Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Boston recovered from an ice cold start and won despite shooting 40.2 percent from the field. The Celtics trailed by double digits for much of the second half until a furious late rally.Suns rookie Deandre Ayton had 14 points and 10 rebounds.Irving hit a 3 with 35.1 seconds to go in the fourth, then his steal led to Brown’s layup that cut the Suns’ lead to 98-97 with 7.3 seconds to play. Warren hit two free throws, then Morris took a pass from a double-teamed Irving for the tying 3.Warren, starting for the first time since Oct. 31, scored 14 first-quarter points as the Suns took advantage of the Celtics’ shooting woes. Phoenix led 32-13 after 12 minutes.After making their first shot of the game, a 3 by Irving, the Celtics missed their next 12 attempts and the Suns raced out to a 15-3 lead.ADVERTISEMENT NBA veteran Dwyane Wade, actress Gabrielle Union welcome baby daughter Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Aron Baynes’ putback with 5:04 left in the first quarter was the Celtics’ second basket of the game, and they shot just 4 of 22 in the quarter.Boston got the lead down to 14 in the second, but a 3 from Booker gave the Suns a 48-26 advantage with 4:31 left in the half.The Celtics trailed 55-35 at the break.Consecutive baskets by Booker put the Suns in front 75-58 in the third quarter.TIP-INSCeltics: Their 13 points in the first quarter were a season low. Irving was the only starter to make a field goal in the first half. Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Gordon Hayward and Brown were a combined 0 for 15. … G Marcus Smart surpassed 1,000 rebounds and 400 steals for his career.Suns: Warren made his third start this season. Ryan Anderson came off the bench. . Booker has 146 points in his last three games against the Celtics, including the career-high 70 he scored in Boston on March 24, 2017. A game after playing a season-low seven minutes, 2017 first-round draft pick Josh Jackson played only five.ANALYZING AYTONCeltics coach Brad Stevens called Ayton a “special talent” when asked about the rookie before the game. “He brings everything to the table you would think a really good player at that position brings,” Stevens said.JAYLEN JAM Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving celebrates a basket during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Phoenix. The Celtics won 116-109 in overtime. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — Kyrie Irving scored 18 of his season-high 39 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and the Boston Celtics rallied from a 22-point deficit for a 116-109 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.Irving scored Boston’s first six points in the extra period, and Marcus Morris finished with 17 against his former team — including the tying 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left in regulation off a pass from Irving.ADVERTISEMENT Morris hit from the top of the arc to tie it at 100. Jaylen Brown added 17 points, all after halftime, for the Celtics.Devin Booker paced the Suns (2-9) with a season-high 38 points, and T.J. Warren had 29.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBooker scored 12 points in the fourth quarter but Phoenix couldn’t hold onto a 15-point lead to begin the final period.The Celtics ended a two-game skid, while the Suns have lost nine of 10. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Brown’s first basket was a high-flying, one-handed dunk in transition at the 10:10 mark of the third quarter. Smart provided the assist.UP NEXTCeltics: At the Utah Jazz on Friday in their second set of back-to-back games this season.Suns: At the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday. View comments
The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), World Health Organization (WHO), along with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has initiated the process of a proposed framework for a formal Caribbean network on the surveillance and control of vector-borne diseases.According to CARPHA the formalisation of the Caribbean Network is expected to take place before end of 2016. It stated that one of the research priorities identified is investigating insecticide resistance of the vectors of arboviruses, which are groups of viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, or other arthropods.With the emergence of Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya, the region has labelled vector surveillance and control a priority. Zika, the latest of the vector borne diseases, has been reported in more than 30 countries of the Americas. This disease, along with Dengue and Chikungunya, continue to threaten the health, tourism, social and economic development of the Region.Director of Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control at CARPHA stated that the Region: “Have been waging a losing battle and so the battle strategy needs to change if we are to win the war.”In 2015, there was an outbreak of Chikungunya in Guyana; the National Insurance Scheme was laden with sick leave from employees from all over the country. However, the then Ministry had remained adamant that the situation was under control. CARPHA was receiving estimated data on the situation.“During the 4-day discussion in the island of St Kitts and Nevis, country representatives described their vector control operation systems, discussed research activities on vectors with a special focus on insecticide resistance and reviewed new vector control tools. Presentations suggested highly variable levels of testing, methodology and insecticide resistance,” CARPHA stated.It noted that the harmonisation of the methods to study this insecticide resistance was strongly recommended, as well as further investigations into supportive vector control strategies and capacity necessary to address this.Also research on community participation was deemed a priority because prevention through reducing the numbers of mosquito breeding sites is one of the most powerful tools for reducing diseases transmission.