New start date for virus-delayed Olympic torch relay

first_imgThe postponement of the Games has caused major logistical problems and extra expense for organizers.As a result, organizers have been forced to identify a raft of cost-cutting measures, that will include smaller vehicle convoys for the torch relay and a simpler launch event.The postponed Games are scheduled to open in Tokyo on July 23, 2021. The relay will now start on March 25, 2021, beginning in the Fukushima region hit by nuclear disaster after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.The relay, which will see the flame travel to all 47 prefectures of Japan, is being organized under the slogan “Hope Lights Our Way” and was intended to highlight reconstruction in areas devastated by the 2011 disaster.”In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will additionally symbolize the light at the end of the dark tunnel; a beacon of hope for the world in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games, themselves a symbol of the resilience, the unity and the solidarity of humankind,” organizers said in a statement.The route and the schedule for the relay will remain the same “in principle,” though the statement noted that the route and celebration venues “may be reviewed in light of the COVID-19 situation.” The Tokyo 2020 torch relay, which was put on hold when the Olympics were delayed over the coronavirus, will start next March from Japan’s Fukushima region, organizers said Monday.The Olympic flame had already arrived in Japan from Greece and the relay was days from beginning earlier this year when organizers and Olympic officials took the historic decision to postpone the Games by 12 months.The flame is currently on display in Tokyo.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Chirn Park cottage has been transformed to adopt a Hamptons-style

first_img26 Geoffrey Ave, Southport.THIS Southport home was the perfect place to adopt a Hamptons-style according to homeowner Marcia Alexander.“My husband and I came across the Chirn Park area about three years ago when it was still coming-to-age but now it is a super trendy pocket in Southport,” Mrs Alexander said.“We thought it was a perfectly undiscovered place and we could easily picture creating a coastal Hamptons-style. 26 Geoffrey Ave, Southport.“My favourite addition are the decks, we spend a lot of time outside,” The mother-of-one said.“If we aren’t sitting on the deck we are walking to the cafes or down to the Broadwater.”The Chirn Park cottage includes stone benchtops and blackbutt timber flooring.A freestanding bathtub adds a touch of luxury in the bathroom while timber features and botanicals bring the home to life. “The main bedroom is one of the most relaxing places, it has its own private balcony and its high up because of the split-level design,” Mrs Alexander said. The property is within walking distance to cafes and schools. 26 Geoffrey Ave, Southport.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMrs Alexander said the original home had salmon pink shag-pile carpets and 80s-era wallpaper. The couple said they transformed the home in eight months. “We lived in it for a while to get a feel of how the spaces worked and this year we decided to create our dream Hamptons style,” Mrs Alexander said.The freshly-renovated home is poised on an elevated block in Chirn Park and features two big timber decks.center_img 26 Geoffrey Ave, Southport.“The suburb wasn’t as popular as it is now, we are lucky we can walk to the cafes because getting a park is almost impossible on a Sunday morning.”“It was important for us to live close to the M1 because we travel for work to Brisbane a lot but we wanted a suburb that had a bit of charm too.”last_img read more

Cricket News What must Virat Kohli’s India do to win the Melbourne Test and series in Australia?

