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Can Lone Star Become the Nation’s Pride Again?

first_imgHopes were dashed and teeth grinded again on Sunday when the Lone Star was shamefully kicked out from the 2016 African Nations Championship qualifiers – there were sadness and doubt coupled with insults on Lone Star for ending another football journey.Liberia needed a 2-0 to qualify for the 2nd phase of the CHAN tournament – at least to raise the hope of Liberians especially after the end of the deadly Ebola Virus, just as the George Weah X1 did after the two civil wars.The players performed dismally and Coach James Salinsa Debbah – speechless and frustrated wore an olive green shirt and light trousers instead of the expected red, white and blue – nevertheless he was ridiculed as a ‘bad coach.”Literally, there were tears in the eyes of former 1995 FIFA World Best Player, Senator George Weah, Public Works Minister Gyude Moore and many other Liberian fans – having anxiously stoned the front windshield of the Match Commissioner’s rented vehicle (License Plate # BB-764), when the back gate was locked to stop them from entering.“Would the Lone Star ever become the nation’s pride again,” this was the one billion dollars question on the lips of Liberians as they fought to come out of the field as they had fought to go in.The performance of the national team under its 9th coach since the era of George Weah was appalling thereby causing a number of blames. Inarguably, Lone Star 1995-2002 became the nation’s pride and joy, pulling many surprises.In the 1996 Afcon qualifiers, Liberia qualified with 10 points – won three, drew four and lost one. Liberia whipped Togo and Tunisia 1-0 each, defeated Mauritania 2-0, bowed to Senegal 3-0, and again drew with Senegal to gain the second ticket.Four years later, the George Weah X1, after two failed campaigns, qualified for the African Cup of Nations in 2002.Mauritania was whipped on the two-tie – 4-0 and 2-0 as well as Congo –5-1 and 1-0 but bowed 2-1 to South Africa and drew 1-1 in the second leg to top Group 2.In the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, for the first time, Liberia nearly qualified, after five wins and three losses, especially the 2-1 defeat to Ghana at home after humiliating Ghana in 3-1 in Accra.Since the George Weah X1’s dissolution in 2002 by former President Charles Taylor, Lone Star is yet to pick its rhythm due to several factors.Lone Star’s coaches since 2001 have included Kadalah Kromah, Kofi Bruce, Frank Jericho Nagbe, Sr., Antoine Hey, Bertalan Bicskei, Robert Landi, Thomas Kojo, Kaetu Smith and now James Debbah.Debatably, more than six players have not played together for more than six years on the national team, like George Weah X1.George Weah X1 had seven constant players: George Weah, James Debbah, Kelvin Sebwe, Mass Sarr, Jr., Jimmy Dixon, Zizi Roberts and Joe Nagbe.Another argument could be that those players had a solid foundation– played in sequence – and were able to qualify under the late Wilfred (Green Banana) Lardner and those of Vava George.Our current players seem to be a “generation of players” that has lost its way owing to the lack of focus.BBC described George Weah, from 1996 – 2001, as the real soul of the team. And there has been no player to take the mantle of leadership for the national team. However, five players came close to claim the leadership but owing to personal issues, they could not succeed. They include: Dulee Johnson, Francis Doe, Anthony Laffor and Sekou Jabateh.In any case, all is not lost as there are five more games for a place in the 2017 African Cup of Nations. Lone Star with our professionals will have Tunisia, Djibouti and Togo to challenge.What should Liberians expect? Another disappointment or officials would put on their thinking caps to make a complete change necessary for the better? While we await the future of Lone Star, we pray that the Liberian government will now show some concern about the future of the team that represents the nation in competitions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NBA set to vote on raising tampering fines

