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Morales prevails in Ronda 7th stage

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member DAET, Camarines Norte — Defending champion Jan Paul Morales of Philippine Navy-Standard Insurance topped the seventh stage of the LBC Ronda Pilipinas before a large crowd at this municipality’s town center Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnDrenched in sweat and mud, Morales timed six hours, nine minutes and four seconds to rule the 227-kilometer leg from Pili, Camarines Sur passing through towns in Quezon and Quirino before arriving here.His win enabled him to sneak into the top three, two minutes and 50 seconds off teammate and red jersey holder Rudy Roque who crossed the finish line with the same time as Morales. View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Thompson scores 35 to lead Warriors past Kings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Jan Paul Morales of Navy wins 7th Stage here in Daet #RondaPilipinas pic.twitter.com/XUaHF5BI7b— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) February 16, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES But Cris Joven of Kinetix Lab-Army chased Morales in the homestretch and was a full bike behind the leg winner. He would climb up the standings from fifth to fourth, just 3:15 away from Roque.“I’m in top condition,” said Morales, who pulled away with Joven in the first half of the leg in Ragay, Camarines Sur.It was raining intermittently within the region, making things difficult for the riders who still have seven more stages to conquer.“I was not thinking of anything, I just went for it,” said Morales who admitted he was riding not exactly to win back-to-back titles but to help somebody from his team to make it.“The important thing is that the champion should come from our team,” said Morales in Filipino. The Navy still retained 27:07 lead in overall team classification over Go for Gold and 35:35 over the Army.ADVERTISEMENT Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot studylast_img read more

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Nationals fans rejoice in red as hometown heroes are honored

first_imgFans wait for the start of the MLB Washington Nationals celebration of the team’s World Series baseball championship over the Houston Astros, in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. The Washington Nationals are getting a hero’s welcome home from a city that had been thirsting for a World Series championship for nearly a century.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON — The song “Baby Shark” blared over loudspeakers and a wave of red washed across this politically blue capital Saturday as Nationals fans lined the city’s version of the Canyon of Heroes to rejoice in Washington’s first World Series victory since 1924.“We just felt it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Bridget Chapin, who came from Burke, Virginia, with her husband, Mark, for the parade along Constitution Avenue and a rally a few blocks from the Capitol.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown ‘Gago’ “I just wish they could have won in DC,” said Ronald Saunders of Washington, who came with a Little League team that was marching in the parade.The crowd along the route was deeply packed. Cheers went up and fans waved red streamers, hand towels and signs that said “Fight Finished” as the players rode by on the open top of double-decker buses. General Manager Mike Rizzo, a cigar in his mouth, jumped off with the World Series trophy to show the fans lining the barricades and slap high-fives. Manager Dave Martinez also got in on the fun.“When they tell you dreams come true, point them toward our @Nationals,” Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted after Game 7. “Tell them they do.” She included the hashtag SportsCapital, a reference, too, to the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup championship in 2018 and the Washington Mystics’ WNBA championship this year.President Donald Trump has invited the Nationals to the White House on Monday, though relief pitcher Sean Doolittle doesn’t plan to attend.“There’s a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country,” Doolittle told The Washington Post.ADVERTISEMENT The Rock, President Trump watch Jorge Masvidal win big at UFC 244 MOST READ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study LATEST STORIES Nick Hashimoto of Dulles, Virginia, was among those who arrived at 5 a.m. to snag a front-row spot. He brought his own baby shark toy in honor of backup outfielder Gerardo Parra’s walk-up song, which began as a parental tribute to the musical taste of his 2-year-old daughter and ended up as a rallying cry that united fans at Nationals Park and his teammates.As “Baby Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo” played on a crisp morning, early risers joined in with the trademark response — arms extended in a chomping motion. Chants of “Let’s go Nats!” resonated from the crowd hours before they were to hear from the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I’ve met all these people today. I’ve got new friends,” said Kimberly Ballou of Silver Spring, Maryland.The Nationals got a hero’s welcome home from tens of thousands of people in a city that had thirsted for a baseball champion for nearly a century. The Nationals gave them that by winning in seven games over the Houston Astros; the clincher came on the road Wednesday night. DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust ‘People evacuated on their own’ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Doolittle found support from Larry Stokes of Boyds, Maryland, citing Trump’s stand on immigrants. “They’re playing this game, but he doesn’t like immigrants,” Stokes said.But to fan Bridget Chapin, “Regardless of how you feel, you go to the Oval Office. I’m really weary of athletes making political statements. I watch sports to get away from all that.”The president attended Game 5 in Washington and was greeted with loud boos when he was shown on the giant video screen during a tribute to veterans. The boos more than overwhelmed a scattering of cheers.Delores Smith of Washington, a longtime baseball fan who said she had an uncle who pitched in the Negro Leagues, said the World Series was “a big win” for the city. “This is the first time in a long time that I’ve seen the whole city come together. There’s no fussing about Trump.”In a city divided by politics, race and economics, the Nats were something of a unifier — at least for the time being — as partisans and nonpartisans alike openly congratulated one another on their team’s win.Even with the threat of stars leaving for free agency — as outfielder Bryce Harper did after 2018 — fans hoped the Nationals’ success would continue.“I don’t think it’s going to be our last time. This team, even when our last superstar left, this team rallied around, they played as a team,” Stokes said.last_img read more

