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McCONALOGUE AND PAT THE COPE TO STAND FOR FIANNA FAIL IN ELECTION

first_imgFianna Fáil members in Donegal have selected Charlie McConalogue TD and Pat the Cope Gallagher to contest the upcoming General Election.Charlie McConalogue TDMore than 700 members voted in the selection convention, which was held in the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny this afternoon, and was chaired by the party’s Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen.Speaking after the convention Deputy McConalogue said, “I am honoured to have been chosen to represent Fianna Fáil members in Donegal to contest the upcoming General Election. This election will provide the people of Donegal with an opportunity to turn their backs on this Government, which has pandered to big business interests and targeted middle Ireland. Fine Gael and Labour have raided the pockets and the services of the very people who bore the brunt of the economic downturn and turned this country around. Nowhere is this more evident than here in Donegal. Pat the Cope Gallagher“Patients in Donegal have seen services at Letterkenny General Hospital seriously diminished. Rheumatology, dermatology, orthopaedic and cancer services have been severely curtailed with people having to travel to Sligo, Manorhamilton and Derry to avail of treatments that were previously available at the hospital. Commitments are continuously broken and it’s simply not good enough. The housing crisis here has spiralled completely out of control, with almost 2,500 people on the waiting list for a social housing unit. This Government is sleepwalking through this crisis, failing to provide tangible measures to tackle the escalating situation. Fianna Fáil has produced a range of proposals, from helping families in mortgage arrears to plans to secure the release of local authority housing units, which provide short, medium and long term measures to deal with the housing emergency.“Donegal has been left behind by this Government as it continues to drive its two-tier recovery. Schools, businesses and services are suffering as Fine Gael and Labour continue to ignore the problems that are being felt so starkly here. I want to continue the work that I started in the Dáil four years ago and am grateful for the opportunity to represent Donegal in the next General Election.Pat the Cope Gallagher added, “This Government needs to be taken to task for the regressive measures which it has been implementing. Towns and villages across this county are failing to feel the benefits of this much talked about recovery. Shops remain boarded up and the businesses that remain are being crucified by high commercial rates, ever increasing regulation costs and high energy prices. Not to mention the burden of red tape that comes with business ownership and management. Under Fine Gael and Labour the bulk of investment has been delivered in Dublin and the commuter region, while small and medium sized businesses in Donegal and the North West have been left languishing.“The Government’s lack of interest in Donegal was further highlighted last week following the announcement of the capital investment plan. Despite previous commitments to advance work on the A5, there was not one mention of this key road in the document. Donegal has one of the highest prevalences of regional and county roads in the country, but many of these have fallen into bad disrepair and the waiting list for resurfacing and repair work has spiralled. “We need to ensure that funding for these stretches along with our national roads is made a priority so that these essential works can be carried out and the road network in Donegal is brought up to national standards. Local Improvement Scheme grants for accommodation roads should be reintroduced, and Fianna Fáil is committed to progressing this issue.“Fianna Fáil members have selected a strong team to fight the next election. Together we offer a real alternative to this regressive Government and are best placed to represent the needs of communities the length and breadth of this county”.McCONALOGUE AND PAT THE COPE TO STAND FOR FIANNA FAIL IN ELECTION was last modified: October 4th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cranes intensify preps for Lesotho qualifier as Professionals continue jetting in

