DD Fitness: It’s your choice

first_imgThis article might not go down well with some.It might touch on a nerve or two.But it’s time to realise that everything we do is a choice. Whether you realise it or not, where you are now regarding your weight and your current nutritional habits is completely your own choice.(This statement does not apply to anyone with a genuine medical condition that prevents them from losing weight.) Our next Lean in 2019 program starts on May 13th and you can sign up now through the link below.https://www.rushefitness.ie/class/lean-in-2019-gym-plan/We had numerous members lose over 3 stone in the past few years and they now know how to keep it off. Type ‘Diet’, ‘Nutrition’, ‘Low carb’, ’Paleo’, ‘Weight Loss’ or any other related term into a Google search engine and you will get millions of options for free.Look up Amazon online and you can get full systems that will help you to lose weight.Look at sites like Precision Nutrition, Shredded By Science, Go Kaleo, Authority Nutrition and they are giving endless amounts of information, again for free, that WILL help you to lose weight and keep it off.Each week in my articles, I give tips and hints on how to get healthier and lose weight.How many of you actually put these into practice?The one thing that most of you have to realize is that the only reason that you cannot lose weight is that you simply don’t really want to lose weight. You might think you want to lose weight, but for most of you, the pain of giving up the foods that are causing your weight problems outweighs the pain you feel every time you look in the mirror.Nothing about change is easy, but so many of you expect it to be.You haven’t tried everything when it comes to weight loss either;Yes, you have tried every PillPowderWrapGelJuiceAnd freezeBut you haven’t tried to eat healthier and exercise more, because you tried it once and you didn’t like it.So, you went back to the easy way out, and there are loads of options for those!Does this sound familiar?Have you tried every fad diet to death only to turn to another one when the first has run its course?You see, it isn’t the type of diet, or the food that you eat that is the problem.The problem is your relationship with the food.It’s the poor habits that you have built up that you ignore and don’t try to change.Drinking every weekendEating highly processed foodsHaving chips with every meal each time you are out,Eating nothing but sandwiches as your lunch,Refusing to eat vegetables,Refusing to drink water;The list goes on and on.And don’t give me any of that ‘Sure you have to live’ nonsense either, because you have been ‘living’ long enough and that’s the reason you are now overweight and turning to fad diets at every turnaround.There is an easier way to do it, only for most of us it isn’t easy.It involves eating food.Non-processed, whole foods.But that is no fun, because you tried that once and when it got hard or the weight stalled for more than a week, it was an easier choice to give up.The problem is that whenever people attempt to try and lose weight this way, they always go for 100%, and they don’t have to.If you aim for 90%, this allows you some leeway throughout the week.The leeway isn’t a 3 course meal that has 2000 cals in it, and then a few drinks before you go home.We have to be realistic here.Weight loss is simple, it’s not easy. If you truly want to lose weight, you must accept that you will find it difficult at times. It will be require change and effort and some people won’t be ready for it at the beginning.Here’s what you can do.Write down your food intake for an entire week.Look at it with an open mind.Pick out what you think is the one thing that is worse than all the rest.Try and remove that for 2 weeks.If you can successfully do that for 2 weeks, review your diet and repeat the process with something else.Keep doing this until you have switched your diet from highly processed calorie dense foods, to lower calorie nutrient dense whole foods.Start with this and you will lose weight and change your relationship with food in the process.Or, keep doing what you are doing and keep wondering why you can’t lose weight when you have tried ‘everything’.It’s your choice!#Leanin2019These are just some of the tips I give to the members from my Lean in 2019 program.Our next block of classes starts on May 13™ and if you want to get in shape for Summer, we can help you to get a head start on that now.You can find out more through the link below.https://www.rushefitness.ie/class/lean-in-2019-gym-plan/ * Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Fitness LTDDD Fitness: It’s your choice was last modified: April 28th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Finding the Small House Sweet Spot

