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Istanbul Buyuks 2 – 1 Man Utd


first_imgBa was a constant thorn in the side of Axel Tuanzebe and was incensed when the United centre-back only received a yellow for a desperate last-man challenge on the Basaksehir striker as he ran through on goal again.Just as United seemed to have steadied the ship following the early setback, their defensive frailties were exposed for a second time as Deniz Turuc picked Juan Mata’s pocket, broke forward and sent a cross in that Ba brilliantly dummied for Visca to rifle in the hosts’ second. ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 04: during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between Istanbul Basaksehir and Manchester United at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu on November 04, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)Image:Former Premier League striker Demba Ba tormented Axel Tuanzebe before the United centre-back was hooked at the break The ease with which Basaksehir contained United’s attack prompted further reinforcements from the bench, with Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood summoned, but they failed to galvanise the visitors.United nearly got out of jail when substitute Mehmet Topal diverted the ball back towards his own goal line, but Epureanu’s stunning clearance ensured it was a night to savour for Baseksehir – and one to forget for Solskjaer.Opta stats – Man Utd toil in TurkeyThis result ended Manchester United’s longest away winning run in all competitions in their history (10 straight wins), and was their first away defeat in 19 matches since losing in January at Liverpool in the Premier League.Including qualifiers, this was only İstanbul Başakşehir’s second win in nine UEFA Champions League matches (D2 L5), also beating Club Brugge in qualifying for the 2017-18 competition.Manchester United have lost four of their last six away matches at Turkish opposition in all competitions (W2), including each of their last three.İstanbul striker Demba Ba (35 years, 163 days) became the second-oldest African player to score a UEFA Champions League goal, behind only Didier Drogba, who was 36 years and 259 days old when he scored his final goal in the competition in November 2014.Among Premier League clubs, İstanbul’s Demba Ba only has more goals in all competitions against West Brom (6) and Tottenham (5) than Man Utd (4); today was his first goal against the Red Devils since April 2013 for Chelsea.İstanbul’s Edin Visca was the first player to both score and assist in a single UEFA Champions League game against Manchester United since Arjen Robben for Bayern Munich in April 2014, and the first to score and assist for a Turkish side in a match in the competition since Didier Drogba for Galatasaray against Juventus in October 2013.With today his 32nd UEFA Champions League appearance, Man Utd’s Anthony Martial has scored in back-to-back games in the competition for the first time; his strike came just 137 seconds after İstanbul had gone 2-0 ahead.What’s next?Manchester United travel to Everton in the Premier League on Saturday at 12.30pm. Istanbul Basaksehir host Genclerbirligi in the Turkish Super Lig on Sunday at 1pm. Manchester United’s woes took a turn for the worse as Istanbul Basaksehir punished shambolic defending to inflict a 2-1 first Champions League defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.United travelled to the Turkish capital on the back of impressive victories over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig, but found themselves two down inside 40 minutes as strikes from Demba Ba and Edin Visca capitalised on a defensive horror show from the visitors.- Advertisement – Istanbul Basaksehir players celebrate Demba Ba putting them ahead against Manchester UnitedImage:Istanbul Basaksehir players celebrate Demba Ba putting them ahead against Manchester United Team newsDean Henderson made his European debut, Axel Tuanzebe made his second start of the season, and Donny Van De Beek and Anthony Martial returned as Man Utd made six changes from the defeat to Arsenal.Former United full-back Rafael, ex-Premier League players Martin Skrtel and Demba Ba, and on-loan Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli started for the Turkish champions. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Anthony MartialImage:Anthony Martial scored in back-to-back Champions League games for the first time on his 32nd appearance in the competition United looked to be effectively carrying out their gameplan early on, with Bruno Fernandes rifling a volley wide and Luke Shaw whistling a shot past the post inside 10 minutes, but it all unravelled for Solskjaer’s side in farcical circumstances before the quarter-hour mark.- Advertisement – But United were able to grab a lifeline before the half was over, with Martial steering a brilliant header into the far corner to halve the deficit with their first attempt on target on 43 minutes.After a performance in stark contrast to his stunning display at Paris Saint-Germain, Tuanzebe was hooked at the interval, as Scott McTominay came on to add another layer of protection in front of United’s porous defence. Basaksehir captain Visca blazed a shot over and United failed to heed the warning as a simple punt from the back released Ba in behind the visitors’ non-existent backline, and the Senegal striker strode unopposed through on goal before slotting past European debutant Dean Henderson. Anthony Martial’s instinctive header pulled one back before the break but it failed to inspire a second-half comeback, with a stunning stoppage-time goal-line clearance from Alexandru Epureanu denying United a point at the death.Newcomers Basaksehir didn’t have a Champions League point or a goal to their name before kick-off but a resilient performance earned a famous and deserved first win in the tournament for the Turkish champions, as United became the first English club to lose in this season’s competition on the banks of the Bosporus.How Man Utdlast_img read more