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LYIT SCHOOL OF TOURISM FORGES UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP WITH GERMAN UNIVERSITY

first_imgThe LYIT School of Tourism has begun a unique overseas arrangement with a college in Germany.A bi-lateral arrangement for students to study abroad has started for local tourism students with Bremerhaven University in Germany.The first group of students travelled to Bremerhaven at the beginning of March to undertake a semester of study on the highly regarded Cruise Tourism Management programme. Iosif Ciobanca, originally from Romania, but living in Ireland and studying International Tourism and Hospitality Studies at LYIT School of Tourism is delighted with the opportunity.“This exchange gives me a great chance to review the areas of the industry where I might further my career in the future. The growth of Cruise Tourism is interesting, even with the growth in Cruise Liners visiting Killybegs where I study”.Ciarán ó hAnnracháin, Head of Department of Hospitality and Tourism, also travelled to Bremerhaven and met Prof Dr Alexis Papathanassis, Programme Director and Aleksandra Rupietta, Erasmus Co-ordinator.“There are many distinct advantages for students transferring to Bremerhaven for a semester of study. Firstly, Bremerhaven is a great city, with a fascinating maritime history, about the size of Cork, the city is big enough to give a different experience to students from Killybegs, but compact enough to feel welcoming. “The Hochschule is in the centre of the city at the end of the main shopping street. It couldn’t be in a better location. The Hochshule organises intensive German language tuition with the Goethe Institute for three weeks prior to the commencement of the semester. This gives our students time to settle in to the new surroundings and to meet with their study-buddies from the German school.“Thirdly, the programme is delivered through English, which makes it much more attractive to Irish students travelling abroad for the first time”.Dr Sylvie Walsh, Erasmus Co-ordinator at LYIT is equally optimistic about the agreement.“LYIT has been part of the Erasmus programme for a number of years now, but we find that the number of students coming to Letterkenny from abroad far exceeds the number of Irish students travelling abroad. Any opportunity that encourages Irish students to travel to Europe will get the full support of this office and Erasmus.”LYIT School of Tourism plans to introduce Study abroad and Work abroad elements in all new programmes. Ciarán ó hAnnracháin explains “The hospitality and tourism industry is truly a global industry, but we are also aware that the four biggest markets into Ireland are Britain, the US, France and Germany.“Any international placement or study programmes that provide our students with a cultural experience that better prepares them for working with or in these markets can only benefit their career progression. Our focus now is to expand our circle of partners in these four main markets and beyond.”Information on the hospitality, tourism and culinary arts programmes available at the LYIT School of Tourism visit www.lyit.ie.LYIT SCHOOL OF TOURISM FORGES UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP WITH GERMAN UNIVERSITY was last modified: April 5th, 2012 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)Tags:LYIT School of Tourismlast_img read more

