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Gymnastics: Ashish settles for silver

first_imgAshish Kumar has reached where no other Indian gymnast has gone before. With a silver medal in the vault, he gave the local crowd at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex something to shout about for the second successive day.After a bronze in the floor exercises on Thursday, he wrote a chapter for himself in the history annals of Indian gymnastics.But he will be left thinking of what might have been.Leading the field of eight gymnasts going into the last of his two attempts, after a display worth 16.150 points, the gold medal seemed within his grasp.But the lad from Allahabad gained more height than expected in his take-off and had to lean forward and put his hands on the landing area to keep his balance.The discrepancy brought his score from the second attempt down to 14.475, taking his average score down to 15.312.Ashish, thus, had to settle for silver behind England’s Luke Folwell (15.762) while Ian Galvan of Canada (15.037) clinched the bronze medal.Ashish had led the field in the qualification stage and was the favourite to take top honours. His first attempt only solidified his claim. With a tsukuhara and 2-1/ 2 salto with pike, he brought the house down. A degree of difficulty of 7 and execution of 9.150 speaks about his performance.But the 6.6 degree of difficulty and 8.175 execution in the roche hand spin put paid to his chances of a gold.Ashish, himself, was in a bittersweet mood after the event.”I would treat it as a gold medal missed,” he said.advertisementBut foreign coach Vladimir Chertkov had more positive feelings.”I think this is the beginning of a great chapter in the history of Indian gymnastics,” the Russianturned- American said.”What Ashish and the other gymnasts have achieved in a year, take four to eight years in other countries.This will give a boost to the sport in India and open some minds to the possibilities.”We had some bad luck at this Games that two of our gymnasts got injured. But they are all mature now and all the other teams now treat us with respect,” Chertkov said.Ashish said he had his sights firmly set on the yellow metal.”I was going for gold and the crowd support really helped. After winning the bronze yesterday, I had no pressure today. But I gained more height in the second attempt and that created a problem in the landing,” he explained.However, the two medals seem just rewards for the years of practice starting at 4.30 every morning.”I used to spoil everybody’s sleep in my house, but no one complained. When I used to leave home, everybody else in the world seemed to be in deep slumber,” Ashish recollected.Missing the upcoming world championships in Rotterdam, however, is a sore point with the gymnast as well as Chertkov.”I am disappointed that I will not be participating there. I would have competed against the best gymnasts in the field and would have had nothing to lose,” Ashish rued.Chertkov used stronger language to denounce the decision of the Gymnastics Federation of India not to send its team.”It’s the biggest act of stupidity, unbelievable nonsense,” he exclaimed. “Moreover, we will have to pay a penalty for not participating, and the amount is bigger than what it would have cost us to send the team,” the coach said.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar scores 50th Test ton in South Africa

first_imgA bent left knee, a high left elbow and the ball meeting the middle of the bat and rushing towards cover- point. That was the sight cricket fans the world over had been waiting for since October 11 this year, when Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar had reached his 49th Test century against Australia in Bangalore.Click here to EnlargeOn Sunday, leading an improbable rearguard in the company of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Tendulkar delivered exactly that picture, scampering through for a single off the top bowler in the world, Dale Steyn, and making himself the first batsman to reach 50 centuries in the 133-year history of Test cricket.As he ran across the 22-yard strip at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, he raised his arms skywards and then, as is his wont, looked to the heavens for blessings from the almighty and also his late father. After the day”s play, Tendulkar dedicated the ton to his father. “Yesterday was my father”s birthday. I dedicate this century to him. As for myself, I am happy to have scored runs. I really don’t know how to express my feelings,” he told reporters.Perhaps even more than the sheer mountain of statistics created by this diminutive colossus, it is the context of this knock that needs to be put into perspective.Fourteen thousand-plus runs in 175 Test matches and 17,598 runs in 442 One-Day Internationals wouldn”t have mattered a jot if Tendulkar had got out early. After all, having shot India out for 136 and posted 620 for four declared, South Africa were going for the jugular and had reduced India to 277 for six.advertisementCounter-attack was the name of the game for Tendulkar as he displayed his trademark mix of caution and aggression in his unbeaten 107 (226 balls, 13×4, 1×6) and, with Dhoni blasting his way to a half-century at the other end, suddenly the hopes of a cricketmad nation rose again.Tendulkar himself has been doing his best impression of a phoenix in this calendar year, rising from the ashes of his injury and form woes of the last few years to stroke seven hundreds in Test cricket since January 1, 2010.His overall tally of 1,539 runs in this calendar year so far has come at a staggering average of 85.50. Add the epoch-making 200 not out in an ODI against the Proteas in Gwalior in February and it just proves that not only is Tendulkar far from finished, he is also enjoying the greatest period in a career strewn with purple patches. No wonder Time magazine has listed his ODI double ton as one of the 10 greatest moments in all sport this year.Speaking about his streak, Tendulkar said: “It”s a state of mind. For the last two years, I have been doing well. I have been really enjoying my batting. I believe doing well is a habit and a good habit. So if you have this good habit, you shouldn”t let it go.”When it all began on November 15 in sunny Karachi 21 years ago, the promise was there for all to see. After all, there was an unbeaten triple hundred in a then world record 664-run partnership with good mate Vinod Kambli for Shardashram Vidya Mandir in the Lord Harris Shield in 1988 and a ton on his first-class debut for Mumbai.But a meagre return of 15 runs and a bloody nose, courtesy fellow debutant Waqar Younis, seemed to add steel to the baby-faced 16-year-old, and almost every bowler in the world born in his era suffered as a result. The first Test hundred was nearly achieved on a difficult tour to New Zealand in 1990, but Tendulkar fell 12 runs short in Napier and had to wait six more months, till August 9, 1990, till an off-drive for three off Angus Fraser took him to three figures for the first of 96 occasions at Old Trafford in Manchester.Tendulkar then sealed his growing reputation as the one to watch out for with a sparkling 148 at Sydney in the New Year Test of 1992 against an Australian attack featuring Craig McDermott, Bruce Reid, Merv Hughes and a debutant leg-spinner named Shane Warne. India went on to lose the fivematch series 4-0 but one knock that stayed in the minds of pundits was 161-ball 114 on a lightning fast Perth wicket against four quicks.From there to greatness was just a series of steps for Tendulkar and, while there can be no doubt whatsoever about his feats as a batsman, one just needs to imagine what it would be like to actually be him in this country of cricket fanatics. And yet he remains modest and intensely private as ever.advertisementHis message for his fans was simplicity itself: “I thank all my fans who have supported me all these years. I promise that I would continue to perform and make you all happy. I hope that I will keep getting your support in the future too.”-(With agency inputs)last_img read more

