In a major boost to Congress ahead of the assembly polls in Gujarat, OBC, SC and ST Ekta Manch (OSS) leader Alpesh Thakor met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and announced that Mr Gandhi will attend rally on 23rd during which Mr. Thakor and his supporters will join Congress. Mr Thakor rose to prominence after the Patidar agitation led by 24 year old Hardik Patel demanding OBC status and quota benefits for the Patidar community in the state. Mr. Thakor launched a counter agitation under the OBC, ST, SC Ekta Manch to safeguards the interests of those communities which are entitled to quotas in education and government jobs. “I am very happy that Mr Thakor had a meeting with our Vice President and agreed to join the Congress party. I hope that the Patidar agitation leader Hardik will also join us,” Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki said after the meeting with Mr. Gandhi. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Solanki and Congress general secretary in charge for Gujarat Ashok Gehlot. On Saturday, Mr Solanki also told media that the Congress party invited Alpesh Thakor, Hardik Patel and Dalit agitation leader Jignesh Mevani to contest the assembly polls from the Congress party.
A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for. Restaurant Subs and SandwichesBuilding a taste for the American subs and sandwiches, food connoisseurs in this city are making way for a refreshing alteration of subs offered at Quiznos. They go a step further with rich, lip-smacking meats, sauces,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.RestaurantSubs and SandwichesBuilding a taste for the American subs and sandwiches, food connoisseurs in this city are making way for a refreshing alteration of subs offered at Quiznos. They go a step further with rich, lip-smacking meats, sauces and a variety of cheese on their menu. Warm and toasted subs are their USP. They claim that each variety of bread is baked every three hours. One can choose from international favourites like tuna melt, Italian veggie and chipotle chicken. For a desi tweak, you can choose from veggie soya chipotle or lamb shikampuri (mutton kebabs, cheese lettuce, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and mint sauce).Meal for two: Rs 500.At: 123/124, Ground Floor, Ispahani Centre, Nungambakkam.Tel: 30180007.EventsFaces of expressionThe Vinnyasa Premier art gallery plays host to a variety of artists this month. On display are paintings by M. Suriyamoorthy and a range of striking sculptures. Suriyamoorthy’s paintings are a vivacious portrayal of the traditional south Indian culture. Adding to them is a range of sculptures that depict the diversity in art and expression.From: October 13-20.At: 21/11, CIT Colony, 1st Main Road, Mylapore.Tel: 24982515.Musical momentsCatch the famous Carnatic vocalist, Gayathri Girish, performing her enchanting numbers at the Krishna Gana Sabha. The concert is happening as part of the Gokulashtaami series and includes a number of kritis on the goddess Shakti as it coincides with Navarathri.From: October 16.At: Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, 20, Maharajapuram Santha -na Salai, T Nagar.Tel: 28140806.Gastronomic affairEnjoy an exotic spread of cuisines at Azulia, the Mediterranean restaurant in Hotel GRT Grand. With a unique weekend lunch menu, the restaurant takes the food connoisseur on a gastronomic tour of world cuisines. You can either choose from the set menu or customise it to your taste.Cost: Rs 1,400 (adults); Rs 1,000 (children) plus taxes.At: 120, GRT Grand, Sri Thyagaraya Road, T Nagar.Tel: 28150500.GadgetsadvertisementASUS S & F SeriesThe new Asus S Series Ultrabooks, S56CA-XX030R and S56CA-XX056R, are aimed at the budget-conscious buyer. With options of Intel 2nd and 3rd generation iCore processors, the S series Ultrabooks will have a 15.6-inch HD LED Backlight Glare display and a hybrid SSH+HDD storage to ensure instant resume. They also sport a brushed aluminum hairline texture and have a 2.4 kg body weight.Price: Rs 35,999 onwards.Portonics 3D Digital PedometerFor heath-conscious users, Portronics has come up with a digital pedometer that will keep track of your daily step count. Touted as being highly accurate, the device allows users to key in details such as weight and stride distance. The pedometer can count upto 1 million steps with a seven-day memory and includes a built-in clock, calendar and sports timer.Price: Rs 999.Gogear Soundot MP3 PlayerRefreshing its portable music player lineup, Philips has introduced a good looking MP3-player called SoundDot. The music player has an inbuilt clip for convenient and hands free use. It also has a Fastcharge feature where a quick sixminute charge powers up the music player to last for 60 minutes.Price: Rs 1,599.Sony DSC-RX 100Using the imaging features of Sony’s Alpha range of A-mount and E-mount camera families, the DSC-RX100 promises impressive picture quality and comfortable control options in a pocket-sized camera. It is also the world’s first 1.0-type Exmor CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2 effective megapixels. The sensor area is around four times larger than the 1/2.3-type imager in regular point-and-shoot cameras and hence captures more light for vivid and detailed images.Price: Rs 34,990.Available at Croma store, AA-5, Khanna Building, 2nd Avenue, AA Block, Anna Nagar, Chennai; Reliance Digital, 34, W Block, 3rd Avenue, Opp. Kandaswamy Naidu College, Anna Nagar East, Chennai; Sony Center, Gemini Flyover, Gopalapuram, Chennai.Gadget reviews by India Today G&G www.gadgetsngizmos.in
Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was named captain of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 XI on Sunday, which also featured opener Smriti Mandhana and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav.A selection panel comprising former players and commentators Ian Bishop, Anjum Chopra and Ebony Rainford-Brent, journalist Melinda Farrell and ICC’s General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, picked the team on the basis of the players’ performances in the tournament, which concluded on Sunday with Australia winning the title.Three players from England, two from Australia and one each from Pakistan, New Zealand and the Windies have also been named in the eleven.Also read – Australia win 4th title with 8-wicket win over EnglandHarmanpreet was one of two captains to make the squad along with Pakistan’s Javeria Khan with player of the tournament Alyssa Healy of Australia and England’s Amy Jones nominated to bat ahead of her.All-rounders Deandra Dottin of the Windies and Allyse Perry of Australia, and England pacer Anya Shrubsole are the seam bowlers in the squad with off-spinner Leigh Kasperek of New Zealand and left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon of England are the slow bowlers. Bangladesh’s new-ball bowler Jahanara Alam has been named as the 12th player.Also read – Alyssa Healy-Mitchell Starc become first couple to win best player at World Cups Team of the tournament: 1. Alyssa Healy (Australia)Matches: 6, Runs: 225, Average: 56.25, Strike Rate: 144.23, Best: 56*2. Smriti Mandhana (India)Matches: 5, Runs: 178, Average: 35.60, Strike Rate: 125.35, Best: 833. Amy Jones (England wicket-keeper)Matches: 5, Runs: 107, Average: 53.50, Strike Rate: 113.82, Best: 53*;Dismissals: 4c/1s4. Harmanpreet Kaur (India captain)Matches: 5, Runs: 183, Average: 45.75, Strike Rate: 160.52, Best: 103advertisement5. Deandra Dottin (West Indies)Matches: 5, Runs: 121, Average: 24.20, Strike Rate: 101.68, Best: 49; Wickets: 10, Average: 7.70, Strike Rate: 8.2, Economy Rate: 5.63, Best: 5/56. Javeria Khan (Pakistan)Matches: 4, Runs: 136, Average: 45.33, Strike Rate: 130.76, Best: 74*7. Ellyse Perry (Australia)Matches: 6, Runs: 60, Average: 60.00, Strike Rate: 122.44, Best: 39*; Wickets: 9, Average: 9.88, Strike Rate: 10.6, Economy Rate: 5.56, Best: 3/168. Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand)Matches: 4, Wickets: 8, Average: 11.75, Strike Rate: 12.0, Economy Rate: 5.87, Best: 3/199. Anya Shrubsole (England)Matches: 5, Wickets: 7, Average: 12.57, Strike Rate: 15.4, Economy Rate: 4.88, Best: 3/1010. Kirstie Gordon (England)Matches: 5, Wickets: 8, Average: 12.25, Strike Rate: 14.2, Economy Rate: 5.15, Best: 3/1611. Poonam Yadav (India)Matches: 5, Wickets: 8, Average: 15.75, Strike Rate: 15.0, Economy Rate: 6.30, Best: 3/3312th: Jahanara Alam (Bangladesh)Matches: 4, Wickets: 6, Average: 10.16, Strike Rate: 12.0, Economy Rate: 5.08, Best: 3/21(With inputs from PTI)
KL Rahul made his India debut four years ago when MS Dhoni-led side toured Australia in 2014-15.Rahul played his first international match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the Boxing Day Test, the third Test of the series with Australia already leading the four-match series 2-0.Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and Washington Sundar were recently in Brisbane during the Test series and the trio bonded over breakfast at a pancake place.In a video posted by BCCI on its social media platforms, Rahul shared his experience of his first Australia tour with Karthik and the first timer Sundar, who was part of the T20 squad.Also Read – India pumped up to win Test series in Australia, says Ishant Sharma”The crowd is really against us, they love their cricket, but they will make our lives hard on the ground. That is why cricket in Australia is exciting,” Rahul said.”When I was fielding at the deep square leg, someone from the crowd asked my name as the did not know me because it was my first Test. I told them my name. 10-15 seconds later the whole section goes ‘Rahul is a wanker’. It was amazing, amazing experience. They obviously mocking if they don’t mean it seriously or maybe they do mean it seriously. But this is what I enjoy about Australia, their crowds and how they get so involved and they go after the players.”SPECIAL: What’s in a pancake? @klrahul11, @DineshKarthik & @Sundarwashi5 bond over breakfastSome lip smacking pancakes, tales from Australia and the perfect “cheat meal” – throwback to the sumptuous time the lads had in Brisbane – by @28anandhttps://t.co/G7OK7HSnhI pic.twitter.com/z5EE7r8CmNadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) November 26, 2018Ragul also revealed how he failed to see Dhoni while he was fielding at the deep square leg at the MCG.”When I played my first Test at Melbourne, you know how huge the Melbourne field is, I was standing at deep square leg. Mahi bhai was our captain, he was trying to move me, I couldn’t even see him. In the background you cannot pick it up, it is so far.” he said.Also Read – India will defeat Australia 3-1 in Test series, says VVS LaxmanRahul will be seen in action during the four-match Test series starting in Adelaide from December 6.Also Read – Less verbals but more bouncers from Australia: Ian Chappell warns Virat Kohli’s IndiaRahul, who scored a hundred on his first Australia tour, is expected to make his experience count in the much-awaited Test series.
