Redknapp confident QPR will avoid the drop this season

first_imgHarry Redknapp admits Queens Park Rangers are in for a tough season on their return to the Premier League, but is confident his side can avoid relegation.The manager remained focussed on the positives after his not-so-Super Hoops were smashed 4-0 by Manchester United on Sunday.Rangers looked sluggish throughout, with the likes of Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata taking their midfield apart at times, while they failed to really trouble United’s back-four in the absence of now-Chelsea striker Loic Remy.Redknapp believes a lack of match fitness was to blame for their poor performance, with the Rangers boss insisting his team will begin to claim results when the squad all get up to speed after a long summer and recent international break.“It’s going to be a tough season for us, but I still feel we’ll be ok,” said the manager.“We’re a little bit short of cutting edge up front. I put [on-loan Napoli striker Eduardo] Vargas on just to see what he can do, but he, and one or two others, are still trying to get their fitness back.“Leroy Fer had two weeks away with Holland and didn’t play again, he was probably just standing around being used as a cone all week while the first team play.“He’s a fantastic player on the ball but just lacks that bit of fitness, so if we can get him fit he can be a real asset for us.“Sandro also got a bit of cramp because he’s only played one game since the summer, so we still need to get our players up to speed.“If we do that I think we’ll have a great chance this season.”last_img read more

Tenders sought to develop Visitor Management Plan for Malin Head

first_imgDonegal County Council is seeking tenders for the development of a Visitor Management Plan for Malin Head.An important part of the process of developing this plan will be engaging with the local community and other stakeholders.Tenderers are being asked to ensure that consultation with the local community, as well as a programme of engagement with key stakeholders, is an essential element in the development of the plan. The aim of the Visitor Management Plan is to guide the future development and management of Malin Head which is one of just 15 Signature Discovery Points on the Wild Atlantic Way stretching from Cork to Donegal along the spectacular Atlantic Coast.Liam Ward, Director of Service with Donegal County Council says the Wild Atlantic Way has been a great success for Donegal and the Western Seaboard and it is all about promising the visitor a world class, sustainable and unmissable experience.“The essence of the Wild Atlantic Way brand is one of ‘wildness’ of valuing what is natural and authentic along our coastline and of caring for our landscape, seascape and environment in a way that will protect and preserve it’s uniqueness for generations to come”.“Malin Head is a special place and is either the first or the last stop on the Wild Atlantic Way depending on the direction of travel. And although minor works to improve access, bus parking and toilet facilities are planned for 2017, other ongoing visitor management opportunities and challenges have been identified at Malin Head which points to the need for a Visitor Management Plan for the area”. Speaking about the Visitor Management Plan, Fiona Monaghan Head of the Wild Atlantic Way with Fáilte Ireland, said providing a compelling visitor experience is at the very core of this plan – giving people a reason to visit and remain in the area longer.“However, developing this experience in a sustainable way that will deliver real economic and social benefits to the wider local community while at the same time, ensuring our core asset – our landscapes and seascapes – is environmentally protected is crucial.“Fáilte Ireland will be working closely with Donegal County Council to ensure we fully maximise the tourism potential of Malin Head as well as continuing the work on the wider development of the Wild Atlantic Way.”It is proposed that this Visitor Management Plan will have four very specific outcomes focusing on visitor experience, community benefit, environmental protection and traffic management as follows:• Visitor Experience: Malin Head Signature Discovery Point will provide a motivating and compelling visitor experience on the Wild Atlantic Way giving people a reason to visit and remain in the area longer. • Community Benefit: The site must be developed in a sustainable way which will deliver a real economic and social benefit to the wider local community in Malin Head. One way of doing this is to increase the visitor ‘dwell-time’ in the wider area, which will serve to increase the economic benefit to local communities.• Environmental Protection: A long term view of the development of Malin Head must be taken to ensure that the core asset that has attracted the visitor in the first place i.e. the wild landscapes and seascapes, is protected; that the conservation objectives of designated areas at a minimum are met and that any environmental impacts currently identified at the site are mitigated and managed.• Traffic Management: Existing issues such as traffic congestion and parking which are impacting on both the visitor experience of the site and also access and amenity for the local community must be addressed through this plan.To support the delivery of this Visitor Management Plan, a Project Steering Group will be set up to oversee the delivery of this project and will comprise representatives from Donegal County Council, the local community and Fáilte Ireland. Tender documents will be available on www.etender.gov.ie from Thursday 16th February 2017.Tenders sought to develop Visitor Management Plan for Malin Head was last modified: February 13th, 2017 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Tony Cascarino speaks to talkSPORT for first time since major brain surgery