first_imgLubega (16) and some of the other players during Monday’s session at Namboole under the watch of the coach, Sebastian Desabre (photo by FUFA Media)2019 AFCON QualifiersUganda vs LesothoMandela National Stadium, NambooleSaturday, 13-10-2018NAMBOOLE – Just days to their third AFCON qualifier, the Uganda Cranes have intensified preparations ahead of the doubleheader with Lesotho.On Monday evening, some of the 24 players who were selected to represent the nation on Saturday and next Tuesday, underwent their first training session in the residential set-up.A total of 16 players took part in the evening session including eight professionals. The Pros who were in attendance included Edrisa Lubega, Emmanuel Okwi, Godfrey Walusimbi, Denis Iguma, Murushid Jjuuko, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Joseph Ochaya and Allan Kateregga.Speaking after the session, Edrisa Lubega who was introduced in the last minutes of the goalless draw against Tanzania last month, emphasized that it is upon the players to prove to the coaches that they are worth the node on match day.“When we come out for training, we always give more than 100%. Said Lubega.“It is this same spirit that we want to display in the matches if given the chance to play but the decision on who plays is entirely left to the coach.“Our role as players is to train as hard as we can in order to prove to the coach that we are worth the node on match day.More professionals are expected to join camp in the next few days. The last bunch of pros yet to arrive include captain, Danis Onyango, Jamal Salim, Isaac Muleme, Hassan Wasswa, Khalid Aucho, Faruku Miya, Derrick Nsibambi and Milton Karisa.All the summoned eight local based players took part in Monday’s session and these are Goalkeeper Charles Lukwago, Sadam Ibrahim Juma, Timothy Awanyi, Patrick Kaddu, Isaac Isinde, Allan Kyambadde, Moses Waiswa and Tadeo Lwanga.Uganda Cranes takes Lesotho in a crucial doubleheader duel at Namboole and in Maseru on 13th and 16th October 2018 respectively.The Cranes currently lead the standings in Group L with four points from two games having defeated Cape Verde 1-0 and drawn 0-0 with Tanzania.Lesotho are second on two points from as many games.The training sessions continue on Tuesday-morning (8.30am Gym session at Kabira Country Club ) and afternoon (1.30 pm) at Namboole stadium.The full list of  Players who took part in Monday’s session:Charles Lukwago, Murushid Jjuuko, Joseph Ochaya, Emmanuel Okwi, Godfrey Walusimbi, Edirisa Lubega, Allan Kateregga, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Dennis Iguma, Sadam Ibrahim Juma, Timothy Awanyi, Patrick Kaddu, Isaac Isinde, Allan Kyambadde, Moses Waiswa and Tadeo Lwanga.Comments Tags: 2019 AFCON QualifiersEdrisa LubegatopUganda Craneslast_img read more