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Motorsports: Faction-fighting stalls multi-million dollar revenue generating sport in India

first_imgThe Bhathena family in Mumbai which boasts of at least three rallyists is a divided house. Veteran rallyist Darius Bhathena is a member of the 30-year-old Federation of Motor Sports Club of India (FMSCI) while his children, rallyists Navaz (who is also a television presenter) and Farhad Bhathena, are on,The Bhathena family in Mumbai which boasts of at least three rallyists is a divided house. Veteran rallyist Darius Bhathena is a member of the 30-year-old Federation of Motor Sports Club of India (FMSCI) while his children, rallyists Navaz (who is also a television presenter) and Farhad Bhathena, are on the committee of the breakaway Motorsports Association of India (MAI). When asked how the family keeps the peace, Navaz says, “We don’t discuss it at home.”Motorsports in India is similarly caught in a faction fight in which principles and personalities have mingled in an unsavoury muddle. It is all the more unfortunate because it has come to a head at a time when India’s race and rally drivers are competing overseas and its economy is ready to open its arms to the enormous revenue potential of motorsport.But instead of seizing the moment, Indian motorsport, like the Bhathena family dinner table, is split down the middle. World motorsports’ ruling authority recognises one body, the Government another. One runs two-wheeler racing, one runs four-wheeler racing. And in a final touch that would be comic if it wasn’t surreal, one man – industrialist Vijay Mallya – is chairman of both groups. It was a move at a rapprochement that has not quite worked.The man at the dead heart of the fracas is Nazir Hoosein, a founder member of FMSCI himself and a senior and influential figure in the sport’s world body, the Paris-based Federation International de L’Automobile (FIA).It was his breaking away from the FMSCI in October 1999 and the subsequent formation of the MAI which is the origin and the sticking point of the dispute. When the world body transferred its official “sporting power”, or recognition, from the FMSCI to the MAI, it set off a chain of events that has led to a stand-off between the groups and damaged Indian motor racing.advertisementWhat it means to racers and rallyists is that unless an event is sanctioned by the MAI, it is not an authorised event in the eyes of the world body. FMSCI events are in effect “unauthorised”, even though it has 61 affiliated clubs under its wing as opposed to its rival’s six.This February, two days before an FMSCI organised motor-race meet in Irungattukottai, Tamil Nadu, Hoosein issued an advertisement warning participants of “severe penalties” if they participated in the event. The majority of motor sport clubs were thrown into a quandary.”This has led to utter confusion among the various sponsors; motorsports in India is suffering,” says Shrikant Karani of motorsport event promoters Sportscraft. After four years of sponsorship, Castrol pulled out of the FMSCI-backed Castrol Championships for fear of inviting the wrath of the MAI.Hoosein, who is one of the four permanent race stewards in Formula One races and rumoured to have ticked off Michael Schumacher, among others, for unfair driving, is blunt: “We hold the potential to be Asian No. 2 after Japan, yet there has been no international rally held in over a decade since the Himalayan Car Rally was stopped. Motorsports in India was suffering under the FMSCI and had got bogged down in politicking.”The FMSCI retorts that Hoosein represented them in the FIA for 17 years, yet did nothing to encourage the sport and has now begun marginalising them. FMSCI President Khushru Madan says, “The morale of the racers is low and sponsors are wary. The ruin has set in.” Once the motorsport calendar featured 180 events in a year; now, a good year means 30 events.It could get dirtier: the FMSCI believes its last trump card is government recognition. In a letter to the FIA, dated May 15, 2001, signed by a section officer, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports stated that it recognised the FMSCI as the ruling body in India.The FIA has repeatedly stated that its Indian “sporting power” has been granted to the MAI and in a letter dated July 10 has instructed the FMSCI to address any “further queries” to the MAI.Car Clash: Poles Apart”Motorsport in India was bogged down and suffering under the FMSCI. We hold the potential to be No. 2 in Asia after Japan.”NAZIR HOOSEINPresident, MAI”The morale of the racers is low. We are ready for reconciliation but one has to promote the sport, not oneself.”KHUSHRU MADANPresident, FMSCIJust as the MAI is the only body which can grant motorcar rally licences, the FMSCI is the only body in India which can license two-wheeler rallies. Hoosein’s MAI says it broke the ice last month by approaching the FMSCI for a two-wheeler rally licence.advertisementNow, he says, it is the FMSCI’s turn to approach it for motor licences. “It’s only the ego part of our dispute that we have to resolve,” says Hoosein. Madan is not easily appeased.”We are ready for a reconciliation, but you have to promote the sports and not yourself. Nazir has to first get all the requirements of being a member through government approval.”The tussle over permits has led to a situation where companies like JK Tyre, which runs race and rally teams, have invested in a system of dual permits to ensure that their drivers can compete both in India and abroad. But for a talented driver like 17-year-old Karun Chandhok, competing in an FMSCI event in India is to run the risk of taking part in an “unauthorised” event – even if his father Vicky Chandhok is FMSCI vice-president.Caught between the cross currents, the huge revenue potential of the sport is waiting to be earned – a world rally championship leg can generate $25 million (Rs 115 crore) for the host state. The FIA has identified India and China as the new markets for motorsport. Yet, none of the global auto manufacturers now in India have made a big splash in Indian motorsport.Ford, a major player in world motorsport, is cautious. Ford India CEO Phil Spender says, “The current impasse about the leadership of the sport in India appears to be affecting its development. We hope the various groups can make progress… (It) would encourage greater manufacturer participation.” In terms of foreign exchange earnings, motorsport could be a golden goose for India. 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Mitchell, Gobert foil Kemba Walker’s one-man show as Jazz turn back Hornets

