Ajay Maken lets loose verbal volley on tainted Suresh Kalmadi’s London sojourn

first_imgIn a slugfest that could be embarrassing for the nation, Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Suresh Kalmadi traded high-decibel verbal volleys on Saturday about the scam-tainted Pune MP’s sojourn to the London Olympics.The minister maintained that “someone charge-sheeted on corruption charges should not got for the Olympics,” Kalmadi insisted that no charge had been proven against him.But Maken held his ground. “I think it is inappropriate for me to comment on someone who is facing corruption charges in a court of law and has been suspended by the Congress party,” Maken said in a telecom with Mail Today. Special CBI judge Talwant Singh had on Friday allowed Kalmadi to visit London for the Olympics as a council member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).Asked how Kalmadi’s presence would harm the Indian contingent in London, Maken said emphatically: “I am convinced that the presence of Kalmadi at the London Olympics will not be good for the morale of Indian athletes. After all, we have a strong contingent going this time. It has trained hard and has good chances of winning medals.”Kalmadi countered by saying he could not understand what the fuss was all about. “I honestly feel it’s a needless controversy,”he said from Pune. “I strongly feel this vilification campaign by Maken is meant to cause a split between officials and Indian athletes participating in the Olympics.”The battle of egos between Kalmadi and Maken dates back to the latter’s appointment as sports minister last year after financial irregularities during the conduct of the Commonwealth Games came to light.advertisementM. S. Gill’s ouster had paved the way for Maken and at the very start of his tenure, the sports minister made his intentions clear, targeting Kalmadi and his close aides who had been holding top positions in various sports bodies for decades.Six months after being granted bail, Kalmadi resumed his tirade against Maken, who often attracted headlines for his criticism of the top bosses of Indian sports bodies.Maken had claimed he would ensure Kalmadi is not part of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) delegation for the Olympics. A miffed Kalmadi on Saturday said that by making such statements, Maken was infringing on the autonomy of the IOA and called for the sports minister’s removal.”I was quite shocked and dismayed to read Ajay Maken’s reaction to the court’s decision to grant me permission to visit London for the forthcoming Olympic Games,” Kalmadi said. “In view of Maken going against the court decision, which is quite unbecoming of a sports minister, I request our Prime Minister to ask for Maken’s resignation for making such comments and statements.”Besides being an IAAF council member, Kalmadi is also the president of the Asian Athletics Association and claims that he will be in London to attend an IAAF meeting, which coincides with the Olympics. “Maken threatening the IOA that he would try to ensure I was not part of the Indian delegation shows lack of knowledge about the functioning of autonomous sports bodies,” Kalmadi said. “I don’t need any support from the sports ministry,”he added.With pressure mounting after his release on bail, Kalmadi was forced to distance himself from IOA activities with Vijay Kumar Malhotra taking over the reins. The IOA has made it clear he will not be a part of its delegation in London.”Suresh Kalmadi is not a member of the IOA delegation. The Indian contingent was finalised a month back and Mr Kalmadi does not figure in it,” Malhotra, who’s the acting IOA president, said.Malhotra also chose the opportunity to slam Maken and said the sports ministry should have first verified whether Kalmadi was ever included among the IOA delegates.”Kalmadi never asked IOA to make him a part of its delegation,”Malhotra said. “The ministry should have verified the facts from the IOA before writing the letter. The sports ministry’s letter asking the IOA not to provide any assistance or help to Kalmadi holds no ground as he is not going to London as part of the Indian contingent.”News of Kalmadi’s possible presence at the Olympics, meanwhile, met with mixed reactions. Athletics coach Bahadur Singh, whose acolytes were at the podium during the Delhi Commonwealth Games and Guangzhou Asian Games, did not see any reason for the ruckus.Bahadur said Kalmadi’s presence would encourage the Indian athletes and pointed that no charges have been proven so far against him.”Why will athletes be discouraged by Kalmadi’s presence in London?” Bahadur continued. “Rather it will encourage them if he meets them. He has been associated with Indian athletics for the last 15-20 years. He is well known in international athletics as he is an IAAF council member,”he said and added: “He is not guilty till the court gives its verdict.”advertisementShiny Wilson, who won the 800m gold at the 1985 Asian Championships, also backed Kalmadi. “It’s good for Indian sports that he (Kalmadi) is going to London,” Shiny said. “He has done a lot of good for Indian sports, especially athletics. He has helped athletics grow in the country.”The last has not been heard on the verbal duels between Kalmadi and Maken as the minister is also going to be present in London. Sources said the Congress may soon give the party line on the controversy. Till then, the verbal jousting may just continue.last_img read more

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I Earned It: Manasi Joshi on Winning Gold at World Para-Badminton Championships

