The real Serena finally shows up at Wimbledon

first_imgBy Pritha SarkarLONDON, England (Reuters) – A loud and brash Red Arrows flypast over Wimbledon’s Court One provided a timely distraction yesterday that allowed the real Serena Williams to finally show up at the All England Club this year.Before the unexpected interruption, there definitely seemed to be something amiss.The impostor who had turned up this week looked like Serena and sounded like Serena but she definitely did not play like a champion who owns 23 Grand Slam singles titles.How else would one explain the American dropping a set against a 133rd-ranked qualifier in the second round or squandering three break points from 0-40 up against Germany’s Julia Goerges yesterday? But once the plumes of smoke left behind by the Red Arrows had painted the overcast sky a patriotic red, white and blue, the seven-time Wimbledon champion’s competitive fires burned brightly and she screamed to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Goerges to reach the second week of Wimbledon for the 16th time.“It’s been an arduous year for me so every match I’m hoping to improve. Every time I go out there I try,” said the 37-year old, whose build-up to the grasscourt major had been hampered by a knee injury. “I’m getting a really late start (in all of my matches here so far, but) all that matters is that I am still here.”And being in the fourth-round mix means that it is still game on for that record 24th Grand Slam title that has proved elusive over the past year – when final appearances at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows both proved to be lost causes.Life certainly should not have been so difficult for Williams against her first two opponents this week – 161st ranked Giulia Gatto-Monticone or Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan – considering they were both little-known qualifiers. Against Goerges, she should have been confident of victory since the German had failed to take a set off Williams in four previous meetings – including last year’s semi-final here.But when Goerges soaked up everything Williams could throw at her to fight back from 0-40 down to hold her serve in the second game of the opening set, it seemed this might be another long day. But Williams could not really afford to dilly-dally around court too long yesterday considering this match was just a dress rehearsal for a more pressing engagement she had later in the day – to partner Britain’s most famous tennis son Andy Murray in the mixed doubles.As if on cue, the Red Arrows shot through the sky just as Goerges was about to begin serving in the sixth game. While the crowd looked skywards, Williams only had Goerges in her sights and cut the German down by immediately breaking for a 4-2 lead.last_img read more

Part 1: Eaves matches success on ice as head coach

first_imgBefore becoming the head coach at Wisconsin, Mike Eaves enjoyed an illustrious career as a forward for the Badgers, accumulating a program-record 267 points throughout his career.[/media-credit]Standing at about 5-foot-10, Mike Eaves, 55, is not intimidating in stature. He will be the first to make jokes about his physical appearance, which does not bear the extreme marks of a former hockey player – no noticeable missing teeth and no telltale crooked nose that was broken one time too many.Looking at him, you would not guess the history behind the man; you would not assume he has won a national championship for Wisconsin as a player and a coach nor would you think that he is the head coach of one of the most storied collegiate hockey programs even talking with him. Based on his story, he’s a supremely humble man.From hockey star to coachGrowing up north of the border in Windsor, Ontario, with a hockey coach for a dad, deciding to lace up the skates was an easy choice for Eaves.“I can remember five years old, being on a pond, skating around,” Eaves said. “With my dad being a coach and a teacher, if you wanted to be with dad, where’d you hang out? At the rinks. We were stick boys, [and] we got tape for the guys at the end of practice. When we were a little older, we could go on the ice with the university guys, which was a thrill, to shoot on the big goalies and stuff.“It’s been our teacher. Through hockey we learned about life – the tough times, the good times, the discipline, hard work, the joy of being with a team when you win. It’s been our path of learning about life. It’s been a big part of our family’s life.”As he grew older and college hockey became more and more of a reality, Eaves found himself deciding between Michigan and Wisconsin. He was never able to make it to a game in Madison, and admitted he was almost completely sold on Michigan before setting foot on Wisconsin’s campus.The final, decision-making factor was simply the unique feel of Madison. Despite never seeing the Badgers play with his own eyes, Eaves committed to UW.“If I hadn’t promised Wisconsin that I was going to come on a visit, I would have said I’m coming [to Michigan],” Eaves said. “I had to come after my season; there was no ice in the Coliseum, never saw a game. My knowledge of college hockey was limited basically from growing up in Canada. I didn’t know a lot about [head coach Bob Johnson].“What was the deal breaker was walking up to the top of Observatory Drive by [Liz Waters] … and looking down at the lake and thinking ‘Man, this is beautiful.’ I remember thinking to myself that even if I didn’t play hockey, I would be happy here.”From 1974-78, Eaves became one of Wisconsin’s most prolific forwards, amassing a program-record 267 points through 160 games in his career at UW. In his junior and senior seasons he earned All-American honors and a national title in 1977 to add to his list of accomplishments.After dabbling in the NHL for several years both as a player and a coach, Eaves was not quite done with his alma mater yet. Twenty-four years later, he returned to Wisconsin in 2002 for the opportunity to coach at UW.Now at his 10-year mark as the head coach of Wisconsin, Eaves has already recreated some of the success he enjoyed as a player.Boasting a 209-156-44 career record through those 10 years, a national championship in 2006 – only four years into his tenure at UW – a title run in 2010 that fell one game short and Wisconsin’s first Hobey Baker recipient that same year in Blake Geoffrion, Eaves added to Wisconsin’s formidable hockey history once again, this time as a coach.