the tough terrain that the watch world has become.  Biver’s clear goal with Tag Heuer is to create an attractive, reliable, high quality swiss timepiece all the while remaining in a modest price point.  This first example, priced well below ten thousand dollars, is only the first strike.  Next through the rumor mill, a Tag Heuer Tourbillon priced under twenty thousand.  Stay tuned! 7 Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Homes that You Can Rent for Your Next Vacation last_img read more

Ponzi scamster held for duping investors of Rs 888 crore

first_imgKolkata: Police arrested one person from Ranaghat in Nadia on Saturday night in connection with a chit fund scam involving Rs 888 crore.The accused, Chandan Dey, is allegedly involved in many other chit fund scams in the state and duped a large number of people who had invested in various Ponzi schemes. The case was lodged with the Bijpur police station under Barrackpore police Commissionarate. The investigating officers had specific information that Sen had taken refuge in a house in Ranaghat. Dey went to a local medicine shop on Saturday night. He was arrested at the shop. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersHe has been at large since 2013 when various scams came to light. It was learnt that Dey had taken shelter in a house in Nadia’s Ranaghat a few months ago impersonating as Palash Dey. According the police the accused was arrested on the basis of specific complaint regarding a chit fund scam in which altogether Rs 888 crore had been duped. Sources said that a Central agency also filed a case against Dey at Calcutta High Court in 2017. Following the incident, the court instructed the police to arrest the accused. Police had carried out raids at various places but failed to trace him. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Barrackpore Commissionarate was conducting a probe in a particular case when the investigating officers came to know that the accused had handed over a cheque to local business material supplier. Police carried out a detailed probe on the basis of the cheque. They came to know the whereabouts of the accused. A team of police reached the Ranaghat acting on specific information. As he went to the medicine shop, the police caught hold of the accused. He was taken to Bjpur on late Saturday night. Police are trying to know the details about the scam. They are also trying to know the money trail. According to the investigation, police came to know that the accused was involved in various chit fund groups, including the Alchemist and Icore. The accused had allegedly collected money from the people and allegedly duped as many as 1000 agents.last_img read more

Canada plans to convene Lima Group meeting on Venezuelas future sources

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada is planning to host a meeting of countries from the Americas determined to steer troubled Venezuela back on a path to democracy.Sources tell The Canadian Press the gathering of the Lima Group of nations is likely to take place in Canada within the next month.Word of the plan comes a day after the group expressed full support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.Guaido declared himself interim president just two weeks after Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a contested second term.Canada has accused Maduro of seizing power through fraudulent, anti-democratic elections in May of last year.Global Affairs Canada is advising people to avoid non-essential travel to Venezuela due to the high level of violent crime, the unstable political and economic situations, and shortages of medication, food and water.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NYC transit chief slams Bombardier halts rail car deliveries over problems

Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press NEW YORK — The head of the New York City Transit Authority and former chief executive at the Toronto Transit Commission says he is having “deja vu times two” with problems around trains from Bombardier Inc.Andy Byford told the state transit authority this week that New York City Transit will halt new train car deliveries until more of the existing cars are fixed.“It’s gruelling. You have to stay on their case, you have to hold their hands, you have to cajole them,” Byford said at a Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee meeting Tuesday.He cited “depressing” issues with the HVAC system software and past problems with springs between the cars and doors that were “weeping oil.”“I’ve been around this cycle now twice with Bombardier — twice in Toronto,” he said, recalling the production delays and defects that plagued streetcar orders during his five years at the helm of Canada’s largest municipal transit authority.“Eventually they get the build quality right and suddenly they start to come off the production line like a well-oiled machine,” he said, adding that “you end up with a very good product.”New York City Transit was expecting 13 of the cars, which cost about $2-million apiece, back from repairs this week following software issues.Bombardier said it has delivered 160 out of about 300 cars so far, with some still in testing.“We understand the frustration and we own the issue,” spokesman Eric Prudhomme said in an email Thursday evening.“It’s not unusual in the industry to have some issues, particularly in the early stages of passenger service.”Prudhomme said he expects the technical problems with the R179 cars, which run on several lines in New York City, to be fixed “shortly,” with 50 employees “working around the clock” at Bombardier’s plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y.None of the problems has jeopardized passenger safety, the company has said.New York City Transit has representatives on site monitoring the progress, on top of bi-weekly meetings to discuss vehicles that were delivered but not fit for service, Byford said.“Short of actually building the damn things, we’re doing everything else that we possibly can do,” he said.Earlier this month, Swiss Federal Railways opted to stop taking new trains from the Montreal-based company until it fixes the ones already in service.Bombardier is also facing a Feb. 1 deadline for delivery of the first six of 76 vehicles for Toronto’s Crosstown Eglinton light rail line, with one car already at a Metrolinx site in Toronto. read more

