Military Father Involvement: Part 1

first_imgBy Rachel Dorman, M.S. & Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT[Flickr, 20140626-Z-XH589-278 by Mayland National Guard, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015In past posts we’ve touched on child outcomes of father involvement and provided resources surrounding the National Fatherhood Initiative. Today’s blog continues the conversation in part one of our military fatherhood blog series featuring a study examining thoughts, feelings and actions of military fathers. Willerton, Schwarz, Wadsworth, and Oglesby (2011) gathered information about military fathers’ involvement with their children [1]. Participants in the study included 71 military fathers from 14 U.S. military installations who attended focus groups within six months after returning from deployment. They were asked questions about their 1) perception of their role as a father, 2) relationship with their children prior to deployment, 3) interactions and communications with their children while deployed, and 4) experiences upon reunification and reintegration into the family after deployment.Researchers categorized their findings into three overlapping domains: thoughts, feelings, and behavior. In this post, we will focus on the findings within the cognitive domain, defined by the researches as the thoughts related to fatherhood. There were seven themes found to arise in this domain, four of which were not related to whether the father was deployed or not. The seven cognitive domains of fatherhood involvement themes were: Responsibility, Evaluation of Parenting, Developmental Awareness, Psychological Presence, Planning, Monitoring and Control, and Reintegration. Below we highlight not only how the researchers conceptualized these domains but also the associated findings.Cognitive (Thoughts) Domains of Fatherhood Responsibility:This theme encompassed the thought process of the father related to providing financial security, being a mentor, providing unconditional love and acceptance, providing a foundation of values, and being a consistent friend to their child. Fathers reported awareness of their mortality when deployed, which led some to convey their parenting philosophies in writing and thoughts to their children.Evaluation of Parenting:[Flickr, Welcome Home, 441st Ordnancey Battalion by William Franklin, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015This theme explored how fathers evaluated their parenting. This was done through self-reflection on their role as a parent, how their military career impacted family life, and their desire to imitate or reject their own father’s parenting styles. The study reported that fathers felt guilt for being absent from their children’s lives during deployment, which may have resulted in them feeling conflicted about disciplining their children. Some fathers reported avoiding disciplining their children while away or taking a secondary parenting role. After returning, fathers reported feeling reluctant to discipline their children after being physically absent for so long.Developmental Awareness:In this theme, fathers reported their understanding oft heir children’s developmental challenges. Fathers showed mixed emotions about the possibility of deploying during a children’s infancy, and the children’s inability to understand their absence. Fathers of teenagers recognized their children’s desire for autonomy, but stressed the need to continue to be involved in the teenager’s life.Psychological Presence:This theme was described as the continuous presence of the child in the fathers thoughts. When fathers were not physically with their child, they reported thinking about their child. Fathers reported expressing these thoughts to their child to reassure the child that they had presence in the father’s mind, even though they were not physically together. The study found that, to these participants, good fathering meant ‘being there’ for the child but being a military father sometimes conflicted with this because of the physical separation often required in their military career.Planning:This theme was defined as the forethought fathers put into their parent-child relationship in order for the relationship to be sustained and grow. One example mentioned in the study was fathers who preplanned care packages or gifts for their children, or who planned to preserve and celebrate milestones, such as birthdays, even when they were not physically present. The researchers found the planning theme to demonstrate a father’s strong desire to be a part of their child’s life despite their physical absence.Monitoring and Control:This theme described a father’s efforts to monitor and maintain supervision over their children despite being absent. The study revealed fathers showed concern about discipline and potential misbehavior of children. Fathers expressed having difficulty monitoring their children from far away.Reintegration Challenges:This theme was defined as the process of rejoining the family and assuming a paternal role after being absent. The study reported that the readjustment phase differed in length for fathers. Fathers with younger children showed concern as to whether their children would be able to recognize them. The fathers in the study emphasized the need for children to be allowed to warm up and re-establish emotional connection, Fathers were aware of the possibility that some children may be resentful of their absence.Professionals can use this study’s findings to gain insights into unique barriers that fathers in the military may experience. To learn more about military fatherhood keep an eye out for our next blog, Military Father Involvement: Part 2, where we continue to relay findings from Willerton, Schwarz, Wadsworth, and Oglesby’s (2011) study by focusing on the emotional and behavior domains. Also, mark your calendars for May 29, 2014 from 11am-1pm for our MFLN Family Development webinar focusing on Fathers, Work, and Family Life.References[1] Willerton, E., Schwarz, R., Wadsworth, S., & Oglesby, M. (2011). Military fathers’ perspectives on involvement. Journal of Family Psychology, 25(4), 521-530. DOI: 10.1037/z0024511This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT.  Both are members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Anti-violence Bills still await presidential nod

first_imgCivil rights groups in Rajasthan have expressed concern over delay in the presidential assent to Bills against mob lynching and honour killing, which were passed by the State Assembly on August 5, holding up the process for their enforcement.Since some punishments laid down in the two Bills were higher than those in the Central statutes, the assent of the President, rather than the Governor, is essential. The State government sent the Bills to the Ministry of Home Affairs earlier this month to be forwarded for the President’s consent.People’s Union for Civil Liberties-Rajasthan president Kavita Srivastava said here on Saturday that since the MHA was sitting on the anti-mob violence Bill sent by the Manipur government since January this year, the fate of the two Bills of Rajasthan was likely to be the same. “The MHA seems to be have put these Bills in cold storage,” she said.“Our concern regarding the fate of the two Bills also stems from the fact that the Ministry of Home Affairs has not been interested in the enactment of legislation on lynching and honour killing crimes,” Ms. Srivastava said, while pointing out that the Group of Ministers to tackle lynchings, headed earlier by Rajnath Singh and now by Amit Shah, had not met.“The Centre’s view submitted to the Supreme Court in the Tehseen S. Poonawalla case was that the Indian Penal Code and other existing laws were enough to handle the lynching-related violence,” Ms. Srivastava said.As regards the honour crimes law, the rights groups felt that the political parties, particularly the BJP, did not wish to interfere with the violence of the families, ‘Khaps’ and caste panchayats. The PUCL called upon the State government to put pressure on the MHA to the get the Presidential assent and said it would launch a campaign to get the President to sign the two laws.Both the Bills have made stringent provisions of punishment and penalties for the offences of mob lynching and honour killing, making them cognisable and non-bailable offences. Those convicted of the crimes will be punished with life imprisonment and a fine up to ₹5 lakh.last_img read more

