highlights President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the two most prestigious awards on Monday. The Mountaineering expert Bachendri Pal was the only sportsperson to be awarded third highest civilian award.Gautam Gambhir is the only cricketer to be awarded as the Padma Shri. He won as many as four medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, including a historic gold in the men’s team event. The former left-handed Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who has been the hero for India in ICC World cup 2007 and 2011 was the only cricketer in the list to be awarded Padma Shri. As many as 112 ‘inspiring’ personalities were selected for this year’s Padma awards and their names were announced on the eve of Republic Day this year. The remaining awardees are likely to be conferred the honour at another function to be held on March 16, a Home Ministry official said. New Delhi : Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday conferred the two most prestigious awards an Indian citizen can get at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Mountaineering expert Bachendri Pal was the only sportsperson to be awarded third highest civilian award – Padma Bhushan. Punia had a great year in 2018 as he won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. He also bagged a silver medal at World Championships and a bronze medal at the Asian Championships last year.Sportspersons including champion wrestler Bajrang Punia, veteran table-tennis players Sharath Kamal and chess grandmaster Harika Dronavalli were honoured with the Padma Shri by the President. Sharath Kamal, who has been leading India’s charge in men’s table tennis for years had a highly rewarding 2018 too. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Share Submit Updating stakeholders, ITV Racing has confirmed that it has secured a last minute deal which will see it broadcast this Saturday’s Irish horse-racing event in Thurles.The announcement follows on from news that Horseracing Ireland (HRI) would continue its race fixtures behind closed doors for the foreseeable future amidst the coronavirus pandemic.The company will broadcast five races on ITV4 with the show being presented by Ed Chamberlin alongside a small team in order to comply with government regulations.Regarding the decision to continue the races, an HRI spokesperson stated: “The decision is motivated by the need to maintain employment and incomes for people working in the industry, and on the basis of being able to achieve and maintain all HSE (Health Service Executive) advice and instructions.”The news will also be a welcome boost to bookmakers and punters as the betting industry has struggled to adapt to the lack of live-sport offerings.Simon Clare, Ladbrokes Coral PR director, explained: “This is really good news from ITV Racing for all racing fans, bookmakers, and anyone who enjoys a flutter on a Saturday afternoon, as in the absence of any other major sports and football, or UK racing, this live broadcast of Thurles will be like an oasis in the desert.“These are unprecedented, worrying times, and the impact and seriousness goes way beyond the world of racing and betting, but the importance of keeping at least some of the show on the road through these dark times cannot be underestimated, to provide entertainment to many people and keep business ticking over.”It has yet to be announced whether after this weekend’s events HRI will follow in the footsteps of the British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA), one of ITV Racing’s primary customers, when the authority suspended all events due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Share
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 16 people in a child porn investigation; Operation Guardians of Innocence V.Officials say the suspects range in age from 18 to 64, and they face a combined 1,409 charges. Investigators said some of the suspects had images and videos with victims as young as 6 months old.Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said “These images are not just pictures of children without clothes. These videos and photographs are horrific images of children being forced to expose their genitalia and forced to perform sex acts – images of children being raped,” Judd said. “Those who upload and share child pornography are victimizing children over and over again. Those arrested in this operation create the demand that sustains a child pornographic exploitation distribution pipeline that traumatizes children across the world. Their behavior is disgusting.”
When I took a look at the Pitt’s football schedule and saw Virginia Tech penciled in I automatically chalked up the win to the Hokies. The horrible losses Pitt suffered at the hands of Youngstown State and Cincinnati certainly reinforced the logic behind my prediction. You can now officially gloat, boys and girls; the “great Swami” was wrong. Pitt danced all over VT, 35-17. Next up is Gardner-Webb. Gardner, who? Well if the Panthers don’t experience a significant letdown, all indicators point to their record being elevated to 2-2 on September 23, the day after they face who? Gardner-Webb.Is this a tale of two teams or a team that is on a road with various speed bumps, unscheduled rest stops and breakdowns? Pitt head coach Paul Chryst had this to say after the game, “A season is a journey. You can’t get to one part of it without getting through others. This one day, we did what we needed to do and came out with the victory.”Chryst is of the correct mindset that turnovers are sequential as to how they occur and are always team oriented. He asked and then answered the following question, “Why do you get a pick? It has everything to do with everyone on the field. It can be a defensive back away from the ball. It can be pressure away from the ball. It can be pressure on the quarterback. Those picks are team takeaways.”One of the reasons Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer has been successful throughout his coaching career is that he has almost always created game wreakers and really has never been