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Anjali Bhagwat terms Santhi Soundarajan incident as ‘shameful’

first_imgAnjali Bhagwat termed the incident  where the 2006 Asian Games medallist Santhi Soundarajan was forced to work as a daily-wager in a brick kiln to earn her living as “shameful”.”It’s sad that such thing has happened in our society. It’s shameful. The athletes should be given at least a central or state government job for their financial stability, in lieu of what they have done for the country,” Bhagwat said on the sidelines of an event organised by ‘Youtube’ to launch an anthem for the Olympics.Soundarajan, who failed a gender test and was subsequently stripped of her silver medal in the 800m at the 2006 Doha Asian Games, saw herself working as a daily-wager in a brick kiln, slogging eight hours to earn Rs 200 every day.Meanwhile, Bhagwat said that the Indian shooters have a good chance at the London Olympics to bring medal glory to the nation.”Beijing Games gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra, world champion Gagan Narang and Rojan Sodhi are best bets,” she said.Asked about the other medal prospects, the former world number one shooter said, “Boxer M C Mary Kom, shuttler Saina Nehwal and archer Deepika Kumari are also good prospects.””China is our main opponent in shooting, while Germany and USA can also spring few surprises in some of the events,” she added.The Royal Artillery Barracks will host the shooting competition and Anjali felt that it would be difficult to control the shots during windy conditions in outdoor ranges.”Despite this, I am confident that our shooters will bring more than one medal in the discipline.”advertisementlast_img read more

Tigers, Stars inch closer to national finals

first_imgView comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “We take pride on our defense, even if our offense isn’t clicking,” coach Don Dulay said. “But the [crowd] support here [in Davao] helped us a lot. It gave the players more energy.”The Tigers held the battle-weary Athletics to just seven points in the opening period and to eight in the fourth quarter as they closed in on a national finals slot like Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Stars gained the head start in their own best-of-three series with the San Juan Knights after a thrilling 91-88 triumph at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Aris Dionisio finished with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, but it was Reil Cervantes who once again came up with the game’s biggest shot—a triple with 1:19 left that pushed Manila’s lead to 90-85. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Filipinos drop opening singles to Thais LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Dionisio helped wrap up the victory with two free throws with 32 seconds remaining as Manila stole home-court advantage against the third-seeded Knights.The Stars can clinch the first finals berth with a win in Game 2 at San Andres Sports Complex on Saturday, while the Tigers have a tough task to close out the series with the Athletics at the Batangas City Coliseum, where the home team has yet to lose in the playoffs.Batangas was playing its seventh game-two more than Davao-in the playoffs after getting dragged by Imus and Zamboanga to do-or-die matches in the earlier rounds.Jeff Viernes typified the Athletics’ struggles with 3-of-15 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DAVAO CITY—Top seed Davao Occidental neutralized Batangas City’s high-powered offense to come away with a 66-48 victory on Thursday night at the start of the South division finals of the MPBL Datu Cup at jampacked Almendras Gym here.Ex-PBA players Bonbon Custodio and Mark Yee combined for 23 points, but it was the Tigers’ tremendous work on the defensive end that pushed the defending champion Athletics to the brink of elimination.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

For these young women, excellence is not about competing with men but realising their true potential as individuals.