Lassiter gets back at TNT 5 years after his first Finals loss

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn Sunday, Marcio Lassiter finally exorcised the demons of his first Finals defeat in the PBA.The sharp-shooter was just a spunky upstart in the league when he emerged as one of the key contributors in Powerade’s Cinderella run back in the 2012 Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Obiena bags pole vault bronze Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infectioncenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next However, that didn’t come with a happy ending as Talk ’N Text beat them in five games to claim the championship.Lassiter had to watch the Tropang Texters revel and he kept that image in his memory as he hoped one day to be on the other side.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I always had that on my mind,” said Lassiter.He finally got his revenge as San Miguel finished TNT in six games for his fifth professional title. MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Lassiter went 5-of-13 from three for his best game in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals in the 115-91 Game 6 closer of TNT.“It definitely came at a great time,” the 30-year-old sniper said. “I told myself it’s only a matter of time. I had some bad shooting performances but I knew that won’t make it who I am. I’m a shooter so I kept on shooting, just want to stay true to the work I put on the gym. I worked so hard to be in this position. I just need to trust my teammates and trust my shots.”Lassiter, though, clarified that redemption is just a small part in his motivation heading into the Finals, noting that firsty priority will always be the team.And he believes the biggest reason why the Beermen are reaping is because of their camaraderie like no other.“We’re a family. We’re so close to each other, we look after each other, and we win or lose with one another,” he said. “We built this camaraderie, we fight for each other and we sacrifice. We understood years before we got into this position that we can’t do it ourselves and we soul-searched way back, but at this point, it’s all about being together, sharing and chemistry, teamwork, believing each other.”ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Konglast_img read more

Scoliosis surgery- child

first_imgDefinitionScoliosis surgery repairs abnormal curving of the spine (scoliosis). The goal is to safely straighten your childs spine andalign your child?s shoulders and hips to correct your child?s back problem.Alternative NamesSpinal curvature surgery – child; Kyphoscoliosis surgery – child; Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery – child; VATS – childDescriptionBefore surgery, your child will receive general anesthesia. This will make your child unconscious and unable to feel pain during the operation.During surgery, your childs surgeon will use steel rods, hooks, screws, or other metal devices to straighten your childs spine and support the bones of the spine. Bone grafts are placed to hold the spine in the correct position and keep it from curving again.The surgeon will make at least one surgical cut to get to your childs spine. This cut may be in your childs back, chest, or both places. The surgeon may also do the procedure using a special video camera.A surgical cut in the back is called the posterior approach. This surgery usually takes several hours.A cut through the chest wall is called a thoracotomy. The surgeon makes a cut in your childs chest, deflates a lung, and usually removes a rib. Recovery after this surgery is often faster.Some surgeons do both of these approaches together. This is a much longer and more difficult operation.Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is aanother technique. It is used for certain kinds of spinal curves. It takes a lot of skill, and not all surgeons are trained to do it. The child must wear a brace for around 3 months after this procedure.During the surgery:advertisementThe surgeon will move muscles aside after making the cut.The joints between the different vertebrae (the bones of the spine) will be taken out.Bone grafts will often be put in to replace them.Metal instruments, such as rods, screws, hooks, or wires will also be placed to help hold the spine together until the bone grafts attach and heal.The surgeon may get bone for the grafts in these ways:The surgeon may take bone from another part of your childs body. This is called an autograft. Bone taken from a persons own body isoften the best.Bone can also be taken from a bone bank, much like a blood bank. This is called an allograft. These grafts are not always as successful as autografts.Manmade (synthetic) bone substitute may also beused.Different surgeries use different types of metal instruments. These are usually left in the body after the bone fuses together. Two of the more common procedures are:In the Cotrel-Dubousset instrumentation (CDI), instruments are placed in each part of the spine that needs straightening. Your child may go home in about 5 days and may return to school in about 3 weeks.The Texas Scottish-Rite Hospital (TSRH) operation is similar to the Cotrel-Dubousset procedure.During surgery, the nerves that come from the spine will be watched using special equipment to make sure no damage is done to any of the nerve roots.Scoliosis surgery usually takes 4- 6 hours. It maytake longer or shorter for some children.Why the Procedure Is PerformedThere are several reasons to treat scoliosis:Appearance is a major concern.Scoliosis often causes back pain.If the curve is severe enough, scoliosis affects your childs breathing.Braces are often tried first tokeep the curve from getting worse.The choice of when to have surgery will vary.After the bones of the skeleton stop growing, the curve should not get much worse. Because of this, the surgeon may wait until your childs bones stop growing.Your child may need surgery before this if the curve in the spine is severe or is getting worse quickly.Surgery is usually recommended for the following children and adolescents with scoliosis of unknown cause (idiopathic scoliosis):All young people whose skeletons have matured, and who have a curve greater than 45 degrees.Growing children whose curve has gone beyond 40 degrees. (Not all doctors agree on whether all children with curves of 40 degrees should have surgery.)RisksThere may be complications with any of the procedures for scoliosis repair.Risks of any anesthesia are:Allergic reactions to medicinesBreathing problemsRisksof anysurgery are:BleedingBlood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungsHeart attack or stroke during surgeryInfection, including in the lungs (pneumonia), bladder, or kidneyPossible complications from any scoliosis repair surgery are:Blood loss that requires a transfusion.Gallstones or pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).Infection.Intestinal obstruction (blockage).Nerve injury causing muscle weakness orparalysis (very rare).Lung problems up to 1 week after surgery. Breathing may notreturn tonormal until 1 to 2 months after surgery.Problems that may develop in the future include:advertisementFusion does not heal. This can lead to a painful condition in which a false joint grows at the site.This is called pseudarthrosis.The parts of the spine that are fused can no longer move. This puts stress on other parts of the back. The extra stress can cause back pain and make the disks break down (disk degeneration).Ametal hook placed in the spine may move a little. Or a metal rod may rub on a sensitive spot. Both can cause some pain.New spine problems may develop, especially in children who have surgery before their spine has stopped growing.Before the ProcedureTell your childs doctor or nurse what medicines your child is taking. This includes medicines, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.Before the operation:Your child will have a complete physical exam by the doctor.Your child will learn about the surgery and what to expect.Your child will learn how to do special breathing exercises to help the lungs recover after surgery.Your child will be taught special ways to do everyday things after surgery to protect the spine.This includeslearning how to move properly, changing from one position to another, and sitting, standing, and walking. Your child will be told to use a “log-rolling” technique when getting out of bed. This means moving the entire body at once to avoid twisting the spine.Your childs doctor or nurse will talk with you about having your child store some of his or her blood about a month before the surgery. This is so that your childs own blood can be used if a transfusion is needed during surgery.During the 2 weeks before the surgery:If your child smokes, he or she needs to stop. People who have spine fusion and keep smoking do not heal as well. Ask the doctor for help.Two weeks before surgery, the doctor may ask you to stop giving your child medicines that make it harder for the blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn).Ask your childs doctor which medicines you should still give your child on the day of the surgery.Letthe doctor know right awaywhen your child has any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness before the surgery.On the day of the surgery:You willlikely be asked not to give your child anything to eat or drink 6- 12 hours before the procedure.Give your child any medicines the doctor told you to give with a small sip of water.The doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital. Be sure to arrive on time.After the ProcedureYour child will need to stay in the hospital for about 3- 4 days after surgery. The repaired spine should be kept in its proper position to keep it aligned. If the surgery involved a surgical cut in the chest, your child may have a tube in the chest to drain fluid buildup. This tube isoften removed after 24- 72 hours.advertisementA catheter (tube) may be placed in the bladder the first few days to help your child urinate.Your childs stomach and bowels may not work for a few days after surgery. Your child may need to receive fluids and nutrition through an intravenous (IV) line.Your child will receive pain medicine in the hospital. At first, pain medicine may be delivered through a special catheter inserted into your childs back. After that, a pump may be used to control how much pain medicine your child gets. Your child may also get shots or take pain pills.Your child may have a bodycast or a body brace.Follow any instructions you are given on how to care for your child at home.Outlook (Prognosis)Your child?s spine should look much straighter after surgery. There will still be some curve. It takes at least 3 months for the spinal bones to fuse together well. It will take 1- 2 years for them to fuse completely.Fusion stops growth in the spine. This is not usually a concern because most growth occurs in the long bones of the body, such as the leg bones.Children who have this surgery will probably gain height from both growth in the legs and from having a straighter spine.ReferencesFreeman III BL. Scoliosis and kyphosis. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthoaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2007:chap 38.Hedequist DJ. Surgical treatment of congenital scoliosis. Orthop Clin North Am. 2007;38(4):497-509.Lonner, BS. Emerging minimally invasive technologies for the management of scoliosis. Orthop Clin North Am. 2007;38(3): 431-440.Thomas MA, Wang Y. Scoliosis and kyphosis. In: Frontera, WR, Silver JK, Rizzo TD Jr, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2008:chap 143.Review Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