The Roth family that owns Beef Products Incorporated has announced they are establishing a $10 million dollar fund to benefit former employees of the BPI companies and communities that were negatively affected by plant closures in 2012.Chris McGowan, President of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, says it’s an incredible commitment to the communities affected five years ago:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/CHRISBPI2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…extraordinary development. ;15BPI was forced to lay off approximately 750 employees and close three production facilities in Amarillo, Texas, Garden City, Kansas, and Waterloo, Iowa at that time after national news reports disparaged the company’s Lean Finely Textured Beef.BPI founder Eldon Roth released a statement that the company is pleased to finally be able to re-connect with those former employees and see what we can do to help them continue to recover.”McGowan says the Chamber will assist BPI in the review of applications for assistance from former employees;Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/CHRISBPI.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……act today. :17BPI filed suit against ABC News in 2012 after the network ran a month long disinformation campaign targeting Lean Finely Textured Beef, the companies’ core product.The case went to trial in June of 2017 with a settlement announced on June 28th.
The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Twenty20 Overseas cricketers in the Indian Premier League have been scrambling to insure themselves for massive sums because the rewards are greater than ever. Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Topics “There has never been a better time to be a cricketer. A huge amount of money has come into the game but in 10 or 15 years’ time it will be like football. People will think: ‘I can’t believe they only earned $1m 15 years ago’ – when come 2030 it will be more like $4m-$5m.”This year’s IPL tournament, which includes England’s Johnny Bairstow and Sam Curran, will not be shown on Sky Sports after Star TV UK confirmed it had the rights. Fans can also watch the tournament via the Hotstar streaming service that costs £11.99 a month. Share on Messenger Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Cricket Reuse this content Support The Guardian IPL players earn more for one match than in any other sport in the world – with the recent global sports salary survey suggesting they receive a pro-rated £274,624 per game on average, far ahead of the NFL (£138,354) and the Premier League (£78,703).However, with players’ payments structured so they get 50% of their salary merely for showing up fit for the tournament, several players from England, South Africa and the West Indies have recently taken out personal insurance against injury in other matches that would jeopardised their IPL income.One company, Vantage Sports Finance, said that such insurance policies had mushroomed from one or two before the IPL last year to a “significant number”this year.“In the last month, our cricket business has underwritten more than 20% of the total value of all the overseas players’ contracts from England, West Indies and South Africa – a figure more than $4m,” said the chief executive of Vantage, Paddy O’Clery, adding that most players were not aware they could insure themselves this way until recently.“Players have become much more clever and informed,” O’Clery said. “They know that once you have been auctioned, you are entitled to half the fees for the tournament if you arrive fit and ready to play. And that if they injure their knee, say, during a Test or one-day series beforehand and aren’t able to play, they could easily forfeit a six or seven-figure sum.”Michael Vaughan, who is a nonexecutive director of Vantage and has been advising some cricketers on the issue, said players were only being sensible given some earned more in an eight-week stretch playing in the IPL compared to their income for the rest of the year. Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share via Email The former England captain said: “There is serious money to be made in IPL these days – not only through playing but with huge commercial contracts for those players who do well, so it’s only sensible to get insured.”Vaughan predicted that such insurance policies would become even more common as more players became cricketing free agents, focusing solely on the white-ball game. “It is fully justifiable to me,” he added. “I am a Test cricket diehard, I love the game and if you can play all three formats, great. But I wouldn’t blame players coming up if all they only focused on the shorter formats, because there are so many more opportunities out there.“These days I wouldn’t argue against any young kid who said: ‘I am just going to focus on the white-ball game.’”However, Vaughan insisted that he certainly didn’t think Test cricket was dead – yet. “I see it going from five days to four days to shorten it and make it a bit more impactful, and I am sure there will be more monetary rewards coming to Test cricket with the cricket championships starting in September,” he said. Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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… we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian features Read more Are AFL players with concussion returning to play too soon? Topics Share on LinkedIn Some might argue that would take away a gladiatorial aspect of the game, but it may also enhance the play by giving the attacking team more time and space. There would be pros and cons, but ultimately, player welfare must be the main priority.The High Tackle Warning System was trialed at last year’s Under-20 world championships in France last year, and will be again at this year’s tournament in Argentina, which kicks off next Tuesday. If the system proves effective in reducing head injuries, it could be introduced to Super Rugby and Test Rugby on a trial basis with a view to bringing it into the next World Cup in France in 2023.When World Rugby first began to clamp down on head-high tackles because of the incidence of concussion, there were cries of outrage from old-school types that the game was becoming soft. But as long as coaches and players are clear about the law and referees apply it consistently, most followers of the game appreciate efforts to protect players from serious injury.The unsafe tackle problem is expected to be the biggest player welfare issue facing rugby in coming years and it is vital the world governing body has a strategy to deal with the issue – even if it means sanctioning players for doing harm only to themselves. Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Australia sport Matt Cleary The main reason more tacklers are sustaining head injuries than tackled players is the trend of fast line-speed in defence. Ever since the British & Irish Lions employed a fast line-speed in their defence to draw their series with the All Blacks in 2017, the highly aggressive defensive system has been in fashion around the world.Now almost every team uses a fast line-speed to shut down the space of the attacking team and put them under pressure. The problem is that players are moving up out of the defensive line so quickly they are not giving themselves enough time to get into a safe position to make the tackle. Rushing up in defence in an upright position has resulted in head clashes with the ball-carrier as well as heads knocking against hard bones such as hips and elbows.World Rugby has looked at ways to change this unsafe behaviour and has decided there needs to be a consequence even if it means penalising a player for hurting no one but himself. There is a real push to look at ways of lowering the tackler in the tackle contest so that the players drop their head below head height to avoid head on head clashes.A new sanction, called the High Tackle Warning System, is being trialed at the Under-20s level. If you are a tackler and you go into the tackle in an upright position and there is an associated head injury you receive a warning. If you have three warnings through a tournament or competition, you step into a sanction which could lead to being stood down for a game.It would be a little bit like penalising a prop for poor technique in scrummaging, which threatens the safety of the player and others. If this law was applied to Super Rugby and Test rugby, it could lead to a complete re-thinking of the way teams defend and significantly change the look of the game. Certainly, it could result in teams dramatically reducing their line-speed in defence. Rugby union Share on Twitter Concussion in sport Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest It may sound paradoxical, but it has been estimated by World Rugby that up to 70% of head injuries in the game are sustained by the tackler, rather than the tackled player. It’s a growing problem the game is facing and one which may require a radical law change to solve.In recent years World Rugby has demanded referees show virtually zero tolerance to attacking the head of an opponent to minimise concussion, which is one of the biggest player welfare issues in the game. Yet for all of World Rugby’s concerted efforts to reduce head injuries, the problem has not gone away – and the reason may surprise.There has been a significant shift away from players committing head-high tackles, but it is the damage players are doing to themselves while making the tackle that is now causing rugby officials a great deal of concern. To fix the problem may well require the introduction of a sanction that punishes players for placing themselves in an unsafe position while effecting a tackle. Share via Email World Rugby Read more Share on WhatsApp Concussions in sport: I stopped playing after sustaining head knocks Reuse this content
Share on Pinterest Basketball Twitter The Clippers completed their blockbuster trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, acquiring George for guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, forward Danilo Gallinari and five first-round draft picks – along with the chance to swap draft places in two other years.“Paul George is one of the greatest two-way players in our game,” Clippers president Lawrence Frank said. “He is both an elite scorer and a relentless defender whose versatility elevates any team. When you have the opportunity to acquire a contributor of his caliber, you do what it takes to bring him home.George can become a free agent again in 2021 if he chooses to exercise that option, and Leonard will be in the same situation as well. A person with knowledge of the situation said that the deal Leonard signed Wednesday is a three-year max that could be worth nearly $110m, though the third season is at Leonard’s option. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Clippers did not release contract terms.The Athletic first reported the three-year term and option provision in Leonard’s deal. When Leonard decided that he was leaving Toronto for the Clippers last week, he and the team had talked about a four-year max worth $141m – but this move, which would make Leonard a free agent after his 10th season, gives him the maximum amounts of flexibility and future earning power.“This is a historic moment for our organization and our fans,” Frank said. “We are grateful and honored that Kawhi Leonard has decided to come home and join the LA Clippers. Kawhi is a peerless two-way player, a relentless worker and a natural fit for the serious, professional culture our group has established.”Leonard will cost the Clippers a lot of money.George is costing them a lot of money and a lot of picks.The Clippers surrendered their first-rounder picks in 2022, 2024 and 2026, plus sent ones for 2021 and 2023 that were obtained through Miami, to Oklahoma City to complete the George trade. Oklahoma City also has the right to swap first-round picks with the Clippers in 2023 and 2025. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are now officially with the Los Angeles Clippers, moves that bring both of them back to their native Southern California.It might not be forever: Both can become free agents now in only two years. Share via Email “From the time that Paul and his representation made us aware of what had been transpiring and their subsequent request, our focus as an organization was identifying the best paths for our future,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said. “Resiliency has been a staple of our city and our franchise, and this challenge provided us with another opportunity to demonstrate that.”The Thunder also now have a $10.4m trade exception.“Our goal with this transaction was to create value both in the short and long term and help reposition and replenish the organization’s future platform,” Presti said. “We are thrilled to welcome two extremely talented and efficient players in Shai and Danilo.”It’s unclear if Presti is done making big moves this summer. The Thunder has engaged teams in conversations about the possibility of trading All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, a person familiar with that situation told the AP. Miami is one of the teams that has been part of those talks, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Thunder have not revealed specific details.Presti said he wished George well.“We are proud that Paul is a part of our history as an organization and that some of the best basketball of his career was in Oklahoma City,” Presti said. “He should be remembered fondly; we wish him and his family the best.”George averaged a career-best 28 points last season even while dealing with shoulder issues that required surgery, and the Thunder couldn’t get out of the first round in either of his two seasons in OKC. George was a finalist for both NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year this past season, when he led the league with 2.21 steals per contest.Leonard is also coming off the best season of his career. Leonard averaged a career-high 26.6 points in the regular season and was even better in the playoffs, averaging 30.5 points for the Raptors in their run to the title. He won NBA Finals MVP honors for the second time, adding this one to the one he got as a member of the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.“His expectation, and ours, is to contend for championships,” Frank said.Also Wednesday, the Philadelphia 76ers completed the signings of forwards Tobias Harris (who ended last season with Philly) and now-former Boston Celtics standout Al Horford. Both of those deals were agreed upon last week.“We’re excited to welcome one of the NBA’s best frontcourt players in Al Horford to Philadelphia,” 76ers general manager Elton Brand said. “He has built his reputation around hard work and a tradition of winning, which are the same qualities that have formed the foundation of the 76ers. Al’s playmaking, elite defensive talents and veteran leadership confirm why he is a crucial addition to our roster.” Facebook Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. 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Next Press Trust of India DohaOctober 2, 2019UPDATED: October 2, 2019 18:16 IST India’s top javelin thrower Annu Rani in action (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAnnu Rani broke her own national record in the qualification round on Monday with a throw of 62.43mAnnu became 1st Indian woman javelin thrower to qualify for World Championships final but in end finished 8thAnnu said she will need to further improve upon her techniqueA creditable eight-place finish in the World Athletics Championships under her belt, India’s top javelin thrower Annu Rani has called for giving equal opportunities to women in sport as they can also perform and bring laurels to the country.Annu became the first Indian woman javelin thrower to qualify for the final round of the World Championships but in the end finished eighth here on Tuesday.She broke her own national record in the qualification round on Monday with a throw of 62.43m but failed short of the distance in the final as she could only produce a best of 61.12m from the eight attempts.”I got a lot of support and I want to thank them. I want to say that women should also be given equal opportunities (in sport) and people should believe in them. They can also perform very well and give very good results,” Annu, who belongs to Badal village near Meerut, said after her event.”This is my second World Championships and I am feeling good to reach the final and finish eighth. In the final, I could not do better than my qualification round performance but I am happy with the eight place finish. I will do better in future,” she added.The 27-year-old Annu had failed to qualify for the finals in the last edition in 2017 in London where she had come up with a best throw of 59.93m to finish 20th overall in the qualification round.Annu could have won a medal in the 2018 Asian Games but a disappointing best throw of 53.93m placed her in the sixth position in the final round and she said she needed help through counselling and motivational videos to come out of that difficult period in her career.advertisement”I was mentally down after the 2018 Asian Games. It took time to come back after that. I motivated myself and that is how I am here today,” she said.”Yeah, I needed (counselling kind of thing) to motivate myself, I watched motivational videos on youtube. The experience after the 2018 disappointment made me learn a lot of things, how struggles make you strong. Now I am feeling mentally strong.”She said she will need to further improve upon her technique and reign in her tendency to be aggressive during competitions.”I have strength but there are flaws in my technique and I am trying to improve on those. If I do that I will be able to achieve Olympic qualification mark which is 64m and I hope to do that. My ultimate aim is an Olympic medal.”There was improvement in my technique and it was going on very well