first_imgRiding highRupeela Boparai, 46, Horse Trainer, ChandigarhShe talks about how it’s possible to see inside a horse by looking through its eyes. She also thinks that when a rider sits on a horse’s back, the latter gets to know everything about them. “Their spines get interconnected,” says Rupeela Boparai on,Riding highRupeela Boparai, 46, Horse Trainer, ChandigarhShe talks about how it’s possible to see inside a horse by looking through its eyes. She also thinks that when a rider sits on a horse’s back, the latter gets to know everything about them. “Their spines get interconnected,” says Rupeela Boparai on a balmy evening at her farm in Zirakpur, Punjab.The only woman horse trainer in the region and one of the few in the country, Boparai’s love affair with thoroughbreds started 12 years ago when she went to drop her son at a horse riding class in Chandigarh. Insisting that training a horse is a mind game as no human can match horsepower, Boparai, whose riding academy, Alpha, has trained more than 700 students ever since it was set up three years back says scientific proof exists that horse riding can be therapeutic. “Known as Hippotherapy, it can be really beneficial for children suffering from cerebral palsy and stammering.”A graduate of Government College of Art in Chandigarh, Boparai, who also paints, wants to write a book on horses one day. “It won’t be about a woman’s journey with horses but what it can do to a person. When I spend nights outside veterinary operation theatres alone, I don’t think of myself as a woman but as a person who is passionate about what she does,” she says.Hitting the bull’s eyeKiranjit Kaur Bassi, 29, International-Level Shooter, JalandharBoys must be paying a lot of attention to an ace young shooter, right? “But how would I know? I am always focused on the bull’s-eye,” says Kiranjit Bassi as she caresses her German Walther weapon, which she is using for her Olympic trials.advertisementPicture courtesy: Sandeep SahdevFor this postgraduate in History, who held a gun for the first time nine years back, participated in the World Championship in 2014 in Spain and was adjudged the National Champion in 10 metres Air Rifle category the same year, this sport has held a special fascination for her ever since she was a child. Stressing that the high pressure sport lends her a certain calm, Bassi, who practices for five hours every day and devotes an hour each to physical exercises, yoga and meditation, says that a lot of talent from the state remains untapped owing to lack of sponsorship.”This is a very expensive sport. I am lucky that my parents support me,” she says. Bassi feels the state needs to do more for national and international level shooters by providing them with employment opportunities and excellent coaching. “We can do far better if coaches from Hungary, Russia and Germany train us,” she adds. Insisting that grabbing top honours at international championships is what keeps her going, Kaur adds, “This sport is all about consistency, discipline, focus and a never-say-die attitude. I am working towards making it a way of life.”The reel talentSameksha, 31, Actor, Chandigarh-MumbaiAn Electronics Engineering student from Panjab University, Chandigarh (2002), acting was the last thing on Sameksha’s mind when she was growing up. “Being an introvert, facing the camera was not even a distant dream. I could never think beyond academics and I was an excellent student,” she says.Picture courtesy: Ovais KhanThe actor, who debuted with Telugu film Arinthum Ariyamalum in 2005 and has now done more than 20 films including some major Punjabi ones like Fateh (2014), Kirpaan: The Sword of Honour (2014) and Jatts In Golmaal (2013) besides several television and modeling assignments, recalls her journey. “I was on a holiday in Manali with my family when a bunch of assistant directors of a film that was being shot there spotted me and asked me to do a screen test on the spot. Surprisingly, I was super confident and they were highly impressed,” she says.The actor, who faced initial resistance from her family as they wanted her to focus on her studies academics to secure her future, decided to shift to Mumbai in 2004. “But I thank my parents for insisting that I finish my studies. I now have a back-up plan if at any time I may decide to quit films,” she says. Currently shooting for the Hindi film Pranam, Sameksha talks about her struggle in the industry. “When you want to do only substantial roles, each day is about hoping that you’re offered a character that showcases your acting skills and not just looks,” she says.For Sameksha, the most important thing right now is to focus on quality work with a wide variety of directors. “Several young directors in Hindi and regional film industries have completely changed the experience of cinema for actors and the audiences. I would love to work with them. Also, I want to be at peace with myself and not run after work. I have faith that I will get to be part of cinema that will prove to be an education for me.”advertisementRighting the wrongsRubina Singh, 27, Gender RightsActivist, Chandigarh-Delhi Ithink if I am kind to the persons around me, treat them with respect irrespective of their appearances and external details, it might just make a difference,” says human rights activist Rubina Singh. For Singh, who shifted to the US for a few years and was there when 9/11 happened, many things changed.Picture courtesy: M Zhazo”I was reintroduced to the idea of justice and equality. Something changed in me,” she says. In August 2011, this young lady started the Chandigarh chapter of Hollaback, an organisation that fights against molestation and harassment. “Ask any woman in this country and you’ll hear horror tales of how they are looked at and humiliated on the streets. I was so scared when a group of men following me in Chandigarh almost entered my home. That’s when I knew I had had enough, and stated Hollaback,” she recalls. “Next step was to raise a voice against the discrimination that the LGBT community faces,” she adds.Stressing that she has always felt lucky that her parents supported her and never insisted that she pick up a regular job, this Law graduate from Panjab University, Chandigarh (2010), who is associated with the United Nations, wants to start her own NGO in the near future. “I want to create something that can build a sense of oneness in the community,” says Singh, who, in 2015, started the Chandigarh chapter of Dariya Dil Dukaan, which creates a space for gift economy and understanding that co-shared resources and spaces can do so much more for our world.What a girl wantsAmandeep Kahlon Sandhu, 45, CEO, Mehar Baba Charitable Trust, Fatehgarh SahibWhen this PhD degree holder in Management from Chandigarh’s Panjab University left a cushy job at Bharat Petroleum to join the Mehar Baba Charitable Trust as the CEO three years back, it was not just about exploring a different life. “At the risk of sounding clichd, we all reach a stage where it is no longer about enviable positions or a fat pay packet but a desire to see one’s efforts translate into greater good.Picture courtesy: Sandeep SahdevThere is an indescribable satisfaction one derives from the happiness of others,” says Amandeep Kahlon Sandhu. Sandhu, who has spearheaded a major campaign under the Trust to prevent violence against women across rural Punjab, elaborates, “The girl child starts facing discrimination and violence from the birth. Punjab has one of the worst sex ratios in the country. Higher education and holistic development seldom find a place in many rural areas. As soon as they reach adolescence, they are pulled inside their homes and alienated from the world that is rapidly expanding.”Sandhu and her team at the Trust hold workshops in villages to tackle female foeticide, need for a supportive family environment for the girl child, investing in her health and education, financial independence, respectful treatment at home and in public spaces. Using mediums like street theatre and photography to drive the point across, volunteers theatrically enact these situations, stopping at critical decision points asking the participants for solutions. As for her future plans with the Trust, Sandhu wants to facilitate guidance and professional training classes for women from rural areas who want to make a career for themselves. “They have all the potential in the world and it’s just a bit of guidance that is needed.”advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli’s team has already done what a lot of big Indian names could not: Ravi Shastri

