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Dutee hopes to blaze tracks, get into TOP scheme

Dutee hopes to blaze tracks, get into TOP scheme

first_imgKolkata, Sep 15 (PTI) Cleared to compete following a landmark gender case, Indian sprinter Dutee Chand is waiting anxiously to shine on the tracks again in her bid to get a slot in the Sports Ministrys Target Olympic Podium scheme for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Dutee was banned last year under IAAFs hyperandrogenism policy after tests revealed that her body produced natural levels of testosterone above permissible range. But the Court of Arbitration for Sport, in its July verdict, suspended the “hyperandrogenism” rules, which will be scrapped if the IAAF, the world body of the sport, cannot provide new evidence. With nearly a year lost fighting the case, Dutee is now looking forward to do what she does best on the track — run for gold. The Railways sprinter is now geared up for the 55th National Athletics Championship which begins here tomorrow. She had won 100m and 200m gold in the 2013 edition in Ranchi. “I hope Im able to get back to my rhythm again though Im a bit nervous. At the same time, Ill be much relieved tomorrow, its like starting a new life,” she said ahead of the Championship. “However Im confident of an impressive show so that I can come appeal to get a spot in the TOP scheme,” the 19-year-old told PTI on the sidelines of practice at SAI Complex here. “I was off training during the ban for about two months but after the appeal I started practice again,” Dutee said. Getting into TOP scheme is her biggest target as it would help her get a foreign exposure trip to achieve the Rio Olympics sprint qualification standards. More PTI TAP PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

I was not given any reasons: Coach Phil Simmons on Afghanistan captaincy change

I was not given any reasons: Coach Phil Simmons on Afghanistan captaincy change

first_imgCoach Phil Simmons was not given any reasons when the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) decided to change the captain, months ahead of the World Cup, but the West Indian said he was trying to ensure that the change didn’t impact their preparations.The ACB removed Asghar Afghan as the national team’s captain and named three different captains for Tests, ODIs and T20Is with less than than two months to go for the World Cup.Gulbadin Naib was named the ODI skipper, meaning the 28-year-old all-rounder would lead the team at the World Cup, while spin sensation Rashid Khan, who criticised the move along with Mohammad Nabi, was named the vice-captain.”I was home (in London). No, I was not aware of it. I was not given any reasons. It was the decision of the ACB and the selectors,” Simmons told ESPNCricinfo in an interview.”I have got on with what I have to do and make sure the squad is preparing in the way I wanted them to, baring the (captaincy) change. I am trying to make sure the captaincy change doesn’t have an impact on our World Cup preparations,” the 56-year old West Indian said.Simmons, who represented the West Indies in 26 Tests and 143 ODIs, also revealed he would not renew his contract after the World Cup. “I have thought about it. I have actually given the ACB my notice that I will not be renewing my contract. I will move on to something different once my contract expires on July 15.”advertisementRemarking that he had signed up originally for 18 months, Simmons said, “I think I have done a lot in this period. It is time for me to move on to something else.”Simmons said, “I am going to do something in the Caribbean Premier League, one of my favourite competitions. God guides my path and we will see where he takes me.”On Rashid, the face of Afghan cricket and someone the nation would bank heavily on, Simmons said his lack of wickets in the Indian Premier League would not be a factor, and added the 20-year old leg spinner was a leader.”The professional that Rashid is, I don’t think the IPL form will play on his mind. His assessment of what he does is so good, that he would sit down and he would still come to the World Cup and take each game at a time.”The relevance of not picking up wickets in the IPL will not affect him because his experience now at international level tells him that it’s not every day I can take wickets and it’s not every day I have to bowl to get wickets. His professionalism will carry him through this.”He is a leader. You can see the way he does things on the field even when he is not bowling. These days he has been working a lot on his batting because he knows at some point he might be required to add those 20-30 runs to win a match,” Simmons said.On the question if he feels batsmen have started to figure him out, Simmons said, “People started to figure out (Anil) Kumble and everyone else, but they still ended up with all those wickets. The bowlers themselves need to assess the batsmen and how they assess what they want to do on the day is important. You have to make sure you have the right plans.”On off spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman who was also ineffective during the IPL and picked an injury, Simmons said, the 18-year old was still learning and would receive guidance from Nabi and Rashid during the tournament.”He did not play a lot in the IPL, so that is not a concern. Once he starts playing consistently everything will get better. He will get tighter. You have to remember Mujeeb is still a young man in international cricket.”He is still learning. A lot of time when Nabi and Rashid are around, they help him with his confidence, which helps him bring his game to a level where we want him to be,” the Afghan chief coach said.Rashid and Mujeeb have been the highest wicket-takers from the World Cup Qualifier. Asked if the team can squeeze in Rashid, Mujeeb and Nabi into the playing XI on a regular basis, Simmons said: “We just hope in the World Cup it is sunny and we just get a few drier wickets.”These guys are accustomed to bowling on flat wickets. It’s not strange to them. Their desire to do well in this World Cup is high. Drier the wicket, the more opportunity of the ball turning. It’s an advantage for us if the batting-friendly conditions persist.”advertisement”We’ve been really good — haven’t lost a series in a couple of years. And our IPL players have had rest and are back. We are in good shape,” Simmons said.last_img read more