After Lebanon blast, future lawsuits pile up against the state


first_imgHasrouty’s father, Ghassan, was among the more than 190 people killed in the mega-blast, caused — the authorities say — by a large stockpile of ammonium nitrate blowing up.The explosion, one of the largest non-nuclear blasts in history, also wounded at least 6,500 people, and ravaged swathes of Beirut. Ghassan worked for most of his life in a control room in the shadow of the port’s giant silos, right next to the epicenter of the explosion.He was buried so deep under rubble, wheat and corn that the foreign rescue teams who rushed to the scene never stood a chance of pulling him out alive.  ‘Only want justice’ The Hasrouty family is one of at least 1,228 families who have turned to the Beirut Bar Association to file complaints they hope will become lawsuits against the state, as Lebanese law does not allow for class action procedures. The Beirut Bar Association is offering its services pro bono as part of an accountability drive it launched after the blast, assigning a lawyer to each of the cases it is currently handling.”We can’t stand by idly in the face of a tragic crime of this kind,” Melhem Khalaf, the head of the association, told AFP.”We are not seeking revenge in any way. We only want justice.” With an army of 400 volunteer lawyers and 200 legal aides, the Beirut Bar Association has set up seven makeshift centers in blast-hit districts in the aftermath of the explosion, Khalaf said.They have been backed by more than 450 real-estate appraisers who helped assess the cost of damages suffered by the claimants.Staring at a computer at the association’s Beirut headquarters, lawyer Ali Jaber gave a break-down of the cases. So far, more than 82 percent of all cases brought to the Beirut Bar Association involve people whose complaint focuses on material losses as a result of the blast, according to Jaber.Those who sustained injuries as well as material losses make up around seven percent of future claimants, while those whose complaint centered solely on injuries accounted for three and a half percent, he said.A little over one percent have lost a relative to the blast. Jaber said claimants would seek first to establish responsibility through a verdict before any second lawsuit for compensation from the cash-strapped state, as Lebanon grapples with its worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. Topics : Doubts over local probeA long history of high-level impunity in Lebanon has pushed many of the country’s citizens at home and abroad to call for an international probe into the blast — a demand now backed by Western powers and rights groups. But Lebanese authorities have rejected such a proposal, favoring instead a local investigation that has so far yielded the arrest of some 25 people.They include the head of the Beirut port and its customs director, but not a single official in government or parliament. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and French experts have been assisting Lebanese authorities in a probe that has yet to establish a cause for the blast almost seven weeks later. Amnesty International this month said an “international fact-finding mechanism” is the only way to “guarantee victims’ rights to truth, justice and remedy”.But the government has instead referred the investigation to “the Judicial Council, a court… whose proceedings inherently lack independence and impartiality”, Amnesty said.With political forces routinely exercising influence over judges to bypass accountability, a frustrated Khalaf called on the ruling elite to “leave the judiciary alone”.”A crime of this scale cannot be caught up in political disputes,” he added.”Knowing the truth and achieving justice would comfort people and let them live in peace.”center_img Elie Hasrouty, who lost his father to the August 4 Beirut port blast, is one of at least 1,228 grieving Lebanese preparing to file a lawsuit against the state.  The young computer engineer said going to court won’t bring his father back, but it could go some way towards preventing similar disasters from happening again.”We are pursuing legal action (for) us, the people who remain in this country and who want to live in it with dignity,” he told AFP. His body was found two weeks after the blast.His son said the point of legal action was not “retaliation” against the authorities, whose negligence and corruption are widely blamed for the blast, but rather to address the underlying conditions that led to the disaster.”We need to determine who is responsible as well as all behavior that led to this situation, so that the issue is addressed and proper measures are taken to deter similar conduct in the future,” he said. “What’s the use of… prosecuting those who will be found guilty if [official] conduct does not change?” he asked. last_img read more