“Communities can do a great deal to reduce this transmission through water management and protecting homes. Prior TDR research has shown how communities can make significant improvements, and the Caribbean network members would like to use this approach to study what works best in this region,” CARPHA said, noting that other recommendations were made to link relevant networks already in place, to develop specific research and operational projects, and identify funding for the network’s continuation.A website will be set up by CARPHA for the network, providing open access to all the reports, guidelines, WHO recommendations and publications.The concept was initiated by TDR, which also funded the start-up of the consortium led by CARPHA. The Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) was also involved in this meeting.So far, there have been 12 reported cases of Zika virus in Guyana. The Public Health Ministry has called on women not to get pregnant since the virus can affect the development of the unborn baby, causing brain disorders such as microcephaly.In terms of a child being born with microcephaly – a rare birth defect said to be linked to the Zika virus, which causes the baby to be born with a small head or the head stops growing after birth—the Ministry said it has already set up procedures in the event of such a case.The ministry has embarked on a campaign to distribute treated bed nets to all pregnant women in health centres and private clinics.The World Health Organisation has labelled the Zika Virus as an emergency crisis.
Rushed, high handed, authoritarian and clandestine were some of the words used by the Guyana Gold andA typical mining area in GuyanaDiamond Miners Association (GGDMA) to describe what the miners said are government’s decision to unilaterally implement new polices within the mining sector without consulting with them. These polices the GGDMA said, will have deleterious consequences to the future of the already struggling mining sector.According to GGDMA in an extensive statement to the media, while there are many concerns, the three main issues affecting miners are the moves by the Natural Resources Ministry to no longer facilitate the VAT waiver on the acquisition of heavy-duty earth moving equipment necessary in the medium-scale mining industry; the need for medium-scale mining permit holders to produce a yearly report on a “confidential basis” divulging sensitive financial records regarding the operations of each Mining Permit; as well as the ministry’s recommendation to rescind all previously approved Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) permission for access and egress via river banks to access mining properties.Addressing the rejection of VAT waivers on heavy machinery the GGDMA decried that “despite all the promises and commitments from the current Government of Guyana for waivers, tax concession[s] and other mechanisms designed to boost production in the industry we have been unable to get anything beyond lip service. Now we are told even the conditions we historically enjoyed are to be taken away and we will have to pay even more to work in the industry.”GGDMA said tax waivers were historically present within the mining sector, since their equipment are used in all scales of production. With its removal, “the additional cost that a miner will have to bear on each new excavator will be between $4.5 million to $7 million.In the case of bulldozers it will be significantly higher. Given that these machines typically have a working life in the interior of three years, this is an added cost per excavator of approximately $13 million to $21 million over a 10-year period. Such large sums will definitely pose a heavy burden that will be difficult for medium-scale miners to bear and may lead to an increase in the number of operators exiting the industry.”The body outlined that despite them being compliant with their taxes, medium-scale miners have not benefitted from any of the promised concessions on fuel and other items that were granted last year October for a period of six months.The GGDMA said miners were duped since the documents for the granting of their concessions, while executed, did not materialise anything: “These are retrograde steps, and we believe they are designed with suspiciously sinister motives.”Speaking on the requirement to provide financial reports on the operations of each mining permit, the GGDMA posited that many of the ministry and even the GGMC polices are implemented without consulting the miners: “This was the main impetus that lead the then President, Donald Ramotar, to establish a Ministerial committee a few years ago with GGMC and the MNR in collaboration with the GGDMA to meet, consult and deliberate on revisions to the Mining Act and other related policies and regulations before the revised 2012 regulations were to take effect. The main reason was to ensure applicability and practicality.”The mining body is calling on Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman to rekindle this process before any such “dormant regulations are enforced”. The association is objecting to the implementation of any new policy without consultation and is calling for an urgent meeting with President David Granger, to discuss this, and other issues.According to GGDMA, the MNR’s decision to rescind every single permission previously granted by GGMC for access and egress to mining properties via river banks is unreasonable.However, government had recently issued a statement outlining that mining near river banks was banned, so as to protect the natural water sources from being polluted.“While we can appreciate GGMC’s desire to enforce the mining permissions/agreements and to have compliance in the sector, we wish to reiterate that it should be done via a genuine private and public partnership where there is consultation and education before action” said GGDMA.