first_imgLots of interest in a short amount of timeThe first Cottage at Willett Brook is a mile away from the development and more than a year older. Lopez and McIver built a model home first and parked it last year by the side of the road not far from the Hannaford’s supermarket in a spot that plenty of people would pass.“The first weekend we had that open was Labor Day weekend 2014,” Lopez said, “and in the first six hours we had 150 people come through. It was staggering. There isn’t another development in New England that this many people come through the door.” In the year since, McIver estimates 2,000 or more have stopped in for a look.They think the small footprints and low heating costs help, and McIver thinks there’s a “conscience factor.” Prospective buyers like the idea that the houses have small environmental footprints.“Another reason this works in rural Maine is that we have an aging population,” adds Lopez. “What happens when you get well beyond 55, to 70 or 80, is there’s a feeling of loneliness that starts to develop as people become isolated. This gives them privacy, but also a sense of community. They like the fact that their wall isn’t attached to someone else’s wall, but if they sit on their porch they can talk to their neighbor.” Energy costs modeled at $1.25 a dayBridgton, in Climate Zone 6, can see the number of heating degree days top 8,000 a year. And in a state where fuel oil heats 70% or more of all homes, and a lot of the housing stock is old, heating costs can weigh heavily on homeowners with fixed or limited incomes.That helps explain a marketing plan that emphasizes low energy costs — essentially free heat and air conditioning when buyers spend an extra $9,000 for a 3-kW photovoltaic (PV) array, the developers said. Even prospective homeowners who don’t know a lot about renewables catch on quickly.“It’s our job to educate them, and the education is as simple as the economics,” says Lopez, a 51-year-old commercial real estate developer who also has a background in residential construction. “When you tell someone that if they opt to put the solar panels on that they’re looking at a calculated energy cost of $1.25 a day — $35 a month — that’s pretty compelling for them to make that investment. It gives them a hedge against increased rates in the future, and the rates aren’t going anywhere but up.“It’s an easy education,” he continues. “When you tell them it’s the same price as a medium ice coffee at McDonald’s every day for their heating costs, it’s pretty compelling.”McIver says that the grid-tied PV systems are designed to handle the electrical load of the space heating and cooling equipment, but not lights and other plug loads, and are probably not robust enough for net-zero energy operation for year-rounders. If the house were used as a vacation or seasonal residence, the PV array might be big enough to take care of all energy bills.Lot sizes in the age-restricted community range from 3,000 to 7,000 square feet. Homeowners will pay $115 a month in association fees that will cover snow removal, yard maintenance, and irrigation. Taxes are estimated at $150 a month. A real life test of their marketing strategyAs the three of us sat in the clubhouse talking about all of this one recent afternoon, a car would occasionally turn in and take a slow lap around the existing housing pod. They’d pull back out on the road and drive away. But one of the cars pulled up and stopped in front of the building after their inspection, and soon thereafter, in walked a couple.“Well, what do you think?” McIver asked.“Well,” the man said, “it would be an adjustment.”The man, a retired teacher, explained they were in the early stages of looking for a new place to live. They’d been to Old Orchard Beach, and were planning a look in the neighboring town of Norway. They’d read about The Cottages project in the paper. The man, 74, said he now owned a modular home and adjacent camp on 1 1/2 acres near a lake in a town not too far away. He had a big garage filled with woodworking equipment and a sizable yard.And while not in a hurry to make a move, it’s clearly on his radar.