WHY THE KIDS LOVE TOUCH

first_imgIt was the year of expansion and of the Bulldogs in the ARL, The year a bunch of young schoolboy rockers from Newcastle shot to stardom, The year that Mel Gibson told us that “They could take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom”, and the year of redemption for us long suffering Queenslanders as we finally broke a 102 year-old hoodoo and won cricket’s Sheffield shield for the first time ever. 1995 was also a land mark year for Touch with Australia dominating at the World Cup in Hawaii and the birth of the Inaugural State of Origin Touch Series which brought Touch out of the backyard and into our lounge rooms. 1995 was also the birth year of the First Primary Schools Sport Touch Exchange, the year the first Qld Primary School Girls Touch Team played in an Interstate Challenge. Qld took on Northern Territory in a series hosted by the Peninsula region in Queensland’s North. Missy Shaw, then a shy twelve year-old from the Gold Coast, was honoured to be selected in the Inaugural Qld Primary team, so much so that alongside her `treasured’ 90210 T-shirt from her favourite TV show that year, sits her # 4 Qld jersey she wore in her very first State Touch team. The program for this week’s Schools Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament sports a photo of the very first Qld Primary Girls Team, and there, standing at the back, is the diminutive Missy Shaw. “How ordinary is my hair?” remarked Missy on first glance at the blast from the past. “I’ve been getting crap from people all week – it’s (she screws up her face) fluffy!” Bad hair days aside, Missy is in pretty good company in the Inaugural team – Sarah Hillier who is holding the ball in the photo, like Missy, actually played in every Qld and Australian side selected from Primary girls through to 15’s and Open School girls. The talented duo actually co-captained the Qld Open Schoolgirls in Year 12 after playing in the first Qld Primary team together. Sarah no longer plays, but her younger sister Ashleigh is tearing up the fields as I write, starring for Qld in the 15 Years Girls team at this tournament. Kate Mc Shae, another team mate in the Inaugural Qld team, made a name for herself as well, not in touch, but in soccer, playing for the Matilda’s at this year’s Olympics in Athens. Missy is at the Gold Coast Touch Association this week helping at the canteen at the Combined Tournament -the majority of patrons blissfully unaware that the friendly girl greeting them and serving up their food and drinks is one of the best young talents in our game. Missy, at 21, is a current Australian Open Women’s National Training Squad Member and is the eldest of three Touch playing Shaw sisters who have represented Qld at Primary Level in Touch in the last decade. Katie is 19 and is a current Junior World Cup Under 20 Mixed player, and Jess, 13, is a talented young player who has already represented the SQBD Sharks in the ATA U 18 NTL in 2004. Amazingly, in the last ten years, Qld’s 12 Years Girls have amassed an exceptional record in winning every National title in the division since it’s inception…. that’s an amazing stat in anyone’s language! The school system in both Qld and NSW has already produced a lineage of schoolgirl super stars that have gone on to represent their respective States and Australia at Open level over the years. When Representative Touch began in Secondary schools in Qld in 1985 committed teachers such as Peter Bell, Graham Herlihy, Anne Mc Carthy, Graham Lowry, Dave Kirby, Ken Jackson, Ken Murdoch and Ray Grieshaber realized the tremendous potential and possible links for schools with affiliated Touch. Dave Mayfield, Phil Evans, Mick Kelly and a host of other quality teacher’s were to come on board later. The growth and popularity of Touch in schools was quite dramatic in the mid to late eighties and has continued to grow with the popularity of tournaments such as the Qld Secondary All Schools Championships, and the QSST State Championships. The progression of State and National junior representatives into our mainstream elite level representative teams has been achieved almost with assembly line precision. The winning Qld Women’s Open team at the 1993 ATA National Championships contained no less than 11 Qld Open school girl graduates, and many of these players went on to form the nucleus of the National Women’s Squad for the next decade. Peter Bell has been instrumental in this process and it is obvious how successful the link between the schools and affiliated elite participation has become. This progression from Secondary school Qld representatives to Open Women’s level has become almost a rite of passage for budding player’s who aspire to make it in the game, and very rarely has the talent net at school level allowed gifted player’s to float by unheralded. Now we are seeing the first group of Primary school super stars emerging as they make their way through the Primary Rep. Scene, into Under 15’s, then Open School Girls, Under 18’s & Under 20’s, then finally to Women’s Open. This has been the path of Missy Shaw who is one of the first of a young crop of Queenslanders who will progress through this system. North Qld sensation Kelly Mc Gennity is another and a host of young stars including Emily Hopkin, Roxy Winder, Kate Shaw, and Alyce Hulbert have represented Qld at Primary level, 15 Years, and Open School girl level and made Junior National squads. Missy says that her first experience under two of the pioneers of Primary Touch, current National Women’s Coach, Kerry Norman, and fellow long standing junior coach Kathy O’Brien, helped shape her for future experiences in the sport. “The coaches made playing Touch awesome, they made learning the game easy, and importantly in that first Qld team we all got on great – which is the thing I enjoy most about the game still – playing with your friends.” Incredibly, from that first exchange with Northern Territory almost ten years ago, Missy befriended a young girl from Darwin, Tamara Appo, who all these years later is a close friend and team mate in club sides Tigers (Gold Coast) Uni-Rebels (Brisbane), the Sharks 2004 NTL Open Women’s Champion team and the Qld Women’s Open State of Origin Team. Inaugural Coach of the Qld Primary Girls Kerry Norman believes the secret to Qld’s winning streak has been the dedication and willingness of Primary Teachers all over the State to contribute to the development of the game at grass root level. “Our teacher’s have been excellent, introducing kids to the game and then allowing us to develop a lot of them to a higher standard.” When pressed on the changes the Girl’s game has gone through at Primary level in the last ten years Kerry offered the following comment. “The girls are much more aware of defence and different strategies now. Ball skills are much better and the fact that the Primary kids get to play in the Combined tournament and see the 15’s means they have role models immediately above them and they can aspire to the standard and learn.” “Also there are plenty of good coaches around offering plenty of development…. the current Qld Girl’s Coach is a good example – Evan Willis is from the country, but he has spent a lot of time building up his knowledge to assist player’s in his region and develop his own coaching and it’s great recognition for his dedication, and hopefully an inspiration to coaches in similar positions who aspire to coach at this level. So, now to the man in the hot seat, Evan Willis, the guy who has the pressure of delivering Qld’s tenth title in a row…how’s he feeling and how’s the team travelling under the weight of expectation? “Mate, to be honest, the kids are going better than me! Of course it’s in the back of your mind, but we just keep working on the job at hand – we focus and concentrate on what we have to do…keep it simple and go from there, if we follow through I know we can do it, we’ve prepared well enough…it’s sort of a duty, but also an honour to try and keep the Qld domination going” “To be a Country Coach and score a job like this is great, but a lot of people like Kathy O’Brien, Peter Bell and Bruce Hurford have really encouraged and helped me along the way…Belly actually taught me at school.” That is perhaps Peter Bell’s and the dedicated band of teacher’s in Qld Primary and Secondary school’s greatest gift, imparting the love of learning and the art of passing knowledge on. You get the feeling with these sorts of quality people involved in Qld School Touch the State will continue to hover close to the top of the Touch tree and that there may well be a winning record to protect for some time to come…. after 102 years waiting for the Sheffield Shield we’re entitled to feel good about racking up a few wins over the rest of Australia. By the way, Missy Shaw’s Mastercard moment would go something like this: A vintage ’95 Beverley Hills 90210 shirt – costly …the Qld jersey of the same year – expensive… the fluffy hair – priceless! Written by Karley Banks 27th October 2004last_img
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Vale Lucas Von Hoff