first_img I earned it.Worked every bit for it. pic.twitter.com/sGZRL9GWMu Goldgold medalIndiaindian badminton First Published: August 28, 2019, 1:52 PM IST New Delhi: Manasi Joshi, who was among the three Indian players who won gold at the recently concluded World Para-Badminton Championship, said she earned the medal as she worked really hard for it.The 30-year-old clinched the top honours in the women’s singles SL3 final defeating World No. 1 and compatriot Parul Parmar 21-12, 21-7 to pick her maiden title in Basel, Switzerland on August 25, the very day on which ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu won the gold at the World Championships. “I earned it. Worked every bit for it,” she tweeted on Tuesday. — Manasi Nayana Joshi (@joshimanasi11) August 27, 2019Meanwhile, Twitter was all praise for the 30-year-old, who had lost her left leg in 2011.”In the high of PV Sindhu getting gold in the World Championship, we forgot to win Manasi Joshi, who gold in World Para-Badminton Championship. Here it is wishing her,” Kiran Bedi, Governor of Puducherry tweeted.”Every daughter of India is special. You have increased honour of the country on the world stage. Many congratulations to you for winning gold at the Para-Badminton World Championship,” tweeted former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.”Everyone should learn from you how to overcome the difficulties and achieve success. Hats off to your courage. The country is proud of you!” he added.Manasi was among the 12 Indian athletes who won medals at the competition.Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated the 12 para-badminton players who brought laurels to the country. “130 crore Indians are extremely proud of the Indian Para-Badminton contingent, which has brought home 12 medals at BWF World Championship 2019.”Congratulations to the entire team, whose success is extremely gladdening and motivating. Each of these players is remarkable!”An engineer by qualification, Manasi completed her graduation in Electronics Engineering from K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering, University of Mumbai in 2010. In 2011, she met with a road accident and lost her left leg. However, that did not stop her from playing badminton and she went on to win many medals for India.In September 2015, she won silver in mixed doubles at the Para-Badminton World Championship held in Stoke Mandeville, England. In October 2018, Manasi won a bronze medal at the Asian Para Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Arsenal still in hunt for top-three finish, says Arsene Wenger

first_imgSixth-placed Arsenal can still finish in the Premier League’s top three, manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday, provided they win their remaining game starting with Sunday’s North London derby at Tottenham Hotspur.And with second-placed Spurs also chasing victory at White Hart Lane as they look to stay in touch with Chelsea, four points clear at the top of the table, few would bet on the match ending in a draw.”I expect an open match, (a) committed match,” Wenger told a news conference.”A match with high pace but there could be goals in there because both teams play positive football and try to go forward and to play in offensive ways.”Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs hold the best home record in the league this season, with 15 victories in 17 games. Striker Harry Kane scored in the second half equalizer to rescue a point in the reverse fixture at Arsenal last November.Arsenal trail third-placed Liverpool by six points with two games in hand and are also behind both Manchester clubs, but Wenger believes his team could leapfrog all three.”I don’t think that the top three is decided,” said the Arsenal manager, who will be taking charge of his 50th North London encounter.”We have an opportunity to be in there if we win our games so we do not have to speculate on who is in and not in.””The simple thing about being in our position is we don’t need to calculate, we just need to give everything and win our games.”advertisementWenger is hopeful defender Laurent Koscielny could recover from a knee injury in time for the derby clash, but he ruled out the other half of his central defensive pairing, Shkodran Mustafi, for two weeks with a thigh problem.last_img read more

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India in South Africa: Virat Kohli’s men in bonding session at Centurion

first_imgTeam India fitness coach Shankar Basu had some innovative ways to train the players ahead of the all important second Test at Centurion, starting on Saturday.Basu, who is very close to Virat Kohli, has been integral to the Indian team’s fitness drive.On Friday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) put up a video on Facebook, which showed Basu’s innovative ideas and methods in which he makes the Kohli & Co. train.WATCHTo start off, the Indian players were trying to ‘steal the bib’ which was followed by some football to warm the boys up before the practice session. These drills according to Mr. Basu, helps in gelling and team bonding — something that is there in plenty in the current Indian team according to the players.Bonding and understanding of each other will be key for Kohli’s men when they take the field at the SuperSport Park on January 13 to win the match or at least stay alive in the three-match series.On Thursday, Bryan Bloy, the head groundsman in Centurion, said that he is preparing a wicket that will hold for five days and help both the batsmen and the bowlers. However, he asked people to fully expect the pitch to have pace and bounce like a typical Centurion track.The hosts are expected to come in with a four-pronged pace attack again with either of Chris Morris or Andile Phehlukwayo joining Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander. For the visitors, a change in the playing XI could see Ajinkya Rahane come in for either of the pacers or Ravichandran Ashwin. Hardik Pandya’s all-round performance as well as the pacers shining in the last Test makes it difficult to drop them. This makes Ashwin the most likeliest candidate to get the axe.advertisementBut, will India for the first time in many years, go into a Test match without a spinner? It remains to be seen.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

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Long ball need not be the wrong ball for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City