Wolf Administration Awards $3 Million in Grants for Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs


first_imgWolf Administration Awards $3 Million in Grants for Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Philadelphia, PA – The Wolf Administration today awarded three $1-million grants to organizations to build medication-assisted treatment programs for Pennsylvanians suffering from the disease of addiction, including one at Temple University Hospital, as part of the Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication Assisted Treatment program, or PAC-MAT.“These grants show the continued commitment of health care providers across the state to help those suffering from the disease of addiction to recover from their illness,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “It is essential that we continue to listen to all our partners on the local, county and state level to discuss the needs and efforts unique to different areas of Pennsylvania.”“PAC-MAT provides for a hub-and-spoke model of treatment with an addiction-specialist physician at the center of the hub and primary-care physicians serving as spokes to provide treatment directly to patients in their own community,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Through this program, patients are connected to all of the support and medical services they need to help them recover from this debilitating disease. There is hope for those suffering from this disease and PAC-MAT is vital to that process.”“The Temple Center for Population Health will use this PAC-MAT grant funding to implement a hub and spoke model to improve access for our patients who require medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder,” Dr. Susan Freeman, Chief Medical Officer for Temple University Health System said. “Our Temple Recovery Using Scientific Treatments Clinic (TRUST) — which provide comprehensive, evidence-based services from experienced addiction medicine specialists — will be expanded as the hub to provide expertise and resources to surrounding community-based clinics. This “network” approach will enhance the quality and coordination of care for our patients.”The other two grant recipients are the Wright Center in Scranton and UPMC Pinnacle in Harrisburg. There are currently five PAC-MAT programs operating in Pennsylvania, including UPMC, Allegheny Health Network, Geisinger Clinic, Well-Span and Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute.These grants are funded through the second 21st Century CURES grant, a $26.5 million federal grant the Wolf Administration received to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for substance-use disorder.“The CURES grant funding allows us to provide access to treatment to many more people,” said DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith. “And treatment can lead to recovery, which is possible and is our ultimate goal. Adding more PAC-MAT programs in Pennsylvania only helps us expand our outreach to those suffering from opioid use disorder and provide them with treatment options in their communities.”The formal announcement was made prior to the third regional meeting of the Opioid Command Center as part of the governor’s continuing heroin and opioid disaster declaration.More information on the Wolf Administration’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and help for people suffering from addiction can be found here.center_img July 17, 2018last_img read more


IFRS rejects call for guidance on foreign-currency discounting


first_imgThe International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRS IC) will not introduce new rules for discount rates relating to use of foreign currencies.The IFRS IC tentatively concluded at a meeting this month that existing pensions accounting literature already provides sufficient basis for defined benefit plan sponsors to determine discount rates.The decision means that the IFRS IC will not to add the issue to its standard-setting agenda. The decision affects sponsors that are currently applying International Accounting Standard 19, Employee Benefits (IAS 19), in countries that have adopted another country’s currency as its official currency. Committee member Bruce Mackenzie said: “Each time we had to assess a discount rate in Africa, whatever the currency, we always managed to find a solution.“So, I think what is proposed by the staff seems consistent with what we usually practiced in the past, even in [regions] where you sometimes don’t have a deep market in corporate bonds [or] even in government bonds.”Interested parties have 60 days to comment on the decision.Debate during a meeting on 14 March concerned a request from an entity based in Ecuador, which uses the US dollar as its official currency.The submitter argued that that there was no deep market for US dollar-delimited high quality corporate bonds in Ecuador. It asked if it should look instead to other markets such as the US where those bonds are issued in order to calculate its discount rate.Where there are no high-quality corporate bonds in a jurisdiction, IAS 19 requires entities to revert to government-issued bonds.The submission also asked the committee to rule on whether it would be appropriate to fall back on yields on Ecuadorean government debt or instead use market yields on US dollar debt issued in another market or country.The committee also said that an entity should apply “judgement to determine the appropriate population of high quality corporate bonds or government bonds to reference when determining the discount rate.”In addition, the committee tentatively concluded that the “currency and term of the bonds must be consistent with the currency and estimated term of the post-employment benefit obligations.”The IFRS IC has also noted that the discount rate did not reflect the expected return on plan assets.Meanwhile, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has concluded work on its research project into discount rates and said it would not seek public feedback on a discussion paper dealing with the topic.In a paper presented to the board’s 21 March meeting, however, staff noted that the board “will be addressing project findings relating to existing requirements in its work on individual projects as appropriate.”IASB staff presented a draft research paper to the board on 21 January last year. The paper provided a summary of discounting across the whole of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).Together with pensions accounting, discounting ranked as a priority for the board’s constituents during the board’s 2011 agenda consultation process, as well as during its latest consultation.The two main outputs from the project, staff said during the 21 March meeting, had been to provide a summary of discounting under IFRS and also to compile a list of issues for staff to consider when developing accounting requirements that involve discounting.last_img read more


ABS unveils new technical adviser


first_imgRelatedPosts ABS FC gets interim Technical Adviser ABS FC forward Olusegun joins Danish club ABS unveils new technical adviser Abubakar Bukola Saraki Ilorin FC has unveiled 47-year-old Yomi Elijah as the club’s new technical adviser.Speaking at the ceremony, the club’s Director of Football, Alloy Chukwuemeka, said he is delighted to have Elijah rejoining the Ilorin based team.Chukwuemeka said the club will build on a solid foundation that would keep the club going and also create an avenue for young talented footballers at the grassroots level to become superstar.According to the club, the coach will be handed a two bedroom flat apartment and also an official car to ease his job.“At ABS we work day and night to discover talents with dedicated staff. Presently, we have two of our players at the U-17 level as we speak and we will have more this season by God’s grace,” Chukwuemeka said.The Nigeria Premier League Club Owners Scribe also announced that a grassroots Coach, Shuiab Abdulkadir, will assist Elijah on the job.He said the club picked Abdulkadir because of his meritorious service to grassroots football development.Chukwuemeka disclosed that the team will train Abdulkadir just as it has done to those who had passed through the club like him.Reacting after his unveiling, Elijah promised to bring programme that will encourage and develop Youth football, insisting that he came to ABS Ilorin FC to make a positive impact.He said ABS has always been close to his heart and he is delighted to return to the club that gave him his first opportunity to lead a team.Meanwhile, the club has announced that it will resume on September 30.Tags: ABS FCYomi Elijahlast_img read more


Walcott demands quick start


first_imgTheo Walcott has called for Arsenal to “step it up” and lay down a marker in the Barclays Premier League title race with a flying start to the new season. Walcott, who was top scorer with 21 goals last term, believes no matter what the team make up is, they must all build on a superb end to the previous campaign which saw the Gunners go on a 10-match unbeaten league run to snatch fourth place ahead of Tottenham and with it secure another shot at the Champions League, with a two-legged play-off ahead next month. “The way we ended the season last year, 11 games undefeated – we need to do it from the start, which I believe we can,” Walcott said, quoted on the club’s official website, www.arsenal.com. “The manager shows so much belief in us in every single game so we need to step up and I think we have got a very good chance of challenging this season. “Every game in the Premier League is very tough and very interesting. It always comes down to the last few games, so we need to believe in ourselves.” Walcott added: “Time will tell if players come in or not, but we just work with the squad we’ve got at the moment. Come the start of the season, there could be changes. “We know it is a very long campaign, but we are all very excited about our prospects.” England midfielder Jack Wilshere missed Sunday’s 7-0 win over an Indonesian side in Jakarta with illness, but is expected to feature on Wednesday. As well as being busy on a recruitment drive, Arsenal are also looking to offload several more fringe players this summer to help free-up the Emirates Stadium wage bill. Press Association The Gunners are set to play the second match of their Asia tour against a Vietnam XI at the My Dinh National Stadium on Wednesday as manager Arsene Wenger continues his squad’s preparations for the new campaign. There has been much talk of the need for Arsenal to bring in some marquee signings this summer – with one £30million bid for Liverpool’s Uruguay striker Luis Suarez rejected, while Real Madrid’s £25m-rated forward Gonzalo Higuain, Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, and even Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney have been touted as potential new arrivals. However, Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner appears no closer to departing after talks with German club Eintracht Frankfurt broke down over personal terms and Hull manager Steve Bruce, who had the forward on loan when at Birmingham and Sunderland, admitted a deal to bring him to the newly-promoted Premier League club could prove too expensive. Ivory Coast forward Gervinho, who did not travel to Asia because of illness, has been linked with a £7m switch to Roma. Elsewhere, Arsenal’s Costa Rica international Joel Campbell, 21, has received a work permit to play in England, having spent time in both France and Spain following his initial signing in the summer of 2011. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has been linked with a loan move to Crystal Palace, who won promotion back to the top flight via the play-offs. last_img read more


Leon Panetta reflects on time in Washington


first_imgFormer Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta spoke on the contested nature of politics in the 2016 presidential election, as well as the geopolitical and domestic challenges that the next president will face at the President’s Distinguished Lecture Monday evening in Town and Gown.Panetta, who worked under the Barack Obama administration after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives, began by describing his roots as the son of Italian immigrants, who taught him the value of hard work at an early age. Perseverance, Panetta said, is crucial for politicians to actually work towards solving the issues facing the United States rather than simply bandaging them up.“In a democracy we govern either by leadership or by crisis,” Panetta said. “Unfortunately, we largely govern by crisis today. We wait until an issue becomes critical, bringing us to the edge of going off a cliff, and then rather than dealing with the issue, we do a temporary fix and kick the can down the road.”According to Panetta, these problems are many and varied, starting with the domestic politics of the current election cycle. A failure of established leadership to meet the needs of the American people, Panetta said, has led numerous presidential candidates to take increasingly extreme positions — such as building a wall along the Mexican border, barring all Muslims from entering the United States or promising to shut down the “big banks” on Wall Street — rather than working together to address real problems.“What we are dealing with today is an angry and frustrated public that feels that too often the so-called establishment has not delivered what was promised,” Panetta said. “Candidates are making all kinds of promises that will never be delivered on. The last thing we need is to have more promises that have no chance of success — four more years of gridlock or paralysis could badly damage this country.”This partisanship is reflected in gridlock in Washington, which Panetta said is “the worst it’s been in 50 years.” Failure to balance the budget, pass immigration reform and fill a Supreme Court vacancy are hallmarks of a government that is too mired in conflict along party lines to govern effectively — an issue that Panetta said requires leaders who are willing to take risks, make difficult choices and offend those in their own party in order to do what is right.“We need people to make tough decisions,” Panetta said. “The next president is going to have to be willing to call on the leadership and the Congress to sit down and make the decisions that will not only discipline our budget but make investments in key areas for our future. It takes leadership and a willingness to sacrifice …  And it’s not going to be easy, but it is what is needed.”At the same time, the United States is facing increasing pressure from both allies and enemies abroad, as Panetta said that the country is facing more “flash points” that have the potential to quickly escalate into war than at any other time since the end of World War II. These include “failed states” such as Syria, Libya and Yemen, as well as aggressive actors such as Russia and North Korea. Panetta stressed that despite progress made post-9/11 to prevent large-scale terrorist attacks from occurring in the United States, the threat from terrorism is the most immediate challenge that the United States faces in the foreign policy arena.“ISIS is a clear and present danger to the United States,” Panetta said. “It has the capacity to strike anytime, anywhere. The president has set the right mission, which is to defeat ISIS, and he’s put the right elements in place. But the reality is that these efforts must be intensified if we are to truly defeat ISIS and remove them from the territory that they control.”The solution to such problems, Panetta said, rests with the American people, who can exercise their right to vote to make change on the national level. The president that they elect, according to Panetta, must be able to “break the gridlock in Washington to deal with critical issues facing this country,” a process that will require legislating away from party lines.“I believe in American leadership,” Panetta said. “We’ve faced crises in the past — world wars and recessions and depressions and natural disasters. Yet somehow we’ve always risen to the occasion, and I think we will again because the fundamental strength of this country doesn’t reside in the District of Columbia. It resides in the people — in your spirit, your resilience, your common sense and in your willingness to fight.”last_img read more


India’s para-athletes soar past administrative turmoil in record-breaking 2019


first_img Written By FOLLOW US COMMENT Press Trust Of India “We hope that the suspension on PCI is lifted in the best interest of Indian para-sport and its athletes. It’s a critical time for para-athletes in view of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games,” PCI interim president Gursharan Singh said.The PCI had been suspended in 2015 over governance issues and was re-recognised in 2016. The turmoil did not come in the way of a record haul at Rio, and it is unlikely to affect the Tokyo 2020 performance either.  India’s para-athletes were at their best despite their administrators being in complete disarray, living up to the Olympic spirit of ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ in a record-shattering 2019 during which they delivered an unprecedented medal haul at world championships and secured the highest Paralympic quota places. India secured 22 quotas for the 2020 Paralympics. There are more qualifying events lined up ahead but the para-athletes have already done better than Rio 2016, which featured the largest-ever contingent of 19. India also enjoyed an unprecedented outing at the World Para Athletics Championships, signing off with its biggest ever haul of nine medals — two gold, two silver and five bronze — along with 13 Paralympic quotas.However, in September, the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) was de-recognised by the Sports Ministry after violating the National Sports Code in conduct of its elections. But that setback did not deter the para-athletes. Javelin throwers Sandeep Chaudhary and Sumit Antil were the standout performers as the duo set two new world records twice in the year. Para-shuttler Manasi Joshi also became a recognised name after she matched PV Sindhu to win the World Championship gold. Pramod Bhagat, who is afflicted with polio, too won the coveted title as India finished the tournament with 12 medals, matching the best-ever show in 2015.READ | Anthony Joshua Makes It Clear That He Is Ready To Fight Deontay WilderIt was a phenomenal year for Bhagat, who bagged 11 gold, three silver, and four bronze medals in all competitions this year. At the Worlds, he paired with compatriot Manoj Sarkar in the doubles SL3-SL4 category to claim the top honours before clinching the gold in the singles SL3, his third title in the category. The SL3 category features players with impairment in one or both lower limbs and poor walking/running balance. Manasi, who has an amputated leg, added a gold medal to her kitty when she defeated Parul Parmer in an all-Indian battle in the women’s SL3 category at the World Championship.The para shuttlers’ superb outing impressed the government, prompting the sports ministry to tweak its policy for para-athletes and make them eligible for more cash awards. Before that, Sandeep (F44) and Sumit (F64) set world records in the World Para Athletics Grand Prix with throws of 65.80m and 60.45m respectively. At the World Championship, Sandeep (F44) bettered his world record, hurling the javelin to a distance of 66.18m. In the same event, Sumit took the silver (62.88m) and a world record in his own category (F64).READ | Superfan With Kohli’s Records Tattooed On His Body Recalls ‘special Moment’ With SkipperThe F44 category athletes have leg amputations or reduced function in one or both legs, and they compete without a prosthesis. The F64 category athletes have limb deficiency and leg length difference, and they compete with prosthesis. Sundar Gurjar, whose left arm is severed at the wrist, overcame a shoulder injury to defend his World Championship title in the men’s F46 (athletes with a single below or above the elbow amputation) javelin throw.  Seasoned high jumper Sharad Kumar claimed a silver medal in the men’s T63 (for athletes with single above the knee amputations or a disability) high jump.Para-archers also enjoyed a fruitful year, securing four Paralympic quotas, three more than Rio. India now has two quotas each in men’s recurve and compound category. Vivek Chikara, whose left leg was amputated due to an accident, won the gold in the men’s Recurve Open while Jyoti Baliyan and Shyam Sundar Swami bagged the silver in the Compound Mixed Team Open at the Asian Para Archery Championship. The Indian para-shooters were also on the mark, securing an unprecedented six Paralympic quotas. Manish Narwal, Avani Lekhara and Singhraj Adhana picked up medals at the World Cup. While Narwal won the gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol, Lekhara and Adhana clinched a silver each in the women’s 10m Air Rifle and 50m pistol events respectively.READ | Gujarat Giants Rally To Claim Top Honours In Big Bout Indian Boxing LeagueAll three shooters fall under the SH1 category which deals with limb deficiency of the upper limb, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement. Parasports got a huge fillip this year when the Sports Ministry decided to include 12 high-performing para-athletes across four disciplines  — para-athletics, para-shooting, para-swimming and para-powerlifting — in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme. But the de-recognition of the federation due to alleged mismanagement was a downer. PCI was accused of changing its bye-laws to bar public servants from its elections during an Annual General Meeting. First Published: 22nd December, 2019 12:26 ISTcenter_img LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE READ | Nikhat Zareen To Take On Mary Kom For Olympic Qualifier Trials Last Updated: 22nd December, 2019 12:26 IST India’s Para-athletes Soar Past Administrative Turmoil In Record-breaking 2019 India’s para-athletes were at their best despite their administrators being in complete disarray, living up to the Olympic spirit of ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’last_img read more


More than just prize money up for grabs at the ESL Premiership this autumn..


first_imgESL UK has formally announced the ESL Premiership is returning this autumn which’ll see Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends teams competing for a £21,000 prize pot. There is also a League of Legends Challenger Series Qualifier spot up for grabs. The top four teams from the recently-completed Spring Season have been invited back from the Autumn Season. This means that when it comes to League of Legends, players from MnM Gaming, Team Xenex, ExceL eSports and CycloneGG will be back in action. As for CS:GO attendees can expect to see FM Esports, Fish123, exceL eSports and The Imperial potentially making a return.Open Qualifiers will be the process which decide the remaining four spots for each title. These will be held on June 26th-27th and 3rd-4th July for CS:GO and June 28th-29th and July 5th-6th for League of Legends. Anyone can make a bid for these. The ESL Premiership’s Autumn Season group stage will take place in a round robin format. This will begin Monday 17th of July for CS:GO and Wednesday 19th for League of Legends. Teams will play on a single night in a best-of-one format, set to run for seven weeks until August 30th.Playoffs will begin on September 4th for CS:GO and September 6th for League of Legends with two best-of-threes played between the top four teams. The victors will then face off at the live finals in mid-September.Will Attwood, ESL UK Product Manager commented: “Following on from the incredibly successful Spring Season, we’re delighted to see the UK’s best talent returning for the Autumn Season. ESL UK is committed to developing the UK esports scene, which is why we’re once again holding Open Qualifiers. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a professional esports player, this is your shot!”Esports Insider says: It’s good to see ESL UK continue to include Open Qualifiers for half the available spots. With £21,000 and a valuable League Challenger Series Qualifier in the mixer, competition should prove fierce.last_img read more


Swansea release 4 Goal of the Month nominees; Andre Ayew scored 3 of them [VIDEO]


first_imgWhile Swansea are trying to pick their goal of the month for December, Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew appears to be having a mini-goal of the month competition by himself.Swansea released the list of the four goals in the running for the club’s Goal of The Month, with Andre’s strikes accounting for three of them.De Boer’s stunning freekick for the Swans’ U-23 squad against Norwich is the only non-Andre Ayew goal gunning for the prize.The Black Stars captain’s equaliser for Swansea against Blackburn is the first on the list; a towering header in the 10th minute.The next goal was his and Swansea’s second in their 3-1 win over Middlesbrough.It was a thunderous strike which put the Welsh side back in front after Ayew’s opening penalty had been cancelled out.The third goal, though not the most spectacular, is perhaps the most significant. His 82nd-minute goal for the Swans earned them all three points at Luton Town.Andre has also been nominated for the Championship Player of the Month Award.Fans can vote for their favourite goal on Swansea’s website.Take a look at all four strikes below:🥅 GOAL OF THE MONTH 🥅🔥 There are 4⃣ to choose from… 🔥📊 Vote for your favourite 👉 https://t.co/JnZbu3C7yA pic.twitter.com/5zOyvjHSw4— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) January 7, 2020last_img read more