Cricket News Bajrang Punia, India’s No.1 wrestler, nominated for Khel Ratna award

first_img New Delhi: Asian and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist wrestler Bajrang Punia was on Friday nominated for the country’s highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. His name was finalised by a 12-member selection committee on the opening day of a two-day meeting. The panel comprises the likes of Bhaichung Bhutia and MC Mary Kom among others. “Bajrang has been nominated for the Khel Ratna award. His name was a unanimous choice,” a source close to the development told PTI.   The source also said that the 12-member panel may add another athlete for the top honour on Saturday besides finalising the names for the Arjuna and Dronacharya awards.  “I had the achievements to deserve this award. I have always said that awards should go to the most deserving ones,” Bajrang told PTI from Georgia where he is currently training.Bajrang had last year won the gold medal in the 65-kg freestyle event at the Asian Games held in Jakarta. He had also won the gold medal in the same category at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.  He is also a two-time medallist at the world championships and a strong medal hope for India at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.Punia defeated Kazakhstan’s Sayatbek Okassov 12-7 in a nail-biting 65kg men’s free style final in China in April 2019. Punia produced three gut wrench moves and an exposure move to take eight points after he began the attack with a two-point take down.It was Bajrang’s second gold at this championship, having won one in 2017. Overall, it was the fifth medal for the Indian in this tournament. With this performance, Bajrang yet again sounded a warning to his opponents  that he will be a strong medal contender at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Punia had won the gold medal at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tournament in Ruse, Bulgaria and dedicated the victory to Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Punia, a World Championship silver medallist, overpowered Jordan Oliver of USA 12-3 in the 65kg freestyle final to begin the season on a resounding note in the Bulgarian city. The Indian also secured the maximum ranking points from the tournament. “I want to dedicate my gold to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. He has inspired me. I want to meet him one day and also shake hands with him,” Punia tweeted after his victory.The IAF pilot Varthaman returned to India from captivity in Pakistan on Friday night after a suspenseful wait lasting hours, which is being seen as a major step towards defusing a near-war situation triggered by India’s retaliation following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14. Bajrang Punia won the gold medal in 2018 Commonwealth and Asian Games.Bajrang Punia is currently the world number one in wrestling.Only Abhinav Bindra has won India’s lone individual gold medal in history of Olympics. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Winning in the rain at senior championship

first_img It rained and then it poured – but England’s leading seniors put on an impressive display of dogged determination in the first match play round of their national championship. The English senior women’s amateur is something of a magnet for bad weather – and the greenstaff put in sterling work to keep the greens playable (pictured bottom). The players, meanwhile, were stoic. “You’ve just got to get on with it,” was the steady response as they returned, cold and dripping wet, to the South Staffordshire clubhouse. “I haven’t played in a good weather one yet!” said former champion Julie Brown of Trentham (pictured top), who nevertheless had a successful outing, losing just one hole and winning her game 5/4. Tomorrow she plays fellow international Lindsey Shaw (Chevin, Derbyshire). Brown is one of two Staffordshire players through to the second round, alongside the host club’s Annette Deeley – who is living the dream. Three years ago she was recovering from breast cancer and major surgery when Brown – a good friend – told her that this championship was due to be played at her home club. “That was the catalyst, that kept me going. I’m playing here because I can and it’s been a fantastic experience,” she said. Today she knocked out former British champion Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest, Sussex) and tomorrow she faces another past winner of the British title, Felicity Christine (Woking, Surrey). Top seed Caroline Berry and defending champion Cath Rawthore (pictured left) will be pitted against each other in an intriguing all-Cheshire second round clash. Berry (Bromborough) was taken to the last hole by English senior captain Debbie Richards (Burhill, Surrey) but a birdie on the 17th – her third there in consecutive rounds – had given her a crucial advantage. Rawthore (Sale) sped away in her game and was six up at the turn, but her opponent, Jane Sly (Mill Ride, Berkshire), pulled her back with a pair of birdies and the match went to the 15th. Two more past champions are safely through to the next round. The 2015 winner, Helen Lowe, (Scraptoft, Leicestershire) will take on Fiona Edmond (Ipswich, Suffolk), who was an England international in the early 90s and is making her debut in senior golf. The 2013 champion, Janet Melville (Royal Birkdale, Lancashire) birdied the last to take her place against Lulu Housman (Wyke Green, Middlesex), a past winner of the English senior stroke play title. Housman in turn came through a good tussle with last year’s runner-up, Karen Jobling (Richmond, Yorkshire). Another international, Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex), improvised with her rescue club to avoid fat chip shots and it paid off with a 3/2 win. She plays Sandy Catford (Wath, Yorkshire) who was another fast starter today. She was five up at the turn before Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham, Berkshire) fought back and took the match to the 16th. “It was a really good, feisty second nine,” said Catford. Jo Shorrocks (Bigbury, Devon), mounted a successful fightback after dropping three behind in her game. “I had a struggle and a big hook – and changed my grip over the last few holes and managed to win,” she said after her 2up win. She will play Nicola Tebbutt (Carlisle, Cumbria). Tomorrow’s line-up is completed by English senior stroke play champion Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) and Julia Gallagher (Woburn, Bedfordshire) who won through on the 19th today. In the second flight, for over 60s, the top seed Cathy Armstrong (Ellesborough, Buckinghamshire), was toppled by the 16th qualifier, Sue Penfold (Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire), who won 1up.  She now plays Sue Westall (Copt Heath, Warwickshire). Click here for Flight one scores for the Wendy Taylor Salver Click here for Flight Two scores for the Ann Howard Trophy Images © Leaderboard Photography 17 May 2017 Winning in the rain at senior championship last_img read more

