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London Olympics: Krishna Poonia qualifies, shot putter Om Prakash crashes out

first_imgIndia’s top discus thrower Krishna Poonia qualified for the final round while triple jumper Mayookha Johny and men’s shot putter Om Prakash Singh were knocked out on the first day of the track and field events of the 2012 London Games in London on Friday.Commonwealth Games gold medallist Poonia achieved the target of 63.54 metres in her second attempt at the Olympic Stadium. The qualification mark was set at 63 metres.Johny crashed out of the Games, failing to qualify for the finals with a disappointing 13th place finish in Group B.The Indian finished a dismal 22nd overall with a best effort of 13.77 metres, which she got in her first attempt. Things only got worse for her as she jumped 13.68 m in the second and 13.22 m in the third.Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan had the highest jump in the qualification round with a 14.79 m.Mayookha earned a last-minute qualification for the Games after an impressive showing in a German competition.In men’s shot put, Om Prakash Singh faltered in the qualification round and finished 10th in group B here Friday.Om Prakash failed to make the finals and was ousted after he fouled in his third attempt to finish with a best of 19.86 m, which is below his national record of 20.69m he managed in the run-up to the Games in May.The 25-year-old, who is participating in the Olympics for the first time, finished 19th overall.In his first attempt, Om Prakash touched 19.40 m well behind American Reese Hoffa who led the qualifiers with an impressive 21.3 6m throw, while German David Storl took the second spot with 21.15 m.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup hosts Qatar box clever, punch above their weight

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Qatar’s team celebrates after winning the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar in Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)Coming from nowhere to win the Asian Cup is just part of the process for Qatar as they look ahead to this year’s Copa America and then the big one — a home World Cup in 2022.Felix Sanchez’s team are keeping their expectations in check for the South American championship despite snatching the Asian title from a lowly world ranking of 93.ADVERTISEMENT The title raised the beguiling possibility of Qatar being crowned champions of both Asia and South America, when they compete at the Copa America as guests in June-July.But Ali said the Copa was all about learning for Qatar, continuing the methodical approach which has already paid dividends.“We’re not expecting to win, but just to learn because after the World Cup, the Copa America is the biggest competition in the world,” Ali said.“The weakest teams are in Asia, Asia is the weakest continent for football so in the Copa America we will learn more.“We’ll benefit a lot as a Gulf team — this will help us have a better performance in 2022.”After spending many millions of petro-dollars on their world-class Aspire Academy, and scouring the world for top coaches, Qatar are beginning to recoup their investment.Head coach Felix Sanchez led Qatar to their first Asian under-19 title in 2014, and they reached the semi-finals at last year’s Asian under-23s — where Ali was also the top-scorer.Afif clocked up a tournament-record 10 assists and formed a devastating partnership with Ali, underlining Qatar’s cohesion in both defense and attack after years spent playing together.“We’ve been together seven years so I know exactly where Akram will be, where he will pass and he always knows what to expect from me,” Ali said.“That’s normal after all the time we’ve spent playing together. We get along very well together too.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Qatar’s win sparked jubilant scenes back home in Doha but for the team, bigger goals now lie ahead.“This is one step more to continue developing the team, to play another tournament in the summer and to be ready in 2022 to represent Qatar in the World Cup,” Sanchez said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA: NLEX escapes Meralco for 2nd straight win Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes But it is hard to overstate their achievement in going from zero points at the last Asian Cup to their first continental title in record-breaking style.It also means that resource-rich Qatar are finally making headlines for the right reasons after the turbulence that has surrounded their successful bid to host the World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAlmoez Ali’s bicycle kick epitomized a stylish win as it sparked Qatar’s 3-1 final victory over Japan and broke Ali Daei’s 23-year-old mark for goals at single Asian Cup.“I’m sorry for breaking Mr. Daei’s record,” a humble Ali said after scoring his ninth of the tournament. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ “I expected to score goals — maybe three or four — but I didn’t expect to score nine,” he added.Fittingly for a team that has punched above its weight, Akram Afif struck a boxing-style pose as he celebrated the late penalty that ended Japan’s resistance.Qatar conceded just one goal all tournament and scored 19, winning all seven games and beating former champions Saudi Arabia, Iraq and South Korea, as well as Japan.They also thrived in a hostile environment in the United Arab Emirates owing to the ongoing Gulf blockade, with their fans largely barred from visiting and home spectators pelting them with shoes and bottles in the semi-finals.Latin lessonsADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: India look to solve batting woes in 2nd warm-up vs Bangladesh