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Corking carbon emissions

first_imgSpekboom, or Portulacaria afra – a humbleplant with the potential to make animmense environmental impact.(Image: Wikimedia) Eventually the once-lush spekboomthickets will be restored.(Image: Wikimedia) The first spekboom nursery has beenestablished at Lelienfontein, vine supplierto the industry. (Image: Lelienfontein)Janine ErasmusSouth African-based food packaging and processing company Columbit has launched an initiative to encourage its wine clients to reduce their carbon footprint. The company is distributing specimens of the indigenous spekboom plant, known for its immense carbon-absorbing properties, for their tasting rooms as a reminder of the need to keep carbon emissions down.Columbit has set up a spekboom (Afrikaans, meaning “pork bush”) nursery at Lelienfontein, Africa’s largest vine nursery, located in the viticultural region of Wellington, Western Cape. Propagation of the so-called superplant is overseen by R3G, the Rhodes (University) Research Restoration Group.R3G comprises a group of environmental scientists who monitor and evaluate environmental restoration projects and then develop best practice protocols to address and counter the damage. One of these is the replanting of spekboom (Portulacaria afra) cuttings in degraded thicket sites.Columbit will issue potted spekboom plants free of charge to wineries and producers who purchase its bottle corks, thereby creating awareness of the environmental capabilities of the plant as well as the importance of reducing carbon emissions.The company has approached the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, under its Working for Water programme, for funding to plant more trees. The long-term benefits will be greater carbon absorption and the creation of jobs in caring for the trees and associated agricultural activities.The initiative has already begun, with the first spekboom plant taking root at Schalk Burger & Sons’ winery in Wellington.Good corporate citizenshipThe project is Columbit’s first in terms of its membership of the United Nations’ Global Compact for good corporate citizenship. The company, which joined the global initiative in December 2008, was the first member from the wine industry to do so. To date there are over 6 200 signatories to the pact, from over 130 countries.The Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that have committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.The 10 principles encourage businesses around the world to work towards common beneficial goals such as the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour and child labour; the fight against corruption in all its forms; the protection of human rights; and the promotion of greater environmental responsibility.Columbit has not only pledged to support the 10 principles and make them part of its day-to-day, cultural and strategic operations, but also to advance those principles within its sphere of influence.“This compact is of great significance internationally,” commented Columbit CEO Tony Haughton, “and our joining is therefore an important occasion for us and the industry.”Putting a cork in itAccording to Columbit’s marketing manager Bridget Davidtsz, to calculate the carbon emission of a wine one must take into account every step of the manufacturing process, from start to finish. This includes emissions from nitrogenous fertilisers, carbon absorption by vines, fuel use, refrigeration, fermentation emissions, carbon dioxide used during processing, waste treatment, packaging, freight and employee travel.“Our wines travel vast distances to reach their outbound destinations,” she explained. “As a result the carbon footprint attached to our wine production is automatically higher than some of the nations we compete against.”Davidtz encouraged all wine producers to embrace the spekboom project and to use cork as their closure of choice, as it is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Furthermore, cork is obtained through one of the world’s most environmentally friendly harvesting processes.“It made sense that we use the sale of cork as the basis for the spekboom project,” she added. “With the support of the industry, and in partnership with R3G, we hope to see a drastic reduction in the carbon footprint of wine.”SuperplantSpekboom is a leafy succulent found prevalently in the Succulent Thicket biome that occurs on steep mountain slopes in the Eastern Cape province and the eastern parts of the Western Cape.R3G studies conducted on the extraordinary plant over the past seven years show that it is capable of storing more than four tons of carbon per hectare per year – as much as some subtropical rainforests.Distinguished botanist Professor Richard Cowling of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and Dr Anthony Mills of Stellenbosch University’s Soil Science department, published a report in 2006 on their research conducted on spekboom thicket in the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve, the Addo Elephant National Park and the Great Fish River Reserve.This led to the establishment of the Baviaanskloof Subtropical Thicket Restoration Project, a Department of Water Affairs and Forestry project that aims to rehabilitate the degraded thicket biome. From the 1930s and onwards at least 800 000ha of once-lush thicket land, especially spekboom, has been severely over-exploited and over-grazed, mainly by goats.To monitor carbon absorption, the scientists turned to an area of restored spekboom, planted 27 years ago to cover degraded hillsides, on a farm near Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape.According to Cowling, growth of the two-metre high plantation was “almost miraculous”, despite a meagre rainfall quotient of only 250-350mm per year. Each hectare of spekboom on the farm sequestered an annual 4.2 tons of carbon, the equivalent of over 20kg per square metre of vegetation. Carbon sequestration is the term describing a variety of processes that remove carbon from the atmosphere.Cowling and other scientists working on spekboom restoration projects are very interested in the implications for South Africa in the international carbon trading market. The carbon trading system allows heavily polluting businesses to buy carbon credits, while environmentally efficient businesses can sell surplus credits at a profit. The system is a component of the Kyoto Protocol.“The vision is to tap into the international carbon market and thereby restore hundreds of thousands of hectares of degraded thicket,” said Cowling, “provide tens of thousands of jobs in the process and create a source of income for rural communities for many decades.”Thicket replanting requires intensive labour, and carbon monitoring offers opportunities for skills development. Goat farming under managed conditions is also feasible, as goats are partial to spekboom.Farming for carbon creditsAnthony Mills of Stellenbosch University has carried out an extensive study into the possibility of farming to generate carbon credits and has developed a system for farmers.“The price of a carbon credit is between R130 and R260 ($12.9 and $25.7 respectively) per ton of carbon dioxide,” he said. “This is expected to exceed R778 ($77.1) by 2030. The bottom line is that the carbon market is booming and creating carbon credits is likely to be profitable.” Presently, the market in Europe is worth R100- to R200-billion ($9.9- to R19.8-billion) a year.In order to qualify for trading on the international carbon exchanges, the system has to be certified under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol. This is an arrangement whereby emission-reduction projects in developing countries can earn certified emission reduction credits. Each credit is equivalent to one ton of carbon dioxide. Credits can be traded and sold, and used by heavily industrialised countries to attain compliance with their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol.If this cannot be achieved the alternative is to sell credits through a reputable voluntary market system.Mills says the potential income from goat farming could be as much as R200 ($19.8) per hectare per year, while annual potential income from carbon credits, once production is in full swing, could soar above R1 000 ($99.1) per hectare.A December 2008 report in Engineering News revealed that spekboom planting is one of the mechanisms under consideration by South African fuel giant Sasol, to offset carbon emissions at its new-generation coal-to-liquids plant in Limpopo. The plant, dubbed Project Mafutha, is currently in the prefeasibility stage but initial studies suggest that Mafutha’s entire carbon footprint could be offset by planting 100 000ha of spekboom.In addition to its carbon-mopping potential, spekboom is also used as a soil binder for preventing soil erosion. Known as Elephant’s Food, spekboom is an important component of the diet of elephants in the Addo Elephant National Park, and visitors can often see the huge beasts chomping on abundant stands of the pink-flowered plant.Spekboom leaves are edible by humans and are said to have a sour or tart flavour. This plant is also eaten by domestic livestock such as goats, as well as game, and is a particular favourite of tortoises.Related storiesWorld honour for SA botanistInvesting in a clean future Sasol on Dow sustainability index Useful linksColumbitSouth African Cork CouncilUnited Nations Global CompactLelienfonteinResearch Restoration GroupFarming for carbon creditsSpekboomSpekboom succulent thicketDepartment of Water Affairs and ForestryClean Development MechanismSchalk Burger Wineslast_img read more

