Young footballer seeks prosthetic leg

first_imgOutstanding Holy Trinity High School footballer Jordan Foote, who last Thursday had his leg amputated due to life-threatening bone cancer, is thankful to be alive, but his coach says he will need counselling to overcome the loss.”He needs some professional help with counselling,” his coach Devon Anderson said as the former schoolboy football star begins to cope with life as an amputee.The coach, who admits he has been a driving force and like a father to the cancer-stricken player, is hoping to receive assistance with a prosthetic leg for his charge.His leg was amputated five inches above the knee during surgery at the University Hospital of the West Indies last Thursday.get assistance”We would like a prosthetic leg for him. I have been doing some research and for someone to come from Cuba to put it (prosthetic) on it will cost about $1.4 million. We would really like to put it out there so he can get assistance,” Anderson told The Gleaner yesterday.He added that Foote is now recovering at home, and it will take four to six months before his leg heals.Organisations such as schoolboy football sponsor FLOW, the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association and the Premier League Clubs Association had assisted the player with his recent surgery and Anderson is hoping the same generosity can come to his rescue again.”He puts the best outside and puts on a brave face when he sees people, but deep down the loss is very hard to take,” Anderson stressed.Eighteen-year-old Foote made a name for himself as a Holy Trinity player last year in the FLOW Super Cup competition. They were surprise finalists and were beaten in the championship match by Jamaica College.last_img read more

New Tech Automatically Optimizes Virtual Events for Any Device

first_imgWith responsive design becoming a priority for content publishers now that consumers are increasingly using tablets and other mobile devices for digital access, the service providers that port that content into other formats are also having to adjust on the fly. On24 this week debuted a new technology that allows its webcasting and virtual event services to be automatically optimized for  mobile devices on iOS and Android. Dubbed On24 Move, the service provides an HTML5-based virtual environment for tablets and a more content-focused view for smartphones. The newly expanded mobile services were developed in response to rapidly increasing access to webcasts and virtual events via mobile devices. Mobile access to these types of events grew 300 percent in the last year, says the company, and is expected to double in the next year. The platform automatically detects what device the user has and serves up the appropriate version of the event. The familiar 3D virtual environments that users see on desktop screens, for example, are configured for tablet screens without the need for back-end adjustments by the client or other third-party vendors. “Our virtual environments are now fully supported across the continuum of computing form factors—smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops—further extending the potential reach of an environment,” says On24 CTO and chief product officer Jayesh Sahasi.last_img read more

Rafael Nadals tennis schedule for upcoming months these tournaments he will miss

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/0:48Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:42?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Former world number one Rafael Nadal has gone on to reveal his calendar and explained which are the big ATP events he will miss as per his calendar.The 17 time Grand Slam winner will miss the Miami Open in March and the Madrid Open that is scheduled in the month of May. Rafael Nadal’s main aim is keep himself fully fit and he has to manage his calendar very well due to his age. The Spaniard is currently 32 and will grow a year older in June.”Now I am in Acapulco and my priority is to be healthy. Now, if I make you a safe calendar, and I have no setbacks, in my mind, there are at 100% Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and French Open. This is what I have on my calendar, like I say, at 100% for the logic of weeks. Then it will depend on the results and physical feelings…” said Rafael Nadal during an interview with ABC, as reported by the Tennis World USA.As age progresses, it is difficult to remain at the top shape throughout if one does not maintain their calendar. Rafael Nadal says he does not recognises on a daily basis that he is growing old. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images”I do not notice it on a daily basis, not too much. What’s the truth is that when you go analyzing the things that go on, you realize that you had more problems than the ones you wanted,” said Rafael Nadal”The last year, without going too far. You have moments where, when you go through so many things, you get tired. But luckily I keep the excitement alive, I keep the desire to go training and I enjoy a lot. Especially when I am doing well, clear,” he added.Rafael Nadal also spoke about the importance of having a very good mental strengthen to support the body.”It depends. If the body does not let the mind act, you cannot do more. In some ways that’s true. The mind helps you coming back with energy and willingness and keep the excitement. I worked on it a lot as a kid, now I do not. Everyone works their mind on a daily basis. I think that you have time for everything in life. But I train and then I do things I want to, without forgetting the first one,” said Rafael Nadalcenter_img Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic Wins Final Over Rafael Nadallast_img read more