Ravindra Jadeja takes an eternity to run out Hetmyer. Virat Kohli not amused

first_imgRavindra Jadeja has been on a roll on Friday. He dominated the West Indies bowlers with the bat to bring up his maiden Test century on day two of the first Test and then on the field, he almost gave Ravichandran Ashwin a heart-attack with his fun and games.Jadeja, who was fielding on mid-wicket, jogged all the way towards the bowlers end and waited for the last moment to break the stumps to run Shimron Hetmyer out.To which, Ashwin was extremely surprised while captain Virat Kohli was seen surprised and asking Jadeja what he was doing when the run out could have been affected in a much easy way.Hetmyer worked the ball towards the leg side and set off initially. Sunil Ambris responded to the call but Hetmyer had changed his mind and within a few seconds, both batsmen are within handshaking distance of each other and then both went back into the batting crease.India vs West Indies: Live Blog | Live Cricket Score | ScorecardFollowing which, a frustrated Ambris plonked his bat at the striker’s end and amidst all this, Jadeja was having a bit of fun and didn’t release the throw. Seeing that, Hetmyer started to run and made an attempt to complete the run. But, Jadeja still didn’t throw and in the meantime, Ashwin walked away from the stumps and finally, at the last moment, Jadeja finally threw the ball and luckily for him, it hit the stumps and Hetmyer had to make the long walk back to the pavilion.advertisementWhen sir Jadeja bats he want Century, when he was on field he want Run-out nd when he is bowling he wants wicket Wowww!!! @imjadeja #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/PBeEzyAZB1Sagar Kabir (@ImSagarKabir10) October 5, 2018Kohli, however, was not amused. But, all was well as Jadeja removed Ambris in the very first ball of his spell to reduce West Indies to 49/5 in reply to India’s 649/9d.Also read – Ravindra Jadeja entertains home crowd with maiden international hundredMuch of India’s huge total could be credited to some attacking batting from Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja. Kohli also notched up a hundred — his 24th in Test cricket but it was Pant and Jadeja’s attacking batting, that led India’s charge on day two of the Test match.Pant smashed 92 off 84 balls, hitting eight boundaries and four sixes before falling to Devendra Bishoo while trying to hit another six.Jadeja, who walked in after the fall of Pant’s wicket, took his time to settle in and finally opened up once wickets started to fall from the other end.Jadeja’s hundred did not come before some drama. He was unbeaten on 79 when India lost their ninth wicket – Umesh Yadav. Mohammed Shami, the last man in, is no mug with the bat but he had to survive a few testing deliveries from Bishoo.But Jadeja eventually got there with a single off Kraigg Brathwaite. He already had three triple hundreds in first-class cricket and this hundred was only a matter of time.Jadeja remained unbeaten on 100 off 132 balls at a strike-rate of 75.76.last_img read more

Barca team news vs Espanyol

first_imgPrimera División Barcelona Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Espanyol Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Barcelona La Liga 01212018 Getty Images Primera División Barcelona Espanyol v Barcelona Espanyol Everything you need to know ahead of the Derbi Barceloni as Ernesto Valverde’s side look to continue their unbeaten Liga season… Barcelona might still be in unbeaten in La Liga this season, but on Sunday they return to the setting of their only defeat of the campaign.Local rivals Espanyol were able to secure a 1-0 victory over the Blaugrana in the first leg of their recent Copa del Rey quarter-final.Ernesto Valverde’s side were able to turn the tie on its ahead back at Camp Nou to secure a place in the last four, and now they will be looking to avoid a further slip-up at the RCDE Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The home side have not won any of their last 10 league matches on their own patch, and Barca will be hopeful of taking another step towards the Primera Division title.BARCELONA INJURIES Summer signing Ousmane Dembele is out for a couple of months after picking up another injury in the 4-2 win at Real Sociedad last month.Centre-back Thomas Vermaelen is also out, but there are no other injury concerns for coach Ernesto Valverde following Thursday’s win over Valencia in the Copa del Rey.BARCELONA SUSPENSIONS The Barca boss has no players suspended for the clash.BARCELONA POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPPhilippe Coutinho was left on the bench for Thursday’s win over Valencia but is likely to make his second Liga start since arriving from Liverpool.Who he replaces is the big talking point, with Sergio Busquets the man who was benched against Alaves last week. He may return, with Ivan Rakitic instead missing out.Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Paulinho and Nelson Semedo should also earn recalls while Jordi Alba will keep his place having been rested from the start on Sunday.Barcelona XI GFXESPANYOL TEAM NEWS Quique Sanchez Flores’s side have struggled for consistency this season, and are not safe from relegation yet, sitting seven points above the drop zone in 14th.The former Watford boss does have a relatively clean bill of health for the derby, however, with only Pablo Piatti a doubt.Colombia international Carlos Sanchez could be handed a debut in midfield after completing a loan move from Fiorentina in the final week of the January window.Carlos Sanchez, Fiorentina, Serie A, 24092017TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Barcelona versus Alaves kicks off at 16:15 local time on Sunday and will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Football from 15:10 GMT.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on beIN Sports and kicks off at 10:15 ET.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Espanyol are winless in their last 17 La Liga games against Barcelona (D3 L14), failing to score in 13 of them. They have never gone 18 games without a win against them in the competition. Barcelona are unbeaten in their 21 first games of La Liga this season (W18 D3) – Real Madrid (24 in 1996/97) were the last team to record a longer unbeaten start in the competition. Barcelona have fired in the most shots on target in La Liga this season (159), while Espanyol have landed the second fewest (70), after Levante (66). Luis Suarez has been directly involved in 11 goals in his seven games against Espanyol in La Liga (seven goals, four assists). At home, the Parakeets have failed to win in their last 10 league games (D4 L6), failing to score in the last five.last_img read more

