Around 62% voters exercised their franchise in the elections to Haryana’s five municipal corporations of Hisar, Rohtak, Panipat, Karnal and Yamunanagar on Sunday. The elections to two municipal committees were also held in the State. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 19.Yamunanagar recorded the highest 65.2% turnout followed by Hisar (62.7), Rohtak (62.4), Panipat (62) and Karnal (61.8) as per the State Election Commission website. The municipal committees of Jakhal Mandi (Fatehabad) and Pundri (Kaithal) recorded 89.5% and 82.1% turnout respectively.The keenly fought corporation polls for direct election to the positions of Mayors for the first time in Haryana hold great significance for the regional and State politics and could be the reflection of the electorate’s mood in the State in the run-up to the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections due next year.Though the Congress has officially stayed out of the contest for the municipal bodies as a policy matter, the Independent Mayoral candidates supported by the local Congress leaders are locked in an intense direct electoral battle with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party candidates in all the five corporations. Fought on the home turfs of incumbent Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and two-time former Congress Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the contests for the positions of Mayors in Karnal and Rohtak respectively have turned into prestige battle for the two parties. In Rohtak, BJP’s Manmohan Goyal, a former Congressman, is involved in a direct contest with Congress-supported Sita Ram Sachdeva, a Punjabi. However, former AIDWA general-secretary and Bhim Awardee Jagmati Sangwan, the CPI (M) candidate supported by the Left parties, the Aam Aadmi Party and several social organisations, could emerge as a dark horse for the coveted post. The INLD-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance candidate Sanchit Nandal is the State’s youngest candidate for the position of Mayor from Rohtak.In Karnal, BJP candidate Renu Bala Gupta, a Baniya, is pitted against united Opposition with Congress leaders supporting the INLD-BSP’s alliance candidate Asha Wadhwa, a Punjabi, in a contest where caste seems to have taken precedence over the local issues.In Hisar, Rekha Aren, supported by former Congress Minister Savitri Jindal and Kuldeep Bishnoi, is engaged in a direct contest with BJP’s Gautam Sardana. Similarly, BJP’s Madan Chauhan is giving a tough fight to the Congressbacked Rakesh Sharma in a triangular fight involving INLD’s Sandeep Goyal in Yamunanagar.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was made in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, did her job but the party and its workers could not rise to the occasion, the party’s State unit chief Raj Babbar said on Monday.Disappointed with the results that gave the Congress just one seat out of 80 in the State and a nationwide tally of 52, Mr. Babbar said the poor showing at the hustings had pained party president Rahul Gandhi.Mr. Gandhi lost from his family bastion Amethi, which voted in BJP’s Smriti Irani to the Lok Sabha this time, but won from Wayanad in Kerala. “He never viewed it (Amethi) as his constituency. Now, family members have given such a verdict,” the U.P. Congress chief said, expressing concern that a person who considered Amethi as his family and gave an identity to the place was not allowed to emerge victorious in the polls.On why Ms. Vadra did not have the desired impact, the actor-turned-politician said party workers and local leaders failed to rise to the occasion.“She did her job. But party workers, local leaders, candidates and the organisation could not accumulate the (electoral) benefits from it. Rahul ji worked so hard and Priyanka ji worked with such a high degree of enthusiasm,” Mr. Babbar said in his first interview after the election results. “We [party workers, local leaders and candidates] were unable to prove ourselves and rise to the occasion.”Asked about the future course of action, the 66-year-old Congress leader said Uttar Pradesh cannot be analysed in a single line.“You have to take steps after a lot of deliberations and strengthen the organisation,” he said.The lone victory for the party came from Rae Bareli, where UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi retained her seat. The BJP won 62 seats in the State, the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party combine 15 and the Apna Dal two.‘Must accept defeat’Refusing to give any one particular factor behind the party’s poll drubbing, Mr. Babbar said, “First, we must accept our defeat and acknowledge the victory of the winner. Having said so, I cannot sit alone and deliberate upon the possible reasons for the defeat. Everyone has to sit together.”Mr. Babbar himself lost the election from the Fatehpur Sikri Lok Sabha seat despite opting for it, after being initially named as party candidate from Moradabad.
Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday paid tribute to former India captain Ajit Wadekar, who passed away at an age of 77.Wadekar breathed his last at Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital on Wednesday. The former left-handed batsman, who will always be remembered as one of the greatest captains to have led the Indian cricket team, was Indian cricket team’s manager from 1992 to 1996. He was also appointed as India’s chairman of selectors in 1998.Wadekar is believed to be have played a pivotal role in turning around Tendulkar’s career by asking him to open the innings in ODIs during the tour of New Zealand in 1994. The decision to move Tendulkar to the top of India’s batting order proved to be extremely successful, as the batting maestro went on to become the greatest limited-overs cricketer.In his tribute, Tendulkar wrote: “Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Ajit Wadekar Sir. He was someone who was instrumental in bringing out the best in us during the 90s. Well always be grateful for his advice and guidance. Praying for strength for his family during this difficult time. RIP.”Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Ajit Wadekar Sir. He was someone who was instrumental in bringing out the best in us during the 90s. Well always be grateful for his advice and guidance. Praying for strength for his family during this difficult time. RIP pic.twitter.com/coSyac73otSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 16, 2018Mohammed Azharuddin, who was India’s captain during Wadekar’s tenure as India manager, tweeted: “#AjitWadekar sir .. such an iconic person..deeply saddened by his demise!! Sir was a father figure for me.. May his soul rest in peace! My Heartfelt Condolences to the family..”advertisement#AjitWadekar sir .. such an iconic person..deeply saddened by his demise!! Sir was a father figure for me.. May his soul rest in peace! My Heartfelt Condolences to the family..@BCCI pic.twitter.com/xLMb2i82B2Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) August 15, 2018Deeply saddened by the news of the demise of #AjitWadekar. One of Indias finest left handers and the captain who led India to victories in England & West Indies in 1971. Sir, your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense. Condolences to your family. RIP.Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) August 16, 2018Wadekar played 37 Tests for India and scored 2113 runs including one hundred and 14 half-centuries at an average of 31.07.READ – Former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar dies aged 77Wadekar led India to historic series triumphs in the West Indies and England in 1971. An aggressive left-handed batsman, Wadekar made his first-class debut in 1958-59 but did not play for India until 1966-67.READ – Farewell Ajit Wadekar: Captain Courageous, Gutsy ManagerWadekar took over as captain of the Indian team from MAK Pataudi and proved to be a good leader of men. After leading the country to memorable series wins in the West Indies and England, Wadekar oversaw another series win over England in 1972-73, at home.
Given Chelsea’s win over Manchester City exactly a month ago, it is no shock that Maurizio Sarri has continued the Eden Hazard as a false nine experiment in his bid to find the best system for the players he has at his disposal. And yet despite all the encouragement that came from becoming the first English team to beat the Premier League champions this season, the truth is the Blues have not looked anywhere near as potent going forward with the Belgium international in a central role. A 1-0 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley only served to highlight how desperate Sarri must be to get a striker in before the closure of the January window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Blues produced 17 shots to Spurs’ six in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final and yet failed to make a breakthrough. Too often they attempted shots from long range when unable to pick a way through the home side’s defence. Their best chances fell to N’Golo Kante and Andreas Christensen – neither of whom are noted for their finishing despite the former’s improved goal return this season – with Hazard still looking to create rather than get into the six-yard box himself. Under successive managers he has slowly become the first-choice central striker, and though signing big names in January is notoriously difficult, the club must act this window to try lift the goalscoring burden off Hazard’s shoulders. Chelsea have scored just 11 goals in their last 10 Premier League matches, and five in their last six in all competitions. Since going up front against City, Hazard has scored just three of his 12 goals this season while playing in that new role. As if Sarri did not know already quite how effective his side might be were they to have a stronger focal point, he need only have looked towards the other end of the pitch. Harry Kane may have needed a VAR-assisted penalty to ensure he found the net for the sixth successive match, but it was he that won it because he was willing to run in behind the defence and draw Kepa Arrizabalaga from his goal to foul him.That is not Hazard’s game. The former Lille man far more enjoys picking up the ball in deeper areas and running at defences, and while he is certainly one of the very best at doing it in world football, if he is the central striker, more often than not there is no one there for him to