SIGN UP The FEI Sports Forum 2017, which will be held at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne (SUI) on April 10-11, will be live-streamed in full on the FEI YouTube Channel.The live feed will also offer the opportunity for viewers to ask questions to moderators in real time and, time permitting, these will be put to the panel.The entire Sports Forum will also be available to watch again on FEI YouTube, following the end of the morning and afternoon sessions.Day 1 of the FEI Sports Forum 2017 is dedicated to the sport of Jumping, with discussions on the future of the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping, the online invitation system, CSI/CSIO requirements, dress code and a focus on events aimed at Youth.On day 2, a variety of topics will be covered – Officials, findings from the Dressage Judging Working Group, Risk Factors and Bone Fatigue in Endurance, and Eventing Risk Management.The detailed programme for the FEI Sports Forum 2017 is available to view and download here, along with the most recent supporting documents and updated information on panel members.Timetable of live-streaming sessions:April 10Morning session 09.00-13.00 CETAfternoon session 14.00-18.00 CETApril 11Morning session 09.00-13.00 CETAfternoon session 14.00-17.30 CET Tags: FEI Sports Forum, Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.
December 1, 2008 Regular News Attorneys running for the Florida Legislature were overwhelmingly successful in the November general election, but there will be one less lawyer-legislator in the 2008-10 sessions than in the past two years.According to election results, four out of six attorneys running in Senate races were successful, although one of those was running against a write-in candidate who received no votes.Similarly in the House, 21 of the 25 attorneys on the ballot were successful. Those include five who ran against write-ins who got no votes, while some others were running against minor party or independent candidates. Eleven others had no opposition.Preliminary results indicate that there are eight attorneys in the Senate for the upcoming biennium, down from nine in the 2006-08 sessions. The number in the House remains at 32.Here are the results for the six Senate races: • In District 19, incumbent and attorney Sen. Gary Siplin, (D-Orlando) edged out Republican Belinda Ortiz, 50.5 to 49.5 percent. • In District 23, Democratic attorney Morgan R. Bentley lost to Republican Nancy C. Detert, (R-Sarasota)58.3 to 41.7 percent. • In District 23, Republican Thad Altman, (R-Melbourne), beat Democrat and attorney Kendall Moore 58.6 to 41.4 percent. • In District 27, attorney and incumbent Sen. Dave Aronberg, (D-Royal Palm Beach), defeated Republican Matt Caldwell, 58.8 to 39.5 percent, with Green Party candidate Aniana H. Robas getting 1.7 percent. • In District 29, attorney Chris Smith, (D-Ft. Lauderdale), a veteran member of the House, faced a write-in candidate and received 100 percent of the vote. • In District 35, Democratic attorney Dan Gelber, (D-Miami Beach) a veteran member of the House, overcame Republican Dean Santoro 72.4 to 27.6 percent.The winners join four current attorney-senators who were not on the ballot this year: Ted Deutch (D-Delray Beach), Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa), Rhonda Storms (R-Tampa), and Alex Villalobos (R-Miami). House RacesResults for House races include: • In District 3, incumbent and Republican attorney Rep. Clay Ford (R-Pensacola) defeated Democrat Lumon May 52.1 to 47.9 percent. • In District 9, Democratic attorney Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasalinda, D-Tallahassee, edged Republican Peter Boulware 48.6 to 48.1 percent, with a third candidate getting the rest. • In District 19, Republican attorney Mike Weinstein defeated Democrat Larry Jones 73.6 to 26.4 percent. • In District 28, attorney and Republican incumbent Rep. Dorothy Hukill, (R-Port Orange), defeated Democrat William Smalley 61.6 to 38.4 percent. • In District 35, incumbent and Republican attorney Rep. Dean Cannon, (R-Winter Park), defeated British Reformed Sectarian Party candidate Thomas J. Kelly 67 to 33 percent. • In District 36, incumbent and Democratic attorney Rep. Scott Randolph, (D-Orlando), defeated Republican Stephen Villard 72.5 to 27.5 percent. • In District 40, Republican attorney Eric Eisnaugle, (R-Orlando), defeated Democrat Christian Todd 52.5 to 47.5 percent. • In District 47, incumbent and Republican attorney Kevin Ambler, (R-Tampa) defeated write-in candidate Ian Grossman with 100 percent of the vote. • In District 49, incumbent and Democratic attorney Darren Soto, (D-Orlando), defeated Republican J.P. Quinones 65.1 to 