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Big Science Driven by Political Correctness

By on December 19, 2019

first_imgScientific institutions often imbibe their political and cultural milieu rather than directing it.‘Political correctness’ (PC) is a misnomer if there ever was one. It is neither political nor correct. What it means is leftist intolerance: the opposite of freedom of thought. Certain cultural beliefs of leftists have become dogmatic orthodoxies, from which no one must waver, be they politicians, reporters, teachers, students or professional spokespersons. Anyone who wishes to gain a respectable hearing must use PC language from the leftist catalog of belief. The person must hate what the ‘PC police’ hate, and embrace what they embrace.Political correctness defines tolerable views about class, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, globalism, defense, taxation, climate, creationism, and a host of other topics. People are expected to parrot these positions without thinking about them, using the appropriate Newspeak vocabulary, such as marriage equality, social justice, inclusivity, and global governance – terms invented to sound so intuitively desirable, no definition is necessary. Just as unthinkingly powerful are the loaded words on the negative side: hate speech, science denier, far right. Straying from PC positions invites shunning at best and violence at worst. If you are PC, you are rewarded with the Orwellian label “progressive.” Political correctness is today’s cultural groupthink.Ideally, science should stand apart from the cultural and political climate surrounding it. Science, the timeless and impersonal quest for accurate descriptions of the nature of reality, should speak truth to power. Science should declare what is ‘correct’ according to the evidence. But institutional science today (‘Big Science’) shows itself just as gullible to cultural conformity as any other group. Here are some recent examples.Study explores how gender defines the gym (Phys.org). ‘Gender’ is the preferred PC term these days, because it can be defined in a fluid, socially-constructed way. Should not a scientist be able to speak truth about sexual identity based on chromosomes? This article would have been considered absurd before the PC era. It focuses on ‘gender stereotypes’ rather than the scientifically-obvious differences between men (with XY chromosomes) and women (with XX chromosomes). No one would disagree that proper comportment between the sexes is a matter of cultural maturity, especially in these days of harassment allegations. But this is a touchy-feely, mushy-gushy look at attitudes of males and females in a gym setting, with a not-so-hidden agenda: the need to “intervene and change the gender interplay” and “change gender relations” for workout companions. That’s none of science’s business, but it sure plays well in a PC culture.Researchers examine social identity threat and religion in the US (Phys.org). Typical of PC literature is to treat religion as a matter of social identity, not propositional truth. This article sounds quite gentle in its analysis of attitudes among religious groups, such as which groups feel threatened, but its PC orientation is right there in the headline: ‘social identity’. The PC left is well known for dividing people into identity classes, as if members are unable to escape their class through rational thought. Without doubt, America’s constitutional commitment to freedom of conscience forbids preferential treatment or violence, but what if one group commits all the violence, and another group receives it? Is that a matter of science? To focus merely on psychological factors and the need for ‘tolerance’ (a favorite PC word*) ignores the elephant in the room: the doctrines that religions believe and teach, and their consequences.*Strange that the ‘tolerant leftist’ progressives often support ‘zero tolerance’ policies toward those they are intolerant of.The only scriptures fair to attack (Science Magazine). It is not PC to attack the Koran. That would be ‘Islamophobic’. The only sacred writings you can safely attack are the Christian Scriptures, and so Barry Wood lets loose in his vitriolic attack on the Museum of the Bible in this article, attacking the Bible’s “questionable science” and, along with it, the creationists who believe it. “The archaeological Museum of the Bible, like the Creation Museum in Kentucky, is a Medieval throwback featuring spurious evidence in support of an invented narrative misread as historical fact.” Don’t wait for Science to publish a rebuttal from Dr Frank Turek, Lee Strobel, Dr J. P. Moreland or any other conservative Bible scholar.Why parents should never spank children (Medical Xpress). Two psychologists on this ‘science’ platform make themselves out to be wiser than Solomon, who warned, “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame” (Proverbs 29:15). No righteous parent would punish in anger or inflict physical damage on a child, but it’s that word “never” in the title that is problematic. Science can never say ‘never.’ Scientists can describe statistically the outcomes of children who received corporal punishment, but has no business raising kids. “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die,” Solomon (a parent) also said. “Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell” (Proverbs 23:13-14). So which would be preferable: stern discipline—spanking if necessary—or letting a rebellious child grow up to be a criminal, or terrorist on the way to hell? Wise parents use the rod sparingly, only for the most egregious offenses, and follow it up with love. Tough love corrects. Christian psychologist James Dobson has long taught the value of corporal punishment used wisely. Not all children need a spanking, he warns; only the deliberately defiant. Sometimes ‘time out’ is not enough for defiant children in tantrums of rebellion. These secular psychologists, however, set themselves up as shamans who warn “never” to spank. That’s