1st Test: West Indies recover from early setback on Day 1 against Pakistan

first_imgPakistan paceman Mohammad Abbas took a wicket with his second ball in Test cricket as the tourists made headway early on the first day of the first Test before West Indies recovered to close at 244-7 in Jamaica on Friday. (SCORECARD)West Indies were reeling at 71 for five at one point after an all-too-familiar top-order collapse before steadying the ship at Sabina Park in Kingston.Yasir Shah broke a stubborn 118-run sixth-wicket partnership between middle-order batsmen Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich when Chase was caught brilliantly by Wahab Riaz just inside the boundary rope for 63.Dowrich departed next ball, bowled for 56, leaving the home team at 189 for seven, but Jason Holder (30 not out) and Devendra Bishoo (23 not out) lifted the score to a respectable total before bad light curtailed play just one over after the second new ball was taken.Earlier, Abbas made a fine debut when he induced opener Kraigg Brathwaite to edge to second slip for a duck.Fellow quick Mohammad Amir then chimed in by claiming the next three wickets as West Indies Test debutants Shimron Hetmyer (11) and Vishaul Singh (9) both went cheaply. Amir finished the day with 3/28.Pakistan have lost their past six Tests, while West Indies have lost their past two home series, to India last year and Australia in 2015.last_img read more

