Life Is Beautiful Announces Diverse 2017 Lineup Of Performers, From Gorillaz To Bill Nye

first_imgToday, Life Is Beautiful unveiled the lineup for their 2017 event, set to take place in the neon-illuminated environs of Downtown Las Vegas from September 22nd – 24th, 2017. The festival will feature a diverse mix headlining performances by Chance The Rapper, Muse, Gorillaz, Lorde, Blink-182, The XX, Kaskade, Wiz Khalifa, and Pretty Lights. Festival circuit staples and old favorites including MGMT, Haim, Two Door Cinema Club, Lil Dicky, Sean Paul, Cage The Elephant, Schoolboy Q, Zeds Dead, Slightly Stoopid, Pusha T, De La Soul, Big Gigantic, The Revivalists, and many more.In true Vegas style, the weekend will also feature Cirque Du Soleil exhibitions, a comedy showcase, and a session dubbed “Ideas featuring Bill Nye,” your friendly neighborhood “science guy.” You can check out the full lineup card below:Tickets go on sale this Thursday, April 27th, via the festival website.[Cover photo via Life Is Beautiful]last_img read more

Full Cast Announced for London’s The Painkiller

first_img Kenneth Branagh’s West End takeover continues! We now know who will be joining Branagh as Ralph and Rob Brydon as Dudley in the previously reported new comedy The Painkiller. The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s fifth production in the Plays at the Garrick season will run from March 5 through April 30 and officially open on March 17.Also boarding the company will be Claudie Blakley (Chimerica) as Michelle, Marcus Fraser (professional debut) as the Policeman, Mark Hadfield (Made in Dagenham) as Vincent and Alex Macqueen (The Inbetweeners) as Dent.Two men. Two lonely hotel rooms. An adjoining door…One of them is a killer… one of them wants to die… What could possibly go wrong?Sean Foley directs the adaptation of Francis Veberʼs classic French farce; Branagh and Brydon are reprising their roles from the acclaimed Belfast’s Lyric Theatre production. ‘The Painkiller’ View Commentslast_img read more

Venezuelan Exodus: Unprecedented in Latin America

first_imgBy Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo May 16, 2019 Venezuela, once considered the richest country in Latin America, is experiencing the worst economic, political, and health crisis in the history of the hemisphere, as it spirals downward to become the poorest country in the region. According to the April 2019 World Bank report “Beyond Borders: A Look at the Venezuelan Exodus,” inflation might reach 10 million percent in 2019. Eighty-nine percent of Venezuelans are living below the poverty line, while the rate of violence escalated to 89 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest in the region, and almost three times higher than countries at war, the report indicated. According to the United Nations (UN), 4 million citizens — 25 percent of the Venezuelan population — suffer from severe malnutrition. UN reports indicate that malaria cases increased to 400,000 in 2017, while measles and diphtheria epidemics, and other diseases, keep rising due to lack of food and public services. “In 2018, 3.7 million people left Venezuela, which means 5,000 Venezuelans per day,” said Eduardo Stein, UN Joint Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants. “If this pace continues, there will be more than 5 million Venezuelans out of Venezuela by the end of 2019.” The Venezuelan exodus — the second largest in the world after Syria’s — has been affecting neighboring countries, and overwhelming public services, which lack the infrastructure or budget to meet the massive and urgent need for food, medicine, and shelter. In recent years, Colombia welcomed approximately 1.2 million Venezuelan migrants, Peru has sheltered 700,000, Ecuador 200,000, and Brazil 96,000, while 80,000 exiled Venezuelans are in the United States, according to the World Bank. According to the UN High Commission for Refugees, “Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans are still without documentation or visas to remain in neighboring countries, and they lack guaranteed access to basic rights. This makes them vulnerable to labor and sexual exploitation, trafficking, violence, discrimination, and xenophobia.”last_img read more

