Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy Set for First New York Revival Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Durang’s credits include the Tony-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, A History of the American Film, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Miss Witherspoon. View Comments Beyond Therapy premiered off-Broadway in 1981. Directed by Jerry Zaks, the cast included Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Collins and Jim Borrell. The 1982 Broadway production, directed by John Madden, starred Dianne Wiest and John Lithgow. In 1987, Durang adapted the play for the screen with director Robert Altman. The film version starred Julie Hagerty, Jeff Goldblum, Glenda Jackson and Tom Conti. Tony nominee Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy is set for its first New York revival off-Broadway. Directed by Scott Alan Evans, the comedy will begin performances at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row on March 11, with opening night set for March 25. Beyond Therapy will play a limited engagement through April 19 and tickets are now available. In Beyond Therapy, life can be crazy. Therapy can help? Prudence and Bruce are two urbanites seeking romance with the help of their psychiatrists, each of whom suggests the patients try personal ads. Discovering that the therapists may be more disturbed than Prudence and Bruce, complications ensue. The comedy is about the search for a meaningful relationship in an insane world and may provide the best therapy of all—laughter.center_img Beyond Therapy The Beyond Therapy creative team includes sets by Tom Cariello, costumes by Kim Krumm Sorenson, lights by Mary Louise Geiger and sound by Jill BC DuBoff. Beyond Therapy will star Mark Alhadeff (Venus in Fur), Cynthia Darlow (Lovers), Jeffrey C. Hawkins (Three Men on a Horse), Liv Rooth (All in the Timing), Karl Kenzler (Mary Poppins) and Michael Schantz (The Matchmaker).  Show Closed This production ended its run on April 19, 2014last_img read more

U.S. Army War College Students View Security Efforts in Haiti

first_imgOSC-Haiti was honored to host distinguished professors and U.S. Army War College (USAWC) students on its inaugural study-abroad visit to Haiti. This innovative academic collaboration between OSC-Haiti and the USAWC has taken learning beyond the classroom and enhanced the student experience. The visit promoted multilateral relationships and provided a unique opportunity for U.S. diplomats and international partners to collaborate and exchange ideas with these distinguished military leaders. Outside of the academic activities, the evening social events sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and NGO created opportunities to build enduring professional and personal friendships. The U.S. Office of Security Cooperation (OSC)-Haiti hosted a study group from the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti from April 14-16, 2016. The group included 15 students comprising senior Military officers from all service branches, one class auditor, and two exchange professors. The purpose of the study visit is to have a better understanding of U.S. government (USG) foreign aid and international development programs. This is the first time the USAWC has sent its students to a foreign country as a part of its academic curriculum. Haiti is an interesting development case where many international governments and non-government organizations (NGOs) are still assisting the country rebuild itself from the devastating 2010 earthquake. The inaugural study-abroad program is building upon their classroom studies of international developments as the U.S. Military is increasingly taking on stabilization operations around the world and working closely with other USG agencies and international partners to ensure that expertise, capabilities, and resources are best leveraged to meet development goals. The new study-abroad program serves up global engagement opportunities for USAWC students. Second, the group visited a Haitian market to learn about a clean cooking stove project, which promotes the use of natural gas stoves instead of traditional biomass fuel stoves. Charcoal is, by far, the predominant fuel source used for household cooking in Haiti; more than 90 percent of total households use it. However, burning charcoal indoors has devastating health effects and significant environmental consequences. Already one of the most deforested countries in the world, Haiti is in desperate need of low-cost technologies such as natural gas cooking stoves, which will reduce biomass fuel consumption. The USAID-funded project aims to reduce pressure on Haiti’s forests, encourage local and sustainable solutions to the environmental concerns, and create cooking options for Haiti that are clean, efficient, affordable, and able to meet local cooking needs. The study group met with U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Peter Mulrean, and discussed the current state of Haitian politics and its impact on USG foreign aid. The group also met with the Deputy Mission Director of USAID-Haiti, and discussed various development programs and challenges. Other participating agencies and offices included the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention; the Defense Attaché Office, the Office of Security Cooperation; the U.S. Embassy Political and Economic Sections; the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti’s (MINUSTAH) Military and police components; and Global Communities Project (GCP), an NGO operating in Haiti. The students listened to presentations by participating agencies and engaged in interactive question-and-answer sessions. These meetings provided a forum for open, honest dialogue among participants about achievements and challenges regarding international development in Haiti. Finally, the group visited the sûrtab factory; a computer manufacturing company founded by seed money from USAID and established in Haiti in 2013. The factory is based in Port-au-Prince and manufactures affordable and durable tablet computers. Sûrtab is focused on creating much needed, well-paid jobs and increasing overall prosperity in low-income areas by bridging the existing digital gap. By visiting different development projects, the group benefited from observing real world activities and walked away with eye-opening experiences. Upon their departure from Haiti, the students expressed a greater appreciation for the challenges in Haiti, and were able to see a few USAID projects that allowed them to see the potential the country can offer to the world. Group visits project sites The group visited a number of USAID- and NGO-funded project sites. First, the group visited the Ravine Pintade Project, a new community development project that provided 386 homes to the community devastated by the 2010 earthquake. This community was created from rubble and turned into a well-planned neighborhood with improved water and sanitation; roads and walkways, as well as retaining walls; adequate drainage; and other measures that will reduce the risks to property and personal safety in the event of future disaster. After the earthquake, the USAID provided durable transitional shelters for internally displaced people. Later on, these shelters were replaced by permanent concrete and cinder block homes that provide homes to more than 2,000 residents. By Dialogo April 27, 2016last_img read more