first_imgfeatures Facebook Share on Twitter Reuse this content Kevin De Bruyne in no rush to sign new contract with Manchester City Twitter Sportblog Perhaps it did not help that Sané was having an off-day and Silva picked up a knock, but once Napoli escaped from under the cosh they worked out quite quickly that City could be put under pressure at the back. Both sides set out with the intention of using a high press, but whereas City’s worked like a dream in the first half-hour, it was Napoli’s that became more effective after the interval. The more City attempted to play out from the back, the more Marek Hamsik and his pals saw an opportunity to intervene, and the more they succeeded. So much so that Guardiola was forced to defend his strategy afterwards, arguing that it would have been suicidal to play long balls against Napoli, because then “they are back attacking in two seconds”. Although that might be perfectly true, putting together around half a dozen short passes at the back between players who did not quite seem to have the confidence or control to play their way out of trouble appeared to be an equally reliable way of putting Napoli back on the attack, this time nearer to goal. Share on Messenger Read more Topics Share on WhatsApp Surprising in that it could have been José Mourinho uttering the same sentiment, and similarities in footballing outlook between the two managers are not always that easy to detect. Surprising because you don’t generally build a team around Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, with Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling as wide options and either Gabriel Jesus or Sergio Agüero in the middle, and expect the results to be boring. Surprising, too, because neither Barcelona nor Bayern Munich, Guardiola’s previous two teams, were rarely anything other than highly watchable. And, while it could be argued that Guardiola was just being realistic and acknowledging that every manager’s job is to win matches, this particular manager is not usually one to follow the crowd or deal in predictable cliches.Yet Guardiola liked the statement so much he repeated it in his programme notes for the Napoli game, which City did win but by nothing like the distance originally envisaged. He appeared to be warning people that entertainment was not an objective in itself, merely a by-product of a particular way of playing to win. He is probably right there. Another thing he said after the 7-2 victory over Stoke, in which six different players scored, was that it was probably the best team performance he had witnessed since arriving in Manchester, because his side “played simple and played quick”. That was true enough, and when you have the above cast augmented by Fernandinho and Kyle Walker playing simple and quick it is a recipe for goals and entertainment, as even Mark Hughes admitted.It would be easy to look at the narrow 2-1 victory over Napoli and attribute the difference in scorelines to the fact that the team at the top of Serie A are bound to be a tougher proposition in a Champions League group game than Stoke. To an extent it would be true; Napoli showed commendable commitment and resilience in pulling themselves back from the brink to a point where they could easily have claimed a draw, though it could equally be said that City’s will to win deserted them midway through the first half. With a bit more luck – De Bruyne hitting the bar, shots being stopped on the line – City might have been out of sight before half-time, but when Napoli somehow managed to restrict the initial onslaught to only a couple of goals conceded the home side’s attacking drive seemed to stall. Pep Guardiola Read more Pinterest Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn The point is that a long ball over the press is not always a sign of a limited or unimaginative side; it is a legitimate tactic that can be effective against pressing teams who send players high up the pitch to win back possession. Play the right ball, ie not an aimless hoof downfield, and it is possible to leave any number of opponents stranded at the wrong end of the pitch. Both Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp came to this country with reputations for high pressing, and both have had to adapt to British conditions. Partly because the tempo of games here tends to be higher anyway, and partly because teams such as West Bromwich Albion have worked out how to escape the press by playing balls over the top.So it was a little odd to hear Guardiola insisting on a strategy that was not working. If he firmly believes that City must learn to play out from the back then fair enough – by the time they can do it they will be a force of nature at both ends of the pitch. If you are good enough to play through the press it can be advantageous, not to say entertaining, but if you are hesitant it is a high-risk ploy that other sides will soon sniff out. Other options are available, and unless City can get their act together fairly quickly future Champions League opponents will once again be targeting their defence as a possible weak spot, even though the acquisition of Ederson has settled down the back line noticeably since last season.What was interesting on Tuesday was that Guardiola himself chose to speak of long balls. He seems to regard them as a badge of dishonour, whereas in reality the ball you are looking for is the right ball, long, short or medium. The one that releases the pressure, not the one that offers encouragement to the opponent. No one would accuse Guardiola of being a long-ball merchant just on account of his defenders occasionally playing a clearing pass rather than a close one, and you would think a coach committed to winning rather than entertaining would be open to the idea. Most of the other managers in the Premier League cottoned on years ago. Leroy Sané celebrates after scoring one of Manchester City’s goals in a 7-2 win over Stoke. Pep Guardiola said his team thrived because they ‘played simple and played quick’. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images Share on Facebook Manchester City Immediately after Saturday’s strikingly beautiful demolition of Stoke City, which came if you remember a couple of hours after Manchester United’s exercise in cautious negativity at Anfield, Pep Guardiola was asked whether he would always insist on his Manchester City team being committed to entertaining football.No, came the somewhat surprising answer. “I am not here for entertainment. 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Manchester United And UNICEF Champion Rights Of Young People In China

first_imgManchester United and UNICEF have joined forces during the club’s pre-season tour to champion the rights of underprivileged young people through a series of cultural activities.United legends Bryan Robson and Ji-sung Park, plus players Michael Carrick and Paddy McNair, also took part in a Q&A session, which was broadcast live on Chinese social media platform, Sina Weibo.Taking time out from the club’s pre-season tour of China, Robson, Park and the first-teamers spent time with six boys and girls from rural Gansu and Henan provinces, and encouraged them to talk about what matters in their lives.The young people are benefiting from a life skills education programme supported by Unicef in collaboration with the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST).During the one hour interaction, the United players took part in the traditional Chinese game of shuttlecock kicking, before the teenagers shared stories of their experiences with the programme, for example overcoming problems at school and in their personal lives. The players gave advice on how to cope with setbacks and pressure, as well as how to be a good team player and lead a healthy lifestyle.“The players and I were honoured to be here today and to be a part of this incredible partnership. I’ve witnessed first-hand the great work that Unicef does to protect vulnerable children, and am proud that the club is so supportive,” said former United and England captain Bryan Robson. “Adolescence is a crucial stage of life. It’s great to hear these young people share their stories and to give them advice on how they can cope with some of the challenges they might face.”The players hope that their influence across the huge Manchester United fan base in China will help champion the rights of marginalised adolescents, and encourage young people to be the drivers of change.Adolescence is often a challenging time for young people; an exciting but often uncertain transition from dependency to independence, sometimes leading to confusion, pressure and even depression.“Adolescence is a valuable period of childhood in its own right, but it is also a critical period of transition and opportunity for improving life chances,” said Rana Flowers, Unicef Representative to China. “By providing positive and supportive opportunities that enrich the developmental environment during adolescence, it is possible to overcome some of the consequences of early childhood harm and build resilience to mitigate future harm. With their passion, resilience and commitment, players from Manchester United can be positive role models for young people, inspiring them to strive for success.”The programme opened another door in my life,” said Zhang Bin, a 16-year-old boy from Gansu who migrated to work in the provincial capital after dropping out of school. “I took part in the training programme two years ago and it gave me the first-ever chance to live in a city, learn computer skills, access the Internet and visit a museum.”The United for Unicef partnership is now in its 17th year and has raised over £4m, helping Unicef to change the lives of millions of vulnerable children worldwide. It is the longest running partnership of its kind between a sporting organisation and a global children’s organisation.last_img read more

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Video Moroccos DGSN Celebrates Policewomen on Womens Day