Meghan Markle feels imprisoned in the Royal Palace Duchess seriously reconsidering her

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle has been under a lot of scrutiny ever since she joined the Royal Family. But that is the trade-off, everyone knows that living as a Royal is different from being a celebrity. Though both have similar elements.And Meghan Markle is well-versed in being in the spotlight as a celebrity, so she already had an advantage. But it seems that the advantage of being a celebrity may be the main reason she feels trapped under the thumb of the Royal Family.Meghan Markle could sooner or later “wonder why she agreed” to marry into the Royal family according to a Royal expert.Appearing on the documentary, Meghan Markle: The First 100 Days, royal correspondent Helen Kirwan Taylor said: “I think, at the beginning, every event is exciting because she has never done them before. “In two years time when she is being rolled out to some godforsaken dark wet city in freezing conditions, I think she is going to wonder why she agreed to this.” Royal author Duncan Larcombe called the Duchess of Sussex a “prisoner” of the royal family.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesHe said: “I don’t think even Meghan could have really comprehended the scale of the sacrifice she was making by saying I do.”It is basically ‘I do Harry, so I don’t for the rest of my life’.”She is now sadly a prisoner inside that cocoon world.”Now, normally, we wouldn’t agree with the definition of Meghan being a prisoner, but ever since she got pregnant, we have wondered If the increased scrutiny on her every move could be akin to be ing a prisoner in a cage.last_img read more

Mikayla Demaiter shows off her figure in barely there swimwear Photo

first_imgMikayla DemaiterMikayla Demaiter Official Instagram (mikaylademaiter)Mikayla Demaiter is setting pulses racing with her social media snaps. In fact, she has reportedly been called the “world’s sexiest ice hockey goalkeeper.” One look at her social media and it isn’t hard to see why.The athlete is quite active on social media, teasing her fans with sizzling snaps. Reportedly Demaiter, from Chatham in Ontario, plays for the Bluewater Hawks in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League. Like all hockey players, The 19-year-old has to keep herself covered from head to toe in protective clothing when she is on the ice. But on her Instagram, she sheds her protective gear and opts for scanty swimwear. This choice of clothing has gained her a following of nearly 12,000 followers. The hockey player sure knows how to work the camera. She sends her fans into a tizzy with her naughty snaps.Her career as an athlete has just begun, but it looks like Mikayla already wants to branch out. Could it be that Mikayla is interested in becoming a social media influencer? However, she also posts action shots of herself in the rink. These posts don’t seem to gather as much attention. We have to say, Mikayla needs to pick an angle which works for her and we don’t mean the photographic one.  Mikayla DemaiterMikayla Demaiter Official Instagram (mikaylademaiter)The athlete is trying to juggle both sides of her life in one account, which does seem reasonable, but may not give her the results she desires. Mikayla may have a tough task ahead of her. Pulling off the balancing act of portraying herself as a serious athlete with a fun and sexy side might be difficult.But if she can garner attention for her sultry snaps and make those fans stay for her prowess in the rink. Then she will achieve another level of success, which may very well launch her career into a whole other level. A marketable face. Isn’t that what all athletes desire? Apart from being the best in their sport? You can check out the pic here:  Mikayla DemaiterMikayla Demaiter Official Instagram (mikaylademaiter)last_img read more

US formally requests UN vote on N Korea

first_imgThe United Nations Security Council sits to meet on North Korea after their latest missile test, at the UN headquarters in New York City, US, on Sept 4. Reuters File PhotoThe United States has formally requested a United Nations Security Council vote on Monday to impose tough new sanctions against North Korea despite resistance from China and Russia.Washington has presented a draft UN resolution calling for an oil embargo on North Korea, an assets freeze on Kim Jong-Un, a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers.Diplomatic sources said Russia and China opposed the measures as a whole, except for the ban of textiles, during a meeting of experts Friday.“This evening, the United States informed the UN Security Council that it intends to call a meeting to vote on a draft resolution to establish additional sanctions on North Korea on Monday, September 11,” a statement from the US mission to the UN read.Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov earlier said it was too early to talk about a vote at the Security Council on new North Korea sanctions, insisting any pressure should be balanced against restarting talks.“Along with pressure on the North Korean regime to induce it to abandon provocations in the implementation of its nuclear and missile programs, it is necessary to emphasize and increase the priority of efforts to resume the political process,” Lavrov said.The United States wants tough sanctions to be imposed to maximize pressure on Pyongyang to come to the table and negotiate an end to its nuclear and missile tests.The proposed raft of sanctions would be the toughest-ever imposed on North Korea and seek to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test.Britain has given early backing to the measure.last_img read more