David de Gea Under Scrutiny After Mistakes at Man United

first_imgMANCHESTER, England — It’s awards season in English soccer, typically a time to hail David de Gea’s contribution at Manchester United.Not this year.There was no chance of the Spain international making it into the Premier League’s team of the year for the sixth time in seven seasons when it was announced last week.He can also forget about being named Manchester United’s player of the year for the fifth time in six seasons, despite there being a dearth of alternatives.Indeed, De Gea probably wants this season to be over already.A hat trick of mistakes in three of United’s biggest games of the season over the last two weeks have crowned arguably the worst year of the 28-year-old Spaniard’s career.No longer is he being talked about as the best goalkeeper in the world. In fact, there’s an argument to say he shouldn’t be the No. 1 ‘keeper at United for its final two games of the season.Not that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is listening to the critics.“I don’t have any worries about him,” the United manager said after De Gea’s latest error, when he spilled a long-range shot to allow Chelsea to equalize in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.It was a mistake that could have huge ramifications, too, ending United’s realistic chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.Naturally, De Gea retained the backing of his teammates.“He’s been the best player at the club for seven, eight years consistently,” United striker Romelu Lukaku said. “I don’t think we should discredit him and say all of a sudden he’s a bad goalkeeper.”De Gea has been peerless in the Premier League for some time. Many will point to his display in United’s 1-0 win at Tottenham in January, when he was in the right place at the right time and made 11 saves — the most he’s ever made in a single Premier League game.Yet, it is the mistakes that will more likely be remembered in a season when his halo slipped.His year to forget started at the World Cup in Russia, when De Gea allowed a shot from Cristiano Ronaldo to ricochet off his hand and bobble over the goal line. He later bemoaned the lack of support from the Spanish public “in a difficult moment in my life” and said “I haven’t killed anyone.”Even before the World Cup, he had let a shot from Switzerland defender Stephan Lichtsteiner creep under his arms, leading to a goal in a warm-up game.The Spanish jeers returned two weeks ago when he allowed a tame shot from Lionel Messi go underneath his body and into the net in a Champions League match at the Camp Nou. The mistake was shown on the stadium’s big screen just before De Gea came out for the second half, and Barcelona fans bowed to him, mockingly, and chanted his name as he took his position in goal for the restart.A week later, he failed to keep out a shot that went straight at him from Leroy Sane, conceding a goal that clinched Manchester City’s 2-0 win in the derby. Then came the mistake against Chelsea.Earlier this season, he fumbled a header from Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi into his own net in a 2-2 draw in the Premier League.A few theories have been put forward for his dip in form, ranging from a simple lack of confidence to issues with his concentration amid negotiations with United over a new deal. He only has one year left on his contract and continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid.United has a perfectly adequate replacement in Sergio Romero. The Argentina goalkeeper rarely fails to impress when he stands in for De Gea in cup competitions and must be the most highly-qualified understudy in English soccer.Is it time for a change ahead of United’s final two games, against Huddersfield and Cardiff? It is another big call for Solskjaer, at a time when his position at Old Trafford is starting to be questioned.De Gea has already answered his critics in England. After some errors — particularly aerially — in the first half of his debut season at United in 2011-12, he was dropped by Alex Ferguson and accused by some pundits of being too slight for the rough and tumble of the Premier League.He was back in the team within a few weeks and has hardly looked back.Can De Gea bounce back again?By: Steve Douglas, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

India are not underdogs, says Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti ahead of Davis Cup tie

first_imgItaly’s non-playing captain Corrado Barazzutti on Monday predicted a tough match against India, insisting that the hosts were not underdogs despite having lower-ranked players compared to his team. India and Italy face-off in the Davis Cup World Group Qualifiers from February 1.World No.18 Marco Cecchinato will lead Italy’s challenge, while they have two others inside top-60. India’s top-ranked Prajnesh Gunneswaran on the other hand is world number 102.”In Davis Cup, the ranking is only important for the draws on who plays first and who plays second. But everything changes once you step on the court. No one are underdogs I think. It will be a tough match,” Barazzutti told reporters after their first practice session on grass courts of the Calcutta South Club.On head-to-head count, Italy lead India 4-1. India won the last time they played in Kolkata, in 1985.India opted to host formidable Italy on grass on February 1 and 2 on grass courts, considering that the visitors have tough hard and clay court players.The winner of the tie will qualify for the inaugural World Group Finals in Madrid in November this year.”They are playing at home and on grass. We have to be focused and play with utmost respect. It’s always very difficult to play when you play for your country. It’s important for us for sure.”They are a good side. They are good players. We have to show bigger respect to this team, these players because they are very good,” Barazzutti who was part of the Davis Cup winning Italian team in 1976, said.advertisementCecchinato who defeated Novak Djokovic en route the French Open semifinals last year, has only played one Davis Cup rubber and it was on clay as no one in the Italy squad has played the Davis Cup on grass.”It’s grass. What I can say. That is the court. And we have to play on this court, we have nothing to complain. We were just practising to play as better as possible.””You know the schedule. Only some players played on grass before the Wimbledon last year. There’s maybe one tournament after the Wimbledon. Nobody plays a lot on the grass. Even the Indians don’t play I think. Not only us,” he said.The five-member team got used to the lush green South Club courts sweating it out for close to two hours.Also Watch:last_img read more