Rabat – The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) celebrated Moroccan police officers and their “major role in serving the national security and safety of citizens.”Morocco’s DGSN, headed by Abdellatif Hammouchi, organized celebrations and handed out gifts to honor police women today for their dedication to fighting crime and protecting citizens.DGSN also posted a video online of students at the Royal Institute of Police and policewomen who spoke briefly, in Arabic, French, Tamazight (Berber), and English, about why they chose their field. The 45-second video featured medical examiners, officers, and professors with DGSN.“With a passion for law enforcement I’m able to do what I love everyday,” said Majda Lakhder.“As a doctor with Ph.D. in biology, I chose to become a professor in the field of forensic science,” said Houki Kaoutar.“I chose this job because I love it and love horse riding!” said Samia El Khayati, a mounted police officer.A motorbike cop, Nora Koussi said that her job allows her to “prove the role of female motorbike cops.”تحتفي #المديرية_العامة_للأمن_الوطني بالنساء الشرطيات، وتعتز بكفاءاتهن المهنية العالية، وتمتن لدورهن الكبير في خدمة قضايا أمن الوطن والمواطنين. pic.twitter.com/e0ltPUnlbj— DGSN MAROC (@DGSN_MAROC) March 8, 2019On March 8, the world celebrated the achievements of women’s gains through hard work.With the participation of women officers, DGSN brought 1,636,824 people to justice in three years—from May 15, 2015 to May 14, 2018, according to Hammouchi’s statement at DGSN’s 62nd anniversary last year.Read Also: Two Protests Take Place in Rabat on International Women’s DayThe three year period witnessed the dismantling of 1,388 criminal networks and the arrest of 2,486 suspects of robberies, prevention of 15,883 irregular immigration attempts, and the arrest of 783 human smugglers operating in 109 criminal networks active in undocumented immigration by boat, car or false identity documents. read more

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How Tennis Officials Are Trying to Make the Game Fair

