Children of the soil try to save the earth

first_imgTwo decades ago, Rishi Miranhshah – a student from Chandigarh – read The One Straw Revolution, an internationally acclaimed book by Japanese author Masanobu Fukuoka. The literary masterpiece on the alternative food movement influenced him so much that he gave up an established career in Canada and returned to India six years ago with his wife Radhika Malhotra Miranhshah for exploring the possibilities of enriching the earth.The young couple has now taken the initiative to spread agroecological knowledge in developing sustainable farming through books.Earlier, Rishi – a professional translator – did several odd jobs in India and abroad to sustain himself and his wife. But a deep ambition to spend the rest of his life working with the earth continued to haunt him.After completing his education, he practiced law at the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh. But, he did not like the profession and started learning French in the city. He met Radhika there and they got married. Soon, he switched over to teaching French at Punjabi University in Patiala which he later quit to shift to Vancouver in Canada. He established himself as a professional translator and worked primarily for the ministry of health, British Columbia.But The One Straw Revolution – which he had read in 1992 – prodded him to understand natural farming. The book has been translated from Japanese into many languages, including English.It highlights the fact that man’s improved techniques appear necessary because they have upset the natural balance. The land has now become a slave to these techniques.advertisementThe couple realised that farmers in Punjab – who have been practicing modern agricultural techniques – needed Fukuoka’s wisdom for posterity.With an aim to offer their own humble contribution to the efforts towards healing and enriching the earth, the couple came back to India about six years ago.For the sake of convenience, Rishi began translating the Japanese master’s book into Punjabi a year ago and Radhika started exploring the means to ensure that the book reached the readers.She was concerned that though a lot of valuable books were published worldwide, only a few reached those who could read only Punjabi. The farmers in Punjab – and elsewhere too – paid a heavy price for their lack of knowledge of English.When they started exploring avenues for publishing the book, there were few takers. Several people in the publishing industry told them the book was not economically viable and they would not be able to publish it.Finally, Radhika took charge and decided to set up her own publishing hub, Worthwords Books, to bring out Kakh Ton Kranti – the translated version of the masterpiece. The book – also “the founding document of the alternative food movement” which rolled out in the native language – has recently started generating interest among the farmers in Punjab.Rishi and Radhika believe that a “civilisational” onslaught has been leading many forms of life towards extinction. People would not be able to understand it till they get this knowledge in their own words and language. The onslaught has been depriving people of natural resources.The couple has also taken a pledge to publish books only on ecology, farming, gardening and spirituality on a not- for- profit basis. These books would be in Indian languages with the primary thrust on translating important works from other languages into Punjabi.Rishi and Radhika have been witnessing that an idea which germinated about two decades ago is finally taking roots. They have Fukuoka holding their hand and leading their way through the vast green expanse – “the fields of joy, of laughter, of birdsong and of truth.”  ===’SAD’ story of brother vs brotherCM Parkash Singh Badal (right) with brother Gurdas.The upcoming assembly elections in Punjab may turn out to be interesting because of the succession struggle in the state’s first family. CM Parkash Singh Badal may well find his brother Gurdas Badal pitted against him.An Akali dissident and former finance minister, Manpreet Singh Badal – who recently launched the People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) – confirmed that his father Gurdas would contest the polls from Lambi – which is represented by Parkash.Manpreet said his father was a strong contender who could defeat his uncle on his home bastion in Muktsar district. He believes that elections are all about strategy. If the fight is with the incumbent CM, the contender should be experienced and strong. No one in the party except Gurdas fits the bill.advertisementThe differences between Parkash and Gurdas were never apparent. But political observers say Manpreet’s calculations could go awry. Since Parkash is an experienced politician, he might contest from Gidderbaha instead.Gidderbaha is the constituency represented by Manpreet himself. Prior to shifting base to Lambi, Parkash had contested five assembly elections from Gidderbaha.However, Manpreet remained unperturbed. He said he had won four assembly elections from Gidderbaha. “If that happens, I will defend my turf once again.”===Low-key celebrations make for a safer Diwali this year People have come to prefer less potent firecrackers.Though Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula – locally referred to as the Tri-City – witnessed more than 200 injuries related to firecrackers on Diwali, the festival passed off without any major incident. The majority of the people who were rushed to different hospitals suffered minor injuries.The doctors say this is a clear indication that it was indeed a safer Diwali this year.Chandigarh’s premier Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) got 10 persons with firecracker-related injuries on Diwali night. Three of them had suffered perforating eye injuries which required surgical restoration.Other government hospitals received about 140 people with burn injuries. Most of them needed first-aid and were discharged soon.The doctors said a combination of factors – inflation, the idea of a safe Diwali and firecrackers with less potency – had probably led to fewer mishaps this year. ===POST Diwali, people tend to get busy with their routine work but journalists in Punjab have been discussing “gifts”. A section of journos in the state is upset as the government did not send them any gifts. The others are happy as they never desired any gifts because they believe that accepting freebees is unethical. The journalists did not receive any gift from government circles as the state’s first family did not celebrate the festival in the wake of the death of CM Parkash Singh Badal’s wife, Surinder Kaur. The worst was that while the people burst crackers on Diwali night, some journalists called up their peers to confirm and reconfirm that government officials actually did not send any gifts.===It’s ‘Chak De’once again! SRK decides to bat for kabaddi nowShah Rukh KhanPeople in Punjab have been looking forward to their date with Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan who is supposed to perform at the inauguration of the second Kabaddi World Cup at Bathinda. The tournament is scheduled to commence on November 1.Also, the buzz that Katrina Kaif might perform at the closing ceremony has further increased their enthusiasm.The 20-day event would give an impetus to Punjab’s traditional sport at the international level, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said. He also holds the sports portfolio.Sukhbir said about 18 countries were likely to participate in the event. He said the matches would be organised at Bathinda, Faridkot, Gurdaspur, Dhudike in Moga, Roopnagar, Sangrur, Chohla Sahib in Tarntaran, Patiala, Kapurthala, Doda in Mukatsar, Amritsar, Ferozepur, Hoshiarpur, Mansa, Jalandhar, Bathinda and Ludhiana. The government would give away prizes worth Rs 5.25 crore.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgan arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). AXA SOLIMED Supports the Community Hospital of Khimsar, Rajasthan (India)NEW DELHI, PARIS and LONDON, February 3, 2016/PRNewswire/ — In a pioneering new venture, AXA SOLIMED, (Solidarity Medical) will be providing much needed equipment to a community health centre in Khimsar, India. The programme, which restores unused or discarded equipment from hospitals across the world, will help over 130,000 people across 50 villages in the local area. The official launch of the programme in India takes place on 10 February 2016, in the presence of English and French AXA SOLIMED representatives from AXA and AXA Assistance; Mr. Gajendra Singh, Minister for Industry and Sport, Government of Rajasthan – also the Maharaja of Khimsar – Mr. Rajendra Rathore, Minister for Health, Government of Rajasthan and the local leaders of all villages around Khimsar.AXA SOLIMED was founded in 2011, originally supported by the companys AXA Assistance business, and had since been adopted by the AXA Group as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability and in support of its community responsibility programme. Medical equipment that has been acquired through the fundraising efforts of AXAs employees around the globe includes a digital X-ray machine, ultra sound ECG machine, cardiac monitor, incubator, and a vital ambulance which will vastly improve the access to medical care for the areas surrounding the medical centre. A nurse from AXA will support the healthcare professionals with the installation and the equipment training. Many of the patients of the community hospital are women and new-born children so, in addition to providing this vital equipment, AXA employees have been raising funds to employ a midwife for the centre on an ongoing basis; making a big difference to the lives of the people it serves. MORE PRN BMR BMRadvertisementlast_img read more