Five great Brazil-Colombia clashes

Five great Brazil-Colombia clashes

first_imgColombia v Brazil From Evaristo’s magic to Neymar’s injury: Five great Brazil-Colombia clashes Raisa Simplicio Last updated 2 years ago 23:23 5/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Brasil vs Colombia amistoso 25 01 2017 Buda Mendes/Getty Images Colombia v Brazil Brazil Colombia WC Qualification South America The two nations first played each other officiallly in 1945, and renew their rivalry on Tuesday in Barranquilla Barranquilla plays host to Brazil on Tuesday as the already-qualified Selecao take on Colombia in their latest World Cup qualifier. Keen to keep up their invincible record in the competition since Tite took over, Brazil will also be heartened by a historical record in the fixture heavily weighted in their favour.READ MORE: Coutinho shines in new role | Neymar merely Brazil’s star | IN STATS: Brazil-EcuadorThe Cafetero have won just two matches against their neighbours in the entire history of the match. Brazil have won 16 of the 26 clashes disputed between the two nations, with eight draws. But this Colombia team are a different prospect, and the fixture has never been as hard-fought as in these recent years. Brasil Global Tour looks back at five of the most memorable Brazil-Colombia games since the nations’ first meeting back in 1945.THE FIRST CLASHHeleno de FreitasBrazil and Colombia took their time to meet in an official match. The first competitive fixture was in the 1945 South American Championship, the Copa America’s forerunner, in Chile. A Brazil team managed by Felipe Costa set the tone with an easy 3-0 win over their rivals, with all three goals coming in the first half from Jorginho, Heleno de Freitas and Jayme de Almeida.THE BIGGEST WIN AND EVARISTO’S SHOW Evaristo de MacedoBrazil’s biggest win over Colombia came in 1957, again in the South American Championship. In Peru one of the best Selecao line-ups of all time destroyed their rivals 9-0, playing them off the park. Evaristo, the future Barcelona star, was unstoppable as he smashed five goals, while Didi pitched in with a double and Pepe and Zizinho rounded off the rout. Just a year later, and with the addition of a young promise by the name of Pele, that same team would lift Brazil’s first World Cup.COLOMBIA’S FIRST WIN Brasil x Colômbia 1991Colombia had to wait 46 years from their first encounter to beat Brazil, meaning when the victory finally came it was fully enjoyed. With stars like Carlos Valderrama, Rene Higuita and Freddy Rincon in the team, 1991 saw the Cafeteros down Falcao’s side 2-0 in a Copa America group match, confirming a golden age for the nation with one of their finest generations of players in history.A TENSE WORLD CUP BATTLE Neymar Camilo Zuniga Brazil Colombia World Cup 04072014Having dumped Chile out of the 2014 World Cup on penalties, Brazil faced another South American opponent in the quarter-finals in the shape of Jose Pekerman’s Colombia. Fortaleza played host to a clash that was gripping to watch, if not without its controversy. Goals from David Luiz and Thiago Silva sent the hosts into the semis, although a yellow card for the latter would later have catastrophic consequences for the Brazil backline against Germany. Robbed of Silva for the semis, Brazil also saw standard-bearer and star Neymar hobble out of the World Cup. A heavy tackle from Zuniga caused the Barcelona youngster to fracture a rib, ruling him out of the decisive stages of the tournament. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 THE FRIENDSHIP GAME +Follmann Neto Henzel Brasil vs Colombia amistoso 25 01 2017Rivals on the pitch for more than 60 years, in 2016 Brazil and Colombia were united by tragedy. Chapecoense’s plane crashed on the way to a Copa Sudamericana final clash against Atletico Nacional, killing 71 people on board. In a touching gesture of solidarity, the two nations came together to play a tribute match to those lost in the disaster.Dudu’s goal helped the Selecao to a 1-0 win, but the result was almost irrelevant on a magic night in Rio de Janeiro’s Engenhao stadium, where the two countries remembered those lost on the LaMia flight. The tension present in recent matches gave way to a respectful atmosphere in which football was the only real winner.last_img read more

