Bornok dominates; Reyes takes overall supercross title

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR To the delight of the fans, who braved the unforgiving heat before the rains fell and muddied the track, the 26-year-old Saulog, fresh from a one-month sojourn to the United States, started slow but finished strong to relegate the 12-year-old Reyes and Jasmin Jao to second and third places, respetively.‘‘No big deal for me. I’m actually rooting for Quiana because I heard that she lost in the 4th leg due to mechanical failure,’’ said Saulog, who said that she was actually looking forward to racing against two-leg winner Pia Gabriel. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingGabriel watched the race but didn’t compete.  Saulog remained non-commital on her plans. ‘‘Racing is in my blood, think I’m stuck with the sport. Right now, I want to help my father run a racing series but I still don’t know whether I’ll continue competing.’’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Despite not having as single practice round, Saulog managed to overtake Reyes in the third of the five-lap race to collar the top spot.The fans cheered loudly as Jao took the holeshot before Reyes, an incoming Grade 7 student at St. Paul College in Bocaue, grabbed the lead only to lose it when Saulog steered her Honda CRF 450 to perfection.‘‘I’m glad but surprised that Ate Janelle joined the race. I’m very happy with the result,’’ said Quiana, whose 10-year-old brother Wenson reigned supreme in the kids 85cc and 65cc categories.By finishing second, Quiana won the overall title with a total of 97 points followed by Jao with 83 points.Gabriel, dubbed as the motocross princess, didn’t figure prominently in the race as she was unable to compete in three of the five legs of the series sponsored by  Diamond Motors Corporation and supported by  Dunlop Tires, Dickies, Tireshakk, Yamaha Motor Philippines, Go Pro Philippines, PTT Philippines Corporation, DC Shoes Philippines, Coffee Grounds and Xtreme Adrenaline Sports Entertainment Co.  ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Heated action in the ladies class. Photo by August dela Cruz/INQUIRERAs expected, Davao-pride Bornok Mangosong and Bulacan ace Sonnie Quiana Reyes topped the PTT Pro Open and DC Shoes Ladies Class. The bigger surprise, though, at the end of the much-applauded Diamond Motor Supercross Series last Saturday at the rain-filled Mx Messiah Fairgrounds at Taytay, Rizal was the appearance and the decision of motocross queen Janelle Saulog to compete in the ladies category against the rising stars.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast This was the same case with the ageless Glenn Aguilar of KTM racing. The 42-year-old racing idol outshone Mangosong in the first two legs but his tight schedule prevented him from completing the series, thus robbing him of crucial points.Mangosong of Yamaha roared in the next three legs to win handily with 119 overall points.‘‘Blessed morning for us. The best part of winning is knowing that you have overcome the toughest challenges to achieve victory,’’ said Mangosong, who also dedicated the win to his future wife Shela Mae. He will get married on June 18 at Samal Island.The victory was worth P50,000 for Mangosong, who never surrendered the lead after winning the holeshot.JC Rellosa of Bicol and Jerick Mitra of Nueva Ecija finished second and third overall with 107 and 95 points, respectively.Buboy Antonio, another rising star, trailed Mangosong in the early goings but his attack got stymied when he suffered a flat tire in the middle stages of the race.Jing Leongson (Veterans Open) and Maynard Mercado (GoPro Amateur) also triumphed in the  event dubbed by organized and former pro rider Sam Tamayo of Generation Congregation and Xtreme Adrenaline Sports as ‘‘most stressful but rewarding.’’Credited by observers as one of the reasons for the renewed interest in motocross, Tamayo noted the gap between the veterans and the young turks is getting smaller.‘‘The sport is growing.The young riders are no longer intimidated, said Tamayo, also a Pastor of the Church of Nazarene based in Taytay. He thanked the sponsors for their support, the volunteers, parents and the continued patronage of former pro riders for making the series a resounding success. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Tamaraws remain spotless, ground winless Cardinals Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudslast_img read more