first_imgTeen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Read Next Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption The NBA has been largely powerless to stop the practice, which has gone on for years and seemed to be particularly out of control this summer. In the first 90 minutes of free agency this summer, at least $1.4 billion in contracts were committed to across the league — and those were just the ones known about.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LATEST STORIES The memo addresses what the league called a “widespread perception that many of the league’s rules are being broken on a frequent basis” when it comes to tampering, salary cap matters and the timing of free agency discussions.So the league wants to hit rule breakers where it hurts most — the checkbook, and possibly beyond. The league wants fines raised in part to reflect the 600% increase in league revenue and the 1,100% increase in franchise value since the fine ceilings were last touched in 1996.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4In addition, teams will have to require its governor, top basketball operations executive and negotiators to certify annually that they did not talk to free agents or their representatives before the league rules allow. And with every player contract signed, each team’s governor will have to certify that no unauthorized benefits were offered and no rules were broken.“It’s pointless, at the end of the day, to have rules that we can’t enforce,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in July after the board of governors met and talked about ways to adjust that process in an effort to ensure fairness across the league. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Athletic first reported the memo’s existence.Fines for tampering with players or team personnel could go as high as $10 million, double the current limit. If a team enters into an unauthorized deal with a player, it can be fined up to $6 million — and the player can get hit with a $250,000 fine as well.Statements or conduct detrimental to the NBA could come with a $5 million fine now, up from the previous ceiling of $1 million. And a rule violation with no specific penalty could merit a $10 million fine, up from $2.5 million — the amount that Silver fined former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling while banning him for life from the NBA in 2014 after he was found to have made racist remarks.The league also has other penalties within its reach, such as forfeiture or transfer of draft picks, suspensions, voiding of contracts and prohibiting teams from hiring the person they tampered with.Silver said in July that changes have to be made to the free-agent process after several deals were clearly struck before the negotiating period started on June 30 at 6 p.m. EDT. In theory, teams couldn’t talk to free agents before that time — which would mean that actually striking deals before then would be impossible.ADVERTISEMENT Good omens MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a news conference before Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)BEIJING — NBA teams could be fined up to $10 million for tampering and up to $6 million for entering into unauthorized agreements with players, a person with knowledge of the league’s plans told The Associated Press on Saturday.Other maximum-fine levels could be raised significantly as well, provided the league’s board of governors approves the measures Sept. 20. The league sent a memo to teams on Friday detailing the proposed fines, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the details were not to be released publicly.ADVERTISEMENT Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down View commentslast_img read more

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Consultations must bridge gap between technical and ‘layman’

first_imgOil & gas— former Alberta PremierWhile consultations and lectures on oil and gas are ongoing, there is a need for more people to be involved in the dialogue. In addition, breaking down technical information, such as safeguards against environmental risks, is important to overall consultations.Former Premier of Alberta, Canada, Alison RedfordThis is according to the former Premier of Alberta, Canada, Alison Redford, QC, who was among the presenters at the inaugural Guyana Oil and Gas Association (GOGA)-sponsored conference and exposition over the past few days.She advised that policy makers take time to ensure that all pertinent information be above board and is understandable to the nation. “When you understand an issue well, you think that everyone understands it as well as you. And I’m telling you, speaking as someone who is not an engineer or a geologist, that there is really technical information about environmental impact and production that the public wants to understand.“And I’m sure (that) over the future, there will be lots of people who will stand up at public meetings and ask you questions that seem absolutely ridiculous to you, cause it seems so easy. So I would encourage you to take the time to build a foundation so that everyone can be a part of the discussion,” she advised.She noted that the public will have concerns because they care about their community, and may have unanswered questions based on what they read in the newspapers and on social media. Redford pointed out that other countries were late in having these frank and encompassing discussions, to the detriment of public relations.She said that Guyana has the opportunity to do better because the populace is capable of exchanging ideas and partly because of the GOGA-backed seminars. Redford observed that GOGA understands who needed to be a part of the conversation.“Political leadership will need to decide what they believe Guyanese want for policy choices. That gap between where political leadership makes the policy and what the rules say can takes different terms. I would suggest that creating the policy is one of the most dynamic and important conversations you can have; but once that policy has been set, I’ve certainly seen the development of rules being more successful when everyone has been involved all along,” she declared.According to Redford, it was not possible for technical experts to develop and set a framework without a different type of engagement with the public. Using Peru as an example, she explained that while policy makers might think their consultations were extensive enough, misinformation can hamper relations at the community and stakeholder level.“Peru has a wonderful set of legislation with respect to consultations with indigenous people. But at the end of the day, they have pipelines in northern Peru (that leaked) that they couldn’t repair because the community does not trust Government enough to (allow Government) come in and fix those leaks.”This is a reference to Peru’s declaration of a state of emergency last year after a pipeline owned by state oil company Petro Peru spilled 3000 barrels of crude oil into rivers. These rivers were a major source of water and food for some indigenous communities.last_img read more