Thousands still arriving on Italys shores from Libya and Tunisia – UN

The majority of the new arrivals, some 1,800, set sail from Janzour, 12 kilometres west of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, where they had waited for over a week for calm sea conditions to depart, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). As for why they made the perilous sea journey across the Mediterranean, a group of Sudanese men told UNHCR staff that they were rounded up in Tripoli and forced on to a boat. Others said they had lost jobs in Libya and were hoping for work in Europe, said the agency. To date more than 1,500 people have lost their lives attempting to reach Italy’s shores, often because of unsafe vessels and an absence of qualified skippers onboard. At the beginning of June at least 150 people who fled Libya drowned in one of the year’s deadliest boat incidents in the Mediterranean. UNHCR noted that some 52,000 people have arrived in Italy since the unrest in North Africa began earlier this year – 27,000 of them departed from Libya and the rest from Tunisia. The agency supports initiatives by the Italian Government for voluntary assisted repatriation of people found not to be in need of international protection. At the same time, it is concerned by an ongoing trend of refugees awaiting resettlement interviews in Tunisia crossing back into Libya to board boats for Europe. The agency is carrying out mass information campaign in the refugee camps to warn people of the risks of this journey. 16 August 2011People are continuing to flee Libya and Tunisia for a variety of reasons, the United Nations refugee agency reported today, noting that almost 2,000 people arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa over the weekend from the two North African nations. read more

Miners tech stocks push TSX lower but Wall Street rallies

TSX — 14,530.91     -2.66     -0.02% S&P 500 — 1,869.43     +6.03     +0.32% Dow — 16,448.74     +87.28     +0.53% Nasdaq — 3,999.73     -54.37     -1.34%TORONTO — Declines in the tech sector and weakness in the mining sector left the Toronto stock market little changed at the end of a volatile session Monday.The S&P/TSX composite index gave up early gains to lose 2.66 points to 14,530.91.Part of the reason for the subpar performance in the mining group came from Barrick Gold after merger talks between the Canadian company and Newmont Mining broke off. The news came two days before Barrick’s annual meeting, when company chairman and industry legend Peter Munk is expected to step down. Barrick shares lost 62 cents to $19.12.The Canadian dollar was up 0.09 of a cent to 90.7 cents US.It was a volatile session for New York markets as well, with the Dow Jones industrials registering a triple-digit advance, then going into negative territory at mid-afternoon before ending the day up 87.28 points at 16,448.74.The Nasdaq finished well off its worst levels for the day and slipped 1.16 points to 4,074.4 as some of the biggest tech names registered declines with Amazon, Facebook and Netflix all down around 2.5%.After snapping up tech stocks last year, investors have spent most of 2014 punishing them. The Nasdaq is down 3% in April.“The froth is finally burning off in some of these sectors, like technology,” said Quincy Krosby, a market strategist at Prudential Financial in New York.“Investors want to rely more on fundamentals and it’s hard to justify some of these valuations.”Negative sentiment also spread to the TSX tech sector, down almost 1% with Constellation Software down 3.4% at $253.03.The S&P 500 index rose 6.03 points to 1,869.43.Investors also focused on rising tensions in the crisis over Ukraine. On Monday, the U.S. government imposed sanctions against seven Russian government officials and 17 companies with links to President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.The White House says the penalties were being levied because it says Russia has failed to live up to commitments it agreed to under an international accord aimed at de-escalating the crisis in Ukraine. Corporate earnings will help set the tone on markets this coming week. In Canada, Imperial Oil, Suncor Cenovus Energy and Canadian Natural Resources are expected to report results.The energy sector is the best-performing group on the TSX year to date, up about 15%.“I see some good, positive results,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.“Oil prices have remained relatively high, I think our discount relative to U.S. oil has diminished, which should help out the oilsands producers.”On Monday, Precision Drilling reported first-quarter net earnings of $102 million, or 35 cents per diluted share, up from $93 million, or 33 cents per diluted share a year ago. Revenues increased 13% to $672 million, mainly due to higher pricing and drilling activity in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere. Its shares slipped 14 cents to $13.70.On the commodity markets, June crude in New York added 24 cents to US$100.84 a barrel and the TSX energy sector gained 0.10%.The gold sector led decliners, down 2.13% as June bullion lost $1.80 to US$1,299 an ounce.The base metals sector declined 1.62% as July copper was unchanged at US$3.09 a pound. WHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYUNITED STATES9 a.m.S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index (Feb): Economists expect 0.8% rise from month before, 13% rise year over year 10 a.m.Conference Board Consumer confidence index (April): Economists expect a reading of 83.2 CORPORATE NEWSCANADACanada Bread Company Ltd Q1 earnings Hudbay Minerals Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 29¢ a share Mega Brands Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect $1.17 a share Suncor Energy Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 96¢ a share Tembec Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 5¢ a share UNITED STATESFranklin Resources Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 89¢ a share General Growth Properties Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 3¢ a share Loews Corp. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 70¢ a share read more