Joanne Chan, IPPWORLD: The most important thing for Chinese tourists is the authentic experience. They want to see how local people live, work and have fun

first_imgConsider that the Chinese can procure absolutely everything that is produced in their country. That is why, for example, the feeling they have from the message “I bought sandals in a shop in Zagreb” is less attractive than “I visited a small shop in Split and bought handmade sandals made of local wood”. Yes, Chinese tourists have taken the lead on the global scene and since 2012 they have become the country from which most tourists come. And interestingly, only 10% of the Chinese population has a passport? So, what is quite clear, we can expect global dominance and a struggle for Chinese tourists. What are the first steps for tourist destinations that want to attract Chinese tourists through advertising, how should they proceed? What marketing programs should be implemented to attract as many Chinese tourists as possible? REPORT / Marketing towards the Chinese outbound tourism market – Inside view / Marketing To Chinga Outbound Travelers – An Insider’s Perspective ” He comes from Shanghai as the main lecturer Joanne Chan of IPPWORLDwhich will give a lecture Profile of the Chinese market – an inside look at these key strategies for selling in the Chinese market and give concrete first-hand advice on the Chinese market. Before the conference, we bring you an interview with Joanne Chan from IPPWORLD. For the Chinese, online payment is their daily activity, so accept Chinese credit cards and mobile digital wallets. In many surveys, as many as 93 percent of respondents said they wanted to use their cell phone to pay for services. It is therefore wise to include online transactions of Chinese payment channels such as Union Pay, Alipay or WeChat Pay. For Chinese tourists, the most important thing is the authentic experience. They want to see how local people live, how they work or how they have fun. Organize visits to farms, plantations, vineyards, etc. Create a series of tourist packages for day and night trips, educational tours, etc. Croatia is known for having over a thousand islands. Use this potential and organize excursions with accompanying facilities. Joanne Chan, IPPWORLD “My initial answer is definitely yes.In order to understand the travel consciousness of the continental Chinese, we need to look at their past, even from the dynasty era.At that time, emperors would pay homage to gods and goddesses who were believed to live in distant lands. Each emperor would be accompanied by a large retinue consisting of his followers, the army, scientists, philosophers, servants, etc. While ordinary people traveled to distant lands to make pilgrimages and visit tombs, temples and shrines. In later years, the Chinese government built monuments and historical sites to commemorate Communist Party leaders. People were encouraged to visit these places as a sign of patriotism and respect. During Chinese cultural festivals, masses of people visited their relatives and close friends. It was quickly dubbed “Red Tourism” because it resembled the exodus of millions across the country. The government saw this form of domestic tourism as an opportunity to liberalize domestic consumption and raise living standards. As the wealth of the local population and economy began to grow, the government continued to encourage local businesses to invest in infrastructure, transport, shopping, entertainment, etc. began to give in to the issuance of passports and visas, which are still strictly regulated today due to the communist regime. “I would say that consumer behavior in China is changing much faster than in other countries. For the Chinese, going on vacation means relaxing with family and close friends. As many as 70 percent of them travel because they want to experience the destination to the fullest. But due to limited time, they can only walk around and take photos and videos. For example, a typical European tour lasts between 10 to 14 days. They stay for two or three nights at each location and then move on to the next. Travel advisers have recognized that Chinese tourists have more purchasing power than most others. In recent research, it has been observed that prices are no longer their primary motivator but usability, practicality and taste. On average, each person spends between $ 5.000 and $ 6.000 to travel. Also, there was an increase in passengers of the so-called “Y generation”, ie people in their twenties to mid-thirties. They have much more developed skills in digital communication and technology than their ancestors. It is estimated that there are more than 400 million such tourists. During their travels, they like to experience tourist adventures as well as local culture and cuisine. For them, safety is extremely important, given that they travel to a completely different cultural environment. With the advent of the internet and social networks, Chinese consumers have even more sources for reviews and opinions on virtually any type of product or service. We have been in this business since 1994 and with our local knowledge of China, many years of experience working with client hoteliers, we know what Chinese tourists want. We can help Croatian tourism companies in what ways to attract, connect and include the Chinese tourism market ” concludes Chan. On the other hand, it is a huge market, only one of the 31 regions in China has a population of more than one million, and so the province of Guangdong alone, according to Statistics from 2017, has over 111 million inhabitants. Just imagine how difficult it is to market the market of just one region in China, let alone the whole of China. Also, what is most important is the market and the profile of the guests, which is totally different, very specific, and completely different values ​​and way and culture of living. If a business cares about its international markets, it will need much more than a machine translation system or a student