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Barcelona hand teen ace new deal to ward off Arsenal interest

first_img Munir El Haddadi Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has moved to fend off an Arsenal bid for rising star Munir by giving him a mega new contract.The 19-year-old has broken into the Barcelona first team this season and has also won his first senior cap for Spain.That alerted Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who seems to have had a hotline to the latest Barcelona superstars ever since he snapped up Cesc Fabregas at the age of 15.Enrique is aware of Wenger’s interest, however, and feared Munir’s £10million buy-out clause would not be enough to deter a Premier League raid on his latest starlet.So he has persuaded the player and the Barca board to raise the bar to £27.5million should anyone want to buy him before his contract expires in 2017.The Spain-born player with a Moroccan dad is not beyond Wenger’s budget, but the price-hike is probably enough to put him off from making a bid this January. 1last_img read more

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Everton flop ‘needs time to adapt to Premier League’, insists Sam Allardyce

first_img1 Cenk Tosun is yet to score since joining Everton in January Everton boss Sam Allardyce has conceded striker Cenk Tosun is struggling to adapt to the Premier League and must bide his time for further opportunities.The Toffees were desperately seeking a new striker in January and signed 26-year-old Turkey international Tosun from Besiktas for £27million in a bid to solve their issues up top.However, Tosun has started just twice and has been an unused substitute in two of Everton’s last three games, including Saturday’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.“He is struggling with the pace of the Premier League, which happens to more players than it doesn’t who come in in January,” Allardyce said.“There are more that struggle than actually succeed. As time goes on and the more we get closer to our safety the more we can release and see what he’s got.”Even when 3-0 up against the Eagles with ten minutes to go, Allardyce still elected to bring on Morgan Schneiderlin rather than Tosun as his final substitute.The ninth-placed Toffees are eight points clear of the relegation zone and Allardyce admits Tosun will be granted chances once their safety is secured.Speaking about Tosun’s fitness levels, Allardyce added: “It is a struggle in the Premier League.“They were up to scratch when he was playing but there is more demand at this level to get to the level and show the ability he has got.“There is no doubting his goal-scoring ability but you have to have the capabilities to get in those positions to score those goals and that is the hard bit.“It is not unusual to see a centre forward struggle when they first come. We have seen many, many over the years do that.“We have got to try and be patient and because the team is winning without him we can be patient at the moment.“When we are safe and moving forward, we will still try and finish as high up as we can but we will have an opportunity to put him on the pitch.“The most important thing for me at the moment is securing our Premier League status and going from there.”last_img read more

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Olympian YAC’s Sean McGinley competes in U18 World Mountain Running

first_imgOlympian YAC’s Sean Mc Ginley represented Ulster and N. Ireland at the Under-18 World Mountain Running International Cup, held under the historic Roman Arch of Susa in Italy. Sean ran, as always, with great heart and determination and came a super 24th overall.Sean was the first Irishman home; a massive achievement in his first performance at this level. This is a extraordinary achievement for this,hard working young athlete; a just reward for all his endeavours and dedication to training over the past few years.This was his first time competing on a World stage. The Donegal athlete has another year in this event and age category, so there’s surely more to come in the future. O’Donnell’s become Master’s of the Track and FieldMeanwhile, Olympian YAC’s O’Donnell trio of coaches Michelle, Martin and Karen recently competed at the All Ireland Masters Track and Field Championships, Tullamore, Co Offaly and took the competition by storm as they amassed a very impressive 7 Championship medals between them. First up in the field was Michelle in the W35 Javelin. Whilst the warmup throws were taking place sister Karen took to the track in the first track event of the day W35 100m.Having won her heat in a seasons best of 13.65secs, she had to wait for the second heat to see if the gold was up for grabs. However, neighbouring athlete from Letterkenny, Kathryn Mc Devitt won the second heat in 13:35secs to take well deserved gold and Karen was rewarded with the silver medal for her efforts.Karen went straight to join sister Michelle at the javelin who had an opening throw in the first round of 25.45m setting herself up for the gold medal position. In the third round Karen threw 23.42m putting herself in the silver medal position.After a total of four rounds Michelle held on to the lead and took the title of All Ireland Champion with sister Karen taking another silver medal.Older brother Martin, in his new age category M45, stepped out on the track to line up for the 100m. Clocking a swift 12.31sec he picked up the silver medal.Later that day he also contested the 200m event and clocked a seasons best of 25.57secs to claim another brilliant silver medal. Overall it was a great day at the office which no doubt was great preparation for the upcoming Masters European Championships in Venice for Martin at beginning of September.Next up saw Karen in her second sprint event the 200m. She also clocked a seasons best of 28.24sec for yet another silver medal. Karen later in the day saved her best to last when she contested the 400m.She led from gun to tape and could not be caught as she came away as with the gold medal and mantle of All Ireland Champion.Olympian YAC’s Sean McGinley competes in U18 World Mountain Running was last modified: August 28th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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YSI Excellence Award honours innovation at Loreto Letterkenny