Illegal marijuana market still thrives in Los Angeles

first_imgIn this 15 March 2018 photo, an undercover Los Angeles County sheriff`s deputy loads two evidence bags into a van after raiding an illegal marijuana dispensary in Compton, Calif. The number of outlaw dispensaries in the county greatly outnumbers the about 150 licensed storefront retailers. Photo : APA slight marijuana smell wafted out as a steady stream of customers walked into a warehouse, its doors and windows covered by bars.Suddenly, police swooped in.”Sheriff’s department! Search warrant!” a Los Angeles County deputy shouted as the team thundered through the front door and began hauling out people in handcuffs.The Compton 20 Cap Collective just south of Los Angeles that was raided earlier this spring is one of hundreds of illegal marijuana stores operating in LA County, where marijuana is legal for anyone 21 and over and retailers must be licensed to sell to them.Broad marijuana legalization arrived in California at the start of the year. From the beginning, there was concern the legal market would be undercut by the massive black market that has existed for decades.And that’s what’s happening. Nowhere is it a bigger problem than in the state’s biggest legal local marijuana market: Los Angeles County.The number of outlaw dispensaries in the county greatly outnumbers about 150 licensed storefront retailers.That reality is a buzzkill for those trying to play by the rules.Legal pot shops are losing customers who can get products more cheaply at illegal outlets that don’t charge or pay taxes, said Adam Spiker, executive director of the Southern California Coalition, a trade organization that represents cannabis growers, distributors and dispensary owners.It’s an “unfair competitive situation for licensed businesses,” Spiker said.”I think if you turn the tables and took cannabis out of the equation – if it was another industry that didn’t have the stigmas – the government would do everything they could to give those licensed business paying taxes a level playing field.”One of the selling points for legalisation was it would generate a tax windfall for state and local governments. However, during the first quarter, the state reported only $34 million from cultivation and excise taxes, putting it on pace to fall well below the $175 million forecast for the first six months.In April, state regulators sent nearly 1,000 cease-and-desist letters to cannabis businesses they suspected were operating illegally. An analysis by the trade publication Marijuana Business Daily found about 64 per cent of the businesses were in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.Last month, the Los Angeles city attorney’s office charged 142 people as part of a crackdown on illegal dispensaries. It also sent out cease-and-desist letters but declined to say how many.Los Angeles County boasts the nation’s largest sheriff’s department, but even it has nowhere near the manpower to take down all the illegal pot shops. A task force overseen by Lt. Frank Montez raids an average of one dispensary a week.However, the voter-approved ballot measure legalizing cannabis in California included a provision that made possessing more than 28.5 grams only a misdemeanor. That means officers can seize businesses’ cash and marijuana, but employees and owners rarely face jail, and illegal operations often quickly reopen.”It’s a money-lucrative business so there are people willing to take the risk,” said Capt Holly Francisco, who commands the sheriff’s department’s narcotics unit.Montez sees his work as more than code enforcement. Marijuana sold illegally may be tainted with illegal pesticides and other harmful substances. And licensed marijuana shop owners who pay their taxes should have a fair playing field, he said.”When you have an illegitimate, illegal dispensary operating, that not only hurts the industry as a whole but that really hurts the community,” Montez said.At the Compton store, a sign above a security window says customers must be at least 18 and have a physician’s recommendation to buy medical marijuana and be 21 and have a valid photo ID for anything else. Like many others, the shop operated in plain sight and advertised online, including on WeedMaps, a go-to website for people looking to buy cannabis.Inside, whiteboards on dirt-smudged walls advertised the prices for different types of cannabis and concentrates.Cartridges for vapor pens and “Shatter,” a honey-like oil containing cannabis extract, cost between $15 and $30. Large display cases held jars of branded marijuana strains – 28 grams of “Purple Dragon” sold for $160.”People out here on the street are thinking it is a legitimate operation and are smoking this cannabis with all these dangerous pesticides, and they are really killing themselves,” Montez said.Some illegal pot shops look so legitimate that customers may not even realise they are illegal unless they figure out they aren’t being charged tax. But like any shopper looking for the best deal, plenty know these places are illegal and go because it’s cheaper.While some illegal LA County pot shops grow their own plants, many are supplied by illegal grows in the hills of Northern California, long a major source of all US pot.Lake County, about 125 miles (201 kilometers) north of San Francisco, is home to many such grows because of its topography, which allows pot farmers to easily hide large operations. It has an abundance of federal and state forests and land where cartels set up operations.Like the LA County Sheriff’s Department, Lake County lacks the manpower to put much of a dent in illegal operations.Deputies patrol on the ground and in helicopters, and last year they destroyed about 250,000 plants and arrested 46 people for illegal grows, Sheriff Brian Martin said.He has no estimate for the number of illegal grows in the county but is confident the hundreds of thousands of plants deputies chop down each year are “just the tip of the iceberg.”Martin said his short-staffed department has assigned a single a detective full-time to marijuana eradication. He counts on help from state and federal agencies, but they too have their priorities.”It’s all about manpower,” he said. “No one has enough of it.”last_img

