The track and field competitions get underway on Friday and this is one of the largest ever Indian contingents that we have seen in athletics at the Olympics.Expecting a medal in track and field would be asking too much as the leading athletes from other nations are far ahead of us in terms of training and level of competition. Indian athletics still has a long way to go before we can actually compete and challenge the top international stars.On Friday, we will have four Indian athletes competing at the Olympics and all the efforts they have put in over the last couple of years will finally be tested.Om Prakash Karhana (shot put), Krishna Poonia and Seema Antil (discus throw) and Mayookha Johny (triple jump) will be seen in action; the discus throwers have the best possible chance of making it to the finals.Amongst the four, Mayookha’s chances are pretty remote as not much has been heard about how she has fared in recent competitions as her focus was more on attaining the qualifying mark in the long jump event.Om Prakash will have to match his personal best to make the cut for the final. He hasn’t participated in enough competitions in his build-up towards the Olympics; moreover, the events in which he competed lacked top level athletes. However, Om Prakash has tremendous potential and we hope for the best.Krishna and Seema should qualify for the finals if they manage to cross the 61m mark, which they have achieved on numerous occasions.advertisementJust like every other sport, technique is quite crucial in athletics as well. That is exactly why I feel the discus throwers are more prepared. Their best efforts have come this year and what goes in favour of Seema is that she seems to have peaked just at the right time.Krishna had her personal best throw of 64.76m in May this year and although she looks prepared, I feel she might have peaked a couple of weeks early.Both Krishna and her husband Virendar Poonia, who is also her coach, are targetting the 65m mark and if they manage that, India could be celebrating its first Olympic medal in athletics.After the bronze medal from Gagan Narang, nothing much has gone India’s way, although Saina Nehwal is on track to win a medal. Indian athletes have been training for long to prepare themselves in the best possible manner for the ultimate challenge.But making tall claims wouldn’t help our athletes and it would be better for them to focus on making the finals, and then put everything on the line.(The writer is an Asian Games gold medallist and finalist at 1964 Tokyo Olympics)
viral video black friday woman steals from kidThe video you’ll see below, which was “reportedly” shot during Black Friday, seems too crazy to be real. But it’s going viral, and since you’re going to wind up seeing it anyway, we figured we’d show it to you. We realize that it has nothing to do with college sports.The clip, which supposedly was shot in Saginaw, Michigan, shows a number of shoppers violently battling for vegetable steamers. An adult woman steals one from a kid and gets pummeled by the child’s mother.Given the fact that we’re talking about vegetable steamers, this sounds like the work of Jimmy Kimmel, but it’s hard to be sure. Either way, enjoy:
Story Highlights Speaking at a VIP Luncheon and Awards on the final day of the Outsource2Jamaica Symposium and Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, recently, Mrs. Williams said the sector has been expanding and impacting Jamaicans at all levels. The BPO sector is one of the fastest growing industries, which has contributed in excess of US$400 million to Jamaica’s economy, and has exponential multiplier effects with other sectors, such as security, transportation, retail, food and beverage, insurance, financial and others. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams is encouraging stakeholders in the Business Process Outsourcing sector (BPO) to come together and plan the way forward for the rapidly growing industry. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams is encouraging stakeholders in the Business Process Outsourcing sector (BPO) to come together and plan the way forward for the rapidly growing industry.Speaking at a VIP Luncheon and Awards on the final day of the Outsource2Jamaica Symposium and Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, recently, Mrs. Williams said the sector has been expanding and impacting Jamaicans at all levels.“We can all see the industry developing island wide. It’s no longer just in Kingston and St. James but also in other parishes. That is growth we can all be excited about,” she stated.The BPO sector is one of the fastest growing industries, which has contributed in excess of US$400 million to Jamaica’s economy, and has exponential multiplier effects with other sectors, such as security, transportation, retail, food and beverage, insurance, financial and others.For her part, President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) Diane Edwards said Jamaica’s rising profile as the ideal Caribbean destination for the BPO sector, is a result of years of partnerships and developments.“Outsourcing continues to grow far beyond estimates, as the industry experiences a boom in new projects and expansions,” she noted.Meanwhile, Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Karl Samuda said the industry represents the fastest growing sector in the Jamaican economy, accounting for over 26,000 jobs and projecting to add at least another 5,000 by 2019.“At the end of 2017, following the rapid expansion of the sector, revenues climbed to an excess of US$400 million. These impressive statistics represent an industry that is keen to engage our Jamaican youth and provide a stable source of income to many Jamaican families,” he stated.At the event, four awards were handed out for outstanding contributions to the BPO sector over the years.Tech Company Conduit Jamaica, received the BPO Economic Impact Award; while former Technology Minister, Phillip Paulwell, received the award for outstanding work in the development of the BPO sector.In addition, businessman Gordon Marzouca, received the Pioneer Award in private sector development; while Former Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Edward Seaga received the Pioneer Award in Outsourcing.The Outsource2Jamaica Symposium and Expo was put on by the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) and its members and partners, including JAMPRO.
His remarks were delivered by Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Andrene Collings at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) 12th annual National Quality Awards (NQA) ceremony and banquet, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (October 16). Story Highlights Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon Audley Shaw, says the Government remains dedicated to strengthening the country’s regulatory, standardisation and conformity framework to facilitate trade, accelerate economic development and improve the quality of life for all Jamaicans. “We are committed to the development of our national quality capabilities and competence and the provision of a competitive trade environment, based on internationally accepted standards and principles,” Minister Shaw pointed out. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon Audley Shaw, says the Government remains dedicated to strengthening the country’s regulatory, standardisation and conformity framework to facilitate trade, accelerate economic development and improve the quality of life for all Jamaicans.His remarks were delivered by Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Andrene Collings at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) 12th annual National Quality Awards (NQA) ceremony and banquet, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (October 16).“We are committed to the development of our national quality capabilities and competence and the provision of a competitive trade environment, based on internationally accepted standards and principles,” Minister Shaw pointed out.He said that the Administration is equally seized of the need to create an environment that encourages local consumers to demand high-quality products and services.The draft National Quality Policy 2017 articulates the Government’s position on the quality of goods and services produced and consumed in Jamaica.The new policy, which is an update of the 2013 document, will help with quality upgrading of locally produced goods and services to internationally required standards, not only for local consumers but for the export market.Minister Shaw said that the consumer goods industry is undergoing significant transformation, with consumer behaviour, availability of new technologies, and shifts in purchasing power reshaping the supply chain.He noted that manufacturers and retailers are being challenged to “redefine the way they operate and collaborate with each other as well as with their trading partners”.The Minister said this places standards and quality maintenance at the “forefront of what we do, as we must just keep pace with the demands of the time and changes, but ensure product safety and quality”.He noted that the National Quality Policy is designed to provide direction to and guidelines on the various related activities.Of importance, he pointed out, is the ability of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to comply with product standards and regulations in domestic and export markets.He noted that MSMEs are major suppliers of goods and services in most, if not all, global value chains, and the Government is keen to develop the appropriate mechanisms to identify the sector’s standards and quality needs.These, he pointed out, include initiating engagements for national quality infrastructure support, in keeping with Jamaica’s MSME and Entrepreneurship Policy Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw lauded the BSJ, which falls under the Ministry, for its ongoing work to promote and encourage standardisation in relation to commodities, processes and practices.“This work has seen your role expanded over the years to include conformity through certification, inspection and testing, calibration, as well as metrology. This expansion… is further indicative of the aptitude of the agency to keep pace with the demands of the markets it serves,” he added.The NQA, jointly implemented by the Ministry and BSJ, is Jamaica’s first quality-based awards programme that recognises local companies that are demonstrating the application of standards and quality systems in the production of goods, delivery of service, and in agriculture.
How NFL overtime games since 2012 would have played out under different OT rules New rule results are based on the score 10 minutes into overtime.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Sudden death (1974-2011)15:00✓6:472.4 Old rule (2012-16)15:007:286.0% RESULTS New rule (2017- )10:006:3919.3 The NFL owners on Tuesday approved a drastic change to the NFL’s regular-season overtime format: cutting its maximum length from 15 minutes to 10.With games played as frequently as four days a week, the NFL says it’s trying to avoid the dangerous combination of long games and short recovery periods. The move may also be a reaction to last season, when six games went more than 12 minutes into overtime. Those included the Week 7 “Sunday Night Football” stinker, during which two teams spent five full periods slogging toward a 6-6 tie.But like the 2012 overtime modification, in which the sudden death format was changed so that a team couldn’t win the game with a first-possession field goal, Tuesday’s rule could be at the expense of overtime’s main purpose: deciding a winner. Since 2012, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com, 83 regular-season games have gone into overtime, with five resulting in ties. Of those 83, 21 games lasted more than 10 minutes, with 16 tied at the 10-minute mark. Under the new rules, those 16 games would have all resulted in a draw. (With the change, two of the actual ties would have ended up with a winner, and three would have remained ties.)In addition to potentially tripling the rate of ties, the 10-minute overtime wouldn’t necessarily save that much time either. The 83 overtimes since 2012 would have been 49 game-seconds shorter on average. OT RULESTIME ON CLOCKFIRST POSSESSION FG WINS?AVG OT LENGTHTIE RATE The amount of time left on the clock affects play-calling and decision-making. Some analysts, like the MMQB’s Peter King, argued that if overtime were cut to 10 minutes, coaches would call games “faster,” pushing to get a win while the clock winds down. Maybe — but since 2012, 70 of 83 overtime games had at least two possessions, and the average elapsed time at the end of the second possession was 5:57. That means the average third possession would start just 4:03 away from a split decision. Will the NFL’s generally risk adverse coaches really jeopardize losing a bird (or, in this case, half a bird) in hand by diving into the bush to chase a full victory?The new system already has one detractor: Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He won the 2009 NFC championship game by completing just two short overtime passes to set up the field goal that gave New Orleans a sudden-death win — and a trip to Super Bowl XLIV.“I would disagree with [the rule change] because more games are going to end in ties now,” Brees told “The Dan Patrick Show.” He added that he wouldn’t be opposed to the NFL’s adopting rules that were similar to the “exciting” college format. In NCAA D-I football, each team’s offense lines up on the other team’s 25-yard line and takes turns trying to outscore each other, possession for possession. Although this scales back special teams and puts the bulk of emphasis on red-zone play, the baseball-like system of alternating possessions feels fairer to some fans.The NFL game may be best served by rolling back the 2012 modification in which the league changed regular-season overtime from sudden death to occasionally prolonged death. That change targeted the perception that games were too often being decided by coin flips: All the receiving team in OT had to do was make a few first downs and kick a field goal, as Brees’s Saints did in 2009.Under the 2012 rules,1This change was made for playoff games earlier, in 2010. teams were given a chance to respond if they held the receiving team to a field goal on its first possession. Given the chance, though, few teams have responded to period-opening field goals with a score of their own. In five seasons, according to Pro-Football-Reference, there have been only seven occasions when a team kicked a field-goal on its opening drive that was directly answered by their opponent scoring.As the table shows, the old sudden death rules, in which a tie occurred only if no one scored during the 15-minute overtime period, would have reduced average overtime duration nearly as much as the 10-minute cap, but with far fewer ties.Of course, if player safety is truly its highest priority, the NFL would do away with regular-season overtime altogether. Assuming that King is right about how coaches will react to a shorter overtime, removing it would force them to be more aggressive in regulation. If he’s wrong, at least we wouldn’t have to sit through 10 minutes of timid, tired football to get the same unsatisfying result.CORRECTION (May 24, 10 a.m.): An earlier version of the table in this article incorrectly said the NFL’s sudden-death overtime period from 1974 to 2011 was 10 minutes long. It was a 15-minute overtime.
Tottenham Hotspur and France supporters are “living in a dream world” when it comes to Hugo Lloris, claims Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe LollichonThe 31-year-old captained France to the World Cup this summer and is widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest goalkeepers.But Lollichon does not rate Lloris as better than fellow French shot-stopper Alphonse Areola, who Chelsea had tried to sign from Paris Saint-Germain last month.He told Le Figaro: “People live in a dream world when it comes to Lloris a bit too much, but for me Areola is above,”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.“Against Germany, he was positionally very good and in his ability to come out.“It’s the basis of all goalkeepers, but not everyone does it well. He’s proactive in his anticipation. I didn’t wait until Thursday to discover Alphonse.“For me, he’s the best current French goalkeeper. He has all the characteristics to be France’s number one. The height, ability with ball in his feet, wingspan, his diving ability, footwork. He’s the most adapted to how they play.”PSG boss Thomas Tuchel announced that Areola is in pole position to beat Italian great Gianluigi Buffon as his first-choice goalkeeper.
Manager Javier Calleja believes the Spartak match was crazy and at the end, the result was good for both teamsRussian Premier League club Spartak Moscow and Spanish La Liga side Villarreal played a very entertaining match tonight in the UEFA Europa League, drawing 3-3 at Otkritie Arena.The game in the Russian capital was played under a light rain and a temperature of only 4 degrees Celcius, leaving both teams sliding in the field.But for Villarreal boss Javier Calleja, the tie was fair after how both teams played.“An away point is always good, although we came to look for the three points,” a very tranquil Calleja asked.“The most difficult part was to take advantage in the scoreboard, and after the second goal we have suffered for more than half an hour, that’s when Spartak fought back to get the lead.”“When they scored the 3-2 we have believed until the end, we fought, and the draw has come. In my opinion, this point is fair,” the Spanish coach added.Report: Former United man Rossi almost went to Barca George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Former Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi almost joined Barcelona.Currently without a club, and having trained most recently back at his old stomping ground of…Villarreal got the lead twice, but couldn’t keep it and there were almost some minutes where the team almost lost tonight.“We have failed to control the match better. There were many spaces, constant transitions and that has benefited Spartak.”“Today is just one more day to keep learning,” Calleja commented. “In the last half hour of the match, we had to take advantage of the spaces they were leaving by counter-attacking us. We should have killed the match with clearer counter-attacks.”We’re at the UEFA Europa League match between Spartak Moscow and Villarreal.#Ronaldocom #RonaldocomInMoscow pic.twitter.com/18UKsGztmR— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) October 4, 2018
English League Two club Notts County have fired Harry Kewell after just 14 matches in chargeThe former Liverpool star was announced as Kevin Nolan’s replacement at Notts County in September on a three-year deal.However, Kewell only managed three wins in 14 games with seven of those ending in defeat.With Notts County now 22nd in the league table, Kewell’s short reign in charge came to an end on Tuesday.“Results have not been good enough and performance levels are a continuing concern,” chairman Alan Hardy told the club website.For the first time in 157 years, Notts County is out of Football League Manuel R. Medina – May 4, 2019 The team known as the oldest Football League club in the world has been relegation to the National League for the first time ever.“We see no reason to continue with something we don’t think can work.”Notts County announced Steve Chettle will take temporary control of the first-team.Kewell is a former midfielder who enjoyed a successful 12-year Premier League career with Leeds United and Liverpool.The 2005 Champions League winner leaves Meadow Lane with assistant Warren Feeney and analyst Paul Murphy.
Fulham striker Ryan Babel is not happy with Liverpool, claiming the club stifled his potential and didn’t give him the guidance he needed and wanted.Babel spent only three years at Anfield following a move from Ajax in 2007 and now in Fulham.‘I wanted to develop well and, as they promised me before I joined, just be given the guidance I needed to become a better player,’ said Babel via Daily Mail.“That didn’t happen and, for a lot of different reasons, I didn’t fulfil my potential.”Report: Babel says ego’s cost Holland World Cup glory George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has spoken out about four big ego’s that cost the Dutch national team, their best chance of World Cup…“I was young. Maybe I should have stayed a couple more years in Holland. I had been living with my parents so it was the first time living abroad and by myself. Different country, different culture.”“I came from Ajax where you play 4-3-3 mostly and as a winger, they didn’t want you to defend too far back. In the English game when you play 4-4-2 you have to change your mentality because you’re not a winger, you’re a left midfielder so you have to help your full-back.”“Those were the things I was struggling with, especially in my first year, and in my opinion, I don’t think the coaches taught me how to manage that properly. I had to find out myself. I think that was why I maybe I wasn’t always playing consistently.”
English side Liverpool have made their first signing of the transfer window but this time it is a deal considered to be for the future.According to ESPN FC via The Mirror, Liverpool have completed a move for 16-year-old French defender Billy Koumetio after a successful trial period.The youngster has been with Liverpool under-17s since November and has been impressive in quite a few friendlies played since then.Koumetio had previously played for French second division side US Orleans, where he joined from Lyon after an impressive string of performances.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Koumetio will start his Liverpool career in their under-16s squad and aim to work his way through the ranks to eventually reach Jurgen Klopp’s first team.Liverpool are currently leading the English Premier league table with four points ahead of closest rivals Manchester City. They face Bayern Munich in next month’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 encounters.