first_imgThe school community at Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny is celebrating a remarkable achievement this week after winning a Young Social Innovators Schools of Excellence Award.The school has won the accolade for being a dedicated member of the Young Social Innovators (YSI) Schools Network for many years.Loreto Letterkenny will proudly hold the title alongside hundreds of schools throughout Ireland who have discovered the benefits of youth-led social innovation education. YSI Teams from Loreto Letterkenny have garnered great success at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland Awards for many years. Transition Year teams won two awards at the 2018 Awards held in Croke Park this past May. Each year, the YSI programme supports thousands of young people to explore social issues that concern them and come up with a variety of responses.F.R.E.E. – For Refugees Entering ÉireMoved by images and reports of the war in Syria, the ‘F.R.E.E. – For Refugees Entering Éire’ team are making refugees feel more at home in their community through the creation of Welcome Packs for new families.Better Safe Than SorryThe ‘Better Safe Than Sorry’ team worked with An Garda Síochána, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and Donegal County Council to create a ‘Safe Zone’ in their town which includes a free phone to call a taxi and Garda-monitored CCTV. The teams were mentored by teachers Siobhan McKeague and Dearbhail Keys. YSI Mentor Ms Siobhan McKeague has praised the Schools of Excellence award as a fantastic achievement for the school. Ms McKeague said: “We are so proud of all the students. The students have been putting in years of work into YSI so this recognition is very welcome.”The prestigious award will serve as a motivational boost for all, Ms McKeague added.“We have a standard to keep up now. It will make the students want to aim higher.”“I have to give credit to the students in previous years. Without their hard work you wouldn’t get to this high level. We have such fantastic motivated students who put in great work on their projects.” The new TY classes can look forward to another year ahead implementing innovative ideas to benefit the community.Nora Friel, principal of Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny and YSI Speak Out MC Dayl CroninSpeaking at the North West YSI SpeakOut earlier this year, Nora Friel, Principal of Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny said: “YSI has been running in our school for many years and it has been a huge success. It has provided our students with opportunities to make a difference, be innovative, creative, reach out to others, work together and change lives. The positive impacts of our students’ involvement with YSI has extended far beyond the school community.”YSI Co-Founder and CEO Rachel Collier said: “Our member schools which demonstrate an extraordinary and on-going commitment to engaging students and teachers at both junior and senior levels in social innovation action for a fairer, more inclusive and equal society, are presented with our School of Excellence Award. Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, is one such extraordinary school and I applaud the dedication to social justice and innovation which it promotes by engaging in YSI programmes.”YSI’s Schools of Excellence Awards were launched by former Taoiseach, Enda Kenny in March 2014. Applications are now open for YSI’s Social Innovation Action Programmes for Senior and Junior Cycles. Visit youngsocialinnovators.ie to learn more about the programme.YSI Excellence Award honours innovation at Loreto Letterkenny was last modified: September 14th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:awardLoreto Secondary Schoolyoung social innovatorslast_img read more

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Security and BYOD: Security Concerns Increase as BYOD Trend Grows