a politically-correct view, where all forms of discipline are dubbed ‘violence’ without considering extenuating circumstances that might make corporal punishment the only option to prevent a worse outcome. There are grown-ups happy that their parents loved them enough to stop them from going down wrong paths. “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” (Proverbs 22:15). Ask yourselves: Did these PC ‘scientists’ measure the spread of foolishness in society as an outcome of permissive parenting? Did they?Grand Staircase, Home to Countless Dinosaur Fossils, Could Be Destroyed by Mining (Op-Ed by David Polly, Live Science). We can’t fault David Polly from clearly labeling his article as an opinion piece, but it’s noteworthy that this ‘science’ site website would never post a contrary opinion favoring conservatism. Debate on a politically sensitive topic would seem to be a nice, scientific thing to do, but political correctness demands trashing Trump, exalting Clinton, demeaning business, and thinking in either-or categories of identity politics. One could imagine ways that both interests in the policy dispute could be accommodated: some mining, and protection of the richest fossil deposits. Perhaps miners could be instructed to protect new fossil deposits as they are discovered. This is standard practice in many locations now, including west Los Angeles with its La Brea Tar Pits and the Lompoc diatomaceous earth beds. How many fossils of the same species does a scientist need, anyway? No; to be politically correct, David Polly, quoting only liberal sources, must exalt the value of fossils and denigrate the mining business and conservative politicians. Where is his memory? Did he forget that Bill Clinton unilaterally declared Grand Staircase a ‘national monument’ with no local input, as a favor to his rich Indonesian friend to protect his coal mines from competition? The coal beds Clinton put off limits are some of the highest-grade clean coal deposits in the world, equaled only by Indonesia’s. The Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument is a vast area. Much of Utah is already owned by the federal government. Surely it would be politically astute to achieve a compromise benefiting all parties. But it would not be politically correct. Let’s see if Live Science presents a conservative Op-Ed in response (don’t hold your breath).Inequality in nature and society (PNAS). This paper illustrates the clash between political correctness and Darwinism. As evolutionists viewing mankind as another kind of evolved animal, they need to value inequality as a driving force for Darwinian evolution. To them, evolution is driven by mindless laws of nature, and natural selection—their favorite ‘law of nature’—requires variation. But they are also sensitive to PC values where equality is the highest good, and ‘wealth inequality’ requires redistribution of wealth. Their solution? “Our analysis suggests that due to the very same mathematical principle that rules natural communities (indeed, a ‘law of nature’) extreme wealth inequality is inevitable in a globalizing world unless effective wealth-equalizing institutions are installed on a global scale.” This idea is intellectually incoherent. First of all, they just said that wealth inequality is an inevitable outcome of mindless laws of nature. What, then, are ‘wealth-equalizing institutions’? Obviously, they must be moral choices by human minds. And why must they be “installed on a global scale”? These guys are Marxist-Leninist out for a world communist revolution! Let them consider what happened in the 20th century to the ‘mechanisms of redistribution’ they seem to feel are necessary to avoid ‘inequality’ that inevitably results from the very Darwinian ‘laws’ they espouse.Science Is Not Simply “What Scientists Do” (Wesley J. Smith at Evolution News). To conclude this entry, consider Smith’s answer to the operational definition of science, “Science is what scientists do,” which is as vacuous a definition as “Temperature is what thermometers measure.” Smith observes scientists hijacking empirical work to make ideological announcements in the name of science. He considers the division of science into conservative and progressive branches a subversive trend, and watches politically-correct scientists using the label ‘anti-science’ as a cudgel to shut their critics up (see article on Science Daily for an example). “We already have a definition of science,” he warns. “Those who want to turn it into something else — whether ideology, social justice, politics, social engineering, etc. — are the real ‘anti-science’ ideologues.”In the last decades of the 20th century, there was a surge of interest in the ‘sociology of science.’ Scientists were put under the microscope, as subjects to observe and analyze. In this genre of scientific papers, the social influences on scientists were considered, as if scientists represented an identity group with their own culture and biases. Scientists didn’t like that. They revolted, rallying around the Sokal Hoax as an excuse to reinstate their imperial authority under the banner of scientific realism.* Nobody seemed to notice that the escapade suffered from infinite regress: who would analyze the sociologists of science?We think that science should pursue objective truth with logic and reason, just like any other academic pursuit should. As these news articles show, however (and there are many, many more like them), the sociologists of science were not all wrong.*These historical episodes, part of the ‘social deconstruction’ movement that also infected literary criticism, are described in detail in two courses by the Teaching Company:  Philosophy of Science by Jeffrey Kasser and Science Wars by Steven Goldman. Highly recommended as therapy for scientism. The courses tend to be on sale around the holiday season.(Visited 654 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SMB Tech Roundup: Free Email Marketing, the Latest in Mobile Payments and Mobile Devices in the Workplace

