Venus Williams Fights But is Defeated at Pan Pacific

Venus Williams was defeated 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) at the Pan Pacific Open final on Friday. The veteran tennis player started out well, but her Czech opponent Petra Kvitova rallied to beat her.Williams, after coming back from illness and injury, is still fighting for her first title since last October.“I was probably a little tired,” said Williams, who also played in a three-hour match on Thursday. “But I don’t think it affected the match. She played two matches yesterday, so no doubt she was a little tired as well.”Kvitova won after Williams failed to close the match in the third set at Ariake Colosseum.The seventh-seeded Kvitova played tough in the tiebreak, by jumping out to 6-0 lead. Williams scored two points but Kvitova won in the third match point.“I am really happy with how I played today,” Kvitova said. “It was a very close match, and every game was up and down.”Kvitova will face fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany next, as she beat fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the other semifinal. read more

Make No Mistake Brazil Is Dominating This World Cup

Whatever problems Jesus and Neymar might be having, they simply aren’t slowing Brazil down. In fact, Brazil is playing better so far at the World Cup than it was during qualifying. Despite scoring half a goal less per 90 minutes — 1.61 during the World Cup, as opposed to 2.16 in qualifying — the team’s underlying statistics have all improved. Its expected goals have increased from 1.59 to 2.05, its shots per game has jumped from 14.15 to 17.66, and its shots on target rose from 5.54 to 6.65. Defensively, it’s the same story. The team is allowing fewer goals (0.23, down from 0.58), fewer expected goals (0.64, down from 0.73), fewer shots (7.57, down from 8.76), and fewer shots on target (0.92, down from 2.32). This is a team that came into the tournament ranked No. 1 in the world, according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index, and then upped its game.As for Neymar, while the way he plays might draw criticism, it’s important not to confuse his style with what he actually produces on the field. His numbers have been simply astounding. And it’s not just his bottom line of two goals and one assist: His 0.80 non-penalty expected goals per 90 minutes is second in the tournament behind only Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku (among players with at least 135 minutes of playing time). It’s also double the 0.40 non-penalty expected goals he averaged per 90 minutes during qualifying. He’s also an ample creator, mainly thanks to his set piece ability. He’s created 3.67 chances per 90 minutes, fifth most in the tournament among qualified players,1Players with at least 135 minutes played. with 1.38 of them coming from corners (third most among qualified players) and 0.69 coming from free kick passes (tied for sixth most). And Neymar is doing all that while getting the snot kicked out of him. He’s being fouled 5.27 times per 90 minutes, the highest rate of any player who saw at least 135 minutes in any of the last three World Cups — he may have a habit of exaggerating the severity of the contact, but there’s no denying that he takes a lot of hits.Scratch the surface of the criticism against Brazil and you’ll find it’s all stylistic. Sure, maybe Jesus is shooting less, but it isn’t hurting the team. It’s true that Neymar is spending a lot of time rolling around on the grass, but it’s also true that he’s getting fouled more than anybody else and he’s still putting up huge numbers. The criticism of how Brazil is playing is obscuring just how well it’s playing. Nobody else pairs a top-notch ability to suppress opponent’s shots with the ability to generate a boatload of their own. And nobody else has Neymar, the most dangerous winger in the world.Brazil are clearly favored to win the World Cup. The only question left is, if they do, will the trophy finally put a stop to the criticism?Check out our latest World Cup predictions. In a World Cup full of upsets, one thing remains consistent: Brazil is the best soccer team in the world. The Selecao came into the tournament playing like the best team in the world. Through four games in Russia, they’ve played like the best team in the tournament — both in the way they attack and in the way they defend. As other favorites have fallen by the wayside, Brazil just keeps getting it done, and there’s reason to believe the team hasn’t peaked yet.But since its opening draw with Switzerland, the team has been mostly been the subject of negative press (some of which is warranted), which makes it easy to overlook the fact that this is still very much the team to beat in Russia, as is the case in most World Cups.There’s plenty of reason to criticize Brazil. For instance, some feel the team is playing the wrong striker. The team’s starting striker, Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, has yet to score a goal, and while his Brazil teammates are defending him, Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino scored late in the game against Mexico and has looked dangerous in his limited appearances. Jesus is only taking 1.72 shots per 90 minutes. That’s almost a full shot less than the 2.71 per 90 minutes he took during World Cup qualifying games. His expected goal numbers have dropped accordingly. He was a major scoring threat when Brazil was on its path to the World Cup with 0.59 expected goals per 90, but he’s now down at 0.14.Brazil has also gotten a lot of negative press related to this now-universal opinion: Neymar is a flopper. After Brazil eliminated Mexico in the round of 16, Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio was livid over Neymar’s antics, focusing on a sideline incident where Neymar rolled on the ground theatrically after contact from Mexico’s Miguel Layun. More broadly, Neymar, who is coming off a long injury layoff, has received mixed reviews for his performances over the first four matches. He has an undeniably flamboyant and ball-dominant style, which frequently means that even when Brazil wins, as it has in three out of its four games so far, questions get asked about whether what Neymar brings to the table is worth enough to make up for what he takes away.Despite Jesus’s struggles and the criticism directed at Neymar, Brazil has been the best, most balanced team at this tournament. In attack, the team scored a relatively modest 1.61 goals per 90 minutes, a lower rate than all of its fellow quarterfinalists except Sweden, but its expected goals total is a robust 2.05 — only Belgium is higher, with 2.44. It’s likely that the only reason Brazil hasn’t scored more is that the finishing gods haven’t smiled down upon them. That expected goal total is built on a high volume of shots — 17.66 per 90 minutes — a rate that trails only Germany (who fell behind in three separate matches and was desperately chasing goals on its way to crashing out of the tournament) and Belgium.On the defensive side of the ball, Brazil’s dominance has been even more obvious. The team has conceded one total goal, a set piece header against Switzerland in their opening match. Brazil’s 0.23 goals conceded per 90 minutes is tied with Uruguay for the fewest of any team in the tournament, and its 0.64 expected goals conceded ranks third, behind France and Uruguay. Brazil is the only team in the tournament that has performed at elite levels on both the attacking and defending side of the ball. read more