first_imgLucas was born just over 30 years ago in Toowoomba, Queensland, and was living in the United Kingdom. He was the driving force behind the development of referees throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Lucas was a great contributor to the sport in Scotland and Europe and had been named as an associate member of the FIT referee panel for the period post the 2011 World Cup up to and including the 2015 World Cup. Last July, Lucas was named the Male Referee of the Tournament at the 2010 European Championships. Lucas was a person that always strived for his personal best at all times, and at the same time, ensured that he worked for his mates to bring them with him. On behalf of the whole Touch Football community, Touch Football Australia offers Lucas’s family and friends our deepest condolences.last_img read more

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a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp hits out critics of Robertson: Way of the world

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp hits out critics of Robertson: Way of the worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hit out critics of Andrew Robertson.The German believes that if there is any criticism of his defender, then it is because of “the world out there” and not his quality.Klopp is adamant any abuse his defender has been forced to endure is totally misplaced: “The criticism has nothing to do with the expectation. It is to do with the world out there.“He has played well for weeks and months and then you take it for granted. If there is one game less than another, you start asking what has happened to Andy Robertson. Nothing.“It’s completely normal. The game before he was maybe the best player on the pitch.”Robertson has been criticised over the past week for his form with Scotland and in the Champions League. last_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd plan January move for Tottenham ace Christian Eriksen

first_imgMan Utd plan January move for Tottenham ace Christian Eriksenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are planning a January move for Tottenham ace Christian Eriksen.Goal says United are weighing up the possibility of renewing their interest in Eriksen when the transfer window reopens.The Denmark midfielder has made no secret of his intention to leave Spurs, and was strongly linked with a switch to Manchester United or Real Madrid in the summer.But a move failed to materialise and Eriksen, whose contract expires next summer, was forced to stay put until January.However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains interested in Eriksen in his desperate bid to bolster his midfield ranks.United weighed up a £70million summer swoop for Eriksen but dropped their interest due to the midfielder’s willingness to join Madrid. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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16 days agoBournemouth boss Howe hints King to stay in wing role: That’s why we signed him!

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe hints King to stay in wing role: That’s why we signed him!by Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe has hinted he will continue to use centre-forward Joshua King on the wing.The Norway international has been used out wide to accomodate Dominic Solanke in the Cherries’ past four Premier League games. And Howe has revealed it was King’s performances as a winger for Blackburn in 2013 that lead to him joining the south coast club.Howe told the Daily Echo: “One of the reasons we signed him (King) was his performance against us for Blackburn playing left-wing, when he gave us a torrid afternoon here a few years ago.”That’s when he rose to prominence in my thoughts and I kept track of his career.”I’ve always known Josh can play there and play very well.”I know Josh will always consider himself a central player, it was us who played him there (centrally) on a regular basis.”But it’s nice to be able to tinker the team and players to have versatility. It’s benefitted the team, that change.”Asked whether he felt he could keep the 27-year-old happy playing him out wide, Howe replied: “As long as he’s feeling he’s getting the ball and contributing to the team in a positive way, I don’t think he’ll have a problem.”He had a goal disallowed against Southampton, he scored against West Ham.”As long as he’s feeling he has a chance to score, then any player with that mentality will be happy.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Penn State DT Anthony Zettel Tackled A Tree To The Ground

first_imgPenn State's mascot leads the band onto the field.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel is a large (6-foot-4, 278 pounds) man. He’s plenty strong too. After all, you don’t earn first team All-Big Ten honors in the trenches by being weak, and you definitely can’t tackle trees to the ground with your bare hands without some serious strength.Yes, that’s right, Zettel brought a tree down with a perfect form tackle. It was captured on video by his teammate Jordan Dudas, and it is a pretty ridiculous sight. If we had to guess, that tree was definitely loose before Zettel sacked it. Still, to a.) be moved to attempt that in the first place and b.) be physically willing and able to do it is impressive enough. Big Ten linemen, quarterbacks and running backs should beware Zettel next fall.last_img read more

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Video: LSU Fan Creates Video That Shows Huge Difference Between LSU, Texas A&M’s Defenses

first_imgLSU players doing a blocking drill at practice.LSU Texas A&M DrillJohn Chavis was LSU’s defense coordinator from 2009-14. Now, he’s at Texas A&M. The 58-year-old coach, unsurprisingly, has brought one of the defensive drills he used with the Tigers to College Station, Texas. In the drill, called the “Gauntlet,” a player has to make his way through several opponents before knocking down a tackling dummy. An LSU fan has created a video that shows a pretty big difference in physicality between the Tigers and the Aggies. So Chavis tried to bring the Gauntlet drill with him to A&M… And it didn’t really have the same effect pic.twitter.com/ZjboBMzbN7— The LSU Logo (@LSU_Logo) August 20, 2015It doesn’t even look like you’re watching the same drill. Now, it’s important to consider that one clip is not an entire representation of a team’s defense, but Texas A&M probably does have a long way to go before reaching the status LSU’s defense did under Chavis. [SDS]last_img read more