translator. It will need transcription, or creative translation, to make sure that the original content is effectively localized in the language you want to communicate. transcending linguistic and cultural boundaries. Build an emotional connection with your brand in the same way you would write something in your own language. And that’s exactly what we’re working on in IPPWORLD. We help clients localize and transform their brands and marketing content.Says Chan. Joanne Chan, IPPWORLD: The most important thing for Chinese tourists is the authentic experience. They want to see how local people live, work and have fun SIGN UP HERE Nowadays, artificial intelligence is making great strides in many areas. For example, to translate documents, people can turn to online translators such as Google or Microsoft. Given that you are a language service provider, how do you view these translation systems? In your opinion, could these systems replace human translation? How important is a Chinese translation when it comes to promotional materials and a website?  Therefore, it would be wise for hoteliers and other companies promoting travel-related services to link their websites, translated into Chinese, to Chinese social networks. The Chinese use their smartphones for practically everything. From buying airline tickets, booking a hotel, paying bills, taking a taxi, reading about a destination, checking the weather, etc. The strategy is to adapt as many services as possible to mobile devices. In order to effectively target the Chinese market, we can present our business on Chinese media platforms such as Baidu, WeChat, Mobile QQ, Momo, Wangxin, Youni, Toutiao, Meitu, etc. It is important to show the brand on all Chinese applications to Chinese consumers could review, discuss and evaluate. Unfortunately, all Western mobile apps or internet platforms used internationally are banned or censored in China. We have published an extensive list of things that should and should not be done in the article “Marketing To Chinga Outbound Travelers – An Insider’s Perspective”. These references take into account the typical norms and practices of the Chinese. Whether it is a customer in a local store or a hotel guest. I believe that adhering to these rules would greatly improve interaction with Chinese customers. ” Chan points out, adding that he believes that adhering to these basic rules would greatly improve interaction with Chinese customers. That is why it is extremely important to educate yourself and get to know the market as well as possible, because Chinese tourists are extremely prone to word-of-mouth marketing, ie oral presentation is the most important thing for them. In order to better understand the market, it is organized The first regional conference on the Chinese market – key solutions to access the largest market in the world, which will take place March 14, 2019 at the Academia Hotel in Zagreb. “To begin with, Croatian hoteliers or local companies must first internally study existing marketing materials and operations. Then take that information and localize it in Chinese. Remember that marketing saying, “If I can’t read, I won’t buy.” This means that all your marketing and nonfiction literature must be translated into Chinese. But all that content would have to be checked by a professional translator. Next, it should be borne in mind that the marketing strategy used on domestic or travelers of other nationalities does not necessarily mean that it will be equally effective or appropriate for the Chinese market.  Every tourist has their own unique preferences about what they want to see and do. How would you describe the average Chinese tourist? What should Croatian hoteliers and local institutions consider in order to meet their expectations? ATTACHMENT: This is the only such report produced and published since 2001 since China joined the WTO, which only adds to the importance of the same. Did you know that less than 10 percent of the Chinese population has a passport? Since 2012, Chinese passengers are the most in the world, and by 2015, the numbers had risen 105 percent, to 117 million trips. In 2016, the UNWTO announced that Chinese tourists had spent over $ 261 billion. To conclude, in my opinion, the number of Chinese tourists traveling abroad, as well as their total consumption in the next few years will remain high.”Chan points out.  The Chinese Institute for Tourism Research (COTRI) predicts that by 2030 that number will reach 400 million. Chinese tristas are in everyone’s focus and we constantly read through the media about the large number of Chinese tourists who come to Croatia and travel the world. Some still wonder if it’s a matter of trends or whims. Do you think Chinese outbound tourism will continue such phenomenal growth in, say, three or five years from today? The first regional conference on the Chinese market – key solutions on how to access the largest market in the world, which will be held March 14, 2019 at the Academia Hotel in Zagreb, is a great opportunity to learn everything first hand about the profile of the Chinese market. When registering, put #HrTurizam in the subject of the message and get a 10% discount. “Machine translation systems appeared more than 60 years ago. Many IT companies have invested a lot of time and resources in trying to create a system that can translate just as well as man. But these systems are not designed to decipher emotional expressions or analyze whether a sentence is funny or serious. Also, the system will not recognize different dialects. In other words, the translation will be imbued with unnatural sentence structures or meaningless phrases. I would rather say that these systems were created as an aid to professional translators. It will not replace or make translators redundant. Some words have multiple meanings, and the machine will not be able to understand their differences. Only people can detect if there are errors or inconsistencies in the original text. last_img read more