“It’s interesting as a player; when you win, you’re so emotionally bound in that,” Eaves said. “When we won in ’77, from the time I realized we won the game, because it was in overtime, ’til we got out of the locker room, I don’t remember being on the ice. I was so euphorically high.“People show me pictures, and I have no recollection. It’s because we were goofy. … As a player you’re going bananas, but as a coach you want to look every guy in the eye and hug them and thank them and your staff and your coaches because there’s a satisfaction of obtaining a goal. It’s a big difference, and I’ve been blessed to be able to experience both.”But that’s not to say Eaves has not faced his fair share of challenges.With the 2011-12 season being such a landmark as his 10th year as coach, certainly a 17-18-2 record with a 10th place conference finish was a bit lackluster. With 20 of his 26 players being underclassmen, youth was a tough obstacle for the Badgers to overcome throughout the season. While the end of the season showed promise – especially for what’s to come next season – the tremendous amount of youth was largely a result of the early departures plaguing college hockey.Players have the option of leaving even after a year to pursue professional endeavors if they want. And unfortunately for Eaves and coaches around the league, there is not much of a solution other than hoping a player wants to keep playing in college and finish not only their collegiate career, but also their college degree.Coaches can make or break teams. Athletes either love or hate them; there is not much of a middle ground. When it comes to Eaves, you’d be hard-pressed to find a single negative comment about the lifelong Badger.“Working with him was, … for me, the masters in coaching,” Mark Osiecki, a former UW assistant coach under Eaves and current head coach at OSU, said. “I learned a tremendous amount of hockey knowledge from him, and it was a great working experience for me.“I think his management of time was outstanding. I think his communication with us as a staff and with his players was outstanding, and then there’s the hockey side. Obviously as a player, Mike is a tremendous player – gifted offensively, someone who worked hard for everything he obtained in hockey.”Even his players describe his love for the game and the energy he continues to bring to it on a daily basis – almost as if he were still a player.“It’s been cool being here with him as our coach,” freshman goaltender Joel Rumpel said. “He definitely brings a kind of new perspective to the game. He just loves showing up to the rink every day. I guess the guys on our team just kind of feed off that. He’s so energetic with everything in the sport, so it’s nice to have that energy in the room.”While he wants to put together winning teams, Eaves also cares about shaping his players into adults, giving them important life lessons they can take with them to the pros or wherever they may go, much as if they were his own children.“I think the things that juice us up on a personal level with these young men is to see their growth,” Eaves said. “We go through struggles. We fall in mud together; we pick each other up and brush each other off. But to their growth while they’re here, and probably the true measuring stick … is five years after they graduate.“Where are they then, what are they doing, are they successful people then? That’s really good feedback; that’s the delayed gratification of being a coach/parent. A lot of days you don’t see all your hard work [until years later] because the seeds have been planted but they don’t come to fruition.”last_img read more

Wisconsin readies for Michigan State in home finale

first_imgAfter a split series against Ohio State last weekend, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team returns to Madison one last time to take on Michigan State in its final series at the Kohl Center for the 2013-2014 regular season.The Badgers (17-9-2 overall, 8-5-1 Big Ten, 25 points) find themselves in second place in the Big Ten, seven points behind Minnesota. With only three series left in the regular season, Wisconsin essentially has to win to have any chance of winning the inaugural Big Ten conference title.Head coach Mike Eaves and his squad are looking to quickly move on from last weekend, most notably Friday’s loss in Columbus, Ohio. Eaves is making sure his team shifts all of their focus to this weekend’s matchup against Michigan State. This is the Badgers’ first series against the Spartans (9-13-7 overall, 3-5-6 Big Ten with 19 points) this inaugural Big Ten season.“We are moving forward getting ready for Michigan State. So we watch their video and we do things that we think are going to help us against them,” Eaves said. “We have been working on those things this week and feel it has gone pretty well for us.”Even though Michigan State finds itself toward the bottom of the conference, that doesn’t mean it won’t be a tough opponent for the Badgers this weekend. Eaves understands that despite their below-average record, the Spartans will come to play and compete, especially sophomore goalkeeper Jake Hildebrand, who leads the Big Ten in saves with 800.“Watching them on tape, they are a team that works so hard,” Eaves said. “If you look at their record, they have a lot of ties. They’ve been around in a lot of games because of the fact that they work so hard and they’ve got a really fine young goaltender. We have to solve him and work as hard as they do.”It should also be noted that, while the Spartans are in second-to-last place in the Big Ten, they only find themselves one point out of third place and six points behind Wisconsin. It’s clear Michigan State still has something to play for, and their multitude of tie games this season shows that they are able to compete.Senior defender and captain Frankie Simonelli knows what he and his fellow defenders are in for when dealing with Michigan State’s rough and tough style, but says it’s nothing they haven’t seen before.“They are a hard-working team. We have looked at some video, but we know that they will get after it and play aggressive,” Simonelli said. “It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, even though we haven’t played them yet, we’ve seen it in other teams and we are ready for it. We are excited for the games this weekend.”In 28 games played this season, Simonelli has six goals and nine assists, which puts him at eighth on the team in points with 15.This is a special weekend for Simonelli and his fellow seniors, as it is their final weekend playing in Madison at the Kohl Center. Simonelli believes it will be a special moment not only for him and the other seniors, but for the rest of the team as well.