Urban Meyer On Which NFL Team Would Be “Ideal” For Dwayne Haskins

first_imgohio state head coach urban meyer after his final gamePASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The NFL draft sits just under a week away. NFL organizations are doing their final preparations leading up to the first round of the draft on Thursday night.Among the names expected to be announced in the first round of the draft is former Ohio State star Dwayne Haskins.Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray might be the favorite to go No. 1, but Haskins is expected to be the second quarterback off the board. College football’s leader in touchdown passes during the 2018 season has been linked to the New York Giants in most mock drafts.His former coach thinks that’s the “ideal” landing spot.Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer joined The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Friday afternoon to discuss Haskins’ draft stock. While Meyer doesn’t think Haskins is ready to be a starting quarterback yet, the former Buckeyes head coach thinks he’ll be a star for years to come.“At some point he’ll become the face of the franchise,” Meyer said..@ColinCowherd: “The Giants are a $6 billion franchise, put [Dwayne Haskins] behind Eli, show him how to be a pro. That work for you?”@OSUCoachMeyer: “A lot of conversation about that… I think that’s ideal.” pic.twitter.com/OGnuAGE49k— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 19, 2019Meyer said Haskins is “by far the most accurate” quarterback he’s ever had at the collegiate level. He also lauded Haskins’ football IQ.When asked about the Giants as a possible landing spot, Meyer said the following: “A lot of conversation about that… I think that’s ideal.”The NFL draft kicks off on Thursday night.last_img read more

Man gets 10 year rigorous imprisonment for raping married woman in Telangana

first_imgKarimnagar (Telangana): A local court on Wednesday sentenced a 45-year-old man to 10 year rigorous imprisonment for raping a woman in 2009. Karimnagar Principal Sessions Judge G Anupama Chakravarthi convicted Madugala Raju for raping the married woman at her house in November 2009. The police registered a case based on the woman’s complaint and carried out an investigation. The judge sentenced the accused to 10 year rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000. The judge also ordered that the fine amount be paid to the victim as compensation.last_img read more

Mark Mathews makes waves at the RR camp

first_imgJaipur: Acclaimed Australian surfer Mark Mathews offered the Rajasthan Royals an insight into overcoming fear and adversity in life when he was hosted by the IPL team here. From being just another boy in coastal Australia who used to enjoy surfing with his mom to eventually conquering some of the biggest and heaviest waves around the world, Mathews’ journey has been turbulent yet hugely successful. The 36-year-old joined the RR camp last evening to share some of that inspiration. He made a presentation titled ‘Life Beyond Fear,’ showcasing an array of exhilarating videos featuring his surfing escapades along with his team around the world. The idea of surfing being a team effort, may not have made complete sense to anyone new to the sport until Mark threw light on his amazing support staff of rescuers and photographers who used to join him around the world. Mark also spoke about how his career took an unexpected U-turn when he was met with a life-changing surfing accident off the New South Wales coast in 2016. As a result, he ended up with a dislocated knee, major nerve damage, snapped ligaments and torn artery. While his career was on the verge of an untimely end, Mark was inspired by a young quadriplegic boy who he met during that time. He shared his thoroughly rousing story of recovery which began ever since, leaving everyone at the Royals camp spellbound at the end of it. Mark’s evening came to a close after a round of questions by some of the players including England’s Jos Buttler and former Australian skipper Steve Smith. Agenciesalast_img read more

President reveals over 130 IS linked suspects in Sri Lanka

He said that they had failed to share prior information obtained by them over a possible terror attack in the country.The President added that he and the entire Government will also take the full responsibility for the attacks. (Colombo Gazette) The President made the revelation while speaking to local media heads in Colombo today.Speaking further, the President said that the Defence Secretary and Inspector General of Police had failed in their duties and that is why he called for their resignation. “The security forces and Police are conducting successful operations to arrest the suspects,” he said. The President said that several suspects have already been arrested following the Easter Sunday attack, and the terror network will be completely eliminated from Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena revealed that over 130 suspects linked to the Islamic State (IS) terror cell have been operating in Sri Lanka.The President said that according to available information, around 140 suspects linked to the terror network are in Sri Lanka. read more

Canadas main stock index down in broad decline loonie up

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index is moderately lower in a broad-based decline that includes an Ontario cannabis producer.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 27.32 points at 16,535.97, with CannTrust Holdings Inc. continuing a string of declines since it disclosed some production was done in unlicensed growing rooms.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 134.13 points at 26,994.33. The S&P 500 index was up 1.76 points at 2,994.83, while the Nasdaq composite was down 1.98 points at 8,200.55.The Canadian dollar traded at 76.44 cents US, up compared with Wednesday’s average of 76.38 cents USThe August crude contract was unchanged at US$60.43 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up 2.2 cents at US$2.47 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was down $1 at US$1,411.5 an ounce and the September copper contract was down 1.3 cents at US$2.68 a pound. Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)The Canadian Press read more