first_imgAnd the Jazz are doing a lot of winning these days.In the midst of their best stretch of the season, the Jazz have won 10 of 11 and are two games back of Houston and Portland for the third and fourth slots in the Western Conference playoffs.“We just got to keep it going. We are just focusing on game at a time and it’s working,” Mitchell said.The Hornets are still in the race for the final spot in the Eastern Conference but their hopes grow slimmer with each loss. Charlotte trails Miami by three games for eighth place with five games left.“There’s still a chance, and as long as there is still a chance (we have to) keep fighting,” Jeremy Lamb said.Charlotte lost by 47 to Golden State on Sunday and gave a better effort in the second half of its back-to-back but never seriously challenged the Jazz.Joe Ingles scored 15, all on 3-pointers, and Thabo Sefalosha added 14, his season high.Charlotte only managed 29.8% first-half shooting and the Jazz led 52-39 at the half. Only with their flurry at the end, Charlotte reached 40 percent for the game.Lamb had been in a bit of a slump, shooting 14 of 46 the last five games, but became the only scoring option beyond Walker for Charlotte in this one. He tallied 23 points and Willy Hernangomez had 15.Charlotte experimented with variety of lineups as 11 players saw action in the first quarter. The Hornets missed 20 of their first 21 attempts behind the arc. “We are getting connected,” Utah’s Ricky Rubio said. “Even with guys out, we are moving the ball and raising our level even more.”Gobert, who is second in the league with 62 double-doubles, controlled the paint as the Jazz built enough of a lead to withstand Walker, who scored 22 points in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We had a great game defensively besides the last few minutes when Kemba just went off,” said Gobert, who had three blocked shots.Walker was unstoppable in the last part of the fourth period but the game had essentially been decided. After a slow start, he finished 15 of 28 from the floor and 13 of 15 from the line. TIP-INSHornets: Cody Zeller, who hasn’t played since March 9, sat with a sore left knee, but coach James Borrego wouldn’t say he’d played his last game this season. “We haven’t made a ruling on that yet,” Borrego said. … The Hornets missed their first eight 3-pointers and went 1 for 16 in the first half. … Besides Walker, the rest of Charlotte’s starting lineup had six total points.Jazz: Regular starting power forward Derrick Favors missed the game with back spasms and Kyle Korver was out with knee soreness. Jae Crowder started and didn’t score in 24 minutes. … The Jazz are 19-4 in games with at least 30 assists. … Utah is 16-0 when holding opponents under 30 percent from beyond the arc.YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY, BIG GUYGobert tied Karl Malone (1987-88) for most double-doubles by a Jazz player in a season. To imagine Gobert possibly topping the Hall of Famer is almost unfathomable to some teammates who saw him as a rookie or second-year player.“When I first got here, he couldn’t catch, he couldn’t run. He couldn’t do much of anything,” Ingles said. “But he’s gotten better and better every year.”UP NEXTHornets: Visit New Orleans to complete their four-game road trip on Wednesday.Jazz: Visit Phoenix on Wednesday night. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting No 50-point explosivion from Devin Booker, but Suns send Cavs to 6th straight loss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) lays up the ball as Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, left, and Donovan Mitchell (45) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 1, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s team approach was too good for Kemba Walker’s one-man show.Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points, Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 18 rebounds, and the surging Jazz overcame Walker’s 47 points to beat the Charlotte Hornets 111-102 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “I did get into a good rhythm. I was trying to get downhill, trying to get to the free throw line. Made a few 3. It was a little too late,” Walker said.Meanwhile, the Jazz did it by committee with 30 assists on their 38 made baskets. Utah continues to feed on teams with losing records, though Charlotte is desperate to make the playoffs.“It’s hard in this league to win, so we don’t care who we’re playing. It’s more about us playing the level we want to play and we’re reaching that,” said Rubio, who had 20 points and 13 assists.The Jazz have given up big games this season to guards such as Devin Booker (59 points), Derrick Rose (50) and now Walker. In fact, Walker’s 88.7% percent of the starting lineup’s points is the highest percentage by a single player since the statistic was first recorded in 1970, per Elias Sports Bureau.“I’m not saying we want people to score 50 on us, but we want to protect the paint and protect from the shooters,” Gobert said. “If a guy is able to handle the ball and hit contested shots all night, I just clap my hands. … I just care if we win.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Andy Murray to face David Ferrer in China Open semis