“It’s going to be exciting. You look back on all the memories we’ve had and I think it will be fun for us seniors, the whole team and for the parents,” Simonelli said. “I think everyone is looking forward to it and we should have another great crowd this weekend. It should be a fun atmosphere.”UW senior forward Keegan Meuer is another senior looking forward to the weekend, especially since he has been a part of the team longer than any other current player. Meuer hasn’t put much thought into what the weekend is going to entail, but he knows the experience will be surreal.“I haven’t really thought about it. My whole family is going to be here. That’s going to be something special to me, having them all out on the ice with me because I definitely didn’t get here by myself,” Meuer said. “Being able to share those few moments on the ice with them senior weekend that will be pretty special.”Even though this weekend is a celebration of the seniors, Meuer, Simonelli and the rest of the seniors know that the important thing is to come out of the weekend with two victories.Michigan State has given up the most shots on goal of any Big Ten team this season with 955, and the Badgers have stressed the importance of getting a lot of shots up, and have looked at that as a key to victory all season. They hope to get a lot of shots up this weekend and make the Spartans’ young goaltender work.“Every weekend we want to outshoot our opponents and I think it’s a big factor for us. I don’t know what the stats are, but I know we get a lot of wins when we put up 35 to 45 shots. That’s key for us,” Meuer said. “We want to put a lot of pucks on net and take away the goaltender’s eyes. We are really going to have to shoot the puck and put a lot of rubber on him.”While the Badgers struggled to get off to a good start last Friday, as they gave up two goals to Ohio State in the first period, they are hoping that changes this Friday. Simonelli believes that a good start Friday will help carry them throughout the rest of the weekend.“One thing we have talked about in the locker room is we want to have better starts on Friday nights,” Simonelli said. “Our Fridays have been in a little bit of a lull this season and coming down the stretch here, you can’t afford that. It’s one point emphasis for sure this week that we come out with a bang on Friday night and get the weekend rolling.”last_img read more

St Jago tipped to retain PCJ title

first_imgKINGSTON:Defending champions St Jago High School is favoured to retain the title, as Jamaica’s top 16 high school chess teams do battle in the finals of the 2015/16 Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) National School’s Chess Championships, at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston today and tomorrow.The finalists include defending champions St Jago High A, Campion College, Mannings A and B, Ardenne, Jamaica College, Wolmer’s Boys’, Glenmuir A and B, St Jago B, Calabar, St Catherine A and B, Excelsior A and B and Decarteret College.This year’s format will see all the teams playing four rounds and the team with the most points at the end of the tournament will be crowned national champion. This new format, according to the Jamaica Chess Federation, will allow more teams to experience the intensity and excitement of the finals, which was normally only contested by the top corporate and rural area teams.St Jago A retained all their players from last year’s championship team and are the overwhelming favourites. However, strong challenges are expected from Campion College, Ardenne and Wolmer’s Boys’. Calabar High, which boasts Jamaica’s national junior champion, National Master Shreyas Smith, may cause some trouble for the defending champions.Two matches will be played on both Saturday and Sunday. Match time is scheduled for 10 a.m.last_img read more

DONEGAL INDIAN RESTAURANT STAFF ‘HERE ILLEGALLY’

first_imgTWO brothers living in Donegal illegally were arrested by gardai, Letterkenny District Court has heard.Bawlinder Singh, formerly of Glenard Park, Long Lane, was detained at the Ashoka Restaurant on May 11.The court heard the 32-year-old came to Ireland via the UK. Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said he was now living in a direct provision centre and was seeking asylum here.The defendant’s brother Jagjit Singh, who is 35, was also detained at the same restaurant after gardai ran a check on him.Mr Gallagher said the older brother had not yet applied for asylum but did plan to do so.Judge Paul Kelly applied the probation act on both men.DONEGAL INDIAN RESTAURANT STAFF ‘HERE ILLEGALLY’ was last modified: September 6th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AshokaLetterkenny Courtrestaurantlast_img read more

EFL Championship fixtures 2017-18 in full: Every team, every match

first_img1 We can all dream, can’t we? Here are the fixtures for the 2017-18 EFL Championship season. (All fixtures subject to change)04/08/2017    19:45    Sunderland v Derby County05/08/2017    17:30    Aston Villa v Hull City05/08/2017    15:00    Bristol City v Barnsley05/08/2017    15:00    Burton Albion v Cardiff City05/08/2017    15:00    Fulham v Norwich City05/08/2017    15:00    Ipswich Town v Birmingham City05/08/2017    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Millwall05/08/2017    15:00    Preston North End v Sheffield Wednesday05/08/2017    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Reading05/08/2017    15:00    Sheffield United v Brentford05/08/2017    15:00    Wolverhampton v Middlesbrough06/08/2017    16:30    Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United12/08/2017    15:00    Barnsley v Ipswich Town12/08/2017    15:00    Birmingham City v Bristol City12/08/2017    15:00    Brentford v Nottingham Forest12/08/2017    15:00    Cardiff City v Aston Villa12/08/2017    15:00    Derby County v Wolverhampton12/08/2017    15:00    Hull City v Burton Albion12/08/2017    15:00    Leeds United v Preston North End12/08/2017    15:00    Middlesbrough v Sheffield United12/08/2017    15:00    Millwall v Bolton Wanderers12/08/2017    15:00    Norwich City v Sunderland12/08/2017    15:00    Reading v Fulham12/08/2017    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Queens Park Rangers15/08/2017    