Traders will for guidance from Fed speech developments out of Iraq

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 15, 2014 8:00 am MDT Traders will for guidance from Fed speech, developments out of Iraq TORONTO – A meeting of the Federal Reserve will be in focus this week as traders look to see if the U.S. central bank makes any changes to its massive bond purchase program that has supported markets in the world’s biggest economy.The Federal Open Market Committee is set to release its latest statement on monetary policy on Wednesday. It’s expected that Fed chair Janet Yellen will announce that the bank will cut $10 billion from its monthly bond purchases, keeping it on track for reducing the program by $45 billion by the end of the year.Although such news won’t be a surprise to most, senior economist Jennifer Lee of BMO Capital Markets said traders are eager to hear Yellen’s comments following the announcement. Of particular interest will be her take on the strength of the U.S. recovery in areas like jobs, home prices and consumer spending.The Fed’s monthly bond buyback program has helped lift markets and kept long-term interest rates low, but the bank has long warned that it can’t be in place forever and has been tapering the program as signs of strength in the U.S. economy continue to emerge.Although Lee anticipates Yellen will take a more positive tone on the economy, she will likely remain cautious in her approach.The main reason? Jobs.“The U.S. has been suddenly turning out new jobs each month and has regained all the jobs loss since the Great Recession (of 2008-09), but jobless rates remain elevated,” she said.“Far too many people are still considered to be long-term unemployed.”In addition to the Fed announcement, markets will also be watching for developments in Iraq and how it may affect global oil prices. Last week, benchmark U.S. crude rose to nearly US$107 a barrel after al-Qaida inspired militants captured two key Iraqi cities and vowed to march on Baghdad, raising fears for global supplies.The July crude contract on the New York mercantile Exchange closed Friday at US$106.91 a barrel, up 38 cents.Andrew Pyle, a senior wealth adviser at Scotia McLeod in Peterborough, Ont., said if the situation worsens in Iraq there is a chance the Fed might consider pausing its cuts to the stimulus until the conflict is resolved.“If we were to see a major destabilization of the Middle East as a result of what’s happening in Iraq, it’s possible the Fed may refrain from tapering,” he said.Either way, a threat to oil supplies will leave an impact on North American equities, which some analysts already say are overvalued after reaching near-record levels this year.“You’ve already got a market that is vulnerable to a pullback,” Pyle said. “If you throw in something like Iraq, which has serious ramifications for energy, energy costs, gasoline prices and the impact on consumers and business, (then) suddenly you have a very good catalyst for stocks to retreat even further.”The TSX ended last week up 91.98 points or 1.10 per cent, pushing it past the 15,000 mark but leaving it still a few points shy of the index’s record close set in June 2008, just before the Great Recession sent stocks plummeting.U.S. markets also gained ground last week with the Dow industrials ahead by 0.8 per cent.Meanwhile, August bullion climbed 10 cents Friday to US$1,274.10 an ounce, while July copper advanced a penny to US$3.03 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