IPL 2019: Shubman Gill helps KKR smash KXIP and keep playoff hopes alive

first_imgShubman Gill hit his 2nd successive fifty in the 2019 Indian Premier League as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by 7 wickets in Mohali on Friday. Chasing 184, Gill led the charge for KKR but Chris Lynn (46) and Andre Russell (24) also made crucial contributions.Kolkata Knight Riders now have 12 points from 13 matches and have a very real chance of making it to the playoffs if they beat Mumbai Indians in the last league match of the 2019 Indian Premier League. KKR had won 4 out of their first 5 matches this season before losing 6 in a row.That’s that from Mohali. The @KKRiders win by 7 wickets with 2 overs to spare #KXIPvKKR IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 3, 2019KKR snapped their losing streak with a 34-run victory over Mumbai Indians and then beat KXIP in Mohali to register back-to-back wins.Chris Lynn, who had set the tone for KKR’s 232 with a 29-ball 54 against MI, once again led the charge for his team with a 22-ball 46 against Kings XI Punjab Friday night. His knock was studded with 5 fours and 3 sixes and KKR had raced away to 62 for no loss in 5.5 overs before Andrew Tye removed Lynn off the last ball of the powerplay.WATCH: Lynn goes berserk with 46(21) at MohaliFull video here #KXIPvKKR IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 3, 2019KKR did not look like a happy unit on the field but their batsmen were in a fiery mood. After Chris Lynn’s exit, while Shubman Gill took his time, Robin Uthappa walked out and smashed a 14-ball 22. Andre Russell, the most aggressive batsman in the 2019 Indian Premier League, hit 2 sixes and 2 fours in a 14-ball 24.advertisementRussell’s blitz was ended by Mohammed Shami but by the time Dinesh Karthik joined Shubman Gill in the middle, KKR were on the cusp of victory.Shubman Gill, many felt, was batting too low down the order. But he has impressed more often than not whenever he got the chance to open alongside Chris Lynn. After his classy 76 against a Mumbai Indians attack which included Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah, Gill turned his attention to KXIP’s star-studded bowling line-up.Shubman Gill smashed 2 sixes and a 4 off KXIP captain and star India spinner R Ashwin to show his quality. Even as Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell departed, Gill kept his calm and took Kolkata Knight Riders to a memorable home.FIFTY!Back to back half-centuries for @RealShubmanGill. #KKR 128/2 after 13 IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 3, 2019Earlier in the evening, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik won the toss and asked Kings XI Punjab to bat in Mohali. Sandeep Warrier struck in successive overs to remove the dangerous KL Rahul (2) and Chris Gayle (14). With the KXIP openers back in the dug-out before the powerplay, KKR hoped to put further pressure on the hosts.However, Nicholas Pooran led the fightback for Kings XI Punjab and KKR’s bowlers were suddenly looking listless. Experienced leg-spinner Piyush Chawla went for 14 in his first over and Dinesh Karthik had clearly had enough. He gathered his players around in the first timeout and reprimanded them in full public view as coach Jacques Kallis looked on.Dinesh Karthik’s dressing-down seemed to have made the players a little gloomy. Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Robin Uthappa looked far from happy as did the rest of the KKR camp as Pooran kept attacking their bowlers. He eventually fell to the part-time off spin of Nitish Rana while the dangerous looking Mayank Agarwal was run out thanks to a strong throw from Rinku Singh in the deep.Just when it looked like KKR could restrict KXIP to a smaller total, Sam Curran walked out and smashed his maiden Indian Premier League fifty.Sam Curran had picked a hat-trick against Delhi Capitals to win KXIP a thriller and against KKR in their penultimate match of the season, he showed why he is such a dangerous all-rounder.Sam Curran hit 7 fours and 2 sixes to finish unbeaten on 55 off 24 balls as Kings XI Punjab reached 183 for 6 off 20 overs.Also Read | IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik gives KKR players public dressing-down in MohaliAlso Read | Shubman Gill is a prodigy and the next big thing in Indian cricket: Robin Uthappalast_img read more

Ronaldo crisis talk is a ‘joke’ – Vitolo

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo ‘Joke’ to say Ronaldo and Madrid are in crisis – Vitolo Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 21:26 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Real Madrid v Las Palmas Las Palmas Primera División The Spain international winger believes that Los Blancos will have to have another off day if Las Palmas are to cause an upset at the Bernabeu It is a “joke” to say that Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid are in a state of crisis, Las Palmas star Vitolo has said.The Spain international winger will go head-to-head with Zinedine Zidane’s side on Sunday and he believes that the recent slump they have been in is little more than a blip.7/1 for Madrid and Nicosia to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ronaldo, in particular, has been criticised for scoring only one La Liga goal so far this season, but the 28-year-old says that it is disrespectful of the Ballon d’Or winner to suggest that he is in trouble. “To say that about a player who has scored the number of goals Cristiano Ronaldo has is a joke. He is a great player and we know what he is capable of, he can score at any moment,” he told Marca.He was similarly forthright about his views on Madrid, who suffered a shock loss against Girona last weekend before succumbing to Tottenham 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.”You can’t say that Real Madrid are in crisis for losing two matches, it is true they aren’t used to this situation but it can happen to any team. They will make the match very difficult for us,” he said.Despite Madrid lagging behind Barca by 11 points, he believes beating them still represents a major challenge to a side that finds itself second from bottom of the league, having lost eight of their first 10 games.”Well the best thing that can happen is that they do not have their best day and we do,” he admitted. “We have to make the fewest possible mistakes and work hard for the entire match. We know what it means to play in a stadium like the Santiago Bernabeu.”last_img read more

Komphela: It feels like an international break

first_imgSteve Komphela Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela feels aggrieved by the Christmas break Ernest Makhaya 18:10 12/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kaizer Chiefs, Steve Komphela Backpagepix Kaizer Chiefs PSL The Amakhosi mentor feels the timing of the Christmas break came at a wrong time for his team, but he has plans in place to keep the team motivated Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela has lamented the timing of the Christmas break following his side’s win over Ajax Cape Town on Saturday night. A Dumisani Zuma goal was enough to take Amakhosi to 22 points after 15 league games, and Komphela is hoping that they can keep up the momentum going into the second half of the campaign. Chiefs resume the season with a clash against SuperSport United in January, and Komphela wants his charges to come back with the same energy they showed against the Urban Warriors.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We hope we’ll keep up the momentum, but we now have to go off for a minor recess and be back for the game against SuperSport. It feels more like an international break where you are just about to get your momentum and then there is a stoppage‚” Komphela told the media after the game.“We’ll have to come back again and try fight and get into SuperSport with the energy we showed against Ajax. It’s going to be very difficult,” he said. Despite eventually walking away with the three points against Stanley Menzo’s side, Komphela felt Chiefs were supposed to wrap up the game very early in the game given the goalscoring chances they created on the day. “In the first half we made quite a number of entries, but there was nothing to show [in terms of goals]‚” he continued. “In the second half‚ I thought we should have made our lives a bit easier [by breaking the deadlock) earlier, but that’s the name of the game,” added Komphela. Komphela admitted Zuma scored a beauty of a goal, and although he admitted that Chiefs didn’t look structurally co-ordinated, the 50-year-old was pleased with the three points collected in Durban. “It was a beautiful goal‚” said Komphela of Zuma’s goal.“At times it looked like structurally we were not well co-ordinated, but we are delighted with the victory‚” concluded Komphela.last_img read more