34.9 percent. • In District 55, incumbent and Democratic attorney Rep. Darryl Ervin Rouson, (D-St. Petersburg), defeated write-in candidate Calvester Benjamin-Anderson with 100 percent of the vote. • In District 65, Republican attorney John Wood, (R-Haines City), defeated Democrat Bob Hagenmaier 51.8 to 48.2 percent. • In District 73, incumbent and Republican attorney Nick Thompson, (R-Ft. Myers), defeated Democrat Stephen Gray-Biancett 61.7 to 38.3 percent. • In District 77, Democratic attorney Elton J. Gissendanner lost to Republican incumbent Denise Grimsley, (R-Sebring) 66.7 to 33.3 percent. • In District 81, Democratic attorney Adam Fetterman (D-Ft. Pierce), defeated Republican Michael DiTerlizzi 49.9 to 45 percent, with Green Party candidate Kristina Wright receiving 5.2 percent. • In District 83, Democratic attorney Bryan S. Miller lost to incumbent Republican Rep. Carl J. Domino, (R-Juno Beach), 52 to 48 percent. • In District 85, Republican attorney Howard S. Coates lost to Democrat Joseph Abruzzo, (D-Wellington), 57.2 to 42.8 percent. • In District 86, incumbent and Democratic attorney Maria Sachs, (D-Delray Beach), bested independent John J. Sottilare 82 to 18 percent. • In District 87, incumbent and Republican attorney Adam Hasner, (R-Delray Beach), defeated Robert “Rob” Ostrov 60.6 to 39.2 percent. • In District 91, incumbent and Republican attorney Ellyn Bogdanoff, (R-Ft. Lauderdale), defeated Democrat Chris Chiari 59.1 to 40.9 percent. • In District 93, incumbent and Democratic attorney Perry Thurston, (D-Ft. Lauderdale), defeated write-in candidate Tchaka S. Lawrence with 100 percent of the vote. • In District 95, incumbent and Democratic attorney Jim Waldman, (D-Coconut Creek), defeated write-in candidate Jessica Finkelstein with 100 percent of the vote. • In District 97, incumbent and Democratic attorney Martin Kiar, (D-Parkland), defeated Todd Goberville 58.2 to 41.8 percent. • In District 99, incumbent and Democratic attorney Elaine Schwartz, (D-Hollywood), defeated write-in candidate Andrew J. Housman with 100 percent of the vote. • In District 106, Democratic attorney Richard Steinberg, (D-Miami Beach), got 100 percent of the vote against write-in Luis A. Macagno. • In District 107, Republican attorney Jorge Luis Lopez lost to incumbent Democrat Rep. Luis Garcia, (D-Miami), 55.4 to 44.6 percent.Eleven attorney-representatives were elected or re-elected this year without opposition. They are: • In District 16, Charles McBurney, (R-Jacksonville). • In District 53, Rick Kriseman, (D-St. Petersburg). • In District 58, Mike Scionti, (D-Tampa). • In District 68, Bill Galvano, (R-Bradenton). • In District 76, Tom Grady, (R-Naples). • In District 96, Ari Porth, (D-Coral Springs). • In District 104, Yolly Roberson, (D-North Miami Beach). • In District 114, Anitere Flores, (R-Miami). • In District 115, Juan-Carlos Planas, (R-Miami). • In District 116, Marcello Llorente (R-Miami). • In District 120, Ron Saunders (D-Tavernier). This list was compiled by comparing candidates with the Bar’s membership list. Some attorneys may have been inadvertently omitted. If you know of a Bar member who ran for the Legislature and was omitted from this list, contact the Bar News at [email protected] . Lawyer candidates perform well Lawyer candidates perform well
In a former life I was an entertainment writer. I interviewed Steve Coogan and Sir Cliff – I even went to a Justin Bieber concert (my hearing is still suffering from the screaming – not my own I should add). I was great fun at dinner parties as I recounted stories of the latest star to have crossed my path – my friends would sit, enraptured, by tales of the Cheeky Girls and Jodie Marsh, like five-year-olds watching Jackanory. Sadly, those days are gone. These days I bore people about legal services regulation, which is like kryptonite to any normal conversation. As my long-suffering wife, who’s contractually obliged to listen to me, puts it, it’s all just letters: LSB, SRA, BSB, OMG, etc. (admittedly the last one comes up more rarely now I’m not a showbiz hack). Trouble is, there’s a really intriguing story here of hubris and power struggles. It is like an extended version of The Apprentice, with everyone jostling to survive the cull and each desperate to prove their worth. As with Lord Sugar’s show, there are just too many legal regulators to start with. The Legal Services Act spawned this nest of regulators to cover solicitors, barristers and all other legal service providers. Looking over them is the Legal Services Board, often dubbed with the misnomer ‘super-regulator’. This oversees each of the minions as well as setting up the Legal Ombudsman and the purveyor of useless