Astros Going For History

first_img Share Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Houston ChronicleHouston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) and third baseman Alex Bregman (2) react as catcher Brian McCann (16) hits a home run during the eighth inning as the Houston Astros take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 in Houston. (Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle)Game Six of the World Series is Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The game time temperature to be 35-degrees cooler than the 100-degree heat the Astros dealt with for games One and Two in LA last week.But the weather isn’t the only change. A victory in Game Six tonight, or if necessary, Game Seven Wednesday night, and the Astros will be crowned World Champions. Justin Verlander hasn’t lost since being acquired from the Detroit Tigers on August 30, and he’s the Astros starting pitcher tonight.“These are the moments you want to be a part of as a baseball player,” Verlander says. “It’s gonna be pretty intense.”Intensity and dealing with adversity appears to be a theme in this World Series. A lead has been tied or overtaken 16 times through the first five games.Astros players know their fan base has already dealt with the adversity and intensity. “The people of Houston have been here with us this entire season and they’ve stood strong through some tough times.” says Game Five hero Alex Bregman. He’s referring to Hurricane Harvey and not the excitement of the World Series.Houston is certainly caught up in the excitement. According to AT&T, their customers alone used up enough data during the three games played at Minute Maid Park to take over nine million selfies.The Astros will host a viewing party at Minute Maid which includes a Post Season Street Fest on Crawford Street where fans can enjoy live music, food trucks, bar games, inflatables and more. The party starts two hours before the game’s start. Fans will need to claim a free “Postseason Watch Party” voucher for entry at Vouchers are subject to availability.First pitch for Game Six tonight is at 7:20 PM.last_img read more