Man impaled with bamboo pole survives

first_imgA 33-year-old man pierced by a bamboo pole all the way from the groin area to his arm pit had a narrow escape as he suffered no major damage to his internal organs even as doctors had feared the worst. On October 2, Dashrath, a native of Kanpur landed up at the Safdarjung Hospital with an injury to his scrotal region and abdomen extending upto his chest. “When asked how he got it, he told us that he was working at a construction site in Gurgaon when he fell from a height of around 12 feet and landed on a blunt-ended bamboo pole, which penetrated all the way from his groin area and exited through the right arm pit,” said Dr Vimal Bhandari, consultant (Surgery) and Head of Kidney Transplant Department at Safdarjung Hospital. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportGiven the horrific nature of the incident, doctors suspected severe injury to his abdomen and other organs like liver, intestine, urinary bladder extending to his chest, injuring his lungs and ribs. Dashrath had carried with himself the five feet long bamboo pole, which was pulled out of his body by one of his colleagues. “The patient was bleeding from lower area, his abdomen was distended and he was restless. We performed an ultrasound which astonishingly revealed that there was no damage to his internal organs.  Also Read – Disqualified AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, women’s wing chief join BJPBut given the severity of the incident, we couldn’t be sure and thus we opened his abdomen to check if there was any damage,” said Dr Bhandari. “The bamboo had made a tract from the scrotal region upto the axilla. But fortunately none of his organs had suffered any injury as the pole had pierced through the fat of the patient’s body and the outer layer covering the organs,” said Dr Aman Chopra, Resident doctor at Surgery department of Safdarjung Hospital. After that Dashrath was treated for his wounds and was admitted in the hospital for 12 days and discharged. “Such cases are one in a thousand. Dashrath was lucky that his organs were not at all injured given the dreadful nature of the accident,” said Dr Ashish, Senior Resident (Surgery). “Such cases are one in a thousand. Dashrath was lucky that his organs were not at all injured given the dreadful nature of the accident,” said Dr Ashish, Senior Resident (Surgery).last_img read more

A story of heroism

first_imgMahesh Bhatt is coming up with his latest release The Silent Heroes which is a is an adventurous and emotional story of 13 real deaf and mute children (who are on a Himalayan mission), their struggle for survival , their courage and their heroism. Everything about this film is fresh as the children were selected from a deaf school and trained specifically for this film, this film was shot in bone chilling weather and remote unexplored locations in Uttarakhand Himalaya with a fresh cast and crew. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Silent Heroes is world’s first film with real deaf actors and is perhaps the first attempt by a film maker to create story with these special children as Heroes and not as sympathy seeking individuals.The Silent Heroes has been screened at various film festivals and received excellent audience response, Kolkata International children’s film fest , Dehradun international film fest and Prayag international film fest, to name a few.This film is directed by Mr Mahesh Bhatt, who has been working with various national and international television channels on socially relevant stories and adventure stories for more than 2 decades. Singer Sonu Nigam has given his voice to these children in form beautiful songs, ably supported by a fresh music team.last_img read more