Between Proposition 84 and Proposition 1E, California voters have agreed to nearly $10billion in water projects. But state leaders haven’t gotten around to spending that money. Only about 14 percent of the Proposition 1E water bond, approved by voters last year, has been appropriated to specific projects. And barely a third of Proposition 84 funds have been designated. The reason, apparently, is political bickering and red tape. Meanwhile, the drought could lead to water rationing. And state leaders may ask voters for another $10 billion worth of bonds for water projects in 2008. But until the state demonstrates a real plan, a sense or urgency and a commitment to getting this important work done, that’s going to be a tough sell. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The well-known Bank of Ireland building in LetterkennyThe Bank of Ireland building at Letterkenny’s Market Square has been put on the market.DTZ Sherry FitzGerald and Sherry FitzGerald Rainey are looking for in excess of €2,690,000 million for property which is producing €190,000 a year under a 25-year lease that has 21.8 years to run.A strong selling point is the five-yearly rental uplifts for the duration of the lease, with the next increase in September 2016 set to increase the annual income to €218,500. The two-storey bank building extends to more than 836sq m (9,003sq ft) and underwent a complete refurbishment in 2011 when an extension to the rear was also completed.The layout includes a banking hall at ground floor level with offices and staff facilities on the first floor. There are six car-parking spaces to the rear.WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL BANK IS PUT ON THE MARKET FOR ALMOST €2.7MILLION was last modified: October 29th, 2014 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Bank of Irelanddonegalfor saleletterkenny
Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has criticised Fine Gael for their “shameful” decision to again vote against his party’s Protection of Employee Tips Bill. The Bill seeks to give workers a legal right to the tips that they earn and also require employers to display their tipping policy to ensure transparency for customers and staff.By voting against it, Senator MacLochlainn accused Fine Gael of “attempting to deny workers a legal right to the tips that they earn.” Speaking following the passing of the Dáil vote, Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “Fine Gael are the only party who have voted against this Bill however, not content on simply opposing the Bill they now intend on going a step further in seeking to block the Bill from moving ahead through the imposition of a Money Message.“This is a typical tactic used by Fine Gael to block opposition legislation from moving through the legislative process. The only message this sends out to workers in this State is that Fine Gael do not believe that they have any right to the tips that they earn.“Tips should go to workers and workers alone. This is the view of the majority of the Seanad and the Dáil and I believe the view of the public in general.“Sinn Féin will continue working with the trade union movement and others in progressing this Bill. Workers deserve nothing less.” Speaking in the Dáil on Tuesday, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty said she was opposing the Bill because it is “fundamentally flawed.”Minister Doherty expressed concerns that the Bill would result in tips being taxed under the PAYE system, resulting in lower take-home pay for workers. She also said the Bill would have negative implications for on workers’ entitlements to social welfare supports.Instead, Minister Doherty said that she intends to amend the Payment of Wages Act 1991 to ensure tips and gratuities cannot be used to make up a person’s wages and to force employers to display their policy on how tips, gratuities and service charges are distributed.‘Tips should go to workers and workers alone’ – Mac Lochlainn slams votes against Bill was last modified: June 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:Tips
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceAmari Cooper isn’t only a different receiver with the Cowboys. He’s apparently trying his hand at news-breaking now, too.Cooper told The Athletic’s Calvin Watkins Thursday that Raiders coach Jon Gruden didn’t want to trade him, rather that owner Mark Davis spearheaded sending Cooper to Dallas for a 2019 first-round pick in late October. Watkins also included in his story that Cooper said former Raiders general manager …