19:45    Barnsley v Nottingham Forest15/08/2017    19:45    Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers15/08/2017    19:45    Brentford v Bristol City15/08/2017    19:45    Cardiff City v Sheffield United15/08/2017    19:45    Derby County v Preston North End15/08/2017    19:45    Hull City v Wolverhampton15/08/2017    19:45    Leeds United v Fulham15/08/2017    19:45    Middlesbrough v Burton Albion15/08/2017    19:45    Millwall v Ipswich Town15/08/2017    19:45    Norwich City v Queens Park Rangers15/08/2017    20:00    Reading v Aston Villa15/08/2017    19:45    Sheffield Wednesday v Sunderland19/08/2017    15:00    Aston Villa v Norwich City19/08/2017    15:00    Bolton Wanderers v Derby County19/08/2017    15:00    Bristol City v Millwall19/08/2017    15:00    Burton Albion v Birmingham City19/08/2017    15:00    Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday19/08/2017    15:00    Ipswich Town v Brentford19/08/2017    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough19/08/2017    15:00    Preston North End v Reading19/08/2017    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Hull City19/08/2017    15:00    Sheffield United v Barnsley19/08/2017    15:00    Sunderland v Leeds United19/08/2017    15:00    Wolverhampton v Cardiff City26/08/2017    15:00    Barnsley v Sunderland26/08/2017    15:00    Birmingham City v Reading26/08/2017    15:00    Brentford v Wolverhampton26/08/2017    15:00    Bristol City v Aston Villa26/08/2017    15:00    Burton Albion v Sheffield Wednesday26/08/2017    15:00    Cardiff City v Queens Park Rangers26/08/2017    15:00    Hull City v Bolton Wanderers26/08/2017    15:00    Ipswich Town v Fulham26/08/2017    15:00    Middlesbrough v Preston North End26/08/2017    15:00    Millwall v Norwich City26/08/2017    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Leeds United26/08/2017    15:00    Sheffield United v Derby County09/09/2017    15:00    Aston Villa v Brentford09/09/2017    15:00    Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough09/09/2017    15:00    Derby County v Hull City09/09/2017    15:00    Fulham v Cardiff City09/09/2017    15:00    Leeds United v Burton Albion09/09/2017    15:00    Norwich City v Birmingham City09/09/2017    15:00    Preston North End v Barnsley09/09/2017    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Ipswich Town09/09/2017    15:00    Reading v Bristol City09/09/2017    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Nottingham Forest09/09/2017    15:00    Sunderland v Sheffield United09/09/2017    15:00    Wolverhampton v Millwall12/09/2017    19:45    Aston Villa v Middlesbrough12/09/2017    20:00    Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield United12/09/2017    19:45    Derby County v Ipswich Town12/09/2017    19:45    Fulham v Hull City12/09/2017    19:45    Leeds United v Birmingham City12/09/2017    19:45    Norwich City v Burton Albion12/09/2017    19:45    Preston North End v Cardiff City12/09/2017    19:45    Queens Park Rangers v Millwall12/09/2017    20:00    Reading v Barnsley12/09/2017    19:45    Sheffield Wednesday v Brentford12/09/2017    19:45    Sunderland v Nottingham Forest12/09/2017    19:45    Wolverhampton v Bristol City16/09/2017    15:00    Barnsley v Aston Villa16/09/2017    15:00    Birmingham City v Preston North End16/09/2017    15:00    Brentford v Reading16/09/2017    15:00    Bristol City v Derby County16/09/2017    15:00    Burton Albion v Fulham16/09/2017    15:00    Cardiff City v Sheffield Wednesday16/09/2017    15:00    Hull City v Sunderland16/09/2017    15:00    Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers16/09/2017    15:00    Middlesbrough v Queens Park Rangers16/09/2017    15:00    Millwall v Leeds United16/09/2017    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton16/09/2017    15:00    Sheffield United v Norwich City23/09/2017    15:00    Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest23/09/2017    15:00    Bolton Wanderers v Brentford23/09/2017    15:00    Derby County v Birmingham City23/09/2017    15:00    Fulham v Middlesbrough23/09/2017    15:00    Leeds United v Ipswich Town23/09/2017    15:00    Norwich City v Bristol City23/09/2017    15:00    Preston North End v Millwall23/09/2017    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Burton Albion23/09/2017    15:00    Reading v Hull City23/09/2017    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United23/09/2017    15:00    Sunderland v Cardiff City23/09/2017    15:00    Wolverhampton v Barnsley26/09/2017    19:45    Barnsley v Queens Park Rangers26/09/2017    19:45    Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday26/09/2017    19:45    Brentford v Derby County26/09/2017    19:45    Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers26/09/2017    19:45    Burton Albion v Aston Villa26/09/2017    19:45    Cardiff City v Leeds United26/09/2017    19:45    Hull City v Preston North End26/09/2017    19:45    Ipswich Town v Sunderland26/09/2017    19:45    Middlesbrough v Norwich City26/09/2017    19:45    Millwall v Reading26/09/2017    19:45    Nottingham Forest v Fulham26/09/2017    19:45    Sheffield United v Wolverhampton30/09/2017    15:00    Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers30/09/2017    15:00    Burton Albion v Wolverhampton30/09/2017    15:00    Cardiff City v Derby County30/09/2017    15:00    Hull City v Birmingham City30/09/2017    15:00    Ipswich Town v Bristol City30/09/2017    15:00    Middlesbrough v Brentford30/09/2017    15:00    Millwall v Barnsley30/09/2017    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United30/09/2017    15:00    Preston North End v Sunderland30/09/2017    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Fulham30/09/2017    15:00    Reading v Norwich City30/09/2017    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United14/10/2017    15:00    Barnsley v Middlesbrough14/10/2017    15:00    Birmingham City v Cardiff City14/10/2017    15:00    Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday14/10/2017    15:00    Brentford v Millwall14/10/2017    15:00    Bristol City v Burton Albion14/10/2017    15:00    Derby County v Nottingham Forest14/10/2017    15:00    Fulham v Preston North End14/10/2017    15:00    Leeds United v Reading14/10/2017    15:00    Norwich City v Hull City14/10/2017    15:00    Sheffield United v Ipswich Town14/10/2017    15:00    Sunderland v Queens Park Rangers14/10/2017    15:00    Wolverhampton