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PGGM, UBS collaborate on food security project

first_imgDutch asset manager PGGM and Switzerland’s UBS Asset Management have partnered to develop an impact measurement framework and methodology that tackles food security, the UN’s second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).In a joint statement, the investors said they had launched a sponsored research project with Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands and Harvard University in the US.The project aims to build scalable models that can be applied to global listed equities of companies selling technologies to improve agricultural yields and access to nutritious food.The research project was initiated by UBS AM two-and-a-half years ago, after its sustainable development team was selected by PGGM – the asset manager of the €197bn Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW – to manage a €1.5bn mandate of listed equities for its impact strategy. PFZW selected food security as one of its priority areas for investing in solutions with a real-world impact.“With the global population approaching 9bn in 2030, it is evident that providing food poses a great challenge, especially if we consider nutritional quality, access to food and resource productivity,” said Piet Klop, senior adviser for responsible investment at PGGM.“To tackle such a complex issue, we partner with the best in finance and [the] academic community to develop a replicable, science-based methodology for measuring impact in food security.“We are happy to lead the charge and hope to demonstrate that mainstream investors can deliver both market-rate returns and a measurable impact.”WUR, a leading Dutch university focused on healthy food and living environments, will examine the link between technologies produced by listed companies and agriculture yields. Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health is building models that provide deprived communities with access to nutritious food.Dinah Koehler, executive director of the global sustainable equities team at UBS AM, said that the research would focus on four food security-related metrics.“Given the complexity of our global food system, building these models is challenging,” she commented. “Based on our experience building impact models for climate change and water, we believe we have established a solid foundation for extending our measurement impact framework.”UBS AM said it also wanted to deploy academic expertise to develop impact measurement methodologies for climate change, air pollution, clean water access and healthcare, in line with other relevant UN SDGs. It has already begun developing models in conjunction with Harvard University.last_img read more

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Scotland to become first country in world to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol

first_imgThe Telegraph 15 November 2017Family First Comment: “Dr Peter Bennie, chairman of BMA Scotland, said the decision was great news for everyone who wanted to reduce the harm caused by alcohol misuse, adding: “As doctors we see every day the severe harms caused by alcohol misuse and the damage it causes to individuals and their families. There are no easy solutions, but minimum unit pricing can make a significant contribution to reducing these harms and saving lives.”Scotland is set to become the first country in the world to set a minimum price for alcohol as a way of improving public health after the Scotch Whisky Association lost an appeal against the plan at the UK’s highest court.The SWA, with other sections of the drinks industry, argued the move to impose a 50p minimum price per unit for alcohol would be “disproportionate” and illegal under European law.But seven judges at the Supreme Court unanimously backed the Scottish Government, ruling that the plan passed by MSPs five years ago but held up in legal battles could now go ahead.Ministers have promised to move as quickly as practicable, and it is thought the legislation could come into force early next year.The proposal is backed by health professionals and would make the price of a bottle of spirits at least £14, the cheapest bottle of wine £4.69, and a four-pack of 500ml cans of lager at least £4.The intention is to target problem drinkers by hitting the price of strong alcohol that is sold at low prices, and is unlikely to affect pubs. It would mean the price of a two litre, mid-range bottle of cider, jumping from £3.99 to £7.50.READ MORE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/15/scotland-become-first-country-world-introduce-minimum-pricing/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Vaping should only be used for quitting nicotine – health expert

first_imgNewsHub 31 August 2019Family First Comment: “Whilst there is absolutely a space for choice for our current cohort of people addicted to smoking, I don’t want there to then be a new generation of non-smokers that will become vapers.”There are fears a so-called epidemic of young people vaping in schools is only going to get worse.The principal of Auckland Grammar told Newshub earlier this week half of junior students either own a vape or have tried it.“I’d describe it as an epidemic,” Tim O’Connor said.Selah Hart, CEO of Māori public health researchers Hapai Te Hauora ,says regulations have taken too long to come in.“If we’re really looking to protect future generations from picking up a new addiction, the regulations can’t come in any sooner.”Hart wants there to be restrictions on the sale and advertising of vaping.“There could potentially be a new cohort of people that pick up this device and like it, and want to use it in an everyday capacity. But we don’t want that.”The Government is planning to change the Smokefree Environment Act next month. In particular, it’s looking at setting maximum levels of nicotine, improving labelling, prohibiting vaping ads and requiring products to be sold from behind the counter.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2019/08/vaping-should-only-be-used-for-quitting-nicotine-health-expert.htmllast_img read more