during training. But during competitions, I become a bit aggressive and that is the problem. I have to curb this,” said Annu, who won a silver in the Asian Championships at this same venue in April.Asked what was his experience of the training stint in Europe before the World Championships, she said, “The training in Europe helped me a lot, especially the stint in Czech Republic where I got a lot of chance to compete with top throwers. The experience helped me. Training under Uwe Hohn also helped in learning a lot.”But I realised that in India, athletes have late starts while those of other countries begin very young. So we have to make improvements in techniques.Also Read | ‘Magnificent Mary’ and bunch of debutants shoulder medal hopes at WorldsAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Annu RaniFollow World Athletics Championships Women should also be given equal opportunities in sport: Annu Rani after World Championship heroicsIndia’s top javelin thrower Annu Rani, who became the first Indian woman javelin thrower to qualify for the final round of the World Championships, said that the women should be given equal opportunities.advertisement
Shanghai Salvage Company (SSC) has started taking over the responsibilities from Ardent to remove the grounded Kea Trader from the Durand Reef, in the south Pacific.The marine salvage and wreck removal company has launched the mobilization process of its personnel and seagoing assets in New Caledonia, according to the owner of the ill-fated containership Lomar Shipping.SSC’s structural experts have also begun to assess the status of the vessel, which deteriorated from the direct impact of two heavy cyclones within a month. The handover process is estimated to be completed in April.“Teams from SSC and Ardent were finally able to board the vessel for a first time on Saturday, after weeks of poor weather conditions and heavy swells had prevented access. Safety of all project personnel remains a key factor throughout this project,” Lomar said.Onshore, SSC has begun the process of engaging with existing local businesses that have been involved in the project to date, and other third parties interested in supporting the wreck removal process.In this regard, a ‘Supplier Engagement Day’ will be organized by SSC in mid-April to facilitate discussions between local businesses and SSC’s representatives from its UK and China offices.“SSC intends to consider continued utilization of local suppliers in New Caledonia, where appropriate for the new stage of the Kea Trader project – subject to their suitability and continued commercial viability,” Norman McLennan, International General Manager for SSC, said.Activities on siteOperations at sea continue to be hampered by adverse weather conditions and damage caused to the vessel during two recent cyclones.Of 782 containers and flat-racks originally on the Kea Trader at the time it ran aground in July, 2017, 697 have been brought ashore, including one empty unit retrieved from the sea after the impact of Cyclone Hola, Lomar added in an update.A number of further units, all believed to be empty, were lost overboard during the cyclones, although precise numbers are still to be determined given the current difficulty of accessing both sections of the vessel in storm-force seas.Four offshore vessels continue to search relevant areas of the ocean to recover any floating debris – an effort supported by aerial assets employed by the owner and the maritime authorities.Furthermore, activities on collecting any debris that washes up on shore, resume.This has involved a small volume of tar balls; however, the vast majority of the material has been metal container parts, carpet and polyurethane insulating material, according to Lomar.The company added that it would continue the sea-going search for materials, despite the fact that the volume of this material has been steadily diminishing in recent days.Image Courtesy: Lomar Shipping
Tehran: Iran has blacklisted US-based think-tank the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and its chief Mark Dubowitz on accusations of being behind “economic terrorism” against the Islamic republic. The Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement issued late Saturday that it had “added the so-called Foundation for Defence of Democracies (FDD) and its director to the sanctions list”. “The American institution with the deceitful name” and Dubowitz were accused of being involved in “designing, imposing and intensifying the impacts of economic terrorism against Iran”, it said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe FDD and Dubowitz were blamed for “seriously and actively trying to harm the Iranian people’s security and vital interests”, according to the English-language statement posted on the ministry’s website. They were accused of doing so through “fabricating and spreading lies, encouraging, providing consultations, lobbying, and launching a smear campaign” against Iran. As a result, they would be “subject to legal consequences”, it said. The move would be “without prejudice to any further legal measures that the other administrative, judicial or security institutions and organisations may take” against them and their “collaborators and accomplices”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe FDD describes itself as a Washington-based “non-partisan research institute focusing on national security and foreign policy”. The think-tank responded to Tehran’s move with a statement saying: “FDD considers its inclusion on any list put out by the regime as a badge of honour and looks forward to the day when Americans and others can visit a free and democratic Iran”. It strongly opposed the 2015 deal that saw world powers lift sanctions against Iran in return for limits on its nuclear programme. Tensions between arch-foes Iran and the United States have escalated since President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the accord last year and began reimposing sanctions against the Islamic republic.