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Diego Simeone differentiates between Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s qualities

first_imgAdvertisementDuring the World Cup in Russia last summer, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone’s leaked conversations choosing Christiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi as the best player in the planet did the rounds. It drew the ire of a lot of Messi fans around the globe but now the Argentine seems to have retracted his statements.Diego Simeone claims both Messi and Ronaldo are the best in their own waySimeone started on how Ronaldo’s unpredictability while going forward can be a blessing for teams which lack attacking options up front. However, he chimed in that Messi is better suited for teams which like to play an eye-pleasing brand of football.“What I consider is that in a team with fewer solutions, Ronaldo is a better fit because he provides many solutions. For a team which focuses on football, Messi is much better.”Referring to the second leg Round of 16 UEFA Champions League encounter between Juventus and Atletico Madrid when Ronaldo’s hat-trick ousted the La Liga club, Simeone praised the Portuguese’s ability to change the complexion of the game single-handedly.“We are talking about very fine margins of how a team plays. Cristiano can decide a game in a different way, he doesn’t need ten attacks. He scored two headers against us and we were out.”Diego Simeone gets brutally mocked by Ronaldo after second-leg loss Advertisementlast_img read more

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Indian Premier League 2017: How the teams stack up after the auction

first_imgSquads:Gujarat Lions current squad: Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Andrew Tye, Ishan Kishan, Pradeep Sangwan, Shivil Kaushik, Shadab Jakati, Jaydev Shah.Auction buys: Manpreet Gony, Nathu Singh, Basil Thampy, TS Baroka, Jason Roy, Munaf Patel, Chirag Suri, Shelley Shaurya, Shubam Agarwal, Pratham Singh and Aksh Deep Nath (Also read: Indian Premier League 2017: Happy for myself and Rashid Khan, says Mohammad Nabi after SRH bag Afghan players)Sunrisers Hyderabad current squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar. (AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS)Auction buys: Tanmay Agarwal, Rashid Khan, Pravin Tambe,  Mohammad Nabi, Eklavya Dwivedi, Ben Laughlin, Mohammed SirajRoyal Challengers Bangalore current squad:  Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Mitchell Starc, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, S Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Smuel Badree, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Iqbal Abdulla, KL Rahul, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi.(Also read: Indian Premier League 2017: Virat Kohli’s RCB snare exciting fast bowler Tymal Mills)Auction buys: Tymal Mills, Pawan Negi, Aniket Choudhary, Praveen Dubey and Billy StanlakeKings XI Punjab current squad: David Miller, Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, M Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla. (Also read: Ben Stokes worth the risk for Pune Supergiants, feels coach Stepehen Fleming)advertisementAuction buys: Varun Aaron, Matt Henry, T Natarajan, Eoin Morgan, Rahul Tewatia, Martin Guptill, Darren Sammy and Rinku SinghKolkata Knight Riders current squad: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Singh Rajpoot.Auction buys: Chris Woakes, Trent Boult, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, R Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo and Sayan GhoshMumbai Indians current squad: Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, J Suchith, Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Jithesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia.Auction buys: Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, Gowtham K., Karn Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Asela Gunarathna and Kulwant KhejroliaDelhi Daredevils current squad: JP Duminy, Mohammed Shami, Quinton de Kock, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Zaheer Khan, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, CV Milind, Syed Ahmed, Pratyush Singh.Auction buys: Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Patrick Cummins, Ankeet Bawane, Kagiso Rabada, Aditya Tare, Navdeep Saini and Shashank SinghRising Pune Supergiants current squad: MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Steven Smith, Faf du Plessis, Mitchell Marsh, Ashok Dinda, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Adam Zampa, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khawaja, Mayank Agarwal.Auction buys: Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Dan Christian, Milind Tandon, Manoj Tiwary and Lockie Fergusonlast_img read more