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‘Bournemouth loan a chance for Wilshere to prove he deserves Arsenal future’

first_img Jack Wilshere Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has backed Jack Wilshere to return from his loan spell at Bournemouth even stronger.The England international joined the Cherries on transfer deadline day in the hope he can kickstart his career.Until now, the 24-year-old has been plagued by injuries and it has led to him losing his place in the Arsenal team.However, Coquelin has backed his fellow team-mate to use the loan spell at Bournemouth to get back on track.“It’s going to be a great thing for him to be able to play a full season, staying injury-free,” Coquelin told Arsenal’s official website.“We all know his talent, it’s just a case of him staying injury-free. I know he had a strong pre-season so he will be alright.“He’s going to show the whole Premier League what he can do so he can come back even stronger. He will be focusing on having a great season at Bournemouth.“It was a tough decision for him because he had a few options, but if he’s decided to go to Bournemouth it’s because he’s 200 per cent committed.“He’s really ready and hopefully for us it will be amazing if he can come back fresh, fit and, even better, with a full season behind him.” 1last_img read more

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Woman killed, 3 hurt in crash

first_imgWhen officers arrived, Dena got into the Tacoma and sped away. Police tried to stop the suspect but failed, and they began to pursue the stolen vehicle, Alva said. After the collision, Dena fled on foot into the San Gabriel River bank and hid for about an hour. “Our officers contained him until he finally gave up,” Alva said. “He has a criminal record, so we felt it was safer to try to wait him out.” bethania.palma@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2393 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeDena, an El Monte resident, collided with a silver Volkswagen Golf at the intersection of Peck Road and Durfee Avenue in South El Monte after blowing through a red light, authorities said. A 49-year-old female passenger in the Volkswagen was taken to Greater El Monte Community Hospital and later died. Three others were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Police said Dena first hit the Golf, then two other vehicles. A woman in one of the other cars hit said the Toyota crashed into the Volkswagen Golf as it was crossing Durfee. The woman, who did not give her name, said the Toyota then crashed into her car on the driver’s side. Sheriff’s Lt. Stacy Lee said although Dena’s exact speed in the intersection was not yet known, the suspect was traveling fast. “\ was up to 70 mph early in the pursuit,” said Alva, adding that officers did not see the actual collision. “They were under the bridge at the time. They saw the result of the collision.” Alva said the pursuit started shortly after 1 p.m., when police received an anonymous call reporting a stolen car parked in the 2200 block of Caminar Avenue in El Monte. SOUTH EL MONTE – A man in a stolen car killed a woman and injured three others in a crash that ended a brief police chase Thursday. Carlos Dena, 25, was being pursued by El Monte police after they tried to pull him over for driving a stolen white Toyota Tacoma, authorities said. “About 45 seconds after the pursuit was initiated, the suspect entered the intersection and struck a vehicle,” said El Monte police Lt. Ken Alva. Police said Dena was arrested on suspicion of murder, felony evading resulting in death and grand theft auto. He was being held without bail. last_img read more

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Pochettino’s response when asked about Man United link