Tennis pros, and dedicated amateurs, can control just about everything about their rackets. Rackets are measured for weight, stiffness, balance and head size and strung for peak force, deflection and tension loss. Yet the court players run and hit on will always behave unpredictably. Even at most pro tournaments, players don’t know precisely how “fast” or “slow” a given court is playing, an expression of how much speed and height the ball retains after it bounces. Court speed is a fixture of questions at press conferences during the first few days of Grand Slam tournaments such as the French Open, now unfolding in Paris.“It wasn’t bouncing as much as it had actually the last days on the outside courts,” Milos Raonic after winning his match on Sunday.One reason court speed is such a mystery is that it’s been so cumbersome to measure. The International Tennis Federation has helped develop and test machines that do the job, but the best ones are expensive, bulky and difficult to operate. (The equipment is so hard to transport that many court-surface manufacturers ship samples of their product, in half-meter (1.64-foot) squares of paint and sand, to the ITF’s testing laboratory in London.) For the most prominent ITF-organized events — the Davis Cup and Fed Cup — federation employees must fly with their testing devices, or ship them to sites weeks in advance, to keep hosts from giving players too big a home-court advantage.Now, the ITF is trying to find an easier way to ensure courts are fair. On a recent Thursday at a London tennis court,1I’m not disclosing the tennis court’s location at the ITF’s request, to protect client confidentiality. Jamie Capel-Davies, manager of ITF’s science and technical department, was testing a new device that the federation has helped develop. It’s known as SPRite,2Said like the soft drink; the SPR is short for Surface Pace Rating. The official name for the device measures is court-pace rating, though, as Capel-Davies noted, “‘CPRite’ didn’t have the same ring to it.” and this test was of model number 007.The device doesn’t take a vodka martini. Instead, a ball cannon powered by a bicycle pump propels a ball off the court and through the testing chamber. Seconds later, a display shows the court-speed measurement. The measurement device and ball cannon each weigh about 14 pounds and together cost $12,000, compared to the 110-pound, $45,000 behemoth that sets the standard now. The new devices can be carried by hand, and their dimensions fall within most airlines’ carry-on baggage limits. The motivation for the test, Capel-Davies said, was “democratizing court-pace rating.”3In tennis, democracy is relative: At this price the average hacker won’t be carrying the SPRite and cannon to her local public court.The ITF knows it’s traded some precision for lightness and mobility. The question is, how much? Is SPRite accurate enough to replace its forebears? Capel-Davies and his colleagues were testing it alongside the Sestée, which is the current benchmark. Court-speed rating typically runs between 20 and 70 — and must run between 24 and 50 for Davis Cup matches (a higher number means a faster court).4The court-pace rating, or CPR, is calculated based on the coefficient of restitution (COR), which is the ratio of a ball’s vertical velocity after bounce to its pre-bounce vertical velocity; the coefficient of friction (COF), which is the ratio of horizontal velocity lost after the bounce to pre-bounce vertical velocity multiplied by the sum of 1 and COR; and a temperature-adjusted COR, which is the sum of the COR and 0.003 multiplied by 23 minus the mean ball temperature, in Celsius. The formula is: CPR = 100(1-COF)+150(0.81-adjusted COR). The ITF calls courts with CPR of 29 and under slow, courts with CPR between 35 and 39 medium and courts with CPR of 45 and up fast. The ITF wants SPRite to run within two points of Sestée for the same court.Court speed matters in tennis. During a typical match, the ball will bounce off the court hundreds of times. If the ball typically retains much of its speed, it will be harder to play. That encourages more aggressive play — players will charge the net more often to avoid skidding balls and tricky bounces. A slower court lets players camp out behind the baseline and chase down most shots.Court-pace rating takes into account more than speed, though. The ITF tested the court speed perceptions of U.K. players who were good enough to play for their counties5It’s also tried surveying pros, and gotten similar results, but the response rate was poor. and found that the height of ball bounce mattered, too. The lower the bounce, the faster the court seemed. That’s why high-bouncing clay courts like the French Open’s seem slower than hard courts with the same coefficient of restitution, or ratio of the ball’s speed after impact to its speed before the bounce.6One theory for clay’s higher bounce: The ball pushes granules ahead of it as it collides with the surface, creating an incline to bounce off, a “ramp effect” that leads to a higher bounce. And grass courts, with their lower bounce, seem faster to players than similar hard courts. The ITF formula attempts to account for all this.Once a match is underway, players can’t do anything about the court speed. They play the bounces they get. But players can tailor their training and schedules around which courts best suit their games. For instance, clay makes Rafael Nadal’s heavily topspun forehand shots bounce even higher than on other surfaces. He has taken advantage of this throughout his career by playing more clay tournaments than some of his rivals.For the ITF team competitions, court speed is a crucial part of home-court advantage: Host countries get to choose the surface, which is why Andy Murray had to play on his least favorite surface — clay — in Great Britain’s two away Davis Cup ties this year. (Murray and his teammates won in the U.S. but lost in Italy.)With the currently approved devices, the ITF can’t test the courts at every Davis Cup site, especially on busy weekends when dozens of ties are happening around the world. Instead it audits, choosing to test just a few courts. And at tournaments it doesn’t oversee, including the French Open, there’s simply no official court-pace measurement. (Officials at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon said they test their courts for speed, but the results are confidential.)That makes it tough to assess whether court speeds have changed — one of the goals of Capel-Davies’s department. Tennis players and writers often say — or lament — that pro tournaments are using a narrower range of court speeds than they used to, so there’s less variation among them. Indirect indicators, such as rates of aces or service breaks adjusted for tournament fields, don’t corroborate that impression. The ITF hasn’t tested long enough or often enough to settle the debate. “We don’t have that kind of data,” Capel-Davies said. “I don’t know if anyone does.” The International Tennis Federation uses a bulky steel crate, top left, to ship heavy measuring devices to tournament sites. The outsized Sestée, top right, is difficult to transport, so manufacturers often send samples of their courts, bottom right, to the ITF. The latest-generation device is the SPRite, operated here by Jamie Capel-Davies, manager of ITF’s science and technical department. Its accuracy is still being studied. Carl Bialik Watching Capel-Davies test SPRite in London, it was easy to see the advantages of the new device. He easily carried it onto and around the court, to different testing spots. He also let me try, and within a few minutes I got each test down to under a minute: Take a ball out of a coat that’s lying next to the unit, put the coat back in place, put the ball into the cannon, give the bicycle pump a few cranks, prime the measurement unit, put my foot7We’d taken off our shoes to avoid scuffing the court. on it for stability and press the button to fire.Yes, a coat. Needing something to stop the balls after they had fired from the cannon, bounced off the court and gone through the SPRite, Capel-Davies offered up his jacket to science, taking care to first remove his phone. After each test, the ball nestled in the coat. As we conducted our experiment, Capel-Davies’s colleagues were testing the Sestée on another part of the court. At one point, a Sestée-measured ball got loose and whistled past us.Each court test covered a few different spots, always including ones near the baseline, the service line and the net. The speed can vary from one part of the court to the next. It’s often highest near the baseline because players’ shoes wear down the surface and make it slicker. This court was relatively new, though, so we weren’t expecting as much variation.The measurement process has other quirks. Fail to press the button firmly, and the cannon might not fire fast enough for a reliable measurement. This happened a couple of times to us, so we omitted those readings. Capel-Davies decided when to do that, and it wasn’t a double-blind procedure. He checked with the other group and knew what readings they’d gotten, and was following along as our parallel tests produced results. Still, the quest for an accurate reading seemed genuine. The ITF already had achieved its initial goal of agreement within five points between the devices, which is what a typical player can detect. Then it set its sights on even better agreement, of within two points.Capel-Davies and his team have their own testing lab at ITF headquarters in the southwest London neighborhood of Roehampton, in a converted squash court with the original wood floor now scuffed by equipment. Tennis scientists test balls in a wind tunnel and rackets in a serving machine, nicknamed Goran after 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanišević, in homage to his rocket serves. The apparatus gripping the racket occasionally slips, and there are marks to prove it on the side of the machine. “We have had casualties” — of rackets, not people, Capel-Davies said.The ITF is surrounded by tennis courts. The Bank of England Sports Centre, which hosts next month’s Wimbledon qualifying tournament, is on one side. On the other is the National Tennis Centre. Many ITF employees play tennis during their lunch breaks. But they don’t have their own dedicated full-sized court for testing. So when they get a gig testing a court, like this one, they often take the opportunity to test SPRite.If SPRite passes the test, the ITF, as its seller, will benefit through increased sales, though that’s not the primary motivation, Capel-Davies said. “We’ve had interest, but everyone is waiting” to see what the results are “before putting their hands in their wallets,” he said.Mainly, the organization would like to enable more facilities, including tennis clubs, to test court speed. Having a device on site would allow clubs to measure the effect of temperature and also to track changes in the courts, to know when it’s time to resurface. A manufacturer’s rating, based on a test of a half-meter-long square patch, isn’t good enough because it doesn’t take into account what’s under the surface, how it was attached and how the court has weathered and worn.At tournaments, organizers could test how the speed of a court changes as players play on it — for instance, at grass-court tournaments, as players’ shoes and shots turn the turf near the baseline into dirt. And they could compare speed across different courts; players often say some courts at the same venue play faster than others, something that affects them if they play consecutive matches on different courts.These possibilities haven’t yet arrived. Our test found the SPRite and the Sestée agreed to within 2.7 points — good but not within the desired range of 2.0 points.8The ITF is aiming for agreement at 95 percent confidence of within 2.0 points. The average absolute value of the difference between readings by each device was 1 point for our test. One location, near the service line, was the source of the troubles: The two devices agreed to within 3.2 points, whereas everywhere else was within the limit.“It suggests something odd happened at that location,” Capel-Davies said. “Hopefully, additional testing will determine whether it was an anomaly.” He hopes that the SPRite model we tested, which was first produced last fall, will meet the target by the end of this year.Even if players at every level knew the speed of the courts they were playing on, they’d still have to deal with unpredictable bounces. Court speed can depend on how long the ball your opponent just served was sitting in his pocket: The warmer the ball, the slower the court appears to be. And standard measurements don’t apply when the ball collides with a hill or valley, common on clay courts.Still, broadening access to the court-speed numbers would help further the mission of Capel-Davies’s department, which is, as he articulated it, “to balance technology and tradition in tennis,” and to “make sure the player won because of ability” — and not faulty equipment or a finicky court.CORRECTION (June 2, 4:00 p.m.): An earlier version of this article said the average agreement of the SPRite and the Sestée in a recent test was 2.7 points in court-pace rating, or CPR, and that the two devices’ average agreement was 3.2 points in one location. Those figures were the agreement between the two devices at 95 percent confidence. The average of the absolute value of the differences between the two devices’ measurements was 1 point of CPR. read more