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The problem with thinking OSU isn’t playing fast on offense

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIThe problem with thinking OSU isn’t going fast on offense is that it kind of actually is (and isn’t at the same time…weird, I know, we’ll get into it though).Gina Mizell wrote a piece for the Oklahoman today about how “So far this season, though, that plan for speed hasn’t exactly transpired as a consistent, full-throttle machine.”I initially agreed (and still kind of do). This isn’t the high-octane offense that rolls up and down the field that we’re used to.But then I started thinking about it. They haven’t exactly been that slow either. Hmm…I wonder what their time of possession per play is compared to years past?I did a post before the season started about snap speed progression and how the 2011 team was the fastest of the Gundy era. I thought this team would be faster and you know what?So far it is (kind of).Let’s take a look.Time of possession per play2007 — 23.69 seconds2008 — 26.76 seconds2009 — 27.87 seconds2010 — 21.99 seconds2011 — 20.78 seconds2012 — 21.03 seconds2013 — 20.07 secondsThus far this is the fastest team in time of possession per play Mike Gundy has ever had. In fact, there have only been seven college football teams that have broken 20 seconds in the last six years.Now, we don’t have a great way in college football to measure time from end of one play to the start of the next because nobody is sitting there with a stopwatch counting. So this is kind of the best we can do and, I admit, it’s not perfect. There are potential issues with the data.What are the things that can artificially inflate (or in this case, deflate) your pace of play numbers? Namely, first downs and incomplete passes because both stop the clock — also it doesn’t account for how much ground you cover, which is probably a better measure of speed (we’ll get to that).If a team goes three and out on three incompletions every possession and each play takes four seconds, their time of possession per play is going to be a mind-boggling 4.0 seconds. But they’re also going to suck at football. This team hasn’t sucked though and it has completed just 1% fewer passes than the 2012 team.Just for fun let’s compare the last three years in terms of percentage of clock-stopping plays (incompletions and first downs [1. I’m not taking into account runs that go out of bounds becasue a) I don’t know how to incorporate them and b) I don’t even think you can incorporate them…let’s keep this simple]) compared to total plays:2011 — 51%2012 — 52%2013 — 51%So 51% of OSU’s total plays in 2013 have been clock-stopping (same as 2011) and they’ve still averaged right at 20 seconds per play.[1. Also, for good measure, OSU is averaging 75 plays a game, 76 in 2011, and 78 in 2012. Very similar.] Looking at the time of possession per play numbers you would expect 2012’s to be a bit faster than they are because they had more clock-stopping plays.Look, I’m not suggesting that Gina is wrong in her assessment that when OSU has an incompletion it’s kind of slow about getting a new play in.[1. And, to be fair, this isn’t a shot at her by any means…just a look at the numbers.] I think we’ve all seen that — and whether you take three seconds or 38 seconds to snap the ball after an incompletion, that’s not going to change the numbers above. We can’t account for that because, again nobody is sitting there with a stopwatch.And there isn’t the rhythm we’ve seen in the past. Your other argument against them being fast (the one I mentioned above) is that they’ve averaged 100 fewer yards per game than the last two seasons. If speed = distance divided by time then this is how many yards per second of possession the last three teams have averaged:2011 — .352012 — .332013 — .30Or yards per minute of possession:2011 — 20.82012 — 20.02013 — 17.8Things are more disjointed, for sure. These numbers tell me they haven’t been covering as much ground in as little time as the Weeden team (or even last year’s team did).But don’t discredit what Walsh and Co. have done this season — they’ve been going faster than you think — and what they have the ability to do when they’re rolling like they were on Saturday during that game-winning drive.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Nicky Henderson hopes Buveur D’Air can get Kempton workout