Regional elections in December may escalate COVID-19 transmission: Public health experts

first_imgExperts have dismissed Tito’s claim that holding elections in December could be an opportunity to help contain the virus, as incumbent candidates would be more motivated to do their best to control the virus transmission if elections were looming.Read also: ‘We can turn it into an opportunity’: Govt defends holding December regional electionsNurul Nadia, a public health specialist from the Center for Indonesian Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI) suggested that a further delay to 2021 was necessary, arguing this would give time for members of the public to directly interact with the candidates in their respective regions.”The risk of virus transmission will actually increase […] Candidates or their campaign teams will still go into communities to campaign,” she told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. Public health concerns are mounting over the government’s plan to go through with holding the 2020 simultaneous regional elections in December over fears of further virus transmission amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Health experts have warned that holding the elections in December could raise the transmission of the novel coronavirus disease, given the fact that the preliminary stages of the elections will start in June. The stages up to the actual voting will involve assembling many people including election officials, the candidates’ campaign team members and voters.Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian has announced that voting in the concurrent regional elections will take place on Dec. 9, after pushing it back from the initial schedule of September. Nadia explained that a further postponement was essential as many regions still lacked testing kits and health logistics.”If we delay it to 2021 the regional administrations will have more time to pursue efforts in reducing COVID-19 transmission rates in their respective areas. They should ease the transmission by testing people,” she added.Pandu Riono, an epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia echoed the sentiment while also questioning the Health Ministry and the National COVID-19 task force risk analysis in supporting the plan.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto initially suggested that polling day should be held after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the pandemic. However, the minister, as well as the national COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo, later agreed to the December timetable.In a letter from Doni to the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by the Post, he instructed the commission to continue election preparations while implementing health protocols to prevent further spread.Read also: Concerns mount over plan to hold upcoming regional elections in DecemberPandu argued that forcing the plan would only endanger the public and threaten election officials’ health, pointing out that over 800 election officials across the country died during the 2019 general elections as a result of poor health and exhaustion.”The minister and the task force chief are responsible if people fall sick and die. Can we sue them if that happens? Will they be responsible for it?”“The plan is very unrealistic. It may fail and is very costly,” he said.Pandu suggested the government consider staggering the elections instead, starting with those areas that are considered safe based on public health indicators.”Maybe the areas that have relaxed their large-scale social restrictions [PSBB] in stages three or five should be the first so that we have an indicator, because everything is uncertain now,” he said.The Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) stated that the forced implementation of simultaneous regional elections amid a pandemic could potentially cause more harm than benefits.The organization in conjunction with other elections observers have initiated a petition on Change.org that had been signed by more than 1,600 people as of Thursday, demanding a further delay.They cited concerns, such as the risk of virus transmission, the politicization of social aid, the lack of a level playing field for incumbent and non-incumbent candidates, as well as a decline in voter participation.Read also: Business groups embrace ‘new normal’. Epidemiologists skeptical“If the regional elections are slated to take place in December, it means the preparations will start in June when the number of COVID-19 cases will still be very high,” Titi Anggraini of Perludem said.“This will lead to changes in the preparation process, with extra health protocols that will cause an increase in the budget and adjustments to the regional elections stages.”KPU chairman Arief Budiman predicted an increase in the elections budget of Rp 535.95 billion (US$36.3 million) as it would have to provide larger spaces for voters, extra ballot boxes, masks, disinfectant and hand sanitizer.“Given the current national emergency, I hope that the extra budget for the regional elections can be provided so that we can proceed with the stages,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Botanical rum, oolong tea gin and rosé cider: what’s coming in booze this July?