first_imgNew Delhi: Before the Perth Test, Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team was on the ultimate high. They had won the Adelaide Test by 31 runs and had won the first Test of a series Down Under for the first time. India outbatted and outbowled Australia in their conditions. The win promised great signs for India. All the hurt of South Africa and England seemed to have gone away. The wicket in Perth was green and Kohli said the team was more ‘excited’ than ‘nervous’ when encountered with such conditions. However, in five dramatic days, Australia leveled the series with a thumping 146-run win. Kohli was the only player who stood tall amidst the ruins. The rest of the batting suffered and the team fell foul to a common factor that has haunted them on each overseas tour, which is wrong team selection and misreading the conditions.In Perth, some members of the Indian cricket team admitted that not playing a spinner was a big mistake on the Perth deck. The form of the Indian openers has been a massive concern, with both Murali Vijay and KL Rahul not getting big scores and a partnership.  There are some aspects of the batting and the bowling that Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri will have to tinker if they are to win the Melbourne Test and ultimately, the series.Read More | Kohli continues to rule the batting charts in the cricketing worldFast-track Mayank Agarwal, open with Hanuma VihariVijay and Rahul have not had a good run at the top ever since the tour of England. With a string of low scores behind them, playing both batsmen who are low on confidence is not ideal. Kohli can think about giving Mayank Agarwal a chance. If Agarwal makes his debut at the MCG, he will finally get some sort of redemption. Agarwal was called as a back-up to the side only after Prithvi Shaw, who would have definitely played had his ankle injury not healed, was ruled out of the tour. Having amassed over 2000 runs in domestic cricket in 2017/18 and displaying consistency on the India A tours and once again in domestic fixtures, many fans were asking, “What must Agarwal do to get selected?”Read More | Sourav Ganguly reveals angry message to Virat Kohli after Perth lossKohli can inject some fresh life into the side by getting Agarwal to open with Hanuma Vihari, who displayed good technique against the Australian bowlers on a bouncy Perth wicket. Vihari can lend solidity to the top order and can help play out the new ball period, something what Aakash Chopra did brilliantly during the 2003/04 series.Play a spinnerOn overseas tours, playing an all-out pace attack has not proven to be beneficial for the Indian cricket team. If Johannesburg gave them success, Perth in 2012 and 2018 has proven to be the opposite. The MCG wicket might not be as helpful to the bowlers as the Perth wicket and Kohli must play a spinner. If Ravichandran Ashwin gains full fitness, he can be a direct replacement for Umesh Yadav, who lacked consistency. With Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah bowling brilliantly, Ashwin replacing Umesh will give the Indian cricket team plenty of depth when it comes to batting and bowling. Ravindra Jadeja, who played well in the England series, might have to wait until the Sydney Test for his opportunity.Rahane must contributeIn both the Test matches, India was benefited by a big knock from one player. Cheteshwar Pujara did it in Adelaide while Kohli did it in Perth. The Indian cricket team would have benefited a lot more had they gotten one more major contribution from one of the batsmen. Ajinkya Rahane has hit two fifties but he has been guilty of throwing away a good start. In Perth, his dismissal in the first over stalled whatever momentum India had built on the second day. If one or two batsmen in addition to Kohli or Pujara contribute, India’s batting can put Australia’s bowlers under immense pressure.India have not won a Test at the MCG since Kapil Dev’s brilliant 5/28 with an injured groin gave India a 59-run win in 1981. All is not lost for Kohli despite the Perth defeat. India have a chance to erase 27 years of pain as they look to bounce back. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Bajrang Punia becomes first Indian to get World Championship seeding

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED “I had come here early to get acclimatized to conditions and am fully focused. I hope I can live up to everybody’s expectations and return home with a gold medal,” said the CWG Gold Coast medalist. WATCH US LIVE First Published: 12th October, 2018 09:34 IST Star wrestler Bajrang Punia has become the first Indian to feature in the top seeds of World Wrestling Championships, which is scheduled to be held in Budapest, Hungary, from October 20 to 28.READ: “Why Deny Me A Khel Ratna?”; Bajrang Punia Threatens To Move CourtOne of India’s most consistent performers in the recent times, Bajrang, is seeded third in his weight category of 65 kg class of the Freestyle event. He is accorded the pride of place with 45 points in the ranking list released by the United World Wrestling, the parent body of wrestling. The world body has introduced the seeding system for the first time ever for the World Championship, utilising the pre-championship performance ranking points to determine the competitive seeds. This follows the new ranking series that was announced during the 2017 World Championships in Paris.READ: Bajrang Punia Unlikely To Move Court After Mentor Yogeshwar Dutt’s Timely AdvisePreviously, wrestlers were pulled into the brackets via a random draw of lots. Turkey’s Selahattin Kilicsallayan is the top seed (50 points) in the 65 kg class weight category, while Ilias Bekbulatov from Russia and the Indian grappler are positioned second and third respectively and Haji Aliyev from Azerbaijan is stationed fourth in the seeding list.Bajrang has been training for the last fortnight at the Matrahaza Olympic Training Center in Matrahaza, Hungary. He had reached Hungary before other team members arrived on October 10. Understandably, the grappler felt elated getting picked for seeding but he wants to match his performance according to the position accorded. FOLLOW US LIVE TVcenter_img Session ID: 2020-09-09:8532fe0755a2b57467a6eb34 Player Element ID: video_player_5f58636eefe5c OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen COMMENT Written By READ: ‘Dangal’ Star Aamir Khan Congratulates Wrestler Vinesh Phogat On Winning Gold At The Asian GamesThe 2018 Asian Games Gold medalist had won a bronze at the 2013 World Championship. Bajrang Punia now aims to change the colour of the medal at the elite world event and wants to end the year on a high. Asia News International Last Updated: 12th October, 2018 12:30 IST Bajrang Punia Becomes First Indian To Get World Championship Seeding Star wrestler Bajrang Punia has become the first Indian to feature in the top seeds of World Wrestling Championships, which is scheduled to be held in Budapest, Hungary, from October 20 to 28.last_img read more