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Deery Series, XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour share June 3 date at Webster City

first_imgWEBSTER CITY, Iowa (May 29) – The first of three racing doubleheaders this season for the Deery Brothers Summer Series and XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour is June 3 at Hamilton County Speed­way. Traveling IMCA Late Models visit Webster City next Tuesday for a $3,000 to win, minimum $300 to start main event. The feature for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier, paying $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start. Also on the card are Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods running for $750 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks chasing a $500 top check.Pit gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Spectator admission is $17 for adults, $6 for kids ages 7-15 and free for six and under. Pit passes are $30. Davenport’s Brian Harris took the checkers at Hamilton County on his way to winning the 2013 Deery championship. Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls leads all drivers with six victories in the previous 27 IMCA Late Model series events at Webster City. Hamilton County Speedway has hosted a pair of Hawkeye Dirt Tour events with wins going to Jeremy Mills of Garner in 2012 and Ryan Ruter of Kanawha last year. More information about next Tuesday’s special series twinbill is available by calling 515 832-1443 or 515 835-9686, and at the www.hamiltoncospeedway.com website. The two series also share race night dates on Tuesday, June 10 at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton and Saturday, Sept. 13 at Farley Speedway. Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 235; 2. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 228; 3. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 216; 4. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 210; 5. Jason Rauen, Farley, 204; 6. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 202; 7. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 196; 8. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 187; 9. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., and Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, both 175; 11. Scott Fitzpatrick, Urbandale, 173; 12. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, 165; 13. Brian Harris, Daven­port, 158; 14. Terry Neal, Ely, 134; 15. Colby Springsteen, Wapello, 129; 16. Nate Beuseling, Sil­vis, Ill., 118; 17. Jeremy Grady, Story City, 106; 18. Curt Schroeder, Ames, and Ron Klein, Sher­rill, both 97; 20. John Emerson, Waterloo, and Jay Johnson, West Burlington, both 96. XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz., 40; 2. J.J. Wise, Gar­ner, 39; 3. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, 38; 4. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, 37; 5. Mike Jergens, Plover, 36; 6. Mike Van Genderen, Newton, 35; 7. Levi Nielsen, Mason City, 34; 8. Tyler Heet­land, Bancroft, 33; 9. Jacob Murray, Hartford, 32; 10. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, 31; 11. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, 30; 12. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, 29; 13. Clayton Christensen, Spencer, 28; 14. Cory Wray, Jamesport, Mo., 27; 15. Zach Less, Hopkinton, 26; 16. Jeff Joldersma, McClelland, 25; 17. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill., 24; 18. Alex Hanson, Northwood, 23; 19. Mark Elliott, Webster City, 22; 20. Kyle Brown, Kellogg, 21.30last_img read more

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Marshalltown primed for 13th annual World Nationals

first_imgMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – Marshalltown Speedway puts the wraps on the 2019 race season with the 13th annual World Nationals Oct. 24-26.  The Thursday, Oct. 24 Cookies BBQ Sauce Kickoff to the World Nationals practice session runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Camping is $20 a night and showers and limited electri­cal hookups will be available. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m. both nights. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms North­ern SportMods both race for $1,000 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $500 to win during Friday and Sat­urday, Oct. 25 and 26 programs. center_img Friday spectator admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. On Saturday, admission is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors. Kids 10 and under get in free and pit passes are $30 both days.  More information is available from promoter Toby Kruse at 515 231-5444. The track website is www.marshalltownspeedway.com. The $10,000 special for IMCA Modifieds is a qualifying feature for the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. last_img read more