v Aston Villa21/10/2017    15:00    Aston Villa v Fulham21/10/2017    15:00    Barnsley v Hull City21/10/2017    15:00    Bolton Wanderers v Queens Park Rangers21/10/2017    15:00    Brentford v Sunderland21/10/2017    15:00    Bristol City v Leeds United21/10/2017    15:00    Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday21/10/2017    15:00    Ipswich Town v Norwich City21/10/2017    15:00    Middlesbrough v Cardiff City21/10/2017    15:00    Millwall v Birmingham City21/10/2017    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Burton Albion21/10/2017    15:00    Sheffield United v Reading21/10/2017    15:00    Wolverhampton v Preston North End28/10/2017    15:00    Birmingham City v Aston Villa28/10/2017    15:00    Burton Albion v Ipswich Town28/10/2017    15:00    Cardiff City v Millwall28/10/2017    15:00    Fulham v Bolton Wanderers28/10/2017    15:00    Hull City v Nottingham Forest28/10/2017    15:00    Leeds United v Sheffield United28/10/2017    15:00    Norwich City v Derby County28/10/2017    15:00    Preston North End v Brentford28/10/2017    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Wolverhampton28/10/2017    15:00    Reading v Middlesbrough28/10/2017    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley28/10/2017    15:00    Sunderland v Bristol City31/10/2017    19:45    Birmingham City v Brentford31/10/2017    19:45    Burton Albion v Barnsley31/10/2017    19:45    Cardiff City v Ipswich Town31/10/2017    19:45    Fulham v Bristol City31/10/2017    19:45    Hull City v Middlesbrough31/10/2017    19:45    Leeds United v Derby County31/10/2017    19:45    Norwich City v Wolverhampton31/10/2017    19:45    Preston North End v Aston Villa31/10/2017    19:45    Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield United31/10/2017    20:00    Reading v Nottingham Forest31/10/2017    19:45    Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall31/10/2017    19:45    Sunderland v Bolton Wanderers04/11/2017    15:00    Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday04/11/2017    15:00    Barnsley v Birmingham City04/11/2017    15:00    Bolton Wanderers v Norwich City04/11/2017    15:00    Brentford v Leeds United04/11/2017    15:00    Bristol City v Cardiff City04/11/2017    15:00    Derby County v Reading04/11/2017    15:00    Ipswich Town v Preston North End04/11/2017    15:00    Middlesbrough v Sunderland04/11/2017    15:00    Millwall v Burton Albion04/11/2017    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Queens Park Rangers04/11/2017    15:00    Sheffield United v Hull City04/11/2017    15:00    Wolverhampton v Fulham18/11/2017    15:00    Birmingham City v Nottingham Forest18/11/2017    15:00    Burton Albion v Sheffield United18/11/2017    15:00    Cardiff City v Brentford18/11/2017    15:00    Fulham v Derby County18/11/2017    15:00    Hull City v Ipswich Town18/11/2017    15:00    Leeds United v Middlesbrough18/11/2017    15:00    Norwich City v Barnsley18/11/2017    15:00    Preston North End v Bolton Wanderers18/11/2017    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa18/11/2017    15:00    Reading v Wolverhampton18/11/2017    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Bristol City18/11/2017    15:00    Sunderland v Millwall21/11/2017    19:45    Aston Villa v Sunderland21/11/2017    19:45    Barnsley v Cardiff City21/11/2017    20:00    Bolton Wanderers v Reading21/11/2017    19:45    Brentford v Burton Albion21/11/2017    19:45    Bristol City v Preston North End21/11/2017    19:45    Derby County v Queens Park Rangers21/11/2017    19:45    Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday21/11/2017    19:45    Middlesbrough v Birmingham City21/11/2017    19:45    Millwall v Hull City21/11/2017    19:45    Nottingham Forest v Norwich City21/11/2017    19:45    Sheffield United v Fulham21/11/2017    19:45    Wolverhampton v Leeds United25/11/2017    15:00    Aston Villa v Ipswich Town25/11/2017    15:00    Barnsley v Leeds United25/11/2017    15:00    Burton Albion v Sunderland25/11/2017    15:00    Fulham v Millwall25/11/2017    15:00    Hull City v Bristol City25/11/2017    15:00    Middlesbrough v Derby County25/11/2017    15:00    Norwich City v Preston North End25/11/2017    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Cardiff City25/11/2017    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Brentford25/11/2017    15:00    Reading v Sheffield Wednesday25/11/2017    15:00    Sheffield United v Birmingham City25/11/2017    15:00    Wolverhampton v Bolton Wanderers02/12/2017    15:00    Birmingham City v Wolverhampton02/12/2017    15:00    Bolton Wanderers v Barnsley02/12/2017    15:00    Brentford v Fulham02/12/2017    15:00    Bristol City v Middlesbrough02/12/2017    15:00    Cardiff City v Norwich City02/12/2017    15:00    Derby County v Burton Albion02/12/2017    15:00    Ipswich Town v Nottingham Forest02/12/2017    15:00    Leeds United v Aston Villa02/12/2017    15:00    Millwall v Sheffield United02/12/2017    15:00    Preston North End v Queens Park Rangers02/12/2017    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Hull City02/12/2017    15:00    Sunderland v Reading09/12/2017    15:00    Aston Villa v Millwall09/12/2017    15:00    Barnsley v Derby County09/12/2017    15:00    Burton Albion v Preston North End09/12/2017    15:00    Fulham v Birmingham City09/12/2017    15:00    Hull City v Brentford09/12/2017    15:00    Middlesbrough v Ipswich Town09/12/2017    15:00    Norwich City v Sheffield Wednesday09/12/2017    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Bolton Wanderers09/12/2017    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Leeds United09/12/2017    15:00    Reading v Cardiff City09/12/2017    15:00    Sheffield United v Bristol City09/12/2017    15:00    Wolverhampton v Sunderland16/12/2017    15:00    Birmingham City v Queens Park Rangers16/12/2017    15:00    Bolton Wanderers v Burton Albion16/12/2017    15:00    Brentford v Barnsley16/12/2017    15:00    Bristol City v Nottingham Forest16/12/2017    15:00    Cardiff City v Hull City16/12/2017    15:00    Derby County v Aston Villa16/12/2017    15:00    Ipswich Town v Reading16/12/2017    15:00    Leeds United v Norwich City16/12/2017    15:00    Millwall v Middlesbrough16/12/2017    15:00    Preston North End v Sheffield United16/12/2017    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Wolverhampton16/12/2017    15:00    Sunderland v Fulham23/12/2017    15:00    Aston Villa