first_imgNicky Henderson Share on Twitter Hide Quick guide Horse racing tips: Wednesday 21 February Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Greg Wood Reuse this content Was this helpful? Share on LinkedIn Gambling Commission clampdown is welcome but punters need backing Horse racing tips Share via Email Buveur D’Air will be among a handful of Cheltenham Festival contenders who will work after racing at Kempton on Saturday, providing an added attraction for a card that traditionally offers the last round of Festival trials.Nicky Henderson, who trains the reigning champion hurdler, had expressed concern about whether the Kempton gallops would go ahead in view of a frosty forecast. But Kempton’s clerk, Barney Clifford, said the gallops would be held after Saturday’s action, rather than before, as planned. “We have to put the frost covers down on Thursday, to give ourselves every chance of racing,” Clifford said. Temperatures of -1C are forecast for Friday night.center_img Share on WhatsApp Show Support The Guardian The covers must remain in place until 10am on Saturday. They will then take two and a half hours to lift, leaving no time for gallops before the first race. Clifford reckons there will be around half an hour after the last race in which 10 horses can work while sufficient visibility remains. He expects to be oversubscribed and will limit the available slots to Grade One entrants and their working companions.Earlier, when Henderson was in doubt as to whether he would be able to work Buveur D’Air, it was the one subject that made him appear on edge during an hour-long discussion with the media about his dozens of Festival entrants. “He takes an awful lot of work,” the trainer said of his hurdling star, “and he hasn’t really had a race yet. We’ve got to try and do some more.”Henderson will return to Kempton on Monday to work a double-figure number of horses on the all-weather, possibly including the King George winner, Might Bite.It is a measure of Henderson’s strength in depth that he can expect to field the favourites for the Champion Hurdle, Gold Cup and Queen Mother Champion Chase next month. Still, he takes nothing for granted, recalling that Fred Winter had the favourites for the same three races in 1973, when Henderson was Winter’s assistant.“And guess what happened? The Dikler beat Pendil, Inkslinger beat Crisp and Comedy Of Errors beat Bula. Or was it Lanzarote? Come on, you anoraks, you’re supposed to know these things. Anyway, we went in with three favourites and came out with zilch.”Henderson confirmed L’Ami Serge would run in the Stayers Hurdle and not the Ryanair, which remains the target for Top Notch. Claimantakinforgan goes for the Supreme, Apple’s Shakira probably joins We Have A Dream in the Triumph, Countister and Dame De Compagnie are being aimed at the mares’ novice hurdle. Call Me Lord will skip the Champion Hurdle. Thomas Campbell is more likely to tackle the Pertemps than the Stayers. Terrefort is likely to miss the Festival unless the ground comes up soft. Gold Present runs at Kempton on Saturday and, if all goes well, will skip Cheltenham and go straight to Aintree.“If every single one of the 40-odd horses we’re thinking about sending actually make it, it will be a flipping miracle. They won’t. You know something will step on a stone, trip on this, get kidnapped … Anything can happen.” Doncaster1.40 Canelo 2.15 Qaviy Cash 2.50 Work Du Breteau (nap) 3.20 Band Of Blood (nb) 3.55 Pacha Du Polder 4.30 Before Midnight 5.00 Larch HillLudlow1.50 Pearl Of The West 2.25 Town Parks 3.00 Baratineur 3.30 Popelys Gull 4.05 Cereal Killer 4.40 Lake Field 5.10 DessinateurNewcastle2.05 Culpability 2.40 Mystikana 3.10 Hayadh 3.45 Stone Of Destiny 4.20 Casey Jones 4.50 Newmarket Warrior 5.25 HitmanKempton5.45 Lady Nahema 6.15 Lord Oberon 6.45 Multigifted 7.15 Lord George 7.45 Koeman 8.15 Karijini Since you’re here… Thank you for your feedback. Horse racing Share on Facebook news Share on Messenger Cheltenham Festival Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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‘What is the point of VAR?’

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Neymar roughed up and Miranda shove missed’ – Marta left pondering the point of VAR Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 00:05 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Miranda Brazil VAR Switzerland World Cup 2018 Getty Images World Cup Brazil Neymar Brazil v Switzerland Switzerland Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their World Cup opener, but a legend of the women’s game feels the officials did them few favours Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their World Cup opener, with national icon Marta left questioning the rough treatment of Neymar and the point of VAR.The Selecao, who are fancied by many to go all the way at Russia 2018, made a slow start in their quest for a sixth global crown, despite opening the scoring in stunning fashion through Philippe Coutinho.Talismanic forward Neymar never really got going, with the Swiss defenders ensuring that he was given little time and space in which to produce his magic by committing 10 fouls on the Paris Saint-Germain star. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Brazil were left less than impressed by that approach from their opponents, while the failure of the match officials to spot a shove on Miranda by Steven Zubar when restoring parity frustrated those on the field and watching on from afar.Five-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Marta wrote in a column for The Guardian after witnessing events at the Rostov Arena: “Within minutes of our opening game against Switzerland, we could see that this would be a difficult game. The Swiss started aggressively and showed straight away how they were going to handle Brazil’s biggest star: Neymar.“They marked him very tightly throughout the game and made it very difficult for him. You could see that he was getting frustrated with the attention that was given to him, gesturing to the officials to give him more protection. The end result, however, was that he did not have his best game and Brazil’s forward play struggled because of it.“The referee did not help either. Switzerland’s equaliser was very controversial and replays clearly showed a push on the Brazil centre-back Miranda by the goalscorer Steven Zuber. To make matters worse, Brazil should have had a penalty in the second half when Gabriel Jesus was fouled inside the box.“In both those occasions the referee and the video assistant referee (VAR) did not act and review the passage of play and I can’t help myself but to ask: why is there a video referee if he or she is not used when there are controversial, match deciding incidents? Also, why, like a review in tennis, is the affected team not able to ask for the decision to be reviewed?”Brazil will be hoping for a reversal in fortune and a better showing from Neymar when they take in a second Group E fixture against Costa Rica on Friday.last_img read more