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CAF confirms receipt of three bids for 2019/2020 inter-club finals

first_imgRelatedPosts CAF ready to support Egypt with missing AFCON trophy CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 CAF 2021: Plateau United recruit six new players The Confederation of African Football has confirmed the receipt of bids from three member Associations during the February 11 to 20 timeline to host the 2019/20 inter-club finals. A statement on the website of the continental football governing body on Friday said Cameroon, Morocco and Tunisia bidded to host the CAF Champions League 2019/2020. Morocco alone bidded to host the CAF Confederation Cup 2019/2020. It added that the bids would be reviewed and evaluated by CAF First Vice-President, Omari Selemani. The statement said: “Guided by the Technical Specifications the ad hoc committee chaired by CAF First Vice-President Selemani, CAF will review and evaluate the received bids taking into consideration key facilities such as infrastructure, accommodation, medical amongst others. “A final decision is expected to be made by the CAF Emergency Committee on March 12.” The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the CAF Executive Committee at its meeting in June 2019 decided on a single match as against the two-legged encounter obtainable before.Tags: cafCAF Champions LeagueMoroccoOmari Selemanilast_img read more

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Indian Premier League IPL 2019 KKR vs RR highlights: Rajasthan beat Kolkata by 3 wickets

first_img WICKET: Another wicket down. It’s three in three overs now. Narine on fire. This time, it’s Rajasthan Royals skipper!  18 needed off 12 balls! Can Andre Russell do it with ball for KKR?  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rajasthan Royals lost three wickets in the first leg and scored 78. With another 98 runs needed, Ben Stokes and Riyan Parag need to take the game deep.  23:50 (IST) 19:59 (IST) 6.4.4.4.1.6 – 25 runs off the 11th over! What an over this has been for the hosts. WICKET: Knocked him over. Two wickets in no time. Piyush Chawla bowled a googly, and Samson missed it completely. Departs for 22.  20:34 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:39 (IST) Here are the playing XI for two sides:  SIX!! What a player! What a shot! 9 needed off 8 balls!  18:36 (IST) 20:39 (IST) 18:39 (IST) 23:38 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In So the equation has now come down to 67 runs off 36 balls. With Gopal and Parag at the crease, the chase will not be easy for the visitors. Kolkata, on the other hand, need to continue this momentum and move forward. After 14 overs, it’s 109/5.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Shreyas Gopal just couldn’t time that ball. He played a good cameo of 18 runs off 9 balls. SIXTH wicket down!  19:38 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Three boundaries in the fifteenth over. 54 needed off 30 balls now.  TOSS: Rajasthan opt to bowl Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:31 (IST) 22:42 (IST) 23:46 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:37 (IST) Jofra Archer and Riyan Parag are taking the game deep. WWith 24 needed off 14 deliveries, the match can go either side. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:58 (IST) Prashant Chopra drops Andre Russell on 13.  WICKET: Confusion. Confusion. Narine and Karthik tried to up the scoring rate and eventually created a confusion in the middle. Narine paid the price. Departs for 11 (8). 22:56 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:39 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:31 (IST) For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Sunil Narine drops Riyan parag for 0. FIFTY!A very well made half-century for @DineshKarthik. His 18th in #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/4sgKunWqeF— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 25, 2019 21:33 (IST) 100 up for Rajasthan Royals!  22:33 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:28 (IST) 21:51 (IST) 23:20 (IST) RESULT: Rajasthan beat Kolkata by 3 wickets (Riyan Parag 47, Piyush Chawla 3/20) 23:44 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The matter is getting worse for the team, and they will be looking to cahnge it in second half of the first innings. After 10 overs, it’s 49/3.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Stuarty Binny dropped him. Prashant Chopra dropped him. But Riyan Parag didn’t. Half-side back to pavilion. Andre Russell’s struggling innings comes to an end.  WICKET: Stuart Binny tried to clear mid-wicket fielder but missed by some margin. Piyush Chawla picks his third. Rajasthan Royals making chase difficult.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:26 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In That’s it from us! Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did to bring this to you. Do join for the next game. Till then, tada!  WICKET: What a spell is Varun Aaron having. Another inside edge and onto the stumps. Shubhman Gill is having an IPL to forget. OUT for 14 (14). ALERT: Dinesh Karthik gets to his 18th IPL fifty! 