British driver Lando Norris makes a fast start on F1 track bow for McLaren

British driver Lando Norris makes a fast start on F1 track bow for McLaren

first_img“It’s good I managed to do some longer runs, good to know we can get through a whole day with no big problems,” Norris said. “But it is only day two. We want to get through this test and identify any problems there might be and make sure we figure them out before Australia. It’s good confidence for myself and for the team.”He believes the team and car have made a step forward since their difficult 2018 season. “The motivation, how everyone works, seems to be going in the right direction,” he said. “Some of the niggles we have had to overcome have been ironed out. Everyone is working together in the correct way and everyone is very motivated.”Williams are hopeful they will be able to run their car for the first time in testing on Wednesday. The team missed the first two days because their car was still being worked on at the factory. It is expected to arrive from the UK in the early hours of Wednesday morning and they are aiming to make it ready for the afternoon session.Ferrari were once again on top with Leclerc, in his first time behind the wheel for the team, putting in an impressive performance and racking up 157 laps.Lewis Hamilton took the Mercedes out in the morning, completing 74 laps of consistent running in 10th place. Daniel Ricciardo set some good times for Renault until part of his rear wing came off in the morning run, ending his session. Red Bull, too, looked competitive and reliable until Pierre Gasly went off having completed 92 laps. Mercedes enjoy constructive winter but Williams sleep through alarm Richard Williams Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook news Support The Guardian Formula One 2019 Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIncenter_img Read more Topics Motor sport Formula One McLaren Share via Email … 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. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Lando Norris, who took to the track for the first time as a Formula One driver in testing on Tuesday, capped a strong performance by setting the second-fastest time. The 19-year-old McLaren driver will be the youngest British driver to take part in F1 when he makes his debut at the Australian Grand Prix in March and has made a controlled and confident start to his new career.Norris has already shown promise and he was able to exploit McLaren making a far stronger start in testing than they have in the previous four years. His time, set in the last hour of a day during which he completed an impressive 104 laps, was just over three-tenths down on Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari, who led the timesheets throughout.last_img read more

Sands at Salter on Halifax Waterfront Opening Soon

Sands at Salter on Halifax Waterfront Opening Soon

first_imgNova Scotians and visitors will soon have a new public outdoor space to enjoy on the Halifax waterfront, at the foot of Salter Street. About one third, or an acre, of the site next to Bishop’s Landing, will be converted into green space as a temporary use and called Sands at Salter. “Our goal remains the same, we want to see this site developed. But in the interim, we have an opportunity to create another destination, create a space for people to enjoy,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO of Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. “We have this window of time to try ideas, gauge what people like over the next couple of years, and assess what concepts work well in key waterfront spaces.” An informal session with interested community members and public feedback generated ideas to combine a mix, from beach-like spaces to areas for leisure activities and events. Starting this month, sections will be phased in, including grassy and sandy areas, creating an urban beach feel, green space for people to take part in leisure activities and new seating. The boardwalk on both sides will be connected to the extended portion built in 2009. A parking section will re-open today, June 20. The site will also be the venue for two signature event, the 25th anniversary of the TD Bank Jazz Fest in July, and 2011 SWATCH Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Junior World Championships starting in August. As a legacy, close to 2,000 tonnes of sand used for the volleyball courts will remain. Donated by FIVB host Sports and Entertainment Atlantic, it is a key feature in the interim plan. Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. is a provincial Crown corporation developing the strategic potential of the Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg waterfronts. Revenues are reinvested in the waterfronts to drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism and reflect and protect marine heritage.last_img read more