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Barcelona to become 1st team in sports history to break billion euro income barrier

first_img Reuters BarcelonaSeptember 20, 2019UPDATED: September 20, 2019 14:18 IST Barcelona’s players in action (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBarcelona’s accounts revealed they expect to spend 1.007 billion euros this seasonThe club forecast a relatively modest profit of 11 million euros after tax in the current seasonBarca CEO Oscar Grau said they also tried to sign Dutch defender Matthijs de LigtLa Liga champions Barcelona said they will become the first sports club to generate revenue exceeding one billion euros ($1.10 billion) this season.A statement from the club on Thursday said they had made record turnover of 990 million euros last season and projected an increase to 1.047 billion euros for the 2019/20 campaign.”This figure represents a new record in the world of sport, and means the surpassing of internal forecasts, since the Strategic Plan approved by the Board of Directors expected profits to reach the figure of 1 billion euros in 2021,” added Barca.The club, which is owned by its fans, forecast a relatively modest profit of 11 million euros after tax in the current season, and said it had a debt of 217.2 million euros.The Catalan club invested 255 million euros on players in the close season, the bulk of which was spent prising Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid for 120 million euros and recruiting Frenkie de Jong from Ajax Amsterdam for 75 million.Barca CEO Oscar Grau said they also tried to sign Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt, who joined Juventus, adding that they wanted to sign Neymar back from Paris St Germain but did not want to compromise the club’s financial stability.”We made a very big effort to get Neymar, we did everything possible. We made two offers, one including players and one without them but we got the feeling PSG never wanted to sell him,” he told reporters.”We are not going to lose control when it comes to players. We want the best team around but we also want to be sustainable.”advertisementBarca’s accounts also revealed they expect to spend 1.007 billion euros this season, an increase of 34 million euros, but stated they will reduce their wage bill by 18 million from last season, a 3% reduction.Also Read | Kaka urges Neymar to stay at PSG, lead Champions League pushAlso see:For 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow LA LigaFollow Barcelona Barcelona to become 1st team in sports history to break billion euro income barrierThe club, which is owned by its fans, forecast a relatively modest profit of 11 million euros after tax in the current season, and said it had a debt of 217.2 million euros.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Trekking: The Frontier Plus is the wood stove we’ve been waiting for

first_img The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure Editors’ Recommendations Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.Wood-burning stoves don’t exactly scream portability. In fact, most of them are large and bulky, which allows them to remain stationary and disperse heat throughout your home on cold winter nights when a simple blanket will not do. Staying warm while camping requires a different kind of device, though, something the folks behind the Frontier Plus camp stove ($460) have certainly considered before.Related: Kick back and relax with these eight camping chairsDesigned to go anywhere you might wander, the Frontier Plus is Anevay’s answer to customers clamoring for a more portable heating solution for on-the-go use. The entirety of the stove — including the 4-inch flue and other steel components — breaks down to fit within the stove’s body, conveniently allowing you to haul the wood-burning device to the backwoods or your own backyard using a sturdy handle attached to the side. The large flue and small frame mean you can quickly install the camp stove in tents, tipis, or anywhere you might want a little extra heat, while the front-mounted door vent provides you with complete control over the draw and heat output without the hassle often associated with other heating solutions.However, a stove wouldn’t be a stove if it didn’t offer a means for cooking. Thankfully, the removeable top plate on the Frontier Plus gives you the option to cook with multiple pans at once, or using direct heat from the flames when necessary. Adjustable legs also let you set the stovetop to your desired height, while a glass window on the front gives you a way to quickly peek inside at all times. It’s not backpack-friendly given it weighs just shy of 40 pounds, but thankfully, camp never has to be more than 100 yards away.Check out Anevay online to make a purchase, for more information, or if you’d like to browse the company’s limited selection of camping stoves and cookware. How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time How to Put Out a Fire Without Hurting Yourself in the Process How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know last_img read more