A Quick Introduction to the Epsom Derby, a Jewel of the Horse Racing World

first_imgHere in the States, the Kentucky Derby is the “granddaddy of all races.” However, the U.K.’s Epsom Derby, which takes place on the first Saturday of every June, is considered one of the most prestigious and toughest races in the world.Since the Epsom Derby — known officially today as the Investec Derby — began in 1780, colts, fillies, jockeys, and trainers have traveled from all over the globe to compete on the mile-and-a-half track for the Derby Stakes grand prize, which is £1.5 million (USD $ 2,106,240) today. The two-day affair hosts even more than your fair share of racing filled with hopeful and plentiful payouts, dapper morning suits, and bottles of Champagne.John Walton – PA Images/Getty ImagesJohn Walton – PA Images/Getty ImagesLike horse racing at its core, the Epsom Derby has an intoxicating history. The event earned its name from a simple coin toss between the 12th Earl of Derby and Sir Charles Bunbury, according to official ferby historian Michael Church. Lord Derby won, which not only resulted in an annual horse race branded with  his name, but the term “derby” is now widely used as a trademark for  thoroughbred flat track sport racing all over the world.The Investec Epsom Derby attracts crowds of over 125,000 people a year (to put that into perspective, the Kentucky Derby attracts over 150,000). From horse race fanatics, foodies, and history buffs to A-list celebrities and the royal family, everyone’s enjoys celebrating Derby Day in the place where it all started. Some of the festival’s other attractions include a carnival-like atmosphere of vendors; a plethora of eating experiences, from fine dining with panoramic views to a good old picnic; and musical entertainment on Poundland Hill.For ticket and more information concerning this year’s event, which takes place June 2, 2018, check out the fest’s website. Want to use your winnings to help retired thoroughbreds? See how you can help here. How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Editors’ Recommendations center_img A Quick Introduction to the Epsom Derby, a Jewel of the Horse Racing World Close Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart last_img read more

M/V OSCAR B Ready for Construction

first_imgzoom Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has designed a steel hull, aluminum superstructure vessel which will be built by Nichols Bros Boat Builders (NBBB) for Wahkiakum County.The 115ft. x 47 ft. 6 in 23‐Car, 100 passenger ferry, named the M/V OSCAR B after former skipper and owner Oscar Bergseng, will run between ferry terminals in Cathlamet, Wash. and Westport, Ore.M/V OSCAR B is designed to operate at 8 knots and will be powered by two Cummins QLS diesels delivering 9,285 HP @ 1,800 RPM and coupled to ZF Marine reversing reduction gears with two fixed‐pitched propellers.The vessel is slated to go into service in February of 2015. ebdg, April 11, 2014last_img read more

Push for reforms in veterinary hospitals

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Veterinary Alumni Association (WBVAA), the organisation comprising officers of the Animal Resources Development department submitted a 13-point agenda to the director of the department placing their various demands.WBVAA submitted a memorandum urging the director, AB Banerjee, to fulfill their demands. It was alleged that vaccines are not properly delivered to the veterinary hospitals in the districts. The organisation also alleged that it is often found that the vaccines in lesser quantities which are delivered to the hospitals are of inferior quality. The officers of the WBVAA claimed that the director of the department admitted that their demands were legitimate and assured them that the matter would be considered. The organization has also been conducting relentless campaign for infrastructural reforms in various veterinary hospitals in the districts.last_img read more

OYO buys Innov8 to enter coworking biz

first_imgNew Delhi: Hospitality firm OYO Tuesday announced entry into a new vertical, OYO Workspaces, targeting the co-working opportunity in India with an aim to have 50 centres across the country having a total seat count of around 35,000 by the end of 2019. It also formally announced the acquisition of co-working firm Innov8 during the year. Currently, Innov8 has 16 centres across the country with over 6,000 seats.While the companies did not disclose the financial details of the acquisition, according to the sources in know of the matter, Innov8 was acquired for around USD 30 million (about Rs 205 crore). The entire team of Innov8 has also joined OYO as part of the deal. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe debut of OYO Workspaces follows a multi-brand approach with introduction of three brands — Innov8, which is an upper mid-scale brand, Powerstation, a mid-scale brand, and Workflo, which is an economy brand. OYO Workspaces will open the doors to 21 workspaces, with over 15,000 seats across more than 10 cities. “For 2019, we plan to have 50 centres that are operational across India, with a total of around 35,000 seats,” OYO New Real Estate Businesses CEO Rohit Kapoor said. He said the investment on this would be part of already-announced Rs 1,400 crore investment for India and South Asia for the year.last_img read more

In the news today May 3

first_imgFive stories in the news for Friday, May 3———NO PMO INPUT IN SNC ELECTIONS DEAL: WATCHDOGThe watchdog who enforces Canada’s election laws says no one from the Prime Minister’s Office tried to help SNC-Lavalin avoid being charged with breaking campaign-financing rules. In a rare written statement, elections commissioner Yves Cote said Thursday that no minister, political staffer or public servant attempted to “influence or interfere” in any of his decisions “that did not directly involve them as the subject of the investigation.” Before Cote’s statement became public, the Conservatives had again asked the Liberals in question period whether anyone from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office leaned on Cote to let SNC-Lavalin sign what’s known as a compliance agreement after being found in violation of financing rules.———IS CLIMATE CHANGE INCREASING INSURANCE COSTS?Flood damage, particularly in Atlantic and Central Canada, has been dominating news coverage in recent weeks as homeowners build sandbag fortresses, pump water out of basements and frantically move belongings and valuables to higher ground. Karen McCrimmon, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s parliamentary secretary and the MP for an Ottawa riding that’s seen flooding twice in three years, made her perspective clear earlier this week when asked about the issue on Parliament Hill: climate change, she said, is causing “an increase to the cost of insurance” in Canada. Is she right?———APPEAL COURT TO RULE ON CARBON CHALLENGESaskatchewan’s Court of Appeal is to make the first ruling in Canada on whether a federally imposed carbon tax is constitutional. The Saskatchewan Party government filed a legal challenge of Ottawa’s levy that came into effect April 1 in provinces without a carbon price of their own. Over a two-day hearing in February, Saskatchewan argued that the question isn’t one of climate change, but rather the division of power. It argued a carbon tax is unconstitutional because it’s not applied evenly across the country and erodes the sovereignty of provincial jurisdiction.———FORD TO MEET WITH KENNEY AT ONTARIO LEGISLATUREPremier Doug Ford will meet with newly-elected Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at the Ontario legislature today. The Conservative premiers will meet for the first time since Kenney led his party to a majority government victory in Alberta’s provincial election last month. A statement from Ford’s office says the pair will discuss the federal carbon tax, pipelines and interprovincial trade.———DOCTORS ADVISED ON TREATING PATIENTS DURING RAMADANA Canadian psychiatrist is advising doctors to help address the needs of mentally ill Muslim patients whose medication regimen could be affected by fasting during the upcoming religious observance of Ramadan. Dr. Zainab Furqan, a psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto, said about a billion Muslims around the world participate in Ramadan each year but there’s little research about fasting among patients dependent on psychiatric drugs. She said physicians should consider the timing and dosing of medication for patients abstaining from food and water between sunrise and sunset during the annual month-long observance, which this year begins on Monday in Canada.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan marks the start of construction of the fourth Arctic and offshore patrol ship.— Students walkout of classes in Alberta to protest the new provincial government’s plan to change legislation about gay straight alliances.— TransCanada Corp. will hold its annual meeting, along with a live webcast at— NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection candidate Bob Chamberlin have coffee and discuss affordability.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