A new viral video titled Alia: Genius Of The Year, created by funny portal AIB and directed by Shakun Batra of Ek Main Aur Ek Tu fame, announces that Bollywood’s Gen-Next glam brigade has grown up and is gradually learning to take jokes on them.The video takes potshots at Alia’s supposed dumbness and her eventual transformation to a brainy babe. It has taken the virtual world by storm and has received more than 20 lakh hits in less than two days. Meanwhile, Alia’s fans have applauded the actress’ guts to come on screen to narrate her journey “From Dolce Gabbana to smart like Shabana”, by singing up for the Dumb Belle Mental Gym to upgrade her mental aptitude.Alia Bhatt in a still from the spoof videoAlia had apparently become a troll topic on the Internet after she named Prithviraj Chauhan as the President of India on Koffee with Karan. “Alia did not waste a minute to be a part of the spoof and neither did her father, who thought that it was a unique culture we were trying to create,” says AIB member Tanmay Bhatt.”In India, film stars do not parody themselves, which takes away the fun from our lives,” adds Bhatt, expressing his surprise over how the video has emerged as the biggest hit online. The video features Alia discussing her plight of being anointed as Bollywood’s official dumb blonde. The Bhatt family, including Alia’s dad and film-maker Mahesh Bhatt, joins in to read out an SMS joke: “Alia Bhatt thinks the national animal is Tiger Shroff”. “The new crop of actors is a far more chilled out lot, who enjoy and connect with the online crowd,” adds Bhatt, profusely applauding Batra for making the film in a shoe-string budget.advertisementOthers who feature in the video are ‘Garibo ka Wolverine’ Arjun Kapoor, ‘The other PC’ Parineeti Chopra-who sought an edge over Alia as she is taller-and ‘NRI Emotion Exploiter’ Karan Johar who says, “We have hot and clever heroines, and they’re called heroes.”Fell down laughing!! Talent wth a twist, @aliaa08 u are sensational! https://t.co/PRSnx34ztd Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) August 25, 2014Hahaha!! Toooo clever u r baby… https://t.co/KBykr99v3c @aliaa08 ! PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) August 25, 2014@aliaa08 @AllIndiaBakchod minnnnnndblowing alu! Hahahahah Masaba Gupta (@MasabaG) August 25, 2014″Be a God and laugh at yourself”. Alia demolishes herself. This is her best performance till date!! http://t.co/ch9hwMU2tD Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) August 25, 2014So proud of you my baby!!! @aliaa08 this is what you call “sporting”…..http://t.co/EmckgNdGZ1 @shakunbatra Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 25, 2014Bollywood’s Young Guns can Laugh at ThemselvesWell Done @aliaa08 @ParineetiChopra n @arjunk26HystericalPl Watchhttp://t.co/Rv2mCxAg1R atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) August 25, 2014BRAVO @aliaa08 this is superb! And its also @karanjohar s best performance ever! http://t.co/5SNyGeO8Wv @AllIndiaBakchod Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) August 25, 2014Congratulations team @AllIndiaBakchod ….1.5 million views in a day…it’s a viral blockbuster!!! https://t.co/HcjDUCPIQQ Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 26, 2014Hahaa brilliant @aliaa08 so endearing n sporting n kudos to @AllIndiaBakchod n cast,must watch…http://t.co/CWVBcztcVV Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) August 25, 2014Aaaaaahaha? And THATS how it’s done Alia Bhatt – Genius of the Year !! What a sport!! Super job AIB ? http://t.co/q3gVFvSqnU Mini Mathur (@minimathur) August 25, 2014Now this is funny.. Hahahaha.. Love it. Full points to @aliaa08 @shakunbatra @karanjohar http://t.co/cew7ml3d1j Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 25, 2014Unbelievably funny -Take a Bow @aliaa08 Shakun @AllIndiaBakchod – @karanjohar you are superb (award winning performance). Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) August 25, 2014this is one of the best thing you wil get to see in a long time… clap clap for @karanjohar @aliaa08 @mojorojo https://t.co/aeTMfvQyjS sujoy ghosh (@sujoy_g) August 25, 2014
Wednesday night’s Champions League meeting between Tottenham and Inter at Wembley should have been an opportunity for Juan Foyth to line out against fellow Argentines Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez. Instead, the young defender was forced to watch from the sidelines because he had not been included in Spurs’ Champions League squad for the 2018-19 group stage.”That is so painful,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted beforehand. “It’s a mistake we made that at this level of football we cannot repeat again. We need to find a solution. 