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10 Fitness Tips from Body Battle Fitness’s Lee Jimenez

first_img How to Use a Vibrating Foam Roller Like Tom Brady 90 % of your success is DietDiet and nutrition by far outweigh anything else in a successful exercise program. Working out like a beast, taking a million group fitness classes, and consistently hitting the gym will be all for nothing if your eating habits are less than healthy. The myth that everyone gets a cheat day is just that – a myth. One day a week of brunches, binge drinking, and overloading on sweets is still 52 days in a year that work against your fitness goals. Having a balanced diet plan that includes everything in moderation, fats, macros, carbs, calories, and most importantly daily protein in-take of grams equal to your ideal total body weight will be your formula for success.Sleep and Recovery DaysSleep affects our physical and mental health tremendously, and many of us do not get enough. Lack of sleep affects metabolism, mood, concentration, stress hormones and cardiovascular health. Sleep allows the body to heal, repair and rejuvenate in a way it simply cannot when a person is awake. The idea of vigorous exercise seven days a week does nothing but constantly breakdown your muscle fibers and doesn’t allow for a rebuild phase. Ideally, you would pick two recovery days per week where you do not exercise at all. Your muscle tissue will repair and rebuild helping to reach the physical changes you  want to see.Workout SmartDo your homework and find a workout program that is proven to meet your specific fitness goals. A mixture of both cardio and strength conditioning benefits total body wellness. Specifically focusing solely on one without the other lends opportunity for either muscle atrophy or cardiovascular disease.Opposites AttractSo now you are in the gym ready to put in work, but where do you start? Rule of thumb, overworking one muscle group is ineffective in comparison to compound multi joint movements. The same is true for always doing a total body workout, hitting every single muscle group in your body. Pick 2-3 muscle groups per workout i.e., Legs/Shoulders, Chest/Back, Biceps/Triceps and always that third muscle group is your core. Our abdomen ties everything together, making sure it is always at its strongest.Goal met…now what?How you got there is how you keep it. Continued consistency in both your exercise and nutrition program is now a part of you. Fitness is a lifestyle that you adopt all for the better. Beyond the visual physique you have achieved are the immense health benefits you have given your body. Staying focused and accepting the steps taken forward will help you not to take steps backward. Editors’ Recommendations Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts center_img The Best Hats for Men to Fit Every Occasion Summer is wrapping up so it’s time to slack at the gym right? Hell naw. We have the holidays coming; aka ‘Spirits Season’ and there is no better time to go to the gym than when the alcohol and parties ramp up and the outdoors adventures slow their roll.Lee Jimenez is the founder of Body Battle Fitness. Launched in August 2015 and inspired by his own weight loss and exercise experience, Jimenez is based in New York City and builds custom workouts for clients’ specific needs and goals.Related: RYU workout clothesLucky for us, Lee has laid out 10 proven workout and fitness tips to get healthy through diet and exercise:Establish your fitness goalCreating a goal is always helpful in mapping out your overall plan to meet your fitness goals. Whether it is to keep off holiday pounds, build leaner muscle mass, or maintain your existing muscle mass, setting a goal will set you up for success.Focus on one thing at a timeWhenever starting a new fitness regimen it is easy to get overwhelmed quickly. Running to your local health food store or vitamin shopping to replace your entire pantry is not a realistic approach for consistency. In your diet, start asking, “what is the one thing on my plate (or glass) I can live without?” Gradually make a new habit into a permanent healthy routine. Same for adopting a new exercise routine, accepting that at first it will not be perfect. We all start somewhere, but through consistency, over time the body progresses and physical changes happen.Find your MotivationThis is probably the most important of all. Motivation was never something that was taught in elementary school. Some find it through group fitness, others through personal training, and many by having a gym buddy trying to reach similar fitness goals. Find what will motivate and excite you to exercise consistently in a way that you will not be bored.Put in the timeRome wasn’t built in a day and neither will a single workout transform your body overnight. Recognize where you are today in your fitness journey and set a realistic timeline with check points. I Suggest a 3 week/6 weeks/10 week check up about how you feel, your weight loss, muscle gain, and progression of strength in your workouts.Avoiding Exercise PlateauThe body is an amazing instrument and quickly adapts to new physical exertions. The 10 pushups that you did at the start of your workout program are just not going to be as impactful 3 weeks later. Challenge your body by increasing number of reps, increasing duration of time, increasing exercise weights, or shortening recovery time between sets. Keep your body constantly guessing in order to avoid a physical plateau.Related: 10 best water bottles of 2016 World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40last_img read more

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Skipper Kohli KLs batting at No 4 is big positive not worried

first_imgCardiff: Skipper Virat Kohli, who is happy with KL Rahul’s timely hundred at No 4 slot is not overtly worried with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma’s patchy form in the two World Cup warm-up games ahead of the tournament proper. The skipper gave enough indications that Rahul has sealed his spot at No 4 with a 99-ball-108 against Bangladesh in the final warm-up game which India won by 95 runs. “The biggest positive from today was the way KL (Rahul) batted at No. 4. Everyone else know their roles. It is important that he gets the runs as he is such a class player,” Kohli said of Rahul who hit a 99-ball 108, after India’s big win in their final World Cup warm-up game. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun “MS (Dhoni) and Hardik were superb as well,” he added. Dhoni also scored a hundred — a 78-ball 113 — while Hardik Pandya contributed 21 from 11 deliveries down the order. The two senior openers however didn’t get the kind of practice that they would have ideally liked before the first game against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton. Dhawan had scores of 1 and 2 while Rahit scored 2 and 19 against New Zealand and Bangladesh respectively. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up “We have had two good challenges in the two games while batting first. Shikhar and Rohit are quality players, they become stars in ICC events. Ideally we would have liked to chase today. I understand if guys don’t get going rightaway in this format. In warm-up games, at times, you don’t get the motivation especially because the amount of cricket that we play. But I am glad with what we got out of these two games,” Kohli came in defence of the opening duo. He also praised the wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal for picking six wickets amongst themselves. “We were challenged by their batsmen as well but we bowled well and our spinners got wickets too. Bumrah got us the breakthrough and Chahal and Kuldeep got us six wickets,” Kohli said. He said in the World Cup matches the ball might turn a bit in the second half and swing and seam would be important in the first fifteen overs. He said most of the teams winning the toss would want to chase. In warm-up games, often the side fielding second finds it a bit of a drag in the final overs like it happened against Bangladesh where the outcome was clear by the 35th over but match went on till the last over. “The last 15 overs could be challenging on the field, especially when the game is not interesting and you have to go through the motions. But once the tournament starts nobody would find all these things long, which is what you expect from a world class tournament like the World Cup.” Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said, “We have spent fours weeks here. So, a few players have some niggles. “Looks alright (about his fitness), but we need to look after our bowlers. Our top-order is scoring some runs. Soumya batted well, Liton and Mushfiq did a good job. Overall, the top-order batsmen need to understand their role.”last_img read more