David Geffen Establishes 100 Million Scholarship Fund

first_imgAssistance for such students is designed to draw more outstanding young people to the medical profession. The AAMC estimates that the nation will face a shortage of more than 90,000 physicians by 2020. Adding to the urgency is the aging U.S. population — approximately 10,000 people a day will turn 65 for the next two decades — and the estimated 32 million people who will be added to the ranks of the insured in 2014 as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the federal health care law signed in 2010.UCLA’s medical school receives less than 10 percent of its funding from the state. The school relies on funding from research grants, patient care revenue and philanthropic donations to fulfill its four-part mission of research, education, community engagement and patient care.Each year, more than 7,500 candidates apply for the school’s 163 coveted first-year positions. The David Geffen Medical Scholarships will ensure significantly higher rates of acceptance and enrollment at UCLA among the nation’s most competitively recruited medical school applicants.Additionally, in the fall of 2016, the school will inaugurate its new medical education building, where students will benefit from learning in a state-of-the art, world-class facility.Over the course of his remarkable career, David Geffen has made an indelible mark on the fields of film, theater and, most notably, music, where he was responsible for creating the enormously successful record companies Asylum and Geffen Records. He also served for more than a decade as a principal partner in DreamWorks SKG, the multifaceted entertainment company he co-founded with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg in 1994.Geffen was already a well-known philanthropist and patron of the arts and AIDS research when, in May 2002, he made a $200 million unrestricted donation to UCLA’s medical school, the largest single donation to a U.S. medical school in history at the time. Most recently, Geffen joined with Spielberg and Katzenberg, his partners in DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., to each donate $30 million to the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, a Hollywood charity that offers support to seniors and health services for members of the entertainment industry. Entertainment executive and philanthropist David Geffen has established an unprecedented $100 million scholarship fund that will cover the entire cost of education for the very best medical students attending the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM).The school was named in his honor after his $200 million unrestricted gift in 2002. With this recent gift, Geffen’s total philanthropic support to UCLA exceeds $300 million, making him the largest individual donor to UCLA and to any single UC campus.The David Geffen Medical Scholarship Fund, conceived by Geffen and announced Dec. 13 by Dr. A. Eugene Washington, vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of the medical school, ensures that DGSOM will have students who graduate from medical school debt-free, allowing them to pursue lifesaving research and patient care without the economic burdens that restrict the choices of many young physicians and scientists.“The cost of a world-class medical education should not deter our future innovators, doctors and scientists from the path they hope to pursue,” Geffen said. “We need the students at this world-class institution to be driven by determination and the desire to do their best work and not by the fear of crushing debt. I hope in doing this that others will be inspired to do the same.”“With this game-changing gift, Mr. Geffen has invested in the medical education and training of some of the world’s brightest and most talented young people, influencing medical research and patient care for generations to come,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. “We are inspired by his vision and grateful for his generosity, which places UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine at the forefront in the competitive marketplace for top medical school applicants and enhances health care and biomedical research for generations.”“Once again, David Geffen has made a transformative gift — in this case, one that shifts how we think about support for our medical students,” Washington said. “The David Geffen Medical Scholarship Fund is an extraordinary investment in a public institution that will enhance UCLA’s ability to create world leaders in health and science. Recipients of this prestigious award will proudly carry the David Geffen Medical Scholar designation with them throughout their careers as they create an enduring legacy of excellence and impact in 21st-century patient care, medical education and research.”According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), 86 percent of medical school graduates had educational debt in 2012 — with an average debt of $170,000. Studies have shown that debt has a significant impact on what field medical school graduates pursue and where they develop their professional careers. Reducing that debt burden promises to allow talented students to make career decisions based on where their passions lie.The annual cost of tuition, fees and health insurance for a UCLA medical student in 2012–13 is approximately $38,000. When factoring in room and board, books and supplies, and other miscellaneous costs, the total tab is $67,000. With these costs continuing to rise, the projected four-year cost for students entering the school in 2013–14 is more than $300,000.The $100 million David Geffen Medical Scholarship Fund will provide four-year financial support — covering 100 percent of tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses — for up to 33 M.D. students (representing 20 percent of the available spots), starting with the entering class of 2013–14. Included in this group will be those students pursuing an eight-year M.D.–Ph.D. educational track as part of UCLA’s renowned Medical Scientist Training Program. All the David Geffen Medical Scholarships will be awarded based on merit.last_img read more