play in once he reaches the edge of the box.Of course, he is not the only option available to Sarri, but rather depressingly for Chelsea fans he seems the most viable.Despite two goals against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Saturday, Alvaro Morata’s confidence is shot. He missed out here due to a minor hamstring problem, but with his agent having met with Sevilla in the last few days suggestions are he would rather be anywhere else than west London right now.Olivier Giroud came off the bench after missing the last two games through injury, but he has just five goals all season, with four of those coming in the Europa League. An effective impact substitute, yes, but the World Cup winner cannot be relied on to lead the line on a regular basis.The only bright spot in an attacking sense once again came from Callum Hudson-Odoi, with the teenager able to shrug off the pressures of yet another bid from Bayern Munich that arrived earlier in the day.He showcased exactly why the Bundesliga champions are willing to fork out £35 million ($44m) for his services with an enterprising display on both flanks on what was just his fifth senior start. The big occasion certainly did not get to him, and on this evidence Sarri would be wise to offer him more opportunities in a bid to tie him down to the new deal he was offered in the summer.This tie is far from over for Chelsea as Sarri searches for the first major silverware of his career, and the way in which they were able to dominate for long periods was in stark contrast to how his side disintegrated against Tottenham in the league earlier this season.But with it understood that their pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain has been deemed too complicated by the club’s hierarchy, attention now must turn to finding a striker of similar goalscoring pedigree.Chelsea could still win three trophies this season and secure a top-four finish in the Premier League. But on current evidence they will not get anywhere near that return while Hazard toils in an unfamiliar role.
Mental health expert Dr. Stan Kutcher will travel to Cape Breton Monday, June 26, to look into mental health needs for young people in the community. He will talk with families, schools, and the community and determine what initiatives can help address mental health concerns on the island. Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey and Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill reached out to Dr. Kutcher after several teen suicides in the area. “My colleagues and I, along with all Nova Scotians, mourn with the families of Cape Breton,” said Mr. Delorey. “We need to take immediate steps so we have asked Dr. Kutcher to go to Cape Breton to look into this very serious situation. “Government is committed to strengthening mental health and wellness services in Nova Scotia and we are eager to hear what Dr. Kutcher learns from his time in the community.” Dr. Kutcher specializes in youth mental health and suicide, and is co-chair of the Minister’s Mental Health Advisory Panel. “We need to better understand the particular needs of those in the community so we can best help the young people who live there,” said Dr. Kutcher. “The conversations I will have over the next few days will give us some of that insight.” Dr. Kutcher will report back to the ministers in the coming weeks.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – A Mississauga, Ont., resident who as caught trying to sneak snakes into Canada in his socks has pleaded guilty.Federal prosecutors in Buffalo, N.Y., say 28-year-old Chaoyi Le faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to violating wildlife regulations. Sentencing is set for Oct. 30.He was arrested in 2014 at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge in western New York after Canadian border agents discovered three live albino western hognose snakes hidden in his socks.At first, Le said he’d found them in a New York park, but eventually admitted buying them.Authorities say Le, a Chinese citizen who lives in Mississauga, was trying to avoid a U.S. Fish and Wildlife inspection.Court documents say that on the same day, Le also mailed several snakes from New York to China.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is counting down to Christmas with a star-studded online advent calendar.A host of the UK’s favourite celebrities, including stars from Strictly Come Dancing, The X Factor and Downton Abbey, have recorded video messages sending their season’s greetings to families at Great Ormond Street Hospital.Among the stars who have been revealed so far are Orlando Bloom, Tess Daly, Vernon Kay, Dynamo, Olly Murs, Union J, Little Mix, Peter Andre, Martin Freeman, Pixie Lott, Alan Carr, Emma Bunton, Miranda Hart… and more to come over the next few days!Each day, the charity will post a cryptic clue on Twitter and Facebook before opening the advent calendar to reveal the identity of the star behind the door.To follow the advent calendar and test your celebrity knowledge against the daily clues, check out their Facebook page and @GreatOrmondSt on Twitter.The charity is also asking people across the UK to send their own Christmas message to children at Great Ormond Street Hospital as part of its Great Big Christmas Stocking Appeal, which invites supporters to write messages on stockings which are displayed in the hospital for patients, staff, and families to read. To create your own stocking, visit the Great Big Christmas Stocking Appeal website.