Crossing borders

first_imgDastkar re-opens its Nature Bazaar venue at Andheria Modh after the monsoon break with an exciting South Asian Bazaar. Craftspeople and crafts organisations from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Afghanistan come together with their Indian counterparts to share and showcase talents, techniques, and products. Threads and textures of diverse crafts and textiles – binding and bringing us together. Craft is a unique strength that Asian countries share. A centuries-old common cultural heritage of extraordinary weaving, embroidery, block printing, leather and metal work, wood carving, basketry, and terracotta traditions connects us together at a time when politics and land and water disputes seek to divide us. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Dastkar South Asian Bazaar  in association with Delhi Tourism is a coming together of these common strands – a meeting and celebration of skillsets, traditions, and people. Pakistani ajrakh block printing, and leatherwork will find matching echoes with that of craftspeople from Rajasthan and Kutch, while women phulkari, jisti, and suf embroiderers from Punjab and Barmer will counter those from Sind and Afghanistan. Shibori tiedye and indigo dying from Bangladesh will vie with Indian bandini and laheria. Kantha and sozni embroidery link both countries, but each has its own characteristic style and motif tradition. The basketry and intricate backstrap weaving of Bhutan, literally ‘embroidery on the loom,’ has resonances with that of Assam and the North East, while Indian ikat and Bangladesh jamdani weaving will display the intricacy and skill of other handloom weaving traditions. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEmbroidered, punched and cutwork leather is a specialty of both Punjab andRajasthan, and juthi makers from across the borders meet and compete. Each country and region shares a common heritage of amazing and varied craft traditions, with each region and community developing its own unique skill directory and identity. Come discover the richness and diversity of South Asian Crafts. The Dastkar South Asian Bazaar is a small but colourful window to our neighbouring world and its hand crafts and culture. Workshops on design, marketing, and product development, will provide a forum for sharing expertise and experiences, and food, dance and music will add their own magic to the ambience. Dastkar is a society for crafts and craftspeople that aims at improving the economic status of craftspeople, thereby promoting the survival of traditional crafts.  It was founded in 1981 by six women who worked in the craft and development sector, including Laila Tyabji who is the current Chairperson.Dastkar strongly believes in ‘craft’ as a social, cultural and economic force that despite being marginalized due to urbanization and industrialization has the strength and potential to play a vital role within the economic mainstream of the country.The crux of Dastkar’s programme is to help craftspeople, especially women, to use their own traditional craft skills as a means of employment, income generation and economic self-sufficiency. Dastkar guides the process of developing a craft – from identifying the skill and creating awareness of its potential, in both craftsperson and consumer, to developing, designing, costing and then marketing the product, and finally suggesting the proper usages and investment of the income generated. The objective is to make craftspeople self-reliant, independent of both the commercial middleman and of organisations like Dastkar, by allowing them to market and sell contemporary products directly, and not simply subsist through subsidised craft. Craft skills range from textile based craft producer groups to terracotta. The product ranges developed include garments and accessories, home furnishings, toys, stationery and objects d’art.Dastkar ensures that the end product is competitive, not just in its worthiness of purpose or the neediness of its producer, but in cost utility and aesthetic – a consumer does not buy out of compassion!As groups become self-sufficient, Dastkar directs its support to new groups and assists them in their growth. Presently, Dastkar provides a range of support services including skills upgradation, design workshops and training in production and management to several of the 350 plus craftgroups it works with from across most Indian states. All groups benefit from the marketing activities Dastkar undertakes through the organisation of its regular Bazaars and exhibitions.These Dastkar Bazaars and exhibitions, where artisans sell their products directly to the customers, expose craftspeople to the market and give them a firsthand knowledge of customer tastes and market trends. Dastkar also holds an export licence, thus enabling it to also provide an alternative international market for craftspeople.Apart from the support services and craft development consultancies Dastkar provides to its own family of producer groups, it is also regularly asked to provide evaluation and consultancy services to other government, non-government and international agencies.last_img read more

Revolutionising fashion with ease

first_imgOnce Upon a Trunk is an online e-commerce shopping portal with various brands and designers on board. Founded 2015 by the sister duo Saanchi and Shivaani Jain to solve a simple problem of inconvenient shopping, it has come a long way with a commendable collaboration with over 100 top notch premium designers at affordable prices. It is an amalgamation of top brands, expert service, and unparalleled convenience, delivering a highly personalized experience that helps you look your best. Believing in revolutionizing fashion with ease, their USP lies with offline shopping as personalized styling services at one’s doorstep. Their online version of magazine blog, ‘The Hey Day’ is that hotspot where you would find featured diverse shoots, collaborations, fashion and lifestyle stories and much more to help with all your queries and keep you entertained at the same time. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe one remarkable thing about this online portal is their at-home trunk service. This experience is straightforward and convenient with their stylist just a click away. All you have to do is sign up online, set up a phone conversation with one of their stylists, and a 30- to 40-pound box will arrive on your front door, packed with ensembles for the occasion. The client gets to try the items on, tell the stylist what she likes and send the rest back. Products ranging from clothes to accessories to footwear, it has got it all to gift someone a complete look. From contemporary to ethnic to kidswear, there is something for everyone. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWith festive season around the corner, it has got amazing gifting options for your love this karwa chauth with their products specially curated for this festival. Take your love a notch higher by gifting your girl their amazing karwa chauth collection having phulkari dupattas, stunning lehengas and saris, pretty jhumkas and much more to lust over. Prices ranging from Rs 1,000 to 10,000, it has got something or the other for every pocket and every occasion. Be it Diwali, karwa chauth or bhaiya dooj, this festive season surprise your lovely ladies with their droolworthy collection.  With personal shopping experience, they are definitely making gifting this easy with just a click.Intended to spread across all metropolitan cities, they have almost reached the pinnacle by planning to set up their own brand for trunks and apparel clothing.While their clothing line aims to produce refined quality products with international designs, not replicated of anything seen in the Indian market.Their trunks are designed to give a different approach and outlook.last_img read more