Best of the day 67 gives Young the McGregor lead

first_img19 Jul 2017 Best of the day 67 gives Young the McGregor lead Crockett, who won the Surrey U14 title last year, is playing in the championship for the first time and is enjoying the experience, especially finding that his approach play and putting has stood him in very good stead.   Image copyright Leaderboard Photography Dubai-based Josh Hill went round in level par to stay at four-under, remarking: “I’m quite happy with it, I’m still up there.” Highlights of his round included an eagle three on the eight but after a bogey on the ninth he found himself playing steadily for par, while the birdies eluded him.  England successfully defended the Nations Cup, played over the first two rounds of the championship, with the teams taking first and second place. Team A of Conor Gough (Stoke Park), Charlie Hilton (Ifield) and Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton was two-over. Team B of Tom Gregory (Stoke Park), Dominic Clemons (Hanbury Manor) and Ben Pierleoni (Berkhamsted) followed them on four over, one shot ahead of Spain.  Cornwall’s George Leigh moved up with his 69, which gives him a halfway total of three-under. Apart from a ‘stupid’ bogey on the seventh he played the course perfectly with three birdies and the rest pars. “I got rid of the nerves yesterday and just went out and played,” he remarked.  Turba maintained his challenge for the title despite an attack of the golfer’s curse – the shanks. The 15-year-old suffered four over the opening holes and admitted: “I felt a little nervous after that.” But he went on to score one-under 70 for the round.  Click here for full scores Josh Hill (Jumeirah Estates), George Leigh (Trevose), James Reed (Exeter) and Harry Crockett (Addington Palace) are all under par for the two rounds, while Max Hopkins (Bishops Stortford) is on level par and Charlie Hilton (Ifield), Habebul Islam (Ipswich) and Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton) are all one over.  After today’s round the field was cut to the leading 40 players and ties. A total of 48 qualified with scores of six over and better for tomorrow’s final 36 holes.  England’s George Young shot four-under 67 today to take the halfway lead in the McGregor Trophy at Burnham & Berrow, Somerset.  Young, (pictured) from West Malling in Kent, is six-under after two rounds of the English U16 boys’ open championship and a shot ahead of Estonia’s Joonas Turba.  Surrey’s Harry Crockett (Addington Palace) is one-under for 36 holes, opening with his first ever sub-par round of two-under 69. Today he added 72, after playing when the wind was at its toughest on the back nine. “We were playing into the wind and I was scrambling but I got up and down when I needed to. Young, 16, shot both the low round of the day and his best competition score. He had just one bogey, on the 16th, where he three-putted and otherwise played immaculate golf with excellent ball striking.  Young’s move into the lead marked an impressive day for England, with home players packing the top of the leaderboard and a successful defence of the Nations Cup team event.  “I was a bit nervous coming down the last few holes, but it was good,” he said. “I’m enjoying it, there’s a first time or everything and this is the first time I’ve led a competition like this. Tomorrow should be good.”  The South West is well represented at the top of the leaderboard, with James Reed a shot back on two-under after rounds of 72 68. Reed, 14, recently became the youngest-ever Devon champion and is continuing his good form. “I didn’t play my best yesterday but I recovered today with 68. I putted and scrambled really well, every time I missed a green I got up and down.”  “I got the shots back and when I hit those shanks on the front nine my scrambling was perfect and I saved so many pars. On the back nine I started hitting it close to the pin and made three birdies in a row,” he said. last_img read more