By on December 16, 2019

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts Tags:#biz#Reviews 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Keeping up with every tech headline is hard enough for anybody, let alone busy professionals. To help, ReadWriteBiz rounds up the week’s most important tech news and insights for small- and medium-sized businesses.This week, Microsoft’s search engine Bing launched a profile management portal for businesses much like Google and Yelp have offered for some time. The Bing Business Portal gives companies the ability to edit and enhance their business’s listings on the site, as well as publish special offers and deals for customers.Meanwhile, Google announced on Friday that it’s discontinuing its trial program called Tags, which offered businesses a way to highlight their Google Places listings and publish special offers. In a post on the Google Small Business blog, Google said they’d “halted new signups and will be working with existing participating businesses over the coming weeks to help them meet their marketing needs with other Google products where possible.”Email marketing platform iContact announced the availability of a free version of their service for small businesses and nonprofits this week. Organizations with 500 or less email subscribers can use the service for free. Once they exceed 500 subscribers, they’ll enter iContact’s lowest tier of paid plans and have to fork over $10 per month. The age of mass customization, or the ability for customers to have a hand in designing products before purchasing them, has been predicted for decades. With the rise of co-creation sites like Blank Label, Spreadshirt, chocri and mymuesli, mass customization is headed for ubiquity, according to a new report by Forrester. Thanks to the falling costs and increased sophistication of the technology involved, mass customization is now easier to offer and thus is poised to become a major force in manufacturing before we know it. As more and more employees access work data from their smart phones and other personal devices, the process of managing security is complicated for IT departments. We took a look at some of Forrester’s recommendations as to how companies can forge a mobile IT strategy that takes personal devices into consideration. Speaking of mobile devices in the workplace, ReadWriteWeb’s has been doing a weekly roundup of news pertaining to the iPad’s use in business. This week, he looked at the latest figures in tablet sales, iPad dominance forecasts, Blackberry’s answer to the iPad and more. For those interested in the mobile payments space, near field communication (NFC) is one technology that’s quickly emerging as the go-to standard for making and accepting payments wirelessly using one’s mobile device. As part of her NFC 2011 series, ReadWriteWeb’s Sarah Perez took a look at what MasterCard is doing on the NFC front as it invests more heavily in exploring mobile payments. john paul titlow 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Video Breakdown: 9 Cuts Every Editor Should Know