first_imgStephen Midgley, vice-president, global marketing for Absolute Software, said that “What is really driving it is the rapid growth of Apple in the enterprise.  It is driving BYOD.  With the iPad 3 coming out and shipping now, you’ll see even more of that.”Results from Forrester Research reported in the Wall Street Journal show that company executives are spending on average $3000 of their own money for devices that they use for business, and even non-executives spend on average $1200.  The hope is that the devices will give them an edge in the workplace and pay for themselves with salary and bonus increases.Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute, said that “we surveyed hundreds of IT security professionals, and mobile devices were overwhelmingly important to business objectives.  However, mobile devices put organizations at risk—risks that they do not have the necessary security controls and enforceable policies to address. It’s also clear that employees are deliberately disabling security controls, which is a serious concern.”A Ponemon/Websense survey of companies in Canada found that 63 percent of breaches occurred as a result of mobile devices.  There is a trend of an increasing number of breaches occurring as the number of mobile devices accessing corporate data increases.A study by Mobilisafe examined breaches that occurred as a result of employee personal devices accessing the corporate data infrastructure.  That study found that:71% of devices in the study had severe flaws and vulnerabilities in the operating systems of the accessing mobile deviceHigh severity mobile device vulnerabilities are appearing four times faster than were reported in 201138 different OS versions sudied contained high severity vulnerabilities Increasingly companies are allowing their employees to use their own devices to access corporate data.Amy Cheah, market analyst for Infrastructure at IDC, said that “Widely publicized and high-profile BYOD case studies are further adding to the peer pressure. One in every two organizations are intending to deploy official BYOD policies, be it pilots, or partial- to organizational-wide rollouts, in the next 18 months.”Fiaaz Walji, Canadian country manager for Websense,  said that “Mobility has exploded  When you look at the average worker they now carry a smartphone, a tablet and a laptop computer. Given this flood of mobile devices in the workplace, we find the IT guys have no choice but to allow employees to connect to the (corporate) network. It increases productivity because workers are always connected, but it also increases the risk.”last_img read more

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Delphi joins crowded autonomous taxi run in Singapore

first_imgJoining self-driving startup nuTonomy’s Singaporean efforts, automotive supplier Delphi announced on Sunday that is has been awarded a contract by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) to create an experimental pilot program for an autonomous taxi service.The program provides three routes for people to choose, all located in a Queenstown subzone called one-North. Delphi will outfit six Audi SQ5 cars with the autonomous tech to drive people.See Also: German regulators could clear the road for self-driving carsAll cars will have a safety driver that can take over control of the car. Delphi expects by 2019 the safety driver will no longer be necessary, and by 2022 it wants the program to be fully operational.It will also pick the people that drive in the autonomous vehicles to start, though the company does want the opportunity to drive everyday commuters in the near future.Delphi believes the pilot program will provide the company with lots of data on the autonomous vehicle system, and hopefully improve the view people in Singapore have of self-driving cars.Even though Singapore is the first, Delphi has reportedly in discussions with other cities in Europe and North America. It makes note of this in the announcement video (below). San Francisco and London are two possible locations, both have lower regulations than most cities for self-driving vehicles.Delphi is not the first company to test autonomous vehicles in Singapore, in fact, it is a few months behind MIT spinoff nuTonomy. The startup arrived in Singapore in early 2016, in one-North where Delphi are starting to test cars, but recently signed an agreement with the LTA to expand its autonomous taxi pilot program.Surprisingly, Google, Tesla, and Uber have not made large investments into Singapore. That’s despite the country’s rather relaxed regulations on self-driving and tech-focused government. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… David Curry IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img Related Posts Tags:#autonomous cars#Delphi#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#Lyft#NuTonomy#Self-Driving#Singapore#Uber#Vehicles 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

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County commission approves MidwayUSA expansion

first_imgMidwayUSA gets the green light to grow its business.The Boone County Commission on Tuesday night agreed to rezone 193 acres of land at Highway 40 and Route J west of Columbia for the new facility. It was zoned for agriculture.County commissioners went against what their planning and zoning commission suggested in November. Neighbors say the new facility would hurt property values.(This story was last updated at 9:42 a.m. Wednesday.)last_img

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Mary Kom named best female Asian Athlete by Asian Sportswriters Union

first_imgAdvertisement Image Courtesy: New Indian ExpressAdvertisementIndia’s Olympic Bronze medallist Mary Kom was adjudged the best female athlete by the Asian Sportswriters Union at the ‘Awards for Asia’ ceremony in Malaysia.Image Courtesy: New Indian ExpressAIPS Asia was the organization that gave away the award for the very first time in order to honor the Asian Athletes who have performed at the top most level.The prestigious award was given away by the Chief Minister of Selangor, YAB Tuan Haji Amirudin Shari. While Mary Kom herself could not be present to receive the award, Subodh Malla Barua, a sports journalist received the award on her behalf.Mary Kom is currently eyeing a record seventh World Championship gold medal in the AIBA World Boxing Championships which starts on September 7th. This time Kom will be seen showing her presence in the 51kg category opposed to the 48kg one.Also Read:Gagan Narang set to receive Khel Protsahan award on Thursdaylast_img read more