US State Dept approves sale of 66 F16 fighters to Taiwan

US State Dept approves sale of 66 F16 fighters to Taiwan

first_imgWashington: The US State Department on Tuesday approved the sale of 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan, in a move expected to anger Beijing. Taiwan will get the latest version of the Lockheed Martin-built fighter, the F-16C/D Block 70, in the 8 billion deal, the State Department said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that President Donald Trump had green-lighted the proposed sale after Congress was notified last week. The F-16s “are deeply consistent with the arrangements, the historical relationship between the United States and China,” Pompeo said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Our actions are consistent with past US policy. We are simply following through on the commitments we’ve made to all of the parties.” Taiwan’s plan to upgrade its air defenses comes amid increasing Chinese military incursions into its air space. A spokesman for the Taiwanese president released a statement saying the jets would “substantially enhance our air defense capabilities to help Taiwan’s self-defense and maintain the people’s freedom and welfare.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe sale’s approval will have a key role in “peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and region, especially in the wake of China’s frequent military actions… in the region in recent years,” the statement said. Beijing regards Taiwan as a part of China awaiting reunification, but the island is self-ruled and is a close ally of the United States. In a statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees US foreign military sales, said Taiwan’s purchase of the F-16s “will not alter the basic military balance in the region.” “This proposed sale will contribute to the recipient’s capability to provide for the defense of its airspace, regional security, and interoperability with the United States.” On Monday, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said US arms sales to Taiwan “severely violate” agreements between Washington and Beijing and “constitute severe interference in China’s internal affairs.” The United States should “immediately cancel the planned arms sales, and stop selling weapons and military contact with Taiwan,” he said. “Otherwise, the US will have to bear all the consequences.” Taiwan already has a fleet of old-model F-16s purchased in 1992, which have undergone several crucial upgrades. Manufacturer Lockheed Martin says the newest version, the F-16 Block 70/72, includes many avionics, weapons and radar technologies not in existence when earlier models were created. It is structurally stronger, the company says, so that it “can fly and fight to 2070 and beyond.” The approval of the sale comes as Washington and Beijing face off in tough trade negotiations that economists say are hurting both of the superpowers, as well as dragging down the global economy.last_img read more

Carbon dioxide levels surge to new high in 2016 UN weather agency

Carbon dioxide levels surge to new high in 2016 UN weather agency

Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), issued the warning in Geneva, at the launch of the organization’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The report indicates that carbon dioxide concentrations reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from 400 ppm in 2015. “We have never seen such big growth in one year as we have been seeing last year in carbon dioxide concentration,” said Mr. Taalas, telling journalists that it is time for governments to fulfil the pledges they made in Paris in 2015 to take steps to reduce global warming. Emphasizing that the new figures reveal “we are not moving in the right direction at all,” he added that “in fact we are actually moving in the wrong direction when we think about the implementation of the Paris Agreement and this all demonstrates that there is some urgent need to raise the ambition level of climate mitigation, if we are serious with this 1.5 to 2C target of Paris Agreement.” The report’s findings are based on observations taken around the globe by the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch Programme. It found that rapidly increasing atmospheric levels of CO2 and other greenhouse gases have the potential to initiate unprecedented changes in climate systems, leading to “severe ecological and economic disruptions.” Population growth, intensified agricultural practices, increases in land use and deforestation, industrialization and associated energy use from fossil fuel sources have all contributed to increases in concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere since the industrial era, beginning in 1750. Oksana Tarasova Chief of Atmospheric Environment Research Division at WMO, explained that last year’s elevated CO2 levels happened because of a combination of human activities and a strong El Niño event. The climatic phenomenon is associated with warmer-than-average sea temperatures that is believed to be responsible for triggering droughts in tropical regions, as well as unprecedented hurricanes and wildfires elsewhere around the globe. Atmospheric change occurring 10 to 20 times faster than ever observed in the planet’s historyHowever, at 3.3 parts per million, the 2016 increase in carbon dioxide levels was significantly higher than an El Nino-influenced spike in 1998, which was measured at 2.7 ppm. To put that into perspective, WMO says that before the industrial era, a CO2 change of 10 parts per million took between 100 and 200 years to happen. “What we are doing now with the atmosphere is 10 to 20 times faster than ever been observed in the history of the planet,” Ms. Tarasova said. According to the WMO report, which covers all atmospheric emissions, CO2 concentrations are now 145 per cent of pre-industrial levels. After carbon dioxide, the second most important greenhouse gas is methane; its levels rose last year but slightly less than in 2014. Nitrous oxide is the third most warming gas; it increased slightly less last year than over the last decade. The release of the WMO report coincides with Tuesday’s Emissions Gap Report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which tracks how governments are taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Together, both publications will serve as a scientific base for policy decisions at the UN climate change negotiations in Bonn, Germany, beginning Monday 7 November. read more