waffle, the Legal Services Consumer Panel. Somehow, solicitors have ended up in one of the most regulated professions in the land – and they’re paying for it. The act was passed in 2007, and the profession has moved on since then. It’s an uncertain time, with banks uneasy about lending to law firms and many senior partners looking longingly at exit door. Do we need so many regulators? Clearly not. With consumer watchdogs now firmly in place, it’s difficult to see what the LSB actually does, aside from produce often impenetrable reports. Even the government doesn’t seem to care about it, having ignored its opinion on referral fees and will-writing regulation. The Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Council are happy for it to drift away, like a pacemaker stepping to the side of the track to allow the proper runners to race properly. But if this week is anything to go by, it won’t go without a fight, having started a ‘formal investigation’ into relations between a representative group (Bar Council) and regulator (BSB) on the cab rank rule. Quite what the purpose of the investigation is, I can’t quite make out, but it’s clearly a sign the LSB wants to flex its muscles. If it is to disappear, it will go down fighting. Now the government wants a root-and-branch review of legal services regulation, perhaps ending up with a sequel to the LSA. My advice? As my wife invariably tells me when I start wittering on using legal letters, less is more. John Hyde is a Gazette reporter Follow John on Twitter
22 March 2012Banyana Banyana edged Ghana, ranked second in Africa, by five goals to four from the penalty spot after the teams had played to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday.South Africa’s goalkeeper, Thoko Mndaweni, starred by pulling off a superb save, diving to her left, from Ghana captain Florence Okoe in the penalty shootout. She then stepped up to slot the final spot kick to give Banyana the victory.Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula was on hand to hand over the winner’s trophy to Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini.‘A good test’“The Ghana team gave us a good test, and these are the kind of matches we need before we get to London. We created a lot of chances but were not able to convert them,” said Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza.In a clash played in front of a large crowd in chilly, wet conditions, Banyana showed just how much they have learned and improved by taking on top-class nations at the recent Cyprus Women’s Cup as they took the challenge to Ghana.The home side, ranked fourth in Africa, was unlucky not to go into the lead after just five minutes of play when striker Andisiwe Mgcoyi rose high to head home past Ghanaian goalkeeper Nana Ama-Asanetewaa, but Zimbabwean referee Pamela Chiwaya ruled that the tall South African forward had infringed on the visitor’s goalkeeper.GoalWith the South Africans looking dangerous on attack, a cross from the right struck the hand of Ghanaian defender Janet Egyir, and from the resulting penalty kick, Banyana Banyana striker Noko Matlou scored her 54th goal in her 69th international appearance as she fired the hosts into the lead in the 22nd minute.Clearly feeling the effects of several physical challenges from the first half, Ama-Asanetewaa was replaced at the start of the second half by Patricia Mantey, who did well to blunt several South African challenges.The home side had good opportunities to score more goals, with Mgcoyi presented with two superb close chances which were not capitalized on, while Matlou spooned a header over the cross bar just after half-time.EqualiserGhana managed to find the equaliser seven minutes into the second half, when goalkeeper Mndaweni mistimed a clearance effort which hit Mercy Myles and ended in the back of the South African goal net.Striker Sanah Mollo and winger Leandra Smeda got into the action in the second half at the expense of Mgcoyi and Mary Ntsweng, but the home side was not able to find the net again in open play.Refiloe Jane also got on to the park for Banyana Banyana in the fourth minute of optional time in the second half to earn her second cap, taking over from injured team captain Dlamini.Player of the matchIn delivering her usual level of consistency in the South African rearguard, central defender Janine van Wyk collected the Sasol Diski Queen (Player of the Match) award.After the contest, Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza emphasized that the search is still on for players who can add additional value to the Banyana Banyana campaign at the London Olympics.“We still have a few training camps coming up, starting with the High Performance Centre in Potchefstroom on Thursday (22 March),” said Mkhonza.