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Virat Kohli proud of Team India’s unselfish attitude

first_imgVirat Kohli said he could not have asked for anything more than an emphatic victory over England in the final Test after the series had already been clinched in Mumbai.India demolished England by an innings and 75 runs in Chennai to register a historic 4-0 triumph over England. This must be sweet revenge for India, who had lost their last three successive series to England in 2011, 2012 and 2014. (Also read: Chennai Test: Karun’s 303*, Jadeja’s 7-48 highlight India’s historic 4-0 triumph over England)England had piled up a mammoth 477 in the first innings in Chennai before India responded with 759/7 declared thanks to a triple hundred from Karun Nair and 199 from Lokesh Rahul. On a final-day pitch that had little in it for the spinners, Ravindra Jadeja then weaved his magic to pick up career-best figures of 7/48 as England were dismissed for 207 with little under 10 overs remaining in the day.”Couldn’t have asked anything more and especially after winning the series 3-0 and performing like this. It’s an evidence of the character of this side and what the guys prepare like for a Test match, playing for the country,” Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony. (Also read: Team India reacts after historic 4-0 win: “Everyone put their hands up when needed”)”They take a lot of pride and it was evident in the way we batted and bowled. We wanted the youngsters to do well. KL Rahul had a good domestic season but didn’t have a great outing and then came back and almost got a double century. Karun didn’t have two good Tests and then does this (an unbeaten 303).”advertisementKohli hailed his team for pulling off a spectacular victory despite being on the backfoot, having first lost the toss and then conceding a huge firsts innings total. But like they did throughout the series, India stuck to their guns and eventually trumped over England with their relentlessness.  (Also read: Ravindra Jadeja defies flat pitch to snare career-best 7/48 in historic win)Kohli, who became the first Indian captain to win nine Tests in a year, said he was aware of the psychological damage it would to England after India had taken a 282-run lead.”It’s always tricky when you have scored 477 and then concede a lead of 282. Mentally and psychologically, it is always a dent. We knew that.”We realized that once we got a couple of wickets, it will be a downward slide. They don’t want to be ina position after getting so many runs and be in a losing position. Jadeja did the job in both the innings. Hit right areas and made it uncomfortable for the batsmen. Intensity was top class,” Kohli said.Kohli stressed he was proud of his team for having taken the toss out of the equation. India had lost four tosses in the five Tests of the series and had to bounce back after conceding 400 plus totals in the last two matches. The young captain was also proud of the way his players put the team before personal glory.”Very proud. Toss and pitches were out of the equation. We were up against big totals and we won by an innings. Doesn’t happen too often in Tests. We work hard everyday and believe in us. We don’t care about what’s happening outside; what matters is what each one of us thinks about the other. There’s lot of respect and friendship in that dressing room and it’s evident on the field. Nobody is playing for himself. Every time we were put under the pump, we have tightened up on giving away wickets at crucial time, especially after intervals. We have improved on that.”The lower order has deflated the opposition, scoring 200+ three times, and their hard work in the nets showed. Our pace was quicker than theirs, even the consistency was better, and it was very proud moment for me as an Indian captain, seeing the fast bowlers stepping it on. Kudos to the hard work they have put in in the past few months.”Watch: Sourav Ganguly picks the standout moments in India vs England serieslast_img read more

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1st Test: Pakistan 64/0 after Dinesh Chandimal century helps Sri Lanka post 419

