Rooted in red and white

first_img[media-credit name=”Steve Gotter/The Badger Herald” align=”aligncenter” width=”540″][/media-credit]They are three completely different people, but one common thread ties together Kodee Williams, Kinley McNicoll and Genevieve Richard, making them a unique trio within the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team. It’s not that the three occupy the same position — Williams and McNicoll are midfielders while Richard is the starting goalkeeper — or have superior abilities.Instead, it’s their heritage that sets Williams, McNicoll and Richard apart. But unless it’s Richard (pronounced REE-shard) talking, that different heritage is hardly obvious.The trio hails from different parts of Canada — McNicoll grew up in Oakville, Ontario, Williams in Toronto, and Richard in Saint-Bruno, Quebec — giving them something in common with Badger assistant coach Tim Rosenfeld, a Thunder Bay, Ontario, native.Rosenfeld experienced Canadian collegiate athletics at the University of Toronto, but as a coach in his 18th year at an American college under NCAA jurisdiction, he explained there’s a stark difference between college sports in the two countries.“You can’t compare it,” Rosenfeld said, noting he was lucky to get a new uniform every year while in college. “To see what these [players] get — and I think that’s maybe the difference with the Canadians as well, is they can appreciate the things that they get when they get to [the NCAA] level and say, ‘Had I gone to the University of Waterloo, this would not be happening to me right now.’ There’s certain appreciation that they have for the experience.”But it’s not just college sports that differ between Canada and the United States, it extends down into high school sports as well.“We definitely don’t take our high school sports as seriously. We have provincial championships, but it’s nothing like state championships. Our high school teams are just … not that great. I didn’t even play soccer in high school just because the level wasn’t there for me,” said Williams, who instead played on club teams and youth national teams. “It’s a lot different. They take their sports very seriously in America.”According to Rosenfeld, soccer is just as popular in Canada as it is in the United States, and although there may be fewer players in Canada, there is still plenty of talent available for American universities to recruit. Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins and Rosenfeld have done just that, with a little help from Rosenfeld’s special connection.Rosenfeld’s uncle, Bryan Rosenfeld, has been coach of the Canadian National women’s U-17 team for the last three cycles, giving his nephew valuable insight into some of the best up-and-coming talent in all of Canada.“So far it’s really worked out well for us. It’s not something that’s backfired. It’s been a good angle and they’ve been successful in the classroom, on the field and we’ve just kept on going with it,” Rosenfeld said of recruiting Canadian players with the help of his uncle.Once Williams, McNicoll and Richard got to Wisconsin, naturally all three had to make adjustments to not only going to college, but life in a new country.As the sophomore McNicoll remarked, making those accommodations was not difficult.“It was not hard to adjust at all. Wisconsin is so much like home. People are so friendly. With the soccer team it’s just so much easier to fit in,” McNicoll said, emphasizing that Wisconsin has become like a second home.In their time with the Badgers, Williams, a redshirt junior; McNicoll; and Richard, a junior, all have accomplished success in different ways, on which Rosenfeld elaborated.“There’s a kid that’s taken the American college experience and decided, ‘I’m going to make the most of this.’ It’s unique,” Rosenfeld said of Williams. “The college experience in the States is unique. There’s no other place in the world that has created what the NCAA has created. There’s nothing, in terms of the opportunity that these kids have and the level that they’re playing at and the support that they have.“There’s somebody that’s taken advantage of it,” he said. “She’s brought that kind of leadership not only within the student organization but on the team as well.”“You look at Kinley and that kid has a huge future ahead of her. She is the shining star of the Canadian U-20 national team right now,” Rosenfeld said. “I’ve spoken to the coach in the last couple of weeks and he just keeps on checking on her because he thinks the world of her and that she’s going to be the next full team on his 20, so she’s got a whole good national career ahead of her for sure.”“[Richard] has really developed into a top-notch goalkeeper and she’s got international experience,” he said. “I know she’s on the radar over there. I obviously work with her a lot and she is the consummate professional. I hate to use that word in college, but she comes out to train and works her butt off. She’s good academically. She has it figured out. She knows what she needs to get done and she gets it done.”The three Canadian players also have something else in common: they have played a large role in Wisconsin’s success this season.The Badgers (8-2-2 overall, 3-1-1 Big Ten) have had a potent offensive attack that is averaging almost 2.5 goals per game, headed by McNicoll who has 21 points on six goals and nine assists. Williams has also aided the offense with 10 points of her own (3 goals, 1 assist).And then in the thick of things on defense, Richard has lost only one game, a 7-1-2 record, and has recorded 45 saves with a .789 save percentage. With her strong performance as of late, Richard earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week last week following back-to-back shutouts against Michigan and Michigan State.In the end, the nationalities of McNicoll, Williams and Richard have little effect. It’s their soccer capabilities of this trio that could mean big things for Wisconsin.“We always get picked on because we say things funny and we definitely, we know what we’re talking about when we talk about Smarties. We’re not talking about the chalky candies that you guys have here. We’re talking about chocolate. And of course, there’s all the little nuances that we know. There’s definitely a bond between us that the Americans will never understand,” Williams said.last_img read more