“We will use these camps to work on our finishing because if you look at this match, and the tournament in Cyprus, we failed to score the opportunities we created. But we should be able to rectify these errors by the end of our training camps,” added Mkhonza, who will be conducting workshops and player trials at the Sasol League Road Shows in Polokwane (Saturday, 31 March) and Nelspruit (Saturday, 14 April).Banyana Banyana’s training camp in Potchefstroom ends on 31 March.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Adobe today announced that it has partnered with a number of prominent content creators and hardware manufacturers to bring its Flash platform to the living room. As a part of this initiative, Adobe will release a new version of Flash that will be optimized to run on set-top boxes, Internet-enabled TVs, and Blu-ray players. Among Adobe’s partners are Broadcom, Comcast, Intel, Netflix, The New York Times Company, and Disney. The company expects that these companies will release the first Flash-enabled devices in the second half of 2009.Competition from Yahoo and MicrosoftAdobe, of course, isn’t alone in trying to make a push for the living room. Microsoft is also trying to aim for the same market with its Silverlight platform. Although Silverlight has been used to power some high-profile events lately, including NBC’s Olympics site, it is still only a minor player in the overall market. Last August, Intel and Yahoo also announced an initiative to bring Yahoo widgets to TVs. Even though other vendors like Verizon already offer some widgets on their set-top boxes, these solutions are often too clunky to be really useful.Similar to Silverlight, the new Adobe platform will not just focus on widgets, however. Adobe also plans to give content creators the ability to stream HD video directly to these devices. Interestingly, Netflix, which currently uses Silverlight to power its browser-based players, is also among Adobe’s launch partners.Can Flash Succeed Where Others Have Failed?Interactive TV has long held a lot of promise, but the idea never really caught on with consumers. Flash, however, may be able to change this. Adobe can rely on a dedicated group of third-party developers who will only have to make minor changes to their programs to make them run on these Flash-enabled devices. Hopefully, Adobe will create an App Store-like experience that will allow developers to promote their apps and allow consumers the ability to pick and choose widgets for their TVs. frederic lardinois Tags:#Adobe#news#Real World#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Urvashi ButaliaIt was 35 years ago that a small group of women and a man conspired to hold a press conference to reveal the findings of a landmark study they had just completed. Eminent educationist J.P. Naik encouraged members of the Committee on the Status of Women, to summarise their,Urvashi ButaliaIt was 35 years ago that a small group of women and a man conspired to hold a press conference to reveal the findings of a landmark study they had just completed. Eminent educationist J.P. Naik encouraged members of the Committee on the Status of Women, to summarise their report for the press. Indira Gandhi, the then prime minister, was busy with political problems. Naik knew that if the government got wind of the conclusions of the report, it might never see the light of day. And so it was kept secret and revealed partially to the press and tabled in Parliament.The landmark report, Towards Equality, revealed that women had fared badly in education, workplace conditions and rights since Independence. Together with Shram Shakti, an equally path-breaking report on women in the unorganised sector by Ela Bhat, the documents recommended safeguards for women, changes in law, establishment of statutory bodies and reservation in Parliament.The fifth Five-Year Plan (1974-79) for the first time acknowledged women as actors in development rather than beneficiaries of welfare. The sixth plan (1980-85) had a separate chapter on women. In 1985, the Department of Women and Child Development was brought within the fold of Ministry of Human Resource Development; it later went on to become a full-fledged ministry by 2006. The National Commission for Women was set up in 1992.Legislative action followed. Sex selective abortions were made illegal in 1994. The Supreme Court passed guidelines regarding sexual harassment in 1997 (Vishakha vs the state of Rajasthan case) followed by the Domestic Violence Act of 2005.advertisementActivists agitating for better implementation of labour laws in Delhi.But the measures have proved to