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Photo: Jim Harbaugh Rocks A Cal Ripken Jersey At His Camp In Baltimore

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks on from the sidelines.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)The #JimHarbaughJerseyWatch satellite camp rolls through Baltimore today, and Harbaugh, a big time baseball fan, went with a pretty strong choice for his jersey today. The Michigan head coach is wearing a Cal Ripken Jr. jersey at today’s camp at Patterson Park.Jim Harbaugh goes with the Cal Ripken jersey at a satellite camp today in Baltimore. pic.twitter.com/GuBd95bDtd— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) June 6, 2016Yesterday, Harbaugh wore an Allen Iverson jersey near the legendary point guard’s hometown in Virginia, Hank Aaron’s jersey in Atlanta, and a Willie Taggart USF jersey during a South Florida camp with his former assistant. We’re pretty excited to see the other jerseys he breaks out on this camp tour.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:Predicting The Next 5 CFP Fields5 Reasons Jim Harbaugh Is Great For College FootballCollege Football’s 8 “Blue Bloods”last_img read more

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Coutinho helps Brazil past Bolivia in Copa opener

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho scored a brace as Brazil opened the Copa America with a 3-0 win over Bolivia in Sao Paulo.After an underwhelming first half at Estadio do Morumbi, Coutinho scored twice within eight minutes of the restart to put Brazil in control on Friday.A VAR check and handball led Coutinho to the penalty spot and the Barcelona star made no mistake in the 50th minute before making it 2-0 three minutes later after capping a sweeping move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Everton came off the bench and scored the goal of the night with a blistering effort from outside the area in the 84th minute as the Selecao – who have won the Copa on each of the previous four occasions they have hosted in 1919, 1922, 1949 and 1989 – made a winning start in Group A.GOOOOOOOOOL DO BRASIL! Mais um gol de Philippe Coutinho, agora de cabeça!!2 x 0  | #JogaBola #BRAxBOL pic.twitter.com/sHeGi03rzs— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 15, 2019Playing without superstar Neymar after he was ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury, 2018 World Cup quarter-finalists Brazil dominated but struggled to create any real clear-cut chances.Thiago Silva saw a header flash wide of the post and Casemiro came close with an audacious effort for Brazil, who had 77 per cent of the possession in the opening 45 minutes.The half-time whistle was met by a chorus of boos around the stadium amid a subdued atmosphere as Brazil failed to impress against Bolivia – a nation in which they had won nine and drawn two of the past 11 games on home soil, scoring 46 goals and conceding just four times.But a VAR check helped ease some of the tension and pressure with the ground after Adrian Jusino was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the penalty area.Coutinho successfully converted the spot-kick before he completed a quick-fire double after latching on to Roberto Firmino’s cross at the back post.The result was never in doubt from that point as Brazil turned the boos into cheers in the south-west of Sao Paulo, where substitute Everton scored a stunning long-range goal with six minutes remaining. What does it mean? Brazil up and running with 100th winSeeking a ninth Copa title and first since 2007, Tite’s Brazil got the job done in Friday’s curtain-raiser. It was not perfect but the Selecao managed to claim their 100th Copa victory.Coutinho takes centre stageThe Barcelona attacker struggled at Camp Nou in 2018-19, leading to speculation of a possible return to the Premier League via Chelsea or Manchester United. Coutinho, however, stepped up when Brazil needed him most with his first international brace since scoring a hat-trick against Haiti at the Copa America Centenario.Improvement needed by BrazilIf the half-time boos were any indication, Brazil did not meet expectations prior to the break. Richarlison and Roberto Firmino were virtually non-existent in the first half, while Coutinho and David Neres struggled to make an impact. The Selecao did beat Bolivia but they will be punished against better opposition if they do not improve.What’s next?Brazil will look to make it two wins from two against Venezuela on Tuesday, while Bolivia face Peru on the same day. read morelast_img read more

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Luis Enrique steps down as Spain head coach

first_imgLuis Enrique has stepped down from his position as Spain head coach, with his assistant Robert Moreno taking over on a permanent basis.Former assistant coach Moreno oversaw Spain’s past three matches after Luis Enrique was granted leave following a family emergency in March and will remain in charge until the end of Euro 2020.Moreno and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) were keen to see the former Barcelona boss return for the next international break in September. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, it was confirmed on Wednesday that Moreno will take on the job on a full-time basis in the latest coaching change for La Roja.”Luis Enrique has informed us that he will not continue as coach. I have to thank him, he has behaved with the RFEF in a ’10’ manner, we do not have the slightest rebuke. Our doors will always be open to him,” said RFEF president Luis Rubiales.”The decision of the RFEF is to trust Robert Moreno as the coach. He will continue on the same duration of the contract that was already signed. He will be in charge of taking us to Euro 2020 and of doing a good job if we qualify.”Moreno said: “I want to thank you [the RFEF] for placing your trust in us. It’s a bittersweet day.”I didn’t expect to be the head coach this way. We are going to try to continue the high-level work that Luis started.”And Luis Enrique also released a statement concerning his departure, stating: “As the reasons preventing me from carrying out my duties as national team coach since March continue today, I’ve decided to step down. “I’d like to thank the staff and players for their professionalism. Not forgetting the media for your discretion and respect.”Spain sacked Julen Lopetegui on the eve of last year’s World Cup after he agreed a deal with Real Madrid, before Luis Enrique came in for Fernando Hierro following an underwhelming tournament in Russia.The three-time European champions finished second behind England in their Nations League group but have since won their opening four Euro 2020 qualifiers.And their next set of qualification fixtures in Group F are scheduled for September 5 and 8, where they will face Romania and Faroe Islands respectively.last_img read more