A limit on pain and suffering damages for minor injuries will allow ICBC to redirect resources to increasing benefits for lost pay and medical rehabilitation for all people injured in accidents. A limit of $5,500 on pain and suffering payouts for minor injury claims would also go into effect on April 1st, 2019. The bill defines a minor injury as one “that does not result in a serious impairment or a permanent serious disfigurement” and is not resolved in 12 months. It gives the government broad power to define specific minor injuries in the future. Injury costs in B.C. increased 80 percent between 2009 and 2016, from from $1.5 billion to $2.7 billion.“Today’s legislation is about doing what’s best for B.C. drivers – both in what they pay for insurance and in making sure they get the best coverage if they’re injured,” said Eby. “For years, B.C. drivers have had to pay more and more simply to cover the spiralling legal and administrative costs at ICBC. We can’t right the past – but we can put ICBC back on track to deliver more affordable rates and better coverage for drivers moving forward.”“It is unacceptable, not just that British Columbians faced skyrocketing rates while ICBC lost hundreds of millions of dollars, but also that benefits for injured drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians have been frozen in time for a quarter century. We are rebalancing where ICBC premium dollars go. We’re shifting the money out of administration, expert reports and court processes, and into driver’s pockets through stable rates and better benefits.” VICTORIA, B.C. — Attorney General David Eby says that the provincial government has introduced legislation to try to restore the finances of ICBC, which he referred to in January as a “financial dumpster fire.”If they’re approved by the legislature, the amendments to the Insurance Act and the Civil Resolution Tribunal Act will simplify dispute resolution processes for cases under $50,000, allowing them to be resolved in as little as 90 days. Those cases are currently lasting two to three years in B.C. Supreme Court.The government said that legal fees and expenses have grown to 24 percent of ICBC’s total annual costs.
“If there is a threat to that then that threat must be stopped,” he said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today called for unity in the country saying there cannot be room for another war.He says the unity must be protected to take the development agenda of the country forward. Wickremesinghe was speaking at an event held at Temple Trees today which was attended by participants from the North and South. The Prime Minister said that the country is now on a path to development and has obtained international support for the process.He said that Japan has come forward to assist Sri Lanka while India is to fund the construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plant in the country. The Prime Minister also said that China had offered USD 300 million to assist Sri Lanka.He said noted that Sri Lanka will reap the benefits from the Colombo pot city, now known as the financial city, which is under construction and the Hambantota port economic zone.“For all this we need unity. Those who could not succeed through extremism are now trying to spread hatred through religious extremism. We must condemn that. The Lord Buddha has taught us how to speak. In the same manner Christianity and Hinduism and Islam has also taught us things. So we must condemn any attempt to spread racial or religious hatred,” he said. The Prime Minister also said that if anyone breaks the law the Police have a responsibility to take action. (Colombo Gazette)
However in a counter attack, those supportive of the two girls took to social media to back them and others who appeared at Asus Lanka Comic Con. (Colombo Gazette) Wonder Woman Director Patty Jenkins has given a thumbs up to Sri Lankan wonder women who dressed up as the character at the Asus Lanka Comic Con, 2017 held over the weekend.“The look so great, strong and beautiful!!! Such amazing work and costumes,” Patty Jenkins tweeted on an image of two young girls who were dressed up as Wonder Woman at the Asus Lanka Comic Con held in Colombo. The look so great, strong and beautiful!!! Such amazing work and costumes. @GalGadot https://t.co/RqjbOd8bDb— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) August 29, 2017 Earlier the two girls in the photograph cam under a scathing attack on social media.
With the privatization of some 350 collectively-owned businesses slated for later this year, the first wave of investors will have a unique opportunity to take part in the new stage of economic development being planned for the UN-administered province, said organizers of the Kosovo Investment Conferences (KICO), which gets underway tomorrow.”We know that potential foreign investors are those individuals with personal contacts and special knowledge of and interest in Kosovo,” said Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi. “We believe that a significant number of ordinary non-residents could play a major role in contributing to Kosovo’s economy.”In addition to Mr. Rexhepi, other speakers scheduled to address the Conference include Francesco Bastagli, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Kosovo, representatives of the United States Government, and officials from the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce and the Kosovo Trust Agency (KTA).Kosovo currently relies primarily on trade and imports, but needs a fresh infusion of private investment if it hopes to have a viable economic future, the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said in a statement. “A sound base of regulations governing private sector growth, as well as privatisation, has been developed to provide an enabling environment to support and sustain a free-market economy,” it noted.