be insufficient. A recent report by the National Crime Records Bureau says that there has been a 792 per cent rise in rape cases in the last 40 years! And yet, women have managed to carve a space for themselves. Take the 73rd and 74th amendments for example. The last 20 years have shown that 1.2 million women in elected posts can, and do, make a difference. At the village level, countless women are exercising what has come to be known as ‘gentle power’ and are making contributions for betterment of schools, sanitation and health facilities. These contributions go a long way in creating conditions for removing poverty.Women are now finding themselves in new roles as taxi drivers, petrol pump attendants and sales personnel. They are doing well in glamorous fields like business and finance, films and sports. Given the opportunity, women can overcome the most difficult of odds.The coming decades will decide if we can provide equal space to the fairer sex. If that happens, we will not need to leak data to the press and will have a real success story to tell.
The BCCI-contracted players’ bonus may be cut down to half of its current amount.Every year, the contracted players of the BCCI are paid a bonus – approximately 13 per cent of the profit earned by the Board. But due to the huge legal expenditure, Rs 56 crore and counting, over the last two years related to the spot-fixing scandal, the profit has gone down.Now the cricketers are set to bear the brunt as the Board’s financial committee feels they too must take a cut in their earnings.The committee feels there is no point in filling the pockets of the players from the BCCI’s coffers when it is going through a shaky phase. The players will no longer be handed the percentage of profit they were getting earlier.This is in contrast to the BCCI’s assertion that the BCCI would compensate the players handsomely even if it suffered a drop in profit.While the Board showed a profit of Rs 526 crore in 2013-2014, the figure is expected to be about Rs 391 crore for 2014-2015. This is thanks to the numerous court cases that ex-BCCI chief N. Srinivasan has been engulfed in and the order of the Supreme Court to have external investigation into the fixing fiasco.”Simply put, if a player was earlier being handed Rs 100 as bonus, the BCCI can now afford to pay them only Rs 50. The earlier thinking was that the players shouldn’t be affected. But now it has been decided that they are as much a part of BCCI as the administrators, so they should also bear the brunt,” a senior BCCI official told Mail Today .advertisement”If one looks at the legal side, there is always expenditure while running a Board as big as the BCCI. But the Srinivasan faction is to be wholly blamed for this huge deficit. Had they not shown such stubbornness, the apex court wouldn’t have had to look into the matter and a lot of things could have been easily sorted out. “While the Mudgal committee was paid Rs 1.5 crore, the Lodha committee which is currently looking into the matter is being paid Rs 4.5 lakh per sitting.”Associations to sufferInterestingly, it is not just the players who are at the receiving end. The finance committee has also decided that state associations would be given infrastructure subsidy only according to their requirements and they would need to provide every detail in their report to the panel.”Earlier, the BCCI had decided that the associations would be given a grant of Rs 75 crore as compared to the existing one of Rs 50 crore every year for infrastructure development. But now it has been decided that grants will be given according to the needs of the associations and they will have to give in-depth detail on how the funds are being utilised.”There have been numerous cases when the associations have collected these grants and not really done much to improve the infrastructure. Cost-cutting is the order of the day,” an official said.One-time benefit reviewThe BCCI, under its one-time benefit scheme, had initially decided that only those players who had retired before the 2003-04 season would be eligible for payment under the scheme. But over the years, a few more have benefited from BCCI’s largesse. But the current finance committee has decided to review the whole process. “Initially, it was a move aimed to help those players who played in the 1970s, 80s and 90s and weren’t too well paid. But post that, players who retired after 2003-04 were also inducted. But now it has been decided that only those players who are in a financial fix will be handed the money,” an official said.Meanwhile, it has been learnt that Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman will be handed a one-time benefit of Rs 1.5 crore.