By on December 12, 2019

first_img1. Standard CutThis is the cut that all of us know and love. It’s probably the most used cut out there, and you can think of it as “Shot-Reverse Shot.” It’s the continuation of the previous clip from a different angle — or a way to bring two different shots together. If you have ever just placed a clip next to another clip, you’ve used a standard cut. This cut is great when you’re trying to keep things simple.2. Jump CutThere are two types of jump cuts: one that looks good and one that doesn’t. The ones that don’t look good cut during an actor’s dialogue or are otherwise somehow jarring. But in recent years, the jump cut has been transformed from a bad cut to a easy way to slim down a long take. The only way this kind of cut works, though, is when you tie it together with something else, like a soundtrack that plays behind the cuts.3. J-CutThe J-cut is a great way to connect two clips that otherwise wouldn’t go together. You simply take the audio of the tail clip and let it bleed into the first clip. By extending the audio to the left, you’ll see a loose resemblance to the letter J in your timeline. This helps immerse the viewer into the next clip before it even appears.4. L-CutThis is the opposite of the J-cut. The L-cut extends the audio from the first clip into the tail clip. This cut is essential in dialogue-heavy scenes because it breaks up the monotony of a shot-reverse shot conversation. This cut also lets you show immediate reactions, rather than cutting away from the speaking actor.5. Cutting on ActionWhen editing an action sequence, it’s always a good idea to blend the cuts together as seamlessly as possible. To cut on action, you merge two clips by cutting between them during a moment of action. This ties the two clips together and tricks the audience into ignoring the cut. It’s a perfect choice for a fight scene or a chase sequence.6. Cross-CuttingA cross-cut smashes two perspectives into one sequence. This cut takes two different perspectives from your narrative world (such as one character chasing another) and melds them by cutting between each. The audience will automatically connect the two perspectives as one whole since they are watching them play out in “real time.”7. CutawaysCutaways, otherwise known as “establishing shots,” showcase the narrative’s environment. These shots establish the characters’ location and anchor your audience in your narrative world. Just make sure not to linger too long on these shots, or you risk losing your audience’s attention.8. MontageWant to span days, months, or years in a 45-second sequence? Then the montage is what you need. They’re a great way to show the passage of time — or a period of growth. Take a series of clips that show your character’s progress, layer in some inspirational music, and you’ve got yourself a montage that would make Rocky jealous.9. Match CutThe match cut is one of the ways that an editor can really flex their creative chops in post-production. Take a clip of some action, then immediately cut to a different scene that matches that action. If you need a reference for this cut, check out the most famous one of all: the Lawrence of Arabia match cut (with a literal match).Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Exclusive Interview: The Creators of Some of The Most Popular LUT Packs EverHow To Distribute Your Short Film in Today’s Online Marketplace5 Tips for Shooting a Period Film on a Tight BudgetProduction Tip: How to Calibrate Your Monitors on SetA Cheat Sheet for Social Media Video Aspect Ratios New to the cutting room? Need a little advice? Here are the nine essential cuts you should know when editing a film or video project.Cover image via Joan B.It doesn’t matter which NLE you use, editing cuts work in every program. They are tools to tell a story, and that story can drastically change depending on the type of cut you use. Once you understand these nine essential cuts, you can do more with your edits than simply splice scenes together. Let’s take a look.last_img read more

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Mayweather-McGregor ticket sales fall short of record