first_imgThe top-order will ideally like an extended session in the middle but injured Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar’s lack of game time will certainly be a bigger worry for India ahead of their final World Cup warm-up game against Bangladesh here Tuesday.The top-heavy Indian line-up flattered to deceive in bowling-friendly conditions at the Oval as Trent Boult troubled them with both swing and seam movement.The six-wicket defeat against New Zealand, however, won’t be a big worry for Virat Kohli as he has some bigger issues to take care of.Kohli is bound to be a worried man if Jadhav and Shankar are unable to get a decent hit against Mashrafe Mortaza’s men before facing a tricky opposition like South Africa in its tournament opener at Southampton on June 4.India’s primary objective during the practice games is to fix their middle-order problems but the two protagonists, who are likely to fill in the important Nos 4 and 6 in the tournament proper, have not fully recovered from their respective injuries.#TeamIndia out and about in Cardiff ahead of the 2nd warm-up game at #CWC19 (@BCCI) May 27, 2019While Kedar injured his left shoulder during the IPL, Shankar was hit in the nets by a Khaleel Ahmed short ball.This, however, is a Godsend opportunity for KL Rahul to score some useful runs against an attack comprising Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahaman, Rubel Hossain and Shakib al Hasan and cement the No 4 slot. Unless Ravi Shastri and Kohli decide to promote Dinesh Karthik and check him out.advertisementHe was hit on the forearm at The Oval and we are delighted to see @vijayshankar260 back in the nets. #TeamIndia (@BCCI) May 27, 2019Shakib is recovering from a niggle and Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes expects him to play a pivotal role in the Tigers’ campaign.Rohit and Shikhar, who have enjoyed a decent amount of success against Bangladesh, won’t mind some runs which is always a confidence booster ahead of the main event.If the conditions in Cardiff remain overcast, playing out a testing first spell of Mustafizur or Rubel will certainly keep the top-order batsmen in good stead.Apart from Rahul, the other player who will like to assert himself in the middle will be Ravindra Jadeja, who was the only saving grace in the first warm-up game.While Jadeja’s core strength remains batting, his accurate bowling and razor-sharp fielding will keep Jadhav on toes once he gets a hundred per cent fit.An interesting move in the first game was to send Hardik Pandya at No 5 ahead of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who literally struggled in tough batting conditions scoring 17 off 42 balls.If Hardik is seen as an enforcer at No 5 and Dhoni as a finisher at No 6, the second down slot will become all the more pivotal in the larger context as Rahul, Karthik or Shankar, whoever fits in will have to play the role of a sheet anchor.The bowlers did a decent job in the first outing with both Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami being sharp and economical but a good spell from Kuldeep Yadav is likely to keep him in good head space after a dismal IPL.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep YadavBangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Raaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed.Also Read | Watch: Dhoni’s guest appearance on Chahal TV, Kuldeep listens to Kishore Kumar songsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar back in nets ahead of 2nd warm-up after injury scareAlso Read | Virat Kohli captain on paper but MS Dhoni on ground: Suresh Rainalast_img read more

Thursday 21 Jan – Tour Diary

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first_imgGive us a rundown of your day?The day started off as usual with a team meeting at 9am in one of te player rooms. We then made our way to the stadium (The Trusts Stadium) where we are playing, for the official jersey presentation & team photos. It is always a proud moment receiving your Australian Jersey!We were lucky to have most of the afternoon off so our fearless leader Drummy (who knows his way around Auckland) suggested we visit Wai Wera Hot Baths for some R & R. Whilst is was very relaxing in the hot pools it was more fun taking each other on down the waterslides that were also there.  It was very amusing to see and hear our assistant coaches Peter Forrester and Paul Sfeir take on the slides as I don’t think they were designed for people of their structure! The bus trip home from the hot baths was alot quieter as most of the boys fell asleep. That night we had the official welcoming and opening with all the teams, referees and officials. Steve Price, Australian Rep, Queensland Rep, former and mighty Bulldog and now Auckland Warrior, was there as a guest speaker. He spoke about three things that have got him where he is today.Support, Sacrifice & HonestyIn brief, they meant:Support – From family, friends and the people around you.    Sacrifice – You need to make sacrifices to get to the top. Need to prioritise and work towards your goal.  Honesty – you have to be honest with yourself. Not to make excuses or look for other people to blame when things aren’t going your way.To finish up, I am really looking forward to this series. I am looking forward to playing the Kiwi’s on their home turf and wearing the Australian Colours. Much love to everyone back home.How is the team shaping up for the 2010 Trans Tasman?The team is looking really good for the Trans Tasman. There is a really strong feeling within the team as everyone is very tight and looking forward to taking on the Kiwi’s together. What is the Atmosphere like in the team?As mentioned before the team is very close and there is a good vibe amongst the players. There has been plenty of laughs (where the boys are comfortable enough around each other to let go of bodily gases). But also we know when to knuckle down & focus when it is time.Did you bring anything with you to make it feel more like home?My mum and my sister!What do you do before a big match to prepare physically and mentally?Nothing special. I try to do things as normal and to relax as much as possible which usually involves kicking back and watching a movie. On the way to the game I normally listen to music and start think about my role in the team.Explain to the players back home, what are your feelings when you running onto the field for an international match?First and foremost I obviously feel proud and honoured to wear the Aussie colours and represent my country!!!  There are a few nerves but also plenty of excitement.last_img read more