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! “It is painful to have a player like him off the list but we will finish [the group stage] soon and hope that in March we can do a new list and we can include him on it.”Essentially, Foyth’s rapid progress this season even caught Tottenham by surprise. Injured at the time Pochettino was picking his Champions League squad, the 20-year-old was not expected to play a major role in the 2018-19 campaign.However, he has now started Spurs’ last three Premier League games, even netting the only goal in the 1-0 win at Crystal Palace to further endear himself to the north London club’s supporters.Foyth’s emergence, though, is even generating excitement back home. Argentina’s present may not be particularly impressive, but the nation’s future still looks bright. Paulo Dybala stands out as a talent who can lead the Albiceleste to glory in the years to come, with Inter pair Icardi and Martinez also ideally placed to trouble goalkeepers across the world.Now, all of the early evidence suggests that Foyth, while still a novice in the professional game, has the potential to become a key man in his country’s defence in the coming years. Not that his form will come as much of a surprise. After all, Foyth was born and raised in hometown club Estudiantes of La Plata, a famed breeding ground for tough, uncompromising defenders. Ironically, it was a former Arsenal man, Nelson Vivas, who handed the teenager his debut in March 2017, and he quickly established a regular spot in the heart of the Pincha’s defence as they claimed third place in that year’s Primera Division standings behind Boca Juniors and River Plate.Even with that promising start, which included appearances in the South American Under-20 Championship and Junior World Cup, it still came as rather a surprise when Tottenham signed him for £8 million ($10.2m) last year, as he only had nine professional games under his belt.In his debut season, the youngster featured just twice in the Carabao Cup but a spate of injuries to the Tottenham backline gave him a chance to shine this term.Foyth’s Premier League bow was admittedly inauspicious. The defender gave away two penalties in a 3-2 victory over Wolves and displayed the kind of nervousness that suggested that the enormity of the occasion had got the better of him.Better was to come, however. Reacting instantly to a rebound following Harry Kane’s header, Foyth converted past Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to score the winner in a tense derby at Selhurst Park.It was the perfect response to his Wolves nightmare and capped a fine game alongside Toby Alderweireld in the Spurs defence, leaving his manager purring.”He is an intelligent, smart player and he has the potential to be one of the best centre-backs in Europe,” Pochettino enthused at the final whistle.”Of course, he was very disappointed last week [against Wolves], he felt responsible but that’s the job of the coaching staff to work with a player and we laughed about the situation. To improve, you have to make mistakes and that is going to help him.”He has so much potential and only needs time and games to improve. He is a very good prospect for us.”Formerly a midfielder in the Estudiantes youth set-up prior to his conversion into a centre-half, that legacy shines through in Foyth’s comfort on the ball. His distribution and timing on the pass is impeccable, making him the perfect fit for Spurs’ possession-based game. He’s not afraid to dribble out from the back either, as he showed with both Estudiantes and Argentina with a couple of hair-raising slaloms during his breakout season.Foyth’s talent has also caught the eye of those in charge of Argentina’s national team, currently in a rebuilding process under Lionel Scaloni after the disaster that was the 2018 World Cup campaign.Scaloni called Foyth to the national team in November for the first time, and a sterling showing in Cordoba as Argentina saw off Mexico 2-0 only confirmed his great potential. And he showed no sign of letting up on his return to London, keeping a world-class forward like Eden Hazard firmly under wraps as Spurs took a priceless victory against their neighbours last weekend.If there is one criticism to be aimed at the youngster, it is that he needs to reel in his enthusiasm somewhat. Having conceded a pair of penalties in his Premier League debut, Foyth was extremely lucky not to give away another spot-kick on Saturday for a shove on Hazard in the Spurs box.But it is all part of the learning curve, and with time he will curb that anxiety and keep a cooler head when needed. For the present, he may have to be content with odd appearances deputising for Spurs’ more experienced centre-backs.Time, however, is on his side. With Toby Alderweireld widely tipped to leave north London at the end of the season, Foyth will continue to play ever bigger a part in Pochettino’s plans, having overcome those initial wobbles to show his class at Premier League level.From Argentina’s perspective too, his emergence is more than welcome. Icardi and Martinez might score plenty of goals but the Albiceleste still need to stop them – and while it is still early to draw definitive conclusions, Foyth might just be the right man for the job. 