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Left and right, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are shown in different portions of their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ticket sales for the superfight were a disappointment after failing to break the record for gate receipts. AFPLOS ANGELEs, United States — Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s money-spinning superfight failed to break the record for gate receipts at a Las Vegas boxing bout, figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed Wednesday.The controversial August 26 fight raked in $55,414,865.79, well short of the $72,198,500 generated by Mayweather’s 2015 “Fight of the Century” against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadal: Federer not ‘boyfriend’ material The Mayweather-McGregor bout, staged at the T-Mobile Arena, sold 13,094 tickets, well short of the venue’s 20,500 capacity. The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight sold 16,219 tickets.A total of 137 complimentary tickets were given away for Mayweather-McGregor, won by Mayweather in a 10th-round technical knockout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingFace-value ticket prices for Mayweather-McGregor were among the most expensive in history, with cheapest seats going for $500 and the most expensive for as much as $10,000.Although the fight failed to challenge the Mayweather-Pacquiao gate total, it becomes the second highest-grossing gate in Las Vegas history, surpassing the $20 million generated by Mayweather’s 2013 defeat of Canelo Alvarez. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The bout is also set to be one of the richest fights in history if the most bullish predictions of pay-per-view television sales are met.Some predictions have suggested the fight could threaten the 4.6 million buys generated by Pacquiao-Mayweather.Official numbers have not been released although executives from cable network Showtime Sports said they expected the bout would at least be second. CBBADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Senior players back Pillay to be India’s hockey coach

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first_imgSenior players have backed former captain Dhanraj Pillay to be the chief coach of the Indian men’s hockey team.The players say that the former India forward’s experience and knowledge can help the national side.Indian men’s hockey team is without a coach since last month’s Guangzhou Asian Games, where they won a bronze.While national coach Harendra Singh resigned immediately after India lost to Malaysia in the semifinals of the Asian Games, chief coach Jose Brasa’s contract has expired.With the position up for grabs, Dhanraj has recently thrown his hat in the ring by expressing his desire to be the coach, which got impetus from the players.”Dhanraj has been the role model for all of us. We have grown up seeing him playing. He knows the requirement of Indian players better then anybody else,” ace midfielder Arjun Halappa said.”He is a good option. The best part is that he is still playing and so he is very well aware of modern techniques,” added Halappa, who has been selected in the Asian All Stars team.Halappa’s views were seconded by drag-flicker Dhananjay Mahadik, who felt Dhanraj and Singapore-based former Indian centre forward Jude Felix are good choices for the vacant post.”It will be beneficial for the team if any former player becomes a coach because he can understand the pressure better. As far as Dhanraj is concerned, players share good comfort level with him, we can talk to him frankly. Jude is also a good option,” said the full-back.advertisementIndia captain Rajpal Singh had recently said that he is open to the idea of a foreign coach but suggested Hockey India to adopt a professional approach, like the Indian cricket board (BCCI), while appointing the support staff of the national team.”Instead of randomly picking anybody, Hockey India should invite applications for the post of chief coach just like BCCI. The coach can be a foreigner or an Indian but what matters is his performance and attitude towards players,” he said”Personally, I am in favour of an Australian coach,” Rajpal added.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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SPORT-WT20-HAZLEWOOD 2 LAST

By on November 26, 2019

first_imgHazlewood trapped Jason Holder lbw before rattling the Hazlewood trapped Jason Holder lbw before rattling the stumps of Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo to complete his hattrick and he said his length did the trick. “On that wicket we were just told to bowl good length with the new ball. I just tried to hit the top of the stumps. I was lucky enough to get a couple of straight on. Pretty happy with the effort. Theres still a few things to work on but were improving as time goes on,” he said. “I think with my length. I was a touch short in Johannesburg. The ball set up quite nicely. Were just hitting top of the stumps on that wicket. Its a little bit up and down and it worked for the start.” T20 may still look like a batmen oriented game but Hazlewood said a bowler still can grab his chances with a lot of tricks. “Certainly spinners do it over here. Up front you need to take wickets no matter what and put that batting unit on the backfoot. Otherwise they will enjoy freedom for the rest of the innings,” he said. “You would always want an experienced spinner but they got to start at some point. I think Adam (Zampa) learnt a fair bit on the go tonight. He will better of on the run and hopefully keeps improving throughout the tournament.” He also lavished praise on Shane Watson and said the allrounder would be handy in this conditions with his vast knowledge of playing here in the IPL. “Hes quite a special player, he is experienced as well for a young side. Hes been fantastic throughout South Africa and here as well. His knowledge of these grounds and conditions here will be pretty valuable,” he said of Watson who topscored with 60 as they scored 161/9. PTI TAP ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Suresh Raina and wife Priyanka become proud parents of baby girl

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first_imgSuresh Raina and wife Priyanka have been blessed with a baby girl on Sunday. The Gujarat Lions skipper who had never missed an IPL game in the last nine years, gave the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore a miss to be with his wife in the Netherlands.Here she comes our beautiful angel Gracia Raina???? pic.twitter.com/atGhywJu7B Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) May 15, 2016Welcome my beautiful daughter. #GraciaRaina?????????????. Long wait but totally worth it. #ProudFather.She is getting dressed up for her photoshoot Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) May 15, 2016@ImRaina Many Congratulations to Priyanka and you! Wonderful news! From the comm box in Vizag…Sunny, Ravi, Pommie, Lisa and me. Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) May 15, 2016There are chances of Raina also missing the next match on Thursday against Kolkata Knight Riders in Kanpur. The left-handed batsman is also on the verge of another milestone to become the first batsman to score 4000 runs in the IPL.Moreover, the Lions are placed well to book a berth in the playoffs and their captain would like to join his team soon. Presently, Brendon McCullum is leading the side in Raina’s absence.last_img read more

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PV Sindhu loses to Carolina Marin, settles for Silver

By on November 22, 2019

first_imgIndian shuttler PV Sindhu settled for silver at the Rio Olympics after being beaten 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 by World No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain in the badminton women’s singles event on Friday. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)It is India’s second medal in the Rio Games after wrestler Sakshi Malik bagged bronze in the women’s 58 kilogram category on Wednesday.In a hard-fought summit clash, which lasted one hour and 20 minutes, fortunes fluctuated dramatically at the Riocentro – Pavilion 4.With the win, two-time World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu now trails Carolina 2-5 in career head to head meetings.Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win silver at any discipline at the Olympics. Sindhu is also the fourth Indian individual Silver medallist, joiningshooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2004 Athens), Vijay Kumar (2012London) and Sushil Kumar (2012 London).The Indian shuttler started on a positive note but after 3-3, the Spaniard dominated the proceedings and took four consecutive points to lead 7-3 and then 9-5.Unperturbed by the pressure of the occasion and her towering opponent, Sindhu controlled her nerves and displayed swift court movements and hit bodyline smashes to diminish the lead to 13-15.World No.10 Sindhu, who was trailing 16-19 at one point, fought her heart out and took five points on the trot to claim the first game in 27 minutes.Carolina, who can annoy any player with her shuttle retrieving techniques, looked like a spectator as it was Sindhu who reversed the roles to clinch the first game 21-19.In the second game, Carolina, dubbed the “Girl Nadal in Spain” after male tennis star Rafael Nadal, attacked from the start. The Indian couldn’t manage to control the torrent of attacks and trailed 2-11 at the mid-game break.advertisementAfter the break, Sindhu tried to bounce back and displayed a lot of power and strength to dismantle the strategy of the Spanish opponent but failed and relinquished the second game 12-21.In the decider, Carolina got off to a flying start as she took a five-point lead in the initial stage at 6-1.But Sindhu, who was on a giant-killing spree after dismissing two higher-ranked opponents in competition, displayed grit to pull level at 10-10. Carolina went into the mid-game interval leading by a slender one point margin.After the breather, the duo continued to fight for each point valiantly but it was the more experienced Carolina who proved superior. Sindhu though kept herself within a touching distance of Carolina at 14-16.But Sindhu was left powerless when Carolina upped the ante to pull ahead 19-14. She edged closer to match point with a half smash and eventually clinched the contest 21-15.last_img read more

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Champions League: Sergio Aguero hat-trick helps Manchester City trounce Moenchengladbach