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Geometallurgy partnership to provide leading expertise

first_imgJKTech, the technology transfer company for the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, has formed a strategic alliance with Quantitative Group, a leading resource consulting firm, to provide integrated geometallurgical solutions including data assessment, geometallurgical testing programs, and spatial modelling, risk assessment and valuation.QG is a leading mineral resource consulting group with expertise in geometallurgical modelling scenario-based project evaluation. It has a worldwide client base of major mining companies and has developed a reputation for sound technical skills combined with excellent communication of business implications of technical issues. QG is a team of 15 highly experienced consultants headed up by directors John Vann, Scott Jackson and Scott Dunham.JKTech has a multidisciplinary approach to geometallurgy, GeoMet®. This includes acquiring relevant parameters to spatially model the behaviour and variability of material types to extraction processes within a deposit.Both QG and JK Tech regard the objectives of geometallurgy as broad: manage risk, improve forecasts and maximise project and/or operational value. This applies at both the project and operation levels from advanced exploration, feasibility studies to operation execution. Both groups are research partners in the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimal Ore Extraction (CRC-ORE).The relationship between QG and JKTech will mean that the two organisations will provide expertise across all aspects of geometallurgy from small scale testing, spatial modelling, to optimisation including professional development. QG/JKTech will be offering integrated consulting services to the mining sector worldwide.In addition, both QG and JKTech are established leaders in minerals industry professional development and training. They are developing a full program of joint training programs in geometallurgy. The first of these will be two day senior technical leaders programs delivered in March 2011, in Santiago, Chile and Toronto, Canada. Further programs will be delivered in Australia, South Africa and Brazil during 2011.last_img read more

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180 millions deuros pour les maladies rares

first_img180 millions d’euros pour les maladies raresCe lundi, la ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche Valérie Pécresse, ainsi que Nora Berra, secrétaire d’Etat à la Santé devraient annoncer conjointement le nouveau plan gouvernemental de lutte contre les maladies rares qui sera doté de 180 millions d’euros.Les maladies rares sont ces affections qui ne touchent que peu de personnes à la fois, jamais plus de 3.000. Souvent, du fait de leur faible impact, ces maladies ne connaissent pas de traitement au grand désarroi des victimes et de leur famille. De plus, les laboratoires pharmaceutiques ne s’y intéressent que très peu. Mais la lutte contre les maladies rares est un objectif gouvernemental.À lire aussiLe président brésilien récompensé pour sa lutte contre le SidaLe plan gouvernemental voulu par Valérie Pécresse et Nora Berra concernerait la période 2011/2014 et devrait être doté de 180 millions d’euros, notamment alloués à la recherche. Si dans l’entourage de la ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche on explique que “la France a eu un rôle pionnier dans la recherche sur les maladies rares”, du côté de l’Association française des myopathie, la présidente Laurence Tinnot-Herment, explique au Parisien : “Cela va dans la bonne direction, mais ce n’est pas suffisant. Les besoins pour financer les maladies rares sont de 800 à 900 millions d’euros pour les six ans qui viennent (…) l’Etat doit financer davantage de structures de prise en charge des malades, notamment des établissements médico-éducatifs spécialisés, dont nous manquons cruellement”. L’annonce de ce plan gouvernemental se fait aujourd’hui à l’occasion de la 4e journée internationale des maladies rares. La secrétaire d’Etat à la Santé a expliqué au quotidien La Croix qu’il prévoyait “47 mesures” et serait “articulé autour de trois axes forts : améliorer la qualité de la prise en charge des patients, développer la recherche et amplifier les coopérations européennes et internationales (…)”.Le 28 février 2011 à 14:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Unhealthy air dense fog affecting Clark County

first_imgThe National Weather Service said Wednesday morning that drivers returning to work can expect stagnant air, dense fog and slick roads in some areas of Clark County.The dense fog is especially present along Interstate 5, according to a short-term forecast. Other county communities affected by the fog include Vancouver, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, Washougal, Yacolt, and Amboy.“Expect abrupt changes in visibilities over short distances. The fog combined with freezing temperatures may cause slick roadways on secondary or untreated roads,” the forecast says.An air stagnation advisory for the Portland metro area is set to expire at 4 p.m. today. The weather service issued the advisory on New Year’s Day, stating surface high pressure will reside over the region for the next couple of days. Air quality will gradually deteriorate through the afternoon due to light winds and little movement in the atmosphere, forecasters said. The weather service listed the same affected communities as those named in the forecast statement.last_img read more