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South African HIV gel trial scoops USAid award

first_img30 January 2014The Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) was named on Monday as the winner of the US Agency for International Development (USAid) Science and Technology Pioneers Prize for its trial showing that an antiretroviral vaginal gel can help to protect women against HIV.“The prize, which is being inaugurated this year, recognises excellence in the use of science and technology to solve development challenges,” South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology said in a statement following the announcement of the award on Monday.The Caprisa 004 Tenofovir gel trial, conducted in KwaZulu-Natal, was funded by USAid and the department and conducted by a group of South African and US researchers.According to the department, the trial showed that a microbicide gel containing 1% Tenofovir, an antiretroviral usually used for treatment, was 39% effective in preventing HIV infection in women when used before and after sex.“It also had the welcome and unexpected benefit of 51% effectiveness in preventing genital herpes infections,” the department said, adding that these protective effects were even higher for those women who used the gel most of the time.The trial results were released at the 2010 International Aids Conference in Vienna, Austria, drawing a rare standing ovation from the scientists attending the meeting.The follow-on confirmatory trial, Facts 001, involving up to 2 900 women, is currently under way at nine research clinics across South Africa.“Research on the gel shows how fruitful international partnerships between US and South African scientists can be, in this case addressing one of the biggest challenges facing our country – the Aids epidemic,” Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said.“Over the past decade, Caprisa has played an instrumental role in HIV and Aids prevention and treatment research, making some groundbreaking discoveries. We commend the outstanding work they have done in the quest to find an affordable and effective HIV and Aids prevention technologies.”Caprisa associate director Quarraisha Abdool Karim, the leader of the research team for the trial, said the team was “honoured and humbled by this recognition. We will be using the $200 000 prize on research to understand why and how HIV spreads so rapidly in young women in South Africa.”David Stanton, director of USAid’s office of HIV/Aids, described the Caprisa 004 trial as “a key milestone in an ongoing journey towards an approved microbicide product for women, putting us one step closer to an Aids-free generation.”According to the Department of Science and Technology, Tenofovir works by preventing HIV from growing inside human cells. Taken in pill form, Tenofovir is a common component of various three-drug cocktails that are used to treat HIV infections.“The results of the Caprisa trial indicate that Tenofovir formulated as a topical gel and inserted into the female genital tract also has great promise for use in the prevention of HIV and herpes simplex virus type 2,” the department said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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‘Tis Only a Flesh Wound — On a Dark Night (GC1JHWA) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgDifficulty/Terrain Rating:1.5/2Why this is the Geocache of the Week:As nearly any geocacher knows, scrapes, scratches and other flesh wounds are inevitable when you’re searching for a geocache in the woods. But just like the black knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, mere flesh wounds can’t stop a geocacher. This geocache also reminds everyone to keep their sense of humor around while out searching. If you’re up for the challenge of finding this geocache, grab your coconuts (from an African Swallow, of course) and embark on your journey!If you need a reference for the joke, here’s a YouTube clip. Warning: Some violence and mild language. What geocachers are saying:“I couldn’t help but think this was supposed to be a night cache! Anyway as I spotted GZ a huge grin appeared on my face – loved this one! :)” – slieschke“Having found the tribute cache to the Co a couple of weeks ago I took the opportunity today to find a couple and this was number one… worth the effort… and deserving of the fave points… left my own fave point, some Phillipino coin and Hamster Tag tb that I found in the tribute cache to continue on… tftc…” – Peppa“Wow, wow, wow… This trail is really upping the game for the caches that I have found thus far. I also think that I am going to be out of Fav’ Points as I keep giving them to every cache of ‘wingaap’ that I visit including this one! The idea and just finding the cache gave me a giggle and the wow factor. Awesome!” – MinkosDes Photos:A brave warrior facing almost nearly certain ankle biting.The black knight and his creator, Wingaap.What’s the funniest geocache you’ve ever found? Tell us and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More Are you brave enough to earn this smiley?Geocache Name:On a Dark Night (GC1JHWA)center_img SharePrint RelatedDeep Blue Something (GC43K9C) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 2, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Projekt 2013: The Mega-Event that Fought the Rain and WonJune 4, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out””We Come in Peace” GC1DA0H GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – May 16, 2011May 14, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