first_imgDinesh Chandimal scored his ninth Test century and first as captain as Sri Lanka posted 419 against Pakistan on day two of the first Test on Friday. (Scorecard)By stumps, Pakistan were a chanceless 64 without loss, Sami Aslam on 31 and Shan Masood on 30 to make honors even.Sri Lanka resumed on 227-4 after Dimuth Karunaratne’s 93, and Chandimal advanced from 60 to his ton in the morning with a cover drive. He needed 273 balls for his second century of the year.His overnight partner, Niroshan Dickwella moved from 42 to 83 when he edged Hasan Ali onto his off stump at 295-5. The wicketkeeper’s highest Test score, surpassing 81 in July against Zimbabwe, lasted 117 balls, and included nine fours and a six.Dilruwan Perera replaced Dickwella and took 33 balls to get off the mark. In the meantime, he reversed two lbw decisions before he scored.After lunch, Perera also survived a stumping chance on 32 but was out for 33, the video this time confirming he was back leg before wicket, giving part-time spinner Haris Sohail a wicket on debut.Sri Lanka took tea on 403-7, then the end came quickly. In an eventful 155th over bowled by paceman Mohammad Abbas, Chandimal lost his middle stump but the delivery was a no ball, and Lakshan Sandakan and Nuwan Pradeep were dismissed cheaply in consecutive balls to end the innings.Chandimal was stranded on 155, seven shy of his career-high score. He’d faced 372 balls, hitting 14 to the boundary.Abbas took 3-75 and left-arm spinner Yasir Shah had figures of 57-11-120-3.advertisementlast_img read more

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Moto G5S gets a permanent price cut, now priced at Rs 9,999

first_imgAfter the Moto G5S received a temporary price cut last week on Amazon India, Motorola has now decided to make it permanent. The phone will now be available at Rs 9,999 for the rest of the days to come and the new pricing will be available not only on Amazon.in, but also at Moto Hubs and retail stores across the country in Fine Gold, Lunar Grey and Oxford Blue colours. The Moto G5S was initially launched at Rs 13,999 back in August. The new price cut means the phone will now cost you Rs 4,000 less, which should come as a to delight Moto fans in India.Notably, the permanent price cut comes just a couple of days ahead of the Moto G6 line which is expected to be launched on April 19 at an event in Brazil. The upcoming lineup will likely include the Moto G6, Moto G6 Play and Moto G6 Plus, and these phones can be expected to make their way to India soon enough. Coming back to the Moto G5S, the phone was launched as a special version of the Moto G5 and sports a metal body design with a chunky build that makes quite solid and firm.The Moto G5S sports a 5.2-inch full-HD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and a traditional aspect ratio of 16:9. While this means that the display is surrounded by plenty of bezels, the screen itself is vivid and punchy. Software is one of the biggest highlights of the Moto lineup as all the phones come with near stock Android, which is great if you’re an Android purist and can’t stand bloatware or unnecessary add-ons. The Moto G5S runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is yet to receive the Oreo update.advertisementPowering the Moto G5S is a Snapdragon 430 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. Compared to some of the newer phones available in this price segment, the chipset is a little dated. However, combined with a near stock Android software, the phone runs quite smooth and fast. It bears a 16-megapixel rear sensor with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, and LED flash. Up front, you get a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture, wide-angle lens, and LED flash.The Moto G5S is currently at its lowest price ever. However, the phone may look a little outdated now compared to its competition as it does not sport an 18:9 display and is yet to receive Android Oreo. The upcoming Moto G6 is rumoured to come with both so people may just prefer to wait a little longer for that.ALSO READ: Moto G5S at Rs 9,999: Is it worth buyinglast_img read more

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FOX Makes Big Announcement About Ohio State-Michigan Game

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)FOX made a big announcement about the Ohio State-Michigan game today.The contest between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines didn’t end up living to the hype, as Urban Meyer’s team blew out Jim Harbaugh and Co.A lot of people tuned it to watch that blowout, though.FOX announced today that it was the network’s most-watched regular season college football game ever.From FoxSports.com:Last weekend’s rivalry matchup between Ohio State and Michigan, in which the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines, 62-39, to earn a spot in Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game, drew a massive audience of 13,200,000. The game ranks as FOX’s most-watched regular-season game ever and is up +26% over last year’s matchup (vs. 10,513,000). On FOX Sports streaming services, Ohio State-Michigan attracted an average-minute audience of 145,000, the platforms’ best-ever performance for a college football game.FOX will be televising the Big Ten’s Championship Game on Saturday night.Ohio State and Northwestern are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on FOX.last_img read more

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Humid day in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites woke up to a humid day on Wednesday even as the minimum temperature settled at 28.2 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average. The relative humidity at 8:30 am was recorded at 83 per cent. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 37 degrees Celsius, according to the Meteorological Department. The weatherman has forecast cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder or lightning later in the day. On Tuesday, the capital city had recorded a high of 36.8 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal, and a low of 27.4 degrees Celsius. The weather department had also said that the capital was in for dry and hot weather for another two to three days before a spell of “good rains” provides some relief to city residents.last_img read more