Young turks

first_imgThey are cool, confident, creative and are entrepreneurs in their early twenties. They may not be born with privileged bloodlines to catapult them into the boss’s swivel chair, but their drive has made these Punjabis push the envelope to be their own boss. Demonstrating enormous creativity, with a flair for,They are cool, confident, creative and are entrepreneurs in their early twenties. They may not be born with privileged bloodlines to catapult them into the boss’s swivel chair, but their drive has made these Punjabis push the envelope to be their own boss. Demonstrating enormous creativity, with a flair for business, these young sparks are rolling up their sleeves and getting down to business, from the shop floor upwards. Having grown up in internet and mobile India, they are expansive in their scope of connectedness to the world at large.As entrepreneurship in Punjab evolves from a financially well-off heir’s prerogative to a new-age career, a growing breed of dynamic, young professionals with solid academic degrees are emerging as key players in the region’s entrepreneurship scenario. Remaining ahead of the curve, this crop of young entrepreneurs is swimming against the flow, knowing what they are doing and getting out there to do it. Goal-oriented and humble, these youngsters are media savvy, glamourous, articulate and expressive, with loads of talent, energy and enthusiasm.We zoom in on this vibrant slice of Punjab by speaking to seven spirited young professionals; who live a life steeped in entrepreneurship.Jasmeet K ShanHappy feetA dance facilitator at a self-owned venture Dance Dacha, 23-year-old Jasmeet K Shan combines therapy and dance in her unique approach to holistic wellness. A State Gold Champion of Latin American Dance Sport Championship and a choreographer for the past eight years, Shan designs many dance sequences and workshops. However, the svelte performer’s real calling lies in dance therapy, “We are born with an innate ability to move to a rhythm. My therapy encourages the authentic flow of this movement as an expression of one’s internal state of being. It uses customised dance movements to help people resolve internal issues, besides providing a neuromuscular workout, stabilising core muscles and strengthening the mind.” A post graduate in communication studies, the svelte performer uses dance as an effective communication tool. “We train the dance dachniks (enthusiasts) in choreography which involves conceiving a sequence of movements and their improvisation. Every session aims to bring a hidden aspect of the dancer alive, which is instrumental in overcoming lifestyle problems like stress, depression, weight issues & obesity,” shares Shan. Presently designing elementary and advanced dance programs for housewives, senior citizens, special kids, Shan is looking forward to tie-ups with various dance experts across the world for exchange programmes to counter daily stress levels and diseases.Prashant Prakash ChaddhaLearning curveAt 26, Prashant Prakash Chaddha is the CEO of Learning Inc.-an education and content development company that provides content for competitive examinations like CAT and writing services for organisations. One of the company’s main products is the interactive vocabulary website: www.wordpandit.com. The free, interactive website fosters an environment of visual learning, by creating a number of vocabulary products. A graduate in civil engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chaddha has derived Learning Inc from the sum total of his interests, “I had an unmatched passion for words, teaching and reading. I also wanted to assimilate my love for language, art and education and create learning from everyday life experiences. So I started this online publication ‘Thinking Cult’, which gradually extended into www.wordpandit.com,” shares Prashant, adding that very soon, the company is all set to launch a series of books and guides in the market. Chaddha believes that sans a few hardships, the journey so far has been exhilarating.Rahul GuptaHelping handAll of 22, Rahul Gupta has been running the Global Environment Concern (GEC) for the last two and a half years. “We strive towards social development by working on 3 integrated E’s -education, environment and entrepreneurship. We run an evening school called the Smiles School, for poor children in partnership with the education department. By using the premises of a government school, we wish to make this model popular; where government and general public can partner for community education. We are working on water conservation and also provide an integrated development experience to college graduates who work with us and transform into entrepreneurs.” Rahul credits his exposure to the masses for his socially conscious venture, “I started working at 17, when I joined my brother’s real estate company. GEC was born to lower economic disparity through development.” Rahul believes the journey has been an amazing roller coaster ride, he says. “With this venture, I have acquired the skills of client and finance management, human resources management and taking responsibility for my decisions.”Kavaljeet KaurHealthy businessWhat started as a fitness-routine for a 16-year-old Kavaljeet Kaur is today her life force, “The very ritual of rolling the mat and starting asanas connects me with my inner self,” shares Kaur, asserting that yoga gives her a high like no corporate job, “Offering solace in my sensory overloaded days, it allows me to have a bigger heart-one of sharing, giving and making a difference.” Having experienced energy and balance in her life through yoga, Kaur wanted to share this wonderful experience with others, “After completing my graduation in commerce, I delved deep into the study of this age-old discipline,” shares the 26-year-old yoga entrepreneur, trained from Kaivalyadham (Lonavala) and The Yoga institute (Mumbai). In 2006, this 21-yearold launched Yogcafe, her out-of-the-box, nomadic yoga studio initiative. “We use dance studios for teaching yoga without worrying about heavy studio rents. The customers end up paying less and it’s a winwin situation for all. Also, the cafe is a platform where clients come and share their truths and experiences. It teaches people how to create happiness through positivism, healthy lifestyle and yoga,” shares Kaval, presently involved in ‘My Yoga Project, teaching yoga to the underprivileged in collaboration with a local NGO Yuvsatta.Kshitij MehraGifting a visionInspired by Bollywood blockbusters Swades and Three Idiots, Kshitij Mehra’s story is a gutsy, outstanding experiment with grass root realism. All of 27, Mehra is spearheading YuvShaala-a career cum future awareness endeavour for rural youth. The enterprise has young people travelling across Himachal to counsel students on diverse career options. Mehra aims to cover Punjab and Himachal and launch his career-counselling magazine this year. A commerce graduate, Mehra pursued his CA Inter from Delhi and dreamt of doing an MBA from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon. But it was a visit to Himachal that made him discover his true calling. “A friend was launching an institution in Kullu and took me along for marketing presentations. However, the enthusiastic response we got from students inspired me to counsel village kids and Yuvshaala was born.” Mehra’s bedroom became YuvShaala’s boardroom, he says. “I even lost my way in remote Himachal villages and even had rickety school doors fall on me in villages,” laughs the undeterred counsellor.Preet Arjun SinghTee timeFrom a civil engineer with Infosys and a business developer for a leading northern coaching institute, handling their centres across Haryana, Himachal and Punjab, 25-year-old Preet Arjun Singh today is happy being called the T-shirt guy. Founder of concept brand store Karma Republic, the 2007 engineering graduate from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, is busy spreading awareness about social/cultural issues through graphics on self-designed T shirts.These happened to Singh as a happy coincidence. “On 3rd August 2009, I designed a T shirt for myself themed on Independence Day. This tee had India along with the names freedom fighters. I uploaded the design on face book to seek feedback and appreciation. However, my inbox was flooded with requests for similar tees. I got 100 T shirts made, which sold off in three days,” he remembers. Besides looking for greater reach through existing retail chains and colleges, KR is strengthening its online presence. “Unlike a 9×5 job, designing tees gives me the freedom to experiment and work at my own pace,” chirps an excited Preet, presently working on a T shirt campaign against sexual harassment/eve teasing.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Raptors miss opportunity in Game 5 of NBA Finals

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Off to Oracle it goes for Game 6 on Thursday night, the final home game the Warriors will ever play in that building.The Raptors are still in control of the series. The worst thing that can happen to them in the next few days is to have a Game 7 in their Scotiabank Arena on Sunday night to decide the championship.They’ve won three times at Oracle already this season. But they also knew this was a chance that slipped away.And against a team with such a championship pedigree, even if Kevin Durant can’t come back to this series, any missed opportunity could be very costly.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Warriors stay alive, survive Raptors in Game 5 ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View commentscenter_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess And the Toronto Raptors couldn’t finish it off.The Raptors still lead the NBA Finals 3-2, even after losing at home to the Golden State Warriors 106-105 on Monday night. But they’ll be heading back to California on Tuesday, and allowed the Warriors — the wounded two-time defending NBA champions — to have renewed life in their quest for a third straight ring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKawhi Leonard’s jumper with 3:28 left put the Raptors up 103-97. They were outscored 9-2 the rest of the way. They missed five of their last six shots — the only make was on a goaltending call — and went 0 for 3 from 3-point range in that crucial closing stretch. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry scored all nine of Golden State’s points in that finishing kick.The Larry O’Brien Trophy went back into its carrying case. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TORONTO, ONTARIO – JUNE 10: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors reacts against the Golden State Warriors in the first half during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPTORONTO — They were up by six, in the city that Torontonians call The Six, with less than three minutes left.The NBA championship was there for the taking.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Where is it going wrong for Henry at Monaco?