first_img“The support I’ve had from everyone has been fabulous,” Casc said.“I was very lucky, having a benign tumour which is non-cancerous.“I lost someone I knew quite recently to a cancerous tumour, and that’s where I was very fortunate.“It’s a bit of an eye-opener, when you go through something like this. Your life changes.“I’ve lost the hearing in my right ear, I’m completely deaf. That’s something I’ll have to deal with. Tony Cascarino has thanked talkSPORT listeners and the wider world of football for their ‘amazing support’ as he spoke to the station for the first time since undergoing major brain surgery.The former Chelsea striker had an operation to remove a golf ball-sized tumour, which was thankfully benign, from his brain when he returned from covering the World Cup with us.Well wishes for the much-loved pundit have flooded in since the news of Tony’s procedure was revealed.And he joined Jim White on Thursday to say ‘thank you’ for the overwhelming support he has received, and give an update on his recovery – including when we can expect him back on the talkSPORT airwaves! “I’m so delighted I got through.” 🙏 Tony Cascarino back on @talkSPORT after his 12 hour brain surgery.Great to hear him so well 👊 pic.twitter.com/2DpZ5wOA10— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 23, 2018“But the surgeon said, other than that, I’ll make a full recovery.“I just count my lucky stars. I’m so delighted I got through.“I’m on the road. I’m going to come back to talkSPORT at the start of September, I feel ready.“I think Mrs Cascarino will kill me if I stay off any longer, having to deal with me all the time!”Listen to the full story from Tony Cascarino in the media player above!center_img 1last_img read more

Cool Tools in your Cellular Toolkit

first_imgBiochemists can’t help using familiar tools to describe what they are finding in living cells.Swiss army knife:  RNA polymerase 1, a molecular machine that builds the ribosome protein factory, is your “Swiss-army knife,” Science Daily says.  That’s because researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory have found “it incorporates modules which prevent it from having to recruit outside help.”  The components it needs are all built in.  Even though that makes it bigger, it also makes it efficient; “Because everything is already assembled, there’s no time delay,” a team member remarked – which is good, because this Swiss-army knife keeps very busy.  It even has built-in regulators, removing the need for external regulatory elements.  Another Science Daily article says RNA polymerase 1 is a “very large and highly complex molecular machine” and calls it “a crucial cog in the machinery of all cells.” as well as a “central pacemaker for cell growth.”  See also Nature News for word about the latest mapping of the enzyme.Samurai sword:  The sword in your toolkit is katanin, an enzyme actually named for a katana, a Samurai sword.  PhysOrg describes how this enzyme cuts microtubules with precision to keep the cell’s “skeleton” just right.  Just as our bodies would fall limp without bones, “without our cytoskeletons, our cells, which come in roughly 200 different shapes and sizes, would all become tiny spheres and stop working.”  Researchers at Washington University at St. Louis found that without katanin, the microtubules became disorganized like cobwebs.  Katanin acts like a pruning shear that cuts microtubules when they cross over one another, keeping the cytoskeleton ordered and functional.  It also creates the “array patterning” that arranges the microtubules into “parallel bands like barrel hoops around the cell’s girth,” giving the cell strength.  Since there are typically “hundreds or thousands” of microtubules in a cell, a whole army of Samurai swordsmen remains at the ready.  See more about katanin in a Science Daily article that shows how it helps sprouted seedlings grow.Stretch sensors:  PhysOrg described integrins, machines that sense the cell’s external environment.  They do this by making “catch bonds” that can measure stiffness of the outside world.  The more the catch bond is pulled, the stronger it becomes.  “The cell therefore has a very useful instrument,” the article says. “An internal measurement unit – the number of bound catch bond integrins – proved to be a direct measure of the mechanical stiffness of the external environment.”  Another PhysOrg article described other machines that “feel” the environment, acting as “molecular muscles” that notify the cell when it needs to change shape, such as when it needs to squeeze through a narrow opening.Cargo carts:  A paper in Current Biology describes the motorized cargo carts that carry tubulin proteins up the cilium to the growing tip.  “The kinesin-2-driven anterograde transport of intraflagellar transport (IFT) trains has long been suspected to deliver cargo consisting of tubulin subunits for assembly at the axoneme tip,” the summary says. “Important new work identifies the tubulin binding site on IFT trains that is responsible for this cargo transport.”Clock drive:  Different proteins need to be made at different times of the day and night.  A paper in PLoS Biology describes how the circadian clock, the timekeeper in cells, regulates protein synthesis.  Researchers found that mid-day and midnight are key times for activity.  “Our work also finds that many clock cell processes, including metabolism, redox state, signaling, neurotransmission, and even protein synthesis itself, are coordinately regulated such that mRNAs required for similar cellular functions are translated in synchrony at the same time of day.”If there is any field of science that has revolutionized our view of life, it is the discovery of factories of molecular machines in living cells.  Look at them!  They are doing precise, coordinated work involving thousands of parts working together, all the time, even in our sleep.  When you realize that these discoveries have occurred in the lifetimes of many people alive today, and continue to accelerate each year, you realize how privileged we are to see this nano-miniaturized manufacturing phenomenon keeping us and every living thing alive.  This short article doesn’t tell the half of it, or the hundredth, of what new imaging techniques have revealed in the last 20 years.One can only wonder if Darwin would have dared to put forth a speculation that blind, unguided processes are responsible for life, had he known what we know today.  Think back also to the scientists and philosophers of earlier centuries, back to the Romans, Greeks and Babylonians.  If they had known what we know, how different a world might it have been?  How different would have been the religious, cultural and philosophical traditions of the nations?The modern world coasts on Enlightenment and modernist assumptions about life and its simplistic Darwinian notions.  The implications of this scale of complexity at the basis of life – the cell – have not yet had time to percolate into the culture.  Take time to think through those mind-boggling implications.  They are life changing!  Only intelligent design has a vera causa adequate to explain what biochemistry has revealed, and only biblical creationism has an adequate Designer.  Leeuwenhoek, the creationist father of microscopy, was astonished and delighted with what he saw through his crude instruments.  Oh, to be able to show him what we see now!  Play that role for him; don’t ever let the wonders of Swiss army knives, Samurai swords, clock drives and all the rest become mundane news.  This is epochal.  This is monumental.  This is world-changing.(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How To Make Your Expensive Gear Investment Last Forever