v Sheffield United23/12/2017    15:00    Bolton Wanderers v Cardiff City23/12/2017    15:00    Derby County v Millwall23/12/2017    15:00    Fulham v Barnsley23/12/2017    15:00    Leeds United v Hull City23/12/2017    15:00    Norwich City v Brentford23/12/2017    15:00    Preston North End v Nottingham Forest23/12/2017    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City23/12/2017    15:00    Reading v Burton Albion23/12/2017    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough23/12/2017    15:00    Sunderland v Birmingham City23/12/2017    15:00    Wolverhampton v Ipswich Town26/12/2017    15:00    Barnsley v Preston North End26/12/2017    15:00    Birmingham City v Norwich City26/12/2017    15:00    Brentford v Aston Villa26/12/2017    15:00    Bristol City v Reading26/12/2017    15:00    Burton Albion v Leeds United26/12/2017    15:00    Cardiff City v Fulham26/12/2017    15:00    Hull City v Derby County26/12/2017    15:00    Ipswich Town v Queens Park Rangers26/12/2017    15:00    Middlesbrough v Bolton Wanderers26/12/2017    15:00    Millwall v Wolverhampton26/12/2017    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Sheffield Wednesday26/12/2017    15:00    Sheffield United v Sunderland30/12/2017    15:00    Barnsley v Reading30/12/2017    15:00    Birmingham City v Leeds United30/12/2017    15:00    Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday30/12/2017    15:00    Bristol City v Wolverhampton30/12/2017    15:00    Burton Albion v Norwich City30/12/2017    15:00    Cardiff City v Preston North End30/12/2017    15:00    Hull City v Fulham30/12/2017    15:00    Ipswich Town v Derby County30/12/2017    15:00    Middlesbrough v Aston Villa30/12/2017    15:00    Millwall v Queens Park Rangers30/12/2017    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Sunderland30/12/2017    15:00    Sheffield United v Bolton Wanderers01/01/2018    15:00    Aston Villa v Bristol City01/01/2018    15:00    Bolton Wanderers v Hull City01/01/2018    15:00    Derby County v Sheffield United01/01/2018    15:00    Fulham v Ipswich Town01/01/2018    15:00    Leeds United v Nottingham Forest01/01/2018    15:00    Norwich City v Millwall01/01/2018    15:00    Preston North End v Middlesbrough01/01/2018    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Cardiff City01/01/2018    15:00    Reading v Birmingham City01/01/2018    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Burton Albion01/01/2018    15:00    Sunderland v Barnsley01/01/2018    15:00    Wolverhampton v Brentford13/01/2018    15:00    Barnsley v Wolverhampton13/01/2018    15:00    Birmingham City v Derby County13/01/2018    15:00    Brentford v Bolton Wanderers13/01/2018    15:00    Bristol City v Norwich City13/01/2018    15:00    Burton Albion v Queens Park Rangers13/01/2018    15:00    Cardiff City v Sunderland13/01/2018    15:00    Hull City v Reading13/01/2018    15:00    Ipswich Town v Leeds United13/01/2018    15:00    Middlesbrough v Fulham13/01/2018    15:00    Millwall v Preston North End13/01/2018    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa13/01/2018    15:00    Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday20/01/2018    15:00    Aston Villa v Barnsley20/01/2018    15:00    Bolton Wanderers v Ipswich Town20/01/2018    15:00    Derby County v Bristol City20/01/2018    15:00    Fulham v Burton Albion20/01/2018    15:00    Leeds United v Millwall20/01/2018    15:00    Norwich City v Sheffield United20/01/2018    15:00    Preston North End v Birmingham City20/01/2018    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Middlesbrough20/01/2018    15:00    Reading v Brentford20/01/2018    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City20/01/2018    15:00    Sunderland v Hull City20/01/2018    15:00    Wolverhampton v Nottingham Forest27/01/2018    15:00    Barnsley v Fulham27/01/2018    15:00    Birmingham City v Sunderland27/01/2018    15:00    Brentford v Norwich City27/01/2018    15:00    Bristol City v Queens Park Rangers27/01/2018    15:00    Burton Albion v Reading27/01/2018    15:00    Cardiff City v Bolton Wanderers27/01/2018    15:00    Hull City v Leeds United27/01/2018    15:00    Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton27/01/2018    15:00    Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday27/01/2018    15:00    Millwall v Derby County27/01/2018    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Preston North End27/01/2018    15:00    Sheffield United v Aston Villa03/02/2018    15:00    Aston Villa v Burton Albion03/02/2018    15:00    Bolton Wanderers v Bristol City03/02/2018    15:00    Derby County v Brentford03/02/2018    15:00    Fulham v Nottingham Forest03/02/2018    15:00    Leeds United v Cardiff City03/02/2018    15:00    Norwich City v Middlesbrough03/02/2018    15:00    Preston North End v Hull City03/02/2018    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Barnsley03/02/2018    15:00    Reading v Millwall03/02/2018    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Birmingham City03/02/2018    15:00    Sunderland v Ipswich Town03/02/2018    15:00    Wolverhampton v Sheffield United10/02/2018    15:00    Aston Villa v Birmingham City10/02/2018    15:00    Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday10/02/2018    15:00    Bolton Wanderers v Fulham10/02/2018    15:00    Brentford v Preston North End10/02/2018    15:00    Bristol City v Sunderland10/02/2018    15:00    Derby County v Norwich City10/02/2018    15:00    Ipswich Town v Burton Albion10/02/2018    15:00    Middlesbrough v Reading10/02/2018    15:00    Millwall v Cardiff City10/02/2018    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Hull City10/02/2018    15:00    Sheffield United v Leeds United10/02/2018    15:00    Wolverhampton v Queens Park Rangers17/02/2018    15:00    Birmingham City v Millwall17/02/2018    15:00    Burton Albion v Nottingham Forest17/02/2018    15:00    Cardiff City v Middlesbrough17/02/2018    15:00    Fulham v Aston Villa17/02/2018    15:00    Hull City v Barnsley17/02/2018    15:00    Leeds United v Bristol City17/02/2018    15:00    Norwich City v Ipswich Town17/02/2018    15:00    Preston North End v Wolverhampton17/02/2018    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Bolton Wanderers17/02/2018    15:00    Reading v Sheffield United17/02/2018    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Derby County17/02/2018    15:00    Sunderland v Brentford20/02/2018    19:45    Aston