first_imgMonaco are second from bottom in Ligue 1 and are out of the Champions League. This weekend they play table-topping Paris Saint-Germain.Neymar’s team have made the best start in the history of French football – 12 consecutive victories – and have beaten Monaco the last seven times they’ve faced them. Last April it was by a 7-1 margin.Thierry Henry’s career as a first-team coach is only five matches old and he’s already in a crisis. This week Monaco were eliminated from the Champions League by Club Brugge, losing 4-0 at home, and giving the Belgians their first victory in the competition for 13 years. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! To add insult to injury, it was Monaco’s worst-ever home defeat in the Champions League.This is a far cry from the team of two years ago, when Leonardo Jardim expertly led a squad containing Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar, Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva and more to the Ligue 1 title ahead of PSG and to the semi-finals of the Champions League for good measure.Those who remain from the title-winning team – namely Radamel Falaco, Djibril Sidibe, Andrea Raggi and Kamil Glik – are creaking. The ones brought into the side are too young and inexperienced to do damage at this level.Furthermore, Henry can’t rely on a lot of them right now because they are either suspended or injured. It’s no secret that Monaco consider themselves a selling club but that title-winning group has not been replaced adequately.Raggi and Youri Tielemans are banned for the PSG visit while Glik on Tuesday joined a long injury list which already includes recent signings Willem Geubbels and Aleksander Golovin as well as Ronny Lopes,  Lorenzo Pellegri, Kevin N’Doram and Stevan Jovetic.Thierry Henry Monaco Champions League 06112018It’s hard enough for Monaco to keep pace with PSG at the best of times, to do so with multiple teenagers in the team is impossible.They have not won any of their last 15 matches – stretching back to August 11 – and Henry has presided over three defeats and two draws in all competitions.To make matters worse, Monaco were named in this week’s Der Spiegel Football Leaks documents. Club owner Dmitri Rybolovlev was accused of personally profiting from the sale of Mbappe to PSG although the club strongly deny any wrongdoing.Things got worse for the Russian on Wednesday however when he was placed under formal investigation for fraud. His fate remains to be seen.This wasn’t the managerial start envisaged by Henry when he opted to leave the side of Roberto Martinez in the Belgium set-up and branch out on his own. This year Henry stepped down from his role at Sky Sports as he felt the time was right to find the perfect coaching job.Monaco appeared to be a good fit – he spent five years as a player there and had expert knowledge of the squad by the time he arrived.But circumstances do not seem to favour him. Monaco’s recruitment failures have left his squad unbalanced and inexperienced in the large.He is struggling to impose his identity on the team and has been forced to chop and change both his systems and personnel.It is not a question of Henry having the wrong ideas, but he has been unable to make his mark on a team shorn of confidence. Their run of form has been shambolic and unless they get their act together, relegation could become an issue.They are only clear of bottom side Guingamp by a margin of goal difference although that gap could be reduced significantly if PSG are in the mood.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Rocking White-Orange-White against TCU

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The paisley works in a stripe and on this helmet much like it works on the collar of the jersey but is not my favorite when it takes up the whole shell. It really looks good with the black facemask.The full combo together as modeled by freshman tailback J.D. King.Game 4 UNI ⚪️?⚪️ #okstate pic.twitter.com/6RhdqO8Wl9— Allison Gappa (@AllisonGappa) September 23, 2017Here’s a look at the combo in action.YEAH BUDDY!! #GoPokes #okstate #CowboyUp18 #CowboyUp19 pic.twitter.com/f9ZQQpKeUr— Oklahoma State FB (@CowboyFB_Elite) September 23, 2017 In its first game inside Boone Pickens Stadium since the season opener against Tulsa, Oklahoma State will roll out a familiar look. The Cowboys are going back the Week 1 color combination of White-Orange-White with a new marshal badge helmet and paisley stripe down the center in place of the “full Pete” lid.Here’s a closeup look at the new helmet.The stripe. ???#GoPokes #okstate #CowboyUp18 #CowboyUp19 pic.twitter.com/m6FK5Pi1gl— Cowboy FB Recruiting (@CowboyFB_Elite) September 23, 2017last_img read more

TCU Announces Suspension For Star WR Following Arrest

first_imgA general view of TCU's football stadium.FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 24: A view as the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Baylor Bears at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)TCU will need to find a way out of the bottom half of the Big 12’s standings without the help of star WR/KR KaVontae Turpin.On Monday, TCU head coach Gary Patterson announced that Turpin would be suspended after he was arrested on Sunday. Turpin was charged with assault with a bodily injury of a family member.Though Patterson would not specify the length of the suspension, he did infer that Turpin would not be available for their upcoming game against Kansas.“Everybody knows how I handle things like this,” Patterson said, per the Star-Telegram. “My track record usually speaks for itself if you go back through it. We’re gathering information, but at this point in time he probably won’t play against Kansas.TCU coach Gary Patterson said standout WR/KR KaVontae Turpin has been suspended following arrest for assault on a family member.— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) October 22, 2018Turpin leads the country in punt return average with 20 yards per punt return and a touchdown. He had a 99-yard kickoff return against Oklahoma this past weekend.On offense, Turpin has three receiving TDs.TCU is currently seventh in the Big 12 standings with a 3-4 record overall and a 1-3 record in-conference.last_img read more