first_img Mourinho insists VAR ‘killed the game’ with Son red card in Chelsea defeat 2 Jose Mourinho SACKED: Latest news… ‘I think he got it wrong’ – Mourinho confirms Spurs have appealed Son’s red card United announced Mourinho’s departure on Tuesday morning, with the Portuguese boss having overseen the club’s worst ever start to a Premier League season.The club confirmed they will wait until the summer to appoint their next permanent boss and a yet-to-be-announced caretaker coach will be in charge until then.Pochettino was immediately installed as one of the favourites for the role, with a host of other top managers linked with taking over. Next permanent Man United manager odds The Spurs manager spoke to the media on Tuesday to preview Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with north London derby rivals Arsenal.Mourinho’s sacking was obviously at the top of the agenda, but the Argentine refused to answer questions about his links with the job and said he sympathised with his Portuguese counterpart.“First of all I want to send my best wishes to him. I feel so sorry,” Pochettino said.“I have a very good relationship with Jose, he is a very good friend and this is is sad news.” 2 “After nearly five years, what more do I need to say? From day one, not only in the coaching staff but the players too, there are a lot of rumours in football. I accept that, it’s a part of the business.“I am so focused on trying to deliver my best and our best at this football club and now we have ahead a very busy fixture [schedule] and tomorrow we play another derby and it’s an important derby for us in the quarter-final of the EFL Cup.“I think you and all the people understand I am focused and we are focused on trying to deliver our best show tomorrow.” Neville interrupts Mourinho’s interview with reaction to De Gea’s howler Tottenham boss Mourinho urges Eriksen and Vertonghen to copy Alderweireld REVIEW BIG WIN ‘When will this nonsense stop?’ – Rudiger speaks out after alleged racist abuse Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Lampard admits it ‘feels good’ to beat Mourinho, reacts to Rudiger racism incident How Mourinho has fared against former clubs ahead of Spurs vs Chelsea center_img STUNNED ‘Racism’ overshadows Lampard’s schooling of Mourinho, and Arteta hates Christmas JIBE Quizzed on the reports linking him with the Old Trafford job, he added: “It is not my business what has happened in another club.“I only want to send my best wishes to Jose.“After nearly five years there are a lot of rumours about my position as manager at Tottenham.“I cannot answer this type of question because rumours happen. take action Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 3/1Laurent Blanc – 6/1Zinedine Zidane – 6/1Mauricio Pochettino – 16/1 Pochettino says he and Jose Mourinho are ‘good friends’ REVEALED Jose Mourinho spent two-and-a-half years in charge at Manchester United sign on JOSE TALKS Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino refused to be drawn on the rumours linking him with the Manchester United job following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.But the Argentine sent his best wishes to the Special One, saying he ‘feels sorry’ about his Old Trafford exit and that reports of his replacement are ‘not my business’. DISAGREE REVEALED last_img read more

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Hacker Poll: Do You Use Any of the APIs Google is Shutting Down?

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? As we reported earlier this week, several Google APIs are being deprecated or shut-down, including the Translate API, Code Search API, and Google Wave API.Do you use any of these APIs? Have you found alternatives yet? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#APIs#hack#Polls center_img klint finley Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img

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Nations sign major deal to curb warming chemicals used for air conditioning