first_imgSo, you saved up and bought the camera package of your dreams. Here’s how to make sure that money doesn’t go to waste once the next camera comes along.Top Image via Shutterstock.A notion that I’ve often heard in the filmmaking community is that buying and owning an expensive camera is a bad idea. The overall idea is that if you want to have a good camera for a project, you should just rent one. Well, I’ve always thought that this concept was a nice thought, if you’re in a market wherein every project you take on has a budget for a nice, big camera package rental — which a lot of us are not. In some markets, you’ll seldom get a budget to rent even a few lights, much less a nice camera package or some cinema lenses.There are a ton of different ways to go about breaking into the industry, and it’s different story in every single market. Sometimes, owning a top-of-the-line camera rig is a great way to get your foot in the door; other times, you just meet the right people on set and do a good enough job that people call you back, and you get started that way. Sometimes you have to do a bunch of both.The Sony PMW-EX1 – Image via Sony.I chose to save up for a couple of years and drop a good chunk of money on the camera of my dreams — and start marketing myself as an owner/operator. At that time, my favorite camera was the fantastic Sony EX-1. I had watched a video by Philip Bloom (which he shot on the camera) and immediately knew that it was what I wanted. It was the perfect camera; it even shot in 720 at 60p (oh, how far things have come).At the time, the Sony EX-1 was about $8,000.I’ve since sold that camera, and I have owned about four other cameras since then. Each time I bought a new camera, I would sell the previous one. So technically speaking, I’ve purchased each of those cameras with some of that same money that I saved up when I was just getting started.There is an art to maintaining your gear investment over time. We don’t all have the money to buy every new piece of gear that comes along. By using a few tricks and staying on top of the gear scene, here’s how you can make a large gear investment and ensure that it stands the test of time.Knowing Which Types of Gear Retain ValueImage via Shutterstock.When you’re trying not to waste money on gear, constantly assessing your gear’s value is crucial. There are certain types of gear that are almost like brand-new cars: once you leave the lot with them, they lose half their value. At the same time, you’ll find that certain items retain (or gain) value regardless of what has recently come out in the film-gear scene.CamerasImage via Shutterstock.When it comes to cameras, my best advice is don’t get too attached. If you want to buy an expensive camera, you need to be willing and ready to sell it at any moment to the highest bidder, and say “Thanks for everything — goodbye, little buddy!” without blinking an eye.The camera market changes extremely quickly, usually in relation to large camera releases.Cameras in the sub-$2,000 range (lower end DSLRs, mirrorless, etc.) don’t hold value as well as the more expensive professional cameras on the market. New DSLR models drop almost monthly, and when something is already relatively affordable and a newer version comes out, you’ll find yourself in a buyer’s market. The person who might buy it would rather just go ahead and spend a few bucks more on a brand new camera than a used one. For example, a quick eBay search will show you that, right now, the original a7s is selling for around $1,200 less (nearly half) than its original sale price. That wasn’t the case just year or so ago.More expensive professional cameras and higher-end DSLRs (GH5, Ursa Mini Pro, Fs7, C300, etc.) tend to be a lot easier to sell at a price point nearer their initial release value (provided that you act quickly). The key here is to make sure that you sell yours before they become outdated. These cameras tend to come out less often, but luckily, there are plenty of resources that let you know when new cameras are going to come out (like the PremiumBeat blog for instance), so you can stay on top of the camera scene, and as soon as a new version of your camera is about to come out, go ahead and sell yours so you can get the next one.Every time you sell your camera, you’ll lose a bit of your initial investment (you’ll almost always sell for a little less than what you paid for it), but you’re still stretching the investment this way. The faster you sell, the less you’ll lose (you can buy a decade-old RED One MX for around $3,000-4,000 now, compared to its release price of around $20,000).LensesImage via Shutterstock.One could certainly make the argument that lenses are the best filmmaking gear investment. Lenses hold their value insanely well. In most cases, you can sell a lens for only moderately less than you paid for it, simply because of wear and tear.The only real variable with