Learning a lot from Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly, will use it during 2019 ICC World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgLearning a lot from Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly, will use it during 2019 ICC World Cup: Shikhar DhawanShikhar Dhawan said that he has learnt a lot from Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly at Delhi Capitals and he intends to use those things at the 2019 ICC World Cup.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 25, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 13:14 IST Shikhar Dhawan has scored 401 from 11 matches this season (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan said he is very fortunate to be working with Ponting and SouravDhawan said he learn a lot from their insight, their mindset, their approachDhawan also heaped praises on his Delhi Capitals teammate Prithvi ShawIndia opener Shikhar Dhawan has said he is learning a lot from legends like Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly and would appropriately use that knowledge during the 50-over World Cup, starting May 30 in UK.Dhawan is currently playing in IPL for Delhi Capitals, coached by former Australia skipper Ponting while former India captain Ganguly is associated with the franchise as advisor.”Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly…I am very fortunate that I am working with them now. They both have been great leaders. It is very good to be close to them because I can get their insight, know what was their mindset, what was their approach when they used to play or captain their side,” explained Dhawan, who has scored 5,355 runs in 128 ODIs.”I am already learning so many things from them (and) it is helping me. I am grateful (for) that. I am sure those things are helping me in the IPL and I am going to take it to the World Cup,” he added.Dhawan, meanwhile, also heaped praises on his Delhi Capitals teammate Prithvi Shaw, saying he is the next big thing in Indian cricket.”So Prithvi, I would say it is a very big achievement to play for India at the age of 19, especially India is a dominating country for batsmen (and there are) lots of batsmen, so someone coming in at 19 is a big achievement and he has done very well for Indian team.”He is a very talented boy and I am sure he is going to do wonders for our country,” the dashing left-handed batsman said after being roped in as the brand ambassador of lubricants firm — GS Caltex India — at a function here on Wednesday night.advertisementShaw had shone on his Test debut against the West Indies at Rajkot last year.Also Read | No debate surrounding No.4 spot in World Cup squad, says Shikhar DhawanFor 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 commentslast_img read more

Oppo Reno 2Z quick review: Stunning design, four cameras and a lot of potential

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiSeptember 6, 2019UPDATED: September 6, 2019 12:59 IST Oppo Reno 2Z is now on sale in India priced at Rs 29,990.HIGHLIGHTSOppo Reno 2Z is now on sale in India priced at Rs 29,990.It features a 48MP quad camera setup and premium glass design.Reno 2Z is powered by a Helio P90 SoC and supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging.Oppo launched the Oppo Reno 2, Reno 2Z and Reno 2F in India recently as its first set of phones to come with quad cameras. The interesting thing about the Reno 2-series phones is how similar they are to each other despite the differences in pricing. Oppo has tried to maintain a singular design philosophy that can be brought to not only its premium phones but also to the more affordable products. The Oppo Reno 2Z is proof of that as it brings almost the same look and feel of the more premium Reno 2, but at a more affordable price point.The Oppo Reno 2Z has been launched at a price of Rs 29,990, which isn’t really affordable in the traditional sense of the word. However, the company has tried to justify the pricing by offering premium materials on the Reno 2Z. It sports a stunning glass design, notchless AMOLED display and a 48MP quad camera setup, among other things.The Reno 2Z is now on sale in India, so we decided to offer our first impressions on the device to help you decide whether you should buy it or not.As we said earlier, the Reno 2Z is nearly identical to the Reno 2 from a design perspective. And this great, because the Reno 2 is easily one of the best-looking phones in the market right now. So, the Reno 2Z also gets Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back. The glass on the back is curved around the sides to offer a comfortable in-hand feel. It is a glossy panel that comes in some very attractive colours like Luminous Black and Sky White.advertisementI spoke about how the Luminous Black is by far one of my favorite colours on a smartphone this year when I checked out the Reno 2, and my feelings about the colour remains the same with the Reno 2Z as well. The Luminous black colours is stunning as it offers a deep black colour on the back and the frame along with a blue halo effect around the edges of the glass and around the center Oppo strip that glows like an LED light at certain angles under light.What I also admire about the design of the Reno 2-series is how Oppo has placed the quad rear cameras under the glass, so there’s no camera bump. It is one smooth and seamless glass panel with only a tiny green-coloured O-Dot bump that slightly lifts the rear panel when keeping in on a flat surface to avoid scratches on the cameras.The Reno 2Z offers a large display, but the body is still comfortable enough to hold in one hand. The buttons on the side of the frame are easy to reach. The Reno 2Z also features an optical in-display fingerprint sensor that is snappy at unlocking the device in the limited time that I tried it. There’s also a Type-C port on the bottom alongside a single speaker grille and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Coming to the display, the Reno 2Z gets a similar notchless AMOLED screen as seen on the Reno 2. It features a 6.53-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The bezels on the top and sides are extremely thin and almost non-existent. There is a chin that looks slightly thicker than the chin on the Reno 2.The Reno 2Z’s display look attractive with vibrant colours that look rich and lively on screen. In my brief interaction with the device, I felt that the brightness levels are good and so are viewing angles. With an AMOLED panel, you can expect colours to look saturated and deep black levels. In our full review, we will talk about the quality of the display while watching videos and playing games.Since the Reno 2Z doesn’t offer a notch of any kind, the selfie camera has been moved to a pop-up mechanism. The 2Z doesn’t get the same shark-fin rising camera design as the Reno 2. Instead, it gets a traditional vertical pop-up camera that shoots up straight. It also lights up every time it rises or descends, which looks nice.Under the hood, the Oppo Reno 2Z is powered by a MediaTek Helio P90 chipset which is paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The RAM and storage should be plenty to keep you happy. The Helio P90 SoC was launched late last year and competes against the Snapdragon 710 mid-range chipset from Qualcomm. It is a 2.2GHz processor and is produced on a 12nm process.advertisementOut of the box, the Reno 2Z feels snappy and easy to use. Apps open quickly and browsing through the UI was smooth. In our in-depth review, we plan to test the Reno 2Z intensively to see how the phone performs day-to-day on heavy usage and gaming performance. ColorOS 6.1 based on Android Pie can be found out of the box, which brings attractive wallpapers and gradient themes but also its fair share of preloaded apps and bloatware. The USP of the Reno 2Z is its 48MP quad camera setup, which is almost similar to the Reno 2. It gets the same primary sensor i.e 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 with EIS support as the Reno 2. However, instead of a telephoto lens, the Reno 2Z gets a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The quad camera system also includes an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel mono lens. Camera features on the Reno 2Z also include Ultra Dark Mode, Ultra Steady Video, Dazzle Color, HDR and more.With a quad camera setup, Oppo is offering users the ability to shoot in various modes and perspectives. Other companies like Relame and Xioami have also been introducing quad camera phones off late at affordable prices so the competition is tough for Oppo. But based on a few images captured, the Reno 2Z’s 48MP camera system looks to impress.Lastly, the Reno 2Z packs a 4,000mAh battery which should be enough for a full-day usage. We can only know for sure after using the device extensively over the next few days. It also supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging, which we know by experience will charge the device up in about 80 minutes.Overall, the Oppo Reno 2Z looks as stunning as the Reno 2, but at a more attractive price point. You can find phones from Realme and Redmi that are priced much lower while offering similar 48MP cameras, but the Reno 2Z’s charm lies in its unique design language and packaging. Stay tuned to our in-depth review of the Reno 2 and Reno 2Z to find out whether they are truly worth their price.ALSO READ | Oppo Reno 2Z now on sale in India: Price, specs and where to buyALSO READ | Oppo Reno 2 quick review: Stunning looks and a lot of camerasGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow OppoFollow Oppo Reno 2Z Next Oppo Reno 2Z quick review: Stunning design, four cameras and a lot of potentialOppo Reno 2Z is now on sale in India and here are our first impressions of the phone’s design, 48MP quad camera setup and Helio P90 SoC.advertisementlast_img read more