20:52 (IST) WICKET: You cannot keep Varun Aaron out of the game today. Shreyas Gopal bowled a short of a length delivery, and Rana gave himself room, played on the backfoot but found the point fielder. Third wicket DOWN!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked Incenter_img What a spell this has been from Varun Aaron. Came with a set plan, and has been able to execute it perfectly. After 14 overs, it’s 96/4.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:36 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:02 (IST) 23:09 (IST) 🔥🔥#VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/KjHEEm33KC— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 25, 2019 So Russell has joined Dinesh Karthik to the middle and hasn’t been that explosive in the balls faced. The duo are looking to bat deep. After 13 overs, it’s 86/4. The two teams haven’t had the best of season so far and will look to get back on track. Kolkata, on one hand, has lost last five games and will look to break jink and Rajasthan, on the other, has to win all their remaining games to stay in the contention for playoffs.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:23 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In So Kolkata Knight Riders were off to a quiet start but they have been able to recover well, credit to their captain – Dinesh Karthik. After 20 overs, it’s 175/6.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:49 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rajasthan Royals is off to a perfect start. Varun Aaron sent Chris Lynn for duck, and both Nitish Rana and Shubhman Gill are struggling to get going. After 3 overs, it’s 14/1.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The powerplay belongs to Rajasthan Royals. They have been able to put right foot forward and dominate game at the start. After 6 overs, it’s 55/1.  WICKET: Another wicket down. Russell didn’t do any mistake there, and Rajasthan Royals is in serious trouble. Ben Stokes gone for 11, and with that, his IPL-12 ends.  WICKET: Knocked him over! First wicket for Varun Aaron this season. Gets an inside edge, and GONE! DUCK for Lynn!  20:14 (IST) First SIX of the innings helps Kolkata Knight Riders get to 50 run mark. It took them 61 balls to achieve that landmark.  23:23 (IST) 20:28 (IST) 21:08 (IST) 22:43 (IST) 23:13 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The powerplay belongs to Rajasthan Royals. They have not only been able to keep KKR batsmen quiet, but have also sent the openers back to the pavilion. Varun Aaron has been the pick of the bowlers, and after 6 overs KKR could only manage 32 runs for the loss of two wickets.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In New Delhi : Riyan Parag’s 47 and Jofra Archer’ 27 off 12 balls overshadowed Dinesh Karthik’s 97 runs as Rajasthan Royals managed to upstage Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. With this win, Rajasthan Royals keep their hopes alive for the playoffs in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Kolkata, on the other hand, have now lost sixth game on the trot. SCORECARD Hello and a warm welcome. We are all set to witness another crackerjack of an encounter in the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League as Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders host Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens.  23:41 (IST) 21:16 (IST) WICKET: Jaydev bowls a slower one, and Carlos couldn’t time it to perfection. Departs for 5(3).  20:02 (IST) 21:23 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:28 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:56 (IST) Stuart Binny drops Andre Russell on 3. How expensive will this be? – 100 up for Kolkata Knight Riders!  The toss is scheduled to happen in 50 minutes from now and the team winning the toss will look to have a bat first and put some runs on the board. However, this remains to be seen if the toss-winning captain goes with same idea.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In TOSS: Rajasthan opt to bowl Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Oshane Thomas, Varun Aaron Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In It took seven deliveries for KKR captain to open his account. After 8 overs, it’s 42/2.  Rajasthan Royals in the last hurdle before the game. Chris Lymm is along with a new opening partner. Umpires out in the middle. And it’s game time!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:37 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:56 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In We will be bringing you all the coverage, so don’t leave this page. Excitement coming your way.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: HIT WICKET! Oh dear! Riyan Parag out at the very wrong time if you’re RR fan.  Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Yarra Prithviraj, Prasidh Krishna Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:48 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Ajinkya Rahane is off the field. He has hurt himself, and all Rajasthan Royals fans will be hoping that it isn’t serious. After 18 overs, it’s 141/5.  21:25 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked Inlast_img read more