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first_imgManchester City’s Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as coach Pep Guardiola maintained his 100 percent record at the club with a commanding 4-0 victory against Borussia Moenchengladbach in their rearranged Champions League Group C opener on Wednesday. (Latest Football stories)City immediately took control of the game, which was postponed on Tuesday due to heavy rain, and Aguero gave them the lead in the eighth minute when he lifted a cross from Aleksandar Kolarov high into the Moenchengladbach net.The Argentina striker doubled the home side’s lead in the 28th minute when he sent Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer the wrong way from the penalty spot after Christoph Kramer had clumsily brought down Ilkay Gundogan, making his debut in place of David Silva who was rested as a precaution after developing a minor injury in training.Aguero completed his hat-trick in the 77th minute from close range after being set clear by Raheem Sterling and Kelechi Iheanacho made it 4-0 in stoppage time.The goals took Aguero’s Champions League tally to 45, overtaking Paul Scholes and Luis Figo, and he has now scored nine times in five games for City this season.His efforts ensured Guardiola made a successful start to his attempt to join the elite band of managers — including cross-city rival Jose Mourinho — who have led two clubs to Europe’s most prestigious club honour.’DOMINANT PERFORMANCE’The Spaniard, who reached the semi-finals in all three seasons with Bayern Munich after winning the competition with Barcelona, praised his team for the efficient manner in which they dealt with tricky opponents.advertisement”I know this Borussia team perfectly, I had never won against this coach before. I knew how difficult this would be for us,” said the Spaniard.”It was the most dominant performance of my time here, considering the importance of the game. All the players played at a high, high level.”Guardiola saw new signing Gundogan make a highly impressive debut.The German, full of neat control and incisive passing, played for the first time since dislocating the knee that kept him out of Euro 2016.Three minutes after his clinical early strike, Aguero unselfishly set up Gundogan 10 metres out but the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder was denied by an athletic save from Sommer.After two minor alarms — when Pablo Zabaleta’s over-hit back pass evaded Claudio Bravo and a sweet shot by Raffael was deflected by John Stones — City doubled their lead after Christoph Kramer clumsily brought down Gundogan just inside the box.Aguero coolly side-footed the penalty home and the only negative of a commanding first-half performance was that the striker required lengthy treatment on his left knee.He hobbled off at half-time but reappeared for the second half and, along with Nicolas Otamendi and especially Sterling, threatened Sommer’s goal again.Sterling’s fine reverse pass set Aguero clear on goal in the 77th minute and he put the ball through Sommer’s legs to complete his hat-trick before Iheanacho converted after superb work by substitute Leroy Sane.City next face Celtic in Glasgow on September 28 while Moenchengladbach host Barcelona, who dismantled the Scottish side 7-0 on Tuesday.last_img read more

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India can match any opposition in fitness, feels women’s football coach

By on November 16, 2019

first_imgIndia women’s football team head coach Maymol Rocky Thursday said that her players can now match any opposition in terms of fitness and the recently-introduced player tracking technology has helped in that aspect.The Indian team is currently playing in the Tokyo Olympics Qualifiers Round 2. It defeated Indonesia 2-0 in its opening match on Wednesday. The next match is against Nepal on Saturday.”We understood that in the time frame for the AFC Olympic Qualifiers in Myanmar, we would be playing in temperatures over 40 degrees. The core group is a youthful one, physically very robust, and can match any opposition,” Maymol said.”This batch of girls can play 90 minutes without tiring, and if needed, even the extra 30. Better speed, reflexes, and stamina — that is what we are stressing on. It allows us to defend with numbers, and move the ball faster in attack,” she explained.Maymol said it would not have been easy had the team not been provided the GPS technology.”The player tracking system (GPS) helps us to understand the players, and monitor their heart rate and work load. Through that we understand how much workload the player is undergoing. They also help to develop conditioning drills that help the players in general fitness.”Maymol said recovery sessions, however, stays paramount.”We want the players to be cent per cent fit and give their all in each and every match, and training session. Recovery is a very important part of that. Mandalay is very hot and humid. So the players need to increase their intake of water, and keep themselves hydrated,” the coach said.advertisement”Diet plays a major key role in fitness, and conditioning. Too much carbohydrates can lead to bloating and stiffness. We have stitched a plan for each player and they follow accordingly,” she said.Also Read | AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 winAlso Read | AFC Cup: Chennaiyin FC, Minerva Punjab share spoils in group stage openerlast_img read more

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