“I’m not sure we want to do that any more,” he said. “The landscaping, the shrubbery. I’m not sure I want to do winter again, either.”Later, McIver said he understands that moving into a 600-square-foot house can seem like a daunting transition at first. That’s one reason the development is putting up separate buildings that contain garage and storage space, which can be rented separately if people moving into the project find they just have too much stuff.“You can rent one for a year,” he said. “We know people are going to be downsizing and have a lot of stuff. That gives you a little more time to get rid of things.” Judging by the constant stream of visitors to their fledgling housing development in Bridgton, Maine, developers Justin McIver and Mark Lopez think they’ve found just the right mix of energy efficiency, price, and amenities for older buyers.Yet the first thing prospective buyers are likely to notice about these houses is their size. Unless buyers are just moving out of a New York City studio, these places will probably have a lot less square footage than what they’re used to. Houses in the first “pod” of 10 units come in two sizes, 610 and 640 square feet.Even so, Lopez would rather you didn’t confuse them with the 250-square-footers of the tiny house movement. They’re not tiny houses, Lopez says, “they’re tiny mansions.”When fully built out, The Cottages at Willett Brook will consist of 60 units in six pods. Construction on the first group of houses, plus garage/storage units and a central clubhouse, started in April. Work is just starting on a second pod that will include homes of 900 square feet. The development is close to both a hospital and a supermarket and it’s in a popular lakes region about an hour northwest of Portland. It’s prime retirement country.McIver’s company, Maine Eco Homes, was already building high-end energy-efficient designs. With this project, he’s also offering buyers fewer maintenance headaches, predictable costs, and the chance to unload possessions they no longer want or need — all part and parcel of living in a really small house.“It came from a combination of things,” the 31-year-old McIver says of the idea behind the development. “People looking to downsize, people tired of heating their homes, maintaining their big homes, their inefficient homes. People came to us and said, ‘We’re spending $700 or $800 a month on heating fuel and we’re still cold.’ Putting together what people want and what they don’t want, we came up with this concept that less is more.” No aspirations for Passivhaus performanceLopez and McIver have chosen construction details carefully. They’re looking for reasonable performance without spending so much on insulation, air-sealing, and other details that buyers can’t afford to buy a house.The slab-on-grade houses are framed with 2x4s (24 inches on center) with raised-heel truss roofs and insulated with a combination of rigid foam, spray foam, and cellulose. Exterior walls are sheathed with Huber’s Zip System R-Sheathing, a panel combining polyiso rigid insulation with a structural layer (total R-value 6.6, according to Huber) plus 2 1/2 inches of closed-cell polyurethane foam for an R-value of about 23 at the center of a stud cavity.The roof is insulated with 15.5 inches of blown-in cellulose, which according to the developers provides R-53. The foundation is insulated with 2 inches of rigid foam board.Other details:Domestic hot water: Electric tank-style heater.Whole house ventilation: Panasonic WhisperGreen fan for continuous ventilation.Windows: Double-glazed vinyl units manufactured by Paradigm.Roofing: Asphalt shingles.Siding: Vinyl.McIver said that his background in high-performance building includes one of the first net-zero energy houses in Maine, but it sometimes makes more sense to add a couple of extra PV panels to overcome heat losses than it does to spend a lot more for insulation and the careful attention to detail that rigorous air-sealing requires.last_img read more