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Wozniacki, Halep both hoping 3rd time is lucky in final

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City “I was not afraid of losing,” the top-seeded Halep said after surviving a thrilling, three-setter against Kerber. “I won those balls, and then I got the confidence back that I’m still alive and I can do it.”Of the two, Wozniacki has had the longer wait for this moment. If she prevails on Saturday, it’ll be in her 43rd major tournament — the fourth-most appearances among women at the most elite level before winning a first Grand Slam title.The 27-year-old Dane is also nine years removed from her first major final at the 2009 U.S. Open (a loss to Kim Clijsters). She then had a five-year wait for a second shot in New York, falling to Serena Williams in the 2014 final.And now another 3 ½ long years for another opportunity.“I always believed in myself,” Wozniacki said. “I was just giving myself time. I think if you don’t feel like you can go all the way in tournaments, then to me there’s no sense in playing. So for me it’s always I want to be competitive, I want to be the best, and that’s why I’m still playing.”ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers They’ve had similar careers to this point: they are steady, consistent performers week-to-week who have climbed all the way to No. 1 based on the quantity — if not necessarily the quality — of their results.At the Grand Slams, both are all too familiar with the role of runner-up — Wozniacki losing twice at the U.S. Open, Halep twice at Roland Garros.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd in a twist of fate, both enter the Australian Open final playing with what Wozniacki calls “house money” — they’ve each saved match points earlier in the tournament and feel they’re making the most of their second chances.In Halep’s case, it’s actually a third chance. She saved match points against not one, but two opponents at Melbourne Park — Lauren Davis in the third round, and two-time major winner Angelique Kerber in the semifinal. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates after defeating Germany’s Angelique Kerber in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)MELBOURNE, Australia — For both Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep, the Australian Open women’s final on Saturday is a chance to put the demons of past Grand Slam near-misses behind them.One will finally walk away a champion. The other will have to shake off another loss in a major final and be left to wonder when, or if, another chance will come again.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The 26-year-old Halep hasn’t had such long stretches between title chances — her losses came in the 2014 and 2017 French Opens to Maria Sharapova and Jelena Ostapenko, respectively — but she’s certainly endured the more heart-breaking defeats.Halep was leading by a set and a break against Jelena Ostapenko at last year’s French Open before faltering down the stretch. And against Sharapova in 2014, Halep came in as the favorite but was broken at 4-all in the third set before losing a draining, three-hour final.But Halep believes she’s turned a corner in the past year and is better able to handle pressure moments on the court. Her comeback from multiple match points down in Melbourne is a testament to a new mindset.“I was in this position in the French Open, so maybe I can make a better match,” she said. “I feel more experienced. Also stronger mentally. And the way I play, it’s different. I feel I’m more aggressive.”The bonus in Saturday night’s final is that winner also takes home the No. 1 ranking. It would be a six-year gap for Wozniacki if she achieves it. But both made clear this isn’t their goal.“It’s also my dream, to win a Grand Slam title,” Halep said. “But, you know, it’s always tough when you are close.”Wozniacki knows all too well how this feels — and she’s hoping the third time proves lucky for her.“Regardless of what happens now, I’ve done my best,” she said. “I believe if you really put everything into it, eventually things are going to go your way.” Torres knocks out Osenio, Kelly scores stunner in ONE prelims Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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(REOPENS DES62)

first_imgIn HRD ministry-run Kendriya Vidyalayas, after the prayer, a yoga session was organised in which students, faculty, officers and staff took part. Few Kendriya Vidyalayas organised debate and other competitions.All India Radio and Doordarshan also organised special programmes on the occassion.Delhi Development Authority celebrated the day at all its sports complexes and at District Park, Sector-11 in Dwarka and also at Swarn Jayanti Park in Rohini.”The event was organised in collaboration with Ministry of Ayush, and participation from all nearby residents and members of the respective sports complexes was allowed. More than 10,500 people participated at various sports complexes,” the DDA said in a statement today.In addition thousands of residents participated at District Park, Sector-11, Dwarka and at Swarn Jayanti Park, Rohini. Vice Chairman, DDA, Arun Goel also participated in the event at the District Park in Dwarka, it said. PTI ADS KND KNDlast_img read more