the lens market is just the general quality of the lens. If the lens that you own is high-quality, from a known and well-respected brand, it will retain value. Canon L-Series glass is a great example. Most L-Series lenses (16-35, 24-70, 70-200, etc.) all still selling for a very respectable price (even the older versions). This is because everyone knows those things are built like tanks, and just about everyone in the industry uses them on a regular basis — making them an easy sell. So, if you’re investing in lenses, buy something that is well-respected and well-known.Support Gear and MiscellaneousImage via Shutterstock.This one is probably the hardest to pin down, so I’m always very wary about purchasing this kind of gear. Your tripods, gimbals, stabilizers, etc. are probably going to be the most randomly valued pieces of equipment that you own. Even at the highest end, you have to be very careful if you think you’ll ever want to sell them later on.For instance, if you bought a Movi M10 at release, you spent about $10,000-15,000. The DJI Ronin and other gimbals came out shortly after and altered the pricing significantly. Now, only a few short years later, you can be the proud owner of an M10 for the low low price of around $2,000. That’s a pretty significant loss for early adopters still hanging onto that gimbal.If you’re planning to spend a lot on support gear, the best way to go, in my opinion, is to essentially buy things that you’re okay with keeping forever. For instance, a dana dolly would be a good investment, since no matter what camera system you’re using, you can get good use out of it. I like to try to buy support gear that won’t become outdated unless I know I’m okay with keeping it forever.Other things like drones, wireless transmitters, follow focus gear, etc. all fluctuate quite a bit in value because there are regularly rapid advancements in all of those areas.So, if you buy gear like this, you’ll need to take it on a case-by-case basis. Just make sure that it’s gear that you don’t mind losing some money on.Knowing When To SellImage via Shutterstock.Although camera and gear releases are starting to become a bit less predictable (in the past, they occurred around big gear shows like NAB, but now they’re a little more spread out), it’s still relatively easy to keep tabs on the value of your gear — and make sure that you don’t wait until it drops too much.There is also a certain level of dedication required to stay on top of industry news. There are plenty of sources for information on new and upcoming gear. The PremiumBeat blog stays on top of the gear scene as much as possible; other places to check out are NoFilmSchool, Cinema5d, Newsshooter, and many others. Around NAB and other big shows, all of these resources are invaluable for up-to-the-minute updates.You can also easily find Twitter profiles or social profiles for all of the major camera manufacturers (Canon, Sony, RED, Blackmagic, Panasonic, ARRI, etc.). I’ve always kept these camera manufacturers on a twitter list, and I peruse it once a day or so just to see if there are any major announcements.The most important part of all of this, however, is that once anything gets announced, you have to decide if you’re going to act or not. Keep checking eBay and other places where you can buy and sell used gear, and check the going rate for what you own. If it starts to fall even slightly, in most cases, I will go ahead and sell and update that piece of gear — and that method has worked for me.If The Time Is Right, Go for ItImage via Shutterstock.I’ll speak for myself here, but there always comes a point with every camera that I’ve owned when I feel like I’ve done about as much with it as I care to. Every camera or piece of gear offers something different, and eventually everything you do will start to have a similar look or feel — or you’ll end up as “the person who owns such-and-such camera.” That’s definitely not always a bad thing, and it tends to matter less with higher-end gear. If you’re lucky enough to be an ARRI or RED owner, chances are it’s a good thing.Sometimes, by selling one camera, you can afford two cameras. Other times, you can sell a camera and buy that lens you always wanted. Either way, to me, what that represents is access to a new look or approach that you don’t have to rent every time.Whether you’re selling on eBay, user groups, or KEH, I feel like it’s important not to look at your gear purchases as permanent decisions. Consider selling even your favorite piece of gear because you never know what new camera might come along.Looking for more gear-related advice? Check out these articles.Buyer’s Guide: Shoulder Rigs From Cheapest to Most ExpensiveMeet ALBA—The New Shortcut Keyboard for MacThe Practical Guide to Non-Standardized LED SpecsGear Review: the Leica Summicron-C Series of LensesLitepanel’s Incredible Astra 6X LED Fixture and Youlast_img read more