Exit Survey for TCI Visitors

first_img Three armed attacks in Provo, all in Blue Hills Related Items:exit survey, Gary Brough, KPMG, Tourist TCI: Savory favors investor residency status, heralds KPMG economic report, says Caicos link is economic lifeline Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Oct 2014 — An exit survey for visitors to the country to report on their Turks and Caicos experience is just days away from starting now as the National Tourism Strategy consultant company, KPMG explains they are on the hunt for a tangible understanding of where the Turks and Caicos is, so that they can deliver on an overarching long term plan for tourism for the nation. Gary Brough, KPMG managing Director explained that since the launch of the project, KPMG’s team has been busy reviewing and critiquing previous studies and plans, researching and benchmarking the TCI against other jurisdictions and accumulating data and statistics. Add to this, Brough, who is also the leader for KPMG in Travel, Leisure and Tourism practice in the Caribbean explained that they want to hear from the general public on ideas for an enhanced tourism product. Consultation meetings are planned for this month also; those exit surveys will be for both airline and cruise departures. Recommended for you Local Atty says Govt going against public consultation; says NO to taller resort plan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

World Cancer Day 2017

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 8, 2017 – On the 4th February, World Cancer Day was observed under the theme “We Can. I Can”.  World Cancer Day presents the opportunity to raise awareness and draw attention to the fact that we can all help to prevent and or control cancer.  Addressing cancer in the TCI and globally calls for combined efforts between governments, civil society organizations and nongovernmental organizations to promote action and investments in areas including promotion of healthy lifestyles, tobacco control, cancer screening and early detection, allowing for improved cancer treatment services, and if there is no possible cure palliative care.The Turks and Caicos Islands are encouraged to be inspired and take action! The number of cases of cancers being diagnosed within the TCI has significantly increased over the years. Mrs. Aldora Robinson, Director of Health Promotion and Advocacy stated; “We must take responsible action for our health, we need regular medical checkups, early detection is critical, we need to exercise and reduce our intake of the foods that increase our risk for cancer.”The Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services the Hon. Edwin Astwood stated; “As the Minister, my team and I have embarked on the practice of maintaining a healthy diet and I encourage everyone living in the Turks and Caicos Islands to start a healthy diet plan, practice regular and proper physical activity and remember together we can reduce and prevention the risk of cancer and cancer associated ailments.”The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services are continually improving not only access to care, but developing programs to assist individuals in the prevention and control of cancers.  For more information contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 338-2772.Let us join forces as we take action, yes we can. Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TakeactionagainstCancer, #WorldCancerDay2017center_img #MagneticMediaNews #WorldCancerDay2017 #TakeactionagainstCancerlast_img read more