first_imgSource: Northern MonkNorthern Monk Northern Powerhouse rangeLeeds-based craft brewer Northern Monk has unveiled a seven-strong range of collaborative beers – dubbed the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ series – designed to show off some of the north’s most exciting and innovative craft brewers. It includes tie-ups with the likes of North Brewing Co, Wylam Brewery, Buxton and Cloudwater, and covers styles from double dry-hopped IPA to imperial maple brown ale, with booze content ranging from 3.3% (a ‘small IPA’ with Track brewery) to a whopping 10% (the aforementioned imperial maple brown ale, with By The River brewery). They will launch on-site at Northern Monk’s venues in Leeds and Manchester, as well as By The River, a taproom owned by Wylam Brewery, in Newcastle. A series of tap takeovers across the UK will follow. They can also be purchased directly from Northern Monk online. Northern Monk founder Russell Bisset said: “Community, collaboration and creation are at the core of our business, and the Northern Powerhouse sits in perfect alignment with these values. We’re looking forward to getting the beer into people’s hands.” Source: Drynks UnlimitedDrynks Unlimited Smashed rangeIt wouldn’t be a Grocer NPD round-up without a look at what’s happening in the blossoming low and non-alcoholic sector. Drynks Unlimited claims to be the only UK alcohol-free supplier which uses a cool vacuum distillation system to remove alcohol from its beers and ciders.So far the brand has unveiled a four-strong range of drinks, called ‘Smashed’, including Smashed Berry Fruit Cider, Smashed Apple Cider, Smashed Hops IPA and Smashed Citrus Beer (all 0.0%). Source: Brookie’s GinBrookie’s GinAustralian gin brand Brookie’s has set its sights on growing in the UK with the launch of two SKUs, its core Dry Gin and ‘Slow’ Gin.The distillery itself is situated in the Byron Bay area of Australia, which is surrounded by sub-tropical rainforest, from which the owners source many of their ingredients. The ‘Slow’ Gin, for example, substitutes traditional sloe berries for Davidson plums, an indigenous rainforest fruit. Other local botanicals used include Byron Sunrise finger limes, aniseed myrtle, native river mint and raspberries. It’s also launching Mac by Brookie’s, a roasted macadamia and wattleseed liqueur, which the brand claims is ideal mixed into an espresso martini. So far the gins have scored UK listings with posh retailers such as Harrods, Hedonism, Flavourly, Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange (rsp: £34.95-£39.95). Source: MagnersMagners rosé ciderFlavoured ciders have taken Britain by storm. Case in point: as our Focus on Beer & Cider report reveals this month, there are now 1.2 million more fruit cider drinkers in the UK than there are apple cider drinkers – and many of these are younger shoppers buying into the category for the first time. So it’s no surprise nearly every cider brand wants a piece of the action. Having already moved to tap the Dark Fruit crowd with Magners own competitor in late 2017, Magners’ latest NPD is positioned as being slightly more upmarket – there’s more than a whiff of pink gin to the launch.The drink itself is billed as being “semi-sweet and bursting with apple flavour” (4% abv). It rolls out through Matthew Clark from the start of July. Read more: beer & cider category report 2019 Every month The Grocer takes a close-up look at the hottest booze launches hitting the shelves of the UK’s supermarkets. This time around we’ve got London-made single malts, an upmarket brand extension for Magners and an oolong tea gin.,Source: Bimber DistilleryBimber Distillery oolong tea ginLondon-based distillery Bimber’s much-anticipated single malt whiskies have come of age. Well, they’re three years old, which means they can officially be called whisky now (rather than ‘spirit drinks’). A core range of whiskies won’t hit shelves until September, but in the meantime the brand has launched what it claims is the UK’s first handpicked oolong tea gin, called Da Hong Pao (51.8% abv). Oolong is one of the world’s most expensive tea plants, with Da Hong Pao, the strain used in this gin, coming from the Wuyi Mountains in China.center_img Source: Quintessential BrandsGreenall’s RTDsGreenall’s Gin has given its RTD range a shake-up. It has rolled out a new look for the drinks, and added a new flavour, Blueberry Gin & Tonic. The brand has also reformulated its Wild Berry Gin & Tonic “to give consumers a more vibrant raspberry and blackberry flavour” (rsp: £1.99/250ml).”Research shows that colour has an increasing influence on purchasing decisions so we’ve purposely given these cans, which are likely to be more of an impulse buy, a colour makeover which is sure to wow consumers,” said global marketing director for gins at Greenall’s owner Quintessential Brands. “All we need now is for the summer weather to make an appearance and these will be flying off the shelves.” Source: BrewDogDavid Gates, BrewDog Distilling MDBrewDog Five Hundred CutsThe first rum from craft beer behemoth BrewDog’s spirts arm, BrewDog Distilling. The Grocer first revealed BrewDog was eyeing launches in the rum category back in October 2018, but there had been no mention of it since by the brand – until BrewDog boss James Watt tweeted an image of a prototype ‘Botanical Rum’, called Five Hundred Cuts, last week. It’s the latest in a series of new spirits from BrewDog, which last year hired Diageo stalwart David Gates to lead its distilling wing. So far it has rolled out a trio of collaborative whiskies made with the likes of Compass Box as well as a new vodka, Rogue Wave, and a gin, Zealot’s Heart.Read more: can BrewDog shake up spirits in the same way it has beer? According to Bimber’s master distiller Dariusz Plazewski, it “yields a golden yellow liquid that produces a pleasant, long-lasting aftertaste” and is “renowned for its nourishing medicinal properties”. To make the gin, tea leaves are infused in the spirit for one week “to ensure maximum flavour extraction”. It is available through distributor Speciality Drinks and online at The Whisky Exchange (rsp: £38.75).last_img read more

Report of threat with firearm results in methamphetamine possession arrest

first_imgBrookville, IN— According to the Brookville Police Department, early November 30, officers were dispatched to a complaint of being threatened involving a firearm in an alley near Main Street and Progress Street.Officers were notified the suspect with a firearm was wearing dark-colored clothing, with a hooded sweatshirt and was riding a bike. Upon arrival, the officers located an individual matching the description provided by dispatch, Dustin Alan Buckhave, of Brookville.During the course of their investigation, officers allegedly located a white crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine and pills identified to be controlled substances, on Buckhave. He was immediately placed under arrest. A firearm was not located on Buckhave or in the immediate area.Buckhave was charged with allegations of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance.-0-last_img read more

First Tropical System Develops in Gulf; No Threat to FL

first_imgA tropical system is already brewing in the Gulf, just as hurricane season officially starts.The National Hurricane Center says it is monitoring an area over the southern Bay of Campeche.They think the system could actually make landfall at some point, although far away from us.The low is bringing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the Atlantic, and is forecast to start moving westward to west-northwestward across the southern Bay of Campeche. That track would have the system aiming toward Mexico’s east coast over the next few days, according to the NHC.Meteorologists put the low’s chances of developing into a tropical depression at 40 percent, if it stays over for the next day or so.Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.last_img read more

Other Sports Mohammad Anas smashes own national record, Hima Das wins 3rd gold in space of two weeks