much of an excuse maker. “I have to give Pitt lot of credit,” he said shortly after the game concluded. “I thought they were well-prepared. I thought (number) four (Rushel Shell) was hard to bring down and I thought there were hitting on all cylinders.”It appeared that Pitt had an engine replacement. To turn such an ominous beginning of their season around against a team as good as Virginia Tech was surprising, very surprising to say the least.My congrats to the Pitt squad, but I must caution QB Tino Sunseri who seemed to be a bit terse in his responses when questioned after the game. My perception was it was like a few moments of “I told you so.” Young man here is some advice from an older fellow. “Be careful how you respond after a win because one victory does not define a season.”Men at Work…Being in the Press Box at Heinz Field sometimes causes you to miss small nuances of a Steelers game, such as watching “Steely McBeam” parading throughout the stadium causing some female fans to get “excited.” I am also certain that the smell of ‘pierogies’ and ‘ I.C. Light’ was more welcoming to the nostrils of the Pittsburgh faithful as opposed to the aroma of one of the favorite dishes served in Denver: Bison (buffalo) in a mustard cognac cream sauce. The Steelers should have easily concluded any item topped with mustard cognac cream sauce would upset the blue collar gastronomical balance of their team. There would be no Pepto Bismol requests put forth from the Pittsburgh sideline last Sunday afternoon after the Steelers dismantled the NY Jets, 27-10.The Steelers had just been smoked by Peyton Manning and the Broncos on the preceding Sunday, plus two of their All-Pro defensive players James Harrison and Troy Polamalu would not dress for the Jets game. I had all sorts of dire predictions for the Black and Gold. I envisioned the Jets head man Rex “Tyrannosaurus Rex” Ryan dialing up blitz after blitz and stunt after stunt bewildering and befuddling the sore and outmanned Steelers front offensive “five.” I now realize why Steely McBeam was not as visible as usual. The reason is that the Steelers donned hard hats instead of their normal football helmets, put out the sandwich board “men at work” sign and got very, very, busy. After the game concluded there were empty cardboard boxes littering the Black and Gold’s sideline bench area. When I inquired as to what the empty boxes had contained, I was informed by an anonymous source (me) that the Steelers had stolen and smuggled about one hundred cases of “whoopa—” from Manning’s “whoopa—” warehouse. When I asked did they use it all up. I received a very clear response, “hell no.” Matter of fact something tells me that they are going to need more than a few cans next Sunday when they travel out to the “black hole” of the NFL to face the Oakland Raiders. They cannot rely on UPS, Federal Express or USPS Priority Mail to deliver their surplus supply of “whoopa—” to “Cali” for fear of it being lost or stolen. They had better take it with them because if not, they won’t be ‘California Dreamin, they’ll be “California Steamin.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at email@example.com or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on the ‘Odd Couple Sports Show’ where he is the AFC North and NFL analyst. The show is hosted by Adam Ragle streaming live on the WCWA Fox Sports Toledo 1230AM Wednesdays at 10 am during the regular season.)
Facebook39Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Hands On Children’s MuseumThe Hands On Children’s Museum will feature National Children’s Dental Health Month and promote the importance of good oral health throughout the month of February. Children can get free dental screenings, explore an interactive dental office exhibit, and enjoy special guests and activities all month.The Hands On Children’s Museum is partnering with the Willamette Dental Group as the presenting sponsor for Dental Health Month.“Helping the Hands On Children’s Museum in educating families about the importance of oral health at an early age is a good way to get involved and build goodwill,” explains Kim Ziebell, Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy, Willamette Dental Group. “We believe that when we support the communities that we serve, better oral health is a result.”Special guests and activities are featured all month and are free with admission. Kids can meet and get their photo taken with costumed superheroes–Amazon of Olympia and Batman in Seattle on February 8 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. In the MakeSpace, visitors can build toothbrush ‘bots, February 7-9, make a silkscreen smile print, February 14-17, and sew a monster mouth or tooth fairy pillow, February 21-23. Kids can explore the history of powerful pachyderms and see replicas of elephant, mammoth, and mastodon teeth February 14-16. For a full schedule of screenings and activities, visit the Hands On Children’s Museum website.Free dental screenings are another highlight of this month-long celebration giving many children who have never visited a dentist the chance to visit a dentist and learn about dental wellness. Screenings are completely free thanks to Screening Sponsor Small to Tall Pediatric Dentistry and over a dozen local dentists who donate their time. Screenings will take place from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. each Saturday in February and during First Friday Night, February 7, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Families who bring their children in for screenings receive free admission to the entire Museum. This is the 19th year that Hands On has offered free dental screenings to its visitors.The Museum’s Dental Health Month kicks-off with the opening of the interactive Puget Sound Dental Office exhibit on Feb 1, sponsored by Dr. Bo M. Davidson of Hawks Prairie Pediatric Dentistry. The Museum transforms an exhibit space into a Dental Office complete with a dental chair, lab coats, x-rays, and examination tools, where more than 70,000 visitors can explore the dental office and young visitors can become the dentist for the day.