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Don’t be judgemental, problem is not technical but mental: Kohli

first_imgBy Chetan Narula London, Aug 8 (PTI) Captain Virat Kohli today urged followers of Indian cricket to not be judgemental about his team’s poor batting performance after just one Test as the problem is more about making “mental adjustments” rather than technical. India lost the first Test against England by 31 runs with only skipper Kohli crossing the 50 run mark in both innings. “We should not judge so fast, and jump to conclusions As a team, we keep patience. We dont judge so fast. We don’t see any pattern to (the failures). As far as wickets falling in heap is concerned, it is not about technique, it is more of a mental aspect,” Kohli said at the pre-match press conference. “There must be a clear plan on how to face the first 20-30 balls, and more often than not that plan does not involve aggression. There we need some composure rather than aggression. As a batting unit, we have discussed that,” the skipper said. Kohli said from a team’s perspective they don’t analyse how bad a defeat can look as their focus in on cutting down on margin of error in the next game. “From outside, it looks very bad, especially as it is Test cricket and we are playing in England, where it is anyway difficult. But we only need to bring down the margin of error and beyond that we don’t need to worry too much.” His captaincy has come for some flak from the pundits but the skipper defended himself saying that he is doing his best.advertisement “I am doing as much as I can as the captain and there is constant feedback from the management. People have their own ways of looking at the game and their own ideas when it comes to captaincy and so on, but I feel I have had really good communication with all the players.” Kohli did drop a hint that a second specialist spinner in either Ravindra Jadeja or Kuldeep Yadav could be an option as the surface looks dry. “(It) could be a tempting thought. Just walking here the pitch looked very hard and the surface looked very dry. It has been very hot in London for the last couple of months. There is good grass cover on it and that is required basically to keep the wicket together, otherwise it is going to be very difficult to hold it together,” Kohli explained. “It is a tempting thought to field two spinners but we have to take a call on that depending on the team balance. But two spinners are definitely in contention,” he said. When asked if it hurt more that India lost after his lion-hearted effort (149 and 51), Kohli begged to differ. “It doesn’t only hurt when you score runs and you don’t win but it also hurts when you are not scoring runs as well and the team is not doing well. “It is not like I feel bad that I got runs and we couldn’t get across the line. It is purely because we haven’t won the games. If I hadn’t got the runs and we had won, I would have got a totally different feeling. It is a very natural aspect of playing team sport.” But world’s premier Test batsman cautioned that every time it won’t be possible for him to score but it doesn’t matter till someone else takes the team over the line. But there isn’t a pattern that India lose outside the sub continent despite his hundreds (it happened in Australia, South Africa and now in England). “I am trying my level best to do that whenever possible. It is not going to happen every time but when it does I want to try and contribute as much as possible. It is unfortunate we haven’t been able to cross the line after coming so close, and that is the only thing we are looking to how we cross the line. I don’t see any pattern in this.” “It doesn’t matter whether I get the runs or Jinks (Ajinkya Rahane) does or (Murali) Vijay does or KL (Rahul) does or whoever does. As long as we cross the line, that is the only thing that matters,” Kohli said. Kohli however didn’t give a clear cut reply whether it was his technique of a pronounced front-foot movement against the likes of James Anderson that stood out unlike others. “It is very difficult for me to point it out. Individuals react differently to different things, and there are variable reasons as to why a particular player is doing a certain thing on the field. That goes into the preparation bit as well.advertisement “How I prepare will be very different from another player and so on, every other player in the team (prepares differently). You can’t pinpoint exactly what the mindset is when a player goes out to bat.” PTI CN KHSKHSlast_img read more