Slim Mexicos biggest broadcaster take fight to soccer field

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Carlos A. Rodriguez, The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2013 1:34 pm MDT Slim, Mexico’s biggest broadcaster take fight to soccer field MEXICO CITY – Mexicans often feel that billionaire Carlos Slim owns everything in their country, from telephone and Internet companies to banks and chain stores, but his latest acquisitive foray is meeting resistance after touching a national passion: soccer.Slim recently bought part of two of Mexico’s first division soccer teams, setting up another showdown with television giants Televisa and TV Azteca, major players in the soccer field that are in turn trying to push their way into Slim’s telecommunications and Internet markets.The owners of the 18 Mexican first division clubs are scheduled to meet Monday to decide whether one person or one company can own more than one first-division soccer team, and many see Slim as the target.Each team has one vote in decisions by the Mexican Football Federation, so purchasing more teams would give Slim more power in the federation. Recently, there have been rumours in sporting circles and on social networks that Slim also plans to buy or acquire the broadcast rights for Chivas, one of Mexico’s two most popular teams, along with Televisa’s America. The billionaire’s spokesmen have denied that.“What is evident in their business decisions is that Televisa is interested in entering Slim’s mobile and broadband fields and Slim is interested in entering the soccer field, which has been under the monopoly of the two television networks,” said telecommunications analyst Gabriel Sosa Plata, referring to the fact that the networks long had exclusive broadcast rights to the games of all 18 teams.Slim ventured into soccer in September, when he bought 30 per cent of the shares in the Leon and Pachuca teams through his telecommunications company America Movil. In December, he bought all the shares of the second division team Estudiantes Tecos.Following the acquisitions, team owners in February decided to discuss the issue of multi-ownership.The decision raised some eyebrows since TV Azteca currently owns two teams, the Jaguares and Morelia, and Televisa once owned three first division teams, America, Necaxa and San Luis, without notable complaints within the federation about the issue of multi-team ownership. The world football authority, FIFA, however, has expressed concern about conflict of interest questions raised by the issue.Pachuca’s owner, Jesus Martinez, said he was shocked that the subject of multi-ownership has come up since Slim ventured into soccer.“It’s laughable because that (multi-ownership) has been going on for more than 25 years,” Martinez said.But Televisa currently owns just one team, America, and TV Azteca is reportedly thinking of selling the Jaguares to a business group that would relocate it from Chiapas state to Queretaro. A Jaguares’ spokesman wouldn’t comment on the report but if the purchase takes place, Slim would be the only businessman with multiple teams in the first division.Neither Televisa, the world’s largest producer of Spanish-language TV programs, nor TV Azteca immediately responded to interview requests by The Associated Press.Decio de Maria, president of the Mexican Soccer League, said that if there is a vote against a single person or company owning several teams, Slim wouldn’t be obligated to sell one of his teams but he would be prevented from buying more first division teams.“In the next owners assembly, they will discuss whether there are differences between multi-ownership now and what has been happening in the past and if there are then we will take the necessary measures,” said Slim’s spokesman Arturo Elias Ayub.So the upcoming vote on the subject seems geared to preventing Slim from buying more teams, not forcing him to shed one he already has.Slim’s foray into the world of soccer is also threatening the two TV networks in an area they hold dear: broadcast rights to games.Slim’s America Movil is a leading provider of cable and satellite television in Latin America but he has not been able to launch a network of his own in Mexico, something that could change after a recent approval of a reform that allows for more competition in the telecommunications sector.Lacking his own station, after acquiring part of Leon, Slim began marketing the rights to broadcast its games, ending the duopoly held by Televisa and TV Azteca.“Soccer is important for non-paid television because it is part of Mexico’s most watched programming and for Televisa and TV Azteca it was an area they completely dominated,” Sosa Plata said. “Slim’s entry into soccer is reorganizing the field and giving a new perspective to a business that seemed stagnant.”The billionaire sold the broadcast rights for the Leon games to Telemundo in the United States, and the cable channel Fox Sports in Mexico and the rest of Latin America and to the website mediotiempo.com, which belongs to CNN/Expansion. The games are also sown on the Internet through UNO TV owned by Slim’s business group.Pachuca’s broadcast rights belong to TV Azteca but that contract expires in December and Martinez has said he will negotiate with the highest bidder, which suggests that his partner Slim won’t be excluded from the possibility of buying the rights.Slim “is a very important partner in our group, he’s helping soccer to grow, which is what really matters,” Martinez said.Slim is also moving into broadcasting sports outside Mexico.In March, America Movil trumped its rivals by announcing it had acquired the broadcast rights across all media platforms for the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi 2014 and Brazil 2016 for Latin America, except Brazil. read more