Security Minister Outlines Challenges Region must Confront in 2019

first_imgMinister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (left), accepts a gift from Dean of Academic Affairs, William J. Perry Centre for Hemispheric Defence Studies, Dr. Scott Tollefson, at the opening of the United States of America (USA)/Jamaica Defence and Security seminar, held at the Directorate of Training and Doctrine Auditorium, Up Park Camp, on January 22. Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says transnational organised crime and the connected high rates of crime and violence, human trafficking and the imminent threat posed by cybercriminals are some of the challenges that the region must confront in 2019. Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says transnational organised crime and the connected high rates of crime and violence, human trafficking and the imminent threat posed by cybercriminals are some of the challenges that the region must confront in 2019.Dr. Chang notes that in Jamaica and the wider CARICOM region, the security threats that are unique to small island states demand the persistent attention of policymakers.He was addressing the opening of the United States of America (USA)/Jamaica Defence and Security three-day seminar, held at the Directorate of Training and Doctrine Auditorium, Up Park Camp, on January 22. It is jointly organised by the William J Perry Centre for Hemispheric Defence Studies and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). He was addressing the opening of the United States of America (USA)/Jamaica Defence and Security three-day seminar, held at the Directorate of Training and Doctrine Auditorium, Up Park Camp, on January 22. It is jointly organised by the William J Perry Centre for Hemispheric Defence Studies and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). Story Highlights Dr. Chang notes that in Jamaica and the wider CARICOM region, the security threats that are unique to small island states demand the persistent attention of policymakers. The Minister said that according to Researcher, Dr. R. Evan Ellis, the security environment of the region is shaped by three persistent, interdependent, albeit evolving, challenges – climate, migration and criminal flows.“It is, therefore, fitting that we will commence 2019 with a strategic focus on the defence and security threats impacting the region,” Dr. Chang said.The Minister pointed out that the seminar is a demonstration of the Forces’ commitment to developing sustainable solutions to long-standing and emerging problems impacting Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region.Dr. Chang argued that the hosting of the seminar could not be timelier, as the Americas is currently facing numerous security and defence challenges.He said that this exchange of perspectives and experiences will allow persons to contemplate new policies and approaches to achieve safety and security at the national, regional and international levels.The Minister emphasised that security does not exist in a vacuum, as insecurity and instability in one country can have significant implications for citizens in countries thousands of miles away.Over the next three days, the presentations, discussions and exercises will focus on: ‘National Security and Defence’; ‘Transnational Threats and Organised Crime’; and ‘Evolving and Future Trends’.“I am confident that the seminar participants, who represent a wide cross section of ministries, departments and agencies, are all keen to engage in the diverse, interesting and relevant subject matters,” Dr. Chang said.“The varied perspectives that will be brought out in your discussions can only enrich the understanding and provide new insights that will enable us to eradicate crime and violence from the Jamaican society,” he added.last_img read more

4H Members Compete in Provincial Event

first_imgTwo hundred and fifty young Nova Scotians will take part in competitions during the 4-H Weekend on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Bible Hill. “The talent that members exhibit at the 4-H Weekend is profound. For the past 85 years our 4-H program help develop the skills of our young people who then become exceptional community leaders,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. “The 4-H Weekend is an excellent opportunity for families to socialize and for the public to experience the public speaking talent among the 4-H membership.” 4-H members will participate in several events, including the woodsman contests, the Nova Scotia Horse Classic, public-speaking competitions and the 4-H Weekend Challenge. “The confidence that our youth develop through this communications training is just one of the experiences that the 4-H program offers,” said Arthur Pick, acting manager, 4-H and rural organizations with the Department of Agriculture. “The excellent communication skills of 4-H members is evident at all 4-H events and their expertise in speaking will benefit them as they become leaders in their careers and communities.” The highlight of the weekend is 4-H Night in Nova Scotia on May 5. 4-H members who have won provincial honours will present their winning speeches and demonstrations. Awards are presented to the winners of all competitions and to members and leaders who have won national 4-H travel awards. Several Friends of 4-H certificates will be presented to people who have made significant contributions to the 4-H program. The provincial 4-H host and hostess, who officially represent Nova Scotia’s 4-H program, will be chosen. Many activities are open to the public. Information is available online at www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/4h/ .last_img read more