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World Cup gold medallist Apurvi Chandela Saturday called the fierce competition in the Indian women’s air rifle team a good thing as it motivates her to go the extra mile be in terms of “meditation” or “visualisation practices”.India’s Chandela shattered the world record on her way to the women’s 10m air rifle gold with an incredible sequence of scores in the ISSF World Cup here.”All of them coming up is actually good for the sport. I needed to push myself further and I have been performing consistently since the last year,” Apurvi said about the intense competition from Anjum Moudgil, Elavenil Valarivan and Mehuli Ghosh in this event.”I looked at it in a way that I get motivated, push myself harder, I can’t settle down at any score, there is no satisfaction that I think can take from it. That’s actually a good thing for me. It keeps me motivated.”Asked about the 2018 World Cup final in Munich, where she had the gold in her grasp before an inexplicable slip-up in the 19th shot pushed her outside the medal bracket, the 26-year-old said she has overcome that disappointment.”In Munich World Cup, I was leading and I came fourth. I was just coming down and it was a freak shot, the trigger just got pressed, it wasn’t a malfunction or anything.”But I am happy that I could overcome that and did not let that get into my way today. I actually beat my own self in a way,” she said about the outing in which a 5.9 dashed her hopes.advertisementMany moods of @apurvichandela after winning her first @ISSF_Shooting World Cup Gold with a world record score of 252.9! Kudos girl! #ISSFWCND2019 #ISSFWorldCup pic.twitter.com/beulo8GNM0NRAI (@OfficialNRAI) February 23, 2019To improve trigger control, Apurvi said she does a “lot of meditation and visualisation practises”.”It’s a long process which I have been working on. It was just pressure handling. To get better, I had to push myself. Earlier, I used to take less time and shoot early, but now I take a little longer to settle down a bit.”About the last few shots in Saturday’s final, she said, “I was just trying to control my nerves, nerves do play a big role. I just asked myself to stay calm as it was a matter of few more shots.”Her mother, Bindu, a former basketball player who represented Rajasthan in the Nationals, travels with her for training as well as competitions, including abroad.”Being a sportsperson myself, I understand the situation better when I am around her. You know I never have high expectations and all,” her mother said.”She is usually there even abroad,” Apurvi said.The surprising but loud cheers from behind helped in the final, as she rallied to grab the second place with a 10.6 in the 11th shot. Rifle or pistol shooting events at the Dr Karni Singh Range never attracted such a turnout.India’s Chandela rocks New Delhi’s final hall, winning the first gold medal of the 2019 ISSF World Cup with a new world record https://t.co/oXvDJzwq27 #ISSF #ISSFWC #ISSFWorldCup @OfficialNRAI @apurvichandela @ioaindia pic.twitter.com/kAixRqTt3oISSF (@ISSF_Shooting) February 23, 2019″I wasn’t maybe in the centre but I do not usually plan my scoring like that. I think, at the start, my positioning was a little off. So, I tweaked my settings a bit. My aim was not to shoot a 10.1 in the first shot definitely but I am happy that I could build up and reach a world record,” said Apurvi.”The last one month I am working really hard on finals and qualifications also. And even in January I have gone abroad for open competitions. I won a gold there as well, so I took confidence and that competition helped me today in handling pressure.”When asked about the noisy crowd, she said, “Actually the crowd was motivating me and I could hear ‘India, India’. It helped me in sticking to my technique and executing each shot the way I wanted to.”The pressure was there definitely, I am happy I could control it and execute.”Though she has secured a quota for the 2020 Olympics, she knows that she will have to maintain her form and scores in the run-up to the quadrennial extravaganza, to keep her place.”When I got my quota also, the aim was not to get the quota only, it was just about following my technique and putting whatever I trained into use. I was focussed on every shot, keeping my calm.”advertisement