Mens Hockey Sean Romeo providing stability in net for Buckeyes

Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo during the game against Ryerson on Sep. 30. Ohio State lost 7-4. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Lantern ReporterNot many college hockey teams could lose their top three goalies in one offseason and even dream of competing for the NCAA tournament the following year. But this is the dilemma Ohio State faced coming into this season.Enter redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo.The University of Maine transfer has done more than hold his own in the Buckeyes’ goal, posting better numbers to this point in the season than his predecessors — 2016 second-team All-Big Ten goalie Christian Frey and 2012 Chicago Blackhawks seventh-round draft pick Matt Tomkins.Through 13 games, Romeo holds a 7-3-3 record with a 1.69 goals against average, fifth-lowest in the NCAA, while also boasting a .931 save percentage that is tied for seventh. In his senior season, Tomkins ranked 24th in goals against and did not rank in the top 30 for save percentage. Frey did not rank in the top 30 for either category during his final campaign.“I’ve said this to everyone I’ve talked to, his focus, his preparation, his detail, what he does every day is amazing,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “I’ve never seen a guy that comes to the rink every day and goes through his routine like Sean does.”A native of Cary, North Carolina, Romeo’s first sports was soccer, not hockey. But when he saw roller hockey, he switched sports as soon as possible. Then, when the team’s goalie was sick for a game, Romeo took his opportunity and never looked back.“I played goalie when I was 6 years old for the first time, let in 10 goals my first game, didn’t go well, but I loved it,” Romeo said.Romeo started in 23 games as a freshman at Maine, but was benched his sophomore season for then-freshman Rob McGovern. Romeo played in only two games that year and transferred to Ohio State the following offseason.Due to transfer rules, Romeo sat out the entire 2016-17 season as a redshirt, though he could practice with the team during that time. While this time was helpful, Romeo said sitting out an entire season was often a struggle.“You’re part of the team practicing every day, but you’re not really part of the team when it comes to games and stuff, so it’s tough,” Romeo said. “But I think I learned a lot about myself, along with hockey, and how to prepare and how to get ready when I had my opportunity.”Volunteer assistant coach and former Ohio State goalie Dusty Carlson began working with Romeo last offseason, and had nothing but praise for the goaltender’s work ethic.“He’s a workhorse,” Carlson said. “He’s basically like Seabiscuit, the more you work him, the better he’s going to do.”Carlson said he knew Romeo’s mental game was not going to be an issue. He said since Romeo allowed seven goals in an exhibition game against Ryerson, he’s grown increasingly confident and calm behind the net.Romeo said the improvement he has seen from the exhibition game was more due to getting the feel back in net against a team other than his own.“I don’t know if it’s really improving, more just like kind of shaking the rust off,” Romeo said. “That first game just felt so different being away from a game for over a year, so I think that was really helpful to kind of get back into the groove and kind of figure things out again.”Romeo is coming off arguably his best series of the season, making 31 saves in a 3-2 victory against then-No. 17 Michigan, then upping that with a 34-save performance in a 5-1 win versus the Wolverines the following night. The Buckeyes will continue to need performances like these to maintain success. While their team defense is second in the NCAA at 1.93 goals against, the offense is only tied for 34th in scoring.For now, a goalie that once gave up 10 goals in his first game as a 6-year-old, a goalie that was almost entirely replaced following a strong freshman campaign, is breathing life into a team that began the season with low expectations. Not coincidentally, the team is now ranked No. 11 in the NCAA, and has tournament hopes on the horizon. read more

The Dutch Own A Single Sport Like No Other Country In The

The Dutch do one thing very, very wellThe countries that have won the largest share of their medals in one sport at the Winter Olympics IranWrestling436863.2 CountrySportIn sportTotalshare of total IndonesiaBadminton193063.3 Trinidad and TobagoTrack & Field151979.0 Great BritainFigure skating515113345.545.5 JamaicaTrack & Field777898.7 Medals EthiopiaTrack & Field5353100.0% AustriaAlpine skiing351156122157.452.0 FinlandCross-country ski20774316446.547.0 SwedenCross-country ski31765515356.449.7 TurkeyWrestling639566.3 NetherlandsSpeedskating401144212195.4%94.2% Among countries that won at least 10 medals in a single sport. Through Feb. 14, 2018 (South Korea time).Source: Sports-Reference.com Things weren’t always this way. Looking at all the medals ever given out in speedskating, the Dutch have captured 21 percent. This is impressive, but it’s short of other countries’ performances in other sports: Canada has won 31 percent of all curling medals, and the U.S. has won 29 percent of all snowboarding medals, for instance. But much of this has to do with the fact that speedskating has a long history at the Olympics, and the Netherlands has only reached its current level of dominance relatively recently. The Dutch won 13.1 percent of all speedskating medals between 1924 and the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, and all of those came after 1952. But since the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan, the Netherlands has captured 36.6 percent of all podium spots.2Through the end of competition (Korea time) on Feb. 14, 2018. The Dutch dominance is so complete that it inspires wacky theories. NBC’s Katie Couric was mocked for her recent statement that the Dutch are so good because they have a longstanding tradition of skating from place to place on frozen canals. The problem: Those canals freeze only a few times a year, if at all, and when people skate on them, it’s for recreation. Dutch skeedskaters are also rumored to have an ideal body type for the sport, but while the country’s racers are often tall, so are many of their opponents from other countries. Nor do the Dutch use a proprietary method to glide past other competitors: While many members of the team have spectacular form, which includes bending low and skating with force and precision, the technique isn’t a secret.The real cause, more than anything else, is dedication. Starting in childhood, Dutch skaters train with excellent instructors. The Dutch team’s skating equipment is the best in the world, too. For the Olympics in 2014, officials from the host city of Sochi went to the Netherlands to learn how to build a top-of-the-line racing rink. By the time they are ready to compete, Dutch stars have been skating in ideal conditions and learning how to peak in time for the biggest races.The ultimate proof of a country’s prowess in an Olympic event is sweeping all three medals. The Netherlands managed it earlier this week, when Dutch women took gold, silver and bronze in a 3,000 meter speedskating race. In another race, the 31-year-old Ireen Wust won her fifth career gold medal and 10th overall medal, a speedskating record. That victory was a surprise, as the silver medalist, Miho Takagi of Japan, was a strong favorite. Wust is the first Dutch athlete to win five gold medals.The only champions who beat out the Dutch in terms of winning all their medals in a single sport in either the Winter or Summer Games3Among countries that have won at least 10 medals in a single sport. are Ethiopia and Jamaica, who excel in track and field races. Ethiopia has 53 summer medals, all of them in track and field. Jamaica, famous for the record-holding sprinter Usain Bolt, has won 98.7 percent of its medals in track. The Dutch are next on the list, at 94.2 percent. CountrySportGoldTotalGoldsTOTALGoldsTotal CroatiaAlpine skiing410411100.090.9 ChinaShort track930125375.056.6 BahamasTrack & Field121485.7 IN SportALL EVENTSShare of KenyaTrack & Field9310093.0 At the Olympics in South Korea, highly populated countries such as the U.S. can contend in a broad range of sports, including skiing, hockey, skating and more. But smaller countries have a harder time producing world-class athletes in so many disciplines, so they often concentrate on just a few. Then there’s the Netherlands, which owns one event alone: speedskating.Through the end of competition Wednesday (South Korea time) at the Pyeongchang Games, 40 of the 42 gold medals Dutch competitors have won in any Winter Olympics had come in speedskating — not to be confused with speedskating’s more exciting half-brother, short-track speed skating, which the Olympics count as a separate discipline. Just seven of the nation’s 121 total Winter medals came in a sport other than speedskating, a measly 5.8 percent. At the previous Winter Olympics in 2014, the Dutch claimed 24 medals: 23 in speedskating and one, a bronze, in short track skating. Eight of their medals were gold.In sports, a country’s dominance often fades — look at Romania in Olympic gymnastics or U.S. men in tennis Grand Slams. But Dutch speedskaters have sustained their superiority. In the 2010 Olympics, they won eight medals: seven in speedskating and one, a gold, in snowboarding. They won nine in 2006, all in speedskating. So far this Olympics, they’ve already won nine speedskating medals,1Not counting their two on the short track, or the silver speedskating medal the country won on Thursday. including five golds. The most impressive Dutch medal so far in these games: a third consecutive gold in the 5,000 meter race for Sven Kramer, who is 31 years old. He is the first man to win three straight golds in the same Olympic speedskating event. He won this year’s race by nearly two seconds. Among countries that won at least 10 medals in a single sportSource: Sports-Reference.com SwitzerlandAlpine skiing20595013940.042.5 The Summer Games’ one-sport specialistsThe countries that have won the largest share of their Summer Olympic medals in one sport SlovakiaCanoeing182864.3 South KoreaShort track2243275481.579.6 MoroccoTrack & Field192382.6 FranceAlpine skiing15483311545.541.7 So, will the Dutch team’s rule ever end? This seems impossible now, especially given the relatively low levels of attention the sport gets in powerful countries like the U.S. But you never know. As the U.S. and many other countries have shown, Olympic dominance usually doesn’t last forever. Enjoy it, those of you from the Netherlands, while you can. read more