Aiming to generate support for the humanitarian relief operation in Darfur, Sudan, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United States National Basketball Association (NBA) Cares Foundation are teaming up to air a Public Service Announcement (PSA) during the current championship series featuring a Sudanese star player.“I need to tell you what’s going on in Sudan, which is where I’m from. Right now millions of kids are suffering. Their homes have been burned, their parents have been killed. They need food and shelter. They need your support,” says Luol Deng, the 21 year-old Chicago Bulls Player, of his native Sudan in the WFP PSA urging people to donate by visiting http://www.wfp.org or in the US visit http://www.friendsofwfp.org.Sudan is WFP’s largest operation in the world. But in May, a critical shortage of funds forced WFP to take what James Morris, WFP Executive Director, described as “one of the hardest decisions of my life” and cut rations to half in terms of energy content for two million people in Darfur and the east of Sudan. Over 250,000 people in Darfur have been displaced by new fighting since the start of 2006, WFP currently is feeding about 3.5 million people in Sudan, and the number is expected to go up to 6 million by August. Those figures do not include hundreds of thousands of refugees in the neighbouring countries who have also fled and need assistance.“Our donors haven’t been giving us enough money for Sudan,” said Trevor Rowe, North American spokesman for the Rome-based agency. “The result is we’ve had to reduce rations by about 50 per cent, so it’s a dire situation. You’re talking about people who have been victimized in so many ways, villages burned, men killed, women raped. Then, when help arrives, we’re unable to provide even the minimum.” The PSA featuring Mr. Deng speaking to the audience, graphic images of the Sudanese crisis and the WFP assistance, aired multiple times during the finals series and will reach an estimated 66 million worldwide while also being streamed on NBATV and via the Internet.Also airing worldwide during the NBA Finals are other 30 and 60 second PSAs, produced by NBA Entertainment and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, featuring various popular NBA/WNBA players offering the tragic statistics of the impact of the global AIDS crisis on children.
FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 14, 2017), we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner, who helps us break down the latest trades in the NBA as the February 23rd deadline approaches. Next, Neil Paine takes us inside the collapse of the Detroit Red Wings’ dynastic greatness. Finally, we look forward to baseball season and ponder what the increase in home runs means for the sport. Plus, a significant digit on a streak.Links to what we discussed: ESPN is keeping track of the latest NBA trade news as the deadline approaches.The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor took a look at a trade that gave the Blazers their third first-round draft pick.You can read more of Kyle Wagner’s work here.Last week, Neil Paine explained why the Red Wings’ empire is crumbling.We explored the history of American hockey’s use of players from the Soviet Union — and the Red Wings’ role in bringing them to the States — in this episode of Ahead of Their Time.There are now more MLB players who hit 20 or more home runs in a season than there have been at any time in 50 years, writes Neil Greenberg of The Washington Post.Significant Digit: 4. On Monday night, the UConn women’s basketball team won their 100th consecutive game. Since their initial hot streak began on March 13, 2013, the Huskies have won four NCAA Championships and lost only one game of any kind. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code
Nothing was predictable at Buckeye Field House Wednesday night as the No. 19 Ohio State (31-12) softball team faced the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines for a doubleheader.The Buckeyes split the series with the Wolverines.The Buckeyes took game one, 5-3, and fell to the Wolverines in game two, 4-3.This was the first win for the Buckeyes against the Wolverines since 2003.“We had no fear. We were determined to go in there and battle and compete to show the country who we are as a program,” senior captain Sam Marder said. “We’ll take a split against the Number two team in the country.”The Scarlet and Gray squad did everything right offensively and defensively against the No. 2 team, as they had 6 hits over Michigan’s 4 in game one.Pitching was key for the Buckeyes, but fell short of the Wolverine’s.Michigan’s two pitchers, Jordan Taylor and Nikki Nemitz, have the first and second best ERA in the conference, with OSU’s Melanie Nichols in third.In the first inning, OSU right fielder Courtney Pruner proved it was no mistake putting her to bat fourth in the line up as she hit a first-pitch homer with two on base, putting the Buckeyes on the board 3-0.Rebecca Schultz came through in the fourth inning for the Buckeyes with a RBI home run, putting the Buckeyes up 5-1.Michigan had a late rally in the bottom of the seventh pulling in two more runs, but OSU’s Nichols came away with the 5-3 win.“When she executes, she’s really good. She’s just going to get better and better in her career,” coach Linda Kalafatis said of Nichols.In the second game, the Wolverines must have realized they just suffered their first conference loss as they wasted no time posting a run in the first inning.The Wolverines continued on a hot streak as a three run homerun put the Wolverines ahead of the Buckeyes, 4-0.In the fourth inning, the Buckeyes finally made a mark on the scoreboard as Lead Ledford’s double scored Rebecca Schultz.OSU shortstop Alicia Herron made the gap even smaller when her 2 RBI triple put the Buckeyes at three runs.The final score remained in favor of Michigan, 4-3.“This [series split] proves to our kids that that we can play with anybody. These are the kinds of games we’re going to have to play if we want to reach our ultimate goal of getting to the College World Series,” coach Kalafatis said.The Buckeyes will travel to Iowa City, Iowa this weekend to face the Iowa Hawkeyes in a two-game series.