Holiday Inn Express Coming To Hazlet

first_imgBy Jay Cook |HAZLET – The township has rolled out the welcome mat for the establishment of a new hotel on Route 35 South in Hazlet, on the Holmdel border.On Nov. 30, the Hazlet Land Use Board unanimously approved a four-story Holiday Inn Express hotel at 2780 Route 35, to be situated on a wooded lot behind an existing two-story Holiday Inn hotel and a commercial building housing Hazlet Pharmacy and Casual Male XL.Some neighboring residents along Miller and Orchard avenues in Holmdel expressed ire during the four-month-long process. Holmdel’s governing body passed a resolution opposing the project, citing quality-of-life concerns for its residents. Holmdel’s mayor, Gregory Buontempo, told the board the new four-story hotel “is literally going to be on top of these one-story homes.”But the plans earned the seal of approval from those who want to see more businesses in town.The current state of the 3-acre lot to be developed as a Holiday Inn Express hotel, which will be four stories tall with 93 rooms.Barbara Ronchetti, a Hazlet committeewoman, said Hazlet has been trying to encourage new businesses along the Route 35 corridor to boost the value of property and increase ratables. Not far away, several large businesses are shuttered, including Kmart, Pathmark, Sports Authority, Frank’s Nursery, Red Oak Diner and Friendly’s.The hotel, Ronchetti said, would be a nice addition to Hazlet. “With our redevelopment plan in place, I feel this hotel will be a great tax revenue for our residents and a very pleasant sight on our highway.”But Steve White, who lives near the hotel property in Holmdel, saw no convincing reason Hazlet should allow two hotels on essentially the same property.“It’s not like we have a theme park here, a convention center or conference halls here,” said White, criticizing the business plan. “All we have is a beach and that really doesn’t justify a hotel.”He added, “Think about it, guys. Think about what you might sign off on.”The new Holiday Inn Express proposed by Gode Hotels would be 13,663 square feet with 93 rooms on its four levels. At its closest point, the hotel would be 92 feet from the nearest property line, where at least 80 feet is required. Building plans describe an indoor swimming pool, small market, lifestyle lounge and a fitness room.Also included in the application was a financial subdivision, meaning the total 7-acre property would be split into two. The existing Holiday Inn will now be on a 3.9-acre lot and the new hotel would be built on 3 acres of an undeveloped, wooded and sandy lot.At the first meeting in mid-August, hotel planner Yomesh Patel told the board the new Holiday Inn Express would be an “upper-scale” hotel, aimed to “attract the right type of clients.” It will not be pet-friendly, smoking won’t be allowed inside or on the premises and it would not market lodging to truckers and laborers, the hotel’s experts said on Nov. 30.Attorney Jeffrey Gale, representing Gode Hotels, said in August the existing Holiday Inn could be sold and rebranded in the future as a Quality Inn or similar style hotel. The Holiday Inn is currently owned by Gode Hotels, the applicant for the Holiday Inn Express.Residents along the border in Holmdel took issue with building another hotel that would stand right behind their houses. Miller Avenue resident Dean Labarca is the closest to the new hotel site. He said it doesn’t make sense for the space.“This is like something that takes place in Brooklyn,” Labarca said. “This is the suburbs. To put this two pounds of baloney in a one-pound spot I think is ridiculous.”An aerial view of the new property approved for a new Holiday Inn Express in Hazlet. It lies between the rear of the Hazlet Pharmacy and behind homes along Miller Avenue in the foreground. Google MapsWhat made the application unique was how the entire hotel property was not a permitted use in its current business park zone. Yet it was specifically noted in Hazlet’s June 2017 master plan reexamination to be changed to the business highway zone, where a hotel would be allowed.Gale, the attorney, told The Two River Times his client did plenty to accommodate the homeowners. They agreed to remove overgrown shrubbery at the hotel egress onto Miller Avenue, replace a dilapidated 6-foot fence with a new, 8-foot privacy fence and prohibit large truck parking along the rear of the property, which is adjacent to residential property.“That’s part of the reason you go through the hearing process,” Gale said. “The hearing process is never intended to be one-sided. It’s an opportunity for the applicant to present his case, it’s also an opportunity for the surrounding property owners to express their specific concerns.”When built, the Holiday Inn Express would join Holiday Inn, Best Western Hazlet Inn, Holmdel Motor Inn and the Shore Point Motel as lodging options along Route 35.Gale said Gode Hotels’ next step would be to apply to the state Department of Transportation because the plans detail an ingress from Route 35, a state highway. They would also need to draft parking and easement agreements with the Hazlet Pharmacy and Casual Male XL property owner to allow for a driveway between the two properties.Gale added he could not give a definite time on when ground would break because he isn’t privy to Gode Hotels’ financing situation. But he said his client accomplished the most important thing – “to accommodate the neighbors and address their concerns.”This article was first published in the Dec. 7-14, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