Teen offered lift raped by cabbie

first_imgGurugram: In a shocking incident, a 15-year-old girl was raped in Gurugram on the pretext of offering her a lift. The alleged incident took place on Saturday at IFFCO Chowk. The victim was raped by her cab driver. The Gurugram police is investigating the case.The teenager victim, a resident of Mahipalpur area in Delhi, works with food caterers. The victim was allegedly raped by a cab driver on the pretext of offering her a lift. According to police, the victim had gone to work at a wedding on the Old Delhi Road. The victim was accompanied by three other girls. After finishing her work, the victim went looking for transport to return to Delhi. A cab with two people already in it offered them a lift. The four girls entered the car and sat on the back seat. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe victim alleged that the cab driver dropped the person sitting on the first seat at Shankar Chowk before driving to a secluded area. She added that the cab driver locked the three other women inside the car and then raped her. Following this, he dropped the four women near Mahipalpur and warned them against informing the police. The Delhi Police registered a zero FIR and transferred the case to the Gurugram Police. The police registered a case again at the DLF-2 station. Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was added to the FIR. Gurugram along with its counterpart Faridabad is leading in terms of sexual crimes against minors. In 2017, 106 cases of sexual crimes against minors were reported while in 2016 it was 115.last_img read more

Morocco Rescues 32 Migrants from Sea Recovers 11 Bodies

Rabat – The Moroccan government has rescued 32 migrants and recovered the bodies of 11 after their boat sank off Nador in northeast Morocco on October 1.The Royal Gendarmerie of Nador arrested a human smuggler from Mali aged 18. The rescued migrants were from sub-Saharan Africa.The gendarmerie opened an investigation to identify who was leading the migration operation. The operation comes while the government is on high alert to prevent undocumented migration and combat migration networks.Read Also: Migration ‘Mafias’ Challenge Government with Free Rides to EuropeOn September 24, the royal navy opened fire on a boat of migrants, killing a 20-year-old Moroccan woman and injuring three others.The shooting put the government under pressure as Moroccans mourned the tragic death of Hayat.A military source told AFP that the migrants on board the go-fast boat were hidden under a tarp, so the navy could not see them. Morocco’s minister of human rights also explained that authorities were targeting the captain and not the migrants as such boats are suspicious and are thought to smuggle drugs. read more

Children bear brunt of conflict in Middle East top UN official says

23 April 2007Returning from a two-week mission to Lebanon, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, the top United Nations envoy on children and armed conflict today said that children bear the brunt of the conflict. Although the children from all areas she visited were “very playful and resilient… they all shared, regardless of whichever community I spoke to, a great deal of anxiety, insecurity and despair,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy said at a press briefing in New York.Especially among Palestinian youth, she sensed a “great deal of anger and a desire for vengeance.”She gave an anecdote of meeting a group of young boys in the occupied Palestinian territory who told her of how they threw stones. When she quoted human rights activist Mahatma Gandhi, who said that “an eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind,” the boys responded: “In this region, it’s an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, until justice is done.”Ms. Coomaraswamy also outlined the various issues she brought up with Government officials and others in the three countries she visited.With Prime Minister Fuad Siniora and other officials in Lebanon, she discussed the plight of Palestinian refugees living in the country and how their living conditions in camps could be improved, as well as how they could be given increased access to social services and employment opportunities.She also asked him to have Lebanon take the lead in pushing for an international agreement on cluster munitions.The Special Representative conferred with a Hizbollah deputy regarding the use of minors for political and armed violence, and he stated that his party would support the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict when it comes before the Lebanese Parliament.Ms. Coomaraswamy also said she was heartened by the positive response of Lebanese civil society and others for rehabilitation and humanitarian needs.In Israel, she met with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, and one of the topics discussed was the barrier erected by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory, which “we found has enormous humanitarian and psychosocial consequences for Palestinian children” and impedes health, education and freedom of movement.“There is a belief that the barrier as it stands today is unconscionable,” she told reporters, calling for a comprehensive civilian review of the humanitarian consequences of the barrier.While she said she understood the country’s security concerns, “in certain contexts, the balance towards security over humanitarian affairs has shifted too far and is having enormous consequences on Palestinian children and also on Israeli children.”Ms. Coomaraswamy also urged the Israeli Government to replace the current “military” system of child detention with a “judicial” one. Many children have been incarcerated for what she believes as more minor offences, such as stone throwing, and a punitive approach is not successful as it has made children “hard and bitter.”She also brought up the issues of settler violence as it affects children, greater accountability for the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) and assistance on locating cluster munitions in southern Lebanon.In the occupied Palestinian territory, she met with President Mahmoud Abbas and his chief of staff, with whom she also discussed the mobilization of children for violence. Mr. Abbas noted there is talk of resuscitating a 2003 code of conduct by which militias agreed not to use children in armed violence.She also encouraged the President to curb the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel, “especially since those rockets do not separate civilians from combatants.”One positive development she found during her visit to the region was that both Palestinian and Israeli authorities have agreed to explore methods to establish a tripartite commission, with an as-of-yet unknown third party, to examine education materials used by children in the two areas. read more

UN launches phonebased food voucher scheme for Iraqi refugees in Syria

27 October 2009Food vouchers can now be sent to Iraqi refugee families living in Syria via text message, thanks to a new pilot project by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Food vouchers can now be sent to Iraqi refugee families living in Syria via text message, thanks to a new pilot project by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).The scheme will allow refugees living in the Syrian capital, Damascus, to receive codes for virtual food vouchers on their mobile telephones which they can use to purchase rice, wheat, lentils, cheese, eggs and other items that cannot be distributed in conventional aid baskets.“This pilot project will allow WFP to meet the needs of refugees living in a city where food is available but they are unable to afford it,” said Daly Belgasmi, the agency’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.Each of the 1,000 Iraqi families will receive one voucher per person, worth $22, every two months. After each transaction, they will receive updated balances by text message.“People will no longer need to queue at food distribution points or travel long distances to distribution centres,” according to WFP Syria Country Director Muhannad Hadi. “They will also be able to have a more diversified diet, based on their own personal choices and preferences.”Although phone messages and smart cards have been used in the past to transfer cash to those in need, this is believed to be the first time food vouchers have been distributed utilizing cell phone technology.Syria’s Ministry of Economy and Trade will provide food items through its stores in the Jaramana and Sayeda Zeinab neighbourhoods in Damascus, where most Iraqi refugees live.The mobile phone service provider MTN donated SIM cards for the project, which is set to run for four months but could be extended depending on the success of the pilot programme.There are currently over 1.2 million uprooted Iraqis in Syria, according to Government figures, of whom 130,000 regularly receive food aid and other assistance from WFP and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). read more

Curfew in the entire North Western Province

The Police enforced an indefinite curfew in the North Western Province today as violence continued to spread.Earlier the Police imposed a curfew in the Rasnayakapura and Kobeigane areas in Kurunegala as well as in the Kuliyapitiya, Bingiriya, Dummalasuriya and Hettipola areas till 4am tomorrow. However as the tense situation continued to spread the Police imposed a curfew in the entire North Western Province.