first_imgBritain’s Andy Murray on Friday beat compatriot Kyle Edmund to advance to the semi-finals of the China Open tennis tournament here.The World No.2 beat Edmund 7-6 (11-9), 6-2, to the penultimate round of the championship where he is to face Spaniard David Ferrer.Following a tie-break in the first set, Edmund initially offered a strong response to Murray’s strength, racking up two points in the second set.However, he eventually succumbed to the double Olympic gold medallist’s experience, losing the second set 2-6, reports Efe.Ferrer secured his semi-final spot with a win over young German player Alexander Zverev, numbered 24 in the ATP world rankings.last_img read more

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Sebastian Vettel leads Ferrari party as Kimi Raikkonen chafes in Monaco

first_imgThe body language on the podium spoke volumes after Ferrari, Formula One’s most glamorous team, won the showcase Monaco Grand Prix for the first time in 16 years on Sunday.Sebastian Vettel, following on from fellow-German great Michael Schumacher in 2001, beamed and conducted his jubilant mechanics from the podium as they belted out the Italian national anthem.Kimi Raikkonen, the Finnish team mate who had led from pole for nearly half the race, stared straight ahead and set about glugging the champagne as soon as he could.It was Ferrari’s first one-two finish since 2010 and chairman Sergio Marchionne was quick to hail “a race which will be part of our history…a really exciting race where we saw the real scuderia (team).”But Raikkonen saw nothing to smile about and the question being asked elsewhere was whether Ferrari had manipulated the pitstops to ensure Vettel got ahead.”It doesn’t feel awful good,” Raikkonen told Germany’s retired 2016 champion Nico Rosberg in interviews after the podium ceremonies. The former Mercedes driver replied that he knew how that felt.Raikkonen told reporters he had “got the bad end of the story…it’s still second place but obviously it doesn’t count a lot in my books at least.”He had been called in first for his pitstop and released into traffic, losing precious time while Vettel stayed out for five laps more and banged in a series of quick laps before pitting and then coming out ahead.There is nothing illegal with ‘team orders’ but Raikkonen is one of Formula One’s most popular drivers and there were many hoping to see the 37-year-old 2007 champion roll back the years and win again.advertisementVettel, the championship leader who has now won three out of six races and has a 25 point lead over Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton, said no instructions were issued.”From the team point of view, there was no plan of any team orders or anything,” he said. “I can understand that obviously Kimi’s not happy. I would feel exactly the same, 100 percent the same.”The rule is pretty clear when you qualify ahead and you are ahead in the first stint, you get priority on the first stop and that’s what happened. As it turned out, obviously today it worked in my favour.”The German also received some support from Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.”They (Ferrari) are finally where we were back in the days that you finished one-two and then you have to explain why the right guy won,” he said with a smile.”I think we need to give them credit…they needed to pit one of the two drivers and put him on the super-soft (tyre). How it all panned out, the super-soft was not quick enough and Sebastian was able to pull out some stunning laps on the used ultra-soft.”I don’t think they saw that coming. At the end of the day it’s the right result for the team and the drivers’ championship. But I don’t think it was orchestrated.”last_img read more

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a month agoREVEALED: Ansu Fati almost lost by Barcelona during tough contract talks

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Ansu Fati almost lost by Barcelona during tough contract talksby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona held steadfast in contract talks with the father of Ansu Fati over the summer.Mundo Deportivo says Barca gambled when the player’s father attempted to break an original agreement.The two parties had shaken on a figure towards the end of last season.However, after Fati scored twice in the UEFA Youth League semifinal against Chelsea, Dad tried to renegotiate.He demanded the original deal be settled as a net figure – a request Barca immediately rejected. They insisted to Fati Snr that it wasn’t right to be trying to go back on the agreement.In the end, calm heads prevailed and Fati signed terms. last_img read more