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Man sentenced to 55 years in prison for fatal 2010 beating

first_imgA man charged in the beating death of another man in 2010 has been sentenced to 55 years in prison.The Alaska Dispatch News reports 27-year-old Carl Leedom was sentenced in Anchorage Superior Court Monday on a second-degree murder charge. Leedom had been the last of three defendants charged in the August 2010 death of 23-year-old Harvey Albright.Police said the trio attacked Albright because Leedom believed he had stolen his backpack, which was filled with money. Assistant district attorney Jason Gist said Leedom had delivered the fatal blow when he hit Albright in the head with a gun, crushing his skill.During Monday’s sentencing, the state presented a recording of Leedom admitting to the murder.When he was given the opportunity to speak, Leedom said he was sorry.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Monday Apr 25 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioAlaska Republican donors go to court over increasing campaign contribution limitsLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageMoney is the lifeblood of a political campaign, and if a legal challenge to Alaska’s campaign contribution limits succeeds, there could be more of it. APRN’s Liz Ruskin attended the first day of a trial in U.S. District Court in Anchorage today.Senate president aims to finish session in JuneauAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Legislature didn’t take any actions Monday as it began the second week after the scheduled end of the session. But Senate President Kevin Meyer said he’d like to see the Legislature complete its work soon.Seward Highway crash leaves two dead near GirdwoodJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageTwo people are dead after a crash over the weekend on the Seward Highway north of Girdwood. Alaska State Troopers responded to the collision just after 7 p.m. Saturday.Dillingham wins first overall and sportsmanship at state NYOHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamThe statewide Native Youth Olympics tournament wrapped up Saturday after three days of competition. Dillingham earned the rare distinction of winning both first place overall and the top sportsmanship award.Bristol Bay Native Corporation plans to acquire KatmailandDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamThe Bristol Bay Native Corporation announced plans to acquire Katmailand, Inc., a long running sport fishing and bear viewing operation in and around Katmai National Park.Deadly bat disease spreading; residents asked to help survey the flying mammalsAngela Denning, KFSK – PetersburgA disease that’s killed millions of bats on the East Coast was recently found in Washington state. Experts fear it’s only a matter of time before it reaches Alaska. Very little is known about bats in the state. To help learn more about bats in Southeast region the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has started a program that asks the public to help survey the flying mammals.Calista campaigning to reduce quorum requirements before descendants enrollAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelCalista Corporation is campaigning to reduce quorum requirements at itsannual shareholder meetings to prevent invalidating future meeting votesand wasting corporation money when quorum isn’t met.Wasilla pilot avoids injury after plane loses powerJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageA pilot avoided injury in Wasilla over the weekend, after a mechanical mishap.The Ecology of Breast Cancer: Researching the risks for breast cancerLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageGoing beyond known risk factors for breast cancer has led to research that looks at the ecology of risk. Dr Ted Schettler is the science director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. He is also the author of The Ecology of Breast Cancer: The promise of prevention and the hope for healing. Dr Schettler says considering all the conditions that cancer arises from, means not just individual risks such as genetics, but community, ecosystem and societal concerns.last_img read more

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No hearing for Senate health bill and says Murkowski no sighting either

first_imgSen. Lisa Murkowski speaks to reporters at the Capitol. File photo by Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public MediaSen. Lisa Murkowski says she’s not happy with the fast-track process the Senate Majority leader is using to bring a health care bill to the floor without any hearings.Listen nowMurkowski is a member of the HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committee, so she would have a chance to work on the bill, if it were going through the normal committee process. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has invoked what’s called “Rule 14.” That could send the bill directly to the Senate floor with little or no chance for amendments“Do I think that’s the best way to go? No, I’m a process person,” Murkowski said. She also said she hasn’t seen the bill yet and mostly hears details about it from reporters who surround her in the corridors.“Yeah, I got a problem with it,” she said, of the process. “If I’m not going to see a bill before we have a vote on it, that’s just not a good way to handle something that is as significant and important as health care.”McConnell couldn’t say when senators would see the bill or whether they were on track to pass it before the end of the month, as he wants“You know, I’m not going to answer that with specificity,” he told reporters Tuesday. “Our goal here is to move forward quickly. The status quo is unsustainable.”Alaska has by far the highest health care costs in the country. Under current law, Alaskans who buy insurance on the individual market can get bigger subsidies to offset the high cost. The health care bill the House passed would replace the subsidies with tax credits that vary only by age, not location. The bill House would also move a lot of Medicaid costs to the states.It’s not clear how closely the Senate bill drafters will stick to the House version.Murkowski says she’s had plenty of opportunities to discuss Alaska’s specific needs with the senators who are working on the bill behind closed doors.“So whether I’m invited into every meeting or not, when I’ve got something to say, I say it,” she asserted.But has she heard whether her concerns will be addressed in the legislation?“I don’t know because I have no idea if we even have a bill!” she said.Murkowski and other Republican senators had lunch at the White House to discuss health care. She was seated right next to the president. Video footage shows she wasn’t sitting squarely in her chair when the president was talking. Social media erupted with speculation that she was trying to distance herself.Murkowski and Ernst are about as far away from Trump as they can without moving to the next chair. pic.twitter.com/0Iw9Rwe6Im— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) June 13, 2017Murkowski says she was just turned in her seat to see the president better.“I’m an active listener, and I like to look at people when they’re talking.”last_img read more

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Women stage protest seeking justice for Unnao rape victim in