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How Drake got his giant CN Tower replica from Las Vegas to

first_imgUnder a gigantic, glowing replica of his beloved CN Tower, rapper Drake told the Toronto crowd gathered at Monday’s OVO Fest he had called “19 companies” to build it and they all said no.So when Eric Pearce got the call, he too was a little skeptical it could be done.“They came up with the concept of the design for this show rather late,” said Pearce, owner of Las Vegas’ Show Group Production Services (SGPS), the outfit that helped design and build the faux tower. “It’s pretty large.” Facebook Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The idea stemmed from the cover of the rapper’s 2016 album, Views, which features Drake perched atop the CN Tower, a moment he recreated with the replica during the show.Pearce and his team had about three weeks to take it from design to delivery, working around the clock, seven days a week in their Las Vegas factory to build it on time. They came up with the plans on how to build it in a single weekend.READ MORE Advertisementlast_img read more

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Toyotas hydrogen fuel cell will make its Canadian debut this year in

first_imgMONTREAL – Toyota is introducing its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle into Canada’s most active electric vehicle market later this year, a move that could eventually help eliminate emissions from automobile use in Canada.About 50 Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles are expected to be delivered to Quebec in 2018 for use by government and private fleets.Quebec Energy Minister Pierre Moreau said the province is an ideal location for these cars because of cheap, clean hydroelectricity that can be used to produce liquid hydrogen.“It’s a very important announcement because Quebec will become the window in all Canada for the hydrogen car,” he said after the Japanese carmaker unveiled its plans at the Montreal International Auto Show.Quebec has pushed the adoption of electric vehicles, in part by passing Canada’s first law mandating a minimum threshold of EV sales. But Moreau said the government is open to other technologies as it aims to reduce its use of fossil fuels by 40 per cent in 2030.“I see a synergy and not a competition,” he said.While most electric vehicle cars have limited range which makes them most suitable for urban travel, the Mirai can travel 500 kilometres on a single tank that is quickly filled and can operate in the coldest conditions. By contrast, most EV recharging is done at home overnight, and even the fastest charges take 30 minutes or more.The province will open two hydrogen fuel stations next fall — one in Montreal and one Quebec City — that will produce and distribute hydrogen fuel. The cars to be delivered towards the end of the year will be tested during a pilot phase.The government hasn’t yet determined if Hydro-Quebec or the private sector would eventually produce hydrogen for sale within the province and beyond.Toyota Canada isn’t ready to announce when the vehicles will be available for public purchase or the selling price. In California, they sell for US$57,000 minus rebates and include a three-year supply of hydrogen.Toyota Canada vice-president Stephen Beatty said he expects sales will quickly accelerate as refuelling infrastructure develops. B.C. and Ontario are also building fuel stations.“I suspect that this, like all advanced technology projects, is going to take its time but there’s enormous promise for it because it’s not just about cars,” he said in an interview.Beatty said every major car manufacturer is looking at hydrogen fuel. He said different consumer options are needed to achieve the ultimate goal, which is to drive carbon out of transportation.Electric vehicles remained a topic of interest at the auto show with the display of about 40 models just days after Quebec’s zero emissions laws formally came into effect.Car companies like BMW, Ford and Volkswagen are preparing to introduce a series of new electric vehicle options over the coming years.Electric vehicles grew strongly last year but still accounted for only about one per cent of all sales in Canada.Magna International (TSX:MG) says the internal combustion engine will remain dominant for years to come even as electric vehicle sales grow.By 2025, it expects global electric vehicle sales will account for just six per cent of sales, rising to 13 per cent in 2030.Despite a record two million auto sales last year, Canadian light vehicle production fell about seven per cent from 2016, DesRosiers Automotive Consultants estimated Thursday.The automotive expert expects 2.2 million cars and light trucks will be built in Canada, a drop of 200,000.A CAMI strike at the General Motors plant in Ingersoll, Ont., was a factor and production of the GMC Terrain has moved to Mexico.Also, the U.S. market, which drives 90 per cent of Canada’s auto output, softened from its peak in 2016.Still, the long-term prospects for Canadian auto production aren’t necessarily positive.Canada has been losing assembly work to Mexico and the United States that some fear could accelerate with tax cuts south of the border and uncertainty over NAFTA’s future.Unifor, which represented unionized Canadian autoworkers, forecasts relatively stable Canadian auto production this year at around 2.1 million, falling by a few percentage points in 2019.Bill Murnighan, director of research, said Canadian plants are in “decent shape” in the mid-term after having received $1.5 billion in new investments negotiated in 2016.“Of course, longer term we remain concerned about unbalanced trade with Mexico, and with many other regions of the world, which ultimately drive down U.S. and Canadian production,” he wrote in an email.“That’s why we’re so concerned about NAFTA discussions and have raised the need for the agreement to be improved.”last_img read more