Stanbic Bank supports Asogli tennis club

first_imgStanbic Bank has consistently provided support towards social development in different sectors of the country over the years, as part of the bank’s brand promise and quest to advance the lives of people in the communities within which it operates.One of such areas is sports –a sector the bank believes has vast potential for human and societal development.At this year’s Asogli Yam Festival in the Volta region, Stanbic Bank made a cash donation of GHS10, 000 to the Ho Tennis Club, as they hosted the Asogli Lawn Tennis Tournament to mark the Asogli Yam Festival episode.Presenting the cheque, Delali Dzidzienyo, Manager of the Personal and Business Banking department at Stanbic Bank reiterated the bank’s purpose for its continuous support for the sector.“You cannot disassociate banking and sports; both activities have a certain level of convergence,” Mr. Dzidzienyo said. “As a socially responsible bank, we owe it on ourselves, the communities within which we serve and our customers to help develop what is of interest to them. Assports is one of the things the people of Ho have chosen, we will continue to support them in any way we can.”According to him, the donation forms part of the bank’s aim of fostering goodwill with the people in Ho. “Stanbic Bank is known for sports; from football to tennis and many more. In the past we have been associated mainly with football and this time around we are trying to help prove that the lesser known sports have a place, and therefore push it strongly,” Delali assured.He said “We have pushed Lawn Tennis this time, a few weeks ago we did Table Tennis and I think athletics should watch out.”For his part, Chairman of the Ho Tennis Club, Lt. Col.Selorm Kwasi Amengor receiving the donation lauded Stanbic Bank for their steadfast support over the years.Also, to better entrench their affiliation, Stanbic’s Hendrix Glover, ATMs Manager at the bank, played against the Ho Tennis Club at a score line of 7-2 against the host club. Wise Ahetor, Organizer of the Ho Tennis Club and an Accountant with the Ho Municipal Assembly, said he was grateful to Stanbic Bank for promoting the game and their physical well-being, as well as providing the opportunity for networking.The competing clubs for this year’s Lawn Tennis Tournament were the Army Mess Tennis Club, TOR (Tema Oil Refinery) Tennis Club, Sakumono Tennis Club, Goldfields Tennis Club, and the Ho Tennis Club.Stanbic Bank has over the period been known to provide support in various sectors towards personal and societal development. The bank sponsored a theme song for the Black Stars ahead of Ghana’s participation at Brazil 2014. The bank is also headline sponsor for the Table Tennis Tournament in Accra.last_img read more

Mumbai City FC Aims for Better Show in Upcoming ISL Season

first_img bengaluru fcfc goaindian super leagueisl First Published: October 11, 2019, 6:09 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Mumbai: With the coveted Indian Super League title eluding them for the last five seasons, Mumbai City FC are gearing up for yet another challenging season and are hoping to make it to the top four.Skipper Paulo Machado said this year he expects the team to make it to the finals, and they have more players to choose from this time around. “This season, we expect to be in the top four again. We will have a better team and we will see (the performance) when we start (the campaign),” the central midfielder from Portugal told reporters here.”To win the title, you must reach the play-offs, but for us, the most important target is to be in the top four, then everything is possible,” he added.Last season, Mumbai’s blistering campaign ended in the semi-finals after a heartbreaking loss to FC Goa. Goa became a runner up, losing to champions Bengaluru FC.”This pre-season, we were strong and different from other teams because we worked almost for two months,” said the skipper.Coach Jorge Costa, who will spend his second season with the side, was also optimistic about the team’s chances.”Last season we did very well, but that is not enough, we want to win,” he said.Costa stressed that he had more playing options this time around.”At present, we don’t have any idea about other teams, but I am happy with the players they gave me to work with,” he noted.Mumbai’s star player Modou Sougou, who netted 12 goals last season, said that in football the past does not matter.”If you compare the last season with this one, all the teams are better, and so many teams invest to have better players, that is why the season will be difficult,” the Senegalese player said.”We have more balance in the squad. For us, our first target is to be in the top four and after that let’s see what happens,” he said.Indian national Rowllin Borges, who will be donning the Mumbai jersey for the first time after spending three seasons with the Northeast United FC, said he was giving his best and expects to deliver for the team.The club played five pre-season games and will start their campaign with a game at Kochi against Kerala Blasters on October 24.CEO of the franchise Indranil Das Blah said the goal was to move two steps ahead than the last season and win the trophy. last_img read more