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Former Penn State CB Announces Major Transfer Destination

first_imgPenn State players locking arms.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 08: Penn State Nittany Lions players celebrate after the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium on October 8, 2016 in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeated Maryland 38-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Cornerback Zech McPhearson is one of several players who left the Penn State program this off-season. Now, McPhearson has a new home.The former four-star recruit is Texas Tech-bound, he announced on Twitter Tuesday. McPhearson will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer and have two years of eligibility remaining.After redshirting in 2016, McPhearson appeared in 24 games over the last two seasons for the Nittany Lions. For his career at PSU, McPhearson made 16 tackles, broke up three passes and recovered a fumble.He also had the opportunity to play with his older brother Josh, a running back, during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.“New chapter #GunsUp,” McPhearson wrote on Twitter.New Chapter👹 #GunsUp pic.twitter.com/cQ0Vi1oho5— Zech McPhearson (@ZMcphearson) April 16, 2019According to KCBD.com, new Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells coached McPhearson’s older brother at New Mexico in 2010, which provided a natural connection for the Red Raiders.Texas Tech is coming off a 5-7 season under former head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The Red Raiders last made a bowl two seasons ago and last had a winning campaign in 2015.last_img read more

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Diego Maradona discharged from hospital after internal bleeding

first_imgDiego Maradona discharged from hospital after internal bleedingDiego Maradona had been admitted to the hospital with internal bleeding in the stomach which was discovered during routine examinationsadvertisement Reuters Buenos AiresJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 07:17 IST Diego Maradona was having a routine medical when it was found that he had internal bleeding (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMaradona may have to undergo more tests but it was not seriousThe 58-year-old was having a routine medical in his homelandMaradona was earlier filmed passing out during the 2018 World CupArgentine soccer great Diego Maradona was released from hospital after being admitted earlier on Friday with internal bleeding in the stomach which was discovered during routine examinations, his daughter Dalma said.”For those who were really worried about my dad I can tell you that he is well,” Dalma wrote on twitter after fears over her father’s health spread. “He is going home soon.”The 58-year-old was having a routine medical in his homeland before returning to Mexico, where he is coach of second division side Dorados de Sinaloa, when doctors discovered the problem.However, a source close to the family told Reuters the problem was not serious and that the former Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona midfielder, who famously led his country to the 1986 World Cup title, was not in any danger.Another source said Maradona, who left the hospital without talking to the media, may have to undergo more tests.Friday’s scare was the latest for Maradona, who has suffered frequent periods in hospital over the years, often due to the extravagant lifestyle that helped make him one of the most admired and iconic footballers of the 20th century.He last fell ill at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he was filmed passing out in an executive box at the Argentina-Nigeria game. Argentina won 2-1 to reach the last 16, where they were knocked out of the tournament by eventual winners France.Maradona was taken into hospital in 2004 with severe heart and respiratory problems linked to cocaine use. He later underwent drug rehabilitation in Cuba and Argentina before a stomach-stapling operation in 2005 helped him lose weight.advertisementIn 2007 he checked himself into a clinic in Buenos Aires to help him overcome alcohol abuse problems.In recent months he has walked with the aid of crutches due to problems with his knees.The unexpected news of his admittance to hospital on Friday came just hours after Maradona’s lawyer confirmed he would coach in Mexico for a second consecutive season.Maradona took over at struggling Dorados de Sinaloa in September and got them into the playoffs where they lost to Atletico San Luis.”Diego Maradona has arranged to continue with the Dorados de Sinaloa and will stay as coach of the team for the whole season,” his agent Matias Morla wrote on twitter.The club said his assistant Jose Maria Martinez would lead the team until Maradona returned.Also Read | Predrag Mijatovic criticises Gareth Bale for lacking leadership qualitiesAlso Read | Chelsea fan banned for 3 years after being found guilty of homophobic chantsAlso Read | Liverpool not underestimating ‘world’s best side’ Manchester City: KloppFor 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 Tags :Follow Diego MaradonaFollow HospitalFollow internal bleedinglast_img read more

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Revised MV Act More than 4k to 5k challans everyday

first_imgNew Delhi: After the amended motor vehicles act came into effect on Sunday, the Delhi Police has issued an average of 4000 to 5000 challans per day against various traffic violations.According to police data (from September 1- September 5) as many as 254 challans were issued for drunken driving. Around 1,229 challans were issued for without seat belt. “The traffic police issued 1,527 challans for dangerous driving and 2,698 challans for the red signal violation,” Delhi Police data revealed. The Delhi Traffic Police recently directed all DCPs to brief their staff to follow the traffic rules. A letter was written to all senior officers in Delhi Police by Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic) Meenu Choudhary.last_img read more