UN agency releases world music album to raise awareness about volunteerism

The world-beat album showcases styles as diverse as Uzbek dance, Japanese techno, French rock, Latin salsa and traditional Arabic music. It features Jamaican reggae star Tony Rebel and Portuguese artist Paulo De Carvalho. Songs on the album examine diverse perspectives on a wide range of volunteer issues. “Like volunteerism, music is a universal form of expression that cuts through all cultures,” said the UNV’s Henri Valot in a statement in Bonn. The album’s release was timed to coincide with UN Day observed annually on 24 October. He expressed hope that interested individuals and organizations “can help highlight the importance of volunteers by bringing this album to radio stations in their countries.”The album, which comes with a CD-ROM on the International Year of Volunteers, will be distributed to radio stations around the world. UNV is encouraging stations to play featured songs to help promote and encourage volunteerism. The agency produced the album with the support of the Government of Japan. All songs were donated by the artists. Created in 1970 as the volunteer arm of the UN system, UNV fields thousands of specialists to extend hands-on assistance for peace and development in nearly 150 countries around the world. read more

International Atomic Energy Agency seeks talks with DPR of Korea on nuclear

Responding to reports that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has plans to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today contacted Pyongyang seeking talks on the matter. In a message to the DPRK authorities, IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei confirmed the Agency’s readiness to dispatch a senior team to the country, or to receive a DPRK delegation in Vienna, to discuss this matter. Talks would also cover the general question of the implementation of IAEA safeguards – required under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) – in the DPRK, according to the Agency. The Director-General voiced hope that the DPRK “will without delay come back into full compliance with its nuclear non-proliferation obligations.” Yesterday, the IAEA formally requested Pyongyang to furnish information about the reports of an undeclared uranium enrichment facility in the DPRK. read more

Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Bryan Price named manager

The Cincinnati Reds decided to hire in-house to its open managerial position.The club’s front office announced the promotion of pitching coach Bryan Price to manager at a Tuesday press conference. News of the hire first surfaced Monday night on Twitter from Fox’s Ken Rosenthal.Reds General Manager and President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty said Tuesday that despite a long list of candidates, he and the rest of the front office did not interview anyone else for the job.“Once we had the meeting with Bryan, we saw no reason to go forward (with other candidates),” Jocketty said at the press conference.The club’s CEO, Bob Castellini, described Price as “exceptional,” and said if the Reds did not hire Price, he likely would be heading elsewhere.The two sides agreed to a three-year contract running through 2016.Price, the 61st manager in team history, steps in for Dusty Baker who was relieved of his duties Oct. 3 after the Reds lost six consecutive games to close out 2013, including the National League Wild Card Game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.Baker went 509-463 (.524) during his six seasons in Cincinnati; he took his team to the postseason in three of the past four years.Price has served as the Reds’ pitching coach since 2010. During the 2013 regular season, the Reds’ pitching staff owned the MLB’s fourth-best ERA and led the NL in strikeouts. The year before, Price’s repertoire of bullpen arms led the Majors in saves (56) and was fourth in ERA (3.34). The 2012 Reds’ starting pitchers became just the eighth rotation in MLB history with five pitchers making at least 30 starts each.Price, who has never managed at the professional level, pitched as high as AAA in the minor leagues and served as the pitching coach for both the Mariners’ (2000-2005) and Diamondbacks (2006-2009) before coming to Cincinnati.The San Francisco, Calif., native interviewed for the Miami Marlins’ managerial vacancy last offseason, and was rumored to be a possible candidate for the Seattle Mariners current opening at the position.Starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who becomes a free agent as soon as the World Series ends, told the Cincinnati Enquirer how he felt his former pitching coach would do as a replacement when news broke of Baker’s firing.“I think he’d be unbelievable,” Arroyo said. “He’s as organized as anyone in the game; he holds people as accountable as well as anyone I’ve seen. He doesn’t buy into stereotypical things in the game … Price looks at evidence. He’s a freaking smart guy, he makes his decision on reasonable evidence. Sometimes in baseball we go by hunches, what someone else said or the way things have gone in the past. He doesn’t do that.”According to a September article at mlb.com, Reds’ starting pitcher Homer Bailey also had positive things to say about Price’s ability to hold people accountable, an area some feel Baker struggled with.“We are held accountable,” Bailey said. “We demand certain things out of everyone here, whether you’re the No. 1 starter on the team or the mop-up guy, it doesn’t matter. Our expectations are held so high. Some things are just unacceptable. Our starters are expected to go seven innings. We are expected to keep our team in the game. We are expected to put up quality starts.”Price thanked Baker during Tuesday’s press conference, saying “he became a friend and confidant.”Jocketty said other coaching staff decisions for vacant roles have not yet been made.Price will join John Farrell of the Red Sox and the Padres’ Bud Black as the only active managers who were previously a pitching coach. read more