ELON, N.C. — Tyler Scanlon scored a dozen points in the last three minutes as he and Max Mahoney finished with 18 points apiece and Boston University rallied past Elon 65-58 on Saturday, wrapping up a six-game road trip and winning in North Carolina for the first time since 1997.Elon, trailing 28-25 at halftime, surged ahead by eight after the break but Mahoney and Javante McCoy each converted 3-point plays as the Terriers cut the lead to 46-44. Scanlon hit a 3-pointer for a 56-55 Boston lead with 2:42 remaining and the Phoenix scored only three more points from there, none at all in the last two minutes.Scanlon scored four straight free throws in the waning seconds, added a drive and a 3-point play after his go-ahead 3 to score 12 points in less than three minutes.The Terriers (5-4) controlled the boards, 47-28, which helped them to a 36-12 disparity on points in the paint and survive 15 turnovers and Elon’s 10 3-pointers.Sheldon Eberhardt led the Phoenix (3-5) with 20 points and five assists, Steven Santa Ana scored 19.The Associated Press
Paul George, the NBA’s 2012-13 most improved player, recently explained how he wasn’t prepared for the role of “leader” of the Indiana Pacers during last year’s NBA season.In an interview with NBA Inside Stuff reporter Dennis Scott, George confessed, “I really wasn’t ready for that moment.”George mentioned that he wasn’t particularly prepared to be the go-to guy on the team at the beginning of last season, but he did what he needed to do to fit into the role.He eventually excelled in the position, leading his team to the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals. There, he and his team went up against league MVP LeBron James and the defending champs Miami Heat, taking them all the way to game seven where they eventually lost.See what George had to say in the video above.
2KIF Kolding5401123:1138 4Orlen Wisła Płock6303163:1546 ← Previous Story Budapest to host first ever Women’s EHF CL F4! Next Story → LUCKY, LUCKY BOY: Johan Sjostrand wins on horse betting again – 240.000 EUR! 5FC Porto Vitalis6105134:1642 6Dunkerque HB6006133:1600 Polish runner-up Orlen Wisla Plock are close to EHF CL TOP 16 after victory over Portuguese champion FC Porto 28:22 (12:10). Manolo Cadenas’ team had no problem to overplay the guests from Atlantic, who are with French Dunkerque “under line” of places which lead to TOP 16. Serbian playmaker Petar Nenadic was the TOP scorer with 7 goals…Wisła: Sego – Wiśniewski 2, Zrnić 2/1, Nikcević 3, Kwiatkowski, Toromanović 4, Syprzak 3, Nenadić 7, Lijewski 6, Eklemović 1, Milas.Porto: Bravo, Laurentino – Moreira 1, Santos 3/2, Pereira 1, Salina, Borges 1, Duarte 3, Ferraz 6, Belmiro, Spinola 4/2, Davyes 3, Rosario.THW Kiel beat Dunkerque 28:25 day before.STANDINGS: handballOrlen Wisla PlockTHW Kiel 1THW Kiel6501180:16610 3Vive Targi Kielce5401156:1328
In areas with a large migrant population across Australia, it’s not uncommon to see business signage in a language other than English. But Strathfield Council in Sydney is looking at a plan to reduce this.If the proposal goes ahead, foreign text will be required by law to be 30 per cent the size of its equivalent in the English language, reports SBS News.The proposal was moved at the last council meeting by Independent Councillor Matthew Blackmore. He says the policy is “designed to set a standard in the presentation of signs in shops”.The NSW Business Chamber has expressed its support, with chamber spokesperson Damian Kelly saying “There may be some potential customers who may feel they’re unwelcome in that particular shop, restaurant, cafe, whatever business it is” but added that they are apprehensive about the added red-tap.If the plan goes ahead, the chamber called on the council to work directly with businesses in the transition.According to the last census survey conducted, Strathfield is home to two in three people who speak a language other than English, the most common being Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese.While the signage called into question sees the foreign language as the dominant one, English is also included, but not at the ratio the council is proposing.If the policy change is passed, Greek-owned businesses are not immune, and could be adopted by councils across the country.Strathfield Council is currently open to community feedback on the matter. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering entering the race for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien RabiotThe France international has featured in all five of PSG’s Ligue 1 games this season.But Rabiot has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal at the Parc des Princes and appears increasingly unlikely to sign an extension.The 23-year-old has already allegedly attracted the interest of Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus.Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Although now Paris United claim that Spurs are considering making an approach for Rabiot in January.The Lilywhites failed to sign a single player in the summer transfer window and, on the back of two consecutive losses, manager Mauricio Pochettino is considering whether to bolster his squad options at the start of 2019.Rabiot would also serve as an ideal replacement for midfielder Mousa Dembele, who is expected to leave North London this summer once his contract expires.PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has already made it clear though that he intends to do everything he can to keep Rabiot at the club.