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Jaypee Infra: Lenders ask NBCC for clarifications on revised bid

first_imgNew Delhi: Lenders of Jaypee Infratech Thursday sought clarifications from NBCC on various relief measures and concession proposed by the state-owned firm in its revised bid to acquire the debt-ridden realty company, sources said. The creditors’ panel will meet again on May 14 to further discuss the revised bid of NBCC, they added. The Committee of Creditors (CoC) met Thursday to discuss NBCC’s revised offer after it rejected the bid of Mumbai-based Suraksha Realty on May 3 through a voting under the insolvency proceedings. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraDuring the meeting, lenders and representatives of home buyers sought many clarifications from senior officials of NBCC. These queries were mainly related to relief measures and concession proposed by NBCC in its offer. NBCC was also asked how it will fund the takeover of Jaypee Infratech, sources said adding that NBCC officials answered all the queries. It was decided in the meeting that lenders will send a written query to NBCC by Friday and the public sector firm would reply by May 13. Lenders and homebuyers would meet again on May 14 to continue the discussion. On May 3, creditors had rejected the bid of Suraksha Realty, which was lone contender left after NBCC’s offer was rejected on technical grounds like non-approval of government departments as well as non-binding terms and conditions.last_img read more

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Mining task force goals will increase jobs, chop red tape: Premier Horgan

VANCOUVER — Premier John Horgan says the British Columbia government is moving forward on recommendations from a mining task force aimed at boosting jobs in the industry.The premier announced at the Association of Mineral Exploration conference in Vancouver that his government is committing $1 million to work with industry to develop a road map for mining innovation.Horgan says another $1 million will go toward the continuation and expansion of the Regional Mining Alliance, which promotes mining industry partnerships with Indigenous Peoples.He also says the government will make permanent two tax incentives that support investment in B.C.’s mining industry, which had previously been renewed on an annual basis.The premier adds that staffing will be increased in the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources in order to make processes more efficient and speed up permitting applications.When he launched the task force, Horgan says he sensed some apprehension and a feeling of “been there, done that” among industry, but his government truly wants to blaze a new way forward for mining in the province. The Canadian Press read more

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Maithripala says not decided on contesting again for President

President Maithripala Sirisena says that he has not yet decided if he will contest for President at the next Presidential Elections.Speaking to media heads today, the President said that he intends to continue his political career be it as President or otherwise. However he says no decision has been taken by him if he will contest for President again. The Supreme Court had communicated this to the President after the President had sough the advise of the court.A five judge bench had been appointed by the Supreme Court to decide on President Maithripala Sirisena’s term in office. The five judge bench of the Supreme Court later held an open court hearing to determine the number of years the President can hold office. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena was informed by the Supreme Court this month that his term is limited to only five years. read more

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Codebreaker Alan Turing to be face of new British banknote

LONDON — Codebreaker and computing pioneer Alan Turing has been chosen as the face of Britain’s new 50 pound note, the Bank of England announced Monday.Governor Mark Carney said Turing, who did ground-breaking work on computers and artificial intelligence, was “a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand.”During World War II Turing worked at the secret Bletchley Park code-breaking centre, where he helped crack Nazi Germany’s secret codes by creating the “Turing bombe,” a forerunner of modern computers. He also developed the “Turing Test” to measure artificial intelligence.After the war he was prosecuted for homosexuality, which was then illegal, and forcibly treated with female hormones. He died at age 41 in 1954 after eating an apple laced with cyanide.Turing received a posthumous apology from the British government in 2009, and a royal pardon in 2013.The U.K’s highest-denomination note is the last to be redesigned and switched from paper to more secure and durable polymer. The redesigned 10 pound and 20 pound notes feature author Jane Austen and artist J.M.W. Turner.The Turing banknote will enter circulation in 2021. It includes a photo of the scientist, mathematical formulae and technical drawings, and a quote from Turing: “This is only a foretaste of what is to come, and only the shadow of what is going to be.”Former lawmaker John Leech, who led the campaign for a pardon, said he was “absolutely delighted” by the choice.“I hope it will go some way to acknowledging his unprecedented contribution to society and science,” he said.“But more importantly I hope it will serve as a stark and rightfully painful reminder of what we lost in Turing, and what we risk when we allow that kind of hateful ideology to win.”The Associated Press read more

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Sudan witness protection vital for probe into Darfur rights abuses UN reports