Rhein Neckar Lowen beat SG Flensburg in soldout SAP Arena

Rhein Neckar Lowen stayed at the TOP of DKB Bundesliga. Nikolaj Jacobsen boys beat the biggest contender for the title – SG Flensburg Handewitt 32:27 (20:16) in front of sold-out SAP Arena in Mannheim, where only home team was in lead during 60 minutes.Rhein-Neckar Löwen – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 32:27 (20:16)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren, Palicka; Schmid (6), Sigurdsson (10/3), Radivojevic, Baena (2), Tollbring, Mensah (3), Pekeler (6), Reinkind, Taleski, Guardiola, Petersson (1), Groetzki (4), TrostSG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson, Möller; Karlsson, Glandorf (6), Mogensen (2), Svan (1), Wanne (1), Jeppsson, Steinhauser, Zachariassen (2), Toft Hansen (4), Gottfridsson, Lauge (8), Mahé (3/2), HeinlRhein-Neckar 32 – 27 Flensburg-H.Erlangen 23 – 27 Fuchse BerlinGoppingen 22 – 29 KielHuttenberg 20 – 24 LeipzigMT Melsungen 33 – 24 StuttgartHSG Wetzlar 30 – 25 GummersbachHannover-Burgdorf 27 – 25 LemgoLudwigshafen 23 – 26 SC MagdeburgSTANDINGS: 8.MT Melsungen181125494:46724 10.HSG Wetzlar18729466:45316 3.Hannover-Burgdorf181323510:47028 4.Flensburg-H.181314525:45827 15.Stuttgart184113435:5039 12.Minden18468473:50314 1.Rhein-Neckar181503551:44430 18.Ludwigshafen182313415:4857 17.Huttenberg182313452:5187 16.N-Lubbecke182412411:4798 6.Leipzig181215503:46925 2.Fuchse Berlin181413539:49229 9.Lemgo18738473:49217 11.Goppingen18468489:50414 dkb bundesligaRhein Neckar Lowen 5.Kiel181215531:46225 13.Gummersbach185013458:50810 14.Erlangen183411422:49410 ← Previous Story MASTERS HANDBALL WORLD CUP 2018 – Ready for a new handball experience? Next Story → MONTPELLIER WIN DERBY! PSG Handball on winter break with -6! 7.SC Magdeburg181206549:49524 read more

Joe Schmidt explains what made Jamie Heaslip such a superb player

first_img Follow us: the42.ie Short URL Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 6:45 AM Heaslip and Schmidt share a joke. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOSchmidt was Heaslip’s head coach for eight years and always looked at the Naas man as a key player in his Leinster and Ireland teams.We could add more words here, but Schmidt’s speak most true, so we hand you over to the Ireland boss and his answer when asked what Irish rugby loses with Heaslip’s retirement.“Inevitably there are some real pressure points in games and Jamie doesn’t really do pressure points, he does opportunities,” said Schmidt yesterday. “His outlook on how to solve problems was that ‘this is great, let’s get a solution here’.“His calm on the pitch when you have got young players is really important and I think we’ve got Pete [O’Mahony] and CJ [Stander] starting to extend that to the likes of the Jack Conans and Dan Leavys.“Josh van der Flier has it all on is own, he is a young man, he is calm and just loves any opportunity, any challenge on the pitch. But Jamie, he sees all those things as challenges.“He also sees the game incredibly well. I know he got World Try of the Year – if you look at that from the rear angle, he is almost last up out of a ruck on our 22, the ball goes to the edge, there is some interplay between Simon Zebo, Jared Payne, Fergus McFadden gets involved and then who’s tracking right up the pitch exactly where we need him to be? That’s him.“He does see the game very well and he’s just had that big engine that allowed him not just see it but to put himself in a position to contribute to it and that was always crucial. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7 Comments Feb 28th 2018, 6:46 AM Share41 Tweet Email3 Schmidt and Heaslip in Leinster colours. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO“He was incredibly good in the rolling maul, if he had a corner he was tough to shift. He was really good at leading the scrum and I know leading the scrum when you are the back of it doesn’t quite make sense but for us, it’s still a really important position.“There was just those aspects to his game. He would jump for us at the front of the lineout quite often and again was very skillful there, very reliable handling-wise.“That ability across the full spectrum of what’s required in a player… his decision-making in defence. You’ve got youngsters seeing the game late and then making the decision to catch up.“Jamie would see the game and he could kind of predict well enough what would happen next so that he could get in a position to contribute either side of the ball whether it’s scoring that try or getting back and making that tackle on Stuart Hogg [in 2015].“He had a habit. People say, ‘jeepers, Jamie was lucky there.’ Not according to Jamie, not according to us because you get lucky sometimes – he managed to have a knack of it.“That probably becomes an ability to read the game more than luck.”Schmidt also referenced the former Leinster man’s incredible durability over the course of his playing days until this career-ending injury.“I guess I’ve ended up coaching Jamie – unfortunately for Jamie – for over half his professional career, so he’s had to have me chipping away at him. I think the best thing about Jamie is that he chipped away at himself, he chiselled himself, he made himself into one of the best players that I think exists in world rugby. Schmidt always picked Heaslip. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“Against Scotland in the Six Nations win on Super Sunday [in 2015], his tackle on Stuart Hogg – we don’t win the Six Nations without moments like that, where he doesn’t give anything up.“He’s always been in the leadership group, in Leinster as well, captained the side a couple of times, continuously supporting Paulie when Paul O’Connell was captain, supported Rory Best equally.“It was great because he was so often an 80-minute player. I think in 95 Test matches, 72 of them were 80 minutes. That is massive in the modern day.“It was great to have that security. The hooker might often come out after 60 minutes and Jamie was there in those last quarters, those last quarters that probably haven’t been nailed on, Jamie would boss those last quarters and do a good job of it.“For all sorts of reasons, I think he’s a loss to Irish rugby. I know Jamie, he prepares incredibly well so I’ve no doubt he will make a success of another career beyond his rugby one.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! http://the42.ie/3875284 MANY OF US have tried to sum up exactly what it was that made Jamie Heaslip such a fine rugby player since he confirmed his retirement on Monday.But there aren’t many people better placed to comment on Heaslip’s qualities than Joe Schmidt. Ireland’s Chris Farrell likely to miss rest of Six Nations after knee injurySchmidt: ‘We can’t afford to keep conceding three tries a game’ Joe Schmidt explains what made Jamie Heaslip such a superb player ‘People say, ‘Jeepers, Jamie was lucky there.’ Not according to Jamie, not according to us.’ By Murray Kinsella 14,940 Views last_img read more