first_img“We came to take a half a degree Celsius out of future warming, and we won about 90% of our climate prize,” says Durwood Zaelke, president of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, a Washington, D.C.–based nonprofit that has lobbied for aggressive reductions in the chemicals.The deal is arguably the most substantial advance in international climate policy since the 2015 Paris accord, in which 195 nations pledged to hold global temperature increases well below 2°C. The HFC negotiations received considerable attention from the Obama administration, which has worked to seal several climate-related agreements before a new president takes office.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged conference attendees Friday to back a strong agreement, saying it “is likely the single most important step that we could take at this moment to limit the warming of our planet.”The deal marks the latest evolution of a treaty hailed as a model of international collaboration to address a global environmental problem. Known as the Montreal Protocol, the 1987 agreement was created to stop the destruction of the ozone layer by chemicals used in everything from hair spray to refrigerators. Since then, emissions of these chemicals have plunged as they are replaced by less-damaging alternatives including HFCs. In June, scientists announced they had detected evidence the ozone layer over the Antarctic was showing signs of recovery.But the very chemicals used to help save the ozone layer come with a heavy price when it came to their warming potential. With the developing world aspiring to amenities such as air conditioning, scientists project that left unchecked, HFCs and similar chemicals would account for as much as 11% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, compared with approximately 2% today.The new deal caps 7 years of negotiations and failed attempts to find common ground. Many of the difficulties revolved around how quickly the cuts would have to come for developing countries such as India, where air conditioners are just coming within financial reach of a growing number of people.The final agreement creates a three-tiered system for different countries. India, Pakistan, and four Gulf states have the most leeway. They would freeze consumption of HFCs in 2028 and  use consumption levels between 2024 and 2026 as the baseline to set targets for future reductions. China and other developing countries would halt growth in 2024, and use levels between 2020 and 2022 for their baseline. The developed world phase down the use of HFCs starting in 2019. The overall goal is a global 80% to 85% reduction in HFC use by 2047.Under the deal, HFC emissions are expected to equal approximately 1.2 gigatons of CO2 in 2050, slightly less than double today’s levels, says David Fahey, a physicist at the U.S. government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colorado, who is attending the Kigali conference as co-chair of the scientific assessment panel for the protocol. That forecast for 2050 under the new deal is well below the 4 to 5.3 gigatons worth of CO2 projected under current regulations.Making good on this goal will take additional research to figure out which chemicals are the best replacements. Some of the most promising candidates are flammable, raising questions about how to safely use them. At the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a federal Department of Energy lab in Tennessee, scientists are preparing to use computer models to evaluate how these gases would spread in a room in case of a leak. Other labs are studying what would happen if they ignite. This is partly with an eye toward meeting safety standards, so that the new chemicals would be allowed in buildings, said Omar Abdelaziz, an engineer leading the Oak Ridge work.A switch to different refrigerants won’t be a cure-all for the climate impact of a world increasingly reaching for air conditioners. As greenhouse gases, the new chemicals are a third to a quarter as powerful as their predecessors, but still hundreds of times stronger than CO2. And, the emissions from generating the electricity needed to power all these additional machines could outpace the gains from phasing out HFCs, Fahey cautions.“That’s the gorilla in the room,” he says. “If you’re building power plants to run these 700 million air conditioners, now you look at the Paris agreement and ask ‘How are we going to deal with this energy demand?’” An international treaty originally created to save the ozone layer from destruction is now being enlisted to help tackle climate change.Early Saturday morning, world leaders gathered in Kigali announced an agreement to curb the use of superpotent greenhouse gases used in air conditioners and refrigerators. The chemicals, called hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs, have up to 2000 times the heat-trapping ability of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main planet warming gas. At a time when the world is poised to add 700 million air conditioners by 2030, the agreement could prevent nearly 0.5°C in temperature rise over this century.The deal “shows that we can take action to protect our planet in a way that helps all countries improve the lives and livelihoods of their citizens,” said President Barack Obama in a statement hailing the agreement.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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The incredible story of Team India’s first-ever Test series win over its arch-rival Pakistan