From K J M Varma Beijing, Sep 9 (PTI) India is playing its South China Sea card by restarting oil exploration off Vietnam coast despite Chinas objections as a calculated geopolitical move to force Beijing to make “compromises” on border issue and its close ties with Pakistan, a state-run Chinese think-tank has said. In an article in Global Times, Wang Dehua, Director at the Shanghai Municipal Centre for International Studies, said China should not hype Indias role in disputed South China Sea (SCS) but “guide” New Delhi to work with it in view of attempts by US and Japan who are cozying up to India to strengthen anti-China alliance. Indias Oil and Natural Gas Corporation decision to restart oil exploration of in the “disputed waters” is an attempt by India to play the SCS card against China, the article said. “New Delhi has its own geopolitical interests in mind too. By playing the card of the South China Sea issue, it wants Beijing to make compromises on the border disputes or Pakistan-related issues,” it said. China has lodged official protests against such moves more than once, because this is not the first time India has explored for oil in the nine-dash line area claimed by China, it said. “India is no longer looking East, for it has already been acting East. The current focus of the countrys maritime strategy is the Indo-Pacific. “India not only intends to maintain its primary position in the Indian Ocean, but also aims at wielding more influence in the Pacific. Thats why it is busy preparing for the upcoming Exercise Malabar, a joint naval drill involving the US, Japan and India, in the Indian Ocean in October,” it said. This is the second article in recent days to criticise ONGCs move to drill for oil off Vietnams coast at the invitation of Hanoi. China claims whole of the SCS as its own which is disputed by Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. India asserts that the ONGC move is a commercial operation. Similarly, China defends its various projects, including the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in the disputed Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) as a commercial venture aimed at improving peoples livelihood issues. (MORE) PTI KJV SAI AKJ SAI
All eyes will be on teen sensation Manu Bhaker as the fancied Indian shooting team eyes a head start at the 21st Commonwealth Games and continuation of its recent dominance of the discipline in the quadrennial extravaganza.The 16-year-old Manu will be lining up alongside the experienced Heena Sidhu in the women’s 10m air pistol event at the Belmont Shooting Range.Also in action on the first day of shooting competition will be the impressive Ravi Kumar and Deepak Kumar in men’s 10m air rifle.MEDALS TALLYSaniya Sheikh and Maheshwari Chauhan will represent India, a powerhouse in these Games, in the women’s skeet, finals of which will also be held on Sunday followed by the qualifications.The maximum buzz is certainly around Manu, who has won an unprecedented double gold in her maiden senior ISSF World Cup in Mexico last month. The versatile girl from Jhajjar, Haryana, then grabbed two more gold in the junior World Cup in Sydney.Smit Singh and Sheeraj Sheikh will also compete in men’s skeet qualification day 1.CWG 2018 DAY 3 BLOGWith shooters like Chain Singh, Jitu Rai, Omprakash Mitharwal, Anjum Moudgil, Tejaswini Sawant, Heena and Shreyasi Singh competing in more than one event, the selectors were able to constructively utilise the quota of 15 men and 12 women to make a strong squad.It may be noted that the organisers of the CWG had cut the quota of participants for all countries recently, and thus Indian shooting got a reduced quota of 27 from an earlier allocation of 30.advertisementA total of nine men’s and eight women’s events will be held in rifle, pistol and shotgun categories.Then