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GMR&SC International Drag Race Championship…

first_imgDEL ICE COsponsors 12, 11 second classLocal Ice Company DEL ICE CO is another company that has joined the party for the upcoming Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s (GMR&SC) International Drag Meet.The company came on board in a biA statement from the GMR&SC read, “We are pleased to re-welcome DEL ICE CO on board for our international drag race meet 2019.”“They continue to be major sponsors in the motorsport world and we continue to thank them for putting their faith in us a club.”“They will come on board to sponsor the winner of both the 11 and 12 second classes with cash prizes of $100,000 dollars. The executive committee of the GMR&SC is proud to be associated with the brand.”Meanwhile the August 25 event is already gaining traction with competitors from Suriname and Trinidad indicating their interest in being a part of quarter mile run.As many as six cars are in talks with the GMR&SC over shipping logistics for the event while Suriname has not indicated how many cars would be willing to make the voyageAdmission to the event for spectators has not been set with the club expected to release more details in the coming week.However, several local giants are expected to take the strip including the team Mohamed’s Enterprise GTRs Godzilla and Goliath, Sean Persaud’s Toyota Caldina and the Trans pacific Toyota Alteeza and Paul Daby’s Mazda RX7 second generation.Other sponsors include R.kission Contracting, Deryckv Jaisingh Trucking Service and Machinery Rentals, Mohameds Enterprise, BM Soat, Prem Eletrical, E-Networks, Trans Pacific Auto Sales, Cyrils Taxi, Blue Spring Water, Choke Gas Station, Miracle Optical, Tropical shipping and Hand in Hand.last_img read more

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UW preps for Big Ten with home twinbill

first_imgIs it possible to find anything constructive in a dominating performance against two lackluster teams?For a poised men’s tennis team like Wisconsin, the answer no doubt is yes.Sunday’s doubleheader against No. 70 Illinois State and Western Illinois served as a perfect pick-me-up with Big Ten play beginning in six days against No. 10 Illinois.Winning 6-1, 6-0, the double feature allowed Wisconsin an opportunity to prepare for the tough conference season that lies ahead by building confidence and allowing younger players a chance at the action.But mostly, according to head coach Greg Van Emburgh, the team just needed to play a lot of tennis.“Overall, we got what we needed out of [the doubleheader],” he said. “I was hoping that guys in the second match would’ve been pushed a little harder… but they must have just played really well, they took care of business quickly.”“Overall I think we needed to play a lot of tennis today. Illinois is going to be a good team… and I feel like if we’re match sharp we’re going to win that match.”All eight Badgers on the active roster were able to participate in at least two matches on Sunday — five of which came away with a flawless record on the day.Confidence building was a big objective for the Badgers, and not just for the team’s less experienced players. Senior Moritz Baumann, ranked No. 13 nationally, hoped to improve in that facet of the game, as he sat with a 3-3 singles record before Sunday’s match arrived.With two singles victories as well as a win in doubles, Van Emburgh believed Baumann benefited from the opportunity.“We wanted to make sure Moritz was getting a bunch of matches so he could feel good about his game again, which I think we’re really close to doing with him,” he said. “The boy that he was playing (Jeff Cote of Western Illinois) was pretty strong — a good match for him to get some good points and to feel good about his game.”With three wins in one day, Baumann believes it can lead to better play in the future.“It’s all about confidence in tennis,” he said. “When you win, you play better automatically. When you lose, you lose confidence, so it’s good when you win those matches.”With a second chance provided by the doubleheader, freshman Billy Bertha was able to redeem a frustrating singles loss to Illinois State’s Matej Zlatkovic, in which Bertha was shutout in the last set.Paired against Francisco Ortiz of Western Illinois, Bertha didn’t let his last match haunt him, losing only two games en route to sweeping the match.Taking Baumann’s words into consideration, Bertha should be feeling good when thinking about his next match after bouncing back.For others, though, Sunday’s matches offered a chance to test the aspects of their game that have needed improvement.Freshman Chris Freeman made the development of his serve loud and clear, acing three consecutive against Western Illinois’ Rodrigo Azevedo.“We always practice different things and if it’s kind of a routine match you always try and focus on different aspects of your game, rather than just trying to get though the match,” he said. “So I worked on my serve this week and really tried to execute on that, so it helped out in the match today.”Despite the success seen on Sunday, Van Emburgh knows the team has yet to reach its summit in terms of performance. Next week’s match against Illinois will not be a litmus test of sorts like Sunday’s. And with that, Van Emburgh will continue to push the team closer to that summit.“We want to keep working on doubles to keep that sharp, make sure the teams that are out there are going to compliment each other really well – I think we’re really close to that,” he said. “I don’t think we’re peaking yet, we still have room for improvement.”last_img read more