first_imgDREAM TEAM: The Indians huddle after winning the final Test in PindiShoaib Akhtar is walking the walk and talking the talk. He is sending down one short ball after another, sending them screaming down the pitch.As they whistle past the batsman’s nose, whiz by his chest and fly over his,DREAM TEAM: The Indians huddle after winning the final Test in PindiShoaib Akhtar is walking the walk and talking the talk. He is sending down one short ball after another, sending them screaming down the pitch.As they whistle past the batsman’s nose, whiz by his chest and fly over his head, Akhtar begins to taunt the Indian. Oi, hot shot, where is your pull shot? Ping. Come on, show us what you have got. Vroom. Why don’t you turn it on, big boy? Zip. No big shots against me, eh? Why don’t you play the pull?Virender Sehwag, for it is him enjoying a perfect day in Multan, peers out from under his helmet at the tearaway motormouth and asks Akhtar with straight-faced curiosity, “Tum bowling kar rahe ho ya bheek maang rahe ho (Are you bowling or begging)?”For as long as India and Pakistan play cricket, the story will continue to be told. Not only because it sent the Pakistani fielders sniggering but because it sent out a message to India’s fiercest rivals. For the first time in 50 years, the neighbours who had come visiting were not the kind to go quietly.Former Pakistani fast bowler Aaqib Javed looked across at his old buddy Navjot Singh Sidhu and asked, “Kya ho gaya Indians ko (What has happened to the Indians)?” Fifteen years may have passed since India undertook a full tour of Pakistan but the answer to that question lies in the last four. The team that won its first series ever in Pakistan and the first outside India in a decade was not formed in this crucible of six weeks of intense scrutiny. It has taken four seasons to fashion victory from defeat and glasses half-full; fight-and-faith from fatalism; and ambitious, unafraid men from gifted, directionless boys.Manager Ratnakar Shetty last travelled with an Indian team in 1997. In March, this able professor of chemistry walked into an Indian dressing room and sensed a slate wiped clean. Video clips of Pakistan’s recent matches versus South Africa and New Zealand were lined up and its young batsmen studied. Bowlers were being asked about field placements and lines of attack. There was debate, humour, confidence. When adversity came calling, someone was always waiting to respond. Look down the team list, urges V.V.S. Laxman. Fifteen names, 15 match winners. When that begins to happen often under pressure, belief grows tall and deep-rooted, like a tree. Coach John Wright says, “We always had that belief in India but now the players believe they can win overseas too.”Belief is like a drug and the Indian team in Pakistan believed they could not be easily beaten. At 1-2 down and chasing 293 in the fourth one-dayer, Shetty felt a tug of panic but looking around saw calm. Midway through the first Test, the team lost Zaheer Khan to injury. The two bowlers left standing had a combined Test experience of four games and none of the glamour, rave notices or pure speed of the Pakistanis. Says Rahul Dravid: “We had young bowlers but we knew we had the better spinner. If we made big runs, with a bit of discipline, we knew we could trouble their inexperienced batters.”Batting big is habit-forming: India has crossed 500 four times in their past six Tests. Its effect is draining: not just on long-distance batsmen like Dravid who loses 1.5-2 kg per hour at the crease but more heavily on the opposition. An Indian says, “They probably thought Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami would blow us out of the park. When that didn’t happen they didn’t know what to do. There was no Plan B.” Never mind Sehwag’s wisecracks, even L. Balaji, splay-footed stance and all, hit sixes off the fast men. There was much cackling that Pakistan had called for special video analysis sessions to dissect this new threat.Even though the batting collapsed twice en route to heavy defeat in Lahore, Yuvraj Singh says that heads did not drop: “No one was in a bad mood. We knew what we had done wrong and how to fix it.”By breaking every task into small parts and simple targets. Wright, worry lines on temporary leave, traces the “little steps” and lines up the building blocks. “In the Tests we try and bat over four sessions….If you want to win a one-dayer, someone in the first three or four has to get a hundred.We have to have a batsman from the top six batting in the 48th over. In fielding, we count the runs every player saves or gives. In bowling, we know that batsmen look for boundaries on the first ball and sixth ball, so we measure that.” advertisementadvertisementRECORD KNOCK: Virender Sehwag after scoring 309 runs”Individual records don’t matter, only team results do. All of us understood that and wanted to contribute to victories.”V. Sehwag On The Team’s CodeThe targets are a rough guide but execution of the plan is everything and players have learnt to find their own way around problems to meet them. Laxman watched videos of his early dismissals in the one-dayers and figured he was picking up the wrong length. By ferociously practising going forward to anything on a good length before the final one-dayer, Laxman had found his answer and cracked a vital hundred.Whenever they ran into a rough patch, someone would shout, “Remember.” Remember what we are here for. Says Laxman: “The greatness of a team lies in persisting when things are not going well.” In the run-up to the final Test, Parthiv Patel heard his seniors say Rawalpindi was the most important Test match of their careers. Sachin Tendulkar stressed the importance of planning well for the big game. Before they stepped out into the Rawalpindi sunshine, captain Sourav Ganguly had one last word:”We have to leave this country with a series victory. There is no other option. The time to do it is now. How we do it is up to us.”SWINGING IN: L.Balaji is the find of the seriesThe answer came from a little step-partnerships. What Laxman and Dravid have done so often with the bat, Balaji and Irfan Pathan did as bowlers. When one missed, the other hit. Given the time to settle and a refrain of encouragement, Balaji let rip his repertoire of swing. Old master Anil Kumble came in behind them, scowling, searching, closing in on 400 wickets. Laxman believes that pure intent in Multan gave India the early edge. In searing heat, they got ready to bowl for three whole days.”We didn’t go in thinking ’20 wickets, 20 wickets’, we went in thinking discipline and patience,” says Laxman.For those who follow Indian cricket, patience has always been a given. But like all good 21st century contraptions, this team has shortened the waiting time for the historic. Of India’s 21 away Test victories, eight have come in the last four seasons. As have India’s biggest away Test victory and four of the top five individual Test scores.What is left unsaid is the spur provided by the fractious relationship between yesterday and today. An insider remarked recently that what the Indian team had found the “most hurtful” was over-the-top ridicule and lack of due credit from their predecessors. Yuvraj shrugs, “Maybe people will now change their minds about us.” Dravid says the future, not the past, drives the team. But he admits, “Of course, we want to do things that others haven’t done. We want to be the first. You always ask: can you do things that haven’t been done before?” Is that the friction of generations at work? Like all juicy out swingers, the question is left well alone and Dravid laughs, “That is evolution.”STAYING POWER: Rahul Dravid (left) flies high with V.v.S.Laxman”Of course, we want to be the first. We ask ourselves: can we do things that haven’t been done before?”Rahul Dravid On The Team’s GoalsAs an evolutionary process, India’s overseas series win appears to have taken as long as it took pterodactyls to turn into pigeons. For the past 40 years there has been one series win per decade – barring the mutant 1970s when India won in the West Indies and England. As a sporting cycle, it has taken just too bloody long.To make a serious challenge for the top spot, the Indians will need not just the towers of their batting but the battering rams of their bowling too. Pathan and Balaji are works in progress, not the finished products the marketing men will soon begin to talk up. Pakistan was euphoric and memorable, but there is a world waiting to be won outside Asia.In Pakistan, the players met formally one last time. Shetty, who had left a disturbed, unsettled dressing room in 1997 and walked into another one seven years later, stood up and described the two camps. “This is the moment… all of you have your careers in front of you,” he said to the huddle of browned, happy faces before him. “Don’t look back.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Australia A thump South Africa A by 108 runs