Marrakesh Airport to install highspeed hold baggage explosives detection system

Tinjdad– The international Marrakesh Menara Airport will install the HI-SCAN 10080 XCT, a high-speed hold baggage explosives detection system, which willdetect explosives in luggage, according to AsiaTraveltrips.The same source said that the Smiths Detection Group has just been awarded a contract by the Morocco Civil Aviation Authority (ONDA) to install this new security system in the international airport of Marrakesh, one of the busiest airports in the kingdom. “The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT provides an imaging solution based on Smiths Detection’s dual-energy, dual-view X-ray technology and Computed Tomography (CT),” AsiaTraveltrips said.According to the same source the new explosives detection system for high-speed baggage, the first of its kind in North Africa, has a “large tunnel opening and fast belt speed of 98 feet per minute (0.5 metres per second)” that will enable the screening of up to 1800 bags per hour. Andrew Davis, Head of Market, Europe South & West at Smiths Detection, said, “This revolutionary technology offers an ideal, cost-efficient combination of enhanced baggage security and faster throughput.” read more

Should you be dumbing down your resume

by Justin Slimm Posted Mar 11, 2016 1:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Should you be ‘dumbing down’ your resume? Many Calgarians looking for work may feel they have too much experience on their resume.One consulting company suggests you take off some experience if it’s not applicable.Koula Vasilopolous is a district president for Robert Half International and says it’s probably a good idea to dust things off, and really focus on the specifics of the job you’re applying for.“Some people feel like ‘maybe my skills don’t apply to the job, so I’m going to simplify my resume’ and I would actually argue you really want to hone in on the skills you have that apply to the position itself,” Vasilopolous explained.She says that may mean taking things off and even make things more simple.“I would say, just make sure that you’ve got a variety of versions of your resume ready,” Vasilopolous explained. “Make sure that it’s clear, it’s concise, try to keep it to two pages.”“It’s just important that you really highlight some of the things you’re bringing to the table that can add value to the role and to the company.”Vasilopolous says also make sure there is something that makes your resume jump out from the rest of the applicants.“Everybody has something that can they add to a company in terms of their background experience. Just sometimes, you have to dig deep and so thinking about that and preparing your resume will help you really get considered more often.”She added that patience is key, and other industries besides the energy sector are looking for qualified employees. Pasieczny read more

Revenue dogs Casey Meg and Holly sniff out illegal cigarettes and alcohol

first_imgA STING OPERATION over the weekend stopped contraband with a retail value of €20,344 entering the country.The cargo was found when customs officers stopped and searched two Romanian registered buses and an Irish registered van which had disembarked a ferry at Dublin Port, having come over from Holyhead in Wales.The seizure contained 19,260 cigarettes, 640 grams of tobacco and 1,047 litres of alcohol. The potential loss to the Exchequer from the goods was valued at €9,255.In the first six months this year, Dublin Port have seized 1.7 million cigarettes valued at over €786,000 and 243kgs of tobacco valued at €99,000.Three of the revenue’s detection dogs, Casey, Meg and Holly, were involved in making the bust. Last month saw Ralph, another member of the revenue’s canine support team, uncover €500,000 in heroin, ecstacy and cannabis.READ: Three arrested as Customs seize 30,000 tabletsREAD: Over €1mn of cannabis seized by gardaí in two Wicklow raidslast_img read more

Jack is impossible to ruffle Connachts Carty set for Ireland debut in

first_img‘Jack is impossible to ruffle’ – Connacht’s Carty set for Ireland debut in Rome The 26-year-old has been sublime for his province this season. Share39 Tweet Email Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 1:50 PM Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Subscribe Murray Kinsella reports from Stadio OlimpicoAGAINST THE CHEETAHS last week, Jack Carty brought to bear all of the notable improvements he has made in his out-half play over the past two years.The creativity is still to the fore, with flat passes, daring offloads, chip attempts and his other clever attacking kicks.But there is a steelier side to Carty now at the age of 26.  Carty in Rome this afternoon. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHis tactical kicking was masterful last weekend as he used the familiar elements of the Sportsground to his advantage to manufacture spectacular distance on a couple of touch-finders.Defensively, Carty contributed importantly too. In the past, his tackling has been a weakness but this Connacht win saw the out-half making strip turnovers and preventing a near-certain Cheetahs try with an intelligent intercept of what would have been the scoring pass.Of course, none of this came as a surprise to those who have been watching Carty this season, with his confidence flowing to new heights under Connacht boss Andy Friend.Joe Schmidt has been among those observing Carty in detail and, with Joey Carbery’s hamstring injury opening the door, Schmidt is ready to hand the Athlone man his Ireland debut off the bench against Italy in Rome tomorrow.“It’s great to have new guys coming in all the time,” said stand-in Ireland skipper Peter O’Mahony after his side’s captain’s run at Stadio Olimpico.“Jack’s been playing incredibly well for Connacht and it’s important guys are ready to go because you see guys taking knocks, you need big strength in depth in squads.“He’s been playing incredibly well in Connacht. Playing against him and it’s a privilege training with him now in Irish camp, you know his standards are incredibly high.“His organisational skills are superb and he’s been great since he came at the start of this campaign, it’s great to see guys getting in a getting a shot.” Carty at Ireland training yesterday. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThose who knew Carty as a youngster would have predicted great things for him eventually, although it was unclear whether they would come in football, soccer or rugby.He played soccer for Ireland at U15 and U16 levels and was offered trials by Southampton, while he captained Roscommon to a Connacht U16 football title and even played an All-Ireland quarter-final at minor level.But rugby with Buccaneers and Marist College was his true love and, having first been capped in the Connacht senior team in 2012, he has grown into a key man for his native province.Now, he will look to add his talents to the Test stage and will be hopeful of a decent run off the bench at Stadio Olimpico.Ireland boss Schmidt is expecting him to show composure if called upon.“Jack is impossible to ruffle,” said Schmidt. “We tried to put some pressure on him at training, it doesn’t mean that it’s all been seamless and gone perfectly, but if something does go wrong, he gets it right next time.“His ability to absorb information, to slot into the team, all those things have been really first-rate. “He went back to Connacht last week and I thought he was really good for them.”Murray Kinsella, Andy Dunne and Gavan Casey look ahead to Ireland’s Six Nations meeting with Italy and discuss the week’s biggest stories in the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly. Short URL Feb 23rd 2019, 1:41 PM By Murray Kinsella 6 Comments 16,654 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more