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi : Mohammad Anas bettered his own national record in men’s 400m race to bag a gold while Hima Das won the women’s 200m event for her third international triumph in 11 days at the Kladno Memorial Athletics Meet at Kladno, Czech Republic on Saturday. The 24-year-old Anas clocked 45.21 as he won an easy race, finishing nearly one second ahead of silver winner Omelko Rafal (46.19) of Poland. Anas’ earlier national record time stood at 45.24 seconds which he recorded last year.In the women’s 200m race, Hima clocked a much improved time of 23.43 seconds to win the gold. She has a personal best of 23.10 sec in 200m. This was her third international gold inside two weeks.In her first competitive 200m race of the year, the Assam runner had clocked 23.65 sec on her way to gold in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland on July 2.After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on Sunday with a time of 23.97 seconds.At Kladno, the Indian trio of Vipin Kasana, Abhishek Singh and Davinder Singh Kang took the top three spots in men’s javelin final with efforts of 82.51m, 77.32m and 76.58m respectively.In men’s shot put event, national record holder Tejinder Pal Singh Toor managed a creditable best throw of 20.36m to win the bronze.He holds the national record of 20.75m.In the women’s 400m race, V K Vismaya clocked her personal best of 52.54 seconds to win the ‘A’ race. Saritaben was third with 53.37.Meanwhile, in the XXII International Memorial Competition in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Indians also bagged 6 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze, with national record holder M Sreeshankar winning the long jump event with a creditable 7.97m. The other gold winners are: Archana in 100m (11.74 sec), Harsh Kumar in 400m (46.76 sec), Lili Das in 1500m (4:19.05), Sahil Silwal in javelin throw (78.50m), women’s 4×100 relay (45.81 sec).  last_img read more

Holder hails Gabriel’s ‘massive heart’

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom (AFP ) — West Indies Captain Jason Holder praised the “massive, massive heart” of Shannon Gabriel following the tourists’ four-wicket win in the first Test against England at Southampton on Sunday.Fast bowler Gabriel was named man –of- the- match after taking combined figures of nine wickets for 137 runs as international cricket returned from lockdown.The 32-year-old Trinidad quick was originally only named as a travelling reserve as he recovered from ankle surgery.But he proved his fitness in two intra-squad warm-up matches and then showed his class as West Indies went 1-0 up in this three-match series.Gabriel now boasts a fine career record of 142 wickets in 46 Tests at an average of under 30, with Holder telling reporters after stumps: “What Shannon has done in this game is nothing surprising.“Shannon is just one of those guys who keeps doing it. He has a massive, massive heart and he’s been through a lot.“He wants success so badly. His body hasn’t held up the way he would like but to see him back out there fit and well and bowling fast for the West Indies is always a pleasing sight.“He deserves every bit of success he’s had in this game. I’m really, really happy for Shannon; I know what he’s been through.“We kept in contact while he was doing rehab. At some stages he was very frustrated by how things were going but he stuck it through,” added all-rounder Holder, who himself took a Test-best 6-42 in England’s lowly, first-innings 204.“We all know when Shannon is fit and healthy, he is a handful and he proved it in this game.”For all Gabriel’s heroics, the West Indies still needed to bat well after being set a target of 200 to win on yesterday’s final day.They got there largely thanks to Jermaine Blackwood’s 95.Blackwood might not have played had fellow batsmen Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer decided to tour rather than opting out of a campaign taking place against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.Holder said of Blackwood: “He had an outstanding, first class competition — his case to get back in the team was pretty strong.“He’s not a slouch at this level either. He has done well for us and I hope he can kick on.”England stand-in skipper Ben Stokes said he had no regrets over either leaving out veteran paceman Stuart Broad or deciding to bat first in overcast, bowler-friendly conditions last Wednesday.Broad, England’s second-most successful Test bowler of all time, revealed how “frustrated, gutted and angry” he felt at being left out of a home Test for the first time in eight years, during a mid-match interview.“We made a decision based around thinking pace was going to stand us a better place in the long game. Stuart is a fantastic bowler and he understands the reasons why,” said Stokes.“If I was to regret that, I don’t think that sends the right message to the other guys I picked.“Looking at the interview he gave I thought it was absolutely brilliant, to see the desire and passion that he showed.”Stokes said he was looking forward to handing the reins over to regular Captain Joe Root for thist week’s second Test, after the star batsman missed this match following the birth of his second child.“He’s one of the best players in the world so he is a big miss when he doesn’t play — and obviously next [this] week I don’t need to make any of the decisions so good luck, Joe.”last_img read more