Northern Rockies gearing up to host NCLGA Annual General Meeting next week

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first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality says it is gearing up to host the 2018 North Central Local Government Association’s Annual General Meeting and Convention. The NCLGA, as the advocacy body for all local government officials in north central BC, has been “the Elected Voice of North & Central British Columbia” for 63 years. Members include cities, towns, Aboriginal communities, villages and regional districts. “As a non-partisan, non-profit association, we work specifically for the benefit of our members – communities whose voices are often left unheard because of their size or location,” said NCLGA president Shaely Wilbur, who is also a councillor for the City of Dawson Creek.  The Northern Rockies Regional Council said it was delighted at the chance to host 180 delegates from 41 member local governments when it bid to host the AGM last year. “The Road Ahead” is the theme for this year’s convention, signifying the growing amount of planning that local governments are undertaking, as they strive to become more efficient and responsive to the public. From May 7th – 10th, attendees will participate in tours such as “the Alaska Highway Experience” and “the Innovative Agriculture Tour”. The Fort Nelson First Nation will also be hosting and coordinating the “First Nations Cultural Experience”, where participants will be introduced to a way of life that is specific to this region’s indigenous peoples. Among the major topics due to be discussed at this year’s NCLGA meeting are: asset management, emergency management, the possibilities of tech and innovation, and the legalization of cannabis.“Hosting the NCLGA AGM is a welcome occasion to showcase the Northern Rockies and all that we have to offer, in our world-class recreation centre, and I’d like to give a warm welcome to everyone attending” said mayor Bill Streeper.last_img read more

Mass production of Apple ARproduct by Q2 2020 Report

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first_imgSan Francisco: Apple’s first Augmented Reality (AR)-based product could go into mass production by the second quarter of 2020, famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes. “The analyst says that the AR glasses will essentially act as a display only with the actual computing, rendering, internet connectivity and location services coming from the iPhone in the user’s pocket. It is assumed that the pairing will work wirelessly,” 9To5Mac reported on Friday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Earlier in March, media had reported that the iPhone-maker published an update titled, “Systems, methods and graphical user interfaces for interacting with Augmented and Virtual Reality environments” as part of an existing patent filed in August 2018. The patent hints at Apple’s plans of developing an AR-based headset that would work alongside an iPhone to enable users experience an environment where computer images are overlaid on the real world. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails The patent suggests that the headset would wirelessly communicate with a separate device powered by a custom Apple processing brain. The company also wishes to add a “touch-sensitive surface” as a way to interact with that environment. “Apple is clearly betting big on it being a hit. If manufacturing is indeed ramping up at the end of 2019, a 2020 public product launch is seemingly on the cards,” the report added.last_img read more

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Palestinian cause just as important as Moroccos first national cause King

first_imgMarrakech- King Mohammed VI stressed on Friday that the Palestinian cause is as important for Morocco as the Sahara issue, Morocco’s first national cause, and has been one of the fundamental determinants of Morocco’s foreign policy. The cause of Al-Quds is a sacred trust for all of us. As far as I am concerned, it is just as important as Morocco’s first national cause, it has always been one of the fundamental determinants of my country’s foreign policy”, said the King, chairman of Al Quds committee, in a speech delivered at the opening of Al Quds committee’s 20th session, held in Marrakech this January 17-18. “Since the last Committee meeting, we have not been sitting idly by”, went on the King who called for “strong mobilization of our means and resources to defend the holy city, since this is the cause of the entire Muslim Ummah”. King Mohammed VI also underlined that Al-Quds Committee member-states “do not perceive the defense of the occupied city as a transient matter, nor is this defense limited to convening Committee meetings”, underscoring that “the Committee’s action includes effective diplomatic initiatives as well as tangible fieldwork in the holy city, carried out by the Bayt Mal Al-Quds al-Sharif Agency, which is affiliated with the Al-Quds Committee.”last_img read more

USAfrica leaders summit scheduled for August

first_imgWASHINGTON- The first summit is scheduled to be held in Washington D.C. on August 5 and 6.The United States will host the first “US-Africa Leaders Summit” in Washington D.C. on August 5 and 6, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.“President Obama looks forward to welcoming leaders from across the African continent to the Nation’s Capital to further strengthen ties with one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing regions,” the statement said.The summit intends to build on US administration’s progress in focusing on trade and investment in Africa since Obama’s trip there last summer with the aim of highlighting US commitment to Africa’s security, democratic development, and people.last_img read more

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