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Coming off injury-plagued season, Bachini determined to stay on court

first_img Published on January 29, 2013 at 11:31 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Breanna Bachini’s 6-0, 6-4 win Friday against Boston College’s Julia Casselbury wasn’t just a routine victory.For the sophomore from Sacramento, Calif., the rout was the culmination of months of hard work to recover from injuries that threatened to end her tennis career.“It was the most amazing feeling,” Bachini said. “Just being on the court. I can’t really describe the feeling, but it’s just like pure bliss out there.”Bachini was sidelined for the majority of last season with two injuries. She pulled a stomach muscle that sometimes forced her to serve underhand in matches. Bachini also battled plantar fasciitis.The injuries forced her to idle during the summer. She only resumed practicing Jan. 2.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBachini sacrificed a normal high school experience to play tennis. She only began attending high school her senior year and went twice a week. The rest of the week she trained four hours a day on the court and one hour in the gym.So when doctors told Bachini the chronic nature of her plantar fasciitis might force her to consider quitting the game of tennis altogether, she was devastated.“Those were the hardest words to hear,” Bachini said. “I’m an athlete. This is what I’ve been doing my entire life. I didn’t want to quit and give up. I just wanted to keep on going.”Bachini wasn’t about to relinquish her dream without a fight.She was the top-ranked player in Northern California before deciding to come to Syracuse.Bachini came to SU because she knew the program would help her achieve her ultimate goal, which was, and still is, to become a professional tennis player, she said.“I don’t quit,” Bachini said. “I’ll never, ever say those words. I kept at it in the gym. I ate healthy. I knew I was going to come back.”Her return to the court caught the eye of her teammates.Sophomore Komal Safdar said Bachini’s everyday hard work off of the court gave her a new perspective.“For her to come out and not only beat her opponents, but to be able to destroy them pretty much, it just shows that she was doing what she could when she was injured, ” Safdar said. “Honestly, I think she’s more determined than ever.”Bachini credited her teammates and coaches for being supportive and encouraging her to keep fighting.Assistant coach Shelley George said she’s thrilled to have a player of Bachini’s character back on the court.“Breanna fights through every situation that she’s ever been in,” George said. “Whether it’s off the court or on the court. Win or lose, you know she’s going to go out and fight her tail off.”Bachini has played with determination since coming back. She followed up her season-opening win at Boston College with a more decisive win at home, defeating Navy’s Sam Droop 6-1, 6-0. She was the first player to finish her singles match Sunday.“I was just in my zone,” Bachini said. “I don’t really focus on what’s around me. I focus in on my match and what I need to do.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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