“From this overall picture we have identified particularly grave events, involving high numbers of killings, mass rapes and other forms of extremely serious gender violence and other crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court,” Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo told the 15-member body, noting the first steps “towards a cooperative relationship” with the Government. The Council called for an ICC probe in Darfur, where tens of thousands of people have been killed and 2 million more displaced in two years of fighting between the Government, pro-government militias and rebels, after an earlier enquiry set up by Secretary-General Kofi Annan found there had been war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both sides, but primarily by Government forces and militias.“We still have very serious problems in Darfur,” Mr. Annan said after today’s Council meeting, stressing the need to bring to account those who committed crimes. “We have criminal elements; we have violence; we have attacks on humanitarian activities. There are some areas where our humanitarian people cannot go and therefore the Government and the rebels have to honour the ceasefire agreement they signed and take all measures to ensure security and protection of the people in the region.”Mr. Ocampo termed witness protection “an issue of paramount concern to the ICC,” noting that continuing insecurity, which prevented him and his team from so far visiting Darfur, also prohibited the establishment of an effective system for protecting victims and witness.“Despite these limitations significant progress has been made in the investigation,” he said, adding that well over 100 potential witnesses in 17 countries had been screened and that he had visited Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, for contacts with the Government. “We have a road map now,” he told reporters later.“Having made the first steps towards a cooperative relationship, during the next phase the OTP (Office of the Prosecutor) will seek further assistance and cooperation of the Government in relation to the process of fact-finding and evidence gathering. This cooperation will be essential,” he said in the report.Asked by reporters about Government cooperation, the Council President for December, Emyr Jones Parry of the United Kingdom said: “We will judge the Government of Sudan by its actions.“If it becomes apparent that the Prosecutor is not receiving the cooperation that we expect from the Government, then the Council will have such a report from the Prosecutor, and will need to respond to that, and we will respond to that. At the moment that’s hypothetical,” he added.“In terms of what the Prosecutor is saying now on the basis of the contacts which took place last month in Khartoum, things are reasonable and progressing.”The Council repeated again the need to end impunity, prevent atrocities and ensure that those involved are brought to justice, Mr. Jones Parry said.“Our discussions this morning confirm that the Prosecutor is in close cooperation with the Government of Sudan, that those discussions are proceeding so far well. The Council expects them to be maintained so that any cooperation that the Prosecutor expects from that Government should be forthcoming, especially on the question of access to witnesses.”Meanwhile, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, reported that he believed it was still possible to have a framework agreement in the conflict by the end of the year. The various sides are now meeting in the Nigerian capital of Abuja.On the ground in Darfur, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported that the security situation remained tense, with increasing banditry. Tribal clashes have been reported in West Darfur, where some roads remain closed for UN movement due to insecurity. Some UN flights are also suspended in West Darfur. read more

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Mark Prisk speech at SMMT International Automotive Summit – 28 June 2011

The following is an extract from Business Minister Mark Prisk’s keynote speech at the SMMT International Automotive Summit in London on 28 June 2011. Click through to download the full speech.“Ours is a dynamic, innovative, cutting edge industry. We have a strong track record of research and development investment in the auto industry. It is running at over £1.5 billion a year – and the fact that it rose by 9% during the recession is a sign of the UK’s commitment to sustained investment. We also have world renowned development facilities at Millbrook and MIRA.“This technological know-how will be essential as we establish ourselves as a key player in the burgeoning global market for ultra low carbon vehicles.”Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Mark Prisk MPClick through to download the full speech.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Apple reconnaît une faiblesse dautonomie sur liPhone 4S

first_imgApple reconnaît une faiblesse d’autonomie sur l’iPhone 4S L’iPhone 4S rencontre de sérieux problèmes d’autonomie, qui fond comme neige au soleil même en veille. Apple en a pris connaissance et va distribuer un correctif dans les prochaines semaines.Depuis une semaine, les internautes récemment acquéreurs d’un iPhone 4S ont fait part de leur mécontentement sur les forums du monde entier, notamment ceux d’Apple où l’on recense plus de 200 pages de plaintes. En cause, l’autonomie de l’appareil qui reste très faible, même lorsque l’appareil est en veille. Une situation alarmante qui, même si elle peut être atténuée par quelques désactivations de service, provoque la colère des utilisateurs.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Apple, après un silence de coutume, a réagi par la voix de sa porte-parole Natalie Harrison: “Un petit nombre de clients ont signalé que l’autonomie de leur appareil équipé d’iOS 5 se révélait inférieure aux prévisions. Nous avons identifié quelques problèmes qui affectent l’autonomie, et nous publierons une mise à jour logicielle destinée à les corriger dans quelques semaines.”Aussitôt dit, aussitôt fait. Comme le rapporte Clubic, l’entreprise a dans le même temps proposé aux développeurs une première bêta de cette mise à jour, estampillée 5.0.1. Selon le détail donné par Apple, elle réglerait ces soucis plutôt importants d’autonomie sur tous les appareils de la marque, et également corrigerait quelques bugs comme des failles de sécurité, ou des soucis avec iCloud, sa plateforme de stockage et synchronisation en ligne.  Le 3 novembre 2011 à 14:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Internet Gutter Nofap Nation