49ers mailbag: Where does win over Saints rank in past 20 years?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers will have a tough time topping Sunday’s sensational win over the New Orleans Saints. They’re still playing high-stakes football, and fans are still abuzz, so let’s open up the Week 15 mailbag via Instagram and Twitter replies:Was that the best regular-season game you have ever covered? (@brandon.pride)Absolutely. It started with the best first half I’ve witnessed – four touchdowns apiece! – and the dramatics never stopped. I started covering the 49ers in 2000, and the …last_img read more

KZN strengthens Bali connection

first_img29 November 2005A government delegation from the Indonesian province of Bali has arrived in KwaZulu-Natal with plans to cement economic ties between the two provinces.The KwaZulu-Natal premier S’bu Ndebele told the legislature in Pietermartizburg that the delegation would hold discussions with the provincial government and local business people.The delegation arrived on Monday and returns home on Sunday.Their visit forms part of a partnership between the two provinces which was kick-started by Ndebele’s Indonesian trip in July.A memorandum of understanding was signed then, committing the government of Bali to establishing a furniture-making factory in KwaZulu-Natal.“The government of Bali has offered to send some of the expert furniture makers to the province to train local crafters in the art of furniture making,” Ndebele said.He added that the visit would also finalise the establishment of a textile factory, which would create jobs in Pietermaritzburg.The visit comes a few days after a top Italian furniture making company signed a multi-million rand deal with a local crafter.Source:BuaNewslast_img read more

Credit card fees to fall for most as Australia bans profiteering

first_img“The majority of Qantas customers will pay the same or less in fees than they do under the current system, and there’ll continue to be low-fee and fee-free options for customers who prefer not to pay with a credit card.” However, the new percentage fee structure means that people buying more expensive fares, such as international business class journeys and longer domestic trips, will pay more – in some cases substantially more.Qantas says its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar will announce its new credit and debit card fee structure “soon” – well in advance of the September 1 deadline laid down by the Reserve Bank of Australia in May.The Virgin Australia group, which includes low-cost carrier Tigerair, hasn’t yet announced its response to the new RBA rules, but it is expected to closely mirror the Qantas fees. Budget travellers appear to have had a small win, with Qantas becoming the first Australian airline to lower credit and debit card fees for ticket purchases, following the Australian government’s banning of credit card fee profiteering in February 2016.Qantas says a new percentage-based card payment fee will replace a flat fee of $A7 per booking from September 1 this year. The fee for payments made with a credit card, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners, will be 1.3 per cent, while the fee for payment using debit cards will be just 0.6 per cent. Qantas says that, for an average domestic return fare of $400, the credit card fee will be $5.20, compared with the current flat fee of $7. For an average international return fare of $2000, the fee will be $26, compared with the current flat fee of $30. The current debit card fees to be replaced by a 0.6 per cent charge are $10 for international travel and $2.50 for domestic fares. The airline says fees will be capped at $11 for domestic and trans-Tasman fares and $70 for international fares. “This gives passengers certainty about the maximum they’ll pay before they start booking and is in line with Qantas’ consistent position that it doesn’t profit from card payment fees,” Qantas says in a statement.last_img read more

New Member Benefits: SportsPass release

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is delighted to announce a new initiative and exciting partnership with SportsPass. The relationship with SportsPass extends the benefits of affiliation for TFA and associated states, regions and affiliates and delivers on various TFA Strategic Plan 2011-15 objectives. This relationship provides an improved value proposition for you, and your members – who will now be able to access special deals, cheaper rates and bonuses. SportsPass is a dedicated member benefits program for Australian sporting associations and clubs that adds value to club memberships, whilst also providing a new funding source for Australian sport through the sale of the Supporter Cards. Firstly, members and supporters of participating associations and clubs benefit by having access to instant rewards from hundreds of participating SportsPass partners, through the ‘I am a member’ and ‘I am a supporter’ cards. For more information, please click on the attached media release and SportsPass information booklet.Related Filessportspass_media_release_april_2015-pdfsportspass_information_booklet_april_2015-pdfRelated LinksSportsPass Releaselast_img read more

Chief Engineer Medevaced from Euronav Tanker

first_imgzoom The chief engineer aboard the very large crude carrier (VLCC) Ingrid was medevaced from the ship as he suffered a leg fracture after getting hit with the anchor chain. The incident occurred in the morning hours on March 2 while the tanker was in the lightering zone off San Luis Pass, Texas, according to the United States Coast Guard (USCG).Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders were informed of the incident and an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew was sent to medevac the man.The 35-year-old man was taken to University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and transferred in stable condition, USCG said.Belgium-flagged Ingrid, featuring 314,000 dwt, is operated by shipping firm Euronav, according to data provided by VesselsValue.last_img read more