there is Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang, a veteran of many a battles and one who has been sharing his knowledge with the young shooters.Having already stamped their class on the big stage, the youngest shooters in the national team will again jostle for space with the big players, vying for top honours.The abundance of talent is complemented by a confident approach which the likes of Manu, Mehuli Ghosh, Anish Bhanwala and Anjum Moudgil are expected to display.The squad has a good mix of experience and youth with the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) picking four junior shooters and a few who are under the age of 25.The likes of Rai, Narang and Apurvi Chandela along with other experienced shooters like Heena, Tejaswini Sawant, Sanjeev Rajput, Manavjit Singh Sandhu and double trap World Cup gold medallist Ankur Mittal can be a handful for the other competing nations, including the shooters from hosts Australia and England.Some of the Indian shooters have the experience of shooting at this range, which also hosted the Commonwealth Shooting Championship last November, and that could be of some help.India has been a dominant force in shooting at the CWG with the shooters winning 17 out of the country’s 64 medals at the Glasgow Games in 2014.As hosts in 2010, Indian shooters claimed a staggering 30-plus podium finishes, and the expectations remain same eight years on.(With PTI inputs)
After nearly a month on the road, the No. 9 Ohio State men’s volleyball team was happy to finally be back home at St. John Arena this weekend. The Buckeyes (20-6, 11-2 MIVA) returned from the long road trip and swept Princeton (3-17) in the two-game series. On Friday, OSU jumped out early over the seemingly overwhelmed Tigers in the first two sets, 25-17, 25-18, to take a 2-0 lead. Although many of the fans expected the Buckeyes to complete the sweep, Princeton would not go down easily. The Tigers rallied to take the next two sets, 22-25, 22-25, to stun OSU and send the match into a deciding fifth set. “Princeton played a pesky game of volleyball,” OSU coach Pete Hanson said. Hanson, who had gone with a deeper-than-normal rotation for the match, looked back toward his senior leaders to get the job done. “We had some older guys and fifth-year seniors to fall back on,” Hanson said. “Ultimately we were stronger at the end.” The Buckeyes jumped to an 8-2 lead and ultimately to the set and match with a 15-9 victory. OSU was led by fifth-year senior Jason Tobkin, who had nine kills and an OSU-record eight aces for the match, and junior Shawn Sangrey, who also contributed nine kills. “I wouldn’t say that happens too often,” Tobkin said of his performance. “It was more serves of frustration and determination to keep momentum on our side.” OSU outhit Princeton .357 to .266 and had a 63-52 margin in kills for the match. OSU rebounded from its close call the previous night with a 3-0 sweep of the Tigers on Saturday. The Buckeyes opened up the match by taking the first two sets, 25-18, 25-20, with relative ease much like the night before. But instead of letting Princeton get back in the game, the Buckeyes came out with a fiery determination. OSU rolled over the Tigers, 25-12, in the third set, completing the sweep for the day and the weekend. A big difference for the match was OSU’s play at the net, where it outblocked the Tigers, 10-2. Fifth-year senior Kevin Heine led the effort with a match-high five blocks to go along with his 10 kills. For the match, OSU outhit the Tigers again .548 to .087 and had a 39-28 margin in kills. The Buckeyes’ success came to end on Sunday. OSU fell 3-1 (25-21, 18-25, 25-19, 25-9) to No. 10 Penn State. The Buckeyes are back on the road again this weekend as they travel to George Mason and St. Francis to close out their regular season.