The Indian tennis campaign at the London Olympics has ended, and I am extremely disappointed with the performance of the contingent.I was quite confident that they will win a medal in the mixed doubles, but that was not to be.What I could make out after talking the players is that it was a close match and the Indians had their chances, but could not capitalise.Had Paes and Sania made it through the semi-finals, they had a good opportunity to progress and even go for the gold, because there were no good pairs left in the draw. So, it was clearly a missed opportunity.In men’s doubles, the competition was expected to be extremely tough as lot of top singles players participated. But the positive sign for Indian tennis the way Vishnu Vardhan played. He held his own in the company of Leander Paes against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra.He served exceedingly well, his returns were of the highest quality and he was not caught wanting at the net.It augurs well for Indian tennis.Time has come for the All India Tennis Association to develop our youngsters and field them in Davis Cup. Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have been there for over 20 years and they have served the country with distinction. Now the next generation of players should be given the chance to come up.Coming to women’s singles, it was indeed a masterclass by Serena Williams to beat Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 for the gold. The score-line itself speaks volumes about her domination.advertisementI had mentioned earlier that Serena will be the hot favourite and was proved right.She got another gold in the women’s doubles with sister Venus. They defended their Beijing title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic.It was amazing to see Andy Murray finally triumph at the All England Club by beating Roger Federer in straight sets. The Briton also avenged last month’s Wimbledon final defeat in style.(The writer is Fed Cup coach and a former India player)
Wondering how to access the photographs taken at the 2004 National 18 Years Championships? Photographs taken by Sporting Images can be accessed at www.sportingimages.com.au The first photographs will be downloaded to this site as soon as possible. Team photographs will be available for collection prior to the tournament conclusion.
APTN National NewsIn British Columbia yesterday Greenpeace activists protested against the expansion of a pipeline.Greenpeace says it’s sending a message to the Prime Minister – enough with tar sand bitumen.APTN’s Tina House has this story.
Melissa Ridgen APTN National NewsA Sandy Bay mother of seven has had less than a week to get her head around the idea that her family will soon be free of rats and sewage.That’s because she is getting a new home.Thanks to a kind-hearted donor.APTN was there when she got to meet the donor and find out more about her dream home.
At the end of this season, the Ohio State women’s field hockey team will lose four players, including its top three scorers, but the future seems to still be bright. Three women are playing in their first year at OSU — sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold, freshman midfielder Emma Royce and freshman forward Peanut Johnson. — two of whom lead the team in minutes on the field. Growing up and playing field hockey in Berlin, Frommhold received multiple awards. She was named the best defensive back in 2006 and 2007 at the German indoor championships and the best player at the championships in 2006, 2008 and 2010. She is also a member of the U-21 Germany National Team . As a freshman, Frommhold played in Germany and then transferred to OSU. She said her biggest transition to playing here was combining school and her sport. “We don’t have a college league, we only play in club. The practice between the classes is different than Germany to here,” Frommhold said. Since the first game of the 2012 season, Frommhold has stepped into a starting role. She has started all 17 games, is fourth on the team in goals with six and has tallied four assists. She also has the second most playing time on the team with 1,197 minutes. Frommhold described one lesson she learned from this season so far. “Prepare to have a lot of practice, not only two times per week,” Frommhold said. “Everyday be prepared to practice.” Hailing from Kingston upon Thames, U.K., Royce has played in all 17 games this season and following the season opener has been part of the starting lineup. She has scored two goals and leads the team in playing time with 1,203 minutes. The mental toughness required by players is the biggest lesson Royce said she would take from her first season of college play. “People underestimate how much work and effort and strength you need,” Royce said. “I’m certainly going to prepare myself mentally for not just playing good teams but playing great teams.” Coach Anne Wilkinson said the biggest adjustment for the two international players would be the frequency OSU plays games. “There’s no time to let down … in international (leagues) they don’t, maybe, play three games a week. They’re not used to that grind here … going day in and day out,” Wilkinson said. When it came to Johnson, a Dayton native, Wilkinson said what she learned was “the physicality of the game.” The season opener was the only game Johnson has not played. Since then, she has started six games, come off the bench to play in ten other games and has scored five goals and three assists. Johnson also described the lessons she’s learned from her freshman season. “How much work you put forth as a whole team, like you have to have a common goal and make sure you are on the same page when you are going into the season and each game, and I think that will carry into next year as well,” Johnson said.
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin wedding dateJustin Bieber (@justinbieber/Instagram)Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are technically husband and wife as they both have already married in an NYC courthouse. The couple, however, intended to get married in front of friends and family and as per reports, we might get to see Justin and Hailey’s wedding pictures soon as they are planning to throw the extravagant wedding party somewhere in September 2019.Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin shocked their millions of fans when last September when they secretly got married after a couple of months of dating. Many considered it as a hasty decision but as this one year has turned out, Justin and Hailey are perfect for each. They both have supported each other in every thick and thin, it won’t be wrong to say that Hailey is a perfect match for Justin.Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin have been planning a second wedding ceremony for a very long time. Earlier they wanted to throw a grand party right before the Canadian pop singer’s 25th birthday. But as we all know, the “Sorry” singer is currently facing some health issues and that is why they decided to hold on to the wedding ceremony. But fans will soon get to see Justin Bieber in his black tux waiting for Hailey Baldwin as she will walk down the aisle.As per the latest report, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are reportedly planning a large wedding around the same time as their first wedding anniversary. The next event would serve as a celebration for their family and friends. Their first anniversary is on September 13, so as per reports, they might be celebrating with family and friends around the same time only. Justin Bieber and Hailey BaldwinJustin Bieber Official Instagram (justinbieber)Reportedly, the acclaimed model is working closely with a wedding planner and they all are pretty excited for the upcoming nuptials. The insider revealed that the “Never Say Never” singer began seeking treatment for depression in February and continues to focus on his health only but as of now, he is doing fine.”He keeps getting treatments and working on maintaining good mental health,” the source adds via People. “He is producing music but taking things slowly. He is learning how to manage his life better just in general.”Well, fans from around the world are pretty excited to see how Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin will throw their grand wedding party. We are sure their wedding guest list will include several of their A-list celebrity friends. It should be noted that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s reps are yet to comment on the second wedding date. It may change for some unforeseen reasons.
Two siblings died after inhaling toxic gas in a latrine at Kashemnagar village in Borolekha upazila on Thursday.The deceased are identified as Nabil Ahmed, 22, and Badal Mia, 17, sons of Bacchu Mia of the village.Quoting locals, Borolekha police station officer-in-charge Shahidur Rahman said Badal, younger brother of Akib Uddin, fell into a latrine while trying to pick up a mobile phone set of Akib around 5:30pm.At one stage, Nabil also fell into the latrine while trying to save Badal.On information, a firefighting unit went there and recovered the bodies of the two brothers.
At the Sanford Underground Laboratory in Lead, South Dakota, a 34-kiloton LBNE Liquid Argon Far Detector would be located in a cavity either 800 feet or 4,850 feet underground. Credit: Sanford Laboratory. Citation: Budget cuts portend new direction for Fermilab’s Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment (2012, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-portend-fermilab-long-baseline-neutrino.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. At the Sanford Underground Laboratory in the former Homestake mine in Lead, South Dakota, a 200-kiloton LBNE Water Cherenkov Far Detector would be located in a cavity 4,850 feet underground. Credit: Sanford Laboratory. Explore further © 2012 PhysOrg.com Oddone was careful in his postings to note that the project itself is not under threat of cancellation, it’s more that the DOE is unable to fund the project in its current configuration. This leaves the lab with three basic options as it tries to stretch out the time line of the LBNE, phasing it in, rather than going whole hog. The first would be to build the detector in the Homestake mine first, and then use it to study cosmic rays while waiting for the neutrino beam to come online from near Chicago. A second approach would be to build the facility for creating the beam first, and use it to study the interactions between electrons and neutrinos until the detector could be built. The third option, which no one would like, would be to abandon the idea of shooting the neutrinos through the Earth and build the detector on a ground site instead, a choice that would allow for a high amount of background noise.The project is scheduled to undergo a review sometime next week, where all of the available options will be discussed and a future direction likely planned. More information: lbne.fnal.gov/ (PhysOrg.com) — Physicists working at Fermilab, the premier particle physics lab in the United States, have been asked to rework their plans for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE) in light of current and expected budget cuts. The request came from William Brinkman, director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which was to provide over a billion dollars in funding for the experiment over the next several years. The director cited proposed cuts to the DOE’s budget by the White House and suggested that such cuts are likely to occur for the foreseeable future. Fermilab director Pier Oddone has responded by posting comments to the LBNE page insisting that the lab will remain committed to achieving its original goals but will need to find another way to reach them. Physicists push for underground testing facility The plan for the LBNE was to shoot a beam of high intensity neutrinos a mile underground from the Fermilab facility outside of Chicago, to a detector in an abandoned (Homestake) gold mine in South Dakota. Specifically, the idea was to shoot one type of neutrino, muon (the other two are electron and tau), from the site and then measure how much of that one type was converted or oscillated to the two other types during the journey. Such oscillations, it is believed occur due to interference in their mass states. By measuring such oscillations, new information could be garnered regarding mixing angles, which could in the end, help explain why there is so much more matter than antimatter in the known universe.
Delhi based artist Vikash Kalra has created an exclusive body of landscape based works for an exhibition titled The Alchemist – Alchemy of Landscape Painting. Reputed for his expressionistic paintings, drawings and sculptures, Vikash Kalra takes a special interest in creating mindscapes, in which he recollects the journeys that he has undertaken during his formative years. He paints them with nostalgia, care and passion, but with an expressionistic verve, transforming them into new experiential zones. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’These landscapes done in an expressionist fashion is one of the pivotal components of Vikash Kalra’s oeuvre, which otherwise also includes faces, couples, erotic scenes, chemical drawings, figurative sculptures as constituting elements. In this focused exhibition of his landscapes, one could see the artist bringing all his experiences and memories into condensed landscapes. Though Vikash does not like to be known as a landscape artist, depicting them is one of the most exciting artistic processes for him. For a devoted landscape artist, any kind of land becomes a trigger; he could elaborately paint it with all the details or abstract it to its essence. But for majority of the artists landscape painting is something unavoidable. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhether it is Benode Behari Mukherjee or Ram Kinkar Baij, Zarina Hashmi or Nilima Sheikh, even when they practice a different sort of painting, landscapes occur in their creative processes, at times challenging them with its beauty or at times cajoling them with its simplicity. Those artists who would like to go beyond the academic restrictions and theme based practices are charmed by the allurement of landscapes and painting landscapes gives them a sort of freedom that they do not otherwise get from their abstract or figurative works. Expressionists, unlike the figurative artists bring out landscape as very strong memory registrations. Vikash Kalra’s landscapes belong to this tradition of landscape painting. This contemporary dynamism that he creates, is a way to understand the artist’s grip not only on the contemporary life around him but also his knowledge about the classical and modern landscapes. An initiated viewer may see these landscapes as expressionistic ones and also they could connect these works to some mid 20th century Indian masters. WHERE: Art and Aesthetic, F- 213/ A, 1st Floor, Old MB Road, Lado Sarai, WHEN: 2 August to 27 August, 11:00 am- 7:00 pm (Monday to Saturday)
WastelandBeta Film and Deustche Telekom are launching a strategic partnership to boost European series on Telekom’s Magenta TV.The long-term agreement will allow the platform to draw from Beta’s catalogue of high-end European programming.Italian series Il Cacciatore – The Hunter, Eastern Europe’s Wasteland (pictured) and Spain’s Cocaine Coast will be the first European titles to appear on the channel.Il Cacciatore – The Hunter follows an Italian prosecutor taking on organised crime gangs in 90s Italy. The show by Cross Productions and Beta Film scored record ratings on Italy’s RAI.HBO’s drama series Wasteland (by Nutprodukce), one of the first high-end Eastern European series ever produced, is an intense psychological drama set in the rust belt at the Czech/Polish border.Meanwhile, Cocaine Coast, a critically acclaimed Atresmedia Original by bambu, circles around drug trafficking and money laundering on the Northern Spanish coast and runs internationally on Netflix.Beta Film’s MD Moritz von Kruedener, said: “Deutsche Telekom has realized European high-end series to be an essential part of a successful platform strategy. Often, these programs connect more with the viewer than American series do, in a sense that they hit closer to home. Beta is an important player in the development, production and distribution of European series. It makes a lot of sense to establish this partnership and support Telekom in their European strategy.”