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Activists of various women organisations held a protest seeking justice for the Unnao rape survivor, near GVMC office here on Wednesday.Holding banners and candles, they raised slogans condemning the alleged attempts to browbeat the rape survivor, a minor, by the accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his associates and relatives. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Citing the recent incident of a truck ramming into the car in which the survivor was travelling and how the accident killed two of her relatives and critically injured her and her lawyer was not an accident but an attack intended to kill the survivor, they alleged. The protesters demanded that the Unnao case be shifted out of Uttar Pradesh and wanted the Supreme Court to take immediate cognisance of the case and appoint a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the case. Among those who participated in the protest were V S Krishna and K Anuradha from the Human Rights Forum, K Padma of Mahila Chetana, Prabhavathi of AIDWA, Vimala of NFIW, M Lakshmi of POW.last_img read more

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Vijay Mallya must repay Rs 6203 crore with interest to SBIled consortium

first_imgThe Debts Recovery Tribunal’s Bengaluru Bench on Thursday allowed banks’ recovery proceedings against Kingfisher Airlines Ltd and its promoter Vijay Mallya directing them to pay back approximately Rs 6,203 crore to the consortium of banks led by State Bank of India.Don’t project me as poster boy of non-performing assets: Vijay MallyaA consortium of 17 banks led by the country’s largest public sector lender State Bank of India had approached the tribunal seeking instructions to liquor baron to repay the loan.The SBI-led consortium had approached the DRT in 2013 as a last resort after several attempts by the lenders for a settlement with Mallya failed. SBI had earlier declared Mallya a wilful defaulter after he failed to fulfil his debt repayment conditions.Later, the liquor baron was declared a proclaimed offender by a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Mumbai as he did not appear there on several occasions.Separately, the Enforcement Directorate is also pursuing the case with a money laundering angle and has issued several summons to Mallya.Last year, the Supreme Court had also asked the tribunal to decide the case expeditiously.On Thursday, the presiding officer of the tribunal, K Srinivasan, ruled the verdict and directed the airline to pay an interest at the rate of 11.5 percent per annum on the due amount from the date of initiation of recovery proceedings.The move spells fresh trouble to Mallya, who has been living in a self-imposed exile in the UK since March 2016, and provides major relief to banks. The ruling also puts an end to the three-year legal battle the banks had resorted to start criminal proceedings against the beleaguered businessman.last_img read more

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Sovereign Gold Bond scheme 201819 issue opens April 16 Know all details

first_imgSovereign Gold Bond scheme 2018-19Reuters fileThe government of India Friday announced the issue date of the first tranche of government-backed Sovereign Gold Bond (SGB) in this financial year.SGBs are issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and are considered to be alternatives to owning physical gold. People can buy SGB through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices and National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).know all the details about the SGB scheme 2018-19:Applications for the bond will be accepted from April 16 to 20. The certificate of bonds will be issued on May 4, 2018Under the SGB scheme, the bonds are denominated in units of one gram of gold and multiples thereof. There are minimum and maximum investment limits under SGB scheme. Minimum investment in the bonds is one gram and the maximum limit of subscription is 500 grams per person per fiscal year (April-March)The maximum limit of subscription would be 4 kg for individual and HUF and 20 kg for trusts and similar entities per fiscal (April-March) notified by the government from time to timeThe issue price of the gold bond will be Rs 50 per gram less for those who subscribe online and pay through digital modeThe SGB investors will be compensated at a fixed rate of 2.50 percent per annum payable semi-annually on the nominal valueFor purchasing SGB, the know-your-customer (KYC) norms will be the same as that for the purchase of physical gold. KYC documents like voter ID, Aadhaar card/PAN or TAN /Passport will be requiredThe SGBs will be tradable on stock exchanges within a fortnight of the issuance on a date as notified by the RBIThe investors will be paid Interest on the amount of initial investment at the rate notified by RBIlast_img read more

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Neolithic pottery sherds from China reveal alcoholic beverage production techniques

first_img Explore further Human beings have been making alcoholic beverages for approximately 13,000 years, and they have been doing it in different ways depending on what resources they had available to them—the people living in Neolithic China, in what is now the Wei River Valley, had rice, millet and several other ingredients that allowed them to make fermented beverages. In this new effort, the researchers have found evidence showing that people made alcoholic beverages in at least two ways.The pottery sherds the researchers tested were dated to approximately seven to nine thousand years ago. They found traces of fungi, starches and plant tissue—ingredients for brewing fermented beverages. The sherds and the shape of the pottery they came from indicate that the Neolithic people were making their alcoholic beverages with two methods. One was to allow grains to sprout, which frees sugars in the plant. The other method was more complicated, involving fungi, herbs and grains to make a starter called qū—it allowed for “simultaneous saccharification and fermentation.”The researchers note that the early drink makers also designed and made pottery vessels that promoted fermentation—small-mouthed with wide sides and thin necks allowed for sealing to keep out fresh air, which encouraged anaerobic brewing processes. They also point out that neither process likely resulted in very strong drinks. They also claim the early evidence of fermenting drinks suggests that the desire to create such beverages might have been part of the push toward the development of agriculture. They believe drinking alcohol likely became linked with social and religious activities, and might have even bestowed some degree of status on those able to provide it to others. Alcoholic beverages are frequently considered migraine triggers A group of pottery vessels studied, with some analyzed for food traces, in the Baoji Museum in Shaanxi province, China. Credit: Li Liu Citation: Neolithic pottery sherds from China reveal alcoholic beverage production techniques (2019, June 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-neolithic-pottery-sherds-china-reveal.html A team of researchers from Stanford University, Zhengzhou University, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology has learned more about the ways Neolithic people in China made alcoholic beverages by studying pottery sherds from that era. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of residue left behind on fragments of pottery. A globular jar fitted with a funnel-steamer in the Baoji Museum in Shaanxi province, China. Credit: Li Liu. More information: Li Liu et al. The origins of specialized pottery and diverse alcohol fermentation techniques in Early Neolithic China, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1902668116 © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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