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Video: Florida Great Judd Davis And New Gator Kicker Eddy Pineiro Simultaneously Hit 55-Yard Field Goals

first_imgFlorida Gators fans watching the game in the rain.GAINESVILLE, FL – AUGUST 30: Fans wait in the stands during a weather delay prior to the game between the Florida Gators and the Idaho Vandals on August 30, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)The Florida Gators found a cool way to show off their program’s kicking prowess today. Gator great Judd Davis and new Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro simultaneously hit 55-yard kicks on the same goal.Former Lou Groza winner @JuddDavis and future Groza winner @eddypineiro1 side by side from 55 … pic.twitter.com/5MElxDF2NN— Johnny Townsend (@johnnytownsend1) January 27, 2016Davis won the 1993 Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top kicker, and was elected to the Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. Pineiro flipped to Florida from Alabama, to the delight of Jim McElwain, and has already showed off his big leg in Gainesville. We’re not sure whose kick we’re more impressed by here.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli blasts MS Dhoni critics: He is an intelligent cricketer, give him space

first_imgVirat Kohli blasts MS Dhoni critics: He is an intelligent cricketer, give him spaceIndia vs Australia, Brief Scores: India (234/3) beat Australia (230) by 7 wickets. Virat Kohli said nobody was more committed to Indian cricket than MS Dhoni and people who questioned his abilities needed to give him space. Dhoni was named player-of-the series after he scored 193 runs in the ODIs vs Australia.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 21:28 IST MS Dhoni finished the three-match ODI series against Australia as the second-highest run-getter (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said the Indian team was happy for MS Dhoni after India won the ODI series vs AustraliaKohli also lashed out at Dhoni’s critics and asked them to give him space”Nobody is more commited to Indian cricket than MS Dhoni,” said Virat KohliBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardVirat Kohli doffed his hat to MS Dhoni after India won their first bilateral ODI series in Australia. Dhoni top-scored with an unbeaten 87 as India chased down 231 in Melbourne to win by 7 wickets and take the series 2-1.In three ODIs, Dhoni scored three fifties and aggregated 193 runs, the second most after Shaun Marsh. Dhoni was named man-of-the-series for the seventh time. In fact, he became the oldest Indian to win the award. Questioned in the past, especially after an ordinary 2018, Dhoni answered his critics in style.Last year, Dhoni managed only 275 runs from 20 ODIs. Critics had started wondering if Dhoni was past his prime. Some suggested he went back to play domestic cricket to stay in shape for international cricket. Rishabh Pant, meanwhile, went from strength to strength and finished as the second highest run-scorer in the Test series.Kohli, who has defended Dhoni fiercely in the past, lashed out at MSD critics after India wrapped up the series win.”I think as a team we are very happy for MS. It’s important to get runs under your belt to get the rhythm back,” Kohli told the media on Friday.”He will build on this performance in the series. Every batsman needs that kind of rhythm and runs next to your name to gain confidence. People say a lot of things on the outside. As an individual, I know that nobody is more committed to Indian cricket than MS.advertisement”They should let him figure out things on his own and what he needs to do. He is one of the most intelligent cricketers and he is not someone who is not aware about what needs to be done. As a team we are totally in sync with what he is doing and we are all very happy for him,” said Kohli.’NO.5 IDEAL SPOT FOR DHONI’When Virat Kohli took over as India’s limited-overs captain in 2017, he had expressed his desire to see MS Dhoni bat up the order. Now that Dhoni has started playing those match-winning knocks at No.4, the Indian team has at last found the much needed balance.For two years, India struggled to fill in Nos 4 and 5. With MS Dhoni returning to form months before the World Cup, Virat Kohli can afford to tick a lot of boxes.”Dhoni batted at number four in 2016 for a while. But after that he has been pretty happy playing at five and six for the team. We felt that number five was the ideal position for him. And if you saw him bat at Adelaide as well he was pretty comfortable in that position because that allows him to do a bit of both – get some game time as well as finish games off, attacking as and when required,” Kohli said.Also Read | Ready to bat anywhere for Team India, says MS DhoniAlso Read | Born to chase: MS Dhoni leaves fans awestruck after MCG masterclassAlso Read | After no fifty in 2018, MS Dhoni has 3 fifties from 3 ODIs in 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to win Test and ODI series in AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli in Australia 2018-19: Average as batsman, outstanding as captainFor 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 Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow MS Dhonilast_img read more

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