By George car production is up again CV production down but exports

By George, car production is up again Production figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that: Car production in March 2002 rose by 10.3 per cent Car production in YTD 2002 rose by 16.1 per cent For more details and Commercial Vehicle Production figures see the attached press release. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Teenager convicted of sexual assault of classmate allowed to stay at same

Her mother said: “I think the day he was found guilty he should have been excluded.”He should not be allowed near my daughter or any woman right now.“I worry every single day, even now. I don’t feel the boy was adequately punished at all.”The schoolgirl said the guilty verdict had been a “massive weight off my shoulders”, but expressed concern about the apparent lack of regard for her wellbeing post-conviction.She said: “I thought I wasn’t going to see him. They said I’m their main priority. ” A schoolboy convicted of sexually assaulting a female classmate has been allowed to stay at the same school despite a restraining order.The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault and put on the sex offenders register, the BBC reported.However, despite the teenager being handed a restraining order following the youth court proceedings, he was allowed to carry on studying alongside his victim.The school insisted it had followed all procedures correctly.His victim told the broadcaster: “I have to just keep my head down, pretend he’s not there, otherwise it makes me panic.”The schoolgirl was targeted with gradually escalating harassment by her classmate, until he eventually began putting his hands up her skirt and touching her chest.”I wanted to leave but I felt like I couldn’t do anything. I felt powerless, like I was stuck,” she told BBC Inside Out East.Schools are required by guidelines to handle claims of sexual assault and the conviction of a pupil on a “case by case basis”.However, the parents of the victim, from Essex, condemned the decision to allow the boy to continue studying at the same school. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Free inflight WiFi from Google for the holidays

first_imgGoogle has decided to do another free in-flight Wi-Fi offer for the holiday season this year which will run from November 20 through January 2 next year.Last year Google offered free Wi-Fi access at 47 airports across the U.S. At the same time it had struck a deal with Virgin America to offer free inflight access.AdChoices广告This time round the offer discards the airports and goes for more airline options with Google teaming up with AirTran, Delta, and Virgin America to offer free access via Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi. It will be available on all domestic flights if you use those airlines between the given dates, and hopefully will allow for a more pleasant flight.The offer is a good promotion for Google which is pushing the use of the Chrome browser as the perfect solution for browsing while you fly.To learn more about the offer visit the Free Holiday Wi-Fi web page and don’t forget your laptop as hand luggage the day you fly.Below are images showing exactly which aircraft from each airline offers the Gogo service:DeltaVirgin AmericaAirTranRead more at The Official Google BlogMatthew’s OpinionThis is sure to go down well again with passengers and I’m sure the airlines involved are hoping for more bookings over the next month and a half. For Google it’s sure to get a few more people trying the Chrome browser, and a lot more people being exposed to the name for the first time.I wonder if next year we will see the same, or if Google will change tact and somehow try to push Chrome OS instead? Maybe we’ll see very cheap Chrome OS netbooks offered for sale in airports, or the use of a free netbook running the OS during your flight. I wouldn’t be surprised if Google went that far in order to get Chrome OS known about.Is anyone going to change their airline to take advantage of this offer for an upcoming trip? If the prices for flying are similar I’d certainly consider switching.last_img read more

3D printer adapted to ice a cake

first_imgAn avid group of 3D printing enthusiasts in the UK have decided to apply what they learned about the process of 3D printing to create an extrusion device that’s capable of icing a cake.This clever idea has turned out to be a bit more difficult than they expected, but through trial and error they have finally created a simple process called “punch and extrude” to produce advanced designs out of sweet buttercream frosting.While there are plenty of different videos out there showing syringes being used to extrude frosting and dough for cookies, the CNCDudez felt that everything they had seen was much too slow to be practical. The vast majority of the techniques that have gone before made use of an “outside-in” method, where starting from the outside of the cake the printer would make passes in concentric rings until the design was complete. This method does accomplish the task of icing a cake, the group thought it could improve on it significantly.While the process isn’t perfect, the team seems to be on the right track as the more traditional squeeze extrusion nozzle is indeed faster and more capable of producing advanced designs. With 3D printers becoming less expensive for the consumer, it’s not out of the question that a home baker could make use of these advances to help them finish a cake while they do other things in the kitchen. I can also see a few cake shops jumping on this idea to help up their capacity and guarantee the same design produced perfectly on every cake.Read more at the CNC Dudez pagelast_img read more