Oxbridge applicants try to outLeft each other

Oxbridge applicants try to outLeft each other

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. There has been surge of middle-class youngsters who were very politically engagedCredit:Press Association She said: “Picking a definitive issue can show passion. And it’s fine to have strong political opinions.”But students have to show they can argue their case. Radical slogans are no substitute for reasoned arguments.” jeremy corbyn “It is very common for anyone with different views to be shouted down. So I understand the temptation to conform and to conform loudly.”I’m very interested in politics but I also made the mistake in my draft personal statement of being long on outrage and short on argument.”center_img ‘Creeping inflexibility’But interviewers report a creeping inflexibility among applicants keen to show off their political credentials.Ms Williams, whose firm provides guidance and support for students applying to Oxford and Cambridge, said: “I recently asked a candidate who wanted to study politics what books he had read by Conservative thinkers, only to get the response, ‘I don’t read anything by Tories.'”That is shockingly shortsighted. You won’t impress an Oxbridge interviewer by closing down dialogue with an unsubstantiated viewpoint.”The Cecil Rhodes effectMs Williams said the recent controversies over the Rhodes statue and the Benin bronzes at Cambridge had increased awareness of political activism at both universities.Her views were backed up by one sixth-former and Cambridge hopeful, who said: “There is enormous pressure among my peer group to be Left-wing and unquestioningly Left-wing. Her warnings follow a series of protests at universities. Earlier this year Oxford students campaigned for the removal of the statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes because of his controversial views over race.Others have protested over tuition fees or transgender rights. Sixth formers applying to university may be limiting their chances by vying to show off radical credentials, in a move described by admissions tutors as “out-Lefting” each other.Candidates are increasingly writing or expressing statements such as “Boris is a monster”, “All Tories are vile” and “Jeremy Corbyn speaks for me” to appear as radical as possible.But Rebecca Williams, head of the admissions consultancy Oxbridge Applications, said while there was nothing wrong in having strong views, candidates had to be able to back them up.last_img read more

GTU President calls off strike says teachers will resume fully on

GTU President calls off strike says teachers will resume fully on

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeachers’ strike: Gov’t reconvening meeting with GTU tomorrowSeptember 5, 2018In “latest news”GTU, MoE set to go to arbitration- Chief Labour OfficerSeptember 6, 2018In “latest news”Schools reopen with Teachers supporting GTU strike action over salary impasseSeptember 3, 2018In “latest news” File photo: GTU President Mark Lyte speaking to media operatives at the protest on Monday last in front of the Ministry of the PresidencyPresident of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) Mark Lyte, on Thursday afternoon called off the Teachers’ countrywide strike, citing the negotiation impasse now heading to arbitration as the deciding factor.Moreover, Lyte posited that teachers will resume fully on Monday, September 10 and has advised those who can turn out tomorrow (Friday) to do so.According to the GTU head, a press conference will be held tomorrow to update teachers on the way forward and explain the arbitration process in detail.Earlier on Thursday, Chief Labour Officer (CLO) Charles Ogle during a meeting with the GTU and the Education Ministry revealed that the parties are set to go to arbitration.Ogle disclosed that while no new offers were made to the Union, the discussions were based on reintegration of the teachers back into schools across Guyana without salary cuts.In arbitration, the Union and Government are expected to put forth evidence to justify their cause and the decision made would be final.Scores of teachers who were protesting the Ministry of Brickdam had anxiously assembled outside of the meeting to hear the deliberations.Teachers are seeking increases of 40 per cent under a multi-year arrangement up to 2020. However, Government maintained that it just cannot afford this proposal.The Opposition and other commentators have argued however, that if Government reduces its bloated and unnecessary expenditures they could find the monies to pay the teachers. read more

VIDEO What Nenad Perunicic doing with baseball bat

VIDEO What Nenad Perunicic doing with baseball bat

Do you remember one of the best left back players between 1995-2005, Nenad Perunicic? The 45-years old Serbian coach working at RK Crvena zvezda, currently the leader of Serbian Super liga, but that isn’t a reason why we write about him. The former “terminator” of THW Kiel, SC Magdeburg and FC Barcelona was a guest star in spot of Serbian pop band “Nicim Izazvan” for the song about “killing the radio” as medium.Perunicic symbolised the guy who will “kill the radio” with baseball bat, but at the end, kids helped him and take him to the right side of the story. ← Previous Story Eight years without Marian Kozma Next Story → EDITION No.7: Goalkeepers’ paradise in Omis in July Nenad Perunicic read more