Townsend is called up

first_imgAndros Townsend has been named in the England squad for the Under-21 European Championship.The winger, on loan at QPR from Tottenham, has impressed since arriving at Loftus Road in January.He has been relegated Rangers’ stand-out performer in a number of their matches and has been tipped to establish himself as a Premier League player by Harry Redknapp.R’s boss Redknapp, who also managed Townsend, 21, at Spurs, said: “He’s proved to himself now that he can play at that level.“He’s a great lad and I think he has got a bright future ahead of him. He’s done fantastically and will go back to Tottenham a better player.”Townsend will link up with Stuart Pearce’s squad on 27 May for a training camp in Antalya, Turkey.The finals start on 5 June. England will face Italy and then Norway and hosts Israel.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Some hits and misses from Raiders GM Mike Mayock

first_imgALAMEDA — Raiders general manager Mike Mayock has spent the last 15 years as an NFL Network analyst specializing in the NFL draft.His true feelings about prospects will from now on be tied to the Raiders, rather than the NFL Network. His opinions regarding college talent have been on display in public either on the air, through conference calls with the media or on NFL.com web content.Although it’s unreasonable to expect Mayock to be so forthcoming when he’s working for a specific team, …last_img read more

Cricket’s two hottest teams set for battle

first_img11 February 2014The two hottest teams in test cricket, South Africa and Australia, do battle from Wednesday at SuperSport Park in Centurion, in the first of three tests. The Proteas are ranked number one in the world, while the Aussies are coming off a rampant 5-0 whitewash of England.While South Africa have won successive series Down Under, they have not yet beaten Australia at home since the Proteas were readmitted to world cricket in 1992.‘Motivation’At SuperSport Park on Monday, star batsman Hashim Amla spoke about the Proteas’ home record against Australia. “There is probably some motivation, but in another aspect I don’t think we want to play too much on it,” he said.“In the last few series that we have played against Australia, we have had success, so hopefully we can translate the success into a home series win.”Seeking a return to formWhen the teams last met at the WACA in Perth in December 2012, Amla struck a superb, man of the match-winning 196 in South Africa’s second innings to help the Proteas to a series-clinching 309 run victory. After a poor series against India, he is ranked fourth in the test batting rankings, but will be aiming to return to his established form, especially in the absence of Jacques Kallis.AB de Villiers, meanwhile, returns to the team after being sidelined because of surgery on a hand. He, too, will look to pick up where he left off. De Villiers is currently the number one test batsman in the world.Same approach“We have played against Australia quite a few times over the last few years and against the same bowling attack. I don’t think it will be any different for us in the way we approach this test series,” Amla said of the challenge awaiting the Proteas.“The guys have been going about their business preparing as well as they can.”Number fourOne of the biggest changes to the South African team will not involve a new player, but a new position in the batting line-up, with Faf du Plessis taking over the important number four spot from the great Jacques Kallis.Batting lower down the order, Du Plessis, in only 11 tests, has been superb, scoring 782 runs at an average of 60.15. Already he has played two memorable century knocks, one to save the second test against Australia the last time the teams met in Australia, and the other that almost won South Africa the first test against India earlier this year, when the Proteas were chasing a massive 458 for victory.The question that needs to be answered is whether or not he can be an attacking force higher up the order, if attack is what is needed.Combined what that, how will the all-round contribution of Kallis be accounted for in the bowling attack?ConditionsFor Amla, the conditions will play a vital role in the outcome of the first test. “I think conditions will be the deciding factor,” Amla said. “Regardless of the conditions, every batsman tries to occupy the crease and score as many runs as possible. Both teams are quite attacking, but by the same token conditions will play a large role in deciding how the game goes forward.”last_img read more

Early planting soybean flop (and other soil health lessons) shared on new forum for farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseSo Nathan Brown decided he would try to plant some soybeans — about 3 acres worth — on March 24 to see how they’d do. While the stand won’t make it as a whole, Brown did learn some lessons from the experiment.The seeds germinated well, but struggled to consistently emerge from the cold, wet soils this spring.“The beans planted March 24 were planted at 2 inches deep. I thought that would keep them in the ground longer to avoid frost, which it did. But, being 2 inches deep, there was not enough warmth to actually get them up and out of the ground once they germinated. Next year I’ll hopefully try planting early again in another plot and I’ll shallow up my planting,” he said. “I learned a lot from the experiment.”Brown shared about his experiences with the March 24 soybeans on the Ohio Soil Health and Cover Crops Facebook page. He pulled up some of the soybeans from the spotty stand and was impressed with the nodulation that had already taken place. He posted pictures and a description on the Facebook page for others to learn from his experiment as well.“These all were pulled up by hand and not dug and already the roots are full of nodules. Could early planting work? Maybe, maybe not but we got some out of the ground so I believe it is possible,” Brown said on the Ohio Soil Health and Cover Crops Facebook page. “The possibilities could be big! We will be ready next year! Don’t be scared to try the outlandish, you will never grow if you stay inside a bubble your whole life!”The social media effort was headed up by Brown and provides a forum for all things related to soil health, no-till and cover crops in Ohio. Various experts (and others in all stages of the learning process) weigh in with their experiences, successes and failures in the fields. The page was created this spring for farmers to learn and share with others from around the state about a wide array of topics that influence soil health in Ohio. Brown encourages other farmers interested in soil health to visit Facebook and join the group.last_img read more