Villa v Preston North End20/02/2018    19:45    Barnsley v Burton Albion20/02/2018    20:00    Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland20/02/2018    19:45    Brentford v Birmingham City20/02/2018    19:45    Bristol City v Fulham20/02/2018    19:45    Derby County v Leeds United20/02/2018    19:45    Ipswich Town v Cardiff City20/02/2018    19:45    Middlesbrough v Hull City20/02/2018    19:45    Millwall v Sheffield Wednesday20/02/2018    19:45    Nottingham Forest v Reading20/02/2018    19:45    Sheffield United v Queens Park Rangers20/02/2018    19:45    Wolverhampton v Norwich City24/02/2018    15:00    Birmingham City v Barnsley24/02/2018    15:00    Burton Albion v Millwall24/02/2018    15:00    Cardiff City v Bristol City24/02/2018    15:00    Fulham v Wolverhampton24/02/2018    15:00    Hull City v Sheffield United24/02/2018    15:00    Leeds United v Brentford24/02/2018    15:00    Norwich City v Bolton Wanderers24/02/2018    15:00    Preston North End v Ipswich Town24/02/2018    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Nottingham Forest24/02/2018    15:00    Reading v Derby County24/02/2018    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa24/02/2018    15:00    Sunderland v Middlesbrough03/03/2018    15:00    Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers03/03/2018    15:00    Barnsley v Norwich City03/03/2018    15:00    Bolton Wanderers v Preston North End03/03/2018    15:00    Brentford v Cardiff City03/03/2018    15:00    Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday03/03/2018    15:00    Derby County v Fulham03/03/2018    15:00    Ipswich Town v Hull City03/03/2018    15:00    Middlesbrough v Leeds United03/03/2018    15:00    Millwall v Sunderland03/03/2018    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Birmingham City03/03/2018    15:00    Sheffield United v Burton Albion03/03/2018    15:00    Wolverhampton v Reading06/03/2018    19:45    Birmingham City v Middlesbrough06/03/2018    19:45    Burton Albion v Brentford06/03/2018    19:45    Cardiff City v Barnsley06/03/2018    19:45    Fulham v Sheffield United06/03/2018    19:45    Hull City v Millwall06/03/2018    19:45    Leeds United v Wolverhampton06/03/2018    19:45    Norwich City v Nottingham Forest06/03/2018    19:45    Preston North End v Bristol City06/03/2018    19:45    Queens Park Rangers v Derby County06/03/2018    20:00    Reading v Bolton Wanderers06/03/2018    19:45    Sheffield Wednesday v Ipswich Town06/03/2018    19:45    Sunderland v Aston Villa10/03/2018    15:00    Aston Villa v Wolverhampton10/03/2018    15:00    Burton Albion v Bristol City10/03/2018    15:00    Cardiff City v Birmingham City10/03/2018    15:00    Hull City v Norwich City10/03/2018    15:00    Ipswich Town v Sheffield United10/03/2018    15:00    Middlesbrough v Barnsley10/03/2018    15:00    Millwall v Brentford10/03/2018    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Derby County10/03/2018    15:00    Preston North End v Fulham10/03/2018    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Sunderland10/03/2018    15:00    Reading v Leeds United10/03/2018    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers17/03/2018    15:00    Barnsley v Millwall17/03/2018    15:00    Birmingham City v Hull City17/03/2018    15:00    Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa17/03/2018    15:00    Brentford v Middlesbrough17/03/2018    15:00    Bristol City v Ipswich Town17/03/2018    15:00    Derby County v Cardiff City17/03/2018    15:00    Fulham v Queens Park Rangers17/03/2018    15:00    Leeds United v Sheffield Wednesday17/03/2018    15:00    Norwich City v Reading17/03/2018    15:00    Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest17/03/2018    15:00    Sunderland v Preston North End17/03/2018    15:00    Wolverhampton v Burton Albion31/03/2018    15:00    Barnsley v Bristol City31/03/2018    15:00    Birmingham City v Ipswich Town31/03/2018    15:00    Brentford v Sheffield United31/03/2018    15:00    Cardiff City v Burton Albion31/03/2018    15:00    Derby County v Sunderland31/03/2018    15:00    Hull City v Aston Villa31/03/2018    15:00    Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers31/03/2018    15:00    Middlesbrough v Wolverhampton31/03/2018    15:00    Millwall v Nottingham Forest31/03/2018    15:00    Norwich City v Fulham31/03/2018    15:00    Reading v Queens Park Rangers31/03/2018    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Preston North End02/04/2018    15:00    Aston Villa v Reading02/04/2018    15:00    Bolton Wanderers v Birmingham City02/04/2018    15:00    Bristol City v Brentford02/04/2018    15:00    Burton Albion v Middlesbrough02/04/2018    15:00    Fulham v Leeds United02/04/2018    15:00    Ipswich Town v Millwall02/04/2018    15:00    Nottingham Forest v Barnsley02/04/2018    15:00    Preston North End v Derby County02/04/2018    15:00    Queens Park Rangers v Norwich City02/04/2018    15:00    Sheffield United v Cardiff City02/04/2018    15:00    Sunderland v Sheffield Wednesday02/04/2018    15:00    Wolverhampton v Hull City07/04/2018    15:00    Barnsley v Sheffield United07/04/2018    15:00    Birmingham City v Burton Albion07/04/2018    15:00    Brentford v Ipswich Town07/04/2018    15:00    Cardiff City v Wolverhampton07/04/2018    15:00    Derby County v Bolton Wanderers07/04/2018    15:00    Hull City v Queens Park Rangers07/04/2018    15:00    Leeds United v Sunderland07/04/2018    15:00    Middlesbrough v Nottingham Forest07/04/2018    15:00    Millwall v Bristol City07/04/2018    15:00    Norwich City v Aston Villa07/04/2018    15:00    Reading v Preston North End07/04/2018    15:00    Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham10/04/2018    19:45    Aston Villa v Cardiff City10/04/2018    20:00    Bolton Wanderers v Millwall10/04/2018    19:45    Bristol City v Birmingham City10/04/2018    19:45    Burton Albion v Hull City10/04/2018    19:45    Fulham v Reading10/04/2018    19:45    Ipswich Town v Barnsley10/04/2018    19:45    Nottingham Forest v Brentford10/04/2018    19:45    Preston North End v Leeds United10/04/2018    19:45    Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday10/04/2018    19:45    Sheffield United v Middlesbrough10/04/2018    19:45    Sunderland v Norwich City10/04/2018    19:45    Wolverhampton v Derby County14/04/2018    15:00    Aston Villa v Leeds United14/04/2018    15:00    Barnsley v Bolton Wanderers14/04/2018    15:00    Burton Albion v Derby County14/04/2018    15:00    Fulham v Brentford14/04/2018   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Fighting crime by saying hello