first_imgSuper PowersOne of the funniest things about Nofap is the testimonials from successful users, where they convince themselves that the improvements in their health and lives are exclusively from keeping their hands out of their pants. A full 60% of Nofap members aren’t compulsive masturbators. They’re doing the challenges to discover these mythical “other benefits,” and many are pretty sure they found them.Although the original article set “peak testosterone” at 7 days of no orgasm, Nofap believers consider the real mileston to be 90 days. That’s when the brain is allegedly “rewired” to no longer crave masturbation. Posters in the subreddit have little counters that slowly make their way towards 90 (unless they screw up and get reset to zero). Once they get to “the surge,” that’s when the superpower posts tend to start up.Neuroscientist Matthew Johnson has an alternate explanation for that increase in energy. Without the preoccupation of masturbation, the mind naturally channels itself to other topics. Those could certainly be good (exercise or self-improvement), but they could also be bad (overeating, et cetera).Proud BoysWith the sheer numbers that Nofap has mustered, it’s not surprising that there are people looking to channel that sexual energy for their own ends.Gavin McInnes, the Vice co-founder who looks like a deranged Colonel Sanders from the Upside Down, has been peddling a uniquely weird version of white male supremacy on his website and radio show for a few years. Now he’s put together a community around his principles with the unfortunate name of “Proud Boys.”Part of the Proud Boy diktat is the command to only pound your pud once every 30 days. Jerking it is “hurting our marriage and it’s draining our lifeforce,” in a very Dr. Strangelove-esque turn of phrase. Of course, refraining from masturbation isn’t the only part of the Proud Boy credo – there’s also the “Western Chauvinism,” basically a thinly-veiled argument that white men are responsible for creating the modern world, and therefore should stay in charge of everything.Cleaning UpHere’s a selection of some of the weirdest, funniest, and best Nofap material we could quickly wipe up. <> What do you think? Is there something to this movement, or are you going to continue touching yourself and hoping for the best?center_img The internet is a strange and terrifying place. It’s enabled us to connect with one another, advance the causes of science and culture, and unite the world with a glowing net of data. It’s also enabled people with very… particular interests to find each other online. In this new ongoing series, we’ll be dipping into the Internet Gutter – the strange subcultures and weird worlds lurking in the dark pockets of the World Wide Web.NofapLet’s get this out of the way right up front: everybody jerks off. Some do it a lot, some do it a little, but touching your junk is totally natural and totally human.However, masturbation has been stigmatized as a health hazard since the 1700s, when the publication of “Onania; or, The Heinous Sin of Self Pollution” claimed that jacking off caused epilepsy, stunted growth, and several other medical conditions. While there’s no evidence to back that up, it wormed into our cultural consciousness enough that many people still think of self-pleasure as “bad.”Even though the science is against them, there’s a whole subculture of people who make not touching themselves a major part of their identity. They’re called “Nofap,” and this is their story.On RedditThe prime hub for a jerking-free lifestyle is the r/Nofap subreddit. With almost 190,000 subscribers (who refer to themselves as “fapstronauts”), it sees numerous new threads daily. The subreddit was founded in 2011 after a science article about men experiencing an increase in testosterone after avoiding masturbation for 7 days hit Reddit’s front page.Testosterone has become a sort of chemical shorthand for masculinity in recent years. Yes, it does have beneficial effects on the body, but working in conjunction with dozens of other hormones and chemicals. That hasn’t stopped hucksters from pitching tons of different ways to allegedly boost your T, from supplements to eschewing masturbation – or, as the subreddit calls it, “PMO.”The subreddit’s founder, Alexander Rhodes, had what you could charitably describe as a masturbation problem, jerking it as many as ten times a day. After holding off for a week, he claimed to feel a number of positive effects, including more energy and focus. And the world of Nofap was born.Technical TermsBecause “don’t jerk off” is just too simple, the people of Nofap have developed a whole vocabulary of terms that they use to discuss their anti-masturbation mission. You can read a glossary here, but what follows are some of our favorites.Accountability Partners: Accountability partners are pairs who hold each other responsible for their sexual habitsDeath Grip: The tight-fisted grip on the penis many men develop by masturbating. Because it is much more constricted than the grip of an actual vagina, the death grip overstimulates the penis, reduces pleasure in the long run, and can make it difficult or impossible to orgasm with a woman.Reboot: The process of restoring your brain to factory defaults. Said to take about 90 days (+/- 30 days), by anecdotal reports.The Surge: The period 5-14 days after the start of a streak often features a physically recognizable surge in energy and sexual drive, which seems to be associated with the rebooting-induced testosterone surge observed in the study listed below.last_img read more

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Baha BATE Borisov have learnt their lessons from Arsenal defeat

first_imgBATE Borisov boss Alyaksey Baha feels that the lessons learnt from last season’s 6-0 defeat by Arsenal will serve them well ahead of their Europa League game at ChelseaThe Belarusian champions were handed a humbling defeat by Arsenal in their last visit to London a year ago and hope that the experience will leave them better prepared for their latest trip to the English capital.Aside from that, Baha is taking encouragement Videoton’s performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.The Hungarians lost 1-0 in their Group L clash with Chelsea on the night, but Baha thinks they were unfortunate to have lost the game.“We have followed all the games Chelsea have played,” Baha told reporters on the club website.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“Videoton played well, had plenty of chances and could have got a different result. They are an example for us.“We analyse the games (against Arsenal) so we learnt from our mistakes. Now, a year later we are here in England, in London, playing against a top club, and we hope for a better result this time.”Baha has also been boosted by the news that Eden Hazard will not be playing tonight.Although he will be without forward Mikhail Gordeichuk and defender Nemanja Milunovic due to injury.BATE have won the Belarusian Premier League for the last 12 years in succession.last_img read more

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