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Man duped many by issuing fake air tickets held

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested a cheat identified as Sandeep Kumar Jha, a resident of Khajoori Khas, Delhi, who duped several persons by issuing fake air tickets. He is a proclaimed offender in a cheating case of Barakhamba Road police station, Delhi, and is also wanted in numerous other cheating cases in Jaipur, Pune and Pondicherry.According to police, Sandeep Jha admitted his involvement in numerous cases. He disclosed that he had provided fake air tickets to many persons while being employed with a travel agency in Connaught Place, New Delhi. He had managed to convince the proprietor of the travel agency using his marketing skills, he could arrange for cheaper air tickets as compared to the prevailing market rates. After working honestly for some time, he gained the trust of his employer but soon started cheating the firm and innocent travellers by issuing fake air tickets in place of genuine air tickets. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”He had been evading arrest as he was wanted in cheating cases registered against him in Delhi, Rajasthan, Pondicherry and Maharashtra. Recently, he came to know that a complaint is pending against him in Pondicherry as well,” said DCP crime, Joy Tirkey. The accused had done his hotel management from Meerut in 2009 and later completed his MBA in hospitality through correspondence in 2015. He worked as a steward in five stars hotels in Delhi between 2009 to 2018.last_img read more

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French envoy rejects reports of Pak pilots training on Rafale in France

first_imgNew Delhi: French Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler on Thursday dismissed as “fake news” reports that a batch of Pakistani pilots was trained on Rafale fighter jets being procured by Qatari Air Force. American aviation industry website ainonline.com reported that the first batch of pilots trained on the Rafale fighter jet for Qatar in November 2017 were Pakistani exchange officers. “I can confirm that it is fake news,” Ziegler tweeted. French diplomatic sources said no Pakistani pilots ever trained on Rafale jets in France. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details There were concerns in the Indian military establishment after the report by the US-based website. The report came in the midst of a simmering political slugfest over procurement of Rafale jets by the Modi government from France. India is procuring a batch of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France at a cost of Rs 58,000 crore. The Congress has been alleging massive irregularities in the deal while the government has strongly rejected the charges.last_img read more

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Sunny Saturday morning in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a cool but sunny Saturday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded two notches below the season’s average at 19.8 degrees Celsius, the Met office said. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 34 degrees Celsius, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said, adding the day would remain clear becoming partly cloudy during the afternoon. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 61 per cent. On Thursday, the maximum temperature was 32.6 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average.last_img read more

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Perez Counts on Hakimi to Lead Real Madrid Thanks Moroccans for

Rabat –  Real Madrid’s president Florentino Pérez also accompanied the Spanish sovereigns to Morocco.In an interview with Maghreb Press Agency (MAP), Perez stated that “Morocco and Spain are two neighboring countries whose proximity goes beyond the geographical aspect.”He added that “Moroccan-Spanish political, economic, and cultural relations not only foster the two countries cooperation, but also open the door to broad prospects for collaboration and partnership between Europe and Africa.” The president of Real Madrid has highlighted the role of sport, particularly football, in the rapprochement of the two nations and their people, noting that the round ball is a universal language through which peoples can communicate without intermediaries.“Football is a sport that has no borders. Real Madrid has more than 600 million fans around the world, including more than 4 million Moroccans who follow it on social networks,” added Pérez.Read Also: Achraf Hakimi Valued at €25 million, Unwilling to Return to Real MadridRecalling when Real Madrid won the 2014 Club World Cup held in Marrakech, Pérez welcomed Moroccan fans support given to his club during the competition.Perez pointed out the six socio-sports schools in Morocco, namely in Tangier, Tetouan, Marrakech, Mohammedia and Benguerir, that contribute to the social integration of more than 1,400 Moroccan children.The president of Real Madrid also expressed his pride in having a great player like Achraf Hakimi growing up in the Madrid club.“Achraf is a talented player who made a remarkable World Cup with the Moroccan national team and won several titles, including a European Champion Clubs’ Cup with Real Madrid. We are counting on him in the future to continue writing the history of our club,” declared PerezHowever, many football reports say that Hakimi does not want to return to Real Madrid to be a substitute again, especially after improving his football skills and being guaranteed a permanent spot as an undoubted starter at his current German club.When Hakimi played with Real Madrid, he was rarely featured in matches. He was deemed surplus to requirement, pushing Real Madrid to loan him to Borussia Dortmund for two years. read more

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