Tapping the potential of Indian food market

first_imgTo answer local booming market and international food and beverages companies’ expectations, two show organizers, SIAL and Inter Ads, on Tuesday announced the creation of a new show, Food India. Supported by Indian Food Processing Ministry, Food India at Pragati Maidan exhibition centre will take place next year between September 16 to 18, and it will welcome 8,500 trade visitors – buyers and chefs – and 250 exhibitors who will showcase food and beverage products (including wines), equipment (including bakery and confectionery) and catering products. For international exhibitors, a dedicated package is available integrating a booth, a hosted buyer program, and local store toursand legal workshops, to enable companies to make the most out of their participation. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis is a strictly B to B exhibition which aims to develop and promote food industry in India by bringing International companies, their products, global innovative techniques and technologies to the country. “We are delighted to support this new food event in India with such a well-known and established brand. SIAL network offers our country, and our companies, a great professional platform and the opportunity for local buyers to find out more about food diversity and foreign products, thus answering growing Indian middle-class expectations,” said Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister for Food Processing Industry, Government of India. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn order to understand and get a foothold over Indian consumers and market, SIAL, along with Inter Ads has done intensive research and survey. They have made sure that they understand the booming food sector of India, trends of consumption among masses and the social drivers which influence food consumption in the country.Speaking on the occasion, Nicolas Trentesaux, SIAL Network Director said, “India offers so many opportunities; there is certainly one for international companies at least. Yet, some of them still hesitate or don’t really know how to start their business there. But coming to India just right now is the best decision one could make. It’s a matter of figures and atmosphere within the country.” He further said, “We are the SIAL, the world number one network of food innovation, we go along with experienced food experts all over the planet, and we all agree on this: it’s time for future leaders to run into this great adventure with us. Most stories are uncertain. But this one has only one possible outcome: India is the next Eldorado for the agrifood sector, as the country is to become the world number one market ahead of China. We offer companies the best path to find their own way to India!”Director of Inter Ads, Rajan Sharma said, “This platform offers a big window to the consumers and producers of India into the food diversity and variety. The support from the Government of India is a strong backing to this wonderful association. India is a country full of opportunities and demands, the only missing factor being the right platform to leverage the same. Food India Inspired by SIAL will help us broaden our horizons and discern the potential of the Indian food market.”last_img read more

Uplift your lingerie closet with nude shades

first_imgPerhaps no other piece of lingerie has the same importance in a womans wardrobe today as a nude brassiere. This seemingly unassuming garment is the wonder product that will transform your look and give your style a sophisticated edge.Experts list the advantages of nude lingerie.Nude lingerie is an absolute essential as it can be worn under any and every type of clothing. It is especially suitable for tailored, sheer, white and bright clothing. This is why nude brassiere will prove to be your perfect AM to PM brassiere. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith nude brassiere, you need not worry about what colour of clothing to go for.While purchasing a nude brassiere, it is also very important you pick a nude brassiere that checks all these points. A good nude piece should look and feel invisible, creating a smooth silhouette and blending into your skin tone.Always opt for a nude brassiere with a broadband at the back or more than 2 hooks. This will make sure they won’t slip down if worn as a strapless brassiere. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA nude brassiere with detachable straps will let you opt strapless clothing without any worry.Match your skin tone: There are nude brassiere in the market that fit a variety of skin tones, so you don’t have to choose a generic beige colour. This way no matter what your skin tone is, you will have a brassiere that works perfectly for you and gives an invisible look under your outfits. Nude does not mean boring: Apart from ‘skin-tone’ brassieres, there are many other almost-nude colours that will work well under light garments. Think light pastels, shades of chocolate or coffee, earthy tones, etc. These shades will give you the variety you need in your lingerie closet. Seamless is the way to go: Opt for a style that is seamless, without lace or embellishment of any kind that can be worn not only under tight tops, but also with almost all your other outfits.More the merrier: Since you can match a nude brassiere with almost all your outfits, don’t forget to have at least 3-4 pieces in your closet. Wearing the same brassiere everyday will drastically reduce the life of your brassiere, so it’s a good idea to have 2-3 bras in rotation. ianslast_img read more

Web shows that will give you goosebumps

first_imgHorror, as a genre has been thriving across platforms since past few years, and has always been a hit amongst Indians. Across streaming broadcast and the ever-growing list of platforms, there is an abundance of horror content that claims to be spooky and different. If you are a horror buff, indulge in these horror and totally brilliant shows to get the chills.The Haunting of Hill House: Adapted from Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name, the show is exclusively available on Netflix. The long form horror series looks into a family’s struggle with grief, and represents a drama which is concerned with loss and tragedy. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPenny Dreadful: The British-American horror series brings together many literary characters of that era and makes a gorgeous drama. It features Eva Greene as the heroine Vanessa Ives and is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Parchayee: The web series is based on most bone-chilling handpicked tales written by Ruskin Bond and is available on ZEE5. Shot in prime cinematic locations across India with supernatural and mystic elements the show is full of mystery. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveParanormal Reality: India’s first paranormal show, Paranormal Reality is an audio series exclusively available on Hubhopper, India’s largest Podcast and Audio On Demand platform. Curated by India’s renowned paranormal investigator, Jay Alani, the episodes encapsulate the journey of a man who is extensively trying to uncover the reality of the paranormal. Castle Rock: Available on Hulu, The American psychological horror television series is inspired by the stories of Stephen King, and intertwines characters from the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. The show widely explores the themes that unite King’s canon.last_img read more