Kid Cudi Opens Up About Mental Health With Jada Pinkett Smith Willow

first_imgNews The GRAMMY winner details his past struggles with substance abuse: “I was very good at keeping my troubles hidden”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Dec 18, 2018 – 3:35 pm Rapper Kid Cudi rose swiftly into the spotlight with his GRAMMY-nominated debut single “Day ‘N’ Nite” in 2008, along with a budding friendship with Kanye West, who signed him to his G.O.O.D. Music label that year. Fast-forward to 2018, with plenty more successes under his belt, Cudi has revealed that at one point he was silently—yet deeply­—struggling through it.”I was very good at keeping my troubles hidden. Even from my friends, I was really good at that,” Cudi shares in a recent conversation on “Red Table Talk,” a Facebook Watch show hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, along with her daughter, Willow Smith, and mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris. The topic of discussion was mental health, with Cudi sharing his personal struggles with stress, depression and substance abuse, and how he was finally able to heal.The episode, titled “Confronting Mental Illness,” opened with a discussion with the three generations of women, who brought in Cudi as their special guest. As he sat down, Jada shared how special it was to see one of the artists her children looked up to (including Willow, who has put out two albums of her own) live up to his name.In turn, Cudi revealed how he felt pressure to be someone people could look up to, which caused him to feel he didn’t have space for how he really felt.”It’s like my life was like this show and I was always supposed to be on, but when the show was over I was completely miserable. For a long time I was not happy when I woke up in the morning,” the rapper said. “It took me a minute to realize there was something going wrong with me.”He shared that he had struggled with drug use when he first was in the public eye, and quit after getting arrested in 2010. When the spotlight came for him in 2008, he felt new stresses and had no outlet for his emotions, nor did he feel like he had anyone to really help him through this new lifestyle in a healthy way.”Being famous…was weird for me early on. It happened really fast for me, and nobody coached me, no mentorship, I was just kinda in it. I was a kid. 23, 24 is still a kid…it was like, ‘Oh, maybe if I try drugs I can be okay,'” Cudi explained.He also shared that he always hid his drug use from everyone in his life, and in addition to feeling pressure to keep up his image as “everybody’s hero,” he also kept his struggles to himself “because I was ashamed.” This led to a rollercoaster of bottled emotions, secret on-and-off drug use and deep levels of unhappiness. He said that by 2016 “when I wasn’t at work it was a nightmare. So I used drugs again.”Jada asked if he thought he had been using drugs to try to manage the depression, to which Cudi agreed, and revealed he eventually reached a breaking point which led him to find help where he could face his pain head-on. “[Rehab] finally helped me talk through it…I don’t think I ever really did that in my life. I never really thought about ‘Well, why am I depressed?'”Towards the end of the conversation Willow tearfully brought up young people dying, like the late rapper Mac Miller: “So many young people are just dying because of trying to satiate those emotions with drugs.”Cudi’s story is triumphant and points to the struggle so many young people in the public eye and the music industry face. It also demonstrates how artists’ honesty about their pain can not only help them process, but it can help others struggling with depression and addiction relate as well.Logic Opens Up About His Truth & “Hardest Years Of My Life, Mentally”Read more Email Kid Cudi Opens Up About Mental Health kid-cudi-opens-about-mental-health-jada-pinkett-smith-willow-smith Kid Cudi Opens Up About Mental Health With Jada Pinkett Smith & Willow Smith Twitter Facebook last_img read more

For the holy river

first_imgAward winning director Lisa Sabina Harney is screening her drama documentary Satyagraha-Truth Force in the Capital.Presented by Goddess Films in association with Harvard Club Of India this drama documentary tells the story of a group of humble Indian saints who believe the sanctity of their holy river – The Ganges – is being destroyed by corruption and a powerful mining lobby.They have been threatened, beaten, jailed and bribed. Two have died. Both were murdered, or so they believe. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Satyagraha – Truth Force follows the Satyagraha or hunger strike of Swami Shivanand as he fights with his life to protect the river and attempts to find justice for his disciple whom he believes was poisoned.Harney has spent 15 years working intensively as a writer, producer and director of award winning documentaries and docu-drama. She is the recipient of a Golden Eagle and Hugo Award and has been interviewed and published by the Guerrilla Filmmakers guide as an expert in dramatized documentary.The 91-minute movie will be screened in presence of Yogesh J Karan, High Commissioner, Republic of Fiji and will be followed by a discussion about the same.When: 9th January, 6 pm onwardsWhere: Alliance Française de Delhilast_img read more