Skeletal remains of male found in Diamond Backlands

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSkeletal remains found at Bee Hive backlands -samples to be sent for further examinationJuly 12, 2016In “Crime”Remains of missing man found in Kuru Kururu BacklandsJanuary 7, 2019In “Crime”Two in custody following ‘drug eradication exercise’ at Rockstone BacklandsJune 16, 2016In “Crime” Police have discovered the skeletal remains of a male suspected to be in his fifties on Tuesday afternoon in the Diamond Backlands, East Bank Demerara (EBD).The corpse was clad in a blue jersey, along with blue pants, a pair of brown sneakers and blue and white socks.The left hand of the man appeared to have been bandaged.The body is presently at the Lyken Funeral parlour awaiting identification and a subsequent autopsy as investigations are ongoing. read more

Richard Feynman explains if science can appreciate beauty

first_imgCan science truly appreciate beauty? This is a question that the late great Richard Feynman attempted to answer in a 1981 BBC interview. In the clip, he uses the example of a flower to make his point that science can enhance aesthetic appreciation. Animator Frasier Davidson has taken this snippet and created a visual component for your viewing pleasure.The video is only a minute long, but it really serves to remind us how sharp Dr. Feynman was. He deconstructs the assertion of his artist friend that a scientist can’t appreciate the beauty of a flower because the act of understanding its inner workings takes the wonder away. This is an argument not unfamiliar to anyone that takes a scientific view of the world.Feynman contends that it is the understanding of the flower that adds a new dimension to its appeal. New thoughts and questions are posed by the intricate inner workings of the flower. Its cells synthesize proteins, it uses pigments to attract insects, it grows and changes, and none of this is completely evident from a superficial inspection of the flower. How? Why? What evolutionary purpose does it serve? The beauty becomes a real thing to be expanded upon.As Feynman puts it, the inner workings will not subtract from the beauty of a thing — it can only add. Science adds to the mystery and awe of a flower, but there are answers to be had as well. Science brings a new level of beauty to the forefront.via Fraser Davidsonlast_img read more

Georgiadis hopeful for Greek Australians getting the vote

first_imgGreek right-wing politician, Adonis Georgiadis has continued his campaign to give Greeks abroad the right to vote.In his Australian visit, the New Democracy MP and Committee Chairman for Greeks Abroad said there is bilateral support for the issue, but only from the two main parties. The Communist Party and SYRIZA have not shown their support for the government’s legislative initiative. “We are really close to completing the procedure,” the MP said.“There will also be voting letters as well as the opportunity for Greeks abroad to vote in polling stations in their place of residence.”Georgiadis and his wife, Eugenia Manolidou are visiting Australia and had the time to sit down and speak with the vast Greek community in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