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How High Royalty Fees Affect Independent Internet Radio Stations

first_imgfruzsina eordogh 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#business#music#web Since Pandora threw its support behind the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA), and urged its listeners to do the same, the Internet radio streaming giant has dominated media coverage of the impending Congressional legislation. As the largest Internet radio player, Pandora has the most to lose, but how does IRFA affect all the small independent Internet radio stations?Shawn Campbell, the founder and general manager of Chicago’s community Internet radio station CHIRP, calls the proposed legislation “a positive thing.” The current high royalty rates “are definitely an issue” says Ms. Campbell, adding  “it’s our second biggest expense every month besides rent.”And those royalty fees are a doozy.Internet radio stations currently dish out 55% of their total revenue as royalty fees, more than triple the percentage that satellite radio pays (8%). The Internet Radio Fairness Act aims to lower the royalty fees Internet radio stations pay to reflect other radio distribution methods. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who introduced the bill to the Senate, called the 55% royalty fee “discriminatory.”  Campbell agrees.Different Rates For Different Kinds Of Radio“Webcasters are definitely treated differently,” says Campbell, who has been in broadcast radio for some 18 years. Before founding CHIRP, Campbell was the program director at 88.7 WLUW while it was partnered with WBEZ.  “When Internet radio launched a decade ago, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) were able to make a really convincing point that radio on the net will never have the impact broadcast radio had, of breaking an artist” given the scope of Internet radio at the time explains Campbell.“But Internet radio has grown by leaps and bounds and to make that argument that Web radio isn’t as important as broadcast radio doesn’t make sense to me.”The RIAA’s proposed legislation, which runs counter to the IRFA, seeks to increase royalty fee amounts to those paid by Internet radio, but this also doesn’t make sense to Campbell. “What the RIAA is arguing now – paying those higher rates –  could effectively put some players out of business,” she says.Terrestrial radio pays the lowest fees, and Campbell has been trying to get a broadcast frequency for CHIRP for two years now. Growth Is An IssueCHIRP is a non-profit community radio station operating on the grace of its many volunteers. So far, its high yearly royalty payout hasn’t been too detrimental to the station. “But if we continue to grow,” Campbell warns, “it is something that will definitely affect us down the road.”And the station is growing, consistently at about 8% since the station’s inception in 2010.  “We’ve been really happy with our growth,” says Campbell, who estimates roughly 1,200 people tune in a day. But “we don’t want exponential growth because of the high fees. It would put us out of business.”  Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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What To Do With Microsoft? Chop Up The Borg — Now