first_imgAt the heart of the Stop Crime SayHello campaign is respect for others.(Image: Stop Crime Say Hello) The Stop Crime Say Hello campaign visitsschools around the country to spreadthe message.(Image: South African Tourism)Janine ErasmusViolent crime in South Africa has taken many lives, driven many others away from their land of birth, and has impacted on vital areas like tourism and foreign investment. A new campaign aims to fight violence not with more violence, but with dignity, respect and communication.The Stop Crime Say Hello (SCSH) campaign aims to train South Africans to think differently, to engage with each other on a positive basis, and to believe that a small act can make a big difference. While the campaign whole-heartedly supports the work of the police and other anti-crime organisations, it works on the premise that each South African can make a difference simply by reaching out to the person next to them and treating them with dignity and friendship.SCSH founder, marketing guru Justin Foxton, believes that one of our most potent weapons against crime is to create an environment where it simply cannot flourish. “I’m a long-distance runner and I make a point of always greeting everyone I pass. Most people are pleasantly surprised and greet me back warmly.” An experience with a group of labourers while on an evening run proved his point and convinced him that a simple greeting can be used effectively to soften people’s hearts.The campaign is driven through community meetings, the website and other media, talks at schools, and merchandising. “We can’t put new cops on the streets, or change the justice system,” says Foxton. “We can’t all create jobs or alleviate poverty. What we can do is get out from behind our walls of fear, humanise one another and in doing so prick the bubble of anger and bitterness that hangs over our nation.”Originally trained in the theatre industry, Foxton transferred his talents into the world of experiential marketing, which uses personally relevant ways of connecting consumers with brands. He is now known as an expert in the innovative style of communication called corporate theatre. This technique provides companies with tailored theatrical face-to-face communication solutions that are used to motivate and inspire the audience.“After I returned from an extended stint overseas,” says Foxton, “I was very interested in people’s reaction to crime in South Africa. The overwhelming feeling, I found, was one of helplessness. And this made me think, because we know the degree of crime we’re experiencing is a symptom of a greater socio-economic problem that we ourselves have created over the years! If we have created the situation, surely we can un-create it.”Respect for each other and our surroundingsIn the global context the crimes that happen in South Africa happen in many other countries, but the media has focused so much on this country’s crime problem that it is often the first thing that a potential visitor will think of. While ordinary South Africans don’t have the resources of the police at their disposal, the SCSH campaign empowers them to start, in their own communities, to change attitudes one step at a time.To a degree, Foxton bases his campaign on theories put forward in Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling book The Tipping Point. In his book Gladwell cites, among other examples, a dramatic decrease in crime in New York between 1987 and 1992. During that time murder dropped by over 62% and felonies by 50% although, says Gladwell, there was no major change in policy, and the city’s overall status had not changed.Gladwell postulates that it was a few small but significant changes that set off the decline in crime. One of these was the use of the “broken windows” theory in decision-making. This theory holds that unattended signs of decline in a neighbourhood will attract bad elements, because criminals will operate more readily in areas where disorder already exists.To combat the situation, city authorities took steps such as eliminating graffiti and encouraging more responsible public behaviour. Soon these changes in the environment took hold and by promoting respect amongst citizens the authorities successfully managed to crack down on crime.Say hello, but do a little moreFoxton argues that it is these very steps – starting a conversation, fixing something, or helping someone – that will start to create an atmosphere of dignity and respect. He also suggests that people do more than just say hello, but actively look for opportunities to make a difference.“Like small crimes lead to bigger ones, so small acts of friendliness lead to bigger acts of respect,” says Foxton. “If all you do each day is say hello, that’s great. But we urge people to go beyond just saying hello. For instance, managers can use meetings to teach their employees about showing each other respect. Take on apprentices. Start conversations. Take cake and coffee to your local police station. Use your own environment and resources to go beyond just saying hello.”To counteract the notion that the SCSH campaign is based on idealism, Foxton cites the island nation of Singapore. “The country has low instances of violent crime because the authorities have legislated respect into the culture. For instance, if you drop your chewing gum on the ground you are liable for a S$1 000 fine. Respect for each other and our environment are the values we should be inculcating into our society.”So far, Foxton says, the results have been inspiring. “I’ve received so many amazing stories from people who have had wonderfully positive experiences, all through reaching out to others. It can happen. We need to encourage our population to see this country for what it is, not for what it isn’t.”Even those who have been victims themselves have reacted positively. “For the victims I’ve talked to,” says Foxton, “their anger is directed not against a nation but against one or two individuals. Many have climbed right in behind this campaign, using their own negative experiences to help turn things around.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksStop Crime Say HelloSouth African Police Institute for Security StudiesTrue Crime Expo South AfricaThe Tipping Pointlast_img read more

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