Ghana trying to lure Brighton ace Lamptey to switch allegiances from England

first_img Loading… “They mostly aspire to play for their country of birth or host countries. Even their parents don’t opt for their children playing for Ghana.” Lamptey burst onto the scene last season, when Frank Lampard brought him on for the final half hour of Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal in December. He then featured in two FA Cup games, before surprisingly opting to snub a new contract in order to join Brighton. read also:Brighton make offer to Chelsea for youngster Tariq Lamptey Lamptey swiftly became a regular for Graham Potter, prior to the season’s coronavirus shutdown. And he picked up where he left off against his former club on Monday night. Ghana are also trying to persuade Lamptey’s Under-21 team-mate Eddie Nketiah to play for them. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ghana is trying all it could to convince Tariq Lamptey to switch allegiances from England. The Brighton full-back, 19, has been a revelation since joining from Chelsea and shone in the 3-1 defeat to his former side at the Amex on Monday night. Lamptey also made his England Under-21 debut earlier this month in the 2-1 Euro qualifier win over Austria. The Londoner has Ghanaian parents so would be eligible to represent the Black Stars. Ghana FA supremo George Amoakah told a Ghanaian radio station Nhyira FM: “The national team’s department is making serious efforts to get his parents and the boy to play for Ghana. “But it’s not going to be easy. I don’t want to sound like it’s impossible, but it’s not going to be easy. “Most of the [Ghanaian] players born in Europe, if you want to entice them to come and play for Ghana, it is very difficult.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own Eyes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Secularists Battle Over Which Life Theory Is More Wrong