first_imgAfter a decade of missing lots of key growth opportunities and finding itself outpaced by competitors taking away market share, Microsoft’s board should have felt compelled to investigate much earlier why the company has fallen behind and demanded structural adjustments.Bill Gates is the chairman of Microsoft’s board, a title he retained after he left the company in 2008.Today most pundits refer to him as a philanthropist, and rarely mention his Microsoft duties. Does this mean he is no longer focused on the company he founded? Outsiders and insiders alike have suspected and suggested this for some time. Only he can truly answer this question.My speculation stems from the way the company is led by Bill’s friend and handpicked successor, CEO Steve Ballmer. Bill not only gave him the reins of the juggernaut, but also carte blanche to shape, operate, and direct it. Over the years, Steve has built a senior leadership team composed primarily of long-term Microsoft veterans who, under his tutelage, have been fixated on protecting the declining Windows and Office franchises, mostly through incremental product improvements.While revenue and profits haven’t been severely hampered following this strategy, the company as a whole has become bloated and bureaucratic. The excitement of the earlier years is gone, and the company has settled, with a few exceptions, for protecting the status quo — despite having sufficient financial strength and talent to break out of this mold.How Microsoft’s Structure Boxes It InSince I published my book Resolve and Fortitude, in which I share my experiences and observations from working for nearly 20 years at Microsoft, I have talked and corresponded with many former, as well as current, Microsoft employees. A common thread emerges in these discussions: Steve Ballmer has architected an unusual and complex corporate structure and surrounded himself with yes-men and –women. The board probably considers him indispensable.Looking mostly inward, he has mastered the company’s complexity — but seems to have difficulties, as demonstrated over the last decade, anticipating, responding to and fostering change and innovations in the marketplace. Even Bill Gates acknowledged the missed opportunities and the lack of innovating in a recent CBS interview. Is this a sign of forthcoming concrete actions or just a casual remark?Evidence of Steve’s influence on the corporate structure is everywhere. His trusted COO, Kevin Turner, runs more than 50% of the total organization, including the field sales and marketing groups — a most awkward situation, considering his resume. Unlike his counterparts at other companies (or Bob Herbold, one of his predecessors), Turner has no control over the finances and the HR activities of the company.When Steve Sinofsky departed as head of the Windows group, Microsoft split it in two. Today, one person is responsible for marketing and finance and another for development. This is a strange arrangement, considering the company already has a chief financial officer — and, furthermore, that product marketing in all other development teams always rests with the product group leader.Management In The MazeI could continue to analyze this further, but instead, let me look at the company from a different angle and discuss the management style being practiced. Related Posts Another common theme that comes up in my discussions is that Steve likes to meddle in all aspects of the company, seemingly micromanaging the various business units. People working for the senior leaders therefore feel that this disempowers them. They also suffer from decisions frequently made by committee, which both hinders response time and leads to a lack of accountability. To make things worse, the highly profitable Windows and Office franchises are blocking innovation and a healthy sense of paranoia. This is very comparable to the situation IBM found itself in during the early 1990s with regard to its mainframe business.With the board and the CEO being weak when it comes to technical leadership, the onus is on the senior leaders to provide technical foresight. Being veterans and living to some degree in the past and having to please a controlling CEO makes this hard. From what I understand, the different departments continue to have turf battles, and sometimes give the impression of being fiefdoms, making it nearly impossible to execute a unified strategy. To me, it feels increasingly that Microsoft is tied up in an exceedingly complex knot, with infighting, factions, and bureaucratic inertia creating a stranglehold on the company. The Alexandrian SolutionAlexander the Great was confronted with an equally intricate challenge when he invaded the Persian Empire in 333 B.C. We all know what he did to disentangle the so-called Gordian knot; he unsheathed his sword, splitting it in half. Later some people labeled his action the equivalent of cheating. I call this a sign of a bold leader because he thought outside the box. (Recall that he went on, as the legend predicted, to fulfill his destiny by conquering Persia!)It is along these lines that I find the medicine that should enable Microsoft to regain new strength and conquer the IT universe once again. But not as a single company! It needs to be split in several parts to unlock value for stockholders and set its talent free from bondage. The feds tried this once before. Now Microsoft’s board should do it voluntarily by creating six independent companies:Operating systems for server, desktop and mobile devicesTools and languages for all platformsProductivity and business applications for all platformsGame consoles and game software for all gaming platformsConsulting for all platformsInternet related business (incl. browser, advertising, search, e-mail services, social media) for all platformsExcept for the first unit, all others would need to start expanding their business horizon by developing software and/or services for all relevant operating system platforms and not exclusively for Windows. The group developing the Azure platform is already on the way following this recipe by supporting Phone Gap, Apache’s Hadoop and the Android environment.Unit six should be modeled along the lines of Google, and develop its own sexy browser, etc. The current IE browser integrated into Windows should be nothing more than a download vehicle for any available browser and could therefore be reduced in functionality.Maybe this proposal is radical. But how else can you re-infuse entrepreneurial spirit in a company with a feeble or handcuffed leadership team, which mainly protects its own turf and ignores broader opportunities? To propel Microsoft out of its current predicament, I see no other way than to split the company into more manageable pieces.If this means four or six independent companies at the end, well, that’s open for discussion. The key to success is to make the newly created enterprises hungry for new opportunities, and competitive enough to please shareholders and Wall Street alike.A byproduct of such a move would be lower costs and less administrative fat because most of these separate units could no longer rely on Windows and Office subsidies. Also, the currently centralized research group would need to be split up accordingly and please its new masters by ensuring that research is not just done for the benefit of mankind, but for Microsoft’s shareholders.Last but not least, this move — if ever accomplished — would shake up the leadership team and do away with the established fiefdoms. Let only the fittest and best survive!Organization-chart cartoon courtesy of Manu Cornet. 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PLDT, Cignal shoot for semis spots