Bihar cane farmers in distress

first_imgThe sugar cane farmers of Bihar are distressed as the government has not yet announced the cane price for mill owners for the current season. The farmers are also agitated with the mill owners over non-payment of their dues.Speaking to The Hindu over phone, sugar cane farmers of West Champaran, the district where most of the sugar mills are located, said five mills in the district alone owe ₹231.98 crore to them. “Sugar cane payment dues for the current season of 2018-19 by the mills of Bagaha, Harinagar, Narkatiaganj, Majhaulia and Lauria have gone up to the tune of ₹231.98 crore. We are in deep distress but there is no one to address our problem,” rued Nandeshwar Pandey, a young farmer from Pathakauli village. Bihar has a total of 12 sugar mills.The farmers of West Champaran further said that they have supplied about 74.75 lakh quintals of sugar cane to these five sugar mills till December 8 this year, spending ₹57.93 crore in the process. “We expected to be paid after a fortnight of the supply as it is mandatory for the sugar mills under the Sugar cane Purchase and Supply Act to make the payment and any delay invites interest at the current bank rate,” said Pramod Singh, another farmer. “However, till date, not a single penny has been paid,” he added.Most of the farmers had taken loan from banks through Kisan Credit Card and now they say they are being chased by the certificate officers of the banks for repayment of the loan.Living in penury“The government at the Centre had announced that farmers’ income would double by 2022, but the sugar cane farmers in Bihar have stopped celebrating social and religious functions due to lack of funds. We are unable to pay even the tuition fees of our children… we are on the verge of starvation,” said Rajan Giri, a farmer. He added that the farmers are not being able to go for the kharif cultivation as “they don’t have money to buy seeds and fertilizers”. The sugar cane farmers of West Champaran had staged a massive protest before the district official in Bagaha on December 10, demanding immediate announcement of sugar cane price. Copies of the memorandum had also been sent to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Chief Secretary, Sugarcane Development Commissioner and the District Magistrate. “The State government is delaying fixing of State Advisory Price for sugarcane in connivance with the mill owners and we are forced to borrow money on higher interest rates from banks for our survival,” alleged sugarcane farmers Umesh Patel, Surendra Baitha, Daya Shankar Singh and Somesh Pandey.The sugar cane farmers of West Champaran particularly angry with State Sugar Cane Development Minister Khurshid alias Firoz Ahmad who represents Sikta Assembly constituency from the same district. “The government is serious on the issue and I have asked the principal secretary of the department to announce the sugarcane price soon. It will be announced in a day or two. The Chief Minister himself had a meeting with officials to address the issue,” the Minister told The Hindu. His assurance, however, has failed to pacify the farmers who burnt his effigy near the Bhimrao Ambedkar statue at Bagaha on December 15.The sugar mill owners, meanwhile, are blaming the State government for the farmers’ distress. “Negotiation between the State government and the mill owners for sugarcane price is going on and hopefully it will be fixed within a week. The sugar mills are not at fault as the responsibility to fix the price lies with the State government, ” said Y.S. Bhatnagar, general manager (personnel) of the sugar mills. The production of sugarcane has gone up this year and demand has come down, he added.last_img read more