first_imgSouth Africa A’s batting crumbled under pressure as Australia A pulled off a massive 108-run victory in the ongoing 50-over tri-series at the M.A. Chidambaram stadium here on Wednesday.Chasing Australia A’s 272, South Africa A team kept losing wickets at regular intervals and could only manage 164 in 37.1 overs.Heading into the rescheduled fifth encounter of the series which also involves India A, South Africa A fielded a strong unit as most of the players barring Quinton de Kock regained full fitness after a food poisoning incident in the last match.South Africa A skipper Dean Elgar top scored for his side with 64, but it wasn’t enough. Australia A’s Ashton Agar (3/41) and leg-spinner Cameron Boyce (3/48) took three wickets each. With the loss South Africa A are out of the tournament.South Africa A did not recover from the early jolt as Agar and Boyce kept them on a tight leash. Only skipper Elgar fought back with a few hefty blows en route to his 64, but then fell attempting a slog-sweep.Khaya Zondo tried hard with a knock of 47, but once he got out the lower order failed to deliver with the last four batsmen contributing just two runs with their willow.Earlier, Australia A posted a strong total of 27 runs riding on the century (130) captain Matthew Wade made. Wade was well supported by Peter Handscomb (52).Pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe returned with figures of 3/50 from his nine overs as Australia lost their last five wickets for 70 runs, ending with 272 in 47.2 overs.Brief scores:advertisementAustralia A 272 all out (Matthew Wade 130, Peter Handscomb 52; Lonwabo Tsotsobe 3/50) vs South Africa A 164 all out (Dean Elgar 64; Ashton Agar 3/41, Cameron Boyce 3/48)last_img read more

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