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 23, 2017 – Grand Bahama – The Government received a mandate from the Bahamian people and the people of Grand Bahama to restore economic health and vitality to the economy of Grand Bahama. Over the past several months we have made positive steps to improve Grand Bahama’s economy. However, the island’s recovery will not be complete until the full opening and development of the Our Lucayan strip properties.While this process has taken longer than the Government would have liked, significant progress has been made.I am therefore pleased to inform Grand Bahamians and the nation that today my office has been informed that the owners of the hotel strip have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Paul Wynn. This is a very important formal step toward the completion of the sale.The Government will now enter the approval stage and enter formal discussions with Paul Wynn on a Heads of Agreement, which will detail the future development of the hotel strip. We expect this process to be completed within the next month to two months.The Government is very hopeful that this important formal step will lead to the full renovation, opening and redevelopment of the entire strip in early part of 2018, helping to bring much needed economic growth and jobs to Grand Bahama, which will also help to boost the national economy.Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
The Swiss defender says his overjoyed about how Borussia Dortmund managed to come from behind to beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in Der KlassikerIn his first season with German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, Swiss defender Manuel Akanji is overjoyed after the 3-2 win over Bayern Munich.“It took a lot of guts, especially in the second half when you consider how many chances we had. We never gave in, we never stopped fighting,” he told the club’s official website.“To score 3 goals against Bayern is not bad at all. To concede two goals is a little too much. Our strength is that we can always turn it around. We proved that again this time.”Report: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“The Bavarians played at pace in the first half and you could detect that in the pressing. They had a lot of aggression,” he added.“The coach said at halftime that they wouldn’t be able to maintain that over 90 minutes and you could see that.”“They didn’t play the same way in the second half as they had in the first and neither did we, but we had a bit more in the tank,” he continued.“It’s only done when we’re done. The game is never done and dusted, we can fight until the last minute and we can turn it around. That is a good mentality.”
0 Fitness Sports Tags Post a comment Share your voice Getty Images At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, we’ll get to watch athletes compete for gold medals in four new sports: karate, surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing (also known as indoor rock climbing). Rock climbing has been around since — well, since the first time someone tried to climb something rocky. But modern recreational climbing started in the 19th century, with Sport Climbing only emerging in the 1970s and ’80s. In traditional climbing, sport climbing’s outdoor counterpart, the focus is typically on scaling a route or reaching the top of a natural landmark. A lead climber will place bolts on a mountain as they go, typically with hand drills, then remove them once they are complete. The climbers use ropes to protect themselves against falls. Traditional climbing takes place outside without a predetermined route. Getty Images In contrast, sport climbing takes place on engineered or indoor routes where climbers are using protection already bolted in place. They practice in pursuit of physical perfection and strategy as opposed to vertical height. Rock climbing has evolved as a catch-all term for many different sports, including everything from free soloing to bouldering. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about sport climbing at the 2020 Olympics. Sport climbing events at the 2020 Olympics Sport climbing will be broken up into three separate disciplines: speed climbing, lead climbing and bouldering. Not every country will be represented; only 20 athletes per gender (40 climbers total) will be allowed to compete at the Games, and only 2 athletes per gender per country will compete in any given event. FYI, the International Olympic Committee currently recognizes only two genders — female and male. There are currently stipulations for athletes that identify as transgender, both female and male, to compete. But there aren’t any guidelines or rulings for athletes who don’t identify as female or male — including those who are nonbinary, agender and genderqueer. Speed climbingTwo climbers, one wall. IFSC Speed climbing is relatively simple: there are two climbers with safety ropes and one 15-meter wall set at a 95-degree angle. The climbers race against each other to get to the top, with the fastest one winning. BoulderingAthletes use physical and mental precision to climb to the top of a bouldering route. IFSC Bouldering takes place on an even shorter wall, where climbers take turns attempting to scale as many routes on a four-meter-tall wall in 4 minutes. Each route (also called a bouldering problem) is laid out with hand and foot holds in a specific color, and they vary in difficulty based on the size of the holds and the way they are spaced out. A climber completes a problem by grabbing the top hold with both hands. Lead climbingIn Lead Climbing, participants secure themselves with a rope as they climb higher. IFSC Lead climbing is arguably the most recognizable of the three events. The climber has six minutes to climb as high on a wall that is taller than 15 meters. They use safety ropes that attach to quickdraws on their way up, allowing the rope to run freely while they stay anchored to the wall. If two athletes reach the same point on the wall, the person who got there first is the winner. In both bouldering and lead climbing, climbers are not allowed to practice climbing on the routes before they compete or watch each other scale the wall, and they only have a couple of minutes to study the routes and decide their strategy before the timer begins. How to qualify for Olympic sport climbing The 40 spots total for sport climbing are going to be hard to nab. One male and one female spot will be reserved for athletes from Japan, the host country. Another man and woman will be chosen by the Tripartite Commission, who give Olympic spots out to qualified athletes in special circumstances. If you were counting on your toes and fingers, that leaves 36 total spots left. The rest of the spots will be determined through a series of qualifying events taking place from August 2019 till spring 2020. IFSC Combined World Championships The championship event for the International Federation of Sport Climbing will take place on August 20-21, 2019 in Toyko, Japan. The top seven women and top seven men will each receive Olympic invitations. Because each country can only have two male and two female athletes, if one country has many female competitors in the top seven, only the top two will be invited and other women further down the list will get bids (the same goes for the men). Olympic qualifying event This will take place on November 28-December 1, 2019, in Toulouse, France. Athletes that have already qualified for the Olympics will not attend. The only invited athletes will be the top 20 climbers on the IFSC’s World Cup circuit, so climbers will be encouraged to participate in the World season. Similar rules as the last event apply, but this time only 6 female and 6 male athletes will get Olympic bids (and again, only 4 total from each country). If you’re still managing to count along, you’ll notice that there’s only five spots for men and five for women remaining. Instead of any more mega-events, the rest of bids will be determined through a series of continental championships. Continental championships Athletes that still haven’t qualified can compete in these events, but there’s a twist: climbers can only participate in the event that their climbing federation is a member of. So, a climber from the US can only compete in the Pan-Am event. The male and female winners from each event will be awarded a spot, but if their country has already met its limit of four athletes total, the Olympic bid will go to the next in line. The first continental championship is the Pan-Am event on Feb. 27 to March 1, 2020 at Sender One in Los Angeles, California. The next four take place in April through May of 2020 in each major continent. Medaling system The Olympic and Paralympic medals are made from recycled electronics. Tokyo 2020 If you thought the qualifying system was a bit complicated, take a deep breath. There’s only one set of medals awarded per gender, so all three events will go into determining which country gets the gold, silver and bronze. The speed climbing discipline will be done in a bracket format, with athletes competing head to head, while bouldering is in a leaderboard format. Lead climbing will have a point system in which each hold on the wall counts as one point and the athlete who climbs the highest will obtain the highest score. Once all the athletes are ordered by placement per event, their placement numbers will be multiplied, and the climbers with the lowest scores will win medals. Because of the scoring format, each climber will compete in each event. For example, if an athlete gets second place in speed climbing, third in bouldering and first in lead climbing their overall score would be six (2 times 3 times 1 equals 6). Sport climbing schedule The Olympic master schedule has already been released, with sport climbing qualifying events on Aug. 4 and 5, 2020. The finals will be on Aug. 6 and 7. In the US, NBC will broadcast events, with the BBC securing rights in England and Channel Seven, 7Mate and 7Two in Australia. All events will take place at the Aomi Urban Sports Park in Tokyo.