first_imgLATEST STORIES PLDT and Cignal seek to join Petron in the semifinals when they collide with separate foes Tuesday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.Armed with a twice-to-beat privileges, the Power Hitters aim to book a return to the semis when they clash with dangerous Generika-Ayala at 4 p.m., while the HD Spikers face United VC in the 6 p.m. contest.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Why the snub on PH Open golf? Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Petron, which swept the classifications to emerge as top seed in the quarterfinals, made short work of Sta. Lucia to become the first team in the best-of-three semifinal series.The Blaze Spikers’ main rival, F2 Logistics, however, was dragged into a KO match after suffering a five-set loss to Foton in the other quarterfinal battle.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, logisticsThat makes this explosive double-header interesting after both Generika-Ayala and United VC expressed confidence that they can forge a rubber match. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

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Here is your horoscope for December 27, 2017

first_imgARIESInsight and intuition can be trusted when making decisions and choices today. You tend to be a perfectionist staying close with established systems and laid down rules. You can be stubborn but need to be flexible to progressive ideas. Meditation is healing. Lucky number 9. Colour red.TAURUSYou bring great energy into earthy matters today! You are able to catch up with backlog at the office, resolve old issues regarding legal or tax problems, and take pending decisions. Personal relationships need your presence along with emotional support. Lucky number 4. Colour brown.GEMINIYou are left with mixed feelings of failure and success as some projects work wonderfully well and other situations defeat you. Health problems need watching and a steady recovery is on the cards! Finances, energy and forces are best conserved for now. Lucky number 7. Colour silver.CANCERYou assess relationships and realize who and what is important in your life. You are likely to actualize potential in different areas of life and be involved in multifarious activity. A change is on the cards! A trip overseas could be rejuvenating. Lucky number 21. Colour blue.LEOYou bring order in chaotic situations. You gain success, wealth and influence in professional aspects. Tender moments and special feelings are shared with your partner. Stay away from a prejudiced and covetous person in the family. Yoga is great for you. Lucky number 4. Colour saffron.VIRGOThe Emperor influences your personal and professional situations. Stability in relationships and power in a professional position is retained. You are energetic and ambitious when dealing with powerful people. Beware of over-weaning pride and ill temper. Lucky number 4. Colour yellow.advertisementLIBRAWith mastery in your craft you integrate resources and forces to achieve targets. You make a new deal or bag a contract. You are into sport and theater today. Goodwill and friendship enhance your social standing. You communicate well and give good counsel. Lucky number 14. Colour blue.SCORPIOPersonal relationships are loving and true. Family and friends look up to you for advice today. A professional opportunity is too good to ignore even if it involves a change of residence. Changes at this point are beneficial and it’s best to flow into them. Lucky number 7. Colour blue.SAGITTARIUSYou establish authority at work and realize an important goal. You stand up for fair play and rights and gain respect and admiration of people around you. You support people and causes with loyalty and zeal. Don’t be afraid to use your position of power. Lucky number 3. Colour red.CAPRICORNYou are full of new ideas and plans, a force to reckon with at home and at work. A focused effort in any direction brings success! Spending time in natural surroundings is therapeutic. Back off now and watch relationships take new direction and meaning. Lucky number 1. Colour green.AQUARIUSCombined energies enable you to complete projects and ventures today. You are a tremendous force to reckon with in your field of activity. Your strength lies in emotional commitment or marriage. Good health brings good cheer as you recover from debility. Lucky number 9. Colour red.PISCESYou are ambitious and creative while achieving goals today. Transactions can be conducted smoothly. You are charming in personal relationships to gain trust and support of your loved one. You may decide to redecorate office or home space to change energy. Lucky number 5. Colour green.last_img read more

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Son gets military exemption after South Korea clinch gold at Asian Games

first_imgTottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min’s football career received a massive boost as he is set to be exempted from military service after South Korea won gold at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan scored for South Korea in extra-time to help them win 2-1 against Japan and retain the title.After a barren period of regulation time, South Korea struck twice in extra-time and Ayase Ueda reduced the margin for Japan with five minutes left but they couldn’t push on and grab an equaliser to save themselves from a heartbreak.All able-bodied South Korean men must complete 21 months service in the military as a deterrent against the North but exemptions are offered to athletes, who win gold at the Asian Games or any medal at the Olympics. Son captained South Korea at the Asian Games 2018 (AP Photo)Following South Korea’s great show at the World Cup in Russia, many people in the country asked the concerned officials to exempt the players from the service but that was not heard. However, after South Korea’s win, Son will now be exempted of the mandatory military service.Son, who captained South Korea as one of the over-aged players in the under-23 competition, had a role in both goals.Gamba Osaka striker Hwang Ui-jo’s profligacy meant South Korea were not able to seal the victory in 90 minutes and it was left to Lee to score the first goal when he planted his drive into the top of the net from a Son layoff.advertisementHwang’s pinpoint header from Son’s corner eight minutes later doubled South Korea’s lead though Japan refused to give up.Son was substituted seconds before the final whistle only to run back on the field in jubilation to celebrate the victory, which has huge ramifications for his career.Son made one appearance from the bench for Spurs before linking up with South Korea’s Games squad earlier this month and was congratulated by the Premier League team after the final.”Congratulations, Sonny — #AsianGames WINNER!” Spurs tweeted.Congratulations, Sonny – #AsianGames WINNER! pic.twitter.com/NT63QmbtbTTottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 1, 2018″I am so thankful to Tottenham because they let me go, normally it’s not easy to do,” Son said, dedicating his gold medal to his country. “Of course it was the final so I was a little bit of nervous.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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TOUCH SA vs VICTORIA- THE BORDER CHALLENGE