NASA Observes Mysterious Galactic Jellyfish in Deep Space

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on target NASA spotted a mysterious galactic “jellyfish”-like galaxy “swimming” into the view of the space agency’s upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, and it is a gorgeous sight.It’s unknown how this galaxy ended up with its sparkly tentacles and giant hot gas tail, however, NASA’s forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope will investigate the cosmic mass when it launches into orbit in 2021. With the James Webb Space Telescope, astronomers can investigate how the gas is being removed from the galaxy and why stars are developing within its gaseous tail, said a NASA press release.The “jellyfish”-like galaxy, which is known as ESO 137-001, is a spiral galaxy that’s almost the same size as the Milky Way and it’s located about 220 million light-years from our planet, Space.com reported. Its long hot gas tail stretches across 260,000 light-years of space and it contains many newborn stars. The space agency’s first images of the “jellyfish” were obtained from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory five years ago.“The newly forming stars in the tail are mysterious because processes common in large groups of galaxies should make it difficult for new stars to emerge,” NASA officials said in the press release. “That’s because the space between galaxies in a cluster like Abell 3627 is filled with diffuse clouds of hot gas that can be detrimental to galaxies that pass through it.”In visible light, this galaxy looks like a jellyfish with blue “tentacles” of young stars dangling from its disk. In X-ray light, a giant tail of hot gas streams behind the galaxy. Infrared #NASAWebb will study this tail of gas & the stars forming in it. https://t.co/4J2YGWYE2l pic.twitter.com/pWKd4rNOXD— NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb) April 17, 2019Using a process dubbed “ram pressure stripping,” the intergalactic gas will strip away a galaxy’s independent supply of dust and gas, and when galaxies start to experience low quantities of dust and gas, they lack other cosmic stuff they need and turn into galactic burnouts. Astronomers are still trying to determine how the stars form in the galaxy’s tail and the time takes for this strange space phenomenon to occur, Fox News noted.“We think it’s hard to strip off a molecular cloud that’s already forming stars because it should be tightly bound to the galaxy by gravity. Which means either we’re wrong, or this gas got stripped off and heated up, but then had to cool again so that it could condense and form stars,” Stacey Alberts of the University of Arizona said in the press release. “Telling these two scenarios apart is one of the things we want to get at.”The team will analyze ESO 137-001 with Webb’s Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), which observes infrared light at wavelengths of 5 to 28 microns. These observations will provide 20 times better spectral detail and 50 times more spatial detail than work conducted by other infrared observatories, NASA noted.With the James Webb Space Telescope, the team will combine new Webb observations with existing data in X-rays, visible light, and at longer far-infrared wavelengths to better understand ESO 137-001’s characteristics and eventual fate. Observations above will be taken as part of the James Webb Space Telescope’s Guaranteed Time Observation (GTO) program, which provides time to scientists who’ve worked with NASA on the James Webb Space Telescope’s instrument capabilities in its development stage.More on Geek.com:20 Amazing Images of National Parks From SpaceSpaceX Crew Dragon Test ‘Anomaly’ May Delay Future FlightsCygnus Capsule Delivers Delicious Easter Feast to Space Stationlast_img read more

House Energy Subcommittee Holds RFS Hearing

first_imgThe House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee held a hearing on June 22 titled, “The Renewable Fuel Standard – Implementation Issues.” Among those testifying at the hearing was National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel. In her testimony, Steckel said that biodiesel is delivering the vast majority of Advanced Biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and is poised for continued growth with strong policy.“If you take away one thing from my testimony today, I hope it is the following – while there are certainly areas that could be improved, the RFS has made tremendous progress in developing Advanced Biofuels and delivering them to American consumers,” Steckel said. “Biodiesel and renewable diesel have made up the vast majority of Advanced Biofuels in the RFS, including filling more than 90 percent of the category in the last two years.”The American Soybean Association (ASA) is actively supporting NBB and the biodiesel industry’s efforts to strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently announced RFS proposal. The ASA is submitting comments to EPA advocating that the volumes for biomass-based diesel be increased to 2.5 billion gallons for 2018 instead of the 2.1 billion gallons in the Proposed Rule.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for June 26 2YearOld Locks Family Out CoWorkers Get In

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, June 26, 2019:During a property check of Town Hall, police noted 8 patio chairs left next to the dumpster. Police notified DPW for removal. (1:31am)A Lawrence Street caller reported a tree fell down in his driveway and partially blocked the roadway. Police notified DPW. (7:26am)Police cited for a driver on Middlesex Avenue for no inspection sticker and watching YouTube videos while driving. (12:29pm)Police issued a summons to a driver for speed and unlicensed operation. (3:19pm)A Wildwood Street resident requested additional traffic enforcement, reporting cars frequently speed on the road during this time of the day. (5:18pm)Polie came across two boxes in the roadway at Lake Street and Main Street. One box contained impact gun and drill bits. The other contained screws. Mass Highway and DPW contacted for clean up. (6:57pm)A caller reported his co-worker at NAPA punched him after an argument over a truck. Police responded. Man was advised to leave property and NAPA will seek no trespass order. (8:11pm)A 2-year-old child locked its family out of their Avalon Oaks apartment. Family was able to gain access. (9:24pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 23: Break-Ins on Ballardvale Street; Ride-On Lawn Mower vs. Parked Car; Erratic DriverIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 14: Missing Teen Located; Trash Left Behind At Yentile FarmIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”last_img read more