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Moreno hails Liverpool memories

first_imgAlberto Moreno has paid tribute to Liverpool and their supporters following his release, thanking them for allowing him to play “a smal part” in the club’s storied history.The former Sevilla man, who spent five seasons with the Reds, was released by the club following their Champions League success last month, in which he was an unused substitute.The 26-year-old has struggled for game-time in 2018-19, with Andrew Robertson preferred in his position, though he did feature in both the Premier League and Europe for Jurgen Klopp’s men. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare With limited chances however, the Spaniard has now bid farewell to Anfield as he looks to head to pastures new.“Hi Reds,” he began in a lengthy post in both English and Spanish written on his Twitter feed.“Life goes in cycles, and mine at my beloved Liverpool FC has drawn to an end.”Upon reaching this point, I would like to thank the entire Liverpool family: my dear teammates, with whom I have shared five marvellous years and who I will forever think of a family, and of course, the owners, directors, coaching staff, doctos, physios, kitmen, and each and every person at the club.“Thank you for making me a better footballer and, above all, a better person; for helping me fulfil one of my childhood dreams by winning the Champions League and, in doing so, to become a small part of the history of this great club.“My gratitude too to the city, which embraced me as one of its own from day one and which will live on in my memory whenever I look at my son, Alberto Jr., a Liverpudlian himself.”Finally, a very special thank you to the club’s superb fans, who always supported me. I wish you all at Liverpool FC the greatest successes. Wherever life takes me from here, I will always carry you in my heart and forever be a fan.Moreno concluded with a proud “You’ll never walk alone!” as he signed off for the last time with the Reds.Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Palestine chief loses Messi appeal after ‘inciting hatred’

first_imgThe Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected the Palestine Football Association president’s appeal against a 12-month ban for “inciting hatred and violence” against Lionel Messi.Ahead of Argentina’s scheduled pre-World Cup friendly against Israel in June 2018, Jibril Rajoub spoke out about the match amid the conflict and political tension between Israelis and Palestinians.The match was due to take place in Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem, a ground built on land said to have belonged to a Palestinian village before its destruction in 1948. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Rajoub urged fans to target Messi and incited them to burn shirts bearing the Barcelona star’s name.He said: “He’s a big symbol so we are going to target him personally and we call on all to burn his picture and his shirt and to abandon him.”We still hope that Messi will not come.”The match was ultimately cancelled.The Israel embassy took decisive action, saying in a statement at the time: “The Israeli embassy is sad to announce the suspension of the match between the Israel and Argentina national teams scheduled for Saturday June 9, as a warm-up for the Russia World Cup.“The threats and provocations directed at Lionel Messi, which logically aroused the solidarity of his colleagues and fear of playing the friendly, are no strangers to the daily life of Israel’s civilian population whose sporting stars, to put it simply, have been on numerous occasions the targets of violence and attacks.”The friendship between Argentina and Israel, which will soon celebrate its 70th anniversary, is not about a football match. The democratic country and plural state (composed of Jews, Muslims and Christians), will always eagerly await the chance to receive one of the stars of Argentine sport.”FIFA received a complaint from the Israeli Football Association and Rajoub was given a 12-month ban from all matches at any level until August 23, 2019, while also being fined 20,000 Swiss francs (€18,056).His appeal to FIFA was rejected in September, two months before he raised the case with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).Rajoub has again been unsuccessful in fighting the punishment, with the CAS panel adjudging him to have “failed to establish that any procedural violations were committed in the proceedings before the FIFA disciplinary committee…  that could justify the annulment of such decisions”.CAS, in its statement, added: “Accordingly, the CAS panel dismissed the appeal and confirmed FIFA appeal committee decision of 24 September 2018.”last_img read more

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ESPN’s Bowl Projection For Auburn Heading Into Conference Championship Weekend

first_imgJarrett Stidham scrambles away from a Georgia Southern defender.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 2: Quarterback Jarrett Stidham #8 of the Auburn Tigers scrambles away from defensive end Raymond Johnson III #92 of the Georgia Southern Eagles during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game at Jordan Hare Stadium on Saturday, September 2, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)While most of the recent focus at Auburn has been on the team’s head coaching situation, it’s important to remember that the Tigers actually still have one game left this season.Auburn, which finished a disappointing 7-5, will still play in a bowl game this December. Let’s take a look at where the Tigers could end up.ESPN released its bowl projections after the final weekend of the regular season. The network’s two analysts aren’t in agreement on where Auburn is headed.Mitch Sherman thinks Auburn is headed to Houston to take on Baylor in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. Kyle Bonagura has the Tigers taking on NC State in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte.Alabama and Georgia are set to play for the SEC title on Saturday, and Auburn’s bowl game will likely depend on the outcome. If both teams wind up in the College Football Playoff, the Tigers will move up the SEC’s bowl hierarchy.Auburn entered the season with high aspirations, and earned a big win over Washington to start the year. But the wheels came off a bit during a loss to Mississippi State. The Tigers finished 3-4 down the stretch.We’ll know Auburn’s actual bowl game on Sunday.last_img read more

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Clemson Fans Will Love This ESPN Trevor Lawrence Video Feature

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Somehow, Lawrence went under the radar until the final game of the season. That certainly won’t be the case heading into his sophomore season.With the upcoming season on the way, ESPN released this awesome feature on Lawrence:In his first year playing for Clemson, Lawrence finished with 3,280 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and four interceptions.Lawrence will have the chance to make a run at the Heisman Trophy and another championship in 2019. The Georgia native could also validate his status as the best quarterback prospect in the country.As long as Lawrence is playing for the Tigers, it’s safe to call them contenders. trevor lawrence celebrates during the national title gameSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his seventy-four yard touchdown throw during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Everyone focused on Tua Tagovailoa and Jake Fromm going into the 2018 college football season, but by season’s end, it was Trevor Lawrence who took the nation by storm.Lawrence had an uphill battle coming to Clemson due to the depth on the roster. Kelly Bryant was the starting quarterback for the Tigers and took them to the College Football Playoff the year prior.It wasn’t an easy decision for Dabo Swinney to make, but he ultimately decided to make Lawrence the starter in the middle of the season.Clemson rode the right arm of Lawrence to a national championship, as the former five-star recruit threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns against Alabama.last_img read more

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Here’s what HR must do to reduce workplace stress

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 30, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 10:19 IST Here’s what HR must do to reduce stress in the workplaceFrom the phase of Industry 1.0 to Industry 4.0, the corporate world has grown exponentially, and a lot of new industries have also emerged. With this, the workload increased and that led to a spike in the demand of workforce.There is pressure piling up due to tight work schedules. Employees are increasingly stressed out, eventually resulting in depression and loss in work productivity.A research conducted by SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) India in 2016 highlighted that disrespect at the workplace, lack of work-life balance, over time, inability to process constructive feedback from the manager, support from manager and participation avoidance are the major causes of stress at workplace. In such a scenario, stress management as a discipline has become an integral part of Human Resource Management. Stress at workplace – BasicsStress has been defined in many ways related to the different situation in one’s life under different circumstances, but the most relatable definition of stress is a feeling when work demands, work-life balance, and tension in relationships, exceed the resource potential. The tension that arises in any of the three domains – personal, social, and financial leads to stress. If stress is not managed in time, it may cause depression and notably bring health ailments.Over the period of time, stress has become a major part of human life because the sources of stress aren’t obvious and also the daily work-life situation demands resolution only by the affected one. Thus, the real solution to counter the pertaining problem is not to avoid stress beforehand, but to manage stress adroitly.advertisementAt the workplace, anyone can experience stress under different circumstances as everyone has different mental ability and stress handling capacity. The SHRM study also revealed that 80 per cent of employees in India are suffering from stress at the workplace, every 1 out of 2 employees suffer from anxiety and depression on a varied basis. This is true that everyone cannot fit in a single parameter when it comes to stress management. That’s a reason, it is the responsibility of the HR to handle the situation skillfully and help employees to manage stress.There has been a recent paradigm shift in the likeliness of employees volunteering for stress management programmes, where nearly 90 per cent of employees have shown interest for participation in such programmes.Stress- Cause, reaction and fallout When work demands exceed the capacity and capability of an individual, it leads to stress in the workplace. In cases, where companies load employees with an excess of work without weighing them on the scales of efficiency and capacity, lack of work-life balance, and disrespect at the workplace are the most common causes of stress in the corporateRight from undefined duties, key result area (KRA), and unrealistic goals to harassment, ill-treatment, or bullying at the workplace, are some of the major causes that result in stressThe most common reaction to stress is flight or fight. But any individual can neither avoid stress for long nor can fight against the odds alone. Despite being the common reactions, these options aren’t the right choice in the day to day work life situationsEven the ROI of organisations are adversely affected because of employees’ stress. As per the SHRM India study, the productivity losses across IT, Finance/Banking, and Travel and Hospitality because of stress reach to Rs 49.67 crore, 105.48 crore, and 10.5 crore respectivelyHealth deterioration, physical ailments, underperformance, absenteeism, reduced productivity, job quitting, et cetera are the major results of stress. The need of the hour is to have a planned approach to manage stress at the workplace in a practically effective manner. This is what makes the role of an HR even more crucial.Ways for HR manager to manage stress The HR managers need to follow a psychologically sound approach to manage stress. The three phases of stress management namely – Identification of stress, treatment of stress, and stress relieving mechanism for future, are essential for HR managers to understand and follow.They must also be in sync with the health and safety department of the organisation scheduling primary health checkups for employees time to time and arranging psychiatrists and counselors for counseling sessions if needed.In the complete stress management process, the first step should involve an analysis of the factors causing stress. This will not just help in employee retention and enhanced work performance but will also result in organisational development.The diagnostic phase plays an important part in stress management.The employees should also be encouraged to self-diagnose the stress causing reasons. That can involve simple techniques of analyzing the past day and observe easy signs of stress including a frequent headache, excessive sleep, weakness, and disorientation at work.advertisementApart from this, HR managers should also identify the change in individuals at the workplace and engage in conversations regarding the work-life balance and workflow efficiency. This is vital for the HR team to observe signs of social withdrawal amongst employees like not wanting to meet people, avoiding parties, and a constant feeling of being overwhelmed.The HR managers should encourage individuals to accept stressful situations as a part of self-awareness because that can greatly help in refocusing on the remedial measures. Today, with widespread awareness regarding stress, employees at the workplace aren’t hiding their feelings and coming to the forefront to their HR and management in anticipation of a proper solution.Following the psychological principles, the proposed solution for stress management can be action based, job-based or ritual based.Action based stress management: The advancements of technology can be really helpful for individuals fighting stress because they can manage their time efficiently using alarms and notification apps on their smartphones.Following a disciplined time routine can help get rid of stress to a great extent and that should also be the focal point of HR managers to assure that employees follow a time routine and undertake their work in a disciplined manner. The newly emerging mobile health apps are proving great benefits for health and wellness of the employees across industries.Today, mobile technology and telephonic assistance are rising as the most applicable technology driven assistance to address stress at an individual level with a share of 30.4 per cent and 24.5 per cent respectively.Job-based stress management: Prioritising tasks is another way to bust stress and come out with flying colors. HR team should responsibly hold seminars and workshops with employees and counsel them to identify and prioritize important tasks and accomplish their targets.Counseling is the most imperative aspect in the stress management for the HR, especially counseling at the right time because the resistance time of stress-fighting for employees, between the alarm (first) and exhaustion (final) phase of stress, can help derive the befitting stress management technique. In fact, employees are also advised to approach employee counselors or HRs to become aware of one’s own strengths and weaknesses.Ritual based stress management: The stated hobby in over 95 per cent of the resumes that HR managers receive gives a sign that those activities provide a break from routine to individuals and help them recharge for the work.Employees need to believe that he/she is singularly responsible for his/her health. Hobbies and rituals can play an important part in achieving the same and handle stress. Right from fun Fridays to sports activities at the workplace, these arrangements done by HRs will not just help employees at all hierarchy to interact but will reduce the causes of stress to a great level.Motivational activities, team building tasks, and interactive fun activities can also be fruitful in countering stress.advertisement(Authored article by Judy Manjlekar, India HR Director, TechnipFMC)Read: 7 steps to make your organisation a great place to workRead: How to deal with people who do not perform at workplaceGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Anand Tags :Follow HR managersFollow Human ResourceFollow Society of Human Resource ManagementFollow HR Workplace Here’s what HR must do to reduce workplace stressA research conducted by SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) India in 2016 highlighted that disrespect at the workplace, lack of work-life balance, over time, inability to process constructive feedback from the manager, support from manager and participation avoidance are the major causes of stress at workplace.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Bangladesh vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 Match 9: Prediction and Probable Playing 11s

first_img India Today Web Desk June 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 16:26 IST Bangladesh team celebrating beating South Africa. (Reuters Photo)Bangladesh take on a balanced New Zealand team at the Kennington Oval in the second day-night match of World Cup 2019 on Wednesday.The Blackcaps will bank on their pace brigade spearheaded by Trent Boult to pull off a coup and dismantle another Asian team. Also, the presence of Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Colin Munro, make them a strong batting unit.Whereas Bangladesh led by Mashrafe Mortaza, will rely on their experienced players like Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah, to guide them to another memorable triumph.Recent formBangladesh pulled off a historic win over South Africa cricket team to kick off their World Cup campaign on a positive not. They have won the recent tri-series in Ireland by remaining unbeaten in the tournament. They had also reached the final of last year’s Asia Cup where they lost to India. They made it to the quater-finals in the last edition of the torunament and will look to better their run this year.New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for just 136 and then went on to register 10-wicket win in their opening match of World Cup 2019. During the warm-up matches, they had produced a top-class bowling performance against India but in their next warm-up against West Indies, the Kiwi bowlers were hammered for 421 runs giving them a stern reminder of days to come.Pitch ReportThe Kennington Oval has witnessed totals in excess of 300 in both the games and same will be expected when New Zealand take on Bangladesh.advertisementThe pitch report highly indicates that it will be flat and true, very good for batting.Pacers should get the desired help early on while the batters look to provide a fast start on what should be a good wicket to bat on.Match predictionBangladesh have never won any world cup match against New Zealand. They have faced New Zealand 4 times in the World Cup, losing everytime.The match will depend on how New Zealand’s aggressive pacers perform against a stable top order of Bangladesh.Playing XINew Zealand and Bangladesh will not like to disturb the winning squad. So, they will stick to the same team for this match.Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mustafizur RahmanNew Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent BoultAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations nothing new for us, says Virat KohliAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow BAN vs NZFollow shakib al hasanFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Ross Taylor Bangladesh vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 Match 9: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sBangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will be playing his 200th one-day international as his side will look to register a second successive World Cup win against New Zealand on Wednesday.advertisementlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: A look at India’s heroes vs Pakistan from 1992-2015

first_img Rohan Sen ManchesterJune 16, 2019UPDATED: June 16, 2019 09:12 IST Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, both, have starred in India vs Pakistan World Cup clashesHIGHLIGHTSIndia and Pakistan will face-off on June 16 in ManchesterIndia hold a 6-0 win-loss record over Pakistan in World Cup matchesFrom Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli, India has had many heroes in such clashesThe Cricket World Cup 2019 on Sunday will witness the biggest match in the tournament so far as India and Pakistan get ready to face each other in Manchester on June 16.The Old Trafford stadium is sure to be packed with supporters from both countries, Indians though might outnumber Pakistanis in the crowd.India have a 6-0 head-to-head record against Pakistan in the World Cup with Sunday’s match being the seventh between the two arch-rivals.India and Pakistan’s World Cup rivalry began in 1992 and has been the contest to watch out for every four years since then.As the two giants of the cricketing world get ready to square off one more time, let’s take a look back at the players who have turned out to be heroes in the previous six World Cup encounters between the two teams.Sachin TendulkarMaster Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, playing in his first World Cup, made an impact for India in his very first World Cup match against Pakistan as he smashed 54 not out off 62 balls with three boundaries. The match was dotted with some impressive performances from Ajay Jadeja and Sachin Tendulkar who scored 46 and 54* respectively to push India’s total to 216/7. That Pakistan fell short in their pursuit was largely thanks to Javed Miandad’s snail-paced 40 off 110 balls as they kept losing wickets in order to up the ante.Navjot Singh SidhuKnown for his big-hitting and aggressive batting, Navjot Singh Sidhu was the star performer for India in their next match against Pakistan in the 1996 World Cup. India found the unlikeliest of heroes in opener Sidhu, who scored 93, and Venkatesh Prasad (3/45) as they restricted Pakistan to 248/9 after scoring an impressive 287/8.advertisementVenkatesh PrasadVenkatesh Prasad once again blew away Pakistan in a World Cup match after his heroics in the 1996 edition. Four years later he bettered his performance and bagged a five-wicket haul as India beat Pakistan by 47 runs. India posted 227 on the board with Rahul Dravid top-scoring with 61 runs and then Prasad ran through the Pakistani batting lineup with figures of 5 for 27 as Pakistan got bowled out for 180.Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar’s 98 completely overshadowed Saeed Anwar’s 101 in the 2003 World Cup match in Centurion as India defeated Pakistan by 6 wickets. Tendulkar couldn’t have timed his best World Cup knock better even if he wanted to as his blazing 98 off 75 balls blew Pakistan away in a glorious display of ball-striking ability. Pakistan would have thought of breaking their World Cup hoodoo against India after they posted 273/7 helped by Saeed Anwar’s 20th ODI century. But from the time Sachin uppercut Shoaib Akhtar for a six over third-man, Pakistan’s dreams came swiftly crashing down to earth.Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar bowed out of the World Cup in style scoring 482 runs in the tournament, 85 of which came against Pakistan in the semi-final of the 2011 edition in Mohali. Tendulkar was once again at the forefront by scoring a vital 85 helping his team to 260/9 after Wahab Riaz bowled a searing spell picking up 5 wickets. But the pressure of the chase meant Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals with Misbah-ul-Haq (56) playing a lone hand. What made the victory taste even sweeter was that India now had reached the final where they beat Sri Lanka to lift the trophy after a long wait of 28 years.Virat KohliIt was Virat Kohli’s turn to shine in an India-Pakistan clash as the 2015 match in Adelaide saw the young batting star became the first Indian batsman to hit a hundred in the marquee clash in the World Cup. Kohli smashed 107 off 126 balls as India posted 300 for 7 on the board. A four-wicket haul from Mohammed Shami then helped India bowl Pakistan out for 224 in 47 overs.Also Read | India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Will June 16 witness the most-watched match in cricket history?Also Read | Virat Kohli’s message for fans ahead of India vs Pakistan: It is a cricket match, enjoy itFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Next World Cup 2019: A look at India’s heroes vs Pakistan from 1992-2015Sachin Tendulkar has been the star in India-Pakistan World Cup matches, having won three man-of-the-match awards in the marquee clash.advertisementlast_img read more

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How Yoga changes lives

first_img Next How Yoga changes livesOn International Yoga Day, practitioners recall how this ancient healing science sparked a personal transformation for themadvertisement Mohini Mehrotra June 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 11:58 IST Manish RajputChildren rehearsing for the International Yoga Day celebrations in New Delhi on Thursday.YOGA BECAME A MISSIONNAMITA CHANDRA, WELLNESS GUIDE AND FOUNDER OF YOGANAMA.COMIn 2014, when Namita Chandra moved to Mumbai for her new job, it became extremely stressful for her in terms of adjusting to the fast-paced Mumbai life and establishing herself in her new role. It took her months of running around to find a suitable house and commutes to and from work became extremely exhausting. “I had moved to Mumbai because of the higher pay package, but the advantage was lost because the city turned out to be exorbitantly expensive. Also, I was used to a lot more time at hand after work, which allowed me to unwind and pursue my interests but suddenly, I had no time left for anything at all,” she says.Having grown up in a health-conscious family where principles of wellness, meditation, healthy eating, and strict discipline were an integral part of daily life, this new lifestyle left her no time for her health. “I’d also experimented with veganism for many years, done a course in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University and even went to Cambridge Summer School to study medieval healing practices. I would avidly pursue the latest research in health and wellness in my spare time but unfortunately I could practice none of it after moving to Mumbai,” recalls Chandra.It was then that she decided to join yoga to help her cope with the pressure. It started with one class and she gradually started noticing how daily yoga practice was not only keeping her physically active but was also helping her cope with everyday stress. This egged her to take on yoga in a more systematic and serious manner. “It almost felt like yoga was helping me evolve into a better, stronger version of myself both physically and mentally,” she says.advertisementAfter a year in the job, Chandra was offered a huge promotion which would have escalated her career exponentially. It was the best thing that could have happened to her professionally and should’ve been exciting for her but it wasn’t because accepting it would have meant committing to growing a business that she had no particular passion for, and that was seriously affecting her mental and physical wellbeing. “It was then that I decided to let go of the security of a monthly paycheck and decided to invest my energy and resources in what I believe the world needs today more than anything else-peace of mind,” says Chandra.She went to Mysore for an elaborate yogic practice that helped her become strong emotionally, mentally and physically. “Stress is one of the biggest factors for a majority of health problems we face today. From depression and chronic fatigue to diabetes and spinal issues, yoga has the ability to heal it all,” says Chandra.BEAUTIFUL IN BODY & MINDVASUDHA RAI, AUTHOR, COLUMNIST AND CERTIFIED YOGA TEACHERWhen Delhi-based Vasudha Rai first started practicing yoga more than eight years ago, it began as a way to get fit, to lose weight. She would leave Yoga space sweaty and happy, like she on cloud nine. The lights seemed brighter and people seemed easier to love. Smiling came naturally to her because she would spend 75 minutes synchronising her movements with her breath. It made her the best version of herself.”Yoga helped me go from size 14 to a size 8. It made my skin glow and my body stronger. But these were just outer manifestations of the beautiful changes happening within. I was practicing yoga 5-6 days a week for years and this regularity made me more aware and disciplined,” says Rai. She slowly became cognizant about what she ate, not only in terms of food but even the thoughts in her mind and the friends who were her company. She realised that she didn’t want to invest in anything that wasn’t good for her. She started choosing high-vibrational foods-fresh Indian meals, fruits, plenty of water. Magically, all her friends who weren’t good for her left of their own accord. “I researched ayurveda and herbs, which eventually led me to my debut book Glow.”The next phase of her yoga journey took her on a spiritual path. Yoga nidra, the seven chakras, healing crystals, enlightening mantras, she learnt several different types of meditations and continues to do so. She observed how the body felt different with every technique and how different mantras created different vibrations. “It is a never ending journey, which will continue till my last days. It is also believed that meditative practices such as yoga (done like yoga and not like aerobics) helps nullify your karmas so you can truly follow your life path. So practice, sharpen your mind and your breath, at the very least you will get great skin and a beautiful body; and at the most, well there is no limit,” says Rai.advertisementREINCARNATED WITH YOGANIVEDITA JOSHI, FOUNDER AND TEACHER, IYENGAR YOGAKSHEMABorn and educated in Allahabad, Nivedita Joshi was still in her teens when she was stricken by slip disc-cervical spondylosis, rendering her virtually bedridden and an invalid for eight long and painful years. Joshi lost the ability to move her hands and legs.On International Yoga Day, practitioners recall how this ancient healing science sparked a personal transformation for them She lost all hope in life till met Yogacharya BKS Iyengar (Guruji) at his yoga institute in Pune in 1996. “Doctors had told me that I will never ever live a normal life again and that a spinal surgery was my last option. It was disheartening for someone as young as me to accept it. After trying all modern treatments available in the country without success, my parents took me to meet Guruji in Pune. He diagnosed my problem without even looking at my MRI reports. That’s when I surrendered myself to his knowledge and experience, and there was no looking back thereafter,” says the yoga expert.Yogacharya BKS Iyengar took Joshi under his wings and admitted her into the medical class, with two sessions per week and she slowly started feeling more alive and active. The scientist in her was amazed and enamored by Yogacharya BKS Iyengar’s repertoire of knowledge, experience and wisdom, especially considering his lack of so called “formal modern educa tion”. Slowly her body started responding to the practice and sessions. Seeing potential in her, Joshi’s mentor started simultaneously training her while healing her. One day, after five years of training with him, he asked Joshi to start teaching yoga. “I was planning to pursue a career in microbiology so I refused. But yoga had healed me and I wanted to spread the message of its miraculous powers to people suffering from illness and disease, so I began working on a television series on my mentor’s work. The first episode was based on my life’s story and my cure through him and his knowledge of yoga,” says Joshi. While working on it, Yogacharya BKS Iyengar supported Joshi and stoked her interest and desire to learn yoga. “I think he had probably decided that I was the chosen one to open the first Iyengar Yoga Centre in the Capital and he was grooming me for that role,” says Joshi. And that is how Yogakshema, the first Iyengar Centre in New Delhi, was born.REFOCUSSING ON LIFE WITH YOGANIMISH DAYALU, RETREAT LEADER/ LEADERSHIP & PERFORMANCE COACH/YOGA & MINDFULNESS COACHLife was beautiful for Nimish Dayalu. He had it all-a great job, lovely family and a big house. However, on any given day, his mind would wander constantly, thinking about the future or dwelling in the past. He felt restless, like something wasn’t right. “I was living the life of my dreams, so I didn’t understand what was troubling me. I needed some time to re-evaluate,” says Dayalu.advertisementAlthough he had been practicing yoga for over a decade, in 2016, he decided to take a few weeks off and check into a traditional yoga school in the Himalayas with hope of doing some serious soul searching. And he was not disappointed. After coming back, he continued to practice regularly and the fogginess in his head began to lift.Yoga now became an essential part of his routine. “I felt this surge of new found energy within me. I started living in the ‘here and now’. After about a year’s practice I felt that yoga could be my gateway to living in the moment. I realised that all the strength that you need is within you. This is when I decided to dive deep into yoga and share my learning with people. I left my high-paid corporate job and decided to teach and promote yoga instead,” says Dayalu, who is now a yoga coach based out of Gurgaon.The World Health Organization had recently published a report that attributes stress for a majority of modern-day ailments. This anxiety is caused by thinking about events that are likely to happen or have already happened. Occupational stress, student stress, societal stress, relationship stress, depression, anger, insomnia, the list just goes on. As a lifestyle choice, yoga is also more holistic in comparison to playing a sport or a musical instrument, going dancing or to the gym. “I had tried out most of these activities to deal with my stress and after practicing yoga, I realised the difference. Yoga changes you from the inside-out. With my public speaking experience across industries and geographies, I knew I had the skills and experience to take yoga to the people. So began my journey as a yoga guru, says Dayalu.WHERE THE MIND IS WITHOUT FEARRINUL PASHANKAR, CO-FOUNDER, OM STUDIO, PUNE, AND AN AERIAL YOGA EXPERTIn 2009, after Rinul Pashankar finished her bachelor’s in International Business Management, she took to two things she had longed to do, yoga and paragliding and this was when the seed for something bigger in life was sown. She was just 21 when she found her yoga guru, Anandi Jorwekar, an ardent student of BSK Iyengar Guruji for close to three decades.In June 2013, Pashankar’s mother, Nima Pashankar, had to go through a liver transplant and she decided to be the donor. In the following weeks, they successfully underwent the liver transplant. Pashnankar believes that it was her yoga practice that helped her stay strong through the tough time.She couldn’t exercise for close to a year but began practicing easy pranayama.Then, her guru encouraged her and guided her to gently get back to her yoga practice.Slowly and steadily, with regular yoga routine, she was able to build her strength and flexibility.Ten years of making yoga her lifestyle, and six years post a successful liver transplant, Pashankar is healthy, happy and raring to go. She is back to participating in paragliding competitions, and is also running an adventure camp in Kamshet, Pune, called Adventure Battalion, a simulated military base with a team of Ex-Indian Armed Forces officers.In 2016, she also opened Om Studio, which allows her to share her knowledge and experience of yoga with other people.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! 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World Cup 2019: West Indies star Andre Russell ruled out with injury