first_imgVIC vs SA- OPEN BORDER CHALLENGE 3rd September: Touch SA vs Victoria Touch- `2005 Border Challenge’. In the drizzling rain the touch stars of long standing rival states South Australia and Victoria took to the fields last weekend to battle to be the 2005 Border Challenge Champions…. Last weekends Border Challenge saw South Australia and Victoria compete in the Men’s open, Women’s Open and Mixed Open divisions, vying for State supremacy as well as selection for the Crusaders teams (comprising Victoria, South Australia & Tasmania) to compete in the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour in March 2006. This year the 2005 Border Challenge was held in Mildura. The Border Challenge is a great opportunity to take elite level touch to the regional areas, and this weekend displayed the very best South Australia and Victoria has to offer. The games were held at the Mildura Senior College and greatly supported by representatives of the Mallee Touch Association in particular Luke Thornton with regard to facilities and field preparation. It was excellent to see members of the Mildura Touch Association come out and play a demonstration mixed game to show case the local talent. The stars from both South Australia and Victoria put on a display of tenacious defense, hot stepping attacking action, and of course, the games were played in the sportsmanlike manner one has come to expect in our sport. Through the miserable rain South Australia came out strong winning all three of the Men’s Open games and two games to one in the Women’s Open, while Victoria had a clean sweep in the Mixed Open division. As expected it was a tight encounter with most games only separated by one or two scores. Men’s Open South Australia (6) def Victoria (5) South Australia (5) def Victoria (4) South Australia (5) def Victoria (2) * 2005 Divisional Champions – South Australia Women’s Open South Australia (4) def Victoria (3) South Australia (3) def Victoria (2) Victoria (2) def South Australia (1) * 2005 Divisional Champions – South Australia Mixed Open Victoria (3) def South Australia (2) Victoria (5) def South Australia (3) Victoria (6) def South Australia (5) * 2005 Divisional Champions – Victoria ** 2005 Border Challenge Overall State Champions – South Australia ** The awesome display of talent made the task of choosing a `Player of the Series’ from each division very difficult. The following players were awarded `Player of the Series’ – Men’s Open – Colm Maguire (South Australia) Women’s Open – Sharon Gray (South Australia) Sharon Lai (Victoria) Mixed Open – Richard Morunga (Victoria) Congratulations to all the players that took part and a big thank you to Luke Thornton for everything he did in preparation for the 2005 Border Challenge. A special thank you to the following referee’s who were selected to represent at the 2005 Border Challenge Dave Ludlow, Jo Mitchell, Sean Judge, Chris Denison-Smith, Greg Frost, Indra Garner, Leigh Bryant, Miles Davine, Mike Gaskin, Stewart Freeman.last_img

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Knight Riders assistant coach Simon calls for better umpiring

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Simon Katich became the latest to join the bandwagon of coaches and players, who feel that standard of umpiring in the current season has left a lot to be desired. Though Katich was not forthcoming, he pointed out the contentious decision which went in favour of Delhi Capitals’ Shikhar Dhawan in Friday’s match against KKR. The southpaw, who survived a review on 11, went on to seal the match for the Capitals with an unbeaten 97. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I don’t want to get into trouble. I will give a stock standard answer: It’s a tough job. Obviously last night, there was a contentious one (Dhawan) and unfortunately it didn’t go away,” Katich in a roundabout manner said what he intended to. The ongoing edition of the IPL has had quite a few umpiring controversies so far leading to top players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli coming down heavily on the standard of umpiring. While Dhoni’s latest conduct has not been above board, Katich was all praise for his leadership skills and ability to take the game deep. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”It will be interesting to see what the master in Dhoni goes with tomorrow. He seems to pull the right strings at the right time. He is so well prepared. There’s a lot of thought put into the team. He’s very clever in the way he uses his bowlers, his field positions,” said Dhoni. “We got completely outplayed in Chennai. But we feel our team suits our wicket as well with the quality spinners we’ve got. Unfortunately, we didn’t adapt to the conditions in Chennai. We thought it was a 180-wicket and it took us probably four overs to realise that and the game was done and dusted.”last_img read more

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