Mirabai’s coach Vijay, cricket’s Sinha figure among those recommended for Dronacharya, Dhyan Chand

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI) World champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s coach Vijay Sharma and well-known cricket coach Tarak Sinha were among those recommended on Sunday by a selection committee for the prestigious Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awards. The committee, which met here under the chairmanship of retd. Justice Mukul Mudgal, recommended Vijay Sharma, boxing coach C A Kuttappa and Srinivasa Rao (table tennis) for the Dronacharya (regular) award. An Army coach, Kuttappa has been associated with Indian boxing for more than a decade. Vijender Singh has credited him for guiding him during his 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal win. Tarak Sinha, who has coached the likes of Ashish Nehra and Rishabh Pant among others, was recommended for Dronacharya (lifetime) Award, along with Clarence Lobo (hockey) and Jiwan (judo). For the Dhyan Chand Award, Bharat Chetri (hockey), Satya Dev Prasad (archery) and Dadu Chowgule (wrestling) were recommended. The selection committee, headed by Justice Mudgal, also has other members in former Commonwealth Games gold-winning air pistol shooter Samresh Jung, shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa, former national boxing coach G S Sandhu, hockey coach AK Bansal and archery coach Sanjeeva Singh apart from Sports Authority of India’s Special Director General Onkar Kedia and Joint Secretary (Sports) Inder Dhamija. The panel also has two sports journalists and Target Olympic Podium Scheme CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan. Dronacharya award is presented to coaches for their outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis over a period of four years. The Dhyanchand honour is bestowed on sportspersons for their life-time achievements and contribution to sport during both their active career and after retirement.advertisement The National Sports Awards ceremony, held on August 29 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, will be organised on September 25 this year. The change of schedule was done because of the clash of dates with the Asian Games, which concluded on September 2 in Jakarta. PTI SSC PDS PDS ATKATKlast_img read more