Isn’t it about time for a credit card for the 21st century? Mastercard has done just that with its new “Display Card.” It’s the same size and has the same functionality as a regular credit card, but it also has a digital display on the front as well as a numerical keypad.The main purpose is to allow customers to create a one-time password for online transactions. In many countries, due to heightened security concerns, it is common for customers to carry around a separate fob device that generates one-time passwords for them. Card transactions and banking access are restricted for these users unless they provide this password.With the Mastercard Display Card, though, users would need to key in an authentication code on the card itself, rendering it useless if it falls into the wrong hands. The card is currently being introduced in Singapore.When you think about it, credit cards are the backbone of the American economy. The stuff that consumers buy with them have certainly evolved, but the technology used to make those purchases has not fundamentally changed since the post-World War II era.The industry is finally starting to shift a little bit with mobile payments, but those have only been successfully rolled out in a few regions. Introducing new technology into a format that users are already comfortable and familiar with is a much easier way to implement widespread adoption, and this could be the stepping stone that gets users to realize payment technology is in the process of a huge transformation.Mastercard, via Design Taxi
https://jrnl.ie/3250345 7,998 Views Updated 8.24LESS THAN A third of all litter fines in the Dublin City Council area are being paid, according to information released to a councillor.6,259 fines were issued across Dublin city between 2013 and 2015. Only 2,042 were paid in full with a further 77 fines being partially paid.In total, 1,913 fines were appealed, of which 665 were successfully appealed.1,741 prosecutions for non-payment of fines were initiated but only 173 convictions were obtained.The information was released to councillor Cieran Perry, who said it was vital all fines are pursued “so that illegal dumpers fear getting caught”.With the present system the chance of an illegal dumper getting prosecuted is slim. There is no deterrent. By Ronan Smyth ‘There is no deterrent’: Less than a third of Dublin litter fines actually get paid “The council don’t appear to give the issue of illegal dumping the attention it deserves,” one councillor said. Image: RollingNews.ie 29 Comments Short URL In response, DCC has said that “Dublin City Council attempts to pursue all fines that remain unpaid through the courts. The challenge that faces the council is successfully serving summonses on people who have failed to pay in order to obtain successful convictions.”DCC added that the it is constantly looking to improve the success of enforcement through investigations of illegal dumping using CCTV, waste collection surveys and inspections in the city.In the years 2014 and 2015 the council paid €670,000 and €640,000 respectively to collect illegally dumped litter.However, according to Perry, these figures do not include the removal of litter from flat complexes or parks.“The council don’t appear to give the issue of illegal dumping the attention it deserves,” the councillor said.“Illegal dumping is a huge issue and I’ve been highlighting it for years but I’m not convinced that the Council have the will to seriously tackle the issue.”Payments of fines must be done by calling up DCC waste management service. To appeal a fine, a form must be completed and the person is required to set out the grounds for the appeal and the evidence to support it.Read: Dealers using Irish courier firms to safely ferry drugs to customers >Read: Five dead after plane crashes into Melbourne shopping centre > Share8 Tweet Email Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 6:17 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 21st 2017, 6:17 PM Image: RollingNews.ie
Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 4:01 PM Short URL Share70 Tweet Email 20,053 Views Jun 17th 2018, 4:01 PM 11 Comments Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland GARDAÍ HAVE LAUNCHED an investigation after the body of a 67-year-old man was found on the side of the road in Cork this morning.The body was discovered at around 9.30am on the road from Castlecor to Johns Bridge at Ballybane, Liscarroll. Gardaí suspect that it could be a hit-and-run incident, but are investigating all possible circumstances.The scene has been preserved for a technical examination and the Office of The State Pathologist has been contacted. The body remains at the scene.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses who may have travelled this road, Castlecor to Johns Bridge, between 10pm last night and 10am this morning or to anyone who can assist with this investigation to contact Mallow Garda Station on 022 31450, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4075740 Body of man (67) found on side of Cork road in suspected hit-and-run The man’s body was discovered this morning. By Gráinne Ní Aodha
WhatsApp New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Twitter Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan added to WWE Clash of Champions on September 15 Google+ Pinterest 3/26 WWE Results: Trenton, New Jersey* Sin Cara def. Stardust.* Braun Strowman def. Mark Henry.* Goldust def. Bo Dallas.* WWE United States Champion Kalisto def. Rusev.* Alicia Fox def. Summer Rae.* Ryback def. Fandango.* Kane & Big Show def. Bray Wyatt & Erick Rowan in a tag team match.Source: PWInsider.com
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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — There was a shootout in Eugene between an intoxicated man firing a paintball gun and police firing rubber bullets and beanbag rounds.Police won. Officers took the 49-year-old man into custody Sunday evening after about 30 minutes.The Register-Guard reports the man fired more than 50 paintball rounds from his porch and front door and hit two officers. They had responded after his yelling and threats had alarmed neighbors.Lt. Bill Solesbee says the man was taken to a hospital for an evaluation. He faces charges of assaulting an officer, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment.