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  • Student government seeks to ease transition through Welcome Weekend programming

    first_imgStarting Friday, Notre Dame will welcome the incoming class of 2021 to campus and kick off Welcome Weekend 2017 — three days of activities to help introduce and welcome new students into the Notre Dame community before returning students arrive and classes begin.As in years past, much of the scheduled programming for the incoming freshman class was planned by student government over the summer. Each of the executive cabinet and student senate members arrived back to campus Wednesday for the Team ND Student Leadership Retreat and will begin helping with Welcome Weekend programming as soon as the retreat concludes Friday. Kathryne Robinson | The Observer Welcome Weekend staffs paint signs, dorm windows and more to welcome the class of 2021 to campus and into the dorm communities.Junior Prathm Juneja, student government chief of staff, said he spearheaded much of the Welcome Weekend planning.“I’ve been here all summer, and a lot of the work that I’ve been doing as chief of staff has been helping out with the Welcome Weekend stuff,” he said. “Paul Manrique [program director for new student engagement] has his own staff of interns that have been working on it and we’ve been partnering with them on a few things.”The planning for Welcome Weekend 2017 has included plenty of collaboration with the South Bend community, Juneja said.“One of the things that we’ve been working a lot on our director of student engagement and outreach — [senior] Adam Moeller — has played a big part in,” he said. “Basically on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the fieldhouse mall we’re going to be doing a ‘quad market.’ Adam, myself, and a few other people have recruited 11 vendors from the South Bend area who will be selling everything from jam to snacks to jewelry.”Juneja also worked with Manrique and his team to plan the kick-off grill for the incoming new students.“On Friday is the main opening kick-off grill for all the incoming students and the opening prayer, and I’ll be leading a staff of 30 volunteers to make sure everyone gets to their dinner and knows where to go,” Juneja said. “We’re helping kids get to their Moreau [First Year Experience] classes on Saturday morning, we’ll be helping them set up for their class picture on Saturday.”Welcome Weekend also aims to help incoming transfer students get involved in campus life and activities. To this end, Juneja said, student government will host a social for all transfer students Monday night.“We’re really just trying to get all the transfer students immediately involved in whatever they want to be a part of on campus,” he said. “That could be student government, and we’re going to talk with them about how to get involved with student government, but also other clubs on campus so that they can immediately immerse themselves in campus activities.”Student government has not added any new events to the weekend’s repertoire, Juneja said, but instead has been focusing on improving the environment of inclusivity they believe will help all incoming students feel welcomed and at home at Notre Dame.“Just in general, one of the things that we’ve been trying to do for Welcome Weekend is give our input on how we can make Welcome Weekend this huge welcoming for every student who comes to Notre Dame,” he said. “How we can make it a super inclusive and exciting opportunity for every student to feel like they really belong here. That includes everything from changing the way we talk about diversity and inclusion to emphasizing that we are the Notre Dame family and we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.“I think this weekend’s going to be a great one, and the Welcome Weekend staff has done an incredible job of putting together all these great events.”Tags: Class of 2021, Notre Dame Student Government, Welcome Weekend 2017, Welcome Weekend activitieslast_img read more

  • Shameless plug alert: Helping our volunteers

    first_imgby: Anthony DemangoneI hope over the past few years you have enjoyed these musings. I hope to write them for quite a few more!Today, I want to share with you a little project I’ve been working on. Yes, this is a shameless plug. But I hope that you indulge me. The project?A training session and a book.I speak with quite a few directors, and this effort is for them.  Learn a bit more about the training session here. It will take place May 10 at this year’s Board of Director’s Conference in Louisville, KY. The foundation of the workshop is a book. Rather than describe it, I’ll share with you the book’s introduction.As always, let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to forward this email to any credit union directors that might find this useful. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • Correa’s Late Winner against Barca, Send Atletico into Spanish Super Cup…

    first_imgAlvaro Morata converted a penalty to make it 2-2 before Correra ran through and grabbed the winner with a powerful strike that was too strong for Neto.It was an incident-packed second half that also saw Messi have a goal ruled out by video assistant referee for handball while Gerard Pique should have taken the game to extra time but sent his header over the bar.Victory means Atletico Madrid will face city rivals Real, who beat Valencia 3-1 on Wednesday, in the final on Sunday (18:00 GMT).The tournament has a new format this season, with the top two from La Liga and the Copa del Rey finalists playing in a four-team competition rather than the two winners playing each other.Real, despite finishing third in La Liga, qualified because Barcelona won the league and finished runner-ups in the cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Angel Correa scored late on as Atletico Madrid stunned Barcelona 3-2 in Saudi Arabia to reach the Spanish Super Cup final.Koke’s clinical strike put Atletico ahead early in the second half.Lionel Messi equalised with a driven finish and then Antoine Griezmann headed Barcelona into the lead. Angel Correalast_img read more

  • Friel wants special council committee for Mica families

    first_imgElection candidate Eimer Friel says she will propose the setting up of a special Mica committee on Donegal County Council if elected this weekend.The Fine Gael candidate has worked with the Mica Action Group (MAG) for the past five years and says it’s important families have a role in the Council-led redress scheme.“It’s important that newly-elected councillors have a role and an oversight over how Donegal County Council manages and runs the scheme,” said Friel. “And it’s just as important that the Mica Action Group has a voice on that committee too.“They are the people who have been at the forefront of the campaign and living the nightmare and it is vital they get to oversee the response from the council. So I want to see a special committee set up in Council and given a statutory footing, with powers to oversee the scheme and scheduled to have full monthly meetings.”The Government has approved a 90 per cent contribution scheme with those homes worst affected being fixed first.Friel added: “I’ve also agreed alongside Joe McHugh to work with MAG to come up with ways of minimising the impact of the 10 per cent contribution including contacts with banks and other lending institutions. “It’s important that banks help including writing down mortgages on homes that are currently worth very little – but will return to their market value once remediation works are completed.“I want to pay tribute to all those involved in MAG and I want to pay tribute to our local TD Joe McHugh whose work to get this problem recognised by officials finally got the redress scheme delivered.”Friel wants special council committee for Mica families was last modified: May 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Jenkins wins sixth Fish Marathon title

    first_img“I’m absolutely over the moon,” said Eray. “Daniel won the Fish when I was in matric, so to now win the race myself all these years later and take over from him is amazing. Olympic bronze medalist Brigitte Hartley, together with Nick and Paul Burden completed the event successfully together in a K3, while former Springbok captain Corne Krige completed his support of local schools when he crossed the line with race organiser Pieter Marais and Krige’s good friend Billy van Zyl. MenLen Jenkins 5:01.41Hank McGregor 5:01.41Grant van der Walt 5:02.12Greg Louw 5:08.07Lance Kime 5:09.40Cam Schoeman 5:10.27Jacques Theron 5:10.52Brandon van der Walt 5:15.11Ant Stott 5:15.19Thulani Mbanjwa 5:16.28 Jenkins, dubbed the “Fisher King” for his uncanny dominance in the race for more than a decade, was full of praise for his adversaries after seizing control of the race in the closing stages when McGregor was slowed by waves in the Golf Course Rapids. ‘A good race’“I’d definitely rank my first win in 2001 as the most memorable, but it’s still great to have one and it was nice to have a good race against Hank (McGregor),” said Jenkins afterwards. It was a fitting victory as Eray emulated the late Daniel Conradie, who mentored her in her early years as a paddler. “I tried not to do too much work today. With Grant just behind us, obviously he was always going to do his best to catch us and I could’ve tried to fight it, but I decided to take it easy instead and it paid off for me in the end,” he explained. “It used to be faster shooting from left to right, but since they removed the sandbank it’s actually quicker the other way around now, and so I made sure I was on the outside which gave me the chance to get going again first,” said Jenkins. Shot the weirJenkins and McGregor shot the major obstacle in the most unconventional manner when the two of them went over the weir at precisely the same time and remarkably both boats and paddlers paddled on unscathed, with Van der Walt left 20 metres off the pace. “Fortunately, I still had enough of a buffer to portage Cradock and I’m super stoked to have won,” she concluded. RESULTS Van der Walt had to settle for the third step on the podium, finishing 50 metres behind the leaders after a monumental effort on the second stage. Second and thirdKime claimed the silver medal, with her team Best 4 Kayak Centre team mate Abby Adie claiming bronze. “The Sella and the Fish were the last two races he won before he passed away in 1998, and I won the Sella earlier this year and now this just incredible,” she explained. “It was a good race, though. It was close the whole way and was anyone’s race all the way up until Cradock Weir,” he added. Fourth placeLocal hero Greg Louw powered his way into fourth place ahead of Lance Kime and Cam Schoeman. “It was a different win. It was a really strong field this year and there were a lot of good guys here. Hank and Grant (van der Walt) are fantastic athletes, so it was tough. “There were six world champs in their various categories out there this year and only three of them finished ahead of me, so I’m very chuffed,” he smiled. Having started the day together, the pair was caught by Van der Walt between Long Acre Bridge and Gauging Weir, and the three then made their way towards the notorious Cradock Weir. After a titanic battle with Hank McGregor, Len Jenkins raced to a sixth victory in succession in the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on the weekend and with it claimed the 2012 South African K1 River title. SAinfo reportercenter_img Overcame injuryThe win was even sweeter for Eray after the former Olympian was forced out of action by a debilitating wrist injury for much of 2011. This year’s event was her first major race, other than her efforts at the recent World Marathon Championships in Rome, since August last year. Ladies’ raceThe overnight leader in the ladies’ race, Michele Eray, enjoyed a career highlight when she crossed the line ahead of former champion Robyn Kime to become the first Eastern Cape paddler to win the K1 title in 15 years. “I didn’t quite realise Cam was that strong and Lance was just impossible to shake off,” said Louw. “Cam had an unfortunate swim at Gauging Weir, though, and I went over Cradock Weir ahead of Lance, and from there I just put my head down and managed to get clear. “Today was meant to be easier with it being shorter, but I actually felt worse than I did yesterday. I just tried to keep it at 90 percent throughout the day and a group of guys caught me early on, so I stayed with them until my swim at Gauging Weir.” “I also didn’t swim today, which helps things and which doesn’t happen often for me. McGregor, however, was not done and put in a superb interval to catch and pace the defending champion. A rare mistake through Golf Course Rapid by McGregor gave Jenkins the gap he needed and through he went. “I felt a little stronger today than yesterday, but Mich (Eray) was just too good,” said Kime. “It was a great race, though, and as always it was lots of fun. “Obviously I haven’t exactly had the most ideal preparation for this race, with not much time to train, so I just had to go with what I knew,” said Eray. Jenna Ward had a superb two days as she came home in fourth place, with ICF World Marathon Series champion Hilary Pitchford rounding out the top five. Jenkins and McGregor had been neck and neck for the majority of the two-day, 82 kilometre event and for the first time in decades it came down to an end sprint to separate the pair, with Jenkins edging ahead of McGregor just meters from the finish line. “I couldn’t see Mich by the time I got to Cradock, so decided just to go for it and it was great to make it cleanly,” she added. Age group titlesGrant van der Walt claimed the men’s under-23 title ahead of Lance Kime and van der Walt’s younger brother Brandon, while it was Robyn Kime, Abby Adie and Jenna Ward who claimed first, second and third in the women’s under-23 section. International paddlers figured prominently once again, with Australian Josh Kippen finishing 16th, just behind Czech Republic star Jakub Adam, who has committed five months to prepare for The Unlimited Dusi in February with his K2 partner Michael Odvarko, who finished 19th. ‘Stopper waves’“After Len got away at Cradock, I managed to catch and pass him after a kilometre, but then I just hit a couple of stopper waves at the bottom, which really slowed me down and I just couldn’t get past again,” said McGregor. “Full credit to him, though. He’s a phenomenal paddler, especially on the Fish River, and deserved the win. He timed it right and it all worked out for him. In the hotly contested junior boys category it was KZN’s Murray Starr who claimed the top spoils ahead of under-16 paddler Louis Hattingh and Murray Haw. The junior girls’ race was just as tight with Jordan Peek winning ahead of Kerry Segal and Kerry Shuter. WomenMichele Eray 5:39.58Robyn Kime 5:42.39Abby Adie 5:47.08Jenna Ward 5:58.09Hilary Pitchford 6:01.39Jordan Peek 6:09.06Kerry Segal 6:09.39Kerry Louw 6:11.39Kerry Shuter 6:12.23Brittany Petersen 6:15.52 9 October 2012 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

  • Farm to Fridge: an industrial IoT (IIoT) love story

    first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Agriculture#connected farm#dairy#farm#farming#IIoT#Internet#tech#technology#top Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption One of the great parts of my job is talking to industrial technologists from a wide variety of businesses. I had an interesting conversation recently with some people from a large dairy. Forget whatever image you may have; today’s large commercial dairies are extremely sophisticated enterprises that are always looking for new ways to leverage technology to enhance their production efficiency and their profitability. So when I started talking to the dairy people about how the industrial Internet of things (IIoT) dramatically increases the applicability of data generated throughout the plant, they totally got it.While many enterprises today are focused on using data to drive predictive analytics for maintenance, the dairy was looking at an even higher level of value. They were looking at data and the IIoT as the keys to a complete rethinking of their supply chain.Consumers value the cloud and IIoT because they can access anything from any device, anywhere. But for the enterprise, the real value is having visibility across the entire supply chain—in the case of the dairy, from the farm to the fridge. Instead of data residing in disconnected silos that no one else can see, the IIoT and the cloud connect all those dots, creating a new level of visibility for every player along the chain.See Also: How tweaks to IoT’s supply chain can close security gapsDairy & IIoTWhy is this important to the dairy? It enables them to be far more agile and, therefore, more profitable. One day, cottage cheese is flying off the shelves and so the dairy can quickly allocate more of its milk to the cottage cheese plant. But maybe the next week, the weather changes and consumers are stocking up on ice cream instead of cottage cheese. By having access to real-time information, the dairy is able to quickly reallocate its milk and sell it to the ice cream factory down the road. And if there is a product quality problem at any point along the supply chain, the dairy can respond rapidly to limit any potential recall—a critical priority for protecting public safety, as well as the dairy’s valuable brand.This is a great IIoT use case which doesn’t receive the attention it deserves. Having access to real-time data at every step in the chain enables businesses to more effectively anticipate consumer and supplier dynamics and make critical decisions proactively.Where does it go from here? With consumer refrigerators now increasingly connected to the Internet, the potential for leveraging data regarding their product inventories (with their permission, of course) opens up a host of exciting opportunities for producers to anticipate consumer demand in new and extremely powerful ways.Exciting stuff. But the key is building out an edge computing infrastructure that doesn’t expand IT’s workload. It has to be simple to deploy, highly reliable and easily serviceable (think remote servicing). And it has to protect the data that are critical to making this “transparent” supply chain work. Because whether you operate a dairy or an oil refinery, in an IIoT world, those data are the fuel that will drive your growth in the years ahead. The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Jason Andersen is vice president of business line management and is responsible for setting the product roadmaps and go-to-market strategies for Stratus Products and Services. Jason has a deep understanding of both on-premise and cloud-based infrastructure for the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and has been responsible for the successful market delivery of products and services for almost 20 years. Prior to joining Stratus in 2013, Jason was director of product line management at Red Hat. In this role, he was responsible for the go-to-market strategy, product introductions and launches, as well as product marketing for the JBoss Application Products. Jason also previously held product management positions at Red Hat and IBM Software Group. Jason Andersenlast_img read more

  • State Income Tax for Mobile Workers: Senate Introduces Workforce Simplification Act

    first_imgTo address the complexity of state income tax for mobile workers, U.S. Senators introduced the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2019.The act would create a nationwide standard for the taxation of mobile workers.A substantially similar bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2017.State Taxing Authority LimitationThe act states that wages and remuneration earned by an employee working in more than one state will only be subject to income tax in the state:of the employee’s residence; andwhere the employee is present and performing employment duties for over 30 days during the calendar year.Current State Taxing AuthorityStates can tax any income earned in the state. The states have each adopted their own standard for taxing nonresident employees.Some states tax income, and require filing, when a nonresident works in a state for as little as one day. Other, states have adopted a set number of days a nonresident must work in the state before taxation. As an example:Connecticut requires 15 days;Maine requires 12 days; andNorth Dakota requires 21 days;Some states require that nonresidents must earn a certain amount of income before imposing tax:Georgia, once income exceeds the lesser of 5% of all income for services or $5,000;Minnesota, once the minimum filing threshold is crossed; andOregon, once income exceeds the standard deduction.There are also exceptions. States may not require a nonresident to pay tax if:the state has a reciprocity agreement with another state; orthe nonresident is in the state for disaster recovery work.Reciprocity AgreementsReciprocity agreements are made between individual states. Under the agreements, nonresidents earning compensation in a state do not pay income tax if they are taxed in their home state.For example, Pennsylvania has reciprocity agreements with:Indiana;Maryland;New Jersey;Ohio;Virginia; andWest Virginia.Alternatively, if the taxpayer is a Pennsylvania resident and works in any of the “reciprocal-agreement” states, the taxpayer pays income tax to Pennsylvania.Disaster Recovery Work ExemptionsMany states exempt out-of-state companies that enter the state to perform disaster recovery work from many taxes. The work must be performed:in response to a state disaster or emergency; andduring the disaster response period.The exemptions apply to a range of taxes including withholding and personal income taxes.Nonresidents traveling into a state for work need to research taxability each time they work in a new state. Complying with all these different requirements is not simple. The act would simplify compliance for mobile workers.Employer WithholdingUnder the act, employers will not need to withhold state income tax unless an employee is in a state for more than 30 days. In a state where the employee meets the 30-day threshold, withholding and reporting requirements would apply on the day employment began in the state.Current Withholding RequirementsState withholding requirements vary. Most states require withholding on nonresident’s wages earned in the state on the first day. Other states set specific thresholds, do not require withholding, or do not impose an income tax.Sometimes the thresholds for withholding are like those imposed on taxpayers. However, they can also differ.In Hawaii withholding does not apply to nonresident employees unless they work in state over 60 days. However, nonresidents must file tax returns when their gross income exceeds the amount of personal exemptions and the standard deduction.There are also exceptions to withholding for nonresidents. As an example, Arizona has exceptions from withholding for nonresidents if they:engaged in motion picture productions in Arizona;are employed by an individual, fiduciary, partnership, corporation or limited liability company having property, payroll and sales in Arizona, or of a related entity that has more than 50% direct or indirect common ownership;are physically present for less than 60 days;are working for common carriers paid for service performed both in and outside the state; andcan claim credit for tax paid to the state of residence.Employee DefinedThe act would allow states to define an “employee.” However, the term “employee” will not include:professional athletes;professional entertainers;qualified productions employees; orcertain public figures.Having a nationwide standard would make it easier for employers to comply with state withholding requirements.Senate ActionsSenators introduced the bill February 28.The bill has 34 cosponsors:16 Republicans; and18 Democrats.The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.Andrew Soubel, J.D.Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

  • After Effects Tutorial: Creating Realistic Snow

    first_imgLearn how to create realistic snow using Trapcode Particular in this Adobe After Effects video tutorial.Finally – a video tutorial for creating REALISTIC snow in After Effects! In this exclusive tutorial we use Trapcode Particular, a powerful particle simulator, to create a flurry of snow: The technique is relatively simple and requires only a single solid layer and a camera. By manipulating some of the parameters in Trapcode you can begin to simulate real-world particle dynamics. The tutorial covers:Creating SnowManipulating WindForcing Motion BlurAdding Depth of FieldThis serves as a MUCH needed improvement over the CC Snow effect because of the customizable nature of Trapcode Particular. If you’re new to After Effects or don’t already own Trapcode Particular I highly recommend downloading a free trial from Red Giant’s website. If you want to check out more inspiring After Effects tutorials check out the After Effects section of the PremiumBeat blog. There you’ll find dozens of PremiumBeat exclusive tutorials and articles dedicated to helping you become a better motion designer. Know of any other ways to creative believable snow in After Effects? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

  • Late Ott goal rescues point for Azkals

    first_imgLATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa FILE PHOTO – Mike Ott. Photo by tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMike Ott struck in the 89th minute as the Philippines salvaged a 1-1 draw with Yemen early Wednesday to stay on top of Group F of AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at Al Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar.The Azkals struggled to break down the Yemenis for most of the match until Ott, who plays for Angthong United in the Thai first division, got on the end of a clever ball from Paul Mulders and beat Mohammad Ayash at his near post for the equalizer.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games As proven in last month’s 2-2 draw in Bacolod, the Yemenis were always quick to punish the Azkals for their mistakes.And it was an error from Dennis Villanueva that nearly handed the Yemenis the lead four minutes before the break.Villanueva sent his pass out of defense straight at Ala Al-Sasi who took a first time shot from 25 yards only to be denied by the crossbar. The follow up from Al-Matari was weak with Neil Etheridge quick to collect.The Azkals opened the second half with another half chance, but the ball from Ott to Younghusband inside the area was a tad too heavy.The woodwork rescued the Azkals for the second time in the 56th minute when Nabil Hazaea found space in the area and had Etheridge beaten. Two minutes later, Kane had to clear Ali’s header off a corner kick off the line.Yemen finally got its reward just three minutes after the hour mark when Ali poked the ball home after the ball ricocheted off Mulders inside the area.Needing a response, the Azkals quickly brought more men forward with little effect until substitute Junior Muñoz showed grit and determination as he marauded down the right and cut the ball back for Younghusband who took a touch for Mulders.Mike Ott did a fine job staying onside before showing composure to finish as the Azkals summoned their never-say-die spirit to inch closer to a first Asian Cup appearance in 2019. Folayang, Nguyen set friendship aside for ONE lightweight title bout BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ With four regular starters out due to injuries, Azkals coach Thomas Dooley was forced to improvise with his lineup.JPV Marikina defender Sean Kane was a surprise starter at central defense in his Azkals debut, while Davao Aguilas’ Simone Rota returned from injury and Daisuke Sato regained his leftback spot.Manny Ott’s absence meant Pika Minegishi was deployed up front with Phil Younghusband placed in an advanced role at midfield.The Azkals came out with more energy and vigor in the opening exchanges but the Yemenis’ speed on attack always posed a threat.Mike Ott forced a corner in the second minute with a deflected effort off a pass from Phil Younghusband.But other than that early opportunity, the Azkals were left wanting in the final third.ADVERTISEMENT Tawfik Ali put Yemen in front with an opportunistic strike in the 63rd minute after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.With a second straight draw against the Yemenis, the Azkals improved to eight points, two ahead of Tajikistan and Yemen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Tajiks are ahead of Yemen on goal difference after beating Nepal, 3-0, in Dushanbe for their second straight winWhile the result didn’t clinch the Azkals an Asian Cup berth, it could ultimately prove crucial as the Filipinos next face Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.A victory in the Nepalese capital will seal qualification for the Azkals with a game to spare as Yemen will still play Tajikistan in Dushanbe. View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

  • Paes, Bhupathi, Devvarman to dazzle Chennai

    first_imgRarely would you find billboards of doubles stars welcoming you to an ATP tennis event. But this is the Chennai Open where Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are still big draws as they will be competing together after a long gap.The seasoned pair got their first practice session under lights on Sunday and will hope things fall in place for them against the scratch pair of Frank Dancevic and Stanislas Wawrinka on Monday.Returning to a city which catapulted them into stardom, Leander and Mahesh are hoping they can whip up the frenzy in an event where the depth in the field in singles is good. But what is missing is a big marquee name.Chennai has been lucky to see big names like Boris Becker, Pat Rafter, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya in action, though the absence of a real big name now is something they have to live with as the ATP tournament structure does not permit it now.In the past, big players like Yevgeny Kafelnikov from Russia came simply for the appearance money and went away without enthralling the crowds. So in that regard, the tennis on view should be good, even though the names of Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic and Stanislas Wawrinka do not ring a bell like Rafter or Becker.At No. 6 on the ATP computer, Chennai should consider itself lucky that Berdych, from Czech Republic, is here. The year gone by was a defining one for him as he made it to the French Open semi- finals and was runner- up at Wimbledon.advertisementAs top seed, he has his task cut out, though naysayers point out in the first week of a New Year, topsy- turvy results are not something to get alarmed about.If in the past Moya had become a household name, one man from Croatia who loves conditions here is Marin Cilic. Having won the title twice here, he is gunning for a hat- trick. But ask anyone who has played in Chennai and he will tell you how underdogs love to come out and play big in front of the knowledgeable crowds. So, the pressure will be on Cilic.It is not an exaggeration that in a very long time, the Chennai Open will see near complete Indian participation in singles and doubles.If Leander and Mahesh are wellknown here, people are equally excited about seeing Rohan Bopanna in partnership with Pakistan’s Aisam – ul- Haq Qureshi.At a time when the neighbouring countries cannot even think of playing a cricket or hockey series, Rohan pairing with Aisam has plenty of significance.They charmed the crowds at the US Open last summer before losing the final.But what’s made them immensely popular is their open show of brotherhood and the message of peace they harped on again and again.Rohan also will be competing in singles, though at 30, he may seem over the hill. The tall and strapping Coorgi runs into Wawrinka in the first round. Yet, knowing Rohan’s ability to play big with crowd support, you could be sure sparks will fly.And then there is Somdev Devvarman who has charmed Chennai in the last three years. After a long time we have an Indian player in men’s singles ranked in the top 100. But what marks him out as even more special is the way he won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.He is indeed the most fascinating Indian men’s player to watch as he comes up with the big stuff even against the best. As one who teamed up with Sanam Singh to win gold in Guangzhou, these two will add to the spice in doubles as well.What about the last Indian wild card answering to the name of Yuki Bhambri? The young man from Delhi has promised a lot but is yet to realise his potential.As the Australian Open junior champion in 2009, he knows he has to now deliver in men’s singles.Yet, at a time when most of the Indian players love playing for the country, Yuki has been a bit of a maverick.Overall, the Indian presence this time is not just about making up the numbers, though it does rankle that not one could make it to the final round in the qualifying phase.last_img read more