first_imgOrigin-of-life camps don’t recognize that RNA-World theories and hydrothermal-vent theories suffer from the same basic problem.“We’ve been wrong about the origins of life for 90 years,” says Arunas L Radzvilavicius on The Conversation. But as Tonto responded to the Lone Ranger when, surrounded by screaming Indians, he told his companion that “It looks like we’re in real trouble,” Tonto said, “What do you mean ‘we’, paleface?” Creationists have been on the warpath with materialists for millennia. Their weapons have only gotten stronger. Meanwhile, the plight of origin-of-life research grows more dire.Radzvilavicius, a supporter of the hydrothermal-vent theory for the origin of life, takes on the Souper-men, who picture life emerging from generic-brand Primordial Soup. Why he counts only 90 years is not clear, since the master himself, Charles Darwin, launched speculation about life emerging from a warm little pond in an 1871 letter to Joseph Hooker. That would make it 145 years of wrongness. The Souper-men cannot account for the cartoon character’s souper-powers, even with a magic touch of Miller lightning:Under the conventional theory, life supposedly began when lightning or UV rays caused simple molecules to join together into more complex compounds. This culminated in the creation of information-storing molecules similar to our own DNA, housed within the protective bubbles of primitive cells. Laboratory experiments confirm that trace amounts of molecular building blocks that make up proteins and information-storing molecules can indeed be created under these conditions. For many, the primordial soup has become the most plausible environment for the origin of first living cells.But life isn’t just about replicating information stored within DNA. All living things have to reproduce in order to survive, but replicating the DNA, assembling new proteins and building cells from scratch require tremendous amounts of energy. At the core of life are the mechanisms of obtaining energy from the environment, storing and continuously channelling it into cells’ key metabolic reactions.That’s where Radzvilavicius thinks hydrothermal vents come in. They supply a continuous source of energy. For evidence, he says that life runs on proton gradients that one can find in the acid-alkaline environment at vents.The studies suggest that in the earliest stages of life’s evolution, chemical reactions in primitive cells were likely driven by these non-biological proton gradients. Cells then later learned how to produce their own gradients and escaped the vents to colonise the rest of the ocean and eventually the planet.While proponents of the primordial soup theory argue that electrostatic discharges or the Sun’s ultraviolet radiation drove life’s first chemical reactions, modern life is not powered by any of these volatile energy sources. Instead, at the core of life’s energy production are ion gradients across biological membranes. Nothing even remotely similar could have emerged within the warm ponds of primeval broth on Earth’s surface. In these environments, chemical compounds and charged particles tend to get evenly diluted instead of forming gradients or non-equilibrium states that are so central to life.He rests his case by stating that vents represent the only environment on earth with energetics comparable to those found in living cells. The Souper-men need to get real. “Seeking the origins of life in the primordial soup made sense when little was known about the universal principles of life’s energetics. But as our knowledge expands, it is time to embrace alternative hypotheses that recognise the importance of the energy flux driving the first biochemical reactions.” Vents, he argues, provide a seamless transition from non-life to life.But is that energy targeted toward building cells, or is it more like a bull in a china shop? He never did get back to that question about information storage and retrieval. He never did say how the energetics became isolated within a cell membrane. He never did say how protein machines took on this role.RNA WhirlMeanwhile, in the Scripps kitchen, Gerald Joyce has cooked up a new RNA noodle for his soup. His paper in PNAS recognizes thatDarwinian life requires the ability to replicate genotypes and express phenotypes. Although all extant life relies on protein enzymes to accomplish these tasks, life in the ancestral RNA world would have used only RNA enzymes.So while the Venters focus on energy, the Soupers focus on replication. Gerald Joyce, however, used a lot of intelligently-directed energy to create his new synthetic RNA enzyme (ribozyme). It works better than previous attempts:The new ribozyme can replicate short lengths of RNA efficiently and perform transcription on even longer RNAs to make functional RNA molecules with complex structures—coming close to what scientists imagine in terms of an RNA replicator that could have supported life before modern biology, where protein enzymes now handle gene replication and transcription.Joyce and colleagues, however, bought their RNA from a supply house. RNA is a very delicate molecule, unlikely to form (or survive) in soups or vents. Joyce started with a carefully-crafted ribozyme, then submitted it to rounds of “Darwinian evolution” (actually, artificial selection), randomizing it to look for versions that would work. His colleague David Horning says in PhysOrg, “The selection was based on the ability of these newly synthesized RNAs to actually function by binding to their targets.” But Horning and Joyce were the ones making those selections. Would this have occurred in a mindless primordial soup? No; everyone in the origin-of-life research field agrees that, until accurate replication emerged somehow, natural selection was unavailable. When researchers are escorted out of the lab, dumb molecules will just do what the laws of chemistry make them do.Joyce feels that ribosomes, composed largely of RNA, are a relic of the RNA world. Ribosomes, though, are highly complex, and employ numerous proteins to translate DNA. In “RNA: How cells master the art of reading life’s recipes,” Science Daily reveals some of that complexity. Translating the genetic code into functional machines requires high precision in targeting the initiation sites and reading the genetic information.“The theory was that the smaller half of the ribosome attaches itself to the very beginning of the RNA and then scans along the string until it finds the start signal of the recipe. There, the larger half joins and the whole ribosome begins to manufacture a protein,” Dr Shirokikh said.“Our ribosome snapshot approach has finally provided proof that the scanning model is correct. We also gained new insight into how fast the ribosome can complete the different tasks and how other cellular components come in to help it along.”What both origin-of-life camps fail to address is the natural emergence of functional information. The Venters ignore it. The Soupers assume it. But since proteins and nucleic acids won’t work unless their building blocks are correctly assembled, it reduces to a sequencing problem. How did the building blocks arrange themselves into functional sequences? The probability of that happening naturally is vanishingly small. But without intelligent guidance, molecules have no desire or power to come together in the right order to form a functional living system.A glimpse into the complexity of cellular systems for crafting proton gradients targeted at functional information can be seen in an illustration in Science Daily. Complex I, a sophisticated machine with moving parts (7/06/10, 9/22/10) is just one in chain of machines that produce the proton gradient for ATP synthase. It consists of “45 subunits, comprising 14 core subunits that house the catalytic machinery (and are conserved from bacteria to humans),” the article says. That’s a lot of functional information directing proton flow to a highly specific pathway so that the energy can be captured in ATP for precise functions in the living cell. Another Science Daily article discusses how molecular biologists are getting better ways to watch molecular machines at work. That’s the level of complexity that origin-of-life secular research has to explain.Jeff Errington says in The Conversation, “It’s one of the greatest mysteries of modern science: how did life begin exactly?”Creationists have the evolutionists under siege. Inside the echo chamber where the evolutionists are trapped, isolated from reality by sound-proof walls so that they can’t hear their critics, they are hastening their demise by taking shots at each other. It’s only a matter of time.Rumor: Illustra Media is said to be working on a new film about the origin of life. It will severely challenge the RNA World, primordial soup, hydrothermal vent and all other theories that restrict themselves to material causes.(Visited 110 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Jevon Rockwell, Aug 8

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I would say we have not been this dry in 10 years. We had two tenths last Friday from a really quick shower and that was all we have had in the last two weeks and we’ve had less than a half-inch in the last month. And it has been so hot every day. It doesn’t get a break and it is killing the crops. Yesterday and today are the first where we had some slightly cooler weather.The corn looks bad. Right at the home farm looks OK and it is holding in there, but corn two and three miles away looks rough. It is fired up just below the ear. Even on our good corn, the ears never filled out to the end. It was too hot and dry when it pollinated. It has been so dry that most of the damage has been done.Spider mites are moving in from the edges of our soybean fields. We sprayed the perimeters of fields. Our beans look good yet. Today they are turning a little bit on the high sandy spots. They are filling and there are a lot of pods out there. There is a chance of thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon, but I don’t get too excited about the chances of rain. Out of our eight fields of double-crops there are maybe three we think can turn into something. The rest really have not changed in height for a while.In talking to people around the state, it sounds like a good portion of the state is dry. But with seeing these market prices, there must be good crops to the west.There was a shower just a mile east of our farm that was 1.5 inches. There are places catching these pop-up storms but as far as general storms we haven’t seen anything. I think it will be an early harvest because stuff is burning up.last_img read more

Unforced Sales Errors

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There are as many or more ways to lose deals than there are ways to win them. One way to lose, but likely not the most common, is to be outsold by a competitor. Fair enough, you have been on both sides of that story. However, the most common way to lose is by unforced errors, the mistakes you make in your pursuit of a client.There are also unforced errors that cause you to produce results that are far short of the results you are capable of.There are a few classes of mistakes, but for our purposes here, we’ll bundle them into three categories. The first category is errors in planning or preparation. The second category is errors in execution. The final class being strategic errors.Caused by a Lack of PreparationYou can and will lose deals when you are unprepared or through a lack of planning.If you have not been trained, and if you are not working on developing the mindset, skill sets, and toolsets to succeed in sales, you will lose deals because you are unprepared to sell effectively. By not being aware of where you are in space, without understanding what you are seeing, hearing, and experiencing, you will lack the ability to know what your choices of action are or how to make good decisions.If you have not prepared for a sales meeting, you are less likely to produce a positive outcome or move your prospect forward. The deck you put together the morning of the meeting, the one that has your last prospect’s name on the third slide, indicates that you are not buttoned up or detail-oriented. For your client, this is a preview of things to come. One salesperson walked into a client’s office and said, “So tell me a little bit about what your company does.” (It was a very brief meeting, as you might have guessed).Starting your year without goals and a plan to reach your quota, starting the week without a plan, and beginning your day in your inbox all make you reactive, and will eventually cause you to lose deals–or to not have any deals to pursue.Caused by a Lack of ExecutionSelling is made up of conversations and commitments. The lack of disciplined execution of things like nurturing your dream clients and prospecting will cause no end of stress and poor results due to a lack of meaningful opportunities. Taking poor notes–or no notes at all–leaves you open to forgetting what your prospect believes is important. Poor energy will show a lack of enthusiasm for your prospect and their business, an outcome that could easily have been avoided with a good night’s sleep.The inability or an unwillingness to create real, differentiated, compelling value for your prospect will have them looking elsewhere for help, as will a pitiful attempt to acquire the next commitment your dream client needs to make to realize their goals. Add poor presentation skills with a pitch that misses the mark, and poor negotiation skills that feel like an ultimatum and smack of arrogance.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. Caused by Poor StrategyYou can lose deals because you do too little work designing your approach to the pursuit of a deal. It’s also possible to lose by underestimating your competition, believing them to be too weak to beat you. You may find the path to a loss that runs straight through your belief that you have the right answer, even if the prospect has hinted their disagreement.By not matching your strategy to the situation, you make an error of ignoring context and stubbornly sticking to an approach that reality rejects.It’s difficult enough to win. Don’t make it impossible.last_img read more

Jazz moving on from Hayward, but timing is ‘problematic’

first_imgRobredo: 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 “Timing has been problematic,” Lindsey said Wednesday. “It’s time for us to pivot. It’s time for us to move on. We like our young group and we think we’re going to keep the defensive integrity.“There’s not as many prospects left on the board because of the timing. So we’ll take a look at it, prospects at every level.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThings took a bizarre turn Tuesday as early reports had Hayward going to Boston, but his agent later put out a statement that the decision had not been made. Hours later, it was announced through a Hayward-written post on The Players’ Tribune .Lindsey declined to address the way it was handled or the way he was informed. “There’s probably a few adjectives there,” Lindsey said. “That may be a conversation for a later date.”The Jazz are losing 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game and their lone All-Star that helped return the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.“Certainly we will miss Gordon and his many contributions to our team, but I always tell our players that ‘adversity is opportunity in disguise,’” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said in a statement. “This is one of those moments and we need to live those words. We have a roster of young, talented and resilient players. I am confident that together we will accept this challenge while continuing to strive toward our goal of individual and collective improvement.“To further lament Gordon’s departure does not honor the commitment we have to our current players.”ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Heat, Waiters agree on new deal Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz watches on during their game against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPSALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey hasn’t spoken with Gordon Hayward since the All-Star announced he was heading to the Boston Celtics. The two have texted back and forth, however.Lindsey wouldn’t lament Hayward’s choice to take Boston’s $128 million offer, understanding that it’s a personal decision that was made. But the process has left the Jazz in a bit of a bind. There were contingency plans in place in case Hayward left, but most available marquee players had made their decisions before Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Manny Pacquiao arrives at MGM Grand for welterweight title defense

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? [email protected] has arrived for fight night 👊 #PacBroner:— SHOWTIME SPORTS (@SHOsports) January 20, 2019Boxing’s only eight-division world champion arrived during the featherweight fight between Hugo Ruiz and Alberto Guevara. He is fighting in the US for the first time in two years.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Filipinos winless in Pacquiao-Broner undercard as Jayar Inson drops split decision Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. [email protected] arrives for his return to Las Vegas for #PacBroner!— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) January 20, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao has arrived at MGM Grand Las Vegas ahead of his title defense against American Adrien Broner Sunday (Manila time).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPacquiao (60-7-2) will defend his WBA World welterweight title for the first time after he took the strap from Lucas Matthysse via seventh round technical knockout on July 15, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Wife Jinkee accompanied Pacquiao to the venue.For #PacBroner updates, visit The Pacquiao Files.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Manika Batra, Dutee Chand request constant support from government

first_imgSporting stars Manika Batra, Lakshya Sen, Dutee Chand, Mehuli Ghosh and her coach Joydeep Karmakar made their presence felt at the India Today Mind Rocks 2018 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi in a session ‘Ready, Steady, Aim The Gold Rush’.Manika Batra, who won two gold, one silver and one bronze medal in table tennis at the Commonwealth Games and then bagged a bronze medal at the Asian Games 2018, shared about her growth as a player and what she needs to do in order to fight off the dominant Asian players in her sport.Lakshya Sen, a former junior world No.1 and Junior Asian Championships gold medallists, spoke about what all he had sacrificed to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to be good at the sport of badminton.Dutee Chand, who won two silver medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta, described her hardships from the time she was called a man in 2014 to fighting her case and then how all of that culminated into glory in Indonesia.Mehuli Ghosh and Joydeep Karmakar spoke about the work that’s going on at the ground level in shooting and the Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Mehuli shared how she celebrated the biggest moment of her young career so far.Also read – Dutee Chand proud of being first athlete to fight against hyperandrogenism ruleHere are the quotes from the entire session.HOW INDIA IS PROGRESSING IN THE OLYMPIC SPORTSManika Batra: Indian performances are getting better for the past one year, not just me but everyone else. Everyone is working hard and everyone wants to beat China. We are working hard and for the last two years, we have been receiving support from the government, SAI and the federation, which boards well for us.advertisementAsian Games is a very tough event and if we have defeated Asians there, I will try my best to beat them at the Olympics.Lakshya Sen: The seniors are doing well and the results are coming. I am making a transition from junior to senior and it’s tough but I’m doing my best. A lot of sacrifices have to be made to keep a healthy diet and we have to leave a lot of things that we love like for me it’s chocolate, ice cream and especially cold drink.HOW DUTEE CHAND FOUGHT ALL ODDSDutee Chand: 2014 was very tough for me, I had prepared a lot of CWG but four days ago, I was thrown out of the team. It was very tough and then it was said that I wasn’t a girl and it felt really bad and people spoke really bad things. But then I fought a case with the support of my family. I came back to the track and got success. I have struggled to come here and if it would have been others, either they would have left sports or life.I have seen Usain Bolt live at the Olympics. He’s not a machine but runs like one. These people get a huge team along with them to take care of their body but that’s not the case in India, so the performance suffers. The government has come out in support now, so I want to go abroad and train well.Olympics is huge and top athletes from around the world come there. Also athletes from different countries have a different physique. We are all working hard but I would to request the public to please pray for us and keep supporting us.THE REASON FOR SUCCESS OF JUNIORS IN SHOOTINGMehuli Ghosh: I have Youth Olympics next month in Argentina and then Asian Airgun and then nationals.He’s [coach Joydeep Karmakar] not that strict but he tells me what all to do and I try to follow that. Joydeep sir, Apurvi Chandela and Abhinav Bindra are my role models.Joydeep Karmakar: A wide spectrum of performance is coming from shooting — from the seniors to the juniors. The youth is fearless but I have a word of caution. From what we have seen, failure is inevitable but you have to make the wins count and they have to win the big ones. Failure teaches you a lot and then they will rise but it is about sustaining it.Rio was a debacle and after that a lot of changes happened in shooting like setting up the youth program and the results of which is showing in later championships. If I ask people in the auditorium to sacrifice social media they won’t be able to and that is why these kids are special, they have been sacrificing day in and day out. I am glad we have such a huge audience today because there are times when there is not even a single person in the stadium and yet these people perform.advertisementHOW DIFFERENT HAS LIFE BEEN FOR MANIKA BATRA SINCE CWG 2018Manika: When I came back from CWG my life changed. Now people recognise me and it feels great that people who did not watch table tennis now understand how difficult it is and have hope from the sport in Olympics and big tournaments.HOW LAKSHYA SEN SEES INDIA DETHRONING CHINA IN BADMINTONLakshya: China is a powerhouse of badminton but these past years, Indian men’s and women’s singles players are defeating Chinese and it’s not that big a deal anymore. Earlier, people used to be scared but now people feel confident and that is the big change. Now other countries are also defeating Chinese like Carolina Marin from Spain and Denmark players.Determination in Sindhu and Saina for performing is inspirational. When I saw Saina didi play, I saw professionalism. She never talked much and joked around, her discipline, she would come, practice and go and we need to learn that. Even Sindhu didi’s fighting spirit is amazing.HOW ATHLETES ARE GOING TO GET DEVELOP IN NEAR FUTUREManika: We need support from everywhere like how we are receiving now. Secondly, like Lakshya was saying, Saina Nehwal and Sindhu are very determined and focussed, we have to keep our own focus as well. Thirdly, I can say about myself again, if we have to compete with the Chinese and other Asian players, we need to work on fitness a lot.Dutee: For kids who want to study, when they get everything they do well. Similarly, athletes need help because they do want to work hard. In abroad, they do a lot of scientific training but that is not how it works in India, nobody looks at it here. India is not a country where the weather remains the same throughout and so focus is even more important.When I was branded as a non-girl, I did not feel like leaving the sport but only wanted to work harder and represent India. I also want to thank the media who write about the players when they face a problem and because of which we get support and are able to fight.I am proud that I am the first girl who fought against the rules [hyperandrogenism — a medical condition where a woman has excessive levels of male sex hormones] and I won as well. Now according to rules, at least we can run 100m, 200m. We are still fighting to expand the scope of the new rule.HOW MEHULI, DUTEE CELEBRATED THEIR SUCCESSMehuli: When I won gold in Asian airgun I could not express but I was super happy. I celebrated it very well at home with family and coach.advertisementDutee: I think everyone saw that [how I celebrated by Asian Games wins] on TV. So many people came at the airport to felicitate me. First time I saw so many people at the airport. It felt very nice. We win medals for the country and when we are recognised and felicitated it feels very nice.last_img read more

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The summer trade window rumors are not only regarding where Manchester United’s forward Wayne Rooney, Uruguayan baller Edinson Cavani and Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez aka Isco are potentially headed. The rumblings are also about players who are not as popular but may have a greater advantage. These rumors are more likely fact than fiction.According to the South Wales Evening Post, Swansea City’s ball club is interested in the Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony. He is also a target for Newcastle United.Meanwhile, Sunderland Association Football Club’s Stephane Sessegnon is on the market this summer and Fulham Football Club is looking to capitalize on his status.Finally, Everton Football Club could potentially move on Japan International’s Keisuke Honda.In the video above, BleacherReport’s Will Tidey looks at some low-key rumors you need to keep an eye on this summer. read more