Start-Up Station | Best Engineering Colleges in India

first_imgThe primary focus at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Delhi is to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship and research, right from the BTech to the PhD level. “IIT-Delhi probably has the country’s best developed ecosystem for entrepreneurship,” says V. Ramgopal Rao, the institute’s director. “Of the 21 unicorns built,The primary focus at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Delhi is to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship and research, right from the BTech to the PhD level. “IIT-Delhi probably has the country’s best developed ecosystem for entrepreneurship,” says V. Ramgopal Rao, the institute’s director. “Of the 21 unicorns built by IITians, 11 are by Delhi IITians. In the past two years, we have also invested close to Rs 100 crore in revamping the experimental facilities for research at the campus.” To encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship among the faculty as well, India’s top-ranked engineering college has started a weekly initiative called Faculty Innovation and Research Entrepreneurship (FIRE), where faculty members who wish to turn their research work into a start-up can work on their projects, which would be funded by the institute. Be it faculty or students, IIT-Delhi attracts the best. Declared an Institute of Eminence by the Union human resource development ministry, it has set new goals for the future. The institute aims to develop a strong global outlook and aspires to be among the top 50 in the World University Rankings within the next decade. “We are pushing for internationalisation by recruiting more foreign faculty,” says Rao. “We want to recruit 100 foreign faculty members in the coming five years and have announced 500 PhD fellowships for foreign students.” For the first time in IIT-Delhi’s history, the institute is offering a joint PhD programme in collaboration with foreign universities. The international partners are the University of Queensland, Australia, and Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University. advertisementIIT-Delhi has emerged as the country’s strongest provider of highly employable graduates, as per the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2018. To add to the new initiatives taken in the past couple of years, IIT-Delhi, traditionally known for offering only degree programmes, has now been approved to offer diploma courses to working professionals in areas such as artificial intelligence and blockchain technology, keeping in tune with industry needs. Jashan Singh Suri, who is pursuing a dual degree in the department of biochemical engineering and biotechnology, says, “The campus is often visited by multinational companies from fields such as finance, business and consulting, giving students who wish to switch their careers from engineering an array of opportunities.” Another step has been the establishment of a new Centre for Automotive and Research Tribology (CART), with the institute spending up to Rs 20 crore initially. “We want to develop resources for industries in terms of vehicle technologies and components focused on electric vehicles,” says Rao. One thing that both the students and the institute’s director vouch for is the overall personal development that one goes through at IIT-Delhi. “There is a competitive environment, freedom to pursue one’s chosen career path, well-established clubs as well as facilities for extracurricular and recreational activities, such as sports, music and dance,” says Suri. Rao adds, “There are students’ clubs that let them opt for diverse activities and nurture different aspects of their development. We have a strong alumni network (about 50,000) and many of them are connected with the students on campus.” Rao, however, rues land constraint at the institute. “IIT-Delhi is spread across 300 acres. Being situated in south Delhi, we are a land-locked campus. We have grown by 50 per cent in terms of students and faculty in the past seven years, so we have written to the housing and urban affairs ministry to grant us land in Delhi to come up with an extension campus,” informs Rao. Last year, IIT-Delhi set up its extension campus in Sonipat, housing three science and technology parks. Way to go! IIT-Delhi has collaborated with the University of Queensland, Australia, and National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, to offer joint PhD programmes Human touch: IIT -Bombay students at a workshop. (Photo: Danesh Jassawala)Rs 8.5 lakh is the tuition fee for the entire BTech/BE course; all special category students (SC+ST +PH ) and those having annual income less than Rs 1 lakh are fully exempted from this payment V. Ramgopal Rao Director, IIT-DelhiWhat sets IIT-Delhi apart?IIT-Delhi probably has the best ecosystem for entrepreneurship. Of the 21 unicorns by IITians, 11 are from IIT-Delhi.In the past two years, the institute has invested close to Rs 100 crore on revamping the experimental facilities for research.What new initiatives have been taken in the past three years?We have started the Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Project (FIRP) through which our faculty can work with the faculties of institutions in India or abroad. We have signed MoUs with the AIIMS, All India Institute of Ayurveda and the Indian Council for Agricultural Research even as discussions are on with some US universities.advertisementWe have also started the ‘Discover and Learn (1-2-3-4) Project’ in which students, in groups of four, work on research projects under the supervision of a faculty member. The projects are funded by the institute. Fifty such groups have already been formed.There’s the Platform for Harnessing Deep Technologies under which PhD students can turn their ideas into start-ups.On the curriculum front, IIT-Delhi has started offering diploma programmes to working professionals in areas such as artificial intelligence and blockchain technology.A new Centre for Automotive and Research Tribology (CART) has been established, with an initial expense of Rs 20 crore. We want to develop resources for industries in terms of vehicle technologies and components focused on electric vehiclesOne thing I want to improve in my instituteIIT-Delhi is spread across 300 acres, and being situated in south Delhi, we are a land-locked campus. The institute has grown by 50 per cent in terms of student and faculty strength in the past seven years. So we have written to the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs to grant us land elsewhere in Delhi to be come up with an extension campus. Jashan Singh Suri, Dual Degree (BTech+MTech) in Department of Biochemical Engineering and BiotechnologyWhy I chose IIT-DelhiIIT-Delhi is the top engineering college in the country. Multinational companies from across fields, such as finance, business and consulting, visit the campus, offering an array of opportunities to students who wish to switch their career from engineering.What’s unique about campus life at IIT-Delhi?Being located in the heart of south Delhi, the campus is extremely accessible in terms of lodging and transportation. There are no restrictions for men and women. The students council and administration have ensured this independence to all students. The highly qualified and motivated faculty members mentor the students in a competitive environment.last_img read more

42yearold held for assaulting minor

first_imgKolkata: A 42-year-old man has been arrested for attempting to rape a minor girl in his locality. The incident occurred at Tilajala on Thursday evening.According to police, the accused, Seikh Riazuddin, lured the victim with various promises and took her to his house. He tried to sexually assault the minor. The girl, however, was saved in due time as she screamed out for help, which immediately prompted the locals to come toher rescue.The victim has alleged that the man tried to touch her inappropriately, which left an injury mark on Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeher body.The victim later fell ill and she was rushed to Calcutta National Medical College for treatment. The incident also triggered tension in the locality with locals staging a demonstration demanding stern action against the accused.The victim’s family members lodged a complaint at the local police station on Thursday night on the basis of which police have arrested Riazuddin on Friday morning.It was learnt that medical tests have confirmed that the girl was assaulted physically. The accused has been booked under Pocso Act.The victim girl is stated to be in a stable condition, the hospital sources said.The accused has been remanded to police custody after being produced before a court in the city.last_img read more