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: West Indies star Andre Russell ruled out with injuryWorld Cup 2019: Andre Russell will be replaced by Sunil Ambris in the West Indies World Cup squad after the star all-rounder was ruled out with an injury.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 24, 2019 20:03 IST Andre Russell has been ruled out of World Cup 2019 due to injury. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been ruled out of the World Cup with an injuryAndre Russell will be replaced by Sunil Ambris in the West Indies squadRussell played only 4 matches and did not make any impact for West Indies in the World CupWest Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been ruled out of the 2019 Cricket World Cup with injury and he will be replaced by Sunil Ambris in the squad.West Indies still have an outside chance of making it to the semi-finals despite winning only 1 game out of 6 in the World Cup so far. Russell, who had a brilliant IPL season with Kolkata Knight Riders.Andre Russell played only 4 matches for West Indies in the World Cup and was unable to recreate his IPL magic for West Indies. He did not bat against Pakistan in his team’s tournament opener but picked 2 for 4 in a fiery burst. Russell picked 2 more wickets against Australia but managed only 15 in a failed run chase.BREAKING: Andre Russell has been ruled out of the rest of #CWC19 through injury. Sunil Ambris will join the West Indies squad as his replacement.#CWC19 | #MenInMaroon pic.twitter.com/BuhWdjskzq Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 24, 2019Against England, Russell scored 21 without picking up a wicket before returning figures of 1 for 42 against Bangladesh. Carlos Brathwaite, who replaced Russell in the playing XI after his injury, smashed an unbeaten 100 and almost took West Indies to a dream victory over table-toppers New Zealand.Andre Russell will be replaced by Sunil Ambris, a 26-year-old batsman, who has played 6 ODIs and averages 105.33. He has 1 hundred and 1 fifty to his name in the 50-over format.Also Read | World Cup 2019: ‘Strange’ for Australians asking fans not to boo Smith and Warner, says BairstowAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar advises Babar Azam to emulate Virat KohliAlso SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Andre RussellFollow Sunil Ambris Nextlast_img read more

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