China Open: Satwik-Chirag Fall in Semi-finals to World No.1 Pair Gideon-Sukamuljo

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. badmintonchina openchina open 2019Chirag Shetty First Published: November 9, 2019, 4:38 PM IST New Delhi: The top Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty were unable to break the Minions code as they bowed out of Fuzhou China Open in the semi-final with straight-games loss to world No.1 Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia on Saturday.Satwik-Chirag bowed out of the tournament with a 16-21, 20-22 loss to the Indonesian pair in 40 minutes, losing their eighth straight encounter against the world No.1 pair. Satwik and Chirag had lost to them in the French Open final last month in straight games as well and in all their encounters, the Indian pair has taken a game off the Indonesians only once.Irrespective of the result, Satwik-Chirag are set to climb two places in the BWF men’s doubles rankings to reach their career-high of world No.7.Satwik-Chirag gave a brilliant fight to ‘The Minions’ but failed to break their code as the world No.1s stayed on course to defending their title. This is Gideon-Sukamuljo’s fourth straight Fuzhou China Open and they have never lost in the tournament so far.The match saw some excellent badminton, brilliant fast-paced flat exchanges, some stunning defensive skills from both pair but it was the Indonesian pair that came out on top.The match started well for the Indian pair as they took a 7-4 lead, trying to put as much pressure as possible on Gideon at the back of the court. Chirag, who was the best player at the net in their quarter-final, knew he could not win that battle from Sukamuljo in the semi-final and hence, they look to play far more expansive.However, the Indonesian pair used all their experience to overturn the deficit and take a 10-7 lead. Then, Satwik made a good cross court return forcing Sukamuljo to lean forward to take the shuttle and the Indonesian hit the net. Trailing 8-10, Chirag was involved in a goof flat exchange at the net and then crouched to play into the empty court to grab another point before the Indonesians took an 11-9 lead into the break.After the break, Sukamuljo’s marauding presence forced the Indians into making a lot of mistakes as the world No.1 took a 14-9 lead. However, the Indians did not stop fighting back and in the next rally itself, they defended two extremely powerful smashes to then force an error out of Sukamuljo.Chirag then took control of the proceedings and smashed his way to reducing the gap to 13-16. However, Sukamuljo did not let up the initiative at the front court at all and Gideon helped him with excellent drives, leading the world No.1s to take the first game 21-16.Satwik-Chirag began the second game well and led 3-1. Then a stunning 28-shot rally ensued that saw the Indonesians dish out some spectacular defensive skills to eventually win the point and make it 2-3.It stayed neck-and-neck from there before the Indians took an 8-6 lead with Chirag once more making his presence felt at the front court. At 8-8, Satwik took the matter in his hands and played a superb smash from the front court in one rally and a crouching defensive shot in the next to take a 10-8 lead. However, the Indonesians took back the control and with a smash at Chirag’s body, they led 11-10 at the break.Right after the break, Chirag and Satwik came out with incessant smashing at the Indonesians to level the proceedings at 11-11. Once more it stayed close from there with both pairs exchanging points with some delightful all-court play.The Indians then took an 18-16 lead after Satwik executed a beautiful cross-court drop in one rally and a fabulous half smash in the other. But the Indonesians soon level the proceedings to eventually bring up a match point at 20-19.Satwik then showed bravery as he made a good leave with Sukamuljo sending the shuttle just wide to make it 20-20. However, the Sukamuljo show came to the fore once more as the Indonesians took the match.Having another match point at 21-20, Sukamuljo played a stunning tumbling net shot that Chirag somehow picked up hassling. Gideon then smashed the shuttle behind Chirag that the Indian just about picked. Sukamuljo then steep-smashed from the net and all Satwik could do was just try and flick his racquet in the direction as the world No.1 reached another final. last_img read more

I take responsibility for Rio boxing campaign: Coach Sandhu

first_imgBy Poonam Mehra New Delhi, Aug 27 (PTI) He is ready to take “moral responsibility” for Indias medal-less boxing campaign in Rio Olympics but national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu says the four-year-long administrative logjam cannot escape blame for all that has gone wrong with the once flourishing sport. “I am personally hurt and I take moral responsibility for this. But I feel my boys performance was satisfactory under the current circumstances and with the kind of tough draws they ended up getting. As for other things, I knew what was going on in the last four years but I continued thinking that things would improve,” a disheartened Sandhu told PTI in an interview. Boxing became an Olympic medal hope for India ever since Vijender Singhs historic bronze in the Beijing 2008 edition. M C Mary Kom added another bronze to the kitty in 2012 when women boxers made their debut in London edition. In Rio, at least one medal was expected from the three who made the cut. The expectation was despite the fact that boxing had hit a downward spiral following the termination of the national federation in 2012 for manipulation in elections. “The luck factor was totally zero this time for us. All my boys lost to eventual medallists. I am not trying to save anybody here but we have to be realistic. The draws were very tough,” Sandhu said. The draws were indeed hard on the Indians. Shiva Thapa (56kg) lost to eventual gold-medallist Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba in the opening round, while Manoj Kumar (64kg) also went down to gold-winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in his ore-quarterfinal bout. Vikas Krishan (75kg), on the other hand, was defeated by eventual silver-medallist Bektemir Melikuziev in the quarterfinal. Sandhu appealed to the officials to wake up to the damage that has been done to the sport in four years of complete mess in administration. “It is my humble request, let us understand what is happening to our boxers, let us understand their suffering. We need to forget our egos. The first step towards making things right is to have an effective national federation because without a federation, we are orphans,” he was blunt in his observation. “Nothing can be built without a solid foundation, a smooth-functioning federation is a foundation for any sport. I repeat that without a federation, India will not have a voice in the international arena, no technical representation and that hurts our progress,” he added. (MORE) PTI PM KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Tour de Frace: World champion Peter Sagan disqualified for causing crash with Mark Cavendish

first_imgMark Cavendish has been forced out of the Tour de France after suffering a fractured shoulder blade in a serious crash caused by world champion Peter Sagan, who was disqualified from cycling’s showcase event.Hours after Tuesday’s crash in a chaotic sprint finish to Stage 4, Cavendish’s Team Dimension Data said on its Twitter feed that “Unfortunately, @MarkCavendish has been forced to withdraw from #TDF2017.”The British rider sustained hand and shoulder injuries in the crash, and was taken to a hospital for checks.”I’m obviously massively disappointed to get this news about the fracture,” Cavendish said. “The team was incredible today.”They executed to perfection what we wanted to do this morning. I feel I was in a good position to win and to lose that and even having to leave the Tour, a race I have built my whole career around, is really sad.”Watch the last few seconds of today’s drama-packed finish. #TDF2017 ?? pic.twitter.com/gWADnOfJWT- Le Tour de France UK (@letour_uk) July 4, 2017The crash occurred about 50 meters (yards) from the end of the stage, when Sagan elbowed Cavendish, who was squeezed against the barriers to his right, out of the way.Cavendish slammed into the barriers and two other riders plowed over the British sprint specialist, a winner of 30 Tour stages.”Mark suffered a fracture to the right scapula,” Team Dimension Data doctor Adrian Rotunno said. “Fortunately no surgery is required at this stage, and most importantly there is no nerve damage.(AP Photo)”He’s been withdrawn from the race for obvious medical reasons, and we’ll continue monitoring him over the coming days.”advertisementRace jury president Philippe Marien of the UCI said race rules allowed organizers to disqualify riders in “serious cases”.”We have decided to disqualify Peter Sagan from the 2017 Tour de France after the tumultuous sprint here in Vittel, where he endangered several riders, including Mark Cavendish and others who were involved in the crash,” Marien said.Apart from doping offenses, disqualifications are rare in the Tour. In 2010, Australian Mark Renshaw was thrown out for a head-butt that cleared a path in a sprint for his teammate Cavendish to win the stage in Bourg-Les-Valence.”I get on with Peter well, but I don’t get … if he came across is one thing, but the elbow. I’m not a fan of him putting his elbow in me like that,” Cavendish said.”A crash is a crash, I’d just like to know about the elbow, really,” Cavendish added. “I’d just like to speak to him about it.”After the crash, Sagan went over to see how Cavendish was and patted him on the back, while the British rider showed him his wounds.The Slovak said later he had apologized to Cavendish.”It’s not nice to crash like that,” said Sagan, who had finished the stage in second place behind Demare.”It’s the sprint. I just didn’t know that Mark is behind me, he’s coming from the right side,” Sagan added. “Mark was coming pretty fast from the back and after I just didn’t have time to react, to go left, and he just came (into) me and after into the fence.”A medical team quickly ran out to treat Cavendish, jogging into the oncoming stream of riders to reach him.(AP Photo)When Cavendish was finally helped to his feet, his jersey was badly torn and blood was streaking down his side. Cavendish rode in with a teammate after treatment, gingerly holding his right arm close to his body, with his right hand in a bandage.It’s already been a difficult year for Cavendish, who came down with mononucleosis caused by the Epstein-Barr virus in April.”If there was a mistake, then you have to congratulate the jury for having the courage to punish the world champion, the big star of cycling today,” said France’s Arnaud Demare, who won Tuesday’s stage.There was another crash earlier that delayed Tour leader Geraint Thomas, but the Welshman retained the yellow jersey since it happened in the neutral zone near the stage finish.Thomas leads Sky teammate and three-time champion Chris Froome by 12 seconds, with third-place Michael Matthews of Australia also 12 seconds back.Thomas scraped his knee but said it was OK.”I hit the deck but I’m fine,” Thomas said.Demare clocked nearly five hours over the largely flat 207.5-kilometer (129-mile) route, which started and finished in two spa towns, Mondorf-les-Bains in Luxembourg and Vittel in France.Demare’s win ended a long wait for the home fans, with the previous French victory in a bunch sprint at the Tour being won by Jimmy Casper in Stage 1 in Strasbourg in 2006.advertisement”We’ve been working with Arnaud for a long time on sprints,” said Marc Madiot, manager of Demare’s FDJ team. “Winning in the Tour is the best.”After Sagan’s disqualification, Alexander Kristoff moved up to second place in the stage, with Andre Greipel in third.Stage 5 on Wednesday concludes with the first serious climb of the Tour. The 160.5-kilometer (100-mile) leg begins in Vittel and winds its way to La Planche Des Belles Filles with a short but steep finishing ascent that features a leg-breaking 20-percent gradient in the final meters. All of the overall favorites should swing into action.last_img read more

Virat Kohli back in Dambulla, where it all started 9 years ago on this day

first_imgExactly nine years after making his ODI debut, Virat Kohli is back in Dambulla as India captain and arguably the best batsman in world cricket.A 19-year-old Kohli had partnered Gautam Gambhir at the top of the order but managed only 12 off 22 balls as India were shot out for 146 in the first match of the series against Sri Lanka. The hosts gunned down the target with eight wickets to spare.But Kohli has come a long way since. Only two batsmen – Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Ricky Ponting (30) – have more ODI hundreds than Kohli’s 28.The 28-year-old also has the most hundreds while chasing. Tendulkar had held the record for years with 17 tons in 232 innings while Kohli took a mere 102 innings to surpass the Master Blaster’s record.At Dambulla for the ODIs now, another beautiful location. ?????? pic.twitter.com/StkAZQzUGh- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 18 August 2017Few things never change – only the legend grows. #ThisDayThatYear In 2008, @imVkohli sat on this very chair during his debut game #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/0LCwQKZQ1i- BCCI (@BCCI) 18 August 2017Kohli has taken a special liking for Sri Lanka – 1856 of his career ODI runs have come against the islanders in 41 matches. He also boasts of six hundreds against the former world champions.Kohli has had a dream run over the last couple of years. He was at the peak of his powers in 2016, smashing hundreds against Australia in the ODIs before turning his focus to T20 cricket. After hammering Australia, Pakistan and West Indies to submission, he enjoyed a record-breaking IPL, amassing 973 runs including four hundreds.advertisementKohli also became the first batsman in history to score double hundreds in four successive Test series. For a short while, he also happened to be the only batsman to average over 50 in all three formats.It was @imVkohli vs @msdhoni vs @klrahul11 at the football today. #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/mEc6iWiES7- BCCI (@BCCI) 18 August 2017The Delhi dasher has so far scored 8257 runs from 189 ODIs and 4658 runs including 17 hundreds from 60 Tests. In 49 T20 Internationals, Kohli has 1748 runs.As captain, Kohli has been on a roll – he has so far led India to eight successive series wins. He had also led India to ODI and T20 series triumphs over England before overseeing the journey to the final of the Champions Trophy in England.It all started on this very chair, this very date and this very ground. 9 years today with the Indian cricket team